Headline News

  • 6-year-old boy fatally South Carolina woman, police say


    EASLEY, S.C. –  Police in Easley say a woman has been accidentally shot to death by a 6-year-old boy as she sat in a moving car. Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley says 22-year-old Alexandra Anita Santos of Easley died Thursday afternoon after she was shot in the back as she sat in the front seat of a friend’s car. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Police say the friend’s 6-year-old son fired the gun through the seat, killing Santos. Police say the boy found the loaded gun in the backseat of the car. Maj. Tim Tollison says Easley investigators are trying to find out who owned the gun. Police have not released the name of the person driving the car. No charges have been filed.

    April 18, 2014 7:41 am
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Politics

  • Ratings Change: California’s 26th District


    By Nathan L. Gonzales Posted at 5 a.m. April 18 0 Tweet Brownley is a Democrat from California. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) When the Republican wave hit in 2010, it lost virtually all of its strength before it got to the West Coast. Most Democrats in competitive races west of the Rocky Mountains held on. So Democrats are in a precarious electoral position this cycle, and it’s unclear whether some districts that look Democratic on paper could be a struggle to hold in November. Barack Obama carried California’s 26th District by 10 points in 2012 and by a whopping 16 points in 2008. But Republicans believe that state Assemblyman Jeff Gorell is a unique candidate who can run a competitive race against Democratic Rep. Julia Brownley. Brownley is still favored to win re-election at this point, but Gorell will make her work for it, at a minimum. We are changing the Rothenberg Political …

    April 18, 2014 6:01 am
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Stocks

  • Alfa Romeo returns to America… at last


      Following a nearly 20 year absence Alfa Romeo is returning to the United States market with the 4C, an exotic-looking two-seat sports car that made its American debut at the New York Auto Show. Alfa’s return has been seriously discussed ever since the brand’s parent company, Fiat, rescued Chrysler from bankruptcy in 2009. Strictly speaking, Alfa did make a minor U.S.-market re-entry with the pricey Alfa Romeo 8C in 2008. Only about 100 of those cars, with prices starting around $260,000, were ever sold in North America. The 4C is a much more attainable car that Alfa plans to sell in far more serious numbers. When it goes on sale here in June, the 4C will initially be available in a special “Launch Edition” that will come in one of three colors, two shades of red and one white. Only 500 of those will be sold at prices around $70,000. Gallery – Cool cars …

    April 18, 2014 8:21 am
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Sports

  • Hamilton leads second practice in China


    SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton overcame problems with his car’s handling to return Mercedes to the top of the timesheets in the second practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix on Friday. Hamilton completed 25 laps of the 5.4 km Shanghai International Circuit in the afternoon session to end the day with a best time of one minute 38.315 seconds, edging out the morning’s pacesetter Fernando Alonso by a tenth of a second. Formula One world championship leader Nico Rosberg in the other Mercedes was third, the German falling four tenths of a second short of his team mate’s benchmark. Despite ending the day fastest, Friday’s two practice sessions were far from trouble-free for Hamilton, who arrives in China having won the last two races and is gunning for his first grand prix hat-trick. The Briton was limited to running nine laps in the morning after a suspension issue brought an early end to his …

    April 18, 2014 7:41 am
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World News

  • S Korea ferry captain arrest sought


    18 April 2014 Last updated at 12:55 Rescue teams install buoys to mark the position of the sunken ferry after the keel of the ship – visible until Friday – disappeared under the surface Prosecutors in South Korea have asked a court to issue an arrest warrant for the captain of the ferry that sank on Wednesday, officials say. It was earlier revealed that a junior officer – and not the captain – was at the helm of the ferry when it capsized. Efforts to find the 268 people still missing have been hampered by low visibility and strong currents. Twenty-eight people are now known to have died in the disaster, with 179 people rescued. Coast guard officials said on Friday two divers managed to enter the cargo bay of the vessel, but could not identify or rescue anyone due to items obstructing the way. Wrong manoeuvre? The vessel – named Sewol – had been …

    April 18, 2014 8:22 am
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Technology

  • Monument Valley: impossible architecture game builds success


    Monument Valley is a beautiful thing: an architectural puzzle game for iPhone and iPad where you twist and drag bits of geometrically-impossible monuments to guide a princess named Ida through its eerie world. Released earlier in April, the game has won critical acclaim from reviewers – journalists and App Store raters alike. But it’s also been selling strongly too, topping Apple’s paid charts around the world. Oh yes, it’s a paid game: £2.49 with no in-app purchases. Like The Room and Year Walk, it’s a reminder that creative, original pay-upfront games can still be commercially successful on smartphones and tablets, even if “freemium” has become the dominant business model on these devices. Monument Valley is the work of ustwo, the London-headquartered digital design studio which does the bulk of its work for brands like Sony, Barclays, Channel 4 and American Express. But this work funds a separate division making its own apps and games. Previous …

