• Hundreds held over S Africa violence

    More than 300 people have been arrested in South Africa in connection with a wave of violence against immigrants from other parts of Africa, the minister of home affairs says. Malusi Gigaba issued a warning...
  • Kvitova sends Czechs into Fed Cup final

    Ostrava, Czech Republic (SportsNetwork.com) – Petra Kvitova notched a straight-set victory over Caroline Garcia on Sunday to send the Czech Republic into the Fed Cup final for the fourth time in the last five years....
  • Fiorina: A GOP alternative to Hillary?

    Fiorina: A GOP alternative to Hillary?

    Carly Fiorina speaks in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Carly Fiorina, the lone Republican woman eying the White House, wants to block Hillary Rodham Clinton from playing the “gender card” in the 2016 presidential...
  • Police appeal to ‘Syria-bound’ family

    Police appeal to ‘Syria-bound’ family

    A family of six who have been reported missing may be travelling to a part of Syria controlled by Islamic State militants, police have said. Asif Malik, 31, Sara Kiran, 29, their daughter Zoha, seven,...
  • Thai Kiradech prevails in playoff to win in Shenzhen

    (Reuters) – Big-hitting Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat eagled the penultimate hole to force a playoff and then prevailed over Chinese teen Li Hao-tong at the Shenzhen International to claim his second European Tour title on Sunday....

Headline News

  • Large wildfire in Southern California forces evacuation of 300 homes


    April 18, 2015: A brush fire that broke out Saturday evening, April 18, 2015 burns in the Dam Prado Dam Flood Control Basin north of the city of Corona, Calif. (AP) CORONA, Calif. –  An out-of-control wildfire that broke out in a forested basin near a Southern California dam triggered the evacuation of about 300 homes late Saturday, authorities said. The fire, which was reported shortly after 6 p.m. in the Prado Dam Flood Control Basin and spread to 300 acres by early Sunday. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Capt. Mike Mohler of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said firefighters on the ground were hampered Saturday by difficult access to the raging blaze. “The fire is fueled by thick brush in a riverbed that hasn’t burnt in years,” he said. “The fire is creating its own weather, so firefighters are having difficulty getting in there.” He said the flames were about a half-mile north of a …

    April 19, 2015 7:51 am
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Politics

  • Fiorina: A GOP alternative to Hillary?


    Carly Fiorina speaks in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Carly Fiorina, the lone Republican woman eying the White House, wants to block Hillary Rodham Clinton from playing the “gender card” in the 2016 presidential race. But to do so, Fiorina is taking a page from the gender politics playbook herself. A former business executive with limited political experience, Fiorina argues that if Republicans nominate her, it would neutralize any advantages the Democrats might get from having a woman at the top of their ticket. Speaking of Clinton in an interview with The Associated Press, Fiorina said, “She wants to make it a gender-based campaign; she wants to talk about the war on women; she wants to talk about being the first woman president. She can’t do any of that with me.” Clinton, who launched her campaign last weekend, has been playing up her life experience as a mother and grandmother, along with her policy …

    April 19, 2015 6:51 am
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Stocks

  • Video startup Vessel raises $57.5 million


    Vessel, a company that is trying to create a subscription service for web video stars, has received another $57.5 million in venture capital funding. The investment, announced Friday in a blog post by Vessel CEO Jason Kilar, comes a few weeks after the service opened to the public. Kilar was previously the founding CEO of Hulu, the TV streaming site backed by NBC, ABC and Fox. So investors and media companies have been paying attention to his new venture. Vessel’s pitch is that it solves a nagging problem for the web video industry: how not to rely on advertising to make money. It charges $3 a month for what it calls “early access” to the latest videos by some of the stars. Those stars get a percentage of the subscriber revenue; in exchange, they keep their new videos off of YouTube and other sites for at least 72 hours. Vessel also has immersive advertising, which …

    April 19, 2015 5:09 am
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Sports

  • Kvitova sends Czechs into Fed Cup final


    Ostrava, Czech Republic (SportsNetwork.com) – Petra Kvitova notched a straight-set victory over Caroline Garcia on Sunday to send the Czech Republic into the Fed Cup final for the fourth time in the last five years. Kvitova earned a 6-4, 6-4 win in the first reverse singles match Sunday to give the Czechs an insurmountable 3-0 advantage in the best-of-five semifinal tie. The two-time Wimbledon champ also won her first singles match on Saturday with a 6-3, 6-4 decision over Kristina Mladenovic. The Czechs will face either Russia or Germany in the November final. The Czechs beat the Germans in last year’s final and topped the Russians for the crown in 2011. They also won in 2012 with a victory over Serbia in the final. France, which fell to 3-3 all-time against the Czechs in the Fed Cup, hasn’t won the title since 2003. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    April 19, 2015 7:51 am
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World News

  • Hundreds held over S Africa violence


    More than 300 people have been arrested in South Africa in connection with a wave of violence against immigrants from other parts of Africa, the minister of home affairs says. Malusi Gigaba issued a warning to those responsible, saying that they would be subject to “the full might of the law”. At least six people have been killed in the past two weeks. Armed groups have targeted shops run by African immigrants, accusing them of taking jobs from locals. Thousands of foreigners have fled their homes to shelter in makeshift camps, and neighbouring Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique have announced plans to evacuate citizens. President Jacob Zuma visited a camp for those displaced by he violence Foreign-run shops were looted and damaged in Johannesburg on Saturday Speaking during a news conference, Mr Gigaba said 307 people were arrested in connection with the violence. “Everything is being done to restore peace and order,” he said. “The government …

