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  • Fan struck by flying baseball bat

    A baseball fan was struck in the face by a flying bat and carried from the stands on a stretcher on Monday night. Chicago Cubs rookie Addison Russell’s bat flew into the seats at Wrigley Field after he lost grip mid-swing. The fan suffered a cut, but was conscious and communicating before being taken to hospital by ambulance. “Whenever the bat was in mid-flight, I was screaming ‘Watch out! Watch out!’ Then, I saw the dude’s glasses fly and it just wasn’t pretty,” said Russell. “It just slipped. I was aggressive, I saw a fastball, wanted to hit it and the bat slipped, and then I saw it just connect with his face. I felt so bad. “Words can’t describe how bad I feel. If you see that guy out there I’m willing to give him a bat and sign it and everything. I just feel terribly bad about that.” The Cubs went on to …

    April 28, 2015 5:41 am


  • ‘Mistake’ to Oust Hussein, Paul Says in Brooklyn

    By Alexis Levinson Posted at 3:58 p.m. on April 27 0 Tweet The senator had a chance to showcase the Paul foreign policy platform. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) BROOKLYN — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul told a group of Jewish community leaders here Monday he thinks the United States made an error ousting Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in 2003. While insisting he is not an isolationist, Paul said, “I think it was a mistake to topple Hussein. Hussein was the bulwark against Iran.” He told the group assembled here at the headquarters of Torah Umesorah, the National Society for Hebrew Day Schools that now, “Iraq is a vassal state for Iran.” Paul also defended his position on foreign aid to Israel, having been accused of changing his position on this issue, most notably in a recent clash with the NBC’s Savannah Guthrie on The Today Show. “I think Israel is one of our best allies and best friends around …

    April 28, 2015 4:41 am


  • A new condo in Manhattan will cost over $3 million next year

    If you’re planning on buying a new condo in Manhattan in the next two years, expect to pay more than $3 million. Prices of new condominiums in the city have soared recently, according to a new report from real estate listing and data website CityRealty, especially those at the higher-end of the market. “We are shaking off the hangover of late 2008 which lasted quite a few years,” said Gabby Warshawer, director of research at CityRealty. “In 2011-2012 we saw solid signs of a market recovery on the way, a lot of new development was being conceived and now it’s starting to bear fruit.” The median sale price of a new condo in Manhattan is expected to hit $3,350,000 next year, which — at roughly 1550 square feet — breaks down to a median price per square foot of $2,157.72, according to the CityRealty. In 2017, the median sale price of a new condo is …

    April 28, 2015 5:01 am


  • Walker, Mariners bounce back against Rangers

    Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Taijuan Walker got the Seattle Mariners back in the win column with seven strong innings that carried the club to a 3-1 decision over Texas on the night the Rangers officially brought Josh Hamilton back. The Mariners halted a stretch of four losses in six games behind what was by far Walker’s sharpest outing of the young season. The talented young right- hander scattered six hits and walked none while limiting Texas’ struggling offense to one unearned run. Walker (1-2) had been rocked for 15 runs and walked 10 in 12 2/3 innings over his previous three starts of 2015. “Taijuan just stepped up big and really gave us a good start when we needed it,” Mariners shortstop Brad Miller said. Nelson Cruz and Seth Smith supported Walker with RBI singles and Justin Ruggiano scored a pair of runs for Seattle, which made the most of its five hits. The opener …

    April 28, 2015 4:41 am

World News

  • Indonesia prisoners in final goodbye

    Andrew Chan’s mother Helen (right) broke down in tears as she arrived on Nusakambangan island A group of prisoners due to be executed for drugs offences in Indonesia have spent what are believed to be their final moments with their families. Relatives of Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were visibly distressed. Sukumaran’s sister collapsed and had to be carried. Chan, Sukumaran and seven others are expected to be executed by firing squad as early as Tuesday night local time. A French national still has his appeal under review. Australian media reported that families of Chan and Sukumaran were given about five hours to say their goodbyes, and that the men had been denied their own choice of spiritual adviser in their final hours, instead being given Christian guides nominated by the authorities. The cousin of Brazilian Rodrigo Gularte following her meeting with him After the meeting, the brothers of the Australians made an appeal …

    April 28, 2015 6:01 am


  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – redesigning the biggest shooter in the world

    “I read the other day about these bio-hackers who are injecting their eyeballs with some bioluminescent fluid that gives them night vision – it’s crazy.” Dan Bunting, lead multiplayer designer at Treyarch, is talking about the news stories that have influenced Black Ops 3 during the game’s three-year development cycle. Set 50 years in the future, with a new Cold War as its backdrop, the latest CoD battlefield is a very different place. Widescale Drone warfare has been neutralised through the development of powerful air defence systems, so the emphasis is back on ground infantry once again. But the soldiers themselves have changed. The invention of direct neural interfacing between the human brain and computer technology has led to a new era of bio-augmentation and cybernetic enhancement. In Black Ops 3, the player is part of an experimental unit fitted with bionic limbs and a wealth of other future-tech improvements that blend mind and machine. …

