Headline News

  • Knight Foundation commits $5M to fund 32 projects that seek to make cities more vibrant


    WASHINGTON –  A foundation is awarding grants to 32 innovative projects working to improve cities, totaling $5 million in funding. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is announcing Tuesday that the Knight Cities Challenge will award grants in 12 cities from more than 7,000 proposals. The program was announced in September 2014. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The winning projects range from combating blight in Detroit to installing porch swings in public places in Charlotte, North Carolina. In Detroit, one group will receive funding to create a “Brand Camp” to help create compelling brands and websites for businesses in underserved neighborhoods. In Miami, the foundation will fund a Science Barge that holds a floating sustainable farm. And in Philadelphia, an Immigrant Innovation Hub will give entrepreneurs low-cost space to help revitalize neighborhoods. ___ Online: knightcities.org/winners2015/

    March 31, 2015 3:46 am
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Politics

  • Arizona governor vetoes bill aimed at shielding police names


    PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona’s governor on Monday vetoed legislation that would have kept secret for 60 days the identities of police officers involved in deadly shootings, a move that was both welcomed and heavily criticized by separate state police union leaders. Republican Governor Doug Ducey said the bill passed by state lawmakers last week was well-intentioned but fell short of protecting officers and their families. Supporters of the bill had sought to shield officers from potential death threats and harassment in the wake of several recent fatal police shootings in Arizona and killings like those in Ferguson, Missouri, that sparked nationwide protests. “Unfortunately, I don’t believe this bill in its current form best achieves the objectives we share, and I worry it could result in unforeseen problems,” Ducey said in his veto letter. Ducey, the son of a policeman, said the law would be too limiting for police chiefs, adding that state public records law …

    March 31, 2015 3:26 am
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Stocks

  • Biggest loser from the strong dollar: Emerging Markets


    The U.S. dollar is bullying the little guy: emerging markets. The dollar’s rapid rally — the fastest in 40 years — is great for the American traveler, but it’s painful for many foreign countries and big businesses that operate abroad. Emerging market countries are arguably getting the worst of it. “Emerging markets are feeling the brunt of the dollar,” says Jeff Layman, chief investment officer at BKD Wealth Advisors in St. Louis. “They’re getting hit from a lot of different directions.” On top of currency woes, developing countries are also facing political problems, fears of a Federal Reserve rate hike and the commodity bust. The result is that investors are getting out of dodge. They only put $16 billion into emerging market stocks and bonds in March, according to the Institute of International Finance. Since 2010, emerging markets have averaged much more than that, about $22 billion per month. Related: 5 travel spots that just …

    March 31, 2015 3:46 am
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Sports

  • Flames edge Stars


    Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Dennis Wideman, Johnny Gaudreau and Jiri Hulder each posted a goal and an assist to lead the Calgary Flames in a 5-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday. “He’s had a heck of a year and he’s a heck of a player,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said of Gaudreau. Raphael Diaz and Mikael Backlund also scored and Jonas Hiller made 33 saves for the Flames, who have won their past two. The win, coupled with Los Angeles’ loss to Chicago on Monday, gave Calgary a bit of breathing space for the third spot in the Pacific Division as the Flames now hold a three-point lead over the Kings. Also, Calgary is two points back of Vancouver for second place in the division. Dallas, on the other hand, suffered a serious blow to its slim playoff hopes as the team sits six points back of Winnipeg for the final wild card …

    March 31, 2015 3:46 am
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World News

  • Iran atomic talks reach deadline day


    Talks to reach a preliminary agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme are entering their final day. Foreign ministers from six world powers and their Iranian counterpart have been negotiating in Switzerland ahead of a self-imposed deadline. US Secretary of State John Kerry said talks on Monday had produced “some light” but “tricky issues” remained. Ministers want to restrict Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for relief from crippling sanctions. ‘More light’ Iran insists its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes, but world powers are worried about the country developing nuclear weapons. They want to keep Iran at least one year away from being able to produce enough fuel for a single weapon. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said he was “cautiously optimistic” about reaching a deal The final hours of negotiation in Lausanne are taking place between foreign ministers from the so-called P5+1 – comprising the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany – and Iranian Foreign …

    March 31, 2015 3:46 am
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Technology

