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  • Roller coaster fan notches 5,000th ride on historic coaster

    WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. –  An 82-year-old fan of a historic Pennsylvania roller coaster celebrated his 5,000th ride on it over the holiday weekend — sitting for more than eight hours straight and logging 95 spins around the wooden ride in a single day. Vic Kleman, 82, marked the milestone Sunday on the Jack Rabbit at Kennywood in the Pittsburgh suburb of West Mifflin. His number of rides honored the roller coaster’s 95th birthday this season. “I feel great!” said Kleman, a retired general manager of a wholesale grocery firm and a local actor. “I made sure to move my legs throughout the day to keep from getting stiff after sitting so long.” In 2010, Kleman also said he felt “great” after notching his 4,000th ride on the wooden coaster, which dates back to 1920 and has an 85-foot double-dip drop. He rode the coaster 90 times that day and rode it 80 times to mark …

    May 25, 2015 10:08 pm


  • Illinois Democrats offer FY 2016 budget with cuts, revenue

    CHICAGO Democrats in the Illinois state legislature will move ahead with their own fiscal 2016 budget that includes spending cuts as well as new revenue that will be “responsive to the needs of the people in the state,” House Speaker Michael Madigan said on Monday. He added that Democrats, who control both the House and the Senate, do not have the approximately $3 billion in revenue needed to balance their $36.3 billion general funds budget. “We’re willing to work with the governor to find the money to pay for it,” Madigan, a Democrat, told reporters in the state capitol in Springfield. Republican Governor Bruce Rauner proposed a $32 billion budget in February that included no new revenue, relying instead on $6.6 billion in spending cuts with a third coming from his plan to freeze worker pensions and move retirement benefits earned in the future into a less-generous program. Madigan said that move was reckless, particularly …

    May 25, 2015 8:47 pm


  • Malaysia Airlines to layoff one-third staff as restructuring concludes

    Malaysia Airlines is nearly finished with its tough restructuring plan — which will include cutting about one-third of its workforce — in its effort to recover after two plane tragedies last year. The layoff, expected very soon, is estimated to affect 6,000 out of 20,000 staff, though reports are now suggesting the figure could be closer to 8,000. Malaysia Airlines has also appointed a senior administrator to oversee this transition period. Despite this, the airline’s “operations are very much business as usual,” CEO Christoph Mueller said in a statement. Malaysia Airlines was battered by an avalanche of negative publicity last year after the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370 and the shooting down of MH17. The airline was pulled from the stock market and taken private by Khazanah Nasional, Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, which eventually revealed a $1.8 billion restructuring plan. Related: Malaysia hopes revamp will revive airline Key reforms included cutting unprofitable routes, putting new …

    May 25, 2015 9:48 pm


  • Bears release defensive lineman Ray McDonald after domestic violence arrest

    FILE – This Nov. 23, 2014, file photo shows San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald (91) on the bench during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File) SAN FRANCISCO –  The Chicago Bears released defensive end Ray McDonald following a domestic violence arrest in Northern California that police say stemmed from an assault on a woman who was holding a baby. McDonald was taken into custody at 7 a.m. Monday on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment, Santa Clara police Lt. Kurt Clarke said. Police say the assault happened at his home in Santa Clara. He was found about three hours later at a home in San Jose and arrested. Police did not disclose if the woman or the baby were injured. The Chicago Bears released a statement Monday afternoon about the decision to let McDonald go. “We believe in second chances, but when …

    May 25, 2015 10:08 pm

World News

  • ‘Loud wakeup call’ over rare dolphin

    Maui’s dolphins are less than 1.5m long and only found off the west coast of New Zealand The smallest and rarest marine dolphin in the world could be extinct within 15 years if protection is not stepped up, new research suggests. Conservationists say the remaining population of Maui’s dolphins has dropped below 50. The critically endangered species is found only in waters off New Zealand. Measures to prevent dolphins dying in fishing nets must be extended, according to the German conservation organisation Nabu. Fishing should be banned across the dolphin’s entire habitat rather than only limited areas, they say. According to new estimates just 43-47 individuals, including about 10 mature females, are left. The study is being presented at a meeting of the scientific committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in San Diego, US. More than 200 experts are attending the annual event. “These new figures are a loud wakeup call: New Zealand has …

