• Indian monsoon’s past analysed

    Indian monsoon’s past analysed

    A flooded street in Amritsar, after heavy monsoon rainfall struck the northern Indian city Fossils from the ocean floor are yielding clues to the Indian monsoon millions of years ago. Samples drilled from beneath the...
  • Williams sisters head into last eight in Miami

    MIAMI (Reuters) – Sisters Serena and Venus Williams marched into the quarter-finals of the Miami Open after straight-set wins at Key Biscayne on Monday. World number one Serena beat 24th seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2...
  • Iran nuclear talks enter final day

    Iran nuclear talks enter final day

    Talks to reach a preliminary agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme are entering their final day. Foreign ministers from six world powers and their Iranian counterpart have been negotiating in Switzerland ahead of a self-imposed deadline....
  • Blazers rout Suns to clinch playoff berth

    Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) – The Portland Trail Blazers clinched a second straight playoff berth emphatically Monday night. Damian Lillard had 19 points and seven assists as the Blazers routed the Phoenix Suns 109-86. LaMarcus Aldridge...

Headline News

  • Detroit commission OKs raises for city council, clerk: newspaper


    DETROIT (Reuters) – Just months after Detroit officially exited the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, a panel recommended on Monday 2.5 percent raises for city council members and the city clerk starting next fiscal year, the Detroit Free Press said. The Detroit Elected Officials Compensation Commission, which determines whether elected officials can receive raises, voted unanimously on Monday night to support the pay hikes, the newspaper said. The move would bring the salary for the clerk and council members to $78,761 from $76,840 and the council president’s to $82,776 from $80,757, the Free Press said. The compensation commission’s recommendation will go into effect unless it is rejected by the City Council by a two-thirds vote, according to the Free Press. Commission chairman Buzz Thomas told reporters after the meeting that the panel did not want to give elected officials salary increases greater than those provided to other city employees. “We thought that it was …

    March 31, 2015 12:43 am
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Politics

  • China to delay bank tech restrictions, U.S. Treasury official says


    BEIJING (Reuters) – China has agreed to delay implementing new bank technology restrictions that Washington has complained represent unfair regulatory pressure on foreign firms, a senior U.S. Treasury official said in Beijing on Monday. China said this month work was ongoing on a draft anti-terrorism law that would require foreign companies to hand over encryption keys and otherwise facilitate Beijing’s ability to bypass security measures, triggering U.S. protests. Another set of financial sector regulations would push China’s state-owned banks to buy technology from domestic vendors. Beijing is now delaying the regulations that applied to the banks, according to the official, speaking after meetings between U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and senior Chinese officials, including Premier Li Keqiang. There was no immediate comment from China, but U.S. industry groups, which have been lobbying hard on the issue, cautiously welcomed the move. “We are encouraged that there seems to be a delay; what we now need is …

    March 30, 2015 11:22 pm
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Stocks

  • Jay Z’s TIDAL music service to be owned by artists


    Jay Z along with some of the biggest artists in music made waves on Monday with the announcement of TIDAL, the first-ever artist owned streaming service. “We come to you with one voice in unity,” artist Alicia Keys said during the live event. “The first ever artist owned global music and entertainment platform!” The event brought together likes of Kanye West, Daft Punk and Madonna along with a ton of hype. For example, a clock on the service’s site was counting down to the live streamed event, and the rapper’s entertainment company, Roc Nation, tweeted Saturday about a “special announcement.” It also came with many of the same artists turning their Twitter avatars blue to bring attention to Jay Z’s streaming service. “Together, we can turn the tide and make music history,” West tweeted. “Start by turning your profile picture blue. #TIDALforALL” Related: Jay-Z to buy music streaming Aspiro for $56 million As for the …

    March 30, 2015 11:43 pm
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Sports

  • Williams sisters head into last eight in Miami


    MIAMI (Reuters) – Sisters Serena and Venus Williams marched into the quarter-finals of the Miami Open after straight-set wins at Key Biscayne on Monday. World number one Serena beat 24th seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2 6-3 producing 29 winners and 20 unforced errors. Kuzentsova, who owns two grand slam titles, had beaten Serena twice in their previous nine meetings but the outcome of this contest never looked in doubt. “I know Svetlana is super tough and we always have super tough matches,” said Serena. “It seems like I’m cruising but don’t think I’m cruising. I have my matches and I’m really focused in my matches because all these players I play are really good,” she added. Serena has now won 18 straight matches and she is looking to add to her seven titles in Miami with her third straight triumph after winning in 2013 and 2014. Venus continued a winning streak of her own — …

    March 31, 2015 12:43 am
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World News

