Headline News

  • Muslim family says daughter left Alabama home to join ISIS


    April 20, 2015: Attorney Hassan Shibly speaks to the media at a mosque in Hoover, Ala. on behalf of the parents of a 20-year-old ISIS recruit. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –  A spokesman for a Muslim couple in Alabama on Monday said their 20-year-old daughter fled a Birmingham suburb to join Islamic State militants in Syria after being recruited via the Internet. Hassan Shibly spoke at the mosque on behalf of the parents of the young woman, whom he identified only as Hoda. He said the family has been “extremely traumatized” for months and has been in contact with law enforcement and government officials since she disappeared while also pleading with Hoda to return home. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “For them this is worse than losing the life of a child, to have them join such a horrible, horrible gang of violent extremists,” Shibly said, adding the father is worried about the mother’s health. “Nothing can …

    April 20, 2015 11:50 pm
    0 Comments

Politics

  • In Cuba, New York Governor Cuomo seeks to open doors to trade


    HAVANA (Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo met senior Cuban officials in Havana on Monday as the head of a high-powered business delegation looking to take advantage of President Barack Obama’s easing of restrictions with the Communist-led island. Cuomo, a Democrat, is the first governor to visit Cuba since a December announcement by Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro that they would restore diplomatic relations and work to normalize trade and travel ties after more than a half century of hostility and confrontation. Cuomo termed the agreement “courageous” in opening remarks to a business conference and said, “We want to do everything we can to help.” Cuomo was joined by top executives from JetBlue Airways Corp., Pfizer Inc. and MasterCard Inc., who were among 18 business leaders and academics on the trip. Related Video Cuomo in Cuba Cuomo said the purpose of his visit was to see what can be done now and look …

    April 20, 2015 11:30 pm
    0 Comments

Stocks

  • More oil industry pain: Halliburton slashes 9,000 jobs


    Lower crude prices are great for consumers, but disastrous for oil industry workers. Halliburton (HAL) employees are the latest to feel the pain. The company said Monday that it has cut 9,000 jobs over the past two quarters as crashing energy prices have forced it to scale back drilling operations. The Houston-based oil field services firm said the job cuts represent more than 10% of its workforce. The company had previously estimated that falling prices would necessitate reducing its global workforce by up to 8%. Oil prices have plummeted by about half from $107 a barrel last June, spurring cuts across the industry. Halliburton described the decline in North American drilling activity as “unprecedented.” Last week, oil services firm Schlumberger (SLB) announced that it would layoff 11,000 people, its second major job cut this year. Other firms including Chevron (CVX), Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) and BHP Billiton (BBL) have announced plans to cut investment or …

    April 20, 2015 11:49 pm
    0 Comments

Sports

  • Butler leads Bulls over Bucks for 2-0 series lead


    Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Jimmy Butler is quickly proving he may be the go-to guy for Chicago in crunch time. That’s nice for the Bulls to know if Derrick Rose has a dismal first half like he did Monday night. Butler scored 14 of his playoff career-high 31 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Bulls to a 91-82 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series. The 25-year-old Butler’s previous playoff career-high of 25 points was set in Saturday’s Game 1 win over the Bucks. “A lot of my scoring goes to (my teammates) for drawing so much attention,” Butler said. Rose scored all 15 of his points after halftime and added nine assists and seven rebounds. Pau Gasol had 11 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks, and Joakim Noah ripped down a game-high 19 rebounds for the Bulls, who have won eight of the last nine against …

    April 20, 2015 11:10 pm
    0 Comments

World News

  • South Korea PM offers to resign


    Mr Lee (centre) denies accepting 30 million won in illegal campaign funds South Korea’s Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo has offered to resign after facing accusations of accepting bribes. President Park Geun-hye has not said if she will accept Mr Lee’s resignation, but has expressed sympathy for him. State news agency Yonhap said she had called for a “thorough investigation” into the scandal. Mr Lee denies accepting 30 million won ($27,700; £18,600) in illegal campaign funds in 2013, but has come under pressure to stand down. Under South Korean law, politicians cannot accept more than 100,000 won in contributions. The scandal erupted when businessman Sung Wan-jong was found dead earlier this month in a suspected suicide. Mr Sung was about to be questioned by authorities over allegations that he embezzled company money to bribe politicians. Investigators found a note in his pocket listing the names of several people, including Mr Lee, and numbers which appeared to …

