• What stumps Warren Buffett? Minimum wage

      Should the federal minimum wage be raised? It’s a tough question, even for business magnate Warren Buffett. “I thought about it for 50 years and I just don’t know the answer on it,” Buffett...
  • Lupita Nyong’o Named World’s Most Beautiful

    Lupita Nyong’o Named World’s Most Beautiful

    ——- Lupita Nyong’o has a growing awards collection (including an Oscar), but she “never dreamed” she would be named People magazine’s Most Beautiful Person. The 12 Years a Slave star and Lancôme spokeswoman appears on...
  • Obama to use Japan visit to reassure Asian allies

    TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama will use a state visit to Japan on Thursday to try to reassure Asian allies of his commitment to ramping up U.S. engagement in the region, despite Chinese...
  • Pujols insists he’s not thinking beyond next at-bat

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One day after joining baseball’s exclusive 500 home run club, Albert Pujols insists he is not concerned with reaching another longball milestone. Let the fans and the media talk about 600 or...
  • S Sudan president sacks army chief

    S Sudan president sacks army chief

    24 April 2014 Last updated at 00:48 No official reason was given for the removal of Gen James Hoth Mai South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has sacked the head of the army. A decree read...

Headline News

  • How Mexican mothers identify sons lost on the trek to the US


    24 April 2014 Last updated at 01:11 By Will Grant BBC News, Ciudad Obregon, Mexico Every year, thousands of Mexicans make the perilous journey across the deserts of northern Mexico and Arizona, hoping for a better life in the US. Not all of them make it, leaving some families with a search for answers – and eventually, bodies. Carolina Chan’s house is a noisy, chaotic place. Her teenage children, already parents themselves, share the ramshackle two-bedroom home in the industrial town of Ciudad Obregon in northern Mexico. Her grandchildren play boisterously on the patio, running in and out with toys and neighbourhood dogs. But someone is missing from this scene of domestic mayhem. One morning in 2012, Chan’s 19-year-old son, Marco Antonio, left for the US without saying goodbye. His mother still describes him as a “dreamer”. “He used to say, ‘One day, I’ll have a nice car, I’m going to live in the US,’” …

    April 23, 2014 7:23 pm
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Politics

  • Obama to use Japan visit to reassure Asian allies


    TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama will use a state visit to Japan on Thursday to try to reassure Asian allies of his commitment to ramping up U.S. engagement in the region, despite Chinese complaints that his real aim is to contain Beijing’s rise. Obama will be treated to a display of pomp and ceremony meant to show that the U.S.-Japan alliance, the main pillar of America’s security strategy in Asia, remains solid at a time of rising tensions over growing Chinese assertiveness and North Korean nuclear threats. U.S. and Japanese trade negotiators for the two countries were working around the clock in Tokyo on a two-way trade pact seen as crucial to a broader trans-Pacific agreement. “We’re continuing to work,” a U.S. official said on Thursday before the leaders were to meet on the first state visit to Japan by a U.S. president in 18 years. “Autos and agriculture continue to be the …

    April 23, 2014 7:43 pm
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Stocks

  • What stumps Warren Buffett? Minimum wage


      Should the federal minimum wage be raised? It’s a tough question, even for business magnate Warren Buffett. “I thought about it for 50 years and I just don’t know the answer on it,” Buffett told CNN Wednesday. “In economics you always have to say ‘and then what?’ And the real question is are more people going to be better off if it is raised,” he said. Buffett also said that the current federal minimum of $7.25 is not a living wage. If raising it didn’t hurt employment he’d want it up significantly higher. “You do lose some employment as you increase the minimum wage, if you didn’t I would be for having it $15 an hour,” he said. Many states and cities have recently raised their minimum wage rate above the federal minimum and President Obama is pushing for Congress to raise the nationwide rate to $10.10 an hour. Buffett said he’s not arguing …

    April 23, 2014 8:03 pm
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Sports

  • Pujols insists he’s not thinking beyond next at-bat


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One day after joining baseball’s exclusive 500 home run club, Albert Pujols insists he is not concerned with reaching another longball milestone. Let the fans and the media talk about 600 or 700 home runs, Pujols said, adding that he’s not even thinking about homer number 501. “You can’t read the future. It’s still going to be the same goal that I’ve had from day one – and that’s about winning,” the Los Angeles Angels slugger told reporters Wednesday. “It’s about taking care of the 25 guys (in the clubhouse) and representing the name across my shirt. Before you get to 600 or 700, you need to get to 501. Pujols clubbed two homers against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, the second enabling the 34-year-old first baseman to become the 26th major leaguer to hit 500 home runs. He contends that he will feel no differently at the plate now that the …

    April 23, 2014 7:23 pm
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World News

  • S Sudan president sacks army chief


    24 April 2014 Last updated at 00:48 No official reason was given for the removal of Gen James Hoth Mai South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has sacked the head of the army. A decree read out on state television announced that Gen James Hoth Mai would be removed with immediate effect. No reason was given. The country has been in turmoil since December. Last week rebels seized the oil hub of Bentiu. Meanwhile the UN has accused the government of providing “erroneous information” regarding a massacre of hundreds of civilians in the town. South Sudan Minister of Information Michael Lueth was wrong to tell reporters that residents seeking protection had been barred from entering a UN base, the UN mission said in a statement. After rebel forces captured Bentiu on 15 and 16 April, they targeted hundreds of people who had taken refuge inside a mosque, a church and a hospital, and killed them because …

