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  • Dallas police announce criminal investigation of Manziel

    Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is the subject of a criminal investigation regarding a domestic violence complaint, Dallas police announced late on Friday. “Today the Dallas Police Department received a complaint of a domestic violence assault that occurred in Dallas on January 30, 2016,” the police said in a statement. “A criminal investigation into the incident, in which Johnathan Manziel is the listed suspect, has been initiated. “As there are many emotional factors involved, it is not uncommon for a victim of domestic violence to question or delay reporting an assault.” A report from the Fort Worth Police Department released a day earlier said Manziel’s ex-girlfriend had told police he hit her after they met friends at a Dallas hotel and again when they were driving back to her home. Manziel, 23, who was known as “Johnny Football” during his standout college years at Texas AM University, has seen his reputation for partying overshadow his …

    February 6, 2016 2:03 am


  • Judges find two North Carolina congressional districts racially gerrymandered

    Two of North Carolina’s congressional districts were racially gerrymandered in a 2011 redistricting and must be redrawn within two weeks, a U.S. appeals court panel ruled on Friday. The order written by Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Roger Gregory bars elections in the majority black districts, the 1st and the 12th, until the new maps are approved. North Carolina congressional primaries are scheduled for March 15 “This Court finds that Congressional Districts 1 and 12 as drawn in the 2011 Congressional Redistricting Plan are unconstitutional,” Gregory wrote. The ruling said race had been the main factor when the Republican-controlled legislature redrew the boundaries and state lawmakers were not justified in using that benchmark. Three voters filed suit in 2013 to invalidate the districts. Both are represented by Democrats, with G.K. Butterfield in the 1st, and Alma Adams in the 12th. State Senator Bob Rucho and House member David Lewis, who guided the redistricting plan …

    February 6, 2016 12:23 am


  • Anheuser-Busch: King of the Super Bowl

    The sound of Budweiser’s trotting Clydesdale horses has become synonymous with the Super Bowl. Anheuser-Busch has been the Super Bowl’s exclusive beer advertiser since 1975, and it’s spent more on Super Bowl advertising than any other company for the last five years in a row. Over the last ten years, Anheuser-Busch has spent a total of $278.3 million on Super Bowl spots, according to a report by Kantar Media. That’s nearly 40% of the $745 million total spent by the game’s top five advertisers in the same period. In addition to Anheuser-Busch, Pepsico, Coca-Cola, Chrysler Group and General Motors round out the top five. And according to the USA Today Ad Meter, the company’s ads were the most popular for 10 years in a row between 1999 and 2008. Last year, viewers voted for the Budweiser commercial called “Lost Dog” as their favorite spot. Related: Super Bowl 50 is a celebrity-studded affair For Super Bowl …

    February 6, 2016 2:44 am


  • Lowry three off Phoenix Open lead

    Shane Lowry shared the clubhouse lead after the first round with Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama Ireland’s Shane Lowry remains in contention at the Phoenix Open, sitting three shots off the lead after completing his second round. Lowry, who held a share of the lead following the first round, is seven under after a one-under round of 70. USA’s James Hahn leads on 10 under with compatriot Rickie Fowler and New Zealand’s Danny Lee one shot back. Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama and the USA’s Harris English are alongside Lowry on seven under at TPC Scottsdale.

    February 6, 2016 2:03 am

World News

  • UN human rights chief lands in Sri Lanka

    Image copyright Reuters Image caption UN human rights chief Zeid bin Raad Al Hussein will spend four days in Sri Lanka The UN’s top human rights official has arrived in Sri Lanka amid concerns that the country’s president is backtracking on promises to investigate war crimes. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, will spend four days in the country. Sri Lanka had committed to allowing foreign judges to investigate allegations against Sri Lankan forces. But President Maithripala Sirisena last month said no foreign judges would be allowed in the investigation. Sri Lankan troops are accused of killing at least 40,000 Tamil civilians in the final months of the civil war in 2009. Mr Al Hussein will travel to the former war zone and will meet victims of human rights violations. He will also talk to top government officials, civil activists and religious leaders. Speaking to the BBC last month, President …

    February 6, 2016 2:03 am


  • Wolfsburg sign young British player – as their official Fifa gamer

    It is safe to say that David Bytheway earns just a fraction of Wayne Rooney’s £15m-plus annual Manchester United salary. But while Britain’s latest footballing export plies his trade with his thumbs rather than his feet, the future might just belong to him. “I’m definitely on a very comfortable wage at the moment. And while it doesn’t come close to a footballer’s wage, maybe it’s something that will change,” says Bytheway, 22, from Wolverhampton, who has signed a deal with the German Bundesliga club Wolfsburg to be one of its two official gamers. Related: Fifa 16: the eight key new features As one of the world’s best Fifa players, the swoop for Bytheway by the club known as the Wolves represents what may be a key moment in the evolution of gaming and its interaction with the “real” sports world – not to mention a development that might make parents think twice before ordering their …

