• Healing the soil

    Healing the soil

    Related images(click to enlarge) Four empty lots in Chicago’s South Side bear scars of the past. Their surfaces are strewn with construction debris and foundation rubble. However, the most incriminating evidence of the past lies...
  • Peterborough 1-1 West Brom (3-4 pens)

    Peterborough 1-1 West Brom (3-4 pens)

    Media playback is not supported on this device FA Cup: Peterborough 1-1 West Brom (3-4 pens) highlights West Brom needed penalties to defeat League One side Peterborough in an FA Cup fourth-round replay. With the...
  • Pakistan’s secretive bustard hunting scene

    Pakistan’s secretive bustard hunting scene

    Image copyright Azmatullah Image caption The Houbara bustard, also known as the Asian Houbara, is prized by hunters in the Middle East They’re a shy, rare bird breed, the size of a chicken – and...
  • Why are so many Christians biblically illiterate?

    Emblematic of the Bible’s declining influence is what Harper Lee penned in her 1960 novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” in which the character Miss Maudie says, “Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man...
  • ‘Mourinho is perfect for Man Utd’

    ‘Mourinho is perfect for Man Utd’

    Jose Mourinho (left) and Benni McCarthy (right) won the Portuguese league twice and the Champions League while at Porto Jose Mourinho is the “perfect man” to help Manchester United compete with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City...

Headline News

  • ‘Son of Sal’ convicted of killing New York shopkeepers


    NEW YORK A New York clothing salesman known as the “Son of Sal” serial killer was convicted on Wednesday of three counts of second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting deaths of three shopkeepers in Brooklyn, prosecutors said. Salvatore Perrone, 67, faces a maximum prison sentence of 75 years to life for the killings of Mohamed Gebeli, 65, Isaac Kadare, 59, and Rahmatollah Vahidipour, 78, who were shot from July to November 2012. Perrone has maintained he was framed by a business associate. His attorney could not immediately be reached for comment. Perrone was arrested the month of the final shooting when a witness matched his likeness to a security camera image circulated to the public by police. On arresting Perrone, police said a .22-caliber rifle was recovered in a duffel bag belonging to him at his girlfriend’s apartment, and that ballistic tests found shell casings retrieved from the three crime scenes were fired from the …

    February 10, 2016 7:26 pm
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Politics

  • Ohio House passes bill to deny funds to Planned Parenthood


    CLEVELAND Ohio state legislators on Wednesday passed a bill blocking state and federal funds for groups that perform or promote abortions, effectively cutting $1.3 million annually used by Planned Parenthood clinics for HIV testing, pre-natal care and other programs. Governor John Kasich, a Republican presidential candidate, is expected to sign the bill, which the state Senate had already passed. House Bill 294, which passed 59 to 32, blocks women’s health providers that also provide abortions, or groups that refer patients to those providers, from receiving funds from a variety of state and federal grants. Planned Parenthood said the bill would hinder lower-income women’s access to testing for sexually transmitted diseases, HIV tests and well-baby programs. According to its website, Planned Parenthood has 20 clinics in Ohio. Two provide abortions and all provide abortion referral. With most Republicans keen to deny funds to Planned Parenthood, Kasich will have the opportunity to sign the bill ahead of …

    February 10, 2016 4:45 pm
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Stocks

  • Race car driver arrested in alleged $2 billion payday lending empire


    Scott Tucker has been charged in an alleged payday loan scam. The Justice Department cracked down on two major payday lending empires Wednesday, including one that belonged to race car driver Scott Tucker. Tucker is a 53-year-old financier who races Ferraris in professional competitions. He was arrested on Wednesday, accused of running an illegal $2 billion payday lending enterprise and hit with federal RICO charges. From 1997 until 2013, Tucker operated payday lending companies that gave 4.5 million Americans short-term, high-interest loans under “deceitful” circumstances, according to a federal indictment filed in New York City and unsealed Wednesday. Prosecutors say Tucker cut secret deals with a Native American tribe to make it seem like the tribe owned his companies, shielding him from state lawsuits and regulators. Tucker and his corporate lawyer, Timothy Muir, were both arrested in Kansas City, Kansas, on Wednesday, according to the FBI. Neither of their attorneys immediately responded to CNNMoney’s requests …

    February 10, 2016 7:26 pm
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Sports

  • Peterborough 1-1 West Brom (3-4 pens)


    Media playback is not supported on this device FA Cup: Peterborough 1-1 West Brom (3-4 pens) highlights West Brom needed penalties to defeat League One side Peterborough in an FA Cup fourth-round replay. With the Premier League team leading 4-3 in the shootout, Posh striker Lee Angol had his spot-kick saved by Ben Foster to take the Baggies through. Earlier, Jon Taylor – who scored the equaliser at The Hawthorns to take the tie to a replay – put Posh ahead. But Darren Fletcher smashed in an equaliser for the visitors, who will play Reading in the fifth round. Like Angol, Peterborough midfielder Martin Samuelsen also had a spot-kick saved in the shootout, but his miss was cancelled out when Fletcher slid his penalty wide. Relive West Brom’s win over Peterborough Listen: “West Brom have got off the hook” Heartbroken Posh On the balance of play, Posh may feel aggrieved not to have won. Media …

    February 10, 2016 7:27 pm
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World News

  • Pakistan’s secretive bustard hunting scene


    Image copyright Azmatullah Image caption The Houbara bustard, also known as the Asian Houbara, is prized by hunters in the Middle East They’re a shy, rare bird breed, the size of a chicken – and hunting them is officially banned in Pakistan. But it is no holds barred when Arab royals begin their Houbara bustard hunting trips. Arab princes and their wealthy friends like to hunt Houbara bustards both as a sport and because the meat is considered an aphrodisiac. The birds migrate in the thousands from Central Asia to Pakistan every winter – giving the Pakistani elite a chance to engage in “soft diplomacy”. Despite the hunting ban, the government issues between 25 and 35 special permits annually to wealthy sheikhs, allowing them to hunt the bird in its winter habitat. The hunts are secretive, but controversial. Image caption A sheikh and part of his entourage at a bustard hunt in 2015 The hunting …

