Headline News

  • Firefighters gain on Montana fire that forced evacuation of ski area


    (Reuters) – Firefighters in Montana on Sunday were working to contain a wildfire that forced the evacuation of hundreds from a ski area as flames driven by high winds threatened to engulf the only road to and from the resort, officials said. The Red Lodge Mountain Ski Area in the Custer Gallatin National Forest in south central Montana resumed operations on Sunday after skiers were told to leave the day before as a safety precaution. No other structures were under evacuation orders as moderating weather conditions were expected to give fire crews the upper hand for the first time in two days, said fire information officer Jeff Gildehaus. The blaze was one of several that broke out on Saturday in southern Montana and northern Wyoming, where unseasonably warm temperatures and winds gusting up to 60 miles an hour gave rise to extreme fire behavior usually seen in late fall in the Northern Rocky Mountain states, …

    March 29, 2015 8:24 pm
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Politics

  • Former HP CEO Fiorina puts chances of presidential bid over 90 percent


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ.N) Chief Executive Carly Fiorina said on Sunday the chances she would run for the U.S. presidency in 2016 were “higher than 90 percent” and that she would announce her plans in late April to early May. Fiorina, speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” said she could not yet announce the bid because she was working to establish her team and put together what she described as “the right support” and financial resources. Fiorina is one of many potential Republican presidential candidates including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Earlier this month, Texas Senator Ted Cruz became the first major figure from either political party to formally announce his 2016 presidential bid. Rubio may announce his intentions to run in mid-April, a local Florida newspaper reported this month. Huckabee, speaking Sunday on …

    March 29, 2015 7:04 pm
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Stocks

  • WrestleMania 31 is coming. Time to buy WWE stock?


    WWE shareholders got kicked in the chest in 2014. But they are flying high again so far this year. Shares of WWE (WWE) are up more than 30% so far in 2015 It’s perfect timing with WrestleMania 31 taking place this Sunday. (I remember the first one in 1985. Hulk Hogan and Mr. T! Cyndi Lauper!) But many investors may still feel like they’re stuck in a choke hold: The stock is trading about half of what what it was worth last March when it topped $31 a share. Is there going to be another post-WrestleMania slump like last year? Tough start for new network: At this time a year ago, investors were excited about the company’s new WWE Network — a streaming video app that would give subscribers willing to pay $9.99 a month access to current and archived events, such as WrestleMania — which is the “sport’s” Super Bowl. Related: Bleacher Report’s WrestleMania …

    March 29, 2015 11:20 am
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Sports

  • Duke, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Kentucky advance to the Final Four


    HOUSTON –  A special group of freshmen is taking Duke and Coach K back to the NCAA Final Four. The Blue Devils and their trio of freshmen starters are going to their 16th Final Four after a 66-52 win Sunday in the South Regional over Gonzaga. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Justise Winslow, the freshman playing home in Houston, had 16 points, including a big 3-pointer in the closing minutes. Matt Jones had also had 16 points while freshman Tyus Jones had 15 points, while Jahlil Okafor nine points and eight rebounds. Duke (33-4), the region’s No. 1 seed, is going to Indianapolis to play Michigan State in the Final Four. The other national semifinal game Saturday matches undefeated Kentucky and Wisconsin. Coach Mike Krzyzewski is going to the Final Four for the 12th time, matching UCLA’s John Wooden for the most by a head coach. Duke’s last Final Four and national title was in 2010, when the …

    March 29, 2015 8:23 pm
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World News

  • Iran minister to meet world powers


    Ministers from six world powers are expected to hold their first full session on Monday with Iran’s foreign minister over its nuclear programme. The deadline for reaching an agreement is Tuesday. The essence of an emerging deal is to keep Iran at least one year away from being able to produce enough nuclear fuel for a single weapon. Representatives from the US, Germany, France, the UK, China and Russia are at the talks in Lausanne, Switzerland. Bilateral talks and national working sessions, like this French one, have also been taking place The two sides have explored compromises in areas including the number of centrifuges used to enrich uranium that Iran could operate, and its nuclear enrichment work for medical research. Restrictions on Iran’s nuclear work would last at least a decade, and include rigorous inspections, in exchange for an end to crippling sanctions, says the BBC’s Barbara Plett Usher in Lausanne. Despite progress, disagreements remain …

    March 29, 2015 8:24 pm
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Technology

  • School principals threaten parents with police if kids play ‘Grand Theft Auto’


    Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. Kids, this could get you into trouble. Rockstar Games/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET Schools aren’t there just to teach kids a lesson. They exist to teach parents a thing or two as well. This seems, at least, to be the attitude of a group of schools in Cheshire, England, which is fed up with underage kids playing overblown games such as “Grand Theft Auto” and “Call Of Duty.” So fed up is the Nantwich Education Partnership that it has written to parents of kids in 16 schools. The letter said that if they don’t start policing their childrens’ games, they might be getting a visit from the men and women in blue. As Britain’s Sunday Times reports (paywall), the letter explains that playing such games could lead to “oversexualized behavior” on the part of kids. It states: “If your child …

