Headline News

  • California governor rejects bills to help men change diapers


    (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday vetoed two bills that aimed to make baby diaper changing tables in public restrooms as accessible to men as they are to women. The bills, which recently passed the state’s senate and assembly chambers with broad support, would have modified existing state laws to ensure public places, such as movie theatres and shopping malls, have baby changing tables in both mens’s and women’s restrooms. “At a time when so many have raised concerns about the number of regulations in California, I believe it would be more prudent to leave the matter of diaper changing stations to the private sector,” Brown said. “This may be a good business practice, but not one that I am inclined to legislate,” he added. One of the bills would have required local and state-owned buildings and public venues to build or renovate at least one bathroom so that both sexes could access …

    September 20, 2014 4:31 am
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Politics

  • Texas gubernatorial candidates court Hispanic vote in debate


    (Reuters) – Heading into the final weeks of the campaign, Texas gubernatorial candidates Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis held their first debate in a Rio Grande Valley border town as they targeted support from Hispanic voters.     Friday’s televised debate in Edinburg, Texas, gave both a chance to appeal to Hispanics, an increasingly important voting bloc in a solidly Republican state that has not elected a Democrat to statewide office in two decades.     Abbott, the state attorney general, holds a commanding lead in polling and fundraising over Davis, a state senator who drew national attention with an ultimately unsuccessful filibuster which sought to stop legislation restricting abortion.     Edinburg is in Hildago County, which is 91 percent Hispanic and where about one in three people live in poverty.     Among the contentious issues covered in the debate were voter ID laws, and the management of a border crisis that in recent months …

    September 20, 2014 4:30 am
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Stocks

  • P&G pulls out of NFL breast cancer campaign


    Sponsor Procter Gamble won’t participate in the NFL’s breast cancer awareness campaign this season following the domestic violence controversy. Another NFL sponsor is distancing itself from the league amid an ongoing domestic violence controversy. Procter Gamble, one of the NFL’s major sponsors, pulled out of the league’s breast cancer awareness campaign Friday. The company’s Crest toothpaste had been slated to sponsor the program. Procter Gamble said it will still make the $100,000 donation to the American Cancer Society as planned. Procter Gamble remains an NFL sponsor, but it did issue a statement that said, “Domestic violence is completely unacceptable and we have strongly urged the NFL to take swift and decisive action to address this issue, and we will determine future actions as needed.” Many critics are calling for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to resign for failing to respond to the crisis appropriately. This is the sixth year for the league’s breast cancer awareness program. …

    September 20, 2014 3:29 am
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Sports

  • Lester strong on mound, A’s down Phillies


    Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Jon Lester pitched seven strong innings as the Oakland Athletics nabbed a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies to open a three-game set. With the win, the A’s went a half-game ahead of the Royals, who lost to Detroit on Friday, for the top wild card spot in the American League. Lester (16-10) allowed one run on five hits with a pair of walks and seven strikeouts to win his third straight start for the Athletics, who came into the contest having gotten swept over three games by Texas. “You feel like you don’t have to score many runs for him, because he’s going to do his job,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said of Lester. “Every time out there, he’s deep into games. He’s 110-plus pitches, and he comes out with the lead. That’s all you can ask of him.” Ryan Howard homered for the Phillies, who have lost five of …

    September 20, 2014 4:31 am
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World News

  • Tipsy Australian ‘repels’ crocodile


    20 September 2014 Last updated at 10:08 Crocodile numbers have increased in Australia since being declared a protected species in 1971 An Australian hunter says he has survived a crocodile attack – by poking the reptile in the eye. Stephen Moreen, 20, said he waded into water in the Northern Territory to retrieve a goose he had shot when the crocodile grabbed and pulled him under. When the hunter jabbed the 2m-long (6ft 6in) animal in the eye, it let him go. The hunter’s cousin then shot the reptile. Mr Moreen admitted he had been “a little bit tipsy” at the time. He said he drank some more beer to numb the pain from minor injuries as he waited for an ambulance. “I have a scratch on my back, the rest (is) on my arm. He (the crocodile) ripped out a bit of skin and left me with two to three holes,” he was quoted …

    September 20, 2014 4:31 am
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Technology

  • Darwins Day to Yuris Night: some science dates to remember


    Darwin Day 12 February Darwin’s work continues to inspire scientists worldwide. And what’s not to celebrate about the man who worked out the wonders of evolution via natural selection? A day of celebrations since the 1990s held on Darwin’s birthday. Pi Day 14 March Marked in honour of the infinitely interesting mathematical number pi (π): the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Since this is, when rounded, 3.14, the 14th day of the third month was chosen for festivities – a decision rubber-stamped in the US House of Representatives in 2009. Yuri’s Night 12 April An annual bash saluting Yuri Gagarin, who became the first man in space on 12 April, 1961. Also known as the World’s Space party, it was launched in 2000 and has the backing of numerous organisations including the US National Space Society. Today, enthusiasts throw parties in more than 70 locations worldwide. Tau Day 28 June …

