Headline News

  • Reports of gunman at Los Angeles Times building: police


    (Reuters) – Police swarmed the Los Angeles Times building late on Friday after receiving a report of a gunman inside and have arrested one person, police said. Reports that an unidentified person had threatened to open fire on the third floor of the building came in after 7 p.m. local time, said Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Gus Villanueva. There were no reports of injuries or shots fired. The Los Angeles Times newspaper, which has its headquarters in the building, said on social media website Twitter that a witness told one of its reporters a man “who allegedly made threats at Times building worked for a firm that rents space from the newspaper.” The newspaper also cited witnesses in reporting that the man said he had been depressed and did not mind killing and that he reportedly handed one person a bag of bullets. Areas of the downtown office building were locked down by police …

    April 18, 2014 11:30 pm
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Politics

  • Suddenly, high hopes for GOP in Iowa Senate race


    Iowa GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst. “I know how to make ‘em squeal.”(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) A catchy political ad and a gotcha video have raised Republican hopes of capturing a U.S. Senate seat in Iowa, enhancing the party’s chances of regaining control of the chamber. Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat, is retiring after three decades, and Republicans are adding that seat to their list of winnable races in the November elections. One reason is a commercial by a GOP hopeful that drew attention on the Internet: “I grew up on an Iowa farm castrating hogs, so when I get to Washington, I’ll know how to cut pork,” says state Sen. Joni Ernst. She concludes, with a smile, “Let’s make ‘em squeal.” Another reason is a gaffe, caught on video, by U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democrat who wants a promotion to the Senate and has no opponent in the June 3 primary. In the video, …

    April 18, 2014 10:08 pm
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Stocks

  • Detroit pension cuts hit civilian workers hardest


    Retired Detroit worker Donald Smith, 69, is facing a 4.5% cut to his pension benefits. As Detroit moved closer to plugging its massive financial hole this week, a stark fact of life was hammered home for thousands of retirees: Civilian employees, including sanitation and office workers, could end up bearing the brunt of pension cuts. The city reached tentative deals with its two pension funds. One represents Detroit’s non-uniformed workers, and the other covers police and firefighters. The good news: Both pension plans are now facing much smaller cuts than those initially proposed. But civilian employees are poised to take a bigger hit than their counterparts in the police and fire departments. If the new proposals are approved, these retirees will suffer 4.5% cuts in pension benefits and lose cost of living increases going forward. In other words, pension checks will get smaller and then lose purchasing power in future years because of inflation. On …

    April 18, 2014 10:29 pm
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Sports

  • Stanton’s slam in 9th lifts Marlins past M’s


    Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Giancarlo Stanton’s grand slam in the ninth inning gave the Miami Marlins a dramatic 8-4 win over the Seattle Mariners to open a three-game set. Three straight batters reached base against Yoervis Medina (0-1) to set the plate for Stanton, who cracked a 1-1 curveball over the wall in left-center for the win. Stanton finished the game 3-for-3 with five RBI and two runs scored, while Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a solo home run for the Marlins, who have won two of three. Nathan Eovaldi pitched six innings and gave up three runs — one earned — on seven hits, while Steve Cishek (1-0) tossed a perfect ninth for the win. Brad Miller and Corey Hart each drove in a run for the Mariners, who have dropped their past four. Chris Young was tagged for four runs on seven hits in just three innings of work. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    April 18, 2014 10:29 pm
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World News

  • ‘Sorry’ ferry captain tells of delay


    19 April 2014 Last updated at 04:25 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Sewol Capt Lee Joon-seok: “I am sorry to the people of South Korea” The captain of a South Korean ferry that sank this week said he delayed giving evacuation orders because he feared passengers would “drift away”. Lee Joon-seok, 69, was arrested with two crew members on Friday. He has been criticised for not giving orders to evacuate soon enough. Divers reported seeing three bodies in the ship on Saturday but were not able to retrieve them. The number of missing stands at 273 with 29 confirmed dead. Some 174 passengers were rescued. Rescue operations are continuing for a fourth day but officials say visibility is poor and strong currents are making the work difficult. The captain faces charges including negligence of duty and violation of maritime law. Investigations are focusing on a sharp turn the vessel took before …

    April 18, 2014 11:30 pm
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Technology

  • Exclusive: Nike fires majority of FuelBand team, will stop making wearable hardware


    Sarah Tew/CNET Nike is gearing up to shutter its wearable-hardware efforts, and the sportswear company this week fired the majority of the team responsible for the development of its FuelBand fitness tracker, a person familiar with the matter told CNET. “As a fast-paced, global business we continually align resources with business priorities,” Nike spokesman Brian Strong said in an email. “As our Digital Sport priorities evolve, we expect to make changes within the team, and there will be a small number of layoffs. We do not comment on individual employment matters.” The company informed members of the 70-person hardware team — part of its larger, technology-focused Digital Sport division comprised of about 200 people — of the job cuts Thursday. About 30 employees reside at Nike’s Hong Kong offices, with the remainder of the team at Nike’s Beaverton, Ore., headquarters. Nike’s Digital Sport hardware team focused on areas like industrial design; manufacturing operations; electrical and …

