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  • US indexes fall for a fourth day as lower oil drags down energy companies; Airlines stabilize

    Traders Anthony Riccio, left, and Patrick Casey work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. U.S. markets were mostly flat in early trading Thursday, follow a sell-off the day before, as U.S. investors had little reaction to comments from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, who announced new economic stimulus measures for the continent. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (The Associated Press) NEW YORK –  Energy companies are leading a broad decline in the stock market as the price of oil heads lower. U.S. indexes are heading for a fourth straight decline, leaving the market on track for its worst week since early August. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Dow Jones industrial average was down 93 points, or 0.6 percent, to 16,710 as of noon Eastern time Thursday. It dropped 238 points the day before. The Standard Poor’s 500 index fell 14 points, or 0.8 percent, to 1,931. The Nasdaq composite fell 40 points, …

    October 2, 2014 11:13 am


  • Pierson’s Secret Service tenure: Short and gone

    Secret Service officers detain a man after he reportedly threw firecrackers over the fence of the White House(REUTERS/Yuri Gripas) One lesson from Julia Pierson’s short tenure as director of the agency that protects the first family: The Secret Service can’t keep secrets from the president. Pierson’s undoing was not telling the president about a Sept. 16 incident in Atlanta in which President Barack Obama rode an elevator with an armed security contractor during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two White House officials said. The armed contractor’s proximity to Obama violated the agency’s security protocols. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson as well as Obama appeared unaware of the full extent of the Atlanta incident and the Sept. 19 security breach in which a man armed with a knife jumped the White House fence and entered the building. Johnson, whose department oversees the Secret Service, was the driving force behind Pierson’s resignation …

    October 2, 2014 8:31 am


  • Guns welcome at these restaurants

    Lauren and Jayson Boebert have seen a surge in business at their restaurant, Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colo., where the waitresses pack pistols. Lauren Boebert, mother of four and owner of the Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colo., didn’t plan on becoming the poster girl for open-carry gun laws. But after a man died violently in the alley behind her grill last year, she started packing a pistol at her restaurant. “I’m a small girl and I wanted to protect myself, my employees and my customers, if needed,” said Boebert, who waits tables with a Springfield XD sub compact semiautomatic handgun holstered to her hip. She also allows other waitresses and customers to openly carry their guns in her restaurant. The Shooters Grill is not alone. Other restaurants around the country are celebrating openly carrying a firearm in public by offering a discount to customers who bring their guns, or by selling tchotchkes that declare their …

    October 2, 2014 9:32 am


  • Typhoon threatens Formula One’s Japanese Grand Prix

    SUZUKA (Reuters) – A typhoon off the coast of Japan could threaten the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix scheduled to take place at the Suzuka circuit this Sunday, the sport’s official weather forecaster warned on Thursday. Typhoon Phanfone, classed a category four storm, is lurking south of Japan over the Western Pacific ocean on Thursday, forecaster UBIMET said, but was forecast to move north-west on Friday, packing maximum average winds of up to 240 kilometers per hour. Although the storm is expected to pass south of Suzuka on Sunday day, rain from the typhoon’s northern edge could drench the circuit, steadily increasing in intensity, on the morning of the race which is scheduled to start at 1500 local time. “There are still big uncertainties for the storm track in the coming days,” UBIMET said in a statement. “The current forecast track for typhoon Phanfone keeps the eye of the storm to the southeast of Japan …

    October 2, 2014 10:33 am

World News

  • Hong Kong leader refuses to quit

    2 October 2014 Last updated at 17:11 Hong Kong’s Chief Executive CY Leung has said he will not resign amid calls from pro-democracy protesters for him to step down. But he said his government was willing to hold talks with the protesters. The protesters – angry at China’s plan to vet candidates for polls in 2017, saying they want full democracy – have surrounded two key government buildings in the territory. Mr Leung warned that they were breaking the law. At a news conference shortly before the protesters’ midnight deadline for his resignation expired, Mr Leung warned that attempts to move on or occupy government buildings would be met with a police response. He said the territory’s top civil servant, Carrie Lam, would open a dialogue with student leaders as soon as possible. “The Hong Kong government is always willing to discuss the (political) reforms,” he said. The protesters have massed outside the Office of …

    October 2, 2014 11:13 am


  • 2016 Mazda MX-5 getting 2.0L Skyactiv engine in US, possible "i-stop" tech

    Mazda announces what engines will power the next MX-5, but leaves us to speculate about the output. Antuan Goodwin/CNET The fourth generation Mazda MX-5 Miata that debuted in Monterey a few weeks ago was lightweight, but also light on details. The automaker flat out refused to talk numbers or specs. Today, at the 2014 Paris auto show, Mazda finally lets us know what’s beneath the roadster’s hood. The automaker tells us that the next MX-5 will be equipped with a 1.5-liter Skyactiv-G, four-cylinder gasoline engine in many global markets, but that all 2016 Miatas sold in the U.S. will be powered by a larger 2.0L Skyactiv-G. Both of these mills will feature gasoline direct injection, high compression, and specific tuning for the new MX-5. However, Mazda has still not shared the specific horsepower and torque numbers for the 2016 model, leaving us all to continue to speculate. One potential reason for Mazda being so cagey …

