Headline News

  • For some relatives of Oklahoma City victims, time and distance necessary to find peace again


    OKLAHOMA CITY –  The Oklahoma City bombing thrust Diane Koch into the life of a crime victim’s advocate for 13 years, until she realized she had to leave the state to start a new chapter of life. Bud Welch said his ability to eventually forgive enabled him to survive emotionally after the death of his daughter. For Jannie Coverdale, though, there’s “no such thing” as moving on, even after two decades. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT All three lost loved ones 20 years ago Sunday, when Timothy McVeigh blew up the Oklahoma City federal building with a rental truck laden with explosives. However, all three took different paths as they tried to come to grips with a pain that never fully heals. Koch initially sought justice for her husband and the 167 other people killed in the attack, eventually becoming an advocate for victims of all crimes in a role at the Oklahoma attorney general’s office. “It was …

    April 18, 2015 3:42 pm
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Politics

  • Marco Rubio: The $40 million man


    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) Less than a week after announcing his 2016 campaign for president, Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida doesn’t need to worry about money. It’s as good as in the bank. “Marco Rubio will have the resources necessary to run a first-class campaign, that’s already been determined,” said billionaire Florida auto dealer Norman Braman, a former Jeb Bush supporter who is now one of Rubio’s highest-silhouette donors. Annandale Capital founder George Seay, who is hosting a Rubio fundraiser with the moneyed Dallas elite at his 7,000-square-foot, seven-bath home on Tuesday, said: “Marco has had zero trouble raising money.” At least seven other Rubio mega donors say their candidate has already received monetary commitments in excess of the $40 million he will likely need to battle through a presidential primary season that will feature a crowd of seasoned Republican candidates with strong financial backing. Rubio’s whirlwind money-raising comes after a …

    April 18, 2015 2:41 pm
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Stocks

  • Mattel wants your toy ideas!


    Quirky founder Ben Kaufman (center) announced the Mattel partnership on Thursday. Got a great toy idea? Mattel wants to hear from you. The El Segundo, Calif.-based company behind iconic toys like Barbie, Hot Wheels and American Girl hopes someone in the general public will think of the Next Big Thing. Mattel (MAT) is teaming up with Quirky, a crowdsourcing platform for inventors that lets anyone submit an idea, as the toymaker struggles with lackluster sales. The site has previously landed products with Costco (COST), Home Depot (HD), Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) and Bed, Bath Beyond. Related: Remember these creepy talking toys? Quirky’s community of 1.5 million registered inventors will vote on the best ideas, which then will be jointly developed by the two companies and on store shelves in time for the 2015 holiday season. Inventors whose ideas are selected earn 3.5 % in royalties. Even kids will be able to submit their ideas as soon …

    April 18, 2015 3:01 pm
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Sports

  • White Sox’ offense erupts to take down Tigers


    Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) – Jose Abreu and Adam LaRoche each homered and drove in four runs to lead the way in the Chicago White Sox’ 12-3 rout of the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. The White Sox handed the surging Tigers only their second loss in 11 games this season behind a 17-hit barrage. Abreu’s grand slam off Anibal Sanchez highlighted a seven-run fourth inning, while LaRoche socked a three-run shot in the third. Melky Cabrera collected four hits and two RBI in five at-bats for Chicago, with Abreu and LaRoche both finishing a triple shy of a cycle. The prolific hitting display was supported by a quality start from Chris Sale (2-0), who struck out six while holding Detroit’s potent bats to two runs and four hits over six innings. Sanchez (1-2) was battered for nine runs and nine hits before being lifted with one out in the fourth. J.D. Martinez had a solo …

    April 18, 2015 3:42 pm
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World News

  • Australia PM downs beer in seconds


    Some may say it is behaviour unbecoming of a prime minister. Others have applauded it. Footage has emerged of the Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, knocking back a large glass of beer in only seven seconds. It is certainly not something Mr Abbott’s political hero, Winston Churchill, was ever filmed doing. But the incident is not a first in Australian politics – and is not all that unusual for Mr Abbott. The prime minister was at a bar in east Sydney on Saturday along with players from the UTS Bats Australian Rules football team. Some members of the team shouted chants encouraging him to finish his drink in one move – and Mr Abbott duly complied. Mr Abbott was celebrating with fans and players at a bar in Sydney He finished the schooner – around two-thirds of a pint – in a little more than seven seconds. One of the team’s coaches, Simon Carrodus, told …

