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  • ‘Key issues’ delay Iran nuclear deal

    ‘Key issues’ delay Iran nuclear deal

    The talks at Lausanne’s Beau-Rivage Palace hotel were extended into Wednesday The UK says key issues still need to be tackled at talks on Iran’s nuclear programme but agrees with Iranian and Russian delegates that...
  • Canucks edge Preds in shootout

    Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) – Nick Bonino scored the winner in the shootout to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-4 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. Bonino made a bunch of moves before sneaking...
  • Intruders raid Turkey AKP office

    Intruders raid Turkey AKP office

    Two intruders have entered a district office of the Turkish governing AK Party in Istanbul. The men, who are reported to be armed, burst into the office in the Kartal district on Wednesday morning. Turkish...
  • NZ lose pre-America’s Cup regatta, to challenge decision

    (Reuters) – New Zealand’s America’s Cup challenge suffered another blow on Wednesday with organizers of the next event in Bermuda cancelling a pre-America’s Cup challenger regatta in Auckland that had been seen as crucial to...

Headline News

  • North Dakota launches oil rules hoping to curb U.S. rail disasters


    WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) – North Dakota will from Wednesday require the more-than 1.2 million barrels of crude extracted each day from the state’s Bakken shale formation be run through machines that remove volatile gases linked to recent crude-by-rail disasters. The controversial step is designed to abrogate the damage North Dakota crude oil – 70 percent of which is transported via rail – can cause during derailments. In the absence of concrete regulations from the U.S. Department of Transportation, North Dakota’s new rules become the de facto national standard on the treatment of crude before tankcar loading. “North Dakota’s crude oil conditioning order is based on sound science and represents an important step in the ongoing work to ensure that oil-by-rail transportation is as safe as possible,” said Governor Jack Dalrymple, who has also been pushing federal regulators for stricter rail car designs. The new regulations require every single barrel of North Dakota crude to be …

    April 1, 2015 5:19 am
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Politics

  • U.S. expects Congress to pass fast-track trade bill within next month


    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The United States expects the trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation, which is seen as an important step to speed free trade deals, will be passed by the Congress over the next month, a U.S. official said on Wednesday. “We believe that the votes are there to move forward,” Catherine Novelli, U.S. under secretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment, told reporters in Singapore. “We do expect it to be passed soon, within the next month or so.” The TPA legislation allows U.S. lawmakers to set objectives for trade deals in exchange for a yes-or-no vote. Delays in finalising the legislation are casting a cloud over a 12-nation trade pact many thought was near completion, officials close to the negotiations told Reuters last month. Novelli said she expects negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal to be concluded in a relatively short time. TPP would link a dozen Asia-Pacific economies …

    April 1, 2015 3:38 am
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Stocks

  • Amazon Dash: Never run out of toilet paper again


    Amazon wants to make ordering its products as easy as a click of a button — literally. On Tuesday, the country’s largest e-commerce company announced its new product, Dash. It’s a small Wi-Fi enabled button that lets users add products to their Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) shopping cart with one click. Each product has its own designated button, which can be stuck or hung on appliances, cabinets, and anywhere you might want a physical reminder to buy every day necessities. Users receive an alert on their phones once an item is added, so they can change or cancel orders before they’re placed. Amazon Prime members can request an invitation to receive the free device starting Tuesday. It’s unclear when the product will start shipping or how much it will cost for non-Prime subscribers. Among the products you can order through Dash are Bounty paper towels and napkins, Clorox disinfecting wipes, Izze sparkling juice, Cottonelle toilet paper, …

    April 1, 2015 3:58 am
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Sports

  • Canucks edge Preds in shootout


    Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) – Nick Bonino scored the winner in the shootout to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-4 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. Bonino made a bunch of moves before sneaking in a forehand, and Eddie Lack stopped Filip Forsberg on Nashville’s second chance. Radim Vrbata then sealed the win by lifting in a backhand. Alexandre Burrows had a goal and an assist while Linden Vey, Chris Higgins and Jannik Hansen all scored for the Canucks, who have won their past two. Lack finished with 34 saves. “The guys battled the whole night, there were lots of really good things out of this game,” said Canucks coach Willie Desjardins. Vancouver has 95 points on the season and holds a four-point lead over Calgary for the second spot in the Pacific Division. Mike Fisher had a goal and an assist and Viktor Stalberg, Taylor Beck and Cody Franson all scored for the …

    April 1, 2015 5:18 am
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World News

  • ‘Key issues’ delay Iran nuclear deal


    The talks at Lausanne’s Beau-Rivage Palace hotel were extended into Wednesday The UK says key issues still need to be tackled at talks on Iran’s nuclear programme but agrees with Iranian and Russian delegates that there is “a broad framework of understanding”. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said: “We hope to get there during the day.” However, a number of ministers have left the talks and China warned compromise was essential, otherwise “all previous efforts will be wasted”. A deal would curb the nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief. Negotiations between the so-called P5+1 – the US, UK, France, China and Russia plus Germany – and Iran resumed on Wednesday at Lausanne’s Beau-Rivage Palace hotel after overrunning a 31 March deadline for a deal. The P5+1 deal seeks to ensure Iran could not assemble a nuclear weapon in less than a year. The Iranians insist that they have no such ambition. ‘Fingers crossed’ Mr Hammond …

