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WORLD NEWS

Opposing Protests Pull Eastern Ukraine In Two Directions
NPR

In eastern Ukraine, demonstrators supporting a unified Ukraine are rallying just blocks from where pro-Russian militants are occupying a government building.

Accord reached on Ukraine
The Hindu

Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine have agreed on a plan to resolve the crisis in Ukraine through a constitutional reform that would grant more powers to Russian-speaking regions.

Vladimir Putin denies Russian forces at work in eastern Ukraine in live Q&A
Guardian

A live TV broadcast with Vladimir Putin, watched by people on the seafront in Sevastopol.

Russia's TV tsar Vladimir Putin on confident form in marathon Q&A
Guardian

People walk past TV sets in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, during President Vladimir Putin's live broadcast in Russia.

Ukraine: diplomats meet in Geneva in bid to ease crisis - live coverage
Guardian

The focus of the Ukraine crisis today moves to Geneva where diplomats from Ukraine, the US, the European Union and Russia meet for the first time over the gravest crisis between the west and Russia since the cold war.

Deal stuck to ease Ukraine crisis
New Zealand Herald

Russia, Ukraine, the US and EU reached a surprise deal on de-escalating the worsening Ukrainian crisis, in a ray of hope for the former Soviet republic that has plunged into chaos.

Ukraine crisis: Geneva talks produce agreement on defusing conflict
Guardian

The US, Russia , Ukraine and the European Union have reached agreement on a series of immediate steps aimed at pulling eastern Ukraine back from the brink of war.

What we know about the South Korea ferry disaster
ABC News

South Korea ferry disaster: What we know about Sewol's sinking Updated April 17, 2014 15:24:08 Authorities in South Korea are searching for what caused a ferry to sink off the south-west coast of Korea with more than 460 passengers and crew onboard.

Vladimir Putin in TV denial that Russian special forces are in eastern Ukraine
Telegraph

"People started to arm themselves [in eastern Ukraine].

3 militants killed after attack on Ukraine port base
The Hindu

The anti-terrorist operation in eastern Ukraine is turning deadly, with three people killed and more than a dozen wounded in a puzzling and senseless attack on a military base denounced by protesters as a "provocation".

Russia and West reach surprise deal on Ukraine crisis
Telegraph

There was little detail however on how the parties could meet the challenge of persuading the pro-Russian protest movement to withdraw from public buildings as well as convince the anti-Russian militia groups in western Ukraine to accept Russia demands for all armed groups to disband.

Ukraine crisis: April 15 as-it-happened
Telegraph

00.00 AFP is reporting that Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Ukraine was now on the verge of civil war after the Kiev government sent in the army against separatists in the east of the country.

Ukraine: low expectations that Geneva talks will calm the crisis
Guardian

Ukraine is hoping to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbour even as the US prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as fomenting unrest.

Ukraine, U.S. To Alternately Cajole, Threaten Russia
NPR

Ukraine is hoping to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbor even as the U.S. prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as fomenting unrest.

George Alagiah treated for cancer
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 14:13 George Alagiah diagnosed with bowel cancer George Alagiah currently presents the BBC News at Six and Ten and BBC World News BBC News presenter George Alagiah has been diagnosed with bowel cancer.

The specter of civil war hangs over Ukraine
Deutsche Welle

This week the Ukrainian leadership began operations against pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine with several hundred soldiers, tanks and military helicopters.

Fears Rise For Missing In South Korea Ferry Sinking
NPR

Hide caption Family members of missing passengers wait for a rescue team in Jindo, South Korea, after a ferry capsized Wednesday.

No Sign Yet Of Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Disaster
NPR

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Nobel Prize-winning Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies, age 87
Euronews

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Ukraine crisis: Four-way talks underway in Geneva
Euronews

Talks over the crisis in Ukraine are underway in Geneva between the EU, US, Russia and Ukraine.

Deadly clashes at Ukraine port base
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 09:34 Deadly clashes at Ukraine port base as leaders meet Please turn on JavaScript.

Why Israel Is Staying On The Sidelines In Ukraine Crisis
NPR

Israel has been largely silent about Russia's muscling in on Ukraine.

US offers Ukraine non-lethal military aid but urges Kiev to act responsibly
Guardian

The US secretary of state, John Kerry, (left) meets the Ukrainian foreign minister, Andriy Deshchytsya, in Geneva.

Edward Snowden asks Putin about mass surveillance
Telegraph

Putin said he doesn't allow "this kind of mass surveillance" to take place in Russia, adding that his country doesn't have the technical or financial capabilities that the United States has.

Russia and Ukraine hold talks
Telegraph

Russia and Ukraine have entered talks in Geneva today, also with EU and US officials, after Moscow was warned by the US to make concessions in the current crisis or face new sanctions.

Ukraine: US, Russia and EU strike deal after crisis talks
Euronews

A deal has been struck in the Ukraine crisis talks in Geneva.

Diplomats broker deal to ease Ukraine tensions
CBC News

Diplomats from Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine have agreed on a series of steps aimed at de-escalating violence in strife-ridden Ukraine, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says.

US decries anti-Semitic leaflets in Ukraine
New Zealand Herald

WASHINGTON (AP) The United States on Thursday condemned as "grotesque" the distribution of leaflets demanding that Jews in eastern Ukraine register with a self-proclaimed local authority or face consequences.

Eastern Ukraine is Russia's 'insurance policy'
Telegraph

As talks between Russia , Ukraine , the EU and the US begin in Geneva today, sovereign credit risk consultant Nicholas Spiro has discussed his economic expectations emerging from the Ukraine crisis.

Putin Tells Snowden That Russia Doesn't Do Mass Surveillance
NPR

Saying that because they're both former spies they can speak the same language, Russian President Vladimir Putin told "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden on Thursday that his nation does not have a "mass system" that collects data about Russian citizens' phone calls and other electronic communications.

Eyewitness: South Korea ferry disaster
Guardian

Eyewitness: South Korea ferry disaster Photographs from the Guardian Eyewitness series theguardian.com , Thursday 17 April 2014 13.45 BST Rescue boats from the South Korean coastguard scour the sea around the passenger ferry Sewol after it ran aground, capsized and sank with 477 people on board.

Geneva Talks Aim To Ease Tensions In Ukraine Crisis
NPR

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Geneva to meet with his diplomatic counterparts from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union.

South Korea ferry disaster: captain and crew accused of abandoning passengers
Guardian

Lee Joon-Seok (centre), captain of the South Korean ferry that sank at sea off Jindo, is questioned by reporters.

Out Of A Tough Day Of Diplomacy, A Surprising Deal On Ukraine
NPR

Diplomats from the United States and Europe gathered in Geneva Thursday to discuss how to resolve the crisis in Ukraine.

Ukraine Crisis: Russia Endorses Call For Protesters To Disarm
NPR

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Sunken ferry: Hopes fade for survivors as hoax texts emerge
New Zealand Herald

South Korean rescue team members search for passengers aboard a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul.

Putin insists Russia wants to repair US relations but ill will for Obama is clear
Guardian

Vladimir Putin may have wanted his televised interview with citizens on Thursday to portray a conciliatory side.

South Korea ferry disaster: captain 'abandoned sinking ship'
Telegraph

One 61-year-old woman escaped after ignoring the advice to remain in her cabin, which she said was still being relayed as the boat filled with water.

Ukraine: how risky is investing in emerging markets?
Telegraph

Russia , Ukraine , the EU and US will meet in Geneva today in an attempt to settle growing tensions within the Ukraine crisis.

3 pro-Russian militants dead after Ukraine base attack
CBC News

Three pro-Russian militants died and 13 were wounded when Ukrainian troops repelled an attack on a National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol, Ukraine's interior ministry said Thursday.

Ukraine: 3 Killed After Black Sea Base Attack
NPR

Three pro-Russian militants died and 13 were wounded when Ukrainian troops repelled an attack on a National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol, Ukraine's interior ministry said Thursday.

Cancer hopes and ferry disaster - papers
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 06:30 Cancer 'breakthrough', ferry disaster and economic 'turning point' By Andy McFarlane BBC News Continue reading the main story Two pharmaceutical firms will conduct clinical trials aimed at developing "personalised medicines" for cancer sufferers, reports the Daily Express.

Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87
New Zealand Herald

MEXICO CITY (AP) A person close to the family has confirmed reports that that Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died.

Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 22:30 Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies Garcia Marquez was considered one of the greatest Spanish-language authors Nobel prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died in Mexico aged 87, his family says.

Nobel Prize-winning writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies
Euronews

Nobel Prize-winning Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died in Mexico City.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies aged 87
Telegraph

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, has died aged 87.

World reacts to death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
New Zealand Herald

Reaction to death of writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez: ___ "A thousand years of loneliness and sadness for the death of the greatest Colombian of all time!

Harrowing text messages as ferry sank
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 11:53 South Korea ferry: Messages from a sinking ship As the ferry sank, some of the students reached out to their parents via text messages As a South Korean ferry came to a shuddering halt and rapidly began to sink, some of those on board sent harrowing text messages to their loved ones.

Putin tells Edward Snowden: Russia doesn't carry out mass surveillance
Guardian

Edward Snowden appears via video for Putin press conference.

Putin to Snowden: "We do not allow" mass surveillance
Reuters

video transcript Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country does not carry out mass indiscriminate surveillance.

Ukrainian oligarch offers bounty for capture of Russian 'saboteurs'
Guardian

Mariupol city council building has been taken over by pro-Russian militants.

Poor conditions hamper search for missing South Korea ferry passengers
Euronews

Rescuers have been hammering on the upturned hull of a capsized South Korean ferry, looking for a response from nearly 300 mostly high school students still missing.

Kerry: Russia agrees to de-escalate violence in Ukraine
Telegraph

Mr Kerry said all of this "represents a good day's work", which has produced "words on paper", but they will have little meaning if they are not followed by actions on all sides to calm the situation in the former Soviet republic.

After Pistorius, South African media will never be the same
New Zealand Herald

Oscar Pistorius yawns as he listens to forensic evidence being given in court in Pretoria.

Fatal clashes at Ukrainian military base
Guardian

A minibus burns at the gates to the military base in Mariupol.

Mariupol's officials stay loyal to Kiev while pro-Russia rioters spray bullets
Guardian

Ukrainian national guard through the windshield of a military vehicle with bullet holes after their compound was stormed.

South Korean ferry disaster in pictures: Many still missing after ferry tragedy
Telegraph

Rescuers worked frantically to find hundreds of people - mostly schoolchildren - missing after a South Korean ferry capsized.

Ukraine troops kill three, wound 13 pro-Russian separatists
ABC News

Ukraine troops kill three pro-Russian separatists in attack on Mariupol military base Updated April 17, 2014 20:15:32 Ukrainian troops have repelled an overnight attack on their base in the south-east city of Mariupol, killing three of the assailants and wounding 13, interior minister Arsen Avakov said.

How the world views sex
Telegraph

The Pew Research Centre, a Washington-based thinktank known for its worldwide polls, asked people in 40 countries about behaviour they considered morally unacceptable, morally acceptable, or not a moral issue.

Search Continues For Nearly 300 Missing In South Korea Ferry Accident
NPR

The search continues for survivors and answers in the South Korean ferry disaster.

Hundreds Still Missing After South Korean Ferry Capsizes
NPR

Strong currents and rain are hampering rescuers in the search for more than 200 passengers missing after a ferry flipped onto its side and filled with water off the southern coast of South Korea.

On Russian Call-in Show, Putin Maintains Hard Line Against West
NPR

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he hopes he won't have to move troops into Ukraine to protect the local Russian-speaking population, but he reserves the right to do so.

Ukrainian Parliament discusses violence in eastern regions
Euronews

The parliament in Kyiv has been discussing the violent clashes that have taken place in the east of the country overnight.

Labour hires Obama poll guru Axelrod
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 22:30 Labour hires Obama campaign chief David Axelrod Mr Axelrod said he had been struck by the power of the Labour leader's ideas The Labour Party has appointed David Axelrod as a strategic adviser on Ed Miliband's 2015 election campaign.

South Korea ferry meeting with families turns ugly as captain criticized for leaving boat with passengers on board
National Post

South Korean President Park Geun Hye was met with angry shouts, shrieks and wailing from the relatives of hundreds of missing students when she visited a site near where a ferry sank on Wednesday.

AUDIO: The world's first homoerotic stamps
BBC News

Finland is to produce the "world's first" homoerotic stamps, celebrating one of the country's most famous artists - Tom of Finland.

Evacuation came too late for many on sinking South Korean ferry
The Hindu

Nine people, including five students and two teachers, were confirmed dead, but the toll was expected to jump amid fears that the missing 287 passengers many high school students were dead.

Sharm el-Sheikh hotels empty as tourists fear violence
Telegraph

The sharp drop in visitor numbers is plainly apparent on the streets of Sharm, despite it being the only area in Egypt to which the Foreign Office still encourages visitors.

Key things to know as Algeria votes for president
New Zealand Herald

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) Algerians went to the polls Thursday to elect the president of their oil-rich country, a key U.S. ally in the fight against terror and a major natural gas provider to Europe.

Mike Baird elected unopposed as NSW premier
Guardian

Mike Baird will next week be sworn in as the 44th premier of New South Wales after he was elected unopposed in a meeting of the parliamentary Liberal party on Thursday afternoon.

Who is Mike Baird? Meet NSW's new fiscally conservative Christian premier
Guardian

He was the 17-year-old boy who prayed for his sobbing best friend to commit his faith to God.

Heart attacks, strokes down in US: study
SBS News

In the midst of the US diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.

UN Security Council meets on rights in North Korea
New Zealand Herald

UNITED NATIONS (AP) The head of the commission of inquiry that accused North Korea of crimes against humanity told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it must take action against "a totalitarian state without parallel in the contemporary world.

'I'll play it out until the song is over'
BBC News

Bernard Hopkins: Boxing's oldest world champ still rumbling at 49 By Ben Dirs BBC Sport Halfway through an hour-long conversation with Bernard Hopkins and boxing's great philosopher is preaching his own branch of metaphysics: life, the universe and everything.

Fears rise for missing in South Korea ferry sinking
The Hindu

Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered an increasingly anxious search on Thursday for 287 passengers still missing a day after their ferry flipped onto its side and sank in cold waters off the southern coast of South Korea.

South Korean ferry: poor conditions hamper search for sinking survivors
Guardian

Strong currents and bad visibility have hampered rescuers in the search for 287 passengers missing more than 24 hours after their ferry capsized off the southern coast of South Korea, as furious families waited for news.

South Korea ferry disaster: parents' anguish as rescue operation halted
Telegraph

"There are 160 divers from the special forces but the current is so strong that they are being swept away when they enter the water," said Kim Dohyun, a 52-year-old veteran of the Korean Special Forces who was acting as a liaison with the parents.

South Korea ferry captain being investigated to see if he was really one of the first off ship
National Post

The captain of the South Korean ferry that sank leaving 250 teenage children underwater was facing uncomfortable questions Thursday about why he had been among the first to evacuate the sinking ship, leaving his post while high school students were drowning below.

Hail wreaks Easter travel havoc in Mexico City
New Zealand Herald

MEXICO CITY (AP) A freak spring hailstorm has caused havoc for thousands of people trying to leaving Mexico City for Easter weekend.

Obama says he hopes Russia lives up to Ukraine agreement, past practice makes it unlikely
New Zealand Herald

WASHINGTON (AP) Obama says he hopes Russia lives up to Ukraine agreement, past practice makes it unlikely.

South Korean ferry disaster: potential air pockets offer hope for survivors
Telegraph

The vessel, Sewol, carrying 475 passengers and crew, capsized on Wednesday during a journey from the port of Incheon to the holiday island of Jeju, South Korea.

Cyclone Ita washes out NZ roads
SBS News

Thousands are without power and roads are closed in many parts of New Zealand as the remnants of tropical Cyclone Ita washes out the start of the Easter holiday weekend.

ABC International's Chinese deal: a visionary exercise in soft diplomacy
Guardian

Earlier this month an audience member from ABC's panel discussion program Q&A posed the question : how many years will it take before China can have its own Q&A-style program?

Grandma Hillary: Chelsea Clinton announces she is pregnant
Telegraph

"I just hope that I will be as good a mom to my child, and hopefully children, as my mom was to me," Ms Clinton said.

A new Clinton generation: Chelsea confirms pregnancy
New Zealand Herald

Mom and dad will be so proud.

Chelsea Clinton announces: I'm pregnant
Guardian

Chelsea Clinton announced on Thursday that she and her husband are expecting their first child later this year.

Chelsea Clinton announces pregnancy
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 23:20 Former US first daughter Chelsea Clinton pregnant Chelsea Clinton currently serves as vice chair of the charitable Clinton Foundation Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former US President Bill Clinton and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

Brazil Has A Lot Riding On Its World Cup Team's Outcome
NPR

Brazil is the spiritual home of soccer and a world powerhouse in the sport.

Syrian rebels warn of potential Homs massacre as regime troops advance
Guardian

Children play on a street of damaged buildings in the besieged city of Homs.

Amateur footage: passengers told to stay put as South Korean ferry sinks
Telegraph

In the footage, an announcement can be heard telling the passengers to stay where they are as the ferry sinks into the ocean.

Mohammad Hassan Khalid given five years in jail for his part in jihadist plot
Guardian

Mohammad Hassan Khalid, the youngest person ever to be prosecuted for terrorism offences in the US, has been sentenced to five years in prison for engaging in an online jihadist plot to kill a Swedish artist when he was 15.

Wrongfully convicted man gets help from donations after 25 years in jail
Guardian

A recently exonerated man who spent nearly 25 years behind bars for a killing that happened while he was at Disney World is getting help from dozens of well-wishers who have contributed to an online fund for him.

Old timey car to replace NYC horse carriages shown
New Zealand Herald

NEW YORK (AP) An electric car that proponents hope will replace horse-drawn carriages in New York City has been revealed.

South Korea ferry: mobile shows students in cabins as ship sank
Telegraph

Rescuers said they feared hundreds had been unable to escape the vessel because of the speed with which it turned over.

Chelsea Clinton announces she's pregnant with first child
New Zealand Herald

NEW YORK (AP) Chelsea Clinton announces she's pregnant with first child.

The UK should press for UN monitoring of human rights in Western Sahara
Guardian

The United Nations secretary general's 2014 report on Western Sahara calls for "sustained, independent and impartial monitoring of human rights " in the region.

Thugs with machetes attack Nigerian party congress
New Zealand Herald

KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) Nigerian officials say machete-wielding thugs have attacked delegates at a meeting of Nigeria's main opposition coalition, wounding scores in the northern city of Kaduna.

Mata backs Moyes to revive Man Utd
BBC News

Juan Mata: Midfielder backs David Moyes to revive Man Utd Manchester United's record signing Juan Mata is confident the team will become a force under manager David Moyes.

British runner wins North Korea half-marathon
Telegraph

Yet applying was far from a simple process.

Obama: Healthcare law 'is working'
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 23:54 Obama challenges Republicans on healthcare repeal Please turn on JavaScript.

Obama: 8 million signed up for health care
New Zealand Herald

WASHINGTON (AP) Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges, President Barack Obama said Thursday, besting expectations and offering new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the November elections.

Google shares fall on ad concerns
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 08:01 Google shares drop on worries over advertising income Analysts are worried about Google's ability to charge high prices for ads on mobile devices Shares in Google have dropped 5% despite the technology giant reporting a first-quarter profit rise of 3%.

German media boss criticises Google
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 14:20 Google under fire from European media tycoon Google's dominance of search on the internet came under fire The boss of one of Europe's largest media companies has strongly criticised Google in an open letter printed in a German newspaper.

US Vice President Joe Biden shares selfie with Obama
Telegraph

Mr Biden, who is using the Instagram handle @VP, captioned the image, "Found a friend to join my first selfie on Instagram.

Abu Hamza used 'cover of religion' to recruit terrorists, court hears
Guardian

Radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza used the cover of religion to recruit and indoctrinate men, and to export violence and terror around the world, a New York jury heard on Thursday.

EU green light for UK carbon project
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 17:12 EU green light for UK carbon capture and storage project By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News The new White Rose carbon capture plant will be built close to the existing Drax facility A UK project to capture CO2 and bury it under the North Sea looks set to receive a 300m-euro boost from the EU.

Why is Captain Underpants the most complained about book?
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 08:26 Why is Captain Underpants the most complained about book?

Putin denies Russian special forces are in eastern Ukraine
CBC News

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula before its annexation by Moscow were Russian soldiers.

'Rubbish': Putin slams claims that Russia is behind Ukraine revolt
Euronews

Vladimir Putin has tersely dismissed claims that Russian forces are present in eastern Ukraine.

Putin hits out at claims Russia is behind unrest in eastern Ukraine
Euronews

Vladimir Putin has tersely dismissed claims that Moscow is behind the rebellion in eastern Ukraine.

Ferry sinking sparks anger, agony for South Korean parents
ABC News

Ferry sinking sparks anger, agony for South Korean parents Updated April 17, 2014 17:17:56 The silence as a South Korean student's name was announced was broken by a piercing scream of anguished recognition as her shattered parents clung to each other in the cold, harbour gymnasium.

Navy divers unable to get into South Korean ferry
ABC News

South Korea ferry disaster: Navy divers unable to gain access to capsized ship, Sewol Updated April 18, 2014 08:15:27 Search and rescue teams have been unable to gain access to a ferry sunk off South Korea's coast, as the captain says he is "deeply ashamed" of his actions.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel-winning author, dead at 87
CBC News

Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel Prize-winning magic realist behind the beloved novels One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera , has died at the age of 87, according to sources close to the family.

AP NewsAlert
New Zealand Herald

MEXICO CITY (AP) Source close to family says Nobel laureate novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died.

Nobel Prize-Winning Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies At 87
NPR

hide caption Nobel literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez greets fans and reporters outside his home in Mexico City on March 6, his birthday.

Putin talks tough on Ukraine but says he hopes for peace
Reuters

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Fate of Nigeria kidnap girls unclear
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 07:56 Nigeria abductions: Parents say girls still missing Please turn on JavaScript.

Parents seek Nigeria kidnap girls
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 16:59 Nigeria abductions: Parents scour woods for daughters Please turn on JavaScript.

Royals vow return visit to Australia
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 09:31 Royal couple visit Australia town ravaged by bushfires Please turn on JavaScript.

Flight MH370: Oil slick not from missing jet
New Zealand Herald

It's nearly six weeks since MH370 vanished but the latest oil slick found in the Southern Indian Ocean search area was not from the missing plane.

Chili Say What? Linguistics Help Pinpoint Pepper's Origins
NPR

hide caption New research has traced chili peppers back to their origin in eastern Mexico.

You beauty! Training a championship poodle
SBS News

Those who wrestle with unruly locks every morning can take heart they're not one of the pampered pooches on display at Sydney's Royal Easter Show.

South Korea: Dramatic amateur footage emerges of final moments before striken ferry capsizes
Euronews

Dramatic amateur video has emerged from on board the stricken South Korean ferry before it capsized.

India votes on biggest polling day
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 08:37 India election: Voting starts on biggest polling day Please turn on JavaScript.

Singing priest shocked at success
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 06:42 Singing priest shocked at Hallelujah success By Greg McKevitt BBC News NI Please turn on JavaScript.

Women held in school fraud inquiry
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 10:50 Women arrested in Adderley Primary School fraud inquiry The women are accused of being involved in a bogus resignation letters plot at Adderley Primary School Four women have been arrested in connection with a fraud investigation at a Birmingham school.

O'Sullivan to face lowest seed Hull
BBC News

World Snooker Championship: Ronnie O'Sullivan to face Robin Hull World Snooker Championship Venue: The Crucible, Sheffield Dates: 19 April - 5 May Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, online, connected TVs, mobiles and tablets.

Hundreds still missing in deadly Korea ferry accident
Reuters

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Parents blame government, say not enough help and information
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Six year old rescued from sinking ferry
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Royals meet bushfire survivors Down Under
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Clashes in eastern Ukraine leave 3 dead, 13 injured
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Hundreds protest against Russia outside Geneva meeting
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Church must be "refuge for sinners" - Pope Francis
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"I don't think we can count on anything" - Obama on Ukraine agreement
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Jury hears opening arguments in trial of radical Muslim cleric
Reuters

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Putin says trust lost in ties with U.S.
Reuters

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Venezuela protests: negotiators report progress in talks to end conflict
Guardian

Student protesters march barefoot in Caracas 'in penance' for the country's economic and crime problems.

Pope Francis kisses feet of women and Muslim man in Maundy Thursday rite
Guardian

Pope Francis kneels to wash the foot of a man in a pre-Easter ritual.

Kidnapped Nigerian school girls 'not returned'
ABC News

Nigeria local authorities say most of abducted schoolgirls still missing Posted April 17, 2014 21:43:50 Authorities in Nigeria's north-east Borno state have denied a statement by the armed forces which had said most of the more than 100 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist rebels from a local school had been freed in a military rescue operation.

Unprecedented wave of terror divides Nigerians
Deutsche Welle

Nigeria has been rocked by an unprecedented series of attacks.

Fate Of Girls Abducted In Nigeria Now Uncertain
NPR

A Nigerian school principal says searchers are still looking for about 100 girls and young women abducted by Islamist extremists, even though the nation's military has said all but eight of the victims are now safe and accounted for.

Civilians flee as heavy fighting rages in South Sudan
The Hindu

Heavy fighting near numerous South Sudanese towns and refugee camps displaced hundreds of civilians, many for the second time, aid organization World Vision said on hursday.

Robson out of French Open & Wimbledon
BBC News

Laura Robson to miss French Open & Wimbledon British number one Laura Robson will miss the French Open and Wimbledon after having minor wrist surgery.

Pistorius forensic tests challenged
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 11:34 Pistorius trial: Forensic tests challenged Please turn on JavaScript.

Crocodiles v hippos: stunning pictures shows battle of the beasts
Telegraph

One hippo was seen lying dead in the sludge on the water's edge as the rest of the hundreds-strong herd fled upstream away from the crocodiles' snapping jaws.

Barry loses top job, not sense of humour
SBS News

Barry O'Farrell tried to look on the bright side of life on his first day after his shock resignation as NSW premier.

Met in 'one of biggest gun hauls'
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 12:16 East London arsenal one of biggest hauls, say police Police said the size of the 30-weapon haul was 'exceptional' One of the capital's biggest gun hauls has been made in east London, the Metropolitan Police have said.

Canada sending CF-18 jets to NATO Ukraine mission
New Zealand Herald

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canada will contribute six CF-18 jet fighters to a NATO air-policing mission in response to the crisis in the Ukraine.

Oklahoma gay marriage case follows Utah in federal court appeal
Guardian

Lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license go before a federal appeals court with a familiar question for the judges: did the state's voters single out gay people for unfair treatment when they defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman?

Egypt's gay community fears government crackdown
Guardian

Egypt 's gay community fears it is the latest target of the country's authoritarian government, after a series of recent raids on gay people.

Charles Xue gets bail after illness
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 08:36 Chinese blogger Charles Xue gets bail after illness Charles Xue has been one of China's most influential bloggers.

Chinese blogger jailed under crackdown on 'internet rumours'
Guardian

A user accessing Sina Weibo.

French military frees 5 aid workers in N Mali
New Zealand Herald

PARIS (AP) French special forces backed by helicopters led a pre-dawn operation in northern Mail Thursday and freed five humanitarian aid workers who had been held captive by a "terrorist group" killing about 10 of the alleged militants, officials said.

French troops free Mali aid workers
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 20:20 French troops free aid workers kidnapped in northern Mali Islamist militants controlled the town of Gao between April 2012 and January 2013 French troops in Mali have freed five aid workers who were kidnapped in the north of the country in February.

Pakistan government to continue talks with TTP
The Hindu

The government will continue its dialogue process with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) despite the terror outfit not extending its ceasefire on Wednesday.

British directors Ken Loach and Mike Leigh in running at Cannes Film Festival 2014
Euronews

British directors Ken Loach and Mike Leigh are in the running to triumph at the world's marquee film festival .

Leigh and Loach selected for Cannes
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 13:52 Mike Leigh and Ken Loach films selected for Cannes Timothy Spall plays English painter JMW Turner in Mike Leigh's biopic Mike Leigh and Ken Loach have had their new films selected for competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Even Chimps Know That A Firm Bed Makes For Quality Sleep
NPR

hide caption A chimpanzee hangs from a tree trunk in Kibale National Park in Uganda.

Juan Gabriel expected to leave Vegas hospital soon
New Zealand Herald

LAS VEGAS (AP) Mexican musical icon Juan Gabriel is expected to be released from a Las Vegas hospital this weekend after being admitted Monday with pneumonia.

Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa
NPR

hide caption A child receives a polio vaccine Sunday in Kano, Nigeria.

Roman Catholic flagellation during Easter in Philippines
Telegraph

An actor playing the role of Jesus Christ is whipped by men dressed as centurions during a Passion Play on a street in Mandaluyong City, Philippines Picture: Rouelle Umali/Xinhua/Alamy

Welcome (back) to Beijing
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 08:49 Welcome (back) to Beijing I'm back in Beijing as a resident reporter for the first time in 15 years.

Ireland Director Role For Nucifora
SBS News

Former Australian international David Nucifora has been announced as the Irish Rugby Football Union's (IRFU) new performance director.

Iran has 'cut uranium stock' - IAEA
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 13:21 Iran has cut higher-enriched uranium stock 'by half' Iran's Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, which the six powers fear could help Iran make a nuclear weapon Iran has neutralised half of its higher-enriched uranium stockpile, as per a deal agreed earlier this year, the world's nuclear watchdog says.

South Korean ferry disaster: Six-year-old girl rescued as ship's captain apologises
Telegraph

Coast guard and navy divers were diving into the waters at the site of the accident, about 12 miles off the country's southwestern coast, searching for any sign of the 290 missing people.

South Korea ferry disaster: harrowing text messages highlight tragedy
Telegraph

Father: "I know that the rescue is under way, but shouldn't you be waiting outside the rail?

Navy chief sacks commanding officer involved in Indonesian incursions
Guardian

The chief of the Australian navy has sacked a senior commanding officer involved in one of the incursions into Indonesian waters.

333 new call centre jobs for Derry
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 11:58 333 new customer service jobs for Derry Please turn on JavaScript.

UK housing market 'shows resilience'
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 11:05 UK housing market shows resilience, says CML The mortgage market data signals more confidence among first-time buyers The "resilient" UK housing market recorded another increase in mortgage lending in March, according to a lenders' group.

Lorry driver held over M26 crash
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 10:59 Lorry driver held over M26 crash in Kent The M26 was closed in both directions between junctions three and five A lorry driver has been arrested following a five-vehicle pile up on the M26 in Kent in which two people died and seven others were injured.

Turkey debates controversial spy agency bill
New Zealand Herald

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) Turkey's parliament looks set to pass a bill that increases the powers and immunities of the country's spy agency.

Female MPs shunning PMQs - Bercow
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 18:53 Female MPs shunning PMQs, says John Bercow By Chris Mason and Thomas Edgington BBC Radio 4's PM Please turn on JavaScript.

BP Portrait Award shortlist unveiled
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 12:48 BP Portrait Award reveals 2014 shortlist The shortlist was selected from more than 2,300 entries Three artists have been shortlisted for this year's BP Portrait Award at London's National Portrait Gallery, in a record-breaking year for entries.

'Most Earth-like planet yet' found
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 19:04 'Most Earth-like planet yet' spotted by Kepler By Rebecca Morelle Global science correspondent, BBC News This artist's impression of Kepler 186f reveals a rocky world that could hold liquid water on its surface The most Earth-like planet yet has been discovered, scientists report in the journal Science.

Dowie gives Liverpool winning start
BBC News

Women's Super League: Liverpool start title defence with a victory By Tony Leighton Women's football reporter A Natasha Dowie goal gave Super League champions Liverpool a winning start to their title defence against newcomers Manchester City.

Presidents: French military sweep in northern Mali frees 5 aid workers kidnapped in February
New Zealand Herald

PARIS (AP) Presidents: French military sweep in northern Mali frees 5 aid workers kidnapped in February.

Crimes surge as police strike in Brazil WCup city
New Zealand Herald

SAO PAULO (AP) Authorities in Brazil say a police strike in the northeastern state of Bahia has led to an upswing in lootings of stores, car robberies and murders.

Brazilian police end strike over pay
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 21:53 Brazil police strike ends in Bahia amid troop deployment Thousands of federal troops were deployed to Bahia to maintain order, after the police went on strike Police in the state of Bahia in north-eastern Brazil say they have voted to end a two-day strike over pay after accepting an improved government offer.

RBS: No evidence of small firm fraud
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 14:10 RBS: No evidence of small firm fraud Royal Bank of Scotland says law firm Clifford Chance has cleared it over allegations that it forced small firms to close so it could make a profit.

Two police officers admit theft
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 13:54 Sting exposes South Wales Police officers theft Stephen Phillips and Jason Evans are both suspended from duties Two South Wales Police officers have been convicted of theft after being caught in an undercover sting by their own force.

Pictures of the day: 17 April 2014
Telegraph

A member of veterinary staff at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme centre conducts medical examinations on a 14-year-old male orangutan found with air gun metal pellets embedded in his body in Sibolangit district in northern Sumatra island.

Mattel reports loss as Barbie sales fall
SBS News

Toymaker Mattel has a problem: Barbie's performance has not been very pretty of late.

Algeria votes on Bouteflika's future
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 14:08 Algerians vote on Bouteflika's re-election bid Please turn on JavaScript.

Ukraine: three pro-Russian militants killed in Mariupol clashes
Telegraph

A crowd of around 300 men armed with stun grenades and Molotov cocktails attacked the base, in the south-east part of the country late on Wednesday, the interior ministry said in a statement.

Catholic Church refuses poll request
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 08:52 Roman Catholic Church refuses survey request Pope Francis is calling bishops to Rome to discuss possible reform The Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has turned down a request by members for the results of a sexual ethics survey to be made public.

Chinese commentary hits out at Congress over war report
The Hindu

A commentary in a Chinese paper known for its hard-line views has hit out at the Congress-led UPA government for "attempting to conceal" the history of the 1962 war by barring the declassification of the Henderson Brooks war report.

Tiananmen exile dies as 25th anniversary nears
Telegraph

In the aftermath of the bloody end to the protests on June 4, 1989, Mr Chen renounced his membership of the Communist party and fled to the south of China.

MH370: search area for missing Malaysia Airlines plane 'refined'
Telegraph

"This represents the best lead we have in relation to missing flight MH370 and where the current underwater search efforts are being pursued to their completion, so we can either confirm or discount the area as the final resting place of MH370.

Channel Tunnel train delay 'chaos'
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 22:19 Channel Tunnel train delays cause 'chaos' Please turn on JavaScript.

Pistorius defence expert contradicts athlete's own account
Telegraph

He also complained about those who "will not listen because they do not want to hear" and said he was looking forward to drinking beer after he finished his evidence.

Coffee surges on renewed concern about crop
New Zealand Herald

The price of coffee surged on Thursday on renewed concerns about the outlook for Brazil's crop.

Coffee surges on renewed concern about crop
New Zealand Herald

NEW YORK (AP) The price of coffee surged on Thursday on renewed concerns about the outlook for Brazil's crop.

Algeria: Bouteflika firm favourite to win presidential ballot
Euronews

Algeria is voting in a presidential election almost certain to return current incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Rob Ford to launch re-election bid
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 16:27 Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to launch re-election bid Mr Ford has said his "track record speaks for itself" Toronto's embattled mayor is set to kick off his re-election campaign at an event his brother and campaign aide has called "history in the making".

India elections: Congress party sharpens attack on biggest voting day
Guardian

A voter is helped by election officials inside a polling station in the village of Kamshet, Maharashtra, on Thursday.

More than 100 million vote so far on biggest polling day in Indian elections
Guardian

More than 100 million people have voted so far in India on Thursday in the biggest single day's polling of the six-week long general election due to end next month.

Utah police enlist FBI to help in baby death case
New Zealand Herald

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah authorities are enlisting the help of the FBI to analyze DNA from seven babies found dead in the garage of a woman who has been arrested on six counts of murder.

Westwood leads by a shot in Malaysia
BBC News

Malaysian Open: Lee Westwood leads by a shot in Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Open, first-round leaderboard -7: L Westwood (Eng) -6: N Colsaerts (Bel) -5: M Hoey (NI), R Santos (Por) -4: J Kruger (SA), J Quesne (Fra), M Kawamura (Jpn) after 17 holes, S Jamieson (Sco) after 16 holes Selected others: -3 C Lee (Sco), M Warren (Sco); Par L Oosthuizen (RSA) England's Lee Westwood shot a seven-under 65 to lead by one shot in a weather-delayed opening round of the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.

Ugandan men to go on trial on homosexuality charges
Guardian

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni, who signed a new anti-gay law in February 2014.

International rights bodies ask Nepal to reject TRC
The Hindu

Maintaining that the draft bill on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) violated international law, three international human rights bodies on Thursday called on Nepal's legislators to reject it.

Caring Berlusconi happy to do his bit for the community
Euronews

In his first public appearance since being sentenced to do community service, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has said he is glad to be given the chance to help those in need.

Gulf Arab states strike new deal to heal rifts
New Zealand Herald

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) The Western-allied Arab states of the Gulf Cooperation Council said Thursday the bloc has agreed on the mechanisms to implement a security pact, marking a possible first step toward bridging deep rifts among its six energy-rich states.

Xi Jinping 'using purge of Chinese officials to fill key positions with allies'
Telegraph

The seven sources interviewed for this article sought anonymity to avoid repercussions for discussing secretive elite politics.

Breakthrough in leukaemia treatment
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 21:56 Leukaemia: Cardiff University breakthrough in disease treatment By Carwyn Jones BBC News Please turn on JavaScript.

Do America's Deportation Policies Work?
NPR

Guest Host Celeste Headlee learns more about the United States' deportation policies from Muzaffar Chishti of the Migration Policy Institute.

Kelpies lit up for launch event
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 22:41 Kelpie sculptures lit up for pyrotechnic launch event The launch event is being held on Thursday and Friday evening Scotland's biggest art installation has been lit up as part of a spectacular launch event.

Woman charged with murdering baby
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 21:01 Woman charged with murdering baby in Belfast The woman appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Thursday afternoon A woman has appeared in court accused of murdering her baby son in Belfast.

Maoists stall Nepal Parliament for second day
The Hindu

Maoists in Nepal stalled the Parliament for a second day today demanding withdrawal of charges against 13 of its cadres in connection with the murder of a school boy in 2004 during the civil strife in the country.

Canberra 'must share asylum-seeker burden'
SBS News

Australia will be asked to "share the burden" of asylum-seekers with Indonesia, where detention centres are overcrowded with people stymied by the Abbott government's hardline border policy.

Oscar Pistorius trial: expert witness for defence accused of irresponsibility
Guardian

Link to video: Oscar Pistorius trial: forensic expert disputes prosecution's version of shooting An expert witness for Oscar Pistorius 's defence was accused of "irresponsibility" on Wednesday after admitting that he is not trained in ballistics, light, sound or blood spatter evidence and was not present at Reeva Steenkamp's postmortem.

Pistorius murder trial spectators warned by judge to behave
CBC News

The prosecutor at the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee Olympian, cross-examined one of the defence's forensic experts Thursday after the judge overseeing the case warned spectators watching the televised proceedings in an adjacent room for their "unruly" behaviour.

Pistorius murder trial adjourns until May 5
CBC News

The prosecution in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial on Thursday challenged the credibility of an expert witness for the defence, which was trying to show that the athlete killed his girlfriend by mistake.

Algerians trickle to polls in presidential vote
The Hindu

Algerians trickled into voting booths on a sunshine-drenched Thursday to elect the President of this oil-rich North African nation in an election dominated by the ailing incumbent running for a fourth term.

New poverty measurement initiated in Pakistan
The Hindu

A new poverty index for Pakistan based on the Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI) has been initiated with an agreement signed between the ministry of planning, the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) on Thursday.

Boxer admits lap-dance club assault
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 16:43 Olympic boxer Fred Evans fined for lap-dance club assault Fred Evans's solicitor said the boxer had consumed "quite a lot of alcohol" at the time of the assault A medal-winning Olympic boxer admitted assaulting a customer at a Birmingham lap-dancing club after a row over reality TV show The Valleys.

Palace loss should not stand - Cardiff
BBC News

Cardiff City: Crystal Palace result should not stand, says Welsh club By David Bond BBC sports editor Cardiff's 3-0 defeat by Crystal Palace in early April should not be allowed to stand, the Welsh club has said in a five-page letter seen by the BBC.

AUDIO: Man amputated hand to get 'reaction'
BBC News

A man who suffered with chronic hand pain chopped the limb off so people "would listen" to him.

Funeral held for wall collapse pupil
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 14:42 Keane Wallis-Bennett death: Funeral held The funeral of Keane Wallis-Bennett who died after a wall fell on her at an Edinburgh school has been held The funeral of a 12-year-old girl who died after a wall fell on her at an Edinburgh school has been held.

Man charged with firearm possession
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 21:45 Man charged with firearm possession after Leyton raid A 50-year-old man has been charged after police seized firearms and ammunition from an address in east London.

Sriracha maker threatens to move plant out of California amid clash over smell
Guardian

The maker of Sriracha chili sauce has threatened to move production out of California after clashing with local authorities over the spicy smell.

Male university workers sue over alleged sex discrimination
Guardian

(L-R) Nicky Thomas, Ian Phillips, Paul Thomas, Rory Cable, Dean Raddenbury, David Parsons, Mike Betson, Rob Cooze and Rob Phillips, are among those suing.

'Ammunition find' after arson attack
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 08:19 'Ammunition' found after arson attack in Glenbank Drive, Belfast Police have found what they believe to be ammunition after the emergency services were called to the scene of an arson attack in north Belfast.

Royal tour: Kate on edge while William peers over cliff
Telegraph

The Duke stood a mere 18 inches from the precipice (Getty Images) Damian Cooper, manager of the Mountain Youth Services Team, said: "I think he made everyone a bit nervous.

Rodgers hopeful on Sturridge return
BBC News

Daniel Sturridge should be fit for run-in, says Brendan Rodgers Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident striker Daniel Sturridge will be fit to play a part in his side's Premier League title run-in.

Man jumps to death after eating pot cookie
New Zealand Herald

Police say the man didn't heed friends' advice to cut the cookie up and eat it one piece at a time.

Beloved Dutch Priest Killed By Gunman In War-Torn Syrian City
NPR

Last week marked another low-point in the Syrian civil war.

Pope Francis washes feet of disabled and elderly in pre-Easter ritual
New Zealand Herald

Pope Francis kisses the foot of a man as he performs a pre-Easter ritual in Rome.

GM 1Q global sales up 2 pct to 2.42M
New Zealand Herald

DETROIT (AP) General Motors says it sold 2.42 million cars and trucks in the first three months of the year, keeping it slightly ahead of Volkswagen in the global sales race.

Prop 8 lawyer who argued for gay marriage ban says views are 'evolving'
Guardian

The lawyer who argued before the supreme court in favor of upholding California's ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman.

Removed Banksy taken to city museum
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 14:15 Removed Banksy taken from boys' club to Bristol Museum Youth club leader Dennis Stinchcombe (pictured right) temporarily held the work of art in his club The Banksy picture at the centre of a row over ownership has been moved from a youth club by police and taken to Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery.

Films by four French directors short-listed for Cannes' top prize
France 24

Films by French directors Jean-Luc Godard, Olivier Assayas, Michel Hazanavicius and Bertrand Bonnello are in the running for the top Palme d'Or prize next month at Cannes, festival organisers said Thursday.

Trott to take break from cricket
BBC News

Jonathan Trott: England batsman to take another break from cricket England batsman Jonathan Trott is to take a break from cricket because of a recurrence of the anxiety issues that forced him to leave the Ashes series.

Surgery rules Muliaina out for season
SBS News

Former All Blacks fullback Mils Muliaina will miss the rest of the Super Rugby season for the Chiefs to undergo surgery on a troublesome elbow injury.

Choi hit with 50-game MLB doping ban
SBS News

Seattle Mariners first baseman Choi Ji-Man was suspended for 50 games without pay by Major League Baseball on Thursday after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance.

Portland to empty city reservoir
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 15:15 Portland dumps 38m gallons of water after urination It is the second time in three years Portland's Mt Tabor reservoir has been drained The US city of Portland, Oregon, is dumping 38m gallons (143m litres) of water from its reservoir after a teenager was caught urinating into the water supply.

US attorney general joins faith leaders to honor Kansas City shooting victims
Guardian

All Americans stand with the mourners of three people killed at Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday, adding that all hate crimes are "an affront to the nation.

Tunisian diplomat missing in Libya
New Zealand Herald

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) Officials say a Tunisian diplomat has gone missing in the Libyan capital, days after gunmen kidnapped the Jordanian ambassador.

Jury convicts husband in Iraqi woman's death
New Zealand Herald

EL CAJON, California (AP) A jury convicted an Iraqi immigrant Thursday of bludgeoning his wife to death in a case that was initially considered a hate crime.

Two women held in Disappeared case
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 12:34 Jean McConville murder: Two woman arrested over 1972 case Widow Jean McConville left behind 10 children after her murder by the IRA Two more women have been arrested by detectives investigating the 1972 abduction and murder of Belfast woman Jean McConville.

Fireworks 'not to blame' for pile-up
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 16:11 Fireworks 'not to blame' for Taunton motorway crash Clockwise: Terry Brice, from South Gloucestershire, Pamela and Tony Adams, from south Wales, Michael and Maggie Barton, from Berkshire, Kye Thomas, from Cornwall, and Malcolm Beacham (not pictured) Fireworks smoke was "not to blame" for a crash on the M5 which killed seven people, a coroner has ruled.

Pistorius's expert witness says he was joking about his destroyed reputation
Guardian

Forensics expert Roger Dixon during his cross-examination at Oscar Pistorius's murder trial.

Melbourne man accused of murdering partner 'had family violence order'
Guardian

A Melbourne man allegedly murdered his partner after they had been in court about a family violence order, a court has heard.

Films by Tommy Lee Jones, Jean Luc Godard among 18 movies in running for top Cannes prize
New Zealand Herald

PARIS (AP) Films by Tommy Lee Jones, Jean Luc Godard among 18 movies in running for top Cannes prize.

US: Case against a Blackwater guard in jeopardy
New Zealand Herald

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S government says its criminal case against a former Blackwater security guard is in jeopardy as a June 11 trial looms on charges stemming from the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens in an incident in Baghdad nearly seven years ago.

Police In Canada Make Arrest Related To 'Heartbleed' Bug
NPR

hide caption Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigators canvass the London, Ontario, neighborhood around the home of Stephen Solis-Reyes, who has been charged in connection with exploiting the "Heartbleed" bug.

Royal tour: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet bush fire victims
Telegraph

In Winmalee, one of the places worst affected by the bush fires, the Duchess met Nicole Moloney, 50, who said: "She was so interested and really seemed to care.

Artists have unique brain structure
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 10:35 Artists 'have structurally different brains' By Melissa Hogenboom Science reporter, BBC Radio Science Brain scans revealed artists have more grey matter in parts of their brains Artists have structurally different brains compared with non-artists, a study has found.

'No chance' for trapped mine workers
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 12:59 Gleision deaths: Son of miner knew 'there was no chance' Garry Jenkins, 39, Philip Hill, 44, David Powell, 50, and Charles Breslin, 62, all died The son of one of the four men who died when a Swansea Valley mine flooded has told Swansea Crown Court he "knew straight away there was no chance for them boys".

It's getting mighty crowded
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 17:17 It's getting mighty crowded Primary schools are under pressure to squeeze in more pupils It's been an anxious time for hundreds of thousands of families in England, finding out where their children are going to be starting primary school in September.

Indian elections: voters united by anti-fraud ink mark
Guardian

A woman shows her ink-marked finger after voting in the village of Shilatne, Maharashtra.

Israel arrests Arab journalist over Lebanon visit
New Zealand Herald

JERUSALEM (AP) Israel's Shin Bet intelligence service said on Thursday that it has detained a young Israeli Arab journalist for traveling to Lebanon, which Israel considers an enemy country.

The level crossing wars
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 12:01 The level crossing wars By Jon Kelly BBC News Magazine Campaigns to save level crossings are being waged across Great Britain, despite many considering them dangerous anachronisms.

Caption Challenge: Predator gets an ice cream
BBC News

The Magazine's recommended daily allowance of news, culture and your letters.

Turkey asks Berlin to borrow Olympic stadium for elections
Telegraph

Berlin is home to some 140,000 Turks, who will be eligible to vote when Turkey holds its first ever direct elections for the presidency this August.

Deported For An Old Crime, Jamaican Loses His American Dream
NPR

Howard Dean Bailey made a good life for himself in the U.S.

Man guilty of beheading girlfriend
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 12:59 Sheffield man Aras Hussein guilty of beheading girlfriend Reema Ramzan was found dead at a property in Herries Road, Sheffield, in 2013 A man who beheaded his teenage girlfriend with a kitchen knife has been found guilty of her murder.

Oscar timetable back to normal next year
SBS News

Next year's Oscar nominees will be announced on January 15, and the show itself held on February 22 - back to its regular slot after being held in March this year due to the winter Olympics.

Bale finally emerges from Ronaldo's shadow
BBC News

Gareth Bale: Real Madrid star emerges from Ronaldo's shadow By Mike Holden Spanish football writer The responsibility of being a big-money signing for Real Madrid is not just about having the ability to produce moments of individual brilliance, but actually delivering it when it matters most.

Iraqi immigrant convicted of murdering wife, whose death was first thought to be a hate crime
New Zealand Herald

EL CAJON, California (AP) Iraqi immigrant convicted of murdering wife, whose death was first thought to be a hate crime.

BP worker settles charges of insider trading during Gulf cleanup
CBC News

A former BP employee who was a coordinator during the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has agreed to settle federal charges of using confidential information on the seriousness of the spill to profit illegally from trading in BP stock.

