Headline News

  • Pentagon: Disaster, search and rescue teams to arrive in quake ravaged Nepal on Monday


    WASHINGTON –  The Pentagon says a U.S. military plane has departed from the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware bound for earthquake-stricken Nepal. Onboard are 70 personnel, including a U.S. Agency for International Development disaster assistance response team, a Virginia-based search and rescue team and 45 tons of cargo to provide assistance to areas hit by Saturday’s massive quake that left more than 2,500 dead. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Pentagon says the flight is expected to arrive at Kathmandu on Monday. More than two dozen Defense Department personnel and a transport plane are currently in Nepal on a training exercise. All personnel are accounted for. The 7.8 magnitude temblor was felt in neighboring countries. UNICEF staff has reported dwindling water supplies, power shortages and communications breakdowns in the stricken areas.

    April 26, 2015 3:51 pm
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Politics

  • McCain urges shifting drone program to Pentagon


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Drone strikes against suspected enemy combatants on foreign soil should be run by the U.S. military and not the CIA, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain said on Sunday. McCain made his remarks on CNN’s “State of the Union” broadcast just days after it was disclosed that a drone strike in Pakistan in January mistakenly killed two Western hostages: an American and an Italian. “I think it was probably preventable, in that there was an obvious breakdown in intelligence. They didn’t know that they were there,” McCain said of the January drone strike. The Republican senator and 2008 failed presidential candidate predicted the incident will renew a debate within the Obama administration on how the drone program is run. However, there still appeared to be strong support in Congress for employing the unmanned drones against enemy targets, which has expanded during the Obama administration. Critics have long complained about civilians being …

    April 26, 2015 12:28 pm
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Stocks

  • Revenge porn victim: My naked photos were everywhere


    Every time she meets you, Nikki Rettelle wonders if you’ve seen her naked. Nude photos of her dot the Internet, still popping up years after an ex-boyfriend posted them. Rettelle is a victim of revenge porn, a kind of online harassment that advocacy groups refer to as “non-consensual pornography.” Rettelle, 34, says her naked pictures have been on hundreds of websites. It started with a man she sarcastically calls “Mr. Wonderful.” The two dated briefly until Rettelle noticed an LED light beaming from a pen-holder in his room. “Something compelled me to unscrew it, and as soon as it opened up… my world started spinning,” she recalls. Inside she found a memory card filled with countless images of herself — ranging from her watching TV to changing her clothes. It turned out the pen-holder was one of many cameras that had been collecting her private moments. Mr. Wonderful had also planted cameras at her home. …

    April 26, 2015 2:49 pm
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Sports

  • Kennesaw State names Al Skinner men’s hoops coach


    Kennesaw, GA (SportsNetwork.com) – Kennesaw State has named Al Skinner its new men’s basketball coach. Skinner has 22 years of collegiate experience as a head coach at Rhode Island and Boston College, and spent the past two seasons as an associate coach at Bryant University. He has a career head coaching record of 385-291 with nine NCAA Tournament appearances. “My lifelong passion has been basketball,” said Skinner. “I am passionate about coaching young men to be successful team members on winning basketball teams. With the assistance of the alumni, student body, faculty, President Dan Papp, Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams and Owl fans, we will work tirelessly to build a basketball program Kennesaw State will be proud of. I appreciate the opportunity I have been given to coach the KSU basketball team.” Kennesaw State needed a replacement for the fired Jimmy Lallathin. The Owls were just 10-22 this past season. “It is a great compliment …

    April 26, 2015 3:50 pm
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World News

  • Kazakhs find uneven playing field in Russia’s trading bloc


    Many Kazakh businesses have felt the effects of Russian competition Kazakhstan is holding a snap presidential election, with the state of the economy posing a major challenge to the incumbent, Nursultan Nazarbayev. As the country deals with the impact of the global economic crisis, its efforts at economic integration with Russia are proving particularly difficult. At the beginning of this year Russia and Kazakhstan, together with Belarus, launched the Eurasian Economic Union with great fanfare. But already this integration project, which is supposed to open borders and ensure free movement of goods, is facing restrictions and import bans. In the past couple of months, Kazakhstan’s committee for protection of consumers’ rights has seized Russian products for “not meeting technical regulations”. Among them were five tonnes of poultry meat and two and a half tonnes of milk. Kazakh authorities also removed Russian mayonnaise, chocolate, butter, cheese, yogurt, beef, sausages, canned meat and other products from the …

    April 26, 2015 3:51 pm
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Technology

