• Federer eases into Monte Carlo third round

    (Reuters) – Former world number one Roger Federer barely broke sweat as he breezed into the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters with a 6-1 6-2 thrashing of Czech Radek Stepanek on Wednesday. The...
  • Reeva Steenkamp shot in ‘rapid fire’

    Reeva Steenkamp shot in ‘rapid fire’

    16 April 2014 Last updated at 13:46 Oscar Pistorius spent seven gruelling days under cross-examination The girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius was shot in quick succession as she fell down, a forensics expert has told the...
  • Legal costs hit Bank of America’s bottom line

    Bank of America swung to a loss in the first quarter. Bank of America reported a quarterly loss Wednesday as legal costs hit the bank’s bottom line. It’s another reminder that the tentacles of the...
  • Rosberg out to wreck Hamilton hat-trick bid

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton can chalk up three wins in a row for the first time in his Formula One career on Sunday but Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg will be doing all he...
  • Ukrainian troops blocked in town

    Ukrainian troops blocked in town

    16 April 2014 Last updated at 12:44 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s James Reynolds reports from the centre of Kramatorsk Ukrainian troops have entered the eastern town of Kramatorsk...

Headline News

  • Toddler unharmed after getting stuck inside claw crane machine at Nebraska bowling alley


    LINCOLN, Neb. –  Authorities say a toddler has been reunited with his mother after employees found him playing inside a claw crane machine at a Nebraska bowling alley. Lincoln police say a 24-year-old woman called 911 Monday afternoon because her 3-year-old son was missing from her apartment. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Employees at the bowling alley across the street meanwhile called police to say a small boy was playing with stuffed animals inside the coin-operated machine. It was unclear how the boy ended up inside the claw crane machine. A representative from the vending machine company let him out and he was reunited with his mother a short time later. He was not hurt. Police say the mother was not cited because she quickly reported that her son was missing and there were no indications of neglect.

    April 16, 2014 8:11 am
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Politics

  • Obama to announce $600 million U.S. job-training initiative


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will announce an initiative on Wednesday to devote $600 million to address a central challenge of today’s economy: How to train workers for skills they need for jobs that are open but hard to fill. American companies will need 522,000 software developers and computer programmers over the next 10 years as well as nearly 110,000 pharmacists, 224,000 electricians and 941,000 customer service representatives, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To try to fill the void, Obama will announce during a visit to Oakdale, Pennsylvania, a plan to use $500 million in existing Labor Department funds to pay for a competition. The goal of the competition is to spur employers and community colleges to work together and develop training programs that are designed to get workers prepared for specific jobs that already exist. Another $100 million will be drawn from a Labor Department fund to support programs aimed at …

    April 16, 2014 5:30 am
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Stocks

  • Legal costs hit Bank of America’s bottom line


    Bank of America swung to a loss in the first quarter. Bank of America reported a quarterly loss Wednesday as legal costs hit the bank’s bottom line. It’s another reminder that the tentacles of the financial crisis are still squeezing both Main Street and Wall Street. The nation’s second largest bank by assets reported a net loss of $276 million, or five cents per share, in the first three months of 2014. That’s down significantly from 10 cents per share in the same quarter last year. The loss reflects $6 billion in litigation expenses tied to Bank of America’s recent settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency over mortgage-backed securities. The bank announced the $9.5 billion settlement in March. “The cost of resolving more of our mortgage issues hurt out earnings this quarter,’” said CEO Brian Moynihan in a statement. But he said the bank generated solid results and added that it is returning excess …

    April 16, 2014 7:51 am
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Sports

  • Federer eases into Monte Carlo third round


    (Reuters) – Former world number one Roger Federer barely broke sweat as he breezed into the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters with a 6-1 6-2 thrashing of Czech Radek Stepanek on Wednesday. The Swiss, who has a record 17 grand slam titles, will face another Czech, Lukas Rosol, after dismissing the experienced Stepanek in less than an hour on the Monte Carlo Country Club’s clay. Fourth-seeded Federer, back in the principality for the first time since 2011, saved two break points and stole his opponent’s serve four times in a quick master class. Earlier, eighth seed Milos Raonic of Canada was made to work to overcome South Korea’s Yen-hsun Lu 6-7(4) 6-2 6-1. World number one Rafael Nadal, looking to recapture his Monte Carlo crown after Serb Novak Djokovic last year ended the Spaniard’s eight-year reign, was playing Russian qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili. Since losing to Djokovic in last year’s final, eight-times French Open …

    April 16, 2014 8:11 am
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World News

  • Reeva Steenkamp shot in ‘rapid fire’


    16 April 2014 Last updated at 13:46 Oscar Pistorius spent seven gruelling days under cross-examination The girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius was shot in quick succession as she fell down, a forensics expert has told the South African athlete’s murder trial. This differs from a police ballistics witness who said there was short break between the first and second shots. Mr Pistorius denies intentionally killing Ms Steenkamp in early hours of Valentine’s Day last year. He says he fired rapidly in fear through the toilet door after he mistook Ms Steenkamp for an intruder. Continue reading the main story Tweets RT “@Simmoa: Nel asking for an early adjournment – the second today. Is he struggling as much as we are? #OscarPistorius” Nomsa Maseko <!– @nomsa_maseko –> just now Jump out of Tweet pane <!– Report this Tweet (Tweet number 17471) –> Nel’s looking for an early finish. He wants Dixon back tomorrow with other evidence. Adjourned …

