• Garcia Marquez first edition stolen

    The book was stolen from the Macondo pavilion at the International Book Fair in Bogota A signed first edition of the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude by the late Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez...
  • Gardner, Yankees down Red Sox

    Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) – Brett Gardner smacked a three-run homer among his two hits and two runs scored as the New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 8-5 in the finale of a three-game...
  • Two die at US Prophet cartoon contest

    Police have spent several hours inspecting the gunmen’s car for explosives Two gunmen have been shot dead after opening fire outside a conference on cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a suburb of Dallas, US...
  • Radio interference wreaks havoc with telescopes

    The Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia is the largest steerable radio telescope in the world. To protect the observatory from radio interference, land surrounding the facility has been designated as a National Radio Quiet...
  • Republican amendment fight threatens Iran bill in Senate

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A dispute among Republican senators over changes to an Iran nuclear review bill on Thursday threatened the measure’s chances of being passed by the U.S. Congress, leaving Senate leaders scrambling for a...
  • Le Pen’s party to decide his fate

    Le Pen’s party to decide his fate

    Le Pen took to the stage on 1 May while his daughter was addressing supporters in Paris French ex-National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen will hear if he is to lose his post of honorary...

Headline News

  • Two die at US Prophet cartoon contest


    Police have spent several hours inspecting the gunmen’s car for explosives Two gunmen have been shot dead after opening fire outside a conference on cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a suburb of Dallas, US police say. They drove to the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland as the event was ending, and began shooting at a security officer before being killed by police. The bomb squad has been called in to search their vehicle for explosives. The event, organised by a group critical of Islam, included a contest for drawings of the Prophet. One of the keynote speakers was the Dutch politician Geert Wilders, an outspoken critic of Islam in Western societies. Security had been tight, but Garland police said there had been no credible threats in advance, and it was not immediately clear if the shootings were related to the event. About 200 people had been attending the Muhammad Art Exhibit when, shortly before …

    May 4, 2015 5:43 am
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Politics

  • Republican amendment fight threatens Iran bill in Senate


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A dispute among Republican senators over changes to an Iran nuclear review bill on Thursday threatened the measure’s chances of being passed by the U.S. Congress, leaving Senate leaders scrambling for a way to advance the legislation. Two Republican senators, Tom Cotton and Marco Rubio, used an unorthodox procedural move to try to force the Senate to vote on their amendments to a bill authored by another Republican senator, Bob Corker, that would give Congress the right to review an international nuclear agreement with Iran. Rubio, a 2016 presidential hopeful, and Cotton, a leading congressional critic of President Barack Obama’s Iran policy, want to toughen the bill with amendments including adding a requirement that Iran recognize Israel’s right to exist as part of any nuclear deal. Senate aides said the two made their move on Thursday just as Republicans and Democrats were finalizing an agreement on how to handle at least 66 …

    May 4, 2015 5:22 am
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Stocks

  • Fiat Chrysler wants to give dealership workers a free ride to college


    If the cost of college is weighing you down, now’s a good time to get a job at a Fiat Chrysler (FCAM) dealership. The automaker announced Monday that it will roll out a program to cover the cost of college degrees for those who work at Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram Truck and FIAT dealerships. The program will be available to 118,000 workers across the U.S. and will offer associates, bachelors and masters degrees for employees, all free of charge to them. Here’s how it works: Fiat Chrysler is asking its 2,400 dealers across the country to opt into the program which will offer degrees through Strayer University’s Degrees@Work program. Each dealer will have to pay a flat fee to enroll his or her employees. The fee would stay the same regardless of the number of employees enrolled. Fiat Chrysler will also be contributing, but would not comment on how much the fee to dealers or …

    May 4, 2015 5:43 am
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Sports

  • Gardner, Yankees down Red Sox


    Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) – Brett Gardner smacked a three-run homer among his two hits and two runs scored as the New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 8-5 in the finale of a three-game set. Jacoby Ellsbury posted four hits and scored twice and Mark Teixeira cracked a two-run shot for the Yankees, who swept the series and have won six of their last seven games. “It’s not easy to do,” New York manager Joe Girardi said of the sweep. “We had some excellent pitching and some timely hitting.” Adam Warren (2-1) allowed four runs on four hits and two walks over 5 2/3 frames. Andrew Miller got David Ortiz to line out to center with the bases loaded in the ninth to end the game and notch his 10th save of the season. Joe Kelly (1-1) surrendered five runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings for Boston, which has dropped six of …

    May 4, 2015 5:43 am
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World News

  • Garcia Marquez first edition stolen


    The book was stolen from the Macondo pavilion at the International Book Fair in Bogota A signed first edition of the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude by the late Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been stolen. It was being exhibited in a locked cabinet at the International Book Fair in the Colombian capital, Bogota. The fair, which closes on Monday, is dedicated to Garcia Marquez, who died last year at the age of 87. The book is estimated to be worth $60,000 (£40,000) but its owner says for him its value is immeasurable. Key piece It disappeared on Saturday afternoon from a locked cabinet at the Corferias exhibition centre in Bogota where it was being exhibited as part of the book fair. The fair, one of the most important in Latin America, had at its theme Macondo, the fictional Colombian town where One Hundred Years of Solitude is set. The fair was dedicated …

    May 4, 2015 5:43 am
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Technology

