Headline News

  • Closings set in NYC cop’s trial in deadly stairwell shooting


    NEW YORK –  The rookie police officer who shot an unarmed man in a dark public housing stairwell says what happened was a deadly accident. Prosecutors call it manslaughter and say he acted recklessly and then did little to help the dying man. Jurors will start discussing their views of Officer Peter Liang’s actions as soon as Tuesday. Closing arguments are expected in the morning, and deliberations are likely to begin in the afternoon. Liang says he didn’t know anyone was in the pitch-black stairway when he unintentionally fired. The shot ricocheted off a wall and hit 28-year-old Akai Gurley. Liang testified Monday he was patrolling with his gun drawn and his finger on the weapon’s side when a noise startled him. He says he “just turned, and the gun went off.”

    February 9, 2016 1:20 am
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Politics

  • Club for Growth Goes on Air Ahead Of Ohio, North Carolina Primaries


    By Eli Yokley Posted at 12:01 a.m. today 0 Tweet Ellmers is a top target of the Club for Growth. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Embargoed for 12 a.m. on Tuesday –  The conservative Club for Growth’s political action committee will begin running new ads Tuesday aiming to help candidates in the North Carolina and Ohio Republican primaries. While an ad in North Carolina will try to tear down Rep. Renee Ellmers to boost the Club’s endorsed candidate, the group’s ad in Ohio will try to build up Warren Davidson in the 15-way race for the seat Rep. John A. Boehner held before he resigned in October, a spokesman for the group said.  The ad buy is the group’s first this cycle in both states. The Club will spend $400,000 in each state for cable, broadcast and online spots for two weeks, a Republican with knowledge of the buys told Roll Call. Both states will hold primary elections on March 15 on the same ballot as the presidential contenders – which some have suggested could give …

    February 9, 2016 12:39 am
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Stocks

  • Japan stocks plunge as key bond yield goes negative


    The market turbulence is getting messier in Japan. The Nikkei plummeted as much as 5.6% and the yield on key Japanese government bonds sank into negative territory Tuesday for the first time as investors piled into safe haven assets. The stock plunge in Tokyo follows losses Monday for U.S. and European indexes. Some of the selling appeared to be linked to fears over European banks, with the cost of insuring their debt rising sharply. Big Japanese lenders’ shares were getting crushed on Tuesday, with Nomura down around 9% and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group more than 8% lower. Investors appeared to prefer to put their money into 10-year Japanese government bonds, which are seen as a safer bet. That drove the yield on the bonds below zero, meaning buyers of the bonds are essentially taking a loss just to hold those assets. Related: Stock market’s terrible start to 2016 just got worse Yields on short-term government …

    February 9, 2016 12:59 am
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Sports

  • Giants star Robinson forced to quit


    Huddersfield Giants half-back Luke Robinson has been forced to quit at the age of 31 because of a hip injury. “My long-term mobility was greatly at risk if I continued to train and play the sport,” said the former England international, who has also played for Wigan, Castleford and Salford. “You never want to hear those sorts of words and it does shock you. “But after a few days the message sinks in and you have to do what’s right for yourself and your family.” Robinson, who made his Super League debut at the age of 17, said his focus was on “rehabilitation from an operation” but added that he wanted to continue working for the Giants in some capacity. “I have come to regard this as my club and it’s the only one I want at be at,” added the Halifax-born Robinson. “I want to put something back into them and the local community …

    February 9, 2016 1:20 am
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World News

  • Albino turtle found on Australia beach


    Image copyright Coolum and North Shore Coast Care Image caption The volunteer group that found the albino turtle named it “Alby” Wildlife volunteers say they were stunned to find an extremely rare albino turtle on a beach in Australia. The tiny creature was one of 122 hatchlings from a green turtle nest on Castaways Beach on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The volunteers from Coolum and North Shore Coast Care were surveying the nest on Sunday when they found it. “It was very chipper and just took off into the water as happy as can be,” said group president Linda Warneminde. “He wasn’t sick, he was just white,” she told the BBC. Image copyright Coolum and North Shore Coast Care Image caption Albino green turtles are extremely rare and may have a low rate of survival, experts were quoted as saying Ms Warneminde said typically only one in 1,000 green turtles survived to maturity and experts believed …

    February 9, 2016 1:19 am
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Technology

  • Liverpool tech cluster evangelical about being next Merseyside miracle


    Inside the offices that nestle within the old warehouse buildings of Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle, which house many of the city’s nascent digital technology companies, there’s a sense of purpose and industry. Liverpool is classed as having a tech cluster, which means, according to a report out this Thursday, its digital industries stand a good chance of growing faster and generating higher salaries than in much of the rest of the country. “There’s money here,” says Leo Cubbin, co-founder of Liverpool-based Ripstone, the creator of computer games such as Pure Chess and Ironcast. Fellow founder, Phil Gaskell, nods in agreement. The pair are talking in a small meeting room about the 14 or so private shareholders who have backed his company. Many of them are high net worth individuals based locally and a well-known figure from the football industry is advising on future finance. Liverpool is home to a cluster of games companies. Photograph: Alamy Ripstone, …

