Headline News

  • St. Louis County police: Armed, barricaded person in home shot and killed by officer

    JENNINGS, Mo. –  St. Louis County police say a person who was armed and barricaded inside a home has been shot and killed by police. Media Relations Officer Shawn McGuire said in a news release that the St. Louis County Police Department’s Tactical Operations Unit responded at about 10:30 p.m. Friday to a home in Jennings. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT McGuire says the armed person was shot and killed by an officer, but did not give further details. A news conference is scheduled for Sunday morning.

    April 18, 2015 9:18 am


  • Wham! Bam! Comic Book Ads Target SEC Chairwoman

    © Reprints Email By Ben Weyl CQ Staff April 17, 2015, 5:58 p.m. CARTOON CLASH: Ads depicting White as a missing superhero grace Union Station, part of a campaign seeking disclosure of corporate political spending. (avaaz.org) The comic book-like frames show hideous monsters oozing through Washington and attacking the White House. Men, women and children are crying out for help. A would-be hero stands next to a cape, pondering action. It’s not the latest story from the Marvel Universe, but a new advertising campaign that is turning heads in Union Station. The monsters are the “dark money menace” unleashed by the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision. The potential hero is Mary Jo White, chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, whom liberal groups are urging to back new rules requiring corporate disclosure of political spending. The ad space in Union Station is frequently occupied by political messaging. It’s one of the most heavily-trafficked Metro stations …

    April 18, 2015 6:37 am


  • MasterCard officially enters the order-ahead app game

    Seamless, Yelp and OpenTable: Welcome MasterCard to your party. Qkr, the mobile ordering app from MasterCard (MA), is now ready for U.S. restaurant and business customers to use. On Thursday, Qkr (pronounced “quicker”) officially launched for its first U.S. restaurant, Streetbird Rotisserie, located in New York. Qkr behaves like any other order-ahead app you can think of. You can search for places to eat, and order and pay for deliveries or pickups through interactive menus. There’s a QR code scanner and a digital wallet that holds receipts, too. But MasterCard has more up its sleeve. Unlike Seamless and Yelp, Qkr also enables restaurants to use its underlying technology to power dine-in meal service specifically. Customers choose what they want through the app at their table in lieu of giving orders to waitstaff. Ordering additional items takes just two taps, and refunds can be processed immediately. After a meal is finished, patrons can split the bill …

    April 18, 2015 8:58 am


  • NHL’s Jarret Stoll arrested for cocaine, MDMA possession

    (Reuters) – Los Angeles Kings player Jarret Stoll was arrested on Friday at a Las Vegas resort pool for carrying cocaine and the party drug MDMA, also known as “Molly,” officials said. The Canadian-born Stoll was taken into custody around 4:30 p.m. local time at the MGM Grand Hotel’s Wet Republic pool, Las Vegas Police Lieutenant Michael Mauntel said. Online inmate records for the Clark County Detention Center on Friday evening showed that Stoll, 32, was being held on $5,000 cash bail. By 10:30 p.m. local time, Stoll no longer appeared in the jail’s online record system. The Canadian-born Stoll has been with the Kings since 2008, winning two titles with the club, after previously playing for the Edmonton Oilers. “Our organization is concerned and has begun conducting a thorough internal investigation,” the Kings said in a statement. “While we continue to actively gather facts, we are withholding further comment at this time.” (Reporting by …

    April 18, 2015 9:18 am

World News

  • Dozens held after fresh SA violence

    Foreign-run shops were once more looted and damaged More than 30 people have been detained by police in South Africa after a fresh outbreak of anti-foreigner violence. Overnight, small groups attacked shops in several areas around Johannesburg, the country’s commercial hub. Police used rubber bullets to disperse looters in Alexandra, a township north of the city. At least six people have died in anti-foreigner attacks in the eastern port city of Durban, with violence spreading to other parts of the country. Several thousand foreigners have fled their homes to shelter in makeshift camps, and neighbouring Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique have announced plans to evacuate citizens. Meanwhile, police have urged people to stop sending unverified social media messages about attacks on foreigners because they are causing panic. President Jacob Zuma has cancelled a trip to a summit in Indonesia because of the wave of violence against foreigners. On Saturday afternoon he is due to visit the …