    April 16, 2014 7:52 am
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Technology

  • Marissa Mayer: Aviate key to Yahoo’s mobile ad biz


    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer at TechCrunch Disrupt 2013 in San Francisco. Daniel Terdiman/CNET Right from the start of her tenure in July 2012, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has said repeatedly that she wants Yahoo to be synonymous with mobile computing. If she’s successful in achieving her ambition, a small, little-known artificial intelligence company called Aviate figures to play a pivotal role. Akin to the service Google Now, Aviate takes advantage of a user’s context — like frequently used apps or the time of day — to surface useful apps and information on an Android homescreen the moment it becomes most useful. Yahoo announced the rumored $80 million acquisition in January during her keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and it already merited a special call-out during the company’s latest earnings call. “Aviate is a central part of our mobile search,” Mayer said during a video conference call on Tuesday to discuss first …

    April 15, 2014 9:04 pm
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Science

  • Heartbleed Software Snafu: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly


    Nine days after the announcement of the Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL, software widely used to secure Internet traffic, we have a much better understanding of the extent of the damage. (Thanks to the invaluable xkcd Web comic, we also have a better understanding of how Heartbleed works.)   The good news is that the first guesstimate for the number of afflicted Web sites—as many as two thirds of the total—proved to be wildly pessimistic. University of Michigan computer scientists Zakir Durumeric, David Adrian, Michael Bailey and J. Alex Halderman have conducted repeated scans of Alexa Internet’s Top 1 Million Domains(https://zmap.io/heartbleed/). As of 11 A.M. Eastern on April 13, the group found that 6.2 percent of the 45 percent of the top one million sites that support TLS were vulnerable to Heartbleed, down from the 11 percent that the same group found on April 9. So that’s the good news: fewer sites were affected than first …

    April 16, 2014 5:11 am
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Health

  • U.S. court reverses Massachusetts ban on Zogenix pain drug


    (Reuters) – A U.S. District Court judge on Tuesday stopped Massachusetts from implementing a ban on the sale of Zogenix Inc’s prescription painkiller Zohydro, saying federal law superseded the state’s action. The company’s shares climbed about 9 percent to $2.54 in after-hours trading. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick had announced a ban on the drug, formally declaring a public health emergency on March 27 stemming from abuse of opioids in the New England state. The U.S. District Court for Massachusetts granted a preliminary injunction against the ban, saying that by imposing its own conclusion about the safety and efficacy of Zohydro, the state was obstructing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s constitutionally mandated charge. The federal court order goes into effect on April 22. “Although the ban may prevent someone from misusing the drug, the ban prevents all in need of its special attributes from receiving the pain relief Zohydro ER offers,” Judge Rya Zobel said. …

    April 16, 2014 5:31 am
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Entertainment

  • Katy Perry fuels rumors she’s got a new beau & it’s Diplo


    Katy Perry has waved goodbye to John Mayer and their 18-month relationship, and she’s moved on to bigger and better things. So could one of the things that she’s moved on to be world-renowned DJ Diplo? Robert Pattinson, Katy Perry rock out at Coachella together The “Roar” hit maker and Diplo (whose real name is Thomas Wesley Pentz) have been friends for a long time. But according to onlookers, the pair appeared to be much more than good friends when they were spotted flirting and really enjoying each other’s company at the Jeremy Scott and Adidas party during the Coachella music festival on Saturday. According to Radar Online, Diplo “was hanging out with Katy pretty much the whole night.” Of course, the pair have been really good friends, and they also collaborate on music together, but an eyewitness revealed to the site that, “It definitely looked like more than than that! At one point he …

    April 16, 2014 7:51 am
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Editorial

  • Earth Day: Why I am cheering for fossil fuels


    “The heavens reek, the waters below are foul … we are in a crisis of survival.” That’s how Walter Cronkite and CBS hyped the first Earth Day, back in 1970. Somehow we’ve survived since then, and most of life got better, although I never hear that from the worrywarts. Of course, some things got better because of government: We passed environmental rules that got most of the filth out of the air and sewage out of lakes and rivers. Great — but now we’re told that we’re in big trouble because greenhouse gases cause global warming. I mean, climate change. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Time and again, environmentalists oppose the energy production most likely to make the world cleaner and safer. Instead, they persuade politicians to spend billions of your dollars on symbolism like “renewable” energy. “Crop yields are down, deaths from heat are up,” says the Los Angeles Times. The “Worst Is Yet to Come,” warns …

    April 16, 2014 5:31 am
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Odd News

  • US Airways investigating pornographic tweet sent to complaining customer


    (Reuters) – US Airways said it was investigating a pornographic tweet on Tuesday sent on its Twitter account in response to a customer complaint about a flight delay, which went viral on social media. US Airways issued an apology on Monday immediately after deleting the tweeted photograph of a naked woman lying on a bed with a toy airplane between her legs, said Davien Anderson, spokesman for US Airways. By Tuesday morning, the apology had been retweeted nearly 13,000 times and social media was flooded with jokes and gripes about the image. Anderson said US Airways, part of American Airlines Group Inc, was investigating the mishap. So far it has determined that the photo was originally posted to its Twitter feed by another user, but was inadvertently included in its response to the customer. “We apologize for the inappropriate image we recently shared in a Twitter response,” Anderson said in an emailed statement. “We deeply …

    April 15, 2014 12:59 pm
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