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    Sports

    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:48:35 -0400

    St. Louis Blues' Alexander Steen (20) scores the game-winning goal past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford and Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) during the third overtime in Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series Thursday, April 17, 2014, in St. Louis. The Blues won 4-3 in triple overtime. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)ST. LOUIS (AP) — In the first period, Ryan Miller looked like the goalie who limped home 0-5. For the final 80 minutes, 26 seconds, the St. Louis Blues saw the cool, confident backstop they acquired to make the deep playoff run they've long sought.


    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:03:28 -0400

    Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny (26) celebrates scoring the game winning goal against Minnesota Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (30) from Russia as Marco Scandella (6) reacts during the fourth period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series on Thursday, April 17, 2014, in Denver. Colorado beat Minnesota 5-4 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)DENVER (AP) — Paul Stastny sweated out the trade deadline, wondering if his big, expiring contract and Colorado's desire to beef up its blue line might lead to his departure from Denver.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:23:30 -0400

    FILE - In this June 13, 2013 file photo, Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) passes between San Antonio Spurs' Boris Diaw (33), of France, and Manu Ginobili (20), of Argentina, during the second half at Game 4 of the NBA Finals, in San Antonio. A rematch of last year's thrilling NBA Finals finish is possible, but the Spurs and Heat would have to get through tough paths to get there. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)To get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, and finally Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:11:49 -0400

    FILE - In this March 16, 2014 file photo, Duke's Jabari Parker (1) tries to shoot over Virginia's Darion Atkins during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C. Parker says he plans to meet with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski when he returns to Durham, N.C., on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, and he will decide Wednesday whether to declare for the NBA draft or return to college for his sophomore year. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)Jabari Parker is hoping to become Duke's latest one-and-done star to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:36:19 -0400

    10ThingstoSeeSports - Bubba Watson's caddie Ted Scott, right, and spectators celebrate as Bubba Watson wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.




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    Gaming

    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:24:35 -0400

    Visitors attend the Xbox One Gaming Tournament at Bridgewater Commons Mall on November 23, 2013 in Bridgewater, New JerseyMicrosoft said it has sold more than five million XBox One consoles since they were launched in November. The news came a day after video game competitor Sony said it had sold more than seven million PlayStation 4 consoles since mid-November. Sony's numbers refer to sales to consumers while Microsoft's involve sales to retailers. Sales of XBox One were 60 percent higher than those of Microsoft's earlier iteration XBox 360 during the same length of time after it hit the market, Yusuf Medhi, vice president of marketing, strategy and business, wrote on the Microsoft blog in announcing the figures.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:40:06 -0400

    XBox One is seen on display at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in the Porter Ranch section of Los AngelesSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp has sold over 5 million Xbox One video game consoles to retailers since its launch in November, the company said on Thursday. In January, the U.S. software company said Xbox One sales had crossed three million as of the end of 2013. The console went on sale on November 22 in 13 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, a week before rival Sony Corp's PlayStation 4 was released. Sony said on Wednesday it sold over 7 million PlayStation 4 units as of April 6 and is struggling to keep up with consumer demand. ...


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:38:57 -0400

    The San Francisco-based game maker set on its heels by a shift away from desktop computers is out to regain momentum with the mobile-format "Farmville 2: Country Escape" for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.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. The San Francisco-based game maker set on its heels by a shift away from desktop computers is out to regain momentum with the mobile-format "Farmville 2: Country Escape" for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. "Just as the original 'FarmVille' created a global phenomena when it launched, we expect the same from 'Country Escape,'" game general manager Jamie Davies told AFP while providing an early glimpse at the title. The original "FarmVille" will mark its fifth anniversary in June.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:16:20 -0400

    Video: Sony shares major details from the next PlayStation 4 updateSony detailed the first major update for the PlayStation 4 on Wednesday, introducing the SHAREfactory video editor and the ability to pre-download games that haven’t hit the PlayStation Store yet. Despite its unending success in the marketplace, the PlayStation 4 has fallen behind the Xbox One recently in terms of additional features. Microsoft began patching Xbox One almost immediately after launch, adding an enhanced Twitch application, improving the party system and updating the UI. One of the more compelling features of the Xbox One is the Upload Studio app, which allows players to record, edit and share their gameplay footage with others. PlayStation 4 owners can record footage as well, but there is no way to edit the footage from


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:47:21 -0400

    Sony's PlayStation 4 sales top seven millionSony says it has sold seven million PlayStation 4 worldwide since its launch last year and admitted it can't make them fast enough, in a welcome change of fortune for the Japanese consumer electronics giant. "The response from the global gaming community for PS4 (PlayStation 4) has been overwhelming and we are truly humbled that gamers are selecting PS4 as their next generation console of choice," Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., said in a statement. "The PS4 journey has just begun, and although we are still facing difficulties keeping up with the strong demand worldwide, we remain steadfast in our commitment to meet the needs of our customers," he said. 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.





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    Tech
    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:38:25 -0400

    The Apple logo is pictured at its flagship retail store in San FranciscoBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Four large technology companies should not be allowed to limit evidence about Apple Inc co-founder Steve Jobs at an upcoming trial over no-hire agreements in Silicon Valley, according to a court document filed late on Thursday by employees suing the firms. Tech workers brought a class action lawsuit against Apple, Google Inc, Intel Inc and Adobe Systems Inc in 2011, alleging they conspired to avoid competing for each other's employees in order to avert a salary war. The case, which is closely watched in Silicon Valley, is largely built on emails among top executives, including Apple's late chief executive Jobs and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:20:19 -0400

    A Michaels arts and crafts store is seen in San Diego, California(Reuters) - Michaels Stores Inc, the biggest U.S. arts and crafts retailer, on Thursday confirmed that there was a security breach at certain systems that process payment cards at its U.S. stores and that of its unit, Aaron Brothers. The company said in January that it was working with federal law enforcement officials to investigate a possible data breach. Michaels Stores said the breach, which took place between May 8, 2013 and January 27, 2014, may have affected about 2.6 million cards, or about 7 percent of payment cards used at its stores during the period. There was no evidence that data such as customers' name or personal identification number were at risk, Michaels Stores said in a statement.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:36:16 -0400

