• 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...
  • Uganda al-Shabab prosecutor killed

    Uganda al-Shabab prosecutor killed

    Security had been stepped up in Kampala after warnings of attacks Joan Kagezi, the top Ugandan state prosecutor in the trial of 13 men accused of a deadly al-Shabab bomb attack, has been shot dead...
  • MH17 appeal for Buk missile witnesses

    An international crime team investigating the downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine last July has produced a video urging witnesses who saw a missile launcher to come forward. Describing the Buk launcher as one...

Headline News

  • Carter backs Arab League’s announced plan to create joint Arab military force


    FORT DRUM, N.Y. –  Defense Secretary Ash Carter is endorsing the Arab League’s plan to form a joint military force. Details on how such a force would operate are thin. But the agreement announced Sunday is a telling sign of a new determination among Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their allies to intervene aggressively in regional hotspots. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In remarks Monday during a visit to Fort Drum, New York, Carter called the planned joint force “a good thing.” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the U.S. was waiting to see the exact structure and operational mandate of the joint force. Arab League officials said a full proposal is to be presented within four months.

    March 30, 2015 5:38 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

  • 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 indefinite medical leave of absence and was named the head coach in January. He guided Butler to a 23-11 overall record, a 12-6 mark in the Big East and a seventh NCAA Tournament berth in nine years. The Bulldogs, seeded sixth in the Midwest Region, opened with a win over Texas before losing to Notre Dame in the round of 32. “Under challenging circumstances, Chris Holtmann stepped in this past season and quickly demonstrated himself worthy of continuing the Butler legacy of excellent coaching and thoughtful leadership … that has underpinned Butler’s success,” Butler president James Danko said in a statement. Holtmann led the Bulldogs to a nine-win improvement over the 2013-14 season and to five victories against ranked teams, …

    March 30, 2015 5:38 pm
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World News

  • 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 in a plane crash in what is now Zambia in 1961, but the cause of the crash has been disputed. There have been claims that the plane was shot down, but a previous UN enquiry did not reach a definitive conclusion. The Swedish diplomat was on his way to negotiate a ceasefire in the breakaway Congolese state of Katanga. He was trying to mediate between Congo’s Soviet-backed government and Moise Tshombe, who had declared independence for the mineral-rich province of Katanga. He was flying to Ndola, in what was then Northern Rhodesia, to meet Mr Tshombe, who was backed by former colonial power Belgium and some Western mining interests. ‘New evidence’ The UN set up this new enquiry after a …

    March 30, 2015 5:38 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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