• Brazil deploys soldiers over Zika virus

    Brazil deploys soldiers over Zika virus

    Image copyright Reuters More than 220,000 soldiers are being deployed across Brazil to warn people about the risks of the Zika virus. Brazil is at the centre of an outbreak of the virus, which has...
  • Tweddle takes first unaided steps

    Tweddle takes first unaided steps

    Beth Tweddle has won three World Championships gold medals during her career Olympic bronze medallist Beth Tweddle has taken her first unaided steps since having neck surgery following her fall on Channel 4’s The Jump....
  • Rare beluga data show whales dive to maximize meals

    Rare beluga data show whales dive to maximize meals

    Related images(click to enlarge) Children’s singer and songwriter Raffi may have brought beluga whales into popular culture with his 1980 song “Baby Beluga,” but surprisingly little is actually known about the life and ecology of...
  • Victoria’s Secret CEO resigning after 16 years

    Victoria’s Secret CEO resigning after 16 years

    The CEO of Victoria’s Secret is leaving the angels behind. CEO Sharen Jester Turney announced she’d be resigning from the world’s best known lingerie chain in a statement on Friday. Turney worked for Victoria’s Secret...
  • Photographs of Dublin in rubble

    Photographs of Dublin in rubble

    Image copyright Sean Sexton Collection On Easter Monday 100 years ago, Irish Republicans occupied buildings in central Dublin and declared independence from the United Kingdom. Few photographs were taken of the short-lived Easter Rising, but...
  • Voges takes Test average over 100

    Voges takes Test average over 100

    Voges made his Test debut against West Indies in June 2015 at the age of 35 Australia’s Adam Voges has been likened to legend Sir Donald Bradman after lifting his average to more than 100...

Headline News

  • Alabama grandmother convicted in girl’s running death dies


    An Alabama woman convicted of capital murder in the death of her 9-year-old granddaughter died Friday less than a year into her life-without-parole sentence for the killing. Joyce Hardin Garrard, 50, died five days after being stricken at the state’s women’s prison, prison spokesman Bob Horton said. Garrard was convicted last year of killing her granddaughter by making her run as punishment for a lie about eating candy in 2012. Evidence during the trial showed the girl ran for hours outside Garrard’s home in rural Alabama. Defense Attorney Dani Bone said Garrard apparently suffered a heart attack Sunday minutes after visiting relatives at the state women’s prison. She was taken from the prison by helicopter ambulance to a Montgomery hospital where she was placed on life support and eventually died. According to AL.com, Garrard was left brain dead after the heart attack. The official cause of death wasn’t announced. “This is another loss for a …

    February 13, 2016 4:22 am
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Politics

  • Senate passes ‘provocative’ China bill, Cruz lifts nominee holds


    WASHINGTON The U.S. Senate on Friday backed a plan to name a plaza in front of the Chinese embassy for a pro-democracy dissident after what congressional sources called a tit-for-tat deal that led Senator Ted Cruz to stop blocking President Barack Obama’s diplomatic nominations. By unanimous voice vote, the Senate approved a bill introduced by Cruz, a leading contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, to name the plaza in Washington after Liu Xiaobo, a Nobel peace prize winner. “It’s provocative and counterproductive. We strongly urge the U.S. side to stop such actions,” Chinese embassy spokesman Zhu Haiquan said in an emailed statement. Cruz spokesman Phil Novack said the senator had ended his holds on nominees including Obama’s new ambassadors to Norway and Sweden and two top State Department officials. The Senate also confirmed those nominations on Friday. Senate rules allow any member to block a nomination by a procedure known as a “hold.” Cruz …

    February 13, 2016 1:01 am
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Stocks

  • Victoria’s Secret CEO resigning after 16 years


    The CEO of Victoria’s Secret is leaving the angels behind. CEO Sharen Jester Turney announced she’d be resigning from the world’s best known lingerie chain in a statement on Friday. Turney worked for Victoria’s Secret for roughly 16 years and plans to stay on as an adviser. She took over as CEO in 2006 and previously served as president and CEO of Victoria’s Secret Direct. In the statement, Turney said she was resigning to “prioritize my family and my personal life and consider what’s next for me professionally.” Related: Victoria’s real secret: A 77-year-old billionaire CEO Related: Bra Boom: Why Wall Street is hot for Victoria’s Secret Turney’s resignation comes after a strong fourth quarter for Victoria’s Secret. Last week, the company reported more than $2 billion in sales during the fourth quarter — a 7% increase. These sales were instrumental in helping its parent company, L Brands (LB), achieve record sales. In Turney’s stead, …

    February 13, 2016 3:41 am
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Sports

  • Tweddle takes first unaided steps


    Beth Tweddle has won three World Championships gold medals during her career Olympic bronze medallist Beth Tweddle has taken her first unaided steps since having neck surgery following her fall on Channel 4’s The Jump. The retired British gymnast, 30, had fractured vertebrae fused together after she was injured while training for the winter sports TV programme. Tweddle says doctors at the hospital in Austria are happy with her progress. “I’ve started to feel a lot better in the past 24 hours and I’ve begun walking by myself,” she said. “It’s still a case of taking one day at a time, but I’m setting myself goals and I’m determined to be up and about as soon as I can. “Next week we will have a better idea of when I can be discharged from hospital.” Olympic swimming champion Rebecca Adlington, 26, Holby City actress Tina Hobley, 44, and Made In Chelsea star Mark-Francis Vandelli, 26, …

    February 13, 2016 4:42 am
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World News

