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  • Boston police officer honored for response to marathon bombing improving after shooting

    A Boston police officer honored for heroism in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings was upgraded from critical to stable condition Sunday after he was shot at point blank range during a shootout with a robbery suspect Friday night. The Boston Police Department said in a statement that Officer John Moynihan, 34, underwent several hours of successful surgery to remove a bullet from his neck. He is expected to be moved from the intensive care unit within the next few days. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT On Sunday morning, Saint Patrick’s Parish in Roxbury held a special service for Officer Moynihan and his family. Many police officers and others attended. Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said surveillance footage showed Moynihan being shot by Angelo West, 41, as Moynihan approached West’s car after responding to a report of shots fired.  Evans said West continued firing at the other officers as he tried to run away, emptying his .357 …

    March 30, 2015 4:48 am


  • Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin: Reuters/Ipsos poll

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organizations and individuals posed to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat. The poll showed 34 percent of Republicans ranked Obama as an imminent threat, ahead of Putin (25 percent), who has been accused of aggression in the Ukraine, and Assad (23 percent). Western governments have alleged that Assad used chlorine gas and barrel bombs on his own citizens. Given the level of polarization in American politics the results are not that surprising, said Barry Glassner, a sociologist and author of “The Culture of Fear: Why Americans are afraid of …

    March 30, 2015 3:07 am


  • Apple’s Tim Cook: Anti-gay laws are ‘dangerous’

    Apple CEO Tim Cook has spoken out against anti-LGBT legislation in the U.S., saying the new laws are “very dangerous” and contrary to America’s founding principles. Cook, who came out as gay last year, said laws enacted in Arkansas and Indiana are discriminatory, and seek to legitimize injustice under the veil of religious liberty. “On behalf of Apple, I’m standing up to oppose this new wave of legislation,” Cook wrote in an opinion piece published in the Washington Post. “These bills under consideration truly will hurt jobs, growth and the economic vibrancy of parts of the country where a 21st-century economy was once welcomed with open arms.” Cook made his opposition to the laws clear last week, when he said in a series of tweets that Apple is “open for everyone” and will strive to treat every customer in the same way. But Cook’s comments in the Washington Post provide a much fuller accounting of …

    March 30, 2015 5:29 am


  • Ouch! NBCSN analyst Engblom gets stitches after struck in forehead by puck in Sharks-Pens game

    PITTSBURGH –  NBC Sports Network analyst Brian Engblom needed stitches after taking a puck to his forehead late in the second period of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 3-2 shootout victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night. Penguins star Sidney Crosby tipped Brenden Dillon’s outlet pass over the glass with 1:42 left in the period. The puck deflected right at Engblom, who was broadcasting from the ice-level area between the teams’ benches at CONSOL Energy Center. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT A Penguins trainer quickly examined Engblom, a former NHL player, and put a towel up to his head before taking him to the locker room for stitches. The 60-year-old Engblom returned to his analyst duties for the third period — sporting a big gash across his forehead. “I felt bad,” a smiling Crosby said during a postgame interview with Engblom. “You were back out there pretty quick. I give you credit for getting back out here.”

    March 30, 2015 3:47 am

World News

  • French elections see swing to right

    UMP leader Nicolas Sarkozy said voters had rejected the policies of President Hollande France’s opposition conservative UMP Party has made big gains in local elections, at the expense of the ruling Socialists. The UMP, led by former President Nicolas Sarkozy, boosted the councils it controls from 40 to 67 in the vote. President Francois Hollande’s Socialists and other leftists won 34 councils – down from 61 previously. Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front (FN) won at least 60 seats but failed to get control of any council. The elections are seen as a key test of public opinion ahead of the 2017 presidential election. Paris and Lyon, France’s two biggest cities, did not take part in Sunday’s election. Mr Sarkozy, who secured the UMP leadership last November, said “never… has our political family won so many councils”. He told his supporters that voters had “massively rejected the policies of Francois Hollande and his government”. Bastions …

    March 30, 2015 4:48 am


  • G20 world leaders’ personal information leaked in ‘email error’

    World leaders have had their personal information leaked as part of an email bungle. Getty Images The personal details of 31 of the world’s leading political figures were leaked to the organisers of a soccer tournament late last year, in a major data breach caused by an email autofill error. The breach was caused by a staff member at Australia’s Department of Immigration and related to world leaders attending the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Australia last year. However, details about the leak are just emerging, thanks to internal emails obtained under freedom of information by The Guardian. Last November, Australia held the G20 Leaders’ Summit, with the east-coast city of Brisbane hosting dignitaries including US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping. However, it has now emerged that a staff member at Australia’s Department of Immigration mistakenly sent the personal information …