    April 18, 2015 3:42 pm
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Technology

  • Verizon Fios’ shift to ‘skinny bundles’ runs afoul of ESPN


    ESPN is not happy with Verizon’s a la carte cable TV plan. Verizon Verizon’s plan to offer cheaper, à la carte bundles to Fios subscribers has raised the ire of ESPN. Verizon “does not have the right” to offer ESPN’s channels outside of a standard cable package, representatives of the sports channel told The Wall Street Journal. In Verizon’s proposed à la carte system, customers of the Fios television service would subscribe to a base channel package; then choose smaller, supplemental channel packs of about 10 to 17 channels for $10 more. ESPN and ESPN 2 would be relegated to an optional Sports package, so subscribers to the base package who also wanted one or the other (or both) of those channels would have to pay the additional fee. These new “skinny bundle” offerings “would not be authorized by [ESPN’s] existing agreements,” which specifically preclude ESPN’s channels from being moved to a separate tier, outside …

    April 18, 2015 2:19 pm
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Science

  • Researchers make key malarial drug-resistence finding


    According to the World Health Organization’s 2014 World Malaria Report, there are an estimated 198 million cases of malaria worldwide with 3.3 billion people at risk for contracting the infection. Although the impact of malaria is still significant, the statistics reflect a considerable reduction in the global malaria burden. Since 2010, disease transmission has been reduced by 30 percent and mortality due to malaria has decreased by almost half. Artemisinins are powerful drugs that have the most rapid action of all current drugs against Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite species that causes the most dangerous form of malaria. Artemisinin combination therapies (ACTs) are now standard treatment worldwide for P. falciparum malaria. Unfortunately, resistance to artemisinin has been detected in five countries across Southeast Asia. Along the Cambodia-Thailand border, P. falciparum is now resistant to most available antimalarial drugs. Artemisinin resistance poses a serious global threat to malaria control and elimination. “There are two phases of blood …

    April 18, 2015 2:40 pm
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Health

  • U.S. regulators may recommend testing food for glyphosate residues


    (Reuters) – U.S. regulators may start testing food products for residues of the world’s most widely used herbicide, the Environmental Protection Agency told Reuters on Friday, as public concern rises over possible links to disease. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, has come under intense scrutiny since a research unit of the World Health Organization reported last month it was classifying glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” The herbicide is considered safe by the EPA, as well as many foreign regulatory agencies, including in the European Union. Still, a number of companies, consumer groups and advocacy organizations have been sampling foods, as well as human urine and breast milk, to try to determine the pervasiveness of glyphosate residues. Glyphosate is used on corn, soybeans, sugar beets and other crops genetically altered to withstand it. It is also used by farmers growing wheat and other crops. Its use has surged with the advancement of genetically …

    April 18, 2015 2:41 pm
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Entertainment

  • Caped Crusader Lady Gaga Causes A Stir As She Parades Through LAX


    Posted on Fri Apr 17th, 2015 9:00am PDT       By X17 Staff Lady Gaga is up to her wild antics — and we love it! The over-the-top singer was outfitted in an all-black ensemble and she carried her precious pup Asia through LAX on Thursday night. Never one to shy away from attention, the “Applause” singer had all eyes on her when paraded through the airport in her outlandish ensemble. The songstress was arriving in Los Angeles after performing with Tony Bennett at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas earlier in the week. The 29-year-old may have tried to be incognito in all black but when you are carrying a pet pooch, wearing a cape and have sunglasses with have tassels dangling down from them — it’s hard to look away! We love that Gaga always does her own thing — but it seems she didn’t always get praised for being an individual. The entertainer’s mother, Cynthia Germanotta, …

    April 18, 2015 3:42 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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