Headline News

  • At least 19 injured, 4 critically, in NYC building explosion


    At least 19 people were injured, four of them critically, when an explosion and seven-alarm fire destroyed an apartment building and burned three other structures in New York City’s East Village Thursday. At an evening news conference, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said a preliminary investigation indicated that a gas explosion caused by plumbing and gas work in the building that collapsed was to blame. The New York Post reported that construction crews accidentally “hit a gas main.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Craig Ivey, the president of utility company Con Edison said a plumber had been doing work connected to a gas service upgrade, and inspectors had been there to check on a planned meter installation an hour before the fire. But the work failed the inspection, partly because a space for the new meters wasn’t big enough, and the inspectors said gas couldn’t be introduced to that part of the building, Con Ed said. …

    March 26, 2015 11:32 pm
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Politics

  • Japan PM Abe to address joint session of Congress


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on April 29, becoming the first Japanese leader to do so. Abe will spend eight days on a state visit expected to focus on joint responses to growing Chinese assertiveness in Asia, including his moves to loosen the constraints of Japan’s pacifist, postwar constitution on the military. In announcing the invitation to the Japanese leader, U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner said Abe’s speech would be an opportunity for Americans to hear from a close ally about ways to expand cooperation on economic and security priorities. “That, of course, includes working together to open markets and encourage more economic growth through free trade,” Boehner said in a statement. Trade is an important component of President Barack Obama’s diplomatic and security “pivot” to Asia. Progress toward a12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal has been touted …

    March 26, 2015 10:32 pm
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Stocks

  • How Ferrari maintains its mystique


    Usually, an automotive marketing executives job is pretty straightforward. Sell more cars. That’s not the case for Enrico Galliera, the head of sales and marketing for Ferrari. For him, there is such a thing as selling too many Ferraris. Exclusivity is the key to maintaining the brand’s mystique. “I have the big responsibility to keep alive this dream that is called Ferrari,” he said. He was speaking at the official unveiling of the new Ferrari 488 GTB sports car, the Italian automaker’s latest creation, in Geneva, Switzerland. Even if you have the cash, that doesn’t guarantee you a spot anywhere near the top of the months-long waiting list for one of these cars. If you want a Ferrari, it helps to have a relationship with the brand. When a new Ferrari model comes out, preferential treatment is given to current members of the “Ferrari family.” If you have six Ferraris already in your personal stable, …

    March 26, 2015 10:52 pm
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Sports

  • MLB prospect Aiken undergoes Tommy John surgery


    (SportsNetwork.com) – Pitching prospect Brady Aiken, the top overall selection in the 2014 draft, underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. Aiken was selected No. 1 overall by the Houston Astros, but the two sides could not agree on a contract before the mandated deadline, thus giving Aiken another chance to enter the draft. Houston, which had concerns of Aiken’s elbow during the negotiation process, reduced its original offer of $6.5 million down to $3.1 million before making one last effort with a $5 million deal that Aiken declined. “Yesterday, I had Tommy John surgery to fix my left arm,” Aiken wrote on The Players’ Tribune website on Thursday. “I’m obviously extremely disappointed. I wanted to let my pitching speak for itself, but now there are going to be new distractions. For that reason, I wanted to be the one to tell people what’s happened and make this a fresh start.” Aiken was pitching at the …

    March 26, 2015 11:32 pm
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World News

  • Italy court to rule on Kercher death


    Italy’s top court is expected to decide whether to uphold the convictions of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher. The Court of Cassation in Rome will hear from Sollecito’s defence team before the judges give their verdict. Former lovers Knox and Sollecito were convicted for the second time in 2014. They have maintained their innocence throughout and have already served four years in prison. Earlier this week, the court heard Knox’s lawyer’s arguments that her conviction was a grave judicial error. The verdict was originally due on Wednesday but was delayed to hear Sollecito’s defence team. The court will either confirm the guilty verdict or overturn it – by ordering another trial or effectively bringing about an acquittal. A definitive conviction would trigger complicated attempts to extradite Knox, who currently lives in Seattle in the US. Sollecito, from Bari, southern Italy, has remained in the country, and …

    March 26, 2015 11:32 pm
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Technology

  • Lyft gets all social with personalized ‘profiles’


    Ride-hailing service Lyft is rolling out a new way for passengers and drivers to share more about themselves. Lyft Think of it as the buddy system, perhaps. Ride-hailing company Lyft has always put a cozy spin on its business, from its original motto (“your friend with a car”) to its current one of “making every ride welcoming, affordable and memorable.” Now it’s aiming to get even chummier with you through a new personalization feature called “profiles.” The Lyft service lets people in need of a ride connect with drivers via smartphone app. When you hail a Lyft ride you can see the driver’s name and photo, as well as a photo of the car. The new profiles give you an opportunity to learn even more about the drivers, such as where they’re from and their favorite musicians. And it’s a two-way street — passengers can also fill out their own profiles. “Lyft profiles will enhance …

