Headline News

  • Nearly 3 years after deadly Colorado theater shooting, intensity of gun debate has lessened


    DENVER –  When a gunman opened fire inside a packed movie theater in July 2012, killing 12 and injuring 70, it did more than spread fear and heartbreak across the Denver suburbs. It helped revive the national debate over gun control. The debate gained intensity in the state five months later when a gunman killed 20 children and 6 adults at a Connecticut elementary school, resulting in Democrats to require universal background checks and ban magazines that hold more than 15 rounds. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Gun control advocates boasted that they had found the formula to enact their policies in a libertarian swing state. Furious gun rights supporters recalled two state senators who supported the measures. But, as the trial of theater shooter James Holmes is scheduled to begin Monday, the debate has quieted down.

    April 25, 2015 10:40 am
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Politics

  • Ryan’s Medicare plan headed for scrap heap


    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI)(REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst) Aiming to acquire more budget powers and take a swipe at Obamacare, Republicans will likely scrap a proposal that stirred controversy and helped launch Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan on the national stage: privatizing the Medicare health program. Ryan’s bold Medicare “premium support” plan would be sacrificed to ensure passage of Congress’ first full budget in six years and allow Republicans a rare opportunity to use a powerful procedural tool to ease passage of other legislation. Dropping the fiscal conservative’s signature plan, which had little chance of enactment, is one sign of how the Republican-controlled House and Senate are trying to show they can govern effectively as they seek to win the White House in 2016. Republicans are hoping to use the power known as budget “reconciliation” to pass a bill to repeal or replace President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, known as “Obamacare,” a long-standing …

    April 25, 2015 8:18 am
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Stocks

  • The reaction to Bruce Jenner is love


    There are innumerable reactions to Bruce Jenner’s announcement about being a transgender woman, but the dominant reaction is the most human one of them all: love. “Love is the courage to live the truest, best version of yourself. Bruce is love,” Jenner’s step-daughter Kim Kardashian wrote online after Jenner’s interview aired on ABC on Friday night. She signed her message “I love you Bruce” with the hashtag #ProudDaughter. Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian said they were proud, as well. And Jenner’s son Brandon said on the special, “I feel like I am getting an upgraded version of my dad.” Related: Bruce Jenner: ‘Yes, for all intents and purposes, I’m a woman’ On one coast, Jenner watched with members of his famous Hollywood family, including ex-wife Kris Jenner, as Diane Sawyer said “this is the last TV interview he will do as Bruce. His dream: to reemerge as the person he calls ‘her.’” On the other coast, …

    April 25, 2015 10:39 am
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Sports

  • Wozniacki beats second seed Halep to reach Stuttgart final


    BERLIN (Reuters) – World number five Caroline Wozniacki needed nearly three hours to break the resistance of second seed Simona Halep of Romania 7-5 5-7 6-2 on Saturday and reach the Stuttgart Grand Prix final for the second time in five years. The Dane, a former world number one, will play the winner of the second semi-final later on Saturday between American Madison Brengle and Germany’s Angelique Kerber as she eyes her second title of the year. The first game lasted almost 10 minutes, an indication of the slug match that was to follow on the punishing Stuttgart clay. Wozniacki clinched the first set after more than an hour when Halep sent a backhand into the net The world number three, who had 22 unforced errors in the first set, upped her game, racing to a 3-0 lead before being reined in by Wozniacki’s thundering groundstrokes. Halep, who has won three titles this year, leveled …

    April 25, 2015 10:39 am
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World News

  • Syria Islamists take northern town


    The rebels began their offensive on Thursday Islamist rebels in Syria have taken over the key north-western town of Jisr al-Shughur, activists say. It was the last major town under government control in Idlib province. Correspondents say it may give rebels a route to the ruling elite’s heartland. The Islamist forces, including the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front, began the assault on Thursday. State media said the army had redeployed outside the town “to avoid civilian casualties”. They quoted a military official as saying that, before withdrawing, troops had engaged in fierce fighting with “armed terrorist groups” who arrived in large numbers from the Turkish border. Activists from the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government forces had fled. The bodies of at least 60 pro-government fighters were lying in the streets, the observatory added. Before the rise of Islamic State, the Nusra Front was seen as the strongest and most militant rebel force. The city …

    April 25, 2015 10:40 am
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Technology

  • Supermodels join drive for women to embrace coding


    What is it about models and coding? American supermodel and coding advocate Karlie Kloss has joined a growing list of high-profile female stars urging young women to take up coding, reflecting a determination to shake up the disproportionately male world of coders and tech enthusiasts. Calling on young women to apply for Kode with Karlie scholarships, set up by the model in partnership with the Flatiron school in the US – where she spent two weeks last year learning to code – the 22-year old gave a passionate account of her own experience. “Over the last year I started taking coding classes and realised how creative coding truly is. Code is going to continue to play a major role in defining our future. I think it’s crucial that young women learn to code as early as possible to ensure that we as young women have a voice and a stake in what the world looks …

