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  • Mother stands in at graduation of son killed in prom night crash

    CHICAGO A Chicago area woman whose 18-year-old son was killed in an alleged drunk-driving crash after his high-school prom last weekend wore his cap and gown at his graduation in a tribute to him. Katherine Jackson, mother of Aaron Dunigan, walked across the stage during the ceremony on Wednesday. Along with Dunigan’s father, she received a special plaque with his diploma, awards and a graduation ticket. “She got a standing ovation, a lot of tears, a great deal of cheers,” said Dwayne Evans, principal of the school in the south Chicago suburb of Calumet City. “It was mixed joy, happiness, and a lot of sadness.” Dunigan, a quarterback on the school football team, was one of two people killed in the crash. He and another classmate were passengers in a car driven by a third friend and classmate, according to local media reports. The three were on their way home from prom when the driver …

    May 22, 2015 3:35 pm


  • U.S. State Department posts first set of Hillary Clinton emails online

    WASHINGTON The State Department on Friday posted on its website a set of former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s emails that were related to a 2012 attack on a U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya. The department is reviewing additional Clinton emails for later release. It said the Web address for the first batch of emails was: here The site appeared to be loading slowly for many users, according to numerous posts by reporters on Twitter. (Reporting by Emily Stephenson)

    May 22, 2015 12:13 pm


  • ’19 Kids and Counting’ episodes yanked over scandal

    The popular reality TV show “19 Kids and Counting” was yanked off the air Friday following revelations that one of the show’s stars had molested several girls when he was a teenager. TLC, which has televised the show since 2008, decided it would not be appropriate to continue showing repeats amid news coverage of the scandal. “Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of ’19 Kids and Counting’ currently from the air,” the channel said. “We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time.” The channel’s move came one day after Josh Duggar, who is now 27, apologized in the wake of an In Touch Magazine report that he had molested the girls. “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and …

    May 22, 2015 3:14 pm


  • 3 over 2 at soggy Colonial: Threat of storms means 3rd-round 3-somes, early starts

    FORT WORTH, Texas –  The leaders at Colonial won’t get to sleep late Saturday. Due to the expectation of inclement weather, including the possibility of severe storms Saturday afternoon, the PGA Tour said Friday that players in the third round will be grouped in threesomes instead of the normal twosomes and go off both tees Nos. 1 and 10. The last group Saturday is expected to start around 9 a.m., more than 3 1-2 hours earlier than usual for a weekend round for the leader at Hogan’s Alley. Thursday’s first round started three hours late after more than an inch of rain fell overnight. There were periodic showers for the second round Friday, though there were no delays through mid-afternoon. Heavy rain is also in the forecast Sunday.

    May 22, 2015 3:35 pm

World News

  • Breast-feeding protest at McDonald’s

    It is said to be one of the few times in Hungary that breast-feeding women have gathered to show solidarity Mothers in the Hungarian capital Budapest have occupied a McDonald’s restaurant in protest against its move earlier this week to stop a woman from breast-feeding her baby. Several baby-carrying mothers entered a McDonald’s near the Western Railway Station, sat down, bared their breasts and began feeding their babies. The protest was against the treatment of the young mother on Wednesday. A McDonald’s statement blamed a security guard for the incident. Women are welcome to breast-feed in McDonald’s restaurants as part of the fast food chain’s family-friendly policy, the statement said. It added that an investigation into the incident had been launched. Participants said the staff and diners were relaxed about the sit-in Flashmob “I was waiting for my sister who was due to arrive by train,” the young mother caught up in the dispute wrote …

    May 22, 2015 3:35 pm


  • NSA pranksters plant ‘listening’ devices in New York and take snooping abroad

    Next time you’re at a bar in the East Village, say, congratulating yourself on having tricked your roommate, bitching about your friend’s accent or sharing your partner’s sex secrets, check under the table for listening devices. Wags claiming to work for the NSA as one of “many third-party contractors, albeit pro-bono and unofficial” are collecting your conversations. A group calling themselves We Are Always Listening says it has placed recording devices across New York and – just like their real NSA counterparts – they have plans to start snooping on people in Germany too. The stunt aims to highlight the extent of the NSA’s domestic surveillance program as the debate over whether or not to renew the Patriot Act rages on. In a conversation with the Guardian the “agents” said they have been careful not to release “anybody’s first and last names”, although there were two names in one of the tracks on the site …

