Headline News

  • Big Flush II: Teen cited for urinating in city water; Portland to drain 38 million gallons


    PORTLAND, Ore. –  Once again, Portland officials are preparing to flush millions of gallons of treated water because a young person urinated into a city reservoir. Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff said 38 million gallons will be discarded because a 19-year-old was caught in the act on Wednesday. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Two years ago, the city drained a 7.5 million-gallon reservoir. The open reservoirs hold water that’s already been treated and goes directly into mains for distribution to customers. The urine poses little health risk, but city officials don’t want customers to think the water’s tainted. Shaff says the city has plenty of water to meet demand. The reservoir is one of five the city is in the process of replacing with underground storage to comply with federal regulations.

    April 16, 2014 4:35 pm
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Politics

  • Online Advertising Helps Hillary Clinton Super PAC Raise $5.7 Million


    By Kent Cooper Posted at 2:26 p.m. April 16 0 Tweet A Super PAC encouraging a presidential run by Hillary Clinton has spent over $1.5 million for online advertising during the last 15 months and raised over $5.7 million. Ready For Hillary, a Super PAC, reported receipts of $1,705,580 and disbursements of $1,597,306 during the first quarter of 2014, leaving $857,243 cash on hand as of March 31st. During the quarter, the committee spent $375,147 on online advertising; $227,796 on direct mail production, and $209,127 on payroll. The PAC raised $813,162 from donors giving $200 or less, and $872,100 from 933 contributions of more than $200. Of the itemized large contributions, most came from New York, California, and Pennsylvania. The occupations of ‘attorney’ and ‘retired’ were listed most often. Major donors in the quarter included $25,000 from the following: Sharon E, Corzine (psychotherapist, NY); Glen Fukushima (senior fellow, Center for American Progress, DC); Tim Gill (retired, CO); John Goldman …

    April 16, 2014 1:33 pm
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Stocks

  • Feel good Wednesday: Markets up 1%


    Click the chart more more markets data. Investors did a happy dance on Wednesday as earnings, economic data and Janet Yellen brought good news. The Dow soared 162 points, while the SP 500 and Nasdaq both bounced over 1%. Despite a lot of choppiness in the markets in recent weeks, Wednesday’s gains marked the third consecutive win for the three major U.S. indexes. Related: Fear Greed Index still wallowing in extreme fear Federal Reserve Chief Yellen sent a clear message to Wall Street today to stop panicking about interest rates. “Interest rates will likely stay at current levels for a considerable time after asset purchase program ends,” she said. Investors took this as more assurance that rates aren’t going up any time soon, and the market held steady and then ticked up slightly after she finished her remarks. Earnings are the other big story today. After the bell, Google (GOOGL) reported earnings that missed analyst …

    April 16, 2014 3:55 pm
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Sports

  • Sharks have goaltender questions while Kings have Quick heading into playoff rematch


    SAN JOSE, Calif. –  For more than a decade there have been no questions about who will start in goal for the San Jose Sharks come playoff time. Whether it was Evgeni Nabokov or Antti Niemi, the Sharks have had a clear-cut No. 1 goalie and stuck with him through good and bad. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT That could change this year as coach Todd McLellan has yet to commit publicly to either Niemi or Alex Stalock for Game 1 of the first-round series against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night. While Niemi started 64 games in the regular season, Stalock put up better numbers, especially down the stretch. That led to questions about whether Niemi will start the opener and whether McLellan will stick with him if he struggles at all against the Kings.

    April 16, 2014 4:35 pm
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World News

  • Pakistan Taliban end ceasefire


    16 April 2014 Last updated at 17:02 Negotiators for the TTP (pictured) have been in talks with the government since earlier this year The Pakistani Taliban have announced that they will not extend the ceasefire they began in March, effectively ending their truce with the government. A Pakistani Taliban (TTP) spokesman said the move was due to the government ignoring their demands, but that they remained committed to peace talks. There was no immediate response from the government. Peace talks with the TTP were a key campaign pledge for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in last year’s elections. The two sides had agreed to the ceasefire as part of peace efforts. ‘Sincere’ peace talks The TTP pledged a month-long ceasefire on 1 March, which was later extended to 10 April. The government had also suspended air strikes against militants. However, on Wednesday the TTP said in a statement that its central council had “unanimously agreed not …

    April 16, 2014 3:55 pm
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Technology

  • Music multitasking, part 2: Why music anywhere, anytime, is awesome


    Geoffrey Morrison (x3) I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised. Every time I try to start a debate on the Internet, it devolves to “Well I didn’t read this but you’re stupid.” I’m paraphrasing. Barely. A few weeks ago Steve “Audiophiliac” Guttenberg and I decided to have a bit of a debate, on the “correct” way to listen to music. While we agreed on many things, we disagreed on others. Conveniently, commenters ran with it to call us both names. OK, then game on. If you missed the original articles, check them out before you check out this one. You can read mine Music multitasking: How ‘background’ listening enhances life, and Steve’s To listen to music or not: That is the question. I say that, knowing that a certain percentage of you read neither and are already filling out the comment form at the bottom. Cheers. To recap, I’m of the opinion that you can …

    April 16, 2014 1:13 pm
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Science

  • Could an Oral Measles Drug Help the Unvaccinated?