    February 6, 2016 12:43 am


  • Physics of brain folding recreated in the lab

    Foetal folds: a fully formed human brain The distinctive folds of the human brain are the result of mechanical compression caused by growth during development, according to an international team of scientists. Using a 3D-printed gel model of the brain, the researchers have now shown that forces generated during expansion can create the brain’s wrinkled shape. This mechanical model was first proposed in 1975, but it has been difficult to test. Highly folded brains are only seen in a small number of species, including some primates, dolphins, elephants and pigs. From an evolutionary perspective, the reason why the brain folds is quite simple – it maximises the number of neurons that can be squeezed into the space, while reducing the distance between them, which improves cognitive function. In humans, the outer layer of brain tissue – the grey matter or the “cerebral cortex” – starts to fold when the foetus is around 23 weeks old. The …

    February 5, 2016 11:23 pm


  • Breast Cancer Survivors Vulnerable for Thyroid Tumors, and Vice Versa: Study

    FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Women who survive either breast or thyroid cancer may be at increased risk for the other tumor type, according to a new analysis. University of Chicago researchers who reviewed 37 published studies found breast cancer survivors were 1.55 times more likely to develop thyroid cancer than women who hadn’t had breast cancer. And, female thyroid cancer survivors were 1.18 times more likely to get breast cancer than women who hadn’t had thyroid cancer, researchers said. “This is a real risk,” said study lead author Dr. Raymon Grogan, director of the university’s endocrine surgery research program. “People who have had one of these cancers need to be aware that they are at higher risk for developing the other cancer,” he said. Thyroid cancer cases have nearly tripled in the United States over the past 30 years, and breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, according to background …

    February 6, 2016 12:03 am


  • Sarah McDaniel Is Playboy’s First Non-Nude Cover Girl — See Her Gorgeous Eyes & Best Instagram Shots Here!

    Instagram model Sarah McDaniel has landed the cover of the March issue of Playboy magazine — the first ever non-nude issue as part of the magazine’s relaunch. “Loving the new style to @Playboy of #NonNude #Lifestyle magazine,” she captioned a shot of the magazine’s cover that she shared on Thursday. “I’m honored to be part of the new generation and look for Playboy Magazine.” The 20-year-old, 5’10” stunner is quickly making waves online — not just for her natural beauty, but for her very distinct eyes. In case you haven’t noticed, McDaniel has a genetic abnormality that’s known as Heterochromia Iridum — the scientific term for having two different color irises. Sarah’s left eye is bright blue, while her right is hazel in color, and she’s assured her quarter-million (soon to blow up) followers on Instagram that they’re not contact lenses. Playboy’s rebranding features Sarah on the cover in what appears to be a Snapchat …

    February 6, 2016 1:03 am


  • How I transcended the pain of being bullied to find success

    Another heartbreaking tale of bullying hit the media recently, and this one ended even more tragically with the death of a precious young girl.  We felt her family’s anguish as we learned of another dear soul cruelly singled out for taunting, abuse, and, in this case, much worse. The subject of bullying continues to gain more attention, and deservedly so.  I recall my own experiences with bullying, and it still can bring hot tears to my eyes.  Born with severely crossed eyes and a learning disability, school was often tortuous for me, and the teasing I received from other students often drove me to stay indoors during recess.  At first, I simply didn’t understand, and came home crying from school one day to ask “Mommy, am I cross-eyed?”   The pain on my mother’s face let me know that something was truly wrong with the way I was treated— simply for looking different.  In my …

    February 6, 2016 2:43 am

Odd News

  • Turkish army seizes parrots, budgies on Syria border

    ISTANBUL The Turkish army has confiscated 700 parrots and 294 budgerigars on the border with Syria, it said on Friday, as its tighter security measures ensnare what was once a thriving trade in domesticated birds. NATO member Turkey has stepped up security along its 900-km (560-mile) border with Syria as it tries to prevent foreign fighters joining Islamic State militants and defend itself against spillover from the country’s civil war. But the measures, including more frequent border patrols and reinforced fencing, have also shut off what was long a thriving illicit trade in goods including fuel, cigarettes, sugar and, it seems, birds. “They were generally bringing Sultan, Love and Paradise parrots. Here in Turkey a Paradise parrot goes for 1,000 lira, but they were bringing them over for 500,” said Mehmet Turan, a bird breeder in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli. “It’s the same for lovebirds. We were selling them at 25 lira retail, …

    February 5, 2016 11:43 pm