Headline News

  • Colorado gunman believed suicide thoughts would go away if he killed others


    CENTENNIAL, Colo., Colorado theater gunman James Holmes told a court-appointed psychiatrist that he believed his suicidal thoughts would go away if he killed other people, jurors in his murder trial heard on Friday. In a videotaped session with psychiatrist William Reid shown to the jury, the former neuroscience graduate student talked about being depressed and described how he began acquiring weapons in the months leading up to the July 2012 massacre. “I kind of transferred it (suicide) to homicidal thoughts,” he said, adding that the compulsion to kill became consuming. The 27-year-old California native could face the death penalty if he is convicted of killing 12 moviegoers and wounding dozens more during a screening of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises.” Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder and explosives charges stemming from the rampage. His lawyers said he suffers from schizophrenia. Reid, who …

    May 29, 2015 8:29 pm
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Politics

  • Ex-U.S. lawmaker Hastert aimed to hide sexual misconduct with male: L.A. Times


    WASHINGTON Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert, indicted on Thursday on federal criminal charges, was paying a male from his past to try to conceal sexual misconduct, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday, citing two unnamed federal law enforcement officials. One of the officials cited by the newspaper said the alleged misconduct involved a male and occurred during Hastert’s time as a high school wrestling coach and teacher in Yorkville, Illinois, before becoming a lawmaker. Hastert could not immediately be reached for comment. The New York Times also reported that Hastert was paying a man to not say publicly that Hastert had sexually abused him decades ago, citing two people briefed on evidence uncovered in an FBI investigation. Announcing the charges on Thursday, prosecutors said they related to Hastert’s alleged effort to hide $3.5 million in payments he was making to a person to conceal past misconduct, but did not detail the …

    May 29, 2015 5:26 pm
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Stocks

  • Google and Levi’s to make smart clothing that interacts with your devices


    Google and Levi’s are teaming up to make digitally connected clothing, literally, smarty pants. The company’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, known as ATAP, is working on fabric that can sense touch gestures. Using a new kind of conductive yarn and woven multitouch panels, they can turn normal clothes into interactive devices. Wearing clothing made from the textiles, you could swipe your hand over the sleeve of a jacket or side of your jeans to silence a phone. Tap a finger to start playing a song. Called Project Jacquard, the initiative was officially announced at Google’s annual developer conference on Friday. Levi’s is its first official clothing partner, and the two Bay Area companies will start designing and experimenting with smart clothing. They did not announce a timeline for when any smart clothes would be commercially available, though Levi’s global head of product innovation, Paul Dillinger, said the process would be iterative, fast and fun. …

    May 29, 2015 8:28 pm
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Sports

  • Nationals’ Strasburg leaves start early


    Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – Washington Nationals star pitcher Stephen Strasburg left Friday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning with an apparent injury. After allowing a home run to Joey Votto in the first inning, Strasburg walked Brayan Pena to lead off the second before departing with the team trainer. He was replaced by Taylor Jordan. Entering Friday, the 26-year-old Strasburg was in the midst of a poor season, owning a 6.50 ERA — more than twice his career average — in nine starts. The former No. 1 overall pick underwent Tommy John surgery in 2010 and missed most of the 2011 season. In 2014, he set new career highs with 34 starts and 215 innings pitched.

    May 29, 2015 8:29 pm
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World News

  • US discovers more anthrax shipments


    The Pentagon said that it accidentally sent shipments of live anthrax bacteria from the Dugway Proving ground facility (pictured) The US military has ordered a review of how it handles anthrax after discovering more cases of live samples being accidentally sent to labs. Live anthrax samples were believed to have been sent to a total of 24 labs, in 11 US states as well as South Korea and Australia, the Pentagon said. The Pentagon says that there is no known risk to the general public. Experts in biosafety have heavily criticised the lapse and called for improved precautions. Symptoms of anthrax exposure include skin ulcers, nausea, vomiting and fever, and can cause death if untreated. ‘Live spores’ News of the live shipments first emerged on Wednesday, as the US said it had accidentally shipped live anthrax spores from Utah to labs in Texas, Maryland, Wisconsin, Delaware, New Jersey, Tennessee, New York, California and Virginia, as …

    May 29, 2015 8:28 pm
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Technology

  • The case of the incredible shrinking Swiss cheese holes


    If you’ve ever had questions about the holes in Swiss cheese, some scientists have an answer for you and thankfully, it has nothing to do with mice.National Cancer Institute/Renee Comet/Wikimedia Remember in those old “Tom and Jerry” cartoons when Jerry the mouse would try to sneak a block of Swiss cheese past Tom and when the cat spotted him, Jerry would hide in one of its holes? Well, apparently, with the way that Swiss cheese holes have been shrinking, nowadays Tom would gobble up poor Jerry and send any sympathetic kids watching into therapy for life. Yes, a Swiss agricultural research group, Agroscope, says the iconic holes in Swiss cheese are getting fewer and smaller thanks to the modernization of the cheese-making process. The group published a study in the online edition of the International Dairy Journal with conclusions about why there’ve been fewer holes in the last 15 years and how to change that. …

