• Another top HTC designer leaves the company

    Another top HTC designer leaves the company

    Jonah Becker has left HTC, but where he’s going next is unknown. Jonah Becker Smartphone maker HTC may be finding itself a little unsteady in the design department. On Thursday, HTC’s associate vice president of...
  • Yemen FM urges swift end to strikes

    Yemen FM urges swift end to strikes

    Yemen’s foreign minister has said air strikes being carried out by a Saudi-led coalition against Shia Houthi rebels should end as soon as possible. Riad Yassin told the BBC a “short, sharp” campaign was needed...
  • U.S. name German Vogts as technical advisor

    (Reuters) – Former Germany coach Berti Vogts has been appointed as a technical advisor to the United States men’s national team, U.S. Soccer said. The 68-year-old Vogts assisted U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann at last year’s...
  • US Senate’s Harry Reid to retire

    Mr Reid said he would continue fighting for his party to retake the Senate The top Democrat in the US Senate, Harry Reid, has announced he will not seek re-election in 2016. Mr Reid, 75,...
  • Boko Haram HQ in Nigeria ‘retaken’

    Boko Haram HQ in Nigeria ‘retaken’

    The capture of Gwoza was celebrated by Nigerian soldiers after the battle The Nigerian army says it has retaken the north-eastern town of Gwoza, believed to be the headquarters of militant Islamist group Boko Haram....
  • Hanyu sends fans wild, France spring ice dance surprise

    (Reuters) – Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu and Spain’s Javier Fernandez gave their coach Brian Orser a day to remember after the duo topped the standings at the world figure skating championships on Friday following the...
  • ‘Several missing’ after NYC fire

    Hundreds of fire fighters worked through the night Several people are thought to be missing after an explosion sent flames tearing through a Manhattan building. The blast, the result of faulty utility work, caused three...

Headline News

  • US Senate’s Harry Reid to retire


    Mr Reid said he would continue fighting for his party to retake the Senate The top Democrat in the US Senate, Harry Reid, has announced he will not seek re-election in 2016. Mr Reid, 75, has served in the Senate for almost 30 years, including as Senate majority and minority leader. The Nevada senator said in video statement his retirement was not related to a recent accident nor to the Democrats losing control of the Senate. “I want to be able to go out at the top of my game,” Mr Reid told the New York Times. Among those likely to replace Mr Reid in the leadership position are Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and New York Senator Chuck Schumer. The Nevada senator, a former amateur boxer, first came to Congress as a Representative in 1983. He was elected Senate majority leader when Democrats took control of the chamber in 2007. Mr Reid injured his eye …

    March 27, 2015 10:00 am
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Politics

  • Exclusive: Upset by Warren, U.S. banks debate halting some campaign donations


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Big Wall Street banks are so upset with Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren’s call for them to be broken up that some have discussed withholding campaign donations to Senate Democrats in symbolic protest, sources familiar with the discussions said. Representatives from Citigroup, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, have met to discuss ways to urge Democrats, including Warren and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, to soften their party’s tone toward Wall Street, sources familiar with the discussions said this week. Bank officials said the idea of withholding donations was not discussed at a meeting of the four banks in Washington but it has been raised in one-on-one conversations between representatives of some of them. However, there was no agreement on coordinating any action, and each bank is making its own decision, they said. The amount of money at stake, a maximum of $15,000 per bank, means the gesture is symbolic rather than …

    March 27, 2015 6:39 am
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Stocks

  • The futuristic bed that locks the door, brews coffee


    Luna’s four co-founders (left to right): Alexandra Zatarain, Andrea Ballarini, Matteo Franceschetti, Massimo Andreasi Bassi Heat up the bed, lock the door, turn off the lights, and brew coffee in the morning…all from bed. A lot of startups are rushing to connect your entire home, and the latest entry is Luna, which promises to replace your “dumb” mattress cover with a “smart” one. “Everything’s getting smarter and smarter. The most dumb thing is my bed. And I spend one-third of my life there,” said Matteo Franceschetti,, co-founder of Luna. Luna’s mattress cover acts as a hub to integrate existing smart technologies, including your thermostat (Google’s Nest), speakers (Beep), lighting (Emberlight) and locks (Lockitron). It also has its own features. Luna is very couple-friendly: Two sides of the mattress can be controlled independently so one partner can, say, heat the bed to 75 degrees, while the other keeps opts for 70 degrees. The team works with …

    March 27, 2015 8:59 am
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Sports

  • U.S. name German Vogts as technical advisor


    (Reuters) – Former Germany coach Berti Vogts has been appointed as a technical advisor to the United States men’s national team, U.S. Soccer said. The 68-year-old Vogts assisted U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann at last year’s World Cup in Brazil and has now been handed a permanent role with the team. “We had a fantastic experience with Berti during the 2014 World Cup,” Klinsmann said in a statement. “His knowledge and experience is a tremendous asset for us.” Klinsmann was the captain of Vogts’s Germany team who won the 1996 European Championship. Vogts played 96 times for his country and was a member of the West Germany side who won the 1974 World Cup. He coached Germany from 1990-98 before spells in charge of the national teams of Kuwait, Scotland, Nigeria and Aszerbaijan. (Writing by Ed Osmond in London; Editing by Frank Pingue)

    March 27, 2015 10:00 am
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World News

