Headline News

  • Officials: Heavy equipment should allow crews access to remains of Kansas plane crash victims


    In this photo provided by Jay Boyle, emergency vehicles and first responders are on the scene of a small plane crash at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kan., Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. A small plane lost power after takeoff and crashed into a building while trying to return to a Kansas airport Thursday, killing at least four people. (AP Photo/Jay Boyle) (The Associated Press) Map locates Wichita airport plane crash.; (The Associated Press) WICHITA, Kan. –  Work begins Friday to recover the remains of the four people who died when a small plane crashed into a flight training facility at a Kansas airport, authorities said. Jet fuel from the plane burned so hot during the blaze after the crash Thursday morning at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport that portions of the building remained unsafe all day and emergency officials voiced concerns about the stability of the structure. Late Thursday night, smoke continued to rise from the wreckage. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT …

    October 31, 2014 2:17 am
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Politics

  • Lack of mechanics threatens U.S. Air Force target date for F-35


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force may miss its target of August 2016 to start using the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet in combat if Congress blocks the service’s plan to retire its A-10 tank-killer aircraft, a top U.S. general said Thursday. Air Force Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan, the Pentagon’s F-35 program chief, told reporters the Air Force was counting on training experienced A-10 mechanics to help reach the total 1,100 mechanics needed to declare that the F-35 had reached “initial operational capability” or IOC. But Congress is blocking the Air Force’s plan to retire the A-10 aircraft, which means that those mechanics will be needed to maintain the older A-10 fleet, he said, adding that it would take nine to 12 months longer to train new mechanics to service the F-35 than retraining an already experienced mechanic. Bogdan said there was also a risk of a brief delay in the July 1, …

    October 30, 2014 11:16 pm
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Stocks

  • Bank of Japan stuns market with even more stimulus


      The Bank of Japan is going for broke and expanding its already aggressive stimulus plan in an effort to keep the country’s economic revival plan on track. In a surprise announcement, the central bank said Friday that it will increase its purchases of longer-term debt, building on a stimulus plan first announced a year and a half ago. The bank will now make asset purchases at an annual pace of around 80 trillion yen, an increase from the previous 60 to 70 trillion yen target range. The Nikkei jumped by as much as 5%. The bank’s decision was far from unanimous — five board members voted in favor of additional stimulus, while four voted against the proposal. The additional stimulus puts the Bank of Japan at odds with other central banks, including the U.S. Federal Reserve, that are scaling back or ending their stimulus programs. Related: Can anything save Sony? The actions are meant …

    October 31, 2014 2:16 am
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Sports

  • Canucks edge Canadiens in OT


    Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) – Daniel Sedin scored the winner at 2:45 of overtime to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. Skating on a power play as Tom Gilbert was called for interference, Henrik Sedin brought the puck into the offensive end and cut over to the middle before dishing it low to the right circle where Daniel quickly shifted to the forehand and snapped the puck into the left corner for the win. Nick Bonino and Brad Richardson scored for the Canucks, who have won three straight. Ryan Miller made 23 stops in the win. “It was a fun game to play,” said Miller. Alex Galchenyuk and Max Pacioretty scored for the Canadiens, who have lost two of three. Carey Price stopped 27 shots in the loss. “It didn’t look like it on the scoreboard but we came out with a lot of jump tonight,” said Pacioretty. …

    October 31, 2014 2:16 am
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World News

  • When the time comes, who will succeed Irans Ayatollah Ali Khamenei?


    In a closely-guarded compound in central Tehran, often referred to simply as Beyt (the house), lives a 75-year-old man whose tenure as Iran’s supreme leader will expire only on the day he dies. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, one-time revolutionary, has maintained his job-for-life as the politician with ultimate power in Iran for nearly 25 years. But recent news about the ayatollah’s health has revived debate on who will eventually replace him and what it will mean for the future of Iran. Although the topic of succession remains taboo at home, when its time comes Iran’s political trajectory will change after a quarter of century, domestically and at international levels. In September, pictures of an ailing Khamenei in a Tehran public hospital following prostate surgery triggered speculation about the succession. Many wonder why Khamenei’s inner circle allowed his health development to be discussed in public, especially when Iran and the west have locked horns over important nuclear …

