• Minecraft to release monthly UK magazine

    The UK is to get its first magazine dedicated to the hugely popular building-block game Minecraft. Dennis Publishing is to launch a monthly magazine called Minecraft World after striking a deal with Mojang, the creator...
  • Alleged Nazi criminal dies in Canada

    Alleged Nazi criminal dies in Canada

    Vladimir Katriuk spent his last years on a honeybee farm in Ormstown, Quebec A Ukrainian man suspected of being a Nazi war criminal has died in Canada. Vladimir Katriuk was second on a most wanted...
  • US ex-speaker charged over payments

    Dennis Hastert is the longest-serving Republican House speaker in US history Former US House of Representatives speaker Dennis Hastert has been charged over illegal cash withdrawals to pay hush money to an unnamed individual. Mr...
  • Bond investing risks

    Here are the major risks that can affect your bond’s return: Inflation risk: Since bond interest payments are fixed, their value can be eroded by inflation. The longer the term of the bond, the higher...
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    Today’s Toons 5/29/15

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Headline News

  • Alleged Nazi criminal dies in Canada


    Vladimir Katriuk spent his last years on a honeybee farm in Ormstown, Quebec A Ukrainian man suspected of being a Nazi war criminal has died in Canada. Vladimir Katriuk was second on a most wanted list compiled by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a US organisation which investigates Nazi war criminals. Mr Katriuk passed away aged 93 after a long illness, his lawyer said. His death came just hours after the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs said Canada should ensure he was held accountable for alleged war crimes. Russia charged Mr Katriuk earlier this month and issued a request for him to be deported from Canada to Moscow to face trial. Village massacre Russia’s investigative committee alleged he took part in a 1943 massacre in the village of Khatyn, which was then in the Soviet Union and is now part of Belarus. It is thought that all 156 residents of the village were killed by …

    May 29, 2015 4:22 am
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Politics

  • Former House Speaker Hastert indicted on federal charges


    CHICAGO Former House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert was indicted on Thursday on federal charges, including for lying to the FBI, relating to an alleged effort to hide $3.5 million in payments he was making to a person to conceal past misconduct. The Illinois Republican, who left Congress in 2007, was charged with structuring the withdrawal of $952,000 in cash to evade the requirement that banks report cash transactions over $10,000, and lying to the FBI about his withdrawals, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago said. Each count of the two-count indictment carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Hastert, 73, resigned on Thursday from the Dickstein Shapiro law firm in Washington where he was listed as a senior adviser and from the board of the exchange operator CME Group Inc, representatives of the law firm and CME said. Hastert could not be reached immediately to comment on the …

    May 29, 2015 1:21 am
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Stocks

  • Bond investing risks


    Here are the major risks that can affect your bond’s return: Inflation risk: Since bond interest payments are fixed, their value can be eroded by inflation. The longer the term of the bond, the higher the inflation risk. On the other hand, bonds are a classic deflation hedge; deflation increases the value of the dollars that bond investors get paid. Interest rate risk: Bond prices move in the opposite direction of interest rates. When rates rise, bond prices fall because new bonds are issued that pay higher coupons, making the older, lower-yielding bonds less attractive. Conversely, bond prices rise when interest rates fall because the higher payouts on the old bonds look more attractive relative to the lower rates offered on newer ones. The longer the term of the bond, the greater the price fluctuation — or volatility — that results from any change in interest rates. There is a close connection between inflation risk …

    May 29, 2015 4:22 am
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Sports

  • Nepal may extend Everest climbing permits because of earthquake


    KATHMANDU Nepal may allow hundreds of foreign mountaineers to climb Mount Everest on the same permit next year after they were forced to abandon their expeditions due to an avalanche triggered by last month’s devastating earthquake, a minister said on Friday. More than 350 foreign climbers abandoned their attempts to reach the summit after the avalanche buried part of Everest base camp, killing 18 people and destroying tents. “No climbers have made any request for the extension of their permits so far. If any request comes I am personally positive about this,” Tourism Minister Kripasur Sherpa told reporters.The minister was speaking on the sidelines of a National Mount Everest Day function in Kathmandu celebrating the day when New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay made the first ascent of the mountain in 1953. A massive earthquake and aftershock struck Nepal on April 25 and May 12, killing more than 8,600 people and making …

    May 29, 2015 4:23 am
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World News

  • US ex-speaker charged over payments


    Dennis Hastert is the longest-serving Republican House speaker in US history Former US House of Representatives speaker Dennis Hastert has been charged over illegal cash withdrawals to pay hush money to an unnamed individual. Mr Hastert, 73, allegedly withdrew $1.7m (£1.1m; €1.6m) in small amounts to skirt federal reporting rules. According to the indictment, he agreed to pay $3.5m to an unnamed individual to “conceal his prior misconduct”. He served as a Republican congressman from Illinois for more than 20 years until 2007. ‘Individual A’ The indictment alleges that Mr Hastert, who is also charged with lying to the FBI, made a deal in 2010 with “Individual A” to make payments in recompense for unspecified prior misconduct. Individual A lives in Yorkville, Illinois, where Mr Hastert was a high school teacher and wrestling coach between 1965 to 1981, and has known the former speaker most of his life. According to the indictment, Mr Hastert began …

    May 29, 2015 4:22 am
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Technology

