• This $50 Starbucks gift card costs $200

    This $50 Starbucks gift card costs $200

    Nothing says “I love you mom!” like paying $200 for a gift card that’s only worth $50. Starbucks wants to help everyone celebrate Mother’s Day by offering a stainless steel gift card with “laser-etched floral...
  • Italy holds two over migrant deaths

    Italy holds two over migrant deaths

    Survivors of Sunday’s sinking off Libya arrived in the Sicilian port of Catania late on Monday The captain and a crew member of a boat that capsized off Libya on Sunday, killing hundreds of migrants,...
  • Ex-Bears LB Buffone dies at 70

    Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Longtime Chicago Bears linebacker Doug Buffone has died at the age of 70, the team confirmed. Police said Buffone was found dead in his Chicago home on Monday, according to the...
  • Italy arrests two over migrant boat

    Italy arrests two over migrant boat

    Survivors of Sunday’s sinking off Libya arrived in the Sicilian port of Catania late on Monday The captain and a crew member of a boat that capsized off Libya on Sunday, killing hundreds of migrants,...
  • BoSox beat O’s in rain-shortened series finale

    Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) – Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored as the Boston Red Sox won a rain-shortened Patriots’ Day affair, 7-1, against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on Monday....

Headline News

  • Judge approves settlement to prevent excessive force at L.A. jails


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A court-appointed panel will oversee a plan to prevent excessive use of force by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies at two large downtown jails, under a settlement of a federal lawsuit given final approval on Monday. The agreement approved by U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson resolved a lawsuit brought in 2012 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California against the Sheriff’s Department. The suit accused former county Sheriff Lee Baca of having been aware of a pattern of beatings at the Men’s Central Jail and the nearby Twin Towers jail and failing to take steps to stop the violence. The agreement requires the Sheriff’s Department to revise its use of force policy and give further training to jail deputies to prevent excessive force, with a three-person panel of experts appointed to monitor that inmate rights are respected at the two jails. A 2012 ACLU report found deputies routinely …

    April 20, 2015 8:49 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. business groups to urge Congress to approve fast-track trade authority


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Almost 300 business groups from across the United States are urging swift passage of a bipartisan bill in Congress that would “fast-track” trade deals, in a letter they plan to send to congressional leaders on Tuesday. Noting that Washington was negotiating trade deals with Pacific countries and Europe, the letter seen by Reuters, dated April 21, said: “To realize the potential of these agreements for U.S. jobs, economic growth and competitiveness, Congress must pass Trade Promotion Authority.” The National Association of Manufacturers said on Monday the letter it and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce were sending had been signed by nearly 300 state and local associations involved in almost all areas of the economy. “Our chambers of commerce, manufacturing organizations, and farm bureaus represent millions of companies, workers, farmers, and ranchers from every sector of the economy and every state in the union,” said the letter, which will be delivered to congressional …

    April 20, 2015 7:28 pm
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Stocks

  • This $50 Starbucks gift card costs $200


    Nothing says “I love you mom!” like paying $200 for a gift card that’s only worth $50. Starbucks wants to help everyone celebrate Mother’s Day by offering a stainless steel gift card with “laser-etched floral details and satin ceramic finish.” It’s preloaded with $50 so mom can indulge in all things caffeinated to her heart’s delight. Why the $200 price tag? Well, we mentioned the floral etching, and it also comes in a matching gift box. The card can be reloaded with more money, and rack up rewards every time she makes a purchase. Related: Starbucks to give workers a full ride for college Only 1,500 of the cards are available and they’re exclusively sold online. There’s a limit of one per customer. Shipping is free for most online orders over $75. This isn’t the first time the coffee giant has offered a specially designed gift card that costs more than the dollar amount loaded …

    April 20, 2015 9:49 pm
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Sports

  • Ex-Bears LB Buffone dies at 70


    Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Longtime Chicago Bears linebacker Doug Buffone has died at the age of 70, the team confirmed. Police said Buffone was found dead in his Chicago home on Monday, according to the Chicago Tribune. Buffone played all 14 of his NFL seasons for the Bears between 1966 and 1979, tied for the second-most in franchise history. He appeared in 186 games and made 24 interceptions, tops all-time among Bears linebackers. “He will always be celebrated as one of the Bears greats for his contributions to his team and the fans who loved him,” Bears chairman George H. McCaskey said in a statement. “There was no one tougher on Sundays than Doug Buffone. And he proved it each week over his 14-year career … “His special relationship with Bears fans continued beyond his playing days, first through founding the Bear Report and later as one of the pioneers and long-time contributors to Chicago’s …

    April 20, 2015 8:49 pm
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World News

  • Italy holds two over migrant deaths


    Survivors of Sunday’s sinking off Libya arrived in the Sicilian port of Catania late on Monday The captain and a crew member of a boat that capsized off Libya on Sunday, killing hundreds of migrants, have been arrested, Italian officials say. The two, held on suspicion of people trafficking, were among 27 survivors who arrived in Sicily late on Monday. The arrests come after the EU set out a package of measures to try to ease the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. Search and rescue operations will be stepped up and there will be a campaign to destroy traffickers’ boats. Italian Infrastructure Minister Graziano Delrio said the prosecutor of Catania in Sicily, Giovanni Salvi, had ordered the arrests of the two men who had arrived in the port on a coast guard vessel. Other officials said the pair were the Tunisian captain of the migrant boat and his Syrian first mate. “Prosecutor Salvi has made …

