• Mayweather cements legacy with Pacquiao win

    LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Floyd Mayweather Jr cemented his place among the pantheon of boxing greats by improving to 48-0 with a unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday in a fight that lived up...
  • Police restraint man dies in hospital

    A man who became unconscious while being restrained by police outside a bar in Devon has died in hospital. The 38-year-old was restrained outside Murphy’s Roadhouse on the Esplanade in Paignton on Wednesday night, as...
  • Small earthquake shakes Michigan, USGS says

    DETROIT –  Geological experts say a small earthquake centered in southwestern Michigan has been felt around the state and other parts of the Upper Midwest. U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Paul Caruso said the 4.2-magnitude temblor...
  • Why Greek graves are rental only

    Alexander Vlassis wanted to be cremated and his ashes scattered at sea George Vlassis flew almost 500km (310 miles) from Athens to Corfu to bury his father, Alexander. His bones had been packed in a...
  • Red Bulls fall to Revolution as unbeaten run ends

    (Reuters) – The New York Red Bulls’ unbeaten start to the MLS season came to an end on Saturday with a 2-1 defeat to Eastern Conference leaders the New England Revolution. The rematch of last...

Headline News

  • Peaceful Baltimore demonstrators hail city’s top prosecutor

    Thousands filled a grassy plaza across from Baltimore’s City Hall Saturday, as speakers praised the city’s top prosecutor for quickly moving forward with charges against the six police officers they see as responsible for the death of a 25-year-old black man who died from a spinal injury in their custody. The peace was a striking contrast to the demonstrations the past two weeks at the same plaza. Crowds of angry protesters demanded that the city’s leaders heed their cries for justice. Earlier this week, protests turned into looting, rioting and arson. Friday morning, just four days after the civil unrest, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced the criminal charges against the officers ranging from assault to murder in the death of Freddie Gray, whose name has become a rallying point against police brutality and socio-economic inequality in American cities. “To the youth of the city,” Mosby, 35, said as she announced the charges. “This is a …

    May 3, 2015 4:35 am


  • Stopping IRS targeting of political groups

    The Internal Revenue Service building in Washington.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh) The IRS has taken “significant actions” to stop agents from targeting political groups based on their names and policy positions, according to a report issued Thursday by the government watchdog who disclosed the inappropriate activity two years ago. The agency’s inspector general says the IRS is doing a better job of processing applications for tax-exempt status. His report said the IRS has eliminated intrusive, unnecessary questions, and has cleared a backlog of applications that had languished for months and years. The IRS has improved training for agents, the report said, although the inspector general recommended even more training. The report is a follow-up to the inspector general’s 2013 audit, which said agents had inappropriately singled out tea party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status during the 2010 and 2012 elections. The 2013 audit blamed poor management. It ignited a …

    May 3, 2015 1:12 am


  • Facebook users donate $10 million to Nepal quake survivors

    The earthquake killed at least 6,000 people. Facebook users have raised $10 million to help Nepal in the aftermath of last week’s deadly earthquake, the social network’s founder Mark Zuckerberg announced Friday. “In two days, more than half a million people donated and raised more than $10 million,” Zuckerberg said in a post on his personal Facebook page. Facebook (FB, Tech30) launched a “donate button” on top of the site, reaching out to its 1.4 billion monthly users for help. Zuckerberg said the company would boost the donation with additional $2 million, bringing the total to $12 million — topping the $10 million aid package pledged by the U.S. government. Related: Help victims of the Nepal earthquake The money will go to the non-profit organization International Medical Corps. “We will immediately deploy these funds to provide lifesaving medical care, medicines and supplies to the hardest hit communities,” the charity said in a statement. The magnitude …

    May 3, 2015 1:34 am


  • Mayweather cements legacy with Pacquiao win

    LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Floyd Mayweather Jr cemented his place among the pantheon of boxing greats by improving to 48-0 with a unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday in a fight that lived up to its immense hype and price tag. Mayweather weathered an early assault from the Filipino southpaw before winning the later rounds using his reach and jab to finish ahead on all three scorecards in a welterweight showdown set to be the top grossing prize fight of all-time. “When the history books are written, it was worth the wait,” Mayweather said in the ring after a four-belt unification bout that was more than five years in the making. Though Pacquiao repeatedly forced Mayweather to backpedal, the wily American blunted his opponent’s best efforts by using his renowned defensive skills while getting in several telling jabs and punches of his own. Mayweather and Pacquiao had promised to deliver on years of hype …

    May 3, 2015 4:36 am

World News

  • Police restraint man dies in hospital

    A man who became unconscious while being restrained by police outside a bar in Devon has died in hospital. The 38-year-old was restrained outside Murphy’s Roadhouse on the Esplanade in Paignton on Wednesday night, as police responded to reports of a disturbance between two men and door staff. He was taken to Torbay District Hospital, where he died on Saturday. The matter had already been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission before the man’s death. Assistant Chief Constable Russ Middleton said: “Our thoughts and condolences are with the family, and we are providing support at this difficult time. “ Three men, aged 54, 43 and 35, who were arrested on suspicion of affray in connection with the altercation outside the Roadhouse, have been bailed pending further inquiries. ACC Middleton added: “The Force’s Major Crime Investigation Team has already commenced an investigation into this incident and that will continue. “We will also co-operate fully with …

