Headline News

  • Illinois city agrees to pay $125G to settle lawsuit over Twitter parody account


    Aug. 7, 2014: Jon Daniel speaks at the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois office in Chicago. (AP) An Illinois city agreed on Wednesday to pay $125,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a man whose home was raided by police over a Twitter account he created depicting the mayor as a fan of drugs and alcohol. The deal calls for the city of Peoria to send its police department a directive emphasizing that parody doesn’t fall under an Illinois statute of regulating false personation of a public official, which was used to obtain warrants to arrest Jon Daniel. Also, Peoria faces no admission it did anything wrong. The City Council still needs to approve the deal, but an attorney for the city says it the settlement makes sense financially. Daniels’ attorneys called the deal “a civics lesson” for governments around Illinois that parody isn’t a cause for a police investigation. “I always thought that the …

    September 3, 2015 1:40 am
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Politics

  • Bid to override veto of arbitration bill fails in Illinois House


    CHICAGO The Illinois House on Wednesday failed to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of a controversial bill to send collective bargaining impasses to arbitration, leaving open the possibility of a future strike or lockout of state workers. The Democrat-controlled House fell three votes short of the 71 needed to make the bill law after the Senate, which also has a Democratic majority, overrode Rauner’s veto last month. Democratic lawmakers and the Republican governor have been locked in a struggle over a state budget and an agenda pushed by Rauner that includes legislative term limits and collective bargaining curbs. Illinois this week entered its third month without a budget for the fiscal year that started July 1. House Speaker Michael Madigan told reporters after the vote that the bill was meant to buy labor peace by prohibiting strikes or lockouts. He also noted that Rauner “did talk in terms of the possibility of a government shutdown …

    September 2, 2015 11:19 pm
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Stocks

  • T-Mobile CEO mocks new Verizon logo


    T-Mobile CEO John Legere ridicules Verizon’s new logo on Twitter. Well, that didn’t take long! T-Mobile CEO John Legere is already publicly mocking Verizon’s new logo, which the company unveiled on Tuesday. Verizon’s new checkmark logo still uses black and red coloring, but is no longer italicized. The red check has moved to the right of the name, instead of on top. Verizon’s new logo. Within hours, T-Mobile’s (T-MOBIL) Legere took to Twitter to make fun of Verizon, tweeting a picture of a fake checklist — in the same style as the company’s new look: “Verizon: screws over customers, data overage penalties, keeps all your unused data, no early upgrade options, hefty fees for international roaming, did I mention… screws over customers.” Verizon (VZ, Tech30) CEO Lowell McAdam isn’t on Twitter, and none of the company’s official Twitter accounts have yet to post a response to Legere’s tweet. Legere has bashed competitors publicly on Twitter …

    September 3, 2015 12:19 am
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Sports

  • Keuchel: ‘I’d much rather get a World Series ring than a Cy Young Award’


    May 15, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) pitches during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports On Wednesday, Houston Astros ace Dallas Keuchel was named the AL Pitcher of the Month – the third time this season he’s been given that honor after going back-to-back in April and May. While such an award is nothing to scoff at, Keuchel basically intimated to Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday that he has his eye set a bit higher: “It just means we have another month of the regular season. I’d much rather get a World Series ring than a Cy Young Award. I’m going to continue to strive for that, and I think everybody is as well.” A tough outing by Sonny Gray of the Oakland Athletics on Wednseday allowed Keuchel to reclaim the AL’s …

    September 3, 2015 1:40 am
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World News

  • Overgrown sheep ‘sets new record’


    Image copyright RSPCA Image caption Chris the sheep was spotted outside of Canberra on Australia’s second day of Spring An overgrown Australian sheep affectionately named Chris has set a new unofficial world record following a hair cut from five shearers. Welfare crews warned it risked death because it was so woolly from living in the wild for several years. More than 40kg (88lb) of wool was removed in what the RSPCA says is the heaviest wool haul from one shearing. National shearing champion Ian Elkins was urgently called in on Wednesday to tackle the mammoth merino. Image copyright RSPCA Image caption Kangaroos outside Canberra are dwarfed by the woolliest sheep in the world Mr Elkins described Thursday’s marathon sheering session as one of his biggest challenges, saying he had never seen anything like it in 35 years of work. Image copyright RSPCA Image caption Chris’s hooves appear damaged after coping with the excess wool weight …

    September 3, 2015 1:20 am
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Technology

