• Missing MH370 plane ‘will be found’

    Missing MH370 plane ‘will be found’

    7 March 2015 Last updated at 03:29 No trace has ever been found of MH370, despite a huge international search Malaysia’s transport minister says he is confident the missing MH370 aircraft will be found in...
  • Wizards nearly blow huge lead, hold off Heat

    Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) – Despite playing without two of their stars and losing Goran Dragic to a back injury, the Miami Heat nearly overcame a 35-point deficit against the Washington Wizards. The miraculous comeback fell...
  • Brazil’s Petrobras scandal deepens

    Brazil’s Petrobras scandal deepens

    7 March 2015 Last updated at 02:28 Brazil’s chief prosecutor Rodrigo Janot has put forward a list of 54 people for investigation Brazil’s Supreme Court has approved the investigation of dozens of politicians for their...
  • Hornets top fading Raptors

    Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) – Al Jefferson scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Charlotte Hornets to a 103-94 win over the Toronto Raptors on Friday. Charlotte never trailed in its fourth straight...
  • Uber suspends UberX service in South Korea

    Uber suspends UberX service in South Korea

    Uber suspended its ride-sharing service uberX in South Korea Friday. Anyone with a car can act like a taxi driver through uberX. No commercial license is required. It’s Uber’s least expensive service. Government officials in...

Headline News

  • Civil rights groups ask judge to order gay-marriage licenses in Alabama


    Feb. 9, 2015: Shay French, right, and Kiera Willis, both of Mobile, Ala., embrace after learning that Mobile County probate judge Don Davis refused to issue marriage licenses at the Mobile County Probate office. (AP) MOBILE, Ala. –  A group of civil rights organizations filed a motion Friday asking a federal judge to order Alabama probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and to expand a suit challenging the state’s gay-marriage ban. The motion filed to U.S. District Judge Callie Granade in Mobile includes Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Southern Poverty Law Center. The motion asks Granade to order Alabama judges to issue marriage licenses regardless of a couple’s sexual orientation, and to give equal protection to marriages of same-sex couples. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT It also asks for three couples to be added as plaintiffs to a …

    March 6, 2015 10:12 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. said to ready criminal charges against Sen. Menendez


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department is preparing criminal corruption charges against New Jersey Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, CNN reported on Friday. Citing unnamed sources briefed on the case, CNN said the charges center on allegations Menendez used his office to promote the business interests of a Democratic Party donor and friend in exchange for gifts. Menendez’s office said he would speak to the media at 7 p.m. on Friday in Newark, New Jersey. “As we have said before, we believe all of the senator’s actions have been appropriate and lawful, and the facts will ultimately confirm that,” Tricia Enright, Menendez’s communications director, said in a statement. Noting the official investigation of the matter was ongoing, she said the senator’s office “cannot address allegations being made anonymously.” CNN said Attorney General Eric Holder has given the green light for prosecutors to proceed with charges and an announcement could arrive in coming weeks. Holder, who …

    March 6, 2015 6:52 pm
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Stocks

  • Uber suspends UberX service in South Korea


    Uber suspended its ride-sharing service uberX in South Korea Friday. Anyone with a car can act like a taxi driver through uberX. No commercial license is required. It’s Uber’s least expensive service. Government officials in South Korea’s capital of Seoul ruled this type of arrangement illegal back in January, according to a Reuters report. The city is offering people monetary rewards up to 1 million won, or $910, for turning in non-commerical drivers. Many cities abroad and in the U.S. have also banned uberX because the service allows non-commercially licensed drivers to transport passengers. “We are suspending uberX, our ridesharing platform, and operate UberBLACK as prescribed by current law. This decision was made as part of a proposal to the Taxi Industry,” Uber posted on its blog. “We stay committed to cooperate to reach a compromise with the City and Taxi Industry, and look forward to working together to bring regulated options to Seoul.” Uber’s …

    March 6, 2015 9:12 pm
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Sports

  • Wizards nearly blow huge lead, hold off Heat


    Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) – Despite playing without two of their stars and losing Goran Dragic to a back injury, the Miami Heat nearly overcame a 35-point deficit against the Washington Wizards. The miraculous comeback fell short. Nene scored 20 points and came up with a huge defensive rebound in the closing seconds as the Wizards held on for a 99-97 victory at Verizon Center. Tyler Johnson was credited with a controversial tip-in after video replay overturned an offensive goaltending call with 1:08 remaining. That brought Miami within 98-97. Nene then couldn’t handle a pass on the right side of the lane, and the ball caromed out of bounds to Miami with 21.3 seconds to go. Henry Walker, though, missed a shot from the left corner and Nene grabbed the rebound. Bradley Beal made 1-of-2 free throws with 1.6 seconds left. Miami called a timeout after the second attempt missed. The Heat inbounded with 1.3 seconds …

    March 6, 2015 10:12 pm
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World News

  • Missing MH370 plane ‘will be found’


    7 March 2015 Last updated at 03:29 No trace has ever been found of MH370, despite a huge international search Malaysia’s transport minister says he is confident the missing MH370 aircraft will be found in the Indian Ocean. Liow Tiong Lai said the Malaysian authorities were not concealing any information about the flight. He told the BBC they would keep searching for the aircraft, which disappeared with 239 people on board. He was speaking on the eve of the anniversary of the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 airliner going missing while on a scheduled flight to Beijing. The Malaysia Airlines plane vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 March 2014. Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation is due to release an interim report on the plane’s disappearance on Saturday. Australia is leading an international search team in the southern Indian Ocean, approximately 1,600km (1,000 miles) off its west coast. Search vessels are focused on …

