• Wake up, America: My message for Azealia Banks

    Wake up, America: My message for Azealia Banks

    Last week I noted a rising hip-hop star who had just done an interview in playboy. In that spread, Azealia Banks declared that she “hates America” and that she “hates fat white people.” She blamed...
  • In swansong, FDA chief defends drug approval process

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In her final speech after six years as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Margaret Hamburg defended the agency’s drug approval standards against critics seeking weaker regulatory standards. “The...
  • Arkansas Senate passes religion bill seen as targeting gays

    (Reuters) – The Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly approved on Friday a Republican-backed bill whose authors say is intended to protect religious freedoms but critics contend could allow businesses to refuse service to gay people. The Republican...
  • Alps air crash co-pilot knew region

    Alps air crash co-pilot knew region

    French rescue workers paid tribute to the air crash victims on Friday The co-pilot suspected of crashing a German airliner into the French Alps, killing himself and 149 others, knew the region from gliding holidays....
  • Bradley names Brian Wardle head coach

    Peoria, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Bradley University named Brian Wardle its new head men’s basketball coach on Friday. Wardle spent the past five seasons coaching Green Bay, leading the Phoenix to the 2014 Horizon League regular-season...

Headline News

  • Jury clears top Silicon Valley firm of gender bias, retaliation


    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Silicon Valley powerhouse venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers was cleared on Friday of claims it short-circuited the career of a former partner because she is a woman, in a gender discrimination trial that shook the tech world. A California jury also rejected a claim that Kleiner, the firm that backed Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc, had retaliated against its former partner, Ellen Pao, by firing her after she sued in 2012. Despite days of courtroom drama about affairs, books of erotic poetry and office flirting, juror Steve Sammut, who mostly voted for Kleiner, said the decision came down to Pao’s effectiveness at her job. “We were focused on the performance,” he said. The verdict dashed Pao’s hopes for personal vindication, but the trial revealed embarrassing disclosures about how Pao and other women were treated at Kleiner and Silicon Valley’s corporate culture and its lack of diversity. “Ellen Pao’s …

    March 27, 2015 10:25 pm
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Politics

  • Arkansas Senate passes religion bill seen as targeting gays


    (Reuters) – The Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly approved on Friday a Republican-backed bill whose authors say is intended to protect religious freedoms but critics contend could allow businesses to refuse service to gay people. The Republican governor of Indiana signed into law a similar “religious freedom” bill on Thursday, prompting protests from human rights groups and criticism from some business leaders. The bill advancing in the Republican-led Arkansas legislature says “governments should not substantially burden the free exercise of religion without compelling justification.” Supporters say a business should not be forced to, for example, cater a same-sex wedding if doing so would violate the religious beliefs of the owner. Two of the most powerful companies in the United States, retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc, which has its home office in Arkansas, and technology giant Apple Inc have criticized the measure. “We feel this legislation is counter to this core basic belief of respect for the individual and …

    March 27, 2015 10:45 pm
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Stocks

  • It’s official: Kleiner Perkins wins gender bias case


    Ellen Pao (right), after the jury decided against her, said “I have told my story and thousands of people have heard me.” Now, it’s official: Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers did not discriminate against a former female partner. But it took a strange turn of events to get to this outcome in a case that has riveted Silicon Valley for weeks. At issue in the case: Did Kleiner Perkins, one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent venture capital firms, discriminate or retaliate against junior partner Pao because of her gender? On Friday afternoon, a San Francisco jury first ruled in favor of Kleiner Perkins. But the verdict was temporarily in limbo after the judge ordered the jurors to resume deliberating on one of Pao’s four claims against the firm. When the 12-person jury — six women and six men — came back roughly two hours later, one juror had changed his mind and the jury affirmed that …

    March 27, 2015 9:04 pm
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Sports

  • Bradley names Brian Wardle head coach


    Peoria, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Bradley University named Brian Wardle its new head men’s basketball coach on Friday. Wardle spent the past five seasons coaching Green Bay, leading the Phoenix to the 2014 Horizon League regular-season title and to three straight postseason appearances. He replaces Geno Ford, who was fired last week after four seasons leading the Braves. Ford was 46-86 at Bradley. Wardle went 95-65 at Green Bay. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    March 27, 2015 10:25 pm
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World News

  • Alps air crash co-pilot knew region


    French rescue workers paid tribute to the air crash victims on Friday The co-pilot suspected of crashing a German airliner into the French Alps, killing himself and 149 others, knew the region from gliding holidays. A member of the Montabaur flight school where Andreas Lubitz took lessons confirmed to BBC News the co-pilot had flown a glider over the region. Mr Lubitz was on holiday at the time, several years ago, Dieter Wagner said. A French newspaper reports that the co-pilot holidayed at a local flying club with his parents from the age of nine. Investigators are trying to establish what may have motivated Mr Lubitz to seize sole control of the Airbus A320 and crash it. German prosecutors believe he was concealing an illness from his employer, Germanwings, at the time of the crash. Data from the voice recorder suggests the 27-year-old purposely started an eight-minute descent into the mountains after locking the pilot …

    March 27, 2015 10:25 pm
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Technology

