• Easter deaths spark Brazil protests

    Easter deaths spark Brazil protests

    20 April 2014 Last updated at 01:43 There are concerns about security in Brazil ahead of the football World Cup Residents of a poor neighbourhood near the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro have set...
  • Alvarez, Marlins blank reeling Mariners

    Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Henderson Alvarez tossed a two-hit shutout as the Miami Marlins took down the Seattle Mariners, 7-0, in the second of a three-game series. Alvarez (1-2) didn’t issue a walk and struck...
  • Hacking the instrument of the future

    20 April 2014 Last updated at 00:22 By LJ Rich Reporter, BBC Click Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. LJ Rich visits Music Tech Fest’s hackathon Stick a bunch of people in...
  • Easter messages show Ukraine divide

    Easter messages show Ukraine divide

    20 April 2014 Last updated at 02:44 A self-proclaimed Donetsk republic flag. Pro-Russian activists refuse to leave occupied buildings Orthodox Easter messages from patriarchs in Kiev and Moscow have highlighted the deep division in Ukraine,...
  • Blues tie Blackhawks late, win Game 2 in OT

    St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) – St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock knows a lot about this type of playoff series. The emotion. The grinding. Those tense minutes that turn ordinary stomachs but give the longtime...
  • Hate crime arrest in NY attack on Sikh professor

    NEW YORK –  A man accused of pulling the beard of a Sikh professor before a group of young men who had called the professor “Osama” and a “terrorist” attacked him, has been arrested and...

Headline News

  • Western official: US considering deploying Army company to Poland and Estonia for exercises


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    April 19, 2014 10:07 pm
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Politics

  • Social Security to resume benefits statement mailings


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Paper Social Security benefits statements, which used to be mailed out every year and then fell victim to budget cuts, are going to make a partial comeback. Starting this September, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will resume mailings at five-year intervals to workers who have not signed up to view their statements online, an agency spokesman told Reuters. The statements will be sent to workers at ages 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60, he said, adding the agency would continue to promote use of the online statements. The SSA stopped mailing most paper statements in 2011 in response to budget pressures, and saved the SSA $70 million annually – about 50 cents per mailed statement. But the decision has been a sore point with some critics, who argue the statement provides a valuable annual reminder to workers of what they can expect to get back from payroll taxes in …

    April 19, 2014 6:22 pm
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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

  • Alvarez, Marlins blank reeling Mariners


    Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Henderson Alvarez tossed a two-hit shutout as the Miami Marlins took down the Seattle Mariners, 7-0, in the second of a three-game series. Alvarez (1-2) didn’t issue a walk and struck out four in his third career shutout and complete game. He also went 1-for-2 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored. Marcell Ozuna hit a three-run home run and drove in four, while Casey McGehee also drove in a run for the Marlins, who have won three of four. Roenis Elias (1-2) gave up six runs — four earned — on eight hits with five walks and five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings for the Mariners, who have dropped five straight and seven of eight. The Marlins scored a run in the third on McGehee’s RBI single, and made it a 2-0 game in the fourth as a passed ball allowed Adeiny Hechavarria to cross the plate. …

    April 19, 2014 10:07 pm
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World News

  • Easter deaths spark Brazil protests


    20 April 2014 Last updated at 01:43 There are concerns about security in Brazil ahead of the football World Cup Residents of a poor neighbourhood near the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro have set fire to vehicles in protest at the deaths of two people in incidents involving the police. One of the victims was outside a church with his family on Good Friday when he was hit by a stray bullet. He was caught up in a shootout between police and suspected drug dealers. Amnesty International says some 2,000 people die every year in Brazil in careless and violent police actions. Residents of the Caramujo shanty town set fire to four buses and three cars, calling for justice. The death of 21-year-old Anderson Santos Silva as he was about to attend a special Easter ceremony angered the community, local media reported. “The young man died trying to protect his mother and sister,” said …

    April 19, 2014 10:07 pm
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Technology

