• Police search home of crash co-pilot

    Police have seized possessions of the Germanwings co-pilot who prosecutors say deliberately crashed his plane in the French Alps killing 150 people. They found significant clues suggesting he suffered from “psychological illness”, according to Der...
  • Woman charged with scamming Boston bombing victims fund

    (Reuters) – A Boston woman has been indicted with fraudulently obtaining $8,000 from the fund set up for victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and thousands more from other fundraising, officials said on Thursday....
  • Bad news: Stocks likely to fall further

    Bad news: Stocks likely to fall further

    Corporate earnings for the first quarter are probably going to stink like a giant pile of dirty laundry in a teenager’s bedroom. That’s one of the main reasons why stocks have been on a mini-losing...
  • Sierra Leone in Ebola lockdown

    Sierra Leone in Ebola lockdown

    Thousands of people in Sierra Leone have died of Ebola The authorities in Sierra Leone are enforcing a three-day lockdown to curb the spread of Ebola, with the entire population ordered to stay at home....
  • Tearful Park apologizes for failed doping test

    SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan choked back the tears on Friday as he apologized for a failed doping test that led to an 18-month ban from the sport and said...
  • Chevron to sell stake in Caltex

    Chevron to sell stake in Caltex

    Chevron is to sell its 50% stake in Caltex Australia, the petrol station operator, for a reported 4.6bn Australian dollars ($3.6bn; £2.4bn). The US energy giant said the sale reflected its plans to generate cash...

Headline News

  • Woman charged with scamming Boston bombing victims fund


    (Reuters) – A Boston woman has been indicted with fraudulently obtaining $8,000 from the fund set up for victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and thousands more from other fundraising, officials said on Thursday. Investigators found that Joanna Leigh, 41, was at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 when two bombs exploded, killing three people and injuring more than 260, but they argued that she was not injured, the Boston Police Department said in a statement. Leigh was indicted earlier this month by a Suffolk County grand jury on five larceny counts and a charge of making a false claim to the government, the police department said. It said Leigh received $8,000 from The One Fund Boston, which raised nearly $80 million in the aftermath of the attack. She also received a combined $28,700 from a middle school fundraiser, an online campaign and the Massachusetts Victims of Violent Crime Compensation fund, according to …

    March 27, 2015 4:57 am
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Politics

  • Vulnerable Senators Switch Votes on Paid Sick Leave (Updated)


    By Alexis Levinson and Rebecca Gale Posted at 4:25 p.m. on March 26 0 Tweet Toomey voted in favor of a fund for paid sick leave. (CQ Roll Call File Photo) Updated 9:20 p.m. | Two of the most vulnerable Republican senators, Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, switched their votes Thursday on an amendment that would allow workers to earn up to seven days of paid sick time annually. A “no” vote on the amendment would have likely drawn criticism from Democrats, who have, in the past, attacked Republicans as being unconcerned about pocketbook issues such as paid leave, minimum wage and equal pay. Both senators’ offices blamed the switch on an innocent mistake. “Sen. Johnson realized he cast the wrong vote – there are a lot of votes happening right now, simple mistake,” Melinda Schnell, a Johnson spokeswoman, said in an email. “Sen. Toomey misread the amendment at first,” Toomey spokeswoman E.R. Anderson …

    March 27, 2015 2:37 am
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Stocks

  • Bad news: Stocks likely to fall further


    Corporate earnings for the first quarter are probably going to stink like a giant pile of dirty laundry in a teenager’s bedroom. That’s one of the main reasons why stocks have been on a mini-losing streak lately. Stocks fell again Thursday. It was the fourth straight day of declines. Still, analysts predict that profits for the SP 500 companies will be down 4.6% from the first quarter of 2014, according to data from FactSet Research. This would be the first time profits have fallen since the third quarter of 2012. No wonder the market is jittery. Can the stock market really keep climbing if earnings aren’t strong? Related: Warning signs in the housing market On top of that, more people are warning about high valuations for tech and biotech stocks in the Nasdaq. Mixed signals are also coming out about the health of the U.S. economy. This could just turn out to be a blip. …

    March 27, 2015 4:56 am
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Sports

  • NCAA Tournament Roundup: Wisconsin, Arizona set Saturday showdown in West Regional


    March 26, 2015: Arizona guard Gabe York, center left, and Xavier guard Larry Austin Jr. battle for a loose ball during the second half of a college basketball regional semifinal in the NCAA Tournament in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Half of the Elite Eight in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament was set Thursday night. Here’s a complete recap of the action. WEST REGION ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT WISCONSIN 79, NORTH CAROLINA 72 Sam Dekker scored a career-high 23 points, Frank Kaminsky added 19 and top-seeded Wisconsin rallied in the final 10 minutes to hold off North Carolina 79-72 on Thursday night and advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Reserve Zak Showalter scored six points in the Badgers’ 19-7 run that sent them into the West Regional final Saturday against No. 2 seed Arizona. Brice Johnson and Justin Jackson scored 15 points each for the fourth-seeded Tar Heels (26-12), who got within one …

    March 27, 2015 4:57 am
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World News

  • Police search home of crash co-pilot


    Police have seized possessions of the Germanwings co-pilot who prosecutors say deliberately crashed his plane in the French Alps killing 150 people. They found significant clues suggesting he suffered from “psychological illness”, according to Der Spiegel. Data from the plane’s voice recorder suggest Andreas Lubitz had purposely started a descent while the pilot was locked out of the cockpit. Reports in the German media indicate Andreas Lubitz had been depressed. The Barcelona-Duesseldorf flight crashed on Tuesday. Several airlines have now pledged to change their rules to ensure at least two crew members are present in the cockpit at all times. ‘Heavily depressive’ The revelations by the German police come after officers searched Mr Lubitz’s flat in Duesseldorf and the house the 27-year-old shared with his parents in Montabaur, north of Frankfurt, late on Thursday. A number of items were removed – including boxes and a computer – from the two properties. Andreas Lubitz: Germanwings co-pilot …

