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  • Seattle Pacific University lifts campus lockdown after gun threat


    SEATTLE (Reuters) – Seattle Pacific University said on Friday its campus was on lockdown after a student received a threat of someone coming to the school with a gun, but lifted the order about an hour later and police arrested a woman who threatened a shooting rampage. Skagit County sheriff’s deputies arrested a woman who police say sent a text message to a former boyfriend saying she would kill him and his friends and claimed to be on the campus at the time, the Seattle Police Department said in a statement. “It was quickly determined she was not anywhere near the campus,” police said. The small Christian college was the site of a shooting spree in June in which one person was killed and two others wounded. The university said on Twitter that the lockdown had been lifted. Earlier it said the Seattle Police Department had informed university officials of the threat. Deputies arrested the …

    October 31, 2014 6:52 pm
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Politics

  • Early Voting Update in Four Senate Races


    By Alexis Levinson Posted at 4:25 p.m. today 0 Tweet A polling station in Washington, D.C. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Early voting is playing a crucial role in several of the cycle’s most contested races for the Senate, where control hangs in the balance ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections. Senate Republicans must gain six seats to win the majority — and increasingly likely scenario. Here’s a look at how both sides are faring in early voting in four of the most competitive Senate races: Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, Democrat, vs. Rep. Cory Gardner, Republican. Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call Race Rating: Tilts Republican  For the first time, all state voters will cast their ballot by mail. That makes early voting in the Centennial State just, well, voting. As of Friday, Republicans undeniably have the advantage: 41 percent of early voters were registered Republicans, while 32 percent were registered Democrats, according to data from Colorado’s Secretary …

    October 31, 2014 3:29 pm
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Stocks

  • NBC is developing a reality show with Virgin Galactic


      NBC is developing a reality TV series called “Space Race” with Virgin Galactic, whose SpaceShipTwo exploded on Friday. The network declined to comment. But according to Deadline, NBC is now “gathering information on the situation” regarding the reality series. During a test flight, a “serious anomaly” caused Virgin’s commercial space craft to explode over the Mojave Desert, killing one and seriously injuring another. The show — which was announced last year — is an exclusive series between NBC, Virgin founder Richard Branson and reality TV super-producer Mark Burnett. NBC described the show as an elimination competition in which normal people would compete with one another for “the ultimate prize” — a flight into space on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. The series would also have “unprecedented access” to Virgin Galactic’s Spaceport America facilities in New Mexico, where contestants would train for their winning flight, according to a press release issued last year. Related: Virgin Galactic spaceship …

    October 31, 2014 6:32 pm
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Sports

  • Canucks’ Burrows suspended 3 games without pay by NHL for hit on Canadiens’ Emelin


    NEW YORK –  Vancouver Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows has been suspended for three games without pay by the NHL for his late, illegal check to the head of Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin. Burrows slammed into Emelin at 8:23 of the second period of the Canucks’ 3-2 overtime victory over the Canadiens on Thursday night. Emelin left after the hit, but returned later in the game. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Under the terms of the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Burrows will forfeit $72,580.65. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

    October 31, 2014 6:52 pm
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World News

  • Iraqi Kurds ‘in Kobane to fight IS’


    31 October 2014 Last updated at 21:28 Turkey finally authorised the Iraqi Kurds to cross the border last week Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have crossed the Turkish border to help defend the Syrian town of Kobane from Islamic State. Sources inside the town told BBC Arabic the unit was heading to the frontline about 4km west of Kobane. Turkey finally authorised the Iraqi Kurds to cross the border last week. Kobane has been under siege for six weeks in a battle that has left 800 dead and forced more than 200,000 to flee across the Turkish border. Some 150 Peshmerga fighters had mustered at a holding station about 8 km (5 miles) from Kobane three days ago and on Friday set off towards the town in a dozen jeeps, escorted by armoured vehicles. The Peshmerga waved flags, gave victory signs and chanted “Kobane, Kobane”. It is not clear just how many have travelled to Kobane, …

    October 31, 2014 6:52 pm
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Technology

  • Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashes during test flight


    Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, pictured here, crashed in Mojave, Calif. Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, a suborbital space plane designed for space tourism and operated by Virgin Galactic, crashed Friday during a test flight in California’s Mojave Desert. The company said on Twitter that it doesn’t yet know the status of the aircraft’s pilots. However, the California Highway Patrol has confirmed one fatality, according to local NBC TV affiliate KGET, which also reported that one person with major injuries has been transported by emergency helicopter to a nearby hospital. According to a tweet from the Associated Press, a witness said the plane exploded in midair after its rockets ignited. That ignition is a key stage of SpaceShipTwo’s self-flight process, where it detaches from the larger WhiteKnightTwo aircraft that ferries it to cruise altitude. It’s unknown what caused the accident. Virgin Galactic is the space tourism company owned by billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. Its goal is to operate …

