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  • ‘Good chance’ of Iran nuclear deal

    ‘Good chance’ of Iran nuclear deal

    The representatives of world powers have been meeting for many months to secure a deal Russia’s foreign minister has said prospects of a preliminary agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme are “very good” on the final...
  • Hamilton ready to sign on the dotted line

    LONDON (Reuters) – Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is ready to sign a new contract that, according to media reports, could net him more than $40 million a year. “It should be done this...
  • How far Chinese moms will go to have U.S. babies

    How far Chinese moms will go to have U.S. babies

    It’s no secret — moms will do just about anything for their kids. Some are even willing to commit visa fraud, lie to immigration officers and pay tens of thousands of dollars to shady middlemen...
  • Wrong anthem angers El Salvador fans

    Wrong anthem angers El Salvador fans

    Players slowly dropped their hands from their chests when the Manx anthem blared from loudspeakers Organisers of a friendly match between El Salvador and Argentina have apologised for wrongly playing the anthem for the Isle...

Headline News

  • Armed prisoner on the run after escaping from D.C.-area hospital


    (Reuters) – An armed prisoner was on the run early on Tuesday after escaping from a hospital in northern Virginia where shots were fired, police and CBS News said. The prisoner, identified as Wossen Assaye by the Fairfax County Police Department, broke free from a private security guard at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia, and fled with the guard’s weapon, the department said on its Twitter account. It was not clear who opened fire or whether anyone was injured, police spokeswoman Ellen Pittman told CBS. Roads around the hospital were shut down as authorities from several different agencies searched for the suspect, who was dressed only in a hospital gown, police said. The hospital was also locked down, police said. Footage posted online by local broadcaster WJLA showed a heavy police presence outside the hospital, with several squad cars on surrounding streets. Representatives of the hospital, which is situated about 15 miles (24 …

    March 31, 2015 5:47 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

  • How far Chinese moms will go to have U.S. babies


    It’s no secret — moms will do just about anything for their kids. Some are even willing to commit visa fraud, lie to immigration officers and pay tens of thousands of dollars to shady middlemen — as long as the payoff is a U.S. passport for their newborn. An underground “birth tourism” network that stretches from the U.S. to China has sprung up to cater to growing numbers of Chinese mothers who travel stateside to give birth, according to affidavits filed by federal law enforcement officers. The moms are lured by laws that grant U.S. citizenship to anyone born on American soil. Department of Homeland Security agents carried out a series of “birth tourism” raids earlier this month as part of a larger criminal investigation targeting companies in California that have netted millions helping pregnant Chinese women fraudulently secure visas and scam hospitals. Related: Why Chinese moms want American babies Documents made public as part …

    March 31, 2015 5:46 am
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Sports

  • Hamilton ready to sign on the dotted line


    LONDON (Reuters) – Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is ready to sign a new contract that, according to media reports, could net him more than $40 million a year. “It should be done this week. There’s no reason why it shouldn’t be,” the Mercedes driver told British reporters after finishing second in Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix. “Honestly, it’s 99.6 percent done. There’s no negotiating left. It’s just legal stuff.” The BBC reported on Tuesday that the 30-year-old Briton, who has conducted his own negotiations with Mercedes, would earn about the same basic salary as in his first contract with the team he joined in 2013. However other sources indicated the terms would be more lucrative, to reflect his success and status. With bonuses, depending on the number of race wins and retaining the championship, the BBC calculated the total amount would be “well over $40 million” — working out at more than $4,500 an …

    March 31, 2015 5:46 am
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World News

  • ‘Good chance’ of Iran nuclear deal


    The representatives of world powers have been meeting for many months to secure a deal Russia’s foreign minister has said prospects of a preliminary agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme are “very good” on the final day of negotiations. Sergei Lavrov said he was rejoining the talks in Switzerland on Tuesday, suggesting they were close to a deal. Marathon negotiations between Iran and foreign ministers from six world powers are nearing a self-imposed deadline. Ministers want to restrict Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for relief from crippling sanctions. Correspondents say difficulties remain, despite statements from officials saying definite progress had been made. Mr Lavrov announcement that he was rejoining negotiations followed a statement, as he left the talks on Monday, that he would only return if there was a realistic chance of securing an agreement. “I believe that the prospects are very good and promising,” he told a news conference on Tuesday. Mr Lavrov said on …

    March 31, 2015 5:46 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

  • Demi Lovato Shows Off Her Hot Body — And Her New Pooch!


    Posted on Mon Mar 30th, 2015 12:30pm PDT       By X17 Staff Demi Lovato certainly knows how to get our attention! The 22-year-old singer/actress posted the above snapshot on Instagram over the weekend, and not only does she show off her smokin’ hot bikini bod, but we also got a peek at her new dog Buddy! So what’s the starlet been doing these days to stay in shape? She posted a photo of herself at the gym last week and wrote, “8 min abs = 8 minutes of HELL,” and the other day she tweeted, “I want success more than I want sleep.. And that’s why nothing stops me from killing the gym on Saturday mornings…” But fear not — Demi definitely seems intent on keeping her famous curves! In a recent interview with Allure, the former Disney darling said she’s proud of her fuller figure and even gave Kim K a shout out! “Kim Kardashian, say …

    March 31, 2015 5:46 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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