    Weibo Corporation Chairman Charles Chao speaks during a visit to the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square in celebration of Weibo's initial public offering (IPO) on The NASDAQ Stock Market in New YorkBy Gerry Shih and Yimou Lee SAN FRANCISCO/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Weibo Corp executives on Thursday toasted the Chinese social media firm's debut at Nasdaq's New York headquarters. Hours earlier in Beijing, Charles Xue, a Chinese-American venture capitalist and prominent Weibo user, celebrated a different kind of coming-out: his release after eight months in jail. The timing of the two events, though coincidental, highlights the fundamental challenge for Shanghai-based Weibo: progressing from being a microblogging phenomenon in China to becoming an entrenched member of the international social media industry. Now, as Weibo celebrates its warm reception on international financial markets, its conflicts with censors at home raise the question of whether the firm known as the "Twitter of China" may eventually be derailed by government interference.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:55:56 -0400

    A Google logo is seen at the entrance to the company's offices in TorontoGoogle Inc's disappointing first-quarter results left Wall Street unfazed about the internet giant's ability to come to grips with the shift to the fast-growing mobile advertising market. Google shares were down about 3 percent in early trading on Thursday, and at least 12 brokerages cut their target price on the stock. "Despite an expectations-miss quarter, Google remains one of the best-positioned stocks for many of the secular growth drivers in the Internet space," RBC Capital analyst Mark Mahaney, who kept his "outperform" rating on the stock, said in a note to clients. Of the 46 analysts covering Google, 35 have a "buy" or equivalent rating on the stock.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:22:50 -0400
    Advanced Micro Devices Inc's first-quarter results beat expectations, sending its shares higher as the chipmaker tries to replace dwindling sales of PC chips with its processors for game consoles. With the PC industry shrinking for eight straight quarter due to consumers' preferences for tablets and smartphones, AMD is expanding into new markets and aims to get half of its revenue from new, fast-growing businesses by the end of 2015. Chief among those efforts, the Sunnyvale, California, company is supplying processors for Microsoft Corp and Sony Corp's latest game consoles in a bid to make up for its declining PC business.


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    Animals & Pets
    Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:18:39 -0400

    'Dancing with the Stars' Season 18 premiere -- James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd -- ABCJames Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd took home a perfect score and topped the "Dancing with the Stars" leaderboard on Monday night and they know that part of their successful formula is their chemistry. That's why we're doing so well together," James told Access Hollywood's Shaun Robinson on Wednesday. Asked to describe their relationship, Peta called it a "working" relationship that is "fun." She added that they "have a blast together." There are times when we're upset with each other and stressed, but for the most part, I'm psyched to be with her and she's psyched -- I think -- to be with me," James said.


    Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:32:02 -0400

    Ana-Maria Ciulcu takes a dog from a street in BucharestBy Radu Marinas and Bogdan Cristel BUCHAREST (Reuters) - When French film actress Brigitte Bardot began a campaign to spare the thousands of stray dogs in Romania's capital from being put down, she did it with a $150,000 donation scheme. A similar campaign is being waged by Ana-Maria Ciulcu, a 13-year-old schoolgirl with braces on her teeth who uses Facebook to appeal to dog lovers all over Europe - and to make sure the dogs go to the right homes. Ciulcu was a baby when Bardot started her sterilization campaign in 2001. But Bucharest's state-funded wards now hold 2,800 dogs, and 2,000 dogs have been euthanized in the past two months, according to Romania's Authority for Animal Surveillance and Protection.


    Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:22:07 -0400

    In this August 26, 2011photo provided by OrthoPets, shows Naki’o, a red heeler mix breed, the first dog to receive four prosthetic limbs at Denver, Colo. Naki’o was found in the cellar of a Nebraska foreclosed home with all four legs and its tail frozen in puddles of water-turned-ice. What frostbite didn’t do, a surgeon did, amputating all four legs and giving him four prosthetics. (AP Photo/OrthoPets, Lindsey Mladivinich)LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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.


    Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:50:11 -0400
    Easter lilies are a popular decoration around this time of year, but it might be best to avoid having them in your house if you have a curious cat, the Food and Drug Administration warns. These white, trumpet-shaped flowers are toxic to feline friends who might nibble at the plants' petals and leaves. If you suspect that your cat has eaten any part of a lily or its pollen, call your veterinarian immediately, or take your cat to an emergency veterinary clinic, said Melanie McLean, a veterinarian at FDA. Even eating just a couple of leaves or licking a few pollen grains off their fur can cause cats to suffer acute kidney failure, she said.
    Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:24:38 -0400

    Aiden Pearce (L) is the cyber vigilante of "Watch Dogs"Pre-orders for "Watch Dogs" see the vigilante thriller leap to second on the Steam Store chart by Monday, April 14, while "The Elder Scrolls Online" remains popular among visitors to GameStop's Impulse Driven service.




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    Strange & Odd
    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:42:31 -0400
    A passenger on board a Hong Kong-bound Cathay Pacific flight, armed only with a Toblerone chocolate bar, demanded the plane fly to Sochi so he could watch the Winter Olympics, a court heard. Antti Oskari Manselius, 23, from Finland, also made a false bomb threat on the February 14 flight from Amsterdam and said he was robbing the plane, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday. Two flight attendants told the court that they saw Manselius walking towards the cockpit. He held the Toblerone chocolate bar "like a sword", the newspaper said, quoting one of the attendants.
    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:00:21 -0400
    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Tacoma zoo says a Eurasian eagle owl named Forrest that is trained to fly during performances of its outdoor theater got spooked and flew off into a nearby park.
    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:10:25 -0400
    Warren, Michigan is not a city with complete separation of church and state as is evident at city hall.
    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:12:20 -0400
    A video from Outside magazine features the disgraced cyclist working in a bike shop.
    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:12:08 -0400
    A report says it’s a real sign on a real establishment in Arlington’s Ballston (real name) neighborhood.


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    Opinion

    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:19:49 -0400
    Taylor Swift spent Saturday evening in New York City. With her friend and former tourmate Ed Sheeran performing on "Saturday Night Live," Swift was not only in attendance but also made a cameo during host Seth Rogan's opening monologue. But if you pegged the 24-year-old to stick around Sunday for a trendy brunch in the West Village, think again. Instead the songstress hopped aboard a plane, flew to Columbus, Ohio, and surprised a fan during her bridal shower.
    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:12:20 -0400
    A video from Outside magazine features the disgraced cyclist working in a bike shop.
    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:32:25 -0400
    Rare footage has New Jersey residents recollecting memories from a time when summer debauchery was far from limited to just the Jersey Shore.The Cannonball Loop was as talked about by New Jersey residents as the theme park it could be found in. Now, rare footage of the slide has park-goers recollecting memories of past visits. Visitors to the theme park referred to the place by a litany of nicknames: Friction Park, Class Action Park, and Accident Park to name a few. Chances are if you grew up in northern New Jersey, you have heard of or paid a visit to Action Park. The Vernon, N.J., attraction was one of America's first water parks. Welcoming patrons from Memorial Day to Labor Day, it opened its doors in 1978 and first closed in 1996.
    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:09:46 -0400
    If you read this blog regularly, you know that we love ourselves a GoPro video or three. Close encounters with animals, daredevil stunts, and one-of-a-kind perspectives all contribute to the large number of viral videos filmed with the small high-definition camera. Homeless GoPro is a project that aims to build "empathy through firsthand perspective." It is certainly a one-of-a-kind point of view, but it does not involve a helmet or skateboard mount. Kevin Adler, 29, was inspired by his uncle Mark to start this endeavor.
    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:34:45 -0400
    Surprises during commutes are rarely pleasant. More often than not, they involve traffic jams, delayed trains or horrible weather that makes getting home a type of Greek odyssey.


