Monday, October 20, 2014

Indiana Serial Killer Suspect's Confession Leads to 7 Bodies

Seven women's bodies were found in northwestern Indiana over the weekend after a convicted sex offender's confession to one killing led police to the grisly discovery of other deaths, including three in one abandoned house, authorities said Monday.

The discoveries began after a 43-year-old man allegedly confessed to killing a woman whose body was found Friday in a Motel 6 in Hammond, Indiana. He then told investigators where more bodies could be found in abandoned homes in the nearby city of Gary, a deteriorating former steel town about 30 miles southeast of Chicago, police said.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said Monday that the suspect is a sex offender from Austin, Texas.

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Indiana Serial Killer Suspect Says Spree Dates Back Two Decades

U.S. Drops Arms, Supplies To Kurds Fighting In Kobani

(Reuters) - Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani, while the United States air-dropped arms for the first time to help the defenders resist an Islamic State assault.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington had asked Ankara to help "get the peshmerga or other groups" into Kobani so that they could help defend the town on the Turkish frontier, adding that he hoped the Kurds would "take this fight on".

If the reinforcements come through, this may mark a turning point in the battle for Kobani, a town that has become a frontline of the battle to foil Islamic State's attempt to reshape the Middle East.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hurricane Gonzalo moves over Bermuda

HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — The eye of Hurricane Gonzalo crossed over this tiny British territory Friday night, pounding Bermuda with fierce wind and heavy surf as a Category 2 storm that carried the threat of a dangerous storm surge.

The storm's top sustained winds remained at 110 mph (175 kph) as its core moved out to sea. It was centered about 35 miles (55 kilometers) north-northeast of Bermuda late Friday and moving north-northeast at 16 mph (26 kph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

A white haze covered the island as wind uprooted trees and waves slammed into the shore. Strong winds damaged part of the roof at Bermuda's main hospital and caused water damage in the new intensive care unit, police spokesman Dwayne Caines said.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Joe Biden's son fails drug test, ousted from Navy

The younger son of Vice President Joe Biden failed a drug test for cocaine, a month after his commissioning last year into the Navy Reserve and was discharged.

Hunter Biden, an ensign, had been selected for commission as a reserve officer through the Direct Commission Officer program in 2012, according to Cmdr. Ryan Perry, a Navy spokesman. He was commissioned into the Navy Reserve unit for Navy Public Affairs Support Element East in Norfolk, Va. Biden, who had no prior military experience, was one of six officers commissioned nationally into the Navy Reserve public affairs division.

"It was the honor of my life to serve in the U.S. Navy, and I deeply regret and am embarrassed that my actions led to my administrative discharge," Biden said in statement issued through his lawyer. "I respect the Navy's decision. With the love and support of my family, I'm moving forward."

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President Obama Chooses Ebola Czar

Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama will appoint Ron Klain his "Ebola czar," knowledgeable sources tell CNN.

The president on Thursday signaled his openness to the idea to have one individual coordinating the entire federal response to any threat of an outbreak in the United States.

"It may make sense for us to have one person ... so that after this initial surge of activity, we can have a more regular process just to make sure that we're crossing all the T's and dotting all the I's going forward," Obama said.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Toyota recalls another 1.75 million cars

Toyota has issued three new recalls covering more than 1.75 million vehicles, the latest in a string of safety setbacks for the automaker.
The largest of the three recalls, which mostly covers vehicles sold in Japan, is needed to fix a problem in the brake systems of select Crown Majesta, Noah and Voxy models, the company said in an email. In some cases, brake performance could begin to gradually degrade if the problem is not fixed.

A second recall of 759,000 vehicles includes 423,000 Lexus models in the United States made between 2005 and 2010. The automaker is seeking to fix an issue with fuel delivery pipes that could increase the risk of a vehicle fire.

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Wall Street hammered as retail sales slide

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks dropped on Wednesday, with each of the major U.S. indexes briefly falling more than two percent, as economic data reinforced worries over the health of the world economy and on signs of slowing merger activity.

