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  • Police investigate after florida homeless man brings human skull into grocery store

    Police in South Florida are trying to determine the identity of a decomposed body after a homeless man brought a skull into a grocery store earlier this week.  WPBF reported that the man stumbled upon human remains Tuesday along a path in a wooded area in Sebastian and brought it into a nearby Publix in the hope that someone would alert authorities. “He had put the skull on top of a trash can over there because he wanted to tell somebody to call the sheriff’s office,” Indian River County sheriff’s office spokesman Thomas Raulen told the station. “He was using it as a puppet,” witness Nick Pecoraro told WPBF. “It smelled like death.” The Palm Beach Post reported that Pecoraro called 911 to alert deputies about the skull.  “It’s definitely a human skull; it’s still got teeth in it,” Pecoraro told a dispatcher, “I’m standing in front of it, but I’m not touching (it),” Raulen …

    October 9, 2015 1:06 am


  • U.S. Republican presidential candidate Cruz raised $12.2 million in third quarter

    WASHINGTON U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz raised $12.2 million in the third quarter, his campaign said on Thursday. The Texas senator has raised a total of $26.5 million since entering the race in late March for the 2016 Republican nomination, the Cruz campaign said in a statement. Cruz’s total for the three months ended Sept. 30 was more than double that of Florida Senator Marco Rubio, another contender in the crowded Republican field. Rubio’s campaign raised $6 million in the third quarter, a source said earlier on Thursday, citing campaign officials. Cruz became the first major figure to officially throw his hat into the ring for the 2016 presidential race when he announced his candidacy in late March with an explicit appeal to Christian conservatives. Cruz currently ranks sixth among the 15 Republicans seeking their party’s nomination for the November 2016 presidential election, according to a Real Clear Politics average of opinion polls. (Reporting …

    October 8, 2015 10:25 pm


  • Congressmen: We can’t trust hacked federal agency to hold sensitive data

    Congressman Ted Lieu, of California, doesn’t want the hacked federal agency OPM to house sensitive personnel records anymore. Now that hackers have stolen millions of federal personnel records, two Congressmen say the government agency that lost them should no longer be trusted to protect sensitive documents. Hackers stole 21.5 million personnel records from the government’s human resources department, the Office of Personnel Management. That included 5.6 million fingerprints on file. OPM knew who had security clearances to know government secrets. Experts warned this could put American spies at risk and sure enough, the U.S. pulled spies from China after the hack. U.S. Congressmen Ted Lieu and Steve Russell want to prevent that from happening again. They say any list of who has security clearances — which Americans know state and military secrets — is itself sensitive information. And it belongs at a place that knows how to protect spies. On Wednesday, the politicians laid out …

    October 9, 2015 12:46 am


  • Texans QB problems continue in loss to Colts

    HOUSTON (AP) — The uncertainty at quarterback for the Houston Texans continues after yet another loss. Former Houston star Andre Johnson caught two touchdown passes from Matt Hasselbeck, including one for 2 yards in the fourth quarter, to help the Indianapolis Colts beat the Texans 27-20 on Thursday night. Released by Houston in March after 12 seasons with the team, Johnson had six catches for 77 yards. More from FoxSports Brian Hoyer, who replaced Ryan Mallett for Houston (1-4) in the second quarter, threw a pass up for grabs that was intercepted by Mike Adams with less than 2 minutes left. Mallett got the wind knocked out of him on an illegal hit midway through the second quarter and was replaced by Hoyer. Mallett looked to be OK soon after that, but coach Bill O’Brien stuck with Hoyer. He finished with 312 yards passing with two touchdowns. Both of the touchdowns were to rookie Jaelen …

    October 9, 2015 1:06 am

World News

  • UK Ebola nurse back in hospital

    A Scottish nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola in December last year has been flown from Glasgow to an isolation unit in London after becoming ill again. Pauline Cafferkey has been taken back to the Royal Free Hospital, where she spent almost a month in an isolation unit at the beginning of the year. The 39-year-old contracted the virus while helping in the effort against Ebola in Sierra Leone. Her transfer to London has been described as “highly precautionary”. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App then details on how to do so are available on this help page. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.

