• It’s time to put a woman on the $20 bill

    It’s time to put a woman on the $20 bill

    An organization called Women on 20s wants to replace Andrew Jackson with a woman who’s integral to U.S. history, like Eleanor Roosevelt or Rosa Parks. Forget about Andrew Jackson and his big hair. It’s time...
  • Thousands flee battle for Iraqi city

    Thousands flee battle for Iraqi city

    5 March 2015 Last updated at 14:23 Iraqi government forces have been slowed by roadside bombs and booby traps A military operation to retake the Iraqi city of Tikrit from Islamic State (IS) militants has...
  • Vettel hopes Ferrari can be Mercedes’ closest rivals

    MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany (Reuters) – Four times Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel hopes Ferrari can become the strongest challengers to Mercedes this season after failing to win a race last year. Vettel, who moved from...
  • Liberia releases last Ebola patient

    Liberia releases last Ebola patient

    5 March 2015 Last updated at 13:36 Ms Yardolo said she was “one of the happiest persons on earth” after being discharged Liberia has released its last Ebola patient after going a week without any...

Headline News

  • 100 firefighters battle massive Florida warehouse blaze


    A four-alarm fire at a Florida warehouse Thursday called more than 100 firefighters from 37 crews to the scene, where flames and thick black smoke could be seen shooting from the building roof, CBS Miami reported. Patio furniture was burning inside the large Opa-locka warehouse, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials told the station. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT A hazmat team has been called to the scene, while fears of a roof collapse have forced firefighters to pull out to the perimeter of the building, establishing what is known as a “collapse zone.”

    March 5, 2015 9:39 am
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Politics

  • Wisconsin Assembly to begin final debate on right-to-work bill


    MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) – Wisconsin lawmakers on Thursday will begin a final debate on a measure supported by Republican Governor Scott Walker that would prohibit private-sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues when working under union contracts. Walker, a presidential hopeful, is expected to sign the so-called right-to-work bill next week if it gets to his desk after what could be a 24-hour debate in the state Assembly starting on Thursday morning. The state Senate approved the bill last week, and the Assembly, where Republicans hold a 63-36 majority, is expected to follow suit to make Wisconsin the 25th state to enact a right-to-work law. Supporters cast the measure as an incentive for keeping and attracting businesses and jobs, while opponents call it a thinly disguised assault on organized labor. Thousands of workers demonstrated last week when senators debated the bill, but capitol crowds have been far thinner than four …

    March 5, 2015 6:39 am
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Stocks

  • It’s time to put a woman on the $20 bill


    An organization called Women on 20s wants to replace Andrew Jackson with a woman who’s integral to U.S. history, like Eleanor Roosevelt or Rosa Parks. Forget about Andrew Jackson and his big hair. It’s time we put a woman on the $20 bill. So says an organization called Women on 20s, which is trying to convince President Obama and Congress to replace the controversial seventh president with a woman. The group, which also calls itself W20, lists 15 candidates to replace Jackson. They include Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rachel Carson, Margaret Sanger and Susan B. Anthony. Anthony used to adorn the dollar coin, which now bears the image of Sacagawea. But there are still no women on paper currency. W20 is petitioning the president and Congress to put one of these women on the $20 bill by 2020, the 100th anniversary off the ratification of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right …

    March 5, 2015 8:59 am
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Sports

  • Vettel hopes Ferrari can be Mercedes’ closest rivals


    MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany (Reuters) – Four times Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel hopes Ferrari can become the strongest challengers to Mercedes this season after failing to win a race last year. Vettel, who moved from Red Bull at the end of last year, said on Thursday it could take some time for it to happen however. “It depends how strong and dominant Mercedes will start into the season,” said the German, speaking at a sponsor event. “It is expected that they will be very strong. But for the pack behind them it will be very tense.” “I hope that we are there and establish ourselves in the mid to long term this season as the second force. That would be a huge step forward.” Mercedes’ double world champion Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are widely expected to dominate again this year with the Briton winning 11 races and his team mate five last season. The …

    March 5, 2015 8:39 am
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World News

  • Thousands flee battle for Iraqi city


    5 March 2015 Last updated at 14:23 Iraqi government forces have been slowed by roadside bombs and booby traps A military operation to retake the Iraqi city of Tikrit from Islamic State (IS) militants has caused about 28,000 people to flee their homes, the UN says. Those displaced are headed towards the city of Samarra, the UN said, but many families are stranded at checkpoints. Aid convoys carrying relief supplies are being sent to the area by UN agencies to help those affected. The operation to retake Tikrit is now in its fourth day. A force of about 30,000 Iraqi government troops and Iranian-backed Shia militias is trying to encircle IS fighters before storming the town, says the BBC’s Middle East correspondent Jim Muir. But the advance is slow due to roadside bombs and booby traps planted by the militants since they overran the city since last June, he adds. Iraqi jets and helicopters are …

    March 5, 2015 8:39 am
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Technology

