• Burundi police tear-gas protesters

    Burundi police tear-gas protesters

    Opposition activists in Burundi are protesting for a second day against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term in office. Police broke up the demonstrations using tear gas and water cannon. At...
  • Relieved Lee handed backdated doping ban

    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian shuttler Lee Chong Wei was a relieved man on Monday after being handed a backdated eight-month ban for doping by the Badminton World Federation, leaving him free to go for...
  • Broga yoga for men

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Men who crave the benefits of yoga but recoil at sharing the experience with a room full of women are turning to Broga, a rugged take on the 3,000-year-old practice of...
  • How I discovered Viagra

    Credit: John Greim/SPL/Getty Images Like most scientists and clinicians in this field, I chose a career developing drugs in the hope of improving people’s lives. I say ‘hope’, because often pharmaceutical research and development is...

Headline News

  • Thousands expected to attend Baltimore funeral for Freddie Gray


    BALTIMORE –  Thousands were expected Monday at a funeral for a man who died after sustaining serious spinal injuries while in the custody of Baltimore police. Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m. Monday for Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died April 19 after an encounter days earlier with police left him with grave spinal injuries. Pastor Jamal Bryant, who was to deliver Gray’s eulogy, said he expected Baltimore’s New Shiloh Baptist Church to be filled for the service. A cemetery burial was to follow. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In Washington, the White House said the head of President Barack Obama’s initiative for young men of color would attend. Broderick Johnson, chairman of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force and a Baltimore native, is to be joined by two other administration officials, a White House statement said. Mourners who didn’t even know Gray filed in a steady stream for hours into a funeral home for …

    April 27, 2015 4:35 am
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Politics

  • Tester’s DSCC Pursues Same Strategy That Nearly Nixed Him in 2006


    By Nathan L. Gonzales Posted at 5 a.m. April 27 0 Tweet Tester makes his way through the basement of the Capitol before a vote on the Senate floor on Dec. 12, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) If the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had its way a decade ago, its current chairman probably wouldn’t be in the Senate today. In the 2006 cycle, Democratic strategists in Washington preferred state Auditor John Morrison in the Montana Senate race, hoping to avoid a primary and keep the party focused on defeating Republican incumbent Conrad Burns. But state Sen. Jon Tester was undeterred by national Democratic efforts to get him out of the race and even bragged about being opposed by the party establishment. Tester went on to win the primary and general elections, plus a close re-election six years later. He’s now in charge of Democratic efforts to retake the Senate majority in 2016. With …

    April 27, 2015 4:34 am
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Stocks

  • Blackmailers trade nude pics like baseball cards on the ‘dark web’


    In one of the darkest corners of the web, a young girl in glasses, nude, cries in front of her webcam. Onlookers peer into what appears to be her bedroom while she is forced by a hacker to touch herself. According to the site, she’s being blackmailed. “This white girl is blackmailed to take off her clothes on webcam,” a caption reads. “She refuses in the beginning but after a while, she has no choice.” The website runs similar videos of several other women. It’s hard to trace the location of the website — it’s only accessible on the dark web, an unregulated corner of the Internet where people can buy everything from drugs to hacking tools. Payments are made using bitcoin. Hackers are breaking into webcams and emails and social networks to gain access to intimate images. They then threaten to make the images public, and share them with the victim’s friends and family, …

    April 27, 2015 4:55 am
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Sports

  • Relieved Lee handed backdated doping ban


    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian shuttler Lee Chong Wei was a relieved man on Monday after being handed a backdated eight-month ban for doping by the Badminton World Federation, leaving him free to go for gold at the Rio Olympics next year. Lee tested positive test for dexamethasone at last year’s world championships. Dexamethasone is an anti-inflammatory that does not enhance performance but is on the list of banned substances. The 32-year-old could have been suspended for up to two years but will be eligible to compete again on Friday after he voluntarily stood down last year when he was first told about the positive sample. The BWF said Lee had been negligent but the backdated sanction was “correct and fair”. “The panel is convinced this is not a case of doping with intent to cheat,” the world governing body said in a statement. The anti-inflammatory drug, which is prohibited in competition, was found on …

    April 27, 2015 4:35 am
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World News

  • Burundi police tear-gas protesters


    Opposition activists in Burundi are protesting for a second day against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term in office. Police broke up the demonstrations using tear gas and water cannon. At least two people were killed in violent clashes in Burundi on Sunday as police shot live ammunition in the air to disperse them. Thousands defied a ban to take to the streets of the capital Bujumbura. Opponents say the bid by the president’s governing CNDD-FDD party is unconstitutional. Mr Nkurunziza has served two terms as president, coming to the office at the end of the civil war. Burundi’s constitution only allows the president to be elected twice. But Mr Nkurunziza’s supporters argue he is eligible for another term since he was appointed by parliament in 2005. Opposition say the bid threatens a peace deal that ended the 12-year civil war in 2005. More than 300,000 people died in the war. …