    October 31, 2014 3:29 pm
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Science

  • Hints of Progress in the Ebola Fight


    At the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak there are finally flickers of hope. Wednesday the World Health Organization reported that even in the absence of new vaccines and medications there have been some significant strides against the virus in Liberia, the country hardest hit by the epidemic. The cautious optimism has set off discussion about what the “next phase” of the Ebola response may entail: even more aggressive tracing of people possibly exposed to Ebola.   The number of cases in Liberia, a top WHO official said Wednesday, may be dropping by as much as 25 percent a week. “It appears the trend is real in Liberia,” Bruce Aylward, WHO assistant director general in charge of the operational response said in a press briefing. “There may indeed be a slowing of the epidemic there.”   In west Africa there are still more than 13,500 Ebola cases—actually an uptick of about 3,000 in recent days—but a …

    October 31, 2014 3:49 pm
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Health

  • Could breathing differently change how people climb mountains?


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A brief new report claims that using a breathing technique based on Tibetan Buddhist tradition, 26 inexperienced mountain climbers made it up Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa in 48 hours while avoiding acute mountain sickness. They were trained to take quick deep breaths constantly while climbing, said coauthor Dr. Geert A. Buijze of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Academic Medical Center Amsterdam in The Netherlands. “Compare it to the deep breathing when performing strenuous exercises,” Buijze told Reuters Health by email. Acute mountain sickness (AMS) can affect anyone who ascends above 8,000 feet too rapidly. Symptoms are usually mild, but severe cases can result in blue skin, chest tightness, confusion, coughing up blood and inability to walk. For the new experiment, which was reported in a letter to the editor in Wilderness Environmental Medicine, the climbers received special training in advance, including mindset coaching, cold exposure, and breathing technique …

    October 31, 2014 3:29 pm
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Entertainment

  • Amanda Bynes’ Parents Battle Daughter In Court To Keep Conservatorship Intact


    Posted on Fri Oct 31st, 2014 2:10pm PDT       By X17 Staff Amanda Bynes and her parents are ready for a fight. The troubled actress showed up at court on Friday to battle her parents and the judge, in yet another attempt to rid herself of her parents’ conservatorship and prove to the world she is sane. The hearing is Amanda’s opportunity to convince a judge that she is mentally competent to have legal and financial custody over herself. Despite her assertion that she is sane enough to make her own decisions — the 28-year-old actress was late to her 1:30 pm court date in Ventura County, reports TMZ. Less than 45 minutes before the scheduled court time, the former What I like About You actress was spotted eating watermelon at Mel’s Diner in Hollywood, reports the site. This definitely doesn’t seem like the behavior of a person who is well … On Thursday, Bynes left the …

    October 31, 2014 5:11 pm
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Editorial

  • Puppy love… for real


    Elsie and Brady (Courtesy of the author) She had him at woof. Our golden doodle puppy, Brady, has a crush on the girl next door. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT She’s an adorable Wheaton terrier named Elsie who’s just a few months younger than Brady. Ever since they discovered each other across our chain-link fence, their obsession has grown. When one is out, he/she is searching for the other. I took Brady for a walk and left the gate to our yard open. Elsie must have been in her yard and heard him. When we returned from the walk, there she was — sitting eagerly on our driveway — waiting for her guy. Their determination to connect is so intense, they’ve found spots all along the fence to dig holes just deep enough for Elsie (who’s smaller) to escape into our yard. While our neighbors are onboard with the relationship, they’re none too pleased about the endless excavation, and …

    October 31, 2014 3:29 pm
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Odd News

  • Parachutist rescued from Missouri radio tower


    (Reuters) – A man’s plan to leap from a Missouri radio tower south of St. Louis went awry when his parachute got stuck on a supporting wire, leaving him suspended 155 feet above the ground, a fire official said on Friday. The parachutist, Timothy Church, 27, and a second man, Brandon Travis, 26, were arrested for trespassing on private property, St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman said. Travis helped Church gain access to the tower, he said. Church was rescued by a firefighter trained in high-suspension rescues who climbed the tower and got a rope and pulley to the man. He was then secured and lowered to the ground just before midnight Thursday, said Brian Hendricks, chief of the Mehlville Fire Protection District. “It appears he climbed the tower, jumped, deployed his parachute and as he was coming to the ground he became entangled in the guy wire,” Hendricks said in an interview. Church …

    October 31, 2014 3:49 pm
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