Headline News

  • Muslim groups, civil liberties advocates applaud end of NYPD Muslim surveillance program


    FILE – In this Aug. 16, 2013, file photo, visitors socialize after a Jumu’ah prayer service outside the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge and mosque in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The New York Police Department targeted the mosque as a part of a terrorism enterprise investigation beginning in 2003, spying on it for years. On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, the NYPD confirmed that it has disbanded the special unit that operated that surveillance program. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)The Associated Press

    April 16, 2014 1:49 am
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Politics

  • Michigan, White House discuss federal money for bankrupt Detroit: report


    (Reuters) – Michigan officials and President Barack Obama’s Administration are discussing a plan to free up $100 million in federal money to aid Detroit’s retired city workers, the Detroit Free Press reported on Tuesday. Citing two people familiar with the talks, the newspaper said the talks were centered around federal money flowing to Michigan for blight removal. Under the plan, $100 million would be earmarked for Detroit, reducing the $500 million the city’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, plans to use to eliminate blight over the next 10 years. The $100 million saved could then be used by Orr to ease pension cuts for retirees under the city’s plan to adjust its $18 billion of debt and exit the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, according to the report. A spokeswoman for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder declined to comment on the report. Orr’s spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Free Press …

    April 16, 2014 1:28 am
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Stocks

  • Fears grow over China property flameout


    There are signs that China’s housing market may be significantly overheated. The risks of a blow up in China’s property market are rising, threatening a slowdown that could hurt global growth. The sector is second only to the related problem of credit growth on a list of threats to China’s economy — according to economists surveyed by CNNMoney. Talk of a property bubble in China is nothing new — economists have long fretted over the meteoric rise of home prices, and the runaway pace of new construction. Media reports on “ghost cities” — newly constructed Chinese municipalities that were never occupied — led to frequent warnings of a crisis, which has not yet materialized. The sector’s continued strength results in a kind of Rorschach test, where the same image is perceived very differently: Pessimists say real estate is emblematic of problems such as rapid credit growth and backward economic incentives. Bulls counter that the boom …

    April 16, 2014 1:49 am
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Sports

  • Clippers down Nuggets, set franchise mark with 57th win


    Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – The second seed is still possible, albeit slim. The Los Angeles Clippers will not only be without Blake Griffin in their season finale at Portland, but they’ll also need help from the lowly Detroit Pistons. Griffin had 24 points, Chris Paul added 21 points and 10 assists and the Clippers set the franchise record for wins in their 117-105 triumph over the Denver Nuggets. Griffin, though, picked up his 16th technical of the season and that triggers a one-game suspension, which he will have to serve Wednesday. The technical occurred late in the second quarter when he swung his right arm while trying to get a ball from Denver’s Timofey Mozgov and struck him in the head. The only way Griffin will be available Wednesday is if the NBA rescinds the technical. “I think it will be rescinded … but I’m not going to play anyway,” Griffin admitted. LA needs …

    April 16, 2014 1:49 am
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World News

  • Ukraine troops enter eastern town


    16 April 2014 Last updated at 08:26 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s James Reynolds reports from the centre of Kramatorsk Ukrainian troops sent to reclaim locations seized by pro-Russian militia in recent days, have been seen in the centre of Kramatorsk. The town’s airfield was recaptured on Tuesday after the acting president announced an “anti-terror operation”. Armoured personnel carriers in the town were blocked by pro-Russian locals who were talking to the soldiers. Tension is running high, with Russia’s President Putin warning Ukraine is “on the verge of civil war”. Pro-Russian protesters headed to the airfield as Ukrainian troops recaptured it Mr Putin made the comments in a phone call to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, after acting President Olexander Turchynov announced the start of the operation on Tuesday. Russian officials said both leaders “emphasised the importance” during the conversation of planned four-way talks on Thursday between senior diplomats from …

    April 16, 2014 2:29 am
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Technology

  • Marissa Mayer: Aviate key to Yahoo’s mobile ad biz


    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer at TechCrunch Disrupt 2013 in San Francisco. Daniel Terdiman/CNET Right from the start of her tenure in July 2012, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has said repeatedly that she wants Yahoo to be synonymous with mobile computing. If she’s successful in achieving her ambition, a small, little-known artificial intelligence company called Aviate figures to play a pivotal role. Akin to the service Google Now, Aviate takes advantage of a user’s context — like frequently used apps or the time of day — to surface useful apps and information on an Android homescreen the moment it becomes most useful. Yahoo announced the rumored $80 million acquisition in January during her keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and it already merited a special call-out during the company’s latest earnings call. “Aviate is a central part of our mobile search,” Mayer said during a video conference call on Tuesday to discuss first …

