Headline News

  • Computer glitch nixes Starbucks caffeine fix


     (Fool.com) SEATTLE –  Starbucks is back in business early Saturday after a computer outage forced thousands of its stores to close early the night before. The company said the outage was resolved Friday night after several hours. The glitch affected registers at 7,000 company-operated stores in the U.S. and 1,000 in Canada, and prompted some stores to give away drinks. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “All Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada are expected to open for business as usual on Saturday,” the company said in a statement late Friday. “We apologize to our customers for this inconvenience.” Starbucks said the outage was caused by “a failure during a daily system refresh.” Company spokesman Jim Olson stressed that the problem was an internal issue and no external breach was involved. The problem began in the early evening Friday on the East Coast. Stores that had not already closed for the evening were closed early, the company said. …

    April 25, 2015 8:39 am
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Politics

  • Ryan’s Medicare plan headed for scrap heap


    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI)(REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst) Aiming to acquire more budget powers and take a swipe at Obamacare, Republicans will likely scrap a proposal that stirred controversy and helped launch Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan on the national stage: privatizing the Medicare health program. Ryan’s bold Medicare “premium support” plan would be sacrificed to ensure passage of Congress’ first full budget in six years and allow Republicans a rare opportunity to use a powerful procedural tool to ease passage of other legislation. Dropping the fiscal conservative’s signature plan, which had little chance of enactment, is one sign of how the Republican-controlled House and Senate are trying to show they can govern effectively as they seek to win the White House in 2016. Republicans are hoping to use the power known as budget “reconciliation” to pass a bill to repeal or replace President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, known as “Obamacare,” a long-standing …

    April 25, 2015 8:18 am
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Stocks

  • Starbucks free drinks over: Computer glitch fixed


    Starbucks stores across the U.S. and Canada were back up and running after being hit by a computer glitch Friday. Some stores had responded by giving away free drinks until the system was fixed. “The point of sale register outage has been resolved,” Starbucks spokesman Jim Olson told CNNMoney. The cash registers were down in the U.S. and Canada, but all stores were expected to open as usual on Saturday. On Friday, delighted Starbucks fans were tweeting that some stores were giving away freebies until the computer problem could be fixed. “Starbucks systems are down so I got my drink for free. Seems like all Starbucks are doing this. Be sure to tip the barista!” tweeted @octopuscandy who lives in Los Angeles. “the machines at Starbucks are down so they’re giving away free drinks. #you’rewelcome,” tweeted @nicolemariko14 in Washington. @mackenziecrotty said the problem extended to Edmonton, Canada, tweeting, “apparently the servers at starbucks are down …

    April 25, 2015 8:39 am
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Sports

  • Home-bound Enright leads ocean race leg to Rhode Island


    ALICANTE, Spain, April 25 (Reuters) – – American Charlie Enright edged closer to his dream of a Volvo Ocean Race leg six victory in his home port of Newport, Rhode Island, as he retained a narrow lead on Saturday. The 30-year-old Team Alvimedica skipper, a rookie in the nine-month round-the-world offshore race, learned to sail in Newport and would love nothing more than to enter the harbor as a winner in the 5,010-nautical mile (nm) stage from Itajai, Brazil. However, there are still nearly 4,000nm and at least 12 days left to sail through the Atlantic and his crew were protecting a slender 8.8nm lead over Chinese pursuers Dongfeng Race Team. The other boats in the six-strong fleet, including the all-women’s crew of Team SCA (Sweden), are packed tightly behind Dongfeng with overall leaders Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing bringing up the rear, but less than 20nm behind Alvimedica. Enright’s boat, backed by Turkish sponsors and …

    April 25, 2015 8:39 am
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World News

  • Indonesia issues execution orders


    Mary Jane Veloso’s relatives travelled to the prison island on Saturday to see her At least three of 10 people on death row in Indonesia for drug smuggling have been given formal notice of their imminent execution. Two Australians, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, and a Philippines woman, Mary Jane Veloso were notified by Indonesian officials on Saturday. Under Indonesian law, convicts must be given 72 hours’ notice of execution, but no formal date has yet been set. The appeals process for a French national is still under way. The group is being held on the prison island of Nusakambangan. Appeals for clemency “Indonesian authorities today [Saturday] advised Australian consular officials that the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be scheduled imminently at Nusa Kambangan prison in central Java,” Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement. She said she would continue to press for clemency. However, Indonesia’s government has rejected all …

    April 25, 2015 8:39 am
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Technology

