Headline News

  • Fire still burning at Wyoming natgas facility: Williams


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fire is still burning at the Williams Cos Inc’s natural gas processing plant in Opal, Wyoming, that exploded on Wednesday afternoon, a company spokeswoman said on Thursday. The fire broke out at 2 p.m. MDT (2000 GMT) on Wednesday and led to the evacuation of a nearby town. Williams shut natural gas gathering pipelines that feed the facility late on Wednesday. The lines remained shut on Thursday, interrupting nearly 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas supply, company spokeswoman Michele Swaner said. (Reporting by Selam Gebrekidan; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

    April 24, 2014 10:08 am
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Politics

  • Democratic Frontrunner Airs First Ad in Open Virginia Race


    By Emily Cahn Posted at 7:53 a.m. today 0 Tweet Former Virginia Lt. Gov. Donald S. Beyer Jr., speaks during the Mount Vernon District Democratic Committee’s annual Mardi Gras fundraiser at Don Beyer’s Volvo car dealership in Alexandria, Va., on March 1. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) The front-runner in a crowded Democratic primary to succeed retiring Rep. James P. Moran, D-Va., released Thursday the first television ad of the race, less than two months from the primary. Former Virginia Lt. Gov. Don Beyer, one of 10 Democrats running in the June 10 primary, touts his commitment to women’s issues, such as abortion rights and equal pay, in the 30-second spot. “I was in the Senate when Don Beyer was lieutenant governor and saw him in action. There is no one I would trust more than Don Beyer with protecting a woman’s right to choose,” former state Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple says in ad. Women’s issues …

    April 24, 2014 7:47 am
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Stocks

  • Female gun instructors in hot demand


    Deb Ferns, Lisa Munson and Kay Miculek, co-founders of Babes with Bullets. If you’re a woman, and you’re licensed to shoot, then your skills are in hot demand. The market for female gun instructors is booming as more women want to learn to shoot — both for self defense and for sport, said Tina Wilson-Cohen, who owns She Can Shoot, an all-women firearm and self-defense training business in Fairfax, Va. “When I started training women in 2007, there weren’t many female instructors,” she said. “Now you’re not the only name in town.” The National Rifle Association, noting the burgeoning market opportunity, is trying to boost its ranks of 8,000 NRA-certified female instructors, said spokesman Andrew Arulanandam. In 2009, the NRA organized 280 “Women On Target” training clinics nationwide, and 8,000 women signed up. In 2013, the group held 450 clinics for 12,000 women. While Arulanandam said self protection is still the primary reason women take …

    April 24, 2014 10:08 am
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Sports

  • Scherzer eyes his second win of season in finale with White Sox


    (SportsNetwork.com) – Max Scherzer tries to follow up his first win of the season on Thursday when the Detroit Tigers close out a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. The American League’s reigning Cy Young Award winner earned his first victory on Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, as he allowed a run and three hits in seven innings to improve to 1-1, while lowering his ERA to 2.33. Scherzer, who won 21 games last season, overcame a leadoff home run and struck out nine in the win. He has fanned 34 batters in 27 innings of work this season. “For some reason, I was never concerned about the home run,” Ausmus said. “Max looked, from that point on, like he was in control the entire game, really.” Scherzer has faced the White Sox 18 times and is 8-5 with a 2.67 ERA. Chicago, meanwhile, will counter with lefty …

    April 24, 2014 10:08 am
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World News

  • New Russia drills after Ukraine raid


    24 April 2014 Last updated at 14:47 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Oleg Boldyrev reports from the scene of the operation near Sloviansk Russia has ordered new military exercises on its border with Ukraine in response to an operation by Kiev against pro-Russian separatists. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow had been “forced to react” after Ukrainian commandos moved on the separatist stronghold of Sloviansk. President Vladimir Putin had earlier warned Ukraine of “consequences”. Pro-Russian separatists are occupying key buildings in a dozen eastern towns, defying the central government. Mr Shoigu was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying: “If this military machine is not stopped, it will lead to greater numbers of dead and wounded. “We are forced to react to such a development of the situation.” Ukrainian troops now have a checkpoint on the road south from Sloviansk to Artemivsk The exercises will be in Russia’s southern …

