Headline News

  • Supreme Court limits restitution in child pornography case


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a man convicted of possessing child pornography is only required to pay a proportion of the total damages that victims can seek in restitution. The decision ended confusion within the federal judiciary about how to assess the amount convicts could be ordered to pay under a restitution law enacted in 1994 as part of the Violence Against Women Act over digital photographs distributed on the Internet and viewed by thousands of people. The nine justices were divided, with five saying that defendants should be required to pay a limited amount but not a token or nominal one. Three justices said the law did not allow for any restitution in the case by the victim, named only as Amy, from a Brownsboro, Texas man, Doyle Paroline, who was convicted of possessing child pornography that included two photographs of her. Amy was sexually abused by an …

    April 23, 2014 12:00 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. Justice Department announces clemency review of drug offenders


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department laid out new clemency guidelines on Wednesday that are expected to make thousands of drug offenders eligible for a reduction in the sentences they are currently serving. Under the new guidelines, inmates that were sentenced under laws that have since changed, have served at least 10 years of their sentence and are nonviolent may be re-examined by the Justice Department and suggested to the president for clemency. Deputy Attorney General James Cole, who announced the details of the plan, said the most obvious candidates for review were those sentenced before a 2010 law that lowered the terms for crack cocaine possession charges. “These older, stringent punishments that are out of line with sentences imposed under today’s laws erode people’s confidence in our criminal justice system,” Cole said at a news conference on Wednesday. Under U.S. law, the president can reduce sentences or pardon Americans serving sentences for federal …

    April 23, 2014 11:40 am
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Stocks

  • HBO shows coming to Amazon … not Netflix


    If you haven’t seen “The Sopranos” we won’t spoil it for you. But you’ll soon be able to stream it and other HBO shows on Amazon Prime. Non-HBO subscribers will soon be able to watch some of the network’s old TV shows, like “The Sopranos” and “The Wire,” on Amazon Prime’s streaming video service. Amazon (AMZN, Fortune 500) described the deal as a first for HBO, which has a reputation for being tightfisted with its library of hit shows — even ones that stopped airing years ago. The assortment of HBO shows will be a significant addition to Amazon Prime as it attempts to sign up more monthly subscribers and challenge Netflix. HBO will continue to provide complete access to all its shows through HBO GO, the streaming service for its existing subscribers. The Amazon deal draws a bright line between old and new. For example, the seasons of “Girls,” “The Newsroom” and “Veep” that …

    April 23, 2014 12:00 pm
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Sports

  • Suns’ Dragic voted league’s most improved player


    (Reuters) – Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic, whose breakout campaign helped his team to a 23-win improvement, was named the National Basketball Association’s most improved player, the league said on Wednesday. Dragic received 408 of a possible 1,134 points, including 65 first-place votes, from a panel of 126 sportswriters and broadcasters in the United States and Canada. Lance Stephenson of the Indiana Pacers (158 points, 13 first-place votes) finished second while Anthony Davis (155 points, 16 first-place votes) of the New Orleans Pelicans was third. Dragic, who entered the 2013-14 campaign with a career scoring average of 9.5 points, averaged a career-best 20.3 points to go with 5.9 assists and 3.2 rebounds. The 27-year-old Slovenian was the only player in the NBA to shoot at least 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range, both career highs. Dragic’s performance keyed a Suns’ turnaround on the way to a 48-34 record that left …

    April 23, 2014 12:00 pm
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World News

  • More held in S Korea ferry disaster


    23 April 2014 Last updated at 10:54 Divers are continuing to search the sunken hull for bodies of those who died The South Korean authorities have arrested four more crew members from the ferry that sank last week, bringing the total number detained to 11. Police have also raided offices of companies linked to the ferry’s owners. Search teams are continuing to recover bodies from the submerged hull of the passenger ferry. One survivor has described taking the agonising decision to save himself as the ship capsized and water washed away students he was trying to rescue. The number of people known to have died in the accident has reached 150, with another 152 still missing, most of them teenage children from a single school in Ansan, outside the capital Seoul. An emotional memorial service took place near the school on Wednesday, with friends and family members laying flowers in front of photographs of some …

    April 23, 2014 11:21 am
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Technology

  • Tesco Broadband faces double fault


    23 April 2014 Last updated at 16:19 Tesco has offered a broadband service to UK customers since 2004 Tesco’s internet service has been hit by two separate problems that coincided, leaving some of its customers irate. The company’s email servers experienced an undisclosed fault that left some subscribers unable to send or receive messages. Meanwhile an unrelated technical issue caused customer calls about the email glitch to go unanswered. Users complained they could not get a response for more than a day. Tesco has now set up a dedicated section on its site and is tweeting replies to individual subscribers. A spokeswoman said the retailer had been aware of “intermittent” problems with its email service on Tuesday but the issue had become more “solid” on Wednesday morning. “We are investigating the cause of the issue as a priority and already have a dedicated team on hand, who are working on repairs,” she added. “We have …

