Headline News

  • California woman accused of baby kidnap plot created business persona online


    LONG BEACH, Calif. –  A woman police say concocted a plot to kill mothers and steal their babies to pass off as her own calls herself a mogul, a motivational speaker, a songwriter and one of the “kindest women you will ever meet” on her many websites. But police paint Giseleangelique Rene D’Milian, 47, as a twisted schemer who was out to convince her married boyfriend that she had given birth to his twins last December outside the country. There is no indication he knew of the plans. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “She fabricated a story and wanted him to believe these children were his. Why? We don’t know,” Long Beach police Lt. Lloyd Cox said. She and three others were arrested Wednesday in what police called an “evil” scheme that led to the abduction and killing of a 3-week-old girl in January after her family was shot and wounded in a home invasion. A second woman …

    March 27, 2015 11:00 am
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Politics

  • Democrats Start With Narrow Advantage in Nevada


    By Nathan L. Gonzales Posted at 11:26 a.m. March 27 0 Tweet Reid announced plans Friday to retire at the end of his term. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s planned retirement ensures Nevada will host a top-tier Senate race in 2016. Reid’s announcement doesn’t expand the map for Republicans, since the Democrat was considered vulnerable for re-election to a sixth term. But the open seat is likely to be an expensive and competitive race until the end. We are changing The Rothenberg Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call rating of the Nevada Senate race from Leans Democratic to Toss-Up/Tilts Democratic. Without knowing the field of candidates on both sides of the aisle, the Democratic nominee should start with a narrow advantage in a presidential year. In 2012, appointed Republican Sen. Dean Heller narrowly defeated Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley, 46 to 45 percent. But it’s also unclear how much of the Democratic base in …

    March 27, 2015 10:40 am
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Stocks

  • Google’s new CFO and her $70 million pay package


    Google snagged a star to be its new chief financial officer, and will pay her like one. Ruth Porat, formerly the CFO of Morgan Stanley, received a $70 million-plus cash and stock deal from Google for making the transition from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. Porat’s salary will actually be less at Google (GOOGL, Tech30): $650,000, compared to the $1 million she made at Morgan Stanley, according to a filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. But she’ll get a $5 million cash signing bonus after spending one year at Google and a special $25 million stock grant that she will receive incrementally over the next two years. But wait, there’s more! Starting next year, she’ll begin receiving a $40 million stock grant every other year. That grant will vest over the course of four years. Highest paid women in tech She was paid well at Morgan Stanley (MS), but she’ll make quite a bit …

    March 27, 2015 11:00 am
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Sports

  • Hanyu wins men’s short program at worlds


    Shanghai, China (SportsNetwork.com) – Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu won the men’s short program Friday at the 2015 World Figure Skating Championships. Hanyu, the reigning Olympic and world champion, stumbled slightly on his opening jump, but sailed through the remainder of his routine. He earned a score of 95.20, outdistancing Spain’s Javier Fernandez for the top spot. Fernandez, the reigning three-time European champion, posted a score of 92.74. He was fourth at last year’s Sochi Games and followed up with a bronze medal at the 2014 worlds. Kazakhstan’s Denis Ten, the Olympic bronze medalist from a year ago, finished a distant third Friday with a score of 85.89. Russian Sergei Voronov was next, followed by China’s Yan Han and American Jason Brown. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    March 27, 2015 11:01 am
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World News

  • ‘Two people missing’ after NYC blast


    Hundreds of fire fighters worked through the night At least two people are thought to be missing after an explosion sent flames tearing through a Manhattan building. The blast, the result of faulty utility work, caused three buildings to collapse on Thursday, injuring 19 people, four critically. Fire fighters and medical staff have been working through the night. The city mayor’s office and the New York Police Department say two people are missing, but note that the situation is fluid. Earlier, NYPD officials told the BBC that as many as six people were missing. They say that they are investigating all leads, and the number may rise. Officials said early indications are that the explosion was caused by shoddy plumbing and gas work inside one of the buildings. Utility inspectors declared the work faulty just an hour before the blast tore through a restaurant that occupied the ground floor and sparked a fire that continues …

    March 27, 2015 11:01 am
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Technology

  • Another top HTC designer leaves the company


    Jonah Becker has left HTC, but where he’s going next is unknown. Jonah Becker Smartphone maker HTC may be finding itself a little unsteady in the design department. On Thursday, HTC’s associate vice president of industrial design, Jonah Becker, announced on his Twitter feed that he has left the company. He didn’t say what his plans are, but asked his followers to “stay tuned for details on what’s next.” Becker had been in the post just under a year. It was only last April that he replaced Scott Croyle as chief designer. And his departure isn’t the only executive shift for HTC this month. Last week, the company announced that co-founder and chairwoman Cher Wang would HTC One M9 smartphone. While the device received generally strong reviews, including a four-star rating from CNET’s Reviews team, some critics complained that it hardly distinguished itself at all from last year’s One M8. “For better or worse, the …

