Aaron Hernandez may have committed suicide to cover up secret

Aaron Hernandez may have murdered a former pal to protect his most guarded secret — that he was bisexual, a new report says. The muscle-bound former New England Patriots tight end allegedly had a longtime male lover, a friend from high school, and left behind a suicide note this week addressed to a gay jailhouse lover, Newsweek said. The suicide note was one of three found in Hernandez’s cell after he hanged himself Wednesday — the other two were to his fiancée and to his 4-year-old daughter. Why Hernandez threw everything away to leave his friend riddled with six bullets in the gravel of a suburban Boston industrial park has remained a mystery, even after an extensive 2015 trial. Cops long believed that Lloyd had incriminating information on Hernandez that the player didn’t want to get out.

April 22, 2017 12:22 UTC

McDonald’s new uniform: hot or existentially depressing?

Pity the McDonald’s uniform. And more than 70 percent of crew members were lovin’ the uniforms in an internal survey, according to a McDonald’s news release. Restaurants will even be able to choose between two “collections” for their employees: “WARAIRE for McDonald’s” and “Timeless Elements” by designer Bindu Rivas. He found our vintage McDonald's uniform. “You want this hot mess back?” a commenter wrote above a picture from the burger chain’s red-and-orangish-yellow era.

April 22, 2017 12:11 UTC

At least 160 dead after Taliban attack on major Afghan army base, official says

The death toll from a Taliban raid on a key army base has exceeded 160, an official said Saturday, the bloodiest single incident in an attack by the resurgent militants since their ouster in 2001. The major military base for the northern region in Afghanistan’s mostly secure Balkh province was targeted Friday. A group of 10 Taliban fighters in military uniforms drove in two army vehicles and opened fire on mostly unarmed soldiers and officers inside the sprawling base. The Taliban denied killing soldiers inside the mosque. The Taliban said four of the attackers were army defectors who had served at the base until recent years.

April 22, 2017 12:00 UTC

Giving driver's licenses to those here illegally transformed many lives. Then came Trump

She was pregnant and in the country illegally with no driver’s license, and little grasp of English or California’s traffic laws. But none of them has changed lives so profoundly and quickly as the driver’s licenses. Mesa applied for a commercial driver’s license and now works as a big-rig driver, hauling wood, computers, foods and other products. Two months ago, she heard rumors that ICE agents were going to the homes of people who had received driver’s licenses. “I want to get a driver’s license because it’s important to have,” Carlos said.

April 22, 2017 12:00 UTC

Why Some Scientists Are Embracing Activism

This weekend, scientists from a range of fields and their supporters will take to the streets in the first March for Science, an event that organizers expect to attract participants in more than 500 locations around the globe. Many scientists have traditionally avoided public political activism, out of concern they would be perceived as lacking scientific objectivity. And many researchers who aren’t participating in the marches—or...

April 22, 2017 12:00 UTC

WSJ’s news pages tell a different tale

When the Wall Street Journal labeled Gov. Dannel Malloy’s decision not to run for a third term “Connecticut’s Liberation Day,” gleefully proclaiming that state residents are “fleeing” because of the Malloy administration, it failed to read the rest of its own newspaper. But to those who do read the other areas of the paper beyond the opinion section, on Page B4 of that same edition there was a story rebutting the editorial. Horst Engineering and Manufacturing Co., “an East Hartford maker of machine components” that relocated a division to Mexico nine years ago, returned that facility to the U.S. — and not to Massachusetts, Texas, or Wisconsin, but to South Windsor. Horst opened a new 16,000-square-foot facility, saying that locating in Connecticut near suppliers was, according to General Manager Arthur Roti, a move that “reduces the complexity of our business.”Perhaps the Wall Street Journal editorial writers should read the news section of the paper before propagandizing the days of John Rowland, a corrupt governor, and Jodi Rell, an ineffective governor, whose administrations led up to Malloy’s budget problems.

April 22, 2017 12:00 UTC

Bill Maher defends Ann Coulter in Berkeley free-speech fight

Liberal political comedian host Bill Maher said the University of California, Berkeley is the "the cradle for f—king babies" after the university caved to pressure and disinvited — and later re-invited — conservative commentator Ann Coulter as a speaker. "Berkeley, you know, used to be the cradle of free speech," Maher said Friday on his HBO show "Real Time" during an exchange with conservative commentator S.E. Maher said this sort of thing goes on at campuses nationwide, calling it the liberals' version book burning. "They invite someone to speak whose not exactly what liberals want to hear and they want to shutter it," Maher said. "I feel like this is the liberal's version of book burning.

April 22, 2017 11:48 UTC

France election: Marine Le Pen sees Trump-like boost in support, but victory far from assured

President Trump said he believed the Champs-Elysees attack would help Le Pen, while former President Barack Obama offered Macron his best wishes in a phone call Thursday. 'COULD LE PEN WIN?' A GUIDE TO THE FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONAndré Robert, 56, said her tough stance on terror convinced him. Le Pen has also echoed some of Trump's hard-line rhetoric on immigration, calling for hardening French borders to stanch what she describes as an out-of-control flow of immigrants. Le Pen, a 48-year-old mother of three, has distanced herself from her father, National Front party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, who has been convicted of crimes related to anti-Semitism and mocked the Holocaust as a "detail" of history.

