Headline News

  • Five family members killed driving from Texas to Disney World


    DALLAS (Reuters) – Five members of a Texas family on their way to a vacation in Disney World were killed in a single-car crash when their vehicle driven by their teenage son overturned on a highway in Louisiana, police said on Thursday. Michael and Trudi Hardman from the Dallas suburb of Terrell, were killed along with three children, ages 4, 7, and 15, on Wednesday night when the car crossed over a median strip and the driver tried to correct the mistake, which then caused the vehicle to flip, police in Louisiana said. The family’s Chevrolet Tahoe was carrying eight people, including the couple, their children and step-children. Six of the eight occupants were ejected because they were not wearing seatbelts, police said. Police said the teenage driver might have fallen asleep at the wheel. “In an instance this family vacation turned into an unspeakable tragedy. I cannot stress enough the importance of wearing a …

    November 20, 2014 2:08 pm
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Politics

  • Takata, auto execs face Senate over deadly air bag scandal


    WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – Executives from Japan’s Takata Corp (7312.T) and two automakers faced tough scrutiny from U.S. senators on Thursday over the risk of millions of potentially defective air bags that can rupture upon deployment, shooting metal shards into cars. The head of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also scheduled to testify about criticism his agency has been slow to respond to the scandal, which has been linked to at least five deaths so far. The hearing by the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee marks the first intensive public airing of the exploding air bag problem, and the second major auto safety scandal to grab headlines this year. General Motors Co (GM.N) has been embroiled in its own controversy over millions of recalled vehicles with potentially deadly ignition switches. “I find it troubling, but more importantly I am sad that I am not surprised, that we find ourselves examining another example of manufacturers’ …

    November 20, 2014 11:24 am
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Stocks

  • How Bill Cosby tried to keep AP interview under wraps


    The Associated Press has shared a video interview in which Bill Cosby repeatedly refuses to address questions about abuse allegations – and asked that the video not be shown. “I have to ask about your name coming up in the news recently regarding this comedian–“ “No, no, we don’t answer that.” Bill Cosby dismissed the question about sexual assault allegations before the Associated Press reporter even finished asking it. Afterward, Cosby pressured the reporter not to let the public see or hear his answer at all. That was on November 6. The AP, the world’s largest news organization, didn’t publish the video right away. But as the allegations against Cosby escalated in recent days, it decided the tense exchange was newsworthy. The AP shared the raw videotape of the interview Wednesday night. Cosby was seated next to his wife Camille. The occasion was an interview about the couple’s donations to a Smithsonian art exhibit. After …

    November 20, 2014 12:26 pm
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Sports

  • Gov. Cuomo says Bills playing Sunday is right now ‘impractical’


    (SportsNetwork.com) – Snow is still blanketing the Buffalo area and plans to have the Bills and New York Jets play Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium may be unlikely. New York governor Andrew Cuomo, as a matter of fact, called it “impractical.” A travel ban for the area is still in place and the Bills have yet to practice for the contest, which could be moved to Monday or even Tuesday. It could also be shifted to a different site. “My sense is it’s impractical to do the game because it would jeopardize public safety,” said Gov. Cuomo on Thursday after spending time in the area. “Everybody would love to see a Bills game go forward, but, I think even more, everybody wants to make sure public safety comes first. “If there’s any way we can scramble to get it done … we’ll do everything we can to deploy resources to make it possible.” A ferocious …

    November 20, 2014 2:08 pm
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World News

  • British-built Ebola hospital in Sierra Leone only partly operational


    The Ebola hospital built by the British army which opened two weeks ago in the capital of Sierra Leone will not be fully operational until January, it has emerged. The facility was the first of six hospitals announced by the Department of International Development two months ago as part of Britain’s £250m assistance in the fight against Ebola in the country. And while DFID’s plan has always been to phase in the facility, residents cannot understand why beds are empty while patients have nowhere to go because existing treatment centres are full. The 80-bed hospital has treated just 18 patients so far. Save the Children, which is managing the facility in Kerry Town, south of the capital Freetown, said it was increasing intake slowly to ensure the safety of its volunteer medical professionals. “We are scaling up as fast as we can,” said a spokeswoman. “People are turning up, people are wanting to go in.” …

    November 20, 2014 2:09 pm
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Technology

  • Ghana to try Talking Book gadgets


    20 November 2014 Last updated at 17:22 By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor The pilot project involves 2,000 Talking Books, but more will be made if it succeeds Hundreds of handheld audio computers are to be given to some of Ghana’s poorest communities to help spread potentially life-saving information. The Talking Books will let families play sound files as well as make their own recordings, which can be shared with others or used to give feedback. Organisers plan to use the kit to teach people about Ebola, how to deal with diseased crops and the importance of breastfeeding, among other topics. If successful, the trial should expand. Child-focused charity Unicef and the British computer chip designer ARM are providing most of the funds for the $750,000 (£477,850) scheme. It is scheduled to run for two-and-a-half years with each device’s content updated roughly once every five weeks. The money will cover the cost of 2,000 devices …

