• Kunitz, Fleury key Pens’ win over Kings

    Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Chris Kunitz posted two goals and one assist to back a 36-save performance from Marc-Andre Fleury as Pittsburgh silenced Los Angeles, 3-0, at CONSOL Energy Center. Kris Letang recorded the other...
  • Charity decries US Ebola quarantine

    Charity decries US Ebola quarantine

    31 October 2014 Last updated at 04:51 Police are watching the home of a nurse in north-eastern US The medical charity Doctors Without Borders has warned some mandatory US state Ebola quarantine measures are having...
  • Starbucks to start coffee delivery soon

    Starbucks to start coffee delivery soon

      You’ll soon be able get that frappe to go — to your house. Starbucks (SBUX) said Thursday that it would start food and beverage delivery in the second half of the year. “This our...
  • Plasmons convert light into a voltage

    Plasmons convert light into a voltage

    Bright idea: Harry Atwater is working on a plasmonic solar cell A new way of creating a voltage by shining light on a solid has been developed by researchers in the US and Europe. Unlike...
  • Police led to Alabama drug suspect by his dog

    BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) – Police in Alabama found a suspected drug dealer who was hiding in tall grass near his home after the man’s dog, tail wagging enthusiastically, led officers to him, police said on...

Headline News

  • Accused Colorado cinema gunman’s lawyers want second sanity exam barred


    DENVER (Reuters) – Defense lawyers in the Colorado theater massacre case want a second court-ordered sanity examination undergone by accused gunman James Holmes barred from his upcoming murder trial, court documents on Thursday showed. Public defenders filed “a motion to strike” or limit the opinions and testimony of the psychiatrist who conducted the testing. The disclosure was made in a ruling by the judge that suppressed the full contents of the pleading. Holmes, 26, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to shooting dead 12 moviegoers and wounding dozens in a suburban Denver cinema during a midnight screening of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises” in July 2012. Prosecutors have charged Holmes with multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder, and said they will seek the death penalty for the California native if he is convicted. After invoking the insanity defense, Holmes underwent a mental examination last year, but Arapahoe County District Court …

    October 31, 2014 12:16 am
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Politics

  • Lack of mechanics threatens U.S. Air Force target date for F-35


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force may miss its target of August 2016 to start using the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet in combat if Congress blocks the service’s plan to retire its A-10 tank-killer aircraft, a top U.S. general said Thursday. Air Force Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan, the Pentagon’s F-35 program chief, told reporters the Air Force was counting on training experienced A-10 mechanics to help reach the total 1,100 mechanics needed to declare that the F-35 had reached “initial operational capability” or IOC. But Congress is blocking the Air Force’s plan to retire the A-10 aircraft, which means that those mechanics will be needed to maintain the older A-10 fleet, he said, adding that it would take nine to 12 months longer to train new mechanics to service the F-35 than retraining an already experienced mechanic. Bogdan said there was also a risk of a brief delay in the July 1, …

    October 30, 2014 11:16 pm
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Stocks

  • Starbucks to start coffee delivery soon


      You’ll soon be able get that frappe to go — to your house. Starbucks (SBUX) said Thursday that it would start food and beverage delivery in the second half of the year. “This our version of e-commerce on steroids,” CEO Howard Schultz said during an earnings call. The company recently launched mobile ordering and touted its partnership with Uber that lets users take the car service to their nearest latte.   Related: Starbucks app will now have your latte waiting The earnings were largely in line with Wall Street’s expectations. Profits were right where analysts said they’d be, and the $4.2 billion in revenues came just short. But next quarter’s numbers might have worried investors. For the next three months, the company said even its most rosy profit projections will fall short of previous expectations. Executives said a small part of that is due to raises coming to workers next year, among other investments …

    October 31, 2014 12:16 am
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Sports

  • Kunitz, Fleury key Pens’ win over Kings


    Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Chris Kunitz posted two goals and one assist to back a 36-save performance from Marc-Andre Fleury as Pittsburgh silenced Los Angeles, 3-0, at CONSOL Energy Center. Kris Letang recorded the other tally for the Penguins, who have won three in a row — two of those by shutout. Martin Jones made 20 stops in defeat for the Kings, who have dropped back-to- back contests to kick off a five-game road trip. The defending champions were blanked for the second time this season. The Pens had a brief 5-on-3 edge near the midway point of the first period and cashed in when Kunitz redirected an Evgeni Malkin pass home from the left side at 9:16. Only 50 seconds after Los Angeles’ Mike Richards was sent off for a high stick, Letang pumped his first goal of the season past Jones at 15:14. “We took way too many penalties and they’re the best …

    October 31, 2014 12:16 am
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World News

  • Charity decries US Ebola quarantine


    31 October 2014 Last updated at 04:51 Police are watching the home of a nurse in north-eastern US The medical charity Doctors Without Borders has warned some mandatory US state Ebola quarantine measures are having a “chilling effect” on its work. The group has said it may shorten some assignments to West Africa as a result of recent state restrictions. One of the charity’s volunteers has defied orders by the US state of Maine that she remain quarantined in her house after being in Sierra Leone. There have been nearly 14,000 cases worldwide, but only nine in the US. Doctors Without Borders – also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) – has 270 international and 3,000 locally hired staff in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. But the foreign workers now have additional concerns when heading home, said executive director Sophie Delaunay. “There is rising anxiety and confusion among staff members in the field over what …

