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  • Norfolk Southern railroad 1Q profit falls 18 pct

    Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    Norfolk Southern Corp.'s first-quarter profit fell 18 percent as severe winter weather slowed shipments and the railroad delivered 1 percent less freight overall. The Norfolk, Virginia, based railroad ... More »Norfolk Southern railroad 1Q profit falls 18 pct

  • Parkinson's Drug Shows Promise in Preventing Breast Cancer

    LiveScience.com - 3 hours ago

    Women with mutations in the BRCA1 gene are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer, and there are currently no drugs proven to reduce their cancer risk. One drug, called benserazide, is currently used for Parkinson's disease, and in studies it reduced the formation of breast tumors in mice that had been implanted with cancer cells containing the BRCA1 gene mutation. All of the mice that did not receive the drug developed breast tumors, but 40 percent of mice given the drug were tumor-free, said study researcher Elizabeth Alli, of Stanford University School of Medicine. Some studies show that women with mutations in the BRCA1 gene have a 50 to 70 percent chance of getting breast cancer by age 70, compared with a 12 percent lifetime risk for the average American woman. More »Parkinson's Drug Shows Promise in Preventing Breast Cancer

  • Turkey calls WWI Armenian killings 'shared pain'

    Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday offered an unprecedented, conciliatory message to Armenians on the eve of the anniversary of the massacre of Armenians almost a century ago. More »Turkey calls WWI Armenian killings 'shared pain'

  • Soccer-Sacked Moyes thanks Ferguson for Man Utd opportunity

    Reuters - 3 hours ago

    Sacked Manchester United manager David Moyes thanked his predecessor Alex Ferguson on Wednesday for having given him the opportunity to lead the Premier League club. In a statement issued through the League Manager's Association (LMA), the Scot spoke of his pride at being chosen last July and acknowledged fans had a right to feel frustrated by results since then. "I remain proud to have led the team to the quarter-finals of this year's Champions League and I remain grateful to Sir Alex Ferguson for believing in my ability and giving me the chance to manage Manchester United," he said. Moyes was sacked on Tuesday after only 10 months with United currently seventh in the league and out of the running for a Champions League slot next season. More »Soccer-Sacked Moyes thanks Ferguson for Man Utd opportunity

  • Chinese factories stalling as euro zone business picks up

    Reuters - 3 hours ago

    By Jonathan Cable and Kevin Yao LONDON/BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese factory activity shrank for the fourth straight month in April but private businesses across the euro zone enjoyed their best month in nearly three years, surveys showed on Wednesday. Within the euro zone, Germany - Europe's largest economy - saw activity accelerate whereas in France, the bloc's second biggest, momentum waned. "Given the problems the euro zone faces, to get even a modest rate of positive growth this year is a good sign. But there is an increasing concern that two of the larger economies - Italy and France - are struggling to gain any traction," said Peter Dixon at Commerzbank. More »Chinese factories stalling as euro zone business picks up

  • William Shakespeare 450th birthday: 15 Memorable Quotes From the Bard of Avon

    IB Times - 3 hours ago

    Happy birthday William Shakespeare! Today marks the 450th birth anniversary of one of Britain's greatest cultural icons. William Shakespeare's exact date of birth is unknown, but historians do know that he was baptised on 26 April, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, according to Holy Trinity Church records. The Bard of Avon's body of work changed the course of world literature and his portfolio includes more than 35 plays, 150 sonnets and several poems. Initially, his plays were based on comedies and histories, before moving onto tragic comedies including Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, all of which rank as some of the finest works in English literature. More »William Shakespeare 450th birthday: 15 Memorable Quotes From the Bard of Avon

  • Sacked Moyes 'proud' of Man Utd tenure

    AFP - 3 hours ago

    David Moyes declared on Wednesday that he was "proud" to have managed Manchester United, but said that he understood the "frustration" that had led to his dismissal. More »Sacked Moyes 'proud' of Man Utd tenure

  • US Astronauts Taking Spacewalk to Fix Space Station Today: Watch Live

    SPACE.com - 3 hours ago

    Two American astronauts will venture outside the International Space Station today to replace a dead computer that serves vital systems on the orbiting laboratory, and you can watch their spacewalk live online. NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson are due to float outside the space station at 9:20 a.m. EDT (1320 GMT) and spend nearly three hours on the computer swap. Mastracchio and Swanson plan to spend 2.5 hours replacing a backup computer known in NASA parlance as a Multiplexer-Demultiplexer, or MDM. The device is a backup computer for routing commands to systems supporting the space station's solar arrays, robotic arm rail car and other critical systems along the station's backbone-like main truss. More »US Astronauts Taking Spacewalk to Fix Space Station Today: Watch Live

  • London JobCentre Staff Under Attack: 3,800 Verbal and Physical Abuse Incidents in 2013

