Headline News

  • Death penalty sought in ambush that killed 5, unborn child

    PITTSBURGH –  Prosecutors in Pennsylvania say they plan to seek the death penalty against two men charged in an ambush at cookout that killed five adults and an unborn child. The Allegheny County district attorneys’ office on Friday filed notice of intent to seek capital punishment if 29-year-old Cheron Shelton and 27-year-old Robert Thomas are convicted of first-degree murder. Prosecutors said the death penalty would be warranted because of the defendants’ previous convictions, the multiple felonies alleged and the grave risk posed to others. The men are accused of shooting up the March 9 cookout in Wilkinsburg, a suburb of Pittsburgh, while gunning for a man they believe killed Shelton’s best friend in 2013. That man was wounded but survived. Defense attorneys maintain that their clients are innocent.

    August 27, 2016 11:01 am


  • Trump campaign boss ‘doesn’t like Jews’

    Stephen Bannon: Donald Trump’s campaign “CEO.” An ex-wife of Donald Trump’s new campaign CEO, Stephen Bannon, said Bannon made anti-Semitic remarks when the two battled over sending their daughters to private school nearly a decade ago, according to court papers reviewed Friday by The Associated Press. That revelation came a day after reports emerged that domestic violence charges were filed 20 years ago against Bannon following an altercation with his then-wife, Mary Louise Piccard. In a sworn court declaration following their divorce, Piccard said her ex-husband had objected to sending their twin daughters to an elite Los Angeles academy because he “didn’t want the girls going to school with Jews.” “He said he doesn’t like Jews and that he doesn’t like the way they raise their kids to be ‘whiney brats,’” Piccard said in a 2007 court filing. Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News, took the helm of Trump’s campaign last week in yet …

    August 27, 2016 8:20 am


  • Toyota, GM and BMW warn against Brexit

    Some of the world’s leading car makers have come out in support of Britain remaining in the European Union. Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota (TM), BMW (BAMXY) and Vauxhall — owned by GM (GM) — said a vote to leave the EU (the so-called Brexit) could damage the U.K.’s booming car industry. The industry depends on exports. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said 80% of vehicles made in the U.K. are exported, with more than half of those sold to the rest of the EU. Dropping out of the EU single market — the biggest in the world — could damage those exports, the society said. The automotive industry supports 800,000 jobs across the U.K. and car manufacturing contributes £15.5 billion ($22.6 billion) annually to the U.K. economy, according to the SMMT. And the industry has just had a bumper year in 2015, producing the highest number of cars since 2005. Demand from China …

    June 20, 2016 5:40 am


  • Kaepernick sits anthem over racial oppression

    Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email print comment San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick says he refused to stand during the national anthem Friday due to his views on the country’s treatment of racial minorities. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media after Friday’s game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” The 49ers acknowledged in a statement that Kaepernick sat during the national anthem before their game against the Green Bay Packers. “The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pregame ceremony,” the statement said. “It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are …

    August 27, 2016 11:01 am

World News

  • Police: Suspected Dhaka cafe attack ‘mastermind’ Tamim Chowdhury killed in raid

    DHAKA, Bangladesh, Aug. 27 (UPI) — Police in Bangladesh said Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, one of the suspected “masterminds” of a July terrorist attack on a cafe in Dhaka, was killed during a raid on Saturday. According to the Dhaka Tribune, authorities confirmed the deaths of Chowdhury and two other suspected militants after police cordoned off the building in the capital city of Dhaka and exchanged gunfire. “They did not surrender. They threw four to five grenades at police and fired from AK 22 rifles,” Bangladesh police chief Shahidul Hoque told Sky News. He said security officials had received a tip that Chowdhury was hiding in the building in Narayanganj, where three bodies were seen after the exchange. “Three extremists were killed. Among them, one of the dead persons looked exactly like the photo of Tamim Chowdhury that we have,” Hoque said. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on the cafe in Bangladesh that …

