• Boehner playing dangerous game by mixing Israel, race

    Boehner playing dangerous game by mixing Israel, race

    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio answers questions during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke) Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) trip to Israel this week is...
  • Letting Kids Sip Alcohol May ‘Send Wrong Message’

    Letting Kids Sip Alcohol May ‘Send Wrong Message’

    TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children who are allowed occasional sips of alcohol are more likely to start drinking by the time they’re in high school, a new study suggests. Researchers followed 561...
  • What happened at shooting at NSA headquarters?

    What happened at shooting at NSA headquarters?

    A Maryland State Police cruiser sits at a blocked southbound entrance on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway that accesses the National Security Agency, Monday,(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)   The warnings are strong and security is always tight, but...
  • Entangled photons cast a new light on cause and effect

    Entangled photons cast a new light on cause and effect

    Cause and effect: Waterloo physicists measure correlations The idea that correlation does not imply causation is well known to scientists and statisticians, but now physicists in Canada have shown that it is not always the...
  • Turkey hit by massive power cut

    Turkey hit by massive power cut

    The power cut led to queues at some petrol stations in Istanbul A massive power cut has hit dozens of provinces across Turkey, with officials saying a break in connections with mainland Europe could be...
  • Alonso stays positive while Ferrari celebrate

    LONDON (Reuters) – One word seemed to encapsulate Fernando Alonso’s Malaysian Grand Prix weekend. The comment, posted on Twitter under a photograph of the sweaty Spaniard walking in his McLaren overalls past the Ferrari garage...
  • Samsung and LG bury legal hatchet

    Samsung and LG have agreed to try to end a lengthy legal battle, but prosecutors will have the final say The rival manufacturers Samsung and LG have agreed to seek an end to their long-running...

Headline News

  • Armed prisoner breaks free from Washington area hospital


    (Reuters) – An armed prisoner was on the run early on Tuesday after escaping from a hospital in a northern Virginia close to Washington where a shot was fired during a struggle with a guard, police said. The prisoner, identified as Wossen Assaye by the Fairfax County Police Department, broke free from a private security guard at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia, and fled with the guard’s weapon, the department said on its Twitter account. Police said he was thought to be driving a stolen car identified as a 2002 Toyota Camry with damage to the front and the license plate number of XZP-8153. They also said Assaye might be with his girlfriend, whose photo was posted on Twitter but who was not named. Assaye had been held by the nearby city of Alexandria on federal charges of armed bank robbery and was taken to a local hospital after he tried to harm …

    March 31, 2015 7:07 am
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Politics

  • What happened at shooting at NSA headquarters?


    A Maryland State Police cruiser sits at a blocked southbound entrance on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway that accesses the National Security Agency, Monday,(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)   The warnings are strong and security is always tight, but most drivers are versed in the daily routine as thousands of employees and contractors stream through the closely guarded entrance to the National Security Agency. The ordinary start to the work week came to a violent halt Monday, though, when two men dressed as women and driving in a stolen, dark-colored SUV ignored officers’ orders at the gate to the spy agency headquarters at Fort Meade in Maryland. Police fired on the SUV, which then rammed into a police vehicle. One suspect was killed. The second suspect was injured, as well as a police officer. Whether the pair wanted to breach the perimeter or the driver was desperate and confused in a security-sensitive area only added to the mystery of …

    March 31, 2015 7:28 am
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Stocks

  • How far Chinese moms will go to have U.S. babies


    It’s no secret — moms will do just about anything for their kids. Some are even willing to commit visa fraud, lie to immigration officers and pay tens of thousands of dollars to shady middlemen — as long as the payoff is a U.S. passport for their newborn. An underground “birth tourism” network that stretches from the U.S. to China has sprung up to cater to growing numbers of Chinese mothers who travel stateside to give birth, according to affidavits filed by federal law enforcement officers. The moms are lured by laws that grant U.S. citizenship to anyone born on American soil. Department of Homeland Security agents carried out a series of “birth tourism” raids earlier this month as part of a larger criminal investigation targeting companies in California that have netted millions helping pregnant Chinese women fraudulently secure visas and scam hospitals. Related: Why Chinese moms want American babies Documents made public as part …

    March 31, 2015 5:46 am
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Sports

  • Alonso stays positive while Ferrari celebrate


    LONDON (Reuters) – One word seemed to encapsulate Fernando Alonso’s Malaysian Grand Prix weekend. The comment, posted on Twitter under a photograph of the sweaty Spaniard walking in his McLaren overalls past the Ferrari garage and the Italian team’s smiling mechanics, was simple: ‘Ouch’. It was hard not to feel a twinge of pity for the double world champion, who left Ferrari for McLaren at the end of last year, as his former employers celebrated their first victory since 2013. Formula One glamor team Ferrari are back in business while McLaren, with their new partners Honda, have gone backwards. Alonso, who missed the first race of the season after a crash in testing, lasted just 21 laps before retiring due to cooling problems with the car’s energy recovery system. World champion Lewis Hamilton, who partnered Alonso at McLaren in 2007 and whose own move to Mercedes at the end of 2012 had commentators fearing he …

    March 31, 2015 7:07 am
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World News