    March 30, 2015 2:47 am


  • Top stories from our news blog

      Artist’s impression of NASA’s Dawn spacecraft in the asteroid belt where it is investigating the origins of the Solar System.Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Is the Ceres bright spot caused by a plume of gas?  NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is approaching Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt, and we are getting the first hints of what might be causing its mysterious bright spot. Reporting from the 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference Emily Lakdawalla reveals the early thinking by Andreas Nathues of the Max Planck Institute, who believes the feature could be some sort of gas plume. Read more Rover Opportunity captures new image of Marathon Valley on Mars The rover’s panoramic camera captured a sweeping view of the Marathon Valley on its 3958th day exploring the red planet. Read more World’s most active volcano puts on a show Filmmaker  Lance Page has produced a study of the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. Read more and watch the video

    March 30, 2015 3:07 am


  • The passenger pigeon

    Non-fictionThe passenger pigeon by Errol Fuller, Princeton University Press (2015), RRP $54.95 Some years back, after a fruitless day spent up to my waist in a chilly Scottish river, I was sipping a restorative malt and resentfully eyeing the grainy old photographs on the wall of the pub. In one, three bearded men holding crude bamboo fly rods, were surrounded by their day’s catch – hundreds of salmon piled knee-high – a testament to the waste and rapaciousness of people when resources are seemingly endless. The slightly bitter memory returned while reading this account of North America’s hapless passenger pigeon, a powerful reminder that the natural world can be fragile and vulnerable and no matter how robust a species may appear, it can be put at risk to the point of extinction. At the beginning of the 19th century the passenger pigeon was the most abundant bird on Earth, numbering literally in the billions. Flocks were so …

    March 30, 2015 3:07 am


  • 19 Signs you’re a Kardashian separated at birth

    1. Your self-esteem is a tad too healthy Image: Giphy Might as well own it, right? 2. You bust out a twerk regardless of your whereabouts Image: Giphy Underwater, above water… no matter. Twerk on. 3. You have the lethal combination of curiosity and no filter Image: Giphy It just rolls off your tongue. As if you were asking someone to pass the salt. 4. You think the world is your dance floor Image: Giphy Come to think of it, maybe the secret to wearing a bikini is to treat the world like a giant dance floor. 5. You find yourself making up your own language Image: Giphy Not snowballs. Not beach balls. Not even hairballs. There’s a new ball in town, people. 6. You give yourself lofty nicknames Image: Giphy The combination of a lofty nickname and speaking in the third person is the clincher. 7. You share every bodily function with the world …

    March 29, 2015 11:26 pm


  • Don’t suspend ISIS Twitter accounts                                               

    This month the State Department boasted that it shut down thousands of Islamic State twitter accounts used to promote propaganda. Outraged over the administration’s failure to wage more real war, Concerned Veterans of America CEO Pete Hegseth mocked the twitter offensive, saying: “Until you can take a hashtag, load it into a magazine, rack it into an M-4, charge it and put it in the forehead of an IS fighter, they can take their hashtags and sit on the sidelines.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Hegseth is right about the need for more real military action. But I’d go a step further and say not only is removing the ISIS Twitter and social media accounts weak and ineffective, it could actually hurt our fight.  This is because we should generally allow ISIS to broadcast its savagery for the world to see, remember and condemn. Of course accounts that pose a real security threat should be blocked but in the …

    March 29, 2015 11:06 pm

Odd News

  • Daughter bests father in feud at Japan shareholder’s meeting

    TOKYO (Reuters) – A rare family feud erupted in a Japanese shareholders meeting on Friday, when the chief executive of Otsuka Kagu Ltd defeated her father’s attempt to oust her, vowing to push ahead with her plan to take the furniture retailer more mass-market. “I am sorry that things have come to this,” Kumiko Otsuka, 47, coolly told shareholders in the meeting, in which she instructed her father, company founder and chairman Katsuhisa Otsuka, and her mother to identify themselves by name and shareholder number. The daughter overcame the chairman’s challenge by an undisclosed majority vote. “I had five children,” the father said from the audience as he pleaded with shareholders to back his return as CEO. “Kumiko was the first and she was a difficult birth.” Kumiko’s mother also gave a rambling speech criticizing the CEO, until another shareholder yelled at her to stop. The Otsuka family showdown – virtually unheard of in Japan’s …

    March 27, 2015 10:40 am