Headline News

  • San Francisco deputies staged inmate fights in county jail, public defender says


    San Francisco sheriff’s deputies staged gladiator-style fights between inmates in the county jail and placed bets on which one was going to win, a public defender said Thursday. San Francisco public defender Jeff Adachi said his office was alerted to the alleged deputy-orchestrated brawls through an email March 12 from the father of an inmate. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Ricardo Palikiko Garcia, the man’s son, told Adachi that he had been forced to fight twice before and the deputies were planning on staging another fight. Garcia, 20, told Adachi he was forced to fight a man twice his size. Garcia also said he suffered injuries stemming from the fights. He also named San Francisco Deputy Scott Neu as well as deputies Eugene Jones, Clifford Chiba and another deputy whose last name is Staehly as officers who forced him to fight, KTVU reports. Garcia said he fought Stanley Harris twice. Harris stands about 6-feet tall and weighs more …

    March 27, 2015 5:58 am
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Politics

  • Exclusive: Upset by Warren, U.S. banks debate halting some campaign donations


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Big Wall Street banks are so upset with Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren’s call for them to be broken up that some have discussed withholding campaign donations to Senate Democrats in symbolic protest, sources familiar with the discussions said. Representatives from Citigroup, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, have met to discuss ways to urge Democrats, including Warren and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, to soften their party’s tone toward Wall Street, sources familiar with the discussions said this week. Bank officials said the idea of withholding donations was not discussed at a meeting of the four banks in Washington but it has been raised in one-on-one conversations between representatives of some of them. However, there was no agreement on coordinating any action, and each bank is making its own decision, they said. The amount of money at stake, a maximum of $15,000 per bank, means the gesture is symbolic rather than …

    March 27, 2015 6:39 am
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Stocks

  • Bad news: Stocks likely to fall further


    Corporate earnings for the first quarter are probably going to stink like a giant pile of dirty laundry in a teenager’s bedroom. That’s one of the main reasons why stocks have been on a mini-losing streak lately. Stocks fell again Thursday. It was the fourth straight day of declines. Still, analysts predict that profits for the SP 500 companies will be down 4.6% from the first quarter of 2014, according to data from FactSet Research. This would be the first time profits have fallen since the third quarter of 2012. No wonder the market is jittery. Can the stock market really keep climbing if earnings aren’t strong? Related: Warning signs in the housing market On top of that, more people are warning about high valuations for tech and biotech stocks in the Nasdaq. Mixed signals are also coming out about the health of the U.S. economy. This could just turn out to be a blip. …

    March 27, 2015 4:56 am
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Sports

  • Malaysian queries eligibility of new Filipino rival thrower


    MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines has been scouring the United States to poach sporting talent and seem to have struck gold with thrower Caleb Stuart but some of his potential opponents at the upcoming Southeast Asian Games are questioning his eligibility. The 24-year-old has targeted gold in the hammer and shot put at the biennial event for the 11 Southeast Asian nations in Singapore and has not ruled out competing in the discus. On Sunday, he picked up his third gold medal at the Philippines Open-Invitational Athletics championships by winning the discus after impressive victories earlier in his pet events which qualified him for the June 5-16 multi-sport event. The University of California graduate’s win in the shot came against reigning SEA Games silver medallist Adi Alifuddin Hussin who, along with Malaysian hammer throwing compatriot Jackie Wong, had been tipped as gold medal chances in Singapore. Wong set a national record of 63.71m in finishing …

    March 27, 2015 5:58 am
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World News

  • Alps crash co-pilot ‘had depression’


    The man suspected of deliberately crashing a Germanwings A320 plane in the French Alps required treatment for depression, German media say. Regular assessments were recommended in Andreas Lubitz’s official notes after a serious episode some years ago. The Barcelona-Duesseldorf plane crashed on Tuesday, killing 150 people. Data from the plane’s voice recorder suggest Andreas Lubitz purposely started a descent as the pilot was locked out of the cockpit. Several airlines have now pledged to change their rules to ensure at least two crew members are present in the cockpit at all times. Police have searched two German properties used by Mr Lubitz, taking away boxes and a computer. ‘Heavily depressive’ When Mr Lubitz finished training in 2009, he was diagnosed with a serious depressive episode and went on to receive treatment for a year and a half, the German news site Bild reports. Internal documents quoted by Bild and German broadcaster ARD say a note …

    March 27, 2015 5:58 am
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Technology

