• Bruce Jenner has an unexpected supporter

    More: Bruce Jenner’s car crash has caused some serious repercussions Rick Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, publicly voiced his support for Jenner’s gender transition at a Republican convention in South Carolina Saturday. According to...
  • German train drivers set for strike

    German train drivers set for strike

    Drivers for Germany’s Deutsche Bahn plan a week-long strike to start on Monday, their eighth walkout in 10 months of wage negotiations. The drivers’ union GDL called on train drivers to stop work from 15:00...
  • Police: Shooting at Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas

    GARLAND, Texas –  A contest for cartoons depictions of the Prophet Muhammad in a Dallas suburb is on lockdown after authorities reported a shooting outside the building. An officer dressed in SWAT gear took the...
  • Nigeria troops ‘killed civilians’

    Disputes over grazing rights in Nigeria have often led to violence Community leaders in central Nigeria have accused government troops of killing dozens of civilians and burning villages following the deaths of six soldiers at...
  • Top seed McIlroy prevails in Match Play final

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – World number one Rory McIlroy became the second golfer after Tiger Woods to win the World Golf Championships Cadillac Match Play as the top seed when he took down American Gary...

Headline News

  • Police: Shooting at Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas


    GARLAND, Texas –  A contest for cartoons depictions of the Prophet Muhammad in a Dallas suburb is on lockdown after authorities reported a shooting outside the building. An officer dressed in SWAT gear took the stage toward the end of the event at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland and told attendees, including an Associated Press reporter, that a shooting had occurred. He said one officer and two suspects were shot. It wasn’t immediately clear if the shooting was related to the event. Garland Police Department spokesman Joe Harn declined to confirm the SWAT officer’s statements and said he had no details. The New York-based American Freedom Defense Initiative was hosting a contest that would award $10,000 for the best cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad at the venue.

    May 3, 2015 8:00 pm
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Politics

  • Differing fundraising goals for Bush, Clinton


    Hillary Rodham Clinton, a 2016 Democratic presidential contender.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Jeb Bush wants Republicans to know he’s breaking fundraising records. Hillary Rodham Clinton wants Democrats to think she won’t. While many Republicans expect Bush to have raised $100 million by the time he declares his candidacy, Clinton advisers say that’s their modest goal for the entire primary season. The reality is that both campaigns will be flush with high-dollar donors. Bush and Clinton could each pull in more than $1 billion if they become their party’s nominee. But the disparate early signals Bush and Clinton are sending about campaign cash underscore the contrasting ways the heirs to two political families are positioning themselves in the 2016 presidential contest. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) For Bush, building a fundraising juggernaut is seen as a way to surge ahead of rivals while ensuring he has the money to stay competitive if the race drags …

    May 3, 2015 5:19 pm
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Stocks

  • Berkshire’s Charlie Munger on Baltimore: ‘I’ve seen a lot of riots’


    Billionaire Charlie Munger was raised in Omaha. But he’s lived in Los Angeles for decades. So the Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) vice chairman and yin to Warren Buffett’s yang knows firsthand civil unrest like what has taken place in Baltimore. “I’ve seen a lot of riots,” Munger said. I asked Munger about income inequality in Baltimore and other places where protests have been sparked by police treatment of minorities. He said police departments in “tough neighborhoods” often make mistakes and that some cops are “flawed people.” But he stopped short of defending the unrest. “Some of the people that are complaining — it’s legitimate protests. And others just want to burn or shoplift,” he said. “It’s all mixed up and everybody hates it. The people who suffer the most are the tough neighborhoods where it happens.” Munger said there is no easy solution. But things have gotten better — particularly from a civil rights standpoint, he …

    May 3, 2015 7:40 pm
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Sports

  • Cards win in 14 innings to complete sweep of Pirates


    St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) – Kolten Wong capped a successful weekend for the St. Louis Cardinals with a home run to give them their sixth straight win. Wong’s solo homer in the bottom of the 14th lifted the Cardinals to a 3-2 win and a series sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Each win in the series came in extra innings. Miguel Socolovich (1-0) got the win for tossing a scoreless top of the 14th inning. Jung-Ho Kang tied the game in the ninth with his first career home run, a drive to center field off Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal, then Pedro Alvarez launched a 1-1 fastball into right field off Sam Tuivailala for his fifth homer of the season that gave the Pirates a 2-1 lead in the 12th. “All we can do is try to take as many positives as we can from each situation,” Alvarez said of the sweep. St. Louis then got …

    May 3, 2015 8:00 pm
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World News

  • German train drivers set for strike


    Drivers for Germany’s Deutsche Bahn plan a week-long strike to start on Monday, their eighth walkout in 10 months of wage negotiations. The drivers’ union GDL called on train drivers to stop work from 15:00 local time for freight and 02:00 on Tuesday for passenger trains. GDL wants a 5% pay rise and the working week to be reduced to 37 hours from 39. “This strike is completely inappropriate and totally over the top,” Deutsche Bahn said. “The GDL union is going to cause massive harm to rail passengers, Deutsche Bahn and its employees, but also to the German economy.” said the train company in a statement. ‘No results’ GDL also wants the right to negotiate on behalf of other employees including train stewards. A 43-hour strike last month led to the cancellation of two-thirds of Germany’s long-distance trains. Both the union and the company blame one another for the breakdown in talks that led …

    May 3, 2015 8:00 pm
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Technology

  • Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea debut new track Pretty Girls to Uber riders


