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  • Defense to begin arguments to spare Boston bomber’s life

    BOSTON (Reuters) – The trial of the convicted Boston Marathon bomber enters a new and critical stage on Monday as defense lawyers begin to present their case that a jury should sentence Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to life in prison, rather than death. Tsarnaev, a 21-year-old ethnic Chechen, early this month was found guilty of killing three people and injuring 264 in one of the highest-profile attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001, as well as fatally shooting a police officer. During the initial stage of his trial, prosecutors portrayed him as an extremist who wanted to “punish America” for military campaigns in Muslim-dominated countries and followed a blueprint from al Qaeda’s “Inspire” magazine to build the homemade pressure-cooker bombs that ripped through crowds of spectators, volunteers and athletes on April 15, 2013. Defense lawyers have countered that Tsarnaev, 19 at the time of the attack, was adrift and following the lead of his 26-year-old brother, …

    April 27, 2015 6:56 am


  • Tester’s DSCC Pursues Same Strategy That Nearly Nixed Him in 2006

    By Nathan L. Gonzales Posted at 5 a.m. April 27 0 Tweet Tester makes his way through the basement of the Capitol before a vote on the Senate floor on Dec. 12, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) If the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had its way a decade ago, its current chairman probably wouldn’t be in the Senate today. In the 2006 cycle, Democratic strategists in Washington preferred state Auditor John Morrison in the Montana Senate race, hoping to avoid a primary and keep the party focused on defeating Republican incumbent Conrad Burns. But state Sen. Jon Tester was undeterred by national Democratic efforts to get him out of the race and even bragged about being opposed by the party establishment. Tester went on to win the primary and general elections, plus a close re-election six years later. He’s now in charge of Democratic efforts to retake the Senate majority in 2016. With …

    April 27, 2015 4:34 am


  • The 4-day workweek is real … for employees at these companies

    Who doesn’t want to take Fridays off? For most of us, a long weekend is an occasional thing. For some people, however, it’s a regular thing. And they’re still paid their full-time salaries. A 4-day — or compressed — workweek is offered as an option to at least some employees at 43% of companies, according to the Society for Human Resource Management. But only 10% of those companies make it available to all or most of their employees. It’s a perk more likely to be found at small companies, 14% of which make it available to all or most of their workers, while only 5% of large companies do the same. While the concept of a compressed workweek isn’t new — it’s been common among nurses and emergency medical personnel, for instance — it’s not the norm for most jobs. But it has become a viable option as employers seek to expand their workplace flexibility …

    April 27, 2015 6:55 am


  • Wimbledon bans selfie sticks at the tournament because of contraption’s ‘nuisance value’

    Rory McIlroy uses a selfie stick to take a photo with many of the 54 golfers at the Junior Invitational golf tournament, after speaking to them following the second round at Sage Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, S.C., on Friday, April 24, 2015. (Jon-Michael-Sullivan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP) (The Associated Press) LONDON –  Tennis fans going to Wimbledon this year can leave their selfie sticks at home. The Grand Slam tennis tournament has become the latest sports event to ban the use of the devices, with organizers calling them a “nuisance.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The All England Club says the decision was made so that selfie sticks don’t “interfere with spectators’ enjoyment” during the June 29-July 12 championships. Selfie sticks are common sights at sports and music venues around the world, as fans use the pole-like device to grasp smartphones and snap self-portraits. Churchill Downs, which stages the Kentucky Derby, announced this month that selfie sticks were …

    April 27, 2015 6:56 am

World News

  • Indonesia condemned over executions

    Andrew Chan, left, and Myuran Sukumaran were sentenced to death in 2006 France and Australia have condemned the death penalty as executions for three of their nationals loom. Earlier, Australia called on Indonesia to delay executing two convicted Australian drug traffickers until corruption claims were investigated. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were convicted in 2006. The two, with six more foreigners and one Indonesian, have been formally told of their execution. A French trafficker is still appealing his conviction. Under Indonesian law, convicts must be given 72 hours’ notice of execution. This means the executions by the firing squad could be carried out as early as Tuesday. “France and Australia share the same attachment to human rights and condemn the death penalty in all places and all circumstances,” the French presidency said in a statement after a meeting between French President Francois Hollande and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Paris. French convict Serge Atlaoui …

    April 27, 2015 6:56 am


  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 introduces co-op campaign and cyber-soldiers

