Headline News

  • Prosecutor asks court to correct judge’s errors on Cleveland officer verdict


    An Ohio prosecutor on Friday asked a state appeals court to correct legal errors made by a judge who found a Cleveland officer not guilty in the shooting deaths of an unarmed black man and woman after a high-speed car chase in 2012. Timothy McGinty of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office filed the motion highlighting “egregious” mistakes in Judge John O’Donnell’s ruling last Saturday that cleared officer Michael Brelo in the shooting deaths of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell. The filing comes amid a national outcry against police violence towards minorities, following a series of high-profile police killings of unarmed black men around the country that prompted waves of protest. McGinty said in the document that prosecutors could not contest Brelo’s acquittal but maintained that O’Donnell’s errors needed to be remedied. “If the errors in the verdict’s legal statements and reasoning are left uncorrected, the future administration of justice in this county is compromised,” McGinty …

    May 30, 2015 5:57 am
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Politics

  • Rollback of U.S. spy powers would mark post-9/11 watershed


    WASHINGTON At 3:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, the National Security Agency and telecommunications companies will begin mothballing a once-secret system that collected Americans’ bulk telephone records, shutting down computers and sealing off warehouses of digital data. If the U.S. Congress fails to act, key provisions of the USA Patriot Act will lapse in a watershed moment in the post-Sept. 11, 2001, era. Intrusive government powers, created and wielded in the name of preventing another mass-casualty terrorist attack, would be at least partly scaled back, proponents and critics of the surveillance say. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, for instance, will no longer be able to employ “roving wiretaps” aimed at terrorism suspects who use multiple disposable cell phones, and will have more difficulty seizing such suspects’ and their associates’ personal and business records. “We’re past the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attack. And we can look at these issues more calmly,” said Peter Swire, who served …

    May 30, 2015 5:36 am
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Stocks

  • This alarm clock wakes you up with the smell of cash


    A different aroma for every day. The best part of waking up…is your olfactory alarm clock. SensorWake is a new alarm clock which wakes you up with familiar scents that are delicious, delightful and motivating. There’s the “Continental breakfast,” which smells like an espresso and hot croissant, the “Candy Rush” (peach and strawberry), seaside, fresh cut grass and leaves, chocolate and even money — yes, the smell of cold hard cash. Each aroma is contained in a rectangular, 100% recyclable pod and lasts 60 uses. When the alarm goes off, a hatch in the SensorWake clock opens and gradually diffuses a solvent-free, air quality compliant fragrance. In pilot tests, everyone who tried the device woke up within two minutes. But if you have a stuffy nose, the boxy clock does have an audio alarm that will turn on after three minutes. There is no snooze button, just a button to turn the diffuser off. The …

    May 30, 2015 6:36 am
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Sports

  • FIFA’s Blatter comes out fighting despite scandal and divisions


    ZURICH FIFA President Sepp Blatter came out fighting on Saturday as he began his fifth term in charge of soccer’s governing body, implying that the United States timed the announcement of a major corruption probe to try to scupper his re-election bid. The 79-year-old Swiss comfortably won Friday’s vote at a FIFA congress in Zurich, having secured the support of blocks of votes from Asia and Africa which outweighed dissenters including Europe’s powerful soccer body UEFA. He now faces the daunting task of restoring public faith in an organization tainted by allegations of graft and deeply divided over his leadership. In an interview late on Friday, he showed few signs of wanting to unite one of the world’s most powerful sports bodies that takes in billions of dollars in revenue from television marketing rights and sponsorships. “No one is going to take it off me that it was a simple coincidence (that) this American attack …

    May 30, 2015 5:57 am
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World News

  • Swiss cheese hole origins solved


    Hole again: and it is all thanks to tiny flecks of hay, say Swiss scientists Scientists say they have discovered why Swiss cheese has holes in it: apparently, it is all down to how dirty buckets are when the milk is collected. Contrary to what cartoons have suggested over the years, the holes are not made by mice eating their way through the cheese. And nor are they produced by carbon dioxide released by bacteria, as popular scientific belief held. Instead, a Swiss laboratory says they are created by flecks of hay. Agroscope, a government agricultural institute, said “microscopically small hay particles” would fall in to buckets collecting milk, and develop into bigger holes as the cheese matures. The process affects only some Swiss cheeses, such as Emmental and Appenzell. Agroscope said the findings explained why fewer holes had been appearing in Swiss cheeses over the last 15 years, since more modern milking methods made …

    May 30, 2015 5:57 am
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Technology

