• Meet YouTube’s 8-bit movie makers

    Meet YouTube’s 8-bit movie makers

    Japanese anime Spirited Away imagined as an 8-bit video game A team which recreates popular movies as 8-bit video games is attracting millions of views on YouTube. David Dutton from California makes the “old school”...
  • UN calls for more Nepal quake aid

    UN calls for more Nepal quake aid

    A candlelit vigil was held at Brikutimandap in Kathmandu to mark one month since the earthquake hit One month after the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal, the United Nations has said the world...
  • Arrivabene responds to Ecclestone criticism

    LONDON Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has made clear where his allegiances lie after Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone suggested he could do more for the sport. Ecclestone, 84, told the official formula1.com website at...
  • US jets escort NYC-bound flight

    US jets escort NYC-bound flight

    The Air France plane is being searched after landing safety in New York A pair of US fighter jets has escorted an Air France airliner bound for New York City after the flight was the...
  • Charter set to announce Time Warner Cable acquisition

    Charter set to announce Time Warner Cable acquisition

    Time Warner Cable has a new potential buyer: Charter Communications. Charter may announce a three-way proposal to buy Time Warner Cable (TWC) and a smaller cable provider, Bright House, as early as Tuesday, a person...
  • Massive India heatwave ‘kills 500′

    Massive India heatwave ‘kills 500′

    At least 500 people are reported to have died in a heatwave sweeping India, with temperatures reaching 48C (118F) in some areas. Most deaths have taken place in the southern states of Telangana and Andhra...
  • Berdych begins title quest, Cornet survives

    PARIS Tomas Berdych’s long march in search of a maiden grand slam title continued with a straightforward first-round victory at Roland Garros on Monday as the French Open moved up a gear after Sunday’s opening...

Headline News

  • US jets escort NYC-bound flight


    The Air France plane is being searched after landing safety in New York A pair of US fighter jets has escorted an Air France airliner bound for New York City after the flight was the subject of an anonymous threat. US officials said they had received a call claiming that there was a “chemical weapons threat” aboard the plane. Air France Flight 22, from Paris, was searched after landing in a secure area of JFK Airport. Officials told ABC News that they did not believe the threat was credible. The FBI is leading the investigation. Officials are still searching the plane and its cargo, but initial searches of the plane have not turned up anything unusual. ABC News reported that the caller said four flights were affected but only named the Air France flight. A Saudi Airlines flight that recently landed at JFK was also being searched. The Maryland State Police said they received the …

    May 25, 2015 11:43 am
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Politics

  • Eyeing the next frontier, Miami law firms ramp up Cuba strategy


    MIAMI The Florida Bar is sending its first ever delegation of lawyers to Cuba this week to explore emerging new business opportunities as prospects heat up for closer political and commercial relations between the United States and the Communist-run island. Some big law firms with Miami offices, often staffed by Cuban-American exiles, are already beefing up their Cuba-related practices in response to queries from U.S. companies on issues ranging from telecommunications to banking, amid signs the longstanding U.S. trade embargo on Cuba is eroding. Pedro Freyre, a Cuban-born attorney who heads the international practice at Akerman, said his phones started ringing within minutes of the December announcement by U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro that they had agreed to reestablish diplomatic ties severed some 54 years ago, and to work toward normalizing relations. “These are exciting times,” said Freyre. “Our U.S. clients, some who are Fortune 100 companies, want to know can …

    May 25, 2015 8:42 am
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Stocks

  • Charter set to announce Time Warner Cable acquisition


    Time Warner Cable has a new potential buyer: Charter Communications. Charter may announce a three-way proposal to buy Time Warner Cable (TWC) and a smaller cable provider, Bright House, as early as Tuesday, a person close to the talks confirmed on Monday. Charter is the third largest cable provider in the country, and Time Warner Cable is second. Earlier Monday, Bloomberg reported that Charter intends to pay $195 a share for Time Warner Cable. Before the holiday weekend, Time Warner Cable stock closed at an all-time high of $171.18, amid speculation that a bid by Charter (CHTR) was imminent. A Charter-Time Warner Cable- Bright House merger will have to pass muster with the same government regulators who stymied the attempt by Comcast (CCV) to buy Time Warner Cable. Comcast, the No. 1 cable TV provider in the United States, withdrew its offer on April 24, more than a year after setting out to buy Time …

    May 25, 2015 11:43 am
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Sports

  • Arrivabene responds to Ecclestone criticism


    LONDON Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has made clear where his allegiances lie after Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone suggested he could do more for the sport. Ecclestone, 84, told the official formula1.com website at the weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix that team bosses needed to be more prominent. When it was put to him that Arrivabene was “quite a character”, he replied: “But only for himself and not for Formula One”. Arrivabene, a marketing man who previously worked for team sponsor Philip Morris and took over his high-profile new job last November, said his responsibilities were to Ferrari. “With all due respect, I don’t have to respond to Bernie for what I do, but rather to Mr Marchionne,” said the Italian, referring to the Ferrari chairman and Fiat Chrysler chief executive, in a comment to Reuters. “If Bernie has doubts about my way of doing, he should ask the team.” Ferrari’s fortunes have been transformed …

    May 25, 2015 11:43 am
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World News

  • UN calls for more Nepal quake aid


    A candlelit vigil was held at Brikutimandap in Kathmandu to mark one month since the earthquake hit One month after the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal, the United Nations has said the world needs to provide more food aid and shelter for those left homeless. A UN official said there was still a need to focus on providing relief rather than reconstruction. More than 8,000 people died in the disaster and many remain homeless. Nepal’s government, which has been criticised for being slow to respond, has called for more direct aid funding. Finance Minister Dr Ram Sharan Mahat told the BBC less than 10% of the money spent on relief by his government came from overseas. Dr Mahat said he hoped future international donations would be managed directly by his government. On Monday evening, hundreds of Nepalis joined a candlelit vigil at the Brikutimandap grounds in Kathmandu to remember the dead and mark …

