Headline News

  • Boston Marathon to feature second-largest field in race history


    BOSTON (Reuters) – Some 36,000 athletes, including Kenyan and Ethiopian runners who are consistently ranked among the world’s fastest, will run in the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, putting the world-renown race back in the spotlight after it was marred by last year’s bombing attack. Returning men’s and women’s champions Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya are among the top-ranked runners expected to compete in the 26.2 mile race. But each faces a rival with a faster personal-best time: Dennis Kimetto of Kenya ran last year’s Chicago Marathon in 2:03:45 and Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba turned in a 2:19:52 performance at the 2012 Dubois marathon. No American athlete has stood atop the podium on Boston’s Boylston Street, not far from the site of last year’s bombing, since 1985 when Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach of Michigan won the women’s race. The drought has been longer for U.S. men: Greg Meyer of Massachusetts won in 1983. But …

    April 21, 2014 1:52 am
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Politics

  • House Democrats Raise More Money Than GOP in March


    By Abby Livingston Posted at 4:30 p.m. on April 20 1 Tweet Steve Israel of New York is the chairman of the DCCC. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo) The House Democrats’ political arm raised about $400,000 more than its GOP counterpart in March — although both committees posted strong fundraising last month. The National Republican Congressional Committee will report raising $9.9 million in March and had $31.2 million in cash on hand at the end of the month. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $10.3 million during the same month and had $40.2 million in the bank. Both committees eliminated their debt in 2013. Sunday marked the deadline to report fundraising figures for last month. March was a consequential month for each committee. President Barack Obama headlined a fundraiser in Miami on March 20. The NRCC hosted its annual fundraising dinner on March 26. On the Senate side, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has brought …

    April 20, 2014 10:50 pm
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Stocks

  • Nonprofits that pay top fundraisers $1 million (or more) a year


    Universities led the pack among nonprofits that paid fundraisers $500,000 or more, the study found. Getting people to donate money is a big business, and some universities, hospitals and other nonprofits are rewarding their top fundraisers with as much as $1 million to bring in the big bucks. When taking salary, bonuses, retirement, healthcare and other benefits into account, 29 nonprofit fundraisers earned more than $500,000 in 2011, while two executives took in more than $1 million, according to a Chronicle of Philanthropy study of tax returns for nonprofit organizations for 2011, the most recent year available. More than 150 fundraisers earned $250,000 or more. Many of them received large bonuses, which in some cases more than doubled their annual earnings. Among the most highly paid: development directors at universities, medical research centers and hospitals, many of which are expected to spearhead increasingly ambitious fundraising campaigns with multimillion or even billion dollar goals, said Stacy …

    April 21, 2014 1:12 am
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Sports

  • Aldridge scores 46, Lillard adds 31 as Trail Blazers get 122-120 win over Rockets in OT


    Houston Rockets’ Patrick Beverley shoots past Portland Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge (12) and Damian Lillard during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Associated Press Portland Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge blocks a shot by Houston Rockets’ Dwight Howard during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Associated Press HOUSTON –  LaMarcus Aldridge scored a franchise playoff-record 46 points and Damian Lillard added 31, including the go-ahead free throws in overtime, to lift the Portland Trail Blazers to a 122-120 victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Aldridge fouled out with about a minute left in overtime and Lillard, who was making his playoff debut, took over. He scored the next five points for Portland …

    April 21, 2014 1:52 am
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World News

  • MH370 hunt ‘still drawing blank’


    21 April 2014 Last updated at 05:21 The Bluefin-21 submarine is being launched from Australian ship ADV Ocean Shield A submarine scanning the ocean floor for signs of a missing Malaysian airliner is two-thirds of the way through its search but has yet to find the plane, officials say. The Bluefin-21 submarine was to embark on its ninth search mission on Monday. Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing in March as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing carrying 239 people. On Monday another Malaysia Airlines flight was forced to land after one of its tyres burst on take-off. Sonar map Up to 10 military aircraft and 11 ships were to take part in Monday’s search for MH370, Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) said in a statement. JACC said that the Bluefin submarine was searching a circular area with a 10km (six miles) radius where underwater signals were detected earlier this month. The Bluefin-21, …

    April 21, 2014 1:52 am
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Technology

  • BBC and Sky experience fault on iOS


    21 April 2014 Last updated at 08:05 By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor Sky’s Now TV app provides access to a range of its TV shows, movies and sport BBC and Sky’s video-on-demand TV services have both experienced problems on iPhones and iPads. The fault appeared to be limited to iPlayer, Sky Go and Now TV on Apple’s iOS platform and began last night. Neither organisation was able to provide a full explanation when asked, but the issues have now been resolved. The director of Now TV had earlier suggested that altering a device’s date setting would act as a temporary workaround. “It’s a Sky-wide issue, so it’s both our app and Sky Go,” Gidon Katz told the BBC. “It appears to be related to a date configuration. So, if you reset your iOS device to yesterday’s date it would work. This could indicate that the issue is linked to an expired digital certificate. However, …

