• Phelps wins first race in comeback

    PHOENIX (Reuters) – Michael Phelps made an ominous start in his comeback to competitive swimming on Thursday, setting the fastest time in the 100 meters butterfly heats at a USA Swimming Grand Prix meet in...
  • Impeach governor for gay marriage move?

    Impeach governor for gay marriage move?

    24 April 2014 Last updated at 21:58 What in the world? Pieces of global opinion Some Missouri Republicans want Governor Jay Nixon removed from office A review of the best commentary on and around the...
  • US medics killed in Kabul attack

    US medics killed in Kabul attack

    24 April 2014 Last updated at 12:56 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Bilal Sarwary said the attack was a “blow to the confidence of foreign aid workers” Three Americans...
  • Amazon shares rise on strong earnings

    Amazon reported strong quarterly growth after making several big announcements over the past few months. Amazon reported strong quarterly growth Thursday after making several big announcements over the past few months, including the release of...

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  • Impeach governor for gay marriage move?


    24 April 2014 Last updated at 21:58 What in the world? Pieces of global opinion Some Missouri Republicans want Governor Jay Nixon removed from office A review of the best commentary on and around the world… Today’s must-read On Wednesday a group of state legislators in Missouri began debate on a proposal to impeach Democratic Governor Jay Nixon for issuing an executive order allowing same-sex couples to file joint state income tax returns. Although gay marriage is illegal in Missouri, Mr Nixon’s order would recognise legal marriage certificates issued in other states for tax purposes. “This is such a blatant and serious violation of Missouri’s constitution and Missouri law that the governor should be removed from office,” Republican state Representative Nick Marshall told the Missouri House Judiciary Committee. The Kansas City Star’s Yael T Abouhalkah thinks the impeachment push is a “sham”. He calls it “yet another inane waste of time by our taxpayer-supported lawmakers …

    April 24, 2014 4:09 pm
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Politics

  • Judge strikes down NY limits on donations to ‘super PACs’


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday reluctantly struck down New York’s limits on donations to independent political action committees as unconstitutional, potentially ushering in a new era of “super PACs” in state campaigns. District Judge Paul Crotty said the statutes could not survive First Amendment scrutiny in light of recent landmark Supreme Court decisions that have lessened restrictions on big-money political donors. He noted that personally, he disagrees with the high court. “I think there is a risk of quid pro quo corruption, but the Supreme Court has not recognized it,” he said during a hearing in Manhattan federal court. “We know what the Supreme Court has held, whether we like it or not, and I’m bound to follow it.” The New York laws had limited the amount of money individual donors could contribute to independent political committees, known as super PACs, that operate separately from a candidate’s campaign. Under Crotty’s ruling, …

    April 24, 2014 3:49 pm
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Stocks

  • Amazon shares rise on strong earnings


    Amazon reported strong quarterly growth after making several big announcements over the past few months. Amazon reported strong quarterly growth Thursday after making several big announcements over the past few months, including the release of its own media streaming device. The growth wasn’t a surprise, but shares edged 2% higher on the news. The company earned $108 million, or 23 cents per share, meeting the expectations of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters. That’s compared to a profit of $82 million during the same quarter last year. “We get our energy from inventing on behalf of customers, and 2014 is off to a kinetic start,” said CEO Jeff Bezos in a prepared statement. Amazon (AMZN, Fortune 500) unveiled the Fire TV, its own media streaming device, earlier this month. At the cost of $99, it’s a small black box that enables television sets to access Internet programming, including streaming shows from its Amazon Prime subscription service, …

    April 24, 2014 4:09 pm
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Sports

  • Phelps wins first race in comeback


    PHOENIX (Reuters) – Michael Phelps made an ominous start in his comeback to competitive swimming on Thursday, setting the fastest time in the 100 meters butterfly heats at a USA Swimming Grand Prix meet in suburban Phoenix. Racing for the first time since he retired in a blaze of glory after the 2012 London Olympics with a staggering career total of 18 gold medals, a relaxed Phelps cruised to victory in 52.84 seconds. “I actually felt pretty controlled,” Phelps said. “I literally was just so excited to get in and race. “It was fun to get the first race out of the way.” His time was well outside the world record of 49.82 seconds he set at the 2009 world championships but still safely under the qualifying standard for the U.S. national championships in August, which double as the selection event for next year’s world titles in Russia. Although the 28-year-old still holds the world …

    April 24, 2014 4:29 pm
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World News

  • US medics killed in Kabul attack


    24 April 2014 Last updated at 12:56 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Bilal Sarwary said the attack was a “blow to the confidence of foreign aid workers” Three Americans have been shot dead by a policeman at a hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, US officials say. A spokesman for Afghanistan’s interior ministry described those killed as “medical staff”. The hospital, which specialises in children’s and maternal health, is run by Cure, a small US Christian charity. Two others were reported wounded. The attacker, who reportedly shot himself, is in police custody. His motive remains unclear, officials say. Afghanistan suffered a spate of deadly attacks in the run-up to presidential elections on 5 April. The US embassy in Kabul tweeted that it was “with great sadness we confirm that three Americans were killed in the attack on Cure Hospital”. No other information would be released for the moment, it …

