Headline News

  • $50 million lawsuit planned in NY police shooting of unarmed black man


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The girlfriend of an unarmed black man shot dead by a police officer in a housing project’s dark stairwell notified New York City on Thursday that she plans to file a $50 million lawsuit over his death. The fatal shooting of Akai Gurley, 28, in Brooklyn in November was among a string of incidents that fueled widespread protests over what critics say is a pattern of lethal police misconduct toward minority groups. Scott Rynecki, the lawyer representing Gurley’s girlfriend, Kimberly Ballinger, and their 2-year-old daughter, said Officer Peter Liang acted “recklessly” both in drawing his gun while patrolling the project known as the Pink Houses and in firing the fatal shot. “An officer has to be able to justify having his weapon out and in his hands,” Rynecki said. “We think there was no justification.” Police have said Liang may have accidentally discharged his gun. The Brooklyn district attorney is investigating …

    January 29, 2015 11:46 am
    0 Comments

Politics

  • Key Democratic senator says wait until June for Iran sanctions bill


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown, the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, on Thursday called on panel members to wait until June to pass legislation to toughen sanctions on Iran, in order to give world powers and Tehran time to negotiate. “Congress should have the collective patience to wait until the end of June to see whether our negotiators can resolve the nuclear issue with Iran through diplomacy,” Brown said in his opening statement as the banking panel prepared to vote on a sanctions bill. President Barack Obama has pledged to veto any bill imposing new sanctions now. As Republicans and Democrats in Congress debate how Congress should weigh in on nuclear talks with Iran, several other Democratic senators said earlier this week they would hold off on voting for any new sanctions bill until at least March 24. After more than 18 months of negotiations, the United States, Britain, China, …

    January 29, 2015 10:05 am
    0 Comments

Stocks

  • Middle class families are on financial thin ice


    The typical middle-class American family is not prepared for a major financial shock. This family could only replace 21 days of income with readily accessible funds, leaving it on financial thin ice in case of an emergency, according to a new report from Pew’s financial security and mobility project. Those funds include cash on hand or in savings and checking accounts. Even if the family liquidated all its retirement savings and investments, it could only replace 119 days of income. The lowest-income families are even more strapped, with only 9 days of ready cash. But even the richest Americans can only dig up 52 days in an emergency. “Many American families, even those with relatively high incomes, are walking a financial tightrope,” said Erin Currier, director of Pew’s financial security and mobility project. “Many have little, if any, cushion to absorb an unexpected financial setback. It’s a precarious state that threatens not just financial security, …

    January 29, 2015 10:25 am
    0 Comments

Sports

  • Brodeur calls it a career


    St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) – Goaltender Martin Brodeur announced his retirement Thursday after 21 stellar seasons with the New Jersey Devils and seven games with the St. Louis Blues. Brodeur, who joined the Blues in December after an injury to Brian Elliott, hadn’t played since early January and was granted a leave of absence earlier this month to decide his future. He will remain with the St. Louis organization as the senior advisor to the general manager. “I know I can play and I can still have fun with this game,” said Brodeur on Thursday, adding that he discussed his options with his family. “We came to the conclusion this is a great opportunity for me to start something new and I’m really excited.” Brodeur was 3-3-0 with a 2.87 goals-against average and one shutout during his brief stint with the Blues. Once Elliott returned, Brodeur became the odd-man out with Jake Allen as the …

    January 29, 2015 11:47 am
    0 Comments

World News

  • Mexico City blast kills at least 7


    29 January 2015 Last updated at 16:40 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Aerial footage shows the scale of the devastation, as Tim Willcox explains At least seven people were killed, including four babies, when a gas tank truck exploded outside a maternity hospital in Mexico City, officials said. Many of the victims were injured by flying glass, according to the city’s mayor. Part of the maternity hospital reportedly collapsed due to the force of the explosion. One official said victims were still likely to be trapped in the rubble. The blast, which happened on the western edge of Mexico City, sent a pall of smoke above the area. Emergency crews were at the scene searching for anyone buried under the twisted metal and rubble. Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera told a local television station that at least 54 people had been injured, 22 of them children. He added that the …

    January 29, 2015 10:45 am
    0 Comments

Technology

  • Heading to the Super Bowl? Leave your drone at home


    Do they need to be any clearer? Video screenshot by Anthony Domanico/CNET Look, we get it. Drones are fun. But as we’ve seen repeatedly over the last few months, they can also be a major nuisance. So if you are planning to bring your drone to the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday for the Super Bowl, you should probably go ahead and leave that drone at home. The Federal Aviation Administration has declared the Super Bowl a no drone zone in a somewhat cheesy, 15-second clip posted to YouTube on Wednesday, urging attendees of the biggest sporting event in America not to spoil the game with any pesky unmanned aircraft. Not that you’d be able to sneak a drone past security anyway. While the University of Phoenix Stadium’s official prohibited items list doesn’t explicitly specify that visitors can’t bring drones, security will likely confiscate drones under the catch-all rule that any …

