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  • Throngs rush to get NYC IDs, causing waits as residents seek cards loaded with benefits

    FILE – In this Jan. 12, 2015 file photo, Veronica Ramirez, originally from Mexico, holds her 15-month-old son, Lora, while waiting in line to apply for a municipal identification card on the first day they were available at the Bronx Library Center, in the Bronx borough of New York. A municipal ID program that city officials thought would draw a few hundred thousand people in its first year has been much more popular than anticipated, with New Yorkers waiting hours in line and months for appointments to register. City officials have scrambled to keep up with the demand. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) (The Associated Press) FILE – In this Jan. 12, 2015 file photo, people wait in line to apply for municipal identification cards on the first day they were available at the Bronx Library Center, in the Bronx borough of New York. A municipal ID program that city officials thought would draw a few hundred …

    February 28, 2015 10:44 am


  • Are Republicans really in charge? Good question

    By ERICA WERNER February 28, 2015 Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks to the chamber as the House failed to advance a short-term funding measure to keep the Department of Homeland Security funded past a midnight deadline, at the Capitol.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they really are in charge. The stunning House defeat Friday of a three-week spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security exposed Speaker John Boehner’s weakness in the face of rebellious conservatives. It also again demonstrated his need to rely on Democrats at critical moments as the minority party’s agreement to a one-week spending bill helped the speaker get it over the finish line with only hours to spare before a threatened agency shutdown. President Barack Obama signed the bill shortly before midnight. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., already had bowed to Democrats’ demands and …

    February 28, 2015 9:24 am


  • Warren Buffett knows who next Berkshire CEO is

    Warren Buffett, the billionaire CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, expects even better times ahead for his company. He also said that he knows who will one day replace him. Of course, Buffett did not share that name with the rest of us. “The board and I believe we now have the right person to succeed me as CEO — a successor ready to assume the job the day after I die or step down,” he wrote in his latest annual letter to investors. Buffett added that the next Berkshire CEO would be someone that already works at Berkshire and is “relatively young.” And while Buffett chose to be coy, Berkshire’s vice chairman and long-time Buffett friend Charlie Munger seemed to suggest that it’s a two-man race to succeed Buffett. Munger, in his own remarks in Buffett’s letter, specifically named Berkshire reinsurance head Ajit Jain and Berkshire Energy CEO Greg Abel as “proven performers who would probably …

    February 28, 2015 9:43 am


  • Mountaineers head to Lone Star State to battle Bears

    Waco, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – A pair of top-20 programs from the Big 12 Conference get together at the Ferrell Center on Saturday afternoon, as the Baylor Bears host the West Virginia Mountaineers. On of three teams tied for second place in the Big 12 with a record of 10-5, the 20th-ranked Mountaineers have won three straight decisions and four of the last five, thanks to a 71-64 final over Texas at home four nights ago. West Virginia, which is chasing league-leading Kansas, has a mark of 8-3 all-time in games played in the Lone Star State and has the most road wins of any Big 12 member heading into the weekend with 11 in 2014-15. Meanwhile, the Bears are one spot ahead of WVU in the rankings, even though they have a weaker overall winning percentage and are fifth in the standings at 9-6. However, Baylor did have a marquee win three nights ago with …

    February 28, 2015 10:44 am

World News

  • Egypt lists Hamas as terrorist group

    28 February 2015 Last updated at 14:43 An earlier ruling by an Egyptian court to designate Hamas’s armed wing as a terrorist organisation led to protests in the Gaza Strip An Egyptian court has listed the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organisation, accusing it of supporting an insurgency in northern Sinai. The ruling comes a month after a different court labelled the armed wing of Hamas as a terrorist group. Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, is an offshoot of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood – itself designated as a terrorist organisation in 2013. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi was ousted that year. The court ruling on Saturday effectively bans Hamas within Egypt, a wider verdict that January’s censure of its armed wing. “It has been proven without any doubt that the movement has committed acts of sabotage, assassinations and the killing of innocent civilians and members of the armed forces and police in Egypt,” …

