Headline News

  • Florida mom charged in son’s 1991 murder due to make initial appearance in New Jersey court


    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. –  A Florida woman charged in the 1991 death of her 5-year-old son is scheduled to make her first appearance in a New Jersey courtroom. Middlesex County prosecutors say Michelle Lodzinski is due to appear Tuesday afternoon in New Brunswick. She is charged with killing Timothy Wiltsey, but her attorney has said she “adamantly denies” the charges. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Lodzinski, 46, has been in custody since her arrest August 7. She’s was extradited to New Jersey on Friday and is being held in the county jail on $2 million bail. She had said her son disappeared at a carnival, but investigators said her story kept changing. His skeletal remains were found in a marshy area of Edison 11 months later. Lodzinski went into seclusion after her son’s remains were discovered, and neighbors said at the time that she didn’t appear distraught. In late July, a county grand jury handed up a one-count …

    September 16, 2014 2:16 am
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Politics

  • Giffords Groups Airs Tough Ad Against Martha McSally


    By Abby Livingston Posted at 9 p.m. on Sept. 15 0 Tweet Barber is an Arizona Democrat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call Photo) In one of the toughest ads yet of the cycle, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ gun control group is up with a new spot connecting a House candidate’s policies to the actions of a murderous stalker. The ad will it air in Giffords’ former district around Tucson, where one of the country’s most competitive House races is taking place. Giffords’ group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, is supporting her former top aide, Democratic Rep. Ron Barber, in his rematch against Republican Martha McSally. In the spot, a tearful Tucson mother described explained how a rejected suitor shot her daughter and her husband. “He threatened her before,” the woman said in tears. “I knew, I just knew.” “Martha McSally opposes making it harder for stalkers to get a gun,” a female narrator added. The ad is …

    September 15, 2014 10:31 pm
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Stocks

  • Radisson suspends Vikings sponsorship after Adrian Peterson reinstated


      The Radisson hotel chain has suspended its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings in the wake of child abuse allegations against Adrian Peterson. The announcement came just hours after the Vikings reinstated the star running back, who was indicted last week in Texas on a felony child abuse charge. Prosecutors allege the 29-year-old father did “recklessly or by criminal negligence cause bodily injury” while disciplining his son. “Radisson takes this matter very seriously particularly in light of our long-standing commitment to the protection of children,” the Minnesota- based company said in a statement. “We are closely following the situation and effective immediately, Radisson is suspending its limited sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings while we evaluate the facts and circumstances,” the company said. Sponsorships bring $1.07 billion a year to the NFL and its 32 teams, according to sponsorship research firm IEG. The most money comes from PepsiCo (PEP), whose sponsorships include Pepsi products, Gatorade and …

    September 16, 2014 1:33 am
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Sports

  • Iran equipment official charged with sexual harassment


    SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean police said on Tuesday they have charged an official with Iran’s Asian Games delegation with sexual harassment and banned him from leaving the country following a complaint by a female volunteer at a soccer stadium. The alleged incident occurred on Monday at Ansan Wa Stadium, one of the venues being used for the football competition at the Games in Incheon, west of Seoul. Police said a 38-year-old Iranian man had been charged without physical detention and that while he had admitted touching the volunteer he did not consider his actions illegal. An official from the Incheon Asian Games organisers (IAGOC) told Reuters on Tuesday that the Iranian was responsible for looking after the football team’s equipment. The volunteer said she had been touched by the Iranian official when they were taking a photo together, IAGOC said. “We will have strong punishment ready for future perpetrators if anything like this incident …

    September 16, 2014 2:15 am
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World News

  • First US strike under new IS plan


    16 September 2014 Last updated at 07:31 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Gabriel Gatehouse reports from the front line of Peshmerga-held territory in northern Iraq The US has carried out its first air strike against Islamic State (IS) militants under a new strategy to defeat the group. The US military said Monday’s strike had destroyed an IS fighting position south-west of Baghdad that had been firing on Iraqi forces. It comes a week after US President Barack Obama outlined a new strategy to defeat the jihadist movement. The US has been building a broad international coalition to fight IS. The jihadist group, also known as Isil or Isis, originated in Syria and has swept through parts of western and northern Iraq. It now controls large areas of both countries. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Jim Muir joined Kurdish forces on the front line in Zumar, …

    September 16, 2014 1:33 am
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Technology

  • Notch doesn’t make Minecraft anymore


    So much more than a video game. Microsoft This morning Australia woke up to the news that Microsoft has purchased Mojang for a “smooth $2.5 BILLION”, as Mojang called it in its press release. We expected it, of course, after last week’s build up, but the reality hit with a weight I didn’t expect. In the next room, I could hear my two kids, five and eight, awake and playing Minecraft. Not the video game itself, but their imaginative play version. Wielding their toy Minecraft diamond sword and pickaxe, I could hear them playing out a journey from the world of Stampy Cat to the world of the Minecraft Crew, their two favourite Minecraft YouTube channels. Over the weekend my kids spent a few hours playing the actual game. When they weren’t playing, they spent time before bed reading books learning about how to construct better buildings in Minecraft, and how to work with Redstone …

