• US ‘raid’ after Prophet cartoon attack

    US ‘raid’ after Prophet cartoon attack

    Police blew up a car near the scene of the attack as a precaution US police are searching the home of suspected gunmen who attacked a conference on cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in Dallas,...
  • Yankees eye seventh straight road win in Toronto

    (SportsNetwork.com) – The New York Yankees look to stay hot on the road on Monday night when they begin a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. New York is looking for...
  • Israel protests ‘reveal open wound’

    Israel protests ‘reveal open wound’

    Israel’s president has said Ethiopian Israelis’ protests against alleged discrimination “revealed an open and raw wound” at the heart of Israeli society”. Reuven Rivlin said Israel must address the community’s grievances, which had been ignored....
  • Murray snaps claycourt jinx with first title in Munich

    MUNICH (Reuters) – Andy Murray claimed the first claycourt title of his career on Monday with a 7-6(4) 5-7 7-6(4) win over twice champion Philipp Kohlschreiber in the rain-delayed Munich Open final. The 27-year-old Briton...
  • Terror in Texas?

    Terror in Texas?

    An armed police officer stands guard at a parking lot near the Curtis Culwell Center where a provocative contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad was held Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Garland, Texas....

Headline News

  • Georgia sheriff critically injures woman in shooting: police

    ATLANTA (Reuters) – A Georgia sheriff is under investigation after he critically injured a woman in a shooting in an Atlanta suburb, police said. Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill shot the woman in the abdomen at a model home in a subdivision in Gwinnett County on Sunday, according to police. He was released from the scene after refusing to speak with investigators about what happened, Gwinnett police said in a statement. The shooting was reported to police as accidental and Hill has not been charged, the statement said. The woman was taken a hospital in critical condition, police said. Hill was re-elected as sheriff in 2012 despite his indictment on corruption charges that included racketeering. A jury acquitted him in 2013, according to Clayton County court records. Hill’s office did not immediately respond with comment early on Monday. (Reporting by David Beasley; Editing by Colleen Jenkins)

    May 4, 2015 8:44 am


  • Republican amendment fight threatens Iran bill in Senate

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A dispute among Republican senators over changes to an Iran nuclear review bill on Thursday threatened the measure’s chances of being passed by the U.S. Congress, leaving Senate leaders scrambling for a way to advance the legislation. Two Republican senators, Tom Cotton and Marco Rubio, used an unorthodox procedural move to try to force the Senate to vote on their amendments to a bill authored by another Republican senator, Bob Corker, that would give Congress the right to review an international nuclear agreement with Iran. Rubio, a 2016 presidential hopeful, and Cotton, a leading congressional critic of President Barack Obama’s Iran policy, want to toughen the bill with amendments including adding a requirement that Iran recognize Israel’s right to exist as part of any nuclear deal. Senate aides said the two made their move on Thursday just as Republicans and Democrats were finalizing an agreement on how to handle at least 66 …

    May 4, 2015 5:22 am


  • American Express offers new rewards program, no Amex card required

    Even non-membership has its privileges. American Express launched its new loyalty program on Monday with an interesting twist – you don’t have to have an American Express to earn points. The rewards program, known as Plenti, allows consumers to accumulate points at a long lineup of businesses, no matter what form of payment they use. Partners include ATT (T, Tech30), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Hulu, Nationwide Insurance, Macy’s (M) and Rite-Aid (RAD). The only requirement to sign up for the program is that the consumer must be at least 13 years old and reside in the United States. The new program is a far cry from the selling points of American Express’ old ad campaigns: “Membership has its privileges” and “Don’t leave home without it.” Every 1,000 points earned will result in at least $10 of savings, according to the company. The new Plenti card “With American Express’ deep experience with the Membership Rewards program…we are …

    May 4, 2015 7:43 am


  • Yankees eye seventh straight road win in Toronto

    (SportsNetwork.com) – The New York Yankees look to stay hot on the road on Monday night when they begin a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. New York is looking for its seventh consecutive road win to match the team’s longest streak since June 3-17, 2012. The Yankees own a three-game lead in the American League East and have won seven of their last eight overall after a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park over the weekend. The Pinstripers claimed an 8-5 victory in Sunday’s finale of that series, as they doubled up Boston in the hits department, 14-7. Mark Teixeira, Brett Gardner and Brian McCann accounted for seven of New York’s eight RBI to help complete the team’s first three-game sweep in Boston since 2006. “That’s pretty cool. It’s obviously a tough place for us to play,” said Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner. “They’ve always got a …

    May 4, 2015 8:44 am

World News

  • US ‘raid’ after Prophet cartoon attack

    Police blew up a car near the scene of the attack as a precaution US police are searching the home of suspected gunmen who attacked a conference on cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in Dallas, local media say. An FBI official told CNN that agents were collecting evidence at an apartment in Phoenix. One suspect was identified as Elton Simpson, an Arizona man who had been previously investigated on suspicion of terrorism offences, ABC reported. Two gunmen were shot dead after opening fire outside the contest on Sunday. They drove to the Muhammad Art Exhibit in the Dallas suburb of Garland as the event was ending, shooting at and wounding a security officer before being killed by police. Sunday evening’s event was organised by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), which is run by controversial blogger and activist Pamela Geller. One of the keynote speakers was the Dutch politician Geert Wilders, an outspoken critic of …

