• Unusual amount of cheating suspected at Stanford

     An unusually high number of students are suspect of cheating during the most recent term at Stanford University, putting faculty members and administrators of the prestigious institution on alert. The San Jose Mercury News reported...
  • Tunisia ‘kills Bardo attack gunman’

    Tunisia has instigated a crackdown on militants following last months attack on the Bardo Museum that left 22 dead Tunisian authorities say they have killed one of the militants linked to the attack on a...
  • Ferrari’s Vettel storms to victory in Malaysia

    SEPANG, Malaysia (Reuters) – Sebastian Vettel showed again that form is temporary and class permanent when the four times world champion put in a faultless display to record his first victory for Ferrari at the...
  • Best Buy closes Canada’s Future Shop

    Best Buy closes Canada’s Future Shop

    US consumer electronics chain Best Buy has announced that it is closing its Canadian subsidiary, Future Shop, and converting 65 of its 131 stores into Best Buy outlets. As a result of the move, 500...
  • Kerry stays on for more Iran talks

    John Kerry has had bilateral talks with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif and is staying in Lausanne until the talks conclude US Secretary of State John Kerry has cancelled a planned return to the...
  • Stevens out of Malaysia race with fuel issue

    SEPANG, Malaysia (Reuters) – Manor Marussia withdrew British driver Will Stevens from the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix just an hour before the start on Sunday due to a fuel system problem. “Sadly Will is...

Headline News

  • Unusual amount of cheating suspected at Stanford


     An unusually high number of students are suspect of cheating during the most recent term at Stanford University, putting faculty members and administrators of the prestigious institution on alert. The San Jose Mercury News reported Friday that University Provost John Etchemendy sent a letter to faculty highlighting “troubling allegations that stem from “a smattering concerns from a number of winter course.” Etchemendy said students are cheating themselves and risk severe consequences. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Etchemendy said all students are told of the school’s honor code and agree to abide by it. “But with the ease of technology and widespread sharing that is now part of a collaborative culture,” he wrote, “students need to recognize and be reminded that it is dishonest to appropriate the work of others.” University spokeswoman Lisa Lapin declined to discuss details with the newspaper, such as the course or grade level of the students, but she said such concerns are routine. She …

    March 29, 2015 4:58 am
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Politics

  • Kerry orders probe of U.S. State Department email procedures


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has asked the department’s inspector general to look into procedures for handling emails by State Department employees, the department said on Friday. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said the move was not specifically to investigate the handling of emails by Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state. Clinton has been criticized for using personal email for government business when she led the department from 2009 to 2013, causing a controversy as she prepares to launch a bid for the Democratic U.S. presidential nomination in 2016. Kerry asked for an overall review of State Department efforts to improve records management, including email archiving and responding to Freedom of Information Act and congressional inquiries, Rathke said. Kerry’s letter, sent on Wednesday, said the State Department should “adapt our systems and policies to keep pace with changes in technology and the way our personnel work,” Rathke said. “This …

    March 29, 2015 2:58 am
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Stocks

  • Lululemon’s smash new hit: Pants with manhood in mind


    The “anti-ball crushing” pants. Males of the world, Lululemon wants you to be comfortable where it counts. The yoga wear company is making a push into menswear with a line of pants specially designed for men who feel constrained in the crotch. The ABC (anti-ball crushing) pants are made with extra space to give “you and the family jewels room to breathe,” according to Lululemon’s (LULU) website. So far, the response has been great. Sales of Lululemon menswear rose 16% in the fourth quarter. “We saw continued success with our pant category anchored by the popularity of our core ABC pant,” CEO Laurent Potdevin said. Lululemon says its new chinos are appropriate for weekend trips and for the office as well. Lululemon is perhaps best known for its yoga pants for women. But in recent years, it’s been targeting men. In addition to being testicle friendly, the action slacks are made with high-tech fabric that …

    March 29, 2015 5:18 am
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Sports

  • Ferrari’s Vettel storms to victory in Malaysia


    SEPANG, Malaysia (Reuters) – Sebastian Vettel showed again that form is temporary and class permanent when the four times world champion put in a faultless display to record his first victory for Ferrari at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday. The victory ended a long drought for the Italian Formula One team, whose last win was at the Spanish Grand Prix in 2013, and was the 40th of the German’s career. Starting from second place on the grid behind Lewis Hamilton’s seemingly unbeatable Mercedes, Vettel and Ferrari produced a tactical masterclass to overhaul the Briton and cross the line 8.5 seconds ahead of the double world champion. “Numero uno is back, Ferrari is back,” Vettel was told over the team radio as he took the chequered flag. “Grazie, grazie. Forza Ferrari” he shouted in reply. Hamilton’s team mate Nico Rosberg finished a distant third while 17-year-old Max Verstappen claimed seventh place for Toro Rosso to …

    March 29, 2015 4:58 am
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World News

  • Tunisia ‘kills Bardo attack gunman’


    Tunisia has instigated a crackdown on militants following last months attack on the Bardo Museum that left 22 dead Tunisian authorities say they have killed one of the militants linked to the attack on a museum earlier this month in which 21 tourists died. Lokman Abu Sakhra was one of nine armed militants killed in a raid on Saturday, the government says. A spokesman described him as one of Tunisia’s “most dangerous terrorists”. On Sunday, French President Francois Hollande and other foreign dignitaries will join thousands of Tunisians marching in protest against terrorism. At least 21 foreigners were among those killed when gunmen stormed the museum in Tunis on 18 March. British, Japanese, French, Italian and Colombian tourists were among the dead. A spokesman for the Tunisian prime minister told the BBC that Sakhra, an Algerian citizen, was killed by security forces in the western region of Gafsa. Security officials allege that the militants were …

