Headline News

  • Branson to meet Virgin Galactic space team after crash


    MOJAVE Calif. (Reuters) – Richard Branson is set to meet his Virgin Galactic space team in California’s Mojave Desert on Saturday following the crash of a passenger spaceship being developed by his company that killed one pilot and seriously injured the other. The entrepreneur has pledged to keep up the drive for space travel, saying on the company’s web site: “Space is hard – but worth it. We will persevere and move forward together.” Friday’s crash of the suborbital vehicle, undergoing its first powered test flight since January over the Mojave, 95 miles (150 km) north of Los Angeles, was the second disaster suffered by a private space company in less than a week, dealing a blow to the fledgling commercial space launch industry. On Tuesday, an Antares rocket built and launched by Orbital Sciences Corp exploded after liftoff from Wallops Island, Virginia, destroying a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station. In the …

    November 1, 2014 7:00 am
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Politics

  • Fired-up Republicans have edge in midterm turnout war


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A daunting reality looms for President Barack Obama’s Democrats ahead of U.S. congressional elections on Tuesday: Voters from the Republican Party are much more fired up. Reuters/Ipsos polling data shows Republicans are more certain they will vote, and see their ballot as a way to voice disapproval of Obama’s handling of the Ebola outbreak and his health insurance reform law. The expectation of robust Republican turnout is why many forecasters see strong odds that the party will take over the Senate and expand its majority in the House of Representatives. “It looks good for the Republicans,” said Robert Erikson, a political scientist at Columbia University. “The Democrats are at a disadvantage when it comes to turnout.” About 55 percent of Republicans are certain they will vote, compared with 47 percent of Democrats, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling data for an online survey of 1,725 voters conducted Oct. 25-30. The poll had a credibility …

    November 1, 2014 3:37 am
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Stocks

  • Wall Street firm pushes for student loan forgiveness


    One Wall Street firm has an idea that’s raising eyebrows: forgive some student debt for first-time homebuyers. It’s too early to say exactly how the stimulus measure BlackRock (BLK) suggested would work, but it would take Congressional action because the federal government administers the majority of student debt. The move could be a creative way to ease student debt, which has quickly become a $1.2 trillion Achilles heel in the American economy. Millennials aren’t buying many homes. Mounting student debt may be part of the problem. “Fiscal policy initiatives targeted at young workers with high levels of student indebtedness might, perhaps surprisingly to some, have an outsize impact in supporting the housing recovery and financial markets,” Rick Rieder, co-head of Americas Fixed Income at BlackRock, wrote in a recent commentary. BlackRock estimates there are about seven million people in the U.S. that would be eligible for an FHA-approved mortgage but are burdened by student loans. …

    November 1, 2014 6:40 am
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Sports

  • Moore, Na share lead at CIMB Classic


    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (SportsNetwork.com) – Defending champion Ryan Moore and Kevin Na both shot 5-under 67 on Saturday and they moved into a share of the lead after three rounds of the CIMB Classic. Moore and Na ended 54 holes at 12-under-par 204 and they share a 1-stroke lead. When Moore won this title last year, it was his third PGA Tour crown. Na has one victory on tour. Sergio Garcia (68) and second-round leader Billy Hurley III (71) are tied for third place at minus-11 at Kuala Lumpur Golf Country Club. Kevin Streelman (71) and Kevin Chappell (70) were both tied for the lead on the front nine, but dropped into a share of fifth at 9-under-par 207. They were joined there by Gary Woodland (66) and Sang-Moon Bae (68). Last week’s runner-up Brendon de Jonge (65) stands alongside Angelo Que (69), Jeff Overton (71), Patrick Reed (68) and Cameron Smith (69) in ninth …

    November 1, 2014 7:00 am
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World News

  • How North Korea is tackling Ebola


    It started with a request to sworn enemies South Korea for emergency medical supplies to prevent the spread of contagious diseases. Then came the news that Pyongyang was barring all tourists in its efforts to prevent the contagion from entering and spreading within the country. On Thursday there were reports that all foreigners in North Korea were to be quarantined for 21 days so as to stop them infecting the local population. The same day the country’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) took the unusual step of publishing a short article about Ebola, featuring images of painfully ill patients and health workers in heavy protective clothing in west Africa. Then Daily NK reported that North Korea has restricted entry to Pyongyang. “In order to prevent transmission of the Ebola virus, a central command office for hygiene and quarantine has been set up,” a source in North Hamgyung Province told the site. “They have also …

    November 1, 2014 7:00 am
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Technology

  • Chat with ghosts using an emoji ouija board


    Now you can chat with the dead using your favorite emojicons. Kickstarter If you enjoy chatting with the dead, but prefer to do it using emojicons, why not upgrade your spirit communication with an Emouija Board? After all, ghosts don’t want to miss out on being about to tweet their feelings and thoughts like they did when they were alive and kicking. Find out if ghosts miss getting their hair cut, or dancing with friends or eating pizza. Perhaps they want to reveal their love for cats or just think the poop icon is hilarious. All your favorite emoji icons are represented on the board — from food items to activities to the weird ones no one seems to understand, like that hairy red devil guy (which we hope your ghosts aren’t stuck with as a purgatory pal). Designers of the Emouija Board, now on Kickstarter, also created unique emoji to help you communicate better …