  • Turkey hit by massive power cut


    The power cut led to queues at some petrol stations in Istanbul A massive power cut has hit dozens of provinces across Turkey, with officials saying a break in connections with mainland Europe could be to blame. The cuts affected power stations and public transport, including Istanbul’s tram and metro systems. A crisis centre has been set up at the energy ministry. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said all possible causes are being examined, including terrorism. The cut hit at 10:36 (07:36 GMT) on Tuesday morning. By early afternoon the Turkish Electricity Transmission company said only 15% of Istanbul and Ankara had power. Istanbul’s transport company said all of its lines were back up and running. Turkish TV reported that power had been re-established in the cities of Edirne, Tekirdag, Erzurum and Trabzon. “Our main target right now is to restore the network. This is not an incident that we see frequently,” Energy Minister Taner …

    March 31, 2015 7:07 am
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Technology

  • Samsung and LG bury legal hatchet


    Samsung and LG have agreed to try to end a lengthy legal battle, but prosecutors will have the final say The rival manufacturers Samsung and LG have agreed to seek an end to their long-running dispute. Each said it would withdraw legal complaints against the other and ask for leniency in continuing cases. A war has been raging between the South Korean companies, including a battle over claims that LG staff damaged Samsung washing machines. South Korean prosecutors refused to comment on proceedings against employees of both firms. “Both sides have agreed to avoid legal action and resolve any future conflicts or disputes through dialogue and mutual agreement,” the companies said. LG employees admitted that Samsung appliances were damaged, but said it was accidental Their accord raises the prospect of peace between the firms. But it does not officially resolve criminal cases brought by prosecutors. LG appliances chief Jo Seong-jin has been indicted by Seoul …

    March 31, 2015 7:06 am
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Science

  • Entangled photons cast a new light on cause and effect


    Cause and effect: Waterloo physicists measure correlations The idea that correlation does not imply causation is well known to scientists and statisticians, but now physicists in Canada have shown that it is not always the case in the weird world of quantum mechanics. Research in medicine, economics and many other disciplines often relies on showing a statistical correlation between two variables. It is often not clear, however, whether a change in one variable actually causes a shift in the other or whether the two variables are related via a third unmeasured factor. In a drug trial, for example, a higher recovery rate among those who take a certain drug compared with those who choose not to take the drug could be related to a third factor that is linked causally to both – perhaps those who choose not to take the drug are less ill than the others. The answer is to carry out randomized …

    March 31, 2015 7:28 am
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Health

  • Letting Kids Sip Alcohol May ‘Send Wrong Message’


    TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children who are allowed occasional sips of alcohol are more likely to start drinking by the time they’re in high school, a new study suggests. Researchers followed 561 middle school students in Rhode Island for about three years. At the start of sixth grade (about age 11), nearly 30 percent of the students said they’d had at least one sip of alcohol. In most cases, those sips were provided by parents, often at parties or special occasions. By ninth grade, 26 percent of those who’d had sips of alcohol at a younger age said they’d had at least one full alcoholic drink, compared with less than 6 percent of those who didn’t get sips of alcohol when younger. The researchers also found that 9 percent of the sippers had gotten drunk or engaged in binge drinking by ninth grade, compared with just under 2 percent of the non-sippers. …

    March 31, 2015 7:28 am
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Fortune

Entertainment

  • Demi Lovato Shows Off Her Hot Body — And Her New Pooch!


    Posted on Mon Mar 30th, 2015 12:30pm PDT       By X17 Staff Demi Lovato certainly knows how to get our attention! The 22-year-old singer/actress posted the above snapshot on Instagram over the weekend, and not only does she show off her smokin’ hot bikini bod, but we also got a peek at her new dog Buddy! So what’s the starlet been doing these days to stay in shape? She posted a photo of herself at the gym last week and wrote, “8 min abs = 8 minutes of HELL,” and the other day she tweeted, “I want success more than I want sleep.. And that’s why nothing stops me from killing the gym on Saturday mornings…” But fear not — Demi definitely seems intent on keeping her famous curves! In a recent interview with Allure, the former Disney darling said she’s proud of her fuller figure and even gave Kim K a shout out! “Kim Kardashian, say …

    March 31, 2015 5:46 am
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Editorial

  • Boehner playing dangerous game by mixing Israel, race


    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio answers questions during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke) Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) trip to Israel this week is so blatantly political that even the avowedly impartial Associated Press describes it as looking “like a jab at the White House.” It is worse than that. President Obama can jab back in any political fight. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The real issue here is the way Boehner is recklessly sowing division along party lines on Israel. He is also — intentionally or not — heightening the silent but simmering racial tensions that increasingly divide Americans on the subject. The racial division is the most troubling of all to me, as a black American. Boehner’s visit is his latest embrace of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a man who used strong racial language to rally his conservative supporters and win another term in …

    March 31, 2015 7:28 am
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Odd News

  • Alabama lawmaker pushes repeal of law named after his dead patient


    (Reuters) – An Alabama doctor-turned-lawmaker is seeking to overturn a state law named for one of his patients, whose death 16 years earlier triggered legislation requiring insurers to pay for minimum post-pregnancy hospital stays, records show. “Rose’s Law,” named after 36-year-old Rose Church, who died of a heart attack 10 days after giving birth in 1998, requires insurers in Alabama to cover post-pregnancy hospital stays up to 48 hours. It was championed by her widower, Gene Church, who said she was discharged too quickly and without proper tests. State Senator Larry Stutts, a Republican first elected in November 2014, was Church’s gynecologist at the time of her death, and was named in a lawsuit filed by the widower. Stutts introduced his measure on March 18, billing it in a subsequent Facebook posting as a means to eliminate intrusion into doctor-patient relations and as getting rid of “one-size-fits-all Obamacare-style laws.” Church views it differently. “This was …

    March 30, 2015 11:22 pm
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