    April 23, 2014 11:20 am
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Science

  • NASA Hubble Instruments Highlight New National Air and Space Museum Exhibit


    Two instruments that played critical roles in discoveries made by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope now are on display in an exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. “Repairing Hubble” recognizes the 24th anniversary of Hubble’s launch into space aboard space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990. The exhibit features Hubble’s Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement (COSTAR) instrument and the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2). Soon after Hubble began sending back images in 1990, scientists discovered the telescope’s primary mirror had a flaw called spherical aberration. The outer edge of the mirror was ground too flat by a depth of 4 microns, which is roughly equal to one-fiftieth the thickness of a human hair. The flaw resulted in images that were fuzzy because some of the light from the objects being studied was being scattered. After the amount of aberration was understood, scientists and engineers developed WFPC2 and COSTAR, …

    April 23, 2014 11:21 am
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Health

  • People Seek Out Health Info When Famous Person Dies


    WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The deaths of well-known people offer an opportunity to educate the general public about disease detection and prevention, a new study suggests. Researchers surveyed 1,400 American men and women after Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in 2011 and learned that more than one-third of them sought information about his cause of death or information about cancer in general soon after his death was reported. About 7 percent of the respondents said they looked specifically for information about pancreatic cancer. That may seem low, but applied to the U.S. population as a whole it would work out to more than 2 million people, the Indiana University team said. “In the medical community, there has been a big push to try to educate the public about the nuances of cancer,” lead author Jessica Gall Myrick, an assistant professor in the university’s school of journalism, said in a …

    April 23, 2014 11:40 am
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Entertainment

  • Is Khloe Kardashian Being Groomed to Replace Chelsea Handler?


    If this is true, this is a great idea! Rumor has it E! execs are eyeing Khloe Kardashian to take over Chelsea Handler’s late night spot on the network, and the reality star has already tested her talent by co-hosting for the comedienne on multiple occasions. “It makes total sense. The network is losing Chelsea at the end of the year and Khloe is one of the most outspoken and likable stars in E!’s talent pool. She’s not a comedian and she still has a lot to learn about hosting and timing, but Khloe definitely has what it takes,” a source told Dish Nation. The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star has Miss Handler in her camp, too! “Khloe has Chelsea Handler and Ryan Seacrest pushing for her. Everyone knows she’s the funniest Kardashian out of the bunch. She also doesn’t take any crap which will come in very handy with unruly guests. The network …

    April 23, 2014 12:20 pm
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Editorial

  • The Foxhole: Cal Thomas on loving Bob Beckel, hating gridlock


      On the cover of his new book, “What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America” (HarperCollins, April 2014), conservative syndicated columnist Cal Thomas — familiar to Fox News viewers for his many appearances on the network, dating back to its inception – can be seen in black tie and tails, tipping a top hat with characteristic cordiality as a groundhog sits contentedly atop Thomas’s left shoulder (thanks to the magic of PhotoShop).  It’s a nod to the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day,” starring Bill Murray which Thomas sees as a parable for the repetitive cycles of partisan gridlock and dysfunction in the nation’s capital. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In “What Works,” which carries a foreword by Fox News anchor Sean Hannity, Thomas draws on his columns and speeches to examine what he considers to be viable solutions for the economy, health care, and other major problems bedeviling America.  Only a handful of living peers can boast …

    April 23, 2014 11:40 am
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Odd News

  • Retired nurse sues for $275,000 in Oregon pet duck attack


    OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) – A woman visiting her mother in Oregon is suing her neighbor, seeking $275,000 for pain, suffering and other damages she says were inflicted when a pet duck ambushed her for no apparent reason. Cynthia Ruddell, 62, of Washougal, Washington, was on her mother’s property in Estacada, Oregon, about 25 miles southeast of Portland, when a neighbor’s duck attacked her without provocation, according to the suit filed in Oregon state court last Friday. In her attempt to run away from the agitated waterfowl, Ruddell fell to the ground, breaking her right wrist and spraining an elbow and shoulder, the suit claims. The incident occurred in May of 2012. The complaint accuses the bird’s owner, Lolita Rose, of failing to maintain control of her pet or “to warn or otherwise inform neighbors of her duck’s dangerous propensity in attacking individuals.” Ruddell, a retired nurse, is seeking up to $275,000 in damages, including roughly …

    April 23, 2014 3:17 am
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