Headline News

  • Former Army sergeant to receive Medal of Honor for Afghan heroism

    FILE: Sgt. Kyle Jerome White poses for a photo in March 2014.US Army WASHINGTON –  President Obama will award the Medal of Honor to former Army Sergeant Kyle J. White, who put his own life at risk in an hours-long effort to save fellow service members during a 2007 ambush in Afghanistan. White, a 27-year-old Seattle native, will be the seventh living recipient of the nation’s highest military honor for actions in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He will receive the medal in a ceremony at the White House on May 13. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT White and his team of 14 U.S. soldiers, along with Afghan National Army soldiers, were ambushed during a meeting with village elders in Aranas, Afghanistan, according to an Army account of the attack. The Army said the U.S. soldiers had been wary of heading to the village because local residents were suspected of collusion that resulted in a major attack on …

    April 16, 2014 4:50 am


  • Michigan, White House discuss federal money for bankrupt Detroit: report

    (Reuters) – Michigan officials and President Barack Obama’s Administration are discussing a plan to free up $100 million in federal money to aid Detroit’s retired city workers, the Detroit Free Press reported on Tuesday. Citing two people familiar with the talks, the newspaper said the talks were centered around federal money flowing to Michigan for blight removal. Under the plan, $100 million would be earmarked for Detroit, reducing the $500 million the city’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, plans to use to eliminate blight over the next 10 years. The $100 million saved could then be used by Orr to ease pension cuts for retirees under the city’s plan to adjust its $18 billion of debt and exit the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, according to the report. A spokeswoman for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder declined to comment on the report. Orr’s spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Free Press …

    April 16, 2014 1:28 am


  • GM will ask court to halt recall lawsuits

    General Motors wants a bankruptcy court to protect it from the growing number of lawsuits stemming from the company’s botched ignition switch recall. At issue is a legal shield GM gained as part of its 2009 bankruptcy. At the time, GM was facing about 2,500 lawsuits of various kinds. In most cases, plaintiffs have received only pennies on the dollar. Now the question is whether that legal protection will help General Motors fend off lawsuits stemming from the ignition switch recall. The automaker said it intends to file a motion “shortly” with a federal bankruptcy judge in New York seeking a court order stopping plaintiffs from suing the company over the ignition switch recall, according to court documents. GM said it is facing at least 36 ignition switch lawsuits. Among the cases GM wants stopped is one filed in a California federal court by 13 owners and leasers of recalled GM cars. The plaintiffs, who …

    April 16, 2014 3:50 am


  • Giants edge Dodgers in 12 innings

    San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Hector Sanchez’s game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 12th inning lifted the San Francisco Giants to a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a three-game series. Brandon Crawford hit a one-out single to center against Brandon League (0-1) and scampered to second on a Brandon Hicks groundout. A League wild pitch advanced Crawford to third before he crossed the plate on Sanchez’s base hit up the middle. Yusmeiro Petit (1-1) tossed a scoreless top of the 12th to get the win. Brandon Belt and Hunter Pence each had three hits for San Francisco, which has won three of its last four. Juan Uribe smacked a solo homer for the Dodgers, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Holding a 2-1 lead, the Dodgers sent Kenley Jansen to the mound in the ninth. Angel Pagan reached base on an infield single that deflected off …

    April 16, 2014 4:51 am

World News

  • Forensics examined in Pistorius case

    16 April 2014 Last updated at 09:28 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. LIVE: Coverage of the murder trial of the South African athlete Oscar Pistorius Forensics expert Roger Dixon is continuing to testify at Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial in South Africa’s capital, Pretoria. He took the stand after the Olympic sprinter’s seven days of testimony came to an end with him reading a Valentine’s card from his girlfriend. The athlete denies intentionally killing his Reeva Steenkamp in early hours of 14 February 2013. He says he shot her in the toilet, mistaking her for an intruder. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote However well his forensic experts proceed to shore up his testimony in the coming days, Mr Pistorius’ credibility has been damaged” End Quote Andrew Harding Africa correspondent Read more from Andrew The prosecution says the 29-year-old model and law graduate was deliberately killed after the couple had an …

    April 16, 2014 4:30 am


  • Samsung Galaxy S5 sales double S4 driven by 4G

    Saving your life at speed and in style Volvo have been responsible for some of the greatest advancements in car safety. We list off the top ways they’ve kept you safe today, even if you don’t drive one.