The declines sent the S&P and Nasdaq composite indexes into negative territory for the year, while the Dow Industrials fell into the red for 2014 on Friday. The benchmark S&P 500 has lost more than 7 percent since its Sept. 18 record closing high.

The S&P 500 had eked a tiny gain at the close a day earlier following three sessions of declines spurred by concern over plunging oil prices, the potential impact of global economic weakness on U.S. earnings and the spread of Ebola.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Turkey To Allow U.S. Troops To Use Bases In ISIS Fight

WASHINGTON — Turkey will allow American and coalition troops to use its bases, including a key installation within 100 miles of the Syrian border, for operations against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, Defense Department officials said Sunday.

Obama administration officials have urged the Turkish government to play a more significant role in fighting the extremists who have seized large parts of Iraq and Syria and driven refugees into Turkey.

An American military team will arrive in Turkey this week to work out details of the training program and discuss what kind of missions can be flown from the Turkish bases, administration officials said.

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More On The Fighting On Turkish Border

Video: NBC Nightly News - Full Broadcast (October 12, 2014)

In Sunday night’s broadcast: a new case of Ebola causes concern regarding hospital staff's health, and study shows effect of cameras on police activity.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Second Texas Health Care Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

UPDATE: DALLAS — A 26-year-old nurse identified as the second Texas hospital worker to test positive for Ebola had traveled on a Frontier Airlines flight from Cleveland to Dallas the evening before she noted the first symptoms of the disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.

The nurse was identified as Amber Vinson, who was described as living alone in a Dallas apartment without pets. Vinson was identified by Martha Schuler, the mother of Vinson's former stepfather.

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Texas Health Care Worker Tests Positive For Ebola 

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas health care worker has tested positive for Ebola even though she wore full protective gear while caring for a hospitalized patient who later died from the virus, health officials said Sunday. If the preliminary diagnosis is confirmed, it would be the first known case of the disease being contracted or transmitted in the U.S.

Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the diagnosis shows there was a clear breach of safety protocol and all those who treated Thomas Eric Duncan are now considered to be potentially exposed.

The worker wore a gown, gloves, mask and shield while she cared for Duncan during his second visit to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, said Dr. Daniel Varga of Texas Health Resources, which runs the hospital. Frieden said the worker has not been able to identify a specific breach of protocol that might have led to her being infected.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Ebola: Five U.S. Airports Check For Fever

NEW YORK (AP) — Customs and health officials began taking the temperatures of passengers arriving at New York's Kennedy International Airport from three West African countries on Saturday in a stepped-up screening effort meant to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus.

Federal health officials said the entry screenings, which will expand to four additional U.S. airports in the next week, add another layer of protection to halt the spread of a disease that has killed more than 4,000 people.

"Already there are 100 percent of the travelers leaving the three infected countries are being screened on exit. Sometimes multiple times temperatures are checked along that process," Dr. Martin Cetron, director of the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine for the federal Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, said at a briefing at Kennedy.

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7 New Jersey High School Football Players Charged in Hazing

Video: Oct. 9, 2014

Seven members of the Sayreville, New Jersey, War Memorial High School football team were charged Friday night on multiple counts including aggravated sexual assault stemming from alleged attacks on younger players on the team, prosecutors said.

"The six juveniles, ranging in age from 15 to 17 years old, are being detained by law enforcement authorities pending a Family Court decision on whether the youths will be held at a detention facility pending a court hearing, or will be released to the custody of their parents or guardians pending the hearing," Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said in a statement. A seventh boy was still being sought in the case.

The teens are accused of attacking four victims in four separate incidents, according to the statement. The superintendent of schools canceled the football season after reports of harassment of younger team members.

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Sayreville Hazing Scandal Leaves Football Town Divided

Video: PBS NewsHour Full Episode (Oct. 10, 2014)

Tonight on the program, we take a look at the deeds that earned 2014's two Nobel peace prize winners, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi their shared prize. Also: how the new "sharing economy" can boost micro-entrepreneurs but hurt traditional businesses, promoting health in West Virginia's coal country, Shields and Brooks analyze the week's news and a film about Sudan's civil war orphans.

