• Getty grandson found dead in LA home

    Getty grandson found dead in LA home

    Police were stationed outside Andrew Getty’s home Andrew Getty, the grandson of J Paul Getty and heir to the family fortune, has been found dead at home, his parents have confirmed. Police said a man...
  • Rangers nip Jets thanks to Kreider

    Winnipeg, MB (SportsNetwork.com) – Chris Kreider scored the winner late in the third period and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 32 pucks as the New York Rangers clipped Winnipeg, 3-2, at MTS Centre. Mats Zuccarello and Derick...
  • China building ‘great wall of sand’

    Manila released this photo in May appearing to show Chinese land reclamation at Johnson South reef China’s land reclamation is creating a “great wall of sand” in the South China Sea, a top US official...
  • Lopez leads Nets over Pacers

    Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Brook Lopez had 24 points, Joe Johnson scored 21 and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Indiana Pacers 111-106 on Tuesday for their first four-game winning streak of the season. The Nets,...

Headline News

  • Oil fortune heir Andrew Getty found dead in Los Angeles home


    March 31, 2015: A police officer creates a perimeter outside a home in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles. Police say a man was found dead at the home of Andrew Getty, heir to Getty oil fortune. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) Andrew Getty, an heir to the Getty oil fortune, was found dead Tuesday afternoon at his home in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles. He was 47. Getty’s parents, Ann and Gordon Getty, confirmed his death in a statement released late Tuesday. They asked that the media and public respect the family’s privacy and said further statements would be issued as information becomes available. The cause of Andrew Getty’s death is not known. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Police spokesman Jack Richter said that officers were called to Getty’s home at around 2:15 p.m. local time Tuesday by an unidentified woman. Richter said the body of a man was found in a bathroom of the …

    March 31, 2015 11:16 pm
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Politics

  • Special Election Dates Set to Replace Aaron Schock


    By Emily Cahn Posted at 7:26 p.m. on March 31 0 Tweet Tuesday was Schock’s last day. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Voters in Illinois’ 18th District will select a replacement for Rep. Aaron Schock this summer, but exactly when remains unclear. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner set the dates for the special elections Tuesday night, just a few hours before Schock’s resignation was official. He chose June 8 for the primary and July 24 for the general. But a release from Rauner’s office said the dates are likely to change to comply with the federal timeline mandated for military absentee ballots. Illinois special election law stipulates it should be held no longer than 115 days after a seat becomes vacant. But that timeline does not provide enough time to comply with the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, designed to allow military serving overseas enough time to mail in ballots. In order to comply with that mandate, the primary is expected to …

    March 31, 2015 7:35 pm
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Stocks

  • Walmart to Arkansas gov.: Veto religious freedom law


    Walmart’s CEO is standing up against a religious freedom law that just landed on the governor’s desk in Arkansas, home to the company’s headquarters. It’s similar to the law Indiana adopted last week, which sparked outrage from those who say it opens the door for discrimination against gays and lesbians. Walmart (WMT) CEO Doug McMillon asked Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto the bill, which was approved by the Arkansas House on Tuesday. The company is headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas. “Today’s passage of HB1228 threatens to undermine the spirit of inclusion present throughout the state of Arkansas and does not reflect the values we proudly uphold,” McMillon said in a statement. Related: Arkansas poised to adopt religious freedom law It’s not the only other state currently considering a religious freedom law. There are 14 other states looking at similar proposals this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. A number of big companies have …

    March 31, 2015 9:55 pm
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Sports

  • Rangers nip Jets thanks to Kreider


    Winnipeg, MB (SportsNetwork.com) – Chris Kreider scored the winner late in the third period and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 32 pucks as the New York Rangers clipped Winnipeg, 3-2, at MTS Centre. Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard also lit the lamp for the Rangers, who had dropped three of four coming in. Jim Slater and Lee Stempniak produced offense for the Jets, who have lost three of four. Ondrej Pavelec made 21 saves in the setback. Winnipeg, which retained the last wild-card spot in the Western Conference, remained only two points ahead of idle Los Angeles. Kreider burst forth up the middle, cruised by Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien and beat Pavelec inside the right post with a backhander, then crashed into the net with 3:46 left in the contest. Pavelec was on the bench for an extra skater with more than a minute to go, but Byfuglien committed a slashing penalty on the next shift which …

    March 31, 2015 11:16 pm
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World News

  • Getty grandson found dead in LA home


    Police were stationed outside Andrew Getty’s home Andrew Getty, the grandson of J Paul Getty and heir to the family fortune, has been found dead at home, his parents have confirmed. Police said a man in his 40s was found dead at the Hollywood Hills home, but they have not confirmed his identity or established the cause of death. But a statement from Ann and Gordon Getty given to the Associated Press confirmed it was their 47-year-old son. He was one of four sons, and his oil baron grandfather died in 1976. Industrialist J Paul Getty founded the Getty Oil Company and was once named the richest living American by Fortune magazine. Los Angeles police department’s Jack Richter told reporters that officers went to the home shortly after 2:15pm local time (22:15 GMT) on Tuesday. They found the body in the bathroom and interviewed a woman who was present.