    April 24, 2014 4:09 pm
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Technology

Science

  • Small business owners not always worried about being treated fairly, researcher finds


    Fairness is not always the most important priority for small retailers. In an international study, University of Missouri researchers found that some small retailers are less concerned about whether they are treated fairly by business suppliers than other factors, such as cash flow and company survival. Lisa Scheer, the Emma S. Distinguished Professor of Marketing in the MU Trulaske College of Business, notes that what retailers consider to be fair business practices differ greatly across cultures and situations. “It is presumed that fairness, however it is defined by individual businesses, is important to all businesses,” Scheer said. “Our research challenges that presumption and reveals that the importance placed on fairness can vary greatly among retailers.” Scheer says businesses who partner with other businesses might have contrasting ideas about what fairness means, which could challenge business relationships. “Businesses constantly are concerned about the importance of fairness in their relations with customers,” Scheer said. “However, less emphasis …

    April 24, 2014 3:29 pm
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Health

  • Bird flu on California farm prompts HK, others to bar poultry imports


    (Reuters) – An avian-borne virus outbreak on a California quail farm has fueled fears that the disease known as bird flu could spread, prompting investigators to continue their probe and five key export markets to bar imports of poultry from the state. A state diagnostic laboratory confirmed on April 18 that a quail flock in Stanislaus County, California, tested positive for low-pathogenic avian influenza virus. It was later confirmed by a federal laboratory. The virus, which commonly occurs in wild birds, is not considered a human health concern. Yet news of the virus – particularly in a state that is home to two leading container ports heavily used for agricultural exports – has some of the world’s largest U.S. poultry consumers scrambling to protect themselves. On Thursday, Hong Kong’s Centre for Food Safety announced a ban on the import of all poultry and poultry produced from Stanislaus County. Taiwan, too, has blocked chicken imports from …

    April 24, 2014 3:49 pm
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Entertainment

  • Khloe Enlists Mom Kris As Interior Decorator For New Bachelorette Pad


    Mother knows best! On Thursday afternoon, Khloe Kardashian enlisted her all-knowing, all-powerful mom Kris Jenner for some interior decorating help with her new Lamar Odom-free bachelorette pad. If Kris has anything to say about it — this house will be blingin’! The mother/daughter duo caused a stir when they stopped in to high-end tile store, Ann Sacks, in West Hollywood. Wearing an outfit that proclaimed her allegiance to Kanye, Khloe donned a sweatshirt with “Yeezus Is A Gemini” emblazoned on it. She paired the off-duty look with leggings, and red and black trainers. Khloe, who filed for divorce from Lamar Odom last year and is rumored to be dating French Montana, recently moved into Justin Bieber’s former house and is currently updating the 9,214 square-foot mansion that she purchased for $7.2 million. Other than Mama Jenner, the 29-year-old has hired Martyn Lawrence Bullard to redesign the home. Bullard is British interior designer, who appears on …

    April 24, 2014 4:29 pm
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Editorial

  • Student claims college rejected application because of faith


    Reuters Brandon Jenkins was denied entry to a radiation therapy program at the Community College of Baltimore County because of his Christian faith and was advised to not wear his religion on his sleeve, a lawsuit filed in federal court alleges. Now, I have to admit to being a bit skeptical when I first heard about Mr. Jenkins’ plight – seeing how this is the age of tolerance and diversity. But any doubt I had melted away after his attorney showed me the proverbial smoking gun. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT David French, an attorney with the American Center for Law and Justice, has an email written to his client by Adrienne Dougherty, the director of the college’s radiation therapy program. In the email Ms. Dougherty explains why Jenkins was denied entry into the program. She wrote that while his grades were good, there were other students with higher grade point averages. Applicants had to have a 2.5 …

    April 24, 2014 3:49 pm
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Odd News

  • Uruguay to allow pot users to buy up to 20 joints a week


    MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) – Uruguayans will be able buy up to 10 grams of pot a week, enough to roll 20 joints, under new rules governing the recently legalized marijuana trade in the country, a government source said on Thursday. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because President Jose Mujica has not yet decreed the new regulations, said the government will auction up to six licenses to produce cannabis legally. Mujica is expected to sign off on the rules in coming days. He proposed the landmark legalization law to undermine drug trafficking. Uruguay, the first country to legalize the growing and sale of marijuana, is being closely watched by other countries debating drug liberalization. Cannabis consumers will have to register with the government on a confidential list before making purchases from authorized pharmacies, according to the law passed by Congress in December. The pharmacies can only be supplied by private growers authorized by the …

    April 24, 2014 3:29 pm
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