• Satellites Could Help Discover Modern and Ancient Shipwrecks

    Ancient shipwrecks might not only hold buried treasures, but also countless historical secrets. Now researchers suggest satellites could help spot submerged wrecks that might otherwise go undiscovered. More than three million shipwrecks may be scattered...
  • Ford plans four new SUV models

    Ford plans four new SUV models

    Ford executives are betting car buyers can’t get enough of their SUVs and crossovers. At the Chicago auto show Ford Motors promised to come out with four completely new models in the next four years....
  • Funeral for student killed in Cairo

    Funeral for student killed in Cairo

    Image copyright AFP Image caption Giulio Regeni’s funeral was held in Fiumicello in Italy The funeral of an Italian student found dead in Cairo has been held in his home town in north-eastern Italy. Giulio...
  • Hiddink: Chelsea are a ‘team of Zorros’

    Hiddink: Chelsea are a ‘team of Zorros’

    Spanish actor Antonio Banderas portrayed Zorro in the 1998 film”The Mask of Zorro” Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink says he has a “team of Zorros” after striker Diego Costa broke his nose in training. Costa will...
  • Dog snatched in carjacking is reunited with owner

    An 80-year-old Southern California man was reunited with his tiny terrier after the dog was taken during a carjacking. 80-year-old carjack victim reunited with his lost dog Lola https://t.co/uThUoDFbcc pic.twitter.com/DkofDIfitp — O.C. Register (@ocregister) February...
  • What makes one a ‘Lady’ in 2016?

    A recent issue of a British magazine (Country Living) purported to list the 39 things that make a woman a “Lady.” It provoked some controversy.  Some were too silly or too British for most 2016...
  • Assad vows to retake all of Syria

    Assad vows to retake all of Syria

    Image copyright AFP Image caption President Assad has been bolstered by Russian forces Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that he intends to retake “the whole country” from rebel forces. In a rare interview, he...

Headline News

  • Dog snatched in carjacking is reunited with owner


    An 80-year-old Southern California man was reunited with his tiny terrier after the dog was taken during a carjacking. 80-year-old carjack victim reunited with his lost dog Lola https://t.co/uThUoDFbcc pic.twitter.com/DkofDIfitp — O.C. Register (@ocregister) February 11, 2016 Donald Mittica says the robber surprised him Monday in his Toyota, holding him at knifepoint and then forcing him out of the car in San Bernardino. The robber drove away with 3-pound Lola still inside. The Toyota was found several hours later in Santa Ana, but there was no sign of the dog. Luckily Lola was microchipped, so when a good Samaritan brought the white terrier into a Riverside County shelter, officials were able to track down its owner. At the reunion Wednesday Mittica told the Riverside Press-Enterprise newspaper that he became especially close to the dog after his wife died last year. No arrests have been made in the carjacking.

    February 12, 2016 11:19 am
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Politics

  • From a river town in Slovenia to Trump Tower, and the White House?


    SEVNICA, Slovenia If Melania Trump succeeds Michelle Obama as First Lady, she may trace her road to the White House back to 1987 and a chance encounter in the capital of her native Slovenia. “I was leaving a fashion show in Ljubljana and saw her in front of the building. She was probably waiting for a friend,” said Slovenian photographer Stane Jerko. “She was tall and slim so she caught my eye and I approached her and suggested that she come in for a trial photo shoot.” Jerko says the resulting black-and-white pictures of the 17-year-old known then as Melanija Knavs – round face, bare feet, hair in a ponytail – launched a career that would take her to Milan and the United States, where she met Donald Trump at a party in New York in 1998. Though not quite a tale of rags to riches, the lifestyle she leads as the third wife of …

    February 12, 2016 8:58 am
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Stocks

  • Ford plans four new SUV models


    Ford executives are betting car buyers can’t get enough of their SUVs and crossovers. At the Chicago auto show Ford Motors promised to come out with four completely new models in the next four years. The nation’s No. 2 automaker already has the nation’s best selling SUV in the Explorer, as well as the second best selling crossover in the Escape. It also has two less successful models, the Expedition, a full-size SUV, and the Edge crossover. It will fill out its SUV lineup by moving into additional segments with the new offerings, rather than replacing existing models. Sales of SUVs or crossovers were among the fastest growing segment in the U.S. market last year, up 16%, according to sales tracker Autodata. Ford said it expects that growth to continue, with SUV share of the market rising from 35% to more than 40%. Related: Ford posts record profit Ford gave no details about which segments …

    February 12, 2016 11:39 am
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Sports

  • Hiddink: Chelsea are a ‘team of Zorros’


    Spanish actor Antonio Banderas portrayed Zorro in the 1998 film”The Mask of Zorro” Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink says he has a “team of Zorros” after striker Diego Costa broke his nose in training. Costa will be the third Chelsea player, after Cesar Azpilicueta and Nemanja Matic, to wear a mask similar to that of the fictional Mexican character. The Spain striker was injured during training but is expected to feature in Saturday’s home game with Newcastle. “He will return, he will have a mask on. We are a team of a lot of masks – we’re a Zorro team,” Hiddink observed. Costa was injured in a collision with an academy player going for a header. “Diego put his nose on the back of the player and was very unlucky,” Hiddink added.

