• Kings add Vlade Divac to front office

    Sacramento, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – The Sacramento Kings named Vlade Divac the vice president of basketball and franchise operations on Tuesday. Divac’s responsibilities will include advising the front office and coaching staff, assisting the organization’s global...
  • Paris journalist fined over drone

    Paris journalist fined over drone

    3 March 2015 Last updated at 16:55 It is illegal to fly a drone in Paris without a licence An Al Jazeera journalist has been fined €1,000 (£725;$1,120) for flying a drone in Paris last...
  • Target to cut thousands of jobs

    Target to cut thousands of jobs

    “Several thousand” jobs are on the chopping block at Target, the company said Tuesday. The cuts will come over the next two years and will primarily be at corporate headquarters in Minneapolis, where about 13,000...
  • CONMEBOL to support Blatter in FIFA election, says source

    ASUNCION (Reuters) – The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) will support Sepp Blatter’s re-election as FIFA president in May, a CONMEBOL source told Reuters on Tuesday. Blatter, who has headed FIFA since 1998, flew into...
  • Justice Department finds racial bias in Ferguson police practices

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department has concluded that the Ferguson, Missouri police department routinely engages in racially biased practices, a law enforcement official familiar with the department’s findings said on Tuesday. The investigation...

Headline News

  • Texas defense lawyers seek appeal for ‘American Sniper’ conviction


    AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Lawyers for the man convicted of murdering Chris Kyle, the former U.S. Navy SEAL whose best-selling autobiography was turned into the movie “American Sniper,” have filed a notice of appeal with a Texas court, court officials said on Tuesday. Eddie Ray Routh, 27, a former U.S. Marine, was found guilty on Feb. 24 of fatally shooting Kyle and Kyle’s friend Chad Littlefield multiple times at a gun range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth in February 2013. Routh was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Prosecutors said he ambushed the two from the rear, waiting for Kyle to unload his weapon at the range before he attacked with a barrage of gunshots. Defense lawyers, who tried unsuccessfully to have Routh declared innocent by reason of insanity, had sought to have the venue changed from Stephenville, a rural Texas city near where Kyle was raised …

    March 3, 2015 5:18 pm
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Politics

  • Ex-Rep. Brad Schneider Inches Closer to Rematch in Illinois


    By Emily Cahn Posted at 3:07 p.m. today 0 Tweet Schneider is a former member. (CQ Roll Call File Photo) Former Illinois Rep. Brad Schneider is inching closer to a rematch with Republican Rep. Robert Dold, according to a Democratic source with knowledge of his plans. Schneider was in Washington, D.C., Tuesday for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference. He attended the Democratic Caucus meeting Tuesday morning, where he received a standing ovation from his former colleagues, according to the source, and he was scheduled to meet with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in the afternoon. If he runs, this would be the pair’s third straight matchup in the suburban Chicago 10th District, a duel spurred by Sen. Mark S. Kirk vacating the seat in 2010 to run statewide. The progress is welcome news for national Democrats, who have courted Schneider since his 2.5-point loss to Dold in November. President Barack Obama carried the seat by …

    March 3, 2015 2:18 pm
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Stocks

  • Target to cut thousands of jobs


    “Several thousand” jobs are on the chopping block at Target, the company said Tuesday. The cuts will come over the next two years and will primarily be at corporate headquarters in Minneapolis, where about 13,000 people work. Target employs 366,000 people worldwide. The changes are part of a larger restructuring, that aims to save $2 billion over two years, CEO Brian Cornell said at a meeting with investors. Cornell was named CEO in July after his predecessor was ousted in the aftermath of a massive breach of Target’s customer data during the 2013 holiday shopping season. Profits took a hit in early 2014, but rebounded halfway through the year. Target (TGT) most recently reported a strong holiday season, with a 3% jump in sales from the previous year. More details about exactly how may positions will be impacted and the timing of the cuts will be announced in the coming weeks and months, a spokeswoman …

    March 3, 2015 4:38 pm
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Sports

  • Kings add Vlade Divac to front office


    Sacramento, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – The Sacramento Kings named Vlade Divac the vice president of basketball and franchise operations on Tuesday. Divac’s responsibilities will include advising the front office and coaching staff, assisting the organization’s global branding efforts, augmenting fan outreach initiatives and oversight of player development programs. Additionally, he will facilitate talent evaluation and help foster relationships between the team and a growing pipeline of European athletes. “It’s a great honor returning to the city that has provided a lifetime of unforgettable experiences,” said Divac. “Sacramento and the Kings organization were always in my thoughts and I often dreamed of having a role in helping our amazing fans realize the ultimate NBA prize.” Divac played in the NBA for 16 seasons, including six seasons with the Kings from 1998 to 2004. He retired with the Los Angeles Lakers following the 2004-05 season. The 47-year-old Divac averaged 11.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists a game …

    March 3, 2015 5:19 pm
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World News

  • Paris journalist fined over drone


    3 March 2015 Last updated at 16:55 It is illegal to fly a drone in Paris without a licence An Al Jazeera journalist has been fined €1,000 (£725;$1,120) for flying a drone in Paris last week in the midst of a security alert sparked by unexplained drone sightings across the city. A court also confiscated the drone from Al Jazeera journalist Tristan Redman. Mr Redman and two colleagues arrested with him are not believed to have been linked to the other drone sightings. The latest mysterious drone sighting in Paris was reported on Monday night near the Place de la Republique. According to France TV, the drone was spotted by a policeman guarding the offices of Liberation newspaper. Flying drones over Paris without a licence is banned by law and no night flights are allowed over the city. Mr Redman and two colleagues were arrested in a Paris park last Wednesday, after two successive nights …

