Headline News

  • Indiana university cleared after report of armed person


    (Reuters) – An Indiana university gave the all clear early on Saturday after being locked down for several hours over a reported armed person, possibly with explosives, near the school’s administration building, officials said. Manchester University spokeswoman Anne Gregory said in an email that police had swept all the buildings and residence halls on its North Manchester campus and found no credible threats or injuries. The university had advised students at the campus, 36 miles (58 km) west of Fort Wayne, to shelter in place late on Friday night. “Barricade yourself in a room, stay away from windows. Be quiet, silence cell. Wait for police or All-Clear,” the school said in a campus alert. Gregory said the administration building on the 120-acre campus of the liberal arts school, which has some 1,500 students, was locked and usually unoccupied so late at night. (Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

    April 25, 2015 3:18 am
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Politics

  • Republicans seen scrapping Ryan Medicare plan in U.S. budget push


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Aiming to acquire more budget powers and take a swipe at Obamacare, Republicans will likely scrap a proposal that stirred controversy and helped launch Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan on the national stage: privatizing the Medicare health program. Ryan’s bold Medicare “premium support” plan would be sacrificed to ensure passage of Congress’ first full budget in six years and allow Republicans a rare opportunity to use a powerful procedural tool to ease passage of other legislation. Dropping the fiscal conservative’s signature plan, which had little chance of enactment, is one sign of how the Republican-controlled House and Senate are trying to show they can govern effectively as they seek to win the White House in 2016. Republicans are hoping to use the power known as budget “reconciliation” to pass a bill to repeal or replace President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, known as “Obamacare,” a long-standing goal of the party. For many House …

    April 25, 2015 12:17 am
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Stocks

  • Bruce Jenner interview: ‘Yes, for all intents and purposes, I’m a woman’


    Bruce Jenner, who has spent his entire adult life in the public spotlight, has secretly spent his entire life as a woman. Now the secret is out. “Yes, for all intents and purposes, I’m a woman,” Jenner told Diane Sawyer in an interview televised on ABC on Friday night. Jenner said he has the “soul of a female” and told Sawyer “my brain is much more female than it is male,” even though “as of now I have all the male parts.” Jenner dreams as a woman. “I’ve been thinking about this day forever,” Jenner told Sawyer, describing in emotional terms how male gender identity was a lie. But “she is not a lie,” Jenner said. Jenner expressed optimism that “what I’m doing is going to do some good” and talked about becoming involved in transgender activism. Related: 8 TV interviews everybody watched Support for Jenner seemed to dominate social media conversations as the TV …

    April 25, 2015 2:37 am
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Sports

  • After four 2-1 wins over Penguins, Rangers head to 2nd round, await Capitals or Islanders


    NEW YORK –  The New York Rangers aren’t accustomed to this. In last year’s run to the Stanley Cup Finals, they went the seven-game limit in the first two series, then needed six games in the Eastern Conference final. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Now, after four straight 2-1 victories — the clincher in Game 5 Friday night against Pittsburgh on Carl Hagelin’s overtime goal — they actually get some time to, as coach Alain Vigneault put it, “heal some bumps and bruises.” New York will face the winner of the Capitals-Islanders series, which Washington led 3-2 heading into Saturday’s game at Nassau Coliseum. Rather than look ahead to a potential next opponent, the Rangers looked forward to some rest. “Anytime you can close out a series and heal some bumps and bruises — which we certainly have a few — it’s a good thing,” Vigneault said. “We will take the next couple of days here to recuperate …

    April 25, 2015 3:18 am
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World News

  • Pakistan PM condemns activist killing


    Sabeen Mehmud had been the subject of threats before being killed in Karachi Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, has led condemnation of the killing of leading human rights activist Sabeen Mehmud. Sabeen Mehmud was shot dead in Karachi as she drove home with her mother, who was injured in the attack. A statement from Mr Sharif’s office expressed condolences and ordered an immediate investigation. No group has yet said it carried out the killing; the campaigner been subject to death threats before. “It’s an incident of targeted killing,” said Dr Jamil Ahmed, the Karachi-South Deputy Inspector General of Police, who said it was too early to establish a motive, Dawn newspaper reported. Ms Mehmud was killed in a drive-by shooting on her way home with her mother The campaigner had just hosted a talk on alleged human rights abuses by the army Her killing came hours after she hosted a talk on the Pakistani army’s …

    April 25, 2015 3:18 am
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Technology

