• Tippett to coach Canada at world championship

    (Reuters) – Dave Tippett, coach of the National Hockey League’s Phoenix Coyotes, will coach Canada’s men’s ice hockey team at next month’s world championship, Hockey Canada said on Wednesday. Tippett, who represented Canada at two...
  • Fate of Nigeria kidnap girls unclear

    Fate of Nigeria kidnap girls unclear

    16 April 2014 Last updated at 23:00 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The school is located not far from where the Islamist militant group Boko Haram has been carrying out attacks,...
  • Jordan ‘targets vehicles from Syria’

    Jordan ‘targets vehicles from Syria’

    16 April 2014 Last updated at 14:49 A Jordanian government spokesman said it was increasingly worried about “cases of infiltration” Jordanian warplanes have targeted and destroyed several vehicles trying to cross the border from Syria,...
  • Google stock sinks as mobile struggles continue

    A smartphone runs Google’s Android software. Investors are getting impatient with Google’ mobile marketing strategy. Google (GOOGL) shares sank 3% in after-hours trading Wednesday after the company posted first-quarter earnings and sales that missed expectations....

Headline News

  • Navy delays submarine commissioning, says more work needed


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Navy on Wednesday said it would delay the commissioning of the North Dakota, a new Virginia-class submarine that was due to enter active service on May 31, to carry out more design work and resolve quality problems with certain components. The submarine, built jointly by General Dynamics Corp and Huntington Ingalls Industries, is returning to drydock for the additional work, according to the submarine’s Facebook site. It said no new commissioning date had been set. Colleen O’Rourke, spokeswoman for Naval Sea Systems Command, said the Navy decided to delay the commissioning because the ship needed additional design and certification work on its redesigned bow, and because of “material issues” with certain vendor-assembled and delivered components. “The Navy is committed to ensuring the safety of its crews and ships. High quality standards for submarine components are an important part of the overall effort to ensure safety,” O’Rourke said. She did not provide …

    April 16, 2014 7:36 pm
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Politics

  • Ted Cruz Endorses Candidate in Oklahoma Senate Race


    By Emily Cahn Posted at 6:26 p.m. today 0 Tweet   Cruz is a Republican from Texas. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, endorsed former state Speaker T.W. Shannon in Oklahoma’s Senate special election, marking the latest tea party leader to back his candidacy in the Sooner State. Shannon will face GOP Rep. James Lankford, as well as a handful of other lesser-known Republicans, in a June 24 special election primary. There is a special election because Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has announced he will vacate his Senate seat at the end of this Congress, two years before his term expires in 2016. “T.W. Shannon is a strong Constitutional conservative who will fight for individual liberty and help turn our country around,” Cruz said in a Wednesday news release. “T.W. embodies the American dream. I’m proud to offer T.W. my enthusiastic endorsement because not only will he vote the right way, but he’ll stand …

    April 16, 2014 5:35 pm
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Stocks

  • Google stock sinks as mobile struggles continue


    A smartphone runs Google’s Android software. Investors are getting impatient with Google’ mobile marketing strategy. Google (GOOGL) shares sank 3% in after-hours trading Wednesday after the company posted first-quarter earnings and sales that missed expectations. Of particular concern was a 9% drop in payments from marketers per ad on Google sites. The challenge for Google is convincing marketers to pay as much for mobile ads as they do for desktop ads, a task that’s become increasingly pressing as Web usage shifts to smartphones. Google Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora said in a conference call Wednesday afternoon that the company’s mobile ad revenue is being held up in part because merchants haven’t spent enough time developing their mobile sites, assuming that customers will make more purchases via desktop. “The journey is just beginning for advertisers on the mobile side,” he said. As advertisers begin to see the potential of mobile ads, including location targeting, Arora added …

    April 16, 2014 5:55 pm
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Sports

  • Tippett to coach Canada at world championship


    (Reuters) – Dave Tippett, coach of the National Hockey League’s Phoenix Coyotes, will coach Canada’s men’s ice hockey team at next month’s world championship, Hockey Canada said on Wednesday. Tippett, who represented Canada at two Olympics as a player, serving as captain in 1984 and winning a silver medal 1992, will be assisted by fellow NHL head coaches Paul Maurice (Winnipeg Jets) and Peter DeBoer (New Jersey Devils). “As a coaching staff, we are looking forward to the challenge of representing Canada at the world championship,” Tippett said in a statement. “Hockey Canada has had a great season this year, so we look forward to capitalizing on that momentum in Belarus.” Canada will try for the golden double after taking the gold medal at the Sochi Olympics with a win over Sweden. The Canadian squad will be made up of players from teams that did not make the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs and from ones …

    April 16, 2014 7:36 pm
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World News

  • Fate of Nigeria kidnap girls unclear


    16 April 2014 Last updated at 23:00 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The school is located not far from where the Islamist militant group Boko Haram has been carrying out attacks, as the BBC’s Will Ross reports Mystery surrounds the fate of more than 100 teenage girls who were abducted from a school in the remote north-east of Nigeria. The military says all but eight of the 129 girls have escaped, but the BBC’s Will Ross in Abuja says there is no independent confirmation of this. It is thought the Islamist militant group Boko Haram took the girls to a forest near the Cameroonian border. The group is waging a campaign for an Islamic state in the north of Nigeria. The militant group’s name means “Western education is forbidden” in the local Hausa language. Also on Wednesday, 18 people were killed in an attack in the Gwoza district of north-eastern Nigeria, …

