Headline News

  • Small airplane and helicopter collide in Maryland, three killed


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Three people were killed and two taken to hospital after a small airplane and a helicopter crashed into each other on Thursday near an airport in Frederick, Maryland, authorities said. A Cirrus SR22 coming in to land at Frederick Municipal Airport collided with a helicopter that was involved in a training exercise, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Frederick is about 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Washington. William Jenkins, 47, of Colorado, 29-year-old Christopher Parsons and 35-year-old Breandan MacFawn — both from Maryland — were killed in the helicopter, Maryland State Police said in a statement. It was unclear who was the pilot, police said. Two people in the airplane — 55-year-old pilot Scott Graeves and his 75-year-old passenger Gilbert Porter — were injured, police said. Both were taken to a local hospital and were discharged in the evening, police said. Rescue crews found the wreckage within a half-mile of the airport, …

    October 24, 2014 4:47 am
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Politics

  • 7 Nail-Biter House Races


    By Emily Cahn Posted at 5 a.m. today 0 Tweet Martha McSally, a Republican, is running in Arizona. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Less than two weeks before Election Day, the parties don’t agree on much — except these House races will be decided by the slimmest of margins. Candidates in these contests are expected to have a long wait on the evening of Nov. 4. In fact, some of these races will be so close, a winner might not be known for days — even weeks — after Election Day. Last cycle, nine House races were too close to call on election night. One candidate even attended freshman orientation the following week before officially losing the race and heading home. In alphabetical order, here are the House contests this cycle that operatives expect will come down to the wire on Election Day: Arizona’s 1st District Kirkpatrick. First elected in 2008, Democratic Rep. Ann …

    October 24, 2014 4:46 am
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Stocks

  • FCC calls timeout on Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger


    The FCC pauses its review of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal sending the merger potentially in 2015. Those waiting for a Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger — and possibly improved cable service in cities like New York City and Los Angeles — are going to have to hold out a bit longer. Government regulators at the Federal Communications Commission have paused the unofficial 180-day clock on the review of the proposed deal between the two cable giants. The delay was reported on Wednesday, one day before Comcast reported better-than-expected third quarter earnings. “The stoppage… doesn’t reflect any substantive concerns with our transaction,” Comcast CEO Brian Roberts told investors on a conference call on Thursday. “We continue to believe that the review will get completed, as we previously said, and hopefully close sometime early in 2015.” The pause comes amid objections by rival content companies like Disney and CBS over disclosing confidential programming contracts with providers. “It …

    October 24, 2014 3:44 am
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Sports

  • UEFA awards Serbia 3-0 win over Albania following violence in Belgrade but deducts 3 points


    NYON, Switzerland –  UEFA has awarded Serbia a 3-0 win over Albania but deducted the three points following the violence that broke out during their European Championship qualifier in Belgrade last week. The game was abandoned after an Albanian nationalist banner was flown into the stadium by a drone, triggering fighting among players and fans. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT UEFA announced Friday that the game was awarded to Serbia as a 3-0 forfeit but also deducted the three points gained by a win. Serbia was also ordered to play its next two home matches in a closed stadium with no fans. Both federations were fined 100,000 Swiss Francs ($105,000). UEFA said the decisions can be appealed.

    October 24, 2014 4:47 am
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World News

  • Sweden calls off hunt for submarine


    Sweden’s navy cancelled its week-long operation in the archipelago off Stockholm on Friday morning after finding no trace of the Russian submarine widely anticipated by military specialists and the media. “Our assessment is that in the inner archipelago there was a plausible foreign underwater operation,” rear admiral Anders Grenstad said. “But we believe that what has violated Swedish waters has left.” Whatever was there could not have been a conventional submarine, Grenstad said, but a “craft of a lesser type”. It was not possible to state how big it was or to what country it belonged, he added. “The operation is substantially complete. The vessels and amphibious units have gone to port and resumed normal preparedness,” he said. The hunt began last Friday after a member of the public contacted the armed forces with substantial and credible information. The public reported 250 sightings during the ensuing week, with the navy taking five of them seriously. …

    October 24, 2014 4:46 am
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Technology

  • Ello raises $5.5m while banning itself from ever taking ads


    Ethical social network Ello has registered itself as a public benefit corporation in order to ensure that it can never display ads. Having raised $5.5m from venture capitalists in its Series A funding round, the new legal status commits the company to abide by its ethical principals. Ello was founded in March 2014, but exploded in September this year when Facebook’s decision to crack down on users with fake names sparked an exodus from the site. Formed as a private network for a small group artists, Ello distinguished itself from the competition with a manifesto for users which declared that “you are not a product”, and promised to safeguard personal data and refuse advertising. Having achieved viral success in September, the site grew by tens of thousands of users a day, but within weeks, the search traffic had dropped back off, leaving some to declare it a fad. Benefit corps are also required to have …

