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  • Coast Guard searches for 4 people missing in Alabama waters after sailboats capsize in storm

    Well-wishers congratulate regatta participant Robert Luiten of Mobile, Ala., in blue shirt, on word that his son, Leonard Luiten, was found several hours after their boat capsized in a storm Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Dauphin Island, Ala. The Coast Guard says five people are missing after several sailboats participating in a regatta capsized during a storm in Mobile Bay Saturday. (AP Photo/Mike Kittrell, AL.com) (The Associated Press)

    April 26, 2015 6:26 am


  • Senate finally confirms Lynch as Attorney General

    Loretta Lynch (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque) Loretta Lynch won Senate approval as U.S. attorney general on Thursday, becoming the first black woman to occupy the post at a time when deadly altercations between white police and unarmed black men are making headlines. The Senate confirmed Lynch by a vote of 56-43 to end a five-month partisan deadlock over her nomination by President Barack Obama. She had waited for a vote longer than the last seven attorneys general combined. Obama said Lynch, the 55-year-old U.S. attorney for Brooklyn, New York, had credibility with both law enforcement and the communities they police. He told supporters from his Organizing for Action political group that he would work with her to rebuild trust so that everyone felt safe and that the law was working on everyone’s behalf. Taking over the Justice Department from Attorney General Eric Holder, Lynch also will face early tests on financial cases alleging some of the world’s …

    April 26, 2015 4:26 am


  • An Android robot is peeing on an Apple logo in Google Maps

    In the outskirts of Rawalpindi, a Pakistani city less than 10 miles southwest of Islamabad, is what appears to be a park in the shape of an Android robot peeing on an Apple logo. At least, that’s what shows up if you look up Rawalpindi in Google Maps. The park is not actually there — it’s an illustration. It’s not clear how long the image has been there. When you look at “satellite view,” you’ll see a few residential roads, a bit of green space and some hills — nothing that looks remotely like an Android peeing on an apple. It was discovered Friday by Ahmad Babar, a former Samsung employee living in Lahore, Pakistan. On Facebook (FB, Tech30), Babar posted that he came across the Android image while looking for a place in Rawalpindi. Google said the image was not created by an employee. The company has a group of vetted contributors who add …

    April 26, 2015 6:48 am


  • Klitschko wins unanimous decision over Jennings

    New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Wladimir Klitschko was taken the distance for the first time in three fights but retained all four of his heavyweight belts with a comfortable unanimous decision over American Bryant Jennings on Saturday night. Klitschko (64-3) mostly used his left jab against Jennings and landed a few big punches, especially late in the 12-round bout, but was also docked a point for holding after being warned twice by referee Michael Griffin. The 39-year-old Ukrainian extended his winning streak to 22 fights and left Madison Square Garden still in possession of his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts. Speaking to HBO in the ring, he praised the 30-year-old Jennings’ hand speed and athleticism. Jennings, a previously unbeaten Philadelphian with 10 knockouts in his first 19 fights, mostly worked the big Ukranian’s body and stayed up after taking a hard straight right punch in the 12th round. “Very competitive,” Klitschko said. Klitschko hasn’t …

    April 26, 2015 7:07 am

World News

  • Deadly protests in Burundi capital

    Police used tear gas to disperse angry protesters At least one person has been shot dead in violent clashes in Burundi, a day after President Pierre Nkurunziza controversially launched his bid for a third term in office. Hundreds defied a ban on demonstrations to take to the streets of the capital Bujumbura. Police shot live ammunition in the air to disperse them. President Nkurunziza was nominated by his governing CNDD-FDD party, a move opponents say is unconstitutional. They warn it threatens a peace deal that ended the country’s 12-year civil war in 2005, which killed more than 300,000 people. Angry protesters on Sunday threw rocks and lit tyres. Police responded with tear gas, water cannon and live ammunition, blocking access to the centre of the capital. Demonstrators lit tyres and lobbed rocks The protesters have been enraged by the president’s decision to seek another term Police also threatened to shut down a private radio station …

    April 26, 2015 7:07 am


  • How Net neutrality helped kill the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

    Concerns over the power of Internet service providers to control access to online content didn’t mesh well with handing provider Comcast even more power via a merger with Time Warner Cable. Getty Images Call it bad timing for Comcast. But the heated public debate over Net neutrality likely played a major role in sinking the cable giant’s hopes to buy Time Warner Cable. “It was subtle, but Net neutrality framed the debate,” said Christopher Sprigman, a law professor at New York University. “Through that process, it became clear that the state of broadband for the average consumer is pretty bad. And regulators didn’t want to make an already bad situation worse by giving one of the largest broadband providers more power.” More than a year after it announced plans to buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion, Comcast on Friday pulled the plug on its mega-merger, citing opposition from regulators. A merger between the two …

