• Malaysia exhumes mass ‘migrant’ graves

    Malaysia exhumes mass ‘migrant’ graves

    The pictures show camps by the Malaysia-Thailand border which were abandoned by people-traffickers Malaysia has begun exhuming bodies suspected to be migrants buried in mass grave sites found by the Thai border. Authorities believe migrants...
  • IOC emerge as clear winners in SportAccord battle

    BERLIN The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has emerged as the clear winner in a battle for influence over international sports federations as rival organization SportAccord has been left in tatters. A rare public confrontation that...
  • How to Fix an Unfair Presidential Debate System

    How to Fix an Unfair Presidential Debate System

    By Stuart Rothenberg Posted at 5 a.m. May 26 0 Tweet A Santorum fan in Iowa awaits the August 2011 presidential debate. The former senator could be excluded from this year’s debates. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll...
  • The germ at the scene of the crime

    The bacteria on a person’s skin can link them to objects they have touched, which could one day be useful to forensic investigators.Credit: GETTY IMAGES The germs you  pick up at a crime scene may...

Headline News

  • Wisconsin judge to hold juvenile court hearing in Slenderman case


    MILWAUKEE A Wisconsin judge on Tuesday will begin a hearing on whether to move a trial from adult to juvenile court for one of the girls accused of stabbing her classmate 19 times to please Slenderman, a fictional Internet character. The girls, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, who were both 12 at the time, were charged as adults with attempted first-degree homicide in the May 2014 attack on a classmate in Waukesha, a suburb of Milwaukee. Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren will hold a two-day hearing to determine if the case against Weier belongs in adult court. A similar hearing is scheduled for Geyser in June. The girls face 60 years in prison if convicted in adult court on homicide charges. If convicted in juvenile court, the girls could be imprisoned up to age 25. Wisconsin law requires cases to begin in adult court if they involve juvenile suspects at least 10 years …

    May 26, 2015 5:16 am
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Politics

  • How to Fix an Unfair Presidential Debate System


    By Stuart Rothenberg Posted at 5 a.m. May 26 0 Tweet A Santorum fan in Iowa awaits the August 2011 presidential debate. The former senator could be excluded from this year’s debates. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Fox News and CNN, which will broadcast the first two GOP presidential debates, have decided on a system for excluding candidates that could result in Donald Trump participating in those debates but current or former senators and governors being excluded. Nice going, guys. I certainly agree having a debate with 16 candidates is simply unwatchable, and there is no easy way to make the early debates fair to the candidates while at the same time more watchable and informative for viewers. But Fox and CNN have both dropped the ball as they try to avoid making tough decisions. At the first debate on Aug. 6 in Cleveland, Fox will limit participation to candidates who “place in the top 10 …

    May 26, 2015 4:55 am
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Stocks

  • Charter announces plan to buy Time Warner Cable and Bright House


    In a deal that will affect one in six American households, Charter Communications on Tuesday proposed a three-way merger with two other cable and broadband providers, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. If approved by government regulators, the combined company will create a new national player in the rapidly changing telecommunications industry. Time Warner Cable’s stock, which closed at $171.18 last Friday, was up 11% in pre-market trading on Tuesday. Charter will pay $195.71 per share, valuing Time Warner Cable at $78.7 billion. “With today’s announcement, we have delivered on our commitment to maximizing shareholder value,” Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus said in a statement. Tom Rutledge, Charter’s CEO, will run the enlarged company — known in corporate-speak as “New Charter” — and will receive a five-year contract extension offer. Charter (CHTR), backed by the billionaire cable pioneer John Malone, currently has about 4.1 million TV subscribers and 4.9 million broadband subscribers. Through …

    May 26, 2015 5:55 am
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Sports

  • IOC emerge as clear winners in SportAccord battle


    BERLIN The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has emerged as the clear winner in a battle for influence over international sports federations as rival organization SportAccord has been left in tatters. A rare public confrontation that began last month with a scathing attack by SportAccord President Marius Vizer on the IOC has essentially ended with the complete isolation of SportAccord, an umbrella organization for some 100 sports federations. Dozens of them, including most Olympic federations, have either withdrawn their membership of SportAccord or made their opposition to Vizer’s comments public, siding with the IOC. Vizer had accused the IOC of lacking transparency and blocking new events, calling their system “expired, outdated, wrong, unfair and not at all transparent.” Even after Vizer proposed a meeting with the IOC to clear the air with a 20-point agenda that included major demands in favor of his members, federations continued to drop out of SportAccord en masse. In an interview …

    May 26, 2015 5:16 am
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World News

  • Malaysia exhumes mass ‘migrant’ graves


    The pictures show camps by the Malaysia-Thailand border which were abandoned by people-traffickers Malaysia has begun exhuming bodies suspected to be migrants buried in mass grave sites found by the Thai border. Authorities believe migrants were held for ransom in jungle camps, and those who died were buried in 139 graves. Thousands of migrants have left Myanmar and Bangladesh in recent weeks on boats and overland through Thailand and Malaysia. Some have ended up in the hands of human traffickers. Thailand has meanwhile offered a “floating naval base” to help migrants. Officials believe the camps were only abandoned recently, following a crackdown by Thailand on human traffickers after similar mass graves were found in its southern Songkhla province. Some migrants were apparently held at the camps in “human cages” made of wood and barbed wire. Malaysia’s national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said there were signs that torture had been used, but he did not …

