• Americans still don’t trust the stock market

    Despite a big rally, small investors remain skeptical of Wall Street. More than five years after the financial crisis, the average American is still wary of the stock market, according to a survey released Monday....
  • Food freedom faces withering attack this year

    Food freedom faces withering attack this year

    Reuters Earlier this year I warned in a column that food freedom – the right to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, share, cook, eat and drink the foods you want – would be “under attack”...
  • AstraZeneca cancer pipeline seen as draw for Pfizer

    LONDON (Reuters) – Pfizer may come back to bid for British drug company AstraZeneca after its reported 60 billion pound ($101 billion) takeover approach was rejected, since a deal could make sense for the U.S....
  • Republicans bank $31 million for keeping House control

    Republicans bank $31 million for keeping House control

    Follow the money. The House Republican campaign committee raised almost $10 million in March and has $31.2 million banked to defend the party’s majority, according to financial reports filed Sunday. The National Republican Congressional Committee’s...
  • Ferry deaths ‘murder’

    Ferry deaths ‘murder’

    21 April 2014 Last updated at 09:27 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. South Korean President Park Geun-hye says those responsible will face charges South Korean President Park Geun-hye has condemned the...
  • Kraft recalls 96,000lb of hot dogs

    Kraft recalls 96,000lb of hot dogs

    21 April 2014 Last updated at 08:05 Hot dogs are one of America’s most popular snacks Kraft Foods is voluntarily recalling 96,000lb (43,545kg) of its Oscar Mayer hot dogs in the US because they may...

Headline News

  • Kraft recalls 96,000lb of hot dogs


    21 April 2014 Last updated at 08:05 Hot dogs are one of America’s most popular snacks Kraft Foods is voluntarily recalling 96,000lb (43,545kg) of its Oscar Mayer hot dogs in the US because they may have been sold in the wrong packaging. The US food safety authority said Kraft’s Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners may mistakenly contain Classic Cheese Dogs instead. Cheese sausages contain dairy products, which can cause allergic reactions. However, both Kraft and federal authorities say they have not received reports of any adverse reactions. The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA) said in a statement that the products were “misbranded and contained undeclared allergens”. “The products were formulated with milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label,” it said. The USDA notice classified the recall as a “Class I” or “a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the …

    April 21, 2014 6:15 am
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Politics

  • Republicans bank $31 million for keeping House control


    Follow the money. The House Republican campaign committee raised almost $10 million in March and has $31.2 million banked to defend the party’s majority, according to financial reports filed Sunday. The National Republican Congressional Committee’s $21.2 million fundraising haul in January, February and March gave the group its best first-quarter showing since 2003. It also puts the committee roughly $8 million ahead of its fundraising at this point in 2012. Still, the GOP committee faces a well-funded challenge from House Democrats, who amassed a $40 million fund. Those fundraising updates — like dozens of others due by midnight Sunday — suggest that donors are starting to open their wallets for groups willing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on federal races from coast to coast. The fundraising was fast approaching the $1 billion mark, fueled by donors on each side writing checks to committees and organizations in a show of just how politically divided …

    April 21, 2014 6:57 am
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Stocks

  • Americans still don’t trust the stock market


    Despite a big rally, small investors remain skeptical of Wall Street. More than five years after the financial crisis, the average American is still wary of the stock market, according to a survey released Monday. The survey of over 1,000 households by Bankrate.com showed that 73% are “not more inclined to invest in stocks.” It was the third year in a row that individual investors expressed a negative view of the stock market. The survey suggests that average Americans remain wary of Wall Street even though stocks have been in a bull market for more than five years. After bottoming in 2009, the SP 500 has more than doubled in value. Individual investors have a history of buying stocks when prices are high selling when the market falls, often resulting in losses. But they seem to be avoiding that fate this time around by not buying stocks at all, said Greg McBride, chief financial analyst …

    April 21, 2014 7:16 am
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Sports

  • Aldridge scores franchise-record 46 points to help Blazers to 122-120 OT win over Rockets


    HOUSTON –  LaMarcus Aldridge was playing on another level Sunday night and had the emotional intensity to match the best performance of his career. Portland’s star was hungry after missing the playoffs the last two seasons and wanted to show his teammates that getting to the postseason was simply not enough. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Aldridge scored a career-high and franchise playoff-record 46 points and Damian Lillard added 31, including the go-ahead free throws in overtime, to lift the Trail Blazers to a 122-120 victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. “I’ve been here and I’ve went through this process and I understand it and I just think tonight was one of those nights,” Aldridge said. Aldridge fouled out with about a minute left in overtime and Lillard, who was making his playoff debut, took over. He scored the next five points for Portland and put the Trail Blazers on top …

    April 21, 2014 5:15 am
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World News

  • Ferry deaths ‘murder’


