Headline News

  • Environmental groups sue Port of Seattle over Shell oil fleet


    SEATTLE (Reuters) – A coalition of environmental groups sued the Port of Seattle on Monday to stop the lease of a terminal to Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Arctic oil drilling fleet, arguing a proper environmental review was never conducted, court records showed. Earthjustice, along with other groups including the Sierra Club, filed the suit in a Washington state court, alleging the drilling operation was substantially different from the terminal’s prior use, meaning an environmental review had to be done under state law. The complaint against the port and Foss Maritime Co, which would work for Shell under the two-year lease, also alleged that officials reached the arrangement without public disclosure and that the fleet could pollute the area’s water. “The Port shut out the public and subverted laws that are designed to foster an informed public assessment of controversial proposals like this one,” Earthjustice Managing Attorney Patti Goldman said in a statement. Shell, Europe’s largest …

    March 3, 2015 2:33 am
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Politics

  • Ben Carson creates committee to explore presidential bid: WSJ


    (Reuters) – Ben Carson, a retired surgeon popular with Tea Party conservatives, has formally created an exploratory committee to run for president, according to his campaign chief executive, Terry Giles, the Wall Street Journal reported. With the exploratory committee, Carson can raise money that he can transfer to his campaign once it begins, the Journal said. (on.wsj.com/18hKgAj) He has made a number of hires lately, including a national finance director and aides in several early voting states, Giles said, adding that the campaign would soon announce more “major players,” who will join Carson’s team, the newspaper said. Carson, a former neurosurgeon at Maryland-based Johns Hopkins University, has no prior political experience. He is a conservative commentator and author of “One Nation,” which topped the New York Times bestseller list in June. In February, the 63-year-old Carson said he could form a committee to explore a bid for the nomination and make a formal announcement in …

    March 3, 2015 2:12 am
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Stocks

  • Stratos wants to replace your wallet with its smart card


    The Stratos Card looks like a credit card but is as thin and light as a business card. Stratos wants to make your credit cards, debit cards, loyalty cards, and gift cards obsolete. It’s yet another electronic “smart” card that promises to simplify our lives by slimming down our wallets and securing our personal information. How it works: All of your current credit card information is stored in a corresponding mobile app and transmitted to your Stratos Card when you go to pay. When you receive the card in the mail, it comes with a card reader that plugs into a phone’s headphone jack. Swiping a traditional credit card, debit card or gift card through the reader will load that card’s information in the app. There’s no limit to the number of cards that can be saved to the app, but the Stratos Card holds only three cards for quick access. (Stratos CEO and co-founder …

    March 3, 2015 2:32 am
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Sports

  • Padraig Harrington makes good on 2nd chance and wins the Honda Classic


    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. –  Even in the midst of a drought so long it looked as though Padraig Harrington’s best golf was behind him, he never stopped working. Harrington won the rain-delayed Honda Classic in a playoff Monday with a 5-iron that settled 3 feet away on the par-3 17th, a shot that put so much pressure on Daniel Berger that the 21-year-old rookie got a little out of rhythm and hit into the water. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT There were other key moments in a final round filled with a series of splashes. Ian Poulter, staked to a three-shot lead in a final round that took two days to complete, hit five balls in the water on four holes that cost him six shots. He finished one shot out of the playoff. Patrick Reed was tied for the lead until he found the water on the 15th hole, and then bogeyed the next two holes. …

    March 3, 2015 2:33 am
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World News

  • Russia restricts Nemtsov mourners


    3 March 2015 Last updated at 08:20 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. BBC Russian Service editor Artyom Liss reports on the public farewell for Boris Nemtsov Several EU politicians and Russia’s opposition leader have been barred from attending the funeral of murdered Russian politician Boris Nemtsov. A Polish politician was denied a visa under existing Russian sanctions while a Latvian MEP was turned back after arriving at a Moscow airport. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was denied permission to leave jail, where he is serving a 15-day sentence. Mourners are filing past Nemtsov’s coffin at Moscow’s Sakharov centre. His funeral will be held in the afternoon (local time) at a Moscow cemetery, Troyekurovskoye, where murdered journalist Anna Politkovskayta was buried in 2006. Nemtsov, a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin, was killed on a bridge near the Kremlin wall on Friday night. No arrests have been made and no clear motive has …

    March 3, 2015 2:33 am
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Technology

  • Why are the benefits of technology scarce among those who need it most?