    IB Times - 3 hours ago

    The UK government has come under fire from the Public and Commercial Services Union after more than 3,800 attacks occurred on JobCentre Plus staff across London in 2013. The figures, which were obtained by IBTimes UK under the Freedom of Information Act, revealed that the total number of reported physical and verbal attacks on JobCentre staff in the capital only fell by 26 from 2012 – when there were 3,880 separate cases of abuse. The data also showed that the total number of attacks on workers increased to 1,124 in East London (from 1,091 in 2012 and 685 in 2011) and rose to 1,289 in South London (from 1,237 in 2012 and 905 in 2011). "Alongside a wider assault on public services and those who provide them, the government has engaged in and encouraged the most disgraceful campaign of vilification against the sick, disabled and unemployed in a bid to justify cutting the benefits to which they are entitled," Mark Serwotka, the general secretary of the PCS told IBTimes UK. More »London JobCentre Staff Under Attack: 3,800 Verbal and Physical Abuse Incidents in 2013

  • Special Report - For private placements, no one is vetting the vetters

    Reuters - 3 hours ago

    By Emily Flitter OMAHA, Nebraska (Reuters) - From 2006 to 2009, Provident Asset Management raised $485 million from 7,700 investors who were drawn to its promises of annual returns as high as 18 percent on oil and gas assets. Law firm Mick & Associates helped. Provident paid Mick to provide "due diligence" reports to help brokers decide whether to recommend the investments to their clients. Brad Updike, a Mick energy-sector specialist, reviewed each of the 23 deals, known as private placements. More »Special Report - For private placements, no one is vetting the vetters

  • Budget Deficit Drops By 6% In Last Year

    Sky News - 3 hours ago

    The UK budget deficit has fallen to its lowest level since the financial crisis five years ago. Official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the shortfall in tax revenues over Government spending fell to £107.7bn in the 12 months to the end of March. It was slightly lower than forecast by the Office for Budget Responsibility, in the March Budget delivered by Chancellor George Osborne. The figures come as the European Union's statistical agency, Eurostat, said governments across the 28-country bloc recorded lower budget deficits in 2013. More »Budget Deficit Drops By 6% In Last Year

  • Into the lion's den! Warthog meets its maker after straying into big cat's path

    Yahoo News - 3 hours ago

    The incredible sequence was caught on camera at the Addo Elephant Park in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa More »Into the lion's den! Warthog meets its maker after straying into big cat's path

  • GM said it has shipped thousands of replacement ignition switches

    Reuters - 3 hours ago

    GM is under investigation by U.S. safety regulators, Congress and the U.S. Department of Justice for why it did not catch the faulty part for over a decade. GM said on Wednesday that owners of 2008-2011 models subject to the recall, which has affected 2.6 million vehicles, will receive a letter in early May confirming their inclusion in the recall. Another letter alerting them when replacement parts are available will follow. The Detroit company did not provide a more detailed number of how many of the parts have been shipped, but said the kits include ignition switches, ignition cylinders and key sets. More »GM said it has shipped thousands of replacement ignition switches

  • Apple iWatch Could Replace iPod

    IB Times - 3 hours ago

    An analyst now believes that Apple's upcoming iWatch might just replace the company's aging iPod mp3 player line up. According to MacRumors, Christopher Caso, an analyst with the Susquehanna Financial Group, believes that the iWatch will "essentially replace the iPod in the consumer portion of AAPL's product lineup". He also adds that we will see reduced iPod sales as a result of customers opting for the iWatch instead. More »Apple iWatch Could Replace iPod

  • On the Bard's 450th, a birthday tour of some play 'sets'

    Reuters - 3 hours ago

    Known as the Bard and regarded as England's greatest playwright, William Shakespeare, whose 450th birthday is celebrated on Wednesday, let his imagination roam as widely as his characters. Following are some of the locales, cited by travel website www.GoEuro.co.uk, associated with Shakespeare and his plays. "Macbeth" - Scotland "Something wicked this way comes" - the oft-quoted words of the three witches before their second meeting with the brave but ruthless Scottish general, Macbeth. Although there are no sites in Scotland directly connected to the real-life Macbeth - an 11th-century King of Scots - the fictional character's titles of Thane of Glamis and Thane of Cawdor point to popular attractions Glamis and Cawdor castles. More »On the Bard's 450th, a birthday tour of some play 'sets'

  • Web Exclusive: Medha Patkar on campaign trail

    Al Jazeera - 3 hours ago

    Activist-turned politician and AAP candidate from Mumbai running to bring housing rights for slum dwellers. More »Web Exclusive: Medha Patkar on campaign trail

  • Italy's Pop Sondrio repays early 500 million euros of crisis loans

    Reuters - 3 hours ago

    Italy's Banca Popolare di Sondrio said on Wednesday it had paid back 500 million euros (410 million pounds) in crisis loans received from the European Central Bank ahead of time. In a statement the regional lender said reimbursement of the loans, maturing on February 26 next year, had been completed on Wednesday due to its improved liquidity situation. Italian banks took a total of 255 billion euros in ECB three-year loans. Last week Banca Popolare di Milano said it would pay 750 million euros of its crisis loans, or LTROs, by the end of April. More »Italy's Pop Sondrio repays early 500 million euros of crisis loans

