• Libya Tripoli-based Islamist PM fired

    Libya Tripoli-based Islamist PM fired

    Omar al-Hassi was appointed head of Libya’s alternative government in August The leader of one of Libya’s rival governments – backed by Islamists and based in Tripoli – has been sacked by its parliament, officials...
  • Petkovic into Miami semis after beating Pliskova

    MIAMI (Reuters) – Germany’s Andrea Petkovic booked her place in the semi-finals at the Miami Open after a 6-4 6-2 win over 14th seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova on Tuesday. Petkovic made a blistering start, going...
  • Will Instagram shut down this 17-year-old’s app?

    Will Instagram shut down this 17-year-old’s app?

    It’s a 17-year-old kid against a $35 billion company. Los Angeles high school student Caleb Benn has developed an app called Uploader for Instagram, which is exactly what it sounds like. It allows users to...
  • Buffett ‘wouldn’t raise US rates’

    The billionaire investor, Warren Buffett, has said he would not raise interest rates if he was in charge of the US Federal Reserve. The Fed has kept rates at a record low of 0% since...
  • Iraqi forces in ‘major Tikrit push’

    Iraqi forces in ‘major Tikrit push’

    Iraqi forces are being supported by Iranian-backed Shia militiamen in the offensive against Islamic State Iraqi government forces have made major advances against Islamic State (IS) militants in Tikrit, officials say. Army officials claimed on...

Headline News

  • Uber driver accused of burglary bid after Denver airport drop-off


    DENVER (Reuters) – Police arrested a 51-year-old driver for the Uber car service on Wednesday who is accused of trying to burglarize a Denver woman’s home after he dropped her off at the city’s airport, authorities said. Gerald Montgomery was taken into custody in the suburb of Golden after a warrant was issued for him on suspicion of attempted burglary, Denver police spokeswoman Christine Downs said. Police say he drove the woman to Denver International Airport last week, but then allegedly returned to the home in the south of the city where he had picked her up and tried to break in through the back door. Montgomery did not realize his passenger had a roommate who was still in the house, and he fled when the “homeowner observed his actions,” according to a police report. Uber representative Taylor Patterson said the company immediately suspended Montgomery after it learned of the incident. “We spoke with the …

    March 31, 2015 6:13 pm
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Politics

  • Obama lifts hold on U.S. military aid to Egypt


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday told Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi that he would lift a hold on U.S. military aid to Cairo, but also said the United States would stop allowing Egypt to buy equipment on credit starting in fiscal year 2018. Obama has been reviewing military aid to Egypt since 2013 when the Egyptian army ousted former president Mohamed Mursi. The decision will allow for the delivery of 12 F-16 aircraft, 20 Harpoon missiles, and up to 125 M1A1 Abrams tank kits that had been frozen, the White House said. Obama said he would continue to ask the U.S. Congress for $1.3 billion in military aid for Egypt per year, but has decided to “modernize” the aid by discontinuing the use of cash flow financing for military equipment starting in fiscal 2018, the White House said. The United States also will target its aid toward equipment used for counterterrorism, border …

    March 31, 2015 3:32 pm
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Stocks

  • Will Instagram shut down this 17-year-old’s app?


    It’s a 17-year-old kid against a $35 billion company. Los Angeles high school student Caleb Benn has developed an app called Uploader for Instagram, which is exactly what it sounds like. It allows users to upload photos to Instagram directly from their computer instead of solely from their phone, which has long been a frustration. It took Benn a weekend to build and it has been on the Apple app store for a couple weeks, where it’s growing in popularity. He said it’s making him $1,000 a day. (The app costs $4.99.) Instagram isn’t a fan. An engineer for the company sent Benn an email on Friday, saying the app violated the company’s terms of service and he needed to fix the app by Monday to get it in line. It’s Tuesday, and Benn hasn’t fixed anything, mostly because “fixing it” would render the app useless. He said he responded to the company but hasn’t …

    March 31, 2015 5:53 pm
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Sports

  • Petkovic into Miami semis after beating Pliskova


    MIAMI (Reuters) – Germany’s Andrea Petkovic booked her place in the semi-finals at the Miami Open after a 6-4 6-2 win over 14th seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova on Tuesday. Petkovic made a blistering start, going up 4-1 in the first set but the 23-year-old Pliskova powered her way back to 4-4 and then had three break points – all of which the German saved. Petkovic, the 2011 Miami semi-finalist, won the next five games and wrapped up the match in one hour 13 minutes. “I was playing really well at the start but I couldn’t see the ball on my serve with the sun on one side and I was struggling,” said Petkovic. “Karolina also started playing really well and I was a little lucky at the end of the first set. But then I got better and better from there,” she said. In the last four, Petkovic will face the winner of Tuesday’s other …

    March 31, 2015 6:13 pm
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World News

  • Libya Tripoli-based Islamist PM fired


    Omar al-Hassi was appointed head of Libya’s alternative government in August The leader of one of Libya’s rival governments – backed by Islamists and based in Tripoli – has been sacked by its parliament, officials say. Omar al-Hassi was appointed in August to lead an alternative government after Islamist militia seized the capital. MPs voted to oust him on Tuesday following allegations he misled parliament about government finances. Libya has been in turmoil since the Nato-backed removal of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The country has had two governments and parliaments since Islamist militia seized Tripoli in August and established the General National Congress (GNC) that was led by Mr al-Hassi. The seizure of Tripoli forced Libya’s existing and internationally recognised government to flee to the eastern city of Tobruk. The rival parliaments have been holding UN-sponsored talks in Morocco in an attempt to end a period of lawlessness which many fear could strengthen …

