• Vigil for Vanunu

    How right Duncan Campbell is to compare Mordechai Vanunu, the Israeli whistleblower, to Edward Snowden (Let Israel’s Snowden go, 21 April). However, there is at least one important difference: Vanunu was kidnapped, sentenced and served...
  • Kluber pitches Indians past Royals

    Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – Corey Kluber had a career day, tossing a four-hit complete game, as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals, 5-1, in the finale of a four-game set at Progressive Field....
  • Reese Witherspoon Does A Double Workout

    Reese Witherspoon Does A Double Workout

    Work it out, girl! Reese Witherspoon is working out yet again, hitting up her favorite spot Burn 60 with a friend in Brentwood on Wednesday. The 38-year-old has been on a health kick for the...
  • Ecclestone denies bribery in Germany

    Ecclestone denies bribery in Germany

    24 April 2014 Last updated at 13:54 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Steve Evans says Mr Ecclestone seemed “pretty chipper” Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has denied bribery charges...
  • Water becoming more valuable than gold

    Over the past 10 years the SP 500 Global Water index has outperformed the bellwether gold and energy indices. Something that many might take for granted is becoming highly coveted: water. In fact, water has...
  • Pinehurst U.S. Open attracts record entry total

    (Reuters) – This year’s U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort Country Club in Pinehurst, Northern Carolina has attracted a record total of 10,127 entries, the United States Golf Association (USGA) said on Thursday. The number of...

Headline News

  • U.S. seeks $700,000 in illegal proceeds traced to ex-South Korea leader


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday it has sued in court to recover $700,000 in alleged corruption proceeds traced to former South Korean President Chun Doo-Hwan. The money, seized from a California bank account, comes from the sale of a home in Newport Beach, California, that Chun’s son bought in 2005 using funds allegedly traced to his father’s corruption, the department said. Chun, a general who seized power in a 1979 coup, was convicted in South Korea in 1997 of receiving more than $200 million in bribes. He and his relatives laundered some of the money through shell companies in South Korea and the United States, the Justice Department said. “The U.S. will not be a safe repository for assets misappropriated by corrupt foreign leaders,” Bill Lewis, who runs the FBI’s Los Angeles office, said in announcing the action. (Reporting by Aruna Viswanatha; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

    April 24, 2014 3:09 pm
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Politics

  • The House GOP’s Next All-Star Female Contender?


    By Emily Cahn Posted at noon today 0 Tweet Wolf is retiring. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo) While some House GOP efforts to nominate top-notch female candidates have faltered this cycle, Republicans are poised to gain at least one all-star woman contender after a Saturday primary in Virginia. Republicans expect state Del. Barbara Comstock to cruise to the nomination in this competitive district, located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. A seasoned political operative, Comstock is one of a half dozen Republicans seeking to succeed retiring Rep. Frank R. Wolf, R-Va., in the 10th District. Her nomination would boost Republicans, who recently watched two female candidates lose primaries in special elections in Florida. House Republicans have declared they want to increase the number of women in their caucus from the current level of 19. If she gets through the primary on Saturday, Comstock is also the slight favorite in the general election in November. Republicans — and …

    April 24, 2014 11:48 am
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Stocks

  • Water becoming more valuable than gold


    Over the past 10 years the SP 500 Global Water index has outperformed the bellwether gold and energy indices. Something that many might take for granted is becoming highly coveted: water. In fact, water has become more precious than gold. Over the past 10 years the SP 500 Global Water index has outperformed the bellwether gold and energy indices. In fact, water outperformed the stock market in the same period. While the planet Earth is primarily covered in water, only 2.5% of it is fresh, and only a portion of that is drinkable. In fact, many global agencies now say human kind is in a water crisis. The World Economic Forum names it as the number three global risk of 2014. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has warned that, “over 780 million people today do not have access to improved sources of drinking water, especially in Africa.”   The corporate world has weighed in as …

    April 24, 2014 2:08 pm
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Sports

  • Kluber pitches Indians past Royals


    Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – Corey Kluber had a career day, tossing a four-hit complete game, as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals, 5-1, in the finale of a four-game set at Progressive Field. Kluber (2-2) yielded just one unearned run, struck out a career-high 11 and didn’t walk a batter in tossing his first career complete game. The right- hander used the strong performance to lower his ERA from 5.40 to 3.90. Asdrubal Cabrera went 2-for-4 with two RBI for the Indians, who have won four of five, including three of four in this set, to climb to the .500 mark for the season. David Murphy also drove in a pair of runs for Cleveland, which used a five-run fifth inning to give Kluber all the support he would need. Jarrod Dyson ended with two of the four hits for the Royals, who have dropped four of five overall. The Indians got to …

    April 24, 2014 2:29 pm
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World News

  • Vigil for Vanunu


    How right Duncan Campbell is to compare Mordechai Vanunu, the Israeli whistleblower, to Edward Snowden (Let Israel’s Snowden go, 21 April). However, there is at least one important difference: Vanunu was kidnapped, sentenced and served a punitive 18 years for his whistleblowing, eleven and a half in solitary confinement. Snowden is thankfully still a free man and hopefully will continue to be so. Vanunu remains in Israel: despite his desire to leave, he is a virtual prisoner. Having served his sentence, he is still being refused a passport and the right to travel. No new charges have ever been brought against him, yet his many appeals against these restrictions since his release have all been refused by a closed court without any reasons given. The 10th anniversary of Vanunu’s release was this week, on 21 April. To mark this occasion, there will be a vigil close to the Israeli embassy, in Kensington Road, opposite Kensington …

