Headline News

  • Boston Marathon organizers make room for more runners


      BOSTON –  More than 5,000 runners were still on the Boston Marathon course when the bombs went off on Boylston Street. Race organizers were eager to invite them back — to let them finish what they started — and aware of the message that would send. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “The thought was: If those people, like so many others, wanted to have some physical expression of resilience and determination, it would probably be that many of them at least would want to run the whole race,” Boston Athletic Association president Tom Grilk said as he prepared for the 118th Boston Marathon. “Can we do that? We thought we’d like to do that.” Then there were the police and firefighters who helped at the site of the explosions; the doctors and nurses and volunteers and EMTs who tended to the wounded; the injured themselves, and friends and relatives who wanted to run in their honor or …

    April 17, 2014 6:53 pm
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Politics

  • Obama budget would boost U.S. tax revenue, cut deficits -CBO


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2015 budget request would boost U.S. tax revenue by nearly $1.4 trillion over 10 years if fully enacted, cutting deficits by $1.05 trillion while funding new spending, the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday. But the non-partisan agency’s analysis was less optimistic than the White House’s own projections – showing that cumulative deficits would total $6.6 trillion over 10 years, compared to $4.9 trillion under the Obama plan when it was released in March. A key difference between the two deficit pictures is CBO’s projection of slower economic growth, partly resulting in lower revenue collections. The likelihood that Congress will advance Obama’s plan in its entirety is virtually nil, but the CBO’s latest analysis will feed campaign messaging by Democrats and Republicans ahead of congressional elections in November. The analysis by the nonpartisan agency compares Obama’s request with a new CBO “baseline” estimate released last week that assumes …

    April 17, 2014 5:52 pm
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Stocks

  • Walmart offers less costly money wire service


    New service could shake up the money transfer industry. Walmart has introduced a new, lower-priced money transfer service that could undercut the traditional players in the industry. Often, the millions of Americans who don’t have bank accounts are forced to use wire services offered by companies such as Western Union that charge steep fees for moving money to family or friends. Beginning April 24, Walmart will allow someone to send money from one Walmart in the U.S. to another, where it then can be picked up. The transfer takes less than 10 minutes. The fee is $4.50 to transfer up to $50 and $9.50 to send up to $900. Western Union, in comparison, charges $5 for a money transfer of up to $50, but a transfer of $900 could cost $76. There are a number of price points in between, dependent on the amount of money to transfer. Related: Starbucks to pay more tax in …

    April 17, 2014 6:13 pm
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Sports

  • Monta Ellis helps Dallas get back to postseason in first season with Mavericks


    DALLAS –  Monta Ellis has been shrugging off the skeptics throughout his first season with Dallas. So it comes as no surprise that the guard simply says “the standings is 0-0″ with the Mavericks getting ready for a first-round playoff series with a San Antonio team they haven’t beaten in more than two years. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The best-of-seven Western Conference series opens Sunday at the top-seeded Spurs. Ellis has reversed a steady slide in offensive efficiency to help get No. 8 seed Dallas and Dirk Nowitzki back in the playoffs after a 12-year streak ended last season. The ninth-year player is part of a new backcourt for the Mavericks that also includes Jose Calderon and Devin Harris.

    April 17, 2014 5:52 pm
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World News

  • Australia navy captains disciplined


    17 April 2014 Last updated at 10:35 Asylum seekers often head for Christmas Island, which is part of Australia, via Indonesia An Australian navy captain has been removed from his command for violating Indonesia’s territorial waters. Another commanding officer had been “administratively sanctioned” and five more would be given counselling, a defence department statement said. The incursions took place as the navy took part in border operations under a policy aimed at preventing asylum seekers reaching Australian shores. Australia has apologised, saying the incursions took place “inadvertently”. “The Chief of Navy accepts that none of the commanding officers involved deliberately contravened orders not to enter Indonesian territorial waters,” a statement said. “Notwithstanding, there were, in the Chief of Navy’s view, lapses in professional conduct that required action to be taken.” In each case, there had been a “clear operational direction not to proceed within 12 nautical miles from the Indonesian archipelagic baseline”. The positioning of …

    April 17, 2014 6:33 pm
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Technology

  • Amazon Fire TV extends voice search to Hulu, Crackle, Showtime


    Sarah Tew Amazon announced Thursday that Amazon Fire TV users will soon be able to use the device’s voice search to pull up videos from Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime Anything, giving the feature a much-needed boost of content. When the retail giant unveiled its video streaming device earlier this month, it emphasized how its voice-controled search sets it apart from already established TV streaming devices like Roku and Apple TV. But reviewers found that the voice search generally pulled up videos from Amazon Instant Video. Amazon said games and music videos from Vevo are also searchable by voice. Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime Anything will make their full catalogs available by voice search starting this summer, according to Amazon. None of these additional content partners come close to competing with Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service, a subscription video service that competes with video streaming leader Netflix. Fire TV does have a Netflix app but …

