• New hearing for Briton in US prison

    New hearing for Briton in US prison

    25 April 2014 Last updated at 05:06 Krishna Maharaj could get a new trial or a reduced sentence as a result of the hearing A US judge has ordered a hearing to consider new evidence...
  • Iranians see petrol prices surge

    Iranians see petrol prices surge

    25 April 2014 Last updated at 04:53 Iranians are hit with higher petrol prices shortly after electricity and water bills also rose Iran has cut state subsidies on petrol in a move that saw prices...
  • Webby Awards honor mobile health and fitness apps

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – As part of the 18th Annual Webby Awards, 11 mobile health applications ranging from personal wellness journals to allergen and symptom trackers were chosen as honorees. WebMD, available for iOS...
  • Arkansas judge strikes down voter ID law as unconstitutional

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) – An Arkansas judge declared the state’s new voter identification law unconstitutional on Thursday since it stipulates that voters must meet an additional requirement before casting a ballot. Pulaski County Circuit...

Headline News

  • New hearing for Briton in US prison


    25 April 2014 Last updated at 05:06 Krishna Maharaj could get a new trial or a reduced sentence as a result of the hearing A US judge has ordered a hearing to consider new evidence relating to the 1987 double-murder conviction of a British businessman in Miami. Krishna Maharaj, now 75, spent a decade on death row before his punishment was reduced to two life sentences in 1997. He says Colombian drug traffickers were responsible for the 1986 shootings of Duane and Derrick Moo Young in Miami. The hearing, likely to take place later this year, could lead to a retrial or reduced sentence. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote Judge Thomas has shown great courage in ordering this crucial new hearing” End Quote Clive Stafford Smith Director, Reprieve At the 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida in Miami on Thursday, Judge William Thomas granted the new hearing which will be able to hear …

    April 25, 2014 12:16 am
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Politics

  • Arkansas judge strikes down voter ID law as unconstitutional


    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) – An Arkansas judge declared the state’s new voter identification law unconstitutional on Thursday since it stipulates that voters must meet an additional requirement before casting a ballot. Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Tim Fox called the law, which calls for voters to show photo identification cards, “void and unenforceable.” Nearly three dozen U.S. states have voter identification measures, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The laws are part of a nationwide effort at the state level aimed at preventing voter fraud. Critics say they hinder low-income and minority voters and are challenging the laws in several state courts. Arkansas’ Republican-led Legislature approved the law last year. Democratic Governor Mike Beebe had vetoed the bill, but the state House and Senate overrode the governor. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s office said it would work quickly to appeal the ruling on behalf of The Board of Election Commissioners. The Pulaski County …

    April 24, 2014 11:55 pm
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Stocks

  • Ex-Wal-Mart CEO Duke retired with $140 million


    Mike Duke retired as CEO of Wal-Mart on Jan. 31, 2013. Mike Duke, who retired as CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Jan. 31, saw the value of his retirement account jump more than 23% to $140.1 million in his last year at the company. During that same period, Wal-Mart (WMT, Fortune 500) shares increased 7%, trailing gains in the broader market. Company spokesman Randy Hargrove said that Wal-Mart’s top executives can defer a portion of their pay into an account they’ll receive when they leave the company, or on a specified date. Duke deferred a portion of his stock and option grants over a number of years. Related: Taxpayers are subsidizing CEO pay The value of Duke’s retirement account jumped as shares that were already in his account vested, according to Hargrove. Duke’s pay for his final year as CEO fell sharply, to $5.6 million from $20.7 million. The decline was attributable to the fact that …

    April 25, 2014 12:15 am
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Sports

  • Iginla’s overtime tally lifts Bruins past Red Wings


    Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) – Jarome Iginla was credited with the game- winner with 6:28 left in overtime, as the Boston Bruins scored three unanswered goals en route to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series from Joe Louis Arena. With just over 6 1/2 minutes left in the extra session, Dougie Hamilton threw a shot on net from just above the right circle that tipped off Iginla’s stick in the circle before deflecting in off Danny DeKeyser’s leg in front to give the Bruins a commanding 3-1 lead in this best-of-seven series. Boston trailed 2-0 early in the second, but Torey Krug potted a power-play goal just past the midpoint of the frame before Milan Lucic lit the lamp 1:15 into the third to tie the tilt. Tuukka Rask turned aside 35 shots for the Presidents’ Trophy winners, who will look to close out the …

    April 24, 2014 11:56 pm
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World News

  • Iranians see petrol prices surge


    25 April 2014 Last updated at 04:53 Iranians are hit with higher petrol prices shortly after electricity and water bills also rose Iran has cut state subsidies on petrol in a move that saw prices rise at midnight by up to 75%. Reports said Iranians rushed to fill up their cars before the deadline. The government of President Hassan Rouhani hopes the move will bolster an economy battered by Western sanctions. Petrol in Iran is still among the cheapest in the world but analysts say the increase will be unwelcome in a country where a quarter of adults are jobless or under-employed. The subsidies have been blamed for making petrol cheaper than bottled mineral water. The cost of subsidised petrol – which is available in limited amounts to each motorist – rose from about $0.16 (£0.09) a litre to $0.28 a litre at midnight. The price of petrol sold outside that ration rose from $0.27 …

    April 25, 2014 12:16 am
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Technology

