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  • Florida men held three years in Mexico on drug charges return to U.S.


    MIAMI (Reuters) – Two Florida boaters jailed in Mexico for three years after being arrested with $950,000 in cash returned to the United States on Wednesday, landing in Miami after they were exonerated of money-laundering and drug-trafficking charges, according to their lawyer. Mexican police arrested Steeven Knight and boat captain Walter Stephens in October 2011 as they were preparing to fly out of the country after collecting the final payment on the $2.4 million sale of a 75-foot power boat. “Apparently the guy they sold the boat to was a narco-trafficking suspect. But they did nothing but sell a boat,” said Daniel Barks, a Virginia-based attorney representing the two men. Knight, from Fort Myers on Florida’s southwest coast, owned a string of boat storage facilities, but lost money in the recession and decided to sell the boat. Knight declared the cash to customs as he was leaving Mexico, but the pair were held for months …

    October 22, 2014 8:05 pm
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Politics

  • Suspended South Carolina speaker to plead guilty to ethics charges: report


    CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) – Suspended South Carolina House of Representatives Speaker Bobby Harrell is expected to plead guilty to criminal ethics charges related to misuse of campaign money and misconduct in office, a local newspaper reported on Wednesday. Harrell, a Republican indicted on nine counts that include falsifying his private plane’s logbook to seek payment for non-existent travel, is scheduled to appear at a hearing on Thursday morning in Columbia, the prosecutor in the case said. The Charleston Post and Courier, citing an anonymous source close to the investigation, said Harrell planned to enter a guilty plea. The paper added it was not clear whether the plea would involve all or some of the charges. David Pascoe, the prosecutor, declined to comment further, and Reuters could not verify that Harrell planned to plead guilty. Neither Harrell nor his attorney immediately responded to messages seeking comment. Harrell, who suspended himself from the Legislature after his indictment …

    October 22, 2014 8:05 pm
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Stocks

  • NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman to resume work in November


      The mandatory Ebola-related quarantine is over, but Dr. Nancy Snyderman and the crew members who traveled to Liberia with her are not coming back to work yet. In an internal memorandum on Wednesday, NBC News president Deborah Turness said the crew would be taking some more time off work, adding, “We very much look forward to their return next month.” Dr. Nancy Snyderman The timing is noteworthy because Dr. Snyderman’s apparent violation of a voluntary quarantine scared some members of her New Jersey community and stoked a major controversy earlier this month. Questions about her credibility have lingered, and she has not addressed those questions publicly. The additional time off-air seems to be an effort to “put some space between her and this story,” as one television blogger described it. Snyderman was covering Ebola in Liberia with a crew that included a freelance photojournalist, Ashoka Mukpo, who was infected with Ebola. Mukpo was brought …

    October 22, 2014 7:01 pm
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Sports

  • Thunder exercise options on Lamb, Adams, Roberson, and Jones


    Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork.com) – The Oklahoma City Thunder exercised club options on guard Jeremy Lamb, center Steven Adams and forwards Andre Roberson and Perry Jones on Tuesday. Lamb has appeared in 101 games over the past two seasons for the Thunder and has averaged 7.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. Adams, who was selected 12th overall by Oklahoma City in 2013, played in 81 games during his rookie season and averaged 3.3 points and 4.1 rebounds. Roberson averaged 1.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 40 games last season, while Jones averaged 3.5 points in 62 games. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    October 22, 2014 8:05 pm
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World News

  • Jerusalem car ‘attack’ kills baby


    23 October 2014 Last updated at 00:42 Israeli officials said the driver was in a serious condition in hospital after being shot by police A three-month-old girl was killed and eight other people were injured when a car hit them at a Jerusalem tram stop. Police say the driver was a Palestinian from East Jerusalem. He was shot by officers as he tried to run away and later died of his injuries in hospital. Officials say they are treating it as a “terrorist attack” and that the suspect had previously served time in an Israeli prison “for terrorism”. Local media report that the suspect’s teenage brother has been arrested. The baby girl and her parents were US citizens, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat told the Associated Press news agency. East Jerusalem has experienced months of unrest since a Palestinian teenager was abducted and burned to death in early July, two days after the discovery of the …

    October 22, 2014 7:45 pm
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Technology

