Headline News

  • Pentagon plans long-range missile defense radar in Alaska


    WASHINGTON The U.S. Defense Department on Friday announced plans to deploy a new long-range radar in central Alaska that would help the U.S. missile defense system better discern potential enemy missiles launched by Iran or North Korea and increase the capacity of interceptors in the ground in Alaska and California. Raytheon Co, Northrop Grumman Corp and Lockheed Martin Corp are competing to build the new radar, which is expected to cost just under $1 billion. The new radar would begin defensive operations in 2020, pending completion of required environmental and safety studies, the department said in a statement. It said the new long-range discrimination radar (LRDR) will help the multi-layered U.S. ballistic missile defense system better address potential countermeasures that could be launched by potential foe to confuse U.S. defensive systems. Missile Defense Agency Director James Syring and other senior Pentagon officials told Congress in March that the new radar was critically important to help …

    May 23, 2015 12:20 am
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Politics

  • Bill to reform domestic surveillance is blocked in Senate


    WASHINGTON The “USA Freedom Act,” a bill to end U.S. spy agencies’ bulk collection of Americans’ telephone call data, failed to clear a procedural hurdle in the U.S. senate early on Saturday. The vote was 57-42 against stopping debate on the measure. It would not have needed 60 “yes” votes to move ahead. (Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Robert Birsel)

    May 23, 2015 12:19 am
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Stocks

  • Google files patent for creepy teddy bear


    Remember Teddy, the super-computer toy, from the 2001 film “Artificial Intelligence?” Well, Google might be making one. Earlier this week the company filed a patent for a toy that can control other Wi-Fi-connected devices. This could be one of Google’s creepiest patents yet — especially if movies like “Chuckie” still give you nightmares. Imagine a teddy bear outfitted with sensors and cameras. If it senses you’re looking at it, the fuzzy toy will rotate its head and look back at you. Once it receives and recognizes a voice command prompt, you can then tell it to control media devices in your home (e.g. turn on your music or TV). “Hello, David…How may I help you today?” Google (GOOGL, Tech30) says the patent application isn’t an indication the company will actually make or sell this connected toy. “We hold patents on a variety of ideas — some of those ideas later mature into real products or …

    May 22, 2015 11:18 pm
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Sports

  • Lightning test Henrik Lundqvist again, but Rangers’ goalie gets high marks in 5-1 win


    New York Rangers center Dominic Moore, left, celebrates after defenseman Keith Yandle scored a goal against Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) during the second period of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Friday, May 22, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) (The Associated Press) Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, foreground, and defenseman Andrej Sustr (62), of the Czech Republic, can’t stop a goal by New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) during the third period of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Friday, May 22, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. Nash had two goals and an assist as the Rangers defeated the Lightning 5-1. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) (The Associated Press) New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, and defenseman Dan Boyle (22) congratulate each other after the Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning …

    May 23, 2015 12:20 am
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World News

  • Kim Jong-un brother seen in London


    Footage has emerged showing North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un’s elder brother in London – attending two Eric Clapton concerts. Two different videos show Kim Jong-chol visiting the Royal Albert Hall on successive days. He has previously been seen attending Clapton concerts abroad. One North Korea observer confirmed the man in the footage was Mr Kim, who was taken out of the leadership succession several years ago. Video filmed by a Japanese television network on Thursday shows a car arriving outside the venue in west London, and a woman wearing a green leather jacket and sunglasses emerging from inside. Cameras follow her briefly before Mr Kim, dressed in almost identical clothes, also walks out of the car. He is asked a number of questions by journalists but does not speak. Several minders surround him, and they push journalists and cameras away from the man. The same visitors were also seen at a Clapton concert in the …

    May 23, 2015 12:20 am
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Technology

  • ​So you think you can’t sing? Science says otherwise


    Fox recently announced that “American Idol” won’t get another season. Good riddance, I say. The show may have produced a few names with actual talent, but it felt like one of those reality shows where viewers get their jollies watching judges crush people’s dreams like grapes in a stomping vat. William Hung may have entertained people with his singing for reasons other than the ones he intended, but research shows that even he might be able to bang out “She Bangs” better than he did on “American Idol.” Fox My big pet peeve with “American Idol” and other shows of its ilk isn’t just that they turn gullible rubes into emotional cannon fodder as a holy sacrifice to the gods of reality TV. My worry is that “Idol” may have convinced someone with genuine, untapped talent not to pursue their passion just because some British meanie thinks he knows more about music than anyone else. …