    April 16, 2014 5:10 am


  • Heartbleed Software Snafu: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Nine days after the announcement of the Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL, software widely used to secure Internet traffic, we have a much better understanding of the extent of the damage. (Thanks to the invaluable xkcd Web comic, we also have a better understanding of how Heartbleed works.)   The good news is that the first guesstimate for the number of afflicted Web sites—as many as two thirds of the total—proved to be wildly pessimistic. University of Michigan computer scientists Zakir Durumeric, David Adrian, Michael Bailey and J. Alex Halderman have conducted repeated scans of Alexa Internet’s Top 1 Million Domains(https://zmap.io/heartbleed/). As of 11 A.M. Eastern on April 13, the group found that 6.2 percent of the 45 percent of the top one million sites that support TLS were vulnerable to Heartbleed, down from the 11 percent that the same group found on April 9. So that’s the good news: fewer sites were affected than first …

    April 16, 2014 5:11 am


  • Casual pot use causes brain abnormalities in the young: study

    (Reuters) – Young, casual marijuana smokers experience potentially harmful changes to their brains, with the drug altering regions of the mind related to motivation and emotion, researchers found. The study to be published on Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience differs from many other pot-related research projects that are focused on chronic, heavy users of cannabis. The collaborative effort between Northwestern University’s medical school, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School showed a direct correlation between the number of times users smoked and abnormalities in the brain. “What we’re seeing is changes in people who are 18 to 25 in core brain regions that you never, ever want to fool around with,” said co-senior study author Dr. Hans Beiter, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University. In particular, the study identified changes to the nucleus accumbens and the nucleus amygdala, regions of the brain that are key to regulating emotion and motivation, in …

    April 16, 2014 1:28 am


  • Khloé Kardashian: "Love" tweet about French Montana?

    After Khloé Kardashian posted a photo of a love poem on her Twitter and Instagram accounts, fans began to speculate if it was about her friend and possible new boyfriend, French Montana. Khloé Kardashian Instagrams embarrassing picture of Kim The tweet, which had a link to Instagram with a photo of a typewritten poem, speaks about love and healing. For Kardashian, it may relate to how she has healed from her failed marriage to Lamar Odom. “And in the end, we were all just humans, drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness,” the Instagrammed poem read. The poem is actually not from a famous poet or anything, as Kardashian may have believed, but it is attributed to an avid social network user named Christopher Poindexter, who posts short verses all over the Internet. It is not clear what the little snippet of words really means, but it seems to be …

    April 16, 2014 3:50 am


  • Usher in a new era of economic, individual freedom: Abolish the IRS

      America marked a dubious milestone in its history last year – the 100th anniversary of federal taxes levied “on incomes, from whatever source derived.” Ensconced in the Sixteenth Amendment, the federal tax code totaled 400 pages when the income tax first took effect in 1913. Today this tax code is a staggering 74,608 pages long – and is administered by a bureaucracy of 90,000 employees at a cost of more than $11 billion annually. According to the latest data from the Tax Foundation, Americans will shell out $3 trillion in federal taxes this year – and another $1.5 trillion in state levies. That’s $4.5 trillion — a whopping 30.2 percent of income. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Americans deserve a tax system that is simple and fair – one that incentivizes economic growth as opposed to assaulting our productivity, our prosperity and our liberties. Lurking within the code’s monstrous size, myriad complexity and astronomical cost are any …

    April 16, 2014 1:28 am

Odd News

  • US Airways investigating pornographic tweet sent to complaining customer

    (Reuters) – US Airways said it was investigating a pornographic tweet on Tuesday sent on its Twitter account in response to a customer complaint about a flight delay, which went viral on social media. US Airways issued an apology on Monday immediately after deleting the tweeted photograph of a naked woman lying on a bed with a toy airplane between her legs, said Davien Anderson, spokesman for US Airways. By Tuesday morning, the apology had been retweeted nearly 13,000 times and social media was flooded with jokes and gripes about the image. Anderson said US Airways, part of American Airlines Group Inc, was investigating the mishap. So far it has determined that the photo was originally posted to its Twitter feed by another user, but was inadvertently included in its response to the customer. “We apologize for the inappropriate image we recently shared in a Twitter response,” Anderson said in an emailed statement. “We deeply …

    April 15, 2014 12:59 pm