Headline News

  • Austin police say shooter who targeted downtown buildings dead


    November 28, 2014: Police officers respond to a report of a shooting in Austin, Texas. Authorities say a gunman who targeted multiple buildings downtown was killed by police early Friday. (MyFoxAustin.com) Authorities say a male shooter who targeted multiple buildings in Austin, Texas early Friday was killed by police.  Police said the shooting took place at approximately 2:20 a.m. local time and targeted at least three buildings: the police department’s headquarters, the Mexican Consulate, and the federal courthouse.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT MyFoxAustin.com reporters said they had spotted bullet holes in the security booth outside the federal courthouse.   Police Chief of Staff Raul Munguia said the shooter was wearing some kind of vest with a possible explosive device attached. Munguia also said that authorities spotted what appeared to be an improvised explosive device in the suspect’s car. Investigators were also sent to the suspect’s home to determine whether there was any threat there.  MyFoxAustin.com reported that …

    November 28, 2014 6:41 am
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Politics

  • Coming home to Ferguson


    By CHIP GOINES November 28, 2014 People walk towards a car lot where several cars had been burned and damaged following a night of rioting in Ferguson, Missouri As a black man who grew up near Ferguson, I dreaded going home for Thanksgiving this week. I watched cable news with dismay while I packed Tuesday. Familiar parts of my old neighborhood were burning. While the Tuesday morning sky was relatively calm above Ferguson as I landed, I knew things on the ground were different as soon as I saw the National Guard Humvees and police cruisers parked along the roads as I left Lambert-St. Louis Airport. Not even in the paranoid months following Sept. 11 had they been out in such force. My mother, who lives a few minutes away from Ferguson, in Florissant, participated in the early peaceful protests after Michael Brown’s shooting. We talked almost daily about it. She had planned to attend …

    November 28, 2014 6:41 am
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Stocks

  • Black Friday on strike: Walmart workers vow big protests


    Shoppers won’t be the only ones lined up outside some Walmart stores on Black Friday. Some aggrieved Walmart workers and their advocates have a slew of grievances. And for the third year in a row, they will air them on one of the busiest shopping days: Black Friday. Protesters are expected to gather outside 1,600 Walmart (WMT) stores across the country as the retailer launches doorbuster deals. That would be more than ever before, according to organizers. Some demonstrations are planned for Wednesday, while others will take place on Thanksgiving Day or Black Friday. Among the bigger events are expected in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Chicago, Tampa, Dallas, Denver and Sacramento. Walmart has 4,281 U.S. stores.   Some workers are expected to strike, walking off the job during their shift. They will be joined by teachers and other community leaders. The demonstrators are backed by groups like OUR Walmart, which has union ties. And they …

    November 28, 2014 5:40 am
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Sports

  • Brazilian hospital says Pele’s condition continues to improve as he undergoes kidney treatment


    SAO PAULO –  A Brazilian hospital says Pele’s condition is improving as he undergoes temporary kidney treatment in an intensive care unit. The Albert Einstein hospital says the 74-year-old Pele is “lucid” and breathing normally without any support. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Brazilian soccer great has been hospitalized since Monday because of a urinary infection. He had surgery to remove kidney stones on Nov. 13. On Thursday, Pele denied that he was put into an intensive care unit. He and his staff had said he was only transferred to a special unit where he could have more privacy while being monitored. They could not immediately be contacted on Friday.

    November 28, 2014 6:42 am
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World News

  • Pope in Turkey to boost faith ties


    28 November 2014 Last updated at 11:56 The papal visit to Turkey will be only the fourth in history Pope Francis is in Turkey for what is described as a historic visit to promote religious dialogue. At the start of his three-day trip he is to hold talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara. The Pope is due to travel to Istanbul to meet the head of the Orthodox Christian church. This is only the fourth visit by a pope to Muslim-majority Turkey. During his trip, Pope Francis is likely to touch on humanitarian issues, such as the plight of Syrian refugees. The visit comes as Islamic State insurgents have captured swathes of neighbouring Iraq and Syria. Turkey is now home to at least 1.6 million people from Syria, most of them living close to the border. In an interview on the eve of his visit, the Pope made his feelings on the Syrian …

    November 28, 2014 6:42 am
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Technology

  • Europol arrests 118 people using stolen credit cards to pay for flights


    Police have arrested 118 people at 84 airports around the world as part of a global investigation into plane tickets paid for with stolen or fake credit card details. Troels Oerting, director of Europol’s European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3), told the Guardian that many of those arrested were linked to other forms of crime, including robbery, shoplifting, illegal immigration and drug smuggling. The operation, co-ordinated by EC3, brought together 49 law enforcement agencies from around the world, numerous banks, 64 airlines and the International Air Transport Association to share intelligence on fraudulent transactions. Interpol in Singapore and Ameripol in Bogota took charge of operations in non-European destinations. Officers were waiting at 84 global airports to pick up those who had used stolen credit card numbers to buy their tickets, while Europol, reported 281 suspicious transactions. “We have again proven that we have ‘upgraded’ to version 2.0 our ability to work smooth less together across borders …

