• US case against Abu Hamza to start

    US case against Abu Hamza to start

    17 April 2014 Last updated at 05:33 Abu Hamza was extradited to the US after an eight-year legal battle Prosecutors in New York are due to start outlining their case against Abu Hamza al-Masri, the...
  • Red moon at night; stargazer’s delight

    Related images(click to enlarge) Monday night’s lunar eclipse proved just as delightful as expected to those able to view it. On the East Coast, cloudy skies may have gotten in the way, but at the...
  • Every dog has his day in court, in New Jersey

    (Reuters) – Call him juror K-9. A computer glitch is likely to blame for a summons that called a German Shepherd to report for jury duty, court officials in New Jersey’s Cumberland County said on...
  • Big Brother really is watching you (It’s your IT manager)

    Big Brother really is watching you (It’s your IT manager)

    Be careful what you wish for. ComputerRepairsMiami/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET You know you’re being followed, don’t you? You know that governments, phone companies, and all those sneaker-wearing pups at Google are interested in your...
  • Tencent brings Candy Crush to China

    Tencent brings Candy Crush to China

    17 April 2014 Last updated at 03:21 Candy Crush Saga is King’s most popular game and the biggest contributor to its revenue China’s internet giant Tencent will launch the popular Candy Crush game on the...
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas back together

    Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas back together

    Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas made a huge statement on Tuesday night without having to say a word. Sorry, Heidi Klum and Seal are not getting back together  In their first public appearance together since...

Headline News

  • Long-term inmate who robbed bank because he was homesick for prison to be sentenced


    CHICAGO –   Walter Unbehaun has spent nearly all of his adult life behind bars, so it’s not surprising that he awaits sentencing for yet another crime, a bank robbery last year. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Unbehaun’s reason for robbing the bank is surprising, though: He was homesick for prison. The 74-year-old Unbehaun showed a Chicago-area bank teller a revolver in his waistband and told her softly over and over, “I don’t want to hurt you.” He drove to a nearby motel with more than $4,000 in loot and waited for police to arrive. Confronted by police in the motel parking lot, Unbehaun dropped his cane, raised his hands and startled the officers by his apparent joy at getting nabbed. That’s according to prosecutors and his own attorney. He’s scheduled to be sentenced later Thursday.

    April 17, 2014 12:42 am
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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

  • Ousted Yahoo exec gets $58 million golden parachute


    Henrique de Castro’s golden parachute is worth nearly $58 million. Former chief operating officer Henrique de Castro left Yahoo with an severance package worth $58 million, according to a regulatory document filed Wednesday with the SEC. The golden parachute is among the most generous in history, and especially notable given than de Castro worked at Yahoo for only 15 months. De Castro was shown the door in January by CEO Marissa Mayer, apparently due to disappointing performance in improving Yahoo’s advertising revenue. Mayer reportedly announced his departure at the time in a memo to staffers that said, “I made the difficult decision that our COO, Henrique de Castro, should leave the company.” Mayer and de Castro — two former Google executives — were under tremendous pressure to revive Yahoo’s battered core business. Somewhere along the line, Mayer decided that de Castro was not a good fit for the job. Yahoo (YHOO, Fortune 500) said in …

    April 17, 2014 12:01 am
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Sports

  • Brazil unveils $10 billion infrastructure budget for Rio Olympics


    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazilian authorities unveiled an infrastructure budget of 24.1 billion reais ($10.76 billion) for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, 25 percent more than planned, as they try to reassure the world they can deliver facilities on time. The budget covers 27 projects in urban development and public transport, including 8 billion reais for a newly added fourth metro line for Rio, Brazil’s congested second largest city, where getting around town is an ordeal. Other initially envisaged projects were excluded, such as the upgrade to Rio’s international airport Galeao, which has been handed to private operators. Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes said the higher budget was due to the inclusion of new projects and inflation, which has blown up costs by 30 percent since Rio won hosting rights for the event in 2009. Paes said 57 percent of the infrastructure costs would be paid for with public funds, coming from federal, state and …

    April 17, 2014 12:42 am
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World News

