Headline News

  • Jury rules gender not reason Silicon Valley executive not promoted


    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A California jury cleared venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers of gender discrimination in a high profile lawsuit brought by female former partner Ellen Pao. The jury decided that gender was not the reason Kleiner did not promote Pao, and that it did not retaliate against her by terminating her. The case laid bare the personnel matters of the firm that backed Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc, with Pao’s attorneys painting Kleiner as a quarrelsome pressure cooker where a former male partner used business trips as opportunities to make advances to female colleagues. Pao, now interim chief executive at social-news service Reddit, claimed her standing at Kleiner crumbled after she ended a brief affair with partner Ajit Nazre. Her career deteriorated after he and Kleiner started retaliating against her, amid a climate that was overall unfriendly toward women, her lawyers argued. The firm disputed those charges, presenting evidence that …

    March 27, 2015 4:22 pm
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Politics

  • Senate Democrat Reid to retire; favors Schumer to replace him as leader


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said on Friday he will retire next year and swiftly threw his weight behind New York Senator Chuck Schumer to replace him as leader. “I think Schumer should be able to succeed me,” Reid said in an interview with The Washington Post, referring to the selection of the next head of the Senate Democratic caucus, a post that will be filled after November 2016 elections. Reid’s decision muddies the outlook for the Democratic Party as it seeks to retake control of the Senate in 2016. He had a tough re-election fight in Nevada in 2010 and it is unclear what impact his departure will have on Democrats’ ability to hold the seat. The Democrats hold 44 seats in the Senate. Republicans hold 54 seats and independents two. Reid, who is 75, said Schumer, now the No. 3 Senate Democrat, would probably win the caucus’ top post …

    March 27, 2015 2:41 pm
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Stocks

  • Twist in Silicon Valley bias case: Judge orders jury to keep talking


    A San Francisco judge on Friday ordered a jury in a high-profile Silicon Valley gender bias case to resume deliberating on Friday. The judge’s decision threw open what appeared to the courtroom a settled verdict siding with Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. It came after the judge questioned the 12 jurors and found they did not have an adequate majority on one of plaintiff Ellen Pao’s four legal claims. Moments earlier, the jury said Kleiner Perkins had not discriminated against former partner Pao. The outstanding legal claim involved whether the firm terminated Pao for complaining and filing the lawsuit. The unusual development means there is not yet a final verdict in the case. Kleiner Perkins has been in the spotlight after the former junior partner filed a lawsuit against the firm in 2012. The 24-day trial included testimony from various Kleiner Perkins partners. Pao testified for four days. Both sides went through piles of performance reviews …

    March 27, 2015 5:02 pm
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Sports

  • NASCAR confiscating tires as chatter in garage focuses on teams suspected of cheating


    Jeff Gordon talks to a member of his crew in the garage after practice at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday, March 27, 2015. Rain delayed the practice and qualifying for Sunday’s STP 500 Sprint Cup race. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (The Associated Press) Sprint Cup driver Kevin Harvick, second from left, signs autographs after practice at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday, March 27, 2015. Rain delayed the practice and qualifying for Sunday’s STP 500 Sprint Cup race. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (The Associated Press) Members of the track fueling crew relax during NASCAR auto racing practice at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday, March 27, 2015. Rain delayed the practice and qualifying for Sunday’s STP 500 Sprint Cup race. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (The Associated Press) Sprint Cup driver Ryan Newman talks with his crew in the garage after practice at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday, March 27, 2015. Rain delayed the practice and qualifying for Sunday’s …

    March 27, 2015 5:02 pm
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World News

  • Italy court clears Knox and Sollecito


    Italy’s top appeals court has overturned the convictions of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of UK student Meredith Kercher. The decision is the final ruling in the long-running case. The pair were found guilty in 2009, then freed in 2011 after the convictions were overturned. Their convictions were reinstated by another court last year. Ms Kercher was found dead in 2007 in a flat she shared with Ms Knox.

