• Ukraine calls Easter truce in east

    Ukraine calls Easter truce in east

    19 April 2014 Last updated at 10:41 Mr Deshchytsia said the aim of the operation was to bring life back to normal in the east. Ukraine’s foreign minister has said that operations against pro-Russian militants...
  • Austin Peay dismisses running back Williams

    Clarksville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) – Austin Peay State University said it has dismissed leading returning rusher Omar Williams from the football team for academic reasons on Friday. Williams rushed for 636 yards on 157 carries as...
  • USPS worker allegedly takes disability, goes fishing

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska –  A former U.S. Postal Service employee in Anchorage was arraigned Friday on charges he accepted at least $334,000 in disability and worker’s comp payments while he spent his summers fishing. The U.S....
  • Debbie Gibson is battling Lyme disease

    Debbie Gibson is battling Lyme disease

    Debbie Gibson revealed something quite personal on her blog on Wednesday because of comments on her appearance from her recent Instagram pictures. The 43-year-old singer shared that she is suffering from Lyme disease. She wrote,...
  • Parallels between Clinton, Obama health care fights

    Parallels between Clinton, Obama health care fights

    Former President Bill Clinton Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton’s White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same. As Clinton prepared for an August...

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  • USPS worker allegedly takes disability, goes fishing


    ANCHORAGE, Alaska –  A former U.S. Postal Service employee in Anchorage was arraigned Friday on charges he accepted at least $334,000 in disability and worker’s comp payments while he spent his summers fishing. The U.S. attorney’s office says in a Friday release that 56-year-old Amacio Zamora Agcaoili Jr. was indicted by a federal grand jury on 18 counts, including theft of government funds. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT They claim every summer between 2009 and 2013, he went dipnetting and fishing on multiple occasions despite being on disability. Assistant U.S. Attorney Yvonne Lamoureux also claims Agcaoli lied about not working when he was paid for preparing tax returns and immigration paperwork. Authorities also claim he failed to tell the Social Security Administration about his worker’s comp payments, to which he wasn’t entitled.

    April 19, 2014 6:35 am
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Politics

  • Parallels between Clinton, Obama health care fights


    Former President Bill Clinton Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton’s White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same. As Clinton prepared for an August 1994 news conference in which he hoped to build public support for his struggling — and ultimately unsuccessful — health care overhaul, he told his advisers: “A lot of them want to know they can keep their own plan if they like it.” Later that fall, Clinton’s Democrats were routed in midterm elections and lost control of Congress. Nearly two decades later, President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans about his own plan, which won approval in Congress in 2010, by telling them, “If you like your plan you can keep it.” A spate of private policy cancellations forced Obama to recant his pledge that all Americans who liked their plans could simply keep them. More than 8 million people …

    April 19, 2014 6:14 am
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Stocks

  • 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
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Sports

  • Austin Peay dismisses running back Williams


    Clarksville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) – Austin Peay State University said it has dismissed leading returning rusher Omar Williams from the football team for academic reasons on Friday. Williams rushed for 636 yards on 157 carries as a freshman last season. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound native of Memphis took over as the starter for the final four games after Tim Phillips suffered a torn bicep against UT Martin. He had four 100-yard rushing performances for the season, including 179 against Jacksonville State. Austin Peay, an Ohio Valley Conference member, finished 0-12 in coach Kirby Cannon’s first season last year. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    April 19, 2014 6:35 am
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World News

  • Ukraine calls Easter truce in east


    19 April 2014 Last updated at 10:41 Mr Deshchytsia said the aim of the operation was to bring life back to normal in the east. Ukraine’s foreign minister has said that operations against pro-Russian militants in the east of the country have been suspended over Easter. Andriy Deshchytsia told the BBC the security services would resume military action if the separatists continued to occupy government offices. They are refusing to leave buildings in several cities, defying an agreement reached on Thursday to ease the crisis. The US has threatened more sanctions if Russia fails to abide by the agreement. The Kremlin responded by accusing the White House of treating Moscow like a “guilty schoolboy”. In a separate development, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would award medals to Russians who took part in the seizure of Crimea from Ukraine last month. Maidan ‘not illegal’ Speaking to the BBC, Mr Deshchytsia said the aim of the …

    April 19, 2014 6:35 am
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Technology

  • Peugeot RCZ-R: car review


    The arrival of the Peugeot RCZ-R coincides with a new arrival to this family of famous automobile examiners and arbiters, bringing a fresh pair of eyes – if they ever open – for these pages. But Thomas’s (I know! Named after a train! Ironic, isn’t it?) car seat doesn’t fit on the tiny back seat of the Peugeot. He – and the rest of them – will have to stay at home, and I’ll go for a paternity-leave drive on my own, a blast back to a past of fewer cares and responsibilities. I’ve always liked Peugeot’s style-conscious coupe (I say always, it’s only been around for four years). In an age when so many cars look the same, here is one that genuinely looks different. As well as its purposeful poise, there are loads of neat futuristic design details – the scooped-out step in its flanks, the shallow arched silver roof pillars. And, best of all, this car’s crowning glory, its …

    April 19, 2014 5:54 am
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Science

  • Plants with dormant seeds give rise to more species


    Seeds that sprout as soon as they’re planted may be good news for a garden. But wild plants need to be more careful. In the wild, a plant whose seeds sprouted at the first warm spell or rainy day would risk disaster. More than just an insurance policy against late frosts or unexpected dry spells, it turns out that seed dormancy has long-term advantages too: Plants whose seeds put off sprouting until conditions are more certain give rise to more species, finds in a team of researchers working at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in North Carolina. When they first emerge from the soil, plant seedlings are very vulnerable, said co-author Rafael Rubio de Casas of the Universidad of Granada in Spain. “They’re like babies. They don’t have protective thorns or woody tissue any of the other defenses that are more typical of adult plants yet.” The tiny embryos of many plants can lie huddled …

    April 19, 2014 5:55 am
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Health

  • Lack of insurance tied to more emergency surgery: study


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The type of insurance people have is tied to their risk of needing emergency aorta surgery, according to a new study. Insurance, or lack thereof, is also linked to how well those people fare after surgery. Compared to people with private insurance, people without insurance were more likely to need emergency surgery on their aorta, the largest artery that supplies blood to every part of the body. They were also more likely to die or have complications after surgery. “It would appear that if you don’t have insurance – and assuming you’re not getting preventive healthcare . . . then you are probably at a higher risk of having an aortic catastrophe and, if you have one, you’re more likely to die or have a complication,” Dr. G. Chad Hughes told Reuters Health. Hughes is the study’s senior author from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. Conditions affecting …

    April 19, 2014 6:15 am
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Entertainment

  • Debbie Gibson is battling Lyme disease


    Debbie Gibson revealed something quite personal on her blog on Wednesday because of comments on her appearance from her recent Instagram pictures. The 43-year-old singer shared that she is suffering from Lyme disease. She wrote, “At the start of 2013, I spent time both on the West and East Coast followed by travel overseas. I am not exactly sure when or where I picked it up, but, in the early spring, I began to show unusual symptoms. A lot of Lyme symptoms mimic symptoms of anxiety and stress. Debbie Gibson Tiffany duke it out ’80s style “The first symptoms came in the form of food sensitivities. I found I could not touch sugar, starch, caffeine, certain oils, etc., without having a severe reaction that felt like jolts of electricity running through my body,” Gibson shared. “I felt like a live wire. Talk about ‘Electric Youth!’” Doctors couldn’t pinpoint what was wrong with the musician and …

    April 19, 2014 6:35 am
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Editorial

  • 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
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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
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