• Warhawks and Ramblers clash in CBI championship series

    Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Game One of the College Basketball Invitation championship series tips off Monday night at Gentile Arena as the ULM Warhawks hit the road to face the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers in the start...
  • ‘Shots fired’ at NSA headquarters

    ‘Shots fired’ at NSA headquarters

    One person is dead and at least two people are injured after a shooting at a gate to the US National Security Agency headquarters, the Associated Press reports. Live aerial footage showed two vehicles –...
  • Alps co-pilot ‘had suicide treatment’

    Alps co-pilot ‘had suicide treatment’

    A route to enable all-terrain vehicles to reach the scene may open by the end of Monday The co-pilot of the crashed Germanwings plane, Andreas Lubitz, had received treatment for suicidal tendencies before getting his...
  • African comedian replaces Jon Stewart

    Noah tweeted this picture of himself with Jon Stewart following his debut on The Daily Show last year South African comedian Trevor Noah is to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, the New York...

Headline News

  • ‘Shots fired’ at NSA headquarters


    One person is dead and at least two people are injured after a shooting at a gate to the US National Security Agency headquarters, the Associated Press reports. Live aerial footage showed two vehicles – one of which was a police vehicle – with damage near the security gate. Around 40,000 people work at the facility inside the campus of Fort Meade, Maryland near Washington DC. Two people were taken to hospital, according to several media reports. NBC4 has a photo of a uniformed man being put into an ambulance. Exactly what happened is not clear, and multiple requests for information sent to the NSA have not yet been returned. Calls to the NSA were answered, but no information was provided. Helicopter footage showed two cars – one a police vehicle and the other a black vehicle with no insignia – in a junction that had been roped off near the security gates. The cars …

    March 30, 2015 10:15 am
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Politics

  • NSA considered scrapping phone tapping before leak


    Home for those who spy on Americans. The National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials say, because some officials believed the costs outweighed the meager counterterrorism benefits. After the leak and the collective surprise around the world, NSA leaders strongly defended the phone records program to Congress and the public, but without disclosing the internal debate. The proposal to kill the program was circulating among top managers but had not yet reached the desk of Gen. Keith Alexander, then the NSA director, according to current and former intelligence officials who would not be quoted because the details are sensitive. Two former senior NSA officials say they doubt Alexander would have approved it. Still, the behind-the-scenes NSA concerns, which have not been reported previously, could be relevant as Congress decides whether to renew …

    March 30, 2015 7:11 am
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Stocks

  • This man bet $100K that there’s a startup bubble


    One man is betting $100,000 that there is — in fact — a tech bubble. But he’s hardly an adamant bubble theorist. Many in the industry have been sounding warning bells about a possible bubble, citing early-stage startups attracting millions in investment at sky-high valuations, despite having little or no revenue. Last week, tech investor Sam Altman challenged bubble believers to put money where their mouths are. Altman, who invests in young tech companies through Y Combinator, said that though there are some unreasonable valuations, he’s hopeful about the future of tech. He made three predictions on where specific tech startups will be in five years’ time and encouraged someone to bet against him. The wager: $100,000 in a charitable donation. Now, Boston-based venture capitalist Michael de la Maza has taken up the challenge. For De la Maza to win, Altman has to be wrong on one of the following statements: These six “unicorns” (companies …

    March 30, 2015 9:33 am
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Sports

  • Warhawks and Ramblers clash in CBI championship series


    Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Game One of the College Basketball Invitation championship series tips off Monday night at Gentile Arena as the ULM Warhawks hit the road to face the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers in the start of the best-of-three series. ULM, making its 10th postseason appearance in program history and first since the 1995-96 campaign, is on a three-game win streak after defeating Eastern Michigan (71-67), Mercer (71-69) and Vermont (71-65) to earn its spot in the CBI championship. The Warhawks are the first Sun Belt Conference team to ever win a game in the CBI. This is Loyola-Chicago’s first appearance in a postseason championship game or series since the Ramblers won the NCAA championship back in 1963. Loyola took down Rider (62-59), Oral Roberts (86-78) and Seattle (63-48) to earn its spot in this game. Game One of the title series will also mark the first clash ever on the hardwood between the Warhawks and …

    March 30, 2015 10:55 am
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World News

  • Alps co-pilot ‘had suicide treatment’


    A route to enable all-terrain vehicles to reach the scene may open by the end of Monday The co-pilot of the crashed Germanwings plane, Andreas Lubitz, had received treatment for suicidal tendencies before getting his pilot licence, investigators say, but not recently. Lubitz, 27, is suspected of deliberately crashing the plane in the Alps, killing all 150 people on board. Officials in Duesseldorf said the investigation to this point had revealed no clue to any motive. So far, DNA strands of 80 of the victims have been found. Duesseldorf public prosecutor Christoph Kumpa said that “several years” before Lubitz became a pilot he “had at that time been in treatment of a psychotherapist because of what is documented as being suicidal”. But he added: “In the following period, and until recently, further doctor’s visits took place, resulting in sick notes without any suicidal tendencies or aggression against others being recorded.” No specific dates were given. …

