Headline News

  • Once an underground phenomenon, pot holiday tries to go mainstream in Colorado


    With the Colorado state capitol building visible in the background, partygoers dance and smoke pot on the first of two days at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver, Saturday April 19, 2014. The annual event is the first 420 marijuana celebration since retail marijuana stores began selling in January 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)The Associated Press CORRECTS TO 4/20 MARIJUANA FESTIVAL -Police officers mounted on bikes patrol Civic Center Park on the first of two days at the 4/20 marijuana festival at Civic Center Park in Denver, Saturday April 19, 2014. The annual event is the first 420 marijuana celebration since retail marijuana stores began selling in January 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)The Associated Press DENVER –  Denver police say they have issued 28 citations for public consumption of marijuana and arrested one person accused of attempting to distribute the drug so far this weekend as revelers celebrate the traditional pot holiday of April 20. Public …

    April 20, 2014 5:06 pm
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Politics

  • Georgia Republicans Brawl for Conservative Mantle in Senate Debate


    By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 11:46 a.m. today 0 Tweet Handel, left, and Perdue, right, debate for the Senate seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) AUGUSTA, Ga. — Seven Republican Senate hopefuls stood before a mammoth American flag Saturday afternoon for the sixth of seven debates hosted by the state GOP. In front of a couple hundred voters at the Columbia County Exhibition Center, just outside Augusta, the candidates sought to fortify their conservative credentials on immigration, the 2nd Amendment, abortion and what can be done to improve confidence in the economy. With so many candidates running for the state’s open Senate seat, none are expected to win a majority of the vote in the May 20 primary. They’re fighting to finish in the top two and advance to the July 22 runoff, when all bets are off. The name of Michelle Nunn, the likely Democratic nominee, wasn’t mentioned until the final three minutes of the …

    April 20, 2014 2:44 pm
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Stocks

  • General Mills reverses course on right to sue after backlash


    General Mills, whose portfolio of food products include Cheerios, has walked back a controversial change to its legal terms General Mills has scrapped a controversial change to its fine print. Last week, the company posted new legal terms to its website that some read as eliminating customers’ right to sue the company. General Mills (GIS, Fortune 500) explained the terms as requiring “all disputes related to the purchase or use of any General Mills product or service to be resolved through binding arbitration.” So on Saturday, the company noted outrage over the change and announced it was voiding those terms. But it stood by the decision and defended arbitration as cost-effective and common in the corporate world. General Mills brands include popular cereals like Cheerios and Wheaties, baking products like Betty Crocker and Pillsbury, and other food lines like Progresso soups and Häagen-Dazs ice cream. The legal terms change was first reported by the New …

    April 20, 2014 1:02 pm
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Sports

  • Kuchar holes bunker shot at final hole to win Heritage


    (Reuters) – American Matt Kuchar holed a 20-yard bunker shot to birdie the final hole and claim a one shot victory over Briton Luke Donald at the RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Sunday. Minutes after three-putting the 17th hole from four feet when he had victory in his grasp, Kuchar bounced back to end a frustrating run of near-misses on the PGA Tour. He carded a final round seven-under 64 to finish at 11-under-par 273 at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. Donald returned a final round 69 to finish alone in second one stroke clear of Americans Ben Martin and John Huh. Kuchar, 35, who has been in superb form with top five finishes in his last three starts including a tie for fifth at the Masters, collects $1.044 million for his seventh tour victory. (Reporting By Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina. Editing by Steve Keating.)

    April 20, 2014 5:06 pm
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World News

  • Ukraine shootout threatens to bury Geneva peace deal


    An international agreement to defuse the crisis in Ukraine was all but shredded on Sunday after a shootout in the separatist town of Slavyansk. Three days after the Geneva deal brought modest hopes for a resolution to the gravest east-west stand-off since the end of the cold war, the midnight incident at a checkpoint – in which reports said as many as five people were killed – unleashed a torrent of accusations and counter-accusations that bodes ill for international peacemakers. Russia claimed that far-right Ukrainian nationalists opened fire at the checkpoint just outside the town, seized by an armed pro-Russian militia two weeks ago. The foreign ministry in Moscow accused Kiev of failing to disarm “extremists and terrorists” and blamed the clash on the Right Sector, a nationalist Ukrainian group that has supported the pro-Western interim government in Ukraine. The new self-proclaimed mayor of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, said Russian troops were urgently needed to protect …

    April 20, 2014 5:26 pm
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Technology

