Headline News

  • California woman’s lawyer says it was accident when she plowed into pedestrians, killing 4


    TORRANCE, Calif. –  The attorney for a 56-year-old woman accused in the deaths of four people, including a 6-year-old boy, said it was an accident when she ran her car into nearly a dozen pedestrians outside a California church, describing her as someone who “does not live her life recklessly.” “Two days ago, three days ago, people that knew her couldn’t believe that she’d be in this situation,” said Jeffrey Gray, attorney for Margo Bronstein. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Gray pleaded not guilty on Bronstein’s behalf Friday to four counts of gross vehicular manslaughter and one count of driving under the influence of a drug causing injury. Bronstein was wheeled into court on a gurney. She was propped up with pillows and spoke only to her lawyer. A judge ordered her held on $500,000 bail, the amount requested by prosecutors. Gray told the judge the collision was an accident, and not intentional. Outside court, Gray urged people …

    December 20, 2014 3:34 am
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Politics

  • Ex-NYC councilman loses bid for new corruption trial


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former New York City Councilman Larry Seabrook lost a bid for a new trial on Friday after a federal judge rejected his claim that his brother and aide were excluded from watching jury selection. U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel in Manhattan ruled that no one was excluded and said that a request by U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts and her deputy clerk for members of the public to vacate their seats meant “make room for the jurors.” “An instruction to vacate the seats is not tantamount to an instruction to vacate the courtroom,” he wrote. Margaret Shalley, Seabrook’s lawyer, said she would seek further review from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Seabrook, 63, was sentenced in 2013 to five years in prison after being found guilty on charges that he illegally steered funds intended for community development to his girlfriend and relatives. An earlier trial in 2011 ended in …

    December 20, 2014 3:54 am
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Stocks

  • Springfield, MO, is the capital of cheap gas


    Gas below $2 a gallon isn’t so unusual these days. A quiet city on the edge of the Ozarks is the only town in the entire country where the average price of gas is less than $2 a gallon. Gas in Springfield, Missouri has hit an average of $1.998 a gallon according to AAA. There are 101 different stations in Springfield (population 164,000) with gas below $2 according to GasBuddy.com. Gas below $2 was unheard of until the price at a single station in Oklahoma City sank to $1.99 on Dec.3. Sixteen days later, gas at that price is available at about 3,250 stations, or 2.5% of stations nationwide, according to GasBuddy. Related: What’s gas cost in your state? The national average stands a $2.45 a gallon, the lowest since 2009. As of Friday, half of all states had at least one station selling gas for less than $2, twice as many as on Monday. …

    December 20, 2014 2:53 am
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Sports

  • Harrison guides St. John’s past St. Mary’s


    Queens, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – D’Angelo Harrison posted 21 points to guide No. 20 St. John’s to a 53-47 victory over St. Mary’s on Friday. Sir’Dominic Pointer gave 11 points and 11 rebounds and Chris Obekpa added eight points and seven rebounds for the Red Storm (9-1), who have won their past five games. Brad Waldow gave 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Gaels (6-3), who have lost two of their last three games. “Waldow is as effective a big man as there is,” praised St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin. “In a deliberate old-fashioned way, he wears down opponents.” St. John’s trailed by 15 to start the second half, but began the final 20 minutes with a 7-0 run and an 8-0 spurt a bit later had the team within 37-33 after a Harrison 3-pointer 6 1/2 minutes in. A 10-0 surge from the Red Storm saw the team go on top for good …

    December 20, 2014 4:15 am
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World News

  • Xi defends ‘one-China’ idea in Macau


    20 December 2014 Last updated at 09:18 Xi Jinping (right) is in Macau for the inauguration of Fernando Chui as Chief Executive Chinese President Xi Jinping is visiting Macau to mark the 15th anniversary of the former Portuguese colony’s return to China. He urged people in the territory to respect the “one-China” principle. Like neighbouring Hong Kong, Macau is a special autonomous region and has experienced protests by pro-democracy activists this year. Correspondents say officials in Beijing do not want to the territories to become hotbeds of dissent. “We must both adhere to the ‘one China’ principle and respect the difference of the two systems,” Mr Xi said at the inauguration of Macau’s Chief Executive Fernando Chui. “This is the only way leading to sound and steady progress,” Mr Xi added. “Otherwise a misguided approach from the beginning, just like putting one’s left foot into the right shoe, would lead us nowhere.” Six months ago, …

    December 20, 2014 3:34 am
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Technology

  • On the road: Smart ebike – bike review


    I have an irrational dislike of Smart cars. They’re always tricking me in the multi-storey near work. I arrive after everyone with proper jobs, when all the prime spots have gone. Often, I’ll think I’ve struck lucky, only to find one of these toy-mobiles nestling smugly near the back of what looked like an empty space. From the same German stable (Mercedes) comes the Smart ebike, which couldn’t hide in any bike shed. It’s not much smaller than a sit-up-and-beg Dutch beast and its space-age frame is painted an attention-seeking white and green. At 26.1kg, it’s the heaviest bike I’ve ever ridden, much heftier than my favourite ebike, the Gocycle, which is “only” 16.1kg. It’s not a problem when buzzing along, unless the battery dies – in which case, I hope you’re wearing a wicking fabric. But even getting this clodhopper over the two steps into my house was a mission. The prime targets for ebikes are those too …

