• Brunei delays tough new Islamic law

    Brunei delays tough new Islamic law

    23 April 2014 Last updated at 05:57 Brunei ruler Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah is currently on a state visit to Singapore Brunei has postponed the introduction of tough Islamic criminal punishments that were due to begin...
  • National Hockey League Playoff Game Capsules

    Pittsburgh, PA –  Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – Two-goal leads in this series aren’t safe. Not for the star-studded team stacked to the hilt with offensive weapons. Not for the traditionally distressed franchise still chasing its...
  • GM seeks to bar some ignition cases

    GM seeks to bar some ignition cases

    23 April 2014 Last updated at 06:56 The Chevrolet Cobalt is one of the models affected by the recall General Motors has asked a US court to bar some lawsuits relating to its recall over...
  • JetBlue pilots vote to unionize

    JetBlue was one of the last airlines to unionize. JetBlue (JBLU, Fortune 500) pilots voted Tuesday to unionize, ending its run as one of the last large non-union airlines. The Airlines Pilot Association said 71%...
  • Future of the net debated in Brazil

    Future of the net debated in Brazil

    23 April 2014 Last updated at 00:36 By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor President Rousseff first announced plans for the meeting last October A meeting to determine how the internet should be governed gets under...
  • Cueto dazzles as Reds down Pirates

    Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Neil Walker plated the deciding run with a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. After...

Headline News

  • GM seeks to bar some ignition cases


    23 April 2014 Last updated at 06:56 The Chevrolet Cobalt is one of the models affected by the recall General Motors has asked a US court to bar some lawsuits relating to its recall over faulty ignition switches. The faulty switches could turn off the engine, disabling the airbags and have been linked to at least a dozen deaths. The recall was issued earlier this year but GM has admitted some employees knew about the problem as early as 2004. GM has asked the court to ban cases “alleging purely economic damages” due to the recall. It does not affect cases relating to accidents or injury. The firm has been hit by various lawsuits since the recalls began this year. “The lawsuits that are the subject of this motion, most of which purport to be class actions, are brought by or on behalf of individuals who were not injured as the result of any failure …

    April 23, 2014 1:55 am
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Politics

  • Obama, Abe under pressure to salvage signature Pacific trade pact


    TOKYO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman arrived in Japan earlier than expected on Wednesday, Japanese media said, for a last ditch push for a two-way deal seen as crucial to efforts to create one of the world’s biggest trade pacts. Froman, who had been expected to arrive in Tokyo with U.S. President Barack Obama later in the day, was likely to meet Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari, the reports said. Talks have been snagged largely on Japan’s insistence on protecting politically powerful farm sectors such as beef. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told parliament the talks were tough but Japan was trying to keep some tariffs. Officials have played down the chances of a deal in time for Thursday’s summit between Obama and Abe, but some experts said an 11th hour agreement could not be ruled out. A central element of Obama’s strategic shift towards Asia, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would connect a …

    April 22, 2014 11:33 pm
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Stocks

  • JetBlue pilots vote to unionize


    JetBlue was one of the last airlines to unionize. JetBlue (JBLU, Fortune 500) pilots voted Tuesday to unionize, ending its run as one of the last large non-union airlines. The Airlines Pilot Association said 71% of JetBlue’s (JBLU, Fortune 500) 2,529 pilots voted to unionize. Founded in 1931, it is the world’s largest pilot union, representing nearly 50,000 pilots at 31 airlines in the United States and Canada. Related: Pilot safety rules could cut flights In a statement, JetBlue confirmed that a majority of its pilots had voted to join the union. JetBlue CEO Dave Barger said the airline will authorize the union as the representative body for JetBlue pilots. JetBlue (JBLU, Fortune 500) stock fell more than 2%. As members, JetBlue pilots will now be represented by the union in negotiations involving on salary, benefits, and working conditions. The union also lobbies Congress on behalf of its members. JetBlue pilots on average earned slightly …

    April 23, 2014 1:55 am
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Sports

  • National Hockey League Playoff Game Capsules


    Pittsburgh, PA –  Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – Two-goal leads in this series aren’t safe. Not for the star-studded team stacked to the hilt with offensive weapons. Not for the traditionally distressed franchise still chasing its first playoff win at home. And back and forth they go. Brandon Sutter, Lee Stempniak and Olli Maatta scored on three straight shots in a 2:13 span in the third period Monday and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The Penguins overcame a 2-0 deficit in the first 3:18 of the game to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of- seven series heading into Game 4 on Wednesday in Columbus. It was the third straight game in the series the team holding a two-goal lead lost. Final Score: Minnesota 1, Colorado 0 (OT) St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) – Markus Granlund scored at 5:08 of overtime as the Minnesota Wild …

    April 23, 2014 1:55 am
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World News

  • Brunei delays tough new Islamic law


    23 April 2014 Last updated at 05:57 Brunei ruler Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah is currently on a state visit to Singapore Brunei has postponed the introduction of tough Islamic criminal punishments that were due to begin on Tuesday. Brunei said in October that it would introduce Sharia punishments including death by stoning for adulterers and the severing of limbs for theft. Assistant Director of the Islamic Legal Unit Jauyah Zaini said the delay was “due to unavoidable circumstances”. No new date was given but an official told local media that the law would begin “in the very near future”. Brunei already adheres to a stronger form of Islamic law than neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia, banning the sale and consumption of alcohol. When he announced the move last year Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, 67, who is one of the world’s wealthiest men, called the code “a part of the great history of our nation”. The sultan said the …