    April 1, 2015 5:19 am
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Technology

  • Ori and the Blind Forest review: "a challenging and beautiful journey"


    At first sight you may think that something so beautiful couldn’t possibly have substance. Ori and the Blind Forest is so lovingly drawn, so full of light and colour, so deeply layered with scenic detail, that you suspect the developers will want to take you by the hand to ensure you see it all. To the credit of Moon Studios, the opposite is true. This game may be beautiful, but it is also deadly. Mixing interactive sequences and memory vignettes, the Ghibli-inspired opening sequence introduces us to the eponymous forest spirit Ori and her bear-like caregiver before tearing them apart. The rich artistic style conspires against the player: hazards are not exaggerated and obvious but blend in like natural features, and you’ll likely end up stumbling into a cluster of deadly spiky growths as you stumble into a nettle patch in the garden of your childhood home. From the start precision and attention to detail …

    April 1, 2015 3:17 am
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Science

  • Using Twitter to probe political polarization


    Related images(click to enlarge) We’d like to believe that our opinions are nuanced, balanced, high-minded, wise and above all, unique, but alas they are not — or so says Twitter. Most often, those we engage with on the popular social media site are like-minded, and the ensuing electronic maelstrom of 140-character missives most often serves to reinforce, pulling us and them further along in the direction we were already trending toward — so that at the end of the day, we all tweet to the converted. All that sound and fury can signify something, however: researchers at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in Spain have recently developed a model to detect the extent to which a conversation on Twitter — and thus the actual offline argument and political climate — is polarized. According to the researchers, a group is “perfectly polarized” on a given topic when it has been divided into two groups of the same …

    April 1, 2015 3:38 am
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Health

  • Five U.S. health workers released after Ebola monitoring in Nebraska


    (Reuters) – Five U.S. healthcare workers who underwent monitoring at a Nebraska medical center after possible exposure to the Ebola virus in West Africa have completed their quarantine periods and were symptom-free, the hospital said on Tuesday. The workers underwent monitoring for 21 days at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha after participating in a mission to Sierra Leone where a colleague tested positive for Ebola. Four of the individuals have since left the area and the fifth, who had an unrelated cardiac issue while jogging near the facility over the weekend, has been discharged and would soon leave the city, the hospital said on its Twitter account. More than 10,300 people have died in West Africa over the last year from the worst detected outbreak of Ebola, which has plagued Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, World Health Organization figures show. (Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

    April 1, 2015 3:38 am
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Entertainment

  • Keira Knightley asks the most important questions on behalf of women in film


    More: Why Keira Knightley said no to airbrushing Whether she’s going topless for the sake of showing her gorgeously unPhotoshopped body or opening up about her struggles with neuroses, the actress isn’t afraid to get candid about important issues affecting people today. But maybe most significant is her vocalization of the need for a serious equality movement within the film industry. More: Celebrity baby calendar 2015 “I don’t know what happened through the ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s that took feminism off the table, that made it something that women weren’t supposed to identify with and were supposed to be ashamed of,” Knightley said in a recent interview for Violet magazine. “Feminism is about the fight for equality between the sexes, with equal respect, equal pay, and equal opportunity. At the moment we are still a long way off that.” The actress also added in a few spot-on questions about what we’re not seeing enough of in …

    April 1, 2015 3:58 am
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Editorial

  • How do you solve a problem like the Clintons?


    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at an event hosted by the Center for American Progress (CAP) and the America Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Monday, March 23, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) This being the 50th anniversary of the film “The Sound of Music,” please permit me a poor adaptation of a few of its song lyrics, which fit in nicely with our current political climate. How do you solve a problem like the Clintons? Their incessant vacuuming of cash and skirting (no pun intended) of laws and regulations would place lesser mortals in danger of prison, yet the Clintons walk free, their money-making careers booming. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “Dough, we fear, we need more, dear ‘Ray,’ the name of a Clinton foe Me, a name that fits myself Fah, as far from law I run So, I say when bending laws La, a shrug to follow so …

    March 31, 2015 7:35 pm
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Odd News

  • Painting in Dutch royal collection was Nazi loot: official report


    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The Dutch Royal Family owns a painting by a Dutch master that was looted during by the Nazis during Germany’s occupation of the Netherlands in World War Two, according to a report published on Tuesday. “One painting was found where there were indications of involuntary loss of possession during the German occupation,” the government said in a statement after an inquiry commissioned by the Royal Family that examined tens of thousands of paintings in the Royal Collection. Officials had contacted the heirs of the original owner, who was not named, to arrange the return of “The Hague Forest with a View of Huis ten Bosch Palace”, by the 17th century painter Joris van der Haagen. The work was bought for the Royal Collection by Queen Juliana, grandmother of reigning King Willem-Alexander. The inquiry found that another painting in the collection, “Landscape with St. Hubert”, whose provenance had been regarded as doubtful, was …

    March 31, 2015 11:29 am
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