Headline News

  • Ohio prosecutor says judge made serious errors in acquitting police officer

    May 23, 2015: Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty listens as the judge reads the verdict in the Michael Brelo case. (AP) An Ohio prosecutor said Friday a judge made critical errors before finding a Cleveland police officer not guilty in the deaths of two unarmed suspects and he wants an appeals court to order the judge to correct the record. The Cleveland Plain Dealer, citing court documents, reports Cuyuhoga County Assistant Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said that Judge John O’Donnell’s reasoning in the voluntary manslaughter trial of Officer Michael Brelo could set a legal precedent that would “endanger the public.” McGinty said Brelo’s acquittal last Saturday in the 2012 shooting deaths of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell in a storm of police gunfire was based on the judge’s mistaken analysis of laws concerning police use of deadly force and on homicide involving more than one shooter. He said the judge also considered the wrong lesser charge …

    May 30, 2015 8:17 am


  • Rollback of U.S. spy powers would mark post-9/11 watershed

    WASHINGTON At 3:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, the National Security Agency and telecommunications companies will begin mothballing a once-secret system that collected Americans’ bulk telephone records, shutting down computers and sealing off warehouses of digital data. If the U.S. Congress fails to act, key provisions of the USA Patriot Act will lapse in a watershed moment in the post-Sept. 11, 2001, era. Intrusive government powers, created and wielded in the name of preventing another mass-casualty terrorist attack, would be at least partly scaled back, proponents and critics of the surveillance say. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, for instance, will no longer be able to employ “roving wiretaps” aimed at terrorism suspects who use multiple disposable cell phones, and will have more difficulty seizing such suspects’ and their associates’ personal and business records. “We’re past the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attack. And we can look at these issues more calmly,” said Peter Swire, who served …

    May 30, 2015 5:36 am


  • Time Inc. erecting pay walls beginning with Entertainment Weekly

    Entertainment Weekly to get partial pay wall. Making its web sites more like its print magazines, Time (TIME) Inc. is introducing a partial pay wall, beginning with Entertainment Weekly’s site. The company says it’s hoping to “accelerate revenue growth” and find out more about what its web readers want. Readers of Entertainment Weekly are already seeing the pay wall notification. The web sites of other magazines — People, Time, Money, and Real Simple among them — will follow Entertainment Weekly’s lead later this summer. A Time spokeswoman declined to say when other titles, like Fortune, would also be subject to the new pay wall. “We’ll be closely monitoring our roll-out and learning as we go,” the spokeswoman said. People who regularly visit the site but don’t pay for the print magazine will be prompted to sign up for a paid digital subscription or another paid product. The metered model — free access up until a …

    May 30, 2015 8:36 am


  • Djokovic dismisses up-and-coming Kokkinakis to advance

    PARIS Novak Djokovic continuted his smooth progression htowards a maiden French Open title with a 6-4 6-4 6-4 dismissal of Australian prodigy Thanasi Kokkinakis to reach the fourth round on Saturday. The world number one from Serbia showed no ill effects from a groin problem he faced during his previous match, ending the tennis lesson on his first match point when teenager Kokkinakis returned a first serve wide. Kokkinakis had moments of brilliance on court Philippe Chatrier, sometimes bothering Djokovic with his booming forehand, but he never got into his opponent’s serve. Djokovic, who did not face a single break point, will next face either local favourite Richard Gasquet, the 20th seed, or South African 15th seed Kevin Anderson. (Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Justin Palmer)

    May 30, 2015 8:17 am

World News

  • Strong quake hits off Japan coast

    A powerful undersea earthquake south of Japan has shaken buildings in Tokyo. The US Geological Survey said the 7.8-magnitude earthquake was centred 874km (543 miles) from the Japanese capital, at a depth of almost 700km. It struck at 18:30 local time (11:30 GMT). Buildings in the capital swayed for almost a minute as the quake built in intensity, AFP news agency says. There are no reports of serious damage or casualties. No tsunami warning has been issued.

