• Russian trawler sinks with 54 dead

    The trawler sank within 15 minutes A Russian trawler has sunk off the Kamchatka peninsula, with 54 sailors so far confirmed dead. Sixty-three people have been rescued, many suffering from hypothermia, according to a maritime...
  • Ellis, Sabres top Maple Leafs

    Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Matt Ellis scored the game-winning goal early in the third period as the Buffalo Sabres topped the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Wednesday. Matt Moulson, Zac Dalpe and Cody Hodgson all...
  • Russian trawler sinks with 43 dead

    The trawler sank within 15 minutes A Russian trawler has sunk off the Kamchatka peninsula, with 43 sailors so far confirmed dead. Sixty-three people have been rescued, many suffering from hypothermia, according to a maritime...
  • Serena’s 700th win sets up Halep semi

    MIAMI (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams overcame a dreadful second set to beat Germany’s Sabine Lisicki 7-6(4) 1-6 6-3 on Wednesday for her 700th career win and a berth in the Miami Open...

Headline News

  • Duke University investigates noose found hanging from tree on campus


    April 1, 2015: Duke student from front left to right, Michaela Stith, Ashley Croker-Benn and Jasmine Roddey rally during a university-wide forum outside the Duke Chapel on campus. (AP) Duke University officials are trying to determine who hung a rope noose from a tree, what the president of the elite Southern school described Wednesday as a vicious symbol in a region where lynchings were once used to terrorize black residents. President Richard Brodhead told a crowd of several thousand gathered in front of the university’s Gothic chapel building that their presence was a rejection of that symbol. And he said that while administrators and campus police investigate who displayed the noose and why, it is up to each individual to reject racism. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “One person put up that noose, but this is the multitude of people who got together to say that’s not the Duke we want,” he told the crowd. “That’s not the Duke …

    April 1, 2015 10:08 pm
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Politics

  • Senator Menendez of New Jersey indicted on corruption charges


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey was indicted on corruption charges, allegations that the high-ranking Democrat vowed to fight at a news conference on Wednesday night. Menendez was indicted by a grand jury in New Jersey for accepting gifts from Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist, in exchange for using the power of his Senate office to benefit Melgen’s financial and personal interests, according to the court filing. Speaking in Newark, New Jersey as dozens of supporters cheered and applauded, Menendez told reporters that the prosecutors in the case were “dead wrong” and he intended to prove it. “I ask my friends, my colleagues and the community to hold their judgment and remember all the other times when prosecutors got it wrong … I will be vindicated,” Menendez said. “This is not how my career is going to end.” Related Video “I will be vindicated”-Sen. Menendez He was scheduled to appear in …

    April 1, 2015 7:46 pm
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Stocks

  • Chinese investors trade way more often than Americans


    One of the easiest ways to mess up your investment portfolio is by tinkering with it too much. That’s when pesky fees and human error tend to drag down performance. Unless you get super lucky, this common mistake can turn into an expensive double-whammy. Investors in China apparently didn’t get this “less is more” memo. Eighty-one percent of retail investors in China surveyed by State Street said they trade at least once a month. That’s the highest of any country on the planet. Likewise, 73% of investors in Hong Kong said they trade monthly or more often in stocks, bonds, currencies and other securities. Those are very high figures, especially considering just 53% of Americans and 32% of French investors say they trade monthly or more often. “In the majority of cases, this does not work out to the benefit of the investors. Frequent trading destroys the value of your portfolio,” said Suzanne Duncan, global …

    April 1, 2015 10:07 pm
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Sports

  • Ellis, Sabres top Maple Leafs


    Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Matt Ellis scored the game-winning goal early in the third period as the Buffalo Sabres topped the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Wednesday. Matt Moulson, Zac Dalpe and Cody Hodgson all lit the lamp, captain Brian Gionta tallied two assists and Anders Lindback made 24 saves for the Sabres, who ended a five-game losing streak. “To get a goal, and to get a victory, doesn’t get much better than that,” Ellis said. “It’s a special feeling.” Eric Brewer, James van Riemsdyk and Nazem Kadri each scored, while Jonathan Bernier allowed all four goals on 31 shots for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped eight of their last 10 games. Early in the third, Moulson’s one-timer in the slot off Johan Larsson’s feed from behind the net while on the power play tied the game 1:33 into the frame. Ellis gave Buffalo a 4-3 lead less than two minutes later after he …

    April 1, 2015 10:07 pm
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World News

  • Russian trawler sinks with 54 dead


    The trawler sank within 15 minutes A Russian trawler has sunk off the Kamchatka peninsula, with 54 sailors so far confirmed dead. Sixty-three people have been rescued, many suffering from hypothermia, according to a maritime rescue centre in Russia’s Far East. The Dalniy Vostok freezer trawler had 132 people on board when it sank. Seventy-eight of the crew were Russian, with the remainder coming from countries including Latvia, Ukraine, Myanmar and Vanuatu. The Dalniy Vostok went down in the Sea of Okhotsk, 330 km (205 miles) west of Krutogorovsky settlement. Drifting ice may have holed the vessel, according to Russian emergency services. Water flooded the engine compartment and the trawler then sank within 15 minutes, a local branch of the Russian Emergencies Ministry said. Some two dozen ships and a rescue helicopter are involved in searching for remaining survivors in freezing waters around zero degrees C (32degF).

