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2014-07-09
R.I.P. William 'Bill' Herbert Kelder - Intellpuke

2013-11-28
Gamers Donate 37,500 Pounds Of Food To Needy

2013-09-30
Statement From The Whitehouse Regarding The Government Shutdown

2013-09-29
An Open Response To 'Organizing for Action'

2013-08-26
Bayou Corne: The Biggest Ongoing Disaster In The U.S. You Have Not Heard Of

2013-04-21
Boston Mayor Hopes Feds 'Throw the Book' at Marathon Bombing Suspect

2013-04-19
Boston Police Closing In On Suspects

2013-04-15
2 Explosions At Boston Marathon. 2 Dead, Many Injured.

2013-01-03
The Press vs Citizens Rights and Privacy - Act 3

2012-12-30
CBS News - Year In Review 2012

Nature.com - 366 Days: 2012 In Review

The Guardian - 2012 In Review: An Interactive Guide To The Year That Was

TruTV - The Biggest Conspiracy Theories of 2012

Colbert Nation: 2012: A Look Back

FIP Year In Review(s?)

2012-12-25
Happy Holidays

2012-12-21
Welcome To A New Era!

2012-12-16
An Open Letter To United Health Care, Medcom, And The Medical Insurance Industry In General

2012-11-17
Whitehouse Petition To Remove "Under God" and "In God" From Currency And The Pledge.

2012-11-15
December 21, 2012

2012-11-11
If Hillary Clinton Ran For President, She Would Probably Be The Best-prepared Candidate In American History

2012-11-10
CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns After FBI Investigation Uncovers Affair With High-Profile Journalist

FIP Format Update

2012-11-07
Thank you for voting.

2012-11-06
Live Election Results

2012-09-30
FIP In Hiatus

2012-09-18
U.S.-Afghan Military Operations Suspended After Attacks

Iran Nuclear Chief Says IAEA Might Be Infiltrated By 'Terrorists And Saboteurs'

Romney Stands By Gaffe

2012-09-17
President Obama Says China Trade Practices Harm American Auto Parts Workers


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RBS could cut 14,000 staff in retreat from US and Asia
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-03 15:14:30 (20 seconds ago) 

Ross McEwan wants to focus bailed-out bank on UK and reduce presence to 13 countries from current 38, shedding up to four in five investment-banking staff

As many as 14,000 staff in the investment banking arm of Royal Bank of Scotland face the axe in the coming years as the bailed-out bank retrenches from its expansion into the US and Asia.

The scale of the cutbacks – which would represent four in five jobs in investment banking – emerged after last week’s remarks by Ross McEwan, the boss of the 81%-taxpayer bank, that substantial numbers of jobs would be lost.

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Etan Patz murder trial: man claiming he could be missing child comes forward
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-03 15:14:30 (20 seconds ago) 

Prosecutors say a man has it ‘in his head’ that he could be the six-year-old who disappeared in Manhattan in 1979

A man who thinks he could be Etan Patz called authorities amid the murder trial of a suspect charged in the boy’s 1979 disappearance and death, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Assistant district attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said the man “had in his head” he could be the six-year-old, and he had been born at the right time so police interviewed him. She identified him as a man with the last name “Dillion” but gave no other details.

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Ireland passes plain packaging bill for cigarettes
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-03 15:14:26 (24 seconds ago) 

Republic leads charge in Europe by passing bill that will mean tobacco products cannot use colourful livery, thereby reducing attraction of smoking to youngsters

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Mourners bid farewell to Boris Nemtsov, but fear their hopes have died with him
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-03 15:14:26 (24 seconds ago) 

Thousands queue to pay respects to Putin opponent on icy Moscow day, but many voice fears about what the future holds for Russia

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Ireland passes plain packaging bill for cigarettes
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-03 15:14:12 (38 seconds ago) 

Republic leads charge in Europe by passing bill that will mean tobacco products cannot use colourful livery, thereby reducing attraction of smoking to youngsters


Ireland has become the first country in Europe to ban branded cigarette packets.

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Ferguson mired in sweeping racial discrimination, federal report finds
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-03 15:14:12 (38 seconds ago) 

Report will charge that police disproportionately use excessive force against black residents and that black drivers are stopped more often than white drivers

A Justice Department investigation will allege sweeping patterns of discrimination within the Ferguson, Missouri, police department and at the municipal jail and court, law enforcement officials familiar with the report said on Tuesday.

The report will charge that police disproportionately use excessive force against black people and that black drivers are stopped and searched far more often than white motorists, even though they’re less likely to be carrying contraband.

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Video: How To Roll The Perfect Joint
  Source: Gawker 2015-03-03 15:14:00 (50 seconds ago) 

I learned to roll a joint from a nine-and-a-half-fingered Belgian count.

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Which New York Times Employees Are Treating Their Janitors Badly?
  Source: Gawker 2015-03-03 15:13:59 (51 seconds ago) 

Here is an email we recently received:

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Skid Row Homeless Man Killed By LAPD Was a Convicted Bank Robber 
  Source: Gawker 2015-03-03 15:13:59 (51 seconds ago) 

The homeless man shot and killed by police officers on L.A.'s Skid Row this past Sunday has, until now, only been identified as "Africa." Sources inside the investigation of the shooting now tell the Los Angeles Times that the man was 39-year-old Charley Saturmin Robinet, a convicted bank robber and French national. http://gawker.com/graphic-video-...

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-03 15:13:09 (2 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics






Midday open thread: McDonnell appeals, Charlotte maintains inequality, lying about combat
  Source: Daily Kos 2015-03-03 15:12:41 (2 minutes ago) 
Today's comic by is Jen Sorensen 'Right to be a jerk' states: McDonnell seeks reversal of corruption convictions: Former governor Bob McDonnell on Monday asked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to toss out his 11 corruption convictions or reverse them and order a new trial.

“The government’s case against former Governor Robert F. McDonnell is built on a boundless definition of bribery that the Supreme Court has rejected,” began the 103-page appeal.

Among other things, his lawyers contend McDonnell was convicted of conduct that has never been illegal and prosecutors and U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer took an overly broad view of “official acts.”

These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook March 2:
Meltdown at The Market; The Self Service Checkout, by Emmet

Meanwhile, O'Reilly Is Imploding..., by SemDem

My Letter to Editor refuting conservative economics - printed!, by NBBooks

No equal rights for LGBT people in Charlotte: Charlotte City Council rejected several proposed LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinances, after attempting to approve a compromise that would have exempted restrooms, locker rooms, showers and changing rooms from public accommodations protections.

The 6-5 vote is the second time in two decades that Charlotte has rejected LGBT-inclusive protections. LGBT advocates are condemning the vote.

Ahhhh, Florida. No record of Jeb Bush's 2008 absentee ballot for McCain can be found: ...according to voting records from Miami-Dade County, where Mr. Bush and his wife, Columba, are longtime residents, the couple did not vote for Mr. McCain or anyone else in that presidential election.

Mr. Bush said through his spokeswoman, Kristy Campbell, that he and his wife cast absentee ballots for Mr. McCain, but election officials could not locate any record that either had voted.

Why famous people lie about combat Gallup's Economic Confidence Index slipped a bit in February: After scoring plus 3 in January, the first positive reading in seven years, Gallup's Economic Confidence Index edged down to plus 1 in February. The reading last month is still the second-highest monthly average since Gallup began tracking confidence on a daily basis in 2008.

Gallup's Economic Confidence Index is the average of two components: Americans' ratings of current economic conditions and their views on whether the economy is getting better or getting worse. The index has a theoretical maximum of plus 100, if all Americans believe the economy is excellent or good and getting better; and a theoretical minimum of minus 100, if all Americans say the economy is poor and getting worse.

Georgia postponed execution because of questionable drugs: Last night the Georgia Department of Corrections delayed the execution of Kelly Renee Gissendaner, who was sentenced to death for plotting the murder of her husband in 1998, because the state’s lethal injection drug, pentobarbital, turned visibly cloudy. Team Blackness discussed the Department of Justice's reportaccusing Ferguson, Missouri, police of making discriminatory traffic stops, ticketing and arresting a disproportional number of African Americans, and using the ensuring fines to balance the city's budget. Also discussed was further mishandling of the Tamir Rice killing and another police shooting of a homeless man, this time by LAPD. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe On Stitcher | Direct Download | RSS On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Netanyahu's speech & the rash of TX GunFAIL. Greg Dworkin had our first Ebola update in some time, and wrapped up the DHS debacle. Armando on the Clinton e-mails, and more King legal primers. On moms & their guns, and careers.

Justice Finds Systematic Discrimination Against African Americans in Ferguson
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-03-03 15:12:18 (3 minutes ago) 
#WeaselPecker image goes viral on Twitter
  Source: CNN.com - Technology 2015-03-03 15:12:05 (3 minutes ago) 
A photo of a weasel hitching a surprise lift on the back of a flying woodpecker near London has gone viral on Twitter, with more than 7,000 users retweeting the original post of the image.
Official: U.S. report finds racial bias by Ferguson police
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Nation/World 2015-03-03 15:11:34 (3 minutes ago) 
A Justice Department investigation will allege sweeping patterns of discrimination within the Ferguson, Missouri, police department and at the municipal jail and court, a law enforcement official familiar with the report said Tuesday.






U.S. running out of room to store oil; price collapse next?
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Local news 2015-03-03 15:11:33 (3 minutes ago) 
The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months.






Jimmy Butler upbeat on Bulls' health outlook for playoffs
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Local news 2015-03-03 15:11:33 (3 minutes ago) 
As soon as Jimmy Butler hit Clippers center DeAndre Jordan’s screen Sunday during the Bulls’ 93-83 loss, he knew his left elbow injury was serious.
1 horse dies, another rescued from icy southern Indiana pond
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Local news 2015-03-03 15:11:33 (3 minutes ago) 
Authorities say one horse drowned and another horse was saved after the animals fell through an icy pond in far southern Indiana.
Minnie Minoso visitation, memorial service set
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Local news 2015-03-03 15:11:32 (3 minutes ago) 
Plans for a public visitation and memorial service for Minnie Minoso were announced Tuesday by the family of the former White Sox star.






Pope Francis backs his embattled finance czar
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2015-03-03 15:11:22 (3 minutes ago) 
Cardinal George Pell given sweeping powers to oversee Vatican finances despite critics who say he has gone too far
Buddy Holly plane crash investigation to be reopened?
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2015-03-03 15:11:22 (3 minutes ago) 
NTSB considers reopening investigation into 1959 crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson




DOJ report to show Ferguson racial bias, official says
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2015-03-03 15:11:22 (3 minutes ago) 
Official tells AP forthcoming DOJ report expected to conclude that Ferguson police, courts and jail showed sweeping patterns of racial discrimination
Heat's Hassan Whiteside regrets fighting Suns center
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2015-03-03 15:11:20 (4 minutes ago) 
A day after, Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside regretted his actions against the Phoenix Suns.
Woman found with gunshot wound on side of road, deputies say
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2015-03-03 15:11:20 (4 minutes ago) 
A woman was found with a gunshot wound on the side of the road, deputies said, and authorities are trying to find the person who shot her.
State Department employee arrested on child porn charge in Broward
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2015-03-03 15:11:20 (4 minutes ago) 
A U.S. Department of State employee was arrested Tuesday morning in Broward County on a federal charge of possessing child pornography.
Vanessa Cox, 31; Brandeis athletics administrator had coached lacrosse at MIT, competed for Newton North
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-03-03 15:11:12 (4 minutes ago) 
Vanessa Cox, 31, the department administrator for the Brandeis Department of Athletics and a lacrosse player who formerly competed for Newton North High School and the University of Vermont, was killed in a car crash in New Hampshire on Feb. 12.










Plainville Student Charged With Manslaughter After Allegedly Encouraging Friend to Commit Suicide
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-03-03 15:11:09 (4 minutes ago) 
A Plainville student has been indicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter after allegedly encouraging her friend to commit suicide, according to the Bristol District Attorney’s Office.






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  Source: Ars Technica 2015-03-03 15:10:40 (4 minutes ago) 

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For Peace, We Must Defeat Netanyahu on Iran Diplomacy
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-03-03 15:10:35 (4 minutes ago) 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel addresses a joint meeting of Congress in the Capitol Building in Washington, March 3, 2015. (Photo: Jabin Botsford / The New York Times)

Peace and justice advocates in the US are fighting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and his US amen corner on two fronts. The first front is the fight over Iran diplomacy, which Netanyahu is trying to blow up. The second front is the fight for justice for the Palestinians. One front is on the front page of the newspaper right now. The other front is barely a footnote right now in mainstream public discourse.

But it seems obvious that if we can't beat these people on Iran diplomacy, we haven't got a prayer of beating them on Israeli settlements in the West Bank. If we want to have a serious conversation about how to beat Netanyahu on settlements, the fight over Iran diplomacy should be required reading, because we're facing the same adversaries, with the key difference right now being that on the second front, we have far fewer friends.

Since 2006, with one exception, every time we ever won anything on the Iran diplomacy front, President Obama was on our side. Or, if you like, we were on President Obama's side.

On our issues, it matters greatly who the President of the United States is; it's far and away the most important thing. This is why on our issues, stopping the uncontested Hillary train is a top priority. Senator Schumer bragged that Netanyahu tickets were going like hot latkes. Within the Democratic Party, that's who Senator Schumer represents. Within the Democratic Party, that's who Hillary is representing right now. That is why we must do all we can to stop that train.

Over the last several weeks, many of us were very engaged in trying to get Democrats to skip Netanyahu's speech to Congress. We generated tens of thousands of petition signatures and emails and thousands of phone calls. We organized petition deliveries to Congress.

And, as of Tuesday morning, The Hill reported that 56 Democrats were skipping the speech. JFP and NIAC reported 61. The majority of the Congressional Black Caucus skipped. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders, the national leaders of the populist wing of the Democratic Party, skipped the speech. So: yay us! That's totally historic.

But let's not forget the context in which we got 61 Democrats to skip. The context is that Netanyahu is attacking Obama. In the past there was no fight over whether Democrats would attend Netanyahu's speech or not; it would have been unthinkable. It's because of Netanyahu attacking Obama that it became thinkable; it's because Obama is trying to do something - make a diplomatic agreement with Iran - that Netanyahu and his amen corner are resorting to extreme measures to try to stop.

If we want to win on Israel-Palestine, we have to win on Iran diplomacy. This is as much a must-win for people who are focused on justice for Palestinians as it is for people who are focused on Iran diplomacy. Because if we lose on Iran diplomacy, people who we need to recruit to help us win on Israel-Palestine will conclude that it's totally futile.

But if we win on Iran diplomacy - if Obama wins - it's a new world. If Obama wins on Iran diplomacy, will he be content? Will he say, OK, that's my legacy, that's good enough, no point in trying to do anything else? Victory is addictive. If the workers win a nickel raise, they don't think, ok, that's all we can ever get. They think: that was great. Maybe next time we can get more. That's why the boss fights them tooth and nail on the nickel. Because he knows that victory is addictive.

I think this is a key reason that Netanyahu is fighting so hard against what everyone knows the Iran deal is, what everyone has known for years the Iran deal is. Because he knows that this might not be the end. If Obama wins on this, maybe Obama will go after the Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

If Obama did go after Israeli settlements in the West Bank, it's plausible that he could bring Democratic constituency groups with him. Think about the progressive Democratic groups that have sent alerts on Iran diplomacy. If Obama wins on Iran diplomacy and then goes after the settlements, some of these groups might come with. I'm not saying that they will; I'm saying that they might. It's plausible. Victory is addictive for them too. If it becomes a Democratic/Republican thing - as this did - if Democrats start to rally around Obama, that makes it much easier for these groups to come in, to do things that they couldn't do before.

That, to me, is a plausible path to victory on Israel-Palestine. Obama wins on Iran diplomacy. Then Obama makes a move on Israel-Palestine, we rally Democrats behind him, we rally Democratic constituency groups behind him, we rally Congressional Democrats behind him. Then we win.

To test that proposition, we have to win on Iran diplomacy right now. That means we have to rally Congressional Democrats to defeat the two bills - the Kirk-Menendez bill and the Corker-Graham bill - that AIPAC is pushing in Congress this week, bills whose passage would blow up the Iran talks. Everyone in the US who cares about justice for Palestinians must do everything they can to defeat these two bills.

Senate GOP tries to repeal NLRB rule on union elections
  Source: AP Top Political News 2015-03-03 15:10:35 (4 minutes ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans controlling the Senate have moved to try to reverse a new National Labor Relations Board rule that would shorten the time between a union's request for representation and the vote on whether to certify a union....
Apple Pay a haven for 'rampant' credit card fraud, say experts
  Source: The Register 2015-03-03 15:10:32 (4 minutes ago) 




Regulators to police: Issue more tickets at rail crossings
  Source: AP Top California Headlines 2015-03-03 15:10:28 (4 minutes ago) 
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- National railroad regulators are asking local police departments to issue more tickets to drivers who ignore warnings at crossings....
Do Democrats Have a Plan B?
  Source: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire 2015-03-03 15:10:28 (4 minutes ago) 

Jill Lawrence: “Far be it from me to underestimate Hillary Clinton. She’s weathered scandals, tragedies, her husband’s affairs and impeachment and her own wrenching primary loss to Barack Obama to become her party’s leading 2016 presidential prospect by a mile. Make that a light-year.”

“Stipulate that the former secretary of state is on a different plane from most other Democrats when it comes to experience, endurance and popularity. And yet, as one damaging report after another emerges, it’s got to be asked: How dumb is it for Democrats to count so completely on this one person? What is their Plan B?”

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Vanishing Binary Star Calibrates Space-Time Warp | Animation
  Source: SPACE.com 2015-03-03 15:10:26 (4 minutes ago) 
Two stars, each more massive than our Sun but orbiting 100 times closer, affect each others gravity wells allowing astronomers to gauge space-time itself.
Regulators to Police: Issue More Tickets at Rail Crossings
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-03-03 15:10:11 (5 minutes ago) 
Rail regulators ask police to issue more tickets to drivers who break rules at crossings
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-03 15:10:10 (5 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics




A complication for the Fed: Rate cuts by other central banks
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-03 15:10:05 (5 minutes ago) 

WASHINGTON — The world's central banks are injecting a new complication into the Federal Reserve's decision on when to raise interest rates from record lows:

They're cutting their own rates.

A Fed rate hike that comes as other central banks are reducing theirs would likely boost the U.S. dollar's value. A stronger dollar would make U.S. imports cheaper, lower overall prices and likely make it harder for the Fed to meet one of its mandates: Lifting excessively low inflation to a healthier level.

India orders TV stations not to give rapist a platform
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-03 15:10:05 (5 minutes ago) 
Maid: Hernandez messed with security camera after killing
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-03 15:10:05 (5 minutes ago) 
Restaurant pays 101-year-old for his birthday breakfast
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-03 15:10:05 (5 minutes ago) 

MANCHESTER, N.H. — A restaurant's policy to give customers a percentage off their bill on their birthday actually became a 7-cent refund for man who turned 101.

Joseph Nelson, who celebrated a birthday breakfast at the Belmont Hall and Restaurant in Manchester on Monday, told WMUR-TV (http://bit.ly/1M3hD7m) he never thought he'd live this long.

The restaurant's policy is that customers get a percentage taken off the bill on their birthday based on their age. At 101 years old, the restaurant owed Nelson money.

FAA limits use of states’ aviation fuel taxes
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-03 15:10:05 (5 minutes ago) 

WASHINGTON — Certain states and localities with airports could lose about $200 million annually unless they comply with a 2014 Federal Aviation Administration ruling requiring them to spend revenues from jet fuel taxes only on air travel-related expenses.

At issue is a new interpretation of the Airport and Airway Improvement Act. According to the FAA, the 1982 law was supposed to ensure that taxes levied on airline fuel are spent to upgrade airports, help build runways and improve facilities for air travelers.





Vanessa Cox, 31; Brandeis athletics administrator had coached lacrosse at MIT, competed for Newton North
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-03-03 15:10:05 (5 minutes ago) 
Vanessa Cox, 31, the department administrator for the Brandeis Department of Athletics and a lacrosse player who formerly competed for Newton North High School and the University of Vermont, was killed in a car crash in New Hampshire on Feb. 12.






Plainville Student Charged With Manslaughter After Allegedly Encouraging Friend to Commit Suicide
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-03-03 15:10:05 (5 minutes ago) 
A Plainville student has been indicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter after allegedly encouraging her friend to commit suicide, according to the Bristol District Attorney’s Office.






First-ever photo of light behaving as a wave and particle
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-03-03 15:10:04 (5 minutes ago) 


Nicholas writes, "Since Einstein's day, scientists have been trying to directly observe the wave- and particle- aspects of light at the same time. Now, scientists at a Swiss lab have succeeded in capturing the first-ever snapshot of this dual behavior." Read the rest

Plans withdrawn for concrete plant next to Franklin County nature reserve, says environmental group
  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2015-03-03 15:10:02 (5 minutes ago) 
Neighbors worried about an eyesore in the woods, dust from the dry concrete and noise from trucks
Ferguson police acted in patterns of racial bias, Department of Justice to report
  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2015-03-03 15:10:02 (5 minutes ago) 
Justice Department says blacks disproportionately arrested, fined and involved in police use of force.




Police release video, photos of looting at Ferguson wireless phone store
  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2015-03-03 15:10:02 (5 minutes ago) 
Suspects shattered the front door to Cricket Wireless at 10006 West Florissant Avenue, doing about $25,000 in damage and theft.
Apple Pay a haven for 'rampant' credit card fraud, say experts
  Source: The Register 2015-03-03 15:01:28 (13 minutes ago) 
Lax security controls fingered

Apple and its banker pals may have inadvertently lowered the barrier to credit card fraud by adding pay-by-wave technology to iPhones, security experts fear.…

Simon Rattle: new concert hall was not precondition for accepting LSO job
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-03 15:01:27 (13 minutes ago) 

Rattle, who takes over as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra in 2017, denies appointment was dependent on venue being built

Sir Simon Rattle has said that his return to the UK as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra is not dependent on a new concert hall being built in the capital.

After a lengthy courtship, Rattle will take up his new role at the LSO in September 2017, as he sees out his tenure in charge of the Berlin Philharmonic.

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Rail regulators ask police to issue more tickets to drivers who break rules at crossings
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-03-03 15:01:24 (13 minutes ago) 
Eastlake man accused of assault in snow-shoveling dispute
  Source: RSS Feed from The News-Herald: http://www.news-herald.com 2015-03-03 15:01:19 (14 minutes ago) 




Aberrant Methylation Inactivates Somatostatin and Somatostatin Receptor Type 1 in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 15:01:13 (14 minutes ago) 

by Kiyoshi Misawa, Yuki Misawa, Haruki Kondo, Daiki Mochizuki, Atsushi Imai, Hirofumi Fukushima, Takayuki Uehara, Takeharu Kanazawa, Hiroyuki Mineta

Purpose

The aim of this study was to define somatostatin (SST) and somatostatin receptor type 1 (SSTR1) methylation profiles for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) tumors at diagnosis and follow up and to evaluate their prognostic significance and value as a biomarker.

Methods

Gene expression was measured by quantitative RT-PCR. Promoter methylation status was determined by quantitative methylation-specific PCR (Q-MSP) in HNSCC.

Results

Methylation was associated with transcription inhibition. SST methylation in 81% of HNSCC tumor specimens significantly correlated with tumor size (P = 0.043), stage (P = 0.008), galanin receptor type 2 (GALR2) methylation (P = 0.041), and tachykinin-1 (TAC1) (P = 0.040). SSTR1 hypermethylation in 64% of cases was correlated with tumor size (P = 0.037), stage (P = 0.037), SST methylation (P < 0.001), and expression of galanin (P = 0.03), GALR2 (P = 0.014), TAC1 (P = 0.023), and tachykinin receptor type 1 (TACR1) (P = 0.003). SST and SSTR1 promoter hypermethylation showed highly discriminating receiver operator characteristic curve profiles, which clearly distinguished HNSCC from adjacent normal mucosal tissues. Concurrent hypermethylation of galanin and SSTR1 promoters correlated with reduced disease-free survival (log-rank test, P = 0.0001). Among patients with oral cavity and oropharynx cancer, methylation of both SST and SSTR1 promoters correlated with reduced disease-free survival (log-rank test, P = 0.028). In multivariate logistic-regression analysis, concomitant methylation of galanin and SSTR1 was associated with an odds ratio for recurrence of 12.53 (95% CI, 2.62 to 59.8; P = 0.002).

Conclusions

CpG hypermethylation is a likely mechanism of SST and SSTR1 gene inactivation, supporting the hypothesis that SST and SSTR1 play a role in the tumorigenesis of HNSCC and that this hypermethylation may serve as an important biomarker.

Do Biological and Bedsite Characteristics Influence Survival of Neonatal White-Tailed Deer?
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 15:01:13 (14 minutes ago) 

by M. Colter Chitwood, Marcus A. Lashley, John C. Kilgo, Kenneth H. Pollock, Christopher E. Moorman, Christopher S. DePerno

Coyotes recently expanded into the eastern U.S. and potentially have caused localized white-tailed deer population declines. Research has focused on quantifying coyote predation on neonates, but little research has addressed the potential influence of bedsite characteristics on survival. In 2011 and 2012, we radiocollared 65 neonates, monitored them intensively for 16 weeks, and assigned mortality causes. We used Program MARK to estimate survival to 16 weeks and included biological covariates (i.e., sex, sibling status [whether or not it had a sibling], birth weight, and Julian date of birth). Survival to 16 weeks was 0.141 (95% CI = 0.075-0.249) and the top model included only sibling status, which indicated survival was lower for neonates that had a sibling. Predation was the leading cause of mortality (35 of 55; 64%) and coyotes were responsible for the majority of depredations (30 of 35; 86%). Additionally, we relocated neonates for the first 10 days of life and measured distance to firebreak, visual obstruction, and plant diversity at bedsites. Survival of predation to 10 days (0.726; 95% CI = 0.586-0.833) was weakly associated with plant diversity at bedsites but not related to visual obstruction. Our results indicate that neonate survival was low and coyote predation was an important source of mortality, which corroborates several recent studies from the region. Additionally, we detected only weak support for bedsite cover as a covariate to neonate survival, which indicates that mitigating effects of coyote predation on neonates may be more complicated than simply managing for increased hiding cover.
A Household-Based Study of Contact Networks Relevant for the Spread of Infectious Diseases in the Highlands of Peru
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 15:01:13 (14 minutes ago) 

by Carlos G. Grijalva, Nele Goeyvaerts, Hector Verastegui, Kathryn M. Edwards, Ana I. Gil, Claudio F. Lanata, Niel Hens, for the RESPIRA PERU project

Background

Few studies have quantified social mixing in remote rural areas of developing countries, where the burden of infectious diseases is usually the highest. Understanding social mixing patterns in those settings is crucial to inform the implementation of strategies for disease prevention and control. We characterized contact and social mixing patterns in rural communities of the Peruvian highlands.

Methods and Findings

This cross-sectional study was nested in a large prospective household-based study of respiratory infections conducted in the province of San Marcos, Cajamarca-Peru. Members of study households were interviewed using a structured questionnaire of social contacts (conversation or physical interaction) experienced during the last 24 hours. We identified 9015 reported contacts from 588 study household members. The median age of respondents was 17 years (interquartile range [IQR] 4–34 years). The median number of reported contacts was 12 (IQR 8–20) whereas the median number of physical (i.e. skin-to-skin) contacts was 8.5 (IQR 5–14). Study participants had contacts mostly with people of similar age, and with their offspring or parents. The number of reported contacts was mainly determined by the participants’ age, household size and occupation. School-aged children had more contacts than other age groups. Within-household reciprocity of contacts reporting declined with household size (range 70%-100%). Ninety percent of household contact networks were complete, and furthermore, household members' contacts with non-household members showed significant overlap (range 33%-86%), indicating a high degree of contact clustering. A two-level mixing epidemic model was simulated to compare within-household mixing based on observed contact networks and within-household random mixing. No differences in the size or duration of the simulated epidemics were revealed.

Conclusion

This study of rural low-density communities in the highlands of Peru suggests contact patterns are highly assortative. Study findings support the use of within-household homogenous mixing assumptions for epidemic modeling in this setting.

Correction: Escherichia coli STb Enterotoxin Dislodges Claudin-1 from Epithelial Tight Junctions
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by The PLOS ONE Staff

Predicting Cognitive Function from Clinical Measures of Physical Function and Health Status in Older Adults
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by Niousha Bolandzadeh, Konrad Kording, Nicole Salowitz, Jennifer C. Davis, Liang Hsu, Alison Chan, Devika Sharma, Gunnar Blohm, Teresa Liu-Ambrose

Introduction

Current research suggests that the neuropathology of dementia—including brain changes leading to memory impairment and cognitive decline—is evident years before the onset of this disease. Older adults with cognitive decline have reduced functional independence and quality of life, and are at greater risk for developing dementia. Therefore, identifying biomarkers that can be easily assessed within the clinical setting and predict cognitive decline is important. Early recognition of cognitive decline could promote timely implementation of preventive strategies.

Methods

We included 89 community-dwelling adults aged 70 years and older in our study, and collected 32 measures of physical function, health status and cognitive function at baseline. We utilized an L1–L2 regularized regression model (elastic net) to identify which of the 32 baseline measures were strongly predictive of cognitive function after one year. We built three linear regression models: 1) based on baseline cognitive function, 2) based on variables consistently selected in every cross-validation loop, and 3) a full model based on all the 32 variables. Each of these models was carefully tested with nested cross-validation.

Results

Our model with the six variables consistently selected in every cross-validation loop had a mean squared prediction error of 7.47. This number was smaller than that of the full model (115.33) and the model with baseline cognitive function (7.98). Our model explained 47% of the variance in cognitive function after one year.

Discussion

We built a parsimonious model based on a selected set of six physical function and health status measures strongly predictive of cognitive function after one year. In addition to reducing the complexity of the model without changing the model significantly, our model with the top variables improved the mean prediction error and R-squared. These six physical function and health status measures can be easily implemented in a clinical setting.





Spirituality as a Scientific Construct: Testing Its Universality across Cultures and Languages
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 15:01:13 (14 minutes ago) 

by Douglas A. MacDonald, Harris L. Friedman, Jacek Brewczynski, Daniel Holland, Kiran Kumar K. Salagame, K. Krishna Mohan, Zuzana Ondriasova Gubrij, Hye Wook Cheong

Using data obtained from 4004 participants across eight countries (Canada, India, Japan, Korea, Poland, Slovakia, Uganda, and the U.S.), the factorial reliability, validity and structural/measurement invariance of a 30-item version of Expressions of Spirituality Inventory (ESI-R) was evaluated. The ESI-R measures a five factor model of spirituality developed through the conjoint factor analysis of several extant measures of spiritual constructs. Exploratory factor analyses of pooled data provided evidence that the five ESI-R factors are reliable. Confirmatory analyses comparing four and five factor models revealed that the five dimensional model demonstrates superior goodness-of-fit with all cultural samples and suggest that the ESI-R may be viewed as structurally invariant. Measurement invariance, however, was not supported as manifested in significant differences in item and dimension scores and in significantly poorer fit when factor loadings were constrained to equality across all samples. Exploratory analyses with a second adjective measure of spirituality using American, Indian, and Ugandan samples identified three replicable factors which correlated with ESI-R dimensions in a manner supportive of convergent validity. The paper concludes with a discussion of the meaning of the findings and directions needed for future research.
Risk Factors for Men’s Lifetime Perpetration of Physical Violence against Intimate Partners: Results from the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) in Eight Countries
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 15:01:13 (14 minutes ago) 

by Paul J. Fleming, Jennifer McCleary-Sills, Matthew Morton, Ruti Levtov, Brian Heilman, Gary Barker

This paper examines men’s lifetime physical intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration across eight low- and middle-income countries to better understand key risk factors that interventions can target in order to promote gender equality and reduce IPV. We use data from men (n = 7806) that were collected as part of the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Croatia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), India, Mexico, and Rwanda. Results show that there is wide variation across countries for lifetime self-reported physical violence perpetration (range: 17% in Mexico to 45% in DRC), men’s support for equal roles for men and women, and acceptability of violence against women. Across the sample, 31% of men report having perpetrated physical violence against a partner in their lifetime. In multivariate analyses examining risk factors for men ever perpetrating physical violence against a partner, witnessing parental violence was the strongest risk factor, reinforcing previous research suggesting the inter-generational transmission of violence. Additionally, having been involved in fights not specifically with an intimate partner, permissive attitudes towards violence against women, having inequitable gender attitudes, and older age were associated with a higher likelihood of ever perpetrating physical IPV. In separate analyses for each country, we found different patterns of risk factors in countries with high perpetration compared to countries with low perpetration. Findings are interpreted to identify key knowledge gaps and directions for future research, public policies, evaluation, and programming.
Is Metabolic Syndrome Predictive of Prevalence, Extent, and Risk of Coronary Artery Disease beyond Its Components? Results from the Multinational Coronary CT Angiography Evaluation for Clinical Outcome: An International Multicenter Registry (CONFIRM)
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 15:01:13 (14 minutes ago) 

by Amir Ahmadi, Jonathon Leipsic, Gudrun Feuchtner, Heidi Gransar, Dan Kalra, Ran Heo, Stephan Achenbach, Daniele Andreini, Mouaz Al-Mallah, Daniel S. Berman, Matthew Budoff, Filippo Cademartiri, Tracy Q. Callister, Hyuk-Jae Chang, Kavitha Chinnaiyan, Benjamin Chow, Ricardo C. Cury, Augustin Delago, Millie J. Gomez, Martin Hadamitzky, Joerg Hausleiter, Niree Hindoyan, Philipp A. Kaufmann, Yong-Jin Kim, Fay Lin, Erica Maffei, Gianluca Pontone, Gilbert L. Raff, Leslee J. Shaw, Todd C. Villines, Allison Dunning, James K. Min

Although metabolic syndrome is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease and events, its added prognostic value beyond its components remains unknown. This study compared the prevalence, severity of coronary artery disease (CAD), and prognosis of patients with metabolic syndrome to those with individual metabolic syndrome components. The study cohort consisted of 27125 consecutive individuals who underwent ≥64-detector row coronary CT angiography (CCTA) at 12 centers from 2003 to 2009. Metabolic syndrome was defined as per NCEP/ATP III criteria. Metabolic syndrome patients (n=690) were matched 1:1:1 to those with 1 component (n=690) and 2 components (n=690) of metabolic syndrome for age, sex, smoking status, and family history of premature CAD using propensity scoring. Major adverse cardiac events (MACE) were defined by a composite of myocardial infarction (MI), acute coronary syndrome, mortality and late target vessel revascularization. Patients with 1 component of metabolic syndrome manifested lower rates of obstructive 1-, 2-, and 3-vessel/left main disease compared to metabolic syndrome patients (9.4% vs 13.8%, 2.6% vs 4.5%, and 1.0% vs 2.3%, respectively; p0.05). At 2.5 years, metabolic syndrome patients experienced a higher rate of MACE compared to patients with 1 component (4.4% vs 1.6%; p=0.002), while no difference observed compared to individuals with 2 components (4.4% vs 3.2% p=0.25) of metabolic syndrome. In conclusion, Metabolic syndrome patients have significantly greater prevalence, severity, and prognosis of CAD compared to patients with 1 but not 2 components of metabolic syndrome.
Function and Evolutionary Origin of Unicellular Camera-Type Eye Structure
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 15:01:13 (14 minutes ago) 

by Shiho Hayakawa, Yasuharu Takaku, Jung Shan Hwang, Takeo Horiguchi, Hiroshi Suga, Walter Gehring, Kazuho Ikeo, Takashi Gojobori

The ocelloid is an extraordinary eyespot organelle found only in the dinoflagellate family Warnowiaceae. It contains retina- and lens-like structures called the retinal body and the hyalosome. The ocelloid has been an evolutionary enigma because of its remarkable resemblance to the multicellular camera-type eye. To determine if the ocelloid is functionally photoreceptive, we investigated the warnowiid dinoflagellate Erythropsidinium. Here, we show that the morphology of the retinal body changed depending on different illumination conditions and the hyalosome manifests the refractile nature. Identifying a rhodopsin gene fragment in Erythropsidinium ESTs that is expressed in the retinal body by in situ hybridization, we also show that ocelloids are actually light sensitive photoreceptors. The rhodopsin gene identified is most closely related to bacterial rhodopsins. Taken together, we suggest that the ocelloid is an intracellular camera-type eye, which might be originated from endosymbiotic origin.
Ectopic Expression of Vaccinia Virus E3 and K3 Cannot Rescue Ectromelia Virus Replication in Rabbit RK13 Cells
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 15:01:13 (14 minutes ago) 

by Erin S. Hand, Sherry L. Haller, Chen Peng, Stefan Rothenburg, Adam R. Hersperger

As a group, poxviruses have been shown to infect a wide variety of animal species. However, there is individual variability in the range of species able to be productively infected. In this study, we observed that ectromelia virus (ECTV) does not replicate efficiently in cultured rabbit RK13 cells. Conversely, vaccinia virus (VACV) replicates well in these cells. Upon infection of RK13 cells, the replication cycle of ECTV is abortive in nature, resulting in a greatly reduced ability to spread among cells in culture. We observed ample levels of early gene expression but reduced detection of virus factories and severely blunted production of enveloped virus at the cell surface. This work focused on two important host range genes, named E3L and K3L, in VACV. Both VACV and ECTV express a functional protein product from the E3L gene, but only VACV contains an intact K3L gene. To better understand the discrepancy in replication capacity of these viruses, we examined the ability of ECTV to replicate in wild-type RK13 cells compared to cells that constitutively express E3 and K3 from VACV. The role these proteins play in the ability of VACV to replicate in RK13 cells was also analyzed to determine their individual contribution to viral replication and PKR activation. Since E3L and K3L are two relevant host range genes, we hypothesized that expression of one or both of them may have a positive impact on the ability of ECTV to replicate in RK13 cells. Using various methods to assess virus growth, we did not detect any significant differences with respect to the replication of ECTV between wild-type RK13 compared to versions of this cell line that stably expressed VACV E3 alone or in combination with K3. Therefore, there remain unanswered questions related to the factors that limit the host range of ECTV.




