Headline News

  • California tour bus crash kills at least 1, injures dozens


    November 23, 2014: Emergency personnel check a tour bus that had already crashed earlier in the day and overturned just off Interstate 5 in Northern California, killing one person and sending dozens to hospitals near the Pollard Flat area in Redding, Calif. (AP Photo/The Record Searchlight, Alayna Shulman) Authorities in northern California say a tour bus that had already crashed once Sunday drifted off a freeway and overturned, killing at least one person and injuring 30 others.  California Highway Patrol Officer Jeff Borgen told the Associated Press that the bus was traveling from Los Angeles to Pasco, Wash. when the accident occurred approximately 100 miles south of the Oregon border at around 7:30 a.m. local time. The bus rolled over and came to rest upside-down on a frontage road. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Authorities did not immediately identify the passenger who died in the crash, but said that he was a 33-year-old man from Parlier, Calif. Two …

    November 23, 2014 10:04 pm
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Politics

  • Islamic militants recruit, exploit children


    By VIVIAN SALAMA, ZEINA KARAM November 23, 2014 A Islamic militant group fighter stands with two children posing with weapons as they watch other members of the group parade in commandeered Iraqi(AP Photo,) Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul. Patched onto the left arms of their black uniforms are the logos of the Islamic Police. In Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s de facto capital in Syria, boys attend training camp and religious courses before heading off to fight. Others serve as cooks or guards at the extremists’ headquarters or as spies, informing on people in their neighborhoods. Across the vast region under IS control, the group is actively conscripting children for battle and committing abuses against the most vulnerable at a young age, according to a growing body of evidence assembled from residents, activists, independent experts and human rights groups. In the northern Syrian town of Kobani, …

    November 23, 2014 8:44 pm
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Stocks

  • ‘Regin’ malware described as ‘groundbreaking and almost peerless’


      Experts don’t know where it came from, and aren’t quite sure what it does. But they do know this: a newly-uncovered cybersecurity threat appears to have been designed by a government, and is “groundbreaking and almost peerless.” Regin, as they’ve dubbed it, is malware that has been lurking in computers for as long as six years, according to Symantec (SYMC, Tech30), the cybersecurity firm that produces Norton Antivirus. “Its capabilities and the level of resources behind Regin indicate that it is one of the main cyberespionage tools used by a nation state,” Symantec said Sunday, explaining that “development took months, if not years, to complete.” The researchers said little to answer several key questions: Who designed it? How widely has it spread? What has it scooped up? What are the risks? Related: Russian website streams thousands of private webcams They said Regin has been discovered in at least 10 countries and was most heavily …

    November 23, 2014 5:43 pm
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Sports

  • Chargers hold on to beat Rams


    San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Marcus Gilchrist intercepted a Shaun Hill pass just inside the end zone as the San Diego Chargers held on for a 27-24 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. The Rams were already in position to attempt a tying field goal when Hill completed a 27-yard pass to Kenny Britt to the San Diego 6-yard line with a little over a minute remaining in the game. Hill looked Britt’s way again after a short Benny Cunningham run, but Gilchrist picked off the throw. Philip Rivers was 29-of-35 for 291 yards, one touchdown and one interception for the Chargers (7-4), who earned their second straight win following a three-game skid. “They came up big the whole game,” Rivers said about his defense. “We had some turnovers and some things and we put them in some tough spots. They were awesome. Hill finished 18-of-35 for 198 yards, one touchdown and two …

    November 23, 2014 10:04 pm
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World News

  • Banker ruled fit for HK murder trial


    24 November 2014 Last updated at 03:50 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s John Sudworth says the case is now likely to be referred to a higher court A British man charged with the murder of two women in Hong Kong has been ruled fit to stand trial by a court. Rurik Jutting, a 29-year-old banker, was remanded in custody in Hong Kong earlier this month and referred for psychiatric test. He is accused of killing Sumarti Ningsih and Seneng Mujiasi, who were found dead in his flat on 1 November. The two Indonesian women were in Hong Kong as domestic workers but were working illegally in the sex trade. Judge Bina Chainrai ruled that Mr Jutting was mentally fit to stand trial after spending two weeks having tests in a secure psychiatric centre, the AFP news agency said. The case was adjourned until 6 July 2015, at the request …

