• 3 best podcast apps for easy listening

    These apps make it simple to listen in to your favorite podcasts — and discover new ones. Podcasts are like talk radio, except they’re available on demand and are often a lot smarter. These three...
  • Fourth U.S. Navy official charged in bribery investigation

    SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – The fourth U.S. Navy official charged in the widening corruption investigation of a Singapore-based defense contractor made his first court appearance on Thursday, accused of accepting gifts of cash, electronics and...
  • Zosia Mamet Celebrates Spring With Honor

    ——- “I was thinking of fireflies and a summer wedding…or a funeral,” recalled Honor’s Giovanna Randall. “Something under the stars, a mysterious event, a nighttime party—the idea that sad times and really happy times bring...
  • Facebook removes post about rancher Bundy

    Facebook removes post about rancher Bundy

    Courtesy of the author Courtesy of the author Your friendly neighborhood columnist has once again run afoul of Facebook’s elusive community standards.  Now before you call up the preacher and put me on the church...
  • Free dermatology drug samples come at a cost

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Dermatologists tend to prescribe more expensive medications when they also give their patients drug samples, according to a new U.S. study. “If you’re a patient who receives a sample, you...
  • Rob Ford launches re-election bid

    Rob Ford launches re-election bid

    18 April 2014 Last updated at 02:06 Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been stripped of many of his political powers following an admission of drug use while in office Toronto’s embattled mayor kicked off his...

Headline News

  • Fourth U.S. Navy official charged in bribery investigation


    SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – The fourth U.S. Navy official charged in the widening corruption investigation of a Singapore-based defense contractor made his first court appearance on Thursday, accused of accepting gifts of cash, electronics and luxury hotel stays. Petty Officer First Class Dan Layug, 27, is charged with conspiracy to commit bribery, according to a complaint unsealed on Thursday. Tokyo-based Layug was arrested on Wednesday in San Diego, where he later appeared before a federal judge. He is accused of accepting payments of $1,000 a month, plus expensive electronic gadgets and luxury hotel stays, in exchange for information he provided on Navy ships’ schedules to Glenn Defense Marine Asia, the company at the center of the scandal. The company’s CEO, native Malaysian businessman Leonard Glenn Francis, is charged with plying Navy officials with cash, concert tickets, prostitutes and other gifts to win business. U.S. Navy Commander Michael Misiewicz and Navy criminal investigations special agent John …

    April 18, 2014 1:59 am
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Politics

  • Two justices say high court will likely rule on NSA programs


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two members of the Supreme Court indicated on Thursday night that the court will ultimately have to decide the legality of National Security Agency surveillance activities. The two justices, Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, made the comments during a public event at the National Press Club in Washington. They were responding to questions posed by journalist Marvin Kalb about whether the court would take up cases arising from the recent disclosures about NSA surveillance, most notably by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The justices did not discuss specific NSA programs. There are various lawsuits pending around the country challenging the government’s widespread collection of telephone records. A federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled in December that the program was probably unlawful, while a judge in New York held later that month that it was not. Both cases are now on appeal. Scalia, a leading conservative justice, said the court was not …

    April 18, 2014 1:59 am
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Stocks

  • 3 best podcast apps for easy listening


    These apps make it simple to listen in to your favorite podcasts — and discover new ones. Podcasts are like talk radio, except they’re available on demand and are often a lot smarter. These three apps make tuning in easy. BEST OVERALL: Pocket Casts Cost: $4 Platforms: Apple, Android This app won top honors for its practical features and simplicity. Pocket Casts has an easy-to-use directory for searching for new shows, and it downloaded episodes to our device faster than any other app we tried. To learn more about a show, just tap the name of the episode for a pop-up description (swipe it away when you’re done). The app lets you create podcast playlists in two ways: by manually selecting the episodes you want to hear, or by grouping downloads using filters like “unplayed” and “video.” It also allows you to sync your shows between devices: We started playing Morningstar’s Investing Insights on an …

    April 18, 2014 2:19 am
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Sports

  • Replacement Asian Games hosts needed fast, not Singapore: ICO Vice President Ng Ser Miang


    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The Olympic Council of Asia must move fast to find a replacement city to host the 2019 Asian Games, International Olympic Committee Vice President Ng Ser Miang told Reuters on Friday, but ruled out his suitable Singapore homeland as an option. Vietnam’s government announced their surprise decision on Thursday to quit as hosts of the event in their capital Hanoi, citing a lack of preparedness and concerns that holding the multi-sport event for the first time would not prove financially viable. Wealthy Singapore will host the much smaller SEA Games in 2015 for 11 Southeast Asian countries in their soon to open $1 billion sports hub, which includes a 55,000 seat stadium, and 6,000 capacity aquatics center, but were not seeking any extra work load at short notice. “With the process of selecting a city and preparing the city for the Games, time is of essence as we are only five years …

    April 18, 2014 1:59 am
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World News

  • Rob Ford launches re-election bid


    18 April 2014 Last updated at 02:06 Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been stripped of many of his political powers following an admission of drug use while in office Toronto’s embattled mayor kicked off his re-election campaign at an event his brother and campaign aide called “history in the making”. Rob Ford thanked his supporters at the Toronto Congress Centre on Thursday, the venue where he also celebrated his mayoral win in 2010. Mr Ford has been stripped of many of his powers after admitting to using and purchasing drugs while mayor. He faces two major challengers in the 27 October election. Conduct code “No matter what challenges lay ahead, no matter what mud is thrown at me, my message couldn’t be clearer: I won’t back down,” Mr Ford said to cheering supporters. “The people of Toronto deserve nothing less than accessibility, accountability and transparency,” he added. “I know I’m the right person for the …

