Headline News

  • Brother, sister, both four, die in New York house fire on Easter morning


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A house fire that left two young children dead early Easter Sunday in New York City was sparked accidentally, possibly by a child playing with a lighter or matches, emergency officials said. The 4-year-old half-siblings, a boy and a girl, were at their grandfather’s home in the city borough of Queens when the blaze broke out in the basement just before midnight on Saturday, a spokesman with the New York City Fire Department said. The cause of the fire has been ruled accidental and the result of child-involved fire play, the spokesman said. Investigators were looking at the possibility the blaze was sparked by a lighter or matches. Four other people were injured in the blaze, including the 4-year-old sister of the boy, officials said. A 55-year-old woman and a 63-year-old man, both in critical condition, were transported to a nearby hospital. Their identities have not yet been released, officials said. …

    April 20, 2014 3:04 pm
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Politics

  • Georgia Republicans Brawl for Conservative Mantle in Senate Debate


    By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 11:46 a.m. today 0 Tweet Handel, left, and Perdue, right, debate for the Senate seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) AUGUSTA, Ga. — Seven Republican Senate hopefuls stood before a mammoth American flag Saturday afternoon for the sixth of seven debates hosted by the state GOP. In front of a couple hundred voters at the Columbia County Exhibition Center, just outside Augusta, the candidates sought to fortify their conservative credentials on immigration, the 2nd Amendment, abortion and what can be done to improve confidence in the economy. With so many candidates running for the state’s open Senate seat, none are expected to win a majority of the vote in the May 20 primary. They’re fighting to finish in the top two and advance to the July 22 runoff, when all bets are off. The name of Michelle Nunn, the likely Democratic nominee, wasn’t mentioned until the final three minutes of the …

    April 20, 2014 2:44 pm
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Stocks

  • General Mills reverses course on right to sue after backlash


    General Mills, whose portfolio of food products include Cheerios, has walked back a controversial change to its legal terms General Mills has scrapped a controversial change to its fine print. Last week, the company posted new legal terms to its website that some read as eliminating customers’ right to sue the company. General Mills (GIS, Fortune 500) explained the terms as requiring “all disputes related to the purchase or use of any General Mills product or service to be resolved through binding arbitration.” So on Saturday, the company noted outrage over the change and announced it was voiding those terms. But it stood by the decision and defended arbitration as cost-effective and common in the corporate world. General Mills brands include popular cereals like Cheerios and Wheaties, baking products like Betty Crocker and Pillsbury, and other food lines like Progresso soups and Häagen-Dazs ice cream. The legal terms change was first reported by the New …

    April 20, 2014 1:02 pm
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Sports

  • Boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dies at 76


    Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – Boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter died Sunday at the age of 76. Carter, who spent 19 years in jail after being wrongly convicted of murder, had been stricken by prostate cancer and died in his Toronto home early Sunday morning. The New Jersey native was arrested for a triple homicide in 1966 before being wrongfully convicted for the crime twice in 1967 and 1976. The second conviction was overturned in 1985 after Carter served nearly two decades in prison. Following his release, Carter moved to Toronto and eventually became the executive director of the Association in Defense of the Wrongly Convicted. Although never a world champion, Carter went 27-12-1 with 19 knockouts during his career in the ring. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    April 20, 2014 1:02 pm
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World News

  • Kuwait newspapers ordered to close


    20 April 2014 Last updated at 20:43 Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah has been Kuwait’s emir since 2006 A Kuwaiti judge has ordered the temporary closure of two newspapers for breaking a news blackout about an alleged coup plot. The independent newspapers, Al Watan and Alam Al Yawm, published details of a videotape said to show former senior officials planning the overthrow of the Gulf state’s leadership. Both papers have been ordered to stop printing for two weeks. The editor of Al Watan said it would appeal against the suspension. He told Reuters news agency: “I do not think we talked about the tape more than any other newspaper.” The videotape purportedly contains allegations of a plot to topple the government of the Western-backed emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah. Reports about the tape have featured extensively in local media since the start of the year, prompting a recent call from the emir’s office to …

    April 20, 2014 3:05 pm
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Technology

  • How BentProp and undersea robots found long-lost WWII bombers


    For 70 years, the waters off the island nation of Palau have hidden dozens of American planes shot down by the Japanese in World War II. Now a volunteer organization that’s been hunting for the planes since 1993 has teamed up with some of the world’s leading oceanographers and is applying the latest high-tech tools to the hunt. Illustration by James Martin/CNET AIMELIIK STATE, Palau– Pat Scannon glanced down at his waterproof notebook and prepared to read. Nearby, hovered around the stern of the Kemedukl, a 40-foot aluminum catamaran, the team responsible for finding a World War II torpedo bomber lost at sea waited for Scannon to start the flag ceremony for the plane’s long-lost airmen. “In September 1944, a TBM Avenger with a crew of three, flying with a Navy torpedo squadron, took off from a fast attack aircraft carrier on a mission flying over the State of Aimeliik in the Republic of Palau,” …

