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  • 2 missing sisters visiting family in Michigan found after nearly 2 weeks

    Two sisters from Oklahoma and Nebraska missing for almost two weeks in Michigan were found by state police Friday near Lake Superior in a remote part of the Upper Peninsula. The women – Leslie Roy, 52, and Lee Marie Wright, 56 – survived on Girl Scout cookies whiles tuck in their snow-crippled SUV. A pilot noticed a reflection off the Ford Explorer and landed the police helicopter on shore, ending the women’s unexpected wilderness adventure. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “It was sheer joy,” Detective Sgt. Jeff Marker told The Associated Press, describing their reaction to the rescue. “It was almost disbelief that it was finally happening.” Roy of Valley, Nebraska and Wright of Depew, Oklahoma got stuck about three miles from Crisp Point Lighthouse in Luce County in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. They were visiting relatives in Ishperming and were planning to head south on April 11. The two had reservations at a hotel in Mackinaw …

    April 25, 2015 1:18 am


  • Republicans seen scrapping Ryan Medicare plan in U.S. budget push

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Aiming to acquire more budget powers and take a swipe at Obamacare, Republicans will likely scrap a proposal that stirred controversy and helped launch Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan on the national stage: privatizing the Medicare health program. Ryan’s bold Medicare “premium support” plan would be sacrificed to ensure passage of Congress’ first full budget in six years and allow Republicans a rare opportunity to use a powerful procedural tool to ease passage of other legislation. Dropping the fiscal conservative’s signature plan, which had little chance of enactment, is one sign of how the Republican-controlled House and Senate are trying to show they can govern effectively as they seek to win the White House in 2016. Republicans are hoping to use the power known as budget “reconciliation” to pass a bill to repeal or replace President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, known as “Obamacare,” a long-standing goal of the party. For many House …

    April 25, 2015 12:17 am


  • Welcome Bruce Jenner

    Mara Keisling is the founding executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. As a transgender person and executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, I know that transgender people as a whole are necessarily resilient. And we saw that too in Bruce Jenner tonight. Coming out as transgender is probably easier than it ever has been, but it is still really hard. And it can still be shamefully unsafe. We hear a lot about this being a kind of golden age for transgender people or, as Time magazine called it, a transgender tipping point. Much of America must be wondering why there are now seemingly constant stories about transgender this and transgender that. Indeed, this year, our televisions have been aglow with transgender visibility — award shows and talk shows and Transparent and Orange is the New Black. The actress and remarkable social justice advocate Laverne Cox is tearing up popular …

    April 25, 2015 12:37 am


  • Cubs down Reds in extras

    Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – Jonathan Herrera singled home the go- ahead run in the 11th inning as the Chicago Cubs took a 7-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds to open a three-game set. Anthony Rizzo was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored and David Ross added a two-run double for the Cubs, who came into the series off a four- game split with Pittsburgh. Jon Lester allowed three runs on five hits with a walk and 10 strikeouts over six innings for Chicago, while Jason Motte (1-0) got out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the 10th to pick up the win. Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Zack Cozart each drove in a run for the Reds, who have lost their last two games. Mike Leake gave up three runs on four hits with a walk and nine strikeouts in seven innings on the mound for Cincinnati. In the 11th …

    April 25, 2015 1:17 am

World News

  • Canada’s Senate speaker Nolin dies

    Pierre Claude Nolin, the Speaker of the Senate in Canada, has died at the age of 64, after a long battle with cancer. Involved in politics since his teenage years, Mr Nolin, a lawyer by training, was appointed to the Senate in 1993 and became Speaker late last year. Mr Nolin had spoken publicly about the rare form of cancer that he was diagnosed with five years ago, the CBC reports. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he was “deeply saddened” by the news. Mr Nolin was remembered by the Canadian prime minister as an “affable and cultured man” who “never lost track of the higher interests of his fellow citizens”. Senator Claude Carignan, a fellow conservative and the leader of the government in the senate, said: “He will be remembered by each and every one of his Senate colleagues for his integrity, knowledge, wisdom and determination.” Mr Nolin is survived by his wife, Camille, and …

    April 25, 2015 1:18 am


  • Facebook’s Sandberg says she identifies with Ellen Pao

    Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said she and many women can identify with Ellen Pao, who lost her high-profile sex discrimination lawsuit against a storied Silicon Valley venture capital firm. “I thought what was so interesting about the trial is that so many women, not just in technology, but across industries, saw their own experiences there,” Sandberg said during an interview with Bloomberg Television Thursday at the Virgin’s Disruptors event in San Francisco. Sandberg’s first public comments about the landmark trial came on the same day Pao’s legal team said they were “considering” a proposal by Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers that it would waive nearly $1 million in legal costs — if Pao agreed not to appeal her loss. Pao, the current interim CEO of social-networking and news site Reddit, sued for $16 million in lost wages and potential earnings against former employer Kleiner Perkins, which fired her in 2012. Pao said she sued …

