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2015-07-15
Multiple Discoveries from NASA's New Horizons Pluto Mission

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

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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

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2012-11-07
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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





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Bo Horvat helps Vancouver Canucks win in Colorado
2016-02-10 01:22:42 (7 minutes ago) 

The Vancouver Canucks got defensive to help stop their four-game skid. Bo Horvat had a goal and an assist, Jacob Markstrom made 29 saves and chipped in with an assist, and the Canucks beat the host Colorado Avalanche 3-1.
 
Moscow raids could signal end of global Dyre bank trojan menace
2016-02-10 01:22:40 (7 minutes ago) 
 
All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock says NZ Rugby has got it right over player welfare
2016-02-10 01:22:22 (8 minutes ago) 
 
Baby girl probably lived before she was found buried on a beach: Coroner
2016-02-10 01:22:22 (8 minutes ago) 
A baby girl was most probably born alive before she was later found in a shallow sand grave at a southern Sydney beach, an inquest has found.
 
Trident really is a destructive weapon – just look at the Labour party | Rafael Behr
2016-02-10 01:21:01 (9 minutes ago) 
An important debate on the future of national defence has been reduced to parochial bickering. And the voters will notice

A debate about nuclear weapons and national security should be hard to trivialise, yet Labour is somehow managing it. For a party that recently governed the country to look so ridiculous in the handling of something so serious demonstrates virtuosity in self-defeat. It is an ensemble performance, with some especially inept solos.

On Monday night, Labour MPs heard Emily Thornberry, the shadow defence secretary, set out her position on Trident. A cold reception turned increasingly hostile, with murmurs and heckles of dissent. Some were appalled by what they judged to be her flimsy technical grasp of the brief; most were unpersuaded by the suggestion that a third way between renewal and unilateral disarmament might be available. Thornberry’s deployment of the Spitfire as an analogy for obsolescent military technology attracted particular scorn.

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Bernie Sanders' fundraising site struggles after win
2016-02-10 01:20:41 (9 minutes ago) 










 
CNN's New Hampshire coverage in 90 seconds
2016-02-10 01:20:40 (9 minutes ago) 
How the New Hampshire primary unfolded from the first votes to the big speeches as two anti-establishment candidates claimed victory.









 
South Carolina calling
2016-02-10 01:20:29 (10 minutes ago) 
 
Red Sox have an ace in the hole
2016-02-10 01:20:29 (10 minutes ago) 
 
Mexico students: Official story doubted
2016-02-10 01:20:24 (10 minutes ago) 
A second report into the disappearance of 43 Mexican students says there is no evidence to support the official version of what happened to them.
 
Cop in deadly love triangle lawsuit costs county $7M
2016-02-10 01:12:01 (18 minutes ago) 

Deputy was allegedly having an affair with the girlfriend of the man he fatally shot.

       
 
Stocks slide 1.2pc into bear market
2016-02-10 01:11:34 (18 minutes ago) 
Investors wiped $56bn off the sharemarket in two days, with today’s slide pushing it into a technical bear market.
 
UCR researcher seeks same-sex couples for study
2016-02-10 01:11:18 (19 minutes ago) 

RIVERSIDE >> A UC Riverside researcher is trying to add to scant academic literature on same-sex couples.

Megan Robbins, an assistant professor of psychology at UCR, is looking for 50 gay and 50 lesbian couples for a study to look at how they interact.

Assembling a group of 50 heterosexual couples, has largely been accomplished, Robbins said, in a telephone interview Tuesday.

 
In Vivo Evaluation of Blood Based and Reference Tissue Based PET Quantifications of [11C]DASB in the Canine Brain
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Nick Van Laeken, Olivia Taylor, Ingeborgh Polis, Sara Neyt, Ken Kersemans, Andre Dobbeleir, Jimmy Saunders, Ingeborg Goethals, Kathelijne Peremans, Filip De Vos

This first-in-dog study evaluates the use of the PET-radioligand [11C]DASB to image the density and availability of the serotonin transporter (SERT) in the canine brain. Imaging the serotonergic system could improve diagnosis and therapy of multiple canine behavioural disorders. Furthermore, as many similarities are reported between several human neuropsychiatric conditions and naturally occurring canine behavioural disorders, making this tracer available for use in dogs also provide researchers an interesting non-primate animal model to investigate human disorders. Five adult beagles underwent a 90 minutes dynamic PET scan and arterial whole blood was sampled throughout the scan. For each ROI, the distribution volume (VT), obtained via the one- and two- tissue compartment model (1-TC, 2-TC) and the Logan Plot, was calculated and the goodness-of-fit was evaluated by the Akaike Information Criterion (AIC). For the preferred compartmental model BPND values were estimated and compared with those derived by four reference tissue models: 4-parameter RTM, SRTM2, MRTM2 and the Logan reference tissue model. The 2-TC model indicated in 61% of the ROIs a better fit compared to the 1-TC model. The Logan plot produced almost identical VT values and can be used as an alternative. Compared with the 2-TC model, all investigated reference tissue models showed high correlations but small underestimations of the BPND-parameter. The highest correlation was achieved with the Logan reference tissue model (Y = 0.9266 x + 0.0257; R2 = 0.9722). Therefore, this model can be put forward as a non-invasive standard model for future PET-experiments with [11C]DASB in dogs.
 
Mechanical Stretch Inhibits MicroRNA499 via p53 to Regulate Calcineurin-A Expression in Rat Cardiomyocytes
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Su-Kiat Chua, Bao-Wei Wang, Li-Ming Lien, Huey-Ming Lo, Chiung-Zuan Chiu, Kou-Gi Shyu

Background

MicroRNAs play an important role in cardiac remodeling. MicroRNA 499 (miR499) is highly enriched in cardiomyocytes and targets the gene for Calcineurin A (CnA), which is associated with mitochondrial fission and apoptosis. The mechanism regulating miR499 in stretched cardiomyocytes and in volume overloaded heart is unclear. We sought to investigate the mechanism regulating miR499 and CnA in stretched cardiomyocytes and in volume overload-induced heart failure.

Methods & Results

Rat cardiomyocytes grown on a flexible membrane base were stretched via vacuum to 20% of maximum elongation at 60 cycles/min. An in vivo model of volume overload with aorta-caval shunt in adult rats was used to study miR499 expression. Mechanical stretch downregulated miR499 expression, and enhanced the expression of CnA protein and mRNA after 12 hours of stretch. Expression of CnA and calcineurin activity was suppressed with miR499 overexpression; whereas, expression of dephosphorylated dynamin-related protein 1 (Drp1) was suppressed with miR499 overexpression and CnA siRNA. Adding p53 siRNA reversed the downregulation of miR499 when stretched. A gel shift assay and promoter-activity assay demonstrated that stretch increased p53 DNA binding activity but decreased miR499 promoter activity. When the miR499 promoter p53-binding site was mutated, the inhibition of miR499 promoter activity with stretch was reversed. The in vivo aorta-caval shunt also showed downregulated myocardial miR499 and overexpression of miR499 suppressed CnA and cellular apoptosis.

Conclusion

The miR499-controlled apoptotic pathway involving CnA and Drp1 in stretched cardiomyocytes may be regulated by p53 through the transcriptional regulation of miR499.

 
Optimal Geometrical Set for Automated Marker Placement to Virtualized Real-Time Facial Emotions
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Vasanthan Maruthapillai, Murugappan Murugappan

In recent years, real-time face recognition has been a major topic of interest in developing intelligent human-machine interaction systems. Over the past several decades, researchers have proposed different algorithms for facial expression recognition, but there has been little focus on detection in real-time scenarios. The present work proposes a new algorithmic method of automated marker placement used to classify six facial expressions: happiness, sadness, anger, fear, disgust, and surprise. Emotional facial expressions were captured using a webcam, while the proposed algorithm placed a set of eight virtual markers on each subject’s face. Facial feature extraction methods, including marker distance (distance between each marker to the center of the face) and change in marker distance (change in distance between the original and new marker positions), were used to extract three statistical features (mean, variance, and root mean square) from the real-time video sequence. The initial position of each marker was subjected to the optical flow algorithm for marker tracking with each emotional facial expression. Finally, the extracted statistical features were mapped into corresponding emotional facial expressions using two simple non-linear classifiers, K-nearest neighbor and probabilistic neural network. The results indicate that the proposed automated marker placement algorithm effectively placed eight virtual markers on each subject’s face and gave a maximum mean emotion classification rate of 96.94% using the probabilistic neural network.
 
Identification of Gene Modules Associated with Low Temperatures Response in Bambara Groundnut by Network-Based Analysis
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Venkata Suresh Bonthala, Katie Mayes, Joanna Moreton, Martin Blythe, Victoria Wright, Sean Tobias May, Festo Massawe, Sean Mayes, Jamie Twycross

Bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc.) is an African legume and is a promising underutilized crop with good seed nutritional values. Low temperature stress in a number of African countries at night, such as Botswana, can effect the growth and development of bambara groundnut, leading to losses in potential crop yield. Therefore, in this study we developed a computational pipeline to identify and analyze the genes and gene modules associated with low temperature stress responses in bambara groundnut using the cross-species microarray technique (as bambara groundnut has no microarray chip) coupled with network-based analysis. Analyses of the bambara groundnut transcriptome using cross-species gene expression data resulted in the identification of 375 and 659 differentially expressed genes (p
 
Establishment of a Refined Oral Glucose Tolerance Test in Pigs, and Assessment of Insulin, Glucagon and Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 Responses
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Elin Manell, Patricia Hedenqvist, Anna Svensson, Marianne Jensen-Waern

Diabetes mellitus is increasing worldwide and reliable animal models are important for progression of the research field. The pig is a commonly used large animal model in diabetes research and the present study aimed to refine a model for oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) in young growing pigs, as well as describing intravenous glucose tolerance test (IVGTT) in the same age group. The refined porcine OGTT will reflect that used in children and adolescents. Eighteen pigs were obtained one week after weaning and trained for two weeks to bottle-feed glucose solution, mimicking the human OGTT. The pigs subsequently underwent OGTT (1.75 g/kg BW) and IVGTT (0.5 g/kg BW). Blood samples were collected from indwelling vein catheters for measurements of glucose and the diabetes related hormones insulin, glucagon and active glucagon-like peptide-1. The study confirmed that pigs can be trained to bottle-feed glucose dissolved in water and thereby undergo an OGTT more similar to the human standard OGTT than previously described methods in pigs. With the refined method for OGTT, oral intake only consists of glucose and water, which is an advantage over previously described methods in pigs where glucose is given together with feed which will affect glucose absorption. Patterns of hormonal secretion in response to oral and intravenous glucose were similar to those in humans; however, the pigs were more glucose tolerant with lower insulin levels than humans. In translational medicine, this refined OGTT and IVGTT methods provide important tools in diabetes research when pigs are used as models for children and adolescents in diabetes research.
 
Manual Ventilation and Sustained Lung Inflation in an Experimental Model: Influence of Equipment Type and Operator’s Training
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Cristiane do Prado, Ruth Guinsburg, Maria Fernanda Branco de Almeida, Renata Suman Mascaretti, Luciana Assis Vale, Luciana Branco Haddad, Celso Moura Rebello

Aim

To compare the influence of devices for manual ventilation and individual experience on the applied respiratory mechanics and sustained lung inflation.

Methods

A total of 114 instructors and non-instructors from the Neonatal Resuscitation Program of the Brazilian Society of Pediatrics participated in this study. Participants ventilated an intubated manikin. To evaluate respiratory mechanics and sustained lung inflation parameters, a direct comparison was made between the self-inflating bag and the T-shaped resuscitator (T-piece), followed by an analysis of the effectiveness of the equipment according to the participants’ education and training.

