Headline News

  • FBI arrests two suspected Islamic State recruits in California: NBC News


    The FBI has arrested two men in southern California, one at Los Angeles International Airport, suspected of attempting to travel abroad to join Islamic State, NBC News reported on Thursday. NBC, which cited anonymous law enforcement officials, said the two men were unarmed and never posed any threat to the public. The other man was arrested in Orange County. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller confirmed to Reuters that two men in those locations had been arrested following a joint terrorism task force investigation, but said further details could not be provided until charges were filed. The men were due in federal court in Santa Ana on Friday, Eimiller said. Several individuals have been arrested in recent months for plotting to travel to Syria to fight for the militant group Islamic State, including six Somali-American men from Minnesota last month. (Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

    May 22, 2015 2:28 am
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Politics

  • House panel issues subpoena to Fed over 2012 information leak


    WASHINGTON The chairman of a congressional committee on Thursday subpoenaed Federal Reserve documents and communications related to a 2012 leak of monetary policy information, ramping up his attack of the central bank’s handling of the case. Jeb Hensarling, a Republican of Texas who chairs the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, said in a release that the Fed failed to comply with document requests from the panel in connection with market-sensitive information that was leaked to a private financial newsletter. The leak involved Medley Global Advisors, a research firm that unveiled details of a September 2012 Fed meeting a day before the central bank’s own record of the discussions was made public. “We have provided the committee with information regarding a potential breach in 2012 of Federal Reserve policies protecting confidential information,” a Fed spokeswoman said in an emailed statement, adding that the U.S. Justice Department is investigating the matter. Hensarling wrote to Yellen …

    May 22, 2015 12:06 am
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Stocks

  • American Pharoah owner tied to illegal gamblers


    American Pharoah owner Ahmed Zayat holds up the trophy after his horse won the Preakness. Ahmed Zayat, the owner of Triple Crown contender American Pharoah, is on top of the horse racing world at the moment. But he’s also entangled in a nasty federal lawsuit, in which a convicted gambler is accusing him of failing to honor millions of dollars in bets he allegedly made with offshore gambling sites. The suit was filed last year by Howard Rubinsky, who in 2008 pleaded guilty to federal gambling and money laundering charges. Rubinsky charges that Zayat owes him $1.7 million to cover bets he made for Zayat with online gambling sites. Zayat, in court filing, denies all of the charges and is seeking to have the case dismissed. Asked for a comment, his attorney referred to the case as a “meritless claim relating to allegations from 11 years ago.” In court filings Zayat admits to knowing Rubinsky, …

    May 22, 2015 3:08 am
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Sports

  • Plenty of fatigue, but no excuses as Ducks outlast Blackhawks 2-1 in Game 3 of Western finals


    Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen, left, and left wing Patrick Maroon celebrate after Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Chicago. The Ducks won 2-1. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) (The Associated Press) CHICAGO –  Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau knew the answer without having to ask the question. Any doubts he had about fatigue and his squad’s ability to bounce back after a disheartening loss in triple overtime less than 48 hours earlier disappeared even before the midday shoot-around. “Nobody mentioned anything,” Boudreau said after the Ducks’ 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks on Thursday night, “because they all wanted to play.” Good thing, too, because goaltender Frederik Andersen and the Anaheim back line were tested repeatedly while killing off five Chicago power plays to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals. Andersen made 27 saves, but nearly as important, …

    May 22, 2015 2:28 am
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World News

  • On the trail of Thailand’s human traffickers


    As the trade in human beings becomes more and more profitable, the BBC’s Jonathan Head discovers that entire communities in Thailand are helping the traffickers. Earlier this month, I accompanied a group of Thai volunteers through the steamy mangrove forest of an island on the Andaman coast. They were following up hazy reports of unmarked graves on the island; it was known to have been used by traffickers to hold large groups of migrants while they waited for transport south towards the Malaysian border. They dug down deep into the waterlogged soil, before the first fragments of bone appeared. Then they pulled at a soggy wet cloth. It was a dress. Inside were the yellowing bones of a woman. Who she was, or how she died, we still do not know. But it is almost certain she was one of the migrants. She must have endured a gruelling sea journey to reach this desolate spot. …

    May 22, 2015 2:28 am
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Technology

  • Russia ‘will block’ Google, Twitter and Facebook if they withhold blogger data


    Russia’s media watchdog has written to Google, Twitter and Facebook warning them against violating Russian internet laws and a spokesman said they risked being blocked if they did not comply. Roskomnadzor said it had sent letters this week to the three US-based internet companies asking them to comply with laws that critics of President Vladimir Putin have decried as censorship. “In our letters we regularly remind [companies] of the consequences of violating the legislation,” said Roskomnadzor spokesman Vadim Ampelonsky. He added that because of the encryption technology used by the three firms, Russia had no way of blocking specific websites and so could only bring down particular content it deemed in violation of law by blocking access to their whole services. To comply with the law the three firms must hand over data on Russian bloggers with more than 3,000 readers per day and take down websites that Roskomnadzor saw as containing calls for “unsanctioned …

