• Police ‘foil Melbourne terror plot’

    Police in Australia say they have foiled an Islamic State-inspired plot to carry out an attack at a World War One centenary event. Police arrested five suspects, including two 18-year-olds being held for alleged terrorism-related...
  • Marte helps Pirates down Brewers

    Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Starling Marte hit a two-run home run and scored twice as the Pittsburgh Pirates grabbed a 6-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in the opener of a three-game set. Josh Harrison,...
  • Gun battles in Mexican border city

    Gun battles in Mexican border city

    Military and police patrol the northern Mexico border and the strategic city of Reynosa to combat drug cartels and Zetas, former army commandos that are now involved in drug trafficking. Gun battles lasting for several...
  • Malnati, Wittenberg remain on top in Mexico

    Guanajuato, Mexico (SportsNetwork.com) – First-round co-leaders Peter Malnati and Casey Wittenberg carded matching 4-under 68s in Friday’s second round and they continue to share the lead heading into the weekend at the El Bosque Mexico...
  • Sabado Gigante, iconic Univision program is ending

    Sabado Gigante, iconic Univision program is ending

    After 53 years, Spanish language television channel Univision says it is ending Sabado Gigante’s run. The longest-running variety show in television history — Sabado Gigante — will end its 53-year run in September, Univision Communications...

Headline News

  • Calif. gas-line blast closes major highway, injures at least 11


    FRESNO, Calif. –  A large gas explosion closed both directions of a major highway in Central California and injured at least 15 people, four of them critically, authorities said Friday. Four patients are being treated at Community Regional Medical Center’s burn and trauma unit, spokeswoman Mary Lisa Russell said. Three of them are in critical condition and one is in serious condition, she said. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Four other patients were taken to St. Agnes Hospital and three more to Madera Community Hospital, Fresno County Medical Services director Dan Lynch said. Traffic heading north and south on Highway 99 in Fresno was halted by the explosion about 2:30 p.m., the California Highway Patrol reported. The explosion happened at the Fresno County Sheriff’s gun range, where a work crew, including county jail inmates, using heavy equipment apparently hit a pipe carrying natural gas, said Tony Botti, a spokesman for the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. One of the …

    April 17, 2015 10:15 pm
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Politics

  • Marco Rubio: the 2016 presidential campaign’s $40 million man


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Less than a week after announcing his 2016 campaign for president, Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida doesn’t need to worry about money. It’s as good as in the bank. “Marco Rubio will have the resources necessary to run a first-class campaign, that’s already been determined,” said billionaire Florida auto dealer Norman Braman, a former Jeb Bush supporter who is now one of Rubio’s highest-silhouette donors. Annandale Capital founder George Seay, who is hosting a Rubio fundraiser with the moneyed Dallas elite at his 7,000-square-foot, seven-bath home on Tuesday, said: “Marco has had zero trouble raising money.” At least seven other Rubio mega donors say their candidate has already received monetary commitments in excess of the $40 million he will likely need to battle through a presidential primary season that will feature a crowd of seasoned Republican candidates with strong financial backing. Rubio’s whirlwind money-raising comes after a network of Senator Ted …

    April 17, 2015 6:34 pm
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Stocks

  • Sabado Gigante, iconic Univision program is ending


    After 53 years, Spanish language television channel Univision says it is ending Sabado Gigante’s run. The longest-running variety show in television history — Sabado Gigante — will end its 53-year run in September, Univision Communications announced Friday. The show is near and dear to many Spanish speakers, but even those who don’t know the language are likely to recognize the program. The frenetic pace of the games, musical acts, on-air family reunions, skits, models and dancers became recognizable enough to be spoofed on shows like Saturday Night Live and The Colbert Report. The show first aired in Chile in 1962, hosted by its creator, Mario Kreutzberger, better known as Don Francisco. Production moved to Miami in 1986, and through Univision, to a much wider audience in some 40 countries. Don Francisco, the show’s ageless host, with Latin superstar Thalia. Sabado Gigante means “Giant Saturday,” and its campy, over-the-top style has become what some people think …

    April 17, 2015 8:53 pm
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Sports

  • Marte helps Pirates down Brewers


    Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Starling Marte hit a two-run home run and scored twice as the Pittsburgh Pirates grabbed a 6-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in the opener of a three-game set. Josh Harrison, Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez and Sean Rodriguez each drove in a run for the Pirates, who snapped a two-game slide. Vance Worley (1-1) went six innings and allowed two runs on six hits while walking four and striking out six. Gerardo Parra drove in two runs, Jean Segura brought in the other while Khris Davis was 3-for-4 with a run scored for the Brewers, who have lost their last three. Jimmy Nelson (1-1) allowed three runs on five hits in five innings on the mound. Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead in the second on a run-scoring groundout from Parra that plated Adam Lind, who worked a leadoff walk and moved to third on Davis’ one-out double. Pittsburgh tied the game …

    April 17, 2015 10:14 pm
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World News

  • Police ‘foil Melbourne terror plot’


    Police in Australia say they have foiled an Islamic State-inspired plot to carry out an attack at a World War One centenary event. Police arrested five suspects, including two 18-year-olds being held for alleged terrorism-related offences. They said the men were planning to target police at an Anzac memorial event in Melbourne next week. Some 200 police officers took part in the counter-terrorism operation in the city early on Saturday. Acting deputy police commissioner Neil Gaughan told reporters that evidence gathered by police led them to believe the suspects had been influenced by Islamic State. The two men held on terrorism-related offences were likely to be charged, he said. ‘Edged weapons’ A third man, also 18, was arrested on weapons charges and two other teenagers, aged 18 and 19, were in custody and assisting with enquiries. Officials referred to possible attacks using “edged weapons”, but Mr Gaughan said there was no evidence to suggest there …

    April 17, 2015 10:14 pm
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Technology

  • Why is Matthew McConaughey bawling over the new ‘Star Wars’ trailer?