Results

A difference between equipment types was observed for the tidal volume, with a median (interquartile range) of 28.5 mL (12.6) for the self-inflating bag and 20.1 mL (8.4) for the T-piece in the instructor group and 31.6 mL (14) for the self-inflating bag and 22.3 mL (8.8) for the T-piece in the non-instructor group. Higher inspiratory time values were observed with the T-piece in both groups of professionals, with no significant difference between them. The operator’s ability to maintain the target pressure over the 10 seconds of sustained lung inflation was evaluated using the area under the pressure-time curve and was 1.7-fold higher with the use of the T-piece. Inspiratory pressure and mean airway pressure applied during sustained lung inflation were greater with the self-inflating bag, as evaluated between the beginning and the end of the procedure.

Conclusion

The T-piece resulted in lower tidal volume and higher inspiratory time values, irrespective of the operator’s experience, and increased the ease of performing the sustained lung inflation maneuver, as demonstrated by the maintenance of target pressure for the desired period and a higher mean airway pressure than that obtained using the self-inflating bag.

 
Graded Maximal Exercise Testing to Assess Mouse Cardio-Metabolic Phenotypes
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Jennifer M. Petrosino, Valerie J. Heiss, Santosh K. Maurya, Anuradha Kalyanasundaram, Muthu Periasamy, Richard A. LaFountain, Jacob M. Wilson, Orlando P. Simonetti, Ouliana Ziouzenkova

Functional assessments of cardiovascular fitness (CVF) are needed to establish animal models of dysfunction, test the effects of novel therapeutics, and establish the cardio-metabolic phenotype of mice. In humans, the graded maximal exercise test (GXT) is a standardized diagnostic for assessing CVF and mortality risk. These tests, which consist of concurrent staged increases in running speed and inclination, provide diagnostic cardio-metabolic parameters, such as, VO2max, anaerobic threshold, and metabolic crossover. Unlike the human-GXT, published mouse treadmill tests have set, not staged, increases in inclination as speed progress until exhaustion (PXT). Additionally, they often lack multiple cardio-metabolic parameters. Here, we developed a mouse-GXT with the intent of improving mouse-exercise testing sensitivity and developing translatable parameters to assess CVF in healthy and dysfunctional mice. The mouse-GXT, like the human-GXT, incorporated staged increases in inclination, speed, and intensity; and, was designed by considering imitations of the PXT and differences between human and mouse physiology. The mouse-GXT and PXTs were both tested in healthy mice (C57BL/6J, FVBN/J) to determine their ability to identify cardio-metabolic parameters (anaerobic threshold, VO2max, metabolic crossover) observed in human-GXTs. Next, theses assays were tested on established diet-induced (obese-C57BL/6J) and genetic (cardiac isoform Casq2-/-) models of cardiovascular dysfunction. Results showed that both tests reported VO2max and provided reproducible data about performance. Only the mouse-GXT reproducibly identified anaerobic threshold, metabolic crossover, and detected impaired CVF in dysfunctional models. Our findings demonstrated that the mouse-GXT is a sensitive, non-invasive, and cost-effective method for assessing CVF in mice. This new test can be used as a functional assessment to determine the cardio-metabolic phenotype of various animal models or the effects of novel therapeutics.
 
Cardiff council to seek partial closure of asylum seeker accommodation
2016-02-10 01:10:44 (19 minutes ago) 

Investigation into overcrowing at privately-run Lynx House to call for partial clousure while repairs are undertaken to deal with poor conditions

An inspection into overcrowding at accommodation for asylum seekers in Cardiff is expected to recommend partial closure of the premises while repairs are undertaken to deal with the poor conditions, the Guardian has learned.

Lynx House, which was at the centre of controversy over asylum seekers who were made to wear coloured wristbands in order to access food, is being inspected by Cardiff council after the Guardian revealed the housing was overcrowded, with reports of up to 11 people expected to sleep in one room.

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Did Chris Christie forget the Boston Marathon bombings in this ad discussing terrorist attacks?
2016-02-10 01:10:23 (20 minutes ago) 
In a super PAC-funded ad, the Republican candidate mentions San Bernardino as the first terrorist attack since 9/11.








 
Washington women capture premier golf event in California
2016-02-10 01:02:38 (27 minutes ago) 

The Huskies won the Northrop-Grumman Regional Challenge by six strokes against some of the best competition in the country, including the top three ranked teams. Charlotte Thomas tied for second and Ying Luo and Julianne Alvarez tied for fourth.
 
Winds of climate change will make transatlantic flights longer, study shows
2016-02-10 01:02:34 (27 minutes ago) 

Faster jet stream will add thousands of hours to journey times and increase airline fuel bills

Airline flights are known to worsen climate change but now climate change is set to worsen flight times, according to new research.

The work shows faster jet stream winds will delay transatlantic flights, adding thousands of hours a year to journey times and millions of dollars to airline fuel bills. Earlier work showed other impacts of rising temperatures on aviation, including bumpier, more turbulent flights and reducing the weight planes can carry.

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Currencies: Dollar hovers above 15-month low against yen as Nikkei routed again
2016-02-10 01:01:42 (28 minutes ago) 
An unstable market trend continues, with the yen rising again against the dollar.
 
Laying Down the Slaw
2016-02-10 01:00:36 (29 minutes ago) 
 
Bubba’s ex-brain trust: N.H. likes to pick neighbors
2016-02-10 01:00:36 (29 minutes ago) 
 
Gelzinis: MS-13 evokes mafia, ISIS at once
2016-02-10 01:00:36 (29 minutes ago) 

In their matching fluorescent jailhouse jumpsuits, Edwin Diaz, Luis Solis-Vasquez and Edwin Gonzalez looked more like fallen members of the old boy band Menudo than alleged killers for the street gang MS-13.

The trio filed into federal court yesterday, cuffed and shackled, for a detention hearing. Luis Solis-Vasquez, oldest of the group at 25, who is known on the street as “Brujo,” or “Brutal,” uncorked a sly grin as he entered, nodding his head as if to some imaginary tune.

 
Fitzgerald: How about a vote for ‘none of the above’
2016-02-10 01:00:36 (29 minutes ago) 

It didn’t take long, did it?

Before the “first-in-the-nation primary” was over, the candidates were wallowing in the gutter, unleashing ad hominem attacks on one another as if spraying the field with buckshots of venom.

It invited a wistful thought: If only there were a way all of them could lose.

Going after Donald Trump for repeating a vulgarity that was shouted to him at a rally is such easy pickings it’s pathetic. Forget ISIS, immigration, trade barriers and the economy; Trump got salty — what a scandal!

 
Chris Christie heads for home to reassess his campaign
2016-02-10 01:00:35 (29 minutes ago) 
After a disappointing sixth-place finish in the state upon which he had staked his presidential bid, Gov. Chris Christie is heading home to New Jersey on Wednesday to weigh his options for the future of his campaign.








 
Rubio feels the heat in New Hampshire
2016-02-10 01:00:30 (30 minutes ago) 
Rubio under fire after debate flub
 
‘It’s on me’: Marco Rubio apologizes after New Hampshire primary - video
2016-02-10 00:50:36 (39 minutes ago) 

Marco Rubio apologizes to supporters for a poor showing in the New Hampshire primary, saying the result was ‘on me’. Rubio is projected to finish fifth in the primary, behind Donald Trump, John Kasich, Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush. Rubio referenced his disastrous performance in Saturday night’s Republican debate and vowed to never let it happen again

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Sanders and Clinton Prepare for a Long Fight
2016-02-10 00:42:21 (48 minutes ago) 
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Man critical after being pinned under a 15-tonne truck in Northland
2016-02-10 00:41:57 (48 minutes ago) 
A man is in critical condition after being pinned under the tire of a 15-tonne truck after it rolled in Northland on Wednesday evening.
 
All Blacls lock Sam Whitelock says NZ Rugby have got it right over player welfare
2016-02-10 00:41:57 (48 minutes ago) 
 
Does Donald Trump represent us? (Opinion)
2016-02-10 00:40:40 (49 minutes ago) 










 
Baker, Walsh putting MassDOT HQ, steam plant land up for bid
2016-02-10 00:40:26 (50 minutes ago) 
 
Brockton boy, 12, dies after January fall into icy pond
2016-02-10 00:40:26 (50 minutes ago) 

A 12-year-old boy who plunged through a thin layer of ice on a Brockton pond last month has died, the city’s schools superintendent has confirmed.

Charles “CJ” Thompson and another 9-year-old boy fell through the ice behind the Joseph F. Plouffe Academy on Crescent Street about 3:45 p.m. on Jan. 10. Both were rushed to area hospitals after they were pulled from the freezing water by bystanders and emergency responders.

 
Heslam: Seasoned reporters call 2016 race ‘wild’
2016-02-10 00:40:26 (50 minutes ago) 
 
‘Greed and fear’ drove cabbie to aid in Ipswich slay
2016-02-10 00:40:26 (50 minutes ago) 

A taxi driver who agreed to help two strangers break into an Ipswich restaurant’s safe, then found himself involved in the brutal killing of the Majestic Dragon’s owner, testified yesterday that “greed and fear” kept him from running away.

 
Feb. 10, 2016 Letters to Editor
2016-02-10 00:40:26 (50 minutes ago) 

Healey on right track

As a physician — and a former drug trial researcher — I disagree with the Herald editorial (“Healey attacks success, Feb. 7). Yes, Gilead Sciences’ Sovaldi is a cure for hepatitis C. And yes all pharmaceutical companies deserve very good returns on investment, no argument.

 
Missouri Supreme Court says Amendment 5 did not extend gun rights to non-violent felons
2016-02-10 00:40:01 (50 minutes ago) 
The court reversed lower court rulings from St. Louis that had thrown out the convictions of two men.
 
In Central America, gangs an obstacle in battle against Zika
2016-02-10 00:31:37 (58 minutes ago) 

CUSCATANCINGO, El Salvador (AP) — For health workers battling Zika across much of Central America, the immediate menace is not the mosquitoes that transmit the virus. It’s the gangsters who control the streets, and sometimes threaten their lives. Armed and well-organized street gangs known as maras exert near-total control over entire neighborhoods, using sentries to […]
 
Baby shot and killed in Compton
2016-02-10 00:31:05 (59 minutes ago) 

COMPTON >> A baby was shot and killed in Compton on Tuesday night, and authorities are searching for two men in connection with the shooting, a sheriff's sergeant said.

Deputies were dispatched at 6:58 p.m. to the area of East San Marcus Street and North Holly Avenue on a report of several shots fired, said Sgt.

 
Did Chris Christie forget the Boston Marathon bombings in this ad discussing terrorist attacks?
2016-02-10 00:30:24 (1 hours ago) 
In a super PAC-funded ad, the Republican candidate mentions San Bernardino as the first terrorist attack since 9/11.








 
In Central America, gangs an obstacle in battle against Zika
2016-02-10 00:30:22 (1 hours ago) 
CUSCATANCINGO, El Salvador (AP) -- For health workers battling Zika across much of Central America, the immediate menace is not the mosquitoes that transmit the virus. It's the gangsters who control the streets, and sometimes threaten their lives....
 
Sikh Man Barred From Mexico Flight Sees 'Small Victory'
2016-02-10 00:30:02 (1 hours ago) 
An Indian-American actor and designer who was turned away from an airline flight after refusing to remove his Sikh turban during a security check says he's "thrilled" that Aeromexico is vowing to overhaul its screening protocols
 
Witness the Birth of a Star
2016-02-10 00:22:12 (1 hours ago) 
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In Central America, gangs an obstacle in battle against Zika
2016-02-10 00:22:03 (1 hours ago) 

CUSCATANCINGO, El Salvador (AP) — For health workers battling Zika across much of Central America, the immediate menace is not the mosquitoes that transmit the virus. It’s the gangsters who control the streets, and sometimes threaten their lives. Armed and well-organized street gangs known as maras exert near-total control over entire neighborhoods, using sentries to […]
 
Why the Policy Fight over Encryption Is at an Impasse
2016-02-10 00:21:49 (1 hours ago) 
The next U.S. government looks set to inherit the ongoing fight over whether the government should rein in encryption.
 
