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  • Training records released for Oklahoma reserve deputy charged in unarmed suspect’s shooting

    TULSA, Okla. –  Attorneys have released some of the training records for a 73-year-old volunteer sheriff’s deputy charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed suspect in Oklahoma. The lawyers for Robert Bates released the records Saturday to The Associated Press and other news organizations. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT A day earlier, the Tulsa County volunteer deputy disputed a Tulsa World report that sheriff’s office supervisors were ordered to falsify his training records. Bates told NBC’s “Today” show that he was certified for his position and had the documentation to prove it. Bates says he mistakenly pulled out a handgun rather than a stun gun when he fatally shot Eric Harris on April 2 as he lay on the ground.

    April 18, 2015 6:46 pm


  • Paul, Graham clash on foreign-policy on U.S. campaign trail

    NASHUA, N.H. (Reuters) – Republican presidential hopefuls Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham took their debate over America’s role in the world from the U.S. Senate floor to the campaign trail on Saturday in an early sign that foreign policy is likely to be a flash point in the 2016 election. At a gathering of 18 potential and actual White House contenders, Paul accused fellow Republicans of being too willing to commit U.S. troops to foreign conflicts without a clear idea of how to get them out. “We have to decide when getting involved is good and when it’s not so good,” the libertarian-leaning Kentucky senator said. “There’s a group of folks in our party who think it’s always good. There’s a group of folks in our party who would have troops in six countries right now, maybe more.” That drew a rebuke from Graham, a South Carolina senator and Air Force reservist who frequently criticizes …

    April 18, 2015 6:45 pm


  • Why failure is so important to career success

    Failure is not a dirty word. Yet for too many professionals, it’s seen as something that should never happen to you – and if it does, you should be ashamed of it. Well, that’s wrong, according to Naama Bloom, the founder and CEO of HelloFlo, a period products startup. (You’ve probably seen their viral marketing videos.) “Every successful person that you know has failed their way into where they are,” Bloom said in her keynote Saturday at The Lady Project Summit in Providence, Rhode Island. “And they’re failing every day and dealing with it, which is getting them where they need to go.” The summit is an annual gathering drawing more than 250 professional women across industries ranging from technology, media, health and academia. It is hosted by The Lady Project, a Providence-based nonprofit that offers a networking community for women. The reality of success To many young professionals — women and men alike — …

    April 18, 2015 7:04 pm


  • Helio Castroneves sets track record, will start on pole for Grand Prix of Long Beach

    LONG BEACH, Calif. –  Helio Castroneves will start on the pole for the Grand Prix of Long Beach after setting a track record Saturday during qualifying. Castroneves, the 2001 champion at Long Beach, had a time of 1 minute, 0.66294 seconds around the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit. His lap during the Fast Six stage of knockout qualifying eclipsed the record of 1:00.882 set by Sebastien Bourdais at a Champ Car race in 2006. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Juan Pablo Montoya finished just behind Castroneves, giving Team Penske the first two spots for Sunday’s 80-mile race through the streets of downtown Long Beach. Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing qualified third, with Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay, Penske’s Simon Pagenaud and Josef Newgarden of CFH Racing rounding out the top six.

    April 18, 2015 6:45 pm

World News

  • Six released in Syria ‘terror’ probe

    Nine Britons were detained by Turkish security forces as they allegedly tried to cross into Syria Six people arrested by UK police over alleged terror offences after a group was stopped at the Turkey-Syria border have been released without charge. Five people aged between 21 and 47 were arrested earlier this month on suspicion of commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. A 30-year-old man, also from Rochdale, has also been released without charge. The councillor father of one of the five has said his son is “very happy to be back with his family”. The five were among a group of nine from Rochdale – five adults and four children – detained in Turkey three weeks ago. The nine were initially held in the Turkish city of Hatay. They were suspected of being en route to Syria. Hatay is 46 miles (75km) from Aleppo in Syria. One of the five detained in Turkey …

    April 18, 2015 6:46 pm


  • They monitor hearts, count calories … but are health apps any good for you?