Investigation begins into power cut
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 07:58 Investigation begins into Highlands and Islands power cut The power cut stretched from the Western Isles to Caithness and Orkney A power cut which blacked out most of northern Scotland may have started with a fault on a line between Moray and Inverness.

Power cut due to 'transient fault'
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 22:19 Power cut in Highlands and Islands due to 'transient fault' The outage affected a swathe of Scotland equating to about a third of the country The mass power outage which affected more than 200,000 homes across the Highlands and Islands was caused by a "transient fault", according to the Scottish government.

Maldonado clears the air with Gutierrez
SBS News

The Venezuelan refused to take the blame for the incident, however, and told reporters in China on Thursday that the spectacular flip had been a normal racing incident.

Croatia extradites ex-spy to Germany
New Zealand Herald

BERLIN (AP) A former top spy in Yugoslavia's feared secret service has been extradited to Germany, where he is wanted in connection with murder of a political dissident 31 years ago.

Argentina considers crackdown on street protests
New Zealand Herald

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Argentina's populist government is proposing a crackdown on street protests amid increasing unrest over the souring economy.

Fate of 115 kidnapped girls unknown
New Zealand Herald

Nigerian children play football in a UNHCR refugee camp of Minawao.

Kenya sends 91 Somalis to Mogadishu amid crackdown
New Zealand Herald

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) Kenya's police chief says 91 Somali nationals have been deported to Mogadishu.

Salsa legend Cheo Feliciano dies
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 15:09 Puerto Rico salsa great Cheo Feliciano dies in car crash Cheo Feliciano has been hailed as one of "Puerto Rico's most acclaimed voices" Puerto Rican salsa legend Cheo Feliciano has died in a car crash on the island, police say.

New finds make Roman port 'bigger than Pompeii'
Telegraph

The discovery, by experts from the universities of Southampton and Cambridge, teamed with the British School at Rome and Italian archaeologists, has been made on the other side of the Tiber, proving the river did not border the town, but ran through it, splitting Ostia Antica in two.

6 Punjabi detainees hospitalised after hunger strike
The Hindu

Six among 37 men of Indian origin held at an El Paso, Texas detention centre were said to have been hospitalised after one week of a hunger strike in protest of their treatment by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

Atletico look to edge towards title
SBS News

Atletico Madrid can take another step towards their first league title in 18 years when they host Elche at the Vicente Calderon on Friday.

US Senate leader: rancher's backers 'terrorists'
New Zealand Herald

LAS VEGAS (AP) Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is calling armed backers of a Nevada rancher "domestic terrorists" for using guns in a grazing rights battle with the federal Bureau of Land Management.

Hull KR 21-20 Hull FC
BBC News

Super League: Hull KR 21-20 Hull FC Hull KR (10) 21 Tries: G Horne 2, Larroyer, Weyman Goals: Burns 2 Drop-goal: Hall Hull FC (4) 20 Tries: Rankin, Bowden, Houghton, Talanoa Goals: Whiting 2 Craig Hall kicked a last-minute drop-goal as Hull KR snatched a dramatic victory in an Easter derby classic at Craven Park.

Bank robber, 74, homesick for jail, may get his wish today
CBC News

Walter Unbehaun faces sentencing Thursday for a bank robbery he committed last year because he was homesick for prison.

Peru volcano prompts evacuation of 4,000
New Zealand Herald

LIMA, Peru (AP) Peruvian authorities have ordered the preventative evacuation of 4,000 people living near the Ubinas volcano, which has been spouting ash clouds up to 2 miles (nearly 4 kilometers) high.

4000 evacuated after Peru volcano spews ash
New Zealand Herald

The Ubinas volcano has been spewing ash since late March but authorities believe it's time to evacuate nearby residents.

Prosthetics help dogs bounce back
The Hindu

A 9-month-old boxer pup named Duncan barrelled down a beach in Oregon, running full tilt on soft sand into YouTube history and showing more than 4 million viewers that he can revel in a good romp despite lacking back legs.

Goldberg loves cannabis-vapourising pen
SBS News

Whoopi Goldberg says she's in love with her marijuana-vapourising pen.

Goldberg loves cannabis-vapourising pen
SBS News

Whoopi Goldberg says she's in love with her marijuana-vapourising pen.

ECONOMY

European Parliament backs economic sanctions against Russia
EUBusiness

( BRUSSELS ) - The European Parliament called on Thursday for the EU to reinforce sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis and be prepared to target economic interests.

Russia's Lavrov announces deal to "de-escalate tensions" in Ukraine
EUBusiness

( GENEVA ) - Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday announced a deal had been reached with Ukraine, the United States and the European Union to "de-escalate" dangerously high tensions in the former Soviet republic.

Ukraine launches criminal probe into Russian bank
Euronews

Ukraine has launched a criminal investigation into Russian lender Sberbank.

Kipper Williams on Tesco's falling profits
Guardian

Video: Masterclasses tutor, comedian and social media expert David Schneider shares his advice on making the most of Twitter.

Dollar heads for 0.8% fall in short week as RBNZ rate review looms
National Business Review

The New Zealand dollar is heading for a 0.8 percent fall in a shortened week ahead of the Reserve Bank's rate review next Thursday.

Online dating service Zoosk plans $100M US IPO
CBC News

Zoosk, an online dating site and app creator that claims to have 26 million members worldwide, plans a listing on the New York stock exchange that would raise up to $100 million.

Sensex surges 351 points on value buying
The Hindu

After three days of losses, the BSE benchmark Sensex on Thursday surged by over 351 points on value buying by foreign funds amid corporates TCS and HCL Tech reporting robust fourth quarter earning figures.

New NSW premier to clamp down on lobbyists
SBS News

On his first day on the job as NSW premier, Mike Baird has promised to take the party's integrity to a higher level and clamp down on lobbyists.

QE has boosted UK growth by 3pc, says Martin Weale
Telegraph

The impact of QE in the US was even greater.

Google sees drop in Q1 earnings
Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION Google sees drop in Q1 earnings Advertising rates decline as spending in other areas rises By: Michael Liedtke Posted: 04/17/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0 SAN FRANCISCO -- Google's first-quarter earnings growth faltered as the Internet's most influential company grappled with a persistent downturn in advertising prices while spending more money to hire employees and invest in daring ideas.

AUDIO: Google 'not meeting expectations'
BBC News

Google is failing to meet expectations as it is unable to create enough revenue through its phone products, technology analyst Larry Magid has said.

Google: the unelected superpower
Telegraph

Researchers at Princeton and Northwestern universities have pored over 1,800 US policies and concluded that America is an oligarchy.

Europe's March car sales zoom up 10pc
Telegraph

European car sales have grown by 10pc in March, with first quarter sales up by 8.1pc.

European cars sales jump 10pc
Telegraph

French manufacturers benefited strongly from the March rally, and the upturn gave a boost to Peugeot Citroen which has just announced a new strategy to pull away from deep financial crisis, the data showed.

Six firms subpoenaed in high-speed trading probe
Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION Six firms subpoenaed in high-speed trading probe Posted: 04/17/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0 ALBANY, N.Y. -- An official familiar with the investigation said the New York Attorney General's Office has issued subpoenas to six firms and sent a letter to another for details about split-second stock trading and any unfair advantages they may have gained.

Camry redesigned
Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION Camry redesigned By: Chris Woodyard Posted: 04/17/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0 MARK LENNIHAN / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Enlarge Image The 2015 Toyota Camry is introduced at the New York International Auto Show.

Weak start for Weibo US share sale
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 22:10 Weibo shares surge on US debut, despite low opening price Internet users have regularly tapped into Weibo to share unfiltered information Shares in China's Weibo, a Twitter-like service, rose by almost 20% on their first day of trading on the US stock market, after a lukewarm start.

Weibo shares rebound after weak IPO
ABC News

Sina Weibo shares rebound after weak IPO on US Nasdaq exchange Updated April 18, 2014 07:34:14 Shares of Sina Weibo, China's answer to Twitter, jumped more than 25 per cent in initial trade, after a disappointing initial public offering on the US Nasdaq exchange.

Ford to sell Lincoln cars in China
SBS News

Ford says it will sell high-end Lincoln cars in China for the first time later this year when it opens eight dealerships in seven cities.

Ryanair drops out of top Google flight search results after website overhaul
Guardian

Michael O'Leary, Ryanair chief executive, said in January: 'If you need information, your first port of call is Google.

Commerce Commission warns businesses about misleading Easter surcharges
National Business Review

Easter Saturday and Sunday are not public holidays, casual staff may not be covered under the Holidays Act and businesses must not mislead customers when applying a surcharge.

Spinoffs new 'golden route' to value in 2014 markets
CBC News

2014 may be the year of the spinoff, with a record number of deals coming to market in which a parent company raises capital by listing one of its units as a separate business, according to the founder of The Spinoff Report.

Italy asks EU for more time to meet deficit target
EUBusiness

( ROME ) - Italy on Thursday asked the European Union to push back a deadline for cutting its public deficit to 2016, days after France reportedly tried and failed to get another extension.

Rupee trims gains, trades flat at 60.36 against dollar
The Hindu

The rupee trimmed its initial gains and was flat at 60.36 against the US currency in morning trade today on sustained dollar demand from banks and importers on the back of firmness of the American currency overseas.

Research suggests caravan holidays in decline
ABC News

Caravan holidays in decline as people 'look to Asian getaways' Posted April 17, 2014 19:24:54 It may be a great Australian tradition, but it appears the beachside caravan holiday is in decline.

Sydney airport go-ahead
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 20:00 New Sydney airport go-ahead splits business and locals By Phil Mercer BBC News, Sydney The next time Prince George visits Australia, he could be touching down at Badgerys Creek Australia has finally decided after a fractious debate lasting decades to build a second airport in Sydney, its biggest and most populous city.

Aereo CEO speaks on future of company, industry as broadcasters challenge it in Supreme Court
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Aereo CEO speaks on future of company, industry as broadcasters challenge it in Supreme Court By: Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press Posted: 3:48 PM | Comments: 0 NEW YORK, N.Y. - The future of Aereo, an online service that provides over-the-air TV channels, hinges on a battle with broadcasters that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court next week.

Croatia sees no 2014 growth under new deficit cutting plan
EUBusiness

( ZAGREB ) - The EU's newest member Croatia on Thursday announced new measures to bring its deficit target in line with Brussels demands but warned they could hamper already anaemic economic growth.

Travel from U.S. up in February for third time in four months: StatsCan
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Travel from U.S. up in February for third time in four months: StatsCan By: The Canadian Press Posted: 7:53 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 7:55 AM OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says travel to Canada from the United States rose for the first time in four months in February, while Canadian travel to the United States declined for a third consecutive month.

Money market fund assets fell by $35.02 billion to $2.58 trillion for the week
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Money market fund assets fell by $35.02 billion to $2.58 trillion for the week By: The Associated Press Posted: 2:57 PM | Comments: 0 Total U.S. money market mutual fund assets fell by $35.02 billion to $2.58 trillion for the week that ended Wednesday, according to the Investment Company Institute.

Croatia extradites ex-top spy to Germany
EUBusiness

( ZAGREB ) - Croatia extradited a former Yugoslav spy chief to Germany on Thursday to face charges for the 1983 murder of a dissident on German soil.

Amazon workers in Germany strike
Guardian

Amazon workers have gone on strike in Germany.

TSX closes at highest level since 2008
CBC News

The Toronto Stock Exchange's main index closed at its highest level in more than five years on Thursday, pushed higher by stronger prices for commodities Canada has a lot of like oil and natural gas.

Diageo third-quarter sales fall on Asian weakness
Guardian

Pints of Guinness in a London pub.

Diageo's emerging markets party is starting to wind down
Telegraph

Timing, they say, is everything.

Obama says 8M signed up for health care through exchanges, contends 'this thing is working'
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Obama says 8M signed up for health care through exchanges, contends 'this thing is working' By: Josh Lederman And Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press Posted: 1:17 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 3:19 PM WASHINGTON - Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges, President Barack Obama said Thursday, besting expectations and offering new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.

First lady says a high school diploma is not enough, tours Howard U. campus with students
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION First lady says a high school diploma is not enough, tours Howard U. campus with students By: Stacy A. Anderson, The Associated Press Posted: 3:53 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 3:54 PM WASHINGTON - It may be a few years before the first daughters head to college, but Michelle Obama is already brainstorming a dorm room checklist while encouraging high school students to dream big about their education beyond graduation.

China's cheap factories face new challenge as growth inexorably slows
Winnipeg Free Press

HONG KONG - As China's growth inexorably slows, manufacturers such as Linan Meite Cable are discovering that being an efficient low cost producer is no longer enough to prosper.

City Diary: Tesco turnaround must start with a 'deep dive'
Telegraph

Might Mason, who has been tipped as a possible successor to Clarke in recent days, be the one to take that plunge?

NYC mayor announces changes to beleaguered Superstorm Sandy recovery program
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION NYC mayor announces changes to beleaguered Superstorm Sandy recovery program By: Meghan Barr, The Associated Press Posted: 3:03 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 3:23 PM NEW YORK, N.Y. - Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a sweeping report Thursday that examined New York City's recovery progress from Superstorm Sandy and promised to reform a much-maligned program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes.

HCL Q3 net up 59pc to Rs 1,624
The Hindu

On the back of increased demand for outsourcing services, Noida-based technology major HCL Technologies today posted a 59 per cent growth in net profit to Rs 1,624 crore for the quarter ended March 31, as compared to the year-ago period.

HCL Tech Q3 net rises 59 per cent
The Hindu

On the back of increased demand for outsourcing services, Noida-based technology major HCL Technologies today posted a 59 per cent growth in net profit to Rs 1,624 crore for the quarter ended March 31, as compared to the year-ago period.

Barclays reshuffles management ahead of strategy review
Telegraph

Eric Felder, co-head of securities, has been made head of markets, while Joe McGrath, head of global finance, and Richard Taylor, head of investment banking in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, have been made joint heads of global banking.

Barclays staff braced for thousands more job losses
Guardian

Barclays told staff the bank is looking to simplify its operations.

'I invested in gold three years ago and lost 70pc - should I sell?'
Telegraph

Those who bought an exchange-traded fund that aims to track the performance of the gold price have faired slightly better, but have still posted a hefty loss.

Australian, Thai journalists charged with defaming Thai navy
ABC News

Australian, Thai journalists on defamation charges released on bail Updated April 17, 2014 22:29:08 Two journalists, including an Australian, have been released on bail in Thailand on defamation charges brought by the Royal Thai Navy.

Rent rises slowest in four years amid economic recovery
Telegraph

Rent increases have fallen to their slowest annual pace in four years as more people make the jump on to the housing ladder, lettings agents have reported.

Union Pacific railroad chugs past weather challenges to deliver 14 per cent jump in 1Q profit
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Union Pacific railroad chugs past weather challenges to deliver 14 per cent jump in 1Q profit By: The Associated Press Posted: 7:29 AM | Comments: 0 OMAHA, Neb.

Chinese crackdown hits French brandy sales
SBS News

A clampdown in China on extravagant entertaining in a drive against corruption is cutting deeply into sales of brandy, French drinks group Remy Cointreau reports, warning of a profit slump.

Qyuki resets business focus
The Hindu

The digital music start-up, backed by A. R. Rahman, is now a one-stop shop for all creators Qyuki, a digital music start-up backed by music composer A. R. Rahman and Bollywood producer Shekhar Kapur, has pushed the reset button.

Vietnam says it will not host 2019 Asian Games
ABC News

Vietnam says it will not host 2019 Asian Games Updated April 18, 2014 06:41:43 Vietnam says it has decided against hosting the 2019 Asian Games due to financial reasons and is exploring procedures to withdraw from staging the region's largest sporting event.

AUDIO: Why Danny Mills bought all the pies
BBC News

Former England defender Danny Mills has invested in the struggling West Cornwall Pasty Company, saving 250 jobs.

Doubles stake in Opera Solutions
The Hindu

Nearly two quarters after acquiring a minority stake in global analytics solutions company Opera Solutions, Wipro has doubled its stake in the company.

Wipro Q4 net up 28.8%
The Hindu

IT services major Wipro, on Thursday, announced that its net profit for the fourth quarter grew by 28.8 per cent to Rs.

Ford Mustang turns 50 at New York International Auto Show
CBC News

One of the auto industry's most iconic muscle cars turns 50 today.

Record labels sue Internet radio provider Pandora over royalties for songs from before 1972
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Record labels sue Internet radio provider Pandora over royalties for songs from before 1972 By: The Associated Press Posted: 3:58 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 4:33 PM NEW YORK, N.Y. - Major record labels are suing Internet radio giant Pandora for copyright infringement for using songs recorded before 1972 without paying license fees.

Loonie advances as rising energy prices send March inflation higher
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Loonie advances as rising energy prices send March inflation higher By: Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted: 7:51 AM | Comments: 0 TORONTO - The Canadian dollar was higher Thursday amid data showing inflation coming in slightly higher than expected.

Tube staff plan five days of strikes
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 16:07 Tube staff plan five days of strikes The Tube strike in February caused widespread disruption London Underground workers are to take five days of strike action over Tube ticket office closures, the RMT Union has announced.

Anglo Irish bank pair found guilty
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 15:33 Anglo trial: Pat Whelan and Willie McAteer found guilty Pat Whelan and William McAteer were found guilty on 10 counts Two former Anglo Irish bank chiefs have been found guilty of making loans designed to illegally prop up the bank's share price.

Anglo Irish directors found guilty over loans-for-shares plot
Telegraph

Two former directors of Anglo Irish Bank, the rogue lender that crippled Ireland's economy, have been found guilty of hatching a multi-million euro loans-for-shares plot months before the bank's collapse.

Two former Anglo Irish Bank executives found guilty of handing out illegal loans
Guardian

Patrick Whelan outside court.

Weibo shares jump 10pc in market debut
Telegraph

Shares in Weibo rose by more than 19pc on its first day of trading, after the Chinese company cut the size of its initial public offering at the eleventh hour.

MARKET CLOSE: Shares rise as Genesis debut sparks energy rally; Meridian, MRP, Contact gain
National Business Review

New Zealand stock rose after shares in the partially privatised Genesis Energy soared as much as 18 percent in its debut listing on the NZX, buoying other listed energy companies in the process.

SEBI working on revised listing agreement norms
The Hindu

To promote good business practices, capital market watchdog SEBI is working on revised listing agreement norms that would include enhanced corporate governance provisions.

UK garden centres expecting a boost from later and warmer Easter
Guardian

The UK's Garden Centre Association is expecting a 15% to 20% increase in sales in Easter 2014 over that of 2013.

Bootcamps that turn kids into entrepreneurs may not be a bad thing
Telegraph

On the face of it, it seems more ghastly than impressive: the corporate equivalent of a child beauty pageant, where pre-pubescent girls emulate grown-up behaviour.

Target expands subscription service as it fends off Amazon.com in fight for online shoppers
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Target expands subscription service as it fends off Amazon.com in fight for online shoppers By: Anne D'Innocenzio, The Associated Press Posted: 7:36 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 8:29 AM NEW YORK, N.Y. - Target is vastly expanding the goods available to order by subscription as it fends off its biggest non-traditional retail rival, Amazon.com.

Are you jolly, precise, chilled, brave or all of the above?
Telegraph

Before the test, I had strong doubts that a multiple-choice quiz could shine any light on my complex inner psyche.

'No evidence' RBS put SMEs out of business for profit
Telegraph

Ross McEwan, chief executive of RBS who personally commissioned the report, welcomed the findings and said the claims about the behaviour of GRG had put at risk customer trust in the bank.

RBS cleared of forcing clients into insolvency to buy up assets
Guardian

The report said there was no evidence of fraudulent activity.

Proceeds can fund overseas insurance foray
The Hindu

The Shriram group can utilise the stake sale proceeds to expand its profitable insurance business.

Piramal to buy 20 % in Shriram Capital for Rs. 2,014 crore
The Hindu

Will get two seats on the board of Shriram Capital Piramal Enterprises (PEL), on Thursday, said that it has entered into an agreement with Chennai-headquartered Shriram Group to acquire 20 per cent equity stake in Shriram Capital, a financial services company, for Rs.

Piramal to buy 20% in Shriram Capital for Rs. 2,014 crore
The Hindu

Will get two seats on the board of Shriram Capital Piramal Enterprises (PEL), on Thursday, said that it has entered into an agreement with Chennai-headquartered Shriram Group to acquire 20 per cent equity stake in Shriram Capital, a financial services company, for Rs.

Eight EU states in deflation as calls grow for QE in Sweden
Telegraph

The dispute in Sweden comes as Eurostat data showed that eight EU countries slipped into deflation in March, with Bulgaria at -2pc, Greece -1.5pc, Cyprus -0.9pc, Portugal -0.4pc, Spain and Slovakia -0.2pc, and Croatia -0.1pc.

Co-op members have to decide if they want to be run by amateurs or professionals
Guardian

Pedestrians walk past a branch of the Co-operative Bank in central London.

France: Nespresso changes its commercial ways
Euronews

Nespresso has agreed to change its commercial ways in France after concerns from an anti-trust watchdog that the coffee-capsule maker may be abusing its dominant market position.

US stocks end mostly higher
SBS News

US stocks finished a holiday-shortened week mostly higher following a plethora of earnings reports that generally met or exceeded expectations.

Portugal gets another IMF bailout payment
EUBusiness

( WASHINGTON ) - The International Monetary Fund released a bailout payment of 851 million euros ($1.18 billion) to Portugal on Thursday as the debt-riddled country gets close to exiting its three-year IMF-European Union rescue.

Mortgage lending rises 4% in March, and 37% for the quarter
Guardian

Mortgage lending, 37% up on last year's first quarter, is expected to fall back when new rules come into play on 26 April.

Help to Buy boosts sales at Taylor Wimpey
Telegraph

The British housebuilder said the market was being driven by better access to mortgages at "more affordable rates", which had improved competition between mortgage providers.

Gusto restaurant chain sold in MBO
Telegraph

Gusto, the North Western restaurant chain favoured by footballers and their WAGs, has changed hands in a management buyout from Living Ventures backed by Manchester-based private equity group Paladian.

In Iraq shootings, gov't says its case against a former Blackwater guard is in jeopardy
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION In Iraq shootings, gov't says its case against a former Blackwater guard is in jeopardy By: The Associated Press Posted: 4:13 PM | Comments: 0 WASHINGTON - The government says its criminal case against a former Blackwater security guard is in jeopardy as a June 11 trial looms on charges stemming from the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens in an incident in Baghdad nearly seven years ago.

Why current turbulence cannot be likened to the dotcom crash of 2000
Telegraph

A host of fast-growing internet companies have also felt the pain.

Mulberry warns of lower profits
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 08:52 Mulberry warns of lower profits Cara Delevingne modelled her Mulberry range at London Fashion Week in February Luxury goods firm Mulberry has issued its second profit alert since Christmas and says it will look to introduce new "more affordable" products.

Mulberry to bring in cheaper handbags for price-conscious British customers
Guardian

Cara Delevingne launches the Mulberry Cara Delevingne Collection during London fashion week.

Mulberry issues another warning on profits
Telegraph

Mr Davis said that Mulberry will now scrap further price increases for the Bayswater and Alexa handbags planned for later this year.

Mulberry plans to make its bags more affordable
Telegraph

Mulberry plans to make its bags more affordable As British brand Mulberry issues another profit warning, the London Fashion Week label finally has some good news for its customers BY Olivia Bergin | 17 April 2014 Cara Delevingne with one of the bags she has designed for Mulberry Photo: Julian Andrews British fashion label Mulberry is planning to offer more affordable products in the near future in a bid to boost its growth.

Inflation rate in Canada ticks up to 1.5%
CBC News

Consumer prices in Canada increased by 1.5 per cent in March compared to where they were a year ago.

Rising energy prices push up Canada's inflation rate to 1.5 per cent in March
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Rising energy prices push up Canada's inflation rate to 1.5 per cent in March By: Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted: 7:35 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 7:40 AM OTTAWA - A big jump in energy costs and cigarette prices helped push up Canada's inflation rate to 1.5 per cent last month, matching the highest level in the annualized consumer price index in almost two years.

US banking giants see mixed results
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 14:20 US banking giants see mixed results Goldman Sachs net earnings dropped to $2.03bn from $2.26bn compared with the same period last year US banking giants Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley have reported contrasting results for the first quarter of the year.

Herbalife says it will co-operate with investigation by attorney general of Illinois
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Herbalife says it will co-operate with investigation by attorney general of Illinois By: The Associated Press Posted: 3:26 PM | Comments: 0 NEW YORK, N.Y. - Nutritional supplements and weight-loss products maker Herbalife is being investigated by the attorney general of Illinois.

Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange By: The Canadian Press Posted: 4:16 PM | Comments: 0 TORONTO - Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange: Toronto Stock Exchange (14,500.39 up 53.87 points): Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B).

American researcher says he's fooled fingerprint check on Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION American researcher says he's fooled fingerprint check on Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5 By: The Associated Press Posted: 7:48 AM | Comments: 0 BERLIN - A Berlin-based researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone using wood glue and a picture of the original print.

General Electric industrial profits rise
Telegraph

Power and water earnings were up 24pc at $888m and aviation was up 19pc at $1.12bn, but these strengths were offset by weaknesses in healthcare and transportation.

Sensex up 64 points on good buying interest
The Hindu

The benchmark BSE Sensex rose by 63.93 points in a volatile morning trade on Thursday on good buying in IT, tech, banking, realty, auto and metal sectors on upbeat corporate earnings and higher Asian cues.

Fresh Sahara plea to be heard on Monday
The Hindu

Sahara on Thursday submitted a fresh proposal to the Supreme Court to secure the release of its chief Subrata Roy and two directors, from the Tihar jail.

AP Photos: A fracking boom pushes Colorado's oil production to its highest level in 50 years
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION AP Photos: A fracking boom pushes Colorado's oil production to its highest level in 50 years By: Brennan Linsley, The Associated Press Posted: 2:02 AM | Comments: 0 MEAD, Colo. - Workers bustle at an oil and gas drilling site near Mead, Colo., a town of about 3,800 people north of Denver.

CAG can audit private telcos: Supreme Court
The Hindu

Upholds January 6, 2014 Delhi High Court ruling that it was the duty of the CAG to audit telecom companies as a part of their revenue goes to the Consolidated Fund of India.

CAG can audit private telecom firms: SC
The Hindu

The Supreme Court made it clear on Thursday that private companies that share revenue from natural resources such as spectrum with the government would be subjected to audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General.

Sonray Capital Markets founder jailed for theft and fraud
ABC News

Sonray Capital Markets founder Russell Andrew Johnson jailed for theft and fraud Posted April 17, 2014 17:25:14 The founder of collapsed Melbourne-based financial firm, Sonray Capital Markets, has been jailed for losing $46 million of investors' money.

Michaels confirms security breach; says about 2.6M cards used in its stores may be affected
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Michaels confirms security breach; says about 2.6M cards used in its stores may be affected By: Anne D'Innocenzio, The Associated Press Posted: 4:32 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 5:57 PM NEW YORK, N.Y. - Michaels Stores Inc. said Thursday that about 2.6 million cards, or about 7 per cent of all debit and credit cards used at its namesake stores, may have been affected in a security breach.

The high cost of low interest rates
CBC News

While overleveraged homeowners worry when record low borrowing rates will come to an end, savers on the other end of the spectrum are anxious to see yields get back to more normal levels.

BNSF outlines fertilizer shipment plan to feds, will add trains in Dakotas, Minnesota, Montana
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION BNSF outlines fertilizer shipment plan to feds, will add trains in Dakotas, Minnesota, Montana By: James MacPherson, The Associated Press Posted: 3:07 PM | Comments: 0 BISMARCK, N.D. - BNSF Railway Co. will add trains in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana solely for transporting fertilizer for spring crop planting, the railroad has told a federal oversight board.

Santos production disappoints, Woodside meets analyst forecasts
ABC News

Santos production disappoints, Woodside meets analyst forecasts By finance reporter Rebecca Hyam Posted April 17, 2014 15:17:08 Two of Australia's major oil and gas firms have reported production levels, with mixed results.

Share market makes strong gains ahead of long weekend
ABC News

Australian share market makes solid gains ahead of Easter long weekend Posted April 17, 2014 18:38:17 The local share market has booked some solid gains in the lead up to the Easter long weekend, with banks and retailers among the best performers.

GE earnings dip 15%
SBS News

General Electric has reported lower earnings but higher industrial profits, thanks to gains in its two largest industrial segments.

Asian stock markets subdued, Nikkei fluctuates as investors lock in profits
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Asian stock markets subdued, Nikkei fluctuates as investors lock in profits By: Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press Posted: 04/17/2014 1:37 AM | Comments: 0 HONG KONG - Asian stock markets were subdued on Thursday, with Japan's Nikkei faltering as investors locked in profits after a strong rally.

QuickList: March inflation rates for Canadian provinces, territories
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION QuickList: March inflation rates for Canadian provinces, territories By: The Canadian Press Posted: 7:43 AM | Comments: 0 OTTAWA - Canada's national inflation rate was 1.5 per cent in March, Statistics Canada says.

QuickList: Annual inflation rate in March for selected Canadian cities
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION QuickList: Annual inflation rate in March for selected Canadian cities By: The Canadian Press Posted: 7:44 AM | Comments: 0 OTTAWA - Canada's national annual inflation rate was 1.5 per cent in March, Statistics Canada says.

The young shunning soft jobs market
SBS News

Participation in the labour market by Australia's youth is as low as it's been since at least 1978.

Co-op Group's turnaround specialist tackles biggest challenge yet
Guardian

Richard Pennycook is tasked with steering the Co-op Group out of its current crisis.

Fund shop drops exit fees - but for new customers only
Telegraph

"Our existing customers have in the past been given the opportunity of a free exit when we have changed our pricing model, so we wanted to also open this out to new customers.

Augusta says proxy firm supports continuation of its shareholders rights plan
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Augusta says proxy firm supports continuation of its shareholders rights plan By: The Canadian Press Posted: 3:18 PM | Comments: 0 TORONTO - Shareholders of Augusta Resource Corp. (TSX:AZC) have received conflicting advice from a couple of proxy advisory firms over the future of the company's shareholders rights plan in the face of a hostile takeover bid by HudBay Minerals Inc. (TSX:HBM) Augusta shareholders will have a chance to vote on the rights plan on May 2, three days before the expiry of HudBay's bid.

Investor optimistic about IHS
Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION Investor optimistic about IHS Purchases firm with expansion in mind By: Martin Cash Posted: 04/17/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0 MIKE APORIUS/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Enlarge Image Vansco Electronics Owner Ed Van Humbeck sits with Andre Granger, Director of Worldwide Sales, and Ravee Navaretnam, VP Supply Chain.

Chipotle 1st-quarter net income misses expectations but sales continue to surge
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Chipotle sales surge as more customers take a taste, but higher costs limit profit gains By: The Associated Press Posted: 7:31 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 8:21 AM DENVER - Mexican food chain Chipotle's first-quarter net income rose 8 per cent as higher costs offset a sales surge as more customers bought its burritos and other fare.

How Chipotle's average sales per restaurant rank compared with other chains
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION How Chipotle's average sales per restaurant rank compared with other chains By: Candice Choi, The Associated Press Posted: 3:39 PM | Comments: 0 NEW YORK, N.Y. - Chipotle restaurants are ringing up more sales than ever before.

FDA approves 2nd Merck tablet to reduce immune response to allergies, this time for ragweed
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION FDA approves 2nd Merck tablet to reduce immune response to allergies, this time for ragweed By: The Associated Press Posted: 2:59 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 4:13 PM WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. - U.S. regulators have again approved a Merck & Co. tablet for gradually reducing seasonal allergies, this time for ragweed pollen.

Bus operator to axe 14 services
BBC News

17 April 2014 Last updated at 17:44 Stagecoach to cut its fleet by 14 after depot closure Stagecoach recently announced it was closing one of its depots, putting 77 jobs at risk The biggest bus operator in Wales has announced it will axe 14 services and reduce the frequency of eight others.

Iran mother spares life of son's killer
SBS News

The young Iranian man who escaped a hangman's noose when his victim's mother intervened with just seconds to spare was the beneficiary of a high-profile campaign to save his life.

Triton wins 25-year licence to export LNG from B.C.
CBC News

Calgary's AltaGas is a partner in the proposed Triton LNG project, which has won approval from the NEB for a 25-year licence to export from B.C.

Korean Air A380's wing hits 2 light poles while taxiing at Los Angeles airport, no injuries
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Korean Air A380's wing hits 2 light poles while taxiing at Los Angeles airport, no injuries By: Tami Abdollah, The Associated Press Posted: 4:58 PM | Comments: 0 LOS ANGELES, Calif. - An Airbus A380 superjumbo jet hit two light poles while taxiing to its gate at Los Angeles International Airport with hundreds of passengers aboard.

SAP confirms 2014 forecasts after solid Q1
SBS News

German software giant SAP says it is sticking to its full-year forecasts for 2014 after profits rose slightly in the first quarter.

X-men director accused of sex assault
SBS News

A lawyer for X-Men director Bryan Singer has dismissed claims that the filmmaker sexually assaulted a former child model and aspiring teenage actor, as defamatory.

How to make your business persona work for you
Telegraph

Fortune magazine's Gil Schwartz, pen name Stanley Bing, has advised how people should conduct themselves in business environments.

Maple Leaf shutters wiener facility, shifts production within Hamilton
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Maple Leaf shutters wiener facility, shifts production within Hamilton By: The Canadian Press Posted: 4:18 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 4:57 PM TORONTO - Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX:MFI) has closed its wiener production plant in Hamilton as part of a broader plan to move the operations to a bigger plant in the same city.

Total's 'very promising' oil find
SBS News

French energy giant Total has announced it has discovered oil in deep waters off the coast of Ivory Coast, constituting a "very promising result" after the first such find.

Fired Yahoo executive nets $58M severance for 15 months of work
CBC News

Henrique De Castro was given an exorbitant severance package for 15 months of work as COO of Yahoo.

Google feels weight of mobile as sales fall short
Telegraph

After-hours trading saw the company's shares drop 6pc.

TRAI extends date for comments on microwave carriers
The Hindu

Sectoral regulator TRAI has extended the date to May 12 for receiving comments on a consultation paper on the pricing and allocation of microwaves in access and backbone networks.

Keeping a legacy alive
CNN

STORY HIGHLIGHTS With over 25 years experience, Kathy Bloomgarden is the CEO of global PR firm, Ruder Finn With an affinity for languages as a child, she served as interpreter for her father on business trips She reveals how she continues to build on Ruder Finn's success since CEO appointment Editor's note: Leading Women connects you to extraordinary women of our time.

Former BP official charged with insider trading
Telegraph

According to the SEC, Mr Seilhan would have lost around $100,000 if he had played by the rules and kept his shares until the extent of the damage was made public, but he ended up being fined more than that figure.

Maruti gears up for mini-truck foray
The Hindu

Maruti Suzuki is well on the road to rolling out its small truck in the sub-1 tonne segment by early 2015.

Gold gains to Rs 30,250 on sustained buying
The Hindu

Silver also recovered by Rs 200 to Rs 43,200 per kg on increased offtake by industrial units.

RIL sends notice to Gas Wars authors
The Hindu

It warns of legal action if the sale of the book is not stopped immediately Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) and its chairman, Mukesh Ambani, have issued a legal notice to the authors and the distributors of the book Gas Wars: Crony Capitalism and the Ambanis.

How did engineers become box tickers?
National Business Review

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AUSTRALIA

Snowden asks Putin surveillance question
SBS News

Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden on Thursday made an unexpected intervention in a televised forum involving Russian President Vladimir Putin, quizzing him over the extent of Moscow's surveillance activities.

Snowden puts question to Putin during phone-in
ABC News Politics

Vladimir Putin takes question from Edward Snowden during televised phone-in Updated April 18, 2014 05:18:53 Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Ukraine's leaders of committing a "grave crime" by using the army to try to quell unrest in the east of the country, and did not rule out sending in Russian troops.

UN report tells Russia to drop propaganda and stick to facts
The Conversation

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has released a report on the human rights situation in Ukraine.

Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
SBS News

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality, has died at home in Mexico City.

Meet the new NSW premier, Mike Baird
ABC News Politics

Mike Baird: New NSW premier had rapid rise through political ranks By Philippa McDonald, staff Updated April 17, 2014 16:53:00 His father has described him as a "regular Aussie dude", but there's little that is "regular" about the incoming New South Wales premier.

Who is Mike Baird? Meet NSW's new fiscally conservative Christian premier
Guardian Australia

He was the 17-year-old boy who prayed for his sobbing best friend to commit his faith to God.

Heart attacks, strokes down in US: study
SBS News

In the midst of the US diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.

Knights and dames: PM has power to bestow honours on non-Australians
Guardian Australia

A formal document signed by the Queen to reinstate Australian knights and dames has been published in the commonwealth Gazette and reveals the prime minister will also have the power to confer honorary knighthoods and dameships on non-Australian citizens.

Okay, Now That's Old - Australia's Most Ancient Trees
The Orstrahyun

Australia has some of the oldest living trees still left on Planet Earth.

Big auditors must be made accountable to the public
The Conversation

But who will audit the auditors?

The Drum Thursday April 17th
ABC News Politics

The Drum Thursday April 17th Updated April 17, 2014 20:26:03 On this episode of The Drum: NSW Treasurer Mike Baird is elected the 44th Premier; the backlash of the political shakeup in NSW on the ICAC and the public service sector given a big 'F' when it comes to employing older workers.

Savouring a Turkish delight
SBS News

Walking through the narrow streets of Istanbul's Old Town, I'm overwhelmed by the smell of roasted chestnuts and fragrant Turkish delight.

Higher education spending in the 1970s compared to now
Andrew Norton

Higher education spending in the 1970s compared to now According to former PM Malcolm Fraser , Education is the best and most important investment that this country can make.

Holy days and 'total work'
On Line Opinion

It's been such a busy start to the year that the prospect of four days off over the Easter long weekend almost feels more heaven sent than the Son of God.

More Relevance in Indigenous Culture, Than ABC Culture
Jennifer Marohasy

EASTER is about religion, which is about culture, which is about myth.

Fund for Anzac Centenary celebrations millions of dollars short
ABC News Politics

Anzac Centenary public fund for 2015 celebrations falling millions of dollars short Updated April 17, 2014 19:17:54 A corporate fundraising drive to raise $170 million for the Anzac Centenary celebrations is running well short of its target.

Technology and jobs
Don Aitkin

I have mentioned the rational optimist Matt Ridley a few times already (start here ), and I do so again with great pleasure.

New NSW Premier Mike Baird considers Cabinet line-up
ABC News Politics

NSW Premier Mike Baird considers Cabinet appointments amid questions over Di Girolamo link Updated April 18, 2014 06:38:47 New NSW Premier Mike Baird will spend the Easter weekend considering the line-up of his Cabinet, which is expected to include fresh talent as he gears up for the next election.

How the internet liberated Australia's art history
The Conversation

In 2014 it is hard to remember how isolated research on art in Australia used to be.

Baird elected unopposed as NSW premier
ABC News Politics

Mike Baird named new NSW Premier after Barry O'Farrell resignation Updated April 17, 2014 18:26:21 NSW Premier Mike Baird has promised to restore confidence in the State Government after being elected unopposed as Barry O'Farrell's successor today.

Baird elected NSW Premier, flags disclosure changes
The Conversation

Mike Baird is the new premier of New South Wales with Gladys Berejiklian as deputy leader of the NSW Liberal Party, after being elected unopposed at a party meeting this afternoon.

AstraZeneca opens vast library to researchers but gets first dibs on new drugs
The Conversation

Congratulations are in order.

News in 90 Seconds
ABC News Politics

News in 90 Seconds
ABC News Politics

Russian President Vladimir Putin
ABC News Politics

India holds biggest day of voting
ABC News Politics

India holds biggest day of voting Posted April 18, 2014 00:00:02 Indian residents wanting to vote queue to be processed by election officials at a polling station in Khunti in India's Jharkhand state on April 17, 2014.

Education, breastfeeding and gender affect the microbes on our bodies
The Conversation

Trillions of microbes live in and on our body.

China government survey shows 16 per cent of its soil is polluted
ABC News Politics

China government survey shows 16 per cent of its soil is polluted Posted April 18, 2014 04:34:41 Up to 16 per cent of China's soil has been found to contain higher than permitted levels of pollution, according to its environment ministry after a nationwide investigation.

John Kerry shakes hands with Sergei Lavrov after Ukraine talks in Geneva
ABC News Politics

John Kerry shakes hands with Sergei Lavrov after Ukraine talks in Geneva Posted April 18, 2014 05:44:39 US secretary of state John Kerry shakes hands with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov before the two joined with Ukrainian and European Union officials for four-way talks about Ukraine in Geneva, Switzerland, April 17, 2014.

Obeid deserves more than just bad headlines
Andrew Bolt

Robertson admits he should have reported $3 million bribe offer
ABC News Politics

NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson admits he should have reported $3 million bribe offer to authorities Updated April 18, 2014 01:02:40 New South Wales Opposition Leader John Robertson has effectively admitted he should have reported a $3 million bribe offered to him when he was secretary of Unions NSW.

Off to the Hunter
Personal Reflections

I am off to the Hunter Valley tomorrow for Easter, along with camera and note book.

National adoption targets
The Centre for Independent Studies

Ideas@TheCentre National adoption targets Jeremy Sammut | 17 April 2014 Australian social workers remain traumatised by the profession's involvement in past child removal practices involving the Stolen Generations of Indigenous children and the forced adoption of the babies of unmarried mothers.

Back to first principles on family benefits
The Centre for Independent Studies

Ideas@TheCentre Back to first principles on family benefits Trisha Jha | 17 April 2014 The Australian Financial Review reported this week that Howard-era 'middle-class welfare' payments such as Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part B may be subject to cuts, as part of the federal government's attempt to get the budget back to surplus within a reasonable timeframe.

Grizzlies grab west conference No.7 seed
SBS News

Mike Conley made two free throws with 1.1 seconds left in overtime as the Memphis Grizzlies jumped past Dallas for the West No.

On 2GB tonight - Mike Baird and more. Plus that Christian thing
Andrew Bolt

On 2GB tonight - Mike Baird and more.

Every weekend could be four days long, if the will was there
The Conversation

In a world of iPhones and drones, people are right to wonder why they are still working so hard.

What Indian parents teach us about helping with homework
The Conversation

Homework is the perfect platform for parents to help children unravel the mystery to learning.

Ten themes that will help build cities designed for people
The Conversation

Ten themes shape the dilemmas, challenges and opportunities for the 21st-century city.

Superannuation sharing can help bridge the gender divide
The Conversation

Anyone who has been married knows there is a lot of compromise involved.

Creating communities with a common voice: @burgewords interviews @TheArtsParty
Australians for Honest Politics

Arts writer, editor, sub-editor at No Fibs Michael is a writer, editor and journalist who lives on the beautiful island of Coochiemudlo.

Archaeology adds another twist to Rome's foundation story by ageing it 100 years
The Conversation

It has been reported that new archaeological finds have pushed back the age of Rome.

Hull KR scrape home in Super League derby
SBS News

Craig Hall won the 221st Humberside derby for Hull KR with a drop goal 46 seconds from fulltime that earned his side a thrilling 21-20 Super League win over Hull FC.

Row over plan to merge Asia's top posts
SBS News

Prince Ali bin Al Hussein has savaged plans to hand his role as FIFA vice-president to Asia's football boss in a row that threatens to plunge regional soccer into a fresh round of infighting.

Barnett denies breaking promise on power price rises
ABC News Politics

WA Premier Colin Barnett denies breaking promise on electricity price rises Updated April 17, 2014 15:43:34 WA Premier Colin Barnett has denied breaking an election promise to keep electricity price rises "at or around" the rate of inflation, saying he was referring to last year's budget.

Weekend reflections
John Quiggin

Testimonials "I do not know how he is a professor, but anyway he purports to be an economist" Senator Richard Alston, ex-Minister for Communications "One of the elder statesmen of the Oz blogosphere" - Age Media Blog "More intelligent than Britney Spears" Jason Soon "The great neo-classical iconoclast" Ross Gittins "A green activist with a totalitarian mindset", editorial, The Australian "would argue under a pile of wet statistics and produces more copy than Xerox".

Sandpit
John Quiggin

Testimonials "I do not know how he is a professor, but anyway he purports to be an economist" Senator Richard Alston, ex-Minister for Communications "One of the elder statesmen of the Oz blogosphere" - Age Media Blog "More intelligent than Britney Spears" Jason Soon "The great neo-classical iconoclast" Ross Gittins "A green activist with a totalitarian mindset", editorial, The Australian "would argue under a pile of wet statistics and produces more copy than Xerox".

Tony Abbott still has some loyal followers it seems
North Coast Voices

North Coast Voices Comments Policy When making comment defamatory statements, racist remarks, hate speech, incitement to violence, gratuitous insults, obscenities and active matters before the courts should be avoided.

Baby Boomers not old fuddy duddies
North Coast Voices

North Coast Voices Comments Policy When making comment defamatory statements, racist remarks, hate speech, incitement to violence, gratuitous insults, obscenities and active matters before the courts should be avoided.

Err, yes, yes, this is true
38 South

Posted in Newspaper Watch Err, yes, yes, this is true April 17, 2014 By Tim Worstall Comments: 2 Comments LINDA GREENHOUSE A recent campaign finance ruling by the Supreme Court shows the extent to which the free speech claim has become an engine of deregulation.

Climate change is causing havoc for global coffee yields
The Conversation

The global food system contributes to climate change through industrial farming practices, the increasing use of fertiliser to fight dropping yields and the transport of food around the world.

Zoe Pepper-Cunningham, "Colombia: Popular Agrarian Summit Calls for Strike"
Monthy Review

Colombia: Popular Agrarian Summit Calls for Strike by Zoe Pepper-Cunningham A national strike in Colombia -- involving groups of indigenous peoples, Afro-Colombians, students, women, small miners, petroleum workers, and campesinos (farmers) -- may begin on May 1st.

Paid Parental Leave: Is it really going to pay for the age pension?
The Centre for Independent Studies

Ideas@TheCentre Paid Parental Leave: Is it really going to pay for the age pension?

Oscar timetable back to normal next year
SBS News

Next year's Oscar nominees will be announced on January 15, and the show itself held on February 22 - back to its regular slot after being held in March this year due to the winter Olympics.

ECB to Adopt QE in H2 2014
Institutional Economics

ECB to Adopt QE in H2 2014 I have an op-ed in Business Spectator arguing that the ECB will likely resort to QE in the second half of this year.

X-men director accused of sex assault
SBS News

A lawyer for X-Men director Bryan Singer has dismissed claims that the filmmaker sexually assaulted a former child model and aspiring teenage actor, as defamatory.

Actually, there is a difference between Obeid’s Labor and O’Farrell’s Liberals
Andrew Bolt

ABC presenter and university politics lecturer Waleed Aly demonstrates all the even-handedness for which both the ABC and academia are so famous.

US woman doesn't blame bear for attack
SBS News

A Florida woman who was attacked by a bear last weekend says she doesn't want bears to be killed by wildlife officials for doing what wild animals do.

Juventus countdown to title and securing Conte
SBS News

Juve host relegation-threatened Bologna on Easter Saturday (1730 BSTT) having won all their 16 home games this season before Roma, eight points behind the leaders with five games to play, face fourth-placed Fiorentina in Florence (2000 BST).

Ryall back to A-League theatre of dreams
SBS News

He's won two A-League grand finals at Etihad Stadium, and Seb Ryall hopes on Friday night the venue will begin a path towards a third.

Richmond break Lions' hearts at Gabba
SBS News

The only milestone Brisbane marked was winning their first quarter of the year as Richmond surged to a scrappy 15.16 (106) to 9.9 (63) AFL win at the Gabba on Thursday night.

Can you fat-shame a rich and famous man?
Mama Mia

Can you fat-shame a rich and famous man?

Goldberg loves cannabis-vapourising pen
SBS News

Whoopi Goldberg says she's in love with her marijuana-vapourising pen.

Goldberg loves cannabis-vapourising pen
SBS News

Whoopi Goldberg says she's in love with her marijuana-vapourising pen.

Tips for Friday, April 18
Andrew Bolt

Pass on your news tips here.

CANADA

Six CF-18s headed to Europe to bolster NATO forces response to Ukraine
Winnipeg Free Press

OTTAWA - Canada announced Thursday it will contribute six CF-18 jet fighters to a NATO air-policing mission in response to the crisis in Ukraine, just as top diplomats from the troubled east European country, the U.S. and Russia announced steps that could ease tensions.

9 things to know about voting under the new elections act
CBC

For some voters in the 2015 election, it won't be as easy as it was in 2011 to obtain a ballot under the government's proposed fair elections act The government's proposed fair elections act will make it harder for some people to vote, by eliminating vouching and the use of voter information cards as ID.

Loonie advances as rising energy prices send March inflation higher
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Loonie advances as rising energy prices send March inflation higher By: Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted: 7:51 AM | Comments: 0 TORONTO - The Canadian dollar was higher Thursday amid data showing inflation coming in slightly higher than expected.

Obama says 8M signed up for health care through exchanges, contends 'this thing is working'
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Obama says 8M signed up for health care through exchanges, contends 'this thing is working' By: Josh Lederman And Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press Posted: 1:17 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 3:19 PM WASHINGTON - Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges, President Barack Obama said Thursday, besting expectations and offering new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.

Six firms subpoenaed in high-speed trading probe
Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION Six firms subpoenaed in high-speed trading probe Posted: 04/17/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0 ALBANY, N.Y. -- An official familiar with the investigation said the New York Attorney General's Office has issued subpoenas to six firms and sent a letter to another for details about split-second stock trading and any unfair advantages they may have gained.

