• Argentine president’s case dismissed

    President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will leave office in December An Argentine appeals court has upheld a decision to dismiss a controversial case against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. She had been accused of covering...
  • Sharapova suffers shock loss at Miami

    MIAMI (Reuters) – Second seed Maria Sharapova suffered a shock 7-6(4) 6-3 defeat to compatriot and wildcard Daria Gavrilova in the second round of the Miami Open on Thursday. Sharapova trailed 3-0 in the second...
  • ‘Cat litter mix’ closed nuclear site

    The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico was forced to close after the incident A mixture that included organic cat litter forced the closure of the only underground nuclear waste repository in the US,...
  • Buildings collapse in New York blast

    Buildings collapse in New York blast

    At least 12 people have been injured after a gas explosion caused two buildings to collapse in New York City. On Thursday afternoon, more than 100 fire-fighters converged to battle the resulting blaze that affected...

Headline News

  • Senior police official in Fresno, California, arrested on drug charges


    (Reuters) – The deputy police chief in Fresno, California, was arrested on Thursday on charges of participating in multiple conspiracies to distribute heroin, oxycodone and marijuana, the FBI said. Keith Foster, 51, was arrested along with three other residents of Fresno, about 170 miles south of Sacramento, an FBI statement said. Two other Fresno residents also face drug charges but have not yet been arrested. “It is important that we do everything we can to maintain and enhance the trust that our citizens have in us,” Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer told a news conference after Foster’s arrest. “When things of this nature happen, it does serve to erode that trust.” The arrests followed a year-long investigation by the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that authorities said disclosed that Foster and others were involved in conspiracies to distribute oxycodone, marijuana and heroin. Foster remains in custody and is to make an …

    March 26, 2015 10:12 pm
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Politics

  • Boehner, Pelosi show gridlock is not U.S. Congress’s only option


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Maybe it was the kiss that John Boehner planted on Nancy Pelosi’s cheek that early January day in front of the entire House of Representatives that should have provided a clue. Not long afterward, Boehner, the Republican Speaker of the House, dispatched a top healthcare adviser to a secret meeting with his counterpart working for Pelosi, the Democratic leader. The Boehner aide’s mission, according to a source who asked not to be identified, was to determine whether Pelosi might be willing to collaborate on major legislation. Two months later, after scores of private conversations and hard bargaining, the work by America’s political odd couple bore fruit with a 392-37 House vote to overhaul the Medicare program that delivers healthcare for the elderly and disabled, including fixing for good its troubled formula for paying physicians. Still, the rare example of bipartisan cooperation is unlikely to signal smooth sailing for daunting matters facing Congress …

    March 26, 2015 6:30 pm
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Stocks

  • 6 ‘Matrix’ inspired illusions from Oculus’ chief scientist


    Virtual reality had been tried and done. People thought it was dead. Oculus chief scientist Michael Abrash had doubts too, until a special Keanu Reeves movie came along. “It was ‘The Matrix’ that made me believe it,” he told an audience on Thursday at F8, Facebook’s developer conference. The virtual reality wizard referred to the 1999 blockbuster film several times during his keynote speech to explain why VR is the next “transformational” technology. The short version of his pitch to engineers: The movie wasn’t totally crazy. The real world is simply a collection of sensory perceptions, and virtual reality can be just as real. Help us create that experience. “[Our] brain is reverse engineering reality rather than recording it,” Abrash said. “Virtual reality is about experiencing the virtual world as real. Experiences are nothing more than what the mind infers from the information it receives.” Or, he said, as Morpheus put it: “What is ‘real’? …

    March 26, 2015 6:49 pm
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Sports

  • Sharapova suffers shock loss at Miami


    MIAMI (Reuters) – Second seed Maria Sharapova suffered a shock 7-6(4) 6-3 defeat to compatriot and wildcard Daria Gavrilova in the second round of the Miami Open on Thursday. Sharapova trailed 3-0 in the second set but battled back to 4-3 down before her serve was broken again by the 21-year-old who broke into the top-100 this week. The pair had never met before and Gavrilova, who is based in Australia, was playing in her first Miami Open. “I have been dreaming about beating Maria since I was probably 12 when I saw her win Wimbledon, when she beat Serena,” said Gavrilova who expects to receive her Australian citizenship later this year. “I was probably visualizing beating her since I was 12 but this was a bit harder than that. I thought I was very composed and just did my best. I was believing.” Sharapova said she had lacked patience at times and attempted too …

    March 26, 2015 10:12 pm
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World News

  • Argentine president’s case dismissed


    President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will leave office in December An Argentine appeals court has upheld a decision to dismiss a controversial case against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. She had been accused of covering up the alleged involvement of senior Iranian officials in a 1994 bomb attack against a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires. Two out of three judges voted to reject an appeal by prosecutors, saying that no crime had been committed. Ms Fernandez has always denied the allegations. The original decision to throw out the case against Ms Fernandez was made by Federal Judge Daniel Rafecas in late February. ‘No evidence’ He made his conclusions after examining a 350-page report that had been prepared by special prosecutor Alberto Nisman before his unexplained death in January. On Thursday, the justice ministry said in a statement: “The federal appeals chamber ratifies the decision by Judge Daniel Rafecas to reject prosecutor Nisman’s accusation.” The court …

    March 26, 2015 10:12 pm
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Technology