    November 23, 2014 10:04 pm
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Technology

  • SnapJet lets you print your smartphone snaps as Polaroids


    SnapJet An Impossible Lab challenger has appeared to let you print Polaroid-style photos directly from your smartphone. The SnapJet — seeking funding on Kickstarter — uses no apps (although there will be a free app available), no wires, no Wi-Fi, no NFC, no Bluetooth — and it’s compatible with every smartphone that can take a picture. How? Easy — the device is an all-in-one scanner and printer: you place your phone face-down on top of the SnapJet, which scans the image on the screen and prints it out on Polaroid 300 or Fujifilm Instax, using the light of the smartphone’s screen to develop the film at a resolution of up to 1,200 dpi. “After a few experiments, we realised that the light emitted from a smartphone could be used to develop a photo. Smartphone displays like iPhone’s retina display have achieved amazing resolutions at 326ppi or higher, and they are all carefully color corrected. The …

    November 23, 2014 8:44 pm
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Science

  • Boosts in productivity of corn and other crops modify Northern Hemisphere carbon dioxide cycle


    Each year in the Northern Hemisphere, levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide drop in the summer as plants “inhale,” then climb again as they exhale after the growing season. During the last 50 years, the size of this seasonal swing has increased by as much as half, for reasons that aren’t fully understood. Now a team of researchers has shown that agricultural production may generate up to a quarter of the increase in this seasonal carbon cycle, with corn playing a leading role. “This study shows the power of modeling and data mining in addressing potential sources contributing to seasonal changes in carbon dioxide,” says Liz Blood, program director for the National Science Foundation’s MacroSystems Biology Program, which funded the research. “It points to the role of basic research in finding answers to complex problems.” In the Northern Hemisphere, there’s a strong seasonal cycle of vegetation, says scientist Mark Friedl of Boston University (BU), senior author …

    November 23, 2014 9:05 pm
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Health

  • ‘Hypoallergenic’ labels may not be accurate


    (Reuters Health) – Products for kids with itchy skin that are labeled hypoallergenic often contain ingredients that can cause allergic reactions, a recent study found. The “hypoallergenic” label is not regulated by the FDA, said Carsten Hamann, a medical student at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California and the lead researcher on the study. He and his colleagues tested products that might be used by kids with eczema, which affects 17.8 million people in the U.S., according to the National Eczema Association. Patients have patches of red, itchy skin, often on the arms, legs, cheeks, and behind the ears. “Kids who have eczema or atopic dermatitis use more lotions and creams and ointments, etc. Ostensibly, their caregivers who purchase these products to use on the kids’ skin, give preference to products using these meaningless marketing terms,” Hamann told Reuters Health in an email. Doctors generally advise people with eczema to apply moisturizer …

    November 23, 2014 8:44 pm
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Entertainment

  • Lisa Bonet Posts Cryptic Tweet In Reaction To Bill Cosby Scandal


    Posted on Sun Nov 23rd, 2014 10:20am PDT       By X17 Staff In the midst of Bill Cosby and his recent rape allegations, it appears that former co-star Lisa Bonet posted a telling tweet regarding her possible stance on the matter. “According to the karma of past actions, one’s destiny unfolds, even though everyone wants to be so lucky . . . Nothing stays in the dark 4ever!” the 47-year-old reportedly tweeted yesterday from an unverified Twitter account (@Lilakoi_Moon) which was later deactivated. The Cosby Show alum is just the latest person to speak up regarding the reports of up to as many as 16 women who are claiming that the 77-year-old comedian is a sexual predator. Some of those alleged victims include Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis, Janice Dickinson and Carla Ferrigno to name a few. Cosby himself made a statement in his defense regarding the allegations while backstage at his stand-up show at the King Center in Melbourne, …

    November 23, 2014 10:25 pm
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Editorial

  • 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
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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
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