    April 20, 2015 11:10 pm
    0 Comments

Technology

  • Google joins the search for Loch Ness Monster, may have found it (or not)


    Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. Is he out there? Or is it a she? Google/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET What better way to advertise that you’re a search giant than to search for a giant? I feel sure some bright light at Google HQ uttered that line and was immediately promoted. Google is experiencing choppy waters in Europe. So why not curry a little local favor by helping to find a legendary sea monster that everyone believes exists? Well, everyone after 10 pints of Scottish ale. As it revealed in a blog post on Monday, Google committed one of its street view cameras, mounted it on a boat and went out to find the Loch Ness Monster. The company also brought along some divers, equipped with underwater cameras. Nessie’s a shy thing, after all. Over the years, several people have claimed to have found the …

    April 20, 2015 10:49 pm
    0 Comments

Science

  • Study: Soil nutrients may limit ability of plants to slow climate change


    Many scientists assume that the growing level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will accelerate plant growth. However, a new study co-written by University of Montana researchers suggests much of this growth will be curtailed by limited soil nutrients. The end result: By the end of the century, there may be more than an additional 10 percent of CO2 in the atmosphere, which would accelerate climate change. “If society stays on its current trajectory of CO2 emissions and the growth rates of plants don’t increase as much as many models project, the result by the end of the century could be more extreme than we predicted,” said Cory Cleveland, a UM associate professor of biogeochemistry. The study was published in the journal Nature Geoscience. Cleveland and former UM doctoral student Bill Smith did the research, along with partners at the University of Colorado and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. “Humanity so far has greatly benefited …

    April 20, 2015 11:10 pm
    0 Comments

Health

  • 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
    0 Comments

Entertainment

  • Amber Rose Plays Coy When Asked About Reuniting With Estranged Hubby Wiz Khalifa


    Posted on Mon Apr 20th, 2015 12:29pm PDT       By X17 Staff Amber Rose jetted out of Los Angeles International Airport over the weekend, and despite professing her love for estranged hubby Wiz Khalifa earlier this month, the curvy beauty played coy when asked if she’s getting back with her ex. Amber smiled and told our X17 photographers, “I don’t even know what you’re asking me bro!” We’re not buying it! After Wiz reportedly cheated on Amber, she filed for divorce in September 2014, just nine months after she gave birth to their son Sebastian. Though the two exchanged a number of nasty messages on Twitter and Instagram over the last few months, Amber shocked us earlier this month when she posted a photo of the two and revealed that she was still madly in love with the rapper. “My #ManCrushEveryday you know what it is,” she wrote. “We went wrong somewhere and even if we never …

    April 20, 2015 10:09 pm
    0 Comments

Editorial

  • 420 Day: A physician’s take on pot


    April 18, 2015: Partygoers listen to music and smoke marijuana on one of several days of the annual 4/20 marijuana festival, in Denver’s downtown Civic Center Park. The annual event is the second 4/20 marijuana celebration since retail marijuana stores began selling in January 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) There will be neither a presidential proclamation nor a pause for reflection in Congress – but just the same, people are literally dancing in the street today. It’s April 20, aka National Weed Day. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Its origin is the stuff of folklore. Back in 1971, a group of high school kids in San Rafael, Calif., would meet daily at 4:20 p.m. and head out in search of a marijuana crop they’d heard about. They never found it, but over the next few decades the time of day, 4:20, became the day of the month, 4/20. Today, countless thousands of Americans, comfortable that their sheer numbers will prompt …

    April 20, 2015 11:30 pm
    0 Comments

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
    0 Comments