• Colombia to honour Garcia Marquez

    Colombia to honour Garcia Marquez

    19 April 2014 Last updated at 21:41 Garcia Marquez made a brief appearance outside his house on his 87th birthday, on 6 March Colombia will pay tribute to the Nobel-prize winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez...
  • Down four, Dodgers overwhelm D-Backs to win again

    Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Andre Ethier clubbed a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers used a five-run fifth inning to continue their dominance over the Arizona Diamondbacks with an 8-6 win on Saturday....
  • Anger erupts over Korea ferry rescue

    Anger erupts over Korea ferry rescue

    20 April 2014 Last updated at 04:49 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Scuffles broke out as police prevented families from crossing a bridge to the mainland Families of passengers on a...
  • Rangers double up White Sox

    Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Prince Fielder and Kevin Kouzmanoff both hit solo homers to lead the Texas Rangers to a 6-3 win over the Chicago White Sox in the middle test of a three-game set....
  • Extroverts Happier Regardless of Culture, Study Finds

    Extroverts Happier Regardless of Culture, Study Finds

    FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Being outgoing makes you happier no matter where you live, a new international study says. Researchers looked at mood and behavior among college students in the United States,...

Headline News

  • Former U.S. soldier says his friendly-fire shots might have killed Tillman


    (Reuters) – A former U.S. Army Ranger who was in the same platoon as ex-NFL player Pat Tillman has stated in a television interview that he believes he might have fired the shots that killed Tillman in a 2004 friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan. Steven Elliott, 33, told ESPN program “Outside the Lines” in an interview scheduled to air on Sunday that he regrets joining other soldiers in firing on the spot where Tillman had taken position during a chaotic incident in a mountainous area. “It is possible, in my mind, that I hit him,” Elliott said. Tillman gave up a multimillion dollar career as a defensive back with the Arizona Cardinals football team to enlist in the military in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks and served in the U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment, becoming one of the U.S. military’s most high-profile service members. The U.S. military initially said he was shot by …

    April 20, 2014 12:11 am
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Politics

  • ‘Heartbleed’ virus may affect Obamacare web site


    The Obamacare web site People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama’s signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government’s vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw. Senior administration officials said there is no indication that the HealthCare.gov site has been compromised and the action is being taken out of an abundance of caution. The government’s Heartbleed review is ongoing, the officials said, and users of other websites may also be told to change their passwords in the coming days, including those with accounts on the popular WhiteHouse.gov petitions page. The Heartbleed programming flaw has caused major security concerns across the Internet and affected a widely used encryption technology that was designed to protect online accounts. Major Internet services have been working to insulate themselves against the problem and are also recommending that users change their website passwords. Officials said …

    April 19, 2014 10:26 pm
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Stocks

  • China’s spending crackdown hits drinks giants


    Remy Cointreau said the Chinese government’s “anti-extravagance policy” is hurting sales of premium spirits. China’s crackdown on extravagant spending by officials is creating a headache for some of the world’s biggest drinks companies. Diageo (DEO) and Remy Cointreau — the companies behind brands such as Smirnoff vodka and Cointreau liqueur — said Thursday that China sales were down sharply over the first three months of the year. Since taking office a year ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered an end to excessive spending by officials on everything from luxury hotels to lavish funerals, and made tackling corruption a priority. Luxury auto makers, catering firms and pharmaceuticals groups have already felt the pinch, and the push for moderation is now affecting sales of drinks — in particular premium spirits. Related: Five global liquors about to go big Sales of specialty cognac Remy Martin fell by more than 20% in the first three months of 2014. …

    April 19, 2014 12:31 am
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Sports

  • Down four, Dodgers overwhelm D-Backs to win again


    Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Andre Ethier clubbed a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers used a five-run fifth inning to continue their dominance over the Arizona Diamondbacks with an 8-6 win on Saturday. Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp each went 2-for-4 with two RBI for the Dodgers, who have beaten Arizona six out of the seven meetings this season. Gonzalez has now hit safely in 14 straight games. Dan Haren (3-0) earned the win for LA, throwing 7 1/3 innings and allowing five runs — two earned — on seven hits with five strikeouts. Martin Prado and Paul Goldschmidt each had two RBI for the Diamondbacks, who saw starter Mike Bolsinger (0-1) surrender seven runs — six earned — over four-plus innings of work. Bolsinger, who struck out five, made his first Major League start in the setback. He made his debut in a relief appearance on Monday. With runners at the corners …

    April 20, 2014 12:11 am
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World News

  • Colombia to honour Garcia Marquez


    19 April 2014 Last updated at 21:41 Garcia Marquez made a brief appearance outside his house on his 87th birthday, on 6 March Colombia will pay tribute to the Nobel-prize winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez in a ceremony at Bogota’s national cathedral on Tuesday. President Juan Manuel Santos will be present, but it is not clear whether Garcia Marquez’s family will attend. His relatives have confirmed, however, that they will be at a memorial ceremony in Mexico City on Monday. The author of One Hundred Years of Solitude died on Thursday in Mexico, where he lived for more than 30 years. Colombians feel that the man many consider to be the country’s greatest son must be honoured in his homeland, says the BBC’s Arturo Wallace in Bogota. The writer fled the country in 1981, after learning that Colombia’s military wanted to question him over alleged links with the country’s left-wing guerrillas. He moved to Mexico …