    April 20, 2014 2:24 pm
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Science

  • Counterfeit contraceptives found in South America


    Related images(click to enlarge) A survey of emergency contraceptive pills in Peru found that 28 percent of the batches studied were either of substandard quality or falsified. Many pills released the active ingredient too slowly. Others had the wrong active ingredient. One batch had no active ingredient at all. To detect the fake drugs, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology developed a sophisticated approach using mass spectrometry to quickly assess suspected counterfeit drugs and then characterize their chemical composition. The study’s results highlight a growing concern for women’s health in developing nations. “A woman who does not want to get pregnant and takes these emergency contraceptives will get pregnant,” said Facundo M. Fernández, a professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, whose lab investigated the contraceptives. The study was sponsored by the ACT Consortium through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The study was published April 18 in the journal …

    April 20, 2014 2:24 pm
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Health

  • Nurses’ Experience Key to Better Patient Care, Study Says


    FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Patients may get the best care when treated in hospital units staffed by highly experienced nurses, a new study shows. Researchers analyzed data from more than 900,000 patients admitted over four years to U.S. Veterans Administration hospitals and found that for each one-year increase in the average tenure of registered nurses in a hospital unit, patients spent 1.3 percent less time in the hospital. A shorter hospital stay indicates that a patient received better care, and is also more cost-effective, according to the researchers from Columbia University in New York City. They also found that patients’ length of stay increased when a team of RNs (registered nurses) had to do without an experienced member or had a new member assigned to them. The study appears in the current issue of American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. “Reducing length of stay is the holy grail of hospital management because it …

    April 20, 2014 2:44 pm
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Entertainment

  • A Mrs. Doubtfire sequel is in the works, minus Mara Wilson


    Photo credit: FayesVision/WENN.com There’s good news for fans of the film Mrs. Doubtfire — a sequel is now in the works more than 20 years after the release of the 1993 hit comedy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox will be developing a sequel to the beloved family comedy. So far, the cast will include Robin Williams as the star, and the sequel will once again be under the direction of Chris Columbus. However, former child actress Mara Wilson, who starred as Natalie Hillard, the daughter of Williams’ character Daniel Hillard, will not be rejoining the cast. Taking to Twitter on Thursday, Wilson said she will not be appearing in the sequel. “For the record, no, I do not have anything to do with the Mrs. Doubtfire sequel, nor will I,” she wrote. “I’ve been in some mediocre movies, but I’ve never been in a sequel. And I have no interest in being in one now.” …

    April 20, 2014 3:04 pm
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Editorial

  • Easter 2014: A celebration of hope


    AP Over 2 billion people are celebrating Easter today, April 20, as the calendars of Western and Eastern churches coincide this year, and these billions of faithful people are celebrating HOPE.   The Easter message begins with the hopeful news that death has been overcome by life, that hatred has been overcome by love, and that sorrow has been overcome by joy.   ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The elements of the story involve women arriving at a garden tomb and finding it empty, but even better, meeting the risen Lord, the embodiment of life and love. Their lives are changed forever and so are the lives of many, many others who hear this remarkable news. The meaning of Easter is HOPE, and we, all of us, need and deserve hope. The resurrection narrative and message are vital for Christian people on this day to be sure.  Easter is celebrated in countless languages and myriad cultures by Jesus’ followers throughout the …

    April 20, 2014 2:34 am
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Odd News

  • Ohio couple married for 70 years dies hours apart


    (Reuters) – An Ohio couple who met as teenagers and were married for 70 years, almost never sleeping apart, died from natural causes within a span of 15 hours, according to their daughter. Helen Felumlee, 92, died on April 12 at their home in Nashport, Ohio, about 55 miles east of Columbus, and her husband Kenneth Felumlee, 91, passed away the next day, according to their joint obituary. “We knew when one went, the other was going to go,” daughter Linda Cody told the Zanesville Times Recorder. “We wanted them to go together, and they did.” The couple met as teenagers and married in 1944, raising eight children together, according to the obituary. Helen was a homemaker and Kenneth was a railroad worker and later a mail carrier, and both were active in the Methodist church, where they taught Sunday school. They spent their retirement traveling to all 50 states by bus and even after …

    April 20, 2014 2:24 pm
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