• Indians take series from White Sox

    Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Nick Swisher and Mike Aviles hit back-to- back homers in the first inning, and Danny Salazar posted a quality start in carrying the Indians to a 5-2 win over the White...
  • California wine country hit by 4.1 quake

    SAN FRANCISCO A 4.1 magnitude earthquake shook wine country north of San Francisco on Thursday night, the U.S. Geological Survey said, recalling a major temblor that rocked the area last summer and caused millions of...
  • Bomber attacks Saudi Shia mosque

    Bomber attacks Saudi Shia mosque

    A suicide bomber has attacked a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, causing casualties, state media say. One witness told Reuters news agency there was a huge explosion at the Imam Ali mosque in...
  • Letterman replaced with CBS reruns until Colbert

    Letterman replaced with CBS reruns until Colbert

    Replacing David Letterman tonight and in the near future will be Patrick Jane. The 11:35 p.m. time slot that was Letterman’s “Late Show” will be filled by a rerun of the CBS drama, “The Mentalist,”...
  • US embassy man ‘cyberstalked women’

    US embassy man ‘cyberstalked women’

    Prosecutors say Mr Ford used his US embassy computer to threaten his victims A worker at the US embassy in London is accused of cyberstalking hundreds of women, threatening to post their private photos unless...

Headline News

  • California wine country hit by 4.1 quake


    SAN FRANCISCO A 4.1 magnitude earthquake shook wine country north of San Francisco on Thursday night, the U.S. Geological Survey said, recalling a major temblor that rocked the area last summer and caused millions of dollars in damage. The quake was centered about nine miles (14 km) north of Napa. There were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries, but the quake spooked residents. “It was enough to shake all my bottles and I ran out from under the bar,” Cassie Gesiakowski, bartender at a restaurant in nearby Yountville, told the Los Angeles Times. “Nothing broke, just some rumbling and people holding onto their chairs.” August’s temblor, the biggest in the region in 25 years, injured more than 100 people, damaged historic buildings, set some homes on fire and caused power outages around the picturesque town of Napa, seat of a major wine-growing region. California, which sits along a series of seismic faults, is …

    May 22, 2015 5:30 am
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Politics

  • Knight: 2nd Quarter Will Quell Fundraising Doubts


    By Tom Curry Posted at 5 a.m. today 0 Tweet Knight, celebrating after drawing the first pick in the Capitol office lottery last November, acknowledges he has to kick up his fund-raising a notch. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Freshman California Republican Steve Knight promises he’ll do much better raising campaign money in the second quarter than he did in the first. Knight raised less than $29,000 in the first quarter, stirring doubts about his ability to defend his seat in a district that leans only slightly Republican and that President Barack Obama carried in 2008. Last year, Knight defeated fellow Republican Tony Strickland with 53 percent of the vote after Democrats failed in the June primary to advance a candidate to the top-two November ballot. “I take full responsibility” for the feeble fund raising, Knight said. “We had an awful lot of issues that we were overcoming. We wanted to make sure our …

    May 22, 2015 4:09 am
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Stocks

  • Letterman replaced with CBS reruns until Colbert


    Replacing David Letterman tonight and in the near future will be Patrick Jane. The 11:35 p.m. time slot that was Letterman’s “Late Show” will be filled by a rerun of the CBS drama, “The Mentalist,” aka “Patrick Jane.” The network says the crime series will be shown until early June. After that, repeats of other CBS dramas will be shown until Stephen Colbert takes over the “Late Show” spot on September 8. David Letterman’s final goodbye on Wednesday was an emotional and historic moment in television. Unfortunately, some viewers who DVRed the show didn’t get to see it. The final “Late Show” was roughly 20 minutes longer than usual. This caused those who fell asleep early and recorded the broadcast to miss out on the signature moment of Letterman saying goodbye. “Lots of folks are gonna be mad when they find that the DVR missed the last 25 minutes of Letterman,” tweeted radio broadcaster Bob …

    May 22, 2015 5:09 am
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Sports

  • Indians take series from White Sox


    Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Nick Swisher and Mike Aviles hit back-to- back homers in the first inning, and Danny Salazar posted a quality start in carrying the Indians to a 5-2 win over the White Sox in the finale of a four- game series. Salazar (5-1) flirted with disaster plenty of times but held the White Sox scoreless over six frames. He struck out eight and scattered five hits and three walks to bounce back from his shortest stint of the year. Aviles finished with four hits, Swisher had two and the Indians cruised to their first three-game winning streak of the season. Chicago followed up a six-game winning streak by dropping the final three games of the series. “It (stinks) losing a few in a row,” White Sox designated hitter Adam LaRoche said. “We’ll snap out of it.” John Danks (2-4) took the loss after coughing up five runs on six hits and four …

    May 22, 2015 5:30 am
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World News

  • Bomber attacks Saudi Shia mosque


    A suicide bomber has attacked a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, causing casualties, state media say. One witness told Reuters news agency there was a huge explosion at the Imam Ali mosque in the village of al-Qadeeh. He estimated there were at least 30 casualties in the attack at the mosque, where more than 150 people were said to be praying. There has so far been no claim of responsibility for the bombing.

