Headline News

  • First Ebola case diagnosed on US soil


    30 September 2014 Last updated at 22:20 More than 3,000 people have already died as a result of Ebola in West Africa The first case of the deadly Ebola virus diagnosed on US soil has been confirmed by medical officials in Dallas, Texas. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed the case. The patient is said to be a man believed to have been infected in Liberia prior to displaying symptoms of the illness in Texas. More than 3,000 people have already died of Ebola in West Africa. A handful of US medical workers infected in West Africa have recovered after being flown back to the US for treatment. On Monday, officials with the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas said an unnamed patient was being tested for the virus and had been placed in isolation. The World Health Organization (WHO) says more than 3,000 people have died of the virus …

    September 30, 2014 4:31 pm
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Politics

  • Republican Cavalry Starts Spending on House Races (Finally)


    By Emily Cahn and Abby Livingston Posted at 3:46 p.m. today 0 Tweet Walden is the chairman of the NRCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) For months, Republicans feared outside groups would skip over House races this cycle, saving their cash for the battle over Senate control. But the conservative cavalry has finally arrived. Republican groups — which have mostly sat on the sidelines in House contests this cycle until recently — have reserved nearly $12 million on the television airwaves in competitive races through Election Day, according to two sources tracking ad buys in House contests across the country. The reservations, placed over the last two weeks, are a mix of GOP pickup opportunities and defensive ground. The reservations include: More than $4 million from American Action Network, the issue advocacy group headed up by former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn. AAN reserved time in seven GOP pickup opportunities: Arizona’s 1st and 2nd Districts, California’s 7th …

    September 30, 2014 3:50 pm
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Stocks

  • Stocks: ‘September slump’ strikes again


    If you are one of the 50% of Americans who have money in the stock market, you probably wanted to reach for Benadryl at some point this month. The “September stock slump” came back with a vengeance in 2014. The SP 500 finished the month down over 1.5%, its worst performance since January. The Nasdaq — the main gauge of tech and biotech stocks — lost 1.9%. Even the Dow, the index that tracks America’s large and well established companies, ended slightly in the red, down 0.3%. How did things unravel? It’s a valid question to ask. There was so much excitement in September, what with Alibaba (BABA, Tech30) becoming the largest initial public offering in history, and the SP 500 and Dow actually setting records. Then things turned sour. Starting on Monday, September 22, investors hit the pause button and kept hitting it for much of the rest of the month. There were concerns …

    September 30, 2014 4:51 pm
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Sports

  • Steelers still searching for splash plays, consistency


    Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison (92) peers through the holes in his chinstrap as he warms up before the NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (The Associated Press) Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) catches a touchdown pass as Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen (28) defends in the first quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright) (The Associated Press) PITTSBURGH –  The Pittsburgh Steelers spent training camp talking about the need to get to the quarterback and get the ball. A month into the season, neither has happened with any regularity. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Steelers (2-2) managed just one sack in last Sunday’s upset loss to Tampa Bay and rank 18th in the league with seven through the first four weeks. Pittsburgh has created only three turnovers in 16 quarters, one of them …

    September 30, 2014 4:31 pm
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World News

  • Hong Kong set for holiday protests


    30 September 2014 Last updated at 21:49 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. A drone captured the scale of the protests on Saturday 29 September Pro-democracy crowds have stayed on the streets of Hong Kong at the start of National Day – which activists hope will see the largest protests so far. Tens of thousands of people have been blocking parts of the city for days. They are demanding that China withdraw plans to vet candidates for the next leadership election in 2017. Current leader CY Leung has urged the protesters to go home, and Chinese President Xi Jinping has reaffirmed Beijing’s influence on the territory. On Tuesday Mr Xi told Communist Party leaders in Beijing that his government would “unswervingly implement the guidelines of ‘one country, two systems’ and the Basic Law, and steadfastly safeguard the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and Macau”. Mr Leung, Hong Kong’s chief executive, …

    September 30, 2014 4:31 pm
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Technology

