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  • Navy pilot safely ejected before aircraft crashed in California bay

    May 22, 2015: A US Navy aircraft sits in shallow water in San Diego Bay after over shooting a runway at the North Island Naval Station. (AP) A Navy pilot safely ejected into San Diego Bay Friday before a training jet went off the end of a runway landing at Naval Air Station North Island. Boaters were able to rescue the pilot from the bay that separates the base in Cornado from downtown San Diego, the Navy said. The pilot was taken by helicopter to University of California, San Diego Medical Center for evaluation and was released. The pilot was training for aircraft-landing qualifications in a T-45C Goshawk when the crash occurred. There was nobody onboard the aircraft, Lt. Reagan Lauritzen, a Navy spokeswoman, said. The downed plane could be seen in the bay’s shallow water, barely offshore from the base. The Navy was working to lift the jet out of the water. The cause of …

    May 23, 2015 4:41 am


  • White moving back into Detroit

    Eugene Gualtieri, a 41-year-old lab technician at the Detroit Medical Center, prepares to ride his motorcycle in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) Whites are moving back to the American city that came to epitomize white flight, even as blacks continue to leave for the suburbs and the city’s overall population shrinks. Detroit is the latest major city to see an influx of whites who may not find the suburbs as alluring as their parents and grandparents did in the last half of the 20th century. Unlike New York, San Francisco and many other cities that have seen the demographic shift, though, it’s cheap housing and incentive programs that are partly fueling the regrowth of the Motor City’s white population. “For any individual who wants to build a company or contribute to the city, Detroit is the perfect place to be,” said Bruce Katz, co-director of the Global Cities Initiative at the Washington-based Brookings Institution. “You can …

    May 23, 2015 4:20 am


  • Clooney’s ‘Tomorrowland’ hoping for box office blast off

    The box office for Disney’s (DIS) “Tomorrowland” looks to be as unknown as tomorrow itself. The film starring George Clooney opened in the U.S. on Friday and is looking at a projected $40 million to $50 million four-day holiday weekend box office, according to industry analysts. That much we know. As far as if the film be considered a box office success or bomb come Memorial Day is yet to be determined. Up to now, the summer box office has somewhat played out how analysts expected. “Furious 7″ opened to record numbers in April, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” flew to #1 in early May, and “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Pitch Perfect 2″ battled for the box office last weekend. However, those films were sequels and “Tomorrowland” is an original creation (away from sharing its name with the famed land from Disney’s parks). The film’s lack of an established audience along with its current 49% …

    May 23, 2015 3:20 am


  • Attack mode: New-look US defense plans to leave its mark on Women’s World Cup in Canada

    FILE – In this May 17, 2015 file photo, United States’ defender Meghan Klingenberg, right, tries to control a ball against Mexico’s defender Kenti Robles during the first half of their friendly soccer match, in Carson, Calif. With each match the Americans play and through every rigorous training session, Klingenberg and the defense become more comfortable together on a new-look back line ahead of their World Cup opener 2 1/2 weeks from now against Australia in Winnipeg. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File) (The Associated Press) SAN JOSE, Calif. –  Meghan Klingenberg figured she could go above and beyond to further build team camaraderie, and it involved a box of beautiful gourmet doughnuts for her teammates before a recent World Cup tuneup. Such gestures mean a lot for a group still getting to know each other. With each match the Americans play and through every rigorous training session, Klingenberg and the defense become more comfortable together on …

    May 23, 2015 3:41 am

World News

  • Ramadi civilians’ plight highlighted

    The UN says it is trying to reach some 40,000 civilians displaced from Ramadi by the advance of Islamic State (IS). The largest concentration is at Bzebiz bridge which has been closed by the authorities to prevent those fleeing from entering Iraq’s capital, Baghdad. There are reports of children dying of dehydration in the heat, the UN’s Dominik Bartsch told the BBC. IS seized Ramadi earlier this week. Pro-government militias are preparing an offensive to retake the city. IS militants are reported to be pressing eastwards from Ramadi – capital of Anbar province – down the Euphrates Valley towards Habbaniya where the Shia militias have been deployed. If they take Habbaniya, the Sunni militants will be close to linking up directly with Falluja, a city close to Baghdad which they have held for more than over a year despite repeated attacks by government forces. It is unclear why the Bzebiz bridge over the Euphrates was …

