Headline News

  • Man who avoided prison for 13 years because of clerical error says he’s overwhelmed by support


    ST. LOUIS –  A Missouri man who avoided prison because of a clerical error and led a law-abiding life for 13 years said he is overwhelmed by the support he’s received since the story of his incarceration became public. Meanwhile, the Missouri attorney general signaled that he would look for a way to take Cornealious “Mike” Anderson’s many years of clean living into account in attempting to resolve the “difficult situation.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Anderson was convicted in 2000 of armed robbery for holding up a restaurant manager in suburban St. Louis. But he was never formally ordered to report for his 13-year sentence. So he never went and instead got married, learned a trade and raised several children. When prison authorities realized their mistake last July, they took him into custody.

    April 18, 2014 12:44 pm
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Politics

  • Donor Pleads Guilty to Giving $180,000 in Contributions Through Others


    By Kent Cooper Posted at 10:15 a.m. April 18 0 Tweet A New York hotel magnate pleaded guilty Thursday to making $180,000 in contributions through straw donors to three federal campaigns. Sant Singh Chatwal pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the Federal Election Campaign Act by giving in the names of others, and for witness tampering. He agreed to forfeit $1 million. From 2007 to 2011, Chatwal, founder of Hampshire Hotels Management LLC, and founder of the Bombay Palace restaurant, operated several businesses, including restaurants, hotels and a hotel management company. He used his employees, business associates, and contractors who performed work for Chatwall Associates, to solicit contributions on Chatwal’s behalf in support of various candidates and PACs, collect these contributions, and pay reimbursements on these contributions. During a recorded conversation with a business associate who became an informant, Chatwal talked about the importance of political contributions, saying without campaign contributions, “nobody will even talk to …

    April 18, 2014 10:02 am
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Stocks

  • Judge won’t force GM to issue ‘park it now’ order


    Owners of the recalled Chevrolet Cobalt won’t have to “park it now.” A federal court judge denied an emergency motion Thursday that would have required General Motors to tell recalled car owners to stop driving those vehicles. Plaintiffs Charles and Grace Silvas, the owners of a recalled 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt, had asked the court to force GM to issue a “Park it Now” alert for all of the 2.6 million cars it has recalled due to a faulty ignition switch. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a federal agency that oversees American automakers, is “far better equipped” to regulate the recall, wrote U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos. NHTSA has been overseeing the recall and has approved notices issued by GM that say the cars are safe to drive. GM attorneys, and its CEO Mary Barra, argue that the cars are safe to drive as long as everything is removed from the keyring, leaving only …

    April 18, 2014 12:24 pm
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Sports

  • Saints re-sign free agent wide receiver Robert Meachem to 1-year deal


    METAIRIE, La. –  New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has re-signed veteran free-agent wide receiver Robert Meachem to a one-year contract. Meachem is entering his eighth NFL season and seventh with New Orleans. He played in 15 games last season, starting five, and caught 16 passes for 324 yards and two touchdowns. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT He also has three receptions for 109 yards in New Orleans’ two playoff games last season. The 6-foot-2 Meachem was the Saints’ first-round draft pick, taken 27th overall, in 2007 out of Tennessee. He has played in 92 regular season games, and has 171 receptions for 2,800 yards and 27 touchdowns. He has played only one season outside of New Orleans, spending the 2012 season in San Diego. Financial terms of Meachem’s contract have not been released.

    April 18, 2014 12:44 pm
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World News

  • Everest avalanche kills 12 guides


    18 April 2014 Last updated at 10:08 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Surendra Phuyal in Kathmandu says climbers gathered ahead of May’s peak climbing season At least 12 local guides have been killed after an avalanche on the slopes of Mount Everest, Nepali officials say. The avalanche struck around 06:45 local time (01:00 GMT) in an area known as the “popcorn field”, just above Everest base camp at 5,800m (19,000ft). A spokesman for Nepal’s tourism ministry told the BBC some missing climbers had been rescued, but more are still missing. It is thought to be the deadliest climbing tragedy on the mountain. The Sherpa guides had climbed up the slope early in the morning to fix ropes for climbers and prepare the route for mountaineers when the avalanche hit, officials are quoted as saying by the Associated Press news agency. Sherpas often prepare the route for the mountaineers to follow The …

    April 18, 2014 12:24 pm
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Technology

