• Wily Ducks feast on placid Coyotes

    Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – Andrew Cogliano scored twice and Jakob Silfverberg added a goal and two assists as Anaheim subdued Arizona by a 4-1 count on Tuesday. Ryan Kesler added the other marker for the...
  • Brazil judge suspended over Porsche

    Brazil judge suspended over Porsche

    4 March 2015 Last updated at 01:54 Eike Batista (centre) was once Brazil’s richest person A judge in Brazil has been suspended from a high-profile case against Eike Batista, a tycoon who is accused of...
  • China’s big chess move against the U.S.: Latin America

    China’s big chess move against the U.S.: Latin America

    China is making friends right under America’s nose. Latin America is China’s latest business buddy. Chinese banks increased investments in Latin America by 71% last year, and the country plans to double its trade volume...
  • Hornets edge Lakers

    Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) – Al Jefferson had 21 points and 16 rebounds as the Charlotte Hornets held off the Los Angeles Lakers 104-103 on Tuesday night. Mo Williams posted 20 points and 13 assists, while...
  • Politicians targeted over Petrobras

    Politicians targeted over Petrobras

    4 March 2015 Last updated at 05:33 Petrobras has 87,000 employees and is seen as a pillar of Brazil’s economy Brazil’s chief prosecutor has asked the Supreme Court to investigate 54 people, including politicians, for...

Headline News

  • Officials say man shot by LAPD stole Frenchman’s identity, was wanted by US Marshals


    LOS ANGELES –  A homeless man who was killed by Los Angeles police on Skid Row was living under an assumed name and was wanted for violating probation terms for a bank robbery conviction, French and U.S. officials said Tuesday. A law enforcement official identified Charley Saturmin Robinet, 39, as the man police shot Sunday. The official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and talked to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT But Axel Cruau, the consul general for France in Los Angeles, said the man stole the identity of a French citizen and was living in the United States under an assumed name. He had applied for a French passport in the late 1990s to come to the United States to “pursue a career in acting.” Using the name Robinet, the man was identified as a French national in 2000 when he was convicted of robbing a Wells Fargo branch and pistol-whipping …

    March 4, 2015 12:43 am
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Politics

  • Republicans press U.S. consumer watchdog to stop regulating overdraft fees


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers at a hearing on Tuesday said that the U.S. consumer watchdog should stop limiting the way banks charge overdraft protection fees even as the agency considers tighter regulations on the practice. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has sounded the alarm on overdraft fees, saying they take advantage of often low-income people and could lead to account closures. Republicans on the committee that oversees financial services disagree, and Texas Representative Randy Neugebauer plans to introduce a bill later this week to replace the agency’s director with a five-person commission appointed by the president. Overdraft fees on checking accounts average $34, and are mostly incurred on transactions of $24 or less, according to the agency. In the end, consumers pay the equivalent of more than 17,000 percent in annual interest rate for a loan. A 2010 rule prohibits banks from charging overdraft fees on ATM withdrawals or debit card transactions unless a …

    March 3, 2015 10:22 pm
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Stocks

  • China’s big chess move against the U.S.: Latin America


    China is making friends right under America’s nose. Latin America is China’s latest business buddy. Chinese banks increased investments in Latin America by 71% last year, and the country plans to double its trade volume with the Central and South American region over the next decade. This comes as U.S. power in the Americas is starting to erode. U.S. cash is actually fleeing the region as investors see better deals at home or elsewhere. China doesn’t appear as worried about the short-term. “What we’re looking at is not simply an economic play. It’s an economic play that also has political and strategic undertones,” says Ilan Berman, vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington. Outside of economic ties, Berman points out that China has helped fund Argentina’s nuclear power plant, launched Bolivia’s first satellite and is rumored to be helping Venezuela start its own drone program. But for now, the relationship is mostly …

    March 4, 2015 12:42 am
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Sports

  • Wily Ducks feast on placid Coyotes


    Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – Andrew Cogliano scored twice and Jakob Silfverberg added a goal and two assists as Anaheim subdued Arizona by a 4-1 count on Tuesday. Ryan Kesler added the other marker for the Ducks, who have won three in a row and six of seven. Frederik Andersen backed up that effort with 29 saves. “This is the team that has to do it. We look good on paper, but we have to put it down. Tonight was a good first step,” Silfverberg said. Tobias Rieder tallied for the Coyotes, whose first game since dealing defenseman Keith Yandle to the Rangers resulted in their 10th consecutive loss. Mike Smith stopped 31 shots. “It has been a little different with the new guys in the room, but we’ll try to do our best and finish the season strong,” said Rieder. Silfverberg provided his team some insurance thanks to a fluke with 7:21 played in the …

    March 4, 2015 12:43 am
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World News

  • Brazil judge suspended over Porsche


    4 March 2015 Last updated at 01:54 Eike Batista (centre) was once Brazil’s richest person A judge in Brazil has been suspended from a high-profile case against Eike Batista, a tycoon who is accused of insider trading, officials say. Flavio Roberto de Souza was deemed unfit to continue because he was caught driving home in Mr Batista’s Porsche. The judge said police had no appropriate place to park the car – confiscated by his own order – so he took it home for safe keeping. The judge’s decisions in the case are now annulled, meaning a likely retrial. A number of car belonging to Mr Batista have been confiscated by a court order A new judge is expected to be appointed in the case, which began last November. Mr Batista was once Brazil’s richest person, with an estimated $30bn (£20bn) fortune. He is accused of manipulating market charges in the sales of shares of two …

