• Janet Yellen: U.S. economy not good enough yet

    Janet Yellen: U.S. economy not good enough yet

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen thinks the economy is improving … but that it should be doing much better. In a speech Friday afternoon in San Francisco, Yellen was more blunt than usual in her...
  • Saudi diplomats evacuated from Yemen

    Saudi diplomats evacuated from Yemen

    A Saudi-led coalition carried out air strikes on the Yemeni capital Sanaa for a third night on Friday Saudi Arabia has evacuated dozens of its own and foreign diplomats from Yemen’s southern city of Aden....
  • Blazers top Jazz to end 5-game skid

    Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) – Damian Lillard posted 23 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers ended their losing streak with a 92-89 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday....
  • Scorn spreads over right-wing religious rights law

    Scorn spreads over right-wing religious rights law

    A window sticker on a downtown Indianapolis business.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy) The heat over Indiana’s new religious objections law spread Friday across social media and to the White House as many local officials and business groups...

Headline News

  • Defense moves into spotlight in Boston Marathon bombing trial


    BOSTON (Reuters) – The Boston Marathon bombing trial shifts sharply in tone next week when prosecutors rest their case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and turn proceedings over to his lawyers, who have already admitted he planted explosives at the finish line in April 2013. One of Tsarnaev’s lawyers, death penalty specialist Judy Clarke, opened the trial on March 4 with a blunt statement to the jury that “it was him” who killed three people and injured 264 in the attack. Clarke contended, however, that the 21-year-old played a secondary role to his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in planning and executing the plot. Her goal: Persuade jurors in federal court in Boston that Tsarnaev deserves a sentence of life in prison rather than the death penalty. It is an argument the defense team, which includes death penalty specialist David Bruck and Boston’s top court-appointed lawyer, Miriam Conrad, will not be able to make in earnest until the …

    March 28, 2015 6:51 am
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Politics

  • Scorn spreads over right-wing religious rights law


    A window sticker on a downtown Indianapolis business.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy) The heat over Indiana’s new religious objections law spread Friday across social media and to the White House as many local officials and business groups around the state tried to jump in and stem the fallout. Use of the hashtag #boycottindiana spread across Twitter, spurred on by activists such as “Star Trek” actor George Takei, who argued that the measure opens the door to legalized discrimination against gay people. Apple CEO Tim Cook also tweeted his objections, saying he was “deeply disappointed” in the Indiana law. Supporters of the bill that Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed Thursday say discrimination claims are overblown. They maintain courts haven’t allowed that to happen under similar laws covering the federal government and in 19 other states. The measure, which takes effect in July, prohibits state and local laws that “substantially burden” the ability of people — including businesses and …

    March 28, 2015 6:50 am
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Stocks

  • Janet Yellen: U.S. economy not good enough yet


    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen thinks the economy is improving … but that it should be doing much better. In a speech Friday afternoon in San Francisco, Yellen was more blunt than usual in her assessment of the economy. “If underlying conditions had truly returned to normal, the economy should be booming,” she said. Her more sobering tone will likely please Wall Street. Investors are anxious about the Fed raising interest rates later this year for the first time in about a decade. But Yellen continues to strongly hint that the Fed won’t push interest rates significantly higher anytime soon. Related: Fed is preparing to raise rates later this year Here are some of her most telling comments Friday: 1. The job market needs improvement: Although Yellen said the job market recovery “has been substantial,” she added that there is “some way to go” before the economy reached maximum employment. The unemployment rate is now …

    March 28, 2015 7:10 am
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Sports

  • Blazers top Jazz to end 5-game skid


    Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) – Damian Lillard posted 23 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers ended their losing streak with a 92-89 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points and nine rebounds and Dorell Wright scored 15 off the bench for Portland, which had dropped a season-high five straight games. “I don’t think it’s a big win like we just beat Golden State or something like that, but it’s a big win because of the five-game losing streak,” Lillard said. The Jazz led by 10 entering the fourth quarter and 11 following Dante Exum’s 3 early in the period. But consecutive Wright triples and a Joel Freeland layup at the other end had Portland within five less than three minutes in. Portland chipped away and took the lead on Lillard’s three-point play at 1:31. The lead was three after Aldridge got behind the defense …

    March 28, 2015 6:51 am
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World News

  • Saudi diplomats evacuated from Yemen


    A Saudi-led coalition carried out air strikes on the Yemeni capital Sanaa for a third night on Friday Saudi Arabia has evacuated dozens of its own and foreign diplomats from Yemen’s southern city of Aden. The move comes after a third night of airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition failed to halt the advance of Houthi rebels towards the city. Yemen President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi fled from Aden to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday as rebels closed in. On Saturday he will address an Arab League summit focused on the crisis in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. A possible ground offensive against the Houthis is expected to be on the agenda. The Houthis are backed by Saudi Arabia’s regional rival, Iran. Saudi state TV reported on Saturday that overnight: “The Saudi Royal Navy implemented an operation called Tornado to evacuate dozens of diplomats, including Saudis, from Aden.” Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait relocated their embassies to …

    March 28, 2015 6:51 am
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Technology

  • Apple boss ‘to donate $800m fortune’


