Headline News

  • Person of interest named in hunt for missing Virginia student

    (Reuters) – Police looking for a missing University of Virginia student identified a 32-year-old man, Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr, as a person of interest in the case on Saturday, a day after searching his car and apartment. Matthew was named as a person of interest in the case of 18-year-old Hannah Graham, who disappeared on Sept. 13, but authorities said Matthew has not been charged and was not in custody. Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo on Friday said that Matthew was at home when the search warrant was executed, but officers had no reason to take him into custody. Graham and Matthew were seen entering a bar in downtown Charlottesville at about 1 a.m. last Saturday. They had drinks before leaving together after 15 minutes, Longo said, driving away in Matthew’s orange Chrysler coupe. Police searched Matthew’s apartment on Friday after finding his car parked outside and searching the vehicle. The disappearance of Graham, a …

    September 20, 2014 8:56 pm


  • Five ways to protect self from data breaches

    Shoppers walk through the aisles at the Home Depot store in Williston, Vt.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot) Data breaches at retailers aren’t going away but there are ways consumers can protect themselves from future heists of their payment card information. Home Depot said Thursday that malicious software lurking in its check-out terminals between April and September affected 56 million debit and credit cards that customers swiped at its stores. Target, Michaels and Neiman Marcus have also been attacked by hackers in the past year. More breaches are likely. The Department of Homeland Security Department warned last month that more than 1,000 retailers could have malware in their cash-register computers. Here are five ways to protect yourself: 1. CONSIDER ANOTHER WAY TO PAY Try newer ways to pay, such as PayPal or Apple Pay. “Any technology that avoids you having your credit card in your hand in a store is safer,” says Craig Young, security researcher for software …

    September 20, 2014 8:55 pm


  • Scotland should avoid Quebec’s fate

    Scotland’s clear rejection of independence has eased fears that it could suffer the kind of decline seen in Quebec after it failed to break away from Canada. Quebec held two votes on independence — in 1980 and then again in 1995 — and in their wake suffered years of slower growth than the rest of the country. While plenty of risks remain for Britain, the margin of defeat suffered by independence campaigners should save Scotland from damaging open ended uncertainty. “This means that longer term investors will not fear a fresh referendum, preventing any adverse impact on direct investment flows into the U.K.,” said HSBC in a report. Just over 55% of Scots voted to remain in the U.K. during Thursday’s referendum — a bigger majority than expected — and analysts say the chances of another referendum are slim. They were further reduced Friday by the resignation of Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond. Related: Markets …

    September 20, 2014 7:55 pm


  • Hill, No. 6 Texas A&M rout SMU

    Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Kenny Hill threw for 265 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the first half and No. 6 Texas AM routed SMU, 58-6, on Saturday afternoon. Hill was 16-of-22 and added 57 yards on the ground and Trey Williams carried the ball seven times for 66 yards and two scores for the Aggies (4-0), who are off to their first 4-0 start since 2006. The sensational sophomore Hill, who took over for 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel as Texas AM’s starting quarterback this season, has 13 touchdown passes and just one interception so far this year. “I think I’ve come along all right. I’ve had moments where I haven’t done too well, but I’ve had moments that I’ve done great. I think I just need to be more consistent,” Hill said. Texas AM outgained the Mustangs 663-241. Jeremy Tabuyo caught two passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns, Malcome …

    September 20, 2014 8:56 pm

World News

  • Jacqui Lambie says criticism over burqa post is a ‘gross overreaction’

    Palmer United party senator Jacqui Lambie says criticism of her use of an image of Afghanistan’s first female policewoman, Malalai Kakar, as part of an anti-burqa campaign is a “gross overreaction” and Kakar would have supported her view, knowing how easy it is to “conceal weapons or bombs” in a burqa. Appearing on the ABC’s Insiders on Sunday morning, Lambie also repeated her call for people who believed in sharia to leave Australia, but struggled to explain what sharia was. Lambie said she knew who Kakar was when she shared the image on Facebook of Kakar in a burqa holding a gun, edited with the caption: “Terror attack level: severe – an attack is highly likely. For security reasons it’s now time to ban the burqa.” Kakar was shot by the Taliban in 2008 outside her home in front of her young son after campaigning for women’s rights and against extremism. The photographer, Lana Slezic, …