    May 23, 2015 4:41 am


  • Screen time v play time: what tech leaders won’t let their own kids do

    When a technology journalist suggested to Steve Jobs, in 2010, that his children must have loved the just-released iPad, he replied flatly: “They haven’t used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.” His former righthand man, Jonathan Ive, whose design for the iPad is so simple that toddlers can operate it, recently revealed that he sets strict limits for his 10-year-old twin boys. Steiner Waldorf schools, which exclude screen time before the age of 12 in favour of physical activity, art and experiential learning, are particularly popular with Silicon Valley executives and their UK counterparts. Kevin Avison, executive officer of the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship in the UK, says that when he was teaching near Reading, “nearly 50% of parents of children in the class worked at Oracle or other hi-tech computer companies”. This approach is much more stringent than official guidelines recommend. The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages any screen …

    May 23, 2015 3:40 am


  • Thunder god vine used in traditional Chinese medicine is a potential obesity treatment

    Related images(click to enlarge) An extract from the thunder god vine, which has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine, reduces food intake and causes up to a 45% decrease in body weight in obese mice. The weight-loss compound, called Celastrol, produces its potent effects by enhancing the action of an appetite-suppressing hormone called leptin. The findings, published May 21 in Cell, are an early indicator that Celastrol could be developed into a drug for the treatment of obesity. “During the last two decades, there has been an enormous amount of effort to treat obesity by breaking down leptin resistance, but these efforts have failed,” says senior study author Umut Ozcan, an endocrinologist atBoston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. “The message from this study is that there is still hope for making leptin work, and there is still hope for treating obesity. If Celastrol works in humans as it does in mice, …

    May 23, 2015 4:00 am


  • Exercise may cut risk of death among elderly men

    (Reuters Health) – Elderly men who exercise regularly – even by doing light activities like walking – may be less likely to die than those who are sedentary, a large Norwegian study suggests. Researchers followed about 5,700 men for about five decades, starting in the 1970s when they were 45 years old on average, to see how their exercise habits influenced longevity. Men who got about 30 minutes of exercise six days a week appeared to reduce their risk of death by 40 percent. The findings add to a growing body of evidence showing that exercise can help people live longer, Dr. I-Min Lee, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at Harvard University, said by email. “We have clear data showing that the more energy is expended, the greater the reduction in mortality rates,” said Lee, who wasn’t involved in the study.” Exercise has many benefits, including weight reduction and improved cardiovascular health. Cardiovascular disease …

    May 23, 2015 4:20 am


  • One actress confesses she skipped Cannes over body-shaming fears

    More: Cannes 2015 to open with a film by a woman for the first time in 28 years Speaking to the Associated Press, the Groundhog Day actress revealed that after she had her second child, daughter Rainey Qualley, she was so afraid of body-shaming that she chose to stay home. “You know Sex, Lies, and Videotape [her 1989 film] won here, and I didn’t come because I had just had my daughter, and I was nursing her and really round and I was afraid people would make fun of me,” she said. That year Sex, Lies, and Videotape won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, France. More: Exclusive clip: Andie MacDowell portrays the perfect Southern mom in Footloose While MacDowell does admit that she now doesn’t care what people think of her, it’s truly terrible that she felt so much pressure to look a certain way that it prevented her from attending the festival. And it once again …

    May 23, 2015 2:40 am


  • The day President Bush’s tears spilled onto a Marine’s face at Walter Reed

    Editor’s note: The following column is excerpted from Fox News anchor and political analyst Dana Perino’s new book, “And the Good News Is… Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side” (Twelve, April 21, 2015). News of America’s military men and women [who] were wounded and killed in Iraq and Afghanistan almost overwhelmed me on some days. I may have sounded strong when I was talking to the press, but sometimes I had to push my feelings way down in order to get any words out of my mouth to make statements and answer questions. The hardest days were when President Bush went to visit the wounded or families of the fallen. If it was tough for me, you can only imagine what it was like for the families and for a president who knew that his decisions led his troops into battles where they fought valiantly but were severely injured or lost their lives. He …

    May 23, 2015 4:40 am

Odd News

  • Milwaukee man pronounced dead, then moves and breathes

    First responders preparing to take the body of a Milwaukee man pronounced dead to the morgue got a jolt when the man suddenly began moving and noticeably breathing, authorities said on Friday. They had gone to the 46-year-old man’s high-rise building on Tuesday after his worried girlfriend called for assistance, saying she had not heard from him for two days, according to a medical examiner’s report. When they arrived at his apartment, they found him cold, pale and rigid at the foot of his bed, the report said. They did not try to resuscitate him. About 50 minutes later, the medical examiner arrived and notified the man’s family of his death. As the examiner readied the body to be taken to the morgue, the man began to move his left arm and right leg, the report said. Paramedics took the man, who has not been identified, to a nearby hospital, where he was admitted to …

    May 22, 2015 11:52 am