Headline News

  • Mega harvest leaves U.S. farmers battling bugs in storage bins


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – With record harvests depressing prices, U.S. farmers are holding tight to their corn and soybeans and binging on chemicals that protect stored grain from critters or even leaving corn standing in fields over winter to avoid storage charges. Still flush with cash after years of record income and with shipping rates near record highs, farmers have resources to store grain rather than sell into a down market. “The last several years we have not held on very long,” said Mike Brzon, who raises corn, soybeans and wheat on his farm in Courtland, Kansas. “This year we might be in a little different situation.” Knowing they could store their grain well into 2015, many farmers and grain elevators are pre-treating storage bins with insecticides capable of keeping grain bug-free for 18 months. “We treat the bins before we ever put a kernel of grain in it,” said Kent Moore, a farmer from Iuka, …

    October 22, 2014 3:57 pm
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Politics

  • South Dakota Senate Race Returns to Form


    By Stuart Rothenberg Posted at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 22 0 Tweet Attacks on Pressler appear to have worked. (Amy Sussman/Getty Images File Photo) Republican attacks on Democrat Rick Weiland and Independent Larry Pressler appear to have worked, making it more likely that the GOP will pick up the seat of retiring Democratic Senator Tim Johnson, as long expected. Republican Mike Rounds, a former two-term GOP governor, found himself in shockingly uncomfortable position earlier this month, but his standing has improved in the eyes of both strong and weak Republican voters, as well as among Independents. Support for Pressler, a one-time GOP senator who has said that he would be a friend of Obama if elected to the Senate and has acknowledged that he voted for Obama, has melted away over the past few weeks. Rounds’s improved position in the race — assuming that the trend holds — means GOP strategists will now have to worry …

    October 22, 2014 3:57 pm
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Stocks

  • Domino’s Pizza is hot again


    Domino’s Pizza is all grown up. It is no longer just a desperate late night snack for college students. It’s gone from stale to sizzling. The “secret sauce” for Domino’s (DPZ) success isn’t complicated: The pizza is actually better now, and the marketing campaigns are cheesy good instead of just cheesy. How many companies do you know that run ad campaigns around the fact that people basically say their food sucks? It’s also boosted profits by trying bold new menu items. Some of them sound questionable. The “Specialty Pizza” consists of lightly breaded chicken topped with cheese and such toppings as bacon and jalapeno. In other words, it’s a pizza that swaps dough for chicken. “Should i get pizza or those weird specialty chicken things from dominos?,” remarked a commenter on Twitter recently. But the point is, people are talking about Domino’s again and they’re ordering. Customers are back — so much so that the …

    October 22, 2014 2:56 pm
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Sports

  • No. 10 TCU’s revamped offense goes from a rough spring to one of nation’s most improved


    Oklahoma State cornerback Ramon Richards (18) and others give chase after TCU’s Josh Doctson (9) after Doctson grabbed a pass and sprinted to the end zone for a score in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) (The Associated Press) FORT WORTH, Texas –  TCU coach Gary Patterson isn’t afraid to say that the renovated offense he ordered after last season didn’t look great in spring practice. Yet, he’s not sure where to start on how the 10th-ranked Horned Frogs turned into the nation’s most improved offense in points scored and yards. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “People play better, your quarterback plays better,” Patterson said this week. “Honestly, I think the guys have done a great job of calling it game-plan-wise. And there’s a belief. I’ve always told them, as a defensive person, you’re not just a coordinator, you’re also a marketing major. You’ve got …

    October 22, 2014 3:57 pm
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World News

  • Sergeant-at-arms hailed as a hero after shooting at Canadas parliament


    The man being hailed as a hero for reportedly shooting a gunman at Canada’s parliament is Kevin Vickers, who, as the holder of the post of sergeant-at-arms, is officially responsible for safety and security within the grounds of the building. Previously the 54-year-old’s public profile had been limited to his ceremonial functions – in black robes, he carries a gold mace into Canada’s House of Commons before every sitting – but he also has real powers in relation to controlling access to the building. Vickers, a former officer in the royal Canadian mounted police, where he led high-profile investigations relating to murder and drug importations, has held his current role since 2006 and is from Newcastle in the province of New Brunswick. On his Linkedin webpage, he lists the role’s responsibilities, including overseeing security, food services, transport, printing and mail with a team of 1,000 employees. He spoke publicly last year of how he sees …

    October 22, 2014 3:37 pm
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Technology

  • Google releases USB security key for two-factor authentication


    Google has announced a physical USB Security Key that should ensure users keep their accounts safe from hackers, although it is not without its limitations. Anyone who buys a compatible USB from a third-party supplier and adds the Security Key functionality will be able to use it when logging in to Google’s sites, which include Gmail and Google Drive, as it will hold the code required when two-factor authentication has been switched on. Two-factor authentication is a security protection that asks for a password and an additional piece of information that verifies the identity of the person logging in. Previously, Google has only allowed users to receive the second chunk of authentication data as a code sent via text message or the Authenticator app, but the USB can now be used without any input needed on the keyboard. Unless hackers manage to steal the plastic key, accounts with Security Key enabled will almost certainly be …