    May 22, 2015 11:39 pm
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Science

  • Mapping poaching threats: York ecologists and WCS develop new method


    Ecologists from the University of York, together with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), have developed a new method to better identify where poachers operate in protected areas. Published in Conservation Biology, the analysis provides spatial maps of illegal activities within Queen Elizabeth National Park, one of Uganda’s most important protected areas for elephant conservation. Analysing 12 years of ranger-collected data, different types of threats were monitored and recorded, including the commercial hunting of large mammals (elephants, hippos and buffalos), the setting of snares for smaller wildlife, harvesting of timber, illegal grazing, the collection of thatch and other products, and illegal fishing. Revealing that specific poaching locations do not vary significantly from year to year, the results will enable more efficient and effective ranger patrol in the future. Managers can now identify consistent poaching hotspots, even in areas where rangers rarely visit. Previous research conducted by UWA in 1999 involved …

    May 22, 2015 11:59 pm
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Health

  • Smokers more likely to think cancer is a death sentence


    (Reuters Health) – Smokers have more pessimistic attitudes about cancer and may be more likely to delay getting screened, according to a new survey from the UK. Smokers are less likely to engage in cancer screening programs and are less engaged with health services overall, senior author Jane Wardle told Reuters Health in an email. “We wanted to investigate why, by exploring whether this could be partly due to excessively negative beliefs about cancer,” said Wardle, the director of the Health Behavior Research Center at University College London. The researchers used data from a survey of adults over the age of 50 in six countries, but focused on responses from nearly 7,000 people in the UK. The survey asked participants several questions, including whether or not they perceived cancer as a death sentence and if they would want to know if they had cancer. They were asked how screening affects the chance of survival. They …

    May 23, 2015 12:19 am
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Entertainment

  • Teen Mom‘s Catelynn Lowell tries a questionable weight-loss tactic (PHOTO)


    Tyler Baltierra recently came under fire for comments many thought were harsh and unsupportive about Lowell’s pre-wedding weight-loss journey, and it seems like his words might be pushing her in an unhealthy direction. Lowell just posted a photo of herself wearing a waist trainer, a corset-like device several celebs have turned to as a means of shaping and slimming their figures. More: Catelynn Lowell addresses Tyler Baltierra breakup rumors Thinking about giving this a try! #waistedbykeke @waistedbykeke A photo posted by Catelynn Lowell (@catelynnmtv) on May 20, 2015 at 2:41pm PDT Kim Zolciak is a fan of wearing a waist trainer, as are Kim and Khloé Kardashian. Meanwhile, Baltierra has been busy defending himself against accusations that he was super-mean to Lowell by pressuring her to diet and work out in addition to joining Weight Watchers. “You’re horrible!” she yelled at him. “When you say things like that it makes me not want to do …

    May 23, 2015 12:39 am
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Editorial

  • School apologizes for banning Jesus


    UPDATE: Somerset Academy issued a formal written apology to 12-year-old Mackenzie Fraiser late Friday for denying her the right to use a Bible verse in a class assignment. School officials have now agreed to allow the sixth-grader to resubmit her original project, this time with her favorite Bible verse — John 3:16 — included. Original Story: Mackenzie Fraiser is 12-years-old. She’s a sixth grader at Somerset Academy, a charter school in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Mackenzie is also a Christian. The teacher had a problem with Mackenzie’s inspirational message. She explained to the class that none of the students would be allowed to use any Bible verses or quotations from the Book of Mormon. The message was clear – you cannot be inspired by religion. In February, she was instructed by her technology teacher to create a PowerPoint demonstration about her life. One of the requirements was to include a slide with an inspirational message. …

    May 23, 2015 12:39 am
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Odd News

  • Milwaukee man pronounced dead, then moves and breathes


    First responders preparing to take the body of a Milwaukee man pronounced dead to the morgue got a jolt when the man suddenly began moving and noticeably breathing, authorities said on Friday. They had gone to the 46-year-old man’s high-rise building on Tuesday after his worried girlfriend called for assistance, saying she had not heard from him for two days, according to a medical examiner’s report. When they arrived at his apartment, they found him cold, pale and rigid at the foot of his bed, the report said. They did not try to resuscitate him. About 50 minutes later, the medical examiner arrived and notified the man’s family of his death. As the examiner readied the body to be taken to the morgue, the man began to move his left arm and right leg, the report said. Paramedics took the man, who has not been identified, to a nearby hospital, where he was admitted to …

    May 22, 2015 11:52 am
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