Tigecycline Susceptibility and the Role of Efflux Pumps in Tigecycline Resistance in KPC-Producing Klebsiella pneumoniae
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by Fang He, Ying Fu, Qiong Chen, Zhi Ruan, Xiaoting Hua, Hua Zhou, Yunsong Yu

KPC-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates have emerged as important pathogens of nosocomial infections, and tigecycline is one of the antibiotics recommended for severe infections caused by KPC-producing K. pneumoniae. To identify the susceptibility profile of KPC-producing K. pneumoniae to tigecycline and investigate the role of efflux pumps in tigecycline resistance, a total of 215 KPC-producing K. pneumoniae isolates were collected. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of tigecycline was determined by standard broth microdilution tests. Isolates showing resistance to tigecycline underwent susceptibility test with efflux pump inhibitors. Expression levels of efflux pump genes (acrB and oqxB) and their regulators (ramA, marA, soxS and rarA) were examined by real-time PCR, and the correlation between tigecycline MICs and gene expression levels were analysed. Our results show that the tigecycline resistance rate in these isolates was 11.2%. Exposure of the tigecycline-resistant isolates to the efflux pump inhibitor NMP resulted in an obvious decrease in MICs and restored susceptibility to tigecycline in 91.7% of the isolates. A statistically significant association between acrB expression and tigecycline MICs was observed, and overexpression of ramA was found in three tigecycline-resistant isolates, further analysis confirmed ramR mutations existed in these isolates. Transformation of one mutant with wild-type ramR restored susceptibility to tigecycline and repressed overexpression of ramA and acrB. These data indicate that efflux pump AcrAB, which can be up-regulated by ramR mutations and subsequent ramA activation, contributed to tigecycline resistance in K. pneumoniae clinical isolates.
Later cART Initiation in Migrant Men from Sub-Saharan Africa without Advanced HIV Disease in France
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 15:01:13 (14 minutes ago) 

by Laure-Amélie de Monteynard, Rosemary Dray-Spira, Pierre de Truchis, Sophie Grabar, Odile Launay, Jean-Luc Meynard, Marie-Aude Khuong-Josses, Jacques Gilquin, David Rey, Anne Simon, Juliette Pavie, Aba Mahamat, Sophie Matheron, Dominique Costagliola, Sophie Abgrall, on behalf of the French Hospital Database on HIV

Objective

To compare the time from entry into care for HIV infection until combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) initiation between migrants and non migrants in France, excluding late access to care.

Methods

Antiretroviral-naïve HIV-1-infected individuals newly enrolled in the FHDH cohort between 2002–2010, with CD4 cell counts >200/μL and no previous or current AIDS events were included. In three baseline CD4 cell count strata (200–349, 350-499, ≥500/μL), we examined the crude time until cART initiation within three years after enrolment according to geographic origin, and multivariable hazard ratios according to geographic origin, gender and HIV-transmission group, with adjustment for baseline age, enrolment period, region of care, plasma viral load, and HBV/HBC coinfection.

Results

Among 13338 individuals, 9605 (72.1%) were French natives (FRA), 2873 (21.4%) were migrants from sub-Saharan Africa/non-French West Indies (SSA/NFW), and 860 (6.5%) were migrants from other countries. Kaplan-Meier probabilities of cART initiation were significantly lower in SSA/NFW than in FRA individuals throughout the study period, regardless of the baseline CD4 stratum. After adjustment, the likelihood of cART initiation was respectively 15% (95%CI, 1–28) and 20% (95%CI, 2–38) lower in SSA/NFW men than in FRA men who had sex with men (MSM) in the 350-499 and ≥500 CD4 strata, while no difference was observed between other migrant groups and FRA MSM.

Conclusion

SSA/NFW migrant men living in France with CD4 >350/μL at entry into care are more likely to begin cART later than FRA MSM, despite free access to treatment. Administrative delays in obtaining healthcare coverage do not appear to be responsible.

Heterogeneity of Leishmania donovani Parasites Complicates Diagnosis of Visceral Leishmaniasis: Comparison of Different Serological Tests in Three Endemic Regions
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by Elfadil Abass, Cholho Kang, Franjo Martinkovic, Saul J. Semião-Santos, Shyam Sundar, Peter Walden, Renaud Piarroux, Abdallah el Harith, Michael Lohoff, Ulrich Steinhoff

Diagnostic tests for visceral leishmaniasis that are based on antigens of a single Leishmania strain can have low diagnostic performance in regions where heterologous parasites predominate. The aim of this study was to investigate and compare the performance of five serological tests, based on different Leishmania antigens, in three endemic countries for visceral leishmaniasis. A total number of 231 sera of symptomatic and asymptomatic cases and controls from three endemic regions of visceral leishmaniasis in East Sudan, North India and South France were evaluated by following serological tests: rKLO8- and rK39 ELISA, DAT (ITMA-DAT) and two rapid tests of rK39 (IT LEISH) and rKE16 (Signal-KA). Overall, rKLO8- and rK39 ELISA were most sensitive in immunocompetent patients from all endemic regions (96–100%) and the sensitivity was reduced to 81.8% in HIV co-infected patients from France. Sera of patients from India demonstrated significantly higher antibody responses to rKLO8 and rK39 compared with sera from Sudan (p
Correction: Hepatitis B and Delta Virus Are Prevalent but Often Subclinical Co-Infections among HIV Infected Patients in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa: A Cross-Sectional Study
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by The PLOS ONE Staff

Plasma Concentrations of BDNF and IGF-1 in Abstinent Cocaine Users with High Prevalence of Substance Use Disorders: Relationship to Psychiatric Comorbidity
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 15:01:13 (14 minutes ago) 

by María Pedraz, Ana Isabel Martín-Velasco, Nuria García-Marchena, Pedro Araos, Antonia Serrano, Pablo Romero-Sanchiz, Juan Suárez, Estela Castilla-Ortega, Vicente Barrios, Rafael Campos-Cloute, Juan Jesús Ruiz, Marta Torrens, Julie Ann Chowen, Jesús Argente, Rafael de la Torre, Luis Javier Santín, María Ángeles Villanúa, Fernando Rodríguez de Fonseca, Francisco Javier Pavón

Recent studies have identified biomarkers related to the severity and pathogenesis of cocaine addiction and common comorbid psychiatric disorders. Monitoring these plasma mediators may improve the stratification of cocaine users seeking treatment. Because the neurotrophic factors are involved in neural plasticity, neurogenesis and neuronal survival, we have determined plasma concentrations of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) and IGF-1 binding protein 3 (IGFBP-3) in a cross-sectional study with abstinent cocaine users who sought outpatient treatment for cocaine (n = 100) and age/body mass matched controls (n = 85). Participants were assessed with the diagnostic interview ‘Psychiatric Research Interview for Substance and Mental Disorders’. Plasma concentrations of these peptides were not different in cocaine users and controls. They were not associated with length of abstinence, duration of cocaine use or cocaine symptom severity. The pathological use of cocaine did not influence the association of IGF-1 with age observed in healthy subjects, but the correlation between IGF-1 and IGFBP-3 was not significantly detected. Correlation analyses were performed between these peptides and other molecules sensitive to addiction: BDNF concentrations were not associated with inflammatory mediators, lipid derivatives or IGF-1 in cocaine users, but correlated with chemokines (fractalkine/CX3CL1 and SDF-1/CXCL12) and N-acyl-ethanolamines (N-palmitoyl-, N-oleoyl-, N-arachidonoyl-, N-linoleoyl- and N-dihomo-γ-linolenoyl-ethanolamine) in controls; IGF-1 concentrations only showed association with IGFBP-3 concentrations in controls; and IGFBP-3 was only correlated with N-stearoyl-ethanolamine concentrations in cocaine users. Multiple substance use disorders and life-time comorbid psychopathologies were common in abstinent cocaine users. Interestingly, plasma BDNF concentrations were exclusively found to be decreased in users diagnosed with both primary and cocaine-induced disorders for mood and anxiety disorders. In summary, BDNF, IGF-1 and IGFBP-3 were not affected by a history of pathological use of cocaine supported by the absence of associations with other molecules sensitive to cocaine addiction. However, BDNF was affected by comorbid mood disorders. Further research is necessary to elucidate the role of BDNF and IGF-1 in the transition to cocaine addiction and associated psychiatric comorbidity.




Birth of a Theorem: Mathematics, Boltzmann and brio
  Source: New Scientist - Online News 2015-03-03 15:01:08 (14 minutes ago) 
Birth of a Theorem: A mathematical adventure by Fields medallist Cedric Villani is an exhilarating but exhausting journey with a fascinating mind






3 Things To Do Wednesday
  Source: Local News from News-Journal 2015-03-03 15:00:58 (14 minutes ago) 
Hear dancehall reggae, attend a cabaret, see an historic fire truck . . .
Kids Get Flu Every 2 Years, Adults Twice a Decade
  Source: LiveScience.com 2015-03-03 15:00:55 (14 minutes ago) 
Children get the flu more often than adults do, a new study finds. Kids typically catch the flu once every two years, whereas adults over age 30 get the flu about twice a decade, a study of people living in China found.
Sinan Antoon: an Iraqi novelist living in continuous mourning
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-03 15:00:45 (14 minutes ago) 

A forthcoming translation of Antoon’s third novel Ya Mariam, which comes in the wake of latest Isis atrocities, has Antoon wondering: ‘how do you write about a country that is disintegrating?’

“How do you write about a country that is disintegrating?” says Sinan Antoon, on the line from his office at New York University. His words have taken on a more affective valency in recent days, as the notorious militants from Islamic State (Isis) released footage showing the graphic destruction of Assyrian and Akkadian artefacts in Mosul’s central museum.

Talking about the litany of massacres and destructions that the well-funded group has left in the wake of its territorial expansion across Iraq and Syria, Antoon, who describes himself as an Iraqi novelist in America, says “I never imagined Isis”. He was one of a coterie of dissident diasporic Iraqi intellectuals who opposed the 2003 US occupation of his homeland that led to the current post-colonial quagmire.

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Simon Rattle: new concert hall was not precondition for accepting LSO job
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-03 15:00:45 (14 minutes ago) 

Rattle, who takes over as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra in 2017, denies appointment was dependent on venue being built

Sir Simon Rattle has said that his return to the UK as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra is not dependent on a new concert hall being built in the capital.

After a lengthy courtship, Rattle will take up his new role at the LSO in September 2017, as he sees out his tenure in charge of the Berlin Philharmonic.

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Ferguson officials to meet with DoJ to discuss federal police review
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-03 15:00:45 (14 minutes ago) 

Report in wake of Michael Brown shootingexpected to find that Ferguson’s police force carried out discriminatory arrests and traffic stops on black residents

Leaders from Ferguson, Missouri, are to meet Department of Justice officials on Tuesday to discuss a federal review of their policing of the town, which was roiled by protests following the fatal shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old last year.

Mayor James Knowles III, police chief Thomas Jackson and city manager John Shaw are among those scheduled to attend talks in the St Louis area on Tuesday afternoon with senior Justice Department representatives, a spokesman for Ferguson told the Guardian.

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Manuel Pellegrini digs in his heels and declares he is not for turning
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-03 15:00:45 (14 minutes ago) 
Manchester City manager needs to get back on track against Leicester on Wednesday after back-to-back defeats that threaten to sabotage the season
• Pep Guardiola rules out joining Manchester City in summer

One of the strangest things perhaps, after all the expenditure and all the grand plans, is the amount of time – and the total number of days might surprise you – Manchester City have actually spent at the top of the Premier League since that afternoon in 2012 when Sergio Agüero pulled back his right boot, the clock ticked into the 94th minute and Martin Tyler’s commentary went up several octaves.

We are approaching the three-year mark and, in total, there have been only 22 days since when City have been looking down on everyone else. The longest run at the top? That was a mere week in November 2012 before everything unravelled for Roberto Mancini. Last season? Six different spells on the summit but never more than four days, even if 7 May to 11 May were the most important four days of the campaign.

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-03 15:00:39 (14 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Engineer in train crash dies
  Source: CNN.com - U.S. 2015-03-03 15:00:34 (14 minutes ago) 
The engineer at the helm of a commuter train that crashed into a pickup truck and derailed last week in Oxnard, California, has died from his injuries, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.
Jury selected in Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: CNN.com - U.S. 2015-03-03 15:00:34 (14 minutes ago) 
A jury has been selected in the Boston Marathon bombing trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and opening statements will begin Wednesday




Will the Attorney General sue Ferguson's police?
  Source: CNN.com - U.S. 2015-03-03 15:00:34 (14 minutes ago) 
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to reveal the outcome of an investigation into the Ferguson Police Department. CNN's Evan Perez has more.
Source: Justice report finds systematic discrimination against African Americans in Ferguson
  Source: CNN.com - U.S. 2015-03-03 15:00:34 (14 minutes ago) 
A Justice Department civil rights investigation concludes the Ferguson Police Department and the city's municipal court engaged in a "pattern and practice" of discrimination against African Americans, according to a U.S. law enforcement official.
Family of Jahi McMath, teen declared brain dead, sues hospital
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2015-03-03 15:00:27 (14 minutes ago) 
Case that ignited debate over the definition of brain death is heading back to court
Vanessa Cox, 31; Brandeis athletics administrator had coached lacrosse at MIT, competed for Newton North
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-03-03 15:00:25 (14 minutes ago) 
Vanessa Cox, 31, the department administrator for the Brandeis Department of Athletics and a lacrosse player who formerly competed for Newton North High School and the University of Vermont, was killed in a car crash in New Hampshire on Feb. 12.






Plainville Student Charged With Manslaughter After Allegedly Encouraging Friend to Commit Suicide
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-03-03 15:00:25 (14 minutes ago) 
A Plainville student has been indicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter after allegedly encouraging her friend to commit suicide, according to the Bristol District Attorney’s Office.










Watch Arnold Arboretum Experience Decades of Growth With One Mouse Swipe
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-03-03 15:00:25 (14 minutes ago) 
A local photographer’s ‘then and now’ project shows how Boston’s green spaces have evolved.






'Racial bias' at Ferguson police
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-03-03 15:00:24 (14 minutes ago) 
The US Justice Department has found evidence of racial bias at the Ferguson police department, US media reports.
'Racial bias' at Ferguson police
  Source: BBC News - US & Canada 2015-03-03 15:00:23 (14 minutes ago) 
The US Justice Department has found evidence of racial bias at the Ferguson police department, US media reports.
'Racial bias' at Ferguson police
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-03-03 15:00:23 (14 minutes ago) 
The US Justice Department has found evidence of racial bias at the Ferguson police department, US media reports.
Peta volunteers huddle in doghouse to support anti-tethering legislation
  Source: baltimoresun.com - news 2015-03-03 15:00:23 (14 minutes ago) 
Animal welfare activists say they will spend 12 hours in a small shelter near State House

Animal welfare activists say they will spend 12 hours in a small shelter near State House










Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez yanked early, allows six runs in spring training debut
  Source: baltimoresun.com - news 2015-03-03 15:00:23 (14 minutes ago) 
Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez was pulled in the second inning of his spring debut Tuesday and was charged with allowing six runs over 1 1/3 innings.






FCC chair: New Internet service rules not even close to utility regulation
  Source: Ars Technica 2015-03-03 15:00:22 (14 minutes ago) 

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler today defended the FCC's new rules for Internet service providers, saying they are "about as far from the old-style monopoly regulation as you can get."

While cable companies and telecommunications providers have threatened lawsuits, claiming the "utility" rules will hurt consumers and impede investment, Wheeler talked about how lenient the regulations are in a public Q&A session at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Led by Wheeler, the FCC last week reclassified fixed and mobile broadband providers in the US as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act, allowing the commission to enforce network neutrality rules and other standards.

This is the same statute that applies to the old telephone monopolies, but not all of the same rules will apply.

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Civil Rights Landmark Bridge Is Named for Reputed KKK Leader
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-03-03 15:00:12 (15 minutes ago) 
Landmark bridge at center of Obama visit to Selma named for reputed Ku Klux Klan leader
Another Attempt to Make the Killer Connected Credit Card
  Source: WIRED 2015-03-03 15:00:07 (15 minutes ago) 

Stratos could be a great connected card, but it might not last long.

The post Another Attempt to Make the Killer Connected Credit Card appeared first on WIRED.








DOJ: Ferguson PD engaged in racially biased policing
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:59:37 (15 minutes ago) 

Shooting of black teen by white officer prompted waves of protest across the country.

       




Sweet Briar College to close because of 'financial challenges'
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:59:37 (15 minutes ago) 

The Class of 2015 will be Sweet Briar College's last.

       
Democrats who skipped Netanyahu speech blame Boehner
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:59:37 (15 minutes ago) 

Dozens of Democrats choose not to attend address to Congress

       
American kept in E. Timor for 6 months to return home
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:59:36 (15 minutes ago) 

A Portland woman, imprisoned in Timor-Leste for months, is headed back to the United States.

       
Reaction to Netanyahu Speech Divides Along Partisan Lines
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:59:27 (15 minutes ago) 
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U.S. Report Finds Racial Bias in Ferguson Police, Official Says
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:59:27 (15 minutes ago) 
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These Surreal Photos Show the Beaches of Southern California Covered in Ice
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:59:27 (15 minutes ago) 
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Sinan Antoon: an Iraqi novelist living in continuous mourning
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-03 14:59:09 (16 minutes ago) 

A forthcoming translation of Antoon’s third novel Ya Mariam, which comes in the wake of latest Isis atrocities, has Antoon wondering: ‘how do you write about a country that is disintegrating?’

“How do you write about a country that is disintegrating?” says Sinan Antoon, on the line from his office at New York University. His words have taken on a more affective valency in recent days, as the notorious militants from Islamic State (Isis) released footage showing the graphic destruction of Assyrian and Akkadian artefacts in Mosul’s central museum.

Talking about the litany of massacres and destructions that the well-funded group has left in the wake of its territorial expansion across Iraq and Syria, Antoon, who describes himself as an Iraqi novelist in America, says “I never imagined Isis”. He was one of a coterie of dissident diasporic Iraqi intellectuals who opposed the 2003 US occupation of his homeland that led to the current post-colonial quagmire.

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Ferguson officials to meet with DoJ to discuss federal police review
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-03 14:59:05 (16 minutes ago) 

Report in wake of Michael Brown shootingexpected to find that Ferguson’s police force carried out discriminatory arrests and traffic stops on black residents

Leaders from Ferguson, Missouri, are to meet Department of Justice officials on Tuesday to discuss a federal review of their policing of the town, which was roiled by protests following the fatal shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old last year.

Mayor James Knowles III, police chief Thomas Jackson and city manager John Shaw are among those scheduled to attend talks in the St Louis area on Tuesday afternoon with senior Justice Department representatives, a spokesman for Ferguson told the Guardian.

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Manuel Pellegrini digs in his heels and declares he is not for turning
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-03 14:59:01 (16 minutes ago) 
Manchester City manager needs to get back on track against Leicester on Wednesday after back-to-back defeats that threaten to sabotage the season
• Pep Guardiola rules out joining Manchester City in summer

One of the strangest things perhaps, after all the expenditure and all the grand plans, is the amount of time – and the total number of days might surprise you – Manchester City have actually spent at the top of the Premier League since that afternoon in 2012 when Sergio Agüero pulled back his right boot, the clock ticked into the 94th minute and Martin Tyler’s commentary went up several octaves.

We are approaching the three-year mark and, in total, there have been only 22 days since when City have been looking down on everyone else. The longest run at the top? That was a mere week in November 2012 before everything unravelled for Roberto Mancini. Last season? Six different spells on the summit but never more than four days, even if 7 May to 11 May were the most important four days of the campaign.

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When redback spiders fight snakes
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2015-03-03 14:58:34 (16 minutes ago) 
They said it rarely happened, but redback spider versus snake duels have been captured in Australia - twice.




Landmark bridge at center of Obama visit to Selma named for reputed Ku Klux Klan leader
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-03-03 14:58:33 (16 minutes ago) 
Supreme Court takes up high-stakes battle over health law subsidies, bathed in politics
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-03-03 14:58:32 (16 minutes ago) 
General Motors, Honda, Fiat Chrysler top US government's list of recalls by automaker
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-03-03 14:58:32 (16 minutes ago) 
Lawmakers look to help Minnesota farmers tap emerging Cuba market
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:58:30 (16 minutes ago) 
State lawmakers are looking at how they might help small Minnesota farmers capitalize on the increasing likelihood of export opportunities in Cuba as the U.S. normalizes relations with the Caribbean nation.
Justice Dept. finds patterns of racial bias in Ferguson police, court and jail
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:58:30 (16 minutes ago) 
A Justice Department investigation will allege sweeping patterns of discrimination within the Ferguson, Missouri, police department and at the municipal jail and court, law enforcement officials familiar with the report said Tuesday.




Leopold on daughter's letter; Schroeder scratched for Stewart
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:58:30 (16 minutes ago) 
The Wild looks to continue its hot streak while implementing two players into tonight's lineup
Chile’s “Lava Fountain”
  Source: Slate Articles 2015-03-03 14:58:20 (17 minutes ago) 

Villarrica, one of Chile’s most active volcanos, forced the evacuation of roughly 3,000 residents in surrounding towns overnight—and it produced some of the most stunning eruption footage in memory.

Netanyahu Just Did Obama a Big Favor
  Source: Slate Articles 2015-03-03 14:58:20 (17 minutes ago) 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did President Obama an enormous favor Tuesday. Given the opportunity, on perhaps the world’s biggest political stage, to articulate the best possible case against the nuclear deal currently being negotiated with Iran, Netanyahu came up empty. He whiffed. His shot sailed so wide of the rim that it went up into the bleachers and struck a small child in the face.

Tiny Cell Grows Giant Death Spike and Lives to Grow Another
  Source: Scientific American 2015-03-03 14:58:05 (17 minutes ago) 
Let’s say you’re a small cell engaged in heavy manufacturing. Like most animal cells, you are coated only in a thin membrane made a double layer of fluid fat-like molecules.

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Harvey High School placed on alert after suspicious call
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-03-03 14:57:33 (17 minutes ago) 
Harvey High School was on modified code blue Tuesday afternoon because of a phone call received around noon.




Justice Department Finds Pattern of Police Bias and Excessive Force in Ferguson
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2015-03-03 14:57:06 (18 minutes ago) 
A report, which says Ferguson officials made racist jokes about blacks on their city email accounts, concludes that officers made unjustified traffic stops for years.






Agents target industry helping Chinese women have US babies
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2015-03-03 14:56:59 (18 minutes ago) 
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - Federal agents searched more than a dozen homes Tuesday in a crackdown on so-called maternity tourism operators who arrange for pregnant Chinese women to give birth in the U.S., where their babies automatically become American citizens.
Agents target industry helping Chinese women have US babies
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2015-03-03 14:56:57 (18 minutes ago) 
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - Federal agents searched more than a dozen homes Tuesday in a crackdown on so-called maternity tourism operators who arrange for pregnant Chinese women to give birth in the U.S., where their babies automatically become American citizens.
DOJ Finds Pattern of Biased Justice in Ferguson
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:56:24 (18 minutes ago) 
The U.S. Department of Justice has completed its investigation of Ferguson, Missouri police, finding chronic violations of citizen's civil rights.






NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Available for Interviews before One-Year Space Station Mission
  Source: NASA Breaking News 2015-03-03 14:55:56 (19 minutes ago) 
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who is making final preparations for his launch this month to spend a year living and working on the International Space Station, will be available for live satellite interviews from 5:30 to 7 a.m. EDT Monday, March 9.




Obama: Netanyahu Speech 'Nothing New,' Didn't Provide 'Viable Alternatives' on Iran
  Source: MSNBC.com: U.S. News 2015-03-03 14:55:54 (19 minutes ago) 
President Obama reacts to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress Tuesday.






DOJ Finds Pattern of Biased Justice in Ferguson
  Source: MSNBC.com: U.S. News 2015-03-03 14:55:54 (19 minutes ago) 
The U.S. Department of Justice has completed its investigation of Ferguson, Missouri police, finding chronic violations of citizen's civil rights.






The Loan That Brought Down an Israeli Prime Minister
  Source: MSNBC.com: Politics 2015-03-03 14:55:52 (19 minutes ago) 
Tension between an American President and an Israeli Prime Minister is hardly a new phenomenon. In the early nineties, an Israeli Prime Minister lost his job, in part, because he antagonized a President.






Regulators: Issue more tickets to drivers at grade railroad crossings
  Source: Mercury News - Silicon Valley, CA - News 2015-03-03 14:55:39 (19 minutes ago) 
National railroad regulators are asking local police departments to issue more tickets to drivers who ignore warnings at grade crossings.
Justice Department officials meet with Ferguson city leaders
  Source: Los Angeles Times - National News 2015-03-03 14:55:36 (19 minutes ago) 
Officials in Ferguson, Mo., were meeting Tuesday with Justice Department representatives to discuss their investigation of the police department connected to the shooting last summer of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, by a white police officer, according to a city spokesman.




Image Captures Light's Spooky Dual Nature for 1st Time
  Source: LiveScience.com 2015-03-03 14:55:28 (19 minutes ago) 
For the first time, scientists have caught a glimpse of light behaving both as a wave and a particle at the same time.
How to Edit and Delete Comments on Instagram
  Source: Lifehacker 2015-03-03 14:55:23 (19 minutes ago) 

Nobody likes a dumb typo, but thankfully, you can correct those mistakes if you make them on Instagram. It's a feature that's been around for a while, but it's a bit buried and you might not have noticed it.

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Netanyahu addresses Congress amid strained ties with Obama – video
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-03 14:54:40 (20 minutes ago) 
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu campaigns against US president Barack Obama's Iran diplomacy before Congress, in an address that has put unprecedented stress on the two leaders' already strained ties.

'I deeply regret that some perceive my being here as political. That was never my intention,' he told Congress, adding that Israel appreciates Obama's support Continue reading...
The Guardian view on child sex abuse: right questions, wrong answers
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-03-03 14:54:35 (20 minutes ago) 
The Oxfordshire report is a shocking indictment, but politicians will protect children best by acting smart, not talking tough Continue reading...
Analysis of Hessian Fly Genome Posits Way It May Induce Wheat Galls
  Source: GenomeWeb Daily News 2015-03-03 14:54:17 (21 minutes ago) 




"Do You Want to Die Tonight?" Weasel Whispers Into Bird's Ear
  Source: Gawker 2015-03-03 14:54:14 (21 minutes ago) 

The animal kingdom is, to the delight of web users riding the dot-com wave, full of photographic evidence of disparate species getting along. "#relationshipgoals," one might tag a photo of lion hugging a man; "me and bae," you might say about a dog cuddling a cat. A weasel and a woodpecker? Save this one...FOR YOUR ENEMIES!

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-03 14:53:24 (21 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Justice report finds systematic discrimination against African Americans in Ferguson
  Source: CNN.com - Politics 2015-03-03 14:52:06 (23 minutes ago) 
A Justice Department civil rights investigation has concluded that the Ferguson Police Department and the city's municipal court engaged in a "pattern and practice" of discrimination against African Americans, targeting them disproportionately for traffic stops, use of force, and jail sentences, according to a U.S. law enforcement official briefed on the investigation.
Feds: Ferguson police, court targeted blacks
  Source: CNN.com 2015-03-03 14:51:52 (23 minutes ago) 
A Justice Department civil rights investigation has concluded that the Ferguson Police Department and the city's municipal court engaged in a "pattern and practice" of discrimination against African Americans, targeting them disproportionately for traffic stops, use of force, and jail sentences, according to a U.S. law enforcement official briefed on the investigation.
Rosetta snaps a picture of its own shadow on the comet below
  Source: CNET News 2015-03-03 14:51:51 (23 minutes ago) 
The Rosetta spacecraft casts some shade on the surface of its comet buddy, creating an otherworldly shadow selfie from orbit.




StoreDot rapid-charging battery heads to smartphones this year
  Source: CNET News 2015-03-03 14:51:50 (23 minutes ago) 
StoreDot's sci-fi battery tech -- which charges a phone completely in mere moments -- should pop up in a smartphone before the year's out. And electric cars could be next.
As in US, Xiaomi's Mi store in Europe will launch sans phones
  Source: CNET News 2015-03-03 14:51:50 (23 minutes ago) 
Chinese phone maker's Hugo Barra says accessories will soon be available in Europe. When it comes to its handsets though, Xiaomi is skipping the West and focusing on India.
Xiaomi's Redmi 2 is a budget handset that punches above its weight (pictures)
  Source: CNET News 2015-03-03 14:51:50 (23 minutes ago) 
Soon to be available globally -- in markets the Chinese company is currently in -- this affordable sub-$120 smartphone shows just how good low-priced phones can be.






U.S. running out of room to store oil; price collapse next?
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Nation/World 2015-03-03 14:51:42 (23 minutes ago) 
The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months.
Jimmy Butler upbeat on Bulls' health outlook for playoffs
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Nation/World 2015-03-03 14:51:42 (23 minutes ago) 
As soon as Jimmy Butler hit Clippers center DeAndre Jordan’s screen Sunday during the Bulls’ 93-83 loss, he knew his left elbow injury was serious.




Minnie Minoso visitation, memorial service set
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Nation/World 2015-03-03 14:51:41 (23 minutes ago) 
Plans for a public visitation and memorial service for Minnie Minoso were announced Tuesday by the family of the former White Sox star.






Student: Teacher found dead in classroom was "always joking around"
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2015-03-03 14:51:27 (23 minutes ago) 
Jill Jacobson, a 31-year-old photography instructor, committed suicide by hanging herself in her classroom
Official: US report finds racial bias in Ferguson police
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-03 14:51:24 (23 minutes ago) 

WASHINGTON — A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that a Justice Department investigation has found patterns of racial bias in the Ferguson, Missouri, police department and at the municipal jail and court.

The official says the investigation found that officers disproportionately used excessive force against blacks and too often charged them with petty offenses. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak on the record before the full report was released.

Netanyahu on Isis: "The enemy of your enemy... is your enemy"
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-03-03 14:51:22 (23 minutes ago) 

Watch Arnold Arboretum Experience Decades of Growth With One Mouse Swipe
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-03-03 14:51:22 (23 minutes ago) 
A local photographer’s ‘then and now’ project shows how Boston’s green spaces have evolved.










Vanessa Cox, 31; Brandeis athletics administrator had coached lacrosse at MIT, competed for Newton North
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-03-03 14:51:17 (24 minutes ago) 
Vanessa Cox, 31, the department administrator for the Brandeis Department of Athletics and a lacrosse player who formerly competed for Newton North High School and the University of Vermont, was killed in a car crash in New Hampshire on Feb. 12.






Plainville Student Charged With Manslaughter After Allegedly Encouraging Friend to Commit Suicide
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-03-03 14:51:15 (24 minutes ago) 
A Plainville student has been indicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter after allegedly encouraging her friend to commit suicide, according to the Bristol District Attorney’s Office.






Netanyahu on Isis: "The enemy of your enemy... is your enemy"
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-03-03 14:51:14 (24 minutes ago) 

'Birth tourism' hotels raided in US
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-03-03 14:51:02 (24 minutes ago) 
US agents raid more than a dozen hotels that cater to pregnant foreigners who want their children to be born US citizens.
'Birth tourism' hotels raided in US
  Source: BBC News - US & Canada 2015-03-03 14:50:59 (24 minutes ago) 
US agents raid more than a dozen hotels that cater to pregnant foreigners who want their children to be born US citizens.




Murder charges after man's death
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-03-03 14:50:56 (24 minutes ago) 
Two men are charged with murder following the suspicious death of a man at a former pub in Pontypridd.
American kept in E. Timor for 6 months to return home
  Source: USATODAY.com World - Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:50:48 (24 minutes ago) 

A Portland woman, imprisoned in Timor-Leste for months, is headed back to the United States.

        
A Review of "Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA"
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-03-03 14:50:47 (24 minutes ago) 
Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA by E.G. Vallianatos and McKay Jenkins (Bloomsbury Press)  

“Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts,” Richard Feynman famously declared in 1966. Ever quick to challenge accepted wisdom, he distinguished the laudable ignorance of science, forever seeking unattainable certainties, from the dangerous ignorance of experts who professed such certainty.

Twenty years later, he would drop a rubber ring into a glass of ice water to show a panel of clueless rocket experts how willful ignorance of basic temperature effects likely caused the Challenger shuttle disaster. (1)

Experts with delusions of certainty create imitative forms of science, he warned, producing “the kind of tyranny we have today in the many institutions that have come under the influence of pseudoscientific advisors.” (2)

Feynman’s warning against faith in the phony trappings of “cargo cult science” fell on deaf ears. Policies affecting every aspect of our lives are now based on dangerous forms of ignorance.

A prime case in point is the noble edifice of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where a high-ranking EPA official was recently jailed and fined for collecting pay and bonuses for decades of non-existent work while he claimed to be working elsewhere for the CIA. Such long-standing fraud would hardly come as a surprise to Evaggelos Vallianatos, who toiled for a quarter of a century in the EPA’s Pesticide Division, ostensibly responsible for protecting human health and the environment from commercial poisons. His new book, Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA, documents a culture of fraud and corruption infesting every corner and closet of the agency.

The EPA, created with much fanfare by Richard Nixon in 1970, was an agency crippled at birth by inadequate funding, political hypocrisy, and laws protecting industry profits above all. Vallianatos points out that one of the fledgling agency’s greatest handicaps was its initial staffing with personnel from USDA, steeped in the religion of corporate agriculture and lethal technologies. With USDA staff came also USDA’s outdated pesticide registrations, which were to be reviewed and reregistered by EPA.  In addition, hundreds of new pesticide applications accumulated every year, each supported by industry-produced safety studies to meet new federal requirements. Hired as scientists, EPA staffers spent their time cutting and pasting industry studies and conclusions into rubber-stamped registration approvals. Under industry-crafted laws, once a pesticide was registered, it could never be unregistered without massive, unequivocal evidence of harm.

As if such misuse of science weren’t bad enough, audits by FDA and EPA soon found that most of the thousands of industry safety studies used to approve pesticide registrations were fraudulent. Alerted by FDA scientist Adrian Gross, EPA had discovered in 1976 that Industrial BioTest Laboratories [IBT], which had conducted many of the pesticide safety tests submitted to EPA by manufacturers, had been routinely faking tests, falsifying data, and altering results for years.  Subsequent investigations of other testing laboratories found similar practices in more than half the labs whose tests supported EPA registrations of pesticides.

“IBT was not a unique case of scientific fraud,” Vallianatos writes, “it was emblematic of a dark and deviant scientific culture, a ‘brave new science’ with deep roots throughout agribusiness, the chemical industry, universities, and the government.” (3)

In 1979, during the seven years of EPA dithering over this scandal, Vallianatos came to work at EPA. He soon learned that not a single pesticide registration was to be canceled due to fraudulent or nonexistent test data. Instead, he notes, EPA’s reaction was to outsource science. It shut down its own testing laboratories, closed its own libraries of toxicity data on thousands of chemicals, and outsourced all evaluations of industry-sponsored studies. “The unspoken understanding in this outsourcing of government functions has been the near certainty of finding industry data satisfactory – all the time.” This issue is relevant today, given that chemicals such as 2,4-D and glyphosate (Roundup™), whose uses have been vastly increased by GMO practices, were originally registered on the basis of invalid IBT studies.

During Vallianatos’s first year at EPA,1980, some 1.1 billion pounds of pesticide active ingredients were applied to U.S. food crops, a number that does not include home and garden uses, parklands, golf courses, playing fields, and municipal landscapes. In 2011, two billion pounds of pesticides were sold in the U.S.  Most if not all of those pesticides lacked valid testing data then, and still lack such data today.  Furthering the fraud, Vallianatos points out, the active ingredient is only the tip of the iceberg, being as little as one percent of the product; the remainder is a trade secret stew of untested, unknown “inert” ingredients that are often more toxic than the active ingredients. What he calls “The Big Business of Fraudulent Science” has replaced even the semblance of environmental protection.

Poison Spring chronicles some of the consequences of that fraud in an agency snared in its own tangled lies: cover-ups of dioxin levels in drinking water and in dead babies; routine suppression of data linking pesticides to soaring rates of cancer, birth defects, and chronic disease; industry access to everything; “revolving door” administrators serving corporate bosses; political appointees dismantling EPA labs and data libraries to dispose of damaging evidence; the cutting of research funds for nontoxic alternatives; the harsh retribution visited on whistleblowers; and ever and again, bureaucrats, with full knowledge of the consequences, setting policies that result in death and suffering. For 25 years, Vallianatos saw and documented it all.

“EPA officials know global chemical and agribusiness industries are manufacturing science,” Vallianatos writes. “They know their products are dangerous…. [EPA] scientists find themselves working in a roomful of funhouse mirrors, plagiarizing industry studies and cutting and pasting the findings of industry studies as their own.”

“This entire book is, in a sense, about a bureaucracy going mad,” Vallianatos adds.

Bureaucracy does not go mad by itself, however. Public indifference to the ignorance of experts and public tolerance of lies are what allow such madness to flourish, enabled by the scientific community’s silence. Inexorably, Vallianatos found, “science and policy themselves have been made a prop to the pesticides industry and agribusiness.”

Such monumental fraud demands drastic remedies, which Vallianatos bravely urges: rebuild an EPA completely independent from industry and politics, remove incentives for huge scale, chemically-dependent corporate agriculture, and address the underlying problem by encouraging small family farms and agriculture without chemical warfare.

“Traditional (and often organic) farmers – until seventy-five years ago, the only farmers there were – are slowly beginning to make a comeback.  They have always known how to raise crops and livestock without industrial poisons,” Vallianatos points out.  “They are the seed for a future harvest of good food, a healthy natural world, and democracy in rural America – and the world.”

These are facts, and this is a book that scientists and citizens alike ignore at great peril.

