Headline News

  • Gunfights and roadblocks rock Mexican city on U.S. border

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Gunfights broke out and vehicles were set ablaze on Friday in one of Mexico’s biggest cities along the U.S. border, after security forces arrested a leader of one of the main drug gangs in the area. Activity in parts of Reynosa, a city across the Rio Grande from McAllen, Texas, ground to a halt on Friday afternoon after vehicles were torched and shooting began, authorities said. Earlier in the day, federal police and marines captured “El Gafe,” a leader of the Gulf Cartel, said a spokesman for police in Reynosa, a city of more than 600,000 people in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas. A federal government security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, identified “El Gafe” as Jose Hugo Rodriguez Sanchez. The official had earlier named the cartel boss as Jose Tiburcio Hernandez Fuentes. Later, he clarified that Hernandez was a different suspected gang member also captured. Three suspected assailants were …

    April 18, 2015 6:17 am


  • Republican Huckabee to announce 2016 presidential decision May 5

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a Republican, said on Friday that he will make an announcement on May 5 about whether or not he will run for president in 2016. Huckabee said in an interview on Fox News that he will announce his plans in his hometown of Hope, Arkansas. Huckabee, who left office in 2007, first ran for president in 2008. He hosted a Fox News television show but quit early this year to weigh another run at the Republican nomination. Huckabee, a former Baptist pastor, is known as an unabashed culture warrior on issues such as abortion rights and gay marriage. But he could struggle to win support beyond his social conservative base this year. He would join a crowded field if he does decide to run. U.S. Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have all announced their candidacies, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former Florida Governor …

    April 17, 2015 10:34 pm


  • George Lucas wants to build affordable housing in wealthy suburb

    George Lucas wants to build affordable housing for 224 families in wealthy Marin County, California. The project is proposed for the same spot where the Star Wars creator once wanted to build a new production studio. He withdrew that plan in 2012 after area residents voiced strong opposition. Lucas will finance 100% of the project, which is expected to cost more than $150 million, said his attorney Gary Giacomini. While the area is home to plenty of millionaires, the filmmaker wants to provide housing for the local workforce, like teachers and police officers. The project won’t use any federal or state funding, Giacomini said. As proposed, 120 units will be reserved for people whose income falls between $65,700 and $101,400 a year, according to PEP Housing, a local non-profit group. The county’s median household income is $90,000 according to the Census Bureau. Related: Can you guess where the hottest housing markets are? The other 104 …

    April 18, 2015 4:56 am


  • Thailand’s Kiradech loses 3 strokes on final 2 holes but holds on to lead in Shenzhen

    SHENZHEN, China –  Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat shot a 4-under 68 to take the lead after the third round at the inaugural Shenzhen International on Saturday, though he let a five-shot advantage slip to two strokes with a double bogey-bogey on this final two holes. Kiradech had nine birdies in his round to sit at 12-under 204 overall. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Overnight leader Peter Uihlein birdied the par-5 17th hole that Kiradech double-bogeyed to gain three strokes on his playing partner. Uihlein was at 10 under. Both Kiradech and Uihlein are looking for their second European Tour titles. Pablo Larrazabal of Spain matched the low round of the day with a 65 to move into third place, one stroke behind Uihlein.

    April 18, 2015 6:16 am

World News

  • Boston bomber ‘shouldn’t be executed’

    The Richard Family before the bombing. Martin, 8, seen un-obscured, died in the attack The parents of youngest victim in the Boston marathon bombing have called on federal authorities to drop the death penalty as a possible punishment for bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Bill and Denise Richard’s eight-year-old son was one of three people killed in the explosions in April 2013. The Richards said an execution sentence “could bring years of appeals and prolong reliving the most painful day of our lives.” Tsarnaev was convicted last week. The Richards made their plea in a front-page piece in the Boston Globe on Friday. “We are in favour of and would support the Department of Justice in taking the death penalty off the table in exchange for the defendant spending the rest of his life in prison without any possibility of release and waiving all of his rights to appeal,” they wrote. The Richards were injured in the …

    April 18, 2015 6:17 am


  • This week’s new games: reviewed

    Pokémon Rumble World, Nintendo 3DS As in all Pokémon games, Rumble World wants you to hunt and capture its 719 sub-species of Pokémon. The major difference is that it’s free to download, your quest to catch Pokémon for the king of the Toy Kingdom coming initially at no fee. Unlike mainstream Pokémon games where you use turn-based combat to subdue and trap beasts, Rumble World relies on pressing a single button to win battles. Bafflingly, it actually takes this a stage further, automatically attacking nearby enemies, thereby shrinking your role to steering your chosen Pokémon and occasionally swapping it for another one from your collection. As well as tolerating its gross oversimplification, you’ll also need to buy balloons in order to fly to monster-hunting grounds. The first one’s free but subsequent balloons cost gems, which you win very gradually in the game or have to pay real money to purchase. You’ll soon discover that balloons …

