TIME Congress

Boehner: Senate Democrats Are to Blame If Homeland Security Shuts Down

Republican Speaker of the House from Ohio John Boehner speaks at a press conference about President Obama's proposal seeking war authorization from congress to fight Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq in the Capitol in Washington on Feb. 11, 2015. Speaker Boehner also spoke about the congressional vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Jim Lo Scalzo—EPA Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks at a press conference about Obama's proposal seeking war authorization from congress to fight ISIS and the congressional vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline in the Capitol in Washington on Feb. 11, 2015.

"Senate Democrats are the ones putting us in this precarious position. It's up to Senate Democrats to get their act together," Boehner said.

House Speaker John Boehner said Senate Democrats would be to blame if Congress fails to pass a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security before it runs out of money on Feb. 27.

In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Boehner said the House had “done its job” and passed a bill to fund the agency. That bill, however, also includes language that would roll back President Obama’s executive action on immigration, causing Senate Democrats to block it.

“The House has acted to fund the department and to stop the president’s overreach when it comes to immigration and his executive orders,” Boehner said Sunday. “Senate Democrats are the ones putting us in this precarious position. It’s up to Senate Democrats to get their act together.”

If a funding bill doesn’t pass both chambers, the agency will shut down, which would mean thousands of frontline workers, including border patrol agents, would have to report for duty without pay.

Fox News reports that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office released a statement following Boehner’s interview saying Boehner “made it clear that he has no plan to avoid a government shutdown.”

[Fox News]

TIME

Rep. John Lewis: Selma Made Obama Presidency Possible

"I don't think as a group we had any idea that our marching feet would have such an impact 50 years later," Representative John Lewis said Sunday

Georgia Congressman John Lewis said President Obama likely wouldn’t have been elected President if it weren’t for the historic march in Selma, Ala., that he helped lead as a student organizer 50 years ago.

“If it hadn’t been for that march across Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday, there would be no Barack Obama as President of the United States of America,” Lewis said during an interview on CBS’s Face the Nation.

In his last election, President Obama received over 90% of the black vote. Some 50 years ago, Lewis was among the many civil rights leaders marching and advocating to make those votes possible.

On March 7, 1965, hundreds of nonviolent protesters marched across the bridge as a part of an ongoing effort to secure voting rights for black Americans. That day, though, Alabama police met the protesters with violent force. Many, including Lewis, suffered serious injury. “I don’t think as a group we had any idea that our marching feet would have such an impact 50 years later,” Lewis said Sunday.

[Huffington Post]

TIME weather

Bitter Cold Lingers Over Northeastern U.S.

Winter storm maintains a tight grip on parts of the U.S.

A pocket of the U.S. is facing bitter cold and high-force winds on Sunday as yet another winter storm makes its way across the Northeast.

Residents in the New England area continue to remain under blizzard warnings, with parts of Massachusetts already under 2 ft. of new snow, according to the Weather Channel. Over 98 in. of snow has fallen in the Boston area this year alone, according to CBS Boston meteorologist Eric Fisher — it’s second snowiest season on record.

States between Connecticut and North Carolina are under high-wind warnings; damage has already been reported in the Carolinas, where 200,000 reportedly lost power. Illinois, Michigan and Indiana residents are digging their way out of a blanket of snow that fell overnight.

Unfortunately for residents, the National Weather Service says the bitter cold is expected to linger in the Northeast at least until Monday. The high in most areas will be below freezing while the wind chill is set to remain below zero.

Late Sunday, those in states between Oklahoma and northern Georgia can expect a “wintry mix” leading into Monday.

[The Weather Channel]

TIME

World’s Richest Candy Maker and Nutella Founder Died on Valentine’s Day

Owner of Italian chocolate company Ferrero dies at age 89
Alessandro Di Mrco—EPA Michele Ferrero attends the funeral of the heir to the Italian chocolate company Ferrero, Pietro Ferrero, in Alba, Italy on April 27, 2011.

