• Sunk migrants’ boat captain charged

    Sunk migrants’ boat captain charged

    Survivors of Sunday’s sinking off Libya arrived in the Sicilian port of Catania late on Monday The Tunisian captain of a boat that capsized off Libya on Sunday, killing hundreds of migrants, has been charged...
  • Today’s Toons 4/21/15

    Today’s Toons 4/21/15

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  • Doctor pleads not guilty in Park doping case

    SEOUL (Reuters) – The doctor who administered injections which caused decorated South Korean swimmer Park Tae-hwan to fail a doping test pleaded not guilty to charges of professional negligence at a Seoul court on Tuesday....
  • Japan train sets new speed record

    Japan train sets new speed record

    Japan’s magnetic levitation train first set a 581km/h world record back in 2003. A Japanese magnetic levitation train has broken its own world speed record, hitting 603km/h (374mph) in a test run near Mount Fuji....

Headline News

  • Indonesian court finds U.S. man guilty in Bali suitcase murder case


    DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) – An Indonesian court on Tuesday sentenced a U.S. man to 18 years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend’s mother, whose body was found stuffed into a suitcase on the resort island of Bali. Tommy Schaefer, from the Chicago area, was arrested with his girlfriend, Heather Mack, last August after staff at a luxury hotel discovered the body of Mack’s mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, in an abandoned suitcase in a taxi. Schaefer was charged with premeditated murder after he said in court he had killed Wiese-Mack in self-defense. Mack was charged with being an accessory to murder and a verdict on her case also expected later on Tuesday. Schaefer was seen crying in court after presiding Judge Made Suweda announced the murder verdict and sentence in Denpasar District Court. “Although I do take full responsibility for my actions, I am not a murderer,” Scahefer told Reuters after hearing the verdict. …

    April 21, 2015 2:53 am
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Politics

  • In Cuba, New York Governor Cuomo seeks to open doors to trade


    HAVANA (Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo met senior Cuban officials in Havana on Monday as the head of a high-powered business delegation looking to take advantage of President Barack Obama’s easing of restrictions with the Communist-led island. Cuomo, a Democrat, is the first governor to visit Cuba since a December announcement by Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro that they would restore diplomatic relations and work to normalize trade and travel ties after more than a half century of hostility and confrontation. Cuomo termed the agreement “courageous” in opening remarks to a business conference and said, “We want to do everything we can to help.” Cuomo was joined by top executives from JetBlue Airways Corp., Pfizer Inc. and MasterCard Inc., who were among 18 business leaders and academics on the trip. Related Video Cuomo in Cuba Cuomo said the purpose of his visit was to see what can be done now and look …

    April 20, 2015 11:30 pm
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Stocks

  • China’s anti-corruption campaign: The greatest hits


    Huge stacks of cash, boxes of jewels and a pure gold statue of Chairman Mao: These are just a few of the items confiscated from Chinese officials during an anti-corruption drive now in its third year. Hundreds of thousands of Communist Party officials, including major party bosses as well as local functionaries, have been caught up in the crackdown. Experts cite various motivations for President Xi Jinping’s campaign: an attempt to purify the party, consolidate power or boost public confidence in the leadership. Many specifics of the operation remain obscure, but a few outrageous details have spilled into public view. When officials are charged by investigators, a rundown of their secret fortunes is occasionally reported by state media. Some are breathtaking in their scope. Here are a few of the choicest examples: Wei Pengyuan The investigation into senior energy official Wei Pengyuan took a dramatic turn in May 2014, when prosecutors said they had found …

    April 21, 2015 1:53 am
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Sports

  • Doctor pleads not guilty in Park doping case


    SEOUL (Reuters) – The doctor who administered injections which caused decorated South Korean swimmer Park Tae-hwan to fail a doping test pleaded not guilty to charges of professional negligence at a Seoul court on Tuesday. The doctor, identified only by her surname Kim, is accused by prosecutors of failing to disclose the substances contained in the injection, as well as violating the medical code and causing 2008 Olympic champion Park bodily harm. A double world champion and the first Korean to win an Olympic swimming medal, Park tested positive for testosterone ahead of the Asian Games last September. He said he had been assured by the hospital that the injections contained only vitamins. However, Kim’s lawyer, Moon Jeong-il, said the doctor had specifically asked Park in 2013 to confirm whether the substances were on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned list. “Kim has no professional knowledge in sports and had never treated an athlete before,” Yonhap …

    April 21, 2015 3:14 am
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World News

  • Sunk migrants’ boat captain charged


    Survivors of Sunday’s sinking off Libya arrived in the Sicilian port of Catania late on Monday The Tunisian captain of a boat that capsized off Libya on Sunday, killing hundreds of migrants, has been charged with reckless multiple homicide, Italian officials say. He has also been charged along with a member of the crew with favouring illegal immigration. The two were among 27 survivors who arrived in Sicily late on Monday. The charges come after the EU set out a package of measures to try to ease the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. Search-and-rescue operations will be stepped up, and there will be a campaign to destroy traffickers’ boats. A homicide investigation has been opened into the disaster. The two men were arrested while still on board the Italian coast guard ship, officials said After speaking to the survivors, the UN refugee agency said that about 800 people had died in Sunday’s disaster. Earlier accounts …

