Headline News

  • Ex-CFO who criticized Chick-fil-A reportedly now on food stamps after outcry


    A CFO who drew widespread condemnation after berating a Chick-fil-A employee in a video that went viral three years ago is out of work and on food stamps, according to a published report. Adam Smith, 37, was the CFO of a medical device manufacturer in Arizona until the summer of 2012, when he started protested Chick-fil-A’s stance on gay marriage to an employee at a drive-thru. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “Chick-fil-A is a hateful company,” Smith told the employee. “I don’t know how you sleep at night,” Smith adds at another point. This is a horrible corporation with horrible values.” After the employee, who never loses her composure, wished Smith a nice day, he responded, “I will. I just did something really good. I feel purposeful.” Since then, Smith was fired from his job, and his wife and four children lost their home. The family was forced to sell and give away their possessions and move into …

    March 28, 2015 10:58 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. ethics panel probes Kentucky lawmaker over wife’s lobbying


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A special investigative panel will probe allegations that a Kentucky lawmaker helped his wife lobby on behalf of the Humane Society of the United States, the U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Friday. Rep. Ed Whitfield, a Republican, also faces allegations he “used his official position for the beneficial interest of himself or his wife, and dispensed special favors or privileges to either his wife, the Humane Society Legislative Fund or the Humane Society of the United States,” according to a statement released by the committee’s leaders. Whitfield said in a statement provided to Reuters that he looks forward to fully cooperating with the examination of his conduct related to legislation he introduced in 2013 to stop the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses. Soring is an illegal process of hurting horses’ legs, either through chemicals or physical irritants, so that the animals walk with exaggerated front kicks. The Humane Society, …

    March 28, 2015 10:57 pm
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Stocks

  • Mercedes-Benz to make a pickup truck


    This sketch, provided by Mercedes-Benz, shows what a Mercedes-Benz pickup could look like. Mercedes-Benz plans to sell a midsized pickup truck by 2020, the luxury automaker announced Friday, calling it “the first pickup from a premium manufacturer.” The truck will initially be sold in Latin America, South Africa, Australia and Europe. In those places, according to Mercedes parent company Daimler (DDAIF), there has been sustained growth in the pickup market. “We can perfectly serve customers looking for a vehicle that offers a high level of utility and at the same time has the comfort, safety, and design of a Mercedes-Benz passenger car,” Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, said in a statement. “We will design our brand’s first pickup according to this recipe for success.” There are currently no plans to sell the truck in the United States, a market where pickups are among the best selling vehicles. Ford (F) and General Motors (GM) trucks …

    March 28, 2015 11:16 pm
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Sports

  • NCAA Tournament: No. 1 Kentucky narrowly defeats Notre Dame, stays perfect


    March 28, 2015: Kentucky players celebrate after a 68-66 win over Notre Dame in a college basketball game in the NCAA men’s tournament regional finals. (AP) CLEVELAND –  Pushed to the brink, Kentucky’s still perfect and still playing. Andrew Harrison made two free throws with six seconds remaining, and the top-seeded Wildcats kept their unbeaten season and national title hopes intact with a 68-66 win over Notre Dame on Saturday night in the Midwest Regional final. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Wildcats (38-0) advanced to the Final Four in Indianapolis next week, where they will meet Wisconsin. It took everything Kentucky had to hold off the Fighting Irish (32-6), who came within seconds of shocking the tournament’s overwhelming favorite. Notre Dame, which has a history of stunning upsets in football and basketball, wasn’t done until Jerian Grant’s double-clutch 3-pointer from the left corner was long. Kentucky’s bench stormed the floor and the Wildcats, who only had one other …

    March 28, 2015 10:57 pm
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World News

  • Shia militia ‘in Tikrit pullback’


    Shia militia have been in the forefront of the attack on IS in Tikrit A US general says Iranian-backed Shia militia in Iraq are no longer leading the operation to recapture Tikrit from Islamic State (IS) militants. Gen Lloyd Austin, head of US Central Command, said the withdrawal was a precondition for US-led air strikes, which began on Wednesday night. The Iraqi military then launched a final push to drive IS from the city. Iraq had asked the US-led coalition to mount air strikes on militants in Tikrit after the offensive stalled. Gen Austin told the US Senate Armed Services Committee about 4,000 Iraqi army and federal police personnel were now carrying out “clearing operations” in Tikrit. He said the operation to retake Tikrit had stalled partly because ground forces were not being properly controlled by the Iraqi government. He added that the campaign had also lacked a coherent plan for ground movements. The US …

    March 28, 2015 10:58 pm
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Technology

