Headline News

  • Man detained for making threats, forcing lockdown of Los Angeles Times building


    LOS ANGELES –  Police say a man who allegedly made threatening statements, forcing the lockdown of the Los Angeles Times building, is being held for a mental health evaluation. Sgt. Keith Green said Saturday that a psychologist requested a 72-hour mental hold at a hospital. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The man, who works at a call center that rents office space in the Times building, was detained Friday night. The Times says (http://lat.ms/1f9Hfzn) that after the man was reprimanded by his supervisor, he gave her a pillowcase containing ammunition and told her: “I’m not afraid to shoot people, but I don’t want to go to jail.” Green said officers seized the ammunition and determined it belonged to the man. The building is across the street from Los Angeles Police Department headquarters. Officers quickly searched the building and found no weapon inside.

    April 20, 2014 5:17 am
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Politics

  • Obamacare enrollees urged to change passwords over Heartbleed bug


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Americans with accounts on President Barack Obama’s health insurance enrollment website, HealthCare.gov, were advised that their passwords had been reset to guard against the “Heartbleed” bug, in a message posted on the site on Saturday. The warning marks the latest fallout from the widespread security bug, which surfaced this month and allows hackers to steal data online without a trace. Companies from Amazon.com Inc to Google Inc. have been forced to take steps to protect against Heartbleed. A message on HealthCare.gov said users who visited the website would need to create a new password to access their accounts. “While there’s no indication that any personal information has ever been at risk, we have taken steps to address Heartbleed issues and reset consumers’ passwords out of an abundance of caution,” said the message posted on Saturday. The Heartbleed security flaw is a “catastrophic bug” believed to affect two out of every three …

    April 20, 2014 2:34 am
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Stocks

  • China’s spending crackdown hits drinks giants


    Remy Cointreau said the Chinese government’s “anti-extravagance policy” is hurting sales of premium spirits. China’s crackdown on extravagant spending by officials is creating a headache for some of the world’s biggest drinks companies. Diageo (DEO) and Remy Cointreau — the companies behind brands such as Smirnoff vodka and Cointreau liqueur — said Thursday that China sales were down sharply over the first three months of the year. Since taking office a year ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered an end to excessive spending by officials on everything from luxury hotels to lavish funerals, and made tackling corruption a priority. Luxury auto makers, catering firms and pharmaceuticals groups have already felt the pinch, and the push for moderation is now affecting sales of drinks — in particular premium spirits. Related: Five global liquors about to go big Sales of specialty cognac Remy Martin fell by more than 20% in the first three months of 2014. …

    April 19, 2014 12:31 am
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Sports

  • Hamilton wins Chinese GP in Mercedes one-two


    SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton completed a hat-trick of wins by leading a dominant Mercedes one-two in the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday. German team mate Nico Rosberg took the chequered flag 18 seconds behind the Briton to finish runner-up for the third race in a row but retaining the overall lead in the championship, four points ahead of Hamilton. “I just can’t believe how amazing the car is,” said Hamilton, who led from pole and punched the air with both fists after parking up and leaping out. “I was just really racing myself. “This team is on a roll, that’s for sure.” Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, last year’s winner in Shanghai, finished third – his first podium of the year – in his team’s first race under new principal Marco Mattiacci and ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. The victory was the 25th of Hamilton’s career, pulling him level with Niki Lauda and …

    April 20, 2014 5:17 am
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World News

  • Hostage reporters ‘chained’ in Syria


    20 April 2014 Last updated at 11:11 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. President Francois Hollande and relatives met the journalists as they arrived home French journalists released from captivity in Syria have been speaking about their ordeal at the hands of suspected Islamist rebels. Didier Francois said the four men were chained to each other and kept in basements without natural light. His colleague Nicolas Henin added that they were “not always well treated”. Mr Henin and Mr Francois, along with Edouard Elias and Pierre Torres, were greeted by their families and President Francois Hollande on arrival in France. They had been found by Turkish soldiers on the Syrian border late on Friday. The jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has been accused of kidnapping them. ‘Happy to be free’ Television footage after their reappearance in Turkey showed the men looking unkempt, with beards and long hair, …

    April 20, 2014 5:17 am
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Technology

  • Lego the Hobbit review perfect for playing with less experienced gamers


    Buy it from XBox 360 GIOCO XONE LEGO HOBBIT WARNER GAMES Developer Traveller’s Tales appears to be on a quest to recreate the entirety of popular culture in primary-coloured plastic block form. Undergoing the Lego makeover this time are the first two films in Peter Jackson‘s three-part adaptation of The Hobbit, the most light-hearted and comedic entry in JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth opus. The subject matter is already in familiar Lego game territory, so we know what to expect: a bright and breezy whistle-stop tour of the movies’ significant events, packaged in an unpretentious collect-’em-up campaign. The series’ trademark humour is ever-present (the one ring to rule them all is hilariously incompatible with Lego’s fingerless residents), and though juggling a large company of lookalike dwarves can occasionally be fiddly, the co-op is perfect for teaming up with less experienced players, making for a predictable but pleasing adventure.