  • Facebook successfully tests laser drones in UK skies


    Facebook has been testing large, solar-powered drones in the skies over the UK, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has announced. The drones use lasers to beam internet access down to the ground, designed to provide connections to rural and internet-free zones. “As part of our Internet.org effort to connect the world, we’ve designed unmanned aircraft that can beam internet access down to people from the sky,” said Zuckerberg in a blog post. “We’ve successfully completed our first test flight of these aircraft in the UK.” Developed by Ascenta, a Somerset-based designer of solar-powered drones bought by Facebook in March 2014, the drones will be able to fly at altitudes of 60,000 feet for months at a time on solar power. They will have wingspans greater than 29m, or that of a Boeing 737, but weigh less than a car. “Aircraft like these will help connect the whole world because they can affordably serve the 10% of …

    March 27, 2015 6:18 am
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Science

  • Engineers develop new methods to speed up simulations in computational grand challenge


    Related images(click to enlarge) Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a new family of methods to significantly increase the speed of time-resolved numerical simulations in computational grand challenge problems. Such problems often arise from the high-resolution approximation of the partial differential equations governing complex flows of fluids or plasmas. The breakthrough could be applied to simulations that include millions or billions of variables, including turbulence simulations. Modern computers are generally built from commodity hardware developed for serving and surfing the web. When applied to cutting-edge problems in scientific computing, computers built from such general-purpose hardware usually spend most of their time moving data around in memory, and the hardware dedicated to floating point computations (that is, the actual addition and multiplication of numbers) spends most of its time idle. The small memory footprint of the new schemes developed at UC San Diego means that numerical problems of a given size will …

    March 27, 2015 6:39 am
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Health

  • Sierra Leone three-day Ebola lockdown leaves capital ‘eerily quiet’


    FREETOWN (Reuters) – The capital of Sierra Leone was “eerily quiet” on Friday as hundreds of health volunteers spread out across the city and the surrounding area to search for hidden Ebola patients and raise awareness during a three-day lockdown. Sierra Leone, the country worst-affected by the disease, has reported nearly 12,000 cases and more than 3,000 deaths since the epidemic was declared a year ago. The slums around Freetown are among the hardest-hit areas. Case numbers have tumbled from a peak of over 500 per week in December to 33 in the week to March 22, with most in the capital and near the northern border with Guinea, which is also still fighting the outbreak. “There have been reports of complacency with hand-washing and temperature checks, and this is an opportunity to up the sensitization and to be more proactive looking for cases,” John Fleming, Red Cross emergency health coordinator, told Reuters by telephone …

    March 27, 2015 6:39 am
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Entertainment

  • Amber Rose Lets It All Hang Out While Sunbathing Topless In Hawaii


    Posted on Thu Mar 26th, 2015 9:30am PDT       By X17 Staff Your move, Kimmy K! Amber Rose has never been shy, but the former stripper took it to a whole new level when she posted this topless Instagram of herself sunbathing in Maui! “If only this beach was actually Topless #Maui,” she captioned the racy snapshot. Her boobs are so big, that her attempt to cover them didn’t really work, so it might as well have been a nude beach! We just got a glimpse of what Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa used to see! The single mother is undoubtedly going to get some backlash for these super sexy pics, but just the other day she shared some words of wisdom with her followers and explained how other people’s opinions and criticisms don’t faze her anymore. “As u grow and really get to know yourself, figure out what ur truly passionate about and actually start living …

    March 27, 2015 4:57 am
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Editorial

  • President Obama and the high price we paid for Bowe Bergdahl


    FILE – This undated file image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. A U.S. official says Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years, will be court martialed on charges of desertion and avoiding military service. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, file) After almost a year of debate, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion and misbehaving before the enemy. This was the expectation and, I believe, the right decision. Bergdahl left his post in Paktika, Afghanistan, in the middle of the night in June 2009 after expressing his disappointment with U.S. policy there. Six brave soldiers died looking for him once he was taken by the Taliban. These were lives we never should have lost. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Furthermore, we are now facing the possibility of losing even more lives in this saga. The Bergdahl trade was a bad one on every level. Three main points …

    March 27, 2015 2:38 am
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Odd News

  • Heave, ho: Elephants rescue 18-wheeler stranded on Louisiana road


    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – When an 18-wheeler truck became stranded by the side of a Louisiana road, two elephants inside came to the rescue. Sheriff’s deputies in Natchitoches Parish on Tuesday morning received a call about a stuck truck. Upon arriving on the scene, they saw two elephants preventing the vehicle from overturning. The truck’s driver, also an elephant trainer, walked the elephants out of the cargo compartment and directed them to help prop up the vehicle, sheriff’s Captain Tony Moran said in an interview. “It’s creative,” said Moran, who said the responding deputies were “just astonished to see it.” Leaning side-by-side, the elephants pushed with their weight against the truck, the sheriff’s photos showed. The truck was carrying three elephants from Florida. After a stop in New Orleans, they were on their way to a circus near Dallas. The truck had pulled over on an interstate shoulder near Powhatan, Louisiana, about an hour south …

    March 25, 2015 10:21 pm
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