Headline News

  • Texas man acquitted of shooting driver who hit, killed sons


    ANGLETON Texas (Reuters) – A Texas jury on Wednesday found a father not guilty of shooting dead a suspected drunk driver who hit and killed his two sons while they pushed a truck down a country road late at night. David Barajas, 32, had been charged with murdering Jose Banda, 20, in December 2012, after he plowed into Barajas’ sons David Jr., 12, and Caleb, 11, in a small town south of Houston after a night of drinking. Samuel Cammack, Barajas’ attorney, told jurors there was no evidence linking his client to the crime and said the father did not leave his dying children by the side of a road to hunt down Banda. Banda was found dead in his car at the accident scene. There were differing accounts of the exact time of shooting, which took place shortly after the accident. After the verdict, Barajas thanked his family and supporters, saying the combination of …

    August 27, 2014 6:50 pm
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Politics

  • Congressman urges Obama to block Venezuela’s Citgo sale


    MIAMI (Reuters) – A U.S. congressman urged the Obama administration on Wednesday to block the proposed sale by Venezuela’s state oil company of its North American refining unit Citgo, saying it would be against “vital national interests”. Venezuela Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said earlier this month that the country aims to exit Citgo “as soon as we receive a proposal that serves our interests.” Citgo [PDVSAC.UL] has three U.S. refineries in Illinois, Louisiana and Texas with combined capacity of some 750,000 barrels per day, and it also has 48 terminals. Flanked by Venezuelan opposition figures, U.S. Representative Joe Garcia said the proposed sale by Venezuela’s socialist-led government was “a huge concern.” The value of Citgo, he said, was derived from the refiner’s links to Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA [PDVSA.UL] and the OPEC nation’s crude oil reserves, which are the biggest in the world. “It is one of the last assets that the Venezuelans have …

    August 27, 2014 6:49 pm
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Stocks

  • Diane Sawyer’s no-fuss sign off from ABC’s ‘World News’


      One might be tempted to say that Diane Sawyer’s tenure on the ABC evening newscast “World News” is ending the same way it began: quietly. Sawyer will sign off on Wednesday night, a few days before her successor David Muir will officially take the helm. ABC and Sawyer have made almost no fuss about her sign-off, seemingly employing the same strategy that worked when she took over for Charles Gibson just a few days before Christmas in 2009. There is no prime time retrospective or farewell tour planned — merely a segment at the end of Wednesday’s newscast. Even the date of her last nightly broadcast was a semi-secret until she tweeted about it on Wednesday afternoon. “See you tonight for my last night anchoring @ABCWorldNews — great adventures ahead,” she wrote. As Sawyer alluded to with the tweet, she will be staying at ABC News, as a special correspondent of sorts, appearing on …

    August 27, 2014 5:49 pm
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Sports

  • Police say drone with camera mounted on it flew over Bank of America Stadium during game


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. –  Police in North Carolina briefly detained and questioned a man who flew a drone with a camera mounted on it over a stadium during an NFL preseason game. Area news media outlets report that the drone was spotted during the Aug. 17 game between the Carolina Panthers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Federal Aviation Administration limits aircraft use near major sporting events, and prohibits unmanned aircraft at sites designated as “Class B” venues, which includes Bank of America Stadium. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police department spokesman Rob Tufano did not say what explanation the drone operator gave for using the prohibited aircraft. He said information obtained during questioning was turned over to the FAA, which has jurisdiction in such matters.

    August 27, 2014 6:50 pm
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World News

  • Brazil pursues Amazon ‘destroyers’


    27 August 2014 Last updated at 23:52 The group is accused of logging and burning large areas of public land in the Amazon The authorities in Brazil say they have dismantled a criminal organisation they believe was the “biggest destroyer” of the Amazon rainforest. The gang is accused of invading, logging and burning large areas of public land and selling these illegally for farming and grazing. In a statement, Brazilian Federal Police said the group committed crimes worth more than $220m (£134m). A federal judge has issued 14 arrest warrants for alleged gang members. Twenty-two search warrants were also issued and four suspects are being called in for questioning. The police operation covers four Brazilian states, including Sao Paulo. Five men and a woman have already been arrested in Para state in the north of the country, Globo news reported. ‘Impunity’ The BBC’s Wyre Davies in Rio de Janeiro says details are still sketchy, partly …

    August 27, 2014 6:50 pm
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Technology

  • Apple co-founder Woz calls wearables ‘a hard sell,’ wants bigger screen


    Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says the company has “a chance to set the direction and make the product category finally viable.” Getty Images Apple co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak has confidence the company can do with wearable devices what the iPhone did to smartphones back in 2007: make them compelling to a mass market. But when it comes to wearables — devices we strap to our wrists (and other body parts) that mimic many of the functions of current generation smartphones — Woz says it may be harder to convince customers to buy these kinds of gadgets. “Apple works very hard to produce exceptionally great products and doesn’t quickly release things like a wearable. So if one is introduced I expect it to have a chance to set the direction and make the product category finally viable,” Woz said Wednesday in an email exchange after a report that Apple may introduce a new wearable device in …