 

Footnotes:

(1) See his account of the investigation into the Challenger disaster in What Do You Care What Other People Think? By Richard P. Feynman, 1988.

(2) Richard Feynman, What is Science? Presented at the fifteenth annual meeting of the National Science Teachers Association, 1966 in New York City, and reprinted from The Physics Teacher Vol. 7, issue 6, 1969, pp. 313-320 by permission of the editor and the author.

(3) For more information about the extent of this lab fraud, see A Bitter Fog: Herbicides and Human Rights, by Carol Van Strum, 1983, revised 2014 with full texts of Peter von Stackelberg’s exposé of the issue in a new appendix.

Jury seated in trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect
  Source: The Columbus Dispatch National News Feed 2015-03-03 14:50:40 (24 minutes ago) 
BOSTON — After two months of jury selection, a panel of 12 jurors and six alternates was seated today for the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The all-white panel consists of eight men and 10 women. Jurors include a self-employed house painter, an air traffic controller, an executive assistant at a law firm and a former emergency room nurse. Opening statements in the case are scheduled for Wednesday.
The man behind George Clooney's rise
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2015-03-03 14:50:38 (24 minutes ago) 
Jennen Ngiau-Keng is no pipsqueak.




Convicted Christchurch killer Michael October may appeal convictions
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2015-03-03 14:50:38 (24 minutes ago) 
The family of slain Christchurch woman Anne-Maree Ellens have broken their silence after learning that one of her killers may appeal his convictions.
Police: Man stashes stolen gun in West Seattle store’s diaper aisle
  Source: seattlepi.com: Local News 2015-03-03 14:50:36 (24 minutes ago) 
Police arrested a 26-year-old man with a felony history Monday evening after witnesses reported gunshots in West Seattle and police recovered a stolen gun from a nearby Walgreens. Officers fielded reports of gunfire shortly before 5 p.m. near 12th Avenue Southwest and Southwest Roxbury Street. Witnesses reported a man fired a shot into the air and ran into a Walgreens drug store several blocks away. He was accompanied by his girlfriend, their infant child in a stroller and his girlfriend’s sister. Cops responded to the drug store and followed the man through the aisles until they cornered him and detained him, police reports say. A search of the man turned [...]
Justice Department finds racial bias in Ferguson police, official says
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-03-03 14:50:36 (24 minutes ago) 

WASHINGTON >> A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that a Justice Department investigation has found patterns of racial bias in the Ferguson, Missouri, police department and at the municipal jail and court.

The official says the investigation found that officers disproportionately used excessive force against blacks and too often charged them with petty offenses.

School officials ecstatic over Wolf budget
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-03-03 14:50:31 (24 minutes ago) 
Gov. Wolf's proposal Tuesday for a historic increase in state education spending was received like a Christmas bonus in March by school officials in the region, and they said they were especially pleased about what it might mean for property owners -- lower taxes.
UW System leader urges legislators to OK autonomy, lessen cut
  Source: JS Online 2015-03-03 14:50:27 (24 minutes ago) 
UW System President Ray Cross asked legislators Tuesday to approve a new public authority for the UW System and to reduce the governor’s proposed $300 million budget cut over the next two years.




Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-03 14:50:19 (25 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Federal immigration agent accused of stealing from prisoner
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-03 14:50:15 (25 minutes ago) 

PHILADELPHIA — Authorities in Philadelphia have charged a federal immigration agent accused of stealing from a prisoner he was assigned to transport, the city's district attorney said Tuesday.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Justin Ford was arrested last week after he was caught in a sting allegedly taking $200 from an undercover Philadelphia police officer posing as a deportee, District Attorney Seth Williams said.

House nears passage of Homeland bill without conditions
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-03 14:50:15 (25 minutes ago) 
Chrissie Hynde memoir coming in September
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-03 14:50:15 (25 minutes ago) 

NEW YORK — Chrissie Hynde will tell the story of her life, with all its ups and downs.

Penguin Random House announced Tuesday that the Pretenders singer was working on an "an incredibly frank" memoir that will come out Sept. 8. The book is currently untitled.

NFL Films releases Patriots Super Bowl DVD
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-03 14:50:15 (25 minutes ago) 

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots fans who can't get enough of the team's Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks now have a chance to watch not just Malcolm Butler's game-clinching interception but all of the key plays during the season that led up to it.

The NFL Films official DVD from the championship season was released on Tuesday. The video chronicles the season leading up to the 28-24 victory in Glendale, Arizona.

It includes a look at Super Bowl media day and the post-game ceremonies.





Officials: US report finds racial bias in Ferguson police
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-03 14:50:15 (25 minutes ago) 

WASHINGTON — A Justice Department investigation will allege sweeping patterns of discrimination within the Ferguson, Missouri, police department and at the municipal jail and court, law enforcement officials familiar with the report said Tuesday.

The report, which could be released as soon as Wednesday, will charge that police disproportionately use excessive force against blacks and that black drivers are stopped and searched far more often than white motorists, even though they're less likely to be carrying contraband.

IFC cancels 'Garfunkel and Oates' after one season
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-03 14:50:15 (25 minutes ago) 

IFC has canceled comedy "Garfunkel and Oates" after one season.

 

The eight episode series revolved around the fictional alter-egos of actresses Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, who perform as the folk-singing duo Garfunkel and Oates. The pair exec produced the IFC comedy with Dennis McNicholas, Fred Savage (who also directed) and Jonathan Stern.

"Garfunkel and Oates" wrapped its run last September.

 

Vanessa Cox, 31; Brandeis athletics administrator had coached lacrosse at MIT, competed for Newton North
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-03-03 14:50:14 (25 minutes ago) 
Vanessa Cox, 31, the department administrator for the Brandeis Department of Athletics and a lacrosse player who formerly competed for Newton North High School and the University of Vermont, was killed in a car crash in New Hampshire on Feb. 12.






Plainville Student Charged With Manslaughter After Allegedly Encouraging Friend to Commit Suicide
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-03-03 14:50:14 (25 minutes ago) 
A Plainville student has been indicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter after allegedly encouraging her friend to commit suicide, according to the Bristol District Attorney’s Office.






US Commander: Arming Ukraine Would Boost Pressure on Putin
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-03-03 14:50:14 (25 minutes ago) 
US commander: arming Ukraine would increase domestic pressure on Russia's Putin




Profile of Minecraft creator's life as a billionaire: "a dog chasing cars"
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-03-03 14:50:13 (25 minutes ago) 

Forbes profiles Markus "Notch" Persson, the creator of Minecraft.

So with well over half his life ahead of him, the man who created an entire universe, whose persona was synonymous with it and who received the wrath of his community for abandoning it, must now figure out exactly who he is.

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How bad laws get made: a glimpse at what Fark's Drew Curtis would be like as Kentucky governor
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-03-03 14:50:13 (25 minutes ago) 
He is blogging about stuff related to government, social development, and the kind of future he wants to live in. It's cool stuff. Read the rest
Police have not apologized for killing my son, mom says
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:41:30 (33 minutes ago) 

Tamir Rice's mother calls city officials actions since her son's death hurtful.

       
Q&A: The Clinton e-mail flap and 2016
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:41:30 (33 minutes ago) 

Here's a look at some of the questions that have been raised since reports about Clinton's e-mail use surfaced.

       
New Hospital Guidelines Say No Cats Allowed
  Source: Scientific American 2015-03-03 14:41:19 (34 minutes ago) 
Only dogs should be allowed to visit because they're more reliably trained and less risky, says the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology 

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Op-Docs: ‘Holocaust Survivor Band’
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2015-03-03 14:41:11 (34 minutes ago) 
This short documentary profiles two elderly Holocaust survivors in Florida who recently formed their own Klezmer band.
Two Georgia Executions on Hold Due to 'Cloudy' Drugs
  Source: MSNBC.com: U.S. News 2015-03-03 14:41:01 (34 minutes ago) 
Kelly Gissendaner has filed new papers with the U.S. Supreme Court a day after her execution was called off because the drugs looked cloudy.






Obama: Netanyahu Speech 'Nothing New,' Didn't Provide 'Viable Alternatives' on Iran
  Source: MSNBC.com: Politics 2015-03-03 14:41:01 (34 minutes ago) 
President Obama reacts to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress Tuesday.






Analysis: Despite Netanyahu's objections White House moves forward with Iran talks
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:40:59 (34 minutes ago) 
Washington Post correspondent David Ignatius tells CBS News that the Obama administration believes talks between the U.S. and other countries on Iran are needed
American woman allowed to leave East Timor after 6 months
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:40:59 (34 minutes ago) 
Portland, Oregon veterinarian's ordeal began when she shared taxi with drug suspect




Who has more to fear in Moscow?
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:40:59 (34 minutes ago) 
Brazen assassination of Kremlin critic leaves opposition movement shaken, but could also help unite Vladimir Putin's foes
Indian man convicted of gang rape blames victim
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:40:59 (34 minutes ago) 
"A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy," says Indian man jailed for gang-rape on New Delhi bus
"Jihadi John" heard complaining about interrogations
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:40:59 (34 minutes ago) 
Group that has suggested police harassment helped drive Londoner to ISIS releases old audio, with his version of events in 2009
Chilean volcano erupts, shooting lava into the sky
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:40:59 (34 minutes ago) 
The Villarrica volcano in southern Chile erupted early Tuesday morning, sending lava shooting into the sky. It is one of South America's most active volcanoes.
World's highest mountain facing feces problem
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:40:59 (34 minutes ago) 
Chief of Nepal's mountaineering association says 700 climbers a year are leaving waste on Mount Everest, and it's not going anywhere




CBS News poll: How do Americans view Israel?
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:40:59 (34 minutes ago) 
CBS News polled Americans on Israel, in advance of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to a joint session of Congress
New audio recordings reveal "Jihadi John" rejected extremism in 2009
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:40:59 (34 minutes ago) 
Mohammed Emwazi told British security officials that the 9/11 attacks and a series of bombings in London were wrong. It raises new questions about how this public face of ISIS executions became an Islamic radical. Mark Phillips reports from London.
Chile volcano erupts, shooting lava into the sky
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:40:59 (34 minutes ago) 
Thosuands evacuated as one of South America's most active volcanoes rumbles to life again
Israeli prime minister takes case against Iran nuclear deal to Congress
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:40:59 (34 minutes ago) 
Benjamin Netanyahu makes a controversial and long-awaited speech to Congress Tuesday. He's expected to warn lawmakers of the consequences of a nuclear deal with Iran, saying any agreement risks his country's security. Nancy Cordes reports from Capitol Hill, where an overflow crowd is expected for the Israeli leader.
ISIS defeat could hand Iraq to Iran, CIA insider says
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:40:59 (34 minutes ago) 
CBS News senior security contributor and former CIA deputy director Michael Morell joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss how Iran could be the most effective fighting force against ISIS inside Iraq. Also, Morell addresses the newly released audio recordings of ISIS executioner Mohammed Emwazi and talks about how Emwazi could have become radicalized after rejecting extremism in 2009.




Russians pay respects to slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:40:59 (34 minutes ago) 
Thousands are saying goodbye to Nemtsov on Tuesday, as a memorial service and burial are taking place. While the Kremlin vows justice, many are skeptical. Clarissa Ward reports from Moscow on how some believe President Vladimir Putin is responsible.
U.S.-backed Syria rebels crumble under al Qaeda fire
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:40:59 (34 minutes ago) 
Hazm Movement is 2nd U.S.-backed rebel faction to be defeated by al Qaeda's Nusra Front
Netanyahu speech to Congress raises stakes in Iran nuclear talks
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:40:59 (34 minutes ago) 
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to Congress Tuesday, and he's expected to warn against making any nuclear agreements with Iran. Netanyahu said Monday he's not trying to embarrass President Obama on his home turf. Margaret Brennan reports on how State Department officials are worrying that the speech could reveal sensitive information.
The risks of Iran winning the war against ISIS
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:40:59 (34 minutes ago) 
Iran-backed Shiite militias are a potent anti-ISIS force in Iraq, but CBS News senior security contributor Michael Morell wonders about the longer-term prospects for peace
Chad: Boko Haram massacres civilians in Nigeria town
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:40:59 (34 minutes ago) 
Neighboring nation's military says Islamic extremists killed hundreds as they fled strategic border town




Documentary "Under The Dome" censored in China
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:40:59 (34 minutes ago) 
A new documentary about air pollution in China is being censored by the Chinese government. "Under The Dome" took the country by storm, but as Seth Doane reports for CBSN, it's now being censored by the country's propaganda department.
Relatives of MH17 victims finally view wreckage of downed jet
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:40:59 (34 minutes ago) 
At Dutch air base, next of kin get first chance to see charred wreckage that lay for months in the battlefields of eastern Ukraine
Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel: Netanyahu did damage
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:40:59 (34 minutes ago) 
Former U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer tells CBSN that it will be hard for President Obama to work with the Israeli Prime Minister if Benjamin Netanyahu gets re-elected following his speech to Congress.
Student: Teacher found dead in classroom was "always joking around"
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:40:59 (34 minutes ago) 
Jill Jacobson, a 31-year-old photography instructor, committed suicide by hanging herself in her classroom
5 concerns that are holding Google back
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:40:57 (34 minutes ago) 
Google stock is looking undervalued as earnings misses make investors nervous.




Georgia puts all executions on hold to analyze drug that caused postponement
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-03 14:40:47 (34 minutes ago) 
Execution of Kelly Renee Gissendaner postponed over ‘cloudy’ pentobarbitalHer lawyers say officials changed mind about proceeding several times

Corrections officials in Georgia have temporarily halted all planned executions to give the state time to analyze a drug that prompted the last-minute postponement of an execution.

Kelly Renee Gissendaner was set to be executed Monday at 7 pm. Officials postponed it “out of an abundance of caution” because the pentobarbital meant for the execution appeared cloudy.

Related: In the past, Georgia would have let Kelly Renee Gissendaner live

Related: Georgia death row woman in last-ditch bid for clemency as execution looms

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Keith Vaz sidelined as Paul Gambaccini show overruns
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-03-03 14:40:46 (34 minutes ago) 

Radio presenter’s voice was liquid charm even though the story he came to tell MPs was one of personal nightmare

The home affairs select committee is normally the Keith Vaz Show. The committee is Keith’s baby and it runs according to his rules. For an hour on Tuesday, though, normal service was suspended as the committee became the Paul Gambaccini Show.

The radio presenter may have been suspended by the BBC for a year while he was on police bail for alleged sex offences, but he hasn’t lost his command of the airwaves. The voice is liquid charm even when the story he’s come to tell is a personal nightmare.

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Boston Marathon bombing trial to begin two years after deadly terror attack
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-03 14:40:45 (34 minutes ago) 

Jury seated in trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger and only survivor of the two brothers accused in the 2013 attack that killed three and injured hundreds

It has been almost two years since two backpack bombs, made from pressure cookers and stuffed with nails and ball-bearings, were detonated at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring hundreds of others in the most jarring terror attack on US soil since 9/11.

On Wednesday, just two miles from where the bombs went off, the trial of the younger of the two alleged perpetrators is finally set to begin.

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-03 14:40:39 (34 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Defendant from United Kingdom Extradited for Providing Material Support to and Receiving Military Training from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
  Source: Current 2015-03-03 14:40:35 (34 minutes ago) 
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Philadelphia Businessman Pleads Guilty in Corruption Case
  Source: Current 2015-03-03 14:40:35 (34 minutes ago) 
— Philadelphia
Laguna Pueblo Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Assaulting Laguna Pueblo Woman and a Federally Commissioned Tribal Police Officer
  Source: Current 2015-03-03 14:40:35 (34 minutes ago) 
— Albuquerque
What Netanyahu's speech left out (Opinion)
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-03-03 14:40:34 (34 minutes ago) 
#Weaselpecker image goes viral on Twitter
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-03-03 14:40:34 (34 minutes ago) 
Parent: Weston teacher called my son 'rag-head Taliban'
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2015-03-03 14:40:25 (34 minutes ago) 
A Weston parent urged the Broward School Board on Tuesday to fire a teacher he claims called his son a "rag-head Taliban."




Vanessa Cox, 31; Brandeis athletics administrator had coached lacrosse at MIT, competed for Newton North
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-03-03 14:40:24 (34 minutes ago) 
Vanessa Cox, 31, the department administrator for the Brandeis Department of Athletics and a lacrosse player who formerly competed for Newton North High School and the University of Vermont, was killed in a car crash in New Hampshire on Feb. 12.






Plainville Student Charged With Manslaughter After Allegedly Encouraging Friend to Commit Suicide
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-03-03 14:40:23 (34 minutes ago) 
A Plainville student has been indicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter after allegedly encouraging her friend to commit suicide, according to the Bristol District Attorney’s Office.






Black hole is the most massive discovered in the early Universe
  Source: Ars Technica 2015-03-03 14:40:21 (34 minutes ago) 

At the core of every galaxy lies a supermassive black hole (SMBH). These behemoths are many times the size of ordinary black holes. And unlike your garden-variety stellar-mass black hole, supermassive black holes didn’t form from a collapsing star; rather, they formed.... well, we actually don’t know how they formed. But we do know just how big they are. An ordinary black hole can have about five to several tens of times the mass of the Sun (solar masses), where our own galaxy’s SMBH has about four million solar masses.

While we don’t yet know the mechanism by which SMBHs form, the prevailing thought is that they formed (relatively) small, with “only” 100 to 100,000 solar masses. They would then have gained mass over time as they gobbled up matter, ultimately growing to become the giants we see today.

A new SMBH has now been discovered with about twelve billion solar masses. By itself, that’s not unprecedented; others have been discovered with roughly the same mass. What’s astounding about the new discovery is the extreme distance of the SMBH—about 12.8 billion light-years from Earth—and hence, how quickly after the Big Bang it formed.

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Official: US report finds racial bias in Ferguson police
  Source: AP Top Political News 2015-03-03 14:40:19 (35 minutes ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that a Justice Department investigation has found patterns of racial bias in the Ferguson, Missouri, police department and at the municipal jail and court....
New Mexico couple gets engaged, then stranded on mountaintop
  Source: AP Top News 2015-03-03 14:40:19 (35 minutes ago) 
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An ecstatic New Mexico couple who got engaged on top of Sandia Peak had to curtail their celebrations after getting stuck for hours because of high winds. KOB-TV in Albuquerque reports (http://goo.gl/mVqiPA ) that Arthur Edelhoff and Lindsay Duncan of Corrales took the tram up the mountaintop early Sunday evening....




Official: US report finds racial bias in Ferguson police
  Source: AP Top News 2015-03-03 14:40:19 (35 minutes ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Justice Department investigation will allege sweeping patterns of discrimination within the Ferguson, Missouri, police department and at the municipal jail and court, a law enforcement official familiar with the report said Tuesday. The report, which could be released as soon as Wednesday, will charge that police disproportionately use excessive force against blacks and that black drivers are stopped and searched far more often than white motorists, even though they're l...
New Mexico couple gets engaged, then stranded on mountaintop
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2015-03-03 14:40:18 (35 minutes ago) 
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- An ecstatic New Mexico couple who got engaged on top of Sandia Peak had to curtail their celebrations after getting stuck for hours because of high winds....
Official: US report finds racial bias in Ferguson police
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2015-03-03 14:40:18 (35 minutes ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Justice Department investigation will allege sweeping patterns of discrimination within the Ferguson, Missouri, police department and at the municipal jail and court, a law enforcement official familiar with the report said Tuesday....
This Baby Will Only Stop Crying When She Hears Taylor Swift
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:39:20 (36 minutes ago) 
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Get Ready for Community Season 6 in Yahoo’s New Trailer
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:39:20 (36 minutes ago) 
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Know Right Now: Human Waste on Mount Everest Creates an Environmental Issue
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:39:20 (36 minutes ago) 
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Tamir Rice's mother calls for apology from 'disrespectful' Cleveland police
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-03 14:38:58 (36 minutes ago) 

City claimed Tamir, 12, who was shot by a police officer in November, was ‘directly and proximately’ responsible for his own death

The mother of Tamir Rice has called for the city of Cleveland to apologise for shooting her son dead last year, describing officials’ claims that Tamir was responsible for his own death as “very disrespectful”. Rice was shot dead by a police officer in November.

In documents filed by the city, defense attorneys argued that 12 year-old Tamir was “directly and proximately” responsible for his own death. The city mayor has since apologised for the remarks, describing them as “very insensitive” and stating the city planned to alter the wording.

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Boston Marathon bombing trial to begin two years after deadly terror attack
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-03 14:38:57 (36 minutes ago) 

Jury seated in trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger and only survivor of the two brothers accused in the 2013 attack that killed three and injured hundreds

It has been almost two years since two backpack bombs, made from pressure cookers and stuffed with nails and ball-bearings, were detonated at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring hundreds of others in the most jarring terror attack on US soil since 9/11.

On Wednesday, just two miles from where the bombs went off, the trial of the younger of the two alleged perpetrators is finally set to begin.

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Former Morrisons tax boss jailed for a year over insider dealing
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-03 14:38:56 (36 minutes ago) 

Paul Coyle, 50, had made £79,000 in sharemarket profits after using information he had about an impending tie-up with the online retailer Ocado

The former head of tax at the Morrisons supermarket chain has been jailed for a year after pleading guilty to insider dealing, from which he made £79,000 of profits.

Paul Coyle, who was also group treasurer of the Bradford-based business, made his plea at Leeds crown court to the charges brought by the City regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority. He was also ordered to pay £15,000 towards prosecution costs and subjected to a confiscation order for £203,234.

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Paul Gambaccini: police used me as 'flypaper' for almost a year
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-03 14:38:56 (36 minutes ago) 

BBC Radio DJ tells MPs of his support for police bail limit of 28 days, after his bail was extended seven times in 2014, costing £200,000 in earnings and legal costs

The broadcaster Paul Gambaccini has told MPs he was used as human “flypaper” by prosecutors for almost a year in relation to a now-dropped allegation of historic sex abuse, with his arrest publicised in the hope that other people would come forward to make allegations against him.

Gambaccini told the Commons home affairs select committee on Tuesday that he ”enthusiastically supported” moves to introduce a 28-day limit on the use of police bail after being unable to work for an entire year because of the publicity surrounding the ”completely fictitious” allegation.

You are exposed, in the first place, so that other people will accuse you… You can see the pattern in all the cases.

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Kasich after Netanyahu speech says Israel is a 'tremendous' ally
  Source: The Columbus Dispatch Local and State News 2015-03-03 14:38:42 (36 minutes ago) 
Ohio Gov. John Kasich spent 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, but when he finally returned to the House floor Tuesday, it was his future, not his past, that sparked questions. Kasich, who’s perpetually on lists of potential 2016 Republican contenders, has said consistently that he has not made any decision on whether run. But his appearance on the House floor during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress Tuesday nonetheless caused questions about whether he was trying to emphasize his foreign policy credentials in preparation for a run.
Queen strips Rolf Harris of honour
  Source: The Australian | News 2015-03-03 14:38:41 (36 minutes ago) 
QUEEN Elizabeth has formally annulled the CBE she bestowed on convicted Australian entertainer Rolf Harris.
Picton pair's romance goes viral
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2015-03-03 14:38:25 (36 minutes ago) 
On Monday, it was the talk of the town, by Tuesday it was the talk of New Zealand - the story of a courageous Scottish lass on the hunt for shirtless man she'd spotted in Picton days earlier.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel says city rules prohibit round-the-clock construction at Wrigley Field
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-03-03 14:38:24 (36 minutes ago) 
Live Blog: Target execs meet investors starting at 1:30
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:38:21 (36 minutes ago) 
Target executives hold major event with investors and analysts to discuss short-term and mid-term goals for first time since data breach and Canada store closings.




I tried to get some photos of an octopus, but it grabbed the camera and got some of me instead!
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-03-03 14:37:28 (37 minutes ago) 
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Will the next movie Spider-Man be black? It's a definite possibility
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-03-03 14:37:24 (37 minutes ago) 
Fans have been speculating on whether the next movie Spider-Man will be based on Brian Michael Bendis' African American/Hispanic character Miles Morales.
First Words: The ‘Loser Edit’ That Awaits Us All
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2015-03-03 14:36:57 (38 minutes ago) 
Fifteen years after reality TV gave us the “loser edit,” the phrase has become a metaphor with which we can explain our failures.
Young Players Write New History as Baseball Returns to N.Y.U.
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2015-03-03 14:36:56 (38 minutes ago) 
The New York University program, dropped after the 1974 season, is dependent on a roster made up largely of freshmen that is building for the future.
Restaurants: Restaurant Review: Via Carota in the West Village
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2015-03-03 14:36:56 (38 minutes ago) 
The chefs Jody Williams and Rita Sodi, partners in business and domestic affairs, are the owners and chefs of Via Carota in Greenwich Village.




US: Ex-CIA chief admits mishandling classified information
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2015-03-03 14:36:50 (38 minutes ago) 
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose once-bright political future was all but destroyed over an affair with his biographer, has agreed to plead guilty to sharing classified material with her, the Justice Department said Tuesday.
US: Ex-CIA chief admits mishandling classified information
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2015-03-03 14:36:47 (38 minutes ago) 
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose once-bright political future was all but destroyed over an affair with his biographer, has agreed to plead guilty to sharing classified material with her, the Justice Department said Tuesday.
Ex-terrorist Battisti 'to be expelled from Brazil'
  Source: News di English News - ANSA.it 2015-03-03 14:36:31 (38 minutes ago) 
Right to reside in South American country revoked
As Oceans Become Killing Field, Fish We Eat Dwindle
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:36:14 (39 minutes ago) 
Thanks to giant trawlers armed with technology and massive nets, the seas are running low on the fish we like to eat, like halibut and cod.
10 Women, 8 Men Selected as Jurors in Tsarnaev Trial
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:36:14 (39 minutes ago) 
The 12 jurors and six alternates must appear in Boston federal court Wednesday morning, when opening statement begin.










Obama: 'Nothing New' in Netanyahu Speech
  Source: MSNBC.com: Politics 2015-03-03 14:35:42 (39 minutes ago) 
He suggested that the Israeli leader failed to articulate an alternative strategy to halt Iran's attempts to make a nuclear bomb.






Bao Bao panda cub to be separated from mother at National Zoo
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:35:32 (39 minutes ago) 
Bao Bao at the Smithsonian National Zoo is approaching a big turning point in her life: leaving her mother to live on her own. Take a behind-the-scenes look at a moment that's emotional but essential for the 18-month-old panda. Jan Crawford reports on this bittersweet rite of passage, only on "CBS This Morning."
Giant in the making: Buster Posey on becoming the new face of baseball
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:35:32 (39 minutes ago) 
The San Francisco Giants, who are defending World Series champions, take the field Tuesday afternoon for their first spring training game. They will be led once again by Buster Posey, who fans just voted as the new face of Major League Baseball. Posey showed Jeff Glor how he balances home plate and home life.
New Hampshire police issuing unusual kind of tickets
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:35:32 (39 minutes ago) 
Inspired by residents' resilience during tough winter, Farmington police are rewarding law-abiding citizens
Tourist crushed to death by piece of Alaska glacier
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:35:32 (39 minutes ago) 
28-year-old was running to join his friends for a group photo in front of the glacier when the incident occurred




Fiery building explosion in Detroit
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:35:31 (39 minutes ago) 
Industrial neighborhood swarmed by first responders after explosion blows out walls of building; more blasts possible
Hernandez prosecutors want jury told about Fla. shooting
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:35:31 (39 minutes ago) 
Prosecutors say the Florida shooting contradicts an argument by the defense that the ex-NFL player would not shoot a friend
10-year-old apparently runs over brother in stolen car
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:35:31 (39 minutes ago) 
Woman called cops on her sons, reporting they had broken into a car dealership and were taking cars for joyrides
Volunteer pilots are eyes in sky for Coast Guard ice breakers.
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:35:31 (39 minutes ago) 
Two Air Force veterans volunteer their time to spot and photograph ice, guiding the U.S. Coast Guard on crucial ice breaking missions in New York. Alex Pena reports.
Hillary Clinton's email while at State Department raising questions
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:35:31 (39 minutes ago) 
Hillary Clinton is playing defense after it was discovered she was conducting government business on her private email account. Some of those emails may have contained information about Benghazi. CBS News State Department correspondent Margaret Brennan and CBS News Political Director John Dickerson join CBSN with more on the possible repercussions Clinton could face.




S.C. deputies hunt vandals who killed 300,000 chickens
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:35:31 (39 minutes ago) 
Sheriff says criminal responsible for killing birds worth $1.7 million is familiar with alarm systems used in the chicken houses
Mobile World Congress puts latest wireless technology on display
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:35:31 (39 minutes ago) 
The newest gadgets and tech toys are on display at the Mobile World Congress. CNET's Bridget Carey joins CBSN with more on why all eyes are on Google this year and their plans for wireless service.
Fla. man arrested after hitting black man with bottle
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:35:31 (39 minutes ago) 
Deputies say Kenneth Hodge, a black male, was at the Hideout Lounge in Ormond Beach when Jason Cuellar, who is white, told him "this bar is not for blacks"
Mayor bans public from asking questions at meetings
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:35:30 (39 minutes ago) 
After being called "a jerk," one New Jersey mayor decides to no longer allow questions at meetings that turn them into "the Spanish Inquisition"
Major supplier of police body cams has financial ties to top cops
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:35:30 (39 minutes ago) 
Taser International is covering expenses for police chiefs who speak at conferences and hiring recently retired chiefs as consultants




Six-year-old singer rocks the National Anthem
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:35:30 (39 minutes ago) 
A 6-year-old's rendition of the national anthem at a basketball game in Racine, Wisconsin, had the crowd cheering. CBSN's Elaine Quijano and Vladimir Duthiers report on her performance.
Mom responds after Cleveland blames boy for his death
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:35:30 (39 minutes ago) 
Mother of 12-year-old Tamir Rice breaks silence after Cleveland says boy shot by police died as a result of his own actions
Shadowy surprise in painting of former president
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:35:30 (39 minutes ago) 
The National Portrait Museum has 55 images of Bill Clinton, but only one, according to artist Nelson Shanks, alludes to a dark point in his past
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev jury seated ahead of trial opening
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:35:30 (39 minutes ago) 
If convicted, the the 12 jurors and six alternates will have to decide is whether to give accused Boston Marathon bomber the death penalty
Analysis of Netanyahu's speech to Congress
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:35:30 (39 minutes ago) 
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an unprecedented speech to the U.S. Congress. State Department correspondent Margaret Brennan and Chief White House correspondent Major Garrett join CBSN with reaction on what he said, and what could come next after the address.




Buddy Holly plane crash investigation to be reopened?
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-03 14:35:29 (39 minutes ago) 
NTSB considers reopening investigation into 1959 crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson
Pebble watch breaks funding record on Kickstarter
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:35:26 (39 minutes ago) 
After releasing a newer version of its smartwatch, Pebble has reached $13.8 million in funding.
Mother of Tamir Rice, boy slain by Cleveland cop, cool to city apology
  Source: Los Angeles Times - National News 2015-03-03 14:35:25 (39 minutes ago) 
The mother of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy shot to death by a Cleveland police officer, reacted coolly on Tuesday to an apology by the city for a court filing that blamed her son for his own death.
Boston Marathon bombing trial to begin two years after deadly terror attack
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-03 14:34:30 (40 minutes ago) 

Jury seated in trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger and only survivor of the two brothers accused in the 2013 attack that killed three and injured hundreds

It has been almost two years since two backpack bombs, made from pressure cookers and stuffed with nails and ball-bearings, were detonated at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring hundreds of others in the most jarring terror attack on US soil since 9/11.

On Wednesday, just two miles from where the bombs went off, the trial of the younger of the two alleged perpetrators is finally set to begin.

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Sinan Antoon: an Iraqi novelist living in continuous mourning
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-03 14:34:30 (40 minutes ago) 

A forthcoming translation of Antoon’s third novel Ya Mariam, which comes in the wake of latest Isis atrocities, has Antoon wondering: ‘how do you write about a country that is disintegrating?’

“How do you write about a country that is disintegrating?” says Sinan Antoon, on the line from his office at New York University. His words have taken on a more affective valency in recent days, as the notorious militants from Islamic State (Isis) released footage showing the graphic destruction of Assyrian and Akkadian artefacts in Mosul’s central museum.

Talking about the litany of massacres and destructions that the well-funded group has left in the wake of its territorial expansion across Iraq and Syria, Antoon, who describes himself as an Iraqi novelist in America, says “I never imagined Isis”. He was one of a coterie of dissident diasporic Iraqi intellectuals who opposed the 2003 US occupation of his homeland that led to the current post-colonial quagmire.

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Netanyahu's speech to Congress: long on terror, short on substance
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-03 14:34:27 (40 minutes ago) 

In his speech to Congress, Netanyahu did not offer alternative solutions other than endless sanctions against Iran until it meets a series of vague demands

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Tamir Rice's mother calls for apology from 'disrespectful' Cleveland police
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-03 14:34:13 (41 minutes ago) 

City claimed Tamir, 12, who was shot by a police officer in November, was ‘directly and proximately’ responsible for his own death

The mother of Tamir Rice has called for the city of Cleveland to apologise for shooting her son dead last year, describing officials’ claims that Tamir was responsible for his own death as “very disrespectful”. Rice was shot dead by a police officer in November.

In documents filed by the city, defense attorneys argued that 12 year-old Tamir was “directly and proximately” responsible for his own death. The city mayor has since apologised for the remarks, describing them as “very insensitive” and stating the city planned to alter the wording.

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Former Morrisons tax boss jailed for a year over insider dealing
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-03 14:34:12 (41 minutes ago) 

Paul Coyle, 50, had made £79,000 in sharemarket profits after using information he had about an impending tie-up with the online retailer Ocado

The former head of tax at the Morrisons supermarket chain has been jailed for a year after pleading guilty to insider dealing, from which he made £79,000 of profits.

Paul Coyle, who was also group treasurer of the Bradford-based business, made his plea at Leeds crown court to the charges brought by the City regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority. He was also ordered to pay £15,000 towards prosecution costs and subjected to a confiscation order for £203,234.

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Paul Gambaccini: police used me as 'flypaper' for almost a year
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-03 14:34:11 (41 minutes ago) 

BBC Radio DJ tells MPs of his support for police bail limit of 28 days, after his bail was extended seven times in 2014, costing £200,000 in earnings and legal costs

The broadcaster Paul Gambaccini has told MPs he was used as human “flypaper” by prosecutors for almost a year in relation to a now-dropped allegation of historic sex abuse, with his arrest publicised in the hope that other people would come forward to make allegations against him.

Gambaccini told the Commons home affairs select committee on Tuesday that he ”enthusiastically supported” moves to introduce a 28-day limit on the use of police bail after being unable to work for an entire year because of the publicity surrounding the ”completely fictitious” allegation.

You are exposed, in the first place, so that other people will accuse you… You can see the pattern in all the cases.

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RGI Launches Rare Disease Research Challenge
  Source: GenomeWeb Daily News 2015-03-03 14:34:02 (41 minutes ago) 




Kanye West's Oxford Lecture Is 20 Minutes of "The Best, Illest Quotes"
  Source: Gawker 2015-03-03 14:33:59 (41 minutes ago) 

There is no way to begin a report about Kanye West's Monday lecture at the Oxford Guild Business Society that would be better or more telling than Yeezy's own opening remarks: "OK, everyone please be completely quiet, because I can literally hear a whisper, and it'll throw off my stream of consciousness, and when I get my stream of consciousness going that's when I give the best, illest quotes."

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-03 14:33:09 (42 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Conservative group whines about establishment Republicans trying to fund Homeland Security
  Source: Daily Kos 2015-03-03 14:32:34 (42 minutes ago) 
Conservative Ken Cuccinelli upon hearing that Boehner wants to fund Homeland Security. The Senate Conservatives Fund, a tea-party aligned group, is really upset that some Republicans want to take a responsible approach to funding Homeland Security—namely, actually passing a bill that averts a shutdown for more than a week. The American Action Network launched ads last week against Reps. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, Jim Jordan of Ohio, and Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma, all of whom opposed passing a "clean" bill to fund Homeland Security through the end of September.
[T]he establishment-aligned American Action Network released ads arguing the three congressmen "are willing to put our security at risk by jeopardizing critical security funding." Here's the whining, courtesy of SCF president Ken Cuccinelli:
"This is a direct attack on three constitutional conservatives by the Republican establishment to punish them for opposing House leadership." True, Ken.
"These congressmen are fighting to stop the president's lawlessness and secure our nation's borders to protect us from future terrorist attacks. They're trying to keep the promises that the House leadership made last year, but have once again abandoned." False, Ken. John Boehner and Mitch McConnell's biggest promise was that they would prove Republicans could govern in the majority and that they would avert government shutdowns.

Let's just say they have a ways to go on that first promise and they're hanging on to that second one by a hair.

Bank Robber Sentenced to 188 Months in Prison
  Source: Current 2015-03-03 14:32:29 (42 minutes ago) 
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Image goes viral on Twitter
  Source: CNN.com 2015-03-03 14:31:39 (43 minutes ago) 




Superheroes recast in 17th century
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2015-03-03 14:31:16 (44 minutes ago) 
Photographer Sacha Goldberger recasts comic superheroes and sci-fi icons as 17th century Flemish paintings
Netanyahu's three demands of Iran
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-03-03 14:31:10 (44 minutes ago) 







Vanessa Cox, 31; Brandeis athletics administrator had coached lacrosse at MIT, competed for Newton North
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-03-03 14:31:05 (44 minutes ago) 
Vanessa Cox, 31, the department administrator for the Brandeis Department of Athletics and a lacrosse player who formerly competed for Newton North High School and the University of Vermont, was killed in a car crash in New Hampshire on Feb. 12.






Plainville Student Charged With Manslaughter After Allegedly Encouraging Friend to Commit Suicide
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-03-03 14:31:03 (44 minutes ago) 
A Plainville student has been indicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter after allegedly encouraging her friend to commit suicide, according to the Bristol District Attorney’s Office.






