Posts by Dylan Stableford
Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 7 hrs ago
Possible Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee says homosexuality is a lifestyle choice like drinking and swearing — which is why he can accept friends who are gay, despite his religious convictions.
"People can be my friends who have lifestyles that are not necessarily my lifestyle," Huckabee said in an interview with CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday. "I don't shut people out of my circle or out of my life because they have a different point of view. I don't drink alcohol, but gosh — a lot of my friends, maybe most of them, do. You know, I don't use profanity, but believe me, I've got a lot of friends who do. Some people really like classical music and ballet and opera — it's not my cup of tea."
Still, there's no chance the former Arkansas governor will ever accept gay marriage — whether he runs for president or not.
Asking a Christian to accept same-sex marriage, Huckabee said, is "like asking someone who's Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli."
Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 8 hrs ago
A Nebraska woman who had her hands and feet amputated after suffering a sudden bacterial infection is in "surprisingly good spirits," her family says. And she's lucky to be alive.
Last month, Teri Roberts, a 56-year-old wife, mother and grandmother of five from Valley, Nebraska, was diagnosed with streptococcal toxic-shock syndrome and after falling into a coma that doctors at Methodist Physicians Clinic feared she would never come out of.
Then, on Dec. 22, came what her family described as an early Christmas miracle.
"She just magically woke up," her 35-year-old son, Ryan Roberts, said during a press conference last week. "Literally four hours before we moved to take her off life support."
Doctors, who had been discussing a quadruple amputation to save her organs, waited until Jan. 10 to perform the procedure on Roberts, whose 33-year-old daughter, Andrea Kruger, was murdered in 2013.
"She doesn't want to be with Andrea yet ... and she doesn't care if they cut off her hands and her feet," Ryan Roberts said.
Her family is hoping to raise $25,000 to help pay for her medical bills, including the cost of prosthetic limbs.
Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 8 hrs ago
After Islamic State militants admitted defeat in the four-month battle for Kobani, young Kurds appeared to celebrate the victory with a synchronized dance.
In a video posted to Facebook and published online by the Daily Mail, young men and women dressed in green military uniforms are seen in a line dancing to music. It's unclear exactly when the celebration took place.
Early last week, Kurdish fighters raised their flag on a hill that once flew the Islamic State group's black banner, claiming Kobani was virtually IS-free.
In a video released by the pro-IS Aamaq News Agency late Friday, two masked fighters said airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition were the main reason why IS fighters — who once occupied more than half of the Syrian border town — were forced to withdraw.
The IS fighters nonetheless vowed to defeat the main Kurdish militia in Syria, the People's Protection Units known as the YPG.
Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 9 hrs ago
Millions of people say they watch the Super Bowl just for the commercials. And those commercials often portray women as stereotypical housewives, as "Saturday Night Live" showed in a brilliant parody.
"When it comes to the big game, I love feeding my hungry guys," Vanessa Bayer, an ever-smiling, kitchen-bound housewife, says in the spoof that aired Saturday.
"I normally just sit in the kitchen waiting for them to ask for more delicious Totino's Pizza Rolls. But that can be so boring. Well, not anymore!" she says before introducing a "Super Bowl Activity Pack for Women." "It's full of fun puzzles and games to keep my mind learning while I wait back here."
Among them: paddleball for one, word search ("I found 'hat'!") and connect-the-dots — games she can stop at a moment's notice to replenish the snacks and beer.
"Anything for my hungry guys!" Bayer says.
If you're a NASA researcher stationed in Alaska, you're probably pretty used to seeing the aurora borealis, the sky-watching spectacle better known as the northern lights.
So staffers at the Poker Flat Research Range in Fairbanks decided to do what any bored teenager would do: fire rockets at it! Four small, suborbital sounding rockets were launched from the facility to collect data on the auroras, which are caused by the interaction of solar wind from the sun and the Earth's atmosphere.
