Headline News

  • Suspect sought in Vermont capital’s first murder in nearly 100 years


    MONTPELIER, Vt. –  A man has been shot dead outside an apartment complex in what police say is the first murder in the nation’s smallest capital city in almost a century. An arrest warrant was issued for Jayveon Caballero on a murder charge following the Sunday morning shooting in Montpelier, police said. Police were seeking Caballero in the killing of Markus Austin, whose body was found in the apartment complex’s parking lot. Caballero is believed to have boarded a bus on Sunday in White River Junction. Police said the bus was headed to New York City but had several intermediate stops where he could have gotten off. Caballero and Austin had been involved in an altercation outside Gustos bar in Barre earlier Sunday morning, police said. During the altercation Austin assaulted Caballero’s girlfriend, witnesses said. Caballero later confronted Austin outside Austin’s apartment and shot him, police said. Caballero’s girlfriend, Desiree Cary, was arrested Sunday evening …

    January 23, 2017 8:24 pm
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Politics

  • Democratic state officials rush to defend U.S. consumer agency


    WASHINGTON Democratic state officials took a step on Monday to try to defend the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a court battle that could defang it, worried that Republican President Donald Trump’s administration will not safeguard the agency. Attorneys general from 16 states plus the District of Columbia filed papers with a federal appeals court seeking to intervene in the case. That court last October ruled that the structure of the agency charged with guarding consumer finances was unconstitutional. The state officials said in the court filing that they are concerned that the Trump administration will fire the independent director of the agency, Richard Cordray, who was appointed by Democratic former President Barack Obama. The agency was set up during Obama’s presidency as part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law. The court filing noted that Trump “has expressed strong opposition to the Dodd-Frank reforms.” As such, “it is urgent that the state …

    January 23, 2017 1:22 pm
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Stocks

  • Can Costco Be Threatened By Amazon’s New Prime Visa Card?


    Costco’s ( COST ) membership based warehouse model has been going strong despite e-commerce companies offering several conveniences for grocery shopping. Its loyal customers still prefer to visit its warehouse-like stores with their shopping lists and buy groceries and other home supplies in bulk. Costco has been slow in its e-commerce initiatives but the company does not seem to be overly concerned about this. Costco prefers its customers to visit its warehouses, since they are likely to spend more in a physical visit than online. However, Amazon now appears to be taking Costco head on by launching a new credit card which gives its Prime customers an additional 5% discount on all purchases on its platform. This is a Visa card that can be used by customers everywhere and earn discounts in both restaurants and gas stations as well. Amazon has more than 60 million Prime members and it is luring them through these discounts to shop more …

    January 23, 2017 11:28 am
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Sports

  • FIFA takes the 2018 World Cup draw to Russia’s Kremlin


    ZURICH (AP) — The 2018 World Cup draw will be staged on Dec. 1 at a Kremlin concert hall in Moscow. The draw will take place at the 6,000-capacity State Kremlin Palace, a grand structure built inside the Kremlin walls in the Soviet era to hold Communist Party conferences. Nowadays, the venue usually plays host to veteran Russian pop stars, ballerinas and awards shows. In what is billed by Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko as “a serious event” during a government meeting on Monday, the draw at State Kremlin Palace is expected to attract the coaches of the 32 teams which qualify. Those teams will then be sorted into eight groups for the World Cup. Russian President Vladimir Putin has been allowing FIFA to use high-profile venues for World Cup ceremonies. In July 2015, the qualifying program draw was made on the grounds of one of Putin’s official residences, Konstantin Palace near St. Petersburg. The …

    January 23, 2017 1:22 pm
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World News

  • Rescue of 3 puppies gives hope for more survivors in Italy avalanche


    Jan. 23 (UPI) — Rescuers in Italy have dug three young dogs out of the deep snow where nearly two dozen people remain missing following an avalanche that hit a hotel near the resort town of Farindola last week, officials said Monday. So far, seven people have been confirmed dead in the snow slide, which hit the Rigopiano Hotel early Thursday. Twenty-two people remain unaccounted for, according to authorities, and 11 were rescued. However, the finding of three dogs on Monday has given new hope that many of the missing might still be alive, too. The sight of the shaggy white Abruzzo sheepdog puppies also lifted the spirits of rescue workers. RELATEDThursday: Rescuers in Italy race to save avalanche victims “We knew these dogs were there, but we did not know where exactly,” a rescue worker said. It’s not believed the pups are injured, but officials took them to get a medical examination. “We located …

    January 23, 2017 8:24 pm
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Technology

  • Biometric recognition at airport border ​​raises privacy concerns, says expert


    A plan to rely on biometric recognition to further automate airport border processing raises privacy and ethical concerns about data security, according to an expert. But another information security analyst says the plan – which would involve 90% of passengers being processed through Australian airport immigration without human involvement – would not present any more privacy concerns than current border control regimes. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is tendering for a company to provide it with an “automated processing solution” to support its “seamless traveller” plan, which would allow for the automated processing of passengers using biometric identification. Tender documents say 90% of passengers would go through through automated processing points, which would rely on biometric capturing “including but not limited to facial, iris and fingerprints”. The department said it was expecting incoming air passengers to Australia to increase dramatically in coming years, and wanted to ensure they could move seamlessly through airports …