    October 31, 2014 7:32 pm
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Science

  • New Artifact-Filled Chambers Revealed under Teotihuacan


    Scientists with the Mexican government announced Wednesday the discovery of three new chambers at the end of a tunnel under the ancient city of Teotihuacan. The tunnel was discovered in 2003 beneath the popular tourist destination just outside today’s Mexico City and is among the most important finds in the lost city’s history. In a press briefing at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, Mexican archeologists say that the new rooms contained thousands of objects, including carved statues, rubber balls, jade from Guatemala and a wooden box of shells. Beyond some traces of skin, however, no bodies have been discovered, although archaeologists have hypothesized that the site holds a burial chamber, perhaps still buried in the soil. “Just before the chambers is where we found very important offerings—a lot of them—alongside many objects,” says Sergio Gomez, who directs the excavation project. Archeologists know very little about mountain city of Teotihuacan. The tunnel, discovered …

    November 1, 2014 3:59 am
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Health

  • Judge rejects isolation for U.S. nurse who treated Ebola patients


    FORT KENT Maine (Reuters) – A Maine judge ruled on Friday that a U.S. nurse who treated victims of Ebola in West Africa does not need to be confined to her home, declaring Ebola fears in the United States “not entirely rational.” Nurse Kaci Hickox’s challenge of Maine’s 21-day isolation regime became a key battle in the dispute between some U.S. states and the federal government. A handful of states have imposed mandatory quarantines on health workers returning from three Ebola-ravaged West African countries while the federal government is wary of discouraging potential medical volunteers. While she may travel freely in public, the judge decided that Hickox must continue direct monitoring of her health, coordinate travel plans with health officials and report any symptoms. “I’m happy with the decision the judge made today,” Hickox told reporters via a live video feed from her house in Maine to her lawyer’s New York City office. “I think …

    November 1, 2014 3:37 am
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Entertainment

  • Robert Pattinson admits he has a thing for the weirdos


    Robert Pattinson defends Kristen Stewart’s cheating In a recent interview with Yahoo! Movies, Pattinson said, “I think there’s definitely something alien about [Hollywood] mainly because people who act — it’s really not necessarily just in Hollywood — they’re just people who… they examine themselves a lot more and like to talk about it. And I think if you’re spending a lot of time being self-obsessed, you just end up being kind of a weirdo.” Despite the fact that Pattinson has been heavily in the spotlight since landing the role of Edward Cullen in the Twilight franchise, the actor seems to have managed to keep his head on straight. 5 Reasons the World Cup reminds us of the Twilight series And even though he has his head on straight, he surprisingly doesn’t reject the weirdos. “It’s kind of interesting,” Pattinson continued with a laugh, “but I don’t know if my view of Hollywood is particularly like that. I …

    November 1, 2014 3:17 am
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Editorial

  • Surviving college… as a parent


    Gregg Jarrett with his wife and daughter. (Courtesy of the author) “What do your parents know, about surviving?” asks Lemony Snicket, the fictitious children’s author. Well, this is a story of survival. As a parent. I survived the trauma and drama of sending a child to college. Like a Snicket tale, it is a series of unfortunate (and stressful) events…with a happy ending. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In fact, I did better than merely survive. I recently returned from my inaugural “parents weekend” brimming with pride. Somehow, in the brief course of her first two months of college, my oldest daughter had blossomed. No longer beset by the angst of uncertainty common among newly minted freshmen, she was comfortable and confident. And happier than I have ever seen her. How could this be the same frightened, bewildered girl I hugged goodbye just a few fortnights ago? At times we felt overwhelmed and intimidated. But in the end, witnessing …

    November 1, 2014 3:37 am
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Odd News

  • ‘Subway Diet’ failure led to Subway robbery, Alabama suspect tells police


    (Reuters) – A suspect in an armed robbery of a Subway sandwich restaurant in Alabama told investigators he acted out of anger because of his failed “Subway Diet,” police said on Friday. Zachary Rapheal Torrance, 18, was arrested at a Walmart store late on Thursday after a patron there recognized him from surveillance footage of the suspect that police had posted online, authorities said. “He told the detective that he had been on the ‘Subway Diet’ and it had not worked for him and he felt like he wanted his money back,” said Hueytown Police Chief Chuck Hagler. “The detective felt like he was being serious,” Hagler added. The diet, created by longtime Subway pitch man Jared Fogle, who claims he lost more than 200 pounds on it, is built around two low-fat sandwiches from the restaurant chain per day. Torrance, who admitted to holding up a Subway in Hueytown on Wednesday, also is a …

    November 1, 2014 3:59 am
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