• EU states ‘must take 40,000 migrants’

    EU states ‘must take 40,000 migrants’

    Tens of thousands have tried to make the perilous Mediterranean crossing this year The European Commission has called on EU member states to take in 40,000 asylum seekers from Syria and Eritrea who land in...
  • You won’t believe the $%#! you’ve been eating

    You won’t believe the $%#! you’ve been eating

    Recent announcements by Coke, Pizza Hut, Tyson and others should be seen as a sign that our food is getting better. A number of major fast-food chains and food companies have recently announced healthier practices,...
  • Federer, Wawrinka advance in Paris

    Paris, France (SportsNetwork.com) – Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka won second-round matches Wednesday at the French Open. Federer, this year’s second seed and the 2009 champion, earned a 6-2, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 triumph over Spain’s...
  • Marriage vote ‘defeat for humanity’

    Marriage vote ‘defeat for humanity’

    Celebrations at Dublin Castle when the results were announced on Saturday A landmark vote to allow same-sex marriage in the Republic of Ireland was a “defeat for humanity”, a senior Vatican official has said. Cardinal...
  • Could a Noisy Neighborhood Make You Fat?

    Could a Noisy Neighborhood Make You Fat?

    WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Exposure to noise from traffic, trains and planes may be linked to a burgeoning belly, Swedish researchers report. The increased risk of a larger waist rose with the...
  • Taxpayer information stolen from IRS website

    Taxpayer information stolen from IRS website

    The Internal Revenue Service building in Washington.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh) More than 100,000 taxpayers have had their personal tax information stolen from an IRS website as part of an elaborate scheme to claim fraudulent tax refunds....

Headline News

  • New flood warning for Houston after deadly storms kill 17


    HOUSTON The National Weather Service issued a new flash flood warning on Wednesday for Houston where storms have left five people dead and turned neighborhoods into lakes in the fourth most-populous U.S. city. Southwest of Dallas, police evacuated people living near a dam that threatened to burst due to surging floodwaters as emergency officials searched for bodies from storms that killed at least 18 in Texas and Oklahoma. Water had topped the Padera dam, about 25 miles (40 kms) southwest of Dallas, and police in Midlothian said they have called on people living downstream to evacuate and move livestock to higher ground in case the structure gives way. The death toll in Texas was set to rise with numerous people still missing after Memorial Day weekend storms that caused record floods, destroying hundreds of homes, sweeping away bridges and stranding more than 2,000 motorists on roads. “This rain has the potential to cause additional street …

    May 27, 2015 10:06 am
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Politics

  • Taxpayer information stolen from IRS website


    The Internal Revenue Service building in Washington.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh) More than 100,000 taxpayers have had their personal tax information stolen from an IRS website as part of an elaborate scheme to claim fraudulent tax refunds. The information was stolen from an online system called “Get Transcript,” where taxpayers can get tax returns and other tax filings from previous years. In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address, the IRS said Tuesday. “We’re confident that these are not amateurs,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “These actually are organized crime syndicates that not only we, but everybody in the financial industry, are dealing with.” The IRS said it is notifying taxpayers whose information was accessed. The IRS is providing them with credit monitoring services. Koskinen wouldn’t say whether investigators believe the criminals are based …

    May 27, 2015 9:04 am
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Stocks

  • You won’t believe the $%#! you’ve been eating


    Recent announcements by Coke, Pizza Hut, Tyson and others should be seen as a sign that our food is getting better. A number of major fast-food chains and food companies have recently announced healthier practices, moving to all-natural ingredients and ending the use of downright strange and sometimes hard-to-pronounce additives — a trend that experts say is having meaningful impact on our food supply. The ever-lengthening list includes: 1. Pizza Hut and Taco Bell (YUM): Announced on Tuesday they were going all natural, removing all artificial colors and flavors. Among other things, Taco Bell said it will switch from artificial black pepper to actual black pepper (but wouldn’t reveal what was in the artificial version.) 2. Panera (PNRA): Made a similar promise earlier this month, saying that it will no longer put things like “Tert-Butyl-Hydroquinone” in your sandwich. 3. Dunkin’ Donuts (DNKN): Dropping titanium dioxide from its powdered sugar donuts to make the powder appear …

    May 27, 2015 10:05 am
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Sports

  • World soccer rocked as top officials held in U.S., Swiss graft cases


    ZURICH Seven of the most powerful figures in global soccer faced extradition to the United States on corruption charges after being arrested on Wednesday in Switzerland, where authorities also announced a criminal investigation into the awarding of the next two World Cups. The world’s most popular sport was plunged into turmoil after U.S. and Swiss authorities announced separate inquiries into the activities of the game’s powerful governing body. U.S. authorities said nine soccer officials and five sports media and promotions executives faced corruption charges involving more than $150 million in bribes. Swiss police arrested seven FIFA officials who are now awaiting extradition to the United States. Those arrested did not include Sepp Blatter, the Swiss head of FIFA, but included several just below him in the hierarchy of sport’s wealthiest body. Of the 14 indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice, seven FIFA officials, including Vice-President Jeffrey Webb, were being held in Zurich. Four people …

    May 27, 2015 10:06 am
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World News

  • EU states ‘must take 40,000 migrants’


