Headline News

  • BBC Pop Up: Behind the scenes in Tacoma


    6 March 2015 Last updated at 02:05 Continue reading the main story Welcome to BBC Pop Up. The BBC’s first mobile bureau is spending a month in each of six very different parts of the US. We want Americans to tell us what local stories we should share with a global audience. We’ve created a behind-the-scenes blog so we can tell you not only what we’re up to, but also explain why and how we’re doing it. Please use the comments section on this page or contact us on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr. This month the Pop Up team is in Tacoma, Washington. Lindsay Patross is documenting their adventures for this blog. Glassblowers versus skaters 5 March, 2015 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. An ancient art form for today’s problems Tacoma is a gritty industrial port city and one notorious neighbourhood in particular has a long history of being blighted by …

    March 6, 2015 4:26 am
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Politics

  • Wisconsin Assembly slogs through debate on right-to-work bill; unions cry foul


    MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) – Wisconsin lawmakers on Thursday debated through the night on a measure supported by Republican Governor Scott Walker that would prohibit private-sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues when working under union contracts. Walker, a presidential hopeful, is expected to sign the right-to-work bill on Monday if it gets to his desk after what could be a 24-hour session in the state Assembly. Security cleared the Assembly gallery when protesters there shouted “right to work is wrong for Wisconsin,” bringing a temporary halt to the session on Thursday afternoon. Dozens of demonstrators who tried to get onto the Assembly floor were blocked by capitol security officers. Two people were arrested on Thursday, police said. The state Senate approved the bill last week, and the Assembly, where Republicans hold a 63-36 majority, is expected to follow suit to make Wisconsin the 25th state to enact a right-to-work law. …

    March 6, 2015 2:45 am
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Stocks

  • How to get your selfie on a billboard in 45 cities


    What your selfie could look like on a billboard. Want millions of people to like that bathroom selfie? Put it on a billboard. Creative Chatter Communities, a nonprofit that connects charities with donors, has partnered with outdoor advertising company Lamar (LAMR) on a new project that lets you do just that — well, after your photo has been screened first. By donating $25 to the Ultimate Selfie Campaign, you can upload a picture and message to the creativechatter.com site. Approved photos and text will be displayed on digital billboards across the country in more than 45 major cities, including Phoenix, Dallas, St. Louis, Chicago, and Washington. Messages will be shown in rotation with other ads for a week. An average of 11 million people would see your picture, according to Creative Chatter. The nonprofit also publishes the pictures on its Facebook (FB, Tech30) page, meaning even more eyeballs. Submissions that express gratitude, love, and birthday …

    March 6, 2015 3:04 am
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Sports

  • Park stays bogey-free for share of Singapore lead


    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Park In-bee curled in a three-meter birdie putt on the final hole to maintain a share of the lead at the halfway stage of the HSBC Women’s Champions, the Korean going bogey-free for the second straight day to reach nine-under for the tournament. The world number two and overnight leader overcame a frustrating day with the putter by picking up three birdies over the final five holes to card a three-under 69 and join big-hitting Spaniard Carlota Cigna at the top of the leader board. Cigna made the most of her prodigious length off the tee to offset two bogeys with eight birdies for a best-of-the-day six-under 66, two strokes clear of fellow Spaniard Azahara Munoz, who is alone in third place on seven-under. World number one Lydia Koo remains on course for a hat-trick of wins following recent triumphs in Australia and her native New Zealand, the 17-year-old carding a two-under …

    March 6, 2015 4:26 am
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World News

  • Outcry as IS wrecks Assyrian site


    6 March 2015 Last updated at 10:04 IS says ancient shrines and statues are “false idols” Archaeologists and officials have expressed outrage about the bulldozing of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud by Islamic State militants in Iraq. On Thursday IS – which controls swathes of Iraq and Syria – began demolishing the site, which was founded in the 13th Century BC, Iraqi officials said. The Iraq director for the UN cultural agency Unesco called it “another appalling attack on Iraq’s heritage”. IS says ancient shrines and statues are “false idols” that have to be smashed. “They are erasing our history,” Iraqi archaeologist Lamia al-Gailani said. Nimrud lies just south-east of Mosul, where militants attacked artefacts with sledgehammers last week Remarkable bas-reliefs, ivories and sculptures have been discovered in Nimrud, where the first modern excavations began in the 1840s Some Nimrud artefacts have been moved – such as these winged bull statues, now housed in …

    March 6, 2015 4:26 am
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Technology

