• Kanye’s world: Class, luxury and Steve Jobs

    Kanye’s world: Class, luxury and Steve Jobs

    Kanye West, pictured here in London for Fashion Week last month, delivered a “stream of consciousness” speech at Oxford University on Tuesday, pontificating on Steve Jobs and what it’s like to grow up middle class...
  • MLS on brink of players’ strike

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Major League Soccer is on the verge of a players’ strike as talks on a new collective contract have failed to bring a deal with just two days until the start of...
  • WW2 ‘Japan battleship wreck found’

    WW2 ‘Japan battleship wreck found’

    4 March 2015 Last updated at 14:16 The Musashi came under sustained attack by waves of US aircraft in October 1944 American billionaire Paul Allen has announced the discovery of the famous World War Two...
  • Thirty feared dead in Ukraine mine

    Thirty feared dead in Ukraine mine

    4 March 2015 Last updated at 13:57 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Tom Burridge reports from the mine entrance where relatives have gathered A suspected gas blast at a coal mine...
  • Open hosts Royal St George’s to allow women members

    LONDON (Reuters) – Royal St George’s, one of three male-only clubs on the British Open rota, has voted to allow women members for the first time, British media reported on Wednesday. “The Royal St George’s...
  • Opening statements due in Boston Marathon bombing trial

    This undated file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013, by the FBI shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (AP/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File) FILE – This undated file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013,...
  • India vows rapist interview inquiry

    India vows rapist interview inquiry

    4 March 2015 Last updated at 13:08 The rape led to mass protests and vigils in Delhi Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh has promised an inquiry into how a TV crew gained permission to interview...

Headline News

  • WW2 ‘Japan battleship wreck found’


    4 March 2015 Last updated at 14:16 The Musashi came under sustained attack by waves of US aircraft in October 1944 American billionaire Paul Allen has announced the discovery of the famous World War Two Japanese battleship, the Musashi, more than 70 years after it was sunk by US forces. Mr Allen said the vessel was found by his private exploration team. It was at a depth of more than 1km (3,280ft) on the floor of the Sibuyan Sea off the Philippines. The Musashi and its sister vessel, the Yamato, were two of the largest battleships ever built. US warplanes sank the Musashi on 24 October 1944 during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, believed to be the biggest naval encounter of World War Two in which American and Australian forces defeated the Japanese. Photos of parts of the Musashi have been released on Mr Allen’s Twitter account, including this image of a valve This photo …

    March 4, 2015 8:28 am
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Politics

  • Has Boehner survived the Homeland Security debacle?


    By CHARLES BABINGTON March 4, 2015 House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio returns to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) House Speaker John Boehner’s job is safe despite passing yet another big bill that most of his Republican colleagues oppose, as he did Tuesday to avert defunding the Department of Homeland Security. But Boehner and his leadership team appear destined to confront fratricidal fights for months to come. The friction exposes deep GOP ideological differences as the 2016 presidential campaign gets under way. For all the Washington chatter of a possible Republican coup against Boehner — the perpetually tanned, cigarette-smoking deal-maker from Ohio — few lawmakers gave it credence Tuesday. “It would take Democrat cooperation to do that, which is never going to happen,” said Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina, a frequent critic of Republican leaders. The mere subject, he said, “is irrelevant.” GOP Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona said …

    March 4, 2015 6:28 am
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Stocks

  • Kanye’s world: Class, luxury and Steve Jobs


    Kanye West, pictured here in London for Fashion Week last month, delivered a “stream of consciousness” speech at Oxford University on Tuesday, pontificating on Steve Jobs and what it’s like to grow up middle class without access to $5,000 sweaters. Kanye West, the multi-millionaire rap star designer of $350 haute couture shoes, has a lot to say about luxury. And he’s very critical. West — who Forbes said made $30 million last year — spoke out against the high-end world in a lecture at Oxford University on Tuesday. At the same time, he admitted the shirt on his back was probably worth $2,000, but he wasn’t certain because “I got it for free from the designer.” His musings ranged from class division to the emptiness of advertising and the unfairness of overpriced luxury goods. He also criticized the late Steve Jobs — his “favorite person” — for being selfish and not sharing his technical brilliance …

    March 4, 2015 8:48 am
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Sports

  • MLS on brink of players’ strike


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Major League Soccer is on the verge of a players’ strike as talks on a new collective contract have failed to bring a deal with just two days until the start of the new season. The players’ union (MLSPU) and club and league representatives were locked in talks late on Tuesday at the offices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in the capital but no deal was reached. Negotiations are expected to go down to the wire on Wednesday as the two sides seek to craft a new five-year collective bargaining agreement. The previous CBA ran out on Jan. 31. MLS’s 20th season is scheduled to start on Friday when defending champions LA Galaxy host the Chicago Fire. With Chicago due to fly out to that game on Wednesday, the pressure is on both sides to avoid disruption to the start of the campaign. The main sticking point appears to be …

    March 4, 2015 8:28 am
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World News

  • Thirty feared dead in Ukraine mine


    4 March 2015 Last updated at 13:57 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Tom Burridge reports from the mine entrance where relatives have gathered A suspected gas blast at a coal mine in a rebel-held region of east Ukraine is believed to have killed some 30 miners, the rebels told the BBC. One is confirmed dead and 14 were injured at the Zasyadko mine, which saw Ukraine’s worst mine disaster nearly eight years ago when 101 were killed. Anxious relatives of miners have gathered at the scene to await news. There are fears the rebels lack the resources to deal with the disaster, the BBC’s Tom Burridge reports. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has demanded access to the mine for government rescuers and police. A mine union official, Mikhail Volynets, told a Ukrainian TV channel there had been no fighting in the area in recent days. While Ukraine’s economy has significantly shrunk since …

