• Taliban targets guesthouse in Kabul

    Police reportedly shot out street lights to cover their movements Four gunmen have been killed after trying to storm a guesthouse in a diplomatic area of the Afghan capital, Kabul, police say. The attack resulted...
  • Russell’s double in 9th lifts Cubs past Nationals

    Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Addison Russell doubled home Jonathan Herrera in the bottom of the ninth as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Tuesday night. Herrera reached on a fielder’s choice and...
  • Why one Hong Kong bakery makes 10,000 buns a day

    Why one Hong Kong bakery makes 10,000 buns a day

    Show me the buns! Each May, a sleepy Hong Kong island of just one square mile, Cheung Chau, lights up in excitement as boatloads of visitors celebrate a traditional holiday — the Bun Festival, featuring...
  • Nepal seeks expert advice on tourism

    Landslides were caused both during and after the earthquake and its aftershocks Tourism operators in earthquake-hit Nepal say they are seeking guidance from international experts on which areas can be declared safe for trekking and...
  • Tumblr blog takes aim at ‘manels’

    Tumblr blog takes aim at ‘manels’

    This all-male panel in Paris was at last year’s Global Summit of Women How often have we looked around at a meeting or in the office, lecture hall or event space and seen a room...

Headline News

  • Former Los Angeles policeman, sought in murder, arrested in Mexico


    MEXICO CITY A former Los Angeles police officer, who fled after he was accused of killing a man following a fight near a southern California nightclub district, has been arrested in northern Mexico, state prosecutors said on Tuesday. Henry Solis, 27, was detained in the border city of Ciudad Juarez and was handed over to Mexican migration authorities, the Chihuahua state prosecutor’s office said in a statement. Agents of the state prosecutor’s office captured Solis on Tuesday following coordination with U.S. authorities, it added. Solis is accused of shooting Salome Rodriguez Jr. multiple times on March 13 near a strip of nightclubs in downtown Pomona, about 35 miles (55 km) east of Los Angeles. Solis, who was off-duty at the time of the shooting, was terminated by the Los Angeles Police Department after he was named a suspect in the case. Authorities said Solis then fled to Mexico, allegedly with the help of his father, …

    May 26, 2015 10:02 pm
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Politics

  • Data thieves gain access to 100,000 U.S. taxpayers’ information: IRS


    Tax return information for about 100,000 U.S. taxpayers was illegally accessed by cyber criminals over the past four months, U.S. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of data thefts that have alarmed American consumers. From February to May, attackers sought to gain access to personal tax information 200,000 times through the agency’s “Get Transcript” online application, which calls up information from previous returns, he told a news conference. About half of those attempts were successful. The breach did not affect any IRS data outside the “Get Transcript” application, and the agency said it would strengthen its security measures. Koskinen said he could not comment on who the attackers might be, and a criminal investigation was ongoing. “We’re confident these are not amateurs. These are actually organized crime syndicates that not only we but everyone in the financial industry are dealing with,” Koskinen said. The data theft was largely intended …

    May 26, 2015 9:01 pm
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Stocks

  • Why one Hong Kong bakery makes 10,000 buns a day


    Show me the buns! Each May, a sleepy Hong Kong island of just one square mile, Cheung Chau, lights up in excitement as boatloads of visitors celebrate a traditional holiday — the Bun Festival, featuring tens of thousands of delicious rice flour buns. The week-long celebration gets bigger every year. And that means booming business for local bakery Kwok Kam Kee, the official bun supplier for the festival. “For these 8 to 10 days, it’s like doing 8 to 10 months of business,” said owner Kwok Kam Chuen, 64, who opened his shop 40 years ago. “We make over 60,000 buns for the festival.” During the holiday, Kwok brings in as much as HK$80,000 ($10,320) a day — 20 times more than his average daily sales. By the end of the festival, he usually ends up making over HK$500,000 ($65,000). Local lore about the Bun Festival’s origin goes like this: Over a century ago, to …

    May 26, 2015 10:01 pm
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Sports

  • Russell’s double in 9th lifts Cubs past Nationals


    Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Addison Russell doubled home Jonathan Herrera in the bottom of the ninth as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Tuesday night. Herrera reached on a fielder’s choice and an error off Matt Grace (2-1), and Russell ripped a 1-0 changeup into the left-center gap for the win. Hector Rondon (3-0) earned the win for a scoreless ninth inning, helping the Cubs snap their two-game losing streak. Dexter Fowler opened the scoring with a leadoff shot for the Cubs in the home first. It remained that way until Bryce Harper tied the game with a solo blast off Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks in the seventh, and Denard Span put the Nationals up 2-1 with a homer off Pedro Strop in the eighth. Kris Bryant, who homered in Monday’s series opener, launched his seventh homer of the season in the home eighth off Aaron Barrett to tie the game at …

    May 26, 2015 10:02 pm
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World News

  • Taliban targets guesthouse in Kabul


    Police reportedly shot out street lights to cover their movements Four gunmen have been killed after trying to storm a guesthouse in a diplomatic area of the Afghan capital, Kabul, police say. The attack resulted in a gun battle lasting several hours in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, home to several embassies and official buildings. The Taliban said it had carried out the attack. The assailants were armed with a rocket propelled grenade launcher and other weapons, the interior ministry said. No civilian or military casualties were reported. “Four attackers who had one RPG launcher, three AK-47s and one grenade launcher were killed in Wazir Akbar Khan,” deputy interior minister Mohammad Ayoub Salangi said on Twitter. As the battle progressed, police said they had surrounded the attackers Afghanistan’s interior ministry told the BBC that the target was the former Heetal guesthouse, that was attacked by the Taliban in December 2009 and is now officially known …