  • Trendspotting: what we learned from Game Developers Conference 2015


    VALVE ENTERS THE VR BATTLEGROUND Valve, the developer behind Half-Life and the owners of the PC download service Steam, has teamed up with HTC to create a virtual reality headset, Vive. The headset will rival Facebook’s Oculus Rift and is out this year. … AND WANTS TO TAKE ON PS4 AND XBOX ONE, TOO Valve also detailed its plans to take on Xbox and PlayStation in the living room. The firm’s long-in-gestation Steam Machines will launch in November and be more affordable and powerful. The Steam controller – designed as an alternative to the mouse and keyboard – will debut alongside them at a cost of £33-£40. A volunteer trials Sony’s Project Morpheus headset. Photograph: Jeff Chiu/AP PLAYSTATION TO RELEASE PROJECT MORPHEUS NEXT YEAR Virtual reality headsets dominated GDC, but one of the sleekest and most impressive devices was Sony’s Project Morpheus, which is nearly complete and launches in the first half of 2016. Sony …

    March 6, 2015 2:24 am
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Science

  • Phthalates potentially alter levels of a pregnancy hormone that influences sex development


    Related images(click to enlarge) Exposure to hormone-altering chemicals called phthalates — which are found in many plastics, foods and personal care products — early in pregnancy is associated with a disruption in an essential pregnancy hormone and adversely affects the masculinization of male genitals in the baby, according to research led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. The findings, presented today at the Endocrine Society’s 97th annual meeting in San Diego and funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, focus on the role of the placenta in responding to these chemicals and altering levels of a key pregnancy hormone. These results suggest that there may be reason to push routine clinical testing earlier in pregnancy to check for the effects of chemicals and help guide potential interventions to protect the health of the baby. “Phthalates are pervasive,” said Jennifer Adibi, M.P.H., Sc.D., assistant professor of epidemiology at Pitt Public …

    March 6, 2015 2:45 am
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Health

  • What kills more women than AIDS and breast cancer? Dirty wate


    NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Diseases spread through dirty water and poor sanitation are the fifth biggest killer of women worldwide, causing more deaths than AIDS, diabetes or breast cancer, researchers say. Nearly 800,000 women die every year because they lack access to safe toilets and clean water, said the development organization WaterAid, which analyzed data from the Seattle-based Institute of Health Metrics research center. “This completely unacceptable situation affects women and girls’ education, their health, their dignity and ultimately, in too many cases, results in an early and needless death,” WaterAid CEO Barbara Frost said in a statement. The only conditions more fatal for women than the lack of decent sanitation are heart disease, stroke, lower respiratory infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to the report. More than 1 billion women, or one in three women around the world, do not have access to a safe, private toilet, while 370 million – …

    March 6, 2015 2:45 am
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Entertainment

  • 7 Thoughts everyone had while looking at Kim Kardashian’s new blond hair


    1. Stop trying to be Beyoncé Girl, we know. Yoncé is the queen of everything. Even Kate Middleton, the most perfect person on the face of the earth, was dying to be photographed with her while visiting New York. So first you married a big hip-hop star just like Beyoncé did and then you had an adorable baby with an unusual name like she did and now you’re trying to jack her hairstyle? Image: WENN 2. Did you and Jared Leto plan this? We knew Jared Leto cut his hair and shaved, but then he went and popped up at Paris Fashion Week with platinum locks. Kim Kardashian cut her hair and also popped up at Paris Fashion Week with platinum locks. Coincidence? Is anything in the universe every really coincidence? Ponder that one for a while. 3. Didn’t we see her in The Lord of the Rings? At the very least, she must have …

    March 6, 2015 3:24 am
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Editorial

  • Florida city wages soviet-style crackdown on churches


    A worship service at Common Ground Church in Lake Worth, Fla. (Courtesy Common Ground Church) A government crackdown on churches has Christians in Lake Worth, Fla., wondering if they live in the United States or the former Soviet Union. Churches in Lake Worth, population 36,000,  have been ordered to acquire a business license. As if the church has to get the government’s permission to preach and pray? ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT But wait. It gets worse, folks. City officials were so concerned about one congregation that they dispatched a code enforcement officer cloaked in a hoodie to spy on a Southern Baptist church that was meeting in a coffee house. It’s like the plot of a Cold War spy novel. Folks, it’s like the plot of a Cold War spy novel. “Government employees are public servants and prohibited by the Constitution from inhibiting religious freedom,” said Mat Staver, founder of the religious liberty law firm Liberty Counsel. “That …

    March 6, 2015 3:04 am
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Odd News

  • Florida man drove dead body to attorney’s office: police


    ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) – Florida detectives are investigating the case of a man who drove to his lawyer’s office with a dead body in the bed of his pickup truck, authorities said on Thursday. John Marshall, 52, said he shot his neighbor in self-defense during a scuffle involving a gun, his attorney, Robert Harris, told the Fort Myers News-Press and WINK-TV. The lawyer reported the death of 65-year-old Theodore Hubbell, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, which said it had not made any arrests. The men were neighbors in Bokeelia, a community of about 2,000 people on Pine Island in southwest Florida, according to sheriff’s spokesman Tony Schall. Marshall was taken to the hospital with facial wounds and possibly broken thumbs, according to the News-Press. Harris told the News-Press that Marshall had called him days earlier saying he feared for his safety. It was not clear why the men were fighting, but their dispute …

    March 5, 2015 10:43 pm
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