Headline News

  • 12-year-old Florida boy arrested, accused of fatally shooting homeless man in the head


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –  Police say a 12-year-old Florida boy is under arrest and accused of fatally shooting a homeless man in the head. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Assistant Chief Chris Butler said Thursday that the boy was arrested in the killing of 54-year old Thomas Trent. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The State Attorney’s Office has not yet filed charges in the case. Trent’s body was found June 28 at a vacant business building. Butler says surveillance video from a nearby dental care office and a tattoo business showed two young men walking near the site of Trent’s slaying at 2:25 a.m. A sheriff’s arrest report shows that the other boy in the video — identified as a 16-year-old — was found and identified the 12-year-old as the one who shot Trent.

    July 31, 2014 4:35 pm
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Politics

  • Club For Growth Back on TV for Justin Amash


    By Abby Livingston Posted at 4:45 p.m. today 0 Tweet Amash faces a primary on August 5. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) The Club for Growth’s independent expenditure arm has started airing television spots again on behalf of Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., according to Federal Election Commission records. The move could be indicative that Amash is in some political jeopardy just days ahead of the August 5 primary. Amash is fending off a primary challenge from former East Grand Rapids School Trustee Brian Ellis, a self-funding candidate with endorsements from a slew of business-friendly groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The club is one of several tea party groups and members of Congress who are circling their wagons around the libertarian-minded Amash. The club made two major expenditures involving television ad production and airtime purchases, each worth about $70,000, according to online records. One expenditure is in favor of Amash and the other is in opposition to Ellis. …

    July 31, 2014 4:14 pm
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Stocks

  • Small purchases trigger big overdraft fees


    Most overdraft fees are triggered by transactions of less than $24, according to a new CFPB report. Even the smallest debit card purchases are leading to big fees for customers who overdraw their bank accounts. If you’ve opted in to overdraft protection at your bank or credit union, every time you make a purchase exceeding your account balance you’ll get hit with an overdraft fee and your financial institution will allow the transaction to go through. But that coverage comes at a steep cost, a new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shows. The majority of purchases that trigger overdraft protection are for amounts of less than $24, while the fees average $34. Because most consumers repay the money within three days, that fee translates to an annual percentage rate of 17,000%, according to the CFPB. Unsurprisingly, the costs can really add up — especially for the one in five people with overdraft protection …

    July 31, 2014 2:54 pm
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Sports

  • Showman, leader, mentor: There’s no missing safety Ryan Clark’s return to Redskins


    Washington Redskins safety Ryan Clark catches the ball in a drill during NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)The Associated Press Washington Redskins safety Ryan Clark wears multi-colored socks as he speaks with the media after practice at the team’s NFL football training facility, Friday, July 25, 2014 in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo)The Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. –  Ryan Clark has been a showman, entertainer, spokesman, pontificator, critic, leader, mentor and fashionista — and that’s just from one week of Washington Redskins training camp. The crowd at camp has quickly warmed to the most interactive new member of the team. And on the second play of an 11-on-11 drill, the veteran free safety was at it again. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT DeSean Jackson caught a screen and maneuvered around defenders as if they were pylons. Clark was one of the last to arrive as Jackson was chased out of bounds …

    July 31, 2014 4:15 pm
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World News

  • Taiwan gas blasts kill at least 15


    31 July 2014 Last updated at 21:50 Major fires could be seen at the scene of the blasts A series of gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung has killed 15 people and injured more than 200, officials say. The exact cause of the gas leaks is not clear, but reports say the blasts were caused by ruptured pipelines. Images and footage from the scene show major fires and significant damage to roads and buildings. Dozens of those injured by the blasts had been rushed to hospitals for treatment, Taiwan’s fire agency said. “The local fire department received calls of gas leaks late Thursday and then there was a series of blasts around midnight affecting an area of two to three sq km [one sq mile],” the National Fire Agency added in a statement. Five firefighters are said to be among the dead. The multiple explosions were sparked by gas leaks in the …

    July 31, 2014 3:54 pm
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Technology

  • Microsoft ordered to produce overseas customer email addresses by US judge


    Microsoft Corp must turn over a customer’s emails stored in a data center in Ireland to the US government, a US judge ruled on Thursday in a case that has drawn concern from privacy groups and major technology companies. Microsoft and other US companies had challenged a criminal search warrant for the emails, arguing federal prosecutors cannot seize customer information held in foreign countries. But following a two-hour court hearing in New York, US District Judge Loretta Preska said the warrant lawfully required the company to hand over any data it controlled, regardless of where it was stored. “It is a question of control, not a question of the location of that information,” Preska said. The judge said she would temporarily suspend her order from taking effect to allow Microsoft to appeal to the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals. The case appears to be the first in which a corporation has challenged a US …

