Headline News

  • Nebraska health care worker being monitored for Ebola has unrelated health issue: hospital


    (Reuters) – One of five people being monitored by an Omaha, Nebraska medical center after possible exposure to the Ebola virus in West Africa has been hospitalized for a health problem unrelated to Ebola, health officials said on Sunday. The person, who does not have Ebola, was jogging Saturday afternoon near the Nebraska Medicine medical center when the person “had a cardiac issue.” The person, who has not been identified, was admitted to the hospital and is in stable condition, the hospital said. “It is important for everyone to understand this patient does not have Ebola,” says Phil Smith, medical director of the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit. “There is no risk to hospital staff, patients, those assisting at the scene or the public.” The individual is one of five health care workers who are being monitored for 21 days after participating in a mission to Sierra Leone where a colleague tested positive for Ebola. More than …

    March 29, 2015 6:23 pm
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Politics

  • Indiana governor defends religious freedom law


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Sunday defended a new state law that opponents worry may support discrimination against gay people, saying he had no plans to add extra protections but would consider new suggestions from state legislators. Pence, speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” sought to counter criticism from protesters who have spilled onto the streets of Indianapolis and others, including some corporations, after signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Thursday. “There has been shameless rhetoric about my state, about this law, and about its intention all over the Internet,” Pence said. “It does not apply to disputes between individuals, unless government action is involved.” Supporters say the law, which was passed overwhelmingly by the Republican-led state legislature, will keep the government from forcing business owners to act against their strongly held religious beliefs. Opponents say it may allow vendors to discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and that its …

    March 29, 2015 3:02 pm
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Stocks

  • WrestleMania 31 is coming. Time to buy WWE stock?


    WWE shareholders got kicked in the chest in 2014. But they are flying high again so far this year. Shares of WWE (WWE) are up more than 30% so far in 2015 It’s perfect timing with WrestleMania 31 taking place this Sunday. (I remember the first one in 1985. Hulk Hogan and Mr. T! Cyndi Lauper!) But many investors may still feel like they’re stuck in a choke hold: The stock is trading about half of what what it was worth last March when it topped $31 a share. Is there going to be another post-WrestleMania slump like last year? Tough start for new network: At this time a year ago, investors were excited about the company’s new WWE Network — a streaming video app that would give subscribers willing to pay $9.99 a month access to current and archived events, such as WrestleMania — which is the “sport’s” Super Bowl. Related: Bleacher Report’s WrestleMania …

    March 29, 2015 11:20 am
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Sports

  • Juan Pablo Montoya leads Will Power to 1-2 Penske sweep in IndyCar opener at St. Pete


    Simon Pagenaud, of France, competes during early running of the IndyCar Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg auto race Sunday, March 29, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) (The Associated Press) Defending Series champion, Will Power, of Australia, leads during early running of the IndyCar Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg auto race Sunday, March 29, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) (The Associated Press) Will Power (1), of Australia, leads the field during the start of the IndyCar Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg auto race Sunday, March 29, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) (The Associated Press) Will Power (1), of Australia, leads the field during the start of the IndyCar Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg auto race Sunday, March 29, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) (The Associated Press) Juan Pablo Montoya, of Colombia, celebrates after winning the IndyCar Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg auto race …

    March 29, 2015 6:23 pm
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World News

  • Solar aeroplane heads for China


    Solar Impulse on the runway in Mandalay preparing to leave for Chongqing Solar Impulse, the fuel-free aeroplane, is up in the air again on the fifth leg of its round-the-world flight. The vehicle, with Bertrand Piccard at the controls, left Mandalay in Myanmar (Burma) just after 21:00 GMT on Sunday, and is heading for Chongqing in China. The intention is to make a brief stop there, and then try to reach Nanjing on the east coast of the country. This would set up Solar Impulse for the first of its big ocean crossings – a five-day, five-night flight to Hawaii. Mission control will not make a decision on the Nanjing leg until late on Monday. The decision may rest on the state of the energy reserves held in the plane’s batteries. China’s air traffic authorities would like the team to start the sixth leg before dawn. But if the reserves are marginal then Solar Impulse …

    March 29, 2015 6:23 pm
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Technology

  • School principals threaten parents with police if kids play ‘Grand Theft Auto’


    Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. Kids, this could get you into trouble. Rockstar Games/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET Schools aren’t there just to teach kids a lesson. They exist to teach parents a thing or two as well. This seems, at least, to be the attitude of a group of schools in Cheshire, England, which is fed up with underage kids playing overblown games such as “Grand Theft Auto” and “Call Of Duty.” So fed up is the Nantwich Education Partnership that it has written to parents of kids in 16 schools. The letter said that if they don’t start policing their childrens’ games, they might be getting a visit from the men and women in blue. As Britain’s Sunday Times reports (paywall), the letter explains that playing such games could lead to “oversexualized behavior” on the part of kids. It states: “If your child …

