• Handcuffed pupils lead to US lawsuit

    Handcuffed pupils lead to US lawsuit

    The boy’s wrists are too small for the handcuffs, so they were placed around his biceps A new lawsuit has alleged that school officials in Kentucky improperly restrained students, causing them physical and emotional pain....
  • Hey, Siri

    Apple is working on a service that will enlist Siri to transcribe voice mail messages for iPhone users, Business Insider reported Monday. Apple employees reportedly are testing the service in preparation for a 2016 rollout,...
  • Children among Macedonia floods dead

    Children among Macedonia floods dead

    Homes in the village of Sipkovica were damaged by landslides Flash floods in northern Macedonia have killed at least four people, including three children, and injured about a dozen more, officials say. Mudslides have engulfed...

Headline News

  • Handcuffed pupils lead to US lawsuit


    The boy’s wrists are too small for the handcuffs, so they were placed around his biceps A new lawsuit has alleged that school officials in Kentucky improperly restrained students, causing them physical and emotional pain. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said two children were handcuffed by the “school resource officer” who is a Kenton County Deputy Sheriff. The group have released a video showing an 8-year-old boy with his arms handcuffed behind his back at the elbow. The 52 lb (24 kg) child is kept in restraints for 15 minutes. The video shows the handcuffs placed around the boy’s biceps, above the elbow. His wrists are too small to fit inside the handcuffs. “You don’t get to swing at me like that,” security officer Kevin Sumner tells the detained boy who cries throughout the video. “You can do what we’ve asked you to, or you can suffer the consequences,” he scolds, as the boy …

    August 4, 2015 12:38 pm
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Politics

  • Former Republican Running as Democratic to Replace Kirkpatrick


    By Eli Yokley Posted at 12:41 p.m. today 0 Tweet Kirkpatrick is vacating her House seat to run for the Senate. (File Photo by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) In Arizona’s 1st District, Democrats may turn to a former Republican as they try to hold on to outgoing Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s seat. Former state Sen. Tom O’Halleran, 69, on Tuesday said he would seek the party’s nomination, becoming the first Democratic candidate to enter the race. Kirkpatrick is vacating her seat to run for the Senate. “I have a record of taking on tough challenges and delivering — even when it meant standing up to party leadership,” Halleran said in a statement. “This election is about Arizonans who want a job that pays enough to provide for their family, the dignity of a secure retirement, and the confidence that they are leaving future generations with even greater opportunities.” Some Democrats in Arizona believe O’Halleran could draw an opponent in a Democratic …

    August 4, 2015 12:18 pm
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Stocks

  • Hip-hop dancer, college dropout: I look like an engineer


    She’s a college dropout, a hip-hop dancer, and now an accidental celebrity. Isis Wenger, 22, is an engineer at San Francisco-based tech firm OneLogin and the driving force behind the trending hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer. She was asked by her company to appear in its new ad campaign, along with two other male employees. The campaign, which launched just over a week ago, featured a photo of Wenger, a quote about why she liked working at OneLogin, her name and job title. Friends and strangers alike started posting pictures of the ad on social media and commenting. Why? For many, it seems the attractive techie didn’t fit the mold they thought an engineer should look like. “If their intention is to attract more women then it would have been a better to choose a picture with a warm friendly smile rather than a sexy smirk,” wrote one Facebook user. The self-proclaimed “extreme introvert” said she wants to …

    August 4, 2015 11:18 am
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Sports

  • Braves’ Freeman injures oblique; MRI reveals bone bruise for Simmons


    Aug 30, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) watches his two run home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Turner Field. The Braves defeated the Marlins 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports The Atlanta Braves barely had time to breathe a sigh of relief over shortstop Andrelton Simmons’ injury before first Freddie Freeman was forced to exit the lineup during Monday’s night win over the San Francisco Giants. Freeman suffered a strained right oblique and is listed as day-to-day. He was appearing in his 10th game since sitting out more than five weeks with a wrist contusion. The slugging first baseman, who leads the club with 14 homers despite his lengthy stay in the disabled list, has struggled since returning and is 7-for-38 with a pair of blasts and four RBIs. While the outlook on Freeman is unclear, an MRI exam revealed a bone bruise …

    August 4, 2015 12:38 pm
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World News

  • Children among Macedonia floods dead


    Homes in the village of Sipkovica were damaged by landslides Flash floods in northern Macedonia have killed at least four people, including three children, and injured about a dozen more, officials say. Mudslides have engulfed local roads and cut off a number of mountain villages around the city of Tetovo. City mayor Teuta Arifi said Monday night’s rainstorm was the worst in 30 years. Rescue teams are still looking for people missing, including a six-year-old girl from a nearby village. Heavy rain on Monday brought mud, stones and debris onto homes and vehicles A relief effort for stricken families is under way More than 200 houses in the area were damaged as well as several roads, bridges and many vehicles, Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Peshevski told reporters on Tuesday. One village, Sipkovica, looked as though “a huge tsunami has gone through it”, Associated Press quoted him as saying. The government declared Wednesday and Thursday to …

    August 4, 2015 11:58 am
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Technology

