• African comedian replaces Jon Stewart

    Noah tweeted this picture of himself with Jon Stewart following his debut on The Daily Show last year South African comedian Trevor Noah is to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, the New York...
  • Damage fears for Alps crash recorder

    Damage fears for Alps crash recorder

    A route to enable all-terrain vehicles to reach the scene may open by the end of Monday A top Lufthansa official has warned that the missing flight data recorder may have been too badly damaged...
  • 5 travel spots that just got cheaper for Americans

    5 travel spots that just got cheaper for Americans

    Honey, grab the kids: we’re going abroad. Much of the world is on sale for Americans right now since the U.S. dollar is enjoying one of the strongest moments in modern history. Just about everything...
  • BioDelivery Sciences pain drug fails late: stage study

    (Reuters) – BioDelivery Sciences International Inc said its pain drug failed to meet the main goal of a late-stage study, sending the drugmaker’s shares down nearly 30 percent premarket. The Clonidine topical gel was not...
  • NSA considered scrapping phone tapping before leak

    NSA considered scrapping phone tapping before leak

    Home for those who spy on Americans. The National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and...

Headline News

  • African comedian replaces Jon Stewart


    Noah tweeted this picture of himself with Jon Stewart following his debut on The Daily Show last year South African comedian Trevor Noah is to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, the New York Times reports. The 31-year-old made his debut as a contributor to the nightly satirical show last December. His first appearance took aim at racial tensions in the US, saying: “I never thought I’d be more afraid of police in America than in South Africa.” Stewart announced he would be stepping down in January. He has hosted the influential comedy show for 16 years. The presenter has yet to set a timetable for his departure, but the selection of a new host should make the task easier. Producers will want to give Noah time to settle into this new role before next year’s Presidential election.

    March 30, 2015 7:51 am
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Politics

  • NSA considered scrapping phone tapping before leak


    Home for those who spy on Americans. The National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials say, because some officials believed the costs outweighed the meager counterterrorism benefits. After the leak and the collective surprise around the world, NSA leaders strongly defended the phone records program to Congress and the public, but without disclosing the internal debate. The proposal to kill the program was circulating among top managers but had not yet reached the desk of Gen. Keith Alexander, then the NSA director, according to current and former intelligence officials who would not be quoted because the details are sensitive. Two former senior NSA officials say they doubt Alexander would have approved it. Still, the behind-the-scenes NSA concerns, which have not been reported previously, could be relevant as Congress decides whether to renew …

    March 30, 2015 7:11 am
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Stocks

  • 5 travel spots that just got cheaper for Americans


    Honey, grab the kids: we’re going abroad. Much of the world is on sale for Americans right now since the U.S. dollar is enjoying one of the strongest moments in modern history. Just about everything from hotels to luxury handbags to McDonald’s hamburgers is cheaper abroad than in the United States right now. When you take dollars to the foreign exchange booth, you get a lot more of another country’s currency back than you used to. If you were dreaming of a vacation to a far off destination, now is the time. While Europe may be the first destination to spring to many minds, Americans can get more bang for their buck across many other countries across the globe. CNNMoney crunched the numbers on exchange rates, hotel costs and flight prices. Here are the top 5 places to find a bargain: 1. That European trip you always wanted. If you’re dreaming of Paris, that’s a …

    March 30, 2015 7:30 am
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Sports

  • Dongfeng quit Volvo Ocean Race fifth leg as mast breaks


    ALICANTE, Spain (Reuters) – Dongfeng Race Team, joint leaders of the Volvo Ocean Race, were dramatically forced to quit the fifth leg early on Monday when their mast broke in the Southern Ocean. The incident could hardly have happened at a worse position for the Chinese boat, 240 nautical miles (nm) from Cape Horn in southern Chile, one of the most remote places on Earth. The breakage in the top section of the mast means that the team cannot properly manoeuvre the boat. No members of the nine-strong crew on board were injured. The boat’s French skipper Charles Caudrelier sent a message to his team, saying he was “gutted” by the breakage. The team of Chinese rookies had been joint leaders of the nine-month, offshore marathon race with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing at the halfway stage. “The mast broke without warning, in about 30 knots of wind,” said Caudrelier. “We are unable to sail safely …

    March 30, 2015 7:51 am
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World News

  • Damage fears for Alps crash recorder


    A route to enable all-terrain vehicles to reach the scene may open by the end of Monday A top Lufthansa official has warned that the missing flight data recorder may have been too badly damaged when Germanwings flight 4U 9525 crashed in the French Alps. Lufthansa Board Chairman Kay Kratky said it might not be sending signals. So far only the cockpit voice recorder has been found at the crash scene, where 150 people lost their lives. Bad weather has halted helicopter flights to the site, forcing investigators to get there on foot. An access road to the remote site is being dug by a bulldozer to provide all-terrain vehicles with access to the area and could be completed by Monday evening. An improved route will help investigators bring heavier recovery equipment to the scene. French prosecutor Brice Robin has made recovery of the victims a priority. DNA of 80 of the victims has so …

    March 30, 2015 7:51 am
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Technology

