Headline News

  • Mayor of Los Angeles suburb of Bell Gardens shot dead


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The mayor of a small Los Angeles suburb was shot to death by his wife on Tuesday in an apparent domestic dispute, and his spouse has been detained, the county sheriff’s department said. The shooting at Bell Gardens stemmed from an afternoon quarrel between the mayor, Daniel Crespo, 45, and his wife, Levette, 43, that escalated when their 19-year-old son, Daniel Jr., intervened, sheriff’s spokeswoman Crystal Hernandez said. “Ultimately he got into a physical altercation with his father, and (the wife) produced a firearm, and she shot her husband multiple times in the torso,” Hernandez said. The mayor was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the spokeswoman said. Hernandez said she had no further details on the nature or circumstances of the argument that preceded the shooting. She said no charges were immediately filed in the case, and a message posted on the municipal website said the …

    October 1, 2014 12:38 am
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Politics

  • California bans political fundraising parties at lobbyists’ homes


    SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – Lobbyists in California will be banned from throwing lavish fundraising parties at their homes and offices for state candidates under a bill signed Tuesday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who vetoed other proposals introduced in the wake of a series of ethics scandals. The law prohibiting residence or office-based fundraisers was introduced after a prominent lobbyist was fined $133,500 for throwing lavish parties for candidates, despite a law limiting such events to “meetings” that cost less than $500. “As public servants, we have a responsibility to uphold the integrity of the offices we serve in,” said state Senator Ricardo Lara, a Democrat from the Los Angeles suburb of Huntington Park, who introduced the bill. Brown vetoed several other bills aimed at tightening campaign finance rules, however, including three introduced after two state senators were indicted on corruption charges. One measure would have reduced the value of gifts that lawmakers can receive …

    September 30, 2014 11:57 pm
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Stocks

  • This app is helping Hong Kong protesters organize without a cell network


      Anyone who has ever been to a big sporting event or a stadium concert knows that large crowds can quickly overwhelm local cell towers, making communication pretty much impossible. Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong — who need functioning phones to organize — appear to have found a solution to this problem. More than 100,000 people in Hong Kong downloaded an app called FireChat in a recent 24-hour period. The app allows protesters to keep chatting, even when their phones lose mobile network connectivity. FireChat works by connecting users in a daisy chain, or mesh network, via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. No mobile network is required, and users can choose to remain anonymous. “With FireChat, it’s completely decentralized,” said Micha Benoliel, CEO of Open Garden, the app’s developer. “And that means you can get connectivity from the people and devices around you — directly.” Related: Hong Kong protesters willing to pay economic price The benefits of …

    September 30, 2014 10:56 pm
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Sports

  • Brown’s 2nd-period goal snaps tie, Kings top Sharks 4-1 in preseason action


    Los Angeles Kings goalie Martin Jones defends a shot on goal against the San Jose Sharks during the third period of an NHL preseason hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. The Kings won 4-1. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (The Associated Press) San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton, left, scores against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) during the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (The Associated Press) San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48), from the Czech Republic, reaches for the puck below Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov (26), from Russia, during the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (The Associated Press) SAN JOSE, Calif. –  Dustin Brown snapped a tie 44 seconds into the second period, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the San Jose Sharks …

    October 1, 2014 12:38 am
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World News

  • Kenya leader ICC delay rejected


    1 October 2014 Last updated at 05:20 The case against Uhuru Kenyatta has angered many African leaders The International Criminal Court (ICC) has rejected a request by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to avoid appearing at a hearing on 8 October. He denies organising ethnic massacres after the 2007 elections in which 1,200 people were killed, Judges rejected Mr Kenyatta’s request to postpone the hearing or appear via video link, and insisted he must appear in person at the Hague. The trial has already been delayed several times. Mr Kenyatta’s lawyers made the request that he be excused from appearing before the court on the grounds that he had other commitments in Uganda at the same time. They suggested that the hearing be postponed or that arrangements be made for Mr Kenyatta to appear via video link. However, the ICC rejected the request, saying that the matters to be discussed were at a critical stage and …

    October 1, 2014 12:38 am
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Technology

  • Comcast beefs up X1 cloud-based cable in San Francisco


    X1 is Comcast’s cable TV software that moves the brains of cable TV into the cloud rather than leaving them locked in a set-top box in the living room. James Bareham/Comcast Comcast, the biggest cable provider in the US, is lighting up tech features of its cloud-based X1 TV system in the country’s technology home base, San Francisco. Starting Wednesday, X1 customers in the Bay Area will be able to access their full TV lineup on any connected screen in their home, and they can download any programs recorded on their DVR to a gadget to watch them outside the home too. The features are now available in eight cities, en route to being available to most X1 customers by the end of the year, the company said. Already the country’s biggest cable operator by subscribers and poised to become even bigger with a proposed $45 billion merger with No. 2 Time Warner Cable, Comcast …

    September 30, 2014 11:57 pm
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Science

  • First Ebola Case Diagnosed in the U.S.