  • Minecraft to release monthly UK magazine


    The UK is to get its first magazine dedicated to the hugely popular building-block game Minecraft. Dennis Publishing is to launch a monthly magazine called Minecraft World after striking a deal with Mojang, the creator of Minecraft which was acquired by Microsoft in a $2.5bn deal last year. It will be the first regularly published title dedicated to Minecraft – Dennis has published three standalone MagBooks, a part magazine, part book product – with the print run for the first issue set at 45,000. Dennis has also signeda deal with Mojang to use certain trademark images and intellectual property to enhance the magazine, but the agreement does not extend to the title being an officially licensed Minecraft product. “Dennis Publishing will have the first unofficial Minecraft magazine on sale in the UK,” said Dharmesh Mistry, publisher of the title at Dennis. “There was a real gap in the market for a quality print magazine that …

    May 29, 2015 4:42 am
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Science

  • Stanford researchers tie unexpected brain structures to creativity — and to stifling it


    Investigators at Stanford University have found a surprising link between creative problem-solving and heightened activity in the cerebellum, a structure located in the back of the brain and more typically thought of as the body’s movement-coordination center. In designing the study, the researchers drew inspiration from the game Pictionary. The cerebellum, traditionally viewed as the brain’s practice-makes-perfect, movement-control center, hasn’t been previously recognized as critical to creativity. The new study, a collaboration between the School of Medicine and Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, commonly known as the d.school, is the first to find direct evidence that this brain region is involved in the creative process. “Our findings represent an advance in our knowledge of the brain-based physiology of creativity,” said the study’s senior author, Allan Reiss, MD, professor of radiology and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. The study, to be published May 28 in Scientific Reports, also suggests that shifting the brain’s higher-level, executive-control …

    May 29, 2015 1:02 am
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Health

  • Fitness in middle age linked to healthier brain in later years


    (Reuters Health) – – People who have better aerobic fitness in middle age may ward off decreases in brain volume later in life, potentially preserving memory and other functions, a U.S. study suggests. “The current findings suggest that maintaining high fitness in midlife may boost brain health on average 20 years later in adults who have not yet experienced cognitive impairment,” lead study author Qu Tian, a gerontology researcher at the U.S. National Institute on Aging, said by email. Tian and colleagues followed 146 older adults over a decade, using treadmill tests to measure cardiorespiratory fitness. They also used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to detect changes in brain volume. At the start of the study in 1994, participants were 69 years old on average. To be included, they had to be healthy and free of cognitive impairment, dementia, Parkinson’s disease or other neurological problems and have no history of stroke, heart or lung disease, or …

    May 29, 2015 1:21 am
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Entertainment

  • GoT‘s Emilia Clarke reveals the terrible things said about her online


    More: Game of Thrones: 11 Ways Tyrion and Daenerys are perfect for each other During a recent interview with Marie Clare UK, Clarke, who is the magazine’s July cover girl, revealed the terrible things that she read about herself on the web. “I remember when everything first kicked off, I Googled myself. You just do; it’s instinct,” the star, who plays beloved character Daenerys Targaryen on GoT, told the magazine. “But never again. It just takes that one person who says, ‘She’s a fat bitch,’ and you’re like, ‘I’m a fat bitch!’” More: Game of Thrones‘ Lena Headey makes incredible promise to her unborn baby No one enjoys reading nasty comments about themselves, and this is certainly not something that Clarke needed to see, so it’s no wonder she’s given up Googling herself (although we’re sure there are plenty of amazing comments about her online). Clarke’s a very talented actress, but a lot of emphasis …

    May 29, 2015 3:42 am
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Editorial

  • Climate change: Mr. Obama, 97 percent of experts is a bogus number


    Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: Climate change is real, man-made and dangerous. President Obama tweeted that, and it has been repeated by countless others. It is tempting for a politician to claim that 97 percent of experts agree with you. But do they? The 97 percent claim was taken from a study paper by Australian John Cook, Climate Communications Fellow for the Global change Institute at the University of Queensland, and his colleagues, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters in May, 2013. The paper says nothing about the would-be dangers of climate change and it counts the number of publications, rather than the number of scientists, in support of human-made climate change. Never let facts get in the way of a good story. The paper is a treasure trove of how-not-to lessons for a graduate class on survey design and analysis: the sample was not representative, statistical tests were ignored, and the results were …

    May 29, 2015 1:41 am
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Odd News

  • Branded golf balls were a mistake, Ireland’s former bank regulator says


    DUBLIN Ireland’s financial regulator, whose “timid” supervision was criticized for not halting the country’s banking crash, produced branded golf balls to promote itself before the office was overhauled, a parliamentary inquiry heard on Thursday. Promotions such as golf balls or umbrellas bearing the logos of banks were commonplace in Ireland during their rapid growth a decade ago. That growth ended in the most expensive bank bailout in the euro zone when a property bubble spectacularly burst. Patrick Neary, who was head of financial regulation from 2006 to 2009, was asked on Thursday what the regulators were thinking when they handed out the golf balls. “Your job was the micro-prudential supervision of the banks. What was going on?” inquiry member Susan O’Keefe asked Neary, in the most anticipated hearing since lawmakers began to question bank executives, regulators and politicians. “It must have been a package of things that were delivered, I really don’t know much about …

    May 28, 2015 8:58 am
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