• Political crisis turns lethal in Haiti

    Political crisis turns lethal in Haiti

    Image copyright EPA Image caption Anti-government protesters fear President Martelly will try to stay in office Protesters in Haiti have beaten a man to death in a clash with ex-soldiers, as political uncertainty continues. Witnesses...
  • GB trail Belgium in Fed Cup tie

    GB trail Belgium in Fed Cup tie

    Katie Swan made her Fed Cup debut on Thursday and won both her rubbers against South Africa and Georgia Great Britain’s Katie Swan lost in three sets to Ysaline Bonaventure as GB fell 1-0 behind...
  • Kailyn Lowry Not Happy With Her Son’s School

    Kailyn Lowry Not Happy With Her Son’s School

    Kailyn Lowry is currently a single mother in some regards. Her husband, Javi Marroquin, is currently working away from the home, so she’s forced to take care of her two children by herself. This Teen...
  • Bernie Sanders’ folk album enjoys a sales surge

    Bernie Sanders’ folk album enjoys a sales surge

    Before he was a presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders was barely known beyond his Vermont constituents and a contingent of liberal activists who dreamed of a political revolution. The same could be said for the senator’s...
  • Seven shot at Florida club, police say

    At least seven people were shot inside a Florida night club, authorities said early Saturday. Tampa police Lt. Richard Ubinas said that police were at the scene of the shooting at Club Rayne. Officer William...

Headline News

  • Six people injured, one killed in shooting at Tampa strip club: local media


    Six people were injured and one was killed on Saturday morning during a shooting at a strip club in Tampa, according to local media. The shooting occurred at Club Rayne, a strip club on the city’s north side, the Tampa Bay News Service reported. The Tampa Police Department could not immediately confirm the report. (Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)

    February 6, 2016 5:04 am
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Politics

  • Exclusive: Presidential hopefuls Sanders, Clinton in dead heat


    NEW YORK Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has erased Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s wide lead for the Democratic presidential nomination since the start of year, putting the two in a dead heat nationally, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Clinton leads Sanders 48 percent to 45 percent among Democratic voters, according to the poll of 512 Americans, conducted Feb. 2-5 following the Iowa caucus. The poll has a credibility interval of 5 percentage points. Democrats had been supporting Clinton by more than a 2-to-1 margin at the beginning of the year. Sanders has narrowed that lead considerably over the past several weeks. Clinton beat Sanders narrowly in the Iowa caucuses, the nation’s first nomination contest ahead of the November election, but is expected to lose to him in New Hampshire. The two rivals clashed on Thursday night in their first one-on-one debate, reflecting the tightness of the race. There is still a wide gap between the …

    February 6, 2016 4:23 am
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Stocks

  • Bernie Sanders’ folk album enjoys a sales surge


    Before he was a presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders was barely known beyond his Vermont constituents and a contingent of liberal activists who dreamed of a political revolution. The same could be said for the senator’s once-obscure spoken word folk album, “We Shall Overcome.” Originally released in 1987, when Sanders was mayor of Burlington, the album has provided fodder for late night comedians after re-surfacing during the presidential campaign. It features Sanders, speaking in his unmistakable accent, delivering messages of hope and unity while about 30 Vermont artists provide musical accompaniment. “He’s got the voice of an angel,” “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon said last month. “An angel who grew up in Brooklyn.” Charitable reviewers have placed “We Shall Overcome” in the “so bad it’s good” category. But despite all the ridicule — or perhaps because of it — people are actually buying it. According to Nielsen Music, the album has sold 1,500 copies since Sanders …

    February 6, 2016 4:44 am
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Sports

  • GB trail Belgium in Fed Cup tie


    Katie Swan made her Fed Cup debut on Thursday and won both her rubbers against South Africa and Georgia Great Britain’s Katie Swan lost in three sets to Ysaline Bonaventure as GB fell 1-0 behind to Belgium in their Fed Cup promotion play-off. World number 524 Swan, 16, was beaten 6-3 3-6 6-3 by the 21-year-old, ranked 160, in the opening rubber of the best-of-three tie in Eilat, Israel. British number two Heather Watson plays Alison van Uytvanck later before a potentially decisive doubles rubber. GB beat South Africa and Georgia this week to reach the Group 1 play-off. Victory against Belgium would see Judy Murray’s side progress to a World Group II play-off in April, and the possibility of a first home tie for Britain’s women since 1993.

    February 6, 2016 5:04 am
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World News

  • Political crisis turns lethal in Haiti


    Image copyright EPA Image caption Anti-government protesters fear President Martelly will try to stay in office Protesters in Haiti have beaten a man to death in a clash with ex-soldiers, as political uncertainty continues. Witnesses say the crowd in the capital Port-au-Prince attacked the man, thinking that he was from the country’s disbanded military. About 100 former soldiers, some armed, had been parading through the capital in pick-up trucks and on motorcycles. Haiti’s president is due to leave office on Sunday but no successor is yet in place. A run-off election was indefinitely postponed last month after violence and allegations of fraud. The first round of voting saw President Michel Martelly’s favoured candidate Jovenel Moise win a third of the vote, while opposition candidate Jude Celestin won a quarter. But Mr Celestin called the vote a “ridiculous farce” and opposition protesters denounced what they called an electoral coup. Critics of Mr Martelly fear he will …

