Headline News

  • Maryland woman found pushing dead 3-year-old son in swing

    A Maryland woman was found pushing her dead 3-year-old son in a park swing Friday, and authorities say she may have been there for hours. Diane Richardson, a spokeswoman with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, said there were no obvious signs of foul play, but it has not been ruled out. Richardson said authorities are trying to trade the movements of the 24-year-old woman over the last several days “to find out what was going on in her life, what led to this moment.” Sheriff’s deputies went to the park in La Plata, Maryland at about 7 a.m. after beign called to check on the welfare of the woman and the child, Richardson said. The officers went to remove the boy from the swing and give him first aid, but “it was instantaneously clear the child was dead,” she said. There were no signs of trauma to his body. Deputies cut the chain on the …

    May 23, 2015 3:41 am


  • Bill to reform domestic surveillance is blocked in Senate

    WASHINGTON The “USA Freedom Act,” a bill to end U.S. spy agencies’ bulk collection of Americans’ telephone call data, failed to clear a procedural hurdle in the U.S. senate early on Saturday. The vote was 57-42 against stopping debate on the measure. It would not have needed 60 “yes” votes to move ahead. (Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Robert Birsel)

    May 23, 2015 12:19 am


  • Clooney’s ‘Tomorrowland’ hoping for box office blast off

    The box office for Disney’s (DIS) “Tomorrowland” looks to be as unknown as tomorrow itself. The film starring George Clooney opened in the U.S. on Friday and is looking at a projected $40 million to $50 million four-day holiday weekend box office, according to industry analysts. That much we know. As far as if the film be considered a box office success or bomb come Memorial Day is yet to be determined. Up to now, the summer box office has somewhat played out how analysts expected. “Furious 7″ opened to record numbers in April, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” flew to #1 in early May, and “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Pitch Perfect 2″ battled for the box office last weekend. However, those films were sequels and “Tomorrowland” is an original creation (away from sharing its name with the famed land from Disney’s parks). The film’s lack of an established audience along with its current 49% …

    May 23, 2015 3:20 am


  • Attack mode: New-look US defense plans to leave its mark on Women’s World Cup in Canada

    FILE – In this May 17, 2015 file photo, United States’ defender Meghan Klingenberg, right, tries to control a ball against Mexico’s defender Kenti Robles during the first half of their friendly soccer match, in Carson, Calif. With each match the Americans play and through every rigorous training session, Klingenberg and the defense become more comfortable together on a new-look back line ahead of their World Cup opener 2 1/2 weeks from now against Australia in Winnipeg. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File) (The Associated Press) SAN JOSE, Calif. –  Meghan Klingenberg figured she could go above and beyond to further build team camaraderie, and it involved a box of beautiful gourmet doughnuts for her teammates before a recent World Cup tuneup. Such gestures mean a lot for a group still getting to know each other. With each match the Americans play and through every rigorous training session, Klingenberg and the defense become more comfortable together on …

    May 23, 2015 3:41 am

World News

  • ‘Home-brewed morphine’ made possible

    Scientists have figured out how to brew morphine using the same kit used to make beer at home. They have genetically modified yeast to perform the complicated chemistry needed to convert sugar to morphine. The findings, published in Nature Chemical Biology, raise promise for medicine but also concerns about “home-brewed” illegal drugs. Experts have called for tight control of organisms genetically modified to produce narcotics. Brewing bad If you brew beer at home, then you are relying on microscopic yeast that turns sugars into alcohol. But by borrowing DNA from plants, scientists have been genetically engineering yeasts that can perform each of the steps needed to convert sugar into morphine. One stage of the process – the production of an intermediary chemical called reticuline – had been a stumbling block. That has been solved by a team at the University of California, Berkeley, and the scientists say it should now be possible to put all …

    May 23, 2015 3:41 am


  • Screen time v play time: what tech leaders won’t let their own kids do

    When a technology journalist suggested to Steve Jobs, in 2010, that his children must have loved the just-released iPad, he replied flatly: “They haven’t used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.” His former righthand man, Jonathan Ive, whose design for the iPad is so simple that toddlers can operate it, recently revealed that he sets strict limits for his 10-year-old twin boys. Steiner Waldorf schools, which exclude screen time before the age of 12 in favour of physical activity, art and experiential learning, are particularly popular with Silicon Valley executives and their UK counterparts. Kevin Avison, executive officer of the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship in the UK, says that when he was teaching near Reading, “nearly 50% of parents of children in the class worked at Oracle or other hi-tech computer companies”. This approach is much more stringent than official guidelines recommend. The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages any screen …