    April 1, 2015 10:08 pm
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Technology

  • As April Fools’ arrives, Google flips out and T-Mobile goes to the dogs


    An informative text from Muffles the poodle. T-Mobile; screenshot by CNET Google has thrown things in reverse for April Fools’ Day, and, not to be outdone, T-Mobile has announced its latest “Un-carrier” pet project. It’s a rite of spring: Tech companies regularly use April 1 as an occasion for jokey press releases and “Well, aren’t we crazy?” pranks about too-good-to-be-true products and other off-the-wall ideas. At the stroke of midnight ET, Google launched a flipped-out search page that gets everything backward. It’s a simple conceit, particularly when compared with more elaborate schemes such as inventing snail-mail boxes with a high-tech twist, or turning Google Maps into a game of Pac-Man. But it manages to be strangely satisfying. You can give it a lrihw at — where else? — https://com.google/. It’s backwards day, if you look in the right place. Google; screenshot by CNET T-Mobile, meanwhile, pokes fun at itself and its frequent attacks on rivals …

    April 1, 2015 7:25 pm
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Science

  • Simplifying SNP discovery in the cotton genome


    The term “single-nucleotide polymorphism” (SNP) refers to a single base change in DNA sequence between two individuals. SNPs are the most common type of genetic variation in plant and animal genomes and are, thus, an important resource to biologists. The ubiquity of these markers and the fact that these polymorphisms show variation at such a fine scale (i.e., at the individual level) makes them ideal markers for many applications, such as population-level genetic diversity studies and genetic mapping in plants. The growing popularity of next-generation sequencing has made SNPs a pervasive genetic marker in many areas of plant biology. The ever-increasing throughput of sequencing platforms has resulted in the ability to easily identify and genotype thousands of SNPs across numerous individuals to uncover genetic variation among and within populations. This technique, however, becomes quite challenging when the species of interest has undergone whole genome duplication events (i.e., polyploidy), as is common in many plant lineages. …

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Health

  • Fetal DNA tests prove highly accurate but experts warn of exceptions


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Roche blood test to screen fetuses for Down syndrome worked far better than standard prenatal screening tests in younger, low-risk women, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday, setting the stage for more widespread use. The new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, is the largest to show the tests are accurate in even low-risk women. But experts warned that women who test positive still need to confirm the result through more invasive diagnostic testing such as amniocentesis, especially if they would consider terminating a pregnancy. “This is a great test for detecting Down syndrome but it doesn’t detect everything, it isn’t diagnostic, and it doesn’t always work to provide a result,” said Dr. Mary Norton of the University of California, San Francisco. Prior studies have shown such fetal DNA tests, which measure DNA fragments from the placenta circulating in the mother’s blood, are highly accurate at detecting Down syndrome …

    April 1, 2015 7:46 pm
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Entertainment

  • Zoë Kravitz opens up for first time about her life-threatening eating disorder


    The Insurgent actress got candid about her eating disorder battle in the April/May issue of Complex magazine. More: Divergent: 5 Differences between the book and the movie Kravitz said fame was definitely a factor in her struggles. “I think it was part of being a woman, and being surrounded by [fame],” she explained in the interview. “I think it was definitely about being around that world, seeing that world. I felt pressured.” Kravitz, whose father is musician, Lenny Kravitz, and whose mother is Cosby Show alumna, Lisa Bonet, described having famous parents as a blessing and a curse. “My mother’s a… beautiful woman, and I think, in some ways, I felt intimidated by that sometimes.” She also admitted with a laugh, “My dad dated a lot of supermodels.” Luckily, Kravitz’s parents were aware of her disease and pushed her to get treatment. More: Did Zoë Kravitz go commando at the Met Gala? But her role playing …

    April 1, 2015 10:07 pm
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Editorial

  • The Foxhole: Chase Untermeyer on Reagan’s Navy, two Bush White Houses, and Churchill’s war counsel


    The first time Chase Untermeyer shook hands with George H.W. Bush was in October 1963, when the latter was chairman of the Republican Party for Harris County, Texas. Three years later, when Untermeyer was a student at Harvard University and spending the summer in his native Houston, he volunteered to work on Bush’s campaign for a congressional seat representing the west side of the city. “And from there,” Untermeyer said in a recent visit to “The Foxhole,” “all things flowed.” That proved true for both men. Bush, of course, went on to become Republican Party chair, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and, in 1981, vice president of the United States. It was in that capacity that he hired Untermeyer to serve as his executive assistant in the White House. Since their initial meeting, Untermeyer had graduated from Harvard with honors, served the Navy with honor in the …

    April 1, 2015 7:46 pm
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Odd News

  • Colorado man arrested after three hours perched on cliff-top tree


    DENVER (Reuters) – A Colorado man who wrecked his car, fled from police and climbed a tree atop a mountain cliff has been arrested after negotiators spent three hours talking him down from his precarious perch, authorities said on Wednesday. Richard Poula Jr., 32, ultimately surrendered and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and a host of other charges related to the incident, Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Commander Heidi Prentup said. According to Prentup, police outside the city of Longmont took a call on Tuesday from a person who reported that a motorist was stopped in the middle of a road and was beating on a car with a pipe wrench, breaking out the windows. “The person reporting this strange behavior decided to follow the vehicle until deputies were able to catch up,” Prentup said, adding that officers followed as Poula entered a canyon about four miles from where he …

    April 1, 2015 7:46 pm
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