    September 20, 2014 8:57 pm


  • Touch, hear, pal around in a virtual world: Oculus execs discuss the future

    Oculus executives discussing VR’s future at the company’s first developer conference. Ian Sherr/CNET HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — What’s next for virtual reality technology? Ask most developers, and they’ll mention obvious advancements Oculus could make with its device, such as higher-quality displays. But beyond that, the next big technological breakthrough some are expecting from the company is motion controllers — devices that let players drive the action and manipulate objects in games with hand and body movements. Oculus has been developing motion controllers, but it has yet to actually show them off. During a panel at Oculus’ first developer conference here, executives from the company gave potential insight as to why. The struggle, they said, is making a controller that feels as realistic as possible. While many users have become accustomed to holding an Xbox controller, motion controllers are far more complex and they still don’t really simulate real-life enough to help players feel like they’re in …

    September 20, 2014 8:56 pm


  • NASA Launches New Citizen Science Website; Opens Challenge to Participate in Future Mars Missions

    [image-36] NASA announced Saturday the opening of registration for its Mars Balance Mass Challenge and the launch of its new website, NASA Solve, at the World Maker Faire in New York. “NASA is committed to engaging the public, and specifically the maker community through innovative activities like the Mars Balance Mass Challenge,” said NASA Chief Technologist David Miller. “And NASA Solve is a great way for members of the public, makers and other citizen scientists to see all NASA challenges and prizes in one location.” The Mars Balance Mass Challenge seeks design ideas for small science and technology payloads that could potentially provide dual purpose as ejectable balance masses on spacecraft entering the Martian atmosphere. The payloads will serve two roles: perform scientific or technology functions that help us learn more about the Red Planet, and provide the necessary weight to balance planetary landers. Submissions are due by Nov. 21. A winner will be announced …

    September 20, 2014 5:12 pm


  • Bill Clinton says must ‘do whatever it takes’ to fight Ebola

    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – New initiatives from the United States, Britain, France and other countries to help fight the Ebola epidemic that has been spreading exponentially in West Africa marked a “good beginning,” former President Bill Clinton said on Saturday, but said the world will need to do more. “We’re still a little behind the curve but we’re getting there,” Clinton told reporters in a conference call, a day before his charity, the Clinton Global Initiative, was set to begin its 10th annual meeting in New York. A chartered 747 jet, carrying the largest single shipment of aid to the Ebola zone to date and coordinated by CGI and other U.S. aid organizations, departed New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday afternoon bound for West Africa. After refueling in Cape Verde, the Kalitta Air charter is scheduled to land in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Sunday morning. The shipment of 170 pallets containing gloves, …

    September 20, 2014 4:52 pm


  • Madonna’s Son David Banda’s Got Moves Like His Mama

    Posted on Sat Sep 20th, 2014 11:10am PDT       By X17 Staff He’s making her proud! Looks like dancing runs in the family as Madonna’s eight-year-old son David Banda showed off some serious moves in an Instagram post from the Material Girl herself. “#banda getting ready to audition for his mom! #livingforlove,” the 56-year-old singer posted along with the clip of her boy and a choreographer dancing to Chris Brown song. This isn’t the first time the lil guy has shown his stuff, with the Queen of Pop posting a similar vid back in May. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!   Stories from around the Web

    September 20, 2014 8:35 pm


Odd News

  • Armed with banana, man robs Philadelphia store, slips away on bike

    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – A man armed with a banana robbed a convenience store in Philadelphia and rode away on a bicycle with cash and cigarettes, a security surveillance tape showed. The suspect strolled into Tejada Grocery and got in line behind another customer at the counter, where individual bananas were available for sale, according to the tape of Tuesday’s robbery, which was released by police on Wednesday. As his turn at the cash register approached, the man stuffed a banana into the pocket of his hoodie and used it to simulate a gun. Police said the man demanded cash and cigarettes. The robber rode then away on a bicycle, surveillance video showed. Authorities, who did not say how much cash was taken, said the suspect was still being sought on Thursday. (Editing by Barbara Goldberg)

    September 20, 2014 12:46 am