Headline News

  • Fire guts Kentucky’s historic Rabbit Hash General Store

    A fire on Saturday gutted a Kentucky general store that had been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and investigators ruled out arson as a possible cause. The store in the community of Rabbit Hash was built in 1831, Fox 19 reports. A GoFundMe page set up after the fire had raised nearly $20,000 on Sunday. “I’ve heard the word devastating all my life,” Don Clare of the Rabbit Hash Historical Society told Fox 19. “But I’ve never really realized what devastating was until I saw this.” Related Image Expand / Contract The Rabbit Hash General Store in 2014. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley) Crews reportedly salvaged the store’s front facade. There were no reports of anybody hurt. “It’s a museum in many ways,” resident Jeff Hansel told WCPO, saying it held some items from the community dating back to the 1800s. The flames broke out on the roof and were visible across the Ohio River …

    February 14, 2016 2:47 pm


  • Foreclosure crisis snarls Clinton, Sanders’ efforts to reach Nevada voters

    Democratic presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are flooding Nevada with volunteers ahead of this week’s key nominating contest but they face a problem – the addresses, phone numbers and other personal data they need to reach many voters are out of date. Nevada, which is more than a quarter Latino, was one of the states worst affected by the 2008 financial meltdown, with hundreds of thousands of families unable to pay their mortgages and forced to move in a crisis that by some estimates hit minorities twice as hard as whites. With the foreclosed homes often switching hands multiple times – from homeowner to bank to investor and back to another homeowner in just a few years – keeping up with voters who at some point lived in those homes is difficult. (For a graphic, click here: tmsnrt.rs/20OgmO4 ) The Nevada Democratic caucus on Feb. 20 has emerged as an unusually important test …

    February 14, 2016 1:07 pm


  • Google to ditch Picasa photo editor

    Google is abandoning Picasa, its photo editor and sharing service that is, well, kinda dated. The desktop application will no longer be supported by Google beginning March 15, 2016, according to a company blog post, and in May the company will archive users’ Picasa Web Albums. A blog post from Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal said the company is retiring Picasa to focus on developing “one service that provides more functionality and works across mobile and desktop, rather than divide our efforts across two different products.” Google Photos was launched in mid-2015. It allows anyone with a Google account to automatically sync photos between their mobile device, laptop and a storage cloud with unlimited free space. Google said the desktop photo editor will still be available for download, but it will no longer offer updates to keep the program compatible with new operating systems. Everything users have stored in Picasa Web Albums will be available …

    February 14, 2016 2:07 pm


  • Ageing Ireland are in transition

    Johnny Sexton was one of several Ireland players forced off by injury against France From two-time reigning champions to Six Nations strugglers. Ireland began this campaign bidding for an unprecedented third consecutive Six Nations triumph but Saturday’s defeat in France leaves them winless after two matches. Having seen their World Cup hopes comprehensively dashed at the quarter-final stages by Argentina it has been a tough few months for the men in green, so what is going wrong with Joe Schmidt’s side? Dithering Ireland v decisive France Media playback is not supported on this device Small margins cost Ireland against France I am not so certain that Ireland are trying to do anything different after the World Cup to be brutally honest, although it’s been difficult for the last two weekends because it has rained on both occasions. Ireland did some things well against France but I was a little bit annoyed they didn’t take a …

    February 14, 2016 2:47 pm

World News

  • Israel kills Palestinian ‘attackers’

    Image copyright AFP Image caption A knife and a purse are seen at the scene of what officials say was an attempted stabbing attack on officers in the West Bank city of Hebron Israeli troops have shot dead three Palestinian teenagers in the West Bank in the latest wave of violence. The Israeli army says two were involved in a shooting targeting soldiers near Jenin, while the third reportedly tried to stab police near Jerusalem. It is the latest in a wave of stabbing, shooting and car-ramming attacks by Palestinians or Israeli Arabs. More than 160 Palestinians, mostly attackers, Israel says, and 26 Israelis have been killed since October 2015. In the first incident on Sunday, the Israeli army says that two boys were throwing rocks at passing cars near Jenin in the northern West Bank. When a patrol arrived at the scene, the army says one of them opened fire with a rifle. The …

    February 14, 2016 2:07 pm


  • Myo armband reads motions to put the world at your fingertips

    I’d seen videos of the Myo before I received one. The black wearable device had always struck me as looking cool and slightly futuristic. As someone who speaks and presents often, here was a chance to take my “cool presentation” factor up a notch. Wearing the Myo, my hopes and dreams faded. Rather than being light and inconspicuous, it felt clunky. It was also cold – I hadn’t noticed the metal sensors in the promo videos. It felt as if I had a bionic arm. Myo fits snugly around your forearm and uses proprietary technology to convert your hand into a controller. Your hand gestures are sent to a USB Bluetooth adapter plugged into your console or computer. Where Microsoft’s Kinnect turns your entire body into a controller, Thalmic Lab’s Myo turns your forearm and fingers into one. They have removed the need for you to hold a controller or clicker. I decided to focus …