Netanyahu's three demands of Iran
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-03-03 14:31:02 (44 minutes ago) 











Delhi police block gang rapist film
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-03-03 14:30:50 (44 minutes ago) 
Police in India secure a court injunction blocking the broadcast of an interview with one of the Delhi gang rapists on death row.
Delhi police block gang rapist film
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-03-03 14:30:43 (44 minutes ago) 
Police in India secure a court injunction blocking the broadcast of an interview with one of the Delhi gang rapists on death row.
Ford launches e-bikes at mobile show
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-03-03 14:30:42 (44 minutes ago) 
Ford has been showing off two e-bikes at Mobile World Congress as manufacturers start to look beyond the car.
A Review of "Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA"
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-03-03 14:30:37 (44 minutes ago) 
Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA by E.G. Vallianatos and McKay Jenkins (Bloomsbury Press)  

“Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts,” Richard Feynman famously declared in 1966. Ever quick to challenge accepted wisdom, he distinguished the laudable ignorance of science, forever seeking unattainable certainties, from the dangerous ignorance of experts who professed such certainty.

Twenty years later, he would drop a rubber ring into a glass of ice water to show a panel of clueless rocket experts how willful ignorance of basic temperature effects likely caused the Challenger shuttle disaster. (1)

Experts with delusions of certainty create imitative forms of science, he warned, producing “the kind of tyranny we have today in the many institutions that have come under the influence of pseudoscientific advisors.” (2)

Feynman’s warning against faith in the phony trappings of “cargo cult science” fell on deaf ears. Policies affecting every aspect of our lives are now based on dangerous forms of ignorance.

A prime case in point is the noble edifice of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where a high-ranking EPA official was recently jailed and fined for collecting pay and bonuses for decades of non-existent work while he claimed to be working elsewhere for the CIA. Such long-standing fraud would hardly come as a surprise to Evaggelos Vallianatos, who toiled for a quarter of a century in the EPA’s Pesticide Division, ostensibly responsible for protecting human health and the environment from commercial poisons. His new book, Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA, documents a culture of fraud and corruption infesting every corner and closet of the agency.

The EPA, created with much fanfare by Richard Nixon in 1970, was an agency crippled at birth by inadequate funding, political hypocrisy, and laws protecting industry profits above all. Vallianatos points out that one of the fledgling agency’s greatest handicaps was its initial staffing with personnel from USDA, steeped in the religion of corporate agriculture and lethal technologies. With USDA staff came also USDA’s outdated pesticide registrations, which were to be reviewed and reregistered by EPA.  In addition, hundreds of new pesticide applications accumulated every year, each supported by industry-produced safety studies to meet new federal requirements. Hired as scientists, EPA staffers spent their time cutting and pasting industry studies and conclusions into rubber-stamped registration approvals. Under industry-crafted laws, once a pesticide was registered, it could never be unregistered without massive, unequivocal evidence of harm.

As if such misuse of science weren’t bad enough, audits by FDA and EPA soon found that most of the thousands of industry safety studies used to approve pesticide registrations were fraudulent. Alerted by FDA scientist Adrian Gross, EPA had discovered in 1976 that Industrial BioTest Laboratories [IBT], which had conducted many of the pesticide safety tests submitted to EPA by manufacturers, had been routinely faking tests, falsifying data, and altering results for years.  Subsequent investigations of other testing laboratories found similar practices in more than half the labs whose tests supported EPA registrations of pesticides.

“IBT was not a unique case of scientific fraud,” Vallianatos writes, “it was emblematic of a dark and deviant scientific culture, a ‘brave new science’ with deep roots throughout agribusiness, the chemical industry, universities, and the government.” (3)

In 1979, during the seven years of EPA dithering over this scandal, Vallianatos came to work at EPA. He soon learned that not a single pesticide registration was to be canceled due to fraudulent or nonexistent test data. Instead, he notes, EPA’s reaction was to outsource science. It shut down its own testing laboratories, closed its own libraries of toxicity data on thousands of chemicals, and outsourced all evaluations of industry-sponsored studies. “The unspoken understanding in this outsourcing of government functions has been the near certainty of finding industry data satisfactory – all the time.” This issue is relevant today, given that chemicals such as 2,4-D and glyphosate (Roundup™), whose uses have been vastly increased by GMO practices, were originally registered on the basis of invalid IBT studies.

During Vallianatos’s first year at EPA,1980, some 1.1 billion pounds of pesticide active ingredients were applied to U.S. food crops, a number that does not include home and garden uses, parklands, golf courses, playing fields, and municipal landscapes. In 2011, two billion pounds of pesticides were sold in the U.S.  Most if not all of those pesticides lacked valid testing data then, and still lack such data today.  Furthering the fraud, Vallianatos points out, the active ingredient is only the tip of the iceberg, being as little as one percent of the product; the remainder is a trade secret stew of untested, unknown “inert” ingredients that are often more toxic than the active ingredients. What he calls “The Big Business of Fraudulent Science” has replaced even the semblance of environmental protection.

Poison Spring chronicles some of the consequences of that fraud in an agency snared in its own tangled lies: cover-ups of dioxin levels in drinking water and in dead babies; routine suppression of data linking pesticides to soaring rates of cancer, birth defects, and chronic disease; industry access to everything; “revolving door” administrators serving corporate bosses; political appointees dismantling EPA labs and data libraries to dispose of damaging evidence; the cutting of research funds for nontoxic alternatives; the harsh retribution visited on whistleblowers; and ever and again, bureaucrats, with full knowledge of the consequences, setting policies that result in death and suffering. For 25 years, Vallianatos saw and documented it all.

“EPA officials know global chemical and agribusiness industries are manufacturing science,” Vallianatos writes. “They know their products are dangerous…. [EPA] scientists find themselves working in a roomful of funhouse mirrors, plagiarizing industry studies and cutting and pasting the findings of industry studies as their own.”

“This entire book is, in a sense, about a bureaucracy going mad,” Vallianatos adds.

Bureaucracy does not go mad by itself, however. Public indifference to the ignorance of experts and public tolerance of lies are what allow such madness to flourish, enabled by the scientific community’s silence. Inexorably, Vallianatos found, “science and policy themselves have been made a prop to the pesticides industry and agribusiness.”

Such monumental fraud demands drastic remedies, which Vallianatos bravely urges: rebuild an EPA completely independent from industry and politics, remove incentives for huge scale, chemically-dependent corporate agriculture, and address the underlying problem by encouraging small family farms and agriculture without chemical warfare.

“Traditional (and often organic) farmers – until seventy-five years ago, the only farmers there were – are slowly beginning to make a comeback.  They have always known how to raise crops and livestock without industrial poisons,” Vallianatos points out.  “They are the seed for a future harvest of good food, a healthy natural world, and democracy in rural America – and the world.”

These are facts, and this is a book that scientists and citizens alike ignore at great peril.

 

Footnotes:

(1) See his account of the investigation into the Challenger disaster in What Do You Care What Other People Think? By Richard P. Feynman, 1988.

(2) Richard Feynman, What is Science? Presented at the fifteenth annual meeting of the National Science Teachers Association, 1966 in New York City, and reprinted from The Physics Teacher Vol. 7, issue 6, 1969, pp. 313-320 by permission of the editor and the author.

(3) For more information about the extent of this lab fraud, see A Bitter Fog: Herbicides and Human Rights, by Carol Van Strum, 1983, revised 2014 with full texts of Peter von Stackelberg’s exposé of the issue in a new appendix.

Odd, embarrassing items left out at work
  Source: seattlepi.com: Local News 2015-03-03 14:30:23 (44 minutes ago) 




Zack Galifanakis lives on a farm
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-03-03 14:30:21 (44 minutes ago) 
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Josh Mandel attends Netanyahu speech to Congress
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-03-03 14:30:21 (44 minutes ago) 
"Treasurer Mandel thought the speech was thoughtful, forceful and well-articulated," his spokesman said.
Downtown Lakewood merchants group sees redevelopment potential in hospital closure
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-03-03 14:30:21 (44 minutes ago) 
The Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance is telling city officials it believes closing Lakewood Hospital, redeveloping the property, and opening a $34 million family health center offers exciting economic opportunities for new and existing businesses.
Akron to begin largest part of sewer overhaul, $317 million tunnel
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-03-03 14:30:21 (44 minutes ago) 
The city's sewer project now takes up roughly two-thirds of Akron's total capital budget, according to Finance Committee Chairman Mike Williams.
Judge refuses to toss out key witness' guilty plea involving Heartless Felons case
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-03-03 14:30:21 (44 minutes ago) 
A judge said Tuesday there was no reasonable or legitimate reason to allow Robert Porter to back out of his plea deal with prosecutors.




Raising the minimum age to buy cigarettes in Ohio to 21 would save lives, researchers say
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-03-03 14:30:21 (44 minutes ago) 
Raising the minimum age to buy cigarettes to 21 would save lives by preventing adolescents from ever taking up smoking, according to a new report.
Protesters march to Los Angeles police headquarters
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2015-03-03 14:30:19 (45 minutes ago) 
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Several dozen people rallying in protest of a fatal shooting by Los Angeles police on Skid Row have begun a march to police headquarters.
Protesters march to Los Angeles police headquarters
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2015-03-03 14:30:19 (45 minutes ago) 
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Several dozen people rallying in protest of a fatal shooting by Los Angeles police on Skid Row have begun a march to police headquarters.
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-03 14:30:08 (45 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Georgia Puts Executions on Temporary Hold to Examine Cloudy Drug That Postponed Inmate's Death
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-03-03 14:30:06 (45 minutes ago) 
Georgia puts executions on temporary hold to examine cloudy drug that postponed inmate's death




Judge Rules Man Will Be Tried in Kansas Jewish Site Killings
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-03-03 14:30:06 (45 minutes ago) 
Judge rules white supremacist will go on trial in Kansas Jewish sites shootings
Vietnamese Man Extradited From UK to Face US Terror Charge
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-03-03 14:30:06 (45 minutes ago) 
Vietnamese man extradited from UK to face US charge he provided material support to al-Qaida
Why the Chicago Cubs Hold the Keys to the 'Back to the Future' Car
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-03-03 14:30:05 (45 minutes ago) 
A museum is giving away the car if the Chicago Cubs win the 2015 World Series.
Amid NY murder trial, man calls to say he could be Etan Patz
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-03 14:30:05 (45 minutes ago) 

NEW YORK — A man who thinks he could be Etan Patz called authorities amid the murder trial of a suspect charged in the boy's 1979 disappearance and death, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said the man "had in his head" he could be the 6-year-old, and he had been born at the right time so police interviewed him. She identified him as a man with the last name "Dillion" but gave no other details.

Georgia temporarily halts executions to examine drug
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-03 14:30:05 (45 minutes ago) 




Play ball! Quickly! Baseball tries to speed game this spring
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-03 14:30:05 (45 minutes ago) 
FCC head defends Internet neutrality rules on the road
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-03 14:30:04 (45 minutes ago) 

NEW YORK — The head of the Federal Communications Commission is taking the defense of new Internet regulations on the road.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said Tuesday that "there needs to be a referee" for the Internet. He's a keynote speaker at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain.

The FCC's vote last week approved "net neutrality" rules that prevent Internet providers such as Comcast and Verizon from slowing or blocking Web traffic or from creating Internet fast lanes that content providers must pay for.

Vanessa Cox, 31; Brandeis athletics administrator had coached lacrosse at MIT, competed for Newton North
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-03-03 14:30:04 (45 minutes ago) 
Vanessa Cox, 31, the department administrator for the Brandeis Department of Athletics and a lacrosse player who formerly competed for Newton North High School and the University of Vermont, was killed in a car crash in New Hampshire on Feb. 12.






Plainville Student Charged With Manslaughter After Allegedly Encouraging Friend to Commit Suicide
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-03-03 14:30:04 (45 minutes ago) 
A Plainville student has been indicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter after allegedly encouraging her friend to commit suicide, according to the Bristol District Attorney’s Office.






Young Republicans demand legal weed
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-03-03 14:30:04 (45 minutes ago) 

63% of Millennial age Republicans support legal weed, according to the latest PewResearch poll. 58% favor same-sex marriage, too. Most of the older members of their party are in disagreement. (more…)





Still doing your own grocery shopping? That's so 2014
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:21:17 (54 minutes ago) 

Still doing your own grocery shopping? That's so 2014

       
Deliberations begin in Wash. medical marijuana trial
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:21:17 (54 minutes ago) 

Federal prosecutors argue federal law makes no exception for growing pot for medical use.

       
Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial
  Source: Slashdot 2015-03-03 14:21:09 (54 minutes ago) 
HughPickens.com writes: The Globe and Mail reports that Edward Snowden's Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, says the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor is working with American and German lawyers to return home. "I won't keep it secret that he wants to return back home. And we are doing everything possible now to solve this issue. There is a group of U.S. lawyers, there is also a group of German lawyers and I'm dealing with it on the Russian side." Kucherena added that Snowden is ready to return to the States, but on the condition that he is given a guarantee of a legal and impartial trial. The lawyer said Snowden had so far only received a guarantee from the U.S. Attorney General that he will not face the death penalty. Kucherena says Snowden is able to travel outside Russia since he has a three-year Russian residency permit, but "I suspect that as soon as he leaves Russia, he will be taken to the U.S. embassy."

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Boko Haram's new video shifts from speeches to beheadings
  Source: Los Angeles Times - World News 2015-03-03 14:20:48 (54 minutes ago) 
The latest video from Nigerian militant group Boko Haram, which shows the beheaded bodies of two men accused of spying, does not offer the same slick cinematography that the Islamic State uses to shock the West and lure recruits.
West Virginia governor vetoes bill banning abortion at 20 weeks
  Source: Los Angeles Times - National News 2015-03-03 14:20:48 (54 minutes ago) 
West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed legislation Tuesday that would ban abortions at 20 weeks’ pregnancy, noting that the law would not pass constitutional muster.




Supreme Court appears to lean in favor of allowing searches of motel registries
  Source: Los Angeles Times - National News 2015-03-03 14:20:48 (54 minutes ago) 
The Supreme Court justices, hearing arguments in a Los Angeles case, sounded prepared Tuesday to revive a city ordinance that gives the police the authority to regularly check motels' guest registries without search warrants.
MySkills MyFuture Suggests Careers That Match Your Current Job
  Source: Lifehacker 2015-03-03 14:20:46 (54 minutes ago) 

If you're tired of your current job, it might be easier to switch to a new career if you build on the skills you already have and find a compatible career. The government's mySkills myFuture can help you there.

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Ebola death toll in west Africa ‘could be much higher than initial estimates’
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-03 14:20:35 (54 minutes ago) 

Brussels conference attended by three west African presidents warned of funding shortfall in reaching zero-cases target and a death toll higher than first thought

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Two-year-old DJ Arch Jr feeling the groove - video
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-03 14:20:35 (54 minutes ago) 
Two-year-old DJ Arch Jr feels the groove as he displays his talents on the mixing deck. The South African township prodigy has achieved social media fame through videos that show him in headphones, switching on decks, loading CDs, mixing music and dancing like a pro to the beat. He has already begun a DJing course at college and been inundated with offers of gigs Continue reading...
Whisper it, but maybe the Palace of Westminster has had its day
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-03 14:20:33 (54 minutes ago) 

Portcullis House has already become the centre of gravity for MPs, proving that parliament can adapt. Maybe it’s time to look beyond the great old Gothic pile

Let me share a secret with you. Even those who love the Gothic extravagance that is the Victorian Palace of Westminster know that great swaths of it are out of date. Parts of it were out of date before the 30-year rebuilding programme of 1840-70 was completed, as MPs and peers complained at the time.

In 2015 the urgent question is again what to do about it. As the Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, said in a speech on Monday – here is the Guardian’s account – radical decisions have to be taken about its future, the options ranging from staggering on as usual with make-do-and-mending to a new 21st-century building on a new site, possibly far from London.

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Dave’s like, sorry Lynton, last question, what do I wear tomorrow? I’m WTAF, that is MY job
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-03 14:20:33 (54 minutes ago) 
How Samantha Cameron might have commented on reports that she chooses her husband’s clothes for him

Well when we saw the news I was like, what do you see babes, Dave was like, defo white & gold, I’m like OMG snap, white & gold, Dave’s like, wait up babes, what do YOU see Lynton? I’m like, forget him, you MUST call David Tredinnick for a scientific explanation, Mr Cobber goes, blue & black guys, end of. I’m like hello, he’s like, time for your bedtime snack Dave mate, Dave’s like, but what should I eat Lynton? Mr Cobber is like, a salami & Vegemite bagel, now move it, that will be £45,000 plus VAT, I’ll leave the invoice in the hall, how will you be paying? Dave’s like thanks Lynton you are a genius, goodness knows what Samantha would have made me eat if you were not here!

I’m like *menacing voice* so now you are literally telling Dave what to see as well as what to say? He’s like, all part of Lynton’s HandyStrategist service, sweetheart, oh look we’re into another half hour now, where’s me pad. I’m like, well Dave can think for himself thank you, he’s like, sweetheart, in our in-depth polling 93% of our target voters associated the white & gold dress with gay marriage, uncontrolled immigration and garlic, I’m like, so? He’s like, so all Conservative MPs will now see that dress as blue and fucking black, do I make myself clear, now bedtime Dave, Dave’s like, sorry Lynton, last question, what do I wear tomorrow?

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-03 14:20:27 (54 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
House Republicans unveil Obamacare replacement idea: Steal Obamacare
  Source: Daily Kos 2015-03-03 14:20:24 (54 minutes ago) 
This weekend, a handful of Senate Republicans sketched out what they call a "plan" for fixing the mess conservatives might have created by getting the Supreme Court to gut Obamacare. It wasn't much in the way of an actual plan as two vague ideas, one of which was pretty much lifted from Obamacare. Well, now it's House Republicans'—led by their "ideal guy" Paul Ryan—turn to write an op-ed about their plan, and darned if it doesn't have some familiar elements.
We would allow parents to keep children on their plan until age 26. We would prohibit insurers from imposing lifetime limits on benefits. We would protect people with existing conditions. And we would guarantee renewability for people already enrolled in a plan.

Second, help people buy coverage. Right now, those who get insurance through their employer get a lot of help from the tax code, while some people who buy insurance on their own, including potentially the millions of Americans the IRS put at risk, get no help at all. So we would offer those in the affected states a tax credit to buy insurance.

Yes, it's Obamacare, but with a big red GOP stamp on it. Yep, that Paul Ryan, he sure is a big thinker. Oh, they throw in the usual suspects of buying insurance across state lines and tort reform and getting rid of the mandate (because they hate the mandate) but the system they are proposing is pretty much Obamacare. Of course, it's not as stable as Obamacare would be because it wouldn't have the mandate—good luck getting insurers to agree to any restrictions when they don't have a guaranteed customer base.

But getting insurers to agree isn't even their first hurdle. More importantly, they have to convince their fellow Republicans that the federal government has a place in health care at all. Good luck with that one.

1 horse dies, another rescued from icy southern Indiana pond
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Nation/World 2015-03-03 14:20:19 (55 minutes ago) 
Authorities say one horse drowned and another horse was saved after the animals fell through an icy pond in far southern Indiana.






Lukoil VP: Russia Oil Output to Drop 8%
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-03-03 14:20:14 (55 minutes ago) 
Leonid Fedun - an influential voice in Russia's oil industry. He's vice-president and a major shareholder in its largest private oil company, Lukoil. And he's come out with one of the most pessimistic estimates for how much oil production there will drop. The next two years will see a cut of 800,000 barrels per day, he says - around eight per cent of production. Sanctions and low oil prices are to blame - oil companies reining in drilling.










Budget Cuts Hurt Italy's Top Coma Clinic
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-03-03 14:20:14 (55 minutes ago) 
In 2007, Maria's son Vincenzo fell into a coma after a motorbike accident. He was fortunate to be admitted to the Institute Sant'Anna, in southern Italy's Calabria. The clinic has helped 1,200 people emerge from comas over the last 18 years, more than anywhere else in the world.






Vanessa Cox, 31; Brandeis athletics administrator had coached lacrosse at MIT, competed for Newton North
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-03-03 14:20:13 (55 minutes ago) 
Vanessa Cox, 31, the department administrator for the Brandeis Department of Athletics and a lacrosse player who formerly competed for Newton North High School and the University of Vermont, was killed in a car crash in New Hampshire on Feb. 12.






Plainville Student Charged With Manslaughter After Allegedly Encouraging Friend to Commit Suicide
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-03-03 14:20:12 (55 minutes ago) 
A Plainville student has been indicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter after allegedly encouraging her friend to commit suicide, according to the Bristol District Attorney’s Office.






Where Should You Flee to During a Zombie Outbreak?
  Source: Big Think 2015-03-03 14:20:11 (55 minutes ago) 

Researchers confirm the best location to hunker down during a zombie outbreak: go where people aren't.



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Ukraine raises interest rates to 30%
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-03-03 14:20:11 (55 minutes ago) 
Ukraine's central bank sharply raises interest rates from 19.5% to 30% in an effort to curb inflation and prop up its beleaguered currency.




VIDEO: Sex gangs targeted hundreds of girls
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-03-03 14:20:10 (55 minutes ago) 
A report into the sexual exploitation of girls and young women in Oxfordshire says the authorities made "many errors" and could have acted sooner.
What Rift? 5 Times Netanyahu's Speech Showed America's Well on Board With His Dangerous Plans
  Source: AlterNet.org Main RSS Feed 2015-03-03 14:20:06 (55 minutes ago) 
Rhetoric aside, Israel and the US still want the same things.

For the past couple weeks, the American media has focused on the fact that various members of congress planned on skipping Netanyahu’s speech. Predictably, this was perceived by many on the right as the latest example of Obama, and other prominent Democrats, failing to support Israel sufficiently. This is, of course, a massive red herring and a distraction from very real and dangerous issues; mainly, Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian territory and its unyielding push for war against Iran. Netanyahu’s speech was strikingly bellicose, even by his standards, as he compared the leadership of Iran to the Nazis and ISIS. Much will be made about the farcical comparisons, but he also said a number of ridiculous things that President Obama, and others who skipped the speech, agree with him on. Netanyahu’s speech was an attack on the administration’s foreign policy, but it was facilitated by years of support from the Obama administration. After getting a green light for nearly all of his actions, why wouldn’t Israel’s Prime Minister logically ask for more? Here’s five moments from the speech that highlighted how the Israel/United States “rift” is overrated.

Netanyahu Praised Obama’s Support For His Recent Operation in Gaza: Senator Diane Feinstein stood up to clap for this one. It was a reference to Israel’s 2014’s seven-week bombardment of Gaza, that resulted in over 2,000 deaths. At least 30% of those deaths were children. Obama urged restraint, but continually reiterated Israel’s right to defend itself. Susan Rice, Obama’s national security advisor, declared, “Here is one thing you never have to worry about: America's support for the state of Israel. Hamas initiated this conflict. And Hamas has dragged it on."

Netanyahu Declared He Wants Sanctions “Until Iran Stops Aggression On Its Neighbors”: He’s referring to the Obama administration’s sanctions on Iran, which could possibly be increasing corruption and repression in the region. There’s no doubt that these actions have alienated the Iranian people, as they’ve paid a vast human cost. Reports have documented how the sanctions have created food shortages and cut off crucial medical supplies.

Netanyahu Praised Obama’s Iron Dome Funding: Congress approved $225 million to help fund Israel’s Iron Dome system and Obama signed the bill. Iron Dome has allegedly intercepted hundreds of Hamas rockets. Ohio’s Dennis Kucinich, one of the only members of congress to vote against the funding opined, “[Iron Dome] proposes that the means to achieve security for Israel is through investing in a missile defense system. I do not support that, and neither should anyone truly supportive of the security of Israel.” He added that, even if it was stopping missiles, “I am also concerned that 43 years of military occupation in the West Bank, and the crippling siege of Gaza that has entered its fourth year, continue to undermine Israel’s security. Investment in a missile defense system will not eliminate the need to address these issues that are a fundamental part of securing Israel’s future.”

He Praised Secretary of State John Kerry, Calling Him “My Good Friend”: Kerry has been a good friend to the government of Israel, as he’s helped it achieve anything it’s wanted. After accidentally referring to the fact that Israel could become an “apartheid state”, he walked back his comments and declared that, ““For more than 30 years in the United States Senate, I didn’t just speak words in support of Israel. I walked the walk when it came time to vote and when it came time to fight.” Kerry continues to walk-this week he blasted the UN’s “obsession” with Israeli crimes, stating, “We will oppose any effort by any group or participant in the U.N. system to arbitrarily and regularly delegitimize or isolate, Israel.”

Netanyahu Declared That He’ll Always Be Grateful for Obama and That the US/Israel Relationship Is Doing Just Fine: We have every reason to believe him, as this administration has supported Israel every step of the way and continually refused to recognize the Palestinians' quest for self-determination. As Josh Ruebner, the national advocacy director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, has said of the Obama’s “peace process” efforts, “The United States keeps doing the exact same thing over and over again, and somehow expects that it’s going to lead to a different result, and it’s not. It’s only been leading to more Israeli colonization of Palestinian land, which many people would argue is really the point of having a “peace process”–it seems as if Israelis and Palestinians are negotiating towards a peace agreement, that takes a lot of pressure off of Israel, and allows them to continue colonization.”

The current good cop/bad cop routine might temporarily obscure the narrative, but it’s important to remember that the United States government, and the Israeli government, continue to be linked and continue to make the world a more dangerous place.

 
Birds fly right, will get a day off
  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2015-03-03 14:20:01 (55 minutes ago) 
Cardinals shine in defensive drill, so Matheny — as promised — rewards them with a day off before exhibition games begin Thursday.
Congress united on Israel, divided on Netanyahu
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:19:25 (55 minutes ago) 

Israeli prime minister was warmly greeted by lawmakers who voiced support for Israel, but Democrats questioned his motives.

       
You Get the Flu Way Less Than You Think
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:19:14 (56 minutes ago) 
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Obama Says ‘Nothing New’ in Netanyahu Speech
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:19:14 (56 minutes ago) 
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Migrants Risk Death to Escape War and Get to Europe
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:19:13 (56 minutes ago) 
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Iran’s Supreme Leader Just Subtweeted Netanyahu’s Speech
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:19:13 (56 minutes ago) 
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Weasel riding a woodpecker: the five best #weaselpecker memes
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-03 14:18:54 (56 minutes ago) 

What happens when a baby weasel is photographed riding a woodpecker? The internet goes crazy. Here are five of the best memes

A baby weasel was photographed riding a woodpecker in Essex, UK, and the internet lost its mind.

Amateur photographer Martin Le-May captured the incredible scene after hearing the bird in distress. Unfortunately, it turned out that the baby weasel was trying to kill the woodpecker and hadn’t graciously accepted a free ride.

Putin's latest PR shoot #WeaselPecker pic.twitter.com/kveSI00eIa

What do you see? Weasel and woodpecker or white and gold? pic.twitter.com/aHZrWnH24D

I came in like a #WeaselPecker pic.twitter.com/9pkVciT9t4

Travolta knows ... #WeaselPecker pic.twitter.com/ZZzXx79fb0

Wheeeeeee! http://t.co/3grkzGdLCx pic.twitter.com/VMVdTG0ssy

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Whisper it, but maybe the Palace of Westminster has had its day
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-03 14:18:53 (56 minutes ago) 

Portcullis House has already become the centre of gravity for MPs, proving that parliament can adapt. Maybe it’s time to look beyond the great old Gothic pile

Let me share a secret with you. Even those who love the Gothic extravagance that is the Victorian Palace of Westminster know that great swaths of it are out of date. Parts of it were out of date before the 30-year rebuilding programme of 1840-70 was completed, as MPs and peers complained at the time.

In 2015 the urgent question is again what to do about it. As the Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, said in a speech on Monday – here is the Guardian’s account – radical decisions have to be taken about its future, the options ranging from staggering on as usual with make-do-and-mending to a new 21st-century building on a new site, possibly far from London.

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Dave’s like, sorry Lynton, last question, what do I wear tomorrow? I’m WTAF, that is MY job
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-03 14:18:52 (56 minutes ago) 
How Samantha Cameron might have commented on reports that she chooses her husband’s clothes for him

Well when we saw the news I was like, what do you see babes, Dave was like, defo white & gold, I’m like OMG snap, white & gold, Dave’s like, wait up babes, what do YOU see Lynton? I’m like, forget him, you MUST call David Tredinnick for a scientific explanation, Mr Cobber goes, blue & black guys, end of. I’m like hello, he’s like, time for your bedtime snack Dave mate, Dave’s like, but what should I eat Lynton? Mr Cobber is like, a salami & Vegemite bagel, now move it, that will be £45,000 plus VAT, I’ll leave the invoice in the hall, how will you be paying? Dave’s like thanks Lynton you are a genius, goodness knows what Samantha would have made me eat if you were not here!

I’m like *menacing voice* so now you are literally telling Dave what to see as well as what to say? He’s like, all part of Lynton’s HandyStrategist service, sweetheart, oh look we’re into another half hour now, where’s me pad. I’m like, well Dave can think for himself thank you, he’s like, sweetheart, in our in-depth polling 93% of our target voters associated the white & gold dress with gay marriage, uncontrolled immigration and garlic, I’m like, so? He’s like, so all Conservative MPs will now see that dress as blue and fucking black, do I make myself clear, now bedtime Dave, Dave’s like, sorry Lynton, last question, what do I wear tomorrow?

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From bling to geek chic: can Italian fashion move beyond ‘molto sexy’?
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-03 14:18:47 (56 minutes ago) 
Gucci showed clothes for Wes Anderson bookworms rather than sunbathers. Versace got digital with hashtags. Milan – fashion’s most classic capital – is out to reinvent itself

As is often the case, it was the enduringly fabulous Donatella Versace who gave Milan fashion week one of its most memorable moments. Her hair poker straight and preternaturally shiny, her tiny body clad in a flared trouser suit, the designer was flanked by two glamazons in glittering mini dresses as she explained her latest collection. “We’re closing the door on the archive for new interpretations of what Versace is,” she said. “Times have changed. Psychologically and practically, the basis of a fashion language is different. It’s about finding a new language, particularly online.” That new vocabulary was written all over the models’ gowns, the dazzling embellishments hashtags, @-symbols and a new logo called “#GREEK”, or, as Versace explained it, “the emoji of the future”.

Related: Versace joins digital age, embracing icons of social media

Related: Dolce & Gabbana celebrates motherhood at Milan fashion week

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Weasel and woodpecker combo soar to top of online charts
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-03 14:18:46 (56 minutes ago) 

Apparently genuine midair image of wide-eyed bird and its furry hitchhiker becomes instant viral hit

Wildlife experts have said they believe an astonishing photograph of a woodpecker flying through the air with a weasel clinging to its back is genuine.

The image of the wide-eyed bird and its stowaway was apparently taken by photographer Martin Le-May at a nature reserve in Essex.

Related: Weasel riding a woodpecker: the five best #weaselpecker memes

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‘What crime have I committed to be held like this?’: inside Yarl's Wood
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-03 14:18:46 (56 minutes ago) 

Migrants and asylum seekers can be locked up at the high-security detention centre indefinitely. Reports of abuse, self-harm and suicide are rife. Now MPs are calling for an end to the ‘expensive, ineffective and unjust’ system. In a rare report, inmates describe their misery

From the front, Yarl’s Wood looks like an uninspiring airport hotel, cream-fronted, with red welcome signs painted on the glass entrance doors in Tamil and Bengali. It is only if you walk around the back, through the car park, and peer behind the entrance hall that a vista of prison-like buildings becomes visible, wrapped in layers of tall metal fencing and razor wire.

Visitors must give up their telephones and bags before being fingerprinted, patted down, scanned and ushered into a large, airless visitors’ room. Prominently displayed on a noticeboard are a few thank-you letters from former detainees, detailing their gratitude to Yarl’s Wood employees.

Related: MPs call for end to indefinite detention of migrants

People are under a lot of stress … Most of the women are not coping

Related: Locking up immigrants diminishes us all | Diane Taylor

You are watched by the men – there is no dignity, they burst in on you. You wake up and a man is standing over you

Related: Migrant detention: Souleymanye's story

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Secret Service task force raids several central Ohio businesses
  Source: The Columbus Dispatch Local and State News 2015-03-03 14:18:37 (56 minutes ago) 
A Secret Service task force raided a number of central Ohio businesses this morning as part of an investigation into skimming, money laundering, tax fraud and identity theft. Law enforcement made several arrests during the searches, according to the Secret Service in the southern district of Ohio. Charges are being filed in federal court in Columbus. The Internal Revenue Service, the State Highway Patrol, the Ohio auditor’s office, postal inspectors, Homeland Security investigators and Ohio Casino Control were among the agencies involved.




Judge rules white supremacist will go on trial in Kansas Jewish sites shootings
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-03-03 14:18:18 (57 minutes ago) 
Vietnamese man extradited from UK to face US charge he provided material support to al-Qaida
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-03-03 14:18:18 (57 minutes ago) 
Houston County commissioners fail to pass frac sand ban
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:18:15 (57 minutes ago) 
Half dozen people ejected for shouting
LEGO 'Star Wars' Show Heading to Disney: Report
  Source: SPACE.com 2015-03-03 14:18:08 (57 minutes ago) 
"Star Wars" is about to get the LEGO treatment. Disney XD is planning to air "LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales" later in 2015, according to a report from the Hollywood Reporter. The five-episode series will act as a re-telling of the six "Star Wars" films from
The Gross Hypocrisy of Benjamin Netanyahu
  Source: Slate Articles 2015-03-03 14:18:05 (57 minutes ago) 

Benjamin Netanyahu says his speech against President Obama’s Iran policy, delivered on the floor of Congress, shouldn’t be taken as an affront. “My speech is not intended to show any disrespect to President Obama,” Netanyahu told AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby group, on Monday. In his remarks to Congress on Tuesday morning, the prime minister brushed aside those who “perceive my being here as political.”





Incredible women's volleyball rally in China
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-03-03 14:17:26 (57 minutes ago) 
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Lawsuit: Atlanta cop with record of abuse shot unarmed man
  Source: News from Georgia and the region 2015-03-03 14:16:32 (58 minutes ago) 
[Ticker] Germany adds €5 billion to domestic investment plans
  Source: News from EUobserver.com 2015-03-03 14:16:31 (58 minutes ago) 
The German government announced Tuesday that it will make €5 billion available to local communities by 2018. The money, which comes on top of a €10 billion investment plan announced last November, will go to infrastructure development and into a fund for poor communities.






[Ticker] EU's 5G mobile tech race kicked off in Barcelona
  Source: News from EUobserver.com 2015-03-03 14:16:30 (58 minutes ago) 
The EU's 5G mobile broadband race was kicked off at the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona on Tuesday with EU commissioners Ansip and Oettinger adressing the audience. Swedish telecom giant Ericsson, China's Huawei, Finland's Nokia and France-based Alcatel-Lucent are all in position to develop the next-generation mobile broadband.






[Ticker] Israel denounces US and EU brokered Iran deal
  Source: News from EUobserver.com 2015-03-03 14:16:30 (58 minutes ago) 
Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday said the US and EU brokered non-proliferation deal, currently in final talks in Switzerland, "paves the way" to a nuclear-armed Ian. He spoke to rapturous applause in Congress, but his intervention was dismissed as "pure rhetoric" by US officials.










Italy holds breath on Battisti expulsion
  Source: News di English News - ANSA.it 2015-03-03 14:16:28 (58 minutes ago) 
Son of man murdered by ex terrorist urges extradition






It's man flu! Real flu hits just twice a decade
  Source: New Scientist - Online News 2015-03-03 14:16:20 (59 minutes ago) 
Your girlfriend is right. Adults can expect to get flu only twice every 10 years, suggests an analysis of the antibodies in people's blood






10 Women, 8 Men Selected as Jurors in Tsarnaev Trial
  Source: MSNBC.com: U.S. News 2015-03-03 14:15:40 (59 minutes ago) 
The 12 jurors and six alternates must appear in Boston federal court Wednesday morning, when opening statement begin.






The Wall Street Journal: Actavis prices $21 billion bond offering
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:15:24 (59 minutes ago) 
Actavis Plc sells $21 billion in bonds on Tuesday and lowered the yields on the deal, reflecting strong investor demand.
Hillary Clinton should have used Snapchat
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:15:24 (59 minutes ago) 
Not all work-related electronic messages can be unearthed.




'Birth tourism' rings across southern California raided by federal agents
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-03 14:14:27 (1 hours ago) 
Industry helps Chinese women travel to US to give birth to American babiesCrackdown targeted homes in three California counties

Federal agents have raided more than a dozen homes in a crackdown on an industry that allegedly helps wealthy, pregnant Chinese women travel to the US to give birth to American babies.

The crackdown on three alleged maternity tourism rings may be the biggest yet by federal homeland security agents who say that, while women may travel to the United States while pregnant, they cannot lie about the purpose of their trip when applying for a visa.

Related: Surrogacy boom in Mexico brings tales of missing money and stolen eggs

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Whisper it, but maybe the Palace of Westminster has had its day
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-03-03 14:14:18 (1 hours ago) 

Portcullis House has already become the centre of gravity for MPs, proving that parliament can adapt. Maybe it’s time to look beyond the great old Gothic pile

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Weasel riding a woodpecker: the five best #weaselpecker memes
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-03 14:14:12 (1 hours ago) 

What happens when a baby weasel is photographed riding a woodpecker? The internet goes crazy. Here are five of the best memes

A baby weasel was photographed riding a woodpecker in Essex, UK, and the internet lost its mind.

Amateur photographer Martin Le-May captured the incredible scene after hearing the bird in distress. Unfortunately, it turned out that the baby weasel was trying to kill the woodpecker and hadn’t graciously accepted a free ride.