    April 28, 2015 4:00 am


  • How an RNA gene silences a whole chromosome

    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers at Caltech have discovered how an abundant class of RNA genes, called long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs, pronounced link RNAs) can regulate key genes. By studying an important lncRNA, called Xist, the scientists identified how this RNA gathers a group of proteins and ultimately prevents women from having an extra functional X-chromosome–a condition in female embryos that leads to death in early development. These findings mark the first time that researchers have uncovered the detailed mechanism of action for lncRNA genes. “For years, we thought about genes as just DNA sequences that encode proteins, but those genes only make up about 1 percent of the genome. Mammalian genomes also encode many thousands of lncRNAs,” says Assistant Professor of Biology Mitch Guttman, who led the study published online in the April 27 issue of the journal Nature. These lncRNAs such as Xist play a structural role, acting to scaffold–or bring together and …

    April 27, 2015 8:18 pm


  • Tyson Foods plans to cut human antibiotics in U.S. chicken flocks by 2017

    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Tyson Foods Inc (TSN.N), the largest U.S. poultry producer, plans to eliminate the use of human antibiotics in its chicken flocks by September 2017 – one of the most aggressive timelines yet set by an American poultry company. The Arkansas-based chicken and meat giant also said it is working on ways to curtail such on-farm drug practices at its other protein businesses, which include pork and beef.     The move marks the latest push by the livestock and food industries to reduce the use of antibiotics crucial to human health in meat production. Authorities are concerned that the routine feeding of antibiotics to animals could spur the creation of antibiotic resistant superbugs in humans, creating a health hazard.     Tyson’s move, announced on Tuesday morning, aims to help the company meet a deadline recently outlined by McDonald’s Corp. (MCD.N) to have its U.S. restaurants gradually stop buying chicken raised with human antibiotics over the …

    April 28, 2015 4:41 am


  • 16 Celebrities plead with Baltimore to stop rioting

    More: Daytime Emmys fans felt horrible for Alison Sweeney during the show The riots, which began after the funeral of a young black man who was so badly injured by police, he later died in the hospital, have resulted in a city-wide curfew, school closures and Baltimore’s mayor issuing a state of emergency proclamation. Witnesses say the scene is similar to Ferguson, Missouri, last year, where protestors rioted following the shooting death of Michael Brown, a black teen killed by a police officer. As tensions seem to be escalating in Baltimore, though, many are using social media to urge residents of the city to protest peacefully. Among them are these 17 celebs: More: Hayley Williams gives the best advice for anyone bullied for their appearance 1. Trey Songz Praying for peace in Baltimore — Trey Songz (@TreySongz) April 28, 2015  2. Trip Lee Heartbroken for our nation — Trip Lee (@TripLee) April 28, 2015 3. …

    April 28, 2015 3:20 am


  • Migration crisis: To save innocent lives UN, world leaders must confront terrorism, radical Islam

    April 20, 2015 : An immigrant treats a co-traveler lying on a coast in the eastern Aegean island of Rhodes, Greece. Greek authorities said that at least three people have died, including a child, after a wooden boat carrying at least 83 migrants from the Turkish shore ran around off the island of Rhodes. (AP Photo/Nikolas Nanev) The tragic disaster in the Mediterranean Sea that killed an estimated 800 boat people fleeing from their countries has rightly moved the world community to focus on what can be done to protect vulnerable refugees trying to escape conflicts. International leaders owe it to the victims of this heart-breaking catastrophe to fix the problems, not just react to the side effects.  The long-term solution to this growing crisis is to confront the reasons people leave their country in the first place. While migration is inevitable, the fact remains that most people leave their homes to escape violence and the certain persecution …

    April 28, 2015 4:41 am

Odd News

  • Scientist Hawking tells upset fans Malik may be in parallel One Direction

    (Reuters) – What is the cosmological effect of singer Zayn Malik leaving the best-selling boy band One Direction and consequently disappointing millions of teenage girls around the world? The advice of British cosmologist Stephen Hawking to heartbroken fans is to follow theoretical physics, because Malik may well still be a member of the pop group in another universe. The physicist took a break from speaking about his work as one of the world’s leading scientists to answer the question from one upset fan during a talk at Sydney Opera House at the weekend. “Finally a question about something important,” Hawking, who appeared via hologram, said to loud laughs from the audience. “My advice to any heartbroken young girl is to pay attention to the study of theoretical physics because, one day, there may well be proof of multiple universes. “It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere outside of our own universe …

    April 27, 2015 12:16 pm