    February 14, 2016 1:27 pm


  • Sleep apnea takes a toll on brain function

    One in 15 adults has moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder in which a person’s breathing is frequently interrupted during sleep — as many as 30 times per hour. People with sleep apnea also often report problems with thinking such as poor concentration, difficulty with memory and decision-making, depression, and stress. According to new research from the UCLA School of Nursing, published online in the Journal of Sleep Research, people with sleep apnea show significant changes in the levels of two important brain chemicals, which could be a reason that many have symptoms that impact their day-to-day lives. UCLA researchers looked at levels of these neurotransmitters — glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid, known as GABA — in a brain region called the insula, which integrates signals from higher brain regions to regulate emotion, thinking and physical functions such as blood pressure and perspiration. They found that people with sleep apnea had decreased levels of …

    February 14, 2016 12:06 pm


  • Most U.S. medical schools fail to accommodate disabilities

    (Reuters Health) – Most U.S. medical schools fail to accommodate students with disabilities, a study shows. The researchers analyzed policies covering admission eligibility and what assistance to give people who have difficulties with hearing, vision or mobility. While most schools posted their policies, known as technical standards, on their websites, only one third appeared to provide accommodations to students who might be eligible for help under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the analysis found. “The students’ ability to process complex information and help render diagnoses and help patients is not the issue – rather the means by which educational information is provided is the issue,” said lead author Dr. Philip Zazove of the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor. It’s crucial that medical schools do a better job of ensuring that patients with disabilities encounter people like them when they go to the doctor, Zazove added by email. “People often prefer, when possible, …

    February 14, 2016 12:47 pm


  • Watch Jade And Tanner’s Wedding Live Online: ABC Live Streams ‘Bachelor At 20: A Celebration of Love’ Sunday Night

    What time does Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert’s wedding start on Sunday and how can fans watch ABC’s Bachelor at 20: A Celebration of Love live streaming online? The two-hour special starts at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 14 on your local ABC TV channel. Not near a TV? Viewers in select cities will be able to watch the special live streaming online or via the free ABC app for iPhone, iPad or Android mobile devices. Find the live stream link and list of eligible cities below. So this happened. Be sure to tune in Sunday #JannerForever pic.twitter.com/KvOR3kTJ4a — Tanner Tolbert (@ttolbert05) February 13, 2016 In addition to Jade and Tanner’s wedding, the Valentine’s Day special will feature highlights from 20 seasons of The Bachelor — and yes, Ben Higgins will be there along with a long list of Bachelor alumni.  Nice to meet you-My name is Tanner…. now you guys have to invite us to …

    February 14, 2016 1:47 pm


  • Homage to a magical evening with Justice Scalia

    Two years ago my neighbor called to invite my husband and me to a small dinner he was giving in honor of his hunting buddy and houseguest, Justice Scalia.  My neighbor, a crusty old bachelor, wasn’t used to giving dinner parties, so he asked me for advice.  Over a succession of phone calls he asked: Could I arrange for someone to cook and serve?  Could he borrow some dinner plates and silverware? What did I suggest he have for dinner?  He was also having a young Julliard pianist to play after dinner, but his old upright piano was out of tune, did I know anyone who could tune it?  It was pretty clear that although my neighbor was excited about having a very distinguished guest, he didn’t know what do to with him. I suggested that we move the dinner party across the street to my house – a suggestion to which he readily agreed.  …

    February 14, 2016 11:26 am

Odd News

  • Racy night with handcuffs lands Arkansas man in handcuffs, again

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. An Arkansas couple’s evening of “kinky” entertainment ended with one pair of handcuffs used for fun being replaced by another used for real in an arrest, police said on Friday. Dustin Taylor, 21, summoned police this week to his home in Fort Smith to remove a pair of handcuffs he told officers he and his wife had been using the previous night while “doing some ‘kinky’ things,” the official report stated. The couple had lost the key, Taylor explained. The responding patrolman removed the handcuffs and did a routine search of Taylor’s name in a police database. When the computer reported an outstanding warrant for Taylor on criminal mischief, handcuffs went back on. But this time they belonged to the officer. Sergeant Daniel Grubbs, spokesman for the Fort Smith police, expressed a measure of sympathy for Taylor. “I sort of wish the guy had invested in an extra handcuff key,” Grubbs said. …

    February 12, 2016 8:20 pm