• Today’s Toons 3/5/15

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  • Indonesia rejects prisoner swap offer

    Indonesia rejects prisoner swap offer

    5 March 2015 Last updated at 07:53 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The Bali Nine ringleaders – the essential background in one minute Indonesia has rejected a last-ditch offer from Australia...
  • Pharrell denies Blurred Lines claim

    Pharrell denies Blurred Lines claim

    5 March 2015 Last updated at 10:41 Williams said he respected Gaye’s music “beyond words” Pharrell Williams has denied copying Marvin Gaye’s Got to Give It Up for the hit single Blurred Lines. But the...
  • Lumber Liquidators draws senator’s ire

    Lumber Liquidators draws senator’s ire

    Lumber Liquidators stock has plunged 44% this year. A top U.S. senator is calling for a federal investigation into Lumber Liquidators. Senator Bill Nelson wants to know if the company broke federal law about false...
  • Singapore to cane German vandals

    Singapore to cane German vandals

    5 March 2015 Last updated at 06:10 Hinz (R) had entered the depot together with Von Knorre in November Two German men have been sentenced to three strokes of a cane and nine months in...
  • Storm drops over a foot of snow on eastern U.S.

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A large winter storm reaching from Texas to southern New England, which prompted school closings and led to almost 2,300 flight cancellations, had dumped over a foot (30 cm) of snow on...

Headline News

  • Pharrell denies Blurred Lines claim


    5 March 2015 Last updated at 10:41 Williams said he respected Gaye’s music “beyond words” Pharrell Williams has denied copying Marvin Gaye’s Got to Give It Up for the hit single Blurred Lines. But the producer and singer agreed he was “channelling… that late-70s feeling” when he co-wrote the song. Williams, Robin Thicke and rapper TI are being sued by Gaye’s family over similarities between Gaye’s 1977 song the 2013 hit Blurred Lines. In court, Williams said Gaye’s work was not on his mind when he wrote the song, but he later recognised a likeness. “Sometimes when you look back on your past work, you see echoes of people.” “But that doesn’t mean that’s what you were doing,” Williams testified in court in Los Angeles. Williams, Thicke and rapper TI – real name Clifford Harris Jr – all deny copying Got to Give It Up for the song, a number one hit in 2013. Expressing …

    March 5, 2015 5:18 am
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Politics

  • Embattled Hillary Clinton urges State Department to release emails


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Democrat Hillary Clinton on Wednesday broke her silence over a budding controversy involving her use of personal email for work when she was secretary of state, saying she wanted the U.S. State Department to release them swiftly. Clinton’s statement was aimed at cooling a political firestorm over allegations that she inappropriately used her personal email for work while secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. “I want the public to see my email,” the potential 2016 presidential candidate said in a tweet. “I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible.” The controversy has suddenly put Clinton into trouble just as she is planning to launch a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. It has prompted some Democrats to wonder whether someone else should be their candidate to succeed President Barack Obama. The State Department said it will review the …

    March 5, 2015 2:38 am
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Stocks

  • Lumber Liquidators draws senator’s ire


    Lumber Liquidators stock has plunged 44% this year. A top U.S. senator is calling for a federal investigation into Lumber Liquidators. Senator Bill Nelson wants to know if the company broke federal law about false marketing claims by selling laminate flooring. A “60 Minutes” piece on Sunday revealed the flooring contains unsafe levels of the cancer-causing chemical formaldehyde. The senator from Florida wants the agencies to test samples of the flooring, which is made in China. Lumber Liquidators (LL) sells its products nationwide, including at 352 stores it owns in North America. Nelson, the top Democrat on the Senate’s Commerce Committee, sent his request Thursday to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Federal Trade Commission. Lumber Liquidators said Wednesday that it “shares Senator Bill Nelson’s desire for consumer safety” and had been working with the government on safety regulations “over the past few years.” “We are committed …

    March 5, 2015 4:58 am
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Sports

  • Tseng revival continues with solid Singapore opening


    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Yani Tseng had the golfing world at her feet during a glorious five-year spell from 2008 that saw the Taiwanese pick up five major victories and top the world rankings for 109 consecutive weeks. Then the wheels fell off. Following her 15th and final LPGA Tour victory in March 2012, Tseng began to second-guess herself on the course, her form disappeared along with the ever-present smile and the barren run saw her slip to 90th in the world just two weeks ago. To say she was washed up at the age of 26 would have been an unfair assessment of her golfing future but with a lack of top 10s overshadowed by a plethora of missed cuts, it was hard to envisage Tseng competing with emerging stars like Park In-bee and Lydia Ko. Tseng knew she needed to act and opted to go back to a style of inhibition-free golf at the …

    March 5, 2015 5:18 am
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World News

  • Indonesia rejects prisoner swap offer


    5 March 2015 Last updated at 07:53 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The Bali Nine ringleaders – the essential background in one minute Indonesia has rejected a last-ditch offer from Australia of a prisoner swap aimed at saving the lives of two Australian men on death row. Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir told the BBC that Indonesia had no law to provide for such an exchange. Earlier Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop confirmed the swap offer was among options being explored. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumara, from the ‘Bali Nine’ drug-smuggling group, are due to be executed within days. The men are due to be shot by firing squad. A spokesman for Indonesia’s attorney general said the execution date may be decided in a few days. Ms Bishop had announced the offer to repatriate three Indonesian convicts in return for the two Australian men in a joint news conference with Prime …

