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  • After 18 months, federal investigation has yielded no answers in gym mat death of Georgia teen

    SAVANNAH, Ga. –  Deep divisions linger over how a south Georgia teenager died before his body was found inside a rolled-up gym mat at school, and a federal investigation that began nearly 18 months ago has yet to provide any answers. Lowndes High School classmates found 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson dead on Jan. 11, 2013. Sheriff’s investigators concluded he died in a freak accident that left him stuck upside down and unable to breathe. Johnson’s parents in Valdosta insist he was killed. They have filed a civil lawsuit accusing fellow students who have not been charged with crimes. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT U.S. Attorney Michael Moore announced the federal investigation Oct. 31, 2013. His office says the case remains open. The Rev. Floyd Rose, a Valdosta civil rights leader, says it’s time for Moore to release his findings.

    April 19, 2015 10:32 am


  • Fiorina: A GOP alternative to Hillary?

    Carly Fiorina speaks in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Carly Fiorina, the lone Republican woman eying the White House, wants to block Hillary Rodham Clinton from playing the “gender card” in the 2016 presidential race. But to do so, Fiorina is taking a page from the gender politics playbook herself. A former business executive with limited political experience, Fiorina argues that if Republicans nominate her, it would neutralize any advantages the Democrats might get from having a woman at the top of their ticket. Speaking of Clinton in an interview with The Associated Press, Fiorina said, “She wants to make it a gender-based campaign; she wants to talk about the war on women; she wants to talk about being the first woman president. She can’t do any of that with me.” Clinton, who launched her campaign last weekend, has been playing up her life experience as a mother and grandmother, along with her policy …

    April 19, 2015 6:51 am


  • Sabado Gigante, iconic Univision program, is ending

    After 53 years, Spanish language television channel Univision says it is ending Sabado Gigante’s run. The longest-running variety show in television history — Sabado Gigante — will end its 53-year run in September, Univision Communications announced Friday. The show is near and dear to many Spanish speakers, but even those who don’t know the language are likely to recognize the program. The frenetic pace of the games, musical acts, on-air family reunions, skits, models and dancers became recognizable enough to be spoofed on shows like Saturday Night Live and The Colbert Report. The show first aired in Chile in 1962, hosted by its creator, Mario Kreutzberger, better known as Don Francisco. Production moved to Miami in 1986, and through Univision, to a much wider audience in some 40 countries. Don Francisco, the show’s ageless host, with Latin superstar Thalia. Sabado Gigante means “Giant Saturday,” and its campy, over-the-top style has become what some people think …

    April 19, 2015 9:11 am


  • Flames host Canucks in first home playoff game since ’09

    (SportsNetwork.com) – The Calgary Flames will try to regain the lead in their Western Conference quarterfinal series when they host the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday in the first playoff game at the Saddledome in six years. The Flames won their first playoff game since 2009 with a 2-1 road win in Game 1 of this series, but fell 4-1 in Friday’s second battle at Rogers Arena. Calgary ended a five-year playoff drought by claiming third place in the Pacific Division and is trying to win a postseason series for the first time since 2004. The last time Calgary hosted a playoff game was on April 27, 2009 when it lost the final test of a six-game series loss to Chicago. The Flames were 23-13-5 at the Saddledome during the 2014-15 regular season. Vancouver blew a 1-0 lead in the third period of Game 1, but coasted to Friday’s victory to even this best-of-seven set at …

    April 19, 2015 10:32 am

World News

  • Turin Shroud goes back on display

    Worshippers believe the Turin Shroud to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ The Turin Shroud has gone back on public display in the Italian city’s cathedral, after a break of five years. The 4.4-metre-long (14-ft) cloth is on show until 24 June. Viewings are free but must be booked. One million people have already signed up. Some devotees believe the shroud is the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. Sceptics point to carbon dating that suggests it is a medieval forgery from the 1300s. Scientists have not agreed on how the image of a man was imprinted on the cloth. Turin Shroud: See it in detail Pope Francis will be among those to view the shroud, during a visit to the northern Italian city on 21 June. The last public viewings were in 2010, when 2.5 million people came to see it. The shroud is in a climate-controlled case in Turin’s cathedral Already one million …

    April 19, 2015 10:32 am


  • BitTorrent: the comic book shop of the future?

