• Farah surges to year’s fastest 10,000 meters

    EUGENE, Oregon Olympic and world champion Mo Farah kept his four-year winning streak over 10,000 meters intact in running the year’s fastest time of 26 minutes, 50.97 seconds at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting...
  • Germany ‘hits global birth rate low’

    Germany ‘hits global birth rate low’

    A study says Germany’s birth rate has slumped to the lowest in the world, prompting fears labour market shortages will damage the economy. Germany has dropped below Japan to have not just the lowest birth...
  • Types of trusts

    Among the chief advantages of trusts, they let you: Put conditions on how and when your assets are distributed after you die; Reduce estate and gift taxes; Distribute assets to heirs efficiently without the cost,...
  • Posey, Giants down Braves

    San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Buster Posey homered and drove in three runs as the San Francisco Giants downed the Atlanta Braves, 4-2, in the second of four at ATT Park. Posey’s solid offensive night...
  • Walker, Mariners edge Indians

    Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) – Taijuan Walker fired eight shutout innings and the Seattle Mariners defeated the Cleveland Indians 2-1 in the second of a four-game set on Friday night. Walker (2-5) struck out eight and...

Headline News

  • Colorado school blocks valedictorian’s speech declaring he’s gay


    A Colorado charter school refused to let a class valedictorian give a graduation speech in which he was planning to come out as gay, prompting scrutiny from activists. Evan Young, 18, agreed to make some changes to the speech he planned to deliver on May 16 at the school’s commencement ceremony for Twin Peaks Charter Academy in Longmont. However, the Daily Camera reported he refused to remove the disclosure about his sexuality. “My main theme is that you’re supposed to be respectful of people, even if you don’t agree with them. I figured my gayness would be a very good way to address that,” he said. He and his father Don Young said they were not told that Evan Young would not be allowed to speak or be recognized as valedictorian until just a few minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Evan Young said he had previously emailed a speech with other suggested …

    May 30, 2015 2:55 am
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Politics

  • Obama says ‘handful of senators’ blocking surveillance reforms


    WASHINGTON U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Friday that surveillance powers used to prevent attacks on Americans could lapse at midnight on Sunday unless “a handful of senators” stop standing in the way of reform legislation. Obama said he had told Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators that he expects them to act swiftly on a bill passed by the House of Representatives that would renew certain powers and reform the bulk collection of telephone data. “I don’t want us to be in a situation in which for a certain period of time, those authorities go away and suddenly we’re dark and heaven forbid we’ve got a problem,” Obama told reporters in the Oval Office. McConnell has called the Senate back to Washington for a rare Sunday session to deal with the expiration of three provisions of the Patriot Act, including Section 215, used to justify the National Security Agency’s collection of …

    May 30, 2015 1:34 am
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Stocks

  • Types of trusts


    Among the chief advantages of trusts, they let you: Put conditions on how and when your assets are distributed after you die; Reduce estate and gift taxes; Distribute assets to heirs efficiently without the cost, delay and publicity of probate court. Probate can cost between 5% to 7% of your estate; Better protect your assets from creditors and lawsuits; Name a successor trustee, who not only manages your trust after you die, but is empowered to manage the trust assets if you become unable to do so. Trusts are flexible, varied and complex. Each type has advantages and disadvantages, which you should discuss thoroughly with your estate-planning attorney before setting one up. When it comes to cost, a basic trust plan may run anywhere from $1,600 to $3,000, or possibly more depending on the complexity of the trust. Such a plan should include the trust setup, a will, a living will and a health-care proxy. …

    May 30, 2015 2:34 am
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Sports

  • Farah surges to year’s fastest 10,000 meters


    EUGENE, Oregon Olympic and world champion Mo Farah kept his four-year winning streak over 10,000 meters intact in running the year’s fastest time of 26 minutes, 50.97 seconds at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting on Friday. Briton Farah, challenged by Kenyan Paul Tanui, pushed to the front with 350m to go to defeat Tanui, who ran 26:51.86. Geoffrey Kamworor, also of Kenya, took third in 26:52.65. “It would have been good to run a little bit faster,” Farah said. “Training has been going pretty well. “But it was tough. It was difficult doing it all the way by yourself. The pacemakers the first couple of laps were spot on, then it slowed down a lot. “We were just going back and forth and that’s wasting a lot of energy,” said Farah, who was hoping for a time in the 26:30 range. His next race will be a 1,500m at next month’s Birmingham Diamond League …

    May 30, 2015 2:55 am
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World News

  • Germany ‘hits global birth rate low’


    A study says Germany’s birth rate has slumped to the lowest in the world, prompting fears labour market shortages will damage the economy. Germany has dropped below Japan to have not just the lowest birth rate across Europe but also globally, according to the report by Germany-based analysts. Its authors warned of the effects of a shrinking working-age population. They said women’s participation in the workforce would be key to the country’s economic future. In Germany, an average of 8.2 children were born per 1,000 inhabitants over the past five years, according to the study by German auditing firm BDO with the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI). It said Japan saw 8.4 children born per 1,000 inhabitants over the same time period. The figures come despite efforts by the German government to help parents with childcare In Europe, Portugal and Italy came in second and third with an average of 9.0 and 9.3 children, …

    May 30, 2015 2:54 am
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Technology

