Headline News

  • Pennsylvania hospital shooting: Suspect has long history of violence


    MEDIA, Pa. –  A psychiatric patient who killed his caseworker — and grazed his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back — has a lengthy history of gun arrests, violence and mental health problems, authorities said. Dr. Lee Silverman emptied his gun’s chamber, striking patient Richard Plotts several times, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said. Plotts by then had shot the caseworker in the face and fired several shots at Silverman, including one that grazed his temple and another that struck his thumb, he said. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Plotts had 39 unspent bullets on him when he was wrestled to the ground at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, just southwest of Philadelphia, and police believe he had planned to use them. “If the doctor did not have a firearm, (and) the doctor did not utilize the firearm, he’d be dead today, and I believe that other people in that facility …

    July 26, 2014 6:08 am
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Politics

  • House tells Obama: ‘No troops in Iraq without our approval’


    (AFP) The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution Friday that would bar President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a “sustained combat role” without congressional approval, a bill with greater symbolic than legal effect. The nonbinding measure hasn’t been debated in the Senate. Its language opens up several questions related to the Constitution’s separation of powers between executive and legislative branches, even if Obama and his top military advisers already have ruled out sending combat troops to help Iraq fight extremist insurgents. Friday’s legislation was approved by a 370-40 vote after Republican and Democratic lawmakers emphasized the need to reassert what they argued is their constitutional control over authorizing military force. “This resolution makes one clear statement,” said its sponsor, Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass. “If the president decides we should further involve our military in Iraq, he needs to work with Congress to authorize it.” “The time to debate our re-engagement in Iraq, should …

    July 26, 2014 6:07 am
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Stocks

  • Investors go LOCO for grilled chicken stock


      The crazy chicken is flapping its wings and flying high on Wall Street. El Pollo Loco (LOCO), the California-based restaurant chain specializing in Mexican-style grilled chicken, went public Friday and shares surged more than 60% to finish above $24 in the first day of trading. El Pollo Loco — which trades under the symbol “LOCO” — priced its initial public offering at $15 per share late Thursday, the high end of the expected range. The company raised $107 million from the sale of 7.1 million shares of common stock. Based in California, El Pollo Loco has 401 company-owned and franchise locations in five U.S. states, including Texas and Arizona. But the vast majority of its restaurants are in the Golden State. The first El Pollo Loco was opened in 1980 on Alvarado Street in Los Angeles, and the chain still has a huge presence in the city. Last year, it generated 80% of its …

    July 26, 2014 4:46 am
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Sports

  • Anderson pitches Rockies past Pirates


    Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) – Brett Anderson cruised into the seventh inning before he was lifted because of a developing blister on his hand, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-1 on Friday in the opener of a three-game series. Josh Rutledge hit a three-run double and Carlos Gonzalez added a two-run homer in a seven-run seventh inning for the Rockies, who won their second in a row on the heels of a seven-game slide. Anderson (1-3) earned his first win since coming off the disabled list from a broken finger but left in the seventh when the blister on his pitching hand got to be too much. “It got to the point where it was starting to affect his feel for the ball,” said Rockies manager Walt Weiss. “We had to go get him.” The lefty’s 102nd pitch, a 3-1 fastball to Russell Martin with one out, sailed high and outside and Anderson …

    July 26, 2014 6:08 am
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World News

  • My brother, the suicide bomber: why British men go to Syria


    The bomber The last time Abdul Waheed Majeed spoke to his family, it was on a crackling telephone line from Syria at the end of January. He had arrived six months earlier on an aid convoy organised by his local mosque in Crawley, and had been working in refugee camps along the Syrian-Turkish border, laying pipes and delivering food to those displaced by a grinding civil war. Waheed told his family that he missed them all very much and loved them, and thanked them for looking out for his three teenage children and wife. His father, Abdul, was perplexed by his youngest son’s vagueness about when he would return and insisted on getting a date out of him. Waheed said he’d be back by April. But he never came back. Six days later Waheed, at 41, became the first British suicide bomber in Syria and the 10th UK national to die on the Syrian battlefield. Since …

    July 26, 2014 6:07 am
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Technology

