Headline News

  • Bottle in car of Ohio man shot by police held fragrance: coroner


    The coroner investigating the death of Samuel DuBose, who was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer earlier this month, said on Monday that a bottle found in his car marked as gin held fragrance, not an alcoholic beverage. The substance in the bottle was “consistent with compounds commonly found in fragrance products, such as air fresheners and perfumes,” said a statement from the office of Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco. DuBose was pulled over by police officer Raymond Tensing on July 19 because the vehicle he was driving did not have a front license plate. Footage from Tensing’s body camera showed the officer noticed a bottle on the floor of the car. DuBose handed him the bottle, marked as gin, and told him it was air freshener. About a minute later, the two men struggled after DuBose, 43, refused Tensing’s request to step out of the car. Tensing reached into the car …

    August 3, 2015 7:33 pm
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Politics

  • Federal judge strikes down Idaho law banning documentation of animal abuse


    SALMON, Idaho A federal judge on Monday struck down an Idaho law that banned documentation of animal abuse at livestock operations, ruling that it violated freedom of speech and other constitutionally guaranteed rights. The measure, approved by the Republican-controlled state legislature and signed into law by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter in 2014, was crafted in response to a video released by animal-rights activists showing workers at an Idaho dairy dragging a cow across the floor by a chain on its neck and repeatedly beating, kicking and otherwise abusing other cows. But U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill agreed with the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and other groups that sued to overturn the statute in finding that the so-called ag gag law violated protections of free speech under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. “The effect of the statute will be to suppress speech by undercover investigators and whistleblowers …

    August 3, 2015 8:13 pm
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Stocks

  • Pimco may face SEC lawsuit


    Pimco may be facing a federal lawsuit over how it valued positions held by one of its enormous bond funds, the company disclosed Monday. The investment management firm said in a statement that it had received a Wells notice from the Securities and Exchange Commission about some Pimco securities that contain bundled mortgages. In question is whether Pimco may have misrepresented the value of certain securities purchased by its Total Return Active Exchange-Traded Fund (BOND) between February 29 and June 30 in 2012, Pimco said. “The Wells process provides us with our opportunity to demonstrate to the SEC staff why we believe our conduct was appropriate, in keeping with industry standards, and that no action should be taken,” Pimco said in a statement. A Wells notice is not a formal allegation of wrongdoing, the company said, but it does indicate that the regulator may take action in civil court against the firm. The Total Return …

    August 3, 2015 7:13 pm
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Sports

  • Vikings WR Jarius Wright ‘carrying the torch’ for friend


    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) Jarius Wright has entered the final year of his rookie contract with the Minnesota Vikings, with three productive seasons on his resume as a fourth-round draft pick. There’s more depth on the roster at wide receiver now. As always in the NFL, there’s no guarantee that Wright will get to re-up and continue his career with the Vikings. He’s grateful for what he’s accomplished and experienced already, particularly considering what happened to his close friend, Greg Childs, whose injuries have sidelined his pro career. ”I’m carrying the torch for all of Arkansas, for my hometown, for my family and friends,” Wright said. ”He’s a family friend. He’s from my hometown. He’s from Arkansas. So you know I’m carrying the torch for him and the rest of my people.” Wright and Childs have been tight since elementary school in Warren, Arkansas, a relationship that stretched on to the state university where they each …

    August 3, 2015 7:33 pm
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World News

  • Whale swims into Buenos Aires marina


    Residents of an upmarket neighbourhood in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires welcomed a surprise guest when a whale swam into a city marina. The creature was seen surfacing amongst the luxury yachts in Puerto Madero, with hundreds lining up for a glimpse. A local police boat later tried to lure the whale to the Rio de la Plata river, which connects with the Atlantic. Experts have suggested the animal was most likely a cub separated from its herd. “Unusual yes, I’ve never seen one in Puerto Madero,” said one resident. “It’s really sad,” a local bank worker told the Associated Press. “This is not its natural habitat. The poor whale is clearly lost.” A specialist looking at the numerous images on social media identified it as a minke whale, warning La Nacion (in Spanish) freshwater would damage its health. But Mariano Sironi, scientific director of the Whale Conservation Institute in Argentina, told AP he thought …

    August 3, 2015 7:33 pm
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Technology

  • Cybersecurity bill could ‘sweep away’ internet users’ privacy, agency warns


    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Monday said a controversial new surveillance bill could sweep away “important privacy protections”, a move that bodes ill for the measure’s return to the floor of the Senate this week. The latest in a series of failed attempts to reform cybersecurity, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (Cisa) grants broad latitude to tech companies, data brokers and anyone with a web-based data collection to mine user information and then share it with “appropriate Federal entities”, which themselves then have permission to share it throughout the government. Minnesota senator Al Franken queried the DHS in July; deputy secretary of the department Alejandro Mayorkas responded today that some provisions of the bill “could sweep away important privacy protections” and “raises privacy and civil liberties concerns”. Much of the attention on Cisa has been directed at companies such as Google, Facebook and Comcast, which have large troves of internet user behavior. But …

