Headline News

  • Pakistani man convicted in U.S. court for al Qaeda plot


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Pakistani man was convicted on Wednesday on U.S. charges of participating in an al Qaeda plot to attack targets in Europe and the United States. Abid Naseer, 28, was found guilty by a federal jury in Brooklyn of providing and conspiring to provide material support to al Qaeda and conspiring to use a destructive device. Naseer remained expressionless as the jury returned the verdict after less than two days of deliberation. He faces life in prison. His lawyer said after the conviction that he would appeal. U.S. prosecutors said Naseer, 28, headed up an al Qaeda cell plotting to bomb a shopping center in Manchester, England, in April 2009. The proposed attack was one of three plots affiliated al Qaeda cells were working on, along with attacks against the New York City subway system and a Copenhagen newspaper, prosecutors said. Naseer was convicted nearly six years after he was first …

    March 4, 2015 1:52 pm
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Politics

  • Supreme hearing arguments on Obamacare


    By MARK SHERMAN March 4, 2015 Supreme Court visitor using his cellphone to take a photo of the court in Washington.(AP Photo)   The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a major test of President Barack Obama’s health overhaul that threatens insurance coverage for millions of people. The justices are meeting Wednesday to try to determine whether the law makes people in all 50 states eligible for federal tax subsidies to cut the cost of insurance premiums. Or does it limit tax credits only to people who live in states that created their own health insurance marketplaces? A ruling that limits where subsidies are available would have dramatic consequences because roughly three dozen states opted against their own marketplace, or exchange, and instead rely on the U.S. Health and Human Services Department’s healthcare.gov. Independent studies estimate that 8 million people could lose insurance coverage. Opponents of the Affordable Care Act failed to kill the law …

    March 4, 2015 10:30 am
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Stocks

  • Young and super rich: Top 10 billionaires under 40


    When it comes to making serious money, college might be overrated. Male “technopreneurs” dominate a list compiled by Wealth-X of the richest people under 40, which also features several college dropouts and one that didn’t even bother to attend university. Facebook (FB, Tech30) boss Mark Zuckerberg claims the top spot, and at $35.1 billion, his fortune far outstrips the rest on the list. The social networking site has provided the world’s most fertile ground for young billionaires. Nearly half of top 10 were early players in Facebook: In addition to Zuckerberg, rankings go to Dustin Moskovitz, Sean Parker and Eduardo Saverin. Harvard dropout Moskovitz is worth $7.7 billion, while Parker — who was Facebook’s first president and also co-founded Napster — didn’t bother with college. He’s now worth $5.2 billion. Back in 2012 Saverin renounced his U.S. citizenship before the company he co-founded went public. The Brazilian native denied the move was for tax reasons, …

    March 4, 2015 12:51 pm
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Sports

  • Growth of soccer in U.S. no threat to NFL ratings: Fox


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Soccer may be a hot commodity in the U.S. sport market but poses no threat to the NFL, which will remain King of the Hill for the foreseeable future, Fox Sports president Eric Shanks said on Wednesday. Fox, which broadcasts NFL games, also owns U.S. television rights to the 2018, 2022 and 2026 World Cups, the 2015 Women’s World Cup and a portfolio of domestic leagues but it is American football that dominates its ratings. “We are a sport crazy country and there is nothing right now that would indicate that there is any threat to the King of the Hill which is the NFL,” Shanks said at the Sport Business Summit in midtown Manhattan. “Football is a uniquely American sport … athletes will continue to play football for a very long time in this country.” In 2011, Fox, NBC and CBS agreed to a record-smashing, nine-year, $28 billion television rights …

    March 4, 2015 1:52 pm
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World News

  • UK bomb plot suspect found guilty


    4 March 2015 Last updated at 19:17 A Pakistani man extradited from the UK to the US has been convicted for plotting attacks in several countries. Abid Naseer, 28, was found guilty by a New York jury of providing material support to al-Qaeda and conspiracy to use a destructive device. He faces up to life imprisonment at sentencing. Evidence at Naseer’s trial included a document found in the raid of the bin Laden compound and MI5 officers testifying in wigs. A jury took returned the verdict after a day of deliberation following closing arguments on Monday. Prosecutors argued Naseer was part of a broader al-Qaeda conspiracy to attack various Western locations, including a Manchester shopping centre and the New York subway system. Abid Naseer (seen here in 2010) was previously arrested in the UK over a bomb plot in Manchester In closing arguments on Monday, prosecutors said Naseer lied about his history during his defence, …

    March 4, 2015 1:51 pm
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Technology

  • Avengers assemble, and watch the new ‘Age of Ultron’ trailer


    The premiere of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is just a few months away, and Marvel has just released an epic new trailer to hold us over until Iron Man, Captain America and the rest of the crew set off on their next adventure. Early Wednesday morning, the Avengers official Twitter account tweeted a call to action asking Marvelites to tweet using the #AvengersAssemble hashtag to unleash a new trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Not surprisingly, Avengers fans responded in force, and the new trailer was posted to Marvel’s YouTube channel in the last few hours. This is an Avengers movie, and the trailer is full of action and destruction as The Hulk, Black Widow, Thor and the rest of the Avengers take on Ultron to save the world from certain annihilation. Check out the trailer for yourself, and get ready to watch the next installment in the Avengers series when “Avengers: Age of Ultron” …

