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  • Federal Lands: How much could they be sold for -- and would it pay the national debt?

    04/16/2014 6:40:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies
    If the budget would be balanced by selling off the huge swaths of Federal land -- why not do it?
  • Survivors tell of panic on board as ferry tilts, then capsizes

    04/16/2014 3:42:16 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | April 16, 2014 -- Updated 1142 GMT | Frances Cha and Madison Park,
    Shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday, passenger Kim Sung-Mook was eating breakfast in the ship's main hall when he felt a tilt, he told CNN affiliate YTN. At first, "we thought it was because of the tide," he said. The waves had been smooth until the ship suddenly leaned, witnesses said. The ship tilted further, and an announcement blared through loudspeakers warning passengers that moving would be dangerous. Then, he heard a loud bang from inside the ship. Kim said he thought a crane on board had toppled over. When seawater started gushing into the ferry, passengers began to scramble.
  • Mystery object in Saturn's ring may be a new baby moon: Peggy

    04/16/2014 1:38:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    L A Times ^ | April 15, 2014, 6:30 a.m. | By Karen Kaplan
    The moons that orbit Saturn may be increasing by one -- an icy, pint-sized object that astronomers have named “Peggy.” NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has spotted evidence that a mysterious object measuring perhaps half a mile across is disturbing the outer edge of Saturn’s large, bright A ring. The object’s gravity seems to have roughed up the ring’s usually smooth profile. As a result, a stretch of the A ring that measures 750 miles long and 6 miles wide is now about 20% brighter than it would typically appear. The fuzzy blob on the A ring’s edge was imaged by Cassini’s...
  • National Men’s Group Threatens Discrimination Suit Over Female-Only Self-Defense Class

    04/16/2014 7:25:11 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies ^ | April 15, 2014 11:30 PM
    A Glendale self-defense class geared toward women and girls has been postponed for a second time this month after a national men’s group threatened a discrimination lawsuit because men aren’t allowed to participate in the course. Harry Crouch, the president of the National Coalition for Men, drafted a letter to the city, demanding it open the class to men. “There’s no problem with having self-defense classes geared toward women as long as they have the same self-defense classes geared toward men. It’s about the discrimination. It’s not about who beats up who most often or who needs protection the most,”...
  • Article Alleges Dodgers Star Yasiel Puig Dealt With Smugglers, Drug Cartel In Escape From Cuba

    04/15/2014 6:28:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies ^ | April 15, 2014 5:08 PM
    LOS ANGELES ( — The security of Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig may be in question after an article emerged with a number of surprising claims regarding his escape from Cuba to the United States. The article is authored Jesse Katz, who says he has spent months researching the past of the young phenom-ballplayer, which has included a number of trips to Cuba. While the story of Puig’s escape from Cuba was already known to have involved his interception and capture by the United States Coast Guard, his return to Cuba, and his subsequent imprisonment, Katz’ article, which is...
  • Man, 29, Arrested For Allegedly Attacking Restaurant Patrons With Knife In Lake Elsinore [Pic]

    04/15/2014 4:40:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies ^ | April 15, 2014 12:54 PM
    LAKE ELSINORE ( — A 29-year-old Riverside County man was facing assault charges Tuesday after he allegedly attacked several people with a knife at a Lake Elsinore restaurant. Johnathan Schmidt, of Lake Elsinore, was arrested Sunday for assault with a deadly weapon and battery, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said. Around 11:10 p.m. that night, police were dispatched to a restaurant in the 31000 block of Riverside Drive for an assault call. Once they arrived on scene, they found a male victim suffering from non-life threatening stab wounds, officials said. “The altercation occurred when the victim attempted to stop a...
  • Device Turns Flat Surface into Spherical Antenna

    04/15/2014 2:55:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    yahoo ^ | April 14, 2014 12:12
    The new lens, described in AIP Publishing's journal Applied Physics Letters, was fabricated by Tie Jun Cui and colleagues at Southeast University in Nanjing, China and is an example of a metasurface or metamaterial -- an artificial material engineered in the lab that has properties not found in nature. In this case, by coating the surface with the tiny U-shaped elements, it acquires properties that mimic something known as a Luneburg lens. First discovered in the 1940s Luneburg lenses are traditionally spherical optics that interact with light in an unusual way. Most lenses are made of a single material like...
  • Sars Research Lab Loses 2,000 Tubes of Killer Virus [But there is no risk they assure]

