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  • Baltimore residents fearful amid homicide spike following Freddie Gray’s death

    BALTIMORE –  Antoinette Perrine has barricaded her front door since her brother was killed three weeks ago on a basketball court near her home in the Harlem Park neighborhood of West Baltimore. She already has iron bars outside her windows and added metal slabs on the inside to deflect the gunfire. Perrine’s brother is one of 36 people killed in Baltimore so far this month, already the highest homicide count for May since 1999. But while homicides are spiking, arrests have plunged more than 50 percent compared to last year. The drop in arrests followed the death of Freddie Gray from injuries he suffered in police custody. Gray’s death sparked protests against the police and some rioting, and led to the indictment of six officers.

    May 28, 2015 4:16 am


  • Chief U.S. negotiator in Iran talks to leave State Department: NYT

    WASHINGTON The chief U.S. negotiator in Iran nuclear talks, Wendy Sherman, will leave the State Department shortly after the June 30 deadline for the talks between Tehran and six major powers to reach agreement, the New York Times said on Wednesday. Sherman made her intentions known before leaving for Vienna and Geneva for a last round of talks aimed at securing curbs on Iran’s nuclear program in return for lifting sanctions that have crippled the country’s economy, the newspaper said. “It’s been two long years,” the Times quoted Sherman as saying, referring to the protracted and intensely complex discussions with the Iranians that began with secret talks between the two long-time foes. Sherman, who is under secretary of state for political affairs at the State Department and who has white, close-cropped hair, has stood out as one of the few women in a sea of men in dark suits at most of the negotiating sessions. …

    May 28, 2015 1:11 am


  • For millennials, it’s good to be young, rich, and female

    Rich, young women are kicking butt. Wealthy millennial women are more likely to make at least as much — if not more — than their husbands. They’re also more likely to take the big decisions on household finances and investments, according to a new report from U.S. Trust that surveyed high and ultra-high net worth individuals, defined as those with at least $3 million in investable assets. The report found that 30% of these wealthy millennial women were the primary income earners, and another 21% contributed the same amount as their partners. That’s compared to just 11% of Gen X women who made more than their husbands, 15% of Baby Boomer women and 4% who are 70 years old or older. The percentage of equal earners remained relatively similar across all four generations. Related: From millennial to millionaire–in 5 steps Not only are the high net worth millennial women earning more than women in other …

    May 28, 2015 4:15 am


  • FIFA president Blatter skips 3rd appearance, stays out of public view amid corruption crisis

    ZURICH –  FIFA President Sepp Blatter has skipped another speaking engagement as he avoids appearing in public for a second day. Blatter missed giving a scheduled speech to open Thursday’s session of FIFA’s medical conference in a Zurich hotel. FIFA chief medical officer Jiri Dvorak says Blatter has to “manage the situation,” after the governing body was rocked Wednesday by an American federal racketeering case. Blatter has stayed out of public view by avoiding three scheduled speech-making duties within 24 hours. Two FIFA vice presidents were among seven men arrested Wednesday in a Zurich hotel. FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich was also raided by Swiss federal agencies for a separate probe of the 2018-2022 World Cup bidding contests. Blatter is scheduled to address FIFA’s 209 member federations at 5 p.m. (1500 GMT).

    May 28, 2015 4:16 am

World News

  • Barman guilty over 56-shot death

    Barman Gilles Crepin admitted encouraging Renaud Prudhomme to drink shots A French barman has been convicted of manslaughter and given a suspended sentence after allowing a customer to drink 56 shots that led to his death. Renaud Prudhomme, 56, was at the bar with his daughter and friends when he attempted to break its shots record. Mr Prudhomme was helped home but later taken to hospital, where he died the following day. Barman Gilles Crepin, 47, admitted he encouraged Mr Prudhomme by displaying the shots record on a noticeboard. Mr Crepin was given a four-month suspended sentence and banned from working in a bar for a year. His lawyer, Renaud Portejoie, said he would appeal against the decision. “It’s a decision guided by emotion and the unconscious desire to set an example,” said Mr Portejoie, He told the court that Mr Prudhomme had existing respiratory and alcohol abuse problems. “We can’t ask every customer who …

    May 28, 2015 4:16 am


  • Microsoft Windows 10 free upgrade: five questions answered

    Can you please tell me how to go about obtaining the free Windows 10 for my laptop, which is currently operating on Windows 8.0? Eric Everyone running Windows 7 or Windows 8 should get an invitation to install a free copy of Windows 10. For those running updated versions of Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 S14, this will be much the same as the offer to upgrade from Windows 8.0 to Windows 8.1. In other words, Windows Update will download the code in the background, and you will merely have to accept the offer to install it. The only limitation is that you have to install it within a year of Windows 10’s release. If you want to make sure you get the offer, install Windows update KB3035583. This update was recommended for Windows 8 users and was optional for Windows 7 users. If you are running Windows 7, Windows 8.0 or Windows 8.1 …

