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Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:35
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Republican is telling states to ignore a central part of President Barack Obama's plans to curb the pollution blamed for global warming.
Top Senate Republican tells states: ignore EPA carbon rules
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces the death penalty if convicted of killing three people and wounding 264 in April 2013The American student accused of carrying out the 2013 Boston marathon bombings that killed three and injured 264 others went on trial Wednesday. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21 -- who was born in Kyrgyzstan to a Chechen family but grew up in the United States -- faces the death penalty if convicted of bombing Boston's signature race. Several survivors were in the packed courtroom, among them the parents of Martin Richard, an eight-year-old boy who was killed. Tsarnaev, who obtained American citizenship in 2012 after living in the United States since 2002, is accused of carrying out the bombings with his elder brother, Tamerlan.
Boston marathon bombing suspect goes on trial
WASHINGTON (AP) — Irish eyes will smile on the White House on St. Patrick's Day.
Irish Prime Minister Kenny due at White House on March 17
In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, police officers watch protesters as smoke fills the streets in Ferguson, Mo. after a grand jury's decision in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. A Justice Department investigation has found patterns of racial bias in the Ferguson police department and at the municipal jail and court. The full report, to be publicly released on March 4, says the investigation found Ferguson officers disproportionately used excessive force against blacks and too often charged them with petty offenses. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department report says blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, are disproportionately subject to excessive police force, baseless traffic stops and citations for infractions as petty as walking down the middle of the street.
In Ferguson, scathing US report brings pressure for change
FILE - This undated file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013, by the FBI shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Opening statements are scheduled Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Tsarnaev's federal death penalty trial for allegedly conspiring with his brother to place twin bombs near the finish line of the race, killing three and injuring 260 people. (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)BOSTON (AP) — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev went on trial for his life Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing with his own lawyer bluntly telling the jury he committed the crime. But she argued that he had fallen under the influence of his older brother.
Tsarnaev's lawyer admits he carried out Boston bombing
A soldier from Niger walks past a traditional mud brick house while on patrol in GaoA bomb planted and remotely detonated by Boko Haram militants near the southeastern Niger town of Diffa has killed two soldiers and wounded a third, Niger military sources said on Wednesday. "We had two soldiers killed on Wednesday in a remote controlled explosion.
Boko Haram remote control bomb kills two Niger soldiers
FILE- This is a Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 file photo of a volunteer pours beer during a tasting session at the Great British Beer Festival in London. The World Health Organization say we’re eating too much sugar and should slash our intake to just 5 to 10 percent of our overall calories. The guidelines were released Wednesday March 4, 2015, after a year of consultation. The recommendations are focused on added sugars in food and those in honey, syrups and fruit juices. The advicedoes not apply to naturally occurring sugar in fruits, vegetables and milk. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)LONDON (AP) — Put down the doughnut. And while you're at it, skip the breakfast cereal, fruit juice, beer and ketchup.
UN: World eating too much sugar; cut to 5-10 percent of diet
Australian veterinarians have put down nearly 700 koalas suffering from starvation due to overpopulation in southeastern AustraliaRussia expressed hope Wednesday that a koala cuddled by President Vladimir Putin at a G20 summit was alive and well after Australia said it had killed off nearly 700 of the animals. Putin joined other world leaders in posing for photographs with the much-loved Australian creature at the talks in November, a lighthearted moment in a meeting overshadowed by Russia's confrontation with the West over Ukraine. "We are hoping that the animals the G20 leaders were photographed with during a summit in Brisbane were not among those that were euthanised," the Russian embassy in Australia said on Facebook. "There is a false impression that at the G20 summit Vladimir Putin conducted a meeting only with a koala," another popular Twitter account said at the time.
Russia hopes 'Putin koala' still alive
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican police and soldiers on Wednesday arrested the man widely considered to be the most important leader of the Zetas drug cartel, Omar Trevino Morales, a federal official said.
Official: Mexico arrests Zetas leader Omar Trevino Morales
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands as he leaves the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, after addressing a joint meeting of Congress. In a speech that stirred political intrigue in two countries, Netanyahu told Congress that negotiations underway between Iran and the U.S. would "all but guarantee" that Tehran will get nuclear weapons, a step that the world must avoid at all costs. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)JERUSALEM (AP) — With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing a tough re-election fight in two weeks, the U.S. Congress has handed him an unprecedented boost with its effusive welcome to a message that resonates at home: Iran cannot be trusted as a threshold nuclear state.
AP Analysis: Speech fallout could determine Netanyahu's fate
In this Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 photo, Collett Elkhouria makes a chicken salad sandwich the Superior Restaurant in Cleveland. The Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for February on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services firms' activity rose at a slightly faster rate in February, powered by hotels, restaurants and wholesalers.
US services firms grow at faster pace in February
MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — Fresh from the latest round of Iran nuclear negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry headed to Saudi Arabia Wednesday to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging deal and discuss ways to calm instability in troubled Yemen and other Mideast nations.
Kerry heads to Saudi Arabia to consult on Iran nuke talks
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — With no clear winner of the Feb. 28 election, Lesotho is set to be ruled by another coalition, the leader of the main opposition announced on Wednesday.
Coalition forms in Lesotho after no clear election winner
FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, file photo, the McDonald's Golden Arches logo at a McDonald's restaurant is covered with snow in Robinson Township, Pa. McDonald's on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 said it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine and milk from cows that are not treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human health and milk from cows that are not treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST.
McDonald's to use chicken without human antibiotics
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman and ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee are stepping up their pressure on the Obama administration to support Ukraine with weapons to defend against attacks from anti-government insurgents backed by Russia.
US official: Obama still weighing sending arms to Ukraine
Business
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:35
Business News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeAfter a sluggish start to the year, equities charged higher in February, helping send both the Dow and S&P to record highs on Monday, and the Nasdaq hurdled the 5,000 level for the first time in 15 years. Economic data continued to point to a slowly accelerating U.S. economy, increasing the likelihood the U.S. Federal Reserve will begin to hike interest rates at some point this year. I don’t think the market is particularly overvalued or particularly expensive but it’s not cheap," said Stephen Massocca, chief investment officer at Wedbush Equity Management LLC in San Francisco. Investors will deal with a flurry of economic data for the rest of the week, culminating with the Labor Department's February payrolls report, which will be eyed to help gauge the timing of a rate hike.
Wall Street lower for second day after rally, data
A waiter serves dessert to a table of men listening to Chinese millionaire Chen Guangbiao during a lunch he sponsored for hundreds of needy New Yorkers at Loeb Boathouse in New York's Central ParkThe Institute for Supply Management on Wednesday said its services index was 56.9 in February, up slightly from 56.7 in January. Analysts were looking for a reading of 56.5, according to a Reuters poll.
U.S. service sector activity ticks up in February
People wait in line to enter the Nassau County Mega Job Fair at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New YorkBy Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. private employers added fewer jobs than expected last month, declining as well from January's revised figure as employment growth slowed in some sectors, a payrolls processor report showed on Wednesday. The ADP National Employment Report, jointly developed with Moody's Analytics, showed a gain of 212,000 private-sector jobs. Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast the ADP to show a gain of 220,000 jobs. For instance, service-providing employment rose by 181,000 jobs in February, compared with growth of 206,000 in the sector in January.
U.S. private sector adds jobs in February, but growth slows: ADP
Homes are seen for sale in the southwest area of PortlandNEW YORK (Reuters) - Applications for U.S. home mortgages edged up last week as interest rates dipped, an industry group said on Wednesday.
U.S. mortgage applications rise in latest week: MBA
A Target logo is seen during the going-out-of-business sale at Target Canada in TorontoThe cost-cutting forms a key plank of a revival plan outlined by Chief Executive Officer Brian Cornell, who has sought to narrow the retailer's focus to a handful of product lines where Target believes it has an edge on quality and price while also investing to catch up with rivals online. Cornell said Target's management needs streamlining and he wants to change the corporate culture from one focused on process to one that meets the demand of customers. Target said it was revamping its merchandise, in part to attract both millenials and Hispanics, seen as important to driving future sales growth. "We know that to compete today speed and simplicity are critically important," Cornell told a meeting of analysts in New York.
Target to cut thousands of jobs as seeks to cut costs by $2 billion
A Chinese national flag flutters in front of the headquarters of the People's Bank of China, China's central bank, in central BeijingGrowth in China's service industry accelerated and India's expanded at an eight-month high while firms across the euro zone ramped up operations at the fastest rate in seven months, according to surveys published on Wednesday. The survey results come days after the People's Bank of China (PBOC) cut interest rates and mere hours after the Reserve Bank of India followed suit. The European Central Bank is about to embark on a trillion-euro stimulus program. Central bank action won't do any harm." Oil prices, like the euro, have tumbled in recent months, helping drive Markit's final February Composite Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for the euro zone, seen as a good growth gauge, up to a seven-month high of 53.3.
Business activity lifted in February as central banks loosen up
German Chancellor Merkel and European Commission President Juncker take part in a group photo with EU commissioners in BrusselsIt is too early to discuss a third bailout package for Greece, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday, stressing the focus of talks with Athens was implementing measures already agreed with the euro zone. "We are going to focus on implementing what was agreed in the Eurogroup," Juncker told a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Premature to talk about third Greek bailout: EU's Juncker
An oil well is seen near DenverBrent crude oil extended losses to fall below $60 a barrel on Wednesday after a much larger-than-expected build in U.S. crude stocks, while Saudi Arabia's oil minister said he expected the market to balance itself and prices to recover. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said U.S. crude stocks jumped by 10.3 million barrels last week, more than double the amount predicted by analysts and the eighth weekly rise in succession. U.S. crude inventories are at a record high. U.S. crude futures were down 70 cents to $49.82 a barrel, with their discount to Brent narrowing to less than $10 a barrel.
Brent below $60 on U.S. crude build, Saudi sees recovery
File photo of delegates looking at drill bits during the PDAC trade show in TorontoBy Susan Taylor and Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - When the world's miners head for Toronto each year to attend their industry's annual conference, they arrive with certain expectations. “We’re seeing far less prime rib, far more chips, far more salsa," said Benjamin Cox, chief executive of explorer Aston Bay Holdings Ltd.. "I’m really depressed that I have to drink bourbon versus single malt scotch, it just doesn’t do it for me.” Striking a more serious note, Cox also summed up the overall mood of the miners: "Everyone is panicked in the industry.
From prime rib to chips and dip: Lean times at mining's annual conference
A shopping cart is seen outside a Staples office supplies store in the Chicago suburb of Glenview, Illinois(Reuters) - Activist investor Starboard Value LP asked office supplies retailer Staples Inc to "improve" the composition of its board to complete the acquisition of Office Depot Inc and fully integrate its smaller rival.
Starboard says Staples needs to 'improve' board
In this Monday, June 10, 2013 photo, traders Joel Lucchese, left, and Brandon Barb confer on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stock markets endured sharp losses Thursday June 13, 2013 as gyrations on the Tokyo market, the Asian region's biggest, continued _ fueled by worries about a surging yen and monetary policies in the U.S. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — A pair of better economic reports helped nudge the U.S. stock market up in early trading Thursday, even as global markets headed lower.
US stock market wavers in early trading
Members of pro-communist union PAME take part in an protest during a general strike in Athens, on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. Services across Greece shut down Wednesday as unions held a 24-hour general strike to protest further austerity cuts in the cash-strapped country. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Services across Greece shut down Wednesday as unions staged a 24-hour general strike and held peaceful demonstrations to protest further austerity cuts in the cash-strapped country.
General strike shuts down services across Greece
Unemployment rates fell in two-thirds of U.S. states last month, evidence that modest economic growth is boosting hiring in most areas of the country.
Unemployment rates fall in two-thirds of US states
FILE - This May 11, 2007 file photo shows a Wall Street sign in front of the flag-draped facade of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks edged higher in early trading Thursday, May 22, 2014, extending gains from a day earlier. Investors cheered earnings news from several retailers, including Best Buy, Dollar Tree and L Brands. Sears fell sharply after reporting disappointing results. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)Stocks were on track to finish higher Thursday afternoon for the second day in a row as investors drew encouragement from reports on Chinese manufacturing, U.S. home sales and some positive earnings from Best Buy, Dollar Tree and other retailers.
US stocks edge higher in afternoon trading
FILE - This May 11, 2007 file photo shows a Wall Street sign in front of the flag-draped facade of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks edged higher in early trading Thursday, May 22, 2014, extending gains from a day earlier. Investors cheered earnings news from several retailers, including Best Buy, Dollar Tree and L Brands. Sears fell sharply after reporting disappointing results. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)Major stock indexes shifted higher in midday trading Thursday, getting a lift from an encouraging report on Chinese manufacturing and some positive earnings from Best Buy, Dollar Tree and other retailers. The market also got a boost from data showing modest improvement in sales of previously occupied homes.