    April 27, 2015 4:36 am
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Technology

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 introduces co-op campaign and cyber-soldiers


    Call of Duty is not going “open world” – not yet. But with Black Ops 3, the third title in the covert war spin-off series, it is taking a small step in that direction. As leaked by Call of Duty (CoD) news site CharlieIntel on Friday, this year’s CoD instalment will feature a four-player co-operative campaign mode, allowing friends to take on the story together. The series is abandoning its highly choreographed “corridor”-style of level design in favour of open environments offering more space and freedom to explore. Players will be able to create and customise their own avatars from the outset, rather than taking control of pre-set characters, while a new XP system allows upgrades to both the soldier and the weapons. Developer Treyarch, one of three studios sharing responsibility for the multimillion dollar annual franchise, has also introduced a new movement system. Black Ops 3 is set 50 years in the future where …

    April 27, 2015 3:54 am
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Science

  • How I discovered Viagra


    Credit: John Greim/SPL/Getty Images Like most scientists and clinicians in this field, I chose a career developing drugs in the hope of improving people’s lives. I say ‘hope’, because often pharmaceutical research and development is a source of frustration and disappointment. Certainly, we make a continual contribution to scientific and medical knowledge, but our work doesn’t always yield new medicines. Very few of us get to work on compounds that ultimately benefit patients. I’ve been one of the fortunate ones though. In two decades of research, I’ve managed to be in the right place at the right time on more than one occasion. But the development program I’ve had the greatest involvement in concerns one of the world’s most famous drugs. Its scientific name is sildenafil citrate, but it’s better known as Viagra. I first came across the project in the late 1980s, when I learned colleagues at Pfizer’s laboratories in Sandwich, a small town …

    April 27, 2015 4:15 am
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Health

  • Broga yoga for men


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Men who crave the benefits of yoga but recoil at sharing the experience with a room full of women are turning to Broga, a rugged take on the 3,000-year-old practice of movement and breath. Broga celebrates the physical over the spiritual, and strength over flexibility. Experts say it sets men free to flex tight hamstrings without hearing invocations to Hindu deities or feeling inept next to a woman twisted like a pretzel. “I consider myself an athletic guy, but have never been flexible and didn’t like the thought of embarrassing myself in front of a group of women,” said financial analyst Eric Wright, 22, of San Jose, California. Wright and his male colleagues use the video streaming service Grokker to practice. “On Wednesdays we have a standing Broga appointment and anywhere from five to eight others will join me,” he said. Grokker founder and C.E.O. Lorna Borenstein said more men are …

    April 27, 2015 4:35 am
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Entertainment

  • Mama June is speaking out against her own daughter’s pregnancy


    More: Honey Boo Boo horribly exploited in televised “weight intervention” The family’s matriarch, Mama June, took her eldest daughter, Anna Shannon Cardwell, to task on Instagram after finding out she’s pregnant with her second child. “Well guess who will b a gigi and aunts again in December we will,” Mama June captioned a photo of herself and her girls on the social networking site. “@annamarie35 texted me late last night and told me she was 6 wks as of thursday.” But even though Mama June, whose real name is June Shannon, said she’s excited to be a grandma to another baby, she was concerned that 20-year-old Anna is too young to be pregnant again. More: Mama June’s been offered a new job — to be a porn star “They r too young to have another one i will support her and Michael but katilyn will always b gigis first baby,” June wrote. “im not going …

    April 27, 2015 1:14 am
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Editorial

  • ‘Remembering Everyone Deployed’ Fridays: Let’s wear red America


     (Courtesy Mansfield University)  (Courtesy Mansfield University) The events of September 11, 2001 undoubtedly changed the lives of Americans across the country. But the rubble of the Twin Towers has long been cleared, Freedom Tower now in their place, and most Americans have returned largely to the same lives they led before the attacks. Men and women of the United States military haven’t had this option. These men and women continue to volunteer to fight an enemy thousands of miles from home. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The relatively normal lives we take for granted is a testament to the incredible job they’ve done to protect our quality of life. But we owe it to each of them to better understand the struggles they face not only in combat, but when they return home. Wearing a specific colored shirt might seem like a trivial act, but the meaning behind it is significant. It translates to mean that as you …

    April 26, 2015 4:27 am
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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
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