  • Apple’s Cook, other tech VIPs push back at Indiana ‘anti-gay’ law


    Apple employees march in San Francisco’s Gay Pride Parade in this photo posted to Twitter by CEO Tim Cook last June. Cook and other tech execs are angry about a law passed in Indiana that critics say is discriminatory.Screenshot by CNET Tech heavyweights including Apple CEO Tim Cook are pressuring the state of Indiana over a new “religious freedom” law critics say will be used to discriminate against gays and others. Cook sent a tweet Friday saying Apple, one of the world’s most successful companies and most popular brands, is “deeply disappointed” about the legislation. And Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, a major purveyor of corporate software and services, tweeted that the company would “dramatically reduce” its investments in the state. A Salesforce subsidiary employs from 2,000 to 3,000 people in Indiana, Benioff told tech site Recode, and also hosts a major customer event there that last year brought about $8 million in spending to …

    March 27, 2015 10:25 pm
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Science

  • Sexual selection isn’t the last word on bird plumage, UWM study shows


    Related images(click to enlarge) In the world of bird fashion, the guys seem to have all the fun: brighter feathers, sharper accessories, more pizzazz. Researchers going back to Charles Darwin have focused on the contrast between the sexes, attributing the males’ brighter colors to their need to attract mates. A group of researchers at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee took a different approach, testing a hypothesis that evolution has actually resulted in similarities among the sexes as much as differences. Looking at nearly 1,000 species of birds, they found that while males often have brighter feathers than females, the two sexes have come closer together in color over time to blend into their surroundings and hide from predators. Natural selection — during migration, breeding in subtropical locales and care of young — is as powerful as sexual selection. “Although most studies of bird plumage focus on dichromatism, evolutionary change has most often led to similar, rather than …

    March 27, 2015 10:45 pm
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Health

  • In swansong, FDA chief defends drug approval process


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In her final speech after six years as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Margaret Hamburg defended the agency’s drug approval standards against critics seeking weaker regulatory standards. “The great leaps forward in evidence-based medicine of the last 50 years have come in large part as a result of the high standards for product approval that Congress put in place after a series of disasters involving unsafe and ineffective medical products,” said Hamburg, 59, said on Friday at a National Press Club lunch in Washington, D.C. Her comments come amid a push by some lawmakers for faster approvals of experimental drugs. A provision in a draft House of Representatives bill known as 21st Century Cures, for example, would allow the FDA to approve drugs designated as “breakthrough therapies” based on preliminary clinical data. Only after the products were on the market would companies be required to conduct the type …

    March 27, 2015 10:45 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian Puts Hard Work Into Sculpting Her Kurves


    Posted on Fri Mar 27th, 2015 12:40pm PDT       By X17 Staff Lookin’ good Kimmy K! Kim Kardashian almost broke the Internet yesterday when she stepped out with freshly dyed brunette locks after spending the month being platinum blonde, and the reality star must be trying to keep the attention going, because she was hard at work on her hot body at the gym in Los Angeles today. The brunette bombshell might not want to hear this, but in a recent study, statistics proved that people prefer Taylor Swift’s body to Mrs. West’s! “Gradually, the lowest-rated body shapes were eliminated. According to the study, in each generation of body shapes, the shorter, thicker bodies were voted out, and the highest-rated body shape ultimately turned out to have long slender legs, a small behind, and a smaller chest. The predominant evolutionary trend, reflecting a likely major dimension of social selection operating on human female bodies, is toward greater …

    March 27, 2015 5:02 pm
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Editorial

  • Wake up, America: My message for Azealia Banks


    Last week I noted a rising hip-hop star who had just done an interview in playboy. In that spread, Azealia Banks declared that she “hates America” and that she “hates fat white people.” She blamed white privilege and capitalism for everything wrong in America. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Azealia Banks herself is a multi-millionaire off the system she so virulently trashes… Therefore.. I named Azealia Banks my “Fool of the Week.” That didn’t sit well with the rapper. She tweeted that I’m the problem…and that…”Just because I’m white-I don’t get it. I am biased and I just can’t see that capitalism and white privilege is holding blacks back from success.” This attack on me is ridiculous and riddled with holes… Yes, Azealia…I do understand black unemployment and poverty levels are far higher than for whites, and I honestly believe that we should never forget slavery. Legal segregation and ongoing stereotyping leads to racial bias…and yes, it’s true…true…I …

    March 27, 2015 10:45 pm
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Odd News

  • Daughter bests father in feud at Japan shareholder’s meeting


    TOKYO (Reuters) – A rare family feud erupted in a Japanese shareholders meeting on Friday, when the chief executive of Otsuka Kagu Ltd defeated her father’s attempt to oust her, vowing to push ahead with her plan to take the furniture retailer more mass-market. “I am sorry that things have come to this,” Kumiko Otsuka, 47, coolly told shareholders in the meeting, in which she instructed her father, company founder and chairman Katsuhisa Otsuka, and her mother to identify themselves by name and shareholder number. The daughter overcame the chairman’s challenge by an undisclosed majority vote. “I had five children,” the father said from the audience as he pleaded with shareholders to back his return as CEO. “Kumiko was the first and she was a difficult birth.” Kumiko’s mother also gave a rambling speech criticizing the CEO, until another shareholder yelled at her to stop. The Otsuka family showdown – virtually unheard of in Japan’s …

    March 27, 2015 10:40 am
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