Headline News

  • Navy denies access to dozens with criminal histories under new rules in wake of shooting


    NORFOLK, Va. –  Dozens of transportation workers have been denied access to Navy bases on the East Coast because of their criminal records since more stringent rules were put in place following a fatal shooting aboard a destroyer in Virginia. The Navy has said a civilian truck driver who was a convicted felon shot and killed another sailor in a shootout in March. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Navy says 48 people using a Transportation Worker Identification Credential weren’t allowed onto installations in Virginia, Connecticut, New Jersey and Rhode Island in the first three weeks the new rules were in effect following the shooting. Under the new rules, nobody with a felony in the past 10 years or a misdemeanor in the past five years for certain crimes can get onto base with a TWIC card.

    April 21, 2014 4:14 am
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Politics

  • Obama to Republicans: Obamacare is working. So shut up!


    President Barack Obama speaks next to Vice President Joe Biden. (REUTERS/Larry Downing) President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the U.S. Congress in November. Appearing in the White House briefing room days before leaving the national stage for a week-long trip to Asia, Obama used a news conference to make the case that the Affordable Care Act had mended nicely from its disastrous October rollout. He announced that 8 million people had now signed up for health insurance and that 35 percent of enrollees through the federal marketplace are under the age of 35. For the healthcare law to succeed, young, healthy people must sign up and pay premiums to offset the healthcare costs for older Americans. Obama’s remarks reflected deep concerns at the White House that Republicans may …

    April 21, 2014 2:53 am
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Stocks

  • Nonprofits that pay top fundraisers $1 million (or more) a year


    Universities led the pack among nonprofits that paid fundraisers $500,000 or more, the study found. Getting people to donate money is a big business, and some universities, hospitals and other nonprofits are rewarding their top fundraisers with as much as $1 million to bring in the big bucks. When taking salary, bonuses, retirement, healthcare and other benefits into account, 29 nonprofit fundraisers earned more than $500,000 in 2011, while two executives took in more than $1 million, according to a Chronicle of Philanthropy study of tax returns for nonprofit organizations for 2011, the most recent year available. More than 150 fundraisers earned $250,000 or more. Many of them received large bonuses, which in some cases more than doubled their annual earnings. Among the most highly paid: development directors at universities, medical research centers and hospitals, many of which are expected to spearhead increasingly ambitious fundraising campaigns with multimillion or even billion dollar goals, said Stacy …

    April 21, 2014 1:12 am
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Sports

  • Column: With Bulls’ anemic offense, a wonder The ‘House That Jordan Built’ is still standing


    Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, right, reacts to a call during the second half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Washington Wizards in Chicago, Sunday, April 20, 2014. The Wizards won 102-93. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)The Associated Press Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3), center, drives to the basket against Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, left, and forward Carlos Boozer (5) during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Chicago, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)The Associated Press CHICAGO –  Watching the Bulls play offense some nights, it’s a wonder The House That Jordan Built is still standing. Sunday turned out to be another one of those nights, and in a 102-93 playoff-opening loss to the Washington Wizards no less. Worse, the tough-minded defense that has let the Bulls stand up to high-powered opponents lacked its usual effort and …

    April 21, 2014 4:14 am
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World News

  • Russia says Kiev ‘breaking accord’


    21 April 2014 Last updated at 10:11 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the Kiev authorities of breaking last week’s Geneva accord on resolving the Ukraine crisis. He said the Kiev government – not recognised by Moscow – had not moved to disarm illegal groups, especially the ultra-nationalist Right Sector. “Extremists are calling the tune,” he alleged, condemning a fatal shooting near Sloviansk, in eastern Ukraine. He also condemned the continuing Maidan street protests in Kiev.

    April 21, 2014 4:14 am
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Technology

  • BBC and Sky experience fault on iOS


    21 April 2014 Last updated at 08:05 By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor Sky’s Now TV app provides access to a range of its TV shows, movies and sport BBC and Sky’s video-on-demand TV services have both experienced problems on iPhones and iPads. The fault appeared to be limited to iPlayer, Sky Go and Now TV on Apple’s iOS platform and began last night. Neither organisation was able to provide a full explanation when asked, but the issues have now been resolved. The director of Now TV had earlier suggested that altering a device’s date setting would act as a temporary workaround. “It’s a Sky-wide issue, so it’s both our app and Sky Go,” Gidon Katz told the BBC. “It appears to be related to a date configuration. So, if you reset your iOS device to yesterday’s date it would work. This could indicate that the issue is linked to an expired digital certificate. However, …

