Headline News

  • Ferguson shooting probe to be complete in coming months: Attorney general


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that he expects the Justice Department’s investigation into the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, to be complete by the time he leaves office. Holder, who was speaking at a news event in Los Angeles, last month announced his resignation but said he would not leave until his replacement was chosen and confirmed by the Senate. The Obama administration is expected to announce a nominee to replace him by the end of the year. Brown’s death sparked angry protests across the St. Louis suburb and has drawn global attention to race relations in the United States. Holder’s legacy as attorney general, a position he has held since the start of the Obama administration, has been largely shaped by his vocal advocacy for racial justice. Holder also said he was “exasperated” to see leaks earlier …

    October 24, 2014 7:05 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. judge blocks New Jersey sports betting law


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order on Friday blocking a New Jersey law that would have allowed legalized wagering on sporting events, the judge’s chambers said. U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp gave the order orally in court and planned to issue a written order later in the day, according to his chambers. The National Football League and other sports leagues sued on Monday in an attempt to block the law, which New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, had signed a few days earlier. (Reporting by David Ingram; Editing by Chris Reese)

    October 24, 2014 5:01 pm
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Stocks

  • The best time to book your holiday flight is…


    If you’re planning on flying over the holidays, now’s the time book your tickets. A new survey shows the lowest prices for domestic airfares are found eight weeks before the departure date, around 19% below the average fare of $496, according to the Airlines Reporting Corporation, a travel industry research group owned by the airlines. The report, which was based on ticket sales between January 2013 through July 2014, also found Sunday is the cheapest day to buy plane tickets. This Sunday marks nine weeks until Christmas week, so the clock is ticking. “It’s about time we stop believing in the airfare voodoo that Tuesday is the best day to get good ticket prices,” said George Hobica, president of Airfarewatchdog.com. The average domestic fare paid on a Sunday is $71 cheaper than on a Monday, the most expensive day, the report showed. Getting a deal on holiday travel is always hard, but maybe even more …

    October 24, 2014 6:03 pm
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Sports

  • Timbers take aim at postseason against FCD


    Frisco, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – The playoffs hang in the balance for the Portland Timbers as the club hits the road to face FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium on Saturday. Portland enters the final weekend of the season trailing Vancouver Whitecaps FC by one point in the race for the fifth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, while Saturday’s game also holds importance for Dallas, which has already clinched a postseason berth. The Timbers need a win over FCD on Saturday and must hope for a Vancouver loss or draw against Colorado in order for Caleb Porter’s team to return to the playoffs. But Dallas has its own situation to take care of with the team needing a win over the Timbers to finish third in the West and avoid the knockout-round match. A 0-0 draw for Portland against Real Salt Lake last Friday kept the team in the playoff hunt, and with just …

    October 24, 2014 7:05 pm
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World News

  • Ottawa shooting: Stephen Harper oversees resumption of guard duties


    The autumn sun shone brightly as two soldiers resumed guard over the tomb of the unknown soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, a mark of resilience after one of their number, Corporal Nathan Cirillo, lost his life in this week’s attack on the nation’s parliament. Hundreds of people, including prime minister Stephen Harper, gathered on Friday afternoon to watch the resumption of the honor guard, which had been suspended since Cirillo was killed on Wednesday morning. A heavily guarded Harper watched as the soldiers took their position next to the magnificent tomb decorated with bronze statues, a symbolic gesture of strength for a nation in healing. The tomb had attracted increasing numbers of visitors throughout the day since it reopened to the public on Thursday night. Flowers, cards, candles and poppies decorated the steps of the tomb, while Canadian flags, still positioned at half-mast, fluttered above. When Harper left, bystanders flooded the monument; …

    October 24, 2014 7:05 pm
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Technology

  • AT&T, T-Mobile both lock down new iPad SIMs in their stores


    The iPad Air 2’s Apple SIM card lets users swap carriers, sometimes. CNET The new Apple SIM card in new iPad models was supposed to make it easier to bounce around between different wireless carriers. That didn’t seem to last long. The Apple SIM promised the ability to switch carriers with a few taps on the tablet. But an ATT spokesman confirmed that it will lock down the SIM cards found in the new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. A new iPad purchased at a T-Mobile store will also include a SIM pre-set to the carrier, according to a person familiar with the carrier’s plans. In both cases, if a customer wants to switch, the person needs to physically change out the SIM card. An iPad purchased at an Apple store or other third-party retailer such as Best Buy for use on T-Mobile’s network, however, will remain open, and users can switch to …

