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 • Headlines: Tuesday, February 19, 9:15 PM   (More news)
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  Winnipeg defenseman Dustin Byfuglien will miss at least three games for the Jets with a lower-body injury.Jets head coach Paul Maurice provided an update on the star defenseman during a press conference Tuesday and said the injury is unrelated to a lower-body issue that caused Byfuglien to miss 15 games from Dec. 31 to Feb. 5.Byfuglien will undergo further tests and won't travel with the team on a three-game road swing that starts with a contest against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday."He's got a new injury," Maurice said. "He won't make the trip and then over that five, six-day block we'll evaluate it and hope it settles down and we get good news."Maurice said the Jets defenseman suffered the injury at the end of the team's 4-1 win over the Avalanche on Feb. 14. Byfuglien missed Winnipeg's next game against the Ottawa Senators on Feb. 16."He's got to get more tests done so that we know exactly what we're looking at," Maurice said. "The right thing for me to do out of the coaches' book is just cut it off because I've given you more information. ... I'm hopeful it's not [long-term]. I'm feeling pretty confident that it's not, but the tests are going to tell us."Byfuglien has 30 points (four goals, 26 assists) in 37 games this season. He has 524 points (177 goals, 347 assists) in 864 career NHL games across 14 seasons.Winnipeg recalled defenseman Tucker Poolman from Manitoba, the team's AHL affiliate, in a corresponding move.The Jets (36-19-4) are three points ahead of the Nashville Predators for first place in the Central Division.
  A powerful jet stream propelled a commercial airline flight to record speeds of more than 800 mph.Virgin Atlantic Flight 8 from Los Angeles to London reached a top speed of 801 mph as it traveled through the high-altitude air current while flying about 35,000 feet above Pennsylvania on Monday, according to flight tracking website FlightAware.The flight's record speed took place in the midst of a jet stream that was recorded at more than 230 mph over Long Island, The Washington Post reported.The measurement of the jet stream's speed came from the 250 millibar pressure level, indicating it was at a height above 75 percent of the atmosphere's mass. It also set a record for the fastest 250 millibar wind speed ever recorded over New York.In January 2018, a Norwegian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner -- the same model of plane used in Monday's flight -- reached a speed of 776 mph while riding jet-stream winds up to 202 mph, breaking the record for the fastest transatlantic flight in a conventional passenger aircraft.The Dreamliner can travel at a maximum cruising speed of 561 mph, with a maximum propulsion of 587 mph, with additional speed being provided solely by powerful jet streams.Although the Virgin plane didn't travel in the jet stream for long, it still landed at its destination 45 minutes early.Other high flight speeds were recorded in the midst of the jet stream, including an LAX-JFK Delta flight Monday night which achieved a speed of 678 mph at 39,000 feet over the Ohio Valley and a 737 from Chicago to New York flew faster than 700 mph on Tuesday morning.
  Lady Gaga and talent agent Christian Carino called off their engagement, the singer's representative confirmed Tuesday.The "Bad Romance" singer's representative told E! News and People the two split about four months after she went public with their engagement during a speech at the Elle Women in Hollywood event."It just didn't work out. Relationships sometimes end," a source told People. "There's no long dramatic story."Rumors of the relationship's demise were fueled Feb. 10 when Lady Gaga, born Stefani Germanotta, attended the Grammy Awards without Carino and without wearing her engagement ring.Lady Gaga was first linked to Carino in February 2017 after ending her engagement to actor Taylor Kinney.Lady Gaga won three Grammy Awards on Sunday, picking up Best Pop Solo Performance for "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin?)" and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media for "Shallow." She performed "Shallow" onstage minus Bradley Cooper, who starred with Gaga in A Star is Born. The two are expected to sing together Sunday at the Academy Awards.
  The New York Jets declined the contract options on two defensive players Tuesday, the team announced in a statement.The Jets declined team options on defensive lineman Mike Pennel and defensive back Terrence Brooks. Both players will become free agents when the NFL's new league year begins in March.Pennel joined the Jets in 2017 after spending time with the Green Bay Packers. He appeared in 32 games and made 10 starts for New York, recording 62 total tackles and three quarterback hits. He had 30 tackles in the 2018 campaign.Pennel spent three seasons with the Packers before the franchise waived him. The Jets originally claimed him in March 2017.Brooks also joined the Jets in 2017 and saw action in 31 games (one start) during his two seasons with the club. He had two interceptions against the Miami Dolphins in Week 3 of the 2017 season. The backup safety finished fourth on the team with nine special teams tackles last year.The Baltimore Ravens selected Brooks in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The Ravens released him after two seasons on Sept. 3, 2016, and the Philadelphia Eagles claimed him the next day. The Eagles traded Brooks to the Jets on Aug. 27, 2017, after one season.
