Headline News

  • Ohio man who set himself on fire suspected in homicide: police

    CLEVELAND (Reuters) – An Ohio man who walked onto a highway and was struck by a truck but still managed to set himself on fire in an apparent suicide attempt is a suspect in the killing of a 25-year-old woman, police said on Tuesday. Hugo Ramos, 28, walked into traffic about 35 miles west of Cleveland on Monday and was struck by the truck, then retrieved what police believed was a container of gasoline, drank some of it, poured the rest on his body and set himself on fire. Ramos, who was conscious despite being struck and setting himself on fire, told state troopers there was a body at a house in Cleveland. Cleveland police forced their way into the home on Monday afternoon and found the woman dead with obvious signs of trauma, Police Sergeant Ali Pillow said Tuesday. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiners Office will determine the cause of death and her identity, …

    September 16, 2014 11:31 am


  • U.S. Congress poised to approve aid to moderate Syrian rebels

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress appeared poised on Tuesday to quickly approve President Barack Obama’s plan to arm and train Syrian rebels, a major part of the effort he announced this week to fight Islamic State militants. The House of Representatives began debating an amendment to a stopgap funding bill that would authorize support for the moderate rebels, who are fighting both the Islamic State and the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. House members were expected to vote to pass the amendment on Wednesday, congressional aides and lawmakers said. They added that it would then be sent to the U.S. Senate for expected approval this week, before lawmakers leave Washington to spend the next six weeks campaigning for the Nov. 4 congressional elections. There are pockets of opposition to the plan, especially among Republicans who hold a majority of seats in the House. Representative Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican, said he would …

    September 16, 2014 10:50 am


  • Scots snap up gold ahead of referendum

      Concerns about possible independence are pushing Scottish investors to the security of gold. Data from the gold trading firm BullionVault shows orders for gold have spiked this month. Nearly 40% more Scottish residents have bought gold since the start of September compared to the same period last year. “We think it’s demonstrably linked to anxieties about what may happen … if Scotland votes for independence,” said Adrian Ash, head of research at BullionVault. Polls are showing voters are split roughly 50-50, and there’s plenty of uncertainty about what would happen if the vote leads to independence. Related: Scotland’s banks threaten to leave Experts forecast that if Scottish voters opt to leave the United Kingdom and form an independent nation, there would be major short-term disruptions to the U.K. and Scottish economies as politicians hash-out a deal on separation. Even though the referendum is just hours away, there’s still no agreement on what currency Scotland …

    September 16, 2014 11:50 am


  • Mississippi State tries ending skid vs. No. 8 LSU

    LSU coach Les Miles, right, sings the school alma mater with his team after an NCAA college football game against Louisiana-Monroe in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. LSU won 31-0. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (The Associated Press) STARKVILLE, Miss. –  Mississippi State has an ugly history against LSU during the past two decades. The Bulldogs have lost 14 in a row in the series dating back to 1999 and 21 of 22 since the Southeastern Conference split into two divisions in 1992. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The dubious stretch has featured a few close losses and even more embarrassing blowouts. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen says none of them will be relevant when the Bulldogs (3-0) travel to face No. 8 LSU (3-0) on Saturday. “All that matters is this week,” Mullen said. “Every game that’s ever been played there has no impact on this game. Every game that we’ve played against them has no impact on …

    September 16, 2014 11:30 am

World News

  • US ‘would consider Iraq ground troops’

    16 September 2014 Last updated at 17:44 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Jim Muir is on the ground with Kurdish troops US ground forces could be deployed against Islamic State (IS) militants if the current US-led strategy fails, top US General Martin Dempsey has said. President Barack Obama has repeatedly said that US ground troops would not have a combat mission in Iraq under the strategy outlined last week. The US earlier carried out its first air strike under the strategy, which seeks to “degrade and destroy” IS. The jihadists have seized huge areas of Syria and Iraq declared a “caliphate”. Meanwhile, Kurdish peshmerga forces backed by US surveillance jets and drones have been advancing against IS positions in northern Iraq. An attack into the IS-held plain of Mosul, east of the city, began at dawn while on the other side of Mosul, the Kurds have also been pressing …

