Headline News

  • Thousands protest Wisconsin right-to-work bill at capitol


    MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) – Wisconsin unions bused in thousands of workers from around the state on Saturday to demonstrate against the impending adoption of a law that would ban private sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues. The bill, which was approved by the Republican-led state Senate on Wednesday, would make Wisconsin the 25th state to adopt a so-called “right-to-work” law. It is supported by Governor Scott Walker, a potential Republican presidential candidate. About 5,000 people gathered at the state capitol on Saturday, despite the frigid temperature of 16 degrees F (-9 C). The protesters waved U.S. flags, rang cow bells and chanted “This is what Democracy looks like.” Many held signs denouncing the bill. William Carroll, a Teamsters business representative from West Bend, called on workers to become more active in their unions. “If we don’t do this, we will die a death of a thousand cuts,” he told …

    March 1, 2015 5:16 pm
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Politics

  • Boehner defends his U.S. House leadership amid conservative unrest


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, having suffered an embarrassing rebuke at the hands of conservatives in his own party, played down any risk to his continuing leadership on Sunday, saying disagreements with fellow Republicans were merely over strategy, not goals. Asked if he could lead the House, Boehner said, “I think so. I’m not going to suggest it’s easy, because it’s not.” The House narrowly averted a shutdown of funding to the Department of Homeland Security on Friday after Boehner failed to rein in conservative Republicans insistent upon tying the issue to blocking President Barack Obama’s move to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation. “We do have some members who disagree from time to time over the tactics that we decide to employ. But remember that Republicans are united in this idea that the president has far exceeded his constitutional authority,” he said in an interview on the CBS …

    March 1, 2015 1:35 pm
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Stocks

  • Hyundai recalls 200,000 vehicles for power steering defect


    The Hyundai Elantra, pictured in 2010. Hyundai is recalling more than 200,000 vehicles that could have a power steering defect that increases the risk of a crash, according to documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Saturday. The recall will affect Elantra sedans produced between 2008 and 2010, as well as 2009 to 2010 Elantra Touring hatchbacks. The company estimates that about 3% of those vehicles exhibit the defect. The problem is a flaw in the vehicles’ electronic power steering system, the technology that makes moving the steering wheel easier. In some cases, a control unit component senses an error in the system and disables that assistance. “Steering control can be maintained; however, the vehicle will revert to a manual steering mode, requiring greater driver effort, particularly at low speeds,” Hyundai said in a recent report filed with NHTSA. The malfunction triggers a warning light on the dashboard, and can often be …

    March 1, 2015 3:56 pm
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Sports

  • Paul, Clippers beat Bulls, who lose Butler


    Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Chris Paul had 28 points and 12 assists and the Los Angeles Clippers pulled away to beat the injury-riddled Chicago Bulls 96-86 on Sunday. DeAndre Jordan grabbed 26 rebounds in the win, including 17 in the first half, while Jamal Crawford added 16 points and Spencer Hawes had 14 points and nine rebounds. The Clippers have won two in a row and are 6-3 without star forward Blake Griffin, who underwent surgery before the All-Star break to remove a staph infection in his right elbow. They took the lead for good on Crawford’s jumper with seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. It was part of a 15-4 run led by Paul’s six points and capped by his free throw for an 11-point lead with just over a minute to go. “It was the moment of truth in the game,” Crawford of the fourth quarter. The Clippers improved to 9-1 in …

    March 1, 2015 5:16 pm
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World News

  • Argentine leader hails lower debt


    1 March 2015 Last updated at 22:44 The president is battling to save her reputation and her legacy during the few remaining months she has in office Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has defended her economic policy in her last speech to Congress before stepping down later this year. She said Argentina was the only country in the world to have reduced its national debt. The president also said that said she regretted the death of state prosecutor Alberto Nisman in mysterious circumstances in January. He had accused her of a cover-up over a bomb attack on a Jewish centre in 1994. Mr Nisman alleged that the president and her foreign minister shielded Iranian officials from prosecution for involvement in the bombing of a Jewish Centre in which 85 people were killed. ‘Shame for all Argentines’ President Fernandez made her three-hour speech – with thousands of her supporters outside parliament – after a judge …

    March 1, 2015 5:16 pm
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Technology

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. Galaxy S6 Edge vs. HTC One M9 vs. LG G Flex 2: 2015 Android smartphone specs compared


