Headline News

  • ‘No disrespect’ in Netanyahu speech


    2 March 2015 Last updated at 16:18 Mr Netanyahu will speak to the US Congress on Tuesday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said his coming speech to the US Congress is “not intended to disrespect” President Barack Obama. In a speech to the top US-Israel lobby, Mr Netanyahu said the last thing he would want is to make Israel a US partisan issue. Mr Netanyahu has been invited to speak at the US Capitol on Tuesday by House Speaker John Boehner about Iran. It is seen as a rebuke to Mr Obama’s threat to veto new sanctions on Iran. The White House has said Mr Obama will not meet Mr Netanyahu during this trip as he is visiting too close to Israel’s election date. The Israeli leader is at odds with the Obama administration’s pursuit of negotiations with Iran over their nuclear programme. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote Reports of the demise …

    March 2, 2015 10:26 am
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Politics

  • U.S. judge rules Nebraska same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional


    (Reuters) – A federal judge on Monday ruled Nebraska’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional in a decision that could allow same-sex couples to marry in the state within a week. U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon issued a preliminary injunction in the case brought by seven same-sex couples in the state, calling Nebraska’s ban an “unabashedly gender-specific infringement of the equal rights of its citizens.” Bataillon denied a state request to stay his decision but said his injunction would take effect on March 9 to assuage Nebraska officials’ concerns of possible administrative turmoil. The Nebraska Attorney General’s Office was studying the decision and was expected to have a statement later. Nebraska voters in 2000 adopted a state constitutional amendment that defines marriage as only between one man and one woman and does not recognize civil unions, domestic partnerships or similar relationships for same-sex couples. The plaintiffs include Sally Waters, who has stage four breast cancer that …

    March 2, 2015 9:46 am
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Stocks

  • Boom! Nasdaq finally tops 5,000 again


    Finally! The Nasdaq topped the 5,000 level Monday morning for the first time since March 2000. The Nasdaq is now just 2.6% from its all-time high from its Dot-com peak that it hit almost exactly 15 years ago. Stock markets around the world have been crushing records lately. The Nasdaq, home to Apple (AAPL, Tech30), Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30), Google (GOOGL, Tech30), Intel (INTC, Tech30) and many other prominent tech stocks, is actually the last major index to come close to its all-time highs. The Dow and SP 500 have been routinely hitting new records for the past year. A lot of people have concerns that this might be a warning sign that stocks are back at lofty levels again, but much is different now versus the Dot-com era, including the fact that many of the companies leading the charge are well established and have a lot of cash on hand. Related: Why this tech party …

    March 2, 2015 10:05 am
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Sports

  • Canadiens add Petry from Edmonton


    Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) – The Montreal Canadiens have acquired defenseman Jeff Petry from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a pair of picks in the 2015 draft. The Oilers will receive a second-round choice and a conditional fifth-round selection, which the Canadiens had previously acquired from Colorado. Petry has four goals and 11 assists for 15 points in 59 games this season, his fifth in the NHL. The Oilers selected Petry in the second round of the 2006 draft. The 27-year-old Michigan native has 17 goals and 57 assists for 74 points in 295 NHL games. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    March 2, 2015 10:26 am
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World News

  • Ukraine truce ‘still not complete’


    2 March 2015 Last updated at 15:37 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. John Kerry: ”In Crimea and in the separatist-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine, men, women and children are being killed” US Secretary of State John Kerry has accused pro-Russia separatists of a “piecemeal” approach to the ceasefire agreement for eastern Ukraine. Speaking at the UN, he said the rebels were only withdrawing heavy weapons from the front line in selective areas. Meanwhile Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said there had been “tangible progress” with the truce. Both Ukraine and the rebels say they are withdrawing heavy weapons in line with the deal made in Minsk last month. Monitors from the OSCE security group have reported weapons movements on both sides but say it is too early to confirm a full withdrawal. Mr Kerry and Mr Lavrov held talks on Monday as tensions remain high over the conflict. The fragile ceasefire …

    March 2, 2015 10:26 am
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Technology

