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  • Shark bites teen surfing in Florida

    A teen suffered a shark bite to his hand Sunday while surfing in Florida. The unidentified male teen punched the shark in the nose and was able to flee, Volusia County Beach Patrol told FOX13. The teenager was paddling out in the water at New Smyrna Beach when he felt the shark, estimated at about 5 feet, bite his left hand. The teen was treated for non-life threatening injuries by paramedics at the scene. New Smyrna Beach is about 15 miles south of Daytona Beach on Florida’s east coast.

    October 4, 2015 10:42 am


  • Republican Chaffetz announces bid for House speaker

    WASHINGTON U.S. Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House oversight panel, announced on Sunday he was running for speaker, a bid seen as a long shot that could still stir up the contest to replace John Boehner. Representative Kevin McCarthy, currently the House majority leader, remains the favorite for the speaker position. But many conservatives have reservations about McCarthy and say he does not have enough votes to win. Representative Daniel Webster, former speaker of Florida’s House of Representatives, has also challenged McCarthy for House of Representatives speaker. Chaffetz said many Republican lawmakers wanted a change in leadership. Republicans currently hold a majority in both houses of Congress. “I’ve had enough members who have come and said, ‘Please, Jason, do this. We don’t want to fight internally, but realistically we can’t vote to promote the existing leadership,’” he said on Fox News Sunday. Chaffetz has investigated reproductive health provider Planned Parenthood and the Internal …

    October 4, 2015 10:01 am


  • NBC’s ‘Today’ show savors a month of wins over ‘GMA’

    Has NBC’s “Today” show just started a brand-new winning streak? On Friday the network celebrated four straight weeks of ratings wins in the category that matters most to morning show advertisers, viewers ages 25 to 54. “‘Today’ is #1 for a month,” NBC’s press release declared, calling this the show’s “best winning streak in more than three years.” ABC’s “Good Morning America” is, of course, eager to end this embryonic streak before it gets any longer. ABC famously pulled ahead of NBC in 2012, snapping a 16-year winning streak by “Today,” partly through smart strategy and partly by capitalizing on its rival’s screw-ups. “GMA” has been winning pretty much ever since. But the “Today” show has gained a lot of ground this year. In June NBC News executives were thrilled that the show won three out of four weeks in the 25- to 54-year-old demographic. Earlier story: “the ‘Today’ show is staging a comeback” The …

    October 4, 2015 10:22 am


  • Luck to miss 1st NFL game as Indianapolis faces Jacksonville

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is inactive and will miss his first NFL game because of a right shoulder injury. Backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will make his first start since 2012 on Sunday. The injury forced Luck into limited action at practice this week. The move also makes sense because Indianapolis can give Luck a few more days of rest before visiting Houston on Thursday. More from FoxSports Despite taking more hits than any quarterback in the league over the past three seasons, according to STATS, Luck never wound up on the bench because of an injury. He started 57 consecutive games including the playoffs and has led the Colts to three straight 11-win seasons, three straight playoff appearances and back-to-back division titles. — Online: AP NFL website: http://pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL

    October 4, 2015 11:41 am

World News

  • Many injured in Malta motor show crash

    Image copyright TIMESOFMALTA.com Image caption The Porsche supercar span out of control at high speed, hitting spectators At least 21 people have been injured after a car lost control and crashed into spectators at a motor show in Malta, officials say. Three people – including a young child and the driver of the Porsche supercar – are in critical condition after the incident at the Paqpaqli event. Some of the wounded were taken to hospital by helicopters. Footage showed the car spanning out of control on the road at high speed and smashing into the crowd of spectators. There were scenes of panic and chaos, and some in the crowd were heard shouting: “Oh, my God!” and “Ambulance!” “The car was speeding down the taxiway when a back wheel went on the grass. The car spun out of control, went through the barriers where a large crowd was watching, and into the area of the …

    October 4, 2015 10:42 am


  • The startups: ‘We need a presence in Silicon Valley, that’s the way it is’

    ‘I think women are about to take over tech’Graceann Bennett PlsPlsMe Graceann Bennett of PlsPlsMe at TechCrunch Disrupt. Photograph: Will Whipple/Observer “I was raised Mormon and was a virgin mom and bride and I just didn’t know how to discuss sex. Ten years into the marriage we tried to fix it but there just wasn’t the right thing. The sex therapist was too clinical, Cosmo was too cheesy. “PlsPlsMe is going to enable couples to talk about intimacy in a fun, playful way. We’re launching an app but it’s going to be much more than that. I was a brand strategist with Ogilvy Mather working on some of the world’s biggest brands and I’m bringing everything I know to PlsPlsMe. I always thought my husband should automatically know how to turn me on. It’s a really cruel and unusual punishment that you expect men to be able to blow your mind sexually without any user …