  • Uber updates privacy policy, but can still track users


    Uber updates its privacy policies to let users know how it’s using their location data. Uber After coming under fire for questionable privacy practices, Uber announced Thursday it’s updated its privacy policies to make them simpler and “easier to understand.” Uber, which pairs drivers with passengers via a smartphone app, was blasted in the press last fall for boasting it could track a reporter without her knowledge using a feature called “God View.” With the resulting backlash, the company announced it had hired a third-party data-privacy expert to review its policies and provide recommendations. And now we’re seeing the results of that intervention. The new privacy policies “explain more clearly and concisely what data Uber asks for, and how that data is used to provide or improve our services,” Uber’s managing counsel of data privacy, 
Katherine Tassi, wrote in a blog post Thursday. “Users will be in control: they will be able to choose whether …

    May 30, 2015 4:55 am
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Science

  • ASCO: Component in green tea may help reduce prostate cancer in men at high risk


    Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer in men and is predicted to result in an estimated 220,00 cases in the United States in 2015. In recent years, an emphasis has been placed on chemoprevention – the use of agents to prevent the development or progression of prostate cancer. A team of researchers led by Nagi B. Kumar, Ph.D., R.D., F.A.D.A. at Moffitt Cancer Center recently published results of a randomized trial that assessed the safety and effectiveness of the active components in green tea to prevent prostate cancer development in men who have premalignant lesions. The results will be presented at the 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago. Twenty percent of green tea is consumed in Asian countries where prostate cancer death rates are among the lowest in the world and the risk of prostate cancer appears to be increased among Asian men who abandon their …

    May 30, 2015 5:16 am
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Health

  • USDA seeks more contractors to aid efforts in bird flu outbreak


    CHICAGO The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday it is seeking to hire more federal contractors to help with the government’s response to the domestic bird flu outbreak, which has resulted in more than 43 million birds being culled so far. The agency said it has existing contracts in place with many vendors, but “is seeking additional support due to the size and scope” of the outbreak and response needs. USDA officials have faced mounting criticism in the Midwest over the pace of disposing of the birds and other issues. The areas where USDA said it is seeking assistance include: landfills, carbon sources (compost, wood chips, etc.), transportation, heavy equipment, and environmental disposal and hazardous materials handling, according to a statement on the agency’s web site. More information about the USDA announcement can be found here: 1.usa.gov/1Fkghlw (Reporting By P.J. Huffstutter; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

    May 30, 2015 5:36 am
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Entertainment

  • Giuliana Rancic skinny-shamed yet again for her latest bikini pic (PHOTO)


    More: Giuliana Rancic makes final decision about her Fashion Police career (VIDEO) It appears that Rancic is on vacation, and the snap captures her picturesque destination. But it’s not her vacartion destination that people are commenting on — it’s her figure. While a lot of the comments about Rancic have been very positive, with fans telling her that she’s “a beautiful lady inside and out” and that she is “looking great,” there are unfortunately a lot of negative comments, too. On top of the world A photo posted by Giuliana Rancic (@giulianarancic) on May 27, 2015 at 3:30pm PDT More: Giuliana Rancic finally responds to all the “too skinny” body-shaming Some people were quick to say that the picture was not of Rancic because “she’s way skinner.” Others think she looks “almost anorexic,” and there were even comments telling her that she needs to eat something. Rancic has previously spoken out about her weight during …

    May 30, 2015 5:56 am
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Editorial

  • Why I’m optimistic about Nigeria’s long-term economic future


    Nigeria, perhaps for all the wrong reasons, has been much more visible in the Western media as of late. Nigeria experienced an early Ebola fear that never spread beyond a handful of cases.  Nigeria is consistently ranked as one of the most corrupt places in the world, often in the same class as Russia, and Iran. Nigeria, being one of the largest oil producers in the world at 2.5 million barrels a day, has suffered from the 50 percent decline in oil prices.  When 90 percent of your export revenues and 50 percent of your fiscal budget is based on oil, a price drop less significant than this will have dramatic effects.   Nigeria, is front and center in the world War on Terror because of the horrific acts of the home grown Boko Haram organization, now affiliated with ISIS.   And Nigeria, experienced a hotly contested presidential election that had to be postponed because of terror concerns. This …

    May 30, 2015 5:56 am
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Odd News

  • Atlanta NFL player charged in killing of girlfriend’s dog: police


    ATLANTA An Atlanta Falcons football player faces charges of aggravated animal cruelty after being accused of killing his girlfriend’s dog, police said on Friday. Prince Shembo, 23, an outside linebacker drafted by the Falcons in 2014, told the girlfriend he kicked her Yorkie while alone with the dog at his suburban Atlanta apartment on April 15, Gwinnett County Police said in a statement. She found the dog unresponsive at Shembo’s apartment and rushed the pet to an animal hospital where it died, police said. After Shembo told the girlfriend he had kicked the dog, she “ended their relationship,” police said. Tests showed the dog had died of significant internal injuries caused by blunt force, according to police. The 6-foot-2, 254-pound Shembo played college football at the University of Notre Dame, and was chosen by the Falcons in the fourth round of the 2014 draft, according to the team’s website. The Atlanta Falcons did not immediately …

    May 29, 2015 5:06 pm
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