• Giants sink Pirates in NL Wild Card playoff

    PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – A four-hit shutout by Madison Bumgarner and a grand slam by Brandon Crawford carried the San Francisco Giants to an 8-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Wild Card...
  • Taliban kill three in Kabul attack

    Taliban kill three in Kabul attack

    2 October 2014 Last updated at 06:04 The latest bombing came less than 24 hours after another attack on an army bus in Kabul (pictured) At least three people were killed when a Taliban suicide...
  • Spiders: Survival of the fittest group

    Spiders: Survival of the fittest group

    Related images(click to enlarge) Along rivers in Tennessee and Georgia, scientists have been studying brownish-orange spiders, called Anelosimus studiosus, that make cobwebby nests “anywhere from the size of a golf ball to the size of...
  • Obama seeks to restore trust with disappointed Latinos

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After enraging Latino voters last month by delaying promised immigration reforms, President Barack Obama is expected to assure Hispanic-American lawmakers on Thursday that he is on their side and help is on...

Headline News

  • Bail hearing postponed for suspect in Virginia student’s disappearance


    (Reuters) – A bail hearing for the suspect charged in the disappearance of 18-year-old University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham was rescheduled for Dec. 4, his attorney said on Wednesday. Jesse Matthew, 32, was initially scheduled to appear before the Charlottesville General District Court on Thursday through a video link. His attorney, Jim Camblos, said he requested the postponement. Police in Charlottesville, Virginia, have charged Matthew in the disappearance of Graham, who was last seen with him on Sept. 13. The case has shaken the college town in central Virginia and drawn national attention. Matthew has been recently linked to another woman’s disappearance. Forensic evidence belonging to Matthew matched evidence collected during the investigation into the 2009 disappearance of a Virginia Tech student, CBS affiliate WTVR reported on Monday, quoting sources close to the investigation.  Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, 20, disappeared in October 2009. Her remains were found in January 2010 on a farm …

    October 2, 2014 1:04 am
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Politics

  • Obama seeks to restore trust with disappointed Latinos


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After enraging Latino voters last month by delaying promised immigration reforms, President Barack Obama is expected to assure Hispanic-American lawmakers on Thursday that he is on their side and help is on the way. Obama, who for the past two years missed the annual gala held by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, will return to the group and reiterate his ongoing commitment to immigration reform, according to a White House official. The official, who asked not to be identified, said Obama also will say he intends to fix as much of the U.S. immigration system as he can by using his presidential powers. Obama’s speech could set a high-water mark with Hispanic voters, who are so important to Democrats and their hopes of holding the White House in 2016. If so, it would be another twist in a relationship that at times resembles that of an old married couple repeatedly squabbling and making …

    October 2, 2014 12:23 am
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Stocks

  • Facebook will loosen policy for drag queens


    Facebook’s chief product officer Chris Cox issued an apology on Wednesday. Facebook issued an apology for its “real name” policy — and announced that it will loosen restrictions for the drag community. Last month, Facebook made headlines for suspending the accounts of several gay and transgender entertainers because their accounts weren’t in the holders “real” names. The LGBT community started jumping ship and signing up for Ello, which doesn’t have such a policy. Wednesday’s announcement came in the form of a Facebook (FB, Tech30) post (what else?) from chief product officer Chris Cox’s Facebook (and has since been “liked” by CEO Mark Zuckerberg). But it isn’t clear exactly how the policy will change to better respect users’ rights. According to Cox, Facebook processes thousands of fake name reports every week — and 99% of these are “bad actors doing bad things.” But, recently, an “individual” reported several hundred “fake” accounts and Facebook didn’t “notice the …

    October 1, 2014 11:22 pm
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Sports

  • Giants sink Pirates in NL Wild Card playoff


    PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – A four-hit shutout by Madison Bumgarner and a grand slam by Brandon Crawford carried the San Francisco Giants to an 8-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Wild Card playoff on Wednesday. Crawford launched a hanging curve from Pirates starter Edinson Volquez into the right field seats in the fourth inning to snap a scoreless tie. It was the first post-season grand slam hit by a shortstop. With Brandon Belt adding three RBIs with a pair of singles, left-hander Bumgarner sailed through the Pirates lineup giving up four hits, striking out 10 and walking one in a masterful performance. “Crawford obviously gave us a nice cushion, but it starts with that guy on the mound and what a job he did,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said about ace starter Bumgarner. “It’s hard to put together a better game than we just had.” The victory sent the Giants into the …

    October 2, 2014 1:04 am
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World News

  • Taliban kill three in Kabul attack


    2 October 2014 Last updated at 06:04 The latest bombing came less than 24 hours after another attack on an army bus in Kabul (pictured) At least three people were killed when a Taliban suicide bomber attacked an Afghan army bus in Kabul on Thursday, the interior ministry said. Local media said at least seven others were injured in the attack. The bombing is the fourth such Taliban attack since the swearing in of new President Ashraf Ghani on Monday. At least seven Afghan soldiers died and many were injured after a suicide bomber targeted another army bus in Kabul on Wednesday. The Taliban claimed responsibility for all four attacks, saying they were a continuation of an offensive which started in the summer. Key deal The day after being sworn in, Mr Ghani signed a deal letting US troops stay in Afghanistan after the end of 2014. Mr Ghani’s predecessor, Hamid Karzai, had refused to …

