Headline News

  • Calif. mother, TSA settle breast milk lawsuit


    PHOENIX –  A Southern California woman who was held at a Phoenix airport four years ago after refusing to have her breast milk X-rayed has reached a settlement with the Transportation Security Administration. Stacey Armato, who filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Phoenix, said Wednesday that TSA officials have tentatively offered her $75,000, along with promises to retrain agents and clarify its guidelines on screening breast milk. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Armato, of Hermosa Beach, says TSA agents at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in 2010 detained her for nearly 40 minutes. She says they would not comply with her request to have the milk screened outside the X-ray machine. Current TSA rules classify breast milk as a medically required liquid. A TSA spokeswoman did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

    April 23, 2014 3:02 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. Justice Department announces clemency review of drug offenders


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department laid out new clemency guidelines on Wednesday that are expected to make thousands of drug offenders eligible for a reduction in the sentences they are currently serving. Under the new guidelines, inmates that were sentenced under laws that have since changed, have served at least 10 years of their sentence and are nonviolent may be re-examined by the Justice Department and suggested to the president for clemency. Deputy Attorney General James Cole, who announced the details of the plan, said the most obvious candidates for review were those sentenced before a 2010 law that lowered the terms for crack cocaine possession charges. “These older, stringent punishments that are out of line with sentences imposed under today’s laws erode people’s confidence in our criminal justice system,” Cole said at a news conference on Wednesday. Under U.S. law, the president can reduce sentences or pardon Americans serving sentences for federal …

    April 23, 2014 11:40 am
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Stocks

  • Postal workers to protest at Staples


    Postal workers at a previous protest at Staples. They will protest again on Thursday against mini post offices at some 50 Staples in 27 states. Staples shoppers could face a postal workers’ picket line on Thursday. The American Postal Workers Union has organized protests at 50 of the office supplies stores in 27 states to oppose a deal where U.S. postal products and services are sold at Staples. It’s not the first postal worker protest against the Staples (SPLS, Fortune 500) mini post offices, but it will be the largest so far this year, according to the union. Members of other postal unions are also expected to join the protests. Since November, 82 Staples stores have been selling traditional mail services as part of a short-term “pilot project” scheduled through September. According to the union, the postal service plans to expand the pilot project to 1,500 stores nationwide. The unions’ beef is that the mini …

    April 23, 2014 2:01 pm
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Sports

  • Former Vanderbilt assistant David Cason joins Shaka Smart’s staff at VCU as assistant coach


    RICHMOND, Va. –  Former Vanderbilt assistant basketball coach David Cason has joined Shaka Smart’s staff at Virginia Commonwealth. Smart made the announcement Wednesday. Cason replaces Mike Rhoades, who left to take over at Rice. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Cason spent the past three seasons at Vanderbilt. He was on the staff in 2012 when the Commodores won their first Southeastern Conference in nearly 20 years. He also worked for six seasons at Tulsa, where he was on the same staff as current VCU assistant Jeremy Ballard. Rhoades’s departure marked the fourth straight season that a VCU assistant left to take over his own program. Before him, Mike Jones left for Radford, Jamion Christian left for Mount St. Mary’s and Will Wade left for Chattanooga.

    April 23, 2014 3:02 pm
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World News

  • Oklahoma governor says executions to proceed despite court-ordered stays


    A day after the Oklahoma supreme court issued a stay of execution for two convicted killers, the governor issued her own order on Tuesday that the state would carry out their sentences next week, setting up a possible legal confrontation over constitutional powers. Republican governor Mary Fallin said the state supreme court acted “outside the constitutional authority” of its mandate in staying Clayton Lockett’s execution. She granted a stay of seven days for Lockett, rescheduling his execution for 29 April, the same day condemned inmate Charles Warner is scheduled to be executed. But legal experts said the supreme court’s stays must be followed and the governor lacks the power to reset the date. “Governor Fallin is a politician, and not a lawyer,” said Randall Coyne, a constitutional law expert at the University of Oklahoma. “According to well established precedent of the US supreme court, the courts – not executive officials – have the final word …

    April 23, 2014 2:42 pm
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Technology

  • Xiaomi to export cheap smartphones to emerging markets


    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, which outsold Samsung and Apple in its domestic market at Christmas, is expanding to 10 new countries as it races larger rivals to flood emerging economies with low-cost gadgets. Founded just four years ago by Lei Jun, a digital entrepreneur known as the Chinese Steve Jobs for his showmanship and penchant for wearing jeans on stage, Xiaomi will begin exporting phones to countries including Brazil, Russia, India, Turkey and Mexico this year. In December, Xiaomi outsold even Samsung in China, according to research firm Kantar, and it is now planning to take the battle abroad as the cost of parts needed to build high-end smartphones continues to drop. The falling cost of mobile computing pushed down the share price of British chip designer ARM Holdings nearly 3% on Wednesday. Sales of top-end smartphones were lower than expected at Christmas, a factor that hit growth in royalty revenues for ARM. The company …

