• Nebraska abolishes death penalty

    Nebraska abolishes death penalty

    The US state of Nebraska has abolished the death penalty after a veto-override was passed through the its legislature. The measure was backed by a coalition of conservatives who oppose execution as a form of...
  • Texas dam holds after severe storms

    Texas dam holds after severe storms

    A dam in southwest Texas was topped with water on Wednesday morning, but officials said it will not break. Texas police have evacuated residents living near an overflowing dam southwest of Dallas as a large...
  • FIFA corporate sponsors worried but not leaving yet

    FIFA corporate sponsors worried but not leaving yet

    FIFA’s major corporate sponsors are worried. But none of them are yet backing out of any deals after corruption charges against the world’s premier soccer organization. One of its major sponsors, Coca-Cola (KO), said in...
  • Todd eyes elite company, and stormy weather

    Brendon Todd would join Hall of Fame company with a successful title defense at this week’s Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas, but he is keeping one eye on the severe weather that has already...
  • US fraternity banned for three years

    US fraternity banned for three years

    The fraternity house is in State College, Pennsylvania A US fraternity has been banned from operating for three years after Penn State University officials accused the chapter of hazing, drug use and harassment by its...
  • US military shipped Anthrax to labs

    US military shipped Anthrax to labs

    US officials accidentally sent Anthrax to labs in nine states The US military accidentally sent live Anthrax samples to as many as nine labs across the country. There were no public threats from the mishap,...

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  • Nebraska abolishes death penalty


    The US state of Nebraska has abolished the death penalty after a veto-override was passed through the its legislature. The measure was backed by a coalition of conservatives who oppose execution as a form of punishment. Nebraska joins 18 other states and the federal district of Washington, DC, in banning capital punishment, and is the first traditionally conservative state in four decades to do so. The state has not executed an inmate since a 1997 electrocution.

    May 27, 2015 4:28 pm
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Politics

  • Obama administration issues new rules to protect water


    WASHINGTON The Obama administration on Wednesday issued new rules to protect streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act, a step it said would help keep drinking water safe, but farmers and industry groups argued the regulation will be costly. The Waters of the United States rule, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, aims to give clarity about which bodies of water the EPA would have jurisdiction over. “This rule responds to the public’s demand for greater clarity, consistency, and predictability when making jurisdictional determinations. The result will be better public service nationwide,” said Jo-Ellen Darcy, assistant secretary for the Army, Civil Works. The EPA and Army Corps said they took Wednesday’s action after receiving requests for over a decade from members of Congress, state and local officials, environmental and agriculture groups and scientists seeking clarity around what is protected under the Clean Water Act.   “One in three …

    May 27, 2015 1:06 pm
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Stocks

  • FIFA corporate sponsors worried but not leaving yet


    FIFA’s major corporate sponsors are worried. But none of them are yet backing out of any deals after corruption charges against the world’s premier soccer organization. One of its major sponsors, Coca-Cola (KO), said in a statement that the “controversy has tarnished the mission and ideals of the FIFA World Cup.” The company said it has “repeatedly expressed our concerns about these serious allegations.” The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday indicted 14 people, including senior soccer executives, in a sweeping corruption probe spanning the globe. American officials said their investigation is continuing and Switzerland is conducting its own probe. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch also implicated at least one American company in the corruption allegations. Without going into any detail, she said the investigation included the “sponsorship of the Brazilian national soccer team by a major U.S. sportswear company,” the 2011 FIFA presidential election and the site of the 2010 World Cup. Related: FIFA …

    May 27, 2015 4:07 pm
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Sports

  • Spieth has grown up at Nelson, from teen making cut to now playing there as Masters champ


    Jordan Spieth smiles while waiting for his tee shot on the 12th hole during the third round of the Colonial golf tournament, Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero) (The Associated Press) Jordan Spieth and the gallery watch his putt just miss the 16th hole during the final round of the Colonial golf tournament, Sunday, May 24, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero) (The Associated Press) IRVING, Texas –  Before he was the Masters champion, Jordan Spieth had already made the cut twice as a teenage amateur at the Byron Nelson. Spieth even missed his high school graduation ceremony while playing at TPC Four Seasons. This week, Spieth plays his “home” PGA Tour event for the first time since winning the green jacket. He’s the favorite when the Nelson tees off Thursday as the rain-saturated course. Spieth finished 16th as a 16-year-old in his Nelson debut. Five years later, he’s the …

    May 27, 2015 4:28 pm
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World News

  • Texas dam holds after severe storms


    A dam in southwest Texas was topped with water on Wednesday morning, but officials said it will not break. Texas police have evacuated residents living near an overflowing dam southwest of Dallas as a large part of the southern US continued to reel from floods brought on by powerful storms. Flood waters were flowing over the dam on Wednesday, but county engineers said the structure is expected to hold. Rescuers continued to search for the missing after the storms, which killed at least 17 in Texas and Oklahoma. More heavy rains are expected over the next few days. Local police in Midlothian, Texas, told people living downstream from the Padera dam to evacuate their houses and move livestock to higher ground in the largely rural area. Police Capt John Spann had said if the dam breaks, nearby Highway 287 would flood with water. Residents who have been ordered to evacuate are not “in danger of …

    May 27, 2015 4:28 pm
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Technology

