• Raptors rest Lowry for 3rd straight game

    Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry was given a third consecutive game off to rest. The Raptors said Lowry would sit out Wednesday night against Cleveland after missing games against New...
  • Bishop offers Bali Nine prisoner swap

    Bishop offers Bali Nine prisoner swap

    4 March 2015 Last updated at 21:36 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The Bali Nine ringleaders – the essential background in one minute Australia’s foreign minister has offered a prisoner swap...
  • China’s Chen avoids shock exit, Lin struggles through

    BIRMINGHAM (Reuters) – World champion Chen Long avoided a potential first-round exit at the All-England Championships on Wednesday and blamed an uncomfortable pillow for a sluggish start to his campaign. Five-times winner Lin Dan of...
  • Dozens feared dead in Ukraine mine

    Dozens feared dead in Ukraine mine

    4 March 2015 Last updated at 22:29 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Injured miner: “When I came to, there was dust everywhere” A suspected methane gas blast at a mine in...
  • The ‘Starbucks effect': Higher home prices

    The ‘Starbucks effect': Higher home prices

    Living near a Starbucks has its benefits for homeowners, whether you’re a coffee drinker or not. The value of homes within a quarter-mile of a Starbucks rise faster than those that aren’t, according to real...

Headline News

  • U.S. had tried to deport man later killed by Los Angeles police


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. authorities had tried to deport a homeless man fatally shot by police this week in Los Angeles but had to release him after authorities in his native Cameroon failed to provide a travel document, a U.S. immigration official said on Wednesday. The man, known by his street name “Africa,” was killed by police on Sunday in a videotaped encounter on Los Angeles’ skid row in which police said he grabbed for an officer’s holstered gun as police tried to arrest him as a robbery suspect. The shooting, which is under investigation, marked the latest in a string of incidents that have put U.S. law enforcement agencies under scrutiny over the use of lethal force, especially against minorities, the poor and the mentally ill. Convicted of armed bank robbery and other charges in 2000, the man had been ordered deported from the United States in 2013 while still in federal prison, …

    March 4, 2015 5:53 pm
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Politics

  • Senate fails to override Obama’s veto of Keystone XL approval


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate failed on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama’s veto of legislation approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the controversial project to await an administration decision on whether to permit or deny it. The Senate mustered just 62 votes in favor of overriding the veto, short of the two-thirds needed. Thirty-seven senators voted to sustain Obama’s veto. The Senate action means the House of Representatives will not vote on override. Some Republicans have spoken of trying again to force Obama’s hand on the project, by attaching Keystone approval to some other bill in Congress this year. The TransCanada Corp pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels a day of mostly Canadian oil sands crude to Nebraska en route to refineries and ports along the U.S. Gulf Coast. It has been pending for more than six years. Republicans support building the pipeline, saying it would create jobs. Obama has questioned Keystone XL’s …

    March 4, 2015 2:32 pm
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Stocks

  • The ‘Starbucks effect': Higher home prices


    Living near a Starbucks has its benefits for homeowners, whether you’re a coffee drinker or not. The value of homes within a quarter-mile of a Starbucks rise faster than those that aren’t, according to real estate research group Zillow (Z). With tens of thousands of Starbucks locations in the U.S., that’s good news for a lot of homeowners. Between 1997 and 2013, home closer to the coffee shop increased in value by 96%, compared to 65% for all U.S. homes. Related: 4 trends popping up in high-end kitchens The biggest “Starbucks effect” was in Boston, where nearby home values went up 171% in the same time period. That’s 45 percentage points more than all homes in the city. Starbucks is usually a harbinger of good times for a locality. A new Starbucks gives a sense to developers that the neighborhood is on the rise, wrote Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff and chief economist Stan Humphries in …

    March 4, 2015 4:52 pm
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Sports

  • Raptors rest Lowry for 3rd straight game


    Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry was given a third consecutive game off to rest. The Raptors said Lowry would sit out Wednesday night against Cleveland after missing games against New York and Philadelphia. He has struggled, averaging just 11.6 points and 4.8 assists in five games since making his All-Star debut last month. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    March 4, 2015 5:53 pm
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World News

  • Bishop offers Bali Nine prisoner swap


    4 March 2015 Last updated at 21:36 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The Bali Nine ringleaders – the essential background in one minute Australia’s foreign minister has offered a prisoner swap in a last-ditch attempt to save two Australian men on death row in Indonesia. Julie Bishop said on Thursday she was waiting to hear back about the offer to repatriate three Indonesian convicts. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were moved on Wednesday to a prison island where they are due to be executed. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he had requested another call to negotiate with Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Ms Bishop confirmed that a prisoner swap was among the options being explored in a joint press conference with Mr Abbott on Thursday morning. “What we are seeking to do is have an opportunity to talk about options that might be available in the area of prisoner transfer or prisoner …

    March 4, 2015 5:53 pm
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Technology

