Headline News

  • Deal reached over insurance money for missing Utah mother Susan Powell


    SEATTLE (Reuters) – The family of Susan Powell, a Utah woman who vanished in 2009 and whose husband later killed himself and the couple’s two young sons, has reached a settlement with her husband’s family over the couple’s estate and life insurance money, court records show. The resolution was reached after a brief hearing in state court in Salt Lake City on Thursday, court records show. Details were not disclosed. A local broadcaster, FOX 13, reported that the settlement Susan Powell’s parents reached with the mother and sister of her late husband, Josh Powell, related to more than $2 million in life insurance proceeds. Susan Powell went missing in 2009 and is presumed dead, although her body has never been found. Josh Powell, a prime suspect in her disappearance, killed his sons in 2012 by striking them with a hatchet, then blew up the family house in Washington state. He died in the incident. FOX …

    March 27, 2015 3:21 pm
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Politics

  • Senate Democrat Reid to retire; favors Schumer to replace him as leader


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said on Friday he will retire next year and swiftly threw his weight behind New York Senator Chuck Schumer to replace him as leader. “I think Schumer should be able to succeed me,” Reid said in an interview with The Washington Post, referring to the selection of the next head of the Senate Democratic caucus, a post that will be filled after November 2016 elections. Reid’s decision muddies the outlook for the Democratic Party as it seeks to retake control of the Senate in 2016. He had a tough re-election fight in Nevada in 2010 and it is unclear what impact his departure will have on Democrats’ ability to hold the seat. The Democrats hold 44 seats in the Senate. Republicans hold 54 seats and independents two. Reid, who is 75, said Schumer, now the No. 3 Senate Democrat, would probably win the caucus’ top post …

    March 27, 2015 2:41 pm
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Stocks

  • First U.S. penny sold for $1.2 million


    The first U.S. penny sold for nearly $1.2 million Thursday night at an auction in Baltimore. The first U.S. penny is 223 years old, and is also worth a lot more than one cent. It sold for nearly $1.2 million Thursday night at an auction in Baltimore. The coin, known as the “Birch Cent,” was made in 1792, months after the one-cent denomination was first authorized by Congress, according to the auction house Stack’s Bowers Galleries. It was made in trial run for the penny, made to show the likes of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. The two corresponded about the coin in August of 1792. Today, there are only 10 of these coins in existence, as far as collectors know. But it’s possible that more were made at the time, according to Stack’s Bowers. Related: It’s time to put a woman on the $20 bill This penny had not been sold at auction since …

    March 27, 2015 3:01 pm
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Sports

  • Durant to have bone graft surgery, won’t return this season


    Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork.com) – Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant won’t return this season because of a foot injury and will instead undergo a bone graft procedure that will keep him sidelined for up to six months. Durant hasn’t played since Feb. 19 and underwent a procedure a few days later in an effort to alleviate soreness from a screw that was inserted when the reigning NBA MVP had surgery in October to repair a fracture in the foot. Last Friday, the Thunder said Durant hadn’t progressed as hoped and wouldn’t participate in any basketball activities. He visited specialists this week and it was determined that another operation was necessary. Durant underwent an initial procedure to repair a broken bone at the base of his small toe in October. “While the majority of the soreness in Kevin’s foot was related to continued inflammation of the cuboid bone and would subside with rest, the evaluation …

    March 27, 2015 2:42 pm
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World News

  • Ten dead in Somali hotel attack


    Civilians as well as government officials are among the casualties Somali government forces are fighting to regain control of a hotel in the capital, Mogadishu, which has been stormed by al-Shabab militants. Ten people have been killed in the gun battle at the Maka al-Mukarama hotel, including the Somali ambassador to Switzerland, Yusuf Bari Bari. Other diplomats escaped by jumping from windows. US-trained Somali special forces have been able to take back control of most of the hotel. Latest reports say the militants are now on the top floors and the roof, firing guns and throwing grenades. Police officer Major Ismail Olow told Reuters that he believed there were originally nine attackers, six of whom had been killed. The attack began with a car bomb outside the hotel Government forces are battling to take full control of the building The hotel is popular with government officials and business people The attack began when a suicide …

    March 27, 2015 2:42 pm
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Technology

  • Google partners with health firm to develop AI surgical robots


    Google has stuck a deal with the healthcare company Johnson Johnson to develop surgical robots that use artificial intelligence. Google’s life sciences division will work with Johnson Johnson’s medical device company Ethicon to create a robotics-assisted surgical platform to help doctors in the operating theatre. The robots will aid surgeons in minimally invasive operations, giving operators greater control and accuracy than is possible by hand, minimising trauma and damage to the patient. Some systems allow surgeons to remotely control devices inside the patient’s body to minimise entry wounds and reduce blood loss and scarring. Related: Google calls for guinea pigs for ambitious ‘Baseline’ health study Robotic surgical systems such as the Da Vinci device developed by Imperial College London have been used in general operations since the early 2000s, and even starred in a Bond film in 2002. Google believes it can enhance the robotic tools using artificial intelligence technologies including machine vision and image …