    August 27, 2014 6:49 pm
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Science

  • Scientists looking across human, fly and worm genomes find shared biology


    Researchers analyzing human, fly, and worm genomes have found that these species have a number of key genomic processes in common, reflecting their shared ancestry. The findings, appearing Aug. 28, 2014, in the journal Nature, offer insights into embryonic development, gene regulation and other biological processes vital to understanding human biology and disease. The studies highlight the data generated by the modENCODE Project and the ENCODE Project, both supported by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health. Integrating data from the three species, the model organism ENCyclopedia Of DNA Elements (modENCODE) Consortium studied how gene expression patterns and regulatory proteins that help determine cell fate often share common features. Investigators also detailed the similar ways in which the three species use protein packaging to compact DNA into the cell nucleus and to regulate genome function by controlling access to DNA. Launched in 2007, the goal of modENCODE is …

    August 27, 2014 7:10 pm
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Health

  • Ebola causing huge damage to West Africa economies: development bank


    FREETOWN (Reuters) – The worst ever Ebola outbreak is causing enormous damage to West African economies as foreign businessmen quit the region, the African Development Bank said, while a leading medical charity branded the international response “entirely inadequate.” As transport companies suspend services, cutting off the region, governments and economists have warned that the epidemic could crush the fragile economic gains made in Sierra Leone and Liberia following a decade of civil war in the 1990s. At least 1,427 people have died of the deadly hemorrhagic virus since it was first detected in the remote jungles of southeast Guinea in March and spread quickly to neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone. Five people have also died in Nigeria. Air France, the French network of Air France-KLM said on Wednesday it had suspended flights to Sierra Leone after advice from the French government. African Development Bank (AfDB) chief Donald Kaberuka said on a visit to Sierra Leone …

    August 27, 2014 6:49 pm
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Entertainment

  • Ben Affleck’s Muscles Are So Bulky He Can’t Put His Arms Down


    Posted on Wed Aug 27th, 2014 3:30pm PDT       By X17 Staff Does he mistakenly think he’s preparing for a part in The Incredible Hulk sequel? Ben Affleck stopped by the L’Ermitage hotel in Beverly Hills today, and we couldn’t help but notice that the actor has taken beefing up for his Batman role so seriously that he can barely rest his arms by his side! Not that we’re complaining… The A-lister has gone through many transformations over the years, but we think this is his sexiest yet! Although, he was a pretty big babe magnet back when he was dating J.Lo and wearing Sean John sweatsuits and rocking slicked back hair. The Boston hunk is already hard at work filming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but he’s going to be even busier these next couple months with his other film Gone Girl set to be released at the beginning of October. Wife Jennifer Garner better …

    August 27, 2014 6:29 pm
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Editorial

  • School removes plaques honoring God


    Folks around Midlothian, Texas are raising a ruckus after the school district boarded up a pair of dedication plaques at two local elementary schools. “Because of the plaque’s questionable constitutional nature, it has been covered,” said Jerome Stewart, the superintendent of the Midlothian Independent School District. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT My goodness! I can’t imagine what was written on the plaques that would cause such a kerfuffle. Were the plaques adorned with naughty words or dancing girls? No, my good readers – they were not. It seems the questionable content to which the superintendent referred includes a pair of Latin crosses along with the words “God” and “Holy Christian Church.” CLICK HERE TO JOIN TODD ON FACEBOOK FOR CONSERVATIVE CONVERSATION! The plaques were posted at Mt. Peak Elementary School and Longbranch Elementary School.  They both read: “Dedicated in The Year Of Our Lord 1997 To The Education of God’s Children And To Their Faithful Teachers In The …

    August 27, 2014 6:49 pm
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Odd News

  • Texas parents sue day care center for duct taping child to nap mat


    DALLAS (Reuters) – A Texas couple has filed a lawsuit against the owners of a Fort Worth-area day care center seeking $1 million damages from the facility for duct-taping their 2-year-old son to a mat because he was unruly at nap time, their lawyer said on Wednesday. Kristi and Brad Galbraith are suing for fraud and negligence in the incident that occurred in June at the Heart2Heart Montessori Academy in Willow Park. “This is a parent’s worst nightmare,” Dallas attorney Larry Rasansky said. “Parents take a leap of faith to entrust their children to the care of someone else, and it is extremely upsetting when something like this happens to toddlers, who are too young to speak up for themselves.” The day care center was not immediately available for comment but has said it is cooperating with authorities. “The staff and I have the best interest of the children and parents as our highest priority,” …

    August 27, 2014 7:10 pm
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