• Yemen urges swift end to air strikes

    Yemen urges swift end to air strikes

    Yemen’s foreign minister has said air strikes being carried out by a Saudi-led coalition against Shia Houthi rebels should end as soon as possible. Riad Yassin told the BBC a “short, sharp” campaign was needed...
  • French pair vault past Americans for ice dancing world gold

    Shanghai, China (SportsNetwork.com) – Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron won ice dancing gold at the 2015 World Figure Skating Championships on Friday. Papadakis and Cizeron started the free skate in fourth place after the short...
  • Alps crash co-pilot ‘hid illness’

    Alps crash co-pilot ‘hid illness’

    Alps crash co-pilot Andreas Lubitz hid the details of an existing illness from his employers, German prosecutors say. They said they found a torn-up sick note in his Dusseldorf apartment, but did not say what...
  • Manor thrilled to be back on track

    SEPANG, Malaysia (Reuters) – The troubled Manor Marussia Formula One team declared themselves back in business on Friday after returning to the track for the first time since plunging into administration last October. Spanish rookie...
  • Google new CFO and her $70 million pay package

    Google new CFO and her $70 million pay package

    Ruth Porat will become Google’s new chief financial officer in May. Google snagged a star to be its new chief financial officer, and will pay her like one. Ruth Porat, formerly the CFO of Morgan...

Headline News

  • White supremacist to be arraigned in Kansas Jewish center killings


    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Reuters) – A Missouri white supremacist is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday afternoon on charges that he fatally shot three people outside two Jewish centers in a Kansas City suburb last April. Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 74, is expected to enter a plea to three charges of capital murder and three charges of attempted murder in a shooting spree April 13 in Overland Park, Kansas. Cross, a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan who had expressed a hatred for Jews, could face the death penalty if convicted on the capital murder charges. Johnson County District Court Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan earlier in March found probable cause to believe that Cross, also known as Glenn Miller, committed the crimes. Cross is charged with killing Reat Underwood, 14, and his grandfather William Corporon, 69, outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, and Terri LaManno, 53, outside the nearby Village …

    March 27, 2015 7:59 am
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Politics

  • Exclusive: Upset by Warren, U.S. banks debate halting some campaign donations


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Big Wall Street banks are so upset with Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren’s call for them to be broken up that some have discussed withholding campaign donations to Senate Democrats in symbolic protest, sources familiar with the discussions said. Representatives from Citigroup, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, have met to discuss ways to urge Democrats, including Warren and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, to soften their party’s tone toward Wall Street, sources familiar with the discussions said this week. Bank officials said the idea of withholding donations was not discussed at a meeting of the four banks in Washington but it has been raised in one-on-one conversations between representatives of some of them. However, there was no agreement on coordinating any action, and each bank is making its own decision, they said. The amount of money at stake, a maximum of $15,000 per bank, means the gesture is symbolic rather than …

    March 27, 2015 6:39 am
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Stocks

  • Google new CFO and her $70 million pay package


    Ruth Porat will become Google’s new chief financial officer in May. Google snagged a star to be its new chief financial officer, and will pay her like one. Ruth Porat, formerly the CFO of Morgan Stanley, received a $70 million-plus cash and stock deal from Google for making the transition from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. Porat’s salary will actually be less at Google (GOOGL, Tech30): $650,000, compared to the $1 million she made at Morgan Stanley, according to a filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. But she’ll get a $5 million cash signing bonus after spending one year at Google and a special $25 million stock grant that she will receive incrementally over the next two years. But wait, there’s more! Starting next year, she’ll begin receiving a $40 million stock grant every other year. That grant will vest over the course of four years. She was paid well at Morgan Stanley (MS), …

    March 27, 2015 6:58 am
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Sports

  • French pair vault past Americans for ice dancing world gold


    Shanghai, China (SportsNetwork.com) – Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron won ice dancing gold at the 2015 World Figure Skating Championships on Friday. Papadakis and Cizeron started the free skate in fourth place after the short dance on Wednesday, but skated flawlessly on Friday to register a top score of 112.34 to finish with a two-day total of 184.28. The French pair finished 13th at last year’s worlds, but gave a glimpse of their talent earlier this year by winning the European championship. Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates held the lead after the short dance, but wound up with the silver medal. The duo, who were eighth at last year’s Olympics, had the second-best score Friday at 106.87 to finish nearly three points behind at 181.34. Chock and Bates were attempting to become just the second American ice dancers to win gold at the world championships after Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who took the …

    March 27, 2015 7:59 am
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World News

  • Yemen urges swift end to air strikes


    Yemen’s foreign minister has said air strikes being carried out by a Saudi-led coalition against Shia Houthi rebels should end as soon as possible. Riad Yassin told the BBC a “short, sharp” campaign was needed to weaken the rebels, who have forced President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to flee abroad. Fresh overnight air raids reportedly targeted a number of Houthi positions. Rebel leader Abdul Malik al-Houthi has vowed not to surrender to what he called the “unjustified aggression”. Regional Shia power Iran, who Mr Yassin accused of backing the rebels, denounced the US-backed air strikes as an attempt “to foment civil war in Yemen or disintegrate the country”. Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia has said it will “do whatever it takes in order to protect the legitimate government of Yemen from falling”. ‘Graveyard of invaders’ Mr Hadi took refuge in the second city of Aden last month after fleeing Sanaa, where he had been under house arrest since …

