Rousey keeps women’s title with first-round win
22, 2014 | The WhatsApp company logo. / WhatsApp by The Associated Press, AP by The Associated Press, AP Filed Under ADVERTISEMENT LOS ANGELES (AP) – WhatsApp, the messaging app Facebook is buying for $19 billion, is having technical trouble. The service went down for several hours Saturday afternoon. Associated Press reporters noticed that the app wasn’t functioning starting at about noon PST. Neither WhatsApp nor Facebook responded to emails seeking comment. On Twitter, a verified WhatsApp account did not mention the problem, but an unverified account called WhatsApp Status said the service was experiencing server issues and it hoped to be back up shortly. Service outages are common for rapidly growing technology companies, and the WhatsApp Status account has tweeted about an outage about once a month going back through May. WhatsApp, launched in 2009, has 450 million users globally. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg predicts it’ll reach 1 billion in a few years. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Dogs can detect emotion in human voices, study shows
22, 2014. (AP Photo/Juan Antonio Labreche)The Associated Press San Diego State’s Angelo Chol (13) drives to the basket against New Mexico’s Cleveland Thomas (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Juan Antonio Labreche)The Associated Press San Diego State’s JJ O’Brien (20) shoots over New Mexico’s Deshawn Delaney (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Juan Antonio Labreche)The Associated Press San Diego State coach Steve Fisher shouts to his players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against New Mexico at The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Juan Antonio Labreche)The Associated Press
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HUNTINGTON STATION, N.Y. (AP) Police say a 55-year-old restaurant manager has died and more than two dozen others were taken to hospitals after being overcome by carbon monoxide at a restaurant at a New York mall. A Suffolk County police spokesman identified the man who died Saturday as Steven Nelson, a restaurant manager at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Long Island. The restaurant is located in a detached building that is part of the mall. Police said 27 others affected by carbon monoxide were taken to area hospitals. They said four ambulance personnel and three officers were among those overcome by carbon monoxide at the complex, which is about 35 miles east of New York City. Police Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick said the leak appeared to originate with the heating system. Several restaurants at the mall were evacuated as a precaution. Society & Culture
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What’s behind Arizona plan to let businesses refuse to serve gays?
Researchers suspect the area of the brain responsible for voice and sounds in both dogs and humans evolved at the same time, 100 million years ago, when the two species shared common ancestors. “Dogs and humans share a similar social environment,” Attila Andics, of MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group in Hungary, said in a press release. “Our findings suggest that they also use similar brain mechanisms to process social information. This may support the successfulness of vocal communication between the two species.” For their study, researchers trained 11 dogs to sit still in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner. The researchers than analyzed the brain activity of both dogs and humans as they listened to 200 different dog and human sounds, ranging from crying to playful barking and laughing. While the brains of both dogs and humans responded most strongly to noises produced by their own species, they processed emotionally-loaded sounds in similar ways. For example, both species experienced a greater activation of the brains primary auditory cortex when hearing happy sounds. Some differences were noted as well: Dogs responded more strongly to non-vocal noises, compared to humans. The researchers believe this study may lead to a better understanding of why dogs are so in tune with their owners emotions.
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I dont want to give voice to that horrible message. Right now, they could sue me for discriminating based on their religious beliefs. If the Arizona courts went the way of the New Mexico courts, I would lose and if they targeted me, I could lose my business because of the damages Id have to pay out. I would never be able to assert my Religious Freedom Restoration Act defense because its available only if the government is prosecuting me. University of Arizona law professor Toni Massaro said many Arizona lawmakers likely fear that either the federal government or the courts will expand gay rights and other rights in ways that would restrict religious freedom. What does SB 1062 do? They are amending Arizona law in a way that would make clear it covers businesses and allows them to use the religious freedom law as a defense if someone would sue them for sexual orientation discrimination, Massaro said. It would be a first-of-its-kind amendment to religious freedom laws in the country, said Erwin Chemerinsky , dean of the UC Irvine law school. Still, according to legal experts, even if the photographers in New Mexico or the hypothetical bakery in Arizona were able to use religious freedom as a defense for their refusal of service, they would need to prove that they had sincerely held religious beliefs that were seriously affected. The courts will be the ultimate arbiters between balance of freedom of customers and religious beliefs of owners, Massaro said.
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Italy’s new prime minister, Matteo Renzi, 39, is sworn in
Cormier never recovered. It feels good because it was my first finish in UFC, Cormier said. Training camp was long and hard and I prepared for a long fight, but I have no complaints. Ive been talking about this move (to light heavyweight) and when you do it the right way, you dont feel any effects. At heavyweight, I could feel these guys out. I think these guys (at light heavyweight) are a little faster. Cummins, a 9-1 underdog, lost his job at an Orange County coffee shop for taking Whites phone call to fight on Saturday, filling in for Rashad Evans, who blew out his knee in training. White said Cummins would have another fight to prepare for, and would use him again. The card also featured three welterweight matches. Canadian Rory MacDonald got past Brazilian Demian Maia by a unanimous decision with all the judges scoring it 29-28 in the three-round final welterweight bout. Maia (18-6), a 2-1 underdog, had MacDonald (16-2) on the mat most of the first round and later had a takedown midway through the third. But MacDonald later escaped about a minute later in the third.
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Carbon monoxide detected at NY mall, 1 dead
Renzis 16-member Cabinet has an average age of 47 and features eight women, includingItalys first female defense minister, Roberta Pinotti, and Marianna Madia, 33, the minister tasked with simplifying Italy’s bureaucracy, who is eight months’ pregnant. On Friday, Renzi said that as a former mayor, he would bring to the government the ability to listen not only to the financial markets but also to what people were saying in local street markets. He won plaudits for naming Pier Carlo Padoan, the respected chief economist at theOrganization for Economic Cooperation and Development, as his finance minister. But the makeup of the Cabinet also reflects compromises Renzi has made to attain majority support in the parliament. Three ministers hail from the small New Center Right party, including the interior minister, Angelino Alfano, which will provide Renzi with crucial backing in the Italian senate. The fledgling partys support was also essential to the Letta government, prompting criticism that Renzi will suffer from the same weakness in parliament his predecessor did. Alfano has already said he will oppose Renzis plans to promote civil unions for same-sex couples.
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