    October 22, 2014 3:57 pm
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Science

  • Rescued ‘abandoned’ penguin chicks survival similar to colony rates


    Abandoned penguin chicks that were hand-reared and returned to the wild showed a similar survival rate to their naturally-reared counterparts, according to a study published October 22, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Richard Sherley from University of Cape Town and colleagues. The Endangered African penguin population has been rapidly decreasing since 2001. In the Western Cape of South Africa, penguins breed from February to September and moult between September and January, once chicks have fledged. If adult penguins begin the moulting process, a 21 day period where they no longer have the waterproofing necessary to dive for food, with chicks in the nest, the chicks may starve. Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) recovers ‘abandoned’ penguin chicks that are no longer being fed and cares for them until they can be reintroduced into breeding colonies. Researchers documented the care, release, and survival of over 840 and 480, in …

    October 22, 2014 4:17 pm
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Health

  • Obama says cautiously more optimistic about Ebola situation in U.S.


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama expressed cautious optimism about the Ebola situation in the United States on Wednesday after the U.S. government imposed new screening measures for travelers from West Africa. Obama sat down for talks with his Ebola response coordinator, Ron Klain, on Klain’s first day on the job since he was appointed last Friday. They were joined by other top officials. Obama, speaking to reporters, said he is confident that hospitals in Texas and Ohio are prepared if cases of Ebola emerged there. A nurse at a Dallas hospital that treated Ebola victim Thomas Duncan had flown to Ohio a day before she had symptoms of the virus. The president said modest signs of progress in the fight against the Ebola virus are being reported in hard-hit Liberia. (Reporting by Jeff Mason and Steve Holland; Editing by Eric Walsh)

    October 22, 2014 3:57 pm
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Entertainment

  • Report: Jennifer Lopez In Final Talks For $350K-A-Night Vegas Residency


    Posted on Wed Oct 22nd, 2014 12:10pm PDT       By X17 Staff Take that Celine Dion and Britney Spears! Jumping on the Sin City bandwagon, Jennifer Lopez is taking her act to Las Vegas. The 45-year-old just signed a contract to take a residency at The Axis, Planet Hollywood. We can see the dollar signs already! Jenny from the Block is reportedly in talks to make a whopping $350,000 per show at the same venue where BritBrit performs. Interestingly enough — the “Toxic” singer makes $310,000 per performance, but JLo will ultimately make less than Brit since she is doing less concerts. If the Maid in Manhattan actress does go ahead with the rumored contract, she’ll take home $26,383,326 according to TMZ for the year, while Britney pulls in $29,760,000. Cha-ching!   Stories from around the Web

    October 22, 2014 3:37 pm
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Editorial

  • Five compromises Obama should embrace to boost the economy


    If Republicans win the Senate, President Obama risks another bruising recession if he doesn’t embrace compromise and abandon ineffective populist prescriptions. Slower growth in Europe and emerging markets like China and Brazil threaten U.S. exports and demand for American-made products. At home, stock market volatility threatens consumer confidence and sales of autos, new homes and other big ticket items. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Stimulus spending only temporarily boosts growth but permanently increases deficits. Specifically, before the financial crisis, the federal deficit was only $161 billion, but after five years of recovery it stands at $580 billion.   Here are five things Obama could do with Republicans to boost growth. 1. Tax Reform: The 35 percent U.S. corporate tax rate encourages business to move jobs and headquarters abroad. Obama and GOP leaders want to close loopholes to lower rates. However, Obama wants to use reform to boost revenues, while Republicans want lower taxes overall. Neither side wants to …

    October 22, 2014 3:57 pm
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Odd News

  • San Francisco stations banish ‘Royals’ song ahead of World Series


    (Reuters) – At least two Northern California radio stations have pledged not to play New Zealand artist Lorde’s song “Royals,” in solidarity with the San Francisco Giants during their World Series matchup with the Kansas City Royals. The decision by San Francisco stations KOIT and KFOG to drop the song, which has nothing to do with the baseball team, comes as the Giants and Royals prepare to play Game One of the championship series on Tuesday. In response, Kansas City station KZPT said it would play the song every hour on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KZPT said it was a sister station of KOIT. “They’re our sister station, and as the old saying goes: ‘You can pick your friends but you can’t necessarily pick your family,’ and if they don’t play it, then we will,” KZPT programming director Tony Lorino said in a phone interview. Last week, KOIT posted a small image …

    October 20, 2014 7:16 pm
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