Headline News

  • Menendez’s fate could sharpen Republicans’ edge in Senate


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Menendez’s indictment on corruption charges on Wednesday raised the possibility of Republicans gaining a 55th Senate seat to strengthen their hand in policy fights with President Barack Obama. Federal prosecutors indicted the New Jersey senator on charges of accepting gifts from a donor and friend, Florida-based ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, in exchange for using the power of his Senate office to benefit Melgen’s personal and financial interests. Melgen was also charged. Menendez, 61, a senior member of Senate foreign policy, banking and finance committees, said he had done nothing wrong and had no plans to leave the Senate. He described his relationship with Melgen as a close friendship. “I’m confident, at the end of the day, I will be vindicated,” he told a news conference in New Jersey on Wednesday evening. Senate leaders, including some Republicans, have stood behind Menendez for years amid previous reports he was being investigated, …

    April 1, 2015 8:07 pm
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Politics

  • Senator Menendez of New Jersey indicted on corruption charges


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey was indicted on corruption charges, allegations that the high-ranking Democrat vowed to fight at a news conference on Wednesday night. Menendez was indicted by a grand jury in New Jersey for accepting gifts from Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist, in exchange for using the power of his Senate office to benefit Melgen’s financial and personal interests, according to the court filing. Speaking in Newark, New Jersey as dozens of supporters cheered and applauded, Menendez told reporters that the prosecutors in the case were “dead wrong” and he intended to prove it. “I ask my friends, my colleagues and the community to hold their judgment and remember all the other times when prosecutors got it wrong … I will be vindicated,” Menendez said. “This is not how my career is going to end.” Related Video “I will be vindicated”-Sen. Menendez He was scheduled to appear in …

    April 1, 2015 7:46 pm
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Stocks

  • Josh Gad on Trevor Noah, ‘Frozen’ and his new show with Billy Crystal


    Josh Gad has been a correspondent on “The Daily Show,” a snowman in “Frozen,” and now stars with Billy Crystal. Josh Gad has had a prolific career in comedy from starring in Disney’s smash hit “Frozen” to getting one of his first breaks working for Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show.” Gad sat down with me in New York on Wednesday to talk about his wide-ranging career along with giving his insights about the future of “The Daily Show,” and why new “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah shouldn’t edit his tweets. Gad, who is the grandson of Holocaust survivors, said that some of Noah’s tweets were “insensitive,” but defended Noah’s right as a comedian to make the jokes. He also said “The Daily Show” will be fine with Stewart’s new successor. Gad will be joining another veteran comedian Billy Crystal for his new FX show “The Comedians,” which debuts on April 9. Here is the …

    April 1, 2015 8:06 pm
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Sports

  • Ice-cool Ko aims to have fun at Mission Hills


    RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – New Zealand’s Lydia Ko has been exposed to increased expectation and much bigger crowds since becoming world number one but, so far, the 17-year-old is handling it all with remarkable poise. This week, the South Korea-born golfing prodigy heads into the first women’s major of the season with a chance to break Annika Sorenstam’s run of 29 consecutive rounds under par on the LPGA Tour. Ko has strung together 28 sub-par rounds, and says she plans to “have fun” while bidding to break Sorenstam’s record at Misson Hills Country Club where her aim is simply to play well. “Obviously because I’m so close (to Sorenstam’s record), it will be at the back of my mind because there’s been so much talk about it,” Ko told reporters on Wednesday while preparing for the ANA Inspiration. “I’m sure that thought is going to come up within those 18 holes, but I’m just …

    April 1, 2015 8:06 pm
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World News

  • Pressure builds on key Yemen city


    Rebel forces are reported to have continued their advance into Aden despite Saudi-led coalition airstrikes Fighting in the Yemeni city of Aden has intensified as Houthi rebels try to seize control of the city. Concern is growing over the number of casualties after heavy clashes between local militia fighters and rebel forces. Witnesses have reported bodies lying in the street after rebel shelling and sniper attacks. The fierce fighting has continued despite airstrikes on Houthi forces by a Saudi-led coalition. Houthi rebels allied with troops loyal to the former President Ali Abdullah Saleh have reportedly advanced deeper into Aden to try and wrest control of the city from fighters loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. The BBC’s Security Correspondent Frank Gardner says that if reports of rebel tanks entering the centre of the southern port city are confirmed, then the rebels will have consolidated their grip on the most important parts of Yemen. Civilian deaths …

    April 1, 2015 8:06 pm
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Technology