Tuesday’s prep boys basketball results
2016-02-10 01:22:42 (7 minutes ago) 

Woodinville's Tony Miller earned a double-double (39 points, 20 rebounds) en route to an 87-58 victory over Mount Si on Tuesday.
 
Trident really is a destructive weapon – just look at the Labour party | Rafael Behr
2016-02-10 01:22:38 (7 minutes ago) 
An important debate on the future of national defence has been reduced to parochial bickering. And the voters will notice

A debate about nuclear weapons and national security should be hard to trivialise, yet Labour is somehow managing it. For a party that recently governed the country to look so ridiculous in the handling of something so serious demonstrates virtuosity in self-defeat. It is an ensemble performance, with some especially inept solos.

On Monday night, Labour MPs heard Emily Thornberry, the shadow defence secretary, set out her position on Trident. A cold reception turned increasingly hostile, with murmurs and heckles of dissent. Some were appalled by what they judged to be her flimsy technical grasp of the brief; most were unpersuaded by the suggestion that a third way between renewal and unilateral disarmament might be available. Thornberry’s deployment of the Spitfire as an analogy for obsolescent military technology attracted particular scorn.

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Significant repair work due to start on Basin Reserve facilities
2016-02-10 01:22:22 (8 minutes ago) 
You can call it Extreme Makeover - The Cricket Ground Edition.
 
An open letter to TPP protesters from Steven Joyce
2016-02-10 01:22:22 (8 minutes ago) 
OPINION: I've been listening to you over the past few years, months and weeks. Last week I literally took it on the chin in defence of the TPP.
 
Trident really is a destructive weapon – just look at the Labour party | Rafael Behr
2016-02-10 01:21:01 (9 minutes ago) 
An important debate on the future of national defence has been reduced to parochial bickering. And the voters will notice

A debate about nuclear weapons and national security should be hard to trivialise, yet Labour is somehow managing it. For a party that recently governed the country to look so ridiculous in the handling of something so serious demonstrates virtuosity in self-defeat. It is an ensemble performance, with some especially inept solos.

On Monday night, Labour MPs heard Emily Thornberry, the shadow defence secretary, set out her position on Trident. A cold reception turned increasingly hostile, with murmurs and heckles of dissent. Some were appalled by what they judged to be her flimsy technical grasp of the brief; most were unpersuaded by the suggestion that a third way between renewal and unilateral disarmament might be available. Thornberry’s deployment of the Spitfire as an analogy for obsolescent military technology attracted particular scorn.

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Young voters abandon Clinton for Sanders
2016-02-10 01:20:40 (9 minutes ago) 
The Iowa caucuses were days away, and Hillary Clinton's campaign had tapped "In the Attic" -- a band of four 19- and 20-year-olds from Cedar Rapids -- to warm up the audience before she, Bill and Chelsea took the stage.









 
Fundraising site struggles after Sanders' New Hampshire win
2016-02-10 01:20:40 (9 minutes ago) 
In the midst of his New Hampshire victory speech, Bernie Sanders held an impromptu, one-minute fundraiser and apparently jammed up one of the pillars of Democratic online fundraising, ActBlue.









 
Battenfeld: No one’s laughing at surging insurgents
2016-02-10 01:20:29 (10 minutes ago) 
 
Buckley: New low at The Heights
2016-02-10 01:20:29 (10 minutes ago) 
 
Lord Turner warns of indefinite low rates
2016-02-10 01:20:24 (10 minutes ago) 
Former City regulator Adair Turner warns that without radical policies, the UK economy could be stuck with low interest rates "almost indefinitely".
 
DOJ threatens legal action against Ferguson
2016-02-10 01:12:01 (18 minutes ago) 

Justice offers rebuke after Ferguson attempts to reopen consent decree negotiation.

       
 
Turnbull speech ‘on par with Sorry’
2016-02-10 01:11:34 (18 minutes ago) 
The PM’s gesture of addressing parliament in Ngunnawal language “is on par with Rudd’s apology to stolen generations”.
 
San Bernardino County rolls out plan for public input
2016-02-10 01:11:18 (19 minutes ago) 

San Bernardino County is launching a plan so citizens can play a key role in guiding the Board of Supervisors on development projects in unincorporated communities in years to come.

In May, the board took the first step toward implementation of the plan by agreeing to pay a consultant, PlaceWorks Inc.

 
Experimental Manipulation of Grassland Plant Diversity Induces Complex Shifts in Aboveground Arthropod Diversity
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Lionel R. Hertzog, Sebastian T. Meyer, Wolfgang W. Weisser, Anne Ebeling

Changes in producer diversity cause multiple changes in consumer communities through various mechanisms. However, past analyses investigating the relationship between plant diversity and arthropod consumers focused only on few aspects of arthropod diversity, e.g. species richness and abundance. Yet, shifts in understudied facets of arthropod diversity like relative abundances or species dominance may have strong effects on arthropod-mediated ecosystem functions. Here we analyze the relationship between plant species richness and arthropod diversity using four complementary diversity indices, namely: abundance, species richness, evenness (equitability of the abundance distribution) and dominance (relative abundance of the dominant species). Along an experimental gradient of plant species richness (1, 2, 4, 8, 16 and 60 plant species), we sampled herbivorous and carnivorous arthropods using pitfall traps and suction sampling during a whole vegetation period. We tested whether plant species richness affects consumer diversity directly (i), or indirectly through increased productivity (ii). Further, we tested the impact of plant community composition on arthropod diversity by testing for the effects of plant functional groups (iii). Abundance and species richness of both herbivores and carnivores increased with increasing plant species richness, but the underlying mechanisms differed between the two trophic groups. While higher species richness in herbivores was caused by an increase in resource diversity, carnivore richness was driven by plant productivity. Evenness of herbivore communities did not change along the gradient in plant species richness, whereas evenness of carnivores declined. The abundance of dominant herbivore species showed no response to changes in plant species richness, but the dominant carnivores were more abundant in species-rich plant communities. The functional composition of plant communities had small impacts on herbivore communities, whereas carnivore communities were affected by forbs of small stature, grasses and legumes. Contrasting patterns in the abundance of dominant species imply different levels of resource specialization for dominant herbivores (narrow food spectrum) and carnivores (broad food spectrum). That in turn could heavily affect ecosystem functions mediated by herbivorous and carnivorous arthropods, such as herbivory or biological pest control.
 
Hospital Admissions, Transfers and Costs of Guillain-Barré Syndrome
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Nikki van Leeuwen, Hester F. Lingsma, Ann M. Vanrolleghem, Miriam C. J. M. Sturkenboom, Pieter A. van Doorn, Ewout W. Steyerberg, Bart C. Jacobs

Background

Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) has a highly variable clinical course, leading to frequent transfers within and between hospitals and high associated costs. We defined the current admissions, transfers and costs in relation to disease severity of GBS.

Methods

Dutch neurologists were requested to report patients diagnosed with GBS between November 2009 and November 2010. Information regarding clinical course and transfers was obtained via neurologists and general practitioners.

Results

87 GBS patients were included with maximal GBS disability score of 1 or 2 (28%), 3 or 4 (53%), 5 (18%) and 6 (1%). Four mildly affected GBS patients were not hospital admitted. Of the 83 hospitalized patients 68 (82%) were initially admitted at a neurology department, 4 (5%) at an ICU, 4 (5%) at pediatrics, 4 (5%) at pediatrics neurology and 3 (4%) at internal medicine. Median hospital stay was 17 days (IQR 11–26 days, absolute range 1–133 days). Transfers between departments or hospitals occurred in 33 (40%) patients and 25 (30%) were transferred 2 times or more. From a cost-effectiveness perspective 21 (25%) of the admissions was suboptimal. Median costs for hospital admission of GBS patients were 15,060 Euro (IQR 11,226–23,683). Maximal GBS disability score was significantly correlated with total length of stay, number of transfers, ICU admission and costs.

Conclusions

Hospital admissions for GBS patients are highly heterogeneous, with frequent transfers and higher costs for those with more severe disease. Future research should aim to develop prediction models to early identify the most cost-effective allocation in individual patients.

 
Lipoicmethylenedioxyphenol Reduces Experimental Atherosclerosis through Activation of Nrf2 Signaling
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Zhekang Ying, Minjie Chen, Xiaoyun Xie, Xiaoke Wang, Nisharahmed Kherada, Rajagopal Desikan, Georgeta Mihai, Patrick Burns, Qinghua Sun, Sanjay Rajagopalan

Objective

Oxidative stress is implicated in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, and Nrf2 is the transcriptional factor central in cellular antioxidant responses. In the present study, we investigate the effect of a dihydrolipoic acid derivative lipoicmethylenedioxyphenol (LMDP) on the progression of atherosclerosis and test whether its effect on atherosclerosis is mediated by Nrf2.

Methods and Results

Both magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning and en face analysis reveal that 14 weeks of treatment with LMDP markedly reduced atherosclerotic burden in a rabbit balloon vascular injury model. Myograph analyses show decreased aortic contractile response to phenylephrine and increased aortic response to acetylcholine and insulin in LMDP-treated animals, suggesting that LMDP inhibits atherosclerosis through improving vascular function. A role of Nrf2 signaling in mediating the amelioration of vascular function by LMDP was supported by increased Nrf2 translocation into nuclear and increased expression of Nrf2 target genes. Furthermore, chemotaxis analysis with Boydem chamber shows that leukocytes isolated from LMDP-treated rabbits had reduced chemotaxis, and knock-down of Nrf2 significantly reduced the effect of LMDP on the chemotaxis of mouse macrophages.

Conclusion

Our results support that LMDP has an anti-atherosclerotic effect likely through activation of Nrf2 signaling and subsequent inhibition of macrophage chemotaxis.

 
Contrasting Responses to Harvesting and Environmental Drivers of Fast and Slow Life History Species
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Antoni Quetglas, Lucía Rueda, Diego Alvarez-Berastegui, Beatriz Guijarro, Enric Massutí

According to their main life history traits, organisms can be arranged in a continuum from fast (species with small body size, short lifespan and high fecundity) to slow (species with opposite characteristics). Life history determines the responses of organisms to natural and anthropogenic factors, as slow species are expected to be more sensitive than fast species to perturbations. Owing to their contrasting traits, cephalopods and elasmobranchs are typical examples of fast and slow strategies, respectively. We investigated the responses of these two contrasting strategies to fishing exploitation and environmental conditions (temperature, productivity and depth) using generalized additive models. Our results confirmed the foreseen contrasting responses of cephalopods and elasmobranchs to natural (environment) and anthropogenic (harvesting) influences. Even though a priori foreseen, we did expect neither the clear-cut differential responses between groups nor the homogeneous sensitivity to the same factors within the two taxonomic groups. Apart from depth, which affected both groups equally, cephalopods and elasmobranchs were exclusively affected by environmental conditions and fishing exploitation, respectively. Owing to its short, annual cycle, cephalopods do not have overlapping generations and consequently lack the buffering effects conferred by different age classes observed in multi-aged species such as elasmobranchs. We suggest that cephalopods are sensitive to short-term perturbations, such as seasonal environmental changes, because they lack this buffering effect but they are in turn not influenced by continuous, long-term moderate disturbances such as fishing because of its high population growth and turnover. The contrary would apply to elasmobranchs, whose multi-aged population structure would buffer the seasonal environmental effects, but they would display strong responses to uninterrupted harvesting due to its low population resilience. Besides providing empirical evidence to the theoretically predicted contrasting responses of cephalopods and elasmobranchs to disturbances, our results are useful for the sustainable exploitation of these resources.
 