    April 18, 2014 5:40 am
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Science

  • Science: There’s something ancient in the icebox


    Related images(click to enlarge) Glaciers are commonly thought to work like a belt sander. As they move over the land they scrape off everything — vegetation, soil, and even the top layer of bedrock. So scientists were greatly surprised to discover an ancient tundra landscape preserved under the Greenland Ice Sheet, below two miles of ice. “We found organic soil that has been frozen to the bottom of the ice sheet for 2.7 million years,” said University of Vermont geologist Paul Bierman — providing strong evidence that the Greenland Ice Sheet has persisted much longer than previously known, enduring through many past periods of global warming. He led an international team of scientists that reported their discovery on April 17 in the journal Science. Antique landscapes Greenland is a place of great interest to scientists and policymakers since the future stability of its huge ice sheet — the size of Alaska, and second only to …

    April 18, 2014 5:41 am
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Health

  • FDA warns common uterine fibroid surgery can spread undetected cancer


    (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned that a common surgical procedure used to remove uterine fibroids could spread undetected uterine cancer. Data showed that the procedure, laparoscopic power morcellation, could significantly worsen a patient’s chance of long-term survival, the regulator said. (r.reuters.com/dug68v) Laparoscopic, or minimally invasive, power morcellation involves the use of an electric device that minces the fibroid into small pieces that can then be pulled out through a tiny incision in the abdomen. Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that usually pose no risk. However, certain women suffer from symptoms that include heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding, pelvic pressure and frequent urination, which could warrant medical or surgical intervention. An estimated 50,000 procedures are performed using laparoscopic power morcellation devices in the United States every year, said William Maisel, chief scientist for the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. The procedure reduces risk of infection, lowers post-surgical pain and enables …

    April 18, 2014 6:01 am
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Entertainment

  • Selena Gomez Signs With New Talent Agency After Firing Mom, Stepdad As Her Managers


    It’s official! Selena Gomez has fired her mom and stepdad as her managers. The former Disney darling ditched her parents last month in an effort to move past her young image. Previously represented by CAA, Selena has now signed with WME and Brillstein for management, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The rep changes are part of her ongoing strategy to move into more adult-oriented films, which included her recent risque role on Spring Breakers and her role as a young hacker living on the street in Getaway. Although she’s not exactly pulling a Miley Cyrus by screaming about leaving her Disney days behind from every rooftop (although Miley is still managed by her mom), she has been more of a wild child of late. Whether it be dating Justin Bieber, her brief stint in rehab or reportedly falling off the wagon, she’s no longer the angelic girl who graced TV screens on Wizards of Waverly …

    April 18, 2014 8:22 am
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Editorial

  • Is the premise of my next movie, ‘Persecuted’ really so far-fetched?


    See “Persecuted” in theaters July 18th.One Media Former Republican Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN).Reuters Recently, I was honored to appear as a guest on my friend Larry King’s show on Ora TV/RTV, talking about my next movie “Persecuted” which hits theaters this summer. Larry and I have known each other for years and it was great to see him in action once again. I was both pleased and surprised when he looked into the camera and bodily predicted that “Persecuted” was going to be a major hit.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT I think he may be right and, as someone who has spent time in both Hollywood and Washington, I look forward to Americans getting a look at this triller that mixes religion and politics. I look forward to Americans getting a look at this triller that mixes religion and politics. But even though the film hasn’t even been released yet, it’s already garnering criticism from some who …

    April 18, 2014 6:01 am
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Odd News

  • Filipinos nailed to cross in Easter ritual frowned on by church


    CUTUD, Philippines (Reuters) – Nearly 20 Filipinos and a Danish filmmaker were nailed to crosses to re-enact the crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday, a practice the Roman Catholic Church frowns upon as a distortion of the Easter message. The annual Philippine ritual draws thousands of spectators to San Fernando, 80 km (50 miles) north of Manila, to see penitents flagellate themselves and a series of crucifixions in a recreation of Christ’s death on the cross. “It was a great experience between me and God,” 48-year-old Danish film director and stunt coordinator Lasse Spang Olsen, who stayed on the cross for more than 10 minutes, told Reuters before being treated for his wounds. “It was great. It was fun.” But for some in the Philippines, where about 80 percent of the population are Catholics, the re-enactments of the crucifixion are an extreme display of devotion. Christianity teaches that Jesus Christ died on the cross on …

    April 18, 2014 5:40 am
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