• Three dead in Mexican gun battle

    Vehicles were set on fire and used to block roads Gun battles have left at least three people dead on the streets of Reynosa, a Mexican city on the border with the US that has...
  • Canucks cool Flames, even series in chippy affair

    Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) – After suffering a crushing loss late in regulation in Game 1, Eddie Lack and Vancouver came out looking like an entirely different team to even the series. Lack made 22 saves...
  • S’Mores Frappuccino coming to Starbucks

    S’Mores Frappuccino coming to Starbucks

    Combine the innocence of a childhood treat with the marketing genius of Starbucks and you get the S’Mores Frappuccino. The specialty drink will hit stores on April 28. Bottles of the specialty flavor have been...
  • NHL’s Jarret Stoll arrested for drug possession

    (Reuters) – Los Angeles Kings player Jarret Stoll was arrested on Friday in Las Vegas for drug possession, according to inmate records and police. Online records for the Clark County Detention Center showed that Stoll,...
  • Ukraine rebel leader asserts claims

    Ukraine rebel leader asserts claims

    A senior rebel leader in eastern Ukraine has claimed the Minsk peace deal will fail unless Kiev recognises the independence of rebel-held territory. Aleksandr Zakharchenko told the BBC he wanted to expand the self-proclaimed republic...
  • Trout hits two homers as Angels down Astros

    Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Mike Trout cracked a pair of home runs, the last a three-run shot that broke a tie game in the eighth inning and propelled the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to...

Headline News

  • NHL’s Jarret Stoll arrested for drug possession


    (Reuters) – Los Angeles Kings player Jarret Stoll was arrested on Friday in Las Vegas for drug possession, according to inmate records and police. Online records for the Clark County Detention Center showed that Stoll, 32, was arrested and held on $5,000 cash bail. A dispatcher with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed the suspect was the Kings center. The Canadian-born Stoll has been with the Kings since 2008, winning two titles with the club, after previously playing for the Edmonton Oilers. Broadcaster KLAS-TV reported that police confirmed Stoll was arrested at the MGM Grand Hotel’s Wet Republic pool for possession of cocaine and club drug MDMA, also called “Molly”. (Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

    April 18, 2015 12:35 am
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Politics

  • Republican Huckabee to announce 2016 presidential decision May 5


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a Republican, said on Friday that he will make an announcement on May 5 about whether or not he will run for president in 2016. Huckabee said in an interview on Fox News that he will announce his plans in his hometown of Hope, Arkansas. Huckabee, who left office in 2007, first ran for president in 2008. He hosted a Fox News television show but quit early this year to weigh another run at the Republican nomination. Huckabee, a former Baptist pastor, is known as an unabashed culture warrior on issues such as abortion rights and gay marriage. But he could struggle to win support beyond his social conservative base this year. He would join a crowded field if he does decide to run. U.S. Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have all announced their candidacies, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former Florida Governor …

    April 17, 2015 10:34 pm
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Stocks

  • S’Mores Frappuccino coming to Starbucks


    Combine the innocence of a childhood treat with the marketing genius of Starbucks and you get the S’Mores Frappuccino. The specialty drink will hit stores on April 28. Bottles of the specialty flavor have been for sale in some grocery stores since last month. Related: Starbucks to give workers a full ride for college Starbucks (SBUX), which is the world’s biggest seller of high-priced and high-calorie caffeinated beverages, said the drink will only be available for a limited time. The chain declined to say how many calories the new Frappuccino flavors will have. For the record, a Venti Double Chocolaty Chip Creme Frappuccino has 540 calories along with 23 grams of fat and 60 mg of cholesterol. That’s more calories than in two 20-ounce bottles of Coke or Pepsi. Related: Starbucks sells Birthday Cake Frappuccino to celebrate Frap’s 20th

    April 18, 2015 12:55 am
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Sports

  • Canucks cool Flames, even series in chippy affair


    Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) – After suffering a crushing loss late in regulation in Game 1, Eddie Lack and Vancouver came out looking like an entirely different team to even the series. Lack made 22 saves and the Canucks bounced back with a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames Friday to pull even in this Western Conference quarterfinal. Daniel Sedin, Chris Higgins, Ronalds Kenins and Radim Vrbata all scored for the hosts, who ended a string of six postseason losses with their first win since April 18, 2012 in Game 3 of an eventual five-game first-round loss to Los Angeles. “We got two quick goals and that was big for us,” said Kennis. “The guys did a great job and stepped up for each other.” Kris Russell, who provided the deciding tally in Game 1 with 29.6 seconds left in regulation, posted Calgary’s lone marker. Jonas Hiller allowed three goals on 29 shots and Karri Ramo …

    April 18, 2015 1:35 am
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World News

  • Three dead in Mexican gun battle


    Vehicles were set on fire and used to block roads Gun battles have left at least three people dead on the streets of Reynosa, a Mexican city on the border with the US that has been plagued by drug cartel violence. Fighting broke out after the arrest of a leader of one of the main gangs in the area. “The same criminal group reacted by attacking federal forces,” officials said in a statement. The statement described the dead men as “armed civilians”. Officials said parts of the city had been blocked with vehicles set on fire by gunmen. Authorities issued an urgent notice warning residents not to use various main roads because of shooting and blockades. Reynosa residents were urged to stay off the streets as the violence escalated The situation was brought under control by late afternoon on Friday. Authorities captured a leader of the Gulf Cartel, known as El Gafe, earlier in the …

    April 18, 2015 1:35 am
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Technology

  • Why is Matthew McConaughey bawling over the new ‘Star Wars’ trailer?


