• IRS notches legal victory in tea party cases

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    The IRS may have inadvertently figured out how to win its legal battles against aggrieved tea party groups: Give them what they wanted in the first place — tax-exempt status. That was a major reason a Republican-appointed federal judge on Thursday threw out two lawsuits brought by more than 40 conservative groups seeking remedies for being singled out in the tea party targeting scandal, a victory for the IRS.

  • Can You Get Ebola From a Bowling Ball?

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Q: Can you get Ebola from a bowling ball? A. Dr. Craig Spencer, the patient with Ebola currently in isolation at Bellevue Hospital Center, went bowling in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn on Wednesday evening. According to city health officials, he had been taking his temperature twice a day since he left Guinea on Oct. 14. His temperature was normal on Wednesday evening, and he did not yet have any other symptoms, such as nausea or diarrhea. Ebola experts say the disease cannot be transmitted before the appearance of symptoms. Although the surface of a shared bowling ball is a likely place to find germs — and some people avoid bowling for this very reason — it is extremely unlikely that Ebola could be passed that way. There is no evidence that it has been passed, as colds or flu sometimes are, by touching surfaces that someone else touched after sneezing into their hand. Ebola is normally passed through contact with blood, vomit or diarrhea.

  • Couch potato lifestyles could kill the welfare state, landmark report warns

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Couch potato lifestyles have left the UK with one of the lowest levels of activity in the western world, and without change, the welfare state could collapse, health officials have warned. A landmark report by Public Health England (PHE) says lack of exercise is as dangerous as smoking - directly contributing to one in six deaths.

  • Series Is On, and Everybody’s Watching ... Football

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    It may be America’s national pastime, but it has never felt less national. On Tuesday night, the first game of the 2014 World Series drew just 12.2 million viewers to Fox, making it the lowest-rated Game 1 on record. Game 2 on Wednesday night fared somewhat better, with 12.9 million people tuning in. For most of the last century, the start of baseball’s World Series — with its red, white and blue bunting and occasional ceremonial first pitch from the president — was always a major event. The opening game of the Fall Classic has provided some of the country’s most enduring sports memories, including Willie Mays’s over-the-shoulder basket catch (1954), Sandy Koufax’s 15-strikeout performance (1963) and Kirk Gibson’s walk-off home run (1988).

  • The royal tweet: Queen sends first Twitter message

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    The Queen has sent her first ever tweet while opening an information technology gallery at the Science Museum. The message, which went out at 11:35am to 724,000 followers of the @BritishMonarchy account, read: “It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.”

  • Putin accuses United States of damaging world order

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    LAURA Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Friday of endangering global security by imposing a "unilateral diktat" on the rest of the world and shifted blame for the Ukraine crisis onto the West. In a 40-minute diatribe against the West that was reminiscent of the Cold War and underlined the depth of the rift between Moscow and the West, Putin also denied trying to rebuild the Soviet empire at the expense of Russia's neighbors.

  • Humanitarian doctor tests positive for Ebola in NYC

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - The doctor who became the first confirmed case of Ebola in New York City remained in stable condition on Friday. Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, was being treated in isolation at Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan. "That is a good sign," Dr. Mary T. Bassett, NYC Health Commissioner, said.

  • People: A Killer Unmasked: The Oklahoma Teen Who Murdered His Family

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Ever since Det. John Byers of the Duncan, Oklahoma, police department entered the chilling crime scene in the stately Hruby home on Bent Tree Street, where he found the dead bodies of John, Joy and their teen daughter Katherine on Oct. 13, he – and others in the tight-knit community – have been shocked by the savagery of their killings, says People. Adding to the horror is the identity of the killer authorities have in custody, the couple's teen son, Alan Hruby. "To kill your family over a dollar bill is hideous," says Police Chief Danny Ford. "It's beyond most people's ability to comprehend."

  • Edmond Sun: Former lineman Jason Goff's passing affects Oklahoma Christian family

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Jason Goff, the mighty 6-6, 285-pound lineman who plowed open holes for Oklahoma Christian School runners leading the Saints to a 2012 state championship win over Davis, passed away Wednesday night due to heart complications at age 20, the Edmond Sun reports. Goff was in a car accident on Memorial Road Saturday coming from Oklahoma Christian University with a former OCS teammate, but he already had developed a heart infection prior to the vehicular mishap.