    April 15, 2014 9:04 pm
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Science

  • NASA Hosts Media Teleconference to Announce Latest Kepler Discovery


    NASA will host a news teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, April 17, to announce a new discovery made by its planet-hunting mission, the Kepler Space Telescope. The journal Science has embargoed the findings until the time of the news conference. The briefing participants are: – Douglas Hudgins, exoplanet exploration program scientist, NASA’s Astrophysics Division in Washington – Elisa Quintana, research scientist, SETI Institute at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. – Tom Barclay, research scientist, Bay Area Environmental Research Institute at Ames – Victoria Meadows, professor of astronomy at the University of Washington, Seattle, and principal investigator for the Virtual Planetary Laboratory, a team in the NASA Astrobiology Institute at Ames Launched in March 2009, Kepler is the first NASA mission capable of finding Earth-size planets in or near the habitable zone — the range of distance from a star in which the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might sustain liquid …

    April 16, 2014 1:08 am
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Health

  • Casual pot use causes brain abnormalities in the young: study


    (Reuters) – Young, casual marijuana smokers experience potentially harmful changes to their brains, with the drug altering regions of the mind related to motivation and emotion, researchers found. The study to be published on Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience differs from many other pot-related research projects that are focused on chronic, heavy users of cannabis. The collaborative effort between Northwestern University’s medical school, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School showed a direct correlation between the number of times users smoked and abnormalities in the brain. “What we’re seeing is changes in people who are 18 to 25 in core brain regions that you never, ever want to fool around with,” said co-senior study author Dr. Hans Beiter, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University. In particular, the study identified changes to the nucleus accumbens and the nucleus amygdala, regions of the brain that are key to regulating emotion and motivation, in …

    April 16, 2014 1:28 am
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Entertainment

  • Walker brothers to play Paul’s character on Fast & Furious 7


    Now that the dust is starting to settle after the unexpected and horrific car accident that killed Paul Walker, filmmakers are trying to get back to business as usual as much as possible. The first area of concern, of course, is the next installation of the Fast Furious franchise, Fast Furious 7. Walker was about halfway done shooting the scenes at the time of his death, and many have wondered how the movie will proceed without him. Ice Cube to Paul Walker fans: “Don’t trip” over MTV Awards  Universal Pictures announced last month that they will be using CGI technology to fill in the actor’s unfinished takes, and today they divulged on the movie’s Facebook page that Walker’s brothers, Cody and Caleb, will have something to do with the approach, according to the Huffington Post. “We have resumed shooting and now welcome Paul’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, into our FAST family,” read the statement. “Caleb …

    April 16, 2014 1:49 am
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Editorial

  • Usher in a new era of economic, individual freedom: Abolish the IRS


      America marked a dubious milestone in its history last year – the 100th anniversary of federal taxes levied “on incomes, from whatever source derived.” Ensconced in the Sixteenth Amendment, the federal tax code totaled 400 pages when the income tax first took effect in 1913. Today this tax code is a staggering 74,608 pages long – and is administered by a bureaucracy of 90,000 employees at a cost of more than $11 billion annually. According to the latest data from the Tax Foundation, Americans will shell out $3 trillion in federal taxes this year – and another $1.5 trillion in state levies. That’s $4.5 trillion — a whopping 30.2 percent of income. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Americans deserve a tax system that is simple and fair – one that incentivizes economic growth as opposed to assaulting our productivity, our prosperity and our liberties. Lurking within the code’s monstrous size, myriad complexity and astronomical cost are any …

    April 16, 2014 1:28 am
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Odd News

  • US Airways investigating pornographic tweet sent to complaining customer


    (Reuters) – US Airways said it was investigating a pornographic tweet on Tuesday sent on its Twitter account in response to a customer complaint about a flight delay, which went viral on social media. US Airways issued an apology on Monday immediately after deleting the tweeted photograph of a naked woman lying on a bed with a toy airplane between her legs, said Davien Anderson, spokesman for US Airways. By Tuesday morning, the apology had been retweeted nearly 13,000 times and social media was flooded with jokes and gripes about the image. Anderson said US Airways, part of American Airlines Group Inc, was investigating the mishap. So far it has determined that the photo was originally posted to its Twitter feed by another user, but was inadvertently included in its response to the customer. “We apologize for the inappropriate image we recently shared in a Twitter response,” Anderson said in an emailed statement. “We deeply …

    April 15, 2014 12:59 pm
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