According to Slate, one of the experiments — the Mesospheric Inversion-layer Stratified Turbulence (MIST) — releases a compound called "tri-methyl aluminum tracer, which creates white expanding clouds" that "can be used to measure the amount of turbulence in the mesosphere, the layer of atmosphere about the stratosphere."
A newly elected Texas state lawmaker is under fire for a divisive Facebook post asking Muslim visitors attending an event at the state capitol in Austin to pledge allegiance to the United States.
The event, Texas Muslim Capitol Day, was organized by the Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
"Today is Texas Muslim Capital [sic] Day in Austin," Molly White, a House Republican, wrote on her Facebook page Thursday. "The House is in recess until Monday. Most Members including myself are back in District. I did leave an Israeli flag on the reception desk in my office with instructions to staff to ask representatives from the Muslim community to renounce Islamic terrorist groups and publicly announce allegiance to America and our laws. We will see how long they stay in my office."
The posts drew immediate criticism from many Facebook users.
"I came here to call you a bigot, but I see everyone else beat me to it," John Glover wrote.
A rare megamouth shark washed ashore dead in the Philippines this week, wildlife officials said. The 15-foot shark, a Megachasma pelagios (or "giant mouth of the deep"), was discovered on the beach in Marigondon, Pio Duran, in Albay province. The totally terrifying-looking specimen is one of less than 70 ever seen in the world, according to Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines.
The shark, nicknamed "Toothless," was preserved in ice by local villagers.
It's the first megamouth shark to be documented since July, when an 18-foot Megachasma pelagios was caught by Filipino fishermen. The first confirmed megamouth shark sighting was in 1976, when a deep-sea anchor accidentally caught one near Hawaii. Most have been found in Japan, the Philippines and Taiwan.
The blizzard that dumped nearly three feet of snow across New England was no match for a 28-year-old Massachusetts woman who gave birth to twins during the massive snowstorm.
Paticia Strickland, of Worcester, Mass., started having contractions as the storm was raging — and just after the roads in Massachusetts were ordered closed. An ambulance soon arrived to pluck her from her home.
"All the snow gets plowed to my front door, so to get me out there, we were slipping on ice," Strickland told WCVB-TV. "One of the paramedic guys fell. It was crazy."
As soon as she got into the ambulance, her water broke, she said.
"Like a minute later, I had another big, sudden urge to push, and my son was, like, halfway out of me," said Strickland, who who was 35 weeks pregnant. "That was so crazy, because I just reached down and I could feel him there. I was like, 'Oh my God, my baby's here!'"
Worcester got 34.5 inches of snow, a single-storm record for the central Massachusetts city.
Near-brawl breaks out at city council meeting to heal wounds between police and public after Ferguson unrest
A city council meeting in St. Louis turned ugly on Wednesday when the business manager of the city's police union got into an altercation with people he called "anti-police radicals."
The board meeting was hosted to get public input on a proposed bill, sponsored by Alderman Antonio French, which would establish a civilian oversight board to review and rule on complaints about police work. The bill was prompted by racially charged protests that erupted in Ferguson last year following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a black teenager, by white officer Darren Wilson.
But about an hour into the hearing, Jeff Roorda, a state representative who also serves as the business manager of the St. Louis Police Officers Association, stood up and called for order.
Alderman Terry Kennedy, the committee's chairman, responded, "Excuse me, first of all, you do not tell me my function."
The meeting was adjourned. No arrests or injuries were reported.
Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 4 days ago
When the state of Texas abolished the customary practice of honoring the last meal requests of prisoners on death row, food photographer Henry Hargreaves decided to recreate the final meals ordered by some of America's most infamous killers before their executions.
"I wondered what people actually requested," Hargreaves told Yahoo News in a recent interview. "I thought it would be something really powerful to represent visually."
Hargreaves' images of the last meals ordered by death row inmates provide a fascinating, if chilling, peek into the minds — and appetites — of killers, including Timothy McVeigh, who requested two pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream as his last meal.
"It's a highly emotional topic and one that polarizes people," Hargreaves said. "It's been in the news a lot lately."
Hargreaves says he understands the criticism.