• Assisted suicide bill advances in California legislature

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. California lawmakers on Thursday revived a controversial bill that would allow physician-assisted suicide in the most populous U.S. state, after a renewal of debate on end-of-life issues prompted by the death of 29-year-old...
  • Zuma not liable for home upgrades

    Zuma not liable for home upgrades

    Mr Zuma has previously said that he did not request the upgrades to the property President Jacob Zuma will not have to repay state money spent to upgrade his private home in Nkandla, South Africa’s...
  • Researchers invent tiny sonic screwdriver

    Researchers invent tiny sonic screwdriver

    Microparticles in an acoustic vortex. The top layer shows experimental observations of 0.5-micron particles, and the bottom layer shows the predicted acoustic energy distribution. University of Bristol Maybe it won’t be unlocking doors any time...
  • Accused former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner freed

    PORT OF SPAIN Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, who has been accused of soliciting bribes as part of a vast corruption case against senior soccer officials, left jail in Trinidad and Tobago via ambulance...
  • Ecuador seizes illegal shark fins

    Ecuador seizes illegal shark fins

    Officials estimate 50,000 sharks were killed Police in Ecuador have seized around 200,000 sharks fins which were about to be illegally exported to Asia. The fins – often used to make soup – were discovered...

Headline News

  • Assisted suicide bill advances in California legislature


    SACRAMENTO, Calif. California lawmakers on Thursday revived a controversial bill that would allow physician-assisted suicide in the most populous U.S. state, after a renewal of debate on end-of-life issues prompted by the death of 29-year-old Brittany Maynard last year. The bill, which is being fought by numerous religious and medical organizations, was approved by the state Senate appropriations committee days after the powerful California Medical Association dropped its opposition to the bill. “We are one step closer to ensuring Californians have access to all options when they are facing the end of life,” said Senator Lois Wolk, a Democrat who co-authored the bill. The bill would allow adults suffering from incurable and irreversible illnesses that their doctors say will kill them within six months to request medication to end their lives. It was one of several bills that made it out of legislative limbo on Thursday, as lawmakers faced a June 5 deadline for passing …

    May 28, 2015 8:40 pm
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Politics

  • Carol Shea-Porter ‘Ready to Win’ N.H. Seat Back


    By Emily Cahn Posted at 5:04 p.m. today 0 Tweet Shea-Porter is signaling she wants a fourth rematch with Guinta next fall in New Hampshire. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Former Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire told supporters in an email Thursday she is “ready to win” back the seat she was ousted from in 2014. Shea-Porter has been contemplating another rematch with Rep. Frank Guinta, the Republican she has sparred with since the 2010 cycle who is currently embattled in a campaign finance scandal. While it’s unclear whether Shea-Porter is running again in 2016, her declarative statement is a clear sign she is moving closer to another comeback bid in the Granite State’s 1st District. “I stand ready to win this seat back and restore honesty, integrity, and competence to the NH-01 seat,” Shea-Porter said in an email to supporters, according to WMUR. In an interview with WMUR, Shea-Porter declined to comment on whether she has committed to a …

    May 28, 2015 5:19 pm
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Stocks

  • Hulu checked with TLC before removing ’19 Kids and Counting’


    The streaming video site Hulu removed its collection of “19 Kids and Counting” episodes “in consultation with TLC,” Hulu chief executive Mike Hopkins said Thursday. The show’s disappearance from Hulu was the latest response to the revelations that one of the stars, Josh Duggar, molested several girls when he was a teenager. Amid an avalanche of negative news stories, TLC removed all the scheduled reruns of “19 Kids” from its lineup last Friday, and the channel hasn’t said whether the series will ever resume production. Related: Why hasn’t ’19 Kids and Counting’ been canceled? It’s complicated But past episodes of the show remained on Hulu and TLC.com through Wednesday. Users began to notice that they’d been wiped away on Thursday morning. In an interview with CNNMoney, Hopkins declined to say whether TLC had asked for the episodes to be removed, but he said, “We’re partners. We license the show from them. And of course, as …

    May 28, 2015 8:19 pm
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Sports

  • Orioles bounce back to split doubleheader with ChiSox


    Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) – Travis Snider, Steve Clevenger and David Lough all had two hits and an RBI to help the Baltimore Orioles split a doubleheader with the Chicago White Sox with a 6-3 victory. The White Sox earned a 3-2 decision in the opener of this twinbill, which made up games postponed on April 27 and 28 due to last month’s Baltimore riots, behind Chris Sale’s 7 2/3 scoreless inning, 12-strikeout effort. Ryan Flaherty also had two hits while scoring a run for Baltimore in the nightcap. All three Chicago runs in Game 2 came on a pair of homers off Mike Wright (2-0) in the rookie’s five-inning stint. Four Oriole relievers combined to hold the White Sox scoreless the rest of the way, with Zach Britton twirling a perfect ninth to nail down his 13th save. Adam LaRoche had a two-run shot in a losing cause and Adam Eaton added a solo homer …

    May 28, 2015 8:40 pm
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World News

  • Zuma not liable for home upgrades


    Mr Zuma has previously said that he did not request the upgrades to the property President Jacob Zuma will not have to repay state money spent to upgrade his private home in Nkandla, South Africa’s police minister has said. Nathi Nhleko said that the upgrades, including a pool costing almost 4m rand ($328,000; £215,000) were in fact security features. Last year an independent inquiry found the president had “unduly benefited” from the upgrades. The president has been heavily criticised over the issue. In February the Nkandla controversy prompted chaotic scenes in parliament as leftist MPs scuffled with security. They had been interrupting a key annual speech by Mr Zuma and demanding answers over the row. A report last year by South Africa’s anti-corruption watchdog found Mr Zuma had “unduly benefitted” from the renovations and recommended he pay back some of the money. However Mr Zuma has maintained he would only pay money back if ordered …

