Headline News

  • More than 1,000 march in Baltimore to protest black man’s death


    BALTIMORE (Reuters) – More than 1,000 demonstrators chanting “shut it down” marched through Baltimore on Saturday to protest the death of a black man who died after being taken into police custody. Baltimore’s police commissioner said on Friday that Freddie Gray, 25, had been denied timely medical attention for a spinal injury suffered after police apprehended him following a foot chase. Police have not explained how he sustained the injury. At least 1,500 people had gathered by midafternoon at the spot in West Baltimore where Gray had been detained on April 12 by a police patrol and placed inside a transport van. Gray died on Sunday, a week after his arrest. Gray’s death is the latest in a series of deaths of black men that have triggered an outcry in the United States over the use of excessive force by law enforcement. Malik Shabazz, an attorney and president of Black Lawyers for Justice, used a …

    April 25, 2015 4:03 pm
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Politics

  • How do we save American hostages?


    American military drone in action. The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration’s reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism — and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation’s oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans and their families. A day after President Barack Obama apologized and took responsibility for the deaths of American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto in a January strike along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, officials said Friday that a nearly yearlong, interagency review of the hostage policy is to be completed this spring. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the Obama administration is considering whether to create a “fusion cell” comprised of the FBI, Pentagon, State Department and intelligence community to ensure they are closely coordinating on rescue efforts and communication with families. The administration is seeking reaction to the …

    April 25, 2015 12:20 pm
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Stocks

  • How a big Italian bank was slammed by a hoax


    It’s every company’s nightmare: Friday afternoon and your stock starts tanking without explanation. Turns out you’ve fallen victim to an elaborate hoax claiming your chief executive has quit after admitting making up billions in profits. Sound far fetched? That’s precisely what happened to one of Italy’s biggest banks. At about 9:30 am ET, emails started dropping into reporters’ in-boxes. The messages included the stunning claim that Intesa Sanpaolo (IITOF) CEO Carlo Messina had resigned after manipulating the bank’s earnings to the tune of $2 billion. “This press release is totally false and groundless,” Intesa Sanpaolo said in a statement. The hoax mail included a link to a website that looked very similar to the bank’s, and an email address for the press team at Intesa Sanpaolo — stampa@intesasanpaolo-group.com — that was almost identical to the real thing: stampa@intesasanpaolo.com. The hoaxer, or hoaxers, replied to emails sent to the fake address, signing them off “Matteo Fabiani,” …

    April 25, 2015 4:41 pm
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Sports

  • PSG pounds Lille behind Lavezzi’s hat trick


    Paris, France (SportsNetwork.com) – Ezequiel Lavezzi scored a hat trick and Edinson Cavani chipped in two goals himself to help PSG to a resounding 6-1 victory over Lille at the Parc des Princes. PSG took total control of the match from the start by blitzing Lille with two goals in the opening four minutes as both Maxwell and Cavani found the net. Lavezzi then added two more goals before the break to put the hosts up 4-0 before Marko Basa’s goal in the 59th minute made it 4-1. However, Lille went down to 10 men with Sebastien Corchia’s 72nd-minute red card, and Cavani and Lavezzi each added another goal to take PSG three points clear of Lyon at the top of Ligue 1. It didn’t take PSG long to get started as Maxwell redirected a cross from Serge Aurier into the net in the opening minute before Cavani quickly doubled the lead by slotting a …

    April 25, 2015 4:02 pm
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World News

  • Baltimore anger over ‘racist police’


    Protesters have rallied every day since Gray’s death, but organisers expected the biggest turnout so far on Saturday Demonstrators have taken to the streets of Baltimore in one of the biggest protests the city has seen over the death of a black man in police custody. Several hundred protesters set off from the Baltimore housing project where Freddie Gray was arrested by police on 12 April. He then suffered spinal injuries and died in a coma a week later. Six police officers have been suspended and an internal police investigation is under way. Gray, who was 25, is the latest of a series of black Americans to die in police custody in recent months, triggering angry protests accusing the police of brutality. Baltimore has seen daily protests since his death on Sunday but Saturday’s was expected to be the largest so far. Gang ‘truce’ “‘No justice no peace, no racist police’ the now familiar chant …

