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  • Utah mother sentenced to 15 years to life for murdering six newborns

    PROVO, Utah (Reuters) – A Utah mother who pleaded guilty to murdering six of her newborn infants over the course of a decade was sentenced on Monday to 15 years to life in prison. Megan Huntsman, 40, confessed to suffocating or strangling the babies while she was suffering from methamphetamine and alcohol addiction, according to police. The six infants’ remains were found in April 2014 wrapped in old towels, shirts and plastic bags inside boxes in the garage in Pleasant Grove, about 40 miles north of Provo. The body of a seventh infant was discovered disposed of in the same way, but authorities have said they believe that child was stillborn. Police have said Huntsman secretly gave birth to all seven without medical assistance at the house after apparently managing to conceal her pregnancies from the outside world. The case of serial infanticide came to light when Huntsman’s estranged husband, Darren West, later confirmed by …

    April 20, 2015 7:29 pm


  • U.S. business groups to urge Congress to approve fast-track trade authority

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Almost 300 business groups from across the United States are urging swift passage of a bipartisan bill in Congress that would “fast-track” trade deals, in a letter they plan to send to congressional leaders on Tuesday. Noting that Washington was negotiating trade deals with Pacific countries and Europe, the letter seen by Reuters, dated April 21, said: “To realize the potential of these agreements for U.S. jobs, economic growth and competitiveness, Congress must pass Trade Promotion Authority.” The National Association of Manufacturers said on Monday the letter it and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce were sending had been signed by nearly 300 state and local associations involved in almost all areas of the economy. “Our chambers of commerce, manufacturing organizations, and farm bureaus represent millions of companies, workers, farmers, and ranchers from every sector of the economy and every state in the union,” said the letter, which will be delivered to congressional …

    April 20, 2015 7:28 pm


  • Inside Demi Moore’s swanky $75 million New York City penthouse

    The apartment is a penthouse in one of the twin towers of the landmark San Remo building on Central Park West in New York. Demi Moore is selling her swanky New York City penthouse. The six bedroom, five-and-a-half bathroom “mansion in the clouds” sits atop the landmark San Remo building on Central Park West and is listed currently at $75 million. Described as the “last unicorn of Manhattan,” the apartment spans the top two floors of the building’s south tower. It also includes a 2-bedroom “maisonette” at the top of the building, which has its own private entrance. The luxury penthouse has terraces that nearly wrap around the 27th floor, providing expansive views of the New York City skyline, Central Park and the George Washington Bridge. Built in 1930, the San Remo is one of Manhattan’s most prestigious buildings and has been home to a number of celebrities over the years. Steve Jobs reportedly sold …

    April 20, 2015 7:48 pm


  • BoSox beat O’s in rain-shortened series finale

    Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) – Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored as the Boston Red Sox won a rain-shortened Patriots’ Day affair, 7-1, against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on Monday. Mookie Betts added a hit and two runs scored for the Red Sox, who salvaged a split of this four-game set after this game was called following the top of the seventh. Ryan Hanigan had a hit, was hit by a pitch twice and scored two runs for Boston, which has won 11 of their last 16 Patriots’ Day games and ended a seven-game homestand 4-3. Boston starting pitcher Justin Masterson (2-0) picked up the win, going just five innings. The right-hander was charged with one run on three hits, striking out six and walking three. “I think the most impressive thing was we had a few long innings and he was still able to come out and get loose …

    April 20, 2015 7:48 pm

World News

  • Italy arrests two over migrant boat

    Survivors of Sunday’s sinking off Libya arrived in the Sicilian port of Catania late on Monday The captain and a crew member of a boat that capsized off Libya on Sunday, killing hundreds of migrants, have been arrested, Italian officials say. The two, held on suspicion of people trafficking, were among 27 survivors who arrived in Sicily late on Monday. The arrests come after the EU set out a package of measures to try to ease the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. Search and rescue operations will be stepped up and there will be a campaign to destroy traffickers’ boats. Italian Infrastructure Minister Graziano Delrio said the prosecutor of Catania in Sicily, Giovanni Salvi, had ordered the arrests of the two men who had arrived in the port on a coast guard vessel. Other officials said the pair were the Tunisian captain of the migrant boat and his Syrian first mate. “Prosecutor Salvi has made …