US stocks edge higher in midday trading
World News
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:35
World News Headlines - Yahoo News
U.S. Secretary of State Kerry meets his Iranian counterpart Zarif for a new round of nuclear negotiations in MontreuxBy Arshad Mohammed MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) - Simply demanding Iran's capitulation is no way to get a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday as he wrapped up three days of talks with a veiled dig at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Kerry said he and Iranian counterpart Mohammad Jawad Zarif made some progress in their negotiations in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux and would resume them on March 15. Kerry aides said many obstacles remained before a late March deadline for an outline accord between Iran and six world powers. On Tuesday, Netanyahu said in a speech in the U.S. Congress that Washington was negotiating a bad deal with Iran that could spark a "nuclear nightmare," drawing a rebuke from President Barack Obama and exposing a deepening U.S.-Israeli rift.
Kerry says demanding Iran's 'capitulation' is no way to secure nuclear deal
German Chancellor Merkel holds a joint news conference with European Commission President Juncker at the EC headquarters in BrusselsBRUSSELS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Russia on Wednesday that any serious violation of the current ceasefire in east Ukraine - which she described as "fragile" - would prompt Europe to impose further sanctions on Moscow for supporting the separatists. "So far we've got a fragile ceasefire which needs to be stabilized," Merkel told reporters in Brussels. ...
EU ready with sanctions if Ukraine ceasefire violated, Merkel says
Shi'ite fighters fire their weapon during clashes with Islamic State militants in Salahuddin provinceBy Thaier al-Sudani UDHAIM DAM, Iraq (Reuters) - Wearing military fatigues and a white turban, the Shi'ite cleric gave an eve-of-battle address to Iran-backed fighters preparing to attack Islamic State militants in Tikrit, praising them for defending their faith and urging them to fight honorably. Seated in front of him in rows, crossed-legged in the grass, were dozens of armed men from Iraq's largest Shi'ite militia, the Badr Organisation, the main element of a force now advancing on Tikrit's eastern flank against the Sunni Muslim Islamic State militants who now dominate most of northern Iraq. This week's multi-pronged attack is the biggest coordinated assault on the city, best known as the home town of executed Sunni president Saddam Hussein, since the radical Islamic State fighters seized it in June.
Insight: From eastern flank, Iran-backed force advances on Tikrit
Malaysian authorities have identified two Malaysians in a video by the Islamic State of a beheading that is believed to have taken place in Syria. Mohd Faris Anuar and Muhamad Wanndy Muhammad Jedi, aged 20 and 25 respectively, were identified as the men involved in the beheading of a Syrian man in a video posted to Facebook on Feb. 22, said Ayub Khan Mydin, the police counter-terrorism division's deputy chief. Wanndy traveled with his wife Nor Mahmudah Ahmad to Syria on Jan. 26, while Faris went last September, said Ayub Khan.
Two Malaysians identified in IS beheading video from Syria
Visitor holds flowers and a book by Russian leading opposition figure Nemtsov before funeral in MoscowMOSCOW (Reuters) - The director of Russia's Federal Security Service said on Wednesday that an investigation into the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov had identified several suspects, Russian news agencies reported. FSB boss Alexander Bortnikov said, however, that the suspects were only one version that investigators were considering, Interfax news agency said. (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Alexander Winning)
Russian security service chief says several suspects in Nemtsov case: agencies
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies staged 12 air strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria in a 24-hour period, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement on Wednesday. Three strikes near Kobani, Syria, hit a tactical unit and destroyed five fighting positions while in Iraq, five air strikes hit Islamic State bomb-making facilities, a weapons storage site and vehicles. Four raids also were carried out near Ramadi and Sinjar. (Writing by Bill Trott; Editing by Susan Heavey)
Islamic State targeted in 12 air strikes by U.S., coalition: statement
Two explosions struck near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013Boston (AFP) - A timeline of events leading to the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who went on trial Wednesday for the Boston Marathon bombing.
Timeline of Boston Marathon bombing events
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The Argentine prosecutor investigating accusations that President Cristina Fernandez tried to cover up Iran's alleged involvement in a 1994 bombing has appealed last week's ruling by a judge exonerating her, the prosecutor's office said on Wednesday. (Reporting by Hugh Bronstein)
Argentine prosecutor appeals ruling that cleared Fernandez
FILE- This is a Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 file photo of a volunteer pours beer during a tasting session at the Great British Beer Festival in London. The World Health Organization say we’re eating too much sugar and should slash our intake to just 5 to 10 percent of our overall calories. The guidelines were released Wednesday March 4, 2015, after a year of consultation. The recommendations are focused on added sugars in food and those in honey, syrups and fruit juices. The advicedoes not apply to naturally occurring sugar in fruits, vegetables and milk. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)LONDON (AP) — Put down the doughnut. And while you're at it, skip the breakfast cereal, fruit juice, beer and ketchup.
UN: World eating too much sugar; cut to 5-10 percent of diet
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican police and soldiers on Wednesday arrested the man widely considered to be the most important leader of the Zetas drug cartel, Omar Trevino Morales, a federal official said.
Official: Mexico arrests Zetas leader Omar Trevino Morales
By Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - At least 10 North African migrants died when their rubber boat overturned in the southern Mediterranean while almost a thousand more from a total of seven vessels were rescued in a single day this week, Italian and Tunisian authorities said on Wednesday. The Italian coast guard said in a statement that one of its ships in the area had rescued 121 people after their boat capsized on Tuesday some 50 miles north of Libya. Several merchant ships assisted in migrant rescues from seven separate boats in a 24-hour period, bringing to safety almost 1,000 migrants, including 30 children and 50 women, one of them pregnant, the coast guard said. Last month, more than 300 people died in a one-week period trying to cross the sea from Libya to Italy, whose southern island of Lampedusa is just 300 kilometres (186 miles) from the Libyan capital of Tripoli.
Ten migrants die in Mediterranean, a thousand rescued
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands as he leaves the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, after addressing a joint meeting of Congress. In a speech that stirred political intrigue in two countries, Netanyahu told Congress that negotiations underway between Iran and the U.S. would "all but guarantee" that Tehran will get nuclear weapons, a step that the world must avoid at all costs. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)JERUSALEM (AP) — With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing a tough re-election fight in two weeks, the U.S. Congress has handed him an unprecedented boost with its effusive welcome to a message that resonates at home: Iran cannot be trusted as a threshold nuclear state.
AP Analysis: Speech fallout could determine Netanyahu's fate
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman and top Democrat on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee are stepping up their pressure on the Obama administration to support Ukraine with weapons to defend against attacks from anti-government insurgents backed by Russia.
US official: Obama still weighing sending arms to Ukraine
Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa became AFC president in 2013, promising to wipe the slate clean after his disgraced predecessor Mohammed bin Hammam was banned from footballAsia's football chief is set for a new, four-year term and a powerful FIFA vice presidency after officials said on Wednesday that he will stand unopposed in elections next month. Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa will extend his stay as Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president at the vote in his native Bahrain, two years after winning power by a landslide. Influential Kuwaiti Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah will also seek a seat on world body FIFA's executive committee at the April 30 congress, an AFC statement said.
Asian football chief unopposed for new term
Electoral officials start counting ballots for the Lesotho parliamentary elections at a polling station in Maseru on February 28, 2015Final results Wednesday in restive Lesotho's snap elections show the opposition outdistancing Prime Minister Thomas Thabane's party, reversing early indications that the ruling party was in the lead. It has been in crisis since June 2014, when Thabane suspended parliament to avoid a motion that would have seen him ousted from power after the previous fragile coalition government fell apart.
Lesotho opposition in the lead after snap poll: results
Technology
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:35
Tech News Headlines - Yahoo News
The leaf on the Apple symbol is tinted green at the Apple flagship store on 5th Ave in New YorkApple is exploring how to make an electric car and has been hiring engineers with deep expertise in automobile systems. Around June 2014 Apple began aggressively poaching A123 engineers tasked with leading some of the company's most critical projects, A123's lawsuit said. Representatives for Apple and A123 could not immediately be reached for comment. A123 filed the breach of contract lawsuit in February against Apple and five former A123 employees.
Apple exploring settlement with electric car battery maker
A worker is pictured behind a logo at the IBM stand on the CeBIT computer fair in HanoverInternational Business Machines Corp said on Wednesday it had acquired AlchemyAPI, a fast-growing startup selling software that collects and analyzes unstructured text and data in ways big enterprises, website publishers and advertisers find useful. The purchase is designed to boost IBM's push into more human-like computing services, based around its Watson technology, which can sift huge amounts of data, learn from the results and respond to spoken questions. IBM is trying to build a big business around Watson, which came to prominence in 2011 when it beat two previous champions on the U.S. quiz show Jeopardy. IBM gives developers access to Watson so they can use the technology in their own applications, but it has only just started to filter down to mainstream use.
IBM buys AlchemyAPI to boost Watson computing unit
Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in WarsawBy Gerry Shih and Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - China's proposed anti-terrorism law will not affect the legitimate interests of technology firms, a top Chinese spokeswoman said Wednesday after U.S. President Barack Obama warned of its impact and demanded amendments. China's proposals, which would require tech firms to provide encryption keys and install backdoors granting law enforcement access for counterterrorism investigations, drew criticism from Obama, who told Reuters in an interview this week China would have to change the draft law if it were "to do business with the United States". Fu Ying, China's parliamentary spokeswoman, said many Western governments, including Washington, had made similar requests for encryption keys while Chinese companies operating in the United States have long been subject to intense security checks.
China says tech firms have nothing to fear from anti-terror law
By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - The softly-spoken head of the Risk division at Reed Elsevier does not wish to thank the U.S. online fraudsters who have helped drive his unit's growth, but his investors may not be so bashful. Mark Kelsey's Risk and Business Information division has been one of the stand out performers for Europe's largest media company in recent years, with its technology helping U.S. state governments and firms to spot and prevent online fraud. Kelsey, who joined Reed 32 years ago this week, said he expected the unit's around 6 percent growth to continue through the next few years, and potentially improve as it expands. "There are more and more online services facilitating online payments and ... there are also very smart and very tech savvy criminals." With a history dating back to 1880, the Anglo-Dutch Reed Elsevier has been transformed in recent years, ditching media assets that were dependent on volatile advertising and refocusing on data analytics and technology.
Reed's Risk boss reaps rewards from tackling online fraudsters
Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Ma gestures while giving a speech at National Taiwan University in TaipeiBy John Ruwitch and Paul Carsten HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is launching a cloud computing hub in Silicon Valley on Wednesday, the e-commerce giant's first outside of China, underscoring its global ambitions in the face of stiff and entrenched competition. The new California data center marks the Chinese company's latest measured expansion onto American soil, and into a hotly contested U.S. market now dominated by Amazon.com Inc , Microsoft Corp and Google Inc. Alibaba's Aliyun cloud division intends the new data center to cater initially to Chinese companies with operations in the United States, including retail, Internet and gaming firms.
Alibaba opens first U.S. cloud center, enters hotly contested market
The Apple logo is pictured on the front of a retail store in the Marina neighborhood in San FranciscoApple Inc and Google Inc said on Tuesday that they have developed fixes to mitigate the newly uncovered 'Freak' security flaw affecting mobile devices and Mac computers. The vulnerability in web encryption technology could enable attackers to spy on communications of users of Apple's Safari browser and Google Inc's Android browser, according to researchers who uncovered the flaw. Apple spokesman Ryan James said the computer had developed a software update to remediate the vulnerability, which would be pushed out next week.
Apple plans fix next week for newly uncovered Freak security bug
Distribution point for online retailer Ulmart, which was founded in 2008 in Saint Petersburg, adapting Amazon's model to Russia's logistics landscapeRussian retailers are being hit by consumers' loss of purchasing power, but Ulmart, the country's version of Amazon, expects to strengthen its position as people begin to count every kopeck. "We are optimistic about this year," said Ulmart board chairman Dmitry Kostygin. Founded in 2008 in Saint Petersburg, Ulmart adapted Amazon's model to Russia's logistics landscape -- bypassing the lumbering postal service to deliver to a network of pickup points located near its customers. Sales hit $1.3 billion (1.16 billion euros) in 2014, an increase of 30 percent over the previous year, making Ulmart the top online retailer in Russia and the country's third-largest Internet firm after search engine Yandex and Mail.ru -- a major email provider which also controls the country's top social-networking sites.
Russian online retailer expects boom despite consumer gloom
A man has been detained for firing bullets at NSA headquartersAn unidentified man has been taken into custody by the FBI for firing bullets into the NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. The building was struck by bullets on Tuesday, and the same suspect is believed to have fired shots at a number of other locations in the preceding weeks. No employees were hurt in the shooting, although two truck drivers reported minor injuries from earlier incidents.
A man has been detained for firing bullets at NSA headquarters
Another Steam Machine is coming, this one from Maingear
Another Steam Machine is coming, this one from Maingear
Twitter Should Buy MeerkatSomething different happened yesterday. While I was on Twitter one of the people I follow Matt Mazzeo @Mazzeo sent out a tweet that said:|LIVE NOW| Lowercase Office Hours - #meerkat http://mrk.tv/1BuzWkp |LIVE NOW| Lowercase Office Hours - #meerkat http://t.co/ZmXJmDxw0h?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592— Matt Mazzeo (@Mazzeo) March 1, 2015I clicked...
