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  • Senate to vote on hitting North Korea with tougher sanctions

    WASHINGTON –  The Senate is considering legislation to hit North Korea with more stringent sanctions. The bill that senators are scheduled to vote on Wednesday comes in the wake of Pyongyang’s satellite launch a few days ago and technical advances U.S. intelligence agencies say the reclusive Asian nation is making in its nuclear weapons program. The bill’s backers say it targets North Korea’s ability to access the money it needs for developing miniaturized nuclear warheads and the long-range missiles to deliver them. That’s according to the legislation’s backers. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says North Korea’s “belligerence” can’t be ignored. The House overwhelmingly approved a similar measure last month. There is strong bipartisan support in the Senate for the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act.

    February 10, 2016 3:44 am


  • A breakfast in Harlem underscores key challenge for White House hopeful Sanders

    MANCHESTER, N.H. Bernie Sanders was due to have breakfast with one of America’s most prominent civil rights activists, Al Sharpton, just hours after trouncing Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire Democratic presidential nominating contest. The meeting marks a recognition by Sanders that his campaign must swiftly broaden its base of support if he has any chance of mounting a long-term challenge to Clinton, who consistently polls better among African American voters. They will play a crucial role in the Democratic race as it moves to South Carolina – where more than half of the Democratic primary voters in 2008 were African American – and other states more diverse than New Hampshire or Iowa, which held the first contest of the 2016 election. Sanders will meet with Sharpton in the same Harlem restaurant where the activist met with Barack Obama during his 2008 presidential campaign – an obvious bit of symbolism for the Vermont senator trying …

    February 10, 2016 12:43 am


  • 10 things Obama would do if only he could

    Budget proposals of U.S. presidents are almost always described as dead on arrival in Congress. The budget proposals of outgoing presidents might best be described as dead before departure. Even though Republicans have been dismissive of his last budget in office, President Obama on Tuesday laid out what ideally he would like to do as a coda to his eight years in the White House. Obama’s $4.15 trillion budget would make a host of new investments, but also reduce debt as a percent of the economy over 10 years, according to White House estimates. Here are just some specific ideas on his wish list, in no particular order: 1. Create wage insurance Being laid off and taking a much lower-paying job is very hard on the family budget. Obama wants to create wage insurance that could subsidize workers who had at least three years’ tenure at a company before being laid off, and who get …

    February 10, 2016 3:24 am


  • Dawson in England World T20 squad

    Liam Dawson has taken 39 Twenty20 wickets in 73 matches for Hampshire Uncapped all-rounder Liam Dawson has been included in England’s squad for the World Twenty20 in India next month. Seamer Stuart Broad and all-rounder Chris Woakes have been left out but Steven Finn has been selected, despite suffering from a side strain. Kevin Pietersen’s form in the Australian Big Bash competition has not earned him selection, despite calls for him to be included. England’s first match is against the West Indies on 16 March. They also face South Africa and Sri Lanka in Group One, as well as a first-round qualifier from Scotland, Zimbabwe, Afghanistanand Hong Kong. Former Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene will be part of the coaching team for the first 10 days of the tournament, and former England T20 captain Paul Collingwood will work with the team for the duration. More to follow. Full squad: Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) (capt),Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), …

    February 10, 2016 3:44 am

World News

  • Korea joint venture halted after tests

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kaesong is worth about $100m a year in wages alone for Pyongyang South Korea is to suspend operations at a jointly run industrial park in North Korea following the North’s recent rocket launch and nuclear test. Seoul said all operations at the complex would halt, to stop the North using its investment “to fund its nuclear and missile development”. Kaesong is the last point of co-operation between the two Koreas and a key source of revenue for Pyongyang. The US warns the North could soon have enough plutonium for nuclear weapons. South Korea, the US, Japan and others see Sunday’s rocket launch – ostensibly to put a satellite into space – as cover for a banned test of missile technology. Tensions have risen over the past month since North Korea carried out a fourth nuclear test in early January. “All our support and efforts… were taken advantage of by …

    February 10, 2016 3:44 am


  • Number of Australians coming out as LGBTI on Facebook each day doubles in a year

    The number of Australians coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer on Facebook daily has doubled since the start of 2015, the social media network has announced. Facebook measured the number of LGBTIQ Australians by monitoring which of its 14 million Australian users changed the “interested in” field to reflect a same-gender interest, an interest in both genders, entering into a same-sex relationship, or used a custom gender on their profile. Related: In challenging homophobia, gay men have become our own oppressors | Simon Copland In the last 12 months the number of Australians coming out as LGBTI each day doubled, with big spikes around Sydney’s March 2015 mardi gras festival, the Irish referendum in favour of same sex marriage in May, and US supreme court decision legalising same sex marriage in June. The analysis did not reveal what the daily number of Australians coming out or total number of LGBTIQ Australians …

