Headline News

  • At least two protesters arrested in Ferguson hours after U.S. report


    (Reuters) – At least two protesters were arrested outside police headquarters in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday, according to police and online video, just hours after the release of a U.S. probe that found racial bias in the department. The footage, shared by protesters, a local lawmaker and reporters on Twitter late on Wednesday, showed police take into custody at least two of the few dozen demonstrators. When contacted, Ferguson police were not able to provide exact arrest totals or specify the charges, but a dispatcher said protesters had been asked to move out of the street “many, many times.” The arrests come just hours after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder unveiled a report that found systemic racial bias created a “toxic environment” in the St. Louis suburb, but cleared white officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown there last August. Brown’s killing touched off a national debate on race, …

    March 4, 2015 11:56 pm
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Politics

  • Congress’ backing of Netanyahu on Iran more show than substance


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the U.S. Congress generated loud applause and worldwide headlines, it is unlikely to lead to new legislation or a shift in U.S. policy toward Iran. Although Netanyahu won praise from the Republicans who invited him to speak on Tuesday and who control the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, he faced fierce criticism from Democrats including Barack Obama whose support is crucial to pushing new legislation through, U.S. lawmakers said. “He came, he spoke, but he didn’t conquer,” said Daniel Kurtzer, who served as ambassador to Israel under Republican President George W. Bush and ambassador to Egypt under Democratic President Bill Clinton. He is now at Princeton University. After Netanyahu’s address, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would rush to a vote as soon as next week on a bill that would require Obama to submit any nuclear agreement with Iran for congressional …

    March 4, 2015 10:36 pm
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Stocks

  • HBO without cable will reportedly cost $15 a month


    HBO without the rest of cable’s trappings. We knew it was coming, we just didn’t know when. The International Business Times is reporting the streaming service will launch in early April, ahead of the April 12 debut of the new season of “Game of Thrones.” Called “HBO Now,” it will cost $15 a month, according to the IBT. HBO, which is owned by Time Warner, Inc. (TWX) (also the parent company of CNNMoney), is working with Apple (AAPL, Tech30) to offer the product on the Apple TV, according to the IBT. It will likely also work with other popular streaming devices like the Amazon Fire, Roku, Google Chromecast and Microsoft’s (MSFT, Tech30) Xbox. HBO would not confirm the price or other details. “We know there’s great anticipation around our standalone streaming service. And when we have details to share, we will do so,” the company said in a statement. Currently, HBO Go (the company’s streaming …

    March 4, 2015 10:56 pm
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Sports

  • MLS reaches deal with players to avert strike


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Major League Soccer and its players struck a deal for a new collective bargaining agreement on Wednesday, avoiding the threat of a players’ strike two days before the start of the season. MLS commissioner Don Garber confirmed to Reuters the MLS Players Union (MLSPU) and the league had reached agreement after four straight days of negotiations at the Washington offices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. “I am pleased to announce we have reached an agreement in principle with our union,” Garber told Reuters. “We are not going into details tonight but it is great to be able to continue the momentum that we have been able to build for this league and do it in partnership with our players.” With the 20th MLS season scheduled to open on Friday, labor talks went down to the wire as the two sides hammered out a new five-year deal to replace the previous …

    March 4, 2015 11:56 pm
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World News

  • Buddy Holly plane crash ‘review’


    5 March 2015 Last updated at 05:27 Holly’s band The Crickets broke up a year before his death The plane crash that claimed the lives of three rock ‘n’ roll stars, including Buddy Holly, could be investigated afresh by US transport safety experts. The 22-year-old Holly, Ritchie Valens and Jiles P Richardson – known as the Big Bopper – died in a crash shortly after take-off in Iowa in 1959. The pilot of the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza was also killed. On Wednesday, the US National Transportation Safety Board said it was reviewing a request to reopen a probe. “We are reviewing the petition to reconsider the Buddy Holly crash, based on criteria in our ‘regs’,” it said in a statement. There were two reasons given for the crash by the Civil Aeronautics Board, which carried out the investigation 56 years ago. The first was pilot error by 21-year-old Roger Peterson and the second attributed factor …

    March 5, 2015 12:17 am
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Technology

