Headline News

  • Runways open at LaGuardia Airport after Delta plane smashed into fence


    New York City’s LaGuardia Airport reopened its second runway Friday after removing a Delta jetliner that skidded and smashed through a fence a day earlier. Port Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo said the second runway was reopened around 10:30 a.m. Friday. The airport’s other runway was reopened about three hours after Thursday’s accident. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Cranes were used overnight to remove plane. Six people were hurt in the incident Thursday. The nose of the plane came to rest just feet from icy Flushing Bay. The plane has been taken to a hangar. The National Transportation Safety Board plans to retrieve the flight data and cockpit voice recorders and to document damage to the aircraft. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

    March 6, 2015 10:28 am
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Politics

  • Wisconsin Assembly OKs right-to-work bill, governor supports


    MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) – Weary Wisconsin lawmakers on Friday approved a bill that stops private sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues as a condition of employment and sent it to Republican Governor Scott Walker, who is expected to sign it on Monday. The Republican-led state Assembly voted 62-35 on party lines to make Wisconsin the 25th “right-to-work” state, a measure supported by Walker, an early favorite in the battle for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election. The final vote came after 24 hours of debate in the Assembly and two weeks after state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald announced plans to take up a “right-to-work” bill. Supporters cast the measure as an incentive for attracting businesses and jobs, saying it is wrong to force workers to pay dues if they don’t want to. “We stand today for a simple, but very powerful concept, the concept for worker …

    March 6, 2015 10:48 am
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Stocks

  • Putin gets tough, slashes own salary as economy tanks


    It’s belt-tightening time in the Kremlin. Russian President Vladimir Putin cut his salary by 10% Friday as his country faces the worst economic crisis in years. The move will cost him around 900,000 rubles ($14,000) a year. The Russian economy is struggling because of low oil prices and economic sanctions imposed by the West over Moscow’s role in the conflict in Ukraine. The ruble has collapsed, losing 40% against the dollar in just six months. GDP is expected to shrink by 5% this year, inflation is soaring, and living standards are falling. Putin ordered pay cuts for all members of his administration on Friday, just months after demanding 10% spending cuts across the government — with defense being the only department spared the austerity. Putin earned 3.6 million rubles ($59,800) in 2013, his latest available financial declaration reveals. But according to newer official documents, his presidential salary more than doubled in April 2014, bringing it …

    March 6, 2015 11:08 am
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Sports

  • Braves face tall task in MVC semifinals against Panthers


    St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) – After scoring a minor upset on Thursday night, the Bradley Braves have been rewarded with a meeting against 11th- ranked Northern Iowa in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at Scottrade Center on Friday night. For the second time in the last three outings Bradley, the 10th seed in this year’s tourney, was forced to go to overtime on Thursday night, but unlike the squad’s three-overtime loss to Missouri State last week it was able to pull off a 52-50 victory against seventh-seeded Drake in the opening round of the tournament and advance. Over on the other side, the second-seeded Panthers were awarded a bye through to the quarterfinals after matching top-seeded Wichita State in overall record this season, but finishing second in the league standings (16-2) after bowing to the Shockers in the regular-season finale last Saturday (74-60) on the road. With only two conference defeats in …

    March 6, 2015 10:28 am
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World News

  • Austria advises against Klimt return


    6 March 2015 Last updated at 13:00 By Bethany Bell BBC News, Vienna Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Bethany Bell visits the disputed painting in Vienna One of Gustav Klimt’s most famous paintings should not be returned to the heirs of its original Jewish owners, an Austrian panel has ruled. The Beethoven Frieze was looted by the Nazis but returned to the family of Jewish industrialist August Lederer after World War Two. But it was subject to an export ban. The heirs had argued this forced Lederer’s son Erich to sell the work at a cut-rate price. The museum where it is now on display disputed this claim. Announcing the decision on Friday, Clemens Jabloner, head of the Austrian Art Restitution Advisory Board, said: “It is not the case that the export procedure was used as a tool to force Lederer into an agreement.” Dramatic history The Beethoven Frieze is one …

    March 6, 2015 10:28 am
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Technology

  • ‘Invisible hearing aid’ runs into controversy over its claims


    Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. An image from Nanoplug’s original video, featuring Jongha Lee. Nanoplug/Vimeo screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET The people behind Nanoplug claimed it was the world’s first “invisible” hearing aid. They claimed it was instant-fit, user-programmable and affordable. Now the creators are changing the claims they’re making for the product and featuring an entirely new image of it on their Indiegogo page, one that bears a remarkable resemblance to an existing product. This has riled many of those who have committed money to the project. Nanoplug, based in Munich, Germany, originally made claims that it would improve the lives of many who have problems with hearing. Its product, depicted as smaller than a coffee bean, was to be “half the size of the smallest devices currently on the market” and to be powered by a nanobattery. In a campaign that ran from late …