    March 27, 2015 7:59 am
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Technology

  • Facebook successfully tests laser drones in UK skies


    Facebook has been testing large, solar-powered drones in the skies over the UK, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has announced. The drones use lasers to beam internet access down to the ground, designed to provide connections to rural and internet-free zones. “As part of our Internet.org effort to connect the world, we’ve designed unmanned aircraft that can beam internet access down to people from the sky,” said Zuckerberg in a blog post. “We’ve successfully completed our first test flight of these aircraft in the UK.” Developed by Ascenta, a Somerset-based designer of solar-powered drones bought by Facebook in March 2014, the drones will be able to fly at altitudes of 60,000 feet for months at a time on solar power. They will have wingspans greater than 29m, or that of a Boeing 737, but weigh less than a car. “Aircraft like these will help connect the whole world because they can affordably serve the 10% of …

    March 27, 2015 6:18 am
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Science

  • Engineers develop new methods to speed up simulations in computational grand challenge


    Related images(click to enlarge) Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a new family of methods to significantly increase the speed of time-resolved numerical simulations in computational grand challenge problems. Such problems often arise from the high-resolution approximation of the partial differential equations governing complex flows of fluids or plasmas. The breakthrough could be applied to simulations that include millions or billions of variables, including turbulence simulations. Modern computers are generally built from commodity hardware developed for serving and surfing the web. When applied to cutting-edge problems in scientific computing, computers built from such general-purpose hardware usually spend most of their time moving data around in memory, and the hardware dedicated to floating point computations (that is, the actual addition and multiplication of numbers) spends most of its time idle. The small memory footprint of the new schemes developed at UC San Diego means that numerical problems of a given size will …

    March 27, 2015 6:39 am
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Health

  • Sierra Leone three-day Ebola lockdown leaves capital ‘eerily quiet’


    FREETOWN (Reuters) – The capital of Sierra Leone was “eerily quiet” on Friday as hundreds of health volunteers spread out across the city and the surrounding area to search for hidden Ebola patients and raise awareness during a three-day lockdown. Sierra Leone, the country worst-affected by the disease, has reported nearly 12,000 cases and more than 3,000 deaths since the epidemic was declared a year ago. The slums around Freetown are among the hardest-hit areas. Case numbers have tumbled from a peak of over 500 per week in December to 33 in the week to March 22, with most in the capital and near the northern border with Guinea, which is also still fighting the outbreak. “There have been reports of complacency with hand-washing and temperature checks, and this is an opportunity to up the sensitization and to be more proactive looking for cases,” John Fleming, Red Cross emergency health coordinator, told Reuters by telephone …

    March 27, 2015 6:39 am
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Entertainment

  • Gina Rodriguez gives Deadline‘s racist comments the benefit of the doubt


    More: Shonda Rhimes reacts perfectly to racist article about ‘ethnic casting’ On Wednesday night, the Jane the Virgin actress attended the Procter Gamble Orgullosa night of Nuevas Latinas Living Fabulosa — an event celebrating Latina women and the success of the modern Latina — when she caught up with Refinery 29, who was curious to get her thoughts on Rhimes’ reaction. “I’d love to believe that we’re misreading the tone of that article. I don’t think there’s anybody that reads that and agrees that anything’s being taken away from anyone,” she said, speaking to the writer’s claims that there’s been a noticeable shift toward minority castings, making many roles off-limits for Caucasian actors. More: Gina Rodriguez has big dreams for Grey’s Anatomy — and we say yes “Let’s just hope the writer has the opportunity to clear up anything we’ve maybe misread as negative,” she added. The star then went on to explain that although …

    March 27, 2015 6:58 am
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Editorial

  • President Obama and the high price we paid for Bowe Bergdahl


    FILE – This undated file image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. A U.S. official says Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years, will be court martialed on charges of desertion and avoiding military service. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, file) After almost a year of debate, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion and misbehaving before the enemy. This was the expectation and, I believe, the right decision. Bergdahl left his post in Paktika, Afghanistan, in the middle of the night in June 2009 after expressing his disappointment with U.S. policy there. Six brave soldiers died looking for him once he was taken by the Taliban. These were lives we never should have lost. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Furthermore, we are now facing the possibility of losing even more lives in this saga. The Bergdahl trade was a bad one on every level. Three main points …

    March 27, 2015 2:38 am
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Odd News

  • Heave, ho: Elephants rescue 18-wheeler stranded on Louisiana road


    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – When an 18-wheeler truck became stranded by the side of a Louisiana road, two elephants inside came to the rescue. Sheriff’s deputies in Natchitoches Parish on Tuesday morning received a call about a stuck truck. Upon arriving on the scene, they saw two elephants preventing the vehicle from overturning. The truck’s driver, also an elephant trainer, walked the elephants out of the cargo compartment and directed them to help prop up the vehicle, sheriff’s Captain Tony Moran said in an interview. “It’s creative,” said Moran, who said the responding deputies were “just astonished to see it.” Leaning side-by-side, the elephants pushed with their weight against the truck, the sheriff’s photos showed. The truck was carrying three elephants from Florida. After a stop in New Orleans, they were on their way to a circus near Dallas. The truck had pulled over on an interstate shoulder near Powhatan, Louisiana, about an hour south …

    March 25, 2015 10:21 pm
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