    February 12, 2016 11:19 am
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World News

  • Funeral for student killed in Cairo


    Image copyright AFP Image caption Giulio Regeni’s funeral was held in Fiumicello in Italy The funeral of an Italian student found dead in Cairo has been held in his home town in north-eastern Italy. Giulio Regeni, a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, went to Egypt to research the country’s trade union movement, which is viewed with suspicion by the authorities. His body was found earlier this month dumped at a roadside, showing signs of torture. Egyptian authorities have denied any involvement by security services. Italy’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, said he had told Egypt that the friendship between the two countries was dependent on “truth”. Family and friends gathered in the small town of Fiumicello on Friday to say goodbye to the 28-year-old researcher. Local people offered accommodation to the many mourners who had travelled from abroad for the private service. Mr Regeni’s department at Cambridge paid tribute to him, describing him as …

    February 12, 2016 11:19 am
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Technology

  • Women write ‘better’ code, study finds


    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The researchers used data taken from the Github program-sharing platform Computer code written by women has a higher approval rating than that written by men – but only if their gender is not identifiable, new research suggests. The US researchers analysed nearly 1.4 million users of the open source program-sharing service Github. They found that pull requests – or suggested code changes – made on the service by women were more likely to be accepted than those by men. The paper is awaiting peer review. This means the results have yet to be critically appraised by other experts. The researchers, from the computer science departments at Caly Poly and North Carolina State University, looked at around four million people who logged on to Github on a single day – 1 April 2015. Github is an enormous developer community which does not request gender information from its 12 million users. …

    February 12, 2016 9:18 am
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Science

  • Satellites Could Help Discover Modern and Ancient Shipwrecks


    Ancient shipwrecks might not only hold buried treasures, but also countless historical secrets. Now researchers suggest satellites could help spot submerged wrecks that might otherwise go undiscovered. More than three million shipwrecks may be scattered across the oceans, UNESCO estimates. “Of all the wrecks in the world, maybe less than 10 percent have been found,” says James Delgado, director of maritime heritage at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. “Any technology that enables us to pinpoint wrecks is a step in the right direction.” Submerged wrecks are currently detected via waterborne sonar and airborne LiDAR systems—the former searches for wrecks with sound whereas the latter uses lasers. Waterborne sonar is most effective for deep water; airborne LiDAR requires clear water. Neither method works well for cloudy, shallow waters, however. This means that nearshore waters—often both shallow and cloudy—are frequently overlooked in hunts for old shipwrecks. This is a problem because …

    February 12, 2016 11:59 am
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Health

  • Researchers Probe Colombia’s Claim of No Birth Defects Linked to Zika


    FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — At first glance, it seems like a small ray of hope in the ongoing Zika epidemic hitting Latin America. Colombia’s president said the other day that there were no signs of brain birth defects involving nearly 3,200 pregnant women in that country who were infected with the mosquito-borne virus. This, of course, would be good news, given that unborn babies are assumed to bear the primary risk from Zika. The virus has been linked in Brazil to hundreds of cases of microcephaly, a birth defect in which the head and brain are unusually small. But major public health institutions — including the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the March of Dimes — say it’s too soon to tell whether the Colombia reports are accurate. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos stated last Saturday that there’s no evidence Zika has caused any cases …

    February 12, 2016 8:38 am
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Entertainment

  • Tori Spelling’s Husband Dean McDermott Totes Around Travel Bag Worth $4,000


    Tori Spelling might get a lot of attention for being low on cash, but on Wednesday it didn’t go without notice that her hubby was toting a $4,000 bag around L.A. According to Radaronline, photos captured of Dean McDermott show him walking around with a designer tote bag while he and Tori were out shopping at a kitchen remodeling store. McDermott had what appeared to be a Goyard Chevron Boeing 55 Travel Bag. As the report states, the carry-on is “closely guarded and it isn’t even available for sale online.” Similar bags on eBay sell for about $4k each. Is it possible Tori Spelling’s husband had this bag before they were so desperate for cash? If that’s the case, some might say he should sell the designer bag to help pay for his $45,000 in child support arrears. A separate report earlier this week noted that Tori is helping to pay McDermott’s back payments for …

    February 12, 2016 10:59 am
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Editorial

  • What makes one a ‘Lady’ in 2016?


    A recent issue of a British magazine (Country Living) purported to list the 39 things that make a woman a “Lady.” It provoked some controversy.  Some were too silly or too British for most 2016 American women, for example: “Cooks perfect, crispy roast potatoes” and “Can paunch a rabbit or pluck a pheasant, respectively.” But the headline caught my eye because oddly enough it’s a subject I’ve thought about quite a bit. Being a “Lady” used to be something to which all young women aspired. In a society that praises academic and athletic and career accomplishment, is there still value placed on being a “Lady?”   Did feminism make ladylike behavior anachronistic, or disdainful? Odd then, the enormous popularity of “Downton Abbey,” a highly mannered look at women who possessed the title of Lady – or intended to eventually.  What of “Mad Men,” a dark tale of the early days of career women, for whom …

    February 12, 2016 11:19 am
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Odd News

  • Indian scientists express doubt over meteorite death attribution


    NEW DELHI Indian scientists have expressed doubt that a man in Tamil Nadu was the first person to have been confirmed killed by a meteorite strike, as the state’s top official has declared. The experts said the small crater, the absence of a sonic boom before impact, a lack of debris and the green and blue colour of rock recovered from the scene suggest some other cause. “It is highly improbable, but we will only be absolutely sure after a chemical analysis,” said V. Adimurthy, a senior scientist at India’s space agency. The mysterious event has triggered an international debate about whether a meteorite, space debris, leftover explosives or even frozen waste from a plane passing overhead may have killed the man. The meteorite attribution was announced this week by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram, a former film star who is known for her authoritarian style. A bus driver was killed by the meteorite at an engineering …

    February 10, 2016 8:04 am
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