    February 10, 2016 1:03 am


  • Mysterious menominee crack is unusual geological pop-up feature

    Related images(click to enlarge) Seismologists studying a massive crack in the ground that appeared north of Menominee, Michigan in 2010 now think they know what the unusual feature might be. But as they explain in their study published this week in the journal Seismological Research Letters, there are still some mysteries to clear up about the strange geological occurrence in the rural Michigan woods. A team of scientists led by Wayne Pennington of Michigan Technological University says that the crack, which lies along the crest of a two-meter-high ridge that appeared at the same time, is probably a “pop-up” feature. Pop-ups occur in places where shallowly-buried rock layers spring upward after having been weighed down by rock or ice. Pop-ups–sometimes called “A-tents” for their shape–may develop in places where the earth rebounds upward after an overlying glacier shrinks away, or when rock overburden is removed in a quarry. However, the last glaciers retreated from Menominee …

    February 10, 2016 3:43 am


  • Zika, disease of the poor, may not change abortion in Brazil

    RECIFE Six months pregnant with her first child, Eritania Maria has a rash and a mild fever, symptoms of the Zika virus linked to brain deformities in newborn children in Brazil. But the 17-year-old is too scared to take a test to confirm if she has Zika. Like other women in the slums of Recife, which squat on stilts over mosquito-ridden marshland in northeast Brazil, Maria has few options if her child develops microcephaly, the condition marked by an abnormally small head and underdeveloped brain that has been linked to Zika. Brazil has amongst the toughest abortion laws in the world and is culturally conservative. Even if she wanted an illegal abortion and could afford one, Maria is too heavily pregnant for a doctor to risk it. So she prefers not to know. “I’m too scared of finding out my baby will be sick,” she told Reuters, her belly poking out from beneath a yellow …

    February 10, 2016 4:23 am


  • Chris Harrison Dishes On Dating Girls From ‘The Bachelor,’ Considering Gig As ABC’s Next Leading Man?

    Bachelor host Chris Harrison recently revealed that he is looking for love and many fans would love to see him as ABC’s next leading man. After all, he’s been standing giving pep talks to Bachelor and Bachelorette stars for 14 years — it’s time for the rose master to go on his own journey to find love. Almost four years since his split from is wife Gwen Harrison, Harrison tells The Daily Beast‘s Brandy Zadrozny that he is waiting for someone to set him up because he’s not interested in using online dating to find love. Harrison admits he has never dated any of the women from the Bachelor franchise (yet), but if he’s looking to get set up, why not choose from 25 eligible ladies hand picked by the producers he works alongside on the show? Especially because he now knows how hard it is to meet someone special. “I really do understand how hard it is out …

    February 10, 2016 3:24 am


  • Who won in New Hampshire? The ambitions of Michael Bloomberg

    Who won in New Hampshire? The ambitions of Michael Bloomberg. The former New York City mayor has hinted that if the 2016 presidential contest came down to a race between extreme candidates like Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders, he might throw his hat in the ring. His calculus is that the mainstream American voter might not be won over by a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist or by a blustery billionaire who trades in insults and sound bites but who may flame out over the course of a long and arduous campaign. The New Hampshire primary may give Bloomberg a push. Hillary Clinton, the establishment Democratic candidate, was clobbered by Bernie Sanders. Sanders, long the favorite in the Granite State won by some 20 points – considerably more than anticipated. The Vermont senator was expected to chalk up a victory in a neighboring state, but the margin of victory was impressive, and suggested real momentum. Yes, Sanders …

    February 10, 2016 3:03 am

Odd News

  • Do you want fries with that? Man charged with throwing alligator into fast food restaurant

    A Florida fast food restaurant got a customer it wasn’t expecting when a live alligator was tossed through a drive-thru window by a patron. Joshua James, 23, of Jupiter, Florida, had wanted to play a practical joke on a friend working at the Wendy’s restaurant in Royal Palm Beach when he decided to hurl the reptile into the building, his parents told local broadcaster WPTV. “It was a stupid prank,” Linda James said. James faces charges of aggravated assault, and unlawful possession and transportation of an alligator, WPTV said. The incident took place in October. James found the 3-foot alligator on the side of the road and led the reptile into his truck, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission incident report cited by the station. He drove to the Wendy’s restaurant and placed an order, received a drink at the drive-thru window, and then threw the alligator through the opening, it said. …

    February 9, 2016 8:01 am