Headline News

  • Behind the scenes with the commander of Special Ops

    Fort Bragg, North Carolina (CNN)Some days Special Operations missions in international hotspots end in success and accolades, as when SEAL Team Six took out Osama bin Laden. These are the missions that tend to be memorialized by Hollywood scriptwriters and shape the image of Special Ops forces in the minds of Americans. But some days end in tragedy and frustration. “The toughest day that I ever had was when we lost a helicopter with a (Navy) SEAL troop on it and a number of our Afghan partners,” said Gen. Joe Votel, the four-star head of the U.S. Special Operations Command, referred to as SOCOM. “Thirty-seven total souls, and we lost them in one night of operation.” The helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan in August 2011 as it was closing in on a target, a Taliban leader believed to be behind several attacks on Americans. “That was pretty devastating. It was devastating for me. It …

    October 6, 2015 1:09 pm


  • Rubio seeks cap on regulation costs

    WASHINGTON Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio on Tuesday called for a crackdown on new regulations affecting U.S. businesses, proposing a dollar limit on the economic impact from any such rules. The U.S. senator from Florida, in excerpts released before his remarks on the economy to be delivered later on Tuesday, said Washington was over-regulating U.S. businesses and pledged to cut down on such rules that he said can cost billions in compliance. “I will place a cap on the amount regulations can cost our economy each year,” he said. “I will also require federal agencies to include an analysis of exactly how each proposed regulation would impact competition and innovation.” Rubio did not offer details on what the cap limit would be or how U.S. agencies would conduct such analyses, according to the excerpts. Increasing U.S. regulations have pushed American jobs overseas and encourage other countries to deregulate, Rubio said. Rubio, 44, trails several other …

    October 6, 2015 10:08 am


  • Europe’s big data bombshell: What you need to know

    Europe’s top court has delivered a bombshell ruling that will force thousands of U.S. companies to change the way they treat personal data of users, customers and staff. Here is all you need to know: What did Europe do? The European Court of Justice declared invalid a 2000 “Safe Harbor” agreement between European Union and the U.S. that allowed Facebook (FB, Tech30) and other firms to transfer data in huge quantities to their servers in the U.S. The court threw this deal in the bin because it was worried about “mass indiscriminate surveillance and interception” of personal data by the U.S. authorities. Experts say the ruling was a direct consequence of revelations made by whistleblower and former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Why was the Safe Harbor agreement so important? Europe has strict rules to protect data, and doesn’t allow it to be transferred to any country that does not adhere to them. The …

    October 6, 2015 12:29 pm


  • Bill O’Brien: Houston’s running game must improve

    Coming off a blowout loss to the Atlanta Falcons in which the running game managed just 54 yards on the ground, Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said Monday his team must do better. “We really need to work on the running game,” O’Brien said, per the team’s official website. “We’ve got to be able to run the football.” In Sunday’s 48-21 loss to the Atlanta, Chris Polk led the Texans with 27 yards rushing on three carries. Arian Foster, in his season debut, ran eight times for 10 yards, but did catch three passes for 25 yards. More from FoxSports O’Brien acknowledged some of the team’s difficulties running stemmed from a lack of opportunities. The Falcons jumped out to an early lead, forcing Houston to play catch-up. It’s a trend the Texans have seen in their three losses this season. “What’s happened is, especially (Sunday), we fell behind,” O’Brien said. “It became more of …

    October 6, 2015 1:09 pm

World News

  • UAE activist wins human rights award

    Image copyright AFP Image caption Ahmed Mansoor said the UAE had human rights issues that PR companies tried to dismiss An activist from the United Arab Emirates has won the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. The jury praised Ahmed Mansoor for regularly raising concerns about arbitrary detention, torture and degrading treatment in the Gulf state. As a result, it said, he had faced repeated intimidation, harassment and death threats from the UAE authorities and their supporters. Mr Mansoor could not collect the award in Geneva because of a travel ban. The Martin Ennals Award is named after the late British lawyer who became the first head of the human rights organisation, Amnesty International. ‘Deep issues’ Mr Mansoor was selected as one of the human rights defenders nominated for the award by a jury of 10 global human rights organisations. The other nominees were Asmaou Diallo of Guinea and Robert Sann Aung of Myanmar. …