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    Science
    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:05:07 -0400

    The female penis of the Neotrogla aurora insect species is seen in an undated handout photoBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - This may be the role reversal to end all role reversals. That's why I was really surprised to see the structure," entomologist Kazunori Yoshizawa of Japan's Hokkaido University said by email. Yoshizawa said that although sex-role reversal has been documented in several different types of animals, these insects are the sole example in which the "intromittent organ" - the male sex organ - is reversed, Yoshizawa said. Yoshizawa said the females of Neotrogla can hold male mates coercively using their gynosome.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:36:20 -0400

    A handout picture shows the process by which scientists created patient-specific stem cell lines out of the skin cells of two adult men.  REUTERS/Robert Lanza/Advanced Cell Technology/HandoutBy Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Scientists have moved a step closer to the goal of creating stem cells perfectly matched to a patient's DNA in order to treat diseases, they announced on Thursday, creating patient-specific cell lines out of the skin cells of two adult men. The advance, described online in the journal Cell Stem Cell, is the first time researchers have achieved "therapeutic cloning" of adults. Technically called somatic-cell nuclear transfer, therapeutic cloning means producing embryonic cells genetically identical to a donor, usually for the purpose of using those cells to treat disease. But nuclear transfer is also the first step in reproductive cloning, or producing a genetic duplicate of someone - a technique that has sparked controversy since the 1997 announcement that it was used to create Dolly, the clone of a ewe.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:03:19 -0400

    Kepler-186f planet seen in NASA artist's conceptThe discovery, announced on Thursday, is the closest scientists have come so far to finding a true Earth twin. The star's outermost planet, designated Kepler-186f, receives about one-third the radiation from its parent star as Earth gets from the sun, meaning that high noon on this world would be roughly akin to Earth an hour before sunset, said astronomer Thomas Barclay, with NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. "This planet is an Earth cousin, not an Earth twin," said Barclay, who is among a team of scientists reporting on the discovery in the journal Science this week. NASA launched its Kepler space telescope in 2009 to search about 150,000 target stars for signs of any planets passing by, or transiting, relative to the telescope's point of view.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:02:50 -0400

    To match Reuters Life! NEANDERTHAL-CROATIA/MUSEUMHundreds of Neanderthals' genes were turned off while the identical genes in today's humans are turned on, the international team announced in a paper published online in Science. They also found that hundreds of other genes were turned on in Neanderthals, but are off in people living today. Among the hundreds: genes that control the shape of limbs and the function of the brain, traits where modern humans and Neanderthals differ most. "People are fundamentally interested in what makes us human, in what makes us different from Neanderthals," said Sarah Tishkoff, an expert in human evolution at the University of Pennsylvania, who was not involved in the new study.


    Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:48:12 -0400

    Doctor Katarzyna Koziol injects sperm directly into an egg during IVF procedure called Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection at Novum clinic in WarsawIf you really want to learn how babies are made, you need to know about Juno and Izumo. Fertilization takes place when an egg cell and a sperm cell recognize one another and fuse to form an embryo. Researchers said on Wednesday they have identified a protein on the egg cell's surface that interacts with another protein on the surface of a sperm cell, allowing the two cells to join. This protein, dubbed Juno in honor of the ancient Roman goddess of fertility and marriage, and its counterpart in sperm, named Izumo after a Japanese marriage shrine, are essential for reproduction in mammals including people, they said.




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    Space & Astronomy
    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:33:16 -0400

    This artist's concept released April 17, 2014 by NASA/JPL-CALTECH depicts Kepler-186f, the first validated Earth-size planet to orbit a distant star in the habitable zoneThe hunt for potential life in outer space has taken a step forward -- an international team of researchers has discovered the first Earth-sized planet within the "habitable zone" of another star. The exoplanet dubbed Kepler-186f was first spotted by scientists using NASA's Kepler telescope, according to research published Thursday in the US journal Science. The exoplanet, located some 500 light years from Earth, orbits in what is seen as the sweet spot around its star: not too close and not too far, so it could have liquid water, considered a crucial component to possibly hosting life. "The discovery of Kepler-186f is a significant step toward finding worlds like our planet Earth," said Paul Hertz, NASA's Astrophysics Division director at the agency's headquarters in Washington.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:53:34 -0400

    5 Exoplanets Most Likely to Host Alien LifeKepler-186f is a rocky world just 10 percent bigger than Earth. It's the outermost of five planets known to orbit Kepler-186, a red dwarf star that's considerably smaller and dimmer than Earth's own sun. This "super-Earth" is at least 3.9 times more massive than our own planet.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:10:57 -0400

    Found! First Earth-Size Planet That Could Support LifeFor the first time, scientists have discovered an Earth-sized 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. The newfound planet, called Kepler-186f, was first spotted by NASA's Kepler space telescope and circles a dim red dwarf star about 490 light-years from Earth. "One of the things we've been looking for is maybe an Earth twin, which is an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a sunlike star," Tom Barclay, Kepler scientist and co-author of the new exoplanet research, told Space.com.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:32:37 -0400

    Mars Puts on Dazzling Show for Amateur Astronomers (Photos)A cosmic alignment between Earth and Mars is giving stargazers eye-popping views of the Red Planet.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:32:10 -0400

    NASA Wants Ideas to Recycle Precious Oxygen on Deep-Space VoyagesWhen humans leave Earth to explore planets like Mars and other hostile environments in outer space, they'll need to supply their own breathable oxygen. But as Michael Gazarik, associate administrator of NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate, says, "You just can't bring all the air with you." In a call with reporters Wednesday (April 16), Gazarik said the ability to recycle oxygen will be critical for future manned missions. NASA already has systems in place on the International Space Station to recycle around 40 percent of the astronauts' air supply, Gazarik said, but NASA is looking for new technology that can increase the oxygen recovery rate to at least 75 percent.