    March 27, 2015 4:57 am
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Technology

  • Asus ZenWatch review: a sophisticated-looking Android smartwatch


    The ZenWatch is one of the most attractive square Android Wear watches on the market. The OLED screen is gently curved with a polished stainless steel body inlaid with a rose gold-coloured inset. A traditional brown leather strap with a locking clasp completes the look. The classic styling may not suit everyone, but at 75g in weight and 9.4mm thick, the watch is comfortable to wear, does not feel chunky and the 1.63-inch Gorilla Glass 3-covered screen is bright and relatively crisp. It is also water resistant to IP55 standards, which means no swimming, but rain is not a problem. The ‘biosensor’ monitors heart rate when the circuit is completed by putting two fingers on the metal bezel of the watch. The smartwatch has a built-in heart rate sensor, but instead of being an optical sensor it uses a capacitive one. Two fingers need to be placed on the metal frame of the watch to …

    March 27, 2015 2:15 am
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Science

  • Bats obey ‘traffic rules’ when trawling for food


    Foraging bats obey their own set of ‘traffic rules’, chasing, turning and avoiding collisions at high speed, new research from the University of Bristol has found. Dr Marc Holderied of Bristol’s School of Biological Sciences studied pairs of Daubenton’s bats (Myotis daubentonii) foraging low over water for stranded insects at a site near the village of Barrow Gurney in Somerset. He said: “Collective movements of flocking birds or shoaling fish are amongst the most fascinating natural phenomena, and everyone has experienced the challenges of walking through a moving crowd. What information individuals use for movement coordination is, however, very difficult to know — except in the case of echolocating bats.” These flying mammals perceive their surroundings by emitting loud and high-pitched biosonar calls and listening for the returning echoes. Because bat biosonar imaging is much sparser in information than vision, Dr Holderied was able to accurately measure the biosonar calls of the interacting bats and …

    March 27, 2015 2:35 am
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Health

  • Two experimental Ebola vaccines pass safety test in African trial


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two experimental Ebola vaccines, one from GlaxoSmithKline PLC and the other from biotech start-up NewLink Genetics Corp, “appear to be safe” part way through a clinical trial being conducted in Liberia, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) said on Thursday. The two vaccines, each given in a single injection, are being tested for safety and efficacy on more than 600 people in Liberia in a mid-stage clinical trial sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a branch of NIH. The Ebola epidemic that began in West Africa one year ago has killed more than 10,200 people, but a decline in new cases in the most affected countries, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, has led to hopes that it may be ending. Based on the encouraging safety results, the study may now advance to the next phase of efficacy testing, in which additional volunteers are injected with the …

    March 27, 2015 2:38 am
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Entertainment

  • Amber Rose Lets It All Hang Out While Sunbathing Topless In Hawaii


    Posted on Thu Mar 26th, 2015 9:30am PDT       By X17 Staff Your move, Kimmy K! Amber Rose has never been shy, but the former stripper took it to a whole new level when she posted this topless Instagram of herself sunbathing in Maui! “If only this beach was actually Topless #Maui,” she captioned the racy snapshot. Her boobs are so big, that her attempt to cover them didn’t really work, so it might as well have been a nude beach! We just got a glimpse of what Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa used to see! The single mother is undoubtedly going to get some backlash for these super sexy pics, but just the other day she shared some words of wisdom with her followers and explained how other people’s opinions and criticisms don’t faze her anymore. “As u grow and really get to know yourself, figure out what ur truly passionate about and actually start living …

    March 27, 2015 4:57 am
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Editorial

  • President Obama and the high price we paid for Bowe Bergdahl


    FILE – This undated file image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. A U.S. official says Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years, will be court martialed on charges of desertion and avoiding military service. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, file) After almost a year of debate, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion and misbehaving before the enemy. This was the expectation and, I believe, the right decision. Bergdahl left his post in Paktika, Afghanistan, in the middle of the night in June 2009 after expressing his disappointment with U.S. policy there. Six brave soldiers died looking for him once he was taken by the Taliban. These were lives we never should have lost. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Furthermore, we are now facing the possibility of losing even more lives in this saga. The Bergdahl trade was a bad one on every level. Three main points …

    March 27, 2015 2:38 am
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Odd News

  • Heave, ho: Elephants rescue 18-wheeler stranded on Louisiana road


    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – When an 18-wheeler truck became stranded by the side of a Louisiana road, two elephants inside came to the rescue. Sheriff’s deputies in Natchitoches Parish on Tuesday morning received a call about a stuck truck. Upon arriving on the scene, they saw two elephants preventing the vehicle from overturning. The truck’s driver, also an elephant trainer, walked the elephants out of the cargo compartment and directed them to help prop up the vehicle, sheriff’s Captain Tony Moran said in an interview. “It’s creative,” said Moran, who said the responding deputies were “just astonished to see it.” Leaning side-by-side, the elephants pushed with their weight against the truck, the sheriff’s photos showed. The truck was carrying three elephants from Florida. After a stop in New Orleans, they were on their way to a circus near Dallas. The truck had pulled over on an interstate shoulder near Powhatan, Louisiana, about an hour south …

    March 25, 2015 10:21 pm
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