  • Most Stunning Images of Wildlife in 2014

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Overall winner for the Wildlife Photography of the Year 2014, 'The last great picture' by Michael 'Nick' Nichols, says ABC News.

  • 5 Things About Slavery You Probably Didn't Learn In Social Studies

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Edward Baptist's new book , "The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery And The Making Of American Capitalism", drew a lot of attention last month after the Economist said it was too hard on slave owners , says the Huffington Post. What you might not have taken away from the ensuing media storm is that "The Half Has Never Been Told" is quite a gripping read. Baptist weaves deftly between analysis of economic data and narrative prose to paint a picture of American slavery that is pretty different from what you may have learned in high school Social Studies class. The whole thing is well worth reading in full . Baptist positions his book in opposition to textbooks that present slavery like a distant aberration of American history, cramming 250 years into a few chapters in a way "that cuts the beating heart out of the story." To counter that image of history, Baptist devotes much of the book to depicting the lived experience of enslavement in a way that's vivid and immediate.

  • KFOR: Woman who claims man threatened to behead her goes to jail

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Witnesses are coming forward saying a nursing home worker who threatened to behead his female coworker was only joking, KFOR reports. Now, the victim herself is behind bars for a not so innocent past ...

  • News 9: Deadly Train And Truck Collision Reported In Davis

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    DAVIS - A fatal accident involving a train and semi-truck has blocked several railroad crossings in the city of Davis, Oklahoma, News 9 reports. Davis Police Chief Dan Cooper says the crossings may be closed for most of the morning as investigators ...

  • KFOR: Driver of vehicle crushed by semi saved by unlikely car part

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    A metro man has a brush with death, and is able to escape thanks in part to one very sturdy headrest, KFOR reports. Kelly White braced for impact from a truck heading toward him as he and his car were slammed into a concrete bridge on I-235 near ...

  • Stillwater News Press: WATCH (really!) as record over-sized load passes through Payne County

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Crowds gathered along the route taken by what may be a record-setting oversized load as it passed through Payne County Monday. The demethanizing tower is 186 feet long and requires two trailers with 12 axles each to carry it; the load is estimated at 1.2 million pounds and requires two semis to pull and two semis to push it ...

  • Football program's season ends amid allegations of waterboarding

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    The Central Bucks West High School football program in Doylestown, Penn., is suspended following allegations of “waterboarding” and the forcing of a new player to grab another player’s genitalia during the summer training sessions, The Intelligencer reports .

  • Men use flex time too, says new report

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

     I have long thought millennials, who expect flexibility in the workplace, would be the group that would bring an end to the stigma that is too-often associated with flex time -- the belief that wanting a flexible work arrangement means you aren't willing to work as hard. But now I'm thinking it's going to be men who will get us there.

  • Why Pumpkin Fest riots are not like Ferguson

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    As beer bottles flew and bonfires burned at the annual Pumpkin Fest in Keene, New Hampshire, over the weekend, those following the events online compared the "riotous behavior" near Keene State College to protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Their common refrain: a racist double standard in law enforcement response and media coverage that they attempted to mock using hashtags #PumpkinSpiceRiots and #Pumpkinfest, among others.

  • Canada parliamentarian sergeant-at-arms called a hero

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    During a long standing ovation by grateful lawmakers Thursday morning, the sergeant-at-arms credited with downing a gunman at Canada's Parliament appeared emotional. Kevin Vickers, who regularly leads a procession into the House of Commons as sessions begin, said in a written statement that he was "very touched" by the attention but added that he has "the support of a remarkable security team that is committed to ensuring the safety of Members, employees and visitors" to Parliament.

  • Cheerleader coach accused of having improper relations with student

    Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    A former teacher at Pasadena High School has been charged with having an improper relationship with a student, according to court documents. Ashley Zehnder resigned from the school on Oct. 9, officials with the Pasadena Independent School District said. Zehnder, 24, began a sexual relationship with a male student in late May, at the end of the last school year, according to Harris County court documents.