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  • Body found in suitcase in Utah linked to missing Las Vegas woman

    April 30, 2015: Officers with the Department of Public Safety State Bureau of Investigation process the scene where human remains inside a suitcase were discovered on the side of I-80 near Saltair in Magna, Utah. (AP) Police in Utah and Nevada are trying to determine whether a body found in a large suitcase along a freeway near Salt Lake City is that of a missing Las Vegas woman. There are signs the body found Thursday in a ravine along Interstate 80 is that of Susana Villalvazo, but investigators are awaiting test results before making a final determination, Lt. Justin Hoyal of Utah’s Unified Police Department said Saturday. His department was contacted by Las Vegas police after the body was described as that of a middle-aged woman who had a mastectomy and a wrist tattoo of a pink breast cancer ribbon, Hoyal said. When the 46-year-old Villalvazo went missing last November, Las Vegas police said she was …

    May 5, 2015 7:53 pm


  • Presidential candidate Fiorina defends Hewlett-Packard tenure

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is defending her record as a corporate executive after a critic took over a website with her name on it to highlight job losses at Hewlett-Packard Co while she served as CEO. Fiorina, who announced her candidacy on Monday in the 2016 race, said she would run on her record at Hewlett-Packard, but added in reference to the carlyfiorina.org website: “Obviously, would I have preferred that we bought up every conceivable domain name? Yes.” Visitors to carlyfiorina.org came across the message, “Carly Fiorina failed to register this domain. So I’m using it to tell you how many people she laid off at Hewlett-Packard.” The website showed sad-face emoticons to symbolize what it said were 30,000 job losses at the tech company for which she served as chief executive from 1999 to 2005. “When you managed through a technology recession, every technology company – every one – laid …

    May 5, 2015 5:33 pm


  • California: The nation’s most unequal state

    Only some California residents are finding it to be the Golden State. Those who live in the tech Mecca of Silicon Valley enjoy the highest level of well-being in the nation. Residents live more than four years longer than the average American, earn nearly double the income and have nearly triple the number of graduate degrees, according to a recent report measuring opportunity in the nation’s 435 congressional districts and Washington D.C. Less than 100 miles away in the state’s Central Valley, however, residents have the lowest level of well-being. In this agricultural hub, people live nearly a year less than the national average and an individual’s earnings are roughly equal to the poverty line for a single parent with two children. Nearly four in ten fail to graduate from high school, far below the nation’s norm. As a result, California is the most unequal state in the nation when it comes to well-being, according …

    May 5, 2015 8:13 pm


  • Woods endures ‘brutal’ stretch ahead of Players Championship

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida (Reuters) – Tiger Woods admitted on Tuesday to sleepless nights in the lead-up to this week’s Players Championship as he wrestles with the anniversary of his father’s death and recent breakup with Lindsey Vonn. Returning to golf for the first time since his comeback at the Masters last month and since announcing on Sunday that his near three-year relationship with U.S. Olympic skier Vonn was over, Woods admitted the last three days have been “brutal.” Sunday also marked the nine-year anniversary of his father Earl’s death, and Woods did not sugarcoat his feelings. “Obviously it does affect me. It is tough. There’s no doubt. I’m not going to lie about that,” said Woods. “This time of year is really, really hard on me. This three-day window is really hard. I haven’t slept. These last three days … is just brutal on me, and then with obviously what happened on Sunday, it …

    May 5, 2015 7:53 pm

World News

  • Hezbollah plans attacks in Syria

    Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah did not say when the attack would take place Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah says his Lebanese Shia group will launch an attack inside Syria on Sunni militants fighting for the al-Nusra Front. Mr Nasrallah said the mountainous border area of Qalamoun would be the target, but did not specify when. He said Syrian rebel forces, which frequently target Hezbollah across the border, posed an unacceptable threat. Hezbollah, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has sent hundreds of fighters to join the Syrian civil war. The Qalamoun area, which straddles the Syria-Lebanon border, is porous and largely unpatrolled. ‘Time will tell’ In a televised address on Tuesday, Mr Nasrallah said cross-border attacks by militants from the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front posed an unacceptable threat to Lebanon’s security and required “radical treatment”. “The (Lebanese) state is not able to address this issue… so we will proceed with the necessary treatment and assume the …

    May 5, 2015 7:54 pm


  • European court: Skype’s name too familiar to Britain’s Sky broadcasting

    For second time in less than two years, Microsoft has lost a court case with Sky. Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET Microsoft has lost another round in its battle to use the name Skype with the British Sky Broadcasting Group. A European court ruled Tuesday that Microsoft cannot trademark Skype, its popular Internet-calling service, in Europe because its name and logo is too similar to the longtime British broadcasting company. “The Court has dismissed Skype’s actions and by doing so confirmed that there exists a likelihood of confusion between the figurative and word sign SKYPE and the word mark SKY,” said a press release from the General Court of the European Union. Microsoft will likely contest the ruling, according to a company statement released Tuesday. “We’re confident no confusion exists between these brands and services and will appeal,” the statement said. “This decision does not require us to alter product names in any way.” It’s the …

