Headline News

  • Inmate who stole guard’s gun and fled suburban hospital is in custody, police say


    WASHINGTON –  Police credit a call from an alert tipster in southeast Washington on Tuesday morning for the capture of a prisoner who escaped custody at a northern Virginia hospital hours earlier with a guard’s gun. “I’m thanking each and every community member in this region for apprehending a violent felon,” Fairfax County Police Chief Col. Edwin C. Roessler Jr. said at a news conference. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT One shot was fired early Tuesday as a guard wrestled with Wossen Assaye, who then fled Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church in a hospital gown, Roessler said. A few miles from the hospital, Assaye broke into the trunk of a car and waited, he said. Once the owner began driving to work a few hours after the escape, Assaye kicked out the trunk and carjacked the car, Roessler said. He later abandoned that car, leaving the guard’s gun behind and carjacked a second. Police are still looking …

    March 31, 2015 12:10 pm
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Politics

  • Indiana governor says will ‘fix’ religious freedom law this week


    (Reuters) – Indiana Governor Mike Pence said on Tuesday he will “correct” the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act this week to make it clear that businesses cannot use it to deny services to same-sex couples. Pence, a Republican, said the law he signed last week had been widely misconstrued and mischaracterized, but he said he was calling on the state’s Republican-controlled General Assembly to send a new law to his desk this week to fix it. “We will fix this and we will move forward,” Pence told reporters at a nationally televised news conference. “I believe it would be appropriate to make it clear that this law does not give businesses the right to deny services to anyone,” he said. Pence defended the law as protecting people of all faiths from being forced by the government to go against their beliefs. And he repeatedly said the law had never been meant to discriminate against anyone. …

    March 31, 2015 11:30 am
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Stocks

  • Indy Star to state officials: ‘Fix this now’


    Indiana’s largest newspaper delivered a clear message on its front page Tuesday to state officials: “Fix this now.” The bold headline engulfs half of the front page of the Indianapolis Star, and is aimed at the controversial “religious freedom” law that critics say allows discrimination against gay people. In the accompanying op-ed that also appeared on page one, the newspaper’s editorial board said that the Hoosier State had reached a “critical moment” in its history, and that “much is at stake.” Indiana’s reputation, the editorial continued, is “at risk” as a result of a bill that was signed into law last week by the state’s governor, Mike Pence. Pence said he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to “ensure that religious liberty is fully protected under Indiana law.” He insisted last week that the bill was “not about discrimination.” Related: Indiana backlash: More CEOs join in The full front page of The Indianapolis Star In …

    March 31, 2015 11:50 am
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Sports

  • Exclusive: Italy boss and UCI at odds over Astana


    PARIS (Reuters) – The Italian federation (FIC) and the International Cycling Union (UCI) have clashed over the handling of the Astana case and the row could mean Vincenzo Nibali will be deprived of a Tour de France title defense. In a letter sent on March 27, that Reuters has obtained a copy of, FIC president Renato Di Rocco queried why the management committee was not consulted by Brian Cookson before the UCI chief asked the Licence Commission to withdraw Astana’s license for recent doping scandals. “In all the mentioned cases (Olympics, women cycling) we, as management committee members, have been directly involved,” Di Rocco wrote. “However, concerning the Licence Commission withdrawal of Astana this procedure was not followed. “On Feb. 27 we had received only a press release which informed us the UCI requested the withdrawal of the Astana pro team (World Tour) license.” Cookson responded in a letter, that Reuters has also obtained a …

    March 31, 2015 12:10 pm
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World News

  • Opposition wins Nigeria election


    Nigerian presidential poll has been won by Muhammadu Buhari, in the country’s first election victory by the opposition. His opponent, Goodluck Jonathan, has conceded defeat and called Gen Buhari to congratulate him on his victory. Gen Buhari was ahead of Mr Jonathan by at least three million votes. Observers have generally praised the election but there have been allegations of fraud, which some fear could lead to protests and violence.