  • Indian monsoon’s past analysed


    A flooded street in Amritsar, after heavy monsoon rainfall struck the northern Indian city Fossils from the ocean floor are yielding clues to the Indian monsoon millions of years ago. Samples drilled from beneath the Indian Ocean are being used to reconstruct past rainfall and temperature records. Scientists are studying how the Indian monsoon behaved in the past, to shed light on the impact of climate change. The research will lead to a better understanding of how the monsoon over India might change, said Dr Kate Littler of the University of Exeter. As part of the larger-scale Asian monsoon, the monsoon over India is formed due to intense heat from the Sun in late spring, which warms the Northern Indian Ocean, along with the plains of northern India and the Tibetan Plateau. This results in 75% of the year’s rain falling between June and September. Simulations of future climate generally suggest a 5-10% increase in …

    March 31, 2015 12:43 am
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Technology

  • The internet of things: convenience at a price


    Chores are boring. Get home from work, let the dog out, put dinner on, start a load of laundry and write a list for your next grocery order. What if rather than doing housework when you get home, you could do it on your commute – or better yet, not at all? That’s the promise of the internet of things: hand your commute over to a smart car, let your pet out via his web-connected dog door, open up an app to pre-heat the oven and start the laundry, and click to approve the shopping list your smart fridge automatically generated. This all sounds like a futuristic life, and parts of it do remain years away, but the foundations are being laid now – and much of the work is being done by British firms. We need to decide now what the IoT will look like, how it will protect our privacy, and just how …

    March 30, 2015 10:55 am
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Science

  • NASA Announces New Partnerships with U.S. Industry for Key Deep-Space Capabilities


    [image-36] Building on the success of NASA’s partnerships with commercial industry to date, NASA has selected 12 Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) to advance concept studies and technology development projects in the areas of advanced propulsion, habitation and small satellites. Through these public-private partnerships, selected companies will partner with NASA to develop the exploration capabilities necessary to enable commercial endeavors in space and human exploration to deep-space destinations such as the proving ground of space around the moon, known as cis-lunar space, and Mars. “Commercial partners were selected for their technical ability to mature key technologies and their commitment to the potential applications both for government and private sector uses,” said William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations at NASA Headquarters. “This work ultimately will inform the strategy to move human presence further into the solar system.” Results from these studies and hardware developments also will help determine the role for …

    March 30, 2015 11:22 pm
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Health

  • Arizona governor signs bill blocking abortion coverage through Obamacare


    PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey signed a law on Monday that requires doctors to tell women that drug-induced abortions can be reversed and that blocks the purchase of insurance on the Obamacare health exchange that includes abortion coverage. The requirement that patients be told that the effects of abortion pills may be undone by using high doses of a hormone was the most hotly contested provision during legislative debate. Supporters said there was ample evidence the reversal was possible if acted upon quickly, although they provided no peer-reviewed studies in support of their position. Critics called the argument “junk science.” The bill cleared the Republican-controlled Legislature last week, largely along party lines. In December, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked Arizona from enforcing a state law that restricted access to abortion-inducing drugs by prohibiting off-label uses of RU-486, known as the “abortion pill.” In a statement regarding the bill’s provision barring women from …

    March 30, 2015 11:22 pm
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Entertainment

  • Harvey Weinstein was slapped with a shocking sexual allegation


    More: David O. Russell loses his temper, spews profanity at Jennifer Lawrence According to E! News, New York police have confirmed that Weinstein was questioned over the weekend after a 22-year-old woman filed a sex abuse complaint against him. The woman says Weinstein groped her during a Friday meeting at the Tribeca Film Center. Police say they are investigating the incident, E! News reports, but that no charges have yet been filed. Weinstein, who has produced such hits as Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare in Love and Project Runway, has declined to comment on the investigation. So have The Weinstein Company and the Manhattan district attorney’s office. More: Katy Perry asked to star in Paul Potts biopic “He asked if her breasts were real before touching them,” a police source told the New York Daily News. “She asked him to stop and he put his hand up her skirt. He asked for a kiss, she responded ‘No.’” …

    March 30, 2015 11:43 pm
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Editorial

  • Obama’s race to chaos


    Starnes: Pence Defends Religious Liberty From Intolerant Bullies March 30, 2015

    March 30, 2015 11:23 pm
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Odd News

  • Alabama lawmaker pushes repeal of law named after his dead patient


    (Reuters) – An Alabama doctor-turned-lawmaker is seeking to overturn a state law named for one of his patients, whose death 16 years earlier triggered legislation requiring insurers to pay for minimum post-pregnancy hospital stays, records show. “Rose’s Law,” named after 36-year-old Rose Church, who died of a heart attack 10 days after giving birth in 1998, requires insurers in Alabama to cover post-pregnancy hospital stays up to 48 hours. It was championed by her widower, Gene Church, who said she was discharged too quickly and without proper tests. State Senator Larry Stutts, a Republican first elected in November 2014, was Church’s gynecologist at the time of her death, and was named in a lawsuit filed by the widower. Stutts introduced his measure on March 18, billing it in a subsequent Facebook posting as a means to eliminate intrusion into doctor-patient relations and as getting rid of “one-size-fits-all Obamacare-style laws.” Church views it differently. “This was …

    March 30, 2015 11:22 pm
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