Headline News

  • Deputy killed, three others hurt in California shooting spree


    SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – A California sheriff’s deputy was killed and three others were wounded in a shooting spree that started in a motel parking lot in Sacramento on Friday, authorities said. The incident began on Friday morning in the parking lot of a Motel 6 when a deputy, later identified as Danny Oliver, 47, approached a vehicle considered to be suspicious, said Sacramento County Sheriff Lieutenant R.L. Davis. Someone inside the car fired multiple rounds at Oliver, who was struck in the chest. On Friday afternoon, Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones said that Oliver had died of his wounds at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento. “We grieve as a family,” Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones said at a news conference on Friday afternoon. He said that Oliver, a 15-year veteran of the force, left behind a wife and two daughters. After shooting Oliver, the car’s occupants then carjacked a vehicle nearby, shooting …

    October 24, 2014 6:03 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. judge blocks New Jersey sports betting law


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order on Friday blocking a New Jersey law that would have allowed legalized wagering on sporting events, the judge’s chambers said. U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp gave the order orally in court and planned to issue a written order later in the day, according to his chambers. The National Football League and other sports leagues sued on Monday in an attempt to block the law, which New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, had signed a few days earlier. (Reporting by David Ingram; Editing by Chris Reese)

    October 24, 2014 5:01 pm
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Stocks

  • The best time to book your holiday flight is…


    If you’re planning on flying over the holidays, now’s the time book your tickets. A new survey shows the lowest prices for domestic airfares are found eight weeks before the departure date, around 19% below the average fare of $496, according to the Airlines Reporting Corporation, a travel industry research group owned by the airlines. The report, which was based on ticket sales between January 2013 through July 2014, also found Sunday is the cheapest day to buy plane tickets. This Sunday marks nine weeks until Christmas week, so the clock is ticking. “It’s about time we stop believing in the airfare voodoo that Tuesday is the best day to get good ticket prices,” said George Hobica, president of Airfarewatchdog.com. The average domestic fare paid on a Sunday is $71 cheaper than on a Monday, the most expensive day, the report showed. Getting a deal on holiday travel is always hard, but maybe even more …

    October 24, 2014 6:03 pm
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Sports

  • Golf-PGA president fired for ‘insensitive’ remarks


    (Reuters) – PGA of America president Ted Bishop was removed from office on Friday by his board of directors for “insensitive gender-based statements” posted on social media at the expense of English golfer Ian Poulter. Bishop on Thursday referred to Poulter as a little girl because of critical remarks written by the Englishman about Nick Faldo and Tom Watson as Ryder Cup captains. Though Bishop later removed his own comments from Twitter and Facebook and said that he “could have selected some different ways” to express his opinion, his statements were deemed to be inconsistent with the policies of the PGA. “The PGA of America understands the enormous responsibility it has to lead this great game and to enrich lives in our society through golf,” chief executive officer Pete Bevacqua said in a statement. “We must demand of ourselves that we make golf both welcoming and inclusive to all who want to experience it, and …

    October 24, 2014 6:03 pm
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World News

  • One killed in US school shooting


    24 October 2014 Last updated at 21:47 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Three of the injured are being treated in hospital and one was treated at the scene. One person was shot dead and four students wounded by a student who also died at a school in the US state of Washington, police have said. The shooting reportedly took place in a lunch room at Marysville Pilchuck High School, near Seattle. The four students were shot in the head, with three in a critical condition undergoing surgery. Officials said the unnamed gunman, described as a male student, died at the scene. “We are confident that there was only one shooter and the shooter is deceased,” Marysville police commander Robb Lamoureux told reporters on Friday. “We are confirming two deceased at this time. One is the shooter and the second deceased, we’re not confirming at this time whether it’s student or staff.” …

    October 24, 2014 6:03 pm
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Technology

  • AT&T, T-Mobile both lock down new iPad SIMs in their stores


    The iPad Air 2’s Apple SIM card lets users swap carriers, sometimes. CNET The new Apple SIM card in new iPad models was supposed to make it easier to bounce around between different wireless carriers. That didn’t seem to last long. The Apple SIM promised the ability to switch carriers with a few taps on the tablet. But an ATT spokesman confirmed that it will lock down the SIM cards found in the new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. A new iPad purchased at a T-Mobile store will also include a SIM pre-set to the carrier, according to a person familiar with the carrier’s plans. In both cases, if a customer wants to switch, the person needs to physically change out the SIM card. An iPad purchased at an Apple store or other third-party retailer such as Best Buy for use on T-Mobile’s network, however, will remain open, and users can switch to …

