Headline News

  • Judge eases limits on nurse who treated Ebola patients


    FORT KENT Maine (Reuters) – A Maine judge on Friday imposed limited restrictions on an American nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and rejected a bid by state officials for more stringent measures. The confrontation between Kaci Hickox and officials in the state of Maine has become the focal point of a dispute pitting several U.S. states opting for strict quarantines against the federal government, which opposes such measures. Hickox’s lawyer called the ruling a “terrific win” and Maine Governor Paul LePage said that while he was disappointed, the state would abide by the judge’s order. Hickox, 33, tested negative for Ebola after returning from working for Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone. She also objected when the state of New Jersey put her into isolation when she arrived at Newark airport. Charles LaVerdiere, chief judge of Maine District Court, in an earlier temporary order dated on Thursday had instructed Hickox to avoid …

    October 31, 2014 1:48 pm
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Politics

  • Big money flowing into small elections this year


    By ANDY SULLIVAN October 31, 2014 Money Political groups that took advantage of loosened campaign-finance rules spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. This year, they’re cropping up in state and local races as well. Wealthy individuals and interest groups of all stripes are increasingly setting up political committees that can steer unlimited sums to small-dollar contests for state legislature, sheriff and school board. Four years after the Supreme Court ruled that Congress cannot restrict spending by political groups not directly affiliated with candidates, the “Super PACs” and other spending committees that sprung up in the wake of that decision are becoming a fixture in races farther down on ballot sheets, where their money can have a greater impact. In some cases, they are looking to bypass a gridlocked Washington that likely will not be more productive after the Nov. 4 congressional elections. In other cases, local operators are adopting …

    October 31, 2014 11:25 am
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Stocks

  • What’s open on Thanksgiving, and what isn’t


    Macy’s will open its doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Whether or not to shop on Thanksgiving is a controversial issue, and several major retailers are already taking sides. For the folks who can’t wait for their dinners to digest before they kick off their holiday shopping spree, Macy’s and Kohl’s will both open their doors on Thanksgiving Day at 6 p.m. Macy’s (M) opened at the same time last year, and said enough shoppers came through its doors to justify continuing the tradition. Kohl’s (KSS) is opening two hours earlier than it did last year. There are also holiday shopping holdouts. Costco (COST), Nordstrom (JWN), Neiman Marcus and GameStop (GME) have all said they won’t open on Thanksgiving. They’re going to wait and launch their Black Friday deals on, well, Friday. And many major retail players have yet to reveal their holiday shopping plans, including Walmart (WMT), Best Buy (BBY), Target (TGT) and Kmart …

    October 31, 2014 2:28 pm
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Sports

  • Caterham F1 team have two weeks to find a buyer


    AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – The Caterham Formula One team may have to be wound up if a buyer does not emerge in the next two weeks, an administrator said on Friday. “We’re continuing our efforts to try and find a buyer for the team, bearing in mind the workforce are the lifeblood of the team,” Henry Shinners told Sky television outside the closed factory in England. “We feel that if a buyer doesn’t come forward in the next two weeks then we’ll probably have to wind it down.” Caterham and tail-end rivals Marussia are both in administration and absent from this weekend’s U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, with only nine teams competing. They will also miss the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo the following weekend with only Abu Dhabi remaining after that on Nov. 23. Some 200 jobs are at stake at Caterham, who are based at Leafield near Oxford, and Shinners said salaries …

    October 31, 2014 1:48 pm
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World News

  • Russian gas supplies to Ukraine could resume next week


    Russia could resume natural gas deliveries to Ukraine as soon as next week if Kiev pays $2.2 billion in debt and pre-payments, gas exporter Gazprom said on Friday, under a deal that also safeguards winter deliveries to Europe. Moscow, Kiev and the European Union reached an agreement on Thursday about gas supplies despite tensions over a pro-Russian separatist rebellion in east Ukraine. Gazprom cut off Ukraine in June amid a bitter dispute over unpaid bills and pricing for the former Soviet republic, which is seeking closer ties with the west. Alexei Miller, chief executive of Gazprom, said it would restart the flow of gas within two days of Kiev covering part of its debt and pre-paying for deliveries in November. “Everything depends on when Ukraine makes this payment. We understand this can happen by the end of next week,” Miller told Russian state TV broadcaster Rossiya 24. The Kremlin on Friday welcomed the deal as …

