• Less is more for Silverstone organizers

    LONDON (Reuters) – While Germany’s Formula One Grand Prix hangs in the balance, hit by dwindling crowds and rising losses, Britain’s Silverstone circuit believes it can make money and attract more fans by charging less....
  • Iran rejects US nuclear freeze call

    Iran rejects US nuclear freeze call

    3 March 2015 Last updated at 13:49 Jawad Zarif said Mr Obama’s remarks were intended for domestic consumption Iran has rejected as “excessive and illogical” a demand by US President Barack Obama that it freeze...
  • Putin’s movie wishlist: Crimea and military glory

    Putin’s movie wishlist: Crimea and military glory

    Coming to a Moscow cinema soon: movies about Crimea and the mighty Russian army. A year after it annexed Crimea and encouraged separatists to take up arms against Ukraine, the government of Vladimir Putin wants...
  • Alonso ruled out of Australian Grand Prix

    LONDON (Reuters) – Fernando Alonso will miss next week’s season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix on doctors’ advice after a heavy crash in testing, the Spaniard’s McLaren team said on Tuesday. “Fernando has understood and...
  • Russians bid farewell to Nemtsov

    Russians bid farewell to Nemtsov

    3 March 2015 Last updated at 13:10 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Sarah Rainsford reports from Moscow, where mourners are paying their respects to Boris Nemtsov Thousands of Russians...

Headline News

  • U.S. top trade official to brief House Democrats on trade


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will brief Democrats in the House of Representatives on trade issues at a regular caucus meeting on Tuesday, a person familiar with the planning of the meeting said, while staff have been invited to a separate meeting at the White House. The person said Froman was invited to give a short briefing as part of the administration’s regular outreach to lawmakers on the 2015 trade agenda, which includes an ambitious Pacific trade pact and legislation to streamline the passage of trade deals through Congress. The caucus meeting normally runs from 0900 ET (1400 GMT) until about 1000 ET (1500 GMT). An administration official said Hill aides are expected to attend a meeting at the White House on Tuesday morning, also as part of the administration’s ongoing outreach to Congress on trade. Bipartisan talks are continuing on the final form of the bill, which would allow Congress to …

    March 3, 2015 8:55 am
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Politics

  • Hillary Clinton may have broken laws with email use


    By OLIVIA HARRIS March 3, 2015 Former U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton(REUTERS/Olivia Harris) Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have violated federal records laws by using a personal email account for all of her work messages, the New York Times reported on Monday. The newspaper said the likely Democratic presidential candidate conducted all her official business during her four-year tenure at the State Department on a private email account. It added that Clinton, who stepped down as secretary of state in 2013, recently handed over 55,000 pages of emails to the State Department in response to a department effort to comply with record-keeping practices. Federal law says letters and emails written and received by federal officials are government records that must be retained, according to the paper. Regulations at the time Clinton served as secretary of state called for emails on personal accounts to be preserved as well, the paper said. The …

    March 3, 2015 6:15 am
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Stocks

  • Putin’s movie wishlist: Crimea and military glory


    Coming to a Moscow cinema soon: movies about Crimea and the mighty Russian army. A year after it annexed Crimea and encouraged separatists to take up arms against Ukraine, the government of Vladimir Putin wants producers to make films celebrating Russian military victories. And Crimea’s history in the Russian state. Both themes are near the top of a list published by the ministry of culture. Filmmakers looking for state funding will have to stick to one of nine approved topics. Putin has called Crimea “an inalienable part of Russia.” The West says the annexation was unlawful, and imposed tough economic sanctions on Moscow. Opinion polls suggest most Russians agree with the annexation. Crimea has since featured in several art works, reflecting the nationalistic sentiment the conflict in Ukraine has sparked among many Russians. “We select topics that, in our opinion, need further stimulation,” said Vyacheslav Telnov, director for cinematography at the culture ministry. “Last year …

    March 3, 2015 8:35 am
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Sports

  • Less is more for Silverstone organizers


    LONDON (Reuters) – While Germany’s Formula One Grand Prix hangs in the balance, hit by dwindling crowds and rising losses, Britain’s Silverstone circuit believes it can make money and attract more fans by charging less. The ‘Lewis Hamilton effect’ has helped boost British Grand Prix ticket sales, with home fans eager to see their champion in action, but organizers say the decision to cut prices is as significant. A promotion offering 1,000 Sunday general admission tickets for 99 pounds ($150) each was sold out in 22 minutes. So great was the demand that the offer was kept open for a day and 6,000 tickets sold — many then upgraded to grandstand seats that were also reduced in price. The circuit’s newly appointed managing director Patrick Allen told Reuters that making the race more accessible was the focus now. “We were asking families to pay over 1,000 pounds to come for a weekend. I don’t think …

    March 3, 2015 8:55 am
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World News

  • Iran rejects US nuclear freeze call


    3 March 2015 Last updated at 13:49 Jawad Zarif said Mr Obama’s remarks were intended for domestic consumption Iran has rejected as “excessive and illogical” a demand by US President Barack Obama that it freeze sensitive nuclear activity for at least 10 years. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was quoted saying Mr Obama spoke in “unacceptable and threatening” terms. Mr Zarif said talks on Iran’s nuclear programme, which are nearing a critical 31 March deadline, would continue. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to urge the US Congress on Tuesday to oppose a deal. He was invited to speak at the US Capitol by Republican House Speaker John Boehner, angering Democrats. Mr Netanyahu – who faces domestic elections in two weeks’ time – will not meet Mr Obama during his visit to the US. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Obama says the US-Israel discord is a distraction from stopping Iran’s …