Twitter Should Buy Meerkat
With the Apple Watch set to launch in about a month or so, I’ll be the first to admit that there’s no guarantee Apple’s foray into the wearables market will be a rousing success. Indeed, what makes the release of the Apple Watch so incredibly interesting and exciting is that we truly don’t know how popular the device is going to be. That said, a recent opinion piece from Mark Wilson over at Fast Company posits that the Apple Watch is going to be a complete flop. Now there’s nothing wrong with having that point of view, but in constructing his piece, Wilson conveniently stretches the truth and in some instances twists and bends his “facts”to fit a preconceived narrative. Related:
Apple Watch already being called a flop for the stupidest reasons imaginable
Razer's upgraded OSVR Hacker Dev Kit sports modular faceplates and an OLED displayRazer's Hacker Dev Kit reaches version 1.1, and adds new tools for tinkerers.>
Razer's upgraded OSVR Hacker Dev Kit sports modular faceplates and an OLED display
Hillary Clinton used her own private email service as Secretary of StateThe personal email address that Hillary Clinton used exclusively during her time as Secretary of State wasn't your typical Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo account. Instead, Clinton operated her own email server traced to an internet service registered to the Clinton residence in Chappequa, New York, according to the Associated Press. Clinton did not use an email address issued by the State Department while in office, which would have made it far simpler for the federal government to retain copies of her messages as is required under the Federal Records Act.
Hillary Clinton used her own private email service as Secretary of State
Technology is Transforming What and How We LearnIn today's world of technology driven transformational change, it's important to understand that: "If you received a PhD ten years ago, it only means you used to know a lot."It's not just what you learned, but more importantly that you learned how to learn and keep learning because things change so rapidly, and knowledge, even the most...
Technology is Transforming What and How We Learn
Audi's R8 sports car now comes with an all-electric optionThere are more battery-powered headliners this year than ever, and one of them is Audi's R8 sports car, which now includes an e-tron option. Instead of the V10 petrol engine that can take the R8 to 100kmh in 3.2 seconds, the e-tron model uses only electric power to achieve a 3.9-second 0-to-100 time. Audi has almost doubled energy storage — from 49kWh on its first electric platform to the current 92kWh — and done so without requiring any extra space. In any case, Audi's new car will last for a good long while before needing a recharge, plus the German carmaker promises extremely quick charging when it's needed.
Audi's R8 sports car now comes with an all-electric option
Politics
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A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this photo illustrationBy Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the U.S. Supreme Court takes on a make-or-break Obamacare case this week, a growing number of U.S. patients and their doctors are already devising a Plan B in case they lose medical coverage. The Court's ruling, expected by late June, will determine whether millions of Americans will keep receiving federal subsidies to help them pay for private health insurance under President Barack Obama's healthcare law. The White House, which said it is confident the justices will rule in favor of the subsidies that are a key element of Obamacare, said it has no immediate fix if the decision goes the other way. Worried about newly-insured patients such as those who have just begun treatment for cancer or other serious illnesses, they are dusting off playbooks they retired when Obamacare slashed the number of uninsured people.
Doctors, patients scramble ahead of high court Obamacare decision
Supreme Court weighs new conservative attack on ObamacareBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday on a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, but no clear majority was immediately apparent in the case that takes aim at a pivotal part of the statute providing tax subsidies to help people afford insurance. Conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often provides the deciding vote in close cases, said he saw a "serious constitutional problem" with the arguments mounted against the law but said the challengers still may prevail.
U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in new challenge to Obamacare
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) walks to the House Chamber before a vote on funding the Department of Homeland Security, in WashingtonBy David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A chaotic three-month-long fight in Congress over funding the U.S. domestic security agency ended on Tuesday, but not before it highlighted House Speaker John Boehner's inability to halt the Republican Party's further descent into disorder. The House of Representatives approved full fiscal-year funding for the Department of Homeland Security, after attempts by conservative Republicans to make funding contingent on blocking actions on immigration last November by Democratic President Barack Obama in which he bypassed Congress. The final bill passed by the House in a 257-167 vote was a Senate measure stripped of language attacking Obama's orders, which lifted the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented residents. Obama said on Tuesday night he would sign the funding bill "as soon as I receive it," and added in a statement: "Today, after far too long, Congress finally voted to fully fund" the agency.
House breaks impasse, passes security funding without provisions
U.S. Senate Majority Leader McConnell talks to the media, after a weekly Senate Republican caucus luncheon on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday the Senate would begin debate next week on a bill that would require President Barack Obama to submit any final nuclear deal with Iran for approval by Congress. McConnell, a Republican, told his weekly news conference that he intended to have the bill debated and potentially voted on in the Senate next week. His remarks set up a potential showdown with Democrats, who want to allow more time for negotiations with Iran.
U.S. Republicans pushing Iran bill despite veto threat
In this Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 file courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, left, is depicted beside U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addresses a pool of potential jurors in a jury assembly room at the federal courthouse, in Boston. Two highly anticipated criminal trials are underway almost simultaneously in Massachusetts: the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)Opening statements in the trial of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are set to begin Wednesday. Follow Yahoo News' live coverage from inside the courtroom here.
Live: Day 1 of the Boston Marathon bombing trial
Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, says he believes homosexuality is a choice. His proof? Prison.
Ben Carson: Being gay is a choice — just look at prison
In this Jan. 5, 2015, file courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, left, is depicted beside U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addresses a pool of potential jurors in a jury assembly room at the federal courthouse, in Boston. Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tsarnaev have asked a judge three times to move his trial out of Massachusetts because of the emotional impact of the deadly attack. Three times, the judge has refused. On Thursday, Feb. 19, Tsarnaev’s defense team will ask a federal appeals court to take the decision out of the hands of O’Toole Jr. and order him to move the trial. They insist that Tsarnaev cannot find a fair and impartial jury in Massachusetts because too many people believe he’s guilty and many have personal connectionsto the marathon or the bombings. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)After nearly two months of jury selection, opening arguments are set to begin Wednesday in the case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his alleged role in the dual bombings at the April 2013 Boston Marathon, which killed three people and injured almost 300 more.
Opening statements get underway in Boston Marathon bomber trial
Seven months after one of its white officers fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old, the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department’s own findings of what transpired remain under wraps. Excessive force and possible civil rights violations by the suburban St. Louis department have been the focus of a Justice Department investigation since Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown Jr. multiple times last August.
Ferguson PD's internal review of Michael Brown's shooting death remains a secret
PetraeusFormer General David Petraeus is expected to plead guilty to providing his biographer and former mistress with classified information. We follow up on the major players in that scandal.
The Petraeus scandal: Where are they now?
Netanyahu: Iran Engaged in Deadly 'Game of Thrones'“In this deadly 'Game of Thrones,' there is no place for America or for Israel. ...So when it comes to Iran or ISIS the enemy of your enemy is your enemy," he said. He then turned to Iran, warning that "Iran's regime poses a great threat not only to Israel but also to the peace of the entire world," he said. "Iran's regime is as radical as ever," Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu: Iran Engaged in Deadly 'Game of Thrones'
Barbara Mikulski: From Girl Scout to Senator, 7 Things You Might Not Know About the Retiring SenatorMikulski, who was first elected to the Senate in 1986, said she made the decision to fight for the people of Maryland instead of campaigning for herself another time around. I'm Senator Barb,” Mikulski said at a news conference in Baltimore. As the longest serving female senator, Mikulski is known as the dean of the women senators. Mikulski is a proud Girl Scout and often celebrates the group’s anniversary with speeches on the Senate floor.
Barbara Mikulski: From Girl Scout to Senator, 7 Things You Might Not Know About the Retiring Senator
Boris Nemtsov Shot in Russia: 18 Cameras, But None Captured Mysterious Killing of Putin CriticThe shooting death of Boris Nemtsov happened in what might be one of the most watched location in all of Russia. It was brazen --literally a stone's throw from the famous Kremlin wall. ABC News counted at least 18 security cameras in the immediate vicinity of the site where, according to Russia's Investigative Committee, Nemtsov was shot multiple times in the back and killed late Friday night. Some of the cameras along the bridge and road belong to the Moscow City Council and the Kommersant newspaper reported that the cameras were switched off for repairs on Friday night.
Boris Nemtsov Shot in Russia: 18 Cameras, But None Captured Mysterious Killing of Putin Critic
MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — Fresh from the latest round of Iran nuclear negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry headed to Saudi Arabia Wednesday to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging deal and discuss ways to calm instability in troubled Yemen and other Mideast nations.
Kerry heads to Saudi Arabia to consult on Iran nuke talks
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman and ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee are stepping up their pressure on the Obama administration to support Ukraine with weapons to defend against attacks from anti-government insurgents backed by Russia.
US official: Obama still weighing sending arms to Ukraine
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court justices peppered opponents of President Barack Obama's health care law with skeptical questions during oral arguments Wednesday on the latest challenge to the sweeping legislation.
Justices pepper health care law opponents with questions
Sports
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Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne (87) runs away from New York Giants' Jayron Hosley (28) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide
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Lee Westwood of England tees off on the tenth hole during the final round of the Dubai Desert ClassicBy Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and Justin Rose are to take turns in hosting the British Masters, an event that will return to the European Tour calendar this season for the first time in seven years. The leading British quartet will help select the venue each season for the next four years and Poulter has kicked things off by opting to play the three million pounds ($4.58 million) competition at his local course at Woburn from Oct. 8-11. "I am proud and delighted to be bringing the tournament to Woburn which is obviously a place that means a great deal to me," the Englishman said in statement on Wednesday. "We have all been keen to get more tournaments on British soil and in England in particular." It will be the 17th time that Woburn has hosted the tournament and the first since 2002 when Poulter was narrowly beaten to the title by his close friend Rose.
Poulter, Westwood, Donald, Rose to host British Masters
Royal St George's, one of three male-only clubs on the British Open rota, has voted to allow women members for the first time, British media reported on Wednesday. "The Royal St George's Golf Club is pleased to announce that, following an extraordinary general meeting held on 14th February 2015 and a subsequent ballot of the full members of the Club, a resolution to alter the Club's rules to make ladies eligible for membership has been duly passed," the club said in a statement. It added a "decisive 90 percent" voted in favor of women being eligible for membership. Royal St George's, founded in 1887 and located in the south-east England county of Kent, last hosted the British Open in 2011 when it was won by European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke.
Open hosts Royal St. George's to allow women members
LPGA: Canadian Pacific Women's Open-First RoundBy Patrick Johnston SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore's steamy temperatures will be no less a challenge than the star-studded field at the HSBC Women's Champions for teenaged world number one Lydia Ko's bid for her third successive title. "At that time, I had glasses and the moment I opened the door and went out my glasses just fogged up straightaway," Ko told reporters on Wednesday. The Seoul-born Ko will look to make it three consecutive wins when she returns to Singapore for the LPGA tournament, which starts on Thursday and boasts a field that includes 19 of the top-20 women's golfers in the world.
Singapore's rising mercury a challenge for Ko's hot streak
New Zealand's Lydia Ko hits a shot during the final round of the women's Australian Open in Melbourne on February 22, 2015Teenage sensation Lydia Ko said her record rise to world number one still hadn't sunk in and may never do as she heads into this week's HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore. Ko astounded the golf world last month by reaching number one at the age of just 17, the youngest by a male or female player and smashing the record set by Tiger Woods at 21. Ko, who has been in the spotlight since winning her first professional tournament at the age of just 14, a record at the time, said the bar had been set high for some years. Back-to-back wins at the Australian Open and New Zealand Open have lifted expectations still higher, but Ko will be against a strong line-up at Sentosa Golf Club.
Record rise may never sink in, says teen golf star Ko
By Patrick Johnston SINGAPORE, March 4 (Reuters) - Free of the burden that comes with the world number one ranking, South Korea's Park In-bee is looking forward to a more relaxed year on the LPGA Tour that she hopes will lead to an elusive British Open title. The 26-year-old world number two was displaced by 17-year-old New Zealander Lydia Ko at the top of the rankings in January and Park was hoping to reap the benefits of being away from the pressures pole position brought. "I let Lydia have my number one spot earlier this year so if I can capture that back at some point that would be a very good," Park told reporters on Wednesday. You don't have as much pressure as number one and people expect a little bit less than you than being in number one spot." Park will tee it up on Thursday at the HSBC Women's Champions event in Singapore, her fourth event of the year after shaking off the rust with three opening top 13 finishes.
Golf-Relaxed approach key for pressure free Park
Atlanta Hawks' Al Horford during a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Philips Arena on January 25, 2015Rallying from a 15-point deficit in the final 10 minutes, the Atlanta Hawks beat Houston 104-96, retaining the NBA's best record with their fifth victory in a row. Taking advantage of a Rockets' squad playing without suspended scoring leader James Harden, the Hawks had 25 points from Jeff Teague, 18 points from Al Horford and 16 points and 14 rebounds from Paul Millsap. The Rockets outplayed Atlanta for most of the first three quarters, leading by as many as 18 points despite lacking Harden's scoring touch as he served a one-game ban for kicking Cleveland superstar LeBron James in the groin in a Houston victory on Sunday.
