• Looted Iraq museum opens 12 years on

    Looted Iraq museum opens 12 years on

    28 February 2015 Last updated at 13:24 Some of the museum’s items were impossible to loot during the Iraq war Iraq’s national museum has officially reopened in Baghdad, 12 years after it was closed in...
  • Truck Series back on track at Atlanta

    Hampton, GA (SportsNetwork.com) – After a two-year hiatus, the Camping World Truck Series returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway for 200 miles of racing on Saturday. The Truck race will immediately follow the Xfinity event as...
  • Warren Buffett knows who next Berkshire CEO is

    Warren Buffett knows who next Berkshire CEO is

    Warren Buffett, the billionaire CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, expects even better times ahead for his company. He also said that he knows who will one day replace him. Of course, Buffett did not share that...
  • Tips for Safe Snow Fun

    Tips for Safe Snow Fun

    SATURDAY, Feb. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Winter sports are a great way to get exercise and fresh air, but they’re not without risks. In 2013, more than 343,000 people in the United States received...
  • Are Republicans really in charge? Good question

    Are Republicans really in charge? Good question

    By ERICA WERNER February 28, 2015 Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks to the chamber as the House failed to advance a short-term funding measure to keep the Department of Homeland Security funded...
  • For Samsung, Galaxy S6 needs to hit with a big bang

    For Samsung, Galaxy S6 needs to hit with a big bang

    Samsung will soon introduce the Galaxy S6, which follows the release of the Note 4 (pictured here) last fall. Sarah Tew/CNET Samsung, set to debut new models of its top-of-the-line smartphone, needs to offer a...

Headline News

  • Berkshire Hathaway’s vice chairman offers hint of Warren Buffett successor


    Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Vice Chairman Charlie Munger dropped the biggest hint yet that the conglomerate’s future chief executive could either be Ajit Jain, the head of its reinsurance business, or Greg Abel, who runs its energy business. In a letter to shareholders sharing his thoughts about the past and future of Berkshire Hathaway, Munger said that Berkshire would remain a “better-than-normal” company with its current structure even if chairman and CEO Warren Buffett left the company tomorrow, his successors were persons of only moderate ability and Berkshire never bought another large business again. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “But, under this Buffett-soon-leaves assumption, his successors would not be ‘of only moderate ability.’ For instance, Ajit Jain and Greg Abel are proven performers who would probably be under-described as “world-class,” Munger wrote. He added that in some ways, “each is a better business executive than Buffett.” Munger also said that neither of the two executives is likely to leave …

    February 28, 2015 9:43 am
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Politics

  • Are Republicans really in charge? Good question


    By ERICA WERNER February 28, 2015 Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks to the chamber as the House failed to advance a short-term funding measure to keep the Department of Homeland Security funded past a midnight deadline, at the Capitol.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they really are in charge. The stunning House defeat Friday of a three-week spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security exposed Speaker John Boehner’s weakness in the face of rebellious conservatives. It also again demonstrated his need to rely on Democrats at critical moments as the minority party’s agreement to a one-week spending bill helped the speaker get it over the finish line with only hours to spare before a threatened agency shutdown. President Barack Obama signed the bill shortly before midnight. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., already had bowed to Democrats’ demands and …

    February 28, 2015 9:24 am
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Stocks

  • Warren Buffett knows who next Berkshire CEO is


    Warren Buffett, the billionaire CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, expects even better times ahead for his company. He also said that he knows who will one day replace him. Of course, Buffett did not share that name with the rest of us. “The board and I believe we now have the right person to succeed me as CEO — a successor ready to assume the job the day after I die or step down,” he wrote in his latest annual letter to investors. Buffett added that the next Berkshire CEO would be someone that already works at Berkshire and is “relatively young.” And while Buffett chose to be coy, Berkshire’s vice chairman and long-time Buffett friend Charlie Munger seemed to suggest that it’s a two-man race to succeed Buffett. Munger, in his own remarks in Buffett’s letter, specifically named Berkshire reinsurance head Ajit Jain and Berkshire Energy CEO Greg Abel as “proven performers who would probably …

    February 28, 2015 9:43 am
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Sports

  • Truck Series back on track at Atlanta


    Hampton, GA (SportsNetwork.com) – After a two-year hiatus, the Camping World Truck Series returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway for 200 miles of racing on Saturday. The Truck race will immediately follow the Xfinity event as part of NASCAR’s Saturday doubleheader at Atlanta. Of the 31 drivers entered, Ty Dillon is the only previous truck winner at this 1.54-mile racetrack. Dillon won the last truck race here in August 2012. He was a rookie in the series at the time. “I love racing at Atlanta,” Dillon said. “My first time racing a truck there, I sat on the pole and won my first ever NASCAR race. It was great.” Dillon is now a full-time competitor in Xfinity. He will have a busy day of racing at Atlanta. “I’ve been really working out hard this offseason to make sure I’m in shape to run as many races as I plan on running this year,” he said. Dillon, …

    February 28, 2015 9:44 am
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World News

  • Looted Iraq museum opens 12 years on


    28 February 2015 Last updated at 13:24 Some of the museum’s items were impossible to loot during the Iraq war Iraq’s national museum has officially reopened in Baghdad, 12 years after it was closed in the aftermath of the US-led invasion. Many of the antiquities looted during the war have now been recovered and restored. The museum’s opening was brought forward in response to an Islamic State (IS) video showing statues being destroyed in Mosul. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has vowed to punish those responsible. “Those barbaric, criminal terrorists are trying to destroy the heritage of mankind and Iraq’s civilization,” Mr Abadi said while attending the museum’s opening. “We will chase them in order to make them pay for every drop of blood shed in Iraq and for the destruction of Iraq’s civilization.” Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi officially opened the museum This piece dates to the 8th Century BC – others in the …

