• Elizabeth Olsen: Why nudity is a risk worth taking

    That seems to be an important boundary in the world of entertainment, since nudity provides some vital moments for characters in film. After all, what would Basic Instinct be without Sharon Stone’s open-legged interview scene?...
  • Gallipoli marks centenary Anzac day

    Events were held in honour of those who fell in Gallipoli across Australia and New Zealand on Saturday morning Australia and New Zealand are set to remember soldiers from the two countries who fought at...
  • Price, Rinne, Dubnyk named Vezina finalists

    New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens, Pekka Rinne from the Nashville Predators and Minnesota’s Devan Dubnyk have been named finalists for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender. Price...
  • Bruce Jenner interview: Anticipation builds

    Bruce Jenner interview: Anticipation builds

    There have been promos, predictions, magazine covers and calculations. All that’s left now is to actually hear from Bruce Jenner. Millions will be tuning in on Friday night when ABC airs Diane Sawyer’s exclusive interview...
  • Yemen ex-leader appeals for calm

    Yemen ex-leader appeals for calm

    Fierce fighting has been continuing in the southern city of Aden Yemen’s former president has called on his Houthi rebel allies to withdraw from territory they have seized in return for a halt to Saudi...
  • Swafford one ahead in weather-hit New Orleans

    (Reuters) – American Hudson Swafford, who has benefited from a change to his putting stroke over the past month, surged into a one-shot clubhouse lead in the weather-hit Zurich Classic of New Orleans second round...

Headline News

  • California man ordered to stand trial in 10-year kidnap case


    SANTA ANA, Calif. (Reuters) – A California man accused of abducting his girlfriend’s 15-year-old daughter, marrying her and holding her captive for a decade of physical and sexual abuse was ordered to stand trial on Friday on kidnapping and rape charges. Isidro Medrano Garcia, 41, was set to be tried on five counts of forcible rape, kidnapping to commit rape and lewd acts on a minor after an Orange County Superior Court judge found that prosecutors had presented sufficient evidence against him to proceed. He faces life in prison if found guilty. The case made local headlines when the now-25-year-old woman came forward to tell police that she had been abducted in August 2004 by Garcia, who lived with her family at the time, and that she had been held captive ever since. The woman said she had been sexually assaulted by Garcia and gave birth to his child in 2012. Lawyers for Garcia have …

    April 24, 2015 6:37 pm
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Politics

  • Christie’s wife quits Wall Street job amid speculation he will seek White House


    (Reuters) – Mary Pat Christie, the wife of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, resigned from her Wall Street job, his spokesman confirmed, as her husband contemplates a run for the White House in 2016. Her resignation from New York-based Angelo Gordon Co, which manages hedge funds and alternative investments, is perhaps the clearest sign yet that Christie is likely to officially announce that he will be a Republican 2016 presidential candidate. “Mrs. Christie has decided to take a hiatus from her work in the finance world to spend more time with her family and young children,” said Kevin Roberts, a spokesman for the governor, in an emailed statement. Citing anonymous sources, Fox Business Network reported on Friday that earlier this week, Mary Pat Christie told officials at Angelo Gordon, where she was a managing director, that she would resign as her husband neared a campaign announcement, FOX Business Network reported. Governor Christie has made some …

    April 24, 2015 4:14 pm
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Stocks

  • Bruce Jenner interview: Anticipation builds


    There have been promos, predictions, magazine covers and calculations. All that’s left now is to actually hear from Bruce Jenner. Millions will be tuning in on Friday night when ABC airs Diane Sawyer’s exclusive interview with the former Olympian and current reality TV star. It is widely assumed — but not confirmed — that Jenner will speak for the first time about undergoing a male-to-female transition. Advocates for the transgender community are hopeful that Jenner’s announcement will spark conversations and spur better understanding of gender identity. At the same time, there is some apprehension about the two-hour special, since it could come across as exploitative. Related: 8 TV interviews everybody watched ABC has revealed little about the contents of the interview, which is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET. The special is called “Bruce Jenner: The Interview” — a title that gives nothing away. In short preview clips, Jenner has said things like “My whole life …

    April 24, 2015 6:36 pm
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Sports

  • Price, Rinne, Dubnyk named Vezina finalists


    New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens, Pekka Rinne from the Nashville Predators and Minnesota’s Devan Dubnyk have been named finalists for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender. Price gained the nomination after recording a career, league and franchise high with 44 wins along with personal-bests in goals-against average (1.96), save percentage (.933) and shutouts (9) across 66 appearances for the Habs this past season. Rinne returned with renewed strength following an injury-interrupted 2013-14 campaign due to hip surgery, leading the Preds back to the playoffs after going 41-17-6 with a 2.18 GAA, .923 save percentage and four shutouts. The steady Finn tied for second on the NHL wins list and third in goals-against average. Dubnyk surged into consideration on the back of his impressive performance since arriving in the Twin Cities following a January trade from the Coyotes. He ended the year going 27-9-2, posting a 1.78 GAA …

    April 24, 2015 6:36 pm
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World News

  • Gallipoli marks centenary Anzac day


    Events were held in honour of those who fell in Gallipoli across Australia and New Zealand on Saturday morning Australia and New Zealand are set to remember soldiers from the two countries who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War One. The events throughout Saturday will mark the centenary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzacs) at Gallipoli on Anzac Day. It is estimated more than 11,000 from Australia and New Zealand were killed in the fighting which followed. Anzac Day is arguably Australia’s most important national occasion. Every year, Australia and New Zealand mark the anniversary of the first campaign, and at the same time remember all the military conflicts that followed. Relatives of Anzac soldiers who died at Gallipoli are among those who will attend remembrance events The New Zealand Navy’s HMNZS Te Kaha is among warships that have sailed to Gallipoli for the commemorations The campaign has …

