• Miranda Kerr Proves Model-Slash-Actress Is So Last Season

    Miranda Kerr Proves Model-Slash-Actress Is So Last Season

    ——- It would seem that model-slash-singer is overtaking the age-old model-slash-actress label—particularly among Victoria’s Secret supermodels. First, Cara Delevingne proved she’s more than a few goofy faces when she sang “I Want Candy” for a...
  • Facebook, Amazon, our government and your privacy

    Facebook, Amazon, our government and your privacy

    Scarlett Johansson left nude photos of herself on her computer. A hacker grabbed them and sent them to gossip websites. A Pennsylvania high school issued laptop computers to students and then remotely activated the laptops’...
  • FDA moves to ban sales of e-cigarettes to minors

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed rules on Thursday that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18, but would not restrict flavored products, online sales or advertising, which...
  • Ukrainian forces ‘regain city hall’

    Ukrainian forces ‘regain city hall’

    24 April 2014 Last updated at 09:23 Masked protesters had been ringing the city hall in Mariupol The Ukrainian government says it has regained control of the city hall in the eastern port of Mariupol...
  • California city delays vote on Sriracha sauce factory

    IRWINDALE, California (Reuters) – A Southern California city council put off voting on Wednesday on whether to declare a popular hot sauce maker’s factory a public nuisance, as the two sides sought a settlement over...

Headline News

  • Tissue from aborted fetuses used to power Oregon homes


    PORTLAND, Ore. –  An Oregon county commission has ordered an incinerator to stop accepting boxed medical waste to generate electricity after learning the waste it’s been burning may include tissue from aborted fetuses from British Columbia. Sam Brentano, chairman of the Marion County board of commissioners, said late Wednesday the board is taking immediate action to prohibit human tissue from future deliveries at the plant that has been turning waste into energy since 1987. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “We provide an important service to the people of this state and it would be a travesty if this program is jeopardized due to this finding,” he said in a statement. “We thought our ordinance excluded this type of material at the waste-to-energy facility. We will take immediate action to ensure a process is developed to prohibit human tissue from future deliveries.” Kristy Anderson, a British Columbia Health Ministry spokeswoman, told The Associated Press that regional health authorities there …

    April 24, 2014 3:05 am
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Politics

  • Obama reaffirms commitment to Japan on tour of Asia allies


    TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama assured ally Japan on Thursday that Washington was committed to its defense, including of tiny isles at the heart of a row with China, but denied he had drawn any new “red line” and urged peaceful dialogue over the islands. His comments drew a swift response from China, which said the disputed islets were Chinese territory. Obama also urged Japan to take “bold steps” to clinch a two-way trade pact seen as crucial to a broad regional agreement that is a central part of the U.S. leader’s “pivot” of military, diplomatic and economic resources towards Asia and the Pacific. U.S. and Japanese trade negotiators failed to resolve differences in time for Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to shake hands on a deal at the summit. The leaders reported progress, but a Japanese official said later that there were too many issues to resolve by the end of …

    April 24, 2014 3:46 am
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Stocks

  • Obama fails to secure breakthrough in Japan trade talks


    The Obama administration was seeking a breakthrough on trade talks during a trip to Japan. Trade talks between the United States and Japan failed to produce a breakthrough Thursday, in yet another blow to the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement. The unwieldy trade pact is a major priority for the Obama administration, but progress has stalled after 20 rounds of negotiations spread over a period of years have failed to produce a consensus. The latest hang-ups are over Japan’s efforts to protect agricultural products including beef, rice, sugar and pork. In the same vein, Washington is hoping to protect U.S. automakers from Japanese competitors. Advisers from both countries had been engaged in negotiations in the lead up to President Obama’s trip to Japan, and analysts suggested that if significant progress were made, details would be announced at Thursday’s joint press conference. Yet no breakthrough materialized, leaving both leaders to say only that the initiative remains …

    April 24, 2014 2:05 am
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Sports

  • Confident Bayern promise home improvements against Real


    (Reuters) – Holders Bayern Munich promised a sharp improvement when they host Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final after failing to convert the lion’s share of possession into goals in a 1-0 defeat in Spain on Wednesday. Bayern enjoyed 80 percent possession in the first half but it was the nine-times European champions who scored when Karim Benzema completed a quick break in the 14th minute for the winner. The Bavarians, hoping to become the first team to successfully defend the Champions League title, struggled to break down the solid Real defense. When they did find a way through they were let down by sloppy finishing. “What we were missing was the finish,” said Bayern coach Pep Guardiola, who is looking for a treble of titles in his first season in charge. “The result is certainly not ideal, but we can still improve in the second leg. We will analyze …

    April 24, 2014 3:05 am
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World News

  • Ukrainian forces ‘regain city hall’


    24 April 2014 Last updated at 09:23 Masked protesters had been ringing the city hall in Mariupol The Ukrainian government says it has regained control of the city hall in the eastern port of Mariupol from pro-Russian separatists. Several people are said to have been hurt during the overnight operation in the city, where three pro-Russian protesters were recently shot dead. Administrative buildings have been taken over by separatists in at least a dozen towns in eastern Ukraine. Talks are reportedly taking place in Mariupol between the two sides. Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama has accused Russia of flouting a deal on Ukraine reached in Geneva last week, under which illegal armed groups, including those who have seized public buildings, would return home. Mr Obama told a news conference in Japan that Moscow had failed to halt actions by militants in the region and warned that the US had further sanctions against Russia “teed up”. …

