• College football rankings: Florida moves to No. 2

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Monday morning, so it’s time to again rank college football’s top 10. And we’re inching closer to the end of October, when the College Football Playoff committee will begin its own weekly rankings and give us some insight into which four teams will make the 2015 semifinals. Remember, these rankings are not about projections or the eye test. These rankings are about resume’, and hopefully the committee’s rankings will be the same. Rank teams based on what they’ve done, not what we think they will do. Resume’s can change from week to week, so teams don’t naturally just stay in the same order if both win. Or lose.

  • US, Chile to announce new marine sanctuaries at conference

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    VALPARAISO, Chile (AP) — President Barack Obama will declare new marine sanctuaries in the tidal waters of Maryland and Wisconsin's Lake Michigan Monday, while Chile is expected to block off a more than 200,000 square miles of sea from commercial fishing and oil and gas exploration in an area of the Pacific Ocean near the world-famous Easter Island. The announcements were to be made when top officials, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, attend an international conference on marine protection in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso on Monday. There, several nations also will outline plans for tracing seafood imports to combat overfishing and stem increased pollution in the ocean.

  • New $5 service will cancel your Comcast in 5 minutes

    Published: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    Have you ever suffered the pain of trying to cancel your cable and internet service? The endless mashing of “0” to get to an operator, since there is no easy option for “cancel your service.” Sure, you can change your service or upgrade it — but cancel it? It becomes a long ordeal in which you are tricked and sometimes berated into keeping your service, or else. Comcast is particularly bad about this. A new service is hoping to expedite that harrowing process for you, among many other aggravating ordeals that could tie you up on the phone for hours and leave you exhausted, or incensed, afterward. AirPaper will handle all the nastiness of nixing your Comcast plan for a mere $5.  $5 for peace of mind and a bit of sanity feels like a steal.

  • Montreal's raw sewage to be dumped into St. Lawrence River as planned

    Published: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    The City of Montreal is going ahead with its controversial plan to dump eight billion litres of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River.   Pierre Desrochers, the chairman of the city's executive committee, said at a news conference Friday morning that emptying a major sewer interceptor into the river is the only viable option that will allow necessary construction work to be completed.

  • Debris Field Found in Search for Missing US Cargo Ship

    Published: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    Searchers for a U.S. cargo ship feared lost in Hurricane Joaquin found floating containers, life jackets and life rings today that officials say are consistent with what might have come from the missing El Faro.   In addition to the floating objects, searchers found an oil sheen, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Bobby Nash said.   While the objects were found near the boat's last known position off the Bahamas, it was not confirmed that any of them were from the El Faro, Nash said.

  • North Korea releases detained South Korean student

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday freed a South Korean national who is a student at New York University, in a possible sign it wants better ties with rival Seoul and may back away from a recent threat to launch a long-range rocket later this month. North Korean state media said it "deported" Won Moon Joo, 21, at the border village of Panmunjom as a "humanitarian" measure about six months after he had been arrested for crossing the Chinese border into North Korea. It didn't elaborate. South Korean officials confirmed Joo's repatriation. The National Intelligence Service, South Korea's main spy agency, said it will investigate whether Joo violated the country's anti-North Korean security law, which prohibits una

  • The impressive footage from the BBC of a volcano erupting is not what it seems

    Published: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    Impressive footage of a volcano eruption used in the BBC series Patagonia: Earth’s Secret Paradise has been revealed as fake.  According to The Observer, the BBC admitted the scene was created by merging two separate eruptions from two separate volcanoes together - one from 2011 and one from 2015 - even though the programme suggested the eruption was a single occurrence.

  • Bernanke: More execs should have faced prosecution for 2008 crisis

    Published: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said in a newspaper interview published on Sunday that more corporate executives should have been prosecuted for their actions leading up to the 2008 financial crisis.   Bernanke told USA Today that the U.S. Justice Department and other law enforcement agencies focused on investigating or indicting financial firms.   "But it would have been my preference to have more investigation of individual action, since obviously everything that went wrong or was illegal was done by some individual, not by an abstract firm," Bernanke was quoted as saying.

  • 'Sense of regret' in Vatican over pope meeting with gay marriage opponent

    Published: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    Pope Francis' meeting last week with an American woman at the center of a row over gay marriage was not something he had sought and should not be seen as an endorsement of her views, the Vatican said on Friday. One Vatican official said there was "a sense of regret" that the pope had ever seen Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk who went to jail in September for refusing to honor a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and issue same-sex marriage licenses. The encounter in Washington was originally kept secret and has sparked widespread debate since it became public this week, proving something of a misstep for the pontiff.

  • "VA is Lying, Vets Are Dying" billboard displayed

    Published: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    Drivers on I-94 passing by Tomah will now see a billboard that says "VA is Lying, Vets Are Dying," as part of a national campaign to bring awareness to alleged issues within the VA system.   The group behind the billboards is called "VA is Lying," and multiple billboards, like the one in Tomah, have been displayed in places like Tampa and Minneapolis.   Candace Baer-Delis lost her father at the Tomah VA in January and is a member of the group.

  • Four California students arrested for plotting mass shooting

    Published: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    Authorities took four unidentified students into custody after they uncovered their plan to shoot and kill faculty members and students at Summerville High School, the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office said on Saturday. High school officials reported to authorities on Wednesday that three students were planning to carry out an attack. During their investigation, detectives learned that a fourth student was involved in the plot, the sheriff's office said.

