• Arrest after Bali plane hijack alert

    Arrest after Bali plane hijack alert

    25 April 2014 Last updated at 09:31 Passengers on nearby aircraft saw the drama unfold and took photographs of the plane A passenger who caused a hijack scare on a flight from Australia to Indonesia...
  • Stocks hit by unease over Ukraine

    Click chart for in-depth premarket data. There’s a sense of unease in the markets Friday as worries resurface over rising tension between Ukraine and Russia. U.S. stock futures were in negative territory in premarket trading,...
  • Daily game Apr 25 : Robot Clashes

    Daily game Apr 25 : Robot Clashes

    PlayIn this strategy game you have to buy and upgrade your gear, and then drop it for your robots to pick up and use. Instructions:Mouse controlled. Robot Clashes is Powered by Kizi Games...
  • Phoebe Philo and Natalie Massenet Make Time‘s 100 List

    Phoebe Philo and Natalie Massenet Make Time‘s 100 List

    ——- Among Time‘s list of the world’s 100 most influential people, which was revealed today, you’ll find Pope Francis, Rand Paul, Beyoncé, Hillary Clinton…and two fashion powerhouses: Céline creative director Phoebe Philo and Net-a-Porter founder...

Headline News

  • Businesses fear Mississippi law promotes anti-gay activity; fight back with sticker campaign


    JACKSON, Miss. –  In conservative Mississippi, some business owners who support equal treatment for gays and lesbians are pushing back against a new law that bans government from limiting the free practice of religion. Hundreds of businesses are displaying window stickers that declare: “We don’t discriminate. If you’re buying, we’re selling.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The sticker campaign started this month after Gov. Phil Bryant signed the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Organizers say the first 500 stickers were distributed in about two weeks, and another 1,000 were on order. The law takes effect July 1 and is similar to laws in 18 other states. It says government cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices. Critics fear it will sanction anti-gay bigotry in a state with a history of racial discrimination.

    April 25, 2014 4:18 am
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Politics

  • Seattle mayor finds impasse over $15 hourly wage proposal


    SEATTLE (Reuters) – A coalition of business, labor, and nonprofit interests assembled by the mayor of Seattle has failed to agree on a proposal that, if adopted by lawmakers, would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, more than double the U.S. national rate. The issue has been hotly debated in the city in Washington state where the hourly minimum wage of $9.32 is already the highest in the United States. Opponents say increases would cost jobs while proponents say they are needed to lift an ailing middle class. Mayor Ed Murray, a Democrat who won office in November promising to tackle the income gap through consensus, had been expected to announce a proposal, but instead gave his advisory panel more time. If the committee fails to hammer out a deal, Murray said he would send his own proposal to the City Council. “We’re stuck at the moment,” Murray told a news conference …

    April 25, 2014 3:57 am
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Stocks

  • Stocks hit by unease over Ukraine


    Click chart for in-depth premarket data. There’s a sense of unease in the markets Friday as worries resurface over rising tension between Ukraine and Russia. U.S. stock futures were in negative territory in premarket trading, though the move lower was modest. European markets were falling in morning trading, with Germany’s DAX again taking the biggest hit. Germany is Russia’s largest trading partner in Europe. New sanctions would hurt both economies. Related: SP cuts Russia’s credit rating Senior government officials told CNN that the U.S. could impose new sanctions on Russia as early as Friday for failing to take steps to reduce the tension in eastern Ukraine. Sanctions would target key allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin, high-profile oligarchs and possibly companies. Tensions in Ukraine escalated sharply Thursday, with Russia embarking on new military drills near the border after Ukrainian forces said they killed five pro-Russian militants within their borders. The latest reading on CNNMoney’s Fear …

    April 25, 2014 4:17 am
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Sports

  • Nady’s single lifts Padres past Nationals in 12 innings


    Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) – Xavier Nady’s RBI single in the 12th inning lifted the San Diego Padres to a 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals in the opener of a four-game set. Jedd Gyorko reached on a single with one out in the 12th off Craig Stammen (0-1). He then stole second and moved to third on Jose Lobaton’s throwing error. Nady followed with a single to plate the game-winning run. Bryce Harper opened the bottom of the inning with a double to left field. Harper lifted what appeared to be a routine fly ball to left-center, but left fielder Tommy Medica tripped, allowing the ball to fall in for a hit. Medica, who is used primarily as a first baseman, entered the game as a defensive replacement in the 11th. The Nationals, who left 14 runners on base, couldn’t cash in on the scoring opportunity. Huston Street struck out Tyler Moore then got Lobaton …

    April 25, 2014 3:58 am
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World News

  • Arrest after Bali plane hijack alert


    25 April 2014 Last updated at 09:31 Passengers on nearby aircraft saw the drama unfold and took photographs of the plane A passenger who caused a hijack scare on a flight from Australia to Indonesia has been arrested at Bali airport, officials say. Virgin Australia said a passenger had been handcuffed by crew on the Boeing 737 after acting aggressively. The flight from Brisbane was boarded by Indonesian troops on landing after reports that it had been hijacked. Virgin blamed confusion around the incident on a “miscommunication” and said the passenger had been drunk. The BBC’s Karishma Vaswani in Indonesia said fears of a hijacking were caused after the pilot sent a distress signal to airport authorities. “This is no hijacking, this is a miscommunication,” Heru Sudjatmiko, a Virgin Australia official said. “What happened was there was a drunk person… too much alcohol consumption caused him to act aggressively.” An Indonesian air force spokesman said …

    April 25, 2014 4:18 am
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Technology

