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  • Formula One boss Ecclestone goes on trial in Germany

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    By Keith Weir MUNICH (Reuters) - Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial for bribery in Germany on Thursday in a case that could see the Briton's long dominance of the motor sport ended by a jail sentence. Prosecutors in Munich have charged Ecclestone, 83, with bribing jailed German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky to smooth the sale eight years ago of a stake in Formula One to private equity firm CVC. Ecclestone, a former used car salesman who became a billionaire by building the sport into a global money spinner over the past four decades, denies wrongdoing and says he will fight to clear his name. CVC remains the largest shareholder in Formula One, a business that generates annual revenues of over $1.5 billion (893.8 million pounds) from its series of grand prix races held around the world. More »Formula One boss Ecclestone goes on trial in Germany

  • Not So Harmless? Pot Linked to Heart Problems

    LiveScience.com - Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    Pot may not have a chilling-out, calming effect on everyone — evidence is emerging that for some people, smoking marijuana could increase the risk of heart problems, doctors say. In a new study, researchers used data from a database called the French Addictovigilance Network, gathered from 2006 to 2010. Of the nearly 2,000 reported complications related to marijuana, the researchers found that 2 percent, or 35 cases, involved heart problems. These cases included 20 people who suffered a heart attack, and nine who died. More »Not So Harmless? Pot Linked to Heart Problems

  • Baseball-Pujols insists he's not thinking beyond next at-bat

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON, April 23 (Reuters) - One day after joining baseball's exclusive 500 home run club, Albert Pujols insists he is not concerned with reaching another longball milestone. Let the fans and the media talk about 600 or 700 home runs, Pujols said, adding that he's not even thinking about homer number 501. It's still going to be the same goal that I've had from day one - and that's about winning," the Los Angeles Angels slugger told reporters Wednesday. Pujols clubbed two homers against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, the second enabling the 34-year-old first baseman to become the 26th major leaguer to hit 500 home runs. More »Baseball-Pujols insists he's not thinking beyond next at-bat

  • Zynga's Pincus withdraws from operations amid turnaround

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Zynga Inc co-founder Mark Pincus is relinquishing the last of his operational duties at the social gaming company starting on Wednesday and retreating to an advisory role as Chief Executive Officer Don Mattrick pushes through a restructuring plan. Zynga shares were up 5 percent in after-hours trading on Wednesday after closing at $4.42 on the Nasdaq. Pincus, who remains chairman of the board, has decided to move on from day-to-day operations as chief product officer, Zynga said in a statement. He has been stepping back from the company that once dominated gaming on Facebook with "Farmville" and raked in over $1 billion (595 million pounds) in revenues, but is losing users to mobile game developers. More »Zynga's Pincus withdraws from operations amid turnaround

  • U.S. official says some progress on trade talks with Japan

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    The United States and Japan have made progress in round-the-clock trade talks ahead of a bilateral summit but continue to negotiate on car and agriculture market access, a U.S. official said on Thursday. "We're continuing to work," the official said, before President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a meeting and news conference on the first state visit to Japan by a U.S. president in 18 years. "We've made some progress and worked around the clock." Trade Representative Michael Froman and Economy Minister Akira Amari left the talks after 3 a.m. (1900 BST Wednesday) without speaking to reporters. More »U.S. official says some progress on trade talks with Japan

  • Campaign to stop Britons joining Syria fight targets women

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    British police will ask women to help persuade young people not to go out to fight in Syria, in a new campaign to stem an exodus which authorities fear could breed militants at home. Senior police officers and security chiefs have said they are worried the fighters could return radicalised by hardline Islamists and carry out attacks on British soil. Britain's counter-terrorism police said they were going to appeal to women from "affected communities". "We are increasingly concerned about the numbers of young people who have or are intending ... to join the conflict," Helen Ball, National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, said in a statement ahead of Thursday's launch. More »Campaign to stop Britons joining Syria fight targets women

  • Ministers blamed over smear tests

    Press Association - Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    Labour has blamed ministers after figures showed an 11% rise in the number of women whose smear test was overdue. More »Ministers blamed over smear tests

  • Call to address gap in family care

    Press Association - Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    The number of older people needing informal care will outstrip the number of family members able to provide it as early as 2017, a think tank has claimed. More »Call to address gap in family care

  • Midwife shortages 'getting worse'

    Press Association - Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    Hospital chiefs were accused of "burying their heads in the sand" over midwife shortages after figures suggested a quarter of NHS Trusts had not assessed their workforce needs for at least four years. More »Midwife shortages 'getting worse'