Putin's latest PR shoot #WeaselPecker pic.twitter.com/kveSI00eIa

What do you see? Weasel and woodpecker or white and gold? pic.twitter.com/aHZrWnH24D

I came in like a #WeaselPecker pic.twitter.com/9pkVciT9t4

Travolta knows ... #WeaselPecker pic.twitter.com/ZZzXx79fb0

Wheeeeeee! http://t.co/3grkzGdLCx pic.twitter.com/VMVdTG0ssy

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Weasel and woodpecker combo soar to top of online charts
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-03 14:14:10 (1 hours ago) 

Apparently genuine midair image of wide-eyed bird and its furry hitchhiker becomes instant viral hit

Wildlife experts have said they believe an astonishing photograph of a woodpecker flying through the air with a weasel clinging to its back is genuine.

The image of the wide-eyed bird and its stowaway was apparently taken by photographer Martin Le-May at a nature reserve in Essex.

Related: Weasel riding a woodpecker: the five best #weaselpecker memes

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Is stealing from a small shop worse than from a chain?
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-03 14:14:07 (1 hours ago) 
David Lammy has raised interesting questions on how we judge a crime like theft. Moral absolutism and monetary value are more compatible than you think

Is it better to steal from a large chainstore than from a small independent shop? This is one of the questions raised in a new report on property crime compiled by David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham. Lammy suggests that judgments about the seriousness of shoplifting should take into account the theft’s impact on its victim. His report argues that, “the impact of a £200 theft to a large retailer is much smaller than it would be to an independent retailer.”

Lammy’s report emphasises the severity of property crime, highlighting research by the Policy Exchange thinktank which found that half of burglary victims do not hear back from police after reporting the crime.

Related: Shoplifting on the increase as overall crime figures fall

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From bling to geek chic: can Italian fashion move beyond ‘molto sexy’?
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-03 14:14:05 (1 hours ago) 
Gucci showed clothes for Wes Anderson bookworms rather than sunbathers. Versace got digital with hashtags. Milan – fashion’s most classic capital – is out to reinvent itself

As is often the case, it was the enduringly fabulous Donatella Versace who gave Milan fashion week one of its most memorable moments. Her hair poker straight and preternaturally shiny, her tiny body clad in a flared trouser suit, the designer was flanked by two glamazons in glittering mini dresses as she explained her latest collection. “We’re closing the door on the archive for new interpretations of what Versace is,” she said. “Times have changed. Psychologically and practically, the basis of a fashion language is different. It’s about finding a new language, particularly online.” That new vocabulary was written all over the models’ gowns, the dazzling embellishments hashtags, @-symbols and a new logo called “#GREEK”, or, as Versace explained it, “the emoji of the future”.

Related: Versace joins digital age, embracing icons of social media

Related: Dolce & Gabbana celebrates motherhood at Milan fashion week

Continue reading...
‘What crime have I committed to be held like this?’: inside Yarl's Wood
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-03 14:14:04 (1 hours ago) 

Migrants and asylum seekers can be locked up at the high-security detention centre indefinitely. Reports of abuse, self-harm and suicide are rife. Now MPs are calling for an end to the ‘expensive, ineffective and unjust’ system. In a rare report, inmates describe their misery

From the front, Yarl’s Wood looks like an uninspiring airport hotel, cream-fronted, with red welcome signs painted on the glass entrance doors in Tamil and Bengali. It is only if you walk around the back, through the car park, and peer behind the entrance hall that a vista of prison-like buildings becomes visible, wrapped in layers of tall metal fencing and razor wire.

Visitors must give up their telephones and bags before being fingerprinted, patted down, scanned and ushered into a large, airless visitors’ room. Prominently displayed on a noticeboard are a few thank-you letters from former detainees, detailing their gratitude to Yarl’s Wood employees.

Related: MPs call for end to indefinite detention of migrants

People are under a lot of stress … Most of the women are not coping

Related: Locking up immigrants diminishes us all | Diane Taylor

You are watched by the men – there is no dignity, they burst in on you. You wake up and a man is standing over you

Related: Migrant detention: Souleymanye's story

Continue reading...
Financially Troubled Vela Dx under Judicial Management
  Source: GenomeWeb Daily News 2015-03-03 14:14:00 (1 hours ago) 
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-03 14:13:05 (1 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Adults Only Really Catch Flu About Twice a Decade
  Source: Discovery News - Top Stories 2015-03-03 14:12:50 (1 hours ago) 
Think you have the flu? If you're over 30, chances are you don't.




Jury selected in Tsarnaev bombing trial
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-03-03 14:12:15 (1 hours ago) 
This is one senior prank the principal doesn't mind
  Source: CNN.com - U.S. 2015-03-03 14:12:05 (1 hours ago) 
Wichita high school Principal Sherman Padgett was reluctant to play along last week when a student showed up and told him to stand in the hallway holding a bucket.
Train crash engineer dies
  Source: CNN.com 2015-03-03 14:11:41 (1 hours ago) 
The engineer at the helm of a commuter train that crashed into a pickup truck and derailed last week in Oxnard, California, has died from his injuries, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.
Pompano woman gets 7 years on probation in friend's 2013 shooting death in Boca
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2015-03-03 14:11:17 (1 hours ago) 
A Pompano Beach woman will avoid prison in the Dec. 1, 2013 shooting death of her 22-year-old friend in a Boca Raton apartment in a plea deal opposed by the victim's family.
Man accused of threatening roommate with machete over missing drugs
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2015-03-03 14:11:16 (1 hours ago) 
A man was arrested after he threatened his roommate with a machete because he thought his roommate had stolen drugs from him, according to an arrest report.




AP source: Australian rugby star agrees to deal with 49ers
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-03 14:11:15 (1 hours ago) 

SAN FRANCISCO — Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne has agreed to a contract with the San Francisco 49ers, a person with knowledge of the deal said Tuesday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because a formal announcement is not planned until Hayne signs. He is expected to receive $100,000 guaranteed.

Hayne is giving up his career in the Australian National Rugby League to pursue an NFL job across the world. He likely will compete for a job as a running back and return man on special teams.

Vanessa Cox, 31; Brandeis athletics administrator had coached lacrosse at MIT, competed for Newton North
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-03-03 14:11:07 (1 hours ago) 
Vanessa Cox, 31, the department administrator for the Brandeis Department of Athletics and a lacrosse player who formerly competed for Newton North High School and the University of Vermont, was killed in a car crash in New Hampshire on Feb. 12.






Plainville Student Charged With Manslaughter After Allegedly Encouraging Friend to Commit Suicide
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-03-03 14:11:05 (1 hours ago) 
A Plainville student has been indicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter after allegedly encouraging her friend to commit suicide, according to the Bristol District Attorney’s Office.






Bonus Quote of the Day
  Source: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire 2015-03-03 14:10:38 (1 hours ago) 

“I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech — saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States… and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation.”

— House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), quoted by The Hill, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of Congress.

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Study determines 'normal' range for penis size
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2015-03-03 14:10:36 (1 hours ago) 
Forget the pictures you've seen in adult films and the "lifelike" drawings scrawled on public bathrooms, there is now a scientific guide for the average penis size - and hopefully it will put some men at ease.




Mississippi AG’s investigation of Google halted by federal judge
  Source: Ars Technica 2015-03-03 14:10:36 (1 hours ago) 

A federal judge has stopped Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood from pushing ahead with his investigation of Google.

In a short order (PDF) published yesterday, US District Judge Henry Wingate said that he's satisfied that Google has met its burden for getting a preliminary injunction. That means Google won't have to respond, for now, to a wide-ranging subpoena that Hood sent to the search giant last year. Wingate didn't lay out his reasoning in the order, but he said that a more detailed opinion is forthcoming.

Hood's investigation came under fire last year after press reports revealed that it was encouraged, and partly funded, by the Motion Picture Association of America. MPAA lawyers even wrote drafts of subpoenas intended to be used by the AGs.

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Mars on Earth: Mock Space Mission Examines Trials of Daily Life
  Source: SPACE.com 2015-03-03 14:10:35 (1 hours ago) 
Put six people into an isolated environment for months at a time, and lots of things can happen: frustration, conflict, or at best — a tight-knit group of people working happily for a common goal.
Doris Linge, Middleburg Heights councilwoman and court administrator: Obituary
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-03-03 14:10:33 (1 hours ago) 
Doris E. Linge was Ward 2 councilwoman for 15 years and mayor's court administrator for 14.
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-03 14:10:20 (1 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Bockfest: The wackiness returns
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2015-03-03 14:10:17 (1 hours ago) 

Over-the-Rhine's wacky celebration returns for its 23rd year.

        




Police: Woman stole $190K from Mason employer
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2015-03-03 14:10:17 (1 hours ago) 

Police say Kennyetta Louis admitted to thefts, saying company "owed it to her."

        
Drew Peterson pleads not guilty in murder-for-hire plot
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-03 14:10:16 (1 hours ago) 
Obama: Netanyahu offers no viable alternative to Iran talks
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-03 14:10:16 (1 hours ago) 

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) didn't offer any "viable alternatives" to the nuclear negotiations with Iran during his speech to Congress.

Obama says he read a transcript of Netanyahu's speech Tuesday. He says "there was nothing new" in the speech.

Obama says Netanyahu made almost the same speech when he warned against the interim deal reached with Iran. Obama says that deal has resulted in a freeze and rolling back of Iran's nuclear program.

US running out of room to store oil; price collapse next?
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-03 14:10:16 (1 hours ago) 
HBO Go lands on PS4, Showtime Anytime comes to Dish
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-03 14:10:16 (1 hours ago) 

Premium cable nets HBO and Showtime are coming to more Internet-connected devices and services -- but for now, you'll still need to subscribe to cable or satellite TV to get them.

 





Vanessa Cox, 31; Brandeis athletics administrator had coached lacrosse at MIT, competed for Newton North
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-03-03 14:10:15 (1 hours ago) 
Vanessa Cox, 31, the department administrator for the Brandeis Department of Athletics and a lacrosse player who formerly competed for Newton North High School and the University of Vermont, was killed in a car crash in New Hampshire on Feb. 12.






Plainville Student Charged With Manslaughter After Allegedly Encouraging Friend to Commit Suicide
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-03-03 14:10:15 (1 hours ago) 
A Plainville student has been indicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter after allegedly encouraging her friend to commit suicide, according to the Bristol District Attorney’s Office.






Woman who abused servant loses appeal to keep mansion
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-03-03 14:10:15 (1 hours ago) 
Annie George, who was convicted in 2013 of harboring an illegal immigrant, has lost her appeal to keep her 34-room, 30,000-square-foot home, called Llenroc mansion. Read the rest
Full Episode: GMA 03/03/15: Hillary Clinton Never Used Government Email While Secretary of State
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-03-03 14:10:09 (1 hours ago) 
NASDAQ Nears 15-Year High; LAPD Addresses Officer-Involved Shooting That Was Videotaped
Watch: Tamir Rice's Mom Says City's Apology Over Wording Is 'Disrespectful'
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-03-03 14:10:08 (1 hours ago) 
Samaria Rice says she would accept an apology for the killing of her son "with some actions."




The Faces of Health Care: Lori S.
  Source: White House.gov Blog Feed 2015-03-03 14:01:29 (1 hours ago) 

"Thank you for the Affordable Care Act. Because of it, I have been able to get health insurance for just about $52 a month."

 

She wasn't going to sign up. But on the last day of Open Enrollment last year, Lori's mom insisted that she at least check out HealthCare.gov. Surprised by the reasonable rates, Lori signed up for an affordable plan that covers almost everything she would need. 

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Honoring the African American Experience: The White House Celebrates Black History Month
  Source: White House.gov Blog Feed 2015-03-03 14:01:29 (1 hours ago) 

President Barack Obama, with First Lady Michelle Obama, delivers remarks during a reception celebrating Black History Month in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 26, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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In 1926, the great historian and author Carter G. Woodson pioneered "Negro History Week" — a time set aside to honor African Americans and their contributions to our history.

"If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition," Woodson once wrote. "It becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated."

That week would later become Black History Month — and this year, the White House hosted a number of events and activities to celebrate the contributions and the accomplishments of African Americans both past and present.

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Is stealing from a small shop worse than from a chain?
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-03 14:01:22 (1 hours ago) 
David Lammy has raised interesting questions on how we judge a crime like theft. Moral absolutism and monetary value are more compatible than you think

Is it better to steal from a large chainstore than from a small independent shop? This is one of the questions raised in a new report on property crime compiled by David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham. Lammy suggests that judgments about the seriousness of shoplifting should take into account the theft’s impact on its victim. His report argues that, “the impact of a £200 theft to a large retailer is much smaller than it would be to an independent retailer.”

Lammy’s report emphasises the severity of property crime, highlighting research by the Policy Exchange thinktank which found that half of burglary victims do not hear back from police after reporting the crime.

Related: Shoplifting on the increase as overall crime figures fall

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World's Deadliest Volcanoes Are Identified
  Source: Scientific American 2015-03-03 14:01:17 (1 hours ago) 
Indonesia is most at risk from eruptions, compared with other nations

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Independent Action between DvSnf7 RNA and Cry3Bb1 Protein in Southern Corn Rootworm, Diabrotica undecimpunctata howardi and Colorado Potato Beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by Steven L. Levine, Jianguo Tan, Geoffrey M. Mueller, Pamela M. Bachman, Peter D. Jensen, Joshua P. Uffman

In recent years, corn rootworm (CRW)-resistant maize events producing two or more CRW-active Bt proteins have been commercialized to enhance efficacy against the target pest(s) by providing multiple modes of action (MoA). The maize hybrid MON 87411 has been developed that produces the CRW-active Cry3Bb1 Bt protein (hereafter Cry3Bb1) and expresses a RNAi-mediated MoA that also targets CRW. As part of an environmental risk assessment for MON 87411, the potential for an interaction between the CRW-active DvSnf7 RNA (hereafter DvSnf7) and Cry3Bb1 was assessed in 12-day diet incorporation bioassays with the southern corn rootworm (SCR, Diabrotica undecimpunctata howardi). The potential for an interaction between DvSnf7 and Cry3Bb1 was evaluated with two established experimental approaches. The first approach evaluated each substance alone and in combination over three different response levels. For all three response levels, observed responses were shown to be additive and not significantly different from predicted responses under the assumption of independent action. The second approach evaluated the potential for a fixed sub-lethal concentration of Cry3Bb1 to decrease the median lethal concentration (LC50) of DvSnf7 and vice-versa. With this approach, the LC50 value of DvSnf7 was not altered by a sub-lethal concentration of Cry3Bb1 and vice-versa. In addition, the potential for an interaction between the Cry3Bb1 and DvSnf7 was tested with Colorado potato beetle (CPB, Leptinotarsa decemlineata), which is sensitive to Cry3Bb1 but not DvSnf7. CPB assays also demonstrated that DvSnf7 does not alter the activity of Cry3Bb1. The results from this study provide multiple lines of evidence that DvSnf7 and Cry3Bb1 produced in MON 87411 have independent action.




Is There Still a French Eating Model? A Taxonomy of Eating Behaviors in Adults Living in the Paris Metropolitan Area in 2010
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by Julien Riou, Thomas Lefèvre, Isabelle Parizot, Anne Lhuissier, Pierre Chauvin

Background

Meal times in France still represent an important moment in everyday life. The model of three rigorously synchronized meals is still followed by a majority of people, while meal frequencies have flattened in other European or North-American countries. We aimed to examine the “French model” of eating behavior by identifying and characterizing distinct meal patterns.

Methods

Analyses were based on data from the SIRS cohort, a representative survey of the adult population in the Paris area. A clustering algorithm was applied to meal variables (number, time, location, with whom the meal is usually shared and activities associated with meals). Regression models were used to investigate associations between patterns and socio-demographic, social environment and perceived food quality variables.

Results

Five different patterns were identified among 2994 participants. The first three types (prevalence 33%, 17% and 24%) followed a three-meal pattern, with differences in locations and social interactions mainly related to time constraints and age. More marked differences were observed in the remaining two types. In the fourth type (prevalence 13%), individuals ate one or two meals per day, often with an irregular schedule, at home and in front of the television. They frequently were unemployed and had lower income. Breakfast skipping, increased snacking and a low adherence to dietary guidelines suggested that this behavior might have health consequences. In the fifth type (12%), people also ate two meals or less per day, possibly with the same consequences on food quality. However, meals were often taken outside the home, in social settings, and individuals following this pattern were typically active, integrated, young people, suggesting that this pattern might be an adaptation to a modern urban lifestyle.

Conclusions

While a majority of the population still follows the three-meal pattern, our analysis distinguished two other eating patterns associated with specific sociological profiles.

The Differences in Ultrasound and Clinicopathological Features between Basal-Like and Normal-Like Subtypes of Triple Negative Breast Cancer
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by Ziyao Li, Min Ren, Jiawei Tian, Shuangquan Jiang, Yujie Liu, Lei Zhang, Zhenzhen Wang, Qianqian Song, Chong Liu, Tong Wu

Purpose

The aim of this study was to identify the ultrasound features and clinicopathological characteristics of basal-like subtype of triple negative breast cancers (TNBCs).

Materials and Methods

This study was approved by the ethical board of the Second Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University. The patients’ clinicopathological information was available. The ultrasound features of 62 tumors from 62 TNBC patients were interpreted. The immunohistochemical results of cytokertain5/6 (CK5/6) and Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) were used to classify the tumor into basal-like and normal-like groups. The association of the ultrasound features interpreted by experienced ultrasound doctors with the immunohistochemical classification was studied.

Results

Of the 62 TNBC cases, 42 (67.7%) exhibited the basal-like phenotype and 20 (32.3%) exhibited the normal-like phenotype based on the immunohistochemical CK5/6 and EGFR markers. Of all the tumors, 90.3% were invasive carcinomas. The basal-like tumors were significantly associated with a maximum diameter on ultrasound of more than 20 mm (36, 85.7%) (P = 0.0014). The normal-like tumors usually exhibited lateral shadows (15, 75%) (P = 0.0115) as well as microlobulated margins (12, 60%) (P = 0.0204) compared to the basal-like subtype. Other ultrasound features showed no significant differences between the two groups.

Conclusions

Although ultrasound cannot yet be used to differentiate between the basal-like subtype and normal-like subtype of TNBC, ultrasound can be used to provide some useful information to the clinicians.

Correction: Atorvastatin Improves Survival in Septic Rats: Effect on Tissue Inflammatory Pathway and on Insulin Signaling
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by The PLOS ONE Staff

Structural and Functional Investigation of Flavin Binding Center of the NqrC Subunit of Sodium-Translocating NADH:Quinone Oxidoreductase from Vibrio harveyi
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by Valentin Borshchevskiy, Ekaterina Round, Yulia Bertsova, Vitaly Polovinkin, Ivan Gushchin, Andrii Ishchenko, Kirill Kovalev, Alexey Mishin, Galina Kachalova, Alexander Popov, Alexander Bogachev, Valentin Gordeliy

Na+-translocating NADH:quinone oxidoreductase (NQR) is a redox-driven sodium pump operating in the respiratory chain of various bacteria, including pathogenic species. The enzyme has a unique set of redox active prosthetic groups, which includes two covalently bound flavin mononucleotide (FMN) residues attached to threonine residues in subunits NqrB and NqrC. The reason of FMN covalent bonding in the subunits has not been established yet. In the current work, binding of free FMN to the apo-form of NqrC from Vibrio harveyi was studied showing very low affinity of NqrC to FMN in the absence of its covalent bonding. To study structural aspects of flavin binding in NqrC, its holo-form was crystallized and its 3D structure was solved at 1.56 Å resolution. It was found that the isoalloxazine moiety of the FMN residue is buried in a hydrophobic cavity and that its pyrimidine ring is squeezed between hydrophobic amino acid residues while its benzene ring is extended from the protein surroundings. This structure of the flavin-binding pocket appears to provide flexibility of the benzene ring, which can help the FMN residue to take the bended conformation and thus to stabilize the one-electron reduced form of the prosthetic group. These properties may also lead to relatively weak noncovalent binding of the flavin. This fact along with periplasmic location of the FMN-binding domains in the vast majority of NqrC-like proteins may explain the necessity of the covalent bonding of this prosthetic group to prevent its loss to the external medium.
Impact of TP53 Codon 72 and MDM2 SNP 309 Polymorphisms in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by Yasuki Hori, Katsuyuki Miyabe, Michihiro Yoshida, Takahiro Nakazawa, Kazuki Hayashi, Itaru Naitoh, Shuya Shimizu, Hiromu Kondo, Yuji Nishi, Shuichiro Umemura, Akihisa Kato, Hirotaka Ohara, Hiroshi Inagaki, Takashi Joh

Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of TP53 (codon 72, rs1042522) and MDM2 promoter (SNP 309, rs2279744) have been associated with risk for various human cancers. However, studies analyzing these polymorphisms in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) are lacking. We investigated TP53 codon 72 and MDM2 SNP 309 polymorphisms in 32 patients with PDAC, 16 patients with chronic pancreatitis (CP), and 32 normal controls, using formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue. We also examined TP53 and MDM2 protein immunohistochemistry (IHC) to assess the involvement of these differences in malignant transformation and disease progression. TP53 Pro/Pro genotype was significantly more frequent in PDAC patients than in controls (65.6 vs. 15.6%, p < 0.001) and no significant difference was found between CP patients (37.5%) and controls. In MDM2 SNP 309, there were no significant differences among the three groups. Based on the Kaplan-Meier analysis, overall survival was significantly shorter in MDM2 G/G genotypes compared with other genotypes (G/T and T/T) (359 vs. 911 days, p = 0.016) whereas no significant differences in TP53 genotypes were observed (638 vs. 752 days, p = 0.471). Although TP53 IHC was frequent in PDAC patients (53.1%), TP53 and MDM2 protein expression was not correlated with polymorphisms. Our study demonstrated TP53 codon 72 polymorphism is potentially a genetic predisposing factor while MDM2 SNP 309 polymorphism might be useful in predicting survival outcome.




Positive Effects of bFGF Modified Rat Amniotic Epithelial Cells Transplantation on Transected Rat Optic Nerve
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by Jia-Xin Xie, Yu Feng, Jian-Min Yuan, Zhen-Dong You, Hai-Yan Lin, Chang-Lin Lu, Jia-Jun Xu

Purpose

Effective therapy for visual loss caused by optic nerve injury or diseases has not been achieved even though the optic nerve has the regeneration potential after injury. This study was designed to modify amniotic epithelial cells (AECs) with basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) gene, preliminarily investigating its effect on transected optic nerve.

Methods

A human bFGF gene segment was delivered into rat AECs (AECs/hbFGF) by lentiviral vector, and the gene expression was examined by RT-PCR and ELISA. The AECs/hbFGF and untransfected rat AECs were transplanted into the transected site of the rat optic nerve. At 28 days post transplantation, the survival and migration of the transplanted cells was observed by tracking labeled cells; meanwhile retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) were observed and counted by employing biotin dextran amine (BDA) and Nissl staining. Furthermore, the expression of growth associated protein 43 (GAP-43) within the injury site was examined with immunohistochemical staining.

Results

The AECs/hbFGF was proven to express bFGF gene and secrete bFGF peptide. Both AECs/hbFGF and AECs could survive and migrate after transplantation. RGCs counting implicated that RGCs numbers of the cell transplantation groups were significantly higher than that of the control group, and the AECs/hbFGF group was significantly higher than that of the AECs group. Moreover GAP-43 integral optical density value in the control group was significantly lower than that of the cell transplantation groups, and the value in the AECs/hbFGF group was significantly higher than that of the AECs group.

Conclusions

AECs modified with bFGF could reduce RGCs loss and promote expression of GAP-43 in the rat optic nerve transected model, facilitating the process of neural restoration following injury.

Turnover of Grassland Roots in Mountain Ecosystems Revealed by Their Radiocarbon Signature: Role of Temperature and Management
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by Jens Leifeld, Stefanie Meyer, Karen Budge, Maria Teresa Sebastia, Michael Zimmermann, Juerg Fuhrer

Root turnover is an important carbon flux component in grassland ecosystems because it replenishes substantial parts of carbon lost from soil via heterotrophic respiration and leaching. Among the various methods to estimate root turnover, the root’s radiocarbon signature has rarely been applied to grassland soils previously, although the value of this approach is known from studies in forest soils. In this paper, we utilize the root’s radiocarbon signatures, at 25 plots, in mountain grasslands of the montane to alpine zone of Europe. We place the results in context of a global data base on root turnover and discuss driving factors. Root turnover rates were similar to those of a subsample of the global data, comprising a similar temperature range, but measured with different approaches, indicating that the radiocarbon method gives reliable, plausible and comparable results. Root turnover rates (0.06–1.0 y-1) scaled significantly and exponentially with mean annual temperatures. Root turnover rates indicated no trend with soil depth. The temperature sensitivity was significantly higher in mountain grassland, compared to the global data set, suggesting additional factors influencing root turnover. Information on management intensity from the 25 plots reveals that root turnover may be accelerated under intensive and moderate management compared to low intensity or semi-natural conditions. Because management intensity, in the studied ecosystems, co-varied with temperature, estimates on root turnover, based on mean annual temperature alone, may be biased. A greater recognition of management as a driver for root dynamics is warranted when effects of climatic change on belowground carbon dynamics are studied in mountain grasslands.
A Spiking Neural Network Model of Model-Free Reinforcement Learning with High-Dimensional Sensory Input and Perceptual Ambiguity
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by Takashi Nakano, Makoto Otsuka, Junichiro Yoshimoto, Kenji Doya

A theoretical framework of reinforcement learning plays an important role in understanding action selection in animals. Spiking neural networks provide a theoretically grounded means to test computational hypotheses on neurally plausible algorithms of reinforcement learning through numerical simulation. However, most of these models cannot handle observations which are noisy, or occurred in the past, even though these are inevitable and constraining features of learning in real environments. This class of problem is formally known as partially observable reinforcement learning (PORL) problems. It provides a generalization of reinforcement learning to partially observable domains. In addition, observations in the real world tend to be rich and high-dimensional. In this work, we use a spiking neural network model to approximate the free energy of a restricted Boltzmann machine and apply it to the solution of PORL problems with high-dimensional observations. Our spiking network model solves maze tasks with perceptually ambiguous high-dimensional observations without knowledge of the true environment. An extended model with working memory also solves history-dependent tasks. The way spiking neural networks handle PORL problems may provide a glimpse into the underlying laws of neural information processing which can only be discovered through such a top-down approach.
Correction: The Value of Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocytes (TILs) for Predicting Response to Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy in Breast Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by The PLOS ONE Staff

Prevalence of Vitamin D Deficiency in Sickle Cell Disease: A Systematic Review
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by Vikki G. Nolan, Kerri A. Nottage, Elliott W. Cole, Jane S. Hankins, James G. Gurney

Vitamin D deficiency has emerged as a public health focus in recent years and patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) reportedly have a high prevalence of the condition. Our objectives were to summarize definitions of vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency used in the literature, and to determine the prevalence and magnitude of each in patients with SCD through a systematic review conducted according to PRISMA guidelines. From a PubMed search, 34 potential articles were identified and 15 met eligibility criteria for inclusion. Definitions of deficiency and insufficiency varied greatly across studies making direct comparisons difficult. This review provides evidence to suggest that suboptimal vitamin D levels are highly prevalent among those with SCD, far more so than in comparable non-SCD patients or matched control populations. Defining deficiency as vitamin D




Educational Attainment Influences Levels of Homozygosity through Migration and Assortative Mating
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by Abdel Abdellaoui, Jouke-Jan Hottenga, Gonneke Willemsen, Meike Bartels, Toos van Beijsterveldt, Erik A. Ehli, Gareth E. Davies, Andrew Brooks, Patrick F. Sullivan, Brenda W. J. H. Penninx, Eco J. de Geus, Dorret I. Boomsma

Individuals with a higher education are more likely to migrate, increasing the chance of meeting a spouse with a different ancestral background. In this context, the presence of strong educational assortment can result in greater ancestry differences within more educated spouse pairs, while less educated individuals are more likely to mate with someone with whom they share more ancestry. We examined the association between educational attainment and Froh (= the proportion of the genome consisting of runs of homozygosity [ROHs]) in ~2,000 subjects of Dutch ancestry. The subjects’ own educational attainment showed a nominally significant negative association with Froh (p = .045), while the contribution of parental education to offspring Froh was highly significant (father: p < 10-5; mother: p = 9×10-5), with more educated parents having offspring with fewer ROHs. This association was significantly and fully mediated by the physical distance between parental birthplaces (paternal education: pmediation = 2.4 × 10-4; maternal education: pmediation = 2.3 × 10-4), which itself was also significantly associated with Froh (p = 9 × 10-5). Ancestry-informative principal components from the offspring showed a significantly decreasing association with geography as parental education increased, consistent with the significantly higher migration rates among more educated parents. Parental education also showed a high spouse correlation (Spearman’s ρ = .66, p = 3 × 10-262). We show that less educated parents are less likely to mate with the more mobile parents with a higher education, creating systematic differences in homozygosity due to ancestry differences not directly captured by ancestry-informative principal components (PCs). Understanding how behaviors influence the genomic structure of a population is highly valuable for studies on the genetic etiology of behavioral, cognitive, and social traits.
Clonality and Micro-Diversity of a Nationwide Spreading Genotype of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Japan
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by Takayuki Wada, Tomotada Iwamoto, Aki Tamaru, Junji Seto, Tadayuki Ahiko, Kaori Yamamoto, Atushi Hase, Shinji Maeda, Taro Yamamoto

Mycobacterium tuberculosis transmission routes can be estimated from genotypic analysis of clinical isolates from patients. In Japan, still a middle-incidence country of TB, a unique genotype strain designated as ‘M-strain’ has been isolated nationwide recently. To ascertain the history of the wide spread of the strain, 10 clinical isolates from different areas were subjected to genome-wide analysis based on deep sequencers. Results show that all isolates possessed common mutations to those of referential strains. The greatest number of accumulated single nucleotide variants (SNVs) from the oldest coalescence was 13 nucleotides, indicating high clonality of these isolates. When an SNV common to the isolates was used as a surrogate marker of the clone, authentic clonal isolates with variation in a reliable subset of variable number of tandem repeat (VNTR) genotyping method can be selected successfully from clinical isolates populations of M. tuberculosis. When the authentic clones can also be assigned to sub-clonal groups by SNVs derived from the genomic comparison, they are classifiable into three sub-clonal groups with a bias of geographical origins. Feedback from genomic analysis of clinical isolates of M. tuberculosis to genotypic markers will be an efficient strategy for the big data in various settings for public health actions against TB.
Posttraumatic Stress in Survivors 1 Month to 19 Years after an Airliner Emergency Landing
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by Filip K. Arnberg, Per-Olof Michel, Tom Lundin

Posttraumatic stress (PTS) is common in survivors from life-threatening events. Little is known, however, about the course of PTS after life threat in the absence of collateral stressors (e.g., bereavement, social stigma, property loss) and there is a scarcity of studies about PTS in the long term. This study assessed the short- and long-term course of PTS, and the influence of gender, education and age on the level and course of PTS, in survivors from a non-fatal airliner emergency landing caused by engine failure at an altitude of 1 km. There were 129 persons on board. A survey including the Impact of Event Scale was distributed to 106 subjects after 1 month, 4 months, 14 months, and 25 months, and to 95 subjects after 19 years (response rates 64–83%). There were initially high levels of PTS. The majority of changes in PTS occurred from 1 to 4 months after the event. There were small changes from 4 to 25 months but further decrease in PTS thereafter. Female gender was associated with higher levels of PTS whereas gender was unrelated to the slope of the short- and long-term trajectories. Higher education was related to a quicker recovery although not to initial or long-term PTS. Age was not associated with PTS. The present findings suggest that a life-threatening experience without collateral stressors may produce high levels of acute posttraumatic stress, yet with a benign prognosis. The findings further implicate that gender is unrelated to trajectories of recovery in the context of highly similar exposure and few collateral stressors.
Stress Heterogeneities in Sheared Type-I Collagen Networks Revealed by Boundary Stress Microscopy
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by Richard C. Arevalo, Pramukta Kumar, Jeffrey S. Urbach, Daniel L. Blair

Disordered fiber networks provide structural support to a wide range of important materials, and the combination of spatial and dynamic complexity may produce large inhomogeneities in mechanical properties, an effect that is largely unexplored experimentally. In this work, we introduce Boundary Stress Microscopy to quantify the non-uniform surface stresses in sheared collagen gels. We find local stresses exceeding average stresses by an order of magnitude, with variations over length scales much larger than the network mesh size. The strain stiffening behavior observed over a wide range of network mesh sizes can be parameterized by a single characteristic strain and associated stress, which describes both the strain stiffening regime and network yielding. The characteristic stress is approximately proportional to network density, but the peak boundary stress at both the characteristic strain and at yielding are remarkably insensitive to concentration.
Genetic Characteristics of Mitochondrial DNA Was Associated with Colorectal Carcinogenesis and Its Prognosis
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by Jae-Ho Lee, Ilseon Hwang, Yu-Na Kang, In-Jang Choi, Dae-Kwang Kim

Clinical value of mitochondrial DNA has been described in colorectal cancer (CRC). To clarify its role in colorectal carcinogenesis, mitochondrial microsatellite instability (mtMSI) and other markers were investigated in CRCs and their precancerous lesions, as a multitier genetic study. DNA was isolated from paired normal and tumoral tissues in 78 tubular adenomas (TAs), 34 serrated polyps (SPs), and 100 CRCs. mtMSI, nucleus microsatellite instability (nMSI), KRAS mutation, and BRAF mutation were investigated in these tumors and their statistical analysis was performed. mtMSI was found in 30% of CRCs and 21.4% of precancerous lesions. Mitochondrial copy number was higher in SPs than TAs and it was associated with mtMSI in low grade TAs. KRAS and BRAF mutations were mutually exclusive in TAs and SPs. CRCs with mtMSI showed shorter overall survival times than the patients without mtMSI. In CRCs without nMSI or BRAF mutation, mtMSI was a more accurate marker for predicting prognosis. The genetic change of mitochondrial DNA is an early and independent event in colorectal precancerous lesions and mtMSI and mitochondrial contents are associated with the tubular adenoma-carcinoma sequence, resulting in poor prognosis. This result suggested that the genetic change in mitochondrial DNA appears to be a possible prognosis marker in CRC.




Differences in Field Effectiveness and Adoption between a Novel Automated Chlorination System and Household Manual Chlorination of Drinking Water in Dhaka, Bangladesh: A Randomized Controlled Trial
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by Amy J. Pickering, Yoshika Crider, Nuhu Amin, Valerie Bauza, Leanne Unicomb, Jennifer Davis, Stephen P. Luby

The number of people served by networked systems that supply intermittent and contaminated drinking water is increasing. In these settings, centralized water treatment is ineffective, while household-level water treatment technologies have not been brought to scale. This study compares a novel low-cost technology designed to passively (automatically) dispense chlorine at shared handpumps with a household-level intervention providing water disinfection tablets (Aquatab), safe water storage containers, and behavior promotion. Twenty compounds were enrolled in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and randomly assigned to one of three groups: passive chlorinator, Aquatabs, or control. Over a 10-month intervention period, the mean percentage of households whose stored drinking water had detectable total chlorine was 75% in compounds with access to the passive chlorinator, 72% in compounds receiving Aquatabs, and 6% in control compounds. Both interventions also significantly improved microbial water quality. Aquatabs usage fell by 50% after behavioral promotion visits concluded, suggesting intensive promotion is necessary for sustained uptake. The study findings suggest high potential for an automated decentralized water treatment system to increase consistent access to clean water in low-income urban communities.
Functional Changes in the Human Auditory Cortex in Ageing
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by Oliver Profant, Jaroslav Tintěra, Zuzana Balogová, Ibrahim Ibrahim, Milan Jilek, Josef Syka

Hearing loss, presbycusis, is one of the most common sensory declines in the ageing population. Presbycusis is characterised by a deterioration in the processing of temporal sound features as well as a decline in speech perception, thus indicating a possible central component. With the aim to explore the central component of presbycusis, we studied the function of the auditory cortex by functional MRI in two groups of elderly subjects (>65 years) and compared the results with young subjects (
Genome-Wide DNA Methylation Profiles Indicate CD8+ T Cell Hypermethylation in Multiple Sclerosis
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by Steffan D. Bos, Christian M. Page, Bettina K. Andreassen, Emon Elboudwarej, Marte W. Gustavsen, Farren Briggs, Hong Quach, Ingvild S. Leikfoss, Anja Bjølgerud, Tone Berge, Hanne F. Harbo, Lisa F. Barcellos

Objective

Determine whether MS-specific DNA methylation profiles can be identified in whole blood or purified immune cells from untreated MS patients.

Methods

Whole blood, CD4+ and CD8+ T cell DNA from 16 female, treatment naïve MS patients and 14 matched controls was profiled using the HumanMethylation450K BeadChip. Genotype data were used to assess genetic homogeneity of our sample and to exclude potential SNP-induced DNA methylation measurement errors.

Results

As expected, significant differences between CD4+ T cells, CD8+ T cells and whole blood DNA methylation profiles were observed, regardless of disease status. Strong evidence for hypermethylation of CD8+ T cell, but not CD4+ T cell or whole blood DNA in MS patients compared to controls was observed. Genome-wide significant individual CpG-site DNA methylation differences were not identified. Furthermore, significant differences in gene DNA methylation of 148 established MS-associated risk genes were not observed.

Conclusion

While genome-wide significant DNA methylation differences were not detected for individual CpG-sites, strong evidence for DNA hypermethylation of CD8+ T cells for MS patients was observed, indicating a role for DNA methylation in MS. Further, our results suggest that large DNA methylation differences for CpG-sites tested here do not contribute to MS susceptibility. In particular, large DNA methylation differences for CpG-sites within 148 established MS candidate genes tested in our study cannot explain missing heritability. Larger studies of homogenous MS patients and matched controls are warranted to further elucidate the impact of CD8+ T cell and more subtle DNA methylation changes in MS development and pathogenesis.

