• Mayweather preaches patience ahead of Maidana bout

    (Reuters) – Five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he will take his time and “be smart” when he faces Marcos Maidana of Argentina for their welterweight title unification in Las Vegas next week. Mayweather,...
  • Jodie Foster marries girlfriend

    Jodie Foster marries girlfriend

    23 April 2014 Last updated at 22:33 The long-time actress acknowledged her long-time partner, Cydney Bernard, from whom she had already separated, in her Golden Globes speech US actress Jodie Foster has married her girlfriend,...
  • Hamas and Fatah declare end to rift

    Hamas and Fatah declare end to rift

    23 April 2014 Last updated at 19:59 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Hamas PM Ismail Haniya: “This is good news” Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have announced a reconciliation deal,...
  • New poll offers Southern Democrats hope

    New poll offers Southern Democrats hope

    23 April 2014 Last updated at 21:47 BBC News Washington, DC Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu is one of several Southern Democratic senators who received good news from a New York Times poll The outlook for Southern...
  • Stocks: The win streak is over

    Click image for more market data Wall Street failed to extend its win streak to seven days on Wednesday as investors took their feet off the gas. The Dow Jones industrial average and SP 500...
  • Kenya car bomb kills four in capital city Nairobi

    At least four people were killed when a car bomb exploded outside a police station in a poor neighbourhood of the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Wednesday, the country’s interior ministry said. Police officers had earlier...

Headline News

  • Jodie Foster marries girlfriend


    23 April 2014 Last updated at 22:33 The long-time actress acknowledged her long-time partner, Cydney Bernard, from whom she had already separated, in her Golden Globes speech US actress Jodie Foster has married her girlfriend, Alexandra Hedison, the actress’ representative confirms. Ms Foster wed Ms Hedison, a photographer and actress, over the weekend, broadcaster E! first reported. The Oscar-winning actress publicly came out as gay in a speech at last year’s Golden Globe Awards. She and her previous partner Cydney Bernard, with whom she had two sons, ended their 20-year relationship in 2008. The celebrity news broadcaster reported Ms Foster and Ms Hedison had begun dating last year. Ms Hedison previously dated US comedian and chat-show host Ellen DeGeneres. There are no details about the wedding, but California – where Ms Foster lives – is among 17 US states and the District of Columbia where gay marriage is legal. Foster, 49, began her acting career …

    April 23, 2014 5:03 pm
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Politics

  • Charleston Gazette Endorsements Need a Little Perspective


    By Stuart Rothenberg Posted at 3:13 p.m. April 23 1 Tweet West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, left,  is running for the Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Stop the presses! The Charleston Gazette, West Virginia’s largest newspaper, has endorsed both Democratic Senate hopeful Natalie Tennant and Rep. Nick J. Rahall II, a Democrat in the 3rd District. Tennant will face Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., in November in an open-seat contest, while Rahall will face Evan Jenkins, a former Democrat who switched parties to run against the 19-term congressman. Tennant’s campaign was ecstatic about the endorsement, quoting from it extensively in a recent press release. But I’ve written before (here and here) about how little value endorsements have in high-profile contests (Ted Kennedy’s endorsement of Barack Obama couldn’t help him carry the state in the 2008 Massachusetts Democratic presidential primary) and the Gazette endorsement is particularly irrelevant. Why? Because the Charleston Gazette is increasingly out of …

    April 23, 2014 3:42 pm
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Stocks

  • Stocks: The win streak is over


    Click image for more market data Wall Street failed to extend its win streak to seven days on Wednesday as investors took their feet off the gas. The Dow Jones industrial average and SP 500 posted minor losses while the Nasdaq landed solidly in the red (down 0.83%) amid more biotech struggles. The Nasdaq is still negative for the year and the month of April as investors have soured on tech stocks. Wall Street lost more ground after the government said new home sales tumbled 14.5% in March to the slowest pace since July. However, median prices of new homes sold rose to a record high of $290,000. The weaker-than-expected housing numbers led investors to sell shares of home builders such as Lennar (LEN) and KB Home (KBH). Stocks related to home construction also took a hit, including Home Depot (HD, Fortune 500) and Owens Corning (OC, Fortune 500), which makes insulation products and roofing …

    April 23, 2014 4:02 pm
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Sports

  • Mayweather preaches patience ahead of Maidana bout


    (Reuters) – Five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he will take his time and “be smart” when he faces Marcos Maidana of Argentina for their welterweight title unification in Las Vegas next week. Mayweather, who has a 45-0 record with 26 knockouts, is widely regarded as one of the best defensive fighters of all time while slugger Maidana is known for his all-round skill and blistering power. “Maidana deserves the opportunity,” Mayweather told reporters at his boxing club in Las Vegas while preparing for the May 3 bout at the nearby MGM Grand Garden Arena. “He’s a champion with an 80 percent knockout ratio. “But everything isn’t about speed. Everything in boxing and life is about timing. I’m a fighter that likes to take my time and be smart. Some fighters like to be reckless. You see what happens when fighters are reckless. “Boxing is like chess. Every move has to be thought about …

    April 23, 2014 5:03 pm
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World News

  • Hamas and Fatah declare end to rift


    23 April 2014 Last updated at 19:59 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Hamas PM Ismail Haniya: “This is good news” Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have announced a reconciliation deal, saying they will try to form a unity government in the coming weeks. Hamas and Fatah split violently in 2007. Previous reconciliation agreements have never been implemented. The deal comes amid troubled peace talks between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israel. Following the announcement, Israel said it would not attend a negotiation session planned for Wednesday evening. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier said Mr Abbas would have to choose between peace with Israel and peace with Hamas. Continue reading the main story Analysis Rushdi Abu Alouf BBC News, Gaza City It is not easy to find a Palestinian who is optimistic about the latest, announcement, long overdue, about a reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas. Dozens of similar meetings have …

