• Federer ousts ailing Djokovic in Monaco semis

    MONTE CARLO (Reuters) – Roger Federer beat an injured Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-2 to set up an all-Swiss Monte Carlo Masters final with Stanislas Wawrinka after the Australian Open champion ousted David Ferrer 6-1 7-6...
  • Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

    Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

    April 18. 2014: A house breaks apart as a slow-moving landslide in Jackson, Wyo. advances downhill.AP JACKSON, Wyo. –  A slow-motion disaster continued unfolding in the Wyoming resort town of Jackson on Saturday, as a...
  • Pakistan TV anchor shot in attack

    Pakistan TV anchor shot in attack

    19 April 2014 Last updated at 16:32 Hamid Mir (C) gave interviews after a previous Taliban attempt on his life in November 2012 Gunmen have shot and wounded one of Pakistan’s best known television presenters...
  • Ohio couple married 70 years die 15 hours apart

    NASHPORT, Ohio –  An Ohio couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart. Helen Felumlee (FEHL’-uhm-lee) of Nashport in central Ohio died April 12....
  • Marina’s Must-Have: A.B. Biagi’s Brigadeiro Gelato

    Marina’s Must-Have: A.B. Biagi’s Brigadeiro Gelato

    ——- For the non-Brazilians reading this, brigadeiro is a Brazilian candy. It has a similar taste to dulce de leche from Argentina, but it’s made with chocolate, so it’s supersweet and superrich. Antonio Barros Biagi,...
  • Spring Cleaning Safety Tips

    Spring Cleaning Safety Tips

    SATURDAY, April 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — While doing their spring cleaning, families will use a wide range of products that can cause accidental poisonings, an expert says. But taking appropriate precautions will reduce the...

Headline News

  • Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town


    April 18. 2014: A house breaks apart as a slow-moving landslide in Jackson, Wyo. advances downhill.AP JACKSON, Wyo. –  A slow-motion disaster continued unfolding in the Wyoming resort town of Jackson on Saturday, as a creeping landslide that split a hillside home threatened to swallow up more houses and businesses. The ground beneath the 100-foot hillside had been slowly giving way for almost two weeks before the downward movement accelerated in recent days. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT With rocks and dirt tumbling down, officials suspended efforts to shore up the slope and said they were uncertain what else could be done.  ”When is it going to go? How long is it going to last? These are the questions we just can’t answer and they’re what everyone wants to know,” town spokeswoman Charlotte Reynolds said. Authorities said there could be a variety of causes for the slide, including prior construction at the site, warmer weather and a wet …

    April 19, 2014 12:17 pm
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Politics

  • XL pipeline review delay will not delay politics


    About 500 miles worth of coated steel pipe manufactured by Welspun Pipes, Inc., originally for the Keystone oil pipeline, stored in Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File) Democrats sweating this year’s elections may be hoping that the Obama administration’s latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms. Fat chance. An indefinite extension of the government’s review of the contentious oil pipeline, announced late Friday by the State Department, almost certainly pushes a final decision past the November elections, keeping the project in a politically expedient holding pattern. But it is doing little to quell posturing over the project, which has taken on a life of its own as climate change activists battle with energy advocates from both parties. Republicans jumped at the chance to paint Democrats as powerless to rein in their own party’s president. Keystone opponents were split, with some praising the …

    April 19, 2014 10:16 am
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Stocks

  • China’s spending crackdown hits drinks giants


    Remy Cointreau said the Chinese government’s “anti-extravagance policy” is hurting sales of premium spirits. China’s crackdown on extravagant spending by officials is creating a headache for some of the world’s biggest drinks companies. Diageo (DEO) and Remy Cointreau — the companies behind brands such as Smirnoff vodka and Cointreau liqueur — said Thursday that China sales were down sharply over the first three months of the year. Since taking office a year ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered an end to excessive spending by officials on everything from luxury hotels to lavish funerals, and made tackling corruption a priority. Luxury auto makers, catering firms and pharmaceuticals groups have already felt the pinch, and the push for moderation is now affecting sales of drinks — in particular premium spirits. Related: Five global liquors about to go big Sales of specialty cognac Remy Martin fell by more than 20% in the first three months of 2014. …

    April 19, 2014 12:31 am
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Sports

  • Federer ousts ailing Djokovic in Monaco semis


    MONTE CARLO (Reuters) – Roger Federer beat an injured Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-2 to set up an all-Swiss Monte Carlo Masters final with Stanislas Wawrinka after the Australian Open champion ousted David Ferrer 6-1 7-6 (3) on Saturday. Holder Djokovic resisted for one set before pain in his right wrist was just too much to bear for the second-seeded Serb who bowed out on the first match point after one hour 14 minutes. “It’s unfortunate that when you’re playing at this level against Roger, big tournament, that you are not able to play your game because something else is taking away all your energy,” said Djokovic. “This injury that has been present for last 10 days, and I tried not to think or talk about it, I did everything I could really, I was on the medications every day, I was doing different therapies, injections.” Djokovic could not specify the exact nature of the injury. …

    April 19, 2014 12:17 pm
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World News

  • Iran state TV says dispute over Arak nuclear plant ‘virtually resolved’