    December 20, 2014 4:15 am
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Science

  • Early exposure to antidepressants affects adult anxiety and serotonin transmission


    Related images(click to enlarge) About 15 percent of women in the United States suffer from anxiety disorders and depression during their pregnancies, and many are prescribed antidepressants. However little is known about how early exposure to these medications might affect their offspring as they mature into adults. The answer to that question is vital, as 5 percent of all babies born in the U.S. — more than 200,000 a year — are exposed to antidepressants during gestation via transmission from their mothers. Now, a UCLA team has studied early developmental exposure to two different antidepressants, Prozac and Lexapro, in a mouse model that mimics human third trimester medication exposure. They found that, although these serotonin-selective reuptake inhibiting antidepressants (SSRIs) were thought to work the same way, they did not produce the same long-term changes in anxiety behavior in the adult mice. The mice exposed to Lexapro had permanent changes in serotonin neurotransmission and were less …

    December 20, 2014 4:15 am
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Health

  • Child being observed at Chicago hospital to rule out Ebola


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – A child who arrived in Chicago with a fever was under observation on Friday at a city hospital to rule out the Ebola virus, hospital officials said. Federal officials screening arriving passengers at O’Hare International Airport detected the fever, but no other symptoms of the disease, the University of Chicago Medical Center said in a statement. The patient was isolated under strict quarantine protocols until the child’s condition improves and a diagnosis is established, the hospital said. The child was in stable condition. The hospital gave no details on the child, including age, gender or where the patient flew from, citing patient privacy laws. The medical center said later in the day that the child remained in stable condition, without giving any information on whether the patient had been infected. “There is no threat to the public, our staff and our patients,” it said. The University of Chicago Medical Center is one …

    December 20, 2014 4:14 am
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Entertainment

  • Kim And Khloe Kardashian’s Butts Are Out Of Kontrol For Trip To Cosmetic Surgery Center


    Posted on Fri Dec 19th, 2014 3:50pm PDT       By X17 Staff Is it just us — or are their butts getting bigger?! Accompanied by slim sister Kendall Jenner, curvy reality stars Kim and Khloe Kardashian showed off their news-making derrieres when they wore their bodycon ensembles for a family trip to Epione, a cosmetic surgery center. According to the company’s website, “Epione, located in the heart of Beverly Hills, is one of the most comprehensive, state of the art laser and aesthetic surgery centers of its kind in the world.” Just in case you didn’t think Kimbo and her sisters had had any work done — you’d be wrong! We wonder if Epione is pumping up those bums of theirs — because the Kardashian sisters’ bottoms are out of control these days!   SEE THE GALLERY The Kardashian Sisters Pamper Themselves At Cosmetic Surgery Center Stories from around the Web

    December 20, 2014 3:54 am
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Editorial

  • High School: Islamic vocabulary lesson part of Common Core standards


    Parents in Farmville, North Carolina want to know why their children were given a Common Core vocabulary assignment in an English class that promoted the Prophet Muhammad and the Islamic faith. “It really caught me off guard,” a Farmville Central High School student who was in the class told me. “If we are not allowed to talk about any other religions in school – how is this appropriate?” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Islamic vocabulary worksheet was assigned to seniors. “I was reading it and it caught me off guard,” the student told me. “I just looked at it and knew something was not right – so I emailed the pages to my mom.” I asked the school district to provide me with a copy of vocabulary worksheets that promoted the Jewish, Hindu and Christian faiths. The school district did not reply. “In the following exercises, you will have the opportunity to expand your vocabulary by reading …

    December 20, 2014 4:14 am
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Odd News

  • Canadian driver jailed for deaths caused by stopping for ducks


    OTTAWA (Reuters) – A Canadian woman was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Thursday for causing two deaths in 2010 when she stopped her car on a Quebec highway to help a group of ducklings crossing the road. Emma Czornobaj had been convicted in June of two counts each of criminal negligence and dangerous driving causing death. According to media reports on Thursday, Czornobaj stopped her car abruptly in the passing lane of a highway south of Montreal when she saw the ducklings. The motorcycle behind Czornobaj’s car then crashed into her vehicle, killing the 50-year-old man driving the motorcycle and his 16-year-old daughter. “I just wanted to pick all these ducklings up and put them in my car,” Czornobaj had testified during her trial. “I know it was a mistake.” The jail time will be served on the weekends. Czornobaj was also sentenced to 240 hours of community service, probation and banned from …

    December 18, 2014 3:58 pm
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