Headline News

  • Oregon man said missing after answering Craigslist ad; police probing


    (Reuters) – Oregon authorities are looking into the disappearance of a 19-year-old Portland man, police said on Monday, and an advocacy group said he went missing after he responded to a Craigslist job ad posted by a couple seeking a caregiver. Ian Biggs was dropped off at a downtown Portland train station by a friend on Oct. 11 as he headed to meet the couple in a large park, said Michelle Bart, a spokeswoman for the National Women’s Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation, which represents the man’s mother. Biggs was last seen by a clerk at a Portland gas station where he stopped to buy cigarettes on his way, Bart said. He never returned. A Portland Police Department spokesman confirmed that police were looking into the disappearance but said it was too early to say if it was connected to the advertisement or if the man was thought to be a victim of foul play. …

    October 20, 2014 4:55 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

  • 49ers C Kilgore to undergo surgery Tuesday


    Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – San Francisco 49ers center Daniel Kilgore will undergo surgery Tuesday for a fractured left leg and will be placed on injured reserve. Kilgore suffered the injury during Sunday night’s 42-17 loss at Denver. “That’s an obstacle to overcome. He’s made of the right stuff,” 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said. Third-round draft pick Marcus Martin could be the team’s starting center when San Francisco returns from the bye week Nov. 2 against the Rams. Martin finished his first week of practice last week after suffering a preseason knee injury. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    October 20, 2014 4:55 pm
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World News

  • Fresh fighting in key Syrian town


    20 October 2014 Last updated at 22:30 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. More footage purporting to show IS fighters in Kobane has emerged Fierce fighting has erupted in the north of the Syrian town of Kobane, after two days of relative calm. Kurdish defenders were thought to have pushed back Islamic State (IS) militants trying to take over the town, including from this area. US-led forces carried out six air strikes around Kobane on Sunday and Monday, the US military said. Kobane, on the Turkish border, is a key objective for IS, and the fighting has forced most civilians to leave. The new fighting came as Turkey said it would allow Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters to cross into Syria to fight IS. The BBC’s Kasra Naji on the Turkish border says the decision is a major boost for the defenders’ morale, and soon for their fighting capability. Officials in the Iraqi …

    October 20, 2014 4:55 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

  • Gwen Stefani And Apollo Are So Cute Together It Makes Our Hearts Hurt


    Posted on Mon Oct 20th, 2014 2:31pm PDT       By X17 Staff Gwen Stefani got some quality time with her boys, hubby Gavin Rossdale and their three sons, Kingston, Zuma and baby boy Apollo. And while all her boys were out — we of course had our eyes on baby boy Apollo. He’s just so cute! We love that the 7-month-old is dressed head-to-toe in Michael Jordan gear. Who knew Gwen was such a big basketball fan?! And who knew they made Air Jordan bibs?! For the family outing, Gwen wore a casual pair of overalls, a white shirt and white cat eye sunglasses. Gavin donned an army green shirt and some casual black pants. Zuma and Kingston were outfitted in sporty numbers. Why does this family always look so cool?!   SEE THE GALLERY Gwen Stefani And Apollo Are The Perfect Pair Stories from around the Web

    October 20, 2014 4:34 pm
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Editorial

  • City threatens to arrest ministers who refuse to perform same-sex weddings


    Two Christian ministers who own an Idaho wedding chapel were told they had to either perform same-sex weddings or face jail time and up to a $1,000 fine, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court. Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d’Alene. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “Right now they are at risk of being prosecuted,” their ADF attorney, Jeremy Tedesco, told me. “The threat of enforcement is more than just credible.” “The Knapps are in fear that if they exercise their First Amendment rights they will be cited, prosecuted and sent to jail.” – Alliance Defending Freedom attorney, Jeremy Tedesco According to the lawsuit, the wedding chapel is registered with the state as a “religious corporation” limited to performing “one-man-one-woman marriages as defined by the Holy Bible.” But the chapel is also registered as a for-profit business – not as a …

    October 20, 2014 10:42 am
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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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