Headline News

  • Southwest Airlines flight diverted to Denver over ‘pressurization': media

    (Reuters) – A Southwest Airlines flight en route to Milwaukee from Las Vegas had to divert to Denver on Friday night due to a “pressurization issue,” local broadcaster FOX31 reported. The airline said in a statement to FOX31 that the plane, which was carrying 175 passengers and six crew members, landed safely at Denver International Airport around 8:30 p.m. local time. One person was injured after falling during the deplaning process, FOX31 said. The diversion was blamed on a “pressurization issue,” though the statement did not elaborate on the problem. Passenger Dean Fox told the broadcaster that the episode was scary, but the crew remained calm. “The (oxygen) masks did not deploy. Only a few (passengers) had reactions to the rapid pressure change,” he told the station. A Southwest Airlines representative could not be immediately reached for comment. (Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco, editing by Mark Heinrich)

    April 26, 2015 4:08 am


  • Senate finally confirms Lynch as Attorney General

    Loretta Lynch (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque) Loretta Lynch won Senate approval as U.S. attorney general on Thursday, becoming the first black woman to occupy the post at a time when deadly altercations between white police and unarmed black men are making headlines. The Senate confirmed Lynch by a vote of 56-43 to end a five-month partisan deadlock over her nomination by President Barack Obama. She had waited for a vote longer than the last seven attorneys general combined. Obama said Lynch, the 55-year-old U.S. attorney for Brooklyn, New York, had credibility with both law enforcement and the communities they police. He told supporters from his Organizing for Action political group that he would work with her to rebuild trust so that everyone felt safe and that the law was working on everyone’s behalf. Taking over the Justice Department from Attorney General Eric Holder, Lynch also will face early tests on financial cases alleging some of the world’s …

    April 26, 2015 4:26 am


  • ‘Avengers’ sequel opens internationally, flying towards record U.S. debut

    Captain America and the rest of the Avengers are looking towards a big U.S. box office debut. Avengers assemble! That’s the rallying cry that movie theaters are hearing around the world this week as the highly anticipated “Avengers: Age of Ultron” debuts in many markets internationally. On Wednesday, the Disney (DIS)/Marvel Studios film opened as the #1 film in 11 foreign markets including France, Italy, and the Philippines making an estimated $9.5 million on its first day of release. The film opening expanded on Thursday to the United Kingdom, Germany and South Korea. So far “Ultron” has hauled in an estimated $44.8 million in just two days overseas. And the film is just getting starting with Iron Man, Thor, and Captain American hitting 55% of international markets by Sunday. Regardless of what the film makes in foreign markets, it will most likely not fly as high as next weekend’s potential record-breaking U.S. opening. Launching domestically …

    April 26, 2015 2:45 am


  • Chicago sends Nashville home for the offseason, advances to face Minnesota-St. Louis winner

    Chicago Blackhawks players shake hands with Nashville Predators after the Blackhawks defeated the Predators 4-3 in Game 6 of an NHL Western Conference hockey playoff series Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) (The Associated Press) Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith, left, celebrates with goalie Corey Crawford after scoring his goal against the Nashville Predators during the third period in Game 6 of an NHL Western Conference hockey playoff series Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) (The Associated Press) Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne looks down during the second period in Game 6 of an NHL Western Conference hockey playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks, Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) (The Associated Press) CHICAGO –  It smacks of desperation. And it’s more a hunch than a real strategy. But when pressed, most coaches will admit few things motivate pro athletes better than embarrassing them. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT …

    April 26, 2015 3:46 am

World News

  • Britons caught up in Nepal disaster

    Everest base camp was hit by an avalanche triggered by the earthquake A UK couple on their honeymoon are among a number of Britons who have told of being caught up in the Nepal earthquake and subsequent avalanches which hit the Everest region. UK climbers have posted on social media about being stranded on Mount Everest. On their blog, newlyweds Alex Schneider and Sam Chapette described seeing an “avalanche coming straight at us” and being blasted by wind. Nearly 2,000 people died in Saturday’s earthquake. The UK Foreign Office (FCO) has released an emergency number +44 (0) 207 008 0000 for British nationals needing consular assistance to call. It also says it has offered assistance to local authorities and has advised British nationals in the area to stay “in a place of safety”. Meanwhile, humanitarian experts from the UK will begin to assess the damage caused by the earthquake after travelling to the country overnight. …

    April 26, 2015 3:47 am


  • Morgan three-wheeler: car review

    Price £25,950MPG 30.3Top speed 115mph While We’re Young, the hilarious new film from Noah Baumbach, is about a pair of 40somethings who develop a couple-crush on two freewheeling 20something hipsters. The youngsters live in a house (well, a converted water tower in Harlem) filled with vinyl, typewriters and old VHS tapes. At one point, a gawping Ben Stiller turns to Naomi Watts and says in disbelief: “It’s like everything we threw out – except it looks good…” The same could be said of this wonderfully retro three-wheeler. Morgan has thrown out everything that makes driving a car the digitally mastered, electronically controlled experience it is today and gone right back to basics. There’s no stability control or traction control, no power assisted steering or power braking. Actually, there’s no stereo either, or roof, or doors. A First World War flying ace would feel right at home in the stripped-down cockpit with its bare metal and …

    April 26, 2015 3:45 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


  • Teens With History of Self-Poisoning Face Greater Suicide Risk

    SATURDAY, April 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Teens who survive self-poisoning with drugs are at a significantly increased risk for suicide over the following decade, a new study shows. “Self-poisoning in adolescence is a strong predictor of suicide and premature death in the ensuing decade, and identifies a high-risk group for targeted prevention,” study co-leader Dr. Yaron Finkelstein said in an American Academy of Pediatrics news release. “Suicide risk is markedly increased for many years after the first hospital presentation, emphasizing the importance of sustained prevention efforts in this vulnerable population,” added Finkelstein, a staff physician in the divisions of emergency medicine and clinical pharmacology and toxicology at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. The new study included more than 20,000 teens in the province of Ontario who were treated at hospital emergency rooms for self-poisoning. The researchers followed up on the teens for 12 years or until they died. The teens who had …

    April 26, 2015 4:26 am


  • Kate Hudson Gets All Dolled Up For A Dinner Date With Her Stylist

    Posted on Fri Apr 24th, 2015 9:44am PDT       By X17 Staff Kate Hudson and her stylist Sophie Lopez went to dinner at Hutchinson Cocktails Grill in West Hollywood on Thursday evening, and rather than going for a boho-chic look, the starlet wore dark lipstick and a winter-inspired ensemble. She certainly knows how to switch it up! Kate celebrated her 36th birthday on Sunday, and on Monday she went to dinner with her mom Goldie Hawn and Goldie’s longtime love Kurt Russell. So did she have a friendly dinner with former fiance/baby daddy Matt Bellamy? Doesn’t seem like it! Earlier this week it was revealed that the 36-year-old British rocker was dating 25-year-old model Elle Evans, who you may know as the hot topless blonde from Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” video. Matt definitely has a type! So what did Kate have to say about her ex dating her doppleganger? Check out the video below!   SEE THE …

    April 26, 2015 3:06 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