    March 29, 2015 2:41 pm
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Science

  • Increased sensitivity to climate change in disturbed ecosystems


    Undisturbed ecosystems can be resistant to changing climatic conditions, but this resistance is reduced when ecosystems are subject to natural or anthropogenic disturbances. Plants are particularly sensitive to climatic changes in early life stages and even small climatic changes can cause vegetation shifts when ecosystems are disturbed by fires, insect outbreaks or other disturbances. This is the conclusion from one of the world’s longest running climate change experiments conducted by the European network INCREASE, involving scientist from several European countries and headed by professor Inger Kappel Schmidt at the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Geoscience and Natural Resources Management. The results have been published in an article in the international scientific journal “Nature Communications.” Two of the network’s climate studies were situated in Danish heathland ecosystems. The results of the study showed that climate change impacts on the vegetation were minimal in undisturbed heathland. However disturbances occur commonly in heathlands and other ecosystem and it …

    March 29, 2015 7:04 pm
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Health

  • Liberia urges sexual caution to beat Ebola outbreak


    MONROVIA (Reuters) – Liberia called upon Ebola survivors on Sunday to extend a period of sexual abstinence or protected sex beyond an already advised three months following their recovery, amid fears the country’s latest case may have resulted from sexual transmission. The West African nation suffered a setback in its efforts to end a year-long outbreak of the disease earlier this month when it recorded its first new case of Ebola in several weeks. The patient, a 44-year-old woman, died on Friday. More than 10,300 people have succumbed to the disease across Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the three countries hardest hit by the worst Ebola epidemic on record. Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, who heads Liberia’s Ebola response, said there was evidence to suggest the woman may have contracted the disease through sexual contact. Research has shown traces of Ebola in semen of some survivors for at least 82 days after the onset of …

    March 29, 2015 7:04 pm
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Entertainment

  • Oops! Justin Bieber Peforms With Ariana Grande And Forgets The Lines To Her Song!


    Posted on Sun Mar 29th, 2015 11:30am PDT       By X17 Staff Ariana Grande performed in Miami last night, and a few minutes into her hit “Love Me Harder,” the Biebs joined her onstage. He’s certainly used to belting it out in front of thousands of screaming fans, so we were shocked to see that he totally blanked on the lyrics in the middle of the song! In his defense, it’s not his song, and afterwards he apologized, saying that he studied the lyrics before the show. Bieber also tweeted, “Thank you @ArianaGrande and thank you Miami. I missed the stage. See u soon ;)” Still, Ariana sounded fantastic and Bieber’s “I forgot the words” dance moves were pretty awesome … check it out in the video above!   Stories from around the Web

    March 29, 2015 7:23 pm
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Editorial

  • The hidden truth about Iran’s nuclear program


    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, center, speaks to journalists as he arrives for a new round of nuclear talks with Iran in Lausanne, Switzerland, Saturday, March 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Keystone, Jean-Christophe Bott) (The Associated Press) Last month, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) exposed a secret Iranian facility used to conduct research and enrichment with advanced centrifuge machines for the nuclear weapons program. The revelation of this secret site, named Lavizan-3 in northeast Tehran, was met with panic and hysteria by the Mullahs in Iran, and was taken seriously by Members of Congress. But what have the nuclear negotiators done? Following the NCRI’s revelation, the Iranian regime attempted to sidestep addressing the merits of the claim by demonizing the Iranian opposition instead of offering to make the site available for inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), showing that the Iranian regime remains as cynical as ever in its nuclear ambitions. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT …

    March 29, 2015 7:04 pm
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Odd News

  • Daughter bests father in feud at Japan shareholder’s meeting


    TOKYO (Reuters) – A rare family feud erupted in a Japanese shareholders meeting on Friday, when the chief executive of Otsuka Kagu Ltd defeated her father’s attempt to oust her, vowing to push ahead with her plan to take the furniture retailer more mass-market. “I am sorry that things have come to this,” Kumiko Otsuka, 47, coolly told shareholders in the meeting, in which she instructed her father, company founder and chairman Katsuhisa Otsuka, and her mother to identify themselves by name and shareholder number. The daughter overcame the chairman’s challenge by an undisclosed majority vote. “I had five children,” the father said from the audience as he pleaded with shareholders to back his return as CEO. “Kumiko was the first and she was a difficult birth.” Kumiko’s mother also gave a rambling speech criticizing the CEO, until another shareholder yelled at her to stop. The Otsuka family showdown – virtually unheard of in Japan’s …

    March 27, 2015 10:40 am
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