Headline News

  • Judge to hold hearing on whether 1 of 2 preteen stabbing suspects is competent to stand trial


    WAUKESHA, Wis. –  The mental health of one of two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fictional character is up for discussion in a Wisconsin court. Two doctors have filed reports saying they don’t believe the girl is competent to stand trial. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT But prosecutors have asked for a hearing on the issue Friday. The girl’s attorney has said he believes she is mentally ill and he wants the case moved from adult to juvenile court, where he says she can get more services. Wisconsin law requires suspects 10 and older to be charged as adults in severe crimes. Court documents say the 12-year-olds plotted for months to kill their former friend to win favor with Slender Man, a character in horror stories they had read online.

    August 1, 2014 1:48 am
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Politics

  • U.S. Senate confirms first ambassador to Russia in five months


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved President Barack Obama’s choice of John Tefft to be the next American ambassador to Russia, filling a post that had been vacant since February. Tefft is a former envy to Ukraine under Obama, and to Georgia and Lithuania under Republican President George W. Bush.     Tefft will go to Moscow as U.S.-Russia ties are severely strained over Washington’s sanctions on Russia due to its support for rebels in eastern Ukraine. Dozens of Obama’s nominees to be ambassadors have been held up for months by bitter partisan fighting in the U.S. Senate. Obama only nominated Tefft earlier this month. But both Republicans and Democrats said the dire state of U.S. relations with Russia made it imperative to let Tefft jump the queue so he could head to Moscow as quickly as possible. In a rare show of bipartisanship, the Senate carried out his confirmation hearing, committee …

    August 1, 2014 12:24 am
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Stocks

  • Elon Musk wants Tesla ‘elves’ to service cars


    The Tesla service team will pick up your car and return it before you even know it’s gone. Elon Musk wants the Tesla team to work like magic “elves” when servicing cars. The company has already shaken up the automobile industry. Musk has introduced well-reviewed cars that run only on electricity. He’s changed the car shopping experience. Now Musk is aiming to transform how your car gets fixed. Musk expects that Tesla cars won’t have to receive frequent maintenance, but when they need to be serviced he wants it to be quick and with as little disruption to a Tesla owner’s day as possible. Related: Tesla’s next 6 months will be busy Eventually a Tesla service team will be able to pick up your car (maybe while you’re at work), service it, and return it to you that same day. The plan is for an entire pit crew team to work on the car at …

    August 1, 2014 1:07 am
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Sports

  • Venus beats birthday girl Azarenka in Stanford


    Stanford, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – American Venus Williams spoiled Victoria Azarenka’s 25th birthday Thursday by beating the Belarusian in the second round at the Bank of the West Classic, a U.S. Open Series tennis event. Williams beat Azarenka, the No. 4 seed, by a 6-4, 7-6 (7-1) score on the hardcourts at Taube Family Tennis Center. The former top-ranked Williams titled here in 2000 and 2002 and is a five-time Stanford runner-up. Williams improved to 4-0 lifetime against Azarenka, who titled here in 2010. Next up for Williams is No. 8 seed Andrea Petkovic, who won her second round match on Wednesday. Third seed Angelique Kerber moved into the quarterfinals with a 7-6 (7-4), 0-6, 6-2 victory over Coco Vandeweghe. Next up for Kerber is rising 20-year-old Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, who grounded aging Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova 6-4, 6-4 to reach her seventh quarterfinal of the year. Ana Ivanovic handled Carol Zhao 6-1, 6-1 on Thursday. The …

    August 1, 2014 1:47 am
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World News

  • Rebels ambush convoy in east Ukraine


    1 August 2014 Last updated at 08:25 Separatist rebels in east Ukraine have ambushed a government troop column, killing at least 10 soldiers, close to the site where flight MH17 crashed. A military spokesman confirmed 10 deaths but Ukrainian media say as many as 20 died in the overnight attack. The rebels say they destroyed more than 30 vehicles while unverified video shows a scene of carnage on a road. Dutch and Australian forensic experts visited the crash site on Thursday for the first time since the 17 July crash.

