• Georgetown holds off No. 21 Butler

    Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) – D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera made two key free throws with 6.2 seconds left to help the Georgetown Hoyas hold off the 21st-ranked Butler Bulldogs, 60-54, on Tuesday. Butler pulled within 56-54 on Alex...
  • Militants ‘seize Libyan oil fields’

    Militants ‘seize Libyan oil fields’

    4 March 2015 Last updated at 01:25 The runway at Maitiga airport in Tripoli was cleared by fire fighters after an air strike Islamist militants are reported to have seized two oil fields in central...
  • Austin to host Match Play Championship from 2016-19

    (Reuters) – The elite WGC-Match Play Championship will be staged in Austin, Texas, from 2016 to 2019 as part of a four-year deal with its new title sponsor, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced...
  • Mexico raided migrant train 153 times in last year

    MEXICO CITY –  Mexican authorities said Tuesday they staged 153 raids over the last year on a train known as “La Bestia” that rolled toward the U.S. border crowded with hundreds of Central American migrants....
  • Colombia holds Chinese arms ship

    Colombia holds Chinese arms ship

    4 March 2015 Last updated at 00:45 Colombian officials found boxes of weapons aboard the Chinese cargo ship, Da Dan Xia Colombian officials say they have detained the captain of a China-flagged ship bound for...

Headline News

  • Alabama high court orders halt to same-sex marriage licenses


    (Reuters) – The Alabama Supreme Court ordered probate judges in the state on Tuesday to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in a ruling in apparent defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court. The 7-1 ruling comes about three weeks after U.S. District Judge Callie Granade overturned the socially conservative state’s ban on gay marriage in a decision that the U.S. Supreme Court declined to put on hold. “As it has done for approximately two centuries, Alabama law allows for ‘marriage’ between only one man and one woman,” Tuesday’s state supreme court ruling said. “Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to this law. “Nothing in the United States Constitution alters or overrides this duty.” The U.S. Supreme Court agreed this year to take up the issue of whether states can ban gay marriage. Its expected ruling in June likely will provide clarity on the issue in Alabama, …

    March 3, 2015 8:41 pm
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Politics

  • House breaks impasse, passes security funding without provisions


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A chaotic three-month-long fight in Congress over funding the U.S. domestic security agency finally ended on Tuesday, but not before it highlighted House Speaker John Boehner’s inability to halt the Republican Party’s further descent into disorder. The House of Representatives approved full fiscal-year funding for the Department of Homeland Security, after attempts by conservative Republicans to make funding contingent on blocking actions on immigration last November by Democratic President Barack Obama in which he bypassed Congress. The final bill passed by the House in a 257-167 vote was a Senate measure stripped of language attacking Obama’s orders, which lifted the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented residents. The vote ended a fight that brought the DHS within hours of a partial shutdown last week and raised new questions about Boehner’s leadership. Obama has said he will sign the funding bill for the department, formed after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to …

    March 3, 2015 6:20 pm
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Stocks

  • IRS delaying refunds for thousands of Obamacare enrollees


    National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson The IRS is delaying the refunds of tens of thousands of Obamacare enrollees, said Nina Olson, the National Taxpayer Advocate. The hold up, she says, is subsidy data from state health exchanges. What’s more, Olson said the IRS told its telephone representatives not to tell callers the reason for the delay. Obamacare enrollees received subsidies based on their estimated income for 2014. Now that they know their actual income, the IRS has to make sure the initial subsidy amount was correct. Some enrollees will have to pay back part of their subsidies or receive smaller refunds if they underestimated their incomes. Others may get larger refunds if they earned less than they anticipated. The IRS needs to get the 1095-A forms, which includes the subsidy data, from the state exchanges to confirm the information taxpayers put on their return is correct. Olson’s comments are the latest headache for Obamacare enrollees …

    March 3, 2015 8:40 pm
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Sports

  • Georgetown holds off No. 21 Butler


    Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) – D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera made two key free throws with 6.2 seconds left to help the Georgetown Hoyas hold off the 21st-ranked Butler Bulldogs, 60-54, on Tuesday. Butler pulled within 56-54 on Alex Barlow’s layup with 52.1 seconds remaining. Following an empty possession for each team, Joshua Smith missed the front end of a one-on-one. Kameron Woods came down with the defensive rebound but Smith-Rivera snuck up from behind for the steal. Smith-Rivera made both foul shots to give Georgetown a 58-54 edge. Tre Campbell then recorded another steal before making two free throws. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    March 3, 2015 8:41 pm
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World News

  • Militants ‘seize Libyan oil fields’


    4 March 2015 Last updated at 01:25 The runway at Maitiga airport in Tripoli was cleared by fire fighters after an air strike Islamist militants are reported to have seized two oil fields in central Libya, as rival groups fight for control of the country. Forces guarding the al-Bahi and al-Mabruk sites retreated after running out of ammunition. Libya’s internationally recognised government in Tobruk is locked in a bitter battle with rivals Libya Dawn, who control the capital, Tripoli. The two sides also mounted airstrikes against each other on Tuesday. “Extremists took control of the al-Bahi and al-Mabruk fields and are now heading to seize the al-Dahra field following the retreat of the forces guarding these sites,” said Colonel Ali al-Hassi, a spokesman for the oil industry security service. The sites had been closed for some weeks due to violence and a slow-down of exports. A gun attack on the al-Mabruk site in February left …