  • Crave giveaway: Diamond-studded Martian Victory Watch


    The winner gets a Martian Victory Watch in silver with a white leather band. Brilliance Congrats to Scott S. of Englewood, Colo., for winning a Linksys WRT1900AC wireless router in last week’s giveaway. If you like blingy thingies, you’ll like this week’s prize. Shine on you crazy diamonds! Brilliance We’ve got a high-tech Martian Victory Watch festooned with real diamonds. The rocks come courtesy of Brilliance, an online retailer of diamonds and jewelry that’s recently started adding gems to wearable tech. It’s attached 12 small sparkles, which weigh one-tenth of a carat in total, to the silver wristwatch. The diamonds are conflict-free. The Bluetooth watch itself might just make your Dick Tracy and “Get Smart” dreams come true. It has an analog aesthetic, but pairs with your smartphone to let you receive messages, incoming calls, and notifications using voice commands. (Read Scott Stein’s CNET review of another Martian watch, the Passport, here.) So how do …

    April 25, 2014 3:37 am
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Science

  • Microscopic organism plays a big role in ocean carbon cycling, Scripps scientists discover


    It’s broadly understood that the world’s oceans play a crucial role in the global-scale cycling and exchange of carbon between Earth’s ecosystems and atmosphere. Now scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have taken a leap forward in understanding the microscopic underpinnings of these processes. When phytoplankton use carbon dioxide to make new cells, a substantial portion of that cellular material is released into the sea as a buffet of edible molecules collectively called “dissolved organic carbon.” The majority of these molecules are eventually eaten by microscopic marine bacteria, used for energy, and recycled back into carbon dioxide as the bacteria exhale. The amount of carbon that remains as cell material determines the role that ocean biology plays in locking up atmospheric carbon dioxide in the ocean. Thus, these “recycling” bacteria play an important role in regulating how much of the planet’s carbon dioxide is stored in the oceans. The detailed mechanisms …

    April 25, 2014 3:38 am
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Health

  • Novartis lung drug not inferior to GSK’s Seretide, study shows


    ZURICH (Reuters) – Patients taking Novartis’ inhaled medicine Onbrez Breezhaler for chronic lung disease had benefits similar to those taking GlaxoSmithKline’s Seretide, the Swiss drugmaker said on Friday, citing a late stage study. Also known as QVA149, Onbrez Breezhaler belongs to a new type of dual-action treatments that are expected by analysts to become major sellers. The Phase IV study in patients with moderate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) found Novartis’ once-daily drug showed similar benefits in reducing shortness of breath as GSK’s Seretide, which must be taken twice daily. Around 210 million people worldwide suffer from COPD, a disease that causes breathing trouble and chronic coughing, and is sometimes fatal. (Reporting by Caroline Copley; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)

    April 25, 2014 3:58 am
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Entertainment

  • Kristen Bell on Allure nude photos: I’m not afraid of my body


    Kristen Bell has a lot to be thankful for in her life right now. She has a great career (she voiced a character in Frozen and her Veronica Mars reboot debuted last month), her personal life is rockin’ (she married long-time boyfriend, Dax Shepherd, and gave birth to their daughter last year) and now the actress is part of an amazing spread in the latest issue of Allure magazine that hits stands April 29. If you take the time to listen to the ideas Bell puts out into the world, the girl will turn any skeptic into a believer of the laws of attraction. She’s a carrier of positive messages about her own beauty and why everyone deserves to be proud of their own body. Fox News attacks Kristen Bell for wanting to pay more taxes “I feel fine,” the Forgetting Sarah Marshall star told SheKnows, referring to her nude photos in the upcoming Allure …

    April 25, 2014 4:38 am
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Editorial

  • Abbas, Middle East peace and lessons from the Oasis Casino


    Palestinian laborers lay colored bricks in sand September 14, 1998 as they finish the entrance to the Oasis Casino.Reuters Mahmoud Abbas, the seventy-nine year old leader of the West Bank Palestinian Authority is known as a cautious man. But with peace negotiations at a seeming deadlock, he is talking like a guy who is thinking about betting the farm at the Oasis Casino. I hope he resists the impulse. It won’t work. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT It has been more than twenty years since Abbas, whose nom de guerre is Abu Mazen, stood on the lawn of the White House watching his boss, Yasser Arafat, sign the Oslo Accords with Israel.  The deal promised a gradual, final peace, but it was a mirage. It left the major issues of the conflict—sovereignty, borders, interim arrangements, settlements, the status of Palestinian refugees and Jewish settlers and the future of Jerusalem—papered over in legal language and leave-it-for-later ambiguities.  The ink …

    April 24, 2014 11:56 pm
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Odd News

  • Sriracha hot sauce makers head for next showdown in California


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Southern California makers of the popular Sriracha brand of hot sauce faced another potential showdown on Wednesday with the city of Irwindale over a peppery smell emitted from the company’s chili-processing factory in town. The city council was expected to vote on a resolution formally declaring the factory a public nuisance unless the sides reach an agreement to resolve resident complaints of tear-inducing fumes from the plant. City officials and attorneys for Huy Fong Foods were in talks this week seeking to reach a settlement ahead of Wednesday night’s council meeting, said Laura Snyder, an administrator in the city manager’s office. “The goal is to have an agreement so we don’t have to move forward” with the nuisance resolution, she said. Huy Fong officials could not immediately be reached for comment. Such a declaration would pave the way for the city, located about 20 miles east of Los Angeles, to …

    April 25, 2014 3:38 am
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