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  • Texas set to approve open carry of handguns, seen as win for gun-rights activists

    FILE: A man in Oklahoma wears an unconcealed side arm. The Texas House of Representatives on Friday voted 96-35 to allow residents with concealed-handgun licenses to openly carry their guns in public in holsters. (Reuters) Austin –  Texas is poised to become the largest state in the U.S. to allow citizens to openly carry handguns, a change long sought by gun-rights activists. The Texas House of Representatives on Friday voted 96-35 to allow residents with concealed-handgun licenses to openly carry their guns in public in holsters. A similar open-carry measure passed the Texas Senate last month; the two open-carry bills must be squared before being sent to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who has indicated support for the idea. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In contrast to its reputation for being permissive on firearms, Texas is one of six states, including California, New York and Florida, that currently bars citizens from openly carrying handguns. People who want to carry handguns …

    April 18, 2015 7:17 am


  • Wham! Bam! Comic Book Ads Target SEC Chairwoman

    © Reprints Email By Ben Weyl CQ Staff April 17, 2015, 5:58 p.m. CARTOON CLASH: Ads depicting White as a missing superhero grace Union Station, part of a campaign seeking disclosure of corporate political spending. (avaaz.org) The comic book-like frames show hideous monsters oozing through Washington and attacking the White House. Men, women and children are crying out for help. A would-be hero stands next to a cape, pondering action. It’s not the latest story from the Marvel Universe, but a new advertising campaign that is turning heads in Union Station. The monsters are the “dark money menace” unleashed by the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision. The potential hero is Mary Jo White, chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, whom liberal groups are urging to back new rules requiring corporate disclosure of political spending. The ad space in Union Station is frequently occupied by political messaging. It’s one of the most heavily-trafficked Metro stations …

    April 18, 2015 6:37 am


  • Hey millennials: Coachella is getting seriously expensive

    Millennials are flocking to the world-famous music festival in the desert. But the hottest ticket in town doesn’t come cheap. Heading into its second weekend, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is attracting a young and hip crowd. Nearly 600,000 festivalgoers from around the world descend on the grounds of the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, for two back-to-back weekends. Music festivals have become an oasis for millennials. According to a new Nielsen report, about 32 million people attend at least one music festival in the U.S. each year, and nearly half, of festivalgoers are between ages 18 and 34. “The millennial generation craves the experience that festivals like Coachella gives them,” says Paul Greenberg, CEO of NYLON Media Inc. “Millennials are unapologetic about their desire to get the most out of life.” Coachella has grown into one of the world’s most desired — and expensive — among them. Last year, the festival grossed …

    April 18, 2015 6:57 am


  • Aphibarnrat moves 2 clear of Uihlein in China

    Shenzhen, China (SportsNetwork.com) – Kiradech Aphibarnrat dropped three strokes in the final two holes on Saturday, but it was his scorching front nine that helped him take a 2-shot lead after three rounds at the inaugural Shenzhen International. Aphibarnrat, who will go for his second European Tour title on Sunday, carded a 4-under 68 to end 54 holes at 12-under-par 204 at Genzon Golf Club. Second-round leader Peter Uihlein posted an up-and-down, 1-under 71. He dipped into second place at minus-10. Pablo Larrazabal matched the low round of the day with his 7-under 65. The Spaniard flew into third place at 9-under 207. Matt Ford and Emiliano Grillo both shot 2-under 70 in round three. They are tied for fourth at minus-8 with Scott Hend (68) and Tommy Fleetwood (69). Former PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang (66) headlines a group of five players tied for eighth place at 7-under-par 209. Two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson …

    April 18, 2015 7:16 am

World News

  • Saudis meet Yemen aid call

    About 150,000 Yemenis have been forced to flee their homes Saudi Arabia, which is leading an air campaign against rebels in Yemen, has pledged to provide exactly the amount of emergency aid to the country as called for in a UN appeal on Friday. The official Saudi news agency said it has promised $274m (£183m; €255m) in humanitarian aid. Yemen has been wracked by fighting between Houthi rebels and government troops. The UN says 150,000 people have been displaced by fighting. It also says 12 million are short of food. ‘Brotherly’ Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud announced the aid late on Friday, saying his country would “stand fully by the brotherly people of Yemen”. A Saudi-led coalition has been launching air strikes against the rebels in 18 of Yemen’s 22 provinces, exacerbating an existing humanitarian crisis. The UN said 731 people had been killed and 2,754 injured – many of them civilians – in …