  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed former Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington to a contract, the team announced Tuesday.Ellington rejoins former Cardinals and current Bucs head coach Bruce Arians in Tampa Bay. Arians will return to the sideline after the Buccaneers hired him Jan. 8 to be the team's next head coach.The club didn't release details of Ellington's contract.The Cardinals drafted Ellington in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Arians' first season with the franchise. The running back and coach reunite after both sat out of the 2018 season. Arians retired after his fifth season with Arizona, and Ellington opted to not sign with a team in free agency.Ellington played in 65 games with 18 starts for the Cardinals, rushing 413 times for 1,750 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also served as a pass catcher in Arians' offense, catching 145 passes for 1,296 yards and three scores.Arizona waived Ellington in November of the 2017 season. The Houston Texans claimed him, and he appeared in four games (two starts) with the team.
  An Idaho nurse told investigators Tuesday that a Colorado man accused of killing his fiancee, Kelsey Berreth, told her he beat the missing woman to death and burned her body.The nurse, Krystal Jean Lee Kenney, told police that Patrick Frazee, with whom she said she had a romantic relationship, asked her to kill Berreth multiple times.Frazee called Kenney to clean up Barreth's Woodland Park, Colo., home after he beat his fiancee to death with a baseball bat on Thanksgiving day, Colorado Bureau of Investigation Agent Gregg Slater testified at Frazee's preliminary hearing in Teller County District Court. Kenney called it a "horrific" scene.Kenney said she brought gloves, a protective body suit and trash bags and used cleaner to wipe down walls, a couch, a refrigerator, the floors and chairs.She later showed authorities several locations where she intentionally left blood spatter to lead them to evidence.Barreth's body has not been found. She was last seen Nov. 22 shopping at a Safeway store with her 1-year-old daughter. She was reported missing Dec. 2, when Berreth's mother said she was having a difficult time getting in touch with her daughter.Slater also testified that Kenney said Frazee asked her to kill Berreth by putting poison in her coffee in September and to beat Berreth with a metal pipe on two occasions in October.Kenney said she wanted to please Frazee and delivered the coffee to Berreth's home, but didn't poison it. Kenney added Frazee was upset when she texted him to apologize for not killing Berreth and he responded that she would have another chance.The testimony also stated Frazee wanted Kenney to kill Berreth to "protect the innocent," saying Berreth physically abused their daughter Kaylee on multiple occasions, including burning her with a hair curler.Slater confirmed, however, that authorities had not received any reports of child abuse and that the child had no prior injuries.Kenney told investigators she took Berreth's cellphone to Idaho to throw off the investigation into her disappearance and Slater said cellular towers showed Kenney's phone was in the same location as Berreth's during that time. She pleaded guilty to felony tampering on Feb. 8.Frazee faces of two counts of murder and three counts of solicitation to commit murder in Berreth's death.
  An international team of astronomers have produced a new map of the distant universe revealing some 300,000 new galaxies. The map was plotted using data collected during the first phase of a new radio sky survey.The Low Frequency Array telescope, located in the Netherlands, scanned a quarter of the northern hemisphere at low radio frequencies. The new map represents 10 percent of the observation made during the initial phase of the survey.The LOFAR telescope can observe radio waves traveling from billions of miles away. Low frequency emissions can reveal inflating gas surrounding supermassive black holes."LOFAR has a remarkable sensitivity and that allows us to see that these jets are present in all of the most massive galaxies, which means that their black holes never stop eating," Philip Best, University of Edinburgh researcher, said in a news release.Galactic mergers can also produce high-energy radio emissions, strong enough to be propelled billion of light-years across the universe."With radio observations we can detect radiation from the tenuous medium that exists between galaxies," said Amanda Wilber, researcher at the University of Hamburg. "This radiation is generated by energetic shocks and turbulence. LOFAR allows us to detect many more of these sources and understand what is powering them."The latest LOFAR observations showed galaxies that aren't merging can also produce particle acceleration similar to those triggered by galaxy mergers."This discovery tells us that, besides merger events, there are other phenomena that can trigger particle acceleration over huge scales," said Annalisa Bonafede, professor of astrophysicist at the University of Bologna.The newly published maps and related data represent a portion of the first phase of the radio sky survey, the LOFAR observations involved massive amounts of data -- 10 million DVDs worth.Organizing the data and translating LOFAR's observations into maps required significant amounts of time and computer power. The data inspired 26 new scientific papers published this week in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics."This sky map will be a wonderful scientific legacy for the future," said Carole Jackson, general director of ASTRON, which manages LOFAR. "It is a testimony to the designers of LOFAR that this telescope performs so well."
