Headline News

  • US stocks open slightly lower a day after a big jump; Movado gains on strong results


    NEW YORK –  U.S. stocks are opening slightly lower following a big advance the day before. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 70 points, or 0.4 percent, to 17,907 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday. The Dow jumped 263 points the day before. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Standard Poor’s 500 index lost seven points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,078. The Nasdaq composite declined 19 points, or 0.4 percent, to 4,928. The price of oil fell 66 cents to $48.04 a barrel in New York. Movado jumped 20 percent after posting surprisingly strong fourth quarter results. Movado said it would raise prices and streamline the operations of the luxury watchmaker. Government bond prices edged lower. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 1.96 percent from 1.95 percent late Monday.

    March 31, 2015 9:08 am
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Politics

  • What happened at shooting at NSA headquarters?


    A Maryland State Police cruiser sits at a blocked southbound entrance on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway that accesses the National Security Agency, Monday,(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)   The warnings are strong and security is always tight, but most drivers are versed in the daily routine as thousands of employees and contractors stream through the closely guarded entrance to the National Security Agency. The ordinary start to the work week came to a violent halt Monday, though, when two men dressed as women and driving in a stolen, dark-colored SUV ignored officers’ orders at the gate to the spy agency headquarters at Fort Meade in Maryland. Police fired on the SUV, which then rammed into a police vehicle. One suspect was killed. The second suspect was injured, as well as a police officer. Whether the pair wanted to breach the perimeter or the driver was desperate and confused in a security-sensitive area only added to the mystery of …

    March 31, 2015 7:28 am
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Stocks

  • 11 things you need to know about Microsoft’s new Surface 3


    Microsoft has unveiled the Surface 3, a thinner, smaller, and less expensive version of its suddenly successful Surface Pro 3 PC-tablet. The Surface fills a gadget gap between laptops and tablets. Today’s tablets are great for portability, reading and watching video, but they’re not ideal for doing work. Laptops are designed for getting stuff done, but you wouldn’t want to read a book on them. The Surface is a laptop that looks and acts like a tablet. But the Surface Pro 3 costs $799, and that’s without a keyboard. Throw in a keyboard and Bluetooth pen, and you’re looking at a machine that costs close to $1,000. With the Surface 3, Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) set out to make a similar tablet priced more attractively for students, parents and on-the-go professionals. Here’s what you need to know about the new Surface 3: 1. It costs $499. That’s a pretty good price for a PC that comes …

    March 31, 2015 9:48 am
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Sports

  • Italy boss unhappy at UCI handling of Astana case


    PARIS (Reuters) – The president of the Italian federation has expressed concern over the International Cycling Union’s (UCI) governance under new president Brian Cookson in the light of the Astana case. In a letter sent on March 27, of which Reuters has obtained a copy, Renato Di Rocco asked why the management committee was not consulted by Cookson before he asked the Licence Commission to withdraw Astana’s license for recent doping scandals. “In all the mentioned cases (Olympics, women cycling) we, as management committee members, have been directly involved,” Di Rocco wrote. “However, concerning the Licence Commission withdrawal of Astana this procedure was not followed. “On Feb. 27 we had received only a press release which informed us the UCI requested the withdrawal of the Astana pro team (World Tour) license.” Astana, who have Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali of Italy in their ranks, are expecting to discover in around two weeks if they …

    March 31, 2015 9:08 am
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World News

  • Opposition close to Nigeria victory


    Opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari has won Nigeria’s two biggest states, Lagos and Kano Partial results from Nigeria’s election give ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari a substantial lead over the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan. With only five states left to declare, Gen Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) is ahead by almost three million votes. A victory for Gen Buhari would make President Jonathan the first incumbent to lose an election in Nigeria. Correspondents say it is likely the loser will allege foul play. More than 800 people were killed in protests after Mr Jonathan beat Gen Buhari in the previous election. Results so far: Gen Buhari: 13.8m votes; Passed 25% threshold in 23 states Mr Jonathan: 10.9m votes; Passed 25% threshold in 23 states Results from 28 states + Abuja Candidates needs 25% in 24 states for first-round victory Live election updates BBC Nigeria analyst Jimeh Saleh says that Delta and Edo are the only pro-Jonathan states …

    March 31, 2015 10:09 am
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Technology

