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  • Man gets 75 years in pal’s killing after $700 Super Bowl bet

    NEWARK, N.J. –  A New Jersey man convicted of killing his longtime friend over a $700 Super Bowl bet has been sentenced to 75 years in prison. NJ.com reports (http://bit.ly/1KvYIau ) Newark resident Eddie Roberson was sentenced Friday for the killing of Bloomfield resident Talif Crowley over a bet on the 2013 Super Bowl. Prosecutors say Roberson didn’t want to pay Crowley after losing the bet when the San Francisco 49ers lost to the Baltimore Ravens. They say he believed the 49ers were cheated in the 34-31 loss. Roberson was accused of shooting Crowley six times during a street confrontation two days after the game. He was convicted of murder. The 31-year-old Roberson must serve nearly 64 years before becoming eligible for parole. He says he’s sorry for the Crowley family’s loss but maintains he’s not the killer. ___ Information from: NJ Advance Media.

    February 6, 2016 12:44 am


  • Judges find two North Carolina congressional districts racially gerrymandered

    Two of North Carolina’s congressional districts were racially gerrymandered in a 2011 redistricting and must be redrawn within two weeks, a U.S. appeals court panel ruled on Friday. The order written by Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Roger Gregory bars elections in the majority black districts, the 1st and the 12th, until the new maps are approved. North Carolina congressional primaries are scheduled for March 15 “This Court finds that Congressional Districts 1 and 12 as drawn in the 2011 Congressional Redistricting Plan are unconstitutional,” Gregory wrote. The ruling said race had been the main factor when the Republican-controlled legislature redrew the boundaries and state lawmakers were not justified in using that benchmark. Three voters filed suit in 2013 to invalidate the districts. Both are represented by Democrats, with G.K. Butterfield in the 1st, and Alma Adams in the 12th. State Senator Bob Rucho and House member David Lewis, who guided the redistricting plan …

    February 6, 2016 12:23 am


  • ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ to become third film to cross $2 billion

    At the box office, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has become even more powerful than some could have possibly imagined. Disney’s seventh installment in the “Star Wars” saga is expected to cross the $2 billion mark at the global box office on Saturday, the studio announced on Friday. “The Force Awakens” becomes only the third film in history to reach $2 billion around the world, a milestone accomplished by 2009’s “Avatar” and 1997’s “Titanic.” The film starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Harrison Ford will also become the first film in history to make $900 million at the North American box office. After being released on December 18 in the U.S. to record breaking numbers, it took only 50 days for the film to reach the domestic milestone and 53 days to cross the $2 billion global mark. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Disney’s smash hit space saga, will cross the $2 billion mark on …

    February 6, 2016 12:23 am


  • Bath 11-15 Gloucester

    Wales fly-half James Hook landed four penalties in 20 second-half minutes to put Gloucester in front James Hook kicked all 15 points as Gloucester came from behind to beat Bath and inflict a sixth successive loss on their West Country rivals. Bath, who reached last season’s Premiership final but now sit ninth after 10 matches, led 8-0 after Dominic Day’s try and Tom Homer’s penalty. Homer landed another kick after two Hook penalties to keep them 11-6 ahead. But, in the wind and rain, three more kicks from Hook secured Gloucester’s first win at The Rec since 2012. Relive Gloucester’s win over Bath Victory for the Cherry and Whites, which lifted them to fifth in the table, also ended Bath’s run of five straight wins in the West Country derby, the most consecutive successes either side have ever managed. Mike Ford’s team spent the first 13 minutes camped inside Gloucester’s half and led 8-0 after …

    February 6, 2016 12:43 am

World News

  • Russian media breaks Putin family taboo

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Vladimir Putin divorced his wife Lyudmila in 2014 Russian President Vladimir Putin likes to cultivate the image of a tough national leader and macho man. It is an image that has left little room for Mr Putin the family man. In fact, reporting on his family has been virtually taboo in Russia. But that silence is now being broken, as media publish unauthorised material about Mr Putin’s daughters and his ex-wife, Lyudmila. Some of the reports have added to accusations of cronyism against Mr Putin. They have also led to speculation that the president may be losing his powers of image-control. As the anti-Kremlin magazine The New Times noted, “sources have started to talk”. Cosmopolitan lifestyle In 2012, to mark his 60th birthday, Mr Putin allowed state-controlled NTV into his inner sanctum. It showed him working late, alone in his office, then eating a healthy breakfast and exercising in …