    We live in a modern world – modern in thinking and modern in capabilities. Our scientists and engineers and technologists empower us with the future, in the present. The technologies they develop solve problems we didn’t even know existed. As individuals we aspire to stay apace with these ever advancing innovations. With its ubiquity in our everyday lives technology comprehensively occupies and defines our realities. Its presence in our lives assumes a position of great power. Technology is the superhero of our generation. With great power comes great responsibility. Currently, the benefits of technology are skewed towards those who can keep up, as opposed to those who need it most. Technology is designed to cater to the luxuries of ready made adopters. In India, a typical urban dweller has even the most trivial of her tasks solved by technology, while a person in a rural setting might struggle to meet some of his most basic …

    March 3, 2015 1:52 am
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Science

  • Climate Change Hastened Syria’s Civil War


    Climate change can make storms stronger, cold spells longer and water supplies drier. But can it cause war? A new study published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says drought in Syria, exacerbated to record levels by global warming, pushed social unrest in that nation across a line into an open uprising in 2011. The conflict has since become a major civil war with international involvement.   Drying and drought in Syria from 2006 to 2011—the worst on record there—destroyed agriculture, causing many farm families to migrate to cities. The influx added to social stresses already created by refugees pouring in from the war in Iraq, explains Richard Seager, a climate scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory who co-authored the study. The drought also pushed up food prices, aggravating poverty. “We’re not saying the drought caused the war,” Seager said. “We’re saying that added to all the other stressors, it helped …

    March 3, 2015 2:12 am
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Health

  • Exclusive: Payment delays dent India’s flagship health, AIDS programs


    NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s main public health programs, aimed at millions of rural poor, have been in disarray for months because the government changed the way that over $1.3 billion in federal funds were distributed, according to data and letters seen by Reuters. In a bid last year to give India’s states more power, the federal health ministry started sending funds for public health programs to state treasuries, instead of direct transfers to its regional arms. But poorly-run regional bureaucracies were unable to cope and both the flagship National Health Mission (NHM) and India’s AIDS prevention programs suffered – thousands of health workers were not paid for months and the construction of clinics in rural areas was delayed. In some cases, state governments temporarily used the funds earmarked for health programs to meet needs of other sectors, health officials said. The funds involved amounted to about one-third of the total federal spending on health, …

    March 3, 2015 2:13 am
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Entertainment

  • Sara Gilbert, Linda Perry welcome baby boy and the internet shuts down haters


    The birth of the little boy the couple named Rhodes Emilio Gilbert Perry was announced by Gilbert’s The Talk cohost, Julie Chen, on Monday morning’s show. More: Sara Gilbert’s romantic proposal will make you melt But the happy announcement did more than just serve as a piece of great news. The aftermath represented just how much our society is changing and in the best possible way — because Gilbert and Perry’s little bundle of joy was received with much applause and congratulations. Instead of hateful comments, the celeb couple was met with praise, and anyone who tried to dish some LGBT hate was quickly shut down by the internet. One commenter rudely tried to rain on the happy parade by saying on People, “This is disgusting! Homosexuals should not be raising children. It’s very likely this child will grow up with mental problems and attempt suicide. Modern day Sodomite!” More: Dating Johnny Galecki helped Sara Gilbert …

    March 3, 2015 2:33 am
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Editorial

  • The New Terrorism: How to fight it and defeat it


    The fight against radical Islam and the global jihadist movement is the challenge of our time.   Threats to our homeland are constantly increasing and our lack of real border security has only compounded the problem. Technology is rapidly changing and increasing.  However, our government remains stovepiped, and often times, lacks the ability to analyze, adapt and respond quick enough. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The 9/11 Commission said that “9/11 was a failure of imagination.”  It’s important that we quit preparing for the last threat, but be imaginative so that we can prevent the next terrorist attack on America. It’s time for us once again to have the same level of commitment for keeping America safe as we did following 9/11.  Today we live in a world on fire and it’s important from a historical perspective to understand how and when the world caught fire.  We need to understand radical Islam, the history behind it and what motivates …

    March 3, 2015 2:32 am
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Odd News

  • It’s raining cats and tourists on a Japanese island


    AOSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) – An army of feral cats rules a remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Originally introduced to the mile-long island of Aoshima to deal with mice that plagued fishermen’s boats, the cats stayed on – and multiplied. More than 120 cats swarm the island with only a handful of humans for company, mostly pensioners who didn’t join the waves of migrants seeking work in the cities after World War Two. Aoshima, a 30-minute ferry ride off the coast of Ehime prefecture, had been home to 900 people in 1945. The only sign of human activity now is the boatload of day-trippers from the mainland, visiting what is locally known as Cat Island. With no restaurants, cars, shops or kiosks selling snacks, Aoshima is no tourist haven. But cat lovers are not …

    March 3, 2015 2:12 am
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