• Bomb ‘kills senior Egypt policeman’

    Bomb ‘kills senior Egypt policeman’

    23 April 2014 Last updated at 09:38 Bombings and shootings targeting the police have become common since the overthrow of President Morsi A senior Egyptian police officer has been killed by a bomb blast in...
  • Youth served as DeRozan leads ‘Northern Uprising’

    TORONTO (Reuters) – The Toronto Raptors have promoted their return to the NBA postseason after a six-year absence as a ‘Northern Uprising’ and on Tuesday they backed up the marketing campaign with a 100-95 win...
  • Obama visits mudslide-hit community in Washington state

    OSO, Washington (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday visited the Washington state community slammed by a deadly mudslide last month, offering condolences to the families of victims, encouragement to rescue workers, and promises of...
  • Stocks: Another Tuesday surge

    Click the chart for more markets data. Investors love strong earnings, and they love mergers and acquisitions. Tuesday, they got a dose of both. The Dow was up by 100 points for much of the...
  • At LN-CC, Spring Has Sprung

    At LN-CC, Spring Has Sprung

    ——- LN-CC is more than an impossibly cool Dalston concept store offering everything from Lanvin and Rick Owens to vintage books and records—it’s a creative family. Most of the people who have worked with the...

Headline News

  • Obama visits mudslide-hit community in Washington state


    OSO, Washington (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday visited the Washington state community slammed by a deadly mudslide last month, offering condolences to the families of victims, encouragement to rescue workers, and promises of government support. After viewing the mudslide from the air, Obama met for over an hour with relatives of victims in a small chapel. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office said the remains of 41 victims had been recovered from the slide that buried a river valley neighborhood in the Cascade mountain foothills last month. A rain-soaked hillside collapsed above the north fork of the Stillaguamish River on March 22, unleashing a torrent of mud that swallowed up a stretch of a state highway and some three dozen homes on the outskirts of this small town. The president’s helicopter hovered not far above the site of the mudslide for about 15 minutes on Tuesday. Photographs showed a view of the broad …

    April 23, 2014 3:57 am
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Politics

  • Obama reassures Japan, other allies on China ahead of visit


    TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama has said Washington welcomes China’s rise but that engagement with Beijing would not come at the expense of its Asian allies – as Chinese state media greeted his imminent arrival in the region with a broadside accusing the United States of wanting to “cage” the emerging superpower. Obama’s remarks, aimed at reassuring Japan and other allies, set against a robust commentary from China’s state news agency Xinhua that also called the United States “myopic”, demonstrate the delicate balancing act Obama faces on a week-long Asia tour. The four-nation trip that starts in Tokyo later on Wednesday comes at a time of rising tension in the region, and as the United States urges Japan’s unpredictable neighbor North Korea not to conduct another nuclear test. Obama, who will be making the first full state visit to Japan by a U.S. President since 1996, must assuage worries by Tokyo and other …

    April 23, 2014 3:36 am
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Stocks

  • Stocks: Another Tuesday surge


    Click the chart for more markets data. Investors love strong earnings, and they love mergers and acquisitions. Tuesday, they got a dose of both. The Dow was up by 100 points for much of the trading session, but finished with a 65 point gain. The SP 500 and Nasdaq also advanced as investors welcomed quarterly results from several big companies and news of mergers in the pharmaceutical industry. Today marks the sixth Tuesday in a row that the Dow has ended the day higher. After the bell, it was a tale of two biotechnology stocks. Gilead Sciences (GILD, Fortune 500) blew past earnings estimates, while Amgen (AMGN, Fortune 500) failed to live up to analysts’ expectations. The biotech sector has taken a beating in recent weeks after experiencing a run up early in the year. Shares of Netflix (NFLX)soared 7% after the company reported earnings late Monday that beat expectations and showed strong subscription growth. …

    April 23, 2014 3:57 am
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Sports

  • Youth served as DeRozan leads ‘Northern Uprising’


    TORONTO (Reuters) – The Toronto Raptors have promoted their return to the NBA postseason after a six-year absence as a ‘Northern Uprising’ and on Tuesday they backed up the marketing campaign with a 100-95 win over the Brooklyn Nets. The victory was the Raptors’ first in the post-season since 2008 and sends the best-of-seven Eastern conference first round series back to Brooklyn for Game Three on Friday level at 1-1. “It (the win) gave us some confidence with everyone doubting us; can they win a playoff game, can they compete against a team like Brooklyn?,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey told reporters. “We are the underdog. The way our guys competed and fought tonight I was proud. “But now the series starts, we have to go to their place and compete the same way. “We’re going to be the underdog again and we have to do the same thing there.” The series is clearly defined, a …

    April 23, 2014 3:57 am
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World News

  • Bomb ‘kills senior Egypt policeman’


