Headline News

  • Los Angeles, police union strike pay agreement: Los Angeles Times


    (Reuters) – Los Angeles city officials and its police union took a step toward ending a lengthy and often tense labor dispute by reaching a tentative pay agreement on Friday that would grant raises in the last three years of a four-year contract, according to the Los Angeles Times. Full details of the agreement, reached after months of failed talks, were not immediately available, and it still must be ratified by a majority of city’s roughly 9,900 police officers and the city council, the newspaper said. (Reporting by Jim Christie; Editing by Diane Craft)

    March 6, 2015 1:49 pm
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Politics

  • Wisconsin Assembly OKs right-to-work bill, governor supports


    MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) – Weary Wisconsin lawmakers on Friday approved a bill that stops private sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues as a condition of employment and sent it to Republican Governor Scott Walker, who is expected to sign it on Monday. The Republican-led state Assembly voted 62-35 on party lines to make Wisconsin the 25th “right-to-work” state, a measure supported by Walker, an early favorite in the battle for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election. The final vote came after 24 hours of debate in the Assembly and two weeks after state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald announced plans to take up a “right-to-work” bill. Supporters cast the measure as an incentive for attracting businesses and jobs, saying it is wrong to force workers to pay dues if they don’t want to. “We stand today for a simple, but very powerful concept, the concept for worker …

    March 6, 2015 10:48 am
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Stocks

  • Company offers moms 16 weeks off on full pay, even in the U.S.


    Vodafone gets it. Giving new moms paid time off is good for business. The telecoms group is rolling out a global policy on maternity benefits — even in countries where they are not required to do so. Vodafone will offer at least 16 weeks maternity leave on full pay to all new mothers. And when they return to work, they’ll be able to work slightly reduced hours on full pay for the first six months. “Too many talented women leave working life because they face a difficult choice between either caring for a newborn baby or maintaining their careers,” Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao said in a statement. Over 1,000 women working for Vodafone in countries with little or no statutory maternity care will benefit from the new policy, he added. Maternity leave rules vary significantly across the world — from 12 weeks of unpaid leave in the U.S., to 39 partially paid weeks in the …

    March 6, 2015 1:09 pm
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Sports

  • Bears sign QB Clausen


    Lake Forest, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – The Chicago Bears signed quarterback Jimmy Clausen to a one-year extension on Friday, taking him through the 2015 season. This will be Clausen’s second season with the Bears after completing 26-of-48 passing attempts for 223 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in four appearances (one start) for Chicago in 2014. For his NFL career, Clausen is 183-of-347 passing for 1,781 yards with five touchdowns and 10 interceptions over 17 appearances with 11 starts in Carolina (2010-13) and Chicago (2014). ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    March 6, 2015 1:49 pm
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World News

  • Snowden yearns for Switzerland move


    6 March 2015 Last updated at 19:14 Edward Snowden has appeared many times via video link from Moscow The fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden says he would love to get asylum in Switzerland. He was speaking via video link to a Geneva audience, from Moscow where he is sheltering from US prosecutors. “I would love to return to Switzerland, some of my favourite memories are from Geneva,” he said. Previously he worked in Geneva undercover for the CIA. Mr Snowden, wanted for leaking US secrets, said US authorities had given him no assurances of a fair trial. “The only thing they’ve said at this point was that they would not execute me,” he said. “That’s not quite the same thing as agreeing to a fair and open trial.” He was speaking to the audience after a viewing of Citizenfour, an Oscar-winning documentary about his case. In 2013 his exposure of massive US surveillance – …

    March 6, 2015 1:49 pm
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Technology

  • ‘Invisible hearing aid’ runs into controversy over its claims


    Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. An image from Nanoplug’s original video, featuring Jongha Lee. Nanoplug/Vimeo screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET The people behind Nanoplug claimed it was the world’s first “invisible” hearing aid. They claimed it was instant-fit, user-programmable and affordable. Now the creators are changing the claims they’re making for the product and featuring an entirely new image of it on their Indiegogo page, one that bears a remarkable resemblance to an existing product. This has riled many of those who have committed money to the project. Nanoplug, based in Munich, Germany, originally made claims that it would improve the lives of many who have problems with hearing. Its product, depicted as smaller than a coffee bean, was to be “half the size of the smallest devices currently on the market” and to be powered by a nanobattery. In a campaign that ran from late …

    March 6, 2015 10:27 am
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Science

