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  • Crews to resume search for survivors after boats capsize in Alabama

    DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. –  Crews planned to continue searching for any survivors after a powerful weekend storm capsized several sailboats in a regatta near Mobile Bay, a Coast Guard spokesman said before dawn Monday. One body was discovered after Saturday’s storm and another Sunday morning, said Major Steve Thompson, director of the Alabama Department of Public Safety’s Marine Patrol Division. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Authorities said crews used boats and planes to search the Alabama waters, including areas near Dauphin Island where anxious family members have gathered at a Coast Guard station awaiting updates. Red Cross volunteers and an ambulance also were at the site. Names of the missing and deceased were not immediately released Sunday. One person was rescued Saturday evening. “We’re going to keep searching throughout the morning,” Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Carlos Vega said before dawn broke Monday morning on the Alabama coast. The daylight on Monday was expected to aid the …

    April 27, 2015 7:56 am


  • Tester’s DSCC Pursues Same Strategy That Nearly Nixed Him in 2006

    By Nathan L. Gonzales Posted at 5 a.m. April 27 0 Tweet Tester makes his way through the basement of the Capitol before a vote on the Senate floor on Dec. 12, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) If the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had its way a decade ago, its current chairman probably wouldn’t be in the Senate today. In the 2006 cycle, Democratic strategists in Washington preferred state Auditor John Morrison in the Montana Senate race, hoping to avoid a primary and keep the party focused on defeating Republican incumbent Conrad Burns. But state Sen. Jon Tester was undeterred by national Democratic efforts to get him out of the race and even bragged about being opposed by the party establishment. Tester went on to win the primary and general elections, plus a close re-election six years later. He’s now in charge of Democratic efforts to retake the Senate majority in 2016. With …

    April 27, 2015 4:34 am


  • The 4-day workweek is real … for employees at these companies

    Who doesn’t want to take Fridays off? For most of us, a long weekend is an occasional thing. For some people, however, it’s a regular thing. And they’re still paid their full-time salaries. A 4-day — or compressed — workweek is offered as an option to at least some employees at 43% of companies, according to the Society for Human Resource Management. But only 10% of those companies make it available to all or most of their employees. It’s a perk more likely to be found at small companies, 14% of which make it available to all or most of their workers, while only 5% of large companies do the same. While the concept of a compressed workweek isn’t new — it’s been common among nurses and emergency medical personnel, for instance — it’s not the norm for most jobs. But it has become a viable option as employers seek to expand their workplace flexibility …

    April 27, 2015 6:55 am


  • Albuquerque police seek UFC champion Jon Jones in hit-and-run

    April 26, 2014: Glover Teixeira ducks under a kick from Jon Jones during the UFC light heavy weight championship fight at Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Md. (Reuters) Albuquerque police are searching for UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones on Sunday night in connection with a hit-and-run accident. Police spokesman Officer Simon Drobik said Jones is wanted for questioning about the crash, which occurred earlier in the day. No charges have been filed, but a pregnant woman driving another vehicle was hospitalized with minor injuries. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Police said they have been unable to reach Jones and have not heard back from his lawyer. Jones (21-1) is scheduled to defend his title against Anthony “Rumble” Johnson at UFC 187 in Las Vegas on May 23, headlining one of the promotion’s biggest shows of the year. “We are in the process of gathering facts and will reserve further comment until more information is available,” the UFC said in …

    April 27, 2015 7:56 am

World News

  • Nepal quake aid effort stepped up

    International efforts to bring more aid to Nepal are being increased, as the death toll from Saturday’s massive earthquake reached 3,726. More than 6,500 were injured and thousands are living in tents after their homes were destroyed. Dozens of people are also reported to have been killed in neighbouring China and India. At least 200 climbers have now been rescued around Mount Everest, after the quake triggered avalanches. Vast tent cities have sprung up in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, for those displaced or afraid to return to their homes. Thousands spent Sunday night – their second night – outside. There are shortages of water, food and electricity, while disease is also a concern. “We urge foreign countries to give us special relief materials and medical teams,” Nepal’s government Chief Secretary Leela Mani Paudel said. China and India have sent emergency teams, along with Pakistan, which said it was dispatching four C130 transport planes carrying a 30-bed …

    April 27, 2015 7:57 am


  • Does digital mean the end of history?

