• Marussia buyer says team too good a story to end

    LONDON (Reuters) – Stephen Fitzpatrick emerged as the new owner of the stricken Marussia Formula One team on Wednesday with the assurance that he was going in with eyes wide open and no illusions about...
  • U.S. Supreme Court split over Obamacare challenge

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it tackled a second major challenge to President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, with Justice Anthony Kennedy emerging as a...
  • ‘Wholesale change’ urged in Ferguson

    ‘Wholesale change’ urged in Ferguson

    4 March 2015 Last updated at 21:30 Police officers were criticised for their reaction to protests in Ferguson following the death of Michael Brown US Attorney General Eric Holder says leaders in Ferguson, Missouri, must...
  • Ray Allen to sit this season out

    Arlington, VA (SportsNetwork.com) – Ray Allen announced Wednesday that he will not play in the NBA this season and will instead spend the next couple months contemplating his future. “Over the past several months, I...
  • Vietnamese man pleads not guilty in NY terror case

    Vietnamese man pleads not guilty in NY terror case

    Ming Quang Pham pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges he conspired with the terrorist group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. (US Department of Justice Handout) NEW YORK –  A Vietnamese man who was extradited this week...
  • Putin urges end to political murders

    Putin urges end to political murders

    4 March 2015 Last updated at 13:18 Boris Nemtsov’s funeral attracted large crowds on Tuesday, two days after a big march in Moscow Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has called for an end to “shameful” political...

Headline News

  • U.S. Supreme Court split over Obamacare challenge


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it tackled a second major challenge to President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, with Justice Anthony Kennedy emerging as a likely swing vote in a ruling. The nine justices heard 85 minutes of arguments in the case brought by conservative opponents of the law who contend its tax credits aimed at helping people afford medical insurance should not be available in most states. A ruling favoring the challengers could cripple the law dubbed Obamacare, the president’s signature domestic policy achievement. Kennedy, a conservative who often casts the deciding vote in close cases, raised concerns to lawyers on both sides about the possible negative impact on states if the government loses the case, suggesting he could back the Obama administration. But he did not commit to supporting either side. Chief Justice John Roberts, who supplied the key vote in a 5-4 …

    March 4, 2015 3:52 pm
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Politics

  • Senate fails to override Obama’s veto of Keystone XL approval


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate failed on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama’s veto of legislation approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the controversial project to await an administration decision on whether to permit or deny it. The Senate mustered just 62 votes in favor of overriding the veto, short of the two-thirds needed. Thirty-seven senators voted to sustain Obama’s veto. The Senate action means the House of Representatives will not vote on override. Some Republicans have spoken of trying again to force Obama’s hand on the project, by attaching Keystone approval to some other bill in Congress this year. The TransCanada Corp pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels a day of mostly Canadian oil sands crude to Nebraska en route to refineries and ports along the U.S. Gulf Coast. It has been pending for more than six years. Republicans support building the pipeline, saying it would create jobs. Obama has questioned Keystone XL’s …

    March 4, 2015 2:32 pm
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Stocks

  • David Geffen’s $100M gift buys naming rights to NYC concert hall


    David Geffen’s $100 million gift wins right to put his name on Lincoln Center concert hall. David Geffen’s name is a staple on Hollywood credits lists. Now it will also be attached to one of New York City’s premiere cultural institutions. Lincoln Center will rename Avery Fisher Hall — best known as the home of the New York Philharmonic — David Geffen Hall in gratitude for the movie mogul’s $100 million gift. The concert hall’s renaming will take place in September. Geffen’s largess will be used to refurbish the more than 50-year-old building. Lincoln Center announced the gift on Wednesday. “This remarkable gift will help pave the way for the Philharmonic to realize its vision in creating a revitalized hall suited to the excellence of this Orchestra,” New York Philharmonic Chairman Oscar S. Schafer said in a statement. “The gift also unlocks so many possibilities in the future. We are really excited by this inspired …

    March 4, 2015 2:52 pm
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Sports

  • Marussia buyer says team too good a story to end


    LONDON (Reuters) – Stephen Fitzpatrick emerged as the new owner of the stricken Marussia Formula One team on Wednesday with the assurance that he was going in with eyes wide open and no illusions about the task ahead. The founder of independent energy supplier Ovo told reporters even he had thought the team doomed when he first expressed interest last November but felt it was too good a story to end. Marussia missed the final three races of last year after going into administration in October, then ceasing trading with 200 staff made redundant. Despite that, they ended the season ninth and came out of administration only last Friday as Manor Marussia F1. “Until November of last year I was…on the wrong side of the pit lane fence,” said Fitzpatrick, outlining his credentials as a Formula One fan. “I went to the Singapore Grand Prix with a friend of mine and we were on the …

    March 4, 2015 3:52 pm
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World News

  • ‘Wholesale change’ urged in Ferguson


    4 March 2015 Last updated at 21:30 Police officers were criticised for their reaction to protests in Ferguson following the death of Michael Brown US Attorney General Eric Holder says leaders in Ferguson, Missouri, must take “immediate, wholesale” action after a report of widespread racial bias in its law enforcement. In what Mr Holder himself called a “searing” report, the justice department found a “disturbing and unconstitutional” pattern of abuse. The inquiry began after the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, by police. His death sparked nationwide protests over police treatment of minorities. A separate investigation has ended with no federal civil rights charges against former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who killed Brown. A Missouri grand jury also declined to charge him with murder in November. “Michael Brown’s death, though a tragedy, did not involve prosecutable conduct on the part of Officer Wilson,” Mr Holder said in a statement at the justice department. Black …