    Tim Cook, the latest billionaire to pledge give away his fortune to charity The chief executive of Apple, Tim Cook, has announced he is donating most of his wealth to charity before he dies. The head of the world’s most profitable company is worth over $800m (£537m). Mr Cook told Fortune Magazine that he would leave his wealth to philanthropic causes but not before paying for his 10-year-old nephew’s college education. He joins a growing number of the world’s super-rich who are giving away their wealth, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Five years ago, billionaire investor Warren Buffett and Microsoft founder Bill Gates launched the campaign The Giving Pledge. It aims to convince billionaires to give at least half of their fortunes to charity. Mr Zuckerberg and over 100 others have so far signed up to the “moral commitment”. Mr Cook’s base salary went up by 43% in February 2014, rising to $9.2m (£6.2m) a …

    March 28, 2015 6:29 am
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Science

  • To survive, a parasite mixes and matches its disguises, study suggests


    Related images(click to enlarge) Orchestrated costume changes make it possible for certain nasty microbes to outsmart the immune system, which would otherwise recognize them by the telltale proteins they wear. By taking the first detailed look at how one such parasite periodically assumes a new protein disguise during a long-term infection, new research at Rockefeller University challenges many assumptions about one of the best-known examples of this strategy, called antigenic variation, in the parasite that causes African sleeping sickness. For research published on March 27 in Science, a team at Rockefeller University tracked the appearance and disappearance of these protein coats within the blood of mice infected by Trypanosoma brucei. Their results reveal an unexpected diversity in disguises present at any one time and challenge the conventional understanding of the dynamics that allow the parasite to persist. Spread by the Tsetse fly in rural Africa, T. brucei travels through the blood and across the blood-brain …

    March 28, 2015 6:50 am
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Health

  • USDA hog report confirms active herd growth as pig virus ease


    (Reuters) – The U.S. hog herd grew 7 percent during the December-February quarter versus the same period last year, a U.S. Department of Agriculture report showed on Friday, reflecting producer profitability and the less-severe pig virus, said analysts. Hog farmers willingly expanded their herds after vaccines and tighter biosecurity measures offset the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) that wiped out an estimated 9 million pigs since May 2013, they said. The USDA report showed the U.S. hog herd as of March 1 at 107.0 percent of the year-ago level, at 65.934 million head, the largest total for that period since 66.718 in 2008. Analysts, on average, expected 65.676 million head, or 106.8 percent of the year-earlier herd. The U.S. breeding herd was 102.0 percent of the year-ago level, at 5.982 million head, compared with average trade expectations for 103.6 percent, or 6.062 million. The March 1 supply of market-ready hogs for sale to packers was …

    March 28, 2015 6:50 am
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Entertainment

  • Bikini Babe Britney Spears Is Having A Blast On Her Hawaiian Vacation


    Posted on Fri Mar 27th, 2015 12:01pm PDT       By X17 Staff BritBrit is having a blast! The popstar is having some fun in the sun on her Hawaiian vacation. The 33-year-old brought her two sons Sean Preston, 9, and Jayden James, 8, as well as her new man, Charlie Ebersol, on beachy vacation to the Aloha state and from the look of things — they are having the time of their lives. The mom posted an Instagram pic from her sunny and smiley vacay. The “I’m A Slave 4 U” singer posed with son Jayden, as the mother/son duo help up inner tubes. The blonde bombshell has been running around in a Victoria’s Secret bikini, which cost a mere $48.50! We have a feeling that Chuckles was loving Brit’s teeny bikini! Brit and Charlie have only been dating for six months but things seem to be going well for the couple. In the latest issue of …

    March 28, 2015 7:10 am
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Editorial

  • Do all black lives really matter to liberals and the media?


    Almost seven months after the fateful, fatal encounter between Michael Brown and former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, Attorney General Eric Holder officially announced a truth he had been holding close for months – that the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” mantra that had been used since August was based on a lie.  The lie was widely embraced by the media, public officials, and some with celebrity status.  We witnessed not only protesters in the streets, but Rams players, members of Congress, Grammy Awards participants, and CNN ‘journalists’ in ‘hands up’ poses. The lie of ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ concealed deeper truths, truths all too common in America – that Michael Brown was yet another young black male engaged in serious crime and who invited a deadly encounter with a police officer who was merely doing his job.  The vastly disproportionate involvement of young men of color as both victims of crime and as offenders had …

    March 28, 2015 6:50 am
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Odd News

  • Daughter bests father in feud at Japan shareholder’s meeting


    TOKYO (Reuters) – A rare family feud erupted in a Japanese shareholders meeting on Friday, when the chief executive of Otsuka Kagu Ltd defeated her father’s attempt to oust her, vowing to push ahead with her plan to take the furniture retailer more mass-market. “I am sorry that things have come to this,” Kumiko Otsuka, 47, coolly told shareholders in the meeting, in which she instructed her father, company founder and chairman Katsuhisa Otsuka, and her mother to identify themselves by name and shareholder number. The daughter overcame the chairman’s challenge by an undisclosed majority vote. “I had five children,” the father said from the audience as he pleaded with shareholders to back his return as CEO. “Kumiko was the first and she was a difficult birth.” Kumiko’s mother also gave a rambling speech criticizing the CEO, until another shareholder yelled at her to stop. The Otsuka family showdown – virtually unheard of in Japan’s …

    March 27, 2015 10:40 am
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