• Italy approves major election reform

    The law is seen a key plank the the centre-left government’s agenda The Italian parliament has approved a long-debated and extensive electoral reform that aims to give the country more political stability. The measure guarantees...
  • Blue Jays hitting coach Jacoby suspended 14 games

    New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Toronto Blue Jays hitting coach Brook Jacoby was suspended 14 games by Major League Baseball on Monday for an apparent run-in with umpires last week. The league said in a...
  • Canadian mother fights radicalisation

    Christianne Boudreau: Searching for answers Canada is thousands of miles away from the war zone in Syria and Iraq – yet the self-styled Islamic State has recruited young fighters to join its cause. Can the...
  • Suicide blast rocks central Damascus

    Suicide blast rocks central Damascus

    The state news agency published a photo showing a car damaged by the bomb blast A suicide bomber has blown himself up in the centre of the Syrian capital, Damascus, officials and activists say. State...
  • Bingham hangs tough to land first world title

    LONDON (Reuters) – Stuart Bingham held his nerve in a dramatic and fluctuating final to beat fellow Englishman Shaun Murphy 18-15 on Monday and win the world snooker championship for the first time. Thirty years...
  • Boston bomber breaks down in court

    A relative of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev arrives at the courthouse on Monday Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has cried in court in rare display of emotion as relatives urged the jury to spare his life....

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  • Canadian mother fights radicalisation


    Christianne Boudreau: Searching for answers Canada is thousands of miles away from the war zone in Syria and Iraq – yet the self-styled Islamic State has recruited young fighters to join its cause. Can the lessons from the death of one young Canadian help prevent other tragedies? Christianne Boudreau is baking cookies. While there’s snow on the ground across the city of Calgary and the plains below the Canadian Rockies, there’s the warm glow of family life in her kitchen. “I usually bake a lot in the winter because it’s cosy in the house and it smells good – it feels more like a home, the warmth,” she says as she measures out the batter. But someone is missing. Her son, Damian Clairmont. The last time she had baked these cookies with him was in 2011. After that, he refused to take part. He was beginning to change into a different person – changes that …

    May 4, 2015 6:46 pm
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Politics

  • Bill Clinton defends charity, says won’t give up paid speeches


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Monday he will continue to give paid speeches while his wife, Hillary Clinton, runs for president amid criticism of the income her family draws from people, including foreigners, with business before the U.S. government. He also said he may consider stepping down or taking “less of an executive role” at the Clinton Foundation should his wife become president. The Clintons’ political opponents have criticized the foundation for accepting funding from foreign governments for its endowment and for its charitable work abroad. “I gotta pay our bills,” Clinton told NBC News from Kenya when asked about his speeches, for which he sometimes charges more than $500,000, in an interview taped over the weekend. “We do our best to vet them. And I have turned down a lot of them. If I think there’s something wrong with it, I don’t take it.” His decision to emerge from …

    May 4, 2015 5:25 pm
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Stocks

  • Al Jazeera America loses another exec as channel deals with allegations


    Al Jazeera America was hit with an explosive lawsuit from a fired employee last week alleging that he was dismissed after complaining about his boss’s sexism and anti-Semitism. Al Jazeera America responded on Monday to a lawsuit alleging that a top executive engaged in sexist and anti-Semitic behavior even as yet another top executive said that she is leaving the embattled channel. The TV channel on Monday said it refuted reports about intolerance or gender bias in its organization. Also on Monday, Marcy McGinnis, who served as senior vice president of outreach at AJAM, said she is resigning from her position. In her resignation letter, McGinnis alluded to an all-hands meeting held last week by the TV channel’s CEO Ehab Al Shihabi. “Last week, Ehab reminded us at the Senior Leadership meeting and again at the All Hands meeting that anyone who felt they could not support the decisions or direction set forth by him …

    May 4, 2015 6:05 pm
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Sports

  • Blue Jays hitting coach Jacoby suspended 14 games


    New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Toronto Blue Jays hitting coach Brook Jacoby was suspended 14 games by Major League Baseball on Monday for an apparent run-in with umpires last week. The league said in a news release that Jacoby would be suspended 14 games without pay “for his postgame conduct toward the umpire crew” following last Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to the Red Sox in Boston. No other details were given and an MLB spokesman contacted Monday evening didn’t expand on the news release. Jacoby was hired last November. The Blue Jays said they will appeal the suspension, which was supposed to begin with Monday’s home game against the New York Yankees.

    May 4, 2015 6:46 pm
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World News

  • Italy approves major election reform


    The law is seen a key plank the the centre-left government’s agenda The Italian parliament has approved a long-debated and extensive electoral reform that aims to give the country more political stability. The measure guarantees a majority of seats to the party that wins the most votes in an election. It is a key element of a package of reforms promised by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. The law seeks to end Italy’s post-war era of revolving governments, political horse-trading and unstable coalitions. The lower house of parliament gave final approval to the bill by 334 votes to 61. The proportional election system awards 340 out of 630 seats to any party that wins more than 40% of the national vote. If no party reaches that threshold, there is a second-round run-off between the two parties with the most votes. The electoral reform is expected to come into force next year. Critics unhappy After the …

    May 4, 2015 6:46 pm
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Technology

