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  • Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dies

    20 April 2014 Last updated at 16:31 Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the US boxer whose wrongful conviction for murder caused an international outcry, has died aged 76. He died on Sunday at his home in Toronto, Canada, his friend and former co-defendant John Artis, confirmed. Carter spent 19 years in prison for three murders in New Jersey in 1966. The alleged racial motivations behind the incarceration became well-known in Bob Dylan’s song Hurricane, several books and a film.

    April 20, 2014 10:41 am


  • Pipeline delay gives boost to Obama’s political base

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The latest delay to a final decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will reinforce a White House strategy to energize President Barack Obama’s liberal-leaning base before fall elections in which Democrats risk losing control of the U.S. Senate. Environmentalists, worried about the project’s effect on climate change, have put enormous pressure on the president to reject the pipeline from Canada’s oil sands, staging demonstrations outside the White House and protests in states where he travels. A decision to approve it now could have prompted that vocal group, which was instrumental in electing Obama in 2008 and 2012, to sit out the November 4 congressional elections. The State Department’s announcement on Friday that it would give government agencies more time to study the project was seen by strategists from both parties as a move to prevent that and boost Obama in the eyes of his supporters. Support for the president, or lack …

    April 20, 2014 10:41 am


  • Stocks: It’s report card time on Wall Street

    Apple is among the major companies reporting earnings this week. We’re heading into the heart of the earnings season this week. It’s a reality check on the health of the economy and where the markets stand … and maybe where they’ll go. Some of America’s most recognizable brands will disclose how they’re doing. Netflix (NFLX) will be the focus on Monday when it reports after the close of trading. The stock has been one of Wall Street’s big momentum plays — it was the top performing stock in the SP 500 last year with an incredible 269% rise. But tech stocks have had a volatile ride over the past several weeks. So far this year Netflix stock is down 6%. It had a big day Thursday rising 4% as investors began to feel confident about the upcoming earnings report. RBC Capital’s Mark Mahaney reportedly expects the subscriber numbers to be good. He thinks Netflix will …

    April 20, 2014 11:01 am


  • Royals try to break the brooms out on Twins

    (SportsNetwork.com) – Kansas City right-hander Yordano Ventura makes his first career start against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday afternoon when the Royals go for a three-game sweep in the finale of a series at Kauffman Stadium. Kansas City has won five games in a row, a stretch that began when Ventura allowed two runs in seven innings of a 4-2 victory at Houston on Tuesday – his first victory as a major leaguer. Ventura has walked nine batters in 28 1/3 career innings. The Twins on the other hand have drawn 88 walks this season, which leads the majors. “I feel really good,” Ventura said. “I feel that the team supported me and played really good defense and scored a lot of runs for me.” Minnesota will start righty Phil Hughes, who again tries for his first victory in a Twins uniform. He threw five scoreless innings against Toronto on Tuesday, but was ultimately chased …

    April 20, 2014 9:41 am

World News

  • France backs claims that Syrian forces have used chemical weapons recently

    Allegations that Bashar al-Assad’s forces have used chemical weapons in recent attacks gained credence on Sunday when France said it had “information” of toxic gases being used against opposition targets. The claim, by the French president, François Hollande, follows accusations by the exiled Syrian opposition and rebel groups in the west and south of the country that gas has been used nine times in the past two months, killing more than 10 people and affecting several hundred more. Hollande was not specific about the basis for his claims, which he said had not been proven. However, France has remained in close contact with opposition leaders and previously used its own government laboratories to verify that sarin had been used in a mass attack near Damascus last August. The French leader told Europe‘s Radio 1 that whatever had taken place was “much less significant than those in Damascus … but very deadly”. France, the US and …

    April 20, 2014 10:42 am


  • To find lost jungle graves, beware of unexploded WWII bombs

    A potential site in the Palauan jungle for graves filled with American POWs, Jesuit missionaries, and others executed by the Japanese during World War II. It’s littered with metal — signified by a red stick for each piece detected — that could be buttons, zippers, or even bomb fragments. Daniel Terdiman/CNET NGATPANG STATE, Palau — I’m walking down a steep, muddy trail into the thick jungle, very aware that I need to stay on the narrow path marked by yellow-topped sticks. Step outside those markers, I was warned, and there’s a chance my legs could get blown off. This is Police Hill, a misbegotten section of jungle on Palau’s Babeldaob Island. It was here that the Japanese military housed prisoners during World War II and prepared for what was expected to be an eventual American invasion in the north of this island nation. Because of the fear of invasion and fierce American bombing by sea …