    April 24, 2014 3:09 pm
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Technology

  • Facebook acquires health and fitness tracking app Moves


    The Moves fitness tracker app is now owned by Facebook. ProtoGeo Oy Facebook has bought Moves, an app that keeps track of your daily exercise and fitness routine as well as the places you visit. The news was revealed in a blog posted Thursday by ProtoGeo Oy, the company behind Moves. No details about the deal were revealed, simply that Facebook has acquired both the company and the app. Available for iOS and Android users, Moves is a free app that can automatically track your walks, jogs, bike rides, and other forms of fitness. It can also keep track of the places you visit with a map that shows you where you’ve been and how you got there. An app that tracks your daily activities can raise privacy concerns, especially with Facebook the new owner. The company has had its share of privacy complaints in the past. But Facebook has already tried to address such …

    April 24, 2014 11:28 am
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Science

  • Hearing quality restored with bionic ear technology used for gene therapy


    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers at UNSW Australia have for the first time used electrical pulses delivered from a cochlear implant to deliver gene therapy, thereby successfully regrowing auditory nerves. The research also heralds a possible new way of treating a range of neurological disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, and psychiatric conditions such as depression through this novel way of delivering gene therapy. The research is published today (Thursday 24 April) in the journal Science Translational Medicine. “People with cochlear implants do well with understanding speech, but their perception of pitch can be poor, so they often miss out on the joy of music,” says UNSW Professor Gary Housley, who is the senior author of the research paper. “Ultimately, we hope that after further research, people who depend on cochlear implant devices will be able to enjoy a broader dynamic and tonal range of sound, which is particularly important for our sense of the auditory world …

    April 24, 2014 11:28 am
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Health

  • FDA Proposes E-Cigarette Regulations


    THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing long-awaited regulations governing the fast-growing electronic cigarette industry. The new rules, made public Thursday, would give the FDA the authority to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products, placing them under the same requirements as cigarettes. That would include a ban on the sale to minors. The new proposed regulations would also give the FDA oversight of numerous tobacco products that up to now have had no federal oversight. Those products include cigars, pipe tobacco, nicotine gels and waterpipe (or hookah) tobacco. “This proposed rule is the latest step in our efforts to make the next generation tobacco-free,” U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in an FDA news release. The proposed regulations would require makers of “newly deemed” tobacco products such as e-cigarettes to: register with the FDA and report product and ingredient listings, only market new products after …

    April 24, 2014 11:48 am
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Entertainment

  • Reese Witherspoon Does A Double Workout


    Work it out, girl! Reese Witherspoon is working out yet again, hitting up her favorite spot Burn 60 with a friend in Brentwood on Wednesday. The 38-year-old has been on a health kick for the the past year, constantly spotted working out her fit form. But yesterday the actress had not one, but two work outs. Color us impressed! For Wednesday’s workout, the Oscar winner went for a punches of color — with a pink tank, pink yoga mat and pink shoes. Amazingly enough, just after leaving her rigorous 60-minute class, Reese and her friend went for a run around a nearby golf course. The bubbly blonde’s really pushing herself to the limit! The actress must be gearing up for her next film role, the action-comedy called Don’t Mess With Texas, in which she stars opposite Sofia Vergara. Reese definitely has the right idea — if we were starring in a movie with the Latin …

    April 24, 2014 2:29 pm
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Editorial

  • Why you need to watch ‘Groundhog Day’


    Columbia Pictures In my new book “The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead: Dos and Don’ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living a Good Life,” I advise my twenty-something readers to watch the 1993 movie, ”Groundhog Day,” not just once but repeatedly.  I even tell them to substitute”Groundhog Day” for studying Aristotle’s ”Nichomachean Ethics.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT All of which raises the question: What have I been smoking? Some people have argued that ”Groundhog Day” recapitulates the Kübler-Ross stages of dying, and the final part of the movie represents the fifth stage, “acceptance.” First, for those who haven’t seen it, the plot: An egocentric TV weatherman, Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover Groundhog Day. He hates the assignment, disdains the town and its people, and can’t wait to get back to Pittsburgh. But a snowstorm strikes, he’s stuck in Punxsutawney, and when he wakes up the next morning, it is Groundhog Day again. And …

    April 24, 2014 11:48 am
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Odd News

  • Two 10-year-olds caught selling grandparents’ pot at Colorado school


    DENVER (Reuters) – Two 10-year-old boys in Colorado were caught selling and swapping marijuana that they pilfered from their grandparents’ supplies of legally purchased pot in separate incidents at the same school, a district official said on Wednesday. John Gates, director of safety and security for Weld County School District 6, said a fourth-grade boy at Monfort Elementary in Greeley brought a small amount of marijuana to school on Monday and sold it to three other classmates. “He made $11 on the deal,” Gates said. The following day, one of the other students who purchased the weed brought a marijuana-infused edible product to school and gave it to the boy who made the original sale, Gates said. That boy nibbled on the edible, but suffered no ill-effects, Gates said, adding that another student observed the incident and reported it to school authorities. Ultimately, the district disciplined four fourth-grade students, three boys and one girl, in …

    April 24, 2014 11:28 am
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