Headline News

  • Montana ski area evacuated Saturday because of threatening wildfire driven by strong winds


    RED LODGE, Mont. –  Authorities evacuated a ski lodge in southern Montana on Saturday because of a wind-driven wildfire heading toward it. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Jeff Gildehaus says the wildfire was reported about 1:45 p.m. Saturday and had burned an estimated 200 acres of grass and timber about 4 miles west of the community of Red Lodge. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The fire began on open private land, but it was driven by 35 mph winds into the Custer National Forest, where the Red Lodge Mountain Resort ski area is located. Gildehaus says the decision to evacuate the ski area was made about 2:30 p.m. He isn’t sure how many people were evacuated but estimated about 500. No one answered the telephone at the ski area Saturday afternoon. Other wildfires were reported elsewhere in Montana and northern Wyoming.

    March 28, 2015 6:34 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. Senator Rubio could announce White House bid April 13: report


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is likely to make an announcement on his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on April 13 in Miami, according to a local news report. The Cuban-American from Florida has reserved the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami for an undisclosed event, the Tampa Bay Times reported on Friday night. It said the venue was a potential spot for Rubio to make his presidential bid official. The 1926 Mediterranean-style building was used to process and help refugees fleeing communist Cuba after Fidel Castro seized power there in 1959, the Tampa paper said. Rubio spokesman Alex Conant said on Saturday no final decisions have been made about when and where the senator would make an announcement. Conant has previously said the announcement would come in early April. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas announced his bid for the Republican nomination on Monday and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky planned …

    March 28, 2015 2:53 pm
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Stocks

  • 19 stocks to buy now


    Wall Street may be stressing out, but that can create a window of opportunity for investors. The stock market often takes a breather in the weeks leading up to earnings season, which kicks off April 8 with Alcoa (AA). Investors have anxieties until they start seeing the actual numbers. Nervousness has mounted this week as investors brace for what could be the first year-over-year decline in profits since 2012 and worry about how expensive stocks have gotten. But Goldman Sachs (GS) says now is the time to pounce, especially on American stocks laser-focused on returning cash to shareholders through buybacks and dividends. “Buyback window closure is a window of opportunity for investors,” Amanda Sneider, vice president of U.S. portfolio strategy at Goldman Sachs, wrote in a note to clients She’s referring to the “blackout” period happening now where companies pause their share buyback programs ahead of earnings. “Investors should view any market pressure as a …

    March 28, 2015 5:14 pm
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Sports

  • Courtney Force tops Funny Car qualifying in NHRA Four-Wide Nationals


    CORCORD, N.C. –  Courtney Force top Funny Car qualifying Saturday in the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway. Force moved from the 16th spot to first with the quickest Funny Car run of the weekend at the controls of her 10,000-horsepower Chevy Camaro SS. She covered the distance in 4.011 seconds at 312.35 mph to take her second No. 1 of the season and ninth of her career. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Friday’s racing was canceled because of rain and NHRA pro teams had only two runs to qualify for Sunday’s eliminations. She will race Chad Head, Dale Creasy Jr. and Del Worsham in the first round. “Going from zero to hero is great, but it’s really my crew chief (Ron Douglas) and my team,” Force said. “It’s lucky that we went straight from 16 to 1, but we still have a lot to work on and I am looking forward to tomorrow.” J.R. Todd led the …

    March 28, 2015 6:34 pm
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World News

  • Singapore bids Lee Kuan Yew farewell


    Lee Kuan Yew is hugely respected in the region Singapore is preparing to bid farewell to its founding father Lee Kuan Yew, who died on Monday aged 91. Mr Lee’s coffin will be carried in a procession across the streets of Singapore, and taken to a state funeral attended by world leaders. The statesman’s body will then be cremated in a private family ceremony. Over the past week, more than one million people have visited tribute sites across Singapore to pay their respects to Mr Lee, local media report. More than 415,000 people, or 12% of Singaporean citizens, visited Parliament House to see Mr Lee as he lay in state, while at least 850,000 others went to community sites to pay tribute. The funeral procession will begin on Sunday at 12:30 local time (04:30 GMT), with Mr Lee’s coffin carried through central Singapore to the University Cultural Centre at the National University of Singapore. The …

    March 28, 2015 6:34 pm
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Technology

  • Jury decisively says Ellen Pao lost sexual-discrimination case against Kleiner Perkins