April 22, 2017 11:48 UTC

Rare parchment copy of Declaration of Independence found by Harvard researchers

An extremely rare copy of the Declaration of Independence has been found in an obscure records office in southern England. The National Archives in Washington has the only other parchment document like it, say Harvard researchers Emily Sneff and Danielle Allen. MILO YIANNOPOULOS PLANS 'COMEBACK' AT UC BERKELEYThey uncovered the copy at the West Sussex Records Office, in Chichester, England. The Sussex archive listed the document as “manuscript copy, on parchment, of the Declaration in Congress of the thirteen United States of America,” in its online catalog. “What struck me as significant was that it said manuscript on parchment.”Sneff was sent a disc with photos of the document.

April 22, 2017 11:37 UTC

Shakur Stevenson Focuses Only On Pro Debut, But Top Rank Could Make Him A Future Star

When Shakur Stevenson won the Olympic silver medal in 2016, he was targeted by more than just the fighters he faced in the ring. Floyd Mayweather was in Rio to try to sign him to a deal with his promotional outfit. In fact, Mayweather even tweeted out vague insinuations that he and the fighter he said could be the next Floyd Mayweather had come to an agreement. Instead, Stevenson took less money than he was offered by other promoters and signed a deal with Top Rank. Just ask Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto.

April 22, 2017 11:26 UTC

Ferry slams into breakwater in Canary Islands, 13 injured

This image taken from video shows a Naviera Armas ferry hitting the breakwater at Puerta de la Luz, Gran Canaria, Spain on Friday, April 21, 2017. Thirteen ferry passengers were injured when the boat slammed into a breakwater in a port on the Canary Islands, Spanish authorities said Saturday. (EMERGCAN via AP) (Associated Press)MADRID — A large ferry slammed bow-first into a breakwater in the Canary Islands, injuring 13 passengers, Spanish authorities said Saturday. Televised images showed the ferry hitting the breakwater head-on, sending chunks of its concrete wall tumbling down onto a service road. The company says the ferry was able to dock following the accident and that uninjured passengers had been placed in hotels.

April 22, 2017 11:06 UTC

Why people are marching for science: ‘There is no Planet B’

Science is under attack,” said Cara Santa Maria, a science communicator who is one of several emcees of the rally. April 22, 2017 A crowd of people gather in the rain for the March for Science on the Mall in Washington. Some signs took a shot at the current occupant of the White House:“Hey Trump – Think You Can Stifle Science? She was looking for the other “Science Teens,” fellow high school students who are slated to speak at the rally. president: Why I march for scienceAtom-smashing scientists are unnerved by harsh Trump budgetWhy scientists are marching on Washington — and more than 600 other citiesHere come back-to-back science and climate marches.

April 22, 2017 11:04 UTC

How to take control of iOS autocorrect

Here’s the good news: You actually have a lot of power over the autocorrect feature on your iOS device. Train autocorrect as you goWhen you misspell a word in iOS, autocorrect usually jumps in with the correct spelling. To counter this, start typing your word, and when autocorrect guesses the wrong word, tap the X in the autocorrect bubble and override the suggestion. Here’s what you do: Go to Settings >> General >> Keyboard >> Text Replacement >> Tap the + sign. But the opposite is also true: When you make mistakes, predictive text starts guessing incorrectly, because it is using incorrect data to anticipate your word-choice.

April 22, 2017 11:03 UTC

Supply ship named for John Glenn arrives at space station

A supply ship bearing John Glenn's name arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday. NASA's commercial shipper, Orbital ATK, named the spacecraft the S.S. John Glenn in honor of the first American to orbit Earth. Space station commander Peggy Whitson — who on Monday will set a U.S. record for most accumulated time in orbit — notified Mission Control when S.S. John Glenn was captured. "We're very proud to welcome on board the S.S. John Glenn," said French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who took part in the operation. The S.S. John Glenn, meanwhile, will remain at the orbiting outpost until July, when it is let go to burn up in the atmosphere.

April 22, 2017 11:03 UTC

Unseasonably hot weather expected for Saturday's March for Science in L.A.

Unseasonably hot weather is expected to blanket Southern California on Saturday, the same day scientists and their supporters from across Los Angeles are expected to participate in a March for Science. The National Weather Service said beach temperatures could rise to 80 degrees, while areas farther inland in Los Angeles County could reach 95 degrees. Temperatures could reach 100 or slightly higher in the lower deserts, including the Coachella Valley, where the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will conclude on Sunday. The March for Science in Los Angeles is scheduled to begin in downtown’s Pershing Square at 11 a.m., after an hour of speeches to rally the crowd. Similar marches will occur in more than 500 cities around the world, including more than 40 in California.

April 22, 2017 11:01 UTC

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