• Outcry as IS ‘wrecks’ Assyrian site

    Outcry as IS ‘wrecks’ Assyrian site

    6 March 2015 Last updated at 12:21 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Why is Islamic State destroying Iraq’s history? – Explained in 60 secs Archaeologists and officials have expressed outrage about...
  • Harris doubts Oscar host return

    Harris doubts Oscar host return

    6 March 2015 Last updated at 11:40 Neil Patrick Harris had previously been a hit hosting the Tony Awards Neil Patrick Harris has said he doubts he will ever present the Oscars again, following his...
  • Dozens arrested in cybercrime raids

    Dozens arrested in cybercrime raids

    6 March 2015 Last updated at 12:23 One raid led to the arrest of a man thought to be involved with an attack on Yahoo in 2012 The UK’s National Crime Agency has arrested 56...
  • Palestinian driver attacks Israelis

    Palestinian driver attacks Israelis

    6 March 2015 Last updated at 10:11 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The attack took place at the same location as two similar incidents last year, as David Eades reports A...
  • Indonesia struggling to nurture another world champion

    BIRMINGHAM, March 6 (Reuters) – The thought of watching “so-so” Indonesian singles players doesn’t sit well with Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat. In a year when Jakarta stages the world championships for the first time since...
  • Solange Steps Up The Style During Paris Fashion Week

    Solange Steps Up The Style During Paris Fashion Week

    Posted on Thu Mar 5th, 2015 1:51pm PDT       By X17 Staff Beyonce’s younger sister certainly knows how to steal the spotlight. Solange turned heads at both the Carven and HM shows at Paris Fashion Week. Yesterday,...

Headline News

  • Harris doubts Oscar host return


    6 March 2015 Last updated at 11:40 Neil Patrick Harris had previously been a hit hosting the Tony Awards Neil Patrick Harris has said he doubts he will ever present the Oscars again, following his much-criticised hosting of the event this year. The actor told The Huffington Post: “I don’t know that my family nor my soul could take it.” Ratings for this year’s televised ceremony were down 16% on last year, and the lowest for six years. Harris’s stint as host came in for a bashing, with criticism it was flat and even “embarrassing” in places. He had previously won plaudits for his hosting of the Tony Awards, which appeared to suit his style more having a Broadway background himself. Asked if he read the reviews, he said: “I didn’t keep up with it obsessively, but it was interesting to see just what people thought landed and didn’t.” Harris wore his pants on stage …

    March 6, 2015 6:26 am
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Politics

  • Wisconsin Assembly slogs through debate on right-to-work bill; unions cry foul


    MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) – Wisconsin lawmakers on Thursday debated through the night on a measure supported by Republican Governor Scott Walker that would prohibit private-sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues when working under union contracts. Walker, a presidential hopeful, is expected to sign the right-to-work bill on Monday if it gets to his desk after what could be a 24-hour session in the state Assembly. Security cleared the Assembly gallery when protesters there shouted “right to work is wrong for Wisconsin,” bringing a temporary halt to the session on Thursday afternoon. Dozens of demonstrators who tried to get onto the Assembly floor were blocked by capitol security officers. Two people were arrested on Thursday, police said. The state Senate approved the bill last week, and the Assembly, where Republicans hold a 63-36 majority, is expected to follow suit to make Wisconsin the 25th state to enact a right-to-work law. …

    March 6, 2015 2:45 am
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Stocks

  • Losers! These 9 stocks missed the bull market


    How great has the bull market of the past six years been? Only nine stocks in the SP 500 have a negative total return since the SP 500 bottomed. That’s right. Nine. Who’s on this unfortunate list? Several oil and energy companies. And many of them had been taking part in the huge market rally up until recently. They only gave up their gains in the past few months as crude prices evaporated. Oil’s not well. The biggest loser is driller Transocean (RIG). It’s down more than 60%. The company’s involvement in the tragic Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010 didn’t help the stock either. Related: 6 stocks that left the bull market in the dust Fellow drillers Diamond Offshore (DO) and Noble (NE) have also lost money for shareholders since the SP 500 had its lowest close of the bear market on March 9. 2009. (It actually …

    March 6, 2015 5:06 am
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Sports

  • Bach: IOC doesn’t necessarily condone political systems in Olympic host countries


    COPENHAGEN, Denmark –  IOC President Thomas Bach says the Olympic body does not necessarily condone the political or legal systems in countries it selects to host the games. In a speech at a sports congress in Denmark, Bach reiterated his position that the International Olympic Committee must remain “politically neutral” but also consider the political implications in choosing host cities. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT He says “choosing a host city does not mean that the IOC necessarily agrees with the political and/or the legal system in the host country.” The IOC has been criticized by human rights groups for sending the games to China and Russia. Later this year, the IOC will choose between Beijing and the Kazakh city of Almaty to host the 2022 Winter Games. Bach also says “it does not mean that we agree with the death penalty.”

