Headline News

  • Pentagon reports 1st death of US soldier involved in Islamic State campaign


    WASHINGTON –  The Pentagon has announced the first death of a U.S. military member involved in the campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal of Riverside, California, died Thursday in Baghdad from what the Pentagon called a noncombat-related incident. It said in is announcement Friday that the incident is under investigation. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The 19-year-old soldier was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment as part of a Marine task force. The U.S. military campaign, called Operation Inherent Resolve, began Aug. 8.

    October 25, 2014 2:13 am
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Politics

  • Angus King Endorses Republican Senate Colleague


    By Niels Lesniewski Posted at 6:07 p.m. on Oct. 24 0 Tweet King, left, endorsed a Republican for re-election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Independent Maine Sen. Angus King, a member of the Democratic caucus, is backing a senior Senate Republican in his bid for re-election. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., is not facing a significant challenge on Nov. 4, but the support from King is interesting considering the independent senator’s potential role in a closely divided or tied Senate. King and Alexander are both members of the informal caucus of former governors. The two senators are personally close, but Alexander also is a former Republican Conference chairman with close ties to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. “Senator Alexander is the kind of person who we absolutely need in the United States Senate. He is someone who listens, and who is interested in solving problems,” King said in making the endorsement, which was first reported …

    October 25, 2014 1:09 am
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Stocks

  • Is the U.S. holding too much oil in reserve?


    The U.S. has the world’s largest emergency stockpile of oil. Does America have too much oil in its reserves? Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon fired off a letter this week asking the Department of Energy to study the “size and make-up” of the U.S.’ Strategic Petroleum Reserve. It comes fresh on the heels of a report on Monday from the non-partisan Government Accountability Office that also called for a similar review. The U.S. has the largest emergency stockpile of oil in the world. And now that the country’s oil production is booming, there’s questions if America needs to hold so much crude in reserve. The Department of Energy didn’t respond to a request for comment. Congress created the reserve in response to the 1973 oil embargo, which caused a supply shock and a recession. But the United States is now on track to surpass Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest energy producer next year. That’s …

    October 25, 2014 2:12 am
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Sports

  • Royals hold off Giants to take Series lead


    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Starter Jeremy Guthrie pitched five shutout innings and the bullpen slammed the door shut as Kansas City Royals held on to beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 and grab control of the World Series on Friday. Unbeaten through the post-season until they lost the first game of the World Series at home on Tuesday, the Royals have produced back-to-back victories to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer all drove in a run for the Royals while closer Greg Holland came on in the ninth to collect his seventh save of the post-season. Game Four is set for ATT Park on Saturday. “We’ve got a bunch of guys in here battling,” said Hosmer. “We’re getting key hits in key situations. We just show no fear. “We had our back against the wall, season on the line (in wild card game). We continue to …

    October 25, 2014 2:13 am
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World News

  • Australia’s Ebola response a shambles, medical association president says


    Australia’s response to Ebola has been a shambles, says the head of the country’s medical association who’s calling on the government to develop and announce a plan to help deal with the crisis. Apparently 16 health care workers have been trained to go to west Africa and do “dangerous work” with Ebola patients, Australian Medical Association president Brian Owler said. But neither the AMA nor the chief medical officer know who the people are, what sort of training they’ve had and whether they’re properly prepared. “It’s not the Ausmat [Australian Medical Assistance] teams that you would expect would be trained to do this work,” Owler told reporters in Sydney. “Who are these people? If anything is going to be irresponsible it would be a last minute announcement about people who are ill-equipped or ill-trained to go and do this dangerous work”. He’s called on the government to announce what it is going to do to …

    October 25, 2014 2:12 am
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Technology