    September 20, 2014 4:31 am
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Science

  • Penn research helps uncover mechanism behind solid-solid phase transitions


    Related images(click to enlarge) Two solids made of the same elements but with different geometric arrangements of the atoms, or crystal phases, can produce materials with different properties. Coal and diamond offer a spectacular example of this effect. While it is well known that one crystal phase can transform into another under the right circumstances, the mechanisms that facilitate solid-to-solid transitions are still not well understood. Atoms can rearrange themselves to transform from a “parent” phase into a “daughter” phase by two major routes, but it is difficult to predict which route a material will take or why it took one route versus the other. To this end, researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the University of Pennsylvania, Soochow University in Suzhou, China, and Solvay, have studied colloidal solid-solid transitions with single-particle resolution, and they have discovered a surprising mechanism that facilitates one of these routes. They found that some crystals …

    September 20, 2014 4:52 am
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Health

  • Allowing blood donations from gay men could help save over a million lives: U.S. study


    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Lifting a ban on blood donations from gay men would increase the amount of available blood by hundreds of thousands of pints (liters) each year and save more than a million lives a year, a California study showed on Friday. The U.S. Federal Drug Administration has banned gay men from donating blood since 1983, when it was discovered that HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, was being transmitted through transfusions. Eliminating the ban could bring in roughly 615,300 pints (291,145 liters) of blood annually, while allowing donations from gay men who had not had a sexual partner in a year could yield 317,000 pints (150,000 liters), the study estimated. With a five-year policy, nearly 300,000 pints (142,000 liters) could be collected, according to the study by the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law at the University of California, Los Angeles. “The American Red Cross suggests that each blood …

    September 20, 2014 4:31 am
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Entertainment

  • Johnny Weir’s ex claims he had more than just dirty words


    According to E! News, who obtained the official complaint, Voronov claimed that Weir falsely accused him “of attempted rape and sexual misconduct in front of over 2,500,000 viewers.” Voronov is referencing a March interview that the former figure skater gave to Access Hollywood about his marital split. Johnny Weir skates back into his marriage The suit also said that Weir reportedly spread “salacious lies” about his ex having herpes or “some sort of sexually transmitted disease.” Voronov believes the gossip was divulged to publicly embarrass him. The ongoing battle has been fought on Twitter and in the media between the two men. The former couple have endured a nude photo leak, two alleged altercations, pet and property disputes and an attempt at reconciliation. Tara Lipinski Johnny Weir’s fashions have become Sochi hit Voronov filed the lawsuit in New York on Thursday. The news certainly didn’t seem to faze Weir one bit. He was happy to …

    September 20, 2014 4:10 am
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Editorial

  • You aren’t just surrounded by miracles, you are one


    FILE — Aug. 20, 2014: A horse grazes on a pasture near Sehnde, northern Germany, at sunrise. (AP Photo/dpa,Julian Stratenschulte) I know people who say they have never experienced a miracle. Maybe you’re one of them.  But I would argue that you have never not experienced one.  It may seem like you’re sitting still right now, but it’s an illusion of miraculous proportions. Planet Earth is spinning around its axis at an equatorial speed of 1,040 miles per hour.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Simultaneously, we’re also speeding through space at an average velocity of 67,108 miles per hour. That’s not just faster than a speeding bullet. It’s 87 times faster than the speed of sound. So even on a day when you feel like you didn’t get much done, you did travel 1,599,793 miles through space! And to top things off, the Milky Way Galaxy is spinning like a top at the mind-boggling rate of 483,000 mph. Even …

    September 20, 2014 4:31 am
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Odd News

  • Armed with banana, man robs Philadelphia store, slips away on bike


    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – A man armed with a banana robbed a convenience store in Philadelphia and rode away on a bicycle with cash and cigarettes, a security surveillance tape showed. The suspect strolled into Tejada Grocery and got in line behind another customer at the counter, where individual bananas were available for sale, according to the tape of Tuesday’s robbery, which was released by police on Wednesday. As his turn at the cash register approached, the man stuffed a banana into the pocket of his hoodie and used it to simulate a gun. Police said the man demanded cash and cigarettes. The robber rode then away on a bicycle, surveillance video showed. Authorities, who did not say how much cash was taken, said the suspect was still being sought on Thursday. (Editing by Barbara Goldberg)

    September 20, 2014 12:46 am
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