• Survivor found in Nairobi rubble

    Survivor found in Nairobi rubble

    Image copyright Kenya Red Cross Image caption Rescue workers say they are talking to the trapped woman A woman has been found alive in the ruins of a residential building in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, six...
  • Grand National winner Maguire retires

    Grand National winner Maguire retires

    Jason Maguire (right) rode regularly for Donald McCain, who trained Ballabriggs Jockey Jason Maguire, who won the Grand National on Ballabriggs in 2011, is to retire aged 36 after serious injuries. The Irishman has not...
  • Conductor to hold Palmyra concert

    Conductor to hold Palmyra concert

    Image copyright Alexander Shapunov Image caption Valery Gergiev has also worked with the London Symphony Orchestra A renowned Russian conductor will perform in the ruins of Palmyra in Syria on Thursday, Russian media say. Valery...
  • Allen aims to grab Europa lifeline

    Allen aims to grab Europa lifeline

    Curtis Allen, 28, joined Glentoran in January 2014 Glentoran striker Curtis Allen believes the newly-introduced Europa League play-offs are a potential lifeline for the Belfast club. If the Glens beat Coleraine at the Showgrounds on...
  • Police: Escaped inmate spotted at New Jersey CVS

    BARNEGAT TOWNSHIP, N.J. –  Police in New Jersey say security footage has captured images of an inmate walking into a pharmacy a day after vanishing from a state prison. In a Facebook post, the Barnegat...
  • The Funniest Old Tweets By NBA Players

    The Funniest Old Tweets By NBA Players

    Somebody dug up tweets that NBA players had posted years ago and shared them on Reddit. Let’s just say, political correctness has come a long way over the years. Most of the tweets couldn’t be...
  • How Trump trumpets conspiracy theories

    How Trump trumpets conspiracy theories

    Donald Trump did it again on Tuesday, stating something from a highly questionable source as if it’s fact. In the past, his claims have come from fringe right-wing web sites and false social media memes....

Headline News

  • Coast Guard investigates boat shooting report off Key West


    KEY WEST, Fla. –  The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating a report that someone on a fishing boat fired multiple shots in the direction of a 20-foot pleasure boat while its passengers were diving southwest of Key West. Coast Guard officials said in a news release that the report was received Wednesday morning from someone on board the pleasure boat, which was about 20 nautical miles southwest of Marquesas Key. The Coast Guard Cutter William Trump was diverted to the area, where they were joined from a boat crew from Key West. They conducted a boarding of the fishing boat and took control of both vessels, escorting them into port. The agency is conducting a criminal investigation. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also will investigate possible fishing violations.

    May 5, 2016 6:44 am
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Politics

  • Connecticut readies austerity budget vote, aims to cut around $1 billion


    NEW YORK Connecticut’s lawmakers are aiming to pass an austerity budget for the coming financial year on Wednesday that cuts spending by nearly $1 billion as the state struggles with revenues that are falling well short of projections. Details of a deal reached between Governor Dannel Malloy and fellow Democrats were sparse early on Wednesday afternoon as budget staffers rushed to prepare the documents ahead of a vote later in the day. The budget for fiscal year 2016-2017, which starts on July 1, will cut spending by $830 million, divert $100 million from transportation and other funds and sweep $30 million from various agency accounts, said Adam Joseph, a spokesman for Connecticut Senate Democrats. The spending plan is aimed at closing a $960 million hole in next year’s finances that officials have blamed on falling capital gains tax receipts due to a volatile stock market. Malloy proposed an $18.14 billion general fund budget in February …

    May 5, 2016 5:04 am
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Stocks

  • How Trump trumpets conspiracy theories


    Donald Trump did it again on Tuesday, stating something from a highly questionable source as if it’s fact. In the past, his claims have come from fringe right-wing web sites and false social media memes. This time it is coming from the National Enquirer. He credulously cited an Enquirer story about a link between Senator Ted Cruz’s father and JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. No other news outlets have corroborated the alleged link. Cruz called it “nuts” on Tuesday. Hours later, after losing the Indiana primary, Cruz dropped out of the race, leaving Trump as the presumptive GOP nominee. The reciting of unproven conspiracy theories has been a tactic of the Trump campaign since last summer. Trump has spoken of Muslims cheering the 9/11 attacks, a protester’s imagined links to ISIS, and inflated numbers of Syrian refugees coming to America. While other politicians have also been known to cite dubious statistics and tell exaggerated stories, …

    May 5, 2016 5:24 am
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Sports

  • Grand National winner Maguire retires


    Jason Maguire (right) rode regularly for Donald McCain, who trained Ballabriggs Jockey Jason Maguire, who won the Grand National on Ballabriggs in 2011, is to retire aged 36 after serious injuries. The Irishman has not ridden competitively since February 2015 after a fall at Musselburgh. Maguire suffered a serious injury a year earlier which left him in an induced coma. Agent Chris Broad said: “He was a top-class rider – it wasn’t long ago that he split AP McCoy and Richard Johnson in the championship.” Maguire underwent surgery last April for slipped discs in his back and while he has been riding for the likes of Kim Bailey and Tom George, he was often left with a pain in his leg. Having ridden as first-choice jockey for owners Paul and Clare Rooney, during his time off he has been acting as their racing manager. Confirming his client’s retirement, Broad said: “It’s disappointing, but the news …

    May 5, 2016 6:44 am
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World News

