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  • Calgary killing suspect’s dad speaks

    18 April 2014 Last updated at 15:39 “We will never recover from this,” Douglas de Grood said The father of a man suspected of a deadly stabbing in the Canadian city of Calgary has said his son was a “great kid” with a bright future. Douglas de Grood, a Calgary police officer, held back tears on Thursday as he spoke, supported by his wife, Susan. Matthew de Grood, 22, was charged with murder after five young Calgary residents were killed at a house party. Police said they were still searching for a motive but have said the suspect was a “welcome guest”. Calgary’s police chief has called the attack the worst mass murder in the city’s history. ‘Turned upside down’ “We are deeply saddened for what the families and friends of the victims are going through,” the elder Mr de Grood, a 33-year veteran of the Calgary police force, said on Thursday. Continue reading the …

    April 18, 2014 9:43 am


  • Donor Pleads Guilty to Giving $180,000 in Contributions Through Others

    By Kent Cooper Posted at 10:15 a.m. April 18 0 Tweet A New York hotel magnate pleaded guilty Thursday to making $180,000 in contributions through straw donors to three federal campaigns. Sant Singh Chatwal pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the Federal Election Campaign Act by giving in the names of others, and for witness tampering. He agreed to forfeit $1 million. From 2007 to 2011, Chatwal, founder of Hampshire Hotels Management LLC, and founder of the Bombay Palace restaurant, operated several businesses, including restaurants, hotels and a hotel management company. He used his employees, business associates, and contractors who performed work for Chatwall Associates, to solicit contributions on Chatwal’s behalf in support of various candidates and PACs, collect these contributions, and pay reimbursements on these contributions. During a recorded conversation with a business associate who became an informant, Chatwal talked about the importance of political contributions, saying without campaign contributions, “nobody will even talk to …

    April 18, 2014 10:02 am


  • GM’s recalled Cobalt was a failure from the start

    General Motors never really wanted to build the Cobalt, and it showed. The Chevrolet Cobalt, the car at the center of the General Motors recall crisis, was a losing bet from the start. The automaker never really wanted to build the compact sedan, and it showed. Critics and car buyers alike reacted with little enthusiasm for the vehicle. “They couldn’t stop making them,” said Kelley Blue Book analyst Karl Brauer, “but they stopped caring about doing a good job on them.” GM (GM, Fortune 500) now admits it should have fixed a faulty ignition switch in the Cobalt and similar models a decade ago when it was first discovered. At least 13 deaths have been tied to the problem, which can shut off the cars when they’re on the road. But the models involved in the recall were built to solve two company-wide problems, rather than to meet consumer demand. First, regulations required automakers to …

    April 18, 2014 10:22 am


  • Nadal claycourt winning run ended by bold Ferrer

    (Reuters) – Rafael Nadal’s 30-match winning streak ended on Friday when the world number one was upset 7-6(1) 6-4 by fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the Monte Carlo Masters quarter-finals. Sixth seed Ferrer, who had beaten Nadal on clay only once 10 years ago and was brushed aside by the muscular left-hander in the French Open final last year, relied on his devastating forehand to prevail in over two hours. Nadal, who made an uncharacteristic string of unforced errors, was looking to recapture his Monte Carlo crown after Serb Novak Djokovic had ended his eight-year reign in last year’s final – his last defeat on the slow surface. Ferrer will next face world number three and Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka, who dismissed Canadian eighth seed Milos Raonic 7-6(5) 6-2. “I have had to wait 10 years to beat him on clay. It was a long wait but I am pleased with the win and …

    April 18, 2014 8:42 am

World News

  • James Mitchell: ‘I’m just a guy who got asked to do something for his country’

    Dr James Elmer Mitchell has been called a war criminal and a torturer. He has been the subject of an ethics complaint, and his methods have been criticized in reports by two congressional committees and by the CIA‘s internal watchdog. But the retired air force psychologist insists he is not the monster many have portrayed him to be. “The narrative that’s out there is, I walked up to the gate of the CIA, knocked on the door and said: ‘Let me in, I want to torture people, and I can show you how to do it.’ Or someone put out an ad on Craigslist that said, ‘Wanted: psychologist who is willing to design torture program.’ It’s a lot more complicated than that,” Mitchell told the Guardian in his first public comments since he was linked to the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program seven years ago. “I’m just a guy who got asked to do something for …