  • Twitter kills MS-Dos games embedded in tweets


    Faster than Ryu KOing Ken, Twitter has killed off the ability to play MS-Dos games in tweets. Just last week, users discovered they could take advantage of Twitter’s embedding feature to turn links to the Internet Archive’s 2,600 strong collection of emulated MS-Dos games into playable widgets on the micro-blogging platform. They used the same system – called Twitter Cards – which allows videos, images and other rich media to be displayed in-line in Twitter’s stream. The same system also displays ads. But embedding interactive media, and specifically games, within Twitter Cards is against the social network’s terms of service. Listed under “what the approval team looks for” in its developer documentation for cards, Twitter states: “Do not build end-to-end interactive experiences inside the video or audio player unrelated to Player Card content, such as the following: purchasing, gaming, polling, messaging, and data entry.” Once there was a game, now there is just a link. …

    May 4, 2015 4:42 am
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Science

  • Evolution: The secrets of the brachiopod shell


    Researchers of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have carried out the first detailed study of the molecular mechanisms responsible for formation of the brachiopod shell. Comparison with shell synthesis in other groups reveals the deep evolutionary roots of the process. Brachiopods (lamp shells) are marine invertebrates, which were a highly successful and widespread group in the Palaeozoic era. Indeed, the group is best known for its rich fossil record. Some 30,000 fossil species have been described so far, and the oldest specimens date from Cambrian times, and are thus around 500 million years old. Brachiopods are now represented by comparatively few species, which are found in various regions of the world’s oceans. One of their most characteristic features is their bipartite shell. “The molecular basis of how this shell is actually built has been virtually unknown up to now,” says Professor Gert Wörheide of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Geobio-Center at LMU. …

    May 4, 2015 1:03 am
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Health

  • Radio interference wreaks havoc with telescopes


    The Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia is the largest steerable radio telescope in the world. To protect the observatory from radio interference, land surrounding the facility has been designated as a National Radio Quiet Zone, where wireless communications such as radio, cell phone, and wi-fi are severely restricted.Credit: JIM LO SCALZO/EPA/CORBIS Short mysterious bursts of radiation picked up by the Parkes radio telescope have baffled astronomers for years. But it turns out some, at least, were not intergalactic messages or a new kind of star. Wayward radiation from a microwave oven in a nearby building, released when the door was opened before the countdown finished, was picked up when the dish pointed in a specific direction. Emily Petroff from Melbourne’s Swinburne University and colleagues uploaded their discovery to the online archive arXiv in April. Radio astronomy telescopes are big expensive pieces of equipment. Who knew a humble microwave oven could cause them so much …

    May 4, 2015 5:23 am
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Entertainment

  • Here’s what really sparked Chad L. Coleman’s subway rant


    More: What you heard about Joni Mitchell today is absolutely not true A video posted on TMZ Friday showed Coleman, best known for playing Tyreese on The Walking Dead and Cutty on The Wire, pacing up and down the aisle of a subway car, ranting and cursing at passengers. “I want to know where my humanitarians are!” he yells. “Yes! I’m Chad L. Coleman! I’m on The Wire, The Walking Dead, I’m not trying to f***ing play no games with you!” He continues, “Yes, I’m an actor! You want me on TMZ? Record it!” More: Hilary Duff stuns the world with her unreal abs (PHOTOS) Then he singles out one passenger, shouting at him, “Where is my humanitarian? If you care, f***ing care!” The video is nearly four minutes long and shows much of the same ranting at passengers. Now, Fox reports, Coleman has apologized and explained exactly what happened Friday. He was frustrated, he …

    May 3, 2015 10:20 pm
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Editorial

  • Tomorrow’s Cures Today: Let’s liberate medicine in America. Here’s our vision of health for the 21st Century


     (AP) Expediting the development and delivery of medical treatments—treatments that bring a new standard of care, or even actual cures for serious illnesses—should be a bipartisan goal, a mission of mercy that should be undertaken by both political parties. We are both involved with a new, non-profit organization, the Tomorrow’s Cures Today Foundation, which supports consumer choice and competition as one way to achieve this goal. We might note that time is especially critical for Lieutenant Commander (Ret.) Matt Bellina, who recently sent us an email that began: “My name is Matt. I‘m 31 years old, I’m a U.S. Navy veteran, I have a beautiful wife and two small boys, and I’m dying. I have ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and without hope for a cure, my doctors say I only have a couple of years left to live.” The world is a very different place today compared to 1962, when new federal legislation required …

    May 2, 2015 1:10 pm
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Odd News

  • Man sues Florida hospital after his leg found in the garbage


    MIAMI (Reuters) – A south Florida man is suing a hospital for emotional distress, saying his leg was amputated and thrown in the garbage with his name tag still on it. John Timiriasieff, 56, had his right leg amputated below the knee in October at Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables. “Rather than properly disposing of the plaintiff’s limb as expected and as required by Florida law, Doctors Hospital threw the Plaintiff’s amputated limb into the garbage, with tags indicating it belonged to the Plaintiff,” according to the lawsuit filed on Wednesday in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court. A month later, Timiriasieff said his family was contacted by homicide detectives investigating if he had been the victim of foul play. When the family went back to the hospital to find out what happened, they were told it would “provide no explanation for what had occurred,” the lawsuit said. Doctors Hospital Inc, part of the Baptist Health South …

    May 1, 2015 4:44 pm
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