• Singapore to cane German vandals

    Singapore to cane German vandals

    5 March 2015 Last updated at 06:10 Hinz (R) had entered the depot together with Von Knorre in November Two German men have been sentenced to three strokes of a cane and nine months in...
  • Storm drops over a foot of snow on eastern U.S.

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A large winter storm reaching from Texas to southern New England, which prompted school closings and led to almost 2,300 flight cancellations, had dumped over a foot (30 cm) of snow on...
  • Activist slashes US envoy to S Korea

    Activist slashes US envoy to S Korea

    5 March 2015 Last updated at 08:18 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Mark Lippert was at a breakfast meeting when the attack happened, Steve Evans reports from Seoul A militant Korean...
  • Former number ones overshadow Ko in Singapore

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Lydia Ko’s meteoric rise to the top of women’s golf has shown little sign of slowing down but the New Zealand teen was forced to take a back seat to a pair...
  • Seth Rogen denies those Amy Pascal weed rumors

    More: 8 Times it sucks to be Amy Pascal since the Sony e-mail hack The actor used social media to post the Hollywood Reporter‘s headline from today, which read “Sony’s Amy Pascal Delays Office Move...
  • Etsy files $100 million IPO

    Etsy files $100 million IPO

    The DIY industry is coming to Wall Street. Etsy, an online marketplace for homemade crafts, arts and jewelry, filed its initial public offering Wednesday. The company wants to raise $100 million and will list on...

Headline News

  • Storm drops over a foot of snow on eastern U.S.


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A large winter storm reaching from Texas to southern New England, which prompted school closings and led to almost 2,300 flight cancellations, had dumped over a foot (30 cm) of snow on parts of the eastern United States by early Thursday morning. National Weather Service meteorologist Bob Oravec said Kentucky was buried under snow, with 16 inches (41 cm) reported in the city of Radcliff and over a foot falling elsewhere in the state. Parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio recorded as much as 11 inches (28 cm) of snow, according to the weather service. Rain falling on states throughout the mid-Atlantic seaboard and into southern New England overnight was expected to turn into snow through the morning hours, Oravec said. Forecasters warned of dangerous travel conditions throughout the region. Ahead of the storm, hundreds of school districts and local governments, including state legislatures in South Carolina and Tennessee, said they …

    March 5, 2015 4:18 am
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Politics

  • Embattled Hillary Clinton urges State Department to release emails


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Democrat Hillary Clinton on Wednesday broke her silence over a budding controversy involving her use of personal email for work when she was secretary of state, saying she wanted the U.S. State Department to release them swiftly. Clinton’s statement was aimed at cooling a political firestorm over allegations that she inappropriately used her personal email for work while secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. “I want the public to see my email,” the potential 2016 presidential candidate said in a tweet. “I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible.” The controversy has suddenly put Clinton into trouble just as she is planning to launch a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. It has prompted some Democrats to wonder whether someone else should be their candidate to succeed President Barack Obama. The State Department said it will review the …

    March 5, 2015 2:38 am
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Stocks

  • Etsy files $100 million IPO


    The DIY industry is coming to Wall Street. Etsy, an online marketplace for homemade crafts, arts and jewelry, filed its initial public offering Wednesday. The company wants to raise $100 million and will list on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol ETSY. About 1.4 million people currently use the website to sell their handmade and vintage crafts. Some of the items for sale on Etsy Wednesday included Cookie Monster mittens for $39, a felt bunny in an Easter egg for $35, and crocheted hedgehog toys for $10 each. Most of Etsy’s revenue comes from sellers, who have to pay a fee to list items, as well as a fee for each sale. They can also pay more for a promoted listing. The Brooklyn based company was founded in 2005. Last year, it earned $196 million in revenue, but took a loss of about $15 million. Related: 5 startups that are reimagining the world

    March 5, 2015 2:58 am
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Sports

  • Cyprus police probe new group claiming responsibility for pair of bombings against referees


    NICOSIA, Cyprus –  A new group has emerged in Cyprus to claim responsibility for two of five bomb attacks targeting soccer referees in the past year, police said Thursday. Police spokesman Andreas Angelides told The Associated Press that investigators were examining the written proclamation signed by the “Armed Gate Niners Urban Guerrillas” to determine its credibility. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The name of the group refers to a gate at the capital’s GSP Stadium used by fans of a top Nicosia team, but Angelides said the group disavowed any affiliations. The group claimed responsibility for last month’s bombing of a car belonging to the wife of a top-ranked referee, as well as a pre-dawn grenade attack against the Referees’ Association headquarters last October. No one was injured in any of the five attacks and no one has been arrested, but police say they are investigating. Angelides said the letter makes broad references to corruption within the sport …

    March 5, 2015 4:18 am
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World News

  • Singapore to cane German vandals


    5 March 2015 Last updated at 06:10 Hinz (R) had entered the depot together with Von Knorre in November Two German men have been sentenced to three strokes of a cane and nine months in jail in Singapore for vandalism and trespassing. Andreas Von Knorre and Elton Hinz pleaded guilty to entering a train depot and spraying graffiti on a train. Singapore has strict laws on vandalism, and has caned and jailed foreigners in the past for the offence. These include a Swiss national in 2010 and US teenager Michael Fay whose 1994 caning sparked global controversy. Von Knorre, 22, and Hinz, 21, had flown into Singapore from Australia in November last year and vandalised a train during their stay. They left the country afterwards and were eventually arrested in Kuala Lumpur in neighbouring Malaysia. Both men expressed remorse in court, and called their acts “a stupid mistake”. Von Knorre (R) and Hinz were caught …