  • ​Mozilla to open first-world front in Firefox OS war


    Firefox OS is Mozilla’s browser-based operating system. Mozilla BARCELONA — Mozilla announced partnerships with Verizon Wireless and other carriers to bring phones running its Firefox OS to wealthy countries where the browser-based mobile operating system today is all but unknown. The partnerships will mean Firefox OS phones in the United States, but Verizon isn’t the only partner. Others announced here at the Mobile World Conference show are Japanese carrier KDDI, South Korea’s LG U+ and Spain’s Telefonica, and the first phones from the deals are expected in 2016. The partnerships are notable given that Firefox OS so far has largely competed in developing countries where smartphone penetration is relatively low and where Firefox OS’s low-end hardware needs can mean more affordable products. When Mozilla first announced Firefox OS two years ago, it listed Sprint as a partner and planned to reach the United States, but it backed off that plan after a few months. Spreading …

    March 2, 2015 9:46 am
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Science

  • Pediatricians face increasing pressure to delay vaccinations


    Pediatricians are facing increasing pressure from some parents who want to spread out the recommended vaccine schedule for their children by postponing vaccines, pointing to a need for improved programs that support timely vaccinations, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus. The study, published in the April 2015 issue of Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, found that almost all pediatricians and health care providers encounter requests to spread out vaccines and that, despite risks, increasing numbers of physicians are agreeing to do so. “Many physicians reported tension between the need to build trust with families by being willing to compromise on the schedule while simultaneously feeling they were putting children at risk and causing them unnecessary pain by spreading out vaccines on multiple visits,” writes Allison Kempe, MD, MPH, professor of pediatrics and director of ACCORDS (Adult …

    March 2, 2015 9:46 am
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Health

  • Doctors Often Yield to Parents’ Requests to Delay Kids’ Vaccines


    MONDAY, March 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Doctors commonly get requests from parents to delay young children’s vaccinations — and despite their better judgment, they often give in, a new U.S. study finds. In a national survey of pediatricians and family doctors, researchers found that 93 percent said they handled such requests in a typical month. One-fifth said that at least 10 percent of parents they see want to postpone some vaccinations. And while most doctors believe that veering from the recommended vaccine schedule is risky, they often agree to parents’ wishes. The findings, published online March 2 in Pediatrics, come at a time of rising concerns about “under-vaccination.” Measles — a childhood disease that was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000 — is staging a comeback. So far this year, outbreaks have hit 17 states and Washington, D.C., sickening at least 154 people, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and …

    March 2, 2015 9:47 am
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Entertainment

  • Justin Bieber Celebrates 21st Birthday By Raging On Caribbean Island With "Pal" Hailey Baldwin


    Posted on Mon Mar 2nd, 2015 7:30am PDT       By X17 Staff He’s legal! Justin Bieber celebrated his 21st birthday over the weekend with his closest friends and family on a private island he rented in the Caribbean, and from the looks of it, it was quite the wild bash! The Biebs danced shirtless and drank champagne with close “friend” Hailey Baldwin, and we have no doubt there were other antics behind the scenes. Somewhere, Selena Gomez is crying and wishing she scored an invite! Now that he can legally drink alcohol, that’s one less thing he can get in trouble for! JB developed quite the reputation for troublemaking this year, but it appears he is trying to turn around his image. We will see how long that lasts, though, as he has already booked his first club appearance in Vegas! The Canadian crooner is set to host a b day party at the Heart of Omnia …

    March 2, 2015 10:26 am
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Editorial

  • Netanyahu’s Iran Speech: Why it’s important for Congress to at least listen to Israel’s leader


    The speech Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is slated to give to a joint session of Congress Tuesday is one of the most critical of recent times. It concerns not only the very existence of his nation, but also the terribly real possibility of nuclear holocaust in the foreseeable future. Our own security is at stake as well: Iran is developing intercontinental missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons that will reach our shores. The question isn’t why should Congress listen to what he has to say, but rather why in the world would certain members not to hear him out? ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Prime Minister Netanyahu will speak on the prospect of Iran being able to develop nuclear weapons.  He is making this speech because – like many people – he is fearful that the agreement President Obama wants to strike with Iran would not put in place effective controls to prevent the mullahs – and plausibly …

    March 2, 2015 10:26 am
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Odd News

  • Circus acrobat reported missing in Atlanta has been found


    (Reuters) – An acrobat reported missing in Atlanta by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey circus has been found, a production company said on Friday. Police issued a missing person bulletin on Thursday for Wei Cao, a 25-year-old Chinese citizen who performs a bicycle and juggling act for the circus, after she missed a scheduled performance this week. Feld Entertainment, which produces the circus, said in a statement that Cao had been located and no additional information was available. A spokeswoman for the Atlanta Police Department said the agency had not been notified of the performer’s return. (Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Lisa Lambert)

    February 28, 2015 1:19 am
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