• End in sight to US shutdown impasse

    End in sight to US shutdown impasse

    3 March 2015 Last updated at 17:50 Funding for the department has been at issue since the new congress began in January The US House of Representatives will vote on a so-called ‘clean’ funding bill...
  • Netanyahu warns US over Iran deal

    Netanyahu warns US over Iran deal

    3 March 2015 Last updated at 17:31 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “Iran’s regime is not merely a Jewish problem” The Israeli prime minister has warned...
  • Sharks try to gain ground on Canucks

    (SportsNetwork.com) – The San Jose Sharks look to close the gap on second- place Vancouver Tuesday night when they shoot for a fifth straight series road victory over the Canucks. The Sharks snapped an eight-game...
  • Ex-CIA chief in federal charge plea

    Ex-CIA chief in federal charge plea

    3 March 2015 Last updated at 16:44 David Petraeus, a former CIA director and four-star general, has reached a plea deal with the US Justice Department in which he will admit to mishandling classified materials....
  • Netanyahu says Iran ‘global threat’

    Netanyahu says Iran ‘global threat’

    3 March 2015 Last updated at 16:45 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Live: Israeli PM Netanyahu addresses the US Congress The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that Iran poses...

Headline News

  • End in sight to US shutdown impasse


    3 March 2015 Last updated at 17:50 Funding for the department has been at issue since the new congress began in January The US House of Representatives will vote on a so-called ‘clean’ funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday. The bill will not include language that would rollback President Barack Obama’s recent immigration reforms. The vote could end an impasse between the White House and conservative Republicans over the reforms, that nearly shut the department last week. The agency received funding for a week in an 11th-hour vote on Friday. Speaker of the House John Boehner told Republican members about the planned vote on Tuesday. The issue has created rift in the Republican Party and has threatened Mr Boehner’s position as the leader of the House. In recent weeks, conservative republicans have pushed to include language that would permanently halt immigration reforms announced by the White House in November. Mr Obama, …

    March 3, 2015 11:56 am
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Politics

  • Hillary Clinton may have broken federal record-keeping laws: NY Times


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have violated federal records laws by using a personal email account for all of her work messages, the New York Times reported on Monday. The newspaper said the likely Democratic presidential candidate conducted all her official business during her four-year tenure at the State Department on a private email account. It added that Clinton, who stepped down as secretary of state in 2013, recently handed over 55,000 pages of emails to the State Department in response to a department effort to comply with record-keeping practices. Federal law says letters and emails written and received by federal officials are government records that must be retained, according to the paper. Regulations at the time Clinton served as secretary of state called for emails on personal accounts to be preserved as well, the paper said. The Times said most experts believed private email accounts should only be …

    March 3, 2015 10:16 am
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Stocks

  • Nasdaq dogs: Cisco, Sirius and Yahoo got left behind


    The Nasdaq is back at levels it last hit in those glory days of March 2000. That’s great news for anyone who really took the lonnnnng view and held on to Nasdaq stocks for the past 15 years. It’s even better if you were lucky enough to own some of the index’s biggest winners, such as beverage companies Monster (MNST)and Keurig (GMCR), agricultural equipment retailer Tractor Supply (TSCO), biotech Gilead Sciences (GILD) and that little tech firm called Apple (AAPL, Tech30). Related: Apple stock is making regular Americans rich But there are some prominent Nasdaq stocks that have no reason to be celebrating the return of Nasdaq 5,000 on Monday. They are still WAY below the prices they fetched back in the days when Cisco (CSCO, Tech30) ruled the tech world … and Sisqó ruled the airwaves with that silly (but insanely catchy) “Thong Song.” Waiting for a full recovery: Cisco, in fact, is among …

    March 3, 2015 12:36 pm
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Sports

  • Ex-NFL star Hernandez texted murder victim before his death


    FALL RIVER, Massachusetts (Reuters) – Former National Football League player Aaron Hernandez exchanged text messages with the man he is charged with murdering in the hours before the killing took place, according to cell phone records shown in court on Tuesday. Raymond MacDonald, a T-Mobile employee, testified that the messages from Hernandez were on the cell phone of the victim, Odin Lloyd, whose bullet-ridden body was found in an industrial park near Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, on June 17, 2013. Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Patrick Bomberg showed Lloyd’s phone in Massachusetts Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, and asked MacDonald to read text messages sent from a number identified as Hernandez’s. On the night of June 16, Hernandez texted “imma hit u when i’m dat way like Las time”. After midnight on June 17, Loyd texted: “We still on.” A few hours later, prosecutors say, Hernandez and two friends, Ernest Wallace and …

    March 3, 2015 11:56 am
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World News

  • Netanyahu warns US over Iran deal


    3 March 2015 Last updated at 17:31 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “Iran’s regime is not merely a Jewish problem” The Israeli prime minister has warned that a deal under discussion on Iran’s nuclear programme could “pave its way to the bomb”, rather than block it. In a speech to US Congress punctuated by standing ovations, Benjamin Netanyahu depicted Iran as a “threat to the entire world”. Talks on Iran’s nuclear programme are nearing a critical late-March deadline for an outline agreement to be reached. It also comes just two weeks before a closely fought election in Israel. Mr Netanyahu insisted that he was not trying to meddle in internal US politics. The White House had criticised his plan to address Congress on the matter. It had complained that the speech – at Republican invitation, without consulting the White House – was interfering in domestic politics …

