Headline News

  • New York City will pay $3.9M to family of teen in 2012 shooting


    NEW YORK –  New York City agreed Friday to pay $3.9 million to the family of a black Bronx teenager shot to death by a white police officer in 2012. The deal settled a federal lawsuit brought by the family of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “This was a tragic case,” said New York Law Department spokesman Nicholas Paolucci. “After evaluating all the facts, and consulting with key stakeholders such as the NYPD, it was determined that settling the matter was in the best interest of the city.” Attorney Royce Russell said the family will comment Monday. Graham died after he was shot once in the chest in February 2012 in a tiny bathroom in the three-family home where he lived with his grandmother and other relatives. Richard Haste, the officer who shot him, said he fired his weapon because he thought he was going to be shot. No weapons were found in the apartment. …

    January 30, 2015 10:51 pm
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Politics

  • Republican Romney opts out of a 2016 run for president


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney bowed out of the 2016 U.S. presidential race on Friday after considering a third run, telling supporters it was time for the next generation of party leaders to seek the White House. Romney’s decision helps clarify an emerging Republican field split between potential establishment candidates like former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and conservative voices represented by Texas Senator Ted Cruz and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. The move will likely boost Bush, the brother of former President George W. Bush, even though Romney has privately made known to aides he is not convinced that Bush can defeat Hillary Clinton if she becomes the Democratic presidential nominee. But Romney’s decision also helps other potential candidates such as Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who was on Romney’s vice presidential short list in 2012; Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and possibly New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, all of whom will have a better chance …

    January 30, 2015 2:27 pm
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Stocks

  • Super Bowl tickets are most expensive ever


      This year’s Super Bowl tickets are the most expensive ever. And the price continues to climb. The average ticket price so far is $3,554 — about $1,000 more than last year, according to SeatGeek, which tracks online sales. SeatGeek analyst Connor Gregoire said he does not expect the price for the few remaining tickets to come down before the Seahawks and Patriots face off on Sunday in front of 72,000 fans in Phoenix. On Friday, the cheapest ticket was going for nearly $8,000 and the most expensive topped $24,000, according to SeatGeek. And there are very few left — only about 300 tickets on Friday. On the same day last year, there were about 4,000. Related: Snickers cast Danny Trejo in Brady Bunch reboot Getting a ticket to the Super Bowl is a tricky business. Only 1,000 are sold to fans at face value. The rest are divvied up among the league, which gives …

    January 30, 2015 10:51 pm
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Sports

  • Mavericks stage big rally to beat Heat


    Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – The Dallas Mavericks made three shots in the first quarter, scored 33 points in the first half and beat the Miami Heat by 21. How? With a 39-3 run. Charlie Villanueva scored 20 points and the Mavericks held the Heat to just three points over a nearly 14-minute span in the third and fourth quarters on the way to a 93-72 win on Friday night. Miami’s stale finish — which came after Dallas started the game ice-cold from the field — tempered what was a career night for Hassan Whiteside, who set a franchise record with 14 rebounds in the first quarter. The 7-foot center ended with 16 points and a career-high 24 rebounds for the Heat, who were without Dwyane Wade because of a hamstring strain the All-Star guard suffered Tuesday against Milwaukee, which could sideline him for weeks. James Ennis added 15 points off the bench, All-Star Chris Bosh …

    January 30, 2015 10:52 pm
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World News

  • Ebola-hit Liberia delays schooling


    31 January 2015 Last updated at 00:02 Liberia’s government says teaching will now begin on 16 February Liberia has delayed planned re-opening of schools, saying they are not not yet fully prepared to prevent the spread of Ebola. The schools – closed in July – had been due to open on Monday, but teaching will now begin on 16 February. The BBC’s Mark Doyle says several schools he has seen are woefully unready to prevent Ebola infection. He says they are lacking chlorinated water for hand-washing and thermometers to check pupils don’t have fever. Some schools were used as Ebola treatment offices or holding centres, our correspondent adds. Liberia – alongside with its West African neighbours Sierra Leone and Guinea – has been hardest hit by the outbreak of the deadly virus. In Liberia alone, more than 3,600 people have been killed. However, Liberia appears to be beating Ebola, as there now only five confirmed …

    January 30, 2015 10:52 pm
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Technology