    April 24, 2015 7:36 pm


  • Generating broadband terahertz radiation from a microplasma in air

    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers at the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics have shown that a laser-generated microplasma in air can be used as a source of broadband terahertz radiation. In a paper published this week in Optica, Fabrizio Buccheri and Xi-Cheng Zhang demonstrate that an approach for generating terahertz waves using intense laser pulses in air — first pioneered in 1993 — can be done with much lower power lasers, a major challenge until now. Ph.D. student and lead author Buccheri explains that they exploited the underlying physics to reduce the necessary laser power for plasma generation. He adds that it could potentially be improved for applications in the monitoring of explosives or drugs. Buccheri explains that applications for terahertz radiation, a form of electromagnetic radiation named after its frequency, can be divided into two categories: imaging and spectroscopy. Imaging using terahertz waves is similar to imaging using X-rays, but unlike X-rays it …

    April 24, 2015 11:58 pm


  • Hawaii lawmakers pass bill raising smoking age to 21

    HONOLULU (Reuters) – Hawaii lawmakers on Friday passed a bill that would raise the legal smoking age statewide to 21, positioning it to become the first state in the country to do so. The bill, which passed the state Senate by a vote of 19-4 after clearing the house last week, would also ban the sale, purchase or use of electronic cigarettes for those under the age of 21. “The activities we’ve engaged in over the years to manage smoking, our additional efforts in education, the raising of cigarette taxes, this is a continuation of those policies,” Democratic state Senator Rosalyn Baker, one of the bill’s sponsors, told Reuters. She said opponents of the measure have argued that it limits choice for people considered adults in other situations, like joining the military, but added: “To me, giving someone the choice to have lung cancer is not a good choice.” Governor David Ige will have to …

    April 25, 2015 12:17 am


  • Bruce Jenner Is Praised By Diane Sawyer, Elton John And Daughter Kylie; Kim Reveals The Family Will Watch Big Interview Together

    Posted on Fri Apr 24th, 2015 1:40pm PDT       By X17 Staff It’s the talk of the town! Bruce Jenner’s tell-all interview with Diane Sawyer airs tonight, and not only is he getting praise from numerous public figures, but his family has spoken out and revealed their plans to be with the former Olympian for his big moment. “You’ll see that he is strong. He is looking forward to the future. He knows this is a big interview, this is a big day for him. But he is really sentimental about his family and looking forward to what’s ahead,” Sawyer said during an appearance on Live with Kelly and Michael. Elton John knows how difficult it is to struggle with your sexuality in the public eye, and he admires Bruce for living his truth. “It’s an incredibly brave thing to do, especially when you’re older. I admire him for doing it and I support him 100 percent,” …

    April 25, 2015 12:57 am


  • Beyond the Dream: Lessons of the Holocaust — Never Again!

    Jerusalem, Yad Vasham Holocaust Memorial –  “I came to Auschwitz in July 31, 1944.” It is a day that 89-year-old Elyahu Zilberberg will never forget. It is the day his freedom died, ripped away from him by sinister Nazi forces, hellbent on following German Fuhrer Adolph Hitler’s brutal quest to exterminate Jewish people and other races that he believed were inferior to the Aryan nation. Programming alert: Be sure to watch Eliyahu Zilberberg’s story featured in Kelly Wright’s “Beyond The Dream series,” Saturday, April 25, on “America’s News Headquarters,” 2:30 – 4:00 pm. ET on Fox News Channel. Zilberberg recalls receiving a number on his arm, being treated like a slave and subjected to acts of cruelty.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT He says he was forced to go to welding school in order to repair the train cars that transported equipment and supplies to German troops.  As long as there was work to be done to benefit …

    April 25, 2015 12:17 am

Odd News

  • Argentine side train with dust masks as volcano spews ash

    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – An amateur side set to meet league champions Racing Club in the last 64 of the Argentine Cup are wearing dust marks to train near an Andean volcano spewing ash. “We’re playing against the Argentine champions, we’re taking it very seriously and anxiously await the match,” coach Gustavo Coronel of regional side Independiente of Neuquen, a province in the southwest of Argentina, told TyC Sports on Friday. Across the nearby Andes mountains in neighboring Chile, the 2,000-metre Cabulco volcano erupted on Wednesday and has been spewing clouds of ash since Thursday. The venue and date of the match have not been confirmed. The ash has reached Buenos Aires in the east with flights into and out of Ezeiza international airport suspended or rerouted while those at Neuquen and the Andean ski resorts of Bariloche and Chapelco have been closed. (Reporting by Rex Gowar; Editing by Ken Ferris)

    April 24, 2015 11:57 pm