    March 6, 2015 6:26 am
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World News

  • Outcry as IS ‘wrecks’ Assyrian site


    6 March 2015 Last updated at 12:21 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Why is Islamic State destroying Iraq’s history? – Explained in 60 secs Archaeologists and officials have expressed outrage about the bulldozing of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud by Islamic State militants in Iraq. On Thursday IS – which controls swathes of Iraq and Syria – began demolishing the site, which was founded in the 13th Century BC, Iraqi officials said. The head of UN’s cultural agency condemned the “systematic” destruction in Iraq as a “war crime”. IS says ancient shrines and statues are “false idols” that have to be smashed. “They are erasing our history,” said Iraqi archaeologist Lamia al-Gailani. IS says ancient shrines and statues are “false idols” Nimrud (pictured) lies just south-east of Mosul, where militants attacked artefacts with sledgehammers last week Remarkable bas-reliefs, ivories and sculptures have been discovered in Nimrud, where the first modern …

    March 6, 2015 6:26 am
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Technology

  • Dozens arrested in cybercrime raids


    6 March 2015 Last updated at 12:23 One raid led to the arrest of a man thought to be involved with an attack on Yahoo in 2012 The UK’s National Crime Agency has arrested 56 suspected hackers as part of a “strike week” against cybercrime. In total, 25 separate operations were carried out across England, Scotland and Wales. Those arrested are suspected of being involved in a wide variety of cybercrimes including data theft, fraud and virus writing. One raid the BBC witnessed targeted a man suspected of involvement in a 2012 hack attack on web giant Yahoo. Stolen data The week-long series of operations was co-ordinated by the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) as well as specialist officers from regional organised crime squads and the Metropolitan Police. West Midlands police arrested a 23-year-old man in Sutton Coldfield who is believed to have been involved in breaking into the network of the US defence …

    March 6, 2015 6:26 am
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Science

  • Phthalates potentially alter levels of a pregnancy hormone that influences sex development


    Related images(click to enlarge) Exposure to hormone-altering chemicals called phthalates — which are found in many plastics, foods and personal care products — early in pregnancy is associated with a disruption in an essential pregnancy hormone and adversely affects the masculinization of male genitals in the baby, according to research led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. The findings, presented today at the Endocrine Society’s 97th annual meeting in San Diego and funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, focus on the role of the placenta in responding to these chemicals and altering levels of a key pregnancy hormone. These results suggest that there may be reason to push routine clinical testing earlier in pregnancy to check for the effects of chemicals and help guide potential interventions to protect the health of the baby. “Phthalates are pervasive,” said Jennifer Adibi, M.P.H., Sc.D., assistant professor of epidemiology at Pitt Public …

    March 6, 2015 2:45 am
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Health

  • What kills more women than AIDS and breast cancer? Dirty wate


    NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Diseases spread through dirty water and poor sanitation are the fifth biggest killer of women worldwide, causing more deaths than AIDS, diabetes or breast cancer, researchers say. Nearly 800,000 women die every year because they lack access to safe toilets and clean water, said the development organization WaterAid, which analyzed data from the Seattle-based Institute of Health Metrics research center. “This completely unacceptable situation affects women and girls’ education, their health, their dignity and ultimately, in too many cases, results in an early and needless death,” WaterAid CEO Barbara Frost said in a statement. The only conditions more fatal for women than the lack of decent sanitation are heart disease, stroke, lower respiratory infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to the report. More than 1 billion women, or one in three women around the world, do not have access to a safe, private toilet, while 370 million – …

    March 6, 2015 2:45 am
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Entertainment

  • Solange Steps Up The Style During Paris Fashion Week


    Posted on Thu Mar 5th, 2015 1:51pm PDT       By X17 Staff Beyonce’s younger sister certainly knows how to steal the spotlight. Solange turned heads at both the Carven and HM shows at Paris Fashion Week. Yesterday, the “Losing You” singer was a sexy lady in red when she rocked a wild hairstyle, red faux fur coat, geometric turtle neck and split skirt to the Carven show at the Tuileries gardens on Wednesday. On Thursday, the 28-year-old went for a silk smooth look in a cream-colored three-piece ensemble, complete with a pink limp and flirty heels, perfect for any boudoir shoot. In January, the newly married gal became the new face of Elevenparis, an online retailer, whose Paris Fashion Week party she will be DJing at on Thursday night. “DJing should be fun. But I’m here in Paris to take inspiration in the styles that are so different from New York,” she told The Associated Press. “Paris …

    March 6, 2015 5:26 am
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Editorial

  • Florida city wages soviet-style crackdown on churches


    A worship service at Common Ground Church in Lake Worth, Fla. (Courtesy Common Ground Church) A government crackdown on churches has Christians in Lake Worth, Fla., wondering if they live in the United States or the former Soviet Union. Churches in Lake Worth, population 36,000,  have been ordered to acquire a business license. As if the church has to get the government’s permission to preach and pray? ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT But wait. It gets worse, folks. City officials were so concerned about one congregation that they dispatched a code enforcement officer cloaked in a hoodie to spy on a Southern Baptist church that was meeting in a coffee house. It’s like the plot of a Cold War spy novel. Folks, it’s like the plot of a Cold War spy novel. “Government employees are public servants and prohibited by the Constitution from inhibiting religious freedom,” said Mat Staver, founder of the religious liberty law firm Liberty Counsel. “That …

    March 6, 2015 3:04 am
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Odd News

  • Florida man drove dead body to attorney’s office: police


    ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) – Florida detectives are investigating the case of a man who drove to his lawyer’s office with a dead body in the bed of his pickup truck, authorities said on Thursday. John Marshall, 52, said he shot his neighbor in self-defense during a scuffle involving a gun, his attorney, Robert Harris, told the Fort Myers News-Press and WINK-TV. The lawyer reported the death of 65-year-old Theodore Hubbell, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, which said it had not made any arrests. The men were neighbors in Bokeelia, a community of about 2,000 people on Pine Island in southwest Florida, according to sheriff’s spokesman Tony Schall. Marshall was taken to the hospital with facial wounds and possibly broken thumbs, according to the News-Press. Harris told the News-Press that Marshall had called him days earlier saying he feared for his safety. It was not clear why the men were fighting, but their dispute …

    March 5, 2015 10:43 pm
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