Headline News

  • Ohio couple who held hands at breakfast even after 70 years of marriage die 15 hours apart


    In this September 1941 photo provided by Dick Felumlee, Kenneth and Helen Felumlee pose for a photo nearly three years before their marriage in February 1944. The Felumlees, who celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in February, died 15 hours apart from each other last week. (AP Photo/Felumlee family)The Associated Press NASHPORT, Ohio –  A couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart. Helen Felumlee, of Nashport, died at 92 on April 12. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died the next morning. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The couple’s eight children say the two had been inseparable since meeting as teenagers, once sharing the bottom of a bunk bed on a ferry rather than sleeping one night apart, the Zanesville Times Recorder reported (http://ohne.ws/1in7erG). They remained deeply in love until the very end, even eating breakfast together while holding hands, said their daughter, Linda Cody. “We knew when …

    April 19, 2014 4:41 pm
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Politics

  • The right to believe, or not believe, in a god


    Personalized license plates available or already taken in Virginia A woman in New Jersey, who says she is an atheist, is suing that state’s department of motor vehicles because it turned down her request for a license plate that reads “8THEIST.” New Jersey’s Motor Vehicle Commission said the plate “may carry connotations offensive to good taste and decency.” Two hypocrisies at work here. One, New Jersey did issue a personalized plate — “ATHE1ST” — to the president of an atheist group in the state. Two, the woman entered the word “BAPTIST” online and it was instantly approved. On one hand, it could be argued that allowing the use of “Baptist” on a personalized license plate violates the concept of separation of church and state. Or, if New Jersey allowed a person who believes in a god to register a plate recognizing that person’s religion, it could also be argued that someone who does not believe …

    April 19, 2014 2:19 pm
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Stocks

  • China’s spending crackdown hits drinks giants


    Remy Cointreau said the Chinese government’s “anti-extravagance policy” is hurting sales of premium spirits. China’s crackdown on extravagant spending by officials is creating a headache for some of the world’s biggest drinks companies. Diageo (DEO) and Remy Cointreau — the companies behind brands such as Smirnoff vodka and Cointreau liqueur — said Thursday that China sales were down sharply over the first three months of the year. Since taking office a year ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered an end to excessive spending by officials on everything from luxury hotels to lavish funerals, and made tackling corruption a priority. Luxury auto makers, catering firms and pharmaceuticals groups have already felt the pinch, and the push for moderation is now affecting sales of drinks — in particular premium spirits. Related: Five global liquors about to go big Sales of specialty cognac Remy Martin fell by more than 20% in the first three months of 2014. …

    April 19, 2014 12:31 am
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Sports

  • Sunderland dents Chelsea’s title hopes with 2-1 upset, Bayern, AC Milan win


    LONDON –  In another twist to this unpredictable English Premier League season, last-place Sunderland damaged Chelsea’s title hopes with a 2-1 upset at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. After surprise losses to Aston Villa and Crystal Palace in recent weeks, Chelsea again stuttered against weaker opposition, as Jose Mourinho’s 77-match unbeaten home run as Chelsea boss came to an end in a major boost for league leader Liverpool. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Chelsea could not hold onto its lead after Samuel Eto’o opened the scoring, as Connor Wickham leveled from the rebound six minutes later following Marcos Alonso’s long-range effort. Fabio Borini then scored from the spot after Cesar Azpilicueta brought down United States forward Jozy Altidore in the box with eight minutes remaining. Elsewhere, Crystal Palace claimed a fifth consecutive win with a 1-0 defeat of West Ham to secure its place in the topflight next season and Swansea secured a vital 2-1 win at Newcastle that …

    April 19, 2014 4:42 pm
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World News

  • Japan to base troops near Senkakus


    19 April 2014 Last updated at 22:29 Defence Minister Onodera suggested Japan may station troops on other islands Japan has begun construction work on a military radar station near a string of islands that is at the centre of a territorial dispute with China. Correspondents say the move will anger Beijing as it may allow Japan to expand surveillance near the Chinese mainland. The new base – on Yonaguni island – is located just 150km (90 miles) from the Japanese-held Senkaku island group, claimed by China as the Diaoyu islands. About 150 personnel are due to be deployed on Yonaguni within two years. During a ceremony to mark the start of project, Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera suggested his country’s military presence could be extended to other islands in the region. “This is the first deployment since the US returned Okinawa [in 1972] and calls for us to be more on guard are growing,” Mr …

    April 19, 2014 4:42 pm
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Technology

  • Police’s search for missing boy finds he existed only on Facebook


    Look carefully. The Belvietv/YouTube; screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET There’s been quite a merging of our virtual lives with our real ones. Sometimes, we’re even confused ourselves as to which is which or whether one matters more than the other. Still, when police in France were told that a 2-year-old boy was missing, they believed this must be real. Chayson Basinio was reported missing by his great aunt. Or someone who said she was. As the Guardian reports, the woman insisted that the boy hadn’t been seen for a week and she believed he’d been kidnapped from a supermarket parking lot. She allegedly said that the boy and his mother had become separated. Police in Yzeure in central France then went to a judge and began searching. They even sent divers to see if they could find his body in a lake. However, as the inquiry went along, police began to realize that the supposed great …