Harden-less Rockets grounded by Hawks late rally
Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (L) and LeBron James celebrate during their game against the Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena on February 26, 2015LeBron James bounced back from a sub-par NBA effort and Kyrie Irving returned after a two-game absence as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics 110-79. James scored 27 points on 12-of-23 shooting Tuesday while Australian-born guard Irving added 18 to lead seven double-figure Cavalier scorers in Cleveland's 12th home triumph in a row. The Cavaliers improved to 38-24, trailing Chicago by only percentage points in the fight for the Central division lead, while Boston slid to 23-35, one game behind Brooklyn and Charlotte for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Kevin Love and J.R. Smith each scored 12 points for the Cavaliers, who made all 14 of their free throws attempts.
LeBron bounces back, Irving returns in Cavaliers' win
(Reuters) - The San Francisco 49ers confirmed on Tuesday they had signed Australian rugby league star Jarryd Hayne to a three-year-deal. Hayne had earlier told a news conference in Sydney that he had agreed to a futures contract with the 49ers but San Francisco later announced the undrafted free agent had been given a three-year deal. The 27-year-old Hayne has never played American football before but attracted offers from three NFL teams, the 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions, after he announced last year he wanted to try his hand at NFL.
Hayne inks three-year deal with 49ers as undrafted free agent
(Reuters) - The elite WGC-Match Play Championship will be staged in Austin, Texas, from 2016 to 2019 as part of a four-year deal with its new title sponsor, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced on Tuesday. Texas-based PC maker Dell, which has major sports sponsorship experience with Formula 1 and America's Cup, will take over as the event's title sponsor next year when the event will be renamed the WGC-Dell Match Play. "We're confident that Dell will find the World Golf Championships to be an extremely effective and valuable global marketing and business-to-business platform," PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement. Austin, the 11th-most populous city in the United States, last hosted a sanctioned PGA Tour event from 2003-2009 on the over-50s Champions Tour.
Austin to host Match Play Championship from 2016-19
The elite WGC-Match Play Championship will be staged in Austin, Texas, from 2016 to 2019 as part of a four-year deal with its new title sponsor, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced on Tuesday. Texas-based PC maker Dell, which has major sports sponsorship experience with Formula 1 and America's Cup, will take over as the event's title sponsor next year when the event will be renamed the WGC-Dell Match Play. "We're confident that Dell will find the World Golf Championships to be an extremely effective and valuable global marketing and business-to-business platform," PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement. Austin, the 11th-most populous city in the United States, last hosted a sanctioned PGA Tour event from 2003-2009 on the over-50s Champions Tour.
Golf-Austin to host Match Play Championship from 2016-19
Former Seattle Seahawks receiver Rice is helped by New York Giants punter Weatherford to sign over his brain post-mortem for medical research, at a news conference in New YorkBy Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - It was a long road to a shortened National Football League career for Sidney Rice, an All-Pro receiver who retired last July at age 27 due to fears about his long-term health after numerous concussions. "The first time I actually experienced a head trauma was when I was eight years old," Rice told Reuters after announcing on Tuesday he was donating his brain to medical research after his death.
Rice details bruising career before declaring brain donation
Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez looks at the prosecutor during his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall RiverBy Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Massachusetts (Reuters) - A Massachusetts State Police trooper testified on Tuesday that he found the fingerprints of Aaron Hernandez, two friends and a man they allegedly killed on a car the former New England Patriots football player returned to a rental agency. David Mackin, a fingerprint analyst, said he found the fingerprints on a silver Nissan Altima that prosecutors say Hernandez was driving when he and two friends, Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace, picked up semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd at his Boston home in the early hours of June 17, 2013.
Fingerprints of ex-NFL star Hernandez, victim found on car
Vlade Divac, a Serbian center who spent 16 seasons in the NBA, is named vice-president of basketball and franchise operations by the Sacramento KingsVlade Divac, a Serbian center who spent 16 seasons in the NBA, was named vice-president of basketball and franchise operations on Tuesday by the Sacramento Kings. The Kings, owned by Indian computer multi-millionaire businessman Vivek Ranadive, will look the 7-footer (2.16m) as an advisor to coaches and player evaluation contributor with duties helping the club's global branding efforts and pipeline to Europe's growing talent pool. Divac, who helped Yugoslavia win world titles in 1990 and 2002, spent eight seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, two with Charlotte and six with the Kings from 1998-2004 before retiring in 2005. The Kings need all the help they can get.
Kings name retired Serbian star Divac to exec job
New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford speaks at a news conference in New YorkBy Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford and former National Football League receiver Sidney Rice announced on Tuesday that they will donate their brains to medical research after their death. Rice, who retired from the NFL last July at the age of 27 over worries about the long-term effects of absorbing so many blows to the head, and Weatherford hoped their commitment might mobilize others to aid brain disease research. "It's helpful to get a professional athlete behind something," said Weatherford.
Weatherford, Rice to donate brains for medical research
Entertainment
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FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2012 file photo, musician Robin Thicke performs during Macy's Passport presents Glamorama 2012 at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Thicke's "Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell)" was the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, 2013. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Oct. 20 to Sunday Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.
Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks
App Store Official Charts for the week ending November 3, 2014:
The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store
FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2008, file photo, Conrad Hilton, left, Kathy Hilton, center, and Rick Hilton arrive at the launch party of new MTV series "Paris Hilton's My New BFF" in Los Angeles. Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles say Paris Hilton's brother Conrad has agreed to plead guilty to assaulting flight attendants on a trip from London last year. The U.S. attorney's office says Hilton signed the agreement Tuesday, March 3, 2015. He's set to appear in court Thursday but will officially plead guilty to the misdemeanor later. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paris Hilton's youngest brother, Conrad, agreed to plead guilty to assaulting flight attendants on a trip from London to Los Angeles last year when authorities say he called other passengers "peasants" and threatened to kill crew members.
Paris Hilton brother Conrad to plead guilty to plane assault
LOS ANGELES (AP) — And you thought Hollywood's award season was over.
'Guardians of the Galaxy' tops MTV Movie Awards nominations
FILE - In this June 1, 2014 file photo, Laura Benanti attends the Drama Desk Awards, in New York. Benanti stars in "a love letter to New York City" at Radio City Music Hall, in the "New York Spring Spectacular" that starts on March 12, 2015. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — People recognize Laura Benanti on the street these days. They just don't know why.
Laura Benanti stars in 'a love letter to New York City'
Paula Hawkins, author of "The Girl on the Train", poses for a portrait in London, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. The tedium of the daily commute has turned out to be pretty productive for Paula Hawkins. Journeys spent staring out railway-carriage windows inspired the former journalist's first thriller, "The Girl on the Train," whose title character glimpses something disturbing from a commuter express. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON (AP) — The tedium of the daily commute has turned out to be pretty productive for Paula Hawkins.
'The Girl on the Train' is a runaway hit for Paula Hawkins
Emirati Minister of Cabinet Affairs Mohammed al-Gergawi, 3rd left, listens to architect Shaun Killa, center, who won the competition for the design. as he describes the concept of the "Museum of the Future" in front of the project's model at the UAE Prime Minister Office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Al-Gergawi told reporters Wednesday the museum in Dubai will showcase innovations in design and technology, in fields such as transportation, health and education. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The flashy Gulf city with a skyline that looks like something out of a science fiction movie is embracing its love of all things new with plans for a "Museum of the Future."
Dubai to curate next hot thing in 'Museum of the Future'
This photo provided by Flatiron Books/Macmillan shows the cover of the book, "A Kim Jong-Il Production," by author, Paul Fischer. (AP Photo/Flatiron Books/Macmillan)"A Kim Jong-Il Production" (Flatiron Books/Macmillan), by Paul Fischer
Review: 'A Kim Jong-Il Production' is a fascinating tale
FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2008, file photo, Conrad Hilton, left, Kathy Hilton, center, and Rick Hilton arrive at the launch party of new MTV series "Paris Hilton's My New BFF" in Los Angeles. Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles say Paris Hilton's brother Conrad has agreed to plead guilty to assaulting flight attendants on a trip from London last year. The U.S. attorney's office says Hilton signed the agreement Tuesday, March 3, 2015. He's set to appear in court Thursday but will officially plead guilty to the misdemeanor later. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paris Hilton's youngest brother, Conrad, agreed to plead guilty to assaulting flight attendants on a trip from London to Los Angeles last year during which authorities say he called other passengers "peasants" and threatened to kill crew members.
Hilton brother Conrad agrees to plead to assault on flight
FILE - In this June 10, 2014 file photo, Jordan Saleh tries Sony's Project Morpheus virtual reality headset at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, in Los Angeles. Sony unveiled a new prototype of its Project Morpheus virtual reality headset Tuesday, march 3, 2015, and announced plans to release it to consumers in early 2016. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sony plans on putting its virtual-reality headset on consumers' noggins next year.
Sony plans to launch virtual-reality headset in 2016
Britain's Prince William gestures to the students as he attends the Premier Skills football coaching event at Nanyang Secondary School in Shanghai, China Tuesday, March 3, 2015. William focused his China trip on promoting links between the countries in football and film Tuesday, watching students kick balls around with Premier League-trained coaches ahead of a movie premiere. (AP Photo) CHINA OUTBEIJING (AP) — Britain's Prince William highlighted his interest in wildlife conservation Wednesday by making the final stop on his China tour an area in the country's southwest that is home to wild Asian elephants.
Prince William to meet elephants on final day of China tour
FILE - In this May 24, 2011 file photo, actor Arian Moayed poses for a portrait in New York. Rajiv Joseph’s new play “Guards at the Taj” has found its guards - the Tony Award-nominated actors Omar Metwally and Moayed. The Atlantic Theater Company said Tuesday, March 3, 2015, that the stars of “Sixteen Wounded” and “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” will headline the play set in 1648 India.(AP Photo/Jeff Christensen, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Rajiv Joseph's new play "Guards at the Taj" has found its guards — the Tony Award-nominated actors Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed.
Play 'Guards at the Taj' gets its Moayed and Metwally
Indian activists take part in a vigil to mark the second anniversary of the fatal gang-rape of a student in New Delhi on December 16, 2014India has banned the broadcast of a controversial documentary in which one of the men who gang-raped and murdered a student is shown blaming the victim -- a move the film's maker called "arbitrary censorship". Home Minister Rajnath Singh told parliament on Wednesday the comments of Mukesh Singh, one of five men convicted over the 2012 attack in New Delhi, were "highly derogatory and an affront to the dignity of women". "The government condemns it," he said of the documentary made by award-winning British film-maker Leslee Udwin, who won rare access to New Delhi's Tihar jail to interview the prisoner on death row. Singh's comments in the Rajya Sabha, India's upper house, came after a New Delhi court late Tuesday issued an order banning media from showing the film, "India's Daughter".
India bans broadcast of BBC film showing gang-rapist
FILE - In this May 14, 2013 file photo, Leonard Nimoy arrives at the LA premiere of "Star Trek Into Darkness" at The Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. The death of actor Nimoy on Feb. 27, 2015, has inspired people to post photos on social media of marked-up five-dollar Canadian banknotes that show former prime minister Wilfrid Laurier transformed to resemble Spock, Nimoy's famous "Star Trek" character. For years, Canadians have been wielding pens to draw Spock's pointy Vulcan ears, sharp eyebrows and signature bowl haircut on the fiver's image of Laurier, Canada’s first french prime minister. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The death of actor Leonard Nimoy last week has inspired people to post photos on social media of marked-up five-dollar Canadian banknotes that show former prime minister Wilfrid Laurier transformed to resemble Spock, Nimoy's famous "Star Trek" character.
Canadians 'Spocking" the image of ex-PM on $5 bill
iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending March 2, 2015:
The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store
Health
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FILE- This is a Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 file photo of a volunteer pours beer during a tasting session at the Great British Beer Festival in London. The World Health Organization say we’re eating too much sugar and should slash our intake to just 5 to 10 percent of our overall calories. The guidelines were released Wednesday March 4, 2015, after a year of consultation. The recommendations are focused on added sugars in food and those in honey, syrups and fruit juices. The advicedoes not apply to naturally occurring sugar in fruits, vegetables and milk. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)LONDON (AP) — Put down the doughnut. And while you're at it, skip the breakfast cereal, fruit juice, beer and ketchup.
UN: World eating too much sugar; cut to 5-10 percent of diet
By Megan Rowling BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Deaths, economic losses and other negative impacts from disasters have caused losses equivalent to 42 million years annually since 1980, a measure that is comparable to the burden of tuberculosis worldwide, the United Nations said. More than 90 percent of the total "years" lost in disasters between 1980 and 2012 were in low and middle-income countries, representing a serious setback to their development, the U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) said. "If these figures show that disaster loss is as much a critical global challenge to economic development and social progress as is disease, they also show that it is a challenge unequally shared," the UNISDR said in a report on Wednesday. Bina Desai, UNISDR policy and research coordinator, referred to the number of years lost due to disaster-related deaths, injuries, economic damage and other losses as an "opportunity cost".
Disasters have same human impact as tuberculosis: U.N.
WHO has for more than a decade recommended keeping sugar consumption below 10 percent of a person's total daily energy intake -- a target it considers clearly supported by scientific evidence which countries should adopt as policyThe World Health Organization on Wednesday urged the recommended daily intake of hidden sugar be halved, as it steps up the fight against obesity. The UN health agency had previously issued guidelines that sugars should make up less than 10 percent of a person's total daily energy intake, but in a new twist urged countries to strive for half that amount. The UN agency pointed out that much of the so-called free sugars we consume today are "hidden" in processed foods that are not usually seen as sweet such as ketchup, which contains a full teaspoon of sugar in each tablespoon. WHO has for more than a decade recommended keeping sugar consumption below 10 percent of a person's total daily energy intake -- a target it considers clearly supported by scientific evidence which countries should adopt as policy.
