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  • Cops: Man kills co-worker, then himself at NYC Home Depot

    NEW YORK –  Police say an employee at a Home Depot store in Manhattan argued with a co-worker before fatally shooting him and then killing himself. It happened around 2:45 p.m. Sunday in the posh Chelsea neighborhood. NYPD Capt. Steven Wren said the employee came into the store and exchanged words with another man before pulling out a gun and shooting him multiple times. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The shooter then shot himself in the head. It was unclear what the argument between the men was about. A gun was recovered at the scene. Police said the victim was a 38-year-old man. The shooter was 31. No identifications were released. Wren said about 70 employees were in the store, but no one else was injured. Home Depot spokesman Stephen Holmes said the company was “deeply saddened.”

    January 25, 2015 5:47 pm


  • Palin to 2016 Republicans: don’t count me out

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An already crowded field of potential candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination needs to make room for one more: Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor, in Iowa for a gathering of conservative Republicans, told The Washington Post on Friday, “You can absolutely say that I am seriously interested.” Palin, her party’s vice presidential nominee in 2008 alongside presidential nominee John McCain, made similar comments to ABC last week. She was among other potential Republican candidates in Des Moines to address a conservative gathering hosted by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), an immigration hard-liner. Palin considered a candidacy in 2012 but decided not to run. (Reporting by Washington Newsroom; Editing by Chris Reese)

    January 25, 2015 5:06 pm


  • Inside a high-tech San Francisco swinger’s party

      In a nondescript building in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill, a diverse group of entrepreneurs, doctors, financiers and artists gather for the monthly Bronze Party — an event where couples dance, drink and, if they’re up for it, have sex with other partners. The Bronze Party is referred to as a “lifestyle party,” a modernized term for what many refer to as swinger’s parties. Downstairs at the party, women wear stilettos and fishnet stockings and mingle with their significant others. Many take off garments as the hours pass. Upstairs, there’s what’s referred to as a “play room,” full of mattresses covered in red sheets, where couples tend to gravitate later in the evening. They may have sex with each other. They may switch partners. Some just watch. These types of events are nothing new, but what makes this one different is its high-tech nature. Ben Fuller, who started throwing the Bronze Party in 2011, is …

    January 25, 2015 5:26 pm


  • Strong second half carries Butler past Seton Hall

    Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) – Andrew Chrabascz scored 16 points to lead Butler in a 77-57 victory over No. 24 Seton Hall on Sunday. Kellen Dunham had 15 points, Roosevelt Jones added 12 points and seven rebounds and Alex Barlow had 11 points, six rebounds and eight assists for the Bulldogs (15-6, 5-3 Big East), who have won their past two games. Brandon Mobley scored 15 points and Desi Rodriguez contributed 12 for the Pirates (13-6, 3-4), who have lost three straight. Seton Hall fell to 4-4 without star freshman Isaiah Whitehead, who has been out since late December with a stress fracture in his foot. The Bulldogs held a four-point lead at the start of the second half, and later used an 18-2 run to take a 52-39 lead when Kelan Martin hit a jumper with just under 11 minutes to play. Seton Hall never got closer than 12 the rest of the way, and …

    January 25, 2015 5:47 pm

World News

  • Venezuela blocks access to Lopez

    25 January 2015 Last updated at 22:09 Mr Lopez’s wife, Lilian Tintori, went to the Ramo Verde prison with Mr Pastrana (left) and Pinera (right) The Venezuelan government has turned down a request by former presidents of Chile and Colombia to visit opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez in jail. Chile’s Sebastian Pinera and Colombia’s Andres Pastrana say they are in Venezuela to support the opposition. They called for the release of Mr Lopez, who was arrested nearly a year ago. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused the former leaders of taking part in a coup plot against him. Mr Pastrana criticised the decision, saying “a president does not need official authorisation to visit a political prisoner”. Mr Pinera and Mr Pastrana travelled to Venezuela to attend a forum on democracy organised by the opposition. ‘Inciting violence’ Mr Lopez is being held in a military jail in the outskirts of Caracas. He gave himself up during an opposition …

    January 25, 2015 5:47 pm


  • Bill Nye says Belichick is full of hot air (other scientists disagree)

    Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. Now there’s a concept for a great TV show. ABC News/ Deadspin screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET America’s science classes will only have one topic tomorrow: Does New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick have science in the palm of his hand? The only subject inflating American passions currently is the dispute concerning the possible deliberate deflation of footballs by the Patriots, in order to suit quarterback Tom Brady’s proclivities. Yesterday, Belichick explained that before last Sunday’s game between his team and the Indianapolis Colts, the balls had gone through a rubbing process in warm temperatures. So when they appeared in the 51 degrees of the outside world, the air pressure in them dropped below the legal NFL limit of 12.5 pounds per square inch. The coach insisted that the Patriots had performed experiments last week and found that the ball pressure …