    August 27, 2016 10:01 am


  • Star Wars Millennium Falcon shed attacked by raiders

    Image caption Shed specialists Waltons designed and built the structure and donated it to the farm A shed replica of the Millennium Falcon cockpit from Star Wars has been vandalised during a raid on a charity-run farm. All of the windows on the shed – a finalist in the national Shed of the Year competition – have been smashed. A bird was also found dead in an aviary following the raid at Stonebridge City Farm in Nottingham. Staff believe it could have died of fright. It is the second time the farm has been targeted over the past few days. Image copyright Stonebridge City Farm Image caption All of the windows on the Star Wars shed have been smashed Marie Rogers, the farm’s manager, said the Star Wars shed was in the play area and used by children who “loved” it. She said: “Everybody’s devastated, we work a lot with adults with disabilities and others …

    August 27, 2016 8:40 am


  • The sound of a healthy reef

    A new study from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will help researchers understand the ways that marine animal larvae use sound as a cue to settle on coral reefs. The study, published on August 23rd in the online journal Scientific Reports, has determined that sounds created by adult fish and invertebrates may not travel far enough for larvae –which hatch in open ocean–to hear them, meaning that the larvae might rely on other means to home in on a reef system. “To keep a reef healthy, you need a constant supply of new larvae to repopulate animals that die off,” said Max Kaplan, the lead author of the paper and a graduate student in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography. “How larvae find reefs has been a big question, though. We think sound may play a role in attracting them, but exactly how far away they can sense those sounds has not yet been …

    August 27, 2016 11:41 am


  • Almost 2 Million U.S. Kids Get Concussions a Year: Study

    MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Close to 2 million U.S. children and teens may suffer concussions annually, say researchers who add that the prevalence of head injuries among American youth has been underestimated for years. Using data from hospitals, doctor visits and athletic trainers, the investigators estimated between 1 million and 1.9 million concussions occur annually among kids aged 18 and younger due to sports and recreation injuries. But more than half a million of these head injuries aren’t seen in emergency rooms or by physicians, which is why official tallies are usually too low, they noted. “There is a lot of uncertainty in how many concussions from sports and recreation occur each year because many concussions are not reported,” explained lead researcher Dr. Mersine Bryan, a pediatrician at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. “Better surveillance for concussions due to sports and recreational activities is needed, so we can understand …

    June 20, 2016 10:01 am


  • Anna Chlumsky gives birth to her second daughter

    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 27 (UPI) — Anna Chlumsky’s publicist has confirmed the My Girl and Veep actress has given birth to her second daughter with her husband Shaun So. Clara Elizabeth So was born on July 28, the Los Angeles Times and E! News reported. The couple also have a 3-year-old named Penelope Joan.

    August 27, 2016 11:41 am


  • National Dog Day: Could your rescue dog have rabies?

    While the zika virus poses worrisome human health concerns, another potential health problem is brewing that threatens both humans and domesticated animals –the importing of foreign dogs for adoption. Many people are unaware that the U.S. has become something of a favored nation for countries looking to export their rescue dogs due to several reasons. First, Americans are big-hearted, and when seeking dogs many chose animals made available through rescues. Second, there’s a readymade market here – Americans love canines and own an estimated 80 million dogs. The vast majority of imported rescue dogs are not tracked in the United States – either upon arrival or after they enter rescue channels. Lastly, import rules on dogs can be easily flouted, allowing foreign exporters to send us their sick animals. The vast majority of imported rescue dogs are not tracked in the United States – either upon arrival or after they enter rescue channels. Patti Strand, …

    August 27, 2016 11:21 am

Odd News

  • Burkina Faso bans big buttocks beauty contest

    OUAGADOUGOU The government of Burkina Faso has banned an annual beauty contest for women with the biggest buttocks, saying such events are sexist. Adverts for this weekend’s third edition of ‘Miss Bim-Bim’, carrying an image of two fully clothed women with exaggeratedly large behinds, provoked an outcry on social media. “Our role is to do everything to avoid damaging the image of women,” said Minister Laure Zongo in a statement, adding that social media criticism had persuaded her to act. The male organizer of the event, Hamado Doambahe, said it aimed to promote a more positive body image for African women and encourage fashion designers to use African costumes. Contests like Miss Bim-Bim have been held in other West African countries. Women’s rights groups have mixed views about the tendency in many African cultures to celebrate women with larger bodies than are typically admired elsewhere. While they welcome the shift away from the unnaturally thin …

    August 27, 2016 8:00 am