    March 27, 2015 5:03 pm
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Technology

  • Google partners with health firm to develop AI surgical robots


    Google has stuck a deal with the healthcare company Johnson Johnson to develop surgical robots that use artificial intelligence. Google’s life sciences division will work with Johnson Johnson’s medical device company Ethicon to create a robotics-assisted surgical platform to help doctors in the operating theatre. The robots will aid surgeons in minimally invasive operations, giving operators greater control and accuracy than is possible by hand, minimising trauma and damage to the patient. Some systems allow surgeons to remotely control devices inside the patient’s body to minimise entry wounds and reduce blood loss and scarring. Related: Google calls for guinea pigs for ambitious ‘Baseline’ health study Robotic surgical systems such as the Da Vinci device developed by Imperial College London have been used in general operations since the early 2000s, and even starred in a Bond film in 2002. Google believes it can enhance the robotic tools using artificial intelligence technologies including machine vision and image …

    March 27, 2015 2:20 pm
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Science

  • Antibiotic effectiveness imperiled as use in livestock expected to increase


    Related images(click to enlarge) Antibiotic consumption in livestock worldwide could rise by 67 percent between 2010 and 2030, and possibly endanger the effectiveness of antimicrobials in humans, according to researchers from Princeton University, the International Livestock Research Institute, the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy. Five countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — will experience a growth of 99 percent in antibiotic consumption, compared with an expected 13 percent growth in their human populations over the same period, the study authors report in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In the United States, antibiotic consumption in animals currently represents up to 80 percent of total antimicrobial sales. Because of the incredible volume involved, this increase in antimicrobial use in animals raises serious concerns about preserving antimicrobial effectiveness in the next decades, the researchers report. Global demand for animal protein is rising dramatically, …

    March 27, 2015 2:41 pm
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Health

  • British Ebola patient cured after experimental treatment


    LONDON (Reuters) – A 25-year-old British military nurse who was the first person in the world to be treated for Ebola with the experimental drug MIL 77 was discharged from hospital on Friday, London’s Royal Free Hospital said. Anna Cross contracted the deadly disease after going to Sierra Leone last month to help care for victims of the West African outbreak. She was brought back to Britain and successfully treated at the Royal Free in north London, Britain’s main center for Ebola treatment. “After careful consideration Corporal Cross said she would like to be given the experimental drug MIL 77,” the hospital said in a statement. “She is the first Ebola patient anywhere in the world to be given this drug.” The Chinese-made MIL 77 is a close relative of another experimental medicine ZMapp – which British nurse William Pooley received when he was treated at the Royal Free for Ebola last year. Over 10,000 …

    March 27, 2015 2:41 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian Puts Hard Work Into Sculpting Her Kurves


    Posted on Fri Mar 27th, 2015 12:40pm PDT       By X17 Staff Lookin’ good Kimmy K! Kim Kardashian almost broke the Internet yesterday when she stepped out with freshly dyed brunette locks after spending the month being platinum blonde, and the reality star must be trying to keep the attention going, because she was hard at work on her hot body at the gym in Los Angeles today. The brunette bombshell might not want to hear this, but in a recent study, statistics proved that people prefer Taylor Swift’s body to Mrs. West’s! “Gradually, the lowest-rated body shapes were eliminated. According to the study, in each generation of body shapes, the shorter, thicker bodies were voted out, and the highest-rated body shape ultimately turned out to have long slender legs, a small behind, and a smaller chest. The predominant evolutionary trend, reflecting a likely major dimension of social selection operating on human female bodies, is toward greater …

    March 27, 2015 5:02 pm
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Editorial

  • Nigeria Decides: Boko Haram and the 2015 election


    March 27, 2015: A campaign poster for opposition candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari is wrapped around a post as young boys wait with hundreds of other worshippers to pray outside the Emir’s Palace Mosque in Daura, Buhari’s home town, in Katsina state in northern Nigeria Friday, March 27, 2015. The imam of the mosque called on worshippers to pray for free and fair elections, which are due to be held on Saturday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) There is no doubt that ISIS is on a global march and that it thrives and goes into full-blown manufacturing of evil where instability or ungoverned spaces exist. Battles are occurring daily … and one that demands our attention is about to be fought politically in Nigeria. It is not only about Boko Haram, the Nigeria-based terrorist group that recently swore allegiance to ISIS. It is about who wins the Nigerian presidency, as well. Nigeria (and its neighbors, which include Chad, Niger …

    March 27, 2015 2:41 pm
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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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