    April 20, 2014 10:21 am


  • Five anthropogenic factors that will radically alter northern forests in 50 years

    Related images(click to enlarge) In the most densely forested and most densely populated quadrant of the United States, forests reflect two centuries of human needs, values and practices. Disturbances associated with those needs, such as logging and clearing forests for agriculture and development, have set the stage for management issues of considerable concern today, a U.S. Forest Service study reports. The report — Five anthropogenic factors that will radically alter forest conditions and management needs in the Northern United States — was published recently by the journal Forest Science and is part of the Northern Forest Futures Project, an effort led by the Forest Service’s Northern Research Station to forecast forest conditions over the next 50 years in the 20-state region extending from Maine to Minnesota and from Missouri to Maryland. The study is available at: http://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/pubs/45716 “In our research, we found five short- and long-term factors that will be highly influential regardless of the …

    April 20, 2014 10:22 am


  • How to Keep Your Fitness Goals on Track

    SUNDAY, April 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The New Year’s resolutions many made to get fit have stalled by now. And one expert thinks that’s because many people set their goals too high. “The point isn’t to become a marathoner in one exercise session or return to your high school athletic glory days all at once,” Dr. Jamy Ard, co-director of the Weight Management Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, said in a center news release. “The point is to get over the inertia that has taken root in your self-motivation world and remind yourself of why you value being active,” he explained. You’ll improve your chances of success if you have a workout program that’s a good fit for you, Ard said. “Physical activity not only needs to be simple and structured enough to meet your lifestyle demands, but also enjoyable enough for you to look forward to it,” he added. Ard offered …

    April 20, 2014 10:41 am


  • Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher expecting: What should they name their baby?

    After the happy announcement that Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are expecting a baby, plus, the recent reveal it will be a girl, we couldn’t help but wonder what they will name their new bundle of joy. VIDEO: Mila Ashton engaged — see our fave Jackie Kelso moments So, we creatively came up with five baby names that could fit the future little cutie well. But, since we took them straight from characters from That ’70s Show, some may not be the best reflection that Kunis and Kutcher may want for their girl. However, we think they are all nice names either way, and probably much better than some of the wacko names some celebrities are naming their kids these days. Apple, or North, anyone? Jackie Of course, this name would pay great homage to Kunis’ That ’70s Show character Jackie Burkhart. Not only is it a cute name, but fans couldn’t help but love …

    April 20, 2014 11:02 am


  • Easter 2014: A celebration of hope

    AP Over 2 billion people are celebrating Easter today, April 20, as the calendars of Western and Eastern churches coincide this year, and these billions of faithful people are celebrating HOPE.   The Easter message begins with the hopeful news that death has been overcome by life, that hatred has been overcome by love, and that sorrow has been overcome by joy.   ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The elements of the story involve women arriving at a garden tomb and finding it empty, but even better, meeting the risen Lord, the embodiment of life and love. Their lives are changed forever and so are the lives of many, many others who hear this remarkable news. The meaning of Easter is HOPE, and we, all of us, need and deserve hope. The resurrection narrative and message are vital for Christian people on this day to be sure.  Easter is celebrated in countless languages and myriad cultures by Jesus’ followers throughout the …

    April 20, 2014 2:34 am

Odd News

  • Fly me to Sochi, demands Cathay passenger armed with chocolate bar, court hears

    HONG KONG (Reuters) – A passenger on board a Hong Kong-bound Cathay Pacific flight, armed only with a Toblerone chocolate bar, demanded the plane fly to Sochi so he could watch the Winter Olympics, a court heard. Antti Oskari Manselius, 23, from Finland, also made a false bomb threat on the February 14 flight from Amsterdam and said he was robbing the plane, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday. Manselius pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct and giving false information about a bomb when he appeared in court on Thursday, the Post said. He said he was trying to entertain the other passengers and was making “fun and jokes”. Two flight attendants told the court that they saw Manselius walking towards the cockpit. He had two economy-class blankets wrapped around his head and was wearing another like a cape. He held the Toblerone chocolate bar “like a sword”, the newspaper said, quoting one …

    April 18, 2014 9:42 am