    April 23, 2014 3:22 pm
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Science

  • Cougars’ diverse diet helped them survive the Pleistocene mass extinction


    Related images(click to enlarge) Cougars may have survived the mass extinction that took place about 12,000 years ago because they were not particular about what they ate, unlike their more finicky cousins — the saber-tooth cat and American lion. Both perished along with the woolly mammoth and many of the other supersized mammals that walked Earth during the late Pleistocene. That is the conclusion of a new analysis of the microscopic wear marks on the teeth of cougars, saber-tooth cats and American lions described in the April 23 issue of the journal Biology Letters. “Before the Late Pleistocene extinction six species of large cats roamed the plains and forests of North America. Only two — the cougar and jaguar — survived. The goal of our study was to examine the possibility that dietary factors can explain the cougar’s survival,” said Larisa R.G. DeSantis, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences at Vanderbilt University, who co-authored …

    April 23, 2014 3:22 pm
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Health

  • People Seek Out Health Info When Famous Person Dies


    WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The deaths of well-known people offer an opportunity to educate the general public about disease detection and prevention, a new study suggests. Researchers surveyed 1,400 American men and women after Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in 2011 and learned that more than one-third of them sought information about his cause of death or information about cancer in general soon after his death was reported. About 7 percent of the respondents said they looked specifically for information about pancreatic cancer. That may seem low, but applied to the U.S. population as a whole it would work out to more than 2 million people, the Indiana University team said. “In the medical community, there has been a big push to try to educate the public about the nuances of cancer,” lead author Jessica Gall Myrick, an assistant professor in the university’s school of journalism, said in a …

    April 23, 2014 11:40 am
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Entertainment

  • The Gals Of Girls Are Looking Homely While Filming In New York City


    Diamonds? Furs? Designer duds?! Not for the stars of Girls! Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke and Zosia Mamet, proved yet again it’s substance over style while filming scenes for the fourth season of their hit show HBO show in New York City on Tuesday. Who needs to dress for your body type when you are busy dealing with real-life problems?! While filming, Lena wore a turquoise hooded jacket, pink top, black pants and clogs. We aren’t sure if this ensemble is Lena’s or if it’s her character, Hannah Horvath’s. Maybe Hannah is dressing up as a Midwestern soccer mom for a very special Halloween episode — because that’s kind of how she’s dressed here! For her scenes, Jemima, who plays the free-spirited Jessa, wore a frumpy sweater, sweatpants and clogs before filming her scenes with new cast member, Rita Wilson, who plays the mother of Marnie (Allison WIlliams). Adam Driver, who plays Adam, was also spotted …

    April 23, 2014 2:22 pm
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Editorial

  • The Foxhole: Cal Thomas on loving Bob Beckel, hating gridlock


      On the cover of his new book, “What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America” (HarperCollins, April 2014), conservative syndicated columnist Cal Thomas — familiar to Fox News viewers for his many appearances on the network, dating back to its inception – can be seen in black tie and tails, tipping a top hat with characteristic cordiality as a groundhog sits contentedly atop Thomas’s left shoulder (thanks to the magic of PhotoShop).  It’s a nod to the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day,” starring Bill Murray which Thomas sees as a parable for the repetitive cycles of partisan gridlock and dysfunction in the nation’s capital. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In “What Works,” which carries a foreword by Fox News anchor Sean Hannity, Thomas draws on his columns and speeches to examine what he considers to be viable solutions for the economy, health care, and other major problems bedeviling America.  Only a handful of living peers can boast …

    April 23, 2014 11:40 am
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Odd News

  • NYPD Twitter campaign backfires, thousands of negative tweets


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York Police Department campaign to burnish its image via social media instead produced a flood of pictures of apparent police brutality and tweets critical of the force being shared at a rate of thousands an hour. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said on Wednesday he would continue and expand the NYPD Twitter campaign a day after it backfired, triggering an outpouring of negative images including police violence at New York’s Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, an NYPD officer pointing a gun at a dog, and an officer asleep in a subway car. “The reality of policing is that oftentimes our actions are lawful, but they look awful,” Bratton told a news briefing at New York City Hall. “Most of those photos that I looked at are old news,” said Bratton, appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to take over from Ray Kelly, who served for 12 years under de Blasio’s predecessor, …

    April 23, 2014 3:22 pm
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