Homology and Evolution of the Chaetae in Echiura (Annelida)
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by Ekin Tilic, Janina Lehrke, Thomas Bartolomaeus

Echiura is traditionally regarded as a small phylum of unsegmented spiralian worms. Molecular analyses, however, provide unquestionable evidence that Echiura are derived annelids that lost segmentation. Like annelids, echiurans possess chaetae, a single ventral pair in all species and one or two additional caudal hemi-circles of chaetae in two subgroups, but their evolutionary origin and affiliation to annelid chaetae are unresolved. Since annelids possess segmental pairs of dorsal (notopodial) and ventral (neuropodial) chaetae that are arranged in a row, the ventral chaetae in Echiura either represent a single or a paired neuropodial group of chaetae, while the caudal circle may represent fused rows of chaetae. In annelids, chaetogenesis is generally restricted to the ventral part of the notopodial chaetal sac and to the dorsal part of the neuropodial chaetal sac. We used the exact position of the chaetal formation site in the echiuran species, Thalassema thalassemum (Pallas, 1766) and Echiurus echiurus (Pallas, 1767), to test different hypotheses of the evolution of echiurid chaetae. As in annelids, a single chaetoblast is responsible for chaetogenesis in both species. Each chaeta of the ventral pair arises from its own chaetal sac and possesses a lateral formation site, evidencing that the pair of ventral chaetae in Echiura is homologous to a pair of neuropodia that fused on the ventral side, while the notopodia were reduced. Both caudal hemi-circles of chaetae in Echiurus echiurus are composed of several individual chaetal sacs, each with its own formative site. This finding argues against a homology of these hemi-circles of chaetae and annelids’ rows of chaetae and leads to the hypothesis that the caudal chaetal rings evolved once within the Echiura by multiplication of ventral chaetae.
Correlating Coating Characteristics with the Performance of Drug-Coated Balloons – A Comparative In Vitro Investigation of Own Established Hydrogel- and Ionic Liquid-Based Coating Matrices
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by Sebastian Kaule, Ingo Minrath, Florian Stein, Udo Kragl, Wolfram Schmidt, Klaus-Peter Schmitz, Katrin Sternberg, Svea Petersen

Drug-coated balloons (DCB), which have emerged as a therapeutic alternative to drug-eluting stents in percutaneous cardiovascular intervention, are well described with regard to clinical efficacy and safety within a number of clinical studies. In vitro studies elucidating the correlation between coating additive and DCB performance are however rare but considered important for the understanding of DCB requirements and the improvement of established DCB. In this regard, we examined three different DCB-systems, which were developed in former studies based on the ionic liquid cetylpyridinium salicylate, the body-own hydrogel hyaluronic acid and the pharmaceutically well-established hydrogel polyvinylpyrrolidone, considering coating morphology, coating thickness, drug-loss, drug-transfer to the vessel wall, residual drug-concentration on the balloon surface and entire drug-load during simulated use in an in vitro vessel model. Moreover, we investigated particle release of the different DCB during simulated use and determined the influence of the three coatings on the mechanical behavior of the balloon catheter. We could show that coating characteristics can be indeed correlated with the performance of DCB. For instance, paclitaxel incorporation in the matrix can reduce the drug wash-off and benefit a high drug transfer. Additionally, a thin coating with a smooth surface and high but delayed solubility can reduce drug wash-off and decrease particle burden. As a result, we suggest that it is very important to characterize DCB in terms of mentioned properties in vitro in addition to their clinical efficacy in order to better understand their function and provide more data for the clinicians to improve the tool of DCB in coronary angioplasty.




Association between IL-6-174G/C Polymorphism and the Risk of Sepsis and Mortality: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by Jun-wei Gao, An-qiang Zhang, Wei Pan, Cai-li Yue, Ling Zeng, Wei Gu, Jianxin Jiang

Background

Recent studies have reported the association between IL-6-174G/C polymorphism and sepsis. However, the results are inconclusive and conflicting. To better understand the role of IL-6-174G/C polymorphism in sepsis, we conducted a comprehensive meta-analysis.

Methodology

Literature search was conducted through PubMed, Embase, Web of Knowledge databases until July 29, 2013. The pooled odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated using fixed- or random-effect model based on heterogeneity test in total and subgroup analyses.

Results

Twenty studies on the risk of sepsis and seven studies on sepsis mortality were included. None of the results showed evidence of a significant association between IL-6-174G/C polymorphism and sepsis risk in overall analysis or subgroup analyses based on sepsis type, ethnicity, source of control and age under any genetic model (the allele comparison, the codominant, the recessive or the dominant model). Although there was a statistically significant association between IL-6-174 G/C polymorphism and sepsis-related mortality under the recessive model, the significance did not exist after Bonferroni’s correction.

Conclusions

Current evidence does not support a direct effect of IL-6-174 G/C polymorphism on the risk of sepsis. In addition, there was no association between IL-6-174 G/C polymorphism and sepsis mortality after Bonferroni’s correction. Further analyses of gene-environment interactions and more studies based on larger sample size and homogeneous sepsis patients are required.

Functional Analysis of GmCPDs and Investigation of Their Roles in Flowering
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by Miao Wang, Xin Xu, Xinxin Zhang, Shi Sun, Cunxiang Wu, Wensheng Hou, Qingyu Wang, Tianfu Han

The onset of floral development is a pivotal switch in the life of soybean. Brassinosteroids (BRs), a group of steroidal phytohormones with essential roles in plant growth and development, are associated with flowering induction. Genes involved in BR biosynthesis have been studied to a great extent in Arabidopsis, but the study of these genes has been limited in soybean. In this study, four CPD homologs (GmCPDs) catalyzing BR synthesis were isolated from soybean. Transcripts were mainly confined to cotyledons and leaves and were down-regulated in response to exogenous BR. Bioinformatic analysis showed strong sequence and structure similarity between GmCPDs and AtCPD as well as CPDs of other species. Overexpression of GmCPDs in an Arabidopsis BR-deficient mutant rescued the phenotype by restoring the biosynthesis pathway, revealing the functional roles of each GmCPDs in. Except for the rescue of root development, leaf expansion and plant type architecture, GmCPDs in expression also complemented the late flowering phenotype of Arabidopsis mutants deficient in CPD. Further evidence in soybean plants is that the expression levels of GmCPDs in are under photoperiod control in Zigongdongdou, a photoperiod-sensitive variety, and show a sudden peak upon floral meristem initiation. Together with increased GmCPDs in expression in the leaves and cotyledons of photoperiod-insensitive early-maturity soybean, it is clear that GmCPDs in contribute to flowering development and are essential in the early stages of flowering regulation.
Microstructural Inhomogeneity of Electrical Conductivity in Subcutaneous Fat Tissue
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by Ilja L. Kruglikov

Microscopic peculiarities stemming from a temperature increase in subcutaneous adipose tissue (sWAT) after applying a radio-frequency (RF) current, must be strongly dependent on the type of sWAT. This effect is connected with different electrical conductivities of pathways inside (triglycerides in adipocytes) and outside (extra-cellular matrix) the cells and to the different weighting of these pathways in hypertrophic and hyperplastic types of sWAT. The application of the RF current to hypertrophic sWAT, which normally has a strongly developed extracellular matrix with high concentrations of hyaluronan and collagen in a peri-cellular space of adipocytes, can produce, micro-structurally, a highly inhomogeneous temperature distribution, characterized by strong temperature gradients between the peri-cellular sheath of the extra-cellular matrix around the hypertrophic adipocytes and their volumes. In addition to normal temperature effects, which are generally considered in body contouring, these temperature gradients can produce thermo-mechanical stresses on the cells’ surfaces. Whereas these stresses are relatively small under normal conditions and cannot cause any direct fracturing or damage of the cell structure, these stresses can, under some supportive conditions, be theoretically increased by several orders of magnitude, causing the thermo-mechanical cell damage. This effect cannot be realized in sWAT of normal or hyperplastic types where the peri-cellular structures are under-developed. It is concluded that the results of RF application in body contouring procedures must be strongly dependent on the morphological structure of sWAT.
Experiential Thinking in Creationism—A Textual Analysis
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by Petteri Nieminen, Esko Ryökäs, Anne-Mari Mustonen

Creationism is a religiously motivated worldview in denial of biological evolution that has been very resistant to change. We performed a textual analysis by examining creationist and pro-evolutionary texts for aspects of “experiential thinking”, a cognitive process different from scientific thought. We observed characteristics of experiential thinking as follows: testimonials (present in 100% of sampled creationist texts), such as quotations, were a major form of proof. Confirmation bias (100% of sampled texts) was represented by ignoring or dismissing information that would contradict the creationist hypothesis. Scientifically irrelevant or flawed information was re-interpreted as relevant for the falsification of evolution (75–90% of sampled texts). Evolutionary theory was associated to moral issues by demonizing scientists and linking evolutionary theory to atrocities (63–93% of sampled texts). Pro-evolutionary rebuttals of creationist claims also contained testimonials (93% of sampled texts) and referred to moral implications (80% of sampled texts) but displayed lower prevalences of stereotypical thinking (47% of sampled texts), confirmation bias (27% of sampled texts) and pseudodiagnostics (7% of sampled texts). The aspects of experiential thinking could also be interpreted as argumentative fallacies. Testimonials lead, for instance, to ad hominem and appeals to authorities. Confirmation bias and simplification of data give rise to hasty generalizations and false dilemmas. Moral issues lead to guilt by association and appeals to consequences. Experiential thinking and fallacies can contribute to false beliefs and the persistence of the claims. We propose that science educators would benefit from the systematic analysis of experiential thinking patterns and fallacies in creationist texts and pro-evolutionary rebuttals in order to concentrate on scientific misconceptions instead of the scientifically irrelevant aspects of the creationist—evolutionist debate.
Proteomic Analysis of Mitochondrial-Associated ER Membranes (MAM) during RNA Virus Infection Reveals Dynamic Changes in Protein and Organelle Trafficking
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by Stacy M. Horner, Courtney Wilkins, Samantha Badil, Jason Iskarpatyoti, Michael Gale

RIG-I pathway signaling of innate immunity against RNA virus infection is organized between the ER and mitochondria on a subdomain of the ER called the mitochondrial-associated ER membrane (MAM). The RIG-I adaptor protein MAVS transmits downstream signaling of antiviral immunity, with signaling complexes assembling on the MAM in association with mitochondria and peroxisomes. To identify components that regulate MAVS signalosome assembly on the MAM, we characterized the proteome of MAM, ER, and cytosol from cells infected with either chronic (hepatitis C) or acute (Sendai) RNA virus infections, as well as mock-infected cells. Comparative analysis of protein trafficking dynamics during both chronic and acute viral infection reveals differential protein profiles in the MAM during RIG-I pathway activation. We identified proteins and biochemical pathways recruited into and out of the MAM in both chronic and acute RNA viral infections, representing proteins that drive immunity and/or regulate viral replication. In addition, by using this comparative proteomics approach, we identified 3 new MAVS-interacting proteins, RAB1B, VTN, and LONP1, and defined LONP1 as a positive regulator of the RIG-I pathway. Our proteomic analysis also reveals a dynamic cross-talk between subcellular compartments during both acute and chronic RNA virus infection, and demonstrates the importance of the MAM as a central platform that coordinates innate immune signaling to initiate immunity against RNA virus infection.




Serum-Free and Xenobiotic-Free Preservation of Cultured Human Limbal Epithelial Cells
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by Oeygunn Utheim, Rakibul Islam, Torstein Lyberg, Borghild Roald, Jon Roger Eidet, Maria Fideliz de la Paz, Darlene A. Dartt, Sten Raeder, Tor Paaske Utheim

Aim/Purpose of the Study

To develop a one-week storage method, without serum and xenobiotics, that would maintain cell viability, morphology, and phenotype of cultured human limbal epithelial sheets.

Materials and Methods

Human limbal explants were cultured on intact human amniotic membranes for two weeks. The sheets were stored in a hermetically sealed container at 23°C in either a serum-free medium with selected animal serum-derived compounds (Quantum 286) or a xenobiotic-free medium (Minimal Essential Medium) for 4 and 7 days. Stored and non-stored cultures were analyzed for cell viability, amniotic membrane and epithelial sheet thickness, and a panel of immunohistochemical markers for immature cells (ΔNp63α, p63, Bmi-1, C/EBP∂, ABCG2 and K19), differentiated cells (K3 and Cx43), proliferation (PCNA), and apoptosis (Caspase-3).

Results

The cell viability of the cultures was 98 ± 1% and remained high after storage. Mean central thickness of non-stored limbal epithelial sheets was 23 ± 3 μm, and no substantial loss of cells was observed after storage. The non-stored epithelial sheets expressed a predominantly immature phenotype with ΔNp63α positivity of more than 3% in 9 of 13 cultures. After storage, the expression of ABCG2 and C/EBP∂ was reduced for the 7 day Quantum 286-storage group; (P = 0.04), and Bmi-1 was reduced after 4 day Quantum 286-storage; (P = 0.02). No other markers varied significantly. The expression of differentiation markers was unrelated to the thickness of the epithelia and amniotic membrane, apart from ABCG2, which correlated negatively with thickness of limbal epithelia (R = -0.69, P = 0.01) and ΔNp63α, which correlated negatively with amniotic membrane thickness (R = -0.59, P = 0.03).

Conclusion

Limbal epithelial cells cultured from explants on amniotic membrane can be stored at 23°C in both serum-free and xenobiotic-free media, with sustained cell viability, ultrastructure, and ΔNp63α-positivity after both 4 and 7 days.

Patient-Specific Modeling of Regional Antibiotic Concentration Levels in Airways of Patients with Cystic Fibrosis: Are We Dosing High Enough?
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by Aukje C. Bos, Cedric van Holsbeke, Jan W. de Backer, Mireille van Westreenen, Hettie M. Janssens, Wim G. Vos, Harm A. W. M. Tiddens

Background

Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Pa) infection is an important contributor to the progression of cystic fibrosis (CF) lung disease. The cornerstone treatment for Pa infection is the use of inhaled antibiotics. However, there is substantial lung disease heterogeneity within and between patients that likely impacts deposition patterns of inhaled antibiotics. Therefore, this may result in airways below the minimal inhibitory concentration of the inhaled agent. Very little is known about antibiotic concentrations in small airways, in particular the effect of structural lung abnormalities. We therefore aimed to develop a patient-specific airway model to predict concentrations of inhaled antibiotics and to study the impact of structural lung changes and breathing profile on local concentrations in airways of patients with CF.

Methods

In- and expiratory CT-scans of children with CF (5–17 years) were scored (CF-CT score), segmented and reconstructed into 3D airway models. Computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations were performed on 40 airway models to predict local Aztreonam lysine for inhalation (AZLI) concentrations. Patient-specific lobar flow distribution and nebulization of 75 mg AZLI through a digital Pari eFlow model with mass median aerodynamic diameter range were used at the inlet of the airway model. AZLI concentrations for central and small airways were computed for different breathing patterns and airway surface liquid thicknesses.

Results

In most simulated conditions, concentrations in both central and small airways were well above the minimal inhibitory concentration. However, small airways in more diseased lobes were likely to receive suboptimal AZLI. Structural lung disease and increased tidal volumes, respiratory rates and larger particle sizes greatly reduced small airway concentrations.

Conclusions

CFD modeling showed that concentrations of inhaled antibiotic delivered to the small airways are highly patient specific and vary throughout the bronchial tree. These results suggest that anti-Pa treatment of especially the small airways can be improved.

Surgical Complications of Primary Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment: A Meta-Analysis
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by Zhiping Lv, Ying Li, Yongzhong Wu, Yi Qu

Background

To investigate the surgical complications of scleral buckling (SB) and pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) performed on primary rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD) and to discover which surgical procedures bring fewer complications.

Methods

An electronic literature search using the PubMed database, ISI Web of Knowledge and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials to identify randomized controlled trials and observational studies comparing SB with PPV on primary RRD. Outcome measures included intra-operative complications and early and late post-operative complications.

Results

During the operation, significantly less subretinal hemorrhage occurred in the PPV group than in the SB group (OR = 4.71; 95%CI, 1.33–16.64; p = 0.02) and the hypotony incidence was significantly higher in the SB group (OR = 18.24; 95%CI, 2.37–140.44; p = 0.005); however, the occurrence of iatrogenic breaks was significantly lower in the SB group (OR = 0.05; 95%CI, 0.01–0.21; p

Invitation Cards during Pregnancy Enhance Male Partner Involvement in Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Blantyre, Malawi: A Randomized Controlled Open Label Trial
  Source: PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles 2015-03-03 14:01:10 (1 hours ago) 

by Alinane Linda Nyondo, Augustine Talumba Choko, Angela Faith Chimwaza, Adamson Sinjani Muula

Introduction

Male involvement (MI) is vital for the uptake of Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) interventions. Partner notification (PN) is among the strategies identified for MI in PMTCT services. The purpose of this randomized controlled trial was to evaluate the efficacy of an invitation card to the male partners as a strategy for MI in PMTCT services by comparing the proportion of pregnant women that were accompanied by their partners between the intervention and the non-intervention study groups.

Methods

Pregnant women attending antenatal care without a male partner at South Lunzu and Mpemba health centres in Blantyre, Malawi, were enrolled in the study from June to December 2013. In an intention-to-treat analysis, we compared all participants that were randomized in the invitation card group with the standard of care (SoC) group. Risk ratios (RR) with 95% confidence intervals (CI) were computed to assess the efficacy of the invitation card.

Results

Of the 462 randomized women, 65/230 (28.26%) of the women in the invitation card group reported to the antenatal care clinic with their partners compared to 44/232 (18.97%) women in the SoC group. In an unadjusted intention-to-treat analysis women in the invitation card group were 50% more likely to be accompanied by their male partners than those in the SoC group RR: 1.49 (95% CI: 1.06-2.09); p = 0.02. Our random effects analysis showed that there was no clustering by site of recruitment with an inter cluster correlation coefficient (ICC) of 1.98x 10-3, (95% CI: 1.78 x10-7 - 0.96 x 10-1); p =0.403.

Conclusion

An invitation card significantly increased the proportion of women who were accompanied by their male partners for the PMTCT services. An invitation card is a feasible strategy for MI in PMTCT.

Netanyahu’s Full Speech Before Congress
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2015-03-03 14:01:09 (1 hours ago) 
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel delivered a speech at a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday, outlining his case for a tougher strategy in a nuclear deal with Iran.










Tamir Rice's Mother: Yet to Recieve Apology from City, Police for Son's Death
  Source: MSNBC.com: U.S. News 2015-03-03 14:00:59 (1 hours ago) 
The family of Tamir Rice, including his mother Samaria Rice, and their attorneys Benjamin Crump and Walter Madison respond the city of Cleveland's claim that the 12-year-old boy was responsible for his own shooting death.
FDA: Antibiotic Linked to Nerve Damage
  Source: MSNBC.com: U.S. News 2015-03-03 14:00:59 (1 hours ago) 
A North Carolina woman who suffered a series of extreme side effects from using Levaquin, joins the effort to pull the medication. The FDA says more than 1,200 people have died, and almost 100,00 have suffered side effects from the drug. WCNC's Michelle Boudin reports.
Paralyzed Pit Bull Walks Again with Prosthetic Paw
  Source: MSNBC.com: U.S. News 2015-03-03 14:00:59 (1 hours ago) 
An Arkansas dog left for dead in a ditch after being hit by a car, overcomes paralysis, and learns to walk again with the help of a prosthetic paw. KARK's Melissa Schroeder reports.






New Mexico couple gets engaged, then stranded on mountaintop
  Source: Homepage News Bizarre heds 2015-03-03 14:00:46 (1 hours ago) 
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An ecstatic New Mexico couple who got engaged on top of Sandia Peak had to curtail their celebrations after getting stuck for hours because of high winds. Jay Blackwood, the assistant manager of the Sandia Peak Tram, says around 140 people were stranded for about four hours.
Tamir Rice's mother calls for apology from 'disrespectful' Cleveland police
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-03 14:00:45 (1 hours ago) 

City claimed Tamir, 12, who was shot by a police officer in November, was ‘directly and proximately’ responsible for his own death

The mother of Tamir Rice has called for the city of Cleveland to apologise for shooting her son dead last year, describing officials’ claims that Tamir was responsible for his own death as “very disrespectful”. Rice was shot dead by a police officer in November.

In documents filed by the city, defense attorneys argued that 12 year-old Tamir was “directly and proximately” responsible for his own death. The city mayor has since apologised for the remarks, describing them as “very insensitive” and stating the city planned to alter the wording.

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Why we should move the Lords – and the Commons – to Lancaster
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-03-03 14:00:44 (1 hours ago) 
There could be no more accusations of a London-centric agenda. And think what a great hotel the Palace of Westminster would make if we kicked all those politicians out Continue reading...
Is stealing from a small shop worse than from a chain?
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-03-03 14:00:44 (1 hours ago) 
David Lammy has raised interesting questions on how we judge a crime like theft. Moral absolutism and monetary value are more compatible than you think Continue reading...
UK investigates reports that British man has died fighting Isis in Syria
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-03 14:00:43 (1 hours ago) 

Man, whose name has not been confirmed, is said to have been former Royal Marine who was fighting with Kurdish forces in the north-east of country

The government is investigating reports that a British man has died fighting Islamic State militants in Syria.

The man, whose name has not been confirmed, is said to have been a former Royal Marine who was fighting with Kurdish forces in the north-east of the country.

A YPG commander in Rojava - Northeastern Syria - tells me that one of their UK volunteers has been killed in battle against ISIS.

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No Love for "Looking For A Girlfriend" Guy, Just Sex With 118 Women
  Source: Gawker 2015-03-03 14:00:40 (1 hours ago) 

New Yorkers who frequent Lower Manhattan have undoubtably seen Dan Perino's face plastered on one of his thousands of "looking for a girlfriend" fliers. Since he started posting the ads for companionship last summer, he's been flooded with phone calls—more than 8,000, he tells news.com.au. He also claims to have "hooked up" with 118 women.

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Dear Mort Zuckerman: Here's $5,000. Can We Buy the Daily News?
  Source: Gawker 2015-03-03 14:00:40 (1 hours ago) 

Dear Mortimer Zuckerman:

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-03 14:00:36 (1 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Engineer in CA train crash dies
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-03-03 14:00:31 (1 hours ago) 
No camping outside Soldier Field for Grateful Dead fans
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Nation/World 2015-03-03 14:00:28 (1 hours ago) 
Grateful Dead fans won't be allowed to park or camp overnight on Chicago Park District land outside of Soldier Field, a spokesman for the arena said Tuesday morning.
No camping outside Soldier Field for Grateful Dead fans
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Local news 2015-03-03 14:00:27 (1 hours ago) 
Grateful Dead fans won't be allowed to park or camp overnight on Chicago Park District land outside of Soldier Field, a spokesman for the arena said Tuesday morning.
Vanessa Cox, 31; Brandeis athletics administrator had coached lacrosse at MIT, competed for Newton North
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-03-03 14:00:22 (1 hours ago) 
Vanessa Cox, 31, the department administrator for the Brandeis Department of Athletics and a lacrosse player who formerly competed for Newton North High School and the University of Vermont, was killed in a car crash in New Hampshire on Feb. 12.










Plainville Student Charged With Manslaughter After Allegedly Encouraging Friend to Commit Suicide
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-03-03 14:00:22 (1 hours ago) 
A Plainville student has been indicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter after allegedly encouraging her friend to commit suicide, according to the Bristol District Attorney’s Office.






MH17 families view plane wreckage
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-03-03 14:00:20 (1 hours ago) 
Families of passengers who died when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was downed over Ukraine, view the wreckage of the plane at a Dutch air base.
MH17 families view plane wreckage
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-03-03 14:00:20 (1 hours ago) 
Families of passengers who died when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was downed over Ukraine, view the wreckage of the plane at a Dutch air base.
Obama: Netanyahu offers no viable alternative to Iran talks
  Source: AP Top Political News 2015-03-03 14:00:19 (1 hours ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) didn't offer any "viable alternatives" to the nuclear negotiations with Iran during his speech to Congress....
Full Episode: GMA 03/03/15: Hillary Clinton Never Used Government Email While Secretary of State
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-03-03 14:00:13 (1 hours ago) 
NASDAQ Nears 15-Year High; LAPD Addresses Officer-Involved Shooting That Was Videotaped




French President to Make Historic Trip to Cuba
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-03-03 14:00:13 (1 hours ago) 
French president to make historic trip to Cuba amid improving ties
5 pancake pro tips from celebrity chefs
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-03-03 13:59:35 (1 hours ago) 

Let these master chefs take your perfect pancakes to the next level.

       
Lawyer: Snowden willing to return to U.S. for trial
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-03-03 13:59:35 (1 hours ago) 

His lawyer says Snowden wants to be guaranteed a fair trial.

       
David Petraeus Gets Hand-Slap for Leaking, Two Point Enhancement for Obstruction of Justice
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-03-03 13:59:29 (1 hours ago) 

As a supine Congress sitting inside a scaffolded dome applauded Benjamin Netanyahu calling to reject a peace deal with Iran, DOJ quietly announced it had reached a plea deal with former CIA Director David Petraeus for leaking Top Secret/Secure Compartmented Information materials to his mistress, Paula Broadwell.

Among the materials in the eight “Black Books” Petraeus shared with Broadwell were:

…classified information regarding the identities of covert officers, war strategy, intelligence capabilities and mechanisms, diplomatic discussions, quotes and deliberative discussions from high-level National Security Council meetings, and defendant DAVID HOWELL PETRAEUS’s discussions with the President of the United States of America.

The Black Books contained national defense information, including Top Secret/SCI and code word information.

Petraeus kept those Black Books full of code word information including covert identities and conversations with the President “in a rucksack up there somewhere.”

Petreaus retained those Black Books after he signed his debriefing agreement upon leaving DOD, in which he attested “I give my assurance that there is no classified material in my possession, custody, or control at this time.” He kept those Black Books in an unlocked desk drawer.

For mishandling some of the most important secrets the nation has, Petraeus will plead guilty to a misdemeanor. Petraeus, now an employee of a top private equity firm, will be fined $40,000 and serve two years of probation.

He will not, however, be asked to plead guilty at all for lying to FBI investigators. In an interview on October 26, 2012, he told the FBI,

(a) he had never provided any classified information to his biographer, and (b) he had never facilitated the provision of classified information to his biographer.

For lying to the FBI — a crime that others go to prison for for months and years — Petraeus will just get a two point enhancement on his sentencing guidelines. The Department of Justice basically completely wiped away the crime of covering up his crime of leaking some of the country’s most sensitive secrets to his mistress.

When John Kiriakou pled guilty on October 23, 2012 to crimes having to do with sharing a single covert officer’s identity just days before Petraeus would lie to the FBI about sharing, among other things, numerous covert officers’ identities with his mistress, Petraeus sent out a memo to the CIA stating,

Oaths do matter, and there are indeed consequences for those who believe they are above the laws that protect our fellow officers and enable American intelligence agencies to operate with the requisite degree of secrecy.

David Petraeus is now proof of what a lie that statement was.

A Speech That Fell Short and Tied Netanyahu in Knots
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-03-03 13:59:26 (1 hours ago) 
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D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation 100 Years Later: Still Great, Still Shameful
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-03-03 13:59:26 (1 hours ago) 
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The Apple Watch Might Actually Cost a Fortune
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-03-03 13:59:25 (1 hours ago) 
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Over 50% of Americans Will Be Nonwhite Within 30 Years
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-03-03 13:59:25 (1 hours ago) 
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True Detective Director’s Next Movie to Premiere on Netflix
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-03-03 13:59:25 (1 hours ago) 
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Missing father and son sought by police
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-03 13:59:01 (1 hours ago) 

Kieran Carroll and two-year-old boy last seen in Luton early on Tuesday

Police are urgently trying to trace a young father who has gone missing with his eight-month-old son.

Bedfordshire police said Kieran Carroll, 22, was reported missing in Luton early on Tuesday.

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UK investigates reports that British man has died fighting Isis in Syria
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-03 13:59:01 (1 hours ago) 

Man, whose name has not been confirmed, is said to have been former Royal Marine who was fighting with Kurdish forces in the north-east of country

The government is investigating reports that a British man has died fighting Islamic State militants in Syria.

The man, whose name has not been confirmed, is said to have been a former Royal Marine who was fighting with Kurdish forces in the north-east of the country.

A YPG commander in Rojava - Northeastern Syria - tells me that one of their UK volunteers has been killed in battle against ISIS.

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Premier League and Football League clockwatch – live!
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-03 13:58:58 (1 hours ago) 
Live updates from across the Premier League and Football League
Email paul.doyle@theguardian.com
Or tweet your thoughts to @paul_doyle

6.45pm GMT

Hello readers and welcome to the page that takes all the huffing and puffing out of your football trolley dash, leaving you to sit back and consume the instant updates we’ve plucked from the shelves especially for you. Yes, no need to scamper hither and thither, just stare at your screen and await news of anything interesting from tonight’s Premier League, Championship, League One and League Two trysts. Feel the suspense! Revel in the anticipation! And pick you nose if you want, but most of all don’t go away! Here’s what you won’t miss if you stick around:

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Is Isis the ultimate evil? They would love you to think so
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-03 13:58:57 (1 hours ago) 
Presenting Isis as iconic demons obscures the symbiotic relationship between jihadis and the west

Something about the term “barrel bomb” fails to convey the horror of the weapon. Perhaps it is the alliteration, which has a kind of playful quality; maybe it’s because we associate barrels with beer and wine. But barrel bombs are the source of unimaginable horror and cruelty. As well as explosives, they often contain shrapnel to maximise the human carnage. Dropped from helicopters at heights that make precision targeting impossible, they are employed by the Bashar al-Assad regime, our de facto allies – let’s stop pretending otherwise – and until recently, by the Iraqi government too. In just a year, barrel bombs killed more than 6,000 civilians in Syria, nearly a third of whom were children.

But the Assad regime does not flaunt its cruelty. It does not make videos with Hollywood effects – slo-mo, closeups, haunting music, the aftermath in high definition. Instead, it adopts the same regretful tone of western powers, like when the US dropped flesh-burning white phosphorus over Falluja. We regret any civilian casualties (or “collateral damage”, as the west prefers). We do not target civilians, unlike our opponents – and so on. The scale of death may be far greater, but the claimed intentions are different: unlike our opponents, we do not aim to kill civilians, they say, so we retain our moral superiority. Above all, the Assad regime does not execute white westerners and film it. Islamic State (Isis) is now the iconic demon, the stuff of nightmares – which is exactly what it wants, of course.

If we can provide context for the rise of Nazism, why not elsewhere?

Continue reading...
Mining The Asteroids: Who Decides?
  Source: SPACE.com 2015-03-03 13:58:21 (1 hours ago) 
Our civilization—and presumably any civilization with a technological capacity at least as advanced as ours—runs on energy and raw materials.
How to See 2 Star Clusters Shining in the Night Sky
  Source: SPACE.com 2015-03-03 13:58:21 (1 hours ago) 
As the moon moves around its monthly orbit of the Earth, it passes near or in front of a wide variety of objects. At some points in its orbit, there are almost no stars behind it.




The “Most Pleasurable Portrayal of Libertarianism“ Bonus Segment
  Source: Slate Articles 2015-03-03 13:58:17 (1 hours ago) 

Parks and Recreation’s run has come to an end. In this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, David and Emily eulogize Leslie Knope’s abundant earnestness and television’s most lovable libertarian.

Ultracold-Resistant Chemical on Titan Could Allow It to Harbor Life
  Source: Scientific American - News 2015-03-03 13:58:05 (1 hours ago) 
Computer simulations reveal that a compound found on Saturn’s largest moon may be able to form a freeze-resistant, flexible membrane that could encapsulate cells or organelles

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Ultracold-Resistant Chemical on Titan Could Allow It to Harbor Life
  Source: Scientific American 2015-03-03 13:58:03 (1 hours ago) 
Computer simulations reveal that a compound found on Saturn’s largest moon may be able to form a freeze-resistant, flexible membrane that could encapsulate cells or organelles

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Wickliffe Public Library seeking to fill board position
  Source: RSS Feed from The News-Herald: http://www.news-herald.com 2015-03-03 13:57:49 (1 hours ago) 

The Wickliffe Public Library has one opening for a Board of Trustee position. Candidates - Wickliffe resident preferred - should email a statement of interest with resume to wkplmain@gmail.com no later than March 8. Interviews will be scheduled. Candidates for this voluntary position must possess time to commit to meetings and other board functions, have a commitment to the philosophy of intellectual freedom, and be a registered voter in Lake County, according to a library press release.

Mayfield United Methodist Church holding clothing swap for children and teens
  Source: RSS Feed from The News-Herald: http://www.news-herald.com 2015-03-03 13:57:49 (1 hours ago) 

On March 21, Mayfield United Methodist Church, 7747 Mayfield Road in Chester Township, will be sponsoring a clothing swap for children and teens. A clothing swap is when gently used clothes and shoes that children have outgrown can be swapped for larger gently used clothes and shoes. Donations of clothing and shoes can be made from 9 a.





March 26 meeting set for Geauga County residents interesting in fostering, adopting children
  Source: RSS Feed from The News-Herald: http://www.news-herald.com 2015-03-03 13:57:49 (1 hours ago) 

Geauga County has been experiencing an increase in the needs of families and children in the past several years, and this has caused the demand for certified foster and adoptive parents to increase as well. For those considering becoming a foster and/or adoptive family for Geauga County children, County Job and Family Services will walk them through the process of becoming certified.

Euclid library to host 'Great Lakes Folklore' author March 4
  Source: RSS Feed from The News-Herald: http://www.news-herald.com 2015-03-03 13:57:49 (1 hours ago) 
Damn chicken needs to keep his mouth shut.
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-03-03 13:57:36 (1 hours ago) 
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A history of Joan Jett in Cleveland: The Runaways rock The Agora in 1976
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-03-03 13:57:32 (1 hours ago) 
Joan Jett has been performing in Cleveland for nearly 40 years, starting with a Runaways show at The Agora in 1976.
Well: Snip, Snap, Slurp: Misophonia Makes Them Unbearable
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2015-03-03 13:57:12 (1 hours ago) 
After an essay about misophonia, Well readers chimed in about the noises they can’t stand to hear.




Giants considering a run at Ndamukong Suh: sources
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-03-03 13:56:34 (1 hours ago) 
As improbable as it seems on the surface, several NFL sources believe the Giants are considering a run at Ndamukong Suh.






Billy Bean, MLB’s inclusion ambassador, visits Mets
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-03-03 13:56:34 (1 hours ago) 
Sandy Alderson lives with the memory of Glenn Burke and the way he died.






Facebook invents an intelligence test for machines
  Source: New Scientist - Online News 2015-03-03 13:56:32 (1 hours ago) 
Forget the Turing test. Facebook has come up with a simple quiz that will help work out the intelligence levels of your latest AI






Jihadi John's Dad Asks God to 'Take Revenge' on Son
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-03-03 13:56:24 (1 hours ago) 
Jihadi John's angry father cried when his son's role in ISIS was revealed to the world and said 'May God … take revenge on him' according a co-worker.
Tamir Rice's Mom Wants Cleveland To Apologize
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-03-03 13:56:23 (1 hours ago) 
The mother of slain Cleveland boy Tamir Rice said she wants the city to say it's sorry for police shooting him, not for insensitive legal remarks.




911 Dispatchers Step it up at Work
  Source: MSNBC.com: U.S. News 2015-03-03 13:55:53 (1 hours ago) 
Oregon 911 dispatchers are testing new treadmill desks as they take calls. KGW's Kyle Iboshi reports several users report feeling healthier, with better concentration and awareness.






Boston Marathon bombing jury is chosen, allowing trial to begin
  Source: Los Angeles Times - National News 2015-03-03 13:55:35 (1 hours ago) 
Ten women and eight men, all of them Boston-area residents, were selected Tuesday afternoon as jurors and alternates to hear the case of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev -- the trial at last getting underway after two months of jury selection and repeated attempts to...
BitTorrent Sync 2.0 Brings Pro Version, Free 30-Day Trial
  Source: Lifehacker 2015-03-03 13:55:23 (1 hours ago) 

We've looked at BitTorrent Sync before as an alternative to Dropbox for sharing large files across your devices. Now, the service has updated to version 2.0 and with it comes a new Pro tier.

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Is Isis the ultimate evil? They would love you to think so
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-03 13:54:42 (1 hours ago) 
Presenting Isis as iconic demons obscures the symbiotic relationship between jihadis and the west

Something about the term “barrel bomb” fails to convey the horror of the weapon. Perhaps it is the alliteration, which has a kind of playful quality; maybe it’s because we associate barrels with beer and wine. But barrel bombs are the source of unimaginable horror and cruelty. As well as explosives, they often contain shrapnel to maximise the human carnage. Dropped from helicopters at heights that make precision targeting impossible, they are employed by the Bashar al-Assad regime, our de facto allies – let’s stop pretending otherwise – and until recently, by the Iraqi government too. In just a year, barrel bombs killed more than 6,000 civilians in Syria, nearly a third of whom were children.

But the Assad regime does not flaunt its cruelty. It does not make videos with Hollywood effects – slo-mo, closeups, haunting music, the aftermath in high definition. Instead, it adopts the same regretful tone of western powers, like when the US dropped flesh-burning white phosphorus over Falluja. We regret any civilian casualties (or “collateral damage”, as the west prefers). We do not target civilians, unlike our opponents – and so on. The scale of death may be far greater, but the claimed intentions are different: unlike our opponents, we do not aim to kill civilians, they say, so we retain our moral superiority. Above all, the Assad regime does not execute white westerners and film it. Islamic State (Isis) is now the iconic demon, the stuff of nightmares – which is exactly what it wants, of course.

Continue reading...
Working with Simon Rattle has been the best music education of my life
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-03 13:54:42 (1 hours ago) 

A hornist with the Berlin Philharmonic on his 13 years with the conductor and what the London Symphony Orchestra can expect from its new leader

In the course of my 30 years as a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra I have worked with three different principal conductors, each of whom made their own unique and indelible impact not only on the orchestra but on the wider music world. These were of course Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado and since 2002, Sir Simon Rattle.

Over these last 13 years with Simon, I have experienced not only countless artistic high points, but also the best music education of my life. Musicians frequently bring scores to rehearsals now just to share in the discoveries Simon continually makes. We have frequently been motivated to read up, indeed even conduct our own research, on the repertoire we perform. Always prepared, always thoroughly researched – he can justify every one of his ideas by referencing something in the score; it’s never just a personal, subjective interpretation.

