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  • Pockets of violence erupt in Baltimore after march to protest black man’s death

    BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Thousands of people marched through downtown Baltimore on Saturday to protest the unexplained death of a black man in police custody but the demonstrations turned violent when some protesters threw metal objects at officers and broke windows. Saturday’s protests began peacefully, with at least 2,000 demonstrators marching to City Hall for a rally, the biggest since 25-year-old Freddie Gray died six days ago, a week after his arrest. But later, as darkness fell, some protesters fanned out across the city and damaged stores and cars. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the overwhelming majority of the protesters were peaceful but that agitators disrupted the demonstration. “After a week of peaceful demonstrations I am profoundly disappointed to see the violence in our city this evening,” Rawlings-Blake said at a news conference. Related Video Day of protests in Baltimore for Freddie Gray With his death, Gray joined a long list of black men who have died …

    April 25, 2015 10:45 pm


  • Obama puts hospital funds to work for Medicaid

    The Obama administration is dialing up the pressure on a handful of states that have resisted expanding Medicaid coverage for their low-income residents under the federal health care overhaul. The leverage comes from a little-known federal fund that helps states and hospitals recoup some of the cost of caring for uninsured patients. The administration says states can just expand Medicaid, as the health care law provides, and then they wouldn’t need as much extra help with costs for the uninsured. Two top targets so far are Florida and Texas, with large numbers of uninsured residents. Both have received several billion dollars in recent years from Washington under the so-called low income pool, also known as LIP. Florida’s hospital funding is the first of the nine states — which include Tennessee, California, Massachusetts, Arizona, Hawaii, Kansas and New Mexico — to expire on June 30. But the hospital funds are an optional program, not entitlement programs …

    April 25, 2015 8:23 pm


  • For Al Franken, a Comcast victory 14 months in the making

    For a very long time, Al Franken was a very lonely man on the subject of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. He was the only senator to immediately and staunchly oppose the planned merger between the two companies. He was joined by only a few others on Capitol Hill, even as it became increasingly clear that the merger might not win government approval. Now Franken can take the congressional version of a victory lap. “This is a great day for American consumers,” he said Friday when Comcast (CCV) formally withdrew from the merger amid signs that the government was going to block it. “This was an uphill battle,” he said, “and I’m enormously proud of our victory.” Related: Why Comcast dropped bid for Time Warner Cable Franken, Democrat from Minnesota, is one of the most liberal members of the Senate and one of the most skeptical of consolidated corporate power. He also happens to have …

    April 25, 2015 10:44 pm


  • Fans at Camden Yards told to stay in stadium after protest

    April 25, 2015: Baltimore city police officers stand at the Russell Street exit after allowing fans to leave the Orioles Boston and the Boston Red Sox baseball game. (AP) BALTIMORE –  Fans at the Baltimore Orioles-Boston Red Sox baseball game were briefly asked to stay inside the stadium toward the end of the game after a small group of Freddie Gray protesters became violent. The protesters blocked an intersection near Oriole Park at Camden Yards for several hours and had a tense standoff with police Saturday night. The protesters were eventually cleared. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In the middle of the ninth inning, the public address announcer told fans that city officials requested no one leave because of “ongoing public safety issues.” They were later allowed to leave but advised to avoid certain areas of the city. The Orioles won 5-4 in 10 innings. The attendance was 36,757. Demonstrators are angry Gray, a black man, died in police …

    April 25, 2015 11:24 pm

World News

  • Baltimore protest turns violent

    Marchers found a firm police presence in the city centre More than 1,000 protesters have marched in Baltimore over the death of a black man in police custody a week ago. A minority of protesters smashed police car windows and at least a dozen were arrested, after disturbances that led police to delay spectators’ departure from a baseball game. Freddie Gray was arrested by police on 12 April and then suffered spinal injuries leading to death a week later. His twin sister his twin sister, Fredricka Gray, appealed for calm. As clashes began on Saturday evening, she said: “My family wants to say, can you all please, please stop the violence? “Freddie Gray would not want this.” Six police officers have been suspended following the death and an internal police investigation is under way. Gray, who was 25, is the latest of a series of black Americans to die in police custody in recent months, …

    April 25, 2015 10:25 pm


  • Russian hackers read unclassified Obama emails – report

    Unclassified emails to and from President Barack Obama were read last year by Russian hackers, the New York Times reported on Saturday. The White House confirmed the breach earlier this month, saying it took place last year and that it did not affect classified information. The newspaper, however, said the hack “was far more intrusive and worrisome than has been publicly acknowledged”. The president’s closely guarded BlackBerry email account was not hacked, the Times said, but communications with other users were swept up. Quoting “senior American officials briefed on the investigation”, the Times said the hackers penetrated sensitive parts of the White House computer system, as well as the State Department. The hackers are presumed to be linked to the Russian government, if not necessarily working for it. “It’s the Russian angle to this that’s particularly worrisome,” the Times quoted a senior official as saying. In February, Sony was the subject of an extensive and …