    What would the world be like if we lost all our digital data? Has the digital transformation of our society put the future of recorded history in jeopardy? Many internet observers fear so. But why, and what do they mean? Since the 1980s our lives have grown increasingly digital, and with dizzying speed. Most of our photos, videos, conversations, research and writings are now stored as strings of ones and noughts on local computers or in data centres distributed throughout the world. Data specialist EMC estimates that in 2013 the world contained about 4.4 zettabytes (4.4 trillion gigabytes) of data. By 2020, it expects this to have risen tenfold. History, in other words, has gone online. While this means unprecedented instant access to vast stores of human knowledge and culture, it also means that mountains of digital data of crucial importance to archivists and future historians are potentially under threat from deletion, corruption, theft, obsolescence …

    April 27, 2015 7:56 am


  • Does Artificial Food Coloring Contribute to ADHD in Children?

    Kraft Macaroni Cheese—that favorite food of kids, packaged in the nostalgic blue box—will soon be free of yellow dye. Kraft announced Monday that it will remove artificial food coloring, notably Yellow No. 5 and Yellow No. 6 dyes, from its iconic product by January 2016. Instead, the pasta will maintain its bright yellow color by using natural ingredients: paprika, turmeric and annatto (the latter of which is derived from achiote tree seeds).   The company said it decided to pull the dyes in response to growing consumer pressure for more natural foods. But claims that the dyes may be linked to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children have also risen recently, as they did years ago, putting food dyes under sharp focus once again. On its Web site Kraft says synthetic colors are not harmful, and that their motivation to remove them is because consumers want more foods with no artificial colors.   The U.S. …

    April 27, 2015 8:16 am


  • Broga yoga for men

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Men who crave the benefits of yoga but recoil at sharing the experience with a room full of women are turning to Broga, a rugged take on the 3,000-year-old practice of movement and breath. Broga celebrates the physical over the spiritual, and strength over flexibility. Experts say it sets men free to flex tight hamstrings without hearing invocations to Hindu deities or feeling inept next to a woman twisted like a pretzel. “I consider myself an athletic guy, but have never been flexible and didn’t like the thought of embarrassing myself in front of a group of women,” said financial analyst Eric Wright, 22, of San Jose, California. Wright and his male colleagues use the video streaming service Grokker to practice. “On Wednesdays we have a standing Broga appointment and anywhere from five to eight others will join me,” he said. Grokker founder and C.E.O. Lorna Borenstein said more men are …

    April 27, 2015 4:35 am


  • Mama June is speaking out against her own daughter’s pregnancy

    More: Honey Boo Boo horribly exploited in televised “weight intervention” The family’s matriarch, Mama June, took her eldest daughter, Anna Shannon Cardwell, to task on Instagram after finding out she’s pregnant with her second child. “Well guess who will b a gigi and aunts again in December we will,” Mama June captioned a photo of herself and her girls on the social networking site. “@annamarie35 texted me late last night and told me she was 6 wks as of thursday.” But even though Mama June, whose real name is June Shannon, said she’s excited to be a grandma to another baby, she was concerned that 20-year-old Anna is too young to be pregnant again. More: Mama June’s been offered a new job — to be a porn star “They r too young to have another one i will support her and Michael but katilyn will always b gigis first baby,” June wrote. “im not going …

    April 27, 2015 1:14 am


  • ‘Remembering Everyone Deployed’ Fridays: Let’s wear red America

     (Courtesy Mansfield University)  (Courtesy Mansfield University) The events of September 11, 2001 undoubtedly changed the lives of Americans across the country. But the rubble of the Twin Towers has long been cleared, Freedom Tower now in their place, and most Americans have returned largely to the same lives they led before the attacks. Men and women of the United States military haven’t had this option. These men and women continue to volunteer to fight an enemy thousands of miles from home. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The relatively normal lives we take for granted is a testament to the incredible job they’ve done to protect our quality of life. But we owe it to each of them to better understand the struggles they face not only in combat, but when they return home. Wearing a specific colored shirt might seem like a trivial act, but the meaning behind it is significant. It translates to mean that as you …

    April 26, 2015 4:27 am

Odd News

  • Argentine side train with dust masks as volcano spews ash

    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – An amateur side set to meet league champions Racing Club in the last 64 of the Argentine Cup are wearing dust marks to train near an Andean volcano spewing ash. “We’re playing against the Argentine champions, we’re taking it very seriously and anxiously await the match,” coach Gustavo Coronel of regional side Independiente of Neuquen, a province in the southwest of Argentina, told TyC Sports on Friday. Across the nearby Andes mountains in neighboring Chile, the 2,000-metre Cabulco volcano erupted on Wednesday and has been spewing clouds of ash since Thursday. The venue and date of the match have not been confirmed. The ash has reached Buenos Aires in the east with flights into and out of Ezeiza international airport suspended or rerouted while those at Neuquen and the Andean ski resorts of Bariloche and Chapelco have been closed. (Reporting by Rex Gowar; Editing by Ken Ferris)

    April 24, 2015 11:57 pm