• Heroin Overdose Deaths Quadrupled Since 2000

    Heroin Overdose Deaths Quadrupled Since 2000

    WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Heroin overdose deaths have skyrocketed in recent years, quadrupling since 2000, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday. At the same time, poisoning deaths related to painkiller abuse have leveled...
  • Has Boehner survived the Homeland Security debacle?

    Has Boehner survived the Homeland Security debacle?

    By CHARLES BABINGTON March 4, 2015 House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio returns to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) House Speaker John Boehner’s job is safe despite passing yet another...
  • Float like a mosquito, sting like a … mosquito

    Float like a mosquito, sting like a … mosquito

    Related images(click to enlarge) Small semi-aqueous arthropods, such as mosquitoes and water striders, are free to go about their waterborne business thanks to their unique leg-based adaptations, which repel water and allow them to float...
  • Alabama halts gay wedding licences

    Alabama halts gay wedding licences

    4 March 2015 Last updated at 11:43 Hundreds of same-sex couples have obtained licences in Alabama in recent weeks Alabama’s Supreme Court has ordered the state’s judges to stop issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples....
  • Ukraine coal mine blast ‘kills 33′

    Ukraine coal mine blast ‘kills 33′

    4 March 2015 Last updated at 11:49 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Tom Burridge reports from the mine entrance where relatives have gathered A suspected gas blast at a coal mine...
  • Today’s Toons 3/4/15

    Today’s Toons 3/4/15

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Headline News

  • Alabama halts gay wedding licences


    4 March 2015 Last updated at 11:43 Hundreds of same-sex couples have obtained licences in Alabama in recent weeks Alabama’s Supreme Court has ordered the state’s judges to stop issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples. A federal ruling says banning same-sex marriages is unconstitutional. But the court in Alabama has decided that does not preclude state law being followed, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Last month, a US federal judge ordered an Alabama official to issue marriage licences after a three-day standoff. The all-Republican court in Montgomery sided with two conservative organisations which had appealed a decision by US District Judge Callie Granade who had ruled in January that Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriages was unconstitutional. “As it has done for almost 200 years, the state of Alabama allows for ‘marriage’ between only one man and one woman. Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage …

    March 4, 2015 6:07 am
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Politics

  • Has Boehner survived the Homeland Security debacle?


    By CHARLES BABINGTON March 4, 2015 House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio returns to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) House Speaker John Boehner’s job is safe despite passing yet another big bill that most of his Republican colleagues oppose, as he did Tuesday to avert defunding the Department of Homeland Security. But Boehner and his leadership team appear destined to confront fratricidal fights for months to come. The friction exposes deep GOP ideological differences as the 2016 presidential campaign gets under way. For all the Washington chatter of a possible Republican coup against Boehner — the perpetually tanned, cigarette-smoking deal-maker from Ohio — few lawmakers gave it credence Tuesday. “It would take Democrat cooperation to do that, which is never going to happen,” said Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina, a frequent critic of Republican leaders. The mere subject, he said, “is irrelevant.” GOP Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona said …

    March 4, 2015 6:28 am
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Stocks

  • The truth, according to Google


    It must be true, I found it on the Internet! Naive? Maybe. After all, cyberspace has its fair share of myths. Now Google may have found a way to clean house, or at least throw the trash in the basement. The company is figuring out how to rank websites by the veracity of their content. The more truthful the page, the higher up it would appear in search results. Google (GOOG) currently sorts search results based on criteria such as the number of links pointing at the website, the amount of time users spend on it, as well as the prominence of its social media profile. The algorithm, named PageRank after Google co-founder Larry Page, is supposed to rank websites based on their reputation. But a team of Google engineers and research scientists say the current system mainly reflects the popularity of a website, which may tell users little about its truthfulness. Gossip websites are …

    March 4, 2015 4:46 am
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Sports

  • British Masters returns to European Tour schedule, top English players will rotate as host


    Ian Poulter hits from the second tee during the third round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Sunday, March 1, 2015 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez) (The Associated Press) VIRGINIA WATER, England –  Four of England’s top golfers will take turns hosting the British Masters when the event returns to the European Tour schedule this year. Ian Poulter, Luke Donald, Justin Rose and Lee Westwood will rotate as tournament host, with Poulter taking this year’s British Masters to Woburn from Oct. 8-11. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The British Masters was last on the tour schedule in 2008. It increases the number of events staged in Britain in 2015 to seven. European Tour chief executive George O’Grady says it “underlines the appetite among our membership for tournament golf in Britain.” Top-ranked Rory McIlroy and former British Open champion Paul Lawrie are also supporting events on the European Tour this year.

