• Jay Z promotes music streaming brand

    Jay Z promotes music streaming brand

    Tidal has several big name backers Some of the biggest names in entertainment have re-launched the music subscription service Tidal, which they are billing as the first artist-owned platform for music and video. At an...
  • Bradley steps up as Celtics best Hornets

    Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) – Avery Bradley came up big in an important game for the Boston Celtics, racking up 30 points to lead the way in a 116-104 victory over the Charlotte Hornets. Five other...
  • Arizona governor says he has signed abortion bill into law

    PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona’s Republican governor, Doug Ducey, said on Monday he has signed into law a controversial measure blocking women from buying insurance that includes abortion coverage through the federal healthcare exchange. The fiercely...
  • Indiana to ‘clarify’ religion law

    Indiana to ‘clarify’ religion law

    More than 2,000 people gathered to protest the bill on Saturday, Reuters reported Republican leaders in the Indiana state legislature say they are looking at ways to amend a controversial new “religious freedom” law. The...
  • Extra Points: A few pro day takeaways

    (SportsNetwork.com) – If contradiction was an Olympic sport, Chip Kelly would certainly be medal-worthy judging by his performance at the NFL’s owners meeting but the Eagles coach might have to settle for silver because Daniel...

Headline News

  • One dead, two hurt as vehicle tries to ram U.S. spy agency gates


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two people tried to run their vehicle through the National Security Agency’s gates near Washington on Monday before guards at the spy agency fatally shot one of them, said officials, who added there was no evidence of a link to terrorism. The second occupant of the vehicle was also shot, according to one official, and a police officer was injured. Both suspects, who were dressed in women’s clothes and may be transgender, tried to drive their sport utility vehicle through an entrance at the agency’s Fort Meade, Maryland, headquarters, U.S. law enforcement and security officials said. The motive was not immediately known, but one official said drugs may have been involved in the incident that occurred about 20 miles (32 km) northeast of Washington. Officials told Reuters they could not confirm media reports that weapons and drugs were found in the SUV. The surviving suspect was a resident of Baltimore, a federal …

    March 30, 2015 8:41 pm
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Politics

  • Obama praises Ted Kennedy at opening of Senate replica in Boston


    BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama praised the late Edward Kennedy on Monday at the opening of a Senate chamber replica built in his honor, calling the former Democratic Senator for Massachusetts an inspired leader who bridged the bipartisan divide. “Now, since this is a joyous occasion, this is not the time for me to suggest a slew of new ideas for reform. Although I do have some,” Obama said at the ceremony in Boston. “What if we carried ourselves more like Ted Kennedy?” Obama was one of several speakers to praise “the lion of the Senate” at the inauguration of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, including Vice President Joe Biden, former U.S. Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, and members of the Kennedy family. The centerpiece of the non-profit institute is a full-scale replica of the U.S. Senate chamber. Groups of middle and high school students will assemble …

    March 30, 2015 7:20 pm
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Stocks

  • Connecticut bans state-funded travel to Indiana over anti-gay law


    Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is joining a growing number of voices against a controversial Indiana law that critics say discriminates against gay people. Malloy signed an executive order Monday blocking state-funded travel to Indiana and other states that permit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. “When new laws turn back the clock on progress, we can’t sit idly by,” Malloy said on Twitter (TWTR, Tech30). “We are sending a message that discrimination won’t be tolerated.” The move is in response to a law signed last week by Indian Gov. Mike Pence that allows businesses to refuse service to gay, lesbian and transgender people on religious grounds. Pence and his supporters say the law is designed to protect “religious freedom” and is not discriminatory. But the law come under heavy criticism from gay rights advocates and companies that warned it will hurt the state’s economy. Indiana, which is a destination for sporting events and …

    March 30, 2015 7:40 pm
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Sports

  • Bradley steps up as Celtics best Hornets


    Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) – Avery Bradley came up big in an important game for the Boston Celtics, racking up 30 points to lead the way in a 116-104 victory over the Charlotte Hornets. Five other Celtics finished in double figures, but it was Bradley who carried the team in a matchup between clubs fighting for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. The talented guard went 12-of-23 from the field, added eight rebounds, and tallied 19 of his points in the second half. Evan Turner chipped in 15 points, while Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart scored 14 each to help Boston move into a tie with Brooklyn for the East’s eighth seed. The Hornets fell to 1 1/2 games back of those two in the race. Kemba Walker amassed 28 points and 12 assists while enabling Charlotte to cut a 22-point third-quarter deficit down to six in the final minute. However, the …

    March 30, 2015 8:41 pm
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World News

  • Jay Z promotes music streaming brand


    Tidal has several big name backers Some of the biggest names in entertainment have re-launched the music subscription service Tidal, which they are billing as the first artist-owned platform for music and video. At an event in New York on Monday, Madonna, Beyonce, Kanye West, and 13 other performers announced they had become co-owners of Tidal. The service launched last October, but was recently bought by rapper Jay Z. It is hoping to compete with the likes of Spotify, Deezer and Google Play. However Tidal offers 25 million music tracks, fewer than the 30 million offered by many rival services. As well as a standard subscription for $9.99 a month, Tidal offers a “high fidelity” option for $19.99, which claims to deliver better sound quality. Alicia Keys said they would make history Singer Alicia Keys spoke on behalf of the artists as they all lined up on stage at Skylight at Moynihan Station in Manhattan. …