    Call of Duty is not going “open world” – not yet. But with Black Ops 3, the third title in the covert war spin-off series, it is taking a small step in that direction. As leaked by Call of Duty (CoD) news site CharlieIntel on Friday, this year’s CoD instalment will feature a four-player co-operative campaign mode, allowing friends to take on the story together. The series is abandoning its highly choreographed “corridor”-style of level design in favour of open environments offering more space and freedom to explore. Players will be able to create and customise their own avatars from the outset, rather than taking control of pre-set characters, while a new XP system allows upgrades to both the soldier and the weapons. Developer Treyarch, one of three studios sharing responsibility for the multimillion dollar annual franchise, has also introduced a new movement system. Black Ops 3 is set 50 years in the future where …

    April 27, 2015 3:54 am


  • How I discovered Viagra

    Credit: John Greim/SPL/Getty Images Like most scientists and clinicians in this field, I chose a career developing drugs in the hope of improving people’s lives. I say ‘hope’, because often pharmaceutical research and development is a source of frustration and disappointment. Certainly, we make a continual contribution to scientific and medical knowledge, but our work doesn’t always yield new medicines. Very few of us get to work on compounds that ultimately benefit patients. I’ve been one of the fortunate ones though. In two decades of research, I’ve managed to be in the right place at the right time on more than one occasion. But the development program I’ve had the greatest involvement in concerns one of the world’s most famous drugs. Its scientific name is sildenafil citrate, but it’s better known as Viagra. I first came across the project in the late 1980s, when I learned colleagues at Pfizer’s laboratories in Sandwich, a small town …

    April 27, 2015 4:15 am


  • Broga yoga for men

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Men who crave the benefits of yoga but recoil at sharing the experience with a room full of women are turning to Broga, a rugged take on the 3,000-year-old practice of movement and breath. Broga celebrates the physical over the spiritual, and strength over flexibility. Experts say it sets men free to flex tight hamstrings without hearing invocations to Hindu deities or feeling inept next to a woman twisted like a pretzel. “I consider myself an athletic guy, but have never been flexible and didn’t like the thought of embarrassing myself in front of a group of women,” said financial analyst Eric Wright, 22, of San Jose, California. Wright and his male colleagues use the video streaming service Grokker to practice. “On Wednesdays we have a standing Broga appointment and anywhere from five to eight others will join me,” he said. Grokker founder and C.E.O. Lorna Borenstein said more men are …

    April 27, 2015 4:35 am


  • Mama June is speaking out against her own daughter’s pregnancy

    More: Honey Boo Boo horribly exploited in televised “weight intervention” The family’s matriarch, Mama June, took her eldest daughter, Anna Shannon Cardwell, to task on Instagram after finding out she’s pregnant with her second child. “Well guess who will b a gigi and aunts again in December we will,” Mama June captioned a photo of herself and her girls on the social networking site. “@annamarie35 texted me late last night and told me she was 6 wks as of thursday.” But even though Mama June, whose real name is June Shannon, said she’s excited to be a grandma to another baby, she was concerned that 20-year-old Anna is too young to be pregnant again. More: Mama June’s been offered a new job — to be a porn star “They r too young to have another one i will support her and Michael but katilyn will always b gigis first baby,” June wrote. “im not going …

    April 27, 2015 1:14 am


  • ‘Remembering Everyone Deployed’ Fridays: Let’s wear red America

     (Courtesy Mansfield University)  (Courtesy Mansfield University) The events of September 11, 2001 undoubtedly changed the lives of Americans across the country. But the rubble of the Twin Towers has long been cleared, Freedom Tower now in their place, and most Americans have returned largely to the same lives they led before the attacks. Men and women of the United States military haven’t had this option. These men and women continue to volunteer to fight an enemy thousands of miles from home. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The relatively normal lives we take for granted is a testament to the incredible job they’ve done to protect our quality of life. But we owe it to each of them to better understand the struggles they face not only in combat, but when they return home. Wearing a specific colored shirt might seem like a trivial act, but the meaning behind it is significant. It translates to mean that as you …

    April 26, 2015 4:27 am

Odd News

  • Argentine side train with dust masks as volcano spews ash

    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – An amateur side set to meet league champions Racing Club in the last 64 of the Argentine Cup are wearing dust marks to train near an Andean volcano spewing ash. “We’re playing against the Argentine champions, we’re taking it very seriously and anxiously await the match,” coach Gustavo Coronel of regional side Independiente of Neuquen, a province in the southwest of Argentina, told TyC Sports on Friday. Across the nearby Andes mountains in neighboring Chile, the 2,000-metre Cabulco volcano erupted on Wednesday and has been spewing clouds of ash since Thursday. The venue and date of the match have not been confirmed. The ash has reached Buenos Aires in the east with flights into and out of Ezeiza international airport suspended or rerouted while those at Neuquen and the Andean ski resorts of Bariloche and Chapelco have been closed. (Reporting by Rex Gowar; Editing by Ken Ferris)

    April 24, 2015 11:57 pm