• East Ukraine militants snub deal

    East Ukraine militants snub deal

    18 April 2014 Last updated at 09:50 Riot police in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk have kept apart rival groups of protesters Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk say they will not leave the government building there,...
  • Weibo shares pop 19% in IPO

    China’s Weibo debuts on the Nasdaq. Weibo shares rallied on the first day of trading Thursday, in what could be a positive sign for other Chinese technology companies hoping to list on the U.S. market....
  • Daily game Apr 18 : Spitfire 1940

    Daily game Apr 18 : Spitfire 1940

    PlayDefend Britain at all costs! Recruit men, build planes, train pilots & spies. Make sure the Germans can’t take down your cities. Instructions:Mouse controlled. Spitfire 1940 is Powered by Kizi Games...
  • Junior officer ‘had Korea ship helm’

    Junior officer ‘had Korea ship helm’

    18 April 2014 Last updated at 09:55 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Martin Patience described the scene as three more bodies were recovered The third officer was at the helm of...
  • 3 best podcast apps for easy listening

    These apps make it simple to listen in to your favorite podcasts — and discover new ones. Podcasts are like talk radio, except they’re available on demand and are often a lot smarter. These three...

Headline News

  • Students at Washington & Lee call for end to Confederate symbols


    FILE: Jan. 9, 2008: A Confederate flag waves over the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol in Columbia.Reuters RICHMOND, Va. –  A group of law students at Washington and Lee University is demanding the school banish the Confederate flag from its Lexington campus and repudiate one of its namesakes, Gen. Robert E. Lee. The students also want the private liberal arts college to end the practice of allowing “neo-Confederates” to march on campus with battle flags during Lee-Jackson day, a Virginia state holiday that falls on the Friday before Martin Luther King Day. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The students, known collectively as The Committee, vowed civil disobedience if their demands are not met by Sept. 1. In a letter this month to the university’s Board of Trustees, The Committee said it decided to act out of “alienation and discomfort” with the trappings of the Confederacy on campus. They include the array of eight Confederate battle flags …

    April 18, 2014 4:20 am
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Politics

  • Two justices say high court will likely rule on NSA programs


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two members of the Supreme Court indicated on Thursday night that the court will ultimately have to decide the legality of National Security Agency surveillance activities. The two justices, Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, made the comments during a public event at the National Press Club in Washington. They were responding to questions posed by journalist Marvin Kalb about whether the court would take up cases arising from the recent disclosures about NSA surveillance, most notably by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The justices did not discuss specific NSA programs. There are various lawsuits pending around the country challenging the government’s widespread collection of telephone records. A federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled in December that the program was probably unlawful, while a judge in New York held later that month that it was not. Both cases are now on appeal. Scalia, a leading conservative justice, said the court was not …

    April 18, 2014 1:59 am
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Stocks

  • Weibo shares pop 19% in IPO


    China’s Weibo debuts on the Nasdaq. Weibo shares rallied on the first day of trading Thursday, in what could be a positive sign for other Chinese technology companies hoping to list on the U.S. market. The Chinese social media company, which is often compared to Twitter (TWTR), priced its initial public offering late Wednesday at $17 per share. That was on the lower end of its price range and raised concerns about how it would trade today. The stock, which trades on the Nasdaq under the symbol “WB (WB),” rose to a high of $24 a share in the afternoon, though ended the day at just over $20. The deal is being closely watched as a gauge of investor demand ahead of the anticipated IPO of Alibaba, the giant Chinese e-commerce company. Related: Here comes the Chinese stock invasion Given the recent turmoil in technology stocks, Weibo appears to have been a tough sell for …

    April 18, 2014 4:20 am
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Sports

  • Hamilton puts dominant Mercedes out in front again at Chinese GP practice session


    SHANGHAI –  Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton recovered from an early suspension problem to set the fastest practice time at the Chinese Grand Prix on Friday, narrowly edging Fernando Alonso of Ferrari. Hamilton only completed nine laps in the morning session due to problems with the car, but came back in the afternoon to set a best time of 1 minute, 38.315 seconds around the Shanghai International Circuit. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Alonso, who had the fastest time in the morning session, was 0.141 seconds behind Hamilton under the watch of new team principal, Marco Mattiacci, who arrived in Shanghai to take charge following Stefano Domenicali’s abrupt departure this week. Hamilton’s teammate, Nico Rosberg, had the third-fastest practice time, with Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel fourth and fifth, respectively.

    April 18, 2014 4:20 am
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World News

  • East Ukraine militants snub deal


    18 April 2014 Last updated at 09:50 Riot police in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk have kept apart rival groups of protesters Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk say they will not leave the government building there, defying the Kiev authorities and threatening a new international deal on Ukraine. The separatists’ spokesman told the BBC that the Kiev government was “illegal”, so they would not go until the Kiev government stepped down. Russia, Ukraine, the EU and US earlier agreed that illegal military groups in Ukraine must leave official buildings. They reached the deal in Geneva. Alexander Gnezdilov, spokesman for the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, said his group would evacuate the government building in the eastern city only when the “illegal” Kiev government vacated parliament and the presidential administration. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s James Reynolds recorded his day as he and a BBC team covered events in eastern Ukraine A …

