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  • A look at the first month of James Holmes’ Colorado theater shooting trial, by the numbers

    A by-the-numbers look at the first month in the trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes: ___ 2,085: The number of pieces of evidence admitted by prosecutors. ___ 1,575: The number of photographs prosecutors admitted into evidence. ___ 415: The number of seats in the Theater Nine, where the shooting took place. ___ 166: The number of counts prosecutors filed against James Holmes. ___ 144: The number of prosecution witnesses called to testify so far. ___ 51: The number of victims who have testified. ___ 27: The number of local police agencies that responded to the shooting. ___ 8: The number of weeks Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. gave prosecutors to present their case to jurors. ___ 4: The number of times the youngest victim, 6-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan, was fatally shot. ___ 3: The number of tickets for the premiere of “Dark Knight Rises” James Holmes purchased online through Fandango.

    May 26, 2015 2:14 am


  • Emails suggest future political problems for Hillary

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received information on her private email account about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that was later classified “secret” at the request of the FBI, underscoring lingering questions about how responsibly she handled sensitive information on a home server. The nearly 900 pages of her correspondence released Friday are only a sliver of the more than 55,000 pages of emails Clinton has turned over to the State Department, which had its plan to release them next January rejected this week by a federal judge. Instead, the judge ordered the agency to conduct a “rolling production” of the records. Along with a Republican-led House committee investigating the Benghazi attacks, the slow drip of emails will likely keep the issue of how Clinton, the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, used a personal email account while …

    May 26, 2015 12:50 am


  • Malaysia Airlines to lay off one-third staff as restructuring concludes

    Malaysia Airlines is nearly finished with its tough restructuring plan — which will include cutting about one-third of its workforce — in its effort to recover after two plane tragedies last year. The layoff, expected very soon, is estimated to affect 6,000 out of 20,000 staff, though reports are now suggesting the figure could be closer to 8,000. Malaysia Airlines has also appointed a senior administrator to oversee this transition period. Despite this, the airline’s “operations are very much business as usual,” CEO Christoph Mueller said in a statement. Malaysia Airlines was battered by an avalanche of negative publicity last year after the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370 and the shooting down of MH17. The airline was pulled from the stock market and taken private by Khazanah Nasional, Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, which eventually revealed a $1.8 billion restructuring plan. Related: Malaysia hopes revamp will revive airline Key reforms included cutting unprofitable routes, putting new …

    May 25, 2015 11:49 pm


  • Comeback canceled: Toews gets 2 late goals to force OT, but Chicago drops Game 5 to Ducks, 5-4

    ANAHEIM, Calif. –  When Jonathan Toews scored twice in the final seconds to force overtime in Game 5, the Western Conference finals appeared to be bending under the weight of the Chicago Blackhawks’ famed playoff tenacity. They bent, but the Anaheim Ducks didn’t break. And now Chicago will need all of that postseason toughness to avoid elimination. Matt Beleskey scored 45 seconds into overtime, and the Ducks bounced back from Toews’ heroics to beat the Blackhawks 5-4 on Monday night, taking a 3-2 series lead. “I think going into overtime, we were feeling that the game was in our hands and we’re going to get that next break,” Toews said. “So it’s unfortunate that we couldn’t take advantage of it.” Until Beleskey lined up Ryan Kesler’s fat rebound off Corey Crawford’s pad and fired it into an open net, the ice appeared to be tilted in the Blackhawks’ favor in the sixth overtime period already …

    May 26, 2015 2:14 am

World News

  • Burkina begins Sankara exhumation

    People turned up to witness the exhumation but were not allowed in the graveyard The exhumation of what are believed to be the remains of Burkina Faso’s former President Thomas Sankara has begun. Once exhumed they can be formally identified – a long-standing demand of Mr Sankara’s family and supporters. Seen as Africa’s Che Guevara, the anti-imperialist revolutionary was hastily buried with 12 others in a 1987 coup. Permission for an exhumation was denied during the rule of his successor, Blaise Compaore, who left office last October amid street protests. Africa news updates Mr Compaore has always denied being involved in the ex-leader’s killing, insisting that the “facts are known” and he has “nothing to hide”. While he was in office, a Burkina Faso court blocked a request by Mr Sankara’s family for his remains to be exhumed. But the new interim government said Mr Sankara’s family would be given the means to help identify …

