• 8 million sign up for Obamacare

    Some 8 million people have signed up for health insurance through the Obamacare exchanges, President Obama said Thursday, putting sign-ups above the initial goal of 7 million. But the final enrollment figure remains to be...
  • Obama cautious over Ukraine deal

    Obama cautious over Ukraine deal

    18 April 2014 Last updated at 05:10 Riot police in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk have kept apart rival groups of protesters US President Barack Obama has cautiously welcomed a deal to calm tensions in...
  • Yankees rout Rays

    St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – CC Sabathia turned in seven sharp innings in his best start of the young season, and received plenty of support from his Yankees teammates as New York rolled to a...
  • Korea ship: Third officer ‘had helm’

    Korea ship: Third officer ‘had helm’

    18 April 2014 Last updated at 04:27 The ferry sank within two hours – it is still not clear why it capsized The third officer was at the helm of the ferry that capsized off...

Headline News

  • Racist online forums linked to deadly U.S. hate crimes: rights group


    ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – A white supremacist charged with killing three people near two Jewish community facilities in suburban Kansas City this week posted more than 12,000 messages on a racist website which carries the slogan “No Jews, Just Right,” according to an organization that tracks hate groups. The online activity by Frazier Glenn Cross follows a trend in which prolific posters on hate online forums are becoming “disproportionately responsible” for racist murders and mass killings, according to a report released on Thursday by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit civil rights organization. The report said nearly 100 people in the last five years have been murdered by frequent users of one white supremacist website, Stormfront. The site describes itself as a community of “White Nationalists” and “the voice of the new, embattled White minority.” “It has been a magnet for the deadly and deranged,” said Heidi Beirich, author of the report. According to …

    April 17, 2014 11:58 pm
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Politics

  • Obama argues healthcare law is working, rejects Republican criticism


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the U.S. Congress in November. Appearing in the White House briefing room days before leaving the national stage for a week-long trip to Asia, Obama used a news conference to make the case that the Affordable Care Act had mended nicely from its disastrous October rollout. He announced that 8 million people had now signed up for health insurance and that 35 percent of enrollees through the federal marketplace are under the age of 35. For the healthcare law to succeed, young, healthy people must sign up and pay premiums to offset the healthcare costs for older Americans. Obama’s remarks reflected deep concerns at the White House that Republicans may be able to topple Democrats from control of the …

    April 17, 2014 9:55 pm
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Stocks

  • 8 million sign up for Obamacare


    Some 8 million people have signed up for health insurance through the Obamacare exchanges, President Obama said Thursday, putting sign-ups above the initial goal of 7 million. But the final enrollment figure remains to be seen: The White House has not released how many people have fully enrolled, which requires paying their first premium. The open enrollment period ended on March 31, though people in some states are still able to sign up if they had already begun the application process. The White House also said that 28% of those signing up on the federal exchange are between ages 18 and 34. The enrollment of young adults is being closely watched since they are presumed to be healthier and less costly, which will help offset the higher expenses generated by older enrollees. Related: Got Obamacare, can’t find doctors The success of Obamacare’s initial year will have an impact on insurance premium increases for 2015. National …

    April 18, 2014 12:18 am
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Sports

  • Yankees rout Rays


    St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – CC Sabathia turned in seven sharp innings in his best start of the young season, and received plenty of support from his Yankees teammates as New York rolled to a 10-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of a four-game series. Six of the Yankees’ nine starters collected multiple hits and New York totaled 16 overall in its fifth consecutive win. Yangervis Solarte, Brian Roberts, Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury each knocked in two runs during the rout, with Solarte, Roberts and Alfonso Soriano each finishing 3-for-5. Soriano and McCann also clubbed back-to-back homers off David Price (2-1), part of six runs and 10 hits that the Tampa Bay ace allowed over five shaky innings. Solarte added a two-run blast in the ninth. After posting a subpar 6.63 ERA over his first three outings, Sabathia (2-2) held the Rays to two runs — one earned — and …

    April 17, 2014 10:58 pm
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World News

  • Obama cautious over Ukraine deal


    18 April 2014 Last updated at 05:10 Riot police in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk have kept apart rival groups of protesters US President Barack Obama has cautiously welcomed a deal to calm tensions in Ukraine, reached at multi-party talks in Geneva. He said the US and its allies were ready to impose new sanctions on Russia if the situation failed to improve. Russian, Ukrainian, EU and US foreign ministers agreed that illegal military groups in Ukraine should leave places they have been occupying. Russia denies fomenting separatism in eastern and southern Ukraine. Government buildings in several towns and cities have been seized by pro-Russian separatists opposed to new Western-leaning interim authorities in the capital Kiev. US Secretary of State John Kerry called Thursday’s talks a “good day’s work”, but said words had to be turned into actions. All sides agreed that illegal military groups in Ukraine must be dissolved, and that those occupying buildings …

    April 17, 2014 11:38 pm
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Technology

