Headline News

  • Lawyer for Massachusetts teen charged with murder seeks police messages


    A lawyer for the Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his high school math teacher is questioning the timeline given by authorities about the discovery of the victim’s body. During a hearing Thursday in Salem Superior Court, Philip Chism’s attorney sought additional evidence, including copies of text messages and emails she believes officers used to communicate with each other, as well as information about the time that crime scene photos of Colleen Ritzer’s body were taken. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Salem News reports that she says they could show a timeline at odds with official reports. The 15-year-old Chism is facing rape and murder charges in connection with the October slaying. The prosecutor said much of what the defense is requesting has already been turned over or doesn’t exist. The judge did not rule.

    September 19, 2014 8:45 am
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Politics

  • Roberts to Get Some Help on Air From Freedom Partners


    By Alexis Levinson Posted at 12:52 p.m. today 0 Tweet (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Freedom Partners Action Fund has reserved air time in the Kansas Senate race, where Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., is fighting for his political life. The Koch brothers-backed group placed a $297,100 buy running in various markets from Sept. 24 through Oct. 7, according to numbers provided to CQ Roll Call by a source tracking ad buys. From Sept. 24 through Oct. 7, the group reserved $21,200 on Topeka and Wichita broadcast television. From Oct. 1 through Oct. 7, they reserved $4,040 on Joplin cable, $117,025 on Kansas City cable, $1,725 on Line cable, $25,302 on Topeka cable, $2,397 on Tulsa cable, and $62,466 on Wichita cable. Koch Industries, the business conglomerate owned by Charles and David Koch, is headquartered in Wichita, Kansas. Roberts faces independent candidate Greg Orman, a well-funded candidate who has recently polled very well against Roberts. …

    September 19, 2014 12:08 pm
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Stocks

  • China drives global diamond jewelery sales to $79 billion


      A diamond is forever … especially in China. Global diamond jewelry sales hit a record $79 billion last year, led by strong interest from the Chinese for the rare gem, according to a report from De Beers. Polished diamond sales in China rocketed by 14% last year alone, double the pace of growth seen in the U.S. Overall, sales of diamond jewelry to the Chinese have been the fastest growing in the world, averaging about 21% a year over the last decade. China now accounts for 13% of global demand, up from just 3% in 2003. Related: China becomes world’s top gold buyer The U.S. is still the world’s largest diamond market but companies such as De Beers are increasingly looking to China for growth. As disposable incomes rise, Chinese consumers are driving global markets for luxury products, including expensive watches, handbags, cars and diamonds. China now accounts for nearly one-third of global luxury …

    September 19, 2014 9:05 am
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Sports

  • Syracuse hosts Maryland with the Orange looking for 3-0 start for the first time since 1991


    SYRACUSE, N.Y. –  Syracuse has seen what it can do with quarterback Terrel Hunt in the lineup for an entire game and what it can’t do when he’s not. The Orange will take the former any day. So, too, will Hunt, who last week guided Syracuse to a 40-3 road victory over Central Michigan after starting the season by getting ejected in what turned into a nail-biting, one-point win in double overtime against Villanova. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “CMU was really an important game for me,” said Hunt, who scored the game’s last three touchdowns and completed 20 of 30 passes for 175 yards and a TD. “I was more focused on just getting the win rather than anything else. I felt I let my team down. I just wanted to go out there and make sure we did what we had to do, and that everything was perfect.” “He played well and he needs to do …

    September 19, 2014 11:48 am
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World News

  • Guilty plea in US embassy bombings


    19 September 2014 Last updated at 17:28 An Egyptian man accused of helping to plan the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania has pleaded guilty in a New York court. But a judge has not yet accepted a plea deal for Adel Abdul Bary, 54, that would see him serve 25 years in prison. He was charged with conspiracy to murder and the use of weapons of mass destruction, among other counts. More than 200 people were killed when the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam were attacked in August 1998. Bary was extradited from the UK in 2012 along with Mustafa Kamal Mustafa, also known as Abu Hamza.

    September 19, 2014 11:48 am
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Technology

  • Joan Rivers posts from the grave: ‘I’ve just bought an iPhone!’