    February 28, 2015 9:44 am
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Technology

  • For Samsung, Galaxy S6 needs to hit with a big bang


    Samsung will soon introduce the Galaxy S6, which follows the release of the Note 4 (pictured here) last fall. Sarah Tew/CNET Samsung, set to debut new models of its top-of-the-line smartphone, needs to offer a design that convinces people to do something they didn’t do the last time the Galaxy was updated: buy them. After leading the smartphone market for the past four years, Samsung has seen its profit slide as customers have defected to rival Xiaomi in China, Micromax in India and Apple nearly everywhere else. In the global smartphone market, Samsung tied with Apple as the No. 1 vendor in the fourth quarter of 2014 — a competitor it had crushed not too long ago. With the new Galaxy S6, set to debut on Sunday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung is expected to deliver two versions of the smartphone that incorporate sleeker materials, like metal, versus its previous plastic designs. And …

    February 28, 2015 9:23 am
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Science

  • The Disease That Killed "Spock": Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease


    The disease that killed Leonard Nimoy, the actor best known for his role as Mr. Spock on Star Trek, was chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), a progressive illness often linked to smoking. He died at his home on February 27 at the age of 83. He was one of the roughly fifteen million Americans diagnosed with the disorder.   But just what is COPD? That umbrella term refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-difficulties, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. In the United States COPD most often stems from exposure to tobacco smoke. (Last year Nimoy tweeted to fans that he quit smoking three decades ago.) Genetic factors, respiratory infections and air pollutant exposures, however, can also play a role. It’s a leading cause of death in the U.S., with symptoms including shortness of breathing, wheezing, chronic coughing or excess production of mucus in the airway. The disease is typically diagnosed …

    February 28, 2015 9:24 am
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Health

  • Tips for Safe Snow Fun


    SATURDAY, Feb. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Winter sports are a great way to get exercise and fresh air, but they’re not without risks. In 2013, more than 343,000 people in the United States received medical treatment for winter sports injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Skiing topped the treatment list, with 138,559 injuries. Snowboarding accounted for 95,348 accidents; sledding, more than 63,000; and ice skating, about 47,000. “When it comes to winter sports, safety starts with knowing and practicing the rules,” Dr. Michael Cheek, a sports medicine specialist and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons spokesperson, said in an academy news release. Many skiing and snowboarding injuries can be prevented by using proper equipment and getting appropriate training, he pointed out. “Before hitting the slopes, inexperienced participants should consider taking a lesson [or several] from a qualified instructor to help prepare for the unexpected, like learning how to fall safely,” Cheek said. Common …

    February 28, 2015 9:25 am
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Entertainment

  • Kate Middleton rushed to the hospital after fearing for her baby’s health


    The former Kate Middleton, who is thought to be approximately seven months pregnant, was reportedly rushed to the hospital after suffering severe abdominal pain that she feared was premature labor. “Kate was frantic. William wasn’t home, and she was seriously concerned about the pain she was in,” a source told Star Magazine. “She was doubled over in agony, and her immediate fear was for her unborn baby. So she had her aides call emergency services.” More: 5 Kinds of body shaming Kate Middleton has dealt with during pregnancy “At first they thought she was in labor, but her contractions weren’t regular enough to warrant them preparing for birth,” the source said. The timing of the incident is unclear, but Prince William is currently on an official visit to Japan — so it’s a good thing Kate’s pains were determined to be Braxton Hicks contractions. More: 11 Signs you’re too obsessed with Kate Middleton and the …

    February 28, 2015 6:01 am
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Editorial

  • The fight for freedom: What America and Ukraine have in common


    In June 1861, on a hill above the Dnieper River in Ukraine, an American, Ira Aldridge, the first 19th century black actor to play roles “reserved for whites, stood alone, weeping over the grave of a kindred spirit,” writes Dick Russell in his 1998 book, “Black Genius.” That kindred spirit was the poet-laureate of Ukraine, Taras Shevchenko, who died in 1861 at the age of 47. For 37 of those years, Shevchenko was either a serf or in penal exile ordered by the czar of Russia for his vision of a free Ukraine, as expressed in his poetry and artistry. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT According to Russell, “these two men, who could not speak each other’s language, quickly became close friends. They met regularly, sharing memories, comparing … slavery in America … with serfdom in Ukraine and Russia.  Shevchenko’s meetings with Aldridge in St. Petersburg, Russia, were made possible by Shevchenko’s benefactor and patron of the arts, …

    February 28, 2015 6:01 am
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Odd News

  • Circus acrobat reported missing in Atlanta has been found


    (Reuters) – An acrobat reported missing in Atlanta by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey circus has been found, a production company said on Friday. Police issued a missing person bulletin on Thursday for Wei Cao, a 25-year-old Chinese citizen who performs a bicycle and juggling act for the circus, after she missed a scheduled performance this week. Feld Entertainment, which produces the circus, said in a statement that Cao had been located and no additional information was available. A spokeswoman for the Atlanta Police Department said the agency had not been notified of the performer’s return. (Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Lisa Lambert)

    February 28, 2015 1:19 am
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