Headline News

  • Atlanta police officer to appear in court on murder charges


    ATLANTA –  An Atlanta police officer charged in the slaying of a 26-year-old woman he met online is facing his first court appearance. Authorities say 23-year-old Tahreem Zeus Rana is scheduled to appear in court at 11 a.m. Friday after being arrested Thursday at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say he was scheduled to board a plane to Monterrey, Mexico when he was apprehended. Vernicia Woodard was shot Friday in Hapeville after meeting Rana in person for the first time, Hapeville police told WGCL-TV. Authorities say Rana is charged with murder, arson and kidnapping in connection with her death. Detective Stephen Cushing told the Atlanta TV station that Woodard’s body was then burned “to cover up any type of evidence that may be there.”

    August 29, 2014 6:37 am
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Politics

  • Obama says does not yet have military strategy for Islamic State


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States has not yet developed a strategy for confronting Islamic State in Syria, an acknowledgement that a decision had not been made on whether to launch air strikes against the militant group. Obama’s comment during a White House news conference before a meeting of national security advisers about how to proceed against Islamic State drew criticism from Republicans and a clarification from White House spokesman Josh Earnest. Representative Tom Price, a Georgia Republican, said on Twitter: “President says “we don’t have a strategy yet” to deal with #ISIS. That’s obvious and increasingly unacceptable.” Earnest said Obama was referring to military options and that Obama has a comprehensive strategy for confronting the group through diplomatic means. Obama’s decision to begin U.S. surveillance flights over Syria this week prompted speculation that he was on the brink of expanding the fight against Islamic State from Iraq into …

    August 29, 2014 3:15 am
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Stocks

  • EA stock scores touchdown with Madden


      Death. Taxes. Madden. Those seem to be the certainties in life for investors in Electronic Arts. The company makes a lot of video games. But Electronic Arts’ (EA, Tech30) Madden football franchise is literally the gift that keeps on giving. It’s like an annuity. There is reliably a new game every year. And it’s been that way since 1988. (The first version was available for the Commodore 64 and Apple II!) The latest version, Madden NFL15, came out on Tuesday. It’s an understatement to say that people are excited. #MaddenSickDay was an amusing trending topic on Twitter, with people coming up with bogus excuses for why they couldn’t go to school or work. Related: I left a job in finance to play video games And EA has cleverly used social media to promote the game as well. A video featuring comedian Kevin Hart and actor Dave Franco (brother of the more famous James) talking …

    August 29, 2014 6:16 am
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Sports

  • Kenny Football? Hill leads Aggies to rout of Gamecocks


    Philadelphia, PA –  Columbia, SC (SportsNetwork.com) – Sophomore quarterback Kenny Hill made Texas AM fans forget all about former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel on Thursday night and introduced them to college football’s newest star. Hill broke Manziel’s school record with 511 yards passing and threw for three touchdowns to lead the 21st-ranked Aggies to a stunning 52-28 win over No. 9 South Carolina in the season and SEC opener for both teams. Many felt that the early departure of Manziel, a first-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns, as well as top-10 picks in offensive tackle Jake Matthews and wide receiver Mike Evans, would mean a down year for Texas AM (1-0, 1-0 SEC). No one told the Aggies’ new QB. Hill completed 44-of-60 passes and looked every bit the part in his first collegiate start. His 60 pass attempts were four more than Manziel’s career- high 56, set as a freshman against LSU, …

    August 29, 2014 6:37 am
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World News

  • Kathy Jackson accuses Bill Shorten of being part of a ‘gang’ out to get her


    Union whistleblower turned investigation target Kathy Jackson claims federal opposition leader Bill Shorten was part of a corrupt gang that set out to get her after she exposed corruption in the Health Services Union (HSU). After concluding her evidence to the unions royal commission on Friday, Jackson held an extraordinary media conference in which she accused senior union figures of putting the HSU East branch into administration in 2012 and vacating its official posts – one of which was hers – for their own political gain. And she accused Shorten of plotting against her when he was workplace relations minister. She said intercepted phone calls, including one in which a corrupt former HSU president, Michael Williamson, discussed her sacking with other union officials and Shorten’s bid to place the union in administration, were evidence of a move against her. “They were part of a corrupt little gang that were trying to put this union into …

    August 29, 2014 6:37 am
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Technology

