• Worcester 14-16 Bath

    Worcester 14-16 Bath

    Tom Homer kicked three penalties and a conversion to edge Bath to victory Tom Homer’s goal-kicking and a much-improved second half earned Bath a narrow win against Worcester, ending their six-game losing streak. Jonathan Evans’...
  • Does Sanders support Obama?

    Does Sanders support Obama?

    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during the Humphrey-Mondale dinner at the St. Paul River Centre in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign enlisted the support of black Democrats...
  • Brazil enlists army, cabinet in campaign against Zika

    BRASILIA Brazil’s government launched a nationwide campaign on Saturday to fight the Zika virus, with President Dilma Rousseff and cabinet ministers personally visiting homes and handing out leaflets along with 220,000 troops. Under a scorching...
  • India PM in ‘happy birthday’ gaffe

    India PM in ‘happy birthday’ gaffe

    Image copyright Reuters Image caption Despite the mistake, Mr Modi (l) and Mr Ghani (r) appear to still be on good terms Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has wished Afghan President Ashraf Ghani a happy...
  • Hamilton Academical 0-0 Dundee United

    Hamilton Academical 0-0 Dundee United

    Simon Murray (left), who had United’s best chances, battles with Hamilton’s Ziggy Gordon Dundee United were cast further adrift at the foot of the Premiership as they were held to a draw by Hamilton. Accies...
  • Why Studying Fertility in Sea Urchins Makes Sense [Excerpt]

    Excerpted with permission from Sex in the Sex: Our Intimate Connection with Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky Squid, and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep, by Marah J. Hardt. Available from St. Martin’s Press. Copyright © 2016. (Scientific...

Headline News

  • The Latest: Wrong-way driver missed car before hitting SUV


    DAYTON, Ohio –  The Latest on a wrong-way crash in Ohio that killed five (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Authorities say a wrong-way driver on an Ohio interstate narrowly missed at least one vehicle before slamming head-on into an SUV. Four people in that SUV and the driver of the wrong-way car died in the crash early Saturday in downtown Dayton. Investigators think the driver of the wrong-way car was under the influence of alcohol. Police say the man had been arrested on a DUI charge two days ago. The crash happened around 3 a.m. Saturday on northbound Interstate 75. Police say three men and one woman were in the SUV. Police estimate they were in their teens or early 20s. Another driver who saw the wrong-way driver told a 911 operator that he had to swerve to get out of his way. ___ 10 a.m. Police say five people are dead after a car …

    February 13, 2016 1:03 pm
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Politics

  • Does Sanders support Obama?


    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during the Humphrey-Mondale dinner at the St. Paul River Centre in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign enlisted the support of black Democrats on Friday to undermine Bernie Sanders’ push to claim a piece of President Barack Obama’s legacy, arguing she is the rightful heir to the nation’s first black president. Clinton sought solidarity with Obama at every turn during Thursday’s debate in Milwaukee, referring to herself as a “staunch supporter” of his health care law and praising him as a role model on race relations. Clinton ended the debate by criticizing Sanders for saying in an interview with MSNBC that Obama had failed the “presidential leadership test.” By Friday, as Clinton traveled between South Carolina and Minnesota, her African-American allies in Congress seized upon comments the Vermont senator made at the debate insinuating that race relations would “absolutely” be better under a …

    February 13, 2016 1:03 pm
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Stocks

  • ‘Fight for 15’ protesters at Republican debate: ‘We can’t afford essentials.’


    Fast food and other low-paid workers are planning to protest outside Saturday’s Republican presidential debate in Greenville, South Carolina. The protesters at the “Fight for $15” rally will be demanding a $15 an hour minimum wage and the right to unionize. At 1pm the protest will kick off with a walkout and will culminate in a 7 pm rally outside the debate. It comes just one week before the state’s primary. Many of the workers participating in the rally will be voting for the first time in the 2016 presidential election, according to the organizers. Related: Walmart found to have fired striking workers unlawfully Saturday’s protest is the second Fight for $15 rally this week. On Thursday, workers took to the streets outside the Democratic debate in Milwaukee. The walk-outs and protests will be held wherever candidates go during the primaries as part of the group’s plan to put pressure on candidates of both parties. …

    February 13, 2016 11:43 am
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Sports

  • Worcester 14-16 Bath


    Tom Homer kicked three penalties and a conversion to edge Bath to victory Tom Homer’s goal-kicking and a much-improved second half earned Bath a narrow win against Worcester, ending their six-game losing streak. Jonathan Evans’ try and a Homer penalty after the break turned around a 14-6 half-time deficit. Worcester, whose own winless run stretches back to November, led for much of the game but were undone by a pointless second half. Cooper Vuna and Donncha O’Callaghan scored the Warriors’ two tries. The win lifts Bath six points clear of Newcastle and eight clear of the second-bottom Warriors in the Premiership table. Relive Saturday’s Premiership rugby Worcester’s first-half dominance at the breakdown and the set-piece set their platform for the first-half lead, as did Tom Heathcote’s control from stand-off. Smart play put Vuna in on the left, after a line-break by Wynand Olivier, and the same player was involved down the same short-side for O’Callaghan’s …

    February 13, 2016 1:03 pm
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World News

  • India PM in ‘happy birthday’ gaffe


    Image copyright Reuters Image caption Despite the mistake, Mr Modi (l) and Mr Ghani (r) appear to still be on good terms Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has wished Afghan President Ashraf Ghani a happy birthday – only for Mr Ghani to explain he had got the wrong day. Mr Modi had tweeted his best wishes to Mr Ghani, writing: “Praying for your long life exceptional health and a joyful journey ahead”. Leading Mr Ghani to gently point out his birthday is, in fact, on 19 May. Mr Ghani’s profile on Google lists his birthday as being on 12 February, which may explain the mistake. Image copyright Twitter It is not known if Mr Modi himself wrote the erroneous tweet. His posts are reportedly written by his social media manager, Hiren Joshi. And it is unlikely Mr Ghani, who is at Munich Security Conference, wrote the polite reply, as any posts written by the president …