    September 15, 2014 10:31 pm
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Science

  • NASA Announces 2014 Aeronautics Scholarship Recipients


    NASA has selected 20 students from across the nation to receive the agency’s Aeronautics Scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year. This scholarship program, which is in its seventh year, is designed to assist undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in fields of study related to aeronautics. Recipients were selected from hundreds of applications to the program. “These students represent the future in aeronautics research,” said Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate in Washington. “Besides receiving NASA assistance to pay college costs, these students will work side-by-side with NASA scientists and engineers to help solve today’s most demanding air transportation system problems.” The students will have the opportunity to intern with NASA researchers and work on developing technologies to increase efficiency in air traffic management, reduce aircraft noise, fuel consumption and emissions, and improve air safety. This year’s recipients attend universities in Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, …

    September 15, 2014 10:51 pm
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Health

  • NY attorney general sues Actavis and Forest Labs over Alzheimer’s drug


    (Reuters) – The attorney general of New York filed a lawsuit against Actavis Plc and its subsidiary to stop the companies from discontinuing its Alzheimer’s drug, alleging that they were trying to maintain a monopoly position illegally. Eric Schneiderman, New York’s attorney general, alleges that Actavis and its subsidiary Forest Laboratories violated anti-trust and state laws. “Unfortunately, schemes to block competition, without considering the consequences to patients, are a growing trend in the health care industry. By standing up to Actavis, we’re sending a clear message to all pharmaceutical companies: Prioritizing profits over patients’ rights will not be tolerated,” Schneiderman said in a statement. Actavis did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In February, Forest Labs announced plans to withdraw its Alzheimer’s drug Namenda from the market, to focus on its new drug, Namenda XR, which is taken once instead of twice daily. Namenda, which is protected by a patent set to expire …

    September 15, 2014 10:31 pm
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Entertainment

  • Jennifer Garner: I don’t remember who I was before having kids


    Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have a stack of sexy polaroids  “You can’t expect to be courted all the time, and I don’t want to court him right now; I don’t have the energy!” Garner told the magazine, via ABC News. “But we’re definitely in a very mindful place where we’re making an effort to be together, do things at the same time, and be loving.” Garner and Affleck married in 2005 when Garner was four months pregnant, and she said her life started right about then. She explained, “When we had our first [child], we had only been together a year. We were babies. It happened so fast, I hardly remember what we were like before the kids got here. Now we’re just starting to go away for a night here and there.” Affleck and Garner are now parents to 8-year-old Violet, 5-year-old Seraphina and 2-year-old Samuel (and a rumored fourth baby), but they …

    September 16, 2014 2:15 am
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Editorial

  • Matt and Grace Huang held in Qatar: Why the silence from Obama, Kerry?


    In January 2013, an American couple working in Doha, Qatar lost their 8-year-old daughter to a sudden and fatal illness. The next day, Qatari officials arrested them. They were subsequently charged with murder.  During their trial, no evidence was brought to support the charge. The prosecution’s pathology report was roundly debunked. Then in March 2014, after a year in jail, they were sentenced to prison. According to Reuters, “The judge reading the verdict did not specify what offense the couple had been convicted of.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The couple, Matt and Grace Huang of Los Angeles, remains detained, forbidden to leave Qatar. They have been diagnosed with PTSD. In the 21st-century, the trial of Joseph K. is alive and well. The Obama administration’s support for the Huangs has been conspicuously paltry. Other than the State Department’s short press statement in July, not a word of support has been spared. The Huangs’ next hearing is set for …

    September 15, 2014 10:31 pm
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Odd News

  • Texas doctor poisoned lover’s coffee over obsession: prosecutor


    HOUSTON (Reuters) – A breast cancer physician charged with spiking her lover’s coffee with a compound used in antifreeze was obsessed with the man and even had a private investigator follow him, prosecutors said in opening statements at her trial on Monday. Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, 43, is charged with aggravated assault of a family member, which also covers domestic violence in dating relationships, for allegedly spiking Dr. George Blumenschein’s coffee in January 2013. “This case is about a woman who had an attraction, which wound up with a rejection and it led to an absolute obsession with George Blumenschein,” Assistant Harris County District Attorney Justin Keiter said. Gonzalez-Angulo and Blumenschein, both oncologists with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, had been in an affair for two years when she asked him to try a coffee blend during a rendezvous at her home, a criminal complaint said. She is accused of spiking the …

    September 15, 2014 10:51 pm
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