    Iran will redesign its Arak heavy water reactor to greatly limit the amount of plutonium it can make, the country’s vice-president said on Saturday, marking a major concession from the Islamic Republic in negotiations with world powers over its contested nuclear programme. The comments by Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi comes as the talks face an informal 20 July deadline to hammer out a final deal to limit Iran’s ability to build nuclear arms in exchange for ending the crippling economic sanctions it faces. Iran also said on Saturday that a plane which landed in Tehran airport flying the American flag was leased to Ghana’s presidential office and carrying a business delegation from the West African nation. Iranian state television quoted Salehi, who heads the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, as saying that Iran has proposed to redesign Arak to produce one-fifth of the plutonium initially planned for it. He said that will eliminate concerns …

    April 19, 2014 12:17 pm
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Technology

  • SF: Airbnb, Craigslist rentals need to ‘play by the rules’ (Q&A)


    Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky on stage at the Airbnb headquarters in San Francisco. Donna Tam/CNET San Francisco officials are bringing down the hammer on short-term rental services like Airbnb and Craigslist by introducing legislation this week that holds organizations accountable, and forces residents to apply for the right to rent out their homes. The proposed law will require residents to sign up for a new registry identifying them as people who are using their homes for limited short-term rental. It will also set terms for the length of stay and address safety concerns. In order to qualify, you must be a permanent San Francisco resident who lives in the residence for at least three quarters of the year. “If you have a second home or you’re trying to turn a vacation home into a year-round Airbnb rental, that’s not what we’re going to allow,” San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu said Monday after announcing the new …

    April 19, 2014 9:56 am
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Science

  • ‘Exotic’ material is like a switch when super thin


    Researchers from Cornell University and Brookhaven National Laboratory have shown how to switch a particular transition metal oxide, a lanthanum nickelate (LaNiO3), from a metal to an insulator by making the material less than a nanometer thick. Ever-shrinking electronic devices could get down to atomic dimensions with the help of transition metal oxides, a class of materials that seems to have it all: superconductivity, magnetoresistance and other exotic properties. These possibilities have scientists excited to understand everything about these materials, and to find new ways to control their properties at the most fundamental levels. The team of researchers, which published its findings online April 6 in Nature Nanotechnology (to appear in the journal’s May issue), includes lead researcher Kyle Shen, associate professor of physics; first author Phil King, a recent Kavli postdoctoral fellow at Cornell now on the faculty at the University of St. Andrews; Darrell Schlom, the Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Industrial Chemistry; …

    April 19, 2014 9:56 am
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Health

  • Spring Cleaning Safety Tips


    SATURDAY, April 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — While doing their spring cleaning, families will use a wide range of products that can cause accidental poisonings, an expert says. But taking appropriate precautions will reduce the risk of danger, said Earl Siegel, managing director of the drug and poison information center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio. “It is vital that people arm themselves with basic information on poison prevention in the home, such as keeping chemicals out of the reach of children and carefully reading the labels and dosages on all products,” he said in a hospital news release. Tips for preventing poisonings during spring cleaning are offered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Keep cleaning products in their original bottles or containers. Don’t store them in cups, bottles or jars. Never sniff containers to determine what’s inside. Keep cleaning products locked up and out of sight and reach of …

    April 19, 2014 10:16 am
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Entertainment

  • Heidi Klum Puts Her Shirt Back On And Returns From Tulum, Mexico


    No more topless tanning for her! Heidi Klum headed to Tulum, Mexico with her much younger boy toy Vito Schnabel last week, and the 40-year-old model was photographed without a bikini top on the beach. We’ve seen her boobs before and she’s pranced around in countless skimpy swimsuits, but we were pretty amazed that she had the balls to do that at her age — and after four kids! Heidi posted some vacation snapshots on Instagram and wrote, “Ocean…. sand… sun….. happiness,” and though we initially thought this romance was just a fling, it looks like things are getting pretty serious!

    April 19, 2014 10:37 am
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Editorial

  • Will EPA water grab tip US back into recession?


    AP Quietly last month — in the midst of Ukraine, the search for flight MH 370, David Letterman’s retirement and the final hours of March Madness — Washington witnessed a ruling that will affect all of our lives:  the redefinition of water under the Clean Water Act. The redefinition – formally a Proposed Rule issued by the EPA — is momentous not because water is the essence of life (according to Google, it is), but because of the profound consequences for America’s economic growth, or lack thereof, as a result of the new rule. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT As is so often the case with government powers, large matters turn on small shadings of meaning in phrases written decades ago by legislators long since gone.  Consider the bureaucratic meaning of the term “waters of the United States,” which is the rubric under which the U.S. federal government establishes jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.  For more than …

    April 19, 2014 2:12 am
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Odd News

  • Fly me to Sochi, demands Cathay passenger armed with chocolate bar, court hears


    HONG KONG (Reuters) – A passenger on board a Hong Kong-bound Cathay Pacific flight, armed only with a Toblerone chocolate bar, demanded the plane fly to Sochi so he could watch the Winter Olympics, a court heard. Antti Oskari Manselius, 23, from Finland, also made a false bomb threat on the February 14 flight from Amsterdam and said he was robbing the plane, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday. Manselius pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct and giving false information about a bomb when he appeared in court on Thursday, the Post said. He said he was trying to entertain the other passengers and was making “fun and jokes”. Two flight attendants told the court that they saw Manselius walking towards the cockpit. He had two economy-class blankets wrapped around his head and was wearing another like a cape. He held the Toblerone chocolate bar “like a sword”, the newspaper said, quoting one …

    April 18, 2014 9:42 am
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