Running for mayor

Watch a shirtless jogger yell at Toronto Mayor Rob Ford during a local parade

July 2, 2014

Scandal-plagued Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, after having returned just this week from a two-month stay in rehab, also arrived back on the campaign hustings Tuesday, walking in a local parade in Toronto's East York area for the big Canada Day holiday — only to be confronted by a multitude of hecklers. And without a doubt, the most memorable of them was a very irate resident who had been out jogging with no shirt on.

The jogger, reportedly a Toronto-area teacher named Joe Killoran, yelled out at Ford for refusing to answer reporters' questions, either during his press conference on Monday or during the parade. "Answer the questions! People have a million questions about your lying, your corruption," shouted Killoran. "You're a corrupt, lying, racist, homophobe! Answer the people's questions! You liar, you racist. You're a disgrace."

As Killoran continued to rail against Ford, somebody from off-camera asked Killoran, which rival campaign for mayor was he with?

"None! I'm not with a campaign! You go ahead and check," he said, followed by another reply from off-camera. To which he responded: "I'm out for a jog, buddy! Do I look like I'm with a campaign?!? I'm an East York guy out for a jog."

Canadian outlet Global News reports that Ford left the parade early, after the barrage of taunts from various onlookers. Check out their video below. --Eric Kleefeld

2016 Watch

Republican presidential hopefuls gather in Iowa for 2016 kickoff

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A slew of potential Republican candidates for the 2016 presidential nomination descended on Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday for a conservative summit considered the unofficial kickoff to the next election cycle.

Sponsored by Iowa Rep. Steve King (R), the event drew prospective candidates ranging from the moderate (New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie) to the Tea Party-aligned (Texas Sen. Ted Cruz), the latter of whom challenged his fellow speakers to "show me where you stood up and fought" President Obama's policies. Other featured attendees included Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Notably, two of the most prominent potential GOP candidates — Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney — did not attend, citing scheduling conflicts.

ISIS Crisis

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe  'speechless' over ISIS execution of hostage

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday that though intelligence experts had yet to verify a video purporting to show ISIS had executed one of two Japanese hostages, the evidence had "a high chance of being real."

The video, which surfaced Saturday, showed one of the hostages, Kenji Goto, holding an image of what appeared to be the decapitated body of the other prisoner, Haruna Yukawa. Though ISIS initially sought a $200 million ransom for the two men, the group instead offered in the latest video to swap Goto for the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, a woman sentenced to death in Jordan for a 2005 terror attack.

President Obama called Abe Sunday to offer his condolences, saying the US. stood "shoulder to shoulder" with Japan.

football follies

Bill Belichick addresses Deflategate: 'I'm not a scientist, and I'm not a league official'

January 24, 2015
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Bill Belichick spoke after the New England Patriots' practice on Saturday, saying the team had conducted an internal study on how footballs used in Sunday's AFC Championship against the Indianapolis Colts might have become deflated.

The short explanation? Science.

The Pats' head coach suggested that "atmospheric conditions" could have affected the footballs' air pressure, so that while the footballs were initially set to a proper 12.5 PSI, they eventually "adjusted to climatic conditions and...reached an equilibrium state" lower than originally set. Belichick said that he and other team officials had spoken to "a lot of people," and that they learned that while a football's texture is easy to identify, the pressure is "a whole different story."

Belichick again reiterated that the Patriots delivered footballs to the officiating crew that had been set to the proper PSI, and he lamented spending the week before the Super Bowl answering inquries about the controversy.

"I'm not a scientist, and I'm not a league official," he said. "(But) we feel like we followed the rules of the game to the letter."

This just in

Pro-Russian militants attack key Ukrainian port, officials say at least 30 dead

January 24, 2015
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Having rejected further peace talks on Friday, pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine launched a new offensive a day later, attacking the country's strategic port of Mariupol, Reuters reports.

Mariupol city officials said at least 30 people were killed and more than 80 were injured in the Saturday clashes. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered an emergency security council meeting, to be held on Sunday.

"We are for peace, but we accept the challenge of the enemy," Poroshenko said. "We will protect our motherland."