  • Four hackers charged with stealing $100m in US army and Xbox technology


    Four men have been charged with breaking into the computer systems of Microsoft, the US army and leading games manufacturers, as part of an alleged international hacking ring that netted more than $100m in intellectual property, the US Department of Justice said on Tuesday. The four, aged between 18 and 28, are alleged to have stolen Xbox technology, Apache helicopter training software and pre-release copies of games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, according to an indictment dating from April that was unsealed on Tuesday. Two of the hackers pleaded guilty earlier in the day, the DoJ said. “These were extremely sophisticated hackers … Don’t be fooled by their ages,” assistant US attorney Ed McAndrew said after a court hearing on Tuesday. According to prosecutors, the defendants stole intellectual property and other proprietary data related to the Xbox One gaming console and Xbox Live online gaming system, and pre-release copies of popular video …

    September 30, 2014 3:51 pm
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Science

  • U.S., India to Collaborate on Mars Exploration, Earth-Observing Mission


    In a meeting Tuesday in Toronto, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), signed two documents to launch a NASA-ISRO satellite mission to observe Earth and establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore Mars. [image-51]While attending the International Astronautical Congress, the two space agency leaders met to discuss and sign a charter that establishes a NASA-ISRO Mars Working Group to investigate enhanced cooperation between the two countries in Mars exploration. They also signed an international agreement that defines how the two agencies will work together on the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission, targeted to launch in 2020. “The signing of these two documents reflects the strong commitment NASA and ISRO have to advancing science and improving life on Earth,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “This partnership will yield tangible benefits to both our countries and the world.” The joint Mars Working Group will seek …

    September 30, 2014 4:11 pm
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Health

  • CDC experts to deploy to Texas if patient has Ebola: official


    DALLAS (Reuters) – U.S. health specialists are ready to deploy to Dallas if a patient being evaluated for Ebola is found to be carrying the disease that has killed thousands of people in West Africa, a Dallas County official said on Tuesday. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas officials said in a statement on Monday that an unnamed patient was being tested for Ebola and had been placed in “strict isolation” due to the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to provide initial test results on the patient later on Tuesday, hospital officials said. Texas and Dallas County health officials are in close contact with the CDC, which would send its experts to Dallas if tests on the patient confirm Ebola, said Zach Thompson, director of the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services. “Everyone is preparing for the worst and hoping for …

    September 30, 2014 3:50 pm
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Entertainment

  • Another Day, Another Opportunity For Kim Kardashian To Show Us Her Breasts


    Posted on Tue Sep 30th, 2014 12:25pm PDT       By X17 Staff She probably spent good money on these boobs, so it makes sense she wants to flaunt them! Kim Kardashian left her hotel in Paris today to hit some more fashion shows, and the reality star donned a black blazer that exposed her ample assets. We know she’s desperate to still be thought of as sexy, but she really needs to give it a rest! The reality star has done a lot of social climbing since she coupled up with Kanye West, and it appears it’s paying off. The Keeping Up with the Kardashian star hinted at an upcoming collaboration with British model Cara Delevigne with the below Instagram picture, and we’re slightly shocked that any respected person in the fashion world would dare to be in the same project as Kimmy K! We bet Yeezy’s the one encouraging her to rock out with her tittays …

    September 30, 2014 3:30 pm
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Editorial

  • Campus sexual assaults: My guidelines for parents with kids of college age


    College freshmen are completing their first month on campus. According to the website The Other Freshman 15, “The first 15 weeks of college can be the riskiest for sexual assault. … One out of five students experience rape or sexual assault while they are in college, and in the great majority of cases (75-80 percent), the victim knows the attacker.” The Washington Post recently carried a front-page story about campus sexual assaults. As the father of former college students, two of whom are daughters, I was stunned by the presumptions in the story. It was written in a way that assumed all female college students will have sex and get blind drunk at parties where they will be assaulted by young males. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In the news stories and in comments by President Obama and public officials, there are only scattered references to individual responsibility. In the Post story some parents advise their daughters to …

    September 30, 2014 3:51 pm
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Odd News

  • Dallas man arrested after ill-fated casket prank


    DALLAS (Reuters) – A Texas man suspected of stealing a casket to play a prank on his sister by making her think he had dug up their dead father was arrested after she called police, police said on Tuesday. Once Dallas police received the call from the sister who was concerned about what her brother had brought home, they linked the incident to a report of an assailant stealing an empty casket out of a hearse parked in the lot of Hughes Crown Hill Funeral Home, they said. The man was arrested for public intoxication and will likely by charged with theft for the stolen casket, police said, adding the suspect did not disturb the grave of his father. (Reporting by Lisa Maria Garza; Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Sandra Maler)

    September 30, 2014 4:10 pm
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