  • Five British tech companies to watch


    For a British company few people knew about, £400m seemed a lot of money. But Google’s acquisition of DeepMind Technologies earlier this year, founded by a former child chess prodigy only two years ago, will be followed by more big-money transactions involving home-grown tech companies. DeepMind specialises in artificial intelligence, or creating computer programmes that match the human mind. But several of its UK peers are at the cutting edge of their own areas of the tech world – from property websites to mobile phone keyboards. Here are five British companies tipped to follow DeepMind by attracting multimillion pound valuations, through stock market flotations or being bought out by one of the major technology outfits. SwiftKey With its headquarters south of the Thames, far from Silicon roundabout, SwiftKey is one of London’s quieter tech successes. The company is best known for a keyboard that redesigns typing with a smartphone and touchscreen in mind. Its SwiftKey …

    April 18, 2014 9:42 am
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Science

  • NASA Completes LADEE Mission with Planned Impact on Moon’s Surface


    [image-36] Ground controllers at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., have confirmed that NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft impacted the surface of the moon, as planned, between 9:30 and 10:22 p.m. PDT Thursday, April 17. LADEE lacked fuel to maintain a long-term lunar orbit or continue science operations and was intentionally sent into the lunar surface. The spacecraft’s orbit naturally decayed following the mission’s final low-altitude science phase. During impact, engineers believe the LADEE spacecraft, the size of a vending machine, broke apart, with most of the spacecraft’s material heating up several hundred degrees – or even vaporizing – at the surface. Any material that remained is likely buried in shallow craters. “At the time of impact, LADEE was traveling at a speed of 3,600 miles per hour – about three times the speed of a high-powered rifle bullet,” said Rick Elphic, LADEE project scientist at Ames. “There’s nothing …

    April 18, 2014 9:42 am
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Health

  • Health Highlights: April 18, 2014


    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Scientists Create First Embryo Clones Using Cells From Adults For the first time, scientists say they have used material from cells from two adults to create early stage cloned embryos. They then used those embryos to create tissue that was an exact genetic match of the donors. The aim of the research is to be able to grow tissue in the laboratory from patients’ own cells that could be used to treat a wide range of diseases, the Wall Street Journal reported. The study, published April 17 in Cell Stem Cell, is the first to create cloned embryos with adult cells — last year, similar results were achieved using infant and fetal cells. “The proportion of diseases you can treat with [lab-made tissue] increases with age. So if you can’t do this with adult cells, it is of …

    April 18, 2014 10:02 am
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Entertainment

  • Mila Kunis And Ashton Kutcher Pose For Photos With Young Fans


    The parents-to-be look like they’re practicing! Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis embarked on a road trip around Georgia this week, and two lucky kids managed to get a photo op with the engaged pair! The brunette beauty’s baby bump is hidden, but she already seems to have that pregnancy glow! The couple also Instagrammed a photo of themselves at the world’s largest peanut monument! The actress is reportedly expecting a baby girl, and we have a feeling her Two and a Half Men beau is going to be a great dad since he already had parenting experience raising ex-wife Demi Moore’s daughters. Down-to-earth lovers!

    April 18, 2014 12:24 pm
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Editorial

  • What forgiveness is not


    Editor’s note: We all need to forgive, and there are many of us who need forgiveness. The question is, how do we forgive? In their new book, “The Book of Forgiving,” Archbishop Tutu and his daughter Mpho Tutu share their experiences, the stories of others who have inspired them, and what they have learned about the process of forgiving, to help all of us learn the answer to this. And, they are calling YOU to join the Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge, to join them in undertaking the path for healing ourselves and our world. Often when we are suffering from loss or harm of some kind, forgiving can seem too overwhelming, too complicated, to even consider.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT How do we forgive if there has been no apology or explanation for why someone has hurt us so? How do we think of forgiving when we feel the person has not done anything to “deserve” our …

    April 18, 2014 10:03 am
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Odd News

  • Fly me to Sochi, demands Cathay passenger armed with chocolate bar, court hears


    HONG KONG (Reuters) – A passenger on board a Hong Kong-bound Cathay Pacific flight, armed only with a Toblerone chocolate bar, demanded the plane fly to Sochi so he could watch the Winter Olympics, a court heard. Antti Oskari Manselius, 23, from Finland, also made a false bomb threat on the February 14 flight from Amsterdam and said he was robbing the plane, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday. Manselius pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct and giving false information about a bomb when he appeared in court on Thursday, the Post said. He said he was trying to entertain the other passengers and was making “fun and jokes”. Two flight attendants told the court that they saw Manselius walking towards the cockpit. He had two economy-class blankets wrapped around his head and was wearing another like a cape. He held the Toblerone chocolate bar “like a sword”, the newspaper said, quoting one …

    April 18, 2014 9:42 am
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