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  • Plainclothes NYPD officer recovering after being shot in the head; 35-year-old man in custody

    NEW YORK –  A New York City police officer shot in the head and critically injured while attempting to stop a man suspected of carrying a gun is recovering following surgery. Detectives are still investigating after arresting 35-year-old Demetrius Blackwell in the shooting of Officer Brian Moore. Commissioner William Bratton says at a Saturday night press conference that 25-year-old Moore is in stable condition. Bratton says Moore and his partner suspected Blackwell of carrying a gun after he was adjusting his waistband. Bratton says that when they approached Blackwell in an unmarked police car Saturday, he suddenly turned and fired at least twice. No gun has been recovered and Blackwell has not been charged. Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) says the shooting is a reminder of the danger officers face. ___ Associated Press writers Jake Pearson and Tom Hays contributed to this report.

    May 3, 2015 7:56 am


  • Bill to end data collection on Americans advances

    (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach) A bill to end spy agencies’ bulk collection of Americans’ telephone data advanced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, setting up a potential showdown over the program, which expires on June 1. The House Judiciary Committee voted 25-2 to approve the “USA Freedom Act,” seeking to tighten control of a program publicly exposed two years ago by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. The bill would bar the bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act and other intelligence authorities, and it would increase transparency and accountability in surveillance programs. A similar bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. The bills are supported by privacy groups but will run into opposition in Congress and at the White House. Democratic President Barack Obama and many lawmakers want to retain the mass data-collection program as a national security tool, although they are open to changes. …

    May 3, 2015 5:15 am


  • Facebook users donate $10 million to Nepal quake survivors

    The earthquake killed at least 6,000 people. Facebook users have raised $10 million to help Nepal in the aftermath of last week’s deadly earthquake, the social network’s founder Mark Zuckerberg announced Friday. “In two days, more than half a million people donated and raised more than $10 million,” Zuckerberg said in a post on his personal Facebook page. Facebook (FB, Tech30) launched a “donate button” on top of the site, reaching out to its 1.4 billion monthly users for help. Zuckerberg said the company would boost the donation with additional $2 million, bringing the total to $12 million — topping the $10 million aid package pledged by the U.S. government. Related: Help victims of the Nepal earthquake The money will go to the non-profit organization International Medical Corps. “We will immediately deploy these funds to provide lifesaving medical care, medicines and supplies to the hardest hit communities,” the charity said in a statement. The magnitude …

    May 3, 2015 1:34 am


  • Marlins take aim at sweep of Phillies

    (SportsNetwork.com) – The Miami Marlins look to move above .500 and record a sweep of the struggling Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday afternoon when the National League East rivals conclude a three-game series. The Marlins have won four straight and nine of their past 10 games to improve to 12-12 on the year. It marks the first time this season that Miami has reached the even mark. A 13-hit attack on Saturday helped the Marlins to a 7-0 victory. Martin Prado broke the game open with a three-run homer in the second inning and he later added an RBI double, while Dee Gordon went 3-for-3 to improve his major league-leading batting average to .440. He reached base five times and scored three runs. Backed with plenty of offense, Dan Haren coasted through six scoreless innings and scattered four hits with four strikeouts and no walks. “We were able to get a bunch of runs,” said Haren. …

    May 3, 2015 7:56 am

World News

  • Nepal airport bans larger planes

    Tribhuvan Airport has been the hub for international aid efforts for Nepal Nepal’s only international airport has banned larger aircraft carrying aid from landing because of concerns over its runway. Planes heavier than 196 tonnes had been allowed to land after last week’s earthquake but restrictions have been imposed because of potholes on the runway, officials say. A government spokesman said the move would not affect aid efforts. More than 7,000 people died in the magnitude 7.8 earthquake. The chief of Nepal’s civil aviation authority, Mahendra Singh Rawal, told the BBC that there were no restrictions on medium-sized and smaller aircraft, and that the ban would be lifted after maintenance work to the runway. Also on Sunday, the United Nations said that the problem of customs controls holding up aid deliveries from the airport was “diminishing”. “The government has taken note of some of the concerns that we’ve expressed to them and they’ve addressed those,” …

    May 3, 2015 8:36 am


  • Meet Da Poke Shack, one of the US’ finest restaurants — according to Yelp

    Da Poke Shack, a hole-in-the-wall lunch spot, became the highest-rated restaurant in the US by Yelp reviewers in 2014. Dara Kerr/CNET KONA, Hawaii — Albert Vasconcelles was fishing one day in February 2014 when an employee called with strange news. Da Poke Shack — Vasconcelles takeout eatery here — had just been named the No. 1 restaurant in the US by Yelp. The employee thought it was a crank call. “I was like, ‘ah whatevers,’” said Vasconcelles, in a Hawaiian accent. Then, he said, he went back to fishing. But Vasconcelles got another phone call — this time from Yelp. The online reviews site confirmed that Da Poke Shack was indeed the highest-rated restaurant on its list of the “Top 100 Places to Eat in the US.” Da Poke Shack isn’t some haute cuisine restaurant with white tablecloths, fine wines and a reservation wait list. Like the name implies, it’s a hole-in-the-wall lunch spot. It …

