Headline News

  • U.S. court hands partial win to tobacco firms over judge-ordered disclosures


    WASHINGTON A U.S. federal appeals court on Friday ruled that tobacco companies cannot be forced to announce publicly that they deliberately deceived the public over the health risks of cigarettes. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled against the manufacturers on several other issues as it considered a long-running racketeering case brought by the U.S. government against various companies including Altria Group Inc, Lorillard Inc and Reynolds American Inc. The companies lost the original lawsuit and an appeal, and a district court judge in Washington then ordered them to place advertisements, known legally as corrective statements, explaining the history of deception. The defendants again appealed, saying they should not be forced to make such disclosures and challenging the specific content of the statements. In the ruling on Friday, the appeals court largely upheld the lower court judge, but ruled for the tobacco companies on one issue. Judge David Tatel wrote …

    May 22, 2015 11:33 am
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Politics

  • U.S. State Department posts first set of Hillary Clinton emails online


    WASHINGTON The State Department on Friday posted on its website a set of former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s emails that were related to a 2012 attack on a U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya. The department is reviewing additional Clinton emails for later release. It said the Web address for the first batch of emails was: here The site appeared to be loading slowly for many users, according to numerous posts by reporters on Twitter. (Reporting by Emily Stephenson)

    May 22, 2015 12:13 pm
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Stocks

  • She’s $10M richer for replacing plastic bottles


    Sarah Kauss, founder of S’well. Plastic water bottles are a divisive issue for many consumers, but not for Sarah Kauss. The defining moment happened at Kauss’ five-year business school reunion in 2009. “A professor did a presentation about the global water crisis and the impact on the planet from plastic waste,” said Kauss. “I knew then that my bottle idea had to happen.” Before then, Kauss would carry other metal water bottles with her but wasn’t happy with their look. In 2010, Kauss launched her startup S’well, a line of insulated reusable stainless steel bottles that are designed to keep drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. Since then, the New York-based firm has sold 4 million bottles. The business is profitable and saw revenue surge 400% between 2013 and 2014 — hitting $10 million last year. “We expect revenue to grow exponentially again this year,” she said. Related: From Wall Street …

    May 22, 2015 11:12 am
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Sports

  • A’s place Mujica on DL


    St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – The Oakland Athletics placed relief pitcher Edward Mujica on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right thumb on Friday. Mujica was injured Thursday night’s 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay in the seventh inning on Bobby Wilson’s ground ball up the middle. The right-hander has not allowed a run in 5 1/3 innings over five games since being acquired from Boston on May 9. Mujica logged a 4.61 ERA in 11 games with the Red Sox before he was designated for assignment May 8. The A’s recalled infielder Andy Parrino from Triple-A Nashville to fill the vacated roster spot. To make room on the 40-man roster for Parrino, Oakland transferred pitcher Tyler Ladendorf to the 60-day disabled list as he continues to recover from left ankle surgery.

    May 22, 2015 11:33 am
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World News

  • IS ‘carried out Saudi mosque attack’


    The mosque was crowded with worshippers when the bomber struck during Friday prayers The Islamic State (IS) group says it was behind a suicide bombing on a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia that killed at least 10 people. The attack in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province is the first to be claimed by the Saudi branch of IS, which was formally established last November. The claim was posted on Twitter with an image of the bomber by an account that is a reliable source on the group. IS has previously threatened to attack Shia Muslims in Saudi Arabia. Witnesses reported a huge blast at the Imam Ali mosque in the village of al-Qadeeh, in Qatif governorate during Friday prayers. A doctor at the hospital told the BBC that at least 10 people were killed and about 70 injured, “some very critically”. ‘Terrorist crime’ Television pictures of the Saudi bombing showed shattered glass and debris inside the …

    May 22, 2015 11:33 am
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Technology

  • Top Amazon UK executives quit as directors of British arm


    Amazon’s two top executives in the UK have quietly quit as directors of the online retailer’s main British company in the runup to a clampdown on multinational technology corporations that use complex structures to divert profits overseas. Christopher North, Amazon’s managing director for the UK, and Rob McWilliam, who joined from Asda as finance director two years ago, resigned from the board of Amazon.co.uk on 1 May. A spokesman for the company said: “We regularly review our business structure to ensure that we are able to best serve our customers and to pursue future growth opportunities. Christopher North remains the country manager and head of Amazon in the UK.” McWilliam is also thought to remain a senior figure in UK operations, though his LinkedIn profile gives a new title of “vice president, consumables”. He has been replaced as finance director on the Amazon.co.uk board by accountant Phaedra Andrews. Taking North’s place on the board, meanwhile, …

