Headline News

  • Seven officers injured, one unresponsive in Baltimore riot: police

    BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Rioters hurled bricks, looted businesses and set fires in Baltimore on Monday in violence that injured at least seven police officers following the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died after he was injured in police custody. The disturbances broke out just a few blocks from the funeral of Freddie Gray and then spread through parts of Baltimore in the most violent U.S. demonstrations since looting in Ferguson, Missouri, last year. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard as firefighters tried to extinguish fires set by looters and rioters with baseball bats. Gray’s death on April 19 reignited a public outcry over police treatment of African Americans that flared last year after the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, New York City and elsewhere. After more than an hour of mayhem, hundreds of police moved into glass-strewn streets where the worst of the …

    April 28, 2015 1:00 am


  • Republicans reach deal for budget plan, target Obamacare

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican budget negotiators on Monday reached a compromise deal for the first joint House-Senate budget in six years, one that seeks to boost military spending while calling for deep cuts to social programs to eliminate deficits in a decade. But congressional aides said the deal, to be formally unveiled on Tuesday, will stop well short of directing appropriations committees to actually implement those cuts. Instead, it will focus on the use of budget procedural tools on repealing or replacing President Barack Obama’s signature health reform legislation, the aides said. Passing a budget will allow Republicans the opportunity to use budget “reconciliation” procedures to dismantle “Obamacare” with only a simple majority vote in the Senate, rather than a near-impossible 60 vote margin that would require some Democratic support. As reported by Reuters last week, the compromise budget will exclude Representative Paul Ryan’s longstanding proposals to convert the Medicare health program for seniors to …

    April 28, 2015 12:39 am


  • Booming iPhone 6 sales fuel Apple’s second-best quarter ever

    Apple just posted its second-best quarter ever — and it didn’t even have the holiday shopping season to help. The company said it sold 61.2 million iPhones during the past quarter. That blew away even some of the most bullish forecasts. IPhone sales typically soar during the last three months of the year and take a dive afterward. The new iPhone 6 debuted in September, helping Apple (AAPL, Tech30) post the most profitable quarter in corporate history during the holiday season. But Apple customers were still buying up an astounding number of iPhones in the first three months of 2015, and the company said a higher rate of people are now switching to iPhones than in the past. Still, Apple said only 20% of iPhone customers have upgraded to an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus so far, meaning Apple’s streak of mind-blowing sales shows no signs of abating. Mac, iPad and iTunes. The company …

    April 28, 2015 12:59 am


  • Astros down Padres for fourth straight win

    San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Colby Rasmus homered and drove in three runs, and the Houston Astros pulled out a 9-4 win over the San Diego Padres in the opener of a three-game series on Monday. Jed Lowrie and Jason Castro each added solo homers for the Astros, who have won four straight and eight of their last nine overall. Houston has won all four starts this season by Collin McHugh, who threw another quality outing but did not factor in the decision. The right-hander allowed three runs on seven hits over six innings. Wil Myers and Yangervis Solarte both knocked in a pair of runs atop San Diego’s lineup, while James Shields struck out 12 over six innings in a no- decision. San Diego’s offseason acquisition gave up three runs — one earned — on six hits. “His stuff was good. He pitched well,” Padres manager Bud Black said of Shields. “He had a …

    April 28, 2015 1:39 am

World News

  • Russia unveils new tank for parade

    The Armata T-14 is described as a highly flexible tank that will enter service in 2020 Russia has unveiled a new-generation battle tank called Armata T-14 ahead of World War Two Victory Day celebrations on 9 May. It is among several new weapons systems featuring in a vast parade on 9 May. It is 70 years since the Soviet and Allied armies defeated Nazi Germany in 1945. The Russian defence ministry has posted photos of the new military hardware, taken during a rehearsal. Most Western leaders will not go to Moscow because of the Ukraine crisis. Russia’s former World War Two allies – the UK, France and US – will be conspicuously absent from the event. The Red Square spectacle is expected to be the biggest military parade ever held. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and help for rebels in eastern Ukraine triggered Western sanctions, targeting senior government officials, defence industries and the energy sector. S-400 …

    April 28, 2015 1:40 am


  • Graphene produces a working 3D holographic display

    20th Century Fox Since “Help me, Obi Wan, you’re my only hope” hit the big screens in 1977’s “Star Wars,” we’ve been dreaming of a full-3D holographic display. Mastering the technology isn’t easy, though. We’ve seen multiple attempts that approximate a 3D display, like a 2D image visible from all directions, but the tech world wasn’t quite up to the challenge of true 3D yet. A new effort from Australian universities looks like it could be at least getting closer to the real deal, with materials made from the versatile carbon-based graphene as the key. “While there is still work to be done, the prospect is of 3D images seemingly leaping out of the screens…without the need for cumbersome accessories such as 3D glasses,” said Qin Li from Griffith University’s School of Engineering, who conducted carbon-structure analysis for the research. The graphene-enabled display created by a team of researchers from Griffith University and Swinburne University …

