• Oklahoma Department of Corrections releases new execution protocol

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    The Oklahoma Corrections Department revised protocol after the bungled execution of Clayton Derrell Lockett in April. The new protocol puts more training and contingency plans in place for execution staff. It also allows the same drugs and method used to kill Lockett and reduces the number of media witness by more than half.


  • Greece's govt to call confidence vote

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's troubled coalition government said Wednesday it would call a vote of confidence in parliament next week, hours after the country's leftwing opposition demanded early elections citing ongoing austerity measures. Government spokeswoman Sofia Voultepsi the government would request the vote Monday, at the end of parliament's summer recess, but gave no further details. The vote is likely to be held late Wednesday. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' conservative-led coalition could be forced to call an early election before March as it requires opposition support in parliament to elect a new president.

  • Tracy Morgan: I can't believe Walmart is blaming me

    Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    (CNN) -- Walmart's response Monday to a lawsuit filed by Tracy Morgan over the car crash that left him in critical condition elicited a response of its own on Tuesday from the recovering comedian -- and it doesn't sound like he's laughing. "I can't believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused," the former "Saturday Night Live" star said in a statement.

  • Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigns after security breaches

    Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Secret Service Director Julia Pierson offered her resignation Wednesday after several security breaches affecting the White House and President Obama became public, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Wednesday, according to CBS News. "Today Julia Pierson, the Director of the United States Secret Service, offered her resignation, and I accepted it. I salute her 30 years of distinguished service to the Secret Service and the Nation," Johnson said in a statement. "As an interim Acting Director of the Secret Service, I am appointing Joseph Clancy, formerly Special Agent in Charge of the Presidential Protective Division of the Secret Service. Mr. Clancy retired from the Secret Service in 2011. I appreciate his willingness to leave his position in the private sector on very short notice and return to public service for a period."

  • Alleged White House fence-jumper pleads not guilty

    Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    A man who allegedly jumped the White House fence and ran far into the executive mansion through an unlocked front door pleaded not guilty Wednesday to all charges related to a Sept. 19 incident, which has prompted searing criticism of the U.S. Secret Service. Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, a U.S. Army veteran who has said he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, will remain in jail without bond, U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson of the District ordered.

  • Best gig ever? Netflix wants to pay Instagrammers

    Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    If you’re an avid Instagram shooter, fancy doing a bit of traveling “across the continent,” and don’t mind pocketing some cash for your troubles, then read on. Yahoo Tech reports Netflix is on the hunt for three accomplished Instagrammers — or what it calls “Grammasters” — to explore the United States (and other locations throughout the American continent, possibly) while taking “beautiful pictures for Netflix Instagram channels.” To apply, you’ll have to first join 108,000 others and become a follower of Netflix’s Instagram account. After that, it’s a case of adding the hashtag #Grammaster to your three best Instagram shots so the judges can see if your work is likely to be worth the $4,000 the company intends to pay you.

  • Bieber, Kardashian, Vuitton $100M venue wrap Paris

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Louis Vuitton's show caused traffic chaos early Wednesday with photographers clambering to get the must-have shot of guests Jennifer Connelly, Selena Gomez, Sofia Coppola and Michelle Williams. Designer Nicolas Ghesquiere's only second ready-to-wear collection since Marc Jacobs' departure last year, was an ode to the '60s. It moved the storied house in a younger direction. But the sparkling celebrities and clothes were, alas, victim to the biggest fashion upstaging of the season. The culprit: one a gargantuan prima donna that will outlive them all — the brand-new, hundred-million dollar Louis Vuitton Foundation art museum and cultural center.

  • This photo isn't the best part of the story

    Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    The New York principal who went all in when a student wanted to pose with his cat in the school yearbook by joining him in the laser-background photo with her own pet Chihuahua says she too didn't want to see another one of her boring headshots in the school yearbook, according to Good Morning America. "My traditional headshot is just a boring headshot," Schenectady High School principal Diane Wilkinson told ABC News. "I wanted to take Draven's lead." Draven Rodriguez is the 16-year-old Schenectady High senior who convinced his principal not only to allow a photo of him with his beloved feline, Mr. Bigglesworth, in the high school yearbook, but to join him and use their photo together as her principal portrait.

  • What preppers are doing about Ebola

    Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    The so-called prepper community has a long list of concerns—and for quite some time Ebola has been near the top of it. Experts, though, are split on whether the confirmation that the disease has entered the U.S. will spur a rush in equipment sales. Even as awareness of doomsdayers grows thanks to a reality series on the National Geographic Channel, sales of supplies like canned food and hand-cranked flashlights had actually begun to level off before Tuesday.

  • Woman's Racist, Drunken Rants On Plane Get Live Tweeted

    Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    For those needing one more reason to never fly again, "Modern Family" editor Ryan Case has provided one, according to The Huffington Post. On Monday night, she found herself sitting behind "the worst person in the world." The woman, who apparently is named "Nadia," made a series of obnoxious, racist and very loud comments throughout the flight and was eventually told that she needed to chill out.