    May 3, 2015 8:36 am


  • International team discovers elusive new bird in China

    Related images(click to enlarge) A Michigan State University professor was part of an international team of scientists that has discovered a new bird in China. The new bird, the Sichuan bush warbler, resides in five mountainous provinces in central China. The discovery, shared in the current issue of Avian Research, notes that the bird shunned the limelight by hiding in grassy, scrubby vegetation over the years. However, its distinctive song eventually gave it away, said Pamela Rasmussen, MSU integrative biologist, assistant curator at the MSU Museum and co-author on the paper. “The Sichuan bush warbler is exceedingly secretive and difficult to spot as its preferred habitat is dense brush and tea plantations,” said Rasmussen, who has helped document and scientifically describe 10 new species of birds. “However, it distinguishes itself thanks to its distinctive song that consists of a low-pitched drawn-out buzz, followed by a shorter click, repeated in series.” While the bird may be …

    May 3, 2015 4:56 am


  • Less sports training tied to groin injury

    (Reuters Health) – Groin injuries are common in sports requiring quick direction changes, acceleration and deceleration – and they’re even more common when athletes have less sport-specific training or weaker inner thigh muscles, researchers say. Groin injuries are common in soccer, ice hockey, rugby, Australian rules football, Gaelic football and cricket, lead author Dr. Jackie L. Whittaker of the Sport Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of Calgary in Canada told Reuters Health by email. Whittaker would advise athletes to “strengthen their hip adductor muscles and ease into their sport specific training in the off season so that they are ready to go once the actual training season begins,” she said. Adductors are the inner thigh muscles. Coaches and trainers can also add an injury prevention neuromuscular warm-up program before practices and games, such as the FIFA11+ (bit.ly/1nyDyqA). These can reduce lower extremity injury risk and improve aspects of performance, including balance, she said. “The …

    May 3, 2015 5:16 am


  • Hilary Duff’s Tinder presence is all a huge sham, according to new reports

    More: 11 Creeps we hope Hilary Duff doesn’t run into on Tinder The former Lizzie McGuire star recently announced that she had joined Tinder and was already chatting to around nine guys. But while we initially thought this was a cute idea and a great way for Duff to meet interesting people in the wake of her divorce, it looks as though this was all just a ploy to hook a new reality show. According to TMZ, Duff might be swiping right so that she can get footage for a new reality TV show, because she’s reportedly planning on shooting footage of all the dates that she’s set up through Tinder. And she already has some footage, because sources told TMZ that the actress’s recent bowling alley date was filmed. More: Hilary Duff’s estranged husband fights back in heated custody battle Duff revealed a little more about the date with the guy, whose name is …

    May 2, 2015 8:10 pm


  • Tomorrow’s Cures Today: Let’s liberate medicine in America. Here’s our vision of health for the 21st Century

     (AP) Expediting the development and delivery of medical treatments—treatments that bring a new standard of care, or even actual cures for serious illnesses—should be a bipartisan goal, a mission of mercy that should be undertaken by both political parties. We are both involved with a new, non-profit organization, the Tomorrow’s Cures Today Foundation, which supports consumer choice and competition as one way to achieve this goal. We might note that time is especially critical for Lieutenant Commander (Ret.) Matt Bellina, who recently sent us an email that began: “My name is Matt. I‘m 31 years old, I’m a U.S. Navy veteran, I have a beautiful wife and two small boys, and I’m dying. I have ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and without hope for a cure, my doctors say I only have a couple of years left to live.” The world is a very different place today compared to 1962, when new federal legislation required …

    May 2, 2015 1:10 pm

Odd News

  • Man sues Florida hospital after his leg found in the garbage

    MIAMI (Reuters) – A south Florida man is suing a hospital for emotional distress, saying his leg was amputated and thrown in the garbage with his name tag still on it. John Timiriasieff, 56, had his right leg amputated below the knee in October at Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables. “Rather than properly disposing of the plaintiff’s limb as expected and as required by Florida law, Doctors Hospital threw the Plaintiff’s amputated limb into the garbage, with tags indicating it belonged to the Plaintiff,” according to the lawsuit filed on Wednesday in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court. A month later, Timiriasieff said his family was contacted by homicide detectives investigating if he had been the victim of foul play. When the family went back to the hospital to find out what happened, they were told it would “provide no explanation for what had occurred,” the lawsuit said. Doctors Hospital Inc, part of the Baptist Health South …

    May 1, 2015 4:44 pm