• Martha Stewart professes her love for drones

    Martha Stewart professes her love for drones

    Martha Stewart introduced her drone onstage at the Matrix Awards event. “Bring your favorite tech toy” seemed to be the unofficial theme at the 2015 Matrix Awards. “Meet my drone,” said Martha Stewart, as she...
  • Eric Holder’s legacy: The good, the bad and the very ugly

    Eric Holder’s legacy: The good, the bad and the very ugly

    Mar. 4, 2015: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder addresses reporters in Washington. (Reuters) April 24, 2015: Attorney General Eric Holder bids goodbye to Justice Department employees as they leave the Justice Department in Washington. (AP) Eric...
  • Israel struck Gaza shelters

    Israel struck Gaza shelters

    Israel said Palestinian militants used UN facilities as shields for their “terrorist activities” At least 44 Palestinians were killed by “Israeli actions” while sheltering at seven UN schools during last summer’s war in Gaza, a...
  • Hockey Hall of Famer Marcel Pronovost dies at age 84

    (Reuters) – Hockey Hall of Famer Marcel Pronovost, a five-time Stanley Cup champion and 11-time All-Star, has died at the age of 84, the National Hockey League said on Monday. Pronovost, a defenseman who won...
  • Police injured in Baltimore protests

    Police injured in Baltimore protests

    Seven police officers in Baltimore have been injured and one is “unresponsive” after protests there turned violent. Live video from helicopters shows dozens of people in the streets, confronting officers and smashing at least one...
  • Google offers cash to Europe’s media

    Google offers cash to Europe’s media

    Google is offering to help European media organisations make money from the internet Google has pledged to give €150m ($163m; £107m) to European news publishers and journalism-focused start-ups over the next three years. The funds...
  • Israel ‘behind Gaza shelter attacks’

    Israel ‘behind Gaza shelter attacks’

    Israel said Palestinian militants used UN facilities as shields for their “terrorist activities” At least 44 Palestinians were killed by “Israeli actions” while sheltering at seven UN schools during last summer’s war in Gaza, a...

Headline News

  • Police injured in Baltimore protests


    Seven police officers in Baltimore have been injured and one is “unresponsive” after protests there turned violent. Live video from helicopters shows dozens of people in the streets, confronting officers and smashing at least one police car. Capt Eric Kowalczyk said police are attempting to take control of the situation and will deploy tear gas and “pepper balls”. Protests have taken place since the death of Freddie Gray on 19 April. Gray, 25, died after an encounter with police a week earlier during which he sustained serious and unexplained spinal injuries. Earlier today, a statement released by police said that its Criminal Intelligence Unit learned “that members of various gangs including the Black Guerrilla Family, Bloods, and Crips have entered into a partnership” to target officers.

    April 27, 2015 3:57 pm
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Politics

  • Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s office names acting replacement for Lynch


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s office said on Monday Kelly Currie will temporarily replace Loretta Lynch, who was sworn in as attorney general. Currie, who returned to the office in November to become Lynch’s second-in-command, will be the acting U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of New York. Lynch was officially sworn in Monday as attorney general, replacing Eric Holder. The 170-lawyer U.S. Attorney’s office oversees cases in the New York boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, as well as in Long Island. The office has recently pursued defendants ranging from former U.S. Representative Michael Grimm, who pleaded guilty in December to a tax charge, to Abid Naseer, a Pakistani man convicted in March of conspiring with al Qaeda to bomb U.S. and European targets. The office is also pursuing a civil rights investigation into the July 2014 death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man whose death after a chokehold by …

    April 27, 2015 12:36 pm
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Stocks

  • Martha Stewart professes her love for drones


    Martha Stewart introduced her drone onstage at the Matrix Awards event. “Bring your favorite tech toy” seemed to be the unofficial theme at the 2015 Matrix Awards. “Meet my drone,” said Martha Stewart, as she opened the New York Women in Communications luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The Matrix Awards honor female leaders in government, publishing, business and entertainment. Nineteen years ago, Stewart herself was a recipient of a Matrix Award. Monday, she was emcee. Stewart has already professed her affinity for 3-D printers, but turns out, she’s a fan of other cutting-edge technologies as well. Stewart said she typically uses the DJI Phantom drone to capture aerial photos of her farm in Bedford Hills, N.Y. “Sometimes it sneaks over the line to Ralph Lauren’s yard, but don’t tell Ralph Lauren,” she said. By using the device to take real-time aerial photographs of the luncheon, she wanted to show attendees “just …

    April 27, 2015 4:57 pm
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Sports

  • Hockey Hall of Famer Marcel Pronovost dies at age 84


    (Reuters) – Hockey Hall of Famer Marcel Pronovost, a five-time Stanley Cup champion and 11-time All-Star, has died at the age of 84, the National Hockey League said on Monday. Pronovost, a defenseman who won four Stanley Cup titles in the 1950s with the Detroit Red Wings before winning a fifth with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1967, died on Sunday after a brief illness, the NHL said. After his 20-year playing career ended following the 1969-70 season, Pronovost coached the Chicago Cougars of the newly founded World Hockey Association and later the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres. “A Hall of Fame defenseman, a respected coach and for five seasons a valued member of the National Hockey League’s Central Scouting Bureau, Marcel Pronovost devoted his life to the pursuit of excellence in our sport,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. Pronovost played in 1,206 NHL games and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in …

    April 27, 2015 3:57 pm
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World News

