Headline News

  • Is rent out of reach? As more Americans become tenants, study shows how 11 big cities stack up


    NEW YORK –  Renters are on the rise in America’s biggest cities, but many tenants are scrambling to keep up with growing rent bills and shrinking vacancies, according to a study being released Thursday. From Boston to Miami, New York to Los Angeles, more than half of tenants are paying what experts consider unaffordable rents, says a report by New York University’s Furman Center, which studies real estate and urban policy, and bank Capital One, which is a leading affordable-housing lender and financed the research. While various housing experts have noted such trends, the study zooms in on 11 of the nation’s most populous cities. Overall, it’s a portrait of increasing competition and often slipping affordability, but the picture isn’t universally bleak and looks noticeably different from city to city. “The study brings into light the limited options there are for renters,” Capital One community finance chief Laura Bailey says. A look at the findings: …

    May 28, 2015 12:11 am
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Politics

  • Republican Santorum launches 2016 bid with appeal to middle class


    CABOT, Penn. Republican Rick Santorum, who fell short in his 2012 presidential bid, launched another run for the White House on Wednesday with a promise to restore the economic power of middle-class American workers. Santorum, 57, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, emphasized his working-class roots as he formally opened his long-shot 2016 presidential bid near his childhood home in Cabot, in western Pennsylvania. Looking to build support beyond the social and religious conservatives who bolstered his 2012 campaign, Santorum said “big government” and “big business” had left behind American workers. “Today is the day we are going to begin to fight back,” he said. “As middle America’s hollowing out we can’t sit idly by. Working families don’t need another president tied to big government or big money.” Santorum promised to eliminate the Internal Revenue Service, back a flat tax and crack down on illegal immigration that he says has robbed jobs from American workers. …

    May 27, 2015 9:10 pm
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Stocks

  • NFL linebacker moonlights as men’s grooming guru


    Cleveland Browns’ linebacker Karlos Dansby is trained to keep his eyes on the ball and execute successful plays. Those lessons from the football field are coming in handy as the NFL player sharpens his entrepreneurial chops. Dansby, 34, and business partner Chris Butler, 35, want to corner the market for men’s high-end grooming products and services. Together they invested $250,000 and launched a men’s-only salon — Butler’s Grooming Club — in their hometown of Birmingham, Ala., in 2009. The idea was to create a “man cave where guys can get away and be comfortable among their own,” said Dansby. “They can relax, drink, play pool and get a haircut, shave, manicure, facial, even get waxed.” Today the salon takes walk-in customers and also has 300 members who pay $90 a month for grooming packages and unlimited shoe shines. Related: Kim Kardashian and Jessica Alba power his startups Dansby and Butler played football together at Auburn …

    May 28, 2015 12:11 am
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Sports

  • Warriors into Finals after 40 year wait


    The Golden State Warriors shook off their bumps and bruises and advanced to their first NBA Finals in 40 years after defeating the Houston Rockets 104-90 to clinch their Western Conference Finals series on Wednesday. Stephen Curry scored 26 points one game after a terrifying fall while Klay Thompson added 20 despite a laceration to his right ear for the top-seeded Warriors. Golden State, who won 67 games during the regular season with rookie coach Steve Kerr, won the best-of-seven series 4-1. The Warriors will meet the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals that starts next week. It is their first trip to the finals since 1975. The Rockets had won Game Four of the series on Monday to avoid being swept, but were outscored 35-24 in the second quarter on Wednesday and played catch up the rest of the way. Dwight Howard led the Rockets with 18 points and 16 rebounds, while …

    May 28, 2015 12:11 am
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World News

  • Malaysian police probed over graves


    Police are excavating the graves to determine the number of people buried there and who they are Malaysia is investigating 12 policemen suspected of involvement in human-trafficking camps found in the remote north of the country. Four of them had been arrested during various police investigations since early last year, said Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar. Authorities said 139 graves had been found on the border with Thailand. The route is used by people-smugglers bringing migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh into Malaysia. The migrants are mainly Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar – also known as Burma – or economic migrants from Bangladesh. The eight other policemen were arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for alleged involvement in human trafficking, Mr Wan Junaidi said. “We will have to see whether or not there are any links to the camps. Because the arrests were made in the north, we suspect there may be some …

    May 28, 2015 12:11 am
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Technology

  • Pebble Time review: the simple but effective answer to Apple Watch


    Pebble Time is the latest smartwatch crowdfunding success story, having broken records by hitting $2m in 58 minutes and ultimately raising over $20m. But is the watch that works with both Android and iPhone – making it a direct Apple Watch competitor – worth the hype? This is the second time on the merry-go-round for Pebble. Its first cross-platform smartwatch, simply called the Pebble, broke Kickstarter records in 2012 and reignited the smartwatch industry. Two models on and after 1m units sold, the Time is a more modern smartwatch that concentrates on doing a few things very well and doesn’t try to do too much. The Pebble Time, unlike most smartwatches, can be used with either the iPhone or Android. For this review we will concentrate on its use with an iPhone. A later review will look at the differences working with Android. Wearing it The Time is quite small and subtle for a smartwatch, …