    04/15/2014 1:02:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies ^ | April 15, 2014 13:55 GMT | Umberto Bacchi
    A routine inventory check at Paris' Pasteur Institute revealed that 2,349 tubes containing fragments of the virus responsible for the deaths of 774 people in 2002 were missing, the centre named after French chemist Louis Pasteur said. The institute was quick to reassure the public and said that the contents of the missing vials had no infectious potential. They contained only part of the virus and had no ability to spread. "Independent experts referred by health authorities have qualified such potential as 'non-existing' according to the available evidence and literature on the survival of the Sars virus," the institute said.
  • El Nino Could Be a Monster This Year

    04/15/2014 11:49:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 39 replies ^ | April 14, 2014 | Adam Mann,
    Official NOAA Climate Prediction Center estimates peg the odds of El Niño’s return at 50 percent, but many climate scientists think that is a lowball estimate. And there are several indications that if it materializes, this year’s El Niño could be massive, a lot like the 1997-98 event that was the strongest on record.
  • Sheriff: 3 Lancaster [California] Teens Arrested For Throwing Eggs At Homeless Woman As She Prayed

    04/15/2014 11:35:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies ^ | April 15, 2014 9:19 AM
    LANCASTER ( — Authorities have arrested three Antelope Valley teens for throwing raw eggs at an elderly homeless woman as she prayed, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday. A patrolling sergeant witnessed a male teen throw the eggs at the victim while she was sitting on a sidewalk around 1 p.m. Monday near Sierra Highway and Jackson Avenue in Lancaster. “The victim was struck directly on her torso and she complained of pain,” but did not need medical treatment, Dep. Miguel Ruiz said. The suspect and two other male teens in a nearby vehicle were arrested and booked...
  • US Airways Apologizes For Tweeting Pornographic Image To Disgruntled Customer

    04/14/2014 5:05:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 58 replies ^ | April 14, 2014 1:48 PM
    LOS ANGELES ( — US Airways apologized Monday after a pornographic image was posted on the company’s Twitter feed. The company often responds directly to disgruntled passengers, but was seemingly unaware that one of its replies included a lewd photograph. “@thatkatzkat We don’t like to hear this, Alex. Please provide feedback to our Customer Relations team here,” read the tweet, which also included a link to a photo of a woman with a model airplane protruding out of a body cavity. The airline later removed the tweet and apologized for the incident.
  • Griffith Observatory To Stay Open Late For ‘Blood Moon’ Eclipse

    04/14/2014 2:52:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies ^ | April 14, 2014 8:33 AM | Jon Baird
    Angelenos who want to see the moon turn to “blood” Monday night may want to head for the hills. KNX 1070′s Jon Baird reports the Griffith Observatory has announced it will keep its doors open late for a total lunar eclipse, which occurs when the Moon passes into the shadow cast by the Earth. The sight of the round disk of the full moon slowly moving into our planet’s shadow will be visible to the unaided eye throughout the Southland around 11 p.m., though telescopes or binoculars may enhance the view, according to observatory officials. As the moon grows dimmer,...
  • Blast kills 71 people at bus station in Nigeria

    04/14/2014 11:27:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | Mon April 14, 2014
    ... Nigeria's Islamist insurgency has claimed more than 3,000 lives since it began in 2009, according to Human Rights Watch. Boko Haram, which means "Western education is sacrilege" in West Africa's Hausa-Fulani language, is fighting for the imposition of stricter Sharia law across the country, and has launched a self-styled "war on Christians" in Nigeria. ... U.N. refugee agencies estimate that more than 8,000 Nigerians have fled into neighboring Cameroon to escape escalating violence sparked by the militants, while another 5,000 have become internally displaced. Until now, Boko Haram's focus has mainly been concentrated on areas of Nigeria's northeast, where...
  • Rangeley fire chief tells Senate subcommittee people ‘vaporized’ in Quebec rail disaster

    04/13/2014 8:40:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies ^ | April 09, 2014, at 6:25 p.m. | Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff
    The explosion destroyed six city blocks. Several of the 30 burning buildings were incinerated. Many ruptured tanker cars were bunched together like folds in an accordion. Still others, intact, could detonate at any second, and Pellerin could tell that much of the 1.5 million gallons of spilled oil had ignited and poured through the small Quebec town like lava. Canadian firefighters told Pellerin that “they actually saw people step out of their homes and be vaporized by the [burning] oil,” Pellerin told the U.S. Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee in Washington on Wednesday
  • New US Navy Destroyer Zumwalt Christened in Maine

