Headline News

  • ‘It was him’ Boston bomber’s lawyers admit guilt, focus on brother


    BOSTON (Reuters) – Attorneys for the accused Boston Marathon bomber opened his trial on Wednesday with a simple statement about the man charged with killing three people and the injuring 264 with a stunning statement of their client’s guilt: “It was him.” Defense and prosecution attorneys gave opening statements on the first day of the trial in Boston that will determine whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is found guilty of the largest mass-casualty attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2000. If he is convicted, the jury will determine whether he is sentenced to death. Defense attorneys sought to skip straight past the question of guilt and turn the focus to the relative responsibility of the 21-year-old defendant and that of his 26-year-old brother. It was Tamerlan Tsarnaev – who Dzhokhar killed days after the April 15, 2013 attack by inadvertently running him over with a car as they were trying to flee police – who was …

    March 4, 2015 10:30 am
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Politics

  • Supreme hearing arguments on Obamacare


    By MARK SHERMAN March 4, 2015 Supreme Court visitor using his cellphone to take a photo of the court in Washington.(AP Photo)   The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a major test of President Barack Obama’s health overhaul that threatens insurance coverage for millions of people. The justices are meeting Wednesday to try to determine whether the law makes people in all 50 states eligible for federal tax subsidies to cut the cost of insurance premiums. Or does it limit tax credits only to people who live in states that created their own health insurance marketplaces? A ruling that limits where subsidies are available would have dramatic consequences because roughly three dozen states opted against their own marketplace, or exchange, and instead rely on the U.S. Health and Human Services Department’s healthcare.gov. Independent studies estimate that 8 million people could lose insurance coverage. Opponents of the Affordable Care Act failed to kill the law …

    March 4, 2015 10:30 am
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Stocks

  • Kanye’s world: Class, luxury and Steve Jobs


    Kanye West, pictured here in London for Fashion Week last month, delivered a “stream of consciousness” speech at Oxford University on Tuesday, pontificating on Steve Jobs and what it’s like to grow up middle class without access to $5,000 sweaters. Kanye West, the multi-millionaire rap star designer of $350 haute couture shoes, has a lot to say about luxury. And he’s very critical. West — who Forbes said made $30 million last year — spoke out against the high-end world in a lecture at Oxford University on Tuesday. At the same time, he admitted the shirt on his back was probably worth $2,000, but he wasn’t certain because “I got it for free from the designer.” His musings ranged from class division to the emptiness of advertising and the unfairness of overpriced luxury goods. He also criticized the late Steve Jobs — his “favorite person” — for being selfish and not sharing his technical brilliance …

    March 4, 2015 8:48 am
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Sports

  • Poulter, Westwood, Donald, Rose to host British Masters


    LONDON (Reuters) – Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and Justin Rose are to take turns in hosting the British Masters, an event that will return to the European Tour calendar this season for the first time in seven years. The leading British quartet will help select the venue each season for the next four years and Poulter has kicked things off by opting to play the three million pounds ($4.58 million) competition at his local course at Woburn from Oct. 8-11. “I am proud and delighted to be bringing the tournament to Woburn which is obviously a place that means a great deal to me,” the Englishman said in statement on Wednesday. “We have all been keen to get more tournaments on British soil and in England in particular.” It will be the 17th time that Woburn has hosted the tournament and the first since 2002 when Poulter was narrowly beaten to the title …

    March 4, 2015 10:30 am
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World News

  • Leader of Mexico’s Zetas cartel held


    4 March 2015 Last updated at 16:23 Omar Trevino Morales is wanted in the US and Mexico Omar Trevino Morales, leader of the notorious Zetas drugs cartel in Mexico, has been captured by security forces. He was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday in the city of Monterrey in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, police said. He is believed to have run the Zetas cartel since the capture of his brother, Miguel Angel, in 2013. The arrest comes days after Mexican police captured another suspected drug lord, Servando “La Tuta” Gomez. Servando Gomez was the leader of the Knights Templar cartel in Michoacan state. Heavy security Omar Trevino Morales, known as Z-42 and believed to be 40 or 41 years old, is wanted in the US and Mexico on charges of drug trafficking, kidnap and murder. The Mexican government had a 30m peso (£1.3m; $2m) reward for his capture while the US offered …

    March 4, 2015 10:30 am
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Technology

