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  • California ‘shaken baby’ case in vanguard of new legal challenges

    LOS ANGELES After 17 years in prison for an infant’s death at her San Diego daycare center, Suzanne Johnson is in the forefront of legal challenges to “shaken baby syndrome” as courts catch up with medical advances in understanding the mechanisms of childhood brain trauma. A judge last month agreed Johnson deserved to be considered for a new trial in a case that hinged on the syndrome, a 1970s-era forensic diagnosis long accepted as sufficient to convict caretakers accused of harming and even killing babies. Appeals such as Johnson’s are occurring with greater frequency at both the federal and state level, said Deborah Tuerkheimer, a Northwestern University law professor who wrote a book on the subject. But legal bids to reverse guilty verdicts are long and grueling, the outcome far from guaranteed, Tuerkheimer said. “Criminal convictions are final, and science moves on,” she said. “Abusive head trauma” – a newer, broader term – is the …

    February 9, 2016 6:41 am


  • Presidential Contenders Stay Away From Vulnerable Guinta

    By Simone Pathé Posted at 5 a.m. today 0 Tweet Guinta, seen above at the New Hampshire Republican Party #FITN Leadership Summit in Nashua on Jan. 23, has multiple primary challengers. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) One of the most vulnerable members of the House is lurking in the shadows outside of New Hampshire’s presidential spotlight. Attention on the Republican presidential candidates in the Granite State’s first in the nation primary on Tuesday would normally be a golden opportunity for a down-ballot incumbent like GOP Rep. Frank Guinta, who has $12,000 in his campaign account, to hitch a ride, boost his visibility and secure some much-needed donations. Then again, Guinta already has name recognition. For the Manchester congressman, that’s a “double-edged sword,” said New Hampshire GOP consultant Patrick Hynes, an adviser to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign. Guinta, now in his second nonconsecutive term, is well-known in his home state for breaking campaign finance rules …

    February 9, 2016 4:40 am


  • Red Lobster: Sales spike 33% after Beyoncé endorsement

    When Beyoncé put out her first song since 2014 over the weekend, Red Lobster probably wasn’t expecting a sales bump to result. The sit-down seafood restaurant got one anyway. The chain said sales were up 33% on Sunday over the previous year, thanks to a lyric in the new track that suggests using Red Lobster’s food as a reward for sex. Red Lobster spokesperson Erica Ettori said the brand was mentioned on Twitter 42,000 times in a single hour and trended for the first time in history. Beyoncé’s overtly political new song, called “Formation,” addresses police brutality, Hurricane Katrina and black culture in America. The former Destiny’s Child star also touches on her personal wealth and influence, saying “I might just be a black Bill Gates in the making.” Related: Why Beyoncé might just be ‘a black Bill Gates’ after all The Red Lobster sales spike occurred despite its social media response. On Sunday, the …

    February 9, 2016 7:01 am


  • Stop taking fans for granted

    Several thousand Liverpool fans walked out of Saturday’s match with Sunderland in protest at rising ticket prices Liverpool must stop taking fans “for granted”, says former boss Roy Evans as the ticket row rumbles on. Thousands of Reds supporters protested against planned increases in ticket prices at Anfield by walking out of Saturday’s game with Sunderland. “It’s got to stop being all about money and go back to being a sport,” Evans told BBC Radio 5 live. “I hope Liverpool are big enough to work it out. It seems ridiculous that prices go up.” Evans, who managed the club in the 1990s, added: “They can’t keep taking the supporters for granted. “I hope it doesn’t become a massive saga and that Liverpool Football Club itself realises it’s the principle of the matter at the end of the day.” Liverpool cancelled a question and answer session with supporters and chief executive Ian Ayre on Monday night …

    February 9, 2016 6:41 am

World News

  • Mexico gang captives freed by gas blast

    Image copyright Reuters Image caption The migrants were being held in Reynosa, across the border from McAllen, Texas. Dozens of migrants in the northern Mexican city of Reynosa managed to escape when a gas explosion ripped through the house where a gang was holding them captive. Five Guatemalan migrants were injured in the blast, two of them seriously. They told officials that they had been abducted a week ago. Central American migrants trying to reach the US are frequently targeted by Mexican criminal gangs which force them to join their ranks. Others are killed if their families cannot pay the ransom demanded by the gangs in exchange for letting them go. Cartel stronghold Neighbours reported seeing as many as 60 migrants fleeing the house in Reynosa following the gas blast. Police are searching for them. Reynosa, which is just across the border from the Texan city of McAllen, is a popular crossing point for migrants …