Related: Simon Rattle appointed music director of London Symphony Orchestra

Related: Simon Rattle is the seismic, creative shock UK classical music needs

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Is Isis the ultimate evil? They would love you to think so
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-03-03 13:54:33 (1 hours ago) 
Presenting Isis as iconic demons obscures the symbiotic relationship between jihadis and the west Continue reading...
Missing father and son sought by police
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-03 13:54:24 (1 hours ago) 

Kieran Carroll and two-year-old boy last seen in Luton early on Tuesday

Police are urgently trying to trace a young father who has gone missing with his eight-month-old son.

Bedfordshire police said Kieran Carroll, 22, was reported missing in Luton early on Tuesday.

Continue reading...
Premier League and Football League clockwatch – live!
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-03 13:54:21 (1 hours ago) 
Live updates from across the Premier League and Football League
Email paul.doyle@theguardian.com
Or tweet your thoughts to @paul_doyle

6.45pm GMT

Hello readers and welcome to the page that takes all the huffing and puffing out of your football trolley dash, leaving you to sit back and consume the instant updates we’ve plucked from the shelves especially for you. Yes, no need to scamper hither and thither, just stare at your screen and await news of anything interesting from tonight’s Premier League, Championship, League One and League Two trysts. Feel the suspense! Revel in the anticipation! And pick you nose if you want, but most of all don’t go away! Here’s what you won’t miss if you stick around:

Continue reading...
Is Isis the ultimate evil? They would love you to think so
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-03 13:54:20 (1 hours ago) 
Presenting Isis as iconic demons obscures the symbiotic relationship between jihadis and the west

Something about the term “barrel bomb” fails to convey the horror of the weapon. Perhaps it is the alliteration, which has a kind of playful quality; maybe it’s because we associate barrels with beer and wine. But barrel bombs are the source of unimaginable horror and cruelty. As well as explosives, they often contain shrapnel to maximise the human carnage. Dropped from helicopters at heights that make precision targeting impossible, they are employed by the Bashar al-Assad regime, our de facto allies – let’s stop pretending otherwise – and until recently, by the Iraqi government too. In just a year, barrel bombs killed more than 6,000 civilians in Syria, nearly a third of whom were children.

But the Assad regime does not flaunt its cruelty. It does not make videos with Hollywood effects – slo-mo, closeups, haunting music, the aftermath in high definition. Instead, it adopts the same regretful tone of western powers, like when the US dropped flesh-burning white phosphorus over Falluja. We regret any civilian casualties (or “collateral damage”, as the west prefers). We do not target civilians, unlike our opponents – and so on. The scale of death may be far greater, but the claimed intentions are different: unlike our opponents, we do not aim to kill civilians, they say, so we retain our moral superiority. Above all, the Assad regime does not execute white westerners and film it. Islamic State (Isis) is now the iconic demon, the stuff of nightmares – which is exactly what it wants, of course.

If we can provide context for the rise of Nazism, why not elsewhere?

Continue reading...
Investment Bank Upgrades Quest, LabCorp on Expected Uptick in Doctor Visits, Lab Testing
  Source: GenomeWeb Daily News 2015-03-03 13:54:16 (1 hours ago) 




International Team Sequences Tibetan Plateau Frog Genome
  Source: GenomeWeb Daily News 2015-03-03 13:54:16 (1 hours ago) 
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-03 13:53:18 (1 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Seeker Daily: The Fight To Save New York Subway Dancers
  Source: Discovery News - Top Stories 2015-03-03 13:53:03 (1 hours ago) 
On the New York subway "Litefeet" dancers come on to the car with a small boombox and proceed to do a breakdance routine. But in 2014, the police started a serious crackdown on these dancers and began arresting them en masse.
US Weather Satellite Breaks Apart After Possible Explosion
  Source: Discovery News - Top Stories 2015-03-03 13:53:03 (1 hours ago) 
The 20-year mission of a U.S. military weather satellite came to an abrupt end last month after a power system temperature spike and an apparent explosion.
Going Off the Grid: More Extreme Than You Think
  Source: Discovery News - Top Stories 2015-03-03 13:53:03 (1 hours ago) 
A new web series highlights people who live off the grid in sometimes shocking ways. Continue reading →




Leader of only nuclear-armed nation in Middle East says bad nuclear deal with Iran will lead to war
  Source: Daily Kos 2015-03-03 13:52:50 (1 hours ago) 
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledges the 25th standing ovation he received during his speech to a joint meeting of Congress Tuesday. In a 40-minute speech punctuated by 25 standing ovations and 41 applause breaks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned a joint session of Congress Tuesday that if the "bad deal" he claimed is being negotiated with Iran over its nuclear program is approved, the United States will leave itself vulnerable to a nuclear attack from Tehran a decade or so in the future. Of the deal, he said:
It doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb, it paves Iran’s path to the bomb." Netanyahu said the choice is not between this "bad deal" and war, but between this and a better deal. Except, however, for a complete change in Iran's behavior as Netanyahu described it and a capitulation on all nuclear matters being negotiated, he gave no specifics of what a better deal would entail.
That’s the Netanyahu Plan. Designed to be impossible. RT @mattduss: The alternative to this deal is Iran capitulating on everything.
— @Max_Fisher While the majority of senators and representatives repeatedly jumped to their feet during the speech, diplomats in the gallery did not applaud. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi openly displayed frustration and anger more than once, covering her eyes and throwing up her hands. Many other Democrats figuratively sat on their hands.
I hated this speech even more when George W Bush gave it 13 years ago
— @speechboy71 Repeatedly making note of the longstanding close alliance between the United States and Israel, Netanyahu said the agreement the United States and five other nations are trying to hammer out over a nuclear program that Iran says is dedicated solely to peaceful purposes could threaten the very existence of the Jewish state. Early on, he made a reference to a preemptive strike by the ancient Hebrews against an alleged plot to kill all Jews by the ancient Persians that is recounted in the biblical Book of Esther. That event, which many scholars believe never happened, is commemorated on the Jewish holiday of Purim, which is celebrated this year on Wednesday.

More on the speech below the fold.

Israel, Iran react to speech
  Source: CNN.com 2015-03-03 13:51:53 (1 hours ago) 
His audience may have been U.S. politicians, but Israelis and Iranians also watched Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech Tuesday with great interest -- for its possible effect on talks about Iran's nuclear program as well as Israel's March 17 election.
Opinion: Did Netanyahu make the case?
  Source: CNN.com 2015-03-03 13:51:53 (1 hours ago) 
CNN Opinion asked a range of contributors to assess the impact of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress. The opinions expressed in these commentaries are theirs.
Want to party with Iron Man? Donate to charity
  Source: CNET News 2015-03-03 13:51:52 (1 hours ago) 
To celebrate the launch of "Avengers: Age of Ultron," Robert Downey Jr. will bring one person to Los Angeles for an incredible adventure that includes a seat at the premiere.
US FCC chief: Net neutrality rules nothing like utility-style regulations
  Source: CNET News 2015-03-03 13:51:52 (1 hours ago) 
Chairman Tom Wheeler stresses that the new rules won't change how Internet companies operate, and says the model came from how the wireless industry is regulated.




HBO Go app arrives on PS4 later today
  Source: CNET News 2015-03-03 13:51:52 (1 hours ago) 
Sony has announced that HBO's on-demand streaming service is coming to the PlayStation 4.
Cast your eyes on Fujitsu's iris-scanning phone concept (pictures)
  Source: CNET News 2015-03-03 13:51:52 (1 hours ago) 
We take an up close look at a cool concept phone from Fujitsu which unlocks by scanning your iris.
Scan your iris to unlock your phone in Fujitsu's eye-opening concept (hands on)
  Source: CNET News 2015-03-03 13:51:51 (1 hours ago) 
Forget fingerprints, Fujitsu's concept phone scans your eyes with infrared to grant access to your data.
BlackBerry CEO: I'm open to creating a tablet again
  Source: CNET News 2015-03-03 13:51:51 (1 hours ago) 
Playbook, take 2? "It's on my mind," says CEO John Chen. But it wouldn't be a tablet for tablet's sake -- it would have to be "iconic."
For now, no license to view for rogue YouTuber's dark Bond short
  Source: CNET News 2015-03-03 13:51:51 (1 hours ago) 
The producer of the recent "Power Rangers" YouTube sensation slams up against more copyright woes over an excellent film that looks at what happens to Bond when his license to kill has been revoked.










Quiz: Are You a Good Co-Worker? 10 Questions to Ask Yourself
  Source: BusinessNewsDaily.com 2015-03-03 13:51:32 (1 hours ago) 
Wondering if you're a good co-worker? Take this quiz to find out.
New Delhi gang-rapist: She shouldn't have fought back
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-03 13:51:26 (1 hours ago) 
Vanessa Cox, 31; Brandeis athletics administrator had coached lacrosse at MIT, competed for Newton North
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-03-03 13:51:19 (1 hours ago) 
Vanessa Cox, 31, the department administrator for the Brandeis Department of Athletics and a lacrosse player who formerly competed for Newton North High School and the University of Vermont, was killed in a car crash in New Hampshire on Feb. 12.






Plainville Student Charged With Manslaughter After Allegedly Encouraging Friend to Commit Suicide
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-03-03 13:51:16 (1 hours ago) 
A Plainville student has been indicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter after allegedly encouraging her friend to commit suicide, according to the Bristol District Attorney’s Office.






Boy's 1981 death to be probed by IPCC
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-03-03 13:50:57 (1 hours ago) 
Allegations of corruption over the Met Police handling of a child's disappearance on the day of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding prompt an investigation.




Telescope tech lets us look directly at new worlds
  Source: Ars Technica 2015-03-03 13:50:47 (1 hours ago) 

"There are now, depending on how confirmed you want a planet to be, up to over 1,000 confirmed planets," Standford's Bruce Macintosh told an audience at the recent meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. That's in part because of the ease of the transit method of exoplanet detection, which watches for changes in light as the planets pass between their host star and us. "With a sufficient camera, you can do this with a tiny telescope," Macintosh said, pointing to the HATNet system of 11cm telescopes.

These tiny HATNet telescopes (foreground) can spot exoplanets more readily than their big brethren. Gaspar Bakos

But the transit method also tells us next to nothing about the planet, simply its size relative to the star it's orbiting. Radial velocity measurements, which look at the planet's gravitational influence on its host star, can tell us the mass. Combined, the two can tell us the density, which can provide some hints as to what the planet's composition is.

That's very little information to go on if we're trying to assess things like planet formation models or habitability. To really understand a planet, we have to start looking at the composition of its atmosphere, and there are only a handful of planets we've been able to do that with. And all of them have relied on a technique called adaptive optics. These systems correct for the distortion of the atmosphere by using a mirror that can be deformed to compensate for it.

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Petraeus Strikes Plea Deal Over Leaking Classified Data
  Source: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire 2015-03-03 13:50:28 (1 hours ago) 

“David Petraeus, the best-known military commander of his generation, has reached a plea deal with the Justice Department and admitted providing his highly classified journals to a mistress when he was the director of the C.I.A,” the New York Times reports.

“Mr. Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty to one count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material, a misdemeanor. He is eligible for up to one year in prison but prosecutors will recommend two years of probation and a $40,000 fine.”

Politico: “The deal struck between Petraeus and the Justice Department would save Petraeus from the scrutiny of a public trial where details of his personal life and affair would be made public. He remains married to Holly Petraeus.”

The post Petraeus Strikes Plea Deal Over Leaking Classified Data appeared first on Political Wire.

Netanyahu Warns Deal Paves Iran’s Path to Bomb
  Source: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire 2015-03-03 13:50:28 (1 hours ago) 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “forcefully argued against a nuclear deal with Iran, telling a joint meeting of Congress Tuesday that such an agreement would have the opposite effect of what the international community intends because it would effectively supply Iran with the means to produce a nuclear weapon,” the Washington Post reports.

“Netanyahu’s speech generated a swirl of controversy before it was even delivered and laid bare fissures between the prime minister and the Obama administration.”

Politico: “Netanyahu did not reveal new details of the emerging deal, which would lift some sanctions on Iran in return for curbs on its nuclear ambitions. But the prime minister said provisions already made public would not only not end Iran’s programs, it would guarantee that it retains a nuclear weapons capability.”

Wall Street Journal: 10 key lines in Netanyahu’s speech

The post Netanyahu Warns Deal Paves Iran’s Path to Bomb appeared first on Political Wire.

Fonterra GlobalDairyTrade prices creep higher
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2015-03-03 13:50:27 (1 hours ago) 
Prices at Fonterra's global dairy trade (GDT) auction have crept higher again, although volumes of product sold continued to drop.
Feds target 3 alleged Chinese 'maternity tourism' operations in Southern California
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-03-03 13:50:25 (1 hours ago) 




For every "drug deal gone bad" you hear about on the news, thousands and thousands go swimmingly.
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-03-03 13:50:24 (1 hours ago) 
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Islamic scholar Zakir Naik, who said Muslims can have sex with female slaves, gets Saudi Arabia's highest honour
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-03-03 13:50:24 (1 hours ago) 
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Cleveland police find SUV that struck valet outside Metropolitan at The 9
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-03-03 13:50:24 (1 hours ago) 
A man working as a valet outside the hotel was hit by an SUV Saturday night in a hit-and-run accident.
DA: Immigration agent stole from deportees
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-03-03 13:50:21 (1 hours ago) 
A federal immigration and customs enforcement agent has been arrested for stealing from deportees, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said this morning.
Burlco freeholder candidate drops out of race
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-03-03 13:50:21 (1 hours ago) 
Rich DiFolco, one of two candidates endorsed last month by the Burlington County Republican Committee to run for two open seats on the county freeholder board, has dropped out of the race.




US: Ex-CIA chief admits mishandling classified information
  Source: JS Online 2015-03-03 13:50:18 (1 hours ago) 


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose once-bright political future was all but destroyed over an affair with his biographer, has agreed to plead guilty to sharing classified material with her, the Justice Department said Tuesday.
Watch: Tamir Rice's Mom Would Accept City Apology for Son's Killing
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-03-03 13:50:14 (1 hours ago) 
Samaria Rice says no apology from the city of Cleveland or police department is "very disrespectful."
Islamic State Group Releases 4 More Christian Hostages
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-03-03 13:50:11 (1 hours ago) 
Activists: Islamic State releases 4 more Christian hostages from dozens it abducted in Syria
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-03 13:50:11 (1 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
With DC trip, Kasich enters foreign policy fray
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2015-03-03 13:50:07 (1 hours ago) 

Kasich appeared to be the only sitting governor at the speech

        




Islamic State group releases 4 more Christian hostages
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-03 13:50:06 (1 hours ago) 

BEIRUT — Syrian activists say the Islamic State group has released four more Christian hostages from dozens who were abducted by the extremists last week.

The four hostages — a married couple, a woman and a 6-year-old girl — were released on Tuesday evening in northeastern Syria.

The Assyrian rights group Demand for Action and Edmond Gabriel, chairman of the Assyrian Charitable Association, say the reasons for the release of the four were not immediately clear.

Denver Nuggets fire coach Brian Shaw
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-03 13:50:06 (1 hours ago) 

DENVER — The Denver Nuggets have fired coach Brian Shaw after 1½ seasons.

General manager Tim Connelly said in a statement Tuesday: "You won't find a better guy than Brian and he is one of the brightest basketball minds I've ever been around. Unfortunately things didn't go as we hoped, but we know with his basketball acumen that he has a very bright future ahead of him."

Assistant coach Melvin Hunt will serve as interim coach.

Winfrey's Harpo Studios in Chicago to close in December
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-03 13:50:06 (1 hours ago) 

CHICAGO — Oprah Winfrey will close Harpo Studios in Chicago, where she filmed "The Oprah Winfrey Show" for more than 20 years, this December, and will transition production for her cable network to a studio in California.

Harpo Studios and the Oprah Winfrey Network made the announcement Tuesday. OWN recently moved into a new studio in West Hollywood, California, and work currently done at Harpo Studios in Chicago will now be done there.

New Mexico couple gets engaged, then stranded on mountaintop
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-03 13:50:06 (1 hours ago) 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An ecstatic New Mexico couple who got engaged on top of Sandia Peak had to curtail their celebrations after getting stuck for hours because of high winds.

KOB-TV in Albuquerque reports  that Arthur Edelhoff and Lindsay Duncan of Corrales took the tram up the mountaintop early Sunday evening.

After taking happy engagement photos, the couple were told that they had to wait for the 40-mph wind to die down before they could return.

Vanessa Cox, 31; Brandeis athletics administrator had coached lacrosse at MIT, competed for Newton North
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-03-03 13:50:04 (1 hours ago) 
Vanessa Cox, 31, the department administrator for the Brandeis Department of Athletics and a lacrosse player who formerly competed for Newton North High School and the University of Vermont, was killed in a car crash in New Hampshire on Feb. 12.










Plainville Student Charged With Manslaughter After Allegedly Encouraging Friend to Commit Suicide
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-03-03 13:50:04 (1 hours ago) 
A Plainville student has been indicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter after allegedly encouraging her friend to commit suicide, according to the Bristol District Attorney’s Office.






Man may have purchased 3,000-year-old seal of Pharaoh Ramesses II for $19
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-03-03 13:50:04 (1 hours ago) 

Archaeologist James Balme purchased a seal inscribed with hieroglyphics for £12 (US$19) on a charity website. Read the rest

Despite shooting, LAPD not the enemy on Skid Row
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-03-03 13:41:32 (2 hours ago) 

A cellphone video of Sunday's shooting has gone viral.

       
Boston bombing jury chosen; trial to start Wednesday
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-03-03 13:41:32 (2 hours ago) 

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, faces 30 charges. If convicted, he'll get life in prison or death.

       
Calif. paraglider falls 1,000 feet to his death, teen daughter survives
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2015-03-03 13:41:17 (2 hours ago) 
Authorities say a California man fell 1,000 feet to his death in a paragliding accident while his teenage daughter, who was flying in tandem with him, survived.




Ex-CIA Petraeus chief to plead guilty to mishandling classified information
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2015-03-03 13:41:17 (2 hours ago) 
Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose once-bright political future was all but destroyed over an affair with his biographer, has agreed to plead guilty to sharing classified material with her, the Justice Department said Tuesday.
Deutsche Telecom Calls For Google and Facebook To Be Regulated Like Telcos
  Source: Slashdot 2015-03-03 13:41:15 (2 hours ago) 
An anonymous reader writes Tim Hoettges, the CEO of the world's third-largest telecoms company, has called for Google and Facebook to be regulated in the same way that telcos are, declaring that "There is a convergence between over-the-top web companies and classic telcos" and "We need one level regulatory environment for us all." The Deutsche Telekom chief was speaking at Monday's Mobile World Congress, and further argued for a loosening of the current regulations which telcos operate under, in order to provide the infrastructure development that governments and policy bodies are asking of them. Hoettges' imprecation comes in the light of news about the latest Google Dance — an annual change in ranking criteria which boosts some businesses and ruins others. The case for and against regulating Google-level internet entities comes down to one question: who do you trust to 'not be evil'?

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District offers contest for kids
  Source: RSS Feed from The News-Herald: http://www.news-herald.com 2015-03-03 13:41:13 (2 hours ago) 

The Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District is looking for original super hero character drawings. With an environmental theme in mind, students in third through sixth grades are asked to use their imagination to create a superhero with environmental powers, according to a press release from the Waste Management District.

Cardinal School District's kindergarten enrollment set for March 18-19
  Source: RSS Feed from The News-Herald: http://www.news-herald.com 2015-03-03 13:41:13 (2 hours ago) 
Politicians Take to Twitter After Netanyahu Speech
  Source: MSNBC.com: Politics 2015-03-03 13:40:57 (2 hours ago) 
Members of Congress and potential 2016 presidential candidates took to Twitter to deliver instant reaction to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial address on Tuesday.










Ferguson officials to meet with DoJ to discuss federal police review
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-03 13:40:45 (2 hours ago) 

Report expected to find that Ferguson’s police force carried out discriminatory arrests and traffic stops on black residents in wake of Michael Brown shooting

Leaders from Ferguson, Missouri, are to meet Department of Justice officials on Tuesday to discuss a federal review of their policing of the town, which was roiled by protests following the fatal shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old last year.

Mayor James Knowles III, police chief Thomas Jackson and city manager John Shaw are among those scheduled to attend talks in the St Louis area on Tuesday afternoon with senior Justice Department representatives, a spokesman for Ferguson told the Guardian.

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Ebola death toll in west Africa ‘could be much higher than initial estimates’
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-03 13:40:45 (2 hours ago) 

Brussels conference attended by three west African presidents warned of funding shortfall in reaching zero-cases target and a death toll higher than first thought

Regional and world leaders have called on the international community to scale up their efforts to rebuild the nations devastated by Ebola amid fears the death toll from the outbreak could be even higher than previously thought.

Although the epidemic, which has ravaged Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, appears to be drawing to a close, the secretary general of the Red Cross warned that the true number of victims could be substantially greater than official estimates.

Related: Fighting Ebola requires a culture change in the west, as well as west Africa | Peter Piot and David Miliband

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Becky Watts' family horrified at discovery of body parts
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-03 13:40:43 (2 hours ago) 

Police given extra time to question man and woman held on suspicion of kidnap and murder while five others are in custody on suspicion of involvement in the killing


The family of the Bristol teenager Becky Watts have expressed horror at the brutality of her murder after body parts were found at a house almost two weeks after she vanished.

Barton Court, Bristol, where the remains of 16 yr old Becky Watts have been found. pic.twitter.com/hQTzmALHvz

Becky murder - police seizing the bins from the area where body parts have been found. http://t.co/3B99O4d1cU

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-03 13:40:37 (2 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
DOJ: Ex-CIA chief Petraeus to plead guilty to mishandling classified materials
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2015-03-03 13:40:24 (2 hours ago) 
David Petraeus, the former CIA director and top Army general whose affair with his biographer brought down what many considered a bright political future, has agreed to plead guilty to mishandling classified materials.




Vanessa Cox, 31; Brandeis athletics administrator had coached lacrosse at MIT, competed for Newton North
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-03-03 13:40:22 (2 hours ago) 
Vanessa Cox, 31, the department administrator for the Brandeis Department of Athletics and a lacrosse player who formerly competed for Newton North High School and the University of Vermont, was killed in a car crash in New Hampshire on Feb. 12.






Plainville Student Charged With Manslaughter After Allegedly Encouraging Friend to Commit Suicide
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-03-03 13:40:22 (2 hours ago) 
A Plainville student has been indicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter after allegedly encouraging her friend to commit suicide, according to the Bristol District Attorney’s Office.






Be Careful About Downloading Health Apps—They Lack Regulation
  Source: Big Think 2015-03-03 13:40:20 (2 hours ago) 

Health apps aren't regulated by the medical industry and there's little in the way of standardization, making them unreliable and a risky investments for some consumers.



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Tamir Rice's Mom Calls City's Apology 'Disrespectful'
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-03-03 13:40:12 (2 hours ago) 
The mother of the 12-year-old boy who was fatally shot by Cleveland police said today that she would accept an apology from the department but they haven't offered one.
What Happens to the Water? Assessing Water Quality in Areas with Hydraulically Fractured Oil and Gas Wells
  Source: USGS Newsroom 2015-03-03 13:39:26 (2 hours ago) 
Summary: More data and research are necessary to best understand the potential risks to water quality associated with unconventional oil and gas development in the United States, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study.

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More data and research are necessary to best understand the potential risks to water quality associated with unconventional oil and gas development in the United States, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study.

“We mined the national water-quality databases from 1970 - 2010 and were able to assess long-term trends in only 16 percent of the watersheds with unconventional oil and gas resources,” said Zack Bowen, USGS scientist and principal author of the article that appears in American Geophysical Union’s Water Resources Research. “There are not enough data available to be able to assess potential effects of oil and gas development over large geographic areas.”

There is not a national water-quality monitoring program in place that focuses on oil and gas development, so existing national water-quality databases and data on hydraulic fracturing were used to assess water-quality trends in oil and gas areas. The study found no widespread and consistent trends in water quality, such as chloride and specific conductance, in areas where unconventional oil and gas wells are prevalent. The amount of water-quality samples, where they are located and the varying constituents that are measured are limiting factors in existing national databases. 

Hydraulic fracturing is presently the primary stimulation technique for oil and gas production in low-permeability, unconventional resource reservoirs. Comprehensive, published and publicly available information regarding the extent, location and character of hydraulic fracturing and potential effects on regional or national water quality in the United States is scarce. More information can be found on the USGS frequently asked questions on hydraulic fracturing.  





On the News With Thom Hartmann: Climate Change Could Wipe a Remote Alaskan Village Off the Map, and More
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-03-03 13:39:16 (2 hours ago) 

In today's On the News segment: Thanks to warmer temperatures and higher oceans, the people of Kivalina, Alaska, must move their entire town or be wiped out by storm surge; environmental groups say that we must keep pushing to keep Keystone from becoming reality; police can now generate an image of a suspect's face using only DNA left at the scene of a crime; and more.

See more news and opinion from Thom Hartmann at Truthout here.

TRANSCRIPT:

Thom Hartmann here - on the best of the rest of....science & green news.....

You need to know this. When he was elected, President Obama told us to push him. Well, it looks like we may have pushed hard enough when it comes to the Keystone XL pipeline. Last week, the president vetoed a Congressional bill that would have completed the construction of that pipeline. The veto was only the third of President Obama's six-years in office, and it is being celebrated by environmental groups and activists. However, those groups say that we must keep pushing to keep Keystone from becoming reality. May Boeve, the Executive Director of 350.org, said that the President's action is "conclusive proof that activism works." At a celebration outside of the White House she added, "After four years of rallies, marches, sit-ins, and civil disobedience, we're thrilled to see President Obama take an important first step by vetoing this love letter to Big Oil." But, the President's veto only stops Congress from trying to go around the State Department, which still holds the power to issue a permit for the pipeline. Annie Leonard of Greenpeace said, "The State Department needs to put the final nail in the coffin of Keystone XL, so we can focus on the real opportunity ahead: building America's new, clean energy economy." Tens of thousands of people – if not more – have been involved in the fight to stop the Keystone pipeline, and their protests, letters, actions, and even arrests likely pushed our president to issue this veto. We acted together to take on Big Oil, and we have achieved another victory in the war to protect our planet. Now, let's keep up the fight, keep the pressure on, and keep Keystone from being built once and for all.

We all know that constant stress in bad for our health, but until now, most of us couldn't explain why. According to a recent article in Science News Magazine, chronic stress causes lingering inflammation and so-called "genetic twists" that throw cells off of their normal, healthy course. Over time, those effects cause changed in our immune system, which actually make it harder for our body to heal. The article explains that our natural reaction to sudden stress can be a good thing, like a burst of hormones that we may experience when we're in danger. However, day-to-day stress makes our body release a steady stream of stress hormones that act like a poison. This is why issues like poverty, unemployment, recurring pain, or family tension actually make people sick, or make it harder for us to recover from an illness. Few of us have the ability to remove stress from our lives, but we can all improve how we deal with such situations. The science is clear, to stay healthy, we should all find a little time to chill out.

If you still have any doubts about climate change, perhaps you should take a visit to the remote Alaskan village of Kivalina. But, you may want to check in with that town to see if it's still in the same location. Thanks to warmer temperatures and higher oceans, the people of Kivalina must move their entire town or be wiped out by storm surge. That town lies on a tiny barrier island off Alaska's northwest coast, and it's home to about 400 residents. Kivalina has been populated since at least the mid-1800s, and it had been protected by sea ice, which prevented most storm surge from reaching the island. Back in the fall of 2004, residents realized that they were in big trouble when that sea ice hadn't yet formed, and since then it's been a race against time to move their community. The tiny whaling community has tried to figure out where to move and how to come up with the $100 million it's going to cost them. So far, their attempts have failed. Colleen Swan, who was born and raised in the tiny community, said, "We need to get off this island. We can't stay here. It's not an option anymore." Hopefully, the town can find answers to these tough questions, and find a new home before our planet gets any hotter.

Investigators are no longer limited when they don't have an eyewitness to a crime. According to a new piece in The New York Times, police can now generate an image of a suspect's face using only DNA left at the scene of a crime. While the sketches are not fool proof, genetics can already indicate hair and eye color, and may soon provide age, skin color, baldness, and other characteristics. Supporters of the new technology say that it could help solve crimes, opponents worry about the accuracy of DNA-based sketches, as well as privacy and profiling concerns. Erin Murphy, law professor at New York University, said, "This is another of these areas where the technology is ahead of the popular debate and discussion." She explained that this technology could completely dissolve "that firm boundary" of the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches. Although it may seem like science fiction, this technology is here and it's time to have a debate about police analyzing our DNA.

And finally... Forget the soy, camel milk may be the next big thing for people who don't drink cow milk. According to EcoWatch.com, camel milk is low-fat, highly nutritious, and lactose-free. The Oasis Camel Dairy has been in business for about 15 years, but federal law prevents them from selling milk to the public. The farm survives by selling specialty products like soaps and lotions, but some Amish farms are able to sell milk to stores like Whole Foods. However, camel milk is probably too expensive to really catch on. Because camels are difficult to breed, and they don't produce much milk, you'll pay $18 a pint to give camel milk a try. That's pretty pricey for most Americans, but who knows what the cost would be if camel milk was subsidized like cow milk. For now, we'll have to take the word of camel farmers that camel milk is the next big thing. I'll stick to the hemp milk and skip both the cow and camel.

And that's the way it is for the week of March 2, 2015 – I'm Thom Hartmann, on Science & Green News.

Obama's Veto of Keystone XL Bittersweet for Texans Forced to Allow the Pipeline on Their Land
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-03-03 13:39:16 (2 hours ago) 

As expected, President Obama vetoed the Republican bill attempting to allow TransCanada to finish constructing the Keystone XL tar sands export pipeline. While the veto received praise from environmentalists, along with encouragement to reject the pipeline entirely, the veto provides little consolation to those in Texas who already have the southern route of the pipeline moving Canadian tar sands under their land. 

“Don't get me wrong. I’m thrilled that President Obama owned up to his promise to veto the Keystone XL pipeline bill today. But in the same breath I'm spittin' mad,” Julia Trigg Crawford, Texas landowner who fought TransCanada from taking her land by eminent domain but lost, told DeSmogBlog.

“Nearly three years ago, with the exact same data in front of him he decided to 'cut through the red tape and fast track' the southern leg of this project. Where was his 'climate test' then?” “Before the ink is dry on this veto, President Obama owes all of us in Texas and Oklahoma an explanation. Better yet, an apology.”

Julia Trigg Crawford next to the easement on her land in Sumner, Texas that TransCanada condemned to build the southern route of the Keystone XL pipeline. (Photo: ©2013 Julie Dermansky)

In the constant clamor from high profile environmental groups for President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, there is little mention that the president fast-tracked the southern portion of the pipeline. Nor do most people know that TransCanada is already transporting tar sands from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

Protesters against the Keystone XL in Austin, Texas on February 17, 2013 in solidarity with protesters in Washington D.C. where tens of thousands rallied in against Climate Change. (Photo: ©2013 Julie Dermansky)

The southern route of the Keystone XL, renamed the Gulf Coast Pipeline Project, connects to TransCanada's Keystone pipeline that runs from Alberta, Canada, to Cushing, Oklahoma. The southern route of the Keystone XL was put into operation in January 2014. If the northern route were permitted, the company would be able to send more tar sands product over a shorter distance, but a ban on constructing the northern route does not stop pipelines across America from transporting tar sands to refineries and export terminals. 

While the battle to stop the Keystone XL's northern route was being waged, Enbridge, another Canadian corporation, created its own pipeline. Named “The Keystone Clone” by DeSmogBlog, it runs from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Like TransCanada, Enbridge connected lines to make a pipeline pathway from Canada to the Gulf with the intent of reaching the global market for tar sands producers.  

Enbridge's Alberta Clipper (Line 67), Flanagan South and Seaway Twin pipelines make up “The Keystone Clone.” As Steve Horn reported for DeSmogBlog, Enbridge's “system does what Keystone XL and the Keystone Pipeline system at large is designed to do: ship hundreds of thousands of barrels per day of Alberta's tar sands diluted bitumen ['dilbit’] to both Gulf Coast refineries in Port Arthur, Texas, and the global export market.”

Michael Bishop, a Marine veteran, medical student, farmer, and partner in a bio-diesel engineering venture, resides in Douglass, Texas, where he is continuing to fight against TransCanada and the government for putting the Keystone pipeline on his property. He thinks the president's veto of the bill was theater.

“Congress has no legal authority to permit this pipeline in the first place, ” Bishop told DeSmogBlog.

Michael Bishop flies his flag upside down to show his property is under distress while TransCanada installed the Keystone XL pipeline on his land in Douglas, Texas. (Photo: ©2013 Julie Dermansky)

Keystone XL pipeline being installed on Mike Bishop’s property. (Photo: ©2013 Julie Dermansky)

Some of the President’s concerns about the northern route of the pipeline are in line with the objections Bishop has that continue to fuel his battle against the southern route, which he’d like to see dug up. “Either Obama fast-tracked the southern route for political gain, or he is bi-polar,” Bishop said. 

“President Obama has violated my civil rights. He has put one class of people over another. How can he protect Nebraska and ignore Texas?” Bishop asks. 

Acting as his own lawyer, Bishop has challenged the US Army Corps of Engineers, alleging it didn't give Texas equal protection under the Clean Air and Water Acts as it did Nebraska, where the Keystone XL route was rerouted away from sensitive aquifers.

In his pending lawsuit, Bishop alleges:

“The Corps yielded to political pressure and expedited the permit in violation of federal environmental regulations. The state didn't do the kind of environmental impact study that was done in Nebraska, which resulted in the pipeline being re-routed away from the aquifer. The path of the southern pipeline portion goes through the Texas Ogallala Aquifer, which is also classified as an 'ultra-sensitive area’ by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Texas was not given equal protection under the law.”

Warning sign for the Keystone XL Pipeline in Douglas, Texas. (Photo: ©2013 Julie Dermansky)

The recent ruling by Nebraska judge Mark Kozisek, denying TransCanada the right to condemn land using eminent domain, and a ruling in the Court of Appeals in Beaumont, Texas in favor of David Holland that reversed a lower court’s ruling that gave Denbury Green Pipeline-Texas LLC the right to use eminent domain, strengthen Bishops case.

“These rulings indicate landowner rights are now being seriously considered by the courts,” Bishop said.

Kathy DaSilva, a spokesperson for Tar Sands Blockade, an environmental activist group, thinks those who are serious about protecting the environment from climate change must look beyond President Obama’s gesture. “We are only talking about one segment of one tarsand-bearing pipeline being blocked,” DaSilva told DeSmogBlog.

Kathy DaSilva (second from right) at a pipeline safety conference in New Orleans. (Photo: ©2013 Julie Dermansky)

“The EPA makes clear that the completion of the northern segment of the KXL pipeline would be detrimental because the extraction, transport, refining and use of tar sands oil would result in an extreme increase of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, ” DaSilva said. “It is time to hold our government accountable for the EPA's findings. The extraction, transportation, refining and usage of tar sands needs to end now.”

Eleanor Fairchild, labeled an “eco-terrorist” by TransCanada after she and Daryl Hannah blocked land-clearing machinery on Fairchild's property in Winnsboro, Texas, sees President Obama’s veto as a victory.   “That they stopped even part of the pipeline is a win,” she told DeSmogBlog.

Eleanor Fairchild inspects the easement on her land in Winnsboro, Texas while TransCanada prepares to install the pipeline. (Photo: ©2013 Julie Dermansky)

Fairchild thinks President Obama should have put his foot down against the Keystone XL long ago.

“I don't like that Obama came and blessed the southern route of the project,” Fairchild said. But, she acknowledges, “the pipeline would have been built here anyway since Texas and Oklahoma had already approved it.” 

Fairchild takes comfort knowing TransCanada cannot transport as much tar sands through America as it wanted to, but doesn't think that will put a dent in curbing climate change. “We need to look at the bigger picture and stop all tar sands developments,” Fairchild said.

Obama’s main reason for vetoing the bill is that it came from Congress. In his memo to the Senate, the president made clear the approval process needs to go through the State Department. The president reserves the right to approve or reject the northern route of the Keystone XL.

Protesters in Austin, Texas February 17th, 2013 at the same time thousands rallied in Washington DC against Climate Change. (Photo: ©2013 Julie Dermansky)

US Population Turning Away From Organized Religion in Record Numbers
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-03-03 13:39:15 (2 hours ago) 

With fire-breathing religion figuring anew in global conflicts, and political discussions at home often dominated by the nuttery of the Christian right, you might get the sense that somebody’s god is ready to mug you around every street corner. But if you’re the type who doesn’t like to hang your hat on organized religion, here’s a bit of good news: in America, your numbers are growing.

There are more religiously unaffiliated people in the U.S. today than ever before. Starting in the 1980s, a variety of polls using different methodologies have come to the same conclusion: people who do not identify with religious labels are on the rise, perhaps even doubling in that time frame.  

Some call them “nones”: agnostics, atheists, deists, secular humanists, general humanists, and people who just don’t care to identify with any religious group. It’s not exactly correct to call them nonbelievers, because some still have faith and spirituality in some sense or another. A 2012 Pew study noted that 30 percent of these people believe in "God or universal spirit" and around 20 percent even pray every day. But according to the latest research, Americans checking the “none of the above” box will make up an increasingly important force in the country. Other groups, like born-again evangelicals, have grown more percentage-wise, but the nones have them beat in absolute numbers.

The nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute has documented this sea change in its American Values Atlas, which it released last Wednesday. The fascinating study provides demographic, religious and political data based on surveys conducted throughout 2014. According to PRRI director of research Dan Cox, "The U.S. religious landscape is undergoing a dramatic transformation that is fundamentally reshaping American politics and culture."

