Headline News

  • $10M upgrade to OKC Memorial and Museum helps visitors mark 20th anniversary


    The upgrade has made the museum more interactive, with state-of-the-art exhibits. (Tony Stizza) OKLAHOMA CITY—The National Memorial and Museum, built to commemorate the terror attack on a federal building on April 19, 1995, is taking strides towards the future, while preserving the memory of one of America’s darkest days. The museum was completed 14 years ago, opening its doors to a nation eager to learn about the lives lost and affected when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was destroyed by a truck bomb planted by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Some 168 people were killed and nearly 700 injured in the attack. A $10 million renovation of the museum, begun in 2014, was just completed, bringing in state-of-the-art technology and hands-on exhibits. Officials told FoxNews.com the improvements have brought a renewed interest to the Memorial and Museum. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Related Image Expand / Contract Somber visitors come to the museum to learn about the domestic …

    April 18, 2015 9:06 pm
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Politics

  • Paul, Graham clash on foreign-policy on U.S. campaign trail


    NASHUA, N.H. (Reuters) – Republican presidential hopefuls Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham took their debate over America’s role in the world from the U.S. Senate floor to the campaign trail on Saturday in an early sign that foreign policy is likely to be a flash point in the 2016 election. At a gathering of 18 potential and actual White House contenders, Paul accused fellow Republicans of being too willing to commit U.S. troops to foreign conflicts without a clear idea of how to get them out. “We have to decide when getting involved is good and when it’s not so good,” the libertarian-leaning Kentucky senator said. “There’s a group of folks in our party who think it’s always good. There’s a group of folks in our party who would have troops in six countries right now, maybe more.” That drew a rebuke from Graham, a South Carolina senator and Air Force reservist who frequently criticizes …

    April 18, 2015 6:45 pm
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Stocks

  • Here’s the only pot stock worth owning


    The marijuana business is attracting a lot of interest from entrepreneurs, venture capitalists — and consumers — in states where pot is legal for recreational and/or medicinal use. There are even dozens of publicly traded pot stocks. But should you buy any of them? Probably not … unless you don’t mind seeing your portfolio do a Cheech and Chong and go up in smoke. (Sorry.) Many of the companies are trying to attract investors with goofy names and ticker symbols that make it obvious they’re in the pot business. American Green (ERBB). CannaGrow Holdings (CGRW). Hemp (HEMP). Medical Marijuana (MJNA). WeedHire International (WDHR). (Amusingly, the stock with the ticker symbol is THC is not a pot firm but giant hospital owner Tenet (THC).) These companies are basically wrapping themselves in a red, yellow and green flag with a leaf and the number 4/20 on it. Related: Nine things to know about legal pot But once …

    April 18, 2015 9:05 pm
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Sports

  • Blue Jays top Braves on Donaldson’s homer in 10th


    Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – A day after hitting his first two home runs of the season, Josh Donaldson hit a walk-off homer in the 10th inning to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-5 win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. Toronto found itself down 4-0 before scoring three runs in the seventh. Jose Bautista put the Blue Jays in front an inning later with a two-run home run, but that lead was short-lived when Kelly Johnson tied the game with a solo shot in the ninth off Miguel Castro. Donaldson was the only batter Sugar Ray Marimon (0-1) faced in the 10th. “You make a mistake or put the ball over the plate, they hit it out of the ballpark,” said Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez. “We didn’t have enough runs where we could’ve absorbed that.” After Castro blew the save, Brett Cecil (1-1) kept Atlanta off the board in the top of the …

    April 18, 2015 9:05 pm
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World News

  • Tories plan Lloyds shares public sale


    Up to £4bn worth of Lloyds bank shares will be offered to small investors at below-market prices if the Conservatives win the election, David Cameron is to announce. The offer would be part of the £9bn sale of shares in the bailed-out bank announced in the Budget in March. Mr Cameron will say later that it marks another step in the journey “we have been making in repairing our banks”. Buyers who keep their shares for a year will be rewarded with a loyalty bonus. It will include one additional free share for every 10 shares that they still hold. Mr Cameron is expected to confirm that, with Lloyds shares closing at 78.75p on Friday, those offered to individual investors will be sold for more than the 73.6p a share paid by the previous Labour government when it bailed out the bank following the financial crash of 2008. Policy guide: Economy This issue includes the …

    April 18, 2015 9:06 pm
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Technology

  • They monitor hearts, count calories … but are health apps any good for you?


