• Further delay to Iran nuclear deal

    Further delay to Iran nuclear deal

    The talks at Lausanne’s Beau-Rivage Palace hotel will be extended to Thursday Talks on Iran’s nuclear programme will continue until at least Thursday morning, two days after the original deadline, the US says. US Secretary...
  • Korean Park back at happy hunting ground

    RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – Park In-bee returns to one of her most successful venues for this week’s ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills Country Club where two years ago she won her second major title...
  • US senator charged with corruption

    Mr Menendez met Prince Charles last month A top US senator, Bob Menendez, has been charged with corruption. The Democrat from New Jersey is accused of using his influence to illegally benefit a Florida eye...
  • Three dead in French Alps avalanche

    Three dead in French Alps avalanche

    Helicopters and rescue teams were deployed to the scene Three tourists, two Austrians and an Italian, have been killed in an avalanche in the French Alps. The snow slide struck the skiers at around 15:00...
  • Serena reaches Miami SFs with 700th win

    Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Seven-time champion Serena Williams was a hard-fought quarterfinal winner and recorded her 700th career match win in the process Wednesday at the $5.3 million Miami Open tennis event. A celebratory cake...
  • McDonalds to give a pay raise to hourly workers

    McDonalds to give a pay raise to hourly workers

    McDonald’s plans to increase hourly wages by for roughly 90,000 workers — a move that follows in the footsteps of retail giants Walmart (WMT) and T.J. Maxx (TJX) and new state minimum wage laws across...

Headline News

  • Sigma Phi Epsilon questions allegations made in lawsuits filed in pledge’s 2014 death


    CLEMSON, S.C. –  The legal counsel for a fraternity named in two lawsuits stemming from the death of a pledge at Clemson University says some of the allegations made against Sigma Phi Epsilon have not been substantiated. In a statement released Wednesday, the legal counsel said the fraternity will continue to search for the truth in the death of Tucker Hipps. The statement also said allegations made in the lawsuit have not been substantiated by the fraternity’s investigation, or by evidence presented to the national office by Clemson or the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The lawsuits are seeking at least $50 million damages in the 19-year-old’s death last September. Also, a local prosecutor says Hipps’ death is now classified as unsolved and has been turned over to the unsolved-cases unit at the sheriff’s office.

    April 1, 2015 5:05 pm
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Politics

  • New Jersey Senator Menendez indicted on federal corruption charges


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey was indicted on Wednesday on corruption charges, a U.S. Justice Department spokesman said. Menendez, 61, was indicted in New Jersey along with Florida ophthalmologist Dr. Salomon Melgen on one count of conspiracy, one count of violating the travel act, seven counts of bribery and three counts of honest services fraud, the DOJ spokesman said, adding the senator was also charged with one count of making false statements. The agency said Menendez “allegedly accepted gifts from Melgen in exchange for using the power of his Senate office to benefit Melgen’s financial and personal interests.” Menendez, the former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has denied any wrongdoing. He will hold a news conference at 7 p.m. (2300 GMT) in New Jersey. For some time, federal authorities have been investigating his relationship with Melgen, a Democratic donor accused of overbilling the government’s Medicare program. Menendez, …

    April 1, 2015 3:44 pm
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Stocks

  • McDonalds to give a pay raise to hourly workers


    McDonald’s plans to increase hourly wages by for roughly 90,000 workers — a move that follows in the footsteps of retail giants Walmart (WMT) and T.J. Maxx (TJX) and new state minimum wage laws across the country. Effective July 1st, McDonald’s (MCD) starting wages will be at least $1 an hour more than the minimum wage set by local law, the fast-food chain announced Wednesday. All employees up to restaurant managers will get a pay bump as well. The result: the fast food giant projects that its average hourly wage will reach more than $10 an hour by the end of 2016. That’s $2.75 above the federal minimum wage. There’s a catch — The raise only applies to the 1,500 McDonald’s-owned restaurants in the U.S. It doesn’t apply to workers at the franchise-owned stores, which make up about 90% of the McDonald’s restaurants in the country and the bulk of its workforce. However, there are …

    April 1, 2015 4:04 pm
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Sports

  • Korean Park back at happy hunting ground


    RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – Park In-bee returns to one of her most successful venues for this week’s ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills Country Club where two years ago she won her second major title with a “nearly perfect” display. Park was the overnight leader heading into the final round in 2013 and was never threatened after she birdied the first two holes on the way to a commanding four-stroke victory. “That week my game was nearly perfect,” the South Korean world number two told reporters before playing in the pro-am competition at a sun-bathed Mission Hills on Wednesday. “Some weeks I get my game to that level, and even this year as well, but that week in 2013 my game was perfect. “I don’t think I’m as good as that right now. I think I will get to that point sometime this year, but I was just a little bit unhappy with the ball-striking …

    April 1, 2015 5:04 pm
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World News