WHO declares war on hidden sugars in fight against obesity
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court justices peppered opponents of President Barack Obama's health care law with skeptical questions during oral arguments Wednesday on the latest challenge to the sweeping legislation.
Justices pepper health care law opponents with questions
Supreme Court weighs new conservative attack on ObamacareBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday on a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, but no clear majority was immediately apparent in the case that takes aim at a pivotal part of the statute providing tax subsidies to help people afford insurance. Conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often provides the deciding vote in close cases, said he saw a "serious constitutional problem" with the arguments mounted against the law but said the challengers still may prevail.
U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in new challenge to Obamacare
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Justice Anthony Kennedy, a possible swing vote on a closely divided U.S. Supreme Court, told a lawyer challenging Obamacare subsidies on Wednesday that his argument raised a serious constitutional problem, but said the lawyer might win anyway on other grounds. Justice Anthony Kennedy questioned lawyer Michael Carvin part way into the scheduled one-hour oral argument about how a ruling might unlawfully pressure states in a case that tests President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement. (Reporting by David Ingram; Editing by Will Dunham)
U.S. high court's Kennedy criticizes challenge to Obamacare subsidies
By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - The idea of using vaccines to fight cancer has received a shot in the arm from a $1 billion deal between Bristol-Myers Squibb and Bavarian Nordic. The agreement gives the U.S. drugmaker an exclusive option to the Danish biotech firm's therapeutic prostate cancer vaccine Prostvac and signals that such shots may have a bright future when combined with so-called checkpoint inhibitor drugs. Shares in Bavarian Nordic surged 35 percent on Wednesday on news of the Bristol-Myers tie-up, under which it could receive up to $975 million, including an upfront payment of $60 million. Unlike traditional preventative vaccines, therapeutic ones are designed for people with established disease and the aim is to boost the patient's immune system to keep tumors at bay.
Bristol's $1 billion Bavarian deal may signal cancer vaccine revival
File photo of neon McDonald's Golden Arches are seen at the Times Square location in New YorkMcDonald's Corp's U.S. restaurants will gradually stop buying chicken raised with antibiotics vital to fighting human infections, the most aggressive step by a major food company to force chicken producers to change practices in the fight against dangerous 'superbugs.' The world's biggest restaurant chain announced on Wednesday that within two years McDonald's USA will only buy chickens raised without antibiotics that are important to human medicine. McDonald's policy will begin at the hatchery, where chicks are sometimes injected with antibiotics while still in the shell. She said the company is working with its domestic chicken suppliers, including Tyson Foods Inc, to make the transition. Veterinary use of antibiotics is legal.
McDonald's USA to phase out human antibiotics from chicken supply
(Reuters) - When the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the new challenge to President Barack Obama’s healthcare law on Wednesday, the justices will hear from two experienced attorneys with dueling views and contrasting styles. DONALD VERRILLI U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, 57, will defend the law for the Obama administration. When Verrilli argued on behalf of the law the first time, in 2012, news and political commentators lambasted him. “This was a train wreck for the Obama administration,” CNN legal commentator Jeffrey Toobin said at the time, contending Verrilli’s style was shaky and his responses ineffective.
Factbox: Contrasting legal styles in Supreme Court Obamacare drama
A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this photo illustrationBy Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the U.S. Supreme Court takes on a make-or-break Obamacare case this week, a growing number of U.S. patients and their doctors are already devising a Plan B in case they lose medical coverage. The Court's ruling, expected by late June, will determine whether millions of Americans will keep receiving federal subsidies to help them pay for private health insurance under President Barack Obama's healthcare law. The White House, which said it is confident the justices will rule in favor of the subsidies that are a key element of Obamacare, said it has no immediate fix if the decision goes the other way. Worried about newly-insured patients such as those who have just begun treatment for cancer or other serious illnesses, they are dusting off playbooks they retired when Obamacare slashed the number of uninsured people.
Doctors, patients scramble ahead of high court Obamacare decision
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday in a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law. Florida and other states begin suing on the day it is signed into law, challenging the constitutionality of the "individual mandate" that requires Americans to obtain health insurance. - May, 2, 2013: With the financial backing of the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a group of individuals and businesses sue the government in federal court in the District of Columbia, claiming the law's text allows tax-credit subsidies only for insurance purchased on exchanges established by states.
Timeline: Milestones in Obamacare U.S. Supreme Court challenge
E-cigarettes are displayed in a shop in downtown Rome(This February 27 story was corrected to say CFO, not CEO, in third paragraph of second section) By Sara Ledwith and Martinne Geller LONDON (Reuters) - Electronic cigarette firms in Italy say a new levy that doubles the price of e-liquid refills unfairly helps tobacco giants like Philip Morris International and will hurt their industry. The tax, which was adopted in January, is set at half the rate of that on traditional cigarettes. The controversy centers on the fact that the lower rate is applied to both electronic cigarettes and to tobacco products such as Marlboro HeatSticks, which Philip Morris is launching in Italy alongside a 500 million euro ($568 million) factory investment.
Italian e-cigarette firms say new tax benefits tobacco
An Egyptian firefighter tries to extinguish a fire in Cairo International Convention Centre (CICC) in Cairo's Nasr City districtAt least 16 people were injured on Wednesday when a large fire broke out at a convention center in a northeastern Cairo neighborhood, medical and security sources said. Health Ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said 16 people were wounded in the fire. Interior Ministry spokesman Hani Abdellatif told state television the initial investigation showed the fire may have started in a closed office and spread through central air-conditioning vents.
Sixteen injured in fire at Cairo convention center
A worker mixes red icing sugarAdults and children must cut the amount of sugar they consume by as much as half in North America and Western Europe and even more in other areas to lower risk of obesity and tooth decay, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. New guidelines meant people should reduce the amount to less than 10 percent of their daily energy intake -- or to about 50 grams or 12 teaspoons of sugar for adults, experts at the U.N. body told Reuters. The current average in North and Central America was 95 grams per adult per day, in South America about 130 grams, and in Western Europe about 101 grams, said Dr. Francesco Branca, Director of WHO's Department of Nutrition for Health and Development.
Slash sugar intake to fight obesity, tooth decay: WHO
Dr. Jim Roach -- America's Healer"There is no reason to be suffering from anything right now if you have access to this guy right here...I literally can't talk highly enough about how much I think you are really doing good stuff in the world." -- Jack Canfield, multiple New York Times number one best-selling author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, talking about Dr. Jim Roach,...
Dr. Jim Roach -- America's Healer
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By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A NASA science satellite on Friday will wrap up a 7-1/2-year journey to Ceres, an unexplored dwarf planet in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, scientists said on Monday. Ceres, namesake of the Roman goddess of agriculture, is already providing intrigue.
U.S. science probe nears unexplored dwarf planet Ceres
A little known but controversial program that flagged sensitive patent applications involving potentially touchy subjects such as AIDS vaccines and abortion devices has been scrapped by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The program, called the Sensitive Application Warning System, began in 1994 and was meant to notify the agency's leadership of applications that could generate extensive or unfavorable publicity. "Upon careful consideration, the USPTO has concluded that the SAWS program has only been marginally utilized and provides minimal benefit," the agency said in a notice posted to its website on Monday night. The agency's review of the program, conducted in January, came after attorneys Kate Gaudry and Thomas Franklin at law firm Kilpatrick Townsend &Stockton revealed details of the program in December from documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
U.S. ends program flagging 'sensitive' patent requests
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A U.S. military weather satellite appears to have exploded while in orbit last month after a sudden temperature spike in its power system, producing 43 pieces of new space debris, the Air Force said on Tuesday. The blast, which was first reported by the industry trade publication Space News, was the second Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) spacecraft to experience a catastrophic breakup in 11 years. Launched in 1995, the Air Force satellite was serving as an operational spare in the seven-member DMSP network. On Feb. 3, flight controllers observed a sudden temperature spike in the DMSP-F13 satellite's power system and quickly shut down its non-essential systems, but the spacecraft lost the ability to position itself, the Air Force said in a statement.
U.S. satellite likely exploded after temperature spike: Air Force
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Alzheimer's researchers at Harvard for the first time are scanning the brains of healthy patients for the presence of a hallmark protein called tau, which forms toxic tangles of nerve fibers associated with the fatal disease. The new scans are part of a large clinical trial called Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer's or A4, the first designed to identify and treat patients in the earliest stages of Alzheimer's, before memory loss begins. Patients accepted into the A4 trial already have deposits of beta amyloid, the other protein associated with Alzheimer's. The addition of the tau scan will allow scientists to get a much clearer picture of the events that lead to Alzheimer's. The disease affects 5 million Americans, and 16 million are projected to be afflicted by 2050. Dr. Reisa Sperling of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, who is leading the 1,000-patient trial, said tau is commonly found in small amounts in healthy people over age 70, but it is generally confined to an area of the brain called the medial temporal lobe.
Harvard prevention trial studies tau, Alzheimer's other protein
File photo of two gorillas in their enclosure at the zoo in Los AngelesBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Revealing new details about the origins of AIDS, scientists said on Monday half the lineages of the main type of human immunodeficiency virus, HIV-1, originated in gorillas in Cameroon before infecting people, probably via bushmeat hunting. HIV-1, which causes AIDS, is composed of four groups, each coming from a separate cross-species transmission of a simian version of the virus from apes to humans. ...
Study finds gorilla origins in half of human AIDS virus lineages
In a Zombie Outbreak, Head for the Rocky MountainsIn the event of a zombie outbreak, the best way to avoid getting infected is to stay away from populated areas, according to a new study. To figure out the best way to survive a zombie apocalypse, a team of researchers modeled what would happen if an epidemic of the undead were to hit the United States. "We did a full U.S.-scale simulation of 307 million individuals and thousands of outbreaks, to see who ended up infected and who did not," said Alex Alemi, a graduate student in theoretical physics at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
In a Zombie Outbreak, Head for the Rocky Mountains
In 2000, the group with the highest rate of heroin overdose deaths was black adults ages 45 to 64, with a rate of 2 deaths per 100,000 yearly. In contrast, in 2013, the group with the highest death rate was white adults ages 18 to 44, with a rate of 7 deaths per 100,000, according to the report. Heroin overdose deaths were more common among men than women. Doctors don't know for certain the reasons why heroin deaths are increasing, but it's thought that the increase in prescription pain medication use and abuse has been a contributing factor, said Dr. Scott Krakower, assistant unit chief of psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital in New York, who was not involved with the report.
Heroin Overdose Deaths Nearly Quadruple in 13 Years
Children get the flu more often than adults do, a new study finds. "There's a lot of debate in the field as to how often people get flu, as opposed to flu-like illness caused by something else," said Adam Kucharski, the study's lead researcher and a fellow at the London School of Hygiene &Tropical Disease in the United Kingdom. When people get sick with the flu, their immune systems produce antibodies that target proteins on the virus surface, and after a person recovers, "the infection will show up when a blood sample is subsequently tested," Kucharski said. In other words, the blood retains a memory of the flu strains that have infected a person in the past.
Kids Get Flu Every 2 Years, Adults Twice a Decade
NASA's Curiosity Rover on Mars Sidelined By 'Short Circuit' GlitchNASA's Mars rover Curiosity experienced an electrical problem last week, and the robot will stay put for a few days while mission engineers try to figure out exactly what happened. The car-size Curiosity rover suffered a "transient short circuit" on Feb. 27 while it was transferring sample powder from its robotic arm to instruments on its body, NASA officials said. Curiosity halted the activity in response, as it was programmed to do in such situations. "We are running tests on the vehicle in its present configuration before we move the arm or drive," Curiosity Project Manager Jim Erickson, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a statement Tuesday (March 3).
NASA's Curiosity Rover on Mars Sidelined By 'Short Circuit' Glitch
Norm Carlson, Who Gave 'Go' for NASA's Saturn V, Shuttle and Beans, Dies at 81When NASA astronauts next launch to space from Florida, the flight control team that oversees their liftoff may celebrate with a traditional crock of beans. The test director who oversaw the launch countdowns for Apollo 11, the first moon landing in 1969, and STS-1, the first space shuttle flight in 1981 — as well as many more missions, Carlson died Sunday (March 1) of complications from congestive heart failure. "Norm left us his recipe," Bob Cabana, director of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida and former space shuttle astronaut, said in a statement. But celebratory beans (and cornbread, another part of the tradition) were not the only element that Carlson added to the countdown.
Norm Carlson, Who Gave 'Go' for NASA's Saturn V, Shuttle and Beans, Dies at 81
This undated handout photo issued by the Natural History Museum, shows an artist's impression of how Sophie, the world's most complete Stegosaurus skeleton, may have looked. Scientists at a British museum have worked out the weight of Sophie, one of the world’s most complete Stegosaurus skeletons, it was reported on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. London’s Natural History Museum says Sophie, a young adult when it died, weighed around 1.6 tons and was about the same size as a small rhinoceros. The scientists worked out the dinosaur's body mass after creating a 3D digital version of its skeleton, calculating the volume of flesh around the bones, and comparing the data with information from similar-sized modern animals. (AP Photo/PA, Bob Nicholls/Natural History Museum)LONDON (AP) — Scientists at a British museum have worked out the living weight of Sophie, one of the world's most complete Stegosaurus skeletons.
