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  • Texas A&M Galveston professor fails entire class, but school official says grades won’t stick

    GALVESTON, Texas –  A Texas AM Galveston professor has failed every student in his strategic management class, berating them via email as a disgrace to the school. KPRC television station in Houston (http://bit.ly/1GqFfjb ) reports that Irwin Horwitz sent the email Thursday informing them of their failing grades and saying he’ll no longer teach the class. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The email said he’s reached “breaking point.” Horwitz accused the students of backstabbing and cheating, and said they lack maturity. Some students told the television station the email came as a shock and voiced concern it could impact their career prospects. University official Patrick Louchouarn says the failing grades won’t stick because the students haven’t finished the course and grades are applied on completion. The department head will take over the class until the end of the semester. ___ Information from: KPRC-TV, http://www.click2houston.com

    April 28, 2015 8:42 am


  • Supreme Court poised to hear landmark gay marriage case

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The nine justices of the Supreme Court were set on Tuesday to hear arguments on whether the Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, taking up a contentious social issue in what promises to be the year’s most anticipated ruling. Hundreds of demonstrators on both sides of the issue gathered outside the white marble courthouse ahead of the scheduled 10 a.m. start of the 2-1/2 hours of oral arguments in the case, known as Obergefell v. Hodges. Gay marriage advocates held up signs with slogans including “Love for all” and “America is ready for freedom to marry.” A small, vocal group of people against legalizing gay marriage held signs including one calling gay sex sinful and another stating, “Satan rules over all, the children of pride.” The decision, due by the end of June, will determine whether gay marriage will be legal nationwide. The arguments center on gay marriage bans in …

    April 28, 2015 8:42 am


  • Meet the 17-year-old investor who tripled his money

    Brandon Fleisher is making a fortune. He has more than tripled his investments in two years — from $48,000 to $147,000. That might not sound like much, until you realize that Brandon is a 17-year-old high school senior. While many teens try for the perfect Instagram and Snapchat selfie, Brandon spends his spare time running the website and newsletter, The Financial Bulls, to help new investors learn about the markets — for free. Feeling small yet? There’s more. CEOs take Brandon’s calls. When he bought thousands of shares of mobile-advertising company Inuvo (INUV), Brandon had questions. Inuvo’s CEO, Richard Howe, picked up. “He would call and ask fairly intelligent and insightful questions even though we thought he was 17 or 18 years old,” says Alan Sheinwald, Inuvo’s investor relations counsel. “He really acts as though he’s a professional investor.” Related: The millennial investor raking in a 250% return Brandon the investor: Brandon has learned a …

    April 28, 2015 9:02 am


  • David Ragan to move to MWR to replace Brian Vickers in No. 55 for rest of the season

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. –  David Ragan will move to Michael Waltrip Racing next week and finish the season as the replacement driver for Brian Vickers. Ragan has been filling in at Joe Gibbs Racing for Kyle Busch since the second week of the season. Busch is expected to return soon, and JGR has wanted to give 18-year-old development driver Erik Jones some seat time in a Sprint Cup car. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT That frees up Ragan, who will take over the No. 55 Toyota at Kansas Speedway. Team co-owner Michael Waltrip will drive the car Sunday at Talladega. Vickers missed the first two races of the season as he recovered from heart surgery. He returned for two races but was sidelined again in March with recurring blood clots. No timetable has been set for Vickers’ return.

    April 28, 2015 10:22 am

World News

  • Saudi Arabia ‘uncovers IS cells’

    The Saudi authorities say the cell was planning attacks on targets including the US embassy Saudi Arabia has arrested 93 people suspected of belonging to Islamic State (IS) and foiled several plots, the interior ministry has announced. The official Saudi Press Agency reported that the arrests had taken place since December and that the suspects included 77 Saudi nationals. The group had set up training sites in a remote area of the al-Qassim region and planned suicide bombings, it added. Among the alleged targets was the US embassy in the capital, Riyadh. The Gulf kingdom is part of a US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against IS militants, who control a large swath of Syria and Iraq. ‘Deviant group’ The Saudi interior ministry statement quoted by SPA called IS a “deviant group” and said its supporters were seeking to “undermine the security of this country”. IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has urged supporters to launch …

    April 28, 2015 10:42 am


  • GetTaxi becomes Gett, starts ordering takeaways, plumbers and massages

    Gett began life as GetTaxi, backed by a fleet of London’s iconic black cab taxis. Gett Taxi app GetTaxi is changing its name to Gett and hitting the road for all sorts of services, bringing you everything from takeaways to dry cleaning. Launched in 2011 in Tel Aviv and London as GetTaxi, Gett is a smartphone app and website that enables you to order a taxi to your location, similar to rivals like Uber and Hailo. Gett connects you with licensed taxi drivers — like London’s famous black cabs or New York’s iconic yellow cabs — rather than privately hired minicabs. Gett is currently available in 32 cities around the world, including New York, London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester, Moscow and 13 cities in Israel. Unlike Uber, Gett promises a fixed fare rate with no “surge pricing” inflating prices at times of higher demand. By expanding beyond ordering taxis to ordering other services too, Gett …

