• Britain could face second election before Christmas, warns deputy PM

    Reuters - 25 minutes ago

    Britain faces a disruptive second election before Christmas if either of the two main parties try to govern alone as minority governments after Thursday's ballot, Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister and Liberal Democrat leader, warned on Tuesday. Two days before the country's closest election since the 1970s, Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party are level in most polls with neither on track to win outright. More »Britain could face second election before Christmas, warns deputy PM

  • Houthi missiles hit Saudi border town; airforce to retaliate

    Reuters - 36 minutes ago

    Yemen's Houthi fighters fired mortar and rockets at a Saudi Arabian border town on Tuesday for the first time since a Saudi-led coalition began a military campaign against them in late March, the coalition's spokesman said. The projectiles struck a girls' school and a hospital in Najran, which is only three km (two miles) from Yemen's border, Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri said, prompting authorities to close down all schools in the area. The attack followed Monday's statement by Riyadh that it was considering a ceasefire to allow humanitarian relief and a call by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, in exile in Saudi Arabia, for talks among Yemen's political factions. Unfortunately they hit a girls' school, they hit a hospital and they hit some houses," Asseri said in a phone interview. More »Houthi missiles hit Saudi border town; airforce to retaliate

  • U.S. presidential candidate Fiorina defends Hewlett-Packard tenure

    Reuters - 38 minutes ago

    Republican U.S. presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is defending her record as a corporate executive after a critic took over a website with her name on it to highlight job losses at Hewlett-Packard Co while she served as CEO. Fiorina, who announced her candidacy on Monday in the 2016 race, said she would run on her record at Hewlett-Packard, but added in reference to the carlyfiorina.org website: "Obviously, would I have preferred that we bought up every conceivable domain name? Yes." Visitors to carlyfiorina.org came across the message, "Carly Fiorina failed to register this domain. So I'm using it to tell you how many people she laid off at Hewlett-Packard." The website showed sad-face emoticons to symbolize what it said were 30,000 job losses at the tech company for which she served as chief executive from 1999 to 2005. More »U.S. presidential candidate Fiorina defends Hewlett-Packard tenure

  • Enough of Silly Love Songs

    The Atlantic - 38 minutes ago

    The recent deaths of soul singers Percy Sledge and Bill E. King have offered as good a reminder of this as any. Mumford & Sons, Best Coast, and My Morning Jacket all aim to portray feelings that fall somewhere between total infatuation and absolute heartbreak, an emotional zone that's not very cinematic but that certainly can be relatable and, occasionally, devastating. Mumford & Sons have made lots of money, a few celebrity fans, and a contingent of dedicated haters over the past six years by becoming the figureheads for the new Americana movement, a fact widely seen as ironic given that they’re British. More »Enough of Silly Love Songs

  • Law enforcement stance on pot starts to shift in Louisiana

    Associated Press - 38 minutes ago

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Marijuana enthusiasts and law enforcement don't agree on much. But there is one point both concede: Louisiana's marijuana laws are exceptionally strict. More »Law enforcement stance on pot starts to shift in Louisiana

  • Report: IRS issues $5.6 billion in bogus education credits

    Associated Press - 40 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS issued $5.6 billion in potentially bogus education tax credits in a single year — more than a quarter of all education credits claimed by taxpayers, a government watchdog said Tuesday. More »Report: IRS issues $5.6 billion in bogus education credits

  • Islamic State claims responsibility for Texas cartoon exhibit attack

    Reuters - 42 minutes ago

    By Ian Simpson and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Islamic State militant group took responsibility on Tuesday for a failed attack on a Texas exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in which two gunmen were killed, with U.S. investigators probing the veracity of the claim. The Syria- and Iraq-based Islamic State (IS) said on its official online radio station that "two soldiers of the caliphate" carried out the attack on Sunday in Garland, a suburb of Dallas. U.S. officials said while the Islamic State’s claim of responsibility for the failed Texas attack was being examined closely, investigators at this point did not know whether the dead militants launched the attack under instructions from the group or whether IS was opportunistically claiming credit for an attack in which it had little or no direct or indirect involvement. More »Islamic State claims responsibility for Texas cartoon exhibit attack

