• Red Sox activate Victorino

    Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) – The Boston Red Sox activated outfielder Shane Victorino from the 15-day disabled list and optioned pitcher Alex Wilson to Triple-A Pawtucket. Victorino sat out the first 22 games of the season...
  • Ukraine raids spark war of words

    Ukraine raids spark war of words

    24 April 2014 Last updated at 23:47 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Oleg Boldyrev reports from the scene of the operation near Sloviansk Russia and the US have accused each other...
  • So far, so good for Microsoft’s Nadella

    Microsoft shares rose in after-hours trading Thursday after the company reported solid results for the first three months of the year — CEO Satya Nadella’s first quarter. Satya Nadella’s tenure as Microsoft CEO is off...
  • Phelps wins first race in comeback

    PHOENIX (Reuters) – Michael Phelps made an ominous start in his comeback to competitive swimming on Thursday, setting the fastest time in the 100 meters butterfly heats at a USA Swimming Grand Prix meet in...

Headline News

  • New York’s ‘Dr Vodka’ dies in Miami Beach high-speed car crash


    MIAMI BEACH, Florida (Reuters) – New York alcohol entrepreneur Malcolm Lloyd, founder of the Double Cross vodka brand, was killed early Thursday morning in a high speed car crash near Miami Beach, police said. Lloyd, 42, was a passenger in a Lamborghini that police say was traveling at more than 100 miles per hour at 2.50 a.m. local time when it hit a Chevrolet Suburban SUV that was stopped at a red light, according to Miami Beach police. Known by some in the industry as “Doctor Vodka” after he switched from a medical career to the spirits industry, Lloyd was honored by Goldman Sachs in 2012 as one of the top 100 innovative entrepreneurs in the country. The drivers of both cars were hospitalized in critical but stable condition. The driver of the sports car was named as Miami resident, Andres Esteban Toro, 53, who faces “pending criminal charges” said Miami Beach Police spokeswoman Vivian …

    April 24, 2014 6:12 pm
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Politics

  • Judge strikes down NY limits on donations to ‘super PACs’


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday reluctantly struck down New York’s limits on donations to independent political action committees as unconstitutional, potentially ushering in a new era of “super PACs” in state campaigns. District Judge Paul Crotty said the statutes could not survive First Amendment scrutiny in light of recent landmark Supreme Court decisions that have lessened restrictions on big-money political donors. He noted that personally, he disagrees with the high court. “I think there is a risk of quid pro quo corruption, but the Supreme Court has not recognized it,” he said during a hearing in Manhattan federal court. “We know what the Supreme Court has held, whether we like it or not, and I’m bound to follow it.” The New York laws had limited the amount of money individual donors could contribute to independent political committees, known as super PACs, that operate separately from a candidate’s campaign. Under Crotty’s ruling, …

    April 24, 2014 3:49 pm
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Stocks

  • So far, so good for Microsoft’s Nadella


    Microsoft shares rose in after-hours trading Thursday after the company reported solid results for the first three months of the year — CEO Satya Nadella’s first quarter. Satya Nadella’s tenure as Microsoft CEO is off to a solid start. Microsoft’s profit and sales slipped slightly as the broader PC market continued to decline. But Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) managed to beat Wall Street’s too-dire earnings expectations, sending shares up more than 2% in after-hours trading Thursday. Nadella was named CEO in February after overseeing various aspects of the company’s corporate software business since 1992. He was most recently in charge of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise group, overseeing the company’s server software and back-end technology for corporate customers. Microsoft tapped Nadella for his expertise in the company’s businesses outside of Windows for consumers, which is losing popularity amid the shift to tablets and smartphones — and away from Windows PCs. Those businesses look fairly healthy. Microsoft …

    April 24, 2014 6:12 pm
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Sports

  • Red Sox activate Victorino


    Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) – The Boston Red Sox activated outfielder Shane Victorino from the 15-day disabled list and optioned pitcher Alex Wilson to Triple-A Pawtucket. Victorino sat out the first 22 games of the season due to a strained right hamstring. He’s in the starting lineup for Thursday’s series finale against the Yankees at Fenway Park. The 33-year-old veteran batted a career-best .294 with 15 homers and 61 runs batted in last season, his first with the Red Sox. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    April 24, 2014 6:33 pm
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World News

  • Ukraine raids spark war of words


    24 April 2014 Last updated at 23:47 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Oleg Boldyrev reports from the scene of the operation near Sloviansk Russia and the US have accused each other of failing to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine after Kiev launched raids on pro-Moscow separatists. US Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russia of “distraction and deception” and said Moscow was “stoking instability” in eastern Ukraine. Earlier, Russia called on the US to make Kiev stop the attacks in the east. Russia ordered new military exercises on its border following the raids, drawing condemnation from Ukraine. Continue reading the main story At the scene Steve Rosenberg BBC News, Sloviansk We drove into Sloviansk expecting to see signs of a major confrontation between Ukrainian security forces and heavily armed pro-Russian militiamen. Earlier, Ukraine’s interior ministry reported that a number of “terrorists” had been killed in a gun battle and three roadblocks …