  • Profits jump at tech giant Huawei


    Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies says profits jumped a third last year, boosted by strong performances in all its businesses. The world’s second biggest telecoms equipment maker said its net profit was 27.9bn yuan ($4.5bn; £3bn), up from 21bn yuan in 2013. That matched the company’s forecasts announced in January. The firm, which is also a major smartphone maker, saw revenues rise by 21% over the year. “Our cash flow, revenue, and profit all grew over the previous year,” said chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in a statement on Tuesday. “Moreover, our debt and financing structures have continuously improved.” Foreign exchange gains also had a big impact on the company’s earnings, because it generates more than 60% of its revenue abroad. Huawei’s growth comes despite it facing challenges in several major economies. In the US, it was branded a national security threat by legislators, because of its alleged close ties with the Chinese government. Meanwhile, …

    March 31, 2015 3:05 am
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Science

Health

  • China aims to double doctor numbers as cure for healthcare woes


    SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China will almost double the number of its general doctors by 2020, trim its public sector and improve technology as it seeks to fix a healthcare system plagued by snarling queues and poor rural services, its main administrative authority has said. China’s fast-growing healthcare market is a magnet for global drug makers, medical device firms and hospital operators, all looking to take a slice of a healthcare bill expected to hit $1 trillion by 2020, according to McKinsey Co. “Healthcare resources overall are insufficient, quality is too low, our structures are badly organized and service systems fragmented. Parts of the public hospital system have also become bloated,” China’s State Council said in a five-year roadmap announced late on Monday. The roadmap, which laid out targets for healthcare officials nationwide between 2015 and 2020, said Beijing wanted to have two general doctors per thousand people by 2020, close to double the number at …

    March 31, 2015 3:26 am
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Entertainment

  • Disney producer reveals sad reason Disney princesses don’t have moms


    More: Disney has a new movie and we’re freaking out over its main character While the princess movies always seem to feature strong dads — like Belle’s father Maurice the inventor, Princess Jasmine’s father the Sultan and Ariel’s dad King Triton — the moms have either passed away or are just absent without explanation. Turns out, the most likely reason behind those decisions wasn’t sexism or a secret Illuminati message like some have speculated in the past. Instead, Disney producer, Don Hahn, told Glamour a devastating story that explains Disney’s decision. More: 12 Secrets to the perfect Elsa Frozen braid “Walt Disney, in the early 1940s… bought a house for his mom and dad to move into. He had the studio guys come over and fix the furnace, but when his mom and dad moved in, the furnace leaked and his mother died. The housekeeper came in the next morning and pulled his mother and …

    March 31, 2015 3:46 am
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Editorial

  • Deal or no deal? Iran can’t be trusted to abide by agreement


    President Hassan Rouhani, right, shakes hands with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, at the start of their meeting in Tehran, Iran, on March 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Iranian Presidency Office) If past is prologue, Iran’s signature to an agreement — or a fuzzy understanding — to roll back development on its illicit nuclear weapons program will be followed by serious violations on its part. Deception has been the signature tactic of the so-called moderate regime of President Hassan Rouhani since he assumed office almost two years ago. To paraphrase former French President Charles de Gaulle’s view of international agreements: For Iran’s mullahs, treaties are like roses and their time quickly passes. Rouhani’s record of duplicity speaks for itself. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Just on Saturday, Amir Hossein Motaghi, who oversaw public relations for Rouhani’s 2013 election campaign, defected to Switzerland during the nuclear talks being held in the Alpine country. Motaghi, a journalist, derided his colleagues, saying, “They are …

    March 31, 2015 3:26 am
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Odd News

  • Alabama lawmaker pushes repeal of law named after his dead patient


    (Reuters) – An Alabama doctor-turned-lawmaker is seeking to overturn a state law named for one of his patients, whose death 16 years earlier triggered legislation requiring insurers to pay for minimum post-pregnancy hospital stays, records show. “Rose’s Law,” named after 36-year-old Rose Church, who died of a heart attack 10 days after giving birth in 1998, requires insurers in Alabama to cover post-pregnancy hospital stays up to 48 hours. It was championed by her widower, Gene Church, who said she was discharged too quickly and without proper tests. State Senator Larry Stutts, a Republican first elected in November 2014, was Church’s gynecologist at the time of her death, and was named in a lawsuit filed by the widower. Stutts introduced his measure on March 18, billing it in a subsequent Facebook posting as a means to eliminate intrusion into doctor-patient relations and as getting rid of “one-size-fits-all Obamacare-style laws.” Church views it differently. “This was …

    March 30, 2015 11:22 pm
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