  • Grief, anger at memorial for Korea ferry student victims

    AFP - 3 hours ago

    Thousands of mourners paid tearful respects Wednesday at a temporary memorial to the hundreds of student victims of South Korea's ferry disaster, as the grim search for bodies entered a second week. More »Grief, anger at memorial for Korea ferry student victims

  • China says probing reports Chinese chlorine used in Syria attack

    Reuters - 3 hours ago

    China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday that it was investigating reports that a chlorine canister bearing the name of the country's biggest arms maker was shown in footage believed to document a gas attack in Syria this month. Attacks this month in several areas in Syria share characteristics that have led analysts to believe that there is a coordinated chlorine bomb campaign, with growing evidence that it is the government side dropping the weapons. Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the videos and Norinco, also known as China North Industries Group Corporation, has not responded to requests from Reuters for comment. "We oppose the production and use of chemical weapons. More »China says probing reports Chinese chlorine used in Syria attack

  • FIFA urged to back Garcia probe Qatar World Cup

    Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — FIFA's reputation depends on resolving allegations about Qatar's selection as 2022 World Cup host, according to the governing body's anti-corruption advisers. More »FIFA urged to back Garcia probe Qatar World Cup

  • Bankinter profit rise sets positive tone for Spain's banks

    Reuters - 3 hours ago

    By Jesús Aguado and Tomás Cobos MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Bankinter reported a 19 percent rise in first-quarter net profit and said bad loans were close to a peak, setting a positive tone for the rest of the country's banks which are aiming to benefit from an improving economy. Bankinter, like bigger rivals such as Santander and BBVA , is emerging from a deep financial crisis after the Spanish real estate market collapsed. Spain came out of recession in the second half of 2013 and the economy is forecast to grow 1 percent this year. But Bankinter - Spain's seventh largest bank by market value and one of the least exposed to the ailing property sector - said its bad loans were unlikely to grow much further. More »Bankinter profit rise sets positive tone for Spain's banks

  • Spoon-bending psychic Geller helps Israelis defy disasters

    Reuters - 3 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Celebrity psychic Uri Geller is the beaming new face of Israeli disaster-readiness, starring in army-sponsored TV and Internet advertisements on how to take shelter from missile attacks or earthquakes. Launched on Wednesday, the campaign marks Geller's return to his native country from Britain and aims to keep Israelis vigilant, though public fears of any imminent war with Iran, Syria or Lebanese and Palestinian guerrillas have receded. ... More »Spoon-bending psychic Geller helps Israelis defy disasters

  • Johannesburg Stock Exchange: Trade Delayed by Another IT Glitch

    IB Times - 3 hours ago

    The opening of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange was delayed this morning after a technical glitch halted proceedings. Trade did not start until 0800 GMT, instead of the usual 0700 GMT, after the JSE said that it had encountered a "technical issue" without expanding on the details. Network problems brought the JSE down in 2010 for more than six hours and a similar problem occurred in 2011 when it ceased to work for over 30 minutes. The JSE said that its move to the Millennium Exchange platform, which was designed by an element of the London Stock Exchange Group, in South Africa would help to eradicate technical problems on the system as it said that it was damaging its reputation. More »Johannesburg Stock Exchange: Trade Delayed by Another IT Glitch

  • Giggs to be assisted by ex-Man United teammates

    Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    LONDON (AP) — Ryan Giggs will be assisted by a trio of former Manchester United teammates as he tries to stabilize England's biggest club after the abrupt dismissal of David Moyes. More »Giggs to be assisted by ex-Man United teammates

  • Katie Holmes, armed and dainty in vigilante satire "Miss Meadows"

    Reuters - 3 hours ago

    By Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - Do not mess with Miss Meadows, the tap dancing elementary school teacher played by actress Katie Holmes in the new film of the same name that has premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. She tends to punctuate meet-ups with a decidedly non-ironic "toodle-loo," and as described by one of the cops on her trail in "Miss Meadows" is a "pulp fiction Mary Poppins." But her mission to clear the streets of bad people is complicated when she falls for a local sheriff, played by James Badge Dale ("World War Z," and "Parkland.") "I'm a fan of strong women, and I like seeing them on screen," Holmes said of the vigilante heroine she portrays in the film. "She was delightful and believed in what she was doing and the integrity of her mind." The vigilante satire co-stars three-time Emmy-award winner Jean Smart ("Samantha Who?" and "Frasier") and Mary Kay Place, who also won an Emmy for comedy series "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman." Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Karen Leigh Hopkins, the long gestation of "Miss Meadows" began with the 1993 abduction and murder of 12-year-old Polly Klaas, who was snatched from her bedroom in Petaluma, California, during a slumber party. More »Katie Holmes, armed and dainty in vigilante satire "Miss Meadows"

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