Headline News

  • Man who stabbed, shot fellow student in Indiana classroom says he lied about hallucinations


    LAFAYETTE, Ind. –  An Indiana man who fatally stabbed and shot a fellow Purdue University student on campus says he lied to doctors about having hallucinations. Cody Cousins has already pleaded guilty to murder in the death of 21-year-old Andrew Boldt, who was killed in January inside a classroom filled with students on the school’s campus in West Lafayette. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT During a sentencing hearing Friday, Cousins testified that he killed Boldt “because I wanted to.” He says he lied to doctors about having auditory hallucinations. Prosecutors argued for the maximum 65-year sentence. But defense attorneys argued that the 24-year-old is mentally ill and needs mental health treatment now, not when he’s released from prison.

    September 19, 2014 3:53 pm
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Politics

  • Kansas Ballots Will Be Mailed Without Democratic Senate Nominee


    By Alexis Levinson Posted at 4:22 p.m. today 0 Tweet Roberts’ weekend is not off to a great start. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has instructed county election officials to mail overseas election ballots without listing a Democratic candidate for Senate, his office confirmed Friday to CQ Roll Call. Kobach’s decision concludes a Kansas Senate race saga that has dragged on for several weeks, starting when Democratic nominee Chad Taylor ended his campaign earlier this month. The result is a massive boost for independent Greg Orman, a strong fundraiser who has polled competitively against Sen. Pat Roberts. Initially, Kobach said Taylor would remain on the ballot because he had not met the standards required by law to withdraw from the race. Taylor went to court to get his name off the ballot, and on Thursday, the state Supreme Court unanimously ruled that his name would not appear. Overseas …

    September 19, 2014 4:13 pm
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Stocks

  • Post-it note eating insider trader pleads guilty


    Who’s hungry? Insider trader ate his Post-it notes after passing stock tips. The middleman in a $5.6 million insider trading scheme has admitted to passing stock tips on Post-it notes and then eating the evidence. Frank Tamayo, a 41-year-old Brooklyn man, surrendered Friday morning to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and pleaded guilty in Federal Court in New Jersey. Prosecutors say Tamayo received information about upcoming corporate deals from Steven Metro, the head clerk at a corporate law firm in New York. Tamayo then handed that information over to Vladimir Eydelman, a stock broker at Oppenheimer (OPY) and Morgan Stanley (MS). Eydelman in turn used it to trade stocks for Tamayo and other customers. Metro and Eydelman were charged separately in March. The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed civil charges against all three men. In an awkward attempt to be stealthy, Tamayo would write a stock ticker on a piece of paper, usually a …

    September 19, 2014 3:12 pm
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Sports

  • Pirates’ Morton to skip next start


    Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton won’t make his next start, the announced on Friday. Morton pitched Tuesday for the first time since being sidelined for a month by a sports hernia. He held Boston scoreless over five innings, but experienced increased discomfort near the end of his outing and again in Thursday’s bullpen session. The team said Morton will undergo a medical examination next week. Vance Worley will start in place of Morton on Sunday against Milwaukee. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    September 19, 2014 3:53 pm
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World News

  • Sarkozy announces return to politics


    19 September 2014 Last updated at 16:47 Nicolas Sarkozy has kept a low profile after his defeat by Francois Hollande in the 2012 election Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced his return to politics. On his Facebook page, he said he would seek the leadership of the opposition UMP party, widely seen as a first step towards a presidential bid in 2017. “I am a candidate to be president of my political family,” Mr Sarkozy wrote. The statement ends months of speculation about the intentions of the 59-year-old conservative, who vowed to give up politics after he failed to be re-elected as president in 2012. The UMP party elections are due to be held in November. ‘A new political choice’ “After a lengthy period of reflection, I have decided to offer the French people a new political choice,” he wrote. He said he could not “remain a spectator given the situation in which France …

    September 19, 2014 3:53 pm
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Technology

  • Nvidia’s new GPU sinks moon landing hoax using virtual light


    A virtual re-creation of the Apollo 11 landing site helped gaming-component supplier Nvidia debunk persistent hoax claims about the moon landings. Nvidia Few events in US history inspire a paranoiac bent on unearthing political conspiracy theories quite like the Apollo moon landings do. So when Nvidia, the leader in high-end graphics processing units (GPUs) for PC gaming, wanted to show off a lighting feature of its new GeForce GTX 970 and 980 cards, it found its inspiration in the sky. “Global illumination is the hardest task to solve as a game company,” Scott Herkelman, Nvidia’s GeForce general manager, said in an interview. “Virtual point lights don’t do a bad job when the environment stays the same, but a game developer has to fake shadows, fake reflections…it’s a labor-intensive process.” So when an Nvidia research engineer used the company’s new dynamic lighting techniques to show off a side-by-side comparison between an Apollo 11 photo and a …

