Headline News

  • Using military and new protocols, U.S. ramps up Ebola response


    DALLAS (Reuters) – The United States is issuing new protocols for health workers treating Ebola patients and a rapid-response military medical team prepared to start training, even as 43 people being monitored for the virus were declared risk free. The government’s new guidelines, which a top health official said could come out as soon as Monday, were expected to tell health workers to cover skin and hair completely when dealing with patients who have the virus that has killed more than 4,500 in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. There have been just three cases diagnosed inside the United States, a Liberian man who died in Dallas, Texas, on Oct. 8 and two nurses who treated him and are now themselves patients. The old guidelines, based on World Health Organization protocols, said workers should wear masks but allowed some skin exposure. The virus is spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of infected people and …

    October 20, 2014 3:54 pm
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Politics

  • Michelle Nunn’s Big Challenge: Breaking 50 Percent


    By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 2:56 p.m. today 0 Tweet Nunn is introduced by state Sen. Freddie Powell Sims at an April campaign event. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) The competitive open-seat Senate race in Georgia has become an unwanted liability for Republicans’ chances of winning a majority, but Democrat Michelle Nunn still has a perilous path to win a majority of the vote on Nov. 4. National Republicans, who just spent $1.4 million more to support their nominee, say David Perdue is still up. But his stumble and hiccuped recovery from comments about his “outsourcing” past have undoubtedly breathed new life into the Nunn campaign — and given national Democrats their best offensive opportunity. Still, with a third-party candidate expected to take a chunk of votes, an unfavorable national climate and a small margin for error in this Republican-leaning state, Nunn has several hurdles standing in the way of her best chance for …

    October 20, 2014 2:52 pm
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Stocks

  • Apple profit soars on huge iPhone, Mac sales


      Apple reported a quarterly profit and sales on Tuesday that rose from year-ago results, soundly beating Wall Street’s forecasts. Apple sold 39.3 million iPhones in the past quarter, which included nearly two weeks of sales for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. IPhone sales beat most analysts’ expectations and were up 16% from a year ago. The new iPhones went on sale in the United States and a handful of other countries on Sept. 19. Apple also sold 12.3 million iPads, a record 5.5 million Macintosh computers and 2.6 million iPods. Apple updated its iPad and Mac lineup last week, including a thinner iPad Air 2 and an iMac with an ultra-high definition screen. The Cupertino, Calif., based company said its net income rose to $8.5 million, or $1.42 per share in Apple’s fiscal fourth quarter, up 12.7% from a year earlier. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters forecast earnings of $1.31 per …

    October 20, 2014 3:53 pm
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Sports

  • European Tour announces early part of 2015 schedule


    London, England (SportsNetwork.com) – The European Tour announced the early portion of its 2014-15 international schedule on Monday. The early slate includes a pair of new tournaments. The season will kick off in December with a pair of traditional events in South Africa, the Nedbank Challenge and the Alfred Dunhill Championship. Once the calendar flips to 2015, the South African Open begins the schedule on January 8. The traditional desert swing with two events in the United Arab Emirates and one in Qatar are next. The tour heads to Malaysia and Thailand for a pair of events in early February. The Maybank Malaysian Open will be contested two months earlier this year as it had been played in mid-April three of the last four years. The Thailand event and the following tournament, the Hero Indian Open, are both new events to the Race to Dubai and both are co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour. A three-week …

    October 20, 2014 3:54 pm
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World News

  • ‘Burqa ban’ headache for parliament after terrorist threat overreaction


    It was like the morning after the big night before on Monday as federal parliament reviewed some of its more extreme agitated responses to the terrorist threat during the last sitting period in early October. We learned that the parliament house threat level has not in fact increased since 2010 and remains at medium – despite the increase in the national threat level from medium to high. This despite the prime minister’s September warning that “chatter” involving the building had been picked up “between Australians in Syria and Iraq and their supporters here in Australia”. And we learned the so-called “burqa ban”, and all the terrible signals it sent, and all the damage it did, was prompted by an anonymous tipster called “Media Manipulator” dialling the 2UE whisper line with a rumour about a protest, which was heard by Channel Nine, whose film crew passed it on the the Australian federal police. Seriously, this whole …

    October 20, 2014 3:54 pm
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Technology