    Comic legend Joan Rivers has been dead for over a week now, but apparently that hasn’t stopped the Fashion Show star being chuffed to bits with her new iPhone 6-feet-under. In a warning to PR companies everywhere, sponsored scheduled posts appeared on Rivers’ Facebook and Instagram accounts on Friday morning – before they were quickly taken down. Oops? The scheduled post on Facebook. Photograph: Facebook At least the hashtags were on point: the iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus), which went on sale on Friday, have had positive reviews – some might say even a product to die for. In other Rivers-related news, her doctor has denied the rumour that he took a selfie with the star while she was unconscious in hospital after undergoing throat surgery. Rivers was one of the most celebrated comedians of the last 40 years, and was Tony and Grammy nominated. She was still performing weeks before she died of a …

    September 19, 2014 12:09 pm
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Science

  • Shrink-wrapping spacesuits


    For future astronauts, the process of suiting up may go something like this: Instead of climbing into a conventional, bulky, gas-pressurized suit, an astronaut may don a lightweight, stretchy garment, lined with tiny, musclelike coils. She would then plug in to a spacecraft’s power supply, triggering the coils to contract and essentially shrink-wrap the garment around her body. The skintight, pressurized suit would not only support the astronaut, but would give her much more freedom to move during planetary exploration. To take the suit off, she would only have to apply modest force, returning the suit to its looser form. Now MIT researchers are one step closer to engineering such an active, “second-skin” spacesuit: Dava Newman, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems at MIT, and her colleagues have engineered active compression garments that incorporate small, springlike coils that contract in response to heat. The coils are made from a shape-memory alloy (SMA) …

    September 19, 2014 12:30 pm
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Health

  • Sierra Leone capital at standstill as Ebola lockdown begins


    FREETOWN (Reuters) – Sierra Leone began a three-day lockdown on Friday in an effort to halt the spread of the Ebola virus, as President Ernest Bai Koroma urged residents to comply with the emergency measures. Streets in the normally bustling seaside capital Freetown were deserted, barring vehicles carrying police officers and health workers. Radio stations played Ebola awareness jingles on repeat and encouraged residents to stay indoors. “Today, the life of everyone is at stake, but we will get over this difficulty if all do what we have been asked to do,” Koroma said in a television address late on Thursday. “These are extraordinary times and extraordinary times require extraordinary measures.” Ebola has infected some 5,357 people in West Africa this year, killing 2,630 of them, in the worst epidemic of the virus that the world has seen. At least 562 people have died in Sierra Leone and nearly 30,000 health workers, volunteers and teachers …

    September 19, 2014 8:05 am
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Entertainment

  • Kirsten Dunst on hacking scandal: iCloud is a ‘piece of s***’


    Kirsten Dunst has babies on the brain  “I try to have a sense of humor about a really unfortunate situation,” Dunst told Us Weekly. “The FBI is investigating, so they’re handling it right now.” Soon after the celebs had their photos stolen, Dunst tweeted about the incident with a clever blend of emoticons. Thank you iCloud — Kirsten Dunst (@kirstendunst) September 1, 2014 (If you sound it out, it sounds sort of like “piece of s***” — clever girl.) The FBI said they are “addressing” the allegations and it looks like many of the victims are working with authorities in an attempt to catch whoever hacked into their technology. Dunst, along with Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Krysten Ritter, Teresa Palmer, Becca Tobin, Hope Solo and others found their privacy violated in the hack. Because Apple also operates iCloud, where many of the photos were held, they assured everyone that they are also investigating. Kirsten Dunst …

    September 19, 2014 7:44 am
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Editorial

  • Ebola crisis: Yes, we need to help but is Obama ready to keep Americans safe?


    America is silently acquiescing to President Obama’s extraordinarily expensive and flawed plan to fight Ebola in West Africa. Though help is urgently needed there, the plan does far too little to protect Americans. Tuesday, Obama announced he is committing $763 million dollars and 3,000 military personnel to taming the outbreak that so far has killed 2,400 people. Compare that with our federal government’s puny response to the drug-resistant contagious infections raging through American hospitals, killing 23,000 patients a year.  That’s ten times the death toll. It’s being repeated year after year, and our own family members and neighbors are the victims.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Over a year ago, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden warned that without immediate action to stop what he called these “nightmare bacteria,” including MRSA. C. diff, VRE and CRE, it will be too dangerous to go to the hospital for a hip replacement, chemotherapy, or other treatments.  As the …

    September 19, 2014 12:08 pm
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Odd News

  • Missing Philadelphia dog found safe in Oregon, 3,000 miles from home


    PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) – A dog that went missing in Philadelphia five months ago has turned up 3,000 miles away – in a Portland-area animal shelter and officials say they have no idea how the Jack Russell terrier named Gidget made the cross-country trip. “It is an absolute mystery to everyone how little Gidget ended up here,” said Deborah Wood, animal services manager at the shelter. “We are just thrilled that she was microchipped and that the owner’s information was current.” When Gidget was brought to the Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter in Hillsboro, Oregon, as a stray earlier this month, she had been missing since April 22. Wood declined to name Gidget’s owners, saying they were trying to raise funds to bring the dog back east.  (Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Sandra Maler)

    September 19, 2014 12:30 pm
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