    August 1, 2014 2:28 am
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Technology

Science

  • Lead in teeth can tell a body’s tale, UF study finds


    Related images(click to enlarge) Your teeth can tell stories about you, and not just that you always forget to floss. A study led by University of Florida geology researcher George D. Kamenov showed that trace amounts of lead in modern and historical human teeth can give clues about where they came from. The paper will be published in the August issue of Science of The Total Environment. The discovery could help police solve cold cases, Kamenov said. For instance, if an unidentified decomposed body is found, testing the lead in the teeth could immediately help focus the investigation on a certain geographic area. That way, law enforcement can avoid wasting resources checking for missing persons in the wrong places. “We can use this pollution signal to figure out where these people came from,” he said. Lead is composed of four variants, called isotopes. The amount of those isotopes fluctuates in different rocks, soils and ores …

    August 1, 2014 12:47 am
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Health

  • Ebola patient coming to U.S. as aid workers’ health worsens


    CHICAGO/WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) – A U.S. aid worker who was infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working in West Africa will be flown to the United States to be treated in a high-security ward at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, hospital officials said on Thursday. The aid worker, whose name has not been released, will be moved in the next several days to a special isolation unit at Emory. The unit was set up in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds said her agency is working with the U.S. State Department to facilitate the transfer. Reynolds said the CDC is not aware of any Ebola patient ever being treated in the United States, but five people in the past decade have entered the country with either Lassa Fever or Marburg Fever, hemorrhagic fevers similar to Ebola. News of the transfer follows reports of the declining health …

    August 1, 2014 12:24 am
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Entertainment

  • Chris Pratt admits his priorities shifted after birth of his son


    “Our number one priority was attempting to conquer this town as actors and we supported each other in our quests,” Pratt recently told People magazine. “Now with a kid, our priority list has shifted, and he’s at the top of it.” Pratt, who played a slightly frazzled, yet loving, father opposite Vince Vaughn in Delivery Man, and his wife, Anna Faris, welcomed their little guy, Jack, nine weeks earlier than his original due date in 2012. Though Pratt and Faris instantly fell in love with their son, the couple lived in fear for quite a while as Jack battled in intensive care for an entire month. “We were scared for a long time. We prayed a lot,” Pratt said. “It restored my faith in God, not that it needed to be restored, but it really redefined it. The baby was so beautiful to us and I look back at the photos of him and it …

    August 1, 2014 1:07 am
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Editorial

  • Is the president incompetent or lawless?


    AP It has been well established under the Constitution and throughout our history that the president’s job as the chief federal law enforcement officer permits him to put his ideological stamp on the nature of the work done by the executive branch. The courts have characterized this stamp as “discretion.” Thus when exercising their discretion, some presidents veer toward authority, others toward freedom. John Adams prosecuted a congressman whose criticism brought him into disrepute, an act protected by the First Amendment yet punishable under the Alien and Sedition Acts, and Thomas Jefferson declined to enforce the Acts because they punished speech, and pardoned all those convicted. Jimmy Carter asserted vast federal regulatory authority over the trucking and airline industries, and Ronald Reagan undid nearly all of it. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The president has discretion to adapt law enforcement to the needs of the times and to his reading of the wishes of the American people. Yet …

    July 31, 2014 8:19 pm
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Odd News

  • German teen floods club toilet in futile hunt for lost mobile phone


    BERLIN (Reuters) – A German teen who lost his mobile phone in a pond tried to get it back by draining the water and pumping it into a nearby toilet but caused major damage when the water flooded the tank and sent the waste spewing, a local newspaper reported. “I thought two pumps would drain enough of the water from the pond so I could find my cell phone,” the 16-year-old German from Klein Hesepe told the Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung newspaper. “I knew the phone was probably dead but wanted to get the data card back with the numbers, pictures and videos of my friends.” The pond contained 1.8 million liters of water and the local toilet had a 1,000-litre tank. The teenager wrongly thought the toilet was connected to the sewage system. The water overwhelmed the tank and sent sewage flooding out across a fishing club. “It almost worked,” the teenager told the newspaper. …

    August 1, 2014 12:47 am
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