    April 18, 2014 10:23 am


  • Five British tech companies to watch

    For a British company few people knew about, £400m seemed a lot of money. But Google’s acquisition of DeepMind Technologies earlier this year, founded by a former child chess prodigy only two years ago, will be followed by more big-money transactions involving home-grown tech companies. DeepMind specialises in artificial intelligence, or creating computer programmes that match the human mind. But several of its UK peers are at the cutting edge of their own areas of the tech world – from property websites to mobile phone keyboards. Here are five British companies tipped to follow DeepMind by attracting multimillion pound valuations, through stock market flotations or being bought out by one of the major technology outfits. SwiftKey With its headquarters south of the Thames, far from Silicon roundabout, SwiftKey is one of London’s quieter tech successes. The company is best known for a keyboard that redesigns typing with a smartphone and touchscreen in mind. Its SwiftKey …

    April 18, 2014 9:42 am


  • NASA Completes LADEE Mission with Planned Impact on Moon’s Surface

    [image-36] Ground controllers at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., have confirmed that NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft impacted the surface of the moon, as planned, between 9:30 and 10:22 p.m. PDT Thursday, April 17. LADEE lacked fuel to maintain a long-term lunar orbit or continue science operations and was intentionally sent into the lunar surface. The spacecraft’s orbit naturally decayed following the mission’s final low-altitude science phase. During impact, engineers believe the LADEE spacecraft, the size of a vending machine, broke apart, with most of the spacecraft’s material heating up several hundred degrees – or even vaporizing – at the surface. Any material that remained is likely buried in shallow craters. “At the time of impact, LADEE was traveling at a speed of 3,600 miles per hour – about three times the speed of a high-powered rifle bullet,” said Rick Elphic, LADEE project scientist at Ames. “There’s nothing …

    April 18, 2014 9:42 am


  • Health Highlights: April 18, 2014

    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Scientists Create First Embryo Clones Using Cells From Adults For the first time, scientists say they have used material from cells from two adults to create early stage cloned embryos. They then used those embryos to create tissue that was an exact genetic match of the donors. The aim of the research is to be able to grow tissue in the laboratory from patients’ own cells that could be used to treat a wide range of diseases, the Wall Street Journal reported. The study, published April 17 in Cell Stem Cell, is the first to create cloned embryos with adult cells — last year, similar results were achieved using infant and fetal cells. “The proportion of diseases you can treat with [lab-made tissue] increases with age. So if you can’t do this with adult cells, it is of …

    April 18, 2014 10:02 am


  • Selena Gomez Signs With New Talent Agency After Firing Mom, Stepdad As Her Managers

    It’s official! Selena Gomez has fired her mom and stepdad as her managers. The former Disney darling ditched her parents last month in an effort to move past her young image. Previously represented by CAA, Selena has now signed with WME and Brillstein for management, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The rep changes are part of her ongoing strategy to move into more adult-oriented films, which included her recent risque role on Spring Breakers and her role as a young hacker living on the street in Getaway. Although she’s not exactly pulling a Miley Cyrus by screaming about leaving her Disney days behind from every rooftop (although Miley is still managed by her mom), she has been more of a wild child of late. Whether it be dating Justin Bieber, her brief stint in rehab or reportedly falling off the wagon, she’s no longer the angelic girl who graced TV screens on Wizards of Waverly …

    April 18, 2014 8:22 am


  • What forgiveness is not

    Editor’s note: We all need to forgive, and there are many of us who need forgiveness. The question is, how do we forgive? In their new book, “The Book of Forgiving,” Archbishop Tutu and his daughter Mpho Tutu share their experiences, the stories of others who have inspired them, and what they have learned about the process of forgiving, to help all of us learn the answer to this. And, they are calling YOU to join the Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge, to join them in undertaking the path for healing ourselves and our world. Often when we are suffering from loss or harm of some kind, forgiving can seem too overwhelming, too complicated, to even consider.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT How do we forgive if there has been no apology or explanation for why someone has hurt us so? How do we think of forgiving when we feel the person has not done anything to “deserve” our …

    April 18, 2014 10:03 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