    Ellen Pao, right, leaves the courthouse with attorney Therese Lawless after the jury ruled against Pao in a sexual-discrimination suit against storied venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images SAN FRANCISCO — Did Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers retaliate against Ellen Pao when it fired her? Ultimately, a jury said “no.” But it took two rounds of deliberations over two days to come to that decision. A jury of six men and six women returned to San Francisco Superior Court on Friday and by the afternoon was ready to render its verdict. Its initial findings: Ellen Pao had substantially lost her case against the prestigious Silicon Valley venture capital firm. People in the courtroom audibly gasped, and Kleiner Perkins lawyer Lynne Hermle hugged her team while Pao feverishly took notes. But it turned out the reactions were premature: The judge ordered more deliberations after determining the jurors had not properly counted their votes in one …

    March 28, 2015 6:34 pm
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Science

  • Recipe for antibacterial plastic: Plastic plus egg whites


    Related images(click to enlarge) Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent study by the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences. The bioplastic materials could also be used for food packaging. Researchers tested three nontraditional bioplastic materials–albumin, whey and soy proteins–as alternatives to conventional petroleum-based plastics that pose risks of contamination. In particular, albumin, a protein found in egg whites, demonstrated tremendous antibacterial properties when blended with a traditional plasticizer such as glycerol. “It was found that it had complete inhibition, as in no bacteria would grow on the plastic once applied,” said Alex Jones, a doctoral student in the department of textiles, merchandising and interiors. “The bacteria wouldn’t be able to live on it.” The …

    March 28, 2015 2:53 pm
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Health

  • Police fire tear gas on crowd during Sierra Leone Ebola lockdown


    FREETOWN (Reuters) – Police fired tear gas at an angry crowd in Sierra Leone on Saturday after they threw stones at officials during a three-day national lockdown that the government hopes will accelerate the end of the Ebola epidemic, residents said. Sierra Leone has reported nearly 12,000 Ebola cases and more than 3,000 deaths since the worst epidemic in history was detected in neighbouring Guinea a year ago. New cases have fallen sharply since a peak of more than 500 a week in December but the government says the lockdown, its second, is necessary to identify the last cases and to buck a worrying trend towards complacency. Officials have ordered the six million residents to stay inside on pain of arrest as hundreds of health official go door-to-door looking for hidden patients and educating residents about the haemorrhagic fever. Hundreds of people left their homes in the Devil Hole neighbourhood outside the capital to gather …

    March 28, 2015 2:53 pm
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Entertainment

  • Melanie Griffith Has Yet Another Laser Session To Remove Her Antonio Tattoo


    Posted on Sat Mar 28th, 2015 9:40am PDT       By X17 Staff She’s in the home stretch! On Friday afternoon Melanie Griffith hit the gym, and afterwards she stopped by the Epione skincare clinic to have a laser treatment to remove her Antonio tattoo. We’ve spotted her after a number of sessions over the last 8 months, so this has to be one of her last ones! While she was with soon-to-be ex-hubby Antonio Banderas for 18 years, it has to feel pretty good to start with a clean slate … and without a cheesy tattoo that serves as a constant reminder of him. Melanie filed for divorce from Antonio last June, citing irreconcilable differences. Last we heard, she was asking for spousal support and custody of the couple’s daughter Stella, but seeing as Stella is now 18, that’s obviously not an issue anymore. And we’re not sure what went wrong, but in a recent interview, Antonio …

    March 28, 2015 5:14 pm
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Editorial

  • Iran nuke talks: What the world must do to avert an Iranian doomsday


    No one is publicly criticizing France for questioning Iran’s sincerity and transparency in the negotiations over its nuclear program, and for urging caution about the emerging U.S.-led P5+1 deal with Tehran. “France wants an agreement, but a robust one that really guarantees that Iran can have access to civilian nuclear power, but not the atomic bomb,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius declared. “If the accord is not sufficiently solid then regional countries would say it’s not serious enough, so we are also going to get the nuclear weapon, and that would lead to an extremely dangerous nuclear proliferation.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Indeed, the deepening concerns of Arab countries have already prompted Saudi Arabia to announce a nuclear cooperation agreement with South Korea. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal has called for guarantees that Iran’s nuclear program “does not turn into a nuclear weapon that could pose a threat to the region and the world, especially in …

    March 28, 2015 2:53 pm
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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
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