Headline News

  • San Francisco police shot man 20 times, including 6 in back

    SAN FRANCISCO –  An autopsy report shows a young black man shot dead by San Francisco police suffered 20 gunshot wounds, including six in the back, and had drugs in his system when he died in the shooting that sparked protests and calls for the chief’s removal. The San Francisco coroner’s report released Thursday showed that Mario Woods, 26, also had two gunshot wounds in his buttocks and others to his head, legs, abdomen and hands. Some of the wounds could have been from the same bullet, the autopsy says. It also shows that Woods had used methamphetamine, marijuana, antidepressants and cough medicine before he was shot. Investigators have said five officers opened fire on the knife-wielding Woods on Dec. 2 and that 27 shell casings were recovered at the scene where Woods died. Police had encountered him while searching for an assailant who stabbed a stranger earlier in the day. Police say Woods ignored …

    February 13, 2016 2:21 am


  • Senate passes ‘provocative’ China bill, Cruz lifts nominee holds

    WASHINGTON The U.S. Senate on Friday backed a plan to name a plaza in front of the Chinese embassy for a pro-democracy dissident after what congressional sources called a tit-for-tat deal that led Senator Ted Cruz to stop blocking President Barack Obama’s diplomatic nominations. By unanimous voice vote, the Senate approved a bill introduced by Cruz, a leading contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, to name the plaza in Washington after Liu Xiaobo, a Nobel peace prize winner. “It’s provocative and counterproductive. We strongly urge the U.S. side to stop such actions,” Chinese embassy spokesman Zhu Haiquan said in an emailed statement. Cruz spokesman Phil Novack said the senator had ended his holds on nominees including Obama’s new ambassadors to Norway and Sweden and two top State Department officials. The Senate also confirmed those nominations on Friday. Senate rules allow any member to block a nomination by a procedure known as a “hold.” Cruz …

    February 13, 2016 1:01 am


  • Crazily volatile oil spikes 12% in biggest gain since 2009

    Don’t blink — you might miss a ridiculous swing in oil prices. The latest move was to the upside. Big time. Crude oil prices spiked 12.3% on Friday to $29.44 a barrel. It was the biggest one-day percentage gain since February 2009. The surge comes just a day after oil plummeted to $26.05 a barrel, the lowest level since May 2003. The huge reversal helped lift the U.S. stock market, which for weeks has been spooked by collapsing oil prices. The Dow was up more than 300 points in the final hour of trading on Friday. Related: Why people are freaking out about cheap oil Experts attributed the oil price spike to deeply oversold conditions and a desire by investors to cash in when prices eventually move higher. “There is this overpowering urge to jump on board any bounce,” said Walter Zimmerman, senior vice president at United-ICAP. But Darin Newsom, senior commodities analyst at DTN, …

    February 13, 2016 1:41 am


  • Wales v Scotland (Sat)

    TEAM NEWS LINE-UPS Wales coach Warren Gatland says fly-half Dan Biggar has made a “miraculous recovery” from an ankle sprain to start Saturday’s game against Scotland. Gareth Anscombe replaces Alex Cuthbert on the bench in the only change to the matchday squad. Scotland centre Matt Scott injured a thigh muscle in training on Wednesday and has been replaced by Duncan Taylor of Saracens. Veteran Sean Lamont takes Taylor’s place among the replacements. Wales: Liam Williams; North, J Davies, Roberts, James; Biggar, G Davies; Evans, Baldwin, Lee; Charteris, Jones; Warburton (capt), Tipuric, Faletau. Replacements: Owens, Jenkins, Francis, B Davies, Lydiate, Lloyd Williams, Priestland, Anscombe. Scotland: Hogg; Maitland, Bennett, Taylor, Seymour; Russell, Laidlaw (capt); Dickinson, Ford, Nel; R Gray; J Gray; Barclay, Hardie, Denton. Replacements: McInally, Reid, Fagerson, Swinson, Cowan, Hidalgo-Clyne, Weir, Lamont. COMMENTATOR’S NOTES Andrew Cotter: “It’s understandable that there is a rather flat feeling around in Wales after the opening weekend. After all, they came …

    February 13, 2016 2:21 am

World News

  • Colombia: A nation in panic over Zika

    Image copyright Greg Bronson Image caption A connection between Guillain-Barre and Zika has not been proven – but it’s terrifying many in Colombia Colombia is one of the countries at the front line of the Zika crisis. It has also seen an alarming number of cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome – which can cause devastating paralysis. Scientists are cautious of making a direct connection between the two, but on the frontline the panic is real – and growing. Imagine losing control over the muscles in your body. It starts with pins and needles in your feet. You lose feeling in your legs. Then you can’t even blink. Victims of Guillain-Barre can sometimes show the whites of their eyes, as if they are the living dead. And, in the worst cases, it can mean you can no longer breathe. Fabian Medina, 22, should be in the prime of his life but he has the vitality of a …

