Headline News

  • Authorities now investigating disappearance of Florida boy as homicide

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –  Florida authorities canceled an Amber Alert for a missing 21-month-old boy on Monday and say they are now investigating the disappearance of Lonzie Barton as a homicide. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Chief Tom Hackney released surveillance video during a news conference that shows the car of the mother’s boyfriend, William Ruben Ebron Jr., heading toward where the vehicle was eventually found abandoned and then Ebron running back toward his apartment. “We’re working this as a murder case,” Hackney said. Ebron, who lived with Lonzie’s mother, was caring for the boy and his 5-year-old sister when Lonzie disappeared July 24. Ebron initially told police he had left Lonzie in the car with its engine running while Ebron went into the apartment, and the car was gone when he returned, authorities said. The car was quickly recovered, but Lonzie hasn’t been located since. “His whole explanation is nothing but a load of lies,” Hackney said. …

    August 3, 2015 9:34 pm


  • Federal judge strikes down Idaho law banning documentation of animal abuse

    SALMON, Idaho A federal judge on Monday struck down an Idaho law that banned documentation of animal abuse at livestock operations, ruling that it violated freedom of speech and other constitutionally guaranteed rights. The measure, approved by the Republican-controlled state legislature and signed into law by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter in 2014, was crafted in response to a video released by animal-rights activists showing workers at an Idaho dairy dragging a cow across the floor by a chain on its neck and repeatedly beating, kicking and otherwise abusing other cows. But U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill agreed with the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and other groups that sued to overturn the statute in finding that the so-called ag gag law violated protections of free speech under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. “The effect of the statute will be to suppress speech by undercover investigators and whistleblowers …

    August 3, 2015 8:13 pm


  • Delta refusing to carry some big game trophies

    Delta Airlines will no longer allow certain big game trophies to be hauled on its planes. The announcement Monday followed protests over the slaughter of an African lion named Cecil. The airliner said it has banned worldwide the shipment of lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies as freight. “Delta will also review acceptance policies of other hunting trophies with appropriate government agencies and other organizations supporting legal shipments,” the company said in a release. The airline did not say why it decided to halt the practice. A Minnesota dentist has recently faced intense backlash after he killed a popular lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe. Activists have also targeted Delta. A change.org petition has been circulating since at least May that calls for Delta (DAL) to stop transporting exotic animal trophies. “As one of the world’s largest airlines, and the only U.S. carrier with direct service to South Africa, Delta Air Lines is in a …

    August 3, 2015 9:13 pm


  • Cubs call up OF Matt Szczur, designate pitcher Richard

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Chicago Cubs recalled outfielder Matt Szczur from Triple-A Iowa and designated left-hander Clayton Richard for assignment Monday night before their game with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Szczur was hitting .295 with seven home runs, 26 RBIs and 19 stolen bases in 58 games with Iowa. In 32 games with the Cubs earlier this season, he batted .211 with one homer, eight RBIs and two steals. Richard was 2-0 with a 4.29 ERA in four games, including three starts. Right-hander Dan Haren, acquired last Friday from the Miami Marlins in a trade, will take Richard’s spot in the rotation and make his Cubs’ debut Wednesday night against the Pirates.

    August 3, 2015 9:33 pm

World News

  • NHS trusts told to ‘redo finances’

    Hospitals and health trusts in England have been told by regulators to look again at their financial plans as current ones are unaffordable. Monitor has written to the 46 foundation trusts with the biggest deficits “challenging” their plans. It urged money-saving measures such as filling only essential staff vacancies. The Department of Health supported the move, but Labour argued it suggested there was a financial crisis in the NHS that was “spiralling out of control”. David Bennett, chief executive of Monitor, said the NHS was facing an almost unprecedented financial challenge this year. “We are already reviewing and challenging the plans of the 46 foundation trusts with the biggest deficits,” he wrote in a letter to trusts. Funding gap “However, it is clear that this process will not close the funding gap and so we need all providers – even those planning for a surplus this year – to look again at their plans to …

    August 3, 2015 9:34 pm


  • San Fran’s pee wall makes a splash

    San Francisco has a problem you notice almost immediately once you arrive: some areas stink of urine. The problem is most noticeable, and pungent, around the city’s metro stations. And it’s at one station – 16th Mission – where an interesting experiment is taking place. San Francisco’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is trying out a new idea that was and announced last week to much intrigue. They’ve coated some walls with a special type of paint that would make urine splash wildly up at the perpetrator – over his shoes, legs… even, as you can see in the video above, even their face. Signs in the area don’t explicitly state that the anti-pee paint has been applied The superhydrophobic coating costs about $200 to apply to each wall, and it essentially gives the concrete a waterproof layer. The effectiveness of the splashing is unquestionable. When Mohammed Nuru from the DPW gave me a demonstration …

