Headline News

  • Judge overturns capital sentence of Wyoming’s only death row inmate


    (Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday vacated the death sentence of Wyoming’s only inmate awaiting capital punishment, in a ruling that faulted the murder convict’s trial lawyers for not adequately presenting to jurors evidence of his mental impairment and troubled life. Dale Eaton, 69, was found guilty in 2004 in the 1988 kidnap, rape and murder of 18-year-old Lisa Marie Kimmell, whose body was found near Casper, Wyoming soon after her disappearance. She had been traveling from Colorado to Montana when she stopped in Wyoming and encountered Eaton. Eaton was behind bars in an unrelated case when investigators in 2001 used DNA analysis to link him to Kimmell’s killing, which was dubbed the “Lil Miss Murder” because of the license plate “LIL MISS” on her car. They found the car buried at Eaton’s former property in Moneta, Wyoming. During the death penalty phase of his trial, Eaton’s attorneys presented evidence the former welder suffered …

    November 20, 2014 7:14 pm
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Politics

  • Obama says U.S. immigration system ‘broken, and everybody knows it’


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation on Thursday, easing the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash with Republicans. In a White House speech, Obama rejected Republican critics who say his decision to bypass Congress and take executive action is tantamount to amnesty for illegal immigrants and urged them to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation that the Republican-controled House of Representatives has blocked. “Today, our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows it,” Obama said. “It’s been this way for decades. And for decades we haven’t done much about it.” Republicans pounced quickly, charging Obama had overstepped his constitutional power a year after declaring he did not have the authority to act on his own. In a video released before Obama’s televised speech, House Speaker John Boehner said: The president has said before that ‘he’s not king’ and he’s …

    November 20, 2014 7:34 pm
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Stocks

  • 5 immigration myths debunked


      President Obama is taking executive action to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. His plan has been a tough sell to the American people, especially with the new Republican-controlled Congress. But many experts agree that some of the arguments against immigration are based on misguided information. Here are 5 myths about undocumented immigrants, and why they’re wrong. Myth # 1: They don’t pay taxes Undocumented immigrants are already U.S. taxpayers. Collectively, they paid an estimated $10.6 billion to state and local taxes in 2010, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), a research organization that works on tax policy issues. Contributions varied by state. In Montana they contributed $2 million. In California, more than $2.2 billion. On average they pay about 6.4% of their income in state and local taxes, ITEP said. A 2007 Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on the impact of undocumented immigrants on the budgets of local …

    November 20, 2014 6:33 pm
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Sports

  • Kings’ Voynov charged with domestic assault


    Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has been charged with a felony stemming from an arrest last month on suspicion of domestic violence. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday that Voynov, who is currently under indefinite suspension by the NHL, faces one felony count of corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury for an alleged attack on his wife at their Redondo Beach home on Oct. 19. Voynov is scheduled to be arraigned in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Dec. 1. He is presently free on bond. The 24-year-old Russian could receive a sentence up to nine years in prison if convicted. According to the release, Voynov caused his wife to suffer serious injuries to her eyebrow, cheek and neck following an argument. The woman was later taken to a local hospital, where Voynov was arrested. The NHL immediately suspended Voynov indefinitely following news of …

    November 20, 2014 6:13 pm
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World News

  • Russia warns US not to arm Ukrainian forces against pro-Russian rebels


    Russia has warned the United States against supplying arms to Ukrainian forces fighting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, hours before US vice-president Joe Biden was due to arrive in Kiev on Thursday. Ukraine accused Vladimir Putin of treating its territory like a “playing field“, trying to unleash a full-scale war that would pose a broader threat to Nato countries. Russian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in Moscow that a US official’s suggestion Washington should consider sending arms to Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels have been fighting government forces since April, sent a “very serious signal“. Lukashevich cautioned against “a major change in policy of the (US) administration in regard to the conflict” in Ukraine. “That (would be) a direct violation of agreements reached, including (agreements reached) with the participation of the United States,” he said. The United States backs Kiev in its struggle against the pro-Russian separatists in two eastern regions and has imposed sanctions …

    November 20, 2014 7:14 pm
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Technology

  • Why major TV networks aren’t showing Obama’s immigration address


    On Thursday evening, President Obama will take to the airwaves to present his plan for immigration reform to the American people. Unfortunately, many of the American people may not be able to find him. At 8pm, instead of seeing the president outlining his long-awaited overhaul of one of the country’s most hotly debated issues, ABC viewers will be treated to an episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Those tuning in to CBS will be presented with an episode of The Big Bang Theory; Fox network viewers will see Bones; and viewers tuning to NBC will be able to enjoy The Biggest Loser: Glory Days. Thursdays are big nights for the networks, and Grey’s Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory, Bones and even The Biggest Loser are ratings heavyweights. A speech by the president is bad for ratings – and anything bad for ratings is loathed by advertisers. The White House can make a formal request to networks for …

