• Lesotho votes in snap elections

    Lesotho votes in snap elections

    28 February 2015 Last updated at 09:12 Voting at more than 2,000 polling stations began early on Saturday Lesotho is voting in snap elections aimed at resolving tensions among the nation’s warring political factions. About...
  • Lewis clings to lead in Thailand

    Chonburi, Thailand (SportsNetwork.com) – Stacy Lewis struggled to a 1-over 73 in the third round Saturday, but she remained atop the leaderboard at the Honda LPGA Thailand. Lewis ended 54 holes at 13-under-par 203. She...
  • Obama leads Leonard Nimoy tributes

    Obama leads Leonard Nimoy tributes

    28 February 2015 Last updated at 10:55 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s David Sillito looks back at the life of Leonard Nimoy President Obama has led tributes to Leonard...

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  • Obama leads Leonard Nimoy tributes


    28 February 2015 Last updated at 10:55 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s David Sillito looks back at the life of Leonard Nimoy President Obama has led tributes to Leonard Nimoy, the US actor who played Mr Spock in the cult sci-fi series Star Trek, who has died aged 83. “I loved Spock,” said Mr Obama. Nimoy died in Los Angeles on Friday. His son Adam said he died of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which is often caused by smoking. His career took in acting, directing, writing and photography, but he was best known for portraying the half-human, half-Vulcan character Spock. Obama said in a statement: “Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Flowers have been laid on his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame “Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his time and …

    February 28, 2015 5:22 am
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Politics

  • U.S. bill would require congressional review of any Iran deal


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators introduced legislation late on Friday requiring congressional review of any deal with Iran over its nuclear program. The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act would require President Barack Obama to submit to Congress the text of any agreement within five days of concluding a final deal with Iran. The bill would also prohibit Obama from suspending or waiving sanctions on Iran passed by Congress for 60 days after a deal. “It is important that we preserve the integrity of the congressional sanctions,” said Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, a Republican who sponsored the measure with Senator Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the panel, and others. The bill creates a “responsible review process that will allow Congress the opportunity to approve or disapprove the agreement before the administration could attempt to remove these sanctions,” Corker said. The foreign relations panel passed a new sanctions bill on Iran this month. …

    February 28, 2015 5:22 am
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Stocks

  • They’re getting cash, free products, and YouTube-famous


    DayLynn Contreras and Angelica Perez have a channel called “Jelly and Day” which uses FameBit to make money with their videos. DayLynn Contreras of Austin, Texas, has a full-time job as a programmer, but she’s counting down the months until she can devote herself to creating YouTube videos. Since December 2014, Contreras has been using a service called FameBit to make that a financial possibility. FameBit is a marketplace for brands and YouTube creators to form business deals. Brands post products they want used in YouTube videos. Video creators bid how much they’ll do the job for, and brands select the best candidates. “The biggest [YouTube] stars are quite visible, but anyone in the mid-scale can be hard to find.” said FameBit co-founder Agnes Kozera. Kozera said that while some of the top YouTube sensations might have 10 million subscribers, brands can achieve that same reach by working with several lesser known YouTube creators.. “You …

    February 28, 2015 5:41 am
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Sports

  • Lewis clings to lead in Thailand


    Chonburi, Thailand (SportsNetwork.com) – Stacy Lewis struggled to a 1-over 73 in the third round Saturday, but she remained atop the leaderboard at the Honda LPGA Thailand. Lewis ended 54 holes at 13-under-par 203. She will go for her 12th LPGA Tour title on Sunday. Amy Yang managed a 1-under 71 and she closed within one stroke of Lewis at minus-12. Sandra Gal matched the low round of the day with her 4-under 68. That helped Gal jump into third place at 11-under-par 205. Jenny Shin and Mirim Lee both carded 2-under 70s at Siam Country Club. They share fourth place at minus-10. Yani Tseng is alone in sixth place at minus-8 after a 70 of her own. Lee-Anne Pace (71), reigning Women’s British Open champion Mo Martin (70) and Chella Choi (69) are tied for seventh at 7-under-par 209. MORE TO FOLLOW. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    February 28, 2015 5:22 am
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World News

  • Lesotho votes in snap elections


    28 February 2015 Last updated at 09:12 Voting at more than 2,000 polling stations began early on Saturday Lesotho is voting in snap elections aimed at resolving tensions among the nation’s warring political factions. About 1.2 million people are registered to vote in the poll. Last year, Prime Minister Thomas Thabane suspended parliament to avoid a motion that would have ousted him as head of the coalition government. He later fled, saying he was the target of a coup attempt, after the military – known to have links to the opposition – attacked the police headquarters. He soon returned escorted by South African police and is now contesting the election. Lesotho is completely surrounded by South Africa, which played a key role mediating. Another coalition is likely, analysts say. Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has cast his vote About 1.2 million people are registered to vote The Southern Africa Development Community regional group has sent security

    February 28, 2015 5:22 am
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Technology