    04/13/2014 8:31:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 57 replies
    abc | April 12, 2014 | ALANNA DURKIN
    The U.S. Navy on Saturday christened the first ship of its newest class of destroyers, a more than $3 billion, 610-foot-long warship sporting advanced technology and a stealthy shape designed to minimize its visibility on enemy radar and reduce the size of its crew. ... Among the 15,000-ton warship's cutting-edge features are a composite deckhouse with hidden radar and sensors and an angular shape that officials say will allow it to be confused for a small fishing boat on radars. It also sports wave-piercing hull designed to reduce the ship's wake. It's the first U.S. ship to use electric propulsion...
  • 49ers’ Aldon Smith Arrested At LAX For Belligerence, Alleged Bomb Threat

    04/13/2014 8:12:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    AP) ^ | April 13, 2014 6:19 PM
    The 24-year-old player was randomly selected for a secondary screening at Terminal 1 and became uncooperative with the process, airport police Sgt. Karla Ortiz said. She said he told a TSA agent that he had a bomb before walking to the gate. When airport police officers caught up with him, Ortiz said Smith became uncooperative and was taken into custody.
  • Harsh winter revs up spring allergies in New Jersey

    04/13/2014 2:35:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies ^ | Sunday, April 13, 2014, 4:05 PM | CHRISTOPHER MAAG
    In a traditional spring, various species of pollinating trees and flowers bloom sequentially over a period of about 2½ months, said Estelle Levetin, who has studied airborne pollen since 1980. If spring is delayed, more plants pollinate all at once, creating a shorter but more intense season that can exacerbate symptoms for people who are allergic. “This year we had an unusually cold winter that lasted longer than normal, and that set back pollen release significantly,” said Levetin, a biology professor at the University of Tulsa. “Each individual plant is not pollinating much more than normal. We’re just having a...
  • 2 Suspects Arrested In OC Serial Murder Case

    04/13/2014 8:03:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies ^ | April 12, 2014 10:58 PM
    ORANGE COUNTY ( — Two suspects have been arrested in connection to the deaths of four women in Orange County. Frank Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, both of Anaheim, are being held for the suspected murders of all four women, according to Anaheim and Santa Ana police departments. Anaheim police Lt. Bob Dunn said Cano was arrested shortly after 6 p.m. Friday in the 5100 block of E. La Palma Avenue. Gordon was arrested shortly after 7 p.m. in the 3100 block of E. La Palma Avenue. Dunn said the investigation began on March 14 after Anaheim police...
  • Putin eyes up cosmonaut uniform as his deputy premier sets out plans to colonise space and declares-

    04/12/2014 8:05:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | 11 April 2014
    He wrote of 'colonisation of the moon and near-moon space'. In the next 50 years, manned flights are unlikely beyond 'the space between Venus and Mars'. But 'it is quite possible to speak about exploration of Mars, flights to asteroids and flights to Mars'. The essential first step as a base for research and experiments was the moon, said Rogozin, who is in overall charge of Russia's space and defence industries, and was recently targeted for EU and US sanctions over the Ukrainian crisis. 'The moon is not an intermediate point in the race,' he wrote in official daily Rossiiskaya...
  • Odds that global warming is due to natural factors: slim to none [GIGO}

    04/12/2014 7:01:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies ^ | Saturday, April 12, 2014
    To assess the natural variability before much human interference, the new study uses “multi-proxy climate reconstructions” developed by scientists in recent years to estimate historical temperatures, as well as fluctuation-analysis techniques from nonlinear geophysics. The climate reconstructions take into account a variety of gauges found in nature, such as tree rings, ice cores, and lake sediments. And the fluctuation-analysis techniques make it possible to understand the temperature variations over wide ranges of time scales. For the industrial era, Lovejoy’s analysis uses carbon-dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels as a proxy for all man-made climate influences – a simplification justified...
  • NASA, SpaceX launch could be scrapped because of [ISS computer] backup's failure

    04/12/2014 6:49:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies ^ | April 12, 2014, 3:06 p.m | Paresh Dave
    Officials at NASA and SpaceX were working through the weekend to see whether they could still safely rocket a cargo capsule to the International Space Station on Monday, despite the failure of one of the backup computers in the system that helps dock the pod in space. While workers continued to prepare for a Monday afternoon launch, NASA said a final determination would likely come Sunday afternoon. The deployment of 5,000 pounds of supplies to the space station by SpaceX’s unmanned Falcon 9 rocket has already been delayed a month because of other technical issues. NASA said Saturday that engineers...
  • Stocks Drop Due to Jitters on Earnings

