Headline News

  • Police seek motive in fatal Washington state school shooting


    MARYSVILLE Wash. (Reuters) – Authorities in Washington state were working on Saturday to piece together why a popular high school student opened fire on classmates sitting at a cafeteria table, killing one and wounding four others, some of them apparently cousins, before killing himself. The Friday incident at Marysville-Pilchuck High School north of Seattle sent students fleeing from the building and sheltering under desks in the latest of a series of school shootings. County Sheriff’s Office said on Saturday that officers had completed their on-scene investigation and recovered a 0.40 caliber handgun. Police have not released the shooter’s identity, but a Marysville school official and multiple classmates said a well-liked freshman named Jaylen Fryberg was responsible for Friday’s rampage. Students who knew Fryberg described him as an outgoing and popular football player, unlike the loner personality that is often associated with school shootings. Witnesses said the shooter had targeted a single table in the cafeteria. …

    October 25, 2014 2:26 pm
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Politics

  • Can Democrats regain votes outside of cities?


    By BILL BARROW October 25, 2014 Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) In an arena usually reserved for rodeos and livestock shows, Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn told a boisterous crowd she was “glad to be home.” Her Republican opponent in the Georgia race, David Perdue, stood on the same debate stage and bellowed, “Welcome to Perdue country.” Neither candidate lives near the fairgrounds, much less among cattle or row crops. Nunn is a nonprofit executive who resides in a liberal neighborhood near downtown Atlanta, while Perdue is a wealthy former corporate CEO who lives behind multiple gates on a coastal island. But both candidates spent their formative years in middle Georgia, and both have made a concerted play for rural and small-town voters despite the state’s population shift to cities and suburbs. The same dynamic exists in Senate races in several other Southern states — Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky and North Carolina — that will …

    October 25, 2014 1:24 pm
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Stocks

  • Brits may get paid for losing weight


    Research suggests cash incentives make obese people lose weight. Overweight Brits may soon find that shedding extra pounds would benefit their wallets as well as their waistlines. The UK public health service, the NHS, wants to encourage companies to reward employees who lose excess weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Dubbed the ‘pounds for pounds’ program by Britain’s biggest-selling newspaper The Sun, the initiative is part of a plan to tackle an NHS funding shortfall that is forecast to hit £30 billion ($48 billion) by 2020. NHS executives plan to ask the cash-strapped government for £8 billion, but the rest will have to come from savings, including reducing spending on weight-related illness. “Put bluntly, as the nation’s waistline keeps piling on the pounds, we’re piling on billions of pounds in future taxes just to pay for preventable illnesses,” the NHS said. Almost two thirds of English adults are overweight or obese, with low income groups …

    October 25, 2014 2:25 pm
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Sports

  • Coric loses out while Federer reaches another Basel final


    BASEL (Reuters) – Seventeen-year-old Borna Coric’s Swiss Indoors run ended when he lost to David Goffin in the semi-finals on Saturday while Roger Federer beat Ivo Karlovic to reach the tournament final for the 11th time. Wildcard Coric, who stunned Rafa Nadal in Friday’s quarter-finals, was beaten 6-4 3-6 6-3 by the Belgian. Goffin broke Coric in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and held his serve to take the first set after the Croat had saved one set point. Having saved four break points in the opening game of the second set, Coric hit back to level the match, but his 42 unforced errors ultimately cost him and, although he saved three match points, Goffin’s greater experience proved decisive. “I made a lot of mistakes on easy balls, but I’m really happy to win today,” said Goffin. Coric’s compatriot Karlovic fired 33 aces but it was not enough to beat Federer, who …

    October 25, 2014 2:26 pm
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World News

  • Iran woman’s hanging draws protests


    25 October 2014 Last updated at 17:19 Jabbari was put in solitary confinement for two months after her arrest and went on trial in 2008 Iran has gone ahead with an execution of a woman despite an international campaign urging a reprieve. Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was hanged in a Tehran prison on Saturday morning. She had been convicted of killing a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her. Jabbari was arrested in 2007 for the murder of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former intelligence ministry worker. Human rights group Amnesty International said her execution was “deeply disappointing in the extreme”. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Ms Jabbari’s mother, Shole Pakravan, told the BBC she had visited her daughter just before the execution Both the US State Department and British Foreign Office condemned the execution. UK Foreign Minister Tobias Ellwood MP called on Iran to abolish the use of the death …