  • School inhalers ban may be lifted

    Press Association - Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    A ban on schools keeping spare asthma inhalers would be lifted under proposals being issued for consultation in a bid to prevent children dying needlessly from asthma attacks. More »School inhalers ban may be lifted

  • Deadly threat of pancreatic cancer

    Press Association - Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    Pancreatic cancer stands alone as an increasingly deadly threat to both men and women in Europe, a study has shown. More »Deadly threat of pancreatic cancer

  • UK says breakaway Scotland would struggle to pay welfare bill

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Scotland will feel the strain of a rising welfare bill that could put vulnerable social groups at risk if voters choose to break away from Britain later this year, a British government study said on Thursday. Ahead of a September 18 independence referendum, the British government's campaign to keep a 307-year union with Scotland intact is battling to hold on to a shrinking poll lead over nationalists, who say that a split would give Scotland the freedom to create a fairer and more prosperous nation. Britain argued in the latest of a series of reports opposing independence that Scotland is better off as a result of its ties to the rest of the country because the current union gives Scots access to a more diverse and stable public purse. Welfare spending per head in Scotland was 2 percent higher than the national average in 2012/13, it said. More »UK says breakaway Scotland would struggle to pay welfare bill

  • Phelps ditches one of his planned comeback events

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    By Julian Linden PHOENIX (Reuters) - Michael Phelps has withdrawn from one of the three events he planned to compete in at his eagerly-anticipated return to competitive swimming. Phelps had entered the heats for the 50 metres freestyle, 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly at the three-day U.S. Grand Prix meet in Mesa, Arizona, starting on Thursday. But the 28-year-old, who had retired after the 2012 London Olympics only to announce his comeback last week, told a news conference on Wednesday that he was cutting back to two events. Phelps evaded questions about his long-term goals, but did not rule out the possibility of competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. More »Phelps ditches one of his planned comeback events

  • Pentagon dossier to detail secretive U.S. Afghan detainee policy

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Some are suspected fighters from Yemen, Russia or Pakistan, arrested by U.S. forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere. Several have been linked to al Qaeda. As the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan winds down, the White House will soon provide Congress a dossier on about 50 non-Afghan detainees in a U.S. military prison north of Kabul. Their uncertain fate presents sensitive security and legal problems for the Obama administration in an echo of Guantanamo Bay. More »Pentagon dossier to detail secretive U.S. Afghan detainee policy

  • Ukraine revolt shows faces, but whose are the brains?

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    By Alissa de Carbonnel and Aleksandar Vasovic DONETSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - One is a dapper former croupier and promoter of Ponzi scams run by "Russia's Bernie Madoff"; In an uprising whose calling cards are the Kalashnikov and the black balaclava, Denis Pushilin and Vyacheslav Ponomaryov have become the unmasked faces of the pro-Russian separatist movement in eastern Ukraine that has plunged Moscow and the West into their most ominous confrontation since the Cold War. But many in the Donetsk region, including officials who have negotiated with the activists, see the pair as mere fronts for brains behind the scenes: a "puppeteer" in the words of one local Ukrainian mediator; Pushilin, a 32-year-old who won 77 votes when he ran for parliament a few months ago, emerged this month as leader of the self-styled People's Republic of Donetsk, occupying the regional governor's office in Ukraine's industrial heartland. More »Ukraine revolt shows faces, but whose are the brains?

  • Exclusive - Russia, China block Central African Republic blacklist at U.N.

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia and China have blocked a proposal by the United States and France to impose U.N. sanctions on Central African Republic's former President Francois Bozize and two other people linked to the conflict there, diplomats told Reuters on Wednesday. The proposal to sanction Bozize, in particular, was due to his "engaging in or providing support for acts that undermine the peace, stability or security of CAR," according to an eight-page letter to the U.N. Security Council's sanctions committee on Central African Republic, which was obtained by Reuters. The sanctioning of Bozize, who was ousted by predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels in March 2013, and two other individuals was to have taken effect on Tuesday, but first Russia and then China raised last-minute objections, diplomats said. More »Exclusive - Russia, China block Central African Republic blacklist at U.N.