  • Search for world’s smartest city


    23 October 2014 Last updated at 01:51 Masdar in the the United Arab Emirates aims to be carbon neutral Mention “smart cities” to people and the first questions they ask are: “What is a smart city?” and “Where is the smartest one?” Unfortunately neither are particularly easy to answer. Smart means different things to different cities. For some, it may be finding ways to relieve pollution or congestion – using sensors and data analysis. For others, it is more about finding ways to make cities greener – with bike-sharing schemes or more parks. Some cities have been built with smartness in mind, such as Songdo in South Korea, which has hi-tech plumbed into its infrastructure, or green city Masdar in the United Arab Emirates. Even cities in some of the least technically advanced areas of the world have aspects of smartness, whether it be the plan to monitor urbanisation in Dar es Salaam with apps …

    October 22, 2014 8:05 pm
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Science

  • Thermal paper cash register receipts account for high bisphenol A (BPA) levels in humans


    Related images(click to enlarge) Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that is used in a variety of consumer products, such as water bottles, dental composites and resins used to line metal food and beverage containers, and also is used in thermal paper cash register receipts. Now, research conducted at the University of Missouri is providing the first data that BPA from thermal paper used in cash register receipts accounts for high levels of BPA in humans. Subjects studied showed a rapid increase of BPA in their blood after using a skin care product and then touching a store receipt with BPA. “BPA first was developed by a biochemist and tested as an artificial estrogen supplement,” said Frederick vom Saal, Curators Professor of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Science at MU. “As an endocrine disrupting chemical, BPA has been demonstrated to alter signaling mechanisms involving estrogen and other hormones. Store and fast food …

    October 22, 2014 8:26 pm
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Health

  • Some U.S. hospitals weigh withholding care to Ebola patients


    CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Ebola crisis is forcing the American healthcare system to consider the previously unthinkable: withholding some medical interventions because they are too dangerous to doctors and nurses and unlikely to help a patient. U.S. hospitals have over the years come under criticism for undertaking measures that prolong dying rather than improve patients’ quality of life. But the care of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, who received dialysis and intubation and infected two nurses caring for him, is spurring hospitals and medical associations to develop the first guidelines for what can reasonably be done and what should be withheld. Officials from at least three hospital systems interviewed by Reuters said they were considering whether to withhold individual procedures or leave it up to individual doctors to determine whether an intervention would be performed. Ethics experts say they are also fielding more calls from doctors asking what their professional …

    October 22, 2014 8:05 pm
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Entertainment

  • Demi Lovato gets real about Taylor Swift’s dating history


    Watch out, Wilmer Valderrama! Demi Lovato is engaged to another man (VIDEO) Lovato opened up to ET Canada, who made the mistake of asking her what she thought about her friend, Taylor Swift, singing about ex-boyfriends. “Don’t f*** with me if you’re going to say women suck,” Lovato responded, adding that Swift is “one of the few people I’ve maintained a friendship with in this industry.” Lovato now seems happy with her life. She is happily dating actor, Wilder Valderrama, and even got engaged — to a 5-year-old on stage — last week! But for Lovato, life to her is about so much more than living in the past. She said her message now is about “inspiring women and inspiring everybody to be honest.” That honesty has helped others with their own lives, since Lovato has become very open about her past addictions and body image issues. And through years of healing, she is finally …

    October 22, 2014 7:45 pm
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Editorial

  • Met Opera’s ‘Klinghoffer’: The musical bastardization of a cold-blooded  terrorist murder


    In this image released by the Metropolitan Opera, Aubrey Allicock as Mamoud, foreground from left, Sean Pannikar as Molqui, and Paulo Szot as the Captain, perform with the cast in “The Death of Klinghoffer,” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Ken Howard) New York’s Metropolitan Opera premiered “The Death of Klinghoffer” Monday night. The Washington Post describes the opera as “based on the brutal murder in 1985 of Leon Klinghoffer, an elderly Jewish tourist shot by Palestinian terrorists and pushed into the sea from the deck of the cruise ship Achille Lauro.” In the weeks leading up to Monday’s opening night performance Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager,  led an unprecedented marketing campaign to promote the opera: “See It –Then Decide.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT And so I did.  Defenders of the opera would have us believe the opera is worth staging because “Klinghoffer” is a work of art. It does not justify terrorism, …

    October 22, 2014 8:05 pm
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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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