Headline News

  • Trucker held in 4 slayings a serial killer, Ohio authorities say

    CLEVELAND –  Prosecutors say a Cleveland truck driver indicted on multiple counts of aggravated murder in the slayings of four people is a serial killer. Robert Rembert was indicted Tuesday. Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County prosecutors say Rembert was arrested Sept. 21 at a truck stop and has been held on a $1 million bond. Prosecutors say DNA evidence matched Rembert to the rape and strangulation deaths of Rena Mae Payne in May 1997 and Kimberly Hall this June. Rembert also is charged with fatally shooting Morgan Nietzel and his cousin Jerry Rembert in their heads at a Cleveland home Sept. 20. Prosecutors say Rembert served six years in prison after being convicted of voluntary manslaughter for killing Dadren Lewis in December 1997. Rembert can’t be reached for comment while in custody. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

    October 13, 2015 9:14 pm


  • First African-American nominated for premier corporate court

    Delaware Governor Jack Markell nominated the first African-American to the state’s Court of Chancery, one of the country’s premier venues for shareholder disputes. Markell nominated Tamika Montgomery-Reeves to become vice chancellor, succeeding Donald Parsons, whose term expires on Oct. 22. Montgomery-Reeves must be confirmed by Delaware’s senate, which will consider her nomination on Oct. 28. If confirmed, Montgomery-Reeves will be the first woman on the five-judge court since 1994, when Carolyn Berger was elevated to the state’s Supreme Court. Montgomery-Reeves is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati in Wilmington, Delaware, where she focuses on corporate governance and corporate litigation. She was part of the Wilson Sonsini team that represented Chevron Corp in a key 2013 case in which the Court of Chancery upheld the use of corporate bylaws to force shareholders to sue in Delaware courts. “Tamika Montgomery-Reeves has the intellectual ability and strong work ethic necessary to serve on Delaware’s Court of Chancery,” …

    October 13, 2015 6:53 pm


  • FBI teams up with hackers to bust bank robbing botnet

    American and British police have managed to stop a massive hacking operation that infected computers worldwide, stealing at least $10 million from the United States alone. On Tuesday, U.S. prosecutors announced a victory in the war on malware. Law enforcement — with the help of several cybersecurity firms — took control of a network of machines that distributed malicious software known as “Bugat,” “Cridex” or “Dridex.” This malware preyed on unsuspecting people by slipping into their computers, stealing passwords and siphoning money from bank accounts. For distribution, it relied on a network of enslaved computers. Experts say the botnet infected maybe 125,000 computers a year. Separately, the U.S. Department of Justice also filed criminal charges against Andrey Ghinkul, a 30-year-old man who is believed to have been the hacker at the helm of the operation. Ghinkul was recently arrested in Cyprus, and American prosecutors are seeking to have him extradited to stand trial in the …

    October 13, 2015 7:33 pm


World News

  • Israel responds to Jerusalem attacks

    Image copyright AFP Image caption In one attack in Jerusalem, a man rammed a car into a bus stop before stabbing pedestrians Israel’s cabinet has authorised police to seal off “parts of Jerusalem”, in an attempt to halt a wave of deadly attacks. After an emergency meeting, the cabinet said soldiers would also be deployed to help police in some areas. The moves come after police said three Israelis were killed and more than 20 hurt in shooting and stabbing attacks in Jerusalem and central Israel. Two attackers in Jerusalem, identified as Palestinian, were shot by police. Police said they acted after the assailants shot and stabbed passengers on a bus. Another Israeli died after being run down and stabbed elsewhere in the city. Later, a Palestinian was killed in clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, medics said. Near-daily stabbings by Palestinians have left dozens of Israelis dead and wounded …

    October 13, 2015 9:14 pm


  • Why the mobile web runs so slow

    Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Browsing the web on a smartphone can be a frustrating experience The fight-back against ad-blockers is ramping up. German tabloid Bild is the latest to announce it will prevent users who have installed the advert-hiding plug-ins from viewing its articles. It joins dozens of other sites who object to the technology’s threat to their income. Users have flocked to the extensions to speed up page-load times and reduce the toll on their mobile devices’ battery life. Apple’s recent move to start supporting ad-blockers on its iPhones and iPads has brought the matter to the fore. But other tech companies are trying to convince users there is a way to live with ads, by making them less frustrating. What problem are they trying to solve? That one that leaves you shouting at your phone or tablet to load a web page you want to see. Visiting a web page on a …

