Headline News

  • Jodi Arias escapes death penalty after Arizona jury deadlocks


    PHOENIX (Reuters) – A jury in Arizona failed to reach a verdict on Thursday in the sentencing retrial of Jodi Arias, sparing the former waitress from the death penalty for murdering her ex-boyfriend in 2008. Arias, 34, was found guilty of the murder in 2013 but jurors at that trial deadlocked on whether to give her the death penalty. A new jury of eight women and four men was seated in October to hear a sentencing retrial but announced on Thursday it could not decide on a punishment. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens said the jury was hung and declared a mistrial. The judge now will sentence Arias to life in prison or to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years. Both sides will have an opportunity to make their case to the judge before she makes that decision. Prosecutors accuse Arias of murdering her ex-partner, Travis Alexander, in …

    March 5, 2015 11:59 am
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Politics

  • Review of Hillary Clinton emails to take months: U.S. official


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A growing controversy over Democrat Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email for work while she was U.S. secretary of State could drag on for months, threatening to cloud the expected launch of her 2016 presidential campaign. Clinton tried to cool the brewing firestorm over the emails late on Wednesday, saying she wanted the State Department to release them quickly. But a senior State Department official told Reuters on Thursday the task would take time. “The review is likely to take several months given the sheer volume of the document set,” the official said. That will give Clinton’s Republican foes plenty of time to take aim at her with allegations that the use of personal email for official duties while secretary of State from 2009 to 2013 was inappropriate. “I want the public to see my email,” Clinton said in a tweet late on Wednesday. “I asked State to release them. They said …

    March 5, 2015 10:39 am
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Stocks

  • Three reasons to cheer Europe’s economy


    Europe has been a top risk for the world economy for years. Is that about to change? After relentless headlines about debt crises, bailouts, soaring unemployment, recession and deflation, there may be light at the end of the tunnel. There are still obstacles to overcome, of course, notably Greece’s precarious position in the euro, and the conflict in Ukraine. But here are three reasons to buy champagne (or perhaps Spanish cava), even if you may want to keep it on ice for a while: 1. Growth returning: The European Central Bank upgraded its forecast for eurozone growth in 2015 to 1.5% Thursday. If achieved, that would represent a significant acceleration over last year’s meager expansion of 0.9%. “We expect the economic recovery to broaden and strengthen gradually,” ECB President Mario Draghi told reporters. Cheap oil is helping consumers, the weak euro is giving exporters an edge, and anticipation of massive stimulus by the ECB is …

    March 5, 2015 10:59 am
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Sports

  • No criminal charges to be filed against NASCAR’s Busch


    (Reuters) – No criminal charges will be filed against suspended NASCAR driver Kurt Busch in a domestic abuse case involving his former girlfriend, prosecutors in Delaware said on Thursday. Patricia Driscoll said Busch grabbed her by the neck inside his motor home at Dover International Speedway in Delaware on Sept. 26 and repeatedly slammed her head against a wall. Bush, the 2004 Sprint Cup champion currently on an indefinite suspension by NASCAR over the incident, admits to cupping Driscoll’s cheeks but said he never hit her head. “It is determined that the admissible evidence and available witnesses would likely be insufficient to meet the burden of establishing beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Busch committed a crime,” the Delaware Department of Justice said in a statement. Busch, 36, has portrayed Driscoll, 37, as seeking revenge after he tried to end their relationship. Kent County (Delaware) Court Commissioner David Jones ruled last month in favor of …

    March 5, 2015 12:19 pm
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World News

  • ‘Boko Haram’ kill dozens in Nigeria


    5 March 2015 Last updated at 18:17 Nigerian forces have been struggling to contain the Boko Haram insurgency Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed at least 45 people in a village in Borno state, north-east Nigeria, witnesses have said. The gunmen who stormed Njaba targeted men and boys before setting the village on fire, survivors added. The raid happened early on Tuesday but was not reported immediately because of the remoteness of the area. Boko Haram has killed thousands of people in its drive to establish an Islamic state. The raid on Njaba came as many villagers were attending morning prayers, a witness quoted by news website Sahara Reporters said. Fatima Abaka said there was “pandemonium” when the shooting started. “I ran into the bush. Since then I [have] never seen my husband and three children,” she said. “[I] came back to our village in the afternoon, dead bodies were scattered everywhere.” Cross-border raids Another …

    March 5, 2015 12:19 pm
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Technology

