Headline News

  • Detroit-area man who killed woman on porch: ‘I didn’t know there was a round in there’


    DETROIT –  A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch told police that he didn’t know there was a round in the shotgun. Prosecutors on the second day of trial Thursday played a recording of Theodore Wafer’s remarks to officers made immediately after they arrived at his Dearborn Heights home last Nov. 2. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Wafer told police that when he opened the door he didn’t recognize the woman, and that he didn’t know the gun he fired was loaded. The 55-year-old Wafer is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride. He claims it was an act of self-defense. McBride was shot in the face while on Wafer’s porch around 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 2. They didn’t know each other.

    July 24, 2014 9:24 am
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Politics

  • Obama presses to close corporate tax loophole ‘inversions’


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama will call on Thursday for an end to a corporate loophole that allows companies to avoid federal taxes by shifting their tax domiciles overseas in deals known as “inversions,” White House officials said. Obama will make the comments during remarks about the economy at Los Angeles Technical College. The president is in California on a three-day fundraising swing for Democrats. So-called inversion deals occur when a U.S. company acquires or sets up a foreign company, then moves its U.S. tax domicile to the foreign company and its lower-tax home country. Nine inversion deals have been agreed to this year by companies ranging from banana distributor Chiquita Brands International Inc to drugmaker AbbVie Inc and more are under consideration. The transactions are setting a record pace since the first inversion was done 32 years ago. Several Democrats have offered bills to curb inversions, which let companies cut their …

    July 24, 2014 5:42 am
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Stocks

  • GM to pay victims at least $400 million


    Daryl Chansuthus (right) with her daughter Hasaya “Seyde” Chansuthus, who died in a car accident related to defective switches in GM cars. GM said Thursday it expects to pay victims of the defective switches and their families between $400 million to $600 million. General Motors expects to pay between $400 million to $600 million to compensate victims of ifs faulty ignition switch tied to at least 13 deaths. The families of those killed and people injured in crashes involving the ignition switch can start filing for payments next month. The problem with the ignition switch can cause the car to shut off while driving, disabling safety features such as air bags, anti-lock brakes and power steering. GM has admitted that its employees knew of the problem a decade before recalling 2.6 million cars earlier this year. The automaker has been under fire from Congressional, Justice Department and federal safety regulators for the delay and could …

    July 24, 2014 8:23 am
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Sports

  • Falcons, White agree to 4-year extension


    Flowery Branch, GA (SportsNetwork.com) – With training camp about to begin, the Atlanta Falcons announced Thursday that they agreed to terms with wide receiver Roddy White on a four-year contract extension. The deal will keep White tied to the franchise that drafted him through the 2018 season. White, 32, battled injuries last year and caught 63 passes for 711 yards, his lowest totals since 2006. Selected with the 27th overall pick in 2005, White owns club records for career receptions (685) and career receiving yards (9,436). The four-time Pro Bowler has 55 touchdown receptions in 141 career games. The Falcons open training camp on Friday. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    July 24, 2014 9:24 am
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World News

  • Shellfire ‘kills 15 in Gaza school’


    24 July 2014 Last updated at 15:18 Thousands of people have taken shelter at UN schools in Gaza At least 15 people have been killed and more than 200 injured when a UN-run school used as a shelter in Gaza was shelled, the Gaza health ministry says. Hundreds of Palestinians were in the school in Beit Hanoun, fleeing heavy fighting in the area. It is the fourth time that a UN facility has been hit in Israel’s offensive against Hamas militants. In the past 16 days of fighting, more than 725 Palestinians and 30 Israelis have been killed, officials say. Israel launched its military offensive on 8 July with the declared objective of stopping Hamas firing rockets from Gaza. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Baroness Amos: “People are running out of food, water is also a serious concern” Earlier on Thursday, UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said that it was “vital” …

    July 24, 2014 9:24 am
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Technology

  • Drone aids search for missing US man


    24 July 2014 Last updated at 11:24 The FAA has ruled out commercial use of drones in US airspace A model drone has helped locate an elderly man in Wisconsin who had been missing for three days. Search teams using dogs, helicopters and volunteers had combed the countryside around Fitchburg seeking Guillermo DeVenecia. The drone found Mr DeVenecia, who has Alzheimer’s, about 20 minutes after its operator joined the search effort. The success may put pressure on US rules limiting the use of drones in search and rescue operations. Court challenge Mr DeVenecia was spotted stumbling around in a bean field by a drone flown by David Lesh who usually uses the craft to make videos for his skiing and snowboarding business in Colorado. Mr Lesh was in Fitchburg to visit his girlfriend’s family. When he heard about the community-wide effort to locate Mr DeVenecia he decided to join in and used the drone to …

