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  • 2 dead, 4 hurt in shooting after Mississippi Mardi Gras parade, police say

    PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. –  South Mississippi police say a shooting after a Mardi Gras parade in Pass Christian has left two people dead and four others wounded. Police Chief Tim Hendricks confirmed the number of dead and wounded to WLOX-TV. “It’s chaos,” he told The Sun Herald. “We are roping off the area and collecting evidence and trying to deal with traffic.” Pass Christian is a city of about 5,300 on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, about 45 miles east-northeast of New Orleans. About 50,000 people had attended the St. Paul Carnival Association’s parade, which broke up before the shooting erupted north of its route, Hendricks said. Celeste Plaisance told the newspaper, “I think I heard 12 shots fired. We thought it was fireworks at first.” She added that when she saw someone had been shot and people were running away, she ran into her mother’s house. The bodies, covered in yellow sheets, were near her mother’s …

    February 7, 2016 7:51 pm


  • Rubio’s uneven debate performance

    Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., answers a question as Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump listens during a Republican presidential primary debate at the St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Marco Rubio faced withering criticism of his readiness to be president and his policy depth in the last Republican debate before Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and other candidates launched an aggressive campaign to slow the Florida senator’s rise. Rubio’s responded with an uneven performance on Saturday night that could hurt his bid to emerge as an alternative to Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. If anything, his showing gave new hope to Christie, Jeb Bush and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, all of whom need strong finishes in New Hampshire to keep their White House bids afloat. Cruz, the Iowa caucuses winner, also took criticism at the debate for controversial political tactics, with one …

    February 7, 2016 4:30 pm


  • Every Chipotle will close Monday for a 4-hour food safety meeting

    Now that Chipotle’s E. coli is outbreak officially over, the company is temporarily shuttering all its restaurants in order to keep it that way. Chipotle (CMG) is closing all of its stores nationwide for four hours Monday to hold a company-wide staff meeting about food safety. The meeting is slated to run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and CEO Steve Ells will field questions from employees. The meeting will go over an improved “farm-to-fork” food safety program, which the chain implemented in January. It includes paid sick leave to make sure employees will stay home when they’re sick, DNA-based testing of ingredients before they’re shipped to restaurants, and some changes in food preparation protocols. Those changes include washing and cutting tomatoes and romaine lettuce and shredding cheese in central kitchens instead of individual restaurants. And the restaurants are now blanching avocados, onions and limes. They’re are also implementing new ways marinating chicken and steak. …

    February 7, 2016 6:51 pm


  • Japan’s Matsuyama wins Phoenix Open

    Hideki Matsuyama (right) has won six times on the Japan Golf Tour Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama won his second PGA Tour event by beating Rickie Fowler at the fourth play-off hole at the Phoenix Open. After hitting two pars and a birdie in the first three extra holes, the American drove into the water on the 17th, the ninth time he had found the water on that hole in his career. It meant Matsuyama was able to win the Scottsdale event with a par four. The 23-year-old’s previous PGA Tour victory in 2014 also needed a play-off. Earlier, in front of another huge crowd after Saturday’s world record attendance of 201,003, Matsuyama finished birdie-birdie, before Fowler forced the play-off by calmly sinking a 10-footer for a birdie of his own. They finished on a 14-under total 270, two strokes clear of American Harris English. Ireland’s Shane Lowry carded a final round 68 to finish tied sixth …

    February 7, 2016 7:31 pm

World News

  • Letter from Africa: Mugabe the feminist?

    Image copyright AFP Image caption Many women in Africa are forced to have illegal abortions In our series of letters from African journalists, film-maker and columnist Farai Sevenzo considers whether the best way to empower women could be to let them make their own decisions about their bodies. Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe recently left the stage as chairman of the African Union (AU) to a standing ovation from his fellow heads of state. For nearly an hour he had railed against the lack of UN Security Council reform to allow African representation. He then discussed the key theme of the summit: “Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Agenda 2063.” Agenda 2063 is the African Union’s 50-year plan to keep on track the most significant development aims for a fast changing continent, to be reviewed when the AU turns 100, in 2063. Image copyright AFP Image caption President Mugabe celebrated the role of women in African history …

