• Butler hopes to build on PFL title

    Indianapolis, IN –  Butler University has completed an 11-game football schedule for this year by adding a fifth home game against Taylor University on Sept. 20. Taylor is an NAIA school in Upland, Ind. Butler...
  • Facebook profit triples on mobile growth

    Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg had a quarter worth smiling about. Facebook has figured out mobile. The social networking giant said Wednesday that mobile ads accounted for 59% of its advertising revenue in the first...
  • Ukraine bid to retake eastern town

    Ukraine bid to retake eastern town

    24 April 2014 Last updated at 11:18 Ukrainian commandos outside Sloviansk on Thursday Commandos have moved on the separatist stronghold of Sloviansk in eastern Ukraine days after a new “anti-terrorist” operation was announced. A number...
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    Today’s Toons 4/24/14

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  • Mississippi sets 20-week limit on abortions

    (Reuters) – Mississippi will ban abortions after more than 20 weeks of pregnancy from July, joining other conservative U.S. states that have placed restrictions on the procedure. The U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide in...
  • Korea ferry disaster school reopens

    Korea ferry disaster school reopens

    24 April 2014 Last updated at 09:46 Some classrooms at Danwon high school have been converted into a medical centre The South Korean school devastated by the loss of many of its students in a...

Headline News

  • Starwood 1Q tops Wall Street expectations as economic recovery provides a big tail wind


    FILE – A Tuesday, July 17, 2012 file photo, shows Starwood Hotels W Hollywood hotel logo in Los Angeles. Starwood Hotels Resorts Worldwide Inc. reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)The Associated Press STAMFORD, Conn. –  Starwood’s first-quarter net income declined 36 percent compared with last year when it booked some big asset sales, but it easily beat Wall Street expectations for profit and revenue. The owner of Sheraton and St. Regis hotels earned $137 million, or 72 cents a share. That compares with $213 million, or $1.09 a share, a year ago. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Removing tax benefits and an impairment charge, earnings from continuing operations were 63 cents per share, 7 cents better than analysts had projected. Revenue slipped 5 percent to $1.46 billion, but that still edged out Wall Street’s expectations. Worldwide revenue per available room, a key metric, rose 6.3 percent. North American activity surged on rising …

    April 24, 2014 6:07 am
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Politics

  • Obama reaffirms commitment to Japan on tour of Asia allies


    TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama assured ally Japan on Thursday that Washington was committed to its defense, including of tiny isles at the heart of a row with China, but denied he had drawn any new “red line” and urged peaceful dialogue over the islands. His comments drew a swift response from China, which said the disputed islets were Chinese territory. Obama also urged Japan to take “bold steps” to clinch a two-way trade pact seen as crucial to a broad regional agreement that is a central part of the U.S. leader’s “pivot” of military, diplomatic and economic resources towards Asia and the Pacific. U.S. and Japanese trade negotiators failed to resolve differences in time for Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to shake hands on a deal at the summit. The leaders reported progress, but a Japanese official said later that there were too many issues to resolve by the end of …

    April 24, 2014 3:46 am
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Stocks

  • Facebook profit triples on mobile growth


    Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg had a quarter worth smiling about. Facebook has figured out mobile. The social networking giant said Wednesday that mobile ads accounted for 59% of its advertising revenue in the first three months of the year, up from 30% a year prior. That’s good news for Facebook, because Web users are flocking to mobile devices and leaving their desktops behind. January marked the first time ever that Americans used smartphone and tablet apps more than PCs to access the Internet, according to comScore. Overall, Facebook (FB, Fortune 500) reported $2.5 billion in first-quarter sales, up 72% versus a year ago. The company recorded $642 million in profit, triple what it recorded a year earlier. Both sales and earnings came in ahead of analyst expectations, sending shares up more than 4% in premarket trading Thursday. It’s been a busy year for the company, which bought mobile messaging service WhatsApp for a whopping …

    April 24, 2014 6:06 am
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Sports

  • Butler hopes to build on PFL title


    Indianapolis, IN –  Butler University has completed an 11-game football schedule for this year by adding a fifth home game against Taylor University on Sept. 20. Taylor is an NAIA school in Upland, Ind. Butler earned a share of the Pioneer Football League title last season and became the first team to represent the league in the FCS playoffs. The Bulldogs finished with a 9-4 record. In addition to the game against Taylor, Butler will host PFL opponents Jacksonville (Sept. 27), San Diego (Oct. 18), Morehead State (Nov. 1) and Dayton (Nov. 15) 2014 Butler Football Schedule All Times ET Sept. 6, at Wittenberg, TBA Sept. 13, at Youngstown State, 4 p.m. Sept. 20, Taylor, TBA Sept. 27, Jacksonville*, TBA Oct. 4, at Stetson*, TBA Oct. 11, at Campbell*, TBA Oct. 18, San Diego*, TBA Oct. 25, at Drake*, 2 p.m. Nov. 1, Morehead State*, TBA Nov. 8, at Valparaiso*, 2 p.m. Nov. 15, Dayton*, …

    April 24, 2014 6:07 am
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World News