    August 3, 2015 8:33 pm


  • Plan for supersized entanglement is unveiled by physicist

    Entangled mirrors: the proposed experiment An experiment that could lead to the quantum-mechanical entanglement of everyday objects in the form of two 100 g mirrors has been proposed by Roman Schnabel of the University of Hamburg and the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Germany. If successful, the mirrors would be by far the largest objects ever to be entangled, and the experiment would confirm that quantum physics applies to large and heavy objects, not just tiny particles. It could also test a prediction made in 2010 about how the mutual gravitational attraction of the mirrors affects their entanglement. Entanglement is a purely quantum-mechanical phenomenon that allows two particles, such as photons or electrons, to have a much closer relationship than is predicted by classical physics. The concept of entanglement was introduced in the 1930s when physicists were debating the seemingly bizarre implications of quantum mechanics as identified by the Einstein–Podolsky–Rosen (EPR) paradox. EPR points …

    August 3, 2015 7:33 pm


  • Senate blocks Planned Parenthood defunding measure

    WASHINGTON Republican legislation to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood failed to gather enough support in the U.S. Senate on Monday, halting at least for now moves to punish the women’s health group for its role in gathering fetal tissue from abortions for medical research. Senate Democrats succeeded in stopping the bill on a procedural vote. Sixty votes were needed to advance it in the 100-person chamber. It received 53 votes, with 46 senators opposing it. Planned Parenthood, which provides healthcare services to millions of women at hundreds of centers nationwide, has come under attack with the online posting of hidden-camera videos produced by an anti-abortion group, Center for Medical Progress. The group has said the videos show Planned Parenthood officials negotiating prices for fetal tissue from abortions it performs. Planned Parenthood has denied any wrongdoing and has said it does not profit from fetal tissue donation. Under U.S. law, donated human fetal tissue …

    August 3, 2015 7:53 pm


  • Eminem Admits He Weighed 230 Pounds When He Overdosed On Prescription Drugs

    Posted on Mon Aug 3rd, 2015 9:45am PDT       By X17 Staff Eminem got candid for a new interview with Men’s Journal, in which he revealed that in the peak of his drug addiction back in 2007 — he weighed 230 pounds — and it wasn’t 230 pounds of muscle! The “Stan” singer admitted to the mag that in 2007 his addiction to pills caused him to overdose on Vicodin and Valium — and also to eat poorly. “In 2007, I overdosed on pills, and I went into the hospital. I was close to 230 pounds. I’m not sure how I got so big, but I have ideas. The coating on the Vicodin and the Valium I’d been taking for years leaves a hole in your stomach, so to avoid a stomachache, I was constantly eating — and eating badly,” said Marshall Mathers. The Grammy winner also admitted that he got into a workout frenzy after putting …

    August 3, 2015 9:14 pm


  • Dear Congress, do the right thing on the Planned Parenthood vote

    Editor’s note: The following column originally appeared on RedState.com. I have seen a number of Republicans and even some Christian evangelicals in the past seventy-two hours make the case that the Republican Party should avoid a government shutdown to stop Planned Parenthood. In fact, a few have said the fight against Planned Parenthood is just another ideological fight and government does so much more and depriving Planned Parenthood of any money will not stop abortion. Therefore, they should keep getting money for two more years until Republicans can win the White House, keep the Congress, and defund them. There is merit to the political argument. But it is a political argument. It is an argument willing to turn away from what Planned Parenthood is doing, subsidized by tax payer dollars. Republicans should not make a political calculation on this. They should do what is right. That is to stand and fight to defund Planned Parenthood. …

    August 3, 2015 6:53 pm

Odd News

  • Arizona man says he beheaded wife ‘to get the evil out': police

    PHOENIX An Arizona man who admitted to decapitating his wife and her two dogs in a bloody incident last month in Phoenix told authorities he was attempting “to get the evil out” of her, according to court documents released on Monday. Kenneth Dale Wakefield, 43, also told police that he had smoked marijuana and the designer drug Spice about an hour before the gruesome killings in a Phoenix apartment on the morning of July 25, the documents showed. Wakefield, a transient with a history of mental illness who also maimed himself in the incident, was booked into a Maricopa County jail Aug. 1 on one count of first-degree murder and two counts of animal cruelty after being released from a local hospital. He is being held on $2 million bond. In court papers, police said Wakefield told them during an interview that he stabbed his 49-year-old wife, Trina Heisch, multiple times before decapitating her, and …

    August 3, 2015 7:53 pm