Headline News

  • Man’s death after arrest in Baltimore exposes tensions between community and the police

    Marchers gather at the Baltimore Police Department’s Western District police station during a march for Freddie Gray, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (The Associated Press) A member of the Baltimore Police Department stands guard outside of the department’s Western District police station as men hold their hands up in protest during a march for Freddie Gray, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (The Associated Press) The Rev. Westley West leads a march for Freddie Gray to the Baltimore Police Department’s Western District police station, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (The Associated Press) A …

    April 26, 2015 9:47 am


  • Rubio doubted his qualifications to be President

    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.(AP Photo/Molly Riley) Marco Rubio lacks the experience to be president and Jeb Bush is a brilliant man ready for the job. So said Marco Rubio. Thing is, that was Rubio a few years ago, a man of seeming humility who joked that the only thing he deserved being president of was a condo association. He dismissed in colorful terms the idea that one term in the Senate could make a man ready for the White House. “Everyone I’ve ever known that tries to use their position as a stepping stone for something else has ended up destroying themselves,” he said during a 2012 book tour. Times — and ambition and ego — have changed. Bush, the former governor who guided Rubio’s early political career, won Rubio’s praise as “one of the biggest, best thinkers in the Republican Party” with an “amazing” depth of knowledge on almost every issue. …

    April 26, 2015 8:27 am


  • With ‘steroids’ gone, fewer stock market records to celebrate

    During baseball’s steroids era, it seemed like home run records were broken all the time. That’s what the bull market in stocks has felt like the past few years. The SP 500 celebrated an incredible 98 record closing highs during 2013 and 2014, according to SP Dow Jones Indices. And last week, the Nasdaq notched a closing high last seen in March 2000. But Wall Street records may soon be harder to come by as the Fed-induced “steroids” are taken away. The extremely low interest rates and quantitative easing provided by the Federal Reserve made stocks look very attractive. QE ended last year and interest rates look like they’ll start climbing higher later this year. What’s more, the U.S. economy stumbled at the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015. That’s dented corporate profits and hurt stocks. “It’s harder to hit home runs in October because it’s colder and the air is heavier. This …

    April 26, 2015 8:47 am


  • Pirates go after fifth straight win and sweep of D-backs

    (SportsNetwork.com) – The Pittsburgh Pirates eye their fifth straight win on Sunday when they close out a three-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Pittsburgh continued to roll on Saturday, as Starling Marte’s RBI single in the ninth inning lifted the Pirates to a 2-1 win. Tied at 1-1 with two outs in the final frame, Neil Walker doubled to deep left off Addison Reed (0-1) and came home after Marte hit a grounder past a diving Cliff Pennington at shortstop into left field for an RBI single. Tony Watson (1-1) earned the win for tossing a scoreless eighth and Mark Melancon followed suit in the ninth for his fifth save of the season. “You just have to go out and challenge them,” Watson said. “Make your pitch and let them put it in play and let our guys do the work behind me.” Pittsburgh hasn’t won five in a row in April …

    April 26, 2015 10:28 am

World News

  • SA anger over Nigeria envoy recall

    The attacks were blamed on rivalry for jobs – and controversial remarks by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini South Africa has condemned Nigeria’s decision to recall its ambassador over a spate of attacks against foreigners. It called the step “unfortunate and regrettable” and said it “would be curious for a sisterly country to want to exploit such a painful episode”. At least seven people have died over a month of attacks on foreigners and foreign-owned property in South Africa. Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has been blamed for sparking the attacks with comments about foreign workers. Soldiers were deployed to flashpoints last week to prevent more violence. Some blamed the attacks – which centred on Durban and Johannesburg – on unemployment and poor political leadership. Thousands were displaced, with many Zimbabweans, Mozambicans, Malawians and others returning home and others taking refuge in temporary government-operated shelters. ‘Ongoing xenophobia’ Some governments complained that South Africa was failing to do …

    April 26, 2015 10:28 am


  • How Net neutrality helped kill the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

