Headline News

  • French replica of revolutionary frigate sets sail for Boston


    Apr. 15, 2015: The three masts of the 213 feet long frigate Hermione sails at La Rochelle, southwest France, as part of preparation of a trip to America. (AP) FOURAS, France –  With champagne, fireworks and a presidential blessing, a painstakingly built replica of the frigate once used to bring French troops and funds to American revolutionaries is setting sail for Boston. Saturday night’s celebratory sendoff for the $27 million Hermione seeks to retrace the 213-foot frigate’s trans-Atlantic journey in 1780, when its namesake under Marquis de Lafayette’s command helped to lay the foundation of French-American relations. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Lafayette persuaded French King Louis XVI to provide military and financial support to George Washington’s troops. Lafayette set sail on March 21, 1780, arrived 38 days later in Boston, and played an important role in the revolutionaries’ ultimate defeat of Britain. French President Francois Hollande plans to take a short trip on the ship ahead of …

    April 18, 2015 5:44 pm
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Politics

  • Marco Rubio: The $40 million man


    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) Less than a week after announcing his 2016 campaign for president, Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida doesn’t need to worry about money. It’s as good as in the bank. “Marco Rubio will have the resources necessary to run a first-class campaign, that’s already been determined,” said billionaire Florida auto dealer Norman Braman, a former Jeb Bush supporter who is now one of Rubio’s highest-silhouette donors. Annandale Capital founder George Seay, who is hosting a Rubio fundraiser with the moneyed Dallas elite at his 7,000-square-foot, seven-bath home on Tuesday, said: “Marco has had zero trouble raising money.” At least seven other Rubio mega donors say their candidate has already received monetary commitments in excess of the $40 million he will likely need to battle through a presidential primary season that will feature a crowd of seasoned Republican candidates with strong financial backing. Rubio’s whirlwind money-raising comes after a …

    April 18, 2015 2:41 pm
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Stocks

  • AmEx rejected by Costco, JetBlue and Wall Street


    Not even Superman and Jerry Seinfeld could save American Express these days. (Remember those hilarious ads with the Man of Steel and the world’s most famous cereal lover?) AmEx (AXP) is the worst performing stock in the Dow this year, and things don’t appear to be getting better anytime soon. The credit card giant reported its first quarter results Thursday afternoon. Investors are treating the stock like a cardholder with an overdue balance. Declined! AmEx fell more than 5% Friday. It’s now down 17% in 2015. Why are investors bummed out? Although the company’s earnings topped forecasts, sales missed. AmEx said the strong dollar was having a “significant impact” on its international business. It’s not alone. Most blue chip firms with big overseas operations have warned that the greenback is going to squeeze sales this year. Related: Costco just killed my favorite credit card But AmEx has bigger issues than currency fluctuations. The company said …

    April 18, 2015 5:03 pm
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Sports

  • Mathews defeats Luis for WBA lightweight title


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    April 18, 2015 5:43 pm
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World News

  • Nigeria ‘mystery disease’ kills 18


    A “mysterious” disease has killed at least 18 people in the past several days in south-eastern Nigeria, local officials say. The outbreak started in the Ode-Irele town, Ondo state, and spread rapidly. The disease – characterised by blurred vision, headache and loss of consciousness – killed the victims within 24 hours of falling ill. Local health officials and World Health Organization experts are now in the town to try to identify the disease. Laboratory tests have so far ruled out Ebola or any other virus, Ondo government spokesman Kayode Akinmade was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency. He described the illness as “mysterious”. WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl told AFP that all of those affected started showing symptoms between 13-15 April. The unidentified disease appears to be attacking the central nervous system, state health commissioner Dayo Adeyanju told Nigeria’s Premium Times.

    April 18, 2015 5:44 pm
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Technology

  • They monitor hearts, count calories … but are health apps any good for you?