    May 26, 2015 2:15 am


  • If one thing gives me hope for the future, it’s the cause of ​internet freedom

    A funny thing happened on the way to the high-tech dystopia. Fifteen years ago, there were very few “technology activist” groups in the field. My former (and once again) employer, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, was one of the first wave, preceded by a scant few like the Free Software Foundation. These groups were excited by the possibilities of technology, of course – but that’s not what animated them. Rather, they were and are motivated by a mixture of hope and fear: hope for the ways technology could give us a better world, and fear of how technology will make the world worse in a million ways. I became aware of the movement’s existence in 1993, shortly before I dropped out of university (for the fourth and final time) and went to work as a programmer. I remember it well: I was about to get on a Greyhound bus from downtown Toronto to the University of …

    May 26, 2015 12:09 am


  • New maze-like beamsplitter is world’s smallest

    Photonic Tetris? View of the maze-like beamsplitter An ultracompact beamsplitter – the smallest one in the world – has been designed and fabricated by researchers in the US. Using a newly developed algorithm, the team built the smallest integrated polarization beamsplitter to date, which could allow computers and mobile devices of the future to function millions of times faster than current machines. Beamsplitters divide light waves into two separate channels of information, and will be crucial for the development of so-called silicon photonic chips that compute and shuttle data using light instead of electrons. “Light is the fastest thing you can use to transmit information,” says Rajesh Menon, an electrical and computer engineer at the University of Utah. “But that information has to be converted to electrons when it comes into your laptop. In that conversion, you’re slowing things down. The vision is to do everything in light.” Light maze Silicon photonics could significantly increase …

    May 26, 2015 12:30 am


  • Fight over hot new cholesterol drugs may be won in milligrams

    LOS ANGELES Two powerful and innovative cholesterol drugs likely to be approved this summer both target the same protein and have been shown to sharply lower LDL in high-risk patients.  But there is at least one significant difference between the two offerings: the dosages in which they will be sold. Assuming approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Amgen Inc. will offer its drug, Repatha, as a biweekly 140 mg injection or a monthly injection of 420 mg, while Praluent, from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and Sanofi, will be offered in biweekly injections of 75 mg or 150 mg. The difference in dosages is likely to lead to very different sales strategies for the two drugs, in what could be a fierce competition for market share. Amgen’s high-dose monthly injection could be seen as more convenient and might appeal to doctors because of its higher potency. Regeneron and Sanofi could enjoy a significant pricing advantage with …

    May 26, 2015 12:51 am


  • B.B. King’s daughters make a shocking accusation about their dad’s death

    Karen Williams and Patty King have filed affidavits stating they believe King’s business manager, LaVerne Toney, murdered him with the help of his personal assistant. “I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administrated foreign substances to induce his premature death,” the sisters wrote in separate but identical statements to the court. “[I] request a formal investigation into this matter.” More: Big Bang Theory‘s Mayim Bialik pens saddest letter to her fans But according to attorney Brent Bryson, three doctors made sure that King was well cared for and he received 24-hour monitoring and medical care until he died. “I hope they have a factual basis that they can demonstrate for their defamatory and libelous allegations,” Bryson said in a statement. “This is extremely disrespectful to B.B. King. He did not want invasive medical procedures. He made the decision to return home for hospice care instead of staying in a hospital. These unfounded …

    May 26, 2015 1:11 am


  • Memorial Day 2015: What it means to be an American Indian veteran

    “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.”  These words are ingrained in us. We sing them proudly at ballgames, and BBQ’s, firework displays and ceremonies honoring the many occasions of celebration and remembrance that make us all American. Most likely choruses of our national anthem will be performed many times over this Memorial Day weekend in honor of our veterans. It’s America’s way of paying tribute for their service. This weekend always gives me pause. What is sacrifice, what is service, what does it mean to be an American veteran, what does it mean to be American? I pose these questions because I understand and represent this country the only way I can…as an American Indian. My history and heritage is beautiful and complex. I am a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, and call Colorado home. I am also a veteran – I served proudly in the Air Force during Korean …

    May 25, 2015 9:02 am

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