Headline News

  • Judge tosses art collectors’ lawsuit over labeling Haring works fakes


    (Reuters) – A federal judge in New York on Friday dismissed a $40 million lawsuit by art collectors against the foundation of late painter Keith Haring, which has said about 80 works owned by the collectors were fakes. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote granted a motion to dismiss the lawsuit against The Keith Haring Foundation that was filed last year by Elizabeth Bilinski and other collectors, according to court documents. Cote dismissed claims of antitrust violations and false advertising. She also rejected separate claims made under New York state law. The collectors had said they purchased the artwork from friends of Haring, who died in 1990. His work focused on New York’s 1980s street culture, often with political or social messages. The foundation owns works by Haring valued at about $25 million in 2011, according to Cote’s 35-page decision. The lawsuit had claimed that the foundation had rejected the authenticity of the art works owned …

    March 6, 2015 6:52 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. said to ready criminal charges against Sen. Menendez


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department is preparing criminal corruption charges against New Jersey Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, CNN reported on Friday. Citing unnamed sources briefed on the case, CNN said the charges center on allegations Menendez used his office to promote the business interests of a Democratic Party donor and friend in exchange for gifts. Menendez’s office said he would speak to the media at 7 p.m. on Friday in Newark, New Jersey. “As we have said before, we believe all of the senator’s actions have been appropriate and lawful, and the facts will ultimately confirm that,” Tricia Enright, Menendez’s communications director, said in a statement. Noting the official investigation of the matter was ongoing, she said the senator’s office “cannot address allegations being made anonymously.” CNN said Attorney General Eric Holder has given the green light for prosecutors to proceed with charges and an announcement could arrive in coming weeks. Holder, who …

    March 6, 2015 6:52 pm
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Stocks

  • David Hasselhoff’s mansion on sale for $2.3 million


    Welcome to the House of Hoff. Here’s your chance to live like The Hoff. For just $2.3 million, you could own actor David Hasselhoff’s luxury villa in Calabasas, Calif. The five bedroom French Mediterranean-style home has a newly remodeled master suite complete with a “sexy bathroom,” according to the listing by real estate agent Barbara Alpert. The two-story home has a family room with a wet bar, a sunken living room and a formal dining room. There are rock waterfalls in the back yard that spill into a swimming pool surrounded by palm trees and green grass. Alpert said she is showing the home to prospective buyers for the first time Friday. She expects it to “fly off” the market. That would net the The Hoff, as his fans know him, a tidy profit. He bought the home for $1.95 million two years ago. However, the $2.3 million list price seems a bit low considering …

    March 6, 2015 7:11 pm
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Sports

  • Germany’s Cejka leads by one in Puerto Rico


    (Reuters) – German veteran Alex Cejka, still seeking his first PGA Tour victory, birdied three of his last five holes to grab a one-shot lead after the second round of the Puerto Rico Open on Friday. The 44-year-old, who was born in communist Czechoslovakia and moved to Germany aged nine as a refugee with his father, fired a five-under-par 67 in blustery conditions on the Trump International course in Rio Grande. That left Cejka at seven-under 137, a stroke in front of little-known American Brandon Hagy (67), who is playing on a sponsor’s exemption, and two ahead of Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo (70). Cejka, a four-times winner on the European Tour who has twice been a runner-up on the U.S. PGA Tour, vaulted to the top of the leaderboard with late birdies at the fifth, seventh and ninth, his final hole of the day. “I like it here,” the German told reporters. “My short game is …

    March 6, 2015 6:52 pm
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World News

  • US missionary freed in Nigeria


    6 March 2015 Last updated at 23:59 Phyllis Sortor was abducted on the 23 February A US woman abducted last month by masked gunmen in central Nigeria has been released, officials say. Phyllis Sortor was working as a Christian missionary when she was taken from the Hope Academy compound in Kogi state on 23 February. Kogi state police said she had been rescued and returned safely to US authorities. Spokesman Collins Sola Adebayo told AFP news agency that no ransom was paid “as far as police are concerned”. Ms Sortor is now in the care of authorities and church leaders, the Free Methodist Church USA said on Friday. “Phyllis was aware there were risks associated with her ministry, but also knew there are very few places in the world without risks and dangers,” it said in a statement The circumstances surrounding her release are unclear. Her Church added said that “many, many people” had helped …

    March 6, 2015 6:52 pm
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Technology

  • MPs ‘dismayed’ that police continue to compile database of faces


    A committee of MPs has condemned police for continuing to upload custody photographs, including of people never charged, to a face recognition database, despite a high court judgement that ruled the practice was unlawful. In a report into use of biometric data, the Commons Science and Technology Committee said it was “dismayed” to learn that more than 12m photographs had been entered into the Police National Database without proper testing or oversight. It also noted that current practice appeared to flout a high court ruling from 2012 that said the contemporary policy of retaining custody photographs was unlawful. Related: The facial recognition databases are coming. Why aren’t the privacy laws? | Kyle Chayka Some forces, including the Met, have stopped putting images on the national database until the law is clarified. But others have continued to upload photographs in the absence of any national guidance. The chairman of the committee, Labour MP Andrew Miller, said …