    May 28, 2015 12:31 am
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Science

  • Hubble sees shock collision inside black hole jet


    Related images(click to enlarge) When you’re blasting though space at more than 98 percent of the speed of light, you may need driver’s insurance. Astronomers have discovered for the first time a rear-end collision between two high-speed knots of ejected matter. This discovery was made while piecing together a time-lapse movie of a plasma jet blasted from a supermassive black hole inside a galaxy located 260 million light-years from earth. The finding offers new insights into the behavior of “light saber-like” jets that are so energized that they appear to zoom out of black hole at speeds several times the speed of light. This “superluminal” motion is an optical illusion due to their being pointed very close to our line of sight and very fast speeds. Such extragalactic jets are not well understood. They appear to transport energetic plasma in a confined beam from the active nucleus of the host galaxy. The new analysis suggests …

    May 27, 2015 8:50 pm
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Health

  • Mexico working hard to prevent new outbreaks of bird flu: official


    MEXICO CITY Mexico is working hard to prevent outbreaks of a bird flu epidemic that has stricken the U.S. poultry and egg industry in recent months, a senior Mexican agriculture ministry official said on Wednesday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was responding to comments on Tuesday by a world health official who said that Mexico was particularly vulnerable. Bernard Vallat, director-general of the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), said there is a high risk that bird flu strains could spread within the American continent, mainly to Mexico. Vallat urged farmers and authorities to boost biosecurity measures. The Mexican ministry official said that over the last two years, all Mexican poultry farms have been vaccinated, and the country’s animal health agency continues to aggressively inspect all imported birds. “We have not had any (new) incidents,” the official said. A strain of the bird flu virus spread across Mexico’s poultry industry in …

    May 27, 2015 9:10 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kristin Bauer: Elephants have an important message for women in Hollywood


    More: Michelle Rodriguez’s Peru trip shows heartbreaking conditions for kids (VIDEO) The actress best known for her roles on True Blood and Once Upon A Time assembled a film crew in 2012 to shoot a documentary about the plight of elephants and rhinos, animals hunted nearly to extinction for the ivory in their tusks. Ahead of Illicit Ivory‘s premiere, Kristin opened up to SheKnows about the reason she’s so passionate about being a voice for illegally hunted animals and what elephants can teach women who face adversity. It all started with a dinner, where Kristin said she was approached by a Kenyan man. “I need your help,” he said. “My elephants are dying.” “I was breathless for a moment,” Kristin said. “I just knew that what he was saying was dire.” So she researched African animals and the dangers they faced from poachers. “Two species of rhino, in the next six months, I watched go …

    May 27, 2015 11:30 pm
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Editorial

  • Trade Promotion Authority will rebuild U.S. credibility


    The House of Representatives is preparing to vote on a bill to establish what’s called trade promotion authority or TPA. The bill may not sound like a showstopper, but the vote has America’s allies—and rivals—on the edge of their seats. If the House rejects TPA, it will signal to the world that America itself, not just President Obama, has grown weary of leadership. By contrast, if the House approves TPA, it will show that America is once again taking the lead. Six years of a feckless foreign policy have eroded America’s credibility. Other countries don’t trust (or fear) the U.S. because they think the president is all talk and no action. Congress needs to show the world that even though the president doesn’t always follow through, it can still rely on America. And given the state of affairs, establishing TPA would be a real sign of seriousness. Right now, the U.S. is negotiating two historic …

    May 27, 2015 9:29 pm
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Odd News

  • Washington gumbo lover leaves $2,000 tip on $93 restaurant bill


    WASHINGTON A Washington man shocked the staff of a neighborhood restaurant earlier this week by leaving a $2,000 for a meal of beer and gumbo he shared with a friend, the proprietor said Wednesday. The man, described by Blue 44’s owner Chris Nardelli as a gumbo-loving regular who lives nearby, left the tip on a $93 bill on Monday night. “Thank you for the gumbo!” he wrote on the bill after indulging his taste for the Louisiana Creole dish, a specialty of the house. “It was pretty shocking to say the least,” said Nardelli, who also is a chef and bartender at the four-year-old restaurant in the Chevy Chase neighborhood. “It made everybody do a triple take.” The customer, who was not identified, asked on the bill that $1,000 go to chef James Turner and $500 each for Nardelli and waitress Laura Dally. (Reporting by John Clarke; Editing by Lisa Lambert)

    May 27, 2015 8:49 pm
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