    April 24, 2014 3:26 am
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Technology

  • Apple’s iPhone ‘lock-out patent could end texting while driving


    A new technology proposed by Apple would seek to address the dangerous and ubiquitous problem of drivers who use their phone behind the wheel, according to experts. A new patent by the technology giant could “change the culture” and help stop driver distraction with an automated system that would disable certain smartphone functions when an iPhone user is driving. One recently published patent describes a “driver handheld computing device lock-out” system that detects when a user is driving using on-board sensors or pulling information from the car when connected, blocking the use of text messaging or using other smartphone functions from the person driving. “As a market leader, Apple could have the power to change the culture behind texting and driving, if it works and is intuitive; that would be a very good step,” said Paul Watters, head of motoring policy for the AA. “What we find in our research is that there’s an addiction …

    April 24, 2014 3:26 am
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Science

  • Princeton release: Not just the poor live hand-to-mouth


    Related images(click to enlarge) When the economy hits the skids, government stimulus checks to the poor sometimes follow. Stimulus programs — such as those in 2001, 2008 and 2009 — are designed to boost the economy quickly by getting cash into the hands of people likely to turn around and spend it. But sending cash to just the very poor may not be the right approach, according to researchers from Princeton University and New York University who analyzed information on the finances of U.S. households from 1989 to 2010. “What we found is that households that have the lowest liquid wealth — where liquid wealth is defined as basically anything other than housing and retirement accounts — tend to spend a large part of their stimulus checks, but many of those households aren’t the poorest in terms of income or net worth,” said Greg Kaplan, an assistant professor of economics at Princeton. “That’s the group …

    April 24, 2014 3:26 am
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Health

  • FDA moves to ban sales of e-cigarettes to minors


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed rules on Thursday that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18, but would not restrict flavored products, online sales or advertising, which public health advocates say attract children. The long-awaited proposal would subject the $2 billion e-cigarette industry to federal regulation for the first time. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said at a briefing that the proposal represented the first “foundational” step towards broader restrictions if scientific evidence shows they are needed to protect public health. Critics of e-cigarette advertising say it risks introducing a new generation of young people to conventional cigarettes when little is known about the long-term health impact of the products. And they lamented the fact that limits were not included in the proposed rule. “It’s very disappointing because they don’t do anything to rein in the wild-west marketing that is targeting kids,” said Stanton Glantz, a professor at …

    April 24, 2014 3:46 am
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Entertainment

  • PHOTO: Lake Bell’s pregnant baby bump makes big debut


    Lake Bell’s baby bump has made its public debut. Showing off her growing figure, the mom-to-be posed in front of photographers Wednesday with her husband, Scott Campbell, at her side. The 35-year-old actress, who you may recognize from hits such as How to Make It in America and the upcoming Million Dollar Arm, cradled her baby bump with a protective hand while smiling for photographers at the Vanity Fair party during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, as seen here. Lake Bell goes topless weeks before pregnancy announcement The pregnancy reveal comes on the heels of Bell helping Esquire promote the issue she had the honor of covering along with Tom Hardy, though her wardrobe for the shoot had a decidedly less-is-more approach. Bell, the former girlfriend of Colin Farrell, began dating the man seen here, who is an artist and a tattoo artist, in 2011. They became engaged on her birthday, March 24, in 2011, …

    April 24, 2014 2:25 am
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Editorial

  • Facebook, Amazon, our government and your privacy


    Scarlett Johansson left nude photos of herself on her computer. A hacker grabbed them and sent them to gossip websites. A Pennsylvania high school issued laptop computers to students and then remotely activated the laptops’ cameras to watch the students when they were away from school. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT On my computer, a program called Disconnect reveals that my favorite websites spy on me and track what I like to read, what I browse, what I buy. Losing some privacy is a price I’ll pay for progress. Privacy is almost a thing of the past. As I explain on my show this week, I follow the advice of “experts.” I buy anti-virus software (today a virus is more likely to steal your credit card and bank info than harm your computer). I sometimes change passwords. But someone still might steal my data. I’m told I should be upset about this. But I’m not. Already, I voluntarily …

    April 24, 2014 3:46 am
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Odd News

  • California city delays vote on Sriracha sauce factory


    IRWINDALE, California (Reuters) – A Southern California city council put off voting on Wednesday on whether to declare a popular hot sauce maker’s factory a public nuisance, as the two sides sought a settlement over residents’ complaints of tear-inducing fumes. Irwindale Mayor Mark Breceda told dozens of Huy Fong Foods workers wearing “Save Sriracha” shirts, as well as residents and others, that he “loves the chili sauce” but was asking the company for a few unspecified “little things.” “It’s never been this council’s goal to shut this place down,” Breceda said. “No one wants you here more, Huy Fong Foods, than this city council. I’m positive we can resolve the issue.” Irwindale filed a lawsuit against Huy Fong last October saying the smell of peppers being crushed at the plant was causing headaches and irritating the eyes and throats of nearby residents, forcing some to remain indoors. The council on Wednesday decided to push back …

    April 24, 2014 3:26 am
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