    04/12/2014 6:44:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies ^ | Apr 12th, 2014 | David
    Investors pushed the stock market down for a second consecutive session on Friday. Investors are beginning to become anxious that a growth in earnings is beginning to falter. Bank stocks were dragged lower by JPMorgan Chase’s weaker results. Big drops in tech stocks that were once soaring pushed the tech heavy Nasdaq down for a third consecutive week. Stocks dropped from the opening bell on the news that big bank JPMorgan missed earnings estimates of analysts. Investors have been worried that certain technology stocks had been overvalued, dumped them for another day, with some big gainers of recent falling steeply....
  • Syria, rebels blame each other for reported poison gas attack

    04/12/2014 6:41:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 12, 2014, 6:22 p.m. | Patrick J. McDonnell
    Each side in the Syrian conflict blamed the other Saturday for an alleged poison gas attack that reportedly injured scores of civilians in the central province of Hama. There was no independent confirmation of a chemical strike, which reportedly hit the village of Kfar Zeita, an agricultural center northwest of the provincial capital, Hama. Fierce clashes between rebel and loyalist forces have been reported in the area. Various pro-opposition accounts said a government air raid Friday in Kfar Zeita included bombardment with an unspecified chemical agent, causing choking and suffocation among scores of residents. But state-run television said Al Qaeda-affiliated...
  • Family Shares Happy Memories Of Engaged Couple Killed In Orland Crash

    04/12/2014 1:40:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | April 12, 2014 9:49 AM
    Michael Myvett and Mattison Haywood were headed together toward a college in the California redwoods where he once was a student and now was taking teens with dreams of doing the same. Also on the horizon: A wedding. But they would never make it to either. The Los Angeles couple spent their last moments together in a fiery crash after a FedEx tractor-trailer rammed a charter bus on a Northern California freeway, killing Myvett, 25-year-old Haywood and eight others ... Myvett, a therapist for autistic children, was a “bubbly and positive man” beloved by all. He had given Haywood an...
  • Couple In Car Clipped By FedEx Truck In Orland: ‘It Was Like A 3D Movie’

    04/12/2014 6:13:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies ^ | April 11, 2014 10:15 PM | Tom Wait
    ORLAND ( — A couple in a car that got caught up in the deadly tour bus crash in Orland Thursday said it was like being in a terrifying 3D movie. Bonnie Duran and her husband, Joe, were in a Nissan Altima that was clipped by a FedEx big rig just before it slammed into a tour bus, killing nine people. The bus and truck drivers were also killed. “I looked over and saw the FedEx truck coming straight for me. He was in flames already,” Duran said. “I just started going this way, and he clipped the back end...
  • A Salad Bar for the Space Station

    04/11/2014 9:17:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies ^ | April 11, 2014 | Jason Major on
    Although fruit and vegetables do occasionally find their way aboard the ISS via resupply missions (to the delight of the crew) researchers are moving one step closer to actually having a vegetable garden in orbit. On Monday, April 14, NASA’s Veg-01 experiment will launch to the ISS aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule to test the in-flight viability of an expandable plant growth chamber named “Veggie.” In development for several years, Veggie is now getting its chance to be space-tested with the launch of the SpaceX-3 resupply mission. Veggie uses clear collapsible “pillows” as miniature greenhouses, inside which plants can be...
  • Space station computer outage may force spacewalk

    04/11/2014 8:42:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies ^ | Friday, April 11, 2014
    NASA said Friday night that a backup computer on the outside of the orbiting lab is not responding to commands. The main computer, called an MDM or multiplexer-demultiplexer, is working fine, and the six-man crew is in no danger, officials said. But these computers control some robotic functions that would be needed for the upcoming supply run by SpaceX, one of two U.S. companies contracted by NASA to keep the space station well stocked. A backup computer would need to be operating for redundancy of those robotic systems.
  • Friday Features: 'Draft Day' review

    04/11/2014 3:48:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies ^ | April 11, 2014 at 4:58 PM | HAYDEN PITTMAN
    "Draft Day" focuses on the Cleveland Browns and places Kevin Costner in the lead role as Sonny Weaver, Jr., the general manager of the organization. As the 2014 NFL Draft approaches, Weaver must decide what to do with the team’s draft picks to get the most value and whether or not to make a trade that would cause them to move up or down in the draft. The audience follows the team up until the draft, experiences the draft itself, and is led all the way to the first game of the season. The film walks the audience through trades,...
  • ...How helmets, grenades and guns discarded during World War II have been swallowed up by tree...