Hundreds jeer New Brunswick politicians over abortion regulations
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Hundreds jeer New Brunswick politicians over abortion regulations By: Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press Posted: 11:58 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 4:22 PM Enlarge Image Jenna Knorr, left to right, Erica Knorr and Megan Aiken take part in a protest as pro-choice demonstrators rally at the New Brunswick Legislature in Fredericton on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

Record labels sue Internet radio provider Pandora over royalties for songs from before 1972
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Record labels sue Internet radio provider Pandora over royalties for songs from before 1972 By: The Associated Press Posted: 3:58 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 4:33 PM NEW YORK, N.Y. - Major record labels are suing Internet radio giant Pandora for copyright infringement for using songs recorded before 1972 without paying license fees.

Money market fund assets fell by $35.02 billion to $2.58 trillion for the week
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Money market fund assets fell by $35.02 billion to $2.58 trillion for the week By: The Associated Press Posted: 2:57 PM | Comments: 0 Total U.S. money market mutual fund assets fell by $35.02 billion to $2.58 trillion for the week that ended Wednesday, according to the Investment Company Institute.

Can this man save the TTC?
The Star

These are tough times for the Toronto Transit Commission and its millions of users.

China's cheap factories face new challenge as growth inexorably slows
Winnipeg Free Press

HONG KONG - As China's growth inexorably slows, manufacturers such as Linan Meite Cable are discovering that being an efficient low cost producer is no longer enough to prosper.

Federal Court of Appeal upholds landmark ruling on rights of Metis
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Federal Court of Appeal upholds landmark ruling on rights of Metis By: Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press Posted: 11:36 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 3:40 PM OTTAWA - The Federal Court of Appeal has largely upheld a landmark ruling that could extend Ottawa's responsibilities to hundreds of thousands of aboriginal people who are not affiliated with specific reserves and have essentially no access to First Nations programs, services and rights.

Aereo CEO speaks on future of company, industry as broadcasters challenge it in Supreme Court
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Aereo CEO speaks on future of company, industry as broadcasters challenge it in Supreme Court By: Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press Posted: 3:48 PM | Comments: 0 NEW YORK, N.Y. - The future of Aereo, an online service that provides over-the-air TV channels, hinges on a battle with broadcasters that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court next week.

Google sees drop in Q1 earnings
Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION Google sees drop in Q1 earnings Advertising rates decline as spending in other areas rises By: Michael Liedtke Posted: 04/17/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0 SAN FRANCISCO -- Google's first-quarter earnings growth faltered as the Internet's most influential company grappled with a persistent downturn in advertising prices while spending more money to hire employees and invest in daring ideas.

Supreme Court to decide on Senate questions April 25
CBC

The Supreme Court of Canada will give a decision on whether the government has the power to unilaterally make changes to the Senate next Friday, April 25.

NYC mayor announces changes to beleaguered Superstorm Sandy recovery program
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION NYC mayor announces changes to beleaguered Superstorm Sandy recovery program By: Meghan Barr, The Associated Press Posted: 3:03 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 3:23 PM NEW YORK, N.Y. - Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a sweeping report Thursday that examined New York City's recovery progress from Superstorm Sandy and promised to reform a much-maligned program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes.

HMCS Chicoutimi gets water-tight test off Victoria as sub begins sea trials
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION HMCS Chicoutimi gets water-tight test off Victoria as sub begins sea trials By: The Canadian Press Posted: 1:55 PM | Comments: 0 VICTORIA - One of the Royal Canadian Navy's troubled submarines is back in the water undergoing diving trials off the West Coast.

First lady says a high school diploma is not enough, tours Howard U. campus with students
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION First lady says a high school diploma is not enough, tours Howard U. campus with students By: Stacy A. Anderson, The Associated Press Posted: 3:53 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 3:54 PM WASHINGTON - It may be a few years before the first daughters head to college, but Michelle Obama is already brainstorming a dorm room checklist while encouraging high school students to dream big about their education beyond graduation.

Union Pacific railroad chugs past weather challenges to deliver 14 per cent jump in 1Q profit
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Union Pacific railroad chugs past weather challenges to deliver 14 per cent jump in 1Q profit By: The Associated Press Posted: 7:29 AM | Comments: 0 OMAHA, Neb.

Key report on F-35 rivals now complete; cabinet to decide on open competition
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Key report on F-35 rivals now complete; cabinet to decide on open competition By: The Canadian Press Posted: 11:14 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 11:31 AM VANCOUVER - Public Works Minister Diane Finley says a key report that will determine whether the Harper government sticks with the F-35 jet fighter program is complete, and the federal cabinet will take a few weeks to consider its next step.

F-35 rivals report done as cabinet considers fighter jet options
CBC

Public Works Minister Diane Finley says a key report that will determine whether the Harper government sticks with the F-35 jet fighter program is complete, and the federal cabinet will take a few weeks to consider its next step.

Canada sending six CF-18s to assist NATO operations in Eastern Europe
Russ Campbell

T he situation in eastern Ukraine is grave and deteriorating, causing concern in NATO capitals in Europe and North America.

Camry redesigned
Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION Camry redesigned By: Chris Woodyard Posted: 04/17/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0 MARK LENNIHAN / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Enlarge Image The 2015 Toyota Camry is introduced at the New York International Auto Show.

Travel from U.S. up in February for third time in four months: StatsCan
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Travel from U.S. up in February for third time in four months: StatsCan By: The Canadian Press Posted: 7:53 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 7:55 AM OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says travel to Canada from the United States rose for the first time in four months in February, while Canadian travel to the United States declined for a third consecutive month.

Travel from U.S. up in February for third time in four months: StatsCan
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Travel from U.S. up in February for third time in four months: StatsCan By: The Canadian Press Posted: 7:53 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 7:55 AM OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says travel to Canada from the United States rose for the first time in four months in February, while Canadian travel to the United States declined for a third consecutive month.

A timeline of the Canada Revenue Agency's response to the Heartbleed bug
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION A timeline of the Canada Revenue Agency's response to the Heartbleed bug By: The Canadian Press Posted: 7:01 AM | Comments: 0 OTTAWA - A timeline of the Canada Revenue Agency's response to the Heartbleed bug: Monday, April 7: The Canada Revenue Agency says it was first informed of the Heartbleed bug.

Target expands subscription service as it fends off Amazon.com in fight for online shoppers
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Target expands subscription service as it fends off Amazon.com in fight for online shoppers By: Anne D'Innocenzio, The Associated Press Posted: 7:36 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 8:29 AM NEW YORK, N.Y. - Target is vastly expanding the goods available to order by subscription as it fends off its biggest non-traditional retail rival, Amazon.com.

Arrest made in Netherlands in Amanda Todd case, says Dutch media outlet
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Arrest made in Netherlands in Amanda Todd case, says Dutch media outlet By: The Canadian Press Posted: 2:25 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 3:53 PM VANCOUVER - A Dutch media outlet says a 35-year-old man has been arrested in the Netherlands in connection with the Amanda Todd case.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford holds official launch of re-election campaign tonight
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Toronto Mayor Rob Ford holds official launch of re-election campaign tonight By: The Canadian Press Posted: 4:14 PM | Comments: 0 TORONTO - Toronto's controversial Mayor Rob Ford is holding the official launch of his re-election campaign tonight.

In Iraq shootings, gov't says its case against a former Blackwater guard is in jeopardy
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION In Iraq shootings, gov't says its case against a former Blackwater guard is in jeopardy By: The Associated Press Posted: 4:13 PM | Comments: 0 WASHINGTON - The government says its criminal case against a former Blackwater security guard is in jeopardy as a June 11 trial looms on charges stemming from the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens in an incident in Baghdad nearly seven years ago.

Students in state of shock
Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION Students in state of shock Couldn't intervene in stabbings, says police chief By: Eva Ferguson Posted: 04/17/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0 A group of 20 young adults might have been too shocked or too fearful to intervene during a horrific stabbing that killed five people early Tuesday, said the city's police chief.

Raquelle Tssessaze, 10, mauled to death by two large dogs in Manitoba as she walked home
National Post

A 10-year-old girl was mauled to death by two dogs in a remote community in northern Manitoba, police say.

Herbalife says it will co-operate with investigation by attorney general of Illinois
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Herbalife says it will co-operate with investigation by attorney general of Illinois By: The Associated Press Posted: 3:26 PM | Comments: 0 NEW YORK, N.Y. - Nutritional supplements and weight-loss products maker Herbalife is being investigated by the attorney general of Illinois.

And then there was one: Newfoundland Tory leadership candidate drops out
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION And then there was one: Newfoundland Tory leadership candidate drops out By: The Canadian Press Posted: 4:56 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 7:48 AM ST. JOHN'S, N.L.

Rising energy prices push up Canada's inflation rate to 1.5 per cent in March
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Rising energy prices push up Canada's inflation rate to 1.5 per cent in March By: Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted: 7:35 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 7:40 AM OTTAWA - A big jump in energy costs and cigarette prices helped push up Canada's inflation rate to 1.5 per cent last month, matching the highest level in the annualized consumer price index in almost two years.

Rising energy prices push up Canada's inflation rate to 1.5 per cent in March
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Rising energy prices push up Canada's inflation rate to 1.5 per cent in March By: Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted: 7:35 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 7:40 AM OTTAWA - A big jump in energy costs and cigarette prices helped push up Canada's inflation rate to 1.5 per cent last month, matching the highest level in the annualized consumer price index in almost two years.

Animal rights groups heading to court over Ontario's spring bear hunt pilot
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Animal rights groups heading to court over Ontario's spring bear hunt pilot By: Allison Jones, The Canadian Press Posted: 12:42 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 3:49 PM TORONTO - Two animal rights groups are taking the Ontario government to court in an attempt to stop a spring bear hunt pilot program before it begins, alleging it amounts to animal cruelty.

Kelly McParland: Ontario Liberals hope $29 billion in mystery money will buy them re-election
National Post

In terms of naked appeals to buy off voters with their own money, the re-imagined government of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne takes a back seat to no one.

Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange By: The Canadian Press Posted: 4:16 PM | Comments: 0 TORONTO - Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange: Toronto Stock Exchange (14,500.39 up 53.87 points): Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B).

Witness says inflated expenses of ex-construction union boss were justified
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Witness says inflated expenses of ex-construction union boss were justified By: The Canadian Press Posted: 2:27 PM | Comments: 0 MONTREAL - A former Quebec Federation of Labour vice-president says extravagant expense accounts filed by one of its construction-wing representatives were completely justified.

American researcher says he's fooled fingerprint check on Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION American researcher says he's fooled fingerprint check on Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5 By: The Associated Press Posted: 7:48 AM | Comments: 0 BERLIN - A Berlin-based researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone using wood glue and a picture of the original print.

Loyal Raptors fans excited to get taste of the playoffs
The Star

The last several years have been tough on Raptors fans.

AP Photos: A fracking boom pushes Colorado's oil production to its highest level in 50 years
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION AP Photos: A fracking boom pushes Colorado's oil production to its highest level in 50 years By: Brennan Linsley, The Associated Press Posted: 2:02 AM | Comments: 0 MEAD, Colo. - Workers bustle at an oil and gas drilling site near Mead, Colo., a town of about 3,800 people north of Denver.

Michaels confirms security breach; says about 2.6M cards used in its stores may be affected
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Michaels confirms security breach; says about 2.6M cards used in its stores may be affected By: Anne D'Innocenzio, The Associated Press Posted: 4:32 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 5:57 PM NEW YORK, N.Y. - Michaels Stores Inc. said Thursday that about 2.6 million cards, or about 7 per cent of all debit and credit cards used at its namesake stores, may have been affected in a security breach.

BNSF outlines fertilizer shipment plan to feds, will add trains in Dakotas, Minnesota, Montana
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION BNSF outlines fertilizer shipment plan to feds, will add trains in Dakotas, Minnesota, Montana By: James MacPherson, The Associated Press Posted: 3:07 PM | Comments: 0 BISMARCK, N.D. - BNSF Railway Co. will add trains in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana solely for transporting fertilizer for spring crop planting, the railroad has told a federal oversight board.

More Canadians leaving their jobs after just two years: Workopolis poll
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION More Canadians leaving their jobs after just two years: Workopolis poll By: Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted: 3:03 AM | Comments: 0 TORONTO - Canadians may have some commitment issues when it comes to their jobs, according to a new poll by employment website Workopolis.

Public not convinced of pipeline benefits, government surveys find
CBC

Natural Resources Canada, which commissioned the two studies at a combined cost of almost $255,000, has spent more than $30 million on resource industry advertising over the last three years, with millions more budgeted this year.

Asian stock markets subdued, Nikkei fluctuates as investors lock in profits
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Asian stock markets subdued, Nikkei fluctuates as investors lock in profits By: Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press Posted: 04/17/2014 1:37 AM | Comments: 0 HONG KONG - Asian stock markets were subdued on Thursday, with Japan's Nikkei faltering as investors locked in profits after a strong rally.

QuickList: March inflation rates for Canadian provinces, territories
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION QuickList: March inflation rates for Canadian provinces, territories By: The Canadian Press Posted: 7:43 AM | Comments: 0 OTTAWA - Canada's national inflation rate was 1.5 per cent in March, Statistics Canada says.

QuickList: Annual inflation rate in March for selected Canadian cities
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION QuickList: Annual inflation rate in March for selected Canadian cities By: The Canadian Press Posted: 7:44 AM | Comments: 0 OTTAWA - Canada's national annual inflation rate was 1.5 per cent in March, Statistics Canada says.

Toronto weather: Chilly, sunny Thursday ahead, with a high of 8C
The Star

Be sure to dress warmly on Thursday morning despite a sunny afternoon expected high of 8C.

Augusta says proxy firm supports continuation of its shareholders rights plan
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Augusta says proxy firm supports continuation of its shareholders rights plan By: The Canadian Press Posted: 3:18 PM | Comments: 0 TORONTO - Shareholders of Augusta Resource Corp. (TSX:AZC) have received conflicting advice from a couple of proxy advisory firms over the future of the company's shareholders rights plan in the face of a hostile takeover bid by HudBay Minerals Inc. (TSX:HBM) Augusta shareholders will have a chance to vote on the rights plan on May 2, three days before the expiry of HudBay's bid.

Investor optimistic about IHS
Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION Investor optimistic about IHS Purchases firm with expansion in mind By: Martin Cash Posted: 04/17/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0 MIKE APORIUS/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Enlarge Image Vansco Electronics Owner Ed Van Humbeck sits with Andre Granger, Director of Worldwide Sales, and Ravee Navaretnam, VP Supply Chain.

Corruption scandal allegations hang over swearing-in of Quebec Liberals
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Corruption scandal allegations hang over swearing-in of Quebec Liberals By: Jocelyne Richer, The Canadian Press Posted: 5:26 PM | Comments: 0 QUEBEC CITY, Que.

Chipotle 1st-quarter net income misses expectations but sales continue to surge
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Chipotle sales surge as more customers take a taste, but higher costs limit profit gains By: The Associated Press Posted: 7:31 AM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 8:21 AM DENVER - Mexican food chain Chipotle's first-quarter net income rose 8 per cent as higher costs offset a sales surge as more customers bought its burritos and other fare.

How Chipotle's average sales per restaurant rank compared with other chains
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION How Chipotle's average sales per restaurant rank compared with other chains By: Candice Choi, The Associated Press Posted: 3:39 PM | Comments: 0 NEW YORK, N.Y. - Chipotle restaurants are ringing up more sales than ever before.

Chow, Tory target curb parking scofflaws in gridlock-fighting plans
The Star

Two prominent mayoral candidates took aim Thursday at lane hogs and intersection blockers in describing how they would fight gridlock in Toronto.

FDA approves 2nd Merck tablet to reduce immune response to allergies, this time for ragweed
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION FDA approves 2nd Merck tablet to reduce immune response to allergies, this time for ragweed By: The Associated Press Posted: 2:59 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 4:13 PM WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. - U.S. regulators have again approved a Merck & Co. tablet for gradually reducing seasonal allergies, this time for ragweed pollen.

Korean Air A380's wing hits 2 light poles while taxiing at Los Angeles airport, no injuries
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Korean Air A380's wing hits 2 light poles while taxiing at Los Angeles airport, no injuries By: Tami Abdollah, The Associated Press Posted: 4:58 PM | Comments: 0 LOS ANGELES, Calif. - An Airbus A380 superjumbo jet hit two light poles while taxiing to its gate at Los Angeles International Airport with hundreds of passengers aboard.

Adam Vaughan to run for Liberals in federal byelection: Tim Harper
The Star

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Suspect awaits hearing inside psych facility
Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION Suspect awaits hearing inside psych facility Will be assessed to determine if he can stand trial By: Jason Van Rassel Posted: 04/17/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0 The suspect accused of fatally stabbing five people at a northwest Calgary house party has been moved to a secure psychiatric facility pending a court appearance next week.

Calgary police considering mental health, messages sent by mass murder suspect
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Father of mass murder suspect would give anything to bring victims back By: Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press Posted: 12:06 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 4:25 PM CALGARY - The father of a man charged with killing five young people in Calgary says his family would give anything to bring them back.

Text of a statement given by father of Calgary mass-murder suspect
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Text of a statement given by father of Calgary mass-murder suspect By: The Canadian Press Posted: 5:05 PM | Comments: 0 CALGARY - The text of the statement given by the father of 22-year-old Calgary mass-murder suspect Matthew de Grood: "I am Douglas de Grood and I am an inspector with the Calgary Police Service, but I am here today not as a police officer, but as a parent and a husband.

Housing correction would damage Canada's economy, says BMO report
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Housing correction would damage Canada's economy, says BMO report By: Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted: 2:03 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 2:14 PM OTTAWA - A sudden and sharp correction in the housing market could have a devastating impact on the Canadian economy overall, enough to trigger another recession, says a new Bank of Montreal report.

Maple Leaf shutters wiener facility, shifts production within Hamilton
Winnipeg Free Press

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Maple Leaf shutters wiener facility, shifts production within Hamilton By: The Canadian Press Posted: 4:18 PM | Comments: 0 | Last Modified: 4:57 PM TORONTO - Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX:MFI) has closed its wiener production plant in Hamilton as part of a broader plan to move the operations to a bigger plant in the same city.

Ontario Liberals vow electrified GO trains that will run every 15 minutes
The Star

zoom Within a decade commuters will be travelling on GO trains powered by electricity and they will only have to wait 15 minutes for one to show up, Transportation Minister Glen Murray says.

Canada Revenue Agency expands investigations of tax shelters
The Star

As many as 12 charity tax shelter promoters are under criminal investigation in a widening probe of schemes that saw donors contribute hundreds of millions of dollars in return for charity receipts worth six times as much.

Tangled web still in knots
Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION Tangled web still in knots By: editorial Posted: 04/17/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0 The tangled web weaved by Messrs. Harper, Wright, Duffy et al is far from over, despite the fact RCMP said they found no evidence to support criminal charges against Nigel Wright.

Dramatic photos show murderer pardoned moments before his execution
The Star

zoom The execution of an Iranian convicted of murder was halted at the very last minute in a dramatic scene this week when the mother of his victim forgave him as he stood on the gallows with the noose around his neck, according to Iranian media.

Vaccination vs. Evolution
ThePolitic.com

Vaccination vs. Evolution A few reports of measles are launched into the news-o-sphere while anti-vaxxers are demonized.

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Daniel Dickin

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In the News
Shakesville

Here is some stuff in the news today... [Content Note: Military aggression] Russian President Vladimir Putin has asserted Russia's right to use military force in eastern Ukraine, saying "that the upper chamber of Parliament had authorized him to use military force if necessary in eastern Ukraine, and he stressed Russia's historical claim to the territory in language not often used before, signaling a new and more aggressive policy.

Ukraine, US, EU, and Russia Reach Agreement to End Violence in East Ukraine
Breitbart

Ukraine, US, EU, and Russia Reach Agreement to End Violence in East Ukraine by Mary Chastain 17 Apr 2014, 1:23 PM PDT post a comment The US, EU, Ukraine, and Russia agreed on steps to alleviate the situation in east Ukraine.

STANDOFF: WEST MEETS MOSCOW
Drudge Report

Talks on Ukraine start tomorrow in Geneva.

Vladimir Putin May Be A Funny Guy But He's Deadly Serious On Ukraine
Huffington Post

Who would have thought a question-and-answer session with Vladimir Putin lasting 3 hours and 55 minutes could put the Russian president in such a good mood?

Diplomatic deal struck on Ukraine
The Hill

Diplomats from the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union have agreed to a framework plan designed to end violence in Ukraine.

Jews In Ukraine Told To Register Or Leave
RedState

Yet another foreign policy success of the Obama administration and the isolationist wing of the conservative movement is shaping up nicely Ukraine.

Bloomberg Takes on the NRA and Guns
Real Clear Politics

Bloomberg Takes on the NRA and Guns By New York Daily News , New York Daily News - April 17, 2014

Snowden asks Putin about surveillance
Politico

NSA leaker Edward Snowden asked Russian President Vladimir Putin whether Russia uses its own mass surveillance system, in a video during a question-and-answer session on Russian television.

Snowden's Putin on a Show
Drudge Retort

NSA leaker Edward Snowden put a direct question to Vladimir Putin during a live televised question-and-answer session Thursday, asking Russia's president about Moscow's use of mass surveillance on its citizens.

UPDATE: Deal announced to 'de-escalate tensions'...
Drudge Report

Geneva (AFP) - Russia, Ukraine and the West reached a surprise deal Thursday to try to ease the Ukrainian crisis, in a glimmer of hope for the former Soviet republic that risks splitting in two.

Putin: Russian Troops Deployed To Crimea To Support Local Defense Forces
Huffington Post

Reporters listen to Russian President Vladimir Putin's speech, displayed on TV screens during a nationally televised question-and-answer session in Moscow, Thursday, April 17, 2014.

Euro Expert: Ukraine Crisis Could Spark WWIII
Breitbart

Euro Expert: Ukraine Crisis Could Spark WWIII Edward Lucas, a prominent journalist who works for The Economist , has warned the Ukraine crisis may rapidly devolve, creating the conditions for a potential World War III.

Edward Snowden Makes Surprise Appearance at Vladimir Putin Press Conference
Breitbart

Edward Snowden Makes Surprise Appearance at Vladimir Putin Press Conference Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, joined a public question and answer session with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow via video.

PUTIN ON A SHOW
Drudge Report

Snowden Asks Putin Question on Russian Surveillance on Live TV Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden joined a public question-and-answer session with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow via video.

Ukraine Back From the Brink?
Washington Monthly

April 17, 2014 4:45 PM Ukraine Back From the Brink?

Steve Chapman on Obama and the Appeasement Myth
Reason

White House Hawks in the wild tend to be solitary creatures.

OBAMA WARNS PUTIN -- AGAIN...
Drudge Report

President Obama put Russian President Vladimir Putin on notice Wednesday evening, warning that further actions to destabilize the interim Ukrainian government will result in consequences from both the United States and Europe.

Three dead after Ukrainian military base attacked...
Drudge Report

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Russian President Vladimir Putin reiterates Kiev government is "illegitimate" as talks held He says it's important "to figure out how to get out" of the Ukraine crisis Ukrainian, Russian and Western diplomats meet in Switzerland to discuss the crisis In the southeastern city of Mariupol, a gang of 300 attacks a Ukrainian military base (CNN) -- Ukrainian, Russian and Western diplomats held emergency talks in Switzerland on Thursday, in the hope of resolving a deepening crisis that has seen armed pro-Russian protesters seize swaths of Ukraine.

The Roundup
Fire Dog Lake

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Ukraine Diplomatic Deal: Necessary Next Steps
Huffington Post

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) urges Congress, the Obama administration and policymakers throughout the European Union to adopt policies toward the Ukraine crisis that deescalate the conflict while providing a constructive path forward.

PUTIN ON A SHOW
Drudge Report

'Does Russia spy on its citizens?

Pro-Russia Official Disavows Fliers Ordering Jews To 'Register' In East Ukraine
Talking Points Memo

The head of the self-proclaimed provisional leadership in Eastern Ukraine's Donetsk has disavowed fliers issued in his name that call on the city's Jewish population to "register" with his separatist government.

World View: Iran Says Ukraine Crisis Is 'a Divine Blessing'
Breitbart

World View: Iran Says Ukraine Crisis Is 'a Divine Blessing' by John J. Xenakis 17 Apr 2014, 4:39 AM PDT post a comment This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com Iran says that the Ukraine crisis is 'a divine blessing' Ukraine's 'anti-terrorist operation' turns into a fiasco Russian ambassador signals coming invasion of east Ukraine Pakistan Taliban refuses to extend ceasefire, wants 'peace talks' anyway Iran says that the Ukraine crisis is 'a divine blessing' Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has previously declared the need to adopt a "resistance economy," to defeat the Western sanctions.

Breitbart News Contributor Jedediah Bila to Co-Host New Fox News Show
Breitbart

Breitbart News Contributor Jedediah Bila to Co-Host New Fox News Show by Tony Lee 17 Apr 2014, 2:31 PM PDT post a comment Breitbart News contributor Jedediah Bila will co-host a new Fox News television program that will have the same title as her book.

38 million gallons of water dumped after teen caught urinating in city reservoir...
Drudge Report

Local News Local News More>> Updated: Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:07 PM EDT 2014-04-17 03:07:27 GMT The New York City medical examiner has ruled that the death of a baby found in a teenager's shopping bag was a homicide.

Pipeline that would bypass Russia gets new push
Politico

The confrontation between Ukraine and Russia is helping to create an opening for another former Soviet state that wants to become a bigger gas supplier to Europe.

Russia blocks USA surveillance flights...
Drudge Report

An US F16 fighter jet takes off from a Romanian air base / AP BY: Bill Gertz Follow @BillGertz April 17, 2014 3:50 pm The Russian government this week canceled a planned U.S. surveillance flight over Russian territory in a bid to limit spying on massed troops facing off against Ukraine and Eastern Europe, according to U.S. officials.

Will Network News Cover? Jews Ordered to 'Register' With Authorities in Eastern Ukraine
NewsBusters

MRC president Brent Bozell sent along this USA Today report to the staff, and wondered whether the rest of the American media would follow up, as the news from Ukraine carried an echo of the early days of the Nazi Holocaust.

FLIER: Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine...
Drudge Report

A leaflet distributed in Donetsk, Ukraine, calls for all Jewish people over 16 years old to register as Jews.

Jews told to register in eastern Ukraine? Facts still murky
Legal Insurrection

Posted by Mandy Nagy Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 5:19pm Earlier Thursday, reports surfaced that leaflets were distributed earlier in the week in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk demanding Jews register with a government office.

Lannisters in Foggy Bottom
Huffington Post

The people of Syria, Ukraine, and Pakistan must ponder the worth of America's word.

U.S. left powerless...
Drudge Report

The Obama administration has removed all operational combat tanks from Europe and key strike aircraft, limiting the options for a show of force to bolster eastern NATO allies as Russia contemplates invading Ukraine .

Poland uneasy...
Drudge Report

"The events of the recent months and the aggressive policy taken by Russia made Poles realize... Russian President Vladimir Putin 's destabilization of Ukraine has reminded the Polish people that they can only ward off Russian aggression by strengthening their ties to NATO and their own military, Poland 's defense minister said at the Pentagon Thursday.

Obama and the Appeasement Myth
Reason

Hawks in the wild tend to be solitary creatures.

Obama and the Appeasement Myth
Real Clear Politics

Hawks in the wild tend to be solitary creatures.

CBS Devotes 15 Minutes to Obama Interview: No IRS, Benghazi or Health Care
NewsBusters

CBS News devoted 15 and a half minutes on Wednesday night and Thursday morning to an interview with Barack Obama.

New York Is the Latest State to Reject the Electoral College
National Journal

New York wants a recount.

Who Needs the Ex-Im Bank?
Real Clear Politics

Who Needs the Ex-Im Bank?

UPDATE: South Korea Ferry Sinks; Hundreds Missing...
Drudge Report

By Narae Kim JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - Rescuers fought rising winds, strong waves and murky waters on Thursday as they searched for hundreds of people, mostly teenage schoolchildren, still missing after a South Korean ferry capsized more than 24 hours ago.

Is The Regime in North Korea About To Collapse?
The Moderate Voice

Posted By RON BEASLEY on Apr 17, 2014 | 5 comments Over at Real Clear Defense Christopher Lee thinks the Kim Jong Un regime in North Korea is about to collapse, Kim Jong Un is defined by many as an egotistical fanatic whose recklessness led to dreadful mistakes during his two year tenure.

Chris Wallace re-ups with Fox News
Politico

"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace has renewed his contract with the network and will continue to host the Sunday morning program for years to come, network chief Roger Ailes announced in a press release, first obtained by Mediaite .

New payment system uses vein scans...
Drudge Report

Local News Local News More>> Updated: Thursday, April 17 2014 5:09 PM EDT 2014-04-17 21:09:38 GMT Transit officials and the union representing about 34,000 city subway and bus workers reached a tentative contract deal that would include raises and new benefits but require higher health insurance payments, both sides and Gov.

Putin Aims to Overturn European Order
Real Clear Politics

Ivan Kratsev is Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.

Jews in eastern Ukraine told to register with pro-Russian forces, or else
America Blog

In the last few days, leaflets have been distributed around eastern Ukraine, by pro-Russian separatists carrying Russian flags, demanding that Jews register with pro-Russian forces, or face deportation.

Greenwald Lashes Back At Critics Who Call Snowden A Russian Propagandist
Talking Points Memo

Edward Snowden's appearance on a televised call-in show with Russian President Vladimir Putin prompted renewed questions Thursday over the National Security Agency leaker's relationship with the Russian government.

Novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies
Drudge Retort

The Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who unleashed the worldwide boom in Spanish literature with his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude , has died at his Mexico City home.

Murders soar in Brazil World Cup city during police strike...
Drudge Report

(Updates with strike ending, number of deaths) By Silvio Cascione BRASILIA, April 17 (Reuters) - A police strike ended on Thursday after unleashing a surge in violent crime in Brazil's third-largest city just two months before it is due to welcome hordes of soccer fans for the World Cup, authorities said.

Cat photobombs yoga video
America Blog

Cat photobombs yoga video A woman apparently set up her camera to take a video of her yoga session.

Socialist Literary Hero Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies at 87
Breitbart

A prolific writer who started out as a newspaper reporter, Garcia Marquez's masterpiece was "One Hundred Years of Solitude," a dream-like, dynastic epic that helped him win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

Well: Leaflet Handed Out by Pro-Russian Forces Holding Eastern Ukraine Orders All Jews Over 16 Years Old to Register as Jews, Listing All of Their Property They Own
Ace of Spades HQ

Well: Leaflet Handed Out by Pro-Russian Forces Holding Eastern Ukraine Orders All Jews Over 16 Years Old to Register as Jews, Listing All of Their Property They Own Chilling, but at the moment this is very sketchy and unconfirmed.

Politicizing the Census?
Real Clear Politics

It must have seemed like a good idea at the time.

Mark Levin: Democrats Want 'Racial Strife' for Electoral Purposes
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Poll Indicates Californians Still Oppose Dams and Reservoirs
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In Russia, Vladimir Putin Shares His Thoughts About Invading Alaska
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Silicon Valley Builds New Political Machine: Why? To Help Whom?
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Anthony Weiner on Whether He is Still Sexting: 'I've Earned the Right to Say it's None of Your Business'
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'Grotesque': Kerry Addresses Early Reports of Jews Allegedly Asked to Register in Ukrainian Town
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US Ambassador to Ukraine Confirms to CNN: Pro Russian Government Anti-Semitic Leaflets Are 'Real Deal'
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Chelsea Clinton: We're Expecting Our First Baby!
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Beau Biden Plans 2016 Run for Delaware Governor
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National Popular Vote: New York State Climbs Aboard : The New Yorker
Huffington Post

www.newyorker.com : On Tuesday, the State of New York took a baby step--or maybe a giant leap!--toward making the United States of America something more closely resembling a modern democracy: Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill joining up the Empire State to the National Popular Vote (N.P.V.

Psychologist: Social Media Causing 'Distancing Phenomena' To Take Place...
Drudge Report

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New Hampshire Falls One Vote Short Of Repealing The Death Penalty
Think Progress

By Aviva Shen on April 17, 2014 at 1:17 pm " New Hampshire Falls One Vote Short Of Repealing The Death Penalty " CREDIT: Shutterstock New Hampshire came close to becoming the 20th state to ban the death penalty on Thursday, falling just one vote short in the Republican-controlled state Senate.

Edward Snowden Asked Putin About Surveillance
Huffington Post

MOSCOW, April 17 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin told Edward Snowden on that Russia does not carry out indiscriminate surveillance on its citizens, responding to a question the former U.S. spy agency contractor in a televised question and answer session with the nation.

USAToday Stealth-Edits on the Ukraine Leaflets Story
Ace of Spades HQ

USAToday Stealth-Edits on the Ukraine Leaflets Story I quoted the story as it was written some hours ago.

Bloomberg Vows To Nanny The NRA Out Of Existence
RedState

Having nannied his way into Heaven , now former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is trying to buy his way into the US Constitution .

Cantor Rebuffs Obama On Immigration Reform
RedState

Yesterday, Barack Obama tried to open negotiations with the House of Representatives on comprehensive immigration reform using the tried and true Obama formula for winning friends and influencing people: snide, insulting, and argumentative.

SHOCK POLL: MOST AMERICANS BELIEVE OBAMA LIES ON BIG ISSUES...
Drudge Report

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the shooting at Fort Hood, Wednesday, April 2,... How much do Americans trust President Obama ?

Watch Hillary Clinton Tell an Undocumented 19-Year-Old Why She Supports Immigration Reform
Mother Jones

Chelsea and Hillary Clinton in New York City on Thursday.

Apparently, We Need To Remind People That Pro-Choice Women Are Allowed To Have Babies
Huffington Post

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant , and some anti-abortion activists responded to the news Thursday by showing they don't understand what being "pro-choice" means: being able to choose to have a baby, or not.

GRANDMA HILLARY
Drudge Report

'Marc and I are thrilled!

Local Nigerian Government Denies Release of Schoolgirls Kidnapped by Boko Haram
Breitbart

Local Nigerian Government Denies Release of Schoolgirls Kidnapped by Boko Haram by Frances Martel 17 Apr 2014, 11:33 AM PDT post a comment The good news from Nigeria that more than one hundred schoolgirls abducted by radical Islamist group Boko Haram did not last, as state authorities in the northeast of the country confirmed to Reuters that only fourteen of the girls had escaped captivity, with dozens still missing.

"The Many Ways in Which The New Book About the Duke Lacrosse Case is Wrong."
Althouse

A Stuart Taylor Jr. article at The New Republic (about the book "The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities" ).

Fears Rise For Missing In Sunken South Korea Ferry
Talking Points Memo

Nine people, including five students and two teachers, were confirmed dead, but many expect a sharp jump in that number because of the long period of time the missing have now spent either trapped in the ferry or in the cold seawater.

Vladimir Putin Plays Long Game
Real Clear Politics

Despite Russia's Crimean landgrab and its massing of troops on the Ukrainian border, Western leaders still refuse to recognize the mind-set of Vladimir Putin.

Johnny Cash Hits The Campaign Trail In South Dakota Senate Race
Crooks and Liars

Well, okay, Johnny hasn't risen from the dead to run for Senate in South Dakota.

Who are the Koch Brothers and What do They Want?
Huffington Post

As a result of the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, billionaires and large corporations can now spend an unlimited amount of money to influence the political process.

Twitter congratulates Chelsea Clinton
Politico

Twitter congratulates Chelsea Clinton Clinton says she's expecting her first child later this year.

Long Live The Republic (Guest Post)
Flopping Aces

For over two hundred and thirty years the Republic has weathered wars, epidemics, hostile neighbors, worldwide conflicts, economic disasters, internal struggles, and competing ideologies.

What the Fort Hood Shooting Can Teach Us About the State of Veteran Aid
Mother Jones

This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website.

[Ilya Somin] Speed limits, immigration, and the duty to obey the law
The Volokh Conspiracy

In a response to my post arguing that illegal immigrants are often justified in morally violating, law professor Michael Rappaport questions my use of the example of speed limit laws.

Joe Biden Kills The Selfie Game With Obama Hours After Joining Instagram
Talking Points Memo

Mere hours after Vice President Joe Biden joined Instagram , he again proved he was hip to the times (a few times over) by taking the "first selfie" with none other than President Barack Obama.

A.M. Links: Americans Say Obama Lies, Putin Does Annual Phone-In Q&A, Joe Biden Takes a Selfie With the President
Reason

Fist of Etiquette | 4.17.14 @ 9:00AM | # He also took a question from Edward Snowden about mass surveillance by the Russian government.

B&A Podcast: Big novelist, Big Ballplayer, Big House
The Weekly Standard

THE WEEKLY STANDARD Books & Arts Podcast with Philip Terzian, on the April 21, 2014 edition of the Books and Arts section.

Kristol Podcast: The GOP's Prospects in 2014 & 2016
The Weekly Standard

THE WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with editor William Kristol on the GOP's prospects in 2014 and 2016.

Another Nobel Prize on the way? Paul Krugman to study income inequality from perspective of 1 percent
Michelle Malkin

**Written by Doug Powers Keynesian economist Paul Krugman should win another Nobel Prize for this.

Andrew Napolitano on Easter and the Necessity of Freedom
Reason

Tintoretto/Public Domain When America was in its infancy and struggling to find a culture and frustrated at governance from Great Britain, the word most frequently uttered in speeches and pamphlets and editorials was not safety or taxes or peace; it was freedom .

A Year After The Deadly West, Texas Explosion, No New Regulations
Think Progress

By Bryce Covert on April 17, 2014 at 12:45 pm " A Year After The Deadly West, Texas Explosion, No New Regulations " The aftermath of the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion CREDIT: AP A year after a fertilizer plant exploded in West, Texas, no new regulations have even been filed , let alone passed, according to the Texas Tribune.

Jesse Walker on the Overland Park Shootings and Free Speech
Reason

In the wake of the Overland Park shooting spree of April 13, the notion is being floated, yet again, that we might be able to stop such crimes if only we were less rigid about the Bill of Rights.

BOOM: Sales of homes for more than $10 million increase...
Drudge Report

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut's Gold Coast is living up to its name, with a record $120 million sale of a waterfront estate in Greenwich leading an increase in sales of homes for more than $10 million.

Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant
Huffington Post

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is pregnant.

Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant
National Journal

Chelsea Clinton announced Thursday that she is pregnant, casually dropping the news at the end of a conference on the empowerment of women and girls.

The First Commandment: How Spiritual Is America Today?
Breitbart

The First Commandment: How Spiritual Is America Today?

Insurance Companies Plan To Increase Policies Offered On Exchanges Following 2014 Success, And Other Health Care News
The Moderate Voice

Posted By Ron Chusid on Apr 17, 2014 | 0 comments The first year of enrollment for insurance under the exchanges is largely for first getting our feet wet, with more people projected to sign up in the future.

Number Of Right Wing Radio Hosts On Wingnut Welfare Expands
Crooks and Liars

Last year it was Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck .

Hagel Announces US Will Send Medical Supplies, Helmets and Other 'Nonlethal' Aid to the Ukrainian
Breitbart

AP: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the United States will send medical supplies, helmets and other nonlethal aid to the Ukrainian military in response to Russia's 'destabilizing activities.

Republican Field is Wide Open
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Edwards Returns to Law
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

GOP Lawmaker Warns Colleagues on Immigration
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Clinton Struggles to Define Her Legacy
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Majority Don't See Obama as Black
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Accused Video Leaker Quits
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Beauprez Barely Makes Ballot for Colorado Governor
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Turnover Not High This Cycle
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Panetta Says Obama Has 'Mixed Record' on National Security
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Crist Running Ahead in Florida
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

LePage Leads in Three-Way Race
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Coakley Leads Democratic Pack in Massachusetts
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

White House Scrambled After Biden Comments
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Republicans Stay the Course on Bashing Obamacare
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Could Sebelius Win a Political Trifecta?
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Quote of the Day
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Haley Up By Double-Digits
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Paul Won't Talk About McConnell Endorsement
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Biden to Run for Governor
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Ohio Governor Up for Grabs
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Biden Will Tell Obama First
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Every Member of Congress Gets Porn in the Mail
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

8 Million People Signed Up for Obamacare
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Looking Forward
Think Progress

By CAP Action War Room on April 17, 2014 at 5:39 pm Like CAP Action on Facebook and follow us on Twitter !

Non-Profit Goes To War With ABC News Over Pulitzer
Crooks and Liars

Amid all of the hullabaloo over Pulitzer prizes this week, one award stood out not only for the achievement, but for the rancor it caused.

REPORT: USA Vulnerable to Terrorism -- in Space...
Drudge Report

Space terrorism is a growing threat to U.S. national security, according to a new report .

Actually, cyclists make city streets safer
Wonk Blog

In the hysteria that predated the launch of New York's bike-sharing system last year, many critics cried that the bikes would make the city's streets less safe.

President Obama to make statement at daily press briefing
Daily Kos

A bit of a mystery here: The presidential seal has just been placed at the podium where Press Secretary Jay Carney normally delivers his daily press briefing, indicating the president will address the media.

More Proof That American Health Care Prices Are Sky-High
Huffington Post

Americans pay higher prices for many prescription drugs and medical treatments than citizens of other nations, a new report shows.

Jeb Bush's Optimism School
Real Clear Politics

NEW YORK -- The Republican Party faces a long-term challenge in presidential elections because it is defining itself as a gloomy enclave, a collection of pessimists who fear what our country is becoming and where it is going.

Al Sharpton Scoffs at New ObamaCare Allegation; 'Who Else Is In This Latest Conspiracy, the Easter Bunny?'
NewsBusters

On Wednesday, MSNBC's Al Sharpton scoffed at the latest allegations that the White House is trying to cook the books on ObamaCare numbers by changing the census questions.

Growing heroin threat across USA...
Drudge Report

Drugs are prepared by a user addicted to heroin on Feb. 6 in St. Johnsbury Vermont.

Chelsea Clinton announces pregnancy
Politico

In a joint appearance, Chelsea and Hillary Clinton announced Thursday that Chelsea is expecting her first child later this year.

Vermont GMO bill passes Senate - Alito to hear juice labeling case - Vulnerable aggies outraise challengers
Politico

By Jenny Hopkinson With help from Bill Tomson, Tarini Parti and Helena Bottemiller Evich VERMONT GMO BILL PASSES SENATE.

Obama snapped in another 'selfie'...
Drudge Report

Vice President Joe Biden snapped the selfie with President Obama in what appears to be the back of a presidential motorcade.

Obama's Deliberately Trolling the GOP
Ace of Spades HQ

Obama's Deliberately Trolling the GOP Already mentioned by @theh2 (Andy) in the morning comments, and boy, I sure wish he'd mentioned it for the podcast -- great piece at Slate by John Dickerson, linked from Hot Air.

House GOP Leaders Take Up The Banner Of Obamacare Trutherism
Talking Points Memo

With the final enrollment figures expected Thursday, House GOP leadership decided to fully take up the mantle of Obamacare trutherism.

Don't Miss Our Debate on Open Borders at Reason's DC HQ on Tuesday, 4/22 at 6 P.M.!
Reason

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies and author of The New Case Against Immigration: Both Legal and Illegal Stacking the deck in your favor there, aren't you?

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: The problem for the GOP is that ACA is working
Daily Kos

Jason Millman : New surveys out Wednesday morning provide a glimpse into just how many Americans have gained insurance since the Obamacare health insurance marketplaces opened in October.

Victim's Mom Stops Killer's Execution in Iran
Drudge Retort

Sky News: A convicted killer due to be hanged for murder has been spared after the victim's mother had a last-minute change of heart.

HUFFPOST HILL - They See Enrollin', They Hatin'
Huffington Post

Vladimir Putin says he won't try to annex Alaska --- truly the final nail in the coffin of Sarah Palin's dream to see Russia from her house.

The Third Commandment: Is Profanity Losing its Punch?
Breitbart

The Third Commandment: Is Profanity Losing its Punch?

Two Homeless People Freeze To Death Just Miles From The White House
Think Progress

By Scott Keyes on April 17, 2014 at 12:29 pm " Two Homeless People Freeze To Death Just Miles From The White House " A homeless man rests on a bench in Washington, D.C. CREDIT: Shawn Davis Just a couple miles from where lawmakers set the course on everything from taxes to the availability of housing vouchers for low-income Americans, two homeless people were found dead Wednesday morning, with hypothermia being cited as the likely cause.

Obama: 8 Million Americans Signed Up For Coverage Under Obamacare
Talking Points Memo

President Barack Obama announced Thursday that 8 million Americans had enrolled in private health coverage under Obamacare -- the final evidence that the law signed up far more Americans than most would have thought possible during the doldrums of last fall.

Locking down the Internet
Breitbart

Locking down the Internet by John Hayward 17 Apr 2014, 12:54 PM PDT Share This: Klint Finley at Wired has a provocative idea: "It's time to encrypt the entire Internet.

Jon Stewart Was Obama's 'Toughest' Interview During The Presidential Campaign
Huffington Post

Although critics have raised eyebrows at President Obama's late night appearances , White House press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday that "The Daily Show" might have been Obama's "toughest" interview during the 2012 campaign.

PRESS SHAME: The 'Toughest Interview Obama Did Was With Jon Stewart'...
Drudge Report

Carney: The Toughest Interview Obama Had Was With Jon Stewart Please enable Javascript to watch this video JAY CARNEY: I remember we had some discussion during 2012 about well, is it appropriate for the president, the sitting president and candidate, to give interviews with Jon Stewart and others.

Liking a Company on Facebook Could Surrender Your Right to Sue
Fire Dog Lake

Welcome to more fun in 21st century litigation.

DoD eyes more troops to Poland
Politico

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday the door is open to larger U.S. military rotations through Poland, including ground troops, as the international standoff persists over Russian incursions into Ukraine.

Damn you Andrew Sullivan
Balloon Juice

I was over at the Dish looking for something to point and laugh at, and then I end up learning something plus reading a touching story about job lock.

Constituent Blasts Democrat Sens Warner, Kaine for Voting to Submit Gun Rights to UN
Breitbart

Constituent Blasts Democrat Sens Warner, Kaine for Voting to Submit Gun Rights to UN by AWR Hawkins 17 Apr 2014, 1:26 PM PDT post a comment A constituent from Reva, Virginia, wrote an editorial blasting Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) for voting to subjugate the Second Amendment to the dictates of the United Nations via the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

Bill O'Reilly Told Roger Ailes Biographer To 'Drop Dead' Last Night
Talking Points Memo

Gabriel Sherman got an icy reception Wednesday night from the biggest personality on Fox News, confirmation that he's still persona non grata at the cable news channel following the publication of his devastating biography on Roger Ailes.

Obama Is Frustrated With States That Chose Not To Expand Medicaid Out Of 'Political Spite'
Huffington Post

President Barack Obama expressed his frustration with states that chose not to expand Medicaid "for no other reason than political spite" against him, saying that decision has been hurtful to millions.

Carney's backhanded dig at Pulitzer winners
Politico

White House press secretary Jay Carney on Thursday seemed to question the Pulitzer Prize Board's decision to honor The Washington Post and The Guardian for their reporting on Edward Snowden's National Security Agency revelations.

Obamacare Sign-Ups Hit 8 Million In Remarkable Turnaround
Huffington Post

One of the more positive sounding admonitions from health care reform opponents was that the United States had "the best health care in the world," so why would you mess with it?

Something soaring in NY State: Borrowing to cover local pension costs
Legal Insurrection

Posted by William A. Jacobson Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 2:47pm New York State municipalities are suffocating under the weight of local pensions.

STUDY: Kitchens could be sources of drug-resistant bacteria...
Drudge Report

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cutting boards used to prepare raw poultry may be an important source of drug-resistant bacteria in hospital kitchens and private homes, according to a new study.

Obama Surpasses the Awful Commutation Records of Three Republicans but Still Falls Far Short of Nixonian Mercy
Reason

NBC News President Obama made appropriate use of his clemency powers this week, shortening the prison term of a drug offender who received a sentence that everyone agreed was too long but for which there was no other legal remedy.

Executive action imminent...
Drudge Report

In this Nov. 13, 2103 file photo, Jeh Johnson, President Barack Obama's then-choice, now Homeland... House Democrats, who are stepping up the pressure on Republicans to take up comprehensive immigration reform legislation, said Tuesday the Obama administration is getting ready to take executive action on the matter very soon.

What? Run on Democratic accomplishments to rally the base? Crazy!
Daily Kos

By the end of May, everybody in the US will know whether they have benefited or not from Obamacare.

The One Tweet That Says It All About the Obamacare Debate
National Journal

President Obama triumphantly announced Thursday that sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act reached 8 million as the first enrollment period came to an end.

Breitbart's Sebastian Gorka Discusses Disbanding NYPD's Zone Assessment Unit on Al Jazeera America
Breitbart

Breitbart's Dr. Sebastian Gorka appeared on Al Jazeera America's "Inside Story" on Wednesday to discuss the New York City Police Department's decision to disband it's so-called Zone Assessment Unit...

Bill O'Reilly to Gabe Sherman: 'Drop dead'
Politico

Gabriel Sherman, author of this year's critical Roger Ailes biography , confronts Fox News host Bill O'Reilly at a party.

Networks Ignore IRS Seeking Criminal Investigation of Tax-Exempt Groups; CNN Reports
NewsBusters

On Thursday morning's New Day , CNN reported the newest development in the IRS scandal that the broadcast networks ignored: the former IRS chief contacting the Justice Department about criminal investigations of tax-exempt groups.

Three Possible Explanations For The Snowden-Putin Tele-Potemkin, None Of Them Very Nice (VIDEO)
Wonkette

Spongy-faced Russian Emperor Vladimir Putin did some kind of Face The Motherland forum on his own personal television network, and he had a Very Special Guest: American/Russian hero/traitor Edward Snowden!

Hope for the Dead
Reason

Tintoretto/Public Domain What is the connection between freedom and rising from the dead?

Column: Chicken Little 'Science'
NewsBusters

The cult centered on "global warming" alarmism is getting hot under the collar.

Koch Brothers Now Worth $100 Billion
Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire , one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.

Cantor blasts Obama after immigration call...
Drudge Report

President Obama called House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to prod Republicans to bring up immigration reform, but the conversation apparently did not go well.

