Headline News

  • Texas prosecutor seeks to exonerate convicted rapist after DNA tests identify another culprit


    DALLAS –  A North Dallas prosecutor is going to court to seek exoneration of a man who served 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to raping a 16-year-old girl. Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins will ask a state district judge on Friday to exonerate Michael Phillips because DNA tests identified another man as the culprit. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Phillips, who’s black, has said he pleaded guilty in 1990 to raping the white teen at the advice of his attorney, who warned against putting his fate in the hands of a jury. Watkins says the tests identified another man as the culprit, but a Watkins spokeswoman says the statute of limitations allows him to remain free.

    July 25, 2014 1:10 am
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Politics

  • Montana governor urges respect for senator after plagiarism report


    (Reuters) – Montana’s governor urged respect on Thursday for the courage shown by Democratic U.S. Senator John Walsh during his military service amid allegations he may have lifted parts of a master’s thesis from works by other authors. The remark came a day after the New York Times reported that Walsh may have lifted at least a quarter of his thesis, according to an examination of the 14-page paper the senator submitted to obtain his degree in 2007. “Senator Walsh has a long history of fighting for Montanans, both at home and in combat. He deserves respect for his courage on our behalf,” Democratic Governor Steve Bullock said in a statement. Bullock said he had no knowledge of the issues raised in Wednesday’s New York Times report when he appointed Walsh in February to fill the Senate slot vacated by Democrat Max Baucus. Walsh, an Iraq War veteran and former commander of the Montana National …

    July 24, 2014 9:48 pm
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Stocks

  • For sale: Town of Alladin, Wyo., for $1.5 million


      If you’re looking for your next real estate investment, look no further than the tiny town of Aladdin, Wyo. Located 80 miles northwest of Rapid City, SD, this 30-acre hamlet features a 126-year-old general store and post office, a bar and homes for the town’s 15 full-time residents. And the whole town can be yours for the bargain basement price of just $1.5 million. At its peak, Aladdin was home to 200 people, most of whom worked at a nearby coal mine. In the years since the mine closed, the population has dwindled to just over a dozen people. Related: Mansions for under $1 million The town’s owner, Judy Brengle, came into possession of the town 28 years ago when her husband bought it for her as a gift, says the couple’s granddaughter Laramie Noyce. Noyce has fond memories of her childhood in Aladdin and hopes if the town is sold, the new owners …

    July 25, 2014 12:30 am
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Sports

  • Noesi, Eaton carry White Sox over Twins


    Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) – Hector Noesi pitched into the eighth, and Adam Eaton knocked in a pair of runs as Chicago topped Minnesota, 5-2, in the opener of a four-game series. Alexei Ramirez and Tyler Flowers added an RBI each for the White Sox, who were coming off a series loss at home against the Royals. Noesi (5-7) worked 7 2/3 innings, giving up only a two-run homer to Danny Santana and two other hits while striking out three. Jake Petricka pitched a quiet ninth to earn his fifth save. “Like I said before when you have command with your fastball, every pitch you can mix in,” said Noesi. “Everything was working today.” Phil Hughes (10-7) left the game one batter into the fourth after taking a ball off the right ankle. He allowed two runs on four hits with four strikeouts in defeat for the Twins, who had taken two of three from the …

    July 25, 2014 1:10 am
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World News

  • Catholic bishop appears in court on child sex abuse charge


    The head of the Catholic church’s military diocese has briefly appeared in court charged with child sex offences dating back to 1969. Western Australian police allege Bishop Max Davis, 68, indecently assaulted a 13-year-old boy while he was teaching at St Benedict’s college in New Norcia, northeast of Perth. It is understood he is the first Australian bishop and the most senior Australian church official to be charged with a child sex offence. He has been charged with three counts of indecently dealing with children aged under 14. Davis, who now lives in the ACT, was not an ordained priest when the incident is alleged to have occurred, and he emphatically denies the charge. On Friday in the Perth magistrates court, Davis’s lawyer requested that his client not be required to turn up in person at his next appearance on 17 October and any other date on which his presence was not essential because he …

    July 25, 2014 12:30 am
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Technology

