• Nigerians to choose new president

    Nigerians are about to go to the polls to elect a new leader, with President Goodluck Jonathan facing a strong challenge from Muhammadu Buhari. It is expected to be the most closely fought election since...
  • Gonzaga advances after pulling away from UCLA

    Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Gonzaga’s shots weren’t falling and UCLA cut what was once a double-digit deficit to one early in the second half. It almost looked as if history would repeat itself, but Przemek...
  • Pebble Time Kickstarter project raised $20.3 million

    Pebble Time Kickstarter project raised $20.3 million

    During its month-long crowdfunding campaign, which ended 10 p.m. ET Friday, Pebble Time shattered two Kickstarter records. It broke its first record on its first day, when it became the fastest project to raise $1...
  • Wake up, America: My message for Azealia Banks

    Wake up, America: My message for Azealia Banks

    Last week I noted a rising hip-hop star who had just done an interview in playboy. In that spread, Azealia Banks declared that she “hates America” and that she “hates fat white people.” She blamed...
  • In swansong, FDA chief defends drug approval process

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In her final speech after six years as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Margaret Hamburg defended the agency’s drug approval standards against critics seeking weaker regulatory standards. “The...
  • Arkansas Senate passes religion bill seen as targeting gays

    (Reuters) – The Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly approved on Friday a Republican-backed bill whose authors say is intended to protect religious freedoms but critics contend could allow businesses to refuse service to gay people. The Republican...

Headline News

  • Man charged in noose left on integration statue at Ole Miss


    Feb. 17, 2014: File photo shows the James Meredith statue on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford, Miss. (AP) JACKSON, Miss. –  A former University of Mississippi student has been indicted on federal charges connected to a noose being put on a statue of the student who integrated the school, the Justice Department said Friday. The noose and a former Georgia flag that prominently featured the Confederate battle emblem were placed on the James Meredith statue on the Ole Miss campus in Oxford in February 2014. In 1962, anti-integration protests erupted into violence and Meredith had to be escorted by armed federal agents as he enrolled under court order as the first black student at the university. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Justice Department said in a news release Friday that Graeme Phillip Harris of Alpharetta, Georgia, has been indicted on one count of conspiracy to violate civil rights and one count of using a threat of …

    March 27, 2015 11:45 pm
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Politics

  • Arkansas Senate passes religion bill seen as targeting gays


    (Reuters) – The Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly approved on Friday a Republican-backed bill whose authors say is intended to protect religious freedoms but critics contend could allow businesses to refuse service to gay people. The Republican governor of Indiana signed into law a similar “religious freedom” bill on Thursday, prompting protests from human rights groups and criticism from some business leaders. The bill advancing in the Republican-led Arkansas legislature says “governments should not substantially burden the free exercise of religion without compelling justification.” Supporters say a business should not be forced to, for example, cater a same-sex wedding if doing so would violate the religious beliefs of the owner. Two of the most powerful companies in the United States, retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc, which has its home office in Arkansas, and technology giant Apple Inc have criticized the measure. “We feel this legislation is counter to this core basic belief of respect for the individual and …

    March 27, 2015 10:45 pm
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Stocks

  • Pebble Time Kickstarter project raised $20.3 million


    During its month-long crowdfunding campaign, which ended 10 p.m. ET Friday, Pebble Time shattered two Kickstarter records. It broke its first record on its first day, when it became the fastest project to raise $1 million — in 49 minutes. A week later, it became the most-funded campaign in Kickstarter’s history after receiving more than $13.3 million in pledges, besting Coolest Cooler, the previous record holder. Now, in total, Pebble has raised $20,336,930 from 78,463 people. Pebble’s initial goal — to raise $500,000 — was too easy of a hurdle. Each watch was sold for $159 to early backers, and $179 for just about everyone else. Once retailers start selling the watch, the price will go up to $199. “We cannot thank the Pebble community enough for their monumental support,” Eric Migicovsky, Pebble CEO, said in a statement. “We continue to listen to and be inspired by the backers who believed in us and supported …

    March 27, 2015 11:05 pm
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Sports

  • Gonzaga advances after pulling away from UCLA


    Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Gonzaga’s shots weren’t falling and UCLA cut what was once a double-digit deficit to one early in the second half. It almost looked as if history would repeat itself, but Przemek Karnowski and Domantas Sabonis made sure the Bulldogs survived the Bruins this time. Karnowski finished with 18 points, Sabonis scored 10 of his 12 in the second half, and second-seeded Gonzaga pulled away for a 74-62 win over the 11th- seeded Bruins in the semifinals of the South Region. Gonzaga (35-2) advanced to the Elite Eight for the second time in its history and can reach its first Final Four by upending Duke on Sunday. The top-seeded Blue Devils upended Utah in the nightcap at NRG Stadium. Karnowski, Sabonis and Kyle Wiltjer combined to pull down 27 rebounds for a dominant frontcourt that owned a 50-39 advantage on the glass. Byron Wesley chipped in with 14 points and Kevin Pangos …

    March 27, 2015 11:45 pm
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World News

  • Nigerians to choose new president


    Nigerians are about to go to the polls to elect a new leader, with President Goodluck Jonathan facing a strong challenge from Muhammadu Buhari. It is expected to be the most closely fought election since independence, set against a background of violence from militant Islamist group Boko Haram. The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has dominated Nigerian politics since 1999, but the All Progressive Congress (APC) is viewed as a serious challenge. The polls open at 07:00 GMT. The two main presidential candidates have signed an agreement to prevent violence. during the election and its aftermath. Some 800 people were killed after the 2011 contest between the two rivals. The polls were due to be held on 14 February, but were postponed to give the electoral commission more time to prepare for the polls and for regional forces to regain territory from Boko Haram in the north-east. On Friday, the Nigerian army said it had retaken …

