• Obama signs UN envoy visa ban law

    Obama signs UN envoy visa ban law

    18 April 2014 Last updated at 21:19 Hamid Aboutalebi is a senior political adviser to President Hassan Rouhani, and says he was only a translator for the hostage-takers, not a core member of the activist...
  • Who knew? Alex O’Loughlin is now a married man

    Who knew? Alex O’Loughlin is now a married man

    Alex O’Loughlin has been officially taken off the singles market by the beautiful Malia Jones. Word broke Friday afternoon the Hawaii Five-0 actor has married, though few details about the secret nuptials have yet been...
  • The Divergent trend: Bad for stocks

    There’s a divergent trend going on in the stock market. It could signal the end of the current bull market. In the hit movie and novel “Divergent”, people are divided into different tribes based on...
  • Ferry disaster captain arrested

    Ferry disaster captain arrested

    19 April 2014 Last updated at 01:17 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The ferry’s captain has been arrested. Lucy Williamson reports The captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized and...
  • Carter-Williams, Burke named April’s top rookies

    New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Point guards Michael Carter-Williams of Philadelphia and Trey Burke of Utah were named Rookies of the Month for April. Carter-Williams was named the Eastern Conference’s top rookie for the fourth...

Headline News

  • Security threat reported on Detroit-Denver Delta flight


    (Reuters) – A Delta Airlines flight that landed at a Denver airport was directed to a remote airport pad after an unspecified “potential security threat” onboard and passengers were ushered off the plane and were being interviewed by authorities, officials said. Delta Airlines flight 1500, a Boeing 737 with 151 passengers and six crew members on board, landed roughly on time at Denver International Airport from Detroit Metropolitan Airport at about 4:40 p.m. Mountain Time, airline spokesman Russell Cason said. The passengers were quickly sent off the plane without their luggage and were bused to a separate part of the airport where they were being interviewed by FBI officials. There were no reports of injury. Flight 1500 had a “potential security threat onboard the aircraft,” Denver airport spokeswoman Julie Smith said. (Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Eric Walsh)

    April 18, 2014 8:28 pm
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Politics

  • Atheist sues to get license place that says ’8THEIST’


    In Nevada, you can say what you are A New Jersey woman who says she was denied a license plate referencing atheism filed suit this week, claiming her online application was rejected because it was deemed potentially offensive. Shannon Morgan, of Maurice Township, said in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that the Motor Vehicle Commission violated her First Amendment rights when its website rejected the plate reading “8THEIST.” She said she received a message stating that her vanity plate request was ineligible as it “may carry connotations offensive to good taste and decency.” Morgan then filled out the online application using the phrase “BAPTIST” as a test, which the website accepted. Morgan claims in her lawsuit that she sent the agency a letter of complaint by registered mail and made several attempts to contact them by phone, all of which went unanswered. Messages and emails left for the Motor Vehicle Commission by The Associated Press …

    April 18, 2014 6:06 pm
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Stocks

  • The Divergent trend: Bad for stocks


    There’s a divergent trend going on in the stock market. It could signal the end of the current bull market. In the hit movie and novel “Divergent”, people are divided into different tribes based on their personalities. If you don’t fit in somewhere you’re considered “divergent”, and that’s where the trouble starts for the young heroine Beatrice Prior. So what does that have to do with the stock market? There’s a “divergent trend” happening right now, and some think it signals the end of the bull market is near. One of them is Frank Gretz, the technical analyst at Wellington Shields. Gretz follows a simple theory: When the bull market is in full force, you see a lot of new highs for both individual stocks and the overall market indexes. To put that in plain speak, when the stock prices of companies like Google (GOOGL), Yahoo (YHOO, Fortune 500) and Coke (KO, Fortune 500) are …

    April 18, 2014 8:27 pm
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Sports

  • TNT analyst Craig Sager to miss NBA playoffs as he undergoes treatment for leukemia


    ATLANTA –  TNT analyst Craig Sager will miss the NBA playoffs as he undergoes treatment for leukemia. A sideline reporter famous for his brightly colored suits, Sager’s sense of humor was intact in a statement released by Turner Sports on Friday. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Sager describes the postseason as “my favorite time of year – city to city, round by round, 40 games in 40 nights.” He says that “a dramatic turn has matched me with acute myeloid leukemia. From the sidelines to being sidelined, 40 veins and 40 electrolytes.” Sager jokes about the often-terse in-game interviews with San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich: “Too bad, I had some probing questions for Pop.”

    April 18, 2014 8:28 pm
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World News

  • Obama signs UN envoy visa ban law


    18 April 2014 Last updated at 21:19 Hamid Aboutalebi is a senior political adviser to President Hassan Rouhani, and says he was only a translator for the hostage-takers, not a core member of the activist group President Barack Obama has signed into law a measure that would bar entry to any UN ambassador whom the US says has engaged in “terrorist activity”. The law came as a response to Iran’s pick of a UN envoy linked to the student militants who overran the US embassy in Tehran in 1979. The US has already denied Hamid Aboutalebi a visa, and Mr Obama said he would treat the new law as “advisory”. Iran has lodged a formal complaint with the UN over the rejection. The bill that Mr Obama signed into law on Friday passed both houses of Congress handily following uproar over Mr Aboutalebi’s links to the students who seized the US embassy in Tehran in …

