Headline News

  • Protest over homelessness sprawls in Tucson, Arizona


    TUCSON, Ariz. (Reuters) – A federal lawsuit stemming from the Occupy movement more than three years ago has led to a sprawling homelessness protest in Tucson, Arizona, that has scores of people living in coffin-like plywood sidewalk “pods,” and the county citing the city for human waste and loose dogs. The demonstration is aimed at the “decriminalization” of homelessness, said Jon McLane, an Occupy organizer who sued Tucson in 2011 saying the city’s arrest of sidewalk campers violated the constitutional right to protest on public property. McLane later founded Safe Park LLC, an organization that aims to convince the Tucson authorities to provide camping space and restrooms for the homeless. It is modeled on a similar project in Portland, Oregon. “We don’t need all the bells and whistles. We just don’t want it to be a crime to be homeless,” said McLane, an Iraq War veteran who has lived on the streets since the Occupy …

    March 5, 2015 7:42 pm
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Politics

  • Lawmaker becomes first Republican to enter California’s U.S. Senate race


    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – California state lawmaker Rocky Chavez on Thursday became the first Republican to jump into the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated next year by Democrat Barbara Boxer. Chavez, a retired Marine colonel who represents part of San Diego County in the State Assembly, faces an uphill battle against Democratic state Attorney General Kamala Harris in the heavily blue state. But Chavez predicted he would win support from Californians concerned about national security, the economy and the state’s troubled public education system. “If things get worse overseas, who would Californians want representing them in the Senate? A lawyer from San Francisco or a Marine colonel who knows how lives can be protected?” Chavez said, citing the threat from the Islamic State militant group. Chavez has charted a mostly centrist course since winning election to the Legislature in 2012, backing immigration reform and same-sex marriage while saying that as a Catholic, …

    March 5, 2015 6:42 pm
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Stocks

  • Daily Show’s Samantha Bee gets own show on TBS


    Scratch Samantha Bee off the list of potential replacements for Jon Stewart. TBS, which is owned by Time Warner, Inc. (TWX) (also the parent company of CNNMoney), announced on Thursday that the longtime correspondent of “The Daily Show” will be heading to the cable network for her own show. The series is still in the early stages of development, but according to TBS it will be “a platform for Bee to apply her smart and satirical point of view to current and relevant issues.” Bee will serve as both host and executive producer of the new series. Related: Who will replace Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show’? “Like her fans around the country, we absolutely adore everything about Sam, from her straight-faced sarcasm and ruthless wit to her uncanny ability to mine comedy gold from just about any awkward situation,” Brett Weitz, TBS’s executive vice president of original programming, said in a statement. Bee’s move …

    March 5, 2015 7:02 pm
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Sports

  • Holmes fires 62 to lead by 4 at Doral


    Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – J.B. Holmes fired a 10-under 62 on Thursday and he grabbed a 4-stroke lead after the opening round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Holmes, who shared second place at the Farmers Insurance Open in early February, picked up his third PGA Tour title last year. Ryan Moore was tied for the lead with Holmes late in the round, but he found water off the tee on the 18th at Trump National Doral and that led to a closing double-bogey. Moore stands alone in second place at 6-under 66. Rickie Fowler, 2011 runner-up Dustin Johnson and Alexander Levy share third place at 4-under 68. Henrik Stenson and Brooks Koepka are one stroke back at minus-3. Adam Scott, who is making his first PGA Tour start of the season, carded a 2- under 70. He was joined in eighth place by Jim Furyk, Charley Hoffman, Gary Woodland and Jamie Donaldson, who shared second place …

    March 5, 2015 7:42 pm
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World News

  • Nuclear deal ‘very bad for Iranians’


    5 March 2015 Last updated at 17:54 Benjamin Netanyahu said people in Iran “understood the cost” of their government’s policies Israel’s prime minister has warned the people of Iran that the nuclear deal being negotiated by their country and world powers is “very bad” for them. In an interview with BBC Persian, Benjamin Netanyahu said it would create a “nuclear tinderbox in the heart of the Middle East that could go off”. Nothing should be done to give the government in Tehran “a clear path to the bomb”, Mr Netanyahu stressed. Iran insists its nuclear activities are solely for peaceful purposes. But the so-called P5+1 – the US, UK, France, China and Russia plus Germany – want it to scale back sensitive nuclear activities to ensure that it cannot develop a nuclear weapon. In return, they would end the sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy. Both sides have set themselves deadlines of 31 March …

    March 5, 2015 7:42 pm
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Technology

