Headline News

  • Autopsy to ID dead boy; body fits description of missing Massachusetts 5-year-old

    Massachusetts State Police stand along Interstate 190 where police said a child’s body was found Friday, April 18, 2014, near Sterling, Mass. Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr., said the body has not been positively identified as Jeremiah Oliver, of Fitchburg, but that the height and weight of the body was consistent with Oliver’s size. Jeremiah Oliver was last seen by relatives in September 2013 but wasn’t reported missing until December. His mother Elsa Oliver and her boyfriend Alberto Sierra are both charged in the case. (AP Photo/Worcester Telegram Gazette, Tom Rettig)The Associated Press

    April 19, 2014 3:32 am


  • Obama signs law to bar Iran diplomat from serving in U.N. post

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama signed a law on Friday that effectively bars an Iranian diplomat from serving as an envoy at the United Nations because of suspicions he was involved in the 1979-81 Tehran hostage crisis. Obama signed a law passed by the U.S. Congress that blocks any individual from entering the United States who has been found to have been engaged in espionage or terrorist activity against the United States or if that person may pose a threat to U.S. national security. The United States had already said it would not grant a visa to Iran’s proposed U.N. ambassador, citing the envoy’s links to the 1979-1981 hostage crisis. Obama had come under strong pressure not to allow Hamid Abutalebi into the country to take up his position in New York. The U.S. government objects to Abutalebi because of his suspected participation in a Muslim student group that seized the U.S. embassy in …

    April 19, 2014 2:12 am


  • China’s spending crackdown hits drinks giants

    Remy Cointreau said the Chinese government’s “anti-extravagance policy” is hurting sales of premium spirits. China’s crackdown on extravagant spending by officials is creating a headache for some of the world’s biggest drinks companies. Diageo (DEO) and Remy Cointreau — the companies behind brands such as Smirnoff vodka and Cointreau liqueur — said Thursday that China sales were down sharply over the first three months of the year. Since taking office a year ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered an end to excessive spending by officials on everything from luxury hotels to lavish funerals, and made tackling corruption a priority. Luxury auto makers, catering firms and pharmaceuticals groups have already felt the pinch, and the push for moderation is now affecting sales of drinks — in particular premium spirits. Related: Five global liquors about to go big Sales of specialty cognac Remy Martin fell by more than 20% in the first three months of 2014. …

    April 19, 2014 12:31 am


  • Pavel Datsyuk’s goal with 3:01 left gives Red Wings 1-0 win and home-ice advantage over Bruins

    In this photo taken with a fish eye lens, Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask can’t stop a goal by Detroit Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk’s during the third period of Detroit’s 1-0 win in Game 1 of a first-round NHL playoff hockey series, in Boston on Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)The Associated Press Boston Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron skates off the ice as the Detroit Red Wings celebrate their 1-0 win in Game 1 of a first-round NHL playoff hockey series, in Boston on Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)The Associated Press Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard celebrates with teammate Niklas Kronwall (55) after the Red Wings defeated the Boston Bruins 1-0 in Game 1 of a first-round NHL playoff series, in Boston on Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)The Associated Press In this photo taken with a fish eye lens, Boston Bruins defenseman Corey Potter (6) struggles with Detroit Red Wings’ …

    April 19, 2014 2:32 am

World News

  • Three missing in Everest avalanche

    19 April 2014 Last updated at 08:48 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Surendra Phuyal in Kathmandu says climbers had begun gathering at Everest base camp ahead of May’s peak climbing season The search for three missing Sherpa guides on Mount Everest has resumed after 13 were killed by an avalanche. The avalanche struck around 06:45 local time (01:00 GMT) on Friday in an area known as “popcorn field”, just above Everest base camp at 5,800m (19,000ft). The Sherpa guides had climbed up the slope early on Friday morning to fix ropes for climbers and prepare the route for mountaineers. The incident is the deadliest accident on the world’s highest mountain. Madhusudan Burlakoti, chief of the ministry’s tourism industry division, told the BBC that several mountaineers along with high-altitude doctors are involved in the search. He said three seriously injured climbers that were rescued from the mountain are still receiving …

    April 19, 2014 3:33 am


  • This week’s new games

    Monument Valley iOS Part game, part mesmerising geometric artwork, Monument Valley is a journey through impossible, physics-defying, Escher-style buildings towards heroine Ida’s mysterious destiny. Made by eight-person outfit Ustwo, Monument Valley has been a hit on the Apple store. It works by rotating and sliding sections of its architecture until you guide Ida to each level’s exit. The pin-sharp minimalist design and ambient soundtrack create a magical atmosphere that compels you to see more of its tiny world. The puzzles aren’t hard but have an elegance in their simplicity that makes solving them a source of joy and continual surprise. Ustwo, £2.49 Trials Fusion Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4 The Trials series has spent the last 14 years adding ridiculous spectacle to riding motorbikes over tricky obstacles. Set in the near future, Trials Fusion escalates the visual extravaganza, starting off in vast exploding industrial facilities with drones scudding past and pieces of tracks swooping …

