Headline News

  • Prosecutor seeks death penalty in Pennsylvania police ambush


    (Reuters) – Prosecutors will seek the death sentence for Eric Frein, the suspect in the September murder of a Pennsylvania state trooper, the district attorney of Pike County said on Thursday. Frein, 31, was captured earlier Thursday after eluding a massive seven-week manhunt. He is the only suspect in a sniper ambush of two troopers on Sept. 12 that killed one officer and wounded the other, at a state police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pike County. Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin said he would seek capital punishment for Frein on a first degree murder charge and one count of homicide of a police officer. (Reporting By Frank McGurty)

    October 30, 2014 10:56 pm
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Politics

  • Lack of mechanics threatens U.S. Air Force target date for F-35


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force may miss its target of August 2016 to start using the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet in combat if Congress blocks the service’s plan to retire its A-10 tank-killer aircraft, a top U.S. general said Thursday. Air Force Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan, the Pentagon’s F-35 program chief, told reporters the Air Force was counting on training experienced A-10 mechanics to help reach the total 1,100 mechanics needed to declare that the F-35 had reached “initial operational capability” or IOC. But Congress is blocking the Air Force’s plan to retire the A-10 aircraft, which means that those mechanics will be needed to maintain the older A-10 fleet, he said, adding that it would take nine to 12 months longer to train new mechanics to service the F-35 than retraining an already experienced mechanic. Bogdan said there was also a risk of a brief delay in the July 1, …

    October 30, 2014 11:16 pm
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Stocks

  • Can anything save Sony?


      Sony is in dire straits. Major rating agencies Fitch and Moody’s have downgraded the company to “junk” status. Standard Poor’s has warned it could soon do the same. The latest indignity came in September, when Sony said it expects to lose a staggering $2.1 billion this fiscal year and announced plans to scale back its smartphone business. Since assuming Sony’s top job in 2012, CEO Kazuo Hirai has spun off the company’s television business, sold its Vaio PC operation and slashed thousands of jobs in a bid to rapidly restructure the company. These are the kind of changes that investors have been calling for. But so far, the CEO has little to show for his efforts. That stands in stark contrast to Sony’s glory days. The Sony Walkman revolutionized the way people listen to music, and Sony’s Chromatron and Trinitron lines brought color television to the masses. But engineers across the company say they …

    October 30, 2014 10:15 pm
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Sports

  • Blackhawks edge Senators in shootout


    Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – Patrick Sharp scored in the third round of the shootout to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-4 win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. Sharp was the final skater of the shootout and he made it count as he faked to the forehand and roofed the puck over Craig Anderson for the win. Jonathan Toews scored twice while Kris Versteeg and Marian Hossa each posted a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who have won two of their last three games. Scott Darling made 28 saves in the win. Bobby Ryan, Clarke MacArthur, Mark Stone and Mika Zibanejad all scored for the Senators, who have lost three of their last four. Anderson stopped 35 shots. Ottawa scored just 2:48 in on a give-and-go with Curtis Lazar and Stone that Stone finished off with a redirect down low. Chicago, though, scored the next two goals to take a 2-1 lead into …

    October 30, 2014 10:56 pm
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World News

  • Iraqi Kurd fighters ‘enter Kobane’


    30 October 2014 Last updated at 18:59 Iraqi Peshmerga forces arrived in Turkey on Wednesday Ten Iraqi Kurd Peshmerga fighters have entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobane on the Turkish border, Syrian opposition activists say. Dozens more are expected to join them in helping Syrian Kurds defend the strategic town against Islamic State (IS) militants. Turkey finally authorised the Iraqi Kurds to cross the border last week. Some 150 Iraqi Kurds are waiting to travel from Turkey to Kobane, which has been under siege for six weeks. The arrival of the first Peshmerga comes a day after a group of Syrian Arab rebels entered the town also to fight against IS, aided by US-led coalition air strikes. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Sergeant Ahmead Mohammad of the Peshmerga force: “We’re willing to defend Kurds anywhere it’s needed” US fighters and bombers have carried out 10 air strikes on Kobane since …

    October 30, 2014 10:56 pm
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Technology

  • Google to pay fine for showing woman’s cleavage on Street View


    Did Google’s Canadian Street View car capture too much? A court says yes. Serkan Darende/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET Everything that’s in the public eye is not necessarily public. This seems to be the logic offered by a court in Quebec, Canada, after a woman objected to how she was portrayed on Google Street View. Google’s roving camera caught the woman sitting on the steps of her home in Montreal. She wasn’t naked, nor even remotely unclothed. She was, however, wearing a sleeveless top that had suffered a wardrobe malfunction on the right hand side. Part of the woman’s right breast was visible. The photo appeared on Street View in 2009. Five months later, in October of 2009, the woman, Maria Pia Grillo, decided to see how she looked on the site, as she’d noticed the Street View car pass by. On seeing her picture, she was allegedly shocked. Though her face had been blurred, …

