Headline News

  • Most Americans see combating climate change as a moral duty


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A significant majority of Americans say combating climate change is a moral issue that obligates them – and world leaders – to reduce carbon emissions, a Reuters/IPSOS poll has found.     The poll of 2,827 Americans was conducted in February to measure the impact of moral language, including interventions by Pope Francis, on the climate change debate. In recent months, the pope has warned about the moral consequences of failing to act on rising global temperatures, which are expected to disproportionately affect the lives of the world’s poor.     The result of the poll suggests that appeals based on ethics could be key to shifting the debate over climate change in the United States, where those demanding action to reduce carbon emissions and those who resist it are often at loggerheads.     Two-thirds of respondents (66 percent) said that world leaders are morally obligated to take action to reduce CO2 emissions. And 72 …

    February 27, 2015 12:27 am
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Politics

  • U.S., Cuba to meet for second round of normalization talks


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Cuban and U.S. officials meet in Washington on Friday for a second round of talks aimed at restoring diplomatic relations, amid friction over Cuba’s place on a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. The one-day talks, led by senior diplomats, stem from the decision announced by the two Cold War era foes on Dec. 17 to work to normalize relations, including opening embassies in each other’s countries, and to exchange prisoners. Washington severed diplomatic relations with Cuba 54 years ago. Communist-run Cuba is pressing the United States to remove it from its terrorism list before the official restoration of diplomatic ties. It says sanctions on banks that do business with designated countries impede it from conducting diplomatic affairs in the United States. The Obama administration is nearing completion of its review of Cuba’s place on the terrorism sponsors list that must be submitted to Congress before Cuba’s name can be removed, …

    February 27, 2015 1:08 am
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Stocks

  • The Bill O’Reilly controversies: Where they stand


    Bill O’Reilly is used to attracting criticism for what he says on Fox News. But over the last week, O’Reilly has mostly drawn scrutiny for what he did — or didn’t do — long before he became the top-rated host in cable news. What started with questions about his accounts from the Falklands War has widened with fresh doubts about other stories he’s told over the years. Here’s where the dispute stands. ‘War zone’ The challenge: Liberal magazine Mother Jones questioned O’Reilly’s claims about covering the 1982 Falklands War as a correspondent for CBS News. The magazine’s report last week cited several examples of O’Reilly saying that he covered the conflict from a “war zone,” a “combat situation” or “in the Falklands.” O’Reilly and his CBS News colleagues were actually based in Buenos Aires, thousands of miles from the Falkland Islands. O’Reilly has also claimed that his cameraman was injured and “many were killed” during …

    February 26, 2015 11:27 pm
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Sports

  • Ottawa goalie Andrew Hammond gets 2nd straight shutout, ends LA Kings’ 8-game win streak, 1-0


    Ottawa Senators goalie Andrew Hammond makes a glove save during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (The Associated Press) Ottawa Senators goalie Andrew Hammond deflects a shot during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (The Associated Press) Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris, right, is struck and injured by the puck as Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (The Associated Press) Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick deflects a shot during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (The Associated Press) Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki, left, …

    February 27, 2015 12:27 am
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World News

  • HK woman jailed for abusing maid


    27 February 2015 Last updated at 05:55 Law (pictured) abused Ms Erwiana over the course of eight months in 2013 A Hong Kong woman convicted of abusing her Indonesian maid has been jailed for six years. Law Wan-tung was found guilty earlier this month of causing grievous bodily harm, criminal intimidation and failure to pay wages. The maid, Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, drew global attention last year when she returned to Indonesia in need of hospital treatment. During the trial, she described being beaten and starved by her employer. The case drew intense scrutiny in Hong Kong, where a significant number of families rely on domestic helpers. The city’s residents employ about 300,000 maids from other parts of Asia, mainly Indonesia and the Philippines. ‘Showed no compassion’ Sulistyaningsih (centre) was beaten and starved by Law, the court heard In addition to the jail sentence, Law, 44, was also fined HK$15,000 ($1,934; £1,253). She had faced a maximum …

    February 27, 2015 12:27 am
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Technology

  • Internet-era politics means safe seats are a thing of the past


    It’s always election-time, of course. From the moment the polls close, party strategists are scheming about the pre-ordained date, five years hence, when they will close again. But there’s election-time and there election-time and this is the latter – election-getting-very-close-now time. Figuring out how to use the web to get elected – and to get elected again the next time around – is a problem without an all-purpose answer. The particulars of online electoral campaigning are specific to the party and its situation and the nation in which it is running, but there has been a trajectory in the history of electoral campaigns that we can follow out to get a sense of what our near-term future (the next election) and the one after that (2020, assuming parliament hasn’t been dissolved and replaced by a Star Chamber that rules behind closed doors and will not open them until everyone who’s ever done or thought anything …

