Headline News

  • Birth mom snatched her 4-year-old from adoptive mother in Georgia, police say


    A woman who gave her daughter for adoption showed up at the home of the 4-year-old girl in an Atlanta suburb and snatched her from her adoptive mother, police say. An Amber Alert has been issued in Norcross, Georgia for Mireida Espinoza ­Lemus, who is believed to be with 30-year-old Gladis Lemus. According to local media, the girl’s birth mother took the child from her home at around 8 a.m. Tuesday. The girl was described as Hispanic, 3’6” tall and weighing 35 pounds. She has brown eyes and long brown hair, and was wearing a pink sweater and pink pants, police say. Gladis was described as a Hispanic female, about 5’4” tall. She was wearing a long brown jacket. Police say both the woman and child have star­-shaped birthmarks on their thumbs. Related Stories: Undocumented immigrant suspected of sexually assaulting 5-year-old in California Oklahoma City police search for man seen in attempted kidnapping at fairgrounds …

    January 24, 2017 1:10 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. appeals court won’t reconsider Microsoft email seizure ruling


    NEW YORK An equally divided federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to reconsider its landmark decision that the U.S. government cannot force Microsoft Corp and other companies to turn over customer emails stored on servers outside the United States. By a 4-4 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan let stand a July 14 decision that was seen as a victory for privacy advocates and for technology companies offering cloud computing and other services worldwide. Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Justice did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The case concerned Microsoft’s objection to a warrant seeking emails from a Dublin, Ireland, server in a narcotics case. Microsoft was thought to be the first U.S. company to challenge a domestic search warrant seeking data held outside the country. In the July decision, Circuit Judge Susan Carney said communications held by U.S. service providers on servers outside the United States were …

    January 24, 2017 9:28 am
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Stocks

  • Earnings Reaction History: Popular, Inc., 57.1% Follow-Through Indicator, 3.3% Sensitive


    Expected Earnings Release: 01/24/2017, Premarket Avg. Extended-Hours Dollar Volume: $81,790 Popular, Inc. ( BPOP ) is due to issue its quarterly earnings report in the upcoming extended-hours session. Given its history, traders can expect light trading in the issue immediately following its quarterly earnings announcement. Historical earnings event related premarket and after-hours trading activity in BPOP indicates that the price change in the extended hours is likely to be of limited value in forecasting additional price movement by the following regular session close. Last 12 Qtrs Positive Only Price Reactions Percent of time added to extended-hours gains: 80% Average next regular session additional gain: 3.2% Over the prior three fiscal years (12 quarters), when shares of BPOP rose in the extended-hours session in reaction to its earnings announcement, history shows that 80.0% of the time (4 events) the stock posted additional gains in the following regular session by an average of 3.2%. Last 12 Qtrs …

    January 24, 2017 11:49 am
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Sports

  • Curry, Warriors keep NBA merchandising edge


    10:22 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Despite losing last season’s title to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Golden State Warriors remain the NBA’s merchandising leader in stores, while Stephen Curry still has the best-selling jersey over LeBron James. The numbers were announced Tuesday morning by the league, with sales data based on sales on NBAStore.com from October through December. The Golden State Warriors remain the NBA’s top-selling team, while star Stephen Curry’s No. 30 is still No. 1 among jersey sales: After Curry and James, new Warriors addition Kevin Durant was at No. 3 in jersey sales, followed by Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook. Curry is currently the best-selling jersey in 43 states, according to Fanatics, which manages both the league’s official store and its store in Manhattan. No other player has the best-selling jersey in more than one state. LeBron has the best-selling jersey …

    January 24, 2017 9:28 am
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World News

  • Venezuelan parliament leader rejects negotiations with Maduro


    Jan. 24 (UPI) — Henry Ramos Allup, leader of Venezuela’s National Assembly legislature, said his political party will not resume negotiations with President Nicolas Maduro‘s regime. Allup’s comments clash with a proposal by some members in the opposition coalition seeking a diplomatic solution to Venezuela’s political crisis. The Democratic Unity Roundtable, or MUD, opposition coalition is considering re-engaging in talks with Maduro after receiving a request from Union of South American Nations Secretary-General Ernesto Samper and several former world leaders, such as the former president of Spain, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, former president of the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernández, and former president of Panama, Martín Torrijos. The Vatican is also engaged in the effort. Aldo Giordano, the apostolic nuncio in Venezuela, also co-signed a document delivered by Samper and the former presidents to Maduro and the opposition coalition. Allup, one of the most influential opposition political figures in Venezuela, serves as the Democratic Action party’s …

    January 24, 2017 1:10 pm
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Technology

