• Buildings collapse in New York blast

    Buildings collapse in New York blast

    At least 12 people have been injured after a gas explosion caused two buildings to collapse in New York City. On Thursday afternoon, more than 100 fire-fighters converged to battle the resulting blaze that affected...
  • US agents ‘attended sex parties’

    The Justice Department report found the DEA was slow to investigate misconduct within its ranks US drug enforcement agents attended sex parties funded by drug cartels, a new report has alleged. Released on Thursday, the...
  • Yemen leader Hadi gets Saudi refuge

    Yemen leader Hadi gets Saudi refuge

    Yemen’s President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi has arrived in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh, officials say, as a Saudi-led coalition continues to launch air strikes against Shia Houthi rebels. It is the first confirmation of his whereabouts...
  • Trial of ex-NFL star Hernandez interrupted by bomb threat

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) – A bomb scare interrupted the murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez on Thursday, forcing dozens of people including the judge, attorneys, reporters and Hernandez himself out of the courthouse...
  • Del Potro loses in return to ATP action

    Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Former top-five star Juan Martin del Potro came up a first-round loser Thursday in his first match since mid-January at the Miami Open, the second consecutive Masters 1000 event on the...

Headline News

  • US agents ‘attended sex parties’


    The Justice Department report found the DEA was slow to investigate misconduct within its ranks US drug enforcement agents attended sex parties funded by drug cartels, a new report has alleged. Released on Thursday, the federal report details a number of cases of inappropriate behaviour at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other federal law enforcement agencies. It found that some allegations were not fully investigated or went unreported. The report also highlighted communication lapses and potential security breaches at the agencies. One section of the report details that DEA agents attended sex parties with prostitutes in a foreign county. The report did not disclose where the parties took place, but a federal law enforcement official told the Associated Press the parties occurred in Colombia. According to the report, the parties were held government-leased quarters where agents’ phones and laptops were present. But DEA investigators at the time did not report the allegations because they …

    March 26, 2015 7:50 pm
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Politics

  • Boehner, Pelosi show gridlock is not U.S. Congress’s only option


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Maybe it was the kiss that John Boehner planted on Nancy Pelosi’s cheek that early January day in front of the entire House of Representatives that should have provided a clue. Not long afterward, Boehner, the Republican Speaker of the House, dispatched a top healthcare adviser to a secret meeting with his counterpart working for Pelosi, the Democratic leader. The Boehner aide’s mission, according to a source who asked not to be identified, was to determine whether Pelosi might be willing to collaborate on major legislation. Two months later, after scores of private conversations and hard bargaining, the work by America’s political odd couple bore fruit with a 392-37 House vote to overhaul the Medicare program that delivers healthcare for the elderly and disabled, including fixing for good its troubled formula for paying physicians. Still, the rare example of bipartisan cooperation is unlikely to signal smooth sailing for daunting matters facing Congress …

    March 26, 2015 6:30 pm
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Stocks

  • 6 ‘Matrix’ inspired illusions from Oculus’ chief scientist


    Virtual reality had been tried and done. People thought it was dead. Oculus chief scientist Michael Abrash had doubts too, until a special Keanu Reeves movie came along. “It was ‘The Matrix’ that made me believe it,” he told an audience on Thursday at F8, Facebook’s developer conference. The virtual reality wizard referred to the 1999 blockbuster film several times during his keynote speech to explain why VR is the next “transformational” technology. The short version of his pitch to engineers: The movie wasn’t totally crazy. The real world is simply a collection of sensory perceptions, and virtual reality can be just as real. Help us create that experience. “[Our] brain is reverse engineering reality rather than recording it,” Abrash said. “Virtual reality is about experiencing the virtual world as real. Experiences are nothing more than what the mind infers from the information it receives.” Or, he said, as Morpheus put it: “What is ‘real’? …

    March 26, 2015 6:49 pm
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Sports

  • Dayton extends Archie Miller’s contract through 2021-22


    Dayton, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – Dayton men’s basketball coach Archie Miller has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him with the school through the 2021-22 season. It’s the second year in a row that Miller has received an improved deal. After he led the Flyers to their first Sweet 16 appearance in 30 years and an Elite Eight appearance last season, they extended his deal through the 2018-19 season. The Flyers lost to Oklahoma in the third round of this year’s tournament. Dayton is one of six schools to have five NCAA Tournament wins in the last two seasons, joining traditional powers Arizona, UConn, Kentucky, Michigan State and Wisconsin. “The University of Dayton is a special place. We have everything we need to be among the best,” Miller said. “My family and I love being here and we are very appreciative of all the support that’s come our way since we arrived four years …

    March 26, 2015 7:51 pm
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World News

  • Buildings collapse in New York blast


    At least 12 people have been injured after a gas explosion caused two buildings to collapse in New York City. On Thursday afternoon, more than 100 fire-fighters converged to battle the resulting blaze that affected four buildings. Mayor Bill de Blasio said there were no reports of missing persons, but noted that the situation was fluid. Officials said they believe work was being done to the building’s gas utilities before the blast. The explosion triggered a fire in a building that housed a sushi restaurant. The blaze then quickly spread to adjacent buildings, official said. Emergency dispatchers started received calls reporting the incident around 15:17 local time (19:17 GMT) and emergency services were on the scene in about three minutes, city officials said. The buildings on Second Avenue at East Seventh Street are near New York University and the Washington Square Park area. Manhattan’s East Village is a neighbourhood of small businesses, restaurants and apartments. …

