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  • Wife killed farmer husband, buried him under manure, NY police say

    ATTICA, N.Y. –  A woman has been charged with killing her husband of 30 years and burying his body under a manure pile on the couple’s western New York farm. State police troopers say they were called to the home of 52-year-old Douglas Mess on Monday in the Wyoming County town of Attica and told by his son that his father didn’t go to work and hadn’t been seen since 8 p.m. Sunday. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Police launched an air and ground search and found Mess’ body concealed in a mound of manure at the back of his farm. Authorities say Mess had been killed by his 48-year-old wife, Charlene Mess. She’s charged with second-degree murder. Charlene Mess is being held without bail Tuesday in the county jail. Her public defender couldn’t be reached for comment.

    April 21, 2015 8:57 am


  • Jeb Bush lets super PAC do its thing

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Jeb Bush is preparing to embark on an experiment in presidential politics: delegating many of the nuts-and-bolts tasks of seeking the White House to a separate political organization that can raise unlimited amounts of campaign cash. The concept, in development for months as the former Florida governor has raised tens of millions of dollars for his Right to Rise super PAC, would endow that organization not just with advertising on Bush’s behalf, but with many of the duties typically conducted by a campaign. Should Bush move ahead as his team intends, it is possible that for the first time a super PAC created to support a single candidate would spend more than the candidate’s campaign itself — at least through the primaries. Some of Bush’s donors believe that to be more than likely. The architects of the plan believe the super PAC’s ability to raise unlimited amounts …

    April 21, 2015 7:35 am


  • Jon Stewart’s last ‘Daily Show': Aug. 6

    For a couple of months, there’s been haggling inside Comedy Central about precisely when Jon Stewart will depart “The Daily Show.” Now we know the answer: August 6. Stewart revealed the date on air on Monday night. Trevor Noah will start soon thereafter, but the specific date has not been announced. There’s been ample speculation about the transition plan since “The Daily Show” is a one-of-a-kind program. Some executives at Comedy Central wanted the handoff to happen later in the year — as late as November, according to people with knowledge of the internal discussions. Stewart wanted to sign off sooner — closer to July. His contract expires in September, so the August 6 date means that he’s leaving a little early. On the air, Stewart has hinted at his restlessness. Off the air, he’s been more blunt about it. In a recent interview with The Guardian newspaper, he said, “It’s not like I thought …

    April 21, 2015 7:55 am


  • Summer sports federations suspend ties with SportAccord group in protest at Vizer

    SOCHI, Russia –  Summer Olympic sports have suspended their membership in the umbrella body for international federations after its leader launched a blistering attack on the IOC. The council of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations says it decided unanimously to break off ties with SportAccord pending a review and clarification of its role and governance. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The move came Tuesday, a day after SportAccord head Marius Vizer blasted the International Olympic Committee and its president, Thomas Bach. The summer sports body says it considers Vizer’s position “not compatible with the role and mission of ASOIF as a major stakeholder of the Olympic movement.” It says the issue will be discussed at the full ASOIF general assembly in Sochi on Wednesday. SportAccord represents Olympic and non-Olympic federations.

    April 21, 2015 8:56 am

World News

  • Med deaths in 2015 ‘may hit 30,000′

    One of the 28 survivors of the weekend sinking arrives in Catania in Sicily The number of migrants dying in Mediterranean Sea crossings could hit 30,000 this year if the current rate continues, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) says. The deaths in 2015 so far are 30 times higher than the same period last year. The UN believes the sinking of one boat off Libya at the weekend cost 800 lives making it the deadliest ever recorded. The Tunisian captain of the boat survived and has been accused in Italy of reckless multiple homicide. Prosecutors there allege Mohammed Ali Malek, 27, steered his heavily overloaded boat into collision with a merchant vessel coming to its rescue. Locked below decks IOM spokesman Joel Millman told reporters in Geneva: “The 2015 death toll now is more than 30 times last year’s total at this date… when just 56 deaths of migrants had been reported on the …

    April 21, 2015 8:56 am


  • HBO Now users outside US ‘cut off’