    March 29, 2015 2:41 pm
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Science

  • Wearable device helps vision-impaired avoid collision


    Related images(click to enlarge) People who have lost some of their peripheral vision, such as those with retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma, or brain injury that causes half visual field loss, often face mobility challenges and increased likelihood of falls and collisions. As therapeutic vision restoration treatments are still in their infancy, rehabilitation approaches using assistive technologies are often times viable alternatives for addressing mobility challenges related to vision loss. Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Schepens Eye Research Institute used an obstacle course to evaluate a wearable collision warning device they developed for patients with peripheral vision loss. They found the device may help patients with a wide range of vision loss avoid collisions with high-level obstacles. Their findings are featured on Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science (IOVS). “We developed this pocket-sized collision warning device, which can predict impending collisions based on time to collision rather than proximity. It gives warnings only when the users approach …

    March 29, 2015 3:02 pm
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Health

  • Liberia calls for sexual caution to beat Ebola outbreak


    MONROVIA (Reuters) – Liberia called upon Ebola survivors on Sunday to extend a period of sexual abstinence or protected sex beyond an already advised three months following their recovery, amid fears the country’s latest case may have resulted from sexual transmission. The West African nation suffered a setback in its efforts to end a year-long outbreak of the disease earlier this month when it recorded its first new case of Ebola in several weeks. The patient, a 44-year-old woman, died on Friday. More than 10,300 people have succumbed to the disease across Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the three countries hardest hit by the worst Ebola epidemic on record. Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, who heads Liberia’s Ebola response, said there was evidence to suggest the woman may have contracted the disease through sexual contact. Research has shown traces of Ebola in semen of some survivors for at least 82 days after the onset of …

    March 29, 2015 3:02 pm
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Entertainment

  • David Beckham Gets Busted Checking Out A Babe After His Spin Class


    Posted on Sun Mar 29th, 2015 11:55am PDT       By X17 Staff Does sexy Becks have a wandering eye? It certainly seems that way! David Beckham went to spin class at Soul Cycle in Brentwood over the weekend, and after his workout X17 photographers snapped the soccer star checking out a spandex-clad gal! It’s not like he was chatting with her, but still — we doubt he would have done this if Posh was around! Becks was joined by his son Brooklyn, and after the spin sesh he met up with his nannies, who were looking after Harper and Romeo, and the group stopped by Juice Crafters for some beverages:   SEE THE GALLERY David Beckham Works Out At Soul Cycle Stories from around the Web

    March 29, 2015 5:22 pm
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Editorial

  • America in the 21st Century: Time to renew the call for national service


     (AP) FILE — Monday, May 28, 2012: Austin Bunyard, 5, squints in the bright sun as he watches veterans salute the American flag during a Memorial Day ceremony on the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Ill. ((AP Photo/The Dispatch, Paul Colletti)) The yelling began the instant the doors closed on the buses taking me and the two hundred other draftees from Nassau County Long Island to Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn to be inducted into the army.    Yelling is the primary form of communication used in the first two months of service.  I was now under the rule of the unified code of military justice, and there was no such thing as “I quit” or “I’m not doing that” without dire consequences involving words like “imprisonment” and “hard labor”.  It was November of 1966, and whatever coddled innocence that was bestowed upon me by loving parents was soon gone along with my hair, clothes, privacy, …

    March 29, 2015 2:58 am
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Odd News

  • Daughter bests father in feud at Japan shareholder’s meeting


    TOKYO (Reuters) – A rare family feud erupted in a Japanese shareholders meeting on Friday, when the chief executive of Otsuka Kagu Ltd defeated her father’s attempt to oust her, vowing to push ahead with her plan to take the furniture retailer more mass-market. “I am sorry that things have come to this,” Kumiko Otsuka, 47, coolly told shareholders in the meeting, in which she instructed her father, company founder and chairman Katsuhisa Otsuka, and her mother to identify themselves by name and shareholder number. The daughter overcame the chairman’s challenge by an undisclosed majority vote. “I had five children,” the father said from the audience as he pleaded with shareholders to back his return as CEO. “Kumiko was the first and she was a difficult birth.” Kumiko’s mother also gave a rambling speech criticizing the CEO, until another shareholder yelled at her to stop. The Otsuka family showdown – virtually unheard of in Japan’s …

    March 27, 2015 10:40 am
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