Headline News

  • George H.W. Bush to leave intensive care; Barbara Bush released


    Jan. 23 (UPI) — Doctors said they expect former President George H.W. Bush will be moved out of an intensive care unit Monday and that his wife, Barbara Bush, was discharged from Houston Methodist Hospital earlier in the day. Dr. Clint Doerr, the former president’s pulmonologist, said at a news conference Bush could be fully discharged from the hospital Friday but it’s more likely it will be over the weekend. The 92-year-old has been hospitalized since Jan. 14 with bacterial pneumonia. He earlier was diagnosed with vascular parkinsonism, a rare syndrome that mimics Parkinson’s disease. Doctors removed a breathing tube Friday morning and he was breathing well on his own, a doctor said. He entered intensive care Wednesday, the same day Barbara Bush, 90, was hospitalized with fatigue and coughing that later was diagnosed as viral bronchitis. “They’re essentially therapy for each other,” Doerr said. “They help in our compliance. When one of them doesn’t …

    January 23, 2017 12:08 pm
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Politics

  • Ethics lawyers sue Trump over foreign payments


    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington, (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts) A group including former White House ethics attorneys will file a lawsuit on Monday accusing President Donald Trump of allowing his businesses to accept payments from foreign governments, in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit, brought by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, will allege that the Constitution’s emoluments clause forbids payments to Trump’s businesses. It will seek a court order forbidding Trump from accepting such payments, said Deepak Gupta, one of the lawyers working on the case. Trump does business with countries like China, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, the group noted in a statement. “When Trump the president sits down to negotiate trade deals with these countries, the American people will have no way of knowing whether he will also be thinking about …

    January 23, 2017 9:07 am
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Stocks

  • Can Costco Be Threatened By Amazon’s New Prime Visa Card?


    Costco’s ( COST ) membership based warehouse model has been going strong despite e-commerce companies offering several conveniences for grocery shopping. Its loyal customers still prefer to visit its warehouse-like stores with their shopping lists and buy groceries and other home supplies in bulk. Costco has been slow in its e-commerce initiatives but the company does not seem to be overly concerned about this. Costco prefers its customers to visit its warehouses, since they are likely to spend more in a physical visit than online. However, Amazon now appears to be taking Costco head on by launching a new credit card which gives its Prime customers an additional 5% discount on all purchases on its platform. This is a Visa card that can be used by customers everywhere and earn discounts in both restaurants and gas stations as well. Amazon has more than 60 million Prime members and it is luring them through these discounts to shop more …

    January 23, 2017 11:28 am
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Sports

  • Ryan Mason speaking in hospital after fracturing skull vs. Chelsea


    LONDON (AP) — Hull midfielder Ryan Mason has been able to talk about the clash of heads that left him with a fractured skull during a Premier League match at Chelsea. The 25-year-old Englishman underwent surgery after the incident, but Hull said Monday that Mason was in stable condition. “Ryan has been speaking of the incident yesterday and will continue to be monitored at the hospital over the coming days where the club will remain in close contact with Ryan, his family and the staff at St. Mary’s,” Hull said. “Ryan and his family have also been extremely touched by the overwhelming support they have received and would very much like to thank all of those who have posted such positive comments both on social media and in the press over the last 24 hours.” Mason was taken to the neurosurgery unit at a hospital close to Stamford Bridge on Sunday after the collision with …

    January 23, 2017 9:07 am
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World News

  • Protesters in Chennai, India, throw stones and burn cars over bull-riding ban


    Jan. 23 (UPI) — Protesters at a beach in Chennai, India, burned vehicles and threw stones at police in opposition to a law banning bull-taming. The protesters were seeking a permanent decision to allow the sport, called Jallikattu, in Tamil Nadu state. Jallikattu was banned nationally in India in 2014 over animal cruelty issues, in a section of a law prohibiting bulls from being used as “performing animals.” The state government, however, allowed a temporary lifting of the ban Saturday during Pongal, an annual harvest festival occurring every January. Two men died Sunday after they were gored by a bull at an event in the city of Rapoosal, police said. Police said tens of thousands of protesters gathered for the past week on Chennai’s Marina Beach. They burned vehicles and threw stones at police as they were evicted Monday. The crackdown on the protesters came as the governor of Tamil Nadu state was expected to …

    January 23, 2017 12:08 pm
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Technology

  • Lloyds cyber-attack details emerge


    Image caption At the time, the group attributed the breakdown to “technical problems” Lloyds Bank was the target of a cyber-attack nearly two weeks ago which stopped a substantial number of customers using their online accounts. The breakdown in service from the group, including Halifax and Bank of Scotland, came after the websites were overwhelmed with millions of requests in a denial of service attack. It is particularly worrying for banks that the disruption lasted three days. Lloyds revealed little at the time, despite a flood of Twitter complaints. But it has emerged that the National Cyber Security Centre is working with the bank on the attack. The problems started on Wednesday morning, 11 January, and continued in fits and starts until the following Friday, with some customers still unable to log into their accounts over the weekend. Despite speculation that a number of banks may have been targeted, it appears that the internet gang …

