• India’s Maharashtra state bans beef

    India’s Maharashtra state bans beef

    3 March 2015 Last updated at 11:59 Hindus, who comprise 80% of India’s 1.2bn population, consider cows holy The Indian president has approved a bill which bans the slaughter of cows and the sale and...
  • Is Fergie Getting TOO Skinny?!

    Is Fergie Getting TOO Skinny?!

    Posted on Mon Mar 2nd, 2015 12:35pm PDT       By X17 Staff Skinny minnie! Fergie ventured out with husband Josh Duhamel, son Axl, and a female friend over the weekend in Brentwood, and the singer looks like...
  • 9 companies Warren Buffett should consider buying

    9 companies Warren Buffett should consider buying

    Warren Buffett is a shopaholic. And he is not done hunting for bargains just yet. The Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) CEO made it clear in his annual letter to shareholders Saturday that his firm is still...
  • In Vitro Births Continue to Rise in U.S.

    In Vitro Births Continue to Rise in U.S.

    TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More babies in the United States are being conceived by in vitro fertilization, a new report shows. Nearly 2,000 more infants were born with the help of this...
  • Hillary Clinton may have broken laws with email use

    Hillary Clinton may have broken laws with email use

    By OLIVIA HARRIS March 3, 2015 Former U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton(REUTERS/Olivia Harris) Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have violated federal records laws by using a personal email account for all...

Headline News

  • Marijuana, guns and conservation on agenda for 2015 Florida legislature


    TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) – Florida’s legislature convenes on Tuesday with lawmakers expected to grapple during the 60-day annual session with measures including allowing concealed guns on college campuses and permitting doctors to prescribe medical marijuana. Discussion of casino gambling, a now-perennial clash between out-of-state gambling interests and entrenched family resort companies like Walt Disney Co, will also stir controversy in the next two months.    In addition, lawmakers will likely argue over how approximately $1 billion a year in real estate and land development taxes should be spent on conservation. The spending, mandated by a constitutional amendment approved by voters, could go to such projects as Everglades cleanup and beach restoration. For a third straight year, outnumbered Democrats are trying to expand the state’s Medicaid program by accepting about $50 billion in federal funding over the next 10 years — extending healthcare for about a million poor people — but Republicans who control the legislature remain …

    March 3, 2015 6:35 am
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Politics

  • Hillary Clinton may have broken laws with email use


    By OLIVIA HARRIS March 3, 2015 Former U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton(REUTERS/Olivia Harris) Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have violated federal records laws by using a personal email account for all of her work messages, the New York Times reported on Monday. The newspaper said the likely Democratic presidential candidate conducted all her official business during her four-year tenure at the State Department on a private email account. It added that Clinton, who stepped down as secretary of state in 2013, recently handed over 55,000 pages of emails to the State Department in response to a department effort to comply with record-keeping practices. Federal law says letters and emails written and received by federal officials are government records that must be retained, according to the paper. Regulations at the time Clinton served as secretary of state called for emails on personal accounts to be preserved as well, the paper said. The …

    March 3, 2015 6:15 am
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Stocks

  • 9 companies Warren Buffett should consider buying


    Warren Buffett is a shopaholic. And he is not done hunting for bargains just yet. The Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) CEO made it clear in his annual letter to shareholders Saturday that his firm is still looking to buy more companies. He wrote that Berkshire is “a sprawling conglomerate, constantly trying to sprawl further” and listed the criteria that he and vice chairman Charlie Munger use to determine if an acquisition is a good fit. Those criteria are on page 23 of the letter in case you are interested. Basically, Berkshire is looking for solid companies with little debt and a history of delivering strong earnings and returns on equity. “The larger the company, the greater will be our interest: We would like to make an acquisition in the $5-20 billion range,” he wrote, basically signally that he wants to do more sizable deals. Related: Advice from Warren Buffett that could make you rich With this …

    March 3, 2015 6:34 am
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Sports

  • Creamer aims for repeat performance after victory rehearsal


    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Paula Creamer ended a four-year title drought when she drained a monster 75-foot eagle putt on the second playoff hole at the 2014 HSBC Women’s Champions event and the American was keen to recreate a little bit of history on her return to Singapore. Back at the scene of one of her finest professional triumphs, Creamer was playing a practice round on the lush Serapong Course and could not resist dropping a few balls down on the 18th green to see if she still possessed the Midas touch. “I played the back nine yesterday and I went and putted it a couple times to see,” Creamer told reporters on Tuesday, recalling the moment she claimed her first title since the 2010 U.S. Open when she edged Spain’s Azahara Munoz in that playoff. “The golf course is in different shape than it was last year. The greens were a little bit faster and …

    March 3, 2015 6:35 am
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World News

  • India’s Maharashtra state bans beef


    3 March 2015 Last updated at 11:59 Hindus, who comprise 80% of India’s 1.2bn population, consider cows holy The Indian president has approved a bill which bans the slaughter of cows and the sale and consumption of beef in the western state of Maharashtra. Anyone found breaking the law will face a fine and up to five years in prison. Hindus, who comprise 80% of India’s 1.2bn population, revere cows and the sale and consumption of beef is banned or restricted in many states. Correspondents say most beef sold in India is actually from water buffaloes which are not considered sacred at all.