  • Mars once had an ocean bigger than the Arctic


    NASA/GSFC The question about water on Mars has shifted from “was there?” to “how much?” According to the latest research from NASA, the answer is “a lot.” After conducting a ground-based analysis of the water in the Red Planet’s atmosphere, a team led by Geronimo Villanueva of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has determined that not only was Mars once home to an ocean bigger than the Arctic Ocean, but also how much of that water has been lost. “Our study provides a solid estimate of how much water Mars once had, by determining how much water was lost to space,” Villanueva said. “With this work, we can better understand the history of water on Mars.” The volume of this ocean, which existed some 4.3 billion years ago, would have been at least 20 million cubic kilometres (5 million cubic miles). The Arctic Ocean has a volume of just over 18 million cubic kilometres. On …

    March 5, 2015 6:21 pm
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Science

  • New detector sniffs out origins of methane


    Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, second only to carbon dioxide in its capacity to trap heat in Earth’s atmosphere for a long time. The gas can originate from lakes and swamps, natural-gas pipelines, deep-sea vents, and livestock. Understanding the sources of methane, and how the gas is formed, could give scientists a better understanding of its role in warming the planet. Now a research team led by scientists at MIT and including colleagues from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the University of Toronto, and elsewhere has developed an instrument that can rapidly and precisely analyze samples of environmental methane to determine how the gas was formed. The approach, called tunable infrared laser direct absorption spectroscopy, detects the ratio of methane isotopes, which can provide a “fingerprint” to differentiate between two common origins: microbial, in which microorganisms, typically living in wetlands or the guts of animals, produce methane as a metabolic byproduct; or thermogenic, in …

    March 5, 2015 6:42 pm
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Health

  • Inspector testing positive for deadly bacteria didn’t get it at Louisiana lab: CDC


    (Reuters) – A federal investigator who tested positive for a deadly bacteria that affected five monkeys at a Louisiana primate research facility did not contact it while she was at the lab, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. The worker likely became exposed to the bacteria, Burkholderia pseudomallei, during previous travels to parts of the world where the bacteria is endemic, Jason McDonald, a spokesman at the CDC, told Reuters. Five monkeys at the high-security Tulane National Primate Research Center near New Orleans were accidentally infected with or exposed to the bacteria late last year. Three of them had to be euthanized. The other two showed antibodies that indicated they had been exposed but never had any symptoms, Tulane officials said. The rhesus macaque monkeys had been housed in the veterinary clinic of the center, about 40 miles north of New Orleans. Research on the bacteria, which was being done …

    March 5, 2015 6:42 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian Shows Off Her Controversial New Dye Job At Balmain Show


    Posted on Thu Mar 5th, 2015 4:30pm PDT       By X17 Staff It’s the dye job that rocked the world! Earlier today, Kim Kardashian caused quite a commotion when she bleached her hair and debuted the striking style in Paris. The attention-seeking reality star went to plethora of events today, including watching her sister Kendall do her catwalk strut during the Balmain show during Paris Fashion Week. But seriously — that hair?! It’s like Children Of The Corn: Kardashian Edition or a bad Draco Malfoy costume. After the show, Kimmy K went back to her hotel and then was off to dinner with her group, which included Kanye West, Gigi Hadid and Kris Jenner. The star-studded bunch then attended the Balmain dinner at La Perouse restaurant. Oh la la! Earlier in the night, Kendall caused quite the frenzy after walking Balmain’s runway. Between Kim’s hair and Kendall’s high-fashion modeling — those Kardashians certainly know how to get …

    March 5, 2015 7:02 pm
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Editorial

  • Former Navy SEAL Sniper: Stop selling out our national security


    Scott Taylor (Regnery) Right now in America, our nation is at its tipping point. From the horrifying rise of global terrorism through ISIS, to the looming threat of another government shutdown, Americans are looking for leadership they can count on.  That’s why, as a former Navy SEAL sniper and Iraq War veteran, I am going on the record with my new book, “Trust Betrayed: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the Selling Out of America’s National Security.“ ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT I served this country for eight years, watched brave comrades die, and I would do anything that is humanly possible to defend her defend her from threats both foreign and domestic. I only wish the leader in White House would do the same. I refuse to be part of a generation that went abroad to defeat the evils of terrorism, only to come home and see Washington lose that fight through misguided national security and foreign policies. That’s …

    March 5, 2015 7:02 pm
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Odd News

  • Florida dog saved after being shot, tied to railroad tracks


    TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) – A Florida dog was tied to railroad tracks and shot twice, but survived after police rescued the animal before she was hit by an oncoming train, authorities said. The mixed-breed dog, named Cabela, was in stable condition on Thursday but requires a leg amputation, according to the Tampa Police Department, which is investigating the case. Police received three calls reporting gunshots fired early Wednesday evening near the railroad tracks in Tampa, according to a statement. Officers found the dog, who had been shot in the neck and shoulder, tied to the tracks with a belt. (Reporting by Letitia Stein)

    March 5, 2015 6:41 pm
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