Headline News

  • Library of Congress acquires rare trove of Civil War images


    Rare Civil War-era stereoscopic photographs are displayed at the Library of Congress on Friday, March 27, 2015, in Washington. Robin Stanford of Houston, Texas, has sold the library some of her private collection, including a set of very rare photos of pre-Civil War slave life on a South Carolina plantation, and images from Fort Sumter just after it was seized by the Confederates in April 1861. Stereoscopic photography creates the illusion of three-dimensional depth from two similar two-dimensional photographs taken next to each other. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) (The Associated Press)

    March 29, 2015 12:00 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

  • Penguins’ Letang out with concussion


    Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang sustained a concussion during Saturday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes, coach Mike Johnston said Sunday. Late in the second period, Coyotes forward Shane Doan shoved Letang, who went into the air and crashed into the boards. After staying on the ice for a couple of minutes, Letang was helped off the ice and taken to a hospital. “He has a concussion, so that’s been determined. He’s been released from the hospital,” said Johnston. “We’ll see how he feels over the next few days and go from there.” The 27-year-old Letang has 11 goals and 43 assists in 69 games this season. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    March 29, 2015 12:00 pm
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World News

  • 78 DNA strands found in Alps crash


    DNA samples of the crash victims are taken to a mobile laboratory in Seyne-les-Alpes Five days after Germanwings flight 4U 9525 crashed in the French Alps killing all 150 on board, investigators say they have isolated 78 DNA strands. However, they denied German media reports body parts of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had been identified. The cockpit voice recorder suggested he crashed the plane deliberately. A transcript leaked to German media revealed the frenzied final minutes, with the pilot, locked out of the cockpit, shouting “open the damn door!” Recovery teams have so far only reached the mountainside on foot or by helicopter to continue the search for human remains as well as parts of the aircraft, including the flight data recorder which is still missing. Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said an access road was being built to the remote site. Mr Robin said work on the road, which would give all-terrain vehicles access to the …

    March 29, 2015 12:00 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

  • Kim And Kourtney Kardashian Take Their Adorable Kids To The Movies


    Posted on Sun Mar 29th, 2015 8:45am PDT       By X17 Staff On Saturday Kim and Kourtney Kardashian got together to take their kids to the movies, and the reality starlets definitely had their hands full! And we love Nori and Penelope, but how cute is Mason in this shot?! It certainly seems like he’s inherited some of his dad’s mischievous side… Kim kept her brunette locks up in a tight bun, and though she appears to be wearing a full face of makeup, she went for a more casual look with jeans and a tank top. In typical Kim style she’s not wearing a bra, but her boobs are so perky it doesn’t appear as though she needs one! The curvaceous reality starlet outfitted Nori in a cute black skirt and top combo, and as usual the 19-month-old wasn’t in the mood to smile for the cameras. Hey, she gets it from her daddy! While Kourtney …

    March 29, 2015 11:20 am
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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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