    The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Josh P. Miller/CNET The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge might sport similar features, but they’re rather different from Samsung’s previous designs. Gone are the days of plastic shells and removable batteries. The S6 and S6 Edge sport metal and plenty of glass across their 5.1-inch frames. Both phones have high-resolution displays, and the S6 Edge has a curved display that wraps across both sides of the device — one-upping the curved display we saw on the Galaxy Note Edge. But what about the competitors flagship devices — notably, LG’s new-for-2015 G Flex 2, and the new HTC One M9, announced just hours before the new Galaxy phones? Do Samsung’s latest wares have an edge over the competition? Check out the chart below for all of the details on 2015’s hot new phones. 2015 Android smartphones compared Samsung Galaxy S6 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge HTC One M9 …

    March 1, 2015 1:34 pm
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Science

  • Genetics reveals where emperor penguins survived the last ice age


    Related images(click to enlarge) A study of how climate change has affected emperor penguins over the last 30,000 years found that only three populations may have survived during the last ice age, and that the Ross Sea in Antarctica was likely the refuge for one of these populations. The Ross Sea is likely to have been a shelter for emperor penguins for thousands of years during the last ice age, when much of the rest of Antarctica was uninhabitable due to the amount of ice. The findings, published today in the journal Global Change Biology, suggest that while current climate conditions may be optimal for emperor penguins, conditions in the past were too extreme for large populations to survive. A team of researchers, led by scientists from the universities of Southampton, Oxford, Tasmania and the Australian Antarctic Division, and supported in Antarctica by Adventure Network International, examined the genetic diversity of modern and ancient emperor …

    March 1, 2015 1:35 pm
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Health

  • Texas Ebola nurse says hospital failed her and her colleagues


    DALLAS (Reuters) – The first person infected with Ebola in the United States, nurse Nina Pham, said she was used for publicity purposes by her hospital, which also invaded her privacy and did not properly train her, the Dallas Morning News reported on Sunday. Pham, 26, told the newspaper that chaos hit the Dallas hospital when it admitted Thomas Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States after he contracted it in Liberia. Nurses were ill prepared and received little guidance on how to treat Ebola or protect themselves. “I wanted to believe that they would have my back and take care of me, but they just haven’t risen to the occasion,” Pham told The Dallas Morning News in an exclusive interview published in its Sunday edition. Duncan was put into isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in late September and died less than two weeks later. Pham, who became infected while …

    March 1, 2015 1:35 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kanye West apologizes to Bruno Mars for totally selfish reasons


    More: Kim Kardashian insists that she and Kanye West are happier than ever The rapper has thrown shade at Taylor Swift, Amber Rose, Tupac, Jimmy Kimmel, Bruno Mars, Beck and more. And while he and Swift have apparently patched things up since his infamous VMAs interruption — the two were seen hugging it out at this year’s Grammys — West still has plenty of work to do before he’s back in the music world’s good graces. More: Kanye West lost a ton of friends when he began dating Kim Kardashian Apparently, West thinks Twitter is the appropriate place to make amends and Kim Kardashian’s husband started with Beck. I would like to publicly apologize to Beck, I’m sorry Beck. — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 26, 2015 This tweet was most likely trying to make up for West’s behavior at the 2015 Grammys where the rapper almost grabbed the mic from the Album of the Year winner. At first, …

    March 1, 2015 4:16 pm
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Editorial

  • The Internet Gone Mad: Stop talking about white and gold dress. Now.


    I’m color blind. There’s not much good that comes from being color blind. Traffic lights are a challenge. I can never be a pilot. My wife frequently sends me back into the closet to change the frightful mélange of colors in which I’ve adorned myself, and I’m useless as a sounding board for her when she’s shopping (there’s also the fact that she looks stunningly beautiful in any color). But finally I’ve found the silver (or is it blue?) lining to being color blind. The gold/white, black/blue dress debate doesn’t matter to me. To me it’s green, blue, yellow, white, red, turquoise, magenta, grey, green and every other color on this great earth. And I don’t care.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT I love Facebook, I tweet a lot, I’ve been known to Instagram on occasion. But this? This national debate over what color a dress may or may not be? What has happened to us? If you …

    February 28, 2015 2:05 pm
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Odd News

  • Circus acrobat reported missing in Atlanta has been found


    (Reuters) – An acrobat reported missing in Atlanta by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey circus has been found, a production company said on Friday. Police issued a missing person bulletin on Thursday for Wei Cao, a 25-year-old Chinese citizen who performs a bicycle and juggling act for the circus, after she missed a scheduled performance this week. Feld Entertainment, which produces the circus, said in a statement that Cao had been located and no additional information was available. A spokeswoman for the Atlanta Police Department said the agency had not been notified of the performer’s return. (Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Lisa Lambert)

    February 28, 2015 1:19 am
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