• Ovechkin, Capitals hold off Blue Jackets

    Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – Alex Ovechkin scored twice and the Washington Capitals held off the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 5-3 win on Tuesday. Eric Fehr, Tom Wilson and Marcus Johansson also lit the lamp,...
  • Australian pair moved for execution

    Australian pair moved for execution

    4 March 2015 Last updated at 03:26 Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were transferred from Kerobokan Prison by armoured car The ringleaders of the “Bali Nine” Australian drug gang are being transferred from Bali to...
  • Georgetown holds off No. 21 Butler

    Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) – D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera made two key free throws with 6.2 seconds left to help the Georgetown Hoyas hold off the 21st-ranked Butler Bulldogs, 60-54, on Tuesday. Butler pulled within 56-54 on Alex...
  • Militants ‘seize Libyan oil fields’

    Militants ‘seize Libyan oil fields’

    4 March 2015 Last updated at 01:25 The runway at Maitiga airport in Tripoli was cleared by fire fighters after an air strike Islamist militants are reported to have seized two oil fields in central...

Headline News

  • Vermont town rejects lowering voting age to 16: report


    (Reuters) – Voters in a Vermont town on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected lowering the minimum voting age in local elections to 16 from 18, an idea that had been promoted by a longtime activist, a newspaper reported. Residents of Brattleboro voted against the “youth vote amendment” by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, the Brattleboro Reformer said. The amendment was among proposals considered during the annual town meeting. Had voters approved the measure, Brattleboro, a left-leaning town of about 12,000 people in southern Vermont, would have become the second U.S. municipality to lower the voting age to 16, following the Washington suburb of Takoma Park, Maryland, in 2013. The idea was put forward by Kurt Daims, an activist in the town, who said lowering the voting age would boost voter turnout and extend rights to a “disenfranchised group.” “Many teens have part-time jobs. They pay sales tax like everyone else. Yet they have no representation in government,” Daims …

    March 3, 2015 9:41 pm
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Politics

  • House breaks impasse, passes security funding without provisions


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A chaotic three-month-long fight in Congress over funding the U.S. domestic security agency finally ended on Tuesday, but not before it highlighted House Speaker John Boehner’s inability to halt the Republican Party’s further descent into disorder. The House of Representatives approved full fiscal-year funding for the Department of Homeland Security, after attempts by conservative Republicans to make funding contingent on blocking actions on immigration last November by Democratic President Barack Obama in which he bypassed Congress. The final bill passed by the House in a 257-167 vote was a Senate measure stripped of language attacking Obama’s orders, which lifted the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented residents. The vote ended a fight that brought the DHS within hours of a partial shutdown last week and raised new questions about Boehner’s leadership. Obama has said he will sign the funding bill for the department, formed after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to …

    March 3, 2015 6:20 pm
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Stocks

  • IRS delaying refunds for thousands of Obamacare enrollees


    National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson The IRS is delaying the refunds of tens of thousands of Obamacare enrollees, said Nina Olson, the National Taxpayer Advocate. The hold up, she says, is subsidy data from state health exchanges. What’s more, Olson said the IRS told its telephone representatives not to tell callers the reason for the delay. Obamacare enrollees received subsidies based on their estimated income for 2014. Now that they know their actual income, the IRS has to make sure the initial subsidy amount was correct. Some enrollees will have to pay back part of their subsidies or receive smaller refunds if they underestimated their incomes. Others may get larger refunds if they earned less than they anticipated. The IRS needs to get the 1095-A forms, which includes the subsidy data, from the state exchanges to confirm the information taxpayers put on their return is correct. Olson’s comments are the latest headache for Obamacare enrollees …

    March 3, 2015 8:40 pm
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Sports

  • Ovechkin, Capitals hold off Blue Jackets


    Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – Alex Ovechkin scored twice and the Washington Capitals held off the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 5-3 win on Tuesday. Eric Fehr, Tom Wilson and Marcus Johansson also lit the lamp, Nicklas Backstrom and Jason Chimera each tallied two assists and Braden Holtby made 27 saves for the Capitals, who have won two straight games. Scott Hartnell posted two goals and an assist and David Savard also scored in the Blue Jackets’ seventh straight loss. Sergei Bobrovsky allowed four goals on 32 shots in his return to the ice after missing 17 games with a groin injury. Columbus pulled within 4-3 midway through the third after Nick Foligno took a pass down low and backhanded it toward the slot, where Hartnell wristed it in for his second of the night. Johansson was penalized for delay of game with 2:16 to play and Bobrovsky was pulled with over a minute, giving the …

    March 3, 2015 9:41 pm
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World News

  • Australian pair moved for execution


    4 March 2015 Last updated at 03:26 Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were transferred from Kerobokan Prison by armoured car The ringleaders of the “Bali Nine” Australian drug gang are being transferred from Bali to another Indonesian island to be executed. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are among 11 foreigners expected to face a firing squad in the coming days. Australia has pressed Indonesia not to go ahead, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying he was “revolted”. The pair were convicted in 2005 after being caught attempting to smuggle heroin from Bali to Australia. Indonesia has some of the toughest drug laws in the world and ended a four-year moratorium on executions in 2013. Police were standing guard to secure the area around prison in Bali during the move President Joko Widodo has said the drugs trade destroys lives in Indonesia and he will show no mercy to convicted dealers. ‘Terrible crime’ Chan and Sukumaran …