    April 20, 2014 2:13 am
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Science

  • Tracking flu levels with Wikipedia


    Can monitoring Wikipedia hits show how many people have the flu? Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital, USA, have developed a method of estimating levels of influenza-like illness in the American population by analysing Internet traffic on specific flu-related Wikipedia articles. David McIver and John Brownstein’s model, publishing in PLOS Computational Biology on April 17th, estimates flu levels in the American population up to two weeks sooner than data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention becomes available, and accurately estimates the week of peak influenza activity 17% more often than Google Flu Trends data. McIver and Brownstein calculated the number of times certain Wikipedia articles were accessed every day from December 2007 to August 2013. The model they developed performed well both through influenza seasons that are more severe than normal and through events such as the H1N1 pandemic in 2009 that received high levels of media attention. The authors comment: “Each influenza season …

    April 20, 2014 2:14 am
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Health

  • Stress Tied to Worse Allergy Symptoms


    FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Stress may trigger symptom flare-ups in people with seasonal allergies, a new study suggests. Researchers followed 179 people with hay fever for 12 weeks, and found that 39 percent of them had more than one flare-up. Those patients had higher levels of stress than those who didn’t have allergy symptoms during the study period. Sixty-four percent of the participants with higher stress levels had more than four flare-ups over two 14-day periods, according to the findings in the April issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma Immunology. There was no significant link between stress and flare-ups on the same day, but a number of people had flare-ups within days of experiencing increased daily stress, the researchers said. “Stress can cause several negative effects on the body, including causing more symptoms for allergy sufferers,” study author Dr. Amber Patterson, of Ohio State University, said in a journal news release. …

    April 20, 2014 2:34 am
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Entertainment

  • Justin Bieber Crashes Drake Bell’s Album Release Party


    It’s war! Justin Bieber and D-lister Drake Bell have been in a longstanding feud due to the Disney star’s incessant insults directed at the singer on Twitter, and The Biebs decided to get back at his enemy last night by crashing Bell’s album release party at The Grove! In an attempt to show the Drake Josh star how big of a has-been he is, JB did a drive-by and made all the fans go crazy over him, rather than the guest of honor! We personally think this is hilarious! The few Bell-iebers just turned into Beliebers!

    April 20, 2014 2:55 am
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Editorial

  • Easter 2014: A celebration of hope


    AP Over 2 billion people are celebrating Easter today, April 20, as the calendars of Western and Eastern churches coincide this year, and these billions of faithful people are celebrating HOPE.   The Easter message begins with the hopeful news that death has been overcome by life, that hatred has been overcome by love, and that sorrow has been overcome by joy.   ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The elements of the story involve women arriving at a garden tomb and finding it empty, but even better, meeting the risen Lord, the embodiment of life and love. Their lives are changed forever and so are the lives of many, many others who hear this remarkable news. The meaning of Easter is HOPE, and we, all of us, need and deserve hope. The resurrection narrative and message are vital for Christian people on this day to be sure.  Easter is celebrated in countless languages and myriad cultures by Jesus’ followers throughout the …

    April 20, 2014 2:34 am
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Odd News

  • Fly me to Sochi, demands Cathay passenger armed with chocolate bar, court hears


    HONG KONG (Reuters) – A passenger on board a Hong Kong-bound Cathay Pacific flight, armed only with a Toblerone chocolate bar, demanded the plane fly to Sochi so he could watch the Winter Olympics, a court heard. Antti Oskari Manselius, 23, from Finland, also made a false bomb threat on the February 14 flight from Amsterdam and said he was robbing the plane, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday. Manselius pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct and giving false information about a bomb when he appeared in court on Thursday, the Post said. He said he was trying to entertain the other passengers and was making “fun and jokes”. Two flight attendants told the court that they saw Manselius walking towards the cockpit. He had two economy-class blankets wrapped around his head and was wearing another like a cape. He held the Toblerone chocolate bar “like a sword”, the newspaper said, quoting one …

    April 18, 2014 9:42 am
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