• UK ISPs to block eBook piracy sites

    UK ISPs to block eBook piracy sites

    The owner of FreeBookSpot claims to have removed 10,000 eBook links following the Publishers Association’s complaint Seven websites that help users find unauthorised copies of eBooks are to be blocked in the UK by the...
  • EU quota plan for 40,000 migrants

    EU quota plan for 40,000 migrants

    Tens of thousands have tried to make the perilous Mediterranean crossing this year The European Commission has called on EU member states to take in 40,000 asylum seekers from Syria and Eritrea who land in...
  • Snapchat planning for IPO

    Snapchat planning for IPO

    Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel said he’s in the midst of planning for an initial public offering. Snapchat is planning for an IPO. Evan Spiegel, the founder and CEO of the popular messaging service, revealed Tuesday...
  • Mets’ Flores aims for encore against Phils

    (SportsNetwork.com) – New York Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores has had a flair for the dramatic the past few games and goes for an encore performance Wednesday in the finale of a three-game set versus the...
  • Arrests over Pakistan ‘fake degrees’

    Arrests over Pakistan ‘fake degrees’

    Axact’s CEO Shoaib Sheikh (centre) has said there was a campaign against Bol Pakistani investigators have detained the head of a global internet technology firm suspected of an alleged multi-million dollar fraud selling fake university...
  • Twin corruption inquiries at Fifa

    Twin corruption inquiries at Fifa

    Two criminal investigations into corruption at football’s world governing body Fifa are under way, with seven senior officials arrested in Zurich on US charges. Separately, Swiss prosecutors have launched a criminal case into the bids...

Headline News

  • Colorado movie gunman wrote of ‘obsession to kill’ since childhood


    CENTENNIAL, Colo., Colorado cinema gunman James Holmes wrote in a notebook he sent to his psychiatrist prior to opening fire in a suburban theater that he had harbored an “obsession to kill” since childhood, a police officer testified at his murder trial on Tuesday. Holmes mailed a package to the psychiatrist that included the notebook a day before he opened fire inside a cinema in the Denver suburb of Aurora during a screening of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises.” Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty for Holmes if he is convicted of killing 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 others in the July 2012 rampage. The 27-year-old former neuroscience graduate student has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder and explosive charges. The existence of the notebook has been known since days after the attack, and was referenced by attorneys for both sides …

    May 27, 2015 8:04 am
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Politics

  • Veteran Democratic Consultants Launch New Media Firm


    By Emily Cahn Posted at 5 a.m. today 0 Tweet Ken Morley and Philip de Vellis, two longtime Democratic political operatives, have joined forces to launch Beacon Media — a Democratic media consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. “We formed Beacon Media to provide Democratic candidates and issue advocacy groups with advertising that combines groundbreaking creative with a solid strategic foundation that leverages the latest delivery technology to reach voters in today’s fractured media landscape,” de Vellis said in a news release, provided to CQ Roll Call. Morley and de Vellis have spent decades in Washington, D.C., working for a who’s who of Democratic candidates. De Vellis is a former partner at Putnam Partners, Mark Putnam’s top Democratic advertising firm, where he advised top-tier clients including the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and House Majority PAC, a super PAC that boosts House Democrats. De Vellis also created ads for President Barack Obama’s two …

    May 27, 2015 5:03 am
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Stocks

  • Snapchat planning for IPO


    Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel said he’s in the midst of planning for an initial public offering. Snapchat is planning for an IPO. Evan Spiegel, the founder and CEO of the popular messaging service, revealed Tuesday that his company is preparing for an initial public offering, but wouldn’t provide details on timing. “We need to IPO. We have a plan to do that,” he said during a talk at an annual Re/code conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Related: CNN and other media brands come to Snapchat Spiegel also said that there’s no doubt the current tech bubble will burst. “I think that people are making riskier investments and … there will be a correction,” he said in an interview with Re/code’s Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg. “[I]t’s definitely something we factor into our plans.” The four-year-old company, which offers a smartphone app that is popular with teens, declined Facebook’s (FB, Tech30) $3 billion acquisition offer …

    May 27, 2015 8:04 am
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Sports

  • Swiss arrest top global soccer officials in U.S., Swiss corruption cases


    ZURICH Seven of the most powerful figures in global soccer faced extradition to the United States on corruption charges after being arrested on Wednesday in Switzerland, where authorities also announced a criminal investigation into the awarding of the next two World Cups. The world’s most popular sport was plunged into turmoil after U.S. and Swiss authorities announced separate inquiries into the activities of the game’s powerful ruling body. U.S. authorities said nine soccer officials and five sports media and promotions executives faced corruption charges involving more than $150 million in bribes. Swiss police arrested seven FIFA officials who are now awaiting extradition to the United States. Those arrested did not include Sepp Blatter, the Swiss head of FIFA, but included several just below him in the hierarchy of sport’s wealthiest body. Of the 14 indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice, seven FIFA officials, including Vice-President Jeffrey Webb, were being held in Zurich. Four people …

    May 27, 2015 8:04 am
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World News

  • EU quota plan for 40,000 migrants


    Tens of thousands have tried to make the perilous Mediterranean crossing this year The European Commission has called on EU member states to take in 40,000 asylum seekers from Syria and Eritrea who land in Italy and Greece over the next two years. Germany, France and Spain would receive the most migrants under the Commission’s latest plan. The idea of using quotas to resettle those who have made it to Europe has caused controversy in some EU states. The UK government says that it will opt out of such a system. France, Spain, Hungary, Slovakia and Estonia have also all voiced concerns and a final decision will be taken by EU governments after a vote by MEPs. Denmark has the right to opt out of the plan while Ireland and the UK can decide whether they wish to opt in. The UN has called on Europe to do more to help migrants Sudden influx The …