    Concerns over the power of Internet service providers to control access to online content didn’t mesh well with handing provider Comcast even more power via a merger with Time Warner Cable. Getty Images Call it bad timing for Comcast. But the heated public debate over Net neutrality likely played a major role in sinking the cable giant’s hopes to buy Time Warner Cable. “It was subtle, but Net neutrality framed the debate,” said Christopher Sprigman, a law professor at New York University. “Through that process, it became clear that the state of broadband for the average consumer is pretty bad. And regulators didn’t want to make an already bad situation worse by giving one of the largest broadband providers more power.” More than a year after it announced plans to buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion, Comcast on Friday pulled the plug on its mega-merger, citing opposition from regulators. A merger between the two …

    April 26, 2015 7:47 am


  • Scientists see deeper Yellowstone magma

    Related images(click to enlarge) University of Utah seismologists discovered and made images of a reservoir of hot, partly molten rock 12 to 28 miles beneath the Yellowstone supervolcano, and it is 4.4 times larger than the shallower, long-known magma chamber. The hot rock in the newly discovered, deeper magma reservoir would fill the 1,000-cubic-mile Grand Canyon 11.2 times, while the previously known magma chamber would fill the Grand Canyon 2.5 times, says postdoctoral researcher Jamie Farrell, a co-author of the study published online today in the journal Science. “For the first time, we have imaged the continuous volcanic plumbing system under Yellowstone,” says first author Hsin-Hua Huang, also a postdoctoral researcher in geology and geophysics. “That includes the upper crustal magma chamber we have seen previously plus a lower crustal magma reservoir that has never been imaged before and that connects the upper chamber to the Yellowstone hotspot plume below.” Contrary to popular perception, the …

    April 26, 2015 4:07 am


  • Health Food Stores Often Promote Adult-Only Supplements to Teens

    SUNDAY, April 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Health store employees may encourage teens to buy body-shaping dietary supplements, even though the products’ labels state they’re for adult use only, researchers report. Despite the labeling, it’s legal for minors to buy these over-the-counter products in 49 states. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics says teens younger than 18 should not use the supplements, which are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. “Adolescents are being enticed by flashy advertisements and promises of quick, body-shaping results,” senior investigator Dr. Ruth Milanaik, of Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y., said in a North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System news release. “In this body-conscious world, flashy advertising of ‘safe, quick and easy body shaping results’ are very tempting to younger individuals trying to achieve ‘the perfect body.’ It is important for pediatricians, parents, coaches and mentors to stress that healthy eating habits, sleep and …

    April 26, 2015 8:27 am


  • Hilary Duff’s estranged husband fights back in heated custody battle

    More: Sorry, Aaron Carter: Hilary Duff still cares for estranged beau So, what are they fighting over? According to TMZ, Comrie and Duff are engaged in a custody battle, because the ex-hockey player is demanding joint custody of their 3-year-old son, Luca. In Duff’s divorce petition, she filed for primary physical custody of their son, and she only wanted Comrie to have visitation rights, but Comrie is not going to give up without a fight. More: Hilary Duff split with Mike Comrie: “He never did anything!” Sources close to the couple tell the publication that the Cinderella Story actress has concerns about Comrie’s parenting skills and his “partying ways,” which is one of the reasons why Duff reportedly filed for divorce in the first place. Comrie and Duff separated amicably in January 2014, but the Lizzie McGuire star only filed for divorce in February 2015, and at the time, there were claims that she threw in …

    April 26, 2015 9:07 am


  • ‘Remembering Everyone Deployed’ Fridays: Let’s wear red America

     (Courtesy Mansfield University)  (Courtesy Mansfield University) The events of September 11, 2001 undoubtedly changed the lives of Americans across the country. But the rubble of the Twin Towers has long been cleared, Freedom Tower now in their place, and most Americans have returned largely to the same lives they led before the attacks. Men and women of the United States military haven’t had this option. These men and women continue to volunteer to fight an enemy thousands of miles from home. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The relatively normal lives we take for granted is a testament to the incredible job they’ve done to protect our quality of life. But we owe it to each of them to better understand the struggles they face not only in combat, but when they return home. Wearing a specific colored shirt might seem like a trivial act, but the meaning behind it is significant. It translates to mean that as you …

    April 26, 2015 4:27 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