• Canadian pastor detained in N Korea

    Canadian pastor detained in N Korea

    6 March 2015 Last updated at 04:07 It is not clear why Reverend Lim has been detained A pastor from a Canadian church has been detained by North Korea, Canada has confirmed to his family...
  • Blazers cruise past Mavs

    Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) – LaMarcus Aldridge posted 17 points and 12 rebounds in the Portland Trail Blazers’ 94-75 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night. Nicolas Batum had a productive game with 15 points,...
  • Charges sought over US envoy attack

    Charges sought over US envoy attack

    6 March 2015 Last updated at 03:42 Kim Ki-jong has a history of nationalist militant acts South Korean police say they are seeking a detention warrant for a man who slashed the US ambassador to...
  • Coyotes edge Canucks in shootout

    Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – Sam Gagner scored the lone goal of the shootout as the Arizona Coyotes ended a 10-game skid with a 3-2 shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday. Gagner, Arizona���s first...
  • Wisconsin Assembly debate begins on right-to-work bill

    MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) – Wisconsin lawmakers on Thursday debated through the night on a measure supported by Republican Governor Scott Walker that would prohibit private-sector workers from being required to join a union or pay...

Headline News

  • With a nod and a wink, Republicans build 2016 campaign machines


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Asked last week about his agenda if elected, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker began: “Should I choose to be a candidate…”     Then he added with a grin: “My lawyers love it when I say that.”     Like the other would-be Republican candidates who took the stage over three days in Washington at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the Wisconsin governor studiously avoided mentioning any plans for the 2016 presidential election.     The pantomime is crucial – it allows candidates to work closely with their funding organizations to rake in big money donations without breaking campaign finance laws. Once they launch their campaign or even say they are “testing the waters”, they face far tighter restrictions on their fundraising. Such verbal coquetry is not new in the four-yearly battle for the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations. But donors, campaign sources, and campaign finance reform advocates say it is having a much bigger payoff than …

    March 6, 2015 1:04 am
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Politics

  • Review of Hillary Clinton emails to take months: 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 late on Wednesday, saying she wanted the State Department to release the emails 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. At the same time, the department is investigating whether Clinton violated policies intended to protect sensitive information when she conducted all of her official business through a personal account while serving as secretary from 2009 to 2013, the Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing a senior department official. Using personal email did not automatically break rules, but the department is determining …

    March 5, 2015 10:43 pm
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Stocks

  • Glenn Beck’s top execs quit to form digital media startup


    Glenn Beck’s top two lieutenants have left Beck’s Internet and television channel, TheBlaze, and are starting a new venture together. The departing executives are Chris Balfe, who was Beck’s CEO, and Joel Cheatwood, who was president and chief operating officer. According to people familiar with their plans, the two men are building a digital media startup that will reflect some of the lessons learned while at TheBlaze. The startup is currently in stealth mode while the two men talk with potential partners. TheBlaze was a big risk when Beck, Balfe and Cheatwood launched it in 2011, months after Beck and Cheatwood left Fox News. It’s now credited with being one of the first direct-to-subscriber streaming video businesses, a category that other media companies and A-list celebrities are now pursuing with vigor. But questions persist about whether TheBlaze will be able to succeed as a cable TV channel. Balfe departed Mercury Radio Arts, the parent firm of …

    March 6, 2015 1:04 am
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Sports

  • Blazers cruise past Mavs


    Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) – LaMarcus Aldridge posted 17 points and 12 rebounds in the Portland Trail Blazers’ 94-75 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night. Nicolas Batum had a productive game with 15 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for the Blazers, who won their fifth straight game but may have lost a key piece to the team in the process. With the game tied early in the third, Wesley Matthews left the game and did not return. Matthews fell to the floor as he cut with the ball and needed to be helped off the court with a left foot/leg injury. The Blazers responded to the injury with a 12-4 run as Damian Lillard buried back-to-back 3-pointers before a Batum basket that stretched their lead to 52-44. Portland continued to roll, leading by as many as 16 and entering the fourth quarter with a 71-57 lead. Alonzo Gee’s dunk gave the hosts an …

    March 6, 2015 1:04 am
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World News

  • Canadian pastor detained in N Korea


    6 March 2015 Last updated at 04:07 It is not clear why Reverend Lim has been detained A pastor from a Canadian church has been detained by North Korea, Canada has confirmed to his family and church. Reverend Hyeon Soo Lim, 60, was a regular traveller to North Korea where his church said he was engaged in humanitarian work. He has not been heard from since he arrived at the end of January. North Korea periodically detains foreign nationals, particularly those linked to religious activity – which is restricted inside the country. US citizens are generally held the longest. North Korea is seen as using them to try to extract political concessions. Rev Lim’s church say that he was interested in agricultural and humanitarian projects Rev Lim’s church, the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Ottawa, had announced his disappearance earlier this week and said the Canadian government had now confirmed he was in detention. The …

