• Virginia eugenics victims win payout

    Virginia eugenics victims win payout

    27 February 2015 Last updated at 05:26 The Virginia state legislature scrapped the Eugenical Sterilisation Act in 1979 Lawmakers in the US state of Virginia have agreed to pay compensation to people who were forcibly...
  • Arizona eases past Colorado

    Boulder, CO (SportsNetwork.com) – Stanley Johnson scored 15 points, Kaleb Tarczewski added 14 and No. 7 Arizona cruised past Colorado 82-54 on Thursday. There was no look-ahead letdown for the Pac-12 leading Wildcats (25-3, 13-2...
  • Virginia to compensate victims of forced sterilizations

    Lewis Reynolds, 85, was involuntarily sterilized at age 13 under a Virginia state law intended to prevent ‘defective’ people from reproducing. He went on to serve 30 years in the Marine Corps. Reynolds didn’t know...
  • Boehner silent on shutdown vote

    Boehner silent on shutdown vote

    26 February 2015 Last updated at 20:32 John Boehner blew kisses to one reporter when asked about the impending shutdown House Speaker John Boehner has refused to say whether the House will vote on a...
  • Crawford, Blackhawks shut out Panthers

    Sunrise, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Corey Crawford made 20 saves for his second shutout of the season and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Florida Panthers 3-0 on Thursday night to sweep a home-and-home set. The Blackhawks...

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  • Virginia to compensate victims of forced sterilizations


    Lewis Reynolds, 85, was involuntarily sterilized at age 13 under a Virginia state law intended to prevent ‘defective’ people from reproducing. He went on to serve 30 years in the Marine Corps. Reynolds didn’t know what had been done to him until years later. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Bill Sizemore) RICHMOND, Va. –  Lewis Reynolds didn’t understand what had been done to him when he was 13. Years later, after getting married, the Lynchburg man discovered he couldn’t father children. The reason: He had been sterilized by the state. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Reynolds was among more than 7,000 Virginians involuntarily sterilized between 1924 and 1979 under the Virginia Eugenical Sterilization Act. Advocates for the surviving victims won a three-year fight Thursday when the Virginia General Assembly budgeted $400,000 to compensate them at the rate of $25,000 each. It’s welcome news, Reynolds said. “I think they done me wrong,” he said. “I couldn’t have a family like everybody …

    February 26, 2015 11:27 pm
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Politics

  • Guantanamo court holds closed session over U.S. military influence


    FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) – A U.S. military court at Guantanamo Bay met in closed session on Thursday as the judge assesses whether the head of the Guantanamo trials is exerting so much influence that a fair trial for accused al Qaeda extremists cannot be ensured. Thursday’s administrative scheduling session was part of pretrial proceedings for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi charged with plotting the 2000 suicide bombing of the USS Cole at Aden, Yemen. The attack killed 17 American sailors. Defense attorneys for Nashiri have said that efforts by the Pentagon convening authority overseeing the trials to reduce costs by speeding up the years-long proceedings is exerting “undue influence” over the trials. Their main complaint is about a Jan. 7 order from Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work telling judges overseeing the trials to drop their other duties and relocate to Guantanamo Bay. The dispute interrupted pretrial hearings for five accused conspirators in the Sept. 11, …

    February 26, 2015 9:05 pm
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Stocks

  • The Bill O’Reilly controversies: Where they stand


    Bill O’Reilly is used to attracting criticism for what he says on Fox News. But over the last week, O’Reilly has mostly drawn scrutiny for what he did — or didn’t do — long before he became the top-rated host in cable news. What started with questions about his accounts from the Falklands War has widened with fresh doubts about other stories he’s told over the years. Here’s where the dispute stands. ‘War zone’ The challenge: Liberal magazine Mother Jones questioned O’Reilly’s claims about covering the 1982 Falklands War as a correspondent for CBS News. The magazine’s report last week cited several examples of O’Reilly saying that he covered the conflict from a “war zone,” a “combat situation” or “in the Falklands.” O’Reilly and his CBS News colleagues were actually based in Buenos Aires, thousands of miles from the Falkland Islands. O’Reilly has also claimed that his cameraman was injured and “many were killed” during …

