• Fiorina: A GOP alternative to Hillary?

    Fiorina: A GOP alternative to Hillary?

    Carly Fiorina speaks in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Carly Fiorina, the lone Republican woman eying the White House, wants to block Hillary Rodham Clinton from playing the “gender card” in the 2016 presidential...
  • Police appeal to ‘Syria-bound’ family

    Police appeal to ‘Syria-bound’ family

    A family of six who have been reported missing may be travelling to a part of Syria controlled by Islamic State militants, police have said. Asif Malik, 31, Sara Kiran, 29, their daughter Zoha, seven,...
  • Thai Kiradech prevails in playoff to win in Shenzhen

    (Reuters) – Big-hitting Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat eagled the penultimate hole to force a playoff and then prevailed over Chinese teen Li Hao-tong at the Shenzhen International to claim his second European Tour title on Sunday....
  • Cameron wants Lloyds shares sell-off

    Cameron wants Lloyds shares sell-off

    Up to £4bn worth of Lloyds Bank shares will be offered to small investors at below-market prices if the Conservatives win the election, David Cameron confirms to the BBC. The offer would be part of...

Headline News

  • Survivors gather for 20th anniversary of Oklahoma City bombing


    OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – When Priscilla Salyers attends Sunday’s anniversary ceremony for victims of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, she will be thinking how far she has come in fighting depression and survivor’s guilt. She and hundreds of other survivors will bow their heads at the 20th Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, marking the day a cargo truck with more than two tons of explosives blew up, killing 168 people. Salyers plummeted five floors when the fuel-and-fertilizer bomb detonated at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. She remembers the sound, remembers locking eyes with a coworker she would never see alive again and remembers the chaos and noise as the floor disintegrated under her feet. She was trapped in the rubble of the nine-story building for hours, her head beneath a 25-foot column of concrete. Anti-government militant Timothy McVeigh, who carried out the bombing, and accomplice …

    April 19, 2015 6:30 am
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Politics

  • Fiorina: A GOP alternative to Hillary?


    Carly Fiorina speaks in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Carly Fiorina, the lone Republican woman eying the White House, wants to block Hillary Rodham Clinton from playing the “gender card” in the 2016 presidential race. But to do so, Fiorina is taking a page from the gender politics playbook herself. A former business executive with limited political experience, Fiorina argues that if Republicans nominate her, it would neutralize any advantages the Democrats might get from having a woman at the top of their ticket. Speaking of Clinton in an interview with The Associated Press, Fiorina said, “She wants to make it a gender-based campaign; she wants to talk about the war on women; she wants to talk about being the first woman president. She can’t do any of that with me.” Clinton, who launched her campaign last weekend, has been playing up her life experience as a mother and grandmother, along with her policy …

    April 19, 2015 6:51 am
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Stocks

  • Video startup Vessel raises $57.5 million


    Vessel, a company that is trying to create a subscription service for web video stars, has received another $57.5 million in venture capital funding. The investment, announced Friday in a blog post by Vessel CEO Jason Kilar, comes a few weeks after the service opened to the public. Kilar was previously the founding CEO of Hulu, the TV streaming site backed by NBC, ABC and Fox. So investors and media companies have been paying attention to his new venture. Vessel’s pitch is that it solves a nagging problem for the web video industry: how not to rely on advertising to make money. It charges $3 a month for what it calls “early access” to the latest videos by some of the stars. Those stars get a percentage of the subscriber revenue; in exchange, they keep their new videos off of YouTube and other sites for at least 72 hours. Vessel also has immersive advertising, which …

    April 19, 2015 5:09 am
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Sports

  • Thai Kiradech prevails in playoff to win in Shenzhen


    (Reuters) – Big-hitting Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat eagled the penultimate hole to force a playoff and then prevailed over Chinese teen Li Hao-tong at the Shenzhen International to claim his second European Tour title on Sunday. The 19-year-old Chinese golfer signed off with a five-under-par 67 in his regular round to aggregate 12-under, hoping to be the first from his country to win an European Tour event on home soil. Overnight leader Kiradech, however, had other ideas as the Thai, having dropped four bogeys by then, eagled the 17th to draw level before squandering a putt to win the tournament on the final hole. Li failed to sink a much longer putt in the playoff on the same 18th hole while Kiradech birdied it before pumping his fist and roaring in celebration. “Special thanks to my caddie, he was always pushing me,” the 25-year-old Kiradech, whose only other European Tour victory came at the 2013 Malaysian …

    April 19, 2015 6:30 am
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World News

  • Police appeal to ‘Syria-bound’ family


    A family of six who have been reported missing may be travelling to a part of Syria controlled by Islamic State militants, police have said. Asif Malik, 31, Sara Kiran, 29, their daughter Zoha, seven, and three sons Essa, four, Zakariya, two, and Yhaya, one, were last seen on 7 April. The family, from Slough in Berkshire, were reported missing on 16 April. Police called on them to make contact, saying officers were “extremely concerned” for their safety. The family left Slough without mentioning any travel plans to relatives and boarded a ferry from Dover to Calais at 00:30 BST on 8 April, police said. Officers believe they travelled south through Europe, possibly by train, and passed through Budapest, Hungary, on or around 12 April. Thames Valley Police acting Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell said: “We are reaching out to Asif and Sara in the hope that they hear our messages, and we encourage them …

