• Salsa legend Cheo Feliciano dies

    Salsa legend Cheo Feliciano dies

    17 April 2014 Last updated at 15:09 Cheo Feliciano has been hailed as one of “Puerto Rico’s most acclaimed voices” Puerto Rican salsa legend Cheo Feliciano has died in a car crash on the island,...
  • NBA player to open Hooters in Russia

    Brooklyn Nets player Andrei Kirilenko, aka AK-47, is introducing Hooters to his native Russia. Andrei Kirilenko, the National Basketball Association player known as AK-47, plans to open five Hooters franchise restaurants in his native Russia....
  • Exclusive: The Line Makes a Bid for the Art World

    Exclusive: The Line Makes a Bid for the Art World

    Having barely marked its six-month anniversary, The Line just got one step closer to offering a 360-degree curated life. Vanessa Traina Snow and Morgan Wendelborn’s immaculately edited concept shop has partnered with online database Artsy...
  • School Bans on Chocolate Milk May Backfire

    THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Banning chocolate milk from schools may sound like a good move for kids’ health, but efforts to do so haven’t turned out that way, a small study found....

Headline News

  • Obama budget plan would boost U.S. tax revenues, cut deficits: CBO


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2015 budget request would boost U.S. tax revenues by nearly $1.4 trillion over 10 years if fully enacted, slashing deficits by $1.05 trillion while funding new spending, the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday. There is virtually no chance that Congress will advance Obama’s plan in its entirety. But the CBO’s latest analysis will feed campaign messaging by both Democrats and Republicans ahead of congressional elections in November. The analysis compares Obama’s request to a new “baseline” estimate that CBO released last week that assumes no changes to current tax and spending laws. But Obama’s budget plan is loaded with new policy changes, including an assumption that sweeping immigration reforms are enacted, producing a net 10-year deficit reduction of $158 billion. It proposes to boost revenues by limiting tax breaks for wealthy Americans and businesses, imposing a new tax on millionaires, raising tobacco taxes, and restoring estate and …

    April 17, 2014 10:11 am
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Politics

  • House Republicans Promote Seven Candidates


    By Emily Cahn Posted at 10:30 a.m. today 0 Tweet The National Republican Congressional Committee has elevated seven more candidates to the second-level “Contender” status of its Young Guns program for top House GOP prospects. All GOP House candidates are eligible to apply for the Young Guns program. According to the NRCC, “Contender candidates have completed stringent program metrics and are on the path to developing a mature and competitive campaign operation.” The NRCC does not release any specifics on those benchmarks. These seven additions are either running against Democratic incumbents or in open-seat races that the NRCC has deemed “favorable to the GOP candidate.” The seven candidates are: State Sen. Lee Zeldin, a Republican running against Rep. Timothy H. Bishop, D-N.Y., in the 1st District. Zeldin faces a primary with a self-funding prosecutor, George Demos. The race is rated Leans Democratic by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. Miami Dade County School Board member Carlos Curbelo, who is …

    April 17, 2014 9:48 am
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Stocks

  • NBA player to open Hooters in Russia


    Brooklyn Nets player Andrei Kirilenko, aka AK-47, is introducing Hooters to his native Russia. Andrei Kirilenko, the National Basketball Association player known as AK-47, plans to open five Hooters franchise restaurants in his native Russia. Kirilenko, a player for the Brooklyn Nets, told CNNMoney his first restaurant will open in Moscow on April 26. Hooters spokeswoman Kelly Propst confirmed that the 6-foot-9 player is a franchisee, who is bringing Hooters to Russia for the first time. After the Moscow debut, he plans to open four more Hooters restaurants in Russia over the next three or four years, she said. Kirilenko, 33, signed on with the Nets as a free agent last year and is now in a contract lasting through 2015. His nickname stems from the initials of his name and the numeral 47 on his jersey. The AK-47 is the well-known assault rifle invented in the former Soviet Union by Mikhail Kalashnikov, who died …

    April 17, 2014 10:08 am
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Sports

  • Nadal and Federer breeze into last eight with comfortable wins


    (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer demonstrated their superior class on clay as they eased into the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday. Claycourt wizard Nadal barely broke a sweat in his 6-1 6-3 thrashing of Italy’s Andreas Seppi while fourth seed Federer recovered from a break in the first set to beat Czech Lukas Rosol 6-4 6-1. Spaniard Nadal, whose eight-year reign as Monte Carlo champion was ended by Serb Novak Djokovic in the final last year, extended his proud record in the principality to 50-2 with the win on center court. The world number one will next meet compatriot and sixth seed David Ferrer in the final eight, who made easy work of Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov winning 6-4 6-2. “That is going to be a very tough match,” the eight-times French Open champion told a news conference. “David is a tough, tough player on any surface but here on clay, …

    April 17, 2014 10:11 am
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World News

