Headline News

  • Former Atlanta superintendent charged in school cheating case dies: TV report


    ATLANTA (Reuters) – Former Atlanta school Superintendent Beverly Hall, who was deemed too ill from breast cancer to stand trial with a dozen former educators accused in a standardized test cheating scandal, has died, WSB-TV reported on Monday. Hall was named national superintendent of the year by the American Association of School Administrators in 2009 – the same year prosecutors contend widespread cheating took place. The former teachers, principals and administrators on trial are accused of conspiring to alter standardized test scores to boost their own bonuses. Closing arguments in the trial are set to begin March 16, but Hall’s case had been delayed indefinitely due to her illness. Reuters could not immediately confirm Hall’s death. (Reporting by David Beasley; Writing by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Bill Trott)

    March 2, 2015 1:49 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. concerned after Venezuela says Americans detained: State Department


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is concerned with the situation in Venezuela following President Nicolas Maduro’s announcement over the weekend that his government had detained U.S. citizens, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said on Monday. Venezuela summoned the U.S. charge d’affaires for a meeting with its foreign minister and others, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters, adding that she had no other details. On Saturday, Maduro said Venezuela detained U.S. citizens, including a pilot, on suspicion of espionage. (Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Emily Stephenson)

    March 2, 2015 1:49 pm
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Stocks

  • 11 stocks hedge funds and mutual funds love now


    Ever wondered what the “smart money” on Wall Street is betting on these days? Goldman Sachs (GS) has done the legwork for you. The investment bank did an analysis of the top stocks currently held in over 850 hedge funds and over 700 mutual funds that are actively managed. Three notable trends emerged: 1. Most funds aren’t betting on a market crash: Hedge fund investors can bet on a stock going up or down and make money both ways. At the start of 2015, Goldman found that hedge funds had 57% of their investments in stocks that they bet will go up rather than down. It was a record high, and is a pretty good indication that the smart money isn’t betting on a market crash any time soon. Also mutual funds are holding a mere 3.1% in cash, lower than the average for the past decade, another bullish sign. Related: Advice from Warren Buffett …

    March 2, 2015 2:07 pm
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Sports

  • Bulls’ G Butler (elbow) out 3-6 weeks


    Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – The injury-riddled Chicago Bulls will be without another star player for at least a few weeks. All-Star guard Jimmy Butler could miss 3-to-6 weeks with injuries to his left elbow suffered when he ran into a pick during Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, the team announced Monday. Butler was guarding Chris Paul when he collided with 6-foot-11 center DeAndre Jordan in the third quarter. He left the game and didn’t return. The Bulls said an MRI revealed two injuries to Butler’s elbow — a Grade 2/3 ulnar ligament sprain and small bone impaction. The team, of course, was already dealing with the loss of former MVP Derrick Rose, who will miss up to six weeks after having surgery on Friday to repair a medial meniscus tear in his right knee. Forward Pau Gasol played for Chicago on Sunday after missing Friday’s win over Minnesota with an illness, but forward …

    March 2, 2015 1:50 pm
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World News

  • Bill Gates tops Forbes rich list


    2 March 2015 Last updated at 15:59 Bill Gates has been named the world’s richest person for 16 of the last 20 years Bill Gates has been declared the richest man in the world for the 16th time by Forbes magazine’s annual ranking of global billionaires. The Microsoft founder once again beat Mexican businessman Carlos Slim to the top spot. Mr Gates’ net worth rose by just over $3bn (£1.94bn) in the year to 13 February, to $79bn. There are a record 1,826 billionaires in the world, Forbes said, an increase of 181 in the past 12 months. Mr Gates has now been top of the list for 16 of the last 21 years, Forbes added. Legendary US investor Warren Buffett regained third place in the list with a net worth of $72.7bn, from Amancio Ortega, the founder of Spanish fashion chain Zara. Forbes 2015 ranking of richest people: 1. Bill Gates $79.2bn (Microsoft) 2. …

    March 2, 2015 1:49 pm
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Technology

  • Canadians ‘Spocking’ their currency in tribute to Leonard Nimoy


    Reddit Since Friday, the world has been grieving the passing of Leonard Nimoy, with many touching tributes to the man best known for his role as Spock on “Star Trek” hitting the Internet over the weekend. Perhaps one of our favorites so far is happening in Canada, where Trekkies are “Spocking Fives” by putting images of Nimoy on the country’s $5 bill. Canada’s $5 bill features a large image of Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier, and the note is a shade of blue that’s incredibly close to that of the uniform worn by Spock in “Star Trek.” On Friday, Canadian Design Resource, a site for Canadian designers, sent out a tweet urging Canadians to “Spock” their $5 bills by taking a pen and turning the portrait of Sir Wilfrid Laurier into a picture of Spock. The idea of “Spocking Fives” isn’t entirely new, and can be traced back to at least 2008 when the “Spock …