  • Chinese online game company NetEase eyes US expansion


    NetEase Chinese Internet and online game company NetEase plans to expand into the Western market this year, formally announcing that it will establish operations in California and planned releases of games later in 2015. The new Western arm of NetEase is looking to bring its signature mobile games into the Western market. One of the first products to make its debut in the West, with the working title Speedy Ninja, will see their initial release mid-2015. The game is expected to launch on iOS first. NetEase’s exploration into the Western market is the latest in a growing trend of Chinese Internet companies launching stateside. Chinese Internet giants like e-commerce company Alibaba and web service company Baidu both established a US presence as early as the first half of 2014. While NetEase has built a reputation in its home country by managing US-based game developer Blizzard’s online games — including popular online games World of Warcraft …

    March 4, 2015 10:15 pm
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Science

  • Big box stores could ditch the grid, use natural gas fuel cells instead


    Related images(click to enlarge) Large facilities like big box stores or hospitals could keep the lights on by using a fuel cell that runs off the natural gas that already flows in pipelines below most city streets. Instead of drawing electricity from the power grid, facilities could use natural gas-powered solid oxide fuel cells to lower their electric costs, increase power reliability, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and maybe even offset costs by selling excess fuel cell-generated power back to the power grid. Such an energy future could be possible — assuming fuel cell lifespans are improved and enough systems are produced to reach economies of scale — according to a cost-benefit analysis published in the journal Fuel Cells. If such advances are made, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory conclude natural gas solid oxide fuel cells could play a significant role in meeting future energy demand. The technology could help meet …

    March 4, 2015 10:36 pm
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Health

  • McDonald’s USA to phase out human antibiotics from chicken supply


    LOS ANGELES/CHICAGO (Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp’s U.S. restaurants will gradually stop buying chicken raised with antibiotics vital to fighting human infections, the most aggressive step by a major food company to change chicken producers’ practices in the fight against dangerous ‘superbugs.’ The world’s biggest restaurant chain announced on Wednesday that within two years, McDonald’s USA will only buy chickens raised without antibiotics that are important to human medicine. The concern is that the overuse of antibiotics for poultry may diminish their effectiveness in fighting disease in humans. McDonald’s policy will begin at the hatchery, where chicks are sometimes injected with antibiotics while still in the shell. “We’re listening to our customers,” Marion Gross, senior vice president of McDonald’s North American supply chain, told Reuters. She said the company is working with its domestic chicken suppliers, including Tyson Foods Inc, to make the transition. Veterinary use of antibiotics is legal. However, as the rate of human …

    March 4, 2015 10:36 pm
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Entertainment

  • 3 Elle Macpherson secrets to being the hottest grandma on the planet


    More: Wedding bells for Elle Macpherson OK, she isn’t actually a grandma… but she’s old enough to be one. At almost 51 years old, the model showed off her super-fit, bronzed body in a tiny black bikini during a beach shoot for Harper’s Bazaar Australia. For Macpherson, wellness is a pretty big deal. She’s been outspoken about taking good care of her body, especially as she ages. She even cofounded a wellness and health supplement company called WelleCo, which tweeted, “Wellness has been a way of life for @ellemacpherson and doesn’t it show! In The (sic) Bahamas for @BAZAARAustralia today.” Wellness has been a way of life for @ellemacpherson and doesn’t it show! In The Bahamas for @BAZAARAustralia today pic.twitter.com/mp1hXshowr — WelleCo. (@superelixir) February 26, 2015 The photos accompanying WelleCo’s tweets about the shoot say it all: Elle is looking absolutely amazing. Literally no one would guess she’s 50 years old. But it hasn’t been …

    March 4, 2015 10:56 pm
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Editorial

Odd News

  • Las Vegas hospital accidentally sends miscarried fetuses to laundry


    (Reuters) – A Las Vegas hospital accidentally sent twin miscarried fetuses wrapped in linen to a commercial laundry facility on Tuesday, officials said. Henderson Police Department spokeswoman Kathleen Richards said that officers were called at around 10 a.m. local time by laundry company Angelica after workers discovered the fetuses. Richards said the remains were delivered accidentally by Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center. The incident was not considered suspicious, Richards said, but added that the Clark County Coroner’s Office would investigate. Spring Valley Hospital spokeswoman Gretchen Papez said in a statement the mother of the fetuses arrived at the hospital after suffering a miscarriage at another location, and that the twins were wrapped in linens before her arrival. “We are currently reviewing the situation to determine what occurred. However, the remains are currently in the hospital’s possession, and we are working with the family at this time,” Papez said. The hospital is owned by a subsidiary …

    March 4, 2015 2:31 pm
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