• Doctor with Ebola in New York stable; Obama hugs nurse

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Obama administration is considering quarantines for healthcare workers returning from Ebola-ravaged West African countries, an official said on Friday, as authorities in New York retraced the steps of a doctor...
  • Nadal rules himself out of ATP World Tour Finals

    LONDON (Reuters) – Former world number one Rafa Nadal will miss the ATP World Tour Finals next month after opting to have surgery to remove his appendix. The Spanish 14-times grand slam champion told reporters...
  • Egypt: 29 killed in Sinai attacks

    Egypt: 29 killed in Sinai attacks

    24 October 2014 Last updated at 20:32 A suspected jihadist car bomb has killed at least 26 Egyptian soldiers at a checkpoint in Sinai, officials say. The attack took place near El Arish, the main...
  • Who Knew Heidi Montag And Aubrey O’Day Were BFFs?

    Who Knew Heidi Montag And Aubrey O’Day Were BFFs?

    Posted on Fri Oct 24th, 2014 11:43am PDT       By X17 Staff Heidi Montag and Aubrey O’Day are friends?! While we really aren’t surprised to know that terrible, plastic people flock together, we didn’t know they were...
  • Ukraine voters to pass verdict on pro-Europe politics

    Ukraine voters to pass verdict on pro-Europe politics

    24 October 2014 Last updated at 19:52 By Echo Chambers Opinion and analysis from around the world Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko could win a working majority in the Ukrainian legislature this Sunday Sunday could be...
  • Manager Bochy part of international flavor at Series

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The World Series has a strong international flavor this year with the most surprising foreign-born participant the man calling the shots from the San Francisco Giants dugout, manager Bruce Bochy. Bochy...
  • Egypt: Sinai ‘bomb’ kills 26 troops

    Egypt: Sinai ‘bomb’ kills 26 troops

    24 October 2014 Last updated at 18:31 A suspected jihadist car bomb attack has killed at least 26 Egyptian soldiers at a checkpoint in Sinai, officials say. The attack took place near El Arish, the...
  • Can Facebook live up to the hype?

    Can Facebook live up to the hype?

      Speaking solely in Mandarin in front of a Chinese audience was probably really hard for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. But satisfying Wall Street’s extremely high expectations for his company when Facebook reports its third...

Headline News

  • Doctor with Ebola in New York stable; Obama hugs nurse


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Obama administration is considering quarantines for healthcare workers returning from Ebola-ravaged West African countries, an official said on Friday, as authorities in New York retraced the steps of a doctor with the disease. In Washington, President Barack Obama hugged a Dallas nurse who survived Ebola after catching it from a patient. Quarantining healthcare workers returning to the United States from the Ebola “hot zone” was one of a number of options being discussed by officials from across the administration, Tom Skinner, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told Reuters. The CDC-led discussions began on Thursday after Dr. Craig Spencer tested positive for the disease that day after returning to New York from West Africa. Spencer, 33, a New Yorker who spent a month with the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders working with Ebola patients in Guinea, was the fourth person diagnosed with the virus in …

    October 24, 2014 2:58 pm
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Politics

  • Ratings Changes in Seven House Races, All Toward GOP


    By Nathan L. Gonzales Posted at 12:36 p.m. Oct. 24 0 Tweet Gibson looks an even safer bet in New York. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, we’re changing the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call ratings in seven House races. You can read more explanation in the Oct. 24 update for Rothenberg Political Report subscribers ($). Here are the races: California’s 24th District (Lois Capps, D) – From Safe Democrat to Favored Democratic Hawaii’s 1st District (Open; Colleen Hanabusa, D) – From Favored Democratic to Leans Democratic Illinois’ 12th District (Bill Enyart, D) – From Pure Tossup to Tossup/Tilts Republican Illinois’ 13th District (Rodney Davis, R) – From Leans Republican to Favored Republican Minnesota’s 8th District (Rick Nolan, DFL) – From Leans Democratic to Tossup/Tilts Democratic New York’s 19th District (Chris Gibson, R) – From Leans Republican to Favored Republican New York’s 21st District (Open; Bill Owens, …

    October 24, 2014 12:56 pm
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Stocks

  • Can Facebook live up to the hype?