    April 19, 2015 6:31 am
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Technology

  • Google dominates search. But the real problem is its monopoly on data


    The European commission’s inquiry into Google’s search monopoly is often compared to the antitrust investigation of Microsoft. That case eventually took 16 years and resulted in what was at the time the largest fine imposed by Brussels, in the end costing Microsoft €1.64bn. At the outset, Microsoft underestimated the power and effectiveness of the EU. And back then it was a company at the peak of its corporate power, staffed by sleek, smart and seemingly invincible executives – of the type that now walk the corridors of Google. Where Microsoft was picked up over the dominance of its operating system and browser, Google is facing investigations on multiple fronts. Last week its tussle with Brussels began in earnest when it was formally accused of distorting search results to favour its own services – specifically shopping. The battle already has a history: it is eight years ago that the commission began asking questions about Google’s holding …

    April 19, 2015 6:30 am
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Science

  • The Enduring Mystery of the Missing Oil Spilt in the Gulf of Mexico


    Workers uncovered a tar mat weighing some 18,000 kilograms just offshore of a natural barrier island in Louisiana in the summer of 2013. Although the tar mat turned out to bear more sand than oil, it represented another small fraction of the hydrocarbons that went missing after BP’s blowout in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The sum of all the dispersed oil located thus far, from tar mats to oily marine snow, hardly accounts for at least four million barrels of oil spewed into the cold, dark bottom of the Gulf of Mexico from the deep-sea well named Macondo five years ago.   Like any good mystery, this one may never be solved. Of that four million barrels or more spewed after April 20, 2010, more than a million remain missing, according to the best estimates of the U.S. government.   Mystery plagued BP’s blowout from the beginning. Initial oil company estimates claimed just …

    April 19, 2015 6:51 am
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Health

  • Youth e-cigarette data prompts new calls to speed regulation


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Public health advocates are stepping up pressure on the U.S. government to quickly regulate and restrict access to e-cigarettes after new data showed use of the products tripled among high school and middle school children last year. The figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday raised concern among health officials who fear e-cigarettes will create a new generation of nicotine addicts who may eventually smoke conventional cigarettes. Cigarette smoking fell more than 25 percent over the same period. E-cigarette proponents said the data could indicate e-cigarettes are diverting young people away from conventional cigarettes, a view rejected by tobacco control advocates. [ID: nL2N0XD1UH] The Food and Drug Administration regulates cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco. It proposed extending its authority to e-cigarettes and hookah, among other products, nearly a year ago. FDA spokesman Michael Felberbaum said on Friday the agency is “moving forward expeditiously to finalize the …

    April 19, 2015 6:52 am
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Entertainment

  • Britt McHenry’s tow truck clerk comments fuel even meaner responses


    More: Gwyneth Paltrow is being attacked for the way she used food stamps (PHOTOS) The ESPN reporter was suspended by the network for a week after a video was leaked online showing her berating an employee at a tow yard. Even after she is told she’s on camera, McHenry continues her rant. See the full video below (warning: NSFW language). More: Chrissy Teigen shares her unpleasant encounter with a racist McHenry starts off by telling the worker, “I’m in the news, sweetheart. I will f***ing sue this place.” She goes on to insult everything she can about the employee, including her place of employment, saying, “I wouldn’t work in a scumbag place like this. It makes my skin crawl even being here.” Then she tells the worker she has “no education, no skill set,” and asks the tow yard worker, “Do you feel good about your job?” She continues, “So I could be a college …

    April 18, 2015 11:46 pm
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Editorial

  • Forget Cuba or health care reform, Obama’s real legacy is Middle East nukes


    April 17, 2015: President Obama reaches to shake hands with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in the Oval Office. (AP) President Obama recently sat down for a long, wide-ranging interview with Thomas Friedman, the New York Times’ premier columnist and multiple Pulitzer Prize winner. It was supposed to be an elevated discussion between two intellectuals about the weighty foreign policy issues not just of the day, but of the modern era. Obama kept referring to broad, sweeping words of wisdom – the deal with Iran is a “once in a lifetime” chance. He hinted at a similar deal with Cuba. And he announced, “You asked about an Obama doctrine. The doctrine is: We will engage, but we preserve all our capabilities.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Sadly, we have seen that the alternative to American leadership isn’t world peace, but rising regional hegemony – or even worse, chaos. China, Russia, Iran and the Islamic State don’t want to play …

    April 18, 2015 6:56 am
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Odd News

  • Former Washington state governor ejects man from car


    SEATTLE (Reuters) – Former Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire used fast thinking and driving to stop a stranger from climbing into her car in a store parking lot, Olympia police said on Thursday. Gregoire, who was governor from 2005 to 2013, packed her purchases into the car’s trunk in a Lowe’s home improvement lot, the police said. As she did she saw a man watching her. Police said that once she was inside the car, the man opened the passenger door and started climbing in just as she began backing out of the space. She hit the gas pedal, the man fell to the ground and the door slammed shut, police said. The man, identified as 47-year-old Mark Snodderly, was not injured. Police said he then caused a disturbance in the store, adding that he was cited for disorderly conduct and taken to a hospital for evaluation. (This story has been refiled to fix spelling …

    April 16, 2015 6:22 pm
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