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  • Judge holding hearing in bid to ease sentence of Detroit drug trafficker in prison since ’80s

    DETROIT –  A major Detroit-area drug trafficker known as “White Boy Rick” who has spent nearly 30 years in prison for crimes going back to his teen years is expected to face a judge reconsidering his life sentence. Forty-six-year-old Richard Wershe Jr. is to appear Friday morning before Wayne County Circuit Judge Dana Hathaway. Wershe was arrested in 1987. Prosecutors said he had cocaine before his arrest but dumped it in a neighbor’s yard before being apprehended. Wershe was convicted of possessing more than 650 grams of cocaine and was 18 when sentenced to life in prison without parole. Changes in Michigan’s drug law made him eligible for parole. At the time, authorities described Wershe as being at the top echelons of trafficking. Defense attorney Ralph Musilli says his sentence is unconstitutional.

    September 4, 2015 8:47 am


  • Biden says cannot say yet whether he will mount White House run

    ATLANTA U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday he is still trying to determine whether he has the emotional energy to mount a White House bid in 2016 but cannot say yet whether he will. In his first extensive public comments about a possible run for the Democratic presidential nomination, Biden said, “I can’t look you straight in the eye now and say I know I can do it.” Biden, 72, has been huddling with advisers for weeks to determine whether he will challenge Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, who has seen her favorability ratings plummet over her use of a private email server while working as the nation’s top diplomat. “The most relevant factor in my decision is whether my family and I have the emotional energy to run,” Biden, who lost his son, Beau, to cancer earlier this year, said in response to a question. “The factor is, can I do it?” he …

    September 4, 2015 3:25 am


  • U.S. economy adds 173,000 jobs, short of expectations

    The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.1%, about half of the 10% level hit during the Great Recession. While it was a healthy sign, actual job creation by employers sent more of a mixed message. The economy added 173,000 jobs in August. While it was a decent gain in jobs for the month, the number was below economists’ expectations and is likely to muddy the picture for the Federal Reserve’s historic decision to raise its key interest rate in two weeks. Economists surveyed by CNNMoney projected that the economy would add 207,000 jobs. Wages grew 2.2% in August, about in line with expectations but well below the Federal Reserve‘s 3.5% target. Wage growth has been missing during the U.S. economic recovery from the recession, and it’s also a key measure of inflation — something that’s been absent and that the Fed badly wants to see. Overall the job numbers in August add more uncertainty surrounding …

    September 4, 2015 8:27 am


  • Tyrus Thomas signs deal to play overseas

    Feb 2, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Charlotte Bobcats power forward Tyrus Thomas (12) looks for an outlet pass against the Houston Rockets during the first quarter at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell:USA TODAY Sports Tyrus Thomas began his NBA career as a member of the Chicago Bulls in 2006, and the team had hopes he’d become a franchise cornerstone for years to come. But he was traded after just three-and-a-half seasons, and injuries have limited him ever since. Thomas was back to feeling fine physically, and was attempting to make an NBA comeback this summer after appearing in just two games in total over the last two seasons. But rather than take his chances on a non-guaranteed training camp invite somewhere, Thomas has signed a deal with Germany Eisbaeren Bremerhaven, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports. Thomas had his best season statistically in 2009, when he averaged 10.8 points and 6.4 rebounds …

    September 4, 2015 8:47 am

World News

  • UAE soldiers killed by Yemen ‘blast’

    Image copyright AFP Image caption Leading tribes in Yemen’s Marib province are backing the Saudi-led coalition military campaign Twenty-two soldiers from the United Arab Emirates have been killed in Yemen while fighting Houthi rebels as part of a Saudi-led coalition, state media say. The military statement did not specify the circumstances of their deaths. The Abu Dhabi-based newspaper, The National, reported that they were killed by explosions at an ammunition store in Marib province. Houthi sources told the Reuters news agency that the blasts were triggered by a rocket fired at a coalition camp. The UN says some 4,500 people – including at least 2,110 civilians – have been killed in fighting on the ground and by coalition air strikes since late March. ‘Accident’ The UAE is thought to have sent several thousand troops to Yemen in an effort to restore the country’s exiled President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. They helped southern militiamen opposed to the …

    September 4, 2015 8:47 am


  • Teacher charged over drone crash at US Open

    A teacher from New York has been arrested for allegedly crashing a drone into an empty section of seats at the US Open tennis tournament. Daniel Verley, 26, faces charges of reckless endangerment and operating a drone in a New York City public park outside of a prescribed area. A police spokesman said Verley was a teacher at the Academy of Innovative Technology in Brooklyn. Calls to the school and the Department of Education for comment were not immediately returned on Friday. It wasn’t immediately clear whether Verley had an attorney who could comment on the charges on his behalf. The drone buzzed over the court in Louis Armstrong stadium on Thursday night before crashing into the seats. US Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier said no one was injured. The black device flew diagonally through the arena during the next-to-last game of a second-round match that 26th-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy won 6-1, 6-4 over …