Last year, for the very first time, Protestants lost their majority status in the Institute’s annual report, making up only 47 percent of those surveyed. The religiously unaffiliated, who come in at 22 percent, boast numbers on par with major religious groups like American Catholics. All told, the unaffiliated is the second-largest group in the country. It was also the most common group chosen by residents in 13 states, with the largest share (a third or more) in Washington, Oregon and New Hampshire. In Ohio and Virginia, this group was tied for first place. The unaffiliated don’t find too many like-minded folks down in Mississippi, however, where they make up only 10 percent of the population.

The study also found that there are 15 states where the unaffiliated constitute the second-largest group.

So what do we know about these people? Nones tend to be more politically liberal — three-quarters favor same-sex marriage and legal abortion. They also have higher levels of education and income than other groups. While about one out of five Americans is unaffiliated, the number is much higher among young people: Pew research shows that a third of Americans under 30 have no religious affiliation. Harvard professor Robert Putnam, who studies religion, thinks the trend among younger people is part of their general lack of interest in community institutions and institutions in general.

Last year, the Washington Post ran an article citing research by Allen Downey, a professor of computer science at Massachusetts’ Olin College of Engineering, who claims that people become nones mainly for two reasons: lack of religious upbringing (OMG those hippie parents!) and... the Internet. According to Downey, as much as 20 percent of unaffiliation is attributable to Internet use. He found that between 1990 and 2010, the share of Americans claiming no religious affiliation grew from 8 percent to 18 percent while the number of Americans surfing the Web jumped from almost nothing to 80 percent. But he acknowledges, as his critics are quick to point out, that correlation does not causation make.

One thing is certain: voting nones are making their presence felt in politics. They are thought to have helped Obama win a second term.

But the GOP doesn’t seem to show many signs of reducing the outsized influence of white evangelicals, who represent only 18 percent of the population, at least publicly. Just a couple of weeks ago, presidential hopeful Scott Walker could be seen refusing to answer a question about evolution, as if embracing widely accepted science would make him an apostate. Ordained Southern Baptist Mike Huckabee, also making noises of running, just released a book titled God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy, which kind of makes the Lord sound like the Great Bubba in the sky. But on the secretive big money donor trail, which all serious candidates must follow, the only religion they'll be talking about much is free market fundamentalism. Your libertarians, your supply siders, and your various fatcats care a whole lot more about their bank accounts than any spiritual reckonings. Getting the government out of their way to leave them to their plundering is their holy scripture.

But when talking to voters, the GOP really can't afford to tone it down, because while monied elites tend to be secular, selling free-market pillage to the people getting robbed is not a very effective strategy. So they still have to mask their agenda behind appeals to popular religion so the non-rich will vote against their economic interests in places like Tennessee, which has the highest share of white evangelicals, at 43 percent. (White mainline Protestants account for 14 percent of the population nationally.)

As you might expect, the fact that religion is losing its grip on the daily lives of Americans is freaking a lot of people out. The New York Times’ David Brooks is quite alarmed, admonishing nones that “secularism has to do for nonbelievers what religion does for believers — arouse the higher emotions, exalt the passions in pursuit of moral action.” Of course, secularists only form one portion of the unaffiliated group, but considering that Mr. Brooks likes to wax on about the moral probity of America’s founders — your George Washingtons and so on — he might ask himself which box they might have checked.

Chicago Police Misconduct Payouts Topped $50 Million in 2014
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-03-03 13:39:15 (2 hours ago) 

The City of Chicago paid $54.2 million in settlements and verdicts for police misconduct cases last year, including more than $9.5 million in attorneys’ fees, according to an analysis of city law department data by The Chicago Reporter.

That’s more than the budget for the offices of the mayor, the city treasurer, the city council, the council committees and the department of human resources – combined.

Police misconduct complaints include those alleging excessive force, extended detention, false arrest, failure to provide medical care, illegal search or seizure, malicious prosecution and wrongful conviction.

The vast majority of payments came from settlements, which usually do not require the city or police officers to admit wrongdoing. Only 9 of the 161 police misconduct cases in 2014 were the result of jury verdicts.

Many of those who received payments last year filed suits against the city years earlier, with one lawsuit going back as far as 2004.

The only year since 2008 when the city has paid more for police misconduct than last year was 2013, when verdicts for five of the torture victims of disgraced Commander Jon Burge were paid out, totaling $34.3 million. The total amount of police misconduct payouts that year was $81.3 million.

Police misconduct complaints accounted for just 15 percent of all cases brought against the city that were settled last year, but more than half of all payouts. In total, the city paid more than $95 million to settle cases against police, fire, transportation, water management and other departments. Many of the cases were for car accidents involving city vehicles.

Police misconduct cases cost the city more than three and a half times that of other city cases, on average, or about $335,000 per case. However, that figure was skewed because of a small number of payouts that were $1 million or more. The median settlement amount, where exactly half of the cases are more and half are less, is $35,550.

The $54.2 million in payments to victims and attorneys in 2014 doesn’t include the amount the city paid its own lawyers to defend against the cases, which often name both the city and specific police officers as defendants. An analysis by the People’s Law Office showed that Chicago paid nearly $63 million to 11 outside law firms to defend the city and its police officers against allegations of misconduct from 2003 to 2012, or an average of $7.1-million per year. The 57 lawyers in the city’s civil rights litigation division, which defend the city and police officers is misconduct cases, have a budget of $4.6 million this year.

Virginia Gun Bill Shootdown Shows Little Learned From Virginia Tech
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-03-03 13:39:15 (2 hours ago) 

In a state that witnessed one of the largest massacres in the country only eight years ago, Virginia Republicans in the legislature are now blocking all gun control regulation — and instead are passing legislation that may actually weaken defenses against massacres.

They are showing a disregard for the 107 school shootings that have occurred nationwide just since Newtown, two years ago. Prevention was inadequate for Newtown (26 dead) in December 2012, Virginia Tech (32 dead) in 2007, and Columbine (15 dead) in 1999.

We remain at risk for the next mass shooting . . . and the next. We are paralyzed by self-inflicted wounds.

It starts with interpretation. The Second Amendment has a rarely referred to modifier, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state...” Gun supporters and the media solely quote the follow-on clause, “the right to bear arms,” as an individual entitlement of weapon possession. But unless someone is part of the National Guard, the military or regulated law enforcement, the Second Amendment gives no blanket right to a gun. Limitations are justified.

Last month there was a ricochet of gun legislation in Virginia as votes and re-votes were held on proposals from Gov. Terry McAuliffe, which legislators ultimately rejected. Despite polls showing Virginians in favor of stronger firearm restrictions, Republican bills went the opposite way, moving through committee permission for guns on school property and letting people with concealed weapons buy lifetime permits instead of requiring five-year renewals with background checks.

Without adequate legislation, events like the Virginia Tech shooting will continue to take place in large numbers in Virginia and all across the U.S., in contrast to the rest of the Western world. Compare the 30,470 U.S. gun deaths (including suicide) in 2010 to 903 in Germany, 1,864 in France and 155 in the U.K.

People do not buy firearms without seeing themselves using them. It is time that the number of deaths has the opportunity to subside. The Brady Bill’s background checks, signed by President Clinton in 1994, blocked 2.1 million gun purchases by 2010, including 1 million attempts by felons, and more than 100,000 by straw-purchasers (third party buyers).

In addition, Congress allowed the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, another Clinton achievement, to expire in 2004. Mass shootings (defined by the FBI as four or more killed) have tripled since 2011 with a frequency of one massacre occurring every 64 days, according to a 2012 Mother Jones mass shootings study. Since the Assault Weapon Ban expired, the average number of assault-weapons massacres per year more than doubled. We are going in exactly the wrong direction

Common-sense restrictions proposed by McAuliffe and Del. Kathleen Murphy, D-Fairfax, would have kept guns away from perpetrators of domestic violence, reinstated a one-gun a month purchase limit, and closed the gun show loophole.

Other proposals rejected would have prohibited gun sales to individuals with violent histories and guardians negligent enough to allow their 4-year-old (or younger) to handle a firearm.

A 2013 CBS News/New York Times poll showed that 93 percent of gun-owning households support universal background checks for purchases, including 84 percent of households with an NRA member.

The Charlton Heston-Wayne LaPierre NRA leadership extreme positions do not represent most NRA members. (Remember Heston brandishing his rifle saying, “from my cold, dead hands?”) At what point will responsible gun owners prevent the irresponsible ones from abusing the privilege of ownership?

Gun advocates at the NRA argue gun restrictions are unnecessary since crime is down. In reality, the decline correlates with a 70 percent drop in crack cocaine over three decades, which can be attributed to strong drug enforcement.

Last month, the NRA claimed that “the nation’s murder rate has fallen to what may be an all-time low,” but a death count over 30,000 is by no means low.

America seems to consider gun murders simply the price of doing business, collateral damage. Because of the nonstop pro-gun lobbying, the media and public now care more about acting on hostages killed abroad than the sons and daughters of neighbors murdered at home. Shootings in the U.S. are routine in the news, and coverage ends after a single day.

Gun advocates’ shoot-down of legislation continues the protection of gun possession and disregards the high firearm death-count in America. How many more massacres can our country withstand? Will we stop the next mass shooting . . . and the next?





Farmer Cooperatives, Not Monsanto, Supply El Salvador With Seeds
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-03-03 13:39:15 (2 hours ago) 

In the face of overwhelming competition skewed by the rules of free trade, farmers in El Salvador have managed to beat the agricultural giants like Monsanto and Dupont to supply local corn seed to thousands of family farmers. Local seed has consistently outperformed the transnational product, and farmers helped develop El Salvador’s own domestic seed supply–all while outsmarting the heavy hand of free trade.

This week, the Ministry of Agriculture released a new round of contracts to provide seed to subsistence farmers nationwide through its Family Agriculture Program. Last year, over 560,000 family farmers across El Salvador planted corn and bean seed as part of the government’s efforts to revitalize small scale agriculture, and ensure food security in the rural marketplace. Drought conditions across the country made access to seed all the more vital for rural livelihoods, making the seed packets supplied through the government program the primary means for thousands of families to put food on the table.

In 2015, rural cooperatives and national associations will produce nearly 50% of the government’s corn seed supply, with 8% coming from native seed—a record high. In the Lower Lempa, where seven farmer organizations have produced corn seed since 2012, this means over 4,000 jobs and income for rural households, primarily employing women and young adults. The public procurement of seed—or the government’s purchasing power through contracts—signifies over $25 million for a rural economy still struggling to diversify and gain traction.

The success of locally-bred seed varieties, compounded with their low production costs, allowed the Family Agriculture Program to contribute to historically high yields nationwide for corn and beans. Last year, more farmers produced more corn and beans at the most efficient yield per acreage than any other year over the last decade. This has also led to a significant adjustment in El Salvador’s trade balance on corn: Imports of white corn in 2014 were a full 94% less than 2011.

Producing seed locally was no small feat. It involved savvy farming techniques, better business practices, and advocacy. It also required a government willing to take a critical look at the transnational agribusiness model that dominates the farming sector the world over.

The previous administration under Mauricio Funes understood this model, and its impact on a relatively small agricultural market like El Salvador’s. It also understood how to break these cycles of dependence on foreign agribusiness, and simultaneously build a more robust private sector through the power of public procurement. In answering his call, growers’ associations, categorized as small or medium-sized enterprises, had a steep learning curve in providing seed to meet government standards, including germination, yield rates and packaging. They also had to conform to government contracting guidelines, a task that proves difficult to navigate for many small-medium sized enterprises.

Throughout this process, EcoViva and partners at the Mangrove Association labored to prepare local cooperatives to successfully bid for and execute these contracts for corn seed. Our efforts paid off: in 2014, El Salvador successfully sourced quality seed from 16 national enterprises. Over 20% of corn seed originated in local cooperative fields in the Lower Lempa region, and participating families saw their annual income double—while saving the government hundreds of thousands of dollars by providing affordable seeds. In 2015, that number has risen to nearly 50%.

Despite these successes, some questioned the validity of Salvadoran businesses providing seed. In 2013 and 2014, the United States Trade Representative and the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center circulated an annual report that cited concerns about government purchases, including seed, under the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). Coincidental to these reports, the American Chamber of Commerce in San Salvador complained in the press that their members were being denied contracts for seed, and Salvadoran farmers denied a superior product. These members included Monsanto, Dupont and Pioneer, whose affiliates had provided seed in the past to the Salvadoran government. CAFTA Chapter 9 outlines the standards for how contracting governments, such as El Salvador’s, can purchase goods and services. It sets the rules for open, competitive and transparent contract approval. It also stipulates that governments cannot discriminate against foreign businesses.

During the period questioned by the USTR, the government of El Salvador ironically conducted a contract process that allowed more businesses to provide a better product at a cheaper price. Prior to 2013, the Salvadoran government bought 70% of its annual demand from a Monsanto affiliate, purchasing a seed variety with no field trial validation and at a price over double that being offered by local seed producers. In 2014, EcoViva and allies proved that the Salvadoran government denied this affiliate a contract because its seed was expensive and lacked proper field trials- not because it was a foreign company.

Nevertheless, in 2014, the United States threatened to deny foreign aid to El Salvador unless it opened its seed contracts to foreign businesses, then stepped back when its power to use foreign aid as leverage on free trade standards was publicly questioned.  Today, the United States now says that it supports El Salvador’s current contract process on seed—a process in which national seed producers continue–as before–to offer a better, more competitive product.

Local seed producers like the Mangrove Association and cooperatives in the Lower Lempa can guarantee the government of El Salvador seed varieties that have better yields and lower prices than what is found in the transnational agribusiness market. Salvadoran businesses have learned to compete for and win government contracts, which allows small and medium sized enterprises to innovate and employ hundreds of people in rural communities. Improving the rural economy is critical for these areas, such as the Lower Lempa, that have high rates of unemployed young adults fleeing to the United States in search of jobs and opportunities. National cooperatives and businesses have also helped to protect El Salvador’s own seed lineage, and reduce the quantities of harmful chemicals applied daily to Salvadoran soil. It’s initiatives like these that provide a way forward for El Salvador and its domestic economy in a globalized trade environment.

Segregation's Insidious New Look
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-03-03 13:39:15 (2 hours ago) 

Racial segregation dominated the American residential landscape for generations. We can't afford, suggests the research of Stanford's Sean Reardon, to let economic segregation have anywhere near as long a run.

The world’s ultra rich, filmmaker Jacques Peretti observed last month, now inhabit “their own Elysium-style biosphere.” They live in “a floating bubble high above Earth,” a “chrome Business Class tube in the sky.”

Peretti was, of course, speaking metaphorically. The rich don’t really live in their own biosphere. They live on terra firma, just like the rest of us. But they don’t live with the rest of us. In our increasingly unequal world, those of high income live more and more apart.

Just how apart? And what does this apartness mean for the rest of us? Researchers like Stanford sociologist Sean Reardon and his collaborator Kendra Bischoff of Cornell have been exploring questions like these. Too Much editor Sam Pizzigati recently spoke with Reardon about our economic segregation — and why it so matters.

Too Much: Most people today hear the word segregation and think racial segregation. You’ve spent a great deal of time thinking about economic segregation. Why?

Sean Reardon: We’re concerned about racial segregation, in part, because of the economic segregation that goes along with it. Racial segregation often means that blacks or Latinos are unequally concentrated in poor, disadvantaged neighborhoods, with poor quality schools and institutions.

I’ve been worried that in an era of rising income inequality we may also be seeing rising spatial inequality economically. I worry about the consequences that this might have, particularly for children growing up in increasingly unequal neighborhoods.

Too Much: We can see racial segregation. Economic segregation we can’t see in the same way. How do you go about measuring economic segregation?

Reardon: A couple different ways. One is simple, and I’ve used it in research with Kendra Bischoff at Cornell.

First, for all metropolitan area neighborhoods, we computed the ratio between every neighborhood’s median family income and the overall metropolitan area’s median income. Then we used this ratio to classify neighborhoods as either poor, low income, low-middle income, high-middle income, high income, or affluent. And then we looked at what proportion of families live in neighborhoods in each category.

When we do that, we find that in 1970 about two-thirds of all American families lived in neighborhoods that rated as middle-income relative to the larger metropolitan region. And only about one in six families in 1970 lived in very affluent or very poor neighborhoods.

Today, about 42 percent of families live in middle-income neighborhoods, and about one-third live in very affluent or very poor neighborhoods.

So we’ve seen a shift — from two-thirds to 42 percent — of families who live in middle-income, mixed-income neighborhoods. Many more families today are living in either very affluent or very poor neighborhoods.  You can see this very dramatically in maps showing the economic composition of neighborhoods over time.

Too Much: Is this shift toward greater economic segregation easing or accelerating?

Reardon: Economic segregation increased a lot in the 1980s. It didn’t change much in the 1990s, but it’s grown a lot again in the 2000s. So we seem to be in a period where economic segregation is rapidly increasing.

Too Much: Did the crash in 2008 bring on this latest increase?

Reardon: The Census Bureau’s American Community Survey — the ACS — isn’t sufficiently fine-grained, in a temporal sense, to let us now answer that question. To get a sample big enough to estimate each neighborhood’s income distribution, the ACS averages five years of data collection. So you can’t just look at 2007 before the crash and then look at 2009 because you always have a five-year moving average.

So at this point it’s hard to say what exactly happened as a result of the crash and what’s part of a longer-term trend.

Too Much: Just how does increasing economic inequality feed economic segregation?

Reardon: We have a market-driven housing world. With inequality in family income growing, families can afford to spend increasingly different amounts on housing. They end up sorting themselves more into neighborhoods that have housing at the price they can afford.

In the work that I did with Kendra Bischoff, we showed that in metropolitan areas where income inequality increased a great deal, that’s where you saw income segregation increase the most. In places where income inequality didn’t increase as much, that’s where you saw income segregation increase the least.

Too Much: So market dynamics help explain why the more affluent the affluent become, the more they live among their fellow affluent. Is there a social-psychological motor behind that growing economic segregation as well?

Reardon: There may well be. My research with Kendra Bischoff looked at housing patterns and their relationship to economic forces. But we don’t really observe people’s feelings or motivations. So I don’t have any evidence one way or another on that.

There is, however, some interesting new research from Ann Owens, a sociologist at the University of Southern California. She seems to be finding that increasing income segregation among families with children is driving most of the increase in income segregation.

Childless households — whether single people or elderly people or couples who don’t have kids — aren’t becoming that much more segregated from each other, according to Owens’ evidence.

It’s really families with children that are becoming more economically segregated, and this suggests that concerns about where children are going to grow up and what schools they’ll go to — and maybe who they’re going to play with — are interacting with income inequality to drive the patterns of income segregation.

Too Much: And that brings us to the notion that increasing economic segregation itself generates increasing economic inequality.

Reardon: We can imagine lots of ways increasing economic segregation could do that.

Increasing economic segregation means that kids from high-income families live with kids from other high-income families and go to schools that have more resources. They go on to do better in school and have a better chance at attending a good college.

We have evidence over the last few decades that the achievement gap — the test score gap — between students from high- and low-income families is widening, and maybe that’s related to these processes.

But I think there’s another less direct but maybe more insidious way that these things operate.

If high-income families increasingly live among other high-income families, and far away from middle class and lower-income families, then they may have less understanding of the plight of the middle class or the working class or the poor. They may be less willing to invest their resources in public goods — like schools and child care facilities and health care and infrastructure — that would broadly benefit everyone in society.

And so I worry that income segregation means that the affluent are increasingly sequestered in enclaves where they have little incentive to understand why we should invest in broad public goods that would help everyone. And since these affluent control the vast majority of our economic resources — and also a disproportionate share of our political resources — then their disinvestment from public goods has broad repercussions for our society. Kendra Bischoff and I wrote more about this possibility in a recent post.

Now we don’t have good evidence on the extent of this dynamic. It’s a tricky thing to trace. But it’s a potential concern that I think we should take very seriously.

Too Much: Let’s talk a bit more about your work on the achievement gap between black and white students and high- and low-income students. Fifty years ago, you’ve noted, the achievement gap between black and white students was almost twice as wide as the gap between high- and low-income students. Today’s income-achievement gap is more than 50 percent larger than the racial achievement gap. How directly do you think income and economic segregation is at play here?

Reardon: I think that many different forces, acting in concert, are determining these broad changes in racial and income achievement gaps. Economic segregation plays a role, but so do big changes in how much families invest in their young children’s education and educational experiences, growing disparities in family structure and family resources, maybe even the quality of schools.

So the growth of economic segregation may be part of the story, but I suspect there are many other parts of that story as well.

Too Much: Is income and economic segregation resegregating America along racial lines?

Reardon: No. If you look at residential patterns of racial segregation, they’ve been slowly declining over the past 40-plus years. Now some claim that these declines mean the end of racial separation, but that’s far from true. We still have enormous racial segregation in America, but it is running moderately lower than decades ago and has been steadily declining.

We’re not seeing upticks in racial segregation. We’re seeing slightly less racial segregation but more economic segregation. Those things don’t operate in tandem.

Too Much: We did, through the legal system, outlaw racial segregation in the United States. How can we attack the concentration of income and wealth that fuels economic segregation?

Reardon: That’s the billion-dollar question. We could outlaw explicit racial segregation because of the 14th amendment. The 14th amendment doesn’t apply to socio-economic status. So there’s little leverage there in the legal system.

We need the public and political will to create a society that’s founded more on equal opportunity and less on extremes in inequality and inheritance. You can attack inequality through the tax code and job creation and policies that support the middle class and things like that. You can alter patterns of segregation through housing policy, zoning policy, and investments in neighborhood public goods like schools, and parks, and community centers. You can’t do it through the Constitution.

Too Much: If levels of income and wealth inequality keep growing in the United States, just how economically segregated can we become? If current trends continue, what do you think the United States might look like 25 years from now?

Reardon: I don’t think it’s possible for inequality and economic segregation to continue to rise indefinitely. But things could get worse than they are. And we don’t want to have a society of gated communities and fortress communities.

Too Much: Is the discipline of sociology doing enough now to come to grips with the impact of growing economic inequality?

Reardon: I’d always like to see it do more, but we have a number of prominent sociologists who are addressing these issues, thinking about them, writing about them, worrying about them.

In some ways, issues of inequality have entered the public conversation over the last few years in ways they really haven’t for decades. We’ve always had sociologists concerned about these issues — and political scientists and economists and historians and so on. What’s different now? These issues appear more in the public discourse, and that means there’s potentially some appetite and political will to do something to remedy them.

Too Much: Where are your future research interests taking you?

Reardon: Many directions. I’m interested in the relationship between educational inequality and social mobility. I’m also interested in the great geographic variations we have on inequality.

Nationally, we can see patterns of increasing income segregation, increasing educational inequality by income, and slowly declining racial disparities. But different states, different cities, and different school districts show enormous differences in these patterns.

Trying to find places where the trends are going in a more positive direction — and trying to figure out what’s leading them in that direction — can help us think about broader policies that might help create broader economic opportunity for a much wider stretch of America.

 

Interested in delving deeper into Sean Reardon’s inequality-related work? You can find much of it now available online.

David Petraeus Gets Hand-Slap for Leaking, Two Point Enhancement for Obstruction of Justice
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-03-03 13:39:15 (2 hours ago) 

As a supine Congress sitting inside a scaffolded dome applauded Benjamin Netanyahu calling to reject a peace deal with Iran, DOJ quietly announced it had reached a plea deal with former CIA Director David Petraeus for leaking Top Secret/Secure Compartmented Information materials to his mistress, Paula Broadwell.

Among the materials in the eight “Black Books” Petraeus shared with Broadwell were:

…classified information regarding the identities of covert officers, war strategy, intelligence capabilities and mechanisms, diplomatic discussions, quotes and deliberative discussions from high-level National Security Council meetings, and defendant DAVID HOWELL PETRAEUS’s discussions with the President of the United States of America.

The Black Books contained national defense information, including Top Secret/SCI and code word information.

Petraeus kept those Black Books full of code word information including covert identities and conversations with the President “in a rucksack up there somewhere.”

Petreaus retained those Black Books after he signed his debriefing agreement upon leaving DOD, in which he attested “I give my assurance that there is no classified material in my possession, custody, or control at this time.” He kept those Black Books in an unlocked desk drawer.

For mishandling some of the most important secrets the nation has, Petraeus will plead guilty to a misdemeanor. Petraeus, now an employee of a top private equity firm, will be fined $40,000 and serve two years of probation.

He will not, however, be asked to plead guilty at all for lying to FBI investigators. In an interview on October 26, 2012, he told the FBI,

(a) he had never provided any classified information to his biographer, and (b) he had never facilitated the provision of classified information to his biographer.

For lying to the FBI — a crime that others go to prison for for months and years — Petraeus will just get a two point enhancement on his sentencing guidelines. The Department of Justice basically completely wiped away the crime of covering up his crime of leaking some of the country’s most sensitive secrets to his mistress.

When John Kiriakou pled guilty on October 23, 2012 to crimes having to do with sharing a single covert officer’s identity just days before Petraeus would lie to the FBI about sharing, among other things, numerous covert officers’ identities with his mistress, Petraeus sent out a memo to the CIA stating,

Oaths do matter, and there are indeed consequences for those who believe they are above the laws that protect our fellow officers and enable American intelligence agencies to operate with the requisite degree of secrecy.

David Petraeus is now proof of what a lie that statement was.

Tim Cook Just Revealed More Apple Watch Secrets
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-03-03 13:39:11 (2 hours ago) 
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Could Oil Prices Plummet a Second Time?
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-03-03 13:39:11 (2 hours ago) 
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Snowden 'ready to return to US', claims lawyer
  Source: The Register 2015-03-03 13:39:00 (2 hours ago) 
Snowden 'ready to return to US', claims lawyer
  Source: The Register 2015-03-03 13:38:56 (2 hours ago) 
But only if he’s promised a 'legal and impartial trial'

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is ready to return home to the US, according to his Russian lawyer.…

Mal Peet, award-winning children's author, dies aged 67
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-03 13:38:52 (2 hours ago) 

Tributes pour in for ‘one of the greatest YA authors’, who died on Monday

Authors and readers have taken to Twitter to mourn the death – and celebrate the life – of the award-winning author Mal Peet who died on Monday night.

Peet, winner of the Carnegie medal and the Guardian children’s fiction prize, discovered he was terminally ill at Christmas.

Mal Peet, one of the greatest YA writers and a man I greatly admired (even when we disagreed!) has died. http://t.co/GR2dudYZtN

“He used to say the uglier things are the longer they live, and the ugliest things live forever.” -Mal Peet

I am sad beyond measure to hear of the death of my friend, the GREAT Carnegie Medal winner and YA writer Mal Peet. A gent & a genius. :-(

@justine_jordan @Patrick_Ness Joining in this sadness. Goodbye to a good, thoughtful, funny person. Mal Peet.

Such sad news about Mal Peet. A wonderful writer and a lovely man.

So sad to hear of the death of wonderful author Mal Peet: http://t.co/elA1dHzjJG

Incredibly sad to hear that Carnegie Medal winner and all time great man and writer Mal Peet has died. Gutted.

Very, very sad to hear about Mal Peet. Keeper is one of the best children's books I've ever read.

Very upset to hear the news about Mal Peet's passing. He was such fun to work with. Such sad news.

Just heard the sad news about Mr. Mal Peet. He was so encouraging to me as a new writer on the block, and shall never forget his kindness.

Oh, for christ sake, now Mal Peet has died? Now, I have a very sad face.

So sad about Mal Peet. Thinking of his family and all friends lucky enough to work with him. http://t.co/ubaWRtaP2N

Mal Peet died last night. Selfish to mourn the unwritten books; still, I do. Thoughts and prayers with his family.

Yes me too. Sad that is. Mr Mal Peet has left the world with some lovely books. Thank you.

I think my heart just cracked. What an enormous loss. http://t.co/N5B6u8sJzW

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Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion: Premier League – live!
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-03 13:38:45 (2 hours ago) 
Updates from the West Midlands derby at Villa ParkSend your thoughts to Scott.Murray@the guardian.comPremier League and Football League clockwatch – live!All the live scores from tonight’s matches around the UK

6.30pm GMT

Poor old Tim Sherwood. As things stand, he’s the worst Aston Villa manager in the club’s entire history. Two games in charge, two defeats, that’s an overall record of zero percent. Zero percent! Even Alex McLeish, Dr Jo Venglos and Tommy Docherty did marginally better than that.

Admittedly, it’s a bit off, this, going after a man armed only with a ludicrously small statistical sample. But he started it! After all, it wasn’t us who argued that Sherwood’s win record at Tottenham - painstakingly built up over a period of 28 minutes matches - made him the club’s best boss of the Premier League era, despite the other 11 managers in question having a combined CV consisting of two English leagues, the French league, the Portuguese league, six Swiss leagues, the FA Cup, two Dutch cups, the Portuguese cup, the Spanish cup, five Swiss cups, the Emperor’s Cup in Japan, the Uefa Super Cup, three Europa Leagues and two League Cups. Admittedly only the two League Cups had anything to do with Spurs, but the point stands. Just about. On a rickety plinth.

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Becky Watts' family horrified at discovery of body parts
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-03 13:38:43 (2 hours ago) 

Police given extra time to question man and woman held on suspicion of kidnap and murder while five others are in custody on suspicion of involvement in the killing


The family of the Bristol teenager Becky Watts have expressed horror at the brutality of her murder after body parts were found at a house almost two weeks after she vanished.

Barton Court, Bristol, where the remains of 16 yr old Becky Watts have been found. pic.twitter.com/hQTzmALHvz

Becky murder - police seizing the bins from the area where body parts have been found. http://t.co/3B99O4d1cU

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Christie Hall: Let them eat cake
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2015-03-03 13:38:17 (2 hours ago) 
This week's "rude cake" decision from the Human Rights Review Tribunal has raised the bar for injury-to-feelings compensation payouts under the Privacy Act.
US running out of room to store crude oil; gas price collapse next?
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2015-03-03 13:38:13 (2 hours ago) 
The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months.
Ask Slashdot: Which Classic OOP Compiled Language: Objective-C Or C++?
  Source: Slashdot 2015-03-03 13:38:02 (2 hours ago) 
Qbertino writes: I've been trying to pick up a classic, object-oriented, compiled language since the early 90s, but have never gotten around to it. C++ was always on my radar, but I'm a little torn to-and-fro with Objective-C. Objective-C is the obvious choice if you also want to make money developing for Mac OS X, but for the stuff I want to do, both languages would suffice on all platforms. I do want to start out on x86 Linux, though, and also use it as my main development platform. Yes, I know quite a few other languages, but I want to get into a widespread compiled language that has good ties into FOSS. Both Objective-C and C++ fit that bill. What do you recommend? How do these two programming languages compare with each other, and how easy is cross-platform development in either? (Primarily GUI-free, "headless" applications.)

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Police Could Charge Data Center Operators In the Largest Child Porn Bust Ever
  Source: Slashdot 2015-03-03 13:38:02 (2 hours ago) 
sarahnaomi sends this report from Motherboard: Canadian police say they've uncovered a massive online file sharing network for exploitative material that could involve up to 7,500 users in nearly 100 countries worldwide. But unlike past investigations into the distribution of child porn, which typically involve targeting suspects individually, police have instead seized over 1.2 petabytes of data ... from a data center responsible for storing the material, and may even attempt to lay criminal charges against its operators, too. "What we are alleging is occurring is that there are individuals and organizations that are profiting from the storage and the exchange of child sexual exploitation material," Scott Tod, Deputy Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), told Motherboard at a conference late last month, after speaking to a crowd of defense specialists. "They store it and they provide a secure website that you can log into, much like people do with illegal online gaming sites."

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Astronomers Find an Old-Looking Galaxy In the Early Universe
  Source: Slashdot 2015-03-03 13:38:02 (2 hours ago) 
schwit1 tips news that a team of astronomers has studied one of the most distant galaxies ever observed and found puzzling results. The light we're seeing from this galaxy comes from roughly 700 million years after the Big Bang, so on the cosmic scale, it's quite young. But the galaxy appears much older than astronomers expected. Their paper was published today in Nature. At this age it would be expected to display a lack of heavier chemical elements — anything heavier than hydrogen and helium, defined in astronomy as metals. These are produced in the bellies of stars and scattered far and wide once the stars explode or otherwise perish. This process needs to be repeated for many stellar generations to produce a significant abundance of the heavier elements such as carbon, oxygen and nitrogen. Surprisingly, the galaxy A1689-zD1 seemed to be emitting a lot of radiation in the far infrared, indicating that it had already produced many of its stars and significant quantities of metals, and revealed that it not only contained dust, but had a dust-to-gas ratio that was similar to that of much more mature galaxies.

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Games Workshop At 40: How They Brought D&D To Britain
  Source: Slashdot 2015-03-03 13:38:02 (2 hours ago) 
An anonymous reader writes: Following on the fortieth anniversary of Dungeons & Dragons last year, another formative influence on modern gaming is celebrating its fortieth birthday: Games Workshop. Playing at the World covers the story of how the founders, Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson (not the other Steve Jackson), started out as subscribers to the 1960s British gaming zine Albion playing Diplomacy by mail and (in Ian's case) publishing silly cartoons. When Albion folded at the beginning of 1975, Livingstone and Jackson formed Games Workshop with its own zine Owl & Weasel as a way to bring "progressive games" (as in "progressive rock") to the UK. Shortly thereafter, when they discovered Dungeons & Dragons, fantasy and role-playing games became their focus. After Owl & Weasel grew up into White Dwarf in 1977, its famous "Fiend Factory" column ended up populating the D&D Fiend Folio. And in the 1980s, of course, they brought us Warhammer and their retail stories brought stylish miniatures to many a needful gamer. Happy birthday to Games Workshop!

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How a Kickstarter Project Can Massively Exceed Its Funding Goals and Still Fail
  Source: Slashdot 2015-03-03 13:38:02 (2 hours ago) 
An anonymous reader writes: In November, 2013, a Kickstarter project for a software-defined camera trigger scored £290,386 (~$450,000) in funding after asking for a mere £50,000. After almost a year of delays, they've now announced the project is dead. Their CEO has published a lengthy article about how such a successful funding round can still turn into a failed product. In short: budgeting. To get their software into a workable state, they ended up spending 940% of the amount they'd originally allocated to software development. Their protoyping went over budget, too, and they had to spend a fair bit in legal fees to fend off a major camera manufacturer complaining about their product's name. Still, they had more funding than they expected, and would have been able to deal with these costs. Unfortunately, the bill of materials for their final product clocked in way higher than they expected. They would have had to sell the device at about $350 each, when they were originally targeting a $99 price point. (And that figure assumes good sales — with a smaller production run, price per unit goes even higher.) The company is now going to refund the remaining money left over from its Kickstarter campaign — about 20% of the total. They're also open sourcing the software and sharing the PCB designs and schematics.

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Google Backs Off Default Encryption on New Android Lollilop Devices
  Source: Slashdot 2015-03-03 13:38:02 (2 hours ago) 
An anonymous reader writes: Although Google announced in September 2014 that Android 5.0 Lollipop would require full-disk encryption by default in new cell phones, Ars Technica has found otherwise in recently-released 2nd-gen Moto E and Galaxy S6. It turns out, according to the latest version of the Android Compatibility Definition document (PDF), full-disk encryption is currently only "very strongly recommended" in anticipation of mandatory encryption requirements in the future. The moral of the story is: don't be lazy — check that your full-disk encryption is actually enabled.

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Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email At State Dept., Possibly Breaking Rules
  Source: Slashdot 2015-03-03 13:38:02 (2 hours ago) 
HughPickens.com writes: The NY Times reports that Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, according to State Department officials. She may have violated federal requirements that officials' correspondence be retained as part of the agency's record. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act. "It is very difficult to conceive of a scenario — short of nuclear winter — where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business," said attorney Jason R. Baron. A spokesman for Clinton defended her use of the personal email account and said she has been complying with the "letter and spirit of the rules."

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NVIDIA Fixes Old Compiz Bug
  Source: Slashdot 2015-03-03 13:38:01 (2 hours ago) 
jones_supa writes NVIDIA has fixed a long-standing issue in the Ubuntu Unity desktop by patching Compiz. When opening the window of a new application, it would go black or become transparent on NVIDIA hardware. There have been bug reports dating back to Ubuntu 12.10 times. The problem was caused by Compiz, which had some leftover code from a port. An NVIDIA developer posted on Launchpad and said the NVIDIA team has been looking at this issue, and they also proposed a patch. "Our interpretation of the specification is that creating two GLX pixmaps pointing at the same drawable is not allowed, because it can lead to poorly defined behavior if the properties of both GLX drawables don't match. Our driver prevents this, but Compiz appears to try to do this," wrote NVIDIA's Arthur Huillet. The Compiz patch has been accepted upstream.

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Inside the North Korean Data Smuggling Movement
  Source: Slashdot 2015-03-03 13:38:01 (2 hours ago) 
Sparrowvsrevolution writes A new Wired magazine story goes inside the North Korean rebel movement seeking to overthrow Kim Jong-un by smuggling USB drives into the country packed with foreign television and movies. As the story describes, one group has stashed USB drives in Chinese cargo trucks. Another has passed them over from tourist boats that meet with fishermen mid-river. Others arrange USB handoffs at the Chinese border in the middle of the night with walkie talkies, laser pointers, and bountiful bribes. Even Kim assassination comedy The Interview, which the North Korean government allegedly hacked Sony to prevent from being released, has made it into the country: Chinese traders' trucks carried 20 copies of the film across the border the day after Christmas, just two days after its online release.

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Khronos Group Announces Vulkan To Compete Against DirectX 12
  Source: Slashdot 2015-03-03 13:38:01 (2 hours ago) 
Phopojijo writes The Khronos Group has announced the Vulkan API for compute and graphics. Its goal is to compete against DirectX 12. It has some interesting features, such as queuing to multiple GPUs and an LLVM-based bytecode for its shading language to remove the need for a compiler from the graphics drivers. Also, the API allows graphics card vendors to support Vulkan with drivers back to Windows XP "and beyond."

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Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions
  Source: Slashdot 2015-03-03 13:38:01 (2 hours ago) 
An anonymous reader writes 14 year