Headline News

  • Boston police officer shot during traffic stop expected to recover


    BOSTON (Reuters) – A Boston police officer who was shot in the face by a man during a traffic stop in an incident that set off a twilight gunfight in the city is expected to recover, Police Commissioner William Evans told reporters on Saturday. The officer, six-year department veteran John Moynihan, was shot just below the eye on Friday night by a 41-year-old man identified as Angelo West. Fellow officers returned fire and West, who had a criminal record including prior gun charges, died of wounds at the scene. The shooting, which took place around 6:40 p.m. on Friday, started as a traffic stop when two marked police cruisers containing six officers pulled a car over after reports of shots fired in the Roxbury neighborhood. As the driver got out of the car, without warning he shot Moynihan, a 34-year-old former U.S. Army Ranger, in the face, Evans said, citing videos taken of the incident. …

    March 28, 2015 10:11 am
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Politics

  • GOP candidates get squishy on immigration


    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) It’s become even clearer thanks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Immigration is the banana peel of 2016 Republican presidential politics. Just ask Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. He stepped up as a Senate leader on immigration only to slip and fall in a tea party ruckus over the issue. In a moment of candor, Rubio remembered the months of trying to get back up as “a real trial for me.” Others, too, have shifted on the matter. Now it’s oops for Walker. In 2013, Walker said offering immigrants in the country a way to become citizens “makes sense.” Early this month, however, he said he no longer supports “amnesty.” Complicating that switch, Walker recently discussed immigration with New Hampshire party leaders. One of them, state chair Jennifer Horn, says that he favored legal status — a position many conservatives equate with “amnesty.” Worse for Walker, The Wall Street Journal reported …

    March 28, 2015 10:52 am
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Stocks

  • The activist nun reforming profit-prisons


    Some of America’s most controversial companies — for profit prisons — have unlikely owners: nuns. Mercy Investment Services Inc. is the investment fund for the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, an international religious order. The fund is managed by Sister Valerie Heinonen, a soft-spoken nun who’s been buying shares in for-profit prison companies since early 2000. She’s not doing it in the hopes of making big bucks. Rather, she tries to use her leverage as an owner to reform the industry. “What we want is the establishment of a human rights policy at these companies,” Heinonen told CNNMoney. Even more importantly, she wants the policy to be thoughtfully implemented, monitored and transparently disclosed to shareholders. Related: 19 stocks to buy now The issue: Hundreds of prisons and immigrant detention centers in the U.S. are being run or co-run by for-profit companies. For decades, investors have put billions of dollars into the two …

    March 28, 2015 9:10 am
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Sports

  • Warriors try to wrap up No. 1 West seed in Milwaukee


    (SportsNetwork.com) – The Golden State Warriors can set a franchise record for wins in a season and clinch the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference when they visit the Bradley Center Saturday night to take on the Milwaukee Bucks. The Warriors have won eight in a row and are inching closer to clinching the best record in the Western Conference. Their next victory, or a Memphis Grizzlies’ loss will give Golden State the No. 1 seed in the conference. The Warriors trounced the Grizzlies, 107-84, on Friday in Memphis. Stephen Curry posted 38 points with 10 assists to lead Golden State and pad his MVP cause. Klay Thompson checked in with 28 points and Draymond Green added 10 points for the Warriors. “Solid effort and it continues the stretch we have been on the last couple of weeks,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “I think we have gotten better just understanding our purpose out …

    March 28, 2015 10:11 am
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World News

  • Jihadists ‘capture Syria’s Idlib’


    Rebel fighters celebrate driving government troops out of the city after days of intense fighting Islamist rebels have captured the north-western Syrian city of Idlib from government forces, monitors say. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the Ahrar al-Sham, Jund al-Aqsa and Nusra Front groups had taken the city on Saturday. Idlib is only the second provincial centre to fall into rebel hands, after Raqqa was seized by Islamic State (IS). Syria’s civil war, which began four years ago, has killed more than 200,000 Syrians and displaced 11 million. The UK-based observatory said the militant groups seized the city after four days of intense fighting. Syria has not confirmed the loss. But the capture of the city, with a population of 100,000, would be a serious blow to the government of President Bashar al-Assad, correspondents say. After multiple attempts this is the first time that Islamist fighters have taken the city Idlib is …

    March 28, 2015 10:11 am
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Technology

  • Edinburgh’s literary history mapped at the click of a button


    From Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark’s maverick schoolteacher, to Edward Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson’s alter ego villain, Edinburgh has long provided a backdrop for some of literature’s most enigmatic characters. Now a digital initiative is offering you the chance to explore the city’s streets through the eyes of the authors they inspired. Launching on Monday, Lit Long: Edinburgh has an online interactive map that pinpoints the locations referred to in narrative extracts. “We wanted to find a way to look at the sedimented literary history of Edinburgh in a new way,” says Professor James Loxley of Edinburgh University, who led the work. By applying filters to the map, it is possible to narrow the extracts – depicted, appropriately enough, with a quill – to works based on keywords, titles or authors. “Grassmarket, for example, is linked to a host of extracts including a grim description of the gallows from Sir Walter Scott’s The Heart of …

