Headline News

  • Naked violinist sues police over arrest in Portland last year


    PORTLAND, Ore. –  A Hillsboro, Oregon, man arrested after playing a violin while naked outside the federal courthouse in Portland last year is suing police. The Oregonian reports that 25-year-old Matthew T. Mglej claims authorities used excessive force and violated his First Amendment rights. He named the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and Portland Police Bureau as defendants in a lawsuit filed last week, and he’s seeking $1.1 million in damages. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Police showed up after receiving complaints about the demonstration, during which the man played violin, meditated and quoted former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. They said they arrested him for indecent exposure and carried him to a patrol car when he refused to walk. Mglej claims jail deputies cut his wrists by jerking on his handcuffs and called him names when he cried from the pain and for his service dog. He has a hearing on the indecent exposure charge next month.

    January 26, 2015 7:55 am
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Politics

  • U.S. sees space for cooperation with India on Islamic State


    NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India and the United States could cooperate in the struggle against Islamic State, particularly on issues such as financing and foreign fighters, U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said on Monday. “In terms of our cooperation with India, it has been focused on this part of world, different organizations such as Lashkar-e-Taiba,” Rhodes told reporters in New Delhi, referring to the Pakistan-based organization accused of plotting the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai. “We do think there is space for cooperation with India on issues like foreign fighters, terrorist financing that could be relevant to ISIS,” he added. (Reporting by Sanjeev Miglani; Writing by Krista Mahr; Editing by John Chalmers)

    January 26, 2015 5:13 am
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Stocks

  • Europe plays it tough with new Greek leaders


      Europe’s top officials are taking a tough line with Greece’s new anti-austerity leaders. Alexis Tsipras will be sworn in as prime minister on Monday after securing a landslide victory in Sunday’s election. He leads a coalition of parties that wants to roll back austerity measures, and negotiate new terms for Greece’s massive debts, putting the country on a collision course with its international lenders. Leading EU politicians and central bankers were quick to restate their opposition to a major renegotiation of Greece’s bailouts, saying it had to play by the rules if it wanted to keep the euro as its currency. The European Union and International Monetary Fund have together lent Greece some 240 billion euros in rescue loans since 2010. Related: Greece’s anti-austerity vote worries markets In Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, the Greek election results are seen as a nightmare. German taxpayers fear they’ll be forced to bear the brunt of the losses …

    January 26, 2015 7:34 am
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Sports

  • After making history, Nishikori explains why he needs time to adjust to the No. 5 ranking


    Kei Nishikori of Japan celebrates a point won against David Ferrer of Spain during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith) (The Associated Press) MELBOURNE, Australia –  It’s only been a couple of months since Kei Nishikori moved into the No. 5 ranking, and he’s not yet comfortable with the number. Once success arrived it came quickly for the 25-year-old Japanese player who stands out as one of the game’s rising stars and one of its most modest. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Nishikori spent the latter part of 2014 making history. He became the first Asian man to reach a Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open and finished the year ranked No. 5, the highest ranking ever achieved by a man from Asia. At this year’s Australian Open he has powered through the first four rounds to secure a spot in the quarterfinals and …

    January 26, 2015 7:55 am
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World News

  • LRA commander appears in Hague court


    26 January 2015 Last updated at 13:05 Mr Ongwen arrived in The Hague last week Top Ugandan rebel commander Dominic Ongwen is appearing at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to face war crimes charges. A leader of the Lords Resistance Army, he is accused of four war crimes counts and three of crimes against humanity, including murder and enslavement. His trial will be the first time that a member of the LRA has faced international justice. The LRA is accused of seizing children to use as fighters and sex slaves. An ICC statement says that the judge at Monday’s pre-trial appearance of Mr Ongwen will verify the suspect’s identity and inform him of the charges against him in a language that he will understand. The prosecution is not expected to formally put its case at this stage. Mr Ongwen, a feared commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), was arrested after giving …

    January 26, 2015 7:55 am
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Technology

  • YouTube stars Rooster Teeth, Our 2nd Life and Nash Grier set for film fame


    Rooster Teeth, Our 2nd Life, Nash Grier and Cameron Dallas are among the most prominent success stories of YouTube’s world of short-form video. Now they’re setting their sights on long-form success: films. They’re all making movies for Fullscreen Films, a new division of multi-channel network (MCN) Fullscreen that is planning to launch a series of films starring popular creators from YouTube and Vine. Rooster Teeth’s film plans are not a surprise: the studio raised nearly $2.5m (£1.7m) on crowdfunding site Indiegogo in 2014 to make Lazer Team, with its plot in which “four small-town losers stumble across an alien crash site”. The film is currently at the post-production stage. Our 2nd Life was a hugely-popular group of American video bloggers (vloggers) who split up in 2014. Fullscreen is producing a documentary called #O2LForever about their final North American tour. Grier and Dallas, who both have large audiences on Vine and YouTube, will co-star in a …

