• German MPs back Greek loan extension

    German MPs back Greek loan extension

    27 February 2015 Last updated at 10:51 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Police and protesters clashed in Athens on Thursday night The German parliament has voted to extend financial aid to...
  • Nishikori, Ferrer advance to semis at Acapulco

    Acapulco, Mexico (SportsNetwork.com) – Top-seeded Kei Nishikori made easy work of Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-4 to reach the semifinals at the $1.4 million Mexican Open. Nishikori will face fourth-seeded Kevin Anderson, who snuck into the...
  • India looks for economic magic in new budget

    India looks for economic magic in new budget

    India is bracing for its economic Super Bowl. The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to reveal its second budget, an event so highly anticipated that TV news channels have doubled their advertising...
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    Today’s Toons 2/27/15

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Headline News

  • Former Notre Dame president Rev. Theodore Hesburgh dies at 97


    (Reuters) – Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, who reshaped the University of Notre Dame from a Catholic college known for its football team into an academic force, died late on Thursday night, the school said in a statement. He was 97. Hesburgh, one of the premier Catholic educators in the United States and “champion of human rights”, presided over the Indiana university for three and a half decades, stepping down in 1987, the statement said. During his tenure, he grew the school’s annual operating budget 18-fold to $176.6 million and nearly doubled its enrollment. He also oversaw the Notre Dame’s transformation into a coeducational university when women were first admitted to its undergraduate program in 1972, the school said. Internationally, he served four popes on issues such as atomic energy and human rights. In the United States, he held 16 presidential appointments and chaired the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights from 1969 to 1972. He was replaced …

    February 27, 2015 5:29 am
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Politics

  • White House sees China as trump card in trade debate


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is confident lawmakers will warm up to a proposed Pacific free trade deal on the grounds it is a chance for the United States, rather than China, to dictate the rules of Asian trade, a top official said on Thursday. “It’s a choice between us writing it and, frankly, China writing it, which I think is very compelling to many members of Congress,” Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews said during a call to announce more support for rural exporters, such as by promoting more trade shows and workshops. The White House is lobbying hard to win support for trade in Congress, particularly among Democrats worried about the impact of trade deals on U.S. jobs. Andrews said the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, deal was a chance to get an agreement with Mexico on new labor and environmental standards that were not part of the North American Free Trade …

    February 27, 2015 5:10 am
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Stocks

  • India looks for economic magic in new budget


    India is bracing for its economic Super Bowl. The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to reveal its second budget, an event so highly anticipated that TV news channels have doubled their advertising rates around Saturday’s presentation. The budget launch itself will not be scintillating television — there are no flashy special effects. What you get instead is India’s finance minister presenting a long list of fiscal plans and announcements. And yet, Indians have always paid close attention on budget day. This year, with a reform-minded, single-party government in place, expectations are even higher. The country’s stock markets will even hold a special Saturday trading session. Modi has made ambitious promises: to make India an easier place to do business (the World Bank ranks India 142nd globally), to kick-start a new era of fast growth and to bring the trappings of the developed world to India’s towns and cities. Should the prime minister …

    February 27, 2015 5:29 am
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Sports

  • Nishikori, Ferrer advance to semis at Acapulco


    Acapulco, Mexico (SportsNetwork.com) – Top-seeded Kei Nishikori made easy work of Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-4 to reach the semifinals at the $1.4 million Mexican Open. Nishikori will face fourth-seeded Kevin Anderson, who snuck into the final four by overcoming Serbian Viktor Troicki 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 on the hardcourts at the Fairmont Acapulco Princess. The 6-foot-8 South African Anderson lost to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in last year’s final here. The second-seeded David Ferrer had some trouble moving on to the semis, winning a three-set match with Bernard Tomic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. Ferrer captured three straight Acapulco titles from 2010-12 and was the runner-up to Rafael Nadal in 2013. Ryan Harrison will meet Ferrer in the next round after he fought past sixth- seeded Ivo Karlovic 4-6, 7-6 (7-0), 7-6, (7-4) in just under 2 1/2 hours. This year’s champion will earn $343,000. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    February 27, 2015 5:29 am
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World News

  • German MPs back Greek loan extension


    27 February 2015 Last updated at 10:51 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Police and protesters clashed in Athens on Thursday night The German parliament has voted to extend financial aid to Greece by another four months. The extension – approved by creditors last week in exchange for a series of Greek government reforms – needs to be ratified by eurozone members. Some MPs had expressed doubts about the deal and there is substantial public scepticism but the vote passed easily. It comes after police and protesters clashed during anti-government demonstrations in Athens on Thursday. They were the first such disturbances since Greece’s leftist Syriza was sworn in as the main government party exactly a month ago. Dozens of activists hurled petrol bombs and stones at police and set cars alight after a march involving hundreds of protesters. Syriza swept to power in January by promising to renegotiate the country’s debt and …

    February 27, 2015 5:30 am
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Technology

