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  • Homeless man who helped find escapees could get $100,000

    SANTA ANA, Calif. –  A new report says a homeless man deserves up to $100,000 for helping recapture two violent Orange County jail escapees. The staff report released Wednesday recommends awarding Matthew Hay-Chapman for alerting police last month that the pair were in San Francisco. He spotted the stolen van they were using. Orange County supervisors may vote on awarding the county money later this month. Three escapees — Bac Duong, Hossein Nayeri and Jonathan Tieu — cut through steel plates and bars and climbed down the roof of a county maximum-security jail on Jan. 22. They took a taxi driver hostage, then stole the van and fled to Northern California. Duong helped the taxi driver flee and surrendered a week after the escape. Tieu and Nayeri were caught the next day.

    February 11, 2016 8:49 am


  • Donors urge Clinton to sharpen message ahead of debate with Sanders

    NEW YORK/WASHINGTON Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will try to mend her badly wounded campaign in a debate on Thursday with rival Bernie Sanders, an encounter many of her donors said would allow her to play a role that suits her – embattled underdog. After her embarrassing 22-point loss to Sanders in New Hampshire’s presidential nominating contest, Clinton headed back on Wednesday to New York, where her campaign is based, to confer with top advisers and prepare for the face-off with Sanders, set for 9 p.m. EST in Milwaukee. Her campaign has denied reports that Clinton is considering a shakeup of her staff, but aides acknowledged that adding new staff was a possibility. Several among Clinton’s wide circle of donors told Reuters they believed her surprisingly large loss in New Hampshire would ultimately bring out the fighter in her. This would help to battle-test her, both for the contests ahead in her party’s nomination process …

    February 11, 2016 8:49 am


  • Poor earnings and Sweden’s rate cut slam European banks

    The rout in European banking shares has resumed. Disappointing earnings from one of the region’s biggest players, Societe Generale, and the prospect of even lower interest rates are scaring investors. The French bank said fourth quarter profits rose 19.5% to 656 million euros ($742 million), but that was about 400 million euros short of analysts’ expectations. Its shares plunged 11%. Societe Generale (SCGLF) said profits could suffer this year because of “major headwinds” such as market volatility, new regulations and persistently low interest rates. Most European banks are struggling this year. Their stocks are plummeting and investors are increasingly betting against them. The mixture of low interest rates, low oil prices, and new rules are hurting their profitability. Interest rates in most of the developed world are still at record lows, which means much smaller margins for the banks. The Fed has raised rates for the first time in a decade in December, with expectations …

    February 11, 2016 7:29 am


  • Bojan signs new contract with Stoke

    Bojan also played for Roma and had loan spells at Milan and Ajax Stoke City forward Bojan Krkic has signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract with the Premier League club. The 25-year-old Spain international joined the Potters from Barcelona for an undisclosed fee in July 2014. Bojan, who missed the second half of last season with a knee injury, has scored 10 goals in 41 games for Stoke. Chief executive Tony Scholes said: “Bojan has made no secret of the fact that he now regards Stoke as his home in a football sense.” Bojan said: “I am very happy and motivated. Stoke City gave me the opportunity to play in the most competitive league in the world, and I have only words of gratitude for their trust and for the way they have treated me. “Mark Hughes convinced me to come to Stoke, he has helped me and showed his trust in me from the beginning. …

    February 11, 2016 8:49 am

World News

  • ‘Dozens dead’ in Mexico prison riot

    Media captionStreets outside the prison were blocked by families worried about relatives inside Dozens of people are reported to have been killed in a riot and a fire at a prison in northern Mexico. Some inmates are also said to have escaped from the Topo Chico prison near the city of Monterrey. Smoke could be seen billowing from the complex, Mexican broadcaster Televisa reported. Streets outside the jail were blocked by families worried about relatives inside. Riot police were holding the crowd back. “I want to know that my daughter is OK. She is in the infirmary. There are children in there,” one woman said. Image copyright AFP Image caption Riot police quickly moved in after the violence and fire broke out at Topo Chico prison It was not immediately clear how many people had died. Televisa put the toll at 30, while Milenio TV said 50 people had been killed. Milenio said inmates and …

    February 11, 2016 8:49 am


  • Nick Clegg: dragnet surveillance to continue under snooper’s charter

    Britain’s intelligence agencies will be allowed to continue with a Russian-style “dragnet approach” to the bulk collection of data under the government’s proposed snooper’s charter, Nick Clegg has warned. The former deputy prime minister highlighted a “great congregation of concern” across the political spectrum after Theresa May published the draft investigatory powers bill. It would allow the security agencies to access the internet browsing histories of UK citizens for up to 12 months and establish a new legal framework for tracking web and phone use. Related: Ministers have not made ‘conclusive case’ for new web snooping powers Clegg told the Today programme on BBC Radio 4: “Very few other countries other than Russia take this dragnet approach.” He spoke out as the draft investigatory powers bill joint committee, made up of peers and MPs, published a critical report on the bill. And parliament’s intelligence and security committee (ISC) warned earlier this week that the draft …