  • Joss Whedon laments ‘nightmare’ Avengers sequel as latest trailer lands


    Director Joss Whedon has admitted shoehorning a slew of superheroes into the new Avengers movie was a “nightmare”, as the latest trailer for upcoming sequel Age of Ultron hits the web. Speaking to SFX magazine, Whedon said getting newcomers Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Vision and evil robot menace Ultron himself to sit pretty alongside established characters Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and Captain America was “the hardest juggling act I have ever, ever tried to pull off”. He added: “They’re very disparate characters. The joy of the Avengers is they really don’t belong in the same room. It’s not like the X-Men, who are all tortured by the same thing and have similar costumes. These guys are just all over the place. And so it’s tough. Honestly, this is as tough as anything I’ve ever done, and I haven’t worked this hard since I had three shows on the air.” Whedon did reveal that …

    March 5, 2015 6:18 am
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Science

  • Dawn arrives on Ceres


    Sailing on the gentlest of pushes from its ion engines, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft last week completed an eight-year journey to the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest and most intriguing object in the asteroid belt. Dawn is the first mission launched specifically to explore this region of rock and rubble between Mars and Jupiter. When the spacecraft launched in September 2007, mission scientists wanted a closer look at two asteroid belt bodies in particular: the protoplanets Ceres and Vesta, throwbacks to the early solar system when our own planet was beginning to form. In July 2011 Dawn reached Vesta, its first target. At 525 kilometres wide, Vesta is one of the largest asteroids in the Solar System and was revealed by Dawn to be egg-shaped with a dry and rocky surface. An immense crater 460 kilometres wide and up to 13 kilometres deep dominates Vesta’s southern hemisphere – the remnants of a massive impact around one billion …

    March 5, 2015 2:38 am
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Health

  • Guinea to start final trials of Ebola vaccines this week


    LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) – Final stage trials of an Ebola vaccine being developed by Merck and NewLink Genetics will begin in Guinea on March 7, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. Signaling global health authorities’ determination to see through trials despite a sharp drop in cases in the West Africa epidemic, the WHO said a second shot, developed by GlaxoSmithKline will be tested “in a sequential study, as supply becomes available”. More than 23,900 confirmed and suspected cases of Ebola have been reported since the outbreak began in December 2013, including some 9,800 deaths. Nearly 500 health workers have been among the dead in what is the worst ever Ebola epidemic. All three worst-hit countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – aim to conduct final-stage trials of vaccines, and Liberia is already testing the GlaxoSmithKline and Merck-NewLink shots, while Sierra Leone is expected to announce plans soon. But recent steep declines in new Ebola …

    March 5, 2015 6:39 am
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Entertainment

  • Kanye West Stopped By Security At Paris Fashion Week Show


    Posted on Thu Mar 5th, 2015 6:39am PDT       By X17 Staff Apparently French security guards don’t know about Yeezy! One man-in-blue attempted to stop Kanye West from entering the Dries Van Noten runway show but, as is evidenced by this photo, homie don’t play that! Once Kanye schooled Mr. Security, he marched his Yeezy Boost trainers past the doors and into the show! West later met up with mother-in-law Kris Jenner and his baby girl Nori. Of course Kris was decked out for Fashion Week, but Kanye kept it cool in a camouflage bomber jacket with hoodie underneath, and jeans. Wife Kim Kardashian then joined, wearing a beanie to hide her new blonde locks! Can’t wait to get the first pix of her new look!   SEE THE GALLERY Kanye West Stopped By Security At Paris Fashion Week Stories from around the Web

    March 5, 2015 8:59 am
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Editorial

  • Barack Obama: A lone wolf president


    Can the president rewrite federal laws? Can he alter their meaning? Can he change their effect? These are legitimate questions in an era in which we have an unpopular progressive Democratic president who has boasted that he can govern without Congress by using his phone and his pen, and a mostly newly elected largely conservative Republican Congress with its own ideas about big government. These are not hypothetical questions. In 2012, President Obama signed executive orders that essentially said to about 1.7 million unlawfully present immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before their 16th birthdays and who are not yet 31 years of age that if they complied with certain conditions that he made up out of thin air they will not be deported. In 2014, the president signed additional executive orders that essentially made the same offer to about 4.7 million unlawfully present immigrants, without the age limits that he had made up out …

    March 5, 2015 6:58 am
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Odd News

  • Leaks from taps cause massive damage to Germany’s spy agency


    BERLIN (Reuters) – The German spy agency’s new headquarters was flooded by water after several taps were removed by thieves on its upper floors, police said on Thursday. The nearly-completed 1.3-billion-euro Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) building in the heart of Berlin suffered millions in water damage on several floors of the mostly vacant structure, according to the Berliner Zeitung newspaper. “Several water taps were stolen and that caused extensive damage,” a Berlin police spokesman said. He said police had not ruled out a political motive or a criminal motive, such as revenge for unpaid bills. “We’re investigating in all possible directions,” he said. The headquarters of the BND, Germany’s intelligence agency, was scheduled to move from its Bavarian base in Pullach to Berlin in 2011 but the move has been delayed to 2017. The 260,000-square meter building will house 4,000 staff. (Reporting by Juliana Woitaschek; writing by Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by Toby Chopra)

    March 5, 2015 6:38 am
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