    March 27, 2015 2:20 pm
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Science

  • Antibiotic effectiveness imperiled as use in livestock expected to increase


    Related images(click to enlarge) Antibiotic consumption in livestock worldwide could rise by 67 percent between 2010 and 2030, and possibly endanger the effectiveness of antimicrobials in humans, according to researchers from Princeton University, the International Livestock Research Institute, the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy. Five countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — will experience a growth of 99 percent in antibiotic consumption, compared with an expected 13 percent growth in their human populations over the same period, the study authors report in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In the United States, antibiotic consumption in animals currently represents up to 80 percent of total antimicrobial sales. Because of the incredible volume involved, this increase in antimicrobial use in animals raises serious concerns about preserving antimicrobial effectiveness in the next decades, the researchers report. Global demand for animal protein is rising dramatically, …

    March 27, 2015 2:41 pm
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Health

  • British Ebola patient cured after experimental treatment


    LONDON (Reuters) – A 25-year-old British military nurse who was the first person in the world to be treated for Ebola with the experimental drug MIL 77 was discharged from hospital on Friday, London’s Royal Free Hospital said. Anna Cross contracted the deadly disease after going to Sierra Leone last month to help care for victims of the West African outbreak. She was brought back to Britain and successfully treated at the Royal Free in north London, Britain’s main center for Ebola treatment. “After careful consideration Corporal Cross said she would like to be given the experimental drug MIL 77,” the hospital said in a statement. “She is the first Ebola patient anywhere in the world to be given this drug.” The Chinese-made MIL 77 is a close relative of another experimental medicine ZMapp – which British nurse William Pooley received when he was treated at the Royal Free for Ebola last year. Over 10,000 …

    March 27, 2015 2:41 pm
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Entertainment

  • Mason Disick Tells Photogs To "Take A Picture of Penelope!" At Dance Class


    Posted on Fri Mar 27th, 2015 10:40am PDT       By X17 Staff Kourtney Kardashian is training her son well. Her oldest wee one, Mason, wanted in on the Kardashian media attention when he told photogs to snap pics of his little sister Penelope yesterday in Los Angeles. While accompanying his mom and sister to dance class, the four-year-old told photogs to “take a picture of Penelope!” as the fatherless fam exited the car. We aren’t sure if that’s super cute of Mason — or a little too telling about how the Kardashian girls are raising their kids. Looks like every Kardashian generation loves being in the limelight! For the ballet class drop off, Kourtney supported her little sisters Kylie and Kendall by wearing a shirt from their line at PacSun. The shirt features Kendall, sitting atop a horse. Along with the equine shirt, the mother of three wore ripped jeans and Saint Laurent ankle boots. It was …

    March 27, 2015 1:01 pm
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Editorial

  • Nigeria Decides: Boko Haram and the 2015 election


    March 27, 2015: A campaign poster for opposition candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari is wrapped around a post as young boys wait with hundreds of other worshippers to pray outside the Emir’s Palace Mosque in Daura, Buhari’s home town, in Katsina state in northern Nigeria Friday, March 27, 2015. The imam of the mosque called on worshippers to pray for free and fair elections, which are due to be held on Saturday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) There is no doubt that ISIS is on a global march and that it thrives and goes into full-blown manufacturing of evil where instability or ungoverned spaces exist. Battles are occurring daily … and one that demands our attention is about to be fought politically in Nigeria. It is not only about Boko Haram, the Nigeria-based terrorist group that recently swore allegiance to ISIS. It is about who wins the Nigerian presidency, as well. Nigeria (and its neighbors, which include Chad, Niger …

    March 27, 2015 2:41 pm
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Odd News

  • Daughter bests father in feud at Japan shareholder’s meeting


    TOKYO (Reuters) – A rare family feud erupted in a Japanese shareholders meeting on Friday, when the chief executive of Otsuka Kagu Ltd defeated her father’s attempt to oust her, vowing to push ahead with her plan to take the furniture retailer more mass-market. “I am sorry that things have come to this,” Kumiko Otsuka, 47, coolly told shareholders in the meeting, in which she instructed her father, company founder and chairman Katsuhisa Otsuka, and her mother to identify themselves by name and shareholder number. The daughter overcame the chairman’s challenge by an undisclosed majority vote. “I had five children,” the father said from the audience as he pleaded with shareholders to back his return as CEO. “Kumiko was the first and she was a difficult birth.” Kumiko’s mother also gave a rambling speech criticizing the CEO, until another shareholder yelled at her to stop. The Otsuka family showdown – virtually unheard of in Japan’s …

    March 27, 2015 10:40 am
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