    January 26, 2015 5:14 am
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Science

  • Small drop in sea level had big impact on southern Great Barrier Reef


    Related images(click to enlarge) The idea that coral reefs have formed over millennia in a continuous process has been challenged by a study of the southern Great Barrier Reef. The research, led by the University of Sydney, shows that even small variations in sea level can cause significant change across the reef. “We create a new narrative for how the Barrier Reef and other coral reefs came about and explain the importance of surprisingly small changes in sea level,” said Associate Professor Jody Webster from the University of Sydney’s School of Geosciences and an author on a recently published article on the findings in Geology. “That such a minor sea level change has stalled coral reef growth and sediment production is an unexpected and significant finding.” During rising sea levels, reefs grow vertically upwards until they reach sea level. Then they grow away from the reef front, producing massive amounts of sediment which gradually fill …

    January 26, 2015 5:15 am
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Health

  • Deadly Japanese encephalitis surges in northeast India


    GUWAHATI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Cases of deadly mosquito-borne Japanese encephalitis have risen nearly five-fold in five years in India’s northeast Assam state as a result of warming weather and changing rainfall, health experts say. Between 2010 and 2014, the number of annual cases rose from 154 to 744, with deaths rising from 41 to 160, according to data from the Assam health department. The disease, which in 2009 was recorded in only half of the state’s districts, now is seen in all of them. Doctors say climate change has played a major role in the spread of the disease, which once appear largely from May to July, but now is seen as late in the year as November, as mosquitoes survive longer in warmer conditions. Japanese encephalitis is characterized by inflammation of the brain and high fever. “Now the temperature … which is ideal for breeding of the Culex mosquito is present almost …

    January 26, 2015 5:14 am
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Entertainment

  • Bradley Cooper’s diet could include 11 Crunchwraps and 17 other foods


    More: How to look like a total badass like Bradley Cooper The star revealed to Men’s Health that to bulk up for his role as Chris Kyle in American Sniper, he had to (obviously) work out a ton… in addition to eating an insane 6,000 calories per day. According to the mag, he did it with the help of a trainer and a personal chef by eating five meals every day, along with energy bars and pre- and post-workout protein drinks. “It was a real shock to my body,” he dished. “If it’s pizza and cake, that’s one thing. Putting 6,000 calories a day in your body gets old quick.” But what if it were all pizza and cake? Under the guidance and supervision of a trainer and a personal chef, we’re sure Cooper was eating some seriously healthy stuff. But how much junk food could he down with that 6,000-calorie goal in mind? We …

    January 26, 2015 1:33 am
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Editorial

  • When will Obama stop making false claims about Citizens United?


    FILE — Jan. 22, 2015: President Obama speaks during a visit to the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) At almost the same time that protesters mad about the Citizens United decision were disrupting the start of the Supreme Court’s session on Wednesday, the White House issued a “Statement from the President” condemning the decision on its fifth anniversary. And once again, President Obama repeated the same false claim about “foreign corporations” that he made in his State of the Union speech back in 2010. This White House seems to believe that if you think up a good political attack theme, stick with it no matter what the truth is. One can certainly debate the effect of Citizens United, which lifted the ban on independent political expenditures (i.e., independent political speech), and whether it has been beneficial to our democratic system. As a former member of the Federal Election Commission that enforces our …

    January 24, 2015 8:47 pm
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Odd News

  • Hoax caller impersonating spy chief put through to UK PM Cameron


    LONDON (Reuters) – The British government said it was reviewing security procedures after a hoax caller claiming to be the director of Britain’s GCHQ eavesdropping agency was put through to Prime Minister David Cameron. The Sun newspaper said the drunk caller had earlier tricked the intelligence agency into handing over a mobile phone number for its director Robert Hannigan, although the government said it was not one used for calls involving classified information. “The Prime Minister ended the call when it became clear it was a hoax,” a spokeswoman for Cameron’s office, 10 Downing Street, said in a statement about the calls on Sunday. “In neither instance was sensitive information disclosed. Both GCHQ and Number 10 take security seriously and both are currently reviewing procedures following these hoax calls to ensure that the government learns any lessons from this incident.” The Sun reported that the unnamed man, who it described as being well-spoken and in …

    January 26, 2015 5:14 am
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