    March 5, 2015 4:18 am
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Technology

  • The latest ‘kidtech’ kits: tried and tested


    Children should have the opportunity to be creators, not just consumers of technology. I learned how to code when I was a kid and I’ve been doing it ever since. But introducing your kids to what’s possible with robots, electronics and computers can feel daunting, and I’m someone who has studied computer science! My wife is an author and photographer, and we have four children, aged two, four, six and eight – they call themselves the “mini-makers” because we’re all quite creative. The eldest have started showing an interest in technology, partly because they see me tinkering, but also because learning about technology now has a bigger emphasis in the school curriculum. So, where do you start? Here are a handful of “kidtech” kits to get the family learning about coding, robots and electronics at home. Technology Will Save Us DIY Thirsty Plant Kit TECHNOLOGY WILL SAVE US DIY THIRSTY PLANT KIT £20 TECHWILLSAVEUS.COM This …

    March 5, 2015 2:17 am
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Science

  • Dawn arrives on Ceres


    Sailing on the gentlest of pushes from its ion engines, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft last week completed an eight-year journey to the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest and most intriguing object in the asteroid belt. Dawn is the first mission launched specifically to explore this region of rock and rubble between Mars and Jupiter. When the spacecraft launched in September 2007, mission scientists wanted a closer look at two asteroid belt bodies in particular: the protoplanets Ceres and Vesta, throwbacks to the early solar system when our own planet was beginning to form. In July 2011 Dawn reached Vesta, its first target. At 525 kilometres wide, Vesta is one of the largest asteroids in the Solar System and was revealed by Dawn to be egg-shaped with a dry and rocky surface. An immense crater 460 kilometres wide and up to 13 kilometres deep dominates Vesta’s southern hemisphere – the remnants of a massive impact around one billion …

    March 5, 2015 2:38 am
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Health

  • U.S. FDA updates safety alert for ‘superbug’ scopes


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. health regulators issued an updated safety alert on Wednesday for endoscopes linked to drug-resistant “superbug” bacteria in California hospitals. The Food and Drug Administration said it was not recommending that healthcare providers cancel procedures performed with a duodenoscope for patients who need them. It did recommend that healthcare providers inform patients of the risks, including infection, and benefits associated with the procedure and report to the manufacturer and the FDA if they suspect problems with the equipment have led to patient infections. The alert followed news on Wednesday that four patients at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles were infected with a drug-resistant bacteria during endoscopic procedures that may have exposed 64 others since August. On Feb. 19, the UCLA Health System reported that 179 of its patients may have been exposed to the bacteria during endoscopic procedures since October. It said seven of those patients were confirmed to have …

    March 5, 2015 2:38 am
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Entertainment

  • Seth Rogen denies those Amy Pascal weed rumors


    More: 8 Times it sucks to be Amy Pascal since the Sony e-mail hack The actor used social media to post the Hollywood Reporter‘s headline from today, which read “Sony’s Amy Pascal Delays Office Move Due to Seth Rogen Pot Stench.” First of all, Rogen calls the story “completely untrue” and says he isn’t sure if the lies are the most irresponsible part of the story or if the fact that the Hollywood Reporter would refer to the way weed smells as a “stench” is even more shameful. More: Sony hackers issue terrifying threat to theaters showing The Interview I don’t know what’s more irresponsible: that they would print a story that is completely untrue, or that they would refer to how pot smells as a “stench.” #myshitssmellsgood A photo posted by Seth (@sethrogen) on Mar 4, 2015 at 10:58am PST Pascal is in the process of transitioning from her office as Sony’s cochair to a …

    March 5, 2015 2:58 am
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Editorial

  • King v. Burwell: Will Supreme Court put ObamaCare on life support or pull the plug?


    On Wednesday the Supreme Court will hear King v. Burwell, the long-awaited challenge to the Affordable Care Act. And sometime in June the justices almost certainly will issue their decision on the case, either upholding ObamaCare as it currently stands or ruling that a specific part of the law is unconstitutional. It’s essentially a choice between putting the patient on life support and pulling the plug entirely, because no matter which way the justices go, this much is certain: We’re in a lose-lose situation. As things stand now, providing affordable health care to all Americans is a problem that just will not go away. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The fact that the Supreme Court is debating the meaning of four words shows how badly ObamaCare was written. It explains why we’re all still trying to figure out who — the states? the federal government? — is responsible for what. Heads, you lose: If the Court upholds ObamaCare …

    March 5, 2015 2:58 am
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Odd News

  • Las Vegas hospital accidentally sends miscarried fetuses to laundry


    (Reuters) – A Las Vegas hospital accidentally sent twin miscarried fetuses wrapped in linen to a commercial laundry facility on Tuesday, officials said. Henderson Police Department spokeswoman Kathleen Richards said that officers were called at around 10 a.m. local time by laundry company Angelica after workers discovered the fetuses. Richards said the remains were delivered accidentally by Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center. The incident was not considered suspicious, Richards said, but added that the Clark County Coroner’s Office would investigate. Spring Valley Hospital spokeswoman Gretchen Papez said in a statement the mother of the fetuses arrived at the hospital after suffering a miscarriage at another location, and that the twins were wrapped in linens before her arrival. “We are currently reviewing the situation to determine what occurred. However, the remains are currently in the hospital’s possession, and we are working with the family at this time,” Papez said. The hospital is owned by a subsidiary …

    March 4, 2015 2:31 pm
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