    March 4, 2015 6:08 am
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World News

  • Ukraine coal mine blast ‘kills 33′


    4 March 2015 Last updated at 11:49 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Tom Burridge reports from the mine entrance where relatives have gathered A suspected gas blast at a coal mine in a rebel-held region of eastern Ukraine has killed 33 people and trapped around 30, a rebel official has told BBC News. At least 14 miners were also injured at the Zasyadko mine, which saw Ukraine’s worst mine disaster nearly eight years ago when 101 were killed. Anxious relatives of miners have gathered at the scene to await news. There are fears the rebels lack the resources to deal with the disaster, the BBC’s Tom Burridge reports. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has demanded access to the mine for government rescuers and police. A mine union official, Mikhail Volynets, told a Ukrainian TV channel there had been no fighting in the area in recent days. While Ukraine’s economy has significantly shrunk …

    March 4, 2015 6:07 am
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Technology

  • Xiaomi enters Europe with accessories store – but no phones yet


    Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is taking its first step into Europe by opening an online store this year, the company has announced. The five-year-old company – dubbed “China’s Apple” – recently became the third largest smartphone manufacturer despite only selling its phones in China. In Europe it will start selling its Mi Band fitness tracker, headphones and battery packs, but not its eagerly anticipated smartphones. If Xiaomi begin selling smartphones such as its well-received Mi Note 4 phablet in the US and Europe, the company would be likely to face legal challenges over patent infringement. Lin Bin, Xiaomi co-founder, recently said that intellectual property was “not the most important matrix”. However, it was one factor that he and CEO Lei Jun use when planning country-launch strategies. “It’s going to be a different Mi.com experience from what we have in our markets in Asia, because we’re not selling phones,” Xiaomi’s global vice president and former Google …

    March 4, 2015 6:07 am
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Science

  • Float like a mosquito, sting like a … mosquito


    Related images(click to enlarge) Small semi-aqueous arthropods, such as mosquitoes and water striders, are free to go about their waterborne business thanks to their unique leg-based adaptations, which repel water and allow them to float freely on the surface. By examining the forces that the segments of mosquito legs generate against a water surface, researchers at the China University of Petroleum (Huadong) and Liaoning University of Technology have unraveled the mechanical logic that allows the mosquitoes to walk on water, which may help in the design of biomimetic structures, such as aquatic robots and small boats. “The current analyses deepen our understanding of the mechanisms of water-walking of these aquatic insects,” said Jianlin Liu, a professor in the Department of Engineering Mechanics at the China University of Petroleum. They describe their current research in the journal AIP Advances, from AIP Publishing. Mosquitoes land on still bodies of water to lay their eggs just under the …

    March 4, 2015 6:28 am
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Health

  • Heroin Overdose Deaths Quadrupled Since 2000


    WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Heroin overdose deaths have skyrocketed in recent years, quadrupling since 2000, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday. At the same time, poisoning deaths related to painkiller abuse have leveled off, even dropping slightly in recent years, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prescription drug addicts are turning to heroin due to successful efforts to curb narcotic painkiller abuse, said Kelly Dunn, an assistant professor in the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. It’s now harder to obtain prescription narcotics, thanks to improved tracking and regulation of the drugs, Dunn said. In addition, manufacturers have changed the formulation of painkillers like OxyContin to make them more difficult to abuse. “Heroin’s cheaper and easily available, and we’re seeing increases in places that traditionally haven’t had much heroin use,” Dunn said. “Once people are dependent on prescription drugs, it’s very …

    March 4, 2015 6:28 am
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Entertainment

  • Madonna Channels Pal Kanye With Her Fur-Trimmed Parka


    Taking a page from the Kanye West style manual, Madonna suits up in a fur-trimmed parka (a total trademark Kanye piece) as she leaves Paris. Let’s hope she doesn’t get choked with it. Oh la la! Last night, the 56-year-old was partying down for her release party for her new single “Living for Love.” Interestingly enough, just a day after her interview about her collaboration with Kanye, the Material Girl was dressed just like him in the City of Lights. Madge must be on a real Kanye kick — she just collaborated with Yeezy for the song “Illuminati” off of hew new album Rebel Heart, which drops this Friday. In her new Rolling Stone cover story, Madonna talked about the controversial music man. “I feel like the music business needs him, because everyone’s become so politically correct, so safe,” Madonna said. “I don’t always agree with the things he says or does – I don’t …

    March 4, 2015 4:46 am
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Editorial

  • Georgia Death Row Dilemma: God and Kelly Gissendaner


    FILE — July 6, 2004: Kelly Gissendaner, the only woman on Georgia’s death row, peers through the slot in her cell door as a guard brings her a cup of ice at Metro State Prison in Atlanta. Gissendaner was convicted of murder in the February 1997 stabbing death of her husband. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bita Honarvar) On Monday night the State of Georgia delayed the execution of confessed murderer Kelly Gissendaner, the only woman sentenced to death in that state in seven decades. Officials claimed that was because the injectable drug that would have killed her looked cloudy. Her execution had also been delayed a week before, supposedly due to snowstorms.  Maybe the real reason Georgia is delaying is that officials know, at some level, that executing Kelly Gissendaner would be evil — as evil as her own crime. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In 1998 Kelly Gissendaner was convicted of plotting with an accomplice to kill her husband …

    March 4, 2015 2:44 am
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Odd News

  • German pensioner needs drill to dig for Nazi-looted Amber Room


    BERLIN (Reuters) – A pensioner has started digging in Germany’s western Ruhr region for the Amber Room, a priceless work of art looted by Nazis from the Soviet Union during World War Two and missing for 70 years, but says he needs a new drill to help him. Dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Amber Room was an ornate chamber made of amber panels given to Czar Peter the Great by Prussia’s Friedrich Wilhelm I in 1716. German troops stole the treasure chamber from a palace near St Petersburg in 1941 and took it to Koenigsberg, now the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, before it disappeared. Conspiracy theories abound about the whereabouts of what some say is the world’s most valuable piece of lost art. Some historians think it was destroyed in the war, others say Germans smuggled it to safety. Now 68-year-old pensioner Karl-Heinz Kleine says he thinks the chamber is hidden under …

    March 3, 2015 10:15 am
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