• US removes Cuba from terror list

    Presidents Obama and Raul Castro shook hands on 11 April 2015 at the Summit of the Americas The United States has removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism. The move eliminates a...
  • Rivals set out case in Fifa vote

    The two rivals for the leadership of Fifa, Sepp Blatter and Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, have delivered final appeals to electors in a vote overshadowed by corruption allegations. Mr Blatter said he would “shoulder the...
  • IMAX conquered Hollywood. China is next.

    IMAX conquered Hollywood. China is next.

    This is likely to be a record-breaking year for Hollywood. But the biggest box office winner on Wall Street doesn’t make blockbuster movies. It shows them on enormous 3-D screens. IMAX (IMAX) shares are up...
  • Buhari promises change for Nigeria

    Buhari promises change for Nigeria

    Muhammadu Buhari has been sworn in as Nigeria’s president, promising to bring “increased prosperity” to Africa’s most populous country. He is the first opposition figure to win a presidential election in Nigeria since independence in...

Headline News

  • US removes Cuba from terror list


    Presidents Obama and Raul Castro shook hands on 11 April 2015 at the Summit of the Americas The United States has removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism. The move eliminates a major obstacle toward restoring diplomatic ties. The change allows Cuba to conduct banking in the United States, among other activities. President Barack Obama announced a historic thaw with Cuba in December, but the US trade embargo against the country remains, and may only be ended by Congress. The removal has been one of Cuba’s key demands, as leaders from both countries have repeatedly met to negotiate the details of restoring diplomatic relations, including the opening of embassies in Washington and Havana. The action comes as signs of difficulty were seen in recent talks between US and Cuban diplomats. Last week, diplomats met in Washington, but failed to come to an agreement on opening embassies. The BBC’s State Department Correspondent Barbara …

    May 29, 2015 11:05 am
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Politics

  • Ex-House Speaker Hastert indicted for paying hush money


    Former House Speaker Dennis J. Hastert Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime high school teacher silent about “prior misconduct” by the Illinois Republican who was once second in line to the U.S. presidency, according to a federal grand jury indictment handed down Thursday. The indictment, which doesn’t describe the alleged misconduct by Hastert, charges the 73-year-old with one count of evading bank regulations by withdrawing $952,000 in increments of less than $10,000 to skirt reporting requirements. He is also charged with one count of lying to the FBI about the reason for the unusual withdrawals. Each count of the indictment carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Hastert did not return email and phone messages from The Associated Press seeking comment on the allegations. Hastert, who had worked as …

    May 29, 2015 9:23 am
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Stocks

  • IMAX conquered Hollywood. China is next.


    This is likely to be a record-breaking year for Hollywood. But the biggest box office winner on Wall Street doesn’t make blockbuster movies. It shows them on enormous 3-D screens. IMAX (IMAX) shares are up 30% so far this year and are trading at an all-time high. The stock has done better than Disney (DIS) and leading movie theater chains Regal (RGC) and AMC (AMC). It makes sense. IMAX movies make a ton of money thanks to the premium ticket prices. The company pulled in more than $18 million during the opening weekend of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” earlier this month. That works out to an average of nearly $50,000 for each of the company’s 364 screens. “Furious 7″ and “Mad Max: Fury Road” have been big hits as well. And the summer is just getting started. Related: “Game of Thrones’ coming to an IMAX theater near you Earthquake drama “San Andreas” hits IMAX theaters …

    May 29, 2015 10:24 am
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Sports

  • Blatter set to win new term despite soccer corruption scandal


    ZURICH World soccer boss Sepp Blatter was expected to be re-elected on Friday, defying growing calls for him to step down in the face of corruption scandals engulfing the sport’s governing body. Addressing delegates at FIFA’s annual Congress in Switzerland, where members will later vote to decide the organization’s presidency, Blatter promised more transparency and urged members to remain unified. Europe, which accounts for all but three of the countries that have ever made it to a World Cup’s final match, is particularly keen to banish the 79-year-old Swiss. But Asian, African and Latin American states are expected to rally around him. Each of the 209 countries in FIFA has an equal vote. On a visit to Berlin, British Prime Minister David Cameron told Blatter to go “the sooner the better”. Chancellor Angela Merkel said the dirty side of soccer must be cleaned up. In a low key-address that contrasted with a more defiant reaction …

    May 29, 2015 9:44 am
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World News

  • Rivals set out case in Fifa vote


    The two rivals for the leadership of Fifa, Sepp Blatter and Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, have delivered final appeals to electors in a vote overshadowed by corruption allegations. Mr Blatter said he would “shoulder the responsibility of the current storm” and vowed to bring change. Prince Ali pledged to bring “a new dawn to break through the darkness”. The vote in Zurich comes two days after seven senior officials were arrested there as part of a US prosecution. Mr Blatter is expected to beat Prince Ali and win a fifth term at the congress. Sportsday – live updates Mr Blatter has faced calls to resign, including from UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who said in Berlin on Thursday that Mr Blatter should quit “the sooner the better”. Bomb threat Fifa’s 209 members are now voting in a secret ballot on whether to give Mr Blatter, 79, another four-year term. Prince Ali, 39, is the only …

    May 29, 2015 11:04 am
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Technology