    March 30, 2015 10:14 am
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Technology

  • The internet of things: convenience at a price


    Chores are boring. Get home from work, let the dog out, put dinner on, start a load of laundry and write a list for your next grocery order. What if rather than doing housework when you get home, you could do it on your commute – or better yet, not at all? That’s the promise of the internet of things: hand your commute over to a smart car, let your pet out via his web-connected dog door, open up an app to pre-heat the oven and start the laundry, and click to approve the shopping list your smart fridge automatically generated. This all sounds like a futuristic life, and parts of it do remain years away, but the foundations are being laid now – and much of the work is being done by British firms. We need to decide now what the IoT will look like, how it will protect our privacy, and just how …

    March 30, 2015 10:55 am
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Science

  • NASA Assures Skeptical Congress That James Webb Telescope Is on Track


    A telescope project that has become notorious for its ballooning cost and repeated delays has lately been operating on schedule and within budget, NASA officials told Congress last week. One of the most ambitious and powerful observatories ever built, the $8.8-billion James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is on track to launch in 2018, said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.   Northrop Grumman, the prime contractor hired to build the telescope, has lately been troubleshooting a problem with the “cryocooler” meant to stop heat from interfering with the telescope’s sensitive infrared camera, which requires frigid temperatures to see such long wavelengths. The issue raised fears in Congress that the observatory would be delayed, or worse—that it might not work, just as its predecessor, the Hubble Space Telescope, failed to operate properly at first and had to be repaired by shuttle astronauts. Unlike Hubble, however, James Webb is not designed to be serviced …

    March 30, 2015 7:11 am
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Health

  • BioDelivery Sciences pain drug fails late: stage study


    (Reuters) – BioDelivery Sciences International Inc said its pain drug failed to meet the main goal of a late-stage study, sending the drugmaker’s shares down nearly 30 percent premarket. The Clonidine topical gel was not effective against a placebo in treating painful diabetic neuropathy, BioDelivery said in a statement on Monday. Diabetic neuropathy, caused by diabetes, most often damages nerves in the legs and feet. “Based on the results of our previously announced positive interim analysis, this outcome was unexpected,” said Andrew Finn, BioDelivery’s executive vice president of product development. The drug, however, showed statistically significant improvement over a placebo to meet certain secondary goals, the company said. BioDelivery’s shares were trading at $9.90 premarket. (Reporting By Samantha Kareen Nair; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty and Savio D’Souza)

    March 30, 2015 7:11 am
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Entertainment

  • Taylor Swift Gives Surprise Performs With Madonna, Wins Big At I Heart Radio Awards


    Posted on Mon Mar 30th, 2015 7:10am PDT       By X17 Staff Getty Images for I Heart Radio Sneaky! According to a press release Taylor Swift was not set to perform at the I Heart Radio awards last night, but she shocked us all when she took the stage and sang with Madonna! And she may have walked away with the Artist of the Year Prize (and two other honors), but we kinda love the fact that she got lost on stage. She may be beautiful and talented, but she’s gets nerves just like the rest of us! Taylor later posted a hilarious Instagram photo of herself and added, “Living proof that you can be the @iHeartRadio Music Awards Artist of the Year and also a super embarrassing person!” When walking up to the stage to accept the award for Best Lyric for “Blank Space,” Taylor had a bit of a fangirl moment when she met Jane …

    March 30, 2015 9:33 am
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Editorial

  • Don’t suspend ISIS Twitter accounts                                               


    This month the State Department boasted that it shut down thousands of Islamic State twitter accounts used to promote propaganda. Outraged over the administration’s failure to wage more real war, Concerned Veterans of America CEO Pete Hegseth mocked the twitter offensive, saying: “Until you can take a hashtag, load it into a magazine, rack it into an M-4, charge it and put it in the forehead of an IS fighter, they can take their hashtags and sit on the sidelines.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Hegseth is right about the need for more real military action. But I’d go a step further and say not only is removing the ISIS Twitter and social media accounts weak and ineffective, it could actually hurt our fight.  This is because we should generally allow ISIS to broadcast its savagery for the world to see, remember and condemn. Of course accounts that pose a real security threat should be blocked but in the …

    March 29, 2015 11:06 pm
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Odd News

  • South Korean gets plastic surgery ahead of robbery spree: police


    SEOUL (Reuters) – Police in South Korea say a man who was jailed for theft a decade ago had plastic surgery to obscure his identity and embark on a nine-month robbery spree beginning last April that netted cash and goods worth more than $479,000. The 35-year-old-man was arrested on March 23 for 87 cases of robbery across the country, a police officer in the city of Incheon said by telephone. The police officer said the suspect, who had been jailed for robbery in 2005, underwent surgery to alter the structure of his jaw and also procedures to stretch his limbs to gain height. The suspect confessed to the robberies but said he had the surgery because he did not like his appearance, the officer said. South Korea is home to more than 4,000 plastic surgery clinics and has the world’s highest rate of cosmetic procedures. The suspect devised his own tools to disable digital locks …

    March 30, 2015 7:10 am
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