Headline News

  • Oklahoma City victims remembered 20 years after bombing


    OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – Hundreds of people gathered on Sunday at the site of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing to remember the 168 men, women and children killed when a truck stuffed with tons of explosives blew up at a downtown federal building. Former President Bill Clinton was among the dignitaries who addressed the crowd outside the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. “Oklahoma City, you had to choose to redeem your terrible losses by having to begin again,” said Clinton, who was in his first term in office at the time of the attack, one of the deadliest of its kind ever staged on U.S. soil. The museum, built over the spot where the destroyed Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building once stood, includes a permanent display of 168 empty chairs, one for each person who died. On Sunday morning, the seats were adorned with flowers, teddy bears and other mementos. The name of each …

    April 19, 2015 4:55 pm
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Politics

  • Attorney general nominee vote likely this week: U.S. senator


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A vote on the stalled Senate confirmation of the nominee to be the next U.S. attorney general, Loretta Lynch, could take place in the next two to three days, a senior Republican senator said on Sunday. “My sense is, over the next 48 to 72 hours, that is going to be resolved, and we will move on to this Iran issue,” Senator Bob Corker, head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. He added that there now were an education bill and trade promotion agreements, in addition to Iran legislation, due for a vote on the Senate floor and that as a result, “this logjam … will be worked out.” Lynch’s confirmation has been pending since she was nominated by President Barack Obama last November to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder. On Friday, Obama slammed the Senate’s delay in approving Lynch, calling it embarrassing. For …

    April 19, 2015 2:54 pm
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Stocks

  • Comcast and Time Warner Cable set to talk with antitrust regulators


    Comcast and Time Warner Cable representatives will sit down with government officials this week amid intense scrutiny of their proposed mega-merger and its impact on consumers. The U.S. Justice Department is weighing whether to block the $45 billion deal, which has the potential to remake the cable industry. Comcast is the country’s No. 1 provider of cable and broadband Internet, and Time Warner Cable (TWC) is No. 2. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, a source with knowledge of the situation said. It could mark the beginning of negotiations between the two sides to address the government’s concerns that the merger could lead to less competition in cable. The upcoming meeting was first reported by the Wall Street Journal on Saturday night. It comes on the heels of a Bloomberg report on Friday that Justice Department staff attorneys are “leaning against” the Comcast bid and are about to recommend that their bosses try to …

    April 19, 2015 5:15 pm
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Sports

  • Hamilton pulls away after three wins in four races


    MANAMA (Reuters) – Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Bahrain Grand Prix for the second year in a row on Sunday with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen back on the podium to deny Mercedes another one-two finish under the floodlights. The Briton’s flying pole-to-flag victory at the desert track was his third win in four races this season and 36th of his career. The 30-year-old increased his lead over Rosberg in the standings to 27 points, with the Briton now having 93 points to the German’s 66 as the championship heads back to start the European season. “I am gunning for it,” Hamilton told triple world champion Jackie Stewart, doing the podium interviews, when reminded that he could also be a three-times champion by the end of the season. “The Ferraris gave us a real good run for our money, and out there it was really difficult to look after the tyres in these conditions,” …

    April 19, 2015 4:55 pm
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World News

  • Finnish PM Stubb concedes defeat


    Millionaire businessman Juha Sipila (left) is now favourite to replace Alexander Stubb as PM Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb has lost the general election, near complete results show. With 99% of the votes counted, his conservative National Coalition Party had 18.2% compared to the opposition Centre Party’s 21.2%. “It seems as though the Centre has won. Congratulations,” Mr Stubb told Finland’s YLE public broadcaster. The election campaign was dominated by the country’s protracted recession and other economic issues. A year of stagnation in 2014 was preceded by two years of recession and unemployment now stands at 9.2%. ‘Coalition combinations’ The Centre Party is led by millionaire former IT executive Juha Sipila. Finland’s economy has been the main issue during the election campaign The YLE website’s tracking of the results put the NCP marginally ahead of the right-wing eurosceptic Finns Party (17.6%) and the Social Democrats (16.5%). YLE forecast that the Centre Party would get at …

    April 19, 2015 4:55 pm
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Technology

  • Meet villain ‘Doom,’ see more powers in leaked ‘Fantastic Four’ trailer


    Summer’s the season for blockbuster movie releases, which means spring is the time for blockbuster-movie trailers. And this spring, it seems leaked trailers are going to be all the rage. Just last week, director Zack Snyder announced that a special screening for the trailer for the upcoming “Batman v Superman” film was to be held in IMAX theaters around the country on Monday. Then the trailer leaked online, forcing the studio to release the official trailer earlier than they’d have liked. Now we have a just-leaked version of the new “Fantastic Four” film that’s been posted online a day earlier than its official release date on Monday. The trailer was leaked by a YouTube user going by the name of lioonelx. It’s the only video posted by the user, who remains completely anonymous in his YouTube profile. Unlike the first trailer for the film, which was released in January, this one shows off a lot …