  • Obama seeks to ease Asian allies' doubts during visit to Japan

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    By Linda Sieg and Matt Spetalnick TOKYO (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will use a state visit to Japan on Thursday to try to reassure Tokyo and other Asian allies of his commitment to ramping up U.S. engagement in the region, despite Chinese complaints that Washington's real aim is to contain Beijing's rise. Obama will be treated to a display of pomp and ceremony meant to show that the U.S.-Japan alliance, the main pillar of America's security strategy in Asia, remains solid at a time of rising tensions over growing Chinese assertiveness and North Korean nuclear threats. It was unclear, however, whether a last-ditch round of talks between U.S. and Japanese negotiators would yield a breakthrough on a two-way trade pact seen as crucial to a broader trans-Pacific agreement that Obama has championed. The challenge for Obama during his week-long, four-nation tour will be to convince Asian partners that Washington is serious about its promised strategic "pivot" towards the region, while at the same time not harming U.S. ties with China, the world's second-biggest economy. More »Obama seeks to ease Asian allies' doubts during visit to Japan

  • Mexico's Slim reaches deal for control of Telekom Austria

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    By Georgina Prodhan and Dave Graham VIENNA/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's Carlos Slim struck an 11th-hour deal on Wednesday with the Austrian government that could give him control of Telekom Austria and allow the multi-billionaire to consolidate his foothold in Europe as he expands outside the Americas. Slim's telecoms group, America Movil , agreed to back a 1 billion euro capital increase for Telekom Austria and to pay 7.15 euros a share for the company's outstanding stock, in a co-ownership deal combining its stake with Austrian state holding company OIAG's holdings. The price America Movil will pay per share represents a premium of 10.7 percent over the six-month average share price for Telekom Austria, which was the minimum bid America Movil and Austria would be obliged to make. Latin America's biggest telecoms company already holds 26.4 percent of Telekom Austria. More »Mexico's Slim reaches deal for control of Telekom Austria

  • Zohydro: Ticking Time Bomb?

    The Daily Beast - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    FDA-approved Zohydro is raising red flags in medical circles and consumer protection groups. More »Zohydro: Ticking Time Bomb?

  • Swimming-Phelps ditches one of his planned comeback events

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    By Julian Linden PHOENIX, April 23 (Reuters) - Michael Phelps has withdrawn from one of the three events he planned to compete in at his eagerly-anticipated return to competitive swimming. Phelps had entered the heats for the 50 metres freestyle, 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly at the three-day U.S. Grand Prix meet in Mesa, Arizona, starting on Thursday. But the 28-year-old, who had retired after the 2012 London Olympics only to announce his comeback last week, told a news conference on Wednesday that he was cutting back to two events. Phelps evaded questions about his long-term goals, but did not rule out the possibility of competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. More »Swimming-Phelps ditches one of his planned comeback events

  • Photos explore dynamics of youths' sexual identity

    Associated Press - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — For many, it's difficult to understand Foster Noone's sexual identity. The 17-year-old uses the labels of bisexual, trans and gender neutral all at once. More »Photos explore dynamics of youths' sexual identity

  • Camilla's brother dies in US after head injury

    Associated Press - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The brother-in-law of the Prince of Wales died Wednesday after falling outside a hotel bar and suffering a head injury, police said. More »Camilla's brother dies in US after head injury

  • Records: Man shot in court had vowed to behave

    Associated Press - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Tongan Crip gang defendant who was fatally shot by a U.S. marshal while attacking a witness during a federal court trial had promised a judge earlier that he would behave, a court transcript shows. More »Records: Man shot in court had vowed to behave

  • Boy says he sang gospel song, abductor freed him

    Associated Press - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) — A 9-year-old Atlanta boy who police say was abducted for a short time from his driveway is being praised by community leaders for his calm as he sang the gospel song "Every Praise" until the man released him. More »Boy says he sang gospel song, abductor freed him

  • Facebook first revenue grows 72 percent on rising mobile ads

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's mobile advertising business accelerated in the first three months of the year, helping the Internet social networking company top Wall Street's financial targets. Shares of Facebook were up nearly 3 percent at $63.05 (37.57 pounds) in after-hours trading on Wednesday. Facebook said that mobile ads represented 59 percent of its ad revenue in the first quarter, up from 30 percent in the year-ago period. Facebook's overall revenue grew 72 percent year-on-year to $2.5 billion in the first quarter, above the $2.36 billion expected by analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. "They've got the right products for what advertisers are looking for and that's manifesting itself in the results you're seeing," said JMP Securities analyst Ronald Josey. More »Facebook first revenue grows 72 percent on rising mobile ads

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