Headline News

  • Hawaii officials warn that lava flow may force evacuation


    October 24, 2014: In this photo from the U.S. Geological Survey, the lava flow from Kilauea Volcano that began June 27 is seen as it crossed Apa’a Street near Cemetery Road near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey) HONOLULU –  Hawaii authorities on Saturday told several dozen residents near an active lava flow to prepare for a possible evacuation in the next three to five days as molten rock oozed across a country road and edged closer to homes. The flow was about 35 yards wide and moving northeast at about 10 yards per hour. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Lava of some 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit crossed a road on the edge of Pahoa, the largest town in the mostly rural region of Puna on the Big Island of Hawaii, at 3:50 a.m. It was about six-tenths of a mile from Pahoa Village Road, the town’s main street. It’s not …

    October 25, 2014 9:52 pm
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Politics

  • Early voting trends bring campaign adjustments


    By MICHAEL R. BLOOD October 25, 2014 Democratic Party volunteers call prospective voters to urge them to support Gov. Jerry Brown and other party candidates(AP Photo/Michael Blood) For over 1 million Californians, the Nov. 4 election is over. That’s because they’ve already voted. A growing throng of early voters in the nation’s most populous state — perhaps comprising half of all votes to be cast in California’s general election — has stretched Election Day into weeks. Candidates who wait until the end to close the deal with voters will be too late. “The election is not a one-day event anymore. It’s a 30-day event,” said veteran Democratic strategist Bill Carrick, who is spearheading Kennedy clan member Bobby Shriver’s campaign for Los Angeles County supervisor. The midterm elections are just over a week away and California is one of more than 30 states in which some form of advance voting is shaping the way campaigns must …

    October 25, 2014 9:31 pm
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Stocks

  • Brits may get paid for losing weight


    Research suggests cash incentives make obese people lose weight. Overweight Brits may soon find that shedding extra pounds would benefit their wallets as well as their waistlines. The UK public health service, the NHS, wants to encourage companies to reward employees who lose excess weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Dubbed the ‘pounds for pounds’ program by Britain’s biggest-selling newspaper The Sun, the initiative is part of a plan to tackle an NHS funding shortfall that is forecast to hit £30 billion ($48 billion) by 2020. NHS executives plan to ask the cash-strapped government for £8 billion, but the rest will have to come from savings, including reducing spending on weight-related illness. “Put bluntly, as the nation’s waistline keeps piling on the pounds, we’re piling on billions of pounds in future taxes just to pay for preventable illnesses,” the NHS said. Almost two thirds of English adults are overweight or obese, with low income groups …

    October 25, 2014 2:25 pm
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Sports

  • NAU scores late, upsets No. 2 Eastern Washington


    Flagstaff, AR (SportsNetwork.com) – Northern Arizona backup quarterback Jordan Perry connected with true freshman wide receiver Dan Galindo on a 20-yard touchdown pass with 12 seconds remaining to lift the Lumberjacks to a 28-27 upset of No. 2 Eastern Washington on Saturday. The Lumberjacks (5-3, 3-1) ended two-time defending Big Sky champion Eastern Washington’s conference winning streak at 14 games. The Eagles fell to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the Big Sky. “Moments like this are rare in life,” NAU coach Jerome Souers said. “I’m very proud of our football program, our coaches and everybody that has stuck with it. The fans stayed until the very end when things didn’t look good.” The Eagles had a 27-22 lead late in the fourth quarter but opted not to go for a 40-yard field goal attempt before being stopped on 4th-and-4 at the NAU 23 with 47 seconds left. On the Lumberjacks’ second play of the ensuing …

    October 25, 2014 9:52 pm
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World News

  • Tunisia set for historic election


    26 October 2014 Last updated at 02:41 Tunisia is seen as one of the relative success stories of the “Arab Spring”, having largely avoided violence Tunisia is set to elect its first full parliament under a new constitution passed earlier this year. The election is one of the final stages in the political transition which followed the ousting of authoritarian leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. There are no opinion polls, but the moderate Islamist Ennahda party, which won Tunisia’s last national election in 2011, is expected to do well. Its main rival is likely to be the liberal Nidaa Tounes (Tunisia’s Call). Most of the major parties have vowed to tackle Tunisia’s high unemployment and to reinvigorate its economy. Tunisia is seen as the birthplace of the “Arab Spring” – the pro-democracy movement which sought to replace autocratic governments in several Arab countries. Tunisia is considered to have had the most successful outcome, …

    October 25, 2014 9:52 pm
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Technology