    February 7, 2016 7:31 pm


  • Fifty apps that are reinventing mobile gaming

    Innovation is an overused and abused word in the technology industry but if you strip it down to the basic principle of “new ideas”, it’s clear that there’s a lot of it going on in mobile games. When you gather some of the best examples together, you realise how many new ideas are out there. For example, there have been some creative experiments with the idea of interactive fiction, from the round-the-world thrills of 80 Days to the beat-the-censors story of Blackbar. There are games that play with sound in new and interesting ways: Papa Sangre II is played entirely by listening rather than looking, while Dark Echo visualises your sounds on the screen. Both are – and this may not be a coincidence – among the creepiest mobile games available. Some games get you moving in the real world: wandering in the case of Ingress; jogging for your (virtual) life with Zombies, Run!; and even dancing with Bounden. Smartwatch …

    February 7, 2016 4:50 pm


  • Online shopping might not be as green as we thought

    Related images(click to enlarge) Logic suggests that online shopping is “greener” than traditional shopping. After all, when people shop from home, they are not jumping into their cars, one by one, to travel to the mall or the big box store. But a multi-year regional study at the University of Delaware suggests that home shopping has a greater impact on the transportation sector than the public might suspect. The results of the research are documented in a paper, “Impacts of Home Shopping on Vehicle Operations and Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” in the International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology. The study, which focused on the city of Newark, Delaware, was led by Arde Faghri, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the Delaware Center for Transportation (DCT). The project included data collection through a survey to identify shopping behavior and summary of the survey results by product category, followed by …

    February 7, 2016 7:31 pm


  • Carnival roars ahead in Brazil despite Zika health scare

    RIO DE JANEIRO The worst health scare in recent history is not keeping Brazilians from their annual Carnival revelry, with millions of partiers swarming streets and some making fun of the mosquito that spreads Zika and other viruses. Street processions, block parties and the televised, big-budget parades that are the hallmark of the festival moved into their second day on Sunday, even as Brazilian health officials continued to grapple with an outbreak that may have infected as many as 1.5 million people and could be linked to suspected deformations in more than 4,000 infants and unborn children. “It’s one more thing to worry about,” said Juliana Araujo, a 48-year-old schoolteacher at a street party in Rio de Janeiro, where other problems, like an economic recession and impeachment proceedings against Brazil’s president, seemed distant concerns. Recent news that traces of the virus had been identified in blood, saliva and other bodily fluids of patients known to …

    February 7, 2016 4:10 pm


  • Khloe Kardashian Reportedly Unhappy With New FYI Talk Show

    Khloe Kardashian has been on the air with Kocktails With Khloe for a few weeks now, but sources say that she is unhappy with the way things are going. The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star seems to be having a blast on the show, welcoming some serious celebrity guests (from Diddy to Ru Paul) into her “home” each week, talking about all kinds of things and playing various games, but sources say that Khloe isn’t thrilled. “Khloe’s bosses are ecstatic because this show has put their network on the map! Khloe said she’s just not happy with the outcome of the show thus far,” a source told Radar Online. “Khloe said she just doesn’t feel like it is really her show and that she is the star. She said that, so far, it just feels like she is co-hosting Kocktails with a panel of friends,” the source added. Khloe Kardashian has never really done …

    February 7, 2016 7:11 pm


  • Rubio stumbles, then stabilizes. Trump stays out front at GOP debate in New Hampshire

    Most of Saturday night’s GOP debate in New Hampshire was a cracking good show, with moments of substance.   Marco Rubio, still riding momentum after almost beating Donald Trump in Iowa, was the main target of attack by the governors on the stage Saturday. He took on real water when Chris Christie effectively characterized him as an Obama-like orator who rarely strayed from a script, and Rubio fed that impression by repeating his talking points four times in response. But Rubio stabilized and had a great answer on abortion “extremism” in the Democratic Party. He finished the debate in good form, but he sure gave reasons for Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and John Kasich to hang around to see if he stumbles again.  If Marco’s momentum stalls in New Hampshire, his performance Saturday evening will be blamed for it.  Donald Trump was his swaggering self tonight, and helped himself except on the eminent domain issue. “What …

    February 7, 2016 10:48 am

Odd News

  • Cars parked on thin ice get icy bath in Wisconsin

    Call it the polar bear plunge for cars and trucks. The drivers of 15 vehicles parked on ice at Geneva Lake in the Wisconsin for a so-called Winterfest celebration on Saturday, but their festivities were interrupted when the ice broke, police said. Five of the vehicles that fell into the water were salvaged, as their owners drove out of the chilly lake, but the remaining 10 cars and trucks were totaled, police for the town of Lake Geneva said in a statement. No one was injured in the incident, about 60 miles (100 km) northwest of Chicago, police said. “People park on the lake all the time from what I understand,” Laurie Oberhelman, one of the car owners, told Milwaukee television station WDJT. “It was a bad choice.” (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Robert Birsel)

    February 6, 2016 11:47 pm