Science

  • Made-in-Singapore rapid test kit detects dengue antibodies from saliva


    Related images(click to enlarge) Finding out whether you have been infected with dengue may soon be as easy as spitting into a rapid test kit. The Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) of A*STAR has developed a paper-based disposable device that will allow dengue-specific antibodies to be detected easily from saliva within 20 minutes. This device is currently undergoing further development for commercialization. IBN Executive Director Professor Jackie Y. Ying shared, “Our rapid diagnostic kit can detect a key dengue antibody from saliva that is present in early-stage secondary infection. The ability to differentiate between primary and secondary dengue infections makes it a valuable early diagnosis tool that would help to ensure timely treatment and proper care of patients.” Patients with secondary infection, who have previously been infected with other serotypes of dengue virus, stand a higher risk of developing dengue hemorrhagic fever or dengue shock syndrome. According to Singapore’s National Environment Agency, dengue fever …

    January 30, 2015 10:32 pm
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Health

  • More than 100 cases of measles now confirmed in U.S


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – More than 100 people in the United States have been confirmed as infected with measles including 91 in California, most of them linked to an outbreak that began at Disneyland in December, public health officials said on Friday. The California Department of Public Health said at least 58 of the cases of the highly infectious disease in the state have been epidemiologically linked to the Disneyland cluster. More than a dozen other cases have been confirmed in 13 other U.S. states and in Mexico. No deaths have been reported in connection with the outbreak, which public health officials suspect began when an infected person from outside the United States visited Disneyland in Anaheim between Dec. 15 and Dec. 20. The White House on Friday urged parents to heed the advice of public health officials and scientists in getting their children vaccinated. “People should evaluate this for themselves with a bias toward …

    January 30, 2015 10:31 pm
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Entertainment

  • Heidi Montag’s dad was arrested for incest and sexual assault


    More: Spencer Pratt talking about fatherhood will totally change your mind about him According to the Post, William Montag, 67, was taken into custody at the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, where he works. He was wanted on a statewide warrant issued in Arapahoe County, Colorado. The arrest affidavit details the charges over 29 pages. According to the documents, the Arapahoe County Court is accusing William of sexually abusing a female minor from the time she was 13 to the time she was 17. The Post reports that those assaults, according to the report, took place in Frisco and Centennial, beginning in 1993. Because of the dates, it looks like Heidi was not the minor who was abused — the report says the minor was 13 in 1993, when Heidi would have been only about 6. Heidi, who starred on MTV’s reality series The Hills, was born in Crested Butte, which is not a location …

    January 30, 2015 10:51 pm
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Editorial

  • What the NFL taught me about business: Three lessons from Super Bowl coaches


    Casey Crawford, former NFL player; founder, Movement Mortgage, a nationwide mortgage company based in Charlotte, N.C.  (Courtesy of the author) When my business partner and I founded a mortgage company in 2008, at the height of the subprime mortgage crisis, no one thought we’d make it. But for the last two years, we’ve been named the fastest-growing privately held mortgage bank in the nation. When people ask where I learned the lessons that have driven our success, the answer usually surprises them: the National Football League. My father always told me that football would prepare me well for life and business. Of course, he was right.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Three simple lessons I learned from three Super Bowl-caliber coaches stand out as principles that have helped me lead Movement Mortgage to not only survive, but to thrive during the “Great Recession.”  1. Define your value (George Seifert) When I entered the NFL as a rookie in 2000, I …

    January 30, 2015 10:31 pm
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Odd News

  • Secretary of State Kerry fined for not shoveling by Boston home


    BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was slapped with a $50 fine for failing to have a side street adjoining his Boston home shoveled following the blizzard that dropped more than 2 feet (60 cm) of snow on Massachusetts this week, a spokesman said on Friday. The fine was issued on Thursday after a snow-removal company hired by Kerry and his neighbors in the city’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood saw yellow tape blocking the sidewalk alongside the home and thought it was related to security for the top U.S. diplomat. The tape had been put up to warn pedestrians of falling ice and snow, said Kerry’s spokesman, Glen Johnson. “Once they understood that they were allowed to enter the area, the contractors finished the sidewalk late Thursday morning,” he said. Kerry was in Saudi Arabia with President Barack Obama to attend the funeral of King Abdullah and meet with his successor, King …

    January 30, 2015 10:31 pm
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