• Mexico anger over crocodile shooting

    Mexico anger over crocodile shooting

    The animal killed in Mexico was from the Crocodylus acutus species A Mexican police officer has been suspended after a video posted on YouTube showed a man in uniform killing a crocodile with a machine...
  • UConn shakes Dayton, advances to another Final Four

    Albany, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Dayton head coach Jim Jabir was optimistic before his team went up against Connecticut in what looked like an Elite Eight mismatch, saying, “We would not play the game if we...
  • 8 Questions about Jay Z’s Tidal answered

    1. What the heck is it? It’s a streaming service like Spotify and Apple’s Beats Music. More: Beyoncé’s even more beautiful in leaked, unPhotoshopped pictures 2. Why is Jay Z releasing it? Tidal existed under...
  • Jay Z promotes music streaming brand

    Jay Z promotes music streaming brand

    Tidal has several big name backers Some of the biggest names in entertainment have re-launched the music subscription service Tidal, which they are billing as the first artist-owned platform for music and video. At an...
  • Bradley steps up as Celtics best Hornets

    Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) – Avery Bradley came up big in an important game for the Boston Celtics, racking up 30 points to lead the way in a 116-104 victory over the Charlotte Hornets. Five other...

Headline News

  • Indiana to clarify ‘religious freedom’ law, Georgia, N.C. bills stall


    (Reuters) – Indiana Republicans pledged on Monday to clarify a new “religious freedom” law, while similar proposals stalled in Georgia and North Carolina after businesses and activists said such measures could be used to discriminate against gays. Arkansas lawmakers, however, signaled they would move forward with their own bill, even after Indiana was rebuked by companies and executives including Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N), Apple Inc (AAPL.O) CEO Tim Cook, and Eli Lilly and Co (LLY.N). Indiana’s law, signed by Governor Mike Pence last week, was perceived as going further than those passed in 19 other states, giving businesses a right to refuse services on religious grounds. Gay marriage became legal in Indiana last year following an appeals court ruling, and gay rights activists say Republicans pushed through the act in response. It was enacted months before an expected U.S. Supreme Court ruling over state bans on same-sex marriage. The law has drawn intense criticism, including …

    March 30, 2015 9:42 pm
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Politics

  • Obama praises Ted Kennedy at opening of Senate replica in Boston


    BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama praised the late Edward Kennedy on Monday at the opening of a Senate chamber replica built in his honor, calling the former Democratic Senator for Massachusetts an inspired leader who bridged the bipartisan divide. “Now, since this is a joyous occasion, this is not the time for me to suggest a slew of new ideas for reform. Although I do have some,” Obama said at the ceremony in Boston. “What if we carried ourselves more like Ted Kennedy?” Obama was one of several speakers to praise “the lion of the Senate” at the inauguration of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, including Vice President Joe Biden, former U.S. Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, and members of the Kennedy family. The centerpiece of the non-profit institute is a full-scale replica of the U.S. Senate chamber. Groups of middle and high school students will assemble …

    March 30, 2015 7:20 pm
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Stocks

  • Elizabeth Warren tells Wall Street: ‘Bring it on’


    Elizabeth Warren has a clear message for Wall Street: “Bring it on.” The senator from Massachusetts said Monday that she will continue to call for financial reforms and for big Wall Street banks to be broken up, despite potential retaliation against Democratic candidates. Last week, Reuters reported that Citigroup (C), Bank of America (BAC), Goldman Sachs (GS) and J.P. Morgan Chase (JPM) might withhold campaign contributions to Senate Democrats because of Warren’s negative portrayal of Wall Street. “You bet I believe it’s a serious threat,” Warren told a packed room at a Barnes Noble in New York City’s Union Square — a few miles north of Wall Street. “It is so brazen. If they think they can say in public, ‘I don’t like your tone, I don’t like the way you talk about financial regulation’ … I got news for them: bring it on,” the Democrat said. Related: Elizabeth Warren says the market is broken …

    March 30, 2015 9:41 pm
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Sports

  • UConn shakes Dayton, advances to another Final Four


    Albany, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Dayton head coach Jim Jabir was optimistic before his team went up against Connecticut in what looked like an Elite Eight mismatch, saying, “We would not play the game if we didn’t have a chance to win.” The Flyers made believers of everyone watching the first half of the Albany Region final, going toe-to-toe against the immensely talented Huskies before eventually succumbing to the perennial powerhouse. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis poured in 27 points, Breanna Stewart was terrific on both ends of the floor and top-seeded UConn pulled away for a 91-70 win to reach its eighth straight Final Four. Mosqueda-Lewis broke the all-time record with the fifth of her seven 3- pointers, giving her 395 in her career to surpass the mark set by Kansas State’s Laurie Koehn and tied by UT Martin’s Heather Butler last year. Stewart finished with 23 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks, while Morgan Tuck added 23 …

    March 30, 2015 9:41 pm
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World News

  • Mexico anger over crocodile shooting


    The animal killed in Mexico was from the Crocodylus acutus species A Mexican police officer has been suspended after a video posted on YouTube showed a man in uniform killing a crocodile with a machine gun. The incident happened at a water treatment plant in the north-western state of Sinaloa. An investigation has been launched. The man is facing criminal charges and up to nine years in jail, as crocodiles are a protected species in Mexico. Local media say the crocodile posed a threat to the local population. The footage shows the man shooting at the crocodile several times after it was pulled to the side of the pond in a fishing net. ‘Excess of violence’ A group of men in civil defence shirts are seen cheering. They warn the police officer that the animal is still alive and ask him to shoot it in the head. A second man in uniform then joins him …