    April 23, 2014 5:03 pm
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Technology

  • Xiaomi to export cheap smartphones to emerging markets


    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, which outsold Samsung and Apple in its domestic market at Christmas, is expanding to 10 new countries as it races larger rivals to flood emerging economies with low-cost gadgets. Founded just four years ago by Lei Jun, a digital entrepreneur known as the Chinese Steve Jobs for his showmanship and penchant for wearing jeans on stage, Xiaomi will begin exporting phones to countries including Brazil, Russia, India, Turkey and Mexico this year. In December, Xiaomi outsold even Samsung in China, according to research firm Kantar, and it is now planning to take the battle abroad as the cost of parts needed to build high-end smartphones continues to drop. The falling cost of mobile computing pushed down the share price of British chip designer ARM Holdings nearly 3% on Wednesday. Sales of top-end smartphones were lower than expected at Christmas, a factor that hit growth in royalty revenues for ARM. The company …

    April 23, 2014 3:22 pm
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Science

  • Cougars’ diverse diet helped them survive the Pleistocene mass extinction


    Related images(click to enlarge) Cougars may have survived the mass extinction that took place about 12,000 years ago because they were not particular about what they ate, unlike their more finicky cousins — the saber-tooth cat and American lion. Both perished along with the woolly mammoth and many of the other supersized mammals that walked Earth during the late Pleistocene. That is the conclusion of a new analysis of the microscopic wear marks on the teeth of cougars, saber-tooth cats and American lions described in the April 23 issue of the journal Biology Letters. “Before the Late Pleistocene extinction six species of large cats roamed the plains and forests of North America. Only two — the cougar and jaguar — survived. The goal of our study was to examine the possibility that dietary factors can explain the cougar’s survival,” said Larisa R.G. DeSantis, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences at Vanderbilt University, who co-authored …

    April 23, 2014 3:22 pm
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Health

  • Vermont lawmakers send GMO food-labeling law to governor


    (Reuters) – A law that would make Vermont the first U.S. state to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, received final approval from state lawmakers on Wednesday and now heads to the governor’s desk. The Vermont House of Representative passed the bill 114-30. Last week, the Vermont Senate, by a vote of 28-2, approved the measure, which requires foods containing GMOs sold at retail outlets to be labeled as having been produced or partially produced with “genetic engineering.” “Vermont’s leading the nation on this, giving consumers basic information about the food that they are eating,” said Falko Schilling, a spokesman for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, which backed the bill. “This is a model that the rest of the country can look to moving forward.” The Vermont bill also makes it illegal to describe any food product containing GMOs as “natural” or “all natural.” Unlike bills passed last …

    April 23, 2014 3:42 pm
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Entertainment

  • Report: Tori Spelling Is Mixing Alcohol With Pills And Ignoring Her Kids


    This is not a great week for Tori Spelling! After her new reality show, True Tori, premiered last night and revealed all sorts of embarrassing details about her marriage to Dean McDermott, there’s a new report in Star Magazine that Tori is abusing pills and putting her own kids on the back burner! A “friend” tells the publication: “I have seen huge bottles of Vicodin and Oxycodone while I was visiting her. Once I saw her at lunch, popping Vicodin with wine — which you shouldn’t do; once she offered me a Vicodin when we were all out to dinner and when I passed, she offered me a Norco that was even stronger than the Vicodin!” Apparently Spelling is also self medicating so she can maintain her 98-pound frame. “They kill her appetite,” the insider said. “She thinks a visible rib cage is sexy.” So what about her family? In addition to “abus[ing] prescription drugs,” …

    April 23, 2014 4:22 pm
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Editorial

  • The Foxhole: Cal Thomas on loving Bob Beckel, hating gridlock


      On the cover of his new book, “What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America” (HarperCollins, April 2014), conservative syndicated columnist Cal Thomas — familiar to Fox News viewers for his many appearances on the network, dating back to its inception – can be seen in black tie and tails, tipping a top hat with characteristic cordiality as a groundhog sits contentedly atop Thomas’s left shoulder (thanks to the magic of PhotoShop).  It’s a nod to the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day,” starring Bill Murray which Thomas sees as a parable for the repetitive cycles of partisan gridlock and dysfunction in the nation’s capital. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In “What Works,” which carries a foreword by Fox News anchor Sean Hannity, Thomas draws on his columns and speeches to examine what he considers to be viable solutions for the economy, health care, and other major problems bedeviling America.  Only a handful of living peers can boast …

    April 23, 2014 11:40 am
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Odd News

  • NYPD Twitter campaign backfires, thousands of negative tweets


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York Police Department campaign to burnish its image via social media instead produced a flood of pictures of apparent police brutality and tweets critical of the force being shared at a rate of thousands an hour. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said on Wednesday he would continue and expand the NYPD Twitter campaign a day after it backfired, triggering an outpouring of negative images including police violence at New York’s Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, an NYPD officer pointing a gun at a dog, and an officer asleep in a subway car. “The reality of policing is that oftentimes our actions are lawful, but they look awful,” Bratton told a news briefing at New York City Hall. “Most of those photos that I looked at are old news,” said Bratton, appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to take over from Ray Kelly, who served for 12 years under de Blasio’s predecessor, …

    April 23, 2014 3:22 pm
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