    February 13, 2016 2:21 am


  • The Independent gave me some of the most exciting times of my career

    What happened to the Independent this week is a footnote in a huge story – the wave of creative destruction overturning all traditional media – and a very important local political and cultural story. The big story is well understood. Digital is much cheaper than analogue, or Gutenberg technology. The cumbersome is collapsing, outpaced by the nimble. That allows new voices into an old debate-cartel. But it’s not all genteel and attractive. Related: Independent aims to keep stars and boost quality in digital shift A lot of the capital cost is actually passed to the consumer. Under the old model, large industrial corporations used capital-heavy technology to make and then distribute information to individuals. In the new model we – you and me – purchase the computers, Wi-Fi accounts, apps, mobile phones and sometimes subscriptions, which allow corporations to pass the information to us more cheaply. For media companies, it’s a great gig. If you …

    February 13, 2016 1:21 am


  • DNA breaks in nerve cells’ ancestors cluster in specific genes

    Related images(click to enlarge) The genome of developing brain cells harbors 27 clusters or hotspots where its DNA is much more likely to break in some places than others, researchers from the Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine (PCMM) at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute report in the journal Cell. Those hotspots appear in genes associated with brain tumors and a number of neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric conditions, raising new questions about these conditions’ origins, as well as how the brain generates a diversity of circuitry during development. The study’s roots reach back more than 30 years, when PCMM director and study senior author Frederick Alt, PhD, and his colleagues first started investigating the links between tumors, oncogenes, DNA breaks and DNA repair, particularly in immune and nerve cells. Over the course of several studies, Alt’s lab discovered that nerve cells lacking one particular DNA repair pathway called non-homologous …

    February 13, 2016 12:01 am


  • Study: Global Water Crisis Worse Than Thought

    FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Severe water scarcity affects at least two-thirds of the world’s population, or about 4 billion people, according to a new study. These people experience severe water scarcity at least one month a year, and the number is far higher than the 1.7 billion to 3.1 billion people suggested by previous research. Nearly half of the people affected are in China and India. Other countries where large numbers of people are affected by severe water scarcity for at least part of the year include Bangladesh, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan and the United States (mostly in western states such as California and southern states such as Texas and Florida), the study found. The rising worldwide demand for fresh water is being driven by a growing population, increased agricultural irrigation, higher living standards and changing consumption patterns, according to the researchers led by Mesfin Mekonnen and Arjen Hoekstra of the University of …

    February 13, 2016 12:41 am


  • Marvel’s ‘Deadpool’ Kills It At Box Office: Ryan Reynolds’ Mayhem Film Sets New Opening Record

    The “merc with a mouth,” one of Marvel’s most “unconventional” anti-heroes, is back in action, and his film has already set a record at the box office! According to ComicBook, 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool has adjusted the record upwards for an R-rated Thursday preview, with an evening gross of $12.7 million in 2,975 theaters, beating the previous record holder, Handover Part II ($10.4 million). Additionally, the film has also broken last year’s Fifty Shades of Grey’s February preview record, which earned $8.6 million. In overseas markets, the film has grossed $12 million, meaning the Marvel flick has collected over $25 million dollars worldwide. Weekend four-day estimates for Deadpool expect that the movie will earn between $70 million and $80 million, though many Fox’s views have remained conservative at $60 million. check this out The 404 Show 1649: CBS News’ Vladimir Duthiers, Twitter’s future, gravitationa… https://t.co/LmyRqUrgZx #gadgets #online — BRUCE LEE (@williethomas8) February 12, 2016 The …

    February 13, 2016 1:21 am


  • Love is… We asked, you answered

    Love is… something different for each one of us. And, as Valentine’s Day approaches, we wanted to know what “love is” to you, our FoxNews.com audience. Your responses touch the heart, and we’d like to share a few — with more to come on Sunday. Like this one, from Wendy:  I just happened to read your article asking what love is. It really made me wonder what love is to me.  Right now the answer comes easily. My husband is a Marine. He has just returned from his fourth deployment.  Love is standing at the airport with your four little boys watching for your Marine to get off a plane holding the biggest sign you could get past security. Love is waiting behind while they go to fight and putting the pieces of your children’s hearts back together because they are too young to understand words like “Islamic terrorists” or “ISIS.”  Love is leaving your family …

    February 12, 2016 11:20 pm

Odd News

  • Racy night with handcuffs lands Arkansas man in handcuffs, again

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. An Arkansas couple’s evening of “kinky” entertainment ended with one pair of handcuffs used for fun being replaced by another used for real in an arrest, police said on Friday. Dustin Taylor, 21, summoned police this week to his home in Fort Smith to remove a pair of handcuffs he told officers he and his wife had been using the previous night while “doing some ‘kinky’ things,” the official report stated. The couple had lost the key, Taylor explained. The responding patrolman removed the handcuffs and did a routine search of Taylor’s name in a police database. When the computer reported an outstanding warrant for Taylor on criminal mischief, handcuffs went back on. But this time they belonged to the officer. Sergeant Daniel Grubbs, spokesman for the Fort Smith police, expressed a measure of sympathy for Taylor. “I sort of wish the guy had invested in an extra handcuff key,” Grubbs said. …

    February 12, 2016 8:20 pm