• Stocks: Hopping after holiday

    Stocks drifted higher in early trading Monday as U.S. investors got back into action after the long holiday weekend. It will be a week full corporate earnings reports, including household brands like Netflix (NFLX) and...
  • ‘Ethnic slaughter’ in South Sudan

    ‘Ethnic slaughter’ in South Sudan

    21 April 2014 Last updated at 13:52 The army was forced out of Bentiu last week Hundreds of people were killed because of their ethnic group after South Sudan rebels seized the oil hub of...
  • Red Bull to throw everything at Mercedes

    (Reuters) – Champions Red Bull believe they can pick up the pace and take the fight to dominant Mercedes now that Formula One is heading back to Europe after the first four ‘flyaway’ races in...
  • Boston marathon honours bomb victims

    Boston marathon honours bomb victims

    21 April 2014 Last updated at 14:12 Competitors paid tribute to the three people killed and 260 injured Competitors at the Boston marathon held a moment of silence ahead of the start of the race...

Headline News

  • Top court declines Exxon’s appeal in water pollution case


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a ruling against Exxon Mobil Corp that ordered the company to pay $105 million in damages for polluting New York City’s groundwater with a toxic gasoline additive. The decision not to hear the case leaves intact a July 2 U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld the judgment. In 2009, a jury concluded that Exxon contaminated water supply wells when the additive, methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), leaked from its underground storage tanks in the borough of Queens. The appeals court rejected Exxon’s arguments that it was required to use the additive under the federal Clean Air Act. An oxygen-containing substance that is added to gasoline to promote more complete combustion and reduce air pollution, MTBE was one of several additives recommended by regulators to reduce emissions. It has now largely been phased out of the U.S. fuel supply because of its danger …

    April 21, 2014 9:19 am
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Politics

  • Obama to Republicans: Obamacare is working. So shut up!


    President Barack Obama speaks next to Vice President Joe Biden. (REUTERS/Larry Downing) President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the U.S. Congress in November. Appearing in the White House briefing room days before leaving the national stage for a week-long trip to Asia, Obama used a news conference to make the case that the Affordable Care Act had mended nicely from its disastrous October rollout. He announced that 8 million people had now signed up for health insurance and that 35 percent of enrollees through the federal marketplace are under the age of 35. For the healthcare law to succeed, young, healthy people must sign up and pay premiums to offset the healthcare costs for older Americans. Obama’s remarks reflected deep concerns at the White House that Republicans may …

    April 21, 2014 2:53 am
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Stocks

  • Stocks: Hopping after holiday


    Stocks drifted higher in early trading Monday as U.S. investors got back into action after the long holiday weekend. It will be a week full corporate earnings reports, including household brands like Netflix (NFLX) and McDonald’s (MCD, Fortune 500). The Dow Jones industrial average, the SP 500 and Nasdaq all gained about 0.1% Trading volume is expected to be light, with many money managers taking the day off. U.S. markets were closed Friday for Good Friday. European markets and some Asian markets are still closed Monday for the Easter holiday. It will be a heavy week for corporate earnings, with 11 Dow companies and 161 of the SP 500 scheduled to release quarterly reports. Analysts expect overall earnings for the SP 500 to have declined the first quarter, but results so far have been better than forecast. Of the 82 companies that have reported earnings as of last week, 66% have topped forecasts, according to …

    April 21, 2014 9:19 am
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Sports

  • Nearly 36,000 runners ready for first Boston Marathon since bomb attack


    BOSTON/HOPKINTON (Reuters) – Nearly 36,000 athletes will run in the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday in the first running of the race since last year’s bombing, with top-ranked Kenyan and Ethiopian runners among the second-largest field in the race’s history. Racers faced new security restrictions at the event, a reaction to the attack that killed three people and injured 264 when, authorities say, two ethnic Chechen brothers dropped homemade explosives in backpacks at the finish line. Thousands of runners gathered at a park in downtown Boston before the race, preparing to board buses that would take them to the race’s start line in Hopkinton, 26.2 miles west of Boston. Track coach Robert Hollis, who had traveled from New Jersey for the race, admitted to some security worries. “There is some nervousness. I wasn’t scared until 15 minutes ago, but when I saw all those cops and the dogs on the Amtrak train, I got a …

    April 21, 2014 9:20 am
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World News

  • Everest Sherpas divided over call to halt climbs after fatal avalanche


    The Nepalese government is considering cancelling all expeditions to the summit of Mount Everest for the rest of the year as rescuers abandoned their search for three Sherpas believed to have been killed along with 13 others in an avalanche on Friday. The avalanche has raised concerns in Nepal about the scale of the climbing business and the dangers to the Sherpa guides. This year, 334 climbers from around the world were given permits, costing $10,000 (£5,958) each, to climb Everest. Filming permits and other fees bring in more money to the government in Kathmandu. If the expeditions are cancelled the government will have to refund the fees. “This is an unprecedented situation,” the tourism ministry spokesman Madhu Sudan Burlakoti told journalists. “We do not know what to do if they want their tax back. We will hold further discussions before deciding anything on this issue.” Sherpas have also been angered by the government offering …

    April 21, 2014 9:20 am
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Technology

