• What’s next for the Supreme Court?

    What’s next for the Supreme Court?

    Image copyright AP It is difficult to overestimate the impact that the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will have on US politics in the coming months. A vacancy on the court that serves...
  • Saracens 23-64 Wasps

    Saracens 23-64 Wasps

    Thomas Young scores Wasps’ second try Wasps ran in eight tries to stun Saracens and secure a bonus-point win over the Premiership leaders. An unbelievable first eight minutes at Allianz Park saw Wasps’ Charles Piutau,...
  • 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...
  • Bulls and bears in India

    Bulls and bears in India

    The Bombay Stock Exchange sits in the commercial heart of this throbbing city, and crowds of people throng the streets around it. You don’t see the harried, earnest look of the bankers scurrying along Wall...
  • 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...
  • Haiti chooses interim president

    Haiti chooses interim president

    Image copyright AFP Image caption Jocelerme Privert is the current head of Haiti’s National Assembly Haiti’s parliament has chosen an interim president a week after Michel Martelly stepped down, leaving the country without a head...
  • Warrington Wolves 38-8 Hull KR

    Warrington Wolves 38-8 Hull KR

    Tom Lineham is in his first season with Warrington Wolves, having joined from Hull FC Tom Lineham scored a hat-trick to help Warrington maintain their perfect Super League record by beating Hull KR. Ben Currie...

Headline News

  • Driver in crash that killed 5 had DUI incident hours earlier


    DAYTON, Ohio –  Records show the driver of a wrong-way car that killed five in a crash including himself was jailed just over a day earlier on suspicion of drunken driving. The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1QfoLVS) that driver James Pohlabeln (puh-LAB’-e-linn) was arrested early Thursday after his car collided with a parked car. The paper reports Pohlabeln was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and failure to control. He was released about 7 p.m. Thursday. Investigators suspect Pohlabeln had been drinking when he drove the wrong way on Interstate 75 in downtown Dayton around 3 a.m. Saturday before slamming head-on into an SUV. Three men killed in the SUV were members of a hard-rock band, CounterFlux, that played across the area. A female passenger in the SUV was also killed. ___ Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

    February 14, 2016 12:47 pm
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Politics

  • 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
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Stocks

  • Bulls and bears in India


    The Bombay Stock Exchange sits in the commercial heart of this throbbing city, and crowds of people throng the streets around it. You don’t see the harried, earnest look of the bankers scurrying along Wall Street, or the besuited London financial around the City. Far from it. Outside the BSE there is an altogether different dynamic. (And so you know, though the city is now named Mumbai, the exchange is officially the BSE, with a B for Bombay.) Today’s BSE is a fully electronic exchange, having got rid of the trading floor in 1995. Still that doesn’t stop the independent traders from hanging around Dalal Street, outside the exchange’s tower. On Friday afternoon, I stood outside with them, the end of a miserable trading week — one of the worst in years. The Indian stock market, like many others, is now officially in a bear market, down 23% from its high just over a year …

    February 14, 2016 12:06 pm
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Sports

  • Saracens 23-64 Wasps


    Thomas Young scores Wasps’ second try Wasps ran in eight tries to stun Saracens and secure a bonus-point win over the Premiership leaders. An unbelievable first eight minutes at Allianz Park saw Wasps’ Charles Piutau, Thomas Young and Dan Robson all cross. Brad Barritt was driven over for Sarries before Nathan Hughes’ double gave Wasps a 31-16 half-time lead. Jimmy Gopperth, Piutau and Robson added another three tries for Wasps as Sarries conceded the most points at home in their history. The 64 points by Wasps was also the most they had ever scored away from home in the top flight as they moved up to fourth in the Premiership. Relive the action as Wasps run riot at Saracens Saracens had won nine successive games against Wasps, but the chance of a 10th was made almost impossible after the scintillating start from the visitors. Piutau, playing alongside his brother Siale for the first time, dived …

    February 14, 2016 12:47 pm
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World News

  • What’s next for the Supreme Court?


    Image copyright AP It is difficult to overestimate the impact that the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will have on US politics in the coming months. A vacancy on the court that serves as the final arbiter on legal and political controversies of all stripes, is always a significant, and significantly contentious, event. This time, however, it has the potential to be a conflagration for the history books. Here are answers to six questions about why this unexpected development is such a big deal – and what could happen next. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Former President Ronald Reagan and Justice Scalia are considered conservative icons Why was Mr Scalia so important to the current Supreme Court? With a Supreme Court closely divided between five conservative justices and four liberal ones, every person on the bench is critical. Many of the most groundbreaking Supreme Court decisions of recent times have been decided by …

    February 14, 2016 12:47 pm
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Technology

  • #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
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Science

  • 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
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Health

  • 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
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Entertainment

  • 2016 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race Dream Grid


    With the Super Bowl behind us, it’s time for fans to look forward to another big sports event on the horizon: the 2016 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race. Perhaps the most underrated motorsports event of the year, the TPCR always provides great entertainment, such as last year when Alfonso Ribeiro smoked the competition in his return to the grid. There are about two months to go before this year’s event, so in keeping with our annual tradition, we’ve assembled our short list of eight celebrities who deserve a shot behind the wheels of those Scion FR-S’s in 2016. Who would you like to see participate in this year’s race? 2016 Pro/Celebrity Race Dream Grid (in alphabetical order): 1. Jaimie Alexander (Blindspot) The number one thing that the Pro/Celebrity Race has been lacking in is women who can competitively drive. Tricia Helfer did her level best to carry that torch the last two …

    February 14, 2016 11:46 am
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Editorial

  • 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
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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
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