    February 6, 2016 12:43 am


  • Wolfsburg sign young British player – as their official Fifa gamer

    It is safe to say that David Bytheway earns just a fraction of Wayne Rooney’s £15m-plus annual Manchester United salary. But while Britain’s latest footballing export plies his trade with his thumbs rather than his feet, the future might just belong to him. “I’m definitely on a very comfortable wage at the moment. And while it doesn’t come close to a footballer’s wage, maybe it’s something that will change,” says Bytheway, 22, from Wolverhampton, who has signed a deal with the German Bundesliga club Wolfsburg to be one of its two official gamers. Related: Fifa 16: the eight key new features As one of the world’s best Fifa players, the swoop for Bytheway by the club known as the Wolves represents what may be a key moment in the evolution of gaming and its interaction with the “real” sports world – not to mention a development that might make parents think twice before ordering their …

    February 6, 2016 12:43 am


  • Physics of brain folding recreated in the lab

    Foetal folds: a fully formed human brain The distinctive folds of the human brain are the result of mechanical compression caused by growth during development, according to an international team of scientists. Using a 3D-printed gel model of the brain, the researchers have now shown that forces generated during expansion can create the brain’s wrinkled shape. This mechanical model was first proposed in 1975, but it has been difficult to test. Highly folded brains are only seen in a small number of species, including some primates, dolphins, elephants and pigs. From an evolutionary perspective, the reason why the brain folds is quite simple – it maximises the number of neurons that can be squeezed into the space, while reducing the distance between them, which improves cognitive function. In humans, the outer layer of brain tissue – the grey matter or the “cerebral cortex” – starts to fold when the foetus is around 23 weeks old. The …

    February 5, 2016 11:23 pm


  • Breast Cancer Survivors Vulnerable for Thyroid Tumors, and Vice Versa: Study

    FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Women who survive either breast or thyroid cancer may be at increased risk for the other tumor type, according to a new analysis. University of Chicago researchers who reviewed 37 published studies found breast cancer survivors were 1.55 times more likely to develop thyroid cancer than women who hadn’t had breast cancer. And, female thyroid cancer survivors were 1.18 times more likely to get breast cancer than women who hadn’t had thyroid cancer, researchers said. “This is a real risk,” said study lead author Dr. Raymon Grogan, director of the university’s endocrine surgery research program. “People who have had one of these cancers need to be aware that they are at higher risk for developing the other cancer,” he said. Thyroid cancer cases have nearly tripled in the United States over the past 30 years, and breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, according to background …

    February 6, 2016 12:03 am


  • Los Angeles Plane Collision Update: Search For Survivors Continues After Two Planes Plummet Into Ocean Near L.A. Harbor

    The search for survivors is ongoing after two planes collided over the ocean near Los Angeles Harbor on Friday afternoon. According to ABC News, the crash happened at approximately 3:30 p.m. PT and there are still dozens of rescue personnel on the scene. The tail number for one plane was recovered as well as a partial number for the second plane, but by late Friday night, there were no signs of survivors. KTLA reports that at least one of the planes was a stunt plane and that the area of the crash is popular for flight students, but very little is known about who was on board at the time of the collision. DEVELOPING: 2 planes collide in midair near Port of Los Angeles https://t.co/Dajq0ELANy pic.twitter.com/bIyVOgxX01 — CBS News (@CBSNews) February 6, 2016 The planes collided approximately one quarter-mile south of the Angels Gate lighthouse. KTLA states that the that the area is “a popular for …

    February 5, 2016 11:03 pm


  • Super Bowl 50: How devoted are sports fans?

    Millions of people across the country watch the Super Bowl every year, from the die-hard fans who never miss a game to the casual sports fan who only watches for the commercials. It’s a unique event that draws the attention of a massive segment of the population, regardless of which team, if any, is their favorite. Even though all football fans will be watching, only two fan bases will have a vested interest in the actual outcome of the game, aside from the gamblers out there. But who wants the title more? Is it the Denver Broncos who are looking to win their third ring as they now find themselves in a four-way tie for most Super Bowl berths in the league? Or is it the Carolina Panthers as the relative new kid on the block seeking their first championship in their second appearance?   Arguments of who has the best and biggest fans are …

    February 5, 2016 10:43 pm

Odd News

  • Turkish army seizes parrots, budgies on Syria border

    ISTANBUL The Turkish army has confiscated 700 parrots and 294 budgerigars on the border with Syria, it said on Friday, as its tighter security measures ensnare what was once a thriving trade in domesticated birds. NATO member Turkey has stepped up security along its 900-km (560-mile) border with Syria as it tries to prevent foreign fighters joining Islamic State militants and defend itself against spillover from the country’s civil war. But the measures, including more frequent border patrols and reinforced fencing, have also shut off what was long a thriving illicit trade in goods including fuel, cigarettes, sugar and, it seems, birds. “They were generally bringing Sultan, Love and Paradise parrots. Here in Turkey a Paradise parrot goes for 1,000 lira, but they were bringing them over for 500,” said Mehmet Turan, a bird breeder in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli. “It’s the same for lovebirds. We were selling them at 25 lira retail, …

    February 5, 2016 11:43 pm