  • Hotel chain confirms hack attack


    5 March 2015 Last updated at 15:45 Mandarin Oriental hotels in the US and Europe were hit by point-of-sale malware Hotel chain Mandarin Oriental has confirmed that credit card data has been stolen in a hack attack on the company’s network. The data went astray from card processing systems in the company’s hotels in the US and Europe. Mandarin Oriental has not said exactly how many hotels were hit nor how much data has gone missing. It said it was carrying out an investigation and would provide more details when it had them. Pretty penny In a statement, the Mandarin Oriental Group said point-of-sale systems at some of the 45 hotels it runs had been infected with malicious data-grabbing software. “While the group has leading data security systems in place, this malware is undetectable by all anti-viral systems,” it said. The statement said the malware had been removed as soon as it had been detected. …

    March 5, 2015 10:19 am
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Science

  • Activating genes on demand


    When it comes to gene expression — the process by which our DNA provides the recipe used to direct the synthesis of proteins and other molecules that we need for development and survival — scientists have so far studied one single gene at a time. A new approach developed by Harvard geneticist George Church, Ph.D., can help uncover how tandem gene circuits dictate life processes, such as the healthy development of tissue or the triggering of a particular disease, and can also be used for directing precision stem cell differentiation for regenerative medicine and growing organ transplants. The findings, reported by Church and his team of researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School in Nature Methods, show promise that precision gene therapies could be developed to prevent and treat disease on a highly customizable, personalized level, which is crucial given the fact that diseases develop among …

    March 5, 2015 10:39 am
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Health

  • Divorce May Be More Likely When Wives Get Sick


    THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — That part of the marriage vows where couples pledge to stay together “in sickness and in health” may be heeded more by wives than husbands, new research suggests. Although divorce rates did not increase when husbands were in poor health, researchers at Iowa State University found the divorce rate was 6 percent higher in marriages in which wives were sick. “There is a difference between feeling too sick to make dinner and needing someone to actually feed you. That’s something that can really change the dynamics within a marriage,” said study author Amelia Karraker in a university news release. She is an assistant professor of human development and family studies at Iowa State. The researchers analyzed two decades of information on 2,700 marriages. At least one of the spouses was at least age 51 when the study began. The researchers looked to see whether cancer, heart disease, lung …

    March 5, 2015 10:40 am
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Entertainment

  • Taylor Swift Addresses The Katy Perry Feud By Refusing To Address The Katy Perry Feud


    Taylor Swift really doesn’t want to talk about Katy Perry — like for reals. When asked about her ongoing feud with the “Firework” singer, T-Swizzle told Telegraph UK the she’s done talking about it. “I’m not giving them anything to write about … I’m never going to talk about her in my interview. It’s not going to happen.” This pretty much confirms the Tay and KP fight is real — and not just something the media made up! The two have had a tete-a-tete for the past few months with thinly veiled digs. Last fall, Taylor spoke to Rolling Stone and referred to a fellow pop star as a “straight-up enemy” — which many guessed was about her fall out with the “Roar” singer. Later that day, Katy tweeted, “Watch out for the Regina George in sheep’s clothing.” The girly girl also admitted that it’s not all sugar and spice and everything nice during her …

    March 5, 2015 10:59 am
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Editorial

  • Hillary Clinton In Trouble, Again: Are we watching a cheap spy movie or a presidential campaign?


    Feb. 24, 2015: Hillary Rodham Clinton jokes with the crowd during a keynote address at the Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) At what point do Democrats give up on Hillary Clinton?   We must be getting close. The most recent revelation – that Hillary used an untraceable personal email account during her tenure as Secretary of State —  should be a tipping point. Details of the under-the-radar communications are just emerging, and sound more like a cheap spy novel than a presidential campaign. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT According the New York Daily News “Mrs. Clinton “had her own computer server and private email that she used for official business while working as secretary of state. The server was registered at the Clinton’s Chappaqua home under an apparent pseudonym, ‘ Eric Hoteman.’” That name is curiously similar to long-time financial adviser Eric Hothem who has been involved with the Clintons for …

    March 5, 2015 10:59 am
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Odd News

  • Leaks from taps cause massive damage to Germany’s spy agency


    BERLIN (Reuters) – The German spy agency’s new headquarters was flooded by water after several taps were removed by thieves on its upper floors, police said on Thursday. The nearly-completed 1.3-billion-euro Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) building in the heart of Berlin suffered millions in water damage on several floors of the mostly vacant structure, according to the Berliner Zeitung newspaper. “Several water taps were stolen and that caused extensive damage,” a Berlin police spokesman said. He said police had not ruled out a political motive or a criminal motive, such as revenge for unpaid bills. “We’re investigating in all possible directions,” he said. The headquarters of the BND, Germany’s intelligence agency, was scheduled to move from its Bavarian base in Pullach to Berlin in 2011 but the move has been delayed to 2017. The 260,000-square meter building will house 4,000 staff. (Reporting by Juliana Woitaschek; writing by Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by Toby Chopra)

    March 5, 2015 6:38 am
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