Headline News

  • Plane hits Kansas airport building


    30 October 2014 Last updated at 15:42 A small plane has crashed into an airport building in Wichita, Kansas, the airport says. Television images from the area show grey smoke billowing from the Mid-Continent airport area. The aircraft crashed into the FlightSafety International building, the airport said in a tweet. The Beechcraft aircraft lost an engine on takeoff and crashed, broadcaster KSN reports, citing US air safety officials. Emergency officials responded around 09:40 local time (14:40 GMT), but flights have not been delayed.

    October 30, 2014 10:46 am
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Politics

  • Record five black women seek state offices in Georgia, showing shift


    ATLANTA (Reuters) – Five black women are on the November ballot for statewide offices in Georgia, a record in a state that just 11 years ago featured a Confederate battle emblem on its flag. The candidates, all Democrats, have come to be known as the “Georgia Five.” Political commentators say that while only one of them has a real shot at cracking the Republican stronghold on statewide offices in Georgia, their nominations signal a shift in where the state’s politics are headed. “It’s a sign of tremendous change happening right now in Georgia politics,” said Sean Richey, an associate professor of political science at Georgia State University. “I’d say within 10 years that Georgia will turn from a reliable Republican state to a battleground state.” An increase in minority residents is playing a role. In 2000, Georgia was 65 percent white and 35 percent black and non-white. Now the state is about 54 percent white …

    October 30, 2014 7:02 am
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Stocks

  • Movie theaters ban Google Glass and other wearables


    That idea you had about bringing your Google Glass to the movie theater to surreptitiously record Ben Affleck bare all in “Gone Girl”? Don’t even think about it, the movie industry says. It announced late Wednesday a “zero tolerance policy” towards wearable recording devices. Hollywood has had an ongoing problem with the use of recording devices in movie theaters. Hand-held cameras have been the main culprits in traditional film theft, resulting in a black market for pirated DVDs with shaky recordings of just-released movies. But that seems almost quaint compared to the advent of smartphones and other devices. Long-standing theater policies require that phones and recording devices must be silenced or shut off and put away at show time. Related: Is Verizon stalking you through your phone? At ShowEast, an industry convention in Florida, this week, the Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners updated their policy “to fully integrate …

    October 30, 2014 10:05 am
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Sports

  • Auburn’s high-energy Bruce Pearl wants to generate more wins not just ticket sales


    AUBURN, Ala. –  Bruce Pearl has hobnobbed with the students, courted fans and generally been selling Auburn’s basketball program to anyone who would listen. Now comes the real challenge for the Tigers’ new coach: Winning. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “I’m not going to be having any fun if we don’t win,” Pearl said. “Right now we haven’t won anything.” That’s not entirely true. He’s won over some Auburn fans, helping the Tigers more than double season ticket sales from last season. Pearl has also replenished a roster otherwise largely devoid of experienced Southeastern Conference-calibre talent with several transfers who could fill all three vacant starting positions. The coaching and playing newcomers are trying to resuscitate one of the league’s most downtrodden programs. Auburn has gone 24-60 the past five seasons, all but one of them under Tony Barbee, who was fired after posting four consecutive losing records. Tahj Shamsid-Deen and KT Harrell return in the backcourt. Junior …

    October 30, 2014 10:46 am
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World News

  • How Moral Mondays may save Southern Democrat Kay Hagan


    Kay Hagan should be toast by now. Since she became one of North Carolina’s two US senators in 2008​ – the same year that Barack Obama won it by a narrow margin​ – the state has not been kind to Democrats. In 2010 Republicans ​took control of both houses of the ​state ​assembly for the first time since 1898 and Richard Burr won re-election to the US Senate with the highest vote share a Republican has received​ since the state began directly electing its ​senators. In 2012 Republicans won the governor’s chair, Mitt Romney took the state, and the state’s delegation in the US House of Representatives flipped from majority Democrat (7-6) to majority Republican (8-5). This year it was supposed to be Hagan’s turn to be shown the door. According to Public Policy Polling her approval rating is 41%. She voted for Obamacare. And Republicans are pouring millions into the state, making hers the most expensive race …

    October 30, 2014 10:46 am
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Technology

  • Papers Please wins 2014 GameCity Prize


    Border control simulation Papers, Please has won the fourth annual GameCity prize. Jurors from outside of the games industry, including the musician Peter Gabriel and the film director Darren Aronofsky, spent the summer playing and discussing six games from a varied shortlist, and their winner was announced on Wednesday night during the ongoing GameCity festival in Nottingham. The game, which puts players into the role of an immigration officer in a fictitious eastern European country, beat the Nintendo 3DS life simulation Animal Crossing: New Leaf, puzzle-platformer Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, first-person story exploration game Gone Home, the infamous big-budget open-world shooter Grand Theft Auto V, and episodic point and click adventure game Kentucky Route Zero. “Unlike previous years there wasn’t a clear critical consensus,” said the journalist Samira Ahmed, who led the jury. “Some jurors found games that felt like interactive movies or impressionistic models, while others found liberating creative worlds in which …

    October 30, 2014 7:03 am
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Science

  • Ancient auditory illusions reflected in prehistoric art?


