Headline News

  • Police on manhunt for suspect in deadly trooper ambush find pipe bombs with trip wire in woods

    BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. –  State police searching for a man accused of killing a state trooper say they found two pipe bombs in the Pennsylvania woods during their manhunt. Lt. Col. George Bivens said Tuesday the pipe bombs were fully functional and could have been set off by either a trip wire or fuse, but appear to be among items that were hastily discarded. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Thirty-one-year-old Eric Frein (freen) has been on the run since Sept. 12, accused of killing one state trooper and wounding a second outside their police barracks in Blooming Grove. Frein is described as a self-taught survivalist with a vendetta against law enforcement. Authorities believe he’s hiding in the thick woods near his parents’ home in Canadensis. Police said last week they were treating the search area as if it was booby-trapped. They had also previously said they had evidence Frein had been experimenting with explosives.

    September 30, 2014 2:30 pm


  • Marathon bomber suspect’s sister goes before judge

    Ailina Tsarnaeva, sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, makes her appearance in Manhattan Criminal Court(AP Photo/New York Post, Steven Hirsch) A sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was led away in handcuffs Tuesday after a brief court appearance on aggravated harassment charges, which her lawyer said were based on “an uncorroborated claim.” Ailina Tsarnaeva, 24, who lives in North Bergen, New Jersey, is accused of threatening to bomb a woman who previously had a romantic relationship with her husband. “Leave my man alone,” she said in a phone call on Aug. 25, according to the criminal complaint. “Stop looking for him. I have people. I know people that can put a bomb where you live.” Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Abreu said Tsarnaeva was apparently referencing her brothers, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who had been the subjects of an intense manhunt in the Boston area in the days after the deadly April …

    September 30, 2014 11:47 am


  • Microsoft introduces Windows 10

      Meet the new and improved Windows. No, it’s not Windows 9 — Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) is going straight from Windows 8 to Windows 10. Microsoft showed off the latest version of its flagship operating system at an event in San Francisco Tuesday. It wasn’t a complete unveiling — Microsoft focused on a handful of features that will benefit business customers. Here’s a quick rundown: – Return of the Start menu. After being inexplicably removed from Windows 8, the Start menu is back, and includes a new personalizable space for favorite apps, programs and websites. – Apps in windows. With Windows 10, Microsoft has standardized the format for apps from the Windows Store and regular desktop programs. Both now run in traditional windows that can be resized and minimized from the bar at the top. Related: Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5 billion – Multiple desktops. A feature Mac users have enjoyed for years: the ability …

    September 30, 2014 2:50 pm


  • Retired American star Brian McBride on 5-man search committee for Fulham manager

    LONDON –  Retired American soccer star Brian McBride is among five people appointed to a search committee to find Fulham’s next manager. Cottagers chairman Shahid Khan, an American who also owns the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, selected McBride on Tuesday along with Danny Murphy, who like McBride is a former Fulham captain. McBride played for the Cottagers from 2004-08 and is a commentator in the U.S. for Fox. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Khan fired Felix Magath on Sept. 18 following seven months in charge, a span that saw Fulham relegated from the Premier League and drop to last place in the second-tier League Championship following an 0-6-1 start. Former Sunderland forward and chairman Niall Quinn also in on the search committee along with Nike director David Daly and Fulham academy director Huw Jennings. Khan told Fulham’s website: “I’ve got the right five men to help us find the right man for Fulham.” Kit Symons is interim manager.

    September 30, 2014 2:30 pm

World News

  • US cant take the lead on recognising Palestine

    Benedict Birnberg (Letters, 29 September) questions my assertion that the US administration’s hands are tied by Congress on the recognition of Palestine. I’m sure his constitutional arguments are correct. President Truman did not wait for Congress before recognising Israel in 1948 – though he waited a few hours and was pipped at the post by Stalin. What I had in mind was the political constraints. US public and congressional opinion is slowly coming to realise that it is not sensible to look at the Palestine problem exclusively through the eyes of the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu. But recognition of Palestine by President Obama now would come as a shock, and shocks are usually to be avoided in international relations. British public and parliamentary opinion is more balanced and we are in a position to take a lead. In my article (27 September), the suggestion that we should recognise the Palestine state was in the …

    September 30, 2014 2:30 pm


  • Ed Sheeran talks Spotify royalties: ‘I’m in the music industry to play live…’

    Artists including Thom Yorke, David Byrne and The Black Keys have criticised streaming music services like Spotify over the size of the royalties that musicians are paid for streams of their songs. Ed Sheeran isn’t joining their ranks, despite having been on the end of a single-figure Spotify royalty cheque earlier in his career. Sheeran played a short set and answered questions from fans at Amazon’s London office earlier today, and fielded a question about his views on digital music, and his policy of making his songs available to stream as soon as they go on sale. “I’m in the music industry to play live. That’s why I make records, that’s why i do radio interviews, that’s why i do Amazon events, that’s why I put things on Spotify. having recorded music is fantastic, but playing live is where I buzz the most,” he said. Sheeran is on the promotional trail for his latest album …