    April 21, 2015 3:14 am
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Technology

  • Kink app hopes iPhone owners will co-create the next Fifty Shades of Grey


    E.L. James famously wrote the first version of her Fifty Shades of Grey book as Twilight fan-fiction and published it online. Now an app called Kink is aiming to unearth a new wave of romance and adult-fiction authors – by getting them to write stories together on their smartphones. Released for Apple’s iPhone, the app encourages people to choose a pen name, then invite other users to collaborate with them on short stories by taking turns to write new paragraphs of up to 280 characters. People can also promote themselves and their stories within the app and chat to other users, with its developer seemingly pitching it partly as a literary dating app judging by the “seduce someone with your writing” tagline in its app store listing. Like much of its potential content, Kink isn’t one size fits all. Up to four people can collaborate on stories of micro (four turns), standard (eight turns) or …

    April 21, 2015 2:53 am
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Science

  • Clemson, international team crack genetic code of Upland cotton


    In a groundbreaking achievement led by an international team that includes Clemson scientist Chris Saski, the intricately woven genetic makeup of Upland cotton has been decoded for the first time in the ancient plant’s history. Saski participated in sequencing the genome, which is a crucial stepping-stone toward further advancements of understanding the inner workings of one of the most complex and treasured plants on the planet. The future implications of Saski’s research in the short and long terms are both financial and holistic. Upland cotton, which accounts for more than 90 percent of cultivated cotton worldwide and has a global economic impact of $500 billion, is the main source of renewable textile fibers. The genome sequence, unveiled in the scientific journal Nature Biotechnology, will provide the know-how to engineer superior lines that will clothe, feed and fuel the ever-expanding human population. “From the discovery standpoint — having a solid foundation to begin measuring genetic diversity …

    April 21, 2015 3:13 am
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Health

  • Iowa reports biggest U.S. outbreak of bird flu in poultry


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, found a lethal strain of bird flu in millions of hens at an egg-laying facility on Monday, the worst case so far in a national outbreak that prompted Wisconsin to declare a state of emergency. The infected Iowa birds were being raised near the city of Harris by Sunrise Farms, an affiliate of Sonstegard Foods Company, the company said. The facility houses 3.8 million hens, according to the company, which sells eggs to food manufacturers, government agencies and retailers. “We went to great lengths to prevent our birds from contracting AI (avian influenza), but despite best efforts we now confirm many of our birds are testing positive,” Sonstegard said in a statement. The flock has been quarantined, and birds on the property will be culled to prevent the spread of the disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. The virus can kill nearly an entire infected …

    April 20, 2015 7:28 pm
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Entertainment

  • Check Out The Electrifying First Fantastic Four Trailer


    Posted on Mon Apr 20th, 2015 12:00pm PDT       By X17 Staff The first glimpse at Fantastic Four is here! Marvel delighted fans when they released a full-length trailer for the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. The trailer follows Reed Richards aka Mister Fantastic (Miles Teller), Susan Storm aka Invisible Woman (Kate Mara) and her brother Johnny Storm aka Human Torch, (Michael B. Jordan). According to Marvel, the film, “centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend.” Fantastic Four hits theaters on Aug. 7, 2015.   Stories from around the Web

    April 21, 2015 12:10 am
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Editorial

  • 420 Day: A physician’s take on pot


    April 18, 2015: Partygoers listen to music and smoke marijuana on one of several days of the annual 4/20 marijuana festival, in Denver’s downtown Civic Center Park. The annual event is the second 4/20 marijuana celebration since retail marijuana stores began selling in January 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) There will be neither a presidential proclamation nor a pause for reflection in Congress – but just the same, people are literally dancing in the street today. It’s April 20, aka National Weed Day. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Its origin is the stuff of folklore. Back in 1971, a group of high school kids in San Rafael, Calif., would meet daily at 4:20 p.m. and head out in search of a marijuana crop they’d heard about. They never found it, but over the next few decades the time of day, 4:20, became the day of the month, 4/20. Today, countless thousands of Americans, comfortable that their sheer numbers will prompt …

    April 20, 2015 11:30 pm
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Odd News

  • Goats, llama and shepherdess help clear plants at Oregon airport


    PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) – As planes took off and landed behind a fence one unusually warm April day at Portland International airport, a herd of goats lay basking in the sun, taking a nap break from their 24-hour job of chowing down on invasive plants. Soon afterwards though, the 40 Spanish and Kiko breed goats were back at work, using their hoofs to hold down blackberry brambles and their nimble lips and sharp back teeth to cut away unwanted foliage. The airport took on the goats, watched over by a shepherdess and a protective brown llama named Monty, to clear a large patch of overgrown land just outside the airfield that is inaccessible to mowers. The goats, owned by Portland company Goat Power LLC, are accustomed to traveling all over Oregon to clear weeds from vineyards, schools and private yards. “This is our first airport,” shepherdess Briana Murphy told Reuters as some of the goats, …

    April 21, 2015 3:13 am
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