    September 16, 2014 11:51 am


  • Spider app launched by ecologists

    As the annual invasion of eight-legged arachnids entering British homes gets underway, ecologists have launched an app to help people identify common house spiders. Autumn marks the mating season for spiders, leading to reports of male spiders wandering into homes in search of a mate as early as August. This season is already shaping up to be a bad one for arachnophobes, according to Prof Adam Hart, an entomologist and ecologist at the University of Gloucestershire and one of the creators of the app, Spider in Da House. “This year has been seemingly a good one for the invertebrates which spiders are feeding on, and it’s quite mild out there. My prediction is that there’s going to be a reasonable amount of activity of house spiders this year,” said Hart, who admits himself to being scared of spiders. “I‘m not a massive fan of spiders. Biologically they’re very interesting. But if I’m watching TV and …

    September 16, 2014 10:50 am



  • Health Highlights: Sept. 16, 2014

    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: 1 in 3 Retired NFL Players Will Suffer Neurological Problems, Records Show One in three retired National Football League players will develop neurological problems, and those problems will develop at “notably younger ages” than is normal, numbers released Friday show. The statistics formed the basis of a settlement the NFL reached with 5,000 former players who sued the league claiming the long-term damage of concussions was hidden from them, The New York Times reported. The settlement set up a $675 million pool to cover conditions linked to head traumas that the players suffered during their careers. The statistics seem to confirm what scientists have suspected for years, which is that playing the high-contact sport of football raises the risk of developing conditions like chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease that can be identified only in an …

    September 16, 2014 10:50 am


  • Jessica Simpson Looks Super Skinny In New Instagram Pic

    Posted on Tue Sep 16th, 2014 8:25am PDT       By X17 Staff Jessica Simpson and husband Eric Johnson celebrated his birthday last night, and while she looks great in the snapshot she posted above, we can’t believe how big her lips are much weight she’s lost! The 34-year-old singer/actress captioned the photo, “Happy Birthday Husband of Mine,” and she added another photo of her hubby play the saxophone as a kid and wrote, “Eric Maxwell Johnson is 35!!! Let’s all celebrate the saxiest MAN I know!!!!” Awww! But between her plump pout and her tiny waist, we’re really not paying attention to Eric here!   Stories from around the Web

    September 16, 2014 10:29 am


  • The jobs plan America needs: Let’s develop our untapped energy resources

    It’s the kind of stimulus that could get our country moving again—creating millions of jobs, lowering prices for consumers, revitalizing our economy. And unlike President Obama’s “stimulus” disaster—which created nearly a trillion dollars in spending and debt for the federal government—this jobs program would actually raise revenue for the federal government. What is this economic elixir? The answer is simple: affordable American energy. The energy sector creates millions of jobs on its own. But just as important are the jobs that affordable energy can create throughout our economy.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Affordable energy prices mean more money in people’s pockets, allowing Americans access to better housing, nutrition, education, health care, environmental protections, and other consumer goods and services.  This in turn stimulates local economies across the nation, creating additional jobs.   Affordable energy also gives American businesses a competitive advantage relative to their peers. The hydraulic fracturing revolution has lowered energy and feedstock prices in the …

    September 16, 2014 6:42 am

Odd News

  • French chefs seek to put banned songbird back on menu

    PARIS (Reuters) – Four French chefs are requesting a waiver to serve a long-banned delicacy – a small songbird called the ortolan that fans including late President Francois Mitterrand used to devour, bones and all, while wearing a napkin over their heads. The request for the once-a-year waiver is being lodged among others by Alain Ducasse, the internationally acclaimed chef with a top 3-star rating from the Michelin gourmet dining guide, Le Parisien newspaper reported. The ortolan, a seed-eating songbird that is little bigger than a child’s hand, has been banned from restaurant menus in much of Europe since 1999. Said to have been part of Mitterrand’s last meal before he died in 1996, one customary French way of preparing ortolan consists of force-feeding it until fat and dousing it in Armagnac alcohol before roasting it whole in the oven. Fans often wear a large, usually white, napkin over their head while eating. Some say …

    September 16, 2014 11:10 am