• Dodgers snap skid, scoreless drought in win over Padres

    Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – The Los Angeles Dodgers didn’t light up the scoreboard, but they did just enough to snap a losing streak and a lengthy scoreless drought. Joc Pederson’s eighth-inning home run lifted...
  • DC mansion murder suspect arrested

    DC mansion murder suspect arrested

    Authorities believe more than one person perpetrated the killing of four people in a Washington DC mansion, a court document says. Police arrested Daron Wint, 34, late on Thursday and believe he held and tortured...
  • Your worst hacking nightmares

    Your worst hacking nightmares

    What’s worse: Your deepest sexual secrets exposed? Or a cyberattack on the country’s financial system? If you were freaked out by the Adult FriendFinder hack, the other risks should really keep you up at night....
  • 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...

Headline News

  • Missouri governor commutes man’s life sentence for drug charge


    Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has commuted the sentence of a man serving life in prison without the possibility of parole for a drug possession charge, his office said on Friday. Jeffrey Mizanskey was convicted in 1996 on the drug charge, and due to prior drug-related convictions and persistent offender laws at the time he has been in prison since, Nixon’s office said in a statement. The commutation makes Mizanskey eligible for parole immediately, but Nixon said Mizanskey would still have to “demonstrate that he deserves” it. St. Louis Public Radio reported that Mizanskey, who is in his early 60s, was convicted for participating in a friend’s sale of marijuana to an undercover police officer. Pot decriminilization movements have gained steam across the country in recent years, with several states and the District of Columbia voting to legalize recreational marijuana use or sale. Colorado voters legalized recreational weed use in 2012. Washington state also voted the …

    May 23, 2015 1:20 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

  • Your worst hacking nightmares


    What’s worse: Your deepest sexual secrets exposed? Or a cyberattack on the country’s financial system? If you were freaked out by the Adult FriendFinder hack, the other risks should really keep you up at night. Stock market trading is electronic, and often automated and lightning-fast. We’re creating Internet-connected cars without protecting them first. Plus, the energy grid is under constant attack. Here’s a warning from TrustedSec cybersecurity consultant David Kennedy, who spent time as a military hacker with the U.S. Marines. “You’re seeing the early warning signs of something larger to come that’s going to be disastrous and change how we live day-to-day,” he said. “It’s only a matter of time until we see a cataclysmic cyberattack. It’ll be widespread and cause fear, panic, and a sense of hopelessness.” This isn’t tinfoil hat stuff. President Obama, the NSA director and several CEOs have talked about how devastating a cyberattack on the nation’s infrastructure could be. …

    May 23, 2015 1:19 am
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Sports

  • Dodgers snap skid, scoreless drought in win over Padres


    Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – The Los Angeles Dodgers didn’t light up the scoreboard, but they did just enough to snap a losing streak and a lengthy scoreless drought. Joc Pederson’s eighth-inning home run lifted the Dodgers to a 2-1 win over the San Diego Padres in the opener of a three-game set on Friday night. Los Angeles, which was held without a run in losing three straight in San Francisco, ended a 35-inning drought with Andre Ethier’s double in the fifth. Chris Hatcher (1-3) got the win in relief of Zack Greinke, who allowed one run and six hits with five strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings. Los Angeles broke through for its first run in nearly four games in the fifth. Justin Turner singled to center where Will Venable booted the ball and allowed Turner to advance. Ethier followed with a double down the right-field line to end the drought. Greinke worked around a …

    May 23, 2015 1:20 am
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World News

  • DC mansion murder suspect arrested


    Authorities believe more than one person perpetrated the killing of four people in a Washington DC mansion, a court document says. Police arrested Daron Wint, 34, late on Thursday and believe he held and tortured members of the wealthy Savopoulos family and their housekeeper before killing them. Five others were arrested at the same time, but only Mr Wint faces charges. The arrest, in Washington, followed a week-long manhunt. Savvas Savopoulos, 46, chief executive of American Iron Works, was found dead in his family’s $4.5m (£2.9m) home in Woodley Park, northwest Washington, just blocks away from the home of Vice-President Joe Biden one week ago. Police continued investigating the Savopoulos home on Friday Police discovered his body alongside those of his wife Amy, 47, his 10-year-old son Philip and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, a Salvadorian national. The court document made public on Friday says “the crimes described in this affidavit required the presence and assistance of …

    May 23, 2015 1:20 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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