  • New life for museum arcade machines


    26 July 2014 Last updated at 10:28 Engineers managed to get some of the machines working for a few hours Arcade machines kept in the UK Computer Museum are being restored after enthusiasts answered a plea for help. The museum, based in Cambridge, hopes games such as Space Invader, Asteroids and Tempest will be brought back to working order for the public to enjoy. Organiser Phillip Riscombe-Burton used a games fans’ forum to call for help to fix the machines, which have been out of use for at least 17 years. Volunteers found temporary fixes for five of the eight machines, he said. They will continue to work on the games until they are fully restored. The museum’s arcade games include Centipede, Tempest, Xevious and Alien Syndrome The museum has 150 working computers, ranging from the 1960s until the modern day. The collection also includes 13 arcade games from the 1970s to 1990s, eight of …

    July 26, 2014 6:07 am
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Science

  • New hope for powdery mildew resistant barley


    Related images(click to enlarge) New research at the University of Adelaide has opened the way for the development of new lines of barley with resistance to powdery mildew. In Australia, annual barley production is second only to wheat with 7-8 million tonnes a year. Powdery mildew is one of the most important diseases of barley. Senior Research Scientist Dr Alan Little and team have discovered the composition of special growths on the cell walls of barley plants that block the penetration of the fungus into the leaf. The research, by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls in the University’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine in collaboration with the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research in Germany, will be presented at the upcoming 5th International Conference on Plant Cell Wall Biology and published in the journal New Phytologist. “Powdery mildew is a significant problem wherever barley is grown around …

    July 26, 2014 2:25 am
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Health

  • Parents of obese kids may be more ready to tackle diet than exercise


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Parents of overweight and obese kids may want to help their kids be healthier, but they’re more often willing to make changes in children’s diets than in their activity levels, according to a new study. Researchers found that addressing parents’ beliefs about themselves and their kids, and encouraging doctors to talk about the importance of physical activity could remove important obstacles to obese childrens’ weight loss. “We thought about doing this study because when we worked with families to try to engage them in weight loss, we noticed differences in parent’s readiness to change dietary behaviors versus physical activity behaviors,” said Dr. Kyung Rhee, who was at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, when she led the study. “They weren’t always ready to do both – some families were ready to do one versus the other, but when you’re really trying to engage in weight loss, it’s important to engage …

    July 26, 2014 6:07 am
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Entertainment

  • The Walking Dead Season 5 trailer is upon us


    The Walking Dead scoop: Who has a crush on Glenn?  The trailer picks up right where the season 4 finale left off, with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincolcn) transitioning from farmer to fierce protector in the zombie apocalypse. The preview shows Rick and his crew joining up with the questionable Terminus gang to forge a trip to Washington, D.C., to figure out how to cure the plague that has destroyed the world as we know it. In the new season it looks like Rick, Michonne (Danai Gurira), Carl (Chandler Riggs), Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and the rest of the crew will face new challenges, but the objective is still the same. “When we get to Washington, we will make the dead die and the living will have this world again,” says Abraham. It also appears that new relationships will be made and broken as the battle continues against the undead. We also catch a glimpse of what …

    July 26, 2014 4:46 am
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Editorial

  • What if democracy is a fraud?


    The U.S. Capitol dome before dawn. (REUTERS) What if you were allowed to vote only because it didn’t make a difference? What if no matter how you voted the elites always got their way? What if the concept of one person/one vote was just a fiction created by the government to induce your compliance? What if democracy as it has come to exist in America today is dangerous to personal freedom? What if our so-called democracy erodes the people’s understanding of natural rights and the reasons for government and instead turns political campaigns into beauty contests? What if American democracy allows the government to do anything it wants, as long as more people bother to show up at the voting booth to support the government than show up to say no? ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT What if democracy as it has come to exist in America today is dangerous to personal freedom? What if the purpose of …

    July 26, 2014 2:05 am
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Odd News

  • Chinese police arrest man after nursing home patients castrated


    BEIJING (Reuters) – Police in China have arrested a man on suspicion of castrating or partially castrating four patients at a nursing home, state media said on Thursday, the latest scandal to hit the country’s medical sector. Doctors discovered on Tuesday that three men at the nursing home in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang had had either one or both of their testicles removed with a blunt razor, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The fourth victim was not found until later after police carried out a full inspection of the facility, the news agency said. The victims are in hospital, though their injuries were not life threatening, Xinhua added. “The victims identified the perpetrator as a worker at the nursing home, while a staff member at the home said the man, in his 30s, was also housed there for mental illness,” it said. Police have not identified the suspect or said why he carried …

    July 26, 2014 2:25 am
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