Headline News

  • Minnesota finds third bird flu infection in commercial poultry


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Saturday confirmed the third infection of a virulent strain of avian flu in a commercial poultry flock in Minnesota, the nation’s top turkey-producing state. A case of H5N2 flu was found in a flock of 39,000 turkeys in Stearns County, which is northwest of Minneapolis, according to a notice from USDA. State officials quarantined the infected farm, and birds there will be culled to prevent the spread of the disease. Recent infections of avian flu in states stretching from Arkansas to Oregon have prompted overseas buyers to limit imports of U.S. poultry from companies such as Tyson Foods Inc, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp and Sanderson Farms Inc. The USDA is developing a vaccine to protect poultry from new strains of avian flu, including H5N2, but has no plans to distribute it yet. (Reporting by Tom Polansek; Editing by Tiffany Wu)

    March 28, 2015 12:32 pm
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Politics

  • GOP candidates get squishy on immigration


    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) It’s become even clearer thanks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Immigration is the banana peel of 2016 Republican presidential politics. Just ask Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. He stepped up as a Senate leader on immigration only to slip and fall in a tea party ruckus over the issue. In a moment of candor, Rubio remembered the months of trying to get back up as “a real trial for me.” Others, too, have shifted on the matter. Now it’s oops for Walker. In 2013, Walker said offering immigrants in the country a way to become citizens “makes sense.” Early this month, however, he said he no longer supports “amnesty.” Complicating that switch, Walker recently discussed immigration with New Hampshire party leaders. One of them, state chair Jennifer Horn, says that he favored legal status — a position many conservatives equate with “amnesty.” Worse for Walker, The Wall Street Journal reported …

    March 28, 2015 10:52 am
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Stocks

  • More undocumented workers moving into management


    Jobs that undocumented immigrants hold. A growing number of undocumented immigrants are landing managerial positions. At the same time, fewer are doing jobs that require manual labor. Some 13% of undocumented immigrants had management or professional jobs in 2012, up from 10% in 2007, according to a new Pew Research Center report. Meanwhile, 29% held construction or production posts, such as a food processor, garment worker or machinist, down from 34% in 2007. The transition reflects a shift within the undocumented population in recent years. More than six in 10 of these immigrants have been in the U.S. for a decade or longer, compared to just over three out of 10 in 2003. That’s because there have been more undocumented workers leaving the country than coming into it, especially since the Great Recession, when many job opportunities dried up. Since 2007, about one million undocumented workers have left the U.S., said Jeffrey Passel, senior demographer …

    March 28, 2015 11:11 am
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Sports

  • Penske warns NASCAR team to stay out of controversy over alleged tire manipulation


    Team owners Roger Penske, left, and Bobby Rahal, shake hands as they walk to pit road before practice for the IndyCar Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg auto race Friday, March 27, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The race takes place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) (The Associated Press)

    March 28, 2015 12:32 pm
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World News

  • Jihadists in Syria ‘capture Idlib’


    Rebel fighters celebrate driving government troops out of the city after days of intense fighting Islamist rebels have captured the north-western Syrian city of Idlib from government forces, monitors say. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the Ahrar al-Sham, Jund al-Aqsa and Nusra Front groups had taken the city on Saturday. Idlib is only the second provincial centre to fall into rebel hands, after Raqqa was seized by Islamic State (IS). Syria’s civil war, which began four years ago, has killed more than 200,000 Syrians and displaced 11 million. The UK-based observatory said the militant groups seized the city after four days of intense fighting. Syria has not confirmed the loss. But the capture of the city, with a population of 100,000, would be a serious blow to the government of President Bashar al-Assad, correspondents say. Idlib has been the subject of severe fighting between the government and opposition forces for months After …

    March 28, 2015 12:32 pm
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Technology

  • Edinburgh’s literary history mapped at the click of a button


    From Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark’s maverick schoolteacher, to Edward Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson’s alter ego villain, Edinburgh has long provided a backdrop for some of literature’s most enigmatic characters. Now a digital initiative is offering you the chance to explore the city’s streets through the eyes of the authors they inspired. Launching on Monday, Lit Long: Edinburgh has an online interactive map that pinpoints the locations referred to in narrative extracts. “We wanted to find a way to look at the sedimented literary history of Edinburgh in a new way,” says Professor James Loxley of Edinburgh University, who led the work. By applying filters to the map, it is possible to narrow the extracts – depicted, appropriately enough, with a quill – to works based on keywords, titles or authors. “Grassmarket, for example, is linked to a host of extracts including a grim description of the gallows from Sir Walter Scott’s The Heart of …

