• Boston Marathon bomb trial to begin

    Boston Marathon bomb trial to begin

    4 March 2015 Last updated at 10:51 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face the death penalty if he is found guilty, as Nick Bryant reports The trial of...
  • The truth, according to Google

    The truth, according to Google

    It must be true, I found it on the Internet! Naive? Maybe. After all, cyberspace has its fair share of myths. Now Google may have found a way to clean house, or at least throw...
  • Winter storm to bring snow, ice to East

    (Reuters) – A large winter storm could dump up to a foot of snow on parts of the eastern United States on Wednesday and into Thursday, weather officials said, as a relentless winter continues its...
  • India minister vows rape film probe

    India minister vows rape film probe

    4 March 2015 Last updated at 09:50 The rape led to mass protests and vigils in Delhi Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh has promised an inquiry into how a TV crew gained permission to interview...

Headline News

  • FBI says suspect in shooting near U.S. spy agency headquarters in custody


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The FBI said on Wednesday it had detained the person it believes fired shots near the National Security Agency headquarters on Tuesday and was responsible several Maryland highway shootings. Federal officials said shots were reported near an exit on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to Fort Meade, site of the spy agency. No injuries of NSA personnel were reported. “We believe the subject responsible for shooting incidents on the [Inter-County Connector], near Fort Meade Army installation and other locations around the Baltimore-Washington metro area in the last two weeks is in custody,” FBI spokeswoman Amy Thoreson said in a statement. Officers found damage to an NSA building “and they are investigating if it is damage from shots fired,” U.S. Park Police spokeswoman Sergeant Lelani Woods said. The incident came after Maryland Transportation Authority Police reported two people suffered minor injuries from shots fired at a vehicle on the Inter-County Connector, a highway about 12 …

    March 4, 2015 5:06 am
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Politics

  • Democrats, State Department defend Hillary Clinton over email flap


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats scrambled on Tuesday to contain the fallout for Hillary Clinton, their favored 2016 presidential candidate, after allegations she inappropriately used her personal email for work while secretary of state. The Clinton camp quickly sought to discredit a New York Times report published late Monday that said her exclusive use of a personal email account from 2009 through 2013 and a lack of email preservation may have run afoul of the Federal Records Act. The report got wide play, largely because it fuels a political narrative from Republicans that Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, are obsessed with secrecy and seek to play by a different set of rules. Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill, however, said Clinton had followed both the “letter and spirit of the rules” while she was secretary of state. Clinton made no reference to the debate over her email use on Tuesday night when she delivered a …

    March 4, 2015 2:24 am
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Stocks

  • The truth, according to Google


    It must be true, I found it on the Internet! Naive? Maybe. After all, cyberspace has its fair share of myths. Now Google may have found a way to clean house, or at least throw the trash in the basement. The company is figuring out how to rank websites by the veracity of their content. The more truthful the page, the higher up it would appear in search results. Google (GOOG) currently sorts search results based on criteria such as the number of links pointing at the website, the amount of time users spend on it, as well as the prominence of its social media profile. The algorithm, named PageRank after Google co-founder Larry Page, is supposed to rank websites based on their reputation. But a team of Google engineers and research scientists say the current system mainly reflects the popularity of a website, which may tell users little about its truthfulness. Gossip websites are …

    March 4, 2015 4:46 am
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Sports

  • Singapore’s rising mercury a challenge for Ko’s hot streak


    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s steamy temperatures will be no less a challenge than the star-studded field at the HSBC Women’s Champions for teenaged world number one Lydia Ko’s bid for her third successive title. The 17-year-old New Zealander discovered it was not just sweaty palms that golfers have to cope with in the humid Southeast Asian citystate when she played in the 2012 Queen Sirikit Cup. “At that time, I had glasses and the moment I opened the door and went out my glasses just fogged up straightaway,” Ko told reporters on Wednesday. “I was like, ‘man’, obviously this is like going to freeze up the whole time.” The large-framed glasses were ditched at the start of this year in favor of contact lenses and the switch has coincided with her becoming the youngest golfer, across genders, to top the world rankings. Undeterred by the pressure of the position, Ko has won her last two …

    March 4, 2015 5:06 am
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World News

  • Boston Marathon bomb trial to begin


    4 March 2015 Last updated at 10:51 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face the death penalty if he is found guilty, as Nick Bryant reports The trial of the man accused of planting bombs close to the finish line of the Boston Marathon two years ago gets under way in the city shortly. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, denies more than 30 counts of using a weapon of mass destruction. Three people, including an eight-year-old boy, were killed after two pressure cooker bombs packed with nails, ball bearings and other shrapnel detonated. It was the deadliest terror attack on US soil since 9/11. More than 260 people were injured, with many losing limbs. Mr Tsarnaev is also accused of killing a police officer in the days after the bombing. The two bombs detonated at the finishing line of the Boston Marathon Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is accused of carrying out the attack …

    March 4, 2015 5:06 am
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Technology