    March 31, 2015 6:13 pm
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Technology

  • Tweets by new ‘Daily Show’ host Trevor Noah come back to haunt him


    Trevor Noah steps into Jon Stewart’s shoes. Comedy Central Fans of “The Daily Show,” the humorous news program run by longtime host Jon Stewart, found out who would step into their departing hero’s shoes this weekend. South African comedian Trevor Noah, who has logged a few appearances on the show, is taking over the reins on Comedy Central. The gig is high-profile, and with that comes a considerable amount of scrutiny. Noah’s Twitter history has now been raked through, with some people calling into question the taste of certain jokes posted on the social-media site, particularly ones referencing Jewish people and women. Almost bumped a Jewish kid crossing the road. He didn’t look b4 crossing but I still would hav felt so bad in my german car! — Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) September 18, 2009 “Oh yeah the weekend. People are gonna get drunk think that I’m sexy!” – fat chicks everywhere. — Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) …

    March 31, 2015 3:11 pm
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Science

  • The rapid rise of human language


    At some point, probably 50,000 to 100,000 years ago, humans began talking to one another in a uniquely complex form. It is easy to imagine this epochal change as cavemen grunting, or hunter-gatherers mumbling and pointing. But in a new paper, an MIT linguist contends that human language likely developed quite rapidly into a sophisticated system: Instead of mumbles and grunts, people deployed syntax and structures resembling the ones we use today. “The hierarchical complexity found in present-day language is likely to have been present in human language since its emergence,” says Shigeru Miyagawa, Professor of Linguistics and the Kochi Prefecture-John Manjiro Professor in Japanese Language and Culture at MIT, and a co-author of the new paper on the subject. To be clear, this is not a universally accepted claim: Many scholars believe that humans first started using a kind of “proto-language” — a rudimentary, primitive kind of communication with only a gradual development of …

    March 31, 2015 3:32 pm
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Health

  • New York doctors accused of using free shoes offer to defraud Medicaid


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Twenty-three New York City doctors and medical workers have been charged with running an insurance fraud scheme in which they persuaded homeless and poor people to get unnecessary medical testing with promises of free shoes, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Nine doctors and other employees of eight city medical clinics are accused of fraudulently billing Medicaid $7 million in expenses for patients recruited from homeless shelters and welfare centers between October 2012 and September 2014, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said in a statement. “These defendants allegedly exploited the most vulnerable members of our society and raked in millions of dollars by doing so,” Thompson said in the statement. The people targeted, referred to by the accused schemers as “guinea pigs,” were given free footwear if they produced a Medicaid card and agreed to have their feet examined at one of the involved medical clinics, prosecutors said. They were often taken to …

    March 31, 2015 3:32 pm
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Entertainment

  • Rihanna Looks Less Than Thrilled To Have A Dentist Appointment


    Posted on Tue Mar 31st, 2015 3:30pm PDT       By X17 Staff Stars – they’re just like us! Rihanna helped Jay Z launch his new Tidal music streaming service with a slew of other celebs last night, and she seemed less than enthusiastic when we caught her heading to a dentist appointment in NYC today. Can you blame her? The last thing we’d want to do after partying all night is get a root canal! The singer dressed down for her visit in a grey sweatsuit and rabbit fur-lined Celine slipper sandals, and we guess if you have to have your toofies worked on, you might as well be comfortable while doing it. It’s been a big week for our favorite bad gal! Not only did she debut her new single “B*tch Better Have My Money” at the iHeartRadio awards on Sunday to rave reviews, but her new animated movie Home took the top spot at the …

    March 31, 2015 5:53 pm
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Editorial

  • French Alps crash shows psychiatrists cannot be last line of defense


    French Red Cross members pay tribute March 28, 2015, to the victims of a Germanwings plane crash in front of a stone slab erected as a monument in Le Vernet, France. (AP Photo/Claude Paris) There has been a lot of second-guessing about Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings co-pilot who deliberately crashed his plane into the French Alps, killing himself and 149 others. If only Lufthansa had regular mental evaluations of pilots, if only people at the airline knew what obvious signs to look for, this tragedy could have been avoided. But psychiatrists know that isn’t true. It isn’t just fellow workers who fail to pick up the supposed subtle hints that indicate that someone might be a danger to themselves or others. “We have no indication what could have led the co-pilot to commit this terrible act,” said Carsten Spohr, Lufthansa’s chief executive. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Psychiatrists themselves have a very poor record. Identifying mental illness is …

    March 31, 2015 3:32 pm
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Odd News

  • Painting in Dutch royal collection was Nazi loot: official report


    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The Dutch Royal Family owns a painting by a Dutch master that was looted during by the Nazis during Germany’s occupation of the Netherlands in World War Two, according to a report published on Tuesday. “One painting was found where there were indications of involuntary loss of possession during the German occupation,” the government said in a statement after an inquiry commissioned by the Royal Family that examined tens of thousands of paintings in the Royal Collection. Officials had contacted the heirs of the original owner, who was not named, to arrange the return of “The Hague Forest with a View of Huis ten Bosch Palace”, by the 17th century painter Joris van der Haagen. The work was bought for the Royal Collection by Queen Juliana, grandmother of reigning King Willem-Alexander. The inquiry found that another painting in the collection, “Landscape with St. Hubert”, whose provenance had been regarded as doubtful, was …

    March 31, 2015 11:29 am
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