• Stocks: Time for a big checkup this week

    Stocks: Time for a big checkup this week

    Corporate America is getting its pulse taken this week. A flood of big-name brands from Starbucks (SBUX) to Facebook (FB, Tech30) will announce earnings, which could send stocks in a tizzy. Investors always want good...
  • Eight killed at Brazil football club

    Eight killed at Brazil football club

    Sao Paulo police have sealed off the area around the fan club Eight men have been killed at a football fan club in Brazil’s biggest city, Sao Paulo, police say. They said the supporters of...
  • Report: Eagles plan to sign Tebow

    (SportsNetwork.com) – The Philadelphia Eagles have made some unexpected offseason moves. Another one is apparently on the horizon. According to FoxSports.com, the Eagles plan to sign quarterback Tim Tebow on Monday as they begin their...
  • ALMA debuts its high-resolution results

    ALMA debuts its high-resolution results

    Ring of fire: ALMA’s highest resolution observation yet Scientific results of the highest resolution observations yet attempted by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope are described in four papers to be published this month...
  • Russian hacking group reportedly exploited Flash, Windows

    Russian hacking group reportedly exploited Flash, Windows

    The hacking group reportedly exploited security holes in Adobe’s Flash and Microsoft’s Windows. Getty Images/Ikon Images A group of Russian hackers has been using flaws in two popular pieces of software — Adobe’s Flash and...

Headline News

  • Death of Baltimore man a week after arrest raises questions


    (Reuters) – A black man died in a Baltimore hospital on Sunday, a week after he was arrested and dragged into a police van by white patrol officers, authorities said on Sunday, raising questions about how he sustained his injuries and prompting an investigation. Freddie Gray, 27, died at the Shock Trauma Center, a part of the University of Maryland Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Karen Lancaster said. He was brought to the hospital on April 12 after his arrest on suspicions of criminal activity, according to police, who have not revealed any specific allegations against him. The hospital did not disclose the cause of Gray’s death. Local media, citing a family spokesman, have reported that he had spinal injuries. Representatives of the hospital and the Baltimore police were not immediately available for further comments. Gray’s death follows a series of killings of unarmed black men by white police officers. The deadly encounters, including incidents in …

    April 19, 2015 6:58 pm
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Politics

  • Republican Graham says ’91 percent’ chance he’ll run for president


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – He is not yet ready to commit himself, but South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said on Sunday there was a “91 percent” chance he would enter the Republican presidential race. Graham, a prominent Senate critic of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, was among a group of potential and actual Republican candidates who gathered this weekend in New Hampshire, which holds next year’s first presidential primary. Reminded during a “Fox News Sunday” interview that fellow Republican Carly Fiorina had said recently there was a 90 percent she would become a candidate, Graham was asked what percent chance there was he would run. “Ninety-one,” he replied. “I’ve got to put the means together,” Graham said. “I think I’ve got a good message. I think I’ve done more right than wrong on foreign policy. I’ve criticized the president for being weak and indecisive. I’ve been a problem solver in Washington and I think I’ve got …

    April 19, 2015 6:57 pm
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Stocks

  • Stocks: Time for a big checkup this week


    Corporate America is getting its pulse taken this week. A flood of big-name brands from Starbucks (SBUX) to Facebook (FB, Tech30) will announce earnings, which could send stocks in a tizzy. Investors always want good news, but they are especially on edge after the Dow’s 279 point drop Friday. There are two major themes popping up again and again in earnings: the harsh winter weather and strong U.S. dollar. Were they a big enough factor to drag down profits or are the best companies able to overcome those challenges? The other big question mark is the American consumer. Spending is still tepid. That’s why there will be a lot of scrutiny as airlines like American (AAL) and Southwest (LUV) and popular food chains such as Chipotle (CMG) and McDonalds (MCD) report this week. Tech and social media businesses have a big week ahead too and give a good sense of where advertising and consumer dollars …

    April 19, 2015 7:16 pm
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Sports

  • Report: Eagles plan to sign Tebow


    (SportsNetwork.com) – The Philadelphia Eagles have made some unexpected offseason moves. Another one is apparently on the horizon. According to FoxSports.com, the Eagles plan to sign quarterback Tim Tebow on Monday as they begin their offseason program. The former Heisman Trophy winner worked out for the team last month. Tebow, who has been working for ESPN and as an analyst for the SEC Network, played two seasons for the Denver Broncos from 2010-11 and last appeared in the NFL for the Jets in 2012. He joined the New England Patriots in June 2013 but was cut two months later before the start of the regular season. Eagles coach Chip Kelly has made sweeping changes to the roster this offseason. Gone are quarterback Nick Foles and running back LeSean McCoy, replaced by Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray. Tebow would become one of five quarterbacks on the Eagles’ roster, joining Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and G.J. …

    April 19, 2015 6:58 pm
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World News

  • Eight killed at Brazil football club


    Sao Paulo police have sealed off the area around the fan club Eight men have been killed at a football fan club in Brazil’s biggest city, Sao Paulo, police say. They said the supporters of the Corinthians club were preparing banners ahead of a match when gunmen burst in. The attackers ordered seven fans to lie down before shooting them. The eighth man was hit as he tried to flee. Police say the killings at the Pavilhao Nove supporters’ group were likely to be drug related. Witnesses say three gunmen stormed into the makeshift club in a working class suburb of Sao Paulo late on Saturday. The victims were having a barbecue as they prepared for Corinthians’ next match. Sao Paulo police suggested the Pavilhao Nove group may have had links to criminal gangs, saying the killings were probably more to do with a dispute over drugs trafficking than with football. “Through witnesses, we are …

