Headline News

  • Utility found ‘hazardous situation’ in gas link before New York blast


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Utility workers dispatched in August to one of three buildings destroyed in an explosion and fire in Manhattan last week found dangerous gas line connections that created a “hazardous situation,” a Con Edison spokesman said on Saturday. The crew was sent to the building after a Con Edison worker reading gas meters smelled gas on Aug. 6 in the basement, said Con Edison spokesman Allan Drury. The basement could hold the key to the cause of the devastation, in which 22 people were injured – four critically – and two people remained unaccounted for, police said. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday that the blast was possibly tied to someone “inappropriately” tapping into a gas line. The owner of the sushi restaurant where the explosion occurred told The New York Times that utility workers determined that gas intended for his restaurant was being siphoned off illegally for use …

    March 29, 2015 8:20 am
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Politics

  • Indiana governor wants to ‘clarify’ law that discriminates


    Thousands of opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, gathered on the lawn of the Indiana State House to rally against that legislation Saturday.(AP Photo/Doug McSchooler) Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said he would support legislation to “clarify the intent” of a new state law that has attracted widespread criticism over concerns it could allow discrimination against gay people. In an interview Saturday with the Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/1MhuY1d), the Republican governor said he’s been in discussions with legislative leaders this weekend. He expects that a clarification bill will be introduced this coming week to the religious objections law he signed Thursday. Pence declined to provide details but told the newspaper that making gay and lesbian Indiana residents a protected legal class is “not on my agenda.” Pence disputes that the law allows state-sanctioned anti-gay discrimination, as some Indiana businesses, convention organizers and others have argued. He says he didn’t anticipate “the hostility …

    March 29, 2015 7:00 am
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Stocks

  • Indiana backlash: Opposition to anti-gay law grows


    Add Angie’s List to the roster of companies and business interests taking a stand against Indiana’s new anti-gay law. CEO Bill Oesterle announced Saturday that the company had put its proposed campus expansion project in Indianapolis “on hold” following the passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Angie’s List, a business-rating website, was expected to break ground on the campus expansion within days. “We are putting the ‘Ford Building Project’ on hold until we fully understand the implications of the freedom restoration act on our employees, both current and future,” Oesterle said in a statement. “Angie’s List is open to all and discriminates against none and we are hugely disappointed in what this bill represents.” Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act gives businesses owners who oppose homosexuality for religious reasons the right to turn away gay, lesbian and transgender people. Governor Mike Pence, who signed the law Thursday, hailed it as a victory for “religious liberty.” …

    March 29, 2015 7:19 am
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Sports

  • Australia beats New Zealand to win its 5th Cricket World Cup title


    March 29, 2015: Australia’s Steve Smith, left, and teammate Shane Watson celebrate after defeating New Zealand by seven wickets to win the Cricket World Cup final in Melbourne, Australia. (AP) MELBOURNE, Australia –  Michael Clarke signed off with a half century and another World Cup title, leading Australia to a seven-wicket victory over first-time finalist New Zealand before a record crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. Clarke (74) and Steve Smith (56 not out), the current and the likely future captains, spearheaded Australia to the winning target of 184 in the 34th over to capture its record-extending fifth World Cup title. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Clarke, who played in the winning team in 2007, was bowled by Matt Henry nine runs short of the target in his 245th and last one-day international. Smith hit the winning runs as Australia reached 186-3. Australia’s left-arm pacemen did the damage early. Mitchell Starc (2-20), Mitchell Johnson (3-30) and James …

    March 29, 2015 8:19 am
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World News

  • Mass rally in Tunis over museum raid


    Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of Tunis for an anti-terror march. Chanting “Tunisia is free! Terrorism out!” they marched to the Bardo Museum, the scene of an attack in which 21 tourists and a Tunisian died. French President Francois Hollande and other world leaders attended a ceremony at the museum. Hours earlier, Tunisian authorities said that they had killed one of the prime suspects in the attack. Gunmen stormed the museum in Tunis on 18 March. British, Japanese, French, Italian and Colombian tourists were among the dead. On Sunday, President Hollande announced that Huguette Dupeu, a Frenchwoman injured in the attack, had died from her wounds. As well as the French leader, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and other foreign dignitaries attended a ceremony at the museum where a stone tablet was dedicated to the memory of the attack victims. “We have shown we are a democratic people, Tunisians are moderate, and …

    March 29, 2015 8:19 am
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Technology