    April 18, 2015 7:17 am


  • On the road: Ford Kuga – car review

    I thought this was called the Ford Cougar. I wanted, no, wait, expected a champagne-coloured convertible that I could lean out of at traffic lights and pick up younger men. In fact, it is a Kuga, and it’s the opposite: the definitive family vehicle, sturdy, high off the ground, broad in the beam, four-wheel drive, solid as a rock. I was never going to pick up anyone in this car, figuratively, but plenty of people wanted a lift. On distances, it was magnificent; it munched up motorways, the engine never happier than giving a burst of effortless speed. The driving posture is upright but cushioned, so that you feel like a grown-up, but one who grew up willingly, wasn’t dragged there kicking and screaming. It’s the first time I’ve crossed the Severn Bridge without the beginnings of a panic attack as I plan my next move after getting blown clean off it (I’ve undone my seat …

    April 18, 2015 2:15 am


  • A blueprint for clearing the skies of space debris

    An international team of scientists have put forward a blueprint for a purely space-based system to solve the growing problem of space debris. The proposal, published in Acta Astronautica, combines a super-wide field-of-view telescope, developed by RIKEN’s EUSO team, which will be used to detect objects, and a recently developed high-efficiency laser system, the CAN laser that was presented in Nature Photonics in 2013, that will be used to track space debris and remove it from orbit. Space debris, which is continuously accumulating as a result of human space activities, consists of artificial objects orbiting Earth. The number of objects nearly doubled from 2000 to 2014 and they have become a major obstacle to space development. The total mass of space debris is calculated to be about 3,000 tons. It consists of derelict satellites, rocket bodies and parts, and small fragments produced by collisions between debris. Because the debris exists in different orbits, it is …

    April 18, 2015 6:37 am


  • U.S. presses Mexico to ease poultry import limits brought by bird flu

    CHICAGO (Reuters) – The United States is pressing Mexico, the top importer of U.S. chickens and turkeys, to relax restrictions imposed on poultry shipments because of an outbreak of a strain of avian flu deadly to birds, an Agriculture Department spokeswoman confirmed on Friday. Negotiations are playing out as the number of U.S. poultry flocks infected with the disease continues to rise and the cost of the U.S. government response is approaching $50 million. Government officials are aiming to limit the economic pain the H5N2 flu causes to producers and exporters by asking Mexico to restrict imports only from counties that are home to infected flocks. The disease can kill nearly an entire infected flock of poultry within 48 hours. So far, Mexico has imposed trade restrictions on entire states, including top U.S. turkey producer Minnesota, when infections have been detected. Since the beginning of the year, H5N2 has been found in birds in 12 …

    April 18, 2015 6:38 am


  • Sony hacks: More nasty comments surface about Angelina Jolie — really nasty

    Just when you were starting to forget about the Sony email hack scandal, WikiLeaks comes back with a vengeance. Recently, the controversial online whistle-blower website made the more than 170,000 emails as well as 30,000 private documents searchable on their site. Since the leak, Sony has maintained that they are stolen property and have no business being online. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange thinks differently, saying during an interview at the Commonwealth Law Conference in Glasgow that the emails are “at the center of a geopolitical conflict,” they belong in the public domain and WikiLeaks will ensure they stay there. But in the wake of this massive information overhaul, the curtain has been pulled even further back on the nastiness that went on in the email exchanges between Amy Pascal and various Sony executives and others. Here are nine of the most unbelievable we’ve been able to find so far. 1. Amy Pascal’s crazy-expensive two-day trip …

    April 18, 2015 7:37 am


  • Forget Cuba or health care reform, Obama’s real legacy is Middle East nukes

    April 17, 2015: President Obama reaches to shake hands with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in the Oval Office. (AP) President Obama recently sat down for a long, wide-ranging interview with Thomas Friedman, the New York Times’ premier columnist and multiple Pulitzer Prize winner. It was supposed to be an elevated discussion between two intellectuals about the weighty foreign policy issues not just of the day, but of the modern era. Obama kept referring to broad, sweeping words of wisdom – the deal with Iran is a “once in a lifetime” chance. He hinted at a similar deal with Cuba. And he announced, “You asked about an Obama doctrine. The doctrine is: We will engage, but we preserve all our capabilities.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Sadly, we have seen that the alternative to American leadership isn’t world peace, but rising regional hegemony – or even worse, chaos. China, Russia, Iran and the Islamic State don’t want to play …

    April 18, 2015 6:56 am

Odd News

  • Former Washington state governor ejects man from car

    SEATTLE (Reuters) – Former Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire used fast thinking and driving to stop a stranger from climbing into her car in a store parking lot, Olympia police said on Thursday. Gregoire, who was governor from 2005 to 2013, packed her purchases into the car’s trunk in a Lowe’s home improvement lot, the police said. As she did she saw a man watching her. Police said that once she was inside the car, the man opened the passenger door and started climbing in just as she began backing out of the space. She hit the gas pedal, the man fell to the ground and the door slammed shut, police said. The man, identified as 47-year-old Mark Snodderly, was not injured. Police said he then caused a disturbance in the store, adding that he was cited for disorderly conduct and taken to a hospital for evaluation. (This story has been refiled to fix spelling …

    April 16, 2015 6:22 pm