Headline News

  • Lurching landslide splits Wyoming home in two, threatens to come down in huge pieces


    JACKSON, Wyo. –  A sudden lurch in a creeping landslide in the northwest Wyoming resort town of Jackson split a house in two and forced workers to abandon efforts to stabilize the hillside. A huge crack in the ground that had opened up under the house a couple weeks ago shifted several feet downhill in less than a day, breaking off a room or two and leaving a door swinging above the precipice. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Rocks and dirt tumbled down in an almost constant stream and a geologist warned much bigger chunks could fall. The ground was moving at a rate of an inch a day. On Friday, it was a foot a day. Landslide specialist George Machan says the ground is unlikely to liquefy and collapse suddenly like the March 22 landslide in Oso, Wash., that killed 39 people.

    April 19, 2014 1:31 am
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Politics

  • Suddenly, high hopes for GOP in Iowa Senate race


    Iowa GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst. “I know how to make ‘em squeal.”(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) A catchy political ad and a gotcha video have raised Republican hopes of capturing a U.S. Senate seat in Iowa, enhancing the party’s chances of regaining control of the chamber. Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat, is retiring after three decades, and Republicans are adding that seat to their list of winnable races in the November elections. One reason is a commercial by a GOP hopeful that drew attention on the Internet: “I grew up on an Iowa farm castrating hogs, so when I get to Washington, I’ll know how to cut pork,” says state Sen. Joni Ernst. She concludes, with a smile, “Let’s make ‘em squeal.” Another reason is a gaffe, caught on video, by U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democrat who wants a promotion to the Senate and has no opponent in the June 3 primary. In the video, …

    April 18, 2014 10:08 pm
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Stocks

  • China’s spending crackdown hits drinks giants


    Remy Cointreau said the Chinese government’s “anti-extravagance policy” is hurting sales of premium spirits. China’s crackdown on extravagant spending by officials is creating a headache for some of the world’s biggest drinks companies. Diageo (DEO) and Remy Cointreau — the companies behind brands such as Smirnoff vodka and Cointreau liqueur — said Thursday that China sales were down sharply over the first three months of the year. Since taking office a year ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered an end to excessive spending by officials on everything from luxury hotels to lavish funerals, and made tackling corruption a priority. Luxury auto makers, catering firms and pharmaceuticals groups have already felt the pinch, and the push for moderation is now affecting sales of drinks — in particular premium spirits. Related: Five global liquors about to go big Sales of specialty cognac Remy Martin fell by more than 20% in the first three months of 2014. …

    April 19, 2014 12:31 am
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Sports

  • Tulowitzki powers Rockies past Phillies


    Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) – Troy Tulowitzki went 3-for-3 with a home run and five RBI as the Colorado Rockies opened a three-game set at Coors Field with the Philadelphia Phillies with a 12-1 rout The Rockies were never really threatened, putting four across in the first inning and three in the second off Phillies starter Jonathan Pettibone (0-1), who labored through four innings, allowing eight runs on nine hits. “They came out swinging and we just set a tough tone for ourselves,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. Charlie Blackmon and Drew Stubbs had three hits apiece and Wilin Rosario drove in a three runs to help the Rockies start their six-game homestand with an emphatic win. “Thought we had a good approach early, made Pettibone really work,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. Tyler Chatwood (1-0) needed just 88 pitches to get through seven strong innings for Colorado. The 24-year-old righty struck out six, allowing just …

    April 19, 2014 1:31 am
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World News

  • Mexico shaken by powerful earthquake


    19 April 2014 Last updated at 02:44 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. As Tim Allman reports, cracks in walls show how powerful the quake was A powerful earthquake has hit Mexico City, shaking buildings for at least 30 seconds and causing widespread panic. The magnitude-7.2 quake was registered at a depth of 24km (15 miles), according to the US Geological Survey. Its epicentre was in the western state of Guerrero, near the seaside resort of Acapulco There are no reports of casualties or significant damage, but frightened residents across the Mexican capital fled their homes as the tremor began. The earthquake was felt in several southern and western Mexican states at 09:27 local time (14:27 GMT). Windows were broken and trees fell in Chilpancingo, capital of Guerrero. In Acapulco, where many tourists were enjoying the Easter holiday, there were scenes of panic. “People were turning over chairs in their desperation to …

    April 19, 2014 1:32 am
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Technology