    November 20, 2014 7:34 pm
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Science

  • Quantum mechanical calculations reveal the hidden states of enzyme active sites


    Related images(click to enlarge) Enzymes carry out fundamental biological processes such as photosynthesis, nitrogen fixation and respiration, with the help of clusters of metal atoms as “active” sites. But scientists lack basic information about their function because the states thought to be critical to their chemical abilities cannot be experimentally observed. Now, researchers at Princeton University have reported the first direct observation of the electronic states of iron-sulfur clusters, common to many enzyme active sites. Published on August 31 in the journal Nature Chemistry, the states were revealed by computing the complicated quantum mechanical behavior of the electrons in the clusters. “These complexes were thought of as impossible to model, due to the complexity of the quantum mechanics,” said Garnet Chan, the A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Chemistry and corresponding author on the paper. In these systems, the electrons interact strongly with each other, their movements resembling a complicated dance. To reduce the complexity, the …

    November 20, 2014 3:51 pm
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Health

  • New York patient tests negative for Ebola, Missouri patient awaits results


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A traveler who returned from Mali tested negative for Ebola at a New York City hospital on Thursday, and a patient who recently came back from West Africa awaited test results at a Missouri hospital, health officials said. Preliminary test results showed the traveler who returned to the United States from a trip to Mali does not have the disease, but the patient will remain in isolation at Bellevue Hospital Center for further testing, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation said in a statement. In Crystal City, Missouri, a patient who recently returned from West Africa was tested for Ebola after arriving with a fever at Mercy Jefferson Hospital. Test results were expected on Friday at the latest, said hospital spokesman John Winkelman. The patient was being held in isolation at an off-site surgical center and was considered at low risk for Ebola, the hospital said. It was withholding …

    November 20, 2014 7:34 pm
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Entertainment

  • Has The Bachelor finally driven it’s Producer completely insane?


    Brooke Burke-Charvet crashes car tweets she was sober The man who created a popular TV series about finding love clearly does not share those sentiments for his neighbors, and has allegedly made physical threats against Dancing with the Stars veteran Brooke Burke-Charvet and her husband, Baywatch star David Charvet. He even went so far as to point speakers at their house that blasted the sound of dogs barking, TMZ reports. Fleiss has been waging war against the couple and according to TMZ, the Los Angeles County District Attorney has now charged him with the crime of disturbing the peace with loud noise. It has also been reported that he was uncooperative with police during the investigation. 5 Reasons seeing Chris Soules live will make or break The Bachelor According to the Daily Mail, in addition to the above claims, Charvet has allegedly claimed that Fleiss is the reason why Burke-Charvet was fired from her hosting …

    November 20, 2014 7:14 pm
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Editorial

  • The awful, horrible Bill Cosby sexual assault allegations


    Editor’s note: The following column originally appeared on the center-right website Ricochet.com. If you haven’t seen the headlines already, NBC has officially cancelled its plans for a new sitcom starring Bill Cosby. This comes on the heels of “The Cosby Show” being pulled from re-runs and Netflix’s announcement Wednesday that it was “postponing” the release of a new stand-up routine they’d commission from the comic. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Reflecting on his own experience with Cosby, Atlantic columnist Ta-Nehisi Coates — generally not my cup of tea – explains exactly why all this is so disturbing (wade past the anti-Republican digs; it’s worth it): I spent parts of 2006 and 2007 following Bill Cosby around the country. He was then in the midst of giving a series of “call-outs” in which he upbraided the decline of morality in the black community. Our current organic black conservative moment largely springs from these efforts. It’s worth distinguishing an “organic …

    November 20, 2014 7:34 pm
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Odd News

  • Texas woman sues family after her dogs kill neighbor’s pet beagle


    HOUSTON (Reuters) – The owner of three pit bulls and a pit-bull mix is seeking up to $1 million in damages after her dogs entered the Houston-area property of her neighbor and fatally attacked her neighbor’s 10-year-old beagle. Emerald White said she was trying to retrieve her four dogs from her neighbor’s yard when the beagle attacked her, causing her dogs to attack, the lawsuit said. The beagle’s owners, the Baker family, said the pit bulls broke into their yard and started the incident that left their beagle, Bailey, dead a few minutes after the attack ended in the Houston suburb of Texas City. White’s attorney, Paul LaValle, told local broadcaster KHOU-TV: “I’m getting the hate mail and the death threats. They have a very good PR campaign working for the family that owned the beagle.” White’s lawsuit said her neighbors were negligent and that she suffered from mental anguish, disfigurement, pain, loss of earnings …

    November 19, 2014 10:59 am
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