    April 26, 2015 7:47 am


  • Scientists see deeper Yellowstone magma

    Related images(click to enlarge) University of Utah seismologists discovered and made images of a reservoir of hot, partly molten rock 12 to 28 miles beneath the Yellowstone supervolcano, and it is 4.4 times larger than the shallower, long-known magma chamber. The hot rock in the newly discovered, deeper magma reservoir would fill the 1,000-cubic-mile Grand Canyon 11.2 times, while the previously known magma chamber would fill the Grand Canyon 2.5 times, says postdoctoral researcher Jamie Farrell, a co-author of the study published online today in the journal Science. “For the first time, we have imaged the continuous volcanic plumbing system under Yellowstone,” says first author Hsin-Hua Huang, also a postdoctoral researcher in geology and geophysics. “That includes the upper crustal magma chamber we have seen previously plus a lower crustal magma reservoir that has never been imaged before and that connects the upper chamber to the Yellowstone hotspot plume below.” Contrary to popular perception, the …

    April 26, 2015 4:07 am


  • Teens With History of Self-Poisoning Face Greater Suicide Risk

    SATURDAY, April 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Teens who survive self-poisoning with drugs are at a significantly increased risk for suicide over the following decade, a new study shows. “Self-poisoning in adolescence is a strong predictor of suicide and premature death in the ensuing decade, and identifies a high-risk group for targeted prevention,” study co-leader Dr. Yaron Finkelstein said in an American Academy of Pediatrics news release. “Suicide risk is markedly increased for many years after the first hospital presentation, emphasizing the importance of sustained prevention efforts in this vulnerable population,” added Finkelstein, a staff physician in the divisions of emergency medicine and clinical pharmacology and toxicology at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. The new study included more than 20,000 teens in the province of Ontario who were treated at hospital emergency rooms for self-poisoning. The researchers followed up on the teens for 12 years or until they died. The teens who had …

    April 26, 2015 4:26 am


  • Everybody Loves Raymond co-star tragically ends his own life at age 19

    Sweeten tragically committed suicide at his family’s home in Texas on Thursday morning. He was only 19 years old. His former co-star Ray Romano said, “He was a wonderful and sweet kid to be around. Just a great energy whenever he was there. My heart breaks for him, his family, and friends during this very difficult time.” More: Death of Julia Roberts’ sister ruled a suicide Sweeten played Geoffrey Barone in the sitcom, alongside his real-life twin brother Sullivan and real-life sister Madylin, who played Michael and Ally Barone, respectively. Sawyer is pictured below, front, in blue stripes, with his brother Sullivan. Credit: Getty Images Sweeten’s family released a statement saying, “This morning a terrible family tragedy has occurred. We are devastated to report that our beloved brother, son, and friend, Sawyer Sweeten, took his own life. He was weeks away from his 20th birthday. At this sensitive time, our family requests privacy and we …

    April 26, 2015 7:07 am


  • ‘Remembering Everyone Deployed’ Fridays: Let’s wear red America

     (Courtesy Mansfield University)  (Courtesy Mansfield University) The events of September 11, 2001 undoubtedly changed the lives of Americans across the country. But the rubble of the Twin Towers has long been cleared, Freedom Tower now in their place, and most Americans have returned largely to the same lives they led before the attacks. Men and women of the United States military haven’t had this option. These men and women continue to volunteer to fight an enemy thousands of miles from home. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The relatively normal lives we take for granted is a testament to the incredible job they’ve done to protect our quality of life. But we owe it to each of them to better understand the struggles they face not only in combat, but when they return home. Wearing a specific colored shirt might seem like a trivial act, but the meaning behind it is significant. It translates to mean that as you …

    April 26, 2015 4:27 am

Odd News

  • Argentine side train with dust masks as volcano spews ash

    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – An amateur side set to meet league champions Racing Club in the last 64 of the Argentine Cup are wearing dust marks to train near an Andean volcano spewing ash. “We’re playing against the Argentine champions, we’re taking it very seriously and anxiously await the match,” coach Gustavo Coronel of regional side Independiente of Neuquen, a province in the southwest of Argentina, told TyC Sports on Friday. Across the nearby Andes mountains in neighboring Chile, the 2,000-metre Cabulco volcano erupted on Wednesday and has been spewing clouds of ash since Thursday. The venue and date of the match have not been confirmed. The ash has reached Buenos Aires in the east with flights into and out of Ezeiza international airport suspended or rerouted while those at Neuquen and the Andean ski resorts of Bariloche and Chapelco have been closed. (Reporting by Rex Gowar; Editing by Ken Ferris)

    April 24, 2015 11:57 pm