Obama 'Surprised' By Cantor's Attack After 'Pleasant' Phone Call
Talking Points Memo

President Barack Obama said Thursday he was "surprised" by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's strong-worded attack on Democrats' immigration reform push after the president called the Virginia Republican and discussed the issue on Wednesday.

Hasselbeck Believes Climate Science Just A 'Product' That Is 'Sold' To Americans
Crooks and Liars

Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Thursday morning declared that climate change was just another "product" being "sold" to the American people, which might explain why a recent study found that the network was wrong about the subject 72 percent of the time.

GOP Establishment Declares War On Rand Paul's 2016 Ambitions
Talking Points Memo

The GOP establishment is wasting no time declaring war on Rand Paul's presidential ambitions as the Kentucky senator drops a trail of clues that he's eying a 2016 run for the White House.

Nightmare at the border
Congress Blog

The humanitarian catastrophe that is unfolding along the Southwest border and, in particular, in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, is nothing shy of tragic.

Thursday Morning News Dump
Ace of Spades HQ

MuNuvians MeeNuvians Polls!

Olympic Gold Medallist Turned Tory Candidate Blames Maria Miller for Euro Election Woes
Breitbart

Olympic Gold Medallist Turned Tory Candidate Blames Maria Miller for Euro Election Woes by Nick Hallett 17 Apr 2014, 1:22 AM PDT post a comment Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell has blamed Maria Miller for harming his prospects in the forthcoming European elections.

President Obama Trolls the GOP
Real Clear Politics

This is trolling.

RECORD NUMBER OF REGS ON THE BOOKS!
Drudge Report

April 16, 2014 7:16 p.m.

Eric Cantor agrees with President Obama: When it comes to immigration reform, Republicans suck
Daily Kos

On Wednesday, President Obama called House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to wish him a happy Passover and the topic of immigration reform came up.

Border Patrol Harasses Local Protesters, Tells Them 'You Have No Rights Here'
Reason

End Border Patrol Checkpoints/ACLU When last we dropped in on the good people of Arivaca, Arizona, they were keeping a close eye on a Border Patrol checkpoint that controls access to their community and puts just about anybody entering or leaving town through an Iron Curtain nostalgia tour.

Here Are All The Drugs Americans Want To Legalize
Huffington Post

A majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana, polls now show.

Ron Paul Praises "Fantastic" Article on His Website Claiming 9/11 Was Perpetrated by the American Government
Ace of Spades HQ

Ron Paul Praises "Fantastic" Article on His Website Claiming 9/11 Was Perpetrated by the American Government Ron Paul offers his standard defense here, the same defense he's used with respect to, say, his frequent appearances on the Alex Jones show -- he's such a rootin'-tootin' fan of liberty that he does not wish to discriminate against anyone on the basis of their belief system.

Astronomers find the first solid candidate for 'another Earth'
Breitbart

Astronomers find the first solid candidate for 'another Earth' by John Hayward 17 Apr 2014, 1:31 PM PDT Share This: The search for extraterrestrial life begins with the assumption that it would require a homeworld broadly similar to Earth in a few key characteristics.

Teen Pees in Portland's Water Supply
Drudge Retort

Portland administrators will flush 38 million gallons of water from Mt.

Rand Paul Sounds Presidential in The Washington Post
Huffington Post

AP photograph Senator Rand Paul wants to set the record straight on an issue that the foreign policy community in Washington considers one of the biggest priorities on its docket: the Iranian nuclear program.

E-Cigarettes May Not Be As Safe As You Think
Huffington Post

(Repeats with no changes) By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON, April 17 (Reuters) - Complaints of injury linked to e-cigarettes, from burns and nicotine toxicity to respiratory and cardiovascular problems, have jumped over the past year as the devices become more popular, the most recent U.S. data show.

[Will Baude] Further reading on the problem of dishonest law enforcement agents
The Volokh Conspiracy

Thanks to all of you who commented or wrote in about my post on police officers who lie .

President Obama press conference #2
Daily Kos

First thread here.

Why Chelsea Might Be Just What Hillary Needs In 2016
National Journal

Chelsea Clinton is all about metrics.

Thieves using drones with infrared cameras to steal from marijuana farms...
Drudge Report

Apparently taking a leaf out of the book of the police themselves, violent robbers said that the growers make perfect targets because the victims will not report incidents to the authorities.

Win the Senate? Not as easy as Republicans think
Daily Kos

Mitch McConnell won't be Senate Majority Leader after November.

Chelsea Clinton Announces She's Pregnant
Talking Points Memo

Chelsea Clinton announced on Thursday that she is expecting her first child.

Daily Beast: Happy Holy Thursday, Let's Look at the 'Seedy Side of Sainthood'
NewsBusters

Promising a look at the "seedy side of sainthood," Daily Beast Vatican correspondent Barbie Latza Nadeau hyped the concerns of "critics [who] say the two popes were pushed through to sainthood without a thorough vetting.

Cheers and Jeers: Thursday
Daily Kos

Cheers and Jeers for Thursday, April 17, 2014 Note: Yes!

Get Him on the Court and He's Trouble, This Season Jason Collins Couldn't Even Average a Triple-Single
Breitbart

Get Him on the Court and He's Trouble, This Season Jason Collins Couldn't Even Average a Triple-Single by Daniel J. Flynn 17 Apr 2014, 2:21 PM PDT post a comment Oscar Robertson famously averaged a triple-double during the 1961-62 season.

The Tragic Decline of U.S. Foreign Policy
Real Clear Politics

It's remarkable that the US economy looks to be picking up steam even as rising stars like China, India, Turkey, and Brazil wrestle with slowing growth and the risk of unrest.

Hillary Clinton bundler pleads guilty
Politico

A prominent New York hotel magnate who was a top bundler for then-Sen. Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign pled guilty in federal court Thursday to making more than $180,000 in illegal campaign contributions and to witness tampering.

Poll: Christie Moving Closer to Clinton in '16 Matchup
Real Clear Politics

Though the Bridgegate scandal has damaged New Jersey Gov.

Clinton praises undocumented teen
Politico

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came out strongly for the immigration reform legislation passed by the Senate last year after being asked about her stance by a young undocumented immigrant on Thursday.

'NYT': Republicans Employ Gun Giveaways in Primary Races
Breitbart

'NYT': Republicans Employ Gun Giveaways in Primary Races by AWR Hawkins 17 Apr 2014, 1:18 PM PDT post a comment The New York Times reports that Republicans are seizing on the popularity of guns and gun giveaways in primary races around the country.

Ask Not What Your Cat Can Do for You
Real Clear Politics

A big-selling book, "Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet," helps cat lovers understand what is going on in the hearts and brains of their kitties.

MSNBC in Prime Time Demo Dip...
Drudge Report

After ending the first quarter of 2014 ahead of CNN in every major ratings category , MSNBC has had a rough start to the month of April.

Fight Against Political Cowardice on Guns
Real Clear Politics

A year ago Thursday, the United States Senate failed us.

Thursday Night Open Thread
TalkLeft

My uncle, Joe, owned a working man's bar down around Delancy Street, right in the heart of the garment district.

Prominent Pro-Amnesty GOP Super PAC Raises No Money in First Quarter
Breitbart

Prominent Pro-Amnesty GOP Super PAC Raises No Money in First Quarter by Tony Lee 17 Apr 2014, 11:50 AM PDT post a comment A prominent super PAC of key allies of President George W. Bush and failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney, formed to give Republicans who support amnesty legislation air cover, failed to raise any money during the first quarter of this year.

Postal Service seeks to mine and sell mail data...
Drudge Report

The United States Postal Service is looking to get in on the big-data-for-profit game played by tech giants like Facebook and Google, and begin mining and selling private data gathered from personal mail sent from and received by Americans everywhere.

President Obama Encourages Democrats to Defend Obamacare: 'I Do Not Think We Should Apologize'
Breitbart

President Obama Encourages Democrats to Defend Obamacare: 'I Do Not Think We Should Apologize' President Obama proudly promoted record Obamacare signup numbers Thursday, boldly calling for Democrats to defend the law.

Obama Flashback: My Energy Plan Will Make Electricity Rates Skyrocket
Breitbart

Obama Flashback: My Energy Plan Will Make Electricity Rates Skyrocket by Kerry Picket 17 Apr 2014, 2:42 PM PDT Share This: Cybercast News Service reported on Thursday that the average price for a kilowatthour (KWH) of electricity hit a March record of 13.5 cents.

Half Of Americans Support Stricter Gun Laws, But Many Question Their Effectiveness
Huffington Post

Support for stricter gun laws has leveled off from its peak following 2012's mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll shows .

WH: 8 Million Signed Up for Obamacare
The Weekly Standard

The White House claims 8 million people have signed up for Obamacare: FACT SHEET: Affordable Care Act by the Numbers The Affordable Care Act is working.

'This thing is working': 8 million are now insured through the exchanges
Daily Kos

A few weeks ago, 7 million sign-ups for Obamacare's insurance exchanges was rightly celebrated as a victory.

What the Networks Aren't Telling You About the Nevada Cattle Battle
NewsBusters

The showdown between federal authorities and rancher Cliven Bundy, his family and supporters in Nevada is one of those rare topics from the libertarian-conservative news agenda that actually made its way into the establishment media.

The Debate Over Obamacare Is Hardly Over
National Journal

President Obama opened his press conference Thursday with a bold proclamation that "the repeal debate is and should be over.

Kerry Condemns...
Drudge Report

Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed reports Thursday that Jewish citizens in eastern Ukraine have been sent notices requiring them to identify themselves, and offered a strong condemnation of what he termed "intolerable" behavior.

Surveillance network watches entire city...
Drudge Report

Following the Boston Marathon bombings almost one year ago, the Boston Police Department started looking toward more high-tech means of securing the city against future attacks.

SCIENTISTS CLONE CELLS FROM ADULTS...
Drudge Report

After years of failed attempts, researchers have successfully generated stem cells from adults.

#PleaseKillMe
Eschaton Blog

12 years ago I started this sucky little blog, mostly because this "blog" thing seemed to be taking off and it was dominated by conservative assholes and eventheliberals, like every other medium at the time.

What's Next In Gay Marriage's Legal Odyssey?
Talking Points Memo

Thursday's hearing in Denver is the second of two hearings on gay marriage that are weighted with legal significance.

Ron Paul: Criticism of RPI Publishing 9/11 Truther Stuff Is 'a little bit overkill with political correctness'
Reason

Last night Ron Paul made one of his frequent appearances on The Independents , giving newsworthy comments about the rancher standoff in Nevada and his own showdown with the Internal Revenue Service over donor disclosures .

Open Thread: Leftist College President Slammed on Twitter Over Racist Remarks
NewsBusters

A liberal college president has publicly dissed the student body of his institution, saying it was an ongoing "failure" that the skin tone of the vast majority of the students was too pale.

Study successfully uses electrode implants to help paraplegics move their legs
America Blog

A happy, and amazing, study to start the day with.

Mike's Blog Round Up
Crooks and Liars

Left Is Right : The Bundy Ranch incident was even weirder and more disturbing than we've heard.

[Will Baude] Hugo Black and Norm Pattis on bravery, sacrifice, and the legal profession
The Volokh Conspiracy

Some of you wrote to me after my post on Hugo Black on Tuesday to remind me of other Black opinions you particularly liked or despised.

Tonight: Jesse Walker Discusses Conspiracy Theories in Houston
Reason

Putin: we only do surveillance upon court-issued warrant Obama: we only do surveillance upon court-issued warrant It's all technically true, but when you can call a secret, unaccountable rubber-stamp organization a "court," the truthfulness of those answers means nothing.

Facts and Fallacies About Paycheck Fairness
Breitbart

Facts and Fallacies About Paycheck Fairness Barack Obama and his feminist friends have been trotting out their tiresome slogan that women are paid only 77 cents for every dollar a man earns.

Drought conditions in 40% of USA...
Drudge Report

With a hot summer and wildfire season right around the corner, huge chunks of the western United States are experiencing record droughts.

Brickbat: The Fugitive
Reason

On the one hand, armed robbery is no joke.

Venezuelan President Sees Eclipse as a 'Socialist Moon'
Breitbart

Venezuelan President Sees Eclipse as a 'Socialist Moon' by John Sexton 17 Apr 2014, 2:55 PM PDT Share This: During a speech marking the one year anniversary of the day he was elected President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro said he saw this week's lunar eclipse as a "socialist moon.

Colorado County Bullies Couple into Handing Over Land for Non-Use
Reason

Facebook The Barries, Ceil and Andy, of Summit County, Colorado, have been fighting their local government, which was trying to use eminent domain to seize their land and keep it "open space.

Critics slam Jo Becker's gay history book
Politico

New York Times investigative reporter Jo Becker has come under fierce criticism from the likes of Andrew Sullivan, Dan Savage and others over a new book in which she appears to airbrush several gay rights activists out of history.

Andrew Sullivan Rips Jo Becker's Marriage Equality Book; Author Responds
Huffington Post

NEW YORK -- Andrew Sullivan unloaded Wednesday on New York Times investigative journalist Jo Becker and her forthcoming book , Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality .

MD Expands Opportunities for Abused, Undocumented Children
Huffington Post

Every year thousands of unaccompanied and undocumented children come to the United States from across the globe.

Sriracha Plant Mulls Move, Providing Valuable Lesson to Government Meddlers
Reason

Credit: Dave77459 / photo on flickr "I have had the bad luck to move into a city with a government that acts like a local king.

Confessions Of A Teacher Hater
Talking Points Memo

I write about American public education for a living .

America's Fear of Iranian Nuclear Power Is Overblown
Reason

When the Obama administration refused to grant a visa to Iran's designated ambassador to the United Nations, Hamid Aboutalebi, it was continuing a long-running hostile U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic.

Sheldon Richman on America's Overblown Fear of Iranian Nukes
Reason

White House When the Obama administration refused to grant a visa to Iran's designated ambassador to the United Nations, Hamid Aboutalebi, it was continuing a long-running hostile U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic.

Obama: 8 Million Healthcare Enrollees, Now Let's Fix Some Potholes!
Breitbart

Obama: 8 Million Healthcare Enrollees, Now Let's Fix Some Potholes!

Jack Abramoff: Supreme Court Justices 'Just Don't Get' How Money Influences Politics
Huffington Post

Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff disagrees with the Supreme Court's April 2 ruling on campaign finance limits, which knocked down the limit donors can give to a political candidate.

Man named Cocaine arrested on felony narcotics charge...
Drudge Report

April 17, 2014 Man Named Cocaine Arrested By Florida Cops On Felony Narcotics Charge A Florida man named Edward Cocaine was arrested this week on a felony drug charge.

Conan O'Brien Smears Pope Francis with Pedophile Joke
NewsBusters

Conan O'Brien apparently couldn't resist making a pedophile priest joke on his TBS program on Wednesday, after Pope Francis took two school boys on a ride around St. Peter's Square during his weekly audience: "The Pope let two 11-year-old boys ride in the Popemobile with him...

The Confidence Gap
Real Clear Politics

For years, we women have kept our heads down and played by the rules.

Dozens of Widows Dropped from Health Care Due to Obamacare in Alabama
The Weekly Standard

Over two dozen widows in Alabama were dropped from their health care plans due to Obamacare, WHNT reports: "More than two dozen widows who were married to retired Madison county employees, lost their health insurance coverage earlier this year.

Who would have thought?
Fire Dog Lake

Next up, more studies finding puppies cute and cigarettes bad .

Is Susana Martinez the Next Sarah Palin?
Real Clear Politics

AS SHE LIKES TO TELL anybody who'll listen, Susana Martinez, the governor of New Mexico, didn't start out a Republican.

"There's Nothing Extraordinary About What Happened"
Shakesville

[Content Note: Rape culture.

Regulating Hateful Speech Won't Stop Hateful Crimes
Reason

Johnson County, Kansas, Sheriff First the terrible crime, then the terrible idea.

Louisiana House Votes to Keep Anti-Sodomy Law on the Books
Breitbart

Louisiana House Votes to Keep Anti-Sodomy Law on the Books by Dr. Susan Berry 17 Apr 2014, 1:25 PM PDT post a comment The Louisiana state House voted Tuesday 66-27 to keep a ban against certain types of sodomy.

Water and the Angel of Death
Congress Blog

Few scenes in film are more memorable than the famous parting of the Red Sea, a young Charlton Heston at the helm, in the 1956 Academy Award-winning film The Ten Commandments .

Essence of the Constitution
Power Line

In his column today , George Will lauds a short new book by Timothy Sandefur, The Conscience of the Constitution: The Declaration of Independence and the Right to Liberty .

Don't Take a Selfie in Front of a Train
Drudge Retort

A guy attempting to take a selfie in front of an oncoming train has learned an important lesson.

You Will Not Believe The T-Shirt That Got This Professor Kicked Off Campus!
Reason

Some of you will recognize the T-shirt verbiage to the right as coming from the hugely popular HBO series Game of Thrones .

Thursday Is New Jobless Day
Eschaton Blog

Enjoy Whatever one thinks of Bill and Hill personally, their ability to surround themselves with truly horrible people is impressive.

Lunch Thread
Eschaton Blog

Enjoy Whatever one thinks of Bill and Hill personally, their ability to surround themselves with truly horrible people is impressive.

Lunch Buffet
Washington Monthly

April 17, 2014 2:21 PM Lunch Buffet By Ed Kilgore Sorry, got a little tied up in trying to remember my Con Law classes from many long years ago in writing the last post.

"Four percent of Americans are newly insured this year, reporting that they have health insurance now but did not last year."
Althouse

With an achievement like that--2%!--how can anyone deny that this brilliant president is going to join the pantheon of Lincoln, FDR, and Jesus?

Flight Instructor On CNN Missing Jet Coverage Fired For 'Shaming' Canada
Talking Points Memo

A Canadian flight instructor who figured prominently in CNN's coverage of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane was fired Wednesday because his casual dress "shamed Canadians.

Why It Could Get a Lot Harder to Get Divorced in Some States
Reason

Moving Picture World/Wikimedia As the great same-sex marriage debate bumbles on, a smaller, quieter marriage battle is taking place in state legislatures.

Democrat: Voters 'Frustrated and Embarrassed' by Obamacare
Breitbart

Democrat: Voters 'Frustrated and Embarrassed' by Obamacare by Wynton Hall 17 Apr 2014, 3:23 PM PDT post a comment Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) says her constituents are "frustrated and embarrassed" by Hawaii's failed Obamacare exchange, which cost taxpayers $204 million and signed up only 8,000 people.

The Fugitive
Reason

A SWAT team raided Cornealious "Mike" Anderson's St. Louis home, hauling him out at gunpoint.

Quote of the Day
Shakesville

[Content Note: Racism; carcerality; guns.

Grading Exchange Premiums on a Curve
Fire Dog Lake

Significant premium growth should be unacceptable when we have the most overpriced health insurance on the planet.

We Will Fight the NRA With Common Sense
Real Clear Politics

A year ago on Thursday, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a bill that would have helped fix our nation's gun laws by requiring background checks on all purchases of firearms.

Timely
Balloon Juice

Ebola is an awful disease.

Jack Abramoff Speaks Out Against Michael Bloomberg's Gun Control Initiative
Huffington Post

Former conservative lobbyist Jack Abramoff is not behind Michael Bloomberg's $50 million investment in a gun control organization posed to challenge the N.R.A.

Holder and Mueller Spent $7.8 Million Taxpayer Dollars on Personal Travel
Fire Dog Lake

The GAO learned that Robert Mueller and Eric Holder decided on their own that the intelligence agency exemption also applied to them.

SCOTUSBlog Denied Press Credentialing
Crooks and Liars

Anyone who follows the Supreme Court even just occasionally has heard of SCOTUSblog.

Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9am ET!
Daily Kos

Daily Kos Radio's Kagro in the Morning show podcasts are now available through iTunes.

Hillary Clinton Will Soon Be Grandmother
Ace of Spades HQ

Hillary Clinton Will Soon Be Grandmother Chelsea Clinton announced her pregnancy.

"The Repeal Debate Is and Should Be Over:" Oblahablah Open Thread
Ace of Spades HQ

Oblahblah's talking about... something or other.

XXX-MEN: Director accused of preying on 15-year-old aspiring actor at party...
Drudge Report

Mark Davis/Getty Images for EJAF Bryan Singer, whose latest film 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' is set to hit theaters on May 23, has been slapped with a shocking lawsuit, but denies the allegations.

Treading Water on Jobs
The Weekly Standard

First time claims held steady, this week, at 304,000.

Sen. Joe Manchin Is 'Leaving All His Options Open for 2016'
National Journal

Sen. Joe Manchin is the most conservative Democrat in the Senate.

Cliven Bundy, John Birch Society, And Koch Industries
Crooks and Liars

The John Birch Society is promising more uprisings like the one staged by Cliven Bundy and associated militias last weekend.

Florida Voter Confronts GOP Representative On His Repeated Efforts To Repeal Obamacare
Think Progress

By Scott Keyes on April 17, 2014 at 11:11 am " Florida Voter Confronts GOP Representative On His Repeated Efforts To Repeal Obamacare " Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) at a Tampa town hall meeting.

GOP's Obamacare Chickens Are Coming Home To Roost
Crooks and Liars

This year's town hall meetings are nothing like they were in 2009, as Rep. Dennis Ross discovered.

A Late Convert to Vouchers
The Weekly Standard

Writing in the Tennessean , a man named George Parker writes: For many years I opposed school vouchers, also known as opportunity scholarships.

"Automatic Government" is Leading to an Automatic Spending Disaster
Reason

This article originally appeared at The Daily Beast on April 10, 2014.

Hollywood Playbook: Thursday's Top 5 News Items
Breitbart

Hollywood Playbook: Thursday's Top 5 News Items by John Nolte 17 Apr 2014, 2:19 PM PDT post a comment 'Mrs.

Live from Pittsburgh, It's the NHL Playoffs!
Breitbart

Live from Pittsburgh, It's the NHL Playoffs!

Final Obamacare Open Enrollment Numbers Comparable to Romneycare
Washington Monthly

April 17, 2014 4:11 PM Final Obamacare Open Enrollment Numbers Comparable to Romneycare By Ed Kilgore As you may recall, there was a grace period for additional signups after the March 31 deadline for open enrollment in the Obamacare exchanges, so the final numbers have just been announced.

Open Thread
Shakesville

Welcome to Shakesville Welcome to Shakesville, a progressive feminist blog about politics, culture, social justice, cute things, and all that is in between.

Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime
Shakesville

Welcome to Shakesville Welcome to Shakesville, a progressive feminist blog about politics, culture, social justice, cute things, and all that is in between.

Photo of the Day
Shakesville

Welcome to Shakesville Welcome to Shakesville, a progressive feminist blog about politics, culture, social justice, cute things, and all that is in between.

The Virtual Pub Is Open
Shakesville

Welcome to Shakesville Welcome to Shakesville, a progressive feminist blog about politics, culture, social justice, cute things, and all that is in between.

Give Us Back Our Data!
Real Clear Politics

WASHINGTON -- In this age of Big Data, the Obama administration seems determined to make it hard for average Americans to get little data.

How Marijuana Gets People Deported, In 5 Simple Charts
Huffington Post

The Secure Communities program, implemented by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in October 2008, was intended to identify and deport immigrants who commit serious crimes and pose a danger to communities.

Embattled Hagan Hits GOPer On Giving Staffers 'Golden Parachutes' For Affairs
Talking Points Memo

Sen. Kay Hagan's (D-NC) re-election campaign released its first attack ad of the cycle, which hits state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R), running in the GOP Senate primary, for giving "golden parachutes" to two former staffers involved in a sex scandal.

Don't Try To Hide Obamacare Support, Some Democrats Say
Talking Points Memo

Republicans practically dare Democrats to embrace "Obamacare," the GOP's favorite target in most congressional campaigns.

Man Waits 13 Years to Report to Prison
Drudge Retort

After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, Cornealious Anderson was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison.

State Attorneys General to Google: Censor or Be Censored
Reason

Gayle Laakmann/Technologywoman.com If you have to ask Google how to rob a house or become a drug dealer, you probably aren't going to make a terribly superb robber or drug dealer.

White House Strategy: Fabricating Fear and Injustice
Breitbart

White House Strategy: Fabricating Fear and Injustice by Peter Morici 17 Apr 2014, 2:10 PM PDT post a comment Facing mid-term elections and burdened with persistently high unemployment, President Obama is playing the race, gender, and class cards.

President Obama, Put the Arctic Off-Limits to Big Oil
Huffington Post

Four years ago this week, BP's Deepwater Horizon drill platform exploded.

Minimum Wage, Maximum Outrage
Real Clear Politics

No one should ever endure the kind of economic humiliation that comes with working a full-time job and making a less-than-living wage.

President Obama: Regulator Without Peer
Real Clear Politics

President Obama: Regulator Without Peer By Wall Street Journal , Wall Street Journal - April 17, 2014

Curious About Palestine, Israeli Visitors Return
Talking Points Memo

Since a major round of Israeli-Palestinian fighting more than a decade ago, Israelis have been kept out of Palestinian cities by the Israeli military and their own fears.

The DA, Duke Lacrosse and Higher-Ed Hypocrisy
Real Clear Politics

Duke is back in the news.

Why Air Pollution Is A Racial Issue
Think Progress

By Carimah Townes on April 17, 2014 at 11:45 am " Why Air Pollution Is A Racial Issue " CREDIT: Shutterstock A study produced by the University of Minnesota concluded that race is a determining factor in who is most affected by air pollution.

Hotel magnate, Clinton fundraiser pleads guilty...
Drudge Report

Democratic fundraiser pleads guilty Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:09 PM ET CNBC's Scott Cohn reports Hampshire Hotel CEO Sant Singh Chatwal pleaded guilty in a campaign scheme.

President's Publicity Machine: CBS Devotes Seven Minutes to Obama's 'Scary Powerful' Aide
NewsBusters

After devoting 15 minutes to a Barack Obama interview in the last 24 hours, CBS piled on with another seven minutes devoted to a "scary powerful" top aide.

When Turner was right
Power Line

Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Turner Classic Movies cable channel earlier this week, I noted that I was a little vague on how Ted Turner came to own the rights to nearly every worthwhile movie ever made.

STUDY: Babies Show Racial Bias...
Drudge Report

News Get Breaking News First Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.

Jeremy Paxman Says the BBC is Smug, Wasteful and Unfair. He's Being Far Too Generous
Breitbart

Jeremy Paxman Says the BBC is Smug, Wasteful and Unfair.

Midday open thread: Ex-Sheriff Mack lies, Sen. Warren reveals in new book, Eschaton turns 12
Daily Kos

Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is No animals were harmed : Gung-ho ex-sheriff lies about fighting Feds with women as human shields .

Terrific
Shakesville

[Content Note: Gender essentialism; fat bias; appropriation.

Ann Coulter Endorses Cantor Primary Challenger David Brat
Breitbart

Ann Coulter Endorses Cantor Primary Challenger David Brat Conservative writer Ann Coulter is enthusiastically endorsing Tea Party-backed candidate David Brat in his primary challenge of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) in the upcoming June primary, citing Cantor's support for immigration reform.

Was Rome Larger Than First Thought?
Breitbart

Was Rome Larger Than First Thought?

Rod Wright and the California Senate's Culture of Corruption
Breitbart

Rod Wright and the California Senate's Culture of Corruption by Jon Fleischman 17 Apr 2014, 4:59 AM PDT post a comment On April 3, Republican Mike Morrell gave up his seat in the California State Assembly as he was sworn into the State Senate--he had recently won a special election in a Senate District in the Inland Empire.

Donald Trump Of Course Gave The Max Amount Of Money To Ted Cruz
Talking Points Memo

Donald Trump donated to Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) leadership political action committee in January.

Beau Biden plans Del. governor run
Politico

DOVER, Del.

Biden's Son To Run For Delaware Governor
ABC Politics

Apr 17, 2014 12:25pm (ABCNews) The Biden family may have two Bidens running for office in 2016.

Surprise: Fighting Health Coverage Works!
Washington Monthly

April 17, 2014 10:08 AM Surprise: Fighting Health Coverage Works!

New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez, In Her Own Words
Crooks and Liars

[Disclaimer: This post contains language not safe for work] If there's one characteristic common to Republican women, it is their unlimited capacity to behave like an iconic "Mean Girl" while serving the men who control them.

The Real Death Panel
Balloon Juice

Richard had a happy healthcare reform story earlier.

GOP To Obama: 'No, We Can't' Move On From Obamacare
Talking Points Memo

The partisan debate over Obamacare was accurately summed up in one simple tweet Thursday by the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Venezuela's Largest University 'Nearly Abandoned' After Chavista Attacks on Students
Breitbart

Venezuela's Largest University 'Nearly Abandoned' After Chavista Attacks on Students by Frances Martel 17 Apr 2014, 12:06 PM PDT post a comment The Central University of Venezuela in Caracas, the nation's largest academic institution, is in shambles.

Pelosi Uses GOP Governor's Letter To Troll Republicans On Jobless Benefits
Talking Points Memo

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi seized on Nevada GOP Gov.

Several injured when fire trucks collide, crash into restaurant...
Drudge Report

By Kate Mather April 16, 2014 , 4:40 p.m. At least 14 people, including four firefighters, were injured Wednesday afternoon when two fire trucks collided in Monterey Park, sending one crashing into a restaurant, officials said.

Fire Trucks Crash Through Wall of Restaurant, Injure 15
Breitbart

Fire Trucks Crash Through Wall of Restaurant, Injure 15 by Robert Wilde 17 Apr 2014, 2:15 PM PDT post a comment Fire trucks from the Monterey Park, CA Fire Department and the Alhambra Fire department collided on the way to a house fire and catapulted the Monterey Park truck through the front wall of Lu Dumpling House on Wednesday.

Sen. Cornyn Keeps Debunked 'Firearm Tracking' Meme Alive
Talking Points Memo

The notion that Attorney General Eric Holder was interested in some kind of "gun tracking bracelets" bounced around right-wing news outlets last week, before being quickly debunked .

GOP warns against executive action on 'biometric' guns...
Drudge Report

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is warning the Obama administration to not issue an executive order requiring that all new guns be made with biometric technology, such as finger-print recognition or bracelets.

Economy can't afford hatchet approach to tax reform
Congress Blog

There's much to like about the grand tax reform package recently unveiled by Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.).

Networks Amazed by Obama-Biden Selfie: 'They're Just Like Us!'
NewsBusters

The network morning shows on Thursday were thrilled by Vice President Joe Biden joining Instagram on Wednesday and posting a selfie of himself with President Obama.

San Francisco Obamacare Patients Nowhere to Be Found
Breitbart

San Francisco Obamacare Patients Nowhere to Be Found by Wynton Hall 17 Apr 2014, 2:39 PM PDT post a comment California's Obamacare exchange enrolled the most people in the nation, but San Francisco hospitals and doctors have yet to see an uptick in patients, reports the San Francisco Business Times.

Capital Soccer Classic
Politico

The U.S. Soccer Foundation and POLITICO partner to present the Capital Soccer Classic.

Pakistani Cannibal Brothers Re-Arrested After Allegedly Eating Child
Breitbart

Pakistani Cannibal Brothers Re-Arrested After Allegedly Eating Child by Nick Hallett 17 Apr 2014, 2:37 AM PDT post a comment Two Pakistani brothers have been arrested on suspicion of eating a young child.

Racism Is a Matter of Legitimate Debate, Not a Slur
Washington Monthly

April 17, 2014 12:15 PM Racism Is a Matter of Legitimate Debate, Not a Slur By Ed Kilgore I suppose I should feel flattered that the imperious Wall Street Journal writer James Taranto devoted the bulk of his column yesterday to various drive-by criticisms of my TPMCare piece last week on racism in politics.

Could Play and Freedom Trace Back to the Building Blocks of Everything?
Reason

"Cosmos"/PBS Anthropologist David Graeber writes at The Baffler about "play" and how the concept may be necessary at any and every level of physical reality.

Department of Energy: Working Hard to Give Away Your Money
Heritage Foundation

Rainer Jensen/dpa/picture-alliance/Newscom This week the Department of Energy announced that it will make as much as $4 billion in loan guarantees available for renewable and energy efficiency projects that reduce, avoid, or sequester greenhouse gas emissions.

7 Lies We Need To Stop Telling About Young African-American Men
Huffington Post

Last week Long Island teenager Kwasi Enin captured national headlines after becoming part of an impressive club: high school seniors who have been accepted into all eight Ivy League schools.

Obama Blasts GOP Govs Turning Down Medicaid Expansion: 'That's Wrong'
Talking Points Memo

President Barack Obama was uncharacteristically blunt Thursday while addressing the Republican governors and state legislators who have turned down Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.

Holder's Meltdown Speaks Volumes
Breitbart

Holder's Meltdown Speaks Volumes by Tom Fitton 17 Apr 2014, 12:01 PM PDT post a comment If anyone had doubts as to just how much contempt Attorney General Eric Holder has for the institution of Congress (pun intended), those doubts dissipated when Holder became unhinged during a heated exchange with Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) in his testimony before Congress.

Dartmouth President Vows To Tackle Drinking, Sexual Violence, Racism On Campus
Huffington Post

Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon vowed Wednesday to tackle sexual violence, binge drinking and social issues on the Ivy League campus.

Students Demand That Officials Ban Confederate Flags From Va. Campus
Talking Points Memo

Students at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. are demanding that the school ban Confederate flags on campus, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

Brain Surgery Patient's Obamacare Plan Denies Meds, Drops Docs...
Drudge Report

Brain Surgery Patient's Obamacare Plan Denies Meds, Drops Doctors A New York woman suffering from a neurological disease that has required four brain surgeries has been dropped by all of her doctors and denied medications due to her Obamacare plan.

"It don't get no better" says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka referring to Elizabeth Warren.
Althouse

Do you like the rhetorical use of the double negative?

Nick Gillespie Interviews William Binney, the Original NSA Whistleblower
Reason

Jacob Appelbaum CC BY In 2002, more than a decade before Edward Snowden's NSA revelations rocked the world, William Binney and several former colleagues went to Congress and the Department of Defense, requesting that the NSA be investigated.

The Original NSA Whistleblower
Reason

"Where I see it going is toward a totalitarian state," William Binney says of the National Security Agency (NSA), the place where he worked for 30 years before becoming a whistleblower and eventually quitting.

Could Dems Gain Senate Seats This Fall?
Real Clear Politics

It's a virtual article of faith among election analysts that Republicans will gain Senate seats in the 2014 midterms.

Diseases That Can Be Prevented With Vaccines Continue To Spread
Think Progress

By Tara Culp-Ressler on April 17, 2014 at 9:05 am " Diseases That Can Be Prevented With Vaccines Continue To Spread " CREDIT: Shutterstock Cities across the United States are currently grappling with the spread of infectious diseases that used to be virtually eliminated with the help of vaccines.

Liberals Attack Female Fighting Misogyny
Real Clear Politics

War on women alert: One of the most forceful fighters against misogyny in the modern era is under attack.

Your Thoughts on "Hard To Handle"
Talking Points Memo

I just opened a thread at The Hive (sub req) to discuss the series of "Hard to Handle" Reader emails and personal testimonials discussing race in America.

Praying Woman Egged by Teens Became Homeless Mere Months Ago
Breitbart

Praying Woman Egged by Teens Became Homeless Mere Months Ago by Robert Wilde 17 Apr 2014, 3:04 PM PDT post a comment According to Southern California NBC4 , the homeless woman who was egged by three teens in Lancaster on Monday was Kathleen Hurst, who had become homeless just two months ago and was once married for 24 years.

Paul Krugman Gets Pwn3d Like a Loudmouth in a Woody Allen Movie
Ace of Spades HQ

Paul Krugman Gets Pwn3d Like a Loudmouth in a Woody Allen Movie There's a famous scene in Annie Hall when a blowhard idiot pontificates about Fellini and Marshall McLuhan.

G.O.P. Campaign Outreach Tool: Gun Sweepstakes
Huffington Post

www.nytimes.com : Hand over your email address to a political campaign, and typically all you can expect in return is an endless stream of solicitations for money.

The Political Payoff Behind "Paycheck Fairness"
Real Clear Politics

To understand President Obama's legislative agenda, follow the money.

Emails: IRS Lerner Contacted DOJ About Prosecuting Tax Exempt Groups...
Drudge Report

According to new IRS emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request from Judicial Watch , former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner was in contact with the Department of Justice in May 2013 about whether tax exempt groups could be criminally prosecuted for "lying" about political activity.

Lois Lerner: Living Embodiment of Why We Should Stay the Hell Away From the IRS
Reason

CSpan Who was it who said, "everybody is guilty of something"?

Klan on Shooter: He's No Klansman
Talking Points Memo

While the Mayor of Frazier Glenn Miller's hometown agrees with him that the Jews are destroying America, a state Klan leader says no real Klansman would go off yelling 'Heil Hitler' like Miller did.

Obama Rips GOP Over Denial Of Medicaid Expansion
Crooks and Liars

President Obama made a surprise appearance at the White House press briefing, mostly to celebrate the most recent ACA enrollment numbers and to take questions from reporters.

Woman claims TWITTER gave her PTSD...
Drudge Report

'Twitter gave me PTSD': Woman claims mean comments and 'cyberstalking' gave her an illness usually suffered by WAR VETERANS Melody Hensley claims to suffer from PTSD as a result of years online harassment After years of online stalking and trolls, she says she is now too sick to go on the internet Ms Hensley says she became a target as she is a feminist and atheist Ms Hensley attacked after saying her PTSD is on par with war veterans By Sara Malm Published: 09:03 GMT, 17 April 2014 | Updated: 10:29 GMT, 17 April 2014 A Washington woman has come under fire over claims her PTSD caused by online harassment and Twitter trolls is equal to that of military veterans.

Amy Poehler to Raise Money for Fellow 'SNL' alum Sen. Al Franken
Breitbart

Amy Poehler to Raise Money for Fellow 'SNL' alum Sen. Al Franken by Breitbart News 17 Apr 2014, 3:09 PM PDT post a comment Former Saturday Night Live star Amy Poehler is becoming one of Hollywood's more vocal Democratic supporters.

Cartoon: No animals were harmed
Daily Kos

Tom the Dancing Bug, by @RubenBolling .

Like a Hurricane
Eschaton Blog

Digb y What she said.

Pelosi works to enlist House Republicans in amnesty push...
Drudge Report

Nancy Pelosi Works To Enlist Republicans In Amnesty Push House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is working to to enlist 30 specific House Republicans on a mission to grant amnesty to illegal aliens.

Ted Cruz explains why he's electable
Daily Kos

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, if he realized what he was saying Don't let this headline get you down... Ted Cruz Says It's Too Early To Worry About 2016 ...because Ted Cruz is most definitely thinking about 2016, given that he made those comments in South Carolina, where the GOP's first southern primary will be held in 2016.

'Boats 'N Hoes' PAC Linked To Texas GOPers To Dissolve Amid Criticism
Talking Points Memo

A fundraising group with ties to GOP candidates is dissolving after it caused a stir Wednesday among Texas politicians who deemed its name "offensive.

Constituent puts Florida Republican on defensive over Obamacare repeal
Daily Kos

Republicans are having a hard time at home this break, now that they have to answer for those 50-plus repeal votes of a law that seems to be working out pretty well right now.

'Capitalism' in Bed With Government--Big Time
Real Clear Politics

Charles Murray: Capitalism in Bed With the Government--Big Time American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray on our increasingly stratified society.

Our Health Care Prices Are Totally Insane
Real Clear Politics

Nexium is a bright, purple pill that treats heartburn.

More Pre-Check propaganda and more TSA fraud
War is a Crime

Another bs article about the bs program that is Pre-Check.

Are you FBAR compliant?
Congress Blog

For investors overwhelmed by the recent changes to foreign reporting, consider the following as a basic guide to FBAR requirements.

Top Ten at Ten 4/17/2014
Fire Dog Lake

Well exactly.

Pregnant Worker At Pier 1 Put On Unpaid Leave Even Though She Wanted To Keep Working
Think Progress

By Bryce Covert on April 17, 2014 at 10:32 am " Pregnant Worker At Pier 1 Put On Unpaid Leave Even Though She Wanted To Keep Working " Kimberly Erin Caselman, who says Pier 1 put her on unpaid leave CREDIT: LAS-ELC Kimberly Erin Caselman, a 31-year-old who has worked at Pier 1 for a little over two years, was given just eight weeks of light duty assignments as requested by her doctor before she says she was forced onto unpaid leave, despite the fact that she wanted to keep working.

Alaska Pot Legalization Campaign Will Donate to Opponents if They Can Prove Alcohol Is Less Harmful Than Pot
Fire Dog Lake

Obviously, the legalization campaign is in no danger of losing the money.

Is Sheldon Adelson Turning Even Rand Paul Anti-Isolationist?
National Journal

When Republican presidential hopefuls met with Sheldon Adelson in Las Vegas last month, the billionaire casino mogul who almost single-handedly kept the Newt Gingrich primary campaign alive in 2012, had just announced his intention to back the Republican candidate with the clearest shot at winning the White House in 2016.

Reason to be Skeptical
Talking Points Memo

You've probably seen the deeply disturbing reports of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine telling Jews to "register" with their would-be break-away government.

Landrieu Faces Toughest Political Storm Yet
Real Clear Politics

Louisiana Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu is in the middle of a storm.

Scientists Discover 'Earth Twin' Orbiting Another Star
Talking Points Memo

Astronomers announced Thursday that they have discovered a planet most similar to earth orbiting a star 500 lightyears away, according to the New York Times .

FoxNews.Com Does Its Part To Incite Violence Over Nevada Ranch
NewsHounds

FoxNews.com is not to be outdone in ratcheting up hostilities by Fox Nation and on-air personalities over the Bundy ranch in Nevada.

Equal Pay for Equal Work: A Response to Phyllis Schlafly
Huffington Post

While not necessarily carried out in practice, equal pay for equal work has been law in the United States since the 1960s.

"Hollywood has a problem with the sexual exploitation of children."
Althouse

The scandal within the Catholic Church is the tip of the ice berg to this problem.

Iraqis Accused of Making Up Torture Claims Against British Troops to Win Compensation Payouts
Breitbart

Iraqis Accused of Making Up Torture Claims Against British Troops to Win Compensation Payouts by Nick Hallett 17 Apr 2014, 3:40 AM PDT post a comment Families of Iraqi dead "lied and exaggerated" in order to "deceive and mislead" an inquiry into believing that British troops executed and tortured prisoners in order to win huge compensation payouts, an inquiry has heard.

Teens who expect to die young are more likely to commit crime
Wonk Blog

The Pathways to Desistance longitudinal study followed more than 1,000 juvenile offenders in Phoenix and Philadelphia, tracking them as they left their teen years, as they grew either out of the criminal justice system or became further entangled in it.

Thursday TEMS: Duane Patterson, Phelim McAleer, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Collin Raye
Hot Air

Thursday TEMS: Duane Patterson, Phelim McAleer, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Collin Raye posted at 2:51 pm on April 17, 2014 by Ed Morrissey Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), we have another great lineup for the news of the day!

Snitchgate -- Sharpton Is Still Lying
Real Clear Politics

If the Rev.

Zambada-Niebla's Plea Agreement
TalkLeft

Additionally, if the Defendant requests, and in the judgment of this Office the request is reasonable, this Office will recommend to other offices in the U.S. Government that the Defendant and, if appropriate, his family members, be allowed to remain permanently in the United States through appropriate means.

The World's Highest Paid Athletes Punch Faces and Kick Balls for a Living
Breitbart

The World's Highest Paid Athletes Punch Faces and Kick Balls for a Living by Breitbart Sports 17 Apr 2014, 12:30 AM PDT post a comment If boxing is dead, why did Floyd Mayweather, Jr. earn $73.5 million for just two fights last year?

Shock Poll: Charles Koch Has Double-Digit Lead Over Harry Reid In 2016 Match-Up
Breitbart

Shock Poll: Charles Koch Has Double-Digit Lead Over Harry Reid In 2016 Match-Up by Debra Heine 17 Apr 2014, 1:21 PM PDT Share This: It appears Harry Reid's almost daily trolling t he Koch brothers, has left the vast majority of Iowans cold.

Birds Do It, Bees Do It
Balloon Juice

Portland is draining another public water reservoir because some asshole appeared on video pissing in it.

College Student Ate 6X Recommended Amount Of Pot Cookie Before Jumping To Death...
Drudge Report

RELATED STORIES PHOTO GALLERY DENVER (CBS4) - A college student who jumped to his death from a hotel balcony ate more than six times the recommended amount of a marijuana cookie.

Conservative Pollster: GOP's Cotton Unfavorables Worse Than Dem Pryor's
Talking Points Memo

Rep. Tom Cotton (R) has a worse unfavorable to favorable rating compared to Sen. Mark Pryor (D), who Cotton is challenging in the Arkansas Senate race, according to a new poll from Republican pollster Harper Polling on behalf of the conservative American Crossroads group.

Monica Wehby, Oregon GOP Senate Candidate, Shifts Message On Obamacare Repeal
Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Monica Wehby, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Oregon, has spent months positioning herself as the moderate, establishment candidate in the crowded GOP primary to challenge Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley.

A Debate Over Common Core
Real Clear Politics

Despite its deep effects on the character of our nation, conservatives and the general population often ignore what children are learning except when their own are in school, so I thank everyone reading this debate and my worthy, tenacious opponent, Mike Petrilli, for your time and attention.

Selfies Are Turning Politicians Into Teenagers
ABC Politics Blog

Apr 17, 2014 3:55pm Yesterday, Vice President Biden and his ultra-hip aviators debuted on Instagram .

Director Bryan Singer Sued for Alleged Sexual Abuse of 15-Year-Old Boy
Ace of Spades HQ

Director Bryan Singer Sued for Alleged Sexual Abuse of 15-Year-Old Boy A lot of details claimed in this suit, and not just about the alleged drugging/sex.

'Absurd and defamatory'...
Drudge Report

Bryan Singer Bryan Singer , director, producer and writer of more than two dozen productions including the X-Men films, was accused Wednesday in a federal lawsuit of having sexually abused a 17-year-old boy at estates in Los Angeles and Kailua, Hawaii where firearms, drugs and alcohol were present.

Condom shortage hits Cuba...
Drudge Report

First, potatoes disappeared from Cuban markets.

Minnesota State-Mankato Refuse to Practice for For Coach Falsely Accused of Child Porn
Breitbart

Minnesota State-Mankato Refuse to Practice for For Coach Falsely Accused of Child Porn by Mary Chastain 17 Apr 2014, 2:42 PM PDT post a comment The football players at Minnesota State-Mankato refuse to practice for Todd Hoffner as he tried to return to a job he was fired from after being falsely accused of child pornography.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen to Follow Reagan's 'Taylor Rule'
Breitbart

Fed Chair Janet Yellen to Follow Reagan's 'Taylor Rule' U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gave her first speech on monetary policy since she took office from retiring Chairman Ben Bernanke.

Just Stop
Shakesville

Shakesville is run as a safe space.

[Jonathan H. Adler] Debating Halbig and PPACA Implementation
The Volokh Conspiracy

On Tuesday, I recorded a teleforum podcast on Halbig v. Sebelius with University of Michigan law professor Nicholas Bagley.

Would Stanley Cohen really rather spend 18 mos in prison than dine with a Zionist?
Legal Insurrection

Posted by William A. Jacobson Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 12:53pm Maybe the sentencing judge should give Cohen the choice Before his guilty plea for running his law practice substantially off the books for the better part of a decade, I only had heard of Stanley Cohen tangentially.

Race for next DCCC chair wide open
Politico

House Democrats still have plenty of 2014 election drama ahead of them.

Harry Reid Calls Bundy Supporters 'Domestic Terrorists'
Talking Points Memo

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Thursday called Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters "domestic terrorists" at an event sponsored by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, according to reporter Jon Ralston .

The Pursuit of 'Diversity' Leads to Racial Discrimination
Breitbart

The Pursuit of 'Diversity' Leads to Racial Discrimination by Ward Connerly 17 Apr 2014, 4:50 AM PDT post a comment The state of California is one of the most pluralistic societies in the world.

Wendy Davis Links GOP Opponent To 'Boats 'N Hoes' PAC
Talking Points Memo

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis's campaign is attacking her Republican opponent for his connections to a political action committee called the "Boats 'N Hoes" political action committee.

GOP Firm Ran 'Boats 'N Hoes' PAC
Drudge Retort

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis's campaign is attacking her Republican opponent for his past connection to a political action committee called Boats 'N Hoes.

After Nevada ranch stand-off, emboldened militias ask: where next?
Drudge Report

(Reuters) - Flat on his belly in a sniper position, wearing a baseball cap and a flak jacket, a protester aimed his semi-automatic rifle from the edge of an overpass and waited as a crowd below stood its ground against U.S. federal agents in the Nevada desert.

ZAP: Electricity Prices Soar...
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(AP Photo) (CNSNews.com) - The average price for a kilowatthour (KWH) of electricity hit a March record of 13.5 cents, according data released yesterday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Did Lois Lerner Want Conservatives to go to Jail?
RedState

[promoted from the diaries] Just days before she planted a question to try to bury the IRS targeting of conservatives before a damaging Inspector General report was released, Lois Lerner was working with the Obama Justice Department to criminally prosecute the same groups her division of the IRS was targeting.

I once had a dog...
Althouse

Re: "... or should I say, dog once had me?

Griping and Grinning and Arm Twisting
The Weekly Standard

There is, as Elise Viebeck of the Hill reports , to be a little meeting at the White House today where: President Obama is scheduled to meet with health insurance executives and state insurance commissioners on Thursday, just two days after ObamaCare's special enrollment period officially closed.

Tears of Defiance, Resilience and Courage: Through It All, Somalia Will Rise
Huffington Post

Last week, I could only watch on television news as soldiers herded scores of my countrymen on to trucks like livestock, to be driven to detention centers.

More Than One Thing Happened in 2008
Talking Points Memo

TPM Reader JB adds to our "Hard to Handle" thread on the subject of race and reminds us of that other elephant in the room ...