    May 22, 2015 5:30 am
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Technology

  • Microsoft faces claims it threatened MPs with job cuts in constituencies


    Microsoft executives telephoned Conservative MPs threatening to shut down a facility in their local area because of planned IT reforms, David Cameron’s former strategy chief has claimed. Steve Hilton, who worked for Cameron in opposition and two years in Downing Street, made the allegation as he argued the dominance of corporate lobbying in the UK was leading to bad policy-making. Asked how the government should deal with lobbyists, he said: “You just have to fight them off. I can give you specific examples: the thing I mentioned about IT contracts. Maybe there is someone here to confirm this from Microsoft? When we proposed this, Microsoft phoned Conservative MPs with Microsoft RD facilities in their constituencies and said, ‘we will close them down in your constituency if this goes through’. “And we had the same from other tech companies as well … We had the stories from the MPs saying I’ve just had this call from …

    May 22, 2015 3:28 am
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Science

  • Sudden onset of ice loss in Antarctica detected


    A group of scientists, led by a team from the University of Bristol, UK has observed a sudden increase of ice loss in a previously stable region of Antarctica. The research is published today in Science. Using measurements of the elevation of the Antarctic ice sheet made by a suite of satellites, the researchers found that the Southern Antarctic Peninsula showed no signs of change up to 2009. Around 2009, multiple glaciers along a vast coastal expanse, measuring some 750km in length, suddenly started to shed ice into the ocean at a nearly constant rate of 60 cubic km, or about 55 trillion litres of water, each year. This makes the region the second largest contributor to sea level rise in Antarctica and the ice loss shows no sign of waning. Dr Bert Wouters, a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Bristol, who lead the study said: “To date, the glaciers added roughly 300 …

    May 22, 2015 3:49 am
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Health

  • U.S. bird flu causing egg squeeze, emergency measures


    CHICAGO and NEW YORK As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern United States, some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps: importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives. A spokeswoman for grain giant Archer Daniels Midland Co said that, as egg supplies have tightened and prices risen, the company has received numerous inquiries from manufacturers about the plant-based egg substitutes it makes. And with a strong dollar bolstering the buying power of U.S. importers, some companies are scouting for egg supplies abroad. “The U.S. has never imported any significant amount of eggs, because we’ve always been a very low-cost producer,” said Tom Elam of FarmEcon, an agricultural consulting company. “Now, that’s no longer the case.” Still, companies wanting to import eggs may have to look far afield. “Canada is short on eggs and has been buying heavily from the U.S. for the last several years,” said Rick Brown, a …

    May 22, 2015 4:09 am
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Entertainment

  • One Bachelorette contestant is livid Chris Harrison called him ‘creepy’


    In reality television shows, we know much of it is, or seems to be, scripted by show producers. And here, ladies and gentlemen, is another example of how scripted The Bachelorette is — and one contestant is furious at how he was portrayed by producers and then ridiculed by host Chris Harrison in his blog afterward for something they told him to do. More: Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe reveals how she really felt about the twist According to TMZ, a source close to Josh S. says producers, who know he is a stripper in real life, told him to strip instead of going for the “nice guy” act like he wanted. So, he is understandably pissed about being called “creepy” by Harrison for doing something he was forced to do. Harrison said, “First and creepiest is Josh S., our ‘dancer.’ Look, I don’t care about the fact that he is a ‘dancer’ and it didn’t bother me …

    May 22, 2015 4:29 am
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Editorial

  • Imagine America without the Constitution


    What if we didn’t have a Constitution? What if the government were elected by custom and tradition, but not by law? What if election procedures and official titles and government responsibilities merely followed those that preceded them, and not because any of this was compelled by law, but because that’s what folks came to expect? What if those elected to office, and those appointed to it, as well, took oaths to uphold the Constitution? What if those who took the oaths promised fidelity to the Constitution? What if the Constitution declares itself to be the supreme law of the land? What if the supreme law of the land means what it says? What if all in government, from presidents to park rangers, from generals to janitors, from judges to jail guards, take substantially the same oath? What if very few who have taken their oaths take them seriously? What if very few who have taken …

    May 22, 2015 4:28 am
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Odd News

  • ‘Top 10′ new species includes cartwheeling spider, ‘chicken from hell’


    NEW YORK Some 18,000 species, great and small, were discovered in 2014, adding to the 2 million already known, scientists said on Thursday, as they released a “Top 10″ list that highlights the diversity of life. The 10 are “a reminder of the wonders awaiting us,” said Quentin Wheeler, president of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, which issues the list. An estimated 10 million species are still unknown to science. But researchers have to move fast: development, poaching, and climate change are driving plants and animals to extinction faster than science can discover them. Two animals made the list because of unusual parenting. A wasp from China is the first animal found to use chemical weapons to thwart predators that might have designs on its offspring. Mothers fill part of their nest with dead ants, which give off volatile chemicals that mask the scent of larvae, throwing off would-be predators. A frog …

    May 22, 2015 3:48 am
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