    October 24, 2014 4:46 am
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Science

  • How people view their own weight influences bariatric surgery success


    Negative feelings about one’s own weight, known as internalized weight bias, influence the success people have after undergoing weight loss surgery, according to research appearing in the journal Obesity Surgery, published by Springer. The study, from the Geisinger Health System in the US, is considered the first and only study to examine internalized weight bias in relation to post-surgical weight loss success in adults. Internalized weight bias adversely affects many overweight people. Studies have shown that weight bias stems from personal perception or societal views that overweight people are personally accountable and at fault for their body weight. These overweight individuals feel — or think others feel — they lack the willpower, discipline and treatment needed to lose weight. In addition, people who are highly vulnerable to negative feelings about their own weight are more likely to experience low self-esteem and depression. In this study, the researchers measured the degree to which participants internalized weight …

    October 24, 2014 5:07 am
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Health

  • Doctor with Ebola in Manhattan hospital after return from Guinea


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A doctor who worked in West Africa with Ebola patients was in an isolation unit in New York on Friday after testing positive for the deadly virus, becoming the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United States and the first in its largest city. The worst Ebola outbreak on record has killed at least 4,900 people and perhaps as many as 15,000, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, according to World Health Organization figures. Only four Ebola cases have been diagnosed so far in the United States: Thomas Eric Duncan, who died on Oct. 8 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, two nurses who treated him there and the latest case, Dr. Craig Spencer. Spencer, 33, who worked for Doctors Without Borders, was taken to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday, six days after returning from Guinea, renewing public jitters about transmission of the disease in the United States …

    October 24, 2014 4:46 am
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Entertainment

  • Top 20 Steamy Celebrity Fights and Grudges


    Who doesn’t love a good fight? You know your family drama has nothing on some of these epic celebrity battles. From nasty backbiting to public dissing, some of these feuds were fueled by public attention. When celebrities fight, it can get ugly and it doesn’t stay behind closed doors! These very public feuds are likely battles to be talked about for years to come. The next time you and your best bud have a falling out over some silly drama, take a few minutes for a reality check and read over a few of these crazy celebrity fights and grudges. 20. Eminem and Mariah Carey An odd feud of sorts. This battle of the musicians started in 2002 when Eminem claimed he and Mariah Carey had been in a relationship. Carey denied the insinuation and what followed was years of back and forth insults via song and music video. Carey parodied Eminmen on a tour, …

    October 24, 2014 4:25 am
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Editorial

  • Four lessons Ronald Reagan can teach us today


     (AP)  (AP) The challenges our country faces today are different than in Reagan’s time. Our foreign enemy is not a nuclear superpower but rather a nasty web of terrorist organizations intertwined with a few well-placed governments that finance and enable their terrorist activities.  Today, advances in communications and surveillance pose far greater threats to our cherished individual liberties. Virtually unconstrained by the Constitution, the federal government is now bigger and more menacing than ever. It seeks ever more power and authority even as it demonstrates its utter incompetence to perform the basic functions of a sovereign authority. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Ronald Reagan is no longer a contemporary political figure but rather an historic figure. As such, we see in him what we wish to see. He’s become our Rorschach test for a host of current controversies. Individuals with radically different views see themselves as his intellectual heir. It’s a mark of his enormous shadow and historical …

    October 24, 2014 4:46 am
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Odd News

  • Romanian princess, husband sentenced for Oregon cockfighting ring


    PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) – A princess fifth in line for the Romanian throne and her husband who admitted running a cockfighting ring in rural Oregon have both sentenced to probation and ordered to forfeit $200,000 from the sale of the property, federal prosecutors said on Thursday. Irina Walker and her husband John Walker pleaded guilty in July to one count of running an illegal gambling operation with at a barn-like structure on their ranch in Irrigon, near the Washington state border, where they held cockfighting “derbies.” Prosecutors said the cockfighting events came complete with a chef cooking Mexican food and alcoholic drinks. They said the Walkers charged attendees $20, while participants paid $1,000 to enter up to five roosters in fights. As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors that saw additional charges dropped, the couple admitted to financing, supervising and owning the cockfighting venture during 2012 and 2013. They were each sentenced on Wednesday …

    October 23, 2014 4:54 pm
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