Headline News

  • Grandson of Getty oil founder J. Paul Getty found dead in Los Angeles


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The grandson of Getty oil founder J. Paul Getty, Andrew Getty, was found dead on Tuesday at his Los Angeles area home, the Los Angeles Times reported. The cause of death for Andrew Getty, 48, at his home in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles was not immediately clear, the paper reported. A Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman told Reuters that detectives were conducting a death investigation at a home in the Hollywood Hills, where a man was found unconscious and not breathing. The spokeswoman said she could not identify the dead man. (Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Sandra Maler)

    March 31, 2015 7:15 pm
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Politics

  • Special Election Dates Set to Replace Aaron Schock


    By Emily Cahn Posted at 7:26 p.m. on March 31 0 Tweet Tuesday was Schock’s last day. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Voters in Illinois’ 18th District will select a replacement for Rep. Aaron Schock this summer, but exactly when remains unclear. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner set the dates for the special elections Tuesday night, just a few hours before Schock’s resignation was official. He chose June 8 for the primary and July 24 for the general. But a release from Rauner’s office said the dates are likely to change to comply with the federal timeline mandated for military absentee ballots. Illinois special election law stipulates it should be held no longer than 115 days after a seat becomes vacant. But that timeline does not provide enough time to comply with the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, designed to allow military serving overseas enough time to mail in ballots. In order to comply with that mandate, the primary is expected to …

    March 31, 2015 7:35 pm
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Stocks

  • New Cadillac with nifty security feature unveiled


    Cadillac’s new CT6 full-sized flagship sedan, unveiled Tuesday night before the New York International Auto Show, has a new security feature that takes photos of everything around the car whenever the alarm system is set off. The technology relies on the same cameras used to help with parking the big car. They’re also attached to security sensors so if the car is moved or any window glass is broken, which would set off the alarm, a series of photos is taken all around the car. The images are stored within the car and can be accessed later using a memory card. The CT6 is a full-sized rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan. In engineering the CT6 General Motors emphasized weight savings. The car is built largely from aluminum but, in all, 11 different metals are used in its construction. That’s because, according to GM, various types of steel can save more weight than aluminum in places where strength …

    March 31, 2015 7:55 pm
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Sports

  • Petkovic into Miami semis after beating Pliskova


    MIAMI (Reuters) – Germany’s Andrea Petkovic booked her place in the semi-finals at the Miami Open after a 6-4 6-2 win over 14th seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova on Tuesday. Petkovic made a blistering start, going up 4-1 in the first set but the 23-year-old Pliskova powered her way back to 4-4 and then had three break points – all of which the German saved. Petkovic, the 2011 Miami semi-finalist, won the next five games and wrapped up the match in one hour 13 minutes. “I was playing really well at the start but I couldn’t see the ball on my serve with the sun on one side and I was struggling,” said Petkovic. “Karolina also started playing really well and I was a little lucky at the end of the first set. But then I got better and better from there,” she said. In the last four, Petkovic will face the winner of Tuesday’s other …

    March 31, 2015 6:13 pm
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World News

  • Deadline for Iran talks extended


    The negotiations are being chaired by the EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini Nuclear talks between six world powers and Iran will continue into Wednesday, US officials say. The US state department said that “enough progress” had been made to merit working through a midnight (22:00 GMT) deadline. But spokeswoman Marie Harf added that “several difficult issues” still remained. World powers want to restrict Iran’s nuclear programme in return for relief from crippling sanctions. Earlier, there were suggestions that a general statement would be released focusing on points of agreement, which would be enough to allow for a new phase of talks on a comprehensive deal. But there is no sign that the most contentious issues have been resolved. “The negotiations will end when solutions have been found,” said Iranian negotiator Hamid Baidinejad. “We are not watching the clock.” The so-called P5+1 – the US, UK, France, China and Russia plus Germany – are seeking …

    March 31, 2015 7:15 pm
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Technology

  • Tweets by new ‘Daily Show’ host Trevor Noah come back to haunt him


    Trevor Noah steps into Jon Stewart’s shoes. Comedy Central Fans of “The Daily Show,” the humorous news program run by longtime host Jon Stewart, found out who would step into their departing hero’s shoes this weekend. South African comedian Trevor Noah, who has logged a few appearances on the show, is taking over the reins on Comedy Central. The gig is high-profile, and with that comes a considerable amount of scrutiny. Noah’s Twitter history has now been raked through, with some people calling into question the taste of certain jokes posted on the social-media site, particularly ones referencing Jewish people and women. Almost bumped a Jewish kid crossing the road. He didn’t look b4 crossing but I still would hav felt so bad in my german car! — Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) September 18, 2009 “Oh yeah the weekend. People are gonna get drunk think that I’m sexy!” – fat chicks everywhere. — Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) …