    May 26, 2015 10:22 pm
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Technology

  • Sorry, Charlie: The Charlie Charlie Challenge is less spooky than they say


    What say you, Charlie?CinematicAction/YouTube Remember that time you and your friends tried to do the “Bloody Mary” chant into the bathroom mirror late at night and the only thing that scared you was your friend’s dad screaming at you through the walls to “Go the $@!% back to bed”? Well, the new thing kids do today to scar themselves for life and possibly end up in therapy is the hashtag-driven “Charlie Charlie Challenge,” which involves two pencils placed in the shape of a cross on a sheet of paper with two “yes” and two “no” answers written on opposite corners of the diagonal. A pencil is placed on one axis and the other balanced on top of it. Someone chants, “Charlie, Charlie, are you here?” and if the pencil moves, it means the players are in the presence of a Mexican demon. But (dramatic pause)…are they? A story in British newspaper The Independent Tuesday explained …

    May 26, 2015 8:21 pm
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Science

  • Nearly indestructible virus yields tool to treat diseases


    Related images(click to enlarge) By unlocking the secrets of a bizarre virus that survives in nearly boiling acid, scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have found a blueprint for battling human disease using DNA clad in near-indestructible armor. “What’s interesting and unusual is being able to see how proteins and DNA can be put together in a way that’s absolutely stable under the harshest conditions imaginable,” said Edward H. Egelman, PhD, of the UVA Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. “We’ve discovered what appears to be a basic mechanism of resistance – to heat, to desiccation, to ultraviolet radiation. And knowing that, then, we can go in many different directions, including developing ways to package DNA for gene therapy.” Finding effective packaging for DNA delivery is important because the human body has many ways to degrade and remove foreign DNA – that’s how it combats viruses. But that protective mechanism becomes a …

    May 26, 2015 8:41 pm
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Health

  • Family history may not impact breast cancer survival odds


    (Reuters Health) – In younger women with breast cancer, having a family history of the disease may not worsen their survival odds, a new study suggests. These results should reassure younger women diagnosed with breast cancer, study co-author Dr. Ramsey Cutress, a researcher at the University of Southampton in the U.K., said by email. “They should not be concerned that their family history alone will affect the chance of a successful outcome,” Cutress said. Worldwide, breast cancer is the most common malignancy in women. About one in nine women will eventually develop it, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The risk increases with age, from one in 227 at age 30 to one in 26 by age 70. A woman is more likely to develop breast cancer if her mother, sister or daughter has been diagnosed with the disease, particularly if the diagnosis was before age 50. Cutress and colleagues studied 2,850 women …

    May 26, 2015 9:01 pm
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Entertainment

  • Details on Ryan Seacrest’s new hosting gig, now that American Idol is over


    More: Ryan Seacrest having fun dating model Shayna Taylor Instead, the host will be moving on to a new Fox show called Knock Knock Live, in which Seacrest won’t just be serving as host but will also serve as an executive producer along with Idol‘s Simon Fuller. The premise of the show will have Seacrest’s team knocking on the front door of unsuspecting contestants each week across the country. The person will have the opportunity to win big cash prizes, meet their favorite celebrities and “turn their dreams into reality,” which sounds like the total package right? More: PHOTO: Who did Ryan Seacrest kiss at midnight on NYE? The show will pair up fans with celebrities and put them head-to-head. An example is a basketball star challenging an aspiring player, or a major pop star duking it out with an unknown in a front lawn concert. It will also feature surprise marriage proposals and life-changing …

    May 26, 2015 9:21 pm
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Editorial

  • Marine court-martialed for refusing to remove Bible verse


    A United States Marine was convicted at a court-martial for refusing to remove a Bible verse on her computer – a verse of Scripture the military determined “could easily be seen as contrary to good order and discipline.” The plight of Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling seems unbelievable – a member of the Armed Forces criminally prosecuted for displaying a slightly altered passage of Scripture from the Old Testament: “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.” Sterling, who represented herself at trial, was convicted February 1, 2014 in a court-martial at Camp Lejune, North Carolina after she refused to obey orders from a staff sergeant to remove the Bible verses from her desk. She was found guilty of failing to go to her appointed place of duty, disrespect toward a superior commissioned officer, and four specifications of disobeying the lawful order of a noncommissioned officer. As it now stands – Sterling is unemployed and looking for …

    May 26, 2015 9:21 pm
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Odd News

  • Bones found in California belong to Swedish girl missing 30 years


    Bones found in the Northern California foothills have been identified as belonging to a Swedish exchange student who went missing more than 33 years ago, prompting police investigators to reopen the case, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. The remains, consisting of only seven bones, were discovered in Fremont, California, in 2010 and in November were matched to 21-year-old Elisabeth Martinsson, the Marin Independent Journal reported on its website. Marin County Coroner’s spokesman said he could not immediately comment to Reuters on the case. Martinsson, of Uddevalla, Sweden, had been staying as an exchange student with a family in Greenbrae, across the San Francisco Bay from Fremont, when she was reported missing on Jan. 17, 1982. Martinsson, who also had been working as a nanny, vanished after buying a pair of boots in the nearby community of Larkspur and had not been seen in the more than three decades since. Some 10 days after her disappearance …

    May 26, 2015 8:41 pm
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