Headline News

  • Opening statements expected soon in murder trial of ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez


    Dec. 22, 2014: In this file photo, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, left, attends a pretrial hearing in Fall River, Mass. (AP) (The Associated Press) FALL RIVER, Mass. –  Aaron Hernandez once seemed to be a man with a bright future. At age 23 he had a Super Bowl appearance under his belt and a $40 million contract as a star tight end with the New England Patriots. He and his fiancee had started a family, living in a mansion in the Boston suburbs with their 8-month-old daughter. This week, prosecutors will paint a different picture of Hernandez: they will portray him as a killer who orchestrated the shooting of semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Hernandez was arrested days after Lloyd’s bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park near his North Attleborough mansion. He has pleaded not guilty and, after more than two weeks of jury selection, his trial is …

    January 25, 2015 1:45 pm
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Politics

  • Perpetrators of violence in Nigeria will be denied visas for U.S.: Kerry


    LAGOS (Reuters) – The United States will deny entry to anyone responsible for stoking violence during Nigeria’s election next month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday, while urging the government not to delay the poll. Kerry was in Nigeria to urge its rival political camps to respect the outcome of a Feb. 14 presidential election. Washington is concerned that post-poll violence could undermine the stability of Africa’s top oil producer and hamper efforts to tackle the Islamist militants of Boko Haram. “Given the stakes it’s absolutely critical that these elections are conducted peacefully,” Kerry told reporters in the commercial capital Lagos after meeting President Goodluck Jonathan and main opposition rival Muhammadu Buhari. In the last election in 2011, when Buhari lost to Jonathan, three days of rioting killed more than 800 people and displaced 65,000. “Nobody gains by violence, nobody gains by turning a political disagreement into a killing spree … The …

    January 25, 2015 1:04 pm
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Stocks

  • ‘American Sniper’ hauls in $200 million at box office


      “American Sniper” is on track to make $200 million in its first ten days of nationwide release, a feat matched by only a few R-rated films in Hollywood history. The Oscar-nominated Iraq War movie, starring Bradley Cooper as the legendary sniper Chris Kyle, may go on to beat 2004’s “The Passion of the Christ,” which currently ranks as the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time. “Sniper” came out nationwide on January 16 and instantly topped box office expectations. And it’s continuing to do so: the movie earned $18.3 million on Friday and another $28.8 million on Saturday. The movie’s distributor, Warner Bros., expects it to to make $17.3 million on Sunday, for a weekend total of $64.4 million — giving the studio one of the top ten “second weekends” in Hollywood history. For perspective, the country’s next biggest movie release this weekend is “The Boy Next Door,” starring Jennifer Lopez. It is on track …

    January 25, 2015 1:24 pm
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Sports

  • Jazz lock up G Millsap


    Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) – The Utah Jazz announced Sunday that the team has signed swingman Elijah Millsap to a multi-year contract. The Jazz did not reveal terms of the agreement, though the Salt Lake City Tribune reported that the deal is for three years. Millsap, the younger brother of former Jazz forward and current Atlanta Hawk Paul Millsap, was nearing the end of a second 10-day contract. The 27-year-old initially joined Utah on Jan. 5. Since being recalled by the Jazz from the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League, Millsap has averaged 5.7 points and 2.2 rebounds over 10 games and shot 41.7 percent (10-of-24) from 3-point range. Millsap averaged 20.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 19 games with Bakersfield prior to his call-up. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    January 25, 2015 1:45 pm
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World News

  • Nisman reporter flees Argentina


    25 January 2015 Last updated at 16:16 A journalist believed to have been the first to report the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman says he has fled the country, fearing for his life. Damian Pachter, who works for the Buenos Aires Herald, left Argentina early on Saturday. Alberto Nisman’s body was found in his apartment a week ago, hours before he was due to testify in Congress. He had been investigating the bombing of a Jewish centre in the capital in 1994 which left 85 people dead. Mr Nisman, 51, had accused several senior government figures – including President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman – of involvement in a plot to cover up Iran’s alleged role in the bombing. Tapped “I am leaving because my life is in danger,” Pachter told the news website Infobae.com. “My phones have been extensively tapped.” He said he would return to Argentina when his …

    January 25, 2015 1:45 pm
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Technology

  • Can new tech boost safety in Uber cars, taxis?


