Headline News

  • With U.S. Ebola fear running high, African immigrants face ostracism


    (Reuters) – When Zuru Pewu picked up her 4-year-old son, Micah, from kindergarten at a Staten Island, New York, public school recently, a woman pointed at her in front of about 30 parents and their children, and started shouting. “She kept screaming, ‘These African bitches brought Ebola into our country and are making everybody sick!’” said Pewu, 29, who emigrated from Liberia in 2005. “Then she told her son, ‘You know the country that’s called Liberia that they show on the TV? That’s where these bitches are from.’” Pewu’s experience points to an alarming trend. While many Americans have reached out to help, African communities in the United States are reporting an increasing number of incidents of ostracism. Thursday’s news that a physician who had treated Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the disease in New York heightened anxieties even further. Some Liberians, whose home country has been hardest hit by the …

    October 24, 2014 9:55 am
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Politics

  • DSCC Raises $6.5 Million in Early October


    By Alexis Levinson Posted at 9:46 a.m. today 0 Tweet Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., is chairman of the DSCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) In the first two weeks of October, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee edged the National Republican Senatorial Committee in fundraising, taking in $6.5 million to the NRSC’s $6.1 million. But the NRSC brought in more funds during that time if a $4 million transfer from the Republican National Committee is included in the total. The DSCC received a $1.5 million transfer from the Democratic National Committees. The DSCC also took a $10 million loan to help with the final two weeks of the midterms. That brings the DSCC’s total raised this cycle to $134.1 million. They ended the month with $7.8 million cash on hand. “Democrats are in strong position to hold the majority and we are excited about what’s happening across the country. Republicans like Joni Ernst, Cory Gardner, and Thom Tillis …

    October 24, 2014 8:52 am
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Stocks

  • Carl Icahn to Taj Mahal casino workers: I’m from the mean streets of Queens


    Carl Icahn could keep another Atlantic City casino from going out of business, but he might back out of the deal because union workers won’t give up their healthcare plan. The union can’t bully Carl Icahn. He’s from Queens! Or that’s what he said, anyway, in an open letter to the Local 54 union, which represents casino workers in Atlantic City, NJ, where four casinos have closed and 8,000 workers lost their jobs, just this year. “I grew up on the streets of Queens,” wrote Icahn, one of the best-known activist investors. “I learned to fight bullies and that was great training because I later built my fortune fighting the establishment — mostly CEOs and boards that I felt were taking advantage of the shareholders.” Icahn said he was going to invest $100 million in the Trump Taj Mahal, and save it from becoming the next casino to go out of business. However, he said …

    October 24, 2014 9:54 am
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Sports

  • Latvian police arrest 8 people suspected of match fixing, including a Champions League game


    RIGA, Latvia –  Latvian police say eight people have been arrested on suspicion of fixing a Champions League qualifying-round game last year. Police spokesman Dairis Anucins says Friday that two players from Latvian champions Daugavpils were among those arrested. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Two club officials and four people with “ties” to the club were also arrested. Anucins says police also are investigating “about five or six” Latvian league games played this year and last. Anucins says one suspect remains in custody while the others have been released but remain “under police control.” All were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of match-fixing, money laundering and tax fraud. UEFA alleges that a Champions League second qualifying round game on July 17, 2013, between Daugavpils and Swedish club Elfsborg was fixed. The Swedish side won 7-1 with six second-half goals.

    October 24, 2014 9:55 am
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World News

  • Millions of Ebola vaccines for 2015


    24 October 2014 Last updated at 14:57 By James Gallagher Health editor, BBC News website Millions of doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine will be produced by the end of 2015, the World Health Organization has announced. It said “several hundred thousand” would be produced in the first half of the year. And vaccines could be offered to health workers on the frontline in West Africa as soon as December 2014. However, the WHO cautioned that vaccines would not be a “magic bullet” for ending the outbreak. There is no proven cure or vaccine for Ebola. In response to the largest epidemic of the disease in history, the WHO is accelerating the process of vaccine development It normally takes years to produce and test a vaccine, but drug manufacturers are now working on a scale of weeks. More Ebola cases The government in Mali has confirmed the first case of Ebola in the country. A …

    October 24, 2014 9:55 am
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Technology

  • David Hasslehoff zombie games, 3D printing and the Berlin Wall


    David Hasslehoff is busy. It seems like he is always busy. He has just flown into London, ostensibly as part of a promotional tour for his new iPhone game, Hoff Zombie Beach, but he has a lot of other stuff to promote too. In one 15-minute phone conversation, we cover enough ongoing projects to keep any mortal celebrity busy for years. But this is The Hoff. He doesn’t really do mortal. “I just got done a couple of days with Seth McFarlane on Ted 2,” he says breathlessly almost as soon as our call connects. “It’s a really funny bit – we both had a hand in writing it. It’s a very warped sense of humour, but it’s very funny.” His game, it turns out, has its origins three years ago when Sony asked the ex-Knight Rider and Baywatch star to appear in a trailer for the PlayStation title DanceStar Party. They wanted him to …

