Headline News

  • Teen suspended from school after asking Miss America to be his prom date during assembly


    YORK, Pa. –  A Pennsylvania high school student is in hot water for asking Miss America to prom during a question and answer session at school. Eighteen-year-old Patrick Farves said he received three days of in-school suspension Thursday because he asked Nina Davuluri to prom. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The senior at Central York High School stood up and popped the prom question, then walked to the stage with a plastic flower. Davuluri just laughed and the students cheered. School officials heard about Farves’ plan in advance and warned him not to do it. He has apologized for disrupting the event. The school says students are disciplined for breaking rules and this incident is no different. Davuluri was at the school to talk with students about diversity and the importance of science, technology, engineering and math studies.

    April 18, 2014 6:06 pm
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Politics

  • Atheist sues to get license place that says ’8THEIST’


    In Nevada, you can say what you are A New Jersey woman who says she was denied a license plate referencing atheism filed suit this week, claiming her online application was rejected because it was deemed potentially offensive. Shannon Morgan, of Maurice Township, said in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that the Motor Vehicle Commission violated her First Amendment rights when its website rejected the plate reading “8THEIST.” She said she received a message stating that her vanity plate request was ineligible as it “may carry connotations offensive to good taste and decency.” Morgan then filled out the online application using the phrase “BAPTIST” as a test, which the website accepted. Morgan claims in her lawsuit that she sent the agency a letter of complaint by registered mail and made several attempts to contact them by phone, all of which went unanswered. Messages and emails left for the Motor Vehicle Commission by The Associated Press …

    April 18, 2014 6:06 pm
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Stocks

  • Get out from under a too-heavy workload


    Buried by tasks on the job? Here’s how to speak up if you’re maxed out, without sabotaging your next promotion. Ready to collapse under your workload? Consider it a form of flattery: With companies today demanding that employees work faster while tackling more complex tasks, the nimble professionals who “get it” have been deluged, says Anat Lechner, associate professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business. “When you’re that kind of person, everyone knows who you are.” Lucky you. Here’s how to speak up if you’re maxed out, without sabotaging your next promotion. Speak to the firm’s interests Your manager probably hasn’t thought about what else is on your plate when she asks you, in passing, to take on a new proposal. It’s up to you to speak up if you don’t have bandwidth. “But you have to be able to react within seconds,” says New York City career coach Caroline Ceniza-Levine. Related: Don’t let divorce …

    April 18, 2014 4:26 pm
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Sports

  • Nowitzki has his groove back for Mavs’ challenging return to playoffs against top-seeded Spurs


    ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, APRIL 20-21 – FILE – In this April 8, 2014 file photo, Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki (41) shoots as Utah Jazz’s Marvin Williams, left, defends in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City. While it will take a major upset for the Mavericks to get past top-seeded San Antonio in the first round, Nowitzki looks like he could be around for two or three more runs at a second title. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, FIle)The Associated Press ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, APRIL 20-21 – FILE – In this Feb. 26, 2014 file photo, Dallas Mavericks’ forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) battles New Orleans Pelicans’ Al-Farouq Aminu (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas. While it will take a major upset for the Mavericks to get past top-seeded San Antonio in the first round, Nowitzki looks like he could be around for two or …

    April 18, 2014 6:07 pm
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World News

  • US raises Ukraine pressure on Russia


    18 April 2014 Last updated at 23:15 Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have refused to leave official buildings despite the Geneva deal The US has threatened tougher economic sanctions if Russia fails to abide by a new international agreement to help de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine. The Kremlin responded by accusing the White House of treating Moscow like a “guilty schoolboy” over the deal. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s foreign minister said “anti-terrorist” operations in the east would be put on hold over Easter. Pro-Russian separatists in several cities are refusing to leave buildings, defying a key term of the accord. Russia, Ukraine, the EU and US had agreed during talks in Geneva that illegal military groups in Ukraine must be dissolved, and that those occupying government premises must be disarmed and leave. The sides also decided there would be an amnesty for all anti-government protesters. But the separatists’ spokesman in the city of Donetsk said that the …

    April 18, 2014 5:26 pm
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Technology

  • NASA and Google Do the Tango


    Google’s Project Tango smartphone, which is jam-packed with sensors, soon will be used in the International Space Station. The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration will swap out the smartphones it has used on two volleyball-sized free-flying satellites since 2011 with the Tango devices. NASA, which announced the Tango tie-in back in February, has flown modified Tango phones several times on an aircraft that can simulate microgravity by taking a parabolic flight path. The phones’ motion-tracking and positioning code was rewritten so it could work in the microgravity environment on the ISS. “In a shielded environment, the devices should work better than here on Earth,” Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group, told TechNewsWorld. “Not having gravity is a benefit with electronics, particularly if you want to move them in all three dimensions,” he continued, but it would be necessary to “make sure the signals don’t interfere with anything else in the station.” …

    April 18, 2014 5:46 pm
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Science

  • Is Parkinson’s an autoimmune disease?