  • The Evil Within review


    Made by Shinji Mikami, the man responsible for the awesome Resident Evil 4, The Evil Within has top survival-horror pedigree. It also adheres rigidly to genre cliches, featuring well-worn motifs such as the deserted mansion and twisted hospital, spliced with the stealth and messy, desperate combat perfected in The Last Of Us. Making up for a lack of scares by being very nasty, the opening scenes alone generate more spilled claret than a Conservative club ball. Its generally rewarding combat and level of challenge are let down by dingy scenery and slightly awkward third-person action, where the hero often seems to be crouching in front of the very thing you’re trying to look at. The script and voice acting are no better, and the central character, Detective Castellanos, has a personality somewhere between a brick and the speaking clock. His cohorts are just as dissociated, remaining inexplicably calm in the face of endless explosive disembowelment. …

    October 25, 2014 1:10 am
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Science

  • NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Shares Bullying Prevention Message Ahead of His One-Year Mission


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    October 25, 2014 1:30 am
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Health

  • Mali’s first Ebola case, a two-year-old girl, dies: officials


    BAMAKO (Reuters) – A two-year-old girl who was Mali’s first case of Ebola died on Friday, shortly after the World Health Organization warned that many people had potentially been exposed to the virus because she was taken across the country while ill. The girl had traveled with her grandmother hundreds of kilometers by bus from Guinea via Mali’s capital to the western town of Kayes, where she was diagnosed on Thursday. Health workers were scrambling to trace hundreds of potential contacts in a bid to prevent Ebola taking hold in Mali. The worst Ebola outbreak on record has killed 4,900 people, mainly in nearby Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. A global response to the epidemic is being rolled out but experts warn that tens of thousands more people are at risk. In a statement on Friday night, Mali’s government confirmed the death of the girl, who has not been identified. “In this moment of sadness, …

    October 25, 2014 1:09 am
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Entertainment

  • Ed Sheeran is sorry he called Miley a stripper


    2 Sexiest parts of Ed Sheeran’s new video (and all the ways it’d be better) A lot of folks — celebrities included — offered their thoughts on what was Miley’s bootylicious signature move at the time, including “Don’t” crooner Ed Sheeran. He made some not-so-nice comments, including one calling Miley a stripper. It was in September of last year that Sheeran said in an interview, “I think she’s got an amazing voice. I just think she’s packaged the wrong way… When I first heard ‘Wrecking Ball,’ I thought it was a brilliant song, but the video distracts too much from it.” “I think encouraging young people to twerk might be a bad thing,” he continued. “It’s a stripper’s move. If I had a daughter of nine, I wouldn’t want her twerking.” Ed Sheeran says he has no beef with Miley Cyrus Predictably, Cyrus wasn’t stoked about the backhanded compliment. But now, Sheeran is taking back …

    October 25, 2014 12:49 am
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Editorial

  • The Foxhole: Graham Nash on CSNY, the Hollies and the choosing of life over death


    In the fall of 1969, the members of rock’s newest super-group, CSNY – an improbable and highly combustible vehicle for the individual and collective genius of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young – were settling into the San Francisco area, preparing to record their first album together. These loose sessions would produce the landmark record Déjà Vu (1970), later ranked # 148 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Crosby, the nominal leader of the group, had set up digs in a rambling country house in Novato, thirty miles north of the city, with his two lovers, Christine Hinton and Debbie Donovan. Jerry Garcia, who would play pedal steel guitar on Nash’s pop classic, “Teach Your Children,” was a frequent visitor, as were other members of the Grateful Dead, who lived down the street. The sex, drugs, and freedom were highly intoxicating, and for the members of …

    October 25, 2014 1:10 am
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Odd News

  • Florida man shoots 400-pound bear breaking into his house


    ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – A Florida man shot and killed a 400-pound (180-kg) black bear after it broke into his house two nights in a row to get to a bag of dog food, a state wildlife officer said on Friday. “I felt in danger enough that since it wouldn’t leave I had to shoot it,” said Victor Peters of Lady Lake of the Wednesday night incident in a video interview posted online by the Orlando Sentinel. Killing a bear in Florida is illegal. Wildlife officer Greg Workman of the Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation said he expects to hand the case to prosecutors by early next week for their consideration at the completion of his investigation. “It sounds like he did what he could do to try to keep the bear from coming back,” Workman said. “We’re looking at all sides to make the best decision.” Bears and humans cross paths, occasionally fatally for the …

    October 24, 2014 9:26 pm
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