• Delta plane clips smaller jet at Minnesota airport

    MINNEAPOLIS –  A Delta Air Lines plane clipped wings with a smaller jet as the two were preparing to take off from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Wednesday night, officials said. No one was injured...
  • Bears-Patriots Capsule

    CHICAGO (3-4) at NEW ENGLAND (5-2) Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT OPENING LINE — Patriots by 6 RECORD VS. SPREAD — Chicago 3-4, New England 3-4 SERIES RECORD — Patriots lead 8-4 LAST...
  • Virtual reality movies are coming

    Virtual reality movies are coming

    Oculus in action. In a decade or two, going to the movie theater could feel as outdated as renting a VHS tape. That’s the future virtual reality enthusiasts from Oculus VR and elsewhere are sketching...
  • US-led Syria strikes ‘kill hundreds’

    US-led Syria strikes ‘kill hundreds’

    23 October 2014 Last updated at 15:12 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Kasra Naji reports from the Turkey-Syria border US-led air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria...

Headline News

  • Delta plane clips smaller jet at Minnesota airport


    MINNEAPOLIS –  A Delta Air Lines plane clipped wings with a smaller jet as the two were preparing to take off from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Wednesday night, officials said. No one was injured in the incident, which happened shortly after 8 p.m., airport spokesman Patrick Hogan said. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Delta Boeing 757 was bound for Los Angeles with 171 customers on board, according to the airline. The smaller Embraer jet, flown by the Delta feeder Compass Airlines, was bound for Louisville, Kentucky, and had 74 customers on board. Both returned to their gates with wing damage. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro said the planes collided as the Delta flight was taxiing for departure and the Compass flight was pushing back from the gate. The cause of the collision wasn’t immediately known, but the FAA is investigating. Hogan said passengers were put on other flights and continued on to their destinations. The …

    October 23, 2014 11:27 am
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Politics

  • ‘American Idol’ singer Clay Aiken seeks win in first political bid


    ASHEBORO N.C. (Reuters) – “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken is back on tour. This time he is trying to win over North Carolina voters with his political chops rather than his voice, and he has less than two weeks left to do it. Polls and pundits suggest Aiken, a Democrat running in a solidly Republican congressional district, could be headed for another second-place finish. Undeterred, he is spending the final stretch of the campaign traveling and living on a bus emblazoned with a “Clay for North Carolina” slogan to tell voters in his native state why he would be an effective advocate for them in Congress. “I can get people to pay attention,” Aiken, 35, said at a town hall campaign event in Asheboro last week. “It’s a benefit of where I came from and how I got here.” About 30 people showed up at an historic courthouse in central North Carolina to hear Aiken …

    October 23, 2014 8:22 am
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Stocks

  • Virtual reality movies are coming


    Oculus in action. In a decade or two, going to the movie theater could feel as outdated as renting a VHS tape. That’s the future virtual reality enthusiasts from Oculus VR and elsewhere are sketching out, extolling the technology as a transformative new medium for visual storytelling. “At some point, VR is going to eliminate the need to go to a physical place and see a big screen,” Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe told CNNMoney. “It can be even richer than the IMAX experience in a theater, because it can be 360 and all around you.” Did you think virtual reality was just for video games? So did Oculus at first. The company, which was acquired by Facebook (FB, Tech30) earlier this year for $2 billion, counts a number of people with video gaming backgrounds among its earliest employees. Most of them believed that’s where the main applications of the technology would lie, Iribe said. Related: …

    October 23, 2014 11:27 am
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Sports

  • Bears-Patriots Capsule


    CHICAGO (3-4) at NEW ENGLAND (5-2) Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT OPENING LINE — Patriots by 6 RECORD VS. SPREAD — Chicago 3-4, New England 3-4 SERIES RECORD — Patriots lead 8-4 LAST MEETING — Patriots beat Bears 36-7, Dec. 12, 2010 LAST WEEK — Bears lost to Dolphins 27-14; Patriots beat Jets 27-25 AP PRO32 RANKING — Bears No. 19, Patriots No. 8 BEARS OFFENSE — OVERALL (17), RUSH (24), PASS (10). BEARS DEFENSE — OVERALL (17), RUSH (14), PASS (19T). PATRIOTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (18), RUSH (20), PASS (15). PATRIOTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (12), RUSH (24), PASS (1). STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Teams meet for fourth time in 13 years, with Patriots winning last three. … Bears are 3-1 on road. Only Dallas Cowboys, 3-0, are better. … Jay Cutler has best passer rating of any quarterback Patriots have faced this season, 94.4. … RB Matt Forte leads NFL with …

    October 23, 2014 11:27 am
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World News

  • US-led air strikes on Syria have killed more than 500 Isis and al-Nusra fighters


    US-led air strikes on Syria have killed more than 500 people, mainly Islamist militants, since they began last month, activists said as fighting continued in the border town of Kobani. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists on the ground, said 553 people had been killed since the air strikes began on 23 September, including 32 civilians. The civilians included six children and five women. The group said it has documented the deaths of 464 Islamic State (Isis) fighters, adding that the real number could be much higher. Another 57 fighters with the al-Nusra Front, which has links to al-Qaida, were killed in air strikes on the northern Syrian province of Aleppo and Idlib, the Observatory said. An unidentified military plane flies over Kobani. US central command says its forces have conducted more than 135 air strikes against Isis militants . Photograph: KAI Pfaffenbach/Reuters Many of the Isis …