    April 23, 2014 1:56 am
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Technology

  • Facebook, Google, Twitter in new scrum over mobile app ad gold rush


    The Facebook icon flag at the social network’s Menlo Park campus. Facebook At its F8 developer conference next week, Facebook is expected to present plans for a mobile advertising network, and in so doing turn on an additional revenue stream that could mint it billions more in mobile advertising revenue — but not if Google and Twitter have a say in the matter. A mobile ad network marries ad-serving technology to distribute inventory provided by advertisers across placements provided by publishers. Little is known about how Facebook’s ad network will work — the company declined to comment — but presumably the product would pull from Facebook’s unique and established strengths in mobile app advertising, which most certainly include the mobile app ad, the once unique-to-Facebook unit now being copied by both Twitter and Google. Placing ads off the social network is a major undertaking that pits the 10-year-old company more squarely against rival Google, and, …

    April 22, 2014 11:13 pm
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Science

  • International team sequences rainbow trout genome


    Using fish bred at Washington State University, an international team of researchers has mapped the genetic profile of the rainbow trout, a versatile salmonid whose relatively recent genetic history opens a window into how vertebrates evolve. The 30-person team, led by Yann Guiguen of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, reports its findings this week in Nature Communications. The investigators focused on the rate at which genes have evolved since a rare genome doubling event occurred in the rainbow trout approximately 100 million years ago. Unlike most evolutionary processes involving mutations and the selection of advantageous traits, a doubling event acts like the copied draft of a piece of writing that can be edited and recast without the risk of destroying the earlier version. Ordinarily, the consequences of such doubling events are lost to science as they get cast out as a result of genetic changes in subsequent generations. But because 100 million years …

    April 22, 2014 11:13 pm
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Health

  • California bill to curb medical marijuana passes key hurdle


    SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – A measure to regulate California’s chaotic medical marijuana industry passed a key legislative hurdle on Tuesday, in a move that could lay the groundwork to tax and control recreational use of the drug if it ultimately becomes legal. U.S. states are increasingly moving to remove curbs on marijuana following landmark voter initiatives in Colorado and Washington state in 2012 that legalized the drug for recreational purposes. Many more states allow medicinal pot. But the drug remains illegal under federal law, leaving states that have opted for medicinal legalization struggling to control a thriving trade in medical cannabis. “The current state of chaos around medical marijuana has got to come to an end,” said state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, a San Francisco Democrat. If passed, his proposal could “set a template” to regulate recreational use of marijuana by adults, Ammiano said, a move he has long favored. The bill marks Ammiano’s second run …

    April 22, 2014 11:33 pm
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Entertainment

  • Chrissy Teigen flips a lid over John Legend doppelbaby


    Most women might have a strong reaction when a picture of a baby suddenly goes public and it just happens to be the spitting image of their husband. That’s pretty much how it went down with Victoria’s Secret model, Chrissy Teigen, yesterday, only her freak out was of a positive nature. Chrissy Teigen gets naked on Twitter  All of the hullabaloo was over a TwitPic posted by a very proud aunt who goes by the Twitter handle, @_rahella. The woman, whose name is Rachel Ayanaw, according to Us Weekly, wanted to share with the world her adorable nephew, Caden, who bears a striking resemblance to Teigen’s spouse, John Legend, whom she married in September of last year. My nephew looks like John Legend lol pic.twitter.com/BKCIMOuKop — rahel (@_rahellla) April 20, 2014 Pretty uncanny, right? The supermodel quickly caught wind of the photo and responded via Twitter. But instead of going all Jerry Springer on her hubby, …

    April 23, 2014 2:15 am
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Editorial

  • Eric Holder’s the one who needs a pardon after clemency message


    April 8, 2014: Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Attorney General Eric Holder recently revealed that the Justice Department is expanding its guidelines for convicted felons seeking clemency (often called a “pardon” or “commutation of sentence”). “But there are still too many people in federal prison who were sentenced under the old regime — and who, as a result, will have to spend far more time in prison than they would if sentenced today for exactly the same crime.” Holder’s announcement was a messaging disaster. He fed the common misconception that clemency is only for people who want to get out of prison. Headlines read, “Thousands of prisoners could qualify for clemency,” and “Obama seeks wider authority to release drug offenders.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “Release the prisoners” messaging does not bode well with most Americans. Rather than focus on current inmates and blame “the old regime,” Holder should have spoken about the …

    April 22, 2014 11:33 pm
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Odd News

  • Ohio man must pay $489,000 for fake distress report: court


    CLEVELAND (Reuters) – An Ohio man whose hoax distress call triggered a massive U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue mission on Lake Erie must pay $489,000 in restitution, a U.S. appeals court said Tuesday. Danik Kumar, a licensed pilot, told authorities in March 2012 he saw what he thought was a distress flare coming up from a boat as he flew over Lake Erie near Cleveland. When asked by Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport to take a closer look, Kumar did not see a vessel, but reported seeing more flares and a fishing boat with four people onboard wearing life jackets and active strobe lights, the opinion said. The 21-hour search included a 140-foot U.S. Coast Guard cutter, three smaller rescue boats, a rescue helicopter and a Canadian CC130 Hercules airplane. A month later, the then 19-year-old freshman at Bowling Green State University admitted to making a false report. Kumar pleaded guilty to making a false distress …

    April 22, 2014 11:13 pm
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