• Bangladesh hit by major blackouts

    Bangladesh hit by major blackouts

    1 November 2014 Last updated at 09:41 Bangladesh has been hit by major blackouts after a power line connecting the country to India’s electricity grid failed, reports say. The blackout began at about noon local...
  • Most wanted Halloween costume: ‘Frozen’

    Most wanted Halloween costume: ‘Frozen’

    Many trick-or-treaters will be dressed as one of Disney’s top franchises this Halloween. Frightening witches, vampires, and zombies were no match for the chilling power of Princess Elsa this Halloween. According to an analysis of...
  • Daily game Nov 01 : Numz

    Daily game Nov 01 : Numz

    PlayPass all the obstacles, collect all the fish and get Numz to the exit. Instructions:Arrow keys to move. Numz is Powered by Kizi Games...
  • Space project will go on

    Space project will go on

    1 November 2014 Last updated at 08:48 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. David Willis reports from the Mojave desert on the final moments of SpaceShipTwo Sir Richard Branson has vowed to...

Headline News

  • Jehovah’s Witnesses to pay $13.5 million in California sex abuse ruling


    SAN DIEGO Calif. (Reuters) – A Californian judge has ordered the Jehovah’s Witnesses to pay $13.5 million to a man who was sexually abused in the 1980s by a church leader, attorney for the victim said on Friday. Church elders had assigned a man to work with Jose Lopez on bible studies, even though they knew he had admitted to molesting another boy in 1982, because they felt he was “repentant”, Lopez’s attorney Irwin Zalkin said. Lopez, who filed the civil suit in 2010, first went to the Spanish-speaking Kingdom Hall church in San Diego in 1985 at the age of seven, according to the complaint. Mario Moreno, a lawyer for the church – whose parent group is the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York – told the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper that the church will appeal Superior Court Judge Joan Lewis’ judgment. “The trial judge’s decision is a drastic action for any …

    November 1, 2014 5:00 am
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Politics

  • Fired-up Republicans have edge in midterm turnout war


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A daunting reality looms for President Barack Obama’s Democrats ahead of U.S. congressional elections on Tuesday: Voters from the Republican Party are much more fired up. Reuters/Ipsos polling data shows Republicans are more certain they will vote, and see their ballot as a way to voice disapproval of Obama’s handling of the Ebola outbreak and his health insurance reform law. The expectation of robust Republican turnout is why many forecasters see strong odds that the party will take over the Senate and expand its majority in the House of Representatives. “It looks good for the Republicans,” said Robert Erikson, a political scientist at Columbia University. “The Democrats are at a disadvantage when it comes to turnout.” About 55 percent of Republicans are certain they will vote, compared with 47 percent of Democrats, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling data for an online survey of 1,725 voters conducted Oct. 25-30. The poll had a credibility …

    November 1, 2014 3:37 am
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Stocks

  • Most wanted Halloween costume: ‘Frozen’


    Many trick-or-treaters will be dressed as one of Disney’s top franchises this Halloween. Frightening witches, vampires, and zombies were no match for the chilling power of Princess Elsa this Halloween. According to an analysis of seventeen costume retailer sites by e-commerce research provider SLI Systems, Disney’s “Frozen” was the most searched costume theme of 2014. Searches for characters like Anna, Elsa, and Olaf reached almost 1.2 million from September 1st to October 26th in the U.S., UK, and Australia. Disney’s animated blockbuster beat out the evergreen Halloween costumes of zombies and ninjas, which came in second and third with 863,000 searches each. The animated blockbuster got 122% more search activity than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles who were the second highest movie themed costume on the list. Overall, Turtles were the eighth most popular costume with 536,000 searches. Seven of the top fifteen searches for the year were based on films.   Batman, the yellow …

    November 1, 2014 4:39 am
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Sports

  • Alexander Levy soars to 4-shot lead on day of low scoring at BMW Masters


    SHANGHAI –  Alexander Levy birdied his opening three holes and kept right on going to a 9-under 63 and a four-shot lead in the BMW Masters. On a day of extraordinary scoring at Lake Malaren, no one could keep pace with the Frenchman. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Levy had a big smile on another damp, overcast day as he piled up birdies, including a 40-foot putt down a steep ridge that curled into the left side of the cup on the sixth hole, and an approach that plopped down a foot from the cup on No. 10. Jamie Donaldson shot a 62 and barely made up any ground. He was four shots behind. Levy was at 22-under 194 as he goes after his third title on the year on the European Tour.

    November 1, 2014 3:59 am
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World News

  • Bangladesh hit by major blackouts


    1 November 2014 Last updated at 09:41 Bangladesh has been hit by major blackouts after a power line connecting the country to India’s electricity grid failed, reports say. The blackout began at about noon local time and affected all parts of the country linked to the national grid. Official said engineers were working to fix the outage, the cause of which is not yet known. Bangladesh began importing electricity from India in October last year. The head of the national grid in Bangladesh, Chowdhury Alamgir Hossain, told the Dhaka Tribune newspaper that the outage began after a technical glitch at a substation distributing power from India. That had caused all the country’s other power plants to close down one by one, he said. Officials from the Power Development Board told local newspaper the Daily Star that they expected to restore power to “almost normalcy” by 1500 local time. The high-voltage transmission line runs from Baharampur …

    November 1, 2014 4:59 am
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Technology