    October 24, 2014 5:01 pm
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Science

  • NASA Hosts First Agency-wide Social Media Event for Orion’s First Flight Test


    NASA invites social media followers to apply for credentials to get a preview of the Orion spacecraft’s first flight test during NASA Social events Dec. 3 at each of its 10 centers. Orion will launch on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Liftoff is targeted for 7:05 a.m. EST Dec. 4. NASA Socials are in-person events for people who engage with the agency through social media networks. Events will be held simultaneously at NASA centers including: Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California; Glenn Research Center in Cleveland; Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland; Johnson Space Center in Houston; Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia; Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama; Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi; and, Armstrong Flight Research Center, which is hosting a joint event with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Each …

    October 24, 2014 5:23 pm
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Health

  • Two US states to quarantine health workers returning from Ebola zones


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Obama administration is considering quarantines for healthcare workers returning from Ebola-ravaged West African countries, an official said on Friday, as authorities in New York retraced the steps of a doctor with the disease. In Washington, President Barack Obama hugged a Dallas nurse who survived Ebola after catching it from a patient. Quarantining healthcare workers returning to the United States from the Ebola “hot zone” was one of a number of options being discussed by officials from across the administration, Tom Skinner, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told Reuters. The CDC-led discussions began on Thursday after Dr. Craig Spencer tested positive for the disease that day after returning to New York from West Africa. Spencer, 33, a New Yorker who spent a month with the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders working with Ebola patients in Guinea, was the fourth person diagnosed with the virus in …

    October 24, 2014 5:01 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kourtney Kardashian And Scott Disick Soak In Solo Time Before Third Child Arrives


    Posted on Fri Oct 24th, 2014 3:30pm PDT       By X17 Staff It can’t be too much longer before she gives birth! Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick left son Mason and daughter Penelope at home to enjoy a romantic lunch at Carousel restaurant in L.A. today, and the pregnant reality star must have been craving some spicy Middle Eastern food, since that is the eatery’s speciality. Who would have thought after all this time that this pair would have the most solid relationship of all the Kardashian clan? The dating lives of the Kardashian-Jenner family are all over the place lately, which is great for ratings! Although Kim is happily settled with Kanye and daughter Nori, it seems everyone else’s romance status is largely a mystery. Bruce is reportedly dating family friend Ronda Kamihara, Khloe is single and ready to mingle after splitting with French Montana this summer, Kylie is allegedly hooking up with rapper Tyga, and …

    October 24, 2014 6:44 pm
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Editorial

  • ‘Law & Order’ star, NFL, men’s group join to say ‘No More’ to domestic violence


    Mariska Hargitay, Founder President of the Joyful Heart Foundation and Emmy Award-winning star of “Law Order: Special Victims Unit.” (Courtesy NoMore.org) Twenty-four people every minute — more than 12 million women and men a year — are victims of physical violence, rape and stalking from their partners. While the overwhelming majority of violence and abuse against women is men’s violence, the majority of men are not violent. However, men are often silent about the violence that other men perpetrate. But this week saw a group of powerful men step forward: NFL players, current and former, saying NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault in a series of groundbreaking new PSAs. “Together we can end domestic violence and sexual assault” reads the tag line for NO MORE. The most important word in that phrase? “Together.” Players like Pittsburgh Steelers’ William Gay, whose mother was killed by an abusive partner. Like Philadelphia Eagles’ Jon Dorrembos, who lost …

    October 24, 2014 5:01 pm
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Odd News

  • Thousands raised to buy car for Pennsylvania sniper’s lookalike


    EAST STROUDSBURG Pa. (Reuters) – Jim Tully’s hours-long walks to and from work in the Pocono Mountains, where he has been repeatedly stopped by police in a case of mistaken identity in the manhunt for a Pennsylvania cop killer, may be coming to an end. News of the factory worker’s run-ins with authorities searching for fugitive Eric Frein, wanted in the Sept. 12 shooting death of one state trooper and wounding of another, has sparked a crowdfunding campaign to buy him a car. Donations are pouring in and by Friday the campaign had raised nearly $16,000, more than six times the original goal of $2,500. “I’m overwhelmed with the support from the community and the area,” Tully said in a telephone interview on Friday. Tully, 39, who says friends tell him he looks like Frein from a distance, said he had been stopped by police at least 20 times on his 4-hour long walks to …

    October 24, 2014 5:23 pm
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