    April 18, 2015 9:18 am


  • On the road: Ford Kuga – car review

    I thought this was called the Ford Cougar. I wanted, no, wait, expected a champagne-coloured convertible that I could lean out of at traffic lights and pick up younger men. In fact, it is a Kuga, and it’s the opposite: the definitive family vehicle, sturdy, high off the ground, broad in the beam, four-wheel drive, solid as a rock. I was never going to pick up anyone in this car, figuratively, but plenty of people wanted a lift. On distances, it was magnificent; it munched up motorways, the engine never happier than giving a burst of effortless speed. The driving posture is upright but cushioned, so that you feel like a grown-up, but one who grew up willingly, wasn’t dragged there kicking and screaming. It’s the first time I’ve crossed the Severn Bridge without the beginnings of a panic attack as I plan my next move after getting blown clean off it (I’ve undone my seat …

    April 18, 2015 2:15 am


  • A blueprint for clearing the skies of space debris

    An international team of scientists have put forward a blueprint for a purely space-based system to solve the growing problem of space debris. The proposal, published in Acta Astronautica, combines a super-wide field-of-view telescope, developed by RIKEN’s EUSO team, which will be used to detect objects, and a recently developed high-efficiency laser system, the CAN laser that was presented in Nature Photonics in 2013, that will be used to track space debris and remove it from orbit. Space debris, which is continuously accumulating as a result of human space activities, consists of artificial objects orbiting Earth. The number of objects nearly doubled from 2000 to 2014 and they have become a major obstacle to space development. The total mass of space debris is calculated to be about 3,000 tons. It consists of derelict satellites, rocket bodies and parts, and small fragments produced by collisions between debris. Because the debris exists in different orbits, it is …

    April 18, 2015 6:37 am


  • U.S. presses Mexico to ease poultry import limits brought by bird flu

    CHICAGO (Reuters) – The United States is pressing Mexico, the top importer of U.S. chickens and turkeys, to relax restrictions imposed on poultry shipments because of an outbreak of a strain of avian flu deadly to birds, an Agriculture Department spokeswoman confirmed on Friday. Negotiations are playing out as the number of U.S. poultry flocks infected with the disease continues to rise and the cost of the U.S. government response is approaching $50 million. Government officials are aiming to limit the economic pain the H5N2 flu causes to producers and exporters by asking Mexico to restrict imports only from counties that are home to infected flocks. The disease can kill nearly an entire infected flock of poultry within 48 hours. So far, Mexico has imposed trade restrictions on entire states, including top U.S. turkey producer Minnesota, when infections have been detected. Since the beginning of the year, H5N2 has been found in birds in 12 …

    April 18, 2015 6:38 am


  • Selena Gomez On Her Curvy Bikini Bod: There’s More To Love!

    Posted on Fri Apr 17th, 2015 9:49am PDT       By X17 Staff Selena Gomez made headlines this week when she pranced around in a skimpy bikini in Mexico, but she made it very clear to her fans and followers on Instagram that she couldn’t be happier with her new curves. SG Instagrammed the photo above and wrote, “I love being happy with me yall #theresmoretolove

    April 18, 2015 9:38 am


  • Forget Cuba or health care reform, Obama’s real legacy is Middle East nukes

    April 17, 2015: President Obama reaches to shake hands with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in the Oval Office. (AP) President Obama recently sat down for a long, wide-ranging interview with Thomas Friedman, the New York Times’ premier columnist and multiple Pulitzer Prize winner. It was supposed to be an elevated discussion between two intellectuals about the weighty foreign policy issues not just of the day, but of the modern era. Obama kept referring to broad, sweeping words of wisdom – the deal with Iran is a “once in a lifetime” chance. He hinted at a similar deal with Cuba. And he announced, “You asked about an Obama doctrine. The doctrine is: We will engage, but we preserve all our capabilities.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Sadly, we have seen that the alternative to American leadership isn’t world peace, but rising regional hegemony – or even worse, chaos. China, Russia, Iran and the Islamic State don’t want to play …

    April 18, 2015 6:56 am

Odd News

  • Former Washington state governor ejects man from car

    SEATTLE (Reuters) – Former Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire used fast thinking and driving to stop a stranger from climbing into her car in a store parking lot, Olympia police said on Thursday. Gregoire, who was governor from 2005 to 2013, packed her purchases into the car’s trunk in a Lowe’s home improvement lot, the police said. As she did she saw a man watching her. Police said that once she was inside the car, the man opened the passenger door and started climbing in just as she began backing out of the space. She hit the gas pedal, the man fell to the ground and the door slammed shut, police said. The man, identified as 47-year-old Mark Snodderly, was not injured. Police said he then caused a disturbance in the store, adding that he was cited for disorderly conduct and taken to a hospital for evaluation. (This story has been refiled to fix spelling …

    April 16, 2015 6:22 pm