Headline News

  • Military planning to spend billions on new Air Force One


    Air Force One arrives at Sky Harbor International Airport, Friday, March 13, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) The Pentagon is considering spending billions of dollars on three new Boeing 747s to use as Air Force One, the aircraft that shuttles the United States president. According to CBS News, the current Air Force One fleet is getting old, and the U.S. military says it’s time for a new generation to carry future commanders in chief. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “We’ve got a pretty good size team working on it,” said Air Force Col. Amy McCain, who is in charge of ordering the new Air Force One, according to the station. McCain’s team has grown to 80 people from 20 in the past year. The team is expected to swell to 100 shortly. “It’s actually cheaper in the long run to replace it.” – Air Force Col. Amy McCain Budget paperwork shows the military requested from Congress $102 …

    March 29, 2015 3:03 pm
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Politics

  • Indiana governor defends religious freedom law


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Sunday defended a new state law that opponents worry may support discrimination against gay people, saying he had no plans to add extra protections but would consider new suggestions from state legislators. Pence, speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” sought to counter criticism from protesters who have spilled onto the streets of Indianapolis and others, including some corporations, after signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Thursday. “There has been shameless rhetoric about my state, about this law, and about its intention all over the Internet,” Pence said. “It does not apply to disputes between individuals, unless government action is involved.” Supporters say the law, which was passed overwhelmingly by the Republican-led state legislature, will keep the government from forcing business owners to act against their strongly held religious beliefs. Opponents say it may allow vendors to discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and that its …

    March 29, 2015 3:02 pm
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Stocks

  • WrestleMania 31 is coming. Time to buy WWE stock?


    WWE shareholders got kicked in the chest in 2014. But they are flying high again so far this year. Shares of WWE (WWE) are up more than 30% so far in 2015 It’s perfect timing with WrestleMania 31 taking place this Sunday. (I remember the first one in 1985. Hulk Hogan and Mr. T! Cyndi Lauper!) But many investors may still feel like they’re stuck in a choke hold: The stock is trading about half of what what it was worth last March when it topped $31 a share. Is there going to be another post-WrestleMania slump like last year? Tough start for new network: At this time a year ago, investors were excited about the company’s new WWE Network — a streaming video app that would give subscribers willing to pay $9.99 a month access to current and archived events, such as WrestleMania — which is the “sport’s” Super Bowl. Related: Bleacher Report’s WrestleMania …

    March 29, 2015 11:20 am
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Sports

  • MotoGP veteran Rossi wins Qatar season-opener


    (Reuters) – MotoGP great Valentino Rossi won the Qatar season-opener for Yamaha on Sunday with Italian riders sweeping the podium places after a thrilling duel under the Losail floodlights. Andrea Dovizioso, who had started on pole position while Rossi was only eighth on the grid, took second place just 0.174 seconds behind for Ducati with team mate Andrea Iannone finishing third. Honda’s double world champion Marc Marquez was fifth after been forced out at the first corner and having to fight back through the field from last. The win, at the age of 36, was the 109th of Rossi’s grand prix career and 83rd in the top category of motorcycling. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Mark Meadows)

    March 29, 2015 3:02 pm
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World News

  • Body found days after NY gas blast


    Three buildings were levelled in the gas explosion A body has been found at the site of a massive gas explosion that flattened three buildings in New York on Thursday. The body was found mid-afternoon local time, but no name has been given. Two people have been reported missing from a sushi restaurant hit by the blast: Nicholas Figueroa, who was on a date there, and a worker, Moises Lucon. A further 22 people were injured in the explosion and subsequent fire, four critically. Utility inspectors had declared plumbing and gas work inside one of the buildings faulty just an hour before the explosion, locking the line to ensure it would not be used and then leaving, officials said. Police have been using search dogs at the scene The blast that followed soon after left heaps of bricks and mangled debris across the street in Manhattan’s East Village. Mr Figueroa’s date, who lies in hospital, …

    March 29, 2015 3:03 pm
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Technology

  • School principals threaten parents with police if kids play ‘Grand Theft Auto’


    Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. Kids, this could get you into trouble. Rockstar Games/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET Schools aren’t there just to teach kids a lesson. They exist to teach parents a thing or two as well. This seems, at least, to be the attitude of a group of schools in Cheshire, England, which is fed up with underage kids playing overblown games such as “Grand Theft Auto” and “Call Of Duty.” So fed up is the Nantwich Education Partnership that it has written to parents of kids in 16 schools. The letter said that if they don’t start policing their childrens’ games, they might be getting a visit from the men and women in blue. As Britain’s Sunday Times reports (paywall), the letter explains that playing such games could lead to “oversexualized behavior” on the part of kids. It states: “If your child …