    April 28, 2015 8:02 am


  • Locusts provide insight into brain response to stimuli, senses

    Related images(click to enlarge) By training a type of grasshopper to recognize odors, a team of biomedical engineers at Washington University in St. Louis is learning more about the brain and how it processes information from its senses. Baranidharan Raman, PhD, assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the School of Engineering Applied Science, found that locusts trained to recognize certain odors reacted differently when the odors were presented overlapping with another. While the results of this research, published in the April 27 issue of Nature Communications, focus on the sense of smell, Raman and his team plan to use the results to determine if the brain processes signals similarly for other senses. A locust has sensory neurons in its antennae that convert chemical cues, such as puffs of an odor, into electrical signals and transmit them to circuits of neurons in the brain. Raman and his team examined the change in how the neurons in …

    April 28, 2015 8:22 am


  • Women’s Brains May Have Tougher Time Recovering From Concussion

    TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — New research from Taiwan uncovers more evidence that women may have a tougher time recovering their memory after concussions. Scientists don’t know why the brains of women seem to respond to these brain injuries differently from those of men. But experts think it might have something to do with differences in male and female brains, or the way in which men and women are injured when their heads hit something. Whatever the case, “you cannot treat women like you treat men,” said neuropsychologist Dave Ellemberg, an associate professor who studies brain injuries at the University of Montreal. “But in the field of the management of brain injuries, everyone is managed the same. The data mainly comes from men, and the management programs are all based on evidence that comes from them.” At issue are concussions, also known as mild traumatic brain injuries. According to the Brain Injury Association …

    April 28, 2015 8:42 am


  • Wendy Williams Backtracks On Bruce Jenner Diss But Can’t Resist Calling Him "Fame Hungry"

    Posted on Tue Apr 28th, 2015 7:00am PDT       By X17 Staff This is the most disingenuous thing we’ve ever seen! Wendy Williams decided to backtrack on dissing Bruce Jenner during the Hot Topic portion of her talk show yesterday, but it’s clear that she didn’t mean a word of what she said and was simply trying to correct all the bad PR she’s received. The TV star, who previously called the former Olympian a “fame whore,” commended him for living his truth and being brave, but still couldn’t resist calling him “fame hungry” and critiquing his changing appearance. She commented on his lips and hairstyle and said his face “didn’t move because of all the Botox and fillers,” and if that isn’t offensive we don’t know what is! “I think if I felt that way I would just play dress up in the house and not be hunted by the paparazzi like a wild dog,” she …

    April 28, 2015 9:22 am


  • Migration crisis: To save innocent lives UN, world leaders must confront terrorism, radical Islam

    April 20, 2015 : An immigrant treats a co-traveler lying on a coast in the eastern Aegean island of Rhodes, Greece. Greek authorities said that at least three people have died, including a child, after a wooden boat carrying at least 83 migrants from the Turkish shore ran around off the island of Rhodes. (AP Photo/Nikolas Nanev) The tragic disaster in the Mediterranean Sea that killed an estimated 800 boat people fleeing from their countries has rightly moved the world community to focus on what can be done to protect vulnerable refugees trying to escape conflicts. International leaders owe it to the victims of this heart-breaking catastrophe to fix the problems, not just react to the side effects.  The long-term solution to this growing crisis is to confront the reasons people leave their country in the first place. While migration is inevitable, the fact remains that most people leave their homes to escape violence and the certain persecution …

    April 28, 2015 4:41 am

Odd News

  • Scientist Hawking tells upset fans Malik may be in parallel One Direction

    (Reuters) – What is the cosmological effect of singer Zayn Malik leaving the best-selling boy band One Direction and consequently disappointing millions of teenage girls around the world? The advice of British cosmologist Stephen Hawking to heartbroken fans is to follow theoretical physics, because Malik may well still be a member of the pop group in another universe. The physicist took a break from speaking about his work as one of the world’s leading scientists to answer the question from one upset fan during a talk at Sydney Opera House at the weekend. “Finally a question about something important,” Hawking, who appeared via hologram, said to loud laughs from the audience. “My advice to any heartbroken young girl is to pay attention to the study of theoretical physics because, one day, there may well be proof of multiple universes. “It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere outside of our own universe …

    April 27, 2015 12:16 pm