GM Still Hasn't Tested Whether A Knee Bump Can Turn Off Engine
Huffington Post

WASHINGTON - General Motors says that cars being recalled because of faulty ignition switches can be driven safely before repairs, based on more than 80 tests, but the automaker has not addressed a problem long known to potentially shut off the engine: a simple bump from a driver's knee.

Retail Gasoline Prices Up 6 Cents Across Texas
Breitbart

Retail Gasoline Prices Up 6 Cents Across Texas by Breitbart Texas 17 Apr 2014, 1:54 PM PDT post a comment IRVING, TEXAS (AP) --Retail gasoline prices continue to creep upward as they've risen 6 cents this week across Texas.

Antarctic sea ice setting new all-time daily records...
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Steyer to aid anti-Keystone pols
Politico

Good news for lawmakers who oppose the Keystone XL oil pipeline: San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer has got your back.

Look, Flying Pigs! GOP Guv Asks Boehner To Extend UI Benefits
Crooks and Liars

Let's not get too excited just yet.

Earth Cousin
Shakesville

Maude, I love this stuff : It is a bit bigger and somewhat colder, but a planet circling a star 500 light-years away is otherwise the closest match of our home world yet discovered, astronomers announced on Thursday.

TPM Interview: Ex-Sheriff Says He Was Wrong About Bundy Ranch's Human Shields
Talking Points Memo

Richard Mack, a former Arizona county sheriff, was one of the better known activists to voice support for Bundy Ranch during its long-running standoff with federal officials over cattle grazing rights.

The Koch For President Boom!
Washington Monthly

April 17, 2014 5:32 PM The Koch For President Boom!

Gosnell TV Movie Becomes Indiegogo's Most Successful Crowdfunding Campaign
Breitbart

Gosnell TV Movie Becomes Indiegogo's Most Successful Crowdfunding Campaign by Breitbart News 17 Apr 2014, 2:51 PM PDT post a comment The team behind the upcoming TV movie about convicted killer Kermit Gosnell counted on the public to help them fund their project.

Whoopi Goldberg Joins Denver Post as Pot Columnist
Breitbart

Whoopi Goldberg Joins Denver Post as Pot Columnist by Christian Toto 17 Apr 2014, 11:55 AM PDT post a comment Whoopi Goldberg has won an Oscar, hosted the Academy Awards and starred in a series of popular films like Sister Act and The Color Purple .

Bevin tries to put MIT flap behind him
The Hill

Matt Bevin, who is running against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in the Kentucky GOP primary, has come out with a new ad defending his claimed affiliation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

tl;dr
Eschaton Blog

The shorter version of this techcrunch piece on SF housing is that for various policy reasons, the supply of housing in SF is highly inelastic, and there is an odd coalition of interests that are quite happy with that state of affairs.

Missing Child Found in Claw Machine
Drudge Retort

A three-year-old boy disappeared from his Lincoln, Neb., apartment while his mom was in the bathroom Monday and was found later at a nearby bowling alley inside a claw machine filled with toys.

NCAA May Stop Bogarting Snacks, Reduce Punishment For Positive Weed Tests
Huffington Post

On Tuesday, the NCAA advanced a policy granting student athletes access to an unlimited number of snacks .

GOP Senate Candidate Thom Tillis Says He Fired Staffers Who Resigned
Huffington Post

Status: Running for reelection Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) speaks during the DC March for Jobs in Upper Senate Park near Capitol Hill, on July 15, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Anti-Fracking Ballot Measure Could Make November Tough for Colorado Dems
Breitbart

Anti-Fracking Ballot Measure Could Make November Tough for Colorado Dems by AWR Hawkins 17 Apr 2014, 5:20 AM PDT post a comment U.S. Representative Jared Polis (D-Col.) is funding ballot measures to allow cities and counties to limit fracking in Colorado and it could end up limiting the number of state-level Democrat office holders who are able to retain their offices in November as well.

Federal Charges Over 89-Cent Drink Refill
Drudge Retort

A construction worker who got a drink refill without paying at the VA Medical Center cafeteria in Charleston, S.C., was given a shoplifting citation by federal police and has lost his job.

Denver Post hires Whoopi Goldberg to write about marijuana
Politico

Via The Guardian : The Denver Post, the Colorado newspaper that has closely chronicled the legalisation of recreational cannabis in its home state, on Thursday unveiled the actor and TV star Whoopi Goldberg as a celebrity contributor to its marijuana blog.

Congress should ignore calls to extend expired wind subsidies
Congress Blog

Even though the main federal handout for wind energy expired at the end of 2013, Congress is still engaged in debate over whether to extend it.

"You allow anonymous comments?"
Althouse

I ask Meade, about his new blog, his all-dog blog , which got an Instalanche yesterday.

Nebraska Principal Sorry For 'Don't Tattle' Flier
Talking Points Memo

LINCOLN, Neb.

District of Compensation, Just and Otherwise
Real Clear Politics

Pete Stark's name didn't come up Tuesday night at the Castro Valley Library candidates forum for the congressional district Stark represented from 1972 to 2012.

Rush Limbaugh: The Beginning Of The End?
Crooks and Liars

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AC/DC Rock On Without Guitarist Malcolm Young
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No Need for a Rush to Judgment on Obamacare
Real Clear Politics

No Need for a Rush to Judgment on Obamacare By Los Angeles Times , Los Angeles Times - April 17, 2014

Department Of Interior Asked To Investigate ALEC Bills In Wake Of Bundy Ranch Standoff
Crooks and Liars

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Ukraine: Live Report
Crooks and Liars

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Washington Post Editorial Board Deploys A Bunch Of Bad Arguments In Its Defense Of The Comcast Merger
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How Corporate Sovereignty Threatens Democracy
Crooks and Liars

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Court Declares That, Yes, Bloggers Are Media
Crooks and Liars

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Time For A New Populist Party?
Crooks and Liars

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Law Firm That Investigated Christie Had Just Donated $10,000
Crooks and Liars

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Louisiana Wants To Keep Oral Sex Illegal
Crooks and Liars

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The Goal Of Tea Party Insurrection Is Religious Armageddon
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FBI Abruptly Walks Out On Senate Briefing After Being Asked How 'Insider Threat' Program Avoids Whistleblowers
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Chelsea Clinton Pregnant
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Unbelievable! Rand Paul Defends Lawless Deadbeat Cliven Bundy By Claiming Feds Violated Law! (Video)
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BLM Euthanized 2 Bulls During Bundy Standoff
Talking Points Memo

The Bureau of Land Management on Thursday said that it euthanized two of Cliven Bundy's bulls in the week that led up to the Nevada ranch standoff on Saturday, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal .

Blog Note
Shakesville

I will posting the Virtual Pub shortly, because we're taking tomorrow off.

Throwback Thursdays
Shakesville

Me, circa 1993, in my then-boyfriend's dorm room, with a punching nun puppet on my hand.

PAPER: THE SOVIET REVIVAL...
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Putin: Yeah, we had soldiers in Crimea before the plebiscite
Hot Air

Video: Alabama widows kicked off of insurance because of ObamaCare
Hot Air

Comment registration is now open!
Hot Air

A Question
Shakesville

When oh when am I going to be able to start complaining about how hot it is?

United We Stand
War is a Crime

Fox poll: 61% thinks Obama lies on important matters
Hot Air

Audio: Unfair? Two Non-Sociopaths Discuss Sociopaths
War is a Crime

An Easter Week Look at Pope Francis
RedState

Anniversary Cat Blogging
Eschaton Blog

Got the cats about 3 months before I started the blog, so they've always been kind of linked.

Open thread
Balloon Juice

Video: Obama declines to endorse Biden for 2016
Hot Air

Daily Dose of Cute
Shakesville

ADORBZ!!!

Eric Cantor: Obama and I totally had an angry conversation about immigration yesterday
Hot Air

Remainders: Pawn'd
Politico

Comments Live
Talking Points Memo

We've now pushed our new commenting system live.

Cartoon: It's a SCANDAL!
Daily Kos

Megan McArdle goes off on suspicious Census Bureau/Obamacare methodology switch
Hot Air

Be of good cheer, subjects: An heir to the throne is due
Hot Air

Federal Eye: Feds talk: What are their top priorities for workplace changes?
Washington Post

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The Fix: For Republicans, super PACs are so 2012
Washington Post

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The Fix: What would a Mitch McConnell-led Senate look like?
Washington Post

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READ IN: Thursday, April 17, 2014: New Russia sanctions likely, Palin to Iowa (for Joni Ernst), Rand for Prez bill dies, Mike Simpson buys big in Idaho
Washington Post

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Monkey Cage: New contributors are joining The Monkey Cage
Washington Post

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GovBeat: California will hold special session on saving money
Washington Post

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Sarah Palin to campaign for Senate candidates Ernst, Shannon, Sasse
Washington Post

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Monkey Cage: Inequality, belief and elections in India
Washington Post

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Beau Biden will run for governor of Delaware in 2016
Washington Post

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The Fix: Did McCain-Feingold work? These guys say no.
Washington Post

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The Fix: The 5 things you need to know about Beau Biden
Washington Post

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Monkey Cage: Algerians vote for stability
Washington Post

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The Fix: People are photoshopping the Obama-Biden selfie. And the results are amazing.
Washington Post

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GovBeat: The drought hitting 40 percent of the entire country, in 5 maps
Washington Post

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Federal Eye: VA hospitals on par with private sector with patient satisfaction
Washington Post

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The Fix: The Draft Ben Carson super PAC raised a massive amount of money over the last three months. How?
Washington Post

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In the Loop: Loop Quote of the Week Winner: Michael Bloomberg
Washington Post

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The jockeying for the Obama presidential museum has begun
Washington Post

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The Fix: Not speaking with your friends and family? Good, they can set up a super PAC for you.
Washington Post

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The Fix: President Obama threw a shaka sign at the Wounded Warrior Project bike ride
Washington Post

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Obama: 8 million have signed up for health care
Washington Post

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Federal Eye: Why Tom Vilsack fits better as ag secretary than presidential candidate
Washington Post

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Chamber of Commerce backs Kingston in crowded Georgia Senate race
Washington Post

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Environmental group hits Cory Gardner with substantial ad buy
Washington Post

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Happy Hour
Eschaton Blog

Had pho for lunch and, boy o boy, am I thirsty.

NEW ZEALAND

Why Putin won't repeat Crimea in Eastern Ukraine
National Business Review

Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov on April 15 said a military operation had begun to take control of cities in eastern Ukraine and quell the unrest fomented by pro-Russian militants.

Captain of sinking ferry faces investigation
Stuff.co.nz

Captain of sinking ferry faces investigation Reuters South Korean President Park Geun-hye visits the site where a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast.

Businesses need to respect workers this Easter
Scoop

Businesses need to respect workers this Easter Friday, 18 April 2014, 10:46 am Press Release: Green Party Businesses need to respect workers this Easter Businesses intent on flouting Easter shopping laws should face stiff penalties, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.

ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
Scoop

ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result Thursday, 17 April 2014, 5:35 pm Press Release: Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party MEDIA RELEASE 17/04/14 The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party welcomes last night's Campbell Live poll, saying it is an overdue reality check for public opinion on personal cannabis use.

Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul
Scoop

Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul Friday, 18 April 2014, 10:45 am Press Release: ACT New Zealand Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today.

South Island feels storm's presence
New Zealand Herald

This was a familiar sight around Auckland yesterday - now it's the South Island's turn.

Chelsea Clinton pregnant
Stuff.co.nz

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, is expecting a baby.

Dollar heads for 0.8% fall in short week as RBNZ rate review looms
National Business Review

The New Zealand dollar is heading for a 0.8 percent fall in a shortened week ahead of the Reserve Bank's rate review next Thursday.

Missed connection
Homepaddock

Missed connection She recalled that when she was a child hot cross buns and Easter eggs were sold immediately before Easter and eaten on Good Friday and Easter Sunday respectively.

Select Committees - for 14 April to 17 April 2014
Scoop

Select Committees - for 14 April to 17 April 2014 Thursday, 17 April 2014, 5:29 pm Press Release: Office of the Clerk From 14 April to 17 April 2014 Committee meetings There were 15 committee meetings, all in the parliamentary complex.

MetService issues severe weather warning
Indian Weekender

Auckland Civil Defence reminds Aucklanders to stay up-to-date with weather forecasts in the lead up to Easter as severe weather is expected across the region.

Commerce Commission warns businesses about misleading Easter surcharges
National Business Review

Easter Saturday and Sunday are not public holidays, casual staff may not be covered under the Holidays Act and businesses must not mislead customers when applying a surcharge.

Easter Road toll off to bad start
New Zealand Herald

The Easter Road toll is not off to a promising start, with the first fatality recorded just hours after the official road toll period started.

British Army Gurkhas invade South Island
New Zealand Herald

Photo / Kurt Bayer They are some of the most fearless warriors in military history.

Bruce Logan: Easter is coming, Christ will be ignored
New Zealand Herald

Photo / Thinkstock Easter is coming with eggs and other trivia; Christ will be ignored.

Bruce Logan: Easter is coming, Christ will be ignored
New Zealand Herald

Photo / Thinkstock Easter is coming with eggs and other trivia; Christ will be ignored.

Easter good news #2
Keeping Stock

An eclectic mix of some of the finer things in life - politics, sport, music, humour and God.

Paul Morris: How are New Zealanders celebrating Easter?
New Zealand Herald

Photo / Thinkstock How will you spend your Good Friday?

Paul Morris: How are New Zealanders celebrating Easter?
New Zealand Herald

Photo / Thinkstock How will you spend your Good Friday?

Inaugural Game Animal Council appointed
Scoop

Inaugural Game Animal Council appointed Thursday, 17 April 2014, 5:16 pm Press Release: New Zealand Government Nick Smith, Peter Dunne 17 APRIL, 2014 Inaugural Game Animal Council appointed Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith and Associate Minister Peter Dunne today announced the appointment of 11 members to the inaugural Game Animal Council.

Sam Clements: Reason, not religion, can save us
New Zealand Herald

Religious occasions such as Easter are important but a belief in God won't address threats to our species Anzac Day has, arguably, become the most profoundly moving and spiritual of days for our nation.

MARKET CLOSE: Shares rise as Genesis debut sparks energy rally; Meridian, MRP, Contact gain
National Business Review

New Zealand stock rose after shares in the partially privatised Genesis Energy soared as much as 18 percent in its debut listing on the NZX, buoying other listed energy companies in the process.

Genesis shares list at a premium
Stuff.co.nz

Genesis shares list at a premium HAMISH RUTHERFORD Genesis Energy's share price jumped more than 16 per cent when trading opened on the NZX today, bringing a symbolic end to the Government's asset-sales programme.

New Zealanders consume mystery drugs
Stuff.co.nz

New Zealanders consume mystery drugs LIAM HYSLOP CAMERON BURNELL/FAIRFAX NZ ESR forensic toxicologist Paul Fitzmaurice talks safety around synthetic drugs being manufactured.

George Armstrong: Why Christianity is its own worst enemy at Easter
New Zealand Herald

Christianity faces the prospect of its own death through the death of its inadequately conceived Easter God.

Andrew Bayly Nat candidate for Hunua
Homepaddock

Andrew Bayly has won the National Party selection for Hunua.

Media Links: Kiwi killed in drone strike.
Kiwipolitico

Media Links: Kiwi killed in drone strike.

Fruit fly search to be wrapped up
New Zealand Herald

File photo / NZ Herald The search for more Queensland fruit flies will be wrapped up by Easter Sunday providing no more of the pests are found in Whangarei, Ministry for Primary Industries says.

Paul Charman: Are young people going off cars
New Zealand Herald

The statistics can't really tell us - but maybe you can Are less teens looking forward to getting their learner licence and a set of wheels?

General Debate 18 April 2014
Kiwiblog

stephieboy (1,109 comments) says: April 18th, 2014 at 9:00 am Poetry and Prose for this day of Holy Obligation Good Friday .

A Good Friday reflection...
Keeping Stock

For Christians, Easter is a time of particular significance as we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus - the very essence of our faith.

Bashed police officer helped by public
New Zealand Herald

Photo / File Members of the public came to the aid of an Auckland police officer who was knocked unconscious while he was investigating a group fight overnight.

Elderly man fighting for life after crash in heavy rain
New Zealand Herald

File photo / NZ Herald An elderly man is fighting for his life after his car crashed into a tree while he was driving in heavy rain near Pukekohe today.

Crash driver dies
Stuff.co.nz

A 74-year-old man whose car crashed into a tree near Pukekohe, South Auckland, amid heavy rain yesterday, has died.

Lydia Ko tied for 14th after first round in Hawaii
Stuff.co.nz

Lydia Ko tied for 14th after first round in Hawaii Lydia Ko is tied for 14th after the opening round of the LPGA Lotte Championship in Hawaii after an even-par 72.

Notorious party flat goes up in flames
New Zealand Herald

The old Woodhaugh Hotel's new tenants had a smokey early morning wake up call.

Police out in force over Easter break
New Zealand Herald

Photo / file Police are hoping more people will say "yeah, nah'' to booze over the Easter break, when officers will be out in force to minimise alcohol-fuelled harm.

Movies, feminism and postfeminism
The Hand Mirror

So, a confession: I've never really liked biographical movies about women I otherwise admire.

ImperatorFish: Judith Collins explains
The Standard

ImperatorFish generously allows us to repost some of his posts.

How to build trust at work
New Zealand Herald

Career coach Joyce Russell writes a column for the Washington Post about building trust among colleagues.

How did engineers become box tickers?
National Business Review

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Implementing the budget for tomorrow
National Business Review

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Opinion: Keep the flag and get a new one, too
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Kiwi killed in Yemen not 'tip of iceberg,' security analyst
National Business Review

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Swept away tourist lucky to be alive
New Zealand Herald

Woolshed Creek.

Swept away tourist: 'She got churned around'
New Zealand Herald

Woolshed Creek.

Upper Harbour exists.
The Standard

The new electorate boundaries are out .

Upper Harbour exists.
The Standard

The new electorate boundaries are out .

Two dead after tow truck crashes
Stuff.co.nz

Two dead after tow truck crashes Two men are dead after a tow truck crash on a remote gravel road near Opotiki in the eastern Bay of Plenty.

Concerns for safety of missing teen
New Zealand Herald

Demetrius Masiutama.

Senior police officer cleared over man's death
New Zealand Herald

File photo / NZ Herald A senior police officer who arrested an intoxicated man at a Hamilton home half-an-hour before he died has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the police watchdog.

Children home when fire bomb thrown
Stuff.co.nz

Children home when fire bomb thrown CHRIS HYDE Police are forensically examining the remnants of a fire bomb thrown at the front door of a Palmerston North home.

Ship of Theseus wins National Award (India) for Best Film
Indian Weekender

The 61st National Film Awards, India for the year 2013 in the Feature Film category, Non-Feature Film category and Best Writing on Cinema were announced Wednesday here with Anand Gandhi's Ship of Theseus winning the best feature film award.

Earth-like planet breakthrough discovery
Stuff.co.nz

Earth-like planet breakthrough discovery Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.

Blues lock Patrick Tuipulotu looming large
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Blues lock Patrick Tuipulotu looming large LIAM NAPIER Fairfax NZ Blues lock Patrick Tuipulotu has recovered from his knee injury, and will use his athletic stature and ability against the Hurricanes tonight.

Barabbas - An Easter Story
Bowalley Road

"All I know is that he died and I live.

Pre-Easter storm: What you need to know
Stuff.co.nz

Pre-Easter storm: What you need to know Cat Roberts Kirsten Warbrooke Katherine Walker JULIANE MANAGH T FOTHERINGTON/Sunlive.co.nz T FOTHERINGTON/Sunlive.co.nz T FOTHERINGTON/Sunlive.co.nz T FOTHERINGTON/Sunlive.co.nz T FOTHERINGTON/Sunlive.co.nz GRANT HEMMINGSON FRASER BELL EMMA BROWN TORREN WALKER TROY SCANLON MAT WIN JANINE MCTANISH Peter Drury/Fairfax NZ NASA DEREK FLYNN/Fairfax NZ JAMES DYMOCK BEN TUNNICLIFFE ZOE GIBBS BRENT IMPEY STEPH KILLIP JAY BOREHAM JAY BOREHAM CLAIRE WHEELER ALICIA JOHNSON JILL PITCHES Twitter user: @FromAQuasar DELWYN DICKEY/Fairfax NZ DELWYN DICKEY/Fairfax NZ KEVIN STENT/Fairfax NZ Supplied MICHAEL BROWN MICHAEL BROWN MICHAEL BROWN Twitter user: @FromAQuasar KEVIN STENT/Fairfax NZ Twitter user: @FromAQuasar CHRIS ANDREW CHRIS ANDREW A family home in Hari Hari Flooding in Western Bay of Plenty Rata Street, Nelson This trampoline ended up a bit mangled.

Chaos as storm strikes
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Chaos as storm strikes Cat Roberts Kirsten Warbrooke Katherine Walker JULIANE MANAGH T FOTHERINGTON/Sunlive.co.nz T FOTHERINGTON/Sunlive.co.nz T FOTHERINGTON/Sunlive.co.nz T FOTHERINGTON/Sunlive.co.nz T FOTHERINGTON/Sunlive.co.nz GRANT HEMMINGSON FRASER BELL EMMA BROWN TORREN WALKER TROY SCANLON MAT WIN JANINE MCTANISH Peter Drury/Fairfax NZ NASA DEREK FLYNN/Fairfax NZ JAMES DYMOCK BEN TUNNICLIFFE ZOE GIBBS BRENT IMPEY STEPH KILLIP JAY BOREHAM JAY BOREHAM CLAIRE WHEELER ALICIA JOHNSON JILL PITCHES Twitter user: @FromAQuasar DELWYN DICKEY/Fairfax NZ DELWYN DICKEY/Fairfax NZ KEVIN STENT/Fairfax NZ Supplied MICHAEL BROWN MICHAEL BROWN MICHAEL BROWN Twitter user: @FromAQuasar KEVIN STENT/Fairfax NZ Twitter user: @FromAQuasar CHRIS ANDREW CHRIS ANDREW A family home in Hari Hari Flooding in Western Bay of Plenty Rata Street, Nelson This trampoline ended up a bit mangled.

South Island hit by more heavy rain
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South Island hit by more heavy rain Supplied Supplied Supplied Cat Roberts Kirsten Warbrooke Katherine Walker JULIANE MANAGH T FOTHERINGTON/Sunlive.co.nz T FOTHERINGTON/Sunlive.co.nz T FOTHERINGTON/Sunlive.co.nz T FOTHERINGTON/Sunlive.co.nz T FOTHERINGTON/Sunlive.co.nz GRANT HEMMINGSON FRASER BELL EMMA BROWN TORREN WALKER TROY SCANLON MAT WIN JANINE MCTANISH Peter Drury/Fairfax NZ NASA DEREK FLYNN/Fairfax NZ JAMES DYMOCK BEN TUNNICLIFFE ZOE GIBBS BRENT IMPEY STEPH KILLIP JAY BOREHAM JAY BOREHAM CLAIRE WHEELER ALICIA JOHNSON JILL PITCHES Twitter user: @FromAQuasar DELWYN DICKEY/Fairfax NZ DELWYN DICKEY/Fairfax NZ KEVIN STENT/Fairfax NZ Supplied MICHAEL BROWN MICHAEL BROWN MICHAEL BROWN Twitter user: @FromAQuasar KEVIN STENT/Fairfax NZ Twitter user: @FromAQuasar CHRIS ANDREW CHRIS ANDREW Massive trees tumbled across the entrance to this Westport home.

LATEST: Clinton/Obama cronies behind push to remove Bundy cattle
New Zeal

By: James Simpson DC Independent Examiner Note: a slightly altered version of this story appears at WND today as well.

Which lane?
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V8s racing star Greg Muprhy vs a helicopter
Stuff.co.nz

V8s racing star Greg Muprhy vs a helicopter LAURA WALTERS Fairfax NZ GET SET: Racing star Greg Murphy in his V8 SuperTourer and Steven Clarke in his Heletranz helicopter.

V8s racing star Greg Muprhy races a helicopter
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V8s racing star Greg Muprhy races a helicopter LAURA WALTERS Fairfax NZ GET SET: Racing star Greg Murphy in his V8 SuperTourer and Steven Clarke in his Heletranz helicopter.

Racing star vs helicopter
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Racing star vs helicopter LAURA WALTERS Fairfax NZ GET SET: Racing star Greg Murphy in his V8 SuperTourer and Steven Clarke in his Heletranz helicopter.

Deaths treated as murder-suicide
Stuff.co.nz

Deaths treated as murder-suicide Wife killed before husband dies on road JOELLE DALLY AND DANIEL BIRCHFIELD DANIEL BIRCHFIELD FATAL CRASH: Police are examining the scene of a fatal crash which they believe is linked to a homicide.

SCIENCE

[News of the Week] Around the World
Science Magazine

Around the World Summary In science news around the world, the National Park Service decides not to introduce mainland wolves to rescue the declining wolf population on Lake Superior's Isle Royale, Japanese researchers plan to resume controversial whaling in 2015, Australia's Antarctic research program faces budget cuts, and more.

[New Products] New Products
Science Magazine

New Products Summary A weekly roundup of information on newly offered instrumentation, apparatus, and laboratory materials of potential interest to researchers.

Blame the Jet Stream for Frigid Winters in Eastern U.S.
Scientific American

A new study has found that the wavy jet stream pattern that tends to bring warm winter weather to the U.S. West and cold weather to the East was set in place 4,000 years ago.

Mercury found in remote national park streams
Phys.org

Federal scientists have found high amounts of mercury in fish caught in remote areas of national parks in the West and Alaska.

East African honeybees are safe from invasive pests... for now
Phys.org

Several parasites and pathogens that devastate honeybees in Europe, Asia and the United States are spreading across East Africa, but do not appear to be impacting native honeybee populations at this time, according to an international team of researchers.

[Podcast] Science Podcast: 18 April Show
Science Magazine

Science Podcast: 18 April Show Summary On this week's show: observation of a distinctive binary-star system that includes a white dwarf and a roundup of stories from our daily news site.

Turkey still hopes Twitter will open local office
Phys.org

Turkey's government said on Thursday it still hopes Twitter will open an office in the country, a day after the social networking site ruled out any such move.

Old timey car to replace NYC horse carriages shown
Phys.org

An electric car that proponents hope will replace horse-drawn carriages in New York City has been revealed.

India's ancient mammals survived multiple pressures
Phys.org

Most of the mammals that lived in India 200,000 years ago still roam the subcontinent today, in spite of two ice ages, a volcanic super-eruption and the arrival of people, a study reveals.

Study looks at stock market performance of polarizing brands
Phys.org

Are you a big fan of Apple or Nike, or a hater of McDonald's?

Five anthropogenic factors that will radically alter northern forests in 50 years
Phys.org

In the most densely forested and most densely populated quadrant of the United States, forests reflect two centuries of human needs, values and practices.

Beijing's Bid to Move Polluting Firms Watched Warily in Nearby Regions
Scientific American

By David Stanway BEIJING (Reuters) - China's capital has ordered more than 50 companies to shut down this year in an effort to cut pollution but pushing factories out could raise objections in surrounding areas reluctant to host Beijing's polluters.

Laptop used for first US presidential email finds a buyer
Phys.org

The laptop computer that Bill Clinton used in 1998 to send the first-ever US presidential email has sold for $60,667 in an online auction, the Boston auction house that handled the transaction said Thursday.

Bringing history and the future to life with augmented reality
Phys.org

Have you ever wished you had a virtual time machine that could show you how your street looked last century?

[Editorial] Influenza and the Live Poultry Trade
Science Magazine

Influenza and the Live Poultry Trade George F. Gao George F. Gao is director of the CAS Key Laboratory of Pathogenic Microbiology and Immunology at the Institute for Microbiology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing; vice president of the Beijing Institutes of Life Science, Beijing; president of the Chinese Society for Virology, Beijing; and deputy director general of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing.

Net neutrality balancing act
Phys.org

Researchers in Italy, writing in the International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management have demonstrated that net neutrality benefits content creator and consumers without compromising provider innovation nor profits.

Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
Phys.org

Finnish telecom company Nokia on Thursday recalled 30,000 chargers for its Lumia 2520 tablet due to risk it could give customers an electric shock.

[News & Analysis] More Sophisticated Forecasts Yield Glimmer of Hope in Climate Gloom
Science Magazine

More Sophisticated Forecasts Yield Glimmer of Hope in Climate Gloom Summary A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow increasing emissions of greenhouse gases.

From conspiracy theories to climate change denial, a cognitive psychologist explains
Phys.org

Stephan Lewandowsky, chair of cognitive psychology at the University of Bristol, answered questions posed by the public on Reddit.

Chickens to chili peppers: Scientists search for the first genetic engineers
Phys.org

Suddenly there was a word for chili peppers.

[News of the Week] Newsmakers
Science Magazine

Newsmakers Summary Molecular biologist Feng Zhang wins the National Science Foundation's Alan T. Waterman Award for young researchers, President Barack Obama nominates White House budget office director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace outgoing Health and Human Services head Kathleen Sebelius, physicist Stuart Parkin wins the 2014 Millennium Technology Prize, and more.

Honda's new ASIMO robot, more human-like than ever
Phys.org

It walks and runs, even up and down stairs.

Researcher launches successful tech start-up to help the blind
Phys.org

Michael Rosen has produced research related to people with disabilities for the past four decades, the last ten as an associate professor in the School of Engineering.

Animals with Human Rights Will Be More Than a Pet Peeve for Researchers
Scientific American

Animals with Human Rights Will Be More Than a Pet Peeve for Researchers Legally, dogs and cats are moving closer to personhood.

Satellite telecom vulnerable to hackers, researchers find
Phys.org

Security flaws in many satellite telecommunications systems leave them open to hackers, raising potential risks for aviation, shipping, military and other sectors, security researchers said Thursday.

Can new understanding avert tragedy?
Phys.org

As a boy growing up in Syracuse, NY, Sol Hsiang ran an experiment for a school project testing whether plants grow better sprinkled with water vs orange juice.

Former NIH stem-cell chief joins New York foundation
Nature

Stem-cell biologist Mahendra Rao, who resigned last week as director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), has a new job.

Food shortages could be most critical world issue by mid-century
Phys.org

The world is less than 40 years away from a food shortage that will have serious implications for people and governments, according to a top scientist at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

[Perspective] Refractory Plasmonics
Science Magazine

Refractory Plasmonics Urcan Guler , Alexandra Boltasseva , Vladimir M. Shalaev School of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA, and Nano-Meta Technologies Inc., 1281 Win Hentschel Boulevard, West Lafayette, IN 47906, USA.

[News Focus] Into the Maelstrom
Science Magazine

Into the Maelstrom Summary Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the northern polar jet stream, the high, fast-moving torrent of air that circles the pole.

[Report] An Earth-Sized Planet in the Habitable Zone of a Cool Star
Science Magazine

An Earth-Sized Planet in the Habitable Zone of a Cool Star Elisa V. Quintana 1 , 2 , * , Thomas Barclay 2 , 3 , Sean N. Raymond 4 , 5 , Jason F. Rowe 1 , 2 , Emeline Bolmont 4 , 5 , Douglas A. Caldwell 1 , 2 , Steve B. Howell 2 , Stephen R. Kane 6 , Daniel Huber 1 , 2 , Justin R. Crepp 7 , Jack J. Lissauer 2 , 8 , David R. Ciardi 9 , Jeffrey L. Coughlin 1 , 2 , Mark E. Everett 10 , Christopher E. Henze 2 , Elliott Horch 11 , Howard Isaacson 12 , Eric B. Ford 13 , 14 , Fred C. Adams 15 , 16 , Martin Still 3 , Roger C. Hunter 2 , Billy Quarles 2 , Franck Selsis 4 , 5 1 SETI Institute, 189 Bernardo Avenue, Suite 100, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Image: Grand Canyon geology lessons on view
Phys.org

The Grand Canyon in northern Arizona is a favorite for astronauts shooting photos from the International Space Station, as well as one of the best-known tourist attractions in the world.

Hand out money with my mobile? I think I'm ready
Phys.org

A service is soon to launch in the UK that will enable us to transfer money to other people using just their name and mobile number.

Tiny power plants hold promise for nuclear energy
Phys.org

Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency told The Associated Press.

Bright points in Sun's atmosphere mark patterns deep in its interior
Phys.org

Like a balloon bobbing along in the air while tied to a child's hand, a tracer has been found in the sun's atmosphere to help track the flow of material coursing underneath the sun's surface.

First radar vision for Copernicus
Phys.org

Launched on 3 April, ESA's Sentinel-1A satellite has already delivered its first radar images of Earth.

Facebook rolls out location-sharing feature
Phys.org

Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday.

Genetics link found in search for sweet strawberries
Phys.org

If you've ever bitten into a strawberry and wondered why it doesn't taste as sweet or as good as others in the punnet, you could blame the fruit's genetics.

Alligator Snapping Turtles, the Dinosaurs of the Turtle World, Are Actually 3 at-Risk Species
Scientific American

Alligator snapping turtles look pretty intimidating.

Which foods may cost you more due to Calif. drought
Phys.org

With California experiencing one of its worst droughts on record, grocery shoppers across the country can expect to see a short supply of certain fruits and vegetables in stores, and to pay higher prices for those items.

There's something ancient in the icebox
Phys.org

Glaciers are commonly thought to work like a belt sander.

The malaria pathogen's cellular skeleton under a super-microscope
Phys.org

The tropical disease malaria is caused by the Plasmodium parasite.

Sound expert works with Imogen Heap on musical gloves project
Phys.org

UWE computer music expert Dr Tom Mitchell is part of the team working to make musician Imogen Heap's pioneering Mi.Mu gestural gloves more widely available.

Weibo shares jump in market debut
Phys.org

Weibo Corp.'s shares are rising in the Chinese social media company's debut in the U.S. Weibo provides a Twitter-like service that allows users to post up to 140 Chinese characters to share with others.

[Correction] Corrections and Clarifications
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[Letter] Weeds Making Waves
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[Letter] Integrating Psychological Treatment Approaches
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This Week in Science
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[Letter] Climate Discussion Echoes Tobacco Debate
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[Letter] Uganda Homosexuality Report in Context
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Structural Science: How Strong are Eggshells?
Scientific American

Structural Science: How Strong are Eggshells?

China says massive area of its soil polluted
Phys.org

A huge area of China's soil covering more than twice the size of Spain is estimated to be polluted, the government said Thursday, announcing findings of a survey previously kept secret.

16% of China's Soil Is Polluted
Scientific American

BEIJING (Reuters) - A nationwide investigation has shown that as much as 16 percent of China's soil contains higher-than-permitted levels of pollution, the environment ministry said on Thursday.

Chiral breathing: Electrically controlled polymer changes its optical properties
Phys.org

Electrically controlled glasses with continuously adjustable transparency, new polarisation filters, and even chemosensors capable of detecting single molecules of specific chemicals could be fabricated thanks to a new polymer unprecedentedly combining optical and electrical properties.

Interview with Gerhard Rempe about the fascination of and prospects for quantum information technology
Phys.org

Gerhard Rempe, Director at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching, and his colleagues investigate the fundamentals of quantum information technology.

Zynga seeks new harvest with mobile FarmVille game
Phys.org

Social games pioneer Zynga on Thursday released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.

Record labels sue Pandora over older songs
Phys.org

Major record labels are suing Internet radio giant Pandora for copyright infringement for using songs recorded before 1972 without paying license fees.

[Report] Assemblage Time Series Reveal Biodiversity Change but Not Systematic Loss
Science Magazine

Assemblage Time Series Reveal Biodiversity Change but Not Systematic Loss Maria Dornelas 1 , * , Nicholas J. Gotelli 2 , Brian McGill 3 , Hideyasu Shimadzu 1 , 4 , Faye Moyes 1 , Caya Sievers 1 , Anne E. Magurran 1 1 Centre for Biological Diversity and Scottish Oceans Institute, School of Biology, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Fife KY16 9TH, UK.

Field study suggests islands and forest fragments are not as alike as thought
Phys.org

An international team of biogeographers has found that assumptions about similarities between biodiversity in forest fragments and true islands are not as clear-cut as has been assumed.

New approach needed to deal with increased flood risk
Phys.org

Considering the impacts of climate change on flood risk may not be effective unless current risk is managed better, according to new research from the University of Bristol published today in the Journal of Hydrology.

[Report] Emergent Space-Time Supersymmetry at the Boundary of a Topological Phase
Science Magazine

Emergent Space-Time Supersymmetry at the Boundary of a Topological Phase Tarun Grover 1 , D. N. Sheng 2 , Ashvin Vishwanath 3 , 4 , * 1 Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA.

[Book Review] On Scientists and Advocacy
Science Magazine

On Scientists and Advocacy Gavin A. Schmidt Behind the Curve Science and the Politics of Global Warming by Joshua P. Howe University of Washington Press, Seattle, 2014.

Match-Fixing Took Place in Ancient Greek Wrestling
Scientific American

Who says only modern-day pro wrestling is fake?

Clean air: Fewer sources for self-cleaning
Phys.org

Up to now, HONO, also known as nitrous acid, was considered one of the most important sources of hydroxyl radicals (OH), which are regarded as the detergent of the atmosphere, allowing the air to clean itself.

Scientists Reveal Neutron Star Glitches Have a Minimum Size
SciTech Daily

New research reveals that sudden speed jumps in the rotational velocity of pulsars have a minimum size, and that they are caused not by the unpinning and displacement of just one sub-surface superfluid vortex, but by billions.

Vitamin B3 might have been made in space, delivered to Earth by meteorites
Phys.org

Ancient Earth might have had an extraterrestrial supply of vitamin B3 delivered by carbon-rich meteorites, according to a new analysis by NASA-funded researchers.

Illegal logging widespread in Peru, says study
Phys.org

A 14-year-old policy to encourage sustainable logging in Peru's Amazonian forest has unwittingly led to large-scale plundering, a study said Thursday.

[News & Analysis] Ancient DNA Holds Clues to Gene Activity in Extinct Humans
Science Magazine

Ancient DNA Holds Clues to Gene Activity in Extinct Humans Summary Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity in these long-gone species by computationally mapping where a chemical modification called methylation occurred in the DNA during the lifetime of the individual.

How to build a Neanderthal
Nature

Frank Franklin II/AP/Press Association Images A reconstructed Neanderthal skeleton (right) and a modern human version of a skeleton (left) on display at the Museum of Natural History in New York.

[Perspective] Novelty Trumps Loss in Global Biodiversity
Science Magazine

Novelty Trumps Loss in Global Biodiversity John M. Pandolfi , Catherine E. Lovelock School of Biological Sciences, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Australia.

Surprise: Lost stem cells naturally replaced by non-stem cells, fly research suggests
Phys.org

Johns Hopkins researchers have discovered an unexpected phenomenon in the organs that produce sperm in fruit flies: When a certain kind of stem cell is killed off experimentally, another group of non-stem cells can come out of retirement to replace them.

How a chimp goes mattress hunting
Science News

Note: The following scene is fiction (probably).

Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work
Phys.org

Yahoo's recently fired chief operating officer, Henrique de Castro, left the Internet company with a severance package of $58 million even though he lasted just 15 months on the job.

'Chief Yahoo' David Filo returns to board
Phys.org

Yahoo announced the nomination of three new board members, including company co-founder David Filo, who earned the nickname and formal job title of "Chief Yahoo.

For resetting circadian rhythms, neural cooperation is key
Phys.org

Fruit flies are pretty predictable when it comes to scheduling their days, with peaks of activity at dawn and dusk and rest times in between.

Is It Good For Kids To Have A Pet?
Scientific American

People overwhelmingly believe that having pets is overall a good thing for children.

[Perspective] Avoiding (Re)extinction
Science Magazine

Avoiding (Re)extinction Ben A. Minteer 1 , James P. Collins 1 , Karen E. Love 1 , Robert Puschendorf 2 1 School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287, USA.

Call for alternative identification methods for endangered species
Phys.org

In a time of global climate change and rapidly disappearing habitat critical to the survival of countless endangered species, there is a heightened sense of urgency to confirm the return of animals thought to be extinct, or to confirm the presence of newly discovered species.

[Research Article] A Critical Period of Sleep for Development of Courtship Circuitry and Behavior in Drosophila
Science Magazine

A Critical Period of Sleep for Development of Courtship Circuitry and Behavior in Drosophila Matthew S. Kayser 1 , 2 , Zhifeng Yue 3 , Amita Sehgal 3 , 4 , * 1 Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.

[Perspective] Exploring the Interface of Graphene and Biology
Science Magazine

Exploring the Interface of Graphene and Biology Kostas Kostarelos 1 , 3 , Kostya S. Novoselov 2 , 3 1 Nanomedicine Laboratory, Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.

The Science of Memory
Scientific American

See Inside The Science of Memory Managing editor Sandra Upson introduces the May/June 2014 issue of Scientific American MIND May 1, 2014 | By Sandra Upson When I was eight years old, my family moved out of our 100-year-old house in the Netherlands.

Debate Flares over Identity of Celebrated Human Fossils
Scientific American

Lower jaws, or mandibles, attributed to early human ancestor Australopithecus sediba differ in the shape of the so-called mandibular notch--the indentation in the top portion of the bone.

First potentially habitable Earth-sized planet confirmed: It may have liquid water
Phys.org

The first Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting within the habitable zone of another star has been confirmed by observations with both the W. M. Keck Observatory and the Gemini Observatory.

First Earth-Size Planet that Could Support Life Found
Scientific American

For the first time, scientists have discovered an Earth-size alien planet in the habitable zone of its host star, an "Earth cousin" that just might have liquid water and the right conditions for life.

Thinnest feasible nano-membrane produced
Phys.org

A new nano-membrane made out of the 'super material' graphene is extremely light and breathable.

Better thermal-imaging lens from waste sulfur
Phys.org

Sulfur left over from refining fossil fuels can be transformed into cheap, lightweight, plastic lenses for infrared devices, including night-vision goggles, a University of Arizona-led international team has found.

Rebuilding Memories Makes Them Stick
Scientific American

See Inside Rebuilding Memories Makes Them Stick Even after his death, the famous amnesic H. M. is revolutionizing our understanding of how memory works and how we maintain it as we age I remember meeting H.M. in the spring of 1967, when he was perhaps 40 years old and I was 16 years his junior.

Orchid named after UC Riverside researcher
Phys.org

One day about eight years ago, Katia Silvera , a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Riverside, and her father were on a field trip in a mountainous area in central Panama when they stumbled upon an orchid they had never seen before.

Book offers simplified guide to shale gas extraction
Phys.org

The new book, "Science Beneath the Surface: A Very Short Guide to the Marcellus Shale," attempts to offer a reader-friendly, unbiased, scientific guide needed to make well-informed decisions regarding energy use and, more specifically, hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the Marcellus Shale.

[Report] KOI-3278: A Self-Lensing Binary Star System
Science Magazine

KOI-3278: A Self-Lensing Binary Star System Ethan Kruse 1 , * , Eric Agol 1 1 Department of Astronomy, University of Washington, Box 351580, Seattle, WA 98195, USA.

White dwarf acts as cosmic magnifying glass
Nature

Astronomers have observed a white dwarf acting as a magnifying glass for another, Sun-like star that it is orbiting.

[Report] Enhancing Depression Mechanisms in Midbrain Dopamine Neurons Achieves Homeostatic Resilience
Science Magazine

Enhancing Depression Mechanisms in Midbrain Dopamine Neurons Achieves Homeostatic Resilience Allyson K. Friedman 1 , Jessica J. Walsh 1 , 2 , Barbara Juarez 1 , 2 , Stacy M. Ku 1 , 2 , Dipesh Chaudhury 1 , Jing Wang 3 , Xianting Li 3 , David M. Dietz 4 , Nina Pan 3 , Vincent F. Vialou 4 , Rachael L. Neve 5 , Zhenyu Yue 3 , 4 , Ming-Hu Han 1 , 4 , * 1 Department of Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY 10029, USA.

Female insect uses spiky penis to take charge
Nature

Yoshizawa et al./Current Biology When Neotrogla curvata insects mate, the female (top) penetrates the male.

Female Insect Uses Spiky Penis to Take Charge
Scientific American

Female Insect Uses Spiky Penis to Take Charge A cave insect's marathon sex sessions extract nourishment along with sperm from a reluctant male In desolate caves throughout Brazil live insects that copulate for days, the female's penetrating erectile organ sticking fast in a reluctant male's genital chamber until he offers a gift of nutritious semen.

Crowd-sourcing Britain's Bronze Age
Phys.org

A new joint project by the British Museum and the UCL Institute of Archaeology is seeking online contributions from members of the public to enhance a major British Bronze Age archive and artefact collection.

Editors' Choice
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[News of the Week] This Week's Section
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[Report] The Structural Basis of Pathogenic Subgenomic Flavivirus RNA (sfRNA) Production
Science Magazine

The Structural Basis of Pathogenic Subgenomic Flavivirus RNA (sfRNA) Production Erich G. Chapman 1 , 2 , David A. Costantino 1 , 2 , Jennifer L. Rabe 1 , Stephanie L. Moon 3 , Jeffrey Wilusz 3 , Jay C. Nix 4 , Jeffrey S. Kieft 1 , 2 , * 1 Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, CO 80045, USA.

[Books et al.] Books Received
Science Magazine

Bee-flies and false widow spiders top Museum enquiry
Phys.org

Do bee mimics sting or arachnids bite are the most frequent questions put to our identification experts.

In This Community of Brazilian Cave Insects, Females Wear the Penises, Literally
Smithsonian Magazine

Breaking Down the Myths and Misconceptions About the Gulf Oil Spill
Smithsonian Magazine

Patented research remotely detects nitrogen-rich explosives
Phys.org

A Kansas State University engineer has developed a patented technique that improves military security and remotely detects improvised explosive devices.

Changing dinosaur tracks spurs novel approach
Phys.org

Paleontologists are using a range of old and new techniques to map the Broome Sandstone dinosaur trackways.

[Report] The STAT3-Binding Long Noncoding RNA lnc-DC Controls Human Dendritic Cell Differentiation
Science Magazine

The STAT3-Binding Long Noncoding RNA lnc-DC Controls Human Dendritic Cell Differentiation Pin Wang 1 , 2 , Yiquan Xue 1 , Yanmei Han 1 , Li Lin 2 , Cong Wu 3 , Sheng Xu 1 , Zhengping Jiang 1 , Junfang Xu 3 , Qiuyan Liu 1 , Xuetao Cao 1 , 2 , 3 , * 1 National Key Laboratory of Medical Immunology and Institute of Immunology, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai 200433, China.

Researchers Develop Spaser Made of Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes
SciTech Daily

Researchers from Monash University have developed a spaser using graphene and carbon nanotubes, showing that graphene and carbon nanotubes can interact and transfer energy to each other through light.

[News & Analysis] 'Humanized' Mouse Detects Deadly Drug Side Effects
Science Magazine

'Humanized' Mouse Detects Deadly Drug Side Effects Summary An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993.

Deadly human pathogen Cryptococcus fully sequenced
Phys.org

Within each strand of DNA lies the blueprint for building an organism, along with the keys to its evolution and survival.

More vets turn to prosthetics to help legless pets
Phys.org

A 9-month-old boxer pup named Duncan barreled down a beach in Oregon, running full tilt on soft sand into YouTube history and showing more than 4 million viewers that he can revel in a good romp despite lacking back legs.

Preventing AI from developing anti-social and potentially harmful behaviour
Phys.org

Next time you play a computer at chess, think about the implications if you beat it.

[Perspective] Paired Plant Immune Receptors
Science Magazine

Paired Plant Immune Receptors Marc T. Nishimura , Jeffery L. Dangl Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Department of Biology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA.

First structural insights into how plant immune receptors interact
Phys.org

Researchers at The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL), Norwich, collaborating with structural biologist Bostjan Kobe in Brisbane, have made a major advance in understanding plant disease resistance.

TECHNOLOGY

Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance
Slashdot

When did Slashdot become infested with NSA apologists?

Putin tells Snowden live on air: no 'massive scale' surveillance of public communications
Engadget

Edward Snowden is not only working the conference circuit , or playing a part in Pulitzer prize-winning journalism , he's now taking his cause to world leaders directly.

Blame the Jet Stream for Frigid Winters in Eastern U.S.
Scientific American

A new study has found that the wavy jet stream pattern that tends to bring warm winter weather to the U.S. West and cold weather to the East was set in place 4,000 years ago.

Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered
Slashdot

I worked out this whole interstellar travel problem years ago.

Kim Dotcom wins back cars and cash
BBC Technology

17 April 2014 Last updated at 13:11 Kim Dotcom wins back cars and cash seized in Megaupload raid Kim Dotcom's mansion near Auckland, New Zealand, was raided in January 2012 Kim Dotcom, the multimillionaire founder of closed file-sharing site Megaupload, has won back cars, cash and property seized in a January 2012 raid.

Google Analytics Now Lets You Track Web And App Data In A Single View
TechCrunch

Here is a small but important update to Google Analytics : Developers can now create a single reporting view that includes both web and app data.

Wikipedia searches and sick tweets predict flu cases
New Scientist

The internet will see you now.

CDC: Foodborne Illness in the US Not Getting Better
Wired

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released their annual survey of foodborne illnesses in the United States, and the news is, well, not great.

Inside Tencent: the Chinese tech giant that's trying to go global
TheVerge

The Chinese web giant Tencent is one of the biggest companies in tech thanks to its popular messaging and gaming services, and yet you'd hardly know it outside of China.

With new mobile install ads, Twitter keeps benefitting from doing just what Facebook did
Pandodaily

By James Robinson On April 17, 2014 For Twitter, it is good to be the younger sibling in the social media club.

Nokia stops selling Lumia 2520 tablet over electrical shock concerns
Engadget

Nokia has issued a product advisory for certain Lumia 2520 chargers and has temporarily suspended sales of the Windows tablet in the UK and parts of Europe.

An Update on HN Comments
Hacker News

Are you saying the are not as pernicious because they are not as common?

