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  • California Assembly votes to make pregnancy centers tell women of abortion option

    LOS ANGELES The California State Assembly approved a bill on Tuesday that would require licensed pregnancy centers, which sometimes steer women away from abortion, to inform clients about state programs offering such services, officials said. The Democratic-led Assembly voted 49-26 to approve the bill, which has the support of California’s Democratic attorney general, Kamala Harris, and will next go to the state Senate, said Allison Ruff, aide to Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, a Democrat and co-author of the bill. With the vote, lawmakers in liberal-leaning California are moving in the opposite direction of a number of more conservative states, where laws have placed increased obligations on abortion providers. Eleven states, but not California, require in-person counseling and a waiting period before an abortion can take place, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which tracks reproductive policy. The California bill would require pregnancy centers that are licensed as clinics to notify patients that the state has programs that …

    May 26, 2015 8:01 pm


  • Appeals court rules with states challenging Obama’s immigration action

    WASHINGTON The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday in favor of 26 states challenging President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, potentially paving the way for a Supreme Court decision on the issue. Two judges on the three-judge panel ruled that the executive action, which would grant an estimated 4.7 million undocumented immigrants relief from deportation, should remain on hold while the government appeals its blocking. The immigration order was first put on hold by Texas Judge Andrew Hanen in February after the states, all led by Republican governors, alleged that taking in migrants would be overly burdensome. “The President’s attempt to bypass the will of the American people was successfully checked again today,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a news release. The case has become the focal point of Obama’s efforts to change U.S. immigration policy. Seeing no progress on legislative reform in Congress, Obama announced in November he would …

    May 26, 2015 5:00 pm


  • People want Amy Schumer to be the next Bachelorette

    The day after comedian Amy Schumer appeared on ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” the Internet was all a twitter about her becoming the show’s next star. “Just say yes and we start tomorrow,” tweeted ABC executive Robert Mills. “Here I come,” Schumer tweeted back Tuesday. A person familiar with the network’s plans said that although no formal offer had been made, ABC is a big fan of Schumer and would be lucky to have her as the next Bachelorette. ABC declined to comment. Schumer, known for her dry humor, is the creator and star of her own show “Inside Amy Schumer” which airs on Comedy Central. Her skits often poke fun at dating, sex and relationships. She said on “The Bachelorette” that she’s a “huge fan” of the show, and enjoys sitting at home watching — and judging — the cast. On Monday’s episode Schumer walked out on her date. “JJ is a sweet person. He’s just …

    May 26, 2015 8:01 pm


  • NBA says it won’t upgrade Howard foul

    New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – The NBA said Tuesday there was no reason to upgrade the Flagrant-1 foul called on Dwight Howard in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, meaning the star Houston Rockets center won’t be suspended. Howard was whistled for the foul after elbowing Golden State center Andrew Bogut in the face during a physical exchange in the third quarter Monday night. He could have been suspended if the foul was upgraded to a Flagrant-2, but the NBA said there was no reason to change the call made on the court. The Rockets won the game 128-115 to force a Game 5 in the series. “Howard was trying to extricate himself from Bogut and recklessly hit him in the face with an open hand,” NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said in a statement. “The contact was unnecessary but was not deemed excessive by the officials working the game with the …

    May 26, 2015 8:01 pm

World News

  • Gunmen target guesthouse in Kabul

    Police reportedly shot out street lights to cover their movements Gunmen have tried to storm a guesthouse in a diplomatic area of the Afghan capital, Kabul, police say. At least a dozen explosions were heard in one hour in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, that is home to several embassies and government buildings. Police reportedly said that the attackers were surrounded after trying to enter the guesthouse. Gunfire and explosions early on Wednesday morning continued to be heard several hours after the attack began. No group has said it carried out the attack, although a tweet purportedly sent by the Taliban said that the attack is part of the group’s spring and summer offensive. Police are reported to have surrounded the attackers Police have smashed street lights in the area of the attack to cover their movements in the dark “We have surrounded the area and cornered them [the attackers],” Kabul police spokesman Ebadullah Karimi …

    May 26, 2015 8:01 pm


  • Sorry, Charlie: The Charlie Charlie Challenge is less spooky than they say

    What say you, Charlie?CinematicAction/YouTube Remember that time you and your friends tried to do the “Bloody Mary” chant into the bathroom mirror late at night and the only thing that scared you was your friend’s dad screaming at you through the walls to “Go the $@!% back to bed”? Well, the new thing kids do today to scar themselves for life and possibly end up in therapy is the hashtag-driven “Charlie Charlie Challenge,” which involves two pencils placed in the shape of a cross on a sheet of paper with two “yes” and two “no” answers written on opposite corners of the diagonal. A pencil is placed on one axis and the other balanced on top of it. Someone chants, “Charlie, Charlie, are you here?” and if the pencil moves, it means the players are in the presence of a Mexican demon. But (dramatic pause)…are they? A story in British newspaper The Independent Tuesday explained …