    March 26, 2015 7:51 pm
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Technology

  • Beer wear: Dress made from bacterial fermented brew


    This dress started with a cold one. Nanollose You see the dress. It’s fun, flouncy and bouncy with a fitted top and an exuberant puff of fabric at the bottom. It looks like it came from some young, hip fashion designer. But this dress has a secret. The fabric didn’t come from some high-end store catering to Parisian clothing makers. It came from beer. The Beer Dress is made from fabric produced by a bacterial-fermentation process. Scientist Gary Cass and visual artist Donna Franklin previously collaborated on a fermented-wine dress in 2012. That dress had a distinctive look to it, like it was made from Fruit Roll-Ups. The wine dress looked strange, slightly alien. The Beer Dress looks more like what we recognize as typical fabric, despite its unusual origin. You wouldn’t know where it came from if someone didn’t tell you. The design of the beer dress is inspired by the flower of the …

    March 26, 2015 6:09 pm
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Science

  • Antarctic ice shelves rapidly thinning


    A new study led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego researchers has revealed that the thickness of Antarctica’s floating ice shelves has recently decreased by as much as 18 percent in certain areas over nearly two decades, providing new insights on how the Antarctic ice sheet is responding to climate change. Data from nearly two decades of satellite missions have shown that the ice volume decline is accelerating, according to a study published on March 26, 2015, in the journal Science and supported by NASA. Scripps graduate student Fernando Paolo, Scripps glaciologist Helen Amanda Fricker, and oceanographer Laurie Padman of Earth Space Research (a non-profit institute specializing in oceanography research) constructed a new high-resolution record of ice shelf thickness based on satellite radar altimetry missions of the European Space Agency from 1994 to 2012. Merging data from three overlapping missions, the researchers identified changes in ice thickness that took place over more …

    March 26, 2015 6:30 pm
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Health

  • U.S. House okays bipartisan bill to fix Medicare doctor payments


    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill to permanently repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and sending the issue next to the Senate. The measure drafted and driven forward by Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi would fix a long-standing problem with how Medicare pays doctors. It would also make adjustments to the health program for seniors. The House vote was 392-37. The Senate may not act until it returns from a two-week recess that starts this weekend. Some senators in both parties had concerns about the bill, but it also had strong support. Democratic President Barack Obama praised the House passage and said he hoped the Senate would approve the measure too, because he wants to sign it. “I called the Speaker, John Boehner, and the Democratic Leader, Nancy Pelosi, and I said, congratulations, this is …

    March 26, 2015 6:30 pm
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Entertainment

  • We Found Lisa Turtle! Lark Voorhies Looks Better Than She Has In Years!


    Posted on Thu Mar 26th, 2015 11:38am PDT       By X17 Staff After Lark Voorhies was noticeably missing from last month’s Saved By The Bell reunion on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, everyone was wondering — Where is Lisa Turtle? But yesterday, our photogs found the actress stopping by Jimmy Kimmel Live on her 41st birthday! And she’s looking better and healthier than she has in years! Yesterday, the former TV star strutted her stuff in a frilly white dress as she stopped by the funnyman’s studio in Hollywood. We’ve seen Lark do some interviews in the past and her make up has been a mess — but it looks like put herself together. We knew the Lisa Turtle inside of her couldn’t be lost forever! Last month, her publicist told E! News that she was too busy with work to attend the SBTB reunion on Jimmy Fallon. “Lark would have loved to be part of …

    March 26, 2015 8:54 pm
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Editorial

  • 2016 Race: How Republican candidates can help school choice succeed


    Republican presidential aspirants are talking about school choice early and often. Wisconsin governor Scott Walker says, “I believe that we need to give families as many high quality education choices as possible to succeed.” Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal argues, “To oppose school choice is to oppose equal opportunity.” Not to be outdone, provisional front-runner and noted education reform proponent Jeb Bush declares, “Choice rewards success and weeds out stagnation, inefficiency, and failure.” This is a welcome development. Republicans can’t talk seriously about opportunity without addressing education, and parental choice is a powerful lever for tackling school improvement. But school choice is only a start—because choice is only part of a strategy for fighting runaway bureaucracy, creating more great schools, and building a political coalition that can sustain its success. When it comes to improving schools, choice is necessary but insufficient. Parental choice, in the form of charter schooling, school vouchers, tuition tax credits, and education …

    March 26, 2015 6:30 pm
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Odd News

  • Heave, ho: Elephants rescue 18-wheeler stranded on Louisiana road


    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – When an 18-wheeler truck became stranded by the side of a Louisiana road, two elephants inside came to the rescue. Sheriff’s deputies in Natchitoches Parish on Tuesday morning received a call about a stuck truck. Upon arriving on the scene, they saw two elephants preventing the vehicle from overturning. The truck’s driver, also an elephant trainer, walked the elephants out of the cargo compartment and directed them to help prop up the vehicle, sheriff’s Captain Tony Moran said in an interview. “It’s creative,” said Moran, who said the responding deputies were “just astonished to see it.” Leaning side-by-side, the elephants pushed with their weight against the truck, the sheriff’s photos showed. The truck was carrying three elephants from Florida. After a stop in New Orleans, they were on their way to a circus near Dallas. The truck had pulled over on an interstate shoulder near Powhatan, Louisiana, about an hour south …

    March 25, 2015 10:21 pm
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