You can now watch A&E and History live on iOS and the web
Engadget

A&E Networks is regularly finding ways to make its programming more widely available, particularly by having on-demand options through TV providers and its own apps.

Release the robo-kraken: DARPA seeks bottom-dwelling ocean attack bots
Ars Technica

A time-lapse image of the launch of the eXperimental Fuel Cell (XFC) Unmanned Aerial System from a submarine.

Science Graphic of the Week: 5.3 Million Years of Sea Level Change on One Cliff Face
Wired

5.3 million years of sea levels, beginning at top left and finishing at bottom right.

Union unmasks the charm of silhouettes and composites
NextWeb

Sometimes you have a creative vision that the camera alone cannot capture.

Hackers exploiting our interest in missing Malaysian flight MH370
CBC Technology

The story of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane has preoccupied people around the world for more than a month.

Facebook removes page of preacher using social media to back jihadists
Guardian Technology

Picture of Musa Cerantonio from his Facebook page.

Urban Transport App, Citymapper, Pulls In $10M, Led By Balderton, To Roll Into More Cities
TechCrunch

Urban transport app Citymapper has just announced a new Series A funding round of $10 million, led by Balderton Capital .

75-year-old human cloned for the production of stem cells
Ars Technica

Several years ago, as the therapeutic potential of stem cells was first being recognized, the only way to create them was to harvest cells from an early embryo.

New search engine points way to buy drugs, guns
Ars Technica

Looking online for some good weed, assault rifles, or stolen credit cards?

Chupacabra update makes the OUYA game console a better media center
Engadget

Go ahead and dust off your OUYAs, friends -- it's updatin' time.

Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue
Slashdot

IANAL, but can I send them this?

Beijing's Bid to Move Polluting Firms Watched Warily in Nearby Regions
Scientific American

By David Stanway BEIJING (Reuters) - China's capital has ordered more than 50 companies to shut down this year in an effort to cut pollution but pushing factories out could raise objections in surrounding areas reluctant to host Beijing's polluters.

The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper
Hacker News

601 Lexington in New York City.

Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board
Slashdot

I work in Change Management for a major telco, I chair the IT CAB, and I oversee server and client patching (amongst many other changes!).

Linux Voice is a New Magazine for Linux Users — On Paper (Video)
Slashdot

This is an interview with Graham Morrison , who is one of four people behind the shiny-new Linux Voice magazine, which is printed on (gasp) paper.

Structural Science: How Strong are Eggshells?
Scientific American

Structural Science: How Strong are Eggshells?

Twitter Introduces Mobile App Install Ads And Integrated Ad-Buying With MoPub
TechCrunch

It looks like Twitter is hoping to earn more ad dollars from mobile app publishers and developers.

Twitter uses MoPub for big push in mobile ads
CNET

Twitter uses MoPub for big push in mobile ads Twitter aims to draw in marketers and developers with a new ad service that promotes mobile apps far beyond users' timelines.

BBC and Sky experience fault on iOS
BBC Technology

17 April 2014 Last updated at 12:32 BBC and Sky catch-up apps experience iOS fault By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor Sky's Now TV app provides access to a range of its TV shows, movies and sport The BBC and Sky's video-on-demand TV services are both experiencing problems on iPhones and iPads.

BBC iPlayer and Sky streaming apps go dark on iOS
Engadget

If you've experienced problems trying to access BBC iPlayer or Sky's streaming apps on your iPhone or iPad today, you're not alone.

KnowRoaming review: This SIM 'sticker' makes it easy for travelers to save on data
Engadget

Thanks in no small part to T-Mobile's free global data initiative , US carriers have begun to lighten the fee load when it comes time to roam.

Google's digital art prize winner is a poem you control with your body
Engadget

Google asked artists to prove that code could be beautiful with its DevArt competition , and hundreds delivered on that promise.

Watch a tiny, magnetically powered robot construction crew go to work
Engadget

A robot doesn't have to big, powerful and terrifying to be worthwhile, and many people are working on miniature machines that are just as cool.

People don't trust Google Glass or Bitcoin, if they've heard of them at all
CNET

It seems people aren't sure about Google Glass yet.

Google Launches Home Try-On Program For Glass
TechCrunch

Interested in owning Google Glass, but not sure how it will look on your face?

Google apes Warby Parker, lets you try on Glass before you buy
Engadget

Tempted by Google's Glass headset , but worried it'll make you look like a doofus?

Aereo Launches ProtectMyAntenna.org To Explain Its Position Vs. Broadcasters
TechCrunch

Aereo is about to present its case to the U.S. Supreme Court, but first it wants to present its case to you.

Ahead of Supreme Court trial, Aereo opens lobbying and advocacy site
Engadget

The United States Department of Justice says that streaming TV service Aereo is violating copyright law .

Aereo launches spin site for Supreme Court case
CNET

Aereo antennas.

Revealed: Gov. Christie pleads pension poverty while handing huge subsidies to his major political donors
Pandodaily

By David Sirota On April 17, 2014 Yesterday , New Jersey Gov.

My connected home turned me into a spy and an addict
Engadget

Like any responsible New Yorker, I've entrusted a copy of my apartment keys to a close friend.

Animals with Human Rights Will Be More Than a Pet Peeve for Researchers
Scientific American

Animals with Human Rights Will Be More Than a Pet Peeve for Researchers Legally, dogs and cats are moving closer to personhood.

Tuition.io Picks Up A New Investor, As It Manages Over $1 Billion In Student Loans
TechCrunch

In the year since its launch, Tuition.io , the company billing itself as the Mint.com for managing student loans, has grown to manage over $1 billion in loans.

It's not just you: Terms of Service agreements really are confusing, study finds
Engadget

You know that page with a check box you haphazardly agree to on the way to signing up for various online services?

Former NIH stem-cell chief joins New York foundation
Nature

Stem-cell biologist Mahendra Rao, who resigned last week as director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), has a new job.

Don't wait for SportsCenter, SlingPlayer update brings the highlights in real-time
Engadget

Slingbox has pushed out a handful of updates for SlingPlayer on iOS and Android, adding new features on both platforms.

FarmVille 2: Country Escape crops up on iOS, Android
CNET

FarmVille 2: Country Escape crops up on iOS, Android The free game is available now in Apple's App Store and the Google Play marketplace.

Microsoft starts letting Windows Phone developers respond to app reviews
NextWeb

Microsoft today announced the launch of a pilot program that lets Windows Phone developers respond to app reviews.

Eyefi's new service sends your camera's photos to the cloud as soon as you shoot
Engadget

There are plenty of cameras that send their photos to your phone , but you frequently have to transfer those pictures yourself -- and it's another hassle to get the pics to other devices.

Eyefi launches cloud service integrated with its Wi-Fi Mobi camera card
NextWeb

Last year, Eyefi introduced Mobi, a wireless SD camera card that used a peer-to-peer connection to transfer images from your DSLR or point-and-shoot camera to an iOS or Android mobile device.

16% of China's Soil Is Polluted
Scientific American

BEIJING (Reuters) - A nationwide investigation has shown that as much as 16 percent of China's soil contains higher-than-permitted levels of pollution, the environment ministry said on Thursday.

Now you can get cell service in more basements, elevators
CBC Technology

Starting today, Rogers customers should be able to get cellphone service in basements and elevators in some areas of Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary, the company says.

Eye-Fi Cloud backs up every photo, no matter what you use to take it
TheVerge

Seamlessly backing up your photos and making them easily shareable seems to be the dream for cloud storage services.

Tor's anonymity network may have to shrink to fight the Heartbleed bug
Engadget

Bad news if you're relying on the Tor network to evade surveillance or otherwise remain anonymous: you're not immune from the Heartbleed bug , either.

The Dismal State of SATCOM Security
Slashdot

An anonymous reader writes "Satellite Communications (SATCOM) play a vital role in the global telecommunications system, but the security of the devices used leaves much to be desired.

Norway's latest reality show is about birds in a coffee shop
TheVerge

What do you get when you build a bird house modeled after a coffee shop and stick a camera in front of it?

This machine creates careless synthetic whispers
Engadget

What do you get when you combine a few respirator bags, some silicone air valves and a motion detector?

Instacart Could Raise A Big New Round Of Funding Valuing It At $400 Million
TechCrunch

On-demand grocery startup Instacart is fielding term sheets for a big new round of funding, according to sources.

Consul, a new tool for service discovery and configuration
Hacker News

Consul Today we announce Consul , a solution for service discovery and configuration.

'Frontline: United States of Secrets' promises 'definitive history' of domestic surveillance
TheVerge

Over the past two weeks, the Pulitzer and Polk awards have recognized the work of Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and other journalists responsible for bringing Edward Snowden's leaked documents to print.

Tiny Particles Can Deliver Three Cancer Drugs to Target Tumors
Ieee Spectrum

Tiny particles capable of precisely targeting cancerous tumors with fewer side effects have been limited in their ability to deliver more than one or two drugs.

A bionic ankle so natural, it's worth a happy dance
CNET

The inventor wearing two of his own creations.

Lavabit loses contempt appeal
BBC Technology

17 April 2014 Last updated at 11:37 Snowden email service Lavabit loses contempt appeal Lavabit was a secure email service that closed down last year A US appeals court has upheld a contempt of court ruling against Lavabit, the secure email service used by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report, January-March 2014
Hacker News

Introduction This report covers FreeBSD-related projects between January and March 2014.

Amazon to expand Fire TV's voice search with support for Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime
TheVerge

Amazon announced today that the voice search functionality in its Fire TV media streaming box would soon be expanded to include information from Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime Anytime.

Amazon Fire TV's voice search expands to cover Hulu Plus and Showtime, but not Netflix
Engadget

Fire TV came out of the gate with an impressive initial effort , however one of its rough edges is that the voice search is actually quite limited.

Amazon Fire TV extends voice search to Hulu, Crackle, Showtime
CNET

Sarah Tew Amazon announced Thursday that Amazon Fire TV users will soon be able to use the device's voice search to pull up videos from Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime Anything, giving the feature a much-needed boost of content.

Open source comes to farms with restriction-free seeds
Ars Technica

There are now 29 kinds of plant varieties that are available under an open source license, reports NPR.

Future tech? America's not so sure
CNET

Is a flying car in your future?

Tor Blacklisting Exit Nodes Vulnerable To Heartbleed
Slashdot

> Russia & China got nothing from Snowden.

LegDoh! 'The Simpsons' snap together in Lego special
CNET

LegDoh!

Public urination fiasco is forcing Portland to drain 38 million gallons of treated water
TheVerge

For the second time in three years, one man's urine is forcing the city of Portland, Ore., to drain millions of gallons of treated water currently stored in an open reservoir.

How to build a Neanderthal
Nature

Frank Franklin II/AP/Press Association Images A reconstructed Neanderthal skeleton (right) and a modern human version of a skeleton (left) on display at the Museum of Natural History in New York.

Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'
Hacker News

hide caption Backers of the new Open Source Seed Initiative will pass out 29 new varieties of 14 different crops, including broccoli, carrots and kale, on Thursday.

First Earth-size planet that may hold water confirmed
CNET

An artist's conception of Kepler-186f NASA/JPL-Caltech/T.

Tracy Morgan takes questions on Reddit: 'If you love me, I love you back'
Guardian Technology

Tracy Morgan, the talented 30 Rock comedian whose unpredictability once threatened to outshine his accomplishments, took questions on Reddit on Thursday as part of a tour to rehabilitate his image ahead of a new comedy special and standup tour.

Kickstarter's biggest hits - why crowdfunding now sets the trends
Guardian Technology

Earlier this week, musician Neil Young finished raising the third biggest amount ever on crowdfunding website Kickstarter.

'Game of Thrones' gets 'Frozen' treatment in new video
CNET

'Game of Thrones' gets 'Frozen' treatment in new video What would happen if the characters from "Game of Thrones" found themselves in an alternate universe where everyone behaved as if they lived in a Disney musical?

Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk
Slashdot

I switched to a standing desk about 12 months ago.

Alligator Snapping Turtles, the Dinosaurs of the Turtle World, Are Actually 3 at-Risk Species
Scientific American

Alligator snapping turtles look pretty intimidating.

Batter up: Chromecast now live streams every pitch with MLB.tv
Engadget

Google's little $35 dongle is like a fine wine: it just keeps getting better with age.

Scientists are now 3D printing tumors to help them fight cancer
Engadget

The idea of 3D printing living cells offers a veritable launchpad of miracle treatments : we could grow new organs or create new skin for burn victims.

Incoming Sonos update will liberate your speakers from your router
Engadget

One of Sonos ' big selling points is its wireless functionality.

Tweak These Settings to Stop Facebook Videos From Auto-Playing
Wired

Photo: Josh Valcarcel/WIRED As useful as Facebook is, the company never fails to discover new ways to be a royal pain in the behind.

German Amazon workers called out on strike again
Guardian Technology

German labour union Verdi has called on workers at online retailer Amazon in Germany to go on strike on Thursday as a long-running pay dispute continues.

Amazon workers in Germany strike
Guardian Technology

Amazon workers have gone on strike in Germany.

Nokia suspends Lumia 2520 tablet sales due to electric shock risk
TheVerge

Nokia has suspended sales of its Lumia 2520 tablet in the UK, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, and Switzerland after discovering a fault with its charger.

Nokia stops sales of Lumia 2520 tablet over electric shock fears
CNET

Nokia stops sales of Lumia 2520 tablet over electric shock fears Nokia has suspended sales of the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet around the world over fears that the charger could give you an electric shock -- leaving current owners with a device Nokia admits is "virtually useless.

Flickr for Android overhauled with new look and new features for editing images and adding filters
NextWeb

Yahoo today launched a major update for its Flickr photo app on iOS and Android, bringing a completely overhauled and redesigned look to the table, as well as a few new features.

Flickr goes head to head with Instagram in total redesign of apps for iOS and Android
TheVerge

Since Marissa Mayer took over at Yahoo, she has made a steady push to rebuild the photo-sharing community at Flickr by overhauling its products.

Flickr flicks on video capture and more for Android, iOS apps
CNET

Flickr flicks on video capture and more for Android, iOS apps Photo-sharing app gets spruced up with a friendlier interface, a new video capture, faster search, and an easier way to share your pics.

Isitbump.in could show you how busy your favorite stores and bars are before you leave the house
NextWeb

While a lot of the early Internet of Things chatter brought us things like internet-connected lightbulbs, plugs and many other household items, Isitbump.in wants to use a network of little connected boxes to save you time in your local shops.

Facebook wants to find your nearby friends
TheVerge

Two years ago, a battle was raging over "people discovery" apps .

Facebook's Nearby Friends feature keeps track of your pals, but only if they want you to
Engadget

If you're of the sort that likes to plan those otherwise impromptu encounters, Facebook has just announced a optional new feature that will certainly help with that.

Facebook adds new Nearby Friends feature to engage mobile users
CNET

Facebook's Nearby Friends Facebook Facebook has spent a lot of time recently talking about anything but Facebook .

Facebook launches 'Nearby Friends' location-sharing
CBC Technology

Facebook users will soon be able to see which of their friends are in close proximity using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday.

MG's Dynamo concept is its first fully electric car
Engadget

MG is celebrating its 90th year in the car-making business, so to mark the occasion, it's decided to take the wrappings off its first ever fully electric vehicle .

Android Chrome now lets you hop on your PC from afar
CNET

Android Chrome now lets you hop on your PC from afar Google Chrome's remote desktop feature comes to Chrome for Android, so that you can control your desktop computer from an Android phone or tablet.

Chromebooks Could Soon Be Unlocked Automatically When Your Smartphone Is Near
TechCrunch

Passwords, geez those things suck.

How the '90s idolized unheroic dads
TheVerge

The sixties had hippies.

Honda's Asimo robot keeps on learning (pictures)
CNET

He can run, kick a ball, climb stairs, and even serve drinks!

See what's up at AT&T's 'lab' store (pictures)
CNET

AT&T Retail's president, Paul Roth, checks out a circular table ringed with music accessories.

AT&T calls on 'lab' stores to lead a retail revolution
CNET

AT&T's lab store located in its Mobility headquarters in Atlanta.

Google to developers: We're sick of ugly design
CNET

Is there a secret Frank Lloyd Wright hiding in your head?

Ask Slashdot: Which Router Firmware For Bandwidth Management?
Slashdot

The problem is all those consumer wifi+router deals tend to have kinda crap firmware.

S5 fans go full-on for 4G in CNET UK podcast 385
CNET

S5 fans go full-on for 4G in CNET UK podcast 385 Nine out of ten Samsung Galaxy S5 phones sold in Britain's two major mobile chains have been signed up to 4G contracts -- is 4G catching on?

Scientists Make First Embryo Clones From Adults
Hacker News

Updated April 17, 2014 12:28 p.m.

Notegraphy, an Instagram-style app for beautiful typography, arrives on Android
NextWeb

Four months ago we covered Notegraphy, an Instagram-inspired editing app for creating notes with beautiful typography.

Work4 Raises $7M To Take On Job Boards With Its Social Network-Based Recruitment App
TechCrunch

Work4 , an online recruitment startup that uses social networks to advertise and find leads for jobs, has picked up another $7 million in funding that it plans to use to expand further into markets outside the U.S., as well as expand its product.

How a sunset might look on Earth's new cousin Kepler-186f
CNET

How a sunset might look on Earth's new cousin Kepler-186f NASA confirms the discovery of an Earth-sized planet that may have potential for life, but its sun is dimmer than ours.

New street lights design cuts bills
BBC Technology

17 April 2014 Last updated at 06:37 New street light design halves bills and 'improves safety' The new lights are already in place in other parts of the island Lights which last 25 years are cutting Jersey's street lighting bill in half and may improve road safety.

Match-Fixing Took Place in Ancient Greek Wrestling
Scientific American

Who says only modern-day pro wrestling is fake?

Game Boy Advance Games Are Shockingly Good on Wii U
Wired

Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga on the Wii U.

Cyborg video glasses show emotion so you don't have to
TheVerge

Emotional labor is a kind of work we often don't recognize as work: the need to appear friendly, deferential, or attentive at a job.

Chatterbox: Thursday
Guardian Technology

Chatterbox: Thursday The place to talk about games and other things that matter

The Squishy Future of Robotics
Slashdot

An anonymous reader writes "The field of soft robotics is fast growing and may be the key to allowing robots and humans to work side-by-side .

Google's latest Street View algorithm beats its bot-sniffing security system
Engadget

You know how Google's been doing such a great job associating addresses with their locations on a map?

5-Year Suspended Sentence For S. Africa's First Online Pirate
Slashdot

RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit
Slashdot

Dropbox acquires document collaboration service Hackpad
NextWeb

Kia's new 'midsized multi-passenger vehicle' (pictures)
CNET

Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"
Slashdot

Zola Debuts Its iPhone App To Allow Couples To Manage Their Wedding Registries On The Go
TechCrunch

Zola, the new wedding registry startup emerging from Gilt And AlleyCorp founder Kevin Ryan , has launched an iPhone app to allow couples to create and manage their Zola registries from anywhere.

First Earth-Size Planet that Could Support Life Found
Scientific American

For the first time, scientists have discovered an Earth-size alien planet in the habitable zone of its host star, an "Earth cousin" that just might have liquid water and the right conditions for life.

NASA found an Earth-sized planet that could support life
Engadget

NASA's Kepler telescope has discovered a veritable bounty of alien planets , but none of them have been quite like Earth -- until now.

Planets with a drunken wobble could be more lively
CNET

Wobbling could be keeping other forms of life warm throughout the universe.

Major League Gaming Snags New VP From Machinima To Further Grow Its MLG.tv Network
TechCrunch

Major League Gaming (MLG), one of the oldest e-sports companies out there, picked up a new hire today from Machinima, another well-known gaming content company.

Scientists Reveal Neutron Star Glitches Have a Minimum Size
SciTech Daily

New research reveals that sudden speed jumps in the rotational velocity of pulsars have a minimum size, and that they are caused not by the unpinning and displacement of just one sub-surface superfluid vortex, but by billions.

NASA Signs Agreement with SpaceX for Use of Historic Launch Pad
Hacker News

NASA Kennedy Space Center's historic Launch Complex 39A, the site from which numerous Apollo and space shuttle missions began, is beginning a new mission as a commercial launch site.

Verizon snagged highest slice of phone activations last quarter
CNET

Verizon snagged highest slice of phone activations last quarter But third-place T-Mobile saw the biggest improvement among the top US carriers, as seen in survey results from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.

Apple confirms CarPlay support for aftermarket systems
CNET

Apple confirms CarPlay support for aftermarket systems Apple's Web site now lists support for Alpine and Pioneer car audio and video systems as coming soon.

Dropbox acquires photo storage startup Loom, service to shut down on May 16
NextWeb

Cloud photo storage service Loom announced today that it has been acquired by Dropbox.

Dropbox acquires Loom, will shut down its cloud photo service on May 16th
TheVerge

Loom, a popular service that offers cloud-based photo storage , has just been acquired by Dropbox.

Canada makes first Heartbleed arrest after tax agency hack
Engadget

Canadian police just made what could possibly be the first Heartbleed-related arrest.

Scout GPS app keeps your gas and coffee detour to a minimum
Engadget

Telenav wants its latest Scout update for iPhone to stand out from other nav apps by giving what it claims 80 percent of us want while driving: gas, coffee, or food.

Optimizely launches platform for testing and tweaking your native iOS apps
NextWeb

Optimizely , a website optimization platform, has launched a beta of its iOS testing tools, which allow technical and non-technical users to optimize native apps for Apple devices.

Optimizely Brings Its A/B Testing Platform To iOS Apps
TechCrunch

Optimizely , the popular service for testing out different variations of your website, today announced the launch of Optimizely for iOS.

Next PlayStation 4 update adds video editing software
TheVerge

While over seven million Playstation 4 units have been sold, the upcoming v1.70 release will be the console's first major system software update.

Crafts store Michaels confirms 3 million credit card numbers stolen in hack
TheVerge

Back in January, arts and crafts retail giant Michaels announced that it was investigating a potential security breach , and now the company has confirmed that millions of credit cards may have been compromised by a cyberattack.

Risk-averse Chinese mobile tech firms are suddenly going all-in on global, but why?
NextWeb

Si Shen is the founder and CEO of PapayaMobile, a global mobile company.

Is It Good For Kids To Have A Pet?
Scientific American

People overwhelmingly believe that having pets is overall a good thing for children.

Sonos Wants To Ditch Its Only Annoying Shortcoming
TechCrunch

Sonos has often been praised for its super minimalist setup process.

Is Winter Coming? Hear More From Our All-Star Investor Panel At Disrupt NY
TechCrunch

VC money in the U.S is at its highest level since 2001, and valuations are soaring.

Snoop Dogg voiceover coming to Call of Duty: Ghosts, you dig?
CNET

Snoop Dogg voiceover coming to Call of Duty: Ghosts, you dig?

Show HN: Tic-tac-toe, with a multiplayer twist
Hacker News

Logout Join Team GitHub Join Team Twitter {{ gameMessage }} Seconds Until Next Move {{ numSecondsUntilNextMove }} Wins {{ wins.github }} {{ wins.twitter }} Team Size {{ numGitHubUsers }} {{ numTwitterUsers }} Play By Play How To Play Login with either your GitHub or Twitter account to join that team.

The Science of Memory
Scientific American

See Inside The Science of Memory Managing editor Sandra Upson introduces the May/June 2014 issue of Scientific American MIND May 1, 2014 | By Sandra Upson When I was eight years old, my family moved out of our 100-year-old house in the Netherlands.

How Americans Die
Hacker News

By Matthew C. Klein / Bloomberg View / April 17, 2014 How Americans Die The mortality rate fell by about 17 percent from 1968 through 2010, years for which we have detailed data.

The Heartbleed Aftermath: all CloudFlare certificates revoked and reissued
Hacker News

Eleven days ago the Heartbleed vulnerability was publicly announced.

QEMU 2.0.0 Released
Hacker News

Hello, On behalf of the QEMU Team, I'd like to announce the availability of the QEMU 2.0.0 release.

Enplug drags digital signage into the social era, raising $2.5M and landing Porsche and Coffee Bean as clients
Pandodaily

By Michael Carney On April 17, 2014 Digital signage is hardly an industry that screams for startup attention.

Digital Display Startup Enplug Raises $2.5 Million Seed Round
TechCrunch

Digital signage is increasingly being used by businesses as a way to promote new products, engage with customers, and serve up ads.

Unbounded Robotics UBR-1 Now Available for Pre-Order
Ieee Spectrum

It's been a long time coming, but Unbounded Robotics is finally all set to start offering their UBR-1 mobile manipulator robot up for pre-order .

Debate Flares over Identity of Celebrated Human Fossils
Scientific American

Lower jaws, or mandibles, attributed to early human ancestor Australopithecus sediba differ in the shape of the so-called mandibular notch--the indentation in the top portion of the bone.

Dropbox acquires Loom (YC W12)
Hacker News

We have some exciting news that we wanted to share with you.

Dropbox Acquires Cloud Photos Startup Loom And Document Collaboration Service Hackpad
TechCrunch

Only days after revealing its first dedicated photo management and sharing application Carousel , Dropbox is announcing it has acquired cloud photo storage and sync service Loom , a favorite among iOS users.

Dropbox aquires iOS photo app Loom, will fold into Carousel next month
CNET

Loom Dropbox, the cloud storage company that has been slowly building a robust consumer app suite including email management tool Mailbox, has made another fruitful acquisition Thursday, scooping up popular iOS photo app Loom for an undisclosed sum.

Dropbox bolsters Carousel, eyes collaborative docs with startup purchases
Engadget

Dropbox just debuted its Carousel photo management app last week, and it's already making strides to boost the software's storage chops.

Amazon's making a custom Kindle store for Samsung Galaxy devices
Engadget

Samsung seems to be on a roll with bagging media partnerships for its Galaxy line of phones and tablets.

Samsung And Amazon Team Up For Custom Galaxy Kindle E-Book App
TechCrunch

So much for trashing the Kindle .

Samsung and Amazon give away free ebooks with Kindle for Samsung
CNET

Samsung and Amazon give away free ebooks with Kindle for Samsung Samsung and Amazon have turned the page on ebooks with Kindle for Samsung, which gives phone fans a free book every month.

Sony struggles to meet demand as PS4 sales surpass 7m
Guardian Technology

Sony has sold 7m PlayStation 4s worldwide since its launch in November 2013, as the Japanese electronics company continues to struggle to meet the huge demand for the new console.

Rebuilding Memories Makes Them Stick
Scientific American

See Inside Rebuilding Memories Makes Them Stick Even after his death, the famous amnesic H. M. is revolutionizing our understanding of how memory works and how we maintain it as we age I remember meeting H.M. in the spring of 1967, when he was perhaps 40 years old and I was 16 years his junior.

How Greed Almost Sabotaged the Smartphone Kill Switch
Wired

Illustration: mattjeacock/Getty Images About one third of robberies in major cities across the country involve the theft of a mobile phone, according to the Federal Communications Commission .

Catch Up on Orphan Black With This Handy Cheat Sheet
Wired

Image: Steve Wilkie/BBC America There are perfectly legitimate reasons why you missed the first season of Orphan Black .

Spotify moves away from delivering music through peer-to-peer networks
Engadget

Spotify has always streamed at least some of its music over peer-to-peer listener networks, helping it deliver music quickly while saving some cash on bandwidth and servers.

As Food Delivery War Heats Up, Sprig Plans To Serve Lunch
TechCrunch

SpoonRocket is about to have some competition in the lunch on demand market.

Isotopic 256
Hacker News

Join the elements and get to the tile with 256 isotopic mass!

How to retain mental and creative focus
NextWeb

David Hassell is the CEO of 15Five.

The future tech America expects (pictures)
CNET

Self-driving cars may be smart, but one thing they can't do (yet) is fly.

White dwarf acts as cosmic magnifying glass
Nature

Astronomers have observed a white dwarf acting as a magnifying glass for another, Sun-like star that it is orbiting.

Apple Patents Android-Like Gesture Unlocking Tech For Mobile Devices
TechCrunch

Apple has a pair of new patent applications published by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider ) which describe a gesture-based unlocking system for iPhone or iPad devices.

ZTE's 2014 gets off to good start as profit up 204%
CNET

ZTE's 2014 gets off to good start as profit up 204% The company is also projecting a profit jump of 158 percent to 223 percent for the first half of the year.

Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released
Slashdot

An anonymous reader writes with this announcement: "Ubuntu Linux version 14.04 LTS (code named "Trusty Tahr") has been released and available for download .

Meet Twitter's Jack Dorsey, comic action hero
CNET

After co-founding Twitter, Jack Dorsey fights crime in a new comic.

X-Men Director Accused of Sexually Assaulting Teenage Boy
Wired

Photo: Alex J. Berliner/AP Director Bryan Singer has been accused of sexual abuse of an underage boy in a new civil lawsuit filed just weeks before the scheduled release of his next movie X-Men: Days of Future Past .

Submissions for our Insert Coin: New Challengers contest are open!
Engadget

The Insert Coin competition has been a highlight of our Engadget Expand live events; a ton of great products have been demoed on-stage, and a few even walked away with piles of cash to help with funding.

MSI GS60 Ghost review: a gaming rig in Ultrabook's clothing
Engadget

It's the natural order of things: NVIDIA releases a new line of mobile GPUs and suddenly the market is flooded with new gaming laptops.

Mission-critical satellite communications wide open to malicious hacking
Ars Technica

Mission-critical satellite communications relied on by Western militaries and international aeronautics and maritime systems are susceptible to interception, tampering, or blocking by attackers who exploit easy-to-find backdoors, software bugs, and similar high-risk vulnerabilities, a researcher warned Thursday.

Another Big Milestone for Servo: Acid2
Hacker News

Servo, the next-generation browser engine being developed by Mozilla Research, has reached an important milestone by passing the Acid2 test .

Are there any silent Windows laptops?
Guardian Technology

Can you suggest a silent laptop?

Behold, Murdoculous Rift
TechCrunch

Pics of moguls wearing Oculus Rift headsets are the new pics of moguls with rappers.

Nissan offers free electricity to entice EV customers
Engadget

Though "fueling" an EV costs a pittance next to a gas-guzzler, hunting for that next compatible charging network can bring on cold sweats.

Ancient shark discovery may rewrite our evolutionary history
TheVerge

Sharks are often seen as "living fossils," examples of evolutionary excellence that have not altered their design significantly since they came into existence.

With iOS 8, Siri Might Be Able To Name That Tune Shazam-style
TechCrunch

Quick!

College Hackers Teach Siri To Unlock Your Tesla
Wired

Photo: Alex Washburn/WIRED When Apple first introduced Siri three years ago, she amazed the world with her warm voice and her human-like voice response.

Data Analytics Startup Beckon Raises $8M As Marketers Look Beyond Generic Tools
TechCrunch

Beckon , a California-based startup that helps marketers track their spend using data analytics, has raised $8 million in Series A funding from August Capital and Canaan Partners.

Heroku launches bug bounty program with rewards ranging from $100 to $1,500
NextWeb

Heroku today launched a bug bounty program in conjunction with Bugcrowd .

Female insect uses spiky penis to take charge
Nature

Yoshizawa et al./Current Biology When Neotrogla curvata insects mate, the female (top) penetrates the male.

Female Insect Uses Spiky Penis to Take Charge
Scientific American

Female Insect Uses Spiky Penis to Take Charge A cave insect's marathon sex sessions extract nourishment along with sperm from a reluctant male In desolate caves throughout Brazil live insects that copulate for days, the female's penetrating erectile organ sticking fast in a reluctant male's genital chamber until he offers a gift of nutritious semen.

Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?
Slashdot

Macros are the main problem keeping back a switch to LibreOffice or OO.o.

How Can Yahoo Be Worth Less Than Zero?
Hacker News

Yahoo Inc. is a public company consisting of a portfolio of whatever you think Yahoo is, a 35 percent stake in a separate but similar publicly traded company called Yahoo Japan, and a 24 percent stake in a separate, different, soon-to-be-publicly traded company called Alibaba.

The Birth and Death of JavaScript [video]
Hacker News

The Birth & Death of JavaScript A talk by Gary Bernhardt from PyCon 2014 This science fiction / comedy / absurdist / completely serious talk traces the history of JavaScript, and programming in general, from 1995 until 2035.

Angry Nerd: How Hollywood Can Get Its Evil Twins Right
Wired

This week, Angry Nerd is here to sing the praises of Michael Bay and The Phantom Menace .

Six Months After Acquisition, Magnify Rebrands And Relaunches As Waywire
TechCrunch

Last fall, Magnify acquired Waywire in an effort to create more efficiency around video curation.

A bit of XENIX history
Hacker News

From 1986 to 1989, I worked in the Xenix group at Microsoft.

Researchers Develop Spaser Made of Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes
SciTech Daily

Researchers from Monash University have developed a spaser using graphene and carbon nanotubes, showing that graphene and carbon nanotubes can interact and transfer energy to each other through light.

Photoluminescent Nanoparticles Kill Cancer
Ieee Spectrum

In a case of serendipity, researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington started out trying to develop new security-related radiation detection and stumbled upon a potential breakthrough in cancer treatment.

SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon
Slashdot

if you are talking about throw away worker drones or server machines, then no.

Apple now sells refurbished Retina iPad Minis
CNET

Apple now sells refurbished Retina iPad Minis The Wi-Fi-only models trim the price by around 15 percent.

Mars orbiter snaps Curiosity and tracks from far above
CNET

Mars orbiter snaps Curiosity and tracks from far above Get a rare perspective on the Curiosity rover's travels across a distant planet with a fascinating image snapped by NASA's Mars orbiter.

Lisp is Abstract Syntax
Hacker News

Lisp is Abstract Syntax I'm currently working through a bit of Andrew W. Appel's Modern Compiler Implementation in ML both to help me get more solidly grounded in ML and to help me more deeply understand compilers and interpreters.

Tor may be forced to cut back capacity after Heartbleed bug
Guardian Technology

Tor, the secure networking service, may have to close down an eighth of its capacity as a result of the Heartbleed flaw.

Heartbleed Bug Sends Bandwidth Costs Skyrocketing
Wired

Chart showing the global spike in revoked certificates after CloudFlare revoked its certificates this week due to Heartbleed.

How many iPhones were sold last quarter? Analysts aim to predict
CNET

How many iPhones were sold last quarter?

Ubuntu 14.04 released
Hacker News

Select an image Ubuntu is distributed on two types of images described below.

Google Camera app brags about blurry photos
CNET

CNET's giving away a 3D printer Enter for a chance to win* the Makerbot Replicator 3D Printer and all the supplies you need to get started.

The 404 1,468: Where we never asked for that sequel (podcast)
CNET

CNET's giving away a 3D printer Enter for a chance to win* the Makerbot Replicator 3D Printer and all the supplies you need to get started.

THINK TANKS

POMED: The Federal Budget and Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014: Democracy, Governance, and Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa
Council on Foreign Relations

"U.S. support for democracy, governance, and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa is needed now as much as ever.

Obama and the Appeasement Myth
Reason

Hawks in the wild tend to be solitary creatures.

Steve Chapman on Obama and the Appeasement Myth
Reason

White House Hawks in the wild tend to be solitary creatures.

Blog Summary
Open Europe

In a new flash analysis out today , we look at where each EU member state stands on expanding sanctions against Russia.

10 welfare-reform lessons
American Enterprise Institute

This essay appears in the April 21 edition of National Review.

Employee financial participation in businesses: Is it worth discussing?
Center for Social and Economic Research

During the systemic transformation of the Polish economy in the late 980s and early 990s, a keen interest arose in various forms of participation of employees in the profits and ownership of the enterprises employing them.

The EU's march to digital oblivion
American Enterprise Institute

European Union leaders, with European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes at the helm, are so desperate for re-election in May that they will sacrifice their very platform for the sake of feel good palliatives that pander to voters.

What should the political parties promise on education in 2015?
Policy Exchange

All political parties are passionate about education as a vehicle to spreading opportunity and enabling young people to fulfil their potential.

A.M. Links: Americans Say Obama Lies, Putin Does Annual Phone-In Q&A, Joe Biden Takes a Selfie With the President
Reason

Fist of Etiquette | 4.17.14 @ 9:00AM | # He also took a question from Edward Snowden about mass surveillance by the Russian government.

Jesse Walker on the Overland Park Shootings and Free Speech
Reason

In the wake of the Overland Park shooting spree of April 13, the notion is being floated, yet again, that we might be able to stop such crimes if only we were less rigid about the Bill of Rights.

Online illegal drugs markets show us the potential benefits of legalisation
Adam Smith Institute

Monday saw the worldwide release of the 2014 Global Drug Survey, with particular focus on the recent growth of online markets for illegal drugs.

Triumph of Improvisation: Gorbachev's Adaptation, Reagan's Engagement, and the End of the Cold War
Wilson Center

Washington History Seminar Historical Perspectives on International and National Affairs Triumph of Improvisation: Gorbachev's Adaptation, Reagan's Engagement, and the End of the Cold War James Graham Wilson OFFICE OF THE HISTORIAN, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE In the Triumph of Improvisation , James Graham Wilson takes a long view of the end of the Cold War, from the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan to Operation Desert Storm.

Education: Our Competitive Challenge with Christopher Pyne, Australian Minister of Education
Policy Exchange

Policy Exchange is delighted to be hosting the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education for the Australian federal government and Leader of the House, on a high quality and autonomous education.

Getting India Back on Track: An Action Agenda for Reform
Carnegie Endowment

India has fallen far and fast from the runaway growth rates it enjoyed in the first decade of the twenty-first century.

Saudi Arabia: Free Prominent Rights Activist
Human Rights Watch

UPDATE: Samar Badawi, the wife of Waleed Abu al-Khair, said that authorities allowed him to speak to her by phone for one minute on April 17, 2014.

Don't Miss Our Debate on Open Borders at Reason's DC HQ on Tuesday, 4/22 at 6 P.M.!
Reason

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies and author of The New Case Against Immigration: Both Legal and Illegal Stacking the deck in your favor there, aren't you?

Exclusive: New U.N. Docs Expose Assad's Starvation Campaign in Syria - By John Hudson
Foreign Policy

Internal United Nations documents show modest improvements in the delivery of desperately needed food inside rebel-controlled areas of Syria.

A little reminder of how far we've come
Adam Smith Institute

This is a little way off our usual beaten track here but there's an important point underneath it.

The Prime Minister does God
Civitas

Today is Maundy Thursday.

Obama Surpasses the Awful Commutation Records of Three Republicans but Still Falls Far Short of Nixonian Mercy
Reason

NBC News President Obama made appropriate use of his clemency powers this week, shortening the prison term of a drug offender who received a sentence that everyone agreed was too long but for which there was no other legal remedy.

Covert Legions: U.S. Army Intelligence and the Defense of Europe, 1944-1949
Wilson Center

Washington History Seminar Historical Perspectives on International and National Affairs Covert Legions: U.S. Army Intelligence and the Defense of Europe, 1944-1949 Thomas Boghardt U.S. ARMY CENTER OF MILITARY HISTORY As the Third Reich collapsed, Soviet forces moved deep into Central Europe, and the United States had to adjust rapidly to the new political landscape.

Andrew Napolitano on Easter and the Necessity of Freedom
Reason

Tintoretto/Public Domain When America was in its infancy and struggling to find a culture and frustrated at governance from Great Britain, the word most frequently uttered in speeches and pamphlets and editorials was not safety or taxes or peace; it was freedom .

Hope for the Dead
Reason

Tintoretto/Public Domain What is the connection between freedom and rising from the dead?

Back to first principles on family benefits
The Centre for Independent Studies

Ideas@TheCentre Back to first principles on family benefits Trisha Jha | 17 April 2014 The Australian Financial Review reported this week that Howard-era 'middle-class welfare' payments such as Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part B may be subject to cuts, as part of the federal government's attempt to get the budget back to surplus within a reasonable timeframe.

Location, Location, Location
The Work Foundation

When it comes to youth unemployment, location matters.

Daily Corruption News: 17 April 2014
Transparency International

Child Care and Early Childhood Education
Center for American Progress

Real Family Values: Child Care and Early Childhood Education SOURCE: AP/ John Bazemore President Barack Obama speaks about early childhood education in Decatur, Georgia.

Weekly Wire: The Global Forum
World Bank

These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.

You Will Not Believe The T-Shirt That Got This Professor Kicked Off Campus!
Reason

Some of you will recognize the T-shirt verbiage to the right as coming from the hugely popular HBO series Game of Thrones .

The Business Case for Paid Leave and Paid Sick Days
Center for American Progress

The Business Case for Paid Leave and Paid Sick Days SOURCE: Flickr/thelotuscarroll Paid sick days are important for employees to take care of themselves and their families without risking their jobs and salaries.

National adoption targets
The Centre for Independent Studies

Ideas@TheCentre National adoption targets Jeremy Sammut | 17 April 2014 Australian social workers remain traumatised by the profession's involvement in past child removal practices involving the Stolen Generations of Indigenous children and the forced adoption of the babies of unmarried mothers.

Border Patrol Harasses Local Protesters, Tells Them 'You Have No Rights Here'
Reason

End Border Patrol Checkpoints/ACLU When last we dropped in on the good people of Arivaca, Arizona, they were keeping a close eye on a Border Patrol checkpoint that controls access to their community and puts just about anybody entering or leaving town through an Iron Curtain nostalgia tour.

Democratic Transitions and the Problem of Power (Spring 2014)
Wilson Center

Ottaway writes that three years after the beginning of the Arab uprisings, Tunisia and Egypt are moving in different directions.

Ron Paul: Criticism of RPI Publishing 9/11 Truther Stuff Is 'a little bit overkill with political correctness'
Reason

Last night Ron Paul made one of his frequent appearances on The Independents , giving newsworthy comments about the rancher standoff in Nevada and his own showdown with the Internal Revenue Service over donor disclosures .

Tonight: Jesse Walker Discusses Conspiracy Theories in Houston
Reason

Putin: we only do surveillance upon court-issued warrant Obama: we only do surveillance upon court-issued warrant It's all technically true, but when you can call a secret, unaccountable rubber-stamp organization a "court," the truthfulness of those answers means nothing.

It is time for a fundamental rethink of how we incentivise retirement saving
Centre for Policy Studies

This article was originally published in City A.M.

Brickbat: The Fugitive
Reason

On the one hand, armed robbery is no joke.

Bankrupt: Detroit and the Future of Urban America
Wilson Center

Washington History Seminar Historical Perspectives on International and National Affairs Bankrupt: Detroit and the Future of Urban America Thomas Sugrue UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA Detroit is the largest American municipality to have declared bankruptcy.

Colorado County Bullies Couple into Handing Over Land for Non-Use
Reason

Facebook The Barries, Ceil and Andy, of Summit County, Colorado, have been fighting their local government, which was trying to use eminent domain to seize their land and keep it "open space.

Sriracha Plant Mulls Move, Providing Valuable Lesson to Government Meddlers
Reason

Credit: Dave77459 / photo on flickr "I have had the bad luck to move into a city with a government that acts like a local king.

America's Fear of Iranian Nuclear Power Is Overblown
Reason

When the Obama administration refused to grant a visa to Iran's designated ambassador to the United Nations, Hamid Aboutalebi, it was continuing a long-running hostile U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic.

Sheldon Richman on America's Overblown Fear of Iranian Nukes
Reason

White House When the Obama administration refused to grant a visa to Iran's designated ambassador to the United Nations, Hamid Aboutalebi, it was continuing a long-running hostile U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic.

The end of super PACs? An address by Rep. Chris Van Hollen
American Enterprise Institute

About This Event As the 2014 election cycle gains momentum, political action committees (super PACs) continue to play a prominent role in campaigns and campaign finance.

Should anonymous campaign expenditures be allowed? An address by Rep. Chris Van Hollen
American Enterprise Institute

About This Event As the 2014 election cycle gains momentum, political action committees (super PACs) continue to play a prominent role in campaigns and campaign finance.

Mrs. McCarthy (Quietly) Goes to Taipei - By Isaac Stone Fish
Foreign Policy

Share + Twitter Facebook Google + Reddit Sometimes, boring is the best policy.

Regulating Hateful Speech Won't Stop Hateful Crimes
Reason

Johnson County, Kansas, Sheriff First the terrible crime, then the terrible idea.

Why It Could Get a Lot Harder to Get Divorced in Some States
Reason

Moving Picture World/Wikimedia As the great same-sex marriage debate bumbles on, a smaller, quieter marriage battle is taking place in state legislatures.

Want Your Own Haunted Island? How about a Former Monastery?
Heritage Foundation

Photo: Getty Images An island in the Venice lagoon is part of several properties and assets that the Italian government is selling to slash its public debt and comply with European Union guidelines, according to Reuters .

Lois Lerner: Living Embodiment of Why We Should Stay the Hell Away From the IRS
Reason

CSpan Who was it who said, "everybody is guilty of something"?

"Automatic Government" is Leading to an Automatic Spending Disaster
Reason

This article originally appeared at The Daily Beast on April 10, 2014.

Common Core State Standards Assessments
Center for American Progress

Common Core State Standards Assessments Challenges and Opportunities SOURCE: AP/Ed Andrieski High Plains Elementary School teacher Jennifer Williford works with Colette Jackson and Skyler Matteson in her fifth grade class at the Englewood, Colorado school.

RELEASE: Recommendations for Common Core Assessment Implementation
Center for American Progress

RELEASE: Recommendations for Common Core Assessment Implementation April 17, 2014 Contact: Katie Peters Phone: 202.741.6285 Email: kpeters@americanprogress.org Read the report .

Wage growth may be stronger then we think - for some.
The Work Foundation

The most recent labour market and inflation statistics have taken on a huge symbolic importance because, it is said, real wage growth has resumed for the first time since 2010.

State Attorneys General to Google: Censor or Be Censored
Reason

Gayle Laakmann/Technologywoman.com If you have to ask Google how to rob a house or become a drug dealer, you probably aren't going to make a terribly superb robber or drug dealer.

Why Rumsfeld Sends a Letter to IRS Every Year
Heritage Foundation

Why Rumsfeld Sends a Letter to IRS Every Year That I & most Americans have no idea whether our taxes are accurate tells us something.

IPCC Redactions Obscure the Connections Among Income, Emissions, and Responsibility
Center for American Progress

IPCC Redactions Obscure the Connections Among Income, Emissions, and Responsibility SOURCE: AP/Michael Sohn Ottmar Edenhofer, co-chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Working Group III, and Rajendra K. Pachauri, chairman of the IPCC, from left, pose prior to a press conference as part of a meeting of the IPCC in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, April 13, 2014.

Event: Macroeconomic Options for Very Small Open Economies
Peterson Institute for International Economics

DeLisle Worrell, governor of the Central Bank of Barbados, addressed the topic "Macroeconomic Options for Very Small Open Economies," on April 17, 2014, at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Region: Improving Policy Outcomes Through Research and Engagement
Wilson Center

The Great Lakes-St Lawrence Basin contains 18 percent of the world's freshwater and is home to 42 million people.

Unleashing Innovation with Matt Ridley, Author of "The Rational Optimist"
Policy Exchange

The dividing lines for the next General Election are already clear.

Could Play and Freedom Trace Back to the Building Blocks of Everything?
Reason

"Cosmos"/PBS Anthropologist David Graeber writes at The Baffler about "play" and how the concept may be necessary at any and every level of physical reality.

Department of Energy: Working Hard to Give Away Your Money
Heritage Foundation

Rainer Jensen/dpa/picture-alliance/Newscom This week the Department of Energy announced that it will make as much as $4 billion in loan guarantees available for renewable and energy efficiency projects that reduce, avoid, or sequester greenhouse gas emissions.

Blog Summary
Open Europe

Former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti may be out of Italian politics, but it's fair to say he still likes to talk - especially when travelling abroad.

The Political Origins of Economic Reform in Pakistan
Wilson Center

Unless otherwise noted : Meetings listed on this page are free and open to the public.

Paid Parental Leave: Is it really going to pay for the age pension?
The Centre for Independent Studies

Ideas@TheCentre Paid Parental Leave: Is it really going to pay for the age pension?

Nick Gillespie Interviews William Binney, the Original NSA Whistleblower
Reason

Jacob Appelbaum CC BY In 2002, more than a decade before Edward Snowden's NSA revelations rocked the world, William Binney and several former colleagues went to Congress and the Department of Defense, requesting that the NSA be investigated.

The Original NSA Whistleblower
Reason

"Where I see it going is toward a totalitarian state," William Binney says of the National Security Agency (NSA), the place where he worked for 30 years before becoming a whistleblower and eventually quitting.

Economic liberty and human flourishing: Perspectives from political philosophy
American Enterprise Institute

About This Event While it is widely accepted that human flourishing requires political liberty, the role of economic liberty has received comparatively little attention.

The Fugitive
Reason

A SWAT team raided Cornealious "Mike" Anderson's St. Louis home, hauling him out at gunpoint.

Worse than Fannie and Freddie
American Enterprise Institute

In this era of partisan gridlock, any legislative proposal with significant bipartisan sponsorship should be praised and supported if it simply does not produce a policy worse than the status quo.

Events Intern
ResPublica

ResPublica is seeking an enthusiastic, creative and organised individual to help run our busy events schedule.

HACKS & STATS

OWASP: Critical Web Application Security
Reddit

whoa there, pardner!

An Update on HN Comments
Hacker News

Are you saying the are not as pernicious because they are not as common?

Linode moving to SSD, more RAM.
Reddit

Hetzner is an option.

A UTF-8 Primer for PHP and MySQL
Reddit

whoa there, pardner!

The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper
Hacker News

601 Lexington in New York City.

Why do we need a soft-margin if we are using a kernel in SVM?
Metaoptimize questions

I know that the idea of using a kernel in SVM is to transform the datapoints into an infinite-dimension space where the points can be linearly separable.

Better code through code reviews
Reddit

One thing I've been mulling here is the concept of code reviews while pair programming.

Consul, a new tool for service discovery and configuration
Hacker News

Consul Today we announce Consul , a solution for service discovery and configuration.

This is closed
Metaoptimize questions

This is the only way I have been ready to in finding online that works.

FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report, January-March 2014
Hacker News

Introduction This report covers FreeBSD-related projects between January and March 2014.

Scientists Make First Embryo Clones From Adults
Hacker News

Updated April 17, 2014 12:28 p.m.

Scrap your interfaces
Reddit

whoa there, pardner!

Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'
Hacker News

hide caption Backers of the new Open Source Seed Initiative will pass out 29 new varieties of 14 different crops, including broccoli, carrots and kale, on Thursday.

NASA Signs Agreement with SpaceX for Use of Historic Launch Pad
Hacker News

NASA Kennedy Space Center's historic Launch Complex 39A, the site from which numerous Apollo and space shuttle missions began, is beginning a new mission as a commercial launch site.

Real-Time Data Streaming Gets Standardized
Reddit

Nothing against Viktor Klang here personally, but... Oh god the cliche of "a game-changer visionary sitting at the coffee shop" photos in these types of articles is getting wildly out of control.

Show HN: Tic-tac-toe, with a multiplayer twist
Hacker News

Logout Join Team GitHub Join Team Twitter {{ gameMessage }} Seconds Until Next Move {{ numSecondsUntilNextMove }} Wins {{ wins.github }} {{ wins.twitter }} Team Size {{ numGitHubUsers }} {{ numTwitterUsers }} Play By Play How To Play Login with either your GitHub or Twitter account to join that team.

How Americans Die
Hacker News

By Matthew C. Klein / Bloomberg View / April 17, 2014 How Americans Die The mortality rate fell by about 17 percent from 1968 through 2010, years for which we have detailed data.

The Heartbleed Aftermath: all CloudFlare certificates revoked and reissued
Hacker News

Eleven days ago the Heartbleed vulnerability was publicly announced.

QEMU 2.0.0 Released
Hacker News

Hello, On behalf of the QEMU Team, I'd like to announce the availability of the QEMU 2.0.0 release.

This is Solved
Metaoptimize questions

Why do you waste cash while iTunes codes are to be had absolutely loose.

OpenSSL Valhalla Rampage | Documenting the humorous bits of OpenBSD's effort to clean up OpenSSL
Reddit

who don't know enough from trying to write critical security software Yeah, the OpenSSL people don't know enough.

Isotopic 256
Hacker News

Join the elements and get to the tile with 256 isotopic mass!

Another Big Milestone for Servo: Acid2
Hacker News

Servo, the next-generation browser engine being developed by Mozilla Research, has reached an important milestone by passing the Acid2 test .

How Can Yahoo Be Worth Less Than Zero?
Hacker News

Yahoo Inc. is a public company consisting of a portfolio of whatever you think Yahoo is, a 35 percent stake in a separate but similar publicly traded company called Yahoo Japan, and a 24 percent stake in a separate, different, soon-to-be-publicly traded company called Alibaba.

The Birth and Death of JavaScript [video]
Hacker News

The Birth & Death of JavaScript A talk by Gary Bernhardt from PyCon 2014 This science fiction / comedy / absurdist / completely serious talk traces the history of JavaScript, and programming in general, from 1995 until 2035.

Closed!!! One
Metaoptimize questions

Why do you waste money although iTunes codes are to be had absolutely free.

Dropbox acquires Loom (YC W12)
Hacker News

We have some exciting news that we wanted to share with you.

A bit of XENIX history
Hacker News

From 1986 to 1989, I worked in the Xenix group at Microsoft.

Tails of a Neural Network Regression
Metaoptimize questions

I'm training two multi-layer neural networks on the same data set (several million data points).

Lisp is Abstract Syntax
Hacker News

Lisp is Abstract Syntax I'm currently working through a bit of Andrew W. Appel's Modern Compiler Implementation in ML both to help me get more solidly grounded in ML and to help me more deeply understand compilers and interpreters.

Language Perils - Domain-specific Joy
Reddit

Someone should point the Boost guys at this; we could have the following C++11 DSEL: StateMachine S{}; State a{}, b{}; S || a | b , - - - - - - - 1_s || b | a , 2_s || b | b ; Perhaps it is time for a github account...

Dynamic radial menu with CSS, JavaScript and some lovely geometrical calculations
Reddit

Nice, but when doing circles it's better to be a little bit more explicit: for (var i = 0, l = items.length; i < l; i++) { var phi = 2 * Math.PI * (i / l + 0.25); items[i].style.left = (50 - 35*Math.cos(phi)).toFixed(4) + "%"; items[i].style.top = (50 - 35*Math.sin(phi)).toFixed(4) + "%"; } This shows you at a glance that: The center is (50, 50) The radius is 35 The circle is laid out from the twelve o'clock position (the + 0.25 offset) The circle is laid out clockwise (the minus signs) The center and radius magic constants could probably be derived from the size of the overall menu.

Racing to writeness to wrongness leads
Reddit

Trying to take Perl 6, one of the largest languages around, and trying to bolt concurrency on it at this late date sounds like a fantastic way to drive yourself absolutely bat-shit insane.

Another big milestone for Servo: ACID2
Reddit

If I'm not mistaken, isn't it always possible for Heartbleed to exist when you write your own "allocator"?

Ubuntu 14.04 released
Hacker News

Select an image Ubuntu is distributed on two types of images described below.

What Gaussian Process covariance function capture affine mean?
Metaoptimize questions

In the documentation for GPML , the author trained a GP with an affine mean function and isotropic squared exponential covariance function.

freely available second-order linear-chain crf toolkit
Metaoptimize questions

There are many software toolkits implementing linear-chain CRFs, but all the ones I found seem to only implement first-order CRFs (i.e.

The Birth & Death of JavaScript, a history from 1995 until 2035
Reddit

Year 2035: "your bank is probably running a lot of JavaScript code, but for a lot of people in this room it is effectively dead language" :D

SOUTH AFRICA

Putin makes thinly-veiled invasion threat as Ukraine talks open
Times Live

Warning that the former Soviet republic was plunging into the "abyss", Putin said he hoped not to have to use his "right" to send Russian troops into Ukraine, just hours after three pro-Moscow separatists were killed in an overnight gunbattle with Ukrainian troops.

Oil prices mixed in Asian trade
The New Age

Foreign ministers involved in the talks will seek to diffuse the tense situation in the east of the country, where government forces trying to reassert control have faced pro-Russian resistance.

Separatists humiliate Ukraine army
Times Live

Separatists humiliate Ukraine army Reuters | 2014-04-17 07:23:26.0 A Ukrainian soldier stands guard outside a Ukrainian Army military camp set up on a field close to the Russian border in east Ukraine.

Cricket not the only thing we can learn from Australia
Times Live

Cricket not the only thing we can learn from Australia The Times Editorial | 2014-04-17 07:41:12.0 Yesterday, the premier of an Australian state resigned after misleading a corruption investigation about a gift of a bottle of wine.

Zuma wishes South Africans happy Easter
The New Age

President Jacob Zuma has wished all South Africans a happy Easter weekend, the presidency said on Friday.

Violence against women in South Africa is a disturbing trend
The New Age

Tankiso Komane Violence against women is a major public health problem in South Africa, which calls for immediate intervention focusing on primary prevention rather than reliance on the use of criminal justice.

Famine threatens a million South Sudanese
Times Live

Famine threatens a million South Sudanese AFP | 2014-04-17 09:26:07.0 UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Image by: Gallo Images UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned Wednesday that more than one million people in South Sudan were at risk of famine.

'Take him out of the court' - Man removed from Pistorius court for photo
Sowetan Live

Thu Apr 17 15:46:44 SAST 2014 'Take him out of the court' - Man removed from Pistorius court for photo The young man who had snapped a picture using his cellphone was led out of court, looking embarrassed.

Zola Budd kicks back
Times Live

Though Budd's eldest daughter, Lisa, 18, is eager to run professionally, Budd's memories of difficult times as a teenage world athletics sensation lurk in the background.

Dollar lower in Asia after upbeat data, Beige Book
The New Age

The euro rose to $1.3841 from $1.3815, while it weakened to 141.16 yen from 141.28 yen.

Oscar channel to take a break
The New Age

Oscar Pistorius.

Oscar channel to take a break
Sowetan Live

Thu Apr 17 15:47:01 SAST 2014 Oscar channel to take a break "The pop-up channel (DStv channel 199) will continue with repeats and an omnibus of the week's court proceedings throughout the Easter weekend, and will pop down on Monday, April 21," she said on Thursday.

Malaysia warns of 'huge' cost in MH370 search
Times Live

"When we look at salvaging (wreckage) at a depth of 4.5 kilometres (2.8 miles), no military out there has the capacity to do it," Transport and Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters in Kuala Lumpur.

Child soldiers battle in worsening South Sudan war
Times Live

"I just want to fight because of what they have done to my parents," said Chuol, speaking at a rally organised by the White Army, a militia that took up arms again to fight government troops in South Sudan's four month-old civil war Brutal fighting has pitted President Salva Kiir's forces against those loosely allied with rebel chief Riek Machar, sacked as vice president in 2013.

Diepsloot: Where South Africa's problems meet
The New Age

Diepsloot township on the outskirts of Johannesburg.

Diepsloot, the place where South Africa's problems meet
Times Live

"I came to Joburg thinking I'll get a job.

Lowdown on the dagga high
Times Live

Medical experts said even people who had only used cannabis once or twice a week for a few months experienced changes in the parts of the brain that govern emotion, motivation and addiction.

Algerians vote on ailing president's controversial fourth-term bid
Times Live

Algerians vote on ailing president's controversial fourth-term bid Sapa-dpa | 2014-04-17 09:39:07.0 Image by: Wikimedia Algerians go to the polls in presidential elections that have been remarkable for the complete absence from the campaign of the incumbent, Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Pistorius trial resumes on 5 May
Times Live

Pistorius trial resumes on 5 May Tymon Smith | 2014-04-17 13:43:56.0 Defense expert witness Roger Dixon (L) holds a magazine rack as Prosecutor Gerrie Nel (R) looks on during the murder trial of South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

Soweto, from bullets to BMWs
Times Live

An armada of sleek German sedans - the must-have ride for South Africa's black nouveau riche - slithers along the well-paved roads, lapping slow-moving buses packed with camera-wielding tourists.

LIVE UPDATE: Day 25 - Pistorius on trial
news24

Oscar Pistorius's trial is now in its 25th day.

Strike hits 40% of world platinum output
Times Live

Strike hits 40% of world platinum output Reuters | 2014-04-17 11:05:56.0 Impala Platinum mineworkers.

FlySafair on the runway
Times Live

FlySafair on the runway TJ STRYDOM | 2014-04-17 06:58:41.0 File photo.

Fighting Talk: Why Oscar ran and speedy Simon didn't
Times Live

When Simon Magakwe blitzed the 10-second barrier for the 100m at the weekend, he precipitated a blizzard of criticism aimed at South Africa's Olympic committee.

Jan-March foreign direct investment in China up 5.5%: govt
The New Age

"Major Asian countries' and regions' investment in China generally maintained a steady growth momentum," ministry spokesman Shen Danyang said.

Ramaphosa returns from South Sudan
news24

Ramaphosa returns from South Sudan 2014-04-17 07:23 Cyril Ramaphosa Cyril Ramaphosa a popular political figure is widely credited with a major role in the negotiations... Now R202.00 buy now Pretoria - Special Envoy to South Sudan, Cyril Ramaphosa , has concluded his visit to the country, the department of international relations said on Wednesday.

Ramaphosa concludes South Sudan visit
The New Age

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.

Joburg clamp on leaks
Times Live

Everyone at Jo burg Water, and probably the municipality's middle and upper management, have been ordered by the city's mayor, Parks Tau, not to respond to media inquiries about a water shortage facing the city.

An uncomfortable election
news24

An uncomfortable election Daniel Silke Cape Town - The latter few weeks of election 2014, have seen South Africans reeling from an assault on their comfort zone when it comes to voting.

US court throws out SA man's murder confession
Times Live

In his ruling, Judge Albert Mitchell found that Muziwokuthula "Muzi" Madondo's state and federal rights had been violated after his requests for an attorney as well as his request not speak to the police had been ignored.

Eskom acting CEO not interested in top job
City Press

Eskom acting CEO not interested in top job Collin Matjila.

Ex-DA kingpin 'abused funds'
Times Live

Coetzee, the special adviser to UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, has been accused of doing party work for the Liberal Democrats while being paid by the taxpayer.

AMCU to ferry mineworkers home for Easter - as far as Maputo
Times Live

"The buses will travel to different provinces and as far as Maputo [in Mozambique]," he said.

Man in court over dehorning live rhino
The New Age

A Mozambican man accused of dehorning a white rhino while the animal was still alive appeared in the Nelspruit Regional Court on Thursday.Picture: Gallo Images A Mozambican man accused of dehorning a white rhino while the animal was still alive appeared in the Nelspruit Regional Court on Thursday.

Easter vehicle safety tips
The New Age

roadworthy?

Misa condemns ban on Lesotho journalists
Mail & Guardian

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) has condemned a court interdict against three Lesotho journalists, which bans them from practising journalism for two and three years respectively, calling it "a bad precedent".

Overflow courtroom should behave: Oscar judge
The New Age

Day 25 of the Oscar Pistorius trial at the High Court in Pretoria started with a stern reprimand by Judge Thokozile Masipa on Thursday.Picture: Getty Images Day 25 of the Oscar Pistorius trial at the High Court in Pretoria started with a stern reprimand by Judge Thokozile Masipa on Thursday.

Overflow courtroom should behave: Oscar judge
Sowetan Live

Thu Apr 17 15:46:55 SAST 2014 Overflow courtroom should behave: Oscar judge "Something disturbing has come to my attention," she said, saying her message was addressed to the people in the courtroom next to hers where the proceedings were being relayed live on a screen.

Semantic sorcery: Using words to bewitch, conjure and transfigure
Thought leader

For 21 years the writer Alan Moore has been a practicing magician.

Violent strikes and how to change them
Mail & Guardian

"Violence works.

Defence witness contradicts Oscar
The New Age

Oscar Pistorius.

Oscar trial tops election online
Times Live

Oscar trial tops election online Denise Williams | 2014-04-17 06:52:21.0 Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius (R) chats with a supporter as he leaves the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

The Big Read: Amcu painted into a corner
Times Live

It has been 12 long weeks of not earning a cent for thousands of workers, many of whom have as many as seven mouths to feed.

Supreme Court rules on Mdluli
The New Age

A high court ruling against the withdrawal of some charges against suspended police intelligence boss Richard Mdluli was upheld by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on Thursday.

Police spy boss Mdluli to face charges: Supreme Court
Times Live

Police spy boss Mdluli to face charges: Supreme Court Sapa | 2014-04-17 14:08:19.0 Richard Mdluli.

Termination of Mdluli's suspension set aside - SCA
news24

Termination of Mdluli's suspension set aside - SCA 2014-04-17 16:31 Police A 'behind the scenes' look at how the emergency services work.

Oscar judge reprimands overflow court
news24

Oscar judge reprimands overflow court 2014-04-17 14:20 Pretoria - Day 25 of the Oscar Pistorius trial at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria started with a stern reprimand by Judge Thokozile Masipa on Thursday.

Dixon explains Steenkamp's wounds
The New Age

It was most probable that Oscar Pistorius's girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot in the head as she fell down after being struck by three other bullets, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Thursday.Picture: Gallo Images It was most probable that Oscar Pistorius's girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot in the head as she fell down after being struck by three other bullets, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Thursday.

Reeva struck by 4 bullets - Dixon
news24

Reeva struck by 4 bullets - Dixon 2014-04-17 14:20 Pretoria - It was most probable that Oscar Pistorius 's girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot in the head as she fell down after being struck by three other bullets, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Thursday.

Oscar trial: Dixon explains Steenkamp's wounds
Sowetan Live

Thu Apr 17 15:46:58 SAST 2014 Oscar trial: Dixon explains Steenkamp's wounds "It is most probable that the bullet hit her head as she was falling down," said defence witness Roger Dixon, a qualified geologist.

Just stop eating rubbish
Mail & Guardian

My children are apple-cheeked and glossy-haired, strong and slender as willow wands.

SCA rules Mdluli may face murder charges again
Mail & Guardian

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has upheld three out of four orders ruled on by Pretoria high court judge John Murphy in September last year, in which Murphy reviewed and set aside decisions by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the commissioner of police to withdrawn corruption charges and disciplinary proceedings against former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli during 2012.

Kasrils an enemy of the people - MKMVA
news24

Ronnie Kasrils (Werner Beukes, Sapa) Johannesburg - Former intelligence minister "It is obvious the enemy of our people is determined to undermine the 20 years of achievements of our democracy," MKMVA said in a statement.

SCA rules some charges against Mdluli to be set aside
Mail & Guardian

A high court ruling against the withdrawal of some charges against suspended police intelligence boss Richard Mdluli was upheld by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on Thursday.

The Oscar Pistorius murder trial Day 25
Times Live

TimesLIVE, Tymon Smith, Graeme Hosken, AFP and Sapa | 2014-04-17 09:30:25.0 DIXON EXPLAINS STEENKAMP'S WOUNDS - Sapa It was most probable that Oscar Pistorius's girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot in the head as she fell down after being struck by three other bullets, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Thursday.

Boys in court for teens' murders
The New Age

Makhubela said the inquiry would determine whether the boys would go on trial.

Pistorius' pathologist won't testify
Times Live

Private forensic pathologist Reggie Perumal - who joined Pistorius's hand-picked team soon after Reeva Steenkamp was killed on Valentine's Day morning 2013 - will not take the stand, amid suggestions his post-mortem findings support key parts of the prosecution's case.

Oscar trial: Defence pathologist won't testify
Mail & Guardian

A star pathologist hired by Oscar Pistorius told AFP on Thursday he will not testify at the athlete's murder trial, another blow for his defence after a week of savage cross-examination.

Top pathologist hired by Oscar won't testify, report
news24

Top pathologist hired by Oscar won't testify, report 2014-04-17 16:42 Pretoria - A star pathologist hired by Oscar Pistorius told AFP on Thursday he will not testify at the athlete's murder trial, another blow for his defence after a week of savage cross-examination.

Putin dismisses claims of Russian forces in eastern Ukraine
Times Live

Putin dismisses claims of Russian forces in eastern Ukraine Sapa-Ap | 2014-04-17 11:26:54.0 Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Cape Town teen murder case continues
news24

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Dixon expected to back up testimony
news24

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Krejcir to be charged for murders - report
news24

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Cop killed in Western Cape police station
news24

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Buses collide near Bloem, 68 injured
news24

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Man removed from Pistorius court over photo
news24

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SA teen helps save German family from drowning
news24

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Defence witness contradicts Oscar
news24

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SCA rules Mdluli charges must be reinstated - report
news24

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Men held for illegal firearms, ammo
news24

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Zuma wishes SA happy Easter
news24

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Zuma wishes SA a happy Easter
Times Live

Zuma wishes SA a happy Easter Sapa | 2014-04-17 15:30:10.0 President Jacob Zuma.

Concourt rules in property case
The New Age

It upheld Lorraine Botha's appeal against a judgment by the Northern Cape High Court.

Height of man in photo questioned
The New Age

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

Oscar trial: Height of man in photo questioned
Sowetan Live

Thu Apr 17 15:47:00 SAST 2014 Oscar trial: Height of man in photo questioned "Why did you not make sure that the person is the exact height as Mr Pistorius?

Dixon admits to omitting man's height in photo
news24

Dixon admits to omitting man's height in photo 2014-04-17 15:48 Johannesburg - The height of a man shown in a photograph submitted by Paralympian Oscar Pistorius 's defence witness Roger Dixon is incorrect, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Thursday.

Prisoner's testicles partially ripped off
Times Live

Prisoner's testicles partially ripped off Times LIVE | 2014-04-17 15:01:23.0 Image by: Gallo Images/Thinkstock A man facing a first degree murder charge had his testicles partially torn off during a fight in Douglas Country Jail, Nebraska.

Oscar trial adjourns for 2 weeks
news24

Oscar trial adjourns for 2 weeks 2014-04-17 19:53 Pretoria - The trial of murder accused Oscar Pistorius was adjourned before 13:00 in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday.

Jozi leads in online shopping
Times Live

Jozi leads in online shopping Philani Nombembe | 2014-04-17 07:00:47.0 kalahari.com this month showed that Joburgers are more inclined to shop online.

Court not for entertainment or picnics: Pistorius judge
Times Live

"Something disturbing has come to my attention," she said, saying her message was addressed to the people in the courtroom next to hers where the proceedings were being relayed live on a screen.

Teenager helps rescue German family caught in Port Alfred rip-currents
Times Live

Teenager helps rescue German family caught in Port Alfred rip-currents Sapa | 2014-04-17 10:37:52.0 File photo Image by: Gallo Images/ Thinkstock A teenager has helped rescue a German family from drowning at Port Alfred's Eastern Beach, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Thursday.

68 injured in Free State bus accident
The New Age

All 68 people sustained serious injuries, she said.

Mantashe hits back at critics in the ANC
Mail & Guardian

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe has hit back at his critics within the party, saying there is an attempt to drive a wedge between him and President Jacob Zuma .

Fire white civil servants in W Cape - Cosatu
news24

More News Fire white civil servants in W Cape - Cosatu (Photo: IEC website) Johannesburg - If the ANC wins the Western Cape in the 7 May general election, Cosatu will ask it to fire more than half the white senior civil servants, the Cape Argus reported on Thursday.

Cosatu wants ANC to fire the whites if it wins in Western Cape
Times Live

Cosatu wants ANC to fire the whites if it wins in Western Cape Sapa | 2014-04-17 10:59:28.0 Cosatu's Western Cape secretary Tony Ehrenreich Image by: Elvis ka Nyelenzi If the ANC wins the Western Cape in the May 7 general election, Cosatu will ask it to fire more than half the white senior civil servants.

Pope celebrates priests not getting it on
Times Live

Pope celebrates priests not getting it on Sapa-dpa | 2014-04-17 14:08:03.0 A Swiss Guard receives holy communion as Pope Francis leads Chrism mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

Amcu boss in sexting tangle
The New Age

Exposed: Jimmy Gama in a selfie sent to ex-union member.

Nigeria parents demand answers after military says hostages freed
Times Live

Defence spokesman Chris Olukolade had initially said that 129 girls were abducted by gunmen in the Chibok area of the northeastern Borno state late Monday.

NYDA case postponed
The New Age

Former National Youth Development Agency head Andile Lungisa and three other people appeared briefly in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Thursday on charges of fraud and money laundering.

Kasrils & co 'factory faults': Nzimande
Sowetan Live

Thu Apr 17 10:53:34 SAST 2014 Kasrils & co 'factory faults': Nzimande SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande on Wednesday referred to former party members who were part of the Vote No campaign as "factory faults".

Mounties catch man who stole 900 Canadian taxpayer's data
Times Live

Mounties catch man who stole 900 Canadian taxpayer's data AFP | 2014-04-17 10:13:47.0 Roberta Solis-Oba, father of Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes who has been charged in connection with exploiting the "Heartbleed" bug to steal taxpayer data from a government website, arrives at the family home in London, Ontario.

Loyalty will play significant role in elections - study
news24

Two friends roped in their friends, jumped in their cars and missioned across Cape Town to create this advert for the international Cannes Young Lion Commercial Competition.

Opposition parties want court to force Pansy Tlakula to resign
City Press

Opposition parties want court to force Pansy Tlakula to resign Pansy Tlakula.

Woman abuse or crime of passion?
The New Age

Happier times: Sprint star Oscar Pistorius gazes adoringly at model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Amcu spends R4m on buses to get striking miners home for Easter
City Press

Amcu spends R4m on buses to get striking miners home for Easter Joseph Mathunjwa.

Amcu buses to go as far as Maputo: Mathunjwa
The New Age

Mathunjwa said the branches would be tasked with verifying the credentials of those boarding the buses to ensure they were Amcu members.

Readers' Views: We will not say 'yes' to the 'Vote No' bid
Times Live

The call by Ronnie Kasrils and his cohorts has an element of anarchy .

Portland flushes reservoir after teen pees in it
Times Live

This is the second time in less than three years the city has gone to such lengths to keep its water pure.

Drivers must be fit: Peters
Sowetan Live

Thu Apr 17 10:53:44 SAST 2014 Drivers must be fit: Peters Clamping down on unfit drivers would help reduce road deaths in South Africa, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said on Wednesday.

Vavi back campaigning for the ANC
The New Age

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

Dixon expected to back his testimony
The New Age

Defence expert witness Roger Dixon.

Oscar trial: Dixon expected to back his testimony
Sowetan Live

Thu Apr 17 15:46:40 SAST 2014 Oscar trial: Dixon expected to back his testimony After a tough cross-examination by prosecutor Gerrie Nel on Wednesday, Dixon was requested to produce literature to support evidence he gave in court.

Constitutional Court orders new grant tender process
Times Live

Constitutional Court orders new grant tender process Sapa | 2014-04-17 12:30:15.0 The elderly line up for their social grant payments at a SASSA office.

Derby-Lewis diagnosed with terminal lung cancer
Mail & Guardian

Convicted killer Clive Derby-Lewis has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, his wife Gaye said on Thursday.

MK vets brand Kasrils an 'enemy of the people'
Times Live

MK vets brand Kasrils an 'enemy of the people' Sapa | 2014-04-17 15:34:07.0 Ronnie Kasrils.

Kasrils enemy of the people: MKMVA
The New Age

Former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils is an "enemy of the people" with his "No Vote" campaign, the Umkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) said on Thursday.Picture: Gallo Images Former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils is an "enemy of the people" with his "No Vote" campaign, the Umkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) said on Thursday.

A 'fong kong' stitch in time creates nine
Times Live

A 'fong kong' stitch in time creates nine KATHARINE CHILD | 2014-04-17 07:10:22.0 File photo.

Mbete alludes to a closer ANC, NFP relationship
news24

More News Mbete alludes to a closer ANC, NFP relationship Cape Town - ANC national chairperson Baleka Mbete suggested on Thursday the party could have a closer relationship with the National Freedom Party (NFP) in KwaZulu-Natal after the 7 May elections.

NFP, ANC may work together: Mbete
The New Age

ANC national chairwoman Baleka Mbete suggested on Thursday the party could have a closer relationship with the National Freedom Party in KwaZulu-Natal after the May 7 elections.

Nigerian museum 'X-rays' Anatsui at 70
Times Live

Instead, three decades of payslips from the University of Nigeria, where Anatsui has taught since 1975, are collected in a binder that hangs by a string in the centre of the room.

Teen stabbed after spat over bus seat
news24

Teen stabbed after spat over bus seat 2014-04-17 16:31 Cape Town - A Western Cape school pupil was fatally stabbed while travelling to school on Thursday morning, provincial police said.

Teen held for Western Cape stabbing
The New Age

Captain Malcolm Pojie said 15-year-old Joseph Isaacs boarded a school bus at Jonkersberg to get to Groot Brak High School.

Opposition parties file urgent application against Tlakula
Mail & Guardian

Opposition parties filed an urgent application in the electoral court on Thursday over their demand that IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula must resign, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said.

Parties serve urgent application over Tlakula
news24

Parties serve urgent application over Tlakula (Sapa) Johannesburg - Opposition parties filed an urgent application in the Electoral Court on Thursday over their demand that IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula must resign, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said.

Witness wilts under Nel attack
Times Live

Eyes, ears and a camera were the only tools Richard Dixon, head of the University of Pretoria's geology laboratory, used to determine the characteristics of, among other things, the sounds and light emanating from Pistorius's Silver Woods Estate home on the night he shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Cape teen declines plea bargain
news24

Cape teen declines plea bargain 2014-04-17 19:53 Cape Town The story told in these pages is both immensely readable and endlessly interesting, and is sure to... Now R399.00 buy now Cape Town - Plea-bargain proceedings were abandoned in the Western Cape High Court on Thursday for a teenager accused of shooting dead Cape Town school pupil Glenrico Martin.

Teens appear for Soweto schoolgirls' murder
news24

Teens appear for Soweto schoolgirls' murder 2014-04-17 15:49 Johannesburg - The Protea Magistrate's Court on Thursday recommended that one of the two teenage boys allegedly linked to the murder of two Soweto schoolgirls be sent for psychiatric observation, Gauteng police said.

4m-long albino Burmese python on the loose in Benoni
Times Live

4m-long albino Burmese python on the loose in Benoni Lehlohonolo Tau | 2014-04-17 08:10:08.0 A file photo of a baby Burmese Python.

Healthcare costs to be probed
The New Age

Medication.

Traffic cops anticipating heavy traffic volumes this Easter weekend
Times Live

Traffic cops anticipating heavy traffic volumes this Easter weekend Lehlohonolo Tau | 2014-04-17 08:19:23.0 Traffic and police visibility will be in every corner across the country.

Two Eastern Cape men nabbed for illegal firearms
The New Age

The men were allegedly found in possession of two firearms, one 9mm Norinco with 17 rounds of ammunition and a 9mm Lorcin with no rounds, said police spokesman Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela.

Mbete using culture to defend corruption - DA
news24

Mbete using culture to defend corruption - DA Johannesburg - ANC national chairperson Baleka Mbete is protecting President Jacob Zuma by using culture to defend corruption behind the security upgrades in Nkandla, DA MP Lindiwe Mazibuko said on Thursday.

Bubbles the python found in Benoni shop
Times Live

Bubbles the python found in Benoni shop Sapa | 2014-04-17 10:19:12.0 A Granit Burmese Python.

Watch: The Kentucky Fried Corsage
Times Live

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Animal rights activist jailed for blackmail plot
Times Live

Animal rights activist jailed for blackmail plot AFP | 2014-04-17 14:44:13.0 Debbie Vincent Image by: MPS / AFP A British animal rights activist was jailed for six years on Thursday for her part in a Europe-wide campaign of intimidation targeting a leading animal testing company.

Spend that money, Gordhan tells Health Department
The New Age

Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan.

Pistorius witness didn't bring varnish report
Times Live

Proceedings ended after prosecutor Gerrie Nel and defence counsel Barry Roux, SC, concluded their questioning of defence witness Roger Dixon.

EFF urges road safety over Easter
Sowetan Live

Thu Apr 17 10:53:50 SAST 2014 EFF urges road safety over Easter The Economic Freedom Fighters on Wednesday urged people to exercise road safety during the Easter long weekend.

EFF urges road safety during Easter weekend
Times Live

EFF urges road safety during Easter weekend Sapa | 2014-04-17 09:13:24.0 Travel safely on the roads, avoid drinking and driving at all costs The Economic Freedom Fighters on Wednesday urged people to exercise road safety during the Easter long weekend.

Zuma to campaign in Peter Mokaba region
The New Age

President Jacob Zuma is in the Peter Mokaba region of Limpopo province.

Tshwane accuses DA of playing politics
Sowetan Live

Thu Apr 17 10:53:59 SAST 2014 Tshwane accuses DA of playing politics The DA opportunistically used a protest in Olievenhoutbosch, Centurion, for political purposes, the City of Tshwane said on Thursday.

App helps you dodge tolls
Times Live

The GoGauteng mobile application goes live tomorrow.

Copper theft barometer increases
The New Age

The Copper Theft Barometer increased in March to R11 million, from R10.7m in February, the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Thursday.

Western Cape cop killed in police station
The New Age

"The unknown suspects who are yet to be arrested fled the scene with five official firearms, which were removed from the gun safe," he said.

Mbete hints at SME department
The New Age

African National Congress national chairwoman Baleka Mbete.

Mbete hints at SME department
The New Age

African National Congress national chairwoman Baleka Mbete.

Scanner boon for medics
Times Live

Scanner boon for medics PHILANI NOMBEMBE | 2014-04-17 07:08:32.0 File photo.

Paleontologists discover oldest ancestor of land-dwelling herbivores
Times Live

A partial fossil of the animal, called Eocasea martini, is "the first link between carnivores and herbivores, the transition," Robert Reisz, the article's principal author and professor at Canada's University of Toronto Mississauga, told AFP.

Benoni woman killed with crossbow
The New Age

A Benoni woman was shot dead with a crossbow by her husband, Gauteng police said on Thursday.

Joburg woman killed with crossbow
news24

Joburg woman killed with crossbow 2014-04-17 20:52 Johannesburg - A Benoni woman was shot dead with a crossbow allegedly by her husband, Gauteng police said on Thursday.

Sony's PlayStation 4 sales top seven million
The New Age

Software sales for the console are also strong, with more than 20.5 million copies sold in retail stores worldwide and through digital downloads on PlayStation Store as of April 13, 2014, it said.

Salsa music legend Jose "Cheo" Feliciano, 78, dies in car crash
Times Live

Salsa music legend Jose "Cheo" Feliciano, 78, dies in car crash Reuters | 2014-04-17 15:12:19.0 Puerto Rican salsa singer Jose "Cheo" Feliciano performs Image by: ANA MARTINEZ / REUTERS Puerto Rican salsa music singer Jose Luis "Cheo" Feliciano was killed in a car crash in Puerto Rico early Thursday morning, according to local media reports.

Amputee who murdered wife jailed for life
Times Live

Godfrey Sefwayi Sengwane, 62, was found guilty of killing Zodwa Mdlalane Sengwane, 58, on March 3 last year, a Sapa correspondent reported.

Amputee gets life for killing wife
news24

Amputee gets life for killing wife 2014-04-17 17:39 Mbombela - An Mpumalanga amputee was jailed for life by the Nelspruit Circuit of the North Gauteng High Court on Thursday for shooting and killing his wife.

Legal hurdle will not stop inquiry into health costs
Times Live

Legal hurdle will not stop inquiry into health costs Katharine Child | 2014-04-17 07:13:10.0 File photo.

Nkandla is a holy place, says ANC national chairwoman
Times Live

"A lot was clarified, in fact, by Thuli's report.

DA advert case against SABC postponed
The New Age

The SABC did not broadcast the advertisement (and five radio adverts), and gave the DA a letter.

Missing python found in shop
The New Age

"The guy who works for me found it this morning, rolled up on the floor when he opened the door.

ANC to correct employment equity clause: Fransman
Times Live

"We have actually made a submission not to spike hatred between communities.

ANC to correct EE clause: Fransman
The New Age

The ANC has made a submission to amend a controversial clause around demographics in draft employment equity (EE) regulations, the party's provincial leader Marius Fransman said on Thursday.

17 hurt as truck swerves to avoid cow
news24

17 hurt as truck swerves to avoid cow 2014-04-17 08:05 Durban - Seventeen people were injured when a truck overturned and rolled down a steep embankment near Newcastle on Thursday, KwaZulu-Natal paramedics said.

Driver swerves to avoid cow, injures 17 in Newcastle
Times Live

Driver swerves to avoid cow, injures 17 in Newcastle Sapa | 2014-04-17 08:47:15.0 File photo of a cow is seen near the fence of a pastoral farm.

121 of 129 kidnapped students freed
Times Live

121 of 129 kidnapped students freed Sapa-AP | 2014-04-17 09:22:36.0 Image by: Gallo Images/Thinkstock Nigeria's military says all but eight of 129 female students kidnapped from a northeastern school by Islamic militants are free.

The science behind dietary supplements
Mail & Guardian

Doctors say we need them.

No legal challenge to Nkandla report - Mbete
news24

No legal challenge to Nkandla report - Mbete (Giordano Stolley, Sapa) Cape Town - There are no plans to legally challenge Public Protector Thuli Madonsela 's report on Nkandla, ANC national chairperson Baleka Mbete said on Thursday.

Rustenburg driver appears for murder
news24

Rustenburg driver appears for murder 2014-04-17 20:52 Johannesburg - The case of a driver accused of killing three children when a train crashed into his car at a railway crossing was postponed in the Rustenburg Magistrate's Court on Thursday, North West police said.

Nkandla is a holy space: Mbete
The New Age

Some of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's remarks about President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home amounted to interference, ANC national chairwoman Baleka Mbete said on Thursday.

Cele must clarify 'poty poty' comments: Mbete
Times Live

"On Monday, we had this discussion as the top six of the ANC... and concluded that we were going to call him," she told reporters in Cape Town.

KZN officials arrested for extortion
news24

KZN officials arrested for extortion 2014-04-17 21:58 Johannesburg - Two Chatsworth municipal officials have been arrested for extortion, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Thursday.

Derby-Lewis has terminal lung cancer - wife
news24

Derby-Lewis has terminal lung cancer - wife 2014-04-17 13:53 Johannesburg - Convicted killer Clive Derby-Lewis has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, his wife Gaye said on Thursday.

Drivers to be tested like pilots
Times Live

Drivers to be tested like pilots SIPHO MASOMBUKA | 2014-04-17 07:00:45.0 File photo.

Most bank complaints about ATMs: Ombudsman
Sowetan Live

Thu Apr 17 10:55:51 SAST 2014 Most bank complaints about ATMs: Ombudsman More than a fifth of complaints to the banking ombudsman in the past year involved automated teller machines (ATMs), according to its annual report released on Wednesday.

Jay Singh assets seized
The New Age

The unit seized property comprising 1,244 flats in Phoenix, Durban, valued at R317 million, as well as R101,764,000 in cash, NPA spokesman Nathi Mncube said.

Victory requires hard work: Mashatile
Sowetan Live

Thu Apr 17 15:32:41 SAST 2014 Victory requires hard work: Mashatile More work is needed to secure the majority of the votes at the polls, the ANC said on Wednesday.

Credit bureau denies medical info
The New Age

"I categorically state that CPB has never accepted and does not carry medical account information," CEO Marina Short said in a statement on Thursday.

Wu-Tang Clan-linked rapper cuts off own penis, jumps off building
Times Live

Wu-Tang Clan-linked rapper cuts off own penis, jumps off building Times LIVE | 2014-04-17 13:20:27.0 Image by: SUPLIED A rapper affiliated with Wu-Tang Clan was rushed to the hospital early Wednesday after he cut off his penis and then jumped off a second story balcony in what police believe was a suicide attempt, according to a report.

Wits raises law bar
Times Live

The university announced yesterday that the LLB would be offered only as a postgraduate degree, with students needing to attain a BA Laws or BCom law degree first.

Empower harbour communities: Zille
Times Live

Empower harbour communities: Zille Sapa | 2014-04-17 16:54:00.0 DA Leader Helen Zille.

UNITED KINGDOM

Ukraine: light in the east
Guardian Comment

The news from Geneva is good.

Putin has more admirers than the west might think
Guardian Comment

President Vladimir Putin with Russia's defence minister Sergei Shoigu.

In Hock to the Oligarchs?
Standpoint

While Vladimir Putin was busy annexing Crimea, a civil servant was photographed arriving in Downing Street with a document that said Britain should "not support, for now, trade sanctions" as response to the Crimea crisis and that it would be a mistake to "close London's financial centre to Russians".

Blog Summary
Open Europe

In a new flash analysis out today , we look at where each EU member state stands on expanding sanctions against Russia.

The European Union: Who Are You?
Huffington Post Blog

For the past nine months I've been living within the EU bubble in Brussels.

David Axelrod, Obama Campaign Strategist, Hired By Ed Milband For Labour Election Campaign
Huffington Post News

Ed Miliband has hired former Obama chief campaign strategist David Axelrod to help him win the next general election.

Impunity in the Armed Forces, Inconsistency in the Foreign Office
Huffington Post Blog

On the 10th of April, Foreign Secretary William Hague launched the Foreign Office's Human Rights and Democracy Report for 2013 .

Pause for the persecuted this Easter
Left Foot Forward

This weekend, Christians around the world, myself included, will celebrate Easter, the most central event to our faith.

IN ANTICIPATION OF ELECTIONS
A Tangled Web

By David Vance On April 17th, 2014 Not so long to go to those European and Council elections, when the charlatan class seek to deprive you of your vote.

Overcrowding and Under-occupation in England and Wales
Office for National Statistics

Key Points Of the 23.4 million households in England and Wales in March 2011, over a million households (1.1 million) were considered to be overcrowded, having fewer bedrooms than the notional number recommended by the bedroom standard.

Animal activism is great. Why can't we get as loud on (human) workers' rights?
Guardian Comment

Thomas Quinn, an immigrant from Ireland, has been a horse carriage driver in New York City for 20 years.

By the day I grow more implacably opposed to Scottish independence
Socialist Unity

The event to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster at Anfield this week was as moving and inspiring as it gets.

Michael Moore MP writes... Scotland's place in the world
Lib Dem Blogs

It is the duty of the government of any state to safeguard national security and to protect its people, territory, economy and interests from internal and external threats.

Has the Foreign Office Forgotten About Gibraltar? Labour's Five Point Plan to Support Gibraltar
Huffington Post Blog

Get UK Politics Newsletters: It is now six months since the Minister for Europe, David Lidington, welcomed the European Commission's report into the delays at the Spanish/Gibraltar border.

Primary school places in short supply
Telegraph Politics

Many parents will be deeply disappointed today to discover that their child cannot attend a good primary school close to where they live.

Primary school places in short supply
Telegraph Politics

Many parents will be deeply disappointed today to discover that their child cannot attend a good primary school close to where they live.

Eric Pickles: I'll shut council freesheets that publish 'propaganda on the rates'
Guardian Politics

An advertising board for a London newspaper.

Pickles at war with town hall 'Pravdas'
Telegraph Politics

Taxpayer-funded newspapers risk putting the struggling local free press out of business by drawing away readers and advertising, Mr Pickles fears.

Was there really a Cuban Missile Crisis?
Adam Smith Institute

Lars Christensen, aka the market monetarist, has a great post over at his blog on whether or not the Cuban Missile Crisis should really have been so worrying.

Remembering Srebrenica
Lib Dem Blogs

Peering out of the plane window as we descended into Sarajevo I could see the large detached houses with low pitched roofs that are a feature of the Bosnian countryside.

What should the political parties promise on education in 2015?
Policy Exchange

All political parties are passionate about education as a vehicle to spreading opportunity and enabling young people to fulfil their potential.

Thor Steinar: Outfitter To The Extreme Right Opens in London's Jewish Neighbourhood
Huffington Post News

London's Finchley neighbourhood, the heart of the city's Jewish community, now hosts a clothing store associated with Europe's Neo-Nazis.

West End - planned roads and pavements improvements for 2014/15
Dundee Westend

The City Engineer has advised me that the following pavement and roads surfacing programmes are planned for the West End in 2014/15 : The part of Perth Road's pavements being improved is rather difficult to make out from the above map, so the one below clarifies : It is good to see a number of long-standing poorly conditioned roads and pavements being tackled, although there is much still to be done and the requirement for enhanced capital budgetary provision for roads, as I recently highlighted .

Minister says death date estimate would help pensioners manage money
Guardian Politics

Pensioners could be given an estimate of when they might die to help them manage their finances, according to ministers.

OAPs To Get Government Death Date Estimate To Help Use Savings
Huffington Post News

Pensioners could get a government estimate of when they might die in a move to help them better manage their savings, ministers have suggested.

Anti-Muslim suspicion in Britain has a whiff of McCarthyism about it
Guardian Comment

Birmingham Central Mosque.

The Government Should Initiate a Public Inquiry on the Birmingham 'Trojan Horse' Plot
Huffington Post Blog

The Department for education (DfE) appears to have made a mess on the alleged Birmingham 'Trojan Horse' plot to take over some schools.

Blyth Town Council meetings, week commencing 21st April
Lib Dem Blogs

There is only one meeting at Blyth Town Council next week Thursday 24th April, 6:30 at Arms Evertyne House, Planning & Development Committee The Events Committee that was originally scheduled for Tuesday (22nd ) has been cancelled, as it was held on this Tuesday ....

Veteran MP Austin Mitchell to step down
LabourList

Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell is stepping down from Parliament in 2015 after 37 years.

Austin Mitchell, Europe and Brian Clough
Liberal England

Austin Mitchell has announced that he will retire as MP for Great Grimsby at next year's general election.

Labour's hiring of David Axelrod is latest in long line of overseas signings
Guardian Politics

Barack Obama in the Oval office with David Axelrod (left), Nancy-Ann DeParle and Phil Schiliro.

Hugh Muir's diary: If the past is another country, where did Sajid Javid live?
Guardian Politics

Sajid Javid, the new culture secretary, was 'jolly important' at Deutsche Bank.

John Bercow attacks 'cacophany' at prime minister's questions
Guardian Politics

Ed Miliband speaks in the Commons during prime minister's questions.

British jihadists in Syria are playing into Assad's hands
Guardian Comment

Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) on a parade in the Syrian town of Tel Abyad.

Axelrod Said Miliband Was Wrong on Syria
Guido Fawkes

Last September after Assad used chemical weapons, Axelrod wrote After Iraq, folks are justifiably weary and leery.

French far-right 'opens arms' to UKIP
BBC Politics

17 April 2014 Last updated at 21:57 France's Front National party leader 'opens arms' to UKIP The leader of the French far right-wing Front National (FN) party has said that she would welcome collaboration with UKIP with "open arms".

Education: Our Competitive Challenge with Christopher Pyne, Australian Minister of Education
Policy Exchange

Policy Exchange is delighted to be hosting the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education for the Australian federal government and Leader of the House, on a high quality and autonomous education.

In defence of class war
LabourList

UKIP and specifically its leader Nigel Farage are finally finding themselves under the glare of media scrutiny rather than simply the spotlight for once.

Our Guardian latest: NHS group considers charges for crutches and neck braces
False Economy

Our Guardian latest: NHS group considers charges for crutches and neck braces We have a story in the Guardian about the South Warwickshire CCG presenting 'tentative' proposals to consider charges for crutches and neck braces.

How the Conservatives fell back in love with Thatcherism
Progress Online

How the Conservatives fell back in love with Thatcherism The morning after Margaret Thatcher passed away, listeners woke up to hear her voice on the radio.

John Leech MP writes...My Voice, My Vote
The Potter Blogger

Britain is suffering from a crisis of alienation.

The Most Corrupt And Anti-Democratic Movement In Post-War History
Dick Puddlecote

Further to my piece on Monday about the World Health Organisation's plan to class e-cigs as tobacco products - and consequently subject to crippling taxes, display bans, graphic warnings etc - former ASH supremo Clive Bates has obtained a leaked copy of the minutes which reveal it, and written a comprehensive article on how criminally misguided this approach is .

All Lib Dem Majority Controlled Local Authorities have Frozen or Cut Council Tax: As Published Figures Show
The Potter Blogger

Council tax figures for all local authorities have been published.

Fifty years on: how BBC2 lost its way
Guardian Comment

'Civilisation, the Kenneth Clark chronicle of western art that is regarded as a benchmark of public service television, was also broadly the word with which BBC2 became associated.

TS Eliot's The Waste Land: the radical text of a wounded culture
Guardian Comment

TS Eliot's The Waste Land was an attempt to do in poetry 'what Picasso and Braque had done with cubism'.

Funny News Pictures Of The Week
Huffington Post News

The exchange rate in Australia is two puppies for one prince.

It's simple: criminalize revenge porn, or let men punish women they don't like
Guardian Comment

Parting from someone you love is never easy.

Muslim NGOs, aid, and human rights
Open Democracy

Recently, human rights have become very popular in the field of development aid, primarily through the so-called rights-based approach.

Why these Algerian elections are essential
Open Democracy

Caught between the dynamic of the Arab Springs and that of the destabilization of the Sahel, the Algerian trajectory remains profoundly uncertain.

Pensioners could get death estimate
BBC Politics

17 April 2014 Last updated at 11:31 Pensioners could get life expectancy guidance Please turn on JavaScript.

Rural centre 'flawed from outset'
BBC Politics

17 April 2014 Last updated at 06:49 Canolfan Cywain rural centre 'flawed from the outset' Please turn on JavaScript.

Another Welsh Government grant failure
Lib Dem Blogs

The Western Mail reports that a critical report published today, by the Auditor General for Wales, Huw Vaughan Thomas has identified serious weaknesses in the funding process of a rural tourist attraction.

The Prime Minister does God
Civitas

Today is Maundy Thursday.

Electoral Commission gets nomination paperwork wrong
Mark Pack

Liberal Democrat Newswire: A monthly independent newsletter putting the Liberal Democrats under the spotlight and giving you the latest news and in-depth analysis.

Republican candidate shoots up a drone in TV ad
Mark Pack

Liberal Democrat Newswire: A monthly independent newsletter putting the Liberal Democrats under the spotlight and giving you the latest news and in-depth analysis.

The welfare state: Charity that wounds?
BBC Politics

17 April 2014 Last updated at 13:01 The welfare state: Charity that wounds?

Mirror sparks stock photography debate
The Media Blog

Like many people I was struck yesterday by the power of The Mirror 's front page which tells a heartbreaking tale of starving children in Britain.

Loving and loathing the brilliant, awful BBC
Telegraph Blogs

Jeremy Paxman You don't need to work for the BBC for long before you realise that Paxman is right.

Labour's signing of campaign guru David Axelrod: a marriage of minds
Guardian Politics

David Axelrod (r), listens as Barack Obama speaks to the media on their campaign aircraft in 2008.

DAVID CAMERON- DEFENDER OF THE FAITH(LESS)
A Tangled Web

By David Vance On April 17th, 2014 I am ambivalent when it comes to politicians and religion.

Why is it taking so long to find MH370?
Telegraph Blogs

The Atlantic Ocean, being big.

Bye Bye LibDig
The Potter Blogger

30 second phone charging....except in the EU?
The Potter Blogger

To Prague via Telc
The Last Ditch

To Prague via Telc My fellow-students took a bus from Vienna to Prague yesterday.

Interesting Article About San Francisco, Tech Startups and Rampant NIMBYism
Mark Wadsworth

Round the bend - Josh 271
Bishop Hill

Spot on, as always,Josh.

Gosh, Yes, It's A Hard Life On Benefits...
Ambush Predator

You won't see me coming....

NHS waiting list reaches nearly 3 million
LabourList

Which Christ Does Cameron Believe?
Lib Dem Blogs

Ukraine: at some point, Labour will need more than warm words
The Centre Left

It's time for the Tories to break out of the trenches
Norman Tebbit

The time for waiting is over It is a frustrating time for the supporters of all four main political parties.

