• Deadly Vietnam scaffold collapse

    Deadly Vietnam scaffold collapse

    Rescue teams are looking through the rubble for trapped workers At least 14 workers have been killed by collapsing scaffolding in Vietnam’s Ha Tinh province, state media report. About 30 other injured people were taken...
  • Adidas replaces chief of TaylorMade golf unit

    LONDON/BERLIN (Reuters) – German sporting goods maker Adidas named David Abeles to lead its struggling TaylorMade golf unit, it said on Thursday, replacing Ben Sharpe, who is leaving for personal reasons. Abeles returned to TaylorMade...
  • US soldier ‘plotted to support IS’

    US soldier ‘plotted to support IS’

    The Islamic State took over large areas of Syria and Iraq in 2014 A US soldier and his cousin have been arrested and charged with conspiring to support the Islamic State, the Department of Justice...
  • ‘Deliberate crash’ a huge blow to Lufthansa

    ‘Deliberate crash’ a huge blow to Lufthansa

    Lufthansa has been rocked by news that its Germanwings flight 9525 was brought down deliberately by the plane’s co-pilot. French prosecutors said Thursday that the co-pilot locked the captain out of the cockpit before crashing...
  • WTA leader sees more growth via TV, fan input

    (Reuters) – With gender equality achieved and a host of new sponsors brought in, WTA chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster has set her sights on further growth of the tour via a landmark television deal...

Headline News

  • FBI expert tells jury: Bombs used in 2013 Boston Marathon attacks ‘not too difficult’ to build


    This undated forensics photograph made by the FBI, released by the U.S. Attorney’s office and presented as evidence during the federal death penalty trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Boston, shows Massachusetts driver’s licenses of his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring with Tamerlan Tsarnaev to place two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line that killed three and injured more than 260 spectators in April 2013. Tamerlan died days after the bombing when he was wounded during a gun battle with police and run over by Dzhokhar as he escaped. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney’s Office) (The Associated Press) A white cap presented as evidence during the federal death penalty trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is displayed at Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in the federal courthouse where Tsarnaev is being tried in Boston. Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line that …

    March 26, 2015 1:26 pm
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Politics

  • Indiana governor signs religious freedom bill that could affect gays


    (Reuters) – Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Thursday signed into law a religious freedom bill that could allow businesses and individuals to deny services to gays on religious grounds. Supporters of the bill, which was passed overwhelmingly by both chambers of the Republican-controlled state legislature, say it will keep the government from forcing business owners to act in ways contrary to strongly held religious beliefs. Opponents say it is discriminatory. “The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action,” said Pence, in a statement after signing the bill. Legal experts say the Religious Freedom Restoration Act sets a standard that will allow people of all faiths to bring religious freedom claims. Gay rights groups worry it will be used by businesses that do not want to provide services for …

    March 26, 2015 10:26 am
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Stocks

  • ‘Deliberate crash’ a huge blow to Lufthansa


    Lufthansa has been rocked by news that its Germanwings flight 9525 was brought down deliberately by the plane’s co-pilot. French prosecutors said Thursday that the co-pilot locked the captain out of the cockpit before crashing the Airbus A320 into the French Alps Tuesday, killing all 150 people on board. “We at Lufthansa are speechless that this aircraft has been deliberately crashed by the co-pilot,” Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr told reporters. Germanwings is Lufthansa’s (DLAKF) low-cost subsidiary. The revelations about the likely cause of the disaster will deal a huge blow to Lufthansa’s reputation as one of the world’s safest and most reliable carriers. It was ranked among the world’s top 10 safest airlines by Aviation website AirlineRatings.com in January. Before Tuesday’s crash it was also rated Europe’s second safest major airline after Dutch rival KLM. Shares in Lufthansa dropped 3% Thursday, extending their losses since the crash to about 8%. The co-pilot — 28-year-old German …

    March 26, 2015 12:46 pm
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Sports

  • Adidas replaces chief of TaylorMade golf unit


    LONDON/BERLIN (Reuters) – German sporting goods maker Adidas named David Abeles to lead its struggling TaylorMade golf unit, it said on Thursday, replacing Ben Sharpe, who is leaving for personal reasons. Abeles returned to TaylorMade in February after leaving in 2013 to run Competitor Group, a U.S. operator of marathons and half-marathons. He was at TaylorMade for 12 years before. TaylorMade, one of Adidas’s core business units, has been struggling with falling sales due to the declining popularity of golf. Adidas is also trying to improve its performance in North America, the world’s top sportswear market, where it has fallen further behind its arch rival Nike. (Reporting by Martinne Geller in London and Emma Thomasson in Berlin; Editing by David Holmes)

    March 26, 2015 1:26 pm
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World News

  • Deadly Vietnam scaffold collapse


    Rescue teams are looking through the rubble for trapped workers At least 14 workers have been killed by collapsing scaffolding in Vietnam’s Ha Tinh province, state media report. About 30 other injured people were taken to hospital after the accident on a building site in the Vung Ang economic zone late on Wednesday. Rescue workers have been searching the rubble for bodies and in case people were trapped. The workers, all Vietnamese, were reportedly working on a port seawall project at an industrial complex. The complex is owned by Taiwanese group Formosa Plastics and the workers had been subcontracted by a branch of South Korea’s Samsung group, reports said. One worker said he jumped free from the falling scaffolding More than two dozen injured construction workers were taken to hospital One injured man said the scaffolding had started shaking an hour after they began work, and that many people had panicked and tried to escape. …

