Headline News

  • Ex-Stanford swimmer charged with rape on campus


    PALO ALTO, Calif. –  A former Stanford University student and swimmer has been charged with raping an intoxicated, unconscious woman on the campus. The San Jose Mercury News reports Brock Allen Turner was charged Tuesday with five felony counts on suspicion of attempted rape and penetration with a foreign object. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Prosecutors say the attack happened January 18 and that two men riding bikes on campus saw an unconscious woman on the ground with a man on top of her. Turner ran away, but they chased him down and held him until police arrived. His attorney, Mike Armstrong of Palo Alto, declined to comment. Stanford spokeswoman Lisa Lapin told the newspaper the 19-year-old from Dayton, Ohio, voluntarily withdrew from the university on Tuesday. Prosecutors declined to reveal details about the victim and said only she was attending an on-campus party. Turner has been released on $150,000 bail.

    January 28, 2015 1:28 pm
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Politics

  • Cuba’s Castro urges Obama to use executive powers to ease embargo


    SAN JOSE (Reuters) – Cuban President Raul Castro on Wednesday urged U.S. President Barack Obama to use executive powers to ease a decades-long embargo, and said he would not accept any pressures on Cuba’s internal affairs in talks with the United States. Castro said Obama could extend measures to soften the embargo like those announced for telecoms to the rest of the Cuban economy, telling a summit in Costa Rica he was aware that ending the embargo “will be a long and hard road”. (Reporting by Enrique Andres Pretel)

    January 28, 2015 1:48 pm
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Stocks

  • Andrew Sullivan bids farewell to blogging


    The Daily Dish’s Andrew Sullivan, whose name has become synonymous with blogging, said he will soon walk away from the medium after 15 years. His name has been synonymous with blogging for nearly 15 years. But on Wednesday, The Daily Dish’s Andrew Sullivan announced that he will “stop blogging in the near future.” Sullivan revealed his plans in a blog post, of course. He said it was “so hard” to publish the post, given his devotion to The Daily Dish and the audience he has built up over the years. He cited health reasons, though he said the decision is not related to HIV. (Sullivan was diagnosed with the virus more than 20 years ago.) Although he has worn the “blogger” label with pride, Sullivan has spoken frequently and candidly about the grueling nature of the medium. “I’ve had increasing health challenges these past few years. They’re not HIV-related; my doctor tells me they’re simply …

    January 28, 2015 2:09 pm
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Sports

  • Blue Jackets place F Morin on IR


    Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – The Columbus Blue Jackets placed forward Jeremy Morin on injured reserve Wednesday. Morin will be sidelined indefinitely with an upper-body injury, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced. The 23-year-old Morin has a goal and two assists in 17 games for the Blue Jackets since being acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks on Dec. 14. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    January 28, 2015 1:29 pm
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World News

  • US warns of more sanctions on Russia


    28 January 2015 Last updated at 11:41 Fighting flared up in eastern Ukraine and spread along the front line US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has said sanctions against Russia could be extended because of the escalation of violence in east Ukraine. He was speaking on a visit to Kiev, after European Union leaders said they would consider “further restrictive measures” on Russia’s government. Pro-Russian separatists have pushed back Ukrainian forces in several areas in the past week. But the number of casualties has steadily mounted. Shelling by Ukrainian forces killed 16 civilians in the rebel-held region of Luhansk and four in Donetsk, according to officials quoted by Russian state news agency Tass on Wednesday. More than 100 others were reportedly wounded. Ukrainian officials said the separatists had targeted 55 towns and villages in the past 24 hours. There were no details of civilian casualties but they said three soldiers had been killed. A main focus …

    January 28, 2015 1:29 pm
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Technology

  • Seven things we learned from Apple’s Q1 earnings call


    Apple CEO Tim Cook reported the company’s best quarter ever on Tuesday. James Martin/CNET Apple reported its biggest quarter ever on Tuesday, and CEO Tim Cook had a lot to be happy about during a call with analysts. Apple’s fiscal first quarter, which ended December 27, was an absolute blowout. Its earnings, revenue and margins smashed Wall Street expectations, and it posted its highest quarter ever for Mac and App Store revenue. But the iPhone far and away drove the results, with Apple selling more smartphones than ever before. Analysts published notes that called the quarter “stunning,” “outstanding” and “a monster.” One simply said, “Wow!” It “seems like the whole world wants an iPhone,” UBS analyst Steven Milunovich noted. Here’s what Cook had to say about Apple’s fiscal first quarter. It’s all about iPhone iPhone has been Apple’s top seller for years, but it became an even bigger part of the company’s revenue in the …