    May 28, 2015 8:40 pm
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Technology

  • Researchers invent tiny sonic screwdriver


    Microparticles in an acoustic vortex. The top layer shows experimental observations of 0.5-micron particles, and the bottom layer shows the predicted acoustic energy distribution. University of Bristol Maybe it won’t be unlocking doors any time soon, but a sonic technique can grip and manipulate tiny particles suspended in water. And there’s probably a “Doctor Who” fan or two on the team, as it’s affectionately referred to by its inventors as a “sonic screwdriver.” Researchers at the University of Bristol’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Northwestern Polytechnical University in China have demonstrated in a paper published May 29 in the journal Physical Review Letters that acoustic vortices act as a sort of sonic tornado, causing particles to rotate and collect at the core of the vortex. The concept of an acoustic vortex having an effect on particles has been demonstrated previously. In 2001, a team of researchers determined that acoustic vortices could be used to trap …

    May 28, 2015 8:39 pm
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Science

  • UH study finds news may influence racial bias


    Related images(click to enlarge) A recent University of Houston (UH) study suggests that long-term exposure to news may negatively influence racial bias towards social groups. Temple Northup, assistant professor at UH’s Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, studied the influence of news coverage on an individuals’ unconscious attitudes towards social groups. His study “Effects of Long-Term Exposure to News Stereotypes on Implicit and Explicit Attitudes” recently was published in the International Journal of Communication. According to Northup, this research is particularly unique because it examines the effects of news coverage in two cultural contexts – in the United States and in Austria. Three empirical studies were tested in the U.S. and Austria. Florian Arendt at the University of Munich in Germany and co-author of the study conducted the research in Austria, while Northup focused on subjects in the U.S. “The two countries were selected due to access of available data for a comparable news stereotype …

    May 28, 2015 4:59 pm
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Health

  • Heron’s nausea drug meets goal in late-stage trial, shares soar


    Heron Therapeutics Inc said its experimental drug for treating chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) met its main goal in a late-stage trial. The company, whose shares were up 41 percent in extended trading, said it expects to resubmit a marketing application for the drug to the U.S. FDA in mid-2015. The company had filed for marketing application for Sustol twice but the FDA had sought additional data. The drug, Sustol, in combination with two other drugs, was compared with a standard-of-care three-drug regimen. The percentage of patients who achieved the main goal of complete response was significantly higher in the Sustol group. Heron shares had closed at $12.35 on the Nasdaq on Thursday. (Reporting by Shailesh Kuber; Editing by Don Sebastian)

    May 28, 2015 5:19 pm
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Entertainment

  • The Bachelor‘s Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff split: Who dumped who?


    After a whirlwind relationship, Soules and Bischoff have decided to call it quits, and in a joint statement to Us Weekly, the former couple announced their decision. “Whitney Bischoff and Chris Soules have mutually and amicably decided to end their engagement,” the statement reads. “They part with nothing but respect and admiration for one another and will continue to be supportive friends. They wish to thank everyone who has supported them through this journey.” More: Kaitlyn Bristowe speaks out about The Bachelorette‘s “sex scandal” The franchise’s creator Mike Fleiss was the first to break the news, after he tweeted about having sad news to report. Sad news to report: @souleschris and @whitbisch are no longer engaged… — Mike Fleiss (@fleissmeister) May 28, 2015 A sad day for us at The Bachelor… — Mike Fleiss (@fleissmeister) May 28, 2015 The news comes just two months after The Bachelor finale aired, and while there is no official word …

    May 28, 2015 7:39 pm
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Editorial

  • Donald Trump for president? Why billionaire’s candidacy is no joke


    I’m not endorsing anyone for president (yet). But I am on the record as saying Scott Walker has the perfect record (as Governor and anti-union warrior) to be the winning candidate in 2016. I’m also a fan of Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Ben Carson. I’ve not been a fan of Chris Christie in the past, but I happen to think the income tax plan he just unveiled is fantastic.  The fact is, the GOP has an incredible array of dynamic, diverse candidates. The Democrats have one bloated, entitled, corrupt, “past due” candidate, who is a walking scandal about to implode. The future looks bright for the GOP. But there is a wild card on the horizon. Critics laugh at Donald Trump. They give him no chance. They say he’s too wild and unconventional. They say he’s not serious.  Well it appears he is serious. He has put “Celebrity Apprentice” on hold. That’s …

    May 28, 2015 5:39 pm
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Odd News

  • Branded golf balls were a mistake, Ireland’s former bank regulator says


    DUBLIN Ireland’s financial regulator, whose “timid” supervision was criticized for not halting the country’s banking crash, produced branded golf balls to promote itself before the office was overhauled, a parliamentary inquiry heard on Thursday. Promotions such as golf balls or umbrellas bearing the logos of banks were commonplace in Ireland during their rapid growth a decade ago. That growth ended in the most expensive bank bailout in the euro zone when a property bubble spectacularly burst. Patrick Neary, who was head of financial regulation from 2006 to 2009, was asked on Thursday what the regulators were thinking when they handed out the golf balls. “Your job was the micro-prudential supervision of the banks. What was going on?” inquiry member Susan O’Keefe asked Neary, in the most anticipated hearing since lawmakers began to question bank executives, regulators and politicians. “It must have been a package of things that were delivered, I really don’t know much about …

    May 28, 2015 8:58 am
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