Michele Ferrero was the patriarch of the Ferrero family, whose company spawned Ferrero Rocher chocolates

Italy’s richest man and the candy maker behind the iconic Nutella hazelnut spread died as millions of Americans indulged in his sweet creations on Valentine’s Day.

Michele Ferrero, whose company spawned Ferrero Rocher chocolates and Kinder eggs, died at age 89 at his home in Monaco. According to BBC News, Ferrero had been battling illness for months.

Ferrero’s father created what would later be widely known as Nutella during World War II when cocoa was in short supply. He used hazelnuts to stretch the little chocolate he had. Years later, Nutella is among one of the most beloved treats in Italy and across the world. Forbes described Michele as the “richest candy man on the planet.”

In a statement, according to the Associated Press, Italian President Sergio Mattarella said Ferrero was, “always ahead of his time thanks to innovative products and his tenacious work and reserved character.”

TIME animals

This Town Had to Put Up Signs Warning People About Its Angry Owl

Sign warning visitors of the recent owl attacks at Bush's Pasture Park on Feb. 12, 2015.
Danielle Peterson—AP Sign warning visitors of the recent owl attacks at Bush's Pasture Park in Salem, Ore., on Feb. 12, 2015

It's quite a cautionary tale

What started as a joke on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show has now become a reality for Oregon’s capital city.

The show’s host, Rachel Maddow, has been paying a lot of attention to some wacky news coming out of Oregon lately. The news item that’s got the state paying attention to Maddow, though, involves one really angry owl.

After four runners were attacked by an owl in Salem, one of whom was clawed so badly he thought he was having an aneurysm, Maddow suggested the town post a yellow hazard sign warning about the bird. But not just any sign: she wanted one depicting a figure running from a menacing owl on the attack.

So, the town obliged. According to the Associated Press, about 20 such signs — inspired by Maddow — will be put up in the city where the owl has been wreaking havoc. This gives “service journalism” a whole new meaning.

[AP]

TIME Crime

Emile Hirsch Charged With Assault for Choking Woman at Sundance

Actor Emile Hirsch attends Sabra Hummus House Hosts A Dinner To Celebrate Ten Thousand Saints - 2015 Park City on Jan. 24, 2015 in Park City.
Michael Bezjian—Getty Images Actor Emile Hirsch attends Sabra Hummus House Hosts A Dinner To Celebrate Ten Thousand Saints - 2015 Park City on Jan. 24, 2015 in Park City.

Hirsch could face five years in prison if convicted

Actor Emile Hirsch, known for his roles in Into the Wild and Milk, has been charged with one count of felony aggravated assault for allegedly putting a woman in a chokehold at the Sundance Film Festival last month.

Prosecutors say Hirsch, 29, was drunk when he got into an argument with the victim at a nightclub in Park City, Utah on Jan. 25. During the altercation, Hirsch is said to have put the woman in a chokehold as well as dragged her across a table. The woman may have briefly passed out before two people were able to separate Hirsch and the victim, according to the Associated Press.

If found guilty, Hirsch, who was at Sundance for the premiere of Ten Thousand Saints, could be punished with up to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000. He’s also facing a misdemeanor intoxication charge.

[AP]

TIME Spain

This Exhibit Lets Blind People Touch the Mona Lisa

A blind person feels with his hands a copy of 'The Mona Lisa" at The Prado Museum on Feb. 10, 2015 in Madrid.
Pablo Blazquez Dominguez A blind person feels with his hands a copy of 'The Mona Lisa" at The Prado Museum on Feb. 10, 2015 in Madrid.

"Hoy Toca el Prado" features artwork remastered to allow the blind to feel how they look

A museum in Madrid, Spain has unveiled an inclusive exhibit featuring artistic masterpieces recreated so the blind can feel how they look, CBS News reports.