    HBO Now subscribers outside the US had until 21 April to respond to warning email messages Pay TV service HBO is threatening to cut off paying customers of its Now service if they are outside the US. It has sent emails to people around the world it has detected are using software tools to watch HBO Now shows. HBO said it took the action because it only has the right to broadcast shows in the US and to people living in the country. Email messages were sent to people in Canada, the UK, Germany and Australia, reported tech news site Torrent Freak. HBO Now was introduced as a way for people to watch HBO’s programmes without the need to have a subscription to a television or cable service. HBO Now costs $14.99 (£9.50) a month. However, many people living in other nations have subscribed to HBO Now and used a variety of tools, including virtual …

    April 21, 2015 6:54 am


  • Giant Waves Quickly Destroy Arctic Ocean Ice and Ecosystems

    The chance encounter of a Norwegian research vessel with the largest waves ever recorded amid floating packs of Arctic ice shows how such rollers could reroute shipping, damage oil platforms and threaten coastal communities with erosion. In a March report in Geophysical Research Letters scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) describe how large waves can penetrate more deeply into ice cover and break it up faster and more completely than anyone had suspected. Less ice means more open water to generate large waves—creating a feedback loop that could doom the ice cap. (This dangerous cycle is illustrated in “Waves of Destruction” in the May issue of Scientific American.) Every year Aleksey Marchenko of The University Center in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago north of Scandinavia, leads students across the chilly waters of the Barents Sea to study the seasonal ice pack. Near its edges pack ice is composed of pieces loosely drifting on the …

    April 21, 2015 7:15 am


  • Scientists to share real-time genetic data on deadly MERS, Ebola

    LONDON, April 21 (Reuters) – Genetic sequence data on two of the deadliest yet most poorly understood viruses are to be made available to researchers worldwide in real time as scientists seek to speed up understanding of Ebola and MERS infections. The project, led by British scientists with West African and Saudi Arabian collaboration, hopes to encourage laboratories around the world to use the live data — updated as new cases emerge — to find new ways to diagnose and treat the killer diseases, and ideally, ultimately, prevent them. “The collective expertise of the world’s infectious disease experts is more powerful than any single lab, and the best way of tapping into this…is to make data freely available as soon as possible,” said Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust global health charity which is funding the work. The gene sequences, already available for MERS cases and soon to come in the case of Ebola, …

    April 21, 2015 7:35 am


  • Ariana Grande And Big Sean Split After Justin Bieber Drama

    Posted on Mon Apr 20th, 2015 10:18am PDT       By X17 Staff We definitely saw this coming! Ariana Grande and Big Sean have broken up after eight months of dating. “They both deeply care for each other and remain close friends,” their reps said in a joint statement. “We kindly ask that the media respect their wish for privacy regarding this personal matter at this time.” Big Sean posted a photo on Instagram today and wrote, “Never satisfied but always thankful! We came up from nothing, Blessed! Blessed to be here n blessed to have yall

    April 21, 2015 8:16 am


  • BP oil spill fifth anniversary: Working hard to make the Gulf Coast whole again

    FILE — June 26, 2010: An oil-drenched bird struggles to climb onto a boom out of the waters of Barataria Bay, La., which are filled with oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) Exactly five years ago today, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed 11 Americans and set in motion the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.  For 87 days, more than three million barrels of crude oil flowed into the Gulf of Mexico and toward the shores of five states. For coastal communities in my home state of Mississippi and elsewhere, the spill was a devastating setback, arriving less than five years after Hurricane Katrina.   ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Once again, major disruptions to key tourism and seafood industries put people out of work and local economies on hold.  A temporary moratorium from President Obama on offshore drilling in the Gulf further compounded these economic repercussions.  Meanwhile, marine ecosystems …

    April 21, 2015 7:35 am

Odd News

  • Goats, llama and shepherdess help clear plants at Oregon airport

    PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) – As planes took off and landed behind a fence one unusually warm April day at Portland International airport, a herd of goats lay basking in the sun, taking a nap break from their 24-hour job of chowing down on invasive plants. Soon afterwards though, the 40 Spanish and Kiko breed goats were back at work, using their hoofs to hold down blackberry brambles and their nimble lips and sharp back teeth to cut away unwanted foliage. The airport took on the goats, watched over by a shepherdess and a protective brown llama named Monty, to clear a large patch of overgrown land just outside the airfield that is inaccessible to mowers. The goats, owned by Portland company Goat Power LLC, are accustomed to traveling all over Oregon to clear weeds from vineyards, schools and private yards. “This is our first airport,” shepherdess Briana Murphy told Reuters as some of the goats, …

    April 21, 2015 3:13 am