• Pacers rest starters, but easily beat Magic

    Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Rasual Butler and Chris Copeland each scored 19 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a regular season-ending 101-86 win over the Orlando Magic. Evan Turner chipped in 14 points, eight...
  • Key Geneva talks over Ukraine crisis

    Key Geneva talks over Ukraine crisis

    17 April 2014 Last updated at 03:15 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Ukrainian attack helicopters buzzed villagers in Kramatorsk, but the army eventually had to give up, as Daniel Sandford reports...
  • Investors cheer India election’s reform potential

    Indian markets are riding high as investors bet that an election and new administration will cure some of the country’s economic ills. Mumbai’s benchmark Sensex index has trounced its Asian peers in recent months, hitting...
  • RBNY survives against Philadelphia

    Harrison, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) – Red Bull New York escaped a late charge from the Philadelphia Union at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday, earning its first win of the season with a 2-1 victory. Following a...

Headline News

  • One dead, three injured in blast at Tennessee ammunition plant


    NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) – One person has died and three others were injured on Wednesday after an explosion at an ammunition plant in central Tennessee that touched off small brush fires nearby, authorities said. The explosion happened Wednesday afternoon at the Rio Ammunition plant in McEwen, Tennessee, about 56 miles west of Nashville, said Odell Poyner, Humphreys County director of emergency management. All four people were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville with blast injuries, two by helicopter, hospital spokesman Craig Boerner said. One man died at the medical center and a second man was listed in critical condition, Boerner said. Two other patients, a man and a woman, were listed as stable, he said. Poyner said there were 10 or 12 workers in the building at the time of the explosion and all were now accounted for. The fire in the building was smoldering, but appeared to be out and crews were …

    April 16, 2014 10:40 pm
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Politics

  • Detroit pension deal approved by one retirement system


    (Reuters) – The board of Detroit’s General Retirement System on Wednesday approved economic terms of a settlement with the city that include cuts to pension benefits, putting in place another key component of Detroit’s effort to exit bankruptcy by October. The city also has reached a tentative pact with the city’s other pension fund, the Detroit Police and Fire Retirement System, whose board is expected to vote later this week. Together, the two pension funds represent some 23,000 active members and retirees. The settlements were incorporated into a new draft of the city’s bankruptcy plan, filed with the federal bankruptcy court late Wednesday, hours before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes was scheduled to hear objections to the proposed restructuring. The amended plan of adjustment for Detroit’s $18 billion in debt incorporates new figures from a series of settlements Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr has reached with creditors in recent days. Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy case, the …

    April 16, 2014 9:38 pm
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Stocks

  • Investors cheer India election’s reform potential


    Indian markets are riding high as investors bet that an election and new administration will cure some of the country’s economic ills. Mumbai’s benchmark Sensex index has trounced its Asian peers in recent months, hitting a record high last week and gaining 7% since the start of the year. The rupee has strengthened too, clawing its way back from a dismal performance in 2013. Much of the optimism hinges on forecasts that India’s 815 million voters will make Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Narendra Modi the next prime minister. Victory for a Modi-led coalition would end the Congress Party’s dominance, and create an opening for a new government to implement economic reforms. Analysts say India would benefit greatly from changes to its tax code, a reduction in excessive bureaucracy and more efficient agricultural policies. Momentum on these long-promised reforms stalled under the leadership of the Congress Party. India’s potential for growth was once mentioned in the …

    April 16, 2014 9:59 pm
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Sports

  • Pacers rest starters, but easily beat Magic


    Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Rasual Butler and Chris Copeland each scored 19 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a regular season-ending 101-86 win over the Orlando Magic. Evan Turner chipped in 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Pacers (56-26), who finished with the best record in the East and will have home-court advantage throughout the conference playoffs. The Central Division champions will start the playoffs against Atlanta in a rematch of last year’s first-round series, won in six games by the Pacers. The teams split this season’s four-game series. Lavoy Allen ended with 12 points and 11 boards for the Pacers, who rested regular starters David West, Paul George and Lance Stephenson. Donald Sloan tallied 13 points in a reserve role. Mo Harkless had 14 points to pace the Magic (23-59), who lost their final four games and finished with the third-worst record in the league. Dewayne Dedmon, who had eight …

    April 16, 2014 10:40 pm
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World News

  • Key Geneva talks over Ukraine crisis


    17 April 2014 Last updated at 03:15 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Ukrainian attack helicopters buzzed villagers in Kramatorsk, but the army eventually had to give up, as Daniel Sandford reports Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine are due to meet in Geneva to try to reduce escalating tensions over eastern Ukraine. Deep disagreement over the issue has led to the worst crisis between the US and Russia since the Cold War. The West accuses Russia of aiding pro-Russian activists who have seized public buildings across the east. US President Barack Obama has warned Russia against support for further action by armed pro-Russian groups. “What I have said consistently is that each time Russia takes these kinds of steps that are designed to destabilize Ukraine and violate their sovereignty, that there are going to be consequences,” he said. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s military operation against separatists has hit obstacles. Called …

    April 16, 2014 10:20 pm
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Technology

