Headline News

  • Georgia halts execution of state’s only female death row inmate


    ATLANTA (Reuters) – Georgia halted the planned Monday execution of the only woman on death row in the state due to problems with the drugs to be used in the lethal injection, officials said. Kelly Renee Gissendaner, 46, condemned for the murder of her husband in 1997, would have been the first woman executed by the state in 70 years. “Within the hours leading up to the scheduled execution, the Execution Team performed the necessary checks. At that time, the drugs appeared cloudy,” Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gwendolyn Hogan said in a statement. “The Department of Corrections immediately consulted with a pharmacist, and in an abundance of caution, Inmate Gissendaner’s execution has been postponed,” Hogan said. It was not immediately clear to when the execution would be rescheduled. Prosecutors said Gissendaner plotted with her boyfriend, Gregory Owen, to kill her husband, Douglas Gissendaner, who was stabbed to death in a desolate area in suburban …

    March 3, 2015 12:31 am
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Politics

  • Congress grapples with U.S. domestic security agency funding


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Heightening the political drama over funding the U.S. domestic security agency, the Senate Monday voted to block negotiations with the House of Representatives, leaving few options for House Speaker John Boehner as another midnight Friday deadline loomed. Three days after lawmakers narrowly avoided a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security in a dispute over immigration reforms, the Senate voted 58-31 to send a “clean” full-year funding bill back to the House. The votes leave few options for conservatives in the Republican-dominated House to use the security super-agency’s budget to press its fight against Democratic President Barack Obama’s orders on immigration in which he bypassed Congress. “Speaker Boehner has the power to end this standoff with a snap of his fingers … Put the ‘clean’ bill up for a vote” in the House, Senator Charles Schumer, a Democrat, told reporters Monday. For Boehner, the week began amid criticism of his management …

    March 2, 2015 10:10 pm
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Stocks

  • Opinion: Wearables will explode after Apple Watch debut


    Apple is expected to give more details about its smartwatch at a “special” event on March 9. Wearables, and the apps that will make them useful, are set to go mainstream thanks to the expected launch of Apple’s smartwatch on March 9. Yes I know, wearables like Google Glass didn’t do very well in their initial launch. The current crop of smartwatches and fitness bands are good, but they’re not exactly mainstream. But I believe Apple’s smartwatch will provide the necessary momentum to get people using wearables, in spite of all the naysayers. When Apple (AAPL, Tech30) launched the first iPad, many said it was just a big iPod Touch and would not take off. On the other hand, I predicted the iPad would create a computing revolution that would rapidly be embraced by business and education. Well, here we go again. It will only take a small percentage of Apple fans to buy a …

    March 3, 2015 12:31 am
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Sports

  • Toews scores twice, leads Blackhawks past ‘Canes


    Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Jonathan Toews posted two goals and an assist to lead the Chicago Blackhawks in a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday. Marcus Kruger, Brandon Saad and Marian Hossa all scored for the Blackhawks, who have won three of their last four. Corey Crawford stopped 27 shots in the win. “We took advantage of our chances and got rewarded for it,” said Toews. “I think when you’re able to distance yourself in a game like that you’re able to play with a little more confidence.” Chicago debuted its two recent acquisitions as defenseman Kimmo Timonen and forward Antoine Vermette were on the ice with the team for the first time. Timonen was acquired from the Flyers on Friday and was on the ice for the first time this season, while Vermette came to the team from Arizona. John-Michael Liles and Alexander Semin scored for the Hurricanes, who had a three-game …

    March 3, 2015 12:31 am
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World News

  • ‘Monitoring deal’ on Ukraine truce


    3 March 2015 Last updated at 04:37 The OSCE says it is too early to confirm a full withdrawal of heavy weapons by the warring sides The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany have agreed to send OSCE observers to areas of Ukraine where violations of a truce have been reported, Kiev says. In a statement, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says the leaders – who spoke by phone – backed Kiev’s proposal to begin with 10 locations in the east. A statement on the Russian presidential website did not mention the proposal. Both Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels say they are withdrawing heavy weapons. A fragile ceasefire agreed in Minsk, Belarus, is said to be broadly holding, despite some fighting in recent days. At least 6,000 people are believed to have been killed since the conflict in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions erupted last April, a month after Russia annexed Ukraine’s southern Crimea peninsula. …

    March 3, 2015 12:31 am
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Technology

  • Yahoo marks 20th birthday with world yodeling record


    Yahoo broke the world yodeling record on Monday. Yahoo Yahoo may not be breaking world records in mobile revenue just yet, but it did enter the record books for one thing on Monday: yodeling. For the company’s 20th birthday, CEO Marissa Mayer assembled more than 3,400 employees outside of the company’s headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif., to perform Yahoo’s signature sound byte. Previously, the record for most people simultaneously yodeling was 1,700. The act capped off a day of Yahoo celebrations. When the Nasdaq opened on Monday, the bell yodeled instead of rang — the first modification of the bell in the stock exchange’s history. The company is one of the most iconic in Silicon Valley history, but it has been in turnaround mode after several years of flagging revenue. The sound of 3,400 amateur yodelers isn’t the most pleasant sounding in the world. According to the book “Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo,” by Bart Plantenga, the distinctive sound of …