    Over the course of the last day, some of my geek buddies have described getting emotional upon watching the new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer, especially when Han Solo pops up at the end. Seeing the visibly older Harrison Ford as Han, they say, reminds them of the first “Star Wars” movie they watched — how old they were at the time, the amazement they felt seeing eye-popping TIE fighter tricks and their first lightsaber duel, how the “Star Wars” canon has affected their lives since. So I wasn’t surprised to see actor Matthew McConaughey, in the video above, getting clearly overwhelmed while watching the trailer that came out Thursday. But then things take a bizarre turn and he gets really, really emotional. Like the kind of emotional you’d get if you were seeing your kids’ faces for the first time after you’d been busy traveling through an interdimensional black hole and they hadn’t …

    April 17, 2015 10:14 pm
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Science

  • NYU researchers find diabetes perceptions vary according to risk factors


    Recent research published in The Diabetes Educator by Dr. Shiela Strauss, associate professor of nursing and co-director of the Statistics and Data Management Core for NYU’s Colleges of Nursing and Dentistry, along with a team of NYU researchers, reveals differing perceptions among adult populations at-risk for diabetes that may offer new approaches to diabetes education and prevention. “We found that there are differences in the perceptions of those who are at risk for diabetes that depend on the specific characteristics that place them at risk,” said Strauss. Illness perceptions, the organized cognitive representations and beliefs that people hold about a condition, are recognized as important determinants of self-care behaviors and outcomes in patients. The way that people mentally represent their conditions has a concrete effect on the way that they manage these conditions and therefore on their prognoses. With illness perceptions strongly linked to patient outcomes, Strauss’ research, the first in the field to examine …

    April 17, 2015 2:32 pm
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Health

  • Pfizer wins first U.S. trial over Zoloft birth-defect risk


    (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc scored a key victory Friday when it was cleared of liability in the first U.S. trial involving claims that its antidepressant Zoloft can cause birth defects in children born to women who take the drug while pregnant. Plaintiff Kristyn Pesante claimed that Pfizer failed to warn that using Zoloft during pregnancy could cause birth defects and sought damages after her son was born with a rare, serious congenital heart problem. Following a week-long trial in St. Louis, Missouri, jurors deliberated briefly before clearing Pfizer of liability, according to a Pfizer spokeswoman Neha Wadhwa. Pesante had sought both compensatory and punitive damages, accusing Pfizer of downplaying Zoloft’s risks in order to boost sales. Hundreds of lawsuits saying Zoloft can lead to cardiac and other birth defects have been filed in U.S. state and federal courts. While not binding on the other cases, Friday’s verdict is “particularly significant” because Pesante’s was the first …

    April 17, 2015 6:34 pm
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Entertainment

  • Cameron Crowe’s Bruce Jenner joke is being blown way out of proportion


    The latest round of leaked emails shows exchanges between now-former co-chairwoman Amy Pascal and well-known director Cameron Crowe. More: Sony hacks — a full timeline of every dirty detail revealed Unfortunately for these two, they don’t stick to business and instead poke fun at Bruce Jenner’s gender transition, which has everyone talking and some calling foul. The two were conversing about Crowe’s romantic comedy Aloha, which stars Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone, when the joke happened. “Did you have something to show me this week?” Pascal asked Crowe. “Does Bruce Jenner want boobs? Hell yes I have something to show you!!!!!” Crowe responds in the email. More: Awkward! Angelina Jolie’s reaction to seeing Amy Pascal is priceless (PHOTO) And that’s it. I’d like to defend Crowe on this one because the comment really isn’t that bad. Sure, it’s a sensitive topic, and Jenner deserves respect for his personal decisions. But Crowe doesn’t say anything judgmental about Jenner’s …

    April 17, 2015 9:33 pm
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Editorial

  • Do your sins have mug shots?


    Meagan Simmons in 2010 following her arrest for drinking and driving. (Courtesy Hillsborough County) A few weeks ago, a good friend and two others were nabbed together in a drug bust. My pal, D.G., is being held without bond. News spread quickly in our small town. “Ship them away. Let them rot. Have you seen the mug shot?” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Let’s be blue-sky clear. I’m not soft on crime and I’m not debating the merits of today’s drug laws. But when the village whisperers say, “I always knew there was something about him,” I think they’re right. There always has been something about him. Looking at D.G.’s mug shot and reading the charges, I wondered how people would feel if my own picture appeared in the paper with a list of my own sins. Would they want to ship me away? Let me rot? How often I’ve caught the news of someone being arrested and charged, …

    April 17, 2015 2:51 pm
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Odd News

  • Former Washington state governor ejects man from car


    SEATTLE (Reuters) – Former Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire used fast thinking and driving to stop a stranger from climbing into her car in a store parking lot, Olympia police said on Thursday. Gregoire, who was governor from 2005 to 2013, packed her purchases into the car’s trunk in a Lowe’s home improvement lot, the police said. As she did she saw a man watching her. Police said that once she was inside the car, the man opened the passenger door and started climbing in just as she began backing out of the space. She hit the gas pedal, the man fell to the ground and the door slammed shut, police said. The man, identified as 47-year-old Mark Snodderly, was not injured. Police said he then caused a disturbance in the store, adding that he was cited for disorderly conduct and taken to a hospital for evaluation. (This story has been refiled to fix spelling …

    April 16, 2015 6:22 pm
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