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  • Mormon LGBT group denied bid to join Utah parades for second time

    Organizers of two of Utah’s most popular parades have rejected a Mormon LGBT group’s request to participate for the second straight year. Organizers of the Days of ’47 Parade in Salt Lake City and the Freedom Festival Grand Parade in Provo denied the bid by Mormons Building Bridges to take part in the festivities. Greg James, executive vice president of the Days of ’47 said the decision was based on its belief that Mormons Building Bridges is an advocacy group. The rules for the July 24 parade forbid advocacy groups of any kind “whether it’s a group you might agree with or don’t agree with. We don’t do anything that’s advocacy. This one is advocacy,” he told The Salt Lake Tribune. Both parades are operated by private nonprofit foundations. The Days of ’47 parade commemorates the arrival of Mormon pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley. Erika Munson, co-founder of Mormons Building Bridges, said she believes …

    May 24, 2015 2:50 am


  • Boy Scouts boss says time to end ban on gay leaders

    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates addresses the Boy Scouts of America’s annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn., after being selected as the organization’s new president. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) The president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, said Thursday that the organization’s longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable and called for change in order to prevent “the end of us as a national movement.” In a speech in Atlanta to the Scouts’ national annual meeting, Gates referred to recent moves by Scout councils in New York City and elsewhere to defy the ban. “The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained,” he said. Gates said no change in the policy would be made at the national meeting. But he raised the possibility of revising the policy at some point soon so that local Scout organizations could decide on their own whether to allow gays as adult …

    May 24, 2015 12:28 am


  • Netflix to wish you ‘A Very Murray Christmas’ this December

    The comedian’s Christmas special will have guest stars like George Clooney and Amy Poehler. Move over Rudolph and Frosty, here comes Bill Murray. Netflix announced on Friday that the comedic actor will star in “A Very Murray Christmas” on the service this upcoming December. According to the company, the hour-long special will be “an homage to the classic variety show” and will feature Murray playing himself in all of his sardonic glory. The plot of “Murray Christmas” will have Murray worrying that no one will show up to his TV show due to a blizzard that has hit New York City. Yet, according to the company, “through luck and perseverance, guests arrive at the Carlyle hotel to help him; dancing and singing in holiday spirit.” George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Miley Cyrus and other stars will make up Murray’s yuletide guest list. The festive event will be directed by Sofia Coppola, who also directed …

    May 24, 2015 1:29 am


  • Rockies end Giants’ win streak, split DH

    Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) – Daniel Descalso hit a two-run homer and finished with three RBI as the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3 to earn a split of Saturday’s doubleheader at Coors Field. Brandon Barnes had two hits and knocked in a run for the Rockies, who fought back but came up short in the opener, losing 10-8. David Hale (1-0) was called up to make his season and Rockies debut in the nightcap and pitched 6 2/3 innings. He gave up three runs — two earned — on eight hits with no walks, helping Colorado end San Francisco’s first eight- game win streak since September 2011. “He gave us a huge boost. Great performance by David,” said Colorado manager Walt Weiss. Gregor Blanco had two hits and scored a run for the Giants, but was thrown out trying to tag up from second to third on a flyout in the ninth. Yusmeiro …

    May 24, 2015 2:50 am

World News

  • Nepal flood alert after landslide

    Nepal is still reeling from the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes Thousands of people have fled to safety following a landslide in western Nepal which blocked the flow of a river. The Kali Gandaki River in Myagdi district, about 140km (90 miles) north-west of the capital, Kathmandu, has created a deep and growing new lake. There are no reports of casualties. Army soldiers are being sent to help. A number of landslides have hit Nepal since the 7.8-magnitude earthquake on 25 April which killed more than 8,000 people and injured many more. It was followed by a 7-3 magnitude quake on 12 May and several strong tremors. The landslide around midnight on Sunday (19:00 GMT on Saturday) has caused water levels to rise by about 200m (600ft). “We have asked villagers along the riverside in these districts to move to safer places,” interior ministry official Laxmi Prasad Dhakal told Reuters news agency. One of Nepal’s …

    May 24, 2015 2:50 am


  • BMW 4-Series convertible: car review

    Price from £33,950MPG up to 67.3Top speed 155mph My friend sometimes talks about her father’s “reversing face”. As a child, sitting in the back, vinyl seats sticking to her bare legs, she’d watch her dad prepare to reverse – always a big deal back then. The gearstick would be wrestled with, the mirror adjusted, an arm would be stretched across the back of the passenger seat and, finally, mouth open, tongue lolling, there’d be some grunting followed by: “Get your head down, for God’s sake!” It makes me think about my “driving face”. Do I even have one? I asked my wife and she said I often go a bit “Geoffrey Palmer”. That’s not the look I’ve been going for. The faces we wear at the wheel could be used to make our driving safer. BMW has announced a three-year project with Loughborough University to determine your state of mind from the look on your …

    May 24, 2015 3:49 am


  • Nanomachine pumps molecules ‘uphill’

    Running rings: how the molecular machine works A new molecular pump capable of pumping other small molecules up an energy gradient has been developed by researchers at Northwestern University in the US. The new pump is very much like the protein pumps in living cells, and might be used to design artificial molecular machines similar to those found in nature. Such machines could be important for a range of applications, including synthetic muscles, tiny robots and advanced mechanical motors. Molecular machines are ubiquitous in nature and have evolved over billions of years to exploit energy from sunlight or complex chemical reactions in the body. They are made up of complicated assemblies of proteins that are responsible for a host of processes in living organisms, such as ion transport, ATP synthesis and cell division. In fact, our muscles are controlled by the co-ordinated movement of thousands of these machines. “Our new molecular pump is, in a …

    May 24, 2015 12:09 am


  • Cholera epidemic hits 3,000 Burundi refugees in Tanzania: U.N.

    GENEVA/BUJUMBURA About 3,000 refugees fleeing political turmoil in Burundi have been infected in a cholera epidemic in neighboring Tanzania, the United Nations said on Friday, stoking fears of a growing humanitarian crisis in Africa’s Great Lakes. Up to 400 new cases of the deadly disease were emerging every day, the U.N.’s refugee agency UNHCR said, mainly in Tanzania’s Kagunga peninsula where tens of thousands of Burundians have taken refuge, often in squalid conditions. Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision last month to stand for a third term has triggered protests, a failed coup and sent refugees, many from Burundi’s Tutsi minority, into Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Opponents have accused Nkurunziza of breaking a two-term limit in the constitution and a deal that ended an ethnically-fueled civil war in 2005. Regional leaders and Western donors, fearing the unrest could reopen ethnic divisions, have scrambled to try and end the standoff. A Tanzanian …

    May 24, 2015 12:28 am


  • Mama June to TLC: Cancel 19 Kids and Counting or else

    As the walls all begin to fall around the Duggars’ empire in the wake of Josh Duggar’s child molestation allegations, one former TLC star is already pointing out the network’s obvious and blatant double standard. While news reports were breaking, and the story of Josh Duggar’s molestation allegations were going viral on the internet, TLC was busy airing a marathon of 19 Kids and Counting. Now, I admittedly don’t know how television programming works, but I have to believe that someone could have pulled the plug on that airing. It is clearly in bad taste to be showing it when such terrible things are being alleged against one of the major cast members, implicating his parents and being against some of his sisters. All of it is just terrible if true. More: Josh Duggar Scandal: Jim Bob kept the sex offenses secret for over a year And Twitter picked up on it right away. Is …

    May 23, 2015 6:47 pm


  • 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