Headline News

  • Lockheed sees shift in focus on infrastructure cyber security


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon’s No. 1 supplier, said it has seen a “sea change” in demand for cyber security services in critical infrastructure areas such as energy, oil and gas, and financial institutions over the past 18 months. Increased media coverage, more sharing of data about cyber attacks, tighter government regulations, and growing concerns about the fiduciary duties of corporate boards and chief executives have stoked that demand over the past 18 months, said Chandra McMahon, vice president of commercial markets for Lockheed’s Information Systems security services. McMahon told Reuters in a telephone interview that Lockheed’s commercial cyber division had doubled its clients over the past year alone, and the company expected to generate double digit growth over the next five years. “This is a marathon. We’re in this for the long term,” she said on Friday. She welcomed the increased engagement of corporate boards and C-suites, but said it was …

    March 2, 2015 6:28 pm
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Politics

  • Exclusive: Obama says Iran must halt key nuclear work for at least a decade


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iran must commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but the odds are still against sealing a final agreement, U.S. President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday. Interviewed at the White House, Obama moved to dial back tensions over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress on Tuesday opposing the Iran deal, saying it was a distraction that would not be “permanently destructive” to U.S. Israeli ties. But he strongly criticized Netanyahu’s stance and stressed there was a “substantial disagreement” between them over how to achieve their shared goal of preventing Israel’s arch foe from acquiring nuclear weapons. Talks between major powers and Iran to restrict Tehran’s nuclear capabilities in exchange for an easing of sanctions have reached a critical stage ahead of an end of March deadline for a framework deal and a June …

    March 2, 2015 6:08 pm
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Stocks

  • 529 plans may soon cover more college expenses


    College students use laptops in class. The rules governing 529 college savings plans may soon become more flexible. Last week, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would expand the benefits offered by the college savings plans to include coverage of expenses like computers and Internet access. The bill came together in the wake of a controversial proposal from the White House to curtail the tax benefits of 529s. That plan got serious blowback from many quarters and it was tabled within a week. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the administration won’t stand in the way of the House bill, which garnered strong bipartisan support. And there’s a fair chance it could pass in the Senate too, since an identical bill was introduced with a bipartisan roster of co-sponsors. Related: Six ways to get free money for college The House bill changes two provisions that will benefit families who use 529s. First, …

    March 2, 2015 6:09 pm
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Sports

  • Nadal reaches semis in Buenos Aires


    Buenos Aires, Argentina (SportsNetwork.com) – Rafael Nadal is a step closer to another clay court title after beating Carlos Berlocq in the semifinals of the Argentina Open on Saturday. The top-seeded Nadal battled to a 7-6 (9-7), 6-2 win over the local favorite Berlocq and will try to win his 46th career clay court title Sunday at Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club. Nadal, who has 64 titles overall, will face another Argentine favorite, past Buenos Aires winner Juan Monaco. Monaco defeated 2011 champion Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4 in two hours and 27 minutes and is chasing his ninth career title. He captured the Buenos Aires crown in 2007. Nadal is 5-1 all-time against Monaco, with the only loss coming at the 2007 ATP Masters tournament in Cincinnati when he retired during the second set because of knee and wrist injuries. Sunday’s winner will collect $91,050. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    March 2, 2015 6:28 pm
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World News

  • Pakistan anti-vaccine parents held


    2 March 2015 Last updated at 22:03 Pakistani police will only release parents once they have sworn that they will vaccinate their children Pakistani authorities have conducted their first-ever mass arrest of parents for refusing to allow their children to be vaccinated against polio. Authorities in Peshawar, in the north-west of the country, detained 471 people and charged them with “endangering public security”. The local government says they will only be freed once they have pledged in writing to vaccinate their children. The Taliban prohibit vaccinations and have attacked health workers. The Pakistani government has declared “war” on the disease. “We have decided to deal with the refusal cases with iron hands. Anyone who refuses will be sent to jail,” said Riaz Khan Mehsud, deputy commissioner of Peshawar. Pakistan accounts for the vast majority of polio cases globally and is one of only three countries where it remains endemic. In 2014, polio cases in the …

    March 2, 2015 6:09 pm
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Technology

  • Gadget Ogling: Scooting Around, Scratching Wood, Knocking on Doors


    Salutations, travelers, and welcome to a new iteration of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that hoists up quality new gadgets for the world to see and condemns those that don’t cut the mustard. Among the items on our sandwich board this week are a suitcase with extra zip, the new Pebble smartwatch, a groovier turntable, and a smartlock with a twist. As ever, the ratings on each item mean nothing — other than to denote how interested I am in using the product — because these are not reviews. Scooting Away Even for someone endlessly in awe of our ability to traverse continents in just a few hours, traveling is increasingly a chore. Anything I can add to trips to make them even a touch more enjoyable is nothing to sniff at. Coolpeds’ briefcase e-scooter (pictured above) — a suitcase with a built-in, motorized scooter — may be just what I need to freshen …