    April 19, 2015 6:58 pm
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Technology

  • Russian hacking group reportedly exploited Flash, Windows


    The hacking group reportedly exploited security holes in Adobe’s Flash and Microsoft’s Windows. Getty Images/Ikon Images A group of Russian hackers has been using flaws in two popular pieces of software — Adobe’s Flash and Microsoft’s Windows operating system — to try to get information about other governments, according to a report published by FireEye, a well-known United States security firm. FireEye in October said the group, called APT28, is after information about governments, militaries and security organizations — including the US and other diplomatic targets — that would “likely benefit the Russian government.” One of the ways it has been doing that has been to exploit security holes in Windows, the top operating system for desktop computers, and Adobe’s Flash, which lets you see animations and designs on the Web. Reuters earlier wrote about the FireEye report. Adobe has already issued a fix and Microsoft is currently working on one, according to FireEye. The …

    April 19, 2015 6:36 pm
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Science

  • ALMA debuts its high-resolution results


    Ring of fire: ALMA’s highest resolution observation yet Scientific results of the highest resolution observations yet attempted by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope are described in four papers to be published this month in Astrophysical Journal Letters. The observations were part of a campaign to test ALMA’s capabilities when run in its long-baseline configuration, and the result is stunning images and data for five astronomical objects. These include the planet-forming disc of HL Tau, the tumbling asteroid Juno, and a lensed galaxy 12 billion light-years away. These results are not only rich with new insights, but they also give us a sense of the incredible capabilities that ALMA will provide in the future. ALMA is an array of 12 m- and 7 m-diameter antennas that observe the cosmos at millimetre/submillimetre wavelengths. The antennas work together to function as an interferometer, and this allows the signals from each of the antennas to be combined to simulate a telescope …

    April 19, 2015 6:57 pm
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Health

  • WHO leadership admits failings over Ebola, promises reform


    GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization has admitted serious failings in its handling of the Ebola crisis and pledged reforms to enable it to do better next time, its leadership said in a statement seen by Reuters on Sunday. “We have learned lessons of humility. We have seen that old diseases in new contexts consistently spring new surprises,” said the statement, attributed to the WHO Director-General Margaret Chan and the deputy director-general and regional directors. “We have taken serious note of the criticisms of the Organization that, inter alia, the initial WHO response was slow and insufficient, we were not aggressive in alerting the world … we did not work effectively in coordination with other partners, there were shortcomings in risk communications and there was confusion of roles and responsibilities…,” it said. The statement listed eight lessons learned, including areas where the WHO’s response to Ebola could have been better, such as information sharing …

    April 19, 2015 6:58 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kylie Jenner Parties With Boyfriend Tyga And Sis Khloe At Coachella


    Posted on Sun Apr 19th, 2015 10:09am PDT       By X17 Staff Another day, another inappropriately-sexy outfit for Kylie Jenner at Coachella! The 17-year-old partied with 25-year-old boyfriend Tyga and sis Khloe Kardashian in the desert heat yesterday, wearing … well, almost nothing. And she took to Instagram to share her personal snaps with fans. Seriously, though, we wonder if she gets more fan compliments or more haters hate on social media. It’s gotta be tough on the ego … guess that’s why she keeps uploading more and more — hoping to tip the scales in her favor at some point. Khloe’s also partying with a boy out in Indio — on-again-off-again beau French Montana. She’s not so public with her love affair, however — no pix of Frenchie on Khloe’s Instagram! Just Kylie and Kendall (above right) with the caption “Bad Bitches.” Such a compliment!   Stories from around the Web

    April 19, 2015 5:56 pm
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Editorial

  • Forget Cuba or health care reform, Obama’s real legacy is Middle East nukes


    April 17, 2015: President Obama reaches to shake hands with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in the Oval Office. (AP) President Obama recently sat down for a long, wide-ranging interview with Thomas Friedman, the New York Times’ premier columnist and multiple Pulitzer Prize winner. It was supposed to be an elevated discussion between two intellectuals about the weighty foreign policy issues not just of the day, but of the modern era. Obama kept referring to broad, sweeping words of wisdom – the deal with Iran is a “once in a lifetime” chance. He hinted at a similar deal with Cuba. And he announced, “You asked about an Obama doctrine. The doctrine is: We will engage, but we preserve all our capabilities.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Sadly, we have seen that the alternative to American leadership isn’t world peace, but rising regional hegemony – or even worse, chaos. China, Russia, Iran and the Islamic State don’t want to play …

    April 18, 2015 6:56 am
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Odd News

  • Former Washington state governor ejects man from car


    SEATTLE (Reuters) – Former Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire used fast thinking and driving to stop a stranger from climbing into her car in a store parking lot, Olympia police said on Thursday. Gregoire, who was governor from 2005 to 2013, packed her purchases into the car’s trunk in a Lowe’s home improvement lot, the police said. As she did she saw a man watching her. Police said that once she was inside the car, the man opened the passenger door and started climbing in just as she began backing out of the space. She hit the gas pedal, the man fell to the ground and the door slammed shut, police said. The man, identified as 47-year-old Mark Snodderly, was not injured. Police said he then caused a disturbance in the store, adding that he was cited for disorderly conduct and taken to a hospital for evaluation. (This story has been refiled to fix spelling …

    April 16, 2015 6:22 pm
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