Headline News

  • U.S. recognizes gay marriages in six more states


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Saturday the U.S. government will recognize same-sex marriages in six more states, bringing to 32 the number of states where couples in gay unions qualify for federal benefits. Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming were added to the list on Saturday, a week after Holder made a similar announcement concerning seven other states. The move comes after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals of cases that sought to overturn bans on same-sex marriages. In addition to the 32 states, gay marriages are recognized in the District of Columbia. The Justice Department’s stand on the unions means the couples qualify for benefits administered by the Social Security Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs and other federal entities. “We are acting as quickly as possible with agencies throughout the government to ensure that same-sex couples in these states receive the fullest array …

    October 25, 2014 12:24 pm
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Politics

  • White House ex-counsel now off of Attorney General list


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, a leading candidate in President Barack Obama’s search for a new U.S. attorney general, has pulled out of consideration for the nomination, a White House official said on Friday. Ruemmler, who informed Obama in a phone call on Wednesday, faced the possibility of a difficult Senate confirmation battle over her involvement in a host of White House issues that stirred controversy in politically polarized Washington. Obama, who thinks highly of Ruemmler, had approached the Washington lawyer to see if he could put her on his shortlist for replacing Holder, who has announced he will leave his post when a successor is found. “Kathy took this step this week on her own volition,” the White House official said. Ruemmler declined to comment. Some Republican lawmakers have raised questions about an internal White House investigation led by Ruemmler into an April 2012 Secret Service prostitution scandal in Cartagena, …

    October 25, 2014 9:20 am
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Stocks

  • ‘SNL’ interns reach $6.4 million settlement with NBCUniversal


    Underpaid interns (not pictured here) on Saturday Night Live (pictured here) sued NBCUniversal and settled for $6.4 million. Former interns from “Saturday Night Live” who filed a class action lawsuit over unpaid work have reached a $6.4 million settlement with NBCUniversal. The settlement still has to be approved by a federal court in New York. The lawsuit says that the interns “received no compensation or compensation at a rate less than the applicable hourly minimum wage” while working for NBCUniversal, according to court documents. The lawsuit was filed last year by former interns Monet Eliastam, Jesse Moore, Alexander Vainer and Rheanna Behuniak against NBC Universal, which is owned by Comcast (CCV). The interns accused NBCUniversal of illegally classifying them as interns exempt from federal and state minimum wage and spread-of-hours pay. Related: Comcast grows revenue and customers The net settlement amount will be divided among the unpaid interns. Court documents said the average payment will …

    October 25, 2014 12:24 pm
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Sports

  • Murray tops Ferrer in Valencia semis


    Valencia, Spain (SportsNetwork.com) – Andy Murray continued his strong play of late with a straight-set victory over David Ferrer in the semifinals of the Valencia Open on Saturday. The third-seeded Murray earned a 6-4, 7-5 win Saturday, beating Ferrer for the second time in as many weeks. The Scot won a thrilling three-set final last Sunday to capture the title in Vienna, which followed a third-round loss to the Spaniard in Shanghai earlier this month. Ferrer, the top seed this week, was trying for his fourth title in Valencia. He previously won the tournament in 2008, 2010 and 2012, while also finishing as the runner-up in 2005 and last year. Murray was the 2009 Valencia winner and will try for his second title on Sunday against either Tommy Robredo or Jeremy Chardy. He will carry a lifetime record of 30-15 in finals into Sunday’s match, including 2-0 this year. In addition to last week’s victory, …

    October 25, 2014 12:24 pm
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World News

  • IS forces ‘pushed back’ in Iraq


    25 October 2014 Last updated at 18:19 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. It is the first time fighting has erupted in Tripoli’s ancient bazaar, as Jim Muir reports Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have recaptured the town of Zumar from Islamic State militants. Further south, Iraqi security forces say they are pushing back IS in Jurf al-Sakhar near Baghdad, in a battle to secure a route used by Shia pilgrims. Meanwhile the US military said US-led forces made 22 air strikes against IS in Iraq on Friday and Saturday. IS has seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria since June, prompting air strikes to help ground forces stem the advance. In Lebanon, several people were killed and wounded as troops clashed with Sunni militants thought to be linked to IS in the centre of the second city, Tripoli. Sectarian tensions are high in Tripoli The fighting began on Friday …

    October 25, 2014 12:24 pm
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Technology

  • I am Marty McFly: My week in ‘Back to the Future II’ shoes


    Looking good, twinkle toes. Amanda Kooser/CNET My mother looked at my feet and shook her head. “You’ve been like this since you were a baby,” she said. I suppose she knew I was destined for geekiness since my first breath. What sparked her comment were the shoes on my feet. The gray high-tops were all aglow. We were about to go shopping and she wasn’t entirely sure she wanted to be seen with me. I’ve been wearing a pair of shoes modeled after the Nike Air Mags from “Back to the Future: Part II” all week long. The shoes are officially licensed replicas (minus the Nike endorsement and swoosh) from HalloweenCostumes.com. They have the same light-gray color as the shoes Marty McFly dons as he explores the future world of 2015. The fat end caps behind the heels, high-top holes, ankle plates and lights are all there. The shoes became available for a few brief, …

    October 25, 2014 9:21 am
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Science

  • Hospitals Need Time, Training to Get Ready for Ebola


    The diagnosis of physician Craig Spencer with Ebola in New York City on Thursday reinforced the fact that Ebola could arrive at any hospital at any time. Are facilities and health care workers ready to properly care for an infected patient—while also staying safe and preventing further spread of the disease?   The answer to that question would appear to be no, given the case of Thomas Duncan, the Liberian patient who died from Ebola earlier this month in a Dallas hospital and infected two nurses. In the intervening weeks, agencies and advocacy groups have beefed up recommendations, training and response protocols.   Initial protocols set forth by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), combined with reportedly minimal training at hospitals, left health care workers vulnerable to the often-fatal disease. After consulting with the nation’s top high-level biocontainment facilities, however, the CDC on Monday issued detailed guidelines for hospitals and health care …

    October 25, 2014 9:41 am
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Health

  • Tips for Safe Trick-or-Treating


    SATURDAY, Oct. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Arriving home safe and sound is one of the best Halloween treats of all. To that end, be sure that costumes and goody bags have reflective strips that improve visibility to drivers, said Dr. Sampson Davis, an emergency medicine doctor at Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in Secaucus, N.J. Trick-or-treaters should also carry a flashlight, and costumes should be flame-resistant, Davis said. He offers these others tips: If you plan to use makeup, test it on a small area of skin first to ensure it doesn’t cause an allergic reaction. Wash makeup off immediately after returning home. Costume accessories should be soft and pliable in order to reduce injury risk. Don’t wear decorative contact lenses, which can cause eye infections. Comfortable and supportive footwear can help prevent blisters and sprains. Don’t let children eat homemade treats made by strangers and limit the amount of treats they eat at one …

    October 25, 2014 9:20 am
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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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