    March 2, 2015 5:47 pm
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Science

  • Desmoplakin’s tail gets the message


    Related images(click to enlarge) Cells control the adhesion protein desmoplakin by modifying the tail end of the protein, and this process goes awry in some patients with arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy, according to a study in The Journal of Cell Biology. Desmoplakin is a key component of the adhesive junctions, known as desmosomes, that link cells together in tissues that undergo severe strain, such as the heart and skin. Its role is to anchor parts of the cytoskeleton to sites of cell-to-cell contact. Kathleen Green and colleagues at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine determined how modifying desmoplakin’s intracellular tail with phosphate and methyl groups affects the protein’s interaction with the cytoskeleton. The enzyme GSK3 added phosphate groups to desmoplakin’s tail, and its loss spurred the protein to shift from desmosomes to the intermediate filaments. Blocking GSK3 slowed desmoplakin’s relocation from the intermediate filaments to the cells’ boundaries during desmosome formation. Methylation of four arginine residues in …

    March 2, 2015 6:08 pm
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Health

  • Exclusive: Guinea says Ebola patients sent home after botched blood tests


    DAKAR (Reuters) – Health officials botched more than 20 Ebola blood tests in January and February which led to the release of at least four positive patients, two of whom later died, Guinea’s anti-Ebola coordinator and other health officials told Reuters. Five health officials and experts familiar with the incidents said the mistakes occurred at two different treatment centers and resulted in as many as 52 botched tests, exposing many others to the virus and revealing weaknesses in Guinea’s response to the crisis. Dr. Sakoba Keita, Guinea’s anti-Ebola coordinator, confirmed the mistake had occurred but gave lower figures. He said in an emailed response to questions that 23 patients were affected, of whom four tested positive when they were retested and two died. “This error was detected and the order was immediately given to withdraw the tubes and to find the sick in order to test them again,” Keita said. Health officials, some of whom …

    March 2, 2015 6:08 pm
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Entertainment

  • Ryan Phillippe Reveals He And Daughter Ava Struggle With Depression


    Posted on Mon Mar 2nd, 2015 2:40pm PDT       By X17 Staff Nothing like outing your child’s mental health status in a public forum! Ryan Phillippe sat down with Elle.com to promote his latest role in ABC’s miniseries Secrets and Lies, and not only did the actor reveal he suffers from depression, but he also divulged that he passed depression down to his and Reese Witherspoon’s daughter Ava. Something tells us he’s going to get an angry phone call from his Oscar winning ex in the near future! “You know, depression has been a huge obstacle for me ever since I was a child. As you get older I think it decreases some, but I’m just innately kind of a sad person. I’m empathetic, and I take on the feelings of others and transpose myself into the position of others. I see it in my daughter [Ava]. She has it, and I wish to hell she didn’t. …

    March 2, 2015 6:28 pm
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Editorial

  • King vs. Burwell: Get ready for ObamaCare’s new winners and losers


    On March 4, the fate of ObamaCare will be argued before the Supreme Court again.  ObamaCare supporters are flooding the media with hardship stories of individuals they claim will lose their insurance and medical care if the court rules against the administration.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Don’t’ be bamboozled. A court defeat for Obama will force the president to finally negotiate with Congress and acquiesce to major changes in his expensive, unworkable health law.  Suddenly the politically impossible – a compromise on ObamaCare – will become politically inevitable.  In the meantime, Republican legislators are already drafting plans to prevent the hardships the administration is ghoulishly predicting.    At stake in King v. Burwell are  subsidies that make their health plans  look “affordable.”    The letter of the law allows consumers to get subsidies only in the 14 states (including New York) that set up their own exchanges, not in all fifty states.  But the Obama administration is ignoring that …

    March 2, 2015 6:28 pm
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Odd News

  • Circus acrobat reported missing in Atlanta has been found


    (Reuters) – An acrobat reported missing in Atlanta by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey circus has been found, a production company said on Friday. Police issued a missing person bulletin on Thursday for Wei Cao, a 25-year-old Chinese citizen who performs a bicycle and juggling act for the circus, after she missed a scheduled performance this week. Feld Entertainment, which produces the circus, said in a statement that Cao had been located and no additional information was available. A spokeswoman for the Atlanta Police Department said the agency had not been notified of the performer’s return. (Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Lisa Lambert)

    February 28, 2015 1:19 am
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