    September 19, 2014 4:13 pm
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Science

  • New high-resolution satellite image analysis: 5 of 6 Syrian World Heritage sites ‘exhibit significant damage’


    Related images(click to enlarge) In war-torn Syria, five of six World Heritage sites now “exhibit significant damage” and some structures have been “reduced to rubble,” according to new high-resolution satellite image analysis by the nonprofit, nonpartisan American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The AAAS analysis, offering the first comprehensive look at the extent of damage to Syria’s priceless cultural heritage sites, was completed in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology’s Penn Cultural Heritage Center (PennCHC) and the Smithsonian Institution, and in cooperation with the Syrian Heritage Task Force. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the analysis provides authoritative confirmation of previous on-the-ground reports of damage to individual sites. “Only one of Syria’s six World Heritage sites — the Ancient City of Damascus — appears to remain undamaged in satellite imagery since the onset of civil war in 2011,” said Susan Wolfinbarger, director of the Geospatial Technologies and Human …

    September 19, 2014 4:34 pm
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Health

  • Ebola lockdown brings Sierra Leone capital to a halt


    FREETOWN (Reuters) – Streets in the capital of Sierra Leone were deserted on Friday as the West African state began a contested, three-day lockdown in a bid to halt the worst Ebola outbreak on record. President Ernest Bai Koroma urged people to heed the emergency measures as health workers, some clad in protective biohazard suits, went house to house, checking on residents and marking each doorway they visited with chalk. Radio stations played Ebola awareness jingles on repeat and encouraged residents to stay indoors. “As they are fighting this Ebola, we pray that it will be eradicated. That’s what we are praying for,” Mariam Bangura told Reuters as she waited at her home in Freetown’s West End neighborhood. Other residents looked out over the normally bustling seaside city from windows and balconies. Nearly 30,000 health workers, volunteers and teachers aim to visit every household in the country of six million people by Sunday to educate …

    September 19, 2014 4:13 pm
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Entertainment

  • Sofia Vergara Leaves Beefy Boyfriend Joe Manganiello At Home, Hops A Flight To NYC


    Posted on Fri Sep 19th, 2014 12:25pm PDT       By X17 Staff Even when flying cross country, sultry star Sofia Vergara manages to look super sexy. The Modern Family stunner left her hot boyfriend, Joe Manganiello, at home to jet off to NYC on Friday morning. The 42-year-old dressed comfortably for her flight to the Big Apple but still managed to show off her fit form, donning Lulu Lemon yoga pants and a fitted black top. The feisty lady added a little pizzaz to the basic ensemble with a bold snow leopard print scarf. We’re a little surprise to see Sofia without her hunky main man — these two have been inseparable as of late. Earlier this week, the True Blood star visited his lady love on the set of her hit ABC show. The two were photographed getting cuddly as Sofia was all gussied up as Princess Fiona from Shrek to film the comedy’s Halloween episode. …

    September 19, 2014 3:53 pm
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Editorial

  • Innovation: What American education needs more than anything


    With September upon us, the minds of millions of American – children and parents alike — are thinking back in school. Public education is in crisis. Scores continue to slip and reforms are under attack. Unfortunately much of the current debate over education policy involves little more than tinkering on the fringes of a warehouse-based, nearly compulsory system rooted in what worked in the late 19th century, saddled with outdated work rules and frozen into place by bureaucracies.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Accordingly it’s shouldn’t surprise that our current system is not able to prepare ou Rather than eschew educational innovation, policymakers, students, administrators, parents, business leaders, and civic activists should embrace it. Rather than tinker we should be encouraging radical experimentation. We should not be reluctant to toss the existing rules to the curb in search for a new way of doing things. “There’s an access problem that exists in higher education, finding what you need …

    September 19, 2014 4:13 pm
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Odd News

  • Man who ate napkins to conceal insider trading pleads guilty


    (Reuters) – A Brooklyn, New York mortgage broker, who would scribble secret stock tips on napkins and pass them to an accomplice in Grand Central station before eating them, pleaded guilty to insider trading on Friday, federal prosecutors said. Frank Tamayo, 41, was the middleman in what prosecutors called a three-man scheme that generated $5.6 million in illegal profits over five years, based on tips about a dozen transactions being negotiated by a prestigious New York law firm. Tamayo, who had been cooperating with authorities, pleaded guilty to securities fraud, tender offer fraud, and conspiracy charges in the federal court in Trenton, New Jersey, according to U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman in New Jersey. The defendant also agreed to forfeit more than $1 million, the contents of two brokerage accounts, and a 2008 Audi Q7. He faces up to 20 years in prison on the fraud counts. Matthew Beck, a lawyer for Tamayo, did not immediately …

    September 19, 2014 4:34 pm
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