  • Ukraine bid to retake eastern town


    24 April 2014 Last updated at 11:18 Ukrainian commandos outside Sloviansk on Thursday Commandos have moved on the separatist stronghold of Sloviansk in eastern Ukraine days after a new “anti-terrorist” operation was announced. A number of casualties were reported among the separatists as the commandos, backed by armour, cleared barricades near the town. Separatists are occupying key buildings in at least a dozen eastern towns. It appears that pro-government forces have regained control of the city hall in another eastern town, Mariupol. In another development, the funeral is taking place of a pro-Ukrainian politician, Volodymyr Rybak, who was abducted and killed in Donetsk region. Continue reading the main story At the scene Steve Rosenberg BBC News, Horlivka, Donetsk region The body of Volodymyr Rybak lay in an open coffin in the yard of his house. Friends and relatives of the murdered town councillor stood nearby listening to an Orthodox Christian priest chanting prayers. Mr Rybak …

    April 24, 2014 5:26 am
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Technology

  • Apple’s iPhone ‘lock-out patent could end texting while driving


    A new technology proposed by Apple would seek to address the dangerous and ubiquitous problem of drivers who use their phone behind the wheel, according to experts. A new patent by the technology giant could “change the culture” and help stop driver distraction with an automated system that would disable certain smartphone functions when an iPhone user is driving. One recently published patent describes a “driver handheld computing device lock-out” system that detects when a user is driving using on-board sensors or pulling information from the car when connected, blocking the use of text messaging or using other smartphone functions from the person driving. “As a market leader, Apple could have the power to change the culture behind texting and driving, if it works and is intuitive; that would be a very good step,” said Paul Watters, head of motoring policy for the AA. “What we find in our research is that there’s an addiction …

    April 24, 2014 3:26 am
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Science

  • Princeton release: Not just the poor live hand-to-mouth


    Related images(click to enlarge) When the economy hits the skids, government stimulus checks to the poor sometimes follow. Stimulus programs — such as those in 2001, 2008 and 2009 — are designed to boost the economy quickly by getting cash into the hands of people likely to turn around and spend it. But sending cash to just the very poor may not be the right approach, according to researchers from Princeton University and New York University who analyzed information on the finances of U.S. households from 1989 to 2010. “What we found is that households that have the lowest liquid wealth — where liquid wealth is defined as basically anything other than housing and retirement accounts — tend to spend a large part of their stimulus checks, but many of those households aren’t the poorest in terms of income or net worth,” said Greg Kaplan, an assistant professor of economics at Princeton. “That’s the group …

    April 24, 2014 3:26 am
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Health

  • FDA moves to ban sales of e-cigarettes to minors


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed rules on Thursday that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18, but would not restrict flavored products, online sales or advertising, which public health advocates say attract children. The long-awaited proposal would subject the $2 billion e-cigarette industry to federal regulation for the first time. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said at a briefing that the proposal represented the first “foundational” step towards broader restrictions if scientific evidence shows they are needed to protect public health. Critics of e-cigarette advertising say it risks introducing a new generation of young people to conventional cigarettes when little is known about the long-term health impact of the products. And they lamented the fact that limits were not included in the proposed rule. “It’s very disappointing because they don’t do anything to rein in the wild-west marketing that is targeting kids,” said Stanton Glantz, a professor at …

    April 24, 2014 3:46 am
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Entertainment

  • Billy Bob Thorton: Angelina Jolie And I "Check In On Each Other All The Time"


    We guess Brad Pitt’s cool with it! Billy Bob Thorton recently revealed that he and his ex-wife Angelina Jolie are still a part of each other’s lives, and they talk from time to time to catch up! “She’s amazing, amazing. She’s got so much energy and so much goodness in her, and we check in on each other all the time,” he confessed to relationship site YourTango. “She makes sure I’m doing okay. I make sure she’s doing okay,” he added. The pair were married for two turbulent years before officially divorcing in May 2003. If they are so fond of each other, they why did they split in the first place? “I blew it because I didn’t think I was good enough for her. She has one way she wanted to live her life and I had another way I wanted to live mine and I was just too insecure,” he admitted on Nightline …

    April 24, 2014 4:26 am
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Editorial

  • Facebook, Amazon, our government and your privacy


    Scarlett Johansson left nude photos of herself on her computer. A hacker grabbed them and sent them to gossip websites. A Pennsylvania high school issued laptop computers to students and then remotely activated the laptops’ cameras to watch the students when they were away from school. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT On my computer, a program called Disconnect reveals that my favorite websites spy on me and track what I like to read, what I browse, what I buy. Losing some privacy is a price I’ll pay for progress. Privacy is almost a thing of the past. As I explain on my show this week, I follow the advice of “experts.” I buy anti-virus software (today a virus is more likely to steal your credit card and bank info than harm your computer). I sometimes change passwords. But someone still might steal my data. I’m told I should be upset about this. But I’m not. Already, I voluntarily …

    April 24, 2014 3:46 am
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Odd News

  • California city delays vote on Sriracha sauce factory


    IRWINDALE, California (Reuters) – A Southern California city council put off voting on Wednesday on whether to declare a popular hot sauce maker’s factory a public nuisance, as the two sides sought a settlement over residents’ complaints of tear-inducing fumes. Irwindale Mayor Mark Breceda told dozens of Huy Fong Foods workers wearing “Save Sriracha” shirts, as well as residents and others, that he “loves the chili sauce” but was asking the company for a few unspecified “little things.” “It’s never been this council’s goal to shut this place down,” Breceda said. “No one wants you here more, Huy Fong Foods, than this city council. I’m positive we can resolve the issue.” Irwindale filed a lawsuit against Huy Fong last October saying the smell of peppers being crushed at the plant was causing headaches and irritating the eyes and throats of nearby residents, forcing some to remain indoors. The council on Wednesday decided to push back …

    April 24, 2014 3:26 am
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