• Tweet fuels talk of Bartoli return

    PARIS (Reuters) – Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli sparked speculation on Tuesday of a return from retirement less than two years after bowing out of professional tennis. The thirty-year-old who quit tennis in 2013 on...
  • ‘Cloudy’ drug halts US execution

    ‘Cloudy’ drug halts US execution

    3 March 2015 Last updated at 06:42 No new data data has been announced for Gissendaner’s execution The US state of Georgia has postponed its first execution of a woman in 70 years because the...
  • The Talk’s Sara Gilbert Gives Birth To A Son

    The Talk’s Sara Gilbert Gives Birth To A Son

    Posted on Mon Mar 2nd, 2015 2:12pm PDT       By X17 Staff Photo by The Talk Rhodes Emilio is the talk of the town! Sara Gilbert has welcomed a son, Rhodes Emilio Gilbert Perry, with her wife,...
  • China tops U.S. at the box office for first time

    China tops U.S. at the box office for first time

    Move over Hollywood! There’s a new star stealing the spotlight — China has beaten the U.S. for the first time in monthly box office sales. China brought in $650 million in box office revenue for...
  • Paul, Clippers edge Rubio, Timberwolves

    Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) – Chris Paul and Ricky Rubio each had an excellent game from the point guard position on Monday night, but it was Paul’s Los Angeles Clippers that pulled off yet another win...
  • S Leone to get $80m for Ebola fight

    S Leone to get $80m for Ebola fight

    3 March 2015 Last updated at 08:04 World leaders are due to meet in Brussels on Tuesday to talk about Ebola Sierra Leone is to receive more than $80m (£52m) immediately to help the country...

Headline News

  • Georgia postpones its 1st execution of a woman in 70 years after concerns about injection drug


    Death penalty opponents gather on the steps of the State Capitol in Atlanta, Ga., Monday, March 2, 2015 to protest the death penalty and the planned execution of Kelly Gissendaner. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ben Gray) (The Associated Press) Michael Patter, senior minister at Central Congregational United Church of Christ, prays silently during a vigil for Kelly Gissendaner and protest against the death penalty Monday, March 2, 2015, on the steps of the State Capitol. Patter said he is scheduled to preside over Gissendaner’s memorial service after she is executed. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ben Gray) (The Associated Press) JACKSON, Ga. –  Citing concerns about the drug to be used in a lethal injection, Georgia corrections officials postponed the execution of the state’s only female death row inmate for the second time in a week. Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gwendolyn Hogan says the execution drug was sent to an independent lab to check its potency and the test …

    March 3, 2015 4:34 am
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Politics

  • Ben Carson creates committee to explore presidential bid: WSJ


    (Reuters) – Ben Carson, a retired surgeon popular with Tea Party conservatives, has formally created an exploratory committee to run for president, according to his campaign chief executive, Terry Giles, the Wall Street Journal reported. With the exploratory committee, Carson can raise money that he can transfer to his campaign once it begins, the Journal said. (on.wsj.com/18hKgAj) He has made a number of hires lately, including a national finance director and aides in several early voting states, Giles said, adding that the campaign would soon announce more “major players,” who will join Carson’s team, the newspaper said. Carson, a former neurosurgeon at Maryland-based Johns Hopkins University, has no prior political experience. He is a conservative commentator and author of “One Nation,” which topped the New York Times bestseller list in June. In February, the 63-year-old Carson said he could form a committee to explore a bid for the nomination and make a formal announcement in …

    March 3, 2015 2:12 am
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Stocks

  • China tops U.S. at the box office for first time


    Move over Hollywood! There’s a new star stealing the spotlight — China has beaten the U.S. for the first time in monthly box office sales. China brought in $650 million in box office revenue for February, surpassing sales in the U.S. of $640 million, according to EntGroup, a Chinese entertainment research firm. Chinese theaters pulled in $282 million during the week of Lunar New Year, a popular movie-going period. The top grossing Chinese film, “The Man From Macau II,” starring Hong Kong actor Chow Yun Fat, brought in $104 million. Action film “Dragon Blade,” with Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Adrien Brody, came in second at $95 million. Chinese moguls have been making significant investments in the country’s entertainment industry, looking to cash in big on the fast-growing market. In 2013, Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin — who owns U.S.-based AMC Cinemas — invested $8.2 billion to create a Chinese version of Hollywood. When complete, the …

    March 3, 2015 4:34 am
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Sports

  • Tweet fuels talk of Bartoli return


    PARIS (Reuters) – Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli sparked speculation on Tuesday of a return from retirement less than two years after bowing out of professional tennis. The thirty-year-old who quit tennis in 2013 on the heels of a Wimbledon grand slam win that crowned her career, raised the question of a possible comeback on her Twitter page, instead of answering it. “Coming back or not coming back to tennis? What do you think? Should I?” Bartoli said. The tweet from the Frenchwoman, who since quitting the sport launched a line of sports fashion shoes, immediately triggered speculation in French and English-language news media of a possible comeback. L’Equipe, an influential French sports newspaper, said a return would be hard for Bartoli given her own admission that excessive physical stress was one of the main reasons for bowing out. But it said her age should not be an obstacle. “Marion Bartoli has just turned 30. …

    March 3, 2015 4:34 am
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World News

  • ‘Cloudy’ drug halts US execution


    3 March 2015 Last updated at 06:42 No new data data has been announced for Gissendaner’s execution The US state of Georgia has postponed its first execution of a woman in 70 years because the drug to be used appeared “cloudy”, US officials say. Corrections officials in the southern state said they had first called a pharmacist and then decided to halt the execution out of “caution”. The only drug used in Georgia’s executions is pentobarbital. Kelly Renee Gissendaner, 46, had been scheduled to die for her part in her husband’s murder in 1997. The execution had been planned for 19:00 local time Monday (00:00 GMT Tuesday). No new date has been announced. The decision to postpone the execution came as the Supreme Court was due to rule on last-minute arguments for a stay of execution submitted by Gissendaner’s defence lawyer. US states that carry out the death penalty have faced a series of setbacks …

    March 3, 2015 4:34 am
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Technology

  • Why are the benefits of technology scarce among those who need it most?