    October 24, 2014 5:01 pm
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Science

  • NASA Hosts First Agency-wide Social Media Event for Orion’s First Flight Test


    NASA invites social media followers to apply for credentials to get a preview of the Orion spacecraft’s first flight test during NASA Social events Dec. 3 at each of its 10 centers. Orion will launch on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Liftoff is targeted for 7:05 a.m. EST Dec. 4. NASA Socials are in-person events for people who engage with the agency through social media networks. Events will be held simultaneously at NASA centers including: Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California; Glenn Research Center in Cleveland; Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland; Johnson Space Center in Houston; Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia; Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama; Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi; and, Armstrong Flight Research Center, which is hosting a joint event with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Each …

    October 24, 2014 5:23 pm
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Health

  • Two US states to quarantine health workers returning from Ebola zones


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Obama administration is considering quarantines for healthcare workers returning from Ebola-ravaged West African countries, an official said on Friday, as authorities in New York retraced the steps of a doctor with the disease. In Washington, President Barack Obama hugged a Dallas nurse who survived Ebola after catching it from a patient. Quarantining healthcare workers returning to the United States from the Ebola “hot zone” was one of a number of options being discussed by officials from across the administration, Tom Skinner, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told Reuters. The CDC-led discussions began on Thursday after Dr. Craig Spencer tested positive for the disease that day after returning to New York from West Africa. Spencer, 33, a New Yorker who spent a month with the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders working with Ebola patients in Guinea, was the fourth person diagnosed with the virus in …

    October 24, 2014 5:01 pm
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Entertainment

  • Who Knew Heidi Montag And Aubrey O’Day Were BFFs?


    Posted on Fri Oct 24th, 2014 11:43am PDT       By X17 Staff Heidi Montag and Aubrey O’Day are friends?! While we really aren’t surprised to know that terrible, plastic people flock together, we didn’t know they were BFFs! What do you think they talk about? Science? ISIS? War on terror? Probably all of the above! The bottled blondes, who were out in full force with Bad Girls star Natalie Nunn, at Life Style Weekly‘s 10 Year Anniversary Party, held at the SkyBar at the Mondrian Los Angeles. For the soiree, Heidi opted to cover up her tatas in a black shirt and show off dem legs in a short black leather skirt. Aubrey O’Day raised a few eyebrows when she went on with a pretty intense zombie stare and dressed like a human doily, picking peach lace to clothe herself. Other Hollywood luminaries at the celebratory bash were Peta Murgatroyd, Janice Dickinson, Draya Michele, Brittny Gastineau, Morgan …

    October 24, 2014 2:38 pm
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Editorial

  • ‘Law & Order’ star, NFL, men’s group join to say ‘No More’ to domestic violence


    Mariska Hargitay, Founder President of the Joyful Heart Foundation and Emmy Award-winning star of “Law Order: Special Victims Unit.” (Courtesy NoMore.org) Twenty-four people every minute — more than 12 million women and men a year — are victims of physical violence, rape and stalking from their partners. While the overwhelming majority of violence and abuse against women is men’s violence, the majority of men are not violent. However, men are often silent about the violence that other men perpetrate. But this week saw a group of powerful men step forward: NFL players, current and former, saying NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault in a series of groundbreaking new PSAs. “Together we can end domestic violence and sexual assault” reads the tag line for NO MORE. The most important word in that phrase? “Together.” Players like Pittsburgh Steelers’ William Gay, whose mother was killed by an abusive partner. Like Philadelphia Eagles’ Jon Dorrembos, who lost …

    October 24, 2014 5:01 pm
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Odd News

  • Thousands raised to buy car for Pennsylvania sniper’s lookalike


    EAST STROUDSBURG Pa. (Reuters) – Jim Tully’s hours-long walks to and from work in the Pocono Mountains, where he has been repeatedly stopped by police in a case of mistaken identity in the manhunt for a Pennsylvania cop killer, may be coming to an end. News of the factory worker’s run-ins with authorities searching for fugitive Eric Frein, wanted in the Sept. 12 shooting death of one state trooper and wounding of another, has sparked a crowdfunding campaign to buy him a car. Donations are pouring in and by Friday the campaign had raised nearly $16,000, more than six times the original goal of $2,500. “I’m overwhelmed with the support from the community and the area,” Tully said in a telephone interview on Friday. Tully, 39, who says friends tell him he looks like Frein from a distance, said he had been stopped by police at least 20 times on his 4-hour long walks to …

    October 24, 2014 5:23 pm
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