  • Dogs get jealous just like humans, new study shows


    Ansel Edwards, CC BY 2.0 If you’ve ever had a faithful hound, you’re already well aware that dogs can get antsy when you pay attention to other animals, and sometimes even other humans. Now, for the first time, researchers Christine Harris and Caroline Prouvost at the University of San Diego California have shown that, yes, your puppy is prone to fits of jealousy. “Our study suggests not only that dogs do engage in what appear to be jealous behaviors but also that they were seeking to break up the connection between the owner and a seeming rival,” Harris said. “We can’t really speak to the dogs’ subjective experiences, of course, but it looks as though they were motivated to protect an important social relationship.” Harris and Prouvost worked with 36 dogs and a variety of objects, recording the results. First, the humans were to ignore the dogs and focus on two objects: a stuffed toy …

    July 24, 2014 9:49 pm
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Science

  • Earlier Stone Age artifacts found in Northern Cape of South Africa


    Excavations at an archaeological site at Kathu in the Northern Cape province of South Africa have produced tens of thousands of Earlier Stone Age artifacts, including hand axes and other tools. These discoveries were made by archaeologists from the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa and the University of Toronto (U of T), in collaboration with the McGregor Museum in Kimberley, South Africa. The archaeologists’ research on the Kathu Townlands site, one of the richest early prehistoric archaeological sites in South Africa, was published in the journal, PLOS ONE, on 24 July 2014. It is estimated that the site is between 700,000 and one million years old. Steven James Walker from the Department of Archaeology at UCT, lead author of the journal paper, says: “The site is amazing and it is threatened. We’ve been working well with developers as well as the South African Heritage Resources Agency to preserve it, but the town of …

    July 24, 2014 10:08 pm
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Health

  • Keryx drug improves phosphorus, iron in kidney patients: trial


    (Reuters) – A pivotal trial of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc’s experimental drug Zerenex showed that it improved levels of serum phosphorus and iron in patients on kidney dialysis, according to results published on Thursday. The trial involved 441 patients, according to the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, which published the results. Over the four-week efficacy assessment period, mean serum phosphorus for Zerenex patients dropped by 2.2 milligrams per deciliter compared with placebo patients, the trial showed. Most patients with kidney disease that requires dialysis need chronic treatment with phosphate-binding agents to lower and maintain serum phosphorus at acceptable levels. The study found that, if approved, Zerenex would be the only phosphate binder that also increases iron stores, reducing the need for other drugs to treat anemia. Side effects experienced by patients treated with Zerenex included diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and constipation. Serious adverse events were reported in 39.1 percent of the Zerenex patients and 49 …

    July 24, 2014 9:48 pm
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Entertainment

  • Charlize Theron’s ring ignites Sean Penn engagement rumors


    The 38-year-old actress was spotted wearing a new diamond ring on her left hand as she walked through the Los Angeles International Airport Wednesday, People magazine reported. The new piece of jewelry added to recent speculation that Theron and Penn are getting ready to tie the knot. Sean Penn is a “loser,” says White Sox manager Theron had recently said in an interview with Vogue that she is not one to dwell on wedding wishes, saying she “never had the dream of the white dress.” However, Penn, 53, may just have been the perfect man to change her mind. “[Charlize] likes guys with more substance. She finds Sean very charming and he makes her laugh,” a source told People. “She definitely has him wrapped around her finger.” While reps for both stars did not return comment, Theron and Penn have avoided answering questions about an engagement since they started dating back in January. The two …

    July 25, 2014 12:30 am
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Editorial

Odd News

  • Police puzzled by dolls left on porches in California city


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police said on Thursday they were investigating porcelain dolls that had been left on the doorsteps of at least eight homes in a Southern California beach city that homeowners said bore a resemblance their daughters. The dolls were found over the past week on porches in San Clemente, a community of more than 60,000 people about 65 miles southeast of Los Angeles, Orange County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Jeff Hallock said in a written statement. “Families in each of the homes where porcelain dolls were left voiced concern that the dolls resembled their daughters,” Hallock said. He said the dolls had been collected as evidence and were being examined to determine their origin for clues as to who had left them. (Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Sandra Maler)

    July 24, 2014 10:08 pm
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