Headline News

  • Funeral set for four Missouri shooting victims as probe continues


    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) – Funeral services for four of seven people slain last week in a small town in Missouri are scheduled for Thursday as authorities seek a motive in the killings. The four are members of a family killed in the shootings on Thursday in Tyrone, Missouri. Their funeral will take place at the First General Baptist Church in Willow Springs, Missouri, according to the Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home. They are Garold Aldridge, 52; his wife Julie Aldridge, 47; Harold Aldridge, 50; and his wife Janell Aldridge, 48. Joseph Aldridge, 36, a cousin of Garold and Harold, shot the two couples in their homes in a rampage that also took the lives of Carey Shriver, 46; his wife Valirea Shriver, 44; and Carey’s father Darrell Shriver, 68, in their homes, authorities said. The shooting began after Joseph Aldridge found his mother dead of natural causes in her home, authorities said. He later shot himself …

    March 1, 2015 1:54 pm
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Politics

  • Boehner defends his U.S. House leadership amid conservative unrest


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, having suffered an embarrassing rebuke at the hands of conservatives in his own party, played down any risk to his continuing leadership on Sunday, saying disagreements with fellow Republicans were merely over strategy, not goals. Asked if he could lead the House, Boehner said, “I think so. I’m not going to suggest it’s easy, because it’s not.” The House narrowly averted a shutdown of funding to the Department of Homeland Security on Friday after Boehner failed to rein in conservative Republicans insistent upon tying the issue to blocking President Barack Obama’s move to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation. “We do have some members who disagree from time to time over the tactics that we decide to employ. But remember that Republicans are united in this idea that the president has far exceeded his constitutional authority,” he said in an interview on the CBS …

    March 1, 2015 1:35 pm
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Stocks

  • ‘Corinthian 15′ launch ‘debt strike’ over student loans


    A handful of former students claiming to be “made poor by the business of education” are protesting their student loans by refusing to pay them. They’re calling themselves the Corinthian 15, named for their number and the now-defunct chain of for-profit schools they attended, Corinthian Colleges. Corinthian was largely sold off last fall for parts after its practices came under the scrutiny of federal regulators. A lawsuit by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau accused it of an illegal and “predatory lending scheme,” and using falsified job placement figures to “lure” students in. While its lawsuit is ongoing, the bureau in February negotiated $480 million in forgiveness for Corinthian’s private loans, which the bureau said had interest rates twice that of typical student loans and required students to make payments while they were still in school. But not all students qualified for that program, and even those who did qualify would see only 40% of their …

    March 1, 2015 1:54 pm
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Sports

  • Skiing U-turn made me a champion, says Djokovic


    BELGRADE (Reuters) – The dedication to sporting excellence which moulded Novak Djokovic into the world’s top tennis player was preceded by a passion for skiing which remains one of his greatest joys, the 27-year old Serb told Reuters on Sunday. Cutting a relaxed figure following afternoon practice less than 24 hours after losing the Dubai Open final to Roger Federer, the eight-times grand slam champion explained the tough decision which changed his life. “I am very blessed to be able to play tennis, the sport that I love and very grateful for the opportunities to play in the finals of big events,” he said. “When the season starts you are on the roll constantly and obliged to be committed to daily routines on and off the court. “But before I ever hit a tennis ball I was already on the slopes of the mountains where I grew up and skiing has stayed my biggest sports …

    March 1, 2015 1:54 pm
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World News

  • Nigerian mob kills bomb suspect


    1 March 2015 Last updated at 17:25 Bauchi was hit by a market explosion that caused much damage in December 2014 A mob beat a woman to death in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Bauchi in the belief that she was a suicide bomber, police and witnesses say. The woman – said to be a teenager – was attacked when she refused to be screened at the entrance to a market. No explosives were found on her. A series of suicide bombings in northern Nigeria has been blamed on Boko Haram militants. It wants to enforce strict Islamic law across the country. Witnesses say the mob put a tyre sprinkled with petrol over the woman’s head and set it on fire after she was beaten. General elections are due to be held in Bauchi and elsewhere in Nigeria later this month Nigerian soldiers have failed to end Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency Police say that she …

    March 1, 2015 1:54 pm
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Technology

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. Galaxy S6 Edge vs. HTC One M9 vs. LG G Flex 2: 2015 Android smartphone specs compared


