• Sadness, disappointment in Philippines after Pacquiao defeat

    May 3, 2015: Filipinos watch a live satellite feed of the welterweight title fight between Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. during a free public viewing in downtown Manila, Philippines. (AP) MANILA, Philippines...
  • Less sports training tied to groin injury

    (Reuters Health) – Groin injuries are common in sports requiring quick direction changes, acceleration and deceleration – and they’re even more common when athletes have less sport-specific training or weaker inner thigh muscles, researchers say....
  • Bill to end data collection on Americans advances

    Bill to end data collection on Americans advances

    (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach) A bill to end spy agencies’ bulk collection of Americans’ telephone data advanced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, setting up a potential showdown over the program, which expires on June...
  • The mules targeted by armed forces

    When people talk about “mules” engaged in smuggling they usually mean people, but in a remote corner of Turkey it is the four-legged variety that carries illicit goods across the border from Iraq. Now it...
  • International team discovers elusive new bird in China

    International team discovers elusive new bird in China

    Related images(click to enlarge) A Michigan State University professor was part of an international team of scientists that has discovered a new bird in China. The new bird, the Sichuan bush warbler, resides in five...
  • 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...

Headline News

  • New York City police officer shot in head, suspect in custody


    (Reuters) – A New York City plainclothes police officer was seriously injured when he was shot in the head on Saturday while attempting to question a man from his cruiser, and authorities said a suspect had been arrested and was in custody. The officer, identified by police as Brian Moore, 25, was in critical but stable condition following surgery at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center about four hours after the shooting, a hospital representative told reporters on Saturday night. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Moore was “very, very seriously injured.” Local media reported the officer had been shot in the face. “It’s a reminder of the dangers all of our officers face every single day,” de Blasio told a news conference at the hospital. De Blasio said Moore came from a police family and has served with distinction. The shooting comes at a time of increased national focus both on the use of force …

    May 3, 2015 5:36 am
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Politics

  • Bill to end data collection on Americans advances


    (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach) A bill to end spy agencies’ bulk collection of Americans’ telephone data advanced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, setting up a potential showdown over the program, which expires on June 1. The House Judiciary Committee voted 25-2 to approve the “USA Freedom Act,” seeking to tighten control of a program publicly exposed two years ago by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. The bill would bar the bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act and other intelligence authorities, and it would increase transparency and accountability in surveillance programs. A similar bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. The bills are supported by privacy groups but will run into opposition in Congress and at the White House. Democratic President Barack Obama and many lawmakers want to retain the mass data-collection program as a national security tool, although they are open to changes. …

    May 3, 2015 5:15 am
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Stocks

  • 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
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Sports

  • Sadness, disappointment in Philippines after Pacquiao defeat


    May 3, 2015: Filipinos watch a live satellite feed of the welterweight title fight between Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. during a free public viewing in downtown Manila, Philippines. (AP) MANILA, Philippines –  Sadness and disappointment gripped Filipinos after Manny Pacquiao’s defeat in his much-anticipated fight against American Floyd Mayweather Jr. but they still considered the boxing icon a national hero. Gymnasiums and other public venues where the 12-round fight was shown for free on Sunday lunchtime local time were quickly vacated after it was announced Pacquiao lost by unanimous decision. Herminio Coloma, a spokesman for President Benigno Aquino III, said “the country still holds its head high in the admirable fight of our National Fist.” He said Aquino thanked Pacquiao, who is also a congressman, for being “an inspiration to every Filipino who is struggling with life’s challenges to achieve a bright future.” Some fans said Pacquiao should retire from boxing …

    May 3, 2015 5:36 am
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World News

  • The mules targeted by armed forces


    When people talk about “mules” engaged in smuggling they usually mean people, but in a remote corner of Turkey it is the four-legged variety that carries illicit goods across the border from Iraq. Now it seems these animals are paying the price. Warning: This story contains pictures that some readers may find upsetting. Far to the east of Ankara, 1,300km (800 miles away), Turkey’s border with Iraq winds through dry, mountainous country. Kurdish villages dot the hills, connected by stony tracks and pot-holed roads. For decades, the badlands of Sirnak have been the scene of skirmishes between armed Kurdish separatists and the Turkish army. Lately, though, the army’s gaze has shifted to smugglers, and a few weeks ago it reportedly gunned down 25 unaccompanied mules. After I saw photos on social media of the animals lying dead or injured on a snow-clad hillside, I decided to head out to the remote village of Uludere, to …

    May 3, 2015 4:57 am
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Technology

  • 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
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Science

  • International team discovers elusive new bird in China


    Related images(click to enlarge) A Michigan State University professor was part of an international team of scientists that has discovered a new bird in China. The new bird, the Sichuan bush warbler, resides in five mountainous provinces in central China. The discovery, shared in the current issue of Avian Research, notes that the bird shunned the limelight by hiding in grassy, scrubby vegetation over the years. However, its distinctive song eventually gave it away, said Pamela Rasmussen, MSU integrative biologist, assistant curator at the MSU Museum and co-author on the paper. “The Sichuan bush warbler is exceedingly secretive and difficult to spot as its preferred habitat is dense brush and tea plantations,” said Rasmussen, who has helped document and scientifically describe 10 new species of birds. “However, it distinguishes itself thanks to its distinctive song that consists of a low-pitched drawn-out buzz, followed by a shorter click, repeated in series.” While the bird may be …

    May 3, 2015 4:56 am
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Health

  • Less sports training tied to groin injury


    (Reuters Health) – Groin injuries are common in sports requiring quick direction changes, acceleration and deceleration – and they’re even more common when athletes have less sport-specific training or weaker inner thigh muscles, researchers say. Groin injuries are common in soccer, ice hockey, rugby, Australian rules football, Gaelic football and cricket, lead author Dr. Jackie L. Whittaker of the Sport Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of Calgary in Canada told Reuters Health by email. Whittaker would advise athletes to “strengthen their hip adductor muscles and ease into their sport specific training in the off season so that they are ready to go once the actual training season begins,” she said. Adductors are the inner thigh muscles. Coaches and trainers can also add an injury prevention neuromuscular warm-up program before practices and games, such as the FIFA11+ (bit.ly/1nyDyqA). These can reduce lower extremity injury risk and improve aspects of performance, including balance, she said. “The …

    May 3, 2015 5:16 am
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Entertainment

  • 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
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Editorial

  • 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
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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
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