    November 28, 2014 6:41 am
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Science

  • Salamanders are a more abundant food source in forest ecosystems than previously thought


    Related images(click to enlarge) In the 1970s, ecologists published results from one of the first whole-forest ecosystem studies ever conducted in Hubbard Brook, New Hampshire. In the paper, scientists reported that salamanders represent one of the largest sources of biomass, or food, of all vertebrates in the forest landscape. Now, using new sampling and statistical techniques not available during the past study, researchers at the University of Missouri have estimated that the population of salamanders in forested regions of the Missouri Ozarks are 2-4 times higher than originally thought, and in other regions of the eastern U.S. may be on average 10 times higher. Scientists believe that acknowledging salamanders as one of the main food sources in forest ecosystems could help drive conservation efforts and forest management. “Our lab works to identify salamanders as an influential part of the forest ecosystem and food chain,” said Ray Semlitsch, Curators Professor of Biological Sciences in the College …

    November 28, 2014 2:59 am
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Health

  • WHO advises male Ebola survivors to abstain from sex


    LONDON (Reuters) – Men who recover from Ebola should abstain from sex for three months to minimize the risk of passing the virus on in their semen, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. Ebola, a disease that has infected and killing thousands in a vast epidemic in West Africa, normally spreads via bodily fluids such as blood, saliva and faeces. Although sexual transmission of Ebola virus disease has never been documented, the virus has been detected in the survivors’ semen. “Men who have recovered from Ebola virus disease should be aware that seminal fluid may be infectious for as long as three months after onset of symptoms,” the WHO said in a statement. “Because of the potential to transmit the virus sexually during this time, they should maintain good personal hygiene after masturbation, and either abstain from sex (including oral sex) for three months after onset of symptoms, or use condoms if abstinence …

    November 28, 2014 6:41 am
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Entertainment

  • Kevin Federline’s penis pic is so wrong, but not for the reason you think


    Kevin Federline doesn’t want his son to perform in Vegas There is apparently a picture that has been blowing up on the internet that shows Federline in all smiles as he lies on a couch in a baggy navy T-shirt with his pants pulled down and his penis exposed and firmly in his grip — or is it? If you thought this was your opportunity to finally see Federline naked, then not so fast. According to TMZ, this raunchy penis-exposing picture of the former backup dancer — that has fast and furiously been making its way around the internet — is a complete fake! And how do they know that it’s fake? Well, apparently Federline’s slong is much, much bigger in real life. Britney Spears and Kevin Federline’s tax lien Sources close to the father-of-six have revealed to the gossip outlet that the picture is 100 percent Photoshopped because not only are there no tattoos around the crotch area (which …

    November 28, 2014 6:21 am
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Editorial

  • Small Business Saturday: Five reasons to stay local and shop small


    FILE – Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013: Shoppers enter a Best Buy as the store opens on Thanksgiving Day in Overland Park, Kansas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Small Business Saturday (November 29) is upon us. This year, it’s imperative that “We the People” remember that small business isn’t a political slogan or a passing fad in the American economy. It is the fabric that bonds together our values of liberty, freedom, and the spirited independence that inspires millions of people to do anything and everything to immigrate to this great land of ours.  So, this weekend, if you are looking for a better deal, reconsider your support of the big box store and give your local small businesses a second look, a second chance.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Why? Because shopping “small” is truly the most patriotic thing you can do, while shopping for your relatives and friends. Shopping “small” is truly the most patriotic thing you can do, while …

    November 28, 2014 6:41 am
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Odd News

  • French farmers cry wolf over sheep killings


    PARIS (Reuters) – French farmers, who regularly bring livestock into Paris to punctuate their protests, drove some 250 sheep into the shadow of the Eiffel Tower on Thursday to highlight an unusual concern – that a growing wolf population is killing their flocks. Wolves were reintroduced to France in the 1990s under an international convention on wildlife conservation in Europe. There are now an estimated 300 wolves in the country and the number is growing each year. According to the French sheep organization (FNO), the number of animals they kill has risen too – by nearly two thirds since 2011 – and is likely to top 8,000 this year. “We are asking that wolves be removed from sheep breeding regions because they are incompatible with our work,” Michele Boudoin, secretary general of the French sheep organisation (FNO) said. She stressed that France’s “wolf plan”, which compensates farmers for sheep losses and pays for prevention measures …

    November 27, 2014 2:39 pm
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