Headline News

  • Louisiana man who opened fire on police officers dies

    Police in Louisiana say a man suspected of shooting two police officers in Baton Rouge has died. Baton Rouge police issued a statement Sunday saying that Calvin Smith, 22, of Baton Rouge died late Saturday at an area hospital. Two police officers were being treated at the same hospital for gunshot wounds that were not life-threatening. On Saturday, the officers responded to an early morning report of a domestic disturbance reported by a woman who knew Smith. When police arrived, Smith took off in a vehicle. The officers chased him for less than 2 miles. Police say Smith then jumped out of the car with a rifle and shot the officers. They returned fire and struck Smith. Details about Smith’s injuries and cause of death were not immediately available.

    February 14, 2016 10:46 am


  • Obama to name Scalia’s successor in ‘due time’

    President Barack Obama speaks to reporters about the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia  in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) President Barack Obama declared Saturday night he would seek to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, charging into a heated and likely prolonged election-year fight with Republicans. Obama said a nomination was “bigger than any one party.” With a half-dozen or more major cases and the ideological tilt of the court in the balance, Obama said he pIanned “to fulfill my constitutional responsibility to nominate a successor in due time.” The president said the decision was about democracy and “the institution to which Justice Scalia dedicated his professional life, and making sure it continues to function as the beacon of justice that our founders envisioned.” Obama’s remarks answered Republicans who wasted little time Saturday night, as news of Scalia’s unexpected death spread, arguing that …

    February 14, 2016 9:06 am


  • ‘Deadpool,’ Marvel’s profane superhero, has record box office opening

    He may be an unlikely hero, but Deadpool saved the day at the box office this weekend. “Deadpool” had the biggest opening ever for an R-rated film this weekend, hauling in an estimated $135 million at the domestic box office. The 20th Century Fox film starring Ryan Reynolds as the sarcastic Marvel superhero took the R-rated crown from “The Matrix Reloaded,” which opened to $91.7 million in May 2003. The film, which had a budget of $58 million, also became the biggest February opening ever by a large margin overtaking last year’s “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which made $85.1 million. “Deadpool” surprised Hollywood, more than doubling its initial forecasts of a $60 million box office opening and brought in a summer-like debut in the dead of winter — and on a very cold weekend in the Northeast. Even though the character is not a well-known superhero, the profanely witty, self-healing soldier of fortune has a …

    February 14, 2016 10:06 am


  • Ireland’s Henshaw to leave Connacht

    Robbie Henshaw won his first cap for Ireland against the United States of America in June 2013 Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw will leave Connacht at the end of the season and is likely to join Leinster. Henshaw looks set to fill the void left by the impending departures of Ian Madigan and Ben Te’o at Leinster. Now a key member of Joe Schmidt’s Irish squad, the 22-year-old has chosen not to renew his current deal with the western province beyond this campaign. He will continue to help Connacht in their bid for success in the European Challenge Cup and Pro12 this season. The Athlone man has formed an effective centre partnership with Jared Payne for Ireland, the pair having been paired together in midfield for the eighth time in Saturday’s 10-9 defeat by France in Paris. “I would like to thank everyone involved in Connacht Rugby who has played a part in getting me to …

    February 14, 2016 10:46 am

World News

  • Egypt overturns protester death verdict

    Image copyright AP Image caption Shaimaa al-Sabbagh’s death sparked outrage in Egypt and globally Egypt’s highest court has annulled a 15-year jail sentence for a policeman accused of shooting dead a protester. A retrial has been ordered over the death of Shaimaa el-Sabbagh in January last year. Images of the frail figure dying on a Cairo street after being hit by birdshot sparked outrage in Egypt and around the world. Ms Sabbagh was with activists marching to Tahrir Square to mark the revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak. Why was one death singled out? The al-Yawm al-Sabi news website said the court had accepted an appeal filed by officer Yassin Hatim against his prison sentence and ordered a retrial. Some Egyptians condemned the decision on social media, with the prominent 6 April protest group saying “Justice is a right” (in Arabic). Media captionThe BBC’s Orla Guerin: “She went to lay a wreath in Tahrir Square, …

