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  • Police: Arizona woman said she drowned her 2-year-old sons because nobody loved them or her

    PHOENIX –  Police in suburban Phoenix say a 22-year-old woman accused of drowning her 2-year-old twin sons says she did it because nobody loved them or her. Mireya Alejandra Lopez was arrested Sunday at a home in Avondale (AV’-un-dayl). She’s jailed on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder, with bail set at $2 million. Lopez is also accused of trying to drown a 3-year-old boy identified as her stepbrother. According to a probable cause statement released Monday, Lopez said she killed her sons because nobody loved them or her, and she didn’t want them to live a difficult life. The statement also says Lopez said she takes medication for mental health conditions. It’s not immediately clear if Lopez has an attorney who could be reached for comment.

    August 31, 2015 12:21 pm


  • Hillary Clinton supports ban on ‘revolving door’ corporate bonuses

    NEW YORK U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton endorsed a proposed law on Monday that would prevent corporate firms paying bonuses to their executives for leaving to take senior government jobs. Clinton, in an op-ed published by the Huffington Post, was critical of the “so-called revolving door” between government and Wall Street firms in particular, saying it erodes public trust “if a public servant’s past and future are tied to the financial industry.” “That’s when people start worrying that the foxes are guarding the hen house,” Clinton, the front-runner in the race to win the Democratic Party’s nomination for the 2016 election, wrote. “If you’re working for the government, you’re working for the people — not for an oil company, drug company, or Wall Street bank or money manager.” Support for the proposed Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act had become a sort of litmus test for the Democratic Party’s progressive wing, which is seeking far …

    August 31, 2015 11:00 am


  • Denny’s cooks up ‘peace burger’ offer for Burger King

    There’s a new offer on the table for a Burger King “peace burger.” McDonald’s shunned Burger King’s offer to make a McWhopper for Peace Day on September 21, but Denny’s stepped up on Monday with full-page ads in USA Today and the New York Times offering to collaborate. “Hey @BurgerKing, we love the idea of a peace burger,” the ad reads. “Let’s take our signature Slamburger with your McWhopper and bring them together for a good cause.” The proposed hybrid hamburger stacks two beef patties with pickles, onion, lettuce, tomato, hash browns, fried egg and bacon. Denny’s first suggested the interbred burger in social media posts last week. Related: McDonald’s nixes Burger King’s McWhopper pitch Peace burger negotiations have not involved subtle diplomacy. Burger King first offered to work with McDonald’s (MCD) in an “open letter” ad in the New York Times. McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook replied to Burger King on Facebook (FB, Tech30). He …

    August 31, 2015 12:00 pm


  • Report: Cobb’s injury believed to be ‘minor,’ could play Week 1

    Jan 5, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) during the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field. San Francisco won 23-20.   Green Bay Packers fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief, as initial reports indicate that Randall Cobb’s shoulder injury is nothing major. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport described the MRI results as an AC joint sprain. ESPN’s Rob Demovsky went further, reporting that Cobb has a “good chance” to play in Week 1 of the regular season (via NFL on ESPN). This is good news for a Packers team that has already lost its top wideout, Jordy Nelson, for the season with a torn ACL. Originally, Cobb thought he may have broken his collarbone, according to ESPN. “I just caught the ball and was going down to the ground, and I had a guy land on top of …

    August 31, 2015 12:21 pm

World News

  • Tokyo’s iconic Okura hotel closes

    Image caption The Okura will be replaced by two high-rise towers Tokyo’s iconic Okura hotel has closed ahead of its demolition and redevelopment for the 2020 Olympics. The hotel is considered a modernist masterpiece and a perfect representation of 1960s Japanese style. A pair of glass towers designed by Yoshio Taniguchi, son of the Okura’s original architect, will replace it. Built in 1962, the hotel has been favoured by world leaders, celebrities and was even James Bond’s preferred abode in You Only Live Twice. US President Barack Obama joined a roll call of other US leaders when he stayed there in 2009. A farewell concert was held in the hotel’s lobby on Monday. The main building will be torn down next month but an annex will remain open. Image caption A farewell concert was held as the hotel closed The hotel’s management say that the redevelopment is necessary for the hotel to keep its five-star …

    August 31, 2015 12:21 pm


  • How the Windows Phone Could Rise Up and Dominate

    Last week marked the 20th anniversary of the launch of Windows 95. What people often forget about Windows 95 is that it not only kicked Apple’s butt, but also kicked IBM’s — and it wasn’t even a complete product. The thing was an operating system. Most of us can see lining up to buy a complete product, but lining up to buy the software that makes a product complete would be kind of like lining up to get the latest software patch for your car or TV. It’s especially hard to imagine now that these things typically are downloaded from the Web, and there’s no need to stand in line. However, if a company can do something once, that suggests it could do it again. Apple clearly spanked the entire cellphone market when it released the iPhone, through a process very similar to the one Microsoft used for Windows 95. I’m not saying Microsoft will …

