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  • Maryland governor declares state of emergency over Baltimore violence

    (Reuters) – Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard to address the violence in Baltimore, his office said on Monday. The governor’s office said the actions came at the request of the city of Baltimore. It added that Hogan would hold a news conference at 8:30 p.m. to discuss the violence following the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died after he was injured in police custody. (Reporting by Peter Cooney in Washington; Editing by Sandra Maler)

    April 27, 2015 6:37 pm


  • Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s office names acting replacement for Lynch

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s office said on Monday Kelly Currie will temporarily replace Loretta Lynch, who was sworn in as attorney general. Currie, who returned to the office in November to become Lynch’s second-in-command, will be the acting U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of New York. Lynch was officially sworn in Monday as attorney general, replacing Eric Holder. The 170-lawyer U.S. Attorney’s office oversees cases in the New York boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, as well as in Long Island. The office has recently pursued defendants ranging from former U.S. Representative Michael Grimm, who pleaded guilty in December to a tax charge, to Abid Naseer, a Pakistani man convicted in March of conspiring with al Qaeda to bomb U.S. and European targets. The office is also pursuing a civil rights investigation into the July 2014 death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man whose death after a chokehold by …

    April 27, 2015 12:36 pm


  • Martha Stewart professes her love for drones

    Martha Stewart introduced her drone onstage at the Matrix Awards event. “Bring your favorite tech toy” seemed to be the unofficial theme at the 2015 Matrix Awards. “Meet my drone,” said Martha Stewart, as she opened the New York Women in Communications luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The Matrix Awards honor female leaders in government, publishing, business and entertainment. Nineteen years ago, Stewart herself was a recipient of a Matrix Award. Monday, she was emcee. Stewart has already professed her affinity for 3-D printers, but turns out, she’s a fan of other cutting-edge technologies as well. Stewart said she typically uses the DJI Phantom drone to capture aerial photos of her farm in Bedford Hills, N.Y. “Sometimes it sneaks over the line to Ralph Lauren’s yard, but don’t tell Ralph Lauren,” she said. By using the device to take real-time aerial photographs of the luncheon, she wanted to show attendees “just …

    April 27, 2015 4:57 pm


  • Cards’ ace Wainwright out for season with torn Achilles

    (Reuters) – The high-flying St. Louis Cardinals face a challenging test after confirming on Monday that pitching ace Adam Wainwright will miss the rest of the season with a torn left Achilles. Wainwright, who suffered the ankle injury running out of the batter’s box while hitting in Saturday’s win against the Milwaukee Brewers, will have surgery this week and miss nine to 12 months, the team said. “It is a test,” St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. “The response and the answer is we knew that some tests were going to come. This is a big one that we’re getting early, but we’re going to see what we’re made of.” The organization has not yet announced who will replace the three-time All-Star in the rotation and start against the Phillies on Thursday. In the meantime, John Lackey, Lance Lynn, Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez remain in a rotation that, through 16 games, has posted a …

    April 27, 2015 6:37 pm

World News

  • Colorado cinema gunman ‘was sane’

    James Holmes in court on 4 June 2013 A Colorado man who shot and killed 12 people in a cinema in 2012 was found sane by two experts immediately following the attack, prosecutors say. James Holmes, 27, has admitted the killings, but pleaded not guilty on grounds of insanity. Mr Holmes opened fire during the midnight premiere of a Batman film in Aurora, Colorado, in July 2012. Officials say he was wearing body armour, threw smoke canisters and shot at people trying to escape. If the jury finds him not guilty on grounds of insanity, he will spend the rest of his life in a mental institution for the criminally insane. Holmes in court, on the left in the glasses Otherwise he faces the death penalty. During opening statements on Monday, District Attorney George Brauchler said both mental health evaluators agreed on Mr Holmes’ mental state at the time of the attack. “Both of them …

    April 27, 2015 6:38 pm


  • Google offers cash to Europe’s media

    Google is offering to help European media organisations make money from the internet Google has pledged to give €150m ($163m; £107m) to European news publishers and journalism-focused start-ups over the next three years. The funds – which are part of a wider package – will be used to support the organisations’ efforts to earn money from their own online coverage. The Financial Times, the Guardian, Spain’s El Pais and Germany’s Die Zeit are among those backing the initiative. But several media groups that have been critical of Google are not involved. Publications belonging to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and the Berlin-based Axel Springer group are among those absent from a list of “founding partners”, although Google has said they are welcome to join. The US company previously agreed to set up a similar fund to support French media organisations in 2013 in order to settle a dispute about its right to show headlines and text …