    October 24, 2014 8:53 am
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Science

  • Berkeley Lab study reveals molecular structure of water at gold electrodes


    Related images(click to enlarge) When a solid material is immersed in a liquid, the liquid immediately next to its surface differs from that of the bulk liquid at the molecular level. This interfacial layer is critical to our understanding of a diverse set of phenomena from biology to materials science. When the solid surface is charged, just like an electrode in a working battery, it can drive further changes in the interfacial liquid. However, elucidating the molecular structure at the solid-liquid interface under these conditions has proven difficult. Now, for the first time, researchers at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have observed the molecular structure of liquid water at a gold surface under different charging conditions. Miquel Salmeron, a senior scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division (MSD) and professor in UC Berkeley’s Materials Science and Engineering Department, explains this in the context of a battery. “At an …

    October 24, 2014 9:13 am
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Health

  • Teens Who Dine With Their Families May Be Slimmer Adults


    FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — For those teens who try to avoid spending time with their parents and siblings, new research suggests that sitting down for family meals might help them stay slim as adults. Despite everyone’s busy schedules, researchers found that just one or two gatherings around the kitchen table each week were well worth the effort. “There are numerous distractions that could keep families from having family meals. However, this study shows that even trying to have a few family meals a week could be beneficial for guarding against overweight and obesity in adulthood,” noted study author Jerica Berge, an assistant professor in the department of family and community medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School, in Minneapolis. Using data from a 10-year study involving more than 2,000 teenagers, the researchers examined variables that could affect young people’s weight, such as diet and physical activity. The teens were asked how …

    October 24, 2014 8:52 am
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Entertainment

  • - Beyonce And Jay-Z Join Forces For Some House Hunting In Paris


    Posted on Fri Oct 24th, 2014 6:30am PDT       By X17 Staff These are just some of the perks! Yesterday, Beyonce and hubby Jay-Z brought their precious little girl Blue Ivy with them while they perused Paris for some properties to call their own. The A-list couple, who proclaimed love for the city during their stop there last month on tour, has also put to bed the incessant rumors of their impending split by renewing their vows recently. Some might even say that their newfound foundation could be the reason for their house hunting in the French capital. Furthermore, there’s been no recent developments as to whether or not Bey is expecting baby #2 but sources say they are working on a joint album together so who knows, another bundle of joy could come after its release!   SEE THE GALLERY Beyonce And Jay-Z Look For Homes In Paris Stories from around the Web

    October 24, 2014 8:32 am
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Editorial

  • How faith brought Jackie Robinson to the big leagues


    FILE: From left, Brooklyn Dodgers baseball players John Jorgensen, Pee Wee Reese, Ed Stanky and Jackie Robinson pose at Ebbets Field in New York on April 15, 1947. (AP) When Travis Ishikawa smashed the home run that put the San Francisco Giants into the World Series last week, many baseball fans flashed back to what may have been the most dramatic home run ever. That was “The Shot Heard ’Round the World,” aka “The Miracle of Coogan’s Bluff,” that the late Bobby Thomson hit in 1951. Thomson played for the same franchise (the then-New York Giants) and his walk-off blast, like Ishikawa’s, was hit with two men on base in the bottom of the ninth inning and put the Giants into the Series. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Yet I was struck by another connection to Thomson’s dramatic home run 63 years ago: the famous image of a dejected second baseman named Jackie Robinson, his hands on his hips, …

    October 24, 2014 8:53 am
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Odd News

  • Romanian princess, husband sentenced for Oregon cockfighting ring


    PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) – A princess fifth in line for the Romanian throne and her husband who admitted running a cockfighting ring in rural Oregon have both sentenced to probation and ordered to forfeit $200,000 from the sale of the property, federal prosecutors said on Thursday. Irina Walker and her husband John Walker pleaded guilty in July to one count of running an illegal gambling operation with at a barn-like structure on their ranch in Irrigon, near the Washington state border, where they held cockfighting “derbies.” Prosecutors said the cockfighting events came complete with a chef cooking Mexican food and alcoholic drinks. They said the Walkers charged attendees $20, while participants paid $1,000 to enter up to five roosters in fights. As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors that saw additional charges dropped, the couple admitted to financing, supervising and owning the cockfighting venture during 2012 and 2013. They were each sentenced on Wednesday …

    October 23, 2014 4:54 pm
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