• Why scratching makes you itch more

    Related images(click to enlarge) Turns out your mom was right: Scratching an itch only makes it worse. New research from scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis indicates that scratching causes the...
  • Pennsylvania college forfeits game after 5 players arrested

    CALIFORNIA, Pa. –  A state university in western Pennsylvania says it’s forfeiting an upcoming football game after five players were arrested in connection with a violent assault outside an off-campus restaurant. California University of Pennsylvania...
  • Burkina Faso leader urged to resign

    Burkina Faso leader urged to resign

    31 October 2014 Last updated at 12:09 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. President Compaore: “Only through a consultative dialogue will we be able to restore peace” Burkina Faso’s opposition has renewed...
  • Former Android boss leaves Google

    Former Android boss leaves Google

    31 October 2014 Last updated at 11:57 Andy Rubin co-founded the world’s most popular mobile operating system Android One of the creators of the world’s most popular mobile operating system is to leave Google, it...
  • Economy, health care dominate campaign issues

    Economy, health care dominate campaign issues

    By The Associated Press October 31, 2014 Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., left, and his Republican opponent, Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo.(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) As a season of campaigning enters its intense final weekend, a new Associated...

Headline News

  • DC police search for man who attacked cop with ax


    WASHINGTON –  District of Columbia police are searching for a man they say attacked a police officer with an ax. The officer was not hit by the ax, but was being treated at a hospital for hurting his shoulder during a scuffle with the man who attacked him early Friday morning. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Police say the officer was attacked in the 3800 block of 13th Street in the city’s Northeast, near the Catholic University campus. Police recovered the ax.

    October 31, 2014 7:21 am
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Politics

  • Economy, health care dominate campaign issues


    By The Associated Press October 31, 2014 Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., left, and his Republican opponent, Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo.(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) As a season of campaigning enters its intense final weekend, a new Associated Press-GfK poll illustrates the challenge ahead for candidates and their allies trying to rally voters around traditional wedge issues such as abortion and gay marriage. This fall, voters just have other matters on their minds. Social issues are eclipsed by concerns about the economy, health care, the Islamic State group and Ebola, the poll finds. And hovering over each of these individual issues is a broad dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama and Republican leaders in Congress. Only 32 percent of likely voters called gay marriage an important issue, compared with 91 percent ranking the economy important, 78 percent with similar concerns about health care and 74 percent naming Ebola important. The issue that some Democrats have emphasized most of all …

    October 31, 2014 7:20 am
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Stocks

  • Stocks give investors a big October treat


    If you exited the stock market earlier this month, you sure have something to “boo” about this Halloween. October turned out to be a nice treat for investors. Those who stayed in are having an extra Happy Halloween. The SP 500 is on track to end the month about 1% higher. The Nasdaq is up 1.5% and the Dow is up 0.9% after another dramatic 221 point gain Thursday. No, October won’t be the best month of the year. But those are solid gains. And we might not be done yet. According to CNNMoney’s survey of investment strategists, the SP 500 should end the year a tad over 2,000. The index is close to that level, but not there yet. Related: Experts say stocks will rise more in 2014 So what drove the big turnaround? It’s pretty straightforward: earnings, earnings, earnings. Investors like when companies beat on earnings, sales and profits, and by and large, …

    October 31, 2014 6:20 am
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Sports

  • Pennsylvania college forfeits game after 5 players arrested


    CALIFORNIA, Pa. –  A state university in western Pennsylvania says it’s forfeiting an upcoming football game after five players were arrested in connection with a violent assault outside an off-campus restaurant. California University of Pennsylvania immediately suspended the players Thursday and told the state athletic conference the Division II football team won’t play Saturday against Gannon University. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Police say the players attacked Lewis Campbell around 2 a.m., Thursday as he tried to stop an argument between his girlfriend and a player. They say the players beat and stomped the 30-year-old Campbell and yelled “football strong” as they fled in a car. The players are jailed on charges of aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, harassment and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault. Campbell is in intensive care with a severe brain injury.