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    U.S Economy
    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:35:36 -0400
    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were subdued on Thursday, with Japan's Nikkei faltering as investors locked in profits after a strong rally.
    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:23:51 -0400

    Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi speaks to reporters during a news conference in SanaaBy Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) - The Yemeni foreign minister said on Thursday he would use a meeting in London this month to push donor countries to release billions of dollars in promised aid that Yemen desperately needs to address its ailing economy and volatile security situation. The Friends of Yemen group pledged around $7.9 billion in aid in 2012, but most of the funds have been delayed because of technical issues and lagging approvals by donor heads of state, a Yemeni government minister previously told Reuters. Yemen's economy nearly collapsed during the year-long revolt that toppled former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Stability in Yemen is seen as key by Washington and Gulf countries because of the country's location next to the world's top oil exporter Saudi Arabia and on the important Red Sea oil shipment route.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:00:32 -0400

    A man fishes next to a lake with the reflection of newly-built residential buildings at a park in ShenyangBy Aileen Wang and Adam Rose BEIJING (Reuters) - China's economy is doing better than official data suggests, the Commerce Ministry said a day after figures showed growth at an 18-month low, adding that targets for exports and imports this year should be met despite some caution over the trade outlook. Ministry spokesman Shen Danyang said a rise in export deliveries, a customs department poll of exporters and growth in trade in individual provinces all showed that the economy was in good shape.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:02:49 -0400

    Japan's PM Abe gestures as he gives a keynote address at Japan Summit 2014 hosted by the Economist magazine in TokyoBy Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe criticized Beijing for trying to "change the status quo" with force in maritime disputes but said China was a vital economic partner, as a series of visits suggested a possible thaw in ties between the Asian rivals. Sino-Japanese ties have been strained by a territorial row over tiny disputed isles in the East China Sea and perceptions in Beijing that Abe wants to rewrite Japan's wartime history and tone down past apologies. "China's growth is a chance for Japan, and for the world as well. China is Japan's largest trading partner and we are in inseparable relations economically," Abe said at a symposium.


    Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:10:27 -0400

    Detroit's emergency manager Kevyn Orr gestures as he speaks during an interview with Thomson Reuters in New YorkThe board of Detroit's General Retirement System on Wednesday approved economic terms of a settlement with the city that include cuts to pension benefits, putting in place another key component of Detroit's effort to exit bankruptcy by October. The city also has reached a tentative pact with the city's other pension fund, the Detroit Police and Fire Retirement System, whose board is expected to vote later this week. Together, the two pension funds represent some 23,000 active members and retirees. The settlements were incorporated into a new draft of the city's bankruptcy plan, filed with the federal bankruptcy court late Wednesday, hours before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes was scheduled to hear objections to the proposed restructuring.




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    Politics
    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:56:26 -0400

    President Barack Obama arrives in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 17, 2014, where he spoke about health care overhaul and the situation in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the U.S. Congress in November. Appearing in the White House briefing room days before leaving the national stage for a week-long trip to Asia, Obama used a news conference to make the case that the Affordable Care Act had mended nicely from its disastrous October rollout. For the healthcare law to succeed, young, healthy people must sign up and pay premiums to offset the healthcare costs for older Americans. Obama's remarks reflected deep concerns at the White House that Republicans may be able to topple Democrats from control of the U.S. Senate in November elections and build on their majority in the House of Representatives.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:09:11 -0400

    A woman holds a cluster of U.S. flags during a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization ceremony in OaklandPresident Barack Obama on Thursday called on the Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which he said was being held back by Republican leaders in the House of Representatives. "There is bipartisan support for comprehensive immigration reform," Obama said at a news conference. The Congress should act. "Right now what's holding us back is House Republican leadership not willing to go ahead and let the process move forward." Obama said there were Republicans in both the House and Senate who know immigration reform "is the right thing to do." "I also know it's hard politics for Republicans because there are some in their base that are very opposed to this," he said.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:46:30 -0400

    A National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, about 25 miles (40 kms) south of Salt Lake CityBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two members of the Supreme Court indicated on Thursday night that the court will ultimately have to decide the legality of National Security Agency surveillance activities. The two justices, Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, made the comments during a public event at the National Press Club in Washington. They were responding to questions posed by journalist Marvin Kalb about whether the court would take up cases arising from the recent disclosures about NSA surveillance, most notably by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:08:30 -0400

    Obama speaks after touring the Community College of Allegheny West Hills Center in Oakdale, PennsylvaniaBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget request would boost U.S. tax revenue by nearly $1.4 trillion over 10 years if fully enacted, cutting deficits by $1.05 trillion while funding new spending, the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday. But the non-partisan agency's analysis was less optimistic than the White House's own projections - showing that cumulative deficits would total $6.6 trillion over 10 years, compared to $4.9 trillion under the Obama plan when it was released in March. A key difference between the two deficit pictures is CBO's projection of slower economic growth, partly resulting in lower revenue collections. The likelihood that Congress will advance Obama's plan in its entirety is virtually nil, but the CBO's latest analysis will feed campaign messaging by Democrats and Republicans ahead of congressional elections in November.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:30:14 -0400

    Ben Carson speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon HillA group encouraging retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to run for president raised $2.4 million in the first three months of this year, more than the group backing Hillary Clinton or those affiliated with Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and other potential candidates, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. Carson's spokesman says he is not interested in running for president and he is not affiliated with the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee. The money is a sign that conservative voters are looking beyond the usual political suspects for a presidential candidate, the head of the Ben Carson committee said. "My gut tells me that the American people are looking for a citizen statesman, for a non-politician," said John Philip Sousa IV, a descendant of the "Stars and Stripes Forever" composer who serves as the group's chairman.



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    World
    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:32:52 -0400

    South Korean medics help a collapsed family member of a missing passenger who was on South Korean ferry Sewol which sank in the sea off Jindo, as she cries while waiting for news from a rescue team, at a gym in JindoBy Jungmin Jang and Ju-min Park MOKPO/JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - A junior officer was steering a South Korean ferry when it capsized two days ago, investigators said on Friday, as rescuers battled strong tides and murky waters to search for hundreds of missing, many of them school children, feared trapped in the vessel. The Sewol ferry is 20 years old and was built in Japan and was acquired second-hand by the Korean operator.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:01:22 -0400

    Pro-Russian protester seats at barricades at the police headquarters in SlavianskBy Arshad Mohammed and Alexei Anishchuk GENEVA/MOSCOW (Reuters) - The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union called after crisis talks on Thursday for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement. President Barack Obama said the meeting in Geneva between Russia and western powers was promising but that the United States and its allies were prepared to impose more sanctions on Russia if the situation fails to improve. Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking in Moscow, 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.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:47:43 -0400

    The Bluefin-21 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle is craned over the side of the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield in the southern Indian Ocean during the continuing search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370By Byron Kaye PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - Hopes that a deep sea drone scouring the Indian Ocean floor might soon turn up a missing Malaysian jetliner were fading on Friday, as the remote-controlled submarine embarked on a fifth mission with still no sign of wreckage. Sonar footage by the U.S. Navy owned Bluefin-21 has become the focal point of the search some 2,000 kms (1,200 miles) west of the Australian city of Perth, where authorities believe Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 hit the ocean after disappearing from radars on March 8 with 239 people on board. The search has centered on a city-sized area where a series of "pings" led authorities to believe the plane's black box may be located. But after four missions to depths of about 4.5 kms (2.8 miles), two of those aborted early for technical reasons, Australian search authorities said on Friday that the drone had yet to turn up a meaningful lead.


