• Gunmen die in Taliban Kabul attack

    Four gunmen have been killed after trying to storm a guesthouse in a diplomatic area of the Afghan capital, Kabul, police say. The attack resulted in an overnight gun battle in the Wazir Akbar Khan...
  • Six officials arrested in Zurich over FIFA graft

    ZURICH Six soccer officials were arrested in Zurich on Wednesday and detained pending extradition to the United States over suspected corruption at soccer’s governing body FIFA, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FCOJ) said in...
  • Swiss arrests over Fifa ‘corruption’

    Swiss arrests over Fifa ‘corruption’

    Six football officials have been arrested at a hotel in Zurich, Switzerland, over corruption charges at governing body Fifa, officials say. The suspects, who are said to include a Fifa vice-president, have been detained pending...
  • Charter merging with Time Warner Cable: what now?

    Charter merging with Time Warner Cable: what now?

    Charter Communications is pursuing a three-way deal with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks that will transform it into one of the biggest players in telecommunications. So what now? Here are the outstanding questions...
  • Arrests over Fifa ‘corruption’

    Arrests over Fifa ‘corruption’

    Six football officials have been arrested in Zurich, Switzerland, to face corruption charges in the US, Swiss justice officials say. The suspects – said to include members of football governing body Fifa – were arrested...
  • Arrested FIFA officials face extradition to U.S.: NY Times

    ZURICH Authorities in Zurich on Wednesday launched an operation to arrest several high-ranking FIFA officials on corruption charges and extradite them to the United States, the New York Times reported. The Times, citing anonymous law...
  • Southern US flooding toll rises

    Southern US flooding toll rises

    At least 17 people have been killed and dozens injured in the US states of Oklahoma and Texas following record rainfall over the weekend. At least four deaths have been blamed on the storm in...

Headline News

  • Swiss arrests over Fifa ‘corruption’


    Six football officials have been arrested at a hotel in Zurich, Switzerland, over corruption charges at governing body Fifa, officials say. The suspects, who are said to include a Fifa vice-president, have been detained pending extradition to the US. The charges include money laundering, racketeering and wire fraud. Fifa members are gathering in Zurich for their annual meeting on Friday, where incumbent President Sepp Blatter is seeking a fifth term. However, Mr Blatter is not understood to be one of those arrested. ‘Seeking clarification’ The New York Times says plain-clothed police officers took the room keys from the reception of Baur au Lac hotel, where the officials were staying, and headed to their rooms. It said the operation was carried out peacefully. Fifa Vice-President Jeffrey Webb has been named as one of the officials arrested, says the BBC’s Richard Conway, who is at the Zurich hotel. Mr Webb is head of the confederation for North …

    May 27, 2015 2:03 am
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Politics

  • State Department proposes next Clinton email release on June 30


    WASHINGTON The State Department is proposing to release the second batch of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails on June 30, with additional releases every 60 days, according to court documents released on Tuesday. But Ryan James, a lawyer for the plaintiff who sued for release of the emails under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, said the State Department should release new batches of them every two weeks. A federal judge ordered the State Department to produce a plan by this week to release batches of Clinton’s emails that were kept on her private server while she was secretary of state. Clinton, the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, has come under criticism for using a private email account, hosted on a private server, instead of a government one for messages she sent and received as secretary of state. The first batch of roughly 850 pages of emails was released on Friday …

    May 27, 2015 1:02 am
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Stocks

  • Charter merging with Time Warner Cable: what now?


    Charter Communications is pursuing a three-way deal with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks that will transform it into one of the biggest players in telecommunications. So what now? Here are the outstanding questions and next steps: — Regulators take a close look at the deal The Federal Communications Commission will analyze whether the merger is in the public interest and the Justice Department will assess whether it’s anti-competitive. These twin reviews doomed Comcast’s bid for Time Warner Cable. The conventional wisdom is that the deals announced on Tuesday have a better shot at approval. While there are raised eyebrows from critics of consolidation, there is little outright opposition — at least so far. (An example: on Tuesday Senator Al Franken, the most vocal critic of Comcast, called for a careful review, but nothing more than that.) — John Malone takes a victory lap He’s been called the “king of cable,” and through this …

    May 27, 2015 2:03 am
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Sports

  • Six officials arrested in Zurich over FIFA graft


    ZURICH Six soccer officials were arrested in Zurich on Wednesday and detained pending extradition to the United States over suspected corruption at soccer’s governing body FIFA, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FCOJ) said in a statement. The New York Times said they were high-ranking FIFA officials and were in Switzerland for the FIFA Congress where incumbent Sepp Blatter faces a challenge from Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein in a presidential election on Friday. “The US authorities suspect them of having received bribes totaling in the USD millions,” said the statement. “The arrest warrants were issued further to a request by the US authorities. The US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York is investigating these individuals on suspicion of the acceptance of bribes and kick-backs between the early 1990s and the present day. “The bribery suspects — representatives of sports media and sports promotion firms — are alleged to have been …

    May 27, 2015 2:03 am
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World News

  • Gunmen die in Taliban Kabul attack


    Four gunmen have been killed after trying to storm a guesthouse in a diplomatic area of the Afghan capital, Kabul, police say. The attack resulted in an overnight gun battle in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, home to several embassies and official buildings. The Taliban says it launched the attack. It lasted at least six hours. The assailants were armed with a rocket propelled grenade launcher and other weapons, the interior ministry said. No civilian or military casualties were reported. “Four attackers who had one RPG launcher, three AK-47s and one grenade launcher were killed in Wazir Akbar Khan,” deputy interior minister Mohammad Ayoub Salangi said on Twitter. The four gunmen were killed before reaching their target, Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said. As the battle progressed, police said they had surrounded the attackers Afghanistan’s interior ministry told the BBC that the target was the former Heetal guesthouse, that was attacked by the Taliban …