    March 26, 2015 10:11 pm
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Science

  • A difficult climate: New study examines the media’s response to the IPCC


    The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) periodically releases Assessment Reports in order to inform policymakers and the public about the latest scientific evidence on climate change. The publication of each report is a key event in the debate about climate change, but their reception and coverage in the media has varied widely. A study, published today in the journal Nature Climate Change, has for the first time analysed how Twitter, TV and newspapers reported the IPCC’s climate evidence. Understanding how media coverage varies is important because people’s knowledge and opinions on climate change are influenced by how the media reports on the issue. The study found that there were markedly different ways in which the media portrayed the IPCC’s latest findings. The researchers investigated this through studying the frames (ways of depicting an issue) the different media sources used to emphasise some aspects of climate change, whilst downplaying others. They also found large …

    March 26, 2015 10:32 pm
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Health

  • White House crafts first-ever plan to fight superbugs


    NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The White House is due to issue an ambitious plan to slow the growing and deadly problem of antibiotic resistance over the next five years, one that requires massive investments and policy changes from a broad array of U.S. government health agencies, according to a copy of the report reviewed by Reuters. The 60-page report is the first ever to tackle antibiotic resistance so broadly. It was compiled by a government task force led by the administration’s top officials for health, agriculture and defense. A White House official confirmed that it would release the plan on Friday. Doctors and health experts have warned for decades that rising rates of resistant bacteria are leading to tens of thousands of deaths, threatening to nullify modern medical advancements. The goals include drastically reducing the rates of the most deadly “superbug” infections within five years, investing in new diagnostic tools and antibiotic drugs, and …

    March 26, 2015 10:32 pm
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Entertainment

  • Glee‘s Mark Salling admits to injuring a woman, but the charges are bizarre


    More: Mark Salling: How Cory Monteith will impact Glee‘s final season According to TMZ, the incident that landed Salling in hot water happened in 2011, when he hooked up with a woman identified as Roxanne Gorzela. Gorzela admits to having consented to have sex with the actor, but he reportedly refused to wear a condom and forced unprotected sex. A few days later, she went to confront him about the incident, worried that she may have contracted an STD. But when Gorzela arrived at Salling’s apartment, things reportedly took a turn for the worse and the pair got into an altercation that left Gorzela with “severely injured” knees after Salling allegedly threw her to the ground. More: Glee: Everything we know about the finale’s Cory Monteith tribute Gorzela sued for sexual battery, but the charges have since been dropped and she and Salling have settled, for a pretty massive six-figure sum, more than $2.7 million. …

    March 26, 2015 10:52 pm
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Editorial

  • The Bergdahl trade and the partisan polarization of America’s national security


    On June 30, 2009, a young solider, Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl, decided that the Army life just wasn’t for him and after writing several missives to spell out his disdain for his current circumstance at his post in Afghanistan and mailing off his kit to family and friends, he decided to go on an unaccompanied (and unauthorized) “walk-about” in Afghanistan. This was generally regarded by all as a “bad career move.” The young private was swiftly captured and made a prisoner of war by the Taliban. He was moved to Pakistan for safe keeping as a guest of the Haqqani terror network (as so designated by the U.S. government on September 6, 2012). This transfer to Pakistan placed Bergdahl out of touch from U.S. forces due to the artificial U.S. limitation to not pursue terrorists across the Durand Line from Afghanistan into Pakistan. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Bergdahl, sadly, is simply a pawn in a much …

    March 26, 2015 10:32 pm
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Odd News

  • Heave, ho: Elephants rescue 18-wheeler stranded on Louisiana road


    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – When an 18-wheeler truck became stranded by the side of a Louisiana road, two elephants inside came to the rescue. Sheriff’s deputies in Natchitoches Parish on Tuesday morning received a call about a stuck truck. Upon arriving on the scene, they saw two elephants preventing the vehicle from overturning. The truck’s driver, also an elephant trainer, walked the elephants out of the cargo compartment and directed them to help prop up the vehicle, sheriff’s Captain Tony Moran said in an interview. “It’s creative,” said Moran, who said the responding deputies were “just astonished to see it.” Leaning side-by-side, the elephants pushed with their weight against the truck, the sheriff’s photos showed. The truck was carrying three elephants from Florida. After a stop in New Orleans, they were on their way to a circus near Dallas. The truck had pulled over on an interstate shoulder near Powhatan, Louisiana, about an hour south …

    March 25, 2015 10:21 pm
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