  • Israel struck Gaza shelters


    Israel said Palestinian militants used UN facilities as shields for their “terrorist activities” At least 44 Palestinians were killed by “Israeli actions” while sheltering at seven UN schools during last summer’s war in Gaza, a UN inquiry has found. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he deplored the deaths and stressed that UN facilities were “inviolable”. The inquiry also found that three empty UN schools were used by Palestinian militants to store weapons, and that in two cases they likely fired from them. The 50-day conflict claimed the lives of more than 2,260 people. At least 2,189 were Palestinians, including more than 1,486 civilians, according to the UN. On the Israeli side, 67 soldiers were killed along with six civilians. ‘Utmost gravity’ In November, Mr Ban announced that an independent board of inquiry would look into 10 incidents at schools run by the UN agency for Palestine refugees, Unrwa, between 8 July and 26 August …

    April 27, 2015 3:57 pm
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Technology

  • Google offers cash to Europe’s media


    Google is offering to help European media organisations make money from the internet Google has pledged to give €150m ($163m; £107m) to European news publishers and journalism-focused start-ups over the next three years. The funds – which are part of a wider package – will be used to support the organisations’ efforts to earn money from their own online coverage. The Financial Times, the Guardian, Spain’s El Pais and Germany’s Die Zeit are among those backing the initiative. But several media groups that have been critical of Google are not involved. Publications belonging to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and the Berlin-based Axel Springer group are among those absent from a list of “founding partners”, although Google has said they are welcome to join. The US company previously agreed to set up a similar fund to support French media organisations in 2013 in order to settle a dispute about its right to show headlines and text …

    April 27, 2015 3:57 pm
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Science

  • Kathmandu earthquake nightmare not yet over


    The devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake that rocked Nepal on Saturday could be repeated within the next decade or two, geologists say. The enormous quake, which struck an area in central Nepal between the capital Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara, has had a far-reaching impact. Over 3000 people are already known to have lost their lives, with victims as far afield as Bangladesh, India, Tibet, and Mount Everest where avalanches were triggered. And the possibility of aftershocks, in addition to the risk of landslides on slopes made unstable by the quake, mean the danger is far from passed. Last year, reporting for Cosmos, I travelled to Nepal to meet with the geologists working on the ground there trying to identify where the next big earthquake would strike. They feared that a major quake was imminent [see Kathmandu’s earthquake nightmare]. With tragically prescient timing, members of that team working in the region last month identified a …

    April 27, 2015 12:17 pm
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Health

  • New bird flu cases probable in Iowa, millions of birds affected: Iowa


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Initial tests have found five probable new cases of the rapidly spreading avian influenza on commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting an estimated 6 million birds, the state’s agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. Additional tests are pending to confirm the presence of the highly pathogenic H5N2, agency officials said. If these tests are positive, the state’s tally of egg-laying chickens affected by the virus and needing to be culled would be more than 9.5 million birds, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said on a conference call on Monday. Iowa farms house, on average, an estimated 60 million egg-laying hens, Northey said. “This is a big deal,” Northey said. “Going forward, the question is are we done? Or does this mean more birds as we go forward.” Initial positive tests for H5 avian influenza were found in a commercial egg-laying farm with an estimated 1.7 million …

    April 27, 2015 4:37 pm
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Entertainment

  • Gigi Hadid Celebrates Her Birthday With BFF Kendall Jenner In NYC


    Posted on Mon Apr 27th, 2015 8:50am PDT       By X17 Staff She just keeps getting prettier with age! Gigi Hadid celebrated her 20th birthday at Red Stix on Sunday night, and the model looks like she had a blast! The reality star’s boyfriend Cody Simpson wasn’t in attendance, but her bestie Kendall Jenner was! The blonde beauty has a lot to celebrate this year. Her career has skyrocketed, she’s in a healthy relationship, and she has a crew of super tight knit friends. What more could a girl ask for?   Stories from around the Web

    April 27, 2015 11:16 am
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Editorial

  • Eric Holder’s legacy: The good, the bad and the very ugly


    Mar. 4, 2015: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder addresses reporters in Washington. (Reuters) April 24, 2015: Attorney General Eric Holder bids goodbye to Justice Department employees as they leave the Justice Department in Washington. (AP) Eric Holder is now the former attorney general of the United States. Which invites the question: what will his legacy be as America’s top law enforcement officer? I suspect history will find our eighty-second attorney general more reviled than revered. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT When he looked in the mirror, Holder seemed to see the visage of Bobby Kennedy –a champion of civil rights. His detractors, and there were many, saw someone who more closely resembled John Mitchell, Nixon’s political hatchet man who, as attorney general, did his boss’s bidding, covered it up and went to prison. The truth is somewhere in between. The Good Holder’s most commendable accomplishment was his refusal to defend the indefensible –the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)– which …

    April 27, 2015 4:37 pm
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Odd News

  • Scientist Hawking tells upset fans Malik may be in parallel One Direction


    (Reuters) – What is the cosmological effect of singer Zayn Malik leaving the best-selling boy band One Direction and consequently disappointing millions of teenage girls around the world? The advice of British cosmologist Stephen Hawking to heartbroken fans is to follow theoretical physics, because Malik may well still be a member of the pop group in another universe. The physicist took a break from speaking about his work as one of the world’s leading scientists to answer the question from one upset fan during a talk at Sydney Opera House at the weekend. “Finally a question about something important,” Hawking, who appeared via hologram, said to loud laughs from the audience. “My advice to any heartbroken young girl is to pay attention to the study of theoretical physics because, one day, there may well be proof of multiple universes. “It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere outside of our own universe …

    April 27, 2015 12:16 pm
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