  • Salsa legend Cheo Feliciano dies


    17 April 2014 Last updated at 15:09 Cheo Feliciano has been hailed as one of “Puerto Rico’s most acclaimed voices” Puerto Rican salsa legend Cheo Feliciano has died in a car crash on the island, police say. The composer and singer of salsa and bolero hits was 78. Police said Feliciano was driving his Jaguar when he hit a concrete post in a suburb of the capital, San Juan. A Latin Grammy Award winner, he was in the legendary Fania All Stars. Puerto Rico’s governor declared three days of mourning for “one of the Caribbean island’s most acclaimed voices”. Jose Luis Feliciano Vega, nicknamed Cheo by his family, moved to New York in 1952 and settled in Spanish Harlem. After playing a variety of instruments in different bands, he landed a job as a singer with the Joe Cuba Sextet. Addiction He sang with the band for 10 years before joining the Eddie Palmieri Orchestra …

    April 17, 2014 10:11 am
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Technology

  • Virgin apologises for email glitch


    17 April 2014 Last updated at 15:07 The email was sent to virgin.net email customers Virgin Media has apologised after some of its customers received hundreds of unwanted emails because of a distribution list error. Anyone clicking “reply all” to a recent customer services email was able to message everyone on the mailing list. The email was sent to inform customers of changes to Google services. The Information Commissioner’s Office said it was looking into an “alleged breach” of data protection rules before deciding if action was necessary. Virgin Media said it was “investigating exactly what has happened”, and confirmed no more replies were able to be sent. It said the problem related to a “sub set” of its virgin.net email customers, but it did not know the precise number affected. Although customers’ addresses were not themselves shared, anyone pressing “reply all” and entering into the email chain exposed their own details to thousands of …

    April 17, 2014 9:28 am
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Science

  • Information storage for the next generation of plastic computers


    Inexpensive computers, cell phones and other systems that substitute flexible plastic for silicon chips may be one step closer to reality, thanks to research published on April 16 in the journal Nature Communications. The paper describes a new proposal by University of Iowa researchers and their colleagues at New York University for overcoming a major obstacle to the development of such plastic devices — the large amount of energy required to read stored information. Although it is relatively cheap and easy to encode information in light for fiber optic transmission, storing information is most efficiently done using magnetism, which ensures information will survive for years without any additional power. “So a critical issue is how to convert information from one type to another,” says Michael Flatté, professor of physics and astronomy in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and director of the UI Optical Science and Technology Center. “Although it does not cost …

    April 17, 2014 5:26 am
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Health

  • School Bans on Chocolate Milk May Backfire


    THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Banning chocolate milk from schools may sound like a good move for kids’ health, but efforts to do so haven’t turned out that way, a small study found. Bans on chocolate milk in 11 Oregon elementary schools were linked to a big drop in the amount of healthy, fat-free white milk students drank, a team of Cornell University researchers reports. Nicole Zammit, former assistant director of nutrition services at the Eugene School District in Oregon, wasn’t surprised by the findings. “Given that the role of the federal school meal program is to provide nutritious meals to students who may otherwise have no access to healthy foods, I wouldn’t recommend banning flavored milk unless you have a comprehensive plan in place to compensate for the lost nutrients when kids stop drinking milk altogether,” she said in a Cornell news release. In the study, researchers analyzed data from 11 Oregon …

    April 17, 2014 9:48 am
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Entertainment

  • Jessica Simpson’s Hubby Tosses Daughter Maxwell In The Air


    Jessica Simpson posted the above photo on Instagram on Tuesday, and all we have to say is, we’re glad her baby daddy Eric Johnson is a former football player who likely has a lot of experience catching and throwing things! Jess wrote, “Maxi and Daddy at the beach. Yikes and Yay. Good Lord! She has NO fear!” Simpson and Johnson had a blast with their 22-month-old daughter, but it appears as though they left their nine-month-old son Ace Knute with the nanny for their family outing.

    April 17, 2014 10:11 am
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Editorial

  • 15 years after Columbine: What we still need to do to protect kids


    FILE — April 20, 2009: Flowers are placed on the plaques to the 13 victims of the massacre at Columbine High School to mark the 10th anniversary of the killings, at Columbine Memorial in the southwest Denver suburb of Littleton, Colorado.AP As the 15th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School approaches, it is time to take a serious look at how far we have come in protecting our schools.  Although preceded by infamous school shootings in Pearl, Miss., Paducah, Ky., and Jonesboro, Ark., and since eclipsed in body count by the massacres at Virginia Tech and Newtown, Conn., the attack on Columbine, where 13 people were killed and 24 were injured, is still the seminal event in American school shootings.  The senseless violence at Columbine forced the issue of school safety into the American consciousness, leading to modifications in police practices and a complete overhaul of school safety policies and procedures.   ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT …

    April 17, 2014 9:49 am
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Odd News

  • North Korean embassy complains to UK after salon mocks leader’s hair


    LONDON (Reuters) – North Korea failed to see the joke when a London hair salon used a picture of its leader Kim Jong Un to try to attract more customers and has written to Britain’s Foreign Office asking it to stop what it calls a “provocation”. A hair salon in west London put up a giant poster of the North Korean leader in its window after reading unconfirmed media reports that men in the reclusive Asian state had been ordered to have the same hairdo. The promotional poster read: “Bad Hair Day? 15 percent off all gent cuts through the month of April.” With its shaved sides and bowl-like shape, Kim Jong Un’s distinctive haircut has been a light-hearted talking point for North Korea watchers. But officials at the country’s embassy, which is just a short walk away from the salon, visited to complain and wrote to the Foreign Office asking it to take “necessary …

    April 17, 2014 9:28 am
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