    May 4, 2015 8:44 am


  • Get a Samsung M2830DW Wi-Fi laser printer for $49.99

    Wi-Fi and duplexing for $50?! Yes, please. Samsung Print is so not dead. Much as I try to steer boarding passes to my phone and leave business documents in my word processor, sometimes you just need hard-copy. And I suspect you always will. What you don’t need, however, is to spend big bucks on a printer. Not today, anyway: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Staples has the Samsung M2830DW Wi-Fi laser printer for $49.99 shipped (plus tax). That would be a pretty solid deal for a basic, entry-level laser, but the M2830DW is neither. Rather it supports Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct and Google Cloud Print — and even has NFC for easy pairing with mobile devices (namely select Android phones and tablets). For non-NFC mobile devices, Samsung offers apps for easy printing over Wi-Fi. No Wi-Fi? No problem: The printer has both USB 2.0 and Ethernet ports for wired connectivity. What’s more, the …

    May 4, 2015 8:43 am


  • Evolution: The secrets of the brachiopod shell

    Researchers of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have carried out the first detailed study of the molecular mechanisms responsible for formation of the brachiopod shell. Comparison with shell synthesis in other groups reveals the deep evolutionary roots of the process. Brachiopods (lamp shells) are marine invertebrates, which were a highly successful and widespread group in the Palaeozoic era. Indeed, the group is best known for its rich fossil record. Some 30,000 fossil species have been described so far, and the oldest specimens date from Cambrian times, and are thus around 500 million years old. Brachiopods are now represented by comparatively few species, which are found in various regions of the world’s oceans. One of their most characteristic features is their bipartite shell. “The molecular basis of how this shell is actually built has been virtually unknown up to now,” says Professor Gert Wörheide of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Geobio-Center at LMU. …

    May 4, 2015 1:03 am


  • Radio interference wreaks havoc with telescopes

    The Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia is the largest steerable radio telescope in the world. To protect the observatory from radio interference, land surrounding the facility has been designated as a National Radio Quiet Zone, where wireless communications such as radio, cell phone, and wi-fi are severely restricted.Credit: JIM LO SCALZO/EPA/CORBIS Short mysterious bursts of radiation picked up by the Parkes radio telescope have baffled astronomers for years. But it turns out some, at least, were not intergalactic messages or a new kind of star. Wayward radiation from a microwave oven in a nearby building, released when the door was opened before the countdown finished, was picked up when the dish pointed in a specific direction. Emily Petroff from Melbourne’s Swinburne University and colleagues uploaded their discovery to the online archive arXiv in April. Radio astronomy telescopes are big expensive pieces of equipment. Who knew a humble microwave oven could cause them so much …

    May 4, 2015 5:23 am


  • Here’s what really sparked Chad L. Coleman’s subway rant

    More: What you heard about Joni Mitchell today is absolutely not true A video posted on TMZ Friday showed Coleman, best known for playing Tyreese on The Walking Dead and Cutty on The Wire, pacing up and down the aisle of a subway car, ranting and cursing at passengers. “I want to know where my humanitarians are!” he yells. “Yes! I’m Chad L. Coleman! I’m on The Wire, The Walking Dead, I’m not trying to f***ing play no games with you!” He continues, “Yes, I’m an actor! You want me on TMZ? Record it!” More: Hilary Duff stuns the world with her unreal abs (PHOTOS) Then he singles out one passenger, shouting at him, “Where is my humanitarian? If you care, f***ing care!” The video is nearly four minutes long and shows much of the same ranting at passengers. Now, Fox reports, Coleman has apologized and explained exactly what happened Friday. He was frustrated, he …

    May 3, 2015 10:20 pm


  • Tomorrow’s Cures Today: Let’s liberate medicine in America. Here’s our vision of health for the 21st Century

     (AP) Expediting the development and delivery of medical treatments—treatments that bring a new standard of care, or even actual cures for serious illnesses—should be a bipartisan goal, a mission of mercy that should be undertaken by both political parties. We are both involved with a new, non-profit organization, the Tomorrow’s Cures Today Foundation, which supports consumer choice and competition as one way to achieve this goal. We might note that time is especially critical for Lieutenant Commander (Ret.) Matt Bellina, who recently sent us an email that began: “My name is Matt. I‘m 31 years old, I’m a U.S. Navy veteran, I have a beautiful wife and two small boys, and I’m dying. I have ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and without hope for a cure, my doctors say I only have a couple of years left to live.” The world is a very different place today compared to 1962, when new federal legislation required …

    May 2, 2015 1:10 pm

Odd News

  • Man sues Florida hospital after his leg found in the garbage

    MIAMI (Reuters) – A south Florida man is suing a hospital for emotional distress, saying his leg was amputated and thrown in the garbage with his name tag still on it. John Timiriasieff, 56, had his right leg amputated below the knee in October at Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables. “Rather than properly disposing of the plaintiff’s limb as expected and as required by Florida law, Doctors Hospital threw the Plaintiff’s amputated limb into the garbage, with tags indicating it belonged to the Plaintiff,” according to the lawsuit filed on Wednesday in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court. A month later, Timiriasieff said his family was contacted by homicide detectives investigating if he had been the victim of foul play. When the family went back to the hospital to find out what happened, they were told it would “provide no explanation for what had occurred,” the lawsuit said. Doctors Hospital Inc, part of the Baptist Health South …

    May 1, 2015 4:44 pm