    April 25, 2015 7:43 pm


  • Ultra-sensitive sensor detects individual electrons

    Related images(click to enlarge) A Spanish-led team of European researchers at the University of Cambridge has created an electronic device so accurate that it can detect the charge of a single electron in less than one microsecond. It has been dubbed the ‘gate sensor’ and could be applied in quantum computers of the future to read information stored in the charge or spin of a single electron. In the same Cambridge laboratory in the United Kingdom where the British physicist J.J. Thomson discovered the electron in 1897, European scientists have just developed a new ultra-sensitive electrical-charge sensor capable of detecting the movement of individual electrons. “The device is much more compact and accurate than previous versions and can detect the electrical charge of a single electron in less than one microsecond,” M. Fernando González Zalba, leader of this research from the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory and the Cavendish Laboratory,said. Details of the breakthrough have been published …

    April 25, 2015 8:05 pm


  • New avian flu viruses send U.S. scientists scrambling

    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Three highly pathogenic avian flu viruses that have infected poultry and wild birds in the U.S. Midwest appear unlikely to present a significant risk to humans. But the presence of the viruses in North America has scientists scrambling to understand their potential long-term threat. One of the viruses, H5N2, has already led to the slaughter of millions of turkeys and chickens, as commercial farms try to control the spread of the virus. No humans have yet become infected, but scientists say it is possible that someone in direct contact with sick birds might catch the virus, though it is extremely unlikely that an infected human could pass the disease on to another human. “Most of the time, these viruses don’t have human disease potential, but obviously you need to be very careful,” said Dr. Stephen Morse, an expert in emerging infections at Columbia University. “Nowadays, you can’t say anything about flu with …

    April 25, 2015 8:23 pm


  • Cobie Smulders secretly struggled with a serious illness during HIMYM

    More: How I Met Your Mother creates Inside the Actors Studio shenanigans During an interview in the May issue of Women’s Health, the actress opened up for the first time about her battle with ovarian cancer and how she privately struggled with it for years. “I had tumors on both ovaries and the cancer had spread into my lymph nodes and surrounding tissues,” Smulders revealed of her diagnosis, when she was just 25 years old. More: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. reunites with Cobie Smulders Over a period of two years, Smulders has had several surgeries to remove the cancerous tissue, but she doesn’t believe that she will ever be free of it. “I don’t think I’ll ever feel like I’m cancer-free,” she told the mag. “Now that I’m five years out, I’m trying to think of it as a positive thing and what can I learn from it. And if I can create more awareness, I’ll …

    April 25, 2015 11:04 pm


  • Bakers face $135,000 fine for refusing to make cake for gay wedding

    The owners of an Oregon bakery learned Friday that there is a severe price to pay for following their Christian faith. A judge for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) recommended a lesbian couple should receive $135,000 in damages for their emotional suffering after Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to make them a wedding cake.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT As a result – Aaron and Melissa Klein could lose everything they own — including their home. The Oregonian reports the recommended penalty is not final and could be raised or lowered by State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian. The controversy started in 2013 when Aaron Klein declined to provide a cake for a lesbian wedding. Later that year, the women filed a complaint against Klein and his wife, Melissa. “The facts of this case clearly demonstrate that the Kleins unlawfully discriminated against the Complainants,” read a statement by the BOLI to the Oregonian. “Under Oregon law, …

    April 25, 2015 8:24 pm

Odd News

  • Argentine side train with dust masks as volcano spews ash

    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – An amateur side set to meet league champions Racing Club in the last 64 of the Argentine Cup are wearing dust marks to train near an Andean volcano spewing ash. “We’re playing against the Argentine champions, we’re taking it very seriously and anxiously await the match,” coach Gustavo Coronel of regional side Independiente of Neuquen, a province in the southwest of Argentina, told TyC Sports on Friday. Across the nearby Andes mountains in neighboring Chile, the 2,000-metre Cabulco volcano erupted on Wednesday and has been spewing clouds of ash since Thursday. The venue and date of the match have not been confirmed. The ash has reached Buenos Aires in the east with flights into and out of Ezeiza international airport suspended or rerouted while those at Neuquen and the Andean ski resorts of Bariloche and Chapelco have been closed. (Reporting by Rex Gowar; Editing by Ken Ferris)

    April 24, 2015 11:57 pm