  • Amanda Palmer races to $13k per release in Patreon crowdfunding


    Every time Amanda Palmer releases a new song, video or long-form piece of writing, she’ll earn more than $13k from her 1,400 backers on crowdfunding site Patreon, making her one of the site’s most popular creators. It took just over 14 hours for the musician to reach these totals after launching her profile on the US-based site, with her fans pledging to pay an average of $9.28 each whenever she releases a new piece of content to her “patron-only” feed. Palmer famously raised $1.2m in 2012 from fans on Kickstarter to fund the release of her last album plus an art book and tour. She’s now shifting her efforts to Patreon, with its model of regular, smaller payments from fans to support the work of creators. So far, more than 430 fans have pledged to pay at least $10 per “thing” that Palmer releases – a payment level that will grant them access to a …

    March 4, 2015 2:03 am
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Science

  • Flower-like magnetic nanoparticles target difficult tumors


    Related images(click to enlarge) Thanks to the work of an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the Dartmouth Center of Nanotechnology Excellence, funded by the National Institutes of Health, the next-generation magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) may soon be treating deep-seated and difficult-to-reach tumors within the human body. Though the researchers caution that any new therapies based on their discoveries will have to prove safe and effective in clinical trials before becoming routinely available for people with cancer, they point to the work they published this week in the Journal of Applied Physics, from AIP Publishing, as significant progress. They created a new class of flower-shaped magnetic nanoparticles with superior performance in low-level magnetic fields and worked out their heating mechanism. The work provides future suggestions for developing a new generation of irregularly shaped magnetic nanoparticles for hyperthermia cancer therapy. What is clinical hyperthermia? It’s a technique in which the temperature of a part or the whole of …

    March 4, 2015 2:24 am
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Health

  • Doctors, patients scramble ahead of high court Obamacare decision


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – As the U.S. Supreme Court takes on a make-or-break Obamacare case this week, a growing number of U.S. patients and their doctors are already devising a Plan B in case they lose medical coverage. The Court’s ruling, expected by late June, will determine whether millions of Americans will keep receiving federal subsidies to help them pay for private health insurance under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law. The White House, which said it is confident the justices will rule in favor of the subsidies that are a key element of Obamacare, said it has no immediate fix if the decision goes the other way. But even physicians who think the court will uphold the subsidies are gearing up for the worst. Worried about newly-insured patients such as those who have just begun treatment for cancer or other serious illnesses, they are dusting off playbooks they retired when Obamacare slashed the number of …

    March 4, 2015 2:25 am
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Entertainment

  • Madonna Channels Pal Kanye With Her Fur-Trimmed Parka


    Taking a page from the Kanye West style manual, Madonna suits up in a fur-trimmed parka (a total trademark Kanye piece) as she leaves Paris. Let’s hope she doesn’t get choked with it. Oh la la! Last night, the 56-year-old was partying down for her release party for her new single “Living for Love.” Interestingly enough, just a day after her interview about her collaboration with Kanye, the Material Girl was dressed just like him in the City of Lights. Madge must be on a real Kanye kick — she just collaborated with Yeezy for the song “Illuminati” off of hew new album Rebel Heart, which drops this Friday. In her new Rolling Stone cover story, Madonna talked about the controversial music man. “I feel like the music business needs him, because everyone’s become so politically correct, so safe,” Madonna said. “I don’t always agree with the things he says or does – I don’t …

    March 4, 2015 4:46 am
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Editorial

  • Georgia Death Row Dilemma: God and Kelly Gissendaner


    FILE — July 6, 2004: Kelly Gissendaner, the only woman on Georgia’s death row, peers through the slot in her cell door as a guard brings her a cup of ice at Metro State Prison in Atlanta. Gissendaner was convicted of murder in the February 1997 stabbing death of her husband. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bita Honarvar) On Monday night the State of Georgia delayed the execution of confessed murderer Kelly Gissendaner, the only woman sentenced to death in that state in seven decades. Officials claimed that was because the injectable drug that would have killed her looked cloudy. Her execution had also been delayed a week before, supposedly due to snowstorms.  Maybe the real reason Georgia is delaying is that officials know, at some level, that executing Kelly Gissendaner would be evil — as evil as her own crime. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In 1998 Kelly Gissendaner was convicted of plotting with an accomplice to kill her husband …

    March 4, 2015 2:44 am
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Odd News

  • German pensioner needs drill to dig for Nazi-looted Amber Room


    BERLIN (Reuters) – A pensioner has started digging in Germany’s western Ruhr region for the Amber Room, a priceless work of art looted by Nazis from the Soviet Union during World War Two and missing for 70 years, but says he needs a new drill to help him. Dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Amber Room was an ornate chamber made of amber panels given to Czar Peter the Great by Prussia’s Friedrich Wilhelm I in 1716. German troops stole the treasure chamber from a palace near St Petersburg in 1941 and took it to Koenigsberg, now the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, before it disappeared. Conspiracy theories abound about the whereabouts of what some say is the world’s most valuable piece of lost art. Some historians think it was destroyed in the war, others say Germans smuggled it to safety. Now 68-year-old pensioner Karl-Heinz Kleine says he thinks the chamber is hidden under …

    March 3, 2015 10:15 am
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