    March 6, 2015 10:27 am
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Science

  • NASA Spacecraft Becomes First to Orbit a Dwarf Planet


    [image-36] NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has become the first mission to achieve orbit around a dwarf planet. The spacecraft was approximately 38,000 miles (61,000) kilometers from Ceres when it was captured by the dwarf planet’s gravity at about 4:39 a.m. PST (7:39 a.m. EST) Friday. Mission controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California received a signal from the spacecraft at 5:36 a.m. PST (8:36 a.m. EST) that Dawn was healthy and thrusting with its ion engine, the indicator Dawn had entered orbit as planned. “Since its discovery in 1801, Ceres was known as a planet, then an asteroid and later a dwarf planet,” said Marc Rayman, Dawn chief engineer and mission director at JPL. “Now, after a journey of 3.1 billion miles (4.9 billion kilometers) and 7.5 years, Dawn calls Ceres, home.” In addition to being the first spacecraft to visit a dwarf planet, Dawn also has the distinction of being the first …

    March 6, 2015 10:48 am
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Health

  • Painkiller-Addicted Babies a Growing U.S. Concern, Especially in Fla.


    FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Doctors in the United States are seeing more infants born addicted to narcotic painkillers — a problem highlighted by a new Florida-based report. These infants experience what’s called neonatal abstinence syndrome as they undergo withdrawal from the addictive drugs their mothers took during pregnancy. Most often these are narcotic painkillers, such as oxycodone, morphine or hydrocodone, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since 1995, the number of such newborns jumped 10-fold in Florida while tripling nationwide, the researchers said. “These infants can experience severe symptoms that usually appear within the first two weeks of life,” said lead researcher Jennifer Lind, a CDC epidemiologist. The symptoms can include seizures, fever, excessive crying, tremors, vomiting and diarrhea, she said. And withdrawal can take a few weeks to a month. Dr. David Mendez is a neonatologist at Miami Children’s Hospital. He said, “Being in …

    March 6, 2015 10:48 am
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Entertainment

  • Did Kanye West Mistake Jared Leto For His Wife?


    Posted on Fri Mar 6th, 2015 7:15am PDT       By X17 Staff We kid, we kid. But we can totally understand if Kanye West saw Jared Leto’s shock of blonde hair and for a split second thought he was walking out of the building with Kim K! Last night Kimye and Jared Leto went to the Balmain and Lanvin shows for Paris Fashion Week, and they later dined at Laperouse in Paris. We caught the rapper hitting the town with the peroxided actor after the Lanvin event, and we know they’re both into music and fashion (well, Jared’s probably more into models than couture), but who ever would have guessed that they’d hang out?! We were questioning the bleach blonde trend when we first got a peek at Kim’s locks, but if Jared’s doing it, maybe they’re on to something:   SEE THE GALLERY Jared Leto Is A Blonde Babe At Balmain Stories from around the Web

    March 6, 2015 9:27 am
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Editorial

  • What Hillary Clinton’s email fail tells us: Cybersecurity begins at home


    FILE – Oct. 18, 2011: Then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her Blackberry from a desk inside a C-17 military plane upon her departure from Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea, bound for Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Kevin Lamarque, Pool) In the White House’s 2015 National Security Strategy, President Obama tells Americans that the U.S. is leading the way in shaping global standards for cybersecurity, taking on an organizing role in international negotiations and modeling for other nations how they should respond to this serious threat.   However, it is hard to reconcile these claims with the revelations today that during her tenure as President Obama’s Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton conducted all of her vital national security discussions over what is widely acknowledged to be the least secure form of electronic communication, commercial emails sent by smartphone and tablet devices.   ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT A 2014 report on cyber threat defense issued by the Cyberedge Group tells …

    March 6, 2015 11:08 am
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Odd News

  • Florida man drove dead body to attorney’s office: police


    ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) – Florida detectives are investigating the case of a man who drove to his lawyer’s office with a dead body in the bed of his pickup truck, authorities said on Thursday. John Marshall, 52, said he shot his neighbor in self-defense during a scuffle involving a gun, his attorney, Robert Harris, told the Fort Myers News-Press and WINK-TV. The lawyer reported the death of 65-year-old Theodore Hubbell, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, which said it had not made any arrests. The men were neighbors in Bokeelia, a community of about 2,000 people on Pine Island in southwest Florida, according to sheriff’s spokesman Tony Schall. Marshall was taken to the hospital with facial wounds and possibly broken thumbs, according to the News-Press. Harris told the News-Press that Marshall had called him days earlier saying he feared for his safety. It was not clear why the men were fighting, but their dispute …

    March 5, 2015 10:43 pm
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