    May 26, 2015 5:16 am
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Technology

  • Jony Ive promoted to chief design officer at Apple


    Apple has promoted Sir Jonathan Ive, the British designer responsible for most of the company’s biggest hits in recent years, to the position of chief design officer at the company. Jony Ive, whose previous title was vice president of design, will continue to be responsible for all of Apple’s design work, “focusing entirely on current design projects, new ideas and future initiatives”, according to Apple chief executive Tim Cook. But Ive’s day-to-day managerial responsibilities will be delegated to the new vice presidents of industrial design and user interface design, Richard Howarth and Alan Dye. Ive’s promotion, first reported by British TV presenter and writer Stephen Fry in an interview with Ive for the Telegraph, frees him up to “travel more”, he told Fry. “Among other things, he will bring his energies to bear – as he has already since their inception – on the Apple stores that are proliferating around the world,” Fry wrote. But …

    May 26, 2015 4:15 am
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Science

  • The germ at the scene of the crime


    The bacteria on a person’s skin can link them to objects they have touched, which could one day be useful to forensic investigators.Credit: GETTY IMAGES The germs you  pick up at a crime scene may one day land you in jail. Microbiologist Jack Gilbert and his team at the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago have shown that bacteria clinging to the sole of your shoe could be a microscopic smoking gun that tells crime scene investigators where you’ve been. They report their work in Microbiome in May. “It’s a very interesting field that has significant potential – I can see application in the national security and military space,” director of the University of Technology Sydney Centre for Forensic Science Claude Roux says. We’ve long known that clues invisible to the naked eye can be used to trace criminals or to place them at a crime scene. These include tiny particles such as powder, dust, pollen …

    May 26, 2015 4:36 am
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Health

  • AstraZeneca hit after psoriasis drug linked to suicide fears


    LONDON AstraZeneca’s (AZN.L) hopes of topping $45 billion in revenue by 2023 have been dealt a blow by a problem with an experimental psoriasis drug that the drugmaker had viewed as a potential billion-dollar plus seller. Amgen (AMGN.O), its partner on the project, announced late on Friday it was ending a collaboration to develop brodalumab after suicidal thoughts were observed in patients taking the medicine. Shares in AstraZeneca fell 1 percent on Tuesday in the wake of the news, following a long holiday weekend in Britain. Deutsche Bank analyst Richard Parkes said the setback was a surprise and terminating the drug’s development would hit long-term consensus forecasts for AstraZeneca’s earnings by around 2 percent. Although the British group said it was still considering whether to scrap the product or continue on its own, the drug’s prospects now seem badly tarnished with Amgen declaring that safety concerns would likely result in restricted use. AstraZeneca and Amgen …

    May 26, 2015 4:55 am
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Entertainment

  • Kim Richards Leaves Rehab For Daughter’s Wedding In Mexico


    Posted on Mon May 25th, 2015 8:25am PDT       By X17 Staff Not even a stint in rehab is going to keep troubled reality star Kim Richards away from her daughter’s Cabo wedding! The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star left rehab to attend her daughter Brooke’s beach wedding in Cabo, Mexico. That’s all great — we just hope Kim goes back to rehab after! Kim’s niece Paris Hilton, who was one of 10 bridesmaids, caught the whole blush-toned bridal party on camera. Along with Paris, Kim’s other niece, Nicky Hilton, and her estranged sister Kyle were also featured in the glamorous snap. “Love my gorgeous family!! #WiederWedding,” Paris captioned one shot. While many family members were present, Brooke’s father Monty Brinson could not be there. Her father has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, so he was unable to make the trip. However, Monty posted a congrats on Instagram earlier in the week, in which he wrote, …

    May 26, 2015 5:16 am
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Editorial

  • Memorial Day 2015: What it means to be an American Indian veteran


    “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.”  These words are ingrained in us. We sing them proudly at ballgames, and BBQ’s, firework displays and ceremonies honoring the many occasions of celebration and remembrance that make us all American. Most likely choruses of our national anthem will be performed many times over this Memorial Day weekend in honor of our veterans. It’s America’s way of paying tribute for their service. This weekend always gives me pause. What is sacrifice, what is service, what does it mean to be an American veteran, what does it mean to be American? I pose these questions because I understand and represent this country the only way I can…as an American Indian. My history and heritage is beautiful and complex. I am a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, and call Colorado home. I am also a veteran – I served proudly in the Air Force during Korean …

    May 25, 2015 9:02 am
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Odd News

  • German grandmother gives birth to quadruplets at age 65


    BERLIN A 65-year-old German grandmother gave birth to quadruplets at a Berlin hospital this week, with the three boys and a girl born prematurely at 26 weeks being in good health and having a good chance of survival, German TV network RTL reported on Saturday. The network, which had covered the pregnancy, said Annegret Raunigk already had 13 children and seven grandchildren. The announcement of her pregnancy last month had sparked a public debate in Germany about its merits. Raunigk, an English and Russian teacher in Berlin, had received fertility treatment in Ukraine and is the oldest woman in the world to have had quadruplets, RTL said, although other women of her age and older have given birth. The four babies, born by Caesarean section on May 19, weighed between 655 grams an 960 grams. (Reporting by Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by David Holmes)

    May 23, 2015 12:03 pm
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