    February 9, 2016 12:59 am
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Science

  • What’s nature worth? Study helps put a price on groundwater and other natural capital


    Most people understand that investing in the future is important, and that goes for conserving nature and natural resources, too. But in the case of investing in such “natural” assets as groundwater, forests, and fish populations, it can be challenging to measure the return on that investment. A Yale-led research team has adapted traditional asset valuation approaches to measure the value of such natural capital assets, linking economic measurements of ecosystem services with models of natural dynamics and human behavior. This innovation will enable policymakers to better evaluate conservation and natural resource management programs, make apples-to-apples comparisons between investing in conversation of natural capital and other investments, and provides a component critical to measuring sustainability. Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the authors demonstrate how to price natural capital using the example of the Kansas High Plains’ groundwater aquifer — a critical natural resource that supports the region’s agriculture-based economy. According …

    February 8, 2016 11:39 pm
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Health

  • Do the Seasons Affect How We Think?


    MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) — When do you think more clearly: winter or summer? What time of year is your short-term memory at its best? A small new study suggests your brainpower may be stronger at certain times of year. The research isn’t definitive, and the apparent differences don’t seem to be noticeable beyond brain scans. But study co-author Gilles Vandewalle, a research associate with the University of Liege in Belgium, said the study of 28 young adults shows that “season matters.” And it may matter more to some people than others. In particular, Vandewalle said, people with seasonal affective disorder — depression during certain months — may be even more vulnerable to the effects of season on the brain. It has long been known that seasons are crucial in other ways. “Seasons are important in animals in terms of reproduction and hibernation,” Vandewalle said. And, in humans, “mood is well known to …

    February 9, 2016 12:19 am
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Entertainment

  • Will Jeanie Buss Fire Her Brother To Improve the Los Angeles Lakers?


    Jeanie Buss has been the boss of the Los Angeles Lakers since the death of her father, Jerry. Rumor has it, she might fire her own brother to refresh the team. Jeanie’s got the good office so it seems she’s the one who’s really in control of things.  pic.twitter.com/xPDMbfGANn — Jeanie Buss (@JeanieBuss) January 14, 2016 Jim and long-time general manager Mitch Kupchak will be the first to go if the report by Stephen A. Smith is accurate.   Stephen A: “If (Jeanie Buss) does that, you know she’s gonna bring Phil back. And I think Dolan will let him out of his deal to go to LA.” — Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) February 8, 2016 Jerry Buss enlisted Jeanie to run the business side of the team and his son to run the basketball side before his death.   Jim hired Mike D’Antoni as the Lakers coach instead of Phil Jackson, Jeanie’s long-time romantic partner. The siblings …

    February 9, 2016 1:19 am
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Editorial

  • Which Republican candidates can make the flat tax work and help the economy?


    During last week’s Republican debate in Charleston, Senator Marco Rubio attacked Senator Ted Cruz for being in favor of “a VAT tax.” Cruz responded that his flat tax plan of 16 percent has the full endorsement of “Reagan economist Arthur Laffer.” He was referring to a joint statement by the two of us entitled: “The Cruz/Paul Flat Tax is the Best Tax.” (Senators Cruz and Paul have endorsed similar tax reforms.) Yes, we have long loved the flat tax and devoted our last book, “Return to Prosperity: How America Can Regain Its Economic Superpower Status” to explaining how an ideal flat tax with a broad base and the lowest possible tax base would work.  The Cruz and Paul plans are roughly based on that work. This isn’t the only way to go, and we’ve also said we like a lot of the other candidate plans as well. Ben Carson wants a low-rate flat tax too. Mike Huckabee …

    February 8, 2016 10:59 pm
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Odd News

  • Sparrow defies nature and joins Japanese family


    FUKAYA, Japan – – A sparrow has set up home with an elderly couple in Fukaya, in Japan’s Saitama prefecture, becoming the newest member of their family. Resident Yoshiko Fujino said she first saw the bird, named Pee Chan, in mid-November while working as a traffic guide for local school children. It followed her home, resting on her shoulder and not wanting to leave. “He’s like a family member – he’s very comforting. It’s fun, coming home to a sparrow,” she said. “My grandchildren have grown up, and there’s none who are still small, so I don’t know how to say it clearly, but he’s like a family member.” Fujino assumes the sparrow, which appears comfortable in the surroundings, is wild, but also says she does not rule out the possibility the bird was once a household pet.

    February 8, 2016 7:58 pm
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