Headline News

  • Lawyers set to select jury for Alabama woman’s trial in girl’s running death


    GADSDEN, Ala. –  Lawyers are ready to select a jury for the trial of an Alabama woman charged with capital murder in her granddaughter’s running death. Attorneys are due in court Friday afternoon to pick a jury for the trial of 59-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard of Boaz. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Weather could be a problem following a second round of wintry precipitation in north Alabama in a week. But testimony is expected to begin Monday if things go as scheduled. Prosecutors say Garrard made her 9-year-old granddaughter Savannah Hardin run for hours as punishment for a lie. The girl eventually collapsed and died later in a hospital. Garrard says she’s innocent. The defense says she didn’t mean the girl any harm. Defense lawyers also are asking the judge to move the trial outside of Gadsden.

    March 6, 2015 2:24 am
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Politics

  • Wisconsin Assembly slogs through debate on right-to-work bill; unions cry foul


    MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) – Wisconsin lawmakers on Thursday debated through the night on a measure supported by Republican Governor Scott Walker that would prohibit private-sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues when working under union contracts. Walker, a presidential hopeful, is expected to sign the right-to-work bill on Monday if it gets to his desk after what could be a 24-hour session in the state Assembly. Security cleared the Assembly gallery when protesters there shouted “right to work is wrong for Wisconsin,” bringing a temporary halt to the session on Thursday afternoon. Dozens of demonstrators who tried to get onto the Assembly floor were blocked by capitol security officers. Two people were arrested on Thursday, police said. The state Senate approved the bill last week, and the Assembly, where Republicans hold a 63-36 majority, is expected to follow suit to make Wisconsin the 25th state to enact a right-to-work law. …

    March 6, 2015 2:45 am
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Stocks

  • Glenn Beck’s top execs quit to form digital media startup


    Glenn Beck’s top two lieutenants have left Beck’s Internet and television channel, TheBlaze, and are starting a new venture together. The departing executives are Chris Balfe, who was Beck’s CEO, and Joel Cheatwood, who was president and chief operating officer. According to people familiar with their plans, the two men are building a digital media startup that will reflect some of the lessons learned while at TheBlaze. The startup is currently in stealth mode while the two men talk with potential partners. TheBlaze was a big risk when Beck, Balfe and Cheatwood launched it in 2011, months after Beck and Cheatwood left Fox News. It’s now credited with being one of the first direct-to-subscriber streaming video businesses, a category that other media companies and A-list celebrities are now pursuing with vigor. But questions persist about whether TheBlaze will be able to succeed as a cable TV channel. Balfe departed Mercury Radio Arts, the parent firm of …

    March 6, 2015 1:04 am
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Sports

  • Unseasonably warm weather moves Iditarod route farther north


    In a Saturday, March 1, 2014 photo, Scott Janssen keeps control of his sled rounding the corner near Goose Lake during the ceremonial start for Iditarod 42 in Anchorage, Ak. A weather pattern that has buried the eastern U.S. in snow has left Alaska fairly warm and relatively snow-free this winter, forcing the world’s most famous sled dog race farther north. (AP Photo/Anchorage Daily News,Anne Raup) ANCHORAGE, Alaska –  Much of the start of the world’s most famous sled dog race is covered in barren gravel, forcing Iditarod organizers to move the start further north where there is snow and ice. A weather pattern that buried the eastern U.S. in snow has left Alaska fairly warm and relatively snow-free this winter, especially south of the Alaska Range. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “If I have one more person say to me to move the Iditarod to Boston, I’m going to shake my head,” said race director Mark Nordman. …

    March 6, 2015 2:24 am
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World News

  • IS ‘erasing history’ in Nimrud, Iraq


    6 March 2015 Last updated at 07:54 IS says ancient shrines and statues – like this Assyrian relief – are “false idols” Archaeologists and cultural officials have expressed heartbreak and outrage about the bulldozing of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq. Islamic State militants began demolishing the site on Thursday, Iraqi officials said. The UN cultural body’s Iraq director, Alex Plathe, called it “another appalling attack on Iraq’s heritage”. “They are erasing our history,” Iraqi archaeologist Dr Lamia al-Gailani told the BBC. IS says ancient shrines and statues are “false idols” that have to be smashed. Many of Nimrud’s artefacts have been transferred to museums in Baghdad and overseas, but giant “lamassu” statues – winged bulls with human heads – remain on site Nimrud lies just south-east of Mosul, where militants attacked artefacts with sledgehammers last week Nimrud, which was founded in the 13th Century BC, lies about 30km (18 miles) south-east of …

    March 6, 2015 2:24 am
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Technology