    April 23, 2014 7:23 pm
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Technology

  • Reading Into the Red Hat CentOS Deal


    There was a somewhat quiet, cost-free acquisition of sorts in the Linux world earlier this year when Red Hat announced it was joining forces with Red Hat Enterprise Linux community clone CentOS. The move, which effectively brings organization, governance, backing and technology of CentOS under Red Hat’s brim, is interesting for a few reasons. First, it illustrates the continued presence and power of unpaid community Linux distributions like CentOS. Second, it’s part of the changing Linux market, which is being driven by cloud computing and new types of uses on the rise. Third, it also may be a sign that open source software users and customers are exerting more influence than ever before. I’ve written before about CentOS, which is unique in that the open source operating system — a free clone of Red Hat’s paid RHEL — and project always has had a core of dedicated developers, but not much beyond that. Before joining …

    April 23, 2014 7:23 pm
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Science

  • NASA satellites show drought may take toll on Congo rainforest


    Related images(click to enlarge) A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa’s Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade. The study, led by Liming Zhou of University at Albany, State University of New York, shows between 2000 and 2012 the decline affected an increasing amount of forest area and intensified. The research, published Wednesday in Nature, is one of the most comprehensive observational studies to explore the effects of long-term drought on the Congo rainforest using several independent satellite sensors. Five new NASA Earth science missions are launching in 2014 to expand our understanding of Earth’s changing climate and environment. “It’s important to understand these changes because most climate models predict tropical forests may be under stress due to increasing severe water shortages in a warmer and drier 21st century climate,” Zhou said. Scientists use the satellite-derived “greenness” of forest regions …

    April 23, 2014 7:23 pm
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Health

  • Herbalife punished 600 distributors for medical claims: ABC News


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Herbalife, a weight loss and nutrition company being investigated for allegations of running a pyramid scheme, disciplined hundreds of distributors last year for making unsubstantiated medical claims about its products, ABC News reported on Wednesday. The network said the company disclosed the internal figures after an ABC News investigation found what it called “numerous examples of distributors boasting to potential customers that the company’s products helped treat maladies ranging from diabetes to heart disease.” In one case, an ABC reporter posing as a customer caught a Staten Island, New York, distributor on a hidden camera saying a woman overcame a brain tumor after using Herbalife products, the network said. Asked by ABC in a televised report if Herbalife cured brain tumors, Herbalife President Des Walsh said: “Absolutely not. Frankly, I am appalled to hear you say this because what is happening there is a complete and absolute violation of our rules.” Asked …

    April 23, 2014 7:43 pm
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Entertainment

  • Once Again Kim Kardashian Makes Us Question Her Taste With Another Bad Outfit


    Apparently, Kim Kardashian is pulling a Pauley Shore and is in the army now — or at least that’s what Kimbo’s unfortunate, military (not-so) chic ensemble is telling us. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star wore a whole lot of olive green while filming scenes from her reality show in Ventura on Wednesday. And we are definitely not feeling this ensemble. Maybe Kim is enlisting in an army comprised of overly entitled reality stars? Perhaps Kim, Snooki, Flava Flav, Brett Michaels and all the Teen Moms are in a secret allegiance together? Maybe each reality star is wearing their very own distinctive olive-green ensemble (think Destiny’s Child but in camouflage), and are readying themselves to combat anyone trying to oppress the good old U.S. of A. Yes, a secret reality-star society trying to save the world is a stretch — but Kim Kardashian did appear on the cover of Vogue — so really anything …

    April 23, 2014 6:23 pm
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Editorial

  • A doctor, not a bureaucrat should be in charge of HHS


      “The torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans,” Jack Kennedy famously said in his 1961 inaugural address, a phrase once swollen with optimism and American pride.   It may be tempting for President Obama to use this same expression now to describe Health and Human Services Secretary (Baby Boomer) Sebelius handing off the HHS secretarial torch to her apparent (Generation X) replacement, Sylvia Burwell, but such a sentiment would be false optimism. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT It is time for a physician or an expert in health care to administer Health and Human Services, not another numbers-massaging manager, no matter how able. It is time for a physician or an expert in health care to administer Health and Human Services, not another numbers-massaging manager, no matter how able.  It is easy to forget that Secretary Sebelius was once Kansas Insurance Commissioner. This qualified her to administer health insurance, not health care.  Though she …

    April 23, 2014 7:43 pm
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Odd News

  • Ship that sank in 1888 found near San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge


    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The wreckage of a passenger steamship that sank in the 19th century after a collision in the San Francisco Bay has been found near the Golden Gate Bridge, officials said on Wednesday. The steamship City of Chester was discovered by researchers using sonar in waters about 216 feet deep. It was encased in mud. “The ship is very much intact,” said James Delgado, director of Maritime Heritage at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), who has investigated other shipwrecks. A boat equipped with sonar scanners captured the first underwater images of the City of Chester last May. It took NOAA researchers nine months to review the data and reconstruct images of the ship, which came to rest upright at the edge of a sandbank, NOAA said in a statement. High-resolution sonar imagery identified the hull of the ship rising 18 feet from the sea floor and a large gash on …

    April 23, 2014 7:23 pm
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