Headline News

  • LAPD chief says homeless man shot by police reached for officer’s gun


    March 2, 2015: Los Angeles Police detective Meghan Aguilar points at photos released by police that could indicate evidence of a suspect holding a police officer’s gun, seen in a video grab scene shot by a witness at the shooting of a homeless man on Skid Row of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) LOS ANGELES –  Police fatally shot a homeless man on Skid Row during a “brutal” videotaped struggle in which a rookie officer cried out that the man had grabbed his gun, the Los Angeles police chief said Monday. Video showed the man reaching toward the officer’s waistband, Chief Charlie Beck said. The officer’s gun was found partly cocked and jammed with a round of ammunition in the chamber and another in the ejection port, indicating a struggle for the weapon. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “You can hear the young officer who was primarily engaged in the confrontation saying that ‘He has my gun. He …

    March 2, 2015 10:30 pm
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Politics

  • Congress grapples with U.S. domestic security agency funding


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Heightening the political drama over funding the U.S. domestic security agency, the Senate Monday voted to block negotiations with the House of Representatives, leaving few options for House Speaker John Boehner as another midnight Friday deadline loomed. Three days after lawmakers narrowly avoided a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security in a dispute over immigration reforms, the Senate voted 58-31 to send a “clean” full-year funding bill back to the House. The votes leave few options for conservatives in the Republican-dominated House to use the security super-agency’s budget to press its fight against Democratic President Barack Obama’s orders on immigration in which he bypassed Congress. “Speaker Boehner has the power to end this standoff with a snap of his fingers … Put the ‘clean’ bill up for a vote” in the House, Senator Charles Schumer, a Democrat, told reporters Monday. For Boehner, the week began amid criticism of his management …

    March 2, 2015 10:10 pm
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Stocks

  • #TheDress: 73 million page views


    Last week the Internet was mesmerized by the color scheme of #TheDress. On Monday, Tumblr reported just how enthralled the Internet was. According to Tumblr, the original post of #TheDress has pulled in 73 million page views since being posted on the site on Thursday. Yes that’s right. Seventy. Three. Million. To put that outrageous number into context, the most viewed story in the history of the popular viral news site BuzzFeed is a quiz called “What State Do You Actually Belong In?” which pulled in 41.6 million views. In terms of Internet traffic, 73 million page views for a single story is beyond incredible. In fact, most websites would be happy to have that amount of views in a month let alone from a single story. If that wasn’t mind-boggling enough, Tumblr shared that the original post from user swiked had 140,000 page views per minute between 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Thursday night. …

    March 2, 2015 10:11 pm
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Sports

  • Nets edge Warriors on Jack’s buzzer-beater


    Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Jarrett Jack hit the game-winning shot with just 1.1 seconds remaining, giving the Brooklyn Nets a big 110-108 victory over the Golden State Warriors at Barclays Center. One of a host of teams battling for the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, the Nets came through with a signature win over the West’s top squad after holding off a furious late comeback attempt led by Stephen Curry. Curry scored 11 of his 26 points during a 12-2 run that knotted the score at 108-108 entering the final minute, but the MVP candidate’s reverse layup attempt missed the mark and left his hand after the buzzer to send the Warriors to defeat. Brook Lopez racked up 26 points and Deron Williams added 22 for Brooklyn, which went 10-of-21 from 3-point range and held Curry and fellow All-Star Klay Thompson in check for most of the night. While Curry was able …

    March 2, 2015 10:30 pm
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World News

  • Coffee linked to ‘cleaner’ arteries


    3 March 2015 Last updated at 00:08 By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online Drinking a few cups of coffee a day may help people avoid clogged arteries – a known risk factor for heart disease – Korean researchers believe. They studied more than 25,000 male and female employees who underwent routine health checks at their workplace. Employees who drank a moderate amount of coffee – three to five cups a day – were less likely to have early signs of heart disease on their medical scans. The findings reopen the debate about whether coffee is good for the heart. Heart effects There is a lot of confusion when it comes to the effect of coffee on heart health. In heart disease, the arteries supplying the heart muscle can become blocked Some studies have linked consumption to heart risk factors, such as raised cholesterol or blood pressure, while others suggest the beverage may offer …

    March 2, 2015 10:30 pm
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Technology

  • Yahoo marks 20th birthday with world yodeling record


    Yahoo broke the world yodeling record on Monday. Yahoo Yahoo may not be breaking world records in mobile revenue just yet, but it did enter the record books for one thing on Monday: yodeling. For the company’s 20th birthday, CEO Marissa Mayer assembled more than 3,400 employees outside of the company’s headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif., to perform Yahoo’s signature sound byte. Previously, the record for most people simultaneously yodeling was 1,700. The act capped off a day of Yahoo celebrations. When the Nasdaq opened on Monday, the bell yodeled instead of rang — the first modification of the bell in the stock exchange’s history. The company is one of the most iconic in Silicon Valley history, but it has been in turnaround mode after several years of flagging revenue. The sound of 3,400 amateur yodelers isn’t the most pleasant sounding in the world. According to the book “Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo,” by Bart Plantenga, the distinctive sound of …