    March 2, 2015 1:48 pm
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Science

  • Munching bugs thwart eager trees, reducing the carbon sink


    Related images(click to enlarge) In a high carbon dioxide world, the trees would come out ahead. Except for the munching bugs. A new study published in Nature Plants shows that hungry, plant-eating insects may limit the ability of forests to take up elevated levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, reducing their capacity to slow human-driven climate change. The finding is significant because climate change models typically fail to consider changes in the activities of insects in the ecosystem, says Richard Lindroth, a professor of ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the leader of the study. The research suggests it’s time to add insects to the models. Carbon dioxide typically makes plants grow faster and makes them more efficient in how they use nutrients. But the amount of damage caused by leaf-munching bugs in the study nearly doubled under high carbon dioxide conditions, leading to an estimated 70g of carbon-sequestering biomass lost per meter …

    March 2, 2015 1:48 pm
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Health

  • Texas nurse sues Dallas hospital over Ebola infection


    DALLAS (Reuters) – A nurse filed a lawsuit on Monday against the Texas hospital where she worked, saying it did not do enough to prevent her from being infected with Ebola and invaded her privacy after she was diagnosed with the virus. In the suit Nina Pham brought against Texas Health Resources (THR) in Dallas County Court, she claims the hospital did not initially provide nurses with proper protective equipment or properly train staff on how to treat the disease. The suit accuses the hospital of negligence and deception. It does not specify an amount in damages. Pham, 26, became the first person to contract the disease in the United States when she was treating a man who picked up the virus in Liberia. “I was hoping that THR would be more open and honest about everything that happened at the hospital, and the things they didn’t do that led to me getting infected with …

    March 2, 2015 1:49 pm
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Entertainment

  • Cameron Diaz On Sex: "It’s Something Healthy That We Need To Be Doing"


    Posted on Mon Mar 2nd, 2015 12:00pm PDT       By X17 Staff Her husband is a lucky man! Cameron Diaz is the cover girl of the “Love Your Body” issue of this month’s Cosmopolitan magazine, and the actress chatted about all things diet and exercise, but what really caught our attention was her emphasis on the importance of a healthy sex life! “It’s something healthy that we need to be doing for many different reasons,” she revealed about getting busy between the sheets. Husband Benji Madden probably doesn’t mind her mindset! Cammy D might be getting quite the workout in the bedroom, but she supplements that with a traditional sweat session. “You have to just do it. Once you commit and really put in the effort, your body goes, ‘Oh, it’s not OK to be without this.’ People say, ‘My body rejects exercise.’ No, it doesn’t. Your mind rejects exercise,” she explained. The blonde bombshell isn’t as …

    March 2, 2015 2:27 pm
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Editorial

  • Hillary 5.0: Why rebranding Clinton for 2016 race may be impossible


    If, as The Washington Post recently reported, a new attempt by “marketing wizards” to “rebrand” Hillary Clinton is “focused on developing imaginative ways to let ‘Hillary be Hillary,’” then Mrs. Clinton and her presumed 2016 presidential campaign are in deep trouble. That’s because when “Hillary is Hillary,” all kinds of contradictions and causes for mistrust arise. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Washington Post wrote that, “Clinton’s words suggest that her 2016 campaign will stress economic fairness.” But consider Mrs. Clinton’s words, in a “thought leadership” lecture at UCLA. Mrs. Clinton said, “Businesses have taken advantage of unpaid internships to an extent that it is blocking the opportunities for young people to move on into paid employment.” When “Hillary is Hillary,” all kinds of contradictions and causes for mistrust arise. What the fawning mainstream media has missed is that the Clinton Global Initiative (part of the Bill, Hillary Chelsea Clinton Foundation), in conducting its business, has taken advantage …

    March 2, 2015 2:27 pm
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Odd News

  • Circus acrobat reported missing in Atlanta has been found


    (Reuters) – An acrobat reported missing in Atlanta by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey circus has been found, a production company said on Friday. Police issued a missing person bulletin on Thursday for Wei Cao, a 25-year-old Chinese citizen who performs a bicycle and juggling act for the circus, after she missed a scheduled performance this week. Feld Entertainment, which produces the circus, said in a statement that Cao had been located and no additional information was available. A spokeswoman for the Atlanta Police Department said the agency had not been notified of the performer’s return. (Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Lisa Lambert)

    February 28, 2015 1:19 am
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