• Uzbeks set to re-elect president

    President Islam Karimov has been in power for over 25 years Uzbekistan has been voting in a presidential election all but certain to be won by long-term incumbent Islam Karimov. He faces three other candidates...
  • Smith replaces Larson for Martinsville race

    Martinsville, VA (SportsNetwork.com) – Regan Smith substituted for Kyle Larson in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway after Larson was sidelined due to additional medical...
  • Observers praise Nigeria election

    Election officials started the counting process in the dark on Saturday night after delays International observers have hailed Nigeria’s elections, despite technical hitches, protests and reports of violence. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in...
  • Scotland’s Ramsay takes European Tour title in Morocco

    (Reuters) – Scotland’s Richie Ramsay claimed his third European Tour title and survived Romain Wattel’s late surge to win the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco on Sunday. Ramsay, joint overnight leader on seven-under with Wattel...

Headline News

  • Body found at New York City building explosion site: NY1


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A body was found on Sunday at the site of a gas explosion last week that destroyed four New York City apartment buildings and injured 19 people, police said. The body was recovered at about 1 p.m. local time in the rubble caused by the blast and fire in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood on Thursday, a spokeswoman with the New York City Police Department said. A gender and identity for the deceased person has not been released, and the body has not yet been transported, police said. Rescue crews with cadaver dogs dug through smoldering rubble on Saturday in the search for two people still unaccounted for after the explosion. The missing men were identified as Moises Lucon, age 27 or 28, and Nicholas Figueroa, 23. In all, 11 buildings were evacuated, leaving residents of 144 apartments needing places to stay. Investigators were looking into whether gas and plumbing work being …

    March 29, 2015 2:01 pm
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Politics

  • Indiana governor: ‘absolutely not’ a mistake to sign religious freedom bill


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Sunday said it was “absolutely not” a mistake to sign the state law that supporters contend promotes religious freedom but detractors see as a covert move to support discrimination against gay people. “There has been shameless rhetoric about my state, about this law, and about its intention all over the Internet,” Pence said, speaking on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. “This isn’t about disputes about individuals,” he said. (Reporting by Alina Selyukh and Sarah N. Lynch; editing by Susan Thomas)

    March 29, 2015 11:01 am
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Stocks

  • WrestleMania 31 is coming. Time to buy WWE stock?


    WWE shareholders got kicked in the chest in 2014. But they are flying high again so far this year. Shares of WWE (WWE) are up more than 30% so far in 2015 It’s perfect timing with WrestleMania 31 taking place this Sunday. (I remember the first one in 1985. Hulk Hogan and Mr. T! Cyndi Lauper!) But many investors may still feel like they’re stuck in a choke hold: The stock is trading about half of what what it was worth last March when it topped $31 a share. Is there going to be another post-WrestleMania slump like last year? Tough start for new network: At this time a year ago, investors were excited about the company’s new WWE Network — a streaming video app that would give subscribers willing to pay $9.99 a month access to current and archived events, such as WrestleMania — which is the “sport’s” Super Bowl. Related: Bleacher Report’s WrestleMania …

    March 29, 2015 11:20 am
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Sports

  • Smith replaces Larson for Martinsville race


    Martinsville, VA (SportsNetwork.com) – Regan Smith substituted for Kyle Larson in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway after Larson was sidelined due to additional medical tests following his fainting spell on Saturday. Larson, the 2004 rookie of the year in NASCAR’s top series, was taken to nearby Martinsville Memorial Hospital for precautionary reasons after he fainted during an autograph session at this half-mile track. He was awake and alert when he was transported to the hospital. On Saturday night, the 22-year- old Larson was sent to the Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte, where he underwent further testing and consulted with a neurologist. “Although all tests came back negative and Larson feels completely fine, the doctors felt he should be held for more testing today,” Larson’s team said in a statement. Larson’s team had put a plan in place if he would not be able to …

    March 29, 2015 2:01 pm
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World News

  • Uzbeks set to re-elect president


    President Islam Karimov has been in power for over 25 years Uzbekistan has been voting in a presidential election all but certain to be won by long-term incumbent Islam Karimov. He faces three other candidates for the position but all come from parties supporting his presidency. Opposition activists are in jail or live abroad; independent challengers were not allowed to run. Turnout topped 85% three hours before polling closed, the election commission said. Mr Karimov, 77, has led Uzbekistan since 1989, when the country was still part of the Soviet Union. The Uzbek constitution limits the presidency to two consecutive terms but he is running again after amending it. “I voted for our president, Islam Karimov. I am really satisfied with what he is doing for young people,” one 18-year-old voter told the AFP agency in the capital, Tashkent. Voter turnout has been high, according to the electoral commission Mr Karimov has led Uzbekistan since …

    March 29, 2015 2:01 pm
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Technology

