• Judge fines Wash. florist over same-sex wedding flowers

    OLYMPIA, Wash. –  A Washington state florist who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding was fined $1,000 Friday, plus $1 for court costs and fees. Benton County Superior Judge Alexander Ekstrom’s ruling gives...
  • Knox and Sollecito cleared in Italy

    Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito have always maintained their innocence Italy’s top appeals court has overturned the convictions of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of UK student Meredith Kercher....
  • Florida’s Frazier to enter NBA Draft

    Gainesville, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Florida junior guard Michael Frazier II announced Friday that he will forgo his final season in Gainesville to declare for the NBA Draft. Frazier averaged 12.1 points and 4.1 rebounds in...
  • ‘Ask SeaWorld’ marketing campaign backfires

    ‘Ask SeaWorld’ marketing campaign backfires

    SeaWorld, it appears, has more outspoken enemies than friends on Twitter. So when it solicited questions about its animal care online as part of a new marketing campaign this week, it seemed to fuel critics...
  • Liberia’s sole remaining known Ebola patient dies

    MONROVIA (Reuters) – A woman who was Liberia’s sole remaining known Ebola patient died on Friday at a treatment center in the capital, said Francis Ketteh, acting head of the country’s Ebola response team. The...
  • Republican lawmaker says Clinton wiped clean email server

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican chairman of a U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks said on Friday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had failed to respond to the panel’s...
  • Solving molybdenum disulfide’s ‘thin’ problem

    The promising new material molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) has an inherent issue that’s steeped in irony. The material’s greatest asset–its monolayer thickness–is also its biggest challenge. Monolayer MoS2’s ultra-thin structure is strong, lightweight, and flexible, making...

Headline News

  • Judge fines Wash. florist over same-sex wedding flowers


    OLYMPIA, Wash. –  A Washington state florist who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding was fined $1,000 Friday, plus $1 for court costs and fees. Benton County Superior Judge Alexander Ekstrom’s ruling gives Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts in Richland, Washington, 60 days to pay the state for her refusal to serve Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed when they sought to buy wedding flowers in 2013. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Stutzman, who had sold flowers to Ingersoll for years, knew he was gay and said when he sought to buy wedding flowers that the marriage went against her beliefs as a Southern Baptist. After they were refused flowers, Ingersoll and Freed went ahead with a smaller wedding than they had planned. They got married in their home with 11 guests and flowers from another florist. In a February ruling, Ekstrom found that Stutzman’s refusal to provide flowers because of sexual orientation violated …

    March 27, 2015 7:24 pm
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Politics

  • Republican lawmaker says Clinton wiped clean email server


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican chairman of a U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks said on Friday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had failed to respond to the panel’s subpoena for documents in the case. Representative Trey Gowdy said Clinton had not provided a single new document and had wiped clean a server she used for emails while she was the top U.S. diplomat. “We learned today, from her attorney, Secretary Clinton unilaterally decided to wipe her server clean and permanently delete all emails from her personal server,” Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said in a statement. He said the committee will seek to speak to Clinton, the presumed front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, about the emails and the server. Clinton, who used a private email address, has said she has already given copies of all her work-related emails to the State Department. The …

    March 27, 2015 6:44 pm
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Stocks

  • ‘Ask SeaWorld’ marketing campaign backfires


    SeaWorld, it appears, has more outspoken enemies than friends on Twitter. So when it solicited questions about its animal care online as part of a new marketing campaign this week, it seemed to fuel critics rather than dissuade them. SeaWorld (SEAS) came under fire for its treatment of killer whales when the documentary “Blackfish” aired on CNN in 2013, criticizing the company’s practices. PETA, the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, has long called out SeaWorld on its animal care. “Why do you LIE tell guests collapsed dorsal fins are normal when only 1% suffer this in the wild?” was posted by PETA Thursday. It was retweeted 487 times, and went unanswered by SeaWorld directly. The company is trying to set the record straight on what it says is “false accusations by activists who oppose whales and other animals in zoological settings.” Related: SeaWorld says PETA ‘lies’ about killer whales SeaWorld is encouraging people to …

    March 27, 2015 7:04 pm
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Sports

  • Florida’s Frazier to enter NBA Draft


    Gainesville, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Florida junior guard Michael Frazier II announced Friday that he will forgo his final season in Gainesville to declare for the NBA Draft. Frazier averaged 12.1 points and 4.1 rebounds in just under 30 minutes per game this past season. He missed seven games late in conference play with a high ankle sprain, returning on March 7. He appeared in three games after that, scoring just 10 total points on 2-for-16 shooting. Frazier is projected as a late second-round pick, though he possesses one elite skill that could help his stock. The 6-foot-4 sharpshooter made 227 3- pointers in three seasons at Florida, hitting from deep at a 43.2 percent clip. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    March 27, 2015 7:04 pm
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World News

  • Knox and Sollecito cleared in Italy


    Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito have always maintained their innocence Italy’s top appeals court has overturned the convictions of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of UK student Meredith Kercher. The decision is the final ruling in the long-running case. The pair were found guilty in 2009, then freed in 2011 after the convictions were overturned. Their convictions were reinstated by another court last year. Ms Kercher was found dead in 2007 in a flat she shared with Ms Knox. ‘Tremendously relieved’ The couple had always maintained their innocence and the decision by the Court of Cassation puts an end to their long legal battle. The reasoning behind the decision will be made public in 90 days. Ms Knox has said that she feels “tremendously relieved” after the verdict. “The knowledge of my innocence has given me strength in the darkest times of this ordeal,” she said in a statement. …