The European Union's foreign policy chief called openly on Russia to use its "considerable influence over separatist leaders," to halt the offensives; Moscow has continued to deny that it is supporting the rebels.

Under the sea

Researchers discover fish living under a half-mile of Antarctic ice

January 24, 2015

And you thought your home got chilly in the winter.

Researchers have discovered fish and other invertebrates living deep below Antarctic ice sheets, NBC News reports.

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Scientists with the Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling — or delightful acronym WISSARD — discovered the fish earlier this month while exploring Antarctica's western "grounding zone." Land, ice, and sea all converge at this area of the continent; the researchers are the first to drill below the Ross Ice Shelf and actually sample the grounding zone.

The researchers said they will study further how the fish are able to survive in such extreme conditions — the discovery marks the closest to the South Pole that marine life has been found.

Oscars Watch

American Sniper sets record for widest release of an R-rated movie

January 24, 2015
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American Sniper is setting "records on top of records," according to Warner Bros. domestic distribution president Dan Fellman.

His assessment is not pure hyperbole, CNNMoney notes; the film, which grossed $105 million on its opening weekend, has set a record for the "widest release ever for an R-rated movie." American Sniper expanded by 150 screens this weekend — it is now showing on 3,705 screens in the U.S., total.

The movie has also broken records for "best opening for a movie based on a book," "largest MLK opening weekend ever," and "largest drama opening weekend ever," according to Fellman. Nominated for a best picture Academy Award, the film stars Bradley Cooper — who is up for a best actor Academy Award for the role — as Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.

2016 Watch

Sarah Palin is 'seriously interested' in running for president

January 24, 2015
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The potential field of Republicans with an eye toward the 2016 presidential nomination may be expanding further. Sarah Palin told The Washington Post on Friday that she is "seriously interested" in running for president.

"Who wouldn't be interested?" Palin asked. "Who wouldn't be interested when they have been blessed with opportunities to speak about what is important to this country and for this country?"

Alaska's former governor made the comments before addressing activists at the Iowa Freedom Summit. The GOP's 2008 vice-presidential nominee said she won't rush to make a decision, because making an official, public announcement is a "significant step."

Burrrrrn

Watch White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest get in on the Deflategate fun

January 24, 2015

If you didn't watch Tom Brady's press conference about Deflategate, well, you can check out a supercut of the New England Patriots quarterback talking about his deflated balls here.

The lack of skillful sidestepping was noticed by many, including White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

"The one thing I can tell you is that for years it's been clear that there was no risk that I was going to take Tom Brady's job as quarterback of the New England Patriots," Earnest said when asked about the controversy during a Friday press conference. "But I can tell you that as of today, it's pretty clear that there's no risk of him taking my job, either."

Is this the best burn in the history of burns? No, but White House press secretaries don't get to let loose very often, so let's give Earnest this one.

"That was kind of fun, right?" he asks, grinning from ear to ear.

Yes, Earnest, yes it was. —Sarah Eberspacher

This just in

Japan investigating ISIS video that claims one hostage has been killed

January 24, 2015
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A new video released by Islamic State militants claims that one of two Japanese hostages being held by the group has been killed. Japanese officials are investigating the validity of the message, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated his country's demand for the hostages' "immediate release" on Saturday, The Associated Press reports.

ISIS threatened on Tuesday to behead the hostages unless the group received $200 million in ransom. Japan has not commented on whether it is considering paying the ransom for Kenji Goto, a 47-year-old journalist, and Haruna Yukawa, a 42-year-old adventurer.

Foreign affairs

Egyptian court orders retrial for 37 Muslim Brotherhood members sentenced to death

January 24, 2015
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An Egyptian court ordered on Saturday that 37 Muslim Brotherhood members sentenced to death, along with 115 others sentenced to life in prison, should be retried following a swift mass trial last year, Reuters reports. 

The March 2014 trial lasted just a few days and tried more than 500 defendants, some in absentia. It gained widespread criticism from Western countries.

The 152 slated to stand retrial again face charges that they attacked government forces trying to clear out two Muslim Brotherhood protest camps in August 2013, as Brotherhood members demonstrated against President Mohamed Mursi's ousting by the military. The clashes left several hundred dead.

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