• Switzerland ‘seeks Fifa arrests’

    Switzerland ‘seeks Fifa arrests’

    Swiss police move to arrest officials from football world body Fifa over US corruption charges, New York Times says This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh...
  • China’s yuan ‘no longer undervalued': IMF

    China’s yuan ‘no longer undervalued': IMF

    For years, China has been criticized for keeping its currency from strengthening too much against the dollar. But those days may be over — the International Monetary Fund has declared that the yuan is “no...
  • Runaway mafia boss held in Brazil

    Pasquale Scotti was arrested while taking his children to school An Italian organised crime boss convicted for more than 20 murders has been caught in Brazil after 31 years on the run. Pasquale Scotti –...

Headline News

  • Maryland ‘free range’ parents cleared of child neglect in one of two cases


    April 12, 2015: Danielle and Alexander Meitiv speak to reporters after being reunited with their children at the Montgomery County (Md.) Child Protective Services office in Rockville, Md. (Marrina Marraco/MyFoxDC.com) A Maryland couple has been cleared of child neglect charges in one of two cases brought against them after they let their two children walk home from a local park unsupervised.  WTTG reported Tuesday that Danielle and Alexander Meitiv, of Silver Spring, had been informed last week that Montgomery County Child Protective Services had ruled that the pair did not neglect their two children, aged 10 and 6, when they allowed them to walk about a mile by themselves this past December. “It’s not completely over, but it does lift a huge weight off our shoulders,” Danielle Meitiv told WTTG. The new finding followed an appeal of the agency’s earlier decision holding the Meitivs responsible for “unsubstantiated” child neglect, a finding typically made when there is …

    May 27, 2015 12:02 am
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Politics

  • Data thieves gain access to 100,000 U.S. taxpayers’ information: IRS


    Tax return information for about 100,000 U.S. taxpayers was illegally accessed by cyber criminals over the past four months, U.S. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of data thefts that have alarmed American consumers. From February to May, attackers sought to gain access to personal tax information 200,000 times through the agency’s “Get Transcript” online application, which calls up information from previous returns, he told a news conference. About half of those attempts were successful. The breach did not affect any IRS data outside the “Get Transcript” application, and the agency said it would strengthen its security measures. Koskinen said he could not comment on who the attackers might be, and a criminal investigation was ongoing. “We’re confident these are not amateurs. These are actually organized crime syndicates that not only we but everyone in the financial industry are dealing with,” Koskinen said. The data theft was largely intended …

    May 26, 2015 9:01 pm
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Stocks

  • China’s yuan ‘no longer undervalued': IMF


    For years, China has been criticized for keeping its currency from strengthening too much against the dollar. But those days may be over — the International Monetary Fund has declared that the yuan is “no longer undervalued.” While holding down the yuan “was a major factor causing the large imbalances in the past,” according to an IMF statement. “Our assessment now is that the substantial real effective appreciation over the past year has brought the exchange rate to a level that is no longer undervalued.” This marks a significant shift and is a vote of confidence for China’s currency, which Beijing wants to turn into a global reserve currency for central banks. China has historically kept tight control of its currency, also called the renminbi — favorable exchange rates have helped boost exports and manufacturing over time. But China has continued to draw ire from the U.S. government for keeping it artificially low. Related: Jack …

    May 27, 2015 12:02 am
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Sports

  • LeBron leads Cavs sweep of Hawks to reach NBA Finals


    LeBron James booked his place in the NBA Finals for the fifth straight year when the Cleveland Cavaliers crushed the Atlanta Hawks 118-88 on Tuesday to complete a 4-0 sweep of the Eastern Conference Final. James scored a game-high 23 points as the Cavs advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2007, where they will play either the Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets. For James, who returned to the Cavaliers after four seasons with the Miami Heat, it will be the fifth year in a row, and sixth overall, that he has played in the NBA Finals. In addition to his 23 points, James also made nine rebounds and had seven assists on Tuesday, doing most of his scoring in the first half as Cleveland opened up a commanding 59-42 lead by halftime. “We’ve worked our tails off all season to get to the this point, and to be able to …

    May 27, 2015 12:02 am
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World News

  • Switzerland ‘seeks Fifa arrests’


    Swiss police move to arrest officials from football world body Fifa over US corruption charges, New York Times says This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App then details on how to do so are available on this help page. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.