    February 26, 2015 11:27 pm
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Sports

  • Arizona eases past Colorado


    Boulder, CO (SportsNetwork.com) – Stanley Johnson scored 15 points, Kaleb Tarczewski added 14 and No. 7 Arizona cruised past Colorado 82-54 on Thursday. There was no look-ahead letdown for the Pac-12 leading Wildcats (25-3, 13-2 Pac-12) with Saturday’s showdown against second-place Utah looming. They shot 52.9 percent from the floor, handily won the rebounding battle 38-25 and led by as many as 28. Gabe York made four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points off the bench, while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson chipped in with 11 points and eight rebounds for Arizona, which has reeled off five straight wins since losing at Arizona State. Askia Booker led Colorado (12-15, 5-10) with 14 points but needed 16 shots to do so. The Buffaloes shot 38.5 percent from the floor and 2-of-9 from 3-point range. The Wildcats, who came in leading Utah by one game in the conference standings, never trailed and led by as many as 15 in the …

    February 26, 2015 11:27 pm
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World News

  • Virginia eugenics victims win payout


    27 February 2015 Last updated at 05:26 The Virginia state legislature scrapped the Eugenical Sterilisation Act in 1979 Lawmakers in the US state of Virginia have agreed to pay compensation to people who were forcibly sterilised by the authorities decades ago. Victims will be paid $25,000 (£16,000) following a legal fight by campaigners. Along with more than 30 other US states, Virginia once operated a sterilisation program for individuals deemed undesirable or mentally unsound. More than 8,000 Virginians were operated on between the 1920s and 1970s. The state’s programme was said to be the model for the Nazi eugenics policies introduced by Adolf Hitler when he aspired to create a master race. More than a fifth of those sterilised in Virginia were African Americans. Two-thirds were women, many of whom went in for other procedures and were unaware of what was happening to them, reports the BBC’s Rajini Vaidyanathan. In 1927 the US Supreme Court …

    February 26, 2015 11:27 pm
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Technology

  • These 3D-printed snacks grow their own fillings


    Chloé Rutzerveld 3D-printed food has some pretty hefty limitations at the moment — the biggest of which is that it can only create dishes out of anything that can be reduced to a paste — which effectively rules out anything freshly grown. Edible Growth, by food and concept designer Chloé Rutzerveld, seeks to find a way to circumvent that problem to create 3D printed snacks that are both healthy and delicious — compared to the 3D printed sugar and chocolate confections we’ve seen to date. “I want to show that high-tech food or lab-produced food does not have to be unhealthy, unnatural, and not tasteful,” she wrote on her website. “Edible Growth is an example of high-tech but fully natural, healthy, and sustainable food made possible by combining aspects of nature, science, technology and design.” The snack is a sort of pastry shell — Rutzerfeld made a paste out of insect flour for her prototypes, …

    February 26, 2015 9:05 pm
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Science

  • Fighting the Colorado potato beetle with RNA interference


    Related images(click to enlarge) Colorado potato beetles are a dreaded pest of potatoes all over the world. Since they do not have natural enemies in most potato producing regions, farmers try to control them with pesticides. However, this strategy is often ineffective because the pest has developed resistances against nearly all insecticides. Now, scientists from the Max Planck Institutes of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam-Golm and Chemical Ecology in Jena have shown that potato plants can be protected from herbivory using RNA interference (RNAi). They genetically modified plants to enable their chloroplasts to accumulate double-stranded RNAs (dsRNAs) targeted against essential beetle genes. (Science, February 2015). RNA interference (RNAi) is a type of gene regulation that naturally occurs in eukaryotes. In plants, fungi and insects it also is used for protection against certain viruses. During infection, many viral pathogens transfer their genetic information into the host cells as double-stranded RNA (dsRNA). Replication of viral RNA leads …