    We live in a modern world – modern in thinking and modern in capabilities. Our scientists and engineers and technologists empower us with the future, in the present. The technologies they develop solve problems we didn’t even know existed. As individuals we aspire to stay apace with these ever advancing innovations. With its ubiquity in our everyday lives technology comprehensively occupies and defines our realities. Its presence in our lives assumes a position of great power. Technology is the superhero of our generation. With great power comes great responsibility. Currently, the benefits of technology are skewed towards those who can keep up, as opposed to those who need it most. Technology is designed to cater to the luxuries of ready made adopters. In India, a typical urban dweller has even the most trivial of her tasks solved by technology, while a person in a rural setting might struggle to meet some of his most basic …

    March 3, 2015 1:52 am
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Science

  • Climate Change Hastened Syria’s Civil War


    Climate change can make storms stronger, cold spells longer and water supplies drier. But can it cause war? A new study published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says drought in Syria, exacerbated to record levels by global warming, pushed social unrest in that nation across a line into an open uprising in 2011. The conflict has since become a major civil war with international involvement.   Drying and drought in Syria from 2006 to 2011—the worst on record there—destroyed agriculture, causing many farm families to migrate to cities. The influx added to social stresses already created by refugees pouring in from the war in Iraq, explains Richard Seager, a climate scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory who co-authored the study. The drought also pushed up food prices, aggravating poverty. “We’re not saying the drought caused the war,” Seager said. “We’re saying that added to all the other stressors, it helped …

    March 3, 2015 2:12 am
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Health

  • Exclusive: Payment delays dent India’s flagship health, AIDS programs


    NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s main public health programs, aimed at millions of rural poor, have been in disarray for months because the government changed the way that over $1.3 billion in federal funds were distributed, according to data and letters seen by Reuters. In a bid last year to give India’s states more power, the federal health ministry started sending funds for public health programs to state treasuries, instead of direct transfers to its regional arms. But poorly-run regional bureaucracies were unable to cope and both the flagship National Health Mission (NHM) and India’s AIDS prevention programs suffered – thousands of health workers were not paid for months and the construction of clinics in rural areas was delayed. In some cases, state governments temporarily used the funds earmarked for health programs to meet needs of other sectors, health officials said. The funds involved amounted to about one-third of the total federal spending on health, …

    March 3, 2015 2:13 am
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Entertainment

  • The Talk’s Sara Gilbert Gives Birth To A Son


    Posted on Mon Mar 2nd, 2015 2:12pm PDT       By X17 Staff Photo by The Talk Rhodes Emilio is the talk of the town! Sara Gilbert has welcomed a son, Rhodes Emilio Gilbert Perry, with her wife, songwriting superstar Linda Perry. On today’s episode of The Talk, fellow co-host Julie Chen announced, “Our very own Sara and her wife Linda are the proud parents of a new baby boy and both mother and child are doing well.” The former child star announced that she and Perry, who were married last March, were expecting this past September during an episode of The Talk in which the co-hosts faced their fears. The Roseanne actress, whose fear was to have a cinder block dropped on her stomach while laying on a bed of nails, decided to opt out of the dare due to her pregnancy. The 40-year-old told viewers, “Before we go I just want to say I’m actually not …

    March 3, 2015 4:34 am
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Editorial

  • The New Terrorism: How to fight it and defeat it


    The fight against radical Islam and the global jihadist movement is the challenge of our time.   Threats to our homeland are constantly increasing and our lack of real border security has only compounded the problem. Technology is rapidly changing and increasing.  However, our government remains stovepiped, and often times, lacks the ability to analyze, adapt and respond quick enough. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The 9/11 Commission said that “9/11 was a failure of imagination.”  It’s important that we quit preparing for the last threat, but be imaginative so that we can prevent the next terrorist attack on America. It’s time for us once again to have the same level of commitment for keeping America safe as we did following 9/11.  Today we live in a world on fire and it’s important from a historical perspective to understand how and when the world caught fire.  We need to understand radical Islam, the history behind it and what motivates …

    March 3, 2015 2:32 am
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Odd News

  • It’s raining cats and tourists on a Japanese island


    AOSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) – An army of feral cats rules a remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Originally introduced to the mile-long island of Aoshima to deal with mice that plagued fishermen’s boats, the cats stayed on – and multiplied. More than 120 cats swarm the island with only a handful of humans for company, mostly pensioners who didn’t join the waves of migrants seeking work in the cities after World War Two. Aoshima, a 30-minute ferry ride off the coast of Ehime prefecture, had been home to 900 people in 1945. The only sign of human activity now is the boatload of day-trippers from the mainland, visiting what is locally known as Cat Island. With no restaurants, cars, shops or kiosks selling snacks, Aoshima is no tourist haven. But cat lovers are not …

    March 3, 2015 2:12 am
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