Headline News

  • Pennsylvania coroner auctioning off guns used in suicides


    GREENSBURG, Pa. –  A western Pennsylvania coroner is auctioning off about 100 guns used in suicides and accidental shooting deaths. Corner Ken Bacha says the Nov. 8 surplus weapons sale is Westmoreland County government’s first since his father was coroner in the 1980s. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT He says state law requires local governments sell off unclaimed property. Proceeds will help fund county government. Bacha’s office took possession of the guns during death investigations. Family members had a year to get them back before they became county property. Some of the weapons have been in the county’s hands for decades. Bacha says guns were used in 34 of the 55 suicides in the county last year. No weapons used in homicides are being auctioned off. They’re kept in storage for use as evidence.

    October 30, 2014 6:43 am
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Politics

  • Record five black women seek state offices in Georgia, showing shift


    ATLANTA (Reuters) – Five black women are on the November ballot for statewide offices in Georgia, a record in a state that just 11 years ago featured a Confederate battle emblem on its flag. The candidates, all Democrats, have come to be known as the “Georgia Five.” Political commentators say that while only one of them has a real shot at cracking the Republican stronghold on statewide offices in Georgia, their nominations signal a shift in where the state’s politics are headed. “It’s a sign of tremendous change happening right now in Georgia politics,” said Sean Richey, an associate professor of political science at Georgia State University. “I’d say within 10 years that Georgia will turn from a reliable Republican state to a battleground state.” An increase in minority residents is playing a role. In 2000, Georgia was 65 percent white and 35 percent black and non-white. Now the state is about 54 percent white …

    October 30, 2014 7:02 am
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Stocks

  • Taylor Swift’s new single to benefit NYC schools


    Swift pledged to donate the money she makes off her new song to NYC public schools. Taylor Swift bought a $20 million townhouse in Manhattan this year, and it seems like she really wants her new home town to like her. So the pop star has pledged to donate all the money she makes from her new song “Welcome to New York” to the city’s school system. That could be a sizable chunk of change. The song is the first track on Swift’s album “1989,” which dropped Monday and is currently the most downloaded album on iTunes. The song itself is the 15th most downloaded single right now. Swift’s last two albums, “Red” and “Speak Now,” both sold millions of copies. Related: Finally, Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ is out New York’s tourism group is thrilled with all the attention from the pop star. It launched a new marketing campaign named after the song on Monday and …

    October 30, 2014 6:01 am
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Sports

  • South Africans pay their last respects to sporting figures who died within days of each other


    JOHANNESBURG –  Singing praise songs and hymns and blowing vuvuzela’s, South African sporting fans are paying their final respects to three sporting figures who died within three days of each other. South Africa’s sport ministry organized a combined memorial service on Thursday for fans of national soccer captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, Olympic silver medalist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi and welterweight boxer Phindile Mwelase. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Along with supporters wearing club and national jerseys, South Africa’s sporting figures and officials gathered at an indoor sports arena in downtown Johannesburg. The crowd became silent as the families of the deceased entered the hall. Meyiwa was killed in an apparent robbery on Sunday while Mulaudzi died in car crash on Friday. Female boxer Mwelase died Saturday after two weeks in a coma following a bout.

    October 30, 2014 6:43 am
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World News

  • Abbas warning over holy site closure


    30 October 2014 Last updated at 11:25 The shooting comes amid heightened tensions between Israelis and Palestinians in Jerusalem A spokesman for Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has described the closure of a disputed Jerusalem holy site as a “declaration of war”. Nabil Abu Rudeina said the Palestinian Authority would take legal action over the move, which came amid tension over the shooting of a Jewish activist. Rabbi Yehuda Glick was seriously hurt after a meeting where he urged greater Jewish access to the site. Israeli police later killed a Palestinian suspected of shooting him. The man, named as 32-year-old Moataz Hejazi, was shot after opening fire when police surrounded his home. Rabbi Glick is a well-known US-born campaigner for greater Jewish rights to pray at the site, which is known to Jews as the Temple Mount, and to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif. It is the holiest site in Judaism, and also contains the al-Aqsa Mosque …

    October 30, 2014 6:43 am
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Technology

  • Papers Please wins 2014 GameCity Prize


    Border control simulation Papers, Please has won the fourth annual GameCity prize. Jurors from outside of the games industry, including the musician Peter Gabriel and the film director Darren Aronofsky, spent the summer playing and discussing six games from a varied shortlist, and their winner was announced on Wednesday night during the ongoing GameCity festival in Nottingham. The game, which puts players into the role of an immigration officer in a fictitious eastern European country, beat the Nintendo 3DS life simulation Animal Crossing: New Leaf, puzzle-platformer Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, first-person story exploration game Gone Home, the infamous big-budget open-world shooter Grand Theft Auto V, and episodic point and click adventure game Kentucky Route Zero. “Unlike previous years there wasn’t a clear critical consensus,” said the journalist Samira Ahmed, who led the jury. “Some jurors found games that felt like interactive movies or impressionistic models, while others found liberating creative worlds in which …

    October 30, 2014 7:03 am
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Science

  • Ancient auditory illusions reflected in prehistoric art?