    AsterRide is a smartphone app that pairs passengers with taxis or black-car services. AsterRide When you tap open the AsterRide app to hail a taxi, you’ll see something a bit different from other ride-hailing apps: a feature called InstaAlert. It’s designed to help passengers notify friends or family that they’re in a taxi and to send an update once the rider arrives at their destination in one piece. AsterRide is marketing itself as a safe alternative in the ride-hailing industry. Its timing is auspicious — Uber, taxis and other ride-for-hire rivals have made headlines around the world over some of their drivers allegedly engaging in sexual assaults, kidnappings and beatings. Ride-hailing apps — like Uber, Lyft and Flywheel — let passengers use a smartphone to hail a taxi, black-car service or a personal driver using their own car. The companies behind these apps are aiming to convince passengers that the rides they hail are safe. …

    January 25, 2015 9:01 am
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Science

  • Pro-marijuana ‘tweets’ are sky-high on Twitter


    Related images(click to enlarge) Analyzing every marijuana-related Twitter message sent during a one-month period in early 2014, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that the “Twitterverse” is a pot-friendly place. In that time, more than 7 million tweets referenced marijuana, with 15 times as many pro-pot tweets sent as anti-pot tweets. The findings are reported online Jan. 22 in the Journal of Adolescent Health and will appear in February in the journal’s print edition. Most of those sending and receiving pot tweets were under age 25, with many in their teens, a demographic group at increased risk for developing marijuana dependence and other drug-related problems. “It’s a concern because frequent marijuana use can affect brain structures and interfere with cognitive function, emotional development and academic performance,” said first author Patricia A. Cavazos-Rehg, PhD, an assistant professor of psychiatry and scholar in the Washington University Institute for Public Health. “The …

    January 25, 2015 1:05 pm
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Health

  • After Ebola, WHO to set up contingency fund, develop ‘surge capacity’


    GENEVA (Reuters) – The Executive Board of the World Health Organisation (WHO) agreed on Sunday to create a contingency fund and an emergency workforce to respond quickly to crises after strong criticism of the agency’s delay in confronting the Ebola epidemic. Director-general Dr. Margaret Chan acknowledged that the outbreak showed the need to strengthen WHO’s crisis management and to streamline procedures for recruiting frontline workers. “We give member states our commitment to deliver on the action-oriented agenda,” Chan said at the end of the board’s special session. In the past year, 21,724 Ebola cases have been reported in nine countries and 8,641 people have died, according to the WHO which says West Africa’s outbreak is ebbing. A resolution seeking the reforms, brought by the United States and South Africa, was adopted by consensus at the 34-member forum. “The WHO we have is not the WHO we need, not the WHO we needed to respond to …

    January 25, 2015 1:04 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kendall Jenner Shows Off Her Skinny Stomach In A Sexy White Outfit


    Posted on Sun Jan 25th, 2015 10:50am PDT       By X17 Staff Kendall Jenner and her mom Kris went out in Paris on Saturday night, and the 19-year-old model showed off her amazing abs in a cropped white pant suit. The ladies are in town for Fashion Week, and earlier in the day they lunched at L’Avenue and did some shopping. From her Estee Lauder gig to yet another Vogue feature, Kendall has been blowing up lately, so we can’t wait to see what she’s up to on the catwalk this week. It’s hard to believe it’s been just one year since she made her big fashion debut… Of course, Kris showed plenty of skin too … Can’t let her hot, young daughters have all the attention!   SEE THE GALLERY Kendall And Kris Jenner Get Super Sexy For A Night Out Stories from around the Web

    January 25, 2015 1:24 pm
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Editorial

  • When will Obama stop making false claims about Citizens United?


    FILE — Jan. 22, 2015: President Obama speaks during a visit to the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) At almost the same time that protesters mad about the Citizens United decision were disrupting the start of the Supreme Court’s session on Wednesday, the White House issued a “Statement from the President” condemning the decision on its fifth anniversary. And once again, President Obama repeated the same false claim about “foreign corporations” that he made in his State of the Union speech back in 2010. This White House seems to believe that if you think up a good political attack theme, stick with it no matter what the truth is. One can certainly debate the effect of Citizens United, which lifted the ban on independent political expenditures (i.e., independent political speech), and whether it has been beneficial to our democratic system. As a former member of the Federal Election Commission that enforces our …

    January 24, 2015 8:47 pm
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Odd News

  • Iowa billboard mannequin startles motorists, loses job


    (Reuters) – A car dealer is taking down an oversized mannequin that had been placed atop a roadside billboard advertisement in rural Iowa after a number of alarmed drivers called the 911 emergency number to report a man who looked like he was going to jump. “I hate to take it down, but in the interest of public safety I decided to,” Brad Deery, owner of 10 car dealerships in Iowa, told Reuters by telephone on Friday. Deery said the sheriff in Des Moines County asked him to remove the mannequin because drivers were becoming distracted and that some could be tempted to try to climb the sign and take a selfie. The billboard on U.S. Route 61 advertises Deery’s West Burlington dealership. The sign reads “I can see Deery Toyota, Nissan, Mazda from here,” Deery said. The mannequin is posed as though it is looking off at distant car lots. The Hawk Eye, a …

    January 23, 2015 4:24 pm
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