Headline News

  • Cleveland, U.S. Justice Department reach settlement over police: New York Times


    WASHINGTON Cleveland has reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over what federal authorities said was a pattern of unconstitutional policing and excessive use of force, the New York Times reported on Monday. The settlement could be announced as early as Tuesday, the newspaper said, citing people briefed on the matter. The settlement would come days after a judge declared a white Cleveland police officer not guilty in the shooting deaths of an unarmed black man and a woman in 2012. The verdict on Saturday prompted protests that led to at least 71 arrests. The details of the settlement were not immediately clear, the Times said. In similar negotiations in recent years, the Justice Department has insisted that cities allow independent monitors to oversee changes inside police departments. Settlements are typically backed by court orders and often call for improved training and revised use-of-force policies. Spokesmen for the Justice Department, the Cleveland police and …

    May 25, 2015 4:04 pm
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Politics

  • Energy abundance: Bad news for Republicans?


    When gas prices go down, does Republican anger go up? Republicans have had to watch from the sidelines as the Obama White House has taken political credit for America’s unexpected energy boom and tumbling gas prices. Now it has left their presidential candidates scrambling for a way to reclaim leadership on an issue the party once seemed to own. Their apparent answer: calling time on a 40-year-old federal ban on crude oil exports and using the newfound energy bounty to strategic advantage. “We’ve got an abundance of supply,” Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said this week in Oklahoma at a gathering of putative Republican candidates for next year’s presidential election. Lifting the ban, he said, would allow exports to “our allies in Europe, where, instead of being dependent on (President) Vladimir Putin and the Russians, they could be dependent on Americans.” President Barack Obama’s administration has allowed small exceptions but has said it will not open …

    May 25, 2015 12:43 pm
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Stocks

  • Editor blasts Iran’s ‘shameful acts of injustice’ ahead of reporter’s trial


    As Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian has languished in an Iranian prison, his boss back home has grown increasingly vocal about what he calls “shameful acts of injustice” by the Iranians. Rezaian’s trial, which is set to begin Tuesday, will be “closed to the world,” Washington Post editor Marty Baron said Monday. “The trial date was only disclosed to Jason’s lawyer last week,” Baron added in a statement. “And now, unsurprisingly but unforgivably, it turns out the trial will be closed.” Rezaian, the Post’s Tehran correspondent, was detained along with his wife, Yeganeh, nearly a year ago. She was released, but Jason Rezaian has remained behind bars. He faces trial for espionage, but none of the charges against him are supported by publicly available evidence. Journalists around the world have called for Rezaian’s immediate release. The U.S. government, which is negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran, has called the charges against Rezaian absurd. Baron also …

    May 25, 2015 3:44 pm
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Sports

  • NFL player Ray McDonald arrested in domestic violence case


     (Santa Clara Police Department) SANTA CLARA, Calif. –  Police say Chicago Bears defensive end Ray McDonald assaulted a woman who was holding a baby and was arrested for domestic violence in Northern California. Santa Clara police Lt. Kurt Clarke reports that McDonald was arrested at 7 a.m. Monday on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment. It was not immediately known if the woman or the baby were injured. The Bears did not respond to a message seeking comment Monday. His agent Tom Condon also did not return calls for comment. In December, the 49ers released McDonald. Chicago signed McDonald to a one-year contract in March. Late last year, prosecutors announced they had declined to file charges against McDonald in a separate domestic violence probe linked to an August arrest during a party at his Northern California home. A different woman has also accused McDonald of rape.

    May 25, 2015 4:05 pm
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World News

  • ‘Deal to end’ Nigeria fuel crisis


    The shortage caused long queues at the few petrol stations which still had something to sell Nigeria’s fuel wholesalers say they have reached a deal with the government that should soon see the end of the crippling fuel crisis. The agreement was reached after talks with the finance minister, Danladi Fasali from the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association told the BBC. The wholesalers had stopped distributing fuel after alleging the government owed them $1bn (£625m). The shortage has had an impact on the country’s aviation and banking sectors. The party of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, who is due to take office on Friday, had accused the outgoing government of “sabotage” for failing to deal with the crisis. Africa news updates ‘Everything is shutting down in Nigeria’ At the heart of the shortage has been a row over the payment to wholesalers of the difference between the subsidised pump price and the international market price. The wholesalers say …

    May 25, 2015 4:05 pm
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Technology