    March 4, 2015 3:52 pm
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Technology

  • Avengers assemble, and watch the new ‘Age of Ultron’ trailer


    The premiere of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is just a few months away, and Marvel has just released an epic new trailer to hold us over until Iron Man, Captain America and the rest of the crew set off on their next adventure. Early Wednesday morning, the Avengers official Twitter account tweeted a call to action asking Marvelites to tweet using the #AvengersAssemble hashtag to unleash a new trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Not surprisingly, Avengers fans responded in force, and the new trailer was posted to Marvel’s YouTube channel in the last few hours. This is an Avengers movie, and the trailer is full of action and destruction as The Hulk, Black Widow, Thor and the rest of the Avengers take on Ultron to save the world from certain annihilation. Check out the trailer for yourself, and get ready to watch the next installment in the Avengers series when “Avengers: Age of Ultron” …

    March 4, 2015 2:11 pm
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Science

  • UT Dallas technology could make night vision, thermal imaging affordable


    Engineers at The University of Texas at Dallas have created semiconductor technology that could make night vision and thermal imaging affordable for everyday use. Researchers in the Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE) in the University’s Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Sciencecreated an electronic device in affordable technology that detects electromagnetic waves to create images at nearly 10 terahertz, which is the highest frequency for electronic devices. The device could make night vision and heat-based imaging affordable. Presently, night vision and thermal imagers are costly, in part because they are made with specialty semiconductor devices or need isolation from the environment. The UT Dallas device is created using Schottky diodes in Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) technology. CMOS is used to make affordable consumer electronic devices such as personal computers, game consoles and high-definition TVs. In addition to being affordable, these devices could be more easily incorporated into smartphones. “There are no existing electronic …

    March 4, 2015 2:32 pm
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Health

  • U.S. FDA approves Bristol-Myers immunotherapy for lung cancer


    (Reuters) – U.S. health regulators on Wednesday swiftly approved a Bristol-Myers Squibb Co drug that helps the immune system fight the most common form of lung cancer, sending the company’s shares up more than 5 percent to a multi-year high. The eagerly anticipated Food and Drug Administration approval of the drug known as Opdivo came only about three months after Bristol provided trial results showing that the medicine extended survival in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), one of the biggest markets in oncology. The decision also came more than three months ahead of an expected action date by the agency. “This approval will provide patients and health care providers knowledge of the survival advantage associated with Opdivo and will help guide patient care and future lung cancer trials,” Richard Pazdur, the FDA’s head of hematology and oncology product evaluation, said in a statement. Opdivo, known chemically as nivolumab, was approved to treat non-small cell lung …

    March 4, 2015 2:32 pm
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Entertainment

  • Justin Timberlake Gushes Over Pregnant Jessica Biel On Her Birthday


    Posted on Wed Mar 4th, 2015 12:30pm PDT       By X17 Staff Awww! Jessica Biel turned 33-years-old on Tuesday, and her hubby couldn’t help but share a picture of the pair and gush about his love for her on social media. “Happy Bday to the sweetest, most GORGEOUS, goofiest, most BAD-A** chick I know. You make me smile ’til it hurts. I love you like crazy! –Your Huz,” he captioned the sweet snapshot. The couple have been married for two years, but they are about to become a family of three when they welcome their first child this spring. We are dying to know if they are having a boy or a girl, but we guess we just have to wait and find out!   Stories from around the Web

    March 4, 2015 2:52 pm
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Editorial

  • Vulcan Love: As Spock Leonard Nimoy knew all the right questions


    Leonard Nimoy infused such gravitas into the unlikely character of Spock, that the half-Vulcan science officer’s logic, integrated with human compassion and mystic spirituality, became “Star Trek’s” ethical star chart – the homing beacon upon which the franchise has navigated for almost 50 years.   An actor, director and artist who embraced intimate, emotional, relationship-based story telling, Leonard would have seemed an unlikely choice to become the embodiment of science Geekiness for generations of Sci-Fi fans. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Like a science officer, Leonard asked questions:  How would Vulcans greet one another? Not with a handshake, but with the splayed-fingers live long and prosper.  How would the oh-so-cerebral Vulcans handle themselves in a fight?  Not with a roundhouse right, but with the almost effortless neck pinch. What would alien spirituality look like? Meditative and introspective, of course. But, like a science officer, Leonard asked questions:  How would Vulcans greet one another? Not with a handshake, but with the …

    March 4, 2015 2:51 pm
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Odd News

  • Las Vegas hospital accidentally sends miscarried fetuses to laundry


    (Reuters) – A Las Vegas hospital accidentally sent twin miscarried fetuses wrapped in linen to a commercial laundry facility on Tuesday, officials said. Henderson Police Department spokeswoman Kathleen Richards said that officers were called at around 10 a.m. local time by laundry company Angelica after workers discovered the fetuses. Richards said the remains were delivered accidentally by Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center. The incident was not considered suspicious, Richards said, but added that the Clark County Coroner’s Office would investigate. Spring Valley Hospital spokeswoman Gretchen Papez said in a statement the mother of the fetuses arrived at the hospital after suffering a miscarriage at another location, and that the twins were wrapped in linens before her arrival. “We are currently reviewing the situation to determine what occurred. However, the remains are currently in the hospital’s possession, and we are working with the family at this time,” Papez said. The hospital is owned by a subsidiary …

    March 4, 2015 2:31 pm
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