Headline News

  • Los Angeles police identify suspect in deadly street race hit-and-run


    Feb. 26, 2015: This photo shows 21-year-old Henry Gevorgyan, who is wanted in connection with a street racing hit-and-run that killed two people and critically injured a third (Los Angeles Police Department) LOS ANGELES –  Police on Thursday asked for the public’s help to find the suspected driver of a Ford Mustang that veered out of control during a street race in the San Fernando Valley and plowed into spectators, killing two men and critically injuring a third. Henry Michael Gevorgyan, 21, was behind the wheel of the souped-up car and could face murder charges, police said at an afternoon news conference. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The accident occurred at about 2:15 a.m. on Plummer Street in Chatsworth, about 30 miles northwest of downtown. That section of the street is in a commercial and office area that is mainly deserted at night. It has long been the scene for illegal nighttime street races, police and locals said. …

    March 1, 2015 9:34 am
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Politics

  • Dems say Homeland Security mess will hurt GOP


    By CHARLES BABINGTON March 1, 2015 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Democrats are losing some skirmishes over the Department of Homeland Security, but many feel they are winning a political war that will haunt Republicans in 2016 and beyond. Democrats lacked the votes Friday to force Republicans to fund the department for a year with no strings. Still, even some Republicans say party leaders are on a perilous path with a very public ideological struggle only highlighting the GOP’s inability to pass contested legislation and possibly worsening its weak relationship with Hispanic voters. Worst of all, numerous lawmakers said, Republican leaders have offered no plausible scenario for a successful ending, so they simply are delaying an almost certain and embarrassing defeat. Conservatives defend their doggedness. They say they courageously are keeping promises to oppose President Barack Obama’s liberalization of deportation policies, which they consider unconstitutional. Several said their constituents support …

    March 1, 2015 9:33 am
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Stocks

  • Obsolete jobs: Meet the guy who fixes Tom Hanks’ typewriter


    Paul Schweitzer of Gramercy Typewriter is still repairing typewriters after 55 years in the business. These refurbished models are for sale. Others are cannibalized for spare parts. When Tom Hanks and Sam Shepard need to get their typewriters fixed, they know exactly where to go: Gramercy Typewriter, a third-generation, family-run shop that’s still click-clacking away after 83 years. Yes, the typewriter is an anachronism. But no, it has not gone extinct. Nor have the typewriter repairmen of Manhattan, who labor endlessly to keep all those Smith-Coronas and IBM electrics running. “I’m one of the last of the Mohicans,” said Paul Schweitzer, who owns Gramercy Typewriter with his son Justin and has been repairing the machines for 55 years. “It’s nice being needed by customers and I enjoy what I do.” Yes, needed. Because during a recent visit to the Schweitzers’ shop — which has been located in the shadow of the Flatiron Building for 47 …

    March 1, 2015 9:52 am
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Sports

  • Chicago’s 1st black major league baseball player Minnie Minoso dies


    Aug. 7, 2002: Past and present Chicago White Sox All-Stars, from left, Bill Skowron, Minnie Minoso (leaning on sign), Bill Melton, Ed Farmer, Ron Kittle,Mark Buehrle, Carlton Fisk, Chico Carrasquel, Carlos May and BillyPierce pose for a photo in Chicago’s Comiskey Park, with the logo for the 2003 All-Star Game, which is scheduled to beplayed at Comiskey Park. (Reuters)

    March 1, 2015 9:34 am
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World News

  • ‘Hundreds’ of S Sudan boys seized


    1 March 2015 Last updated at 12:20 The UN believes 12,000 children were used as child soldiers across South Sudan last year Hundreds of boys in South Sudan have been kidnapped and forced to become child soldiers, the United Nations children’s agency says. The figure is a big increase from the 89 children reported abducted by Unicef last month. Their latest statement blamed a militia group allied to the government. South Sudan is in a state of civil war with forces loyal to President Salva Kiir pitted against rebels led by former Vice-President Riek Machar. The campaign group Human Rights Watch has accused both sides of using child soldiers. Unicef said the boys were abducted by the Shilluk Militia, under the control of Johnson Oloni. The government has previously said it has no control over the group. “We fear [the children] are going from the classroom to the front line,” said Unicef’s representative in South …

    March 1, 2015 9:34 am
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Technology

  • MediaTek seeds new investment arm with $300M war chest


    The entrance to MediaTek’s booth for this year’s CES at The Venetian. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Taiwanese chipmaker MediaTek unveiled a new investment arm and funded it with $300 million, hoping to use the group to raise its influence and lesser-known profile in the tech world. MediaTek Ventures, based in the company’s hometown of Hsinchu, Taiwan, will start investing in startups in Greater China, Europe, Japan and North America that are working on chips, Internet infrastructure and connected devices. The company, which announced the investment arm Sunday ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, said it hopes to use the new group to create an ecosystem of startups around MediaTek’s products and services and help build up the next generation of entrepreneurs. The venture arm is part of MediaTek’s strategy to become a bigger player in tech, after it’s dominated the Chinese smartphone market for low- and mid-tier devices. In the 10 years since it entered …

    March 1, 2015 9:32 am
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Science

  • The sun has more impact on the climate in cool periods


    The activity of the Sun is an important factor in the complex interaction that controls our climate. New research now shows that the impact of the Sun is not constant over time, but has greater significance when the Earth is cooler. There has been much discussion as to whether variations in the strength of the Sun have played a role in triggering climate change in the past, but more and more research results clearly indicate that solar activity — i.e. the amount of radiation coming from the Sun — has an impact on how the climate varies over time. In a new study published in the scientific journal Geology, researchers from institutions including Aarhus University in Denmark show that, during the last 4,000 years, there appears to have been a close correlation between solar activity and the sea surface temperature in summer in the North Atlantic. This correlation is not seen in the preceding period. …

    March 1, 2015 9:33 am
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Health

  • Ultrasound Treatment May Be Option for Plantar Fasciitis


    SUNDAY, March 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — An ultrasound technique is showing early promise as a quick and minimally invasive treatment for the common and painful foot condition known as plantar fasciitis. The finding is based on a short-term study involving just 65 patients, the researchers noted. “While the long-term outcome studies are in progress, the results we have seen to date are very promising,” said study lead author Dr. Rahul Razdan, an interventional radiologist with Advanced Medical Imaging in Lincoln, Neb. The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society describes plantar fasciitis as essentially an “overuse injury” resulting from inflammation of a band of tissue in the sole of the foot that links the heel bone to the base of the toes. According to Razdan, standard treatment includes painkillers, cortisone shots, icing, heating, massage, silicone arch supports, and physical therapy centered on the benefits of controlled stretching. For some patients, invasive surgery is another option. …

    March 1, 2015 9:33 am
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Entertainment

  • Police solve the mystery of Lupita Nyong’o’s stolen pearl dress


    Update: According to People, the stolen dress has been returned. The site reports the alleged thieves dumped it into a garbage bag and dropped it off at the hotel, after they called and reportedly told hotel staff they had had some of the gown’s 6,000 Akoya pearls appraised and found that they were fake. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department is investigating the whole confusing case. Lupita Nyong’o’s pearl stunner has reportedly been stolen from her hotel room. The amazingly gorgeous gown that was the talk of the red carpet at the Oscars, adorned with 6,000 white Akoya pearls, is valued at $150,000. The dress was in Nyong’o’s hotel room at The London West Hollywood in California and reportedly had to have been taken between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. local time on Wednesday, while the 12 Years a Slave actress was gone. The gown was created by Francisco Costa for Calvin …

    March 1, 2015 10:13 am
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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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