    October 25, 2014 2:25 pm
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Technology

  • Gadget Ogling: Up In The Air, Big Reads and Ghastly Wearables


    This week in Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, a peek at newly announced gadgets that caught my eye, we’re going back to the future. Yes, there’s an actual hoverboard on the agenda, alongside a larger Nook tablet, a high-end Kindle, smart luggage, and the tipping point for wearable tech. As always, there are ratings for each item, which are based on how interested I am in using them — they’re not an indicator of each product’s quality. Hendo Hoverboard It’s happened. Someone finally has created a real-life, working hoverboard for the general populace to get their hands on. Hoverboards have been a pipedream for decades, especially invading the public consciousness in the last quarter-century (the period of history known as “After Back To The Future II). The Hendo Hoverboard, pictured above, actually works. Albeit only over certain metallic surfaces (because it works using magnets). And only an inch above the floor. And for about 15 minutes …

    October 25, 2014 1:25 pm
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Science

  • Liquid helium offers a fascinating new way to make charged molecules


    A collaboration between researchers at the Universities of Leicester and Innsbruck has developed a completely new way of forming charged molecules which offers tremendous potential for new areas of chemical research. Professor Andrew Ellis from our Department of Chemistry has been working for several years with colleagues at the Institute of Ion Physics in Austria on exploring the chemistry of molecules inside liquid helium. The team’s latest and most startling discovery is that helium atoms can acquire an excess negative charge which enables them to become aggressive new chemical reagents. Helium is a famously unreactive gas but when cooled to just above absolute zero it becomes a superfluid, a strange form of liquid. (Among other bizarre properties, liquid helium can flow upwards because it has zero viscosity and its capillary action is stronger than gravity.) The Anglo-Austrian team manufacture droplets of superfluid liquid helium by subjecting helium gas to a combination of high pressure and …

    October 25, 2014 1:45 pm
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Health

  • Illinois orders mandatory Ebola quarantine for high-risk travelers


    (Reuters) – Illinois has ordered mandatory 21-day quarantines for all “high-risk” people who have had direct contact with Ebola patients while in Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone, the three West African nations most affected by the outbreak. The order, to be implemented by local health authorities, includes all medical personnel who treated patients with the often-deadly disease in those three countries. Previously such high-risk individuals were subject to voluntary isolation. Governor Pat Quinn issued the directive in a statement dated Friday after New York governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey governor Chris Christie made the same rule for travelers landing at New York City-area airports. The rule exceeds federal guidelines. Five U.S. airports are designated for passengers returning from the West African countries, including O’Hare in Chicago, Illinois, John F. Kennedy in New York, and Newark Liberty in New Jersey. The others are Hart in Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington Dulles in Virginia. (Reporting by Frank …

    October 25, 2014 1:25 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kourtney Kardashian And Scott Disick Enjoy Down Time Before Third Child Arrives


    Posted on Fri Oct 24th, 2014 1:30pm PDT       By X17 Staff It can’t be too much longer before she gives birth! Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick left son Mason and daughter Penelope at home to enjoy a romantic lunch at Carousel restaurant in L.A. today, and the pregnant reality star must have been craving some spicy Middle Eastern food, since that is the eatery’s speciality. Who would have thought after all this time that this pair would have the most solid relationship of all the Kardashian clan? The dating lives of the Kardashian-Jenner family are all over the place lately, which is great for ratings! Although Kim is happily settled with Kanye and daughter Nori, it seems everyone else’s romance status is largely a mystery. Bruce is reportedly dating family friend Ronda Kamihara, Khloe is single and ready to mingle after splitting with French Montana this summer, Kylie is allegedly hooking up with rapper Tyga, and …

    October 25, 2014 1:04 pm
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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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