    February 10, 2016 7:26 pm
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Technology

  • Twitter share price nosedives on news it is losing users


    Twitter lost users in the last three months, the company said on Wednesday, and the news sent share prices into a nosedive. Co-founder Jack Dorsey returned to lead the company last year and has shaken management to its core, laid off staff and instituted numerous changes to the service. So far his plans do not appear to be taking flight. Growth in Twitter’s monthly active users has slowed, then stagnated, and now seems to have stopped entirely. The service’s user base is up 9% year-over-year, but against the past quarter it’s perfectly flat at 320 million. Discounting “SMS Fast Followers,” who use the service via messaging platforms and tend to reside in emerging markets, Twitter’s user base declined for the first time, from 307 million to 305 million in the three months before 31 December. Twitter’s share price fell 13% in after hours trading before bouncing back. It had already hit an all-time low this …

    February 10, 2016 5:05 pm
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Science

  • Healing the soil


    Related images(click to enlarge) Four empty lots in Chicago’s South Side bear scars of the past. Their surfaces are strewn with construction debris and foundation rubble. However, the most incriminating evidence of the past lies beneath the surface, in the soil. Chicago’s history of industrialization and urbanization left its mark on the soil. Soil acts as a sponge, and can host contaminants for years. In Chicago, the waste from industrial manufacturing causes undesirable toxic organic chemicals, heavy metals, and other chemicals to linger in the soil. This can pose problems for the health of the humans and plants that inhabit the land years later. The four empty lots are owned by the Gary Comer Center, a non-profit youth development center in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. The Comer Center’s long-term hope is to repurpose the lots into useful spaces for the community. However, the poor quality soils in the lots create challenges. “They are going …

    February 10, 2016 7:46 pm
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Health

  • WHO advises women on Zika protection but no travel advisories


    GENEVA/LONDON The World Health Organisation advised women on Wednesday on how to protect themselves from Zika, particularly if pregnant, but also reassured them that most women in areas affected by the mosquito-borne virus will give birth to “normal infants.” The illness, until recently viewed as relatively mild, has sparked concern because of a possible link between infection in pregnancy and microcephaly, a rare birth defect in which infants are born with abnormally small heads that can be accompanied by developmental problems. Brazil, the worst hit country in an outbreak sweeping the Americas and now present in more than 30 countries, is investigating a potential link between Zika infections and more than 4,000 suspected cases of microcephaly. Researchers have identified evidence of Zika infection in 17 of these cases, either in the baby or in the mother, but have not confirmed that the virus can cause microcephaly.  In its advice, the Geneva-based WHO said women in areas …

    February 10, 2016 4:25 pm
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Entertainment

  • Broncos Must Decide Who Gets Franchise Tag: Von Miller Or Brock Osweiler


    #SB50 MVP.Impending FA. Should @Millerlite40 be highest paid def. player? (via @NFLNow) https://t.co/7zHYuUSVpR pic.twitter.com/uTALF1YCQa — NFL (@NFL) February 9, 2016 Now that the Denver Broncos have held their Super Bowl parade, it is time for the franchise and the front office to come back to reality and make an extremely tough decision. John Elway and the Broncos must now decide whether linebacker Von Miller or quarterback Brock Osweiler will be receiving the team’s lone “franchise tag” before the heat of free agency begins, and whether or not deals can be made to bring both players back in 2016. There are several factors that are going to weigh into this decision for Broncos: 1. Denver’s Need For A Quarterback Either he keeps playing…or retires. Peyton Manning. The last of a legend?https://t.co/VIaNhvVozk pic.twitter.com/Klv47vEOvL — NFL Network (@nflnetwork) February 10, 2016 For those living under a rock: Peyton Manning is likely going to retire. If Manning does decide …

    February 10, 2016 7:46 pm
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Editorial

  • Why are so many Christians biblically illiterate?


    Emblematic of the Bible’s declining influence is what Harper Lee penned in her 1960 novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” in which the character Miss Maudie says, “Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whiskey bottle in the hand of [another].” Most Christians know enough about the Bible to be dangerous. The Bible in America is a massive industry ($2.5 billion) yet it is the best seller few read and fewer understand. The Bible has become a moving target. One can strip it down, twist it, misread it, add to it, supplement it, and even overrule it, and, unfortunately, 95 percent of the congregation will not realize it. Why? Because Americans no longer know the Bible. The evidence is overpowering that contemporary Christianity is Bible-ish, at best, and at worst, in some cases, Bible-less. The American Bible Society releases an annual State of the Bible report and their research is …

    February 10, 2016 7:06 pm
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Odd News

  • Indian scientists express doubt over meteorite death attribution


    NEW DELHI Indian scientists have expressed doubt that a man in Tamil Nadu was the first person to have been confirmed killed by a meteorite strike, as the state’s top official has declared. The experts said the small crater, the absence of a sonic boom before impact, a lack of debris and the green and blue colour of rock recovered from the scene suggest some other cause. “It is highly improbable, but we will only be absolutely sure after a chemical analysis,” said V. Adimurthy, a senior scientist at India’s space agency. The mysterious event has triggered an international debate about whether a meteorite, space debris, leftover explosives or even frozen waste from a plane passing overhead may have killed the man. The meteorite attribution was announced this week by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram, a former film star who is known for her authoritarian style. A bus driver was killed by the meteorite at an engineering …

    February 10, 2016 8:04 am
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