    A new Britney Spears song featuring Iggy Azalea, Pretty Girls, premiered on Sunday – and who nabbed the world’s first listen? Not radio, not even online, but a handful of Uber cab riders. A limited number of Britney-branded SUVs decorated in black and yellow bee print drove around Los Angeles at the request of fans, who could book the cars for up to 30 minutes to hear the song. — Heidi PixieBob (@HighDee) May 3, 2015 Thank you @Uber_LA @britneyspears for the bee ride with my betches!! @EricaMLake @troy_matthew 💋 pic.twitter.com/jFaZrrx3EE Spears said on Twitter she wanted to “do something a little different” for the Pretty Girls premiere, telling fans: “I hope you like the song!” A leaked copy of the track appeared online on Saturday, featuring stripped-down 80s beats under Spears’s bubblegum vocals and rap breakdowns by Azalea, who also sings on the chorus. Both singers took to Twitter asking fans to hold off …

    May 3, 2015 8:39 pm
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Science

  • Fiery end for MESSENGER mission


    Up close and personal: MESSENGER surveys Mercury After four years studying Mercury in great detail, NASA’s $446m Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry (MESSENGER) mission has come to an end. MESSENGER was the first spacecraft to visit Mercury since the mid-1970s, when the Mariner 10 probe flew past the planet three times. MESSENGER crashed into the planet yesterday after using up all of its fuel, while continuing to take data until the very end. First proposed in 1996, MESSENGER was launched from Cape Canaveral aboard a Delta II rocket on 3 August 2004. It then made its way to Mercury – a 7.9 billion-kilometre journey – completing a fly-by of Earth, two fly-bys of Venus and three of Mercury itself. In 2011 MESSENGER became the first craft to orbit Mercury, with the craft entering a highly elliptical orbit around the planet that ranged from an altitude of 200 km at its nearest to about 15,000 km at its furthest point. New discoveries …

    May 3, 2015 5:00 pm
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Health

  • Worse survival after lung cancer surgery for residents of poor neighborhoods


    (Reuters Health) – Residents of low-income neighborhoods with few high school graduates may be more likely to die after lung cancer surgery than more affluent patients, a U.S. study finds. Researchers reviewed records for more than 200,000 patients who had lung cancer surgery from 2003 to 2011. They found that while factors such as age, gender and other medical conditions influenced survival, so did non-clinical variables like the neighborhoods where patients lived, and the type of hospital where they were treated. The researchers had expected that outcomes would be linked with social and economic factors, said senior author Dr. Felix Fernandez of Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. Their hope now, he added in an email, is “to focus attention on access and quality initiatives” in groups at risk for poor outcomes. Lung cancer is the most common type of malignancy, with about 1.8 million new cases diagnosed a year, according to the World …

    May 3, 2015 5:19 pm
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Entertainment

  • Bruce Jenner has an unexpected supporter


    More: Bruce Jenner’s car crash has caused some serious repercussions Rick Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, publicly voiced his support for Jenner’s gender transition at a Republican convention in South Carolina Saturday. According to Time, Santorum told reporters gathered at the event, “if [Jenner] says he’s a woman, then he’s a woman. My responsibility as a human being is to love and accept everybody, not to criticize people for who they are.” More: Alice Eve has some serious repair work to do after Bruce Jenner comments Santorum, who lost the Republican presidential nomination to Mitt Romney in 2012 and is predicted to make a bid for the presidency in 2016, has come under fire for antigay remarks in the past. Only two weeks before voicing support for Jenner, Santorum made headlines for saying he would refuse to attend the wedding of a gay friend or family member because it would be “a violation of …

    May 3, 2015 8:20 pm
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Editorial

  • Tomorrow’s Cures Today: Let’s liberate medicine in America. Here’s our vision of health for the 21st Century


     (AP) Expediting the development and delivery of medical treatments—treatments that bring a new standard of care, or even actual cures for serious illnesses—should be a bipartisan goal, a mission of mercy that should be undertaken by both political parties. We are both involved with a new, non-profit organization, the Tomorrow’s Cures Today Foundation, which supports consumer choice and competition as one way to achieve this goal. We might note that time is especially critical for Lieutenant Commander (Ret.) Matt Bellina, who recently sent us an email that began: “My name is Matt. I‘m 31 years old, I’m a U.S. Navy veteran, I have a beautiful wife and two small boys, and I’m dying. I have ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and without hope for a cure, my doctors say I only have a couple of years left to live.” The world is a very different place today compared to 1962, when new federal legislation required …

    May 2, 2015 1:10 pm
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Odd News

  • Man sues Florida hospital after his leg found in the garbage


    MIAMI (Reuters) – A south Florida man is suing a hospital for emotional distress, saying his leg was amputated and thrown in the garbage with his name tag still on it. John Timiriasieff, 56, had his right leg amputated below the knee in October at Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables. “Rather than properly disposing of the plaintiff’s limb as expected and as required by Florida law, Doctors Hospital threw the Plaintiff’s amputated limb into the garbage, with tags indicating it belonged to the Plaintiff,” according to the lawsuit filed on Wednesday in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court. A month later, Timiriasieff said his family was contacted by homicide detectives investigating if he had been the victim of foul play. When the family went back to the hospital to find out what happened, they were told it would “provide no explanation for what had occurred,” the lawsuit said. Doctors Hospital Inc, part of the Baptist Health South …

    May 1, 2015 4:44 pm
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