  • The Order: 1886 review


    Set in an alternate Victorian steampunk era, The Order: 1886 bundles werewolves, Jack the Ripper and Arthurian legend in with a load of wood-handled, high-tech gadgets and empire-era mock-futuristic weaponry. Unfortunately, your role is barely more than that of slack-jawed bystander, the game frequently reducing your input to pressing a button when a prompt appears onscreen. At other times you’ll wander along rigidly defined corridors, side turnings blocked by scenery, or groups of conveniently immobile passers-by. There’s a robotic artificiality about the game that isn’t helped by pockets of third-person shooting in which your hero hunches behind pieces of scenery, popping out to take pot-shots at baddies until the music goes back to normal and you can move on to the next beautifully rendered but strangely lifeless encounter. ALSO OUT THIS WEEK IronFall: Invasion, Nintendo 3DS In the past, the only way to make a shooting game really work on the Nintendo 3DS was to …

    February 28, 2015 5:21 am
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Science

  • Life ‘not as we know it’ possible on Saturn’s moon Titan


    A new type of methane-based, oxygen-free life form that can metabolize and reproduce similar to life on Earth has been modeled by a team of Cornell University researchers. Taking a simultaneously imaginative and rigidly scientific view, chemical engineers and astronomers offer a template for life that could thrive in a harsh, cold world — specifically Titan, the giant moon of Saturn. A planetary body awash with seas not of water, but of liquid methane, Titan could harbor methane-based, oxygen-free cells. Their theorized cell membrane, composed of small organic nitrogen compounds and capable of functioning in liquid methane temperatures of 292 degrees below zero, is published in Science Advances, Feb. 27. The work is led by chemical molecular dynamics expert Paulette Clancy and first author James Stevenson, a graduate student in chemical engineering. The paper’s co-author is Jonathan Lunine, director for Cornell’s Center for Radiophysics and Space Research. Lunine is an expert on Saturn’s moons and …

    February 28, 2015 5:21 am
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Health

  • Younger men more bothered after prostate cancer treatment


    After treatment for localized prostate cancer, changes in quality of life will vary by age, as will men’s reactions to those changes, according to a new study. “While older and younger men start with different baseline quality of life function, older men may be less bothered by certain declines that may affect younger patients more,” Dr. Lindsay Hampson told Reuters Health in an email. Prostate cancer is the most common malignancy in men of all ages in the U.S. Almost 60 percent of new cases are diagnosed in men over the age of 65, and the average age is 66. Older men are often diagnosed with more aggressive disease and are less likely to get treatment, in part because they worry about the impact on their sexual and urinary function, Hampson and her colleagues write in European Urology. Determining quality of life priorities is vital to ensuring that patients make well-informed treatment decisions, said Hampson, …

    February 28, 2015 5:22 am
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Entertainment

  • Kate Middleton rushed to the hospital after fearing for her baby’s health


    The former Kate Middleton, who is thought to be approximately seven months pregnant, was reportedly rushed to the hospital after suffering severe abdominal pain that she feared was premature labor. “Kate was frantic. William wasn’t home, and she was seriously concerned about the pain she was in,” a source told Star Magazine. “She was doubled over in agony, and her immediate fear was for her unborn baby. So she had her aides call emergency services.” More: 5 Kinds of body shaming Kate Middleton has dealt with during pregnancy “At first they thought she was in labor, but her contractions weren’t regular enough to warrant them preparing for birth,” the source said. The timing of the incident is unclear, but Prince William is currently on an official visit to Japan — so it’s a good thing Kate’s pains were determined to be Braxton Hicks contractions. More: 11 Signs you’re too obsessed with Kate Middleton and the …

    February 28, 2015 6:01 am
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Editorial

  • The fight for freedom: What America and Ukraine have in common


    In June 1861, on a hill above the Dnieper River in Ukraine, an American, Ira Aldridge, the first 19th century black actor to play roles “reserved for whites, stood alone, weeping over the grave of a kindred spirit,” writes Dick Russell in his 1998 book, “Black Genius.” That kindred spirit was the poet-laureate of Ukraine, Taras Shevchenko, who died in 1861 at the age of 47. For 37 of those years, Shevchenko was either a serf or in penal exile ordered by the czar of Russia for his vision of a free Ukraine, as expressed in his poetry and artistry. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT According to Russell, “these two men, who could not speak each other’s language, quickly became close friends. They met regularly, sharing memories, comparing … slavery in America … with serfdom in Ukraine and Russia.  Shevchenko’s meetings with Aldridge in St. Petersburg, Russia, were made possible by Shevchenko’s benefactor and patron of the arts, …

    February 28, 2015 6:01 am
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Odd News

  • Circus acrobat reported missing in Atlanta has been found


    (Reuters) – An acrobat reported missing in Atlanta by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey circus has been found, a production company said on Friday. Police issued a missing person bulletin on Thursday for Wei Cao, a 25-year-old Chinese citizen who performs a bicycle and juggling act for the circus, after she missed a scheduled performance this week. Feld Entertainment, which produces the circus, said in a statement that Cao had been located and no additional information was available. A spokeswoman for the Atlanta Police Department said the agency had not been notified of the performer’s return. (Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Lisa Lambert)

    February 28, 2015 1:19 am
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