    September 4, 2015 7:46 am


  • ASU team develops quick way to determine bacteria’s antibiotic resistance

    Related images(click to enlarge) Bacteria’s ability to become resistant to antibiotics is a growing issue in health care: Resistant strains result in prolonged illnesses and higher mortality rates. One way to combat this is to determine bacteria’s antibiotic resistance in a given patient, but that often takes days — and time is crucial in treatment. ASU scientists have developed a technique that can sort antibiotic-resistant from “susceptible” bacteria, and it happens in a matter of minutes. The microfluidic technology, developed in the lab of professor Mark Hayes in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Arizona State University, uses microscale electric field gradients, acting on extremely small samples, to tell the difference between the two strains (antibiotic-resistant and antibiotic-susceptible) of Staphylococcus epidermidis. It’s part of a changing approach to bacteria. After a multi-decade “sledgehammer” approach, focused on killing all bacteria via soaps, detergents, antibiotics and hand sanitizers, scientists are now moving to subtler methods based …

    September 4, 2015 6:46 am


  • Novartis wins EU approval for multiple myeloma drug Farydak

    ZURICH Novartis AG said on Friday it received European Union approval for Farydak, a treatment for multiple myeloma that the company said gives new options for adult patients whose disease has progressed following standard therapy. Novartis received similar approval for Farydak from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in February for treating multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer that arises from plasma cells found in bone marrow. Analysts at Bank Vontobel wrote that they estimate global peak annual sales at $250 million. The EU approval is for use of Farydak capsules in combination with bortezomib, sold by Takeda Pharmaceutical Co.’s oncology unit as Velcade, and the anti-inflammatory steroid dexamethasone. The Basle-based company said Farydak represents the first therapy for multiple myeloma that inhibits the activity of certain enzymes, potentially slowing over-development of plasma cells. This can crowd out other healthy blood cells from bone marrow, leading to anemia or bone and kidney problems. The …

    September 4, 2015 7:07 am


  • Kim Kardashian Celebrates 45 Million Instagram Followers With Selfie Of Her Giant Pregnancy Jugs

    Posted on Thu Sep 3rd, 2015 6:00am PDT       By X17 Staff Kim Kardashian hit 45 million Instagram followers yesterday, so what better way to celebrate than to post a photo of her boobies? The 35-year-old captioned the shot, “45 million Instagram followers!!!!! I love you guys!!!!! Besitos everyone!!!!! #45mil.” Earlier this month she eclipsed Beyonce as the most popular celeb on Instagram, and she celebrated that milestone with an equally sexy snapshot. Kim is due to give birth to her second child with hubby Kanye West later this year, and speaking of boobies, the National Enquirer reports that Yeezy got Kris Jenner’s granny panties in a big bunch earlier this summer with a semi-hilarious prank. The tabloid reports Kanye told Kim she should tattoo the names of North and the couple’s son on each of Kim’s boobs. A source tells the mag, “Kim was speechless! She’ll usually do anything to make Kanye happy, but this stunned …

    September 4, 2015 7:27 am


  • EXCLUSIVE: Kentucky Clerk: ‘This is a fight worth fighting’

    UPDATE: A federal judge has ordered a defiant Kentucky clerk to jail after she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. U.S. District Judge David Bunning told Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis she would be jailed until she complied with his order to issue the licenses. Davis said “thank you” before she was led out of the courtroom by a U.S. marshal. She was not in handcuffs. Bunning also warned deputy clerks around the state that they could suffer the same fate should they refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Davis has refused to issue marriages licenses for two months since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. She argues that her Christian faith should exempt her from signing the licenses. I’m very steadfast in what I believe. I don’t leave my conscience and my Christian soul out in my vehicle and come in here and pretend to be something I’m not. It’s …

    September 4, 2015 2:05 am

Odd News

  • Pope makes surprise visit to Rome optician for new eyeglasses

    ROME Pope Francis slipped out of the Vatican on Thursday evening to make a surprise visit to a Rome optician’s shop to get a new pair of eyeglasses, insisting that his old frames be re-used and that he would pay for them. Francis was driven to Ottica Spiezia on Rome’s fancy Via del Babuino in the small Ford Focus car he normally uses, drawing a large crowd of curious tourists and Romans outside, footage on Italian television showed. The shop owner, Alessandro Spiezia, who has made eyeglasses for the pope before but always delivered them to the Vatican though aides, said he did not know that the pope would come to the shop himself. “He had told me to use the old frames again because he did not want to spend much money and insisted on paying for them,” Spiezia said on Italian television. The pope arrived with one of his secretaries and a driver …

    September 3, 2015 7:04 pm