Headline News

  • College students create line of bracelets to support jailed journalists


    This handout photo provided by the Press Uncuffed Campaign shows a bracelet that University of Maryland journalism students are selling emblazoned with the names of journalists imprisoned around the world. (AP) COLLEGE PARK, Md. –  University of Maryland journalism students are raising money to launch a line of bracelets emblazoned with the names of journalists imprisoned around the world to raise money for the cause, and awareness of their plight. Under the direction of Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter and journalism professor Dana Priest, a group of University of Maryland Journalism School students are currently fundraising to launch Press Uncuffed. The line includes nine different bracelets, each with the name of a jailed journalist on it. The students are raising money to produce at least 10,000 bracelets. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Rosemary Ostmann, a University of Maryland alumna and spokeswoman for the project, said 100 percent of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the Committee to …

    March 27, 2015 1:34 am
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Politics

  • Japan PM Abe to address joint session of Congress


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on April 29, becoming the first Japanese leader to do so. Abe will spend eight days on a state visit expected to focus on joint responses to growing Chinese assertiveness in Asia, including his moves to loosen the constraints of Japan’s pacifist, postwar constitution on the military. In announcing the invitation to the Japanese leader, U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner said Abe’s speech would be an opportunity for Americans to hear from a close ally about ways to expand cooperation on economic and security priorities. “That, of course, includes working together to open markets and encourage more economic growth through free trade,” Boehner said in a statement. Trade is an important component of President Barack Obama’s diplomatic and security “pivot” to Asia. Progress toward a12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal has been touted …

    March 26, 2015 10:32 pm
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Stocks

  • How Ferrari maintains its mystique


    Usually, an automotive marketing executives job is pretty straightforward. Sell more cars. That’s not the case for Enrico Galliera, the head of sales and marketing for Ferrari. For him, there is such a thing as selling too many Ferraris. Exclusivity is the key to maintaining the brand’s mystique. “I have the big responsibility to keep alive this dream that is called Ferrari,” he said. He was speaking at the official unveiling of the new Ferrari 488 GTB sports car, the Italian automaker’s latest creation, in Geneva, Switzerland. Even if you have the cash, that doesn’t guarantee you a spot anywhere near the top of the months-long waiting list for one of these cars. If you want a Ferrari, it helps to have a relationship with the brand. When a new Ferrari model comes out, preferential treatment is given to current members of the “Ferrari family.” If you have six Ferraris already in your personal stable, …

    March 26, 2015 10:52 pm
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Sports

  • Labor unions, developers reach agreement on Los Angeles-area NFL stadium


    (Reuters) – Labor leaders said on Thursday they had reached an agreement with developers of a proposed Los Angeles-area stadium project, which is backed by the billionaire owner of the St. Louis Rams, that could become home for an NFL team. The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor said in a statement it was excited about the 80,000-seat stadium project proposed for suburban Inglewood, now that its member unions have reached the jobs agreement. “The promise of good jobs – both for the project’s construction and for ongoing operations – is now a guarantee,” LA County Federation of Labor Executive Secretary Rusty Hicks said in a statement. Specific details about the agreement were not provided. The Inglewood City Council has unanimously approved the stadium, which includes Rams owner Stan Kroenke as a developer. The stadium would be part of a larger entertainment, commercial and residential development at the defunct Hollywood Park horse track. The proposed …

    March 27, 2015 1:34 am
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World News

  • Police probe Alps jet crash co-pilot


    German police have seized possessions belonging to a co-pilot who apparently crashed his plane in the French Alps killing all 150 people on board, as they investigate his possible motives. They said they had found a significant clue, according to media reports. Data from the plane’s voice recorder suggest Mr Lubitz had deliberately started a descent while the pilot was locked out of the cockpit. The Barcelona-Duesseldorf flight crashed on Tuesday. Several airlines have now pledged to change their rules to ensure at least two crew members are present in the cockpit at all times. ‘Depression’ The revelations by the German police come after officers searched Mr Lubitz’s flat in Duesseldorf and the house the 27-year-old shared with his parents in Montabaur, north of Frankfurt, late on Thursday. A number of items were removed – including boxes and a computer – from the two properties. “We have found something which will now be taken for …

    March 27, 2015 1:34 am
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Technology

  • Lyft gets all social with personalized ‘profiles’


    Ride-hailing service Lyft is rolling out a new way for passengers and drivers to share more about themselves. Lyft Think of it as the buddy system, perhaps. Ride-hailing company Lyft has always put a cozy spin on its business, from its original motto (“your friend with a car”) to its current one of “making every ride welcoming, affordable and memorable.” Now it’s aiming to get even chummier with you through a new personalization feature called “profiles.” The Lyft service lets people in need of a ride connect with drivers via smartphone app. When you hail a Lyft ride you can see the driver’s name and photo, as well as a photo of the car. The new profiles give you an opportunity to learn even more about the drivers, such as where they’re from and their favorite musicians. And it’s a two-way street — passengers can also fill out their own profiles. “Lyft profiles will enhance …