  • Get a Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with keyboard for $179


    Lenovo Is it a tablet with a keyboard or a laptop with a removable screen? Semantics, my friends, semantics. For a limited time, and while supplies last, Lenovo has the refurbished Yoga Tablet 2 10 with keyboard for $179 shipped. It fits the definition of a hybrid PC, and it sold new for $369.99 when it debuted just a few months ago. (It currently runs $349.99.) Because there are a lot of Yoga products in Lenovo’s lineup, let me cut to the chase on this one: It’s a Windows 8.1-powered system running on an Intel Atom processor. And in case the “10” in the name didn’t give it away, it features a 10.1-inch touchscreen display — an impressive one at that, an IPS panel running at 1,920 x 1,080. That resolution is overkill at this size, but overkill of the best kind. Other key specs include 2GB of RAM, 32GB of solid-state storage (expandable via …

    May 29, 2015 8:43 am
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Science

  • Researchers retrieve ‘lost’ memories


    Retrograde amnesia is the inability to recall established memories. In humans, amnesia is associated with traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, and other neurological conditions. Whether memories lost to amnesia are completely erased or merely unable to be recalled remains an open question. Now, in a finding that casts new light on the nature of memory, published in Science, researchers from the RIKEN-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics demonstrated in mice that traces of old memories do remain in the amnestic brain, and that the cellular pathways underlying them can be reactivated, allowing lost memories to be found. The research team, led by Susumu Tonegawa, Director of the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Saitama, Japan, was interested in how stable memories are formed in the brain and whether memories whose storage was disrupted by chemically inducing retrograde amnesia, could still be recalled. “Brain researchers have been divided for decades on whether amnesia is caused by an …

    May 29, 2015 9:04 am
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Health

  • Excess Weight Linked to Worse Prostate Cancer Prognosis


    FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Radiation therapy for prostate cancer may be less effective for overweight and obese men than for men of normal weight, a new study suggests. Higher rates of prostate cancer relapse, prostate cancer death, and death from other causes were seen for overweight and obese men in this study of more than 1,400 prostate cancer patients. “It isn’t the weight per se, but there must be some association with increased weight that’s making the treatment less effective,” said lead researcher Dr. Eric Horwitz, chairman of radiation oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. “It’s not that radiation doesn’t work, but it doesn’t seem to work as well,” he said. “It’s still better than not having any treatment.” Being overweight or obese was associated with a small — 3 percent — higher rate of prostate cancer relapse and a 7 percent higher rate of cancer spreading. Heavier patients also …

    May 29, 2015 9:24 am
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Entertainment

  • Jay Z And Beyonce’s Tidal Staff Photo Outrages Twitter For Being "White Washed"


    Posted on Fri May 29th, 2015 7:10am PDT       By X17 Staff Maybe people should think before they tweet? Jay Z and Beyonce got skewered via social media when they posted a staff photo with their team at their subscription-based music streaming service, Tidal. Uninformed critics couldn’t help but comment on the “all white” staff beside the power couple. Quickly, the Internet was erupting, claiming that the super couple had “white washed” their staff — only problem is Tidal was created by Norwegian steaming service Aspiro, which is based in Norway, where 97 percent of the population is — white. Isn’t that kind of like going to Mexico and being upset that most of the people are hispanic? After an initial soar in popularity due to the backing of some of music’s biggest names, the streaming app’s popularity dropped significantly through iStore rankings. After a disappointing beginning, we aren’t sure that Tidal needed any more negative criticism …

    May 29, 2015 9:44 am
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Editorial

  • Climate change: Mr. Obama, 97 percent of experts is a bogus number


    Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: Climate change is real, man-made and dangerous. President Obama tweeted that, and it has been repeated by countless others. It is tempting for a politician to claim that 97 percent of experts agree with you. But do they? The 97 percent claim was taken from a study paper by Australian John Cook, Climate Communications Fellow for the Global change Institute at the University of Queensland, and his colleagues, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters in May, 2013. The paper says nothing about the would-be dangers of climate change and it counts the number of publications, rather than the number of scientists, in support of human-made climate change. Never let facts get in the way of a good story. The paper is a treasure trove of how-not-to lessons for a graduate class on survey design and analysis: the sample was not representative, statistical tests were ignored, and the results were …

    May 29, 2015 1:41 am
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Odd News

  • Branded golf balls were a mistake, Ireland’s former bank regulator says


    DUBLIN Ireland’s financial regulator, whose “timid” supervision was criticized for not halting the country’s banking crash, produced branded golf balls to promote itself before the office was overhauled, a parliamentary inquiry heard on Thursday. Promotions such as golf balls or umbrellas bearing the logos of banks were commonplace in Ireland during their rapid growth a decade ago. That growth ended in the most expensive bank bailout in the euro zone when a property bubble spectacularly burst. Patrick Neary, who was head of financial regulation from 2006 to 2009, was asked on Thursday what the regulators were thinking when they handed out the golf balls. “Your job was the micro-prudential supervision of the banks. What was going on?” inquiry member Susan O’Keefe asked Neary, in the most anticipated hearing since lawmakers began to question bank executives, regulators and politicians. “It must have been a package of things that were delivered, I really don’t know much about …

    May 28, 2015 8:58 am
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