    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:49:49 -0400

    Residents pay homage in front of the house of Colombian Nobel Prize laureate Garcia Marquez in AracatacaBy Anahi Rama MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - 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, died on Thursday. 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. Garcia Marquez died at his home in Mexico City, where he had returned from hospital last week after a bout of pneumonia. Known affectionately to friends and fans as "Gabo," Garcia Marquez was Latin America's best-known and most beloved author and his books have sold in the tens of millions.


    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:55:36 -0400

    Japan's Defence Minister Onodera uses a pair of binoculars during an annual new year military exercise by the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force 1st Airborne Brigade in FunabashiBy Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is sending 100 soldiers and radar to its westernmost outpost, a tropical island off Taiwan, in a deployment that risks angering China with ties between Asia's biggest economies already hurt by a dispute over nearby islands they both claim. Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera will break ground on Saturday for a military lookout station on Yonaguni, which is home to 1,500 people and just 150 km (93 miles) from the disputed Japanese-held islands claimed by China. The mini-militarization of Yonaguni - now defended by two police officers - is part of a longstanding plan to improve defense and surveillance in Japan's far-flung frontier. Building the radar base on the island, which is much closer to China than to Japan's main islands, could extend Japanese monitoring to the Chinese mainland and track Chinese ships and aircraft circling the disputed crags, called the Senkaku by Japan and the Diaoyu by China.



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    U.S Government
    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:56:23 -0400

    Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the 25th Anniversary Rainforest Fund benefit concert at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, April 17, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Archives is releasing about 7,500 pages of documents Friday from former President Bill Clinton's administration.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:26:01 -0400

    Italian Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan attends a Parliament session in Rome, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Italy has again pushed back its balanced-budget goal, now aiming for 2016. Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan wrote to the European Commission this week, saying due to Italy's stubborn economic crisis, it is now aiming for a balanced structural budget in 2016. In 2011, then-Premier Silvio Berlusconi had promised that Italy would balance its budget by 2013. But with the country mired in recession, in 2012, during economist Mario Monti's government , the date was rolled back to 2015. The Senate Thursday approved the 2016 target. Padoan cited Italy's decision to accelerate payment of the remaining amount of public debt arrears as a key factor in the pushback. Many private businesses had said they risked failure if the government didn't pay what it owed them for services and goods. (AP Photo/Roberto Monaldo, LaPresse)ROME (AP) — Italy has again pushed back its balanced-budget goal, now aiming for 2016.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:01:09 -0400

    FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2013 file photo Silvio Berlusconi attends the launch of a book "Sale, zucchero e caffe'" (Salt, Sugar and Coffee) by journalist Bruno Vespa, in Rome. A Milan court Tuesday, April 14, 2014 has ruled that Silvio Berlusconi will perform a year of community service for his tax fraud conviction at a center for the elderly. The assignment curtails Berlusconi's ability to participate in the upcoming European election campaign , a point of contention among his political allies. The 77-year-old, three-time former premier cannot run due to the conviction, the first against him ever confirmed by Italy's high court, but remains a political force as head of Forza Italia. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Files)ROME (AP) — Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi says he's glad a Milan court ordered him to help the elderly as part of his punishment for a tax fraud conviction.


    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:38:06 -0400

    FILE - Democratic strategist James Carville and then co-host of CNN's "Crossfire" speaks to the media in this Wednesday, July 28, 2004 file photo taken at the FleetCenter in Boston during the Democratic National Convention. An election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don’t talk about the economic recovery. It’s a political loser. Carville and others wrote that in head-to-head polling tests the mere mention of the word `recovery’ is trumped by a Republican assertion that the Obama administration has had six years to get the economy moving and its policies haven’t worked.(AP Photo/Victoria Arocho, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don't talk about the economic recovery. It's a political loser.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:54:15 -0400

    President Barack Obama pauses as he talks to reporters about the situation in Ukraine at the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Obama also conveyed skepticism about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United States and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn't make good on its commitments. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn't make good on its commitments.




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    Health
    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:26:51 -0400

    FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 12, 2013 file photo, an oyster cultivator holds oyster seed before spreading it into the waters of Duxbury Bay in Duxbury, Mass. A Thursday, April 17, 2014 report from the Centers of Disease Control says there was in increase in infections from vibrio bacteria found in raw shellfish. In 2013, cases were up 32 percent from the previous three years and 75 percent from about five years ago. But the numbers remain very small - only 242 of the 20,000 foodborne illnesses recorded in 10 states. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)NEW YORK (AP) — The government's latest report card on food poisoning shows a dip in salmonella cases but an increase in illnesses from bacteria in raw shellfish. The report counts cases in only 10 states for some of the most common causes of foodborne illness, but is believed to be a good indicator of national food poisoning trends. Highlights from Thursday's report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:


    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:51:38 -0400

    President Barack Obama speaks about health care, Thursday, April 17, 2014, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. The president said eight million have signed up for health insurance under Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:22:41 -0400

    The Mount Tabor number 1 reservoir in Portland, Ore., is seen in a June 20, 2011 photo. Portland officials said Wednesday, April 16, 2014 that 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. In June 2011, the city drained a 7.5 million-gallon reservoir at Mount Tabor in southeast Portland. This time, 38 million gallons from a different reservoir at the same location will be discarded after a 19-year-old was videotaped in the act (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Benjamin Brink)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mix of 38 million gallons of treated water and one teen's urine has proven unacceptable to Portland officials who plan to flush away the whole lot — the second time in less than three years the city has gone to such lengths to keep its water pure.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:58:00 -0400