  The Arizona Cardinals signed former Buffalo Bills tight end Charles Clay to a one-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.Sources told ESPN that Clay's deal is worth up to $3.25 million and includes a $350,000 signing bonus. The veteran tight end was entering the final season of a five-year, $38 million contract he signed in 2015.The Bills released Clay last week. He had 21 catches for 184 yards in 13 games last season.The 30-year-old Clay is going into his ninth NFL season. The Miami Dolphins drafted him in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.Clay spent four years with the Dolphins, then signed with the Bills in free agency on March 19, 2015. He played four seasons in Buffalo. In eight seasons with the Dolphins and Bills, he has recorded 339 catches for 3,631 yards and 23 touchdowns.Clay becomes the Cardinals' third veteran free-agent acquisition this month. The franchise also signed former Falcons cornerback Robert Alford and defensive end Brooks Reed.
  A federal judge in Illinois ruled Tuesday that a lawsuit targeting the location of the planned Obama Presidential Center in Chicago's South Side can move forward.U.S. District Judge John Blakey said the plaintiffs, advocacy group Protect Our Parks and three individuals, have standings to challenge the city's decision to build the center on 19.3 acres of Jackson Park. He didn't offer his opinion of the merits of the case, but said the group technically could sue the city for using public land for the construction of a private building that promotes former President Barack Obama's political views."Plaintiffs ask this court to find that President Obama ... will, at some undefined time and in an undefined manner, disregard both the use agreement and applicable tax law by engaging in partisan political activities at the [Obama Presidential Center]," Blakey wrote in his ruling. "This court declines plaintiffs' invitation to predict the future."Obama, appearing at a community meeting in Chicago in February 2018, said the presidential center would create jobs and attract businesses to the neighborhood. He downplayed concerns about increased housing costs that could stem from the project."A lot of times, people get nervous about gentrification and understandably so," Obama said. "It is not my experience ... that the big problem on the South Side has been too much development, too much economic activity, too many people being displaced because all these folks from Lincoln Park are filling in to the South Side. That's not what's happening."The Obama Foundation unveiled the conceptual design for the center in May 2017, a 200,000-square-foot complex that includes a museum, forum, library and outdoor gathering areas. It will also serve as the headquarters for the foundation.
  Scientists have pinpointed gut bacteria that may cause painful flareups in people with Lupus, and this discovery that could lead to finding a better treatment for the condition, a new study says.Women in a study diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE, had five times the level of gut bacteria called ruminococcus gnavus than women without the disease, according to findings published on Tuesday in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases.The researchers also say that tracking the microbiome could help in diagnosis, as well as tracking the disease and effectiveness of treatments."Our study strongly suggests that in some patients bacterial imbalances may be driving lupus and its associated disease flares," Gregg Silverman, an immunologist at NYU School of Medicine and study senior investigator, said in a news release.Flares can cause skin rash, joint pain, and severe kidney dysfunction.Among the study participants, high levels of ruminococcus gnavus were tied to immune proteins known as antibodies. The researchers found a correlation between high levels of antibodies and kidney flares in the lupus patients.The National Institutes of Health estimate that about 1.5 million people in the United States are affected by lupus. But its cause is still unknown.The researchers want to develop blood tests to show antibodies to leaked bacteria. They could then diagnose and track the disease's progress starting from the early stages.Tests on the market now only show advanced stages of lupus and are often inaccurate, researchers say.Current therapies treat lupus with immune-suppressing anticancer medications that soothe symptoms but can also harm the kidneys. This approach may also be hurting the body's immune system, making it harder to fight infections caused by lupus.Now, the researchers want to possibly shift the focus of treatment the use of inexpensive probiotics or dietary regimens that suppress R. gnavus growth and prevent flares.They also think fecal transplants from healthy people may be an alternative."Our results also point to leakages of bacteria from the gut as a possible immune system trigger of the disease, and suggest that the internal gut environment may, therefore, play a more critical role than genetics in renal flares of this all too often fatal disease," Silverman said.

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