Headline News

  • U.S. judge declines to order ‘park it now’ notices for GM cars


    (Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday rejected a bid to compel General Motors Co to tell customers to stop driving millions of cars that have been recalled for defective ignition switches. Attorneys representing Charles and Grace Silvas, the owners of a recalled 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt, had sought an emergency order directing GM to issue “park it now” notices for the 2.6 million vehicles that have been recalled since February over the switches. The notices would have told owners that the cars were too dangerous to remain on the road. GM opposed the motion, arguing that the vehicles were safe to drive as long as nothing extra was attached to the key while it was in the ignition. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Corpus Christi, Texas, denied the request in a ruling on Thursday, saying that she would defer to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a federal agency that oversees auto safety. …

    April 17, 2014 12:49 pm
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Politics

  • House Republicans Promote Seven Candidates


    By Emily Cahn Posted at 10:30 a.m. today 0 Tweet The National Republican Congressional Committee has elevated seven more candidates to the second-level “Contender” status of its Young Guns program for top House GOP prospects. All GOP House candidates are eligible to apply for the Young Guns program. According to the NRCC, “Contender candidates have completed stringent program metrics and are on the path to developing a mature and competitive campaign operation.” The NRCC does not release any specifics on those benchmarks. These seven additions are either running against Democratic incumbents or in open-seat races that the NRCC has deemed “favorable to the GOP candidate.” The seven candidates are: State Sen. Lee Zeldin, a Republican running against Rep. Timothy H. Bishop, D-N.Y., in the 1st District. Zeldin faces a primary with a self-funding prosecutor, George Demos. The race is rated Leans Democratic by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. Miami Dade County School Board member Carlos Curbelo, who is …

    April 17, 2014 9:48 am
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Stocks

  • Obama would cut deficits by another $1 trillion


    President Obama’s 2015 budget won’t be enacted. But if it were, it would raise $1.4 trillion more revenue and spend $446 billion more than current policies, according to the CBO. The official nonpartisan take on President Obama’s 2015 budget proposal is in: He would curb deficits even more than today’s policies. Of course, the budget wheels for next year are already in motion in Congress, making the president’s budget, in effect, a dead letter. It is, however, his wish list for taxes and spending. The Congressional Budget Office on Thursday said Obama’s budget would reduce annual deficits by about $1 trillion more than CBO projects over the next 10 years. It would do so by raising about $1.4 trillion more in revenue, while also raising noninterest spending by $446 billion, the CBO noted in its analysis. The net effect: The country’s accumulated debt, currently about 74% of the size of the economy, would grow in …

    April 17, 2014 12:09 pm
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Sports

  • 1-and-done: Duke freshman Jabari Parker entering NBA draft as candidate for top overall pick


    FILE – In this March 16, 2014 file photo, Duke’s Jabari Parker (1) tries to shoot over Virginia’s Darion Atkins during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C. Parker says he plans to meet with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski when he returns to Durham, N.C., on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, and he will decide Wednesday whether to declare for the NBA draft or return to college for his sophomore year. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)The Associated Press

    April 17, 2014 12:49 pm
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World News

  • Deal struck to calm Ukraine crisis


    17 April 2014 Last updated at 18:17 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. LIVE: Ukraine crisis talks: Ukrainian FM news conference Russia, the US and the European Union have said that all sides have agreed to steps to “de-escalate” the crisis in Ukraine. Their foreign ministers were speaking at the end of talks between Russia, Ukraine, the EU and US in the Swiss city of Geneva. Analysts say the outline agreement could stay economic sanctions the West was preparing to impose on Russia. Ukraine has been in crisis since the toppling of its pro-Moscow president. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. John Kerry: “The job will not be done until these principles are implemented” Russia then annexed the Crimean peninsula – part of Ukraine but with a Russian-speaking majority population – in a move that provoked international outrage. This was followed by the seizing of government buildings in eastern …

    April 17, 2014 12:29 pm
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Technology

  • Virgin apologises for email glitch


    17 April 2014 Last updated at 15:07 The email was sent to virgin.net email customers Virgin Media has apologised after some of its customers received hundreds of unwanted emails because of a distribution list error. Anyone clicking “reply all” to a recent customer services email was able to message everyone on the mailing list. The email was sent to inform customers of changes to Google services. The Information Commissioner’s Office said it was looking into an “alleged breach” of data protection rules before deciding if action was necessary. Virgin Media said it was “investigating exactly what has happened”, and confirmed no more replies were able to be sent. It said the problem related to a “sub set” of its virgin.net email customers, but it did not know the precise number affected. Although customers’ addresses were not themselves shared, anyone pressing “reply all” and entering into the email chain exposed their own details to thousands of …