    February 11, 2016 5:08 am


  • How Obesity May Impair Memory

    It’s no secret that obesity, which plagues more than 600 million people worldwide—more than one in three adults in the U.S. alone—leads to serious health problems: cardiovascular disease, diabetes and even several types of cancer. But obesity has also been established as a risk factor for cognitive decline, particularly in middle-aged and older people. What’s not as well understood is this link’s underlying molecular mechanism—and that’s exactly what a group of researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham sought to decipher in a four-part experiment on mice published last month in The Journal of Neuroscience. First, the researchers studied behavior in healthy and obese mice during memory tasks involving object recognition and location. Much like previous research from other groups, the Alabama team found that compared with their healthy counterparts, the overweight mice performed poorly on a spatial memory task, which relies on the brain’s hippocampus. Next, the researchers took a look at epigenetic …

    February 11, 2016 7:49 am


  • Back to its roots: how Zika may threaten Africa

    PRAIA/LONDON Florzinha Amado is eight months pregnant and trying to stay calm about whether the Zika virus infection she contracted at 21 weeks could have harmed her unborn child. But Amado isn’t Brazilian. She lives on the volcanic archipelago of Cape Verde, 570 km (350 miles) west of Senegal, and is one of 100 pregnant women in the capital of Praia who have contracted Zika there. Their fears, and those of West African authorities seeking to prepare the region’s defenses, are shared by global health experts who say it could have unknown consequences in countries ill-equipped for another public health emergency following the Ebola epidemic. Zika, a mosquito-borne virus, was first identified by two Scots, virologist George Dick and entomologist Alexander Haddow, in a forest near Entebbe in Uganda in 1947. The disease itself is mild and 80 percent of those infected do not feel ill, but it has shot to the top of the …

    February 11, 2016 8:29 am


  • Lamar Odom Planning On Making His First Public Appearance Since Hospitalization At Kanye West’s Fashion Show

    Posted on Thu Feb 11th, 2016 6:00am PDT       By X17 Staff First he went for a hike with Khloe and Kim Kardashian, and now Lamar Odom is set to make his return to the limelight at Kanye West’s fashion show! Us Weekly reports that Lamar will attend Kanye’s Yeezy Season 3 Fashion Week Show in New York City on Thursday, February 11. Sources tell the mag Odom and his estranged wife are currently en route to NYC to meet up Kim, Kourtney, Kylie and Kendall. No other details are known at this time, but this would be his first public appearance since his hospitalization last October. As you may remember, the former NBA star was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel following an alleged drug overdose, and he remained in the hospital for several months after the incident. The mag reports that Lamar remains in a facility near Khloe’s home, and seeing as she recently split …

    February 11, 2016 8:09 am


  • GI brides: They came to the U.S. ‘for the love of an American serviceman’

    They were the largest group of female migrants in American history – the hundreds of thousands of young women who travelled to the United States in the aftermath of World War Two to spend the rest of their lives with the GIs they had met during wartime.  But unlike other immigrants, the war brides weren’t drawn by the prospect of life in a more prosperous country, or seeking refuge from dangers back home. As Jean Borst, one of 70,000 women who arrived from the United Kingdom in 1946, put it, “We didn’t come here because we were poor and hungry and wanting to be free. We came for the love of an American serviceman.” That love had blossomed in countries all over Europe, and as far afield as Australia and Japan – pretty much everywhere, in fact, that the U.S. Army sent its men.  And it had done so despite stiff opposition from the authorities.  …

    February 11, 2016 7:08 am

Odd News

  • Indian scientists express doubt over meteorite death attribution

    NEW DELHI Indian scientists have expressed doubt that a man in Tamil Nadu was the first person to have been confirmed killed by a meteorite strike, as the state’s top official has declared. The experts said the small crater, the absence of a sonic boom before impact, a lack of debris and the green and blue colour of rock recovered from the scene suggest some other cause. “It is highly improbable, but we will only be absolutely sure after a chemical analysis,” said V. Adimurthy, a senior scientist at India’s space agency. The mysterious event has triggered an international debate about whether a meteorite, space debris, leftover explosives or even frozen waste from a plane passing overhead may have killed the man. The meteorite attribution was announced this week by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram, a former film star who is known for her authoritarian style. A bus driver was killed by the meteorite at an engineering …

    February 10, 2016 8:04 am