Headline News

  • Philadelphia police corruption case based on criminals’ testimony: lawyer


    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Lawyers representing six former Philadelphia police officers in a corruption trial said the U.S. government’s case against them on charges they robbed and beat-up drug dealers was based on the unreliable testimony of everyday criminals. The trial of the officers on charges including robbery, racketeering, civil rights violations and falsifying records began on Monday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. Prosecutors have said the officers routinely beat up suspects they were investigating, stole cash and drugs from drug dealers, which in one instance they sold on the street, and falsified reports in a bid to cover up their behavior. Another key prosecution witness is former officer Jeffrey Walker, who was caught planting evidence and stealing money during a 2013 FBI sting. Walker pleaded guilty to the charges against him and is expected to spend days on the stand testifying against his former colleagues. “We are not dealing with people with high morals,” …

    March 30, 2015 11:43 pm
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Politics

  • China to delay bank tech restrictions, U.S. Treasury official says


    BEIJING (Reuters) – China has agreed to delay implementing new bank technology restrictions that Washington has complained represent unfair regulatory pressure on foreign firms, a senior U.S. Treasury official said in Beijing on Monday. China said this month work was ongoing on a draft anti-terrorism law that would require foreign companies to hand over encryption keys and otherwise facilitate Beijing’s ability to bypass security measures, triggering U.S. protests. Another set of financial sector regulations would push China’s state-owned banks to buy technology from domestic vendors. Beijing is now delaying the regulations that applied to the banks, according to the official, speaking after meetings between U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and senior Chinese officials, including Premier Li Keqiang. There was no immediate comment from China, but U.S. industry groups, which have been lobbying hard on the issue, cautiously welcomed the move. “We are encouraged that there seems to be a delay; what we now need is …

    March 30, 2015 11:22 pm
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Stocks

  • Jay Z’s TIDAL music service to be owned by artists


    Jay Z along with some of the biggest artists in music made waves on Monday with the announcement of TIDAL, the first-ever artist owned streaming service. “We come to you with one voice in unity,” artist Alicia Keys said during the live event. “The first ever artist owned global music and entertainment platform!” The event brought together likes of Kanye West, Daft Punk and Madonna along with a ton of hype. For example, a clock on the service’s site was counting down to the live streamed event, and the rapper’s entertainment company, Roc Nation, tweeted Saturday about a “special announcement.” It also came with many of the same artists turning their Twitter avatars blue to bring attention to Jay Z’s streaming service. “Together, we can turn the tide and make music history,” West tweeted. “Start by turning your profile picture blue. #TIDALforALL” Related: Jay-Z to buy music streaming Aspiro for $56 million As for the …

    March 30, 2015 11:43 pm
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Sports

  • Blazers rout Suns to clinch playoff berth


    Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) – The Portland Trail Blazers clinched a second straight playoff berth emphatically Monday night. Damian Lillard had 19 points and seven assists as the Blazers routed the Phoenix Suns 109-86. LaMarcus Aldridge posted 17 points and seven rebounds, while Nicolas Batum and Arron Afflalo netted 16 points apiece for Portland, which has won four straight on the heels of a five-game losing streak. The Blazers’ magic number to clinch the Northwest Division got reduced to three. Gerald Green and T.J. Warren poured in 13 points apiece off the bench to lead the Suns, who have dropped four consecutive contests. Portland had already led by six points at the break, but seized complete control after outscoring Phoenix 37-16 in the third. The Blazers were up nine before a 15-2 run put the game out of reach. Lillard, Batum and Afflalo knocked down 3-pointers during the surge, which was capped on an Aldridge dunk …

    March 30, 2015 11:43 pm
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World News

  • Iran nuclear talks enter final day


    Talks to reach a preliminary agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme are entering their final day. Foreign ministers from six world powers and their Iranian counterpart have been negotiating in Switzerland ahead of a self-imposed deadline. US Secretary of State John Kerry said talks on Monday had produced “some light” but “tricky issues” remained. Ministers want to restrict Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for relief from crippling sanctions. ‘More light’ Iran insists its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes, but world powers are worried about the country developing nuclear weapons. They want to keep Iran at least one year away from being able to produce enough fuel for a single weapon. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said he was “cautiously optimistic” about reaching a deal The final hours of negotiation in Lausanne are taking place between foreign ministers from the so-called P5+1 – comprising the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany – and Iranian Foreign …

    March 30, 2015 11:43 pm
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Technology