    May 25, 2015 10:09 pm


  • oneBoard to rule them all? This smart keyboard PC runs Windows or Android

    The AC000 oneBoard Pro+ is a smart keyboard powered by Android or Windows. Aloysius Low/CNET SHANGHAI — As manufacturers turn almost every device into something smart and connected, Beijing-based AC000 has come up with a smart keyboard that actually makes sense — a self-contained computer that can run either Windows or Android operating systems. While keyboard peripherals have been all the rage for modern tablet devices, oneBoard looks to flip the relationship. It’s a computer contained entirely within the keyboard, and all a user will need to do is plug it into a screen. oneBoard has three versions available: one for family, one for office and one for gaming. The gaming model is the oneBoard Pro+, an 86-key layout using Cherry MX Plum mechanical keys with either an ARM or an Intel Atom processor. The keyboard runs Google’s mobile OS Android on the ARM version, or Microsoft’s Windows 8 on the Intel Atom-powered model. Both …

    May 25, 2015 8:06 pm


  • Time is muscle in acute heart failure

    Sophia Antipolis, 22 May 2015: Urgent diagnosis and treatment in acute heart failure has been emphasised for the first time in joint recommendations published today in European Heart Journal.1 The consensus paper is the result of a novel collaboration between the Heart Failure Association (HFA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), the European Society for Emergency Medicine and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine in the USA. Professor Alexandre Mebazaa, lead author and HFA board member, said: “This is the first guidance to insist that acute heart failure (AHF) is like acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in that it needs urgent diagnosis and appropriate treatment. In ACS when the coronary is occluded we say ‘time is muscle’ which means that the quicker the vessel is dilated, the more heart muscle is saved. The same principle is true for AHF.” He added: “By introducing the time to therapy concept together with new medications for AHF we …

    May 25, 2015 8:27 pm


  • Canada salmonella outbreak leaves 34 people sick after poultry contact

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba Canadian health authorities are investigating after 34 people became sick with salmonella infections after contact with live baby poultry, the country’s Public Health Agency said on Monday. The agency said it was investigating 17 cases of people becoming sick between April 5 and May 12 in the province of Alberta, 13 in British Columbia and four in Saskatchewan. All of the individuals had contact with live baby poultry, and in most cases from a particular Alberta hatchery, the agency said. Symptoms of salmonella infection, called salmonellosis, include fever, cramps and vomiting. It often clears up without treatment in healthy people, the Public Health Agency said, but some can become severely ill. Trade in agricultural products can be sensitive to detection of salmonella, although Canadian poultry exports are limited due to the country’s system of managing supply. In 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration halted rail car shipments of canola meal – used …

    May 25, 2015 8:47 pm


  • Sofia Vergara Is Unfazed After Judge Rules That Nick Loeb CAN Sue Over Frozen Embryos

    Posted on Mon May 25th, 2015 9:59am PDT       By X17 Staff Between the embryo drama with her former fiance Nick Loeb to the fact that her latest movie didn’t get the most favorable reviews, Sofia Vergara has had quite a stressful month! Yet here she is, smiling for the cameras while shopping for furniture in Beverly Hills… On Sunday the 42-year-old actress stopped by Minotti with a pal, and just two days earlier a judge had ruled that Loeb does have the right to sue Vergara for custody of their embryos. The former couple had two embryos created through in vitro fertilization just six months before they split, and though the lawsuit was first filed in August 2014, it has been amended as Loeb has retained new legal representation. Vergara’s attorney, Fred Silberberg, accused Loeb of filing the lawsuit for attention. “It is almost a sham pleading under the law,” Silberberg told reporters outside of the …

    May 25, 2015 9:08 pm


  • Memorial Day 2015: What it means to be an American Indian veteran

    “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.”  These words are ingrained in us. We sing them proudly at ballgames, and BBQ’s, firework displays and ceremonies honoring the many occasions of celebration and remembrance that make us all American. Most likely choruses of our national anthem will be performed many times over this Memorial Day weekend in honor of our veterans. It’s America’s way of paying tribute for their service. This weekend always gives me pause. What is sacrifice, what is service, what does it mean to be an American veteran, what does it mean to be American? I pose these questions because I understand and represent this country the only way I can…as an American Indian. My history and heritage is beautiful and complex. I am a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, and call Colorado home. I am also a veteran – I served proudly in the Air Force during Korean …

    May 25, 2015 9:02 am

Odd News

  • German grandmother gives birth to quadruplets at age 65

    BERLIN A 65-year-old German grandmother gave birth to quadruplets at a Berlin hospital this week, with the three boys and a girl born prematurely at 26 weeks being in good health and having a good chance of survival, German TV network RTL reported on Saturday. The network, which had covered the pregnancy, said Annegret Raunigk already had 13 children and seven grandchildren. The announcement of her pregnancy last month had sparked a public debate in Germany about its merits. Raunigk, an English and Russian teacher in Berlin, had received fertility treatment in Ukraine and is the oldest woman in the world to have had quadruplets, RTL said, although other women of her age and older have given birth. The four babies, born by Caesarean section on May 19, weighed between 655 grams an 960 grams. (Reporting by Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by David Holmes)

    May 23, 2015 12:03 pm