  • Man collapses after two-week Web gaming binge, report says


    Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. How the event was described in the Anhui Business Review. Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET We are our own worst enemy and the Web is our best friend. It’s tempting to believe that, at least. Those who create Web experiences would very much like us to believe it too. Excess, though, always lurks. So I find myself not merely choking on my allergies to hear that a 21-year-old Chinese man collapsed after 14-days deeply ensurfed in the Web. The Telegraph translated a report in China’s Anhui Business Review. The latter was adorned of a man prostrate and being wheeled by paramedics. Named only as Mr. Xia, he reportedly fainted on the sidewalk outside an Internet cafe in Hefei, Anhui Province after constantly gaming beyond human endurance. This brush with a medical emergency didn’t, however, dampen his enthusiasm for digital life. He …

    May 4, 2015 4:45 pm
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Science

  • Humanoid Robo-Clerk Not Fooling Shoppers Just Yet


    TOKYO—An unusual employee started last week at the upscale Mitsukoshi department store here. Her name is Aiko Chihira and she hails from Kawasaki, Japan, just south of the city. This temp is a tireless worker and gives an excellent, detailed spiel about the 12-story flagship store and its upcoming events. But even by her bosses’ admission, she is not a very good listener. In fact, although she speaks fluent Japanese—and even can do Japanese sign language—questions from customers fall on deaf ears. Rather, on expertly sculpted earlike features. Chihira is a life-size, lifelike but nonconversational humanoid robot, stationed at the store through May 5. She currently chirps out information only in Japanese but she also can speak—and sing—in other languages. This Toshiba creation made her public debut at CEATEC Japan in late 2014 but her appearance at the Mitsukoshi marks her first direct “work” with customers. Robots laboring alongside people are not exactly new. They …

    May 4, 2015 5:06 pm
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Health

  • Tiny Corbus looks to take on Vertex with experimental lung drug


    (Reuters) – Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings Inc’s experimental drug for cystic fibrosis, a rare lung-scarring disease, could be a real money spinner and pose a challenge to rival Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc’s successful treatment, Kalydeco. Corbus, a tiny biopharmaceutical company, received $5 million from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation last month to develop the drug, Resunab, and expects to begin a mid-stage study this quarter. The company hopes Resunab will treat every patient suffering from the disease, compared with Kalydeco, which has approval to treat a small section of patients. The disease currently affects 70,000 people worldwide. Kalydeco treats certain underlying genetic mutations behind cystic fibrosis (CF), while Resunab aims to manage the inflammation the disease causes. “We’re not focusing on a particular subset of patients, like Vertex’s drug,” Chief Executive Yuval Cohen said. Kalydeco, which was granted fast-track status by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, received approval in 2012, six years after the company started an …

    May 4, 2015 5:26 pm
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Entertainment

  • Chris Brown Named Official Suspect In Violent Basketball Brawl


    Posted on Mon May 4th, 2015 3:36pm PDT       By X17 Staff Once again Chris Brown is in hot water with Johnny Law. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department have named Chris Brown an official suspect in a violent basketball-related brawl, Us Weekly reports. The alleged incident occurred at the Palms Casino Resort early Monday morning. “At approximately 3:42 a.m. on May 4, 2015 LVMPD patrol officers responded to Sunrise Hospital to investigate a report of a subject who had been beaten,” the statement from authorities read. “Arriving officers made contact with an adult male being treated for non-life threatening injuries sustained as a result of a battery.” Brown allegedly punched the victim while playing a game of basketball. “A verbal altercation on the court led to a physical fight and the victim was punched by another male subject who was later identified as 25-year old recording artist Chris Brown,” police told the mag. “The victim prepared …

    May 4, 2015 6:26 pm
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Editorial

  • Carson, Fiorina join GOP race: Yes, 2016 offers more diversity but also more division


    With news Monday morning that Republicans have two new entrants into the 2016 primary field, there has inevitably been lots of talk about how diverse the GOP candidates are this time around. Ben Carson, the retired African-American neurosurgeon, and Carly Fiorina, the female ex-CEO of Hewlett-Packard, add to the mix that has already seen declarations from two Cubans thus far. To be sure, the Republican side is looking more diverse than the Democrats who only have two declared candidates so far in Hillary Clinton and firebrand socialist Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont. But to focus on only the diversity of the field misses a much more important point about the Republican candidates. More than anything the five now declared candidates represent how deeply divided and dispirited the Republican Party is. To my mind, this is the more interesting story to come from the early weeks of campaigning. The range of candidates clearly demonstrates that the …

    May 4, 2015 5:26 pm
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Odd News

  • Czech club criticized over plans to use lie detectors on players


    (Reuters) – Czech second division club Banik Most have been criticized by the world players’ union FIFPro over plans to make its players take lie detector tests after a run of nine successive defeats. “FIFPro is totally opposed to the use of a lie detector test and strongly recommends all players not to cooperate with this test,” said FIFPro in a statement. According to FIFPro, the players were suspected of having been involved in match-fixing. “Banik Most’s club directors…are treating their players as potential suspects, even though there appears to be no clear evidence,” said FIFPro. “FIFPro wants to stress that players are often the victims of match-fixing. Professional soccer players could be involved, but match-fixing rarely starts with the players.” FIFPro added that the use of lie detectors was not efficient in any case and said it understood that the players had not been paid their salaries for March. “Many scientists have criticized the …

    May 4, 2015 5:05 pm
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