• Greek PM vows ‘no third bailout’

    Greek PM vows ‘no third bailout’

    27 February 2015 Last updated at 21:37 Communist protesters turned out in Athens as Mr Tsipras vowed no more bailouts Greece will not need a third international debt bailout when its current programme ends in...
  • Stocks crushed records in February

    Stocks crushed records in February

    Stock markets across the world showed investors the money in February. The SP 500 had its best month since October 2011 — gaining nearly 5.5%. Not to be outdone, the Nasdaq soared just over 7%,...
  • Rwanda singer planned to kill Kagame

    Rwanda singer planned to kill Kagame

    27 February 2015 Last updated at 17:15 Kizito Mihigo’s arrest in April 2014 came as a shock to many Rwandans A popular Rwandan singer has been jailed for 10 years after being convicted of planning...
  • First African-American to play in an NBA game dies

    (Reuters) – The National Basketball Association on Friday hailed Earl Lloyd, the first African-American to play in an NBA game, as “a modest gentleman who played the game with skill, class, and pride.” Lloyd, a...
  • Eight die in series of US shootings

    Eight die in series of US shootings

    27 February 2015 Last updated at 20:51 Police found victims at multiple locations near Tyrone, Missouri Eight people are dead and one person has been injured after a series of shootings in south-central Missouri. Police...

Headline News

  • Colorado sold 17 tons of retail marijuana in first legal year


    DENVER (Reuters) – Consumers in Colorado bought more than 17 tons of recreational marijuana buds during the first year of the state’s new retail market, but sales of medicinal pot still outstripped that at almost 50 tons, officials said on Friday. In a national first, voters in Colorado and Washington state opted to legalize recreational marijuana use by adults in landmark twin ballots in 2012. The first retail stores opened in Colorado on Jan 1, 2014. States such as Oregon and Alaska that have now also voted to legalize recreational pot, and others where lawmakers face proposals to do so, are watching the Colorado results closely. State tax officials say sales hit nearly $700 million last year, with medical marijuana accounting for $386 million and recreational pot bringing in $313 million. In its first annual report, the Colorado Department of Revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division said 109,578 pounds (49.7 tons) of medical marijuana flowers were sold …

    February 27, 2015 3:54 pm
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Politics

  • Obama would sign short-term security funding bill: White House


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Friday that President Barack Obama would not let the Department of Homeland Security shut down and would sign a short-term bill to fund the department if offered. The White House has said it would prefer a long-term spending bill for the agency, which is at risk of a partial shut-down at midnight on Friday amid a congressional showdown over the president’s immigration action. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton, Julia Edwards and Emily Stephenson; Editing by Susan Heavey)

    February 27, 2015 1:14 pm
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Stocks

  • Stocks crushed records in February


    Stock markets across the world showed investors the money in February. The SP 500 had its best month since October 2011 — gaining nearly 5.5%. Not to be outdone, the Nasdaq soared just over 7%, and the Dow rose 5.6%. The good news just starts there. Markets in Germany, the United Kingdom and Sweden hit all-time highs. Japan, the poster child of deflation, saw its stock index reach its highest point in 15 years. Even Greece — Greece! — saw its stock market tick up. You can toast central banks for the “fortunate February.” Related: Stock markets all around the world broke records Central banks for the win: Europe announced a stimulus plan in mid-January, and investors are giving it two thumbs up. It’s a much needed cure for the Euro zone economy, which has suffered from deflation woes and slowing growth. Beyond that, the black cloud of uncertainty surrounding Greece’s debt dilemma cleared this …

    February 27, 2015 3:34 pm
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Sports

  • Seven-over McIlroy set to miss cut at Honda Classic


    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) – World number one Rory McIlroy was set to miss the cut at the Honda Classic after shooting a four-over 74 in his second round on Friday to leave him seven over-par for the tournament. Heavy rain leading to standing water on the greens caused delays of over two hours on Friday morning but when play did resume, McIlroy found it hard going. The Northern Irishman bogeyed his first hole, the par-4 10th, and then made another bogey after finding water on the 18th. After a birdie on the par-3 fifth hole he closed out his round with three bogeys from the last four holes. The cut is projected for three over-par. McIlroy has not missed a cut since the Irish Open in June 2014. McIlroy been in outstanding form, finishing in the top two in five of his last six tournaments including victory in Dubai earlier this month. Overnight …

    February 27, 2015 3:54 pm
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World News

  • Greek PM vows ‘no third bailout’


    27 February 2015 Last updated at 21:37 Communist protesters turned out in Athens as Mr Tsipras vowed no more bailouts Greece will not need a third international debt bailout when its current programme ends in four months, the country’s prime minister has said. Alexis Tsipras vowed his government would “start working hard” to change the country, which is saddled with a debt 175% of its GDP. Greece has already received two bailouts since 2010, totalling 240bn euros (£188bn; $272bn). Germany’s parliament ratified a four-month extension on Friday. While some MPs had expressed doubts about the deal and there was substantial public scepticism in the EU’s leading economic power, the vote passed easily. Parliaments in all 19 eurozone states must approve the extension for it to be granted, but Germany’s vote is seen as significant because of its key role as a creditor nation. Reacting to the Bundestag vote, Mr Tsipras told the Euronews TV channel: …

    February 27, 2015 3:54 pm
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Technology