    March 3, 2015 9:41 pm
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Technology

  • ‘FREAK attack’ leaves millions of Apple and Google users vulnerable to hackers


    Millions of people may have been left vulnerable to hackers while surfing the web on Apple and Google devices, thanks to a newly discovered security flaw known as “FREAK attack.” There’s no evidence so far that any hackers have exploited the weakness, which companies are now moving to repair. Researchers blame the problem on an old government policy, abandoned over a decade ago, which required US software makers to use weaker security in encryption programs sold overseas due to national security concerns. Many popular websites and some internet browsers continued to accept the weaker software, or can be tricked into using it, according to experts at several research institutions who reported their findings Tuesday. They said that could make it easier for hackers to break the encryption that’s supposed to prevent digital eavesdropping when a visitor types sensitive information into a website. About a third of all encrypted websites were vulnerable as of Tuesday, including …

    March 3, 2015 10:01 pm
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Science

  • A high-salt diet could protect against invading microbes


    Most people consume more salt than they need and therefore have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, which are the two leading causes of death worldwide. But a study published by Cell Press March 3rd in Cell Metabolism reveals that dietary salt could have a biological advantage: defending the body against invading microbes. A high-salt diet increased sodium accumulation in the skin of mice, thereby boosting their immune response to a skin-infecting parasite. The findings suggest that dietary salt could have therapeutic potential to promote host defense against microbial infections. “Up to now, salt has been regarded as a detrimental dietary factor; it is clearly known to be detrimental for cardiovascular diseases, and recent studies have implicated a role in worsening autoimmune diseases,” says first study author Jonathan Jantsch, a microbiologist at Universitätsklinikum Regensburg and Universität Regensburg. “Our current study challenges this one-sided view and suggests that increasing salt accumulation at the site …

    March 3, 2015 6:20 pm
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Health

  • Large breakfast, small dinner tied to better diabetes blood sugar


    (Reuters Health) – Big breakfasts and small dinners might be a healthier way to eat for people with type 2 diabetes, according to a small new study. Diabetics in the study who ate big breakfasts and small dinners had fewer episodes of high blood sugar than those who ate small breakfasts and large dinners, researchers found. Blood sugar – also known as blood glucose – is controlled by the body’s internal clock, with larger blood sugar peaks after evening meals, Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz told Reuters Health in an email. People with type 2 diabetes often time their meals in opposition to their internal clock, said Jakubowicz, a researcher at Tel Aviv University’s Wolfson Medical Center in Israel. “They frequently skip breakfast while eating a high-calorie dinner,” she said, adding that skipping breakfast is linked to obesity and poor blood sugar control. The new study involved eight men and ten women with type 2 diabetes, ages …

    March 3, 2015 6:20 pm
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Entertainment

  • Lily James admits to a liquid diet for Cinderella, but it wasn’t her choice


    More: Did someone Photoshop Cinderella’s waist away? The actress told E! that eating wasn’t really possible. “I think I may be trying to get sympathy a bit there. I’m being a bit over the top,” she prefaced. “When [the corset] was on, we would be on continuous days so we wouldn’t stop for lunch or a lovely tea like this — you’d be sort of eating on the move. In that case, I couldn’t untie the corset. So if you ate food it didn’t really digest properly and I’d be burping all afternoon in [Richard Madden]’s face, and it was just really sort of unpleasant. I’d have soup so that I could still eat but it wouldn’t get stuck.” Uh, no wonder Cinderella leaves that ball in a hurry. She doesn’t want to burp in Prince Charming’s face! More: “50 Shades of Buscemi” and other Fifty Shades of Grey parodies OK, aside from how uncomfortable that sounds, …

    March 3, 2015 8:40 pm
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Editorial

  • We must not play politics with our national security


    Today, we heard from Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who discussed the threats from Iran and ISIS not only to Israel but to the United States. Today, I also voted to protect the American people from these threats. Shutting down the Department of Homeland Security – a national security agency – in this high threat environment would be irresponsible and dangerous. Islamist terror groups are spreading like wildfire and want nothing less than destruction of our way of life. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper recently noted that last year was “the most lethal year for global terrorism” in recorded history. This year is likely to be worse. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In Syria and Iraq, a barbaric terrorist army has taken root in the form of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). This is far beyond what we saw with al Qaeda in the years leading up to 9/11.  From safe havens across the Middle East, these murderous …

    March 3, 2015 6:40 pm
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Odd News

  • German pensioner needs drill to dig for Nazi-looted Amber Room


    BERLIN (Reuters) – A pensioner has started digging in Germany’s western Ruhr region for the Amber Room, a priceless work of art looted by Nazis from the Soviet Union during World War Two and missing for 70 years, but says he needs a new drill to help him. Dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Amber Room was an ornate chamber made of amber panels given to Czar Peter the Great by Prussia’s Friedrich Wilhelm I in 1716. German troops stole the treasure chamber from a palace near St Petersburg in 1941 and took it to Koenigsberg, now the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, before it disappeared. Conspiracy theories abound about the whereabouts of what some say is the world’s most valuable piece of lost art. Some historians think it was destroyed in the war, others say Germans smuggled it to safety. Now 68-year-old pensioner Karl-Heinz Kleine says he thinks the chamber is hidden under …

    March 3, 2015 10:15 am
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