    March 28, 2015 10:31 am
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Science

  • Intergenerational transmission of abuse and neglect more complicated than previously believed


    A study led by Cathy Spatz Widom, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at John Jay College, found that offspring of parents with histories of child abuse and neglect are themselves at risk for childhood neglect and sexual abuse but not physical abuse. Titled “Intergenerational Transmission of Child Abuse and Neglect: Real or Detection Bias?” the study’s findings were reported in the March 27 issue of the journal Science. As part of a prospective longitudinal study, Widom followed a large group of children with documented cases of childhood abuse and neglect and a demographically matched group of children without documented histories of abuse or neglect into adulthood. Widom and her team interviewed both groups of individuals who are now adults in their 40s and early 50s and a sample of their offspring. Researchers found that the parents with documented cases of childhood abuse or neglect reported more neglect toward their children than parents without such histories, but …

    March 28, 2015 10:51 am
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Health

  • Progress Reported in Battling Advanced Ovarian Cancer


    SATURDAY, March 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — An experimental vaccine and a drug already on the market each may help slow down advanced ovarian cancer, two new studies suggest. In one, of just 31 patients, researchers found that adding the vaccine to standard treatment staved off a recurrence in women who had advanced-stage ovarian cancer. The other study, involving women with recurrent ovarian cancer, found that administering the drug Avastin after surgery and chemotherapy stalled the cancer’s progression, versus surgery and chemo alone. The findings are to be presented Saturday at the annual meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO), in Chicago. Studies reported at meetings are usually considered preliminary until they’re published in a medical journal. Still, experts expressed cautious optimism, saying the findings represent progress against the deadliest form of gynecologic cancer. There is no screening test for ovarian cancer, and in its early stages it often causes no symptoms or only …

    March 28, 2015 10:52 am
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Entertainment

  • Scott Disick Hangs With His Homies After Checking Out Of Rehab


    Posted on Sat Mar 28th, 2015 8:40am PDT       By X17 Staff Scott Disick may have checked in to a posh rehab facility in Costa Rica earlier this month, but it was reported that the reality star checked out after just one day — and he’s already back in a big way! After making an appearance at a club in Las Vegas last Monday, Disick lunched with several pals at the Montage in Beverly Hills on Friday afternoon, looking as cool as a cucumber. One of his male friends was holding a kid, so it could have been a mellow dads’ day out, but given Scott’s history, we think it’s only a matter of time before he’s back on the party circuit! Even before he checked in to rehab, there were reports that Scott and baby mama Kourtney Kardashian were headed for Splitsville, and since he’s been back, we haven’t seen the two together at all. The …

    March 28, 2015 11:12 am
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Editorial

  • Germanwings disaster: Time to stop protecting medical privacy of pilots, others who hold our lives in their hands


    FILE — Sept. 13, 2009: Andreas Lubitz competes at the Airportrun in Hamburg, northern Germany. Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said Friday, March 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Mueller) We don’t yet know the exact medical condition that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was hiding from his employers. But we do know that he had a medical condition, and that he tore up some of his doctor’s notes, including one that excused him from working on Tuesday, and that he went to work in the morning instead of staying home. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT And we know that later that morning, 30 minutes after takeoff, he locked the pilot out of the cockpit and crashed an Airbus A320 into a mountain in the French Alps, killing himself and all 149 …

    March 28, 2015 10:52 am
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Odd News

  • Daughter bests father in feud at Japan shareholder’s meeting


    TOKYO (Reuters) – A rare family feud erupted in a Japanese shareholders meeting on Friday, when the chief executive of Otsuka Kagu Ltd defeated her father’s attempt to oust her, vowing to push ahead with her plan to take the furniture retailer more mass-market. “I am sorry that things have come to this,” Kumiko Otsuka, 47, coolly told shareholders in the meeting, in which she instructed her father, company founder and chairman Katsuhisa Otsuka, and her mother to identify themselves by name and shareholder number. The daughter overcame the chairman’s challenge by an undisclosed majority vote. “I had five children,” the father said from the audience as he pleaded with shareholders to back his return as CEO. “Kumiko was the first and she was a difficult birth.” Kumiko’s mother also gave a rambling speech criticizing the CEO, until another shareholder yelled at her to stop. The Otsuka family showdown – virtually unheard of in Japan’s …

    March 27, 2015 10:40 am
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