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  • Deputies in wrongful-death case dispute autopsy finding that disabled man died from asphyxia

    Three Maryland sheriff’s deputies are disputing the state medical examiner’s conclusion that a man with Down syndrome died from asphyxia as they struggled to remove him from a movie theater in 2013. In a U.S. District Court filing, the deputies contend the evidence shows that 26-year-old Robert Ethan Saylor probably died from an underlying medical problem. A civil lawsuit brought by Saylor’s family names the deputies, state and mall management company. The autopsy found that Saylor was obese, with heart problems and a lung scarred from a childhood medical problem. Plaintiffs’ attorney Joseph Espo said Tuesday that expert witnesses for Saylor’s family disagree with almost everything in the filing. The New Market man died after the off-duty deputies tried to remove him from a Frederick theater auditorium because he didn’t have a ticket.

    September 1, 2015 12:47 pm


  • U.S. court denies $2 million legal fees to conservatives in voting rights case

    WASHINGTON A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday denied $2 million in legal fees sought from the federal government by conservative lawyers who persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 to strike down a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a lower court’s decision to reject the fee request, which was made to the government by lawyers representing Shelby County, Alabama. The three-judge panel said the fees provision applies only when the case advances the goals Congress wanted to promote. As the aim of the challenge was to narrow the scope of the law, not to enforce individual voting rights, no legal fees are available, the court found. “Shelby County’s lawsuit neither advanced Congress’s purpose nor performed some service Congress needed help to accomplish. It defies common sense and ignores the structure and history of the act to think otherwise,” Judge Thomas …

    September 1, 2015 11:06 am


  • Oil price wars: Russia hints at squeeze in production

    Russian oil producers are getting squeezed. Russia’s deputy prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich said low prices have caused reduction in investment and could soon lead to decline in output. “It’s quite possible that if oil prices remain at the low levels for long, oil production could decline, as had been the case before,” Dvorkovich told journalists in Moscow, according to Russia’s state news agency. Russia has been hit hard by the oil market turmoil and Western sanctions imposed on Moscow over its role in Ukraine’s crisis. It is now experiencing the worst economic downturn in years — the economy is expected to shrink by 3.4% this year. Around half of Russian government revenue comes from the oil and gas industry. Related: Russia is facing a fuel shortage The turmoil in oil prices has forced Russia to shift to annual budgets, from its current three-year financial planning strategy, the Kremlin announced Tuesday. The government is now pushing …

    September 1, 2015 12:07 pm


  • Cards’ chemistry fuels wins — or is it the other way around?

    In any sport, the same question persists: Which comes first, the winning or the chemistry? It might not be an answerable question. Winning teams develop chemistry. Teams with great chemistry win. Whichever way the St. Louis Cardinals did, they discovered the formula. And it simply perpetuates itself, game after game in an ultra-confident group of teammates who believe in one another and believe they accomplish just about anything. A recent stretch of big innings is further proof. On Monday night, the Cardinals trailed 5-3, blew off a double play that could have killed the inning before it really stated. But St. Louis never relents. The next six batters reached and the Cards put five runs on the board to lead to an 8-5 win over the Washington Nationals for the team’s big-league best 85th win. The Cards have turned around recent offensive struggles and have now scored at least three runs in an inning in …

    September 1, 2015 12:47 pm

World News

  • Man charged over pianist murder

    A man has been charged with murder after concert pianist Natalia Strelchenko was found with fatal injuries at a house in Manchester. John Martin, 47, is accused of killing the 38-year-old mother, who died after reports of an assault at a property in Culcheth Lane, Newton Heath, on Sunday. Mr Martin, of Culcheth Lane, has also been charged with the attempted murder of a boy under the age of 17. He is due to appear at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. Ms Strelchenko died in hospital on Sunday after paramedics were unable to revive her. Image caption Paramedics were unable to save Ms Strelchenko after they were called to the house in Newton Heath In a statement, her family described her as “talented” and “beautiful”, they added: “she will be greatly missed.” According to her website, Ms Strelchenko, who was of Russian origin, made her debut aged 12 with the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. Also …

    September 1, 2015 12:47 pm


  • Amazon Prime allows offline viewing

    Image caption Films such as the Wolf of Wall Street will be available for download via the video service Members of Amazon’s Prime service can now download films and TV episodes for offline viewing. TV programmes, comedy series and films such as The Wolf of Wall Street are available via the service that already lets people stream video content. Amazon said it would not levy any additional charge for the service. In the UK, a year’s subscription to Prime costs £79. The offline option is available in the US, UK, Germany and Austria. Video battle Owners of Amazon’s Fire tablet who are also signed up to the Prime service have been able to download movies and programmes for months. An updated Amazon Video app now extends this to non-Amazon branded gadgets. Amazon is the first net-based video subscription service to offer the downloading option on Android and iOS devices. Licensing restrictions will mean some content …