    April 19, 2014 1:51 am


  • Connecting sleep deficits among young fruit flies to disruption in mating later in life

    Mom always said you need your sleep, and it turns out, she was right. According to a new study published in Science this week from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, lack of sleep in young fruit flies profoundly diminishes their ability to do one thing they do really, really well — make more flies. The study, led by Amita Sehgal PhD, professor of Neuroscience and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator, links sleep disruption in newborn fruit flies with a critical adult behavior: courtship and mating. The team addressed sleep in the very youngest of flies. “These flies sleep considerably more than adults and that behavior repeats across the animal kingdom,” Sehgal says. “Infant humans, rats, and flies, they all sleep a lot.” Co-author Matthew Kayser, MD, PhD, in the Department of Psychiatry and Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, whose research centers on the link between …

    April 19, 2014 1:52 am


  • AbbVie urges U.S. court to avoid gay rights issue in HIV drug case

    (Reuters) – An Abbott Laboratories spinoff urged a federal appeals court to revisit a ruling in a case against GlaxoSmithKline Plc, but without disturbing landmark constitutional protections for gays and lesbians. In a brief filed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Thursday, AbbVie Inc said the full court should review an initial three-judge decision that found a gay man was improperly excluded from jury service due to his sexual orientation. The court in reaching that conclusion in January ordered a new trial for GlaxoSmithKline Plc against AbbVie, which contended Thursday that the 9th Circuit’s ruling needed review due to its potential to affect “thousands of jury trials.” But AbbVie said it is not asking for the court to reconsider a holding that heightened the constitutional protections judges in several Western states must now apply when evaluating laws that curtail gay rights. “Abbott condemns discrimination in all forms, including in …

    April 19, 2014 2:12 am


  • Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton And Leslie Mann’s Futures Are So Bright — They Gotta Wear Shades

    These are some fierce and funny ladies! Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton were looking sleek and sexy when they touched down at LAX on Friday. The beautiful blondes are in Los Angeles to promote their upcoming comedy, The Other Woman. For the flight, Kate opted for a somber but stylish outfit, consisting of a black leather jacket, black pants and black flats. Cameron donned a heather grey shirt, an ombre grey scarf, ankle-length skinny jeans and nude, suede mules. Leslie selected a black leather trench, black top, white cropped jeans and black leather mules. And of course — all three wore shades. Their film revolves around Carly (Cameron), who discovers her too-perfect boyfriend is actually married to Kate (Leslie). Carly and Kate soon strike up a friendship and upon realizing their mutual man is cheating on with them with yet another woman (Kate) — all three spurned women team up to plot mutual …

    April 19, 2014 2:32 am


  • Will EPA water grab tip US back into recession?

    AP Quietly last month — in the midst of Ukraine, the search for flight MH 370, David Letterman’s retirement and the final hours of March Madness — Washington witnessed a ruling that will affect all of our lives:  the redefinition of water under the Clean Water Act. The redefinition – formally a Proposed Rule issued by the EPA — is momentous not because water is the essence of life (according to Google, it is), but because of the profound consequences for America’s economic growth, or lack thereof, as a result of the new rule. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT As is so often the case with government powers, large matters turn on small shadings of meaning in phrases written decades ago by legislators long since gone.  Consider the bureaucratic meaning of the term “waters of the United States,” which is the rubric under which the U.S. federal government establishes jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.  For more than …

    April 19, 2014 2:12 am

Odd News

  • Fly me to Sochi, demands Cathay passenger armed with chocolate bar, court hears

    HONG KONG (Reuters) – A passenger on board a Hong Kong-bound Cathay Pacific flight, armed only with a Toblerone chocolate bar, demanded the plane fly to Sochi so he could watch the Winter Olympics, a court heard. Antti Oskari Manselius, 23, from Finland, also made a false bomb threat on the February 14 flight from Amsterdam and said he was robbing the plane, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday. Manselius pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct and giving false information about a bomb when he appeared in court on Thursday, the Post said. He said he was trying to entertain the other passengers and was making “fun and jokes”. Two flight attendants told the court that they saw Manselius walking towards the cockpit. He had two economy-class blankets wrapped around his head and was wearing another like a cape. He held the Toblerone chocolate bar “like a sword”, the newspaper said, quoting one …

    April 18, 2014 9:42 am