    September 30, 2014 11:47 am


  • NASA TV Previews, Broadcasts U.S. Space Station Spacewalks

    [image-36] Three astronauts of the International Space Station Expedition 41 crew will conduct two spacewalks outside the orbiting laboratory Tuesday, Oct. 7 and Wednesday, Oct. 15 to replace a failed power regulator and relocate a failed cooling pump. NASA Television will provide comprehensive coverage, beginning with a preview briefing Friday, Oct. 3. The preview briefing will be broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Reporters may take part in the briefing at participating NASA centers. Media who wish to ask questions by phone must call Johnson’s newsroom at 281-483-5111 no later than 1:45 p.m. Friday. Briefing participants are: — Kenny Todd, space station integration operations manager — Scott Stover, NASA space station flight director — Jaclyn Kagey, U.S. spacewalk 27 officer — Kieth Johnson, U.S. spacewalk 28 officer NASA Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman and Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency will exit the station’s Quest airlock for …

    September 30, 2014 12:07 pm


  • France uses tax to put pressure on hepatitis C drug prices

    PARIS (Reuters) – France will tax drugmakers whose costly hepatitis C drugs threaten to throw off course its healthcare budget, the government has said, heaping pressure on pharmaceutical companies like Gilead Sciences to cut their prices. The Socialist government said it had designed a “progressive contribution scheme” ensuring all patients can access new and more effective treatments against the liver-destroying virus, while limiting the burden of these drugs on state finances. The government will selectively tax drugmakers when the total cost to the state from their hepatitis C drugs exceeds a certain amount each year, Health Minister Marisol Touraine said, as she unveiled the country’s 2015 social security budget bill on Monday. If social security spending on hepatitis C drugs exceeds 450 million euros ($567 million) in 2014, the makers of those drugs will be taxed based on the revenue they had reaped in excess of that cap, the ministry said in a presentation. In …

    September 30, 2014 7:43 am


  • Amal Alamuddin’s wedding dress is a gorgeous piece of art

    It’s not hard for Alamuddin to look beautiful, but in the amazing dress she wore on the day she married Clooney, she looked like a true princess. The bride wore an Oscar de la Renta gown that was classy and simple, but it was super-sophisticated and stunning at the same time, People reported. The guest of honor at George Clooney’s wedding? Tequila The gown was made of French lace in a very traditional style, and was hand-embroidered with pearls and diamante stones. It was an off-the-shoulder style that fanned out at the waist into a full train and was paired with a long lace-edged veil. An expert at creating wedding gowns for the famous, de la Renta was present for every one of Alamuddin’s fittings, making sure the dress was made to perfection for her. “He’s such an elegant designer and such an elegant man,” Alamuddin said of the iconic designer. “It was simple and …

    September 30, 2014 1:29 pm


  • Emma Watson’s new feminism: Count me in

    Sept. 20, 2014: UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson attends the HeForShe United Nations campaign launch party at the The Peninsula Hotel in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini Invision/AP) Intelligence and inspiration are rare commodities these days at the United Nations. But a 24-year-old British actress awakened the sleepy diplomatic community at Turtle Bay on September 20 with a stirring, impassioned speech about gender equality and feminism. Emma Watson’s eloquence and courage were rewarded with a standing ovation. It was richly deserved. “Fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating,” said the newly named U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador. “If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.” She is right. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT But how did we come to conflate feminism with man-hating? Why are women, asked Watson, choosing not to identify as feminists? Turns out, there is blame enough to go around. Let’s begin with …

    September 30, 2014 3:41 am

Odd News

  • Belgian police waive traffic fines in protest over pensions

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgians who drive a bit over the speed limit, forget to buckle their seat belts or park illegally can breathe easier this week as police turn a blind eye in protest against plans to raise their retirement age. The country’s police are up in arms over plans by the incoming government to raise their pension age to 62 from 58 as part of its efforts to cut the federal budget. Some 40,000 officers demonstrated against it in Brussels two weeks ago. They began the next step in their protest on Tuesday by going easy on minor infractions for the next week. “Clearly this wouldn’t cover major offences, such as reckless or drunken driving,” said Vincent Houssin, deputy chairman of the 18,000-member VSOA police union. Police unions say the officers will continue to uphold traffic safety, but for a week at least the state budget will not get the benefit of their work. …

    September 30, 2014 8:03 am