    Going to the doctor’s is a pain. Why, if you have a recurring condition, do you need to take time off to go through the same checks to get the same prescription? How is it that the only time the doctor can see you is the least convenient hour of the week? Why is it that after wasting time with old copies of National Geographic in the waiting room, you are ushered into a smaller room only to wait again? Now technology – bold disrupter of industries from media to banking – is promising a brave new world of medicine. A world in which, as author and cardiologist Dr Eric Topol has it in his new book, The Patient Will See You Now. Tech companies see healthcare as a new gold mine. Aggregating this information into big data will reveal patterns that will solve medical mysteries and lead to innovations, they argue. Last year, Google’s …

    April 18, 2015 6:23 pm


  • Beyond the lithium ion — a significant step toward a better performing battery

    Related images(click to enlarge) The race is on around the world as scientists strive to develop a new generation of batteries that can perform beyond the limits of the current lithium-ion based battery. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a significant step toward the development of a battery that could outperform the lithium-ion technology used in electric cars such as the Chevy Volt. They have shown they can replace the lithium ions, each of which carries a single positive charge, with magnesium ions, which have a plus-two charge, in battery-like chemical reactions, using an electrode with a structure like those in many of today’s devices. “Because magnesium is an ion that carries two positive charges, every time we introduce a magnesium ion in the structure of the battery material we can move twice as many electrons,” says Jordi Cabana, UIC assistant professor of chemistry and principal investigator on the study. “We …

    April 18, 2015 6:44 pm


  • Household bleach may raise children’s infection risk

    (Reuters Health) – – At home and at school, cleaning with chlorine bleach is meant to kill germs that could make kids sick, but a large European study finds bleach may be having the opposite effect. Children in The Netherlands, Finland and Spain who were regularly exposed to bleach-cleaned environments had higher rates of respiratory-tract infections, including influenza, bronchitis and tonsillitis. “We should be aware that some of the products (like bleach) that we use in our homes for cleaning are chemicals that may have also some effect on our health and also on our children’s health,” said Lidia Casas of the Center for Environment and Health in Belgium who led the study. Previous studies have also linked cleaning products to respiratory health issues in children. This may be because inhaling fumes from bleach can damage the trachea, Casas said. However, other research has found bleach use to be linked to lower rates of asthma …

    April 18, 2015 6:45 pm


  • We applaud Selena Gomez embracing her curves in unedited Instagram photo

    More: Fans react to Selena Gomez’s reported ‘weight gain’ in the best way ever But the best part about the picture, which shows Gomez lying on a recliner in a plunging black swimsuit, is the fact that she has not edited it and that she is embracing her curves. With so many other celebrities out there obsessed with using waist-trainers or heavily Photoshopping their pictures, it’s really refreshing to see a young star who is completely happy with her body — and why shouldn’t she be?! This picture also sends out a beautiful message for other young fans: Love the skin you’re in. More: Selena Gomez begs fan not to commit suicide (PHOTO) The “Come Get It” hit maker captioned the poolside pic, “I love being happy with me yall #theresmoretolove.” Good for her! I love being happy with me yall #theresmoretolove A photo posted by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on Apr 16, 2015 at 5:39pm PDT …

    April 18, 2015 7:44 pm


  • Forget Cuba or health care reform, Obama’s real legacy is Middle East nukes

    April 17, 2015: President Obama reaches to shake hands with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in the Oval Office. (AP) President Obama recently sat down for a long, wide-ranging interview with Thomas Friedman, the New York Times’ premier columnist and multiple Pulitzer Prize winner. It was supposed to be an elevated discussion between two intellectuals about the weighty foreign policy issues not just of the day, but of the modern era. Obama kept referring to broad, sweeping words of wisdom – the deal with Iran is a “once in a lifetime” chance. He hinted at a similar deal with Cuba. And he announced, “You asked about an Obama doctrine. The doctrine is: We will engage, but we preserve all our capabilities.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Sadly, we have seen that the alternative to American leadership isn’t world peace, but rising regional hegemony – or even worse, chaos. China, Russia, Iran and the Islamic State don’t want to play …

    April 18, 2015 6:56 am

Odd News

  • Former Washington state governor ejects man from car

    SEATTLE (Reuters) – Former Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire used fast thinking and driving to stop a stranger from climbing into her car in a store parking lot, Olympia police said on Thursday. Gregoire, who was governor from 2005 to 2013, packed her purchases into the car’s trunk in a Lowe’s home improvement lot, the police said. As she did she saw a man watching her. Police said that once she was inside the car, the man opened the passenger door and started climbing in just as she began backing out of the space. She hit the gas pedal, the man fell to the ground and the door slammed shut, police said. The man, identified as 47-year-old Mark Snodderly, was not injured. Police said he then caused a disturbance in the store, adding that he was cited for disorderly conduct and taken to a hospital for evaluation. (This story has been refiled to fix spelling …

    April 16, 2015 6:22 pm