Headline News

  • 2 planes evacuated in Seattle, 3rd flight diverted to Dallas

    SEATAC, Wash. –  Two planes have been evacuated on arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport due to what a spokesman called a “security concern.” Airport spokesman Perry Cooper says a JetBlue flight from Long Beach, California, and a regional SkyWest jet from Phoenix were the planes involved. The flights arrived late Sunday afternoon. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Cooper said that out of an abundance of caution, passengers were bused to their gates from the airport’s third runway. Additionally, a Delta Air Lines spokesman says a flight from Los Angeles to Orlando was diverted to Dallas Sunday afternoon due to “a security concern.” Spokesman Morgan Durrant did not give specifics about the nature of the concern on Flight 1061, saying the company would defer to authorities on providing further details. He says passengers exited the Boeing 737-900, which was being examined by authorities. It was unclear if any of threats were connected.

    January 25, 2015 7:47 pm


  • Palin to 2016 Republicans: don’t count me out

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An already crowded field of potential candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination needs to make room for one more: Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor, in Iowa for a gathering of conservative Republicans, told The Washington Post on Friday, “You can absolutely say that I am seriously interested.” Palin, her party’s vice presidential nominee in 2008 alongside presidential nominee John McCain, made similar comments to ABC last week. She was among other potential Republican candidates in Des Moines to address a conservative gathering hosted by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), an immigration hard-liner. Palin considered a candidacy in 2012 but decided not to run. (Reporting by Washington Newsroom; Editing by Chris Reese)

    January 25, 2015 5:06 pm


  • I have a fiancé, a girlfriend and two boyfriends

      Miju Han lives in the Bay Area, works as a product manager and shares a charming apartment with her fiancé. Here’s what makes her love story a bit different: She’s also in three other relationships. In addition to her fiancé, Han has been seeing a woman for two years (they recently said, “I love you”). She also dates two other men. Han, 27, says she never quite colored inside the lines. She grew up in the South, was attracted to women and fascinated by programming. In 2010, she moved to the Bay Area and has since worked at several major tech companies. Han declined to name her current employer. She met her fiancé when he was 21 and she was 23. They fell in love but weren’t ready to cut off other options. “He hadn’t dated many other women in the past, and I wanted to explore too,” she explained. Han says the term …

    January 25, 2015 7:27 pm


  • Tavares scores four as Team Toews win All Star Game

    (Reuters) – John Tavares tied an NHL All Star Game record with four goals and Team Toews set a scoring mark of their own in a 17-12triumph over Team Foligno on Sunday. Team captains Jonathan Toews and Nick Foligno selected their sides on Friday and neither group disappointed in the highest scoring NHL All Star Game ever. The 29-goal total, at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, topped the previous mark of 26 set in 2001. Tavares, the 24-year-old standout for the New York Islanders, stole the headlines but it was hometown favorite Ryan Johansen of the Columbus Blue Jackets who took MVP honors through a fan vote on Twitter. Johansen finished with two goals in a losing effort for Team Foligno. Jakub Voracek added three goals for the winning team as he played for former coach Peter Laviolette. (Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

    January 25, 2015 8:07 pm

World News

  • Eighteen killed in Egypt protests

    26 January 2015 Last updated at 01:06 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Orla Guerin: “She went to lay a wreath in Tahrir Square, she never made it” At least 18 people have been killed in clashes between police and protesters across Egypt, officials said. Three police cadets were among the dead, and dozens of protesters were also injured, the officials said. The clashes follow the death of an activist in a march in the capital Cairo on Saturday. The protests were staged to mark the fourth anniversary of Egypt’s 2011 uprising, which toppled long-time leader Hosni Mubarak. Security in major cities was tightened ahead of the anniversary, and key locations in Cairo were blocked off. Dozens of people were killed in similar protests last year. Crackdown on dissent The police cadets were killed during protests in Cairo, the officials said, while protesters were also killed in the capital and …

    January 25, 2015 7:48 pm


  • Bill Nye says Belichick is full of hot air (other scientists disagree)

    Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. Now there’s a concept for a great TV show. ABC News/ Deadspin screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET America’s science classes will only have one topic tomorrow: Does New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick have science in the palm of his hand? The only subject inflating American passions currently is the dispute concerning the possible deliberate deflation of footballs by the Patriots, in order to suit quarterback Tom Brady’s proclivities. Yesterday, Belichick explained that before last Sunday’s game between his team and the Indianapolis Colts, the balls had gone through a rubbing process in warm temperatures. So when they appeared in the 51 degrees of the outside world, the air pressure in them dropped below the legal NFL limit of 12.5 pounds per square inch. The coach insisted that the Patriots had performed experiments last week and found that the ball pressure …