  • Want superfast speeds on your Samsung Galaxy Note 4? Head to Singapore


    Aloysius Low/CNET One of the best things about living in Singapore is the mobile network infrastructure. Over the past few years, the Singapore government has invested heavily in making the island state as fibered up as possible. That result of that effort was more than evident as I tested the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which supports LTE-Advanced data networks. Though I didn’t hit the fastest possible download speeds of up to 300Mbps, I far eclipsed the speeds that my US colleague, Jessica Dolcourt, encountered when reviewing the Galaxy Note 4 in San Francisco. So far only one carrier here, SingTel, has a LTE-Advanced network in place. It covers 55 percent of the island, but my download speeds topped 183Mbps while Jessica clocked 50Mbps for her highest download speed using ATT. Speeds in Singapore (left) versus San Francisco (right). Screenshot by Aloysius Low/CNET and Jessica Dolcourt/CNET To be honest, it feels more like a numbers game …

    October 20, 2014 2:52 pm
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Science

  • Secrets of dinosaur ecology found in fragile amber


    Ryan McKellar’s research sounds like it was plucked from Jurassic Park: he studies pieces of amber found buried with dinosaur skeletons. But rather than re-creating dinosaurs, McKellar uses the tiny pieces of fossilized tree resin to study the world in which the now-extinct behemoths lived. New techniques for investigating very tiny pieces of fragile amber buried in dinosaur bonebeds could close the gaps in knowledge about the ecology of the dinosaurs, said McKellar, who is a research scientist at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Saskatchewan, Canada. “Basically it puts a backdrop to these dinosaur digs, it tells us a bit about the habitat,” said McKellar. The amber can show what kinds of plants were abundant, and what the atmosphere was like at the time the amber was formed, he explained. Scientists can then put together details regarding what kind of habitat the dinosaur lived in and how the bonebed formed. The preliminary findings about dinosaur …

    October 20, 2014 3:12 pm
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Health

  • World must stop Ebola in West Africa or face ‘pandemic': Cuba’s Castro


    HAVANA (Reuters) – The world must confront Ebola in West Africa to prevent what could become one of the worst pandemics in human history, Cuban President Raul Castro said on Monday. “I am convinced that if this threat is not stopped in West Africa with an immediate international response … it could become one of the gravest pandemics in human history,” Castro told a summit of the leftist ALBA bloc of Latin American and Caribbean countries in Havana. Cuba is sending 461 doctors and nurses to West Africa, the largest medical contingent of any single country to fight the worst Ebola outbreak on record. The virus has killed more than 4,500 people since March, mostly in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Among the dead are 239 healthcare workers, the World Health Organization said. Castro reiterated Cuba’s willingness to set aside 55 years of hostility with the United States to stand together against Ebola. Washington is …

    October 20, 2014 2:52 pm
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Entertainment

  • Fergie Gets Her Sexy On As Hubby Josh Duhamel Is On Daddy Duty With Son Axl


    Posted on Mon Oct 20th, 2014 11:55am PDT       By X17 Staff Fergie’s one hot mama! On Sunday, the sexy lady showed off her toned abs and her fit form when she posted pics from her latest music video shoot, “LA Love (La La),” in Los Angeles. The “Fergalicious” songstress teased fans with a post of herself on a bus, wearing little more than a bikini. Meanwhile her main man was busy doing some major daddy duty on Sunday. Football fan Josh Duhamel was carrying their supercute son Axl on some early morning errands. Both were decked out as Minnesota Vikings fans. Looks like they’re excited for football season! It’s never too early to start getting them in football spirit!   SEE THE GALLERY Josh Duhamel Is On Daddy Duty Stories from around the Web

    October 20, 2014 2:31 pm
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Editorial

Odd News

  • California woman gets stuck in chimney trying to sneak into home


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California woman who tried to sneak into a house through the chimney got stuck and had to be rescued by firefighters, who used dish soap to help extricate the soot-covered intruder, authorities said on Monday. Local media reports say the woman, identified by police as Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, 30, tried on Sunday to enter the Los Angeles-area house of a man who said he met her online, and that when she got stuck she started screaming for help. Firefighters who arrived found her about 7 feet (2 meters) down the chimney, which they took apart brick by brick down to the roof line, Ventura County Department spokesman Bill Nash said. “She’s stuck in there and obviously she doesn’t need bricks falling down on her on top of that,” Nash said. The team of about 10 firefighters spent two hours extracting the woman, pulling her out with straps after lubricating the chimney …

    October 20, 2014 3:12 pm
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