Headline News

  • Drownings along Rio Grande spike as immigrants wade into weed-choked canals to avoid detection


    EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT: In this Feb. 24, 2015 photo, Mexican officials examine a body, lower center in the water, discovered by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine while on patrol near the Texas-Mexico border, in Rio Grande City, Texas. Five bodies were found at the scene. Drowning deaths have spiked since last fall as a surge of law enforcement along the Mexico border prompts immigrants, desperate to avoid detection by a surge of law enforcement, to choose more dangerous and remote crossings into South Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (The Associated Press)

    March 29, 2015 10:40 am
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Politics

  • Indiana governor: ‘absolutely not’ a mistake to sign religious freedom bill


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Sunday said it was “absolutely not” a mistake to sign the state law that supporters contend promotes religious freedom but detractors see as a covert move to support discrimination against gay people. “There has been shameless rhetoric about my state, about this law, and about its intention all over the Internet,” Pence said, speaking on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. “This isn’t about disputes about individuals,” he said. (Reporting by Alina Selyukh and Sarah N. Lynch; editing by Susan Thomas)

    March 29, 2015 11:01 am
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Stocks

  • The U.S. economy is showing cracks


    America’s economy is starting to see cracks after closing out 2014 with Superman strength. The U.S. job market had its best year of gains last year since 1999, and economic activity hit a whopping 5% in the third quarter — the best quarter since 2003. Three months later, the U.S. economy is looking a little tired. It’s losing momentum in puzzling ways. Hiring is still strong, but experts are starting to scale back their growth forecasts. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen summed it up well in a speech Friday: “If underlying conditions had truly returned to normal, the economy should be booming.” Economists say there are two main problems: Workers’ wages aren’t growing much, if at all. As a result, Americans aren’t going out and spending much. On top of that, many foreign economies are slowing down, which puts pressure on the U.S. The question going forward is whether we’re just in a blip or …

    March 29, 2015 9:19 am
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Sports

  • 2015 PREVIEW AL CENTRAL: Detroit has a giant bull’s-eye on its back


    (SportsNetwork.com) – The Detroit Tigers have been the class of the American League Central for the last four seasons. This year, though, they could face some stiff competition. Kansas City may not have won a division title last season, but it did walk away with an AL pennant and was one game away from winning the World Series. The Chicago White Sox were the big winners this offseason in the AL and Cleveland, well, everyone seems to be in love with Terry Francona’s crew. The one team that you probably can’t make a case for is the Minnesota Twins. But rest assured Twins fans, there is a lot of talent coming. It just won’t be this year. CHICAGO WHITE SOX (2014 Finish: 73-89, Fourth in AL Central) No team in the American League changed themselves more than the Chicago White Sox. And we are not talking about the fact that the roster won’t include Paul …

    March 29, 2015 10:40 am
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World News

  • Iran nuclear negotiations intensify


    John Kerry (left) has had bilateral talks with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif (right) and is staying in Lausanne until the talks conclude Representatives of six world powers are intensifying talks with Iran on its nuclear programme, ahead of a 31 March deadline for a deal. The US secretary of state and German and French foreign ministers have all cancelled their travel plans in a final push for an agreement. Representatives from China, Russia and the UK are also at the negotiations. US officials say all parties have agreed to a “step by step approach” to the deal, but sticking points remain. The world powers, known as the P5+1 group – the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany – want to ensure that Iran cannot develop nuclear weapons. Iran denies it is aiming to build nuclear weapons and is hoping that a deal will lead to the lifting of international …

    March 29, 2015 10:40 am
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Technology

  • Cutting the cord: a look at the pros and cons of quitting cable


    To cut or not to cut; that is the conundrum. I’m talking about cutting the cord that ties me to cable television, of course, and the growing debate over whether or not to make the move to a life without instant access to I-can’t-even-remember-how-many TV channels. The bottom line, however, is that it’s too many, far more than I ever watch, and more than I’m happy paying for every month. So it would feel very, very satisfying to whip out the shears and hear the snip. But would it make financial sense? For me? For other wannabe cable cutters? My two-year commitment to Cox Communications is up in May, and that’s when I’ll make my final decision. Right now, I’m paying $163.84 a month for a bundle of internet, phone and cable services, of which $73.64 is for my TV package (a motley assortment of three different “paks” of channels) and $80 is for the …