  • Greaves 'Understands Seriousness' Of His Stroke

    Sky News - 50 minutes ago

    Jimmy Greaves is conscious and understands the seriousness of the stroke he suffered, his wife has revealed. The severity of the stroke has left him unable to speak and he faces a "long, slow road to recovery". His wife Irene said in a statement: "Jimmy is having to do what he is told, and understands the seriousness of what has happened to him. The former Tottenham, Chelsea, AC Milan and West Ham striker suffered a minor stroke in 2012 but appeared to make a complete recovery. More »Greaves 'Understands Seriousness' Of His Stroke

  • Top Asian News at 4:30 p.m. GMT

    Associated Press - 51 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Chinese companies are shielding themselves from lawsuits in America, denying U.S. businesses and investors their day in court, a report from a federal watchdog says. The report published Tuesday by the U.S.-China Economic Security Commission says that Chinese companies operating in the U.S. have built a legal firewall that keeps them largely immune from the jurisdiction of U.S. courts and regulatory agencies. More »Top Asian News at 4:30 p.m. GMT

  • Waterbury Hospital to be sold to California company

    Associated Press - 53 minutes ago

    Greater Waterbury Health Network has reached an agreement to sell Waterbury Hospital to a Los Angeles-based company. Darlene Stromstad, the health network's chief executive officer, told the Republican-American ... More »Waterbury Hospital to be sold to California company

  • Tips for visiting Milan Expo, from dining to weather

    Associated Press - 59 minutes ago

    MILAN (AP) — The theme of this year's Milan Expo 2015 world's fair is food, and global fare is a big draw. Many of Expo's foreign visitors will be looking to sample Italian food and wine, which will be complemented by street food and cuisine from around the globe. More »Tips for visiting Milan Expo, from dining to weather

  • At Milan Expo 2015, it's still an analog world, after all

    Associated Press - 59 minutes ago

    MILAN (AP) — At Milan Expo 2015, it's still an analog world, after all. More »At Milan Expo 2015, it's still an analog world, after all

  • Queen getting to know Charlotte

    Press Association - 1 hour 6 minutes ago

    The Queen has met her great-granddaughter Princess Charlotte for the first time. More »Queen getting to know Charlotte

  • Texas gunman was former target of FBI terror probe

    Associated Press - 1 hour 15 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A man whose social media presence was being scrutinized by federal authorities was one of two attackers in a shooting at a Texas cartoon contest featuring images of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, and the Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the attack. More »Texas gunman was former target of FBI terror probe

  • New Test for Ovarian Cancer Finds More Cases

    LiveScience.com - 1 hour 21 minutes ago

    A new screening test for ovarian cancer can detect more women with the disease than previous methods, a new study from the United Kingdom suggests. Overall, the new screening method detected ovarian cancer in 86 percent of the women in the study who had the disease. The researchers created a computer program to assess a woman's risk of ovarian cancer based on a number of factors, including how her levels of CA125 changed over the years. In contrast, current methods used to screen for ovarian cancer involve checking to see whether CA125 levels are above a certain threshold at a single point in time. More »New Test for Ovarian Cancer Finds More Cases

  • Cop Sues After Free Starbucks Spills On Him

    Sky News - 1 hour 22 minutes ago

    A police officer is suing Starbucks for $50,000 (£33,000) after he was scalded when a free cup of coffee spilled in his lap. Matthew Kohr's lawyers say he suffered burns, blisters and emotional damage from the ordeal in January 2012. He had been given the beverage at a Starbucks in the city of Raleigh for free because he was a uniformed officer. WRAL-TV reports that Starbucks' legal team is arguing the coffee was not subject to full warranty because Mr Kohr had not paid for the beverage. More »Cop Sues After Free Starbucks Spills On Him

  • Financial Stress Can Take a Toll on Women's Hearts

    LiveScience.com - 1 hour 25 minutes ago

    It's well-known that stress and heart attacks are linked, but it's not clear whether any particular kind of stress carries a greater risk for heart health. Using data from the Women's Health Study, a long-term survey that followed participants for an average of nine years, the researchers analyzed the stressful experiences of 267 women, whose average age was 56, who had suffered a heart attack sometime over the study period. For comparison, they also examined 281 women with similar risk factors, like age and smoking habits, who did not experience heart attack. It turned out that financial problems doubled women's risk of having a heart attack, and that women making less than $50,000 per year were especially susceptible to the effects of stressful events across the board. More »Financial Stress Can Take a Toll on Women's Hearts