    April 19, 2015 2:35 pm
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Science

  • Study reveals a cause of poorer outcomes for African-American patients with breast cancer


    Poorer outcomes for African-American women with estrogen-receptor positive (ER+) breast cancer, compared with European-American patients, appears to be due, in part, to a strong survival mechanism within the cancer cells, according to a study being presented at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2015. Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center investigators report that breast tumors from African-American patients show reduced sensitivity to tamoxifen, a leading treatment for ER+ breast cancer, caused by increased activation of the “unfolded protein response,” or UPR. If UPR is activated due to stress within a cancer cell from anti-cancer treatment, “it can switch on a pro-survival pathway, allowing tumor cells to hunker down and wait out the attack,” says the study’s lead investigator, Ayesha Shajahan-Haq, PhD, an oncology research assistant professor. “From our gene analyses, we found increased activation of the UPR pro-survival pathway in African-American patients, compared with other patients, along with increased activity of a number …

    April 19, 2015 2:54 pm
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Health

  • Aspirin May Help Ward Off Gastro Cancers, Study Finds


    SUNDAY, April 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Taking aspirin regularly over several years may help prevent gastrointestinal cancers, a new study suggests. There was a 20 percent lower risk of cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, especially in the colon and rectum, among people taking aspirin, said lead researcher Yin Cao, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. But Cao doesn’t think people should start taking aspirin to prevent cancer until more research is done. “The results of ongoing research to develop more tailored treatment based upon a personalized assessment of risks and benefits is critical before recommending aspirin for preventing cancer,” she said. Moreover, patients and their doctors need to consider the potential risks of taking aspirin, including stomach bleeding, Cao said. However, “if considered alongside the known benefits of aspirin in the prevention of heart attacks and strokes, our data suggest the possibility that long-term regular aspirin use …

    April 19, 2015 2:54 pm
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Entertainment

  • Happy Birthday, Kourtney!


    Posted on Sun Apr 19th, 2015 11:02am PDT       By X17 Staff Happy birthday, Kourtney K! The mother-of-three celebrated her 36th birthday in Vegas last night at 1Oak, with hubby Scott Disick (sober, we hope) by her side. The reality star looks stunning in a short, little black dress, showing off her amazing post-baby bod after giving birth to baby Reign in December. Meanwhile, Scott didn’t look quite so amazing. The newly-rehabed bad boy looked a little bored as he sipped water from the VIP table, according to sources. Kourtney made sure Scott stayed close — probably wanted to keep an eye on him. And apparently the night went off without a hitch. This time …   SEE THE GALLERY Kourtney Kardashian Celebrates Her Birthday In Vegas Stories from around the Web

    April 19, 2015 3:54 pm
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Editorial

  • Forget Cuba or health care reform, Obama’s real legacy is Middle East nukes


    April 17, 2015: President Obama reaches to shake hands with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in the Oval Office. (AP) President Obama recently sat down for a long, wide-ranging interview with Thomas Friedman, the New York Times’ premier columnist and multiple Pulitzer Prize winner. It was supposed to be an elevated discussion between two intellectuals about the weighty foreign policy issues not just of the day, but of the modern era. Obama kept referring to broad, sweeping words of wisdom – the deal with Iran is a “once in a lifetime” chance. He hinted at a similar deal with Cuba. And he announced, “You asked about an Obama doctrine. The doctrine is: We will engage, but we preserve all our capabilities.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Sadly, we have seen that the alternative to American leadership isn’t world peace, but rising regional hegemony – or even worse, chaos. China, Russia, Iran and the Islamic State don’t want to play …

    April 18, 2015 6:56 am
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Odd News

  • Former Washington state governor ejects man from car


    SEATTLE (Reuters) – Former Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire used fast thinking and driving to stop a stranger from climbing into her car in a store parking lot, Olympia police said on Thursday. Gregoire, who was governor from 2005 to 2013, packed her purchases into the car’s trunk in a Lowe’s home improvement lot, the police said. As she did she saw a man watching her. Police said that once she was inside the car, the man opened the passenger door and started climbing in just as she began backing out of the space. She hit the gas pedal, the man fell to the ground and the door slammed shut, police said. The man, identified as 47-year-old Mark Snodderly, was not injured. Police said he then caused a disturbance in the store, adding that he was cited for disorderly conduct and taken to a hospital for evaluation. (This story has been refiled to fix spelling …

    April 16, 2015 6:22 pm
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