UK scientists work out weight of Sophie the Stegosaurus
Image Captures Light's Spooky Dual Nature for 1st TimeThis strange behavior is a consequence of quantum mechanics, bizarre rules of physics that govern the behavior of subatomic particles. "This experiment demonstrates that, for the first time ever, we can film quantum mechanics — and its paradoxical nature — directly," study co-author Fabrizio Carbone, a researcher at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, said in a statement.
Image Captures Light's Spooky Dual Nature for 1st Time
Ceres Science: NASA Probe to Study Dwarf Planet's Bright Spots and MoreThere's something highly reflective on Ceres twinkling at NASA's Dawn spacecraft, and scientists hope to figure out what it is after the probe arrives at the dwarf planet later this week. The bright-spot mystery is just one question Dawn will tackle after it enters orbit around Ceres at about 7:20 a.m. EST (1220 GMT) on Friday (March 6). "Ceres has really surprised us, and the first images have produced some really puzzling features that have got the team, and I think some other people, really excited," Dawn Deputy Principal Investigator Carol Raymond, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said during a news conference Monday (March 2). The two bright spots are close to each other inside a 57-mile-wide (92 kilometers) crater that sits at about 19 degrees north latitude on Ceres, which is the largest object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
Ceres Science: NASA Probe to Study Dwarf Planet's Bright Spots and More
Global Warming Brought on California's Severe DroughtCalifornia's severe and ongoing drought is just a taste of the dry years to come, thanks to global warming, a new study finds. "California's warming trend is driving an increase in the risk of drought," said study co-author Daniel Swain, a doctoral student in climate science at Stanford University in California. "Warming in California has made it more probable that when a low precipitation year occurs, it occurs in warm conditions and is more likely to produce severe drought," said lead study author Noah Diffenbaugh, an associate professor in the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford.
Global Warming Brought on California's Severe Drought
Curt Michel, Scientist-Astronaut Who Left NASA After Losing the Moon, Dies at 80Curt Michel, an astrophysicist who was among NASA's first scientist-astronauts but who resigned when it became clear he would not fly to the moon, died on Feb. 23. Curt Michel's death was reported on Friday (Feb. 27) by Rice University in Houston, where served as a faculty member before and after his time with NASA. "Although he retired in 2000 after 37 years at Rice, Michel continued to keep an office on campus, where he pursued his studies of solar winds [and] radio pulsars," stated the university in a press release. Michel was an assistant professor for space science at Rice when he was selected with NASA's fourth group of astronauts in June 1965.
Curt Michel, Scientist-Astronaut Who Left NASA After Losing the Moon, Dies at 80
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In this Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 file courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, left, is depicted beside U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addresses a pool of potential jurors in a jury assembly room at the federal courthouse, in Boston. Two highly anticipated criminal trials are underway almost simultaneously in Massachusetts: the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)Follow Yahoo News' live coverage from inside the courtroom.
Live: Day 1 of the Boston Marathon bombing trial
Supreme Court weighs new conservative attack on ObamacareBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday on a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, but no clear majority was immediately apparent in the case that takes aim at a pivotal part of the statute providing tax subsidies to help people afford insurance. Conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often provides the deciding vote in close cases, said he saw a "serious constitutional problem" with the arguments mounted against the law but said the challengers still may prevail.
U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in new challenge to Obamacare
FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, file photo, the McDonald's Golden Arches logo at a McDonald's restaurant is covered with snow in Robinson Township, Pa. McDonald's on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 said it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine and milk from cows that are not treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human health and milk from cows that are not treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST.
McDonald's to use chicken without human antibiotics
Lawyer: Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, who shot Michael Brown, resigns due to threats to departmentSeven months after one of its white officers fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old, the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department’s own findings of what transpired remain under wraps. Excessive force and possible civil rights violations by the suburban St. Louis department have been the focus of a Justice Department investigation since Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown Jr. multiple times last August.
Ferguson police review of Brown shooting remains a secret
A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this photo illustrationBy Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the U.S. Supreme Court takes on a make-or-break Obamacare case this week, a growing number of U.S. patients and their doctors are already devising a Plan B in case they lose medical coverage. The Court's ruling, expected by late June, will determine whether millions of Americans will keep receiving federal subsidies to help them pay for private health insurance under President Barack Obama's healthcare law. The White House, which said it is confident the justices will rule in favor of the subsidies that are a key element of Obamacare, said it has no immediate fix if the decision goes the other way. Worried about newly-insured patients such as those who have just begun treatment for cancer or other serious illnesses, they are dusting off playbooks they retired when Obamacare slashed the number of uninsured people.
Doctors, patients scramble ahead of high court Obamacare decision
File photo of a couple displaying their marriage license reacting after receiving flowers as they leave Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham(Reuters) - The Alabama Supreme Court ordered probate judges on Tuesday to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in apparent defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court, underscoring the depth of opposition to gay matrimony in the socially conservative state. The 7-1 ruling comes roughly three weeks after U.S. District Judge Callie Granade's decision overturning Alabama's ban on gay marriage went into effect after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to put it on hold. "As it has done for approximately two centuries, Alabama law allows for 'marriage' between only one man and one woman," Tuesday's state supreme court ruling said.
Alabama high court orders halt to same-sex marriage licenses
In this Jan. 5, 2015, file courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, left, is depicted beside U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addresses a pool of potential jurors in a jury assembly room at the federal courthouse, in Boston. Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tsarnaev have asked a judge three times to move his trial out of Massachusetts because of the emotional impact of the deadly attack. Three times, the judge has refused. On Thursday, Feb. 19, Tsarnaev’s defense team will ask a federal appeals court to take the decision out of the hands of O’Toole Jr. and order him to move the trial. They insist that Tsarnaev cannot find a fair and impartial jury in Massachusetts because too many people believe he’s guilty and many have personal connectionsto the marathon or the bombings. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)The case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev begins today after nearly two months of jury selection.
Opening statements set for Boston bombing trial
This February 2000 photo provided by Ventura County Sheriff's Office shows Charley Saturmin Robinet after his arrest for robbery. Robinet was killed Sunday, March 1, 2015, after a confrontation with police. Authorities say he tried to grab a probationary officer's gun and three officers fatally shot him. The three officers who fired their weapons in a videotaped struggle that left a homeless man dead were veterans of the Skid Row beat who had special training to deal with mentally ill and other people in the downtrodden area, police leaders said. (AP Photo/Ventura County Sheriff’s Office)A homeless man shot by police was a convicted bank robber living under an assumed name.
Man killed by LAPD was wanted by U.S. marshals
U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Halt Same-sex Marriages in AlabamaThe court orders the state's judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.
Alabama Supreme Court halts gay-marriage licenses
A female protester raises her hands while blocking police cars in FergusonBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has concluded that the Ferguson, Missouri, police department routinely engages in racially biased practices, a law enforcement official familiar with the department's findings said on Tuesday. The investigation into the police department began in August after the shooting of unarmed African-American teen Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson sparked national protests. Analysis of more than 35,000 pages of police records found racist comments from officers as well as statistics that showed African-Americans make up 93 percent of arrests while accounting for only 67 percent of the population in Ferguson, the official said.
Justice Department finds racial bias in Ferguson police practices
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. In a speech that stirred political intrigue in two countries, Netanyahu told Congress that negotiations underway between Iran and the U.S. would "all but guarantee" that Tehran will get nuclear weapons, a step that the world must avoid at all costs. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Tthe optics of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech on Tuesday were just as important as the speech itself.
Netanyahu speech exposes bitter divisions
FILE - In this July 6, 2013, aerial file photo, the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 lies on the ground after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. South Korean officials said Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, they will ban Asiana Airlines from flying to San Francisco for 45 days as punishment for a deadly crash in July last year. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, file)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 70 passengers aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco two years ago have reached a settlement in their lawsuits against the airline, attorneys for the passengers and airline said in a court filing Tuesday.
72 passengers reach settlements in Asiana crash
GOP’s net neutrality point man says fight is not overThe Republican Party’s point man in Congress on net neutrality admitted Tuesday that the GOP has been slow to act on the issue but insisted that Congress must be the body setting the rules for how the Internet will be regulated.
GOP’s net neutrality point man says fight is not over
FILE - In this June 23, 2011, file photo, CIA Director nominee Gen. David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Intelligence Committee during a hearing on his nomination. The Justice Department said Tuesday, March 3, 2015, that the former top Army general has agreed to plead guilty to mishandling classified materials. A statement from the agency says a plea agreement has been filed in U.S. District Court in Charlotte, N.C., the hometown of Paula Broadwell, the general’s biographer and former mistress. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an affair with his biographer, has agreed to plead guilty to charges he gave her classified material — including information on war strategy and identities of covert operatives — while she was working on the book.
Ex-CIA chief admits sharing military secrets with mistress
The Villarica volcano erupts near Pucon, Chile, early Tuesday, March 3, 2015. The Villarica volcano erupted Tuesday around 3 a.m. local time (0600 GMT), according to the National Emergency Office, which issued a red alert and ordered evacuations. (AP Photo/ Lautaro Salinas) CHILE OUT - NO USAR EN PUBLICACIONES O WEBSITES EN CHILEFiery plumes of lava have forced thousands to flee.
Thousands evacuated as Chile volcano erupts
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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and a team of researchers used his submarine to reportedly find a Japanese battleship that sunk during World War II.
Microsoft Co-Founder's Submarine Finds Sunken WWII Ship
Dozens of miners were trapped and at least one has died after an explosion at a coal mine in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Wednesday, and a rescue operation is underway.
Dozens Trapped After Explosion at Ukraine Coal Mine
A Turkish Airlines jet landing in dense fog in the Nepalese capital Wednesday skidded off a slippery runway but there were no serious injuries, officials said.
Turkish Airlines Jet Skids Off Runway, Passengers Safe
Curious Israelis take note of their prime minister's trip to D.C.
'Bibi Thing' Draws Shrugs From Netanyahu Watchers at Home
Thousands of mourners lined up in Moscow on Tuesday to honor the slain Russian opposition leader, Boris Nemtsov.
Thousands Gather for Boris Nemtsov's Funeral
An expedition team of researchers has discovered the uncharted ruins of an unidentified culture's lost city in the heart of a Honduras rainforest.
See the 'Lost City' an Expedition Team Discovered
Lawyer: Jasem Emwazi questioned by Kuwaiti authorities, not a suspect.
???Jihadi John??? Father in 'State of Shock'
Tree seeds that will be stored safely in a "doomsday" vault have been deposited on a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean.
Inside the 'Doomsday' Vault Past the Arctic Circle
Activist group releases clip of voice that would come to haunt U.S. officials.
New Audio: 'Jihadi John' Describes Alleged MI-5 Encounter
Obama steps up the pressure on Israeli PM over Iran nuke deal.
White House Still Not Pleased With Netanyahu Speech
Romania begins transporting gas to Moldova, which seeks to be less dependent on Russia
Romania Begins Shipping Gas to Moldova
Lesotho opposition parties form coalition to gain majority in election with no clear winner
Coalition Forms in Lesotho After No Clear Election Winner
Kerry heading to Saudi to ease Gulf Arab concerns on Iran nuclear talks, discuss Yemen
Kerry Heads to Saudi Arabia to Consult on Iran Nuke Talks
Saudi newspaper: 6 citizens behind al-Qaida abduction of diplomat who was freed after 3 years
Report: 6 Saudis Behind Al-Qaida Abduction of Diplomat
EU's Juncker, Germany's Merkel push back against talk of possible 3rd Greek financial bailout
Merkel Seeks to Dampen Talk of 3rd Greek Bailout
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A jury of 10 women and eight men will hearing opening arguments today as the eyes of a city turn to the trial for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Begins
More than 1,400 security badges used by workers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport were reportedly lost or stolen.
1,400 Security Badges Lost, Stolen at Atlanta Airport
Country music superstar Shania Twain announced she will be launching a farewell world tour to put a cap on her decades-long career
Shania Twain Announces Farewell Tour
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces 30 counts related to deadly April 2013 bombing.
Live Blog: Boston Marathon Bombing Trial
Your look at the five biggest and most buzz-worthy stories of the morning.
5 Things to Know This Morning: Big Dog
Authorities in Ohio are crediting social media for their latest arrest.
Suspect Turns Himself In After Facebook Exchange With Sheriff's Office
The homeless man fatally shot by Los Angeles police officers in a Sunday confrontation was living in the United States under the assumed identity of a French national.
Man Shot by LAPD Stole French Man's Identity: Authorities
Authorities believe Katherine Russell went with husband to buy pressure cookers.