  • Why eletronic voting isn’t secure – but may be safe enough


    We do everything online – book doctors’ appointments, manage our bank accounts and find dates – but we still can’t yet vote from our PCs or smartphones. By 2020 that should be set to change, with a government report calling for online voting to be trialled again by that year. But critics continue to call for caution, saying electronic voting isn’t secure enough to trust for the basis of our democracy – and may never be. The UK has run trials for local elections before – in 2002, 2003 and 2007 – and Estonia famously became the first to offer online voting for its general election for parliament in 2007. However, Meg Hillier, Labour MP and member of the digital commission that wrote the 2020 report, admitted that the team was “not set up to investigate in detail the issues of security and the mechanisms for delivering that,” hoping that the Electoral Commission “and others …

    March 30, 2015 6:50 am
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Science

  • NASA Assures Skeptical Congress That James Webb Telescope Is on Track


    A telescope project that has become notorious for its ballooning cost and repeated delays has lately been operating on schedule and within budget, NASA officials told Congress last week. One of the most ambitious and powerful observatories ever built, the $8.8-billion James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is on track to launch in 2018, said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.   Northrop Grumman, the prime contractor hired to build the telescope, has lately been troubleshooting a problem with the “cryocooler” meant to stop heat from interfering with the telescope’s sensitive infrared camera, which requires frigid temperatures to see such long wavelengths. The issue raised fears in Congress that the observatory would be delayed, or worse—that it might not work, just as its predecessor, the Hubble Space Telescope, failed to operate properly at first and had to be repaired by shuttle astronauts. Unlike Hubble, however, James Webb is not designed to be serviced …

    March 30, 2015 7:11 am
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Health

  • BioDelivery Sciences pain drug fails late: stage study


    (Reuters) – BioDelivery Sciences International Inc said its pain drug failed to meet the main goal of a late-stage study, sending the drugmaker’s shares down nearly 30 percent premarket. The Clonidine topical gel was not effective against a placebo in treating painful diabetic neuropathy, BioDelivery said in a statement on Monday. Diabetic neuropathy, caused by diabetes, most often damages nerves in the legs and feet. “Based on the results of our previously announced positive interim analysis, this outcome was unexpected,” said Andrew Finn, BioDelivery’s executive vice president of product development. The drug, however, showed statistically significant improvement over a placebo to meet certain secondary goals, the company said. BioDelivery’s shares were trading at $9.90 premarket. (Reporting By Samantha Kareen Nair; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty and Savio D’Souza)

    March 30, 2015 7:11 am
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Entertainment

  • 19 Signs you’re a Kardashian separated at birth


    1. Your self-esteem is a tad too healthy Image: Giphy Might as well own it, right? 2. You bust out a twerk regardless of your whereabouts Image: Giphy Underwater, above water… no matter. Twerk on. 3. You have the lethal combination of curiosity and no filter Image: Giphy It just rolls off your tongue. As if you were asking someone to pass the salt. 4. You think the world is your dance floor Image: Giphy Come to think of it, maybe the secret to wearing a bikini is to treat the world like a giant dance floor. 5. You find yourself making up your own language Image: Giphy Not snowballs. Not beach balls. Not even hairballs. There’s a new ball in town, people. 6. You give yourself lofty nicknames Image: Giphy The combination of a lofty nickname and speaking in the third person is the clincher. 7. You share every bodily function with the world …

    March 29, 2015 11:26 pm
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Editorial

  • Don’t suspend ISIS Twitter accounts                                               


    This month the State Department boasted that it shut down thousands of Islamic State twitter accounts used to promote propaganda. Outraged over the administration’s failure to wage more real war, Concerned Veterans of America CEO Pete Hegseth mocked the twitter offensive, saying: “Until you can take a hashtag, load it into a magazine, rack it into an M-4, charge it and put it in the forehead of an IS fighter, they can take their hashtags and sit on the sidelines.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Hegseth is right about the need for more real military action. But I’d go a step further and say not only is removing the ISIS Twitter and social media accounts weak and ineffective, it could actually hurt our fight.  This is because we should generally allow ISIS to broadcast its savagery for the world to see, remember and condemn. Of course accounts that pose a real security threat should be blocked but in the …

    March 29, 2015 11:06 pm
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Odd News

  • South Korean gets plastic surgery ahead of robbery spree: police


    SEOUL (Reuters) – Police in South Korea say a man who was jailed for theft a decade ago had plastic surgery to obscure his identity and embark on a nine-month robbery spree beginning last April that netted cash and goods worth more than $479,000. The 35-year-old-man was arrested on March 23 for 87 cases of robbery across the country, a police officer in the city of Incheon said by telephone. The police officer said the suspect, who had been jailed for robbery in 2005, underwent surgery to alter the structure of his jaw and also procedures to stretch his limbs to gain height. The suspect confessed to the robberies but said he had the surgery because he did not like his appearance, the officer said. South Korea is home to more than 4,000 plastic surgery clinics and has the world’s highest rate of cosmetic procedures. The suspect devised his own tools to disable digital locks …

    March 30, 2015 7:10 am
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