    March 3, 2015 5:18 pm
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Technology

  • Fright at the museum: Selfie sticks banned at the Smithsonian


    Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. No, madam. You may not use one of those in our Civil War exhibit, lest there be another civil war. Missy Boo/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET I have had several friends come down with the disease. Their cheeks turn a strange rose color. Their eyes bulge wider than those on a Margaret Keane painting. Do they have some strange scurvy? Yes, they’ve just bought themselves a selfie stick. I am curiously delighted, therefore, that history has taken a stand against this societal scourge. The Smithsonian has decided to ban the selfie stick from its buildings as of Tuesday. In an announcement, the museum cited security concerns. It said: “For the safety of our visitors and collections, the Smithsonian prohibits the use of tripods or monopods in our museums and gardens. Effective today, March 3, monopod selfie sticks are included in …

    March 3, 2015 5:59 pm
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Science

  • Ultracold-Resistant Chemical on Titan Could Allow It to Harbor Life


    Astrobiologists and planetary scientists have a fairly good idea of which chemicals might indicate the presence of oxygen-breathing, water-based life—that is if it is like us. When it comes to worlds such as Saturn’s moon Titan, however, where temperatures are too cold for aqueous biochemistry, it’s much harder to know which chemicals could signal the existence of hydrocarbon-based life. A Cornell University team may have found a plausible candidate chemical that future missions to Titan could search for. The computer-simulation study, which appeared in the February 27 Science Advances [http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/1/1/e1400067], found that acrylonitrile, a hydrocarbon known to form in Titan’s atmosphere, can organize itself into a structure having the same toughness and flexibility characteristic of the membranes that envelop cells on Earth and form the boundaries of organelles like mitochondria and the nucleus. This computational finding could have lasting implications for scientists who study Titan’s geochemistry. For many planetary scientists, it’s their favorite moon. Like …

    March 3, 2015 2:18 pm
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Health

  • Hunger and frustration grow at Ebola ground zero in Guinea


    MELIANDOU, Guinea (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A charred kapok tree and around a dozen graves scattered amongst the mud brick houses of Meliandou are painful reminders of the toll Ebola has taken on this village in southeast Guinea. Scientists traced the source of the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola to two-year-old Emile Ouamouno, who they believe contracted the disease while playing near the tree, home to hundreds of bats that may have been hosting the deadly virus. The boy’s father, Etienne Ouamouno, said Emile fell ill in December 2013, and infected his sister and mother who was eight months pregnant at the time. Over a year later, having lost all his immediate family, Etienne Ouamouno has difficulty in finding words to describe his grief. For now, his body language does the talking. Sitting at the foot of the kapok tree, which has since been set alight by the villagers to smoke out all the bats, Ouamouno …

    March 3, 2015 2:18 pm
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Entertainment

  • Madonna Channels Pal Kanye With Her Fur-Trimmed Parka As She Leaves Paris


    Taking a page from the Kanye West style manual, Madonna suits up in a fur-trimmed parka (a total trademark Kanye piece) as she leaves Paris. Let’s hope she doesn’t get choked with it. Oh la la! Last night, the 56-year-old was partying down for her release party for her new single “Living for Love.” Interestingly enough, just a day after her interview about her collaboration with Kanye, the Material Girl was dressed just like him in the City of Lights. Madge must be on a real Kanye kick — she just collaborated with Yeezy for the song “Illuminati” off of hew new album Rebel Heart, which drops this Friday. In her new Rolling Stone cover story, Madonna talked about the controversial music man. “I feel like the music business needs him, because everyone’s become so politically correct, so safe,” Madonna said. “I don’t always agree with the things he says or does – I don’t …

    March 3, 2015 4:38 pm
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Editorial

  • Boehner Caves on Amnesty: March 3, 2015 is day that will live in infamy


    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens during a news conference following a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Boehner said he’s waiting for the Senate to act on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department ahead of Friday’s midnight deadline. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (The Associated Press) In this Feb. 25, 2014, photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks to reporters following a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner has a possible escape from the homeland security funding impasse if he’s willing to use it: cooperative Democrats. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (The Associated Press) WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 25: Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) answers questions during a press conference following the weekly House Republican conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol February 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. With Department of Homeland Security funding set to expire on Friday of this week, Boehner and House Republican leadership faced numerous questions on …

    March 3, 2015 2:37 pm
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Odd News

  • German pensioner needs drill to dig for Nazi-looted Amber Room


    BERLIN (Reuters) – A pensioner has started digging in Germany’s western Ruhr region for the Amber Room, a priceless work of art looted by Nazis from the Soviet Union during World War Two and missing for 70 years, but says he needs a new drill to help him. Dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Amber Room was an ornate chamber made of amber panels given to Czar Peter the Great by Prussia’s Friedrich Wilhelm I in 1716. German troops stole the treasure chamber from a palace near St Petersburg in 1941 and took it to Koenigsberg, now the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, before it disappeared. Conspiracy theories abound about the whereabouts of what some say is the world’s most valuable piece of lost art. Some historians think it was destroyed in the war, others say Germans smuggled it to safety. Now 68-year-old pensioner Karl-Heinz Kleine says he thinks the chamber is hidden under …

    March 3, 2015 10:15 am
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