    It all begins with a cough or a simple rash. Then a note from school may be sent home with students that says someone in the fifth grade class has been diagnosed with measles, a highly infectious disease that could have been prevented with a vaccine. If another child in class has not been vaccinated, by that point it’s too late—there is nothing to do but wait and see what happens.   Like the flu, measles can spread through the air via droplets carried by sneezes, coughs and breathing. When an unvaccinated person is exposed to the virus there is about a 90 percent chance that he, too, will soon have measles, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A new medication geared toward staving off sickness among the unvaccinated but measles-exposed, however, is showing some early promise. New work indicates an oral medication is effective at preventing measleslike disease in ferrets. …

    April 16, 2014 1:14 pm
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Health

  • Pill developed to fight measles passes key test in animals


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Scientists have developed an experimental pill that helped protect ferrets from a measles-like virus, raising hope for a treatment to thwart the deadly infection in unvaccinated people who have been exposed to the virus, according to an international study released on Wednesday. In the study, all of the ferrets were infected with canine distemper virus, which is closely related to measles. When treated with the drug, known as ERDRP-0519, the ferrets survived the normally fatal infection and levels of the virus were sharply reduced. All of the animals remained disease-free and developed immunity to the virus. The findings were reported in the journal Science Translational Medicine. “The emergence of strong antiviral immunity in treated animals is particularly encouraging, since it suggests that the drug may not only save an infected individual from disease but contribute to closing measles immunity gaps in a population,” Dr. Richard Plemper of Georgia State University said in …

    April 16, 2014 1:34 pm
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Entertainment

  • Report: Miley Cyrus "Won’t Stop Doing Drugs" Despite "Heart Attack Drama"


    Terry Richardson Um WHAT?! Miley Cyrus is on the cover of the latest issue of In Touch Weekly, and the magazine claims that the starlet is having a “secret medical crisis” related to the heart condition she was born with. And not only that, but the tabloid claims that the starlet’s hard partying is only making the situation worse, and now her family is getting involved! The headline reads, “Heart Attack Drama” and it notes that the “21-year-old star won’t stop doing drugs,” and that docs warn her, “Change your life or you’ll die.” That’s a pretty big statement to make — and this was also before the news broke that Miley was hospitalized on Tuesday after a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. Miley apparently suffers from tachyeardia, which causes a faster than normal heartbeat, and Dr. Mark Urman, who likely doesn’t treat Miley, tells the mag, “She could get heart muscle problems and even …

    April 16, 2014 3:55 pm
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Editorial

  • Anzio Anniversary: Saluting a 92-year-old hero


    To my generation, the word “Anzio” has a connotation like Antietam and Okinawa. Bob Lynch, a Florida neighbor and a vigorous 92-year-old Irishman from Rye, N.Y., served at Anzio in the Second World War with the fabled 3rd Infantry Division. He managed to survive some 330-plus days in front-line combat across France and Germany in 1944 and 1945.After years of silence and bitterness, Lynch now talks of all he saw. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT We who were too young to fight cannot spend enough time listening to this dwindling group of heroes.We should stand up and salute them when they enter the room. They will soon be gone. At 19, he was all of 130 pounds as a soldier. He had his conflicts with military discipline, but he never surrendered his buoyant optimism. Lynch enlisted in the Army in April 1943 through the ROTC program at New York University.At 19, he was all of 130 pounds as …

    April 16, 2014 1:34 pm
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Odd News

  • A gay artist will get his images on stamps in Finland


    HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finland’s postal service will honor “Tom of Finland” with stamps taken from his work – homoerotic drawings of muscular men wearing tight, black leather uniforms, when they wear anything at all. The stamps, which will be issued in September, are based on the drawings of Touko Laaksonen, better known by the pseudonym “Tom of Finland,” who split his time between Finland and California. “Tom of Finland is considered one of the most well-known Finnish artists around the world,” Finnish postal service Itella said in a statement issued this week regarding Laaksonen, who died in 1991. “His emphatically masculine homoerotic drawings have attained iconic status in their genre and had an influence on, for instance, pop culture and fashion.” Graphic artist Timo Berry, who designed the sheet of three stamps, said they portray a sensual life force and being proud of oneself. “There is never too much of that in this northern country,” …

    April 16, 2014 1:13 pm
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