    May 22, 2015 11:32 am
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Science

  • Robot masters new skills through trial and error


    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks through trial and error using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn, marking a major milestone in the field of artificial intelligence. They demonstrated their technique, a type of reinforcement learning, by having a robot complete various tasks — putting a clothes hanger on a rack, assembling a toy plane, screwing a cap on a water bottle, and more — without pre-programmed details about its surroundings. “What we’re reporting on here is a new approach to empowering a robot to learn,” said Professor Pieter Abbeel in UC Berkeley’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. “The key is that when a robot is faced with something new, we won’t have to reprogram it. The exact same software, which encodes how the robot can learn, was used to allow the robot to …

    May 22, 2015 11:53 am
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Health

  • Raw Tuna Suspected as Source of Salmonella Outbreak: CDC


    FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Raw tuna is suspected as the source of a salmonella outbreak that has now sickened 53 people in nine states, according to U.S. health officials. No deaths have been reported. But 10 people have been sick enough to be hospitalized, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday in a statement. The majority of those who fell ill said they had recently eaten sushi that included raw tuna. However, “a common brand or supplier of raw tuna has not been identified,” the CDC said in its statement. While the bulk of cases, 31, are in California, eight other states are affected: Arizona (10), Illinois (1), Mississippi (1), New Mexico (6), South Dakota (1), Virginia (1), Washington (1) and Wisconsin (1), the agency said. Most of the cases have involved people who live in the southwestern United States, or who traveled to that part of the country …

    May 22, 2015 12:13 pm
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Entertainment

  • Mama June Threatens to Sue TLC for Airing 19 Kids and Counting After Josh Duggar Is Accused Of Child Molestation


    Posted on Fri May 22nd, 2015 9:53am PDT       By X17 Staff Mama June Shannon is going after TLC for their decision to continue airing 19 Kids and Counting after star Josh Duggar was accused of child molestation. As you may know, Shannon’s show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was cancelled last year after reports surfaced that she was dating a convicted child molester, Mark McDaniel. (McDaniel also allegedly molested Shannon’s own daughter, Anna Cardwell.) Earlier this week In Touch Weekly obtained a copy of a police report that shows Duggar was investigated for multiple sex offenses against five underage girls, some of which may have been his younger sisters. The reports, which were hidden since 2006, show that Duggar confessed to his father, Jim Bob Duggar, who then waited over than a year to contact police about the incident. Shannon is so mad she’s threatening to sue the network, and she told TMZ yesterday, “I read …

    May 22, 2015 12:33 pm
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Editorial

  • Why I’m proud to be part of freedom’s long line of defenders


    Growing up, I spent Memorial Day sitting on the street curb in the tiny farming town of Wanamingo, Minnesota—eating my melting snow cone and watching the commemorative parade make its way down a wide Main Street. Many other American kids had similar experiences. High school marching bands, volunteer fire crews, waving city leaders, and antique tractors all brought smiles and chuckles to spirited onlookers—a slice of Americana. But only one display brought the entire town—young and old—to their feet in reverence and respect: the color guard, their waving flags, and the uniformed veterans proudly marching behind. From grizzled World War II veterans in ill-fitting uniforms to newly minded Gulf War veterans, the small town showed their unwavering, unequivocal and enthusiastic support for their defenders. Wanamingo was proud of those who defended her—and never forgot those who gave the ultimate, full-measure for freedom. The men and women marching down Main Street didn’t go off to Germany, …

    May 22, 2015 12:33 pm
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Odd News

  • Milwaukee man pronounced dead, then moves and breathes


    First responders preparing to take the body of a Milwaukee man pronounced dead to the morgue got a jolt when the man suddenly began moving and noticeably breathing, authorities said on Friday. They had gone to the 46-year-old man’s high-rise building on Tuesday after his worried girlfriend called for assistance, saying she had not heard from him for two days, according to a medical examiner’s report. When they arrived at his apartment, they found him cold, pale and rigid at the foot of his bed, the report said. They did not try to resuscitate him. About 50 minutes later, the medical examiner arrived and notified the man’s family of his death. As the examiner readied the body to be taken to the morgue, the man began to move his left arm and right leg, the report said. Paramedics took the man, who has not been identified, to a nearby hospital, where he was admitted to …

    May 22, 2015 11:52 am
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