Video: Nightly News with Brian Williams Full Broadcast (October 10, 2014)

In Friday night's broadcast: criticism of the Dallas Ebola patient's care, a Nobel Prize for Malala Yousafzai, and why Microsoft's CEO is apologizing.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Prize is 'for all girl students of Pakistan'

LAHORE, Pakistan — Young students in Malala Yousafzai's home region were thrilled Friday at the announcement the Pakistani schoolgirl targeted by the Taliban won this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

"There are not many people in this world — in fact, no one — who is as brave as Malala," said Badrai Khan, 19, a college student from Swat, Malala's home region. "This award is an achievement for all girl students of Pakistan."

Malala, who became well-known two years ago after being injured in an attack by the Taliban, was honored for her work promoting schooling for girls worldwide, the Nobel committee said.

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Homeland Security Secretary: ISIS hasn't crossed border into U.S.

Washington (CNN) -- Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson blasted Rep. Duncan Hunter's suggestion that ISIS fighters have crossed the United States' southern border into Texas.

"Let's not unduly create fear and anxiety in the public by passing on speculation and rumor," Johnson said Wednesday on CNN's "Situation Room."

Hunter, a California Republican, claimed on Fox News on Tuesday night that he'd learned from Border Patrol officers that at least 10 ISIS fighters had been caught trying to cross the Mexican border -- and that "you know there's going to be dozens more that did not get caught by the Border Patrol."

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Tesla Unveils The D In Los Angeles

Video: 10/9/14

Elon Musk has finally unveiled the D.

Tesla’s chief executive announced the faster and all-wheel-drive version of the Model S electric sedan late Thursday night at Hawthorne Municipal Airport, just outside of Los Angeles. While the new model does not have the self-driving capability that had been rumored, it does pack a lot more power and several features sure to please prospective drivers.

The D will be able to accelerate to 60 miles per hour in just over 3 seconds thanks to its dual motors, making it one of the fastest-accelerating sedans ever, Engadget reported. Musk said, "The 'D' stands for dual," according to KCBS. It will also have a longer range of travel on a single charge, 275 miles, an increase of 10 miles from its rear-wheel drive models.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Islamic State seizes large areas of Syrian town despite air strikes

(Reuters) - Islamic State fighters seized more than a third of the Syrian border town of Kobani, a monitoring group said on Thursday, as U.S.-led air strikes failed to halt their advance and Turkish forces looked on without intervening.

With Washington ruling out a ground operation in SyriaTurkey said it was unrealistic to expect it to mount a cross-border operation alone to relieve the mainly Kurdish town.

The U.S. military said Kurdish forces appeared to be holding out in the town, which lies within sight of Turkish territory, following new air strikes in the area against a militant training camp and fighters.

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ISIS Intensifies Siege Of Kurdish Enclave In Syria 

Hillary Clinton Steals the Show at Philadelphia Campaign Rally

PHILADELPHIA– New grandmother Hillary Clinton made her first public campaign appearance of the year Thursday for Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf, giving passionate and personal remarks that if not for the “Wolf for Governor” signs prominently behind her could easily have been mistaken for a presidential stump speech.

While Wolf, a businessman from York County, has a strong lead in the polls against incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett, the star of tonight’s “Women for Wolf” event at the National Constitution Center downtown was clearly Clinton.

To a crowd of nearly 1,000 people and with the “Ready for Hillary” bus stationed outside, Clinton took the stage to roaring applause (and Katy Perry’s “Roar” blasting overhead), and laid out a case that Wolf was the “fresh start” both Pennsylvania and the country needed, praising his “Made in America” success story and his commitment to working-class families.

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'Saturday Night Live' Star Jan Hooks Dies at Age 57

Actress/comedian Jan Hooks at 40th Emmy Awards
Jan Hooks, whose Hillary Clinton and Tammy Faye Bakker were hallmarks of Saturday Night Livein the late '80s, has died. She was 57.

Hooks's agency confirmed that the comedian died early Thursday of an undisclosed cause.

During her five-year stint as an SNL regular, Hooks was part of an ensemble that included Mike Myers, Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey, Kevin Nealon, Chris Farley, Dennis Miller, and her fellow Sweeney Sister, Nora Dunn.

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