  • UN says Syria vaccine deaths was an NGO 'mistake'

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The recent deaths of Syrian children after receiving measles vaccinations was the result of a "mistake" by a non-governmental partner who mixed in a muscle relaxant meant for anesthesia, a spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general said Wednesday. But Stephane Dujarric told reporters the incident has nothing to do with the quality of humanitarian aid now going through U.N. channels into Syria. A physician who administered the vaccinations in rebel-held parts of northwestern Syria told The Associated Press in mid-September that at least 15 children, some of them just babies, died. The physician, Abdullah Ajaj, said the children exhibited signs of "severe allergic shock," with many suffocating to death as

  • Argentina president claims US plotting to oust her

    Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Argentinian opposition politicians have accused the country’s president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, of being “completely out of touch with reality” after she gave a rambling televised address in which she claimed the US may be behind a plot to overthrow her government and possibly even assassinate her. “If something should happen to me, don’t look to the Middle East, look to the North,” Fernández said during the address on Tuesday night, in which she alluded to an alleged plot against her by local bankers and businessmen “with foreign help”.

  • California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

    Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways. A national coalition of plastic bag manufacturers immediately said it would seek a voter referendum to repeal the law, which is scheduled to take effect in July 2015.

  • Steve Wynn: I'm 'more scared' about US than China

    Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    To rephrase a purported Chinese proverb: Steve Wynn lives in interesting times. The casino magnate behind Wynn Resorts makes most of his money in Macau, China, and he's worked closely with the Chinese government for a dozen years. However, gambling revenue across Macau has softened as the government has cracked down on what it calls illegal lending practices there, and as potential new anti-smoking rules threaten to turn off gamblers. Now, new tensions are rising on the heels of massive protests in Hong Kong by residents who oppose Beijing's efforts to dictate the candidates they're allowed to vote for.

  • 'Gilmore Girls,' 'Sleepless in Seattle' and More: What's New on Netflix in October

    Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    It's Oct. 1 and that means Netflix has added some great shows and movies to its catalog. From classic like "Rain Man," to shows from your childhood like "Gilmore Girls," this month is definitely one poised for gathering around the TV, the computer or your tablet to watch some amazing entertainment, according to The Washington Post. Check out the complete list...

  • Palestinians: Israeli occupation must end in 2016

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinians are asking the U.N. Security Council to set a deadline of November 2016 for an Israeli withdrawal from all Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 including East Jerusalem in a new push to achieve independence. The circulation of the draft resolution to council members follows Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' announcement to the U.N. General Assembly last Friday that he would ask the council to set a deadline for a pullout and dictate the ground rules for any talks with Israel.

  • New Polish premier wants more US military presence

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's new prime minister said Wednesday that she will seek a greater U.S. military presence in the country as the conflict in neighboring Ukraine has made Poland's security and U.S.-Polish relationship even more important. Later Wednesday the Parliament voted 259-183 with seven abstentions to grant Ewa Kopacz and her government a vote of confidence for their one-year mission. Kopacz took over from Donald Tusk, democratic Poland's longest serving prime minister, who resigned to take a key European Union job. She vowed to take a "pragmatic" approach to Ukraine, putting Poland's security first, but said she would not agree to a change in Europe's borders "by force," as took place in Crimea.

  • East Jerusalem construction plan moves ahead

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — City officials said Wednesday that they have granted final approval for the construction of a controversial new Israeli housing development in east Jerusalem, dealing a new blow to already tattered relations with the Palestinians and raising the likelihood of a fresh round of international condemnations. The announcement was circulated by an anti-settlement watchdog group as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was meeting President Barack Obama at the White House, though officials said the decision was taken two weeks ago. The U.S. has repeatedly criticized Israeli construction in east Jerusalem.

  • Wyoming Mom's Video of Daughter Ditching Class Goes Viral

    Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Hell hath no fury like a single mother with three children who learns her daughter is ditching school, especially if that mother is active on Facebook, according to Good Morning America. Jeannie Crutchfield, 34, from Casper, Wyoming, learned that her daughter had been skipping class every day last week and decided to take action. A cashier at a convenience store, she typically works during the day, but lucky for her daughter, she happened to have some time off during school hours. Crutchfield, armed with her cell phone video camera, showed up to the school of 14-year old Ricki. She taped her daughter walking around the school, and confronts the teen to ask her what she's doing.

  • 35,000 Walruses Are All Crowded Together In One Spot — And It Signals Something Ominous

    Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Thousands of walruses are gathered together on one of the last places they have to rest in Alaska — the shore. As the ice they typically rely on for respite between hunts has all but disappeared, the giant animals are clambering to the coast in record numbers, according to Business Insider. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) photographed a gathering of 35,000 of the mammals five miles north of Point Lay, an Inupiat Eskimo village 700 miles northwest of Anchorage. The retreat of the Alaskan sea ice north into Arctic Ocean water has accelerated in recent years. It's bad news for the Pacific walruses, which rely on it for everything from giving birth to diving down to reach the food below.

  • Texas Governor: U.S. Ebola patient had contact with kids

    Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    AFP reports a man who was diagnosed with the Ebola virus in Texas came in contact with young children, and experts are monitoring them for any signs of disease, governor Rick Perry said Wednesday. "Today we learned that some school-aged children have been identified as having had contact with the patient and are now being monitored at home for any signs of the disease," Perry said at a news conference. "I know that parents are being extremely concerned about that development," he added.