    May 5, 2015 4:52 pm


  • Just like humans, dolphins have social networks

    Related images(click to enlarge) They may not be on Facebook or Twitter, but dolphins do, in fact, form highly complex and dynamic networks of friends, according to a recent study by scientists at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) at Florida Atlantic University. Dolphins are known for being highly social animals, and a team of researchers at HBOI took a closer look at the interactions between bottlenose dolphins in the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) and discovered how they mingle and with whom they spend their time. Through intensive photo-ID surveys conducted along the IRL, which were carried out over a six- and-a-half year period, the researchers were able to learn about the association patterns as well as movement behavior and habitat preferences of some 200 individual dolphins. In a paper recently published in the journal Marine Mammal Science, the team found that individual dolphins exhibited both preference and avoidance behavior — so just like humans, they …

    May 5, 2015 5:13 pm


  • WHO projections warn of burgeoning obesity crisis in Europe

    LONDON (Reuters) – Europe will face an obesity crisis of vast proportions by 2030, according to new World Health Organization projections, with many countries likely to see far more than half of adults above the healthy weight limit. The figures, which predict 89 percent of Irish men and 77 percent of Greek men will be overweight by 2030, present “a worrying picture of rising obesity across Europe”, researchers said, with very few countries showing decreasing trends. “Although there is no silver bullet for tackling the epidemic, governments must do more to restrict unhealthy food marketing and make healthy food more affordable,” said Dr Laura Webber of the UK Health Forum, which worked with the WHO and the European Commission to produce the new projections. She also said insufficient data from some countries in the WHO’s European region – which comprises 53 nations – made surveillance of obesity more difficult, hampering efforts to make accurate predictions. …

    May 5, 2015 5:33 pm


  • Kim Kardashian Isn’t Selfishly Letting Late Night At The Met Gala Interfere With Her Book Signing

    Posted on Tue May 5th, 2015 4:00pm PDT       By X17 Staff Career comes first for Kimmy K! Kim Kardashian had a late night partying with all the hottest celebs at the Met Gala on Monday, but that didn’t stop the reality star from getting all glammed out and showing up at her Selfish book signing at Barnes Noble in NYC today. Kris Jenner has taught her well about fulfilling work commitments! The reality star’s coffee table staple hits shelves today, and we have a feeling it’s going to sell out! After all, who doesn’t want a whole 352-page book of the brunette bombshell’s sexy selfies?! Her latest project was actually the brainchild of husband Kanye West. The rapper suggested that his wife put together an official collection of her best self taken snapshots and sell it to the masses, after she created a personal one just for his eyes only during a vacation in Thailand. Oh …

    May 5, 2015 6:33 pm


  • 2016 race: Why a Tea Party president is a real possibility

    May 5, 2015: President Obama walks to the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) When the Tea Party began in 2009, even those of us at the heart of the movement couldn’t have predicted how it would permanently alter America’s political landscape. Just six years later, it’s undeniably at the heart of American politics in spite of countless attacks from the political establishment and from the national media. Because of the Tea Party’s strength and influence, candidates who call themselves conservative must prove their bona fides to successfully court any grassroots support at all.  Sen. Ted Cruz is a great example. Clearly a Tea Party favorite, Cruz has stood strong in the Senate for the movement’s values. He took the heat when others wouldn’t when it came to defunding ObamaCare and holding the congressional GOP leadership accountable for repeatedly caving to President Obama.  Because of the Tea Party’s strength and …

    May 5, 2015 1:32 pm

Odd News

  • Austrian baker causes stir with ‘tasteless’ 9/11 cake

    VIENNA (Reuters) – A Vienna baker has stirred up anger by making a cake depicting Austria’s main political parties as New York’s twin towers coming under attack from opposition party aircraft. “It’s ironic that a baker has no taste,” wrote one critic on the website of the mass-circulation Heute tabloid that highlighted the unusual creation. “I would call this incitement to terrorism,” wrote another. But baker Thomas Kienbauer defended his work on Tuesday, saying it represented legitimate political commentary. “The cake is supposed to represent the collapse of the ‘grand coalition’,” he told Reuters, referring to the centre-left Social Democrats (SPO) and the conservative People’s Party (OVP) who share power and have dominated post-war politics here. He said he was inspired by the fact that the attacks on the World Trade Center towers by Islamist militants using hijacked aircraft took place on September 11, 2001 (9/11), while Vienna local elections will take place this year …

    May 5, 2015 1:12 pm