    May 26, 2015 8:21 pm


  • Starved for fire, Wisconsin’s pine barrens disappear

    A century spent treating wildfires as emergencies to be stamped out may have cost Central Wisconsin a natural setting that was common and thriving before the state was settled. Pine barrens once stretched like a scarf around the state’s neck, from the northeast down across Central Wisconsin and up again northwest to Lake Superior. As recently as the 1950s, University of Wisconsin-Madison surveys conducted by botany Professor John Curtis and graduate student James Habeck described the sandy, open spaces dotted with pin oak and jack pine and dashed with the lavender of lupine and the purple of blazing star. “We know that the pine barrens used to be common in Wisconsin before European settlement, but now only about 1 percent of the original area remains,” says Daijiang Li, a current UW-Madison botany graduate student. With botany Professor Donald Waller, Li authored a study in the journal Ecology outlining the factors driving a deep shift in …

    May 26, 2015 4:40 pm


  • USDA chief vet says bird flu cases waning, sees end by July

    PARIS The number of cases of bird flu in the United States has started to decline and the epidemic is likely to be over within a couple of months, helped by warm weather in the summer, the U.S. chief veterinary officer said on Tuesday. “We believe the worst is behind us, which doesn’t mean that we still won’t see additional cases but we know we see a decline in cases,” John Clifford, Chief Veterinary Officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, told Reuters. The U.S. poultry industry is confronting its biggest outbreak of bird flu on record, which has led to the death or culling of 40 million birds after confirmation on commercial farms and backyard flocks in 16 U.S. states and in Canada. “Summertime is coming. It gets hot in these places in July and because the heat and the sunlight reduces the virus present in the environment we will stop seeing cases,” Clifford …

    May 26, 2015 12:58 pm


  • Kendall Jenner Is A Vision In Purple At amFAR Gala

    Posted on Fri May 22nd, 2015 6:53am PDT       By X17 Staff Kendall Jenner pretty much stole the show at the amfAR 22nd Cinema Against AIDS Gala event in Cannes on Thursday night, and it wasn’t just because of her gorgeous purple Calvin Klein dress! The 19-year-old stunner, who was joined by fellow model pals like Hailey Baldwin and Gigi Hadid, spent quite a bit of time chatting with singer Rita Ora, who famously dated Kendall’s older brother Rob (and pissed off most of the Kardashian family after the two broke up). In case you forgot, Rob claimed Rita cheated on him with “20 dudes” and slammed her on Twitter, and the feud escalated from there. Rob later tweeted, “I posted what I posted to keep myself from taking her back. Every time she messed up, I took her back for over a year now. I just had to do that to make her hate me.” Well, …

    May 26, 2015 7:21 pm


  • Iran: Why trial of Washington Post reporter should raise red flags about proposed nuclear deal

    Tuesday a revolutionary court in Tehran began trying Washington Post Iran correspondent Jason Rezaian on charges of espionage. Rezaian, who has already been held for more than ten months, is but one of four American hostages which the Islamic Republic holds. Former FBI agent Robert Levinson just passed his 3,000th day in Iranian prison. Monday, on Memorial Day, retired U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati spent his 1,367th day in an Iranian prison. He was picked up by security in Tehran while visiting his grandmother. His visit was not careless; he had secured permission from the Iranian Interest Section in Washington, D.C., before making his trip. The fourth hostage is Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-American pastor from Idaho whom Iranian authorities arrested in 2012 while he, too, was visiting family. Jason Rezaian is a canary in the coal mine. Negotiating with Rouhani over the fate of the Iranian nuclear program is like striking a deal with a night …

    May 26, 2015 5:20 pm

Odd News

  • Danish radio station defends killing baby rabbit live on air

    COPENHAGEN A Danish radio station is defending a show during which the host killed a baby rabbit by hitting it with a bicycle pump, live on the air, saying it was intended to show the hypocrisy of animal lovers. The host, Asger Juhl, killed the baby rabbit, called Allan, “according to careful instructions by a professional animal caretaker from a Danish zoo”, station 24/7 said on Tuesday. He later took the rabbit home, skinned it and cooked it. Monday’s show caused a storm on social media, with many Danes outraged. “They are sick. Euw! THEY should have a bicycle pump in their faces,” Facebook user Melissa Rod wrote of the radio show. “We knew we would be accused of provocation,” the station said in a statement. “And yes, we indeed wanted to provoke the public and to stir a debate about the hypocrisy when it comes to perceptions of cruelty towards animals.” During the broadcast, …

    May 26, 2015 4:39 pm