    October 31, 2014 12:16 am
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Technology

  • Google to pay fine for showing woman’s cleavage on Street View


    Did Google’s Canadian Street View car capture too much? A court says yes. Serkan Darende/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET Everything that’s in the public eye is not necessarily public. This seems to be the logic offered by a court in Quebec, Canada, after a woman objected to how she was portrayed on Google Street View. Google’s roving camera caught the woman sitting on the steps of her home in Montreal. She wasn’t naked, nor even remotely unclothed. She was, however, wearing a sleeveless top that had suffered a wardrobe malfunction on the right hand side. Part of the woman’s right breast was visible. The photo appeared on Street View in 2009. Five months later, in October of 2009, the woman, Maria Pia Grillo, decided to see how she looked on the site, as she’d noticed the Street View car pass by. On seeing her picture, she was allegedly shocked. Though her face had been blurred, …

    October 30, 2014 11:16 pm
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Science

  • Plasmons convert light into a voltage


    Bright idea: Harry Atwater is working on a plasmonic solar cell A new way of creating a voltage by shining light on a solid has been developed by researchers in the US and Europe. Unlike most photovoltaic devices, the new system does not rely on semiconductors but rather on surface plasmons in tiny metal nanostructures. The team is now working to create new types of devices that convert light into electrical energy. Surface plasmons are collective excitations of electrons at the surface of a metal that interact very strongly with light. As a result, plasmons are of great technological interest as an interface between photonics and electronics. This interaction is strongest at the plasmon-resonance frequency, which is defined by the size and shape of an object and its charge density. In 2009 Paul Mulvaney and colleagues at the University of Melbourne in Australia applied an electrical potential to gold nanoparticles, and found that they could …

    October 30, 2014 11:36 pm
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Health

  • U.S. envoy to report temperature twice daily after West Africa visit


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power returned to New York on Thursday after a brief visit to Ebola-stricken West Africa and will report her temperature twice daily to the New York state health department for the next 20 days. Traveling on a U.S. government plane, Power’s delegation did not come in contact with any Ebola patients during a visit to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the three countries worst affected by the deadly hemorrhagic fever that has killed some 5,000 people. Customs and Border Protection officers at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport took Power’s temperature and she then answered several questions about her health and whether she had come in contact with anyone infected with Ebola. Ebola is spread through contact with bodily fluids of an infected person or the still-contagious body of someone who has died of the virus. It has a 21-day incubation period. Power left …

    October 30, 2014 11:16 pm
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Entertainment

  • Michael Jordan has nothing against the president… except his golf game


    Michael Jordan: I was a racist teen But this one has nothing to do with the president’s politics, Jordan says. No, it’s all about something that happens way outside of the Oval Office. Let’s just say, Jordan thinks green is not Obama’s color — he thinks the prez is a seriously terrible golfer. During an interview with Back9Network, Jordan threw so much shade at Obama’s golf game, it’s a fair assumption he won’t be getting any tee time invites from the commander in chief any time soon, even though, now retired, Jordan spends a ton of time on the links. The host of the show, Ahmad Rashad, asked Jordan who would be on his dream foursome for a golf game — a pretty innocent question, right? Jordan immediately mentioned Arnold Palmer, one of the greatest golfers ever to grace the game. Then, he was about to throw Obama’s name out there, before he backed right …

    October 31, 2014 12:56 am
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Editorial

  • My message for GOP’s Danny Downers: Get a grip, things are looking up!


    Lindsey Sheppard (Courtesy Lindsey Sheppard) Hey, have you heard that the Republican Party is too old, white and male? Well, unless you are old, white, male and unconscious, you likely have. It’s been so drummed into our heads that it’s become a mantra — even for the older white males who wear the descriptions around like a hair shirt, making them irritable and grouchy (like my dog Jasper when his winter coat chafes — but that’s another story). I’ve been observing this dirge from multiple party participants lately, and it’s driving me crazy. Because yes, we get it. Everyone knows the GOP needs to attract younger and more diverse members, to keep the tent broad enough so that more feel welcome. But clearly, some of our guys have totally missed the improvements in this area, especially by a re-energized Republican National Committee and the College Republicans. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT There is a new communication position and political …

    October 30, 2014 11:16 pm
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Odd News

  • Police led to Alabama drug suspect by his dog


    BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) – Police in Alabama found a suspected drug dealer who was hiding in tall grass near his home after the man’s dog, tail wagging enthusiastically, led officers to him, police said on Thursday. Edward Melvin Henderson fled his home in Prattville as officers pulled up to the residence with a search warrant on Tuesday, said Paula Barlow, spokeswoman for the Prattville Police Department. Henderson ran, jumped off a ravine and continued running. As officers approached the ravine, a mixed breed pit bull/husky later identified as Bo came running up, she said. Henderson had run into a wooded area and was hiding. Two officers looked at Bo and pointed in the direction Henderson had run and told the dog to go and get him. Investigators trailed Bo, who was wagging his tail after locating his owner lying in high grass, Barlow said. The search warrant resulted in the recovery of methamphetamine and components …

    October 30, 2014 11:36 pm
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