    04/11/2014 7:50:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies ^ | 11 April 2014 | Snejana Farberov
    Long after the dust from the last battle has settled, the dead have been laid to rest and the confetti from the victory parade has been swept into the gutter, the nature continues to bear the scars of human conflicts. A remarkable series of photos taken in a Russian forest have been making the rounds on social media sites, showing what happens over time to instruments of carnage discarded in the woods.
  • How CERN’s Discovery of Exotic Particles May Affect Astrophysics

    04/10/2014 10:25:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | April 10, 2014 | Brian Koberlein on
    Very simply, the traditional model of a neutron star is that it is made of neutrons. Neutrons consist of three quarks (two down and one up), but it is generally thought that particle interactions within a neutron star are interactions between neutrons. With the existence of tetraquarks, it is possible for neutrons within the core to interact strongly enough to create tetraquarks. This could even lead to the production of pentaquarks and hexaquarks, or even that quarks could interact individually without being bound into color neutral particles. This would produce a hypothetical object known as a quark star.
  • Deputies Responding to Stabbing Mistakenly Killed WeHo Man: LASD

    04/10/2014 10:14:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    KTLA ^ | Melissa Pamer
    John Winkler, 30, rushed out of an apartment behind another victim who was bleeding profusely from the neck and covered in blood, when deputies fired on both men, according to a sheriff’s news release. The deputy-involved shooting occurred after a report of a “assault with a deadly weapon, man with a knife” at an apartment complex in the 900 block of Palm Avenue, a call that came in about 9:30 p.m. Monday, the news release stated. When deputies got to the apartment, Winkler came running out, “lunging at the back” of another man also fleeing, the release said. “Both ran...
  • European Satellite Dodged Space Debris Hours After Reaching Orbit

    04/10/2014 12:38:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies ^ | April 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell on
    Yesterday, the European Space Agency disclosed a serious problem early in the Sentinel-1A mission, which lifted off April 3 on a mission to observe the Earth. The spacecraft — which reportedly cost 280 million Euros ($384 million) to launch — came close to a collision in orbit. ... “As the first day shift nears its end, a serious alert is received: there is a danger of a collision with a NASA satellite called ACRIMSAT, which has run out of fuel and can no longer be maneuvered. Not much information at the beginning, we are waiting for more information, but a...
  • Lawyer of stabbings suspect Alex Hribal: 'All the students liked him'

    04/10/2014 9:36:22 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 50 replies
    cnn ^ | Thu April 10, 2014 | Dana Ford
    It would seem no one saw it coming -- not his parents, not students at his school. Described by his lawyer as "a typical young kid" who has "never been in trouble," 16-year-old Alex Hribal shocked the people in his life and the nation Wednesday when he allegedly went on a rampage at his high school in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, stabbing or slashing 20 students and a security officer. No one knows yet what might have motivated the attack. But pieces of Hribal's story are starting to come together, so far painting a portrait of a teenage boy no one ever...
  • How would you like your ants' eggs sir? Business booms for farmers of Indonesia’s most bizarre food

    04/10/2014 6:30:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies ^ | 04:36 EST, 8 April 2014 | Jill Reilly
    The ant eggs are an alternative food that is rich in protein and vitamins. They can be used in a variety of recipes - some people boil them in a soup - the 'texture of the eggs should be comparable to a soft boiled chicken egg.' Another popular way to use them is to put a few tablespoons in a salad and mix them into the leaves.
  • Lacey Holsworth, friend of MSU's Adreian Payne, has died

    04/09/2014 6:42:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    yahoo ^ | Jay Busbee
    Lacey Holsworth, the 8-year-old cancer patient who lived up to her Twitter name @adorablelacey, has died, according to her family. Holsworth became friends with Michigan State's Adreian Payne and accompanied him throughout the Spartans' run to the Big Ten championship and the NCAA tournament.
  • US Spy Sat and SpaceX Set for Double Barreled Blastoffs After Critical Cape Canaveral Radar Revitali

