Headline News

  • Treasure hunter who found sunken ship, gold bars to appear in Florida federal court


    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. –  A treasure hunter locked in a legal battle over one of the greatest undersea hauls in American history was scheduled to appear in federal court Thursday after two years on the run. The U.S. Marshals Service captured former fugitive Tommy Thompson at a Hilton hotel in West Boca Raton on Tuesday. The capture was announced Wednesday by Brian Babtist, a senior inspector in the agency’s office in Columbus, Ohio, where a federal civil arrest warrant was issued for him in 2012 for failing to show up to a key court hearing. A criminal contempt warrant was unsealed Wednesday. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Thompson had been on the lam for two years, accused of cheating investors out of their share of $50 million in gold bars and coins he had recovered from a 19th century shipwreck. Thompson made history in 1988 when he found the sunken S.S. Central America, also known as the …

    January 29, 2015 5:43 am
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Politics

  • Pelosi says Netanyahu speech to Congress could hurt Iran talks


    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled speech to the U.S. Congress in March could damage the Obama administration’s attempts to broker a deal with Iran on nuclear weapons development, the senior U.S. House of Representatives Democrat said on Wednesday. “Such a presentation could send the wrong message in terms of giving diplomacy a chance,” said Representative Nancy Pelosi during a news conference on the sidelines of an annual retreat for Democratic lawmakers. But Pelosi stopped short of saying that the invitation to Netanyahu should be withdrawn by House Speaker John Boehner. Earlier this month Boehner invited Netanyahu to speak to a joint session of the House and Senate and the speech is scheduled for March 3, just two weeks before the Israeli leader stands for re-election on March 17. Boehner, who did not consult with the White House before extending the invitation, has defended his surprise invitation. A spokesman for Pelosi said …

    January 29, 2015 6:03 am
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Stocks

  • Zuckerberg has his Tim Cook moment


      Mark Zuckerberg just had his Tim Cook moment. On a conference call with Wall Street analysts on Wednesday, Zuckerberg shot back against a question related to Facebook’s efforts in poor, unconnected countries. The analyst asked why Internet.org and other Facebook initiatives to connect African countries should matter to investors. “It matters to the kind of investors we want to have,” Zuckerberg said. The Facebook (FB, Tech30) CEO’s comments are similar to remarks made by Apple (AAPL, Tech30) CEO Tim Cook at Apple’s shareholder meeting in May 2014. After the National Center for Public Policy Research urged Apple to stop wasting money on green technology, Cook told them to find another company to invest in. “If you want me to do things only for ROI reasons, you should get out of this stock, Cook said. Related: Facebook is growing — so are its costs Zuckerberg echoed that sentiment Wednesday. “If we were only focused on …

    January 29, 2015 4:19 am
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Sports

  • Eastern Washington to face difficult schedule


    Cheney, WA (SportsNetwork.com) – Many people at Eastern Washington are waiting to see if star quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. will be returning for his senior season. The Eagles appear to need him to navigate their difficult 2015 schedule. As Eastern Washington seeks to win a fourth straight Big Sky Conference title, it will face an 11-game schedule that includes eight opponents which finished the 2014 season with winning records. Five of their first seven games will be on the road. Coach Beau Baldwin’s squad will kick off the season on Sept. 5 at Oregon, which reached the inaugural College Football Playoff championship game earlier this month. Adams will be visiting Oregon’s campus this weekend while he considers a transfer there for his senior season. Other highlights on Eastern Washington’s schedule are non-conference games at Northern Iowa on Sept. 12 and at home against Montana State on Sept. 19. Within the Big Sky schedule, the Eagles …

    January 29, 2015 5:43 am
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World News

  • Malaysia declares MH370 an accident


    29 January 2015 Last updated at 11:19 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Azharuddin Abdul Rahman: “We have reviewed all available data” The Malaysian government has officially declared the disappearance of Malaysian Airline flight MH370 an accident and has said that there were no survivors. No trace of the Beijing-bound aircraft has been found since it disappeared on 8 March 2014. Officials said that the recovery operation is ongoing but that the 239 people onboard are now presumed dead. The plane’s whereabouts are still unknown despite a massive international search in the southern Indian Ocean. The declaration on Thursday should allow compensation payments to relatives of the victims. Malaysian officials added that the recovery of the missing aircraft remained a priority and that they have pursued “every credible lead”. Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Director-General Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said that it was “with the heaviest heart and deepest sorrow that we officially …

    January 29, 2015 5:43 am
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Technology