    April 20, 2015 8:49 pm
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Technology

  • Gesture-enabled touchpad fits on your thumbnail (Tomorrow Daily 164)


    Happy Monday, citizens of the Internet! We’re back today with a slew of crazy future tech stories to make your imaginations run wild; fortunately, everything you see on the show today is real and (hopefully someday) coming to a reality near you. MIT’s “NailO” prototype fits a tiny touchpad on your thumb, but don’t worry, they think a commercial version will support artistic surfaces (so you can look stylish while subtly paging through Tinder with your thumb). We’re also taking a look at an educational tool that combines augmented reality and 3D imaging to help kids learn subjects like science and history, plus we go over SpaceX’s third attempt at a reusable rocket landing in the middle of the ocean. Oh, and congratulations to viewer Neil, who sent in an ultrasound picture of his first baby! Our youngest superfan, obviously. Here are some links and notes for all the things on the show today: MIT’s …

    April 20, 2015 6:48 pm
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Science

  • Better battery imaging paves way for renewable energy future


    Related images(click to enlarge) In a move that could improve the energy storage of everything from portable electronics to electric microgrids, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Brookhaven National Laboratory researchers have developed a novel X-ray imaging technique to visualize and study the electrochemical reactions in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries containing a new type of material, iron fluoride. “Iron fluoride has the potential to triple the amount of energy a conventional lithium-ion battery can store,” says Song Jin, a UW-Madison professor of chemistry and Wisconsin Energy Institute affiliate. “However, we have yet to tap its true potential.” Graduate student Linsen Li worked with Jin and other collaborators to perform experiments with a state-of-the-art transmission X-ray microscope at the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven. There, they collected chemical maps from actual coin cell batteries filled with iron fluoride during battery cycling to determine how well they perform. The results are published today in the journal Nature Communications. “In …

    April 20, 2015 7:08 pm
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Health

  • Iowa reports biggest U.S. outbreak of bird flu in poultry


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, found a lethal strain of bird flu in millions of hens at an egg-laying facility on Monday, the worst case so far in a national outbreak that prompted Wisconsin to declare a state of emergency. The infected Iowa birds were being raised near the city of Harris by Sunrise Farms, an affiliate of Sonstegard Foods Company, the company said. The facility houses 3.8 million hens, according to the company, which sells eggs to food manufacturers, government agencies and retailers. “We went to great lengths to prevent our birds from contracting AI (avian influenza), but despite best efforts we now confirm many of our birds are testing positive,” Sonstegard said in a statement. The flock has been quarantined, and birds on the property will be culled to prevent the spread of the disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. The virus can kill nearly an entire infected …

    April 20, 2015 7:28 pm
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Entertainment

  • Roseanne Barr explains why she doesn’t care for Hillary Clinton


    More: Roseanne goes off on Ashton Kutcher and Chuck Lorre Barr, who herself ran for president in 2012 with the Peace and Freedom Party after failing to win the Green Party nomination, said that it doesn’t matter that Clinton, who announced her candidacy last week, is a woman, because at the end of the day, it’s just politics as usual. “I think she’s a Democrat just like they all are,” Barr told the Daily Beast. “She seems like every other Democrat. I would not like to see her win. She’s the same old shit. I’d like to see me win. “I don’t see how she can win, but it will be interesting to see how the process goes — although it’s kind of offensive that the American people for 21 months have to live through the mudslinging that goes on between the two parties, which I think is just a tactic to prevent government from …

    April 20, 2015 8:08 pm
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Editorial

  • The Foxhole: Richard Breitman on the origins of the Final Solution and the founding of Israel


    It was just after noon on a Saturday – April 8, 1933, to be exact – when James G. McDonald, tall and lanky with his thick grey hair shoved over to the side, the very picture of a pinstriped American diplomat of the era, arrived at the German  Chancellery building in Berlin to keep his appointment with Adolf Hitler. The new German chancellor had been in office less than three months. A week earlier, Hitler’s Nazi Party, newly entrusted with power, had staged a nationwide boycott of Jewish stores. Photographs taken that day show Jewish merchants standing in front of their stores, with armed Brownshirt thugs menacing them, forced to wear signs around their necks emblazoned with anti-Semitic slogans like: GERMANS! DEFEND YOURSELVES! DON’T BUY FROM JEWS! ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The last person McDonald had met with before heading over to the Chancellery building was an American expatriate named Henry Goldman, a Goldman Sachs executive sympathetic …

    April 20, 2015 3:25 pm
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Odd News

  • U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal over Arizona ‘fish pedicures’


    (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by the owner a Phoenix-area spa that ran afoul of Arizona state regulations that barred her from providing pedicures in which clients have their feet nibbled by small fish to remove dead skin. The high court’s action, made without comment by the justices, ends a years-long case over fish pedicures, which have become a popular alternative to exfoliation for some spa-goers in recent years but are banned in some U.S. states for health and safety reasons. The procedure involves customers placing their feet in a water tank filled with toothless Garra rufa fish, also known as doctor fish, which suck the dead tissue off their feet to leave them feeling softer. Cindy Vong, who has operated a nail salon in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert since 2006, introduced the treatment in 2008. She imported fish from China and remodeled her business to create a …

    April 20, 2015 3:04 pm
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