  • Mortal Kombat X review


    In the early days of video games, controversy was a nice, easy way of shifting units, a facet of the industry far from lost on spine-ripping, viscera-churning Mortal Kombat, a franchise grown on cartoonish levels of gore. Its 10th outing ratchets up the dismemberment further still, but somehow manages to be more funny than repulsive. Along with new and inventive fatalities, in single-player mode there’s an actual plot, albeit one involving the customary world-destroying supernatural absurdities. It’s beautifully woven into the “kombat”, segueing straight from plot exposition to fights involving fists, weapons and magic. The feel of the fighting has also been improved, with simple fatalities that let novice players get gruesome without weeks of practice, and a catalogue of special moves triggered by button combinations that will be instantly familiar to those who’ve played any of the other Mortal Kombats. ALSO OUT THIS WEEK Far Cry 4: Valley Of The Yetis, PS3/4, Xbox 360/One …

    April 25, 2015 3:37 am
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Science

  • Generating broadband terahertz radiation from a microplasma in air


    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers at the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics have shown that a laser-generated microplasma in air can be used as a source of broadband terahertz radiation. In a paper published this week in Optica, Fabrizio Buccheri and Xi-Cheng Zhang demonstrate that an approach for generating terahertz waves using intense laser pulses in air — first pioneered in 1993 — can be done with much lower power lasers, a major challenge until now. Ph.D. student and lead author Buccheri explains that they exploited the underlying physics to reduce the necessary laser power for plasma generation. He adds that it could potentially be improved for applications in the monitoring of explosives or drugs. Buccheri explains that applications for terahertz radiation, a form of electromagnetic radiation named after its frequency, can be divided into two categories: imaging and spectroscopy. Imaging using terahertz waves is similar to imaging using X-rays, but unlike X-rays it …

    April 24, 2015 11:58 pm
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Health

  • Hawaii lawmakers pass bill raising smoking age to 21


    HONOLULU (Reuters) – Hawaii lawmakers on Friday passed a bill that would raise the legal smoking age statewide to 21, positioning it to become the first state in the country to do so. The bill, which passed the state Senate by a vote of 19-4 after clearing the house last week, would also ban the sale, purchase or use of electronic cigarettes for those under the age of 21. “The activities we’ve engaged in over the years to manage smoking, our additional efforts in education, the raising of cigarette taxes, this is a continuation of those policies,” Democratic state Senator Rosalyn Baker, one of the bill’s sponsors, told Reuters. She said opponents of the measure have argued that it limits choice for people considered adults in other situations, like joining the military, but added: “To me, giving someone the choice to have lung cancer is not a good choice.” Governor David Ige will have to …

    April 25, 2015 12:17 am
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Entertainment

Editorial

  • Beyond the Dream: Lessons of the Holocaust — Never Again!


    Jerusalem, Yad Vasham Holocaust Memorial –  “I came to Auschwitz in July 31, 1944.” It is a day that 89-year-old Elyahu Zilberberg will never forget. It is the day his freedom died, ripped away from him by sinister Nazi forces, hellbent on following German Fuhrer Adolph Hitler’s brutal quest to exterminate Jewish people and other races that he believed were inferior to the Aryan nation. Programming alert: Be sure to watch Eliyahu Zilberberg’s story featured in Kelly Wright’s “Beyond The Dream series,” Saturday, April 25, on “America’s News Headquarters,” 2:30 – 4:00 pm. ET on Fox News Channel. Zilberberg recalls receiving a number on his arm, being treated like a slave and subjected to acts of cruelty.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT He says he was forced to go to welding school in order to repair the train cars that transported equipment and supplies to German troops.  As long as there was work to be done to benefit …

    April 25, 2015 12:17 am
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Odd News

  • Argentine side train with dust masks as volcano spews ash


    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – An amateur side set to meet league champions Racing Club in the last 64 of the Argentine Cup are wearing dust marks to train near an Andean volcano spewing ash. “We’re playing against the Argentine champions, we’re taking it very seriously and anxiously await the match,” coach Gustavo Coronel of regional side Independiente of Neuquen, a province in the southwest of Argentina, told TyC Sports on Friday. Across the nearby Andes mountains in neighboring Chile, the 2,000-metre Cabulco volcano erupted on Wednesday and has been spewing clouds of ash since Thursday. The venue and date of the match have not been confirmed. The ash has reached Buenos Aires in the east with flights into and out of Ezeiza international airport suspended or rerouted while those at Neuquen and the Andean ski resorts of Bariloche and Chapelco have been closed. (Reporting by Rex Gowar; Editing by Ken Ferris)

    April 24, 2015 11:57 pm
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