• Solar aeroplane lands in China

    Solar aeroplane lands in China

    The familiar line of LEDs on the front of the plane as it comes into Chongqing, China Solar Impulse, the fuel-free aeroplane, has completed the fifth leg of its round-the-world flight. The vehicle, with Bertrand...
  • Djokovic reaches 4th round in Miami

    Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Four-time champion Novak Djokovic beat Steve Darcis 6-0, 7-5 on Monday to reach the fourth round of the Miami Open. The top-seeded Djokovic fell behind 5-4 in the second set when...
  • UN to investigate ex-chief’s death

    Dag Hammarskjold died in a plane crash in what is now Zambia in 1961 A United Nations enquiry into the mysterious death of its former head Dag Hammarskjold is due to open. Mr Hammarskjold died...
  • Butler gives Holtmann contract extension

    Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) – Butler coach Chris Holtmann has signed a contract extension through the 2020-21 season, the school announced Monday. Holtmann, 43, took over the program in October after Brandon Miller was granted an...
  • McDonald’s will test all-day breakfast

    McDonald’s will test all-day breakfast

    McDonald’s is giving late sleepers and big breakfast fans something to smile about by serving McMuffins all day, everyday at some locations. It will test out all-day breakfast at certain restaurants in the San Diego...

Headline News

  • Hawaii supervisor manipulated veterans’ benefit data, report says


    HONOLULU –  A supervisor at the Veterans Administration office in Honolulu was manipulating data to make it look like the agency was processing veterans’ benefits claims faster than they actually were, according to a new report by the VA Office of Inspector General. The data manipulation happened last year when there was heightened scrutiny nationwide over how long veterans were waiting to see doctors. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The electronic records altered in Honolulu dealt with benefits claims, not medical appointments. But the finding underscores that there are ongoing problems within the system. The Honolulu supervisor was removing controls in the electronic record that are used to track and identify the progress of claims. “It made his performance measures for his team look better than they actually were,” said Brent Arronte, director of the San Diego Benefits Inspection Division of the VA Office of Inspector General. Those data manipulations resulted in delays for the delivery of benefits …

    March 30, 2015 6:39 pm
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Politics

  • Does Duckworth Change the Math in Illinois or Nationally?


    By Stuart Rothenberg Posted at 3:46 p.m. March 30 0 Tweet (CQ Roll Call File Photo) If you care about politics at all, you probably know Rep. Tammy Duckworth has entered the Illinois Senate race. She hopes to be the Democratic nominee against first-term GOP Sen. Mark S. Kirk next year, though other Democrats are said to be looking at bids. The Senate candidacy of the 47-year-old Democrat and Iraq War veteran, who is in her second term in Congress, has generated plenty of attention. That’s understandable, given that she has many assets as a Senate candidate and would be a formidable foe for Kirk, a moderate Republican in a very Democratic state. But, while Duckworth’s announcement is good news for Democrats, it simply isn’t a game-changer for handicappers, both amateur and professional and it shouldn’t change the way anyone looks at next year’s Senate race. In a sense, it is a bit of a …

    March 30, 2015 3:17 pm
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Stocks

  • McDonald’s will test all-day breakfast


    McDonald’s is giving late sleepers and big breakfast fans something to smile about by serving McMuffins all day, everyday at some locations. It will test out all-day breakfast at certain restaurants in the San Diego area beginning next month, the company said Monday. Typically McDonald’s stops serving its hash browns, egg sandwiches and hotcakes at 10:30 a.m, but it varies by restaurant. “We look forward to learning from this test, and it’s premature to speculate on any outcomes,” a spokeswoman said. McDonald’s (MCD) is struggling to turn lousy sales around and has announced a number of menu changes recently, including a plan to cut back on chicken raised on antibiotics. It is also bringing back its chicken tenders, called Chicken Selects, after a two-year hiatus. Related: McDonald’s CEO retires as sales suffer Related: McDonald’s to pout kale on menu?

    March 30, 2015 5:37 pm
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Sports

  • Djokovic reaches 4th round in Miami


    Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Four-time champion Novak Djokovic beat Steve Darcis 6-0, 7-5 on Monday to reach the fourth round of the Miami Open. The top-seeded Djokovic fell behind 5-4 in the second set when the qualifier converted his only break-point chance of the match. But Djokovic broke Darcis’ serve to level the set and again two games later. Djokovic, who topped Rafael Nadal in last year’s Miami Open final, will next face Alexandr Dolgopolov, a straight-set winner over Thomaz Bellucci. In other action, No. 4 seed Kei Nishikori tallied five service breaks as he rolled past 32nd-seeded Viktor Troicki 6-2, 6-2 in 63 minutes at Crandon Park. “I was almost perfect on the court this morning,” said Nishikori, a semifinalist at this Masters 1000 event last year. “It’s really exciting that I’m playing good here. Maybe he was hurting a little bit, but still I was giving him a lot of pressure with my …

    March 30, 2015 6:38 pm
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World News

  • Solar aeroplane lands in China


    The familiar line of LEDs on the front of the plane as it comes into Chongqing, China Solar Impulse, the fuel-free aeroplane, has completed the fifth leg of its round-the-world flight. The vehicle, with Bertrand Piccard at the controls, touched down in Chongqing in China just after 17:30 GMT. It had left Mandalay in Myanmar (Burma) some 20 hours previously. The intention had been to make the briefest of stops in Chongqing before pushing on to Nanjing in the east of the country, but that strategy has been abandoned because of weather concerns. The team will now lay over in southwest China until a good window opens up on the east coast at some point during the coming days. Getting to the city of Nanjing would set up Solar Impulse to make its first big ocean crossing – a five-day, five-night flight to Hawaii. Leg five proved to be a tough one for Bertrand Piccard. …