    April 25, 2015 7:38 am
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Science

  • Expert panels successfully rate medical research proposals


    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is easily the world’s largest funder of medical research, and outside scientists perform most of the research. Panels of these investigators also select the projects that the NIH supports. With the NIH budget slowly dropping, some experts have questioned whether this “peer review” process is prone to favoritism or to avoiding risky but potentially high-payoff studies. Boston University (BU) and Harvard economists, however, have published an extensive analysis of NIH grants in the journal Science that shows a high correlation between how projects are rated by peer review and the quality of the resulting research. “Peer review is tremendously important for determining what research is done in the United States, and the world, and yet we don’t know very much about how effective these systems are,” says Leila Agha, Assistant Professor of Markets, Public Policy and Law at the Boston University Questrom School of Business and co-author of the …

    April 25, 2015 7:59 am
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Health

  • Phone-Focused Parents a Danger to Their Kids at Playground


    SATURDAY, April 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Young children are more likely to suffer playground injuries when their parents are texting or talking on a cell phone, a new study shows. Even chatting with other caregivers ups the odds your kid will get hurt, the study found. Researchers from the Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York observed 50 parent/child pairs at seven playgrounds. The children were between 18 months and 5 years old. For 10 to 20 minutes, one researcher watched the parent while another researcher watched the child. Parents were distracted 74 percent of the time, but most of the distractions were mild, with the majority of the parent’s attention focused on the child, they found. Talking with other adults accounted for 33 percent of distractions, followed by cell phones and other electronic devices at 30 percent. Activities such as eating, drinking, reading and looking in a bag or purse accounted for the …

    April 25, 2015 8:19 am
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Entertainment

  • Blac Chyna Posts Text Evidence That Tyga Is Trying To Win Her Back


    Posted on Fri Apr 24th, 2015 12:20pm PDT       By X17 Staff His current girlfriend Kylie Jenner is NOT going to be happy about this! Blac Chyna broke the known texting code by posting her private messages with ex-boyfriend Tyga, and his Keeping Up with the Kardashians star girlfriend probably isn’t happy to read that her rapper beau wants to fix his relationship with his baby mamma. The “Rack City” lyricist sounds pathetic as she begs Chyna to spend time with him, but the real incriminating part comes later in the conversation. “Call me when u can. I want to be with u. I want to be positive. I want to be a family again. Want to start this friendship. Relationship,” he wrote. Rather than denying it, the hip hop star cryptically tweeted a weird response. “Give it up. Get over it. I aint here for the tea. Focus on what’s real in life. And surround yourself …

    April 25, 2015 8:59 am
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Editorial

  • Will Hillary Clinton’s tangled war of words protect her from Clinton Foundation scandal?


    April 23, 2015: Hillary Rodham Clinton reacts to applause from the crowd before speaking during the sixth annual Women in the World Summit. In the early stages of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, she is being hoisted with her own petard. She is injuring herself with the very devices that she and her supporters use to injure others. One device is the charge of “guilt by association.” The “millionaires and billionaires” she portrays as in villainous league with Republicans are the very same category of people who have donated tens of millions of dollars to both the Clinton Foundation and to speaking fees by Bill and Hillary Clinton. In Clintonworld, wealth that serves to oppose them is dirty but wealth that serves to support them is clean. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Tax breaks for the wealthy are obscene in Clintonian rhetoric, but tax breaks aren’t supposed to be seen or heard of when they apply, in practice, to …

    April 25, 2015 8:19 am
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Odd News

  • Argentine side train with dust masks as volcano spews ash


    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – An amateur side set to meet league champions Racing Club in the last 64 of the Argentine Cup are wearing dust marks to train near an Andean volcano spewing ash. “We’re playing against the Argentine champions, we’re taking it very seriously and anxiously await the match,” coach Gustavo Coronel of regional side Independiente of Neuquen, a province in the southwest of Argentina, told TyC Sports on Friday. Across the nearby Andes mountains in neighboring Chile, the 2,000-metre Cabulco volcano erupted on Wednesday and has been spewing clouds of ash since Thursday. The venue and date of the match have not been confirmed. The ash has reached Buenos Aires in the east with flights into and out of Ezeiza international airport suspended or rerouted while those at Neuquen and the Andean ski resorts of Bariloche and Chapelco have been closed. (Reporting by Rex Gowar; Editing by Ken Ferris)

    April 24, 2015 11:57 pm
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