Headline News

  • Suspects in California yoga teacher’s death to be charged in second murder

    SAN FRANCISCO Three drifters – two men and a woman – arrested as suspects in this week’s killing of a yoga teacher on a hiking trail also will be charged in the shooting death of a Canadian woman in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park last week, authorities said. Lila Allgood, 18, Morrison Lampley, 23, and Sean Angold, 24, will be charged with murder and robbery in the killing of Audrey Carey, 23, from the Canadian province of Quebec, San Francisco police spokeswoman Grace Gatpandan said late on Thursday. Carey’s body was found by a passerby last Saturday morning in Golden Gate Park ahead of the second day of the three-day Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival taking place there, police said. The suspects were found in possession of Carey’s property when they were arrested on Tuesday in Portland, Oregon in connection with the shooting death of tantric yoga teacher Steve Carter, 67, on a hiking trail …

    October 9, 2015 12:09 pm


  • U.S. program to train, equip Syrian rebels not ending: U.S. official

    LONDON The U.S. military program to train and equip Syrian rebels is not “ending” but is instead being refocused, a senior U.S. defense official said on Friday, ahead of an announcement on overhauling the troubled U.S. effort. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to reporters traveling with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, said some U.S. training and vetting of Syrian forces would continue. The official did not elaborate. (Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

    October 9, 2015 10:28 am


  • This pimp helps prostitutes pay off student debt

    Caressa Kisses, who works at Bunny Ranch Brothel, studied to be a surgical technician and racked up $40,000 in student loans. The women who work at Moonlite Bunny Ranch Brothel may have unconventional jobs, but in one sense they’re just like the rest of America’s young adults: They’ve got student loans to pay off. Owner Dennis Hof has more than 500 women working for him at his (legal) brothels in Nevada — Bunny Ranch is just one of them. And he estimates that about 18% of them have college debt. He said student loans come up “every day in the interview process,” and he’s seen more and more college students applying to work for him. So Hof said he’d start matching payments the prostitutes make toward their student loans over the next two months. He’s already helped a few workers he employs pay down their debt. Hof is no stranger to a good headline. He …

    October 9, 2015 10:48 am


  • Yanks’ Girardi: ‘I did what I thought was right every day’

    NEW YORK (AP) Yankees manager Joe Girardi is defending his handling of the team this year, saying: ”I did what I thought was right every day.” New York led the AL East by seven games in late July but finished 87-75, six games behind first-place Toronto. The Yankees were eliminated with a 3-0 loss to Houston on Tuesday night in the AL wild-card game. Girardi acknowledges ”people thought that I could have done better. I understand that, and so you live with it.” More from FoxSports He adds of his players: ”Were they tired? I don’t know. Everyone during the course of the season is going to get physically worn down, because it’s a grind.”

    October 9, 2015 12:29 pm

World News

  • Canada PM denies Syria refugee ‘delays’

    Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Harper has faced criticism over his government’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has denied reports that his office intervened in the processing of Syrian refugee claims. But the Conservative Party leader has admitted he ordered a security “audit” of those being resettled. The allegations were first reported by the Globe and Mail newspaper on Thursday. They have refocused attention on Mr Harper’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis ahead of 19 October elections. ‘Resettlement delayed’ The Globe and Mail reported that the prime minister’s office earlier this year ordered a halt to the processing of one class of Syrian refugee claims and asked immigration officials to hand over refugee files for vetting. It said the halt meant UN-approved Syrian refugees had their resettlement in Canada delayed. Mr Harper admitted Thursday that he had asked for a security “audit” of the refugee resettlement process …

    October 9, 2015 12:08 pm


  • Why the centuries-old Ordnance Survey is still going places

    On a housing estate in Southampton, surveyor Alyson Whiting is painstakingly recording the outline of a curved flowerbed. One of a small army of field workers for the Ordnance Survey, she is using a tablet computer wirelessly linked to a satellite antenna atop a long pole – affectionately known among the national mapping agency’s staff as a “Gandalf stick”. The agency’s headquarters previously stood on this site, but now red-brick family homes have sprung up. With them have come new roads, new pavements, new addresses. Whiting diligently records the shape and size of them all. “You do see features and think I wouldn’t want to have to do that. Equally, you look at some and think that’s a really nice block to have to survey,” said Whiting, who has been with the agency for nearly 30 years. It is this combination of digital technology and sheer doggedness that allows OS, as it now likes to …