    Related images(click to enlarge) Some of humankind’s earliest and most mysterious artistic achievements — including prehistoric cave paintings, canyon petroglyphs and megalithic structures such as Stonehenge — may have been inspired by the behaviors of sound waves being misinterpreted as “supernatural.” During the 168th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), to be held October 27-31, 2014 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown Hotel, Steven J. Waller, of Rock Art Acoustics, will describe several ways virtual sound images and absorbers can appear supernatural. “Ancient mythology explained echoes from the mouths of caves as replies from spirits, so our ancestors may have made cave paintings in response to these echoes and their belief that echo spirits inhabited rocky places such as caves or canyons,” explained Waller. Just as light reflection gives an illusion of seeing yourself duplicated in a mirror, sound waves reflecting off a surface are mathematically identical to sound waves emanating from a virtual …

    October 30, 2014 3:19 am
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Health

  • India’s universal healthcare rollout to cost $26 billion: official


    NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s universal health plan that aims to offer guaranteed benefits to a sixth of the world’s population will cost an estimated 1.6 trillion rupees ($26 billion) over the next four years, a senior health ministry official said. Under the National Health Assurance Mission, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government would provide all citizens with free drugs and diagnostic treatment, as well as insurance cover to treat serious ailments. The proposed plan would be rolled out in phases from April 2015 and will cover the entire population by March 2019, C.K. Mishra, an additional secretary at the health ministry, told Reuters. When the entire population is covered, it would cost an estimated $11.4 billion annually. “If you want to deliver the service, that is what it will take,” Mishra said, disclosing for the first time an expert group’s cost estimates that will be considered by the finance ministry for inclusion in the government’s …

    October 30, 2014 7:02 am
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Entertainment

  • Sandra Bullock knows her way around a medical emergency


    Sandra Bullock is Hollywood’s highest-paid actress TMZ reports the actress was first to step in and help during a scary medical emergency on the set of the movie she’s currently shooting — an extra reportedly collapsed during filming. The movie, called Our Brand Is Crisis, stars Bullock alongside actor Billy Bob Thornton. It’s being filmed in New Orleans, where TMZ reports it’s blazing hot right now. Apparently, when the extra fell to the ground, it was pretty obvious her illness was heat-related, and Bullock knew just what to do. TMZ has the photos of Bullock kneeling on the ground next to the fallen actress, fanning her face and giving her water in a shady, out-of-the-way spot. Bullock was on top of things long before an ambulance arrived to take the extra to a nearby hospital. New BFF alert: Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock And as for Billy Bob Thornton? Well, he’s in the photos, too, …

    October 30, 2014 6:43 am
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Editorial

  • The presumption of liberty: Ebola, the IRS and your rights


    In the years following the adoption of the Constitution, before he was Secretary of State under President Thomas Jefferson and then president himself, James Madison, who wrote the Constitution, was a member of the House of Representatives. During that period of his life, he gave illuminating speeches and wrote elegant essays and letters about human freedom. In one of his essays, Madison noted that freedom came about in Europe when the people rose up and cast off or intimidated tyrants, who reluctantly granted the people the freedoms they sought. That was, in Madison’s words, “power granting liberty.” The American experience was the opposite, he argued.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT After we seceded from Great Britain, the free people of the 13 independent states voluntarily came together and through the states delegated discrete amounts of power to a central government. That was, in Madison’s words, “liberty granting power,” especially since the people reserved to themselves the liberties they …

    October 30, 2014 7:02 am
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Odd News

  • Man who vanished from Denver NFL game said he ‘had his fill of football’


    DENVER (Reuters) – A man who vanished during a National Football League game in Denver last week only to be found safe days later told police afterward that he had had his “fill of football” and had wanted to go somewhere warmer, authorities said on Wednesday. Paul Kitterman made national headlines this week when his family and friends asked the public for help in finding the 53-year-old who failed to return to his seat after halftime of the Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers game last Thursday. Kitterman was found unharmed on Tuesday night in Pueblo, Colorado, about 115 miles south of Denver, police said. Pueblo Police said in a statement that they had received a tip that Kitterman was in the area, and officers located him in the parking lot of a Kmart department store. Kitterman was fatigued but coherent when evaluated by paramedics, police said, adding that he told officers he had had “his fill …

    October 29, 2014 3:08 pm
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