Headline News

  • Two missing men likely found amid NYC gas explosion rubble: fire official


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two bodies found on Sunday at the site of a gas explosion that destroyed three New York City apartment buildings last week, injuring 22 people, were believed to be those of two unaccounted for men, the city’s top fire official said. The bodies were found about 20 feet apart of one of the buildings reduced to rubble by the blast and fire in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood on Thursday, Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro told reporters. While Nigro said a medical examiner had not officially determined that the remains belonged to the two people who remain unaccounted for, local broadcaster NY1 News said one of the missing men, 23-year-old Nicholas Figueroa, had been identified by his family as one of the bodies found on Sunday. Also missing was Moises Lucon. “Those were the two people that had been reported missing and we think we found those two,” Nigro said, though he …

    March 29, 2015 10:45 pm
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Politics

  • New York state lawmakers reach budget deal


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York state lawmakers agreed a budget plan late on Sunday night that includes much-debated ethics and education reforms, state governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders said in statement. Cuomo proposed a $142 billion plan in January that keeps spending growth below 2 percent and promises money for big-ticket infrastructure projects while cutting property taxes. (Reporting by Edward Krudy; Editing by Paul Tait)

    March 29, 2015 11:05 pm
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Stocks

  • WrestleMania 31 is coming. Time to buy WWE stock?


    WWE shareholders got kicked in the chest in 2014. But they are flying high again so far this year. Shares of WWE (WWE) are up more than 30% so far in 2015 It’s perfect timing with WrestleMania 31 taking place this Sunday. (I remember the first one in 1985. Hulk Hogan and Mr. T! Cyndi Lauper!) But many investors may still feel like they’re stuck in a choke hold: The stock is trading about half of what what it was worth last March when it topped $31 a share. Is there going to be another post-WrestleMania slump like last year? Tough start for new network: At this time a year ago, investors were excited about the company’s new WWE Network — a streaming video app that would give subscribers willing to pay $9.99 a month access to current and archived events, such as WrestleMania — which is the “sport’s” Super Bowl. Related: Bleacher Report’s WrestleMania …

    March 29, 2015 11:20 am
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Sports

  • Nadal loses in Miami


    Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Rafael Nadal was upset Sunday in his third- round match at the Miami Open by Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. The second-seeded Nadal had 12 break-point chances and converted only three. A title at this Masters 1000 event continues to elude Nadal, who is a four- time runner-up. Verdasco, seeded No. 29, has won two straight matches against his Spanish countryman after losing the first 13 meetings. In other action, No. 3 seed Andy Murray beat Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-4 for his 499th career victory. Murray, who won this tournament in 2009 and 2013, is on the verge of a milestone achieved by 45 other men in the Open Era. No. 7 seed Stan Wawrinka lost a pair of tiebreaks to Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5). Wawrinka, who turned 30 on Saturday, has yet to advance past the fourth round at the Miami Open. No. 8 seed Tomas Berdych avoided …

    March 29, 2015 10:44 pm
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World News

  • ABN Amro executives renounce bonus


    Six managing directors at the Dutch bank ABN Amro have renounced a €100,000 ($109,000; £73,000) bonus after a “public commotion”, the bank says. ABN Amro said the outcry over the allowance, which was partly to compensate for tougher laws on bankers’ bonuses, was “detrimental” to clients, employees and public trust. “We understand and regret the turbulence that has arisen,” it said. ABN Amro was nationalised in 2008 during the financial crisis. The statement from the bank continued: “Now that our remuneration is the subject of discussion and threatens to affect the future of ABN Amro, we are putting the interests of the bank and the public first – as we always do – and have decided to renounce the allowance. “We hope this will bring the bank in calmer waters.” The Dutch government had been planning to take the bank public this year, but that was put on hold after news emerged of the extra …

    March 29, 2015 10:45 pm
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Technology

  • Apple’s Tim Cook speaks out against pro-discrimination laws in op-ed


    Apple’s Tim Cook is increasingly speaking out about social issues. James Martin/CNET The United States is on the precipice of change, but Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, says it’s not for the better. His concern is a wave of pending legislation in more than two dozen states, mirroring Indiana’s controversial new law that some fear will allow discrimination against lesbian, gay and transgendered people through what the state calls “religious freedom.” The law, which was signed by Indiana’s governor last week, declares that an action by state or local government may not “substantially burden a person’s right to the exercise of religion.” Critics claim Indiana’s efforts would allow businesses to discriminate against their patrons, particularly those in the gay community. Indiana’s governor has since said he is working with state legislators to “clarify” the intent of the law. Some in the tech community have already started to take sides. Companies like the business process specialist Salesforce …