    March 5, 2015 5:19 am
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Technology

  • The latest ‘kidtech’ kits: tried and tested


    Children should have the opportunity to be creators, not just consumers of technology. I learned how to code when I was a kid and I’ve been doing it ever since. But introducing your kids to what’s possible with robots, electronics and computers can feel daunting, and I’m someone who has studied computer science! My wife is an author and photographer, and we have four children, aged two, four, six and eight – they call themselves the “mini-makers” because we’re all quite creative. The eldest have started showing an interest in technology, partly because they see me tinkering, but also because learning about technology now has a bigger emphasis in the school curriculum. So, where do you start? Here are a handful of “kidtech” kits to get the family learning about coding, robots and electronics at home. Technology Will Save Us DIY Thirsty Plant Kit TECHNOLOGY WILL SAVE US DIY THIRSTY PLANT KIT £20 TECHWILLSAVEUS.COM This …

    March 5, 2015 2:17 am
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Science

  • Dawn arrives on Ceres


    Sailing on the gentlest of pushes from its ion engines, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft last week completed an eight-year journey to the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest and most intriguing object in the asteroid belt. Dawn is the first mission launched specifically to explore this region of rock and rubble between Mars and Jupiter. When the spacecraft launched in September 2007, mission scientists wanted a closer look at two asteroid belt bodies in particular: the protoplanets Ceres and Vesta, throwbacks to the early solar system when our own planet was beginning to form. In July 2011 Dawn reached Vesta, its first target. At 525 kilometres wide, Vesta is one of the largest asteroids in the Solar System and was revealed by Dawn to be egg-shaped with a dry and rocky surface. An immense crater 460 kilometres wide and up to 13 kilometres deep dominates Vesta’s southern hemisphere – the remnants of a massive impact around one billion …

    March 5, 2015 2:38 am
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Health

  • U.S. FDA updates safety alert for ‘superbug’ scopes


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. health regulators issued an updated safety alert on Wednesday for endoscopes linked to drug-resistant “superbug” bacteria in California hospitals. The Food and Drug Administration said it was not recommending that healthcare providers cancel procedures performed with a duodenoscope for patients who need them. It did recommend that healthcare providers inform patients of the risks, including infection, and benefits associated with the procedure and report to the manufacturer and the FDA if they suspect problems with the equipment have led to patient infections. The alert followed news on Wednesday that four patients at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles were infected with a drug-resistant bacteria during endoscopic procedures that may have exposed 64 others since August. On Feb. 19, the UCLA Health System reported that 179 of its patients may have been exposed to the bacteria during endoscopic procedures since October. It said seven of those patients were confirmed to have …

    March 5, 2015 2:38 am
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Entertainment

  • Seth Rogen denies those Amy Pascal weed rumors


    More: 8 Times it sucks to be Amy Pascal since the Sony e-mail hack The actor used social media to post the Hollywood Reporter‘s headline from today, which read “Sony’s Amy Pascal Delays Office Move Due to Seth Rogen Pot Stench.” First of all, Rogen calls the story “completely untrue” and says he isn’t sure if the lies are the most irresponsible part of the story or if the fact that the Hollywood Reporter would refer to the way weed smells as a “stench” is even more shameful. More: Sony hackers issue terrifying threat to theaters showing The Interview I don’t know what’s more irresponsible: that they would print a story that is completely untrue, or that they would refer to how pot smells as a “stench.” #myshitssmellsgood A photo posted by Seth (@sethrogen) on Mar 4, 2015 at 10:58am PST Pascal is in the process of transitioning from her office as Sony’s cochair to a …

    March 5, 2015 2:58 am
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Editorial

  • King v. Burwell: Will Supreme Court put ObamaCare on life support or pull the plug?


    On Wednesday the Supreme Court will hear King v. Burwell, the long-awaited challenge to the Affordable Care Act. And sometime in June the justices almost certainly will issue their decision on the case, either upholding ObamaCare as it currently stands or ruling that a specific part of the law is unconstitutional. It’s essentially a choice between putting the patient on life support and pulling the plug entirely, because no matter which way the justices go, this much is certain: We’re in a lose-lose situation. As things stand now, providing affordable health care to all Americans is a problem that just will not go away. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The fact that the Supreme Court is debating the meaning of four words shows how badly ObamaCare was written. It explains why we’re all still trying to figure out who — the states? the federal government? — is responsible for what. Heads, you lose: If the Court upholds ObamaCare …

    March 5, 2015 2:58 am
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Odd News

  • Las Vegas hospital accidentally sends miscarried fetuses to laundry


    (Reuters) – A Las Vegas hospital accidentally sent twin miscarried fetuses wrapped in linen to a commercial laundry facility on Tuesday, officials said. Henderson Police Department spokeswoman Kathleen Richards said that officers were called at around 10 a.m. local time by laundry company Angelica after workers discovered the fetuses. Richards said the remains were delivered accidentally by Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center. The incident was not considered suspicious, Richards said, but added that the Clark County Coroner’s Office would investigate. Spring Valley Hospital spokeswoman Gretchen Papez said in a statement the mother of the fetuses arrived at the hospital after suffering a miscarriage at another location, and that the twins were wrapped in linens before her arrival. “We are currently reviewing the situation to determine what occurred. However, the remains are currently in the hospital’s possession, and we are working with the family at this time,” Papez said. The hospital is owned by a subsidiary …

    March 4, 2015 2:31 pm
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