    October 31, 2014 2:16 am
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Technology

  • Google to pay fine for showing woman’s cleavage on Street View


    Did Google’s Canadian Street View car capture too much? A court says yes. Serkan Darende/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET Everything that’s in the public eye is not necessarily public. This seems to be the logic offered by a court in Quebec, Canada, after a woman objected to how she was portrayed on Google Street View. Google’s roving camera caught the woman sitting on the steps of her home in Montreal. She wasn’t naked, nor even remotely unclothed. She was, however, wearing a sleeveless top that had suffered a wardrobe malfunction on the right hand side. Part of the woman’s right breast was visible. The photo appeared on Street View in 2009. Five months later, in October of 2009, the woman, Maria Pia Grillo, decided to see how she looked on the site, as she’d noticed the Street View car pass by. On seeing her picture, she was allegedly shocked. Though her face had been blurred, …

    October 30, 2014 11:16 pm
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Science

  • Plasmons convert light into a voltage


    Bright idea: Harry Atwater is working on a plasmonic solar cell A new way of creating a voltage by shining light on a solid has been developed by researchers in the US and Europe. Unlike most photovoltaic devices, the new system does not rely on semiconductors but rather on surface plasmons in tiny metal nanostructures. The team is now working to create new types of devices that convert light into electrical energy. Surface plasmons are collective excitations of electrons at the surface of a metal that interact very strongly with light. As a result, plasmons are of great technological interest as an interface between photonics and electronics. This interaction is strongest at the plasmon-resonance frequency, which is defined by the size and shape of an object and its charge density. In 2009 Paul Mulvaney and colleagues at the University of Melbourne in Australia applied an electrical potential to gold nanoparticles, and found that they could …

    October 30, 2014 11:36 pm
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Health

  • U.S. envoy to report temperature twice daily after West Africa visit


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power returned to New York on Thursday after a brief visit to Ebola-stricken West Africa and will report her temperature twice daily to the New York state health department for the next 20 days. Traveling on a U.S. government plane, Power’s delegation did not come in contact with any Ebola patients during a visit to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the three countries worst affected by the deadly hemorrhagic fever that has killed some 5,000 people. Customs and Border Protection officers at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport took Power’s temperature and she then answered several questions about her health and whether she had come in contact with anyone infected with Ebola. Ebola is spread through contact with bodily fluids of an infected person or the still-contagious body of someone who has died of the virus. It has a 21-day incubation period. Power left …

    October 30, 2014 11:16 pm
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Entertainment

  • Chelsea Handler cries sexism after her nipples are banned by Instagram


    Chelsea Handler loves golden showers (VIDEO) Don’t cross Chelsea Handler’s back. Or front, for that matter. Everybody’s favorite funny lady took aim at notoriously sexist Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and quickly learned that she can get a good dose of sexism right here in the U.S. of A. Chelsea Handler: Conan O’Brien is packin’ and has a great bod The actress posted a picture of herself topless riding a horse, poking fun at a similar picture of Putin, with the caption, “Taking this down is sexist. I have the right to prove that I have a better body than Putin. Anything a man can do, a woman has the right to do better. #kremlin.” Clearly, Handler knew that her photo would be picked off by higher-ups at Instagram and she was right. The photo was quickly banned from the site. We managed to get a screen grab before it was taken down. Photo credit: Chelsea …

    October 31, 2014 2:57 am
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Editorial

  • My message for GOP’s Danny Downers: Get a grip, things are looking up!


    Lindsey Sheppard (Courtesy Lindsey Sheppard) Hey, have you heard that the Republican Party is too old, white and male? Well, unless you are old, white, male and unconscious, you likely have. It’s been so drummed into our heads that it’s become a mantra — even for the older white males who wear the descriptions around like a hair shirt, making them irritable and grouchy (like my dog Jasper when his winter coat chafes — but that’s another story). I’ve been observing this dirge from multiple party participants lately, and it’s driving me crazy. Because yes, we get it. Everyone knows the GOP needs to attract younger and more diverse members, to keep the tent broad enough so that more feel welcome. But clearly, some of our guys have totally missed the improvements in this area, especially by a re-energized Republican National Committee and the College Republicans. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT There is a new communication position and political …

    October 30, 2014 11:16 pm
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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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