    March 4, 2015 12:43 am
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Technology

  • ‘FREAK attack’ leaves millions of Apple and Google users vulnerable to hackers


    Millions of people may have been left vulnerable to hackers while surfing the web on Apple and Google devices, thanks to a newly discovered security flaw known as “FREAK attack.” There’s no evidence so far that any hackers have exploited the weakness, which companies are now moving to repair. Researchers blame the problem on an old government policy, abandoned over a decade ago, which required US software makers to use weaker security in encryption programs sold overseas due to national security concerns. Many popular websites and some internet browsers continued to accept the weaker software, or can be tricked into using it, according to experts at several research institutions who reported their findings Tuesday. They said that could make it easier for hackers to break the encryption that’s supposed to prevent digital eavesdropping when a visitor types sensitive information into a website. About a third of all encrypted websites were vulnerable as of Tuesday, including …

    March 3, 2015 10:01 pm
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Science

  • First scientific publication from data collected at NSLS-II


    Related images(click to enlarge) Just weeks after the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility at Brookhaven National Laboratory, achieved first light, a team of scientists at the X-Ray Powder Diffraction (XPD) beamline tested a setup that yielded data on thermoelectric materials. The work was part of the commissioning activities for the XPD beamline, a process that fine-tunes the settings of beamline equipment to ready the facility for first scientific commissioning experiments in mid-March on its way to full user operations later in the year. The work was published online on March 3 in the scientific journal Applied Physics Letters — Materials. To test the optical performance and components of the beamline, the XPD scientists put a material in the path of the x-ray beam and attempted to characterize its structure as the best way to identify and fix possible flaws or aberrations that the instrument …

    March 3, 2015 10:21 pm
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Health

  • Ebola-hit countries seek help to repair their economies


    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The three West African states hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak asked for help from donors on Tuesday to repair the damage to their economies now that the epidemic seems to be waning. Leaders of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone voiced confidence at a major international conference on the Ebola outbreak in Brussels that they were winning the battle but said they must remain focused on stamping out new infections. The epidemic has killed around 10,000 people in the three countries and delivered a severe setback to their economies, which had previously been performing well. “Victory against the virus is in sight but we must guard against complacency. There will not be total victory until we get to a resilient zero (new cases) in the three most affected countries,” Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma told the conference. Ebola cases have declined sharply in recent weeks, but there has been a worrying …

    March 3, 2015 10:22 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kelly Clarkson doesn’t care if her kids are gay, and we love her for it


    More: Kelly Clarkson’s duet with Jimmy Fallon sparks a body-shaming debate (VIDEO) The American Idol winner and leader of the “Kezbos,” a group of die-hard lesbian fans, opened up to Pride Source about how she would react if her newborn daughter, River, turned out to be gay. “I think it’s silly that we’re still talking about gay rights,” she said. “I just live in this world where people are accepted, so it’s very hard for me to even realize that that still exists. It’s hard for me to wrap my brain around it.” As for River? “Oh, I don’t care,” Clarkson said about the idea of her daughter coming out. “I mean, here’s what I hope for her: I just hope she finds love. It took me a while, man. And there was a lot of heartache throughout those years. You know, as long as she’s happy, I don’t care either way, and neither does …

    March 4, 2015 12:42 am
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Editorial

  • Cronyism and ObamaCare: Another challenge for reformers


    Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell, a case which gives opponents of ObamaCare their best chance to roll back its command-and-control model of health care. But the president’s health law is not simply a government takeover of American medicine. It is also a crony-capitalist nightmare. ObamaCare’s primary goal is to provide health insurance to those who do not have it, meaning it is an entitlement for lower-income Americans. Yet by employing third parties to provide the care, it is also an entitlement for health providers, which are some of the nation’s most powerful interest groups. Their lobbyists will work hard to keep those benefit streams flowing should the Court rule against the government, and they have a lot of chits to cash in on Capitol Hill. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Accordingly, conservative reformers must understand that the politics of ObamaCare are as important as the policy. Getting rid of ObamaCare is …

    March 3, 2015 10:41 pm
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Odd News

  • German pensioner needs drill to dig for Nazi-looted Amber Room


    BERLIN (Reuters) – A pensioner has started digging in Germany’s western Ruhr region for the Amber Room, a priceless work of art looted by Nazis from the Soviet Union during World War Two and missing for 70 years, but says he needs a new drill to help him. Dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Amber Room was an ornate chamber made of amber panels given to Czar Peter the Great by Prussia’s Friedrich Wilhelm I in 1716. German troops stole the treasure chamber from a palace near St Petersburg in 1941 and took it to Koenigsberg, now the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, before it disappeared. Conspiracy theories abound about the whereabouts of what some say is the world’s most valuable piece of lost art. Some historians think it was destroyed in the war, others say Germans smuggled it to safety. Now 68-year-old pensioner Karl-Heinz Kleine says he thinks the chamber is hidden under …

    March 3, 2015 10:15 am
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