    April 24, 2014 9:48 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

  • Superconducting qubit array points the way to quantum computers


    Related images(click to enlarge) A fully functional quantum computer is one of the holy grails of physics. Unlike conventional computers, the quantum version uses qubits (quantum bits), which make direct use of the multiple states of quantum phenomena. When realized, a quantum computer will be millions of times more powerful at certain computations than today’s supercomputers. A group of UC Santa Barbara physicists has moved one step closer to making a quantum computer a reality by demonstrating a new level of reliability in a five-qubit array. Their findings appear Thursday in the journal Nature. Quantum computing is anything but simple. It relies on aspects of quantum mechanics such as superposition. This notion holds that any physical object, such as an atom or electron — what quantum computers use to store information — can exist in all of its theoretical states simultaneously. This could take parallel computing to new heights. “Quantum hardware is very, very unreliable …

    April 24, 2014 7:27 am
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Health

  • California county tries to ban pot farms as medical weed business thrives


    SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – Citing marijuana fields springing up next to high schools and in abandoned barns, Sacramento County supervisors are set to declare pot gardens a public nuisance in the latest move by a local government to rein in California’s cannabis industry. U.S. states are increasingly moving to drop curbs on marijuana following landmark voter initiatives in Colorado and Washington state in 2012 that legalized the drug for recreational use. But in California, where medical marijuana is legal but recreational use is not, state laws are hazy on who is allowed to grow and sell the drug, leading to a chaotic and largely unregulated marketplace of street-corner pot dispensaries, illegal cannabis farms and inappropriate prescribing by unethical doctors. Cities and counties have struggled to impose order on an piecemeal basis as the state wrestles with developing a regulatory framework for the thriving if messy medical marijuana industry. “A huge number of complaints were received …

    April 24, 2014 7:47 am
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Entertainment

  • Ashley Tisdale And Her Giant Fiance Celebrate His Birthday In Style


    These two got all dolled up! Ashley Tisdale and fiance Christopher French headed to Rivabella on Wednesday night to celebrate his birthday, and though they were a bit camera shy on the way in the restaurant, they weren’t hesitant to get all mushy on Twitter later on! Ashley tweeted the pic below and wrote, “Had the best time celebrating my love @cmfrench birthday at #RivaBellatonight!” and her rocker beau wrote back, “@ashleytisdale thank you baby, you’re the cutest x.” Awww! Ash and Chris got engaged last August when the musician popped the question on top of the Empire State Building, and she’s definitely got wedding bells on the brain! “I have a wedding planner so that’s a lot easier,” she told E! News earlier this spring. “I’m definitely a perfectionist, so I’m definitely involved with certain things that you’d think I’d be relaxed on. I just want it to be perfect.” Wonder when they’ll walk …

    April 24, 2014 8:27 am
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Editorial

  • A legal way to kill?


      When President Obama decided sometime during his first term that he wanted to be able to use unmanned aerial drones in foreign lands to kill people — including Americans — he instructed Attorney General Eric Holder to find a way to make it legal, despite the absolute prohibition on governmental extra-judicial killing in federal and state laws and in the Constitution itself. “Judicial killing” connotes a lawful execution after an indictment, a jury trial, an appeal and all of the due process protections that the Constitution guarantees defendants. “Extra-judicial killing” is a targeted killing of a victim by someone in the executive branch without due process. The president wanted the latter, and he wanted it in secret. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT He must have hoped his killing would never come to light, because the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution could not be more direct: “No person shall be … deprived of life, liberty or property without …

    April 24, 2014 7:47 am
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Odd News

  • Sri Lanka deports British tourist for her Buddha tattoo


    COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka on Thursday deported a British tourist for having a tattoo of Buddha on her arm which a court said was an insult to the island’s main religion. Legally, there is no ban on a Buddha tattoo in Sri Lanka, but the predominantly Buddhist nation is very sensitive about its religion. Naomi Coleman, a 37-yar-old nurse left on a London-bound flight after being detained since her arrival on Monday from neighboring India. “I just want to get out of this place. I have come twice to Sri Lanka, but I have never faced this with my tattoo,” Coleman told Reuters by telephone shortly before she was deported. “If there is a rule like this, Sri Lankan authorities should clearly say that Buddha tattoos are banned. I am a practicing Buddhist and Buddhism is all about compassion and kindness.” Buddhism is accorded the “foremost place” in Sri Lanka’s constitution and about 70 …

    April 24, 2014 7:27 am
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