    21 April 2014 Last updated at 09:27 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. South Korean President Park Geun-hye says those responsible will face charges South Korean President Park Geun-hye has condemned the conduct of some of the crew of the ferry that sank last week, calling it “akin to murder”. Ms Park said that those to blame would have to take “criminal and civil” responsibility for their actions. Divers are continuing to recover bodies from the ferry, as they gain access to more of the submerged hull. The death toll now stands at 64, with 238 people still missing, most of them students from a school near Seoul. Bodies are being brought two or three at a time back to Jindo, a southern island close to where the ferry sank. Police, meanwhile, have been given access to hundreds of messages sent by passengers and crew so they can construct a detailed chronology …

    April 21, 2014 6:15 am
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Technology

Science

  • Virtual Doctor Visits Gaining Steam in “Geneticist Deserts”


    In Alaska patients are more likely to find an astronaut than a geneticist. William Oefelein, who piloted the space shuttle Discovery, retired there, but the state of more than 700,000 people does not have a single medical geneticist to call its own.   Instead, patients must wait until one flies in from Oregon around 4000 kilometers away. Six times a year a geneticist or two comes to Alaska and visits a few clinics, seeing about eight patients a day, diagnosing genetic causes for developmental delays such as fragile X syndrome or discussing hereditary cancer risk. If a patient cannot squeeze in for an upcoming visit—and many cannot—or the combination of plane and snow machines (the local name for snowmobiles) fails to get a patient to a clinic in time, then he or she may have to wait another six months for an appointment.   Alaska is not alone. Idaho has no clinical geneticist either. Georgia …

    April 21, 2014 6:36 am
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Health

  • AstraZeneca cancer pipeline seen as draw for Pfizer


    LONDON (Reuters) – Pfizer may come back to bid for British drug company AstraZeneca after its reported 60 billion pound ($101 billion) takeover approach was rejected, since a deal could make sense for the U.S. pharmaceuticals giant as it seeks to build up its cancer franchise. In addition to adding promising – though still risky – experimental medicines known as immunotherapies that boost the body’s immune system to fight tumors, acquiring AstraZeneca could also generate significant cost savings, according to industry analysts. As a result, a deal at around a 25 percent premium to the current share price funded by cash, cheap debt and some stock could boost Pfizer earnings immediately, they believe. Both companies have declined to comment on a report in the Sunday Times, which cited senior investment bankers and industry sources saying that Pfizer approached the British pharmaceuticals group about a deal. The newspaper said no talks were currently under way after …

    April 21, 2014 6:57 am
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Entertainment

  • Mila Kunis And Ashton Kutcher Are Traveling As Much As They Can Before Baby Arrives


    Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are traveling as much as they can before the baby arrives. After a brief U.S. road trip, the lovebirds visited Ashton’s family in Louisiana on Saturday. The pregnant actress and her fiance were spotted having breakfast at the Waffle House with Ashton’s sister Tausha. They later left the cozy city of Slidell to return to Los Angeles. Unlike most Hollywood A-listers, the couple traveled in the same clothes they were wearing during the outing earlier that day, opting for comfort over style. Mila wore a loose striped great sweater that hugged her growing baby bump, khaki pants and white Keds. The soon-to-be mom is already embracing mom wear! Although the couple hasn’t publicly confirmed the pregnancy yet, that baby bump speaks for itself. Ashton, on the other hand, donned a blue flannel shirt over a white tee paired with jeans. He also sported his favorite accessory — a trucker cap. …

    April 21, 2014 5:15 am
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Editorial

  • Food freedom faces withering attack this year


    Reuters Earlier this year I warned in a column that food freedom – the right to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, share, cook, eat and drink the foods you want – would be “under attack” in 2014. But even I couldn’t have predicted the crushing regulatory assault that’s hit American consumers and food producers in just the first quarter of this year. In fact, 2014 may go down as the worst year for food freedom since the New Deal era, when Congress, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Supreme Court conspired to strip Americans of many basic food rights. Just how ludicrous was that period? In 1942, the Supreme Court actually upheld a New Deal law that prohibited farmers from using wheat they grew on their own farms to bake bread to feed their own families. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT While we haven’t matched that historic low yet, there are still nine months left in the year. …

    April 21, 2014 6:57 am
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Odd News

  • Teenager survives flight over Pacific in jet wheel well: FBI


    (Reuters) – A teenage boy who ran away from home survived a five-hour flight in the freezing wheel well of a jetliner that reached 38,000 feet as it traveled from California to Hawaii, the FBI said. The 16-year-old, from Santa Clara, California, quickly lost consciousness as temperatures in the compartment sank as low as minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit (62 degrees Celsius below zero), said FBI special agent Tom Simon. About an hour after the plane landed on Sunday morning, the boy regained consciousness and emerged onto the tarmac at the airport in Maui, where he was spotted by ground crew. “It’s just an apparent miracle … There was no appearance of any special gear of any sort,” said Simon. The stowaway told FBI officials that he had run away from home, climbed a fence at the airport in San Jose, California, crossed the tarmac and crawled into the wheel well of Hawaiian Airlines flight 45. …

    April 21, 2014 2:32 am
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