Science

  • U.S. Funds Efforts to Freeze Human Organs for Long-Term Storage


    An Italian neuroscientist promised in recent weeks that a new type of surgery—wait for it, a human head transplant—will be ready to try on real, live patients in the next two years. Unfortunately, according to many other neurosurgeons and transplant specialists, that’s an absurd claim. We won’t be swapping out our bodies for younger, fitter models for at the minimum decades, if not centuries—or ever. Still, some people have their heads frozen after death in the hope that future scientific advances may be able to bring them back, plop their heads on a new body—biological or robotic—and let them live forever. Baseball hall of famer Ted Williams did it. (Walt Disney did not—sorry.) Yet eliminating ice damage to hundreds of billions of brain cells—only one of a multitude of challenges to achieve that goal—makes such a feat nothing more than a futuristic fantasy, biologists say. The prospect of preserving any organ, even a lesser one …

    March 4, 2015 10:29 am
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Health

  • Many Transplant Surgeons Suffer Burnout


    WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many transplant surgeons in the United States suffer burnout, a new study reveals. Researchers at the Henry Ford Transplant Institute in Detroit surveyed 218 male and female transplant surgeons, aged 31 to 79. Almost half said they had a low sense of personal accomplishment, and 40 percent reported high levels of emotional exhaustion. “This combination suggests that transplant surgeons are extremely invested in and engaged with their patients but they are frustrated by the process,” study leader Michelle Jesse, a senior staff psychologist, said in a Henry Ford news release. Many transplant patients are critically ill and take a long time to recover after a transplant. Some die while waiting for a new organ. These factors could affect surgeon’s feelings of personal accomplishment, Jesse said. “Difficult patient interactions — like patients and families angry or crying while discussing end-of-life decisions — are not uncommon for transplant surgeons,” she …

    March 4, 2015 10:30 am
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Entertainment

  • Bill Cosby accused of making victim smear imaginary oatmeal all over her face


    In an interview with BuzzFeed, a woman who requested to be identified only as “Patricia” for privacy reasons said that she was assaulted twice by Cosby, once in 1978 and again in 1980. Much of her story closely resembles that of the other women who have stepped forward, but there are a few new details that, if true, are truly out there. Patricia said she accepted a dinner invitation at Cosby’s home with the assumption that his wife would be in attendance as well — but Camille was nowhere to be found. Instead, the comedian arranged an intimate meal in front of the fireplace and some very strange acting exercises. More: Snoop Dogg and Jimmy Kimmel make a sick, disappointing Cosby joke (VIDEO) “I felt alarm bells go off because it did feel intimate, but I was trying to be so grown up and mature,” she told BuzzFeed, adding that she accepted a drink from …

    March 4, 2015 8:49 am
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Editorial

  • Supreme Court should nix ObamaCare subsidies, instigate reform


    The Supreme Court could improve American health care by striking down federal subsidies offered through HealthCare.com—the federal exchange that sells insurance in states without government-run marketplaces. Most Americans never wanted the Affordable Care Act. A recent Gallup poll found 56 percent disapprove of the law, and more than 30 states either have not set up exchanges or failed to establish a fully workable website. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Competitive Enterprise Institute, which recruited four Virginia residents to bring suit, argues the Administration cannot offer subsidies through the federal exchange, because the specific wording of the ACA provides for subsidies only through state exchanges. If the Supreme Court concurs, millions of Americans would either have to pay full price for health insurance or lose their coverage. However, private citizens would no longer face stiff taxes if they failed to purchase insurance, and businesses with more than 50 employees would no longer be required to provide coverage. The …

    March 4, 2015 6:47 am
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Odd News

  • Hamburg residents take revenge on late-night revelers with urine-repellent paint


    BERLIN (Reuters) – Residents of Hamburg’s St. Pauli’s nightclub district are getting their own back on late-night revelers who urinate on public buildings, with a new high-tech paint that sends the spray bouncing right back at them. A local interest group has applied the special water-repellent paint, also used in shipbuilding, on two especially frequented buildings in the renowned nightclub district near the port to deter “Wildpinkler”, as Germans call them. “This paint job sends a direct message back to perpetrators that their wild urinating on this wall is not welcome,” Julia Staron, who organized the group, told Reuters. “The paint protects the buildings and the residents and most importantly it sends a signal this behavior is not on.” In a video posted on YouTube that drew 181,000 viewers on its first day alone, Staron is shown putting up signs in German and English that say: “Hier nicht pinkeln! Wir pinkeln zurueck” (Do not pee …

    March 4, 2015 10:29 am
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