    March 6, 2015 1:04 am
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Technology

  • ‘Nearly 50,000′ pro-IS Twitter feeds


    6 March 2015 Last updated at 03:56 A group claiming to support IS hacked the US Centcom Twitter account There are at least 46,000 Twitter accounts operating on behalf of Islamic State (IS), a new US study claims. That figure is a conservative estimate for the number of pro-IS Twitter accounts identified in the final three months of 2014, says the report, co-authored by the Brookings Institution. It said typical IS supporters were located within the militants’ territories in Iraq and Syria. Three-quarters of them tweet in Arabic and about one-in-five use English. Islamic State has become well known for its use of social media, especially Twitter, to propagate its message. The study, called The Isis Twitter Census, was written by JM Berger of Brookings and Jonathon Morgan, a technologist. “Jihadists will exploit any kind of technology that will work to their advantage,” said Mr Berger, but IS “is much more successful than other groups”. …

    March 5, 2015 10:23 pm
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Science

  • Evidence indicates Yucatan Peninsula hit by tsunami 1,500 years ago


    The eastern coastline of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, a mecca for tourists, may have been walloped by a tsunami between 1,500 and 900 years ago, says a new study involving Mexico’s Centro Ecological Akumal (CEA) and the University of Colorado Boulder. There are several lines of evidence for an ancient tsunami, foremost a large, wedge-shaped berm about 15 feet above sea level paved with washing machine-sized stones, said the researchers. Set back in places more than a quarter of a mile from shore, the berm stretches for at least 30 miles, alternating between rocky headlands and crescent beaches as it tracks the outline of the Caribbean coast near the plush resorts of Playa del Carmen and Cancun. Radiocarbon dates of peat beneath the extensive berm indicate a tsunami, which may have consisted of two or even three giant waves, likely slammed the coastline sometime after A.D. 450. In addition, ruins of Post-Classic Mayan structures built between …

    March 5, 2015 10:43 pm
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Health

  • Exclusive: Costco working to end use of human antibiotics in chicken


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Costco Wholesale Corp is working toward eliminating the sale of chicken and meat from other animals raised with antibiotics that are vital to fighting human infections, senior executives at the third-largest U.S. retailer told Reuters on Thursday. The ongoing push by Costco, which sells 80 million rotisserie chickens a year, highlights growing pressure on the supply chain in the wake of this week’s announcement by fast-food giant McDonald’s Corp that it would stop buying chicken raised with so-called “shared-use” antibiotics within two years. “We are working towards, and working with our suppliers and the regulatory agencies… to see how we can get rid of shared-use antibiotics in animals,” Craig Wilson, vice president of food safety at the Issaquah, Washington-based retail giant, said in a phone interview. “I think all of us want to move to a point where we can get the human-use antibiotics out of the system. It’s going to take …

    March 5, 2015 10:44 pm
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Entertainment

  • Nick Gordon’s mom made a shocking claim about Whitney Houston’s death


    More: The Brown family is planning to exploit Bobbi Kristina on new reality show During an interview with Dr. Phil, Bobbi Kristina’s boyfriend, Nick Gordon, and his mother shared some stories that don’t make any sense at all. Nick’s mom, Michelle, reportedly told the TV host that Nick was with Whitney Houston the night she died, in February of 2012, and that he found her unconscious and tried to administer CPR. “As we sit here right now, my son’s life hangs in the balance,” Michelle said. “When Whitney was found, he administered CPR to her and called me as he was standing in front of her, saying, ‘Mom, why couldn’t I do it? I couldn’t get air into her lungs.’ He won’t let go of the guilt.” More: Nick Gordon “desperate” to visit Bobbi Kristina, but will the family allow it? But that claim doesn’t make any sense. According to the autopsy report, Whitney was …

    March 6, 2015 1:24 am
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Editorial

  • America is not a "Christian" nation


     (AP) Within the last few days, we’ve seen protestors holding crosses shout “go home!” at Muslims in front of the Oklahoma State Capitol, several Idaho state senators refuse to listen to a Hindu invocation, and new poll numbers suggesting that a majority of Republicans — 57 percent — “support establishing Christianity as the national religion.” In a year already filled with attacks and harassment of religious minorities across the country, the rise of such “Christian nation” rhetoric is troubling. But it’s not new. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT It is a fact conveniently forgotten by many that ministers from a variety of denominations were from the beginning among the strongest opponents to establishing a national religion of any kind. No mere assessment of the religious affiliations of population, the argument that America was at its founding and remains a nation Christian in character has served as cover for a variety of racist and nativist sentiments for generations. It …

    March 5, 2015 11:03 pm
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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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