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford addresses supporters on the podium during his campaign launch party in TorontoBy Cameron French TORONTO (Reuters) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford launched his re-election campaign on Friday, acknowledging the crack-cocaine scandal that has made him a topic of water cooler talk across North America, but also happy to trade on his notoriety. Ford, whose authority was reduced last year by a city council fed up with his antics, took over a massive convention center in Toronto's west end for the event, hawking bobble-head dolls to raise funds ahead of the election on October 27. First elected mayor in 2010 on a cost-cutting platform, Ford has become indisputably the most famous leader in the city's history, and continues to poll relatively strongly in spite of a scandal that prompted staffers to desert him and has cost him nearly all of his allies on city council.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:55:46 -0400

    Chimneys and cooling towers of a steel plant are seen through the fog in BeijingBy 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. Smog-shrouded Beijing and the surrounding province of Hebei have become a front in a "war against pollution" declared by Premier Li Keqiang last month. But experts say efforts to cut coal consumption and industrial output in big cities like Beijing is likely to put pressure on other regions to endure more pollution to keep the economy growing, with overall coal consumption expected to rise by a quarter from 2011 to 2015. "Moving Beijing's plants to Hebei isn't the best way," said Yang Fuqiang, a former government researcher and senior energy and environment adviser with the Natural Resources Defense Council, a U.S.-based think-tank.




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    Taxes
    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:39:20 -0400

    America, the Land of Opportunity and Heavy Taxes [Infographic]Is the U.S. becoming the great land of opportunity to pay taxes? Taxes are often the biggest bill a small business has to pay. Many of our representatives don’t even have a clue about what’s going on with the tax code. U.S. Representative from Ohio’s 2nd District, Rob Portman, says, “The income tax code and...


    Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:40:24 -0400

    Outdoor billboard owned by the advertising company CBS Outdoors Americas is seen in Leucadia(Reuters) - CBS Corp said on Wednesday that the Internal Revenue Service gave a favorable ruling to the company's plan to convert its outdoor advertising subsidiary, CBS Outdoor Americas Inc, into a real-estate investment trust (REIT). Media conglomerate CBS holds an 81 percent stake in CBS Outdoor, which went public in late March. CBS Corp has said it plans to divest the stake later this year. As an REIT, a company can avoid paying corporate-level income taxes if it distributes at least 90 percent of its taxable income to shareholders in the form of dividends. ...


    Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:22:45 -0400
    By Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Desperate Pakistani tax authorities are publicly shaming defaulters by publishing their tax details in a directory for the first time, officials said on Wednesday. Only around one in 200 citizens files income tax, leaving the state begging foreign donors to help fund crumbling public schools and hospitals. Anger over poor public services fuels the Taliban insurgency and other militant groups destabilizing the nuclear-armed nation. So far, there's little been political will to improve tax collection, since most legislators and many ministers have been tax evaders too.
    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:20:26 -0400
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A public employees union is fighting a bipartisan effort in Congress to force the Internal Revenue Service to hire private contractors to collect some delinquent taxes.
    Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:16:37 -0400

    This photo taken April 13, 2014 shows the headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Washington at daybreak. Tuesday, April 15, is the federal tax filing deadline for most Americans. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)WASHINGTON (AP) — The calendar shows April 15, and you haven't even started on your federal tax return? Chances are, you don't need to fret.




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    Stock Markets
    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:02:39 -0400

    Man looks at an electronic board displaying Japan's Nikkei average and various countries' stock indices outside a brokerage in TokyoTOKYO (Reuters) - REUTERS - Japan's Nikkei stock average rose 0.7 percent on Friday to its highest close in 10 days, buoyed by upbeat U.S. economic data and corporate earnings, though trading volume hit its lowest in almost 1-1/2 years as many overseas markets were closed for Easter. The Nikkei finished at 14,516.27, chalking up a weekly gains of 4 percent, its biggest since November, although that came after it had suffered its biggest loss in three years in the previous week. The broader Topix rose 0.6 percent to 1,173.37. The JPX-Nikkei Index 400 advanced 0.6 percent to 10,677.80. ...


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:40:21 -0400
    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher Friday despite mixed U.S. earnings reports with many of the region's exchanges closed for Good Friday.
    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:57:17 -0400

    Man looks at an electronic board displaying Japan's Nikkei average and various countries' stock indices outside a brokerage in TokyoBy Ayai Tomisawa TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average advanced on Friday after upbeat U.S. economic data and corporate earnings bolstered investors' risk appetite. The Nikkei was up 0.4 percent at 14,474.83 in midmorning trade after ending flat at 14,417.53 the previous day.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:26:17 -0400

    Strategizing Your Career Change: What You Need to KnowWhile some economic experts profess that class change in the United States is limited, people are becoming more apt to take action to become upwardly mobile. According to the Wall Street Journal, nearly 40 percent of all people seeking new jobs are also trying to change careers. Changing careers, however, is not always a simple...


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:23:24 -0400

    A man walks past a building where Mt. Gox is housed in Tokyo(Reuters) - A group of investors seeking to buy Mt. Gox has launched a website to garner support from creditors of the bankrupt bitcoin exchange to prevent a liquidation of its assets. "We need your help to stop a liquidation, which would be good neither for Mt. Gox creditors nor bitcoin's reputation with the general public and regulators," the investors wrote on the website. The investor group, which offered to take over the assets of Mt. Gox and revive it, has received backing from many creditors and hopes to convince the court to reconsider its rehabilitation proposal, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. Mark Karpeles, the founder of Mt. Gox, said he would not come to the United States to answer questions about the bankruptcy case, Mt. Gox lawyers told a U.S. federal judge on Monday.




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    Fashion
    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:26:21 -0400

    Robert De Niro waves upon arriving for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival opening night screening of 'Time Is Illmatic' in New YorkBy Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - From final fittings at a famous Parisian fashion house to rehearsals for a young choreographer's new work for the New York City Ballet and a global tour of "Richard III," documentaries at the Tribeca Film Festival give viewers the film equivalent of a backstage pass. "Dior and I," which opens on Thursday, follows creative director Raf Simons, 46, as he prepares his first couture collection for Christian Dior, and uncovers similarities between the Belgian designer and the French founder of the famous Parisian fashion house. "There were all these uncanny things," said New York-based, French-born director Frederic Tcheng about the two men, both shy, reserved and inspired by the arts. Using voiceover excerpts from Dior's 1956 memoir "Christian Dior & I," Tcheng introduces viewers to Dior, both the man and the fashion house he created.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:19:34 -0400