    April 27, 2015 11:59 pm


  • How an RNA gene silences a whole chromosome

    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers at Caltech have discovered how an abundant class of RNA genes, called long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs, pronounced link RNAs) can regulate key genes. By studying an important lncRNA, called Xist, the scientists identified how this RNA gathers a group of proteins and ultimately prevents women from having an extra functional X-chromosome–a condition in female embryos that leads to death in early development. These findings mark the first time that researchers have uncovered the detailed mechanism of action for lncRNA genes. “For years, we thought about genes as just DNA sequences that encode proteins, but those genes only make up about 1 percent of the genome. Mammalian genomes also encode many thousands of lncRNAs,” says Assistant Professor of Biology Mitch Guttman, who led the study published online in the April 27 issue of the journal Nature. These lncRNAs such as Xist play a structural role, acting to scaffold–or bring together and …

    April 27, 2015 8:18 pm


  • India’s Wockhardt to recall some drugs made in India after U.S. FDA concerns

    MUMBAI (Reuters) – Indian generic drugmaker Wockhardt Ltd said on Tuesday it would recall some drugs manufactured at its two plants in India before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned those sites due to quality concerns. The FDA banned U.S. exports from Wockhardt’s Waluj and Chikalthana plants in central India in 2013, citing manufacturing quality lapses. The agency conducted an inspection of both plants earlier this year, following which it made some “observations” regarding batches of some drugs that were made at the plants when they were not banned, Wockhardt said in a statement. “Several batches” of products produced at the plants before the bans were imposed “may still be” selling in the United States, the company said. While there is no evidence of risk to patient safety from those drugs, Wockhardt said the recall was being conducted “as a measure of preparedness and as an abundant precaution.” In February, Wockhardt said the …

    April 28, 2015 12:40 am


  • Teresa Giudice might be putting on her dancing shoes after prison

    More: Teresa Giudice’s marriage is reportedly suffering while she’s in prison The embattled reality star may be dancing her way back onto your TV screen — she’s a rumored participant on the next season of Dancing with the Stars. MStars News reports that while money has been tight in the Giudice household while Teresa has been serving her time, she’s been planning her comeback and negotiating a new gig at the same time. According to the site, a former inmate who served with Teresa spilled the story. “She said she was asked to do Dancing with the Stars,” the inmate told reporters. More: Teresa Giudice’s new show would be bad — especially for her daughters But other outlets say the rumors aren’t true. GossipCop claims to have spoken with producers of Dancing with the Stars, who deny that they’ve asked Giudice to join the cast for Season 22. “There is no truth to this story,” …

    April 28, 2015 1:19 am


  • Advice for millennials: What I learned from my quarter-life crisis. (Yes, I had one)

    Dana Perino (© Melanie Dunea)  (Twelve Books) I had a quarter-life crisis at 25.  I was racked with anxiety, filled with fear, and totally confused about what I was going to do with my life. I felt like everything I’d visualized for my early adulthood wasn’t coming true, even though I had an enviable career path, good friends, no debt and a supportive church group. Still I was lost. I didn’t tell anyone about my feelings, but I thought it made me sound fairly pathetic. Around that time, I finally confided in a woman in her 40s at my church’s singles’ group who reminded me that God says “Fear not.”  I needed to hear that and even wrote it down on a piece of paper and carried it with me in my purse.  Eventually, after a couple of months, I started to pull through it.  I still worried about my upcoming career choices, but i didn’t …

    April 28, 2015 12:40 am

Odd News

  • Scientist Hawking tells upset fans Malik may be in parallel One Direction

    (Reuters) – What is the cosmological effect of singer Zayn Malik leaving the best-selling boy band One Direction and consequently disappointing millions of teenage girls around the world? The advice of British cosmologist Stephen Hawking to heartbroken fans is to follow theoretical physics, because Malik may well still be a member of the pop group in another universe. The physicist took a break from speaking about his work as one of the world’s leading scientists to answer the question from one upset fan during a talk at Sydney Opera House at the weekend. “Finally a question about something important,” Hawking, who appeared via hologram, said to loud laughs from the audience. “My advice to any heartbroken young girl is to pay attention to the study of theoretical physics because, one day, there may well be proof of multiple universes. “It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere outside of our own universe …

    April 27, 2015 12:16 pm