    March 27, 2015 10:20 am
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Science

  • Honey bees use multiple genetic pathways to fight infections


    Related images(click to enlarge) Honey bees use different sets of genes, regulated by two distinct mechanisms, to fight off viruses, bacteria and gut parasites, according to researchers at Penn State and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The findings may help scientists develop honey bee treatments that are tailored to specific types of infections. “Our results indicate that different sets of genes are used in immune responses to viruses versus other pathogens, and these anti-viral genes are regulated by two very distinct processes — expression and DNA methylation,” said David Galbraith, graduate student in entomology, Penn State. The results will appear in todays (Mar. 26) issue of PLOS Pathogens. According to Christina Grozinger, director of the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research, beekeepers lose an average of 30 percent of their colonies every winter and an average of 25 percent in the summer. “Honey bees have more than 20 types of viruses, and several of them …

    March 27, 2015 10:40 am
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Health

  • Free School Breakfasts Appear to Boost Kids’ Grades


    FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Free school breakfasts may help low-income students do better in the classroom, a new study suggests. Students at elementary schools that offered free breakfast had 25 percent better math grades, and similarly higher reading and science grades, than students at schools without free breakfast. However, although the researchers found a link between schools that provide free morning meals and higher school performance, the study wasn’t designed to prove a cause-and-effect relationship. The breakfasts were provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s School Breakfast Program. The findings provide more evidence of the link between good nutrition and good grades, according to study author David Frisvold, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. “These results suggest that the persistent exposure to the relatively more nutritious breakfast offered through the subsidized breakfast program throughout elementary school can yield important gains in achievement,” he said in …

    March 27, 2015 10:41 am
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Entertainment

  • Giuliana Rancic body-shamed yet again, but over a photo with her son (PHOTO)


    Recently, she posted a super cute photo of her and her son at the park, and, of course, no one can just say things like, “how cute,” or “it’s so nice she is spending time with her son” or “what a good mom she really seems to love her child.” Nope, almost nothing like that can be found. What can be found in spades are negative and disturbing comments about her weight and how sick people think she looks. It’s a good day Repost: @billrancic A photo posted by Giuliana Rancic (@giulianarancic) on Mar 26, 2015 at 12:29pm PDT This is nothing new for Rancic, who is probably sick and tired of people being “concerned” for her health with backhanded comments that don’t show concern at all, only contempt. Some of the best: “I don’t know what is going on G with your health but I wish you good health forever. You do look way …

    March 27, 2015 11:00 am
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Editorial

  • Inside the mind of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz


    FILE — Sept. 13, 2009: Andreas Lubitz competes at the Airportrun in Hamburg, northern Germany. Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said Friday, March 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Mueller) Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared to intentionally crash the plane, prosecutors said. (Twitter) The arrivals board shows flight 4U 9525 without a status at the airport in Duesseldorf, Germany, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, after a Germanwings passenger jet carrying 148 people crashed in the French Alps region as it traveled from Barcelona to Duesseldorf. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) The photo shows the door sign at the house of Andreas Lubitz in Montabaur, Germany, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Andreas Lubitz was the copilot on flight Germanwings 9525 that crashed with 150 people on board on Tuesday in the French Alps. …

    March 27, 2015 10:41 am
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Odd News

  • Daughter bests father in feud at Japan shareholder’s meeting


    TOKYO (Reuters) – A rare family feud erupted in a Japanese shareholders meeting on Friday, when the chief executive of Otsuka Kagu Ltd defeated her father’s attempt to oust her, vowing to push ahead with her plan to take the furniture retailer more mass-market. “I am sorry that things have come to this,” Kumiko Otsuka, 47, coolly told shareholders in the meeting, in which she instructed her father, company founder and chairman Katsuhisa Otsuka, and her mother to identify themselves by name and shareholder number. The daughter overcame the chairman’s challenge by an undisclosed majority vote. “I had five children,” the father said from the audience as he pleaded with shareholders to back his return as CEO. “Kumiko was the first and she was a difficult birth.” Kumiko’s mother also gave a rambling speech criticizing the CEO, until another shareholder yelled at her to stop. The Otsuka family showdown – virtually unheard of in Japan’s …

    March 27, 2015 10:40 am
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