  • Amazon Fire TV extends voice search to Hulu, Crackle, Showtime


    Sarah Tew Amazon announced Thursday that Amazon Fire TV users will soon be able to use the device’s voice search to pull up videos from Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime Anything, giving the feature a much-needed boost of content. When the retail giant unveiled its video streaming device earlier this month, it emphasized how its voice-controled search sets it apart from already established TV streaming devices like Roku and Apple TV. But reviewers found that the voice search generally pulled up videos from Amazon Instant Video. Amazon said games and music videos from Vevo are also searchable by voice. Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime Anything will make their full catalogs available by voice search starting this summer, according to Amazon. None of these additional content partners come close to competing with Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service, a subscription video service that competes with video streaming leader Netflix. Fire TV does have a Netflix app but …

    April 17, 2014 5:32 pm
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Science

  • Some immune cells defend only 1 organ


    Scientists have uncovered a new way the immune system may fight cancers and viral infections. The finding could aid efforts to use immune cells to treat illness. The research, in mice, suggests that some organs have the immunological equivalent of “neighborhood police” — specialized squads of defenders that patrol only one area, a single organ, instead of an entire city, the body. Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that the liver, skin and uterus each has dedicated immune cells, which they call tissue-resident natural killer cells. Other organs may have similar arrangements. Their study, published in eLife, disproves the long-held assumption that all natural killer cells roam the body to provide the first line of defense against cancers and viruses. “If, for example, we can use specialized medications to activate only these organ-specific cells, they could provide powerful and selective weapons against infections and tumors in the organs where …

    April 17, 2014 9:36 pm
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Health

  • Forty years on, bullying takes its toll on health and wealth


    LONDON (Reuters) – The negative social, physical and mental health effects of childhood bullying are still evident nearly 40 years later, according to research by British psychiatrists. In the first study of its kind to look at the effects of childhood bullying beyond early adulthood, the researchers said its impact is “persistent and pervasive”, with people who were bullied when young more likely to have poorer physical and psychological health and poorer cognitive functioning at age 50. “The effects of bullying are still visible nearly four decades later … with health, social and economic consequences lasting well into adulthood,” said Ryu Takizawa, who led the study at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London. The findings, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry on Friday, come from the British National Child Development Study which includes data on all children born in England, Scotland and Wales during one week in 1958. It included 7,771 children …

    April 17, 2014 9:55 pm
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Entertainment

  • Columbus Short’s wife alleges he threatened murder/suicide


    It’s been a rocky year for Columbus Short. In a time that would be better spent celebrating the success of his hit show, Scandal, the actor has instead found himself embroiled in courtroom battles and alleged violence. Metal singer admits he attempted to have his wife killed  Following an arrest warrant that stemmed from a bar fight in March, Columbus’ wife, Tanee McCall-Short, has filed for a restraining order and a divorce, according to CNN. She is also making some pretty hefty allegations. In Tanee’s sworn statement, she told a disturbing story in which an intoxicated Columbus threatened to hit her with a wine bottle and then dumped the bottle’s contents on her before he then “grabbed a knife from the kitchen and pinned me to the couch and began to choke me,” she said. “He placed the knife close to my neck and threatened to kill me and then kill himself.” Columbus then allegedly …

    April 18, 2014 12:18 am
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Editorial

  • What the press is missing in Bloomberg’s anti-gun push


    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.Reuters Gun control has largely been a top down effort. Michael Bloomberg’s latest announcement that he will spend another $50 million to push gun control – 2.5 times the amount spent by the NRA annually on political activities – is all too typical. Last year, gun control groups, largely due to Bloomberg’s money, outspent gun rights groups by about 7.4 to 1 on TV advertising. With a net worth of $31.2 billion, Bloomberg can afford round-the-clock armed bodyguards, but he doesn’t recognize the need for others to have armed protection. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Despite his money, mayors belonging to Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns represent only about 2.5 percent of America’s cities and towns (885 out of over 35,000) and most of these members represent very small towns. Since December, Bloomberg has merged with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, but despite frequent prominent media appearances and Bloomberg’s funding, as …

    April 17, 2014 9:55 pm
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Odd News

  • Live free or die: New Hampshire moves to decriminalize adultery


    BOSTON (Reuters) – New Hampshire lawmakers on Thursday voted to scrap an ancient law that makes cheating on your spouse a criminal offense in the New England state whose motto is “Live Free or Die.” Governor Maggie Hassan is expected to sign the bill into law, making adultery legal in the Granite State for the first time in hundreds of years. Back in 1791, being unfaithful in New Hampshire earned you an hour of public embarrassment on the gallows, as many as 39 lashes, a one-year prison sentence, and a big fine. That punishment has gradually been ratcheted back to an unenforced fine, but lawmakers on Thursday said even that was too much. A spokesman for the state Senate said the bill to repeal the crime of adultery passed Thursday with a voice vote. More than 20 states still have laws against adultery, and some, including Michigan and Wisconsin, still consider it a felony offense. …

    April 17, 2014 5:32 pm
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