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  • Church members arrested after teen dies from blunt force trauma

    Bruce T. Leonard, 65, and Deborah R. Leonard, 59, each were charged Tuesday with one count of first-degree manslaughter, a Class B felony. Four other church members were charged with second-degree assault, also a felony. They were arraigned Tuesday afternoon in a New Hartford Town court. CNN has been unable to locate their attorneys. The Utica Observer-Dispatch spoke to attorneys for the Leonards and reported the lawyers said their clients had no criminal history. Police have interviewed other people who were at the church before a SWAT team entered on Monday. The pastor of a Catholic church two buildings down from the Word of Life Christian Church told CNN that not much is known about their neighbors. “I really don’t know much about the place. They keep to themselves,” Rev. Abraham Esper of St. Patrick’s-St. Anthony’s Church said. “I don’t know of any regular services that they have. They are certainly not a mainline church.” …

    October 13, 2015 10:14 pm


  • Clinton, Sanders spar over capitalism, gun control at U.S. debate

    LAS VEGAS Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won unexpected support from chief rival Bernie Sanders on Tuesday for her use of a private email server as U.S. secretary of state, helping to defuse an issue that has overshadowed her campaign. Echoing comments she has made before, Clinton said her decision to not use a government email address was a mistake, but she emphasized that she wanted to focus her energy on policy issues that were more important to voters. Sanders came to her aid. “Let me say something that may not be great politics, but I think the secretary is right,” he said. “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.” The crowd roared and Clinton beamed. “Thank you, Bernie,” she said, smiling broadly and shaking hands warmly with the U.S. senator from Vermont amid enthusiastic applause. Sanders’ “damn emails” statement was the top social moment of the two-hour debate …

    October 13, 2015 10:54 pm


  • China expected to post worst growth since 2009

    China is expected to post its weakest quarter of economic growth since the 2009 financial crisis, according to a CNNMoney survey of economists. Gross domestic product is estimated to have grown by 6.7% in the third quarter, compared to the same period last year, based on the survey’s median estimate. That’s much lower than the 7% GDP growth rate China delivered in the first half of 2015. The official GDP data will be published on Oct. 19. For 2015 as a whole, economists are now expecting growth of 6.8% — below the government’s own 7% target. Next year looks even more sluggish at 6.5%. After years of rapid expansion, the world’s second-largest economy is cooling fast, partly due to government efforts to switch the focus of activity away from building infrastructure to consumer spending. Economists have been adjusting their estimates recently to reflect poor data and turmoil on China’s stock markets, and Beijing’s modest response …

    October 13, 2015 9:33 pm


  • White Sox fan President Obama tweets at Cubs after NLDS win

    It wasn’t too long ago that President Barack Obama snubbed the Chicago Cubs on Twitter. Now, Obama, who’s known as @POTUS on the social media network, has changed his tune. Moments after the Cubs sealed their NLDS victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, the First Fan of the White Sox congratulated his crosstown rival on Twitter. More from FoxSports Congrats @Cubs – even @whitesox fans are rooting for you! — President Obama (@POTUS) October 14, 2015 While Obama’s love for the White Sox is well-documented, he recently told a Chicago newspaper that he’s “rooting for the Cubs to win the Series” and that he’s a “fan” of manager Joe Maddon. When you’re the President of the United States, it’s never too late to jump on the bandwagon of a winning sports team.

    October 13, 2015 9:54 pm

World News

  • Entangled whale freed off Australia

    Image copyright Justin Gilligan/DPI Image caption The animal was first seen trapped on Monday A young humpback whale that became entangled in rope off Australia’s New South Wales coast has been freed by National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) rescuers, the organisation said. It was first spotted on Monday near Bermagui, protected by its mother, but bad weather prevented its rescue. Teams used knives on hooks to cut through more than 150m of rope. Ian Kerr, who led the operation, said the chances of the calf surviving had now “improved greatly”. Seal spotted surfing humpback whale “If the material had not been removed the chances of this whale surviving would not have been good,” he said. The crew attached buoys to the rope to slow the whale down and tire it, making it safer to rescue. They then pulled up alongside in small boats to cut or dislodge the ropes late on Tuesday. It was …

    October 13, 2015 10:14 pm


  • Why the mobile web runs so slow

    Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Browsing the web on a smartphone can be a frustrating experience The fight-back against ad-blockers is ramping up. German tabloid Bild is the latest to announce it will prevent users who have installed the advert-hiding plug-ins from viewing its articles. It joins dozens of other sites who object to the technology’s threat to their income. Users have flocked to the extensions to speed up page-load times and reduce the toll on their mobile devices’ battery life. Apple’s recent move to start supporting ad-blockers on its iPhones and iPads has brought the matter to the fore. But other tech companies are trying to convince users there is a way to live with ads, by making them less frustrating. What problem are they trying to solve? That one that leaves you shouting at your phone or tablet to load a web page you want to see. Visiting a web page on a …