    March 30, 2015 9:41 pm
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Technology

  • The internet of things: convenience at a price


    Chores are boring. Get home from work, let the dog out, put dinner on, start a load of laundry and write a list for your next grocery order. What if rather than doing housework when you get home, you could do it on your commute – or better yet, not at all? That’s the promise of the internet of things: hand your commute over to a smart car, let your pet out via his web-connected dog door, open up an app to pre-heat the oven and start the laundry, and click to approve the shopping list your smart fridge automatically generated. This all sounds like a futuristic life, and parts of it do remain years away, but the foundations are being laid now – and much of the work is being done by British firms. We need to decide now what the IoT will look like, how it will protect our privacy, and just how …

    March 30, 2015 10:55 am
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Science

  • Massive study is first to explore historical ocean response to abrupt climate change


    Related images(click to enlarge) A 30-foot-long core sample of Pacific Ocean seafloor is changing what we know about ocean resiliency in the face of rapidly changing climate. A new study reports that marine ecosystems can take thousands, rather than hundreds, of years to recover from climate-related upheavals. The study’s authors–including Peter Roopnarine, PhD, of the California Academy of Sciences–analyzed thousands of invertebrate fossils to show that ecosystem recovery from climate change and seawater deoxygenation might take place on a millennial scale. The revolutionary study is the first of its kind, and is published today in the Early Edition of the journal PNAS. The scientific collaborative–led by Sarah Moffitt, PhD, from the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory and Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute–analyzed more than 5,400 invertebrate fossils, from sea urchins to clams, within a sediment core from offshore Santa Barbara, California. “In this study, we used the past to forecast the future,” says Roopnarine, Academy …

    March 30, 2015 7:19 pm
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Health

  • Pesticides on fruits, veggies linked with poorer semen quality


    (Reuters) – Men who eat more fruits and vegetables with pesticide residue have lower sperm counts and a lower percentage of normal sperm, according to a new study. The researchers studied sperm samples from 155 men who were attending a fertility clinic between 2007 and 2012 because they and their partners were having trouble conceiving. The men also answered 131 questions about the food they ate, including how often and in what quantities they ate 38 fruits and vegetables like apples, avocadoes or cantaloupe. The researchers compared their answers to annual U.S. Department of Agriculture data on average pesticide residue in types of produce. For example, peppers, spinach, strawberries, apples, and pears tend to have high levels of pesticide residue, whereas peas, beans, grapefruit, and onions have low-to-moderate amounts. Half the men ate at least 3.5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. The total amount of fruits and veggies in the diet was not …

    March 30, 2015 7:20 pm
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Entertainment

  • 8 Questions about Jay Z’s Tidal answered


    1. What the heck is it? It’s a streaming service like Spotify and Apple’s Beats Music. More: Beyoncé’s even more beautiful in leaked, unPhotoshopped pictures 2. Why is Jay Z releasing it? Tidal existed under the Aspiro brand name, which Jay Z’s Carter Enterprises aquired at the end of January. So Tidal was an existing company, Jay Z is simply rebranding it. 3. Who’s in on it? It isn’t just Jay Z’s star power that is supporting this new venture. Wifey Beyoncé is also on board, of course, as are Madonna, Usher, Daft Punk, Kanye West, Calvin Harris and a host of other music heavy weights. 4. How is it different than Spotify? While the price point is similar to Spotify: 10 and 20 dollars a month for the premium and Hifi versions, respectively, Tidal promises to differentiate itself by being, “the first music streaming service that combines the best high fidelity sound quality, high …

    March 30, 2015 9:41 pm
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Editorial

  • The Foxhole: Michael G. Waltz on trading the SitRoom for Special Forces, the stalemate in Afghanistan, and Obama as commander-in-chief


    “America, we are passing through a time of great trial,” declared President Obama during a televised address to 4,000 cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The date was December 1, 2009, and the circumstances were dramatic: In addition to announcing the deployment of an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan – fewer than his top generals had requested – the commander-in-chief also specified that the U.S. would begin withdrawing virtually all its forces from the theater starting in 2011. OBAMA ADDS TROOPS, BUT MAPS EXIT PLAN read the New York Times headline. Watching the speech in his headquarters in Eastern Afghanistan, near the Pakistani border, was Michael G. Waltz, a Green Beret and U.S. Army Special Forces commander who had watched men die right in front of him and who was struggling at the time to enlist the cooperation of local tribe elders in the coalition fight against the Taliban. When …

    March 30, 2015 7:20 pm
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Odd News

  • Mother-in-law’s tombstone topples on Pennsylvania man, killing him


    HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) – A Pennsylvania man was helping decorate his mother-in-law’s tombstone on Monday ahead of the Easter holiday when it suddenly toppled over, pinning him underneath and killing him, a cemetery caretaker said. The 400-pound stone fatally injured Stephen Woytack, 74, of Scranton, said Edward Kubilas, caretaker of St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in the eastern Pennsylvania town of Throop, just outside of Scranton. On Monday morning, Woytack was kneeling next to the grave marker while his wife tied on a cross on the other side, Kubilas said. The stoner toppled without warning in the soft spring ground. “His wife came running to get me,” Kubilas told Reuters. “By the time I got there, he was not too good. I got half the stone off him. It must have been adrenaline.” A police officer and ambulance arrived almost immediately and helped him wrestle the rest of the 4-foot by 4-foot stone off Woytack, Kubilas …

    March 30, 2015 7:19 pm
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