• Dark matter flits through collisions

    The presence of dark matter (in blue) is inferred because it warps the light passing through it By observing multiple collisions between huge clusters of galaxies, scientists have witnessed dark matter coasting straight through the...
  • The big profits of payday lenders may be over

    The big profits of payday lenders may be over

    About twelve million Americans take out payday loans every year. It’s a big — and controversial — business. The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau called these loans “debt traps” and proposed new rules Thursday to...
  • Yemen leader Hadi enters Saudi Arabia

    Yemen leader Hadi enters Saudi Arabia

    Yemen’s President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi has arrived in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, according to officials, as Saudi Arabia continues to launch air strikes against Shia Houthi rebels. It is the first confirmation of his...
  • Bengals sign DT Pat Sims

    Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – The Cincinnati Bengals have signed defensive tackle Pat Sims, who spent the last two seasons with the Oakland Raiders. Sims spent his first five seasons with the Bengals before joining the...
  • Building collapses in New York blast

    Building collapses in New York blast

    A building has partially collapsed and another is on fire in New York City after an apparent explosion. Emergency services are on the scene and say at least one person is critically injured. Live footage...

Headline News

  • New York City building collapses, burns, injuring 12 people: authorities


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Twelve people were injured, four of them critically, when an apartment building collapsed and burst into flames on Thursday in New York City’s East Village neighborhood, authorities said. Witnesses reported hearing an explosion, and utility officials said they were investigating whether there had been a gas explosion. The five-story brick apartment building collapsed shortly after 3 p.m., according to the Fire Department of New York, and it was quickly engulfed in flames. The Fire Department declared it a seven-alarm blaze. Just remnants of its brick facade remained intact, and flames could be seen leaping high into the sky amid thick plumes of dark smoke. Twelve people were injured, including four critically, the FDNY said. The building at Second Avenue and East Seventh Street is located in Manhattan’s East Village, a neighborhood of small businesses, restaurants and apartments. It housed 26 apartments and was built in 1900, according to online real estate …

    March 26, 2015 4:48 pm
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Politics

  • Wisconsin’s Walker changes stance on illegal immigrants: WSJ


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Likely 2016 Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Scott Walker has shifted his stance on illegal immigrants, backing the notion of letting them remain in the United States and eventually become eligible for citizenship, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The newspaper reported that the Wisconsin governor made his remarks on March 13 at a private dinner for Republicans in New Hampshire, which holds a key early contest on the road to the Republican presidential nomination. At the event, Walker said illegal immigrants should not be deported but rather should be permitted to “eventually get their citizenship without being given preferential treatment” over others already in line to try to get citizenship, the Journal reported. The Journal said the governor’s remarks were confirmed by three people present at the event. “He said no to citizenship now, but later they could get it,” Bill Greiner, an owner of the restaurant where the event was …

    March 26, 2015 2:28 pm
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Stocks

  • The big profits of payday lenders may be over


    About twelve million Americans take out payday loans every year. It’s a big — and controversial — business. The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau called these loans “debt traps” and proposed new rules Thursday to curb the industry’s worst practices. Payday loans typically come with interest rates of over 100% — far higher than the 15% to 30% annual interest rates on credit card debt. The stocks of America’s top payday lenders fell sharply in reaction to the news of the additional regulations in the works. EZCorp (EZPW), which owns the EZMoney loan stores, dropped nearly 6% Thursday, and Cash America (CSH), which runs Cash America, Cash Land and Pay Day Advance stores, slipped more than 4%. Related: Online payday lenders charging 700% APRs New rules: Borrowers often have to take out more loans to try to pay back the original loan amount. Under the proposed regulations, payday lenders would have to limit loans to …

    March 26, 2015 4:48 pm
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Sports

  • McDowell pulls out of Texas Open with Masters in mind


    (Reuters) – With next month’s Masters in mind, Graeme McDowell withdrew from the opening round of the Texas Open in San Antonio after nine holes on Thursday because of a nagging left ankle injury. The Northern Irishman was five over par after battling strong gusting winds at the TPC San Antonio when he told his playing partners Dustin Johnson and Jim Furyk that he was pulling out of the PGA Tour event. “Apologies to everyone at @valerotxopen for my withdrawal,” McDowell, whose only major victory came at the 2010 U.S. Open, tweeted. “Strained my lower left leg/ankle area practicing y/day and played with heavy strapping on it in the pro am and this morning. With The Masters upcoming I decided that getting fit is imperative. Don’t like WDs.” McDowell, 35, is scheduled to play in next week’s Houston Open as his final tune-up event before the April 9-12 Masters, the first of the year’s four …

    March 26, 2015 4:49 pm
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World News