    April 25, 2015 4:03 pm
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Technology

  • Robert Downey Jr. says Apple Watch is meh


    Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. Is that an Omega? Iron Man says he prefers one. It’s a size thing. Or something. Getty Images If you’re not going to ask Robert Downey Jr. about his time in jail and his relationship with his father (and I suggest you don’t), ask him about the important social issue of the day. Yes, of course I’m talking about the Apple Watch. You thought I was going to say “income inequality”? Actually, this is a touch about income inequality, because the Apple Watch isn’t exactly cheap, given that you have to link it with a phone that isn’t exactly cheap. Still, given that he is the gadget-oriented Iron Man (not in real life), perhaps he’d be excited by Apple’s new watch. He was as excited as a Speedo-clad Italian at the North Pole. He told the AP: “Every time they …

    April 25, 2015 3:41 pm
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Science

  • Agony and Ecstasy: Hubble’s Top Moments and Near-Death Episodes


    The Hubble Space Telescope, one of the most successful and most beloved science experiments of all time, is 25 years old this week. But its lifetime has been full of drama. It ended up launching seven years late in April 1990, costing significantly more than expected. When NASA engineers first turned it on, its images were blurry, caused by a flaw introduced in manufacturing its primary mirror. The telescope and the space agency that launched it were redeemed when seven astronauts flew onboard the space shuttle Endeavour in 1993 to install a new camera and a package to fix the instrument’s optics. That visit was followed by four more shuttle servicing missions to upgrade and repair the observatory, allowing it to remain a cutting-edge tool for astronomy for a quarter century and counting.   In wonderful interviews with Scientific American, scientists, engineers and astronauts who worked on Hubble recall its ups and downs. Edited excerpts …

    April 25, 2015 4:02 pm
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Health

  • Young Brains May Gain Skills When Parents Read to Kids


    SATURDAY, April 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Whether it’s Dr. Seuss or Beatrix Potter, when parents read to young children it may spur brain activity that supports early reading skills, a new study finds. Researchers led by Dr. John Hutton of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center used MRIs to monitor the brains of 19 preschoolers, aged 3 to 5, as they listened to age-appropriate stories on headphones. The youngsters’ parents had provided information about their interactions with their children, including how often they read to them. While the study can’t prove cause-and-effect, being read to at home regularly was strongly linked with activation of certain brain areas involved in getting meaning from language, Hutton’s team found. These areas play a crucial role in speaking and reading, according to study which was to be presented Saturday at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in San Diego. There was particularly strong activation in brain areas that support …

    April 25, 2015 12:20 pm
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Entertainment

  • Bruce Tells All!


    Posted on Sat Apr 25th, 2015 10:07am PDT       By X17 Staff ABC Breaking US News | US News Videos Pretty much the only thing we didn’t get from Diane Sawyer’s interview of Bruce Jenner last night was his new female name, but otherwise, Brucie really delivered! No one’s focusing on the face he called the entire Kardashian Klan “fake,” which we think is funny — he said he’s the only real thing to come out of the family’s reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians. And here’s how real for former Olympic athlete got … the top ten most important things he told Diane: 1. He’s not gay. 2. He hasn’t yet changed his male organs. 3. He’s been secretly dressing as a female since he was a boy. 4. Kim caught him dressing up and didn’t speak to him afterward; Kendall and Kylie saw their day in drag when the girls’ laptop was on “security …

    April 25, 2015 1:00 pm
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Editorial

  • Hillary Clinton needs to focus her message. The Clinton Foundation needs to stop taking foreign donations


    April 14, 2015, photo: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with local residents at the Jones St. Java House in LeClaire, Iowa. (AP) We’re now almost at the close of the second week of Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president and we have yet to hear anything but talk of scandals. This week it’s more talk of foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation and what State Department favors may have been traded in exchange. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT To be sure, the latest issue with the Clinton Foundation and foreign donors raises real questions. But these are not questions about any legal violations that the Clintons or the Foundation may have committed. They are questions centered on the import of appearances, apparent conflicts of interest and politics. If Hillary is going to go from scandal to scandal – email servers to donations and who knows what’s next – she’s surely not going to be as successful as she …

    April 25, 2015 4:21 pm
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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
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