    May 21, 2015 11:25 pm
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Science

  • Lowly ‘new girl’ chimps form stronger female bonds


    Related images(click to enlarge) Low-ranking “new girl” chimpanzees seek out other gal pals with similar status, finds a new study of social relationships in the wild apes. The study is available online and is scheduled to appear in the July 2015 issue of the journal Animal Behaviour. Unlike most primates, female chimps are loners compared to males. “They spend about half their time alone or with dependent kids,” said Duke University research scientist Steffen Foerster, who co-authored the study. “Chimpanzee females’ more solitary existence isn’t that surprising given their dispersal patterns,” said Duke evolutionary anthropology professor Anne Pusey. Male chimpanzees stay with the group they were born into their entire lives, forging strong social bonds with other males. Many females, on the other hand, leave their families behind and strike out on their own to join new groups. Despite their reputation for being aloof, recent studies suggest that some pairs of female chimps hang out …

    May 21, 2015 11:46 pm
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Health

  • Exclusive: Iowa bird-flu farms fall short on containment measures


    IRETON, IOWA/CHICAGO Measures to control the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history are not being enforced at several farms at its epicenter in northwestern Iowa, potentially increasing the risks that the disease could spread further, spot checks by Reuters show. In visits to six affected sites in Iowa last week, a Reuters reporter found procedures at three in Sioux County did not comply with USDA or state protocols for restricting access to infected sites, providing protective gear to workers and cleaning the wheels of vehicles leaving the sites.     Burke Healey, the USDA’s national incident commander coordinating response to the bird flu, said he was concerned about the findings of lax biosecurity in Iowa after hearing about them from Reuters. Shortfalls in biosecurity can violate agreements signed by farm owners, he said. “If they’re allowing you to drive in and out of that property unrestricted, then that’s going against what we’ve requested of them and …

    May 22, 2015 12:06 am
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Entertainment

  • OITNB‘s cast members have different opinions on being ‘role models’


    Brooks, who plays Taystee on the hit Netflix show, explained that being both a woman of color and one who wasn’t teeny-tiny left her without a place within society’s narrow standards of beauty growing up. More: Laverne Cox delivers powerful self-love message at the Billboard Music Awards “Being a woman of curves, I really find that it’s very important to talk about loving your body where you are,” she said during a panel discussion at an Academy of Television Arts and Sciences “For Your Consideration” screening. “People’s beauty standards [is] something I’ve definitely struggled with in my life. And I’m just so grateful to be on a show where people love me, Taystee, for who she is — and they’ve come to love Danielle for who I am, and it’s not because I’m a Size 2 and it’s not because I’m light-skinned with long hair. “Growing up, I didn’t see many examples of myself [on …

    May 22, 2015 2:27 am
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Editorial

  • Military Appreciation Month: Want to help a service member? Address their financial security needs


    Every May, National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM) provides an occasion to celebrate the men and women who defend our nation. But that is by no means enough. NMAM must also be a reminder of the significant challenges that face these heroes and the obligation we’ve incurred to solve them. This year, as we take comfort in the fact that far fewer military personnel face combat peril, we have sobering evidence that many more of our military families are hard-pressed to make ends meet. Their spending is being affected; so too are their savings. In fact, recent data indicates the financial challenges facing military families are not only significant, but increasing. In 2014, Pioneer Services, in conjunction with the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) and Harris Polling, conducted a survey to assess the financial concerns and habits of military families. In late April 2015, Pioneer – a division of MidCountry Bank solely dedicated to making …

    May 22, 2015 12:26 am
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Odd News

  • German police find lamb in a Munich brothel, and rescue it


    BERLIN German police detained a 25-year-old prostitute for keeping a three-week-old lamb named Birke as a pet in a Munich brothel, police said in a statement. The woman was also briefly detained for drug possession – she and her lamb were discovered during a narcotics raid. Prostitution itself is legal in Germany. Keeping a lamb in a brothel evidently is not. Police said the woman showed them a letter from veterinary authorities laying out the conditions in which a lamb should be raised. Those conditions did not include inside a brothel, so she was forbidden to keep the lamb, police said. “The lamb was turned over to an animal protection group,” the statement said. “During its short stay with police, the lamb felt comfortable and starting drinking from a bottle.” (Reporting by Josephin Schoettler; Editing by Erik Kirschbaum, Larry King)

    May 21, 2015 11:46 pm
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