    March 3, 2015 11:56 am
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Technology

  • BlackBerry outs touchscreen Leap, teases slider BlackBerry


    BlackBerry devices executive Ron Louks teases a BlackBerry with a slide-out keyboard. Sarah Tew/CNET BARCELONA — BlackBerry is going back to a full touchscreen with the BlackBerry Leap. The Leap marks a return to touchscreen, with last year’s line-up totally dependent on its trademark physical keyboard. The company plans to start selling the smartphone, which will go on sale in April in Europe for $275 (roughly £180 or AU$350). BlackBerry devices executive Ron Louks also teased another smartphone with a curved display that wraps around the side, like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, and a slide-out keyboard. There isn’t a name for the device, but CEO John Chen said he calls it “the slider.” He also said the company would release a second Porsche edition BlackBerry and another keyboard smartphone. The BlackBerry Leap will target a specific segment of young customers. Sarah Tew / CNET BlackBerry is in the midst of a transformation, moving from …

    March 3, 2015 5:54 am
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Science

  • People use handshakes to sniff each other out


    Related images(click to enlarge) Limp or firm, your handshake conveys subliminal social cues. Now, research reveals it also transmits chemical signals that could explain why the greeting evolved in the first place. In the study, published in the journal eLife, scientists from Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science found that people use the touch of a handshake to sample and sniff signalling molecules. During the experiment, around 280 people were greeted either with or without a handshake. They were filmed using hidden cameras and observed to see how many times they touched their face. One finding of the study was that people constantly sniff their own hands — keeping a hand at their nose about 22% of the time. Subjects greeted with a handshake significantly increased touching of their faces with their right hand. However, this only seemed to be the case when the subject had been greeted by a person of the same gender. To …

    March 3, 2015 10:15 am
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Health

  • Obamacare and the Supreme Court: What’s at Stake


    TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The latest legal showdown over the Affordable Care Act could make health insurance unaffordable for millions of Americans, some health policy experts say. But opponents of the health-care law say the matter is cut-and-dried — and a clear violation of the controversial legislation. At issue are the federal subsidies that help lower monthly health-plan premiums for people in 34 states that use HealthCare.gov — the federally run marketplace to buy insurance online. Petitioners in the case, King v. Burwell, argue that people who use the HealthCare.gov website to purchase insurance aren’t entitled to receive subsidies to defray the cost of health insurance coverage. They say the subsidies, which come in the form of premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions, were meant only for people who buy health plans through state-operated health insurance exchanges — not HealthCare.gov. The Galen Institute, an Alexandria, Va.-based free-market health policy research group and …

    March 3, 2015 10:16 am
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Entertainment

  • Jamie Dornan To Make $6.9 Million For Fifty Shades Of Grey Sequel


    Posted on Tue Mar 3rd, 2015 10:10am PDT       By X17 Staff Don’t fret 50 Shades of Grey fans, Jamie Dornan will continue to hit Dakota Johnson for money! The Irish actor has signed on to reprise his role as SM loving billionaire Christian Grey for the film’s highly anticipated sequel — for a hefty $6.9 million price tag. Last week, reports surfaced that The Fall actor was walking from the sextacular series. But it appears after some negotiations — the star is staying. A source close to the actor told the Daily Star: ‘The money on the offer was just too good. He’s been really worried that he will get typecast as Christian Grey and it will do his long-term career ambitions damage.” Break out the whips and ball gags — it’s time to celebrate!   Stories from around the Web

    March 3, 2015 12:36 pm
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Editorial

  • Stop the Insanity: BBQ pitmasters told to take down American flags


    Give it to God Competition BBQ (Courtesy Jeff Petkevicius) Nothing says America quite like smoking a pork butt and flying Old Glory. “The sport of professional barbecue is extremely American and family oriented,” said pitmaster Jeff Petkevicius. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT So you can imagine Jeff’s extreme displeasure when organizers of an Alabama barbecue competition ordered him – along with other competitors to take down the American flags hanging from their barbecue trailers. The star-spangled banner has survived bombs bursting in air and the rocket’s red glare – only to be done-in by an ordinance that doesn’t exist. It happened Feb. 27th at the Sam’s Club National BBQ Competition in Daphne, Ala., sponsored by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.  Jeff is the founder of “Give it to God” competition barbecue — a professional barbecue team that smokes meat and shares the love of Jesus. Both are noble missions. Last Friday Jeff rolled into town with his barbecue trailer …

    March 3, 2015 10:35 am
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Odd News

  • German pensioner needs drill to dig for Nazi-looted Amber Room


    BERLIN (Reuters) – A pensioner has started digging in Germany’s western Ruhr region for the Amber Room, a priceless work of art looted by Nazis from the Soviet Union during World War Two and missing for 70 years, but says he needs a new drill to help him. Dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Amber Room was an ornate chamber made of amber panels given to Czar Peter the Great by Prussia’s Friedrich Wilhelm I in 1716. German troops stole the treasure chamber from a palace near St Petersburg in 1941 and took it to Koenigsberg, now the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, before it disappeared. Conspiracy theories abound about the whereabouts of what some say is the world’s most valuable piece of lost art. Some historians think it was destroyed in the war, others say Germans smuggled it to safety. Now 68-year-old pensioner Karl-Heinz Kleine says he thinks the chamber is hidden under …

    March 3, 2015 10:15 am
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