    April 19, 2015 7:51 am
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Technology

  • Google dominates search. But the real problem is its monopoly on data


    The European commission’s inquiry into Google’s search monopoly is often compared to the antitrust investigation of Microsoft. That case eventually took 16 years and resulted in what was at the time the largest fine imposed by Brussels, in the end costing Microsoft €1.64bn. At the outset, Microsoft underestimated the power and effectiveness of the EU. And back then it was a company at the peak of its corporate power, staffed by sleek, smart and seemingly invincible executives – of the type that now walk the corridors of Google. Where Microsoft was picked up over the dominance of its operating system and browser, Google is facing investigations on multiple fronts. Last week its tussle with Brussels began in earnest when it was formally accused of distorting search results to favour its own services – specifically shopping. The battle already has a history: it is eight years ago that the commission began asking questions about Google’s holding …

    April 19, 2015 6:30 am
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Science

  • The Enduring Mystery of the Missing Oil Spilt in the Gulf of Mexico


    Workers uncovered a tar mat weighing some 18,000 kilograms just offshore of a natural barrier island in Louisiana in the summer of 2013. Although the tar mat turned out to bear more sand than oil, it represented another small fraction of the hydrocarbons that went missing after BP’s blowout in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The sum of all the dispersed oil located thus far, from tar mats to oily marine snow, hardly accounts for at least four million barrels of oil spewed into the cold, dark bottom of the Gulf of Mexico from the deep-sea well named Macondo five years ago.   Like any good mystery, this one may never be solved. Of that four million barrels or more spewed after April 20, 2010, more than a million remain missing, according to the best estimates of the U.S. government.   Mystery plagued BP’s blowout from the beginning. Initial oil company estimates claimed just …

    April 19, 2015 6:51 am
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Health

  • Youth e-cigarette data prompts new calls to speed regulation


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Public health advocates are stepping up pressure on the U.S. government to quickly regulate and restrict access to e-cigarettes after new data showed use of the products tripled among high school and middle school children last year. The figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday raised concern among health officials who fear e-cigarettes will create a new generation of nicotine addicts who may eventually smoke conventional cigarettes. Cigarette smoking fell more than 25 percent over the same period. E-cigarette proponents said the data could indicate e-cigarettes are diverting young people away from conventional cigarettes, a view rejected by tobacco control advocates. [ID: nL2N0XD1UH] The Food and Drug Administration regulates cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco. It proposed extending its authority to e-cigarettes and hookah, among other products, nearly a year ago. FDA spokesman Michael Felberbaum said on Friday the agency is “moving forward expeditiously to finalize the …

    April 19, 2015 6:52 am
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Entertainment

  • Britt McHenry’s tow truck clerk comments fuel even meaner responses


    More: Gwyneth Paltrow is being attacked for the way she used food stamps (PHOTOS) The ESPN reporter was suspended by the network for a week after a video was leaked online showing her berating an employee at a tow yard. Even after she is told she’s on camera, McHenry continues her rant. See the full video below (warning: NSFW language). More: Chrissy Teigen shares her unpleasant encounter with a racist McHenry starts off by telling the worker, “I’m in the news, sweetheart. I will f***ing sue this place.” She goes on to insult everything she can about the employee, including her place of employment, saying, “I wouldn’t work in a scumbag place like this. It makes my skin crawl even being here.” Then she tells the worker she has “no education, no skill set,” and asks the tow yard worker, “Do you feel good about your job?” She continues, “So I could be a college …

    April 18, 2015 11:46 pm
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Editorial

  • Forget Cuba or health care reform, Obama’s real legacy is Middle East nukes


    April 17, 2015: President Obama reaches to shake hands with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in the Oval Office. (AP) President Obama recently sat down for a long, wide-ranging interview with Thomas Friedman, the New York Times’ premier columnist and multiple Pulitzer Prize winner. It was supposed to be an elevated discussion between two intellectuals about the weighty foreign policy issues not just of the day, but of the modern era. Obama kept referring to broad, sweeping words of wisdom – the deal with Iran is a “once in a lifetime” chance. He hinted at a similar deal with Cuba. And he announced, “You asked about an Obama doctrine. The doctrine is: We will engage, but we preserve all our capabilities.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Sadly, we have seen that the alternative to American leadership isn’t world peace, but rising regional hegemony – or even worse, chaos. China, Russia, Iran and the Islamic State don’t want to play …

    April 18, 2015 6:56 am
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Odd News

  • Former Washington state governor ejects man from car


    SEATTLE (Reuters) – Former Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire used fast thinking and driving to stop a stranger from climbing into her car in a store parking lot, Olympia police said on Thursday. Gregoire, who was governor from 2005 to 2013, packed her purchases into the car’s trunk in a Lowe’s home improvement lot, the police said. As she did she saw a man watching her. Police said that once she was inside the car, the man opened the passenger door and started climbing in just as she began backing out of the space. She hit the gas pedal, the man fell to the ground and the door slammed shut, police said. The man, identified as 47-year-old Mark Snodderly, was not injured. Police said he then caused a disturbance in the store, adding that he was cited for disorderly conduct and taken to a hospital for evaluation. (This story has been refiled to fix spelling …

    April 16, 2015 6:22 pm
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