  • Chat with ghosts using an emoji ouija board


    Now you can chat with the dead using your favorite emojicons. Kickstarter If you enjoy chatting with the dead, but prefer to do it using emojicons, why not upgrade your spirit communication with an Emouija Board? After all, ghosts don’t want to miss out on being about to tweet their feelings and thoughts like they did when they were alive and kicking. Find out if ghosts miss getting their hair cut, or dancing with friends or eating pizza. Perhaps they want to reveal their love for cats or just think the poop icon is hilarious. All your favorite emoji icons are represented on the board — from food items to activities to the weird ones no one seems to understand, like that hairy red devil guy (which we hope your ghosts aren’t stuck with as a purgatory pal). Designers of the Emouija Board, now on Kickstarter, also created unique emoji to help you communicate better …

    October 31, 2014 7:32 pm
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Science

  • New Artifact-Filled Chambers Revealed under Teotihuacan


    Scientists with the Mexican government announced Wednesday the discovery of three new chambers at the end of a tunnel under the ancient city of Teotihuacan. The tunnel was discovered in 2003 beneath the popular tourist destination just outside today’s Mexico City and is among the most important finds in the lost city’s history. In a press briefing at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, Mexican archeologists say that the new rooms contained thousands of objects, including carved statues, rubber balls, jade from Guatemala and a wooden box of shells. Beyond some traces of skin, however, no bodies have been discovered, although archaeologists have hypothesized that the site holds a burial chamber, perhaps still buried in the soil. “Just before the chambers is where we found very important offerings—a lot of them—alongside many objects,” says Sergio Gomez, who directs the excavation project. Archeologists know very little about mountain city of Teotihuacan. The tunnel, discovered …

    November 1, 2014 3:59 am
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Health

  • Judge rejects isolation for U.S. nurse who treated Ebola patients


    FORT KENT Maine (Reuters) – A Maine judge ruled on Friday that a U.S. nurse who treated victims of Ebola in West Africa does not need to be confined to her home, declaring Ebola fears in the United States “not entirely rational.” Nurse Kaci Hickox’s challenge of Maine’s 21-day isolation regime became a key battle in the dispute between some U.S. states and the federal government. A handful of states have imposed mandatory quarantines on health workers returning from three Ebola-ravaged West African countries while the federal government is wary of discouraging potential medical volunteers. While she may travel freely in public, the judge decided that Hickox must continue direct monitoring of her health, coordinate travel plans with health officials and report any symptoms. “I’m happy with the decision the judge made today,” Hickox told reporters via a live video feed from her house in Maine to her lawyer’s New York City office. “I think …

    November 1, 2014 3:37 am
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Entertainment

  • Robert Pattinson admits he has a thing for the weirdos


    Robert Pattinson defends Kristen Stewart’s cheating In a recent interview with Yahoo! Movies, Pattinson said, “I think there’s definitely something alien about [Hollywood] mainly because people who act — it’s really not necessarily just in Hollywood — they’re just people who… they examine themselves a lot more and like to talk about it. And I think if you’re spending a lot of time being self-obsessed, you just end up being kind of a weirdo.” Despite the fact that Pattinson has been heavily in the spotlight since landing the role of Edward Cullen in the Twilight franchise, the actor seems to have managed to keep his head on straight. 5 Reasons the World Cup reminds us of the Twilight series And even though he has his head on straight, he surprisingly doesn’t reject the weirdos. “It’s kind of interesting,” Pattinson continued with a laugh, “but I don’t know if my view of Hollywood is particularly like that. I …

    November 1, 2014 3:17 am
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Editorial

  • Surviving college… as a parent


    Gregg Jarrett with his wife and daughter. (Courtesy of the author) “What do your parents know, about surviving?” asks Lemony Snicket, the fictitious children’s author. Well, this is a story of survival. As a parent. I survived the trauma and drama of sending a child to college. Like a Snicket tale, it is a series of unfortunate (and stressful) events…with a happy ending. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In fact, I did better than merely survive. I recently returned from my inaugural “parents weekend” brimming with pride. Somehow, in the brief course of her first two months of college, my oldest daughter had blossomed. No longer beset by the angst of uncertainty common among newly minted freshmen, she was comfortable and confident. And happier than I have ever seen her. How could this be the same frightened, bewildered girl I hugged goodbye just a few fortnights ago? At times we felt overwhelmed and intimidated. But in the end, witnessing …

    November 1, 2014 3:37 am
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Odd News

  • ‘Subway Diet’ failure led to Subway robbery, Alabama suspect tells police


    (Reuters) – A suspect in an armed robbery of a Subway sandwich restaurant in Alabama told investigators he acted out of anger because of his failed “Subway Diet,” police said on Friday. Zachary Rapheal Torrance, 18, was arrested at a Walmart store late on Thursday after a patron there recognized him from surveillance footage of the suspect that police had posted online, authorities said. “He told the detective that he had been on the ‘Subway Diet’ and it had not worked for him and he felt like he wanted his money back,” said Hueytown Police Chief Chuck Hagler. “The detective felt like he was being serious,” Hagler added. The diet, created by longtime Subway pitch man Jared Fogle, who claims he lost more than 200 pounds on it, is built around two low-fat sandwiches from the restaurant chain per day. Torrance, who admitted to holding up a Subway in Hueytown on Wednesday, also is a …

    November 1, 2014 3:59 am
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