    Cavalli acknowledges the audience at the end of his Spring/Summer 2014 collection during Milan Fashion WeekBy Pamela Barbaglia and Sophie Sassard LONDON (Reuters) - Italian designer Roberto Cavalli is in advanced talks to sell a majority stake in his eponymous fashion house to London-based buyout firm Permira in a sale worth about 450 million euros ($621 million), four sources close to the deal told Reuters. A sale would mark the end of more than 40 years on the haute couture scene for Cavalli, known as "The Leopard King" for his animal prints colorfully cast in leather, silk and velvet. And it would demonstrate once again the appeal of Italian family-owned fashion firms for investors after rival label Versace sold a 20 percent stake to U.S. private equity firm Blackstone for 210 million euros in February. An agreement between Permira and Cavalli could be reached in the coming weeks after the 73-year-old designer, rarely seen without his large sunglasses and cigar, dropped his reluctance to ceding a controlling stake, the sources said.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:42:00 -0400

    Emilio Pucci 'Scarfie' appLuxury Italian fashion brand Emilio Pucci has launched its first mobile app, celebrating the label's signature accessory, the printed silk scarf. Scarfie is a playful twist on the selfie social media trend, letting users take photos of themselves and then personalize the image with the addition of a Pucci scarf. Pucci is curating a specially selected portion of the stylish snaps to publish on its new, dedicated Tumblr page at emiliopucciscarfie.tumblr.com. Pucci is by no means the first fashion label to dip its toe into the unstable waters of offbeat apps: last month designer Karl Largerfeld launched a quirky emoji app called emotiKarl, featuring ideograms inspired by the fashion world.


    Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:00:02 -0400
    Finland's postal service will honor "Tom of Finland" with stamps taken from his work - homoerotic drawings of muscular men wearing tight, black leather uniforms, when they wear anything at all. The stamps, which will be issued in September, are based on the drawings of Touko Laaksonen, better known by the pseudonym "Tom of Finland," who split his time between Finland and California. "Tom of Finland is considered one of the most well-known Finnish artists around the world," Finnish postal service Itella said in a statement issued this week regarding Laaksonen, who died in 1991. "His emphatically masculine homoerotic drawings have attained iconic status in their genre and had an influence on, for instance, pop culture and fashion." Graphic artist Timo Berry, who designed the sheet of three stamps, said they portray a sensual life force and being proud of oneself.
    Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:36:45 -0400

    Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima has become Desigual's first global spokesmodel.The Spanish apparel brand is celebrating its 30th anniversary by hiring world class supermodel Adriana Lima. The tie-up does not come as a surprise, as the 32-year-old model walked the runway for Desigual in July during Fashion Week in Barcelona. Announcing the news, the brand declares that it sees Lima as the embodiment of its slogan "La Vida es Chula" ("Life is Cool"). "Adriana will be an excellent 'la vida es chula' ambassador because she reflects our values and represents Desigual women who are confident, optimistic and full of life.




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    Entertainment
    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:19:11 -0400

    FILE - Adam Levine, left, and Behati Prinsloo attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, in this Sunday, March 2, 2014 file photo taken in West Hollywood, Calif. Maroon 5 frontman-turned designer Adam Levine said Levine in an interview Thursday April 17, 2014 his lack of fashion training is not a problem. Levine’s Victoria's Secret model fiancé Behati Prinsloo (bay-AHT'-ee PRINS'-lo) lent him a hand. He looked through Prinsloo’s closet for inspiration and the couple collaborated on a few pieces. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Maroon 5 frontman-turned designer Adam Levine says his lack of fashion training is not a problem.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:36:43 -0400

    FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2014 file photo, Miley Cyrus arrives at the 56th annual GRAMMY awards - salute to industry icons with Clive Davis, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Cyrus is in the hospital and unable to perform her “Bangerz” concert at Kansas City’s Sprint Center as planned. A Cyrus spokeswoman says the 21-year-old entertainer canceled her performance Tuesday, April 15, 2014, after she was hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, file)NEW YORK (AP) — Miley Cyrus is postponing more concerts as she remains in a hospital for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:11:30 -0400
    DENVER (AP) — Whoopi Goldberg says she's in love with her marijuana-vaporizing pen.
    Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:32:33 -0400

    Former President Bill Clinton and actor Kevin Spacey on stage together at the 25th Anniversary Rainforest Fund benefit concert at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, April 17, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Near the end of the first half of Thursday's 25th Anniversary Rain Forest benefit concert at Carnegie Hall, chairwoman Trudie Styler introduced a man that recently found out he was going to be a grandfather, and out came former President Bill Clinton.


    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:44:49 -0400

    Plaintiff Michael Egan takes questions from to the media during a news conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., Thursday, April 17, 2014. A sex abuse lawsuit by Egan, a former child model and aspiring actor is accusing "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager in a federal lawsuit filed in Hawaii. Singer's attorney, Marty Singer, said in a statement that the claims are absurd and defamatory. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who claims he was sexually abused by "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer said Thursday that he reported the molestation to authorities at the time, and he does not know why charges were never pursued.




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    Music
    Wed, 09 Oct 2013 18:14:08 -0400

    U.S. singer-sonwriter Justin Timberlake performs at the Rock in Rio Music Festival in Rio de JaneiroBy Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Justin Timberlake scored his second chart-topping album this year on Wednesday as his latest record debuted at No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart, capping the singer's successful return to the musical spotlight. Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2," which follows the first set of 10 songs released in March this year, sold 350,000 copies in its first week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. The first installment of "The 20/20 Experience" sold 968,000 copies, the biggest opening week sales of the year so ...


    Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:14:43 -0400

    Kelly Clarkson and Will.i.am speak during announcement of 2013 American Music Awards nominations press conference in New YorkBy Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hip-hop artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis scored the most American Music Awards nominations on Thursday with nods in six categories, followed by country-pop star Taylor Swift and singer Justin Timberlake with five each. The duo will compete in the top category, artist of the year, against singer Bruno Mars, Swift, Timberlake and pop singer Rihanna, who collected four nominations. Also getting four nominations were country music pair Florida Georgia Line and R&B singer Robin Thicke. Rapper will.i. ...


    Wed, 09 Oct 2013 18:39:14 -0400

    Swift poses at the premiere of "Romeo and Juliet" in Los AngelesLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country-pop singer Taylor Swift will be honored as this year's songwriter and artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International, making her the only artist to win the award six times, her record company said on Wednesday. The 23-year-old singer and writer of pop crossover hits "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "I Knew You Were Trouble" will be officially named the award's recipient on Sunday, Big Machine Records said. The annual award recognizes country music's songwriters who scored top 30 hits during the past year. ...