    March 3, 2015 6:35 am
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Technology

  • BlackBerry outs touchscreen Leap, teases slider BlackBerry


    BlackBerry devices executive Ron Louks teases a BlackBerry with a slide-out keyboard. Sarah Tew/CNET BARCELONA — BlackBerry is going back to a full touchscreen with the BlackBerry Leap. The Leap marks a return to touchscreen, with last year’s line-up totally dependent on its trademark physical keyboard. The company plans to start selling the smartphone, which will go on sale in April in Europe for $275 (roughly £180 or AU$350). BlackBerry devices executive Ron Louks also teased another smartphone with a curved display that wraps around the side, like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, and a slide-out keyboard. There isn’t a name for the device, but CEO John Chen said he calls it “the slider.” He also said the company would release a second Porsche edition BlackBerry and another keyboard smartphone. The BlackBerry Leap will target a specific segment of young customers. Sarah Tew / CNET BlackBerry is in the midst of a transformation, moving from …

    March 3, 2015 5:54 am
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Science

  • Core work: Iron vapor gives clues to formation of Earth and moon


    Related images(click to enlarge) Recreating the violent conditions of Earth’s formation, scientists are learning more about how iron vaporizes and how this iron rain affected the formation of Earth and Moon. The study is published March 2 in Nature Geoscience. “We care about when iron vaporizes because it is critical to learning how Earth’s core grew,” said co-author Sarah Stewart, UC Davis professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Shock and release Scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, Harvard University and UC Davis used one of the world’s most powerful radiation sources, the Sandia National Laboratories Z-machine, to recreate conditions that led to Earth’s formation. They subjected iron samples to high shock pressures in the machine, slamming aluminum plates into iron samples at extremely high speeds. They developed a new shock-wave technique to determine the critical impact conditions needed to vaporize the iron. The researchers found that the shock pressure required to vaporize …

    March 3, 2015 6:15 am
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Health

  • In Vitro Births Continue to Rise in U.S.


    TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More babies in the United States are being conceived by in vitro fertilization, a new report shows. Nearly 2,000 more infants were born with the help of this assisted reproductive technology in 2013, compared with 2012, the researchers reported. Almost 175,000 in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles led to the birth of slightly more than 63,000 babies, compared with just over 165,000 IVF cycles that led to the birth of slightly fewer than 62,000 babies in 2012. Babies conceived through fertility treatments account for more than 1.5 percent of children born in the United States, according to the report from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. The society also said more women, regardless of age, chose to have a single embryo transferred. The rise in the number of women making this choice was greatest among women under 35. In that age group, 22.5 percent decided to have a single …

    March 3, 2015 6:15 am
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Entertainment

  • Is Fergie Getting TOO Skinny?!


    Posted on Mon Mar 2nd, 2015 12:35pm PDT       By X17 Staff Skinny minnie! Fergie ventured out with husband Josh Duhamel, son Axl, and a female friend over the weekend in Brentwood, and the singer looks like she’s lost a ton of weight! The Black Eyed Peas front woman looked like a true rock star in knee high boots, a short skirt, and a jacket, and while normally boots tend to be slightly unflattering, these made the brunette beauty’s legs look like sticks! The married mom has a picture perfect life and tons of money, but before she burst on the scene with the BEP’s, she was so broke that she had to move back in with her mother! “I remember when I ran out of money in the early 2000s – I moved back to my mom’s, and she was my angel for a period of time,” she revealed to People magazine. Working on her fitness …

    March 3, 2015 6:35 am
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Editorial

Odd News

  • It’s raining cats and tourists on a Japanese island


    AOSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) – An army of feral cats rules a remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Originally introduced to the mile-long island of Aoshima to deal with mice that plagued fishermen’s boats, the cats stayed on – and multiplied. More than 120 cats swarm the island with only a handful of humans for company, mostly pensioners who didn’t join the waves of migrants seeking work in the cities after World War Two. Aoshima, a 30-minute ferry ride off the coast of Ehime prefecture, had been home to 900 people in 1945. The only sign of human activity now is the boatload of day-trippers from the mainland, visiting what is locally known as Cat Island. With no restaurants, cars, shops or kiosks selling snacks, Aoshima is no tourist haven. But cat lovers are not …

    March 3, 2015 2:12 am
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