    23 April 2014 Last updated at 09:38 Bombings and shootings targeting the police have become common since the overthrow of President Morsi A senior Egyptian police officer has been killed by a bomb blast in the capital, Cairo, security officials say. Brig-Gen Ahmed Zaki died when an explosive device placed under his official vehicle was detonated in the western suburb of 6 October City. He was the fifth police general to be killed since the start of the year. Jihadist militants have stepped up attacks on security personnel and killed hundreds since the army ousted President Mohammed Morsi last July. A security source told BBC Arabic that an officer was also killed on Wednesday while chasing “terrorists” in the northern city of Alexandria. On Saturday, gunmen killed an intelligence officer and a policeman while patrolling a desert road linking Cairo to the canal city of Suez. The attack came a day after a policeman died …

    April 23, 2014 3:57 am
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Technology

  • Man outed in Newsweek’s bitcoin ‘scoop’ thanks supporters


    The man named by Newsweek as the founder of bitcoin has appeared in a YouTube video to again dispute the claim and to thank supporters. Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto rubbished the magazine’s story in the video, which was uploaded on Tuesday, and said he wished to “hug” the thousands of people who donated money to clear his name during his “ordeal”. “I’m very thankful for you, all these people, in US, Europe and Asia and Africa and South America who supported me throughout. I want to hug you, this 2,000 of you, who donated. I’m very happy, each one gives me a tick in my heart.” He spoke in occasionally halting English and held up a copy of the magazine’s 6 March issue, which declared him “The face behind bitcoin”. The three-minute video returned Nakamoto, 64, to the spotlight a month after the cover story created a media circus around his modest home in Temple City, …

    April 23, 2014 3:16 am
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Science

  • Vacuum ultraviolet lamp of the future created in Japan


    A team of researchers in Japan has developed a solid-state lamp that emits high-energy ultraviolet (UV) light at the shortest wavelengths ever recorded for such a device, from 140 to 220 nanometers. This is within the range of vacuum-UV light — so named because while light of that energy can propagate in a vacuum, it is quickly absorbed by oxygen in the air. This fact makes vacuum UV light extremely useful for industrial applications from sterilizing medical devices to cleaning semiconductor substrates because when it strikes oxygen-containing molecules on a surface, it generates highly reactive oxygen radicals, which can completely destroy any microbes contaminating that surface. Existing commercial vacuum UV lamps are bulky and expensive, however. They also use a lot of power, run hot, have short lifetimes and contain toxic gasses that can pollute the environment and harm people. The new lamp avoids those issues because it was fabricated with a solid-state phosphor made …

    April 23, 2014 3:17 am
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Health

  • Valeant, Ackman offer to buy Botox maker Allergan for $47 billion


    (Reuters) – Canada’s Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc said on Tuesday it and activist investor Bill Ackman made an unsolicited $47 billion bid to buy Botox maker Allergan Inc as it seeks to become one of the world’s five biggest drug companies. The offer, if successful, would bring together two mid-sized pharmaceutical companies with expertise in skin care and eye care products, and is highly unusual as activist investors typically buy stakes and then agitate for strategic change. Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management, Allergan’s largest shareholder with a 9.7 percent stake, disclosed in a filing on Monday it is supporting the bid. Allergan said in a statement that it has received the offer, and will carefully consider the proposal and “pursue the course of action that it believes is in the best interests of the company’s stockholders.” Late on Tuesday, Allergan said it adopted a shareholder rights plan effective April 22 that will trigger if a …

    April 23, 2014 3:36 am
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Entertainment

  • Chrissy Teigen flips a lid over John Legend doppelbaby


    Most women might have a strong reaction when a picture of a baby suddenly goes public and it just happens to be the spitting image of their husband. That’s pretty much how it went down with Victoria’s Secret model, Chrissy Teigen, yesterday, only her freak out was of a positive nature. Chrissy Teigen gets naked on Twitter  All of the hullabaloo was over a TwitPic posted by a very proud aunt who goes by the Twitter handle, @_rahella. The woman, whose name is Rachel Ayanaw, according to Us Weekly, wanted to share with the world her adorable nephew, Caden, who bears a striking resemblance to Teigen’s spouse, John Legend, whom she married in September of last year. My nephew looks like John Legend lol pic.twitter.com/BKCIMOuKop — rahel (@_rahellla) April 20, 2014 Pretty uncanny, right? The supermodel quickly caught wind of the photo and responded via Twitter. But instead of going all Jerry Springer on her hubby, …

    April 23, 2014 2:15 am
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Editorial

Odd News

  • Retired nurse sues for $275,000 in Oregon pet duck attack


    OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) – A woman visiting her mother in Oregon is suing her neighbor, seeking $275,000 for pain, suffering and other damages she says were inflicted when a pet duck ambushed her for no apparent reason. Cynthia Ruddell, 62, of Washougal, Washington, was on her mother’s property in Estacada, Oregon, about 25 miles southeast of Portland, when a neighbor’s duck attacked her without provocation, according to the suit filed in Oregon state court last Friday. In her attempt to run away from the agitated waterfowl, Ruddell fell to the ground, breaking her right wrist and spraining an elbow and shoulder, the suit claims. The incident occurred in May of 2012. The complaint accuses the bird’s owner, Lolita Rose, of failing to maintain control of her pet or “to warn or otherwise inform neighbors of her duck’s dangerous propensity in attacking individuals.” Ruddell, a retired nurse, is seeking up to $275,000 in damages, including roughly …

    April 23, 2014 3:17 am
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