    April 21, 2014 2:32 am
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Science

  • Religious music brings benefit to seniors’ mental health


    A new article published online in The Gerontologist reports that among older Christians, listening to religious music is associated with a decrease in anxiety about death and increases in life satisfaction, self-esteem, and sense of control over their lives. In particular, listening to gospel music is associated with a decrease in anxiety about death and an increase in sense of control. These associations are similar for blacks and whites, women and men, and individuals of both low- and high-socioeconomic status. The article, titled “Listening to Religious Music and Mental Health in Later Life,” was authored by Matt Bradshaw, PhD, of Baylor University; Christopher G. Ellison, PhD, of the University of Texas-San Antonio; Qijan Fang, MA, of Bowling Green State University; and Collin Mueller, MA, of Duke University. “Religion is an important socioemotional resource that has been linked with desirable mental health outcomes among older U.S. adults,” the authors stated. “This study shows that listening to …

    April 21, 2014 2:33 am
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Health

  • How to Make ‘Low-Cal’ Menu Options More Palatable


    FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many people ignore restaurant foods labeled “low-calorie” because they think they’ll be unsatisfying, a new study shows. “People have come to expect low-calorie food to taste bad or not fill them up,” wrote Jeffrey Parker, of Georgia State University, and Donald Lehmann, of Columbia University. The findings suggest a need to present calorie information in menus in a different way to encourage diners to select less fattening items, according to the study, scheduled for publication in the August issue of the Journal of Consumer Research. Ordering at restaurants often requires a “narrowing down” decision-making process, the study authors said. When all low-cal options are grouped together, restaurants make it easier for people to dismiss that category early in the decision process, they suggested. In online experiments, participants were asked to order food from menus similar to those in popular chain restaurants. Some of the volunteers were shown additional …

    April 20, 2014 10:51 pm
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Entertainment

  • Heidi Klum Is Back To G-Rated Family Life After Topless Vacay


    Heidi Klum is back to her G-rated family life after an almost entirely topless vacation with her young boyfriend. The model spent Saturday afternoon with her children, indulging their sweet tooths with frozen yogurt from Pinkberry in Brentwood, Calif. Heidi seemed elated to be spending quality time with Leni, Henry and Johan after her romantic Mexican getaway with her 27-year-old beau, Vito Schnabel. The artist-filmmaker didn’t join Heidi for the family day. The couple was first spotted together at a Hollywood club; they were caught making out at Bootsy Bellows around Valentine’s Day. Heidi broke up with her bodyguard boyfriend, Martin Kirsten, in January. Let’s see how long this new relationship lasts. The Project Runway host covered up during the Saturday outing in double denim: ripped acid wash jeans and a darker denim tunic. Although she’s back from Tulum, Mexico, the star still dressed for the sun with aviator sunglasses and flip flops. Her lookalike …

    April 21, 2014 1:12 am
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Editorial

  • Easter 2014: A celebration of hope


    AP Over 2 billion people are celebrating Easter today, April 20, as the calendars of Western and Eastern churches coincide this year, and these billions of faithful people are celebrating HOPE.   The Easter message begins with the hopeful news that death has been overcome by life, that hatred has been overcome by love, and that sorrow has been overcome by joy.   ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The elements of the story involve women arriving at a garden tomb and finding it empty, but even better, meeting the risen Lord, the embodiment of life and love. Their lives are changed forever and so are the lives of many, many others who hear this remarkable news. The meaning of Easter is HOPE, and we, all of us, need and deserve hope. The resurrection narrative and message are vital for Christian people on this day to be sure.  Easter is celebrated in countless languages and myriad cultures by Jesus’ followers throughout the …

    April 20, 2014 2:34 am
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Odd News

  • Teenager survives flight over Pacific in jet wheel well: FBI


    (Reuters) – A teenage boy who ran away from home survived a five-hour flight in the freezing wheel well of a jetliner that reached 38,000 feet as it traveled from California to Hawaii, the FBI said. The 16-year-old, from Santa Clara, California, quickly lost consciousness as temperatures in the compartment sank as low as minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit (62 degrees Celsius below zero), said FBI special agent Tom Simon. About an hour after the plane landed on Sunday morning, the boy regained consciousness and emerged onto the tarmac at the airport in Maui, where he was spotted by ground crew. “It’s just an apparent miracle … There was no appearance of any special gear of any sort,” said Simon. The stowaway told FBI officials that he had run away from home, climbed a fence at the airport in San Jose, California, crossed the tarmac and crawled into the wheel well of Hawaiian Airlines flight 45. …

    April 21, 2014 2:32 am
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