Headline News

  • Defense attorneys in Freddie Gray case ask judge to move trial out of Baltimore


    BALTIMORE –  Attorneys for six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are asking a judge to move their case out of Baltimore, arguing it will be impossible to select an impartial jury and receive a fair trial. The officers face charges ranging from assault to second-degree “depraved-heart” murder. Gray’s death April 19 prompted a wave of protests that on two occasions gave way to violence. Shortly after charges were filed against the officers, the U.S. Justice Department announced that it would conduct an investigation of the city police department. In a lengthy motion filed Wednesday, the defense attorneys argued that a citywide curfew during the unrest created “an insurmountable prejudice.” Democratic Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake imposed the curfew a day after the second outburst of violence. The officers’ attorneys compared Baltimore under curfew to “Baghdad and Kabul in its appearance,” and argued that because all city residents were “impacted by the events …

    May 27, 2015 10:10 pm
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Politics

  • Republican Santorum launches 2016 bid with appeal to middle class


    CABOT, Penn. Republican Rick Santorum, who fell short in his 2012 presidential bid, launched another run for the White House on Wednesday with a promise to restore the economic power of middle-class American workers. Santorum, 57, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, emphasized his working-class roots as he formally opened his long-shot 2016 presidential bid near his childhood home in Cabot, in western Pennsylvania. Looking to build support beyond the social and religious conservatives who bolstered his 2012 campaign, Santorum said “big government” and “big business” had left behind American workers. “Today is the day we are going to begin to fight back,” he said. “As middle America’s hollowing out we can’t sit idly by. Working families don’t need another president tied to big government or big money.” Santorum promised to eliminate the Internal Revenue Service, back a flat tax and crack down on illegal immigration that he says has robbed jobs from American workers. …

    May 27, 2015 9:10 pm
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Stocks

  • Visa warns FIFA: Clean up your act now or else


    Some of the biggest corporate sponsors of soccer are worried in the wake of the corruption scandal now engulfing FIFA. In a strongly worded statement late Wednesday, Visa called on the world’s premier soccer organization to “take swift and immediate steps” to clean up its act. “[I]t is important that FIFA makes changes now,” Visa (V) said. “Should FIFA fail to do so, we have informed them that we will reassess our sponsorship.” Earlier, another major sponsor, Coca-Cola (KO), said the “controversy has tarnished the mission and ideals of the FIFA World Cup.” The company said it has “repeatedly expressed our concerns about these serious allegations.” The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday indicted 14 people, including senior soccer executives, in a sweeping corruption probe spanning the globe. American officials said their investigation is continuing and Switzerland is conducting its own probe. Attorney General Loretta Lynch also implicated at least one American company in the corruption allegations. …

    May 27, 2015 10:10 pm
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Sports

  • NFL lineman Ray McDonald arrested for allegedly violating restraining order


    Sept. 7, 2014: San Francisco 49ers'; Ray McDonald sits on the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. (AP) NFL lineman Ray McDonald was arrested Wednesday for the second time in three days after allegedly violating a restraining order, authorities in northern California said. The Santa Clara Police Department told KTVU that the former San Francisco 49er was arrested Wednesday afternoon at a local restaurant after violating the order by being at a local residence.  The order was issued after McDonald’s prior arrest in connection with a domestic violence incident on Monday, in which the 6-foot-3, 290-pound football player allegedly broke down a bedroom door to get to his former fiancee and their infant. McDonald was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment, but was free on bail. The Chicago Bears released him hours after that arrest. On Tuesday, authorities released audio of the …

    May 27, 2015 10:10 pm
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World News

  • Dozens killed in Sanaa air strike


    The UN says up to 2,000 people have been killed in two months of air strikes and fighting Saudi-led coalition warplanes have bombed a special forces camp in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, killing at least 36 people, officials and witnesses say. At least 100 others were wounded in the strike, which reportedly struck a warehouse containing weapons. The commando unit is allied with Houthi rebels whose military capabilities the coalition has been trying to destroy. Casualties were also reported after air strikes in the northern province of Hajjah, near the Saudi border. Residents of the Bakeel al-Meer area told the Reuters news agency that at least 40 people had been killed, mostly civilians. “Houthi gunmen were attacking Saudi border positions from this area but the coalition’s planes failed to hit the fighters and bombed civilians [instead],” one resident alleged. ‘Hospitals closing down’ Hours after the air strikes in Hajjah, coalition warplanes targeted the headquarters of the …

    May 27, 2015 8:50 pm
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Technology