    April 24, 2014 6:12 pm
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Technology

Science

  • Small business owners not always worried about being treated fairly, researcher finds


    Fairness is not always the most important priority for small retailers. In an international study, University of Missouri researchers found that some small retailers are less concerned about whether they are treated fairly by business suppliers than other factors, such as cash flow and company survival. Lisa Scheer, the Emma S. Distinguished Professor of Marketing in the MU Trulaske College of Business, notes that what retailers consider to be fair business practices differ greatly across cultures and situations. “It is presumed that fairness, however it is defined by individual businesses, is important to all businesses,” Scheer said. “Our research challenges that presumption and reveals that the importance placed on fairness can vary greatly among retailers.” Scheer says businesses who partner with other businesses might have contrasting ideas about what fairness means, which could challenge business relationships. “Businesses constantly are concerned about the importance of fairness in their relations with customers,” Scheer said. “However, less emphasis …

    April 24, 2014 3:29 pm
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Health

  • Bird flu on California farm prompts HK, others to bar poultry imports


    (Reuters) – An avian-borne virus outbreak on a California quail farm has fueled fears that the disease known as bird flu could spread, prompting investigators to continue their probe and five key export markets to bar imports of poultry from the state. A state diagnostic laboratory confirmed on April 18 that a quail flock in Stanislaus County, California, tested positive for low-pathogenic avian influenza virus. It was later confirmed by a federal laboratory. The virus, which commonly occurs in wild birds, is not considered a human health concern. Yet news of the virus – particularly in a state that is home to two leading container ports heavily used for agricultural exports – has some of the world’s largest U.S. poultry consumers scrambling to protect themselves. On Thursday, Hong Kong’s Centre for Food Safety announced a ban on the import of all poultry and poultry produced from Stanislaus County. Taiwan, too, has blocked chicken imports from …

    April 24, 2014 3:49 pm
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Entertainment

  • Khloe Enlists Mom Kris As Interior Decorator For New Bachelorette Pad


    Mother knows best! On Thursday afternoon, Khloe Kardashian enlisted her all-knowing, all-powerful mom Kris Jenner for some interior decorating help with her new Lamar Odom-free bachelorette pad. If Kris has anything to say about it — this house will be blingin’! The mother/daughter duo caused a stir when they stopped in to high-end tile store, Ann Sacks, in West Hollywood. Wearing an outfit that proclaimed her allegiance to Kanye, Khloe donned a sweatshirt with “Yeezus Is A Gemini” emblazoned on it. She paired the off-duty look with leggings, and red and black trainers. Khloe, who filed for divorce from Lamar Odom last year and is rumored to be dating French Montana, recently moved into Justin Bieber’s former house and is currently updating the 9,214 square-foot mansion that she purchased for $7.2 million. Other than Mama Jenner, the 29-year-old has hired Martyn Lawrence Bullard to redesign the home. Bullard is British interior designer, who appears on …

    April 24, 2014 4:29 pm
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Editorial

  • Student claims college rejected application because of faith


    Reuters Brandon Jenkins was denied entry to a radiation therapy program at the Community College of Baltimore County because of his Christian faith and was advised to not wear his religion on his sleeve, a lawsuit filed in federal court alleges. Now, I have to admit to being a bit skeptical when I first heard about Mr. Jenkins’ plight – seeing how this is the age of tolerance and diversity. But any doubt I had melted away after his attorney showed me the proverbial smoking gun. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT David French, an attorney with the American Center for Law and Justice, has an email written to his client by Adrienne Dougherty, the director of the college’s radiation therapy program. In the email Ms. Dougherty explains why Jenkins was denied entry into the program. She wrote that while his grades were good, there were other students with higher grade point averages. Applicants had to have a 2.5 …

    April 24, 2014 3:49 pm
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Odd News

  • Uruguay to allow pot users to buy up to 20 joints a week


    MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) – Uruguayans will be able buy up to 10 grams of pot a week, enough to roll 20 joints, under new rules governing the recently legalized marijuana trade in the country, a government source said on Thursday. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because President Jose Mujica has not yet decreed the new regulations, said the government will auction up to six licenses to produce cannabis legally. Mujica is expected to sign off on the rules in coming days. He proposed the landmark legalization law to undermine drug trafficking. Uruguay, the first country to legalize the growing and sale of marijuana, is being closely watched by other countries debating drug liberalization. Cannabis consumers will have to register with the government on a confidential list before making purchases from authorized pharmacies, according to the law passed by Congress in December. The pharmacies can only be supplied by private growers authorized by the …

    April 24, 2014 3:29 pm
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