    May 27, 2015 12:22 am
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Technology

  • A song of sparks and fire: RoboWars takes engineers to battle


    To battle bots go at it in the RoboWars arena. RoboWars It’s a special breed of engineer that wants to destroy their creation, but one event is bringing those diabolical destruction-lovers out of the woodwork to pit machine against machine in a kind of robot Thunderdome. Taking place as part of this year’s Vivid Sydney festival — an annual festival of arts, culture and large-scale light installations that illuminate the Australian city — RoboWars will bring a demolition derby to Australia’s biggest harbour city. The event will set up on the Sydney Harbour waterfront with a battle arena reminiscent of “Mad Max: Fury Road,” as amateur battle-bot builders unleash their machines on each other to crush opponents and be the last hunk of metal standing. Based on the ’90s British TV show “Robot Wars,” Sydney’s event has a few simple rules: build your own robot, weighing in at under 13.6 kilograms (30 pounds), which is …

    May 27, 2015 12:22 am
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Science

  • Nearly indestructible virus yields tool to treat diseases


    Related images(click to enlarge) By unlocking the secrets of a bizarre virus that survives in nearly boiling acid, scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have found a blueprint for battling human disease using DNA clad in near-indestructible armor. “What’s interesting and unusual is being able to see how proteins and DNA can be put together in a way that’s absolutely stable under the harshest conditions imaginable,” said Edward H. Egelman, PhD, of the UVA Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. “We’ve discovered what appears to be a basic mechanism of resistance – to heat, to desiccation, to ultraviolet radiation. And knowing that, then, we can go in many different directions, including developing ways to package DNA for gene therapy.” Finding effective packaging for DNA delivery is important because the human body has many ways to degrade and remove foreign DNA – that’s how it combats viruses. But that protective mechanism becomes a …

    May 26, 2015 8:41 pm
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Health

  • Family history may not impact breast cancer survival odds


    (Reuters Health) – In younger women with breast cancer, having a family history of the disease may not worsen their survival odds, a new study suggests. These results should reassure younger women diagnosed with breast cancer, study co-author Dr. Ramsey Cutress, a researcher at the University of Southampton in the U.K., said by email. “They should not be concerned that their family history alone will affect the chance of a successful outcome,” Cutress said. Worldwide, breast cancer is the most common malignancy in women. About one in nine women will eventually develop it, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The risk increases with age, from one in 227 at age 30 to one in 26 by age 70. A woman is more likely to develop breast cancer if her mother, sister or daughter has been diagnosed with the disease, particularly if the diagnosis was before age 50. Cutress and colleagues studied 2,850 women …

    May 26, 2015 9:01 pm
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Entertainment

  • Jim Bob Duggar’s statement that could be bad news for Josh


    More: Jim Bob, Michelle Duggar now dealing with extreme child abuse allegations But Jim Bob’s campaign website, still web cached from his 2002 bid for the Arkansas Senate? Not so much. On the website, in a section explaining his stance on abortion, Jim Bob wrote that both rape and incest should be capital crimes. “If a woman is raped, the rapist should be executed instead of the innocent unborn baby,” he wrote. “Rape and incest represent heinous crimes and as such should be treated as capital crimes.” Image: Jimbob.info More: Michelle Duggar admits she’s not yet content with the size of her family According to the police report, obtained and published by In Touch Weekly after a Freedom of Information Act request, both Jim Bob and his wife, Michelle, knew about Josh’s crimes, though instead of allowing him to face prosecution, they sent him to a counselor — later revealed to be a family friend …

    May 26, 2015 11:22 pm
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Editorial

  • Marine court-martialed for refusing to remove Bible verse


    A United States Marine was convicted at a court-martial for refusing to remove a Bible verse on her computer – a verse of Scripture the military determined “could easily be seen as contrary to good order and discipline.” The plight of Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling seems unbelievable – a member of the Armed Forces criminally prosecuted for displaying a slightly altered passage of Scripture from the Old Testament: “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.” Sterling, who represented herself at trial, was convicted February 1, 2014 in a court-martial at Camp Lejune, North Carolina after she refused to obey orders from a staff sergeant to remove the Bible verses from her desk. She was found guilty of failing to go to her appointed place of duty, disrespect toward a superior commissioned officer, and four specifications of disobeying the lawful order of a noncommissioned officer. As it now stands – Sterling is unemployed and looking for …

    May 26, 2015 9:21 pm
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Odd News

  • Bones found in California belong to Swedish girl missing 30 years


    Bones found in the Northern California foothills have been identified as belonging to a Swedish exchange student who went missing more than 33 years ago, prompting police investigators to reopen the case, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. The remains, consisting of only seven bones, were discovered in Fremont, California, in 2010 and in November were matched to 21-year-old Elisabeth Martinsson, the Marin Independent Journal reported on its website. Marin County Coroner’s spokesman said he could not immediately comment to Reuters on the case. Martinsson, of Uddevalla, Sweden, had been staying as an exchange student with a family in Greenbrae, across the San Francisco Bay from Fremont, when she was reported missing on Jan. 17, 1982. Martinsson, who also had been working as a nanny, vanished after buying a pair of boots in the nearby community of Larkspur and had not been seen in the more than three decades since. Some 10 days after her disappearance …

    May 26, 2015 8:41 pm
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