    The cause of neuronal death in Parkinson’s disease is still unknown, but a new study proposes that neurons may be mistaken for foreign invaders and killed by the person’s own immune system, similar to the way autoimmune diseases like type I diabetes, celiac disease, and multiple sclerosis attack the body’s cells. The study was published April 16, 2014, in Nature Communications. “This is a new, and likely controversial, idea in Parkinson’s disease; but if true, it could lead to new ways to prevent neuronal death in Parkinson’s that resemble treatments for autoimmune diseases,” said the study’s senior author, David Sulzer, PhD, professor of neurobiology in the departments of psychiatry, neurology, and pharmacology at Columbia University College of Physicians Surgeons. The new hypothesis about Parkinson’s emerges from other findings in the study that overturn a deep-seated assumption about neurons and the immune system. For decades, neurobiologists have thought that neurons are protected from attacks from the …

    April 18, 2014 5:46 pm
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Health

  • Yoga may help women ease PTSD symptoms


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Women enrolled in a small study reported a reduction in symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a series of yoga classes. However, women in a comparison group that didn’t take the classes also reported a similar decline in symptoms, researchers found. “The yoga group did well – they improved in their PTSD symptoms – and our control group actually did well, which we didn’t expect,” Karen Mitchell told Reuters Health. Mitchell, from the National Center for PTSD at the VA Boston Healthcare System, led the new study. “I do emphasize that the yoga (group) definitely didn’t do worse,” she said. “Yoga could potentially be triggering for people with trauma, so while that’s not as exciting a finding, I think it is important to say that.” About one in 10 U.S. women is affected by PTSD, according to the authors. Many say that alternative and complementary therapies – such as …

    April 18, 2014 6:06 pm
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Entertainment

  • Gwyneth Paltrow Leans On Famous Girlfriends For Support After Conscious Uncoupling


    At least she’s got her pals to lift her spirits! Gwyneth Paltrow enjoyed a girl’s night out with Gwen Stefani, Chelsea Handler, Naomi Watts, Nicole Richie, Stella McCartney, and director Sam Taylor Wood last night, and the group treated themselves to a vegan feast at Crossroads restaurant in West Hollywood! We’d die to be a fly on the wall for this dinner conversation! The ladies probably had no shortage of topics to discuss! Between the Goop queen’s recent separation from husband Chris Martin to the Chelsea Lately host’s rumored move to CBS late night, we get the feeling this gathering was a gab fest! Ellen Degeneres’ Oscar selfie was just put to shame!

    April 18, 2014 4:26 pm
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Editorial

  • Hillary’s glass jaw


      Hillary Clinton and her friends in the media have been testing messages for her expected presidential campaign. The case for her will be built on four pillars: that allegations of her corruption are unfair; that she is highly accomplished; that she is above partisanship; and that she is a woman. The first three are dubious and the fourth will matter less than you may think. Do you remember Webb Hubbell, the McDougals, the missing Rose Law firm billing records, Travelgate, or Hillary’s surprise acumen at high-risk commodities trading? Super PACs and other groups will remind voters of all of these case studies of corruption if Hillary proceeds with a campaign. Democrats are terrified of this likelihood, not because it points to Hillary’s distant past, but because it helps illustrate her more recent corrupt behavior – and that of the elite political class she represents. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Yes, liberal Washington yawns at the existence of …

    April 18, 2014 6:06 pm
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Odd News

  • Fly me to Sochi, demands Cathay passenger armed with chocolate bar, court hears


    HONG KONG (Reuters) – A passenger on board a Hong Kong-bound Cathay Pacific flight, armed only with a Toblerone chocolate bar, demanded the plane fly to Sochi so he could watch the Winter Olympics, a court heard. Antti Oskari Manselius, 23, from Finland, also made a false bomb threat on the February 14 flight from Amsterdam and said he was robbing the plane, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday. Manselius pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct and giving false information about a bomb when he appeared in court on Thursday, the Post said. He said he was trying to entertain the other passengers and was making “fun and jokes”. Two flight attendants told the court that they saw Manselius walking towards the cockpit. He had two economy-class blankets wrapped around his head and was wearing another like a cape. He held the Toblerone chocolate bar “like a sword”, the newspaper said, quoting one …

    April 18, 2014 9:42 am
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