  • Brazil deploys soldiers over Zika virus


    Image copyright Reuters More than 220,000 soldiers are being deployed across Brazil to warn people about the risks of the Zika virus. Brazil is at the centre of an outbreak of the virus, which has been linked to a surge in babies being born with underdeveloped brains. The country has 462 confirmed cases of microcephaly, and is investigating another 3,852 suspected cases. Troops will hand out 4m leaflets advising people about the risks of the virus, carried by mosquitoes. The BBC’s Wyre Davies, in Rio de Janeiro, said the exercise was aimed at boosting morale. But critics have said the move would not helping reduce mosquito numbers or stop the spread of Zika, our correspondent adds. Brazil’s race to find a vaccine Read more about the Zika virus The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global public health emergency over the possible connection between Zika and microcephaly, a condition marked by abnormally small heads …

    February 13, 2016 4:42 am
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Technology

  • The Independent gave me some of the most exciting times of my career


    What happened to the Independent this week is a footnote in a huge story – the wave of creative destruction overturning all traditional media – and a very important local political and cultural story. The big story is well understood. Digital is much cheaper than analogue, or Gutenberg technology. The cumbersome is collapsing, outpaced by the nimble. That allows new voices into an old debate-cartel. But it’s not all genteel and attractive. Related: Independent aims to keep stars and boost quality in digital shift A lot of the capital cost is actually passed to the consumer. Under the old model, large industrial corporations used capital-heavy technology to make and then distribute information to individuals. In the new model we – you and me – purchase the computers, Wi-Fi accounts, apps, mobile phones and sometimes subscriptions, which allow corporations to pass the information to us more cheaply. For media companies, it’s a great gig. If you …

    February 13, 2016 1:21 am
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Science

  • Rare beluga data show whales dive to maximize meals


    Related images(click to enlarge) Children’s singer and songwriter Raffi may have brought beluga whales into popular culture with his 1980 song “Baby Beluga,” but surprisingly little is actually known about the life and ecology of these elusive marine mammals that live in some of the world’s most remote, frigid waters. Two distinct populations spend winters in the Bering Sea, then move north as sea ice melts and open water allows them passage into the Beaufort and Chukchi seas. There they feast on Arctic cod, frequently diving to depths of 200 to 300 meters — and sometimes over 900 meters (0.5 miles) — to find food. As the Arctic continues to change due to rising temperatures, melting sea ice and human interest in developing oil and shipping routes, it’s important to understand belugas’ baseline behavior, argue the authors of a new paper published this winter in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series. Its authors drew upon …

    February 13, 2016 4:01 am
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Health

  • Brazil reports more microcephaly cases under investigation


    SAO PAULO Brazil’s health ministry on Friday reported 4,314 suspected and confirmed cases of microcephaly, a birth defect causing an abnormally small head in newborns, up from 4,074 cases on Feb. 2. Of those, 462 were confirmed as microcephaly and 41 were determined to be linked to the Zika virus that has spread rapidly through the Americas but is most common in Brazil. (Reporting by Caroline Stauffer; Editing by Sandra Maler)

    February 13, 2016 4:41 am
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Entertainment

  • Katy Perry Buddies Up To Taylor Swift, Invites Her To Pre-Grammy Event


    Katy Perry invited Taylor Swift to a pre-Grammy Awards event she’s hosting Saturday night. It seems their publicized feud might be burning out. Gossip Cop reports that Perry is hosting a black-tie dinner for fellow musicians and artists, which she’s referring to as,“An Evening to Celebrate the Creators.” The singer reveals that there are no managers, publicists, agents, or other executives invited to the dinner. The list of guests include roughly 250 people dubbed as “creators,” and extends to “producers and songwriters.” “They are not creators,” Katy explained. “They’re important to the creation, but it’s only artists, producers and songwriters. There’s a press opportunity in the front, like a red carpet, but if you want to be more low-key you can arrive via garage. I’m trying to keep it as pure as possible because in the eight years that I’ve been going to these things, I am just always so exhausted.” Taylor Swift hasn’t confirmed …

    February 13, 2016 3:21 am
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Editorial

  • A love letter to my sister Susan G. Komen on Valentine’s Day


    Dear Suzy, Every year since you passed away in 1980, I’ve written a letter thanking you for having been the most wonderful sister, and the inspiration for taking me on a meaningful life’s journey in patient advocacy and philanthropy. It’s amazing to think how young we were then when you first told me “this time the lump was different,” and a few years later, as you were dying from metastatic breast cancer, you made me promise that I would do everything I could to end breast cancer forever. I’ve worked hard to keep that promise.  In 1982 I founded Susan G. Komen (SGK) in your honor and over the years it grew to be the largest breast cancer charity in the world, raising more than $2.6 billion for breast cancer research, community health outreach and screening, patient advocacy, and numerous related programs in more than 30 countries. In 1984 I too was diagnosed with breast cancer, …

    February 13, 2016 3:21 am
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Odd News

  • Racy night with handcuffs lands Arkansas man in handcuffs, again


    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. An Arkansas couple’s evening of “kinky” entertainment ended with one pair of handcuffs used for fun being replaced by another used for real in an arrest, police said on Friday. Dustin Taylor, 21, summoned police this week to his home in Fort Smith to remove a pair of handcuffs he told officers he and his wife had been using the previous night while “doing some ‘kinky’ things,” the official report stated. The couple had lost the key, Taylor explained. The responding patrolman removed the handcuffs and did a routine search of Taylor’s name in a police database. When the computer reported an outstanding warrant for Taylor on criminal mischief, handcuffs went back on. But this time they belonged to the officer. Sergeant Daniel Grubbs, spokesman for the Fort Smith police, expressed a measure of sympathy for Taylor. “I sort of wish the guy had invested in an extra handcuff key,” Grubbs said. …

    February 12, 2016 8:20 pm
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