    November 20, 2014 11:25 am
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Science

  • NASA Selects Student Teams for High-Powered Rocket Challenge


    NASA has selected eight teams from middle and high schools across the country to participate in the 2014-2015 NASA Student Launch Challenge, April 7-12, organized by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The Student Launch Challenge engages students in a research-based, experiential exploration activity. Teams participating in the challenge must design, build and launch a reusable rocket, with a scientific or engineering payload, capable of reaching an altitude of one mile. Eligible teams pre-qualified by successfully completing the NASA Advanced Rocketry Workshop, and either the 2012-2013 Student Launch Challenge, Team America Rocketry Challenge, or 2014 Rockets for Schools competition. The 2014-2015 middle and high school teams who will compete are: Durham Area Rocketry, Durham, North Carolina Krueger Middle School, San Antonio, Texas Madison West High School (Land Imaging), Madison, Wisconsin Madison West High School (Muons), Madison, Wisconsin Plantation High School, Plantation, Florida Spring Grove High School, Spring Grove, Pennsylvania St. Vincent-St. Mary High …

    November 20, 2014 11:45 am
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Health

  • Cuban doctor with Ebola flies out of Sierra Leone


    FREETOWN (Reuters) – A Cuban doctor who caught Ebola while treating patients in Sierra Leone left the country on Thursday afternoon in an aircraft bound for Switzerland, a Reuters witness said. The doctor Felix Baez, 43, is the first known Cuban to have contracted the disease which has killed at least 5,450 people in West Africa since March in the worst outbreak on record. Baez, a father of two children, was due to arrive in Geneva for medical treatment later on Thursday. A Cuban health official said on Wednesday he was in stable condition. It was not immediately clear how he came to catch the hemorrhagic fever which is spread via bodily fluids such as blood, sweat and vomit. (Reporting by Josephus Olu-Mammah; Writing by Emma Farge; Editing by Joe Bavier)

    November 20, 2014 11:24 am
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Entertainment

  • - Mel Gibson Is On Daddy Duty With Darling Daughter Lucia


    Posted on Thu Nov 20th, 2014 10:40am PDT       By X17 Staff We can’t believe how much little Lucia has grown! Mel Gibson and his adorable daughter went to the Malibu Country Mart on Wednesday with their nanny, and after spending some time on the playground, the trio headed back to Mel’s place. The 58-year-old actor didn’t climb on the jungle gym with his 5-year-old daughter, but he stood right next to her as she went down the slide and up the ladder. We rarely see Lucia’s mom Oksana Grigorieva these days, but clearly their joint custody agreement is working pretty well. After a highly-publicized split and battle for Lucia (coupled with abuse allegations, among other things), Grigorieva filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, claiming she is more than $400,000 in debt. But per her settlement with Gibson, Grigorieva is receiving a total of $750,000 in installments over the next five years, and he also pays her …

    November 20, 2014 1:07 pm
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Editorial

  • Celebrity chef: Thankful for America and family around the table


    Lidia Bastianich (Diana DeLucia) “Tutti a tavola a mangiare!” (“Everyone to the table to eat!”) This was the signature sign off on my first Public Television show, “Lidia’s Italian Table,” which premiered in 1998.  The message was relevant then and even more so today. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Gathering at the table with friends and family is indeed a very special place to be; it’s  a place of joy, peace and delicious flavors, but it is also where our bodies are given nourishment and our souls filled with love and family moments.  As an immigrant Thanksgiving is a very special holiday for us.  In our kitchen, the entire family gathers around the table, and we have an opportunity to give America thanks for the gifts in our lives here. I am fortunate indeed that cooking – something I’ve loved ever since I was a small child– has become my life’s work.    My years have been filled with the challenges and delights of …

    November 20, 2014 11:25 am
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Odd News

  • Texas woman sues family after her dogs kill neighbor’s pet beagle


    HOUSTON (Reuters) – The owner of three pit bulls and a pit-bull mix is seeking up to $1 million in damages after her dogs entered the Houston-area property of her neighbor and fatally attacked her neighbor’s 10-year-old beagle. Emerald White said she was trying to retrieve her four dogs from her neighbor’s yard when the beagle attacked her, causing her dogs to attack, the lawsuit said. The beagle’s owners, the Baker family, said the pit bulls broke into their yard and started the incident that left their beagle, Bailey, dead a few minutes after the attack ended in the Houston suburb of Texas City. White’s attorney, Paul LaValle, told local broadcaster KHOU-TV: “I’m getting the hate mail and the death threats. They have a very good PR campaign working for the family that owned the beagle.” White’s lawsuit said her neighbors were negligent and that she suffered from mental anguish, disfigurement, pain, loss of earnings …

    November 19, 2014 10:59 am
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