• NG Dragons v Connacht (Thurs)

    NG Dragons v Connacht (Thurs)

    Hallam Amos (centre) has won five caps for Wales, scoring one try Wales back Hallam Amos will not play for the Newport Gwent Dragons as they entertain Connacht in the Pro12. Amos was released by...
  • Brazil aims for Zika vaccine in a year

    Brazil aims for Zika vaccine in a year

    Image copyright EPA Image caption Zika virus is transmitted by Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes Health officials in Brazil say they expect to develop a vaccine for the Zika virus in about a year. But two more...
  • Nestle ‘hypocritical’ to end IAAF deal

    Nestle ‘hypocritical’ to end IAAF deal

    Former Olympic champion Lord Coe was elected IAAF president in August 2015 IAAF president Lord Coe accused Nestle of hypocrisy after it ended its sponsorship of the world governing body’s Kids’ Athletics programme. The Swiss...
  • The paradise island shaped like a heart

    The paradise island shaped like a heart

    Italy probably does romance better than anyone — Verona may well take the overall prize as home of legendary lovers Romeo and Juliet. MORE: 10 things Italy does better than anywhere else Luxury hotel Palazzo...
  • Three Oregon armed occupiers surrender

    Three Oregon armed occupiers surrender

    Image copyright AP Image caption The Malheur Refuge was seized in January, the culmination of a two-decade dispute over grazing rights on federal land The remaining armed occupiers of a US wildlife sanctuary in the...
  • Donald Trump settles with Univision over Miss USA Pageant

    Donald Trump settles with Univision over Miss USA Pageant

    Donald Trump and Univision have settled the lawsuit that arose when Univision dumped Trump’s Miss USA pageant telecast. “The terms of the settlement are confidential,” the two sides said in an announcement Thursday afternoon. Trump...

Headline News

  • Gunman wanted on warrants killed two deputies at Maryland eatery


    WASHINGTON The Maryland gunman who killed two sheriff’s deputies in a lunchtime shootout at a busy restaurant near Baltimore was trying to avoid arrest on two outstanding warrants, authorities said on Thursday. The killings on Wednesday marked the first time the Harford County Sheriff’s Office has lost a deputy to a shooting since 1889, Harford Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said at a press conference. “It’s absolutely devastating,” Gahler said. “There are no words.” The gunman, identified as David Brian Evans, 67, was also killed in the incident. The slain law enforcement officers were identified as Patrick Dailey, a 30-year veteran of the force and volunteer firefighter, and Mark Logsdon, a 16-year veteran. The men, whose ages were not released, were both were military veterans. They were killed while responding to a disturbance report around 11:25 a.m. on Wednesday at a Panera Bread restaurant in Abingdon, about 25 miles northeast of Baltimore, Gahler said.  Evans, described as …

    February 11, 2016 2:50 pm
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Politics

  • House to weigh North Korea sanctions bill this week: Ryan


    WASHINGTON Legislation on sanctions against North Korea is expected on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives this week in an effort to thwart the country’s efforts to build a weapons of mass destruction program, House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday. “We have moved one step closer to a new round of North Korea sanctions,” Ryan said, speaking to reporters in his weekly news conference. (Reporting by Susan Cornwell and Susan Heavey; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

    February 11, 2016 12:49 pm
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Stocks

  • Donald Trump settles with Univision over Miss USA Pageant


    Donald Trump and Univision have settled the lawsuit that arose when Univision dumped Trump’s Miss USA pageant telecast. “The terms of the settlement are confidential,” the two sides said in an announcement Thursday afternoon. Trump sued Univision, the biggest Spanish language broadcaster in the United States, for $500 million last summer. Trump and the CEO of Univision, Randy Falco, issued peacemaking statements. “I have known Donald Trump for many years in both a personal and professional capacity and we are pleased to settle this matter and move forward,” Falco said. “I’m glad we are able to put these differences behind us,” Trump said. A Univision spokeswoman declined any further comment. Related: Donald Trump ‘too thin skinned,’ Univision says in court papers The amicable resolution comes at a time when Trump’s focus is on winning the Republican presidential nomination. His campaign is looking ahead to several primary states, including Nevada and Florida, with large numbers of …

    February 11, 2016 1:29 pm
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Sports

  • NG Dragons v Connacht (Thurs)


    Hallam Amos (centre) has won five caps for Wales, scoring one try Wales back Hallam Amos will not play for the Newport Gwent Dragons as they entertain Connacht in the Pro12. Amos was released by Wales for last Friday’s defeat to Ulster, but will not feature at Rodney Parade on Thursday. He is replaced by wing Nick Scott as one of four changes, while fly-half Jason Tovey returns from a back spasm. Connacht have made three changes from their win against Scarlets on 30 January, with AJ MacGinty replacing Jack Carty at fly-half. Craig Ronaldson comes in at inside centre with Bundee Aki switching to 13, while prop Rodney Ah You is recalled. Ireland Six Nations squad members Kieran Marmion, Finlay Bealham and Ultan Dillane are on the bench. “Given that they haven’t trained with us this week, they will add impact from the bench,” said head coach Pat Lam. “We are under no illusions …

    February 11, 2016 2:50 pm
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World News