      Speaking solely in Mandarin in front of a Chinese audience was probably really hard for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. But satisfying Wall Street’s extremely high expectations for his company when Facebook reports its third quarter results on Tuesday may prove to be even more difficult. Shares of Facebook (FB, Tech30) hit an all-time high of above $80 a share on Thursday. They were down slightly Friday. Facebook went public in May 2012 at $38 a share and wound up plunging to $17.55 a few months later due to worries that Zuckerberg had no mobile strategy for Facebook. So in a little more than two years, the stock has more than quadrupled from its lows. Shares are up more than 45% this year alone. It’s a stunning turnaround. And it’s all due to Facebook’s successful transition from the desktop to smartphones and tablets. Facebook finished the second quarter with 1.07 billion mobile monthly active users. …

    October 24, 2014 1:57 pm
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Sports

  • Nadal rules himself out of ATP World Tour Finals


    LONDON (Reuters) – Former world number one Rafa Nadal will miss the ATP World Tour Finals next month after opting to have surgery to remove his appendix. The Spanish 14-times grand slam champion told reporters after losing to Croatian teenager Borna Coric at the Swiss Indoors in Basel on Friday that he would have surgery on Nov. 3. “I’m not going to play Paris or London, I’m not competitive enough,” said the 28-year-old who has been treating his appendicitis with antibiotics. The eight-man London season-ender begins on Nov. 9. (Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ken Ferris)

    October 24, 2014 2:58 pm
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World News

  • Egypt: 29 killed in Sinai attacks


    24 October 2014 Last updated at 20:32 A suspected jihadist car bomb has killed at least 26 Egyptian soldiers at a checkpoint in Sinai, officials say. The attack took place near El Arish, the main town in the north of the restive peninsula. Three more died in a shooting in the town itself. The bomb blast is one of the deadliest attacks in Sinai for months. At least 28 more people were injured. The army has been fighting a campaign against Sinai-based militants, who have carried out a string of attacks there. The area has become increasingly lawless since President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in 2011. Militants further stepped up their attacks after Islamist President Mohammed Morsi was ousted by the army last year. Security forces have been carrying out an offensive in northern Sinai, killing and capturing dozens of suspected members of jihadist groups. Many of the casualties from the bomb blast were ferried …

    October 24, 2014 2:58 pm
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Technology

  • Hailo says Uber blocked investors


    24 October 2014 Last updated at 18:41 By Dave Lee Technology reporter, BBC News The Hailo taxi app is in fierce competition with Uber in several markets – but particularly London Taxi app Hailo has complained rival Uber is blocking potential investors from offering funding. Speaking to the BBC, Hailo chairman Ron Zeghibe alleged Uber would talk to potential investors only if they agreed not to invest in Hailo or other rivals. Hailo recently abandoned its business in North America, saying it could not compete with Uber’s “astronomical marketing spend”. Uber said it did not wish to respond to Mr Zeghibe’s remarks. However, other sources close to the taxi app industry said Uber was acting with “common sense” and protecting itself from having its ideas stolen. Uber recently secured $1.2bn (£750m) in funding, valuing the company at $18bn. Mr Zeghibe told the BBC: “[Uber] can spend money like drunken sailors.” He added: “In raising that …

    October 24, 2014 12:57 pm
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Science

  • NASA Seeks Ultra-lightweight Materials to Help Enable Journey to Mars


    NASA is seeking proposals to develop and manufacture ultra-lightweight materials for aerospace vehicles and structures of the future. Proposals will demonstrate lower-mass alternatives to honeycomb or foam cores currently used in composite sandwich structures. Composite sandwich structures are a special type of material made by attaching two thin skins to a lightweight core. This type of composite is used extensively within the aerospace industry and in other applications where reducing weight while maintaining structural strength is important. A common use for these sorts of composites is the shrouds for launch vehicles and other key technology components that will enable our journey to Mars. The goal of this Game Changing Development Program effort is to develop and demonstrate scalable and cost-effective manufacturing approaches to produce ultra-lightweight core materials both as flat panels and curved structures. The final products will have half or less the area density of conventional honeycomb cores, with equal or better mechanical properties. …