    04/09/2014 6:25:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies ^ | April 9, 2014 | Ken Kremer on
    A pair of liftoffs vital to US National Security and NASA/SpaceX are now slated for April 10 and April 14 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after revitalizing the radar systems. The tracking radar is an absolutely essential asset for the Eastern Range that oversees all launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The United Launch Alliance Atlas V is now slated to launch on Thursday, April 10 at 1:45 p.m. EDT.
  • Habanero Peppers To Blame For Evacuation Of Jeffco Open School

    04/09/2014 7:22:52 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies ^ | April 8, 2014 5:50 PM
    Firefighters were first alerted to the toxic substance around 12:45 p.m. Monday. Dozens of children had to be decontaminated as a precaution. Firefighters say their monitors were able to pinpoint the substance to the school’s playground. Firefighters were not able to identify the source but they were able to rule out some other possible causes. “District teams are in the process of washing the playground equipment and wiping down surfaces inside to ensure that the school is free of any residual pepper oil,” Reeves said. “The wood chips in the area where the peppers were found are being replaced.”
  • The pistol-toting 'Angel of Mercy' that saved a driver from an angry Detroit mob

    04/09/2014 7:05:51 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies ^ | Apr 08, 2014 3:51 PM PDT | Charlie LeDuff
    Deborah Hughes lives across the street. The retired nurse may have saved the life of that driver, Steve Utash. She broke up the angry mob that was beating him. Detroit Police Chief James Craig knocked on the woman's door and personally called her a "Detroit hero." She tells her story in this edition of The Americans with Charlie LeDuff. Watch the full story in the video player above. Authorities are broadening the spectrum of the investigation, considering charging the suspects with a hate crime.
  • U.S. will cut deployed nuke missile force by 50

    04/08/2014 4:54:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | ROBERT BURNS
    The resulting launch-ready total of 400 Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missiles would be the lowest deployed ICBM total since the early 1960s. The decisions come after a strong push by members of Congress from the states that host missile bases - North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana - to not eliminate any of the silos from which the missiles would be launched. Fifty silos will be kept in “warm” status - empty of missiles but capable of returning to active use. Sen. John Tester, a Montana Democrat, called the Pentagon’s announcement “a big win for our nation’s security and for Malmstrom...
  • Eric Holder Wishes Critic ‘Good Luck With Your Asparagus’ After Testy Exchange

    04/08/2014 1:38:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 110 replies
    abc ^ | Apr 8, 2014 2:23pm | Mike Levine
    After getting grilled at the House Judiciary Committee hearing, Attorney General Eric Holder wished one of his outspoken critics “good luck with your asparagus.” It was a not-so-subtle dig at Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, inspired by the congressman’s flub last year when he warned Holder not to “cast aspersions on my asparagus.” Holder has had a testy relationship with several Republican lawmakers since the Republican-led House held him in contempt of Congress two years ago for failing to turn over certain documents tied to the Fast and Furious scandal involving botched firearms sting operations, despite a congressional subpoena seeking those...
  • Texas stiletto heel stabbing trial close to going to jury

    04/08/2014 6:31:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 8, 2014 at 8:10 am
    Ana Trujillo is accused of striking 59-year-old Alf Stefan Andersson at least 25 times in the face with her shoe during an argument in June at his Houston condominium. Her attorneys say she was defending herself from an attack by Andersson. Prosecutors are set to present three rebuttal witnesses on Tuesday. Closing arguments would likely start after that.
  • Out of Place in Time: Was This Hammer Made 100 Million Years Ago?

    04/08/2014 6:13:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    Epoch Times | ^ | April 3, 2014 | Tara MacIsaac,
    Kuban said the stone may contain materials that are more than 100 million years old, but that doesn’t mean the rock formed around the hammer so long ago. Some limestone has formed around artifacts known to be from the 20th century, so rocks can sometimes form fairly quickly. Baugh’s website says, however, that the fossils in the stone surrounding the hammer “retain fine detail, indicating that they were not reworked, but [are] part of the original formation.” This would suggest the fossils and the hammer are from the same time period, that the fossils did not just get mixed up...
  • Liberal study: CNN misled on global warming coverage because it allowed debate

    04/07/2014 9:49:32 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies ^ | 3:12 PM 04/07/2014
    The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a report claiming that CNN got climate science “wrong” in 30 percent of its segments on global warming largely because they allowed actual debate to happen on man-made global warming. UCS noted that allowing debate on the subject “suggests that established climate science is still widely debated among scientists” and allows global warming skeptics to confuse the public with their dissenting comments. “The biggest step that CNN could take to increase accuracy is to stop hosting debates about established climate science and instead focus debates on whether and how to respond to climate...
  • Curiosity reaches next destination, spots unexplained Mars light