    Tue, 08 Oct 2013 07:49:24 -0400

    File photo of Graham Parker arriving at the premiere of the movie "This is 40" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in HollywoodBy Angus MacSwan LONDON (Reuters) - Decades on from his days as an angry young rocker, a role in a Hollywood movie playing an ageing musician struggling to make a comeback has helped give a new lease of life to Graham Parker. In the movie, Judd Apatow's "This is 40", the bid fails. In the real world, however, things are going pretty well for the 62-year-old London native. He's brought out a well-received album, a documentary and a concert film with his reunited backing band, the Rumour. In late October they play their first British dates in 31 years. The London show sold out straight away. ...


    Tue, 08 Oct 2013 16:38:17 -0400
    LONDON (Reuters) - Guitarist Phil Chevron of the Anglo-Irish folk-punk band the Pogues died on Tuesday at the age of 56 after a long battle with cancer, the band said. Chevron joined the Pogues in 1984 and became a core member as the group made its name internationally in the 1980s and early 1990s with albums including "Rum, Sodomy and The Lash" and "If I Should Fall From Grace With God". Chevron, whose real name was Philip Ryan, wrote the band's popular ballad "Thousands Are Sailing". "He was unique. We'll miss him terribly. ...


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    Arts
    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:32:57 -0400
    By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - An autograph manuscript score of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 that had been presumed lost for half a century will be sold at auction in May, Sotheby's said on Thursday. The pre-sale estimate for the manuscript of one of the most important compositions in the Russian romantic repertoire is between 1 million and 1.5 million pounds ($1.68-2.52 million), the auction house said in a press release. The manuscript of the symphony, which had its premiere in 1908 in St Petersburg with the composer conducting, had been on loan to the British Museum for the past 10 years from the Tabor Foundation, which is also a sponsor of the Leeds International Piano Competition. Sotheby's, in an emailed statement, would not comment on whether the manuscript was being placed for auction by the foundation, saying only it was being sold by "an anonymous consignor".
    Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:00:02 -0400
    Finland's postal service will honor "Tom of Finland" with stamps taken from his work - homoerotic drawings of muscular men wearing tight, black leather uniforms, when they wear anything at all. The stamps, which will be issued in September, are based on the drawings of Touko Laaksonen, better known by the pseudonym "Tom of Finland," who split his time between Finland and California. "Tom of Finland is considered one of the most well-known Finnish artists around the world," Finnish postal service Itella said in a statement issued this week regarding Laaksonen, who died in 1991. "His emphatically masculine homoerotic drawings have attained iconic status in their genre and had an influence on, for instance, pop culture and fashion." Graphic artist Timo Berry, who designed the sheet of three stamps, said they portray a sensual life force and being proud of oneself.
    Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:05:36 -0400

    Henri Matisse, "The Horse, the Rider, and the Clown," 1943-4London's Tate Modern will on Thursday open a blockbuster exhibition celebrating the cut-out works of French artist Henri Matisse, which made even Picasso jealous. Tate director Nicholas Serota boasts that the much-anticipated show, which brings together more than 100 works from around the world, "will be the most evocative and beautiful show that London has ever seen". "It's a show for the summer," said Times critic Rachel Campbell-Johnson, one of many British experts enchanted by the explosion of colours in the old power station. "Tate Modern is translated into a sunlit studio in the south of France," she wrote.


    Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:24:59 -0400

    "Draftsmen's Congress," Pawel Althamer, New Museum, New YorkPolish artist Paweł Althamer will give away sections of his latest artwork to the public during a one-day-only pop-up exhibition as part of his first US museum show, which wraps up later this month. Since the opening of "The Neighbors" at the New Museum in New York this February, Althamer has worked in partnership with a range of artists, friends and collaborators to create 16 new sculptures. The full exhibit came to an end this week, but together with the charitable organization The Bowery Mission, Althamer will present a free one-day exhibition of the new works created during the show on April 17. Since the early 1990s, Althamer has become predominantly known for the figurative sculptures he creates of himself, his family, and various other individuals within his community.


    Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:00:08 -0400
    Winning investigation exposed the systematic denial of benefits to sufferers of black lung disease by lawyers and doctors.


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    Reviews
    Fri, 04 Oct 2013 19:28:36 -0400

    Director Guillermo del Toro is interviewed at the premiere of "Pacific Rim" at Dolby theatre in HollywoodNEW YORK (Reuters) - Mexican writer-director Guillermo del Toro is releasing an illustrated book of notes and drawings from his private journals and filmmaking diaries, his publisher said on Friday. "Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions," which goes on sale on October 29, will give readers a glimpse into the imaginative mind of the director of 2006 fantasy film "Pan's Labyrinth," which won three Oscars, and this year's sci-fi disaster movie "Pacific Rim. ...


    Thu, 10 Oct 2013 05:02:23 -0400
    By Billy Cheung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nicholas Sparks, best known for telling poignant love stories through his novels and their adaptations to film, has written another book, "The Longest Ride," which shot straight into U.S. bestsellers list. "The Longest Ride" chronicles two relationships in parallel - one that is emerging while the other is completed. Like "The Notebook," "Message in Bottle," and "Safe Haven," his latest novel is slated for the big screen with a targeted release for early next year. Sparks spoke to Reuters about the book, bull riding and storytelling through text and film. ...
    Tue, 01 Oct 2013 09:44:56 -0400
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    Voice talents from the new Sony Pictures Animation film "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" pose during a photo call in Beverly Hills, CaliforniaBy Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fruits, vegetables and cheeseburgers get their film shelf-life extended in the animated comedy "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2," as the franchise explores a new world of living, breathing "foodimals." "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," released in 2009 and inspired by a 1978 children's book of the same name, saw the fictional island of Swallow Falls devoured by giant but inanimate food that falls out of the sky, generated from a machine created by the island's eccentric inventor Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader). ...


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    The racism Gandhi encountered in South Africa helped spark a lifetime of activism. Historian Ramachandra Guha says without that experience, "he would never have become a political animal."

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    Central High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala., was once considered a model of desegregation. Today, the school's population is 99 percent black. One family's story underscores three generations of change.

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    On the eve of Easter and National Jelly Bean Day, let us probe the mysterious origins and unexpected ascendency of the humble candy. And to celebrate, we've sampled Jelly Belly's newest flavors.

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    When Poppy Tooker was a kid, her favorite dish was her great-grandmother's Peas in a Roux. Only years later did Tooker discover that canned peas — not fresh or frozen — were the key to the recipe.

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    It turns out the first chili peppers were grown by humans in eastern Mexico. And it's not the same region where beans and corn were first grown, according to new ways of evaluating evidence.

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    In West Baltimore, it takes 17 minutes of work (the average hourly wage is $19.34), but in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, where wages are more than double that, it takes only nine minutes.

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    Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.

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