    May 23, 2015 3:40 am


  • Mapping poaching threats: York ecologists and WCS develop new method

    Ecologists from the University of York, together with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), have developed a new method to better identify where poachers operate in protected areas. Published in Conservation Biology, the analysis provides spatial maps of illegal activities within Queen Elizabeth National Park, one of Uganda’s most important protected areas for elephant conservation. Analysing 12 years of ranger-collected data, different types of threats were monitored and recorded, including the commercial hunting of large mammals (elephants, hippos and buffalos), the setting of snares for smaller wildlife, harvesting of timber, illegal grazing, the collection of thatch and other products, and illegal fishing. Revealing that specific poaching locations do not vary significantly from year to year, the results will enable more efficient and effective ranger patrol in the future. Managers can now identify consistent poaching hotspots, even in areas where rangers rarely visit. Previous research conducted by UWA in 1999 involved …

    May 22, 2015 11:59 pm


  • Smokers more likely to think cancer is a death sentence

    (Reuters Health) – Smokers have more pessimistic attitudes about cancer and may be more likely to delay getting screened, according to a new survey from the UK. Smokers are less likely to engage in cancer screening programs and are less engaged with health services overall, senior author Jane Wardle told Reuters Health in an email. “We wanted to investigate why, by exploring whether this could be partly due to excessively negative beliefs about cancer,” said Wardle, the director of the Health Behavior Research Center at University College London. The researchers used data from a survey of adults over the age of 50 in six countries, but focused on responses from nearly 7,000 people in the UK. The survey asked participants several questions, including whether or not they perceived cancer as a death sentence and if they would want to know if they had cancer. They were asked how screening affects the chance of survival. They …

    May 23, 2015 12:19 am


  • One actress confesses she skipped Cannes over body-shaming fears

    More: Cannes 2015 to open with a film by a woman for the first time in 28 years Speaking to the Associated Press, the Groundhog Day actress revealed that after she had her second child, daughter Rainey Qualley, she was so afraid of body-shaming that she chose to stay home. “You know Sex, Lies, and Videotape [her 1989 film] won here, and I didn’t come because I had just had my daughter, and I was nursing her and really round and I was afraid people would make fun of me,” she said. That year Sex, Lies, and Videotape won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, France. More: Exclusive clip: Andie MacDowell portrays the perfect Southern mom in Footloose While MacDowell does admit that she now doesn’t care what people think of her, it’s truly terrible that she felt so much pressure to look a certain way that it prevented her from attending the festival. And it once again …

    May 23, 2015 2:40 am


  • School apologizes for banning Jesus

    UPDATE: Somerset Academy issued a formal written apology to 12-year-old Mackenzie Fraiser late Friday for denying her the right to use a Bible verse in a class assignment. School officials have now agreed to allow the sixth-grader to resubmit her original project, this time with her favorite Bible verse — John 3:16 — included. Original Story: Mackenzie Fraiser is 12-years-old. She’s a sixth grader at Somerset Academy, a charter school in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Mackenzie is also a Christian. The teacher had a problem with Mackenzie’s inspirational message. She explained to the class that none of the students would be allowed to use any Bible verses or quotations from the Book of Mormon. The message was clear – you cannot be inspired by religion. In February, she was instructed by her technology teacher to create a PowerPoint demonstration about her life. One of the requirements was to include a slide with an inspirational message. …

    May 23, 2015 12:39 am

Odd News

  • Milwaukee man pronounced dead, then moves and breathes

    First responders preparing to take the body of a Milwaukee man pronounced dead to the morgue got a jolt when the man suddenly began moving and noticeably breathing, authorities said on Friday. They had gone to the 46-year-old man’s high-rise building on Tuesday after his worried girlfriend called for assistance, saying she had not heard from him for two days, according to a medical examiner’s report. When they arrived at his apartment, they found him cold, pale and rigid at the foot of his bed, the report said. They did not try to resuscitate him. About 50 minutes later, the medical examiner arrived and notified the man’s family of his death. As the examiner readied the body to be taken to the morgue, the man began to move his left arm and right leg, the report said. Paramedics took the man, who has not been identified, to a nearby hospital, where he was admitted to …

    May 22, 2015 11:52 am