    October 9, 2015 10:48 am


  • 48-million-year-old horse-like fetus discovered in Germany

    Related images(click to enlarge) A 48 million year-old horse-like equoid fetus has been discovered at the Messel pit near Frankfurt, Germany according to a study published October 7, 2015 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Jens Lorenz Franzen from Senckenberg Research Institute Frankfurt, Germany, and Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, Switzerland, and colleagues. The authors of this study completed their investigation of the fetus from a 48 million year-old horse-like equoid uncovered near Frankfurt, Germany in 2000. They evaluated the bones and anatomy and used scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) and high-resolution micro-x-ray to describe the ~12.5 cm fetus. The fetus appears to be well-preserved, with almost all bones present and connected, except for the skull, which appears to have been crushed. The well-preserved condition of the fossil allowed the researchers to reconstruct the original appearance and position of the fetus. They estimate that the mare may have died shortly before birth, but don’t believe the death …

    October 9, 2015 9:28 am


  • New test helps ER docs rule out a heart attack

    (Reuters Health) – A new blood test might help doctors figure out faster whether someone’s having a heart attack. The test reliably told doctors which patients were not having heart attacks after only one blood sample, compared to the current method that requires several hours and multiple blood samples, researchers found. “The ultimate goal would be to have a single blood draw for the majority of patients,” said study author Dr. Atul Anand, of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. The test could move about two-thirds of the people with chest pain through the ER faster and ultimately save time and resources, he said. The new test is similar to its predecessors, but it’s more sensitive to proteins known as troponins, which are released into the blood when the heart is damaged. Traditionally, doctors run several troponin tests over six to 24 hours. If levels are still considered normal after about 12 hours, a heart …

    October 9, 2015 10:08 am


  • Selena Gomez Says She Underwent Chemotherapy To Treat Lupus In 2013

    Posted on Thu Oct 8th, 2015 8:59am PDT       By X17 Staff Selena Gomez is breaking her silence on being diagnosed with the autoimmune disease lupus, revealing that during her tour break in 2013, she underwent chemotherapy treatment to alleviate the symptoms of lupus — and didn’t go to rehab, as was reported at the time. In a new interview with Billboard, the “Come and Get It” singer said, “That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke.” Gomez cancelled the Australian and Asian leg of her tour in December 2013 — and the move ignited Internet rumors that the young starlet was struggling with addiction. But in fact she was dealing with the poorly understood condition of Lupus which affects the immune system, which fails to detect the difference between healthy tissue and germs and viruses which enter the system from the outside. The 23-year-old told Billboard, “I wanted so badly to say, …

    October 8, 2015 9:05 pm


  • Hillary Clinton and your right to self-defense

    While the FBI continued to analyze the emails Hillary Clinton thought she deleted and her advisers pressed her to hire a Republican criminal defense attorney in Washington, a madman used a lawfully purchased handgun to kill a professor and eight students at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon. Looking to change the subject away from her emails, Clinton was quick to pounce. She who has ripped into Republicans for seeking political gain from the four American deaths in Benghazi, Libya, now seeks her own political gain from the dozens of murdered children and young adults in Newtown, Connecticut, and Roseburg. On the heels of the latter and referring to both tragedies, she launched an emotional attack early this week on the two most recent Supreme Court decisions upholding the personal right to keep and bear arms. She offered to “fix” them should she be elected president. Her so-called fix consists of a dead-on-arrival legislative proposal …

    October 9, 2015 4:46 am

Odd News

  • Police rescue Kentucky store owner from large python

    The owner of a Kentucky reptile store had to be rescued by police after a 20-foot-long (6-meter) python weighing up to 125 pounds (57 kg) wrapped around him, authorities said. Terry Wilkins was tangled up with the snake when two police officers arrived at the Captive Born Reptiles store in Newport, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, at around noon on Monday. “When officers arrived on the scene, they located the victim who was total(ly) unconscious with a large snake wrapped around his head and neck,” according to a Newport police report. The officers grabbed the snake by the head and unwrapped it from Wilkins, who was not breathing, the report said. He began to breathe as rescue squad workers arrived, it said. Wilkins was treated at a Cincinnati hospital with nearly two dozen stitches to his arm where the snake bit him and went home later on Monday, according to a colleague, who declined …

    October 6, 2015 5:29 pm