    March 30, 2015 8:41 pm
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Technology

  • The internet of things: convenience at a price


    Chores are boring. Get home from work, let the dog out, put dinner on, start a load of laundry and write a list for your next grocery order. What if rather than doing housework when you get home, you could do it on your commute – or better yet, not at all? That’s the promise of the internet of things: hand your commute over to a smart car, let your pet out via his web-connected dog door, open up an app to pre-heat the oven and start the laundry, and click to approve the shopping list your smart fridge automatically generated. This all sounds like a futuristic life, and parts of it do remain years away, but the foundations are being laid now – and much of the work is being done by British firms. We need to decide now what the IoT will look like, how it will protect our privacy, and just how …

    March 30, 2015 10:55 am
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Science

  • Massive study is first to explore historical ocean response to abrupt climate change


    Related images(click to enlarge) A 30-foot-long core sample of Pacific Ocean seafloor is changing what we know about ocean resiliency in the face of rapidly changing climate. A new study reports that marine ecosystems can take thousands, rather than hundreds, of years to recover from climate-related upheavals. The study’s authors–including Peter Roopnarine, PhD, of the California Academy of Sciences–analyzed thousands of invertebrate fossils to show that ecosystem recovery from climate change and seawater deoxygenation might take place on a millennial scale. The revolutionary study is the first of its kind, and is published today in the Early Edition of the journal PNAS. The scientific collaborative–led by Sarah Moffitt, PhD, from the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory and Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute–analyzed more than 5,400 invertebrate fossils, from sea urchins to clams, within a sediment core from offshore Santa Barbara, California. “In this study, we used the past to forecast the future,” says Roopnarine, Academy …

    March 30, 2015 7:19 pm
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Health

  • Pesticides on fruits, veggies linked with poorer semen quality


    (Reuters) – Men who eat more fruits and vegetables with pesticide residue have lower sperm counts and a lower percentage of normal sperm, according to a new study. The researchers studied sperm samples from 155 men who were attending a fertility clinic between 2007 and 2012 because they and their partners were having trouble conceiving. The men also answered 131 questions about the food they ate, including how often and in what quantities they ate 38 fruits and vegetables like apples, avocadoes or cantaloupe. The researchers compared their answers to annual U.S. Department of Agriculture data on average pesticide residue in types of produce. For example, peppers, spinach, strawberries, apples, and pears tend to have high levels of pesticide residue, whereas peas, beans, grapefruit, and onions have low-to-moderate amounts. Half the men ate at least 3.5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. The total amount of fruits and veggies in the diet was not …

    March 30, 2015 7:20 pm
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Entertainment

  • NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak’s road trip spinoff sounds like the worst idea ever


    So much so that they don’t even consider themselves friends anymore. More: Poll: Why Kim Zolciak’s irresponsible claim is total BS So why they decided to jam into a car for a Real Housewives road trip spinoff is anyone’s guess, but it’s bound to make for some hilarious, guilty pleasure TV. According to Us Magazine, the two officially ended their friendship after a major fight which resulted in Leaks practically choking Zolciak. The argument won’t be shown on television but the aftermath will be played out in all it’s trashy glory as the ladies embark on a cross country trip, meaning they will be stuck in a car together for hours on end. More: Kim Zolciak’s engagement ring puts Kim Kardashian’s to shame The spinoff is called NeNe and Kim: The Road to Riches, which is kind of misleading. Should it actually be called NeNe and Kim: The Road to Even More Riches, since it just makes …

    March 30, 2015 7:40 pm
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Editorial

  • The Foxhole: Michael G. Waltz on trading the SitRoom for Special Forces, the stalemate in Afghanistan, and Obama as commander-in-chief


    “America, we are passing through a time of great trial,” declared President Obama during a televised address to 4,000 cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The date was December 1, 2009, and the circumstances were dramatic: In addition to announcing the deployment of an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan – fewer than his top generals had requested – the commander-in-chief also specified that the U.S. would begin withdrawing virtually all its forces from the theater starting in 2011. OBAMA ADDS TROOPS, BUT MAPS EXIT PLAN read the New York Times headline. Watching the speech in his headquarters in Eastern Afghanistan, near the Pakistani border, was Michael G. Waltz, a Green Beret and U.S. Army Special Forces commander who had watched men die right in front of him and who was struggling at the time to enlist the cooperation of local tribe elders in the coalition fight against the Taliban. When …

    March 30, 2015 7:20 pm
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Odd News

  • Mother-in-law’s tombstone topples on Pennsylvania man, killing him


    HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) – A Pennsylvania man was helping decorate his mother-in-law’s tombstone on Monday ahead of the Easter holiday when it suddenly toppled over, pinning him underneath and killing him, a cemetery caretaker said. The 400-pound stone fatally injured Stephen Woytack, 74, of Scranton, said Edward Kubilas, caretaker of St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in the eastern Pennsylvania town of Throop, just outside of Scranton. On Monday morning, Woytack was kneeling next to the grave marker while his wife tied on a cross on the other side, Kubilas said. The stoner toppled without warning in the soft spring ground. “His wife came running to get me,” Kubilas told Reuters. “By the time I got there, he was not too good. I got half the stone off him. It must have been adrenaline.” A police officer and ambulance arrived almost immediately and helped him wrestle the rest of the 4-foot by 4-foot stone off Woytack, Kubilas …

    March 30, 2015 7:19 pm
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