    May 25, 2015 11:43 am
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Technology

  • Meet YouTube’s 8-bit movie makers


    Japanese anime Spirited Away imagined as an 8-bit video game A team which recreates popular movies as 8-bit video games is attracting millions of views on YouTube. David Dutton from California makes the “old school” arcade-style films for film collective Cinefix. His four minute version of 2001 Japanese anime movie Spirited Away has attracted nearly 1m views since it was uploaded last month. Other films to get an “old school” makeover include Titanic, The Avengers and Frozen. Mr Dutton uses off-the-shelf software Adobe Photoshop and editing software After FX to create the films. His brother Henry writes the distinctive music and the sound is edited in Adobe Premiere. “We grew up playing video games in the 80s,” said Mr Dutton, who used to direct music videos. “But we had no background in animation.” Cinefix’s take on the 1997 film Titanic, which starred Leonardo di Caprio and Kate Winslet and was awarded 11 Oscars. Two years …

    May 25, 2015 12:03 pm
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Science

  • Oldest stone tools ever found


    A chance find in the Rift Valley of northwest Kenya sheds new light on the history of our species. Archaeologists have discovered stone tools created by our ancestors 3.3 million years ago – considerably older than the 2.6 million year old Oldowan stone tools that were previously the oldest stone tools ever found. The discovery at the Lomekwi 3 site near Lake Turkana was led by Sonia Harmand at Stony Brook University in New York and has been reported in the journal Nature. One of the 3.3 million year old stone tools recently unearthed at the Lomekwi 3 site near Lake Turkana in Kenya, which are advancing our understanding of our early ancestors.Credit: MPK-WTAP Until recently it was generally thought that our ancestors only became sufficiently intelligent to make complex stone tools with the emergence of Homo habilus – a name that translates as ‘the handy man’ – who lived in Africa around the same …

    May 25, 2015 8:23 am
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Health

  • Living at Higher Elevations Linked to SIDS Risk


    MONDAY, May 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Babies who live at very high elevations may have an increased risk of SIDS, a new study suggests. The findings are based on nearly 400,000 Colorado infants born between 2007 and 2012. Babies of families living at an elevation of 8,000 feet or higher had a SIDS risk that was more than doubled compared to babies from families living below 6,000 feet. Although the odds were doubled, SIDS was still rare, even at higher altitudes. There were about 0.8 SIDS deaths for every 1,000 infants who lived at the highest elevations. Researchers said the findings don’t prove that high altitudes actually contribute to infants’ deaths. But they also said it’s plausible that the thinner air at those elevations plays a role. “This is a call for further research,” said lead researcher Dr. David Katz, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Colorado, in Aurora. “We wouldn’t …

    May 25, 2015 8:42 am
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Entertainment

  • Gigi Hadid Introduces Rumored Beau Lewis Hamilton To All Of Her Girlfriends


    Posted on Mon May 25th, 2015 8:45am PDT       By X17 Staff We love how Gigi Hadid strategically put pal Hailey Baldwin next to Lewis Hamilton — but we know what’s really going on here! Over the weekend the blonde supermodel supported her new man at the Monaco Grand Prix, and she posted the shot above, along with a few more from the race. “Crew Love 🏁 GO HAM @lewishamilton … We love you @lewishamilton. Everyone knows you da champ. #TEAMLH,” she wrote. Gigi, 19, and Lewis, 30, were photographed getting quite cozy at the Cinema Against AIDS gala for amfAR at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on Thursday evening, and after Lewis lost the Grand Prix he wrapped his arms around Gigi and posed for pics. Gigi just confirmed her split from Cody Simpson earlier this month, and a source told told the Daily Mail, “[Gigi and Lewis have] been on a couple of dates. It’s on!” …

    May 25, 2015 11:03 am
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Editorial

  • Memorial Day 2015: What it means to be an American Indian veteran


    “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.”  These words are ingrained in us. We sing them proudly at ballgames, and BBQ’s, firework displays and ceremonies honoring the many occasions of celebration and remembrance that make us all American. Most likely choruses of our national anthem will be performed many times over this Memorial Day weekend in honor of our veterans. It’s America’s way of paying tribute for their service. This weekend always gives me pause. What is sacrifice, what is service, what does it mean to be an American veteran, what does it mean to be American? I pose these questions because I understand and represent this country the only way I can…as an American Indian. My history and heritage is beautiful and complex. I am a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, and call Colorado home. I am also a veteran – I served proudly in the Air Force during Korean …

    May 25, 2015 9:02 am
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Odd News

  • German grandmother gives birth to quadruplets at age 65


    BERLIN A 65-year-old German grandmother gave birth to quadruplets at a Berlin hospital this week, with the three boys and a girl born prematurely at 26 weeks being in good health and having a good chance of survival, German TV network RTL reported on Saturday. The network, which had covered the pregnancy, said Annegret Raunigk already had 13 children and seven grandchildren. The announcement of her pregnancy last month had sparked a public debate in Germany about its merits. Raunigk, an English and Russian teacher in Berlin, had received fertility treatment in Ukraine and is the oldest woman in the world to have had quadruplets, RTL said, although other women of her age and older have given birth. The four babies, born by Caesarean section on May 19, weighed between 655 grams an 960 grams. (Reporting by Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by David Holmes)

    May 23, 2015 12:03 pm
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