    March 6, 2015 6:31 pm
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Science

  • NASA’s Hubble discovers four images of same supernova split by cosmic lens


    Related images(click to enlarge) Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have spotted for the first time a distant supernova split into four images. The multiple images of the exploding star are caused by the powerful gravity of a foreground elliptical galaxy embedded in a massive cluster of galaxies. This unique observation will help astronomers refine their estimates of the amount and distribution of dark matter in the lensing galaxy and cluster. Dark matter cannot be seen directly but is believed to make up most of the universe’s mass. The gravity from both the elliptical galaxy and the galaxy cluster distorts and magnifies the light from the supernova behind them, an effect called gravitational lensing. First predicted by Albert Einstein, this effect is similar to a glass lens bending light to magnify and distort the image of an object behind it. The multiple images are arranged around the elliptical galaxy in a cross-shaped pattern called an …

    March 6, 2015 6:51 pm
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Health

  • West Virginia bans abortions after 20 weeks over governor’s veto


    (Reuters) – The Republican-controlled West Virginia legislature on Friday banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, overriding the governor’s veto and joining 11 other states in prohibiting abortion at that point. The state Senate voted 27-5 to override the veto by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, a Democrat. The state House of Delegates had voted to override his veto on Wednesday. Tomblin had rejected the measure on Tuesday. He cited constitutional concerns since the bill barred termination of some pregnancies before the fetuses were viable. A spokesman for Tomblin said the governor wanted the ban to target a later gestational period to ensure legality. The law takes effect on May 26. Planned Parenthood said in a statement that bans on abortion after 20 weeks had been passed in 11 other states since 2010. Idaho and Georgia have similar bans but they are not being enforced because they are undergoing legal challenges. The reproductive health advocacy group …

    March 6, 2015 6:52 pm
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Entertainment

  • 7 Sickest burns from Martha Stewart that should make Justin Bieber very afraid


    1. Career advice for Gwyneth Paltrow Stewart clearly has no love for Paltrow or her (admittedly easy-to-mock) GOOP. “She just needs to be quiet. She’s a movie star. If she were confident in her acting, she wouldn’t be trying to be Martha Stewart,” the domestic doyenne told Porter magazine. 2. A very GOOP-y Thanksgiving Martha Stewart Living ran a Thanksgiving pie feature called Conscious Coupling, seeming to mock Paltrow’s “conscious uncoupling” split from Chris Martin. “Every Thanksgiving should be blessed with the presence of a long-married pair who bring out the best in each other, are completely enamored despite their differences, and leave every other guest thinking, I’ll have what they’re having.” For the record, Paltrow got Stewart back with a subtle dig later the same month by posting a recipe for “Jailbird Pie.” 3. Blake Lively’s domestic ambitions are stupid “Let her try,” Stewart told HuffPost Entertainment when told the Gossip Girl star was …

    March 6, 2015 7:31 pm
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Editorial

  • Students at UC Irvine vote to ban American flag


    Students at the University of California, Irvine have voted to make their school a more “culturally inclusive” place by banning the American flag. The Associated Students of University of California (ASUCI) passed a resolution March 3 that would remove the Stars Stripes along with every other flag from the lobby of a complex housing the offices of the student government. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “Designing a culturally inclusive space aims to remove barriers that create undue effort and separation by planning and designing spaces that enable everyone to participate equally and confidentially,” read the resolution authored by Matthew Guevara. CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW TODD ON FACEBOOK! The resolution passed 6-4. Two people abstained. Let me break down the vote for you — six unAmerican students, four patriots and two individuals who could have a career in House Republican leadership. Guevara’s resolution, which was in dire need of an edit, rambled on about “paradigms of conformity” and “homogenized …

    March 6, 2015 7:11 pm
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Odd News

  • U.S. man rescued trying to walk from Detroit on frozen lake to Canada


    (Reuters) – A 25-year-old American man was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard after he tried to walk from Detroit to Canada across a frozen lake, officials said on Friday. The man was found on Thursday on Lake St. Clair, which borders the United States and Canada, about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from shore by a lookout assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay, a 140-foot ice-breaking tug, the Coast Guard said. “He was suffering from hypothermia and disoriented,” said Chief Petty Officer Lauren Jorgensen, a Coast Guard spokeswoman. The man, who was not named, appeared to be carrying only personal goods and told those who rescued him he was trying to walk to Toronto, about 200 miles (321 km) from Detroit and 175 miles (281 km) from the eastern edge of the lake. He was taken to a hospital for care. It was the first rescue of a person conducted by an ice-rescue …

    March 6, 2015 2:49 pm
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