    March 6, 2015 10:12 pm
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Technology

  • MPs ‘dismayed’ that police continue to compile database of faces


    A committee of MPs has condemned police for continuing to upload custody photographs, including of people never charged, to a face recognition database, despite a high court judgement that ruled the practice was unlawful. In a report into use of biometric data, the Commons Science and Technology Committee said it was “dismayed” to learn that more than 12m photographs had been entered into the Police National Database without proper testing or oversight. It also noted that current practice appeared to flout a high court ruling from 2012 that said the contemporary policy of retaining custody photographs was unlawful. Related: The facial recognition databases are coming. Why aren’t the privacy laws? | Kyle Chayka Some forces, including the Met, have stopped putting images on the national database until the law is clarified. But others have continued to upload photographs in the absence of any national guidance. The chairman of the committee, Labour MP Andrew Miller, said …

    March 6, 2015 6:31 pm
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Science

  • NASA’s Hubble discovers four images of same supernova split by cosmic lens


    Related images(click to enlarge) Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have spotted for the first time a distant supernova split into four images. The multiple images of the exploding star are caused by the powerful gravity of a foreground elliptical galaxy embedded in a massive cluster of galaxies. This unique observation will help astronomers refine their estimates of the amount and distribution of dark matter in the lensing galaxy and cluster. Dark matter cannot be seen directly but is believed to make up most of the universe’s mass. The gravity from both the elliptical galaxy and the galaxy cluster distorts and magnifies the light from the supernova behind them, an effect called gravitational lensing. First predicted by Albert Einstein, this effect is similar to a glass lens bending light to magnify and distort the image of an object behind it. The multiple images are arranged around the elliptical galaxy in a cross-shaped pattern called an …

    March 6, 2015 6:51 pm
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Health

  • West Virginia bans abortions after 20 weeks over governor’s veto


    (Reuters) – The Republican-controlled West Virginia legislature on Friday banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, overriding the governor’s veto and joining 11 other states in prohibiting abortion at that point. The state Senate voted 27-5 to override the veto by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, a Democrat. The state House of Delegates had voted to override his veto on Wednesday. Tomblin had rejected the measure on Tuesday. He cited constitutional concerns since the bill barred termination of some pregnancies before the fetuses were viable. A spokesman for Tomblin said the governor wanted the ban to target a later gestational period to ensure legality. The law takes effect on May 26. Planned Parenthood said in a statement that bans on abortion after 20 weeks had been passed in 11 other states since 2010. Idaho and Georgia have similar bans but they are not being enforced because they are undergoing legal challenges. The reproductive health advocacy group …

    March 6, 2015 6:52 pm
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Entertainment

  • Beyoncé’s reportedly battling fertility problems that many women face


    The singer has been trying to get pregnant after ending her worldwide On The Run tour with husband Jay Z and it hasn’t been easy, according to OK! magazine. More: Beyoncé’s even more beautiful in leaked, unPhotoshopped pictures The most heartbreaking part of the story is that Beyoncé was apparently very resistant to the idea of medication but finally gave in because she so desperately wants another baby. According to a source that spoke with OK!, the medication has been awful. It has terrible side effects, including breakouts, weight fluctuations and mood shifts. “She cries at the littlest things,” the source explained. And while Beyoncé may in fact be trying to get pregnant and struggling, part of the story also makes me skeptical. The On The Run tour just ended in September, and I doubt Beyoncé was trying to get pregnant while she was traveling and performing all over the world with an extremely busy schedule. …

    March 6, 2015 9:32 pm
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Editorial

  • Students at UC Irvine vote to ban American flag


    Students at the University of California, Irvine have voted to make their school a more “culturally inclusive” place by banning the American flag. The Associated Students of University of California (ASUCI) passed a resolution March 3 that would remove the Stars Stripes along with every other flag from the lobby of a complex housing the offices of the student government. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “Designing a culturally inclusive space aims to remove barriers that create undue effort and separation by planning and designing spaces that enable everyone to participate equally and confidentially,” read the resolution authored by Matthew Guevara. CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW TODD ON FACEBOOK! The resolution passed 6-4. Two people abstained. Let me break down the vote for you — six unAmerican students, four patriots and two individuals who could have a career in House Republican leadership. Guevara’s resolution, which was in dire need of an edit, rambled on about “paradigms of conformity” and “homogenized …

    March 6, 2015 7:11 pm
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Odd News

  • U.S. man rescued trying to walk from Detroit on frozen lake to Canada


    (Reuters) – A 25-year-old American man was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard after he tried to walk from Detroit to Canada across a frozen lake, officials said on Friday. The man was found on Thursday on Lake St. Clair, which borders the United States and Canada, about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from shore by a lookout assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay, a 140-foot ice-breaking tug, the Coast Guard said. “He was suffering from hypothermia and disoriented,” said Chief Petty Officer Lauren Jorgensen, a Coast Guard spokeswoman. The man, who was not named, appeared to be carrying only personal goods and told those who rescued him he was trying to walk to Toronto, about 200 miles (321 km) from Detroit and 175 miles (281 km) from the eastern edge of the lake. He was taken to a hospital for care. It was the first rescue of a person conducted by an ice-rescue …

    March 6, 2015 2:49 pm
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