    BitTorrent is a much-cited and much-maligned format. Most people associate it with piracy, because, to be completely honest, that is mostly what it is used for. But practically it’s just a way of moving bits around – and it’s particularly useful for moving big bits around, stuff that takes a while to download. This is because BitTorrent works by breaking everything down into lots of chunks and passing them around, so you can download a few chunks at a time, from a network of other BitTorrent users. That’s why it’s so popular for downloading movies: but if you’re a publisher with a lot of bits to move, it makes sense for you too. BitTorrent, Inc, for its part, has been trying to go legit, doing deals with movie studios and the like to make films available legally – and it has started to do the same for big books too. Graphic novels are one of …

    April 19, 2015 10:31 am


  • The Enduring Mystery of the Missing Oil Spilt in the Gulf of Mexico

    Workers uncovered a tar mat weighing some 18,000 kilograms just offshore of a natural barrier island in Louisiana in the summer of 2013. Although the tar mat turned out to bear more sand than oil, it represented another small fraction of the hydrocarbons that went missing after BP’s blowout in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The sum of all the dispersed oil located thus far, from tar mats to oily marine snow, hardly accounts for at least four million barrels of oil spewed into the cold, dark bottom of the Gulf of Mexico from the deep-sea well named Macondo five years ago.   Like any good mystery, this one may never be solved. Of that four million barrels or more spewed after April 20, 2010, more than a million remain missing, according to the best estimates of the U.S. government.   Mystery plagued BP’s blowout from the beginning. Initial oil company estimates claimed just …

    April 19, 2015 6:51 am


  • Youth e-cigarette data prompts new calls to speed regulation

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Public health advocates are stepping up pressure on the U.S. government to quickly regulate and restrict access to e-cigarettes after new data showed use of the products tripled among high school and middle school children last year. The figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday raised concern among health officials who fear e-cigarettes will create a new generation of nicotine addicts who may eventually smoke conventional cigarettes. Cigarette smoking fell more than 25 percent over the same period. E-cigarette proponents said the data could indicate e-cigarettes are diverting young people away from conventional cigarettes, a view rejected by tobacco control advocates. [ID: nL2N0XD1UH] The Food and Drug Administration regulates cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco. It proposed extending its authority to e-cigarettes and hookah, among other products, nearly a year ago. FDA spokesman Michael Felberbaum said on Friday the agency is “moving forward expeditiously to finalize the …

    April 19, 2015 6:52 am


  • Britt McHenry’s tow truck clerk comments fuel even meaner responses

    More: Gwyneth Paltrow is being attacked for the way she used food stamps (PHOTOS) The ESPN reporter was suspended by the network for a week after a video was leaked online showing her berating an employee at a tow yard. Even after she is told she’s on camera, McHenry continues her rant. See the full video below (warning: NSFW language). More: Chrissy Teigen shares her unpleasant encounter with a racist McHenry starts off by telling the worker, “I’m in the news, sweetheart. I will f***ing sue this place.” She goes on to insult everything she can about the employee, including her place of employment, saying, “I wouldn’t work in a scumbag place like this. It makes my skin crawl even being here.” Then she tells the worker she has “no education, no skill set,” and asks the tow yard worker, “Do you feel good about your job?” She continues, “So I could be a college …

    April 18, 2015 11:46 pm


  • Forget Cuba or health care reform, Obama’s real legacy is Middle East nukes

    April 17, 2015: President Obama reaches to shake hands with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in the Oval Office. (AP) President Obama recently sat down for a long, wide-ranging interview with Thomas Friedman, the New York Times’ premier columnist and multiple Pulitzer Prize winner. It was supposed to be an elevated discussion between two intellectuals about the weighty foreign policy issues not just of the day, but of the modern era. Obama kept referring to broad, sweeping words of wisdom – the deal with Iran is a “once in a lifetime” chance. He hinted at a similar deal with Cuba. And he announced, “You asked about an Obama doctrine. The doctrine is: We will engage, but we preserve all our capabilities.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Sadly, we have seen that the alternative to American leadership isn’t world peace, but rising regional hegemony – or even worse, chaos. China, Russia, Iran and the Islamic State don’t want to play …

    April 18, 2015 6:56 am

Odd News

  • Former Washington state governor ejects man from car

    SEATTLE (Reuters) – Former Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire used fast thinking and driving to stop a stranger from climbing into her car in a store parking lot, Olympia police said on Thursday. Gregoire, who was governor from 2005 to 2013, packed her purchases into the car’s trunk in a Lowe’s home improvement lot, the police said. As she did she saw a man watching her. Police said that once she was inside the car, the man opened the passenger door and started climbing in just as she began backing out of the space. She hit the gas pedal, the man fell to the ground and the door slammed shut, police said. The man, identified as 47-year-old Mark Snodderly, was not injured. Police said he then caused a disturbance in the store, adding that he was cited for disorderly conduct and taken to a hospital for evaluation. (This story has been refiled to fix spelling …

    April 16, 2015 6:22 pm