    January 25, 2015 5:07 pm


  • Pictured together for the first time: A chemokine and its receptor

    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers at University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Bridge Institute at the University of Southern California report the first crystal structure of the cellular receptor CXCR4 bound to an immune signaling protein called a chemokine. The structure, published Jan. 22 in Science, answers longstanding questions about a molecular interaction that plays an important role in human development, immune responses, cancer metastasis and HIV infections. “This new information could ultimately aid the development of better small molecular inhibitors of CXCR4-chemokine interactions — inhibitors that have the potential to block cancer metastasis or viral infections,” said Tracy M. Handel, PhD, professor of pharmacology at UC San Diego and senior author of the study. CXCR4 is a receptor that sits on the outer surface of cells, sticking out like an antenna. When it receives a message, in the form of signaling molecules called chemokines, the receptor …

    January 25, 2015 5:08 pm


  • Anger, mistrust in Guinea villages hinders battle to beat Ebola

    CONAKRY (Reuters) – Angry residents are blocking access for health workers to dozens of remote villages in Guinea, in a sign of persistent mistrust that could threaten President Alpha Conde’s aim to eradicate Ebola from the country by early March. The worst Ebola outbreak on record began deep in the forests of southeastern Guinea in December 2013 and has since spread to other countries in the impoverished region, killing more than 8,600 people. Like its West African neighbors Liberia and Sierra Leone – the worst-affected nations – Guinea has recorded a sharp fall in infections in recent weeks, fuelling hope that the tide has turned against the epidemic. But with some people still denying the incurable disease exists, experts say it could prove difficult to trace those who had been in contact with the infected and to change traditional behavior such as burial rituals involving touching the dead. These steps are seen as vital to …

    January 25, 2015 5:07 pm

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  • Courtney Love And Daughter Frances Bean Cobain Make First Public Appearance Together In Five Years

    Posted on Sun Jan 25th, 2015 10:15am PDT       By X17 Staff Getty Images for Sundance Courtney Love and her daughter Frances Bean Cobain posed for pictures at the premiere of Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival over the weekend, and this marks the first time the two have made an appearance together in five years. Glad they’ve patched things up! Frances is the executive producer for the film, which is a documentary about her father, who was married to Courtney from 1992 until he committed suicide in 1994. This is also the first fully-authorized film about the legendary grunge rocker, featuring rare home movies, animation and previously unreleased music. Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck will air on HBO on May 4, and it was released on Friday. If this is what was able to bring Courtney and Frances closer together, that’s a pretty special thing, so here’s to hoping they can …

    January 25, 2015 5:27 pm


  • When will Obama stop making false claims about Citizens United?

    FILE — Jan. 22, 2015: President Obama speaks during a visit to the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) At almost the same time that protesters mad about the Citizens United decision were disrupting the start of the Supreme Court’s session on Wednesday, the White House issued a “Statement from the President” condemning the decision on its fifth anniversary. And once again, President Obama repeated the same false claim about “foreign corporations” that he made in his State of the Union speech back in 2010. This White House seems to believe that if you think up a good political attack theme, stick with it no matter what the truth is. One can certainly debate the effect of Citizens United, which lifted the ban on independent political expenditures (i.e., independent political speech), and whether it has been beneficial to our democratic system. As a former member of the Federal Election Commission that enforces our …

    January 24, 2015 8:47 pm

Odd News

  • Iowa billboard mannequin startles motorists, loses job

    (Reuters) – A car dealer is taking down an oversized mannequin that had been placed atop a roadside billboard advertisement in rural Iowa after a number of alarmed drivers called the 911 emergency number to report a man who looked like he was going to jump. “I hate to take it down, but in the interest of public safety I decided to,” Brad Deery, owner of 10 car dealerships in Iowa, told Reuters by telephone on Friday. Deery said the sheriff in Des Moines County asked him to remove the mannequin because drivers were becoming distracted and that some could be tempted to try to climb the sign and take a selfie. The billboard on U.S. Route 61 advertises Deery’s West Burlington dealership. The sign reads “I can see Deery Toyota, Nissan, Mazda from here,” Deery said. The mannequin is posed as though it is looking off at distant car lots. The Hawk Eye, a …

    January 23, 2015 4:24 pm