Headline News

  • New Jersey Governor Christie’s office drove favorable Exxon settlement: NYT


    (Reuters) – New Jersey’s long legal battle to recover $8.9 billion from Exxon Mobil Corp for environmental damage ended when Governor Chris Christie’s chief counsel, Christopher Porrino, cut a deal to settle for $250 million, the New York Times reported, citing two people familiar with the negotiation. The Times reported last week that the settlement, which has not been made public, had been reached after 11 years of legal battle over New Jersey’s claim for damages from Exxon Mobil for the contamination of more than 1,500 acres of wetlands and waters. On Thursday, the newspaper quoted Bradley Campbell, commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection when the case was filed in 2004, as saying the favorable deal was reached when Porrino became involved. Porrino “inserted himself into the case, elbowed aside the attorney general and career employees who had developed and prosecuted the litigation, and cut the deal favorable to Exxon,” the Times quoted …

    March 5, 2015 9:43 pm
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Politics

  • Lawmaker becomes first Republican to enter California’s U.S. Senate race


    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – California state lawmaker Rocky Chavez on Thursday became the first Republican to jump into the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated next year by Democrat Barbara Boxer. Chavez, a retired Marine colonel who represents part of San Diego County in the State Assembly, faces an uphill battle against Democratic state Attorney General Kamala Harris in the heavily blue state. But Chavez predicted he would win support from Californians concerned about national security, the economy and the state’s troubled public education system. “If things get worse overseas, who would Californians want representing them in the Senate? A lawyer from San Francisco or a Marine colonel who knows how lives can be protected?” Chavez said, citing the threat from the Islamic State militant group. Chavez has charted a mostly centrist course since winning election to the Legislature in 2012, backing immigration reform and same-sex marriage while saying that as a Catholic, …

    March 5, 2015 6:42 pm
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Stocks

  • Thieves use stolen credit cards on Apple Pay


    Thieves are using stolen credit card data to make bogus purchases on Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment system. The stolen card data is believed to have come from recent hacks on major retailers including Home Depot and Target, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. Here’s what’s happening: Apple’s system hasn’t been hacked. But cyber thieves are taking stolen credit card data, entering it into smartphones, and making purchases — all without the use of an actual credit card or signature. About 80% of these unauthorized purchases have actually been bought with smartphones at Apple stores, the Journal reports, citing sources familiar with the matter. Related: What’s the difference between Apple Pay and Samsung Pay? This isn’t good news for Apple Pay, which launched last fall, highlighting just how much damage cyber thieves can create. Apple Pay’s network includes major merchants such as Whole Foods (WFM), McDonald’s (MCD), Bloomingdale’s and Walgreens (WBA). Apple …

    March 5, 2015 9:03 pm
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Sports

  • Bolts strike early, often against Leafs


    Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Nikita Kucherov and Ryan Callahan netted first-period goals, while Ben Bishop halted 25 shots, as Tampa Bay slipped past Toronto by a 4-2 score on Thursday. Vladislav Namestnikov and Alex Killorn each added a goal for the Lightning, winners in six of their last nine outings. David Booth and Richard Panik supplied offense for the reeling Leafs, who were coming off a win at Florida on Tuesday which snapped a prolonged road drought. Jonathan Bernier stopped 27 pucks in the loss. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    March 5, 2015 9:43 pm
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World News

  • President Obama urged to arm Ukraine


    6 March 2015 Last updated at 03:03 Republican House Leader John Boehner is among the signatories of the letter to President Obama Leading Republicans and Democrats have urged President Barack Obama to provide lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine in its fight against pro-Russian rebels. In a letter, House Speaker John Boehner and other lawmakers said Russia’s actions in Ukraine were a “grotesque violation of international law”. They said that a recent truce had only consolidated rebel gains in the east. Ukraine and the West accuse Russia of helping the rebels with weapons and soldiers – a claim Moscow denies. Independent experts echo that accusation, but Russia insists that any Russians serving with the rebels are “volunteers”. At least 6,000 people are believed to have been killed since the conflict in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions erupted last April, a month after Russia annexed Ukraine’s southern Crimea peninsula. In other developments: EU foreign ministers are …

    March 5, 2015 9:43 pm
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Technology