    April 17, 2014 5:32 pm
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Science

  • AGU: More, bigger wildfires burning western US, study shows


    Related images(click to enlarge) Wildfires across the western United States have been getting bigger and more frequent over the last 30 years — a trend that could continue as climate change causes temperatures to rise and drought to become more severe in the coming decades, according to new research. The number of wildfires over 1,000 acres in size in the region stretching from Nebraska to California increased by a rate of seven fires a year from 1984 to 2011, according to a new study accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal published by the American Geophysical Union. The total area these fires burned increased at a rate of nearly 90,000 acres a year — an area the size of Las Vegas, according to the study. Individually, the largest wildfires grew at a rate of 350 acres a year, the new research says. “We looked at the probability that increases of this magnitude could …

    April 17, 2014 5:32 pm
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Health

  • Mediterranean diet may slow diabetes progression


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – For people recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, eating lots of olive oil, fish and whole grains slows progression of the disease more than restricting fat, according to a new analysis. In a trial that followed participants for more than eight years, those following a so-called Mediterranean diet went significantly longer before needing diabetes medication and more of them had their diabetes go into remission, compared to those on a low-fat diet. “There’s been lots of epidemiology suggesting that a Mediterranean diet was beneficial with metabolic syndrome and diabetes,” Dr. Leanne Olansky told Reuters Health. “But this was a randomized controlled trial, so we know it really was the diet causing the results,” she said. “This is the kind of evidence that we use to determine if drugs are effective.” “Everybody thinks of fat as being bad, but this shows that it depends on what kind of fat,” said Olansky, …

    April 17, 2014 5:52 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian Flaunts Her Junk In The Trunk With Curve-Hugging Black Dress


    Kim Kardashian has one juicy booty — and she knows it! The Keeping with the Kardashians star showed off her round rump on Thursday when she wore a strategically designed ruched dress while out and about in Calabasas, Calif. If this isn’t a look-at-my-butt dress — we don’t know what is! All eyes were on the media goddess when she rocked this form-fitting frock and bedazzled Alaia sandals while filming a segment from her reality show! Despite mom Kris Jenner’s hospitalization last night, Kimbo was out and about today. While we are a little surprised to see Kanye West’s lady love isn’t at Momma K’s side — we are sure that’s just what Kris would have wanted — because nothing gets in the way of filming when you are a Kardashian! Nothing! After her whirlwind trip to Miami and Paris, it looks like Kimmy K is back in business in la la land. After hanging …

    April 17, 2014 6:13 pm
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Editorial

  • My dinner with the family of Justina Pelletier


      In case you’ve ever wondered, when you take a psychiatrist to dinner (especially a forensic psychiatrist, like me), he doesn’t leave the office 100 percent. No well-trained psychiatrist can. The “third ear” we develop during training – the one that catches meaningful turns of phrase or attempts to be evasive – can’t be left at the office door entirely. When I had dinner with Lou and Linda Pelletier and three of their four daughters, Jennifer, Jessica and Julia, a few nights ago in Massachusetts, I wasn’t trying to evaluate them. They aren’t my patients. But I was listening for discordant psychological notes, nonetheless – ones that might tell me I was sitting with people destructive enough to merit permanently losing custody of their teenage daughter Justina. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT For anyone who hasn’t heard the story, the Pelletiers brought Justina to Boston Children’s Hospital early last year for a consultation related to complications from what …

    April 17, 2014 5:52 pm
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Odd News

  • Live free or die: New Hampshire moves to decriminalize adultery


    BOSTON (Reuters) – New Hampshire lawmakers on Thursday voted to scrap an ancient law that makes cheating on your spouse a criminal offense in the New England state whose motto is “Live Free or Die.” Governor Maggie Hassan is expected to sign the bill into law, making adultery legal in the Granite State for the first time in hundreds of years. Back in 1791, being unfaithful in New Hampshire earned you an hour of public embarrassment on the gallows, as many as 39 lashes, a one-year prison sentence, and a big fine. That punishment has gradually been ratcheted back to an unenforced fine, but lawmakers on Thursday said even that was too much. A spokesman for the state Senate said the bill to repeal the crime of adultery passed Thursday with a voice vote. More than 20 states still have laws against adultery, and some, including Michigan and Wisconsin, still consider it a felony offense. …

    April 17, 2014 5:32 pm
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