    April 18, 2014 1:40 am
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Technology

  • Boot up: Steam data, iPhone 6 panel?, Galaxy S5 (and S4) numbers, and more


    A quick burst of 8 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team Introducing Steam Gauge: Ars reveals Steam’s most popular games Ars Technica Kyle Orland: Right now, I can tell you that about 37% of the roughly 781m games registered to various Steam accounts haven’t even been loaded a single time. I can tell you that Steam users have put an aggregate of about 3.8bn hours into Dota 2. I can tell you that Steam users tend to put nearly 600% more time into the multiplayer mode on Modern Warfare 2 than the single player mode. Basically, I can give you an idea of how any of the thousands of games on Steam have performed, both in terms of sales and gameplay hours. An amazing piece of data-driven journalism that wouldn’t have been feasible or affordable (because of its processing demand) even a few years ago. First photo of purported …

    April 18, 2014 1:39 am
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Science

  • Clean air: Fewer sources for self-cleaning


    Related images(click to enlarge) Up to now, HONO, also known as nitrous acid, was considered one of the most important sources of hydroxyl radicals (OH), which are regarded as the detergent of the atmosphere, allowing the air to clean itself. A research group from Jülich has put an end to this conception. The new hypothesis is based on air measurements recorded by a Zeppelin NT within the framework of the EU PEGASOS project. The prevailing assumption about the role of HONO in atmospheric chemistry as a pure source of radicals now has to be completely overhauled. The results have appeared in the peer-reviewed journal Science. OH radicals are central to the air’s self-cleaning capacity. In the global atmosphere, they are most frequently formed when ozone is split by sunlight. For the lowest atmospheric layer, referred to as the planetary boundary layer and extending to an altitude of up to two kilometres, there used to be …

    April 18, 2014 1:39 am
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Health

  • Free dermatology drug samples come at a cost


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Dermatologists tend to prescribe more expensive medications when they also give their patients drug samples, according to a new U.S. study. “If you’re a patient who receives a sample, you may perceive that doctor is giving you better care because they gave you a gift,” Dr. Alfred Lane told Reuters Health. “But that doctor may have increased your medical costs by giving you that sample.” Lane is the study’s senior author, from the Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California. Addressing fellow dermatologists, he added, “You have to realize that these samples are making you write more expensive prescriptions.” In an editorial accompanying the new study in JAMA Dermatology, Dr. Kenneth Katz and colleagues from Kaiser Permanente Northern California note that the drug industry in 2011 distributed $6.3 billion of samples. In principle, samples are intended to be beneficial – for example, they allow patients to try a drug …

    April 18, 2014 1:59 am
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Entertainment

  • Columbus Short’s wife alleges he threatened murder/suicide


    It’s been a rocky year for Columbus Short. In a time that would be better spent celebrating the success of his hit show, Scandal, the actor has instead found himself embroiled in courtroom battles and alleged violence. Metal singer admits he attempted to have his wife killed  Following an arrest warrant that stemmed from a bar fight in March, Columbus’ wife, Tanee McCall-Short, has filed for a restraining order and a divorce, according to CNN. She is also making some pretty hefty allegations. In Tanee’s sworn statement, she told a disturbing story in which an intoxicated Columbus threatened to hit her with a wine bottle and then dumped the bottle’s contents on her before he then “grabbed a knife from the kitchen and pinned me to the couch and began to choke me,” she said. “He placed the knife close to my neck and threatened to kill me and then kill himself.” Columbus then allegedly …

    April 18, 2014 12:18 am
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Editorial

  • Facebook removes post about rancher Bundy


    Courtesy of the author Courtesy of the author Your friendly neighborhood columnist has once again run afoul of Facebook’s elusive community standards.  Now before you call up the preacher and put me on the church prayer list – let me assure the posting was neither unseemly nor ungentlemanly.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT This time I was censored for writing something about Rancher Cliven Bundy. I reached out to Facebook to find out which part of the message violated their standards. Never heard back. I realized I had landed in the Facebook gulag when I tried to post our daily Bible verse.  However, I was unable to post anything because Facebook had taken great offense to something I had written. “We removed something your page posted,” Facebook told me in a rather unpleasant message. “We removed the post below because it doesn’t follow the Facebook Community Standards.” Now before you call up the preacher and put me on …

    April 18, 2014 1:59 am
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Odd News

  • Live free or die: New Hampshire moves to decriminalize adultery


    BOSTON (Reuters) – New Hampshire lawmakers on Thursday voted to scrap an ancient law that makes cheating on your spouse a criminal offense in the New England state whose motto is “Live Free or Die.” Governor Maggie Hassan is expected to sign the bill into law, making adultery legal in the Granite State for the first time in hundreds of years. Back in 1791, being unfaithful in New Hampshire earned you an hour of public embarrassment on the gallows, as many as 39 lashes, a one-year prison sentence, and a big fine. That punishment has gradually been ratcheted back to an unenforced fine, but lawmakers on Thursday said even that was too much. A spokesman for the state Senate said the bill to repeal the crime of adultery passed Thursday with a voice vote. More than 20 states still have laws against adultery, and some, including Michigan and Wisconsin, still consider it a felony offense. …

    April 17, 2014 5:32 pm
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