    April 17, 2014 9:28 am
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Science

  • Information storage for the next generation of plastic computers


    Inexpensive computers, cell phones and other systems that substitute flexible plastic for silicon chips may be one step closer to reality, thanks to research published on April 16 in the journal Nature Communications. The paper describes a new proposal by University of Iowa researchers and their colleagues at New York University for overcoming a major obstacle to the development of such plastic devices — the large amount of energy required to read stored information. Although it is relatively cheap and easy to encode information in light for fiber optic transmission, storing information is most efficiently done using magnetism, which ensures information will survive for years without any additional power. “So a critical issue is how to convert information from one type to another,” says Michael Flatté, professor of physics and astronomy in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and director of the UI Optical Science and Technology Center. “Although it does not cost …

    April 17, 2014 5:26 am
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Health

  • School Bans on Chocolate Milk May Backfire


    THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Banning chocolate milk from schools may sound like a good move for kids’ health, but efforts to do so haven’t turned out that way, a small study found. Bans on chocolate milk in 11 Oregon elementary schools were linked to a big drop in the amount of healthy, fat-free white milk students drank, a team of Cornell University researchers reports. Nicole Zammit, former assistant director of nutrition services at the Eugene School District in Oregon, wasn’t surprised by the findings. “Given that the role of the federal school meal program is to provide nutritious meals to students who may otherwise have no access to healthy foods, I wouldn’t recommend banning flavored milk unless you have a comprehensive plan in place to compensate for the lost nutrients when kids stop drinking milk altogether,” she said in a Cornell news release. In the study, researchers analyzed data from 11 Oregon …

    April 17, 2014 9:48 am
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Entertainment

  • Real Housewives of Atlanta Star Porsha Williams Arrested For Battery


    That’s quite a mugshot! Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams turned herself in to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday, and the reality star was booked and released on a simple battery misdemeanor charge. A warrant was issued for her arrest after she got into a nasty fight a few weeks ago with Housewives co-star Kenya Moore during a reunion taping. A source tells Us Weekly of their altercation, “Porsha stood up, so then Kenya stood up. Porsha charged at Kenya and pulled her hair, but it was over in a matter of seconds … Andy [Cohen] and a producer jumped in, and then security came.” Just a little hair pulling? Who presses charges for that? I guess Kenya really wanted to stick it to her… Even Andy Cohen seemed shocked, adding, “To me, it came out of nowhere. The other women felt like Kenya provoked [Porsha] a bit…I was so shocked and …

    April 17, 2014 12:09 pm
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Editorial

  • 15 years after Columbine: What we still need to do to protect kids


    FILE — April 20, 2009: Flowers are placed on the plaques to the 13 victims of the massacre at Columbine High School to mark the 10th anniversary of the killings, at Columbine Memorial in the southwest Denver suburb of Littleton, Colorado.AP As the 15th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School approaches, it is time to take a serious look at how far we have come in protecting our schools.  Although preceded by infamous school shootings in Pearl, Miss., Paducah, Ky., and Jonesboro, Ark., and since eclipsed in body count by the massacres at Virginia Tech and Newtown, Conn., the attack on Columbine, where 13 people were killed and 24 were injured, is still the seminal event in American school shootings.  The senseless violence at Columbine forced the issue of school safety into the American consciousness, leading to modifications in police practices and a complete overhaul of school safety policies and procedures.   ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT …

    April 17, 2014 9:49 am
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Odd News

  • North Korean embassy complains to UK after salon mocks leader’s hair


    LONDON (Reuters) – North Korea failed to see the joke when a London hair salon used a picture of its leader Kim Jong Un to try to attract more customers and has written to Britain’s Foreign Office asking it to stop what it calls a “provocation”. A hair salon in west London put up a giant poster of the North Korean leader in its window after reading unconfirmed media reports that men in the reclusive Asian state had been ordered to have the same hairdo. The promotional poster read: “Bad Hair Day? 15 percent off all gent cuts through the month of April.” With its shaved sides and bowl-like shape, Kim Jong Un’s distinctive haircut has been a light-hearted talking point for North Korea watchers. But officials at the country’s embassy, which is just a short walk away from the salon, visited to complain and wrote to the Foreign Office asking it to take “necessary …

    April 17, 2014 9:28 am
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