  • Actor Leonard Nimoy, ‘Mr. Spock,’ dies at 83


    Nimoy, fourth from right in the light blue suit, greets NASA officials in 1976 at the rollout of space shuttle Enterprise. NASA Actor Leonard Nimoy, beloved by geeks of all stripes for his role as Mr. Spock in the original “Star Trek” TV series, died Friday at age 83. Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock in the “Star Trek: The Original Series” episode “The Cloud Minders.” The original air date was February 28, 1969. CBS via Getty Images The legendary actor, who made being logical sound cool as the “Star Trek” Starship Enterprise first officer, died at his home in Los Angeles. He died of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his son Adam said, according to CBS News. Last February, Nimoy revealed on Twitter that he had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, which he attributed to years of smoking. He had given up the habit three decades earlier, but not soon enough, he tweeted. He …

    February 27, 2015 1:13 pm
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Science

  • Modern logging techniques benefit rainforest wildlife


    New research has highlighted the value of a modern logging technique for maintaining biodiversity in tropical forests that are used for timber production. Researchers at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) at the University of Kent say that with over 4 million km2 of tropical forests harvested for timber worldwide, improving the way logging impacts on wildlife is essential for global biodiversity conservation. Members of DICE conducted the most comprehensive study of Reduced-Impact Logging (RIL) to date, surveying wildlife communities over a five-year period before and after timber harvesting. The research team, comprising Dr Jake Bicknell, Dr Matthew Struebig and Dr Zoe Davies, discovered that RIL had very little effect on the birds, bats and large mammals in the rainforests of Central Guyana. In fact, they found that the natural rates of change in the wildlife communities were greater than those resulting from this type of modern, best-practice logging technique. Now the researchers …

    February 27, 2015 1:13 pm
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Health

  • Study Links Recession to Spike in Suicides Among Middle-Aged


    FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The financial stress of the last recession likely contributed to a recent increase in suicides among middle-aged Americans, researchers report. Job, financial or legal problems played a role in 37.5 percent of all completed middle-age suicides in 2010, up from just under 33 percent of suicides in 2005, according to findings published in the Feb. 27 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Mental health problems remained the leading factor in middle-aged suicides, and were involved in four out of five suicide deaths, the study noted. But financial pressures probably played a key role in triggering suicidal action in someone who might have only been contemplating suicide, the study authors added. However, the study could only find an association between tough economic times and suicide rates, it couldn’t prove cause and effect. “The middle-aged bear the brunt of economic stress associated with a downturn,” said study author …

    February 27, 2015 9:11 am
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Entertainment

  • Khloe Kardashian Has Insane Abs After Waist Training!


    Posted on Fri Feb 27th, 2015 1:50pm PDT       By X17 Staff Hottie with a bangin’ body! Khloe Kardashian endured years of being criticized for her weight, so it’s no wonder she wanted to show off the results of her daily workouts in a sexy Instagram selfie! The reality star pulled down her shorts and pulled up her shirt to reveal her rock hard abs, and there’s no doubt after seeing this that she has the hottest bod of the Kardashian clan! Step aside, Kimmy K! We’ve always thought Khlo was beautiful, but it sounds like she’s finally comfortable in her own skin, and not just because she’s skinny. “Looking back at pictures of myself I didn’t realize at the time how unhealthy my lifestyle actually was. People love to call me the fat one but as weird as it sounds I still don’t think I would consider myself fat back then. Definitely overweight and unhealthy, yes. …

    February 27, 2015 3:54 pm
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Editorial

  • Dreams vs. destiny: Why the two can be as different as night and day


    FILE — Feb. 6, 2015: Ray Matteis, left, and his wife, Penny, walk along the beach at Seacliff State Beach in Aptos, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) A funny thing happened to me on the way to Cambridge … That’s the opening line of one of my favorite stories. The story about the yawning difference that often exists between a dream and a destiny. A difference that ambushed me in the mid-1980s when I was fresh out of grad school and that to this day takes my breath away. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Do you have a dream? Maybe you’re living it. Or, like my young niece in New York City, still chasing after it. Or worse, living without one, lost in a fog of purposelessness. Dreams originate with us, with our personal agendas and finite imaginations. But destinies originate with something bigger, grander than all that. Call it the stars, the universe, or Fate. I call it …

    February 27, 2015 1:53 pm
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Odd News

  • Today’s dialectic: Is that dress white or is it blue?


    (Reuters) – Cyberspace was being consumed by an acute philosophical debate on Friday over a picture of a dress many claim is obviously white and gold but others argue just as trenchantly is black and blue. The hashtag #TheDress led trends on Twitter worldwide, boosted by a stream of tweets from celebrities voicing support for either of the opposing camps. “From this day on, the world will be divided into two people. Blue black, or white gold,” U.S. comedian Ellen DeGeneres tweeted. The picture of the dress was uploaded on image-sharing website Tumblr by a user named “swiked” on Wednesday. But it wasn’t until Internet news company Buzzfeed asked for reader opinions on Thursday that the dialectic got going. Musician Taylor Swift was gripped by ontological uncertainty. “I don’t understand this odd dress debate and I feel like it’s a trick somehow. I’m confused and scared. PS it’s OBVIOUSLY BLUE AND BLACK,” she tweeted. Swift …

    February 27, 2015 9:10 am
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