    May 28, 2015 4:35 am


  • Molecule designed to treat lung cancer shows promising results in mice

    A multidisciplinary team led by Johns Hopkins researcher Venu Raman, Ph.D., with notable contributions from Guus Bol, Farhad Vesuna and Phuoc Tran of Johns Hopkins, has identified a new therapy for lung cancer, the most common cancer worldwide. The therapy has been in development for six years and involves a first-in-class molecule designed by the team. The molecule, RK-33, interrupts the cell cycle of lung cancer cells without harming normal cells, and it is effective both on its own and in combination with radiation therapy. The team designed the molecule to bind to DDX3, an enzyme that normally helps in RNA unwinding and translating RNA into proteins. In addition, the team identified that DDX3 is involved in DNA repair. Normal cells have many such enzymes, but some cancers, including over 90 percent of the lung cancer samples studied by the team, overexpress DDX3. Binding DDX3 with RK-33 reduces the amount of DDX3 available, thus causing …

    May 28, 2015 12:51 am


  • Leave cancelled for India’s doctors as heat wave kills 1,300

    NEW DELHI A heat wave in India has killed at least 1,371 people this week as temperatures soar above 47 Celsius (116.6 Fahrenheit), and doctors’ leave has been cancelled to help cope with the sick. May and June are India’s hottest months, with temperatures regularly pushing above 40 Celsius. But meteorologists say the number of days when temperatures approach 45 Celsius has increased in the past 15 years. The death toll in the worst affected states of Andhra Pradesh in the southeast and nearby Telangana is more than double the toll from a shorter hot spell there last year, officials said, with most of those killed elderly or labourers suffering sunstroke or dehydration. The toll in Andhra Pradesh alone has reached 1,020, officials said, and deaths have been reported in at least four Indian states. Authorities have cancelled doctors’ leave and advised people not to head outside in the middle of the day to avoid …

    May 28, 2015 1:11 am


  • Simon Cowell upsets tons of parents with recent comments about his son

    The Britain’s Got Talent judge and executive producer revealed in an interview with Hello! magazine that he has yet to change a diaper for his 15-month-old son Eric, but he “loves being a dad.” More: Simon Cowell admits he lets the nannies handle fatherhood And parents are not responding well. “Is that supposed to be a ‘badge of honor’?” one commenter asked. “Does he think he’s father of the year or something?” “How can you be a real father if you will not even change your own child’s diaper,” another said. “The man is a TOTAL loser!” More: Proud papa Simon Cowell shows off son Eric On the upside, just because Cowell doesn’t change diapers, doesn’t mean he doesn’t spend time with his son. “Eric makes me laugh,” he said in the interview. “He and I communicate very well because we basically like the same things — Scooby Doo, Disney movies, laughing at the dogs.” No …

    May 28, 2015 3:35 am


  • The Foxhole: Andrea Mays on Shakespeare, Henry Folger and the mania of collecting things

    When William Shakespeare died, in 1616, it’s not as if he were Shakespeare or anything. After all, the Bard had been retired for a few years, with his works seldom performed and eighteen of the plays he had written – including some that would later be recognized as major works, like “Twelfth Night,” “Julius Caesar,” “Macbeth” and “The Tempest” – sitting around collecting dust, unpublished and unheralded. Still more of Shakespeare’s works had disappeared altogether, never to be recovered or enjoyed by anyone. In 1623, two fellow actors from the Globe Theatre, John Heminges and Henry Condell, reckoned a tribute was in order and gathered together three dozen of their deceased friend’s plays and manuscripts. These they published in a massive collection known as the First Folio. It was the earliest testament to Shakespeare’s enduring triumph as the greatest English-language writer in history, and copies of the First Folio would, over time, become exceedingly scarce …

    May 28, 2015 1:34 am

Odd News

  • Washington gumbo lover leaves $2,000 tip on $93 restaurant bill

    WASHINGTON A Washington man shocked the staff of a neighborhood restaurant earlier this week by leaving a $2,000 for a meal of beer and gumbo he shared with a friend, the proprietor said Wednesday. The man, described by Blue 44’s owner Chris Nardelli as a gumbo-loving regular who lives nearby, left the tip on a $93 bill on Monday night. “Thank you for the gumbo!” he wrote on the bill after indulging his taste for the Louisiana Creole dish, a specialty of the house. “It was pretty shocking to say the least,” said Nardelli, who also is a chef and bartender at the four-year-old restaurant in the Chevy Chase neighborhood. “It made everybody do a triple take.” The customer, who was not identified, asked on the bill that $1,000 go to chef James Turner and $500 each for Nardelli and waitress Laura Dally. (Reporting by John Clarke; Editing by Lisa Lambert)

    May 27, 2015 8:49 pm