Headline News

  • Use of force brings charges against Missouri police officer


    KANSAS CITY, Mo (Reuters) – A former Missouri police officer was indicted on federal civil rights violations and obstruction of justice charges involving his use of a stun gun and other force on a teenager, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. Tim Runnels, who used to be an officer with the police department in the Kansas City suburb of Independence, Missouri, pleaded not guilty to the charges, court records show. Runnels stopped motorist Bryce Masters, 17, on Sept. 14 because he was driving a car owned by a woman who had an outstanding warrant, Independence police said at the time. Runnels used a stun gun on Masters after he was uncooperative, and the woman was not in the car, police said. The Justice Department said in a statement that the grand jury indictment charges Runnels with two counts of civil rights violation. They stem from Runnels allegedly using the Taser continuously while Masters was …

    March 30, 2015 11:16 am
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Politics

  • Tammy Duckworth Announces Illinois Senate Bid (Updated)


    By Emily Cahn Posted at 11:27 a.m. today 1 Tweet Duckworth announced her run for Senate on Monday. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Updated 11:52 a.m. | Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth announced Monday she will run for Senate, giving Democrats a top-tier candidate in a must-win seat in 2016. “I’m running for the United States Senate in 2016 because it’s time for Washington to be held accountable, and to put Illinois families and communities first,” Duckworth said in a video announcing her candidacy. National Democrats say Duckworth’s profile is the best match to take on Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk, a moderate Republican who is running for his first re-election in the solidly Democratic state. Duckworth is an Army veteran who lost both her legs and sustained damage to her arm when a helicopter she was co-piloting in Iraq was shot down. Kirk is also a veteran and is disabled from a stroke he suffered …

    March 30, 2015 11:15 am
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Stocks

  • ‘Home’ run: Did Rihanna save DreamWorks Animation?


    The nightmare for DreamWorks Animation may be over. The beleaguered studio can thank Rihanna and Sheldon from “The Big Bang Theory” for the turnaround. Shares of DreamWorks Animation (DWA) surged as much as 8% Monday thanks to the surprise box office success of “Home” — which features the voices of Jim Parsons as an alien and “Umbrella” singer Rihanna as the little girl who befriends him. “Home” grossed $54 million in the United States during its opening weekend and another $47.5 million overseas according to movie industry site Box Office Mojo. DreamWorks needed “Home” to be a hit. The studio, run by legendary Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, has had huge hits but also some notable duds in the past few years. Related: Trevor Noah to replace Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show’ Its inconsistency is in stark contrast to Disney (DIS)‘s Pixar unit, which has churned out one success after another, most recently “Frozen” and …

    March 30, 2015 11:35 am
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Sports

  • Browns’ Farmer suspended for texting


    Berea, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer was suspended four games by the NFL on Monday for violating rules prohibiting the use of electronic devices during games. Farmer used a cell phone during games last season to send text messages to the sideline. He admitted to the mistakes during the NFL Scouting Combine in February and will now have to serve a four-game penalty. The suspension, without pay, will begin at the start of the regular season. Farmer cannot be involved in any club matters and is prohibited from being at the team’s offices, practice facility or at Browns games. “I respect the league’s decision and understand that there are consequences for my actions,” said Farmer in a statement Monday. “Accountability is integral to what we are trying to build and as a leader I need to set the right example. I made a mistake and apologize to (owner) Jimmy Haslam, (head …

    March 30, 2015 12:15 pm
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World News

  • Acquittal was ‘rebirth’


    Raffaele Sollecito described his final acquittal as the “end of a nightmare” Raffaele Sollecito has said being acquitted of the murder of UK student Meredith Kercher by Italy’s highest court was like “being born again”. Speaking for the first time since a final ruling exonerated him and former girlfriend Amanda Knox, Mr Sollecito said he had been “branded a killer”. Ms Kercher, 21, was stabbed to death in 2008 in the Perugia flat she shared with Seattle native Ms Knox. Mr Sollecito spent four years in prison in Italy after being convicted in 2009. He was freed along with Ms Knox in 2011 after the convictions were overturned and Ms Knox returned to the US. But the pair were found guilty again by another court last year. The Court of Appeal ruling on Friday will be the last in the case and so brings to a close a seven-and-a-half-year ordeal for the pair. ‘Marked for …

    March 30, 2015 11:16 am
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Technology

  • The internet of things: convenience at a price


    Chores are boring. Get home from work, let the dog out, put dinner on, start a load of laundry and write a list for your next grocery order. What if rather than doing housework when you get home, you could do it on your commute – or better yet, not at all? That’s the promise of the internet of things: hand your commute over to a smart car, let your pet out via his web-connected dog door, open up an app to pre-heat the oven and start the laundry, and click to approve the shopping list your smart fridge automatically generated. This all sounds like a futuristic life, and parts of it do remain years away, but the foundations are being laid now – and much of the work is being done by British firms. We need to decide now what the IoT will look like, how it will protect our privacy, and just how …