  • Mars once had an ocean bigger than the Arctic


    NASA/GSFC The question about water on Mars has shifted from “was there?” to “how much?” According to the latest research from NASA, the answer is “a lot.” After conducting a ground-based analysis of the water in the Red Planet’s atmosphere, a team led by Geronimo Villanueva of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has determined that not only was Mars once home to an ocean bigger than the Arctic Ocean, but also how much of that water has been lost. “Our study provides a solid estimate of how much water Mars once had, by determining how much water was lost to space,” Villanueva said. “With this work, we can better understand the history of water on Mars.” The volume of this ocean, which existed some 4.3 billion years ago, would have been at least 20 million cubic kilometres (5 million cubic miles). The Arctic Ocean has a volume of just over 18 million cubic kilometres. On …

    March 5, 2015 6:21 pm
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Science

  • New detector sniffs out origins of methane


    Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, second only to carbon dioxide in its capacity to trap heat in Earth’s atmosphere for a long time. The gas can originate from lakes and swamps, natural-gas pipelines, deep-sea vents, and livestock. Understanding the sources of methane, and how the gas is formed, could give scientists a better understanding of its role in warming the planet. Now a research team led by scientists at MIT and including colleagues from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the University of Toronto, and elsewhere has developed an instrument that can rapidly and precisely analyze samples of environmental methane to determine how the gas was formed. The approach, called tunable infrared laser direct absorption spectroscopy, detects the ratio of methane isotopes, which can provide a “fingerprint” to differentiate between two common origins: microbial, in which microorganisms, typically living in wetlands or the guts of animals, produce methane as a metabolic byproduct; or thermogenic, in …

    March 5, 2015 6:42 pm
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Health

  • Inspector testing positive for deadly bacteria didn’t get it at Louisiana lab: CDC


    (Reuters) – A federal investigator who tested positive for a deadly bacteria that affected five monkeys at a Louisiana primate research facility did not contact it while she was at the lab, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. The worker likely became exposed to the bacteria, Burkholderia pseudomallei, during previous travels to parts of the world where the bacteria is endemic, Jason McDonald, a spokesman at the CDC, told Reuters. Five monkeys at the high-security Tulane National Primate Research Center near New Orleans were accidentally infected with or exposed to the bacteria late last year. Three of them had to be euthanized. The other two showed antibodies that indicated they had been exposed but never had any symptoms, Tulane officials said. The rhesus macaque monkeys had been housed in the veterinary clinic of the center, about 40 miles north of New Orleans. Research on the bacteria, which was being done …

    March 5, 2015 6:42 pm
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Entertainment

  • Teen Mom Katie Yeager accused Jenelle Evans of lying about domestic violence


    On Wednesday, Evans called 911 and told cops that after going back to the house she shared with Griffith to retrieve some belongings for school (the two broke off their engagement in January), Griffith pinned her “against a toilet and forcibly removed an engagement ring from her finger,” according to the police report, explaining that she “went to the master bathroom and was sitting on the toilet when [Griffith] came [into] the bathroom and pinned her against the toilet… [and] wrestled her for the engagement ring.” More: Teen Mom‘s Catelynn and Tyler reveal shocking details of their drug-filled pasts Griffith said he “never touched the victim” and that Evans “got upset with him and took the engagement ring off,” but she showed cops a cut on her ring finger as proof. Griffith was arrested and charged with one count of criminal domestic violence. Not everyone is buying Evans’ story, though. Fellow Teen Mom, Katie Yeager, …

    March 5, 2015 9:03 pm
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Editorial

  • Former Navy SEAL Sniper: Stop selling out our national security


    Scott Taylor (Regnery) Right now in America, our nation is at its tipping point. From the horrifying rise of global terrorism through ISIS, to the looming threat of another government shutdown, Americans are looking for leadership they can count on.  That’s why, as a former Navy SEAL sniper and Iraq War veteran, I am going on the record with my new book, “Trust Betrayed: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the Selling Out of America’s National Security.“ ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT I served this country for eight years, watched brave comrades die, and I would do anything that is humanly possible to defend her defend her from threats both foreign and domestic. I only wish the leader in White House would do the same. I refuse to be part of a generation that went abroad to defeat the evils of terrorism, only to come home and see Washington lose that fight through misguided national security and foreign policies. That’s …

    March 5, 2015 7:02 pm
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Odd News

  • Florida dog saved after being shot, tied to railroad tracks


    TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) – A Florida dog was tied to railroad tracks and shot twice, but survived after police rescued the animal before she was hit by an oncoming train, authorities said. The mixed-breed dog, named Cabela, was in stable condition on Thursday but requires a leg amputation, according to the Tampa Police Department, which is investigating the case. Police received three calls reporting gunshots fired early Wednesday evening near the railroad tracks in Tampa, according to a statement. Officers found the dog, who had been shot in the neck and shoulder, tied to the tracks with a belt. (Reporting by Letitia Stein)

    March 5, 2015 6:41 pm
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