Boston Bombing Suspect???s Widow Under Investigation
Confusion in Alabama over state of marriage as judges struggle with latest gay-wedding ruling
Latest Gay Marriage Ruling Creates Confusion in Alabama
Nevada sheriff calls for change after youth camp's 4th riot in 4 months leads to brief escapes
Sheriff Calls for Changes After 4th Teen Riot in 4 Months
Mayor de Blasio: NYC public schools to close on 2 Muslim holidays
Mayor: NYC Public Schools to Close on 2 Muslim Holidays
Mark David Christenson was stopped for photos and allowed into parties.
Fake Celebrity Pretends to Be Oscar Winner
10 Things to Know for Today
All marriages halted in 1 of Alabama's largest cities after state high court bans gay weddings
All Marriages Halted in 1 of Alabama's Largest Cities After State High Court Bans Gay Weddings
Officer shot and killed in 'ambush' 20 miles outside Atlanta; suspected wounded, police say
Police: Officer Shot and Killed in 'Ambush' Outside Atlanta
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The justices will consider if Americans in 34 states are eligible for subsidies
What You Need to Know About Obamacare at Supreme Court
Hillary Clinton managed to sidestep the controversy about her personal email use as secretary of state during a Tuesday speech.
Clinton Steers Clear of One Controversy but Wades Into Another
Hillary Clinton isn???t the only official who uses a non-government email address.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz's Business Card Lists His Gmail Address
By MICHAEL FALCONE NOTABLES WHAT CONTROVERSY? On a day when Hillary Clinton was battered by stories surrounding her use of a private email account during her four-year tenure at the State Department, the former Secretary managed to completely avoid the controversy du jour. Speaking to...
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The White House declined to say whether it was appropriate for Hillary Clinton to use solely her personal email account while serving as secretary of state.
WH Won't Say if Clinton Broke Law by Using Personal Email
Decorated war veteran and former CIA director David Petraeus has entered to an agreement with federal prosecutors in which he would plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge.
Former CIA Head David Petraeus to Plead Guilty
It was revealed by that Hillary Clinton used a private email account to communicate while serving as secretary of state.
Everything We Know About Clinton's Private Email Account
The findings will be released as early as Wednesday.
Probe to Reveal Pattern of Discrimination at Ferguson PD
In June 2011, when Hillary Clinton was still secretary of state, the White House press secretary said that all the administration???s work is conducted on government email.
What WH Said in 2011 That May Not Look Good for Clinton
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brought his millennial game to America.
The Reasons Benjamin Netanyahu Is a Secret Millennial
President Obama dismissed the Israeli PM???s speech to Congress, saying he failed to offer alternatives on the Iran nuclear issue.
Watch: Netanyahu Warns US to Stop Iran's 'March of Conquest'
Obama administration employees should use their official e-mail when conducting government business, Earnest says.
Watch: White House Won't Say If Clinton Broke the Law by Using Personal Email Only
The former CIA director made an agreement to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge for mishandling classified information.
Watch: David Petraeus to Plead Guilty
Members of the administration "are definitely instructed that we need to conduct all of our work on our government accounts," then-Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters in 2011.
Watch: Jay Carney: 'All of Our Work Is Conducted on Work Email Accounts'
The Israeli prime minister says Iran and ISIS are competing "for the crown of militant Islam."
Watch: Netanyahu to US: 'The Enemy of Your Enemy Is Your Enemy'
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The ABC News Fixer shares tips during National Consumer Protection Week.
3 Signs Your 'Loan' Is Really a Scam
Couples with children who have a joint annual income of $52,000 or less may have a great way to save on their taxes.
How to Know if You Qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit
The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 are trading to new record highs.
Stocks Party Like It???s the Year 2000
Hotels, restaurants and wholesalers expand as consumer spending lifts US economy
US Services Firms Grow at Faster Pace in February
Grain lower on the CBOT, beef mixed, pork lower on the CME
Grain Lower, Livestock Mixed
McDonald's, the world's biggest fast food chain, said it's phasing out the use of chicken with antibiotics over the next two years in the U.S.
McDonald's Phasing Out Chicken With Antibiotics
AP survey: Cheap oil and lower interest rates are brightening outlook for global economy
AP Survey: Why the Outlook for Global Economy Has Brightened
US stocks sink in early trading as market heads for a second loss; Alcoa falls most in S&P 500
US Stock Indexes Sink as Market Heads for a Second Loss
McDonald's to use chicken without certain antibiotics, milk from cows not treated with hormone
McDonald's to Use Chicken Without Certain Antibiotics
US stocks open lower as market heads for a second loss; Alcoa falls most in S&P 500 index
US Stocks Open Lower as Market Heads for a Second Loss
Green wedding day for Mass. couple.
Scratch That! Ticket Is a $15 Million Jackpot for Engaged Couple
Survey: US businesses add 212,000 jobs in February, 13th month of healthy gains
Survey: US Businesses Add 212K Jobs in February
Toyota promotes US executives to corporate posts, consolidates power with North American CEO
Toyota Promotes US Execs, Gives Power to North American CEO
U.S. annual auto sales slow to 16.2 million pace, a 500K drop from prior month.
Watch: Car Sales Frozen in February
The insurance company's digital spots make clever use of the first five seconds.
Watch: Geico Is Hoping You Won't Skip Its Online Ad
SciTech
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:35
ABC News: Technology
Sony today unveiled the latest prototype of its Project Morpheus gaming headset and revealed that consumers could strap on the device as early as next year.
What Sony's Project Morpheus Can Do
Tinder is taking an extra large swipe at the wallets of users 30 and over who sign up for TinderPlus, a premium service that the dating app rolled out today.
Why Tinder Wants Users Over 30 to Pay More
Samsung CEO called the products a result of "relentless innovation."
Samsung Unveils Two New Galaxy Smartphones
No way to sugarcoat this: WHO says sugar should be no more than 5-10 percent of total calories
UN: World Eating Too Much Sugar; Cut to 5-10 Percent of Diet
Google Contacts are getting a makeover.
Google Contacts Gets a Makeover
UK scientists work out weight of Sophie, one of world's most complete Stegosaurus skeletons
UK Scientists Work out Weight of Sophie the Stegosaurus
Hillary Clinton ran own computer system for her official emails, tracing back to NY estate
Clinton Ran Own Computer System for Her Official Emails
China plays down US concerns over plan for sweeping powers to police electronic communications
China Plays Down US Concerns Over Anti-Terror Legislation
Venture capitalist in sex discrimination suit says firm not a boys club, has female partners
Venture Capitalist Doesn't Consider Firm to Be 'Run by Men'
Researchers say Apple, Android browsers were vulnerable to outdated encryption
Apple, Android Browsers Vulnerable to 'FREAK Attack'
Washington spill covers 50 birds in used motor oil; tank leaked into irrigation canals, river
Washington State Spill Covers 50 Birds in Used Motor Oil
China plays down US concerns over plan for sweeping powers to police electronic communications
China Plays Down US Concerns Over Anti-Terror Legislation
The Mobile World Congress begins today, but that didn't stop some of the biggest technology companies in the world from showing off their new devices over the weekend.
Your Mobile World Congress Cheat Sheet
Ikea is releasing a line of high-tech furniture that can wirelessly charge some smartphones.
Ikea Furniture Will Charge Your Smartphone Wirelessly
Hillary Clinton's team confirmed she used a private email account to conduct business during her tenure as secretary of state, forgoing a federal email account.
Hillary Clinton Email: How Secure Is a Private Account?
Health
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:35
ABC News: Health
Doctors declared Jahi McMath brain dead, but her family says she's alive.
Family of California Teen Declared Brain Dead Sues Hospital
New mom Whitney Cox's doctors may have put an expiration date on her life, but she's determined to beat expectations and inspire others with her new, and popular, blog.
Mom Turns Heartbreaking Terminal Cancer Diagnosis Into Uplifting Blog
Toddler who received liver from dad is now fighting a virus.
Twin Who Received Liver From Dad Now Fighting Virus
Girl with cancer gets a healthy dose of surprise.
Girl With Cancer Gets Epic Sweet 16 Surprise Party
Nurse Nina Pham survived Ebola but is suing the hospital where she caught it.
Most Surprising Allegations in Ebola Nurse Lawsuit
Gender identity has a biological basis.
Gender Identity is Biological, Study Says
More women are rejecting the traditional hospital approach to delivery in favor of a more ???personalized??? birthing experience.
Pregnant Women Turn to Alternative, 'Personalized' Birthing Options
A simple treadmill test can help predict how long you will live.
New Treadmill Test Predicts 'Survival of the Fittest'
Ronald Henry has been with his seeing eye dog Kehotay for eight years.
Man's Seeing Eye Dog Has Eye Troubles of His Own
Dallas nurse Nina Pham, 26, was the first person to catch Ebola on U.S. soil.
Life After Ebola: Nurse Has Nightmares, Aches, Hair Loss
How monekys at a primate research center became infected with a potentially deadly bacteria remains a mystery, according to officials.
Deadly Bacteria Mystery: Germs Escape From Monkey Lab
A man fell unconscious moments after jumping out of a plane
Skydiver Rescued in Mid-Air After Suffering Seizure
This year's flu vaccine may not be as effective as you think.
Flu Vaccine Less Effective Than Expected, Says CDC
Ebola survivor Nina Pham is filing a lawsuit against Texas Health Resources.
Nurse Who Survived Ebola Suing to Make 'Change for the Better'
Find out how long and how loud you should listen through your headphones.
Half of Adults, Adolescents Exposed to 'Unsafe' Headphone Volume
Entertainment
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:35
ABC News: Entertainment
Just weeks after filing for divorce, Hilary Duff is breaking silence on her decision to split from her husband of four years.
Hilary Duff Opens Up on Her Split From Husband From Mike Comrie
Higgs boson, aka the "God particle," was allegedly confirmed to exist by CERN in 2013, but this complex idea apparently was confirmed first by Homer Simpson.
Homer Simpson Figured Out Higgs Boson 14 Years Before Scientists
It was a good morning for the casts of "Guardians" and "The Fault In Our Stars"
MTV Movie Awards 2015: Complete List of Nominations
Ansel Elgort opens up to ABC News about the upsides and downsides of his sudden fame.
Ansel Elgort Reveals Downside to New-Found Fame
Cate Blanchett says being the villain in Disney???s ???Cinderella??? remake is ???fantastic."
How Cate Blanchett Felt About ???Cinderella??? Role
When the first images from the revamped ???Cinderella??? movie were released, they set off a firestorm of speculation.
???Cinderella' Star on Photoshopped Waist Rumors
Huh? Why are Dave Franco, Vince Vaughn and Tom Wilkinson posing in stock images -- you know the photos you see in stories that are general enough to fill any topic, usual
Why Vince Vaughn and Dave Franco Are Posing for Stock Images
Justin Timberlake, 34, usually keeps his private life private. But the singer decided to gush a little today for his wife Jessica Biel's 33rd birthday.
The Sweet Message Justin Timberlake Posted for Jessica Biel's Birthday
Social media erupted with news that Leto cut his long locks and beard.
Jared Leto Cuts His Hair -- and Fans React
Get the details of the couple's project.
Sarah Michelle Will Work With Husband Freddie Prinze Jr.
Chicago is "everything" to Oprah Winfrey. It's where the media mogul became a superstar and where she first planted her illustrious roots.
Oprah Winfrey to Shut Down Harpo Studios in Chicago
A history of the singer's whirlwind romance with Dick Ebersol's son.
Britney Spears Talks Marriage With Charlie Ebersol
Maroon 5 member PJ Morton speak out about young fan.
Adam Levine Greets 10-Year-Old Superfan With Down Syndrome
She claimed it was personal.
Katy Perry Reveals Why Snoop Dogg Wasn't in Her Halftime Show
Syfy's Sharkndo 3 is about to get political, with the casting of Mark Cuban and Ann Coulter, representatives of the movie revealed intentions to cast members of Congress.
???Sharknado 3??? Is About to Get Political
Travel
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:35
ABC News: Travel
Spring, and spring break, are fast-approaching, and we're focused on Vegas pool party season.
Hottest Las Vegas Pool Party Dates Announced for 2015
As Australia???s most populous city and the capital of New South Wales, this is a bustling metropolis indeed.
See This, Skip That: Sydney
The Penthouse Duplex Suite features an outdoor balcony and indoor-glass enclosed atrium.
Photos: Here's What $5,900 a Night Gets You at This Hotel
These incredible locations can't be missed.
Photos: Eight Trips You Have to Take Before You Die
There are no money-back guarantees. Or are there? A few were buried in airline website legalese, but they do exist.
5 Surprising, Little-Known Airline Guarantees
People with a penchant for penguins are perfect for this position.
Why People Are Clamoring to Work at Antarctica 'Penguin Post Office'
Site is first to sell flights to Cuba to American travelers.
Cuba Flights Now on Sale on CheapAir.com
Get a look at new ???Frozen??? topiaries and tips from Diney's horticulturist.
Rare 'Backstage' Look at Epcot Flower & Garden Festival
Photos of the Penthouse Suite located in the heart of downtown Buffalo.
Photos: Hotel Suite of the Week: The Penthouse Suite at Hyatt Regency Buffalo
From Jimmy Choos to Ferragamos, the glass slipper gets a makeover.