  • Ellen Pao waxes philosophical in post-trial tweet storm


    Ellen Pao, right, with attorney Therese Lawless after the verdict was delivered. In a series of post-trial tweets, Pao said, “If we do not share our stories and shine a light on inequities, things will not change.” Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Ellen Pao, who on Friday lost her gender-discrimination suit against one of the most powerful venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, took to Twitter after the verdict was announced to elaborate on the trial. What’s amazing is how few Twitter followers the woman at the center of what some are calling a watershed moment in tech history has. Pao put out a short tweet storm to her 5,834 followers on the Twitter account she set up in 2007, two years after joining Kleiner Perkins Cauflield Byers as a junior partner. She thanked her supporters, family and legal team and reaffirmed her decision to challenge the firm for what she had claimed was bias against her, …

    March 29, 2015 6:39 am
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Science

  • A peek at the secret life of pandas


    Related images(click to enlarge) Reclusive giant pandas fascinate the world, yet precious little is known about how they spend their time in the Chinese bamboo forests. Until now. A team of Michigan State University (MSU) researchers who have been electronically stalking five pandas in the wild, courtesy of rare GPS collars, have finished crunching months of data and has published some panda surprises in this month’s Journal of Mammalogy. “Pandas are such an elusive species and it’s very hard to observe them in wild, so we haven’t had a good picture of where they are from one day to the next,” said Vanessa Hull, a research associate at MSU’s Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS). Jindong Zhang, a co-author on the paper and postdoctoral researcher at CSIS continues “This was a great opportunity to get a peek into the panda’s secretive society that has been closed off to us in the past.” Hull adds, …

    March 29, 2015 6:59 am
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Health

  • GSK agrees UK deal for meningitis shot after Novartis stand-off


    LONDON (Reuters) – GlaxoSmithKline has reached a deal with the British government to supply a new meningitis B vaccine, following a lengthy stand-off over price with the product’s previous owner Novartis. Health minister Jeremy Hunt announced the deal on Sunday, which he said would make Britain the first country in the world to have a nationwide vaccination program for the potentially deadly childhood disease. Government advisers said in 2014 that all children over two months old should be given the vaccine Bexsero, which was developed by Novartis. But talks stalled over price, leading to high-profile protests by campaigners demanding immediate access. Britain’s GSK earlier this month completed a deal to acquire the vaccine from Swiss-based Novartis, following a complex three-part asset swap worth more than $20 billion. “We had a stand-off really for the best part of a year with the company that used to own this vaccine but since GSK have come on board …

    March 29, 2015 7:00 am
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Entertainment

  • Teen Mom‘s Jenelle Evans’ recent weight loss sparks nasty backlash


    More: Jenelle Evans’ rocky relationship takes a serious toll on her son We at SheKnows know a woman’s weight is almost always her biggest struggle, so we try to steer clear of judging anyone for being “too thick” or “too skinny.” And we’ll keep our opinions to ourselves on Evans’ post-baby weight-loss journey. However, after recently posting her new weight, Evans caught a lot of hatred from Twitter followers and internet comments. Here’s what the young mother originally posted. Weighed myself in class and went from 115 lbs the beginning of this month and now 108 lbs! Sweating and working out is paying off! — Jenelle Evans (@PBandJenelley_1) March 26, 2015 When a fan asked her how she did it, Evans claimed lots of healthy food and veggies and taking supplements. From there it was only a matter of time before fans and haters began to descend. Interestingly enough, most of the negative comments weren’t …

    March 29, 2015 7:19 am
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Editorial

  • America in the 21st Century: Time to renew the call for national service


     (AP) FILE — Monday, May 28, 2012: Austin Bunyard, 5, squints in the bright sun as he watches veterans salute the American flag during a Memorial Day ceremony on the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Ill. ((AP Photo/The Dispatch, Paul Colletti)) The yelling began the instant the doors closed on the buses taking me and the two hundred other draftees from Nassau County Long Island to Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn to be inducted into the army.    Yelling is the primary form of communication used in the first two months of service.  I was now under the rule of the unified code of military justice, and there was no such thing as “I quit” or “I’m not doing that” without dire consequences involving words like “imprisonment” and “hard labor”.  It was November of 1966, and whatever coddled innocence that was bestowed upon me by loving parents was soon gone along with my hair, clothes, privacy, …

    March 29, 2015 2:58 am
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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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