  • Stephen Hawking says One Direction could be intact in the multiverse


    Physics can be good for pop music. Video screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET Stephen Hawking is taking on an unlikely new role as grief counselor to the innumerable tweens devastated by Zayn’s departure from One Direction. During a special live event Saturday evening at the Sydney Opera House in Australia, a hologram of the famed physicist appeared onstage to answer some questions. The final pre-submitted question of the evening was a real curveball: “What do you think is the cosmological effect of Zayn leaving One Direction and consequently breaking the hearts of millions of teenage girls across the world?” “Finally, a question about something important,” Hawking deadpanned via his digital voice assistant before urging the heartbroken to seek solace in the quantum embrace of theoretical physics. “Because one day there may well be proof of multiple universes. It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere outside of our own universe lies another different …

    April 26, 2015 3:50 pm
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Science

  • High mountains warming faster than expected


    Related images(click to enlarge) High elevation environments around the world may be warming much faster than previously thought, according to members of an international research team including Raymond Bradley, director of the Climate System Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. They call for more aggressive monitoring of temperature changes in mountain regions and more attention to the potential consequences of warming. “Elevation-dependent warming is a poorly observed phenomenon that requires urgent attention to ensure that potentially important changes in high mountain environments are adequately monitored by the global observational network,” say members of the Mountain Research Initiative Working Group in the current issue of Nature Climate Change. High mountains are the major water source for large numbers of people living at lower elevations, so the social and economic consequences of enhanced warming in mountain regions could be large, the researchers add. “This alone requires that close attention be paid to the issue. In …

    April 26, 2015 12:09 pm
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Health

  • Just 1 Hour of Daily TV Boosts Kids’ Obesity Risk, Study Suggests


    SUNDAY, April 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Watching television, even for just an hour a day, may boost the risk that young children will be overweight or obese, according to new research. “Children who watch one to two hours of TV a day, as opposed to those who watch less, are more likely to be overweight and obese at kindergarten and first grade,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Mark DeBoer, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Virginia. Previous research has linked children’s television viewing with obesity and other problems. But the new study finds even less screen time may be enough to influence children’s weights. It’s important to note, however, that the study wasn’t designed to prove that watching TV actually caused children to become overweight or obese. It could only reveal an association between TV watching and a child’s weight. The study included data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey of …

    April 26, 2015 12:28 pm
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Entertainment

  • Lena Dunham’s insightful essay stresses the importance of individuality


    And that doesn’t seem like it’s really all that shocking; I have always had a vision of her in my head as a high schooler marching to the beat of her own drum. That drum apparently came in the form of yellow clogs. In an essay penned for Seventeen magazine, Dunham tells their readers about a day when she experimented trying to fit in and be “normal” and how awkward it made her feel. It was one day in high school when she donned her most “normal” clothing and headed off to school that she realized she was going to be “Team Weirdo for life.” That day when she asked a classmate for a pencil, he leaned to another student and said, “Wow. She actually looks regular.” It was this one sentence which led her to abandon “normal” and never look back. She said, “If regular means pretending that you don’t have passion and style, …

    April 26, 2015 3:10 pm
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Editorial

  • ‘Remembering Everyone Deployed’ Fridays: Let’s wear red America


     (Courtesy Mansfield University)  (Courtesy Mansfield University) The events of September 11, 2001 undoubtedly changed the lives of Americans across the country. But the rubble of the Twin Towers has long been cleared, Freedom Tower now in their place, and most Americans have returned largely to the same lives they led before the attacks. Men and women of the United States military haven’t had this option. These men and women continue to volunteer to fight an enemy thousands of miles from home. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The relatively normal lives we take for granted is a testament to the incredible job they’ve done to protect our quality of life. But we owe it to each of them to better understand the struggles they face not only in combat, but when they return home. Wearing a specific colored shirt might seem like a trivial act, but the meaning behind it is significant. It translates to mean that as you …

    April 26, 2015 4:27 am
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Odd News

  • Argentine side train with dust masks as volcano spews ash


    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – An amateur side set to meet league champions Racing Club in the last 64 of the Argentine Cup are wearing dust marks to train near an Andean volcano spewing ash. “We’re playing against the Argentine champions, we’re taking it very seriously and anxiously await the match,” coach Gustavo Coronel of regional side Independiente of Neuquen, a province in the southwest of Argentina, told TyC Sports on Friday. Across the nearby Andes mountains in neighboring Chile, the 2,000-metre Cabulco volcano erupted on Wednesday and has been spewing clouds of ash since Thursday. The venue and date of the match have not been confirmed. The ash has reached Buenos Aires in the east with flights into and out of Ezeiza international airport suspended or rerouted while those at Neuquen and the Andean ski resorts of Bariloche and Chapelco have been closed. (Reporting by Rex Gowar; Editing by Ken Ferris)

    April 24, 2015 11:57 pm
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