    March 3, 2015 8:40 pm
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Technology

  • Fright at the museum: Selfie sticks banned at the Smithsonian


    Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. No, madam. You may not use one of those in our Civil War exhibit, lest there be another civil war. Missy Boo/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET I have had several friends come down with the disease. Their cheeks turn a strange rose color. Their eyes bulge wider than those on a Margaret Keane painting. Do they have some strange scurvy? Yes, they’ve just bought themselves a selfie stick. I am curiously delighted, therefore, that history has taken a stand against this societal scourge. The Smithsonian has decided to ban the selfie stick from its buildings as of Tuesday. In an announcement, the museum cited security concerns. It said: “For the safety of our visitors and collections, the Smithsonian prohibits the use of tripods or monopods in our museums and gardens. Effective today, March 3, monopod selfie sticks are included in …

    March 3, 2015 5:59 pm
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Science

  • A high-salt diet could protect against invading microbes


    Most people consume more salt than they need and therefore have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, which are the two leading causes of death worldwide. But a study published by Cell Press March 3rd in Cell Metabolism reveals that dietary salt could have a biological advantage: defending the body against invading microbes. A high-salt diet increased sodium accumulation in the skin of mice, thereby boosting their immune response to a skin-infecting parasite. The findings suggest that dietary salt could have therapeutic potential to promote host defense against microbial infections. “Up to now, salt has been regarded as a detrimental dietary factor; it is clearly known to be detrimental for cardiovascular diseases, and recent studies have implicated a role in worsening autoimmune diseases,” says first study author Jonathan Jantsch, a microbiologist at Universitätsklinikum Regensburg and Universität Regensburg. “Our current study challenges this one-sided view and suggests that increasing salt accumulation at the site …

    March 3, 2015 6:20 pm
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Health

  • Large breakfast, small dinner tied to better diabetes blood sugar


    (Reuters Health) – Big breakfasts and small dinners might be a healthier way to eat for people with type 2 diabetes, according to a small new study. Diabetics in the study who ate big breakfasts and small dinners had fewer episodes of high blood sugar than those who ate small breakfasts and large dinners, researchers found. Blood sugar – also known as blood glucose – is controlled by the body’s internal clock, with larger blood sugar peaks after evening meals, Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz told Reuters Health in an email. People with type 2 diabetes often time their meals in opposition to their internal clock, said Jakubowicz, a researcher at Tel Aviv University’s Wolfson Medical Center in Israel. “They frequently skip breakfast while eating a high-calorie dinner,” she said, adding that skipping breakfast is linked to obesity and poor blood sugar control. The new study involved eight men and ten women with type 2 diabetes, ages …

    March 3, 2015 6:20 pm
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Entertainment

  • Lily James admits to a liquid diet for Cinderella, but it wasn’t her choice


    More: Did someone Photoshop Cinderella’s waist away? The actress told E! that eating wasn’t really possible. “I think I may be trying to get sympathy a bit there. I’m being a bit over the top,” she prefaced. “When [the corset] was on, we would be on continuous days so we wouldn’t stop for lunch or a lovely tea like this — you’d be sort of eating on the move. In that case, I couldn’t untie the corset. So if you ate food it didn’t really digest properly and I’d be burping all afternoon in [Richard Madden]’s face, and it was just really sort of unpleasant. I’d have soup so that I could still eat but it wouldn’t get stuck.” Uh, no wonder Cinderella leaves that ball in a hurry. She doesn’t want to burp in Prince Charming’s face! More: “50 Shades of Buscemi” and other Fifty Shades of Grey parodies OK, aside from how uncomfortable that sounds, …

    March 3, 2015 8:40 pm
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Editorial

  • We must not play politics with our national security


    Today, we heard from Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who discussed the threats from Iran and ISIS not only to Israel but to the United States. Today, I also voted to protect the American people from these threats. Shutting down the Department of Homeland Security – a national security agency – in this high threat environment would be irresponsible and dangerous. Islamist terror groups are spreading like wildfire and want nothing less than destruction of our way of life. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper recently noted that last year was “the most lethal year for global terrorism” in recorded history. This year is likely to be worse. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In Syria and Iraq, a barbaric terrorist army has taken root in the form of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). This is far beyond what we saw with al Qaeda in the years leading up to 9/11.  From safe havens across the Middle East, these murderous …

    March 3, 2015 6:40 pm
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Odd News

  • German pensioner needs drill to dig for Nazi-looted Amber Room


    BERLIN (Reuters) – A pensioner has started digging in Germany’s western Ruhr region for the Amber Room, a priceless work of art looted by Nazis from the Soviet Union during World War Two and missing for 70 years, but says he needs a new drill to help him. Dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Amber Room was an ornate chamber made of amber panels given to Czar Peter the Great by Prussia’s Friedrich Wilhelm I in 1716. German troops stole the treasure chamber from a palace near St Petersburg in 1941 and took it to Koenigsberg, now the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, before it disappeared. Conspiracy theories abound about the whereabouts of what some say is the world’s most valuable piece of lost art. Some historians think it was destroyed in the war, others say Germans smuggled it to safety. Now 68-year-old pensioner Karl-Heinz Kleine says he thinks the chamber is hidden under …

    March 3, 2015 10:15 am
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