  • Robear: the bear-shaped nursing robot who’ll look after you when you get old


    A number of companies have explored the idea of humanoid robots as future home-helpers for elderly people. The latest experiment from Japan is distinctly more bear-shaped, though. Meet Robear, an experimental nursing-care robot developed by the RIKEN-SRK Collaboration Center for Human-Interactive Robot Research and Sumitomo Riko Company. Unveiled this month, the robot is designed to lift patients out of beds and into wheelchairs, as well as helping those who need assistance to stand up. Robear weighs in at 140kg, and is the successor to heavier robots RIBA and RIBA-II. “We really hope that this robot will lead to advances in nursing care, relieving the burden on caregivers today,” said Toshiharu Mukai, leader of the project’s robot sensor systems research team. “We intend to continue with research toward more practical robots capable of providing powerful yet gentle care to elderly people.” That’s an increasingly urgent challenge in Japan, where the elderly population is growing fast. According …

    February 27, 2015 5:09 am
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Science

  • Embrace unknowns, opt for flexibility in environmental policies


    We make hundreds, possibly thousands, of decisions each day without having full knowledge of what will happen next. Life is unpredictable, and we move forward the best we can despite not knowing every detail. It’s no different in the natural world. Earth is warming, fish stocks and species counts fluctuate and we’re experiencing more extreme weather. Conservation managers need to act quickly and make decisions about how to address these issues — even though questions remain. That’s the argument of two University of Washington researchers whose perspectives article appears Feb. 27 in Science. “Modern science is producing lots of new knowledge, but we question whether that knowledge is going to accumulate fast enough to be useful as systems change rapidly,” said Daniel Schindler, a co-author and UW professor of aquatic and fishery sciences. “We have to learn how to manage our ecosystems and natural resources in a reality where uncertainties dominate. That often means we …

    February 27, 2015 5:09 am
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Health

  • Decision on widespread Ebola vaccination in August at earliest: WHO


    GENEVA (Reuters) – An independent advisory body will decide in August at the earliest on whether to recommend widespread introduction of Ebola vaccine, depending on results of clinical trials and the epidemic’s course, the World Health Organization said on Friday. Reporting on a three-day meeting of experts, WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier told a news briefing: “Vaccine introduction is by no means a given and will depend on the results of clinical trials and recommendations from WHO’s Strategy Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on vaccines and immunization. “The earliest that the SAGE is expected to make recommendation on a wide-scale introduction is August. Decisions on whether or not to introduce the vaccine will be made by the respective ministries of health of countries,” he said. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

    February 27, 2015 5:10 am
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Entertainment

  • 17 Celebs are very frustrated with the black and blue #whatcoloristhisdress war


    More: Taylor Swift, Jimmy Fallon get upstaged in their choreographed dance skit (VIDEO) It’s the question of the ages — the question that took the Internet by storm Thursday afternoon: What color is this f***ing dress? White and gold? Blue and black? People are debating the color of this dress: http://t.co/q4ehsvw8IR pic.twitter.com/Rh3PgspIU0 — CNN (@CNN) February 27, 2015 It turns out there are a lot of sciencey reasons for why some people see blue and black and others see white and gold, but that hasn’t stopped the question from being deeply divisive, because if there’s anything the Internet rocks at, it’s viciously defending its own position in an ultimately pointless debate. Even celebrities aren’t safe from the insanity of it all. They’re on Twitter with the rest of us, tearing out their hair over defending the colors they see. I see white and gold and I cannot fathom how anybody could look at that picture and …

    February 27, 2015 3:48 am
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Editorial

  • We can’t protect free, open Internet by dusting off old regulations


    The Internet is and will continue to be an indispensable part of the lives of Floridians and all Americans. As we grow more dependent on it for everyday tasks, ensuring fair and open Internet access will continue to be a priority. In the early days of the Internet, Congress and regulators intentionally left the Internet free from burdensome regulation. This bipartisan decision to keep government’s hands off the Internet has been responsible for leaps in innovation and investment – making America a global leader in broadband development. Revolutionary ways to connect with other people around the world online; billion dollar smart phone applications; near-instantaneous Internet speeds; the list of truly life-altering innovations goes on and on. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT No one disagrees that the Internet should be free and open. The president’s plan just does not accomplish that goal. We have all benefitted from a system that incentivizes broadband providers to be the fastest and most …

    February 27, 2015 1:47 am
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Odd News

  • NYC trucker accused of avoiding toll with device inspired by James Bond


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A trucker accused of using a James Bond-style retractable bumper to evade a $95 toll on the George Washington Bridge has been charged with using burglary tools, police said on Thursday. Hauling a load of candy across the bridge toward New York City on Wednesday, Pablo Ortega flipped a switch on his dashboard as he approached the toll gates over the Hudson River. That engaged a device that tilted up the truck’s bumper and attached license plate, said Joseph Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police. “The officer positioned at the toll booth sees the bumper lift to a 90-degree angle. This makes it unreadable to the EZ-Pass reader,” Pentangelo said, referring to the electronic device that collects the toll from vehicles at the bridge entrance at Fort Lee, New Jersey. The Port Authority, which operates the bridge, charges a $95 toll for an …

    February 27, 2015 1:08 am
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