    March 31, 2015 11:16 pm
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Technology

  • Visa applicant’s details emailed to wrong person in near-identical case to G20 leak


    Australia’s immigration department accidentally sent a visa applicant’s details to the wrong person more than two years ago, in almost the same way it exposed personal details of world leaders attending last year’s G20 summit in Brisbane. But in the first case it chose to notify the affected parties and made an official apology. On Monday the Guardian reported the department accidentally disclosed the personal details of leaders, including US president Barack Obama, Russian president Vladimir Putin and German chancellor Angela Merkel, when an official accidentally emailed them to a member of the organising committee of the Asian Cup football tournament. The department has since enacted a new email policy. New documents obtained under freedom of information laws show an almost identical breach happened in December 2012, when an email containing a visa applicant’s personal details was accidentally sent to the wrong person. The department wrote to the Privacy Commissioner that “the error occurred when …

    March 31, 2015 11:16 pm
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Science

  • Glimpses of the future: Drought damage leads to widespread forest death


    Related images(click to enlarge) The 2000-2003 drought in the American southwest triggered a widespread die-off of forests around the region. A Carnegie-led team of scientists developed a new modeling tool to explain how and where trembling aspen forests died as a result of this drought. It is based on damage to the individual trees’ ability to transport water under water-stressed conditions. If the same processes and threshold govern the future, their results suggest that more widespread die-offs of aspen forests triggered by climate change are likely by the 2050s. Tree mortality can radically transform ecosystems, affect biodiversity, harm local economies, and pose fire risks, as well as further increase global warming. Their work aimed to address a longstanding disagreement over how climate change caused by the emission of greenhouse gasses will affect forest ecosystems. On one hand, rising concentrations of carbon dioxide can benefit trees and help them use water more efficiently. On the other …

    March 31, 2015 7:35 pm
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Health

  • California getting ‘second-hand smog’ from Asia, researchers say


    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – California is suffering from “second-hand smog” drifting in from Asia and other places, researchers said on Tuesday, even as the state’s prolonged drought has made air quality worse. About 10 percent of ozone pollution, the main ingredient in smog, in the state’s San Joaquin Valley farm region comes from other countries, mostly in Asia, said Ian Faloona, an atmospheric scientist with the University of California, Davis. “What’s happening upwind strongly affects what’s happening downwind,” Faloona said. If California were a human body, the area around the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco would be the mouth, “breathing in air from across the Pacific Ocean,” he said. Faloona’s conclusions, which are still preliminary, come during an increase in air pollution in the most populous U.S. state, as drought and warmer temperatures have triggered a spike in the number of winter days thick with soot and dirt. Faloona presented his findings at a …

    March 31, 2015 7:35 pm
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Entertainment

  • The Kardashians are actually related to royalty — sorry, Kanye


    More: Kim Kardashian reveals embarrassing Spanx secret, and we’re right with her While he admitted he doesn’t watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians, the Prime Minister responded to Heat magazine’s question about the show with a surprise tidbit, “but I’m related to them.” According to the Prime Minister himself, he’s a 13th cousin of The Kardashian clan. They share mutual ancestor Sir William Spencer, who was born in 1555, according to E! News. We want to know the poor intern who had to go digging for that connection! More importantly, how the heck did the Prime Minister discover this information? Prime Minister Cameron is also a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II — a 5th cousin, twice removed, to be exact. But according to a British royal history website, Brit Royals, the Prime Minister comes from an illegitimate line and, therefore, has no claim to the throne. Which means we can all breathe a sigh of relief …

    March 31, 2015 9:56 pm
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Editorial

  • How do you solve a problem like the Clintons?


    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at an event hosted by the Center for American Progress (CAP) and the America Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Monday, March 23, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) This being the 50th anniversary of the film “The Sound of Music,” please permit me a poor adaptation of a few of its song lyrics, which fit in nicely with our current political climate. How do you solve a problem like the Clintons? Their incessant vacuuming of cash and skirting (no pun intended) of laws and regulations would place lesser mortals in danger of prison, yet the Clintons walk free, their money-making careers booming. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “Dough, we fear, we need more, dear ‘Ray,’ the name of a Clinton foe Me, a name that fits myself Fah, as far from law I run So, I say when bending laws La, a shrug to follow so …

    March 31, 2015 7:35 pm
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Odd News

  • Painting in Dutch royal collection was Nazi loot: official report


    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The Dutch Royal Family owns a painting by a Dutch master that was looted during by the Nazis during Germany’s occupation of the Netherlands in World War Two, according to a report published on Tuesday. “One painting was found where there were indications of involuntary loss of possession during the German occupation,” the government said in a statement after an inquiry commissioned by the Royal Family that examined tens of thousands of paintings in the Royal Collection. Officials had contacted the heirs of the original owner, who was not named, to arrange the return of “The Hague Forest with a View of Huis ten Bosch Palace”, by the 17th century painter Joris van der Haagen. The work was bought for the Royal Collection by Queen Juliana, grandmother of reigning King Willem-Alexander. The inquiry found that another painting in the collection, “Landscape with St. Hubert”, whose provenance had been regarded as doubtful, was …

    March 31, 2015 11:29 am
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