    March 29, 2015 4:58 am
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Technology

  • Mercedes-Benz SL400: car review


    Price £72,500MPG 36.7Top speed 155mph Rather amazingly the Mercedes-Benz SL400 is an entry-level model. It costs £72,500, which is almost three times the price of the average new car in Britain today (£28,973). However, it is still a good £10,000 cheaper than its near identical sister, the SL500 – the car which is one step above it in the Mercedes-Benz “pyramid of greatness”, as Ron Swanson would say. The SL500 has a V8 rather than a V6 engine, and those two extra cylinders will vroooooom it to 62mph in 4.6 seconds rather than the slovenly 5.2 seconds of the V6. If time is money, that half-second could be the most expensive you ever buy. As the two cars are indistinguishable in all respects other than the size of their engines, opting for the “budget Benz” is also the fastest way you’ll find to save money – £10k in 0.5 seconds. And that certainly beats stealing …

    March 29, 2015 2:37 am
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Science

  • The brain in the supermarket


    Say you’re out shopping for basic household goods — perhaps orange juice and soup. Or light bulbs. Or diapers for your young child. How do you choose the products you buy? Is it a complicated decision, or a simple one? It could be complex: Factors like price, quality, and brand loyalty may run through your mind. Indeed, some scholars have developed complicated models of consumer decision-making, in which people accumulate substantial product knowledge, then weigh that knowledge against the opportunity to explore less-known products. But in a new paper, MIT researchers suggest that your brain is making a simpler calculation when you shop: You are most likely deploying an “index strategy,” a straightforward ranking of products. It may not be an absolutely perfect calculation, given all the available information, but the study suggests that an index strategy comes very close to being optimal, and is a far easier way for consumers to make their choices. …

    March 29, 2015 2:57 am
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Health

  • Stiff Shoulder No Reason to Delay Rotator Cuff Surgery: Study


    SATURDAY, March 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — It may not be necessary to delay rotator cuff surgery in patients with shoulder stiffness, a new study suggests. Researchers compared 170 people who had rotator cuff surgery with 25 people who underwent a glenohumeral joint capsule release procedure to relieve shoulder stiffness at the same time they had rotator cuff surgery. Rotator cuff surgery is done to repair a torn tendon in the shoulder. A glenohumeral joint capsule release involves arthroscopic manipulation of a patient’s shoulder while under anesthesia. “Physicians may be inclined to postpone surgery on patients with shoulder stiffness, but our research suggests that may not be the best treatment approach,” study author Jordan McGrath, of St. George Hospital in Sydney, Australia, said in a news release from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. In the study, both groups of patients had major improvements in their range of shoulder motion, function and pain after …

    March 29, 2015 2:58 am
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Entertainment

  • Lena Dunham called ignorant, anti-Semitic over her ‘Jewish boyfriend’ quiz


    More: 16 Times Hannah Horvath made us feel less self-involved Sometimes Protestants have a hard time noticing anti-Semitism in the same way that white people can’t always immediately catch underlying racism and men don’t always notice when something is sexist. It’s not right… but it’s not exactly wrong, either. We spent a lot of time with Dunham’s recent piece in the New Yorker, “Dog or Jewish Boyfriend?” and tried to decide: Was it anti-Semitic? Or was it all a big joke? In her recent quiz, Dunham posed 35 true statements and asked readers to guess whether she was talking about her dog or her Jewish boyfriend, Jack Antonoff, in each of the statements. Some antidotes were harmless, like, “He’s crazy for cream cheese,” and, “But he has asthma.” Others, however, took a serious turn. Points like the ones below had people questioning whether Dunham was being anti-Semitic. Image: The New Yorker More: Lena Dunham and …

    March 29, 2015 5:18 am
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Editorial

  • America in the 21st Century: Time to renew the call for national service


     (AP) FILE — Monday, May 28, 2012: Austin Bunyard, 5, squints in the bright sun as he watches veterans salute the American flag during a Memorial Day ceremony on the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Ill. ((AP Photo/The Dispatch, Paul Colletti)) The yelling began the instant the doors closed on the buses taking me and the two hundred other draftees from Nassau County Long Island to Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn to be inducted into the army.    Yelling is the primary form of communication used in the first two months of service.  I was now under the rule of the unified code of military justice, and there was no such thing as “I quit” or “I’m not doing that” without dire consequences involving words like “imprisonment” and “hard labor”.  It was November of 1966, and whatever coddled innocence that was bestowed upon me by loving parents was soon gone along with my hair, clothes, privacy, …

    March 29, 2015 2:58 am
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Odd News

  • Daughter bests father in feud at Japan shareholder’s meeting


    TOKYO (Reuters) – A rare family feud erupted in a Japanese shareholders meeting on Friday, when the chief executive of Otsuka Kagu Ltd defeated her father’s attempt to oust her, vowing to push ahead with her plan to take the furniture retailer more mass-market. “I am sorry that things have come to this,” Kumiko Otsuka, 47, coolly told shareholders in the meeting, in which she instructed her father, company founder and chairman Katsuhisa Otsuka, and her mother to identify themselves by name and shareholder number. The daughter overcame the chairman’s challenge by an undisclosed majority vote. “I had five children,” the father said from the audience as he pleaded with shareholders to back his return as CEO. “Kumiko was the first and she was a difficult birth.” Kumiko’s mother also gave a rambling speech criticizing the CEO, until another shareholder yelled at her to stop. The Otsuka family showdown – virtually unheard of in Japan’s …

    March 27, 2015 10:40 am
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