    February 27, 2015 1:08 am
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Science

  • Study affirms role of specialized protein in assuring normal cell development


    Scientists at NYU Langone Medical Center and New York University have demonstrated that a specialized DNA-binding protein called CTCF is essential for the precise expression of genes that control the body plan of a developing embryo. The findings, to publish online February 27 in Science, focus on mouse brain cells that work to manage an animal’s movements. The results add important details to how so-called Hox genes help cells keep their positions straight and in the right positions back to front. Hox genes are arranged in particular clusters on an animal genome and only a subset of Hox genes are active in a given cell. Maintaining a precise “memory” from mother cell to daughter cell of active and inactive Hox genes is fundamental to establishing a normal body plan, the researchers report, and failure of that system produces a body part in the wrong anatomical position. “Previous research has shown that CTCF acts as a …

    February 27, 2015 1:08 am
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Health

  • Data from largest U.S. tobacco study shows high use of multiple products


    (Reuters) – Preliminary results from the largest U.S. survey of tobacco consumption show a high number of people use multiple products, adding key data to the debate on the role of e-cigarettes in reducing harm from tobacco. The results of the study, released Thursday, showed 40 percent of tobacco consumers use multiple products, such as cigarillos, hookah and cigars. Half of all combinations involved e-cigarettes. The Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study of 46,000 people, begun in 2011, is designed to answer questions about the tobacco use and behavior and help shape industry regulation. Public health officials have long questioned whether smokers attracted to e-cigarettes will use them to quit smoking or simply as an alternative for use in places where smoking is not allowed. Data released on Thursday did not give definitive insight about why people are using different forms of tobacco. Andrew Hyland, scientific principal investigator on the study and chair …

    February 27, 2015 1:09 am
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian celebrates Instagram milestone in a very naked way (PHOTO)


    More: Kardashians get paid $100 million for a new TV deal It’s time to choose: Are you #TeamKimK or #TeamBeyoncé? Because the time to make that decision is upon us. The two are officially tied for most Instagram followers. And maybe the way Kim Kardashian celebrated evening up the score will tip the scales in her favor: Instead of, say, a nice, heartwarming message to her fans, Kim celebrated with an almost-naked selfie, because of course she did. 27 mil!!!!! Thank you so much!!!! I love you all!!!!! A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Feb 26, 2015 at 1:42pm PST The snap, posted Thursday, looks like it might also be a #TBT, since the leopard print undies-clad Mrs. Kanye West has long hair in the photo and she’s been rocking a shorter style these days. “27 mil!!!!! Thank you so much!!!! I love you all!!!!!” she captioned the risqué, semi-NSFW snap. It’s …

    February 26, 2015 11:47 pm
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Editorial

  • Save the Internet: FCC Net Neutrality rules worst example of government intervention… ever


    Of all the government interventions by the Obama administration, the plan released Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the Internet is the worst. Yes, ObamaCare is massive and is clogging one-sixth of the economy. But even before ObamaCare, government had a huge imprint on the health care industry with Medicaid and Medicare. Also, regulations on pharmaceutical and insurance industries led to their energies being focused as much on pleasing government bureaucracies as curing illnesses. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT But the Internet is young, fresh, alive and untainted. The FCC’s plan to muddy the pure waters of the Internet pollutes the one free flow of information on the planet. And what hurts as much as witnessing the pollution of the Internet with bureaucratic interference? With the exception of the Republican FCC commissioners, most are being blasé about the whole thing. Make no mistake. The greatest tool for freedom of expression to come along in our lifetime …

    February 26, 2015 9:45 pm
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Odd News

  • NYC trucker accused of avoiding toll with device inspired by James Bond


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A trucker accused of using a James Bond-style retractable bumper to evade a $95 toll on the George Washington Bridge has been charged with using burglary tools, police said on Thursday. Hauling a load of candy across the bridge toward New York City on Wednesday, Pablo Ortega flipped a switch on his dashboard as he approached the toll gates over the Hudson River. That engaged a device that tilted up the truck’s bumper and attached license plate, said Joseph Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police. “The officer positioned at the toll booth sees the bumper lift to a 90-degree angle. This makes it unreadable to the EZ-Pass reader,” Pentangelo said, referring to the electronic device that collects the toll from vehicles at the bridge entrance at Fort Lee, New Jersey. The Port Authority, which operates the bridge, charges a $95 toll for an …

    February 27, 2015 1:08 am
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