    May 3, 2015 3:55 am


  • Google may not do ‘nice’, but even the omnipotent need to survive

    And now for a wholly different area of politics. Here’s Google, the mightiest search engine in the universe, struggling to win press friends and get the European Union’s antitrust campaigners off its back. So here, in turn, is £107m (carved from some $66bn in revenues last year) to start a “Digital News Initiative” that will help eight European newspapers (including the Guardian) to devise fresh platform opportunities, train staff and – via the Reuters Foundation – learn more about the good digital things that are happening across the 28 EU nations. Oh, and we’re sorry we haven’t been softer and gentler down the years, a European main man tells an FT conference of the great, good and grateful. What’s not to like? There’s no instant reason to poll the lucky first eight perhaps – although their initial reaction is a bit suck-it-and-see. Google doesn’t do “nice”. Google is Godzilla, not Paddington Bear. But let’s dig …

    May 3, 2015 4:35 am


  • Pulsar with widest orbit ever detected

    Related images(click to enlarge) A team of highly determined high school students discovered a never-before-seen pulsar by painstakingly analyzing data from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT). Further observations by astronomers using the GBT revealed that this pulsar has the widest orbit of any around a neutron star and is part of only a handful of double neutron star systems. This impressive find will help astronomers better understand how binary neutron star systems form and evolve. Pulsars are rapidly spinning neutron stars, the superdense remains of massive stars that have exploded as supernovas. As a pulsar spins, lighthouse-like beams of radio waves, streaming from the poles of its powerful magnetic field, sweep through space. When one of these beams sweeps across Earth, radio telescopes can capture the pulse of radio waves. “Pulsars are some of the most extreme objects in the universe,” said Joe Swiggum, a graduate student in …

    May 3, 2015 12:53 am


  • Exclusive: Siemens healthcare unit probed by China regulator for bribery

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A Chinese regulator investigated Siemens AG last year over whether the German group’s healthcare unit and its dealers bribed hospitals to buy expensive disposable products used in some of its medical devices, three people with knowledge of the probe told Reuters. The investigation, which has not previously been reported, follows a wide-reaching probe into the pharmaceutical industry in China that last year saw GlaxoSmithKline Plc fined nearly $500 million for bribing officials to push its medicine sales. China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) accused Siemens and its dealers of having violated competition law by donating medical devices in return for agreements to exclusively buy the chemical reagents needed to run the machines from Siemens, the people said. Reuters was unable to determine whether Siemens had denied the accusations or if any action was taken against the company or the dealers. A senior spokesman for Siemens in Germany said he was …

    May 3, 2015 1:13 am


  • If Selena Gomez’s response to this bully is real, it’s incredible (PHOTO)

    The singer appeared to rip into a user who called Gomez fat and told her to work out — and the slam is a sight to behold. Selena just replied to a hater on Instagram. #SelenaGomez pic.twitter.com/EMUqWFmyEU — Selena Gomez News (@BeMyWifeSelena) April 30, 2015 Unfortunately, there’s no way to tell where the comment thread originated, if that account really belongs to Gomez or if it’s just a good Photoshop job, and the offending fat-shamer has since deleted her own account. More: Fans react to Selena Gomez’s reported ‘weight gain’ in the best way ever Bieber’s ex certainly is comfortable in her own skin, so it’s not that far out of the realm of possibility that she would stick up for herself this way. She recently posted a pic of herself, complete with lovely curves, lounging on a beach. I love being happy with me yall #theresmoretolove A photo posted by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on …

    May 2, 2015 10:11 pm


  • Tomorrow’s Cures Today: Let’s liberate medicine in America. Here’s our vision of health for the 21st Century

     (AP) Expediting the development and delivery of medical treatments—treatments that bring a new standard of care, or even actual cures for serious illnesses—should be a bipartisan goal, a mission of mercy that should be undertaken by both political parties. We are both involved with a new, non-profit organization, the Tomorrow’s Cures Today Foundation, which supports consumer choice and competition as one way to achieve this goal. We might note that time is especially critical for Lieutenant Commander (Ret.) Matt Bellina, who recently sent us an email that began: “My name is Matt. I‘m 31 years old, I’m a U.S. Navy veteran, I have a beautiful wife and two small boys, and I’m dying. I have ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and without hope for a cure, my doctors say I only have a couple of years left to live.” The world is a very different place today compared to 1962, when new federal legislation required …

    May 2, 2015 1:10 pm

Odd News

  • Man sues Florida hospital after his leg found in the garbage

    MIAMI (Reuters) – A south Florida man is suing a hospital for emotional distress, saying his leg was amputated and thrown in the garbage with his name tag still on it. John Timiriasieff, 56, had his right leg amputated below the knee in October at Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables. “Rather than properly disposing of the plaintiff’s limb as expected and as required by Florida law, Doctors Hospital threw the Plaintiff’s amputated limb into the garbage, with tags indicating it belonged to the Plaintiff,” according to the lawsuit filed on Wednesday in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court. A month later, Timiriasieff said his family was contacted by homicide detectives investigating if he had been the victim of foul play. When the family went back to the hospital to find out what happened, they were told it would “provide no explanation for what had occurred,” the lawsuit said. Doctors Hospital Inc, part of the Baptist Health South …

    May 1, 2015 4:44 pm