Headline News

  • Mathematician who inspired ‘A Beautiful Mind’ killed in auto accident: media

    Mathematician John Nash, a Nobel Prize winner who inspired the movie “A Beautiful Mind,” was killed in an auto accident along with his wife in New Jersey, ABC News reported. The couple were in a taxi cab whose driver lost control and crashed into a guard rail, the network reported, citing state police. The Oscar award-winning film “A Beautiful Mind” starring Russell Crowe was loosely based on Nash’s longtime struggle with schizophrenia. Crowe wrote on Twitter on Sunday that he was stunned by reports of the death of Nash and his wife, Alicia. “An amazing partnership. Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts,” he wrote on Twitter. Nash, a Princeton University scholar, was awarded the Nobel Price for economics in 1994. John Nash was 86 and his wife was 82, according to ABC News, which reported the couple was living in Princeton, New Jersey. (Reporting by Letitia Stein; editing by David Clarke)

    May 24, 2015 9:31 am


  • Senate passes two-month transportation spending patch

    WASHINGTON The U.S. Senate early on Saturday passed a two-month spending extension for federal transportation projects that puts off a decision on long-term funding for road, bridge and rail transit projects until the height of the summer construction season. The unanimous voice vote sends the measure to President Barack Obama for signing into law before current transportation spending authority expires on May 31. The White House said Obama would sign the short-term fix if work continues towards a long-term bill. Obama has requested a six-year, $478 billion transportation bill, and last week said he was in talks with congressional leaders and willing to look at all revenue sources to fund it. “I don’t have much progress to report, unfortunately, at this point,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said of the talks about a long-term plan. The two-month extension resulted from lawmakers’ inability to agree on funding for either a six-year bill, or even a much …

    May 24, 2015 4:29 am


  • Smart money is buying energy stocks. Should you?

    Forget politics and religion. One of the biggest debates on Wall Street these days is whether oil and energy stocks are toxic or terrific. Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAC) put out a note last week telling clients now is the time to buy. Hedge funds have already pounced. The 50 largest hedge funds bought a lot of energy stocks (e.g. Williams Partners (WPZ), Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) and Kinder Morgan (KMI)) in the first quarter, according to their latest stock disclosures. In some ways, it looks like a smart move. Oil plunged below $45 a barrel in January. Back then, people couldn’t seem to sell energy stocks fast enough. In recent weeks, oil has staged a mini-rally. Now it’s trading around $60 a barrel. That’s still far from the glory days of over $100 a barrel that the industry saw as recently as last summer, but for drillers, it’s a lot easier to make …

    May 24, 2015 9:31 am


World News

  • US: Iraqi forces lack will to fight

    Ashton Carter: “We can give them training – we obviously can’t give them the will to fight” US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter has said the rout of Iraqi forces at the city of Ramadi showed they lacked the will to fight against Islamic State. Mr Carter told CNN’s State of the Union the Iraqis “vastly outnumbered” the IS forces but chose to withdraw. The Iraqi government has now deployed Shia militias to the area to try to halt the advance of IS. On Saturday, the militiamen retook Husayba, east of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province. The US has invested in a policy of training and arming the Iraqi forces since it withdrew its combat troops at the end of 2011. But Iraqi forces have suffered a number of defeats at the hands of IS over the past year, leaving behind US-supplied materiel. Mr Carter said: “What apparently happened is the Iraqi forces just showed …

    May 24, 2015 9:31 am


  • Want cheaper wireless service? Patience is a virtue

    The US wireless market is on the cusp of big changes and competitive clashes. Those, in turn, could lead to lower prices and better deals for you. At least that’s how I hope things will play out over the next few years. From Google’s Project Fi experiment to build a hybrid Wi-Fi/cellular network, to rumblings about someone finally making use of Dish Network’s stockpile of wireless spectrum, to the last major wireless auction for the foreseeable future — there’s a lot of activity in the mobile world. And with luck we’ll see additional legitimate options in the wireless business, which could mean more-competitive prices. In this edition of Ask Maggie, I look at each of these scenarios and explain how it could shape the future of the wireless industry. How long do I have to wait for change? Dear Maggie, I’ve been reading your articles regarding cell phone bills and upgrades. Clearly, there is a …