  • Samsung and LG bury legal hatchet


    Samsung and LG have agreed to try to end a lengthy legal battle, but prosecutors will have the final say The rival manufacturers Samsung and LG have agreed to seek an end to their long-running dispute. Each said it would withdraw legal complaints against the other and ask for leniency in continuing cases. A war has been raging between the South Korean companies, including a battle over claims that LG staff damaged Samsung washing machines. South Korean prosecutors refused to comment on proceedings against employees of both firms. “Both sides have agreed to avoid legal action and resolve any future conflicts or disputes through dialogue and mutual agreement,” the companies said. LG employees admitted that Samsung appliances were damaged, but said it was accidental Their accord raises the prospect of peace between the firms. But it does not officially resolve criminal cases brought by prosecutors. LG appliances chief Jo Seong-jin has been indicted by Seoul …

    March 31, 2015 7:06 am
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Science

  • Entangled photons cast a new light on cause and effect


    Cause and effect: Waterloo physicists measure correlations The idea that correlation does not imply causation is well known to scientists and statisticians, but now physicists in Canada have shown that it is not always the case in the weird world of quantum mechanics. Research in medicine, economics and many other disciplines often relies on showing a statistical correlation between two variables. It is often not clear, however, whether a change in one variable actually causes a shift in the other or whether the two variables are related via a third unmeasured factor. In a drug trial, for example, a higher recovery rate among those who take a certain drug compared with those who choose not to take the drug could be related to a third factor that is linked causally to both – perhaps those who choose not to take the drug are less ill than the others. The answer is to carry out randomized …

    March 31, 2015 7:28 am
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Health

  • Letting Kids Sip Alcohol May ‘Send Wrong Message’


    TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children who are allowed occasional sips of alcohol are more likely to start drinking by the time they’re in high school, a new study suggests. Researchers followed 561 middle school students in Rhode Island for about three years. At the start of sixth grade (about age 11), nearly 30 percent of the students said they’d had at least one sip of alcohol. In most cases, those sips were provided by parents, often at parties or special occasions. By ninth grade, 26 percent of those who’d had sips of alcohol at a younger age said they’d had at least one full alcoholic drink, compared with less than 6 percent of those who didn’t get sips of alcohol when younger. The researchers also found that 9 percent of the sippers had gotten drunk or engaged in binge drinking by ninth grade, compared with just under 2 percent of the non-sippers. …

    March 31, 2015 7:28 am
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Entertainment

  • Jay Z Launches New Music Streaming Service And Throws A Party With His Famous Friends


    Posted on Tue Mar 31st, 2015 7:20am PDT       By X17 Staff Getty Images for Roc Nation Jay Z launched a new music streaming service called Tidal, and even though we hadn’t heard of it until just now, he had quite the star-studded turnout at the #TIDALforALL launch party last night in New York City! Not only was Jay’s wife Beyonce Knowles in almost every single photo from the event, but she hammed it up for the cameras when she posed with famous friends like Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and yup, even Madonna! Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Jack White, Usher, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire and Deadmau5 were also in attendance, so it was a pretty eclectic mix of artists! Keys sang her praises for the service and told the attendees, “So we come together before you on this day, March 30th, 2015, with one voice in unity in the hopes that today will be another one of those …

    March 31, 2015 9:48 am
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Editorial

  • Boehner playing dangerous game by mixing Israel, race


    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio answers questions during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke) Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) trip to Israel this week is so blatantly political that even the avowedly impartial Associated Press describes it as looking “like a jab at the White House.” It is worse than that. President Obama can jab back in any political fight. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The real issue here is the way Boehner is recklessly sowing division along party lines on Israel. He is also — intentionally or not — heightening the silent but simmering racial tensions that increasingly divide Americans on the subject. The racial division is the most troubling of all to me, as a black American. Boehner’s visit is his latest embrace of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a man who used strong racial language to rally his conservative supporters and win another term in …

    March 31, 2015 7:28 am
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Odd News

  • Alabama lawmaker pushes repeal of law named after his dead patient


    (Reuters) – An Alabama doctor-turned-lawmaker is seeking to overturn a state law named for one of his patients, whose death 16 years earlier triggered legislation requiring insurers to pay for minimum post-pregnancy hospital stays, records show. “Rose’s Law,” named after 36-year-old Rose Church, who died of a heart attack 10 days after giving birth in 1998, requires insurers in Alabama to cover post-pregnancy hospital stays up to 48 hours. It was championed by her widower, Gene Church, who said she was discharged too quickly and without proper tests. State Senator Larry Stutts, a Republican first elected in November 2014, was Church’s gynecologist at the time of her death, and was named in a lawsuit filed by the widower. Stutts introduced his measure on March 18, billing it in a subsequent Facebook posting as a means to eliminate intrusion into doctor-patient relations and as getting rid of “one-size-fits-all Obamacare-style laws.” Church views it differently. “This was …

    March 30, 2015 11:22 pm
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