    April 20, 2015 7:48 pm


  • Gesture-enabled touchpad fits on your thumbnail (Tomorrow Daily 164)

    Happy Monday, citizens of the Internet! We’re back today with a slew of crazy future tech stories to make your imaginations run wild; fortunately, everything you see on the show today is real and (hopefully someday) coming to a reality near you. MIT’s “NailO” prototype fits a tiny touchpad on your thumb, but don’t worry, they think a commercial version will support artistic surfaces (so you can look stylish while subtly paging through Tinder with your thumb). We’re also taking a look at an educational tool that combines augmented reality and 3D imaging to help kids learn subjects like science and history, plus we go over SpaceX’s third attempt at a reusable rocket landing in the middle of the ocean. Oh, and congratulations to viewer Neil, who sent in an ultrasound picture of his first baby! Our youngest superfan, obviously. Here are some links and notes for all the things on the show today: MIT’s …

    April 20, 2015 6:48 pm


  • Better battery imaging paves way for renewable energy future

    Related images(click to enlarge) In a move that could improve the energy storage of everything from portable electronics to electric microgrids, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Brookhaven National Laboratory researchers have developed a novel X-ray imaging technique to visualize and study the electrochemical reactions in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries containing a new type of material, iron fluoride. “Iron fluoride has the potential to triple the amount of energy a conventional lithium-ion battery can store,” says Song Jin, a UW-Madison professor of chemistry and Wisconsin Energy Institute affiliate. “However, we have yet to tap its true potential.” Graduate student Linsen Li worked with Jin and other collaborators to perform experiments with a state-of-the-art transmission X-ray microscope at the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven. There, they collected chemical maps from actual coin cell batteries filled with iron fluoride during battery cycling to determine how well they perform. The results are published today in the journal Nature Communications. “In …

    April 20, 2015 7:08 pm


  • Iowa reports biggest U.S. outbreak of bird flu in poultry

    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, found a lethal strain of bird flu in millions of hens at an egg-laying facility on Monday, the worst case so far in a national outbreak that prompted Wisconsin to declare a state of emergency. The infected Iowa birds were being raised near the city of Harris by Sunrise Farms, an affiliate of Sonstegard Foods Company, the company said. The facility houses 3.8 million hens, according to the company, which sells eggs to food manufacturers, government agencies and retailers. “We went to great lengths to prevent our birds from contracting AI (avian influenza), but despite best efforts we now confirm many of our birds are testing positive,” Sonstegard said in a statement. The flock has been quarantined, and birds on the property will be culled to prevent the spread of the disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. The virus can kill nearly an entire infected …

    April 20, 2015 7:28 pm


  • Roseanne Barr explains why she doesn’t care for Hillary Clinton

    More: Roseanne goes off on Ashton Kutcher and Chuck Lorre Barr, who herself ran for president in 2012 with the Peace and Freedom Party after failing to win the Green Party nomination, said that it doesn’t matter that Clinton, who announced her candidacy last week, is a woman, because at the end of the day, it’s just politics as usual. “I think she’s a Democrat just like they all are,” Barr told the Daily Beast. “She seems like every other Democrat. I would not like to see her win. She’s the same old shit. I’d like to see me win. “I don’t see how she can win, but it will be interesting to see how the process goes — although it’s kind of offensive that the American people for 21 months have to live through the mudslinging that goes on between the two parties, which I think is just a tactic to prevent government from …

    April 20, 2015 8:08 pm


Odd News

  • U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal over Arizona ‘fish pedicures’

    (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by the owner a Phoenix-area spa that ran afoul of Arizona state regulations that barred her from providing pedicures in which clients have their feet nibbled by small fish to remove dead skin. The high court’s action, made without comment by the justices, ends a years-long case over fish pedicures, which have become a popular alternative to exfoliation for some spa-goers in recent years but are banned in some U.S. states for health and safety reasons. The procedure involves customers placing their feet in a water tank filled with toothless Garra rufa fish, also known as doctor fish, which suck the dead tissue off their feet to leave them feeling softer. Cindy Vong, who has operated a nail salon in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert since 2006, introduced the treatment in 2008. She imported fish from China and remodeled her business to create a …

    April 20, 2015 3:04 pm