    October 30, 2014 11:16 pm
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Science

  • Plasmons convert light into a voltage


    Bright idea: Harry Atwater is working on a plasmonic solar cell A new way of creating a voltage by shining light on a solid has been developed by researchers in the US and Europe. Unlike most photovoltaic devices, the new system does not rely on semiconductors but rather on surface plasmons in tiny metal nanostructures. The team is now working to create new types of devices that convert light into electrical energy. Surface plasmons are collective excitations of electrons at the surface of a metal that interact very strongly with light. As a result, plasmons are of great technological interest as an interface between photonics and electronics. This interaction is strongest at the plasmon-resonance frequency, which is defined by the size and shape of an object and its charge density. In 2009 Paul Mulvaney and colleagues at the University of Melbourne in Australia applied an electrical potential to gold nanoparticles, and found that they could …

    October 30, 2014 11:36 pm
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Health

  • U.S. envoy to report temperature twice daily after West Africa visit


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power returned to New York on Thursday after a brief visit to Ebola-stricken West Africa and will report her temperature twice daily to the New York state health department for the next 20 days. Traveling on a U.S. government plane, Power’s delegation did not come in contact with any Ebola patients during a visit to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the three countries worst affected by the deadly hemorrhagic fever that has killed some 5,000 people. Customs and Border Protection officers at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport took Power’s temperature and she then answered several questions about her health and whether she had come in contact with anyone infected with Ebola. Ebola is spread through contact with bodily fluids of an infected person or the still-contagious body of someone who has died of the virus. It has a 21-day incubation period. Power left …

    October 30, 2014 11:16 pm
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Entertainment

  • An unlikely duo will be playing Apple’s founders


    Lauren and Seth Rogen are looking to get lucky at prom — for a good cause According to Variety, Rogen has landed the role of Steve Wozniak, the cofounder of Apple. It was reported only two weeks ago that Christian Bale was named as Steve Jobs in the Apple biopic being written by Aaron Sorkin. Wozniak, along with Jobs and Ronald Wayne, launched Apple back in the late ’70s. Together, they came out with groundbreaking equipment, including the Apple I and Apple II. He left his role at Apple in 1987. Although Rogen may seem like an unlikely addition to a biopic, his variety may make him perfect for the character. Actress Jessica Chastain’s name has also been rumored for the project, but it’s not yet clear what role she would play. Jobs is based on Walter Isaacson’s biography, Steve Jobs, and is being put together by some big names in Hollywood, including director, Danny …

    October 30, 2014 10:55 pm
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Editorial

  • My message for GOP’s Danny Downers: Get a grip, things are looking up!


    Lindsey Sheppard (Courtesy Lindsey Sheppard) Hey, have you heard that the Republican Party is too old, white and male? Well, unless you are old, white, male and unconscious, you likely have. It’s been so drummed into our heads that it’s become a mantra — even for the older white males who wear the descriptions around like a hair shirt, making them irritable and grouchy (like my dog Jasper when his winter coat chafes — but that’s another story). I’ve been observing this dirge from multiple party participants lately, and it’s driving me crazy. Because yes, we get it. Everyone knows the GOP needs to attract younger and more diverse members, to keep the tent broad enough so that more feel welcome. But clearly, some of our guys have totally missed the improvements in this area, especially by a re-energized Republican National Committee and the College Republicans. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT There is a new communication position and political …

    October 30, 2014 11:16 pm
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Odd News

  • Police led to Alabama drug suspect by his dog


    BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) – Police in Alabama found a suspected drug dealer who was hiding in tall grass near his home after the man’s dog, tail wagging enthusiastically, led officers to him, police said on Thursday. Edward Melvin Henderson fled his home in Prattville as officers pulled up to the residence with a search warrant on Tuesday, said Paula Barlow, spokeswoman for the Prattville Police Department. Henderson ran, jumped off a ravine and continued running. As officers approached the ravine, a mixed breed pit bull/husky later identified as Bo came running up, she said. Henderson had run into a wooded area and was hiding. Two officers looked at Bo and pointed in the direction Henderson had run and told the dog to go and get him. Investigators trailed Bo, who was wagging his tail after locating his owner lying in high grass, Barlow said. The search warrant resulted in the recovery of methamphetamine and components …

    October 30, 2014 11:36 pm
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