    February 9, 2016 6:41 am


  • Watchdog’s web monitoring bill fear

    Image caption Home Secretary Theresa May has faced criticism of her Investigatory Powers bill Plans to give firm legal backing to mass data collection and hacking by Britain’s spies do not do enough to protect privacy, a watchdog has warned. The extent of the intelligence agencies’ computer and internet spying operation has recently become clear. The draft Investigatory Powers Bill is meant to put it on a firm legal footing. But the Intelligence and Security Committee says the bill lacks clarity and is a “missed opportunity”. Committee chairman, Conservative MP Dominic Grieve, said: “We had expected to find universal privacy protections applied consistently throughout, or at least an overarching statement at the forefront of the legislation. “Instead, the draft bill adopts a rather piecemeal approach, which lacks clarity and undermines the importance of the safeguards associated with these powers. “We have therefore recommended that the new legislation contains an entirely new part dedicated to overarching …

    February 9, 2016 5:00 am


  • Intensifying Atlantic storm examined by NASA’s GPM

    Related images(click to enlarge) As a low pressure area continued to intensify in the Atlantic Ocean off the United States’ East Coast, NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM core satellite gathered information about the precipitation the storm was packing. On Feb. 8, 2016, at 3 a.m. EST (0800 UTC) the GPM core observatory satellite flew above an intensifying storm. A rainfall analysis derived from data collected by GPM’s Microwave Imager (GMI) and Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR) instruments with this pass showed a large area of rainfall around the northwestern side of the storm. GPM’s radar (DPR) measured rainfall in the Atlantic Ocean east of the Virginia coast falling at a rate of more than 25 mm (almost 1 inch) per hour. A 3-D cross section that was derived from GPM’s Radar (DPR Ku Band) data showed the area of moderate precipitation northwest of the intensifying storm’s center of circulation. GPM is co-managed by both NASA …

    February 9, 2016 3:40 am


  • Kenya threatens to pull out of Rio Olympics over Zika threat

    NAIROBI Kenya threatened on Tuesday to pull its elite runners and other athletes out of the Rio Olympics unless it got assurances they would not be exposed to the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil. Sports authorities across the world are scrambling to find out more about the mosquito-borne virus as they make plans for the games in August. “Obviously, we are not going to risk taking Kenyans there if this Zika Virus reaches epidemic levels. They have to assure us that the country is safe enough to take athletes there,” the head of Kenya’s Olympics committee, Kipchoge Keino, told Reuters. Kenya was expected to be one of the star performers at Rio, fielding some of the best middle and long-distance runners in the world. The East African nation topped the medals table at the 2015 World Championships. Keino, himself a Kenyan running great, said his office has been in touch with Olympics organisers to voice their …

    February 9, 2016 4:20 am


  • Get 2016 New Hampshire Primary Results Live Online, Mobile Apps: Watch Live Coverage NH Presidential Primary

    It’s primary day in New Hampshire and voters across the nation are anxious to find out who will claim victory in 2016’s first presidential primary on Tuesday. CNN and other major news networks will provide live televised updates throughout the day, but don’t need to stay glued to the TV all day — keep tabs on the NH primary results on your computer, iPhone, iPad, or Android mobile device. Find links to apps and live stream information below as well as early predictions, New Hampshire poll closing times, and an estimation of when the final results will be in. Check out the live Twitter feed below for the latest buzz about the primary results. The results are in for the Dixville Notch, NH Primary vote. #NHPrimary pic.twitter.com/65mONFkxs6 — News7/NewsLINC (@News7_NewsLINC) February 9, 2016 CNN will be offering NH primary coverage on TV all day on Tuesday. If you are at work or on-the-go, watch the CNN …

    February 9, 2016 7:21 am


  • The Bible and science: The ultimate power couple

    Many people today see science and the Bible as a bitterly divorced couple and feel forced to take sides. It’s a real tragedy because notwithstanding the impression created by extremists on both sides, the two are in fact remarkably harmonious. As a theoretical physicist and Christian, I have discovered at least ten fundamental truths that are affirmed by both modern science and ancient Scripture. Does that surprise you? Are you skeptical? If you are, I don’t blame you: all of us are heavily influenced by media that relish playing up people arguing about the age of the earth, the role of evolution in our planet’s natural history, the reliability of science and so forth. Lost in the noise and fury of these shouting matches are the voices of reason – and faith. Ratio et fides – what I call IQ and SQ (spiritual quotient) – operating peaceably and powerfully together, as they do in my …

    February 9, 2016 7:01 am

Odd News

  • Sparrow defies nature and joins Japanese family

    FUKAYA, Japan – – A sparrow has set up home with an elderly couple in Fukaya, in Japan’s Saitama prefecture, becoming the newest member of their family. Resident Yoshiko Fujino said she first saw the bird, named Pee Chan, in mid-November while working as a traffic guide for local school children. It followed her home, resting on her shoulder and not wanting to leave. “He’s like a family member – he’s very comforting. It’s fun, coming home to a sparrow,” she said. “My grandchildren have grown up, and there’s none who are still small, so I don’t know how to say it clearly, but he’s like a family member.” Fujino assumes the sparrow, which appears comfortable in the surroundings, is wild, but also says she does not rule out the possibility the bird was once a household pet.

    February 8, 2016 7:58 pm