    March 27, 2015 7:04 pm
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Technology

  • Amazon to remove non-compete clause from contracts for hourly workers


    Amazon is to remove a “non-compete” clause from its employment contracts for US workers paid by the hour after criticism that it is unreasonable to prevent such employees from finding other work. A company spokeswoman confirmed to the Guardian that the clause would be cut. “That clause hasn’t been applied to hourly associates, and we’re removing it,” she said. In the past, Amazon has required its US employees, including seasonal workers, to sign non-compete contracts which cover a period of more than 18 months after the employee has separated with the company, the Verge reported on Thursday. According to a contract obtained by the Verge, Amazon workers that signed it pledged not to “engage in or support the development, manufacture, marketing, or sale of any product or service that competes or is intended to compete with any product or service sold, offered, or otherwise provided by Amazon (or intended to be sold, offered, or otherwise …

    March 27, 2015 6:23 pm
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Science

  • Solving molybdenum disulfide’s ‘thin’ problem


    The promising new material molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) has an inherent issue that’s steeped in irony. The material’s greatest asset–its monolayer thickness–is also its biggest challenge. Monolayer MoS2’s ultra-thin structure is strong, lightweight, and flexible, making it a good candidate for many applications, such as high-performance, flexible electronics. Such a thin semiconducting material, however, has very little interaction with light, limiting the material’s use in light emitting and absorbing applications. “The problem with these materials is that they are just one monolayer thick,” said Koray Aydin, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering. “So the amount of material that is available for light emission or light absorption is very limited. In order to use these materials for practical photonic and optoelectric applications, we needed to increase their interactions with light.” Aydin and his team tackled this problem by combining nanotechnology, materials science, and plasmonics, the study of the …

    March 27, 2015 6:44 pm
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Health

  • Liberia’s sole remaining known Ebola patient dies


    MONROVIA (Reuters) – A woman who was Liberia’s sole remaining known Ebola patient died on Friday at a treatment center in the capital, said Francis Ketteh, acting head of the country’s Ebola response team. The case was Liberia’s first in weeks and it set back efforts to halt a virus that has killed more than 10,000 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Authorities say the woman may have contracted Ebola through sex with a survivor. “We have been able to trace the people she came in contact with,” Ketteh said. “We call on everyone to follow the Ebola preventative measures.” Health officials have warned the general population that even after areas are declared free of the disease, new cases are possible through sexual transmission. Liberia remains vulnerable to cases imported from Guinea and Sierra Leone. Guinea has reported a rash of new cases of the disease, which had appeared to be on the wane. …

    March 27, 2015 6:44 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian Puts Hard Work Into Sculpting Her Kurves


    Posted on Fri Mar 27th, 2015 12:40pm PDT       By X17 Staff Lookin’ good Kimmy K! Kim Kardashian almost broke the Internet yesterday when she stepped out with freshly dyed brunette locks after spending the month being platinum blonde, and the reality star must be trying to keep the attention going, because she was hard at work on her hot body at the gym in Los Angeles today. The brunette bombshell might not want to hear this, but in a recent study, statistics proved that people prefer Taylor Swift’s body to Mrs. West’s! “Gradually, the lowest-rated body shapes were eliminated. According to the study, in each generation of body shapes, the shorter, thicker bodies were voted out, and the highest-rated body shape ultimately turned out to have long slender legs, a small behind, and a smaller chest. The predominant evolutionary trend, reflecting a likely major dimension of social selection operating on human female bodies, is toward greater …

    March 27, 2015 5:02 pm
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Editorial

  • Harry Reid’s retirement and the Democratic Party’s future


    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2015, following a policy luncheon. From left are, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. Reid and Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill. (AP Photo/Molly Riley) After five terms in the Senate and eight years as majority leader, Harry Reid has announced his retirement and will not seek reelection in 2016. After a terrible accident in December, Reid’s vision has become impaired, the key reason he cited in his decision to step down from the Senate. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT And while I am in no way questioning the impact of this injury to Reid’s ability to perform his job and his quality of life, there is no question that Reid was going to face a tough fight in 2016 to retain his seat. There is no question that Reid was going to face a tough fight …

    March 27, 2015 6:44 pm
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Odd News

  • Daughter bests father in feud at Japan shareholder’s meeting


    TOKYO (Reuters) – A rare family feud erupted in a Japanese shareholders meeting on Friday, when the chief executive of Otsuka Kagu Ltd defeated her father’s attempt to oust her, vowing to push ahead with her plan to take the furniture retailer more mass-market. “I am sorry that things have come to this,” Kumiko Otsuka, 47, coolly told shareholders in the meeting, in which she instructed her father, company founder and chairman Katsuhisa Otsuka, and her mother to identify themselves by name and shareholder number. The daughter overcame the chairman’s challenge by an undisclosed majority vote. “I had five children,” the father said from the audience as he pleaded with shareholders to back his return as CEO. “Kumiko was the first and she was a difficult birth.” Kumiko’s mother also gave a rambling speech criticizing the CEO, until another shareholder yelled at her to stop. The Otsuka family showdown – virtually unheard of in Japan’s …

    March 27, 2015 10:40 am
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