• Netanyahu in Israel coalition deal

    Netanyahu in Israel coalition deal

    Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed an 11th-hour deal to form new coalition government, Israeli media say. The reported deal, seven weeks after his Likud party won the election, came just before a final...
  • Serena, Sharapova sneak into Madrid quarters

    Madrid, Spain (SportsNetwork.com) – Two-time champion Serena Williams and reigning titlist Maria Sharapova were a pair of hard fought, three-set third- round winners Wednesday at the Madrid Open tennis event. The world No. 1 Williams...
  • FAA may expand drone use

    FAA may expand drone use

    FAA picks three business, including CNN, to help it draft new rules to expand the use of drones. The Federal Aviation Administration is considering how it might allow businesses to expand the use of drones....
  • Chicago in $5.5m torture payout

    A $5.5m (£3.6m) reparations package to the victims of police torture in Chicago has been agreed by the council. As many as 80 victims of an infamous detective unit that abused suspects over three decades...
  • Spanish domestic football suspended

    Spanish domestic football suspended

    The Spanish football federation says it is suspending all end-of-season games in disputes with the government, including over TV rights. A statement by the federation said it was unhappy with being awarded only 4.55% of...
  • Rodriguez pitches Rangers past Astros

    Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Wandy Rodriguez turned in eight stellar innings to earn his first major league victory in nearly two years, and the Texas Rangers picked up their first winning streak of the season...
  • Britain 2015: What Americans can learn from UK election

    LONDON — They called it “Question Time,” borrowing the term from the prime minister’s weekly appearance in the House of Commons, but this was surprisingly and refreshingly different. On Thursday, the three main candidates for...

Headline News

  • Liaison for California attorney general arrested in probe of fake police


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A community liaison for California’s attorney general has been charged with impersonating a police officer for his role in a self-proclaimed police organization that traces its roots back 3,000 years and claims jurisdiction in much of the United States and Mexico, authorities said on Wednesday. The criminal charge against Brandon Kiel, who has served as deputy director of community affairs for Kamala Harris’ California Department of Justice, represents a potential embarrassment as the Democratic attorney general campaigns for a U.S. Senate seat. Kiel’s arrest last week resulted from an investigation by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials that turned up weapons, police-type vehicles, badges and equipment. The investigation began in January after police chiefs in Southern California received letters announcing David Henry had been elected chief of the so-called Masonic Fraternal Police Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. Later, Kiel contacted several law enforcement agencies and, …

    May 6, 2015 3:02 pm
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Politics

  • Bill Clinton tells CNN that tough ’90s crime bill went too far


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former President Bill Clinton said on Wednesday that an anti-crime crackdown when he was in office in the 1990s went too far, and said he now supports his wife Hillary’s plans to reverse some of those justice policies. The former president told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that the crime bill was imperfect. Bill Clinton signed into law a major crime bill in 1994 that imposed tougher sentences, put thousands of more police on the streets and helped fund the building of extra prisons. But the era of mass incarceration is now being questioned because of the continuing high proportion of Americans – especially black males – who are in prison. “The problem is the way it was written and implemented. We have too wide a net. We have too many people in prison. And we wound up spending – putting so many people in prison that there wasn’t enough money left to educate them, train …

    May 6, 2015 1:40 pm
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Stocks

  • FAA may expand drone use


    FAA picks three business, including CNN, to help it draft new rules to expand the use of drones. The Federal Aviation Administration is considering how it might allow businesses to expand the use of drones. It has tapped three companies that want to use drones – CNN, Burlington railroad and drone maker PrecisionHawk – to help it craft new rules governing unmanned aircraft. CNN, which was cleared to perform drone tests in January, will look at how drones can be used safely for newsgathering in populated areas. BNSF, a unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA), will explore having drones fly outside of an operator’s direct line of vision in order to inspect railroad tracks. PrecisionHawk will also try flying drones beyond the operator’s line of vision in order to monitor crops. Related: Drone startups swoop up millions Advocates for the expanded use of drones said this is an important step by the FAA to …

    May 6, 2015 2:21 pm
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Sports

  • Serena, Sharapova sneak into Madrid quarters


    Madrid, Spain (SportsNetwork.com) – Two-time champion Serena Williams and reigning titlist Maria Sharapova were a pair of hard fought, three-set third- round winners Wednesday at the Madrid Open tennis event. The world No. 1 Williams survived triple match point down before escaping with a 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 7-6 (7-1) victory over unseeded former top-ranked star and two-time Madrid runner-up Victoria Azarenka in 2 hours, 43 minutes on the red clay at the Magic Box. Azarenka served for the match at 6-5 in a dramatic 69-minute third and deciding set, even bringing up 40-0 and triple match point in that game. But she fell to pieces with three double faults in a dramatic collapse, before losing the game and the resulting tiebreak. “I think overall it was a great match,” Azarenka said. “I think the one negative part I can take about today is the result — overall I felt like I played a pretty high …

    May 6, 2015 3:01 pm
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World News

  • Netanyahu in Israel coalition deal


    Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed an 11th-hour deal to form new coalition government, Israeli media say. The reported deal, seven weeks after his Likud party won the election, came just before a final deadline for the formation of a government. Mr Netanyahu needed backing from the right-wing Bayit Yehudi party to give him the necessary 61 seats. An official announcement is expected shortly. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App then details on how to do so are available on this help page. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.