  • US case against Abu Hamza to start


    17 April 2014 Last updated at 05:33 Abu Hamza was extradited to the US after an eight-year legal battle Prosecutors in New York are due to start outlining their case against Abu Hamza al-Masri, the radical cleric extradited from the UK in 2012. The Egyptian-born preacher denies 11 terrorism charges including providing support to al-Qaeda and trying to set up an al-Qaeda training camp in Oregon. He was extradited from a UK prison, having been jailed for seven years for inciting murder and race hate. It was specified that he must be tried in a civilian court in the US. This stipulation was made by British and European court rulings after a legal battle which began when the US requested Abu Hamza’s extradition in 2004. Abu Hamza sat in court on Monday as District Judge Katherine Forrest explained the 11 charges against him to potential jurors. Kidnap charges In February, Abu Hamza wrote to the …

    April 17, 2014 1:23 am
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Technology

  • Big Brother really is watching you (It’s your IT manager)


    Be careful what you wish for. ComputerRepairsMiami/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET You know you’re being followed, don’t you? You know that governments, phone companies, and all those sneaker-wearing pups at Google are interested in your every move. Admit it, there’s a part of you that quite likes it. It’s better to have the impersonal and the inanimate care about you than no one at all. However, there’s another occasional snoop from whom your eye shouldn’t often stray. It’s the friendly, occasionally disheveled IT manager at your place of work. They see things, you know. There’s a certain fascination, therefore, in reading the results of a survey of 300 IT Managers performed last month on behalf of TeamViewer. This is a company that, stunningly, seems very focused on “the development and distribution of high-end solutions for online communication, collaboration and remote monitoring of IT systems.” In this survey, 92 percent of IT personnel admitted that they …

    April 17, 2014 1:22 am
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Science

  • Red moon at night; stargazer’s delight


    Related images(click to enlarge) Monday night’s lunar eclipse proved just as delightful as expected to those able to view it. On the East Coast, cloudy skies may have gotten in the way, but at the National Science Foundation’s National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) near Tucson, Ariz., the skies offered impressive viewing. Nicknamed a “blood moon,” this lunar eclipse’s color was similar to the majority of lunar eclipses. This has to do with Earth’s atmosphere’s propensity for longer-wavelength light (e.g., the reds, oranges and yellows seen in sunrises and sunsets). However, according to NOAO Astronomer Stephen Pompea, the lunar eclipse’s hue means more than just a pretty moon. “The study of the color of lunar eclipses can be used to understand dust in the stratosphere including the amount and particle size of dust injected by volcanic eruptions,” he said. “Understanding the amount of dust can help scientists create better models of climate change.” For those who …

    April 17, 2014 1:22 am
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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

  • Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas back together


    Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas made a huge statement on Tuesday night without having to say a word. Sorry, Heidi Klum and Seal are not getting back together  In their first public appearance together since the two separated about eight months ago, the duo confirmed speculation that they have reconciled as a married couple. Zeta-Jones and Douglas walked the red carpet for The Library‘s opening night at the Public Theater in New York City, according to E! News. The two were presumably at the event to support the play’s creator and director, Steven Soderbergh, whom both thespians have worked with on several occasions. Word that Zeta-Jones, 44, and Douglas, 69, had split surfaced back in August of 2013 and there were rumors that a big reason behind the breakup was Douglas’ son, Cameron, who is in prison on drug charges until 2018. “Cameron is in solitary confinement and hasn’t seen his father in an eternity, …

    April 17, 2014 12:01 am
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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

  • Every dog has his day in court, in New Jersey


    (Reuters) – Call him juror K-9. A computer glitch is likely to blame for a summons that called a German Shepherd to report for jury duty, court officials in New Jersey’s Cumberland County said on Wednesday. Barrett Griner IV, of Bridgeton, said he opened a jury summons on Friday addressed to “IV Griner,” the name of his 5-year-old dog. “It was just funny,” he said. “I got mail for my dog.” The court did not actually request that a dog serve on a jury, said Mark Sprock, the local trial court administrator. He said a computer probably misread Griner’s numerical suffix IV as his first name. “It probably picked up that IV, which is usually after his name, from one of the databases and put it into his first name slot in the jury system,” Sprock said. Typically, someone getting such an erroneous jury summons can call the court offices and the error will be …

    April 17, 2014 1:22 am
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