Proposed Standards for Variable Harmonization Documentation and Referencing: A Case Study Using QuickCharmStats 1.1
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Kristi Winters, Sebastian Netscher

Comparative statistical analyses often require data harmonization, yet the social sciences do not have clear operationalization frameworks that guide and homogenize variable coding decisions across disciplines. When faced with a need to harmonize variables researchers often look for guidance from various international studies that employ output harmonization, such as the Comparative Survey of Election Studies, which offer recoding structures for the same variable (e.g. marital status). More problematically there are no agreed documentation standards or journal requirements for reporting variable harmonization to facilitate a transparent replication process. We propose a conceptual and data-driven digital solution that creates harmonization documentation standards for publication and scholarly citation: QuickCharmStats 1.1. It is free and open-source software that allows for the organizing, documenting and publishing of data harmonization projects. QuickCharmStats starts at the conceptual level and its workflow ends with a variable recording syntax. It is therefore flexible enough to reflect a variety of theoretical justifications for variable harmonization. Using the socio-demographic variable ‘marital status’, we demonstrate how the CharmStats workflow collates metadata while being guided by the scientific standards of transparency and replication. It encourages researchers to publish their harmonization work by providing researchers who complete the peer review process a permanent identifier. Those who contribute original data harmonization work to their discipline can now be credited through citations. Finally, we propose peer-review standards for harmonization documentation, describe a route to online publishing, and provide a referencing format to cite harmonization projects. Although CharmStats products are designed for social scientists our adherence to the scientific method ensures our products can be used by researchers across the sciences.
 
Ocean Acidification Affects Hemocyte Physiology in the Tanner Crab (Chionoecetes bairdi)
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Shannon L. Meseck, Jennifer H. Alix, Katherine M. Swiney, W. Christopher Long, Gary H. Wikfors, Robert J. Foy

We used flow cytometry to determine if there would be a difference in hematology, selected immune functions, and hemocyte pH (pHi), under two different, future ocean acidification scenarios (pH = 7.50, 7.80) compared to current conditions (pH = 8.09) for Chionoecetes bairdi, Tanner crab. Hemocytes were analyzed after adult Tanner crabs were held for two years under continuous exposure to acidified ocean water. Total counts of hemocytes did not vary among control and experimental treatments; however, there were significantly greater number of dead, circulating hemocytes in crabs held at the lowest pH treatment. Phagocytosis of fluorescent microbeads by hemocytes was greatest at the lowest pH treatment. These results suggest that hemocytes were dying, likely by apoptosis, at a rate faster than upregulated phagocytosis was able to remove moribund cells from circulation at the lowest pH. Crab hemolymph pH (pHe) averaged 8.09 and did not vary among pH treatments. There was no significant difference in internal pH (pHi) within hyalinocytes among pH treatments and the mean pHi (7.26) was lower than the mean pHe. In contrast, there were significant differences among treatments in pHi of the semi-granular+granular cells. Control crabs had the highest mean semi-granular+granular pHi compared to the lowest pH treatment. As physiological hemocyte functions changed from ambient conditions, interactions with the number of eggs in the second clutch, percentage of viable eggs, and calcium concentration in the adult crab shell was observed. This suggested that the energetic costs of responding to ocean acidification and maintaining defense mechanisms in Tanner crab may divert energy from other physiological processes, such as reproduction.
 
Impact of Cattaneo-Christov Heat Flux in Jeffrey Fluid Flow with Homogeneous-Heterogeneous Reactions
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Tasawar Hayat, Sumaira Qayyum, Maria Imtiaz, Ahmed Alsaedi

Two-dimensional stretched flow of Jeffrey fluid in view of Cattaneo-Christov heat flux is addressed. Effects of homogeneous-heterogeneous reactions are also considered. Suitable transformations are used to form ordinary differential equations. Convergent series solutions are computed. Impact of significant parameters on the velocity, temperature, concentration and skin friction coefficient is addressed. Analysis of thermal relaxation is made. The obtained results show that ratio of relaxation to retardation times and Deborah number have inverse relation for velocity profile. Temperature distribution has decreasing behavior for Prandtl number and thermal relaxation time. Also concentration decreases for larger values of strength of homogeneous reaction parameter while it increases for strength of heterogeneous reaction parameter.
 
Winds of climate change will make transatlantic flights longer, study shows
2016-02-10 01:10:44 (19 minutes ago) 

Faster jet stream will add thousands of hours to journey times and increase airline fuel bills

Airline flights are known to worsen climate change but now climate change is set to worsen flight times, according to new research.

The work shows faster jet stream winds will delay transatlantic flights, adding thousands of hours a year to journey times and millions of dollars to airline fuel bills. Earlier work showed other impacts of rising temperatures on aviation, including bumpier, more turbulent flights and reducing the weight planes can carry.

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Pittsfield man found dead alongside 11-year-old daughter’s body overdosed on heroin, authorities say
2016-02-10 01:10:23 (20 minutes ago) 
Officials determined that a man who was found dead next to his 11-year-old daughter’s body died of a heroin overdose, but investigators couldn’t discern the cause of his daughter’s death.








 
Los Angeles Clippers suspend Blake Griffin 4 games without pay, fine him for punch
2016-02-10 01:02:38 (27 minutes ago) 

Blake Griffin was suspended four games without pay for punching a team staff member, and the Los Angeles Clippers will dock the All-Star forward’s pay for an additional game.
 
New IPL teammates Chris Gayle and Shane Watson bury hatchet after sexism row
2016-02-10 01:02:22 (28 minutes ago) 
They were at the centre of a slanging match just a month ago, but cricketers Chris Gayle and Shane Watson appear to have buried the hatchet before becoming teammates in the Indian Premier League.
 
Winds of climate change will make transatlantic flights longer, study shows
2016-02-10 01:01:05 (29 minutes ago) 

Faster jet stream will add thousands of hours to journey times and increase airline fuel bills

Airline flights are known to worsen climate change but now climate change is set to worsen flight times, according to new research.

The work shows faster jet stream winds will delay transatlantic flights, adding thousands of hours a year to journey times and millions of dollars to airline fuel bills. Earlier work showed other impacts of rising temperatures on aviation, including bumpier, more turbulent flights and reducing the weight planes can carry.

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Bombings hero cop Donohue to retire
2016-02-10 01:00:36 (29 minutes ago) 
 
Little-known Dem: ‘Probably not going to be prez’
2016-02-10 01:00:36 (29 minutes ago) 

MANCHESTER, N.H. — While Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton were in the spotlight yesterday, a little-known Democrat was out trying to get any vote he could.

Mark Stewart Greenstein, one of 28 Democrats on the New Hampshire primary ticket, stood outside McDonough Elementary School trying to flip undecided voters.

“I’m a Democrat, but 
I’m not a liberal,” Greenstein said. “It’s so disappointing that Democrats have to choose between Bernie and Clinton. There’s no one to the right 
of them.”

 
Atkins: Clinton loss is her fault
2016-02-10 01:00:36 (29 minutes ago) 
 
Gronk’s shipping out 
for high-seas hijinks
2016-02-10 01:00:36 (29 minutes ago) 
 
Did Chris Christie forget the Boston Marathon bombings in this ad discussing terrorist attacks?
2016-02-10 01:00:34 (29 minutes ago) 
In a super PAC-funded ad, the Republican candidate mentions San Bernardino as the first terrorist attack since 9/11.








 
Trump and Sanders win New Hampshire
2016-02-10 01:00:30 (30 minutes ago) 
Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders both win decisive victories in the New Hampshire primary, the second contest in the race for US presidential nominees.
 
Italian authorities round up 'Black Widow' mafia clan
2016-02-10 00:50:36 (39 minutes ago) 

Authorities say they have struck a blow against the notorious Camorra of Naples with dramatic arrest of fugitive Alessandro Giannelli

Italian authorities have said they dismantled a mafia business group belonging to a clan headed by a woman known as the “Black Widow of the Camorra” and captured another leading figure in the Naples underworld.

Alessandro Giannelli, the fugitive boss of an increasingly influential Camorra clan that bears his name, was captured by police at dawn as he changed cars in an attempt to escape from the southern city, police said.

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Metro League has a new all-time scoring king: Lakeside guard Isiah Brown
2016-02-10 00:42:13 (48 minutes ago) 

Brown, a one-time UW recruit who will play at Northwestern, became the Metro League’s career leading scorer Tuesday. His 2,280 points passed Michael Johnson, the former Ballard and UW player, from 1997.
 
A mum's discovery about her daughter's odd teeth leads to a troubling discovery
2016-02-10 00:41:57 (48 minutes ago) 
Sitting in a US college library on Labour Day 2009, Deanna Rennon tried to ignore the guilt she felt about spending the holiday at Mary Washington University instead of boating with her family as her husband, Doug, had planned.
 
Ex-con busted for paying mom to have sex with teenager
2016-02-10 00:41:41 (48 minutes ago) 
The mom and alleged john both face charges that carry sentences of up to seven years behind bars.








 
Young voters abandon Hillary Clinton for Bernie Sanders
2016-02-10 00:40:40 (49 minutes ago) 










 
Ernest R. Quintin, resident of Fairhaven
2016-02-10 00:40:26 (50 minutes ago) 

Ernest R. “Sam” Quintin of Fairhaven, formerly of New Bedford, a retired supervisor, died Friday.

Mr. Quintin was born in New Bedford, where he lived in his early years before moving to Fairhaven.

He was a graduate of the Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School welding program and helped to build Interstate 195. He worked for NSTAR for 32 years, retiring as a supervisor.

He attended Grace Gospel Church in Somerset.

 
Bush camp heads south to uncertain fate
2016-02-10 00:40:26 (50 minutes ago) 
 
Estella A. Booker, 91, 
resident of Mashpee
2016-02-10 00:40:26 (50 minutes ago) 

Estella Amanda ‘Tilly’ Booker of Mashpee died Feb. 2 at Cape Cod Hospital. She was 91.

Mrs. Booker was born in Mashpee.

She worked at the Centerville Nursing Home and completed her health care career at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis.

She was known for her outstanding cooking, avid reading and love of sports.

Wife of the late Keith Sr., Mrs. Booker is survived by three sons, Keith Jr., Murat and Kenneth; a sister, Nellie Ramos of Mashpee; a brother, Lafayette R. Hicks Jr. of Sacramento, Calif.; a granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.

 
Boychuk: Richard Nixon’s ‘silent majority’ still a presence
2016-02-10 00:40:26 (50 minutes ago) 

A specter is haunting the 2016 presidential election — the ghost of Richard Milhous Nixon.

That’s right: “Tricky Dick,” “King Richard,” the only U.S. president to resign his office and then receive a full pardon from his successor for his abuses of power. Twenty-two years after his death, Nixon continues to cast a long shadow over presidential politics. Like it or not, he’s still “the one.”

 
Registered Republican too late to switch, votes Carly
2016-02-10 00:40:26 (50 minutes ago) 

MERRIMACK, N.H. — Katherine Grinnell of Merrimack, N.H., felt guilty 
after casting her ballot at the high school yesterday.

“I’m an idiot,” said Grinnell.

She voted for the wrong candidate.

She had been following Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders for the past eight months, listened to his speeches and felt confident he was the best leader for the country.

 
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Carnival in Latin America
2016-02-10 00:31:37 (58 minutes ago) 

Now that Carnival has drawn to a close, here’s a selection of top images taken at this year’s pre-Lenten parties across Latin America and the Caribbean. At the iconic Sambadrome parade in Rio de Janeiro, some performers literally became shower heads, spraying water up into the air from their hats as they sang and danced. […]
 
Question Time: what we learned
2016-02-10 00:31:23 (59 minutes ago) 
Labor switches to a scare campaign on Medicare, as a GST rise shrinks further into the distance.
 
Prosecution of man charged under bikie laws dropped and $30,000 awarded
2016-02-10 00:30:42 (59 minutes ago) 

Queensland police withdraw charges against Glen Pitt after lawyers allege they fabricated conversations and coerced him into agreeing to a warrantless search

Another prosecution by Queensland police under controversial anti-association laws has collapsed, leading to a $30,000 costs order awarded to a man who faced up to two years’ jail for entering a mothballed bikie clubhouse.

