• Today’s Toons 5/6/15

    Today’s Toons 5/6/15

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  • Alps co-pilot ‘practised crash run’

    Alps co-pilot ‘practised crash run’

    Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz is known to have suffered depression in the past The co-pilot of the Germanwings plane which crashed in the French Alps in March may have practised a rapid descent on a...
  • Vogelsong pitches Giants past Padres

    San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Brandon Crawford went 3-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI to help the San Francisco Giants to a 6-0 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday...
  • Self-driving semi hits the road

    Self-driving semi hits the road

    Daimer’ls Freightliner truck division has licensed two autonomously driving trucks for use on public roads in Nevada. The trucks can only drive on their own in highway situations. A driver will take control in suburban...
  • Evolution of 50 years of pop tracked

    Evolution of 50 years of pop tracked

    Scientists say the invasion of British bands into the US charts marked a musical revolution The evolution of western pop music, spanning from 1960 to 2010, has been analysed by scientists. A team from Queen...
  • Australia shares lead losses

    Australia shares lead losses

    Australia’s stocks led losses in Asia following share price falls in the US Australia’s stocks led losses in Asian markets, following the US trend. US trade figures had shown that the country’s deficit jumped sharply...

Headline News

  • Indiana man accused of killing ex-girlfriend, eating her organs charged with rape


    May 5, 2015 : This photo provided by the Clark County, Indiana., Sheriff’s Office shows Joseph Oberhansley, 37. (AP) An Indiana man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating some of her internal organs is facing a rape charge in connection with the attack. The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky reports that a Clark County judge approved the rape charge Monday for 34-year-old Joseph Oberhansley. The charge comes after prosecutors received the results of Indiana State Police lab tests on the victim’s body last month, the paper reported. Oberhansley is already facing charges of murder and abuse of a corpse in the September killing of 46-year-old Tammy Jo Blanton. Oberhansley told police he broke into Blanton’s home, killed her, then ate her heart and parts of her brain and lung, court documents say. Oberhansley said in court Monday that “there’s a lot of lies and deception going on here.” In Indiana, the aggravated circumstances needed for a …

    May 6, 2015 2:54 am
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Politics

  • State Dept says extra Benghazi info does not change facts


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The State Department said Thursday that the new trove of documents it has provided Congress from its own investigation into the deadly 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya do not change the “essential facts” known about the attack. The facts set out by the State Department’s “Accountability Review Board” (ARB) report, released in December 2012, did not find former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — now a Democratic presidential candidate — responsible for security lapses in Benghazi. But the report concluded that the U.S. mission in Benghazi was unprepared for the attack, and outlined widespread failings within the State Department while Clinton was in charge. Four Americans including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens were killed when militants stormed U.S. facilities in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on the night of Sept. 11, 2012. U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican who heads the House Select Committee on Benghazi, …

    May 6, 2015 1:34 am
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Stocks

  • Self-driving semi hits the road


    Daimer’ls Freightliner truck division has licensed two autonomously driving trucks for use on public roads in Nevada. The trucks can only drive on their own in highway situations. A driver will take control in suburban and city driving situations. Look closely. That truck driver has both hands on his iPad. Freightliner has been given a license to test out its autonomously driving tractor-trailer truck in the state of Nevada. The big-rig manufacturer already has such a truck in operation and will now begin test driving it on public highways there. There will always be a licensed truck driver in the driver’s seat but the Frieightliner Inspiration is designed and equipped to drive itself on limited access interstates. There are currently two of the trucks. A human driver will take full control when the truck is in city and suburban driving situations. Nevada is one of a few states that has legislation specifically allowing for the …

    May 6, 2015 2:14 am
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Sports

  • Vogelsong pitches Giants past Padres


    San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Brandon Crawford went 3-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI to help the San Francisco Giants to a 6-0 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night. Joe Panik homered and Brandon Belt reached base three times and also scored twice for the Giants, who took their second consecutive game of this series with the Padres and won their fifth straight to begin a 10-game homestand. Ryan Vogelsong (1-2) was stellar in his outing, scattering three hits and two walks over seven scoreless innings. “He had good stuff… He did a terrific job,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Vogelsong. “He pounded the strike zone very well. That’s vintage (Vogelsong).” The Giants have put together three straight shutouts during their winning streak for the first time since June 25-27, 2012. Andrew Cashner (1-5), who has received 15 runs of support over his first six starts of …

    May 6, 2015 2:54 am
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World News

  • Alps co-pilot ‘practised crash run’


    Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz is known to have suffered depression in the past The co-pilot of the Germanwings plane which crashed in the French Alps in March may have practised a rapid descent on a previous flight, the German newspaper Bild has said. It quoted French investigators as saying Andreas Lubitz tried a controlled descent earlier that day. Lubitz is suspected of deliberately crashing the Airbus 320, killing all 150 people on board. The plane had been flying from Barcelona to Duesseldorf on 24 March. The French authorities are due to publish an interim report on the investigation later on Wednesday. Bild quoted sources close to the investigation as saying that Lubitz tried a “controlled, minute-long descent for which there was no aeronautical reason”. The descent occurred on the plane’s outbound flight from Duesseldorf to Barcelona on the same day, they added, citing data on its “black box” flight recorder. The co-pilot is known to …