  • The internet of things: convenience at a price


    Chores are boring. Get home from work, let the dog out, put dinner on, start a load of laundry and write a list for your next grocery order. What if rather than doing housework when you get home, you could do it on your commute – or better yet, not at all? That’s the promise of the internet of things: hand your commute over to a smart car, let your pet out via his web-connected dog door, open up an app to pre-heat the oven and start the laundry, and click to approve the shopping list your smart fridge automatically generated. This all sounds like a futuristic life, and parts of it do remain years away, but the foundations are being laid now – and much of the work is being done by British firms. We need to decide now what the IoT will look like, how it will protect our privacy, and just how …

    March 30, 2015 10:55 am
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Science

  • NASA Announces New Partnerships with U.S. Industry for Key Deep-Space Capabilities


    [image-36] Building on the success of NASA’s partnerships with commercial industry to date, NASA has selected 12 Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) to advance concept studies and technology development projects in the areas of advanced propulsion, habitation and small satellites. Through these public-private partnerships, selected companies will partner with NASA to develop the exploration capabilities necessary to enable commercial endeavors in space and human exploration to deep-space destinations such as the proving ground of space around the moon, known as cis-lunar space, and Mars. “Commercial partners were selected for their technical ability to mature key technologies and their commitment to the potential applications both for government and private sector uses,” said William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations at NASA Headquarters. “This work ultimately will inform the strategy to move human presence further into the solar system.” Results from these studies and hardware developments also will help determine the role for …

    March 30, 2015 11:22 pm
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Health

  • Arizona governor signs bill blocking abortion coverage through Obamacare


    PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey signed a law on Monday that requires doctors to tell women that drug-induced abortions can be reversed and that blocks the purchase of insurance on the Obamacare health exchange that includes abortion coverage. The requirement that patients be told that the effects of abortion pills may be undone by using high doses of a hormone was the most hotly contested provision during legislative debate. Supporters said there was ample evidence the reversal was possible if acted upon quickly, although they provided no peer-reviewed studies in support of their position. Critics called the argument “junk science.” The bill cleared the Republican-controlled Legislature last week, largely along party lines. In December, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked Arizona from enforcing a state law that restricted access to abortion-inducing drugs by prohibiting off-label uses of RU-486, known as the “abortion pill.” In a statement regarding the bill’s provision barring women from …

    March 30, 2015 11:22 pm
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Entertainment

  • Harvey Weinstein was slapped with a shocking sexual allegation


    More: David O. Russell loses his temper, spews profanity at Jennifer Lawrence According to E! News, New York police have confirmed that Weinstein was questioned over the weekend after a 22-year-old woman filed a sex abuse complaint against him. The woman says Weinstein groped her during a Friday meeting at the Tribeca Film Center. Police say they are investigating the incident, E! News reports, but that no charges have yet been filed. Weinstein, who has produced such hits as Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare in Love and Project Runway, has declined to comment on the investigation. So have The Weinstein Company and the Manhattan district attorney’s office. More: Katy Perry asked to star in Paul Potts biopic “He asked if her breasts were real before touching them,” a police source told the New York Daily News. “She asked him to stop and he put his hand up her skirt. He asked for a kiss, she responded ‘No.’” …

    March 30, 2015 11:43 pm
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Editorial

  • Obama’s race to chaos


    Starnes: Pence Defends Religious Liberty From Intolerant Bullies March 30, 2015

    March 30, 2015 11:23 pm
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Odd News

  • Alabama lawmaker pushes repeal of law named after his dead patient


    (Reuters) – An Alabama doctor-turned-lawmaker is seeking to overturn a state law named for one of his patients, whose death 16 years earlier triggered legislation requiring insurers to pay for minimum post-pregnancy hospital stays, records show. “Rose’s Law,” named after 36-year-old Rose Church, who died of a heart attack 10 days after giving birth in 1998, requires insurers in Alabama to cover post-pregnancy hospital stays up to 48 hours. It was championed by her widower, Gene Church, who said she was discharged too quickly and without proper tests. State Senator Larry Stutts, a Republican first elected in November 2014, was Church’s gynecologist at the time of her death, and was named in a lawsuit filed by the widower. Stutts introduced his measure on March 18, billing it in a subsequent Facebook posting as a means to eliminate intrusion into doctor-patient relations and as getting rid of “one-size-fits-all Obamacare-style laws.” Church views it differently. “This was …

    March 30, 2015 11:22 pm
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