    March 29, 2015 10:44 pm
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Science

  • Big data allows computer engineers to find genetic clues in humans


    Big data: It’s a term we read and hear about often, but is hard to grasp. Computer scientists at Washington University in St. Louis’ School of Engineering Applied Science tackled some big data about an important protein and discovered its connection in human history as well as clues about its role in complex neurological diseases. Through a novel method of analyzing these big data, Sharlee Climer, PhD, research assistant professor in computer science, and Weixiong Zhang, PhD, professor of computer science and of genetics at the School of Medicine, discovered a region encompassing the gephyrin gene on chromosome 14 that underwent rapid evolution after splitting in two completely opposite directions thousands of years ago. Those opposite directions, known as yin and yang, are still strongly evident across different populations of people around the world today. The results of their research, done with Alan Templeton, PhD, the Charles Rebstock professor emeritus in the Department of Biology …

    March 29, 2015 11:05 pm
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Health

  • Spring Allergies Have Arrived


    SUNDAY, March 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — It may not feel like it in some parts of the United States, but spring has arrived and that means it’s allergy season. About 50 million Americans have seasonal allergies — also called hay fever — and suffer symptoms such as sneezing, stuffy or runny noses, and itchy eyes, nose and throat, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. “Even with snow still on the ground, trees have started budding and are the first to produce pollen, creating major problems for people with allergies,” Dr. David Rosenstreich, chief of the division of allergy and immunology at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, said in a hospital news release. “The symptoms people experience often resemble a common cold, but, if it happens every year at this time, it’s most likely to be allergies,” he explained. Over-the-counter and prescription medications can help reduce allergy symptoms. “By …

    March 29, 2015 11:06 pm
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Entertainment

  • Angelina Jolie Is The Coolest Mom Ever At The 2015 Kids’ Choice Awards


    Posted on Sun Mar 29th, 2015 9:30am PDT       By X17 Staff Lester Cohen/KCA2015/WireImage.com Angelina Jolie attended the 2015 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards last night, and she brought daughters Shiloh and Zahara as her guests! The trio posed for pictures inside The Forum in Inglewood, and they even sidled up next to Meghan Trainor for a snapshot. Angelina may be one of the biggest names in showbiz, but she’s also one of the coolest moms in town! Angie won the award for Favorite Villain for her role in Maleficent (she was also nominated for Favorite Movie Actress, but she lost out to Emma Stone), and when she hit the stage to accept her trophy, she hugged her girls and gave an awesome speech about learning to embrace your differences. “Different is good. So, don’t fit in. Don’t sit still. Don’t ever try to do less than you are,” the Oscar winner said. “When somebody tells you you’re …

    March 29, 2015 9:25 pm
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Editorial

  • Don’t suspend ISIS Twitter accounts                                               


    This month the State Department boasted that it shut down thousands of Islamic State twitter accounts used to promote propaganda. Outraged over the administration’s failure to wage more real war, Concerned Veterans of America CEO Pete Hegseth mocked the twitter offensive, saying: “Until you can take a hashtag, load it into a magazine, rack it into an M-4, charge it and put it in the forehead of an IS fighter, they can take their hashtags and sit on the sidelines.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Hegseth is right about the need for more real military action. But I’d go a step further and say not only is removing the ISIS Twitter and social media accounts weak and ineffective, it could actually hurt our fight.  This is because we should generally allow ISIS to broadcast its savagery for the world to see, remember and condemn. Of course accounts that pose a real security threat should be blocked but in the …

    March 29, 2015 11:06 pm
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Odd News

  • Daughter bests father in feud at Japan shareholder’s meeting


    TOKYO (Reuters) – A rare family feud erupted in a Japanese shareholders meeting on Friday, when the chief executive of Otsuka Kagu Ltd defeated her father’s attempt to oust her, vowing to push ahead with her plan to take the furniture retailer more mass-market. “I am sorry that things have come to this,” Kumiko Otsuka, 47, coolly told shareholders in the meeting, in which she instructed her father, company founder and chairman Katsuhisa Otsuka, and her mother to identify themselves by name and shareholder number. The daughter overcame the chairman’s challenge by an undisclosed majority vote. “I had five children,” the father said from the audience as he pleaded with shareholders to back his return as CEO. “Kumiko was the first and she was a difficult birth.” Kumiko’s mother also gave a rambling speech criticizing the CEO, until another shareholder yelled at her to stop. The Otsuka family showdown – virtually unheard of in Japan’s …

    March 27, 2015 10:40 am
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