  • Hey, Siri


    Apple is working on a service that will enlist Siri to transcribe voice mail messages for iPhone users, Business Insider reported Monday. Apple employees reportedly are testing the service in preparation for a 2016 rollout, possibly as a new feature in iOS 10. When a call is placed to a phone that has iCloud Voicemail enabled and you don’t answer it, Siri will pick it up for you. Depending on who the caller is, Siri can provide information about where you are and why you can’t answer the call, according to the report. If your caller leaves a voice message, Siri will notify you and send you a transcription. “This is a natural evolution for Siri,” said Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies. “A Siri transcription service would be a welcome feature for Apple users, since many times they don’t have the ability or time to retrieve voice mails,” he told TechNewsWorld. “They could now …

    August 4, 2015 12:38 pm
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Science

  • Pollution Spurs Rapid Adaptation in Trout


    Research on wild fish populations is adding to a growing body of evidence that human activities—particularly polluting the environment—can spur rapid evolution in complex life-forms. In the past biologists assumed that the genetic makeup of such organisms changes slowly, over thousands if not millions of years. In the last decade, though, the Atlantic tomcod (Microgadus tomcod) and killifish (Fundulus heteroclitus) in New England have been shown to have developed resistance to toxic PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) dumped in lakes, rivers and coastal waters during the 20th century. Similarly, populations of yellow perch (Perca flavescens) in several Canadian lakes have managed to adapt to more than 80 years of heavy-metal emissions from smelters. The same seems true of brown trout (Salmo trutta) in the rivers of southwestern England. Now a new study reveals not only that the local populations of these trout have changed rapidly in response to pollution, it also ties distinct genetic changes to precise …

    August 4, 2015 11:38 am
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Health

  • Kellogg to stop using artificial products in cereals and snacks


    Kellogg Co’s Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies are set to turn all-natural soon. The 109-year old company, whose cereals have been a popular breakfast choice for decades, said on Tuesday it was aiming to stop using artificial colors and flavors in its cereal and snack brands by the end of 2018. The world’s biggest breakfast cereal maker is the latest in a string of U.S. food companies to bow to growing pressure to remove synthetic ingredients from products due to health concerns. The company said 75 percent of its cereals in North America were being made without artificial colors and more than half without artificial flavors. General Mills Inc, the maker of Cheerios cereals, said in June it plans to have 90 percent of its cereals free of artificial flavors and colors by 2016, up from about 60 percent currently. Sales at both companies have shrunk in the United States due to a growing preference …

    August 4, 2015 11:58 am
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Entertainment

  • Report: Gwen Stefani Suspects Gavin Rossdale Cheated


    Posted on Tue Aug 4th, 2015 8:40am PDT       By X17 Staff After thirteen years of marriage and three kids, Gwen Stefani’s kicking hubby Gavin Rossdale to the curb because she suspects the Bush frontman of cheating, according to reports. Gavin was on the road with his band throughout 2014 and the beginning of this year and Gwen didn’t like that — even though she, herself, was touring. Seems the No Doubt singer wanted her man to stay home with the kids. Also seems the third-child-to-fix-the-marriage thing didn’t work for these two, nor for Ben and Jen. Gavin has an interesting romantic background complete with a secret love child and a transgender/transvestite (not sure how she identifies) lover of five years. Details mag got Gavin to spill a bit on his ex-girlfriend Marilyn. And Rossdale’s former lover Pearl Lowe revealed in 2012 the Bush singer was the father of her child Daisy (despite the face Pearl was …

    August 4, 2015 11:18 am
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Editorial

  • Trump, Cruz, Carson and more: Your guide to scoring the Republican debate


    Is this the dumbest idea of the 2016 campaign? Or is it the smartest? The New York Times recently reported that several top Republican donors wanted GOP candidates to boycott the primary debates to signal their distaste for billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump.   Turning their backs on Trump would make news and establish the party’s identity as more than a big, bright platform for Trump. His sensational, barbed attacks on fellow Republicans, immigrants and President Obama have hurt the Republican brand with voters, including independents, Latinos and, most of all, Republicans. But despite his many critics, Trump remains at the top of GOP primary polls in a fragmented and large field. Shunning Trump risks making him even more of a hero to voters who feel alienated from national politics. The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC poll released Monday has him with 19 percent support, ahead of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with 15 percent and …

    August 4, 2015 10:57 am
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Odd News

  • Lame Massachusetts chicken to get 3-D printer prosthetic leg


    BOSTON One Massachusetts chicken is about to get a costly leg up on life – a $2,500 prosthetic limb made on a 3-D printer. The chicken, named Cicely, is headed into surgery on Wednesday for the start of a first-of-its-kind procedure to fit her with an artificial limb, her owner, Andrea Martin of Black Thistle Farm, said on Monday. Cicely, 3 months old, was born with a torn tendon in her right leg that limits her mobility. When Martin took her to Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine to be examined last week she was given two choices — a prosthetic or euthanasia. “It was a no-brainer,” Martin said in a phone interview. “She needs to be able to live a normal life.” Martin’s farm, located in Clinton, about 45 miles (72 km) west of Boston, specializes in chicken rehabilitation and this isn’t the first time she has splurged on surgery. One of her …

    August 4, 2015 3:56 am
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