  • Avengers assemble, and watch the new ‘Age of Ultron’ trailer


    The premiere of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is just a few months away, and Marvel has just released an epic new trailer to hold us over until Iron Man, Captain America and the rest of the crew set off on their next adventure. Early Wednesday morning, the Avengers official Twitter account tweeted a call to action asking Marvelites to tweet using the #AvengersAssemble hashtag to unleash a new trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Not surprisingly, Avengers fans responded in force, and the new trailer was posted to Marvel’s YouTube channel in the last few hours. This is an Avengers movie, and the trailer is full of action and destruction as The Hulk, Black Widow, Thor and the rest of the Avengers take on Ultron to save the world from certain annihilation. Check out the trailer for yourself, and get ready to watch the next installment in the Avengers series when “Avengers: Age of Ultron” …

    March 4, 2015 2:11 pm
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Science

  • UT Dallas technology could make night vision, thermal imaging affordable


    Engineers at The University of Texas at Dallas have created semiconductor technology that could make night vision and thermal imaging affordable for everyday use. Researchers in the Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE) in the University’s Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Sciencecreated an electronic device in affordable technology that detects electromagnetic waves to create images at nearly 10 terahertz, which is the highest frequency for electronic devices. The device could make night vision and heat-based imaging affordable. Presently, night vision and thermal imagers are costly, in part because they are made with specialty semiconductor devices or need isolation from the environment. The UT Dallas device is created using Schottky diodes in Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) technology. CMOS is used to make affordable consumer electronic devices such as personal computers, game consoles and high-definition TVs. In addition to being affordable, these devices could be more easily incorporated into smartphones. “There are no existing electronic …

    March 4, 2015 2:32 pm
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Health

  • U.S. FDA approves Bristol-Myers immunotherapy for lung cancer


    (Reuters) – U.S. health regulators on Wednesday swiftly approved a Bristol-Myers Squibb Co drug that helps the immune system fight the most common form of lung cancer, sending the company’s shares up more than 5 percent to a multi-year high. The eagerly anticipated Food and Drug Administration approval of the drug known as Opdivo came only about three months after Bristol provided trial results showing that the medicine extended survival in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), one of the biggest markets in oncology. The decision also came more than three months ahead of an expected action date by the agency. “This approval will provide patients and health care providers knowledge of the survival advantage associated with Opdivo and will help guide patient care and future lung cancer trials,” Richard Pazdur, the FDA’s head of hematology and oncology product evaluation, said in a statement. Opdivo, known chemically as nivolumab, was approved to treat non-small cell lung …

    March 4, 2015 2:32 pm
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Entertainment

  • Jessica Simspon Channels Daisy Duke In New Spring Ad Campaign


    Posted on Wed Mar 4th, 2015 1:00pm PDT       By X17 Staff Look at dat girl in dem Daisy Dukes! Channeling her role in the the 2005 comedy the Dukes of Hazzard, Jessica Simpson showed off her slim pins in some very short shorts — in her new campaign for her Spring 2015 collection. The fashion mogul shared the image on her Jessica Simpson Style Instagram. In it she’s wearing some light colored denim Daisy Dukes, a hobo blouse and a pair of Jessica Simpson Reiko sandals which retail for $119. Along with the snap, the caption read, “Another look at our #spring15 campaign! @jessicasimpson photographed by @gilles_bensimon in #Sedona. If you missed it last night, check out a behind the scenes look at the making of the campaign over at jessicasimpson.com!” Lookin’ good hot mama!   Stories from around the Web

    March 4, 2015 4:52 pm
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Editorial

  • Vulcan Love: As Spock Leonard Nimoy knew all the right questions


    Leonard Nimoy infused such gravitas into the unlikely character of Spock, that the half-Vulcan science officer’s logic, integrated with human compassion and mystic spirituality, became “Star Trek’s” ethical star chart – the homing beacon upon which the franchise has navigated for almost 50 years.   An actor, director and artist who embraced intimate, emotional, relationship-based story telling, Leonard would have seemed an unlikely choice to become the embodiment of science Geekiness for generations of Sci-Fi fans. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Like a science officer, Leonard asked questions:  How would Vulcans greet one another? Not with a handshake, but with the splayed-fingers live long and prosper.  How would the oh-so-cerebral Vulcans handle themselves in a fight?  Not with a roundhouse right, but with the almost effortless neck pinch. What would alien spirituality look like? Meditative and introspective, of course. But, like a science officer, Leonard asked questions:  How would Vulcans greet one another? Not with a handshake, but with the …

    March 4, 2015 2:51 pm
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Odd News

  • Las Vegas hospital accidentally sends miscarried fetuses to laundry


    (Reuters) – A Las Vegas hospital accidentally sent twin miscarried fetuses wrapped in linen to a commercial laundry facility on Tuesday, officials said. Henderson Police Department spokeswoman Kathleen Richards said that officers were called at around 10 a.m. local time by laundry company Angelica after workers discovered the fetuses. Richards said the remains were delivered accidentally by Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center. The incident was not considered suspicious, Richards said, but added that the Clark County Coroner’s Office would investigate. Spring Valley Hospital spokeswoman Gretchen Papez said in a statement the mother of the fetuses arrived at the hospital after suffering a miscarriage at another location, and that the twins were wrapped in linens before her arrival. “We are currently reviewing the situation to determine what occurred. However, the remains are currently in the hospital’s possession, and we are working with the family at this time,” Papez said. The hospital is owned by a subsidiary …

    March 4, 2015 2:31 pm
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