  • Yemen FM urges swift end to strikes


    Yemen’s foreign minister has said air strikes being carried out by a Saudi-led coalition against Shia Houthi rebels should end as soon as possible. Riad Yassin told the BBC a “short, sharp” campaign was needed to weaken the rebels, who have forced President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to flee abroad. Fresh overnight air raids reportedly targeted a number of Houthi positions. Rebel leader Abdul Malik al-Houthi has vowed not to surrender to what he called the “unjustified aggression”. Regional Shia power Iran, who Mr Yassin accused of backing the rebels, has also denounced the US-backed air strikes. “They have to stop. Everybody has to encourage dialogue and national reconciliation in Yemen rather than making it more difficult for Yemenis to come together,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said. Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia has said it will “do whatever it takes in order to protect the legitimate government of Yemen from falling”. ‘Graveyard of invaders’ Mr Hadi …

    March 27, 2015 10:00 am
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Technology

  • Another top HTC designer leaves the company


    Jonah Becker has left HTC, but where he’s going next is unknown. Jonah Becker Smartphone maker HTC may be finding itself a little unsteady in the design department. On Thursday, HTC’s associate vice president of industrial design, Jonah Becker, announced on his Twitter feed that he has left the company. He didn’t say what his plans are, but asked his followers to “stay tuned for details on what’s next.” Becker had been in the post just under a year. It was only last April that he replaced Scott Croyle as chief designer. And his departure isn’t the only executive shift for HTC this month. Last week, the company announced that co-founder and chairwoman Cher Wang would HTC One M9 smartphone. While the device received generally strong reviews, including a four-star rating from CNET’s Reviews team, some critics complained that it hardly distinguished itself at all from last year’s One M8. “For better or worse, the …

    March 27, 2015 10:20 am
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Science

  • Engineers develop new methods to speed up simulations in computational grand challenge


    Related images(click to enlarge) Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a new family of methods to significantly increase the speed of time-resolved numerical simulations in computational grand challenge problems. Such problems often arise from the high-resolution approximation of the partial differential equations governing complex flows of fluids or plasmas. The breakthrough could be applied to simulations that include millions or billions of variables, including turbulence simulations. Modern computers are generally built from commodity hardware developed for serving and surfing the web. When applied to cutting-edge problems in scientific computing, computers built from such general-purpose hardware usually spend most of their time moving data around in memory, and the hardware dedicated to floating point computations (that is, the actual addition and multiplication of numbers) spends most of its time idle. The small memory footprint of the new schemes developed at UC San Diego means that numerical problems of a given size will …

    March 27, 2015 6:39 am
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Health

  • Sierra Leone three-day Ebola lockdown leaves capital ‘eerily quiet’


    FREETOWN (Reuters) – The capital of Sierra Leone was “eerily quiet” on Friday as hundreds of health volunteers spread out across the city and the surrounding area to search for hidden Ebola patients and raise awareness during a three-day lockdown. Sierra Leone, the country worst-affected by the disease, has reported nearly 12,000 cases and more than 3,000 deaths since the epidemic was declared a year ago. The slums around Freetown are among the hardest-hit areas. Case numbers have tumbled from a peak of over 500 per week in December to 33 in the week to March 22, with most in the capital and near the northern border with Guinea, which is also still fighting the outbreak. “There have been reports of complacency with hand-washing and temperature checks, and this is an opportunity to up the sensitization and to be more proactive looking for cases,” John Fleming, Red Cross emergency health coordinator, told Reuters by telephone …

    March 27, 2015 6:39 am
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Entertainment

  • Woody Allen allegedly tried to seduce a teen, and that’s not the worst part


    The movie star and Woody Allen’s costar in the 1979 movie Manhattan realized almost too late that the then-44-year-old director was trying to whisk her away to Europe so he could sleep with her. Hemingway, the granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, was 18 years old at the time and was hosting Allen at her parents’ Idaho home when she slowly came to the realization that everyone around her was pushing for her platonic relationship with Allen to become something more before she brilliantly shut it down. She writes in her upcoming biography, Out Came the Sun, “…I started to see that he had kind of a crush on me, though I dismissed it as the kind of thing that seemed to happen any time middle-aged men got around young women.” Pause. That is a terrifying sentiment to begin with, but it gets so much worse. Continue. She writes that she tried to explain the situation to …

    March 27, 2015 9:00 am
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Editorial

  • President Obama and the high price we paid for Bowe Bergdahl


    FILE – This undated file image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. A U.S. official says Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years, will be court martialed on charges of desertion and avoiding military service. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, file) After almost a year of debate, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion and misbehaving before the enemy. This was the expectation and, I believe, the right decision. Bergdahl left his post in Paktika, Afghanistan, in the middle of the night in June 2009 after expressing his disappointment with U.S. policy there. Six brave soldiers died looking for him once he was taken by the Taliban. These were lives we never should have lost. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Furthermore, we are now facing the possibility of losing even more lives in this saga. The Bergdahl trade was a bad one on every level. Three main points …

    March 27, 2015 2:38 am
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Odd News

  • Heave, ho: Elephants rescue 18-wheeler stranded on Louisiana road


    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – When an 18-wheeler truck became stranded by the side of a Louisiana road, two elephants inside came to the rescue. Sheriff’s deputies in Natchitoches Parish on Tuesday morning received a call about a stuck truck. Upon arriving on the scene, they saw two elephants preventing the vehicle from overturning. The truck’s driver, also an elephant trainer, walked the elephants out of the cargo compartment and directed them to help prop up the vehicle, sheriff’s Captain Tony Moran said in an interview. “It’s creative,” said Moran, who said the responding deputies were “just astonished to see it.” Leaning side-by-side, the elephants pushed with their weight against the truck, the sheriff’s photos showed. The truck was carrying three elephants from Florida. After a stop in New Orleans, they were on their way to a circus near Dallas. The truck had pulled over on an interstate shoulder near Powhatan, Louisiana, about an hour south …

    March 25, 2015 10:21 pm
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