Police withdrew charges against mine worker Glen Pitt after his lawyers, in a pre-trial hearing in the Brisbane magistrates court on Tuesday, alleged detectives had fabricated conversations with the accused Rebels motorcycle club member before he was charged 18 months ago.

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Pittsfield man found dead alongside 11-year-old daughter’s body overdosed on heroin, authorities say
2016-02-10 00:30:24 (1 hours ago) 
Officials determined that a man who was found dead next to his 11-year-old daughter’s body died of a heroin overdose, but investigators couldn’t discern the cause of his daughter’s death.








 
Ferguson City Council seeks changes to DOJ reform agreement
2016-02-10 00:30:21 (1 hours ago) 
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- The Ferguson City Council agreed Tuesday to most proposals in a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department that would reform the city's courts and policing systems but also asked for several changes, including some limiting the city's cost....
 
In Central America, Gangs an Obstacle in Battle Against Zika
2016-02-10 00:30:02 (1 hours ago) 
As authorities around the Americas sound alarms over the rapidly spreading Zika virus, the immediate threat for health workers is not the mosquitoes that transmit the virus _ it's the gangsters that control the streets, and sometimes threaten their lives
 
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Carnival in Latin America
2016-02-10 00:22:03 (1 hours ago) 

Now that Carnival has drawn to a close, here’s a selection of top images taken at this year’s pre-Lenten parties across Latin America and the Caribbean. At the iconic Sambadrome parade in Rio de Janeiro, some performers literally became shower heads, spraying water up into the air from their hats as they sang and danced. […]
 
Comparing catch techniques
2016-02-10 00:22:03 (1 hours ago) 

 
Auckland lifeguards headed to Greece to assist refugee crisis
2016-02-10 00:21:47 (1 hours ago) 
A group of lifeguards from Auckland's Bethells Beach are headed to the Greek Island of Lesbos, on a mission to prevent tragic drownings between the waters between Turkey and the Greek Islands. 
 
Tuesday’s prep girls basketball results
2016-02-10 01:22:42 (7 minutes ago) 

Arlington's head coach Joe Marsh earned his 100th win as the Eagles continue their undefeated streak, beating Marysville-Getchell.
 
'Let them stay': backlash in Australia over plans to send asylum seekers to island detention camps
2016-02-10 01:22:38 (7 minutes ago) 

Government wins court challenge to its offshore policy, but protests mount at move to send 267 people – including 37 babies – to Pacific island of Nauru

Australia’s famously hardline refugee policies – in particular its practice of sending asylum seekers to remote foreign islands for processing and resettlement – are facing unprecedented pressure from widespread public protests and fracturing political support.

Related: #LetThemStay: your stories and pictures from protests around Australia

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Black Caps back on green grass of home as touring bowlers lick lips at Basin
2016-02-10 01:22:22 (8 minutes ago) 
For New Zealand it's the green, green grass of home. For Australia their first look at the Basin Reserve may have brought on flashbacks to England and sweaty palms.
 
Futures Movers: Oil hovers above $28 a barrel as market braces for more supply data
2016-02-10 01:21:37 (8 minutes ago) 
Oil prices found some support recently on speculation about possible production cuts, but market sentiment weakened after hopes of lower supply from major producers faded.
 
'Let them stay': backlash in Australia over plans to send asylum seekers to island detention camps
2016-02-10 01:21:01 (9 minutes ago) 

Government wins court challenge to its offshore policy, but protests mount at move to send 267 people – including 37 babies – to Pacific island of Nauru

Australia’s famously hardline refugee policies – in particular its practice of sending asylum seekers to remote foreign islands for processing and resettlement – are facing unprecedented pressure from widespread public protests and fracturing political support.

Related: #LetThemStay: your stories and pictures from protests around Australia

Continue reading...
 
Does Trump represent us?
2016-02-10 01:20:40 (9 minutes ago) 
The career of Donald Trump has long reflected the excesses of the Baby Boom generation and now America has to decide if it can tolerate his extreme views, writes Michael D'Antonio.









 
Editorial: A tool to battle addiction
2016-02-10 01:20:29 (10 minutes ago) 

Saving lives and tackling the epidemic of drug addiction in our state has led everyone — but especially law enforcement — into some uncharted territory.

Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello, who has been in the forefront of an effort to get addicts into treatment, launched a program some eight months ago promising not to arrest addicts who turn themselves in at the police station seeking treatment. So far some 400 people have taken the chief up on the offer.

But the law is still the law, and sometimes the law needs to catch up with good practice.

 
Bruins no match for Milan Lucic, Kings
2016-02-10 01:20:29 (10 minutes ago) 
 
Did Chris Christie forget the Boston Marathon bombings in this ad discussing terrorist attacks?
2016-02-10 01:20:28 (10 minutes ago) 
In a super PAC-funded ad, the Republican candidate mentions San Bernardino as the first terrorist attack since 9/11.








 
EU reform 'will not deter UK migrants'
2016-02-10 01:20:24 (10 minutes ago) 
Restricting benefits paid to new EU migrants will not deter people from wanting to move to the UK, a former European Commission president says.
 
After N.H., Kasich vaults to GOP prominence
2016-02-10 01:12:01 (18 minutes ago) 

2nd-place finish lends credence to idea Ohio gov. can be alternative to Trump, Cruz.

       
 
Robb, Truss set to announce retirements
2016-02-10 01:11:34 (18 minutes ago) 
Warren Truss and Andrew Robb are expected to announce their retirements from federal politics as soon as tomorrow.
 
Mental Imagery, Impact, and Affect: A Mediation Model for Charitable Giving
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Stephan Dickert, Janet Kleber, Daniel Västfjäll, Paul Slovic

One of the puzzling phenomena in philanthropy is that people can show strong compassion for identified individual victims but remain unmoved by catastrophes that affect large numbers of victims. Two prominent findings in research on charitable giving reflect this idiosyncrasy: The (1) identified victim and (2) victim number effects. The first of these suggests that identifying victims increases donations and the second refers to the finding that people’s willingness to donate often decreases as the number of victims increases. While these effects have been documented in the literature, their underlying psychological processes need further study. We propose a model in which identified victim and victim number effects operate through different cognitive and affective mechanisms. In two experiments we present empirical evidence for such a model and show that different affective motivations (donor-focused vs. victim-focused feelings) are related to the cognitive processes of impact judgments and mental imagery. Moreover, we argue that different mediation pathways exist for identifiability and victim number effects.
 
On the Use of Bone Remodelling Models to Estimate the Density Distribution of Bones. Uniqueness of the Solution
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Javier Martínez-Reina, Joaquín Ojeda, Juana Mayo

Bone remodelling models are widely used in a phenomenological manner to estimate numerically the distribution of apparent density in bones from the loads they are daily subjected to. These simulations start from an arbitrary initial distribution, usually homogeneous, and the density changes locally until a bone remodelling equilibrium is achieved. The bone response to mechanical stimulus is traditionally formulated with a mathematical relation that considers the existence of a range of stimulus, called dead or lazy zone, for which no net bone mass change occurs. Implementing a relation like that leads to different solutions depending on the starting density. The non-uniqueness of the solution has been shown in this paper using two different bone remodelling models: one isotropic and another anisotropic. It has also been shown that the problem of non-uniqueness is only mitigated by removing the dead zone, but it is not completely solved unless the bone formation and bone resorption rates are limited to certain maximum values.
 
Spatial Genetic Structure of the Abundant and Widespread Peatmoss Sphagnum magellanicum Brid.
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Magni Olsen Kyrkjeeide, Kristian Hassel, Kjell Ivar Flatberg, A. Jonathan Shaw, Narjes Yousefi, Hans K. Stenøien

Spore-producing organisms have small dispersal units enabling them to become widespread across continents. However, barriers to gene flow and cryptic speciation may exist. The common, haploid peatmoss Sphagnum magellanicum occurs in both the Northern and Southern hemisphere, and is commonly used as a model in studies of peatland ecology and peatmoss physiology. Even though it will likely act as a rich source in functional genomics studies in years to come, surprisingly little is known about levels of genetic variability and structuring in this species. Here, we assess for the first time how genetic variation in S. magellanicum is spatially structured across its full distribution range (Northern Hemisphere and South America). The morphologically similar species S. alaskense was included for comparison. In total, 195 plants were genotyped at 15 microsatellite loci. Sequences from two plastid loci (trnG and trnL) were obtained from 30 samples. Our results show that S. alaskense and almost all plants of S. magellanicum in the northern Pacific area are diploids and share the same gene pool. Haploid plants occur in South America, Europe, eastern North America, western North America, and southern Asia, and five genetically differentiated groups with different distribution ranges were found. Our results indicate that S. magellanicum consists of several distinct genetic groups, seemingly with little or no gene flow among them. Noteworthy, the geographical separation of diploids and haploids is strikingly similar to patterns found within other haploid Sphagnum species spanning the Northern Hemisphere. Our results confirm a genetic division between the Beringian and the Atlantic that seems to be a general pattern in Sphagnum taxa. The pattern of strong genetic population structuring throughout the distribution range of morphologically similar plants need to be considered in future functional genomic studies of S. magellanicum.
 
Covered versus Uncovered Self-Expandable Metal Stents for Managing Malignant Distal Biliary Obstruction: A Meta-Analysis
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Jinjin Li, Tong Li, Ping Sun, Qihong Yu, Kun Wang, Weilong Chang, Zifang Song, Qichang Zheng

Aim

To compare the efficacy of using covered self-expandable metal stents (CSEMSs) and uncovered self-expandable metal stents (UCSEMSs) to treat objective jaundice caused by an unresectable malignant tumor.

Methods

We performed a comprehensive electronic search from 1980 to May 2015. All randomized controlled trials comparing the use of CSEMSs and UCSEMSs to treat malignant distal biliary obstruction were included.

Results

The analysis included 1417 patients enrolled in 14 trials. We did not detect significant differences between the UCSEMS group and the CSEMS group in terms of cumulative stent patency (hazard ratio (HR) 0.93, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.19–4.53; p = 0.93, I2 = 0%), patient survival (HR 0.77, 95% CI 0.05–10.87; p = 0.85, I2 = 0%), overall stent dysfunction (relative ratio (RR) 0.85, M-H, random, 95% CI 0.57–1.25; p = 0.83, I2 = 63%), the overall complication rate (RR 1.26, M-H, fixed, 95% CI 0.94–1.68; p = 0.12, I2 = 0%) or the change in serum bilirubin (weighted mean difference (WMD) -0.13, IV fixed, 95% CI 0.56–0.3; p = 0.55, I2 = 0%). However, we did detect a significant difference in the main causes of stent dysfunction between the two groups. In particular, the CSEMS group exhibited a lower rate of tumor ingrowth (RR 0.25, M-H, random, 95% CI 0.12–0.52; p = 0.002, I2 = 40%) but a higher rate of tumor overgrowth (RR 1.76, M-H, fixed, 95% CI 1.03–3.02; p = 0.04, I2 = 0%). Patients with CSEMSs also exhibited a higher migration rate (RR 9.33, M-H, fixed, 95% CI 2.54–34.24; p = 0.008, I2 = 0%) and a higher rate of sludge formation (RR 2.47, M-H, fixed, 95% CI 1.36–4.50; p = 0.003, I2 = 0%).

Conclusions

Our meta-analysis indicates that there is no significant difference in primary stent patency and stent dysfunction between CSEMSs and UCSEMSs during the period from primary stent insertion to primary stent dysfunction or patient death. However, when taking further management for occluded stents into consideration, CSEMSs is a better choice for patients with malignant biliary obstruction due to their removability.