  • Amid bans, Tesla’s direct sales are embraced by FTC officials


    Tesla’s Model S. Tesla A handful of top Federal Trade Commission officials have sided with Tesla over whether the car company should be able to sell its vehicles directly to consumers. Three officials announced Thursday that they oppose laws in states, such as Arizona, Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, and Virginia that ban carmakers from bypassing auto dealers and selling straight to customers. “Many state and local regulators have eliminated the direct purchasing option for consumers, by taking steps to protect existing middlemen from new competition,” Andy Gavil, Debbie Feinstein, and Marty Gaynor wrote in a statement. “We believe this is bad policy for a number of reasons.” Such a move is unusual for FTC officials, the three employees said that these views are their own and not necessarily those of any FTC commissioners. The beneficial reasons the officials give for allowing direct car sales include bringing new technologies to the market, stopping “protectionist” state laws, …

    April 24, 2014 11:35 pm
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Science

  • Neuroscientists discover brain circuits involved in emotion


    Neuroscientists have discovered a brain pathway that underlies the emotional behaviours critical for survival. New research by the University of Bristol, published in the Journal of Physiology, has identified a chain of neural connections which links central survival circuits to the spinal cord, causing the body to freeze when experiencing fear. Understanding how these central neural pathways work is a fundamental step towards developing effective treatments for emotional disorders such as anxiety, panic attacks and phobias. An important brain region responsible for how humans and animals respond to danger is known as the PAG (periaqueductal grey), and it can trigger responses such as freezing, a high heart rate, increase in blood pressure and the desire for flight or fight. This latest research has discovered a brain pathway leading from the PAG to a highly localised part of the cerebellum, called the pyramis. The research went on to show that the pyramis is involved in generating …

    April 24, 2014 11:35 pm
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Health

  • Webby Awards honor mobile health and fitness apps


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – As part of the 18th Annual Webby Awards, 11 mobile health applications ranging from personal wellness journals to allergen and symptom trackers were chosen as honorees. WebMD, available for iOS and Android mobile operating systems, provides a symptom checker allowing users to indicate pain or symptom levels to learn about potential conditions or issues (bit.ly/1tHoL2U). “We are thrilled,” said David Ziegler, director of mobile product management. “In addition to improving the look and feel of the entire app and our popular symptom checker utility, we wanted to offer users the ability to read about healthy living-related content on a daily basis.” My Wellness Journal is a personal health record app created by California-based Project Tiki (bit.ly/1f7Rjyy). For $2.99, the app allows users to store their own and their family’s medical information through an iPhone or iPad. “It allows you to take all your information with you and store it easily …

    April 24, 2014 11:55 pm
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Entertainment

  • FIRST PHOTOS – Justin Bieber FREE After 5


    Justin Bieber’s a free man after being detained for FIVE hours by customs officials at Los Angeles International Airport, on Thursday and X17 has the first photos of Biebs! The 20 year-old pop star was held for a mini-investigation by immigration after his passport was flagged for multiple legal issues in various states this year. Most recently, the singer was arrested for suspicion of DUI in Miami in January. Just weeks before that, Bieber was charged with felony after allegedly egging a neighbor’s home in Calabasas. Then, Justin turned himself in on an assault charge near his hometown in Canada. He surrendered to Toronto police the last week of January after police accused him of beating a limo driver in an altercation outside a nightclub in December. As if that weren’t enough, some Americans are now calling for the Biebs to be deported back to Canada! A petition started January 23 — the week the …

    April 24, 2014 10:35 pm
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Editorial

  • Abbas, Middle East peace and lessons from the Oasis Casino


    Palestinian laborers lay colored bricks in sand September 14, 1998 as they finish the entrance to the Oasis Casino.Reuters Mahmoud Abbas, the seventy-nine year old leader of the West Bank Palestinian Authority is known as a cautious man. But with peace negotiations at a seeming deadlock, he is talking like a guy who is thinking about betting the farm at the Oasis Casino. I hope he resists the impulse. It won’t work. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT It has been more than twenty years since Abbas, whose nom de guerre is Abu Mazen, stood on the lawn of the White House watching his boss, Yasser Arafat, sign the Oslo Accords with Israel.  The deal promised a gradual, final peace, but it was a mirage. It left the major issues of the conflict—sovereignty, borders, interim arrangements, settlements, the status of Palestinian refugees and Jewish settlers and the future of Jerusalem—papered over in legal language and leave-it-for-later ambiguities.  The ink …

    April 24, 2014 11:56 pm
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Odd News

  • China to outlaw eating of protected animal species


    BEIJING (Reuters) – China will jail people who eat rare animals for 10 years or more under a new interpretation of the criminal law, state media reported, as the government seeks to close a legal loophole and better protect the natural environment. China lists 420 species as rare or endangered, including the panda, golden monkeys, Asian black bears and pangolins, some or all of which are threatened by illegal hunting, environmental destruction and the consumption of animal parts, including for supposedly medicinal reasons. Consumption of rare animals has risen as the country has become richer, with some people believing spending thousands of yuan on eating them gives a certain social cache. “Eating rare wild animals is not only bad social conduct but also a main reason why illegal hunting has not been stopped despite repeated crackdowns,” Lang Sheng, deputy head of parliament’s Legislative Affairs Commission said, the official Xinhua news agency reported late on Thursday. …

    April 24, 2014 11:35 pm
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