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Technology

  • Apple’s Cook, other tech VIPs push back at Indiana ‘anti-gay’ law


    Apple employees march in San Francisco’s Gay Pride Parade in this photo posted to Twitter by CEO Tim Cook last June. Cook and other tech execs are angry about a law passed in Indiana that critics say is discriminatory.Screenshot by CNET Tech heavyweights including Apple CEO Tim Cook are pressuring the state of Indiana over a new “religious freedom” law critics say will be used to discriminate against gays and others. Cook sent a tweet Friday saying Apple, one of the world’s most successful companies and most popular brands, is “deeply disappointed” about the legislation. And Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, a major purveyor of corporate software and services, tweeted that the company would “dramatically reduce” its investments in the state. A Salesforce subsidiary employs from 2,000 to 3,000 people in Indiana, Benioff told tech site Recode, and also hosts a major customer event there that last year brought about $8 million in spending to …

    March 27, 2015 10:25 pm
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Science

  • Sexual selection isn’t the last word on bird plumage, UWM study shows


    Related images(click to enlarge) In the world of bird fashion, the guys seem to have all the fun: brighter feathers, sharper accessories, more pizzazz. Researchers going back to Charles Darwin have focused on the contrast between the sexes, attributing the males’ brighter colors to their need to attract mates. A group of researchers at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee took a different approach, testing a hypothesis that evolution has actually resulted in similarities among the sexes as much as differences. Looking at nearly 1,000 species of birds, they found that while males often have brighter feathers than females, the two sexes have come closer together in color over time to blend into their surroundings and hide from predators. Natural selection — during migration, breeding in subtropical locales and care of young — is as powerful as sexual selection. “Although most studies of bird plumage focus on dichromatism, evolutionary change has most often led to similar, rather than …

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Health

  • In swansong, FDA chief defends drug approval process


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In her final speech after six years as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Margaret Hamburg defended the agency’s drug approval standards against critics seeking weaker regulatory standards. “The great leaps forward in evidence-based medicine of the last 50 years have come in large part as a result of the high standards for product approval that Congress put in place after a series of disasters involving unsafe and ineffective medical products,” said Hamburg, 59, said on Friday at a National Press Club lunch in Washington, D.C. Her comments come amid a push by some lawmakers for faster approvals of experimental drugs. A provision in a draft House of Representatives bill known as 21st Century Cures, for example, would allow the FDA to approve drugs designated as “breakthrough therapies” based on preliminary clinical data. Only after the products were on the market would companies be required to conduct the type …

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Entertainment

  • Amber Portwood is allegedly inviting some unexpected guests to her wedding


    More: Teen Mom’s Maci Bookout wants to “protect” her daughter from Farrah Abraham But Portwood doesn’t just want any old barn wedding. According to rumors, she plans on inviting a film crew and, thus, all her fans, because she wants the event televised and paid for by MTV. “Amber really likes the idea of a TV wedding,” a Teen Mom insider told In Touch. “It’s going to be such a special moment in her life, and Amber really wants to share it with her fans.” “She hopes MTV will film her wedding so that they can help her foot the bill,” the insider continued. More: Catelynn Lowell risks relationship with her daughter for an Instagram pic (PHOTO) MTV has yet to confirm any of these plans or announce a Teen Mom OG wedding special, but Portwood allegedly wants to walk down the isle this fall. A TV wedding is far from the only project Portwood …

    March 27, 2015 11:05 pm
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Editorial

  • Wake up, America: My message for Azealia Banks


    Last week I noted a rising hip-hop star who had just done an interview in playboy. In that spread, Azealia Banks declared that she “hates America” and that she “hates fat white people.” She blamed white privilege and capitalism for everything wrong in America. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Azealia Banks herself is a multi-millionaire off the system she so virulently trashes… Therefore.. I named Azealia Banks my “Fool of the Week.” That didn’t sit well with the rapper. She tweeted that I’m the problem…and that…”Just because I’m white-I don’t get it. I am biased and I just can’t see that capitalism and white privilege is holding blacks back from success.” This attack on me is ridiculous and riddled with holes… Yes, Azealia…I do understand black unemployment and poverty levels are far higher than for whites, and I honestly believe that we should never forget slavery. Legal segregation and ongoing stereotyping leads to racial bias…and yes, it’s true…true…I …

    March 27, 2015 10:45 pm
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Odd News

  • Daughter bests father in feud at Japan shareholder’s meeting


    TOKYO (Reuters) – A rare family feud erupted in a Japanese shareholders meeting on Friday, when the chief executive of Otsuka Kagu Ltd defeated her father’s attempt to oust her, vowing to push ahead with her plan to take the furniture retailer more mass-market. “I am sorry that things have come to this,” Kumiko Otsuka, 47, coolly told shareholders in the meeting, in which she instructed her father, company founder and chairman Katsuhisa Otsuka, and her mother to identify themselves by name and shareholder number. The daughter overcame the chairman’s challenge by an undisclosed majority vote. “I had five children,” the father said from the audience as he pleaded with shareholders to back his return as CEO. “Kumiko was the first and she was a difficult birth.” Kumiko’s mother also gave a rambling speech criticizing the CEO, until another shareholder yelled at her to stop. The Otsuka family showdown – virtually unheard of in Japan’s …

    March 27, 2015 10:40 am
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