• US museum group bans selfie stick

    US museum group bans selfie stick

    5 March 2015 Last updated at 03:09 Still plenty of selfie stick opportunities elsewhere in Washington They’re becoming a must-have for tourists but the selfie stick will not be welcome at Washington’s top museums. The...
  • US envoy to S Korea in knife attack

    US envoy to S Korea in knife attack

    5 March 2015 Last updated at 02:55 Mark Lippert’s injuries are not life-threatening, media reports say The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, has been injured by a knife-wielding attacker in Seoul. Mr Lippert,...
  • China’s rubber-stamp parliament: 3 things you need to know

    China’s rubber-stamp parliament: 3 things you need to know

    Three thousand delegates have gathered in Beijing to kick off China’s annual rubber-stamp parliamentary meetings. The National People’s Congress is long on pomp and circumstance and short on legislative deliberation; while some voting ostensibly takes...
  • Russell rallies Ohio State past Penn State

    University Park, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – D’Angelo Russell racked up 28 points and carried Ohio State in the second half as the 23rd-ranked Buckeyes rallied for a 77-67 victory over Penn State. The sensational freshman did...
  • Clinton email subpoenaed by Congress

    Clinton email subpoenaed by Congress

    5 March 2015 Last updated at 00:44 Hillary Clinton used a personal email address whilst US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails have been subpoenaed by a US Congressional hearing investigating the attack on the...

Headline News

  • US museum group bans selfie stick


    5 March 2015 Last updated at 03:09 Still plenty of selfie stick opportunities elsewhere in Washington They’re becoming a must-have for tourists but the selfie stick will not be welcome at Washington’s top museums. The Smithsonian, the largest research and museum group in the world, has banned the fashionable photography aid. “This is a preventive measure to protect visitors and objects, especially during crowded conditions,” it said in a statement. The selfie stick allows you a longer reach when using a smartphone or camera to take a picture of yourself. It first gained popularity in Asia but has lately been condemned by some as annoying when brandished in public. “We encourage museum visitors to take selfies and share their experiences and leave the selfie sticks in their bags,” the Smithsonian said. The new rule – not inspired by any one incident but designed to be preventative – is the first change in years to the …

    March 4, 2015 9:35 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. Democrats back off Iran legislation while talks go on


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democrats said on Wednesday they would not support bills that could influence nuclear talks with Iran in the next three weeks, essentially ensuring no such legislation will pass before negotiators’ March 24 deadline for a framework agreement. Democrats objected after the Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would move to begin debate and vote next week on a bill that would force President Barack Obama to seek Congress’ approval of any nuclear agreement with Iran. McConnell announced his plans on Tuesday, shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress and warned the United States that it was negotiating a “bad deal” with Tehran. Ten Democratic senators, including six who had co-sponsored the bill, wrote to McConnell on Wednesday objecting to his plan, saying they would not vote for it until after March 24. “We are disappointed that you’ve pursued this partisan course of action,” wrote the lawmakers, …

    March 4, 2015 6:34 pm
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Stocks

  • China’s rubber-stamp parliament: 3 things you need to know


    Three thousand delegates have gathered in Beijing to kick off China’s annual rubber-stamp parliamentary meetings. The National People’s Congress is long on pomp and circumstance and short on legislative deliberation; while some voting ostensibly takes place, the Communist Party’s proposals are always approved. But economists are paying close attention nonetheless, hoping to learn something about Beijing’s priorities for the coming year. Here are three areas of particular importance: 1. How low can the economy go? Beijing has released its economic growth targets for the coming year, with gross domestic product expansion pegged at 7%. While this figure would make most other countries blush, it’s actually very low when compared to the double-digit growth that China enjoyed for much of the past three decades. Beijing isn’t freaking out about 7% growth — yet. Policymakers are growing accustomed to the idea that slower expansion is acceptable, so long as economic reforms are moving forward and the job …

    March 4, 2015 8:54 pm
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Sports

  • Major League Soccer says reaches new labor deal with players


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Major League Soccer and its players reached an “agreement in principle” on a new collective bargaining agreement on Wednesday to avoid a work stoppage two days before the 20th MLS season opens, MLS chief Don Garber said. Garber told Reuters the MLS Players Union (MLSPU) and the league had reached a deal after a day-long round of negotiations at the Washington offices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. “I am pleased to announce we have reached an agreement in principle with our union,” Garber told Reuters. “We are not going into details tonight but it is great to be able to continue the momentum that we have been able to build for this league and do it in partnership with our players.” (Reporting by Simon Evans; Writing by Ian Ransom; Editing by Patrick Johnston)

    March 4, 2015 9:35 pm
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World News

  • US envoy to S Korea in knife attack


    5 March 2015 Last updated at 02:55 Mark Lippert’s injuries are not life-threatening, media reports say The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, has been injured by a knife-wielding attacker in Seoul. Mr Lippert, 42, was attending a breakfast meeting when he was slashed on his face and left hand. He was taken to hospital but his injuries are not life-threatening. The attacker, a 55-year-old man with a history of militant Korean nationalistic activism, reportedly shouted for North and South Korea to be reunified. He was subdued by security officers and arrested. ‘Anti-war slogan’ The attack happened at about 07:40 (22:40 GMT Wednesday), when the ambassador was at a performing arts centre in central Seoul, South Korean police were quoted as saying by the Yonhap news agency. The attacker was arrested by security officers in central Seoul The ambassador was due to attend a breakfast meeting in central Seoul The assailant reportedly shouted “South …