    May 27, 2015 8:04 am
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Technology

  • UK ISPs to block eBook piracy sites


    The owner of FreeBookSpot claims to have removed 10,000 eBook links following the Publishers Association’s complaint Seven websites that help users find unauthorised copies of eBooks are to be blocked in the UK by the country’s leading broadband providers. The Publishers Association has obtained a High Court order that requires the internet service providers (ISPs) to act by 9 June. The offending sites are based overseas. The movie, music and luxury goods industries have previously employed similar tactics to cause more than 100 other sites to be blocked. The Publishers Association said that more than 80% of the material it had found on the ad-supported platforms involved, had infringed copyright. “A third of publisher revenues now come from digital sales but unfortunately this rise in the digital market has brought with it a growth in online infringement,” said the body’s chief executive Richard Mollet. “Our members need to be able to protect their authors’ works …

    May 27, 2015 8:24 am
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Science

  • New Mathematics Could Neutralize Pathogens That Resist Antibiotics


    Bacteria that make us sick are bad enough, but many of them also continually evolve in ways that help them develop resistance to common antibiotic drugs, making our medications less effective or even moot. Doctors try to reduce the evolution by cycling through various drugs over time, hoping that as resistance develops to one, the increased use of a new drug or the widespread reuse of an old drug will catch some of the bugs off guard. The plans for cycling drugs are not that scientific, however, and don’t always work efficiently, allowing bacteria to continue to develop resistance. Now a new algorithm that deciphers how bacteria genes create resistance in the first place could greatly improve such a plan. The “time machine” software, developed by biologists and mathematicians, could help reverse resistant mutations and render the bacteria vulnerable to drugs again. Miriam Barlow, a biologist from the University of California, Merced, first hit on the …

    May 27, 2015 4:44 am
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Health

  • Novartis digs into health tech with bet on ‘robotic pill’


    LONDON Swiss drugmaker Novartis is raising its bet on smart technology by collaborating with U.S. start-up Rani Therapeutics on a “robotic pill” for complex biotech drugs that would normally have to be given by injection. Rani said it would run feasibility studies over the next 18-24 months to evaluate how selected Novartis biologic medicines can be delivered into the bloodstream using its unique device. The Rani capsule, which is swallowed like a conventional pill, contains tiny needles made of sugar that are pushed into the wall of the intestine to deliver the drug. The U.S. company, whose backers include Google’s venture capital unit, believes its early-stage technology could be used with insulin and a range of other injected medicines, including treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and multiple sclerosis. Delivering large-molecule biologic drugs by mouth has long been a dream for the pharmaceutical industry, since it would increase convenience dramatically. But so far scientists have struggled …

    May 27, 2015 5:03 am
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Entertainment

  • Kim Richards allegedly caused a huge scene at her daughter’s wedding


    TMZ reports that the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star had such a big meltdown during the ceremony that her sober coach quit. More: Real Housewives‘ Kim Richards’ arrest details are seriously embarrassing It’s unclear at this time whether Richards used drugs, alcohol or both, but guests report she was definitely on something. To make matters worse, Richards was apparently saying some pretty nasty things to her daughter, Brooke Brinson, who was the bride. And she even went so far as to throw insults at the groom’s family, too. Her words were so hurtful that Brooke has vowed not to speak to her mother again. Richards had been getting help from a rehab facility which gave her a pass to attend the Mexico destination wedding, but gave her a deadline to return Monday, which Richards hasn’t met. TMZ’s sources say the reality star has gone silent and is still in Cabo somewhere. More: Real Housewives‘ Kim Richards …

    May 27, 2015 5:23 am
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Editorial

  • Marine court-martialed for refusing to remove Bible verse


    A United States Marine was convicted at a court-martial for refusing to remove a Bible verse on her computer – a verse of Scripture the military determined “could easily be seen as contrary to good order and discipline.” The plight of Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling seems unbelievable – a member of the Armed Forces criminally prosecuted for displaying a slightly altered passage of Scripture from the Old Testament: “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.” Sterling, who represented herself at trial, was convicted February 1, 2014 in a court-martial at Camp Lejune, North Carolina after she refused to obey orders from a staff sergeant to remove the Bible verses from her desk. She was found guilty of failing to go to her appointed place of duty, disrespect toward a superior commissioned officer, and four specifications of disobeying the lawful order of a noncommissioned officer. As it now stands – Sterling is unemployed and looking for …

    May 26, 2015 9:21 pm
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Odd News

  • Townsend lets cat out of the bag, why hotels are best


    PARIS American player Taylor Townsend, when deciding whether to stay in a cramped Parisian hotel or rent a private apartment during Roland Garros, opted for the former. Past experience helped make up her mind. Recalling last year’s U.S. Open, the 19-year-old described how she was forced to share a toilet with a cat. “You guys are going to laugh at this,” Townsend, beaten 6-3 6-4 by Czech Tereza Smitkova in the first round on Tuesday, told reporters. “Lord have mercy. We were in New York, and the guy walked outside and he greeted us and he had no shoes on. “Then he told us when we were in the elevator ‘I hope you like cats’. We’re like, yeah, cats are fine. He was like ‘but you can’t let down the toilet seat because the cat uses the toilet.’ “After that, I think hotels are safer!” (Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ian Chadband)

    May 27, 2015 12:42 am
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