    January 25, 2015 5:07 pm


  • Pictured together for the first time: A chemokine and its receptor

    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers at University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Bridge Institute at the University of Southern California report the first crystal structure of the cellular receptor CXCR4 bound to an immune signaling protein called a chemokine. The structure, published Jan. 22 in Science, answers longstanding questions about a molecular interaction that plays an important role in human development, immune responses, cancer metastasis and HIV infections. “This new information could ultimately aid the development of better small molecular inhibitors of CXCR4-chemokine interactions — inhibitors that have the potential to block cancer metastasis or viral infections,” said Tracy M. Handel, PhD, professor of pharmacology at UC San Diego and senior author of the study. CXCR4 is a receptor that sits on the outer surface of cells, sticking out like an antenna. When it receives a message, in the form of signaling molecules called chemokines, the receptor …

    January 25, 2015 5:08 pm


  • Anger, mistrust in Guinea villages hinders battle to beat Ebola

    CONAKRY (Reuters) – Angry residents are blocking access for health workers to dozens of remote villages in Guinea, in a sign of persistent mistrust that could threaten President Alpha Conde’s aim to eradicate Ebola from the country by early March. The worst Ebola outbreak on record began deep in the forests of southeastern Guinea in December 2013 and has since spread to other countries in the impoverished region, killing more than 8,600 people. Like its West African neighbors Liberia and Sierra Leone – the worst-affected nations – Guinea has recorded a sharp fall in infections in recent weeks, fuelling hope that the tide has turned against the epidemic. But with some people still denying the incurable disease exists, experts say it could prove difficult to trace those who had been in contact with the infected and to change traditional behavior such as burial rituals involving touching the dead. These steps are seen as vital to …

    January 25, 2015 5:07 pm


  • Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Keep It Classy In Balmain At The BET Awards

    Posted on Sun Jan 25th, 2015 8:27am PDT       By X17 Staff Getty Images for BET Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have a tendency to gross us out (from the fur bikini shoot to the “Bound 2″ music video, they have made a number of bad moves), but last night they totally killed it on the red carpet at the 2015 BET Honors Awards in black Balmain ensembles. This is a first! The ceremony was held at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., and Kanye was the recipient of the Visionary Award. Love him or hate him, he’s had a number of hit songs and we actually loved the music he was putting out pre-Kimye. Kim posted a bunch of photos on Instagram last night, and wrote, “When Kylie texts me saying she loves my look last night, I know I’ve made it! Lol this post is for her.”   Stories from around the Web

    January 25, 2015 7:28 pm


  • When will Obama stop making false claims about Citizens United?

    FILE — Jan. 22, 2015: President Obama speaks during a visit to the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) At almost the same time that protesters mad about the Citizens United decision were disrupting the start of the Supreme Court’s session on Wednesday, the White House issued a “Statement from the President” condemning the decision on its fifth anniversary. And once again, President Obama repeated the same false claim about “foreign corporations” that he made in his State of the Union speech back in 2010. This White House seems to believe that if you think up a good political attack theme, stick with it no matter what the truth is. One can certainly debate the effect of Citizens United, which lifted the ban on independent political expenditures (i.e., independent political speech), and whether it has been beneficial to our democratic system. As a former member of the Federal Election Commission that enforces our …

    January 24, 2015 8:47 pm

Odd News

  • Iowa billboard mannequin startles motorists, loses job

    (Reuters) – A car dealer is taking down an oversized mannequin that had been placed atop a roadside billboard advertisement in rural Iowa after a number of alarmed drivers called the 911 emergency number to report a man who looked like he was going to jump. “I hate to take it down, but in the interest of public safety I decided to,” Brad Deery, owner of 10 car dealerships in Iowa, told Reuters by telephone on Friday. Deery said the sheriff in Des Moines County asked him to remove the mannequin because drivers were becoming distracted and that some could be tempted to try to climb the sign and take a selfie. The billboard on U.S. Route 61 advertises Deery’s West Burlington dealership. The sign reads “I can see Deery Toyota, Nissan, Mazda from here,” Deery said. The mannequin is posed as though it is looking off at distant car lots. The Hawk Eye, a …

    January 23, 2015 4:24 pm