  • This week’s new games


    Monument Valley iOS Part game, part mesmerising geometric artwork, Monument Valley is a journey through impossible, physics-defying, Escher-style buildings towards heroine Ida’s mysterious destiny. Made by eight-person outfit Ustwo, Monument Valley has been a hit on the Apple store. It works by rotating and sliding sections of its architecture until you guide Ida to each level’s exit. The pin-sharp minimalist design and ambient soundtrack create a magical atmosphere that compels you to see more of its tiny world. The puzzles aren’t hard but have an elegance in their simplicity that makes solving them a source of joy and continual surprise. Ustwo, £2.49 Trials Fusion Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4 The Trials series has spent the last 14 years adding ridiculous spectacle to riding motorbikes over tricky obstacles. Set in the near future, Trials Fusion escalates the visual extravaganza, starting off in vast exploding industrial facilities with drones scudding past and pieces of tracks swooping …

    April 19, 2014 1:51 am
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Science

  • Connecting sleep deficits among young fruit flies to disruption in mating later in life


    Mom always said you need your sleep, and it turns out, she was right. According to a new study published in Science this week from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, lack of sleep in young fruit flies profoundly diminishes their ability to do one thing they do really, really well — make more flies. The study, led by Amita Sehgal PhD, professor of Neuroscience and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator, links sleep disruption in newborn fruit flies with a critical adult behavior: courtship and mating. The team addressed sleep in the very youngest of flies. “These flies sleep considerably more than adults and that behavior repeats across the animal kingdom,” Sehgal says. “Infant humans, rats, and flies, they all sleep a lot.” Co-author Matthew Kayser, MD, PhD, in the Department of Psychiatry and Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, whose research centers on the link between …

    April 19, 2014 1:52 am
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Health

  • Supreme Court denies Teva stay in Copaxone patent fight


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday denied a request by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd to stay a lower-court ruling in a patent case that favored the developers of generic versions of Teva’s top-selling multiple sclerosis drug. The decision could help pave the way for generic competitors of Teva’s Copaxone drug to go on the market as soon as next month. Teva had sought to prevent the lower-court ruling from going into effect while the Supreme Court considers its appeal in the patent fight. At issue is a July 2013 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in favor of two teams developing cheaper generic forms of Copaxone: one comprising Novartis AG’s Sandoz Inc and Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc, and the other comprising Mylan Inc and Natco Pharma Ltd. In his decision on Friday, Roberts, in a brief opinion, wrote that he was not convinced Teva had …

    April 18, 2014 10:08 pm
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Entertainment

  • Josh Duhamel And Baby Axl Are Trying To Melt Your Heart


    The cuteness overload is insane!!!! Josh Duhamel and baby Axl had some boy bonding time when they grabbed lunch at Early World in Brentwood, Calif., on Friday. And it looks like the wee one is having a ball with his dad! Over the weekend, Josh was on daddy duty with his seven-month-old yet again while his wife Fergie partied with her friends at Coachella. It looks like the Safe Haven actor is taking to parenting like a fish takes to water. ”He’s dad of the year, he’s the best partner to have a kid with,” Fergie recently said during a chat with Extra. “‘The best part of being a mom is just hanging out with my kid. He’s my homie! I’m just listening, talking back with him and trying to teach him words like ‘nose’ and ‘dancing.’ Daddy is trying to teach him ‘ball’ and I’m trying to teach him ‘dance.’”

    April 19, 2014 12:31 am
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Editorial

  • Why did a news outlet cancel this church’s Easter ad?


    An ad for the Christian evangelical congregation Journey Church, which will run on the Capital New York website after the New York City news organization earlier told the group it was going to pull the advertising campaign.The Journey Church A New York City news organization has apologized after it canceled a church’s advertising campaign promoting its Easter Sunday services – just three days before Good Friday. The Journey Church, a Christian evangelical congregation, paid $1,400 to run a series of ads on the Capital New York website. Capital New York is a sister publication of Politico. And for the sake full disclosure, I attend The Journey Church. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The advertisement read: “You’re invited to discover #HOPE at The Journey Church this Sunday April 20. Click here to discover how you can find hope when you feel like giving up.” Pastor Kerrick Thomas tells me the advertisement ran on Capital New York’s website earlier in …

    April 18, 2014 10:08 pm
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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
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