    May 24, 2015 7:51 am


  • Mosquito sex-determining gene could help fight dengue fever

    Related images(click to enlarge) Males aren’t relevant — at least when it comes to disease transmission by mosquitoes. Researchers with the Fralin Life Science Institute at Virginia Tech have identified a gene responsible for sex determination in mosquitoes that can transmit yellow fever, dengue, and chikungunya viruses. Only female mosquitoes bite because they need blood for developing eggs, and researchers believe that a higher ratio of males could reduce disease transmission. In a study published in the Science Express today (2 p.m. Thursday, May 21), the scientists identify a genetic switch called Nix in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that underlies the difference between males and females. These master switches often reside in genomic black holes, which is why none had been found in mosquitoes or other insects before. “Nix provides us with exciting opportunities to harness mosquito sex in the fight against infectious diseases because maleness is the ultimate disease-refractory trait,” said Zhijian Jake Tu, a …

    May 24, 2015 8:11 am


  • Do You Need a Doctor for Bug Bites and Bee Stings?

    SUNDAY, May 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Summer is fast approaching, along with its usual bonanza of bugs. Fortunately, most of those inevitable bites and stings aren’t serious. But, experts from the American Academy of Dermatology advise going to the emergency room right away if you notice any of the following symptoms soon after a bug bite or sting: Difficulty breathing, The feeling that your throat is closing, Swelling of lips, tongue or face, Chest pain, A racing heartbeat for more than a few minutes, Dizziness or headache, Vomiting. Also beware of a red rash that looks like a donut or bullseye target after a tick bite, or a fever with a spreading red or black spotty rash. These can be signs of serious tick-related illness. “Although most bug bites and stings do not turn into a severe or even fatal illness like Rocky Mountain spotted fever, it’s important to pay attention to your symptoms,” …

    May 24, 2015 8:31 am


  • Khloe Kardashian And Kesha Hit Vegas For Memorial Day Weekend

    Posted on Sun May 24th, 2015 6:03am PDT       By X17 Staff Khloe Kardashian wore a super sexy LBD to host Mirage’s 1Oak Memorial Day weekend kick-off party, on Friday. Check out those sheer panels on her dress — if she moves an inch, she’ll have all kinds of bits showing! Meanwhile, Kesha wore to Rehab at the Hard Rock, a bedazzled leotard resembling an ice skating costume. That, with her neon yellow hair, was quite a look. Stylist, anyone???   SEE THE GALLERY Khloe Kesha Party In Vegas Stories from around the Web

    May 24, 2015 8:51 am


  • Visiting the troops with Aaron Tippin in Iraq: My proudest moment as an American military veteran

    Like all veterans, my memories are filled this Memorial Day with endless instances of pride at being able to serve this great country of ours – pride at being an American and even more pride at having been able to wear the uniform. Of my many memories, over 60 years’ worth, none is more striking than that of a dusty afternoon in 2008 in a bombed out building in Sadr City, Baghdad.  It wasn’t about my own service.  It was about someone else’s. I was accompanying my friend Aaron Tippin, a country music legend, as he visited and entertained troops during the Thanksgiving season.  It was an annual event for him during the war and I was often fortunate enough to accompany him.  On this particular afternoon, at one of many stops, we were at a Forward Operating Base with a battalion of the storied 82nd Airborne Division. The scene was literally out of a …

    May 23, 2015 4:46 pm

Odd News

  • German grandmother gives birth to quadruplets at age 65

    BERLIN A 65-year-old German grandmother gave birth to quadruplets at a Berlin hospital this week, with the three boys and a girl born prematurely at 26 weeks being in good health and having a good chance of survival, German TV network RTL reported on Saturday. The network, which had covered the pregnancy, said Annegret Raunigk already had 13 children and seven grandchildren. The announcement of her pregnancy last month had sparked a public debate in Germany about its merits. Raunigk, an English and Russian teacher in Berlin, had received fertility treatment in Ukraine and is the oldest woman in the world to have had quadruplets, RTL said, although other women of her age and older have given birth. The four babies, born by Caesarean section on May 19, weighed between 655 grams an 960 grams. (Reporting by Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by David Holmes)

    May 23, 2015 12:03 pm