    The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Josh P. Miller/CNET The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge might sport similar features, but they’re rather different from Samsung’s previous designs. Gone are the days of plastic shells and removable batteries. The S6 and S6 Edge sport metal and plenty of glass across their 5.1-inch frames. Both phones have high-resolution displays, and the S6 Edge has a curved display that wraps across both sides of the device — one-upping the curved display we saw on the Galaxy Note Edge. But what about the competitors flagship devices — notably, LG’s new-for-2015 G Flex 2, and the new HTC One M9, announced just hours before the new Galaxy phones? Do Samsung’s latest wares have an edge over the competition? Check out the chart below for all of the details on 2015’s hot new phones. 2015 Android smartphones compared Samsung Galaxy S6 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge HTC One M9 …

    March 1, 2015 1:34 pm
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Science

  • Genetics reveals where emperor penguins survived the last ice age


    Related images(click to enlarge) A study of how climate change has affected emperor penguins over the last 30,000 years found that only three populations may have survived during the last ice age, and that the Ross Sea in Antarctica was likely the refuge for one of these populations. The Ross Sea is likely to have been a shelter for emperor penguins for thousands of years during the last ice age, when much of the rest of Antarctica was uninhabitable due to the amount of ice. The findings, published today in the journal Global Change Biology, suggest that while current climate conditions may be optimal for emperor penguins, conditions in the past were too extreme for large populations to survive. A team of researchers, led by scientists from the universities of Southampton, Oxford, Tasmania and the Australian Antarctic Division, and supported in Antarctica by Adventure Network International, examined the genetic diversity of modern and ancient emperor …

    March 1, 2015 1:35 pm
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Health

  • Texas Ebola nurse says hospital failed her and her colleagues


    DALLAS (Reuters) – The first person infected with Ebola in the United States, nurse Nina Pham, said she was used for publicity purposes by her hospital, which also invaded her privacy and did not properly train her, the Dallas Morning News reported on Sunday. Pham, 26, told the newspaper that chaos hit the Dallas hospital when it admitted Thomas Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States after he contracted it in Liberia. Nurses were ill prepared and received little guidance on how to treat Ebola or protect themselves. “I wanted to believe that they would have my back and take care of me, but they just haven’t risen to the occasion,” Pham told The Dallas Morning News in an exclusive interview published in its Sunday edition. Duncan was put into isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in late September and died less than two weeks later. Pham, who became infected while …

    March 1, 2015 1:35 pm
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Entertainment

  • Brad Pitt Heads For Paris Amid Reports He And Angelina Jolie Are Planning Another Adoption


    Posted on Sun Mar 1st, 2015 10:08am PDT       By X17 Staff Brad Pitt jetted outta LA, on Saturday, headed for Paris and, most likely, to join his family at their massive vineyard compound near Aix-en-Provence in the south. Ahhh, lifestyles of the rich and famous! Still, despite the family’s wealth and their ability to live like royalty, they give away plenty of their money, too. The Jolie-Pitt Foundation has an endowment of more than $34 million and the super couple has let their super KIDS decide where the money will go! Yes, Brad Pitt and wife Angelina Jolie have engaged their six kids – Maddox, 13; Pax, 11; Zahara, 10; Shiloh, 8; and twins Vivienne and Knox, 6 — participate in the decision-making process regarding the organizations that will benefit from their non-profit. Shiloh recently suggested 1.2million pounds worth of donation to the Naankuse Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia, the African country in which Jolie …

    March 1, 2015 2:14 pm
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Editorial

  • The Internet Gone Mad: Stop talking about white and gold dress. Now.


    I’m color blind. There’s not much good that comes from being color blind. Traffic lights are a challenge. I can never be a pilot. My wife frequently sends me back into the closet to change the frightful mélange of colors in which I’ve adorned myself, and I’m useless as a sounding board for her when she’s shopping (there’s also the fact that she looks stunningly beautiful in any color). But finally I’ve found the silver (or is it blue?) lining to being color blind. The gold/white, black/blue dress debate doesn’t matter to me. To me it’s green, blue, yellow, white, red, turquoise, magenta, grey, green and every other color on this great earth. And I don’t care.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT I love Facebook, I tweet a lot, I’ve been known to Instagram on occasion. But this? This national debate over what color a dress may or may not be? What has happened to us? If you …

    February 28, 2015 2:05 pm
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Odd News

  • Circus acrobat reported missing in Atlanta has been found


    (Reuters) – An acrobat reported missing in Atlanta by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey circus has been found, a production company said on Friday. Police issued a missing person bulletin on Thursday for Wei Cao, a 25-year-old Chinese citizen who performs a bicycle and juggling act for the circus, after she missed a scheduled performance this week. Feld Entertainment, which produces the circus, said in a statement that Cao had been located and no additional information was available. A spokeswoman for the Atlanta Police Department said the agency had not been notified of the performer’s return. (Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Lisa Lambert)

    February 28, 2015 1:19 am
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