    March 31, 2015 12:10 pm
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Technology

  • Tech journalists may have been wrong about Meerkat but they’re right to get excited about new apps


    Technology journalism – and US technology journalism in particular – is getting a roasting every bit as stinging as Justin Bieber’s recent Comedy Central special, in an opinion piece by mobile industry expert Tero Kuittinen published on tech site Boy Genius Report. Titled “Meerkat is dying – and it’s taking US tech journalism with it”, it pulls no punches in its assessment of whether recent, excitable coverage of video-broadcasting app Meerkat was matched by actual downloads and usage. “The ugly truth that US tech media has declined to mention even in passing is that Meerkat had never been a hit to begin with. All those breathless media reports about “the hot new app” and “the break-out app” were deeply misleading at best — and cynical legerdemain at worst,” wrote Kuittinen. “Meerkat’s highest daily ranking on the U.S. iPhone download chart was No. 140, on March 20th. At this point, the app had already generated thousands …

    March 31, 2015 11:09 am
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Science

  • Goodbye, range anxiety? Electric vehicles may be more useful than previously thought


    Related images(click to enlarge) In the first study of its kind, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) quantitatively show that electric vehicles (EVs) will meet the daily travel needs of drivers longer than commonly assumed. Many drivers and much prior literature on the retirement of EV batteries have assumed that EV batteries will be retired after the battery has lost 20 percent of its energy storage or power delivery capability. This study shows that the daily travel needs of drivers continue to be met well beyond these levels of battery degradation. Samveg Saxena, who leads a vehicle powertrain research program at Berkeley Lab, analyzed real-world driving patterns and found that batteries that have lost 20 percent of their originally rated energy storage capacity can still meet the daily travel needs of more than 85 percent of U.S. drivers. He and his research team also analyzed battery power fade and …

    March 31, 2015 11:29 am
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Health

  • New Stroke Prevention Efforts May Be Paying Off


    TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Fewer people are being treated in U.S. emergency rooms for strokes caused by blood clots in the brain, which experts read as a sign that current stroke prevention methods are working. The rate of emergency department visits for either a stroke or a mini-stroke (transient ischemic attack) — a temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain — decreased dramatically between 2001 and 2011, according to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Such ER visits declined 35 percent for adults 18 and older, and 51 percent for those 55 to 74, said the report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The statistics mirror a “dramatic reduction in stroke fatality in the country, which we believe is likely due to better control of risk factors,” said Dr. Larry Goldstein, chief of the division of stroke and vascular neurology and director of the …

    March 31, 2015 11:30 am
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Entertainment

  • Report: Bruce Jenner Got Breast Implants Two Weeks Ago, Will Makes His Debut As A Woman On DWTS


    Posted on Tue Mar 31st, 2015 9:30am PDT       By X17 Staff We still can’t believe this is really happening! Bruce Jenner secretly underwent a breast augmentation two weeks ago, which was one of the final steps in making the former Olympian’s gender reassignment complete. “Bruce had silicone breast implants put in a few weeks ago. He went with a smaller implant because he didn’t want to look ridiculous,” a source dished to Radar. “Recovery hasn’t been that difficult, but Bruce has had to sleep in a recliner to help with the healing. He’s not allowed to lift anything, and he has to wear a bra 24/7, but he’s expected to resume normal activities in the next six weeks. He has been emotional, but finally feels like this is the body he has meant to have,” the source added. The reality star’s final operation to make his transition complete is set to take place in May or …

    March 31, 2015 11:50 am
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Editorial

  • It’s time for Sisi to protect the Christians


    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi chairs an Arab foreign ministers meeting during summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt, Sunday, March 29, 2015. Last month’s ghastly beheading of 20 Coptic Christian migrant workers on a Libyan beach prompted worldwide outrage and retaliatory airstrikes by Egypt’s government. But out of public sight, the same victims’ families and neighbors now silently face persecution at home, in Egypt. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Following the beheadings, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi ordered the construction of a church bearing their name in Al Our village, the hometown of 13 of the victims. This move, like the airstrikes, was meant to reassure the country’s Copts that they were equal citizens in the new Egypt. Instead, Al Our’s proposed church has become a symbol of the Egypt Sisi claims is no more — an Egypt in which Christians suffer violence for their religion and are treated as second-class citizens. On March 27, as Al …

    March 31, 2015 11:30 am
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Odd News

  • Painting in Dutch royal collection was Nazi loot: official report


    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The Dutch Royal Family owns a painting by a Dutch master that was looted during by the Nazis during Germany’s occupation of the Netherlands in World War Two, according to a report published on Tuesday. “One painting was found where there were indications of involuntary loss of possession during the German occupation,” the government said in a statement after an inquiry commissioned by the Royal Family that examined tens of thousands of paintings in the Royal Collection. Officials had contacted the heirs of the original owner, who was not named, to arrange the return of “The Hague Forest with a View of Huis ten Bosch Palace”, by the 17th century painter Joris van der Haagen. The work was bought for the Royal Collection by Queen Juliana, grandmother of reigning King Willem-Alexander. The inquiry found that another painting in the collection, “Landscape with St. Hubert”, whose provenance had been regarded as doubtful, was …

    March 31, 2015 11:29 am
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