Photos: Nine Designers Give Cinderella's Slipper a High-Fashion Update
Hotel Suite of the Week: Le Sereno Villas in St. Barth
Photos: Hotel Suite of the Week: Le Sereno Villas in St. Barth
Romain Veillon documented surreal and beautiful scenes from European buildings that have been vacant for years.
Photos: Photographer Captures Beauty in Abandoned Buildings
You won't believe the size of these guest rooms.
Photos: Behold: The Smallest Hotel Rooms in New York
ABC's Genevieve Shaw Brown tries some unusual burgers at Disney World.
Watch: Culinary Delights At Walt Disney World
Rebecca Jarvis explains how airplane ticket prices relate to dropping gasoline prices.
Watch: Why Paying Less at the Pump May Not Mean Cheaper Airfares
Relationships
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:35
GMA
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:35
ABC News: GMA
It was a good morning for the casts of "Guardians" and "The Fault In Our Stars"
MTV Movie Awards 2015: Complete List of Nominations
Ansel Elgort opens up to ABC News about the upsides and downsides of his sudden fame.
Ansel Elgort Reveals Downside to New-Found Fame
Hollywood might want to keep tabs on this Cedar Hill, Texas, cop. His parody of Matthew McConaughey's Lincoln commercial is going viral and getting rave reviews.
Watch This Cop's Hilarious Spoof of McConaughey's Lincoln Ad
Mark David Christenson was stopped for photos and allowed into parties.
Fake Celebrity Pretends to Be Oscar Winner
Sony today unveiled the latest prototype of its Project Morpheus gaming headset and revealed that consumers could strap on the device as early as next year.
What Sony's Project Morpheus Can Do
A jury of 10 women and eight men will hearing opening arguments today as the eyes of a city turn to the trial for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect???s Defense Admits ???It Was Him???
Higgs boson, aka the "God particle," was allegedly confirmed to exist by CERN in 2013, but this complex idea apparently was confirmed first by Homer Simpson.
Homer Simpson Figured Out Higgs Boson 14 Years Before Scientists
Green wedding day for Mass. couple.
Scratch That! Ticket Is a $15 Million Jackpot for Engaged Couple
More than 1,400 security badges used by workers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport were reportedly lost or stolen.
1,400 Security Badges Lost, Stolen at Atlanta Airport
Country music superstar Shania Twain announced she will be launching a farewell world tour to put a cap on her decades-long career
Shania Twain Announces Farewell Tour
The stars of "American Crime" talk about working on a show that confronts race relations.
Watch: Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton on Gritty New Drama
The fashion designer, beloved by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson and even first lady Michelle Obama, sat down with Amy Robach at New York???s Surrey Hotel about her new "Self Rule" campaign.
Watch: Designer Rachel Roy Works to Empower Women
The country-pop superstar will kick off her farewell tour in June 2015.
Watch: Shania Twain Announces New World Tour
A man believed responsible for a series of shootings in Washington and Baltimore was arrested by the FBI.
Watch: Suspected NSA Serial Shooter in Custody
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces 30 counts related to deadly blast.
Watch: Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Begins
Nightline
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:35
ABC News: Nightline
A Maryland couple who was being investigated for allowing their two children to walk home alone from a neighborhood park have been "found responsible for child neglect."
'Free Range' Parents Found Responsible for Child Neglect
When the first images from the revamped ???Cinderella??? movie were released, they set off a firestorm of speculation.
???Cinderella' Star on Photoshopped Waist Rumors
This 28-year-old Detroit-born Army veteran is fighting ISIS on its turf.
Why This American 'Soldier of Christ' Is Fighting ISIS in Iraq
???Zombie" homes are dilapidated wrecks languishing in foreclosure limbo.
'Zombie' Homes Horrify Neighbors Trapped Next Door
More women are rejecting the traditional hospital approach to delivery in favor of a more ???personalized??? birthing experience.
Pregnant Women Turn to Alternative, 'Personalized' Birthing Options
ABC???s ???How to Get Away With Murder??? dropped a shocking bombshell in the two-hour season finale.
SPOILER ALERT: 'How to Get Away With Murder' Shocker
Six months ago, Matthew Noszka was working construction with his father in Pittsburgh and playing college basketball. Now he's a Wilhemina model.
How Instagram Helped This Model Get Discovered
A defense attorney for Eddie Ray Routh, who was convicted of capital murder in the ???American Sniper??? trial, said jurors who saw the movie didn't hurt case.
Eddie Routh Attorney Says 'American Sniper' Didn't Hurt Case
???My Little Pony??? has grown from a TV series to a cultural phenomenon with mass appeal.
Young Girls, 'Bronies' Share Mutual Love for 'My Little Pony'
How a Colorado driving school helped a New England woman get over her fear.
Conquering a Phobia of Icy Driving Conditions
The two infant girls underwent a highly complicated and risky surgery at Texas Children???s Hospital in Houston to be separated.
Inside Dramatic Surgery to Separate Conjoined Texas Twins
Some of the country???s most luxurious homes aren???t on sprawling acres of land, but 1,300 feet up in the air.
What NYC's Most Expensive Apartment Will Look Like
It was a manhunt that riveted the nation -- and ABC News has exclusive video.
Saving Hannah Anderson: How Kidnapped Girl Was Rescued
New York Fashion Week this year hosted a new crop of models who are revolutionizing the runway, embracing what some might call ???imperfections??? with pride.
Changing the Face of Modeling Through Imperfections
Weldon Angelos was just 24 years old when he was sentenced to 55 years in federal prison for three marijuana sales.
Former Federal Judge Regrets 55-Year Marijuana Sentence
Primetime
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:35
ABC News: Primetime
Jaycee Dugard says she doesn't want to live in the past.
Watch: Jaycee Dugard Tells Diane Sawyer About Moving On
On her first trip to New York City, Jaycee Dugard attended a star-studded awards ceremony, took in a Broadway play and was awed by the city's skyscrapers. But for her, the most memorable part of the trip was going for pizza. "Just walking down the street. With everybody. It was my favorite moment," Dugard told ABC News' Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview.
Dugard Revels in Being Free in NYC
Abducted by strangers and held captive for 18 years.
Watch: Jaycee Dugard: The Full Interview
Jaycee Dugard revels in saying her name, a name she wasn't allowed to utter or even write for 18 years while she was held captive by Phillip and Nancy Garrido. Dugard chose to tell her story in a new memoir and in an exclusive interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer because she wants to live free of Phillip Garrido's secrets.
Jaycee Dugard: 'Life After Something Tragic'
Handcuffed in the backyard, her attacker, Phillip Garrido, is her only contact.
Watch: Jaycee Dugard Dependent on Her Abductor
Phillip Garrido's wife is introduced bearing dolls and chocolate as gifts.
Watch: Introducing Jaycee Dugard to Nancy Garrido
While held captive she gives birth to two girls.
Watch: Jaycee Dugard Pregnant at Age 14
Over 18 years, officials fail to detect a crime right under their noses.
Watch: Parole Officers Visit the House 60 Times
Lisa Campbell and Ally Jacobs look into Phillip Garrido's past after public rant
Watch: Unlikely Heroes Start to Investigate Garrido
The system failed despite Garrido being a known sex offender and being monitored
Watch: How Did Phillip Garrido Pull Off This Crime?
Nancy Garrido videotapes a parole officer as he conducts a surprise search.
Watch: Officer's Failed Search Caught on Tape
Adjusting to life after being rescued from the torments of Phillip Garrido.
Watch: Jaycee Dugard Recovers With the Love of Family
Jaycee Dugard has powerful memories from the last 20 years, 18 of them spent as a prisoner of kidnappers Phillip and Nancy Garrido. Yet, some of the most overwhelming memories come from her first two years of freedom which she and her children have spent reunited with her mother.
Jaycee Dugard's Triumph Over Kidnapping, Captivity
Authorities visited the home of Phillip Garrido at least 60 times and still somehow missed the hidden compound housing Jaycee Dugard and her two daughters. There were even reports that neighbors and residents alerted authorities to sightings of Dugard and the fact that children were living in tents in the convicted sex offender's backyard. Experts say there are several things you can look for to help a missing or exploited child.
How to Report a Missing Child Sighting
Jaycee Dugard has formed the JAYC Foundation to help families of abduction. Dugard, kidnapped at 11 and held captive for 18 years, has spent her first two years of freedom healing with her family. She now wants to help other families do the same.
Jaycee Dugard's New Foundation Helping Families of Abduction
20/20
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:35
ABC News: 20/20
Act 6: Inmates Nicole Koester and Eraina Pretty spend just 60 minutes with their loved ones during prison visits.
Watch: Women Behind Bars and the Families They Left Behind
Act 1: ABC News' Diane Sawyer visited four maximum security prisons for women across the United States.
Watch: An Inside Look at the Nation of Women Behind Bars
Act 2: Inside prisons, women find ways to get the food they crave, makeup they miss and sometimes even sex.
Watch: The Duel Between Inmates and Officers Over Prison Contraband
Act 3: Some inmates diagnosed with mental illnesses reside in bare prison cells.
Watch: What Life Is Like For the Mentally Ill at Women's Prisons
Act 4: Convicted of murder, Emilia Carr, 30, is imprisoned at Lowell Correctional Institution in Ocala, Florida.
Watch: Meet the Youngest US Woman Sitting on Death Row
Act 5: Jessie Thomas' first stop was a fast food restaurant after being released from Tennessee Prison for Women.
Watch: Leaving Prison: How an Inmate Spent Her First Day Free
Part 1: Payton Leutner doesn't return home the morning after a birthday sleepover with her friends.
Watch: Slender Man: Twelve-Year-Old Found Close to Death With 19 Stab Wounds
Part 2: Doctors operate on the 12-year-old, as police search for her two missing friends.
Watch: Slender Man: Police Hunt for Young Girls Accused of Stabbing Their Friend
Part 3: Anissa Weier tells police that it was Morgan Geyser's idea to kill Payton Leutner.
Watch: Girls Attacked Friend to Be Worthy of 'Slender Man'
Part 4: Children at a New York middle school say they knew about 'Slender Man' before their parents did.
Watch: How Some Kids Are Able to Learn About 'Slender Man'
Part 5: Payton Leutner's father Joe Leutner says his daughter is "meant to do something special."
Watch: Meet the 12-Year-Old Who Survived 'Slender Man' Attack
More than 5,000 women are serving life sentences in U.S. prisons, and other facts about incarcerated women in America.
Watch: Women Behind Bars: By The Numbers
Emilia Carr is the youngest woman in the United States on death row.
Youngest US Woman on Death Row Describes Life Behind Bars
Sawyer previews her new special that looks at the world of women in prison.
Watch: Diane Sawyer Takes You Inside 'a Nation of Women Behind Bars'
"Hot convict" Jeremy Meeks is working with an agent to get into modeling and acting after his release.
'Hot Convict' Plans His Modeling Future From Prison
WNT
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:35
ABC News: World News Tonight
Award-winning skier Audrey Crowley proves you can do anything you put your mind to.
Watch: Eight-Year-Old Skier Born With 1 Hand Inspires Kids Across the Nation
A massive winter storm bringing snow, ice, rain and frigid wind is slowly making its way across the US.
Massive Winter Storm Bringing Snow, Ice and Wind Hits 30 States
Authorities believe Katherine Russell went with husband to buy pressure cookers.
Boston Bombing Suspect???s Widow Under Investigation
The findings will be released as early as Wednesday.
Probe to Reveal Pattern of Discrimination at Ferguson PD
Decorated war veteran and former CIA director David Petraeus has entered to an agreement with federal prosecutors in which he would plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge.
Former CIA Head David Petraeus to Plead Guilty
World Series MVP and former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling took matters into his own hands when Twitter users started to cyber bully his teenage daughter.
Pitcher Curt Schilling Knocks Down Internet Trolls Bullying His Daughter
Israeli Prime Minister is addressing a jam-packed joint meeting of Congress today.
Netanyahu Says Iran Engaged in Deadly 'Game of Thrones'
Hillary Clinton used a personal email account exclusively while serving as secretary of state, and may have violated federal requirements, the New York Times reported.
Clinton Used Personal Email as Secretary of State: Report
ABC News' David Muir reports the stories people have been buzzing about all week.
Watch: Instant Index: Are Kids More Likely to Take After Mom or Dad?
Hillary Clinton Used Personal E-Mail as Secretary of State; Former CIA Head David Petraeus Pleads Guilty to Mishandling Secrets
Full Episode: WN 03/03/15: Ferguson Police Probe: Authorities Point to Alleged Racist E-Mails
Read your insurance policy -- you might be surprised by what's covered.
Tips to Fix Winter Storm Damage to Your Home
When Oscar Lomeli asked his friends for a recommendation on a tax preparer, he didn???t think he???d end up getting stuck paying back his bogus refund. Need more help with your tax returns? See more information below. ???They [friends] told me she was good,??? said...
3 Red Flags to Remember When Picking Tax Preparer
Best supporting role goes to the American Worker for their attention to detail and quality workmanship.
Watch: Oscar Statues Made in America
Record audience expected to watch the biggest college football game ever with every snap, throw and kick involving something made in the USA.
Watch: Wilson Football Equipment Handmade in America
Behind the scenes with a new documentary of a city planning a surprise for a deserving 5-year-old boy.
Watch: A New Look at Batkid???s Superpowers

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