    Going to the doctor’s is a pain. Why, if you have a recurring condition, do you need to take time off to go through the same checks to get the same prescription? How is it that the only time the doctor can see you is the least convenient hour of the week? Why is it that after wasting time with old copies of National Geographic in the waiting room, you are ushered into a smaller room only to wait again? Now technology – bold disrupter of industries from media to banking – is promising a brave new world of medicine. A world in which, as author and cardiologist Dr Eric Topol has it in his new book, The Patient Will See You Now. Tech companies see healthcare as a new gold mine. Aggregating this information into big data will reveal patterns that will solve medical mysteries and lead to innovations, they argue. Last year, Google’s …

    April 18, 2015 6:23 pm
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Science

  • Beyond the lithium ion — a significant step toward a better performing battery


    Related images(click to enlarge) The race is on around the world as scientists strive to develop a new generation of batteries that can perform beyond the limits of the current lithium-ion based battery. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a significant step toward the development of a battery that could outperform the lithium-ion technology used in electric cars such as the Chevy Volt. They have shown they can replace the lithium ions, each of which carries a single positive charge, with magnesium ions, which have a plus-two charge, in battery-like chemical reactions, using an electrode with a structure like those in many of today’s devices. “Because magnesium is an ion that carries two positive charges, every time we introduce a magnesium ion in the structure of the battery material we can move twice as many electrons,” says Jordi Cabana, UIC assistant professor of chemistry and principal investigator on the study. “We …

    April 18, 2015 6:44 pm
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Health

  • Household bleach may raise children’s infection risk


    (Reuters Health) – – At home and at school, cleaning with chlorine bleach is meant to kill germs that could make kids sick, but a large European study finds bleach may be having the opposite effect. Children in The Netherlands, Finland and Spain who were regularly exposed to bleach-cleaned environments had higher rates of respiratory-tract infections, including influenza, bronchitis and tonsillitis. “We should be aware that some of the products (like bleach) that we use in our homes for cleaning are chemicals that may have also some effect on our health and also on our children’s health,” said Lidia Casas of the Center for Environment and Health in Belgium who led the study. Previous studies have also linked cleaning products to respiratory health issues in children. This may be because inhaling fumes from bleach can damage the trachea, Casas said. However, other research has found bleach use to be linked to lower rates of asthma …

    April 18, 2015 6:45 pm
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Entertainment

  • Chris Brown looks incredibly happy as a father in new pic with his daughter


    Chris Brown just found out he was a father a few short weeks ago, and it would take some time to adjust to the news for anyone in his situation. But after seeing these photos and listening to Jamie Foxx, we think Brown might be making up for lost time quite nicely. Brown recently posted the most adorable photos of his new daughter, Royalty, to his Instagram, and we can’t believe how beautiful she is. He perfectly captioned the photo, “God has blessed me with my twin. #ROYALTY.” God has blessed me with my twin. #ROYALTY A photo posted by @chrisbrownofficial on Apr 16, 2015 at 7:46pm PDT While there have been lots of rumors about custody negotiations, it doesn’t appear to be slowing down the singer’s time of getting to know his 10-month-old daughter. In the second photo posted, you can see the little girl’s curls flowing around her face. It is simply adorable. A …

    April 18, 2015 9:45 pm
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Editorial

  • Forget Cuba or health care reform, Obama’s real legacy is Middle East nukes


    April 17, 2015: President Obama reaches to shake hands with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in the Oval Office. (AP) President Obama recently sat down for a long, wide-ranging interview with Thomas Friedman, the New York Times’ premier columnist and multiple Pulitzer Prize winner. It was supposed to be an elevated discussion between two intellectuals about the weighty foreign policy issues not just of the day, but of the modern era. Obama kept referring to broad, sweeping words of wisdom – the deal with Iran is a “once in a lifetime” chance. He hinted at a similar deal with Cuba. And he announced, “You asked about an Obama doctrine. The doctrine is: We will engage, but we preserve all our capabilities.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Sadly, we have seen that the alternative to American leadership isn’t world peace, but rising regional hegemony – or even worse, chaos. China, Russia, Iran and the Islamic State don’t want to play …

    April 18, 2015 6:56 am
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Odd News

  • Former Washington state governor ejects man from car


    SEATTLE (Reuters) – Former Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire used fast thinking and driving to stop a stranger from climbing into her car in a store parking lot, Olympia police said on Thursday. Gregoire, who was governor from 2005 to 2013, packed her purchases into the car’s trunk in a Lowe’s home improvement lot, the police said. As she did she saw a man watching her. Police said that once she was inside the car, the man opened the passenger door and started climbing in just as she began backing out of the space. She hit the gas pedal, the man fell to the ground and the door slammed shut, police said. The man, identified as 47-year-old Mark Snodderly, was not injured. Police said he then caused a disturbance in the store, adding that he was cited for disorderly conduct and taken to a hospital for evaluation. (This story has been refiled to fix spelling …

    April 16, 2015 6:22 pm
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