  • Survivor found in Nairobi rubble


    Image copyright Kenya Red Cross Image caption Rescue workers say they are talking to the trapped woman A woman has been found alive in the ruins of a residential building in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, six days after it collapsed in heavy rains. Rescue workers say they are talking to her as they work to get her free. Thirty-three people have been confirmed dead following the collapse of the six-storey residence last Friday and more than 80 people are still missing. The building’s presumed owners have been released on bail after being arrested on Monday. The head of Kenya‘s National Disaster Management Unit, Pius Masai, said the woman has been given a glucose intravenous drip and “she is talking and in good spirits”, the AP news agency reports. Image copyright EPA Image caption The rescue operation began shortly after the building collapsed on Friday Head of Kenya Red Cross Abbas Gullet is quoted as saying the …

    May 5, 2016 6:45 am
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Technology

  • China’s love affair with World of Warcraft


    Image copyright Legendary Entertainment Image caption The movie is based on the hugely popular game World of Warcraft featuring fantastical landscapes and monsters Hollywood film Warcraft will have its global premiere in China next month, in what is the culmination of a decade-long love affair between the world’s most populous country and one of the most popular online games of all time, writes the BBC’s Tessa Wong. The film, based on the fantasy game World of Warcraft (WoW), will open in China on 8 June, two days before it begins screening in the US. Why China? The game sees players exploring a vast landscape, complete quests and interact with other gamers, and is known for its colourful array of monsters and landscapes, giving rise to its Chinese name “World of Magic Beasts”. Image copyright Legendary Entertainment Image caption Warcraft features orcs among its main protagonists Opening the movie first in China makes financial sense as …

    May 5, 2016 5:04 am
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Science

  • First global analysis indicates leopards have lost nearly 75 percent of their historic range


    Related images(click to enlarge) The leopard (Panthera pardus), one of the world’s most iconic big cats, has lost as much as 75 percent of its historic range, according to a paper published today in the scientific journal PeerJ. Conducted by partners including the National Geographic Society’s Big Cats Initiative, international conservation charities the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Panthera and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Cat Specialist Group, this study represents the first known attempt to produce a comprehensive analysis of leopards’ status across their entire range and all nine subspecies. The research found that leopards historically occupied a vast range of approximately 35 million square kilometers (13.5 million square miles) throughout Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Today, however, they are restricted to approximately 8.5 million square kilometers (3.3 million square miles). To obtain their findings, the scientists spent three years reviewing more than 1,300 sources on the leopard’s historic …

    May 5, 2016 4:23 am
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Health

  • Why Humans Have Bigger Brains


    WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Scientists say they’ve uncovered why humans have such big brains. It turns out that metabolism — the rate at which a body burns calories — runs faster in humans than it does in other primates. And humans have more body fat, which provides the energy reserves needed to fuel that faster metabolism, the researchers said. What does all of this mean? Greater growth and development of the brain, the researchers said. In their study, the scientists compared 141 humans to 27 chimpanzees, 11 orangutans, 10 gorillas and eight bonobos — pygmy chimpanzees. When adjusted for body size, people consume 400 more calories a day than chimpanzees and bonobos, 635 more calories than gorillas and 820 more calories than orangutans. “Humans exhibit an evolved predisposition to deposit fat whereas other hominoids remain relatively lean, even in captivity where activity levels are modest,” researchers from Loyola University in Chicago, said …

    May 5, 2016 5:04 am
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Entertainment

  • The Funniest Old Tweets By NBA Players


    Somebody dug up tweets that NBA players had posted years ago and shared them on Reddit. Let’s just say, political correctness has come a long way over the years. Most of the tweets couldn’t be posted due to excessive swearing and offensive language, however, they are available here and here.  Here are the best old tweets by NBA players. 

    May 5, 2016 5:44 am
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Editorial

  • Is Bill Clinton Hillary Clinton’s secret weapon in the email scandal?


    Last weekend, Hillary Clinton dispatched her husband, former President Bill Clinton, to offer a defense of her alleged espionage. The espionage allegations against her are that in order to escape public and Obama administration scrutiny, she had all of her emails as secretary of state diverted from a secure government server to a non-secure server in her home in Chappaqua, New York, and, in so doing, failed to protect state secrets in at least 2,200 instances during her four-year tenure. The essence of her husband’s defense is that the secrets were not secrets when she saw them and the investigation of her is all “a game.” We know that the FBI is getting closer to Hillary Clinton, because Bill Clinton had not addressed her email issues publicly before last weekend. The defense he offered belies the facts and the law. He argued that prosecuting his wife over her emails is akin to prosecuting someone for …

    May 5, 2016 12:02 am
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Odd News

  • Selfie gone wrong fells 126-year-old statue of Portuguese king


    LISBON A young man’s attempt to take a selfie snapshot with the statue of a 16th century Portuguese king ended badly when the 126-year-old statue crashed to the ground and shattered, police said on Wednesday. The man, whom police did not identify, accidentally toppled Dom Sebastiao’s statue after climbing up to its pedestal outside the ornate Rossio railway station in central Lisbon just before midnight on Tuesday. He tried to flee the scene but police caught him. He will appear before a judge at a later date. The child-sized statue of the sad-eyed, sword-wielding king stood in a niche between two horseshoe-shaped arches at the entrance to the station. Completed in 1890, the station is a protected monument. Dom Sebastiao, who ruled between 1557 and 1578, is a tragic figure in Portuguese history, dying in battle at the age of 24 during a crusade of his own making in Morocco. His body was never properly …

    May 4, 2016 4:41 pm
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