  • Meet the parasite that can burrow its way into the human eye


    Meet the Acanthamoeba, the tiny parasite that can crawl into a human eye.Wikimedia Remember the first season of FX’s “The Strain” and how disgusted some people were by the sight of a worm digging its way into a woman’s eyeball on posters and billboards (Google the picture if you must, we won’t link)? Well, just imagine the dry heaving they’ll be doing when they learn about a very real parasite that can do the same thing (without the turning-people-into-vampires part, of course). Jess Greaney, a 19-year-old college student at Nottingham University in England, went to the hospital in March with what she thought was just a severe eye infection: a drooping eyelid, pain, swelling and redness in her left eye. Doctors discovered it to be a parasite called Acanthamoeba feasting on her eyeball, according to an article Greaney contributed to the student-focused paper The Tab. The scary part (as if having your eye eaten from …

    May 27, 2015 4:28 pm
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Science

  • A bubbly cosmic celebration


    Related images(click to enlarge) This new image from ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile shows a spectacular red cloud of glowing hydrogen gas behind a collection of blue foreground stars. Within RCW 34 — located in the southern constellation of Vela — a group of massive young stars hide in the brightest region of the cloud [1]. These stars have a dramatic effect on the nebula. Gas exposed to strong ultraviolet radiation — as occurs in the heart of this nebula — becomesionised, meaning that the electrons have escaped the hydrogen atoms. Hydrogen is treasured by cosmic photographers because it glows brightly in the characteristic red colour that distinguishes many nebulae and allows them to create beautiful images with bizarre shapes. It is also the raw material of dramatic phenomena such as champagne flow. But ionised hydrogen also has an important astronomical role: it is an indicator of star-forming regions. Stars are born from …

    May 27, 2015 12:47 pm
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Health

  • Romania’s Antibiotice to boost exports to the U.S.


    BUCHAREST The United States will become Romanian state-owned drugmaker Antibiotice Iasi’s biggest foreign market by the middle of next year as it increases exports, its chief executive said on Wednesday. The generic drug producer shifted its focus to exports in 2009 when the financial crisis depressed domestic demand. Since then, its exports have doubled to roughly $25.6 million last year, accounting for a third of its turnover. Its main markets are currently Europe, Southeast Asia, China and the United States, Chief Executive Ioan Nani said, but by mid-2016 the U.S. would be its biggest market. The firm is a world leading supplier of nystatin, an active ingredient used to treat infections. It also exports vaccines and drugs used to treat cardiovascular and central nervous system diseases. “We already have four products that we sell there (U.S.) and in addition to two permanent clients buying nystatin, four others are waiting for FDA approval to use our …

    May 27, 2015 1:07 pm
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Entertainment

  • Khloe Kardashian Receives Backlash For "Habibi" Instagram Photo


    Posted on Wed May 27th, 2015 8:40am PDT       By X17 Staff She’s damned if she does, and damned if she doesn’t! Khloe Kardashian is currently on a work trip in Dubai, and the reality star did the right thing by attempting to adhere to the conservative style of the culture by donning a niqab and hijab, which are traditional garments worn by Muslim women. “Habibi Love,” she captioned the snapshot, which just showed her beautiful eyes peering out of the drapings. Fans were quick to criticize the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star for being insensitive with her blasé attitude. Women getting killed and beaten up for wearing the niqab, but you keep pretending it’s a fashion accessory, the disrespect,” one commenter fumed. Other followers defended the brunette beauty though, and maintained she was just sticking the norm of the region. They also pointed out that the E! starlet’s boyfriend French Montana is Muslim, so she …

    May 27, 2015 3:27 pm
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Editorial

  • 2016 race: Why diversity is good news for GOP, bad news for Democrats


    Got diversity? The 2016 GOP presidential field sure does, and Republicans are eager to show it off. In fact, these days the party is so quick to flaunt its colors that it should change its mascot from the elephant to the peacock.  Not long ago, Conservatives would sneer at the value of diversity. They shrugged off criticism that they needed a more diverse following. They dismissed the idea that women governed differently than men, or that minorities approached racial and cultural issues with more sensitivity than whites. In fact, the GOP has often seemed to go out of its way to antagonize women and minorities. In recent years, Republicans have led crackdowns on immigration, welfare, affirmative action, abortion rights, and race-based scholarships.  Today, it’s a whole new multi-cultural ballgame. The Republican candidates who have entered the race include two Cuban-Americans (Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida), an African-American (Dr. Ben Carson), …

    May 27, 2015 1:26 pm
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Odd News

  • Townsend lets cat out of the bag, why hotels are best


    PARIS American player Taylor Townsend, when deciding whether to stay in a cramped Parisian hotel or rent a private apartment during Roland Garros, opted for the former. Past experience helped make up her mind. Recalling last year’s U.S. Open, the 19-year-old described how she was forced to share a toilet with a cat. “You guys are going to laugh at this,” Townsend, beaten 6-3 6-4 by Czech Tereza Smitkova in the first round on Tuesday, told reporters. “Lord have mercy. We were in New York, and the guy walked outside and he greeted us and he had no shoes on. “Then he told us when we were in the elevator ‘I hope you like cats’. We’re like, yeah, cats are fine. He was like ‘but you can’t let down the toilet seat because the cat uses the toilet.’ “After that, I think hotels are safer!” (Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ian Chadband)

    May 27, 2015 12:42 am
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