• ‘Two months’ for Korea ferry salvage

    ‘Two months’ for Korea ferry salvage

    19 April 2014 Last updated at 12:54 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Victim’s father Kim Byung Kwon: “I should have told her to jump off the boat” South Korean officials have...
  • Russia defends bolstering army on Ukraine border

    The extra Russian military forces at the border have been deployed in response to instability in Ukraine, the Kremlin has said. “We … have forces in the region of the Ukrainian border. Some of these...
  • Team mate beating me fair and square: Vettel

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Sebastian Vettel conceded he was struggling to keep up with Daniel Ricciardo after his team mate beat the world champion to lead Red Bull to their best Saturday result this season in...
  • Teen suspended for asking Miss America to prom

    Teen suspended for asking Miss America to prom

    Feb. 15, 2014: In this Saturday file photo, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri attends the NCAA college basketball game between Syracuse and North Carolina State in Syracuse, N.Y.AP YORK, Pa. –  A Pennsylvania high school...
  • Ukraine calls Easter truce in east

    Ukraine calls Easter truce in east

    19 April 2014 Last updated at 10:41 Mr Deshchytsia said the aim of the operation was to bring life back to normal in the east. Ukraine’s foreign minister has said that operations against pro-Russian militants...
  • Austin Peay dismisses running back Williams

    Clarksville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) – Austin Peay State University said it has dismissed leading returning rusher Omar Williams from the football team for academic reasons on Friday. Williams rushed for 636 yards on 157 carries as...

Headline News

  • Man from Los Angeles Times building in police custody after reports of shooting threat inside

    LOS ANGELES –  Police have taken a man into custody inside the Los Angeles Times building after reports of a shooting threat. The Times reports that the man in his 20s was detained by police Friday night, less than an hour after the threat reports. The man does not work for the newspaper but is connected to Vxi Global Solutions, which rents in the building. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Detective Gus Villanueva tells The Associated Press that a radio call went out at 7:26 p.m. saying a text message sent from inside the building said there may be someone “about to start shooting.” Police have not verified whether a gun was recovered or any shots were fired. The Times says a woman reported that her co-worker had shown her a bag of bullets and said he was depressed.

    April 19, 2014 8:56 am


  • Parallels between Clinton, Obama health care fights

    Former President Bill Clinton Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton’s White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same. As Clinton prepared for an August 1994 news conference in which he hoped to build public support for his struggling — and ultimately unsuccessful — health care overhaul, he told his advisers: “A lot of them want to know they can keep their own plan if they like it.” Later that fall, Clinton’s Democrats were routed in midterm elections and lost control of Congress. Nearly two decades later, President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans about his own plan, which won approval in Congress in 2010, by telling them, “If you like your plan you can keep it.” A spate of private policy cancellations forced Obama to recant his pledge that all Americans who liked their plans could simply keep them. More than 8 million people …

    April 19, 2014 6:14 am


  • 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


  • Team mate beating me fair and square: Vettel

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Sebastian Vettel conceded he was struggling to keep up with Daniel Ricciardo after his team mate beat the world champion to lead Red Bull to their best Saturday result this season in Chinese Grand Prix qualifying. Ricciardo, whose team lost an appeal this week against his exclusion from second place at his home race in Australia last month, was second to Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes in treacherous conditions at soaking Shanghai with a lap that was half a second faster than Vettel’s best. “Daniel is doing a very good job. He has not just had one good weekend … and so far he seems to be able to get the maximum out of the car,” the German told reporters after qualifying third. “Maybe I’m struggling a little bit but at the end of the day we have the same car. If he manages to beat me then he beats me on the …

    April 19, 2014 7:55 am

World News

  • ‘Two months’ for Korea ferry salvage

    19 April 2014 Last updated at 12:54 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Victim’s father Kim Byung Kwon: “I should have told her to jump off the boat” South Korean officials have said the recovery operation after Wednesday’s ferry disaster may take two months. Divers are battling strong currents in poor visibility to reach 270 missing passengers – 32 are confirmed dead. Some 174 passengers have been rescued. Relatives have begun providing DNA samples to help identify the dead. Ferry captain Lee Joon-seok, 69, and two crew members have been arrested. Mr Lee says he delayed the evacuation fearing passengers would “drift away”. He faces charges including negligence of duty and violation of maritime law. Divers saw three bodies in the ship on Saturday but were unable to retrieve them. Asked how long the rescue operation was likely to continue, Shin Won-Nam, the head of the Emergency Management Centre, told reporters that …

    April 19, 2014 8:56 am


  • Peugeot RCZ-R: car review

    The arrival of the Peugeot RCZ-R coincides with a new arrival to this family of famous automobile examiners and arbiters, bringing a fresh pair of eyes – if they ever open – for these pages. But Thomas’s (I know! Named after a train! Ironic, isn’t it?) car seat doesn’t fit on the tiny back seat of the Peugeot. He – and the rest of them – will have to stay at home, and I’ll go for a paternity-leave drive on my own, a blast back to a past of fewer cares and responsibilities. I’ve always liked Peugeot’s style-conscious coupe (I say always, it’s only been around for four years). In an age when so many cars look the same, here is one that genuinely looks different. As well as its purposeful poise, there are loads of neat futuristic design details – the scooped-out step in its flanks, the shallow arched silver roof pillars. And, best of all, this car’s crowning glory, its …

    April 19, 2014 5:54 am


  • Plants with dormant seeds give rise to more species

    Seeds that sprout as soon as they’re planted may be good news for a garden. But wild plants need to be more careful. In the wild, a plant whose seeds sprouted at the first warm spell or rainy day would risk disaster. More than just an insurance policy against late frosts or unexpected dry spells, it turns out that seed dormancy has long-term advantages too: Plants whose seeds put off sprouting until conditions are more certain give rise to more species, finds in a team of researchers working at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in North Carolina. When they first emerge from the soil, plant seedlings are very vulnerable, said co-author Rafael Rubio de Casas of the Universidad of Granada in Spain. “They’re like babies. They don’t have protective thorns or woody tissue any of the other defenses that are more typical of adult plants yet.” The tiny embryos of many plants can lie huddled …

    April 19, 2014 5:55 am


  • Lack of insurance tied to more emergency surgery: study

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The type of insurance people have is tied to their risk of needing emergency aorta surgery, according to a new study. Insurance, or lack thereof, is also linked to how well those people fare after surgery. Compared to people with private insurance, people without insurance were more likely to need emergency surgery on their aorta, the largest artery that supplies blood to every part of the body. They were also more likely to die or have complications after surgery. “It would appear that if you don’t have insurance – and assuming you’re not getting preventive healthcare . . . then you are probably at a higher risk of having an aortic catastrophe and, if you have one, you’re more likely to die or have a complication,” Dr. G. Chad Hughes told Reuters Health. Hughes is the study’s senior author from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. Conditions affecting …

    April 19, 2014 6:15 am


  • Rachel Zoe Admires Her Book Window Display With Son Skyler

    Her little boy seems to enjoy fashion as much as his mommy! Rachel Zoe and son Skyler went shopping in Beverly Hills yesterday, and the stylist and her toddler stopped to admire her new book Living in Style: Inspiration and Advice For Everyday Glamour in the window of Kitson! It must be surreal for her to see her pet project come to life, but it’s all the more special that she can share it with her kid!

    April 19, 2014 8:35 am


  • 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

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