    Related images(click to enlarge) Some of humankind’s earliest and most mysterious artistic achievements — including prehistoric cave paintings, canyon petroglyphs and megalithic structures such as Stonehenge — may have been inspired by the behaviors of sound waves being misinterpreted as “supernatural.” During the 168th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), to be held October 27-31, 2014 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown Hotel, Steven J. Waller, of Rock Art Acoustics, will describe several ways virtual sound images and absorbers can appear supernatural. “Ancient mythology explained echoes from the mouths of caves as replies from spirits, so our ancestors may have made cave paintings in response to these echoes and their belief that echo spirits inhabited rocky places such as caves or canyons,” explained Waller. Just as light reflection gives an illusion of seeing yourself duplicated in a mirror, sound waves reflecting off a surface are mathematically identical to sound waves emanating from a virtual …

    October 30, 2014 3:19 am
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Health

  • India’s universal healthcare rollout to cost $26 billion: official


    NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s universal health plan that aims to offer guaranteed benefits to a sixth of the world’s population will cost an estimated 1.6 trillion rupees ($26 billion) over the next four years, a senior health ministry official said. Under the National Health Assurance Mission, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government would provide all citizens with free drugs and diagnostic treatment, as well as insurance cover to treat serious ailments. The proposed plan would be rolled out in phases from April 2015 and will cover the entire population by March 2019, C.K. Mishra, an additional secretary at the health ministry, told Reuters. When the entire population is covered, it would cost an estimated $11.4 billion annually. “If you want to deliver the service, that is what it will take,” Mishra said, disclosing for the first time an expert group’s cost estimates that will be considered by the finance ministry for inclusion in the government’s …

    October 30, 2014 7:02 am
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Entertainment

  • Gwyneth Paltrow Calls Chris Martin "Father Of The Year" At Charity Gala


    Posted on Thu Oct 30th, 2014 8:10am PDT       By X17 Staff Jennifer Lawrence probably made the right decision calling it off! Gwyneth Paltrow attended the Inspiration Gala for amFar last night in L.A., and the actress surprised the crowd by introducing ex-husband Chris Martin before his performance. “This brilliant singer-songwriter has sold 8 million records, has won every single award that there is to be won, especially Father of the Year, which he has won consecutively since 2004. I am speaking of Chris Martin and the incredibly talented Jonny Buckland, who together make up one-half of the legendary band Coldplay,” she told the crowd. The Goop queen sounds like she wants to consciously couple with her ex again!   Stories from around the Web

    October 30, 2014 10:45 am
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Editorial

  • The presumption of liberty: Ebola, the IRS and your rights


    In the years following the adoption of the Constitution, before he was Secretary of State under President Thomas Jefferson and then president himself, James Madison, who wrote the Constitution, was a member of the House of Representatives. During that period of his life, he gave illuminating speeches and wrote elegant essays and letters about human freedom. In one of his essays, Madison noted that freedom came about in Europe when the people rose up and cast off or intimidated tyrants, who reluctantly granted the people the freedoms they sought. That was, in Madison’s words, “power granting liberty.” The American experience was the opposite, he argued.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT After we seceded from Great Britain, the free people of the 13 independent states voluntarily came together and through the states delegated discrete amounts of power to a central government. That was, in Madison’s words, “liberty granting power,” especially since the people reserved to themselves the liberties they …

    October 30, 2014 7:02 am
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Odd News

  • Man who vanished from Denver NFL game said he ‘had his fill of football’


    DENVER (Reuters) – A man who vanished during a National Football League game in Denver last week only to be found safe days later told police afterward that he had had his “fill of football” and had wanted to go somewhere warmer, authorities said on Wednesday. Paul Kitterman made national headlines this week when his family and friends asked the public for help in finding the 53-year-old who failed to return to his seat after halftime of the Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers game last Thursday. Kitterman was found unharmed on Tuesday night in Pueblo, Colorado, about 115 miles south of Denver, police said. Pueblo Police said in a statement that they had received a tip that Kitterman was in the area, and officers located him in the parking lot of a Kmart department store. Kitterman was fatigued but coherent when evaluated by paramedics, police said, adding that he told officers he had had “his fill …

    October 29, 2014 3:08 pm
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