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  • Oh, brother: Man and his twin hurt hurling bricks at each other during argument, police say

    ORANGE CITY, Fla. –  What are a few bricks between brothers? Well, they’re worth battery charges for twin 52-year-olds after officials say an argument ended with them hurling the projectiles at each other. The Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://bit.ly/1esczzJ ) reports that Michael and James Remelius were arguing in the front yard of a home last week when Michael first threatened to throw a brick at his brother. According to a police report, Michael Remelius followed through, striking his brother in the leg and causing a small cut. James Remelius retaliated with a brick that bloodied and bruised his brother’s eye. Both were arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Both remained jailed Tuesday. James’ bail is $25,000 while Michael’s is $20,000. Court records show they do not yet have attorneys to comment on the case. ___ Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com

    May 29, 2015 12:01 am


  • Former U.S. House Speaker Hastert indicted on federal charges

    CHICAGO Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert was indicted on Thursday on federal charges, including for lying to the FBI, relating to an alleged effort to hide $3.5 million in payments he was making to a person to conceal past misconduct. The Illinois Republican, who left Congress in 2007, was charged with structuring the withdrawal of $952,000 in cash to evade the requirement that banks report cash transactions over $10,000, and lying to the FBI about his withdrawals, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago said. Each count of the two-count indictment carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Hastert, 73, resigned on Thursday from the Dickstein Shapiro law firm in Washington where he was listed as a senior adviser and from the board of the exchange operator CME Group Inc, representatives of the law firm and CME said. Hastert could not be reached immediately to comment on …

    May 28, 2015 9:19 pm


  • Why hasn’t ’19 Kids and Counting’ been canceled? It’s complicated

    ’19 Kids and Counting’ awaiting to hear fate of the show. The scandal-scarred show “19 Kids and Counting” is in limbo, and one person connected to the show’s production says bluntly that the reality is simple: “The show’s over.” TLC’s executives, however, are apparently unwilling to decide that — and clearly unwilling to announce it. The official word is that no decision has been made. The reasoning is complicated. While there is an Internet clamor for TLC to pull the plug, the channel’s executives are considering the business ramifications, the channel’s longstanding relationship with the famous Duggar family, and the feelings of its audience. One factor some critics are forgetting is that the show is not currently in production, meaning there are no camera crews following around any of the Duggars right now. This takes away some of the urgency from TLC’s internal deliberations. “Cancelling” the show would really mean “deciding not to resume production …

    May 28, 2015 10:20 pm


  • Jones looking to win Truck Series race at Dover

    Dover, DE (SportsNetwork.com) – Erik Jones is hoping the third time’s the charm for him in the Camping World Truck Series. Jones had the dominant truck in the previous two truck races — Kansas and Charlotte — but did not drive it into victory lane at neither one of those tracks. Earlier this month at Kansas, he led 151 of the first 161 laps before running out of fuel with just six laps to go, which led to an 11th-place finish. Then two weeks ago at Charlotte, Jones finished only 0.005 seconds behind race winner Kasey Kahne after he had led a total of 88 laps. The series is running its sixth race of the season on Friday at Dover International Speedway. On the following day, Jones will celebrate his 19th birthday. He’s scheduled to compete in the Xfinity race at this track on Saturday. Jones is in his first full season in trucks, driving …

    May 29, 2015 12:01 am

World News

  • Australian women ‘trying to join IS’

    Islamic State fighters have seized large areas of Iraq and Syria As many as 12 young women have tried to leave Melbourne to join the Islamic State (IS) militant group, according to Australian police. The women, aged between 18 and 29, have been recruited on social media. Five of them are now living with IS militants in the conflict zones, according to a special investigation by Victoria Police. Concern has been rising since mid-2014 about Australians going to the Middle East to fight for IS. The government will soon introduce legislation allowing it to strip dual citizens fighting in Iraq or Syria of their Australian citizenship. People working in Australia to support militant groups will also be targeted by the changes. Task Force Pax was established in April to monitor Victorians believed to be involved with insurgents. Early intervention Officials from the task force told local media on Friday that another four Melbourne women made …

    May 29, 2015 12:00 am


  • Path sells its social-networking app to Duam Kakao

    Path has sold its social network to Daum Kakao. Path Path, a social network designed for mobile devices, has agreed to be acquired by Daum Kakao, the South Korean maker of the popular Kakao Talk messaging app. The acquisition of Path and the Path Talk app was announced Thursday in a blog post by Path CEO Dave Morin. The company’s two main apps will continue to operate under the new ownership, with a greater emphasis on Southeast Asian markets, Morin said. “Path and Daum Kakao share an important core value: we both strive to better connect you to the people, places and things that are the most important to you,” Morin said in his post. “We have reached a tipping point on our journey and for Path to truly grow we need more resources and a larger local team that deeply understands Southeast Asian markets. Future product updates will continue to improve connecting, sharing and …