  • In 200 years, rich humans will be cyborgs, says professor


    Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. Your sweet little Jocasta, circa 2215. Dragnoz/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET Humanity is currently privileged to have choices. We can watch every sci-fi movie and TV series ever made and decide which character we’d like our future selves to play when we become robots. It’s a lovely game. However, one historian seems to believe that we’ll be partial to becoming bad guys in “Doctor Who.” Yuval Noah Harari of the University of Jerusalem thinks that humans will choose to become cyborgs. As the Telegraph reports, he offered a rather chilling view of social progress. He said: “I think it is likely in the next 200 years or so homo sapiens will upgrade themselves into some idea of a divine being, either through biological manipulation or genetic engineering or by the creation of cyborgs, part organic part non-organic.” I don’t know …

    May 25, 2015 4:04 pm
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Science

  • Cognitive impairment predicts worse outcome in heart failure


    24 May 2015: Cognitive impairment predicts worse outcome in elderly heart failure patients, reveals research presented today at Heart Failure 2015 by Hiroshi Saito, a physiotherapist at Kameda Medical Centre in Kamogawa, Japan. Patients with cognitive impairment had a 7.5 times greater risk of call cause death and heart failure readmission. Heart failure patients with cognitive impairment may get progressively worse at adhering to medications, leading to poorer prognosis. Heart Failure 2015 is the main annual meeting of the Heart Failure Association (HFA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and takes place 23 to 26 May in Seville, Spain. The scientific programme is available here. Mr Saito said: “Systematic reviews have shown that cognitive impairment is common in patients with chronic heart failure. However, the impact of cognitive impairment on the prognosis of heart failure patients is not known. Our study investigated whether cognitive impairment independently predicted the outcome of elderly patients with heart …

    May 25, 2015 12:23 pm
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Health

  • Too Many Women Who Need Bone Screening Aren’t Getting It


    MONDAY, May 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Too few women at high risk for osteoporosis are being tested for the bone-depleting condition, while too many women at low-risk are being screened, a new study suggests. A team led by Dr. Anna Lee Amarnath of the University of California, Davis, examined the medical records of nearly 51,000 women, aged 40 to 85, living in the Sacramento area. The researchers looked at whether or not women were getting a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) test, which measures bone mineral density. The result: Osteoporosis screening rates jumped sharply at age 50, despite guidelines suggesting that screening only begin at age 65, unless a woman has certain risk factors. However, the study also found that those risk factors — a small body frame, a history of fractures, or taking medications that could thin bones — had only a slight effect on a woman’s decision to get her bones tested. Over …

    May 25, 2015 12:43 pm
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Entertainment

  • The Underage Jenner And Hadid Sisters Party Hardy In Monaco


    Posted on Mon May 25th, 2015 12:20pm PDT       By X17 Staff Girls gone wild? Make that underage girls gone wild! Rather than partying it up on the beach in California, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin let loose in Monaco, which it is totally legal for them to hit the clubs and party on yachts. All of the ladies also attended the Grand Prix race on Sunday to support Lewis Hamilton, who Gigi is reportedly romancing following her split from Cody Simpson. Hailey posted the above snap of Gigi and an unidentified female pretending to lick and grope Kendall’s boobs and wrote, “Everyone’s always grabbin on Kenny,” while Bella put all the ladies’ bikini shots to shame with a selfie of her cheeks. Justin Bieber wishes he was here! And interestingly enough, Hailey tagged him in one of the pics, which was of Kendall’s foot. Such an odd relationship! we’re not …

    May 25, 2015 3:04 pm
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Editorial

  • Memorial Day 2015: What it means to be an American Indian veteran


    “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.”  These words are ingrained in us. We sing them proudly at ballgames, and BBQ’s, firework displays and ceremonies honoring the many occasions of celebration and remembrance that make us all American. Most likely choruses of our national anthem will be performed many times over this Memorial Day weekend in honor of our veterans. It’s America’s way of paying tribute for their service. This weekend always gives me pause. What is sacrifice, what is service, what does it mean to be an American veteran, what does it mean to be American? I pose these questions because I understand and represent this country the only way I can…as an American Indian. My history and heritage is beautiful and complex. I am a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, and call Colorado home. I am also a veteran – I served proudly in the Air Force during Korean …

    May 25, 2015 9:02 am
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Odd News

  • German grandmother gives birth to quadruplets at age 65


    BERLIN A 65-year-old German grandmother gave birth to quadruplets at a Berlin hospital this week, with the three boys and a girl born prematurely at 26 weeks being in good health and having a good chance of survival, German TV network RTL reported on Saturday. The network, which had covered the pregnancy, said Annegret Raunigk already had 13 children and seven grandchildren. The announcement of her pregnancy last month had sparked a public debate in Germany about its merits. Raunigk, an English and Russian teacher in Berlin, had received fertility treatment in Ukraine and is the oldest woman in the world to have had quadruplets, RTL said, although other women of her age and older have given birth. The four babies, born by Caesarean section on May 19, weighed between 655 grams an 960 grams. (Reporting by Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by David Holmes)

    May 23, 2015 12:03 pm
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