• Australia urges drug executions halt

    Australia urges drug executions halt

    Andrew Chan, left, and Myuran Sukumaran were sentenced to death in 2006 Australia has called on Indonesia to delay executing two convicted Australian drug traffickers until corruption claims are investigated. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said...
  • Rodriguez homers as Yankees beat Mets

    Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Alex Rodriguez hit a solo homer and drove in two runs as the New York Yankees beat the Mets 6-4 in the rubber match of a three-game series. Gregorio Petit, Brett...
  • Google exec’s girlfriend: He was magical

    Google exec’s girlfriend: He was magical

    Magical, brave, eccentric, adventurous — these are the words friends of Dan Fredinburg used to describe the adventurer killed while hiking Mt. Everest during the Nepal earthquake Saturday. Fredinburg was privacy director for Google X,...
  • Enter the graphene era

    Carbon acquires superpowers when it takes on the two-dimensional chicken-wire form, graphene. Credit: Chad Hagen True or false? It’s possible to make a sheet of carbon that is a single atom thick. If you’d asked...

Headline News

  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s defense team to argue for his life in Boston bombing trial penalty phase


    FILE – This undated file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013, by the FBI shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (AP Photo/FBI, File) BOSTON –  Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s life is on the line as his lawyers return to federal court to make their case that he should be spared the death penalty. Tsarnaev’s defense team is set to begin presenting witnesses Monday in the penalty phase of his trial — the stage that will determine whether he is executed or spends the rest of his life behind bars. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Tsarnaev, 21, already has been convicted of 30 federal charges in the twin bombings that killed three spectators and injured more than 260 others near the marathon’s finish line on April 15, 2013. Seventeen of those charges carry the possibility of the death penalty. Prosecutors are pushing for his execution. Their case in this second phase of the trial lasted just three days. Tsarnaev’s defense is …

    April 27, 2015 12:54 am
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Politics

  • Kerry, Iran’s Zarif to meet at UN anti-nuclear arms conference


    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the opening of a UN conference on the global anti-nuclear weapons treaty on Monday, as they try to make progress in talks on a long-term atomic deal. Iran’s top diplomat will be the first state party to the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to address its 190 signatories at the United Nations headquarters in New York on behalf of 118 non-aligned nations that have signed the NPT, the world’s benchmark disarmament pact. Zarif and Kerry will meet on the sidelines to discuss negotiations on a landmark nuclear deal with the United States and five other global powers as they try to secure a final agreement with Iran by a June 30 deadline. In a tentative deal reached on April 2 in Lausanne, Switzerland, between Iran and the six powers, Tehran, which denies seeking nuclear weapons, agreed to …

    April 27, 2015 12:34 am
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Stocks

  • Google exec’s girlfriend: He was magical


    Magical, brave, eccentric, adventurous — these are the words friends of Dan Fredinburg used to describe the adventurer killed while hiking Mt. Everest during the Nepal earthquake Saturday. Fredinburg was privacy director for Google X, which is responsible for some of the search company’s more forward-thinking initiatives, including driverless cars and Google Glass. But though he worked on some secretive projects, he was anything but closed — his friend group was large, his adventures larger. He climbed mountains, swam with sharks and was a regular at Burning Man, a week-long festival in the desert where people dance until the sun rises. “He had this way of making the people around him just feel special without even trying, and make people feel like they could accomplish anything they wanted,” his girlfriend Ashley Arenson told CNNMoney. Arenson describes Fredinburg as having been the most influential person in her life. According to her, he made choices that made …

    April 27, 2015 12:54 am
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Sports

  • Rodriguez homers as Yankees beat Mets


    Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Alex Rodriguez hit a solo homer and drove in two runs as the New York Yankees beat the Mets 6-4 in the rubber match of a three-game series. Gregorio Petit, Brett Gardner and Chris Young had one RBI apiece for the Yankees, who improved to 11-8 on the young season. Nathan Eovaldi allowed four runs on seven hits while striking out six over 4 1/3 innings. Chasen Shreve (1-0) got the final two outs in the fifth. Former Yankee Curtis Granderson hit a solo homer for the Mets, who entered this weekend series on an 11-game winning streak. Daniel Murphy went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Jon Niese (2-1) gave up six runs — four earned — on eight hits over five innings for the Mets, who committed four errors on Sunday. Granderson led off the game with a homer to right-center field. Juan Lagares followed with a single, moved to second …

    April 27, 2015 12:54 am
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World News

  • Australia urges drug executions halt


    Andrew Chan, left, and Myuran Sukumaran were sentenced to death in 2006 Australia has called on Indonesia to delay executing two convicted Australian drug traffickers until corruption claims are investigated. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she spoke to her Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi late on Sunday. She said there was still an appeal before Indonesia’s Constitutional Court and a separate investigation at the country’s Judicial Commission. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were convicted in 2006. The two men, along with six other foreigners and one Indonesian man, have been formally informed of their execution. Under Indonesian law, convicts must be given 72 hours’ notice of execution. This means the executions by the firing squad could be carried out as early as Tuesday. A French convict, Serge Atlaoui, still has an appeal before the courts. France has warned of “consequences” if the execution goes ahead. Who are the 10 facing execution? ‘Dismayed’ Ms Bishop said the …