    May 6, 2015 2:55 am
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Technology

  • Listen to the creepy voices of Thomas Edison’s talking dolls


    This Thomas Edison talking phonograph doll that recites “Jack and Jill” is housed at the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution Talking dolls designed by famous inventor Thomas Edison can speak again, thanks to a new method of audio reclamation pioneered by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in collaboration with the Library of Congress. Edison invented the talking dolls in 1890. At the time, audio recording was brand new. Sound was recorded on to tin cylinders, and a small enough cylinder could fit quite neatly into a doll. There’s only a small number of the dolls still remaining in the world, most in the hands of private collectors. Thomas Edison National Historical Park managed to obtain one of these talking dolls, but the cylinder was so distorted from its original shape that it could not be played at all. Talking doll illustration with its back open from the April 26, 1890 issue of Scientific American. Public domain …

    May 6, 2015 12:54 am
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Science

  • Astronomers unveil the farthest galaxy


    Related images(click to enlarge) An international team of astronomers led by Yale University and the University of California-Santa Cruz have pushed back the cosmic frontier of galaxy exploration to a time when the universe was only 5% of its present age. The team discovered an exceptionally luminous galaxy more than 13 billion years in the past and determined its exact distance from Earth using the powerful MOSFIRE instrument on the W.M. Keck Observatory’s 10-meter telescope, in Hawaii. It is the most distant galaxy currently measured. The galaxy, EGS-zs8-1, was originally identified based on its particular colors in images from NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes. It is one of the brightest and most massive objects in the early universe. Age and distance are vitally connected in any discussion of the universe. The light we see from our Sun takes just eight minutes to reach us, while the light from distant galaxies we see via today’s …

    May 6, 2015 1:14 am
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Health

  • Pennsylvania governor acts to ensure federal healthcare subsidies


    (Reuters) – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said on Friday the state will set up its own healthcare exchange if needed to save insurance subsidies for thousands of residents under the federal government’s 2010 Affordable Care Act. The announcement comes ahead of a ruling expected in June from the U.S. Supreme Court in a lawsuit concerning the eligibility of tax subsidies for people in states where the federal government runs health insurance marketplaces. “In order to protect 382,000 Pennsylvanians from potentially losing subsidies that help them afford health care coverage, I have written to the federal government outlining a contingency plan to set up a state-based marketplace to ensure no one loses their health coverage,” Wolf, a Democrat, said in a statement. He added that his letter to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services does not mean that Pennsylvania must set up a state-based marketplace. Up to 7.5 million people in at least 34 …

    May 6, 2015 1:34 am
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Entertainment

  • Rumer Willis’ 6-figure Dancing with the Stars paycheck is impressive


    According to OK! magazine, stars get $125,000 just for signing with DWTS, which also counts as pay through weeks one and two. Those who make it to weeks three and four gets $10,000 per week, weeks five and six $20,000, weeks seven and eight $30,000, then a whopping $50,000 for those who survive to weeks nine and 10. The overall winner cleans up with a minimum of $345,000. More: Rumer Willis finally addresses the Val dating rumors Willis just completed week eight with perfect scores and is moving on to week nine, which means she has a guaranteed $295,000 in her bank account, thanks in part to this super-hot number. Scout Larue I love you….she had the best reaction watching from NYC last night. Made me so happy. #sisterlove #freeslw #TeamValenRue A video posted by Rumer Willis (@ruelarue) on May 5, 2015 at 10:39am PDT More: Rumer Willis leaves her mom in tears with her …

    May 6, 2015 2:34 am
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Editorial

  • Poaching America’s Traditions: When animal extremists attack


    In this Jan. 3, 2015 photo provided by Feld Entertainment Inc., elephants perform at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus, at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus said it will phase out its iconic elephant acts by 2018. (AP Photo/Feld Entertainment Inc., Gary Bogdon) If you’re like me, you may have an uncontrollable nostalgia for things that impacted your childhood. On Thursday, March 5, I picked up my iPhone to read my morning news alerts and saw the headline, “Ringling Bros. eliminating elephant act.”   It took a few moments for this to sink in. When it did, I realized a special childhood memory of watching elephants march down Main Street in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and seeing my first circus show with my grandfather would never be one I would share with my sons, at least not in the same way.  I also realized animal rights extremists …

    May 6, 2015 1:36 am
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Odd News

  • ‘Serial stowaway’ was arrested at Chicago airport last month


    (Reuters) – A woman notorious for sneaking onto commercial airline flights was arrested at Chicago O’Hare International Airport late last month after she was found in a restricted area without a ticket, police said on Tuesday. Marilyn Hartman, 64, was taken into custody on April 24 after police determined that she had no ticket and no official business or reason to be in the terminal, said Officer Barri Lemmon of the Chicago Police Department. Hartman, who had been observed loitering near a ticket counter in the airport’s international terminal, was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass and ordered to appear in court on May 29, Lemmon said. Hartman, a retired legal secretary, has gained national attention for hanging around airports without tickets and attempting to board flights. She has been arrested multiple times and sentenced to jail including last year in California after sneaking onto a Southwest Airlines flight from San Jose to Los Angeles. (Reporting …

    May 5, 2015 9:13 pm
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