    March 31, 2015 3:11 pm
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Science

  • Glimpses of the future: Drought damage leads to widespread forest death


    Related images(click to enlarge) The 2000-2003 drought in the American southwest triggered a widespread die-off of forests around the region. A Carnegie-led team of scientists developed a new modeling tool to explain how and where trembling aspen forests died as a result of this drought. It is based on damage to the individual trees’ ability to transport water under water-stressed conditions. If the same processes and threshold govern the future, their results suggest that more widespread die-offs of aspen forests triggered by climate change are likely by the 2050s. Tree mortality can radically transform ecosystems, affect biodiversity, harm local economies, and pose fire risks, as well as further increase global warming. Their work aimed to address a longstanding disagreement over how climate change caused by the emission of greenhouse gasses will affect forest ecosystems. On one hand, rising concentrations of carbon dioxide can benefit trees and help them use water more efficiently. On the other …

    March 31, 2015 7:35 pm
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Health

  • California getting ‘second-hand smog’ from Asia, researchers say


    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – California is suffering from “second-hand smog” drifting in from Asia and other places, researchers said on Tuesday, even as the state’s prolonged drought has made air quality worse. About 10 percent of ozone pollution, the main ingredient in smog, in the state’s San Joaquin Valley farm region comes from other countries, mostly in Asia, said Ian Faloona, an atmospheric scientist with the University of California, Davis. “What’s happening upwind strongly affects what’s happening downwind,” Faloona said. If California were a human body, the area around the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco would be the mouth, “breathing in air from across the Pacific Ocean,” he said. Faloona’s conclusions, which are still preliminary, come during an increase in air pollution in the most populous U.S. state, as drought and warmer temperatures have triggered a spike in the number of winter days thick with soot and dirt. Faloona presented his findings at a …

    March 31, 2015 7:35 pm
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Entertainment

  • Olivia Wilde’s brutally honest essay about motherhood gets one thing wrong


    As part of a cover feature for the April issue of Shape magazine, the beautiful and talented actress opens up — in hilarious detail, no less — about the reality of her body since joining the motherhood. Image: ©Tesh/SHAPE Magazine “I am not in perfect shape. In fact, I’m softer than I’ve ever been, including that unfortunate semester in high school when I simultaneously discovered Krispy Kreme and pot,” she penned in a personal essay for the mag. And the revelations don’t stop there. Wilde is unabashed in regards to life post-baby, confessing her body looked like a “deflated pool toy” after giving birth, prompting her to join “the ranks of millions of new mothers when I moaned, ‘Why do I still look pregnant? Is there another one stuck in there?’” I adore her honesty as she talks about the first few weeks of motherhood, too. “First of all, you haven’t seen your vagina in months, …

    March 31, 2015 7:55 pm
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Editorial

  • How do you solve a problem like the Clintons?


    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at an event hosted by the Center for American Progress (CAP) and the America Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Monday, March 23, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) This being the 50th anniversary of the film “The Sound of Music,” please permit me a poor adaptation of a few of its song lyrics, which fit in nicely with our current political climate. How do you solve a problem like the Clintons? Their incessant vacuuming of cash and skirting (no pun intended) of laws and regulations would place lesser mortals in danger of prison, yet the Clintons walk free, their money-making careers booming. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “Dough, we fear, we need more, dear ‘Ray,’ the name of a Clinton foe Me, a name that fits myself Fah, as far from law I run So, I say when bending laws La, a shrug to follow so …

    March 31, 2015 7:35 pm
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Odd News

  • Painting in Dutch royal collection was Nazi loot: official report


    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The Dutch Royal Family owns a painting by a Dutch master that was looted during by the Nazis during Germany’s occupation of the Netherlands in World War Two, according to a report published on Tuesday. “One painting was found where there were indications of involuntary loss of possession during the German occupation,” the government said in a statement after an inquiry commissioned by the Royal Family that examined tens of thousands of paintings in the Royal Collection. Officials had contacted the heirs of the original owner, who was not named, to arrange the return of “The Hague Forest with a View of Huis ten Bosch Palace”, by the 17th century painter Joris van der Haagen. The work was bought for the Royal Collection by Queen Juliana, grandmother of reigning King Willem-Alexander. The inquiry found that another painting in the collection, “Landscape with St. Hubert”, whose provenance had been regarded as doubtful, was …

    March 31, 2015 11:29 am
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