    March 29, 2015 2:41 pm
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Science

  • Wearable device helps vision-impaired avoid collision


    Related images(click to enlarge) People who have lost some of their peripheral vision, such as those with retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma, or brain injury that causes half visual field loss, often face mobility challenges and increased likelihood of falls and collisions. As therapeutic vision restoration treatments are still in their infancy, rehabilitation approaches using assistive technologies are often times viable alternatives for addressing mobility challenges related to vision loss. Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Schepens Eye Research Institute used an obstacle course to evaluate a wearable collision warning device they developed for patients with peripheral vision loss. They found the device may help patients with a wide range of vision loss avoid collisions with high-level obstacles. Their findings are featured on Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science (IOVS). “We developed this pocket-sized collision warning device, which can predict impending collisions based on time to collision rather than proximity. It gives warnings only when the users approach …

    March 29, 2015 3:02 pm
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Health

  • Liberia calls for sexual caution to beat Ebola outbreak


    MONROVIA (Reuters) – Liberia called upon Ebola survivors on Sunday to extend a period of sexual abstinence or protected sex beyond an already advised three months following their recovery, amid fears the country’s latest case may have resulted from sexual transmission. The West African nation suffered a setback in its efforts to end a year-long outbreak of the disease earlier this month when it recorded its first new case of Ebola in several weeks. The patient, a 44-year-old woman, died on Friday. More than 10,300 people have succumbed to the disease across Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the three countries hardest hit by the worst Ebola epidemic on record. Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, who heads Liberia’s Ebola response, said there was evidence to suggest the woman may have contracted the disease through sexual contact. Research has shown traces of Ebola in semen of some survivors for at least 82 days after the onset of …

    March 29, 2015 3:02 pm
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Entertainment

  • Taylor Swift Rehearses For I Heart Awards As Her Romance With Calvin Harris Heats Up


    Posted on Sun Mar 29th, 2015 12:45pm PDT       By X17 Staff Taylor Swift may not be performing at the I Heart Radio Awards tonight, but she will be presenting, so we weren’t surprised to snap her at the rehearsal for the show on Saturday afternoon! Swift is nominated for four awards (including Artist of the Year), and even if she doesn’t win big tonight, we know we’ll catch her dancing in the audience! Madonna, Iggy Azalea, Rihanna, Sam Smith, Kelly Clarkson, Snoop Dogg, Jason Derulo and Meghan Trainor will be performing, so it’s quite a lineup. The show will be held at the Shrine Auditorium, and guests will sit at tables rather than seats in the venue. But will Taylor be bringing new beau Calvin Harris to the show? Last we checked he’s not a confirmed guest, but seeing as the two packed on the PDA three days ago at Kenny Chesney’s Nashville concert, there’s a …

    March 29, 2015 3:22 pm
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Editorial

  • America in the 21st Century: Time to renew the call for national service


     (AP) FILE — Monday, May 28, 2012: Austin Bunyard, 5, squints in the bright sun as he watches veterans salute the American flag during a Memorial Day ceremony on the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Ill. ((AP Photo/The Dispatch, Paul Colletti)) The yelling began the instant the doors closed on the buses taking me and the two hundred other draftees from Nassau County Long Island to Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn to be inducted into the army.    Yelling is the primary form of communication used in the first two months of service.  I was now under the rule of the unified code of military justice, and there was no such thing as “I quit” or “I’m not doing that” without dire consequences involving words like “imprisonment” and “hard labor”.  It was November of 1966, and whatever coddled innocence that was bestowed upon me by loving parents was soon gone along with my hair, clothes, privacy, …

    March 29, 2015 2:58 am
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Odd News

  • Daughter bests father in feud at Japan shareholder’s meeting


    TOKYO (Reuters) – A rare family feud erupted in a Japanese shareholders meeting on Friday, when the chief executive of Otsuka Kagu Ltd defeated her father’s attempt to oust her, vowing to push ahead with her plan to take the furniture retailer more mass-market. “I am sorry that things have come to this,” Kumiko Otsuka, 47, coolly told shareholders in the meeting, in which she instructed her father, company founder and chairman Katsuhisa Otsuka, and her mother to identify themselves by name and shareholder number. The daughter overcame the chairman’s challenge by an undisclosed majority vote. “I had five children,” the father said from the audience as he pleaded with shareholders to back his return as CEO. “Kumiko was the first and she was a difficult birth.” Kumiko’s mother also gave a rambling speech criticizing the CEO, until another shareholder yelled at her to stop. The Otsuka family showdown – virtually unheard of in Japan’s …

    March 27, 2015 10:40 am
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