    March 3, 2015 8:55 am
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Technology

  • BlackBerry outs touchscreen Leap, teases slider BlackBerry


    BlackBerry devices executive Ron Louks teases a BlackBerry with a slide-out keyboard. Sarah Tew/CNET BARCELONA — BlackBerry is going back to a full touchscreen with the BlackBerry Leap. The Leap marks a return to touchscreen, with last year’s line-up totally dependent on its trademark physical keyboard. The company plans to start selling the smartphone, which will go on sale in April in Europe for $275 (roughly £180 or AU$350). BlackBerry devices executive Ron Louks also teased another smartphone with a curved display that wraps around the side, like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, and a slide-out keyboard. There isn’t a name for the device, but CEO John Chen said he calls it “the slider.” He also said the company would release a second Porsche edition BlackBerry and another keyboard smartphone. The BlackBerry Leap will target a specific segment of young customers. Sarah Tew / CNET BlackBerry is in the midst of a transformation, moving from …

    March 3, 2015 5:54 am
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Science

  • Core work: Iron vapor gives clues to formation of Earth and moon


    Related images(click to enlarge) Recreating the violent conditions of Earth’s formation, scientists are learning more about how iron vaporizes and how this iron rain affected the formation of Earth and Moon. The study is published March 2 in Nature Geoscience. “We care about when iron vaporizes because it is critical to learning how Earth’s core grew,” said co-author Sarah Stewart, UC Davis professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Shock and release Scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, Harvard University and UC Davis used one of the world’s most powerful radiation sources, the Sandia National Laboratories Z-machine, to recreate conditions that led to Earth’s formation. They subjected iron samples to high shock pressures in the machine, slamming aluminum plates into iron samples at extremely high speeds. They developed a new shock-wave technique to determine the critical impact conditions needed to vaporize the iron. The researchers found that the shock pressure required to vaporize …

    March 3, 2015 6:15 am
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Health

  • In Vitro Births Continue to Rise in U.S.


    TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More babies in the United States are being conceived by in vitro fertilization, a new report shows. Nearly 2,000 more infants were born with the help of this assisted reproductive technology in 2013, compared with 2012, the researchers reported. Almost 175,000 in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles led to the birth of slightly more than 63,000 babies, compared with just over 165,000 IVF cycles that led to the birth of slightly fewer than 62,000 babies in 2012. Babies conceived through fertility treatments account for more than 1.5 percent of children born in the United States, according to the report from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. The society also said more women, regardless of age, chose to have a single embryo transferred. The rise in the number of women making this choice was greatest among women under 35. In that age group, 22.5 percent decided to have a single …

    March 3, 2015 6:15 am
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian Slips Into A Sexy Latex Dress And Chats About Life As A Selfie Queen


    Posted on Mon Mar 2nd, 2015 11:15am PDT       By X17 Staff Kim Kardashian covers the new issue of AdWeek, and while the magazine seems to leave out the fact that she rose to fame after starring in a raunchy sexy tape, they do ask her all sorts of interesting questions! Well, the questions themselves aren’t actually THAT interesting, but the reality star’s attempt to give intelligent replies is pretty entertaining! On the background behind her new video game, Kim says: “I had just had the baby, and so I was being really choosy about what I was working on. I got a call from the company Glu Mobile to partner up and do a video game. I asked my husband, ‘What do you think of this? What would the concept be?’ And he was like, ‘Oh my God, you have to do a video game? It’s so cool.’ So, we went back and we came up …

    March 3, 2015 8:35 am
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Editorial

  • The New Terrorism: How to fight it and defeat it


    The fight against radical Islam and the global jihadist movement is the challenge of our time.   Threats to our homeland are constantly increasing and our lack of real border security has only compounded the problem. Technology is rapidly changing and increasing.  However, our government remains stovepiped, and often times, lacks the ability to analyze, adapt and respond quick enough. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The 9/11 Commission said that “9/11 was a failure of imagination.”  It’s important that we quit preparing for the last threat, but be imaginative so that we can prevent the next terrorist attack on America. It’s time for us once again to have the same level of commitment for keeping America safe as we did following 9/11.  Today we live in a world on fire and it’s important from a historical perspective to understand how and when the world caught fire.  We need to understand radical Islam, the history behind it and what motivates …

    March 3, 2015 2:32 am
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Odd News

  • It’s raining cats and tourists on a Japanese island


    AOSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) – An army of feral cats rules a remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Originally introduced to the mile-long island of Aoshima to deal with mice that plagued fishermen’s boats, the cats stayed on – and multiplied. More than 120 cats swarm the island with only a handful of humans for company, mostly pensioners who didn’t join the waves of migrants seeking work in the cities after World War Two. Aoshima, a 30-minute ferry ride off the coast of Ehime prefecture, had been home to 900 people in 1945. The only sign of human activity now is the boatload of day-trippers from the mainland, visiting what is locally known as Cat Island. With no restaurants, cars, shops or kiosks selling snacks, Aoshima is no tourist haven. But cat lovers are not …

    March 3, 2015 2:12 am
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