  • Further delay to Iran nuclear deal


    The talks at Lausanne’s Beau-Rivage Palace hotel will be extended to Thursday Talks on Iran’s nuclear programme will continue until at least Thursday morning, two days after the original deadline, the US says. US Secretary of State John Kerry has extended his stay to continue negotiations, officials say. However, a number of foreign ministers have left the talks and China warned compromise was essential, otherwise “all previous efforts will be wasted”. A deal would curb the nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief. Negotiations between the so-called P5+1 – the US, UK, France, China and Russia plus Germany – and Iran continued on Wednesday at Lausanne’s Beau-Rivage Palace hotel after overrunning the self-imposed deadline of 31 March to reach a deal. On Wednesday evening, a US state department spokeswoman said: “We continue to make progress, but have not reached a political understanding. Therefore, Secretary Kerry will remain in Lausanne until at least Thursday morning to …

    April 1, 2015 5:05 pm
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Technology

  • Surface 3 Targets Windows-Loving Prosumers


    Microsoft on Tuesday raised the curtain on its new Surface 3 tablet, targeting users who want a robust Windows tablet at an iPad price. Up to now, those looking for a full-featured Windows tablet had to spend US$799 for a Surface Pro 3, but some customers will find their needs can be met with the new $499 Surface 3. Windows tablet shoppers now have more options, noted Wes Miller, a research analyst with Directions on Microsoft. “It allows Microsoft to continue to market and promote all of the innovations of the Surface Pro 3 and have a go-to product for those who aspire to get a Pro model, but it’s not in their budget,” he told TechNewsWorld. “They’re giving a pricing and feature alternative to people who like the notion of a two-in-one computer and who got sticker shock at the Surface Pro’s $799 initial price without a keyboard,” added Patrick Moorhead, founder and principal …

    April 1, 2015 3:23 pm
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Science

  • Ancient seashell coloration patterns revealed using ultraviolet light


    Related images(click to enlarge) Nearly 30 ancient seashell species coloration patterns were revealed using ultraviolet (UV) light, according to a study published April 1, 2015 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Jonathan Hendricks from San Jose State University, CA. Unlike their modern relatives, the 4.8-6.6 million-year-old fossil cone shells often appear white and without a pattern when viewed in regular visible light. By placing these fossils under ultraviolet (UV) light, the organic matter remaining in the shells fluoresces, revealing the original coloration patterns of the once living animals. However, it remains unclear which compounds in the shell matrix are emitting light when exposed to UV rays. Using this technique, the author of this study was able to view and document the coloration patterns of 28 different cone shell species from the northern Dominican Republic, 13 of which appear to be new species. Determining the coloration patterns of the ancient shells may be important for …

    April 1, 2015 3:44 pm
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Health

  • Obese children may have a harder time tasting fats than leaner kids


    (Reuters Health) – – Obese children may have taste buds that are less able to detect fats than those of leaner kids, a factor that could contribute to excessive eating, a small study suggests. “Some people may be more susceptible to dietary fat than others,” said Russell Keast, a nutrition researcher at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, who wasn’t involved in the study. “The data indicates that there may be a genetic component to dietary fat that is highlighted in the obese,” he told Reuters Health in an email. Globally, about 60 million children, or 9 percent of all kids, will be overweight or obese by 2020, according to the World Health Organization. This makes them more likely to grow into obese adults and increases their risk of premature death, breathing difficulties, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, fractures and mental health issues. The study, by Naïm Khan at the Université de Bourgogne in France and colleagues, …

    April 1, 2015 3:44 pm
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Entertainment

  • Miley Cyrus Slams Indiana’s Controversial New Religious Freedom Law, Says Supporters "Are Dinosaurs"


    Posted on Wed Apr 1st, 2015 1:15pm PDT       By X17 Staff Like many other liberals, Miley Cyrus is not a fan of Indiana’s controversial new religious freedom law, which legally allows religious business leaders to discriminate against the gay community. The “Wrecking Ball” singer took to Time to share her thoughts, which will be published in an upcoming issue of the mag.’ Here are some of them: I lived a life where I had to be something every day and had to be a character, and it wasn’t necessarily who I wanted to be. And now I’ve dedicated my life to being whoever it is that I want to be, and also constantly learning and evolving. That’s what’s wrong with [supporters of the Indiana law]—they’re not choosing to live that way. And if you don’t choose to live that way, you’re not going to last in this generation because we are overtaking you. They are dinosaurs, …

    April 1, 2015 4:04 pm
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Editorial

Odd News

  • South African media fall for presidency’s April Fool joke


    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The South African president’s office sent out a press release on Wednesday announcing new cabinet appointments for positions that do not exist, making April Fools of some local media. The new positions included ministers for Public Participation and Interface, and Roads and Traffic Affairs. The local media house EWN initially ran the story, but later updated it with the headline “We fell for it”. President Jacob Zuma is generally given a hard time by the opposition Democratic Alliance but his rivals took the joke in good humor. “I did think it was funny,” DA’s parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane told the local channel News24. “I wish they could be very serious every other day of the year.” (Reporting by Helen Nyambura-Mwaura; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

    April 1, 2015 3:44 pm
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