    March 28, 2015 10:31 am
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Science

  • Intergenerational transmission of abuse and neglect more complicated than previously believed


    A study led by Cathy Spatz Widom, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at John Jay College, found that offspring of parents with histories of child abuse and neglect are themselves at risk for childhood neglect and sexual abuse but not physical abuse. Titled “Intergenerational Transmission of Child Abuse and Neglect: Real or Detection Bias?” the study’s findings were reported in the March 27 issue of the journal Science. As part of a prospective longitudinal study, Widom followed a large group of children with documented cases of childhood abuse and neglect and a demographically matched group of children without documented histories of abuse or neglect into adulthood. Widom and her team interviewed both groups of individuals who are now adults in their 40s and early 50s and a sample of their offspring. Researchers found that the parents with documented cases of childhood abuse or neglect reported more neglect toward their children than parents without such histories, but …

    March 28, 2015 10:51 am
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Health

  • Progress Reported in Battling Advanced Ovarian Cancer


    SATURDAY, March 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — An experimental vaccine and a drug already on the market each may help slow down advanced ovarian cancer, two new studies suggest. In one, of just 31 patients, researchers found that adding the vaccine to standard treatment staved off a recurrence in women who had advanced-stage ovarian cancer. The other study, involving women with recurrent ovarian cancer, found that administering the drug Avastin after surgery and chemotherapy stalled the cancer’s progression, versus surgery and chemo alone. The findings are to be presented Saturday at the annual meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO), in Chicago. Studies reported at meetings are usually considered preliminary until they’re published in a medical journal. Still, experts expressed cautious optimism, saying the findings represent progress against the deadliest form of gynecologic cancer. There is no screening test for ovarian cancer, and in its early stages it often causes no symptoms or only …

    March 28, 2015 10:52 am
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Entertainment

  • Victoria Beckham Can’t Hide Her Massive Cold Sore


    Posted on Fri Mar 27th, 2015 11:30am PDT       By X17 Staff Doesn’t she know the hand over the mouth trick?! Victoria Beckham arrived back in Los Angeles yesterday, and the fashion designer couldn’t hide her oozing angry cold sores. Girlfriend needs to put some ointment on those! That aside, our style icon was looking flawless as she made her way through the terminal. VB recently revealed her tips for always being on trend, and we couldn’t agree with her more! “Be true to yourself and don’t try to be something you’re not. When you do dress in a sexy way make sure that you are doing it for yourself and not for anybody else – leave a little to the imagination. Don’t wear something overly revealing because you don’t need to expose too much at the same time. I often find a covered up look can be sexiest,” she dished to InStyle UK. She also revealed …

    March 28, 2015 9:11 am
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Editorial

  • Germanwings disaster: Time to stop protecting medical privacy of pilots, others who hold our lives in their hands


    FILE — Sept. 13, 2009: Andreas Lubitz competes at the Airportrun in Hamburg, northern Germany. Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said Friday, March 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Mueller) We don’t yet know the exact medical condition that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was hiding from his employers. But we do know that he had a medical condition, and that he tore up some of his doctor’s notes, including one that excused him from working on Tuesday, and that he went to work in the morning instead of staying home. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT And we know that later that morning, 30 minutes after takeoff, he locked the pilot out of the cockpit and crashed an Airbus A320 into a mountain in the French Alps, killing himself and all 149 …

    March 28, 2015 10:52 am
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Odd News

  • Daughter bests father in feud at Japan shareholder’s meeting


    TOKYO (Reuters) – A rare family feud erupted in a Japanese shareholders meeting on Friday, when the chief executive of Otsuka Kagu Ltd defeated her father’s attempt to oust her, vowing to push ahead with her plan to take the furniture retailer more mass-market. “I am sorry that things have come to this,” Kumiko Otsuka, 47, coolly told shareholders in the meeting, in which she instructed her father, company founder and chairman Katsuhisa Otsuka, and her mother to identify themselves by name and shareholder number. The daughter overcame the chairman’s challenge by an undisclosed majority vote. “I had five children,” the father said from the audience as he pleaded with shareholders to back his return as CEO. “Kumiko was the first and she was a difficult birth.” Kumiko’s mother also gave a rambling speech criticizing the CEO, until another shareholder yelled at her to stop. The Otsuka family showdown – virtually unheard of in Japan’s …

    March 27, 2015 10:40 am
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