    April 18, 2015 6:16 am


  • How oxytocin makes a mom: Hormone teaches maternal brain to respond to offspring’s needs

    Neuroscientists at NYU Langone Medical Center have discovered how the powerful brain hormone oxytocin acts on individual brain cells to prompt specific social behaviors — findings that could lead to a better understanding of how oxytocin and other hormones could be used to treat behavioral problems resulting from disease or trauma to the brain. The findings are to be published in the journal Nature online April 15. Until now, researchers say oxytocin — sometimes called the “pleasure hormone” — has been better known for its role in inducing sexual attraction and orgasm, regulating breast feeding and promoting maternal-infant bonding. But its precise levers for controlling social behaviors were not known. “Our findings redefine oxytocin as something completely different from a ‘love drug,’ but more as an amplifier and suppressor of neural signals in the brain,” says study senior investigator Robert Froemke, PhD, an assistant professor at NYU Langone and its Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine. …

    April 18, 2015 2:35 am


  • FDA approves AcuFocus’ corneal implant

    (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved AcuFocus Inc’s corneal implant to improve vision in patients with presbyopia, an age-related eye disorder. The device, KAMRA inlay, is the first implantable device to correct vision in patients who have not had cataract surgery, the FDA said in a statement on Friday. Presbyopia is a condition associated with aging in which the eye is unable to focus clearly on near objects. KAMRA inlay, an opaque ring shaped device implanted on the cornea using laser, improves the ability to see near objects more clearly. The results from clinical trials showed that 83.5 pct of 478 patients had a better vision clarity of 20/40 in 12 months. The FDA, however, warned that the device should not to be used in patients who have had cataract surgery or those who have severe dry eye disease. Presbia PLC is also developing a similar corneal implant, which is being tested …

    April 18, 2015 2:36 am


  • Fans are furious over Michael Bublé’s Instagram pic that he has yet to delete

    More: “I am Mr. Diaper!” Fatherhood is Michael Bublé’s priority The “Feeling Good” hit maker took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a picture of himself in what appears to be a hotel lobby, and standing behind him is a woman wearing tiny black shorts with some of her bottom sticking out. Bublé captioned the picture, “There was something about this photo Lu took ,that seemed worthy of instagram.” Followed by several hashtags, “#myhumps #babygotback #hungryshorts #beautifulbum.” While Bublé did use the hashtag “beautifulbum,” which may seem as though he is trying to be complimentary about the woman, he also chose to tag it with “hungryshorts,” which does not seem very flattering at all — and there are many people who have taken to Instagram to blast the singer for his actions. There was something about this photo lu took ,that seemed worthy of instagram. #myhumps #babygotback #hungryshorts #onlyinmiami #picoftheday #beautifulbum A photo posted by …

    April 18, 2015 5:36 am


  • Whether Hillary Clinton or a Republican is our next president, national security reform is crucial

    April 15, 2015: Presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens to small business owners as she campaigns for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination at Capital City Fruit in Norfolk, Iowa. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking) In most campaigns, it’s a safe bet that bromides and talking points will dominate instead of bold ideas and proposals for real reform.  Let’s hope the 2016 race taking shape is an exception—and includes a serious look at the flawed tools we use to fight our enemies.   The reason that every major foreign threat has grown more acute in recent years is not just the poor choices that comprise President Obama’s foreign policy. Those decisions are the icing on the cake of a national security establishment in Washington that fails the American people and has grown more feckless under presidents of both parties. The reason that every major foreign threat has grown more acute in recent years is not just the poor choices that comprise President Obama’s foreign policy. Those decisions are the icing …

    April 18, 2015 2:55 am

Odd News

  • Former Washington state governor ejects man from car

    SEATTLE (Reuters) – Former Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire used fast thinking and driving to stop a stranger from climbing into her car in a store parking lot, Olympia police said on Thursday. Gregoire, who was governor from 2005 to 2013, packed her purchases into the car’s trunk in a Lowe’s home improvement lot, the police said. As she did she saw a man watching her. Police said that once she was inside the car, the man opened the passenger door and started climbing in just as she began backing out of the space. She hit the gas pedal, the man fell to the ground and the door slammed shut, police said. The man, identified as 47-year-old Mark Snodderly, was not injured. Police said he then caused a disturbance in the store, adding that he was cited for disorderly conduct and taken to a hospital for evaluation. (This story has been refiled to fix spelling …

    April 16, 2015 6:22 pm