    May 6, 2015 3:02 pm
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Technology

  • Drone use to be expanded in US


    CNN will research how to use drones for newsgathering in urban areas Drones are going to be used to monitor crops, inspect train tracks and cover news stories in the US as part of a series of tests. The US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) said it would ask three firms to help it look into expanding drone use and would launch an app for pilots. The US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the he wanted to see the widespread adoption of drones. One expert said the plan strengthened the case for registering operators. As part of the project, the news organisation CNN will test how to fly drones over built up areas for newsgathering, while other firms will research drone use in agriculture and rail transport. The FAA also demonstrated a smartphone app which it said would help drone users know whether it was safe and legal to fly. The regulator’s administrator Michael Huerta said …

    May 6, 2015 1:00 pm
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Science

  • Scientists X-ray chocolate


    Related images(click to enlarge) An X-ray study carried out at DESY allows to improve the quality of chocolate. The study offers new insights into the formation of fat bloom, an unwelcome white layer that occasionally forms on chocolate. “Although fat blooming is perfectly harmless, it causes millions in damage to the food industry as a result of rejects and customer complaints,” explains the main author of the study, Svenja Reinke, from the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH). “Despite this well known quality issue, comparatively little has been known until now about its root causes.” The team from TUHH, DESY and the food company Nestlé presents its findings in the journal Applied Materials and Interfaces published by the American Chemical Society. Fat bloom can form when liquid fats, such a cocoa butter, migrate through the chocolate to the surface and crystallise there. “This can happen when liquid chocolate cools down in an uncontrolled manner and unstable …

    May 6, 2015 1:20 pm
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Health

  • Alexion bolsters rare disease drugs business with $8.4 billion deal


    (Reuters) – Drugmaker Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc agreed to buy Synageva BioPharma Corp for $8.4 billion at a hefty premium to expand in the lucrative market for drugs that treat rare diseases. Makers of drugs that treat rare diseases are seen as attractive takeover targets because of their revenue-generating potential as they typically charge high prices for their products. With the deal, Alexion will have eight experimental rare disease drugs under its belt, including Synageva’s potential blockbuster Kanuma. The drug, whose marketing application is being reviewed in the United States and Europe, treats a rare and potentially fatal disease that causes a build-up of fatty material in the blood and liver. Kanuma is expected to touch peak sales of $603 million in 2020, according to Thomson Reuters Cortellis. Alexion, however, is confident it can grow the drug’s sales to more than $1 billion, Chief Executive David Hallal said. Alexion is offering $115 in cash and 0.6581 …

    May 6, 2015 1:40 pm
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Entertainment

  • The Boys Of Magic Mike XXL Are Back For More Sexy And Shirtless Action


    Posted on Wed May 6th, 2015 10:30am PDT       By X17 Staff We got a peek at a quickie teaser a few months ago, and now here’s the whole enchilada! The full-length trailer for Magic Mike XXL has hit the web, and from Channing Tatum’s abs (AND footwork!) to Joe Manganiello busting some R-rated moves in a convenience store, we can’t help but feel a little hot in the cheeks after watching this. In addition to Joe and Channing, we also get a peek at Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez, Stephen Boss and Kevin Nash. Jada Pinkett Smith, Andie MacDowell, Amber Heard and Elizabeth Banks also make appearances in the flick, which hits theaters on July 1.   Stories from around the Web

    May 6, 2015 12:40 pm
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Editorial

  • Britain 2015: What Americans can learn from UK election


    LONDON — They called it “Question Time,” borrowing the term from the prime minister’s weekly appearance in the House of Commons, but this was surprisingly and refreshingly different. On Thursday, the three main candidates for prime minister — David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg — one by one appeared before an audience of voters at the Leeds Town Hall where for a half-hour voters asked them informed, pointed and detailed questions. The host, the BBC’s David Dimbleby, called for questions and occasionally followed up, but mostly voters drove the program. Two of the candidates were called liars right to their faces. In the U.S., we may think our candidates liars, but we rarely have a chance to call them on it. The U.S. could benefit from the British system of shorter campaigns, which would decrease costs and might enhance voter interest. The British complain that they are tired of this long campaign, which has …

    May 6, 2015 2:01 pm
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Odd News

  • Florida woman’s online order asks for pizza, police help


    ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) – Employees at a Pizza Hut in Florida were praised on Wednesday for helping rescue a customer who wrote a message in her online pizza order that she was being held hostage and needed someone to call 911, authorities said. The note led to the arrest of Ethan Nickerson, 26, who used a large knife to hold his girlfriend and their three children hostage, said Highlands County sheriff’s spokeswoman Nell Hays. The Pizza Hut employees “not only saw something but they acted on it,” Hays said. Cheryl Treadway, 25, was a regular customer at a Pizza Hut in Avon Park in central Florida, which took seriously her plea in the comments section of an online order on Monday. “Who would have thought of that?” Hays said. After deputies arrived at the house, Nickerson surrendered peacefully. Treadway and the couple’s three children, ages 1, 5 and 6, did not appear seriously harmed, authorities …

    May 6, 2015 1:20 pm
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