    April 20, 2014 12:11 am
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Technology

  • Hacking the instrument of the future


    20 April 2014 Last updated at 00:22 By LJ Rich Reporter, BBC Click Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. LJ Rich visits Music Tech Fest’s hackathon Stick a bunch of people in a room with pizza, caffeine and a whole load of kit, wait 24 hours and something interesting emerges. That’s the theory of a hackathon. To find out how they work, I enter one held during Music Tech Fest, which is on tour in Boston. The event is dedicated to music technology, my favourite topic. On Saturday, I arrive at Microsoft’s New England Research and Development Center (yes, the Nerd Center) and at half past one, it’s time to start – hackathon organiser Adam John Williams energetically shouts “go”. You wouldn’t know it, though – people are just sitting and chatting. Where’s the intensity? Where’s the urgency? It feels like someone’s bought a whole load of ingredients for a cake, but …

    April 19, 2014 10:06 pm
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Science

  • ‘Dressed’ laser aimed at clouds may be key to inducing rain, lightning


    Related images(click to enlarge) The adage “Everyone complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it” may one day be obsolete if researchers at the University of Central Florida’s College of Optics Photonics and the University of Arizona further develop a new technique to aim a high-energy laser beam into clouds to make it rain or trigger lightning. The solution? Surround the beam with a second beam to act as an energy reservoir, sustaining the central beam to greater distances than previously possible. The secondary “dress” beam refuels and helps prevent the dissipation of the high-intensity primary beam, which on its own would break down quickly. A report on the project, “Externally refueled optical filaments,” was recently published in Nature Photonics. Water condensation and lightning activity in clouds are linked to large amounts of static charged particles. Stimulating those particles with the right kind of laser holds the key to possibly one day summoning …

    April 19, 2014 10:07 pm
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Health

  • Extroverts Happier Regardless of Culture, Study Finds


    FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Being outgoing makes you happier no matter where you live, a new international study says. Researchers looked at mood and behavior among college students in the United States, China, Japan, the Philippines and Venezuela. Overall, those who felt or acted more extroverted in daily situations were happier. The investigators also found that the students’ behavior was more upbeat when they felt free to be themselves, according to the study in the Journal of Research in Personality. “We are not the first to show that being more extroverted in daily behavior can lead to more positive moods. However, we are probably the first to extend this finding to a variety of cultures,” study author Timothy Church, a professor of counseling psychology and associate dean of research in the College of Education at Washington State University, said in a university news release. Previous studies found that introverts in the United …

    April 19, 2014 10:26 pm
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Entertainment

  • Lea Michele & Naya Rivera: Feuding on set of Glee?


    What is happening on the set of Glee? It sounds like two of the stars are feuding and it’s a she said, she said situation. According to TMZ, the cast and crew of the FOX show were upset that Lea Michele held up production because she stepped off the set to deal with a few personal issues. The delay took so long that Naya Rivera got angry and brought the matter to producers. Lea Michele has only happy memories of Cory Monteith That didn’t sit well with Michele, who returned to the set to find out she had been snitched on by her costar. It only escalated the situation and the 27-year-old star reportedly stormed off the set. On the flip side, Michele’s sources told the gossip site that they didn’t know about any complaints because she wasn’t working with Rivera on Tuesday. They accuse Rivera of being tossed off the set and said she …

    April 19, 2014 10:48 pm
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Editorial

  • Will EPA water grab tip US back into recession?


    AP Quietly last month — in the midst of Ukraine, the search for flight MH 370, David Letterman’s retirement and the final hours of March Madness — Washington witnessed a ruling that will affect all of our lives:  the redefinition of water under the Clean Water Act. The redefinition – formally a Proposed Rule issued by the EPA — is momentous not because water is the essence of life (according to Google, it is), but because of the profound consequences for America’s economic growth, or lack thereof, as a result of the new rule. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT As is so often the case with government powers, large matters turn on small shadings of meaning in phrases written decades ago by legislators long since gone.  Consider the bureaucratic meaning of the term “waters of the United States,” which is the rubric under which the U.S. federal government establishes jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.  For more than …

    April 19, 2014 2:12 am
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Odd News

  • Fly me to Sochi, demands Cathay passenger armed with chocolate bar, court hears


    HONG KONG (Reuters) – A passenger on board a Hong Kong-bound Cathay Pacific flight, armed only with a Toblerone chocolate bar, demanded the plane fly to Sochi so he could watch the Winter Olympics, a court heard. Antti Oskari Manselius, 23, from Finland, also made a false bomb threat on the February 14 flight from Amsterdam and said he was robbing the plane, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday. Manselius pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct and giving false information about a bomb when he appeared in court on Thursday, the Post said. He said he was trying to entertain the other passengers and was making “fun and jokes”. Two flight attendants told the court that they saw Manselius walking towards the cockpit. He had two economy-class blankets wrapped around his head and was wearing another like a cape. He held the Toblerone chocolate bar “like a sword”, the newspaper said, quoting one …

    April 18, 2014 9:42 am
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