    April 16, 2014 6:56 pm
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Technology

  • Smartphone Kill Switch Gets Breath of Life


    CTIA-The Wireless Association and major mobile manufacturers, providers and operating system makers have entered a voluntary agreement to include antitheft measures in smartphones. The security and safety of mobile users is the top priority for the industry, according to CTIA, and the agreement is intended to protect consumers from smartphone theft while providing companies’ with the ability to innovate. Signatories to the agreement include Apple, Google, Microsoft, Motorola Mobility, Samsung, HTC, Huawei, Nokia, Asurion, ATT, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon. Among the notable names missing is BlackBerry. Baseline Tool The signers agreed to ensure that starting July 2015, smartphones manufactured for retail sale in the U.S. will have a baseline antitheft tool (or so-called kill switch) either pre-installed or downloadable. The tool will be available to consumers at no cost. It must be able to remotely wipe personal information such as contacts, photos and emails. The function needs to be able to make the …

    April 16, 2014 5:15 pm
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Science

  • NASA Names Six New Members to Advisory Council


    NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has announced the appointment of six new members to the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). The group advises NASA’s senior leadership on challenges and solutions facing the agency as it unfolds a new era of exploration. The six new members are Wanda Austin, Wayne Hale, Scott Hubbard, Miles O’Brien, Thomas Young, and Kathryn Schmoll. The group has a wide range of expertise in the aerospace field.  They are joining NAC Chair Steven Squyres and continuing members Marion Blakey, Kenneth Bowersox, David McComas, William Ballhaus, Charles Kennel (ex officio) and Lester Lyles (ex officio).  Wanda Austin is president and chief executive officer of The Aerospace Corporation, a leading architect for the nation’s national security space programs. She is internationally recognized for her work in satellite and payload system acquisition, systems engineering, and system simulation and served on President Obama’s Review of Human Spaceflight Plans Committee in 2009. Wayne Hale is a consultant for …

    April 16, 2014 5:15 pm
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Health

  • Oh baby: Scientists find protein that lets egg and sperm hook up


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – You can forget about the birds and the bees. If you really want to learn how babies are made, you need to know about Juno and Izumo. Fertilization takes place when an egg cell and a sperm cell recognize one another and fuse to form an embryo. But how they recognize each other in order to hook up had remained a mystery. Researchers said on Wednesday they have identified a protein on the egg cell’s surface that interacts with another protein on the surface of a sperm cell, allowing the two cells to join. This protein, dubbed Juno in honor of the ancient Roman goddess of fertility and marriage, and its counterpart in sperm, named Izumo after a Japanese marriage shrine, are essential for reproduction in mammals including people, they said. This new understanding of the role of these two proteins could help improve the treatment of infertility and guide the development …

    April 16, 2014 5:35 pm
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Entertainment

  • Reese Witherspoon Switches Up Her Spring Style With A New Fedora


    Reese Witherspoon may have three kids and be in her late thirties, but don’t accuse her of having boring mom style! (Cough, Jennifer Garner, cough!) Reese stepped out to lunch in Brentwood on Wednesday, and the Oscar winner was all smiles when we snapped her getting out of the passenger side of her friend’s car. We love that she’s always in such a good mood! So when are we going to see her back on the big screen? Very soon! Her upcoming film, The Devil’s Knot, hits theaters on May 9, and it tells the true story of three teenagers, known as the West Memphis Three, who were falsely convicted of killing two 8-year-old boys in Tennessee. Reese plays Pam Hobbs, the mother of victim Stevie Branch, and Colin Firth also stars in the movie as Ronald Lax, a private investigator who represents one of the accused teens.

    April 16, 2014 5:55 pm
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Editorial

  • Why is Harry Reid so concerned with a local Nevada rancher?


      I live in Las Vegas. I live and breath Nevada politics. Something is very wrong. Something smells rotten in the Nevada desert. And Senator Harry Reid’s fingerprints are all over it. I am of course referring to the Bundy Ranch siege. This was a dispute between a Nevada ranching family with rights to the land in question for 140 years and the BLM (Bureayu of Land Management).  The government claims they haven’t paid grazing fees for 20 years. The result was a government assault on the ranch- including snipers with assault rifles, SUV’s, helicopters, airplanes and over 200 heavily armed troops. No matter whether you come down on the side of the government or the ranch family, I think all of us can agree this was excessive force. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Doesn’t it strike anyone as strange that the U.S. Senate Majority Leader is so obsessed with a small rancher who hasn’t paid grazing fees? …

    April 16, 2014 5:35 pm
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Odd News

  • Philadelphia using ‘robo-calls’ as weapon in war on illegal signs


    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Philadelphia is taking on businesses that blanket its neighborhoods with illegal paper and plastic signs by using automated phone calls to disrupt the operations of people who post them along with contact numbers. “It’s as plain as that,” said Philadelphia Streets Commissioner David Perri. “We hook them up to robo-calls so all their voicemails get filled up.” City officials are recording phone numbers on the advertisements, which hype everything from cash for junk cars to fixer upper homes. The numbers are put into a database that makes “robo-calls” about city programs every 15 minutes. The often brightly colored advertisements, known as bandit signs, have long irritated civic leaders who see them as a blight. The city has struggled to eliminate them by levying fines for each sign and encouraging civic groups to tear them down. The illegal ads are visible by the dozen on city streets, particularly in low-income neighborhoods. They advertise …

    April 16, 2014 5:15 pm
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