 
Lower Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status Associated with Reduced Diversity of the Colonic Microbiota in Healthy Adults
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Gregory E. Miller, Phillip A. Engen, Patrick M. Gillevet, Maliha Shaikh, Masoumeh Sikaroodi, Christopher B. Forsyth, Ece Mutlu, Ali Keshavarzian

In the United States, there are persistent and widening socioeconomic gaps in morbidity and mortality from chronic diseases. Although most disparities research focuses on person-level socioeconomic-status, mounting evidence suggest that chronic diseases also pattern by the demographic characteristics of neighborhoods. Yet the biological mechanisms underlying these associations are poorly understood. There is increasing recognition that chronic diseases share common pathogenic features, some of which involve alterations in the composition, diversity, and functioning of the gut microbiota. This study examined whether socioeconomic-status was associated with alpha-diversity of the colonic microbiota. Forty-four healthy adults underwent un-prepped sigmoidoscopy, during which mucosal biopsies and fecal samples were collected. Subjects’ zip codes were geocoded, and census data was used to form a composite indicator of neighborhood socioeconomic-status, reflecting household income, educational attainment, employment status, and home value. In unadjusted analyses, neighborhood socioeconomic-status explained 12–18 percent of the variability in alpha-diversity of colonic microbiota. The direction of these associations was positive, meaning that as neighborhood socioeconomic-status increased, so did alpha-diversity of both the colonic sigmoid mucosa and fecal microbiota. The strength of these associations persisted when models were expanded to include covariates reflecting potential demographic (age, gender, race/ethnicity) and lifestyle (adiposity, alcohol use, smoking) confounds. In these models neighborhood socioeconomic-status continued to explain 11–22 percent of the variability in diversity indicators. Further analyses suggested these patterns reflected socioeconomic variations in evenness, but not richness, of microbial communities residing in the sigmoid. We also found indications that residence in neighborhoods of higher socioeconomic-status was associated with a greater abundance of Bacteroides and a lower abundance of Prevotella, suggesting that diet potentially underlies differences in microbiota composition. These findings suggest the presence of socioeconomic variations in colonic microbiota diversity. Future research should explore whether these variations contribute to disparities in chronic disease outcomes.
 
Global MicroRNA Expression Profiling of Mouse Livers following Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury at Different Stages
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Weisheng Zheng, Hewei Men, Jing Li, Yu Xing, Bin Wu, Zhenglu Wang, Junjie Li, Dahong Teng, Yuan Shi, Jiang Li, Pu Jiang, Jinzhen Cai

Hepatic ischemia-reperfusion injury is a dynamic process consisting of two stages: ischemia and reperfusion, and triggers a cascade of physiological and biochemical events. Given the important role of microRNAs in regulating gene expression, we analyzed gene expression changes in mouse livers at sham control, ischemia stage, and reperfusion stage. We generated global expression profiles of microRNA and mRNA genes in mouse livers subjected to ischemia-reperfusion injury at the three stages, respectively. Comparison analysis showed that reperfusion injury had a distinct expression profile whereas the ischemia sample and the sham control were clustered together. Consistently, there are 69 differentially expressed microRNAs between the reperfusion sample and the sham control whereas 28 differentially expressed microRNAs between the ischemia sample and the sham control. We further identified two modes of microRNA expression changes in ischemia-reperfusion injury. Functional analysis of both the differentially expressed microRNAs in the two modes and their target mRNAs revealed that ischemia injury impaired mitochondrial function, nutrient consumption, and metabolism process. In contrast, reperfusion injury led to severe tissue inflammation that is predominantly an innate-immune response in the ischemia-reperfusion process. Our staged analysis of gene expression profiles provides new insights into regulatory mechanisms of microRNAs in mouse hepatic IR injury.
 
Parallel Evolution of Polydactyly Traits in Chinese and European Chickens
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Zebin Zhang, Changsheng Nie, Yaxiong Jia, Runshen Jiang, Haijian Xia, Xueze Lv, Yu Chen, Junying Li, Xianyao Li, Zhonghua Ning, Guiyun Xu, Jilan Chen, Ning Yang, Lujiang Qu

Polydactyly is one of the most common hereditary congenital limb malformations in chickens and other vertebrates. The zone of polarizing activity regulatory sequence (ZRS) is critical for the development of polydactyly. The causative mutation of polydactyly in the Silkie chicken has been mapped to the ZRS; however, the causative mutations of other chicken breeds are yet to be established. To understand whether the same mutation decides the polydactyly phenotype in other chicken breeds, we detected the single-nucleotide polymorphism in 26 different chicken breeds, specifically, 24 Chinese indigenous breeds and 2 European breeds. The mutation was found to have fully penetrated chickens with polydactyly in China, indicating that it is causative for polydactyly in Chinese indigenous chickens. In comparison, the mutation showed no association with polydactyly in Houdan chickens, which originate from France, Europe. Based on the different morphology of polydactyly in Chinese and European breeds, we assumed that the trait might be attributable to different genetic foundations. Therefore, we subsequently performed genome-wide association analysis (GWAS) to locate the region associated with polydactyly. As a result, a ~0.39 Mb genomic region on GGA2p was identified. The region contains six candidate genes, with the causative mutation found in Chinese indigenous breeds also being located in this region. Our results demonstrate that polydactyly in chickens from China and Europe is caused by two independent mutation events that are closely located in the chicken genome.
 
Population Viability and Vital Rate Sensitivity of an Endangered Avian Cooperative Breeder, the White-Breasted Thrasher (Ramphocinclus brachyurus)
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Jennifer L. Mortensen, J. Michael Reed

Social behaviors can significantly affect population viability, and some behaviors might reduce extinction risk. We used population viability analysis to evaluate effects of past and proposed habitat loss on the White-breasted Thrasher (Ramphocinclus brachyurus), a cooperatively breeding songbird with a global population size of
 
Banking shares under pressure as investors fear effects of global downturn
2016-02-10 01:10:44 (19 minutes ago) 

China, emerging markets, the eurozone, oil and commodities all pose a threat to the banking sector this year

Banking shares have come under pressure this week as investors express fears that the sector will be badly hit by a global economic downturn. Financial institutions have strengthened their balance sheets since the 2008 financial crisis, but they could be in for a turbulent year if potential flashpoints such as emerging markets or the energy sector produce a cascade of debt defaults. Here are the five biggest threats to the banking sector:

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Indonesia Military Plane Crashes Into House; 2 Aboard Killed
2016-02-10 01:10:02 (20 minutes ago) 
An Indonesian air force plane has crashed into a house on the country's main island of Java, killing both people on board and critically injuring a woman in the home
 
Indonesia military plane crashes into house; 2 aboard killed
2016-02-10 01:02:38 (27 minutes ago) 

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian air force plane has crashed into a house on the country’s main island of Java, killing both people on board and critically injuring a woman in the home. Maj. Hamdi Londong, spokesman for the Abdul Rahman Saleh air force base, says the plane was on a routine training flight […]
 
Dog kills Youngstown newborn; Rib Cook-Off canceled; Zika virus in Ohio: Overnight News Links
2016-02-10 01:02:09 (28 minutes ago) 
Also, Cleveland boy robbed for $2 as he walked to the store; Cuyahoga County Council votes 7-4 to increase salary in 2019; Kent State softball player's lawsuit says coach covered up rape by coach's son
 
P.J. O’Rourke: President of U.S. should have a ‘certain gravitas’
2016-02-10 01:00:36 (29 minutes ago) 

Conservative satirical commentator P.J. O’Rourke, author of a new book, “Thrown Under the Omnibus: A Reader,” joined Boston Herald Radio in Manchester, N.H., to talk all things politics.

Q: You’ve taken a strong dislike to the Donald Trump phenomenon.

A: Well, I lived in New York when Trump was first coming in. He was an unattractive character at that time, he remains an unattractive character. He’s a big noise, and this is a noisy country. If noise solved our 
problems, our problems would be solved long ago.

 
Hasbro and Mattel eye merger
2016-02-10 01:00:36 (29 minutes ago) 
 
A Meze Platter Built for Two
2016-02-10 01:00:36 (29 minutes ago) 
 
Engaging desserts help suitors pop the question
2016-02-10 01:00:36 (29 minutes ago) 
 
Boston fire chief guilty of pocketing nearly $50G
2016-02-10 01:00:36 (29 minutes ago) 
 
Chris Christie heads for home to reassess his campaign
2016-02-10 01:00:34 (29 minutes ago) 
After a disappointing sixth-place finish in the state upon which he had staked his presidential bid, Gov. Chris Christie is heading home to New Jersey on Wednesday to weigh his options for the future of his campaign.








 
Shades of the campaign: The USA TODAY Campaign Coloring Book
2016-02-10 00:51:42 (38 minutes ago) 

Campaigns and elections can be stressful. The USA TODAY campaign coloring book offers a way of relaxing from the speeches, the ads, the deba...

       
 
Did Chris Christie forget the Boston Marathon bombings in this ad discussing terrorist attacks?
2016-02-10 00:50:19 (40 minutes ago) 
In a super PAC-funded ad, the Republican candidate mentions San Bernardino as the first terrorist attack since 9/11.








 
Italian authorities round up 'Black Widow' mafia clan
2016-02-10 00:42:09 (48 minutes ago) 

Authorities say they have struck a blow against the notorious Camorra of Naples with dramatic arrest of fugitive Alessandro Giannelli

Italian authorities have said they dismantled a mafia business group belonging to a clan headed by a woman known as the “Black Widow of the Camorra” and captured another leading figure in the Naples underworld.

Alessandro Giannelli, the fugitive boss of an increasingly influential Camorra clan that bears his name, was captured by police at dawn as he changed cars in an attempt to escape from the southern city, police said.

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A master of One Direction for Otago University student
2016-02-10 00:41:57 (48 minutes ago) 
If Millie Lovelock was going to hate One Direction, she would have done so by now.
 
Assembly approves bill to step up regulation of combat sports
2016-02-10 00:41:19 (49 minutes ago) 
The Assembly passed a bill Tuesday to regulate all unarmed combat sports that involve blows to the head, a measure introduced after the death of an amateur kickboxer in Milwaukee.
 
5 takeaways from the primaries
2016-02-10 00:40:38 (49 minutes ago) 
The anti-establishment revolution the polls promised for months happened in New Hampshire Tuesday night when Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders won the first-in-the-nation primaries.









 
Chocolate lovers will go nuts over fudgy tart
2016-02-10 00:40:26 (50 minutes ago) 
 
Ovila L. Pelletier, at 92,
 of Webster, WWII veteran
2016-02-10 00:40:26 (50 minutes ago) 

Ovila L. “Pancho” Pelletier of Webster, a veteran, died Wednesday at his home. He was 92.

Mr. Pelletier was born and raised in Webster.

He attended St. Anne’s School.

He was a lifelong communicant of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Webster.

Mr. Pelletier worked at Packard Mills and later at Borden Confectionary Co. in North Grosvenordale, Conn., for 18 years, where he was a cocoa bean roaster.

 
Editorial: Suffering in Syria
2016-02-10 00:40:26 (50 minutes ago) 

While our own nation has been absorbed in the quadrennial sport of picking presidential candidates, the humanitarian crisis on the Syrian-Turkish border grows ever worse.

Last week’s carpet-bombing by Russia of Aleppo (and we truly wish those Republican candidates who so blithely reference their willingness to “carpet bomb” this place or that would look at the before and after photos of Aleppo) exacerbated the crisis. At least 70,000 more Syrians have fled for their lives — about half have already made it to the Turkish border.

 
Carr; Voters make a huge Granite State-ment
2016-02-10 00:40:26 (50 minutes ago) 

Thank you, New Hampshire. America is fed up, and the Granite State delivered the message loud and clear.

Donald Trump won, the 
RINOs lost. Bernie Sanders won, the Clintons lost. What’s not to like? This was a big bleep-you to everybody in the Establishment, whatever that is, and whoever they are.