    February 13, 2016 12:05 pm
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Technology

  • Independent on Sunday editor bemoans people buying coffee over paper


    A culture in which people are more willing to pay for overpriced coffee than a newspaper ensured the downfall of the Independent papers after three decades in print, a senior executive has said. Lisa Markwell, editor of the Independent on Sunday, paid tribute to the Lebedev family for their investment in the titles since 2010, but said the news industry must search its soul to find a sustainable way of doing business in a changing media environment. Related: In memory of the Independent – in front pages “We have always found it terribly depressing that people will happily pay £3.70 for an appalling coffee from a takeout place and yet they won’t pay £1.60 or £2.20 on a Sunday for what is in effect a novel’s worth of terrific writing,” Markwell told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Saturday. “But that’s where we are, and I think all news organisations have to accept that that’s …

    February 13, 2016 9:22 am
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Science

  • Why Studying Fertility in Sea Urchins Makes Sense [Excerpt]


    Excerpted with permission from Sex in the Sex: Our Intimate Connection with Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky Squid, and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep, by Marah J. Hardt. Available from St. Martin’s Press. Copyright © 2016. (Scientific American and St. Martin’s Press are part of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.) Admittedly, spontaneous sex on the subway is a bit of a stretch (and probably nauseating for anyone who rides the G train on a regular basis). But the idea that sex depends upon a crowd is no exaggeration—especially for the less-than-agile lot. Take sea urchins. A few leaky males can cause an entire nearby cluster of sea urchins to unleash clouds of sperm, which they pump out through holes in the tops of their heads. As is so often the case, males tend to let loose their loads first, followed by the females. It’s a familiar pattern, occurring in sea cucumbers and abalone, among others. With sea cucumbers—squishy, sausage-shaped cousins …

    February 13, 2016 12:02 pm
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Health

  • Brazil enlists army, cabinet in campaign against Zika


    BRASILIA Brazil’s government launched a nationwide campaign on Saturday to fight the Zika virus, with President Dilma Rousseff and cabinet ministers personally visiting homes and handing out leaflets along with 220,000 troops. Under a scorching sun in the neighborhood of Zepellin in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, which will host the Olympic Games in August, Rousseff said everyone needed to take part in the battle against the mosquito carrying Zika, suspected of causing the birth defect microcephaly. There are currently no vaccines or treatment for the virus, though research institutes and pharmaceutical companies are working on several possibilities. “Brazil and the world have lost the battle against dengue, but we won the war against yellow fever, which is carried by the same mosquito. We will win the war against Zika,” Rousseff said as she launched the campaign, which also targets other mosquito-borne diseases. Twenty-seven cabinet ministers including central bank chief Alexandre Tombini participated in …

    February 13, 2016 12:43 pm
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Entertainment

  • James Murray On Season 5 Of ‘Impractical Jokers’: ‘The Show’s Getting Crazier’


    A new year means a new season of Impractical Jokers. The fabulous Staten Island foursome have now spent more than a hundred episodes making us laugh by battling to embarrass each other, and they’re not slowing down. Starpulse caught up with America’s favorite ferret, James “Murr” Murray (pictured above bottom with fellow Jokers Brian “Q” Quinn, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano) to talk Season 5 and ask if he’s finally embraced his constant comparison to a small, furry animal. Did he ever think the show would make it to Season 5? “We’re amazed we got to episode two,” Murr laughed. “I’m amazed none of us died at this point – that’s pretty good. It’s pretty unbelievable and very exciting.” One of the big additions to this season is that there is now literally nowhere the Jokers won’t go to make each other suffer. “This season will feature destination punishments. This is the first time ever …

    February 13, 2016 11:23 am
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Editorial

  • Does Bernie Sanders really want to win? Three Democratic debate takeaways


    To understand what ails Hillary Clinton, let’s rewind past Iowa and New Hampshire – two years back, in fact, to a speech in New Orleans before the National Auto Dealers Association and these words: “The last time I actually drove a car myself was 1996. I remember it very well. Unfortunately, so does the Secret Service, which is why I haven’t driven since then.” That one passage underscores three of Clinton’s present-day woes: she’s lived in a cocoon for well over two decades; she’s not all that entertaining; there may be no limit to what she and her husband will do for a quick buck (that one appearance earned Hillary a $325,000 honorarium). Speaking of Clinton’s motoring skills, there’s a fourth problem: rather than turn into the skid caused by alarming droves of young and women voters jilting her for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, she’s overcorrected – trying too hard to pawn herself off as …

    February 13, 2016 11:23 am
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Odd News

  • Racy night with handcuffs lands Arkansas man in handcuffs, again


    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. An Arkansas couple’s evening of “kinky” entertainment ended with one pair of handcuffs used for fun being replaced by another used for real in an arrest, police said on Friday. Dustin Taylor, 21, summoned police this week to his home in Fort Smith to remove a pair of handcuffs he told officers he and his wife had been using the previous night while “doing some ‘kinky’ things,” the official report stated. The couple had lost the key, Taylor explained. The responding patrolman removed the handcuffs and did a routine search of Taylor’s name in a police database. When the computer reported an outstanding warrant for Taylor on criminal mischief, handcuffs went back on. But this time they belonged to the officer. Sergeant Daniel Grubbs, spokesman for the Fort Smith police, expressed a measure of sympathy for Taylor. “I sort of wish the guy had invested in an extra handcuff key,” Grubbs said. …

    February 12, 2016 8:20 pm
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