    October 31, 2014 1:48 pm
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Technology

  • Whovians: Bake a Pudding Brain Cake in time for Halloween


    The 12th Doctor in the BBC’s “Doctor Who” believes that all humans are pudding brains. What better way to embrace his opinion than by creating your very own pudding brain for Halloween? The pudding brains at the BBC have released the official Pudding Brain Cake recipe, as well as detailed video instructions for assembling the treat. Assuming our pudding brains can manage to read the recipe, watch the video, stumble around our kitchen and mix together the right ingredients in the right order, we may find ourselves gobbling up a Pudding Brain Cake. Of course, the BBC’s recipe has the ingredients measured in grams, so us pudding brains in the US will need to convert them into units of measurement we understand. But it’s probably worth the effort if you want to impress your pudding-brained friends. Don’t you want to shove this Pudding Brain cake in your mouth? Video screenshot by Anthony Domanico/CNET

    October 31, 2014 11:25 am
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Science

  • NASA Program Enhances Climate Resilience at Agency Facilities


    [image-50] A new study in the latest issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society provides an in-depth look at how NASA facilities have been affected by climate extremes and climate change in recent years and how the agency is preparing for the future. Using a blend of weather data, global and regional climate model outputs, and advances in the understanding of the climate system, the study finds that many types of extreme events are expected to increase in frequency and magnitude in the future and pose hazards to NASA’s mission, infrastructure and workforce. The study found that by the 2050s, sea level rise alone could lead to an increase of 50 percent or more in coastal flooding frequency with varying impacts to NASA facilities, a high percentage of which are located near coastlines. In total, the agency has approximately $32 billion in constructed assets and about 64,000 employees, contractors and partners. “Risk management …

    October 31, 2014 11:45 am
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Health

  • Sleep Apnea May Steal Some of Your Memory: Study


    FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Sleep apnea may make it hard for you to remember simple things, such as where you parked your car or left your house keys, a small study suggests. Tests on 18 people with severe sleep apnea showed that this ability — called spatial memory — was impaired when sleep apnea disrupted rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, even when other stages of sleep weren’t affected. REM sleep is the deepest level of sleep, during which dreams typically occur. “We’ve shown for the first time that sleep apnea, an increasingly common medical condition, might negatively impact formation of certain memories, even when the apnea is limited to REM sleep,” study leader Dr. Andrew Varga, a clinical instructor of medicine in the division of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, said in an NYU news release. “Our findings suggest memory loss …

    October 31, 2014 11:25 am
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Entertainment

  • Lily Allen Dresses As Dr. Luke At Kate Hudson’s Halloween Party


    Posted on Fri Oct 31st, 2014 10:49am PDT       By X17 Staff Lily Allen’s claws are out! The singer wasn’t pulling any punches when she dressed in scrubs, a stethoscope and the name tag “Dr. Luke Gynecology Dept” on it. Ouch! Earlier this month, Kesha made shocking allegations in a lawsuit claiming that the famed music producer Dr. Luke emotionally, sexually and physically abused her for 10 years. Dr. Luke has subsequently filed two lawsuits against Kesha’s mother for defamation , asserting they were trying to extort him to get out of a record contract. Since the news hit, it’s been a pretty sticky situation for both parties. Many artists have kept mum on the subject, refusing to take sides but — it’s pretty clear whose side the “F*ck You” singer is on! Lily and Kesha have been friends for years — so this definitely looks like a sign of support to us …   SEE THE …

    October 31, 2014 1:06 pm
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Editorial

  • November midterms: A tale of two elections


    For some weeks now on our Fox News show “Political Insiders,” I have been expressing my concern that if we look at the polls, we seem to have two elections going on. With only days to go before the midterm elections we continue to see a true anomaly which is a strong national position for the Republicans nationally and yet a host of very close elections for dozens of key races in the Senate, House and for governor. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Despite millions of dollars spent on scorched earth negative television advertising, from both parties, the electorate seems strangely detached and disengaged from it all. Even if you credit the Democrats with running superior tactical campaigns in individual races — which is quite disputable — what still is baffling is why such a massive national mood is not being translated into an at least the traditional “throw the bums out” groundswell. Frustrated, angry and scared as …

    October 31, 2014 11:25 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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