    Federal officials today announced the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. The male patient was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and placed in strict isolation on September 28 after flying from Liberia to visit family in north Texas. The patient left Liberia on September 19, arrived in the U.S. on September 20 and started showing signs of illness on Sept. 24. Because Ebola can be transmitted only after a person becomes sick, health authorities said, the man could not have infected nearby passengers.  The individual did not appear to have been in west Africa providing Ebola care.   “He undoubtedly had close contact with someone who was sick with Ebola or died from it,” Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a press conference this evening. The patient is being cared for in intensive care and any individuals who had potential exposure to him …

    October 1, 2014 12:18 am
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Health

  • CDC experts to deploy to Texas if patient has Ebola: official


    DALLAS (Reuters) – U.S. health specialists are ready to deploy to Dallas if a patient being evaluated for Ebola is found to be carrying the disease that has killed thousands of people in West Africa, a Dallas County official said on Tuesday. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas officials said in a statement on Monday that an unnamed patient was being tested for Ebola and had been placed in “strict isolation” due to the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to provide initial test results on the patient later on Tuesday, hospital officials said. Texas and Dallas County health officials are in close contact with the CDC, which would send its experts to Dallas if tests on the patient confirm Ebola, said Zach Thompson, director of the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services. “Everyone is preparing for the worst and hoping for …

    September 30, 2014 3:50 pm
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Entertainment

  • Mario Lopez takes no blame for Khloé K’s X Factor failure


    The TV personality appeared on the Howard Stern Show and gave his honest assessment about the reality star’s turn on the talent competition show. Say what? Lamar Odom trying to win back Khloé K Stern asked, “Was that painful for you? You’ve been on TV, you’ve done a lot. She’s a reality star, nothing against her, but for goodness sakes, there’s no polish there, there’s no panache. It’s more of a publicity stunt.” Lopez responded in a politically correct way. He shared, “She was very cool in a sense that [she said,] ‘You know, Mario, I’m absolutely green and I’m gonna lean on you.’ And I was like, ‘Don’t worry, I got your back.’” Khloé K has reportedly bid farewell to needy French Montana The Extra star admitted that Kardashian did bring a lot of fans to the table, despite her lack of hosting skills. “I get [the producers'] thinking, obviously, that the whole family is …

    September 30, 2014 11:37 pm
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Editorial

  • Oklahoma workplace beheading: Is radical Islam a psychiatric epidemic?


    Alton Nolen, the 30-year-old convert to Islam who is accused of beheading one woman and stabbing another multiple times in Oklahoma last week, may test the boundaries between our definitions of religion and insanity. That’s because Nolen’s alleged acts may have been committed in the name of radical Islam, with no regard for the rights or suffering of others and, quite possibly, also something he felt utterly compelled to do. If the suspect was acting on religious fervor that overcame all his educational, cultural and empathetic underpinnings and led to the death of a woman and the brutal attack on another, then the question of whether such religious fervor can spark insanity in a person or in a whole movement of people is now front and center. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT I have not examined Nolen. But having interviewed and testified in the cases of many killers – some of them having perpetrated violence as brutal as …

    September 30, 2014 11:57 pm
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Odd News

  • Silicon Valley man unwittingly invites fugitive into home amid manhunt


    (Reuters) – A Silicon Valley homeowner unwittingly welcomed a fugitive into his home and shared a meal with the wanted man as California law enforcement officers canvassed the neighborhood in a manhunt, police said on Tuesday. Police in Palo Alto launched the search after receiving an emergency call on Monday about a possible fraudulent bank transaction linked to a man wanted in Oklahoma for a sex crime with a minor, the city’s police department said. Officers tried to nab 35-year-old Dominique Tabb of San Francisco at the bank, but he hopped a fence and ran into a residential neighborhood where officers began a yard-to-yard search, Palo Alto Detective Sergeant Brian Philip said. A homeowner in his 60s saw Tabb in his yard with some minor scrapes, and Tabb told him that assailants had beaten him up and that he was trying to escape, police said. Believing his story, the homeowner invited Tabb into his home …

    October 1, 2014 12:17 am
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