  • Oculus CEO hints at cost of Rift headset: $1,500 with PC


    Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe talks virtual reality at Code Conference. Asa Mathat/Recode No one knows what Oculus VR’s consumer headset will cost when it goes on sale early next year. But on Wednesday we heard a few clues. Consumers will spend around $1,500 — when coupled with a PC costing less than $1,000, that is — for the Rift headset, Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe said Wednesday at Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. The Rift headset, available today as a developer version for around $350, uses a screen pressed against your eyes to simulate 360-degree environments. It’s a clever bit of verbal acrobatics, because Iribe implies the Rift could cost anywhere from $500 to as much as $800. Iribe notes that’s because of the cost of upgrading a computer’s graphics card so it can handle intensive 3D images. A new, capable graphics chip can cost a few hundred dollars. “Over time, we’d …

    May 27, 2015 8:29 pm
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Science

  • Hubble sees shock collision inside black hole jet


    Related images(click to enlarge) When you’re blasting though space at more than 98 percent of the speed of light, you may need driver’s insurance. Astronomers have discovered for the first time a rear-end collision between two high-speed knots of ejected matter. This discovery was made while piecing together a time-lapse movie of a plasma jet blasted from a supermassive black hole inside a galaxy located 260 million light-years from earth. The finding offers new insights into the behavior of “light saber-like” jets that are so energized that they appear to zoom out of black hole at speeds several times the speed of light. This “superluminal” motion is an optical illusion due to their being pointed very close to our line of sight and very fast speeds. Such extragalactic jets are not well understood. They appear to transport energetic plasma in a confined beam from the active nucleus of the host galaxy. The new analysis suggests …

    May 27, 2015 8:50 pm
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Health

  • Mexico working hard to prevent new outbreaks of bird flu: official


    MEXICO CITY Mexico is working hard to prevent outbreaks of a bird flu epidemic that has stricken the U.S. poultry and egg industry in recent months, a senior Mexican agriculture ministry official said on Wednesday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was responding to comments on Tuesday by a world health official who said that Mexico was particularly vulnerable. Bernard Vallat, director-general of the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), said there is a high risk that bird flu strains could spread within the American continent, mainly to Mexico. Vallat urged farmers and authorities to boost biosecurity measures. The Mexican ministry official said that over the last two years, all Mexican poultry farms have been vaccinated, and the country’s animal health agency continues to aggressively inspect all imported birds. “We have not had any (new) incidents,” the official said. A strain of the bird flu virus spread across Mexico’s poultry industry in …

    May 27, 2015 9:10 pm
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Entertainment

  • Bobby Flay allegedly had an affair — and a baby — with a Mad Men star


    The celebrity chef’s now-ex-wife became extremely suspicious that he had an affair with the Mad Men star after it was revealed she called him in the aftermath of Jones’ 2010 DUI accident. Jones and Flay had both been drinking at The London West Hollywood Hotel earlier in the evening. After the incident, Flay denied he and Jones were anything more than passing acquaintances. “I know Stephanie basically asked him after January Jones, ‘Did you f*** her?‘” an insider told the New York Daily News‘ Confidenti@l. “He told her no.” But it doesn’t sound like March is buying it. A source told In Touch, “Stephanie is claiming in court papers that Bobby committed adultery with January several times during the early months of 2010. She says they had sex many times and in different places, including the London hotel in Los Angeles. “They had a huge fight over January shortly before Stephanie asked him to move …

    May 27, 2015 9:30 pm
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Editorial

  • Trade Promotion Authority will rebuild U.S. credibility


    The House of Representatives is preparing to vote on a bill to establish what’s called trade promotion authority or TPA. The bill may not sound like a showstopper, but the vote has America’s allies—and rivals—on the edge of their seats. If the House rejects TPA, it will signal to the world that America itself, not just President Obama, has grown weary of leadership. By contrast, if the House approves TPA, it will show that America is once again taking the lead. Six years of a feckless foreign policy have eroded America’s credibility. Other countries don’t trust (or fear) the U.S. because they think the president is all talk and no action. Congress needs to show the world that even though the president doesn’t always follow through, it can still rely on America. And given the state of affairs, establishing TPA would be a real sign of seriousness. Right now, the U.S. is negotiating two historic …

    May 27, 2015 9:29 pm
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Odd News

  • Washington gumbo lover leaves $2,000 tip on $93 restaurant bill


    WASHINGTON A Washington man shocked the staff of a neighborhood restaurant earlier this week by leaving a $2,000 for a meal of beer and gumbo he shared with a friend, the proprietor said Wednesday. The man, described by Blue 44’s owner Chris Nardelli as a gumbo-loving regular who lives nearby, left the tip on a $93 bill on Monday night. “Thank you for the gumbo!” he wrote on the bill after indulging his taste for the Louisiana Creole dish, a specialty of the house. “It was pretty shocking to say the least,” said Nardelli, who also is a chef and bartender at the four-year-old restaurant in the Chevy Chase neighborhood. “It made everybody do a triple take.” The customer, who was not identified, asked on the bill that $1,000 go to chef James Turner and $500 each for Nardelli and waitress Laura Dally. (Reporting by John Clarke; Editing by Lisa Lambert)

    May 27, 2015 8:49 pm
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