    October 2, 2014 1:04 am
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Technology

  • Malcolm Turnbull says now is not the time to break up NBN Co


    Malcolm Turnbull has not ruled out breaking off and selling parts of the publicly owned national broadband network corporation but says “now is not the time” to do so. Splitting NBN Co into separate businesses – based on the different technologies it employs to deliver broadband – was among 19 recommendations for market-based reform in an expert review of the infrastructure project handed down on Wednesday. But in an initial response, the communications minister appeared to reject much of the panel’s advice, suggesting it would further delay the implementation of the network, increase industry uncertainty and lead to “large losses for taxpayers and the budget”. He said breaking up the company now “would distract its management and delay the provision of high-speed broadband to all Australians”, but said the move, aimed at fostering competition in the sector, “cannot be ruled out”. He told ABC Radio on Thursday the first priority was to finishing building the …

    October 2, 2014 12:23 am
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Science

  • Spiders: Survival of the fittest group


    Related images(click to enlarge) Along rivers in Tennessee and Georgia, scientists have been studying brownish-orange spiders, called Anelosimus studiosus, that make cobwebby nests “anywhere from the size of a golf ball to the size of a Volkswagen Beetle,” researcher Jonathan Pruitt says. The individual spiders are only the size of a pencil eraser, but they form organized groups that can catch prey ranging from fruit flies to small vertebrates. “We have found carcasses of rats and birds inside their colonies,” Pruitt says. Unlike most spiders, which are solitary, these social spiders work together in groups. Now new research shows that they evolve together in groups, too. Say “group selection” among some groups of evolutionary biologists and you won’t be invited back to the party. But Jonathan Pruitt, at the University of Pittsburgh, and Charles Goodnight, at the University of Vermont, have been studying generations of these Anelosimus spiders — and have gathered the first-ever experimental …

    October 2, 2014 12:44 am
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Health

  • Exclusive: U.S. nears solution for safe disposal of Ebola waste


    WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – The United States is days away from settling the critical question of how hospitals should handle and dispose of medical waste from Ebola patients, a government official said on Wednesday. Experts have warned that conflicting U.S. regulations over how such waste should be transported could make it very difficult for U.S. hospitals to safely care for patients with Ebola, a messy disease that causes diarrhea, vomiting and in some cases, bleeding from the eyes and ears. Safely handling such waste presents a dual challenge for regulators, who want to both prevent the accidental spread of the deadly disease and avert any deliberate attempts to use it as a bioweapon. Most U.S. hospitals are not equipped with incinerators or large sterilizers called autoclaves that could accommodate the large amounts of soiled linens, contaminated syringes and virus-spattered protective gear generated from the care of an Ebola patient, said Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, chair of the …

    October 2, 2014 12:23 am
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Entertainment

  • B.J. Novak is flattered he is Mindy Kaling’s ‘great love’


    Mindy Kaling’s maternal clock is ticking and she knows it Although it appears Novak was the one who ended the relationship, he has responded to her comments about him being her one and only true love. “I thought it sounded to me like an honest and heartfelt account to a complicated and mostly wonderful relationship,” Novak told Andy Cohen, via Us Weekly. When Kaling visited Howard Stern, he asked if she had any great loves who got away. Kaling replied, “Yeah. He’s my best friend. He broke up with me. It was years and years ago that that breakup happened. I was so sad, not angry, sad. That was the hottest I ever looked ’cause I stopped eating. When I get depressed, I stop eating. I was so miserable and so beautiful.” But the public announcement meant something to Novak and, apparently, his whole family. “The highlight of that for me was my mom calling …

    October 2, 2014 12:03 am
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Editorial

  • November midterms: Who will be the 245th House Republican?


    Who is the Republican candidate whose victory will expand the House majority to 245 members? Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans are looking beyond holding their majority on Election Day. They are aiming to get to 245 members, which would be the largest Republican majority since the end of World War II. Currently, Republicans hold 233 seats to the Democrats’ 199. There are three vacancies. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT House Republicans are not alone in their belief that there will be notably fewer Democrats in the 114th Congress. Famed political prognosticator Charlie Cook sees Republicans holding as many as 248 seats, while his esteemed counterpart Stu Rothenberg projects the high mark for Republicans will be as many as 245. House Republicans are not alone in their belief that there will be notably fewer Democrats in the 114th Congress. To achieve success, Republicans will need to win in all three of these categories:  1. Open seats currently held …

    October 2, 2014 12:23 am
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Odd News

  • France’s Le Pen loses driving license, but says not her fault


    PARIS (Reuters) – French far-right leader Marine Le Pen said on Wednesday police had confiscated her driving license for a string of road offences – but insisted they had been committed by someone else. The National Front party leader, who recently called speed detection radars “another tax disguised as a life-saving campaign”, said she had taken the punishment in 2012 to prevent the real culprits from getting into trouble. “Not wishing to denounce those who were responsible, I saw my license go up in smoke,” Le Pen said, after the satirical Le Canard Enchaine newspaper ran a story headlined: “Marine wants to steer France but she no longer has a license”. She said the newspaper should have checked the photos of the traffic offences in question and that they would have shown she was not behind the wheel. Under the French system, a driver loses a number of points for every recorded traffic offence such …

    October 1, 2014 4:31 pm
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