    October 23, 2014 11:06 am
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Technology

  • Mark Zuckerberg addresses Chinese university in fluent mandarin


    Mark Zuckerberg impressed audiences in Tsinghua University, Beijing, on Wednesday by talking and answering questions in Mandarin, which the entrepreneur has been learning for the past four years. Zuckerberg enjoys immense popularity in China, despite the inability of the country’s internet users to access Facebook. The country is in the middle of an entrepreneurship boom – home-grown internet giants like Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu have convinced a generation of young professionals that passion, focus and risk-taking can yield massive rewards. Silicon Valley-style entrepreneurship is relatively new to China, historically speaking, and many Chinese citizens regard Zuckerberg as its paragon. While Zuckerberg’s Mandarin was far from fluent, his performance during the 30-minute session was coherent and, at times, charmingly idiomatic – at the talk’s start, he called his Mandarin level “really terrible”, to laughter and applause. The talk was available to mainland viewers on Tsinghua University’s website, and circulated widely on domestic social media sites. Many …

    October 23, 2014 8:23 am
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Science

  • Can General Anesthesia Trigger Dementia?


    Sanfra Anastine had surgery at age 42 and couldn’t speak for about 12 hours afterward. The next time she was operated on she was 56 and it took three months for her speech to return. Now 61, Anastine says that she doesn’t have difficulty forming words anymore but is still more forgetful than before her second surgery. She’s afraid of what will happen if she has to go under anesthesia again. It is common to hear that an elderly patient “just isn’t the same” after surgery, says Robert Eckenhoff, an anesthesiologist at the University of Pennsylvania. Many people wonder if anesthesia—which is designed to make people groggy and temporarily rob them of their mental faculties—is to blame. Elderly patients often exhibit a condition called postoperative cognitive decline in which they experience lapses in memory and attention, but it usually does not last for more than a few weeks. Most evidence suggests that receiving general anesthesia …

    October 23, 2014 8:43 am
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Health

  • Teen Conflicts Spill Over to Other Areas of Their Lives


    THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Teens’ conflicts at home increase the risk of problems at school for up to two days, according to a new study. The research also found that the reverse is true: school problems can create issues at home. Additionally, the study found that bad mood and mental health symptoms such as depression and anxiety are important factors in what’s referred to as “spillover effect.” Problems that can spill over between home and school include arguments between teens and their parents, skipping class, not completing assignments, difficulty understanding school work, and doing poorly on a quiz or test, the University of Southern California researchers explained. For example, failing a test could cause a teen to be irritable, which in turn could lead to an argument with parents. The researchers also found that teens with more symptoms of anxiety and depression were more likely to be in a bad mood after …

    October 23, 2014 8:22 am
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Entertainment

  • Kristen Stewart To Take Time Off Acting, Plans To "Buy Live-Work Space And Make Stuff"


    Posted on Thu Oct 23rd, 2014 7:55am PDT       By X17 Staff K-Stew is ready to try her hand at another craft! Kristen Stewart has been acting nonstop since she was 14-years-old, but the Twilight star recently revealed to USA Today that she plans to take a hiatus from making movies in order to pursue other artsy endeavors. “I’m taking some time off because I’ve been working for two years. I’m an actor and that’s my art form, and because I started that so young, I’ve always felt intimidated and insufficient when I think about other forms of art I want to create,” she explained. “I’m going to take so much time off. I’m going to buy a live-work space in downtown L.A. and I’m going to make some [stuff] with my hands. Literally, I made that decision a few weeks ago. I’m making a short film. I’m making a bunch of stuff. I don’t know how …

    October 23, 2014 10:03 am
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Editorial

  • Chilling free speech: Fed’s passion to monitor us has become insatiable


    Earlier this week, the federal government’s National Science Foundation, an entity created to encourage the study of science — encouragement that it achieves by awarding grants to scholars and universities — announced that it had awarded a grant to study what people say about themselves and others in social media.  The NSF dubbed the project Truthy, a reference to comedian Stephen Colbert’s invention and hilarious use of the word “truthiness.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The reference to Colbert is cute, and he is a very funny guy, but when the feds get into the business of monitoring speech, it is surely no joke; it is a nightmare. It is part of the Obama administration’s persistent efforts to monitor communication and scrutinize the expressions of opinions it hates and fears. All presidents push the envelope when it comes to exercising their constitutional powers. But we never before have seen in modern times a president like the present one. …

    October 23, 2014 8:22 am
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Odd News

  • Woman who gouged her eyes in California sues over viral photo


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A nurse at a Los Angeles hospital took a photo of a woman who gouged out her own eyes with pencils, and the patient sued the hospital and its administrators after the picture went viral on the Internet, her attorney said on Wednesday. The plaintiff, who is not named in the lawsuit, was treated at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in 2012 after she tried to commit suicide by jamming the pencils through her eyes at another facility and was rushed to the hospital, her lawyer, Douglas Johnson, said. The injury left the woman blind, according to the lawsuit, filed on Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The as-yet unidentified nurse took the photograph of the patient with the “intact pencils sticking out of her eyes,” then shared the unauthorized picture with another person, who passed the image to Joshua Shivers, the lawsuit said. Shivers, in turn, used his mother’s computer …

    October 22, 2014 8:26 pm
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