    May 27, 2015 2:23 am
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Technology

  • A song of sparks and fire: RoboWars takes engineers to battle


    To battle bots go at it in the RoboWars arena. RoboWars It’s a special breed of engineer that wants to destroy their creation, but one event is bringing those diabolical destruction-lovers out of the woodwork to pit machine against machine in a kind of robot Thunderdome. Taking place as part of this year’s Vivid Sydney festival — an annual festival of arts, culture and large-scale light installations that illuminate the Australian city — RoboWars will bring a demolition derby to Australia’s biggest harbour city. The event will set up on the Sydney Harbour waterfront with a battle arena reminiscent of “Mad Max: Fury Road,” as amateur battle-bot builders unleash their machines on each other to crush opponents and be the last hunk of metal standing. Based on the ’90s British TV show “Robot Wars,” Sydney’s event has a few simple rules: build your own robot, weighing in at under 13.6 kilograms (30 pounds), which is …

    May 27, 2015 12:22 am
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Science

  • Do atoms going through a double slit ‘know’ if they are being observed?


    Position problems: Wave or particle behaviour at play? Does a massive quantum particle – such as an atom – in a double-slit experiment behave differently depending on when it is observed? John Wheeler’s famous “delayed choice” Gedankenexperiment asked this question in 1978, and the answer has now been experimentally realized with massive particles for the first time. The result demonstrates that it does not make sense to decide whether a massive particle can be described by its wave or particle behaviour until a measurement has been made. The techniques used could have practical applications for future physics research, and perhaps for information theory. In the famous double-slit experiment, single particles, such as photons, pass one at a time through a screen containing two slits. If either path is monitored, a photon seemingly passes through one slit or the other, and no interference will be seen. Conversely, if neither is checked, a photon will appear to …

    May 27, 2015 12:42 am
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Health

  • California scientists test Ecstasy as anxiety-reducer for gravely ill


    SAN FRANCISCO California scientists are testing whether the illegal psychoactive drug commonly known as Ecstasy could help alleviate anxiety for terminally ill patients, the trial’s principal funder said on Tuesday. At least a dozen subjects with life-threatening diseases like cancer, and who are expected to live at least 9 months, will participate in the double-blind trial over the next year in Santa Cruz, said Brad Burge, spokesman for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, in Santa Cruz. Each subject will be randomly given either a full dose – 125 milligrams of MDMA, or an “active placebo” dose of 30 milligrams, Burge said. Burge said the goal is to test whether gravely ill patients suffering from debilitating anxiety, fear or depression due to their diagnoses can find a measure of peace during the extended ecstasy-influenced psychotherapy sessions. The trial’s principal investigator, Dr. Philip Wolfson, told the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper that the MDMA experience, lasting four or …

    May 27, 2015 1:02 am
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Entertainment

  • The Little Couple‘s Bill Klein has an inspiring message for his kids


    More: TLC’s response to Josh Duggar confession will disappoint fans of the show For Bill Klein, one half of TLC’s The Little Couple, it was a time of overwhelming bullying and struggles with mental illness, the reality star revealed in a candid new interview with HuffPost Live. “In college, I had reached the deepest [pit] of depression and that brought me to the brink,” Klein said. “Since then, things have turned around huge for me. My life has gotten better and better every single year. I’ve had bumps along the road every year to deal with, but that said, I hope I can teach my kids to do better than I did when it comes to dealing with people you can’t control.” Klein, who attended New York University, said his time there was “punctuated by times where I was bullied more than I like to remember.” The star suffers from a rare form of dwarfism …

    May 27, 2015 1:22 am
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Editorial

  • Marine court-martialed for refusing to remove Bible verse


    A United States Marine was convicted at a court-martial for refusing to remove a Bible verse on her computer – a verse of Scripture the military determined “could easily be seen as contrary to good order and discipline.” The plight of Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling seems unbelievable – a member of the Armed Forces criminally prosecuted for displaying a slightly altered passage of Scripture from the Old Testament: “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.” Sterling, who represented herself at trial, was convicted February 1, 2014 in a court-martial at Camp Lejune, North Carolina after she refused to obey orders from a staff sergeant to remove the Bible verses from her desk. She was found guilty of failing to go to her appointed place of duty, disrespect toward a superior commissioned officer, and four specifications of disobeying the lawful order of a noncommissioned officer. As it now stands – Sterling is unemployed and looking for …

    May 26, 2015 9:21 pm
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Odd News

  • Townsend lets cat out of the bag, why hotels are best


    PARIS American player Taylor Townsend, when deciding whether to stay in a cramped Parisian hotel or rent a private apartment during Roland Garros, opted for the former. Past experience helped make up her mind. Recalling last year’s U.S. Open, the 19-year-old described how she was forced to share a toilet with a cat. “You guys are going to laugh at this,” Townsend, beaten 6-3 6-4 by Czech Tereza Smitkova in the first round on Tuesday, told reporters. “Lord have mercy. We were in New York, and the guy walked outside and he greeted us and he had no shoes on. “Then he told us when we were in the elevator ‘I hope you like cats’. We’re like, yeah, cats are fine. He was like ‘but you can’t let down the toilet seat because the cat uses the toilet.’ “After that, I think hotels are safer!” (Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ian Chadband)

    May 27, 2015 12:42 am
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