  • Persian paranoia: Americas fear of Iranian cyber power


    When Israel stepped up Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in July, a crew of hackers going under the name of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters readied their attack tools to show support for their Palestinian brothers. They attempted to flood a core piece of Israel’s internet infrastructure, the Domain Name System that acts as the web’s phone book for the country. They also tried to take down websites for the national stock exchange and Mossad, the intelligence and special operations body. Thanks to Israel’s capable cyber defence systems, the attacks caused little trouble, though security firm iSight Partners says the websites were briefly out of action. Their attacks previously knocked out the websites of top US banks, under the moniker Operation Ababil, but the Cyber Fighters’ gaze has shifted to events closer to home in recent months. What makes them especially fascinating to the West, however, is that they are almost certainly sponsored by …

    August 29, 2014 3:15 am
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Science

  • NASA’s Spitzer Telescope Witnesses Asteroid Smashup


    [image-36][image-51] NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of planets. Scientists had been regularly tracking the star, called NGC 2547-ID8, when it surged with a huge amount of fresh dust between August 2012 and January 2013. “We think two big asteroids crashed into each other, creating a huge cloud of grains the size of very fine sand, which are now smashing themselves into smithereens and slowly leaking away from the star,” said lead author and graduate student Huan Meng of the University of Arizona, Tucson. While dusty aftermaths of suspected asteroid collisions have been observed by Spitzer before, this is the first time scientists have collected data before and after a planetary system smashup. The viewing offers a glimpse into the violent process of making rocky planets like ours. …

    August 28, 2014 11:31 pm
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Health

  • U.S. startups get OK for smartphone-based heart tracking


    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – For a growing U.S. aging population, tracking heart health via a smartphone can mean the difference between life and death. This week, two Silicon Valley startups received a green-light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for mobile applications that monitor patients from home, a step forward for a nascent digital health industry that has pressed for more clarity from the agency on regulations. AliveCor said it received the FDA’s approval to detect serious heart conditions in electrocardiogram (ECG) readings taken from a mobile device. The company says its newly-approved algorithm can detect atrial fibrillation, a form of cardiac arrhythmia that affects about one in four adults over the age of 40. If its smartphone-compatible heart-monitor device detects an abnormality, a physician could intervene before the patient experiences a stroke or other life-threatening event. The device fits most smartphones and rests on a patient’s finger or chest to record an ECG. …

    August 28, 2014 7:08 pm
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Entertainment

  • Nick Cannon, Mariah Carey ditch their weddings rings


    Mariah Carey furious over split revelation On Tuesday, singer Carey hit the town for lunch at Da Mikele in Tribeca with their 3-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe, and without her wedding band. Onlookers told People that Carey looked relaxed and content as she noshed on a salad and gelato with the kids. “They seemed happy and like they were having a good time,” the source said. Meanwhile, Cannon hosted Tuesday night’s America’s Got Talent without his ring on. As of last week, before news of the famous couple’s split went public, he was still wearing it on the show and in public. People reports that a source close to the family said their marriage has “been bad for a while” and added that Cannon “has been staying in hotels.” Nick Cannon confirms separation from Mariah Carey Other insiders have told the media that Carey is focusing on her kids amidst the split and her Instagram …

    August 29, 2014 6:57 am
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Editorial

  • "Mary Poppins" 50th anniversary: Why "Mary" is my favorite movie


    Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins and Dick Van Dyke as Bert in a scene from Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins.’ The film has been selected for preservation at the Library of CongressAP Photo A couple of interesting things happened 50 years ago this month. On Aug. 7, 1964, Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. Then, 20 days later, Walt Disney Studios released “Mary Poppins.” The resolution, by allowing the Vietnam War to begin in earnest, fueled the growth of a counterculture of protest that characterized The Sixties. The movie, by celebrating those who challenge the traditions and rules of the established order, provided an early parable in support of that emerging counterculture. The “Mary Poppins” books by P.L. Travers are about a magical English nanny and the little scamps in her charge. This is true of the movie, as well, but the movie is more about how this nanny and these kids subtly convince the kids’ …

    August 29, 2014 3:15 am
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Odd News

  • Singaporeans go barking mad over bid to silence dogs


    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A suggestion by Singapore’s public housing authority that owners of noisy dogs consider “debarking” their pets to avoid inconveniencing neighbors, has raised animal lovers’ hackles in the city-state and prompted much ridicule on social media. The authority, the Housing and Development Board (HDB), recommended in a notice posted in a residential block that one option for dogs that will not keep quiet is to “debark” them. Debarking involves removing a section of a dog’s vocal cord to reduce the volume of its bark and is recommended as a solution of “last resort” to control noisy pets, according to Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority’s website. Animal welfare groups say the practice is cruel and unfair. “A dog also barks when it is in a stressed or anxious mode, and not hearing the dog does not mean the dog is in a stable state of mind,” said Action for Singapore Dogs in a Facebook …

    August 28, 2014 7:18 am
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