    January 29, 2015 10:05 am
    0 Comments

Science

  • Your Immune System Is Made, Not Born


    Some people seem better than others at fighting the flu, and you might suspect they were born that way. A new study of twins, however, suggests otherwise. In one of the most comprehensive analyses of immune function performed to date, researchers analyzed blood samples from 105 sets of healthy twins. They measured immune cell populations and their chemical messengers—204 parameters in all—before and after participants received a flu shot. Differences in three fourths of these parameters depended less on genetics than on environmental factors, such as diet and prior infections. Genetics had almost no effect on how well individuals responded to the flu vaccine, judged by antibodies produced against the injected material. And among identical twin siblings, who have the same genome, immune system features differed more strikingly within older twin pairs than in younger sets. The findings, published January 15 in Cell, argue that life habits and experiences shape our body’s defenses more than …

    January 29, 2015 10:06 am
    0 Comments

Health

  • Eye Tracking May Help to Spot Concussions Quickly


    THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new eye-tracking method might help determine the severity of concussions, researchers report. They said the simple approach can be used in emergency departments and, perhaps one day, on the sidelines at sporting events. “Concussion is a condition that has been plagued by the lack of an objective diagnostic tool, which in turn has helped drive confusion and fears among those affected and their families,” said lead investigator Dr. Uzma Samadani. She is an assistant professor in the departments of neurosurgery, neuroscience and physiology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. “Our new eye-tracking methodology may be the missing piece to help better diagnose concussion severity, enable testing of diagnostics and therapeutics, and help assess recovery, such as when a patient can safely return to work following a head injury,” she explained in an NYU news release. According to researchers, it’s believed that up to 90 …

    January 29, 2015 10:05 am
    0 Comments

Entertainment

  • Justin Bieber Apologizes For "Arrogant" Behavior After "Awkward" Appearance On The Ellen DeGeneres Show


    Posted on Thu Jan 29th, 2015 7:44am PDT       By X17 Staff Justin Bieber appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today, and this was all part of a birthday surprise for the beloved TV host. The Biebs brought Ellen flowers, and while she didn’t exactly grill him during the quickie interview, he did have some interesting things to say about his upcoming Comedy Central roast — and his nerves! Of course, Ellen also pointed out that the first big interview Bieber ever did was on her show some 5 years ago, and the 20-year-old singer joked, “Honestly I haven’t been on TV in a while so I’m a little nervous.” Biebs revealed that he gets anxious in front of crowds when he’s not singing. Aww! So why on earth would he let a room full of people mock him in front of a TV audience that will reach millions and millions of people? “I think it’s just …

    January 29, 2015 10:25 am
    0 Comments

Editorial

  • President Obama, our government and the Al Marri mystery: Shooting itself in the foot


    Ali Saleh al-Marri is a convicted conspirator who entered the United States before 9/11 in order to create a dreaded sleeper cell here that might someday launch an attack on Americans similar to what we witnessed earlier this month in Paris. When the feds woke from their slumber on 9/11, they wisely began to search immigration records for persons who came here with no discernible purpose from places known to spawn terrorist groups and who had overstayed their visas. Al-Marri was one such person. The feds arrested him, originally on the visa violation, and then, after connecting the dots, on a series of conspiracies to aid terrorist organizations here and elsewhere. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT After he was arrested by the FBI in Peoria, Ill., and while he was being held in federal custody, he was kidnapped by U.S. military officials who arrived at the lock-up purporting to possess the lawful authority to seize him, authorized by …

    January 29, 2015 10:05 am
    0 Comments

Odd News

  • Unions turn lights off on French prime minister


    PARIS (Reuters) – An inquiry was under way on Wednesday after French trade unionists turned the lights off on a keynote speech by Prime Minister Manuel Valls in protest at planned energy reforms. Valls was starting a speech to about 700 people in support of his Socialist party’s candidate for a by-election on Tuesday night when the lights went out and his microphone turned silent. The electricity stayed off for about an hour, not just at the venue, but in the whole neighbourhood in Audincourt, eastern France. Valls resumed his speech once the power had come back on. The mines and energy federation of France’s militant CGT union said in a statement it supported the action. “When we are not listened to, we must make our point differently, so we cut the power, voila,” regional CGT head Marc Pautot said on radio France Info. Electricity distribution group ERDF, part of state-controlled utility EDF, said it …

    January 28, 2015 5:53 pm
    0 Comments