  • Brazil aims for Zika vaccine in a year


    Image copyright EPA Image caption Zika virus is transmitted by Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes Health officials in Brazil say they expect to develop a vaccine for the Zika virus in about a year. But two more years would be needed for any large-scale rollout, the health minister said. Brazil is at the centre of an outbreak of the virus that has been linked to a surge of brain malformations in newborn babies. Separately, officials have said the death of a third adult in the country had possible links to Zika. Brazil’s race to find a vaccine Read more about the Zika virus Health minister Marcelo Castro announced that Brazil would invest $1.9m (£1.3m) in research for the vaccine over the next five years, in partnership with scientists at the University of Texas. Researchers have agreed that the testing of the vaccine would happen simultaneously in mice and monkeys, and not separately, to speed up the process, …

    February 11, 2016 2:50 pm
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Technology

  • MySpace: site that once could have bought Facebook acquired by Time Inc


    MySpace, Facebook’s one-time rival, has a new home. The fallen tech star is now owned by Time Inc, which acquired the company almost by accident after buying ad tech firm Viant. Viant, formerly Interactive Media Holdings, oversees a portfolio of businesses including ad-targeting firm Specific Media, video ad network Vindico, and smart TV ad software-maker Xumo. Oh yes, and MySpace, purchased for more than half a billion dollars in 2005 by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and bought by Viant’s Specific Media for $35m in 2011. MySpace, founded by a group of ambitious Friendster users in 2003, rose in prominence through the early aughts with such speed that it began to consider acquisitions – Facebook, for example, then a promising rival. In Julia Angwin’s Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America, the author recounts closed-door meetings between Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and MySpace’s Chris DeWolfe negotiating a Space/Face merger in 2004. Ultimately, …

    February 11, 2016 1:09 pm
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Science

  • Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein’s prediction


    For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime, called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos. Gravitational waves carry information about their dramatic origins and about the nature of gravity that cannot otherwise be obtained. Physicists have concluded that the detected gravitational waves were produced during the final fraction of a second of the merger of two black holes to produce a single, more massive spinning black hole. This collision of two black holes had been predicted but never observed. The gravitational waves were detected on Sept. 14, 2015, at 4:51 a.m. CDT by both of the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, or LIGO, detectors, located in Livingston, La., and Hanford, Wash. The LIGO Observatories are funded by the National Science …

    February 11, 2016 11:49 am
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Health

  • Better growth monitoring needed to spot childhood diseases


    (Reuters Health) – Monitoring growth can serve as an early warning for many childhood diseases, but a lack of consensus on how tracking should work and what to look for may mean diagnosis is delayed for some and wrong for others, a recent research review suggests. It may seem simple in theory to look at how children’s height and weight compare to that of other kids their age and then search for medical reasons why some of them might, for example, be unusually short. But first, doctors need to agree on what constitutes abnormal growth – and they don’t – researchers note in their January 14 online paper in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology. “Growth-monitoring is widely used in most countries in the world,” lead researcher Pauline Scherdel of INSERM in Paris said by email. “However, we have found strong empirical evidence showing that the current practices are suboptimal – diagnostic delays in one hand …

    February 11, 2016 12:29 pm
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Entertainment

  • This Russian All-Terrain Vehicle Might Be The Greatest Thing Ever


    While this might not be the best vehicle for your commute to work, vacation with the family or trip to the grocery store, Russia’s SHERP is pretty freakin’ awesome. The all-terrain vehicle has been making waves (literally) since its introduction last summer. It was created by Russian Alexei Garagashyan, who boasts “over 20 years of experience in ATV (all terrain vehicle) construction”. While owning a SHERP will set you back about $50,000, in the event of that inevitable Zombie Apocalypse — when the roads all become impassable with broken down vehicles — anyone owning one of these bad boys would have no trouble making that cross-country excursion. Topping out at about 50 kilometers an hour, a SHERP won’t get you anywhere very fast, but it will get you there thanks to four giant rubber wheels that are over five feet tall — making obstacles like two-foot diameter fallen trees and cement barriers a piece of …

    February 11, 2016 2:49 pm
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Editorial

  • The secret to raising honest kids


    Ask a group of twenty parents what they most want for their children, and the answers will be as unique as the parents polled. Some value great success.  Some, strong character. Some, vibrant faith. And the list goes on. But you’d be hard pressed to find a parent who doesn’t work hard to raise kids who are honest. Kids who are truth-tellers.  Kids who know how to listen to that internal voice of conviction and respond accordingly. It’s no wonder then, that a question I most often get asked when I speak about parenting, sounds something like this: “How can we raise kids who confess mistakes willingly and seek forgiveness sincerely?” While our first or natural instinct as parents might be to increase the threat of punishment when we suspect our children aren’t being honest, research (reported in Nurture Shock) actually reveals that “increasing the threat of punishment for lying only makes children hyperaware of …

    February 11, 2016 11:09 am
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Odd News

  • Indian scientists express doubt over meteorite death attribution


    NEW DELHI Indian scientists have expressed doubt that a man in Tamil Nadu was the first person to have been confirmed killed by a meteorite strike, as the state’s top official has declared. The experts said the small crater, the absence of a sonic boom before impact, a lack of debris and the green and blue colour of rock recovered from the scene suggest some other cause. “It is highly improbable, but we will only be absolutely sure after a chemical analysis,” said V. Adimurthy, a senior scientist at India’s space agency. The mysterious event has triggered an international debate about whether a meteorite, space debris, leftover explosives or even frozen waste from a plane passing overhead may have killed the man. The meteorite attribution was announced this week by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram, a former film star who is known for her authoritarian style. A bus driver was killed by the meteorite at an engineering …

    February 10, 2016 8:04 am
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