    May 30, 2015 8:16 am


  • Watch indie comic creators pitch their comics in just 12 seconds

    With superhero movies such as the recent “Avengers: Age of Ultron” laying waste to the box office seemingly every month, it’s a good time to be a comic book fan. But there’s a world of illustrated storytelling beyond the likes of Batman, and that’s why we asked authors of indie comics to pitch us their colourful creations — in just 12 seconds. With comics and their silver-screen counterparts becoming an ever-bigger part of our culture, here’s a chance to see the smaller-scale creativity that’s fueling the medium’s vibrant independent scene. Often self-publishing, these do-it-yourself comic enthusiasts are creating weird and wacky stories that are often frighteningly imaginative, but all-too-easily overlooked. Hit play on the video above to check it out. From diesel-punk super-soldiers to amiable fruit, by way of a crime-fighting moon, we’re sure you’ll agree there’s a wealth of creativity on show here that proves exactly how diverse the sequential arts can be. And …

    May 30, 2015 8:57 am


  • Future vaccine may help lower blood pressure long-term

    A vaccine may one day help lower blood pressure for up to six months, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension. The study in rats may eventually provide a novel alternative to treat high blood pressure in people, who would not need to take a pill everyday. “The potential of a vaccine for hypertension offers an innovative treatment that could be very effective for the control of non-compliance which is one of the major problems in the management of hypertensive patients,” said Hironori Nakagami M.D., Ph.D., study co-author and professor at Osaka University in Japan. Researchers have designed a DNA vaccine that targets angiotensin II ? a hormone that raises blood pressure by causing blood vessels to constrict. This narrowing can increase your blood pressure and force your heart to work harder. In the study, researchers immunized hypertensive rats three times at two-week intervals with needleless injections. The vaccine not only …

    May 30, 2015 9:17 am


  • USDA seeks more contractors to aid efforts in bird flu outbreak

    CHICAGO The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday it is seeking to hire more federal contractors to help with the government’s response to the domestic bird flu outbreak, which has resulted in more than 43 million birds being culled so far. The agency said it has existing contracts in place with many vendors, but “is seeking additional support due to the size and scope” of the outbreak and response needs. USDA officials have faced mounting criticism in the Midwest over the pace of disposing of the birds and other issues. The areas where USDA said it is seeking assistance include: landfills, carbon sources (compost, wood chips, etc.), transportation, heavy equipment, and environmental disposal and hazardous materials handling, according to a statement on the agency’s web site. More information about the USDA announcement can be found here: 1.usa.gov/1Fkghlw (Reporting By P.J. Huffstutter; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

    May 30, 2015 5:36 am


  • Teen Mom‘s Jenelle Evans is in trouble with the law — for the 13th time

    It all started when Evans’ baby daddy Nathan Griffith called the cops, accusing her of vandalizing his car during a custody dispute. He said when he went outside to confront Evans, she attacked him by punching, slapping and trying to kick him down a flight of stairs, and he said she reeked of booze. He also accused her of clawing at him and trying to choke him with his own shirt. According to the police report, Griffith has scratches on his neck, a ripped shirt and bruises on his face, all consistent with his story. However, Evans’ lawyer told TMZ that Griffith started the fight by trying to run over her with his truck after stealing her phone and refusing to hand over their son, and her PR team tweeted a message to the same effect. For those asking,Jenelle was at Nathan’s to pick up her son.Nathan stole her phone refused to hand over Kaiser.This …

    May 30, 2015 7:56 am


  • Why I’m optimistic about Nigeria’s long-term economic future

    Nigeria, perhaps for all the wrong reasons, has been much more visible in the Western media as of late. Nigeria experienced an early Ebola fear that never spread beyond a handful of cases.  Nigeria is consistently ranked as one of the most corrupt places in the world, often in the same class as Russia, and Iran. Nigeria, being one of the largest oil producers in the world at 2.5 million barrels a day, has suffered from the 50 percent decline in oil prices.  When 90 percent of your export revenues and 50 percent of your fiscal budget is based on oil, a price drop less significant than this will have dramatic effects.   Nigeria, is front and center in the world War on Terror because of the horrific acts of the home grown Boko Haram organization, now affiliated with ISIS.   And Nigeria, experienced a hotly contested presidential election that had to be postponed because of terror concerns. This …

    May 30, 2015 5:56 am

Odd News

  • Atlanta NFL player charged in killing of girlfriend’s dog: police

    ATLANTA An Atlanta Falcons football player faces charges of aggravated animal cruelty after being accused of killing his girlfriend’s dog, police said on Friday. Prince Shembo, 23, an outside linebacker drafted by the Falcons in 2014, told the girlfriend he kicked her Yorkie while alone with the dog at his suburban Atlanta apartment on April 15, Gwinnett County Police said in a statement. She found the dog unresponsive at Shembo’s apartment and rushed the pet to an animal hospital where it died, police said. After Shembo told the girlfriend he had kicked the dog, she “ended their relationship,” police said. Tests showed the dog had died of significant internal injuries caused by blunt force, according to police. The 6-foot-2, 254-pound Shembo played college football at the University of Notre Dame, and was chosen by the Falcons in the fourth round of the 2014 draft, according to the team’s website. The Atlanta Falcons did not immediately …

    May 29, 2015 5:06 pm