    October 13, 2015 7:13 pm


  • Vines add surprising variable to tropical forest carbon storage

    Just when we thought we were getting closer to understanding tropical forests’ tremendously valuable service of sucking carbon from the air and socking it away in tree trunks and other biomass, along comes a new variable: woody vines. Technically called lianas, these long, climbing plants — think Tarzan’s treetop transportation — have been having a (literally) growing presence in tropical forests in recent decades, increasing in number and bulk while constraining tree growth and even killing trees by their tangling, strangling presence. Because lianas have a higher leaf-to-stem ratio than trees, scientists have suspected the trend is reducing forests’ ability to store carbon for the long term, since leaves tend to die and decompose far more quickly than bark and wood. But there has been little experimental confirmation of that conjecture, which is tremendously important in understanding the accumulation of planet-warming carbon dioxide, since tropical forests are responsible for nearly 40 percent of carbon storage …

    October 13, 2015 9:54 pm


  • Michigan House OKs powdered alcohol ban bill, headed to governor soon

    DETROIT Michigan would become the 27th state to ban the sale of powdered alcohol under a bill approved by state lawmakers on Tuesday that is one step from being sent to Governor Rick Snyder for his signature. The Michigan House of Representatives voted 102-3 on Tuesday to ban the sale, distribution or possession of powdered alcohol, advancing a bill the state Senate unanimously approved in May. Many states moved swiftly to impose bans on the powdered alcohol product even before the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved labeling in March allowing it to be sold legally in the United States. Lipsmark LLC, an Arizona-based company that makes Palcohol, has said its product is safer than liquid alcohol. It is mixed with water to create alcoholic drinks. Michigan Republican state Senator Rick Jones said he saw many young people die from alcohol poisoning when he was a sheriff and sponsored the bill because …

    October 13, 2015 10:33 pm


  • Lady Gaga Doesn’t Know The Meaning Of A Travel Outfit

    Posted on Tue Oct 13th, 2015 9:40am PDT       By X17 Staff And we love that she doesn’t! Lady Gaga arrived at LAX on a flight from NYC on Tuesday, and the singer sashayed through the terminal in a fashion forward red and white mod dress with a giant red hat and heels. We love that Gagaloo doesn’t resort to frumpy sweatpants and trainers for her travel days! The singer is winning rave reviews for her role on American Horror Story: Hotel, but she recently revealed that her intense work ethic might be aging her. “I have been in the business since I was 15, and although I have been famous for only seven years and lived 29, I feel like I have lived 100 years,’ she told news.com.au. Prepping for the part has made her relationship with fiance Taylor Kinney stronger, though! “I just wanted to help my girl prepare the best that she could, so …

    October 13, 2015 9:34 pm


  • Planned Parenthood will forgo payment for fetal tissue: So now it’s OK because it’s free?

      Tuesday it was reported that Planned Parenthood will no longer accept reimbursement for the harvesting of tissue from the remains of the hundreds of thousands children it aborts each year (327,653 abortions in 2013 alone, bringing in $164 million in revenue).  This is not altogether surprising, given the recent release of undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials speaking callously about the “demand for livers,” the financial benefit of harvesting fully intact remains of unborn children, the techniques of “cutting through the face” to harvest intact brains, and the need to clearly label boxes shipped to companies containing completely intact unborn cadavers.   Planned Parenthood’s decision is clearly an effort at damage control — to preserve its carefully cultivated (and ferociously defended) image as merely a women’s health care organization.  More immediately, it is an obvious effort to try to push back against arguments that neither the federal government nor individual states should provide taxpayer dollars …

    October 13, 2015 9:13 pm

Odd News

  • Connecticut jury denies woman’s claim eight-year-old nephew broke her wrist

    MILFORD, Conn. A Connecticut jury on Tuesday slapped down a lawsuit filed by a New York woman who sued her 12-year-old nephew for injuries she contends resulted from the boy’s “exuberant” greeting at a party on his eighth birthday. The six-member jury deliberated for less than half an hour in Superior Court in Bridgeport on whether to find the Westport boy responsible for breaking his aunt’s wrist when he jumped into her arms during his birthday party four years ago, a court clerk said after the verdict. She had sought $127,000 in damages. Jennifer Connell, 54, had testified that while her nephew, Sean Tarala was a “loving and sensitive,” 8-year-old, when he leaped into her arms yelling “Auntie Jen,” on March 18, 2011, the boy “acted unreasonably” causing her to fall to the ground and break her wrist. Connell, a human resources manager from New York City, testified that while she loves her nephew, “he …

    October 13, 2015 10:13 pm