    February 26, 2015 9:05 pm
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Health

  • UnitedHealth places tighter controls on hysterectomies


    (Reuters) – UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest health insurer in the United States, is placing tighter controls on its coverage of hysterectomies after a device called a morcellator was linked to the spread of undiagnosed cancer cells. In an update to its reimbursement guidelines, UnitedHealth said that, starting April 6, it will require physicians to obtain authorization before carrying out certain types of hysterectomies, a procedure in which a woman’s uterus is removed for reasons ranging from fibroids or endometriosis to chronic pelvic pain. UnitedHealth said it will not require prior authorization for vaginal hysterectomies, in which the uterus is removed through the vagina, when done on an outpatient basis. In its update, the insurer cites the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as identifying vaginal hysterectomies as the preferred method. The Food and Drug Administration issued an advisory nearly a year ago recommending that surgeons avoid the use of surgical morcellators in performing hysterectomies …

    February 26, 2015 9:05 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian celebrates Instagram milestone in a very naked way (PHOTO)


    More: Kardashians get paid $100 million for a new TV deal It’s time to choose: Are you #TeamKimK or #TeamBeyoncé? Because the time to make that decision is upon us. The two are officially tied for most Instagram followers. And maybe the way Kim Kardashian celebrated evening up the score will tip the scales in her favor: Instead of, say, a nice, heartwarming message to her fans, Kim celebrated with an almost-naked selfie, because of course she did. 27 mil!!!!! Thank you so much!!!! I love you all!!!!! A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Feb 26, 2015 at 1:42pm PST The snap, posted Thursday, looks like it might also be a #TBT, since the leopard print undies-clad Mrs. Kanye West has long hair in the photo and she’s been rocking a shorter style these days. “27 mil!!!!! Thank you so much!!!! I love you all!!!!!” she captioned the risqué, semi-NSFW snap. It’s …

    February 26, 2015 11:47 pm
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Editorial

  • Save the Internet: FCC Net Neutrality rules worst example of government intervention… ever


    Of all the government interventions by the Obama administration, the plan released Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the Internet is the worst. Yes, ObamaCare is massive and is clogging one-sixth of the economy. But even before ObamaCare, government had a huge imprint on the health care industry with Medicaid and Medicare. Also, regulations on pharmaceutical and insurance industries led to their energies being focused as much on pleasing government bureaucracies as curing illnesses. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT But the Internet is young, fresh, alive and untainted. The FCC’s plan to muddy the pure waters of the Internet pollutes the one free flow of information on the planet. And what hurts as much as witnessing the pollution of the Internet with bureaucratic interference? With the exception of the Republican FCC commissioners, most are being blasé about the whole thing. Make no mistake. The greatest tool for freedom of expression to come along in our lifetime …

    February 26, 2015 9:45 pm
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Odd News

  • Stone Age Britons imported wheat in shock sign of sophistication


    OSLO (Reuters) – Stone Age Britons imported wheat about 8,000 years ago in a surprising sign of sophistication for primitive hunter-gatherers long viewed as isolated from European agriculture, a study showed on Thursday. British scientists found traces of wheat DNA in a Stone Age site off the south coast of England near the Isle of Wight, giving an unexpected sign of contact between ancient hunter-gatherers and farmers who eventually replaced them. The wheat DNA was dated to 8,000 years ago, 2,000 years before Stone Age people in mainland Britain started growing cereals and 400 years before farming reached what is now northern Germany or France, they wrote in the journal Science. “We were surprised to find wheat,” co-author Robin Allaby of the University of Warwick told Reuters of finds at Bouldnor Cliff. “This is a smoking gun of cultural interaction,” between primitive hunter-gatherers in Britain and farmers in Europe, he said of the findings in …

    February 26, 2015 9:05 pm
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