    April 18, 2014 9:48 pm
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Science

  • Deadly human pathogen Cryptococcus fully sequenced


    Related images(click to enlarge) Within each strand of DNA lies the blueprint for building an organism, along with the keys to its evolution and survival. These genetic instructions can give valuable insight into why pathogens like Cryptococcus neoformans — a fungus responsible for a million cases of pneumonia and meningitis every year — are so malleable and dangerous. Now researchers have sequenced the entire genome and all the RNA products of the most important pathogenic lineage of Cryptococcus neoformans, a strain called H99. The results, which appear April 17 in PLOS Genetics, also describe a number of genetic changes that can occur after laboratory handling of H99 that make it more susceptible to stress, hamper its ability to sexually reproduce and render it less virulent. The study provides a playbook that can be used to understand how the pathogen causes disease and develop methods to keep it from evolving into even deadlier strains. “We are …

    April 18, 2014 9:49 pm
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Health

  • Supreme Court denies Teva stay in Copaxone patent fight


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday denied a request by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd to stay a lower-court ruling in a patent case that favored the developers of generic versions of Teva’s top-selling multiple sclerosis drug. The decision could help pave the way for generic competitors of Teva’s Copaxone drug to go on the market as soon as next month. Teva had sought to prevent the lower-court ruling from going into effect while the Supreme Court considers its appeal in the patent fight. At issue is a July 2013 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in favor of two teams developing cheaper generic forms of Copaxone: one comprising Novartis AG’s Sandoz Inc and Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc, and the other comprising Mylan Inc and Natco Pharma Ltd. In his decision on Friday, Roberts, in a brief opinion, wrote that he was not convinced Teva had …

    April 18, 2014 10:08 pm
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Entertainment

  • Sophia Bush’s boyfriend on Everest during deadly avalanche


    Tragedy struck Mount Everest overnight when an avalanche took the lives of at least 12 people. Actress Sophia Bush was personally affected by the avalanche and showed her thankfulness for the safety of someone she loves. INTERVIEW: Sophia Bush has an important message for girls  Bush’s boyfriend Dan Fredinburg was apparently on the mountain when the avalanche hit, but Bush reported he was safe. For all concerned, @danfredinburg team are safe at Camp 1 on #Everest after the avalanche. Please keep the Sherpas in your prayers. — Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) April 18, 2014 Fredinburg is a program manager at Google and had been posting photos of his trip on Instagram. On Thursday, he posted a photo along with the caption “Day 25: Super hero shot in front of the beautiful icefall. We went in it and came back out more energized than ever. #everestawesome #khumbuicefall.” Bush also Instagrammed a photo of inspirational words for the …

    April 18, 2014 10:29 pm
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Editorial

  • Why did a news outlet cancel this church’s Easter ad?


    An ad for the Christian evangelical congregation Journey Church, which will run on the Capital New York website after the New York City news organization earlier told the group it was going to pull the advertising campaign.The Journey Church A New York City news organization has apologized after it canceled a church’s advertising campaign promoting its Easter Sunday services – just three days before Good Friday. The Journey Church, a Christian evangelical congregation, paid $1,400 to run a series of ads on the Capital New York website. Capital New York is a sister publication of Politico. And for the sake full disclosure, I attend The Journey Church. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The advertisement read: “You’re invited to discover #HOPE at The Journey Church this Sunday April 20. Click here to discover how you can find hope when you feel like giving up.” Pastor Kerrick Thomas tells me the advertisement ran on Capital New York’s website earlier in …

    April 18, 2014 10:08 pm
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Odd News

  • Fly me to Sochi, demands Cathay passenger armed with chocolate bar, court hears


    HONG KONG (Reuters) – A passenger on board a Hong Kong-bound Cathay Pacific flight, armed only with a Toblerone chocolate bar, demanded the plane fly to Sochi so he could watch the Winter Olympics, a court heard. Antti Oskari Manselius, 23, from Finland, also made a false bomb threat on the February 14 flight from Amsterdam and said he was robbing the plane, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday. Manselius pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct and giving false information about a bomb when he appeared in court on Thursday, the Post said. He said he was trying to entertain the other passengers and was making “fun and jokes”. Two flight attendants told the court that they saw Manselius walking towards the cockpit. He had two economy-class blankets wrapped around his head and was wearing another like a cape. He held the Toblerone chocolate bar “like a sword”, the newspaper said, quoting one …

    April 18, 2014 9:42 am
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