  • Juror kerfuffle leads to high drama in Ellen Pao discrimination trial


    Ellen Pao leaves the courthouse after losing her sexual-discrimination case against Kleiner Perkins Caulfield Byers. The case wrapped up on a chaotic note as jurors were asked to resume their deliberations after the initial verdict announcement. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Talk about a cliff-hanger. The San Francisco Superior Court on Friday turned into a scene that matched anything Hollywood screenwriters could dream up. And that’s just the jury verdict. For a month, the technology industry obsessed over the he said/she said testimony in a lawsuit brought by Ellen Pao, a former junior partner with prominent venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. Pao, 45, accused the firm of gender discrimination. She claimed she’d been denied a proverbial and literal seat at the table (she wasn’t asked to an important business dinner with Vice President Al Gore). She also wasn’t invited to a men-only ski trip to Vail, and she was denied a promotion to senior partner. …

    March 28, 2015 10:35 pm
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Science

  • New lobster-like predator found in 508 million-year-old fossil-rich site


    Related images(click to enlarge) What do butterflies, spiders and lobsters have in common? They are all surviving relatives of a newly identified species called Yawunik kootenayi, a marine creature with two pairs of eyes and prominent grasping appendages that lived as much as 508 million years ago — more than 250 million years before the first dinosaur. The fossil was identified by an international team led by palaeontologists at the University of Toronto (U of T) and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto, as well as Pomona College in California. It is the first new species to be described from the Marble Canyon site, part of the renowned Canadian Burgess Shale fossil deposit. Yawunik had evolved long frontal appendages that resemble the antennae of modern beetles or shrimps, though these appendages were composed of three long claws, two of which bore opposing rows of teeth that helped the animal catch its prey. “This creature …

    March 28, 2015 10:57 pm
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Health

  • Young People At Risk of Second Injury After Knee Surgery


    SATURDAY, March 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — One-third of young athletes who have surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee suffer another ACL injury later in life, new research finds. “Our study shows that young knees are more prone to re-injury than the adult population when compared to other research in this area, and is the first study to examine the incidence and risk factors for further ACL injury in a solely juvenile population over the long term,” study author Dr. Justin Roe, of the North Sydney Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre in Australia, said in a society news release. “While surgery still may be the best option for many ACL injuries, it brings to light the important factors physicians must consider when treating the younger population,” he added. The Australian researchers looked at nearly 250 athletes who had ACL reconstruction surgery between 1993 and 1998. They were all 18 and …

    March 28, 2015 10:57 pm
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Entertainment

  • Taylor Swift IS Dating Calvin Harris, But He Says She’s Not His Type!


    Posted on Sat Mar 28th, 2015 4:19pm PDT       By X17 Staff First there were rumors that Calvin Harris and Taylor Swift were dating, which we were into. He’s hot and talented, she’s hot and talented and let’s be honest — we’d love to see what they could come up with musically! But just two weeks ago the hunky Scottish DJ told the Capital FM Breakfast show Taylor is “the opposite of my type” and proclaimed that he’d swipe left (i.e., reject her) if he ever stumbled across her on Tinder! In his defense, he could have been trying to keep their romance on the DL at the time, because after the news hit the internet last week, the duo were all over each other at Kenny Chesney’s Nashville concert on Thursday. But is it all for love or is this a possible business move too? While Calvin isn’t exactly hurting in the cash department (he’s worth …

    March 28, 2015 11:16 pm
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Editorial

  • UN says Israel, not Iran, North Korea or Syria worst violator of human rights


    FILE — March 12, 2014: Ben Emmerson, UN Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights speaks during a press conference about his annual report to the Human Rights Council on the use of remotely piloted aircraft, or drones, in extraterritorial lethal counter-terrorism operations, at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Keystone,Martial Trezzini) What country deserves more condemnation for violating human rights than any other nation on earth? According to the U.N.’s top human rights body, that would be Israel. Last week, Israel was the U.N.’s number one women’s rights violator. This week it is the U.N.’s all-round human rights villain. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The U.N. Human Rights Council wrapped up its latest session in Geneva on Friday, March 27 by adopting four resolutions condemning Israel.  That’s four times more than any of the other 192 UN member states. Playing at caring about human rights is the U.N. game. And no state …

    March 28, 2015 10:57 pm
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Odd News

  • Daughter bests father in feud at Japan shareholder’s meeting


    TOKYO (Reuters) – A rare family feud erupted in a Japanese shareholders meeting on Friday, when the chief executive of Otsuka Kagu Ltd defeated her father’s attempt to oust her, vowing to push ahead with her plan to take the furniture retailer more mass-market. “I am sorry that things have come to this,” Kumiko Otsuka, 47, coolly told shareholders in the meeting, in which she instructed her father, company founder and chairman Katsuhisa Otsuka, and her mother to identify themselves by name and shareholder number. The daughter overcame the chairman’s challenge by an undisclosed majority vote. “I had five children,” the father said from the audience as he pleaded with shareholders to back his return as CEO. “Kumiko was the first and she was a difficult birth.” Kumiko’s mother also gave a rambling speech criticizing the CEO, until another shareholder yelled at her to stop. The Otsuka family showdown – virtually unheard of in Japan’s …

    March 27, 2015 10:40 am
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