Headline News

  • Missouri town on edge awaiting grand jury decision on police shooting

    FERGUSON Mo (Reuters) – Residents of a St. Louis suburb were braced on Saturday for a decision from a grand jury on whether to bring charges against a white police officer for fatally shooting a black teen, a case that has triggered months of demonstrations and a national debate over police violence. With a grand jury verdict expected at any time, protest leaders and police in Ferguson, Missouri, have been taking steps to avert more street violence, especially if officer Darren Wilson is not indicted in the Aug. 9 slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Wilson has said he shot in self defense while Brown’s companion has said the teen had his hands raised and was trying to surrender. On Saturday, the dead teenager’s father, Michael Brown, and some of the family’s supporters handed out Thanksgiving turkeys to residents in the street where his son was gunned down. Many residents were surprised when he knocked on …

    November 22, 2014 2:26 pm


  • Calls for calm as Ferguson awaits grand jury decision

    By ALEX SANZ, JIM SALTER November 22, 2014 National Action Network Ferguson chapter president Rev. Carlton Lee speaks during a news conference Friday, in St. Louis County, Mo.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Activists, authorities and the family of Michael Brown called for calm as a grand jury drew closer to an announcement in the Ferguson police shooting. But it was unclear whether the panel was still at work or when it would render a decision. Earlier Friday, a spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch told reporters that the grand jury weighing whether to indict officer Darren Wilson was still in session. Five hours later, Ed Magee declined to say whether the panel was still meeting. The time, date and place for a news conference announcing the decision has not been decided, Magee said. Wilson, 28, reportedly told the grand jury that he feared for his life on Aug. 9 as Brown, who was 6-foot-4 and …

    November 22, 2014 12:24 pm


  • Turner channels, including CNN, are back on Dish Network ? for now

    CNN and other channels owned by Turner Broadcasting are back on the Dish Network’s channel lineup after a month-long blackout. CNN and 7 other channels owned by Turner Broadcasting are back on the Dish Network’s channel lineup — for now — after a month-long blackout. Turner and Dish announced Friday that they’d struck a deal to restore the programming for several months. The extension is not a new long-term contract, so negotiations will continue. The two companies did not describe the reasons for the extension, other than to say that “they have mutually decided to restore service of CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, TCM, HLN, CNN en Espanol and Boomerang, and extend the carriage of TBS and TNT.” The blackout of CNN and the other channels began without warning on October 21. When it happened, Turner blamed Dish for “operating in a disruptive manner” while the satellite company blamed Turner for “making unreasonable financial …

    November 22, 2014 1:26 pm


  • Rooney seals United triumph at Arsenal, Chelsea win again

    LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester United won away for the first time this season when they beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday to climb to fourth in the Premier League table. An own goal from Kieran Gibbs in the 56th minute and a decisive 85th minute strike from Wayne Rooney after a swift counter-attack sent Arsenal to their first home league defeat since Aston Villa beat them on the opening day of last season. Arsenal pulled a goal back in the fifth minute of stoppage time when Olivier Giroud, on as substitute after a three-month injury layoff, beat goalkeeper David De Gea with a long range shot moments after Angel Di Maria missed a golden opportunity to put United 3-0 up. Earlier, Chelsea beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 to stay top of the table as they stretched their unbeaten run from the start of the season to 18 matches in all competitions. They …

    November 22, 2014 2:26 pm

World News

  • Colombia general ‘free next week’

    22 November 2014 Last updated at 18:21 Questions are being asked about Gen Alzate Mora’s presence in the area Colombia’s Farc rebels will release five captives, including Gen Ruben Dario Alzate, next week, President Juan Manuel Santos has announced. Mr Santos said information about their release had been received, but he did not specify when it would happen. Ruben Dario Alzate is the first Colombian general to be abducted in 50 years of civil conflict. Peace talks between the two sides were suspended after the men were captured by the left-wing rebels last Sunday. Cuban and Norwegian officials acting as mediators first announced a deal for their release on Thursday. The rebels said they seized the men because they were unhappy at the continuation of Colombian military activities during peace talks. Handover details: Arturo Wallace, BBC News, Bogota President Juan Manuel Santos is likely to order the interruption of any military operations in a designated …

    November 22, 2014 2:26 pm


  • Behind the scenes of a drone orchestra

    The drones in this theater are so dang noisy! Sidd Kharjuria In September, a fleet of drones adorned with feathers, fringy rubber balls and a disco suit made from 4,000 fake nails took off over the heads of hundreds of patrons at London’s Barbican theater. For the next 80 futuristic minutes, they were treated to a concert created by musician and composer John Cale and speculative architect Liam Young. During the concert, the drones flew around the theater and piped Cale’s voice, different audio tracks and their own motor sounds over the audience. Now, The Creators Project, a collaboration between Intel and Vice magazine, has produced a 10-minute mini-documentary that lets viewers glimpse the rationale, logistics and artistic vision behind such an ambitious project. Cale, a founding member of the rock band Velvet Underground, said he viewed the project as “a collaboration between airborne architecture and music.” “It took a long time to find the …