    October 6, 2015 1:09 pm


  • Destiny to introduce microtransactions and make future content drops free

    All the new story content for the next year of Destiny, Bungie’s first new franchise since it launched Halo in 2001, will be free, as the company continues with a major overhaul of the multiplayer online game following its troubled first year. To make up for the lost revenue from giving away the content for free, Bungie has announced plans to introduce microtransactions to the game for the first time, letting users spend real money to buy cosmetic items such as character gestures and visual changes to their “Sparrow” hover bike in game. Microtransactions are often viewed with suspicion by players, and Bungie seems keen to emphasise that the purchases, from the in-game Eververse Trading Company, will have no effect on the broader game. “If you’re not interested in what [the in-game vendor] has to offer, you won’t ever be forced to pluck an item off of her shelf,” the developers wrote. “You’ll still receive …

    October 6, 2015 10:28 am


  • Foot fossils of human relative illustrate evolutionary ‘messiness’ of bipedal walking

    Related images(click to enlarge) A new study on Homo naledi, the extinct human relative whose remains were discovered in a South African cave and introduced to the world last month, suggests that although its feet were the most human-like part of its body, H. naledi didn’t use them to walk in the same way we do. Detailed analysis of 107 foot bones indicates that H. naledi was well adapted for standing and walking on two feet, but that it also was likely comfortable climbing trees. The work, published in Nature Communications today with a concurrent study on H. naledi‘s hands, provides insight into the skeletal form and function that may have characterized early members of our genus. “Homo naledi’s foot is far more advanced than other parts of its body, for instance, its shoulders, skull, or pelvis,” said William Harcourt-Smith, lead author of the new paper, resident research associate in the American Museum of Natural …

    October 6, 2015 1:08 pm


  • Doctors Use 3D Printing to Safeguard Baby Before Birth

    TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — When Michigan doctors saw a large mass on the face of a fetus late in pregnancy, they feared it might block the baby’s airway at birth. The doctors didn’t know what the abnormality was, or if the infant would need lifesaving care in order to breathe. Use of 3D printing technology removed the guesswork, the team reported in the Oct. 5 online edition of the journal Pediatrics. It’s the first time 3D printing technology has been used in utero “to diagnose facial deformity and severity of airway risk with a newborn,” said Dr. Albert Woo, a pediatric plastic surgeon at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The problem surfaced when the mother-to-be, age 22, was 30 weeks into pregnancy. The mother underwent an ultrasound, but the imaging did not provide enough information because of the way the fetus was positioned. She then underwent an MRI, but again the doctors couldn’t …

    October 6, 2015 9:48 am


  • Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid And Joe Jonas Enjoy Park Life In Paris

    Posted on Tue Oct 6th, 2015 9:40am PDT       By X17 Staff Looking like they are filming a scene out of a movie, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Joe Jonas and another equally gorgeous friend enjoyed a languid and relaxing afternoon in Paris during Paris Fashion Week. Taking a break in between Fashion Week events, the fashionable crew decided to have some down time in a Parisian park — and we can’t blame them! This looks like a pretty amazing life. Gigi got comfy, lying down on her boyfriend Joe’s lap. These two have been attached at the hip since they started dating earlier this year. We know that no one cares if Joe is at fashion week — so he clearly is just in the City of Love to support his main squeeze, who’s been busy lighting up the catwalk.   SEE THE GALLERY Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid And Joe Jonas Enjoy Park Life In Paris Stories …

    October 6, 2015 12:48 pm


  • Supreme Court’s new term reminds us that a president’s picks matter… a lot

    Appointing justices to the Supreme Court is a president’s most lasting legacy, and the next president may appoint as many as three new justices. Each year these justices will rule on the nation’s most important issues, which this term range from the forced payment of union dues to racial preferences and the death penalty.  The Court’s fall term begins on October 5 — the first Monday in October. It’s no surprise then that the issue of judicial nominations came up at both Republican presidential debates. It was clear that conservatives have learned from the mistakes of prior Republican Supreme Court nominations. During the CNN debate journalist Dana Bash got right to the point and asked former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush whether Chief Justice John G. Roberts – who twice voted to uphold ObamaCare – should have been nominated to the Supreme Court. Bush nailed it, arguing that Supreme Court nominees should be have a “proven” “record of respect for upholding the Constitution,” that the president needs to be “willing to …

    October 6, 2015 8:28 am

Odd News

  • Flocks of sheep take over London’s Savile Row

    London’s Savile Row, home to Britain’s top tailors, was turned into a grazing meadow on Monday, with a flock of sheep filling the street to help raise awareness of the wool industry. Traffic was halted, turf was laid out and Bowmont Merino and Exmoor Horn sheep were brought in to help mark the start of Britain’s Wool Week, which runs until Oct. 11.

    October 6, 2015 5:27 am