    October 4, 2015 10:21 am


  • Extending a battery’s lifetime with heat

    Related images(click to enlarge) Don’t go sticking your electronic devices in a toaster oven just yet, but for a longer-lasting battery, you might someday heat them up when not in use. Over time, the electrodes inside a rechargeable battery cell can grow tiny, branch-like filaments called dendrites, causing short circuits that kill the battery or even ignite it in flames. But thanks to new experiments and computer simulations, researchers from the California Institute of Technology have explored in detail how higher temperatures can break down these dendrites — and possibly extend battery lifetimes. A battery cell consists of a positive and negative electrode, called the cathode and anode. As the battery produces electrical current, electrons flow from the anode through a circuit outside the battery and back into the cathode. Having lost the electrons that are generating the current, some of the atoms in the anode — an electrically conductive metal like lithium — become …

    October 4, 2015 9:01 am


  • Caring for loved one with Alzheimer’s may be most stressful for spouse

    (Reuters Health) – Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease isn’t easy under the best of circumstances, but it may be much more stressful for spouses and people who suffer from depression, a Finnish study suggests. Researchers followed 236 family caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients for three years after the diagnosis. Caregiving appeared to be much more stressful for people who were married to the patients or who suffered from depression when the study began. “Even minor depressive symptoms at the beginning of caregiving are a significant predictor of psychological distress during the years of caregiving,” lead study author Tarja Valimaki of the University of Eastern Finland said by email. The findings suggest that spousal caregivers should receive mental health evaluations at the time that their loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Valimaki added. “Alzheimer’s disease patients’ home care is reliant on caregivers, and it is not reasonable for spousal caregivers to put their own …

    October 4, 2015 9:41 am


  • Miley Cyrus Debuts New Dark Locks Ahead Of Saturday Night Live Hosting Duties

    Posted on Sat Oct 3rd, 2015 10:44am PDT       By X17 Staff Miley Cyrus has been blonde for what seems like years now, but she’s finally gone to the dark side … and we love it! The 24-year-old superstar posted the selfie above on Instagram and wrote, “Debutin my new liewkkkk #mileyonsnl #oct3,” and we can’t wait to see the whole thing when she hosts the season premiere of Saturday Night Live tonight. Miley has been posting teasers this past week for the show, and she’ll also be the music guest tonight. On Friday Miley was photographed filming a sketch for show in NYC, and she was wearing a brown wig for that, but the snapshot above seems to be her real hair. Well, plus extensions, but here’s to hoping she hangs on to this look for a while, because we love it!   Stories from around the Web

    October 3, 2015 8:38 pm


  • School district fights ACLU, vows to keep saying ‘God bless you’

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana has launched a full-scale assault on Airline High School after the principal wrote the words, “May God Bless You All” in a message posted on the school’s website. “The Future Starts Today – May God Bless You All,” wrote Principal Jason Rowland in September. Click here to join Todd’s American Dispatch – a Must-Read for Conservatives!  The ACLU also complained about plans by the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes to place prayer request boxes around the campus. Pastor Fream said it’s time for the community to stand together and send a message to the ACLU. That was all the evidence the ACLU needed to accuse Bossier Parish Schools of engaging “in a pattern of religious proselytization.”   “There is no question that the principal has violated these legal mandates by invoking God, prayer and Christianity in school publications and on school grounds,” Louisiana ACLU Executive Director Marjorie Esman wrote …

    October 3, 2015 4:17 pm

Odd News

  • Canada politician mistakes Bank of England governor for actor

    OTTAWA One of the world’s most famous central bank chiefs, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, briefly became the late American actor Art Carney during a Canadian election debate on Friday. Gilles Duceppe, leader of the separatist Bloc Quebecois party, referred twice to “Art Carney” alluding to corporations sitting on cash piles. It took Liberal leader Justin Trudeau to let him know he must have been speaking about Mark Carney, who used to head the Bank of Canada and now is at the Bank of England. Art Carney co-starred with Jackie Gleason in the comedy “The Honeymooners.” (Reporting by Randall Palmer; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

    October 2, 2015 9:12 pm