    March 4, 2015 9:14 pm
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Technology

  • Just one ‘disastrous accident’ could set drone industry back, warn Lords


    The drone industry could create 150,000 jobs across the European Union by 2050, but it would take “just one disastrous accident” to destroy public confidence and set the sector back, a group of peers has warned. A report from the Lords EU select committee has concluded that there is huge potential for growth in the sector, but that this potential can only be realised if the safety of drone operations is demonstrated to the public. The report comes after a near miss between a passenger jet and a civilian drone near Heathrow airport in December sparked debate about how best to regulate the consumer drones market. Commenting on the report, Civilian use of drones in the EU, the committee’s chair Lady O’Cathain described the growth in civilian drone use as “astonishing”, adding that they were “taking to the skies faster than anyone could have predicted”. “We have a huge opportunity to make Europe a world …

    March 4, 2015 6:13 pm
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Science

  • Strength in numbers


    Related images(click to enlarge) When scientists develop a full quantum computer, the world of computing will undergo a revolution of sophistication, speed and energy efficiency that will make even our beefiest conventional machines seem like Stone Age clunkers by comparison. But, before that happens, quantum physicists like the ones in UC Santa Barbara’s physics professor John Martinis’ lab will have to create circuitry that takes advantage of the marvelous computing prowess promised by the quantum bit (“qubit”), while compensating for its high vulnerability to environmentally-induced error. In what they are calling a major milestone, the researchers in the Martinis Lab have developed quantum circuitry that self-checks for errors and suppresses them, preserving the qubits’ state(s) and imbuing the system with the highly sought-after reliability that will prove foundational for the building of large-scale superconducting quantum computers. It turns out keeping qubits error-free, or stable enough to reproduce the same result time and time again, is …

    March 4, 2015 6:33 pm
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Health

  • Monkeys infected by deadly bacteria at Louisiana lab


    (Reuters) – Five monkeys at a high-security primate research lab in Louisiana were accidentally infected with or exposed to a deadly bacteria being analyzed at the lab, officials told Reuters on Wednesday. A federal investigator also became sick a day after entering the Tulane National Primate Research Center near New Orleans in January and tested positive for the bacteria, Burkholderia pseudomallei, but it was unclear whether she had been exposed to the bacteria at the center or before her visit, said Tulane spokesman Mike Strecker. The rhesus macaque monkeys had been housed in the veterinary clinic of the center, which is about 40 miles (65 km) north of New Orleans. Research on the bacteria, which was being done to find a vaccine, has been halted while the incident is being investigated, Strecker said. Health officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Reuters on Wednesday that the clinic has been decontaminated and that …

    March 4, 2015 6:34 pm
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Entertainment

  • Teresa Giudice is allegedly in danger, thanks to feuds with fellow inmates


    At first, reports surfaced that the reality star was being treated pretty nicely, even getting her makeup done before her daughter’s visit. But it seems like the silver linings are few and far between as she settles into life in jail. More: Teresa Giudice hits the slopes before heading to the slammer According to a source who spoke with In Touch, inmates are taking issue with Giudice’s attitude, saying she acts like she’s better than everyone. Furthermore, the source claims that Giudice’s status in the prison has gotten so bad, she “told officials that she was afraid for her life. Once you start complaining about certain prisoners, you become a target.” Another thing that isn’t winning Giudice any friends is her reported plan to write a tell-all book about her experiences in jail. More: Teresa Giudice is standing by her man “She’s documenting everything for her book,” In Touch‘s insider claims. “Who’s sleeping with whom, who’s …

    March 4, 2015 8:54 pm
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Editorial

  • Ferguson: Why Justice reports on Wilson, police matter to us all


    FILE – In this Aug. 25, 2014 photo, a man wears a tie decorated with a picture of Michael Brown during Brown’s funeral at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post Dispatch, Robert Cohen, Pool) Wednesday, the Department of Justice (DoJ) announced that it had rejected the claim that that Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man, had his hands up and was surrendering to police when Officer Darren Wilson shot him dead on August 9, 2014. The death of Michael Brown, who was shot shortly after robbing a convenience store, sparked violent protests and riots last summer in Ferguson, Mo. The DoJ began its investigation into the killing of Michael Brown two days after his death. The feds worked independently of the Missouri authorities, yet cooperatively and in tandem with them; and the feds examined the same evidence and interviewed the same witnesses. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT When it comes to these types …

    March 4, 2015 6:54 pm
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Odd News

  • Las Vegas hospital accidentally sends miscarried fetuses to laundry


    (Reuters) – A Las Vegas hospital accidentally sent twin miscarried fetuses wrapped in linen to a commercial laundry facility on Tuesday, officials said. Henderson Police Department spokeswoman Kathleen Richards said that officers were called at around 10 a.m. local time by laundry company Angelica after workers discovered the fetuses. Richards said the remains were delivered accidentally by Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center. The incident was not considered suspicious, Richards said, but added that the Clark County Coroner’s Office would investigate. Spring Valley Hospital spokeswoman Gretchen Papez said in a statement the mother of the fetuses arrived at the hospital after suffering a miscarriage at another location, and that the twins were wrapped in linens before her arrival. “We are currently reviewing the situation to determine what occurred. However, the remains are currently in the hospital’s possession, and we are working with the family at this time,” Papez said. The hospital is owned by a subsidiary …

    March 4, 2015 2:31 pm
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