  • NASA Spacecraft Becomes First to Orbit a Dwarf Planet


    [image-36] NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has become the first mission to achieve orbit around a dwarf planet. The spacecraft was approximately 38,000 miles (61,000) kilometers from Ceres when it was captured by the dwarf planet’s gravity at about 4:39 a.m. PST (7:39 a.m. EST) Friday. Mission controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California received a signal from the spacecraft at 5:36 a.m. PST (8:36 a.m. EST) that Dawn was healthy and thrusting with its ion engine, the indicator Dawn had entered orbit as planned. “Since its discovery in 1801, Ceres was known as a planet, then an asteroid and later a dwarf planet,” said Marc Rayman, Dawn chief engineer and mission director at JPL. “Now, after a journey of 3.1 billion miles (4.9 billion kilometers) and 7.5 years, Dawn calls Ceres, home.” In addition to being the first spacecraft to visit a dwarf planet, Dawn also has the distinction of being the first …

    March 6, 2015 10:48 am
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Health

  • Painkiller-Addicted Babies a Growing U.S. Concern, Especially in Fla.


    FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Doctors in the United States are seeing more infants born addicted to narcotic painkillers — a problem highlighted by a new Florida-based report. These infants experience what’s called neonatal abstinence syndrome as they undergo withdrawal from the addictive drugs their mothers took during pregnancy. Most often these are narcotic painkillers, such as oxycodone, morphine or hydrocodone, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since 1995, the number of such newborns jumped 10-fold in Florida while tripling nationwide, the researchers said. “These infants can experience severe symptoms that usually appear within the first two weeks of life,” said lead researcher Jennifer Lind, a CDC epidemiologist. The symptoms can include seizures, fever, excessive crying, tremors, vomiting and diarrhea, she said. And withdrawal can take a few weeks to a month. Dr. David Mendez is a neonatologist at Miami Children’s Hospital. He said, “Being in …

    March 6, 2015 10:48 am
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Entertainment

  • Harrison Ford Broke His Pelvis And Ankle In Plane Crash, Spent Hours In Surgery


    Posted on Fri Mar 6th, 2015 11:00am PDT       By X17 Staff Harrison Ford broke his pelvis and ankle and pelvis yesterday when he crash landed his plane on a golf course, reports KTLA. Ford was reportedly in surgery for four hours after the crash, and late last night his rep said in a statement, “Harrison was flying a WW2 vintage plane today which stalled upon takeoff. He had no other choice but to make an emergency landing, which he did safely. The injuries sustained are not life-threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery.” Ford’s son Ben added, “At the hospital. Dad is ok. Battered, but ok! He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man.” The 72-year-old actor was reported to be in “fair to moderate condition,” and since then footage of the scary crash his hit the web. Ford’s plane can be seem skimming …

    March 6, 2015 1:29 pm
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Editorial

  • What Hillary Clinton’s email fail tells us: Cybersecurity begins at home


    FILE – Oct. 18, 2011: Then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her Blackberry from a desk inside a C-17 military plane upon her departure from Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea, bound for Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Kevin Lamarque, Pool) In the White House’s 2015 National Security Strategy, President Obama tells Americans that the U.S. is leading the way in shaping global standards for cybersecurity, taking on an organizing role in international negotiations and modeling for other nations how they should respond to this serious threat.   However, it is hard to reconcile these claims with the revelations today that during her tenure as President Obama’s Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton conducted all of her vital national security discussions over what is widely acknowledged to be the least secure form of electronic communication, commercial emails sent by smartphone and tablet devices.   ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT A 2014 report on cyber threat defense issued by the Cyberedge Group tells …

    March 6, 2015 11:08 am
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Odd News

  • Florida man drove dead body to attorney’s office: police


    ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) – Florida detectives are investigating the case of a man who drove to his lawyer’s office with a dead body in the bed of his pickup truck, authorities said on Thursday. John Marshall, 52, said he shot his neighbor in self-defense during a scuffle involving a gun, his attorney, Robert Harris, told the Fort Myers News-Press and WINK-TV. The lawyer reported the death of 65-year-old Theodore Hubbell, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, which said it had not made any arrests. The men were neighbors in Bokeelia, a community of about 2,000 people on Pine Island in southwest Florida, according to sheriff’s spokesman Tony Schall. Marshall was taken to the hospital with facial wounds and possibly broken thumbs, according to the News-Press. Harris told the News-Press that Marshall had called him days earlier saying he feared for his safety. It was not clear why the men were fighting, but their dispute …

    March 5, 2015 10:43 pm
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