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  • Baltimore cleans up, mayor scrambles after riot over police-custody death

    BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Baltimore residents on Tuesday began to clear the wreckage of rioting and fires that erupted after the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody, while the city’s mayor defended local law enforcement’s light initial response. Acrid smoke hung over streets where violence broke out just blocks from Freddie Gray’s funeral and spread through much of the poor West Baltimore neighborhood. Nineteen buildings and 144 vehicles were set on fire, and 202 people were arrested, according to the mayor’s office. Police said 15 officers were injured, six seriously, in Monday’s unrest, which spread throughout the city as police initially looked on but did not interfere as rioters torched vehicles and later businesses. Looters had ransacked stores, pharmacies and a shopping mall and clashed with police in riot gear in the most violent unrest in the United States since Ferguson, Missouri, was torn by gunshots and arson in late 2014. …

    April 28, 2015 12:03 pm


  • McCarthy says short-term transportation bill likely in May

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Tuesday he believes passage of short-term legislation next month to extend transportation funding through the end of 2015 was more likely than a multi-year funding bill. McCarthy told reporters that a short-term extension could buy more time for Congress to craft a longer-term transportation bill with a viable funding mechanism. Current federal funding for road, bridge and rail transit projects expires on May 31. His comments are among the first from House Republican leaders acknowledging that crafting a multi-year transportation bill is too ambitious for the nine legislative days scheduled in May. “The ultimate goal is to do a long term (bill), so five to seven years. The best way to get to a long-term one is to probably do a short term one first,” McCarthy told a news briefing. President Barack Obama earlier this year proposed a six-year, $478 billion transportation bill, but …

    April 28, 2015 12:42 pm


  • Why Baltimore police officers don’t wear digital cameras

    There may have been fewer questions about the recent death of Freddie Gray if Baltimore police officers recording his arrest were wearing body cameras. That’s why there will likely be more calls for police around the country to be equipped with digital cameras — especially in light of the riots taking place in Baltimore. Many in Baltimore were asking for this before Gray died. It just hasn’t happened yet. The Baltimore City Council approved a bill last November that would have required police to be equipped with audio and video recording devices. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake vetoed the bill, but supports the use of wearable cameras. In fact, Rawlings-Blake submitted her own proposal for a wearable camera program in February. Rawlings-Blake cited questions about funding and disputed the authority of the City Council to legislate changes at the police department. Representatives for Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore’s City Council were not immediately available for comment. Related: CVS in …

    April 28, 2015 1:02 pm


  • Baseball’s Orioles postpone game in riot-scarred Baltimore

    (Reuters) – The baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox scheduled for Tuesday night in Baltimore has been postponed team officials said following recent violence that has gripped the city. In a statement, the Orioles said the decision to postpone the scheduled 7:05 p.m. ET game was made after “consultation with Major League Baseball and state and local officials.” Riots in Baltimore forced the cancellation of Monday night’s game and just hours later Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake announced a week-long curfew in the city beginning Tuesday. The violence in Baltimore on Monday followed the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who was killed while in police custody. Nineteen buildings and 144 vehicles were set on fire, and 202 people were arrested, the mayor’s office said. On Monday, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said moving upcoming Orioles games to Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., about 45 miles away, was an option …

    April 28, 2015 12:23 pm

World News

  • Nepal mourns victims of earthquake

    Nepal has declared three days of mourning for the victims of Saturday’s earthquake in which more than 5,000 people are now known to have died. Prime Minister Sushil Koirala says the government is doing all it can but is overwhelmed by the scale of the catastrophe. Rescuers are still struggling to bring aid to remote Himalayan areas. Heavy rain is worsening the plight of hundreds of thousands of people camped out in the open. The UN estimates that eight million people in 39 districts have been affected by the 7.8-magnitude quake – more than a quarter of the population. More than 10,000 people have been injured. Among the dead are 18 climbers who were at Mount Everest base camp when it was hit by an avalanche triggered by the quake. Helicopters are bringing in injured people from remote areas The US is among countries sending emergency supplies and equipment to Nepal In a televised address, …

    April 28, 2015 12:43 pm


  • Sweden grants Julian Assange appeal

    Julian Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for almost three years Sweden’s supreme court has granted Julian Assange the right to appeal against an arrest warrant for an alleged rape. The Wikileaks founder has been living inside Ecuador’s embassy in London since June 2012 to avoid extradition. Prosecutors in Sweden want to question him over allegations of rape dating back to 2010, which he denies. Mr Assange claims extradition to Sweden would allow the US to charge him over leaks of classified documents. A previous appeal by Mr Assange was dismissed by Sweden’s appeals court in November last year, but the supreme court has now awarded him the right to appeal. The announcement follows a surprise reversal by Swedish prosecutors, who last month agreed to travel to London to question Mr Assange after insisting for years he must travel to Sweden. The 43-year-old Australian has been living in a small suite …

