Headline News

  • Eric Frein, suspect in Pennsylvania trooper ambush, taken into custody


    (DEVELOPING) Eric Frein, the suspect in the deadly ambush of a Pennsylvania state trooper, has been taken into custody after a month-long manhunt, the Pennsylvania State Police announced Thursday night. No details were immediately released about his capture. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Frein allegedly opened fire outside the Blooming Grove state police barracks on Sept. 12, killing Trooper Bryon Dickson, 38, and seriously wounding Trooper Alex Douglass, 31. Since then the self-described survivalist had managed to elude a massive manhunt involving hundreds of state troopers.

    October 30, 2014 5:52 pm
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Politics

  • Crist sees slight lead over Scott in Florida race for governor: poll


    TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) – Democrat Charlie Crist holds a large edge among Florida’s independent voters, giving him a narrow lead over incumbent Republican Governor Rick Scott in their bid for the nation’s largest swing state, a poll on Thursday showed. The results, released by Quinnipiac University in the final week of a deadlocked campaign before Tuesday’s election, showed Crist, a Republican turned Democrat, with 43 percent of the vote, and Scott with 40 percent – a statistical dead heat. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie, who is on the ballot, polled at 8 percent of the vote. “Independent voters are often the difference in swing states like Florida,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll. In a statement, he called Crist’s popularity among non-party voters “truly remarkable.” Crist, a former Republican governor, ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate as an independent in 2010 and became a Democrat in 2012. Republicans have hammered him as an opportunist, …

    October 30, 2014 3:09 pm
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Stocks

  • Starbucks shares could use a pick-me-up


      Shareholders found Starbucks (SBUX) lukewarm this go-round. The coffee giant reported earnings that largely came in line with Wall Street’s expectations, but next quarter’s numbers might have investors worried. By most measures, the company had a great quarter. Profits were right where analysts said they’d be, and revenues came just short of the $4.23 billion they were expecting. Related: Starbucks baristas get raises and a new dress code But for the next three months, Starbucks said it expected profits will fall short of expectations, in the best case. Shares initially fell 5% in after-hours trading.

    October 30, 2014 4:10 pm
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Sports

  • Browns trying to figure out sluggish running game _ a strength early in the season


    BAREA, Ohio –  The Browns running game was one of the team’s biggest strengths early in the season. Now, it’s become a crutch in the wake of Pro Bowl center Alex Mack’s season-ending leg injury. “It’s expected,” offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said of the team’s recent trouble on the ground. “I knew this was going to happen. I’ve never gone through an NFL season where you just do it every single week. You know eventually someone’s going to take (the run game) away.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT It has been taken away considerably in the past two weeks, as the Browns gained just 108 combined rushing yards against the Jaguars and Raiders, which have two of the weaker run defenses in the NFL. But Shanahan isn’t pinning anything on just the restructured offensive line, which now includes center Nick McDonald, who hadn’t played in a game since 2012 before Sunday. The problem affects the entire offense. “It …

    October 30, 2014 5:52 pm
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World News

  • Russia and Ukraine agree gas deal


    30 October 2014 Last updated at 22:33 Russia has agreed to resume gas supplies to Ukraine over the winter in a deal brokered by the European Union. The deal will also ensure gas supplies to EU countries via Ukraine are secure. “There is now no reason for people in Europe to stay cold this winter,” said European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. European Union energy chief Guenther Oettinger said he was confident that Ukraine would be able to afford to pay for the gas it needed. He added that the agreement might be the “first glimmer” of hope in easing tensions between Russian and Ukraine. The deal follows months of talks between EU officials and the Russian and Ukrainian energy ministers. The terms are expected to include EU money to help Ukraine pay off its debts to Russia’s gas giant Gazprom. Gas supplies were halted over late payments when Russia scrapped subsidies given to Ukraine …

    October 30, 2014 5:52 pm
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Technology

  • Missing bitcoin cash: ‘I’m not missing,’ says Moolah CEO


    The CEO of defunct bitcoin exchange Moolah insists he is working on returning money to customers, and that he has already processed almost $900,000 in refunds. Ryan Kennedy, who ran Moolah under the name Alex Green until the firm declared bankruptcy in mid-October, argues that he is not being given a fair hearing by former customers and investors. “The majority of Moolah customers were able to successfully withdraw their money from the platform,” he told the Guardian. “There is one major third-party creditor, Syscoin, that we are currently unable to process a transaction for. “I am still working on processing withdrawals, auditing the platform, and trying to figure out what has happened in full, and where funds have gone. Contrary to popular belief, I am not missing. “If I was going to run, I would not still be processing refunds (and the altcoin withdrawals are something I can easily prove on the blockchain). As I …