    04/07/2014 9:46:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    The Space Reporter ^ | Monday, April 07, 2014 | Andrew McDonald,
    NASA’s Curiosity rover has reached its next waypoint on its arduous trek towards the base of Mount Sharp in Gale Crater on Mars. According to a Jet Propulsion Laboratory press release, Curiosity traversed the final 98 feet of its journey to an area called “the Kimberley” on April 2. The Kimberley was selected in early 2013 as a destination for Curiosity to examine rocks that might have been deposited in conditions suitable for life. Curiosity is situated atop a small rise, providing an excellent vantage point from which the rover can see in context the four different types of rock...
  • Can You Escape the Force of Gravity? [What is gravity?]

    04/07/2014 9:17:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 70 replies
    universetoday ^ | April 7, 2014 | Fraser Cain on
    There’s no end to it. Gravity appears to be madly greedy and long armed. Members of the Virgo Super cluster are connected to each other, and they’re dozens of millions of light-years apart. Objects in the Pisces-Cetus Super cluster complex are even connected to each other by our invisible and obnoxiously possessive friend. And they are hundreds of millions of light years apart… In fact, you’re so popular that you are gravitationally pulled towards even most distant object in the observable Universe. And they, in turn, are linked to you. As a result, without the outward expansion and acceleration of...
  • Dutch priest assassinated in Syria by gunman

    04/07/2014 6:50:32 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    RT ^ | April 07, 2014 13:29
    A masked gunman has shot dead an elderly Dutch priest in the besieged Syrian city of Homs. This comes amidst reports of extremist groups increasingly targeting religious minorities in the crisis-stricken country. 72-year-old Dutch Jesuit priest, Frans van der Lugt, had won renown for staying on to continue his mission in the embattled city of Homs despite everyday shelling and growing violence.
  • A simple blood test to detect 'solid' cancers?

    04/07/2014 6:34:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    timesofindia ^ | Apr 7, 2014, 04.55 PM IST
    Researchers at Stanford University have designed a new technique that may soon make this a reality. Tumours are called 'solid' or 'liquid' based on where in the body they grow. More than 80 percent of all cancers are caused by solid tumours that grow as a mass of cells in particular organ, tissue or gland. The new technique called CAPP-Seq (cancer personalised profiling by deep sequencing) is sensitive enough to detect just one molecule of tumour DNA in a sea of 10,000 healthy DNA molecules in the blood.
  • Man Reportedly Dies From Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound At Van Nuys Firing Range

    04/06/2014 9:24:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies ^ | April 6, 2014 3:35 PM
    VAN NUYS ( — A man reportedly died Sunday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest at an indoor firing range in the San Fernando Valley. The incident occurred around 2:25 p.m. on the 16100 block of Cohasset Street, in Van Nuys, according to LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera. Police have not identified the location but a business called The Target Range is located at 16140 Cohasset. Police say the man was in his 50s. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. No further details were immediately available.
  • 'Star Wars: Episode VII' has already begun filming, says Disney's Alan Horn -- VIDEO

    04/06/2014 11:27:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 50 replies ^ | Apr 6, 2014 at 1:20PM | By Amber Ray on
    The announcements about Star Wars: Episode VII were made by Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn during a panel at Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television in Los Angeles on April 2. He also acknowledged that there had been problems with the script, but he’s confident in the version director J.J. Abrams and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan have worked on, which is based on a previous draft written by Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt. “It’s all about the screenplay,” Horn said. “It has to be screenplay, screenplay, screenplay.”
  • Thousands Riot In The Streets of Isla Vista

    04/06/2014 6:19:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 71 replies ^ | UPDATED: 03:06 AM PDT Apr 06, 2014
    The trouble started about 8 p.m. Saturday night as sheriff's deputies responded to two stabbings on Camino Del Sur. Two people were taken to the hospital. Their injuries are unknown. About 9:30 p.m., a UCSB police officer was hit in the head with a backpack full of liquor bottles. Two Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies also responded and were injured. One deputy was hit with a bottle and will undergo surgery on his hand. The violence escalated and another deputy was hit in the head with a brick. The UCSB police officer and both deputies are expected to be fine....