Headline News

  • Florida grandfather shoots and kills daughter, her six kids and then himself, police say


    A grandfather shot and killed his daughter and her six children Thursday in the town of Bell, Fla. before committing suicide after police arrived at the scene, authorities said. The children ranged in age from three months to 10 years old, Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert D. Schultz III told reporters at an evening press conference. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Schultz identified the suspect as Don C. Spirit, 51, a white man. The sheriff said Spirit had placed a 911 call around 4:30 p.m. in which he “made reference to harming people and himself.” He wouldn’t release more details about Spirit or when he first made contact with the deputies. He also wouldn’t divulge where exactly the victims were found, though he said, “They were certainly all over on the property.” Schultz declined to speculate on a motive, citing the ongoing investigation, but he said Spirit had a criminal history, and that police had been called previously to …

    September 19, 2014 6:44 am
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Politics

  • It’s a good time to run for office in Iowa: meet Queen Joni


    IOWA CITY Iowa (Reuters) – Most Republicans running in tight U.S. Senate races in November’s midterm elections can rely on campaign endorsements from a few national figures. But most Republicans are not Joni Ernst. More importantly, most Republican Senate candidates are not running in Iowa, the influential swing state that kicks off the presidential nominating race. Potential 2016 contenders have flocked to Iowa for months, looking to exert as much influence – and gather as many favors – as possible. So, more than six weeks before the election, Ernst has had quite a coronation. She has drawn support from Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. Not to mention former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Texas Governor Rick Perry and 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney. They have flooded Ernst with financial and political aid. The story is similar in the other influential early voting state of New Hampshire, where Republican …

    September 19, 2014 4:00 am
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Stocks

  • China fines GlaxoSmithKline nearly $500 million for bribery


      Drug giant GlaxoSmithKline has apologized to China for bribing health care workers and will pay a fine of nearly half a billion U.S. dollars. The UK company was found guilty of offering bribes to boost its business, and will have to pay the Chinese government 3 billion yuan ($489 million). The company had been under investigation for about a year following allegations that it channeled millions in bribes to officials, medical associations, hospitals and doctors as part of a widespread scheme designed to raise drug prices. GSK said its Chinese operation had broken the law and company rules. “GSK Plc sincerely apologizes to the Chinese patients, doctors and hospitals, and to the Chinese government and the Chinese people…and [it] must work hard to regain the trust of the Chinese people.” Former China head Mark Reilly will be deported after being given a suspended prison sentence of three years, state news agency Xinhua reported. Related: …

    September 19, 2014 5:01 am
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Sports

  • RYDER CUP ’14: Facts and figures for the 40th edition at Gleneagles


    FILE – This is a Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 file photo of Paul McGinley of Ireland reaches for the trophy after being named as team Captain for the 2014 European Ryder Cup Team following a meeting of the Tournament Committee of the European Tour in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. McGinley’s will lead the European team against the U.S. at Gleneagles in Scotland for the 2014 Ryder Cup, starting Friday Sept 26, 2014. The European team has not lost at home in 20 years. (AP Photp/Manuel Salazar, File) (The Associated Press) GLENEAGLES, Scotland –  Facts and figures for the Ryder Cup: Event: 40th Ryder Cup matches. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Date: Sept. 26-28. The course: The PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles Resort was designed by Jack Nicklaus and opened in 1993 as The Monarch’s Course. It has been revamped and renamed ahead of the Ryder Cup. It has hosted a European Tour event since 1999. The course plays …

    September 19, 2014 6:44 am
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World News

  • Indian-American named as India envoy


    19 September 2014 Last updated at 07:28 Mr Verma (right) has held several key positions advising the US on international law and security US President Barack Obama has named Richard Verma as the next ambassador to India, the first Indian-American to step into that role. The announcement comes ahead of a visit to Washington by Indian PM Narendra Modi, planned for the end of September. If confirmed by Congress, Mr Verma will replace Nancy Powell who resigned in March after a row over the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York Mr Verma is a lawyer who also worked as a security adviser in the Senate. His association with Mr Obama goes back to 2008, when he helped prepare presidential debates for the then senator from Illinois, media reports say. Specialising in international law, Mr Verma also worked as senior national security adviser to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and advised on a key …

    September 19, 2014 5:42 am
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Technology

  • Android games players averaging 37 minutes a day, with Americans keenest


    The average Android gamer spends 37 minutes a day playing on their smartphone or tablet, according to research from mobile analytics firm Flurry. Based on data from 60,000 Android devices, the company claims that Android gamers in the US are the keenest in the world, averaging 51.8 minutes of daily gameplay. Germany (47.1 minutes) Russia (40.8) and Italy (38.5) all over-index in the company’s rankings, although British Android gamers average 32.4 minutes, according to Flurry’s data. The company’s research into which genres are most popular won’t come as a surprise: arcade and action titles come top of its list, followed by casual games. However, it teases out some national differences: German Android gamers average 66 monthly sessions in brain and puzzle games, while Indians average 68 monthly sessions in cards and casino titles. “Arcade Action and Casual are clearly the gaming categories with the broadest appeal. In almost all of the top gaming countries, at …