    February 14, 2016 10:46 am


  • #Twitter crisis? Not if it decides that it can be a smaller, smarter platform

    ‘Twitter shares drop on faltering user growth,” said the headline last week. It turned out that the company had just released its last quarterly return for 2015. It had revenues of $710m (£490m) and a net loss of $90m, which means that – compared with the same quarter last year – revenue was up 90% and losses were down by 27%. If you know anything about technology companies, especially those with a global reach, this looks about par for the course: the company is on track to break even and reach eventual profit. Yet the technology babblesphere is full of fevered speculation about whether Twitter “has a future”. And the stock market, ever attentive to hysteria, marked the shares down accordingly. Insofar as all this hullabaloo had any rational basis, it lay in the revelation that Twitter’s active user base had declined from 307 million monthly active users to 305 million. Viewed through the distorting …

    February 14, 2016 9:26 am


  • Gene signature could lead to a new way of diagnosing Lyme

    Researchers at UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins may have found a new way to diagnose Lyme disease, based on a distinctive gene “signature” they discovered in white blood cells of patients infected with the tick-borne bacteria. Even though it is hard to diagnose, Lyme disease is still the most common vector-borne illness in the United States, with 30,000 cases reported each year to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With more accurate tests, experts say, the number of people infected could turn out to be 10 times higher. “Improved diagnostics are urgently needed for Lyme disease,” said Charles Chiu, MD, PhD, an associate professor of laboratory medicine at UCSF and lead investigator for the study, published Feb. 12, 2016, in mBio. “The tick that transmits Lyme also harbors many other pathogens, and early diagnosis is critical in guiding appropriate treatment and preventing later complications of the illness.” Most people who contract the disease …

    February 14, 2016 8:06 am


  • A Valentine’s Kiss Is Just a Kiss — Or Is It?

    SUNDAY, Feb. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) — This Valentine’s Day, when people lean in for a kiss, the way they tilt their head may reveal a lot. That’s the finding from new Canadian research that suggests people turn one way or the other, depending on whether the recipient of an affectionate kiss is a relative or a romantic partner. Researchers Jennifer Sedgewick and Lorin Elias, of the University of Saskatoon, noted that prior research has already shown that people tend to turn their head to the right when kissing a romantic partner. But what about when a person plants a peck on his or her child’s cheek? To find out, the research duo analyzed hundreds of photos of parent-child kisses and compared them to pictures of romantic parent-parent smooches. The photos came from websites such as Google Images, Pinterest and Instagram. They found that the moms and dads tended to turn their head to the …

    February 14, 2016 8:46 am


  • Sunday TV Guide: ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Brings Back A Not-So-Missed Character

    Bob’s Burgers is doing a Valentine’s Day themed episode tonight, and that means the show is bringing back a character you might not have missed: Gene’s ex-girlfriend Courtney Wheeler (voiced by David Wain), who comes on way too strong. He’s forced to reunite with her when they’re recruited to deliver the Wagstaff School morning announcements in “The Gene and Courtney Show,” airing at 7:30 p.m. on FOX. Below is a preview clip: That leads into a new episode of The Simpsons, which likewise focuses on the holiday and turns its attention to supporting character Professor John Frink, whose quest to find himself a woman quickly goes awry. Meanwhile, the Simpson family visits Grampa in the Retirement Castle and “try to rescue the old folks from a drug-induced hallucination.” Sounds romantic, doesn’t it? That starts at 8 p.m. on FOX. But Sunday primetime really belongs to the drama shows. CBS’s The Good Wife airs its first …

    February 14, 2016 9:46 am


  • Why Scalia’s death could turn the 2016 election upside down

    Things can change fast in American politics. When the sun rose this morning, most any conservation about Supreme Court vacancies would have centered around President Obama replacing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – the eldest of the court’s nine justices and a two-time cancer survivor who will turn 83 next month. And then on Saturday afternoon came the news that Justice Antonin Scalia had passed away while on a Texas hunting trip. With his death, the nation’s highest court went from potential sleeper issue in the president election to front and center, kicking and screaming. This is the first time since 1968 that an opening on the Supreme Court coincides with the final year of a Democratic presidency. It’s a story worth retelling, as we could be headed down the same road. In 1968 the drama began when then-Chief Justice Earl Warren announced his retirement. Warren didn’t want a potential Nixon White House choosing his successor, …

    February 14, 2016 7:26 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