The works on display at the Prado Museum were made using the Didu technique, which adds texture to paintings. The exhibit, titled “Hoy Toca el Prado” opened January 20 and features works like El Greco’s El caballero de la mano en el pecho and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

Paintings For Vision-Impaired People At The Prado Museum
Pablo Blazquez Dominguez—Getty ImagesA blind person feels with her hands a copy of ‘The gentleman with his hand on his chest’ of El Greco at The Prado Museum on Feb. 10, 2015 in Madrid.
TIME animals

New Research Shows Some Dogs Can Tell When You’re Mad

Dogs
Oliver Rossi—Getty Images Happy girl hugging dog on the beach

Silver lining: they can tell when you're happy too

Wonder no more if your dog knows that you’re mad he or she used your favorite slippers as a toilet; a new study shows Fido may have an idea of how you feel.

A group of researchers trained a group of 11 dogs to differentiate between angry and happy human faces. During the study, the dogs were shown either the upper or lower half of a person’s face in various emotional states, according to Live Science. Then, to test the dogs, researchers showed them different images than the ones used in training, using either a different half of a face the dogs already saw or an altogether new person’s top or lower face.

In the end, the researchers found that dogs rewarded for picking happy faces more quickly learned how to tell happy and angry faces apart than those rewarded for picking angry faces. That, according to the study’s abstract, “would be predicted if the dogs recognized an angry face as an aversive stimulus.”

The researchers are confident that based on their results, and the results of other, less conclusive attempts, some dogs are able to differentiate between human expressions.

“With our study, which was inspired by these previous attempts, we think we can now confidently conclude that at least some dogs can discriminate human facial expressions,” Corsin Müller, an animal-behavior researcher at Messerli Research Institute at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna and the author of the study, told Live Science. Müller’s study was published Thursday in the journal Current Biology.

[Live Science]

TIME Music

Kanye West Just Debuted a New Song

But it was quickly taken off YouTube

Kanye West debuted a new song at the highly anticipated launch of his Adidas shoe Thursday evening. The song, which Pitchfork reports is titled Wolves, features Australian singer Sia and fellow Chicagoan Vic Mensa.

Smartphone footage of West’s new song appeared briefly on YouTube Thursday evening, but was removed on copyright grounds. TIME will update this post when a legal version is found online.

Wolves premiered at the debut of the Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost boot, which was met with much fanfare during a New York Fashion Week presentation. Celebs and fashion bigwigs including Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Beyonce, and Jay-Z were sitting front row at the event, right next to West’s wife, Kim Kardashian.

The only one who was visably unimpressed by the whole affair was West’s own daughter, North West:

[Pitchfork]

TIME Infectious Disease

Disneyland Asked California to Say Park Was Safe During Measles Outbreak, Report Says

Visitors walk towards the Sleeping Beauty Castle during a visit to the Disneyland Paris Resort run by EuroDisney S.C.A in Marne-la-Vallee on Jan. 21, 2015.
Gonzalo Fuentes—Reuters Visitors walk towards the Sleeping Beauty Castle during a visit to the Disneyland Paris Resort run by EuroDisney S.C.A in Marne-la-Vallee on Jan. 21, 2015.

The AP reports Disneyland officials sent emails to officials about language to use when talking about the park, outbreak

Disneyland asked California officials to reassure the public that the amusement park was safe to attend amid the measles outbreak that started there in December, according to a new report.

The Associated Press, citing documents obtained, reports that Disneyland officials sent a series of emails to the California Department of Health and the Orange County Health Care Agency, asking the agencies to make it clear to the public that the park was not responsible for the outbreak, and that vaccinated people could still visit. Six Disneyland employees were among 70 people in California infected during an outbreak that has passed 100 cases in the U.S.

A Disneyland spokeswoman told the AP the park was in contact with health officials “in order to ensure that factual and accurate information flowed both ways to avoid confusion and properly inform the public.”

Read more at the Associated Press

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