  • Trendspotting: what we learned from Game Developers Conference 2015


    VALVE ENTERS THE VR BATTLEGROUND Valve, the developer behind Half-Life and the owners of the PC download service Steam, has teamed up with HTC to create a virtual reality headset, Vive. The headset will rival Facebook’s Oculus Rift and is out this year. … AND WANTS TO TAKE ON PS4 AND XBOX ONE, TOO Valve also detailed its plans to take on Xbox and PlayStation in the living room. The firm’s long-in-gestation Steam Machines will launch in November and be more affordable and powerful. The Steam controller – designed as an alternative to the mouse and keyboard – will debut alongside them at a cost of £33-£40. A volunteer trials Sony’s Project Morpheus headset. Photograph: Jeff Chiu/AP PLAYSTATION TO RELEASE PROJECT MORPHEUS NEXT YEAR Virtual reality headsets dominated GDC, but one of the sleekest and most impressive devices was Sony’s Project Morpheus, which is nearly complete and launches in the first half of 2016. Sony …

    March 6, 2015 2:24 am
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Science

  • Phthalates potentially alter levels of a pregnancy hormone that influences sex development


    Related images(click to enlarge) Exposure to hormone-altering chemicals called phthalates — which are found in many plastics, foods and personal care products — early in pregnancy is associated with a disruption in an essential pregnancy hormone and adversely affects the masculinization of male genitals in the baby, according to research led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. The findings, presented today at the Endocrine Society’s 97th annual meeting in San Diego and funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, focus on the role of the placenta in responding to these chemicals and altering levels of a key pregnancy hormone. These results suggest that there may be reason to push routine clinical testing earlier in pregnancy to check for the effects of chemicals and help guide potential interventions to protect the health of the baby. “Phthalates are pervasive,” said Jennifer Adibi, M.P.H., Sc.D., assistant professor of epidemiology at Pitt Public …

    March 6, 2015 2:45 am
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Health

  • What kills more women than AIDS and breast cancer? Dirty wate


    NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Diseases spread through dirty water and poor sanitation are the fifth biggest killer of women worldwide, causing more deaths than AIDS, diabetes or breast cancer, researchers say. Nearly 800,000 women die every year because they lack access to safe toilets and clean water, said the development organization WaterAid, which analyzed data from the Seattle-based Institute of Health Metrics research center. “This completely unacceptable situation affects women and girls’ education, their health, their dignity and ultimately, in too many cases, results in an early and needless death,” WaterAid CEO Barbara Frost said in a statement. The only conditions more fatal for women than the lack of decent sanitation are heart disease, stroke, lower respiratory infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to the report. More than 1 billion women, or one in three women around the world, do not have access to a safe, private toilet, while 370 million – …

    March 6, 2015 2:45 am
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Entertainment

  • Nick Gordon’s mom made a shocking claim about Whitney Houston’s death


    More: The Brown family is planning to exploit Bobbi Kristina on new reality show During an interview with Dr. Phil, Bobbi Kristina’s boyfriend, Nick Gordon, and his mother shared some stories that don’t make any sense at all. Nick’s mom, Michelle, reportedly told the TV host that Nick was with Whitney Houston the night she died, in February of 2012, and that he found her unconscious and tried to administer CPR. “As we sit here right now, my son’s life hangs in the balance,” Michelle said. “When Whitney was found, he administered CPR to her and called me as he was standing in front of her, saying, ‘Mom, why couldn’t I do it? I couldn’t get air into her lungs.’ He won’t let go of the guilt.” More: Nick Gordon “desperate” to visit Bobbi Kristina, but will the family allow it? But that claim doesn’t make any sense. According to the autopsy report, Whitney was …

    March 6, 2015 1:24 am
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Editorial

  • America is not a "Christian" nation


     (AP) Within the last few days, we’ve seen protestors holding crosses shout “go home!” at Muslims in front of the Oklahoma State Capitol, several Idaho state senators refuse to listen to a Hindu invocation, and new poll numbers suggesting that a majority of Republicans — 57 percent — “support establishing Christianity as the national religion.” In a year already filled with attacks and harassment of religious minorities across the country, the rise of such “Christian nation” rhetoric is troubling. But it’s not new. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT It is a fact conveniently forgotten by many that ministers from a variety of denominations were from the beginning among the strongest opponents to establishing a national religion of any kind. No mere assessment of the religious affiliations of population, the argument that America was at its founding and remains a nation Christian in character has served as cover for a variety of racist and nativist sentiments for generations. It …

    March 5, 2015 11:03 pm
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Odd News

  • Florida man drove dead body to attorney’s office: police


    ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) – Florida detectives are investigating the case of a man who drove to his lawyer’s office with a dead body in the bed of his pickup truck, authorities said on Thursday. John Marshall, 52, said he shot his neighbor in self-defense during a scuffle involving a gun, his attorney, Robert Harris, told the Fort Myers News-Press and WINK-TV. The lawyer reported the death of 65-year-old Theodore Hubbell, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, which said it had not made any arrests. The men were neighbors in Bokeelia, a community of about 2,000 people on Pine Island in southwest Florida, according to sheriff’s spokesman Tony Schall. Marshall was taken to the hospital with facial wounds and possibly broken thumbs, according to the News-Press. Harris told the News-Press that Marshall had called him days earlier saying he feared for his safety. It was not clear why the men were fighting, but their dispute …

    March 5, 2015 10:43 pm
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