    March 26, 2015 1:47 pm
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Technology

  • Google did not lobby us into submission, US trade watchdog says


    America’s top trade watchdog has rejected accusations it took no legal action to curb Google’s dominance in search because of intensive lobbying by the software giant. Google staff donations made the firm the second-largest corporate backer in Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. The Wall Street Journal this week revealed that Google employees had lobbied the White House 230 times since Obama first took office, in 2009, and that the search company employs 20 separate lobbying agencies. The chairwoman of America’s Federal Trade Commission, Edith Ramirez, issued a statement on Wednesday night rejecting accusations in the Journal that the regulator had ignored the advice of its own staff in deciding to close its Google investigation. “Contrary to recent press reports, the Commission’s decision on the search allegations was in accord with the recommendations of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, Bureau of Economics, and Office of General Counsel,” Ramirez wrote. The statement was signed by two other …

    March 26, 2015 2:07 pm
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Science

  • NASA Chooses a Boulder as the Next Destination for its Astronauts


    In the 2020s, NASA’s human spaceflight program will revolve around sending astronauts to high lunar orbit to study a small boulder robotically plucked from the surface of a large asteroid, agency officials announced yesterday. The announcement is a crucial milestone for the agency’s nascent Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), which is intended to set the stage for future missions sending humans to Mars and other deep-space destinations.   NASA’s decision comes after months of delays as two separate teams investigated how to best achieve ARM’s objectives. The original ARM proposal, dubbed Option A, called for a “grab and bag” approach, in which a robotic space tug captures a small asteroid whole and wraps it in a protective sheath before guiding it into a stable lunar orbit. Though the boulder-snatching concept, Option B, is projected to cost $100 million more than Option A, it won out because it offers more operational flexibility, said NASA associate administrator Robert …

    March 26, 2015 10:26 am
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Health

  • U.S. Deaths Due to High Blood Pressure Keep Rising: CDC


    THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The overall death rate from high blood pressure in the United States has increased 23 percent since 2000, even as the death rate from all other causes has dropped 21 percent, health officials reported Thursday. That spike was seen in both genders and was most marked among those aged 45 to 64 and those over 85, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The age-adjusted deaths from high blood pressure went up, while the other causes of death went down,” said report author Hsiang-Ching Kung, a statistician with CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. From 2000 through 2013, the death rate from high blood pressure rose just over 58 percent for men aged 45 to 64 and increased almost 37 percent for women aged 45 to 64. Those aged 85 and older were also not spared, with men seeing a 27.5 …

    March 26, 2015 10:26 am
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian Goes Back To Brunette Ahead Of Trip To Armenia


    Posted on Thu Mar 26th, 2015 10:45am PDT       By X17 Staff Presto change-o! Kim Kardashian gave us quite the shock when she stepped out to take daughter Nori to dance class this morning in L.A. with freshly dyed brunette tresses, and we hate to say it, but we’re already missing platinum blonde Kimmy K! The reality star recently spoke about wanting to go back to her roots before taking a trip to her homeland, but we didn’t expect it to happen overnight! “I don’t know, I kind of feel like when I go to Armenia I should have dark hair. I don’t know,” she revealed to E!News when asked how long she planned on keeping her lighter locks. The news outlet confirmed with sources that the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star is embarking on that trip sometime this month, but it looks like it’s going to be sooner rather than later! Another shocker? She’s finally …

    March 26, 2015 12:46 pm
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Editorial

  • Amendment by consent: Our government counts on public indifference to its spying and lying


    Here is a short pop quiz. When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress earlier this month about the parameters of the secret negotiations between the United States and Iran over nuclear weapons and economic sanctions, how did he know what the negotiators were considering?Israel is not a party to those negotiations, yet the prime minister presented them in detail. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT When Hillary Clinton learned that a committee of the U.S. House of Representatives had subpoenaed her emails as secretary of state and she promptly destroyed half of them — about 33,000 — how did she know she could get away with it? Destruction of evidence, particularly government records, constitutes the crime of obstruction of justice. If you knew the feds were virtually present in your bedroom or your automobile, and your representatives in Congress did nothing about it, would you buy the nonsense that you should have nothing to hide? When Gen. Michael …

    March 26, 2015 10:26 am
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Odd News

  • Heave, ho: Elephants rescue 18-wheeler stranded on Louisiana road


    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – When an 18-wheeler truck became stranded by the side of a Louisiana road, two elephants inside came to the rescue. Sheriff’s deputies in Natchitoches Parish on Tuesday morning received a call about a stuck truck. Upon arriving on the scene, they saw two elephants preventing the vehicle from overturning. The truck’s driver, also an elephant trainer, walked the elephants out of the cargo compartment and directed them to help prop up the vehicle, sheriff’s Captain Tony Moran said in an interview. “It’s creative,” said Moran, who said the responding deputies were “just astonished to see it.” Leaning side-by-side, the elephants pushed with their weight against the truck, the sheriff’s photos showed. The truck was carrying three elephants from Florida. After a stop in New Orleans, they were on their way to a circus near Dallas. The truck had pulled over on an interstate shoulder near Powhatan, Louisiana, about an hour south …

    March 25, 2015 10:21 pm
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