    Over the course of the last day, some of my geek buddies have described getting emotional upon watching the new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer, especially when Han Solo pops up at the end. Seeing the visibly older Harrison Ford as Han, they say, reminds them of the first “Star Wars” movie they watched — how old they were at the time, the amazement they felt seeing eye-popping TIE fighter tricks and their first lightsaber duel, how the “Star Wars” canon has affected their lives since. So I wasn’t surprised to see actor Matthew McConaughey, in the video above, getting clearly overwhelmed while watching the trailer that came out Thursday. But then things take a bizarre turn and he gets really, really emotional. Like the kind of emotional you’d get if you were seeing your kids’ faces for the first time after you’d been busy traveling through an interdimensional black hole and they hadn’t …

    April 17, 2015 10:14 pm
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Science

  • Telling the time of day by color


    Research by scientists at The University of Manchester has revealed that the colour of light has a major impact on how the brain clock measures time of day and on how the animals’ physiology and behavior adjust accordingly. The study, for the first time, provides a neuronal mechanism for how our internal clock can measure changes in light colour that accompany dawn and dusk. In research publishing on April 17th in the Open Access journal PLOS Biology, the researchers looked at the change in light around dawn and dusk to analyze whether colour could be used to determine time of day. Besides the well-known changes in light intensity that occur as the sun rises and sets, the scientists found that during twilight light is reliably bluer than during the day. The researchers next recorded electrical activity from the brain clock while mice were shown different visual stimuli. They found that many of the neurons were …

    April 17, 2015 10:34 pm
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Health

  • Early Haiti rains bring risk of bleak cholera season


    PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haitian officials are reporting a spike in cholera cases late last year and carrying over into the first three months of 2015 as an early start to the rainy season has public health workers worried. As of March 28, the Haitian Ministry of Health confirmed at least 11,721 cases of cholera, more than a 300 percent increase from the same period last year. “Last May there were hardly any cholera cases. Everybody was very excited, thinking this is the first step toward elimination,” said Oliver Schulz, head of the Haiti office of Doctors Without Borders. “But then the second peak in November/October was so much stronger than anything we’ve seen in the years before.” Haiti has two rainy seasons that tend to generate spikes in the waterborne bacterial disease; between April and June, and another, which coincides with hurricane season, from late summer until November. “People stopped talking about cholera, I thought …

    April 17, 2015 10:34 pm
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Entertainment

  • Lady Gaga’s mom writes moving essay about her childhood bullying


    Gaga’s mom Cynthia Germanotta penned the piece for The Daily Beast, and in it she shared the shocking treatment Gaga received at the hands of childhood bullies. “When my daughter Stefani — who most people know as Lady Gaga — was a child, she had to learn painful lessons about the dangers of cruelty and the importance of kindness. She was creative and unequivocally her own person, but her peers didn’t always appreciate the things that made her unique — and different. As a result, they would sometimes taunt, humiliate or exclude her. It was hurtful for her to experience and heartbreaking for me to watch. “But this mean-spirited treatment did more than sting in the moment — it shook Stefani’s confidence. The persistent, thoughtless cruelty of her peers caused Stefani to question her identity and self-worth. That self-doubt, in turn, led to anxiety, depression and destructive behavior. What in isolation may have been viewed …

    April 18, 2015 1:35 am
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Editorial

  • Our fawning press and Hillary Clinton’s Iowa magical mystery tour


    April 15, 2015: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, speaks during a small business roundtable in Norwalk, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Maybe the third time Hillary Clinton runs for president, she’ll get it exactly right. That Goldilocks campaign – in 2020? — will be large and distinguished enough to accommodate a woman who has been prominent on the national stage for decades, but small enough to convince average Americans that Hillary is their best bud. It’s a challenge, but Hillary is nothing if not renewable. Sustainability is another matter. Hillary is out touring Iowa in her minivan Scooby, holding scripted meetings with tiny groups (it is, after all, a thinly-populated state) that can apparently be trusted not to ask tough questions or in any way upset her applecart. The photo-ops are genuinely ridiculous, but that’s the only thing genuine about this adventure.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Everything Hillary smacks of focus-groups, but this initial phase of …

    April 17, 2015 10:54 pm
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Odd News

  • Former Washington state governor ejects man from car


    SEATTLE (Reuters) – Former Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire used fast thinking and driving to stop a stranger from climbing into her car in a store parking lot, Olympia police said on Thursday. Gregoire, who was governor from 2005 to 2013, packed her purchases into the car’s trunk in a Lowe’s home improvement lot, the police said. As she did she saw a man watching her. Police said that once she was inside the car, the man opened the passenger door and started climbing in just as she began backing out of the space. She hit the gas pedal, the man fell to the ground and the door slammed shut, police said. The man, identified as 47-year-old Mark Snodderly, was not injured. Police said he then caused a disturbance in the store, adding that he was cited for disorderly conduct and taken to a hospital for evaluation. (This story has been refiled to fix spelling …

    April 16, 2015 6:22 pm
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