    April 28, 2015 12:02 pm


  • Human hunting weapons may not have caused the demise of the Neanderthals

    The demise of Neanderthals may have nothing to do with innovative hunting weapons carried by humans from west Asia, according to a new study published in the Journal of Human Evolution. The researchers, from Nagoya University and The University of Tokyo, Japan, say their findings mean that we may need to rethink the reasons humans survived Neanderthals — and that we may not have behaved as differently as we thought. The researchers looked at innovative stone weapons used by humans about 42,000-34,000 years ago. Traditionally, anthropologists believed that innovation in weapons enabled humans to spread out of Africa to Europe. However, the new study suggests that the innovation was not a driving force for humans to migrate into Europe as previously thought — they were no better equipped than the Neanderthals. “We’re not so special, I don’t think we survived Neanderthals simply because of technological competence,” said Dr. Seiji Kadowaki, first author of the study …

    April 28, 2015 12:22 pm


  • Scientists Pinpoint Brain’s ‘Hunger Circuit’ in Mice

    TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Working with mice, researchers have identified a group of brain cells involved in feelings of hunger, appetite and eating. The researchers found that this group of brain cells — neurons — promotes fullness and removes uncomfortable feelings of hunger, even in mice that haven’t eaten. These findings, the researchers noted, could lead to the development of new weight-loss medications. “One reason that dieting is so difficult is because of the unpleasant sensation arising from a persistent hunger drive,” said the study’s co-senior author, Dr. Bradford Lowell, an investigator at the Center for Nutrition and Metabolism at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. “Our results show that the artificial activation of this particular brain circuit is pleasurable and can reduce feeding in mice, essentially resulting in the same outcome as dieting but without the chronic feeling of hunger,” Lowell noted in a hospital news release. Lowell’s lab colleagues …

    April 28, 2015 12:43 pm


  • Jennifer Aniston Proudly Displays Her Engagement Ring In NYC

    Posted on Tue Apr 28th, 2015 8:36am PDT       By X17 Staff Jennifer Aniston certainly knows how to walk it out through the Big Apple — and we couldn’t help but notice she was proudly displaying her engagement ring from longtime love Justin Theroux. Despite not walking down the aisle yet, Jen and Justin’s relationship looks like it’s still going strong! The stunner rocked it out as she donned a casual ensemble of a three-quarter length coat, distressed denim and suede boots. Despite being in Manhattan, the former Friends star kept it California with her casual but chic style. The 46-year-old was out and about in NYC to have dinner with some friends. But of course! The actress recently chatted about using her close friends try out products from her hair care line Living Proof. “They allow me to sort of use their hair, they’re like Barbie dolls,” Jennifer told People. “Courteney [Cox] has gorgeous hair, and …

    April 28, 2015 11:22 am


  • Hillary Clinton: Three big, unanswered questions from Democrat’s campaign launch

    April 21, 2015: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to students and faculty during a campaign stop at New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) Hillary Clinton launched her campaign for president over two weeks ago, and there remain three major unanswered questions about her latest bid for the presidency: 1. Why is Hillary Clinton running for president, and what policies would she pursue if elected? ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Pundits across the political spectrum have mocked the lack of a rationale for Clinton’s candidacy. Is she running for president because it’s “her turn,” because she’s the only Democrat with a truly national profile and near-universal name recognition, or because it’s the next logical thing to do in her political career?  None of these are sufficient rationales for a candidacy, but in the absence of a cogent explanation from Clinton or her campaign, it’s natural for observers to make assumptions about why she’s seeking the …

    April 28, 2015 12:43 pm

Odd News

  • Scientist Hawking tells upset fans Malik may be in parallel One Direction

    (Reuters) – What is the cosmological effect of singer Zayn Malik leaving the best-selling boy band One Direction and consequently disappointing millions of teenage girls around the world? The advice of British cosmologist Stephen Hawking to heartbroken fans is to follow theoretical physics, because Malik may well still be a member of the pop group in another universe. The physicist took a break from speaking about his work as one of the world’s leading scientists to answer the question from one upset fan during a talk at Sydney Opera House at the weekend. “Finally a question about something important,” Hawking, who appeared via hologram, said to loud laughs from the audience. “My advice to any heartbroken young girl is to pay attention to the study of theoretical physics because, one day, there may well be proof of multiple universes. “It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere outside of our own universe …

    April 27, 2015 12:16 pm