Headline News

  • Gun owner quells Pennsylvania teen melee that left officers hurt: police


    An after-school fight that left two police officers hurt and eight students under arrest was stopped by a man who stepped out of his suburban Philadelphia home carrying a handgun and ordered everyone to “back up,” police said. The melee erupted on Friday in an outdoor corridor used by about 4,000 high school and middle school students. It is patrolled by eight officers during the school year. An officer was called to break up a fight between two teens and after taking one into custody another jumped on his back, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said on Wednesday. The officer was next rushed by about 40 onlookers. Just then, a 35-year-old man with a permit to carry a concealed weapon stepped into the fray. “He just told them, ‘Back up.’ They froze. More police came, and we were able to get it under control,” Chitwood said. “I think in this particular case, this Good …

    February 10, 2016 3:06 pm
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Politics

  • Trying to Make Sense of the Post-New Hampshire Republican Race


    By Nathan L. Gonzales Posted at 12:12 p.m. Feb. 10 1 Tweet The good news for Trump is that the New Hampshire result isn’t likely to narrow the field all that much and he could continue to benefit from a divided field. ( Joe Raedle/Getty Images) If there were any doubts that Donald Trump was a serious contender in the Republican presidential race after he arguably under-performed in Iowa, New Hampshire’s results should be a wake-up call. While one victory in the Granite State certainly doesn’t guarantee Trump the nomination, his significant margin (nearly 20 percent) isn’t easily dismissed. It’s becoming clear that he has a fairly high floor of support, although he could also have a lower ceiling than many of the other candidates. When it comes to Trump, there are two ways to look at the results and the polls. The first way is the Trump way, where the businessman is consistently leading …

    February 10, 2016 12:45 pm
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Stocks

  • A stranger pledged $1 million to put these kindergarteners through college


    Most of these students would be the first in their families to go to college, thanks to Marty Burbank’s donation. Two mothers ran to hug and thank a stranger at Rio Vista Elementary School in Anaheim last week. Few words were spoken, given a language barrier, but there were tears of joy. The stranger, Marty Burbank, will be paying for their kindergartners to go to college. Burbank is pledging to fund each student’s tuition for two years at community college and two years at a California state school — or the equivalent if they want to attend elsewhere. All they have to do is draw a picture or write an essay each year about what going to college will mean for them and their families. “I’m a strong believer in visualizing your goals, and this way they’ll be thinking about this each year for the next 12 years,” he said. Both Burbank, an attorney and …

    February 10, 2016 3:25 pm
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Sports

  • Alexander in frame for Killie job


    Graham Alexander was capped 40 times for Scotland Kilmarnock are set to interview former Scotland international Graham Alexander for the vacant manager’s job within the next 24 hours. Discussions have already taken place with former Huddersfield, Birmingham and Blackpool manager Lee Clark and former Swindon boss Mark Cooper. However, talks have cooled with former Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies. It follows the resignation of Gary Locke with the Rugby Park side second bottom of the Premiership. Former Motherwell midfielder Simo Valakari had been a target, but has signed an extended contract to continue as manager of Finnish club Seinajoen Jalkapallokerho. Alexander, who was capped 40 times for Scotland, was manager of Fleetwood Town until September last year. The 44 year-old guided the club to promotion in 2013/14 via the English League Two play-offs, but he was sacked after a poor start to the 2015/16 season in League One. The former Scunthorpe, Luton and Burnley defender …

    February 10, 2016 3:06 pm
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World News

  • Scientists to recreate ancient voyage


    Image copyright National Museum of Nature and Science Image caption Researchers previously tried out a straw boat in the waters off Japan in 2014 A team of scientists is planning to recreate the perilous ocean journey that brought early human settlers to Japan. The researchers, led by the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo, have launched a crowdfunding campaign to build either a primitive boat made of bundled grass or a bamboo raft of the kind believed to have been used by the first settlers, The Japan Times reports. They’re hoping the make the first voyage between Yonaguni and Iriomote – two outlying islands in Japan’s extreme southwest – in July this year. The Asahi Shimbun newspaper says that the team is planning to cover the 75km (46.6 mile) stretch of water in 25 hours using millennia-old technology. The next stage of the project will take the scientists on a longer and more …

    February 10, 2016 3:05 pm
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Technology

  • Google’s tax affairs: the players and questions they need to answer


    Google’s tax affairs will be scrutinised by MPs on Thursday as the internet search engine company answers questions about its £130m settlement with HM Revenue Customs. The California-based company will be represented by the head of its European operations, Matt Brittin, and its head of international tax, Tom Hutchinson. They will be joined in front of the public accounts committee by HMRC’s chief executive, Lin Homer, who can also expect a tough hearing over the deal, which has been criticised by politicians, trade unions, tax campaigners and business leaders including Rupert Murdoch. Here are some of the questions that Google should answer, followed by profiles of the key figures attending the hearing. Why does the company continue to go out of its way to route UK sales through Ireland? Google will doubtless claim its structure is a simple one. All international sales – not just the group’s £5bn of UK sales – are made by …