    April 24, 2015 6:36 pm
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Technology

  • Bring diner food home with the Backyard Flat Top Grill


    The Backyard Flat Top Grill knows what dreams are made of. Hammacher Schlemmer The back yard is a place where dreams are made. But every dream has to start somewhere. Usually however, one is still asleep. Not so with the wide-open expanse that the patio can provide. There, in fertile ground, dreams develop and flavor builds, cascading into deliciousness as the scent from a sizzle wafts through the air. Cooking food outdoors opens up more than just our olfactory receptors; it also inspires creativity while providing an overall sense of well-being — oh, and breakfast now too. Like a traditional grill in a diner, the Backyard Flat Top Grill (499.95) provides a wide-open cooking expanse that opens up possibilities. With a large cooking surface and four independently controlled gas burners, the outdoor appliance is designed for cooking everything from breakfast to dinner. Convenient shelving underneath and along the sides provide room for cooking utensils and …

    April 24, 2015 3:34 pm
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Science

  • Texas A&M study finds we think better on our feet, literally


    Related images(click to enlarge) A study from the Texas AM Health Science Center School of Public Health finds students with standing desks are more attentive than their seated counterparts. In fact, preliminary results show 12 percent greater on-task engagement in classrooms with standing desks, which equates to an extra seven minutes per hour of engaged instruction time. The findings, published in the International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, were based on a study of almost 300 children in second through fourth grade who were observed over the course of a school year. Engagement was measured by on-task behaviors such as answering a question, raising a hand or participating in active discussion and off-task behaviors like talking out of turn. Standing desks — also known as stand-biased desks — are raised desks that have stools nearby, enabling students to sit or stand during class at their discretion. Mark Benden, Ph.D., CPE, associate professor at the …

    April 24, 2015 3:55 pm
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Health

  • Drug overlaps, shortages may complicate Teva bid for Mylan


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Teva Pharmaceutical Industries’ bid for Mylan NV would create a company controlling nearly 25 percent of the U.S. generics market, including drugs in short supply, according to industry experts and a Reuters review of regulatory filings. Both issues will factor into any antitrust review, they said. Teva, the world’s largest generic drugmaker, made its $40 billion offer public on Tuesday and quickly signaled it was ready to sell some overlapping assets to win antitrust approval for a deal. Mylan has not responded to the unsolicited bid but has said it wants to remain independent and that the overlap with Teva’s products could scuttle a combination. It is also pursuing a hostile takeover of drugmaker Perrigo Co Plc. Most treatments used by the U.S. public are cheaper generic copies of brand-name medications. The percentage has grown as leading drugs lost patent protection in the last decade and health insurers sought ways to …

    April 24, 2015 4:14 pm
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Entertainment

  • Elizabeth Olsen: Why nudity is a risk worth taking


    That seems to be an important boundary in the world of entertainment, since nudity provides some vital moments for characters in film. After all, what would Basic Instinct be without Sharon Stone’s open-legged interview scene? And Brokeback Mountain wouldn’t have been Brokeback Mountain if Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger hadn’t been willing to go for it. More: The Olsen twins scoff at haters for “uneducated perspective” Actress Elizabeth Olsen understands the significance of this decision. In fact, it’s something she’s clearly thought a lot about. In a new interview with Net-A-Porter’s digital magazine, The Edit, Olsen says she was inspired by the careers of leading ladies like Kate Winslet and Cate Blanchett, who have both taken some risky roles. “I remember watching Holy Smoke and thinking that it was so reassuring to see a young Kate doing something that was so bold in so many ways,” Olsen explained. “I thought to myself, ‘OK, so it …

    April 24, 2015 6:56 pm
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Editorial

  • Where’s God? Just look at the Everglades


    April 22, 2015: An alligator hangs out in the water while President Barack Obama walks nearby on the Anhinga Trail at Everglades National Park, Fla. Obama visited the Everglades on Earth Day to talk about how global warming threatens the U.S. economy. He says rising sea levels are putting the “economic engine for the South Florida tourism industry” at risk. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) President Obama’s Earth Day visit to the Everglades this week was billed as an opportunity to bring attention to climate change.  Sure enough, that was the focus of his speech, though it provided him the added political benefit of tweaking Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio on their own turf.  But the president did not offer his wisest insight until he wrapped up his speech. Standing in the Everglades National Park, President Obama proclaimed that “we are blessed with the most beautiful God-given landscape in the world.” Both aspects of that conclusion …

    April 24, 2015 4:15 pm
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Odd News

  • China to crack down on exotic dancers at village funerals


    BEIJING (Reuters) – China will crack down on strippers who perform at rural funerals, the Ministry of Culture said on Thursday, taking aim at performances it described as illegal and which corrupt “social morals”. State media have said burlesque shows at some funerals aim to draw more mourners and show off the family’s wealth, in a practice that is infrequent, although gaining in popularity. In a notice on its website, the ministry called for a “black list” of people and workplaces that engage in such shows. It singled out a group of burlesque dancers, the Red Rose Song and Dance Troupe, who did a strip-tease after the small-town funeral of an elderly person in the northern province of Hebei in February. The group took off their clothes after performing a traditional song-and-dance routine, the ministry said. One leader of Red Rose, surnamed Li, was punished with 15 days in detention and a fine of 70,000 …

    April 24, 2015 7:50 am
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