    July 31, 2014 4:15 pm
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Science

  • Ebola Outbreak “Worsening” in West Africa


    The Ebola outbreak continues to roil West Africa, with the World Health Organization announcing Thursday that the death toll has climbed to 729 in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. More than 1,300 people are infected.   To help limit the spread of the disease the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the agency is now “surging” its response. Thursday afternoon the agency issued a new level 3 travel warning for the affected countries—asking Americans to halt nonessential travel to those locations and unveiling plans to send 50 additional CDC staff to the affected areas. Once there, CDC workers will help to ramp up airport screenings to ensure that sick people do not leave the country, augment laboratory testing for Ebola and help local health personnel to track individuals who may have been exposed to sick persons. (There is little risk of transmitting Ebola before a person becomes symptomatic, and even then transmission occurs …

    July 31, 2014 4:35 pm
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Health

  • On first meeting, men prefer ‘nice’ women: study


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – For heterosexual men, women who are “nice” are also “attractive,” according to a new study, but the same doesn’t hold true for women meeting a man for the first time. “Although dating patterns have changed over the years, gender-stereotypic behavior persists in the dating realm,” said lead author Gurit E. Birnbaum. “Women are expected to be more caring and concerned about others than are men. Men, in contrast, are expected to take control of the dating environment,” said Birnbaum, of the School of Psychology at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel. Past studies have also found that for heterosexuals, having gender-typical qualities that line up with your biological sex is generally attractive to the opposite sex, Birnbaum told Reuters Health in an email. To better understand why niceness in a stranger is a turn-on for men, but less of one for women, the researchers recruited around 100 heterosexual, single …

    July 31, 2014 4:15 pm
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Entertainment

  • Report: Jessica Simpson Becoming Diet Freak, Wants To Weigh 93 Pounds


    Posted on Thu Jul 31st, 2014 11:35am PDT She needs to be careful not to go too far! Jessica Simpson reportedly wants to lose even more than the 50 pounds she’s already shed since giving birth to son Ace, and considering the Weight Watchers spokeswoman is currently in the best shape of her life, it seems she’s become obsessed with her size! “She’s been the smallest she’s been in years, and she still doesn’t think it’s good enough. She is determined to get even thinner,” a source tells In Touch. The mother-of-two has transformed her love of food into a love of extreme fitness to achieve her shocking slim down. “Jessica wants to get down to 93 pounds. She’s become an exercise addict. She walks six miles a day, strength-trains three times a week and constantly runs on a treadmill. She’s gotten so carried away, she’s fainted on a few occasions,” the source adds. The …

    July 31, 2014 2:54 pm
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Editorial

  • Paul Ryan’s poverty plan hurts the poor, aids the rich


    FILE – In this June 6, 2014 file photo, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gestures as he speaks during a gala prior to the start of the Virginia GOP Convention in Roanoke, Va. Ryan proposed a new plan Thursday to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift people out of poverty, in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) On Monday night, Greta Van Susteren used a portion of her show to do a segment titled, “DNC press secretary doesn’t give a damn about poverty.” She has accused me of being a “jerk,” “disgraceful” and worse. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT What did I do to draw the ire of Van Susteren? We [the Democratic National Committee] put out a statement Sunday criticizing Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., for his recent plan to address poverty. According to Van Susteren, “for 50 …

    July 31, 2014 4:15 pm
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Odd News

  • Egyptian sumo wrestler storms his way into ancient sport


    INAZAWA Japan (Reuters) – Sumo wrestler Osunaarashi was a large, muscular Egyptian teenager with a passion for body building when a friend recommended he try the ancient Japanese sport of sumo. But it was a hard sell. “This sport is about two elephants pushing each other,” he recalls thinking. “I’m a body builder, man. It’s so ugly for me, I will never do it.” Now Osunaarashi, 22, is the first Egyptian, first African, first Arab and first Muslim to muscle his way into sumo’s professional ranks, so proud of his heritage that he observed the Ramadan fast during a just-ended tournament. This meant neither eating nor drinking from 3 a.m to 7 p.m. despite grappling with wrestlers whose weight averaged 150 kg (330 lbs) in temperatures up to 33 C (91 F) “The food was not a problem, but water was. It was the hardest part,” Osunaarashi told Reuters in an extremely rare interview at …

    July 31, 2014 4:35 pm
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