  • As April Fools’ arrives, Google flips out and T-Mobile goes to the dogs


    An informative text from Muffles the poodle. T-Mobile; screenshot by CNET Google has thrown things in reverse for April Fools’ Day, and, not to be outdone, T-Mobile has announced its latest “Un-carrier” pet project. It’s a rite of spring: Tech companies regularly use April 1 as an occasion for jokey press releases and “Well, aren’t we crazy?” pranks about too-good-to-be-true products and other off-the-wall ideas. At the stroke of midnight ET, Google launched a flipped-out search page that gets everything backward. It’s a simple conceit, particularly when compared with more elaborate schemes such as inventing snail-mail boxes with a high-tech twist, or turning Google Maps into a game of Pac-Man. But it manages to be strangely satisfying. You can give it a lrihw at — where else? — https://com.google/. It’s backwards day, if you look in the right place. Google; screenshot by CNET T-Mobile, meanwhile, pokes fun at itself and its frequent attacks on rivals …

    April 1, 2015 7:25 pm
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Science

  • Simplifying SNP discovery in the cotton genome


    The term “single-nucleotide polymorphism” (SNP) refers to a single base change in DNA sequence between two individuals. SNPs are the most common type of genetic variation in plant and animal genomes and are, thus, an important resource to biologists. The ubiquity of these markers and the fact that these polymorphisms show variation at such a fine scale (i.e., at the individual level) makes them ideal markers for many applications, such as population-level genetic diversity studies and genetic mapping in plants. The growing popularity of next-generation sequencing has made SNPs a pervasive genetic marker in many areas of plant biology. The ever-increasing throughput of sequencing platforms has resulted in the ability to easily identify and genotype thousands of SNPs across numerous individuals to uncover genetic variation among and within populations. This technique, however, becomes quite challenging when the species of interest has undergone whole genome duplication events (i.e., polyploidy), as is common in many plant lineages. …

    April 1, 2015 7:46 pm
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Health

  • Fetal DNA tests prove highly accurate but experts warn of exceptions


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Roche blood test to screen fetuses for Down syndrome worked far better than standard prenatal screening tests in younger, low-risk women, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday, setting the stage for more widespread use. The new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, is the largest to show the tests are accurate in even low-risk women. But experts warned that women who test positive still need to confirm the result through more invasive diagnostic testing such as amniocentesis, especially if they would consider terminating a pregnancy. “This is a great test for detecting Down syndrome but it doesn’t detect everything, it isn’t diagnostic, and it doesn’t always work to provide a result,” said Dr. Mary Norton of the University of California, San Francisco. Prior studies have shown such fetal DNA tests, which measure DNA fragments from the placenta circulating in the mother’s blood, are highly accurate at detecting Down syndrome …

    April 1, 2015 7:46 pm
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Entertainment

  • T-Pain claims FKA Twigs and RPatz are engaged, but there’s one big problem


    In an interview with Vulture, the Furious 7 actor spilled some major beans: According to him, pal FKA Twigs is engaged to Robert Pattinson. The shocking revelation happened when T-Pain was asked if he and Twigs would be collaborating soon. “FKA Twigs, she’s one of my favorite artists right now,” he said. “Well, the first time we even met each other, we met in the studio. Her music’s changed a lot since then. But she’s on tour so much, and anytime I call her, she’s in a different place. And she’s engaged now, so that’s about to be a whole other thing. “Yeah, to ol’ Patty [Robert Pattinson]. I don’t know if she wanted anybody to know that…” Whatwhatwhat??? More: You’ll never guess who played matchmaker for RPatz and FKA Twigs Neither Twigs nor Pattinson have responded yet to requests for confirmation on the matter, and we must admit the timing of the announcement — …

    April 1, 2015 8:06 pm
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Editorial

  • The Foxhole: Chase Untermeyer on Reagan’s Navy, two Bush White Houses, and Churchill’s war counsel


    The first time Chase Untermeyer shook hands with George H.W. Bush was in October 1963, when the latter was chairman of the Republican Party for Harris County, Texas. Three years later, when Untermeyer was a student at Harvard University and spending the summer in his native Houston, he volunteered to work on Bush’s campaign for a congressional seat representing the west side of the city. “And from there,” Untermeyer said in a recent visit to “The Foxhole,” “all things flowed.” That proved true for both men. Bush, of course, went on to become Republican Party chair, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and, in 1981, vice president of the United States. It was in that capacity that he hired Untermeyer to serve as his executive assistant in the White House. Since their initial meeting, Untermeyer had graduated from Harvard with honors, served the Navy with honor in the …

    April 1, 2015 7:46 pm
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Odd News

  • Colorado man arrested after three hours perched on cliff-top tree


    DENVER (Reuters) – A Colorado man who wrecked his car, fled from police and climbed a tree atop a mountain cliff has been arrested after negotiators spent three hours talking him down from his precarious perch, authorities said on Wednesday. Richard Poula Jr., 32, ultimately surrendered and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and a host of other charges related to the incident, Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Commander Heidi Prentup said. According to Prentup, police outside the city of Longmont took a call on Tuesday from a person who reported that a motorist was stopped in the middle of a road and was beating on a car with a pipe wrench, breaking out the windows. “The person reporting this strange behavior decided to follow the vehicle until deputies were able to catch up,” Prentup said, adding that officers followed as Poula entered a canyon about four miles from where he …

    April 1, 2015 7:46 pm
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