    April 21, 2014 2:32 am
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Science

  • Religious music brings benefit to seniors’ mental health


    A new article published online in The Gerontologist reports that among older Christians, listening to religious music is associated with a decrease in anxiety about death and increases in life satisfaction, self-esteem, and sense of control over their lives. In particular, listening to gospel music is associated with a decrease in anxiety about death and an increase in sense of control. These associations are similar for blacks and whites, women and men, and individuals of both low- and high-socioeconomic status. The article, titled “Listening to Religious Music and Mental Health in Later Life,” was authored by Matt Bradshaw, PhD, of Baylor University; Christopher G. Ellison, PhD, of the University of Texas-San Antonio; Qijan Fang, MA, of Bowling Green State University; and Collin Mueller, MA, of Duke University. “Religion is an important socioemotional resource that has been linked with desirable mental health outcomes among older U.S. adults,” the authors stated. “This study shows that listening to …

    April 21, 2014 2:33 am
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Health

  • Scientists Probe What Makes People Get Their Groove On


    FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Whether you bust a move, get jiggy with it or just tap a toe or two, something about certain types of popular music makes you want to set your body in motion. Now, a new study suggests that a medium amount of offbeat rhythm — often found in funk, hip-hop and electronic dance music — is just the trick to make you feel good and want to move your body in sync with the groove. The study was small, with just 66 participants who listened to various types of drum breaks over the Internet and then answered questions about how the music made them feel. Still, the findings suggest that people seem to prefer music that surprises their brains and provides “a balance between predictability and complexity,” said study lead author Maria Witek, a postdoctoral research fellow with the Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience at Aarhus University, in …

    April 21, 2014 2:53 am
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Entertainment

  • Heidi Klum Is Back To G-Rated Family Life After Topless Vacay


    Heidi Klum is back to her G-rated family life after an almost entirely topless vacation with her young boyfriend. The model spent Saturday afternoon with her children, indulging their sweet tooths with frozen yogurt from Pinkberry in Brentwood, Calif. Heidi seemed elated to be spending quality time with Leni, Henry and Johan after her romantic Mexican getaway with her 27-year-old beau, Vito Schnabel. The artist-filmmaker didn’t join Heidi for the family day. The couple was first spotted together at a Hollywood club; they were caught making out at Bootsy Bellows around Valentine’s Day. Heidi broke up with her bodyguard boyfriend, Martin Kirsten, in January. Let’s see how long this new relationship lasts. The Project Runway host covered up during the Saturday outing in double denim: ripped acid wash jeans and a darker denim tunic. Although she’s back from Tulum, Mexico, the star still dressed for the sun with aviator sunglasses and flip flops. Her lookalike …

    April 21, 2014 1:12 am
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Editorial

  • Easter 2014: A celebration of hope


    AP Over 2 billion people are celebrating Easter today, April 20, as the calendars of Western and Eastern churches coincide this year, and these billions of faithful people are celebrating HOPE.   The Easter message begins with the hopeful news that death has been overcome by life, that hatred has been overcome by love, and that sorrow has been overcome by joy.   ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The elements of the story involve women arriving at a garden tomb and finding it empty, but even better, meeting the risen Lord, the embodiment of life and love. Their lives are changed forever and so are the lives of many, many others who hear this remarkable news. The meaning of Easter is HOPE, and we, all of us, need and deserve hope. The resurrection narrative and message are vital for Christian people on this day to be sure.  Easter is celebrated in countless languages and myriad cultures by Jesus’ followers throughout the …

    April 20, 2014 2:34 am
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Odd News

  • Teenager survives flight over Pacific in jet wheel well: FBI


    (Reuters) – A teenage boy who ran away from home survived a five-hour flight in the freezing wheel well of a jetliner that reached 38,000 feet as it traveled from California to Hawaii, the FBI said. The 16-year-old, from Santa Clara, California, quickly lost consciousness as temperatures in the compartment sank as low as minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit (62 degrees Celsius below zero), said FBI special agent Tom Simon. About an hour after the plane landed on Sunday morning, the boy regained consciousness and emerged onto the tarmac at the airport in Maui, where he was spotted by ground crew. “It’s just an apparent miracle … There was no appearance of any special gear of any sort,” said Simon. The stowaway told FBI officials that he had run away from home, climbed a fence at the airport in San Jose, California, crossed the tarmac and crawled into the wheel well of Hawaiian Airlines flight 45. …

    April 21, 2014 2:32 am
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