    April 27, 2015 12:55 am
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Technology

  • This is what tasting looks like


    Multiphoton intravital microscopy image of the tongue, with papillae in yellow and taste buds in blue. S. Lee, S. Yun, M. Choi It is more or less a given that at some point in your life, you have encountered the taste map — a map of the tongue predicated on the idea that different regions of your tongue taste different flavours. It’s not true; the 1901 theory was debunked pretty solidly in 1974, and has continued to be debunked since. But the exact relationship between the taste cells within the taste bud and how we perceive taste still remained something of a mystery, said Professor Seok-Hyun Yun from Harvard Medical School. For the first time, a global team including Professor Yun, biomedical engineer Dr Steve Lee of the Australian National University’s Research School of Engineering and Assistant Professor Myunghwan Choi, from the Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea, have conducted live imaging of the tongue while …

    April 26, 2015 11:53 pm
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Science

  • Enter the graphene era


    Carbon acquires superpowers when it takes on the two-dimensional chicken-wire form, graphene. Credit: Chad Hagen True or false? It’s possible to make a sheet of carbon that is a single atom thick. If you’d asked that question before 2004, most scientists would have laughed you out of the room. It seemed as fanciful as the story of Flatland – a two-dimensional world vividly imagined by satirist Edwin Abbott in 1884. 2004 was the year maverick scientist Andre Geim and his student Kostya Novoselov introduced graphene to the world. Two-dimensional carbon is not only possible, it is promising to usher in a new industrial age. Two hundred times stronger than steel, a thousand times more conductive than copper, tougher than diamond, flexible, stretchable and see-through as well – its list of properties sounds even more remarkable than what is portrayed in Flatland. Many are forecasting a coming graphene age that will succeed that of steam, steel …

    April 27, 2015 12:14 am
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Health

  • Increased human protections offered as H5N2 outbreak spreads


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Hundreds of farm workers exposed to a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu have been offered antiviral medication as a preventative measure in recent days, U.S. public health officials said. To date, the virulent H5N2 influenza, which has infected turkeys and chickens on Midwestern poultry farms, has not affected humans. But because flu viruses are highly mutable, there is a worry that those in direct contact with infected birds could fall ill from the disease. How severe such human infections could be is not known. But even if some people become ill, government researchers and public health experts said, it is highly unlikely the illness could be passed between humans – in part due to the genetic make-up of this particular flu strain. Dr. Alicia Fry, a medical officer in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s influenza division, said that while health officials are cautiously optimistic that humans will not be …

    April 27, 2015 12:34 am
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Entertainment

  • Mama June is speaking out against her own daughter’s pregnancy


    More: Honey Boo Boo horribly exploited in televised “weight intervention” The family’s matriarch, Mama June, took her eldest daughter, Anna Shannon Cardwell, to task on Instagram after finding out she’s pregnant with her second child. “Well guess who will b a gigi and aunts again in December we will,” Mama June captioned a photo of herself and her girls on the social networking site. “@annamarie35 texted me late last night and told me she was 6 wks as of thursday.” But even though Mama June, whose real name is June Shannon, said she’s excited to be a grandma to another baby, she was concerned that 20-year-old Anna is too young to be pregnant again. More: Mama June’s been offered a new job — to be a porn star “They r too young to have another one i will support her and Michael but katilyn will always b gigis first baby,” June wrote. “im not going …

    April 27, 2015 1:14 am
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Editorial

  • ‘Remembering Everyone Deployed’ Fridays: Let’s wear red America


     (Courtesy Mansfield University)  (Courtesy Mansfield University) The events of September 11, 2001 undoubtedly changed the lives of Americans across the country. But the rubble of the Twin Towers has long been cleared, Freedom Tower now in their place, and most Americans have returned largely to the same lives they led before the attacks. Men and women of the United States military haven’t had this option. These men and women continue to volunteer to fight an enemy thousands of miles from home. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The relatively normal lives we take for granted is a testament to the incredible job they’ve done to protect our quality of life. But we owe it to each of them to better understand the struggles they face not only in combat, but when they return home. Wearing a specific colored shirt might seem like a trivial act, but the meaning behind it is significant. It translates to mean that as you …

    April 26, 2015 4:27 am
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Odd News

  • Argentine side train with dust masks as volcano spews ash


    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – An amateur side set to meet league champions Racing Club in the last 64 of the Argentine Cup are wearing dust marks to train near an Andean volcano spewing ash. “We’re playing against the Argentine champions, we’re taking it very seriously and anxiously await the match,” coach Gustavo Coronel of regional side Independiente of Neuquen, a province in the southwest of Argentina, told TyC Sports on Friday. Across the nearby Andes mountains in neighboring Chile, the 2,000-metre Cabulco volcano erupted on Wednesday and has been spewing clouds of ash since Thursday. The venue and date of the match have not been confirmed. The ash has reached Buenos Aires in the east with flights into and out of Ezeiza international airport suspended or rerouted while those at Neuquen and the Andean ski resorts of Bariloche and Chapelco have been closed. (Reporting by Rex Gowar; Editing by Ken Ferris)

    April 24, 2015 11:57 pm
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