    April 18, 2014 5:00 am
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Technology

  • Boot up: Steam data, iPhone 6 panel?, Galaxy S5 (and S4) numbers, and more


    A quick burst of 8 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team Introducing Steam Gauge: Ars reveals Steam’s most popular games Ars Technica Kyle Orland: Right now, I can tell you that about 37% of the roughly 781m games registered to various Steam accounts haven’t even been loaded a single time. I can tell you that Steam users have put an aggregate of about 3.8bn hours into Dota 2. I can tell you that Steam users tend to put nearly 600% more time into the multiplayer mode on Modern Warfare 2 than the single player mode. Basically, I can give you an idea of how any of the thousands of games on Steam have performed, both in terms of sales and gameplay hours. An amazing piece of data-driven journalism that wouldn’t have been feasible or affordable (because of its processing demand) even a few years ago. First photo of purported …

    April 18, 2014 1:39 am
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Science

  • Clean air: Fewer sources for self-cleaning


    Related images(click to enlarge) Up to now, HONO, also known as nitrous acid, was considered one of the most important sources of hydroxyl radicals (OH), which are regarded as the detergent of the atmosphere, allowing the air to clean itself. A research group from Jülich has put an end to this conception. The new hypothesis is based on air measurements recorded by a Zeppelin NT within the framework of the EU PEGASOS project. The prevailing assumption about the role of HONO in atmospheric chemistry as a pure source of radicals now has to be completely overhauled. The results have appeared in the peer-reviewed journal Science. OH radicals are central to the air’s self-cleaning capacity. In the global atmosphere, they are most frequently formed when ozone is split by sunlight. For the lowest atmospheric layer, referred to as the planetary boundary layer and extending to an altitude of up to two kilometres, there used to be …

    April 18, 2014 1:39 am
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Health

  • Free dermatology drug samples come at a cost


    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Dermatologists tend to prescribe more expensive medications when they also give their patients drug samples, according to a new U.S. study. “If you’re a patient who receives a sample, you may perceive that doctor is giving you better care because they gave you a gift,” Dr. Alfred Lane told Reuters Health. “But that doctor may have increased your medical costs by giving you that sample.” Lane is the study’s senior author, from the Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California. Addressing fellow dermatologists, he added, “You have to realize that these samples are making you write more expensive prescriptions.” In an editorial accompanying the new study in JAMA Dermatology, Dr. Kenneth Katz and colleagues from Kaiser Permanente Northern California note that the drug industry in 2011 distributed $6.3 billion of samples. In principle, samples are intended to be beneficial – for example, they allow patients to try a drug …

    April 18, 2014 1:59 am
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Entertainment

  • Columbus Short’s wife alleges he threatened murder/suicide


    It’s been a rocky year for Columbus Short. In a time that would be better spent celebrating the success of his hit show, Scandal, the actor has instead found himself embroiled in courtroom battles and alleged violence. Metal singer admits he attempted to have his wife killed  Following an arrest warrant that stemmed from a bar fight in March, Columbus’ wife, Tanee McCall-Short, has filed for a restraining order and a divorce, according to CNN. She is also making some pretty hefty allegations. In Tanee’s sworn statement, she told a disturbing story in which an intoxicated Columbus threatened to hit her with a wine bottle and then dumped the bottle’s contents on her before he then “grabbed a knife from the kitchen and pinned me to the couch and began to choke me,” she said. “He placed the knife close to my neck and threatened to kill me and then kill himself.” Columbus then allegedly …

    April 18, 2014 12:18 am
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Editorial

  • Facebook removes post about rancher Bundy


    Courtesy of the author Courtesy of the author Your friendly neighborhood columnist has once again run afoul of Facebook’s elusive community standards.  Now before you call up the preacher and put me on the church prayer list – let me assure the posting was neither unseemly nor ungentlemanly.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT This time I was censored for writing something about Rancher Cliven Bundy. I reached out to Facebook to find out which part of the message violated their standards. Never heard back. I realized I had landed in the Facebook gulag when I tried to post our daily Bible verse.  However, I was unable to post anything because Facebook had taken great offense to something I had written. “We removed something your page posted,” Facebook told me in a rather unpleasant message. “We removed the post below because it doesn’t follow the Facebook Community Standards.” Now before you call up the preacher and put me on …

    April 18, 2014 1:59 am
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Odd News

  • Live free or die: New Hampshire moves to decriminalize adultery


    BOSTON (Reuters) – New Hampshire lawmakers on Thursday voted to scrap an ancient law that makes cheating on your spouse a criminal offense in the New England state whose motto is “Live Free or Die.” Governor Maggie Hassan is expected to sign the bill into law, making adultery legal in the Granite State for the first time in hundreds of years. Back in 1791, being unfaithful in New Hampshire earned you an hour of public embarrassment on the gallows, as many as 39 lashes, a one-year prison sentence, and a big fine. That punishment has gradually been ratcheted back to an unenforced fine, but lawmakers on Thursday said even that was too much. A spokesman for the state Senate said the bill to repeal the crime of adultery passed Thursday with a voice vote. More than 20 states still have laws against adultery, and some, including Michigan and Wisconsin, still consider it a felony offense. …

    April 17, 2014 5:32 pm
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