  • Professor guilty of raping a disabled man

    Published: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    A female American university professor has been found guilty of raping a severely disabled, cerebral palsy-stricken man whom she claimed to have a consensual relationship. Dr Anna Stubblefield was convicted of two sexual assault charges for raping the mentally disabled 34-year old, known only as DJ, in her New Jersey office in 2011. Dr Stubblefield’s lawyer told the jury: “As I told you on the first day of this trial, it was not a rape or sexual assault.”

  • Former Hong Kong leader Tsang charged in corruption probe

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    HONG KONG (AP) — A former Hong Kong leader faces misconduct charges over a luxury apartment in mainland China, authorities said Monday, making him the highest-ranking official to be formally arrested by anti-corruption investigators in the Asian business hub. The city's corruption watchdog, the Independent Commission Against Corruption, said Donald Tsang has been charged with two counts of misconduct in public office. A grim-faced Tsang, 70, appeared briefly at a magistrate's court for a preliminary hearing, accompanied by his wife. The allegations date from before Tsang left office in June 2012 and relate to a discounted penthouse rental in neighboring Shenzhen in mainland China offered by a wealthy friend for Tsang'

  • William Campbell, Satoshi Omura and Youyou Tu win Nobel medicine prize

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — William Campbell, Satoshi Omura and Youyou Tu win Nobel medicine prize.

  • Smog-shrouded Malaysia shuts schools for 2 days

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia on Monday shut most schools nationwide for two days to protect children from a thick, noxious haze caused by smoke from burning forests in neighboring Indonesia. The haze, which has shrouded parts of Malaysia and Singapore for about a month, also spread to Thailand on Monday, the first time it has reached hazardous levels so far north. It highlights the regional nature of a problem that's being blamed on Indonesia's inability to prevent big plantation companies from burning forests to clear land for new trees. The air pollutant index hit the hazardous level in Shah Alam, the capital of Malaysia's central Selangor state, and was very unhealthy in many other areas.

  • Syrian refugees increasingly return to war zones in homeland

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AP) — Growing numbers of Syrian refugees are returning to their war-ravaged homeland from Jordan because they can't survive in exile after drastic aid cuts, can't afford to pay smugglers to sneak them into Europe or are simply homesick. The returns, along with the increasing migration to Europe, signal that conditions in regional host countries have become increasingly intolerable, the refugees and aid officials said. "We stopped getting any aid," said 47-year-old Adnan, waiting at the U.N.-run Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan to sign up his family for the return bus to the Syrian border, about 10 kilometers (6 miles) away. He only gave his first name for fear of repercussions from Syria

  • China dissident artist Ai Weiwei finds Beijing studio bugged

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei found several hidden listening devices in his Beijing studio after he returned from a trip to Germany, his friend Liu Xiaoyuan confirmed Monday. Ai could not be reached, but he has posted photos of the bugs found in electric sockets on his Instagram account as well as a video clip in which someone set off firecrackers in a metal bucket next to a listening device. "Did you hear it," Ai wrote next to the video. In another photo of a bug, Ai wrote: "There are always surprises." The artist has in the past upset Chinese authorities with boldly critical remarks of the ruling Communist Party and its government. He was briefly detained in 2011 and released after 81 days in jai

  • Pastor's sermon: 'Violence will not have the last word'

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — People in this southern Oregon timber town sought solace in church services following last week's deadly shooting rampage — including one congregation where the pastor's daughter survived because the gunman mistakenly believed she was dead. More than 100 people gathered to hear pastor Randy Scroggins speak at New Beginnings Church of God. Among them was 18-year-old Lacey, who cried while sitting in the front row with her mother and another student who was spared. Randy Scroggins said he's been asked whether he can forgive Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer, who killed nine when he opened fire Thursday at Umpqua Community College. "Can I be honest? I don't know. That's the worst part of my job.

  • Historic South Carolina floods: Heavy rain, hundreds rescued

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Hundreds were rescued from fast-moving floodwaters Sunday in South Carolina as days of driving rain hit a dangerous crescendo that buckled buildings and roads, closed a major East Coast interstate route and threatened the drinking water supply for the capital city. The powerful rainstorm dumped more than a foot of rain overnight on Columbia, swamping hundreds of businesses and homes. Emergency workers waded into waist-deep water to help people trapped in cars, dozens of boats fanned out to rescue others in flooded neighborhoods and some were plucked from rooftops by helicopters. More door-to-door search operations are planned Monday.

  • NFL Roundup

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    Freeman stars again For Falcons Devonta Freeman scored three touchdowns and the Atlanta Falcons remained unbeaten, romping to a 48-21 victory over the hapless Houston Texans on Sunday. Freeman, who took over as the starting running back after rookie Tevin Coleman sustained a rib injury in Week 2, has scored six TDs in the last two games. The Falcons improved to 4-0 for only the fourth time in club history. Freeman had touchdown runs of 16, 23 and 6 yards. He set up another score with a 44-yard reception. Nothing went right for the Texans (1-3). Quarterback Ryan Mallett was yanked after the Falcons built a 42-0 lead. Running back Arian Foster made his season debut after tearing his groin early in training camp, but