  • On the road: Vauxhall Adam Rocks Air – car review


    It is called the Vauxhall Adam or, to give its full name, the Adam Rocks Air. The colour it describes as “goldbusters”, but to picture the actual hue, you have to think of some kind of human effluent (bile, say) given a metallic shimmer. In town, it darts and scuttles like a tiny, exotic insect. On longer journeys, I could hardly believe it had only a one-litre engine, so poky was it. It does 0–60 in 9.9 seconds, and everything seems so effortless. The claimed top speed, 121mph, is quite something, though I didn’t come anywhere near to verifying it. What you notice, as a regular civilian driver, is a sense of ever-readiness. There were times when I couldn’t tell what was cool and what was a gimmick, what was modern and what a cut-corner. The system it uses instead of a satnav – you download BringGo, then plug in your phone and the screen shows on the display …

    May 30, 2015 12:52 am
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Science

  • Little-known quake, tsunami hazards lurk offshore of Southern California


    Related images(click to enlarge) While their attention may be inland on the San Andreas Fault, residents of coastal Southern California could be surprised by very large earthquakes – and even tsunamis – from several major faults that lie offshore, a new study finds. The latest research into the little known, fault-riddled, undersea landscape off of Southern California and northern Baja California has revealed more worrisome details about a tectonic train wreck in the Earth’s crust with the potential for magnitude 7.9 to 8.0 earthquakes. The new study supports the likelihood that these vertical fault zones have displaced the seafloor in the past, which means they could send out tsunami-generating pulses towards the nearby coastal mega-city of Los Angeles and neighboring San Diego. “We’re dealing with continental collision,” said geologist Mark Legg of Legg Geophysical in Huntington Beach, California, regarding the cause of the offshore danger. “That’s fundamental. That’s why we have this mess of a …

    May 30, 2015 1:13 am
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Health

  • Obesity increases risk for common heart rhythm disorder


    (Reuters Health) – Obesity increases the risk for atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder that can lead to blood clots, stroke and heart failure, a new analysis suggests. Researchers reviewed data from 51 previously published studies covering more than 600,000 people and found that obesity also made it more likely that patients with atrial fibrillation would have complications after surgery to treat the condition. “A lower risk of developing heart rhythm disorders such as atrial fibrillation can be added to the list of health benefits from weight reduction,” senior study author Dr. Prashanthan Sanders, director of the center for heart rhythm disorders at the University of Adelaide in Australia, said by email. “Weight reduction in patients who have already established atrial fibrillation is also likely to be beneficial.” Millions of people worldwide have atrial fibrillation, which happens when rapid, disorganized electrical signals cause the heart’s two upper chambers – the atria – to contract …

    May 30, 2015 1:35 am
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Entertainment

  • Big Bang Theory cast wants to train next generation of real scientists


    Show creator Chuck Lorre and The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation along with nearly 50 other cast members, producers and crew just announced they have created The Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment, a financial aid fund for undergraduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as STEM, at UCLA. More: Kaley Cuoco gets attacked by haters after revealing her new look (PHOTOS) Heart-warmed yet? Well, it gets better. The fund has raised $4 million, which will help support 20 students from low-income households who need extra money to help cover the cost of college and have been accepted into the university based on merit. This is the first scholarship fund created by (and named) after a TV series at UCLA, let alone named after a scientific theory about the creation of the universe. More: Big Bang Theory‘s Mayim Bialik pens saddest letter to her fans Lorre put aside the comedy for a moment …

    May 30, 2015 1:54 am
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Editorial

  • Iran’s continued nuclear cooperation with North Korea extends far beyond missiles


      The Tehran regime and the North Korean government have been engaged in extensive exchange of information and visits by experts on nuclear weapons and nuclear warhead design as recently as April 2015, reliable and detailed information obtained by network of the Iranian opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) inside Iran say. The MEK also provided a detailed account of a visit to North Korea in 2013 of Tehran’s top nuclear weapons experts headed by elusive Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was present during the last nuclear test conducted by North Korea. Also a seven-member North Korean delegation, comprised of experts in nuclear warhead design and various parts of ballistic missiles including guidance systems, spent the last week of April in Iran. This was the third such nuclear and missile team to visit Iran in 2015. The next delegation is scheduled to secretly arrive in Iran in June and will be comprised of nine experts, according to …

    May 30, 2015 1:54 am
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Odd News

  • Atlanta NFL player charged in killing of girlfriend’s dog: police


    ATLANTA An Atlanta Falcons football player faces charges of aggravated animal cruelty after being accused of killing his girlfriend’s dog, police said on Friday. Prince Shembo, 23, an outside linebacker drafted by the Falcons in 2014, told the girlfriend he kicked her Yorkie while alone with the dog at his suburban Atlanta apartment on April 15, Gwinnett County Police said in a statement. She found the dog unresponsive at Shembo’s apartment and rushed the pet to an animal hospital where it died, police said. After Shembo told the girlfriend he had kicked the dog, she “ended their relationship,” police said. Tests showed the dog had died of significant internal injuries caused by blunt force, according to police. The 6-foot-2, 254-pound Shembo played college football at the University of Notre Dame, and was chosen by the Falcons in the fourth round of the 2014 draft, according to the team’s website. The Atlanta Falcons did not immediately …

    May 29, 2015 5:06 pm
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