    September 19, 2014 4:01 am
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Science

  • No sedative necessary: Scientists discover new ‘sleep node’ in the brain


    Related images(click to enlarge) A sleep-promoting circuit located deep in the primitive brainstem has revealed how we fall into deep sleep. Discovered by researchers at Harvard School of Medicine and the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, this is only the second “sleep node” identified in the mammalian brain whose activity appears to be both necessary and sufficient to produce deep sleep. Published online in August in Nature Neuroscience, the study demonstrates that fully half of all of the brain’s sleep-promoting activity originates from the parafacial zone (PZ) in the brainstem. The brainstem is a primordial part of the brain that regulates basic functions necessary for survival, such as breathing, blood pressure, heart rate and body temperature. “The close association of a sleep center with other regions that are critical for life highlights the evolutionary importance of sleep in the brain,” says Caroline E. Bass, assistant professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology in …

    September 19, 2014 4:20 am
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Health

  • Scientists see risk of mutant airborne Ebola as remote


    LONDON, Sept 19 (Reuters) – The Ebola virus raging through West Africa is mutating rapidly as it tears a deadly path through cities, towns and villages, but the genetic changes are for now not giving it the ability to spread more easily. Concern that the virus could gain capability to transmit through the air – creating a nightmare scenario of the disease being able to spread like a flu pandemic, killing millions – was fueled by a top infectious disease expert in the United States. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said in an opinion article he believed the risk of airborne Ebola is real, and warned: “Until we consider it, the world will not be prepared to do what is necessary to end the epidemic.” Yet many other virus and infectious disease specialists say that while the prospect of an airborne Ebola virus …

    September 19, 2014 4:00 am
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Entertainment

  • Aubrey Plaza takes lead in Grumpy Cat film


    Aubrey Plaza: Humor is my defense mechanism A Grumpy Cat movie is coming and it’s been announced that Aubrey Plaza will voice the famous feline. Grumpy Cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, exploded to internet fame due to a disorder called feline dwarfism that forced her face into a permanent, adorable little cat frown. Spend about 10 seconds on the internet and you’re bound to see a Grumpy Cat meme. The deformed feline’s Facebook page has millions of likes and Grumpy cat has appeared on the covers of both the Wall Street Journal and New York Magazine. Naturally, she is a star bound for the silver screen. Or, at least, the made-for-TV screen, because that’s where her film will air. Aubrey Plaza kicked out of MTV Movie Awards The network usually reserved for raunchy biopics and movies about illicit student-teacher love affairs or seventh graders with STDs, Lifetime, will premiere the flick in late …

    September 19, 2014 3:40 am
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Editorial

  • Arkansas State lifts ban on football helmet crosses, but players must foot bill for decals


    Arkansas State University called an audible and decided to reverse its decision banning memorial crosses that football players had placed on their helmets to honor two fallen teammates. The team had been ordered to either remove or modify the small cross decals, honoring former player Markel Owens and former team equipment manager Barry Weyer, following complaints that the cross violated the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “It is the university’s position that any player who wishes to voluntarily place an NCAA-compliant sticker on their helmet to memorialize individuals will be able to do so,” the university announced in a letter. How sad that we live in a nation where it is against the law for a university football coach to design a memorial that includes a religious icon. Liberty Institute, a law firm that specializes in religious liberty issues, had given the university until Wednesday to reverse its decision or face a …

    September 18, 2014 11:57 pm
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Odd News

  • India TV anchor’s number is up after naming China’s Xi ‘Eleven’


    NEW DELHI (Reuters) – An Indian TV news anchor has been sacked after she referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping as ‘Eleven’ Jinping, apparently confusing Xi’s name with the Roman numerals XI, a senior official at the state television channel said on Friday, . Xi left India on Friday after a visit to boost trade and economic ties that have been marred by a long-standing border dispute. The blooper occurred on a show on Doordarshan news on Wednesday. “It is an unpardonable mistake,” the official told Reuters on the condition of anonymity, saying the anchor was employed on a casual basis. “We have debarred her from news reading for a few months.” The official said a shortage of news readers had forced the channel to run some news bulletins with casuals. The incident comes at a time when Doordarshan news is trying to reinvent itself to compete with private broadcasters. Its programmes are often a …

    September 19, 2014 4:20 am
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