  • First Heartbleed attack reported; taxpayer data stolen


    Codenomicon/CNET The Heartbleed bug has caused widespread anxiety, sent engineers scrambling into patch-mode, and likely prompted millions of users to re-invent their passwords, but so far there have been no accounts of attacks leveraging the bug… until now. In the first known report of an attack using the security flaw, Canadian police have arrested a man who allegedly used Heartbleed to steal user data from the government’s tax Web site, according to Reuters. Authorities discovered earlier this week that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) site was hacked into over a six-hour period and the Heartbleed vulnerability was exploited to nab roughly 900 social insurance numbers and possibly other information from Canadian taxpayers. “The CRA worked around the clock to implement a ‘patch’ for the bug, vigorously test all systems to ensure they were safe and secure, and re-launch our online services,” said CRA commissioner Andrew Treusch in a statement. “The CRA is one of many …

    April 16, 2014 9:16 pm
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Science

  • Earliest ancestor of land herbivores discovered


    Related images(click to enlarge) New research from the University of Toronto Mississauga demonstrates how carnivores transitioned into herbivores for the first time on land. “The evolution of herbivory was revolutionary to life on land because it meant terrestrial vertebrates could directly access the vast resources provided by terrestrial plants,” says paleontologist Robert Reisz, a professor in the Department of Biology. “These herbivores in turn became a major food resource for large land predators.” Previously unknown, the 300-million-year old fossilized juvenile skeleton of Eocasea martini is less than 20 cm long. Found in Kansas, it consists of a partial skull, most of the vertebral column, the pelvis and a hind limb. By comparing the skeletal anatomy of related animals, Reisz and colleague Jörg Fröbisch of the Museum für Naturkunde and Humboldt-University in Berlin, discovered that Eocasea martini belonged to the caseid branch of the group Synapsid. This group, which includes early terrestrial herbivores and large top …

    April 16, 2014 9:17 pm
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Health

  • Dengue outbreak at Australian detention centre sparks fresh concerns


    SYDNEY (Reuters) – An outbreak of dengue fever at an Australian refugee detention center in the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru sparked calls on Thursday for greater oversight at the facility, which has been criticized by rights groups and the United Nations. Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s office said that medical officers at the center had confirmed three cases of the potentially fatal tropical disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. Two of those affected by the sickness are potential refugees awaiting processing, while the other was a member of staff working at the center, they said. “All three people have been isolated and are receiving appropriate treatment and are expected to make a full recovery,” a spokeswoman for Morrison said in a statement. But Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, immigration spokeswoman from the opposition Greens Party, said that outbreaks are inevitable in crowded camps like the one on Nauru and called for greater independent oversight of …

    April 16, 2014 9:38 pm
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Entertainment

  • Mean Girls‘ Damian talks cliques, quotes, & the color pink


    Daniel Franzese’s hair should be bigger, because it’s full of secrets. On-set secrets, that is. This month marks the 10-year anniversary of the now-legendary Mean Girls, and even though Tina Fey squashed our hopes of a sequel, we’re still obsessed. In commemoration of arguably the best movie of 2004, Franzese sat down with Cosmopolitan.com and promptly spilled his guts about his co-stars, his favorite things about the movie, and how his life has changed since its release. Lindsay Lohan falls off the wagon at Coachella  Franzese admits that there were cliques on set… kind of. “Amanda was 17 and so was Lindsay,” he said. “Lindsay and I get along way better now as adults than when she was a kid,” he added, referring to the fact that most of the cast was much older than Amanda Seyfried and Lindsay Lohan. “Definitely Lizzy (Caplan) and I were a clique… inseparable, really,” he stated. “Amanda and Lacey …

    April 16, 2014 10:00 pm
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Editorial

  • Holy Week in Jerusalem: Remembering miracles


      During the sacred week of Easter and Passover, Jerusalem’s streets are swept, sun-washed and graced by flowers of every color and fragrance, and sacred celebrations embrace both Jewish and Christian traditions, marking a season of miracles. Ancient stories are told and retold, putting smiles on the faces of children and grownups alike, recounting freedom from enslavement, the triumph of life over death, and God’s intervention into a world of trouble. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT These are days when exuberant hope carries the whole city along in its excitement. These are days when exuberant hope carries the whole city along in its excitement. Palm Sunday saw the pathway from the Mount of Olives to the Old City teeming with joyous Christian pilgrims from all around the world, singing, chanting and waving palm fronds in remembrance of Jesus’ “Triumphal Entry” into Jerusalem. At the same time, Jewish families and friends were arriving in Jerusalem from near and far …

    April 16, 2014 9:39 pm
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Odd News

  • Portland, Oregon flushes water reservoir after man urinates in it


    PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) – Portland, Oregon is flushing 38 million gallons (143 million liters) of drinking water down the drain because a 19-year-old man urinated in an open reservoir early on Wednesday morning, city water officials said. Three teens were observed at the reservoir in a Portland park at about 1:00 a.m. Wednesday, Portland Water Bureau spokesman David Shaff said, and one of them was filmed urinating through an iron fence into the water. The other two tried to climb the fence and one got into the secure area around the reservoir, but Shaff said it is not clear what he did then. The 50-million-gallon (189-million-liter) reservoir was taken off line and was tested for possible contamination and the results will be known Thursday. But in the meantime, the city has decided to “discard” 38 million gallons of water and clean the reservoir, Shaff said. “That water goes directly into people’s homes,” David Shaff, Portland …

    April 16, 2014 9:17 pm
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