  • Lyft gets all social with personalized ‘profiles’


    Ride-hailing service Lyft is rolling out a new way for passengers and drivers to share more about themselves. Lyft Think of it as the buddy system, perhaps. Ride-hailing company Lyft has always put a cozy spin on its business, from its original motto (“your friend with a car”) to its current one of “making every ride welcoming, affordable and memorable.” Now it’s aiming to get even chummier with you through a new personalization feature called “profiles.” The Lyft service lets people in need of a ride connect with drivers via smartphone app. When you hail a Lyft ride you can see the driver’s name and photo, as well as a photo of the car. The new profiles give you an opportunity to learn even more about the drivers, such as where they’re from and their favorite musicians. And it’s a two-way street — passengers can also fill out their own profiles. “Lyft profiles will enhance …

    March 26, 2015 10:11 pm
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Science

  • Antarctic ice shelves rapidly thinning


    A new study led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego researchers has revealed that the thickness of Antarctica’s floating ice shelves has recently decreased by as much as 18 percent in certain areas over nearly two decades, providing new insights on how the Antarctic ice sheet is responding to climate change. Data from nearly two decades of satellite missions have shown that the ice volume decline is accelerating, according to a study published on March 26, 2015, in the journal Science and supported by NASA. Scripps graduate student Fernando Paolo, Scripps glaciologist Helen Amanda Fricker, and oceanographer Laurie Padman of Earth Space Research (a non-profit institute specializing in oceanography research) constructed a new high-resolution record of ice shelf thickness based on satellite radar altimetry missions of the European Space Agency from 1994 to 2012. Merging data from three overlapping missions, the researchers identified changes in ice thickness that took place over more …

    March 26, 2015 6:30 pm
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Health

  • U.S. House okays bipartisan bill to fix Medicare doctor payments


    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill to permanently repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and sending the issue next to the Senate. The measure drafted and driven forward by Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi would fix a long-standing problem with how Medicare pays doctors. It would also make adjustments to the health program for seniors. The House vote was 392-37. The Senate may not act until it returns from a two-week recess that starts this weekend. Some senators in both parties had concerns about the bill, but it also had strong support. Democratic President Barack Obama praised the House passage and said he hoped the Senate would approve the measure too, because he wants to sign it. “I called the Speaker, John Boehner, and the Democratic Leader, Nancy Pelosi, and I said, congratulations, this is …

    March 26, 2015 6:30 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kendall Jenner Is The Newest Face Of Calvin Klein


    Posted on Thu Mar 26th, 2015 12:10pm PDT       By X17 Staff Kendall Jenner just landed Calvin Klein, pretty much cementing her status as fashion’s hottest “It” girl. Kudos Kendall. With accolades like this — we aren’t sure if the rest of the Kardashian klan can keep up with Kendall! The tallest Kardashian’s just debut her first ad campaign for the label’s denim collection, Calvin Klein Jeans. And she’s brooding way hard. Melisa Goldie, Chief Marketing Officer of Calvin Klein, said,”Kendall is a modern beauty who brings her youthful spirit and edge to this special Calvin Klein Jeans campaign.” Kendall herself also said in a statement, “Modeling for Calvin Klein Jeans is really a dream come true. I’ve grown up wearing the brand and seeing the iconic advertising in magazines and on billboards featuring some of the world’s top supermodels. To now be a part of that legacy is truly an honor.”   Stories from around the …

    March 26, 2015 6:49 pm
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Editorial

  • 2016 Race: How Republican candidates can help school choice succeed


    Republican presidential aspirants are talking about school choice early and often. Wisconsin governor Scott Walker says, “I believe that we need to give families as many high quality education choices as possible to succeed.” Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal argues, “To oppose school choice is to oppose equal opportunity.” Not to be outdone, provisional front-runner and noted education reform proponent Jeb Bush declares, “Choice rewards success and weeds out stagnation, inefficiency, and failure.” This is a welcome development. Republicans can’t talk seriously about opportunity without addressing education, and parental choice is a powerful lever for tackling school improvement. But school choice is only a start—because choice is only part of a strategy for fighting runaway bureaucracy, creating more great schools, and building a political coalition that can sustain its success. When it comes to improving schools, choice is necessary but insufficient. Parental choice, in the form of charter schooling, school vouchers, tuition tax credits, and education …

    March 26, 2015 6:30 pm
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Odd News

  • Heave, ho: Elephants rescue 18-wheeler stranded on Louisiana road


    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – When an 18-wheeler truck became stranded by the side of a Louisiana road, two elephants inside came to the rescue. Sheriff’s deputies in Natchitoches Parish on Tuesday morning received a call about a stuck truck. Upon arriving on the scene, they saw two elephants preventing the vehicle from overturning. The truck’s driver, also an elephant trainer, walked the elephants out of the cargo compartment and directed them to help prop up the vehicle, sheriff’s Captain Tony Moran said in an interview. “It’s creative,” said Moran, who said the responding deputies were “just astonished to see it.” Leaning side-by-side, the elephants pushed with their weight against the truck, the sheriff’s photos showed. The truck was carrying three elephants from Florida. After a stop in New Orleans, they were on their way to a circus near Dallas. The truck had pulled over on an interstate shoulder near Powhatan, Louisiana, about an hour south …

    March 25, 2015 10:21 pm
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