Headline News

  • U.S. judge refuses bail for businessman accused in Navy corruption case


    SAN DIEGO A federal judge in San Diego refused bail on Friday for a Malaysian businessman accused of bribing high-ranking U.S. Navy officers to steer millions of dollars of contracts to his company. Leonard Glenn Francis pleaded guilty in January to charges of bribery and conspiracy in federal court in San Diego in a scandal that shook the Navy command structure when the investigation was made public last year. He faces up to 25 years in prison. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Janis Sammartino sided with prosecutors in refusing to release Francis on bail, saying he remains a flight risk. Francis, 50, who has been in federal custody since 2013 according to court records, sought release on bail to get medical care. As part of a deal reached with federal prosecutors, Francis and his company, Singapore-based Glenn Defense Marine Asia, will forfeit $35 million in property and other proceeds stemming from the alleged corruption. Francis …

    May 29, 2015 9:29 pm
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Politics

  • Ex-U.S. lawmaker Hastert aimed to hide sexual misconduct with male -L.A. Times


    WASHINGTON Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert, indicted on Thursday on federal criminal charges, was paying a male from his past to try to conceal sexual misconduct, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday, citing two unnamed federal law enforcement officials. One of the officials cited by the newspaper said the alleged misconduct involved a male and occurred during Hastert’s time as a high school wrestling coach and teacher in Yorkville, Illinois, before becoming a lawmaker. Hastert could not immediately be reached for comment. The New York Times also reported that Hastert was paying a man to not say publicly that Hastert had sexually abused him decades ago, citing two people briefed on evidence uncovered in an FBI investigation. Announcing the charges on Thursday, prosecutors said they related to Hastert’s alleged effort to hide $3.5 million in payments he was making to a person to conceal past misconduct but did not detail the …

    May 29, 2015 9:29 pm
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Stocks

  • Power of attorney


    When you can’t control your financial life, make sure someone you trust will by assigning power of attorney when writing your will. No one is immune from aging or the loss of mental clarity that may come with it. And you’re never immune to health crises that may leave you unable to handle the business of your life: paying bills, managing investments or making key financial decisions. Granting someone you trust the power of attorney allows that person — known as your “agent” or “attorney in fact” — to manage your financial affairs if you are unable to do so. Your agent is empowered to sign your name and is obligated to be your fiduciary — meaning they must act in your best financial interest at all times and in accordance with your wishes. There are different kinds of powers of attorney, but in estate planning there are two essential types you should know: The …

    May 29, 2015 10:30 pm
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Sports

  • Johnson, McMurray and Allgaier teams penalized by NASCAR for infractions at Coca-Cola 600


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. –  NASCAR penalized three teams Wednesday for infractions at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Matt McCall, crew chief for Jamie McMurray, was placed on probation through Dec. 31 for a P2 penalty because the right rear quarter panel wheel opening had been modified after qualifying inspection for the Coca-Cola 600. Jimmie Johnson’s team received a P1 penalty for receiving a written warning for the second consecutive race. As penalty, he’ll have one of the last two picks for a pit stall this weekend at Dover. The team was cited for modifying a side skirt during the All-Star race, then for needing too many times to pass pre-qualifying inspection before the 600. Justin Allgaier’s team also received a P1 penalty for a second consecutive written warning for needing too many times to pass pre-qualifying inspection. He’ll pick with Johnson for pit stall at Dover.

    May 29, 2015 10:31 pm
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World News

  • IS militants ‘seize Libyan airport’


    Militias withdrew from al-Ghardabiya airbase, also a civilian airport, on Thursday (file picture) Islamic State militants in Libya say they have seized the airport in the city of Sirte, as the group continues to make advances in the country. The news was announced by the group and by a Libyan militia that withdrew from the coastal city’s airport on Thursday. Most of Sirte, former leader Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown, fell to IS last week. In a statement, the group said it had also seized the Great Man Made River water project. The irrigation project, the world’s largest, supplies fresh water to Libyan cities and was also the base for the opposition Battalion 166, which has now fled. The battalion, and other Islamist militias, run the capital, Tripoli, although their government is not recognised by the international community. The al-Ghardabiya airport also housed an airbase, that was seized by militias after being bombed by Nato forces during …

    May 29, 2015 10:30 pm
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Technology

  • The case of the incredible shrinking Swiss cheese holes


    If you’ve ever had questions about the holes in Swiss cheese, some scientists have an answer for you and thankfully, it has nothing to do with mice.National Cancer Institute/Renee Comet/Wikimedia Remember in those old “Tom and Jerry” cartoons when Jerry the mouse would try to sneak a block of Swiss cheese past Tom and when the cat spotted him, Jerry would hide in one of its holes? Well, apparently, with the way that Swiss cheese holes have been shrinking, nowadays Tom would gobble up poor Jerry and send any sympathetic kids watching into therapy for life. Yes, a Swiss agricultural research group, Agroscope, says the iconic holes in Swiss cheese are getting fewer and smaller thanks to the modernization of the cheese-making process. The group published a study in the online edition of the International Dairy Journal with conclusions about why there’ve been fewer holes in the last 15 years and how to change that. …