    October 30, 2014 11:07 am
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Science

  • Plump turtles swim better: First models of swimming animals


    Related images(click to enlarge) Bigger is better, if you’re a leatherback sea turtle. For the first time, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have measured the forces that act on a swimming animal and the energy the animal must expend to move through the water. A surprising finding: Longer, slender turtles are less efficient swimmers than more rotund turtles, which get better stroke for their buck. By taking these measurements, the research team — led by UW-Madison’s Warren Porter — built models of swimming turtles and, in doing so, have enabled others to “compute the energetics, behavior and distributions of a species anywhere on Earth now or in the future,” says Porter, a professor of zoology. The findings are published today in the journal PLOS One. As climate change shifts the habitable ranges of both land and sea animals, and as scientists and …

    October 30, 2014 3:30 pm
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Health

  • Bike-riding US nurse defies Ebola quarantine, on collision course with governor


    (Reuters) – A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus went for a bike ride on Thursday, defying Maine’s order that she be quarantined in her home and setting up a legal collision with Governor Paul LePage. Attorneys for Kaci Hickox, 33, said they had not yet been served with a court order to enforce the 21-day quarantine – matching the virus’s maximum incubation period – but remained prepared to fight such an order if necessary. LePage’s office said negotiations with Hickox “have failed despite repeated efforts by state officials” and that he would “exercise the full extent of his authority allowable by law.” Hickox left her home in the small Maine town of Fort Kent, along the Canadian border, and television news images showed her taking a morning bicycle ride with her boyfriend. Hickox has given the New England state a deadline of Thursday to lift …

    October 30, 2014 3:09 pm
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Entertainment

  • Lena Dunham’s #WomenAreWatching: 5 things you need to know right now


    The movement, which was launched by Lena Dunham, started early today when the actress and a bunch of her pals posted selfies of themselves wearing the “Lena Lena Dunham has a new bowl cut, but there’s more So, to help you learn more about this movement, here are five things to know about Dunham’s new campaign. 1. Women are Watching is aimed to get women aged 18-29 to go out and vote Nov. 4. Unmarried women, women of color and young people make up about half the voting population, so it is important they get out and vote next month. 2. The campaign is mainly focused on women’s reproductive rights, trying to get them to vote for candidates that would keep their right to choose. Lena Dunham reveals the cover of her new book on Instagram 3. While Women are Watching is largely a liberal call to action, it’s also a good reminder to all …

    October 30, 2014 4:52 pm
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Editorial

  • Why November’s guberatorial elections could sink Christie’s presidential hopes


    Bridgegate and the dismal New Jersey economy may not yet have been able to do it but Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont today stands the best chance of being the thousandth cut inflicted on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s presidential aspirations. All indications point to the fact that 2014 is shaping up to be a wave election for Republicans, who will almost certainly pick up seats in the House of Representatives and who stand a better than even chance of taking control of the Senate. But Shumlin, who is the chair of the Democratic Governor’s Association, and Christie, who is chairing the effort on behalf of Republican governors, are poised to buck the Republican tide.   ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Under Shumlin’s leadership, Democrats are, in fact, in a position to pick up several gubernatorial seats or, at the very least, not have a net loss of any, even as Democrats are facing losses in their Congressional …

    October 30, 2014 3:09 pm
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Odd News

  • Man who vanished from Denver NFL game said he ‘had his fill of football’


    DENVER (Reuters) – A man who vanished during a National Football League game in Denver last week only to be found safe days later told police afterward that he had had his “fill of football” and had wanted to go somewhere warmer, authorities said on Wednesday. Paul Kitterman made national headlines this week when his family and friends asked the public for help in finding the 53-year-old who failed to return to his seat after halftime of the Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers game last Thursday. Kitterman was found unharmed on Tuesday night in Pueblo, Colorado, about 115 miles south of Denver, police said. Pueblo Police said in a statement that they had received a tip that Kitterman was in the area, and officers located him in the parking lot of a Kmart department store. Kitterman was fatigued but coherent when evaluated by paramedics, police said, adding that he told officers he had had “his fill …

    October 29, 2014 3:08 pm
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