    April 18, 2014 8:28 pm
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Technology

  • NASA and Google Do the Tango


    Google’s Project Tango smartphone, which is jam-packed with sensors, soon will be used in the International Space Station. The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration will swap out the smartphones it has used on two volleyball-sized free-flying satellites since 2011 with the Tango devices. NASA, which announced the Tango tie-in back in February, has flown modified Tango phones several times on an aircraft that can simulate microgravity by taking a parabolic flight path. The phones’ motion-tracking and positioning code was rewritten so it could work in the microgravity environment on the ISS. “In a shielded environment, the devices should work better than here on Earth,” Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group, told TechNewsWorld. “Not having gravity is a benefit with electronics, particularly if you want to move them in all three dimensions,” he continued, but it would be necessary to “make sure the signals don’t interfere with anything else in the station.” …

    April 18, 2014 5:46 pm
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Science

  • Is Parkinson’s an autoimmune disease?


    The cause of neuronal death in Parkinson’s disease is still unknown, but a new study proposes that neurons may be mistaken for foreign invaders and killed by the person’s own immune system, similar to the way autoimmune diseases like type I diabetes, celiac disease, and multiple sclerosis attack the body’s cells. The study was published April 16, 2014, in Nature Communications. “This is a new, and likely controversial, idea in Parkinson’s disease; but if true, it could lead to new ways to prevent neuronal death in Parkinson’s that resemble treatments for autoimmune diseases,” said the study’s senior author, David Sulzer, PhD, professor of neurobiology in the departments of psychiatry, neurology, and pharmacology at Columbia University College of Physicians Surgeons. The new hypothesis about Parkinson’s emerges from other findings in the study that overturn a deep-seated assumption about neurons and the immune system. For decades, neurobiologists have thought that neurons are protected from attacks from the …

    April 18, 2014 5:46 pm
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Health

  • Yoga may help women ease PTSD symptoms


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Women enrolled in a small study reported a reduction in symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a series of yoga classes. However, women in a comparison group that didn’t take the classes also reported a similar decline in symptoms, researchers found. “The yoga group did well – they improved in their PTSD symptoms – and our control group actually did well, which we didn’t expect,” Karen Mitchell told Reuters Health. Mitchell, from the National Center for PTSD at the VA Boston Healthcare System, led the new study. “I do emphasize that the yoga (group) definitely didn’t do worse,” she said. “Yoga could potentially be triggering for people with trauma, so while that’s not as exciting a finding, I think it is important to say that.” About one in 10 U.S. women is affected by PTSD, according to the authors. Many say that alternative and complementary therapies – such as …

    April 18, 2014 6:06 pm
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Entertainment

  • Who knew? Alex O’Loughlin is now a married man


    Alex O’Loughlin has been officially taken off the singles market by the beautiful Malia Jones. Word broke Friday afternoon the Hawaii Five-0 actor has married, though few details about the secret nuptials have yet been made public. Check out the hottie of the day: Alex O’Loughlin Reps for O’Loughlin confirmed the happy news to multiple sources, adding that he and Jones exchanged vows in Hawaii. Of course, the tropical island is not only where the Australian-born star takes on the role of LCDR Steve McGarrett but also where their family resides. While the hunky star is the father of three, his new wife has only given birth to the youngest of his children. Details are sparse, but it seems O’Loughlin first became a father to son Saxon with a girlfriend, with whom he later split. His second son, Spike, was also born during a dating relationship that didn’t last. Jones, seen above with the actor …

    April 18, 2014 8:27 pm
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Editorial

  • Hillary’s glass jaw


      Hillary Clinton and her friends in the media have been testing messages for her expected presidential campaign. The case for her will be built on four pillars: that allegations of her corruption are unfair; that she is highly accomplished; that she is above partisanship; and that she is a woman. The first three are dubious and the fourth will matter less than you may think. Do you remember Webb Hubbell, the McDougals, the missing Rose Law firm billing records, Travelgate, or Hillary’s surprise acumen at high-risk commodities trading? Super PACs and other groups will remind voters of all of these case studies of corruption if Hillary proceeds with a campaign. Democrats are terrified of this likelihood, not because it points to Hillary’s distant past, but because it helps illustrate her more recent corrupt behavior – and that of the elite political class she represents. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Yes, liberal Washington yawns at the existence of …

    April 18, 2014 6:06 pm
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Odd News

  • Fly me to Sochi, demands Cathay passenger armed with chocolate bar, court hears


    HONG KONG (Reuters) – A passenger on board a Hong Kong-bound Cathay Pacific flight, armed only with a Toblerone chocolate bar, demanded the plane fly to Sochi so he could watch the Winter Olympics, a court heard. Antti Oskari Manselius, 23, from Finland, also made a false bomb threat on the February 14 flight from Amsterdam and said he was robbing the plane, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday. Manselius pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct and giving false information about a bomb when he appeared in court on Thursday, the Post said. He said he was trying to entertain the other passengers and was making “fun and jokes”. Two flight attendants told the court that they saw Manselius walking towards the cockpit. He had two economy-class blankets wrapped around his head and was wearing another like a cape. He held the Toblerone chocolate bar “like a sword”, the newspaper said, quoting one …

    April 18, 2014 9:42 am
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