    January 23, 2017 8:47 am
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Science

  • Signs of Alien Air Herald a New Era of Exoplanet Discoveries


    For astronomers seeking Earth twins around other stars, the exoplanet GJ 1132 b probably isn’t an identical sibling—but it may be the closest cousin yet found. It weighs in at just over one Earth mass, but circles its star in a warm orbit that could make it more like Venus than our own world. Moreover, its diameter is nearly 50 percent larger than that of Earth, suggesting it possesses a thick atmosphere. Now, after taking the closest-ever look at GJ 1132 b, a European collaboration has confirmed the presence of its atmosphere and found hints it might contain water and methane. The results are currently under review for publication in The Astrophysical Journal. As mere discoveries of exoplanets become routine, efforts to learn more about them—their compositions, climates and histories—are moving to the fore, with studies of their atmospheres occupying center stage. Although astronomers detected the first exoplanet atmosphere more than 15 years ago, they …

    January 23, 2017 12:28 pm
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Health

  • Researchers credit Obamacare with helping find early-stage cancer


    (Reuters Health) – The Affordable Care Act likely extended the lives of thousands of seniors who took advantage of free screening exams and were diagnosed with treatable, early-stage colorectal cancer, a new study suggests. “I think the prevention-related provisions of the Affordable Care Act helped to detect cancer at earlier and more treatable stages and eventually will save lives,” said senior author Nengliang “Aaron” Yao, a health-policy professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville. Before the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, took effect, people ages 65 and older who were insured under Medicare had to pay $275 for colonoscopies, the report in Health Affairs says. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) directed that colonoscopies be offered for free. From 2011, when the law took effect, until 2013, an additional 8,400 seniors, or 8 percent more than before, were diagnosed with early-stage colorectal cancer, researchers estimated. “The study does a very nice …

    January 23, 2017 12:08 pm
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Entertainment

  • Gavin Rossdale says Gwen Stefani divorce was ‘opposite’ of what he wanted


    Jan. 23 (UPI) — Gavin Rossdale says he never intended to divorce Gwen Stefani. The 51-year-old Bush frontman discussed his “painful” split from Stefani and their subsequent shared focus on their three children in an interview with The Sun published Sunday. “[Divorce] was completely opposite to what I wanted,” he told the publication. “But here we are … Apart from death, I think divorce is one of the hardest, most painful things to go through.” Rossdale and Stefani split in August 2015 amid rumors the singer had cheated with their nanny. The couple were married nearly 13 years and share sons Kingston, 10, Zuma, 8, and Apollo, 2. “The one thing — the only good thing, because everything else is not good — is we care about the children and it’s about them,” Rossdale said. “So we do everything to make this life change as seamless as possible.” “We had 20 years together and that …

    January 23, 2017 11:48 am
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Editorial

  • House Armed Serviced Committee Chairman: Here’s how to we will make America’s military great again


    President Trump inherits an increasingly dangerous world and a military that has been severely damaged in recent years.  Funding national security, which used to be a bipartisan priority, has become part of the political gamesmanship that so frustrates the American people.  Now the new president and the new Congress have a pivotal opportunity to turn things around, and there is much to do. President Trump has made rebuilding our military strength one of his top priorities.  More money is certainly required, but so is reform of the Pentagon and how it does business. Over the past two years, the House and Senate Armed Services Committees have made defense reform a very high priority.  We have put the military retirement and health care systems on a more sustainable footing. We have enacted the most significant organizational changes to the Pentagon since Goldwater-Nichols and have mandated reductions in overhead, in flag officers, and in the number of …

    January 23, 2017 8:47 am
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Odd News

  • Canadian father builds hidden playroom for son


    Jan. 20 (UPI) — A handy father in Canada surprised his son 7-year-old by building him a secret playroom underneath the family computer. Isaac Bartley detailed the construction of the hidden playroom connecting the computer room to his son’s closet on his Imgur page while his son was away. “We have our computer set up beneath the stairs in our house,” he said. “The actual space under the stair landing has never been used.” Bartley decided to cut a holes in the closet and the wall beneath the computer while also modifying a portion of the desk to slide over and reveal the hidden passage. He then painted the walls of the crawl space white, placed hardboard on the ceiling and fitted the space with LED lights to add to the secretive ambience. When the project was completed Bartley shared a brief video providing a tour of the secret play space.

    January 23, 2017 4:46 am
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