    February 10, 2016 1:05 pm
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Science

  • Genetics help fish thrive in toxic environments, collaborative study finds


    Related images(click to enlarge) They live in caves and springs throughout Mexico and thrive in water so toxic that most forms of life die within minutes. Meet the Atlantic molly – an extremophile fish that lives in toxic water full of hydrogen sulfide from natural oil deposits and volcanic activity environments. A 10-year collaborative project led by biologists from Kansas State University and Washington State University has discovered how the fish can survive. The answer: It’s all in the genes. The research appears in Molecular Biology and Evolution. “Learning how these extremophiles function tells us something very fundamental about life itself,” said Michael Tobler, Kansas State University assistant professor of biology involved in the project. “We are able to learn about the boundaries where life can exist, which tells us something basic about how cells and organisms work.” The tiny Atlantic molly can live in small puddles of toxic or nontoxic water. Using genomic tools, …

    February 10, 2016 3:45 pm
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Health

  • U.S. tests show some Lumber Liquidators flooring causes health woes: report


    Government tests show some types of laminate flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators Holdings LLC can cause irritation and breathing problems but the risk of cancer from exposure is low, a federal agency said on Wednesday. Lumber Liquidators’ sales and shares were hammered after the CBS program “60 Minutes” reported in March last year that the laminates from China contained excessive levels of cancer-causing formaldehyde. The company’s shares rose after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the findings of the tests. (1.usa.gov/1KbZEAR) “We estimated the risk of cancer from exposure to this flooring and it’s low,” the CDC said on its website. Lumber Liquidators said it supported the recommendations of the report on the safety of flooring made in China between 2012 and 2014. The CDC said customers who had installed the flooring and were concerned about formaldehyde should open windows for a few minutes every few days, use exhaust fans and avoid …

    February 10, 2016 12:25 pm
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Entertainment

  • Assault By Gator? Florida Man Jailed For Tossing Live Alligator Through Wendy’s Drive-Thru Window In ‘Stupid Prank’


    Only in Florida. One man is likely wishing he hadn’t tossed a gator into a Wendy’s restaurant. Police say Joshua James faces charges of aggravated assault for throwing a live alligator through the drive-thru window at a fast-food eatery in Loxahatchee in Royal Palm Beach, according to a WPTV News report. Recently, U.S. Marshals arrested James, 23 for allegedly tossing a 3-foot-long gator into a Wendy’s chain back in October. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (or FWC) officials say the man admitted to the shocking behavior that left many startled at the scene. Man accused of hurling alligator through Wendy’s drive-thru window https://t.co/paJBKFB2Ow pic.twitter.com/CzOsf2XxBe — ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) February 9, 2016 Apparently, James picked the alligator up from a Southern Boulevard roadway and drove to the local burger joint. Once the worker handed the man a beverage he ordered, he retrieved the gator from the bed of his pickup truck and launched it …

    February 10, 2016 3:45 pm
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Editorial

  • To Debbie Wasserman Schultz, from one Floridian to another, you lost in NH, too


    Although I am an active Republican in Florida, it has been a pleasure for me to have a friendly and respectful relationship with many Democrats including Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.   Like many Americans, the stories about how Republican President Ronald Reagan and Democratic Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill worked together for the good of the country inspire us about the way politics should be.   Today, though, the problem is that the Party of Reagan and the Party of Tip O’Neill have never been farther apart. While the Grand Old Party still seeks to follow Reagan’s vision of lesser government and a strong America, the Democratic Party is unrecognizable from Tip O’Neill’s tenure in the 1980’s. Tuesday night’s crushing victory by Bernie Sanders can attest to how far to the left they have gone.  As much I do not want to pick a fight with my former Congressman from District 23, Debbie Wasserman Schultz clearly holds much of the blame.  Let us review Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s damning …

    February 10, 2016 3:05 pm
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Odd News

  • Indian scientists express doubt over meteorite death attribution


    NEW DELHI Indian scientists have expressed doubt that a man in Tamil Nadu was the first person to have been confirmed killed by a meteorite strike, as the state’s top official has declared. The experts said the small crater, the absence of a sonic boom before impact, a lack of debris and the green and blue colour of rock recovered from the scene suggest some other cause. “It is highly improbable, but we will only be absolutely sure after a chemical analysis,” said V. Adimurthy, a senior scientist at India’s space agency. The mysterious event has triggered an international debate about whether a meteorite, space debris, leftover explosives or even frozen waste from a plane passing overhead may have killed the man. The meteorite attribution was announced this week by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram, a former film star who is known for her authoritarian style. A bus driver was killed by the meteorite at an engineering …

    February 10, 2016 8:04 am
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