    April 27, 2015 3:57 pm


  • Kathmandu earthquake nightmare not yet over

    The devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake that rocked Nepal on Saturday could be repeated within the next decade or two, geologists say. The enormous quake, which struck an area in central Nepal between the capital Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara, has had a far-reaching impact. Over 3000 people are already known to have lost their lives, with victims as far afield as Bangladesh, India, Tibet, and Mount Everest where avalanches were triggered. And the possibility of aftershocks, in addition to the risk of landslides on slopes made unstable by the quake, mean the danger is far from passed. Last year, reporting for Cosmos, I travelled to Nepal to meet with the geologists working on the ground there trying to identify where the next big earthquake would strike. They feared that a major quake was imminent [see Kathmandu’s earthquake nightmare]. With tragically prescient timing, members of that team working in the region last month identified a …

    April 27, 2015 12:17 pm


  • New bird flu cases probable in Iowa, millions of birds affected: Iowa

    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Initial tests have found five probable new cases of the rapidly spreading avian influenza on commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting an estimated 6 million birds, the state’s agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. Additional tests are pending to confirm the presence of the highly pathogenic H5N2, agency officials said. If these tests are positive, the state’s tally of egg-laying chickens affected by the virus and needing to be culled would be more than 9.5 million birds, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said on a conference call on Monday. Iowa farms house, on average, an estimated 60 million egg-laying hens, Northey said. “This is a big deal,” Northey said. “Going forward, the question is are we done? Or does this mean more birds as we go forward.” Initial positive tests for H5 avian influenza were found in a commercial egg-laying farm with an estimated 1.7 million …

    April 27, 2015 4:37 pm


  • Scarlett Johansson Shows Off Her Fit Form At The Late Show With David Letterman

    Posted on Mon Apr 27th, 2015 2:54pm PDT       By X17 Staff She’s a sexy lady in white! Scarlett Johansson looked prim and proper when she stepped out in the streets of NYC earlier today before her appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. For her promo stop, the new mom donned a lacey pencil dress underneath a tan coat. The superstar may shielded her eyes with an oversized pair of sunglasses — but she couldn’t hide that mega-watt smile of hers! Things seems to be going swimmingly since getting married to French writer Romain Dauriac and giving birth to their daughter Rose last year. “[Marriage] takes a lot of work,” Ryan Reynolds’ ex wife said to Parade magazine recently. “It takes a man who’s not only confident in the love that you have for one another, but confident in what he has going on in his own career. He has to be in a field …

    April 27, 2015 7:17 pm


  • Eric Holder’s legacy: The good, the bad and the very ugly

    Mar. 4, 2015: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder addresses reporters in Washington. (Reuters) April 24, 2015: Attorney General Eric Holder bids goodbye to Justice Department employees as they leave the Justice Department in Washington. (AP) Eric Holder is now the former attorney general of the United States. Which invites the question: what will his legacy be as America’s top law enforcement officer? I suspect history will find our eighty-second attorney general more reviled than revered. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT When he looked in the mirror, Holder seemed to see the visage of Bobby Kennedy –a champion of civil rights. His detractors, and there were many, saw someone who more closely resembled John Mitchell, Nixon’s political hatchet man who, as attorney general, did his boss’s bidding, covered it up and went to prison. The truth is somewhere in between. The Good Holder’s most commendable accomplishment was his refusal to defend the indefensible –the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)– which …

    April 27, 2015 4:37 pm

Odd News

  • Scientist Hawking tells upset fans Malik may be in parallel One Direction

    (Reuters) – What is the cosmological effect of singer Zayn Malik leaving the best-selling boy band One Direction and consequently disappointing millions of teenage girls around the world? The advice of British cosmologist Stephen Hawking to heartbroken fans is to follow theoretical physics, because Malik may well still be a member of the pop group in another universe. The physicist took a break from speaking about his work as one of the world’s leading scientists to answer the question from one upset fan during a talk at Sydney Opera House at the weekend. “Finally a question about something important,” Hawking, who appeared via hologram, said to loud laughs from the audience. “My advice to any heartbroken young girl is to pay attention to the study of theoretical physics because, one day, there may well be proof of multiple universes. “It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere outside of our own universe …

    April 27, 2015 12:16 pm