  • Seven things we learned from Facebook’s latest financial results


    Remember the days when Facebook was criticised for failing to make enough money from mobile advertising? The social network’s latest financial results emphasised how far in the past those days are. Here’s what we learned from the results, and the ensuing earnings call with financial analysts. 1. No Facebook-flight just yet No mass exodus shown in the numbers, even if growth is slowing. Photograph: Alamy Despite regular predictions that Facebook is about to peak and (possibly) head into a Myspace-like decline, it continues to grow. “Time spent per person per day across our services [grew] this quarter by more 10% compared to last year,” said Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg. “And that doesn’t even include WhatsApp, which joined us late last year.” Last quarter, Facebook had 1.39 billion monthly active users and 890 million daily active users – up 13% and 18% respectively compared to a year ago, even if its quarterly increases are smaller …

    January 29, 2015 6:03 am
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Science

  • Erratic as normal: Arctic sea ice loss expected to be bumpy in the short term


    Related images(click to enlarge) Arctic sea ice extent plunged precipitously from 2001 to 2007, then barely budged between 2007 and 2013. Even in a warming world, researchers should expect such unusual periods of no change — and rapid change — at the world’s northern reaches, according to a new paper. “Human-caused global warming is melting Arctic sea ice over the long term, but the Arctic is a variable place, said Jennifer Kay, a fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder and co-author of the new analysis out today in Nature Climate Change. Natural ups and downs of temperature, wind and other factors mean that even as sea ice slowly melts, random weather can mask or enhance the long-term trend. For example, even in a warming world, there’s still a one-in-three chance that any seven-year period would see no sea ice loss, such as in 2007-2013, the …

    January 29, 2015 6:04 am
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Health

  • Nigeria H5N1 bird flu spreads to four more states, total 11


    ABUJA, Nigeria (Reuters) – An outbreak of H5N1 bird flu in Nigerian poultry farms has spread to four more states, raising the total of affected areas to 11, the agricultural and rural development minister said on Thursday. Africa’s most populous country and biggest economy was the first country on the continent to detect bird flu, in 2006 when chicken farms were found to have the H5N1 strain. In 2007, Nigeria recorded its first human death from the disease. “At the time of my briefing the nation on January 21, 2015, seven states had reported cases of the bird flu. As of yesterday, a total of 11 states have reported positive cases,” Minister Akinwumi Adesina said at an emergency meeting with state agricultural commissioners in the capital Abuja. The latest bird flu outbreak was first reported in mid-January in the states of Kano and Lagos. The worst-hit state is Kano in the north where 136,905 birds …

    January 29, 2015 6:03 am
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Entertainment

  • Emma Watson’s 11 best responses for fighting sexism


    The Harry Potter star is serving as an ambassador for the UN campaign to support equality among the sexes, and in a live QA session last week she talked about the issue with fans and gave some spectacular ways to fight sexism. Here are some of our favorites. @lordvoldemot @HeforShe Become an engineer. — Emma Watson (@EmWatson) January 23, 2015 @archangel_grl @UN_Women @HeforShe Conviction. — Emma Watson (@EmWatson) January 23, 2015 @ohgryffindor I don’t know its confusing isn’t it! — Emma Watson (@EmWatson) January 23, 2015 @grygiel I don’t believe in a binary I believe that we all exist on a spectrum and all deserve equality.I hope people do feel included. — Emma Watson (@EmWatson) January 23, 2015 @lumosdelena don’t give up — Emma Watson (@EmWatson) January 23, 2015 @TheWyfeOfBathe Why not have both? — Emma Watson (@EmWatson) January 23, 2015 @Triz84 be both!!! — Emma Watson (@EmWatson) January 23, 2015 @chasing_jayce @UN_Women @HeforShe No …

    January 29, 2015 4:20 am
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Editorial

Odd News

  • Unions turn lights off on French prime minister


    PARIS (Reuters) – An inquiry was under way on Wednesday after French trade unionists turned the lights off on a keynote speech by Prime Minister Manuel Valls in protest at planned energy reforms. Valls was starting a speech to about 700 people in support of his Socialist party’s candidate for a by-election on Tuesday night when the lights went out and his microphone turned silent. The electricity stayed off for about an hour, not just at the venue, but in the whole neighbourhood in Audincourt, eastern France. Valls resumed his speech once the power had come back on. The mines and energy federation of France’s militant CGT union said in a statement it supported the action. “When we are not listened to, we must make our point differently, so we cut the power, voila,” regional CGT head Marc Pautot said on radio France Info. Electricity distribution group ERDF, part of state-controlled utility EDF, said it …

    January 28, 2015 5:53 pm
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