    May 29, 2015 12:41 am


  • How racial stereotypes impact the way we communicate

    Racial stereotypes and expectations can impact the way we communicate and understand others, according to UBC research. The new study, published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, highlights how non-verbal “social cues” – such as photographs of Chinese Canadians – can affect how we comprehend speech. “This research brings to light our internal biases, and the role of experience and stereotypes, in how we listen to and hear each other,” says Molly Babel, the paper’s lead author and an assistant professor with UBC’s Department of Linguistics. One of the study’s tasks involved participants from the UBC community transcribing pre-recorded sentences amid background static. The sentences were recorded by 12 native speakers of Canadian English. Half of the speakers self-identified as White, and the other half self-identified as Chinese. All speakers were born and raised in Richmond, B.C., which is south of Vancouver. The pre-recorded sentences were accompanied by either black and white …

    May 28, 2015 9:00 pm


  • South Korea’s tally of MERS cases at 7; one suspected patient heads to China

    SEOUL South Korea’s tally of patients of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) rose to seven on Thursday, with authorities saying one suspected victim skipped out of voluntary home quarantine to take a trip to China. A rise in MERS cases has stirred alarm in South Korea, with health authorities being criticized for not moving quickly and effectively enough to quarantine suspected patients. Two new victims are believed to have caught the virus from the first case confirmed last week, a 68-year-old man who had traveled to Bahrain in April and May, and returned to South Korea via Qatar. The Health Ministry said the son of the second confirmed victim in the outbreak, who was himself being observed for possible infection, broke voluntary home quarantine and left South Korea on Tuesday for China. “We should have checked more actively and broadly on family related issues. We are deeply sorry about that,” Yang Byung-kook, director of the …

    May 28, 2015 9:20 pm


  • Natalie Portman’s Harvard speech glossed over a big problem for women

    More: Natalie Portman will never win an Oscar again, thanks to her recent comment But Portman, a Harvard grad herself, made one terrible joke that had the potential to be damaging to every young adult who heard it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, amid encouraging the new grads to be confident and test their own limits, Portman joked that her own education at the Ivy League school “doesn’t help me answer the most common questions I’m asked: What designer are you wearing? What’s your fitness regimen? Any makeup tips?” We’re sure the joke drew some laughs from the crowd of excited new graduates. But even though she probably didn’t intend to, Portman was making light of a very serious problem: the entertainment industry’s institutional sexism. More: Jude Law drops out of Natalie Portman film Even though she’s a successful actress and director and she has an education from Harvard University, one of the most reputable …

    May 28, 2015 11:40 pm


  • How to beat ISIS in Iraq despite Obama’s feckless foreign policy

    There have been a lot of compelling arguments made since the disastrous fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to ISIS last weekend that it is time for the President Obama to adopt a coherent strategy to defeat ISIS that includes sending ground troops to fight alongside the Iraqi army. Kimberly and Fred Kagan, the smartest people I know on this issue, said in a Washington Post article last week that President Obama has no Iraq strategy and called on him to send “a few thousand additional combat troops, backed by helicopters, armored vehicles and forward air controllers able to embed with Iraqi units at the battalion level, as well as additional Special Forces troops able to move about the countryside.” While I mostly agree with the Kagans, they are not acknowledging two realities about President Obama’s approach to ISIS and the crisis in Iraq and Syria. First, Mr. Obama does have an Iraq strategy.  …

    May 28, 2015 9:39 pm

Odd News

  • Branded golf balls were a mistake, Ireland’s former bank regulator says

    DUBLIN Ireland’s financial regulator, whose “timid” supervision was criticized for not halting the country’s banking crash, produced branded golf balls to promote itself before the office was overhauled, a parliamentary inquiry heard on Thursday. Promotions such as golf balls or umbrellas bearing the logos of banks were commonplace in Ireland during their rapid growth a decade ago. That growth ended in the most expensive bank bailout in the euro zone when a property bubble spectacularly burst. Patrick Neary, who was head of financial regulation from 2006 to 2009, was asked on Thursday what the regulators were thinking when they handed out the golf balls. “Your job was the micro-prudential supervision of the banks. What was going on?” inquiry member Susan O’Keefe asked Neary, in the most anticipated hearing since lawmakers began to question bank executives, regulators and politicians. “It must have been a package of things that were delivered, I really don’t know much about …

    May 28, 2015 8:58 am