  • Uber increases unemployment and needs regulation, says Brazil’s president


    The president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, has criticised ride-sharing service Uber for increasing unemployment, adding to a chorus of labour concerns about the world’s most valuable venture-backed startup. Rousseff said local authorities must regulate the service, which has led conventional taxi drivers to stage protests and lobby lawmakers in Brazil’s three biggest cities. Related: The great Uber fairness fallacy: as a driver, how do you bargain with an app? São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and the capital, Brasília, have all moved to ban the mobile application, which lets users hail Uber drivers for rides. None of the bans have yet taken effect, as mayors weigh whether to approve the laws. In June, French president, François Hollande, said the low-cost UberPop service should be illegal, following violent protests by Parisian taxi drivers. Uber drivers in the United States won class action status on Tuesday for litigation demanding employee benefits. “Uber is complicated because it takes jobs …

    September 2, 2015 11:39 pm
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Science

  • The timing of sleep just as important as quantity


    Washington State University researchers have found that the timing of an animal’s sleep can be just as important as how much sleeps it gets. Ilia Karatsoreos, an assistant professor in WSU’s Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, shifted mice from their usual cycle of sleeping and waking and saw that, while they got enough sleep, it was of poorer quality. The animals also had a disrupted immune response, leaving them more open to illness. Most sleep research focuses on the effects of sleep deprivation or the overall amount of sleep an animal needs. This is generally referred to as sleep’s homeostatic process, which is driven by sleepiness or “sleep pressure.” The work by Karatsoreos and his colleagues–published in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity–is a rare look into the circadian process, a brain-driven clock that controls the rhythms of various biological processes, from digestion to blood pressure, heart rate to waking and sleeping. The cycle …

    September 2, 2015 10:39 pm
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Health

  • Death toll in Legionnaires’ outbreak in Illinois rises to eight


    CHICAGO An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease has killed an eighth person in Quincy, Illinois, and sickened 41, mostly at a veterans home, health and veterans affairs officials said on Wednesday. The latest death occurred outside the Illinois Veterans’ Home, the officials said, adding that three others were sickened in the city and six more at the veterans home, the officials said. There was no evidence the new cases in the city were connected to the outbreak at the veterans home, Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said. About 400 people live at the veterans home, the largest and oldest such facility in the state, said Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs spokesman Ryan Yantis. The outbreak in Quincy, about 240 miles southwest of Chicago, follows recent outbreaks of the respiratory illness that killed a dozen people in New York City and sickened inmates at a California prison. Legionnaires’ is a severe form of pneumonia …

    September 2, 2015 10:59 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kim Zolciak Joins Dancing with the Stars, Full Cast Revealed


    Posted on Wed Sep 2nd, 2015 8:00am PDT       By X17 Staff I’m Soooooo Excited to FINALLY be able to tell you YES !!!!!!!! I’m on DWTS!!! I adore my partner Tony feeling so blessed!! 😘😘 #ShakeYourMoneyMaker A photo posted by Kim Zolciak-Biermann (@kimzolciakbiermann) on Sep 2, 2015 at 6:31am PDT We might have to start watching just for the Don’t Be Tardy star! Kim Zolciak is the latest celeb to be added to the Dancing with the Stars roster for season 21, it was revealed on GMA early this morning. The wig wearing reality star will join previously announced cast members Bindi Irwin, Nick Carter, and Gary Busey, among others. Wait, Garey Busey?! That’s the most random thing ever! Here’s the full cast and their dancing pro partners: Alexa PenaVega partnered with Mark Ballas Andy Grammer partnered with Allison Holker Bindi Irwin partnered with Derek Hough Carlos PenaVega partnered with Witney Carson Chaka Khan partnered with …

    September 3, 2015 1:20 am
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Editorial

  • The real reason your in-laws don’t like you


    A couple of years ago, I was talking to a young fiancee who was upset because her future in-laws didn’t like her. As she shared her experience, it was hard to believe that these adults, who were otherwise decent people, could be so socially tone deaf, so oblivious to their own unkind words and actions.  The woman wanted to know how she could fix it, how she could make them accept her. But the sad fact was that there was probably nothing she could do but ride it out. Families are like bodies that have been functioning for several years with the same hearts, livers, stomachs, spleens, and various other guts. And like human bodies, they don’t respond well to transplants. The moment those new organs move in and start trying to become a permanent fixture, the body’s autoimmune system detects a foreigner and starts the process of transplant rejection. This part doesn’t belong here!  …

    September 2, 2015 9:59 pm
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Odd News

  • Texas teen fatally shoots himself while taking selfie


    AUSTIN, Texas A 19-year-old Texas man who was posing with a gun for a social media selfie photo accidentally shot himself and died from the wounds, Houston police said on Wednesday. “A witness told police he was taking a selfie with a gun and the gun accidentally discharged,” Houston police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said. The identity of the man killed in the Tuesday incident in Houston has been withheld pending an investigation by the coroner. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. He had shot himself in the upper body, police said. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

    September 2, 2015 10:59 pm
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