    February 28, 2015 10:44 am


  • For Samsung, Galaxy S6 needs to hit with a big bang

    Samsung will soon introduce the Galaxy S6, which follows the release of the Note 4 (pictured here) last fall. Sarah Tew/CNET Samsung, set to debut new models of its top-of-the-line smartphone, needs to offer a design that convinces people to do something they didn’t do the last time the Galaxy was updated: buy them. After leading the smartphone market for the past four years, Samsung has seen its profit slide as customers have defected to rival Xiaomi in China, Micromax in India and Apple nearly everywhere else. In the global smartphone market, Samsung tied with Apple as the No. 1 vendor in the fourth quarter of 2014 — a competitor it had crushed not too long ago. With the new Galaxy S6, set to debut on Sunday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung is expected to deliver two versions of the smartphone that incorporate sleeker materials, like metal, versus its previous plastic designs. And …

    February 28, 2015 9:23 am


  • The Disease That Killed "Spock": Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

    The disease that killed Leonard Nimoy, the actor best known for his role as Mr. Spock on Star Trek, was chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), a progressive illness often linked to smoking. He died at his home on February 27 at the age of 83. He was one of the roughly fifteen million Americans diagnosed with the disorder.   But just what is COPD? That umbrella term refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-difficulties, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. In the United States COPD most often stems from exposure to tobacco smoke. (Last year Nimoy tweeted to fans that he quit smoking three decades ago.) Genetic factors, respiratory infections and air pollutant exposures, however, can also play a role. It’s a leading cause of death in the U.S., with symptoms including shortness of breathing, wheezing, chronic coughing or excess production of mucus in the airway. The disease is typically diagnosed …

    February 28, 2015 9:24 am


  • Tips for Safe Snow Fun

    SATURDAY, Feb. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Winter sports are a great way to get exercise and fresh air, but they’re not without risks. In 2013, more than 343,000 people in the United States received medical treatment for winter sports injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Skiing topped the treatment list, with 138,559 injuries. Snowboarding accounted for 95,348 accidents; sledding, more than 63,000; and ice skating, about 47,000. “When it comes to winter sports, safety starts with knowing and practicing the rules,” Dr. Michael Cheek, a sports medicine specialist and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons spokesperson, said in an academy news release. Many skiing and snowboarding injuries can be prevented by using proper equipment and getting appropriate training, he pointed out. “Before hitting the slopes, inexperienced participants should consider taking a lesson [or several] from a qualified instructor to help prepare for the unexpected, like learning how to fall safely,” Cheek said. Common …

    February 28, 2015 9:25 am


  • Check Out Eddie Redmayne In Drag For His Role In The Danish Girl

    Posted on Fri Feb 27th, 2015 10:59am PDT       By X17 Staff Working Title The first image of Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl has hit the web, and we’re blown away by his gender-bending transformation! Redmayne, who just won an Oscar for his role in The Theory of Everything, plays Lili Elbe, an artist who had sexual reassignment surgery in the early 1930s. The film is based on the novel by David Ebershoff, and Tom Hooper, who worked with Redmayne in Les Miserables, will be directing. Late last year Redmayne chatted with E! News about the project, and he revealed that he had already started doing tons of research. “Even though it is period and under completely different circumstances than today, I’m meeting many women from the trans community and hearing their experiences,” he said. Can’t wait to see the first trailer for this! The Danish Girl is slated for release in 2016.   Stories from …

    February 28, 2015 10:04 am


  • Jeb Bush a ‘reform’ conservative? America doesn’t need conservatism lite

    I am wary of the adjectives Republican presidential candidates like to place in front of the word “conservative.” George W. Bush ran as a “compassionate conservative,” though after 9/11, when his administration turned from domestic policy to national security, he became better known as a neoconservative.  John McCain was a “maverick conservative” and Mitt Romney, a pragmatic businessman without a clear political philosophy, tried to market himself as “severely conservative.” And now comes the leading candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Jeb Bush, who has styled himself a “reform conservative.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Isn’t anyone content to be just a conservative anymore?  Isn’t anyone content to be just a conservative anymore?  Richard Nixon popularized the classic Republican campaign strategy: first run to the right to secure the party’s nomination, then run toward the center to win the general election. But today’s Republican presidential candidates apparently feel the need to build all that ambiguity into their …

    February 28, 2015 10:03 am

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