    March 30, 2015 6:39 pm
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Technology

  • The internet of things: convenience at a price


    Chores are boring. Get home from work, let the dog out, put dinner on, start a load of laundry and write a list for your next grocery order. What if rather than doing housework when you get home, you could do it on your commute – or better yet, not at all? That’s the promise of the internet of things: hand your commute over to a smart car, let your pet out via his web-connected dog door, open up an app to pre-heat the oven and start the laundry, and click to approve the shopping list your smart fridge automatically generated. This all sounds like a futuristic life, and parts of it do remain years away, but the foundations are being laid now – and much of the work is being done by British firms. We need to decide now what the IoT will look like, how it will protect our privacy, and just how …

    March 30, 2015 10:55 am
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Science

  • The shortest DNA sequences reveal insights into the world’s tallest trees


    Coast redwoods are famous for being the tallest trees in the world, but their height is not the only thing that sets them apart. Unlike most conifer trees, coast redwoods can reproduce by sprouting from cut stumps, fallen logs, and roots. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, are uncovering important information about patterns of coast redwood clones with a new DNA analysis method that could help forest management and preservation efforts. The new method, described in a recent issue of Applications of Plant Sciences, will enable scientists to identify clonal lineages and study how clonal diversity varies throughout the geographic range of this species. Coast redwoods are among the oldest living trees on earth and, although they once occupied much of the northern hemisphere, today’s native coast redwood forests can only be found in a 450-mile strip of land along the coast of northern California to southern Oregon. To date, very little research has …

    March 30, 2015 3:16 pm
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Health

  • Sierra Leone Ebola lockdown exposes hundreds of suspected cases


    FREETOWN (Reuters) – A three-day lockdown in Sierra Leone has exposed hundreds of potential new cases of Ebola, aiding efforts to bring to an end an epidemic that has already killed 3,000 people in the country. Officials ordered the country’s 6 million residents to stay indoors or face arrest during the period that ended late on Sunday as hundreds of health officials went door-to-door looking for hidden patients and educating residents about the virus. Reports to authorities of sick people increased by 191 percent in Western Area, which includes the capital, during the lockdown compared with the previous weekend, said Obi Sesay of the National Ebola Response Center. “Tests are being carried out on their blood samples, and the results will be in by Wednesday,” Sesay said, adding that 173 of the patients in Freetown met an initial case definition for Ebola. In the rest of the country, there was a 50 percent increase in …

    March 30, 2015 3:17 pm
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Entertainment

  • Katy Perry’s response to one tabloid’s lies and apology deserves a slow-clap


    OK! Magazine tweeted a very public apology to the pop star for blatantly lying about Perry’s private life, and for spying on a personal event at her home. In the March 2, 2015 print edition of OK! Magazine, we wrongly stated that Katy Perry was pregnant, and that she was planning a wedding. — OK! Magazine USA (@OKMagazine) March 30, 2015 We acknowledge that Ms. Perry is not pregnant, and she is not planning a wedding. We regret the mistake and sincerely apologize to Ms. Perry — OK! Magazine USA (@OKMagazine) March 30, 2015 for publishing the error. We also apologize for including paparazzi photos of Ms. Perry that had been taken with a long lens while — OK! Magazine USA (@OKMagazine) March 30, 2015 she was having a private function at her home. — OK! Magazine USA (@OKMagazine) March 30, 2015 More: Katy Perry’s most recent lawsuit makes us think less of her The …

    March 30, 2015 5:37 pm
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Editorial

  • Mr. President: Will you bring home American pastor imprisoned in Iran?


    Saeed Abedini has not seen his family in nearly three years, including young daughter Rebekka and son Jacob. (Fox News) There is much at stake as efforts intensify to reach an agreement with Iran over its nuclear capabilities. Discussions about nuclear enrichment and centrifuges may be central to these negotiations, but there’s another topic that should be addressed. March 26 marked two and a half years since American Pastor Saeed Abedini was imprisoned in Iran, jailed simply because of his Christian faith. His health is worsening. In a prison where torture and executions are commonplace, Pastor Saeed continues to face grave threats and an uncertain future. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Obama administration has been vocal in calling for Pastor Saeed’s release. In a face-to-face meeting with the Abedini family in January, President Obama told them that he considers securing the release of Pastor Saeed a “top priority.” He also told the family that his negotiating team – …

    March 30, 2015 3:17 pm
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Odd News

  • South Korean gets plastic surgery ahead of robbery spree: police


    SEOUL (Reuters) – Police in South Korea say a man who was jailed for theft a decade ago had plastic surgery to obscure his identity and embark on a nine-month robbery spree beginning last April that netted cash and goods worth more than $479,000. The 35-year-old-man was arrested on March 23 for 87 cases of robbery across the country, a police officer in the city of Incheon said by telephone. The police officer said the suspect, who had been jailed for robbery in 2005, underwent surgery to alter the structure of his jaw and also procedures to stretch his limbs to gain height. The suspect confessed to the robberies but said he had the surgery because he did not like his appearance, the officer said. South Korea is home to more than 4,000 plastic surgery clinics and has the world’s highest rate of cosmetic procedures. The suspect devised his own tools to disable digital locks …

    March 30, 2015 7:10 am
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