  • Royal baby: Legoland adds new Princess Charlotte to royal scene

    IB Times - 1 hour 30 minutes ago

    Legoland Windsor has updated its royal scene to include a miniature version of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's new baby, Princess Charlotte. More »Royal baby: Legoland adds new Princess Charlotte to royal scene

  • New CEO takes over at drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb

    Associated Press - 1 hour 35 minutes ago

    Drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb has a new CEO, this time a physician who trained in Rome. Dr. Giovanni Caforio took over the job at the end of the company's annual meeting in Plainsboro, New Jersey, on ... More »New CEO takes over at drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb

  • Sam Smith is not alone - other stars who have battled throat problems

    SNAP.PA - 1 hour 41 minutes ago

    Adele, Meat Loaf and Celine Dion are just some of the other stars to have had vocal problems. More »Sam Smith is not alone - other stars who have battled throat problems

  • Rocker Noel Gallagher goes for eclectic feel on 'Chasing Tomorrow'

    Reuters - 1 hour 42 minutes ago

    By Jennifer Atkinson NEW YORK (Reuters) - Singer/songwriter Noel Gallagher believes his second solo album, "Chasing Tomorrow," includes some of his best ever work with a range of instrumental melodies and an eclectic feel to it. The former lead guitarist and songwriter with the British rock group Oasis wrote and produced the album that features 10 tracks and rose to the top of album charts in England when it was released in March. It sits on a par with "Definitely Maybe" for me," said Gallagher, referring to the debut studio album by Oasis. "Chasing Yesterday" is a follow-up to 2011's "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds." It is the second studio album since he split with Oasis, one of Britain's biggest bands in the 1990s, following a blowup with its lead singer, his brother Liam. More »Rocker Noel Gallagher goes for eclectic feel on 'Chasing Tomorrow'

  • UNICEF delivers rare aid to displaced Damascus camp residents

    Reuters - 1 hour 44 minutes ago

    The U.N. children's fund said on Tuesday it had delivered aid to families driven out of an embattled Palestinian refugee camp outside Syria's capital into areas to which UNICEF has had no access for two years. Islamic State militants seized large parts of the devastated Yarmouk camp on the southern outskirts of Damascus last month and have been battling other armed groups inside, putting 18,000 Palestinian and Syrian residents at increased risk. UNICEF said it had delivered baby diaper kits, aid packages for newborns, medicine and children's clothes this week to areas close to the camp where it estimated around 2,500 families had fled, raising the local population to more than 50,000 people. UNICEF had been unable to reach these areas previously because it lacked permission from the Syrian government to cross over, UNICEF spokeswoman Juliette Touma said. More »UNICEF delivers rare aid to displaced Damascus camp residents

  • Horse-trading begins as UK poll enters final straight

    AFP - 1 hour 53 minutes ago

    Britain's political leaders on Tuesday began a final push for votes ahead of this week's knife-edge election, even as they prepared for the likelihood of protracted coalition talks once polls close. More »Horse-trading begins as UK poll enters final straight

  • Warren Buffett to auction another charity lunch

    Reuters - 1 hour 55 minutes ago

    (Reuters) - Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has once again agreed to have lunch this year with the winner of an auction to benefit a San Francisco charity. The 16th annual auction to benefit Glide, which provides food and services to the poor and homeless, will be held on eBay from May 31 to June 5, the charity said on Tuesday. Last year's winner, Andy Chua of Singapore, bid $2,166,766. Other winners have included hedge fund manager David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital, and Ted Weschler, now a portfolio manager at Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc . More »Warren Buffett to auction another charity lunch

  • Austrian magazine printed with HIV blood

    AFP - 2 hours 1 minute ago

    An Austrian men's magazine has printed its latest edition using blood from people who are HIV-positive in order to counter the "stigma" often attached to the virus that causes AIDS, its chief editor said Tuesday. More »Austrian magazine printed with HIV blood

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