    September 1, 2015 11:26 am


  • A Red Flag for a Neurodegenerative Disease that May Be Transmissible

    Scientists claim to have discovered the first new human prion in almost 50 years. Prions are misfolded proteins that make copies of themselves by inducing others to misfold. By so doing, they multiply and cause disease. The resulting illness in this case is multiple system atrophy (MSA), a neurodegenerative disease similar to Parkinson’s. The study, published August 31 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, adds weight to the idea that many neurodegenerative diseases are caused by prions. In the 1960s researchers led by Carleton Gajdusek at the National Institutes of Health transmitted kuru, a rare neurodegenerative disease found in Papua New Guinea, and Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD), a rare human dementia, to chimpanzees by injecting samples from victims’ brains directly into those of chimps. It wasn’t until 1982, however, that Stanley Prusiner coined the term prion (for “proteinaceous infectious particle”) to describe the self-propagating protein responsible. Prusiner and colleagues at the University of California, …

    September 1, 2015 10:26 am


  • FDA issues warning letters to five caffeine distributors

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued warning letters to five distributors of pure powdered caffeine, as the federal agency stepped up efforts to curtail ingestion of the stimulant in its pure form. The drug regulator had in 2014 issued a consumer advisory warning of the risk to taking pure powdered form of caffeine after two men died from overdose. Earlier in 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Breathable Foods Inc, a company that marketed an inhalable caffeine product as ‘breathable energy’. The agency had in the same year investigated reports of five deaths that may be associated with Monster Beverage Corp’s namesake energy drink that contains caffeine. (reut.rs/1fTme2j) Caffeine is commonly used in small and safe doses in products such as coffee, carbonated beverages and energy drinks. Common milder side-effects from taking increasing amounts of caffeine include nervousness and tremors. Pure powdered caffeine taken in large doses, however, can cause …

    September 1, 2015 10:46 am


  • The Beckhams Wrap Up Their Summer In Los Angeles, Head Back To London

    Posted on Tue Sep 1st, 2015 9:00am PDT       By X17 Staff They’re saying bye to the US of A! The Beckhams have waved goodbye to Los Angeles and are moving back to London — we’re sure gonna miss them! The family of six headed out of LAX on Monday night and made quite the adorable scene. The down-to-earth kids dressed down for long flight and even carried their own bags. Upon arriving in London this morning, the 41-year-old fashion designer posted a familial photo on Instagram of hubby David and children, Brooklyn, 16, Romeo, 13, Cruz, 10, and four-year-old Harper as they made their way through the London airport. It’s nice that the Brits are back on their home turf — but we are really going to miss seeing sexy David at SoulCycle! It’s the end of the summer😢🇺🇸 we are coming home x 😊🇬🇧 missed you! X vb A photo posted by Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) …

    September 1, 2015 12:27 pm


  • Migrant crisis isn’t just Europe’s problem, it’s our problem, too

    Europe’s illegal immigration problems are daily growing more serious, evidenced by the human tragedies of North Africans and Middle Easterners dying at sea or in overcrowded vehicles.  Precise statistics are in short supply, but the numbers involved are unquestionably at crisis levels.  While Americans may believe that Europe, long disdainful of our own intense debate over border-security problems, is getting what it deserves, we should nonetheless focus on both the potential threats and lessons applicable to us.  One critical cause of Europe’s illegal-immigration spike is the growing chaos across the greater Middle East.  This spreading anarchy derives, in substantial part, from Barack Obama’s deliberate policy of “leading from behind” by reducing U.S. attention to and involvement in the region.  When America’s presence diminishes anywhere in the world, whatever minimal order and stability existed there can rapidly evaporate.    For years, the central cause of population movements into Europe was economic:  North Africans crossed the narrow …

    September 1, 2015 9:46 am

Odd News

  • First Dane goes into space — to test bike gear

    COPENHAGEN Denmark will send its first man into space on Wednesday and in keeping with the country’s love of all things cycling, one of his jobs will be to test new equipment on Danish-made exercise bikes at the International Space Station. Dubbed “Denmark’s Gagarin” by European Space Agency officials after the first man in space, Andreas Mogensen will lift off at 0437 GMT (12:37 a.m. EDT) accompanied by Russian Sergei Volkov and Kazakh Aidyn Aimbetov on ESA’s 10-day “sprint” mission. The aim is to test equipment in areas of telerobotics and communications as well as monitoring the impact of space travel on Mogensen himself as his short voyage is unique in missions that normally last several months, according to ESA. But he will also test out a new heart rate monitor and force-measuring pedals on exercise bikes built by the Danish Aerospace Company (DAC), according to the company’s website. The Danish exercise bikes — with …

    September 1, 2015 10:46 am