    March 4, 2015 2:11 pm
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Science

  • U.S. Funds Efforts to Freeze Human Organs for Long-Term Storage


    An Italian neuroscientist promised in recent weeks that a new type of surgery—wait for it, a human head transplant—will be ready to try on real, live patients in the next two years. Unfortunately, according to many other neurosurgeons and transplant specialists, that’s an absurd claim. We won’t be swapping out our bodies for younger, fitter models for at the minimum decades, if not centuries—or ever. Still, some people have their heads frozen after death in the hope that future scientific advances may be able to bring them back, plop their heads on a new body—biological or robotic—and let them live forever. Baseball hall of famer Ted Williams did it. (Walt Disney did not—sorry.) Yet eliminating ice damage to hundreds of billions of brain cells—only one of a multitude of challenges to achieve that goal—makes such a feat nothing more than a futuristic fantasy, biologists say. The prospect of preserving any organ, even a lesser one …

    March 4, 2015 10:29 am
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Health

  • Many Transplant Surgeons Suffer Burnout


    WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many transplant surgeons in the United States suffer burnout, a new study reveals. Researchers at the Henry Ford Transplant Institute in Detroit surveyed 218 male and female transplant surgeons, aged 31 to 79. Almost half said they had a low sense of personal accomplishment, and 40 percent reported high levels of emotional exhaustion. “This combination suggests that transplant surgeons are extremely invested in and engaged with their patients but they are frustrated by the process,” study leader Michelle Jesse, a senior staff psychologist, said in a Henry Ford news release. Many transplant patients are critically ill and take a long time to recover after a transplant. Some die while waiting for a new organ. These factors could affect surgeon’s feelings of personal accomplishment, Jesse said. “Difficult patient interactions — like patients and families angry or crying while discussing end-of-life decisions — are not uncommon for transplant surgeons,” she …

    March 4, 2015 10:30 am
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Entertainment

  • Courteney Cox Leans On Friends Co-Star Lisa Kudrow Amid Rumors Of Relationship Trouble With Fiance Johnny McDaid


    Posted on Wed Mar 4th, 2015 10:30am PDT       By X17 Staff Where was Jen Aniston? Courteney Cox reunited with Friends co-star Lisa Kudrow and some other female pals for lunch at Cecconi’s on Wednesday, and although she was still wearing her engagement ring, the Cougar Town star looked a little tense and down in the dumps. Could the rumors be true that she and fiancé Johnny McDaid are on the verge of a split? Poor Court was photographed crying to a male pal in Malibu last month, which sparked speculation that things between her and her Irish rocker beau were crumbling. However, the couple was caught jetting out of town together a week or so after the incident, so we don’t know what to think anymore! Whether her romantic relationship lasts or not, it’s nice to see long lasting Hollywood female friendships!   Stories from around the Web

    March 4, 2015 12:51 pm
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Editorial

  • Paying for College: Yes, you can (and should) negotiate over price


    This month, tens of thousands of high school seniors will find out whether they have been granted admission to the college of their choice. Those letters will be followed in short order by financial aid offers – and it’s that information that parents will be following most closely. That’s because, these days, getting into school isn’t the tough part, it’s paying for college. College administrators know this too well.   Patrick T. Harker, who will lead the Philadelphia Federal Reserve after running the University of Delaware, wrote in an op-ed last month that universities face extinction if they continue to price themselves out of reach of the middle class.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT College debt is one of the biggest financial threats to American families. Already, college students are graduating with an average of $33,000 in debt, an extraordinary sum that could have financed a car or provided a down payment for a home, but instead will …

    March 4, 2015 10:49 am
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Odd News

  • Hamburg residents take revenge on late-night revelers with urine-repellent paint


    BERLIN (Reuters) – Residents of Hamburg’s St. Pauli’s nightclub district are getting their own back on late-night revelers who urinate on public buildings, with a new high-tech paint that sends the spray bouncing right back at them. A local interest group has applied the special water-repellent paint, also used in shipbuilding, on two especially frequented buildings in the renowned nightclub district near the port to deter “Wildpinkler”, as Germans call them. “This paint job sends a direct message back to perpetrators that their wild urinating on this wall is not welcome,” Julia Staron, who organized the group, told Reuters. “The paint protects the buildings and the residents and most importantly it sends a signal this behavior is not on.” In a video posted on YouTube that drew 181,000 viewers on its first day alone, Staron is shown putting up signs in German and English that say: “Hier nicht pinkeln! Wir pinkeln zurueck” (Do not pee …

    March 4, 2015 10:29 am
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