    March 30, 2015 10:55 am
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Science

  • Notre Dame researchers develop computational model to simulate bacterial behavior


    University of Notre Dame applied mathematician Mark Alber and environmental biotechnologist Robert Nerenberg have developed a new computational model that effectively simulates the mechanical behavior of biofilms. Their model may lead to new strategies for studying a range of issues from blood clots to waste treatment systems. “Blood clotting is a leading cause of death in the United States at this point,” said Alber, who is The Vincent J. Duncan Family Professor of Applied Mathematics in the College of Science and an adjunct professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, South Bend. “We can now use a very fast and biologically relevant computational model to study deforming structures of the clots growing in blood flow.” The new model may be adapted to study clot formation in blood vessels, which can pose the risk of detaching and migrating to the lungs, a fatal event. Clots in healthy people usually stop growing and dissolve …

    March 30, 2015 11:15 am
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Health

  • U.S. Kids Getting Fewer Daily Calories From Fast Food


    MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — American children are getting fewer calories a day from fast food restaurants, but one-third still eat ready-to-go pizza, chicken and burgers on a daily basis, a new study finds. Among kids aged 4 to 19, national health and nutrition surveys showed that average daily calorie consumption from fast food restaurants fell by 110 calories between 2003 and 2010, said study author Colin Rehm. Also, the percentage of kids consuming fast food on a given day dropped from nearly 39 percent to about 33 percent in the period, the McDonald’s-funded study found. “It is good news with a few important qualifiers,” said Rehm, who worked on the research while at the University of Washington. “We need to make sure that the decrease in calories hasn’t been paralleled by a drop in nutrients or food groups.” The findings suggest young people are consuming fewer high-calorie foods and beverages at burger …

    March 30, 2015 11:15 am
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Entertainment

  • After Zayn Malik Leaves The Band, One Direction’s Niall Horan "Can’t Wait" For Their New Album


    Posted on Mon Mar 30th, 2015 9:30am PDT       By X17 Staff Zayn Malik announced that he was leaving One Direction just a few days ago, but the remaining four members (Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson) are moving forward — and apparently quite happy about it! On Sunday Horan tweeted, “Had a sit down last night with the label, started organizing our writing sessions for the next album! F*ckkk yeaaaahhhh! Can’t wait!” Apparently Niall can be just as catty as some of the teenage girls who are obsessed with the band, because that definitely seems like a jab at Zayn! Bandmate Liam Payne had a slightly more diplomatic approach, thanking fans for sticking with the band. “I can see a lot of people thanking us for staying but your the real Heros here thanks for not thinking it’s finished,” he wrote. On Wednesday Zayn confirmed that he was leaving the band, and he …

    March 30, 2015 11:35 am
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Editorial

  • Could ‘psychotic depression’ have downed Germanwings plane?


    In this Sept. 13, 2009, photo, Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz competes at the Airportrun in Hamburg, northern Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Mueller) The fact that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz crashed Germanwings Flight 9525 into the French Alps, killing 149 people and himself, suggests that, were major depression to blame, it had spiraled down into the worst form: psychotic depression.  The official diagnostic name for this is “Major Depression, Severe, With Psychotic Features.” Major depression itself, of course, can cause suicidal ideation.  Tragically, in 2013 alone, there were 41,149 reported suicides in the United States, making suicide the 10th  leading cause of death.   ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT But depression linked to taking the lives of others is far more rare.  We think of cases like that of Andrea Yates, who drowned her five children in a bathtub in 2001. Even when people have reached the lowest levels of mood and energy and concentration and sleep and appetite and have lost …

    March 30, 2015 11:16 am
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Odd News

  • South Korean gets plastic surgery ahead of robbery spree: police


    SEOUL (Reuters) – Police in South Korea say a man who was jailed for theft a decade ago had plastic surgery to obscure his identity and embark on a nine-month robbery spree beginning last April that netted cash and goods worth more than $479,000. The 35-year-old-man was arrested on March 23 for 87 cases of robbery across the country, a police officer in the city of Incheon said by telephone. The police officer said the suspect, who had been jailed for robbery in 2005, underwent surgery to alter the structure of his jaw and also procedures to stretch his limbs to gain height. The suspect confessed to the robberies but said he had the surgery because he did not like his appearance, the officer said. South Korea is home to more than 4,000 plastic surgery clinics and has the world’s highest rate of cosmetic procedures. The suspect devised his own tools to disable digital locks …

    March 30, 2015 7:10 am
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