    October 31, 2014 7:21 am
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World News

  • Burkina Faso leader urged to resign


    31 October 2014 Last updated at 12:09 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. President Compaore: “Only through a consultative dialogue will we be able to restore peace” Burkina Faso’s opposition has renewed its call for the immediate resignation of President Blaise Compaore as hundreds of protesters gather in the capital, Ouagadougou. A statement by opposition leader Zephirin Diabre urged protesters to occupy public spaces. Demonstrators are angry Mr Compaore has been seeking to amend the constitution to stay in power beyond next year. He has now agreed not to seek another term but says he will remain till 2015. Mr Compaore’s decision came after protesters set fire to parliament and government buildings on Thursday. The creation of a transitional government to serve until 2015 elections was announced by army chief Gen Honore Traore, who said it would “be put in place in consultation with all parties”. He also declared the dissolution of …

    October 31, 2014 7:21 am
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Technology

  • Former Android boss leaves Google


    31 October 2014 Last updated at 11:57 Andy Rubin co-founded the world’s most popular mobile operating system Android One of the creators of the world’s most popular mobile operating system is to leave Google, it has been announced. Andy Rubin, who co-founded the Android project, is to step down after around nine years at the technology giant. Announcing Mr Rubin’s departure, Google said he created “something truly remarkable” in Android. Mr Rubin, who has also worked for Apple, reportedly plans to found an incubator for hardware start-up firms. “I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next. With Android he created something truly remarkable – with a billion plus happy users. Thank you,” said Google’s chief executive and co-founder Larry Page. Mr Rubin’s departure comes after he stepped down from Google’s Android division in March 2013 to begin working on the technology giant’s robotics project. He was behind the acquisition of seven robotics …

    October 31, 2014 7:21 am
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Science

  • Why scratching makes you itch more


    Related images(click to enlarge) Turns out your mom was right: Scratching an itch only makes it worse. New research from scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis indicates that scratching causes the brain to release serotonin, which intensifies the itch sensation. The findings, in mice, are reported online in the journal Neuron. The same vicious cycle of itching and scratching is thought to occur in humans, and the research provides new clues that may help break that cycle, particularly in people who experience chronic itching. Scientists have known for decades that scratching creates a mild amount of pain in the skin, said senior investigator Zhou-Feng Chen, PhD, director of Washington University’s Center for the Study of Itch. That pain can interfere with itching — at least temporarily — by getting nerve cells in the spinal cord to carry pain signals to the brain instead of itch signals. “The problem is that when …

    October 31, 2014 7:41 am
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Health

  • China to send elite army unit to help fight Ebola in Liberia


    BEIJING (Reuters) – China will dispatch an elite unit of the People’s Liberation Army to help Ebola-hit Liberia, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday, responding to U.N. calls for a greater global effort to fight the deadly virus in West Africa. Washington has led the international drive to stop the spread of the disease that has killed nearly 5,000 people, sending thousands of troops and committing about $1 billion, but Beijing has faced criticism for not doing enough. The PLA squad, which has experience from a 2002 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), will build a 100-bed treatment center in Liberia, the first such facility in the three countries most impacted by Ebola to be constructed and run by a foreign country, said Lin Songtian, director general of the ministry’s Department of African Affairs. The center will be open for operation in a month’s time, he told a briefing in Beijing. China will also …

    October 31, 2014 7:20 am
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Entertainment

  • Bruce Jenner’s country club buddies start bullying him over his looks


    5 Reasons Kris Jenner’s new relationship is super creepy Jenner is currently altering a lot of things in his life. He recently split up with wife of 23 years, Kris, and his physical appearance has slowly been morphing for the past couple of years. No one is exactly sure what Jenner is trying to achieve with his new look, but the changes have led to speculation that the Kardashian patriarch may be making the transition from man to woman. His hair has been grown out into a long, well-coiffed, ombré style and there have been reports that he underwent surgery to shave his Adam’s apple. A lot of people are probably guilty of a quick chuckle, or maybe even just a “hmmm” under their breath, after coming across a picture of Jenner online, but there hasn’t been evidence that anyone has taken their judgment of Jenner to the level of harrassment… until now. According to TMZ, Jenner …

    October 31, 2014 7:00 am
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Editorial

  • ‘Lone Wolf’ terror attacks: We’re sitting ducks and Americans with guns are last line of defense


    The recent spate of “lone wolf” terrorist attacks both here and in Canada seem to have come out of nowhere. And it’s clear that they have left Americans and Canadians as sitting ducks. Simply by using the Internet, ISIS has encouraged “lone wolf” individuals. These “wolves” have initiated attacks on their own with no planning or coordination with others and without leaving a trail of clues about their intentions. Law enforcement authorities and our government are not well suited to defend against such individual terror strikes. As Israel has learned about such attacks, there are just too many targets to defend. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT So what can be done to protect public safety? When police and the military can’t be everywhere, the last line of defense is having more citizens carry guns. What can be done to protect public safety? When police and the military can’t be everywhere, the last line of defense is having more …

    October 31, 2014 3:17 am
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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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