    March 4, 2015 8:28 am
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Technology

  • Xiaomi enters Europe with accessories store – but no phones yet


    Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is taking its first step into Europe by opening an online store this year, the company has announced. The five-year-old company – dubbed “China’s Apple” – recently became the third largest smartphone manufacturer despite only selling its phones in China. In Europe it will start selling its Mi Band fitness tracker, headphones and battery packs, but not its eagerly anticipated smartphones. If Xiaomi begin selling smartphones such as its well-received Mi Note 4 phablet in the US and Europe, the company would be likely to face legal challenges over patent infringement. Lin Bin, Xiaomi co-founder, recently said that intellectual property was “not the most important matrix”. However, it was one factor that he and CEO Lei Jun use when planning country-launch strategies. “It’s going to be a different Mi.com experience from what we have in our markets in Asia, because we’re not selling phones,” Xiaomi’s global vice president and former Google …

    March 4, 2015 6:07 am
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Science

  • Float like a mosquito, sting like a … mosquito


    Related images(click to enlarge) Small semi-aqueous arthropods, such as mosquitoes and water striders, are free to go about their waterborne business thanks to their unique leg-based adaptations, which repel water and allow them to float freely on the surface. By examining the forces that the segments of mosquito legs generate against a water surface, researchers at the China University of Petroleum (Huadong) and Liaoning University of Technology have unraveled the mechanical logic that allows the mosquitoes to walk on water, which may help in the design of biomimetic structures, such as aquatic robots and small boats. “The current analyses deepen our understanding of the mechanisms of water-walking of these aquatic insects,” said Jianlin Liu, a professor in the Department of Engineering Mechanics at the China University of Petroleum. They describe their current research in the journal AIP Advances, from AIP Publishing. Mosquitoes land on still bodies of water to lay their eggs just under the …

    March 4, 2015 6:28 am
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Health

  • Heroin Overdose Deaths Quadrupled Since 2000


    WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Heroin overdose deaths have skyrocketed in recent years, quadrupling since 2000, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday. At the same time, poisoning deaths related to painkiller abuse have leveled off, even dropping slightly in recent years, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prescription drug addicts are turning to heroin due to successful efforts to curb narcotic painkiller abuse, said Kelly Dunn, an assistant professor in the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. It’s now harder to obtain prescription narcotics, thanks to improved tracking and regulation of the drugs, Dunn said. In addition, manufacturers have changed the formulation of painkillers like OxyContin to make them more difficult to abuse. “Heroin’s cheaper and easily available, and we’re seeing increases in places that traditionally haven’t had much heroin use,” Dunn said. “Once people are dependent on prescription drugs, it’s very …

    March 4, 2015 6:28 am
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Entertainment

  • Bill Cosby accused of making victim smear imaginary oatmeal all over her face


    In an interview with BuzzFeed, a woman who requested to be identified only as “Patricia” for privacy reasons said that she was assaulted twice by Cosby, once in 1978 and again in 1980. Much of her story closely resembles that of the other women who have stepped forward, but there are a few new details that, if true, are truly out there. Patricia said she accepted a dinner invitation at Cosby’s home with the assumption that his wife would be in attendance as well — but Camille was nowhere to be found. Instead, the comedian arranged an intimate meal in front of the fireplace and some very strange acting exercises. More: Snoop Dogg and Jimmy Kimmel make a sick, disappointing Cosby joke (VIDEO) “I felt alarm bells go off because it did feel intimate, but I was trying to be so grown up and mature,” she told BuzzFeed, adding that she accepted a drink from …

    March 4, 2015 8:49 am
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Editorial

  • Supreme Court should nix ObamaCare subsidies, instigate reform


    The Supreme Court could improve American health care by striking down federal subsidies offered through HealthCare.com—the federal exchange that sells insurance in states without government-run marketplaces. Most Americans never wanted the Affordable Care Act. A recent Gallup poll found 56 percent disapprove of the law, and more than 30 states either have not set up exchanges or failed to establish a fully workable website. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Competitive Enterprise Institute, which recruited four Virginia residents to bring suit, argues the Administration cannot offer subsidies through the federal exchange, because the specific wording of the ACA provides for subsidies only through state exchanges. If the Supreme Court concurs, millions of Americans would either have to pay full price for health insurance or lose their coverage. However, private citizens would no longer face stiff taxes if they failed to purchase insurance, and businesses with more than 50 employees would no longer be required to provide coverage. The …

    March 4, 2015 6:47 am
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Odd News

  • German pensioner needs drill to dig for Nazi-looted Amber Room


    BERLIN (Reuters) – A pensioner has started digging in Germany’s western Ruhr region for the Amber Room, a priceless work of art looted by Nazis from the Soviet Union during World War Two and missing for 70 years, but says he needs a new drill to help him. Dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Amber Room was an ornate chamber made of amber panels given to Czar Peter the Great by Prussia’s Friedrich Wilhelm I in 1716. German troops stole the treasure chamber from a palace near St Petersburg in 1941 and took it to Koenigsberg, now the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, before it disappeared. Conspiracy theories abound about the whereabouts of what some say is the world’s most valuable piece of lost art. Some historians think it was destroyed in the war, others say Germans smuggled it to safety. Now 68-year-old pensioner Karl-Heinz Kleine says he thinks the chamber is hidden under …

    March 3, 2015 10:15 am
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