  • Twitpic links, photo archive will ‘stay alive’ due to deal with Twitter


    Twitpic, the popular tool for sharing photos on Twitter, is calling it quits. But archived photos, and the associated links posted to Twitter, will live on for now. Users of Twitpic — the popular tool for sharing photos on Twitter — have been given a reprieve. The service, set to shut down today, said at the beginning of September that users had until the shutdown date to export their photos from the Twitpic domain — where they’d upload shots before linking to them in tweets. But TwitPic founder Noah Everett has announced that because of an agreement with Twitter, photos and links will be kept alive “for the time being.” “We weren’t able to find a way to keep Twitpic independent,” Everettt wrote in a blog item on the Twitpic site Saturday. “However, I’m happy to announce that we have reached an agreement with Twitter to give them the Twitpic domain and photo archive, thus …

    October 25, 2014 9:32 pm
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Science

  • Decrease of genetic diversity in the endangered Saimaa ringed seal continues


    Related images(click to enlarge) The critically endangered Saimaa ringed seal, which inhabits Lake Saimaa in Finland, has extremely low genetic diversity and this development seems to continue, according to a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland. In her doctoral dissertation, Mia Valtonen, MSc, analysed the temporal and regional variation in the genetic diversity of the endangered Saimaa ringed seal. The population is only around 300 individuals divided into smaller sub-populations and with very little migration among between them. The study developed a method allowing the identification of individual Saimaa ringed seals on the basis of a DNA sample, and showed that placentas collected from birth-lair sites are suitable for the genetic monitoring of the population. The data of the study comprised tissue samples taken from discovered carcasses of Saimaa ringed seals and placentas collected from birth-lair sites, as well as reference samples taken from Baltic ringed seals and Ladoga ringed seals. Lowest …

    October 25, 2014 9:52 pm
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Health

  • U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola calls treatment "frenzy of disorganization"


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Illinois joined New York and New Jersey in imposing mandatory quarantines for people arriving with a risk of having contracted Ebola in West Africa, but the first person isolated under the new rules, a nurse returning from Sierra Leone, called her treatment a “frenzy of disorganization.” Kaci Hickox, who arrived at Newark airport in New Jersey on Friday, described hours of questioning by officials in protective gear and what she said was a mis-diagnosis of fever, followed by a transfer to a hospital isolation tent. She said she worried about what was in store for other American health workers trying to help combat the epidemic that has killed thousands in West Africa. “I … thought of many colleagues who will return home to America and face the same ordeal. Will they be made to feel like criminals and prisoners?” she wrote in an article published on Saturday by The Dallas Morning …

    October 25, 2014 9:31 pm
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Entertainment

  • Sexy Ladies Taylor Swift And Gwen Stefani Strut Their Stuff At We Can Survive Concert


    Posted on Sat Oct 25th, 2014 12:12pm PDT       By X17 Staff Getty Images for CBS Taylor Swift rocked the Hollywood Bowl Friday night, with celeb guests like Gwen Stefani in attendance to support the We Can Survive breast cancer awareness charity. Iggy Azalea, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande and other A-listers performed as well. In a sequined crop-top and white hot pants, the “Shake It Off” singer has been battling online piracy as of late — songs from her upcoming album 1989 were leaked online, though her record label promptly issued cease-and-desist orders and had the songs removed from YouTube and other sites. The album will be officially released October 27.   Stories from around the Web

    October 25, 2014 9:11 pm
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Editorial

  • The Foxhole: Graham Nash on CSNY, the Hollies and the choosing of life over death


    In the fall of 1969, the members of rock’s newest super-group, CSNY – an improbable and highly combustible vehicle for the individual and collective genius of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young – were settling into the San Francisco area, preparing to record their first album together. These loose sessions would produce the landmark record Déjà Vu (1970), later ranked # 148 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Crosby, the nominal leader of the group, had set up digs in a rambling country house in Novato, thirty miles north of the city, with his two lovers, Christine Hinton and Debbie Donovan. Jerry Garcia, who would play pedal steel guitar on Nash’s pop classic, “Teach Your Children,” was a frequent visitor, as were other members of the Grateful Dead, who lived down the street. The sex, drugs, and freedom were highly intoxicating, and for the members of …

    October 25, 2014 1:10 am
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Odd News

  • Florida man shoots 400-pound bear breaking into his house


    ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – A Florida man shot and killed a 400-pound (180-kg) black bear after it broke into his house two nights in a row to get to a bag of dog food, a state wildlife officer said on Friday. “I felt in danger enough that since it wouldn’t leave I had to shoot it,” said Victor Peters of Lady Lake of the Wednesday night incident in a video interview posted online by the Orlando Sentinel. Killing a bear in Florida is illegal. Wildlife officer Greg Workman of the Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation said he expects to hand the case to prosecutors by early next week for their consideration at the completion of his investigation. “It sounds like he did what he could do to try to keep the bear from coming back,” Workman said. “We’re looking at all sides to make the best decision.” Bears and humans cross paths, occasionally fatally for the …

    October 24, 2014 9:26 pm
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