Remember 1996, when Pat Buchanan talked about a voter insurrection against the Washington cartel?

“They’re comin’!” he yelled. “All the peasants are comin’ with pitchforks after them.”

 
Did Chris Christie forget the Boston Marathon bombings in this ad discussing terrorist attacks?
2016-02-10 00:40:24 (50 minutes ago) 
In a super PAC-funded ad, the Republican candidate mentions San Bernardino as the first terrorist attack since 9/11.








 
Sikh man barred from Mexico flight sees ‘small victory’
2016-02-10 00:31:37 (58 minutes ago) 

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An Indian-American actor and designer who was turned away from an airline flight after refusing to remove his Sikh turban during a security check said he’s “thrilled” that Aeromexico is vowing to overhaul its screening protocols. In an interview Tuesday night at a Mexico City hotel where he ended up extending […]
 
Asia stocks down for 3rd day, Japan drops 3.8 percent
2016-02-10 00:31:20 (59 minutes ago) 
 
Kasich scores second-place finish in New Hampshire
2016-02-10 00:30:28 (1 hours ago) 
The Ohio governor made no secret of his singular focus on the first primary state
 
Sikh man barred from Mexico flight sees 'small victory'
2016-02-10 00:30:23 (1 hours ago) 
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- An Indian-American actor and designer who was turned away from an airline flight after refusing to remove his Sikh turban during a security check said he's "thrilled" that Aeromexico is vowing to overhaul its screening protocols....
 
In Central America, gangs an obstacle in battle against Zika
2016-02-10 00:30:21 (1 hours ago) 
CUSCATANCINGO, El Salvador (AP) -- For health workers battling Zika across much of Central America, the immediate menace is not the mosquitoes that transmit the virus. It's the gangsters who control the streets, and sometimes threaten their lives....
 
Asia Stocks Down for 3rd Day, Japan Drops 3.8 Percent
2016-02-10 00:30:02 (1 hours ago) 
Asian stock markets fell for a third consecutive day Wednesday, beset by nerves about shaky global growth, falling oil prices and possible capital shortfalls at major European banks
 
Sikh man barred from Mexico flight sees ‘small victory’
2016-02-10 00:22:03 (1 hours ago) 

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An Indian-American actor and designer who was turned away from an airline flight after refusing to remove his Sikh turban during a security check said he’s “thrilled” that Aeromexico is vowing to overhaul its screening protocols. In an interview Tuesday night at a Mexico City hotel where he ended up extending […]
 
Asia stocks down for 3rd day, Japan drops 3.8 percent
2016-02-10 00:22:03 (1 hours ago) 

Asian stock markets fell for a third consecutive day Wednesday, beset by nerves about shaky global growth, falling oil prices and possible capital shortfalls at major European banks. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 slid 3.8 percent to 15,476.17 and is down about 12 percent in the past month. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 shed 1.3 percent to […]
 
One injured after three-car crash in northern Southland
2016-02-10 00:21:47 (1 hours ago) 
Three vehicles were involved in a northern Southland crash that left one person with minor injuries.
 
Refugee mental health needs could overwhelm, experts fear
2016-02-10 01:22:42 (7 minutes ago) 

BOSTON (AP) — For the thousands of Syrian refugees expected to arrive in the U.S. in coming months, the first order of business will be securing the basics — health care, jobs, education and a safe home. But what organizations helping resettle them might not be prepared for, and what refugees themselves might be in […]
 
Almost 3,000 operations cancelled as junior doctors prepare to strike
2016-02-10 01:22:38 (7 minutes ago) 

As the majority of England’s 45,000 junior doctors walk out, many non-urgent procedures have been called off

Junior doctors are poised to begin a second 24-hour strike in protest at the new contract that Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, is threatening to impose on them.

At least 2,884 non-urgent operations have been cancelled, as well as an unknown number of consultations at outpatient clinics, before the show of strength by many of England’s 45,000 junior doctors.

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DOC may charge overseas visitors to enter national parks
2016-02-10 01:22:22 (8 minutes ago) 
International tourists may have to start paying to visit our national parks as the Department of Conservation struggles to cope with the tourism boom.
 
Steve Bell's If … the Toady programme goes nuclear on defence
2016-02-10 01:21:01 (9 minutes ago) 
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Almost 3,000 operations cancelled as junior doctors prepare to strike
2016-02-10 01:21:01 (9 minutes ago) 

As the majority of England’s 45,000 junior doctors walk out, many non-urgent procedures have been called off

Junior doctors are poised to begin a second 24-hour strike in protest at the new contract that Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, is threatening to impose on them.

At least 2,884 non-urgent operations have been cancelled, as well as an unknown number of consultations at outpatient clinics, before the show of strength by many of England’s 45,000 junior doctors.

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Sanders, Trump stun America
2016-02-10 01:20:40 (9 minutes ago) 
CNN commentators offer their take on the results of the New Hampshire primary. The opinions expressed in these commentaries are those of the authors.









 
Outsider Bernie wins big over Hillary
2016-02-10 01:20:29 (10 minutes ago) 
 
Celtics winning streak ends in Milwaukee
2016-02-10 01:20:29 (10 minutes ago) 
 
Pittsfield man found dead alongside 11-year-old daughter’s body overdosed on heroin, authorities say
2016-02-10 01:20:27 (10 minutes ago) 
Officials determined that a man who was found dead next to his 11-year-old daughter’s body died of a heroin overdose, but investigators couldn’t discern the cause of his daughter’s death.








 
St. Louis County judge rules on claim of prosecutor's misconduct, but won't reveal decision
2016-02-10 01:20:02 (10 minutes ago) 
Defense attorneys in high-profile manslaughter case had been seeking dismissal of McCulloch's office.
 
Asia stocks down for 3rd day, Japan drops 3.8 percent
2016-02-10 01:11:49 (18 minutes ago) 

Asian stock markets fell for a third consecutive day Wednesday, beset by nerves about shaky global growth, falling oil prices and possible capital shortfalls at major European banks. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 slid 3.8 percent to 15,476.17 and is down about 12 percent in the past month. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 shed 1.3 percent to […]
 
DWP reform should come before rate hikes, not after: Susan Shelley
2016-02-10 01:11:18 (19 minutes ago) 

It seems everybody agrees there are serious problems with the way decisions are made at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

"Governance of the DWP is shared among the Board of Water and Power Commissioners, the office of the mayor, the city council and its staff, and the city attorney," explained a report by the RAND Corporation in 2001, and "the DWP would benefit from simplification and streamlining.

 
Uncovering a Nuisance Influence of a Phenological Trait of Plants Using a Nonlinear Structural Equation: Application to Days to Heading and Culm Length in Asian Cultivated Rice (Oryza Sativa L.)
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Akio Onogi, Osamu Ideta, Takuma Yoshioka, Kaworu Ebana, Masanori Yamasaki, Hiroyoshi Iwata

Phenological traits of plants, such as flowering time, are linked to growth phase transition. Thus, phenological traits often influence other traits through the modification of the duration of growth period. This influence is a nuisance in plant breeding because it hampers genetic evaluation of the influenced traits. Genetic effects on the influenced traits have two components, one that directly affects the traits and one that indirectly affects the traits via the phenological trait. These cannot be distinguished by phenotypic evaluation and ordinary linear regression models. Consequently, if a phenological trait is modified by introgression or editing of the responsible genes, the phenotypes of the influenced traits can change unexpectedly. To uncover the influence of the phenological trait and evaluate the direct genetic effects on the influenced traits, we developed a nonlinear structural equation (NSE) incorporating a nonlinear influence of the phenological trait. We applied the NSE to real data for cultivated rice (Oryza sativa L.): days to heading (DH) as a phenological trait and culm length (CL) as the influenced trait. This showed that CL of the cultivars that showed extremely early heading was shortened by the strong influence of DH. In a simulation study, it was shown that the NSE was able to infer the nonlinear influence and direct genetic effects with reasonable accuracy. However, the NSE failed to infer the linear influence in this study. When no influence was simulated, an ordinary bi-trait linear model (OLM) tended to infer the genetic effects more accurately. In such cases, however, by comparing the NSE and OLM using an information criterion, we could assess whether the nonlinear assumption of the NSE was appropriate for the data analyzed. This study demonstrates the usefulness of the NSE in revealing the phenotypic influence of phenological traits.
 
Newcastle Disease Virus V Protein Targets Phosphorylated STAT1 to Block IFN-I Signaling
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Xusheng Qiu, Qiang Fu, Chunchun Meng, Shengqing Yu, Yuan Zhan, Luna Dong, Cuiping Song, Yingjie Sun, Lei Tan, Shunlin Hu, Xiaoquan Wang, Xiaowen Liu, Daxin Peng, Xiufan Liu, Chan Ding

Newcastle disease virus (NDV) V protein is considered as an effector for IFN antagonism, however, the mechanism remains unknown. In this study, the expression of STAT1 and phospho-STAT1 in cells infected with NDV or transfected with V protein-expressing plasmids were analyzed. Our results showed that NDV V protein targets phospho-STAT1 reduction in the cells depends on the stimulation of IFN-α. In addition, a V-deficient genotype VII recombinant NDV strain rZJ1-VS was constructed using reverse genetic technique to confirm the results. The rZJ1-VS lost the ability to reduce phospho-STAT1 and induced higher expression of IFN-responsive genes in infected cells. Furthermore, treatment with an ubiquitin E1 inhibitor PYR-41 demonstrated that phospho-STAT1 reduction was caused by degradation, but not de-phosphorylation. We conclude that NDV V protein targets phospho-STAT1 degradation to block IFN-α signaling, which adds novel knowledge to the strategies used by paramyxoviruses to evade IFN.
 
Effects of Mentoring Speed Dating as an Innovative Matching Tool in Undergraduate Medical Education: A Mixed Methods Study
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Jennifer Guse, Eva Schweigert, Gerhild Kulms, Ines Heinen, Claudia Martens, Andreas H. Guse

Objectives

Choosing the right mentor is crucial for effective mentorship. Yet, many medical students have difficulties finding a suitable mentor. Thus we developed mentoring speed dating (MSD) as a promising matching tool to connect students and faculty mentors successfully. The purpose of this study was to explore mentees’ and mentors’ experience with MSD and investigate the impact of MSD on the perceived mentorship quality and continuance of the mentoring relationship.

Methods

The authors completed a mixed methods study at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany, between June 2011 and March 2014. They conducted four focus groups with mentees and mentors who participated in a mentoring speed dating event and analyzed transcripts using conventional content analysis with inductive categorizing. In addition, three mentoring cohorts (two matched via MSD, one matched via conventional online profiles) were surveyed on mentorship satisfaction and the 1-year continuance of their mentorship was monitored. Fifteen mentees and fifteen mentors participated in the focus groups. The authors identified several themes such as short and long term benefits of MSD and fulfillment of expectations. Benefits included finding out about the personal connection, matching expectations, providing an efficient overview of candidates. The survey was completed by 93 students (n = 29 without MSD; n = 64 with MSD). Independent t-tests and multivariate analysis of variance were used to analyze the impact of MSD on student’s mentorship satisfaction.

Results

There were significant differences in responses to the items “Commitment of mentor” (p = .019) and “Constructive feedback” (p = .038) among the students who attended MSD and the students without MSD. After one year far more mentoring relationships existed among those mentees who participated in MSD in comparison to the “no MSD group”.

Conclusion

MSD is a valuable matching tool with beneficial effects on the mentorship quality. It enhances essential factors in the mentoring relationship such as commitment and satisfaction.