  • How apps plan to conquer your phone’s lock screen


    Are you still clicking on apps on your phone? That’s so 2016. Notifications are the new apps, bots are the new notifications, and the way you use your smartphone is likely to change as much over the next five years as it has over that past five. That’s the outcome of changes to iOS and Android which make it easier than ever to have complex interactions with your phone even when the screen is locked. Now app developers are catching on. Nic Newman, of the University of Oxford, says that the changes have sparked a “battle for the lock screen”, with apps, particularly those from media companies, fighting to live in your notifications in the same way they once competed for limited space on the phone’s homescreen. The key driver of the change was the launch of iOS 9, back in 2015. This gave iPhones the ability to, say, mark an email as read, or reply to a text, …

    January 24, 2017 1:09 pm
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Science

  • Quasi-phase transition spotted in water-filled carbon nanotubes


    Lining up: water molecules within a carbon nanotube The optical properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) change when the tiny structures are filled with water. That is the conclusion of scientists in Belgium and the US, who attribute the change to a “quasi-phase transition” that occurs in the water – although the exact nature of the transition is unknown. The research points to a new technique for studying confined water molecules – which is crucial to various branches of science, but it is surprisingly difficult to do. The study could lead to better ways of delivering drugs in the body and even boost our understanding of quantum mechanics. SWCNTs are hollow hair-like structures with walls that are one atom thick. Normally they are closed at both ends, but sometimes the ends can be open and Sofie Cambré of the University of Antwerp in Belgium and colleagues have previously shown that open SWCNTs rapidly fill with …

    January 24, 2017 12:45 am
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Health

  • Trump health pick favors insurance for people with prior illness


    President Donald Trump’s nominee to run the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services told a U.S. panel on Tuesday that he wants to ensure people with pre-existing conditions have access to health insurance, though he did not specify how. Speaking before the Senate Committee on Finance, one of two committees that oversee the health department, Representative Tom Price, a Georgia orthopedic surgeon said “nobody ought to be priced out of the market for having a bad diagnosis.” “I commit that we will not abandon individuals with preexisting illness or disease,” he said. (Reporting by Toni Clarke in Washington) Related Stories: Trump may not enforce individual health insurance mandate: aide Trump vows ‘insurance for everybody’ in replacing Obamacare Trump promises ‘insurance for everybody’ as rallies held nationwide for Obamacare Trump order paves way for agencies to weaken health law

    January 24, 2017 12:29 pm
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Entertainment

  • Paris Jackson recalls suicide attempt at 15: ‘It was just self-hatred’


    Jan. 24 (UPI) — Paris Jackson says “self-hatred” led her to attempt suicide at age 15. The 18-year-old daughter of late singer Michael Jackson talked about her teenage struggles and never-before discussed sexual assault in the Feb. 9 issue of Rolling Stone. “It was just self-hatred,” Jackson explained of the attempt. “Low self-esteem, thinking that I couldn’t do anything right, not thinking I was worthy of living anymore.” “[I previously tried] multiple times,” she admitted. “It was just once that it became public.” Jackson slashed her wrist and downed 20 Motrin pills in 2013 amid a battle with depression and a drug addiction. The attempt followed her sexual assault at 14, which she talked about for the first time in the interview. “[It was a much older] complete stranger,” the star said. “I don’t wanna give too many details. But it was not a good experience at all, and it was really hard for me, …

    January 24, 2017 12:09 pm
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Editorial

  • If you want to see academics making fools of themselves, look at Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearings


    The headline on the front page of the Washington Post sure sounded impressive: “More than 1,100 law school professors nationwide oppose Sessions’s nomination as attorney general.” Since then, the total has increased to 1,424 faculty members from 180 law schools in 49 different states. With Senate Judiciary committee getting ready to vote on Senator Jeff Sessions’ confirmation today, the letter is being used as Exhibit A for many liberals arguing that experts view Sessions as unqualified and outside the mainstream. But with 17,080 faculty members nationwide, perhaps the real question is why there were so few signers. Only 8.3 percent of faculty members signed the letter. Given that 82 percent of law professors identified themselves as Democrats in 2010, one can infer that only about 10 percent of Democrat professors signed the letter. From 1991 to 2002, over 23 percent of law professors at the top 20 law schools contributed at least $200 exclusively or …

    January 24, 2017 1:09 pm
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Odd News

  • Baby raccoon filmed ‘practicing scales’ on the piano


    Jan. 24 (UPI) — A Massachusetts man with a baby raccoon shared a video of the pet practicing an unusual skill — playing the piano. Bill Baker of Seekonk posted a video showing the baby raccoon his family adopted running back and forth across the keys of a piano. Baker joked the raccoon was “practicing scales.” “This is a video of my baby raccoon back and forth on the piano keys because she likes the sound of the piano,” he wrote. Related Stories: Junk food addicted raccoon colony relocated by animal control officers China seizes 3.4 tons of illegal pangolin scales New study shows fewer Americans are practicing originized religion Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd welcome first child, a baby boy

    January 24, 2017 1:09 pm
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