    October 24, 2014 1:17 pm
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Health

  • Doctor with Ebola in New York stable; nurse is virus-free


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Authorities retraced the steps of an American doctor with Ebola, who was listed Friday in stable condition at a New York hospital’s isolation unit, while seeking to reassure a jittery public that the threat from the virus was limited. Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, who was infected after working with Ebola patients in West Africa, on Thursday became the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United States and the first in its largest city. Spencer was awake and talking to family and friends on a cellphone, Dr. Mary Travis Bassett, New York’s health commissioner, said at a news conference. Meanwhile, Nina Pham, one of two nurses from a Dallas hospital infected with Ebola after treating the first patient diagnosed with the disease in the United States, was declared virus-free. She walked out smiling and unassisted from the Maryland hospital where she had been treated. The White House said President Barack …

    October 24, 2014 12:56 pm
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Entertainment

  • Who Knew Heidi Montag And Aubrey O’Day Were BFFs?


    Posted on Fri Oct 24th, 2014 11:43am PDT       By X17 Staff Heidi Montag and Aubrey O’Day are friends?! While we really aren’t surprised to know that terrible, plastic people flock together, we didn’t know they were BFFs! What do you think they talk about? Science? ISIS? War on terror? Probably all of the above! The bottled blondes, who were out in full force with Bad Girls star Natalie Nunn, at Life Style Weekly‘s 10 Year Anniversary Party, held at the SkyBar at the Mondrian Los Angeles. For the soiree, Heidi opted to cover up her tatas in a black shirt and show off dem legs in a short black leather skirt. Aubrey O’Day raised a few eyebrows when she went on with a pretty intense zombie stare and dressed like a human doily, picking peach lace to clothe herself. Other Hollywood luminaries at the celebratory bash were Peta Murgatroyd, Janice Dickinson, Draya Michele, Brittny Gastineau, Morgan …

    October 24, 2014 2:38 pm
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Editorial

  • ‘Thank you, heavenly Father': Faith, Alzheimer’s and my husband Glen Campbell


    My husband, Glen Campbell, has stage 6 Alzheimer’s disease. Seven months ago, at the recommendation of his doctors, we placed him in a memory care facility close to our home in Nashville. It’s a community that’s designed specifically for the needs of those who have Alzheimer’s and dementia. They have all kinds of therapies and activities that stimulate parts of the brain affected by the illness. It’s a safe and secure environment where he receives around-the-clock care. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT It’s been good for him. He just seems more at peace there than he was at home, where he became increasingly agitated and frantic. He lives in a mental fog most of the time. He’s lost most of his language skills and has a hard time communicating. He still has moments of lucidity, though, and those moments let us know he’s still in there and that he’s the Glen we’ve always known. He can make short …

    October 24, 2014 12:56 pm
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Odd News

  • Romanian princess, husband sentenced for Oregon cockfighting ring


    PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) – A princess fifth in line for the Romanian throne and her husband who admitted running a cockfighting ring in rural Oregon have both sentenced to probation and ordered to forfeit $200,000 from the sale of the property, federal prosecutors said on Thursday. Irina Walker and her husband John Walker pleaded guilty in July to one count of running an illegal gambling operation with at a barn-like structure on their ranch in Irrigon, near the Washington state border, where they held cockfighting “derbies.” Prosecutors said the cockfighting events came complete with a chef cooking Mexican food and alcoholic drinks. They said the Walkers charged attendees $20, while participants paid $1,000 to enter up to five roosters in fights. As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors that saw additional charges dropped, the couple admitted to financing, supervising and owning the cockfighting venture during 2012 and 2013. They were each sentenced on Wednesday …

    October 23, 2014 4:54 pm
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