    March 29, 2015 10:40 am
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Science

  • Year in Space Starts for One American and One Russian


    [image-36] Three crew members representing the United States and Russia are on their way to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:42 p.m. EDT Friday (1:42 a.m., March 28 in Baikonur). NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will spend about a year living and working aboard the space station to help scientists better understand how the human body reacts and adapts to the harsh environment of space.[image-51] “Scott Kelly’s mission is critical to advancing the administration’s plan to send humans on a journey to Mars,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “We’ll gain new, detailed insights on the ways long-duration spaceflight affects the human body.” Launching with Kelly and Kornienko was cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, who will spend a standard six-month rotation on the station. The trio is scheduled to dock with the station at 9:36 p.m., about six hours after launch. NASA Television …

    March 29, 2015 11:00 am
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Health

  • Processed Foods the Biggest Chunk of Calories in U.S. Grocery Bags: Study


    SUNDAY, March 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Highly processed foods account for more than 60 percent of the calories in products Americans routinely buy in grocery stores, a new study finds. These foods tend to have more fat, sugar and salt than less-processed foods, the researchers said. “Overall, we found that not only are highly processed foods a dominant, stable part of U.S. purchasing patterns, but also that the highly processed foods that households are purchasing are higher in fat, sugar and salt, on average, compared to the less-processed foods that they buy,” study author Jennifer Poti, a research assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said in a news release from the American Society for Nutrition. Poti’s team analyzed at least one year of grocery store purchases by more than 157,000 households between 2000 and 2012. The participants took part in the study for an average of four years and …

    March 29, 2015 11:01 am
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Entertainment

  • Listening to Shailene Woodley talk about her diet will make you cringe


    More: Shailene Woodley’s latest interview proves she’s a very confused feminist During a recent interview with Nylon magazine’s April issue, the Insurgent actress revealed she has eaten a large variety of creepy-crawlies, and she thinks they just might be the future of food. “I’ve eaten ants and that was great,” she confessed to the magazine. “And June bugs, that was great. I think the future of food is in insects, so we’ll see what happens.” She’s tried some other strange delicacies, too. “And I had pig’s feet in Spain a few months ago and that was awesome. They’re so gelatinous. It felt great for my stomach,” she admitted. More: Insurgent is a movie for misfits trying to find their place in the world Errr, we’re not sure we share the same views as Woodley on the future of food — at least not yet — but she has given some serious thought to this theory. It wasn’t …

    March 29, 2015 9:20 am
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Editorial

  • America in the 21st Century: Time to renew the call for national service


     (AP) FILE — Monday, May 28, 2012: Austin Bunyard, 5, squints in the bright sun as he watches veterans salute the American flag during a Memorial Day ceremony on the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Ill. ((AP Photo/The Dispatch, Paul Colletti)) The yelling began the instant the doors closed on the buses taking me and the two hundred other draftees from Nassau County Long Island to Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn to be inducted into the army.    Yelling is the primary form of communication used in the first two months of service.  I was now under the rule of the unified code of military justice, and there was no such thing as “I quit” or “I’m not doing that” without dire consequences involving words like “imprisonment” and “hard labor”.  It was November of 1966, and whatever coddled innocence that was bestowed upon me by loving parents was soon gone along with my hair, clothes, privacy, …

    March 29, 2015 2:58 am
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Odd News

  • Daughter bests father in feud at Japan shareholder’s meeting


    TOKYO (Reuters) – A rare family feud erupted in a Japanese shareholders meeting on Friday, when the chief executive of Otsuka Kagu Ltd defeated her father’s attempt to oust her, vowing to push ahead with her plan to take the furniture retailer more mass-market. “I am sorry that things have come to this,” Kumiko Otsuka, 47, coolly told shareholders in the meeting, in which she instructed her father, company founder and chairman Katsuhisa Otsuka, and her mother to identify themselves by name and shareholder number. The daughter overcame the chairman’s challenge by an undisclosed majority vote. “I had five children,” the father said from the audience as he pleaded with shareholders to back his return as CEO. “Kumiko was the first and she was a difficult birth.” Kumiko’s mother also gave a rambling speech criticizing the CEO, until another shareholder yelled at her to stop. The Otsuka family showdown – virtually unheard of in Japan’s …

    March 27, 2015 10:40 am
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