    October 13, 2015 7:13 pm


  • Measurements of dinosaur body temperatures shed new light on 150-year debate

    Related images(click to enlarge) Were dinosaurs really fast, aggressive hunters like the ones depicted in the movie “Jurassic World”? Or did they have lower metabolic rates that made them move more like today’s alligators and crocodiles? For 150 years, scientists have debated the nature of dinosaurs’ body temperatures and how those temperatures influenced their activity levels. New research by UCLA scientists indicates that some dinosaurs, at least, had the capacity to elevate their body temperature using heat sources in the environment, such as the sun. They also believe the animals were probably more active than modern-day alligators and crocodiles, which can be active and energetic, but only for brief spurts. The researchers also found evidence that other dinosaurs they studied had lower body temperatures than modern birds, their only living relatives, and were probably less active. The research is published today in the journal Nature Communications. Led by Robert Eagle, a researcher in the department …

    October 13, 2015 5:53 pm


  • USDA awards first manufacturing contracts for bird flu vaccine stockpile

    CHICAGO The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday said it has awarded contracts to two drug companies to manufacture doses of avian influenza vaccine for poultry, in preparation for the potential return of the fast-spreading avian influenza virus later this year. The two contracted firms – Iowa-based Harrisvaccines, and France-based Ceva Corp. – will manufacture an undisclosed number of vaccine doses and store those doses for up to 5 years, USDA said in a statement released late Tuesday. In addition, the companies are required to test the vaccines regularly for potency, as well as deliver finished vaccines anywhere in the United States within 10 days of a request for them from the National Veterinary Stockpile. Separately, the agency and Iowa State University have translated USDA biosecurity training materials from English into Spanish, in an effort to help farmers and on-farm workers better understand ways to prevent bird flu infections ahead of the potential resurgence. Iowa …

    October 13, 2015 6:33 pm


  • Donald Trump To Host SNL

    Posted on Tue Oct 13th, 2015 12:00pm PDT       By X17 Staff You’re rehired! Donald Trump is slated to host an upcoming episode of Saturday Night Live — and we have a feeling it’s going to be a real doozy of an episode! The Donald will be bringing his comedic chops to the sketch comedy show on Nov. 7, right in the middle of sweeps. Good call NBC! Speaking of which — we love how NBC was all, You’re fired, Donald” for his racist comments. But now that the Republican presidential hopeful is doing well in the polls the network is all — just kidding! This isn’t his first time we’ve seen the king of comb overs in the live-comedy hot seat. The business man-turned-reality-star hosted the show back in 2004.   Stories from around the Web

    October 13, 2015 7:33 pm


  • Planned Parenthood will forgo payment for fetal tissue: So now it’s OK because it’s free?

      Tuesday it was reported that Planned Parenthood will no longer accept reimbursement for the harvesting of tissue from the remains of the hundreds of thousands children it aborts each year (327,653 abortions in 2013 alone, bringing in $164 million in revenue).  This is not altogether surprising, given the recent release of undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials speaking callously about the “demand for livers,” the financial benefit of harvesting fully intact remains of unborn children, the techniques of “cutting through the face” to harvest intact brains, and the need to clearly label boxes shipped to companies containing completely intact unborn cadavers.   Planned Parenthood’s decision is clearly an effort at damage control — to preserve its carefully cultivated (and ferociously defended) image as merely a women’s health care organization.  More immediately, it is an obvious effort to try to push back against arguments that neither the federal government nor individual states should provide taxpayer dollars …

    October 13, 2015 9:13 pm

Odd News

  • Pilot forgets back-up gas tank, crash-lands on Idaho freeway

    SALMON, Idaho A pilot crash-landed a small airplane on an Idaho freeway during the morning rush hour on Tuesday after he ran out of gas and forgot to switch to a back-up fuel tank, authorities said. The pilot, Jon Brinkerhoff, made the emergency landing of a 1970 single-engine Cessna just after 7 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 near the Boise Airport, as motorists dialed 911, said Kelsie Massolio, dispatcher with Idaho State Police. No injuries were reported during the incident, Massolio said. Brinkerhoff was flying cargo from Washington state to Boise and was on his final approach to the airport in Idaho’s capital when he belly-landed the Cessna on the roadway, according to Idaho State Police. State police said two right lanes of the eastbound interstate were blocked for two hours, during which time the plane was removed from the roadway. The 30-year-old pilot from Westminster, Colorado, later told authorities he was …

    October 13, 2015 6:13 pm