 
Can MLVA Differentiate among Endemic-Like MRSA Isolates with Identical Spa-Type in a Low-Prevalence Region?
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Anita Blomfeldt, Abdullahi Abdi Hasan, Hege Vangstein Aamot

The prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Norway is low, but an endemic-like MRSA clone with Staphylococcal protein A (spa)-type t304 has been established especially in nursing homes in the Oslo region causing several large outbreaks. The challenge was that spa-typing and the gold standard Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) were inadequate in discriminating isolates in outbreak investigations. Additional higher resolution genotyping methods were needed. The aims of this study were a) to evaluate whether Multiple-Locus Variable number of tandem repeat Analysis (MLVA) could differentiate within the PFGE clusters between epidemiologically related and unrelated endemic-like ST8-MRSA-IV-t304-PVL-neg (MRSA-t304) isolates and b) investigate the evolution of the endemic-like MRSA-t304 clone over a 15-year time period. All MRSA-t304 isolates detected in the region from 1998 through April 2013 were included. In total, 194 of 197 isolates were available for PFGE and MLVA analyses. PFGE results on isolates from 1998–2010 have been published previously. Two PFGE clusters subdivided into eight MLVA types were detected. One major outbreak clone (PFGE cluster C2/ MLVA type MT5045) appeared from 2004 to 2011 causing long-lasting and large outbreaks in seven nursing homes and one hospital. Five new MLVA types (N = 9 isolates) differing in only one VNTR compared to the outbreak clone C2/MT5045 were detected, but only one (C2/MT5044) was seen after 2011. We suggest that MLVA can replace PFGE analysis, but MLVA may not be the optimal method in this setting as it did not discriminate between all epidemiologically unrelated isolates. The results may indicate that all eight outbreaks in different locations within the PFGE C2 cluster may be branches of one large regional outbreak. The major outbreak strain C2/MT5045 may now, however, be under control, extinguished or has moved geographically.
 
Flavokawain C Inhibits Cell Cycle and Promotes Apoptosis, Associated with Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress and Regulation of MAPKs and Akt Signaling Pathways in HCT 116 Human Colon Carcinoma Cells
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Chung-Weng Phang, Saiful Anuar Karsani, Gautam Sethi, Sri Nurestri Abd Malek

Flavokawain C (FKC) is a naturally occurring chalcone which can be found in Kava (Piper methysticum Forst) root. The present study evaluated the effect of FKC on the growth of various human cancer cell lines and the underlying associated mechanisms. FKC showed higher cytotoxic activity against HCT 116 cells in a time- and dose-dependent manner in comparison to other cell lines (MCF-7, HT-29, A549 and CaSki), with minimal toxicity on normal human colon cells. The apoptosis-inducing capability of FKC on HCT 116 cells was evidenced by cell shrinkage, chromatin condensation, DNA fragmentation and increased phosphatidylserine externalization. FKC was found to disrupt mitochondrial membrane potential, resulting in the release of Smac/DIABLO, AIF and cytochrome c into the cytoplasm. Our results also revealed that FKC induced intrinsic and extrinsic apoptosis via upregulation of the levels of pro-apoptotic proteins (Bak) and death receptors (DR5), while downregulation of the levels of anti-apoptotic proteins (XIAP, cIAP-1, c-FlipL, Bcl-xL and survivin), resulting in the activation of caspase-3, -8 and -9 and cleavage of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP). FKC was also found to cause endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, as suggested by the elevation of GADD153 protein after FKC treatment. After the cells were exposed to FKC (60μM) over 18hrs, there was a substantial increase in the phosphorylation of ERK 1/2. The expression of phosphorylated Akt was also reduced. FKC also caused cell cycle arrest in the S phase in HCT 116 cells in a time- and dose-dependent manner and with accumulation of cells in the sub-G1 phase. This was accompanied by the downregulation of cyclin-dependent kinases (CDK2 and CDK4), consistent with the upregulation of CDK inhibitors (p21Cip1 and p27Kip1), and hypophosphorylation of Rb.
 
Cyber War Game in Temporal Networks
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Jin-Hee Cho, Jianxi Gao

In a cyber war game where a network is fully distributed and characterized by resource constraints and high dynamics, attackers or defenders often face a situation that may require optimal strategies to win the game with minimum effort. Given the system goal states of attackers and defenders, we study what strategies attackers or defenders can take to reach their respective system goal state (i.e., winning system state) with minimum resource consumption. However, due to the dynamics of a network caused by a node’s mobility, failure or its resource depletion over time or action(s), this optimization problem becomes NP-complete. We propose two heuristic strategies in a greedy manner based on a node’s two characteristics: resource level and influence based on k-hop reachability. We analyze complexity and optimality of each algorithm compared to optimal solutions for a small-scale static network. Further, we conduct a comprehensive experimental study for a large-scale temporal network to investigate best strategies, given a different environmental setting of network temporality and density. We demonstrate the performance of each strategy under various scenarios of attacker/defender strategies in terms of win probability, resource consumption, and system vulnerability.
 
Trends in Food Habits and Their Relation to Socioeconomic Status among Nordic Adolescents 2001/2002-2009/2010
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Anne-Siri Fismen, Otto Robert Frans Smith, Torbjørn Torsheim, Mette Rasmussen, Trine Pedersen Pagh, Lilly Augustine, Kristiina Ojala, Oddrun Samdal

Background

In the Nordic countries, substantial policy and intervention efforts have been made to increase adolescents' consumption of fruit and vegetables and to reduce their intake of sweets and soft drinks. Some initiatives have been formulated in a Nordic collaboration and implemented at national level. In recent years, social inequalities in food habits have been attracted particular governmental interest and several initiatives addressing the socioeconomic gradient in food habits have been highlighted. However, few internationally published studies have evaluated how trends in adolescents' food habits develop in the context of Nordic nutrition policy, or have compared differences between the Nordic countries.

Methods

The study was based on Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish cross-sectional data from the international Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC) study, collected via three nationally representative and comparable questionnaire surveys in 2001/2002, 2005/2006 and 2009/2010. Food habits were identified by students' consumption of fruit, vegetables, sweets and sugar sweetened soft drink. Socioeconomic status (SES) was measured with the Family Affluence Scale (FAS). Multilevel logistic regression was used to analyze the data.

Results

Trends in fruit consumption developed differently across countries, characterized by an increase in Denmark and Norway and more stable trends in Sweden and Finland. Vegetable consumption increased particularly in Denmark and to a lesser extent in Norway, whereas Sweden and Finland displayed stable trends. Decreased trends were observed for sweet and soft drink consumption and were similar in Norway, Sweden and Finland. Sweet consumption decreased across all survey years, whereas soft drink consumption decreased between 2001/2002–2005/2006 and was stable thereafter. Denmark displayed an increase between 2001/2002–2005/2006 followed by a similar decrease between 2005/2006–2009/2010 for both sweet and soft drink consumption. Socioeconomic inequalities in fruit and vegetable consumption were observed in all countries, with no cross-country differences, and no changes over time. Small but not significant cross-country variation was identified for SES inequalities in sweet consumption. Reduced SES inequalities were observed in Sweden between 2005/2006 and 2009/2010. SES was not associated with soft drink consumption in this study population, with the exception of Denmark for the survey year 2009/2010.

Conclusion

Different trends resulted in increased country differences in food habits during the time of observations. In survey year 2009/2010, Danish students reported a higher intake of fruit and vegetable consumption than their counterparts in the other Nordic countries. Finnish students reported the lowest frequency of sweets and soft drink consumption. Despite the positive dietary trends documented in the present study, the majority of Nordic adolescents are far from meeting national dietary recommendations. Our findings underline the need for more comprehensive initiatives targeting young people's food habits as well as a more deliberate and focused action to close gaps in social inequalities that affect food choices.

 
Improving Education in Medical Statistics: Implementing a Blended Learning Model in the Existing Curriculum
2016-02-10 01:11:15 (19 minutes ago) 

by Natasa M. Milic, Goran Z. Trajkovic, Zoran M. Bukumiric, Andja Cirkovic, Ivan M. Nikolic, Jelena S. Milin, Nikola V. Milic, Marko D. Savic, Aleksandar M. Corac, Jelena M. Marinkovic, Dejana M. Stanisavljevic

Background

Although recent studies report on the benefits of blended learning in improving medical student education, there is still no empirical evidence on the relative effectiveness of blended over traditional learning approaches in medical statistics. We implemented blended along with on-site (i.e. face-to-face) learning to further assess the potential value of web-based learning in medical statistics.

Methods

This was a prospective study conducted with third year medical undergraduate students attending the Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, who passed (440 of 545) the final exam of the obligatory introductory statistics course during 2013–14. Student statistics achievements were stratified based on the two methods of education delivery: blended learning and on-site learning. Blended learning included a combination of face-to-face and distance learning methodologies integrated into a single course.

Results

Mean exam scores for the blended learning student group were higher than for the on-site student group for both final statistics score (89.36±6.60 vs. 86.06±8.48; p = 0.001) and knowledge test score (7.88±1.30 vs. 7.51±1.36; p = 0.023) with a medium effect size. There were no differences in sex or study duration between the groups. Current grade point average (GPA) was higher in the blended group. In a multivariable regression model, current GPA and knowledge test scores were associated with the final statistics score after adjusting for study duration and learning modality (p

 
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Government wins court challenge to its offshore policy, but protests mount at move to send 267 people – including 37 babies – to Pacific island of Nauru

Australia’s famously hardline refugee policies – in particular its practice of sending asylum seekers to remote foreign islands for processing and resettlement – are facing unprecedented pressure from widespread public protests and fracturing political support.

Related: #LetThemStay: your stories and pictures from protests around Australia

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In King and Snohomish counties, 14 of 16 districts garnered early support for their levy and bond measures.
 
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Franklie Frelick and Annie Richards scored in the second period and the second-ranked Cougars held on for a 2-1 victory against the No. 5 Dragons at Stoneham Arena. AP improved to 13-1-1 overall, while Duxbury (9-4-2) suffered its third straight defeat.

 
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‘I have some work to do’: Clinton on New Hampshire primary loss - video
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Hillary Clinton concedes defeat in the New Hampshire primary, congratulating Bernie Sanders on his victory, and vowing to win back the support of young people – who have helped buoy the Vermont senator’s campaign. ‘I know I have some work to do, particularly with young people,’ Clinton told the crowd

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Pittsfield man found dead alongside 11-year-old daughter’s body overdosed on heroin, authorities say
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Italian authorities round up 'Black Widow' mafia clan
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Italian authorities have said they dismantled a mafia business group belonging to a clan headed by a woman known as the “Black Widow of the Camorra” and captured another leading figure in the Naples underworld.

Alessandro Giannelli, the fugitive boss of an increasingly influential Camorra clan that bears his name, was captured by police at dawn as he changed cars in an attempt to escape from the southern city, police said.

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Jane Turner of Natick, 
formerly of Wellesley
2016-02-10 00:40:26 (50 minutes ago) 

Jane Turner of Natick, formerly of Wellesley, died Sunday at Oak Knoll Healthcare Center in Framingham. She was 87.

Born in Cincinnati, Mrs. Turner settled first in Boston and later in Wellesley to raise her family. After a few years in Norfolk, Va., she returned to Massachusetts, settling in Natick.

She attended Boston University.

Wife of the late William, Mrs. Turner is survived by two daughters, Susan Cormier of Waltham and Diane Krueger of King George, Va.; a son, James of Natick; and two grandchildren.

 
Debra Pouche, at 60,
 resident of Dracut
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She was a 1973 graduate of Pope John XXIII High School.

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New Hampshire signals a long fight for Republican nomination
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Iraqi Government Says It Has Fully Recaptured Ramadi from ISIS
2016-02-10 00:22:12 (1 hours ago) 
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No. 6 Kansas beats No. 10 West Virginia, creating 3-way tie at top of Big 12
2016-02-10 00:22:03 (1 hours ago) 

No. 6 Kansas beat 10th-ranked West Virginia 75-65 in a Big 12 men’s basketball game. Kansas, West Virginia and No. 3 Oklahoma are tied for first at 8-3 in conference play.
 
Wanaka attempted murder accused labelled victim a 'smart arse', court told
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