    Going to the doctor’s is a pain. Why, if you have a recurring condition, do you need to take time off to go through the same checks to get the same prescription? How is it that the only time the doctor can see you is the least convenient hour of the week? Why is it that after wasting time with old copies of National Geographic in the waiting room, you are ushered into a smaller room only to wait again? Now technology – bold disrupter of industries from media to banking – is promising a brave new world of medicine. A world in which, as author and cardiologist Dr Eric Topol has it in his new book, The Patient Will See You Now. Tech companies see healthcare as a new gold mine. Aggregating this information into big data will reveal patterns that will solve medical mysteries and lead to innovations, they argue. Last year, Google’s …

    April 18, 2015 6:23 pm
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Science

  • Researchers make key malarial drug-resistence finding


    According to the World Health Organization’s 2014 World Malaria Report, there are an estimated 198 million cases of malaria worldwide with 3.3 billion people at risk for contracting the infection. Although the impact of malaria is still significant, the statistics reflect a considerable reduction in the global malaria burden. Since 2010, disease transmission has been reduced by 30 percent and mortality due to malaria has decreased by almost half. Artemisinins are powerful drugs that have the most rapid action of all current drugs against Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite species that causes the most dangerous form of malaria. Artemisinin combination therapies (ACTs) are now standard treatment worldwide for P. falciparum malaria. Unfortunately, resistance to artemisinin has been detected in five countries across Southeast Asia. Along the Cambodia-Thailand border, P. falciparum is now resistant to most available antimalarial drugs. Artemisinin resistance poses a serious global threat to malaria control and elimination. “There are two phases of blood …

    April 18, 2015 2:40 pm
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Health

  • U.S. regulators may recommend testing food for glyphosate residues


    (Reuters) – U.S. regulators may start testing food products for residues of the world’s most widely used herbicide, the Environmental Protection Agency told Reuters on Friday, as public concern rises over possible links to disease. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, has come under intense scrutiny since a research unit of the World Health Organization reported last month it was classifying glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” The herbicide is considered safe by the EPA, as well as many foreign regulatory agencies, including in the European Union. Still, a number of companies, consumer groups and advocacy organizations have been sampling foods, as well as human urine and breast milk, to try to determine the pervasiveness of glyphosate residues. Glyphosate is used on corn, soybeans, sugar beets and other crops genetically altered to withstand it. It is also used by farmers growing wheat and other crops. Its use has surged with the advancement of genetically …

    April 18, 2015 2:41 pm
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Entertainment

  • RHOBH Tweet Support For Kim Richards After Drunken Arrest


    Posted on Fri Apr 17th, 2015 8:55am PDT       By X17 Staff They’ve got her back! After Kim Richards’ drunken arrest early Thursday, her Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are speaking out and lending words of support to their co-star and friend. “I feel badly for Kim Richards and her family. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time,” Eileen Davidson tweeted after the news broke. Kim’s new bestie Brandi Glanville also spoke out, and thanked the reality star for being generous despite the issues she’s struggling with. “Real friends are there in the good times, the bad times especially the worst times. I am blessed with real friends am a real friend myself. Wanted to say thank you to @KimRichards11 for donating to our school auction in the middle of all she has going on! so proud of her,” she tweeted. Kim Richards doesn’t get along quite as well with Lisa Vanderpump and …

    April 18, 2015 5:43 pm
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Editorial

  • Forget Cuba or health care reform, Obama’s real legacy is Middle East nukes


    April 17, 2015: President Obama reaches to shake hands with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in the Oval Office. (AP) President Obama recently sat down for a long, wide-ranging interview with Thomas Friedman, the New York Times’ premier columnist and multiple Pulitzer Prize winner. It was supposed to be an elevated discussion between two intellectuals about the weighty foreign policy issues not just of the day, but of the modern era. Obama kept referring to broad, sweeping words of wisdom – the deal with Iran is a “once in a lifetime” chance. He hinted at a similar deal with Cuba. And he announced, “You asked about an Obama doctrine. The doctrine is: We will engage, but we preserve all our capabilities.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Sadly, we have seen that the alternative to American leadership isn’t world peace, but rising regional hegemony – or even worse, chaos. China, Russia, Iran and the Islamic State don’t want to play …

    April 18, 2015 6:56 am
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Odd News

  • Former Washington state governor ejects man from car


    SEATTLE (Reuters) – Former Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire used fast thinking and driving to stop a stranger from climbing into her car in a store parking lot, Olympia police said on Thursday. Gregoire, who was governor from 2005 to 2013, packed her purchases into the car’s trunk in a Lowe’s home improvement lot, the police said. As she did she saw a man watching her. Police said that once she was inside the car, the man opened the passenger door and started climbing in just as she began backing out of the space. She hit the gas pedal, the man fell to the ground and the door slammed shut, police said. The man, identified as 47-year-old Mark Snodderly, was not injured. Police said he then caused a disturbance in the store, adding that he was cited for disorderly conduct and taken to a hospital for evaluation. (This story has been refiled to fix spelling …

    April 16, 2015 6:22 pm
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