    March 26, 2015 10:11 pm
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Science

  • A difficult climate: New study examines the media’s response to the IPCC


    The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) periodically releases Assessment Reports in order to inform policymakers and the public about the latest scientific evidence on climate change. The publication of each report is a key event in the debate about climate change, but their reception and coverage in the media has varied widely. A study, published today in the journal Nature Climate Change, has for the first time analysed how Twitter, TV and newspapers reported the IPCC’s climate evidence. Understanding how media coverage varies is important because people’s knowledge and opinions on climate change are influenced by how the media reports on the issue. The study found that there were markedly different ways in which the media portrayed the IPCC’s latest findings. The researchers investigated this through studying the frames (ways of depicting an issue) the different media sources used to emphasise some aspects of climate change, whilst downplaying others. They also found large …

    March 26, 2015 10:32 pm
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Health

  • White House crafts first-ever plan to fight superbugs


    NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The White House is due to issue an ambitious plan to slow the growing and deadly problem of antibiotic resistance over the next five years, one that requires massive investments and policy changes from a broad array of U.S. government health agencies, according to a copy of the report reviewed by Reuters. The 60-page report is the first ever to tackle antibiotic resistance so broadly. It was compiled by a government task force led by the administration’s top officials for health, agriculture and defense. A White House official confirmed that it would release the plan on Friday. Doctors and health experts have warned for decades that rising rates of resistant bacteria are leading to tens of thousands of deaths, threatening to nullify modern medical advancements. The goals include drastically reducing the rates of the most deadly “superbug” infections within five years, investing in new diagnostic tools and antibiotic drugs, and …

    March 26, 2015 10:32 pm
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Entertainment

  • How Beyoncé’s definition of feminism is changing the game in Hollywood


    Now starring in an updated version of Gigi on Broadway, the young starlet has found a new understanding of the equality inherent in the term “feminism,” admitting, “I used to be on the fence about it.” Hudgens explains her hesitation stems from second-wave feminism “because it gets to a certain place where it almost has the reverse effect, where it’s so overpowering and so aggressive that it’s like rather than just standing up for female pride and female rights, it becomes, like, ‘I am the man.’” More: Vanessa Hudgens obtains restraining order against delusional fan Image: Joseph Marzullo/WENN Hudgens, who has been the focus of leaked nude photo scandals in the past, is no stranger to the shame of living in a patriarchal society. The former Disney actress, forced to publicly apologize for the violations in which she was the victim, wants to see women on an equal footing with men in society, but she …

    March 27, 2015 12:54 am
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Editorial

  • The Bergdahl trade and the partisan polarization of America’s national security


    On June 30, 2009, a young solider, Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl, decided that the Army life just wasn’t for him and after writing several missives to spell out his disdain for his current circumstance at his post in Afghanistan and mailing off his kit to family and friends, he decided to go on an unaccompanied (and unauthorized) “walk-about” in Afghanistan. This was generally regarded by all as a “bad career move.” The young private was swiftly captured and made a prisoner of war by the Taliban. He was moved to Pakistan for safe keeping as a guest of the Haqqani terror network (as so designated by the U.S. government on September 6, 2012). This transfer to Pakistan placed Bergdahl out of touch from U.S. forces due to the artificial U.S. limitation to not pursue terrorists across the Durand Line from Afghanistan into Pakistan. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Bergdahl, sadly, is simply a pawn in a much …

    March 26, 2015 10:32 pm
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Odd News

  • Heave, ho: Elephants rescue 18-wheeler stranded on Louisiana road


    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – When an 18-wheeler truck became stranded by the side of a Louisiana road, two elephants inside came to the rescue. Sheriff’s deputies in Natchitoches Parish on Tuesday morning received a call about a stuck truck. Upon arriving on the scene, they saw two elephants preventing the vehicle from overturning. The truck’s driver, also an elephant trainer, walked the elephants out of the cargo compartment and directed them to help prop up the vehicle, sheriff’s Captain Tony Moran said in an interview. “It’s creative,” said Moran, who said the responding deputies were “just astonished to see it.” Leaning side-by-side, the elephants pushed with their weight against the truck, the sheriff’s photos showed. The truck was carrying three elephants from Florida. After a stop in New Orleans, they were on their way to a circus near Dallas. The truck had pulled over on an interstate shoulder near Powhatan, Louisiana, about an hour south …

    March 25, 2015 10:21 pm
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