    February 6, 2016 5:04 am
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Technology

  • Twitter deletes 125,000 Isis accounts and expands anti-terror teams


    Twitter has deleted more than 125,000 accounts linked to terrorists since mid-2015, the company announced, offering some of the most detailed insight yet of how Silicon Valley is collaborating with western governments in its fight against Islamic State. The social media company is relying on a mix of human judgment and technology, developing teams of specialists in the US and Ireland that comb through thousands of suspect accounts. Isis has also been linked to automated accounts, or “bots”, that churn out extremist rhetoric. These automated accounts can sometimes be caught with tools normally used to fight spam. “We condemn the use of Twitter to promote violent terrorism,” the company said in a statement on 5 February. “This type of behavior, or any violent threats, is not permitted on our service.” Twitter and other tech companies have long policed their content for signs of Islamic extremism. Until recently they have not been willing to discuss the …

    February 6, 2016 4:43 am
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Science

  • Two Penn professors call attention to the use of race in human genetic research


    Two University of Pennsylvania professors are coauthors, along with two other scholars, on a perspective piece published this week in the journal Science that calls for an end to the use of genetic concepts of race in biological research. “We believe the use of biological concepts of race in human genetic research, so disputed and so mired in confusion, is problematic at best and harmful at worst. It is time for biologists to find a better way,” the researchers wrote. Dorothy Roberts, a Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor with appointments in the School of Law and in the School of Arts Sciences’ departments of Africana Studies and Sociology, and Sarah Tishkoff, a PIK Professor with appointments in Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine and in Arts Sciences’ Biology Department, were coauthors on the publication. Roberts, the George A. Weiss University Professor of Law Sociology, is a scholar of race, gender and the law and also holds the …

    February 6, 2016 3:23 am
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Health

  • Record Heat, Drought May Explain Zika Outbreak in Brazil: Research


    FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — There may be a link between the recent hot and dry winter and spring in Brazil and the outbreak of the Zika virus, preliminary research suggests. “The extreme temperature and drought are due to a combination of the El Nino phenomenon and the climate changes of recent years,” researcher Shlomit Paz, from the department of geography and environmental studies at the University of Haifa in Israel, said in a university news release. This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the mosquito-borne Zika virus a global health threat because it may have caused thousands of cases of a severe birth defect in Brazil in the past year. The birth defect, known as microcephaly, causes babies to be born with permanent brain damage and very small heads. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that pregnant women consider not traveling to about 30 countries and territories …

    February 6, 2016 4:03 am
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Entertainment

  • Kailyn Lowry Not Happy With Her Son’s School


    Kailyn Lowry is currently a single mother in some regards. Her husband, Javi Marroquin, is currently working away from the home, so she’s forced to take care of her two children by herself. This Teen Mom star has done this once before, as Javi was once in training for an extended period of time, but it sounds like this time it’s going well – except for one thing. According to a tweet, Kailyn Lowry is now revealing that her son’s school isn’t exactly so reliable.  “Nothing like getting your child to school and THEN getting the voicemail that there is a 2 hour delay,” Kailyn revealed on Twitter, to which her fans wrote, “wasn’t it announced on TV?” and “I love teen mom and I think yall are so brave to share your story.” Many fans are impressed that she’s sharing so many details, including her son’s delayed school. People in the area may be …

    February 6, 2016 5:04 am
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Editorial

  • How I transcended the pain of being bullied to find success


    Another heartbreaking tale of bullying hit the media recently, and this one ended even more tragically with the death of a precious young girl.  We felt her family’s anguish as we learned of another dear soul cruelly singled out for taunting, abuse, and, in this case, much worse. The subject of bullying continues to gain more attention, and deservedly so.  I recall my own experiences with bullying, and it still can bring hot tears to my eyes.  Born with severely crossed eyes and a learning disability, school was often tortuous for me, and the teasing I received from other students often drove me to stay indoors during recess.  At first, I simply didn’t understand, and came home crying from school one day to ask “Mommy, am I cross-eyed?”   The pain on my mother’s face let me know that something was truly wrong with the way I was treated— simply for looking different.  In my …

    February 6, 2016 2:43 am
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Odd News

  • Turkish army seizes parrots, budgies on Syria border


    ISTANBUL The Turkish army has confiscated 700 parrots and 294 budgerigars on the border with Syria, it said on Friday, as its tighter security measures ensnare what was once a thriving trade in domesticated birds. NATO member Turkey has stepped up security along its 900-km (560-mile) border with Syria as it tries to prevent foreign fighters joining Islamic State militants and defend itself against spillover from the country’s civil war. But the measures, including more frequent border patrols and reinforced fencing, have also shut off what was long a thriving illicit trade in goods including fuel, cigarettes, sugar and, it seems, birds. “They were generally bringing Sultan, Love and Paradise parrots. Here in Turkey a Paradise parrot goes for 1,000 lira, but they were bringing them over for 500,” said Mehmet Turan, a bird breeder in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli. “It’s the same for lovebirds. We were selling them at 25 lira retail, …

    February 5, 2016 11:43 pm
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