    July 24, 2014 5:42 am
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Science

  • Greater odds of adverse childhood experiences in those with military service


    Men and women who have served in the military have a higher prevalence of adverse childhood events (ACEs), suggesting that enlistment may be a way to escape adversity for some. The prevalence of ACEs among U.S. military members and veterans is largely unknown. ACEs can result in severe adult health consequences such as posttraumatic stress disorder, substance use and attempted suicide. Authors compared the prevalence of ACEs among individuals with and without a history of military service using data from a behavioral risk surveillance system, along with telephone interviews, for an analytic sample of more than 60,000 people. ACEs in 11 categories were examined, including living with someone who is mentally ill, alcoholic or incarcerated, as well as witnessing partner violence, being physically abused, touched sexually or forced to have sex. Authors considered military service during the all-volunteer era (since 1973) vs. the draft era. In the sample, 12.7 percent of the individuals reported military …

    July 24, 2014 6:02 am
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Health

  • U.S. paves way for Novartis to copy Amgen biotech drug


    (Reuters) – U.S. regulators have accepted an application by Sandoz – the generics arm of Novartis – seeking approval for a copycat version of Amgen’s drug Neupogen, or filgrastim, for patients with low white blood cell counts. The Food and Drug Administration’s decision to accept the filing under a new pathway for so-called biosimilar drugs marks a milestone in the rollout of cheaper copies of injectable biotech medicines in the United States. Sandoz said on Thursday that overcoming the first hurdle in the approval process was an important step in increasing U.S. patient access to such treatments. The generics company already sells a biosimilar version of Amgen’s drug in more than 40 other countries, but the United States has been slower than other markets to establish a regulatory framework for biosimilars. Because biotech drugs are made from living cells it is impossible to manufacture exact copies, as happens with simple chemical medicines, so regulators have …

    July 24, 2014 5:42 am
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Entertainment

  • Selena Gomez Ditches New Beau Tommy Chiabra For New BFF Cara Delevingne


    Posted on Thu Jul 24th, 2014 6:00am PDT Spread Pictures She can’t spend every waking minute with him, you know! On Wednesday evening Selena Gomez and new bestie Cara Delevingne went to a private charity party in St. Tropez, and while SG looked goooorgeous, her new flame Tommy Chiabra was nowhere to be seen. But given how much time they’ve been spending together, we have a feeling they hooked up later in the evening… Selena and on-again/off-again boyfriend Justin Bieber ended things less than a month ago, and though he’s been spotted with several flings since then, yesterday he told X17 photographers that Selena is “beautiful” when asked what was going on with them. Hmm…think a Jelena reunion is imminent when the starlet returns from her Eurotrip? We’ll put a hundred bucks on it…   SEE THE GALLERY Selena Gomez And New BFF Cara Delevingne Party It Up Stories from around the Web

    July 24, 2014 8:23 am
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Editorial

  • Yes, Virginia, you really can reinvent yourself. Here’s how


    Author Kate WhiteCourtesy Harper July 8, 2014: Scott Kane, managing director of Gray Hair Management, leads a breakfast networking session at a restaurant in Elk Grove Village, Ill.AP Photo/Matt Marton I didn’t see it at first, though it was staring me in the face. I was writing a psychological suspense novel about a TV host named Robin Trainer (it’s called “Eyes on You” and was published this summer) who has to reinvent herself professionally, and it didn’t occur to me until I reached the final chapters that the main character’s situation echoed my own in certain respects. Maybe, I thought, creating Robin’s dilemma was my way of working out some of the issues I’d faced. My situation wasn’t totally like Robin’s. While her career is in TV, mine was in magazines – I spent 14 years running Cosmopolitan – and unlike her, I made a deliberate choice to change things up. I left the magazine …

    July 24, 2014 5:42 am
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Odd News

  • Giant ketchup bottle up for sale in southern Illinois


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Want a giant historic order of fries with that? A water tower shaped like a 170-foot-tall ketchup bottle is for sale in southern Illinois, along with an adjacent warehouse, an owner said on Wednesday. Fans fear the 65-year-old landmark, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, might be in peril if a sympathetic buyer isn’t found. Bethel-Eckert Enterprises used the Collinsville warehouse for a food distribution business but is now selling the property along Route 159 for $500,000, said co-owner Larry Eckert. The red-and-white tower was built in 1949 for the bottlers of Brooks ketchup, according to catsupbottle.com, the website of the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle fan club. The red-and-white tower was restored in 1995 with funds from volunteers, Eckert said. Eckert, who has not had any offers yet, hopes a buyer will preserve the bottle. But not every Illinois historic landmark has been saved, said Mike Gassmann, who calls …

    July 23, 2014 5:56 pm
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