    January 23, 2017 9:04 pm
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Science

  • Signs of Alien Air Herald a New Era of Exoplanet Discoveries


    For astronomers seeking Earth twins around other stars, the exoplanet GJ 1132 b probably isn’t an identical sibling—but it may be the closest cousin yet found. It weighs in at just over one Earth mass, but circles its star in a warm orbit that could make it more like Venus than our own world. Moreover, its diameter is nearly 50 percent larger than that of Earth, suggesting it possesses a thick atmosphere. Now, after taking the closest-ever look at GJ 1132 b, a European collaboration has confirmed the presence of its atmosphere and found hints it might contain water and methane. The results are currently under review for publication in The Astrophysical Journal. As mere discoveries of exoplanets become routine, efforts to learn more about them—their compositions, climates and histories—are moving to the fore, with studies of their atmospheres occupying center stage. Although astronomers detected the first exoplanet atmosphere more than 15 years ago, they …

    January 23, 2017 12:28 pm
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Health

  • Language may impact diabetes care for Latinos with limited English


    (Reuters Health) – Latino patients with limited English skills may be less likely to take prescribed diabetes medications than other diabetics in the U.S. even when they see Spanish-speaking doctors, a recent study suggests. When researchers studied 31,000 patients with diabetes who received insurance and healthcare through Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, they found that about 60 percent of Spanish-speaking Latino patients skipped filling prescriptions at least 20 percent of the time in the two years after they were told they needed the drugs to help control the disease. That rate was only about 52 percent among English-speaking Latino patients and 38 percent among white patients. “Latino patients with diabetes, even when insured and facing relatively low barriers to healthcare, are much more likely to have poor medication adherence than their white counterparts,” said lead study author Dr. Alicia Fernandez, a researcher at San Francisco General Hospital and the University of California, San Francisco. The …

    January 23, 2017 8:24 pm
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Entertainment

  • Gavin Rossdale Opens Up About Split From Gwen Stefani: “Divorce Was Opposite To What I Wanted”


    Posted on Mon Jan 23rd, 2017 12:45pm PDT       By X17 Staff Maybe he should have kept it in his pants, then! Gavin Rossdale’s marriage to Gwen Stefani ended in 2015 amid rumors he cheated with the family nanny, but the Bush rocker recently confessed that he wishes they had never split. “[Divorce] was completely opposite to what I wanted. Really not…but here we are. Apart from death, I think divorce is one of the hardest, most painful things to go through. I know we all wish that, but we can’t, so I have to deal with reality. You can’t not have regrets and be human at the same time,” he told Fabulous magazine. “We had 20 years together and that in itself is pretty incredible. It’s a lifetime. I still think she’s incredible. It was a lovely 20 years and we have three amazing children. There were a lot of positives, and with time they’ll become …

    January 23, 2017 8:04 pm
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Editorial

  • Steve Moore: What I learned at the Women’s March


    By sheer coincidence I found myself on the Washington Mall on Saturday morning and came face to face with the tens of thousands of marchers protesting Trump’s inauguration. As far as I could see, these were solemn and peaceful rallies. The women expressed heartfelt fear and opposition to the new president’s policies. Just 24 hours earlier, I had stood on the same mall grounds with tens of thousands expressing sheer joy and hope.   How sad that after eight years of Barack Obama, the unifier in chief, the nation is as culturally and politically divided as it has been since maybe the Civil War. Let’s hope Trump can bring the nation together.   But standing near the Lincoln Memorial, I also couldn’t help think pridefully: What a fabulous country.     Is the First Amendment a great thing or what?  Freedom of speech. Freedom of assembly. Freedom of religion. Americans of all stripes exercising their constitutional rights. …

    January 23, 2017 9:04 pm
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Odd News

  • ‘Edge of the World Swing’ suspended 300 feet over Amsterdam


    Jan. 23 (UPI) — A swing attached to a building in Amsterdam is being touted as Europe’s highest, with a distance of more than 300 feet between it and the ground below. A video filmed Jan. 13 shows the “Edge of the World” swing attached to the new A’DAM Lookout in action as terrified tourists take a ride. “After a very fast lift ride you are strapped into the swing before being hoisted up a few more meters,” the filmer wrote online. “Then it begins to sway and you are swung out over the edge with nothing but air between you and the pavement 100m [328 feet] below.” Related Stories: Daily game Aug 23 : Pogo Swing! ‘Pharma bro’ Shkreli suspended from Twitter for harassment Idaho man uses warm breath to free sparrow with feet frozen to metal pipe Louisville’s experience edge adds to Duke’s miserable stretch

    January 23, 2017 9:04 pm
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