  • Dark matter flits through collisions


    The presence of dark matter (in blue) is inferred because it warps the light passing through it By observing multiple collisions between huge clusters of galaxies, scientists have witnessed dark matter coasting straight through the turmoil. Dark matter is the mysterious, invisible stuff that makes up 85% of the matter in the cosmos – and these results rule out several theoretical models put forward to explain it. This is because it barely interacts with anything at all, including the dark matter in the oncoming galaxies. The work appears in Science magazine. To conduct their study, astrophysicists looked at 72 smash-ups between galactic clusters, using two space telescopes: visible light was recorded by the Hubble Space Telescope, and X-rays by the Chandra Observatory. Scouring multiple views of the collisions, the researchers tracked the movement of the three main components of galaxies: stars, clouds of gas, and dark matter. The violently swirling clouds of gas are hot …

    March 26, 2015 4:49 pm
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Technology

  • Google did not lobby us into submission, US trade watchdog says


    America’s top trade watchdog has rejected accusations it took no legal action to curb Google’s dominance in search because of intensive lobbying by the software giant. Google staff donations made the firm the second-largest corporate backer in Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. The Wall Street Journal this week revealed that Google employees had lobbied the White House 230 times since Obama first took office, in 2009, and that the search company employs 20 separate lobbying agencies. The chairwoman of America’s Federal Trade Commission, Edith Ramirez, issued a statement on Wednesday night rejecting accusations in the Journal that the regulator had ignored the advice of its own staff in deciding to close its Google investigation. “Contrary to recent press reports, the Commission’s decision on the search allegations was in accord with the recommendations of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, Bureau of Economics, and Office of General Counsel,” Ramirez wrote. The statement was signed by two other …

    March 26, 2015 2:07 pm
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Science

  • 30 new species discovered in Los Angeles in first-ever intensive urban biodiversity survey


    Related images(click to enlarge) A new paper to be published in the journal Zootaxa (April 6, 2015) describes 30 new insect species in a single genus, Megaselia, of the fly family Phoridae. Describing 30 species in a single paper is rare, but what’s especially striking is that all these come from urban Los Angeles. The discoveries come from researchers in the BioSCAN project (Biodiversity Science: City and Nature) at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM). The BioSCAN project is a three year investigation of patterns of biodiversity in and around urban Los Angeles, based on sampling the world’s most diverse fauna: insects. Local residents participate in the study by hosting one of the 30 sampling sites, each of which has a continuously operating insect trap and a microclimate weather station. Every household’s set of samples yielded at least one of the 30 new species, prompting the researchers to name each species after …

    March 26, 2015 2:28 pm
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Health

  • Olympus issues ‘urgent’ steps for cleaning device linked to superbugs


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The largest manufacturer of medical devices at the center of recent superbug outbreaks in the U.S. issued an “urgent safety notification” to health providers on Thursday, detailing new procedures for disinfecting the equipment and urging them to adopt the procedures “as soon as possible.” Manufacturer Olympus Corp said in a 13-page letter and detailed instructions for cleaning the devices, called duodenoscopes, that a small-bristle brush required for the new cleaning procedures would be shipped “no later than May 8.” Olympus did not directly address whether the devices are safe to use until then and whether patients should, if possible, postpone procedures using the devices until hospitals have received the crucial brush. But until then, the company recommended cleaning the duodenoscope in accordance with the old instructions. Duodenoscopes are flexible, lighted tubes inserted down the throat in a procedure called endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). More than 500,000 ERCPs using duodenoscopes are performed …

    March 26, 2015 2:28 pm
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Entertainment

  • Teen Mom‘s Adam Lind arrested for the second time in 4 months


    Chelsea Houska’s baby daddy was taken to jail on a bench warrant for failing to show up to court for a December hearing related to a child support case for his other child with ex-girlfriend Taylor Halbur. Halbur alleges that Lind has failed to pay a single dime of his support for the couple’s 1-year-old daughter Paislee, and decided to take him to court. Unfortunately, it appears that Lind didn’t take the case very seriously at all — and now he’s paying the price. “Taylor was tired of Adam not paying child support, and now that Paislee is older, she thought it was about time that Adam step up and pay his part,” a source explained to RadarOnline. Deputy Olson of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in South Dakota confirmed that Lind was arrested on March 23. “He posted bond and was released from custody,” he said. Of course, the reason Lind missed the Dec. …

    March 26, 2015 4:48 pm
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Editorial

  • School named after war hero forces child to shave off military-style haircut


    7-year-old Adam Stinnett shows off his military-style haircut. (Amy Stinnett) Seven-year-old Adam Stinnett (Fox 17, Nashville) Adam Stinnett looks up to his older stepbrother – a soldier in the U.S. Army. So when it came time to get a haircut, the seven-year-old told his mother he wanted a basic military-style cut. And that’s exactly what he got – high and tight – just like his stepbrother. Adam got his haircut on March 8. On March 9, his mother got a letter from the principal of Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary School in McMinnville, Tennessee. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT It seems they were not all that thrilled with the second grader’s new hairdo. The principal told Amy Stinnett that her son’s haircut was distracting – and needed to be fixed. The principal told Amy Stinnett that her son’s haircut was distracting – and needed to be fixed Amy refused to comply. The following day, she was summoned to the principal’s office …

    March 26, 2015 2:28 pm
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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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