  • BBC and Sky experience fault on iOS


    21 April 2014 Last updated at 08:05 By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor Sky’s Now TV app provides access to a range of its TV shows, movies and sport BBC and Sky’s video-on-demand TV services have both experienced problems on iPhones and iPads. The fault appeared to be limited to iPlayer, Sky Go and Now TV on Apple’s iOS platform and began last night. Neither organisation was able to provide a full explanation when asked, but the issues have now been resolved. The director of Now TV had earlier suggested that altering a device’s date setting would act as a temporary workaround. “It’s a Sky-wide issue, so it’s both our app and Sky Go,” Gidon Katz told the BBC. “It appears to be related to a date configuration. So, if you reset your iOS device to yesterday’s date it would work. This could indicate that the issue is linked to an expired digital certificate. However, …

    April 21, 2014 2:32 am
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Science

  • Virtual Doctor Visits Gaining Steam in “Geneticist Deserts”


    In Alaska patients are more likely to find an astronaut than a geneticist. William Oefelein, who piloted the space shuttle Discovery, retired there, but the state of more than 700,000 people does not have a single medical geneticist to call its own.   Instead, patients must wait until one flies in from Oregon around 4000 kilometers away. Six times a year a geneticist or two comes to Alaska and visits a few clinics, seeing about eight patients a day, diagnosing genetic causes for developmental delays such as fragile X syndrome or discussing hereditary cancer risk. If a patient cannot squeeze in for an upcoming visit—and many cannot—or the combination of plane and snow machines (the local name for snowmobiles) fails to get a patient to a clinic in time, then he or she may have to wait another six months for an appointment.   Alaska is not alone. Idaho has no clinical geneticist either. Georgia …

    April 21, 2014 6:36 am
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Health

  • AstraZeneca cancer pipeline seen as draw for Pfizer


    LONDON (Reuters) – Pfizer may come back to bid for British drug company AstraZeneca after its reported 60 billion pound ($101 billion) takeover approach was rejected, since a deal could make sense for the U.S. pharmaceuticals giant as it seeks to build up its cancer franchise. In addition to adding promising – though still risky – experimental medicines known as immunotherapies that boost the body’s immune system to fight tumors, acquiring AstraZeneca could also generate significant cost savings, according to industry analysts. As a result, a deal at around a 25 percent premium to the current share price funded by cash, cheap debt and some stock could boost Pfizer earnings immediately, they believe. Both companies have declined to comment on a report in the Sunday Times, which cited senior investment bankers and industry sources saying that Pfizer approached the British pharmaceuticals group about a deal. The newspaper said no talks were currently under way after …

    April 21, 2014 6:57 am
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Entertainment

  • Gwen Stefani Rocks Denim Jumpsuit To Easter Dinner With Newborn Apollo


    Leave it to Gwen Stefani to look more stylish than ever mere weeks after giving birth. The No Doubt frontwoman showed off her slim frame in a trendy denim jumpsuit. Gwen, her husband Gavin Rossdale and their three sons celebrated Easter in Los Angeles at Gwen’s parents’ house. Although the family isn’t camera shy, they kept their one-month-old son Apollo covered up in his car seat. We can’t think of a recent occasion when we’ve seen Gwen without her perfectly coiffed blonde locks. She also sported her signature sky-high platforms, red lips and red nails. Meanwhile, Kingston and Zuma wore cute khaki shorts, white button-down shirts with bow ties and hiking boots. Of course, the the boys changed out of their Sunday best into athletic wear to play outside after dinner. Gwen seemed to be in high spirits as she’s in talks to replace Christina Aguilera, who’s pregnant with her second child, as a judge …

    April 21, 2014 9:19 am
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Editorial

  • Food freedom faces withering attack this year


    Reuters Earlier this year I warned in a column that food freedom – the right to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, share, cook, eat and drink the foods you want – would be “under attack” in 2014. But even I couldn’t have predicted the crushing regulatory assault that’s hit American consumers and food producers in just the first quarter of this year. In fact, 2014 may go down as the worst year for food freedom since the New Deal era, when Congress, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Supreme Court conspired to strip Americans of many basic food rights. Just how ludicrous was that period? In 1942, the Supreme Court actually upheld a New Deal law that prohibited farmers from using wheat they grew on their own farms to bake bread to feed their own families. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT While we haven’t matched that historic low yet, there are still nine months left in the year. …

    April 21, 2014 6:57 am
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Odd News

  • Teenager survives flight over Pacific in jet wheel well: FBI


    (Reuters) – A teenage boy who ran away from home survived a five-hour flight in the freezing wheel well of a jetliner that reached 38,000 feet as it traveled from California to Hawaii, the FBI said. The 16-year-old, from Santa Clara, California, quickly lost consciousness as temperatures in the compartment sank as low as minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit (62 degrees Celsius below zero), said FBI special agent Tom Simon. About an hour after the plane landed on Sunday morning, the boy regained consciousness and emerged onto the tarmac at the airport in Maui, where he was spotted by ground crew. “It’s just an apparent miracle … There was no appearance of any special gear of any sort,” said Simon. The stowaway told FBI officials that he had run away from home, climbed a fence at the airport in San Jose, California, crossed the tarmac and crawled into the wheel well of Hawaiian Airlines flight 45. …

    April 21, 2014 2:32 am
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