  • How BentProp and undersea robots found long-lost WWII bombers


    For 70 years, the waters off the island nation of Palau have hidden dozens of American planes shot down by the Japanese in World War II. Now a volunteer organization that’s been hunting for the planes since 1993 has teamed up with some of the world’s leading oceanographers and is applying the latest high-tech tools to the hunt. Illustration by James Martin/CNET AIMELIIK STATE, Palau– Pat Scannon glanced down at his waterproof notebook and prepared to read. Nearby, hovered around the stern of the Kemedukl, a 40-foot aluminum catamaran, the team responsible for finding a World War II torpedo bomber lost at sea waited for Scannon to start the flag ceremony for the plane’s long-lost airmen. “In September 1944, a TBM Avenger with a crew of three, flying with a Navy torpedo squadron, took off from a fast attack aircraft carrier on a mission flying over the State of Aimeliik in the Republic of Palau,” …

    April 20, 2014 2:24 pm
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Science

  • Counterfeit contraceptives found in South America


    Related images(click to enlarge) A survey of emergency contraceptive pills in Peru found that 28 percent of the batches studied were either of substandard quality or falsified. Many pills released the active ingredient too slowly. Others had the wrong active ingredient. One batch had no active ingredient at all. To detect the fake drugs, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology developed a sophisticated approach using mass spectrometry to quickly assess suspected counterfeit drugs and then characterize their chemical composition. The study’s results highlight a growing concern for women’s health in developing nations. “A woman who does not want to get pregnant and takes these emergency contraceptives will get pregnant,” said Facundo M. Fernández, a professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, whose lab investigated the contraceptives. The study was sponsored by the ACT Consortium through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The study was published April 18 in the journal …

    April 20, 2014 2:24 pm
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Health

  • Nurses’ Experience Key to Better Patient Care, Study Says


    FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Patients may get the best care when treated in hospital units staffed by highly experienced nurses, a new study shows. Researchers analyzed data from more than 900,000 patients admitted over four years to U.S. Veterans Administration hospitals and found that for each one-year increase in the average tenure of registered nurses in a hospital unit, patients spent 1.3 percent less time in the hospital. A shorter hospital stay indicates that a patient received better care, and is also more cost-effective, according to the researchers from Columbia University in New York City. They also found that patients’ length of stay increased when a team of RNs (registered nurses) had to do without an experienced member or had a new member assigned to them. The study appears in the current issue of American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. “Reducing length of stay is the holy grail of hospital management because it …

    April 20, 2014 2:44 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kris Jenner Reunites With Bruce At Church Service, Shows Off Sexy Legs In Mini Dress


    Now that’s a church dress! Kris Jenner reunited with her estranged husband Bruce Jenner for Easter Sunday church service in Calabasas. The momager showed her former hubby what he’s missing by donning a mini dress that showed off her sexy legs. The short, curve hugging patterned dress, which also featured a modest white collar and cuffs, put the reality star’s toned legs on display. It’s hard to believe she’s almost 60 years old! Kris’ mother Mary Jo and her friend were also in attendance. However, none of their kids came to the outing at California Community Church in Los Angeles. Their two youngest daughters, Kylie and Kendall, are at the Coachella music festival, while Kourtney is on vacation with her family in Mexico. They must have celebrated Easter early as Kris Instagrammed a photo on Thursday of the “Easter sweets and goodies” she bought for her “precious Bunnies,” grandkids North, Mason and Penelope. Each tot …

    April 20, 2014 5:06 pm
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Editorial

  • Easter 2014: A celebration of hope


    AP Over 2 billion people are celebrating Easter today, April 20, as the calendars of Western and Eastern churches coincide this year, and these billions of faithful people are celebrating HOPE.   The Easter message begins with the hopeful news that death has been overcome by life, that hatred has been overcome by love, and that sorrow has been overcome by joy.   ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The elements of the story involve women arriving at a garden tomb and finding it empty, but even better, meeting the risen Lord, the embodiment of life and love. Their lives are changed forever and so are the lives of many, many others who hear this remarkable news. The meaning of Easter is HOPE, and we, all of us, need and deserve hope. The resurrection narrative and message are vital for Christian people on this day to be sure.  Easter is celebrated in countless languages and myriad cultures by Jesus’ followers throughout the …

    April 20, 2014 2:34 am
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Odd News

  • Ohio couple married for 70 years dies hours apart


    (Reuters) – An Ohio couple who met as teenagers and were married for 70 years, almost never sleeping apart, died from natural causes within a span of 15 hours, according to their daughter. Helen Felumlee, 92, died on April 12 at their home in Nashport, Ohio, about 55 miles east of Columbus, and her husband Kenneth Felumlee, 91, passed away the next day, according to their joint obituary. “We knew when one went, the other was going to go,” daughter Linda Cody told the Zanesville Times Recorder. “We wanted them to go together, and they did.” The couple met as teenagers and married in 1944, raising eight children together, according to the obituary. Helen was a homemaker and Kenneth was a railroad worker and later a mail carrier, and both were active in the Methodist church, where they taught Sunday school. They spent their retirement traveling to all 50 states by bus and even after …

    April 20, 2014 2:24 pm
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