    October 2, 2014 8:32 am


  • Team advances understanding of the Greenland Ice Sheet’s meltwater channels

    Related images(click to enlarge) An international research team’s field work, drilling and measuring melt rates and ice sheet movement in Greenland is showing that things are, in fact, more complicated than we thought. “Although the Greenland Ice Sheet initially speeds up each summer in its slow-motion race to the sea, the network of meltwater channels beneath the sheet is not necessarily forming the slushy racetrack that had been previously considered,” said Matthew Hoffman, a Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist on the project. A high-profile paper appearing in Nature this week notes that observations of moulins (vertical conduits connecting water on top of the glacier down to the bed of the ice sheet) and boreholes in Greenland show that subglacial channels ameliorate the speedup caused by water delivery to the base of the ice sheet in the short term. By mid summer, however, the channels stabilize and are unable to grow any larger. In a previous …

    October 2, 2014 4:47 am


  • Britain calls for international help on Ebola as London conference begins

    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain made a plea for international help to deal with the world’s worst Ebola outbreak at the start of a conference in on Thursday, with one charity warning that five people are being infected with the virus every hour in Sierra Leone. Ebola has killed at least 3,338 in West Africa — mainly in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia — out of 7,178 cases as of Sept. 28, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says, and cases have been recorded elsewhere, including in the United States. Sierra Leone’s president, Ernest Bai Koroma, canceled his attendance at the conference just hours before it started. His plane had technical problems, Britain’s Foreign Office said. Speaking on Thursday before the “Defeating Ebola” conference began, Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, called for countries to increase financial aid as well as other vital help including medical expertise, transport and supplies. “We need help from the international community to …

    October 2, 2014 4:26 am


  • Selena Gomez Unfollows Justin Bieber And Posts Cryptic Tweet Amid Split Rumors

    Posted on Thu Oct 2nd, 2014 7:59am PDT       By X17 Staff The moment we learned Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner had a hot date in Paris, we knew there was trouble in paradise for Jelena. Even though a good percentage of our readers believe that the Biebs and Kendall are just friends, apparently Selena Gomez doesn’t, as she flew home from France alone last night, posted a very emo tweet AND unfollowed Bieber on Instagram! After touching down at Los Angeles International Airport, Selena tweeted, “Random, long flight. So happy to be home,” and added: “Sometimes we think we aren’t good enough. But then I realize when I think I’m alone I have God.” On Tuesday Bieber took Kendall to dinner at Ferdi restaurant in Paris, and though Selena was also in the City of Light for Fashion Week, they two weren’t seen together at all. The had just come from a romantic vacation in St. …

    October 2, 2014 10:13 am


  • ISIS threat: If Obama thinks Clapper and his spies are incompetent why doesn’t he fire them?

    When President Obama attributed the rise in Iraq of the Islamic State, or ISIS, to the failures of the U.S. intelligence community earlier this week, naming and blaming directly National Intelligence Director Gen. James Clapper, he was attempting to deflect criticism of his own incompetence.  He was discussing the fact that ISIS, right under his own and the general’s noses, gained control of nearly half of the landmass of Iraq. This is the same Iraq that the United States supposedly liberated from the clutches of a dictator, strengthened as a regional military power and fortified as the Middle East’s newest democracy as a result of our invasion in 2003 and our subsequent 10-year occupation. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Many who supported the war then realize now that we were duped into it by a deceptive and shortsighted Bush administration that was looking to deflect blame for its intelligence failures of 9/11, for which, unlike the Japanese invasion …

    October 2, 2014 8:32 am

Odd News

  • France’s Le Pen loses driving license, but says not her fault

    PARIS (Reuters) – French far-right leader Marine Le Pen said on Wednesday police had confiscated her driving license for a string of road offences – but insisted they had been committed by someone else. The National Front party leader, who recently called speed detection radars “another tax disguised as a life-saving campaign”, said she had taken the punishment in 2012 to prevent the real culprits from getting into trouble. “Not wishing to denounce those who were responsible, I saw my license go up in smoke,” Le Pen said, after the satirical Le Canard Enchaine newspaper ran a story headlined: “Marine wants to steer France but she no longer has a license”. She said the newspaper should have checked the photos of the traffic offences in question and that they would have shown she was not behind the wheel. Under the French system, a driver loses a number of points for every recorded traffic offence such …

    October 1, 2014 4:31 pm