    April 19, 2014 1:58 pm
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Science

  • Gecko-like adhesives now useful for real world surfaces


    Related images(click to enlarge) The ability to stick objects to a wide range of surfaces such as drywall, wood, metal and glass with a single adhesive has been the elusive goal of many research teams across the world, but now a team of University of Massachusetts Amherst inventors describe a new, more versatile version of their invention, Geckskin, that can adhere strongly to a wider range of surfaces, yet releases easily, like a gecko’s feet. “Imagine sticking your tablet on a wall to watch your favorite movie and then moving it to a new location when you want, without the need for pesky holes in your painted wall,” says polymer science and engineering professor Al Crosby. Geckskin is a ‘gecko-like,’ reusable adhesive device that they had previously demonstrated can hold heavy loads on smooth surfaces such as glass. Crosby and polymer science researcher Dan King, with other UMass Amherst researchers including biology professor Duncan Irschick, …

    April 19, 2014 1:59 pm
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Health

  • If Kids Think Someone’s Watching, They’re More Likely to Wash Their Hands


    SATURDAY, April 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent infectious diseases, and placing cameras over sinks might boost youngsters’ hand hygiene, new research suggests. The study included students at four public schools in a slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Video cameras were installed in hand cleaning areas outside the schools’ latrines. Teachers were told about the cameras and informed their students. The Stanford University researchers also had in-person observers take notes about the students’ hand hygiene habits. The video surveillance found that girls cleaned their hands 4 percent more often than boys, while the in-person observation found that girls were 3 percent more likely to do so. Both methods also found that students cleaned their hands longer when using soap and water than when using sanitizer. Students at schools with soap and water were 1.3 times more likely to wash their hands when under video and in-person observation, …

    April 19, 2014 2:19 pm
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Entertainment

  • Tila Tequila Is Pregnant


    But who’s the daddy?! On Friday Tila Tequila (nee Tila Nguyen) posted the above photo on Facebook and wrote, “Surprise!! I’m 10 weeks pregnant! I just couldn’t hold it in any longer as this brings me so much joy and happiness to know that there is a baby Tila on the way! May God bless my little bundle of joy on this Good Friday! Yayy! I’m gonna be a Mommy! I Love you sooooo much little baby!!” After that she added, “I AM SOOOOOOOOO HAPPY!!!! I JUST COULDN”T WAIT MUCH LONGER TO MAKE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IT WAS KILLING ME! LOLLLL OMGGGG I HAVE A LITTLE BABY ON THE WAYYY YAYYYYY! BABY TILA! HAHAHA! SOOOO HAPPPPYY RIGHT NOWWW! AND THE BABY SAYS, ‘HI EVERYONE I CAN”T WAIT TO MEET YOU!’ hehehe.” While we would offer our congrats, Tila claimed to be pregnant back in 2010 but that turned out to be a hoax. Still, she looks …

    April 19, 2014 4:41 pm
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Editorial

  • Will EPA water grab tip US back into recession?


    AP Quietly last month — in the midst of Ukraine, the search for flight MH 370, David Letterman’s retirement and the final hours of March Madness — Washington witnessed a ruling that will affect all of our lives:  the redefinition of water under the Clean Water Act. The redefinition – formally a Proposed Rule issued by the EPA — is momentous not because water is the essence of life (according to Google, it is), but because of the profound consequences for America’s economic growth, or lack thereof, as a result of the new rule. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT As is so often the case with government powers, large matters turn on small shadings of meaning in phrases written decades ago by legislators long since gone.  Consider the bureaucratic meaning of the term “waters of the United States,” which is the rubric under which the U.S. federal government establishes jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.  For more than …

    April 19, 2014 2:12 am
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Odd News

  • Fly me to Sochi, demands Cathay passenger armed with chocolate bar, court hears


    HONG KONG (Reuters) – A passenger on board a Hong Kong-bound Cathay Pacific flight, armed only with a Toblerone chocolate bar, demanded the plane fly to Sochi so he could watch the Winter Olympics, a court heard. Antti Oskari Manselius, 23, from Finland, also made a false bomb threat on the February 14 flight from Amsterdam and said he was robbing the plane, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday. Manselius pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct and giving false information about a bomb when he appeared in court on Thursday, the Post said. He said he was trying to entertain the other passengers and was making “fun and jokes”. Two flight attendants told the court that they saw Manselius walking towards the cockpit. He had two economy-class blankets wrapped around his head and was wearing another like a cape. He held the Toblerone chocolate bar “like a sword”, the newspaper said, quoting one …

    April 18, 2014 9:42 am
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