    August 31, 2015 11:20 am


  • Young women with diabetes have 6-fold risk of heart attack

    31 Aug 2015: Women aged 45 years and under with diabetes have a six-fold risk of heart attack, according to research presented at ESC Congress today.1 The study in more than 7 000 women also found that young women who had a heart attack (myocardial infarction, MI) were more likely to be smokers than older women with MI. “Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) affect mainly the elderly, but for many years an increase in incidence has been observed in young people as well, regardless of gender,” said Professor Hanna Szwed, last author and head of the 2nd Department of Coronary Artery Disease, Institute of Cardiology in Warsaw, Poland. “The World Health Organization estimates that CVDs cause more than 52% of all deaths in women and the number continues to rise. Up to 1% of all heart attacks are in young women.” This study in 7 386 women assessed the effect of risk factors on MI incidence in …

    August 31, 2015 10:20 am


  • Google, Sanofi team up to improve diabetes care

    Google Inc and French drugmaker Sanofi SA said they will partner to develop tools to improve the management and treatment of diabetes. Sanofi will work with Google’s life sciences team to collect, analyze and understand information impacting diabetes, which is expected to affect 592 million by 2035, according to the International Diabetes Federation. Sanofi’s diabetes product line raked in sales of 1.9 billion euros ($2.13 billion), contributing about 20 percent to the company’s total sales in the second quarter. Sales in this strategic unit have been hurt by continued pricing pressure in the United States. Google’s life sciences unit is already collaborating with Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG  to develop contact lenses to help diabetics track blood glucose levels or restore the eye’s ability to focus. It has also tied up with DexCom Inc, a maker of continuous glucose-monitoring (CGM) devices, to develop a CGM device the size of a band-aid that can be worn on the …

    August 31, 2015 10:40 am


  • Rita Ora, Nick Jonas, Vanessa Hudgens And More Go Wild For MTV VMAs After Parties

    Posted on Mon Aug 31st, 2015 9:35am PDT       By X17 Staff Music’s sexiest stars were out in full effect after the MTV VMAs last night! Rita Ora, Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas and more were looking on fleek as they entered a VMA after party in West Hollywood. The celebs really went for some vastly different outfits for the fun-filled music bash — which is why we love the high-octane awards show so much. For the star-studded soiree, Rita Ora, who wore a voluminous Vera Wang gown to the actual show, changed it up for the after party and went psychedelic in her bright and bold bra-top and matching pants. The Joe Bros opted to wear casual jean ensembles — Nick looked like a cool rider in a biker jacket, while Joe, who was sans girlfriend Gigi Hadid, opted for a bold black and white sweater with slip ons for the Republic Records party. Conversely, Vanessa Hudgens, …

    August 31, 2015 12:01 pm


  • Donald Trump and the 2016 pendulum swing

    If you’re having trouble understanding the phenomenal rise of Donald Trump, buck up — you’re not alone. Even political pros are dumbfounded. They were shocked when the reality-TV star and businessman first grabbed the lead in national GOP polls. Now they’re double shocked as he soars in primary states, grabbing a 24-point lead in New Hampshire and a 15-point lead in South Carolina. In one survey, Trump more than doubled his favorability ratings among Republicans in a single month, from 20 percent to 52 percent. The Hill newspaper called the turnaround “political magic” and the poll’s director, Patrick Murray of Monmouth University, called it ­“astounding.” “That defies any rule in presidential politics that I’ve ever seen,” Murray told The Hill. Other pollsters made similar comments, but a closer look shows an explanation. I call it the Pendulum Factor. To continue reading Michael Goodwin’s column in the New York Post, click here. Michael Goodwin is a …

    August 31, 2015 9:40 am

Odd News

  • Trump says ‘no interest’ in buying Pope’s favorite soccer team

    BUENOS AIRES U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump denied a newspaper report on Friday that he wanted to buy top-tier Argentine soccer club San Lorenzo, Pope Francis’ favorite team. “Never even heard of the team – no interest!” the real estate magnate and contender for the Republican presidential nomination, tweeted after the New York Post reported that Trump and an associate had sent a letter to San Lorenzo expressing interest in a deal. Earlier in the day, the club’s vice president, Marcelo Tinelli, told Reuters in a text message that the story was “totally crazy” and that the team was not for sale. Pope Francis grew up near San Lorenzo’s original stadium in Buenos Aires and has been a fan ever since. San Lorenzo is one of the top five clubs in soccer-obsessed Argentina. Whether through soccer, the biggest sport in Latin America, or by other means, Trump might benefit from some connection with Latino voters …

    August 28, 2015 6:26 pm