  • Cutting the cord: a look at the pros and cons of quitting cable


    To cut or not to cut; that is the conundrum. I’m talking about cutting the cord that ties me to cable television, of course, and the growing debate over whether or not to make the move to a life without instant access to I-can’t-even-remember-how-many TV channels. The bottom line, however, is that it’s too many, far more than I ever watch, and more than I’m happy paying for every month. So it would feel very, very satisfying to whip out the shears and hear the snip. But would it make financial sense? For me? For other wannabe cable cutters? My two-year commitment to Cox Communications is up in May, and that’s when I’ll make my final decision. Right now, I’m paying $163.84 a month for a bundle of internet, phone and cable services, of which $73.64 is for my TV package (a motley assortment of three different “paks” of channels) and $80 is for the …

    March 29, 2015 10:40 am
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Science

  • Year in Space Starts for One American and One Russian


    [image-36] Three crew members representing the United States and Russia are on their way to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:42 p.m. EDT Friday (1:42 a.m., March 28 in Baikonur). NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will spend about a year living and working aboard the space station to help scientists better understand how the human body reacts and adapts to the harsh environment of space.[image-51] “Scott Kelly’s mission is critical to advancing the administration’s plan to send humans on a journey to Mars,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “We’ll gain new, detailed insights on the ways long-duration spaceflight affects the human body.” Launching with Kelly and Kornienko was cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, who will spend a standard six-month rotation on the station. The trio is scheduled to dock with the station at 9:36 p.m., about six hours after launch. NASA Television …

    March 29, 2015 11:00 am
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Health

  • Processed Foods the Biggest Chunk of Calories in U.S. Grocery Bags: Study


    SUNDAY, March 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Highly processed foods account for more than 60 percent of the calories in products Americans routinely buy in grocery stores, a new study finds. These foods tend to have more fat, sugar and salt than less-processed foods, the researchers said. “Overall, we found that not only are highly processed foods a dominant, stable part of U.S. purchasing patterns, but also that the highly processed foods that households are purchasing are higher in fat, sugar and salt, on average, compared to the less-processed foods that they buy,” study author Jennifer Poti, a research assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said in a news release from the American Society for Nutrition. Poti’s team analyzed at least one year of grocery store purchases by more than 157,000 households between 2000 and 2012. The participants took part in the study for an average of four years and …

    March 29, 2015 11:01 am
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Entertainment

  • Katie Holmes And Suri Celebrate At The Star-Studded Kids’ Choice Awards


    Posted on Sun Mar 29th, 2015 10:29am PDT       By X17 Staff Lester Cohen/KCA2015/WireImage Angelina Jolie wasn’t the only famous mom at the 2015 Kids’ Choice Awards last night! Katie Holmes was also at the star-studded awards show with her daughter Suri Cruise, and the ladies clearly had a blast. Suri wore a denim vest and a pink dress, and she showed off a bright pink manicure and toted a small Chanel bag. We’re willing to bet money that Suri picked this out herself — and maybe she chose her mom’s outfit as well? Katie DID look pretty good last night! The actress laughed as her daughter scooped up confetti and stuffed it into her purse at the end of the show, and we also got a peek at what looks like a gold crown in Suri’s mouth. Is that real?! Suri’s dad Tom Cruise wasn’t anywhere to be seen, but Jamie Foxx, who Katie has reportedly …

    March 29, 2015 1:21 pm
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Editorial

  • America in the 21st Century: Time to renew the call for national service


     (AP) FILE — Monday, May 28, 2012: Austin Bunyard, 5, squints in the bright sun as he watches veterans salute the American flag during a Memorial Day ceremony on the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Ill. ((AP Photo/The Dispatch, Paul Colletti)) The yelling began the instant the doors closed on the buses taking me and the two hundred other draftees from Nassau County Long Island to Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn to be inducted into the army.    Yelling is the primary form of communication used in the first two months of service.  I was now under the rule of the unified code of military justice, and there was no such thing as “I quit” or “I’m not doing that” without dire consequences involving words like “imprisonment” and “hard labor”.  It was November of 1966, and whatever coddled innocence that was bestowed upon me by loving parents was soon gone along with my hair, clothes, privacy, …

    March 29, 2015 2:58 am
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Odd News

  • Daughter bests father in feud at Japan shareholder’s meeting


    TOKYO (Reuters) – A rare family feud erupted in a Japanese shareholders meeting on Friday, when the chief executive of Otsuka Kagu Ltd defeated her father’s attempt to oust her, vowing to push ahead with her plan to take the furniture retailer more mass-market. “I am sorry that things have come to this,” Kumiko Otsuka, 47, coolly told shareholders in the meeting, in which she instructed her father, company founder and chairman Katsuhisa Otsuka, and her mother to identify themselves by name and shareholder number. The daughter overcame the chairman’s challenge by an undisclosed majority vote. “I had five children,” the father said from the audience as he pleaded with shareholders to back his return as CEO. “Kumiko was the first and she was a difficult birth.” Kumiko’s mother also gave a rambling speech criticizing the CEO, until another shareholder yelled at her to stop. The Otsuka family showdown – virtually unheard of in Japan’s …

    March 27, 2015 10:40 am
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