  • Hacking the instrument of the future


    20 April 2014 Last updated at 00:22 By LJ Rich Reporter, BBC Click Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. LJ Rich visits Music Tech Fest’s hackathon Stick a bunch of people in a room with pizza, caffeine and a whole load of kit, wait 24 hours and something interesting emerges. That’s the theory of a hackathon. To find out how they work, I enter one held during Music Tech Fest, which is on tour in Boston. The event is dedicated to music technology, my favourite topic. On Saturday, I arrive at Microsoft’s New England Research and Development Center (yes, the Nerd Center) and at half past one, it’s time to start – hackathon organiser Adam John Williams energetically shouts “go”. You wouldn’t know it, though – people are just sitting and chatting. Where’s the intensity? Where’s the urgency? It feels like someone’s bought a whole load of ingredients for a cake, but …

    April 19, 2014 10:06 pm
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Science

  • ‘Dressed’ laser aimed at clouds may be key to inducing rain, lightning


    Related images(click to enlarge) The adage “Everyone complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it” may one day be obsolete if researchers at the University of Central Florida’s College of Optics Photonics and the University of Arizona further develop a new technique to aim a high-energy laser beam into clouds to make it rain or trigger lightning. The solution? Surround the beam with a second beam to act as an energy reservoir, sustaining the central beam to greater distances than previously possible. The secondary “dress” beam refuels and helps prevent the dissipation of the high-intensity primary beam, which on its own would break down quickly. A report on the project, “Externally refueled optical filaments,” was recently published in Nature Photonics. Water condensation and lightning activity in clouds are linked to large amounts of static charged particles. Stimulating those particles with the right kind of laser holds the key to possibly one day summoning …

    April 19, 2014 10:07 pm
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Health

  • Ragwitek Approved for Adult Ragweed Allergy


    FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Ragwitek has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat allergy to short ragweed among adults aged 18 to 65. The once-daily tablet contains an extract from short ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) pollen, the agency said in a news release. Treatment should begin 12 weeks before the start of ragweed season — which in the United States includes late summer and early fall — and continue through the season. The product is placed under the tongue, where it rapidly dissolves. The first dose should be given by a doctor, who can monitor the user for any adverse reaction, the FDA said. Subsequent doses can be taken at home. Ragwitek’s safety and effectiveness were evaluated in clinical studies involving some 1,700 adults. The most common side effects included throat irritation and itching of the mouth and ears. The product’s label will include a boxed warning that it …

    April 19, 2014 6:22 pm
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Entertainment

  • Miley Cyrus Postpones Remaining U.S. Bangerz Tour Dates To August


    After cancelling a handful of concerts this week and last due to a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics, Miley Cyrus has gone ahead and postponed the remaining domestic dates for her Bangerz tour. Cyrus’ representative told The Associated Press on Friday that the 21-year-old singer will resume the U.S. tour August 1 in Uniondale, New York. The new dates will include seven rescheduled concerts and two additional shows. The European leg of the tour is still scheduled to kick off May 2 in Amsterdam. Miley was “placed on medical rest by her doctors” last Tuesday, forcing her to cancel her concert in Kansas, and she also had to pull the plug on her gig in St. Louis. On Thursday Miley tweeted, “So many ignorant stories out there no one is reading the official statement and these dumb *sses are scaring my fans. shut the f*ck up let me heal. stop scaring my family, friends, fans. …

    April 19, 2014 8:46 pm
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Editorial

  • Will EPA water grab tip US back into recession?


    AP Quietly last month — in the midst of Ukraine, the search for flight MH 370, David Letterman’s retirement and the final hours of March Madness — Washington witnessed a ruling that will affect all of our lives:  the redefinition of water under the Clean Water Act. The redefinition – formally a Proposed Rule issued by the EPA — is momentous not because water is the essence of life (according to Google, it is), but because of the profound consequences for America’s economic growth, or lack thereof, as a result of the new rule. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT As is so often the case with government powers, large matters turn on small shadings of meaning in phrases written decades ago by legislators long since gone.  Consider the bureaucratic meaning of the term “waters of the United States,” which is the rubric under which the U.S. federal government establishes jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.  For more than …

    April 19, 2014 2:12 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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