    January 28, 2015 1:50 pm
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Science

  • Spiky ‘hedgehog particles’ for safer paints, fewer VOC emissions


    A new process that can sprout microscopic spikes on nearly any type of particle may lead to more environmentally friendly paints and a variety of other innovations. Made by a team of University of Michigan engineers, the “hedgehog particles” are named for their bushy appearance under the microscope. Their development is detailed in a study published in the Jan. 29 issue of Nature. The new process modifies oily, or hydrophobic, particles, enabling them to disperse easily in water. It can also modify water-soluble, or hydrophilic, particles, enabling them to dissolve in oil or other oily chemicals. The unusual behavior of the hedgehog particles came as something of a surprise to the research team, says Nicholas Kotov, the Joseph B. and Florence V. Cejka Professor of Engineering. “We thought we’d made a mistake,” Kotov said. “We saw these particles that are supposed to hate water dispersing in it and we thought maybe the particles weren’t hydrophobic, …

    January 28, 2015 1:50 pm
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Health

  • Medtronic CoreValve safer than surgery in bypass patients: study


    (Reuters) – Medtronic’s CoreValve non-invasive aortic valve replacement system led to significantly fewer deaths than open heart surgery after one year in patients who had previously undergone coronary bypass procedures, according to data from a clinical trial. One year after a diseased valve was replaced using the CoreValve transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) system, 11.4 percent of high-risk patients had died or suffered a major stroke versus 21.8 percent among those who had the valve replaced surgically. There was no significant difference in major strokes alone, so most of the benefit seen in the combined data point came from a reduction in all cause mortality, researchers found. The data came from a sub-analysis of a larger trial of high risk heart patients, and looked only at the 226 who had previously undergone coronary artery bypass grafting surgery, known as CABG. “The CoreValve System demonstrated important clinical advantages, including faster recovery compared to surgical valve replacement, …

    January 28, 2015 1:49 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kate Hudson And Goldie Hawn Look Less-Than Glamorous After Mother/Daughter Trip To Paris


    Posted on Wed Jan 28th, 2015 11:43am PDT       By X17 Staff Frizzy hair! Wrinkled clothes! Tired Faces! Kate Hudson and mom Goldie Hawn’s travel outfits are a far cry from the stunning looks they wore the Versace show during Paris Fashion Week on Sunday. The mother/daughter duo landed in Los Angeles on Tuesday night after a trip to the City of Love. While there, newly single 35-year-old made headlines when she wore a daring, cut-out Versace dress to the label’s runway show on Sunday night. We haven’t seen any pics of Kate with lovahboy, fellow tow-head Derek Hough, in a couple of weeks — maybe that fling is done?   SEE THE GALLERY Goldie Hawn And Kate Hudson Are Not So Glamorous Stories from around the Web

    January 28, 2015 2:09 pm
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Editorial

  • It’s the patriotism, stupid. What liberal critics don’t get about "American Sniper"


    There’s no denying it. Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” has struck a chord with the American people, and did so by tapping into the deepest civic values we have as Americans – duty, honor, fidelity, courage, love for country…and a love for others. However, no war movie can live on the big screen without a spew of liberal backlash, and this film is no different. Criticism has come quickly from Michael Moore, Seth Rogen, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean and other Hollywood leftists. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Thankfully, some things speak louder than cowardly tweets—like the more than $200 million in ticket sales the movie has raked in just one week. In fact, the new war film featuring Bradley Cooper as well-known Navy SEAL sniper, Chris Kyle, is on pace to become the top-grossing war film of all time. As much as the left would like you to believe it, Chris Kyle was not a bloodthirsty warmonger; he …

    January 28, 2015 1:49 pm
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Odd News

  • Zombie or miracle, Florida cat claws his way back from the dead


    TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) – A cat in Florida is on the mend after clawing his way back from the dead, surfacing five days after he was hit by a car and buried for dead, according to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Bart the cat is recovering from a broken jaw and facial injuries, said the agency, which posted on Twitter images of his successful surgery on Tuesday. One of his eyes was wounded so badly it had to be removed. The Humane Society is calling him a “miracle cat,” while Bart’s ordeal earned him the nickname “zombie cat” on social media. Bart’s seemingly lifeless body was buried after he was hit by a car earlier this month, local media said. Five days later, he showed up alive in a neighbor’s yard, according to a blog post by the Humane Society. He was brought to the agency by his owner, who could not afford medical …

    January 28, 2015 1:50 pm
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