    March 2, 2015 9:50 pm
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Science

  • Sall4 is required for DNA repair in stem cells


    Related images(click to enlarge) A protein that helps embryonic stem cells (ESCs) retain their identity also promotes DNA repair, according to a study in The Journal of Cell Biology. The findings raise the possibility that the protein, Sall4, performs a similar role in cancer cells, helping them fix DNA damage to survive chemotherapy. Fixing broken DNA is particularly important for ESCs because they will pass on any mutations to their differentiated descendants. Mouse ESCs are adept at making repairs — they carry far fewer mutations than do differentiated cells — but how they achieve this isn’t clear. A team of researchers led by Yang Xu, from the University of California, San Diego, tested whether the protein Sall4, which suppresses differentiation of ESCs, has a role in DNA repair. The researchers found that ESCs lacking Sall4 were poor at mending double-strand breaks, a hazardous form of DNA damage in which both strands of the double helix …

    March 2, 2015 10:10 pm
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Health

  • North Korea reopens borders after months-long Ebola shutdown


    SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea officially reopened its borders on Tuesday to foreign tourists and businessmen nearly five months after shutting them over fear of the deadly Ebola virus, tour agencies and a diplomatic source told Reuters. “We’ve had it confirmed officially that the border is now open,” said Troy Collings, manager of the China-based Young Pioneer Tours, which takes Western tourists into North Korea. North Korea is one of the world’s most isolated countries and is thousands of miles from the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. It has reported no cases of the virus, which has killed more than 9,000 people. However, its borders have been closed to foreign tourists since last October for fear the virus might spread and it imposes a strict 21-day quarantine for foreign aid workers and diplomats, who have been told to stay in embassy compounds. A diplomatic source in Pyongyang confirmed the border had been …

    March 2, 2015 10:11 pm
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Entertainment

  • Shia LaBeouf grosses out the internet with his new rattail braid (PHOTO)


    We’re going to take a page from People‘s book here and start with this: What? Why in the world? Is it real? Is it an extension? Please tell us it’s for a new role. More: 25 Things Shia LaBeouf does that the rest of us could never pull off The outlet even goes so far as to ask if the world prefers the paper bag the actor sported. It’s a fair question because this, this is just unexpectedly bad. Just disastrous: http://t.co/14xTzbYfz2 pic.twitter.com/pVHGaekDAF — Esquire Magazine (@Esquiremag) March 2, 2015 Paired with the earrings and the eyebrow ring, it’s way too reminiscent of the ’80s and not in the good way. This is so far from nostalgia. I mean, he’s getting publicity for it, so… mission accomplished? Otherwise, why the heck would he ever think this was a good idea? We can’t even see this being a good idea in a movie… unless it’s 1983 and he’s …

    March 2, 2015 10:30 pm
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Editorial

  • Netanyahu’s Speech and Democrats in Congress: Why a boycott is a bad idea


    Is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu too pushy? Democrats have increasingly derided the Jewish leader’s decision to accept Republican Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to address a Joint Session of Congress. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Last week, President Obama’s National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, ripped the Prime Minister, saying his speech would be “destructive” to the relationship between the two nations. The “enemy of my enemy is my friend” is an old political adage. This makes Boehner and Netanyahu natural allies. Democrats say Netanyahu is playing politics with anti-Obama Republicans to derail U.S.-Iran nuclear talks. They claim he is purposely demeaning the president. Growing numbers of Democrats have vowed to boycott his speech Tuesday. In fact just last week, Obama confidant and leading vice presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine, pointedly announced his intention to skip Netanyahu’s speech. Gosh:  A House Speaker playing politics! A politician making a bold political play shortly before Israeli’s vote on whether to …

    March 2, 2015 10:30 pm
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Odd News

  • Circus acrobat reported missing in Atlanta has been found


    (Reuters) – An acrobat reported missing in Atlanta by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey circus has been found, a production company said on Friday. Police issued a missing person bulletin on Thursday for Wei Cao, a 25-year-old Chinese citizen who performs a bicycle and juggling act for the circus, after she missed a scheduled performance this week. Feld Entertainment, which produces the circus, said in a statement that Cao had been located and no additional information was available. A spokeswoman for the Atlanta Police Department said the agency had not been notified of the performer’s return. (Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Lisa Lambert)

    February 28, 2015 1:19 am
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