    November 22, 2014 12:25 pm


  • New technique allows ultrasound to penetrate bone, metal

    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technique that allows ultrasound to penetrate bone or metal, using customized structures that offset the distortion usually caused by these so-called “aberrating layers.” “We’ve designed complementary metamaterials that will make it easier for medical professionals to use ultrasound for diagnostic or therapeutic applications, such as monitoring blood flow in the brain or to treat brain tumors,” says Tarry Chen Shen, a Ph.D. student at NC State and lead author of a paper on the work. “This has been difficult in the past because the skull distorts the ultrasound’s acoustic field.” “These metamaterials could also be used in industrial settings,” says Dr. Yun Jing, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at NC State and senior author of the paper. “For example, it would allow you to use ultrasound to detect cracks in airplane wings under the wing’s metal ‘skin.’” Ultrasound imaging …

    November 22, 2014 12:45 pm


  • Germany reports second case of bird flu: H5N8 found in wild bird

    BERLIN (Reuters) – German authorities on Saturday confirmed a second case of the H5N8 strain of bird flu in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with the virus found in a wild bird. The strain is highly contagious among birds but has never been detected in humans. “For the first time, the H5N8 virus has been confirmed in a wild bird in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern,” Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt said in a statement. “With that the suspicion is strengthened that wild birds are connected with the cases in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern as well as in the Netherlands and Britain,” the minister said. As a precautionary measure, all German states should consider ordering farmers to keep their animals in the stalls, Schmidt added. Germany and the Netherlands were working closely together with the aim of preventing a possible spread of the virus and to trace back its origin, the minister said. The first H5N8 case in Germany was confirmed on Nov. …

    November 22, 2014 12:25 pm


  • So Much For A Spiritual Retreat! Justin Bieber Is Back To Partying With The Scantilly-Clad Jenner Girls

    Posted on Sat Nov 22nd, 2014 11:55am PDT       By X17 Staff …and Hailey Baldwin, who celebrated her 18th birthday in Los Angeles last night! Justin Bieber was reportedly on a spiritual retreat in the desert just last week, but after leaving early and heading back to Hollywood, it looks like he was ready to trade in the Bible for bottle service. Kendall and Kylie Jenner posted tons of Instagram pics of the group, and they were also celebrating pal Khalil’s 20th birthday at an undisclosed location. While Selena Gomez has been lamenting over her split from the Biebs with her new music, rumor has it he’s trying to win her back, and he reportedly has something planned for the American Music Awards tomorrow night. While this seems a little bit hokey, Kendall recently spoke out and said there was absolutely nothing going on with her and the bad boy pop superstar, and just a few weeks …

    November 22, 2014 2:06 pm


  • I’m thankful our country is still a refuge and the land of opportunity

    When I was 7 years old, my family and I landed at JFK Airport in New York City with $90 in our pocket, a few suitcases stuffed with what little we could carry and no idea of what to expect next.  We came here because we were fleeing a totalitarian regime, because generations of our family had been oppressed simply for existing and because the United States was a beacon for our hopes and aspirations, as it has been for millions of others around the globe. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The people literally dying to come here now do not believe that our best days are behind us. My paternal grandfather was sent to Soviet gulag in the prime of his life because he was a religious Jew who refused to work on Saturdays and, possibly, because some of his siblings had fled to France several years after the Russian revolution.  He spent years working as a …

    November 22, 2014 8:21 am

Odd News

  • Lost kitten from New Mexico turns up in duffel bag in Maine

    ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) – An Albuquerque cat owner can sleep easier now that the kitten that went missing last month will be home for the holidays, despite a mysterious 2,300-mile side trip to Maine. Patsy Murphy, who runs an animal refuge center in Westbrook, Maine, said the kitten, named Spice, was brought to her shelter on Nov. 11 by a man who found the feline in a duffel bag while unloading furniture at a local Catholic charity. “This is a very odd story, we wish she could tell us what happened,” Murphy said of the kitten, which was found inside the bag with food and kitty litter. Murphy said Maine resident Bob Watterson brought the kitten home on Nov. 5, and cared for it for six days before he turned it over to the animal refuge, which found a microchip in the cat that could identify it. Murphy was shocked when the cat was traced …

    November 21, 2014 8:31 pm