    Tens of thousands have tried to make the perilous Mediterranean crossing this year The European Commission has called on EU member states to take in 40,000 asylum seekers from Syria and Eritrea who land in Italy and Greece over the next two years. Germany, France and Spain would receive the most migrants under the Commission’s latest plan. The idea of using quotas to resettle those who have made it to Europe has caused controversy in some EU states. The UK government says that it will not take part in such a system. France, Spain, Hungary, Slovakia and Estonia have also all voiced concerns, and a final decision will be taken by EU governments after a vote by MEPs. Denmark has the right to opt out of the plan while Ireland and the UK can decide whether they wish to opt in. The UN has called on Europe to do more to help migrants ‘Fair distribution’ …

    May 27, 2015 10:05 am
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Technology

  • UK ISPs to block eBook piracy sites


    The owner of FreeBookSpot claims to have removed 10,000 eBook links following the Publishers Association’s complaint Seven websites that help users find unauthorised copies of eBooks are to be blocked in the UK by the country’s leading broadband providers. The Publishers Association has obtained a High Court order that requires the internet service providers (ISPs) to act by 9 June. The offending sites are based overseas. The movie, music and luxury goods industries have previously employed similar tactics to cause more than 100 other sites to be blocked. The Publishers Association said that more than 80% of the material it had found on the ad-supported platforms involved, had infringed copyright. “A third of publisher revenues now come from digital sales but unfortunately this rise in the digital market has brought with it a growth in online infringement,” said the body’s chief executive Richard Mollet. “Our members need to be able to protect their authors’ works …

    May 27, 2015 8:24 am
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Science

  • Advance in quantum error correction


    Quantum computers are largely theoretical devices that could perform some computations exponentially faster than conventional computers can. Crucial to most designs for quantum computers is quantum error correction, which helps preserve the fragile quantum states on which quantum computation depends. The ideal quantum error correction code would correct any errors in quantum data, and it would require measurement of only a few quantum bits, or qubits, at a time. But until now, codes that could make do with limited measurements could correct only a limited number of errors — one roughly equal to the square root of the total number of qubits. So they could correct eight errors in a 64-qubit quantum computer, for instance, but not 10. In a paper they’re presenting at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Symposium on Theory of Computing in June, researchers from MIT, Google, the University of Sydney, and Cornell University present a new code that can correct errors …

    May 27, 2015 8:45 am
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Health

  • Could a Noisy Neighborhood Make You Fat?


    WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Exposure to noise from traffic, trains and planes may be linked to a burgeoning belly, Swedish researchers report. The increased risk of a larger waist rose with the number of sources of noise someone was exposed to at the same time — from 25 percent for those exposed to only one source to nearly double for those exposed to all three sources, the scientists added. “Long-term exposure to traffic noise may affect our metabolism and lead to abdominal obesity,” said lead researcher Charlotta Eriksson, from the Institute of Environmental Medicine at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. “Traffic noise should be recognized as an important environmental health hazard that needs to be taken into consideration in urban planning,” she said. Eriksson cautioned that this is an observational study, so no definitive conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect between traffic noise and abdominal obesity. Traffic noise, however, may …

    May 27, 2015 9:05 am
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Entertainment

  • Kim Richards allegedly caused a huge scene at her daughter’s wedding


    TMZ reports that the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star had such a big meltdown during the ceremony that her sober coach quit. More: Real Housewives‘ Kim Richards’ arrest details are seriously embarrassing It’s unclear at this time whether Richards used drugs, alcohol or both, but guests report she was definitely on something. To make matters worse, Richards was apparently saying some pretty nasty things to her daughter, Brooke Brinson, who was the bride. And she even went so far as to throw insults at the groom’s family, too. Her words were so hurtful that Brooke has vowed not to speak to her mother again. Richards had been getting help from a rehab facility which gave her a pass to attend the Mexico destination wedding, but gave her a deadline to return Monday, which Richards hasn’t met. TMZ’s sources say the reality star has gone silent and is still in Cabo somewhere. More: Real Housewives‘ Kim Richards …

    May 27, 2015 5:23 am
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Editorial

  • Marine court-martialed for refusing to remove Bible verse


    A United States Marine was convicted at a court-martial for refusing to remove a Bible verse on her computer – a verse of Scripture the military determined “could easily be seen as contrary to good order and discipline.” The plight of Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling seems unbelievable – a member of the Armed Forces criminally prosecuted for displaying a slightly altered passage of Scripture from the Old Testament: “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.” Sterling, who represented herself at trial, was convicted February 1, 2014 in a court-martial at Camp Lejune, North Carolina after she refused to obey orders from a staff sergeant to remove the Bible verses from her desk. She was found guilty of failing to go to her appointed place of duty, disrespect toward a superior commissioned officer, and four specifications of disobeying the lawful order of a noncommissioned officer. As it now stands – Sterling is unemployed and looking for …

    May 26, 2015 9:21 pm
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Odd News

  • Townsend lets cat out of the bag, why hotels are best


    PARIS American player Taylor Townsend, when deciding whether to stay in a cramped Parisian hotel or rent a private apartment during Roland Garros, opted for the former. Past experience helped make up her mind. Recalling last year’s U.S. Open, the 19-year-old described how she was forced to share a toilet with a cat. “You guys are going to laugh at this,” Townsend, beaten 6-3 6-4 by Czech Tereza Smitkova in the first round on Tuesday, told reporters. “Lord have mercy. We were in New York, and the guy walked outside and he greeted us and he had no shoes on. “Then he told us when we were in the elevator ‘I hope you like cats’. We’re like, yeah, cats are fine. He was like ‘but you can’t let down the toilet seat because the cat uses the toilet.’ “After that, I think hotels are safer!” (Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ian Chadband)

    May 27, 2015 12:42 am
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