    March 2, 2015 9:50 pm
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Science

  • Sall4 is required for DNA repair in stem cells


    Related images(click to enlarge) A protein that helps embryonic stem cells (ESCs) retain their identity also promotes DNA repair, according to a study in The Journal of Cell Biology. The findings raise the possibility that the protein, Sall4, performs a similar role in cancer cells, helping them fix DNA damage to survive chemotherapy. Fixing broken DNA is particularly important for ESCs because they will pass on any mutations to their differentiated descendants. Mouse ESCs are adept at making repairs — they carry far fewer mutations than do differentiated cells — but how they achieve this isn’t clear. A team of researchers led by Yang Xu, from the University of California, San Diego, tested whether the protein Sall4, which suppresses differentiation of ESCs, has a role in DNA repair. The researchers found that ESCs lacking Sall4 were poor at mending double-strand breaks, a hazardous form of DNA damage in which both strands of the double helix …

    March 2, 2015 10:10 pm
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Health

  • North Korea reopens borders after months-long Ebola shutdown


    SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea officially reopened its borders on Tuesday to foreign tourists and businessmen nearly five months after shutting them over fear of the deadly Ebola virus, tour agencies and a diplomatic source told Reuters. “We’ve had it confirmed officially that the border is now open,” said Troy Collings, manager of the China-based Young Pioneer Tours, which takes Western tourists into North Korea. North Korea is one of the world’s most isolated countries and is thousands of miles from the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. It has reported no cases of the virus, which has killed more than 9,000 people. However, its borders have been closed to foreign tourists since last October for fear the virus might spread and it imposes a strict 21-day quarantine for foreign aid workers and diplomats, who have been told to stay in embassy compounds. A diplomatic source in Pyongyang confirmed the border had been …

    March 2, 2015 10:11 pm
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Entertainment

  • Lady Gaga sends Taylor Swift relationship advice that all girls could use


    More: Every GIF of Taylor Swift dancing that you could possibly need Well, we’re jealous of Taylor Swift… again. She’s known for having all kinds of famous friends. Most recently, she’s been practically attached at the hip to supermodel, Karlie Kloss. Now she can add a new famous friend to the mix: Lady Gaga. Just as we wrote last week, Swift called attention to the excellent couple of weeks that Gaga has had. Between her engagement, her stellar performance at the Oscars and her new gig on American Horror Story, Gaga’s life has taken an upswing. More: Surprise! Taylor Swift is Jaime King’s new baby’s godmother Swift noticed and said so on Twitter, “Is it just me or is Lady Gaga, like, fully LIVING right now?!? #goals.” Mother Monster, being the kind, loving creature that she is, quickly responded to her pop contemporary. “@taylorswift13 wow you’re a sweetheart! Life is friends, family, and love!” she …

    March 3, 2015 12:31 am
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Editorial

  • Netanyahu’s Speech and Democrats in Congress: Why a boycott is a bad idea


    Is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu too pushy? Democrats have increasingly derided the Jewish leader’s decision to accept Republican Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to address a Joint Session of Congress. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Last week, President Obama’s National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, ripped the Prime Minister, saying his speech would be “destructive” to the relationship between the two nations. The “enemy of my enemy is my friend” is an old political adage. This makes Boehner and Netanyahu natural allies. Democrats say Netanyahu is playing politics with anti-Obama Republicans to derail U.S.-Iran nuclear talks. They claim he is purposely demeaning the president. Growing numbers of Democrats have vowed to boycott his speech Tuesday. In fact just last week, Obama confidant and leading vice presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine, pointedly announced his intention to skip Netanyahu’s speech. Gosh:  A House Speaker playing politics! A politician making a bold political play shortly before Israeli’s vote on whether to …

    March 2, 2015 10:30 pm
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Odd News

  • Circus acrobat reported missing in Atlanta has been found


    (Reuters) – An acrobat reported missing in Atlanta by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey circus has been found, a production company said on Friday. Police issued a missing person bulletin on Thursday for Wei Cao, a 25-year-old Chinese citizen who performs a bicycle and juggling act for the circus, after she missed a scheduled performance this week. Feld Entertainment, which produces the circus, said in a statement that Cao had been located and no additional information was available. A spokeswoman for the Atlanta Police Department said the agency had not been notified of the performer’s return. (Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Lisa Lambert)

    February 28, 2015 1:19 am
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