    October 9, 2015 1:06 am


  • Malcolm Turnbull defends use of secret messaging apps and private email server

    Malcolm Turnbull has defended his use of non-government emails and secret messaging applications such as Wickr after the opposition suggested it could be a tactic to avoid legitimate scrutiny. The Australian reported on Friday that the prime minister had been operating a private email server outside the federal parliament’s secure system, and had also used apps such as Confide and Wickr to communicate with colleagues and journalists. Related: Turnbull is not a rebadged Abbott. But he must do more than shift conservatives to the centre | Mark Bahnisch These mobile-based apps allow users to send messages that self-destruct after reading and avoid metadata collection. The Labor leader, Bill Shorten, said he did not use such apps. Shorten called on the prime minister to “voluntarily clear up whether or not” he had used the services to send classified material. Turnbull said at a press conference in Sydney on Friday that he does not use a private …

    October 8, 2015 10:45 pm


  • Long-term contraception in a single shot

    Related images(click to enlarge) Caltech biologists have developed a nonsurgical method to deliver long-term contraception to both male and female animals with a single shot. The technique–so far used only in mice–holds promise as an alternative to spaying and neutering feral animals. The approach was developed in the lab of Bruce Hay, professor of biology and biological engineering at Caltech, and is described in the October 5 issue of Current Biology. The lead author on the paper is postdoctoral scholar Juan Li. Hay’s team was inspired by work conducted in recent years by David Baltimore and others showing that an adeno-associated virus (AAV)–a small, harmless virus that is unable to replicate on its own, that has been useful in gene-therapy trials–can be used to deliver sequences of DNA to muscle cells, causing them to produce specific antibodies that are known to fight infectious diseases, such as HIV, malaria, and hepatitis C. Li and her colleagues …

    October 9, 2015 1:26 am


  • Bid to repeal California school vaccination law falls short

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. A plan to ask voters to repeal a new California law tightening vaccination requirements for school-age children has fallen short of signatures needed to put the referendum on the ballot, state data showed on Thursday. The effort was part of a backlash against a bill signed into law in June by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown that requires pupils to be vaccinated against childhood diseases unless they have a medical reason to refuse. It was passed after a measles outbreak among unvaccinated people at Disneyland last year. That law, which goes into effect next year, makes California the third state to eliminate religious and other personal exemptions to vaccinations. Opponents of the new rules, some fearing a long-debunked link between vaccines and autism, and others opposed to the state’s removal of a religious exemption for parents who want to opt out of vaccination, vowed to take the issue to voters. But a report posted …

    October 8, 2015 10:05 pm


  • Selena Gomez Says She Underwent Chemotherapy To Treat Lupus In 2013

    Posted on Thu Oct 8th, 2015 8:59am PDT       By X17 Staff Selena Gomez is breaking her silence on being diagnosed with the autoimmune disease lupus, revealing that during her tour break in 2013, she underwent chemotherapy treatment to alleviate the symptoms of lupus — and didn’t go to rehab, as was reported at the time. In a new interview with Billboard, the “Come and Get It” singer said, “That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke.” Gomez cancelled the Australian and Asian leg of her tour in December 2013 — and the move ignited Internet rumors that the young starlet was struggling with addiction. But in fact she was dealing with the poorly understood condition of Lupus which affects the immune system, which fails to detect the difference between healthy tissue and germs and viruses which enter the system from the outside. The 23-year-old told Billboard, “I wanted so badly to say, …

    October 8, 2015 9:05 pm


  • Two Minutes for Truth: Political outsiders and real Americans

    Have your ears been burning? I thought so. The self-proclaimed media genius class has been talking to the political class about you behind your back.  Apparently many of you are supporting one of the outsider candidates. Maybe even, God forbid, a Republican outsider. They’ve put out an all-points bulletin: Calling all pundits — be on the lookout for an angry, seething, change-on-his-mind man who could go off at any moment and shake the party system to its foundations.” Your known associates include Fox News-watching, flag-waving women called “wives” with whom you often attend religious services ‎and sometimes military veterans who believe in the Second Amendment. According to the genius class in America, in the end, you will turn your back on Trump, Carson and Fiorina because if they’re wrong. It’s last call‎. Drink up before the lights come on at the Insiders Ball. You’re not invited there. You’ve also been caught thanking your local cop …

    October 9, 2015 12:45 am

Odd News

  • Police rescue Kentucky store owner from large python

    The owner of a Kentucky reptile store had to be rescued by police after a 20-foot-long (6-meter) python weighing up to 125 pounds (57 kg) wrapped around him, authorities said. Terry Wilkins was tangled up with the snake when two police officers arrived at the Captive Born Reptiles store in Newport, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, at around noon on Monday. “When officers arrived on the scene, they located the victim who was total(ly) unconscious with a large snake wrapped around his head and neck,” according to a Newport police report. The officers grabbed the snake by the head and unwrapped it from Wilkins, who was not breathing, the report said. He began to breathe as rescue squad workers arrived, it said. Wilkins was treated at a Cincinnati hospital with nearly two dozen stitches to his arm where the snake bit him and went home later on Monday, according to a colleague, who declined …

    October 6, 2015 5:29 pm