  • Supermodels join drive for women to embrace coding


    What is it about models and coding? American supermodel and coding advocate Karlie Kloss has joined a growing list of high-profile female stars urging young women to take up coding, reflecting a determination to shake up the disproportionately male world of coders and tech enthusiasts. Calling on young women to apply for Kode with Karlie scholarships, set up by the model in partnership with the Flatiron school in the US – where she spent two weeks last year learning to code – the 22-year old gave a passionate account of her own experience. “Over the last year I started taking coding classes and realised how creative coding truly is. Code is going to continue to play a major role in defining our future. I think it’s crucial that young women learn to code as early as possible to ensure that we as young women have a voice and a stake in what the world looks …

    April 25, 2015 7:38 am
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Science

  • Expert panels successfully rate medical research proposals


    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is easily the world’s largest funder of medical research, and outside scientists perform most of the research. Panels of these investigators also select the projects that the NIH supports. With the NIH budget slowly dropping, some experts have questioned whether this “peer review” process is prone to favoritism or to avoiding risky but potentially high-payoff studies. Boston University (BU) and Harvard economists, however, have published an extensive analysis of NIH grants in the journal Science that shows a high correlation between how projects are rated by peer review and the quality of the resulting research. “Peer review is tremendously important for determining what research is done in the United States, and the world, and yet we don’t know very much about how effective these systems are,” says Leila Agha, Assistant Professor of Markets, Public Policy and Law at the Boston University Questrom School of Business and co-author of the …

    April 25, 2015 7:59 am
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Health

  • Phone-Focused Parents a Danger to Their Kids at Playground


    SATURDAY, April 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Young children are more likely to suffer playground injuries when their parents are texting or talking on a cell phone, a new study shows. Even chatting with other caregivers ups the odds your kid will get hurt, the study found. Researchers from the Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York observed 50 parent/child pairs at seven playgrounds. The children were between 18 months and 5 years old. For 10 to 20 minutes, one researcher watched the parent while another researcher watched the child. Parents were distracted 74 percent of the time, but most of the distractions were mild, with the majority of the parent’s attention focused on the child, they found. Talking with other adults accounted for 33 percent of distractions, followed by cell phones and other electronic devices at 30 percent. Activities such as eating, drinking, reading and looking in a bag or purse accounted for the …

    April 25, 2015 8:19 am
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Entertainment

  • Blac Chyna Posts Text Evidence That Tyga Is Trying To Win Her Back


    Posted on Fri Apr 24th, 2015 12:20pm PDT       By X17 Staff His current girlfriend Kylie Jenner is NOT going to be happy about this! Blac Chyna broke the known texting code by posting her private messages with ex-boyfriend Tyga, and his Keeping Up with the Kardashians star girlfriend probably isn’t happy to read that her rapper beau wants to fix his relationship with his baby mamma. The “Rack City” lyricist sounds pathetic as she begs Chyna to spend time with him, but the real incriminating part comes later in the conversation. “Call me when u can. I want to be with u. I want to be positive. I want to be a family again. Want to start this friendship. Relationship,” he wrote. Rather than denying it, the hip hop star cryptically tweeted a weird response. “Give it up. Get over it. I aint here for the tea. Focus on what’s real in life. And surround yourself …

    April 25, 2015 8:59 am
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Editorial

  • Will Hillary Clinton’s tangled war of words protect her from Clinton Foundation scandal?


    April 23, 2015: Hillary Rodham Clinton reacts to applause from the crowd before speaking during the sixth annual Women in the World Summit. In the early stages of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, she is being hoisted with her own petard. She is injuring herself with the very devices that she and her supporters use to injure others. One device is the charge of “guilt by association.” The “millionaires and billionaires” she portrays as in villainous league with Republicans are the very same category of people who have donated tens of millions of dollars to both the Clinton Foundation and to speaking fees by Bill and Hillary Clinton. In Clintonworld, wealth that serves to oppose them is dirty but wealth that serves to support them is clean. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Tax breaks for the wealthy are obscene in Clintonian rhetoric, but tax breaks aren’t supposed to be seen or heard of when they apply, in practice, to …

    April 25, 2015 8:19 am
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Odd News

  • Argentine side train with dust masks as volcano spews ash


    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – An amateur side set to meet league champions Racing Club in the last 64 of the Argentine Cup are wearing dust marks to train near an Andean volcano spewing ash. “We’re playing against the Argentine champions, we’re taking it very seriously and anxiously await the match,” coach Gustavo Coronel of regional side Independiente of Neuquen, a province in the southwest of Argentina, told TyC Sports on Friday. Across the nearby Andes mountains in neighboring Chile, the 2,000-metre Cabulco volcano erupted on Wednesday and has been spewing clouds of ash since Thursday. The venue and date of the match have not been confirmed. The ash has reached Buenos Aires in the east with flights into and out of Ezeiza international airport suspended or rerouted while those at Neuquen and the Andean ski resorts of Bariloche and Chapelco have been closed. (Reporting by Rex Gowar; Editing by Ken Ferris)

    April 24, 2015 11:57 pm
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