    August 3, 2015 4:33 pm
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Science

  • Plan for supersized entanglement is unveiled by physicist


    Entangled mirrors: the proposed experiment An experiment that could lead to the quantum-mechanical entanglement of everyday objects in the form of two 100 g mirrors has been proposed by Roman Schnabel of the University of Hamburg and the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Germany. If successful, the mirrors would be by far the largest objects ever to be entangled, and the experiment would confirm that quantum physics applies to large and heavy objects, not just tiny particles. It could also test a prediction made in 2010 about how the mutual gravitational attraction of the mirrors affects their entanglement. Entanglement is a purely quantum-mechanical phenomenon that allows two particles, such as photons or electrons, to have a much closer relationship than is predicted by classical physics. The concept of entanglement was introduced in the 1930s when physicists were debating the seemingly bizarre implications of quantum mechanics as identified by the Einstein–Podolsky–Rosen (EPR) paradox. EPR points …

    August 3, 2015 7:33 pm
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Health

  • Senate blocks Planned Parenthood defunding measure


    WASHINGTON Republican legislation to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood failed to gather enough support in the U.S. Senate on Monday, halting at least for now moves to punish the women’s health group for its role in gathering fetal tissue from abortions for medical research. Senate Democrats succeeded in stopping the bill on a procedural vote. Sixty votes were needed to advance it in the 100-person chamber. It received 53 votes, with 46 senators opposing it. Planned Parenthood, which provides healthcare services to millions of women at hundreds of centers nationwide, has come under attack with the online posting of hidden-camera videos produced by an anti-abortion group, Center for Medical Progress. The group has said the videos show Planned Parenthood officials negotiating prices for fetal tissue from abortions it performs. Planned Parenthood has denied any wrongdoing and has said it does not profit from fetal tissue donation. Under U.S. law, donated human fetal tissue …

    August 3, 2015 7:53 pm
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Entertainment

  • Britney Spears’ Conservatorship To Continue Indefinitely


    Posted on Mon Aug 3rd, 2015 11:18am PDT       By X17 Staff For those of you who may have wondered when Britney Spears’ conservatorship, which is controlled by father Jamie Spears, would be ending, it looks like the end is nowhere close to nigh. Sources are claiming that the conservatorship will continue indefinitely — so basically for forever. “There is no reason to break the conservatorship with everything working so well,” a source close to Spears told Us Weekly. “Everything is working perfectly under this arrangement and it will stay that way.” In 2008, Spears’ father filed an emergency petition to care for her daughter, who was under a psychiatric medical hold at the time. Under the conservator, Spears has “substantial day-to-day freedom” but is looked after by a team of lawyers, medical personnel and family members, according to TMZ. Britney is actually under two conservatorships … one for the person and one for finances, adds the …

    August 3, 2015 7:13 pm
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Editorial

  • Dear Congress, do the right thing on the Planned Parenthood vote


    Editor’s note: The following column originally appeared on RedState.com. I have seen a number of Republicans and even some Christian evangelicals in the past seventy-two hours make the case that the Republican Party should avoid a government shutdown to stop Planned Parenthood. In fact, a few have said the fight against Planned Parenthood is just another ideological fight and government does so much more and depriving Planned Parenthood of any money will not stop abortion. Therefore, they should keep getting money for two more years until Republicans can win the White House, keep the Congress, and defund them. There is merit to the political argument. But it is a political argument. It is an argument willing to turn away from what Planned Parenthood is doing, subsidized by tax payer dollars. Republicans should not make a political calculation on this. They should do what is right. That is to stand and fight to defund Planned Parenthood. …

    August 3, 2015 6:53 pm
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Odd News

  • Arizona man says he beheaded wife ‘to get the evil out': police


    PHOENIX An Arizona man who admitted to decapitating his wife and her two dogs in a bloody incident last month in Phoenix told authorities he was attempting “to get the evil out” of her, according to court documents released on Monday. Kenneth Dale Wakefield, 43, also told police that he had smoked marijuana and the designer drug Spice about an hour before the gruesome killings in a Phoenix apartment on the morning of July 25, the documents showed. Wakefield, a transient with a history of mental illness who also maimed himself in the incident, was booked into a Maricopa County jail Aug. 1 on one count of first-degree murder and two counts of animal cruelty after being released from a local hospital. He is being held on $2 million bond. In court papers, police said Wakefield told them during an interview that he stabbed his 49-year-old wife, Trina Heisch, multiple times before decapitating her, and …

    August 3, 2015 7:53 pm
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