    May 22, 2015 3:34 pm


  • Robot masters new skills through trial and error

    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks through trial and error using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn, marking a major milestone in the field of artificial intelligence. They demonstrated their technique, a type of reinforcement learning, by having a robot complete various tasks — putting a clothes hanger on a rack, assembling a toy plane, screwing a cap on a water bottle, and more — without pre-programmed details about its surroundings. “What we’re reporting on here is a new approach to empowering a robot to learn,” said Professor Pieter Abbeel in UC Berkeley’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. “The key is that when a robot is faced with something new, we won’t have to reprogram it. The exact same software, which encodes how the robot can learn, was used to allow the robot to …

    May 22, 2015 11:53 am


  • Raw Tuna Suspected as Source of Salmonella Outbreak: CDC

    FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Raw tuna is suspected as the source of a salmonella outbreak that has now sickened 53 people in nine states, according to U.S. health officials. No deaths have been reported. But 10 people have been sick enough to be hospitalized, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday in a statement. The majority of those who fell ill said they had recently eaten sushi that included raw tuna. However, “a common brand or supplier of raw tuna has not been identified,” the CDC said in its statement. While the bulk of cases, 31, are in California, eight other states are affected: Arizona (10), Illinois (1), Mississippi (1), New Mexico (6), South Dakota (1), Virginia (1), Washington (1) and Wisconsin (1), the agency said. Most of the cases have involved people who live in the southwestern United States, or who traveled to that part of the country …

    May 22, 2015 12:13 pm


  • Willow And Jaden Smith Don Matching Outfits For A Leisurely Lunch

    Posted on Fri May 22nd, 2015 11:30am PDT       By X17 Staff While most kids their age are eating at a school cafeteria, Willow and Jaden Smith were grabbing a bite at Le Pain Quotidien near their parents’ mega mansion in Calabasas. Tough life! But here’s what’s cracking us up — Willow has gotten so tall, we almost mistook her for Jaden! From the oversize hoodies to the Nikes to their nearly identical hairstyles, we have to wonder if the eccentric siblings were trying to punk us with their matching looks… Earlier this year the duo raised eyebrows when they were profiled in the New York Times, and though they haven’t exactly been making headlines since then, we still can’t believe some of their comments about education and their personal goals. Willow famously told the publication, “There are no novels that I like to read so I write my own novels, and then I read them again, …

    May 22, 2015 2:34 pm


  • Why I’m proud to be part of freedom’s long line of defenders

    Growing up, I spent Memorial Day sitting on the street curb in the tiny farming town of Wanamingo, Minnesota—eating my melting snow cone and watching the commemorative parade make its way down a wide Main Street. Many other American kids had similar experiences. High school marching bands, volunteer fire crews, waving city leaders, and antique tractors all brought smiles and chuckles to spirited onlookers—a slice of Americana. But only one display brought the entire town—young and old—to their feet in reverence and respect: the color guard, their waving flags, and the uniformed veterans proudly marching behind. From grizzled World War II veterans in ill-fitting uniforms to newly minded Gulf War veterans, the small town showed their unwavering, unequivocal and enthusiastic support for their defenders. Wanamingo was proud of those who defended her—and never forgot those who gave the ultimate, full-measure for freedom. The men and women marching down Main Street didn’t go off to Germany, …

    May 22, 2015 12:33 pm

Odd News

  • Milwaukee man pronounced dead, then moves and breathes

    First responders preparing to take the body of a Milwaukee man pronounced dead to the morgue got a jolt when the man suddenly began moving and noticeably breathing, authorities said on Friday. They had gone to the 46-year-old man’s high-rise building on Tuesday after his worried girlfriend called for assistance, saying she had not heard from him for two days, according to a medical examiner’s report. When they arrived at his apartment, they found him cold, pale and rigid at the foot of his bed, the report said. They did not try to resuscitate him. About 50 minutes later, the medical examiner arrived and notified the man’s family of his death. As the examiner readied the body to be taken to the morgue, the man began to move his left arm and right leg, the report said. Paramedics took the man, who has not been identified, to a nearby hospital, where he was admitted to …

    May 22, 2015 11:52 am