    May 29, 2015 8:48 pm
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Science

  • Study of over 250,000 patients suggests that, before an operation, low blood pressure rather than high is a risk factor for death


    New research presented at this year’s Euroanaesthesia congress in Berlin, Germany, suggests that, before an operation, low blood pressure (hypotension) rather than high blood pressure (hypertension) is an independent risk factor for death. The study is by Assistant Professor Dr Robert Sanders, Anesthesiology Critical Care Trials Interdisciplinary Outcomes Network (ACTION), Department of Anesthesiology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA, and Drs Puja Myles and Sudhir Venkatesan, University of Nottingham, UK, together with collaborators from the University of Southampton, Oxford University and University College London (all UK). Despite numerous years of study, the influence of preoperative blood pressure (BP) on perioperative risk remains controversial. In this new research, the authors investigated the relationship between preoperative BP and thirty-day mortality following non-cardiac surgery. They used data from 252,278 patients from the United Kingdom Clinical Practice Research Datalink to perform their analysis. A number of models of varying complexities were used to account for 29 perioperative risk factors …

    May 29, 2015 9:09 pm
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Health

  • Genetic glitch can predict response to new class of cancer drugs


    CHICAGO Patients with colon and other cancers who have a specific defect in genes needed for DNA repair are far more likely to respond to a new class of drugs such as Merck Co’s Keytruda, which enlist the immune system to attack tumors, a new study has shown. The small study, financed not by Big Pharma but by swimmers who raised charitable donations, tested Keytruda in patients with advanced colon and rectal cancers and found 92 percent of patients with the genetic defect had their disease controlled compared with 16 percent who did not carry the defect. The findings, announced on Friday at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Chicago, point to a new way to predict who will respond to the treatments, which are known as PD-1 inhibitors and can cost $150,000 a year. “Conservatively speaking, we think this would help 2 to 3 percent of all cancer patients,” said Dr. …

    May 29, 2015 5:26 pm
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Entertainment

  • Chris Pratt just admitted to pulling the most hilarious naked stunt


    The Guardians of the Galaxy star explained in an interview with Graham Norton that he went fully nude as lovable dork Andy Dwyer during Season 2 of Parks and Recreation, and it was totally impromptu. More: Chris Pratt gets in character as Star-Lord at children’s hospital “We were shooting a scene where my character turns up naked at my co-star’s door,” the actor explained. You may remember this as the moment when Andy tries to win back ex-girlfriend Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones). “I was wearing skin-colored underwear and I wasn’t getting quite the right reaction I was hoping for. It was late in the day so I decided to improvise and drop my trousers for the take.” During the scene, Andy expected Ann to open the door. Instead, Leslie (Amy Poehler) is the one who gets the eyeful. “Her reaction was great!” Pratt told the UK host. “It was the take they used!” More: Chris Pratt …

    May 29, 2015 7:48 pm
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Editorial

  • Former Homeland Security Secretary: It’s time for Congress to update the Patriot Act


    The United States is better protected from terrorism in our homeland because of the decisive, joint efforts taken by President Bush and Congress shortly after the September 11th attacks. A cornerstone of that urgent response was passage of the USA PATRIOT Act, which has helped improve coordination between our intelligence agencies, fortified the security of our borders, and enhanced the ability of law enforcement to conduct investigations around terrorist activities. Yet, as the law has aged and technology has advanced, the time for Congress to update the PATRIOT Act has come. One area of the PATRIOT Act that is in need of major reform is Section 215, which the government has used as its authority to conduct bulk collection of Americans’ communications records. For many, the call to end the bulk collection program is about restoring a balance between privacy and national security interests. There are unquestionably legitimate privacy and Constitutional concerns with the program, …

    May 29, 2015 5:46 pm
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Odd News

  • Atlanta NFL player charged in killing of girlfriend’s dog: police


    ATLANTA An Atlanta Falcons football player faces charges of aggravated animal cruelty after being accused of killing his girlfriend’s dog, police said on Friday. Prince Shembo, 23, an outside linebacker drafted by the Falcons in 2014, told the girlfriend he kicked her Yorkie while alone with the dog at his suburban Atlanta apartment on April 15, Gwinnett County Police said in a statement. She found the dog unresponsive at Shembo’s apartment and rushed the pet to an animal hospital where it died, police said. After Shembo told the girlfriend he had kicked the dog, she “ended their relationship,” police said. Tests showed the dog had died of significant internal injuries caused by blunt force, according to police. The 6-foot-2, 254-pound Shembo played college football at the University of Notre Dame, and was chosen by the Falcons in the fourth round of the 2014 draft, according to the team’s website. The Atlanta Falcons did not immediately …

    May 29, 2015 5:06 pm
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