    May 29, 2015 8:48 pm
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Science

  • Study of over 250,000 patients suggests that, before an operation, low blood pressure rather than high is a risk factor for death


    New research presented at this year’s Euroanaesthesia congress in Berlin, Germany, suggests that, before an operation, low blood pressure (hypotension) rather than high blood pressure (hypertension) is an independent risk factor for death. The study is by Assistant Professor Dr Robert Sanders, Anesthesiology Critical Care Trials Interdisciplinary Outcomes Network (ACTION), Department of Anesthesiology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA, and Drs Puja Myles and Sudhir Venkatesan, University of Nottingham, UK, together with collaborators from the University of Southampton, Oxford University and University College London (all UK). Despite numerous years of study, the influence of preoperative blood pressure (BP) on perioperative risk remains controversial. In this new research, the authors investigated the relationship between preoperative BP and thirty-day mortality following non-cardiac surgery. They used data from 252,278 patients from the United Kingdom Clinical Practice Research Datalink to perform their analysis. A number of models of varying complexities were used to account for 29 perioperative risk factors …

    May 29, 2015 9:09 pm
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Health

  • U.S. military orders review as anthrax mishap widens


    WASHINGTON The U.S. military said on Friday it discovered even more suspected shipments of live anthrax than previously thought, both in the United States and abroad, and ordered a sweeping review of practices meant to inactivate the bacteria. The Pentagon said a total of 11 states, two more than it first acknowledged, received “suspect samples,” as did Australia and South Korea. It had previously only identified a foreign shipment to a U.S. air base south of Seoul. “There is no known risk to the general public and an extremely low risk to lab workers,” the Pentagon said in a statement. Still, in a sign the Pentagon was still coming to grips with the extent of the problem, it advised all laboratories for now to stop working with any “inactive” samples sent from the Defense Department. To date, the United States has acknowledged that four U.S. civilians have begun taking preventive measures that usually include the …

    May 29, 2015 9:29 pm
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Entertainment

  • Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe responds to pregnancy rumors with baby name


    Bristowe reportedly got very, very close to one contestant in particular while filming — so close that there are now pregnancy rumors floating around. An insider told Life and Style, “Sources close ABC are telling people that Kaitlyn got pregnant during the show — that she is knocked up.” “Kaitlyn doesn’t want people to think she’s irresponsible, but ABC loves the pregnancy talk,” the source said. “It brings more drama to a sometimes boring, formulaic show… And it worked.” But when confronted by the rumor on Twitter, the reality star had the best response. Thank you so much I appreciate all the support. I’m going to name him Elan @theyearofelan — Kaitlyn Bristowe (@kaitlynbristowe) May 28, 2015 More: The Bachelor alums band together to support Kaitlyn’s on-show sex That would be a hilarious response to Bachelorette producer Elan Gale, who is not the person she bedded on the show. Want to see who she did, …

    May 29, 2015 9:49 pm
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Editorial

  • God, John Templeton and me: How a single phone call changed my entire life


    Last week Dr. John Templeton – the late president and chairman of the John Templeton  Foundation – was rightfully eulogized as a world-class philanthropist, dedicated family man, and steadfast champion of traditional values: honesty, hard work, generosity, all of which he exemplified. But I myself will always remember him as a very dear friend – and the man who, nearly a decade ago, changed the course of my life with a single phone call. It happened in the fall of 2006. My new primetime series, “Where Did It Come From?” had just premiered on the History Channel. Naturally, I was excited – being the host of my very own show was a lifelong dream come true – and so were my representatives, who were busily working the phones setting up the next big project for me. Yet in the midst of the outward ebullience there welled up inside of me a profound sense of disappointment …

    May 29, 2015 9:49 pm
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Odd News

  • Atlanta NFL player charged in killing of girlfriend’s dog: police


    ATLANTA An Atlanta Falcons football player faces charges of aggravated animal cruelty after being accused of killing his girlfriend’s dog, police said on Friday. Prince Shembo, 23, an outside linebacker drafted by the Falcons in 2014, told the girlfriend he kicked her Yorkie while alone with the dog at his suburban Atlanta apartment on April 15, Gwinnett County Police said in a statement. She found the dog unresponsive at Shembo’s apartment and rushed the pet to an animal hospital where it died, police said. After Shembo told the girlfriend he had kicked the dog, she “ended their relationship,” police said. Tests showed the dog had died of significant internal injuries caused by blunt force, according to police. The 6-foot-2, 254-pound Shembo played college football at the University of Notre Dame, and was chosen by the Falcons in the fourth round of the 2014 draft, according to the team’s website. The Atlanta Falcons did not immediately …

    May 29, 2015 5:06 pm
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