6 British Pathé video clips of ex-Liberal leaders from 1931 to 1967
Lib Dem Blogs

What they got up to in Haringey in 1949
The Potter Blogger

Alas, quite why the hippo was in Haringey is not explained: Let others know about this post:

Judge Sir Paul Coleridge retires and calls for end to family breakdown
Telegraph Politics

"Something can and should be done to stem the tide of family breakdown.

SILENCE IN COURT?
A Tangled Web

By David Vance On April 17th, 2014 It is sad that when a Judge DOES speak out and invoke common sense, it means his career is over.

Caroline Lucas Found Not Guilty Over Anti-Fracking Protest
Huffington Post News

Britain's only Green MP has vowed to continue her fight to end fracking after being found not guilty of obstructing a public highway and a public order offence during high-profile protests.

Caroline Lucas cleared of anti-fracking protest charges
Guardian Politics

Green MP Caroline Lucas arrives at Brighton magistrates court in East Sussex.

Lucas cleared over fracking protest
BBC Politics

17 April 2014 Last updated at 18:17 Green MP Caroline Lucas cleared over fracking protest Please turn on JavaScript.

In Israel, Rabbis for human rights address painful paradoxes
Open Democracy

There are days when I wake up and say, "John Lennon was right.

Anti-Zionists want the Israeli people to die
The Commentator

Contrary to the old wisdom about history -- that it repeats itself -- more often it moves in patterns.

University of East London bans segregated Muslim event from its premises
Telegraph Blogs

I blogged yesterday about this "segregated" Muslim event organised by the Islamic Society of the University of East London, due to happen tonight at UEL's main lecture theatre on its Docklands campus.

The effect of the Beeching report in Northumberland
Lib Dem Blogs

I was talking during the week with a chap in Blyth about the proposals to bring railways back to this area by starting passenger services along the former Blyth and Tyne line.

A frail and silent president embodies all that is wrong with Algeria
Guardian Comment

'The majority of Algerians want to see the country's enormous economic potential exploited to solve endemic social problems including unemployment and a housing crisis.

The CPS was right on Evans. Prosecution of the powerful is vital in a democracy
Labour Uncut

by Sam Fowles There are many things the CPS does wrong; the test to prosecute sexual assaults is not one of them.

Not so Christian
The Economist: Blighty

CHRISTIANITY is important to David Cameron: that is the clear message coming from Downing Street this morning.

Ideas for 17-21 April
Guardian Comment

Welcome to You Tell Us, the thread on which you can share your ideas for topics we should be covering right now on Comment is free.

Ukip Councillor David Meacock Under Fire For 'Publicly Humiliating' Child, Six
Huffington Post News

A Ukip councillor has sparked outrage after he "publicly humiliated" a six-year-old child.

Dear Lord, do people this ill informed still exist?
Tim Worstall

Posted in Feminism Dear Lord, do people this ill informed still exist?

RBS Cleared Of Defrauding Small Firms By Clifford Chance Report
Huffington Post News

The Royal Bank of Scotland has been cleared of systematic fraud by a report it commissioned into the conduct of its business support division, after claims that it had driven small firms out of business.

7 Things RBS Hoped You Would Not Notice In Its Clifford Chance Report
Huffington Post News

The Royal Bank of Scotland welcomed a report it commissioned by Clifford Chance which found "no evidence" that it tried to systematically defraud small firms.

David Cameron: I am evangelical about Christian faith
Guardian Politics

David Cameron said: 'People who advocate some sort of secular neutrality fail to grasp the consequences of that neutrality.

Cameron is playing up his Christianity because of gay marriage, not poverty
Liberal Conspiracy

by Sunny Hundal 3:35 pm - April 17th 2014 At the End Hunger Fast vigil yesterday evening, which marked the end of a 40-day-fast to raise awareness of rising poverty, several people read out Christian prayers.

Cameron, his faith and moral code | @guardianletters
Guardian Politics

David Cameron.

Religion and politics: God He's back
Guardian Comment

David Cameron is doing God.

Why is Good Housekeeping's 'intimate test' on vibrators so shocking?
Guardian Comment

'In an infamous episode of Sex and the City Charlotte (far left) gets hooked on her Rabbit.

It is time for a fundamental rethink of how we incentivise retirement saving
Centre for Policy Studies

This article was originally published in City A.M.

Fire up the document shredder
Bishop Hill

As expected, the Virginia Supreme Court has today issued its opinion on the Mann emails FOI case.

SOFT JUSTICE
A Tangled Web

By David Vance On April 17th, 2014 I assume that no one reading this will agree with the sentence?

Will Gordon Brown step down?
Telegraph Politics

He has spoken four times since last July; twice on the issue of nuclear radiation in Dalgety Bay, once on the Syrian refugee crisis and once, in powerful scenes, to pay tribute to the late Nelson Mandela.

The Great East Japan earthquake and the search for "gaman"
Open Democracy

An anti-nuclear protest in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

Calling Coleman! @dcoleman49
The Potter Blogger

In his capacity as Chair of Dundee Youth Council, Daniel Coleman produces a regular newsletter - "Calling Coleman".

The Blood is The Life 17-04-2014
Jennie Rigg

Page generated Thursday, April 17th, 2014 01:34 pm

This Easter, let's contemplate the meaning of hope
Guardian Comment

Earlier this year, a friend of mine died suddenly of a heart attack.

On Scotland's Talk In - proposals to change Dundee's bin collections
Lib Dem Blogs

Yesterday, I met with the council's Environment Director to discuss the report on this issue, going to council committee next Monday.

How an election in yuppyville showed that younger Americans are not automatic Democrats
Telegraph Blogs

Last Tuesday, something strange happened in Arlington County (the Washington suburb where I live).

A positive way to new development
The Potter Blogger

In my last planning meeting last week we were considering a reserved matters application for a development on the Greenfield Corridor for which, after a long hard battle against the development, Outline Planning Permission had been granted on appeal in 2013.

This Economic Recovery Is Dangerous
Huffington Post Blog

How can an economic recovery be dangerous?

MP Charlotte Leslie Could Face Investigation Over Failure To Declare Donations
Huffington Post News

A Conservative MP could face an investigation over her failure to declare cash donations, after a complaint was made to a Westminster standards watchdog.

Bill Walker loses conviction appeal
BBC Politics

17 April 2014 Last updated at 13:38 Former MSP Bill Walker loses appeal convictions Walker was convicted of 23 charges of domestic abuse and one charge of breach of the peace Ex-MSP Bill Walker has lost a bid to overturn his convictions for assaulting a woman during a catalogue of domestic abuse that earned him a jail sentence.

AN INVERTED PYRAMID..
A Tangled Web

By David Vance On April 17th, 2014 The statistic is startling.

Wage growth may be stronger then we think - for some.
The Work Foundation

The most recent labour market and inflation statistics have taken on a huge symbolic importance because, it is said, real wage growth has resumed for the first time since 2010.

Local bus services slashed as a result of cuts to council funding, says Labour
Guardian Politics

A rural service in Suffolk, where the council has cut funding for buses by 50%.

Being an actor? I'll bet you think 'I could do that'
Guardian Comment

Alex Andreou as Queen Margaret in Princess Ivona by Witold Gombrowicz.

Children and Young People Are Being Betrayed
Huffington Post Blog

As teachers gather at the NASUWT Annual Conference over the Easter weekend they will, of course, be concerned about the relentless attacks that the teaching profession has suffered over the last four years, along with other public service workers, on their pay, pensions and conditions of service.

Tory claims Libdems support Boris Island - er no we don't
The Potter Blogger

I was interested to read the report in the Medway Messenger about former minister and Liberal Democrat Jeremy Browne has stated that Boris island is a good idea for the economy and that the nation should take a risk and will ultimately benefited.

The Joys of Socialized Medicine
A Tangled Web

By The Troll On April 17th, 2014 The nightmares of Obamacare are just starting to hit.

'Boris Johnson is a massive Europhile!' says Louise Mensch
Benedict Brogan

"We must keep our nerve," Dominic Raab said just now, as we were "hanging out" with Tim Stanley and Louise Mensch , in a really annoyingly named, Google-powered video gabfest.

Boris Johnson 'an epic Europhile' claims Louise Mensch
Telegraph Politics

Louise Mensch claimed there was "precisely zero chance" Boris Johnson would ever be leader of the Conservatives as he was "an on-the-record lover of Europe".

Income & gender equality
Stumbling and Mumbling

Sometimes, it's the little words that reveal so much.

Britpop 20 years on: the Tory voters who love Oasis
Spectator Coffee House

Britpop 20 years on: the Tory voters who love Oasis Blur and Oasis at the height of their fame.

UK Unemployment Falls Below 7%
The Potter Blogger

New figures show the rate of unemployment has fallen below 7% for the first time since the recession.

Location, Location, Location
The Work Foundation

When it comes to youth unemployment, location matters.

Timmy elsewhere
Tim Worstall

Posted in Timmy Elsewhere Timmy elsewhere April 17, 2014 By Tim Worstall Comments: 3 Comments At the ASI .

Unleashing Innovation with Matt Ridley, Author of "The Rational Optimist"
Policy Exchange

The dividing lines for the next General Election are already clear.

Example 2
A Tangled Web

Here is another story on the abuse of power that was never supposed to be part of our nation.

Beef passed off as lamb? Another reason to support your local butcher
Telegraph Blogs

As supermarkets struggle, specialist butcher's shops are thriving Are you surprised that half of takeaway lamb curries turn out to contain beef and other meats (and some contain no lamb at all) ?

FT Rejects IPSO, Sets Up Own Regulator
Guido Fawkes

The Financial Times stands for an independent press, free of economic and political interference.

OPEN THREAD
Biased BBC

OPEN THREAD Hi all!

Blog Summary
Open Europe

Former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti may be out of Italian politics, but it's fair to say he still likes to talk - especially when travelling abroad.

India's transgender law is no help to its lesbian, gay and bisexual communities
Guardian Comment

'In Hinduism, the Hijra community (eunuchs) are generally poor, but LGB Indians stem from middle- and upper-class society, and are therefore more threatening to India's value system.

How you can help Liberal Democrat Voice
Lib Dem Blogs

The Voice is only a success because of the interest and support from our readers.

A Leicestershire signpost
Liberal England

An amusingly eclectic mix of culture and politics from Jonathan Calder "Well written, funny and wistful" - Paul Linford; "He is indeed the Lib Dem blogfather" - Stephen Tall "Jonathan Calder holds his end up well in the competitive world of the blogosphere" - New Statesman "A prominent Liberal Democrat blogger" - BBC Radio 4 Today programme "Charming and younger than I expected" - Wartime Housewife

Have we reached 'peak beard'? Good, because I'm not trying to be trendy
Telegraph Comment

A parallel madness affected male facial hair in the late 19th century.

Have we reached 'peak beard'? Good, because I'm not trying to be trendy
Telegraph Comment

A parallel madness affected male facial hair in the late 19th century.

THANK YOU - Cheadle High Street sewer repairs finished
Lib Dem Blogs

Thank you to everyone for your patience in putting up with the one-way closure of Cheadle High Street over last two weeks which saw diversions in place, including bus delays.

In praise of Rutland
Guardian Comment

A fittingly small earthquake , measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, has struck England's smallest shire county (18 miles from north to south, 17 miles from west to east).

Paterson's money
Bishop Hill

Fenbeagle (11:20 AM): Nobodies [ sic ] going to win this one.

Government Ministers Urged To Calculate How Much Longer They'll Be Around For
Huffington Post News

Government ministers should estimate how much time they have left , say pensioners.

THANK YOU!
Biased BBC

THANK YOU!

'Daily Mail lifted our copy...again' says Brixton Blog
The Media Blog

For a newspaper that prides itself on shaming the work-shy the Daily Mail is no stranger to lifting copy from other publications without credit.

Wind speculation
Bishop Hill

There was a major power cut in the north of Scotland at 8:30pm yesterday.

Missing Inaction
Bella Caledonia

By Jonathan Shafi Let me right at the outset define what I mean by alienation.

Lewis on radiocarbon
Bishop Hill

I'm prone to compare the climate models to the recent spate of "discovery" regarding extra-solar planets.

Foodbanks, Christianity and Socialism
Guido Fawkes

Today is Holy Thursday, when the Queen traditionally offers alms known as Maundy money to deserving senior citizens.

Trojan Horse and Today's Arrests
Lib Dem Blogs

Trojan Horse and Today's Arrests There are a number of people who believe (on the balance of probabilities) that it is likely the Trojan Horse document is fabricated.

A temporary hiatus
The Potter Blogger

All good things must come to a temporary hiatus, and I'm afraid it is the same with this blog - for a little while.

Windows Vista is no laughing matter...
Not a sheep

First of all from The I.T.

Movie Review: Frozen
Mark Wadsworth

For many years, Disney animation was in a bit of a bleak place, producing lots of not-too-great movies, while hiring Pixar to make terrific movies that appealed to both kids and adults.

Singing fish
Telegraph Comment

As we tuck into our Friday fish tomorrow, we would hardly have thought that it had been singing, until the doughty marine scientists of Oban told us so.

Blogio o'r Almaen - rhif 6
Blog Menai

Na, nid Groeg neu Dwrci ond y tu mewn i Amgueddfa Pergamon ym Merlin.

Events Intern
ResPublica

ResPublica is seeking an enthusiastic, creative and organised individual to help run our busy events schedule.

Blogio o'r Almaen - rhan 3
Blog Menai

Un o'r ychydig rannau o Wal Berlin sy'n sefyll o hyd ydi ychydig gannoedd o fetrau ar hyd yr Afon Speer - Oriel yr Ochr Ddwyreiniol.

Blogio o'r Almaen - rhan 5
Blog Menai

Siop lyfrau Iddewig ddim ymhell o Sw Berlin.

Blogio o'r Almaen - rhan 4
Blog Menai

Gardd goffa yng nghysgod y Reichstad i goffau grwp o bobl mae eu dioddefaint yn ystod yr Ail Ryfel Byd yn cael ei anghofio yn aml iawn - y Sipsiwn - neu i fod yn gywirach o bosibl pobl y Sinti, Roma, Lallere, Louvari a Monouche.

EUROPE

'Rubbish': Putin slams claims that Russia is behind Ukraine revolt
Euronews

Vladimir Putin has tersely dismissed claims that Russian forces are present in eastern Ukraine.

The specter of civil war hangs over Ukraine
Deutsche Welle

This week the Ukrainian leadership began operations against pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine with several hundred soldiers, tanks and military helicopters.

Putin cautious on force in Ukraine
BBC Europe

17 April 2014 Last updated at 14:38 Putin cautious on 'right' to send troops into Ukraine Please turn on JavaScript.

Putin hits out at claims Russia is behind unrest in eastern Ukraine
Euronews

Vladimir Putin has tersely dismissed claims that Moscow is behind the rebellion in eastern Ukraine.

Putin says no Russian troops in east Ukraine
Aljazeera Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin has weighed in his neighbour's future on live television.

Russia's TV tsar Vladimir Putin on confident form in marathon Q&A
Guardian Europe

People walk past TV sets in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, during President Vladimir Putin's live broadcast in Russia.

Ukraine talks open in Geneva as Putin talks tough on TV
France24 Europe

Ukrainian, Russian and Western diplomats began high-level talks in Geneva on Thursday after Kiev suffered setbacks in its eastern provinces, where armed pro-Russian separatists have seized several public buildings.

Press release - Ukraine: MEPs call for EU sanctions against Russian energy firms
Europa Press Releases

The EU must step up sanctions targeting individual Russians and be ready to impose economic sanctions on Russia immediately, MEPs said in a vote on Thursday.

Ukraine crisis: Four-way talks underway in Geneva
Euronews

Talks over the crisis in Ukraine are underway in Geneva between the EU, US, Russia and Ukraine.

European Parliament backs economic sanctions against Russia
EUBusiness

( BRUSSELS ) - The European Parliament called on Thursday for the EU to reinforce sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis and be prepared to target economic interests.

Nobel Prize-winning Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies, age 87
Euronews

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Nobel Prize-winning writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies
Euronews

Nobel Prize-winning Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died in Mexico City.

EU agrees to gas talks with Russia
Euronews

The EU has agreed with Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold talks on gas security.

Ukraine: US, Russia and EU strike deal after crisis talks
Euronews

A deal has been struck in the Ukraine crisis talks in Geneva.

Russia's Lavrov announces deal to "de-escalate tensions" in Ukraine
EUBusiness

( GENEVA ) - Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday announced a deal had been reached with Ukraine, the United States and the European Union to "de-escalate" dangerously high tensions in the former Soviet republic.

South Korea ferry disaster: captain and crew accused of abandoning passengers
Guardian Europe

Lee Joon-Seok (centre), captain of the South Korean ferry that sank at sea off Jindo, is questioned by reporters.

Putin tells Edward Snowden: Russia doesn't carry out mass surveillance
Guardian Europe

Edward Snowden appears via video for Putin press conference.

Blog Summary
Open Europe

In a new flash analysis out today , we look at where each EU member state stands on expanding sanctions against Russia.

Article - "Legal highs": the ins and outs of tackling uppers and downers
Europarl Headlines

New psychoactive substances, also known as "legal highs", can prove damaging or even lethal.

Ukraine: Talks, tension and tanks
Deutsche Welle

The tug-of-war in the Ukraine continues.

Pro-Russian militia killed in attempt to storm Ukrainian military base
Guardian Europe

People carry a man injured during pro-Russian protests near the Ukrainian military base in Mariupol.

Ukrainian Parliament discusses violence in eastern regions
Euronews

The parliament in Kyiv has been discussing the violent clashes that have taken place in the east of the country overnight.

Poor conditions hamper search for missing South Korea ferry passengers
Euronews

Rescuers have been hammering on the upturned hull of a capsized South Korean ferry, looking for a response from nearly 300 mostly high school students still missing.

The trade in rhino horn: asset stripping on an apocalyptic scale | Paula Kahumbu
Guardian Europe

I am sitting in a large meeting room at Pretoria University in South Africa at a conference to discuss the trade in rhino horn.

Oscar Pistorius trial live coverage Thursday 17 April 2014
Guardian Europe

Live tweets from the court from Africa correpsondent David Smith.

Guardian website tops 100 million monthly browsers for the first time
Guardian Europe

The Guardian website topped 100 million monthly users for the first time in March.

Press release - Human rights: North Korea; persecution in Pakistan; vulnerable groups in Syria
Europarl Headlines

The EP passed three resolutions on Thursday, supporting the recommendations of the UN Commission of Inquiry into human rights violations in North Korea; expressing deep concern at the increase in sectarian violence and religious intolerance in Pakistan; and condemning the recent attacks against religious and ethnic communities and the suffering of women and children in Syria.

The End of the Two-State Solution
Project Syndicate: Europe

Exit from comment view mode.

EU-wide hunt for top tech startups
Europa Press Releases

European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 April 2014 EU-wide hunt for top tech startups The European Commission is looking for Europe's best startups in this year's Tech All Stars competition .

Europe faces worst human rights 'crisis' in decades
euobserver

BRUSSELS - Europe is facing its largest human rights crisis in over two decades, according to the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe (CoE).

Eric Pickles: I'll shut council freesheets that publish 'propaganda on the rates'
Guardian Europe

An advertising board for a London newspaper.

Press release - Series of events from end of seventh EP term to constitution of new EP
Europarl Press Service

The end of the EP's seventh term will be followed by a presidential debate, election night, the formation of new political groups and the constitution of the new Parliament.

Easter TV: will Fargo be the only show worth watching?
Guardian Europe

Billy Bob Thornton in Fargo, which has an impeccable cast and good reviews from the US.

Enter the surreal wonderland of pagan China in pictures
Guardian Europe

The Guardian, in association with South African Tourism, has compiled a range of must-do activities for those seeking out new experiences in the vibrant and varied country.

[Ticker] Nato increases military presence in eastern Europe
euobserver

Ticker Nato increases military presence in eastern Europe Today @ 09:26 By EUOBSERVER Nato is increasing its air, naval and ground presence in Poland, Romania and the Baltic states, with Germany announcing it will send a warship and six fighter jets to support this mission.

Latvian MEP: 'Putin's politics are imperialistic'
Deutsche Welle

Deutschlandfunk: Do the NATO plans offer you some comfort?

Syrian rebels warn of potential Homs massacre as regime troops advance
Guardian Europe

Children play on a street of damaged buildings in the besieged city of Homs.

Questions and Answers on the Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning
Europa Press Releases

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 17 April 2014 Questions and Answers on the Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning Why do we need a Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning?

John Bercow attacks 'cacophany' at prime minister's questions
Guardian Europe

Ed Miliband speaks in the Commons during prime minister's questions.

British jihadists in Syria are playing into Assad's hands
Guardian Europe

Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) on a parade in the Syrian town of Tel Abyad.

Easter Friday and Saturday opening hours for shops in Greece
ekathimerini

Easter Friday and Saturday opening hours for shops in Greece

[Ticker] EU and Switzerland edging closer to free movement deal
euobserver

Ticker EU and Switzerland edging closer to free movement deal Today @ 09:25 By EUOBSERVER The EU and Switzerland are close to ending a spat over freedom of movement, AFP reports.

[Ticker] Juncker wants politicians in EU commission, not bureaucrats
euobserver

Ticker Juncker wants politicians in EU commission, not bureaucrats Today @ 09:26 By EUOBSERVER EU centre-right top candidate Jean-Claude Juncker told AFP he wants politicians rather than bureaucrats in the EU commission if he becomes its president after the May elections.

Italy asks EU for more time to meet deficit target
EUBusiness

( ROME ) - Italy on Thursday asked the European Union to push back a deadline for cutting its public deficit to 2016, days after France reportedly tried and failed to get another extension.

South Korea: Dramatic amateur footage emerges of final moments before striken ferry capsizes
Euronews

Dramatic amateur video has emerged from on board the stricken South Korean ferry before it capsized.

RMT union to strike in London over tube ticket office closures
Guardian Europe

Transport for London wants to close all tube ticket offices, which has been fiercely opposed by the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union.

Facebook removes page of preacher using social media to back jihadists
Guardian Europe

Picture of Musa Cerantonio from his Facebook page.

Bye bye Dany
BBC Europe

17 April 2014 Last updated at 11:27 European elections: Bye bye Dany By Hugh Schofield BBC News, Paris Daniel Cohn-Bendit waving as he is applauded by fellow MEPs after his last speech to the European Parliament on Wednesday There is much coverage in France today of the departure from the European Parliament of a man who probably more than anyone can claim to be its emblematic figure: Daniel Cohn-Bendit.

Croatia sees no 2014 growth under new deficit cutting plan
EUBusiness

( ZAGREB ) - The EU's newest member Croatia on Thursday announced new measures to bring its deficit target in line with Brussels demands but warned they could hamper already anaemic economic growth.

Pellegrini admits Man City are mentally tired after Sunderland draw
Guardian Europe

Tired and dejected Manchester City players after being held to a 2-2 draw at home by Sunderland.

Liverpool sign heads of terms on road to Anfield stadium redevelopment
Guardian Europe

Liverpool fans walk towards Anfield, left, while houses are derelict and boarded up.

Brendan Rodgers warns Liverpool to learn from Manchester City dip
Guardian Europe

Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, talks tactics with his captain Steven Gerrard as the crucial game against Norwich beckons.

Algeria: Bouteflika firm favourite to win presidential ballot
Euronews

Algeria is voting in a presidential election almost certain to return current incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

MEPs upset over Schulz's double role as president and candidate
euobserver

BRUSSELS - A majority of MEPs in Strasbourg on Wednesday (16 April) said Martin Schulz must explain how he is able to run a campaign and fulfil his role as European Parliament President at the same time.

Fifty years on: how BBC2 lost its way
Guardian Europe

'Civilisation, the Kenneth Clark chronicle of western art that is regarded as a benchmark of public service television, was also broadly the word with which BBC2 became associated.

National Bank of Greece plans senior unsecured bond sale
ekathimerini

National Bank of Greece plans senior unsecured bond sale National Bank of Greece SA is planning to sell senior bonds after the government last week returned to capital markets after a four-year exile.

Egypt's gay community fears government crackdown
Guardian Europe

Egypt 's gay community fears it is the latest target of the country's authoritarian government following a series of recent raids on gay people.

Marathon speed crackdown in Belgium
BBC Europe

17 April 2014 Last updated at 10:17 Belgium: Public rally behind marathon speeding crackdown By News from Elsewhere... ...media reports from around the world, found by BBC Monitoring Thousands of people have responded to a call for ideas about where to put speed cameras on Belgian roads, ahead of a marathon speeding crackdown, it seems.

Muslim students divided on sharia-compliant loans
Guardian Europe

Will a new loan system give all pupils an equal chance of getting a university education?

It's simple: criminalize revenge porn, or let men punish women they don't like
Guardian Europe

Parting from someone you love is never easy.

Breaking the Law: take technology out of the hands of cricketers
Guardian Europe

Australia appeal for the wicket of Stuart Broad after he had edged to Brad Haddin and it was deflected to Michael Clarke at first slip.

A sniff of theatre, a dash of sympathy and the royal convoy moves on
Guardian Europe

Wally the explosives dog was working the little crowd outside the Yellow Rock Girl Guides hall in the Blue Mountains.

Deal struck to calm Ukraine crisis
BBC Europe

17 April 2014 Last updated at 22:23 Ukraine crisis: Deal to 'de-escalate' agreed in Geneva Evidence of clashes in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, were clearly visible the day after Russia, Ukraine, the US and the European Union have said that all sides have agreed to steps to "de-escalate" the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine crisis: Geneva talks produce agreement on defusing conflict
Guardian Europe

The US, Russia , Ukraine and the European Union have reached agreement on a series of immediate steps aimed at pulling eastern Ukraine back from the brink of war.

Antitrust: Commission welcomes Parliament vote to facilitate damages claims by victims of antitrust violations
Europa Press Releases

European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 April 2014 Antitrust: Commission welcomes Parliament vote to facilitate damages claims by victims of antitrust violations T he European Parliament has approved a proposal for a Directive which will help citizens and companies claim damages if they are victims of infringements of the EU antitrust rules , such as cartels and abuses of dominant market positions .

Caroline Lucas cleared of anti-fracking protest charges
Guardian Europe

Green MP Caroline Lucas arrives at Brighton magistrates court in East Sussex.

Cannes 2014 competition presents Mike Leigh v Ken Loach showdown
Guardian Europe

With the announcement of the lineup at this year's Cannes film festival , the stage is set for a showdown between perhaps the two most venerable British directors working today.

British directors Ken Loach and Mike Leigh in running at Cannes Film Festival 2014
Euronews

British directors Ken Loach and Mike Leigh are in the running to triumph at the world's marquee film festival .

A Sunday Times sting ends up with the stingers being stung...
Guardian Europe

This is one of those crazy things that can happen to undercover journalists engaging in a spot of subterfuge.

More than 150 million vote so far on biggest polling day in Indian elections
Guardian Europe

More than 150 million people have voted so far in India on Thursday in the biggest single day's polling of the six-week-long general election due to end next month.

The best of Shakespeare's 450th birthday celebrations
Guardian Europe

Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday at a host of events across the UK.

Ben Stokes: England should allow players to express themselves
Guardian Europe

Ben Stokes, the England all-rounder, is urging whoever is given the national coaching job not to tinker with the team dynamic too much.

MH370 search sub completes first successful scan of Indian Ocean floor
Guardian Europe

The unmanned sub's first two attempts to scan the seabed off west Australia were cut short.

Writer leaves new River party after doubting Holy Fire
Enet Politics

enet.gr EnetEnglish.gr, 19:25 Thursday 17 April 2014 Writer leaves new River party after doubting Holy Fire Writer Nikos Dimou resigns from River party over comments doubting the Holy Fire Days after writing an article in which he questioned whether the Easter Holy Fire was a miracle, Nikos Dimou said that he had no choice but to resign from startup party Potami Worshippers hold candles as they take part in the Christian Orthodox Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem in 2013 (Photo: Reuters) Recently formed centrist party Potami (River) lost one of its most prominent members on Holy Thursday with the resignation of writer Nikos Dimou over his suggestion that the Easter Holy Fire of Jerusalem is not a miracle.

Aegean puts on 2 extra flights for Holy Fire from Jerusalem
ekathimerini

Aegean puts on 2 extra flights for Holy Fire from Jerusalem

Dimou quits To Potami over Holy Fire quip
ekathimerini

Dimou quits To Potami over Holy Fire quip Author Nikos Dimou announced on Friday he was resigning as a member of To Potami, the centrist party led by journalist Stavros Theodorakis, after causing controversy with his public questioning of the belief that the Holy Fire brought from Jerusalem to Greece on Easter Saturday is the result of a miracle.

Why is Good Housekeeping's 'intimate test' on vibrators so shocking?
Guardian Europe

'In an infamous episode of Sex and the City Charlotte (far left) gets hooked on her Rabbit.

Croatia extradites ex-top spy to Germany
EUBusiness

( ZAGREB ) - Croatia extradited a former Yugoslav spy chief to Germany on Thursday to face charges for the 1983 murder of a dissident on German soil.

Cabin luggage: the wish list - in pictures
Guardian Europe

Cabin luggage: the wish list - in pictures Don't just limit your summer wardrobe to your clothes, invest in a super-stylish piece of cabin luggage to turn heads at the airport too.

London police seize large haul of firearms
Guardian Europe

Some of the arms found in one of Scotland Yard's biggest gun seizures.

The daily quiz, 17 April 2014
Guardian Europe

theguardian.com , Thursday 17 April 2014 07.30 BST The Red Arrows are the friendly, non-killing part of the RAF.

Caring Berlusconi happy to do his bit for the community
Euronews

In his first public appearance since being sentenced to do community service, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has said he is glad to be given the chance to help those in need.

EP adopts proposal for a Directive on conditions of entry and residence of third-country...
Europa Press Releases

JHA Justice & Home Affairs (JHA) Thursday, 17 April 2014, 12:56EEST EP adopts proposal for a Directive on conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals in the framework of an intra-corporate transfer

Syriza attacked for using Turkish in election literature
Enet Politics

enet.gr EnetEnglish.gr, 17:32 Thursday 17 April 2014 Syriza attacked for using Turkish in election literature Neoliberal Recreate Greece party asks if leftist party is 'sucking up' to Turkish agents Thanos Tzimeros of the neoliberal Recreate Greece party wonders if Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras is 'sucking up to Ankara's agents who roam in Thrace' because of the leftist party's use of a minority language A small neoliberal party has attacked Syriza for using Turkish in its election literature in an area of northeastern Greece where up to a third of citizens speak the language.

Greece offers to help find Turkish F-16 lost in 1996
ekathimerini

Greece offers to help find Turkish F-16 lost in 1996

17/04/2014 - Central government net borrowing requirement on a cash basis: January - March 2014
Bank of Greece

In January-March 2014, the central government cash balance showed a deficit of 1,141 million euro, compared to a deficit of 2,760 million euro in the same period in 2013.

Bolton council votes for schools to fly union flag and sing national anthem
Guardian Europe

Children at Sunning Hill primary school, Bolton: the council has voted in favour of encouraging schools in the area to fly the union flag.

Lafazanis denies speculation of rift within SYRIZA party
ekathimerini

Lafazanis denies speculation of rift within SYRIZA party SYRIZA MP Panayiotis Lafazanis, who leads the man opposition party's so-called Left Platform, on Thursday sought to play down reports of a heated argument with party leader Alexis Tsipras during Wednesday's session of the party's political secretariat.

Portugal gets another IMF bailout payment
EUBusiness

( WASHINGTON ) - The International Monetary Fund released a bailout payment of 851 million euros ($1.18 billion) to Portugal on Thursday as the debt-riddled country gets close to exiting its three-year IMF-European Union rescue.

German Amazon workers called out on strike again
Guardian Europe

German labour union Verdi has called on workers at online retailer Amazon in Germany to go on strike on Thursday as a long-running pay dispute continues.

China sales fall hits Remy Cointreau
BBC Europe

17 April 2014 Last updated at 08:13 Remy Cointreau blames profit fall on China sales fall The French spirits group has been affected by China's campaign to clean up its political offices French spirits company Remy Cointreau has warned its full-year operating profit will fall by 35-40%.

Mirror's weeping child picture is a lie and smacks of lazy journalism at best
Guardian Europe

The Daily Mirror front-page picture was a stock shot of an American child taken five years ago.

Male university workers sue over alleged sex discrimination
Guardian Europe

(L-R) Nicky Thomas, Ian Phillips, Paul Thomas, Rory Cable, Dean Raddenbury, David Parsons, Mike Betson, Rob Cooze and Rob Phillips, are among those suing.

Missing boy existed only on Facebook
Guardian Europe

Police found photographs allegedly of the boy and his father on Facebook, but no evidence that they were real.

Commission welcomes Parliament's adoption of Maritime Spatial Planning legislation
Europa Press Releases

European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 April 2014 Commission welcomes Parliament's adoption of Maritime Spatial Planning legislation The European Parliament today endorsed a Directive for Maritime Spatial Planning which should help Member States develop plans to better coordinate the various activities that take place at sea, ensuring they are as efficient and sustainable as possible.

Making cartoons from conflict
BBC Europe

17 April 2014 Last updated at 12:44 Sketching history: Is the cartoonist's pen mightier than the sword?

India's smart city craze: big, green and doomed from the start?
Guardian Europe

Imagine yourself in an Indian city where every home is connected to internet, gas, water and electricity via a smart grid.

Tehran the secret party town
Guardian Europe

The streets of Tehran turn deceptively quiet after midnight, but one anomalous corner in the affluent part of the city offers a rare glimpse of what goes on between four walls.

BP portrait award shortlist for 2014 revealed
Guardian Europe

Karel, a homeless man who makes what money he can by cleaning car windscreens in Frankfurt, will this summer be thrust into the British public's consciousness as a saint-like subject in one of the world's most prestigious art prizes.

Runaway rhea thought to be bunkered in Hertfordshire golf course
Guardian Europe

The escaped rhea was spotted in fields of oilseed rape before turning up at Barkway Park golf club near Royston in Hertfordshire.

Being an actor? I'll bet you think 'I could do that'
Guardian Europe

Alex Andreou as Queen Margaret in Princess Ivona by Witold Gombrowicz.

Portland to flush 38m gallons of water after man urinates in reservoir
Guardian Europe

Portland officials said Wednesday they are flushing away millions of gallons of treated water for the second time in less than three years because someone urinated into a city reservoir.

Laura Robson out of Wimbledon and French Open with injured wrist
Guardian Europe

Laura Robson is to attend the Mayo clinic in the United States for wrist surgery.

Cologne eviction 'hits tenants rights'
BBC Europe

17 April 2014 Last updated at 15:51 Germany: Eviction battle turns tenant into 'celebrity' By News from Elsewhere... ...media reports from around the world, found by BBC Monitoring A man has been evicted from his home of 30 years in the German city of Cologne, after a legal battle which has turned him into a figurehead for tenants' rights, it appears.

Sharknado was daft fun but celebrities will kill the sequel
Guardian Europe

Last year, a cheesy made-for-TV movie called Sharknado achieved a level of fame far out of proportion to its merits.

Ofsted lost in 'mire of inconsistency', says ATL teaching union chief
Guardian Europe

The threat of negative Ofsted reports is deterring headteachers from taking on challenging schools, says the head of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.

Britons are living longer than ever, but it doesn't mean we're healthier
Guardian Europe

An elderly couple looking out to sea in Bournemouth, Dorset.

Unisex changing rooms are depriving me of getting naked with my fellow women
Guardian Europe

My local swimming pool has been undergoing refurbishment for many months, during which period the men and women were forced into temporary, unisex changing rooms.

Pistorius's expert witness says he was joking about his destroyed reputation
Guardian Europe

Forensics expert Roger Dixon during his cross-examination at Oscar Pistorius's murder trial.

Fabulous football skills, a cricket knock to forget and sublime skateboarding
Guardian Europe

1) Joyous street football, futsal and freestyle skills brilliance .

Reviewing Horst Reichenbach's Prediction of 2011
Observing Greece

I came across an article titled "Good news!

Eurobank eyes top Core Tier 1 level in Greece
ekathimerini

Eurobank eyes top Core Tier 1 level in Greece

RBS cleared of forcing clients into insolvency to buy up assets
Guardian Europe

The report said there was no evidence of fraudulent activity.

Blog Summary
Open Europe

Former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti may be out of Italian politics, but it's fair to say he still likes to talk - especially when travelling abroad.

India's transgender law is no help to its lesbian, gay and bisexual communities
Guardian Europe

'In Hinduism, the Hijra community (eunuchs) are generally poor, but LGB Indians stem from middle- and upper-class society, and are therefore more threatening to India's value system.

Beverley Martyn: 'Otis Redding thought I was a high-class hooker'
Guardian Europe

"I thought I was over the hill," says Beverley Martyn , sipping water in a west London cafe and poring over a life filled with dark drama.

Yield on first post-default Greek bond falls to issuance level
ekathimerini

Yield on first post-default Greek bond falls to issuance level The yield on the first bond Greece has sold since its 2012 default dipped just below its issuance level on Thursday, as Athens rejoined a rally in peripheral debt markets after a brief period of selling pressure.

Paul Lambert stands firm as Aston Villa takeover rumours mount
Guardian Europe

Paul Lambert took over at Aston Villa in 2012.

Football transfer rumours: Liverpool to sign Marcel Schmelzer?
Guardian Europe

Julian Draxler celebrates hearing the news that he might not be going to Arsenal.

Sky Ferreira attacked for 'racist' I Blame Myself video
Guardian Europe

Sky Ferreira: 'Nothing upsets me more than being called racist'.

Steve McQueen: Anti-Slavery's 175th anniversary is nothing to celebrate
Guardian Europe

A child domestic worker in Haiti.

Police arrest four former teaching assistants from 'Trojan Horse' school
Guardian Europe

Adderley primary school in Birmingham, where the four women were allegedly involved in a plot involving bogus resignation letters.

Denver Post hires Whoopi Goldberg to write for marijuana blog
Guardian Europe

The Denver Post, the Colorado newspaper that has closely chronicled the legalisation of recreational cannabis in its home state, on Thursday unveiled the actor and TV star Whoopi Goldberg as a celebrity contributor to its marijuana blog.

Ground-breaking Good Friday mass signals thaw in Cyprus
ekathimerini

By Michele Kambas For the first time in more than half a century, a church in northern Cyprus will host Good Friday mass in a sign of a thaw in relations between Greek and Turkish Cypriots.

Greek current account deficit widens in February
ekathimerini

Greek current account deficit widens in February

Greek official requests investigation into new prisoner death
ekathimerini

Greek official requests investigation into new prisoner death

Bob Dylan 'racial hate' charges dropped
Guardian Europe

A French judge has dismissed the charges that Bob Dylan "incited racial hate" by making a comparison between Croatians and Nazis in an interview with Rolling Stone, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal .

Dead pigs floating in Chinese river
Guardian Europe

Dead pigs float in a branch of the Huangpu river.

Bryan Singer accused of sexually abusing 17-year-old in 1999
Guardian Europe

Director Bryan Singer, who has been accused of raping an aspiring actor in 1999.

Gareth Bale goal: I don't think I've seen anything like it, says Xabi Alonso
Guardian Europe

Gareth Bale celebrates after his stunning winner for Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona.

Gareth Bale on Real Madrid wonder goal: 'I just kept my eye on the ball'
Guardian Europe

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale celebrates his breathtaking winner against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.

Mayoral candidates clash over Athens mosque plans
ekathimerini

Mayoral candidates clash over Athens mosque plans SYRIZA's official candidate for the position of Athens mayor on Thursday accused his New Democracy rival of espousing an ultra-nationalist agenda.

Texas man executed for triple murder: 'It does kind of burn. Goodbye'
Guardian Europe

A man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother 13 years ago at a home in Corpus Christi was executed by Texas prison officials Wednesday.

You can't cure a rabid dog: teaching Russian children to hate the 'terrorists' - video
Guardian Europe

Seven arrested over Toumba violence
ekathimerini

Seven arrested over Toumba violence

Wearing crowns of thorns, cleaning ladies hold protest at Finance Ministry
ekathimerini

Wearing crowns of thorns, cleaning ladies hold protest at Finance Ministry

The Guardian's road to 100 million - video
Guardian Europe

Nigerian students' fate uncertain as head denies they have been released
Guardian Europe

Nigerian children at school.

First transgender candidate stands for election in India - video
Guardian Europe

Former Olympic champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee holds running clinic for Palestinian women video
Guardian Europe

Thursday's bourse rise wipes out most weekly losses
ekathimerini

Thursday's bourse rise wipes out most weekly losses

Toddler killed in tragic accident in Thessaloniki
ekathimerini

Toddler killed in tragic accident in Thessaloniki

Primary surplus continued by end-March
ekathimerini

Primary surplus continued by end-March

PPC to issue corporate bond of 500 mln
ekathimerini

PPC to issue corporate bond of 500 mln

20 Kickstarter campaigns that showed what crowdfunding was capable of
Guardian Europe

Earlier this week, musician Neil Young finished raising the third biggest amount ever on crowdfunding website Kickstarter.

Argentina fret over form of Lionel Messi and fitness of Fernando Gago
Guardian Europe

Boca Juniors midfielder Fernando Gago, so important to his country fortunes, faces a race against time to be fit for the World Cup.

Fernando Alonso asks F1 critics to give Ferrari's Marco Mattiacci time
Guardian Europe

Ferrari pit crew prepare for F1's Chinese Grand Prix, the first after the news that Marco Mattiacci will be team principal.

Multiple sclerosis and 'miracle cures': sometimes it's the hope that'll kill you
Guardian Europe

I have progressive multiple sclerosis.

PAOK fan arrested for dumping anchovies on Olympiakos bench
Guardian Europe

A PAOK steward clears up a crate of anchovies thrown at the Olympiakos bench.

Left mobilises as Valls announced general pay freeze
Euro Intelligence

Manuel Valls announces general freeze on pensions, benefits and public sector pay until October 2015; Socialists on the left of the party said they will oppose measure if it is not amended; Left mobilises as Valls announced general pay freeze Manuel Valls announced on television last night an 18 month freeze for pensions and benefits as well as the extension of a ban on cost-of-living increases for public sector workers.

Earthquake of 3.2-magnitude hits Oakham, Rutland
Guardian Europe

Oakham, Rutland.

Former Red Bourousis wrecks Olympiakos's hopes for a break
ekathimerini

Former Red Bourousis wrecks Olympiakos's hopes for a break By George Georgakopoulos Olympiakos tried harder in Game 2 of the Euroleague play-offs in Spain, and Real Madrid was not as good on Thursday as in Game 1, but the Spaniards still emerged victorious on the night with an 82-77 score to get a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

Nasa Kepler telescope discovers planet believed to be most Earth-like yet found
Guardian Europe

Kepler-186f is part of five-planet system 795 lights years away.

Famagusta Good Friday service sends symbolic message of reconciliation, says Androulla Vassiliou
Europa Press Releases

European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 April 2013 Famagusta Good Friday service sends symbolic message of reconciliation, says Androulla Vassiliou Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, has welcomed the decision to organise a Good Friday service at the Ayios Giorgos Exoronis church in Famagusta - the first such service since 1957.

Top 10 eco homes: Zero Carbon House
Guardian Europe

Zero Carbon House has distinctive angular wood-lined dormer windows.

Buying a lawnmower: a guide
Guardian Europe

'You need to have a flat lawn for the stripes to look good.

Ronnie Spector: 'When I hear applause, it's like I'm having an orgasm'
Guardian Europe

Ronnie Spector in Beyond The Beehive.

Celebrity sued over site snap
ekathimerini

Celebrity sued over site snap

Sepp Blatter says stadium closures are 'excessive' punishment for racism
Guardian Europe

Sepp Blatter said he still wants 'drastic and severe' sanctions for racism in football, such as points penalties.

The Economist --- 4.796 Words Too Many?
Observing Greece

My computer counted 4.796 words in this Economist article titled "The Prodigal Son" which analyzes Greece's return to the markets (which The Economist considers a milestone).

Homemade bomb targets car of deputy Parliament speaker's wife
ekathimerini

Homemade bomb targets car of deputy Parliament speaker's wife

Homemade bomb targets car of deputy speaker's wife [update]
ekathimerini

Homemade bomb targets car of deputy speaker's wife [update]

Is it a cloud? Is it a plane? No, it's the Starship Enterprise: your pictures of clouds that look like things
Guardian Europe

The Springwatch presenter talks about food waste, keeping sheep, not having children and her mission with aquaponics.

GREECE

Easter Friday and Saturday opening hours for shops in Greece
ekathimerini

Easter Friday and Saturday opening hours for shops in Greece

National Bank of Greece plans senior unsecured bond sale
ekathimerini

National Bank of Greece plans senior unsecured bond sale National Bank of Greece SA is planning to sell senior bonds after the government last week returned to capital markets after a four-year exile.

17/04/2014 - Central government net borrowing requirement on a cash basis: January - March 2014
Bank of Greece

In January-March 2014, the central government cash balance showed a deficit of 1,141 million euro, compared to a deficit of 2,760 million euro in the same period in 2013.

Lafazanis denies speculation of rift within SYRIZA party
ekathimerini

Lafazanis denies speculation of rift within SYRIZA party SYRIZA MP Panayiotis Lafazanis, who leads the man opposition party's so-called Left Platform, on Thursday sought to play down reports of a heated argument with party leader Alexis Tsipras during Wednesday's session of the party's political secretariat.

Dimou quits To Potami over Holy Fire quip
ekathimerini

Dimou quits To Potami over Holy Fire quip Author Nikos Dimou announced on Friday he was resigning as a member of To Potami, the centrist party led by journalist Stavros Theodorakis, after causing controversy with his public questioning of the belief that the Holy Fire brought from Jerusalem to Greece on Easter Saturday is the result of a miracle.

Writer leaves new River party after doubting Holy Fire
Enet Politics

enet.gr EnetEnglish.gr, 19:25 Thursday 17 April 2014 Writer leaves new River party after doubting Holy Fire Writer Nikos Dimou resigns from River party over comments doubting the Holy Fire Days after writing an article in which he questioned whether the Easter Holy Fire was a miracle, Nikos Dimou said that he had no choice but to resign from startup party Potami Worshippers hold candles as they take part in the Christian Orthodox Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem in 2013 (Photo: Reuters) Recently formed centrist party Potami (River) lost one of its most prominent members on Holy Thursday with the resignation of writer Nikos Dimou over his suggestion that the Easter Holy Fire of Jerusalem is not a miracle.

Syriza attacked for using Turkish in election literature
Enet Politics

enet.gr EnetEnglish.gr, 17:32 Thursday 17 April 2014 Syriza attacked for using Turkish in election literature Neoliberal Recreate Greece party asks if leftist party is 'sucking up' to Turkish agents Thanos Tzimeros of the neoliberal Recreate Greece party wonders if Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras is 'sucking up to Ankara's agents who roam in Thrace' because of the leftist party's use of a minority language A small neoliberal party has attacked Syriza for using Turkish in its election literature in an area of northeastern Greece where up to a third of citizens speak the language.

Reviewing Horst Reichenbach's Prediction of 2011
Observing Greece

I came across an article titled "Good news!

Aegean puts on 2 extra flights for Holy Fire from Jerusalem
ekathimerini

Aegean puts on 2 extra flights for Holy Fire from Jerusalem

Yield on first post-default Greek bond falls to issuance level
ekathimerini

Yield on first post-default Greek bond falls to issuance level The yield on the first bond Greece has sold since its 2012 default dipped just below its issuance level on Thursday, as Athens rejoined a rally in peripheral debt markets after a brief period of selling pressure.

Ground-breaking Good Friday mass signals thaw in Cyprus
ekathimerini

By Michele Kambas For the first time in more than half a century, a church in northern Cyprus will host Good Friday mass in a sign of a thaw in relations between Greek and Turkish Cypriots.

Greece offers to help find Turkish F-16 lost in 1996
ekathimerini

Greece offers to help find Turkish F-16 lost in 1996

Mayoral candidates clash over Athens mosque plans
ekathimerini

Mayoral candidates clash over Athens mosque plans SYRIZA's official candidate for the position of Athens mayor on Thursday accused his New Democracy rival of espousing an ultra-nationalist agenda.

Former Red Bourousis wrecks Olympiakos's hopes for a break
ekathimerini

Former Red Bourousis wrecks Olympiakos's hopes for a break By George Georgakopoulos Olympiakos tried harder in Game 2 of the Euroleague play-offs in Spain, and Real Madrid was not as good on Thursday as in Game 1, but the Spaniards still emerged victorious on the night with an 82-77 score to get a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

Greek current account deficit widens in February
ekathimerini

Greek current account deficit widens in February

Greek official requests investigation into new prisoner death
ekathimerini

Greek official requests investigation into new prisoner death

Seven arrested over Toumba violence
ekathimerini

Seven arrested over Toumba violence

Wearing crowns of thorns, cleaning ladies hold protest at Finance Ministry
ekathimerini

Wearing crowns of thorns, cleaning ladies hold protest at Finance Ministry

Thursday's bourse rise wipes out most weekly losses
ekathimerini

Thursday's bourse rise wipes out most weekly losses

Toddler killed in tragic accident in Thessaloniki
ekathimerini

Toddler killed in tragic accident in Thessaloniki

Celebrity sued over site snap
ekathimerini

Celebrity sued over site snap

Primary surplus continued by end-March
ekathimerini

Primary surplus continued by end-March

PPC to issue corporate bond of 500 mln
ekathimerini

PPC to issue corporate bond of 500 mln

The Economist --- 4.796 Words Too Many?
Observing Greece

My computer counted 4.796 words in this Economist article titled "The Prodigal Son" which analyzes Greece's return to the markets (which The Economist considers a milestone).

Eurobank eyes top Core Tier 1 level in Greece
ekathimerini

Eurobank eyes top Core Tier 1 level in Greece

Homemade bomb targets car of deputy Parliament speaker's wife
ekathimerini

Homemade bomb targets car of deputy Parliament speaker's wife

Homemade bomb targets car of deputy speaker's wife [update]
ekathimerini

Homemade bomb targets car of deputy speaker's wife [update]