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  • Admitted Connecticut prom killer enters insanity plea

    Reuters - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - A 17-year-old Connecticut boy who admitted nearly a year ago that he stabbed a female classmate to death in a school hallway hours before their junior prom pleaded not guilty due to insanity on Tuesday. Lawyers for Christopher Plaskon, charged with murdering 16-year-old Maren Sanchez in a staircase hallway at Jonathan Law High School in April 2014, told Superior Court Judge Frank Iannotti that psychiatric evaluations showed their client suffered from "mental disease or defect and or extreme emotional disturbance" at the time of the attack. Plaskon, who is being held on $3 million bail and is being tried as an adult, appeared in an orange prison jumpsuit wearing dark-rimmed glasses. Prosecutors requested 90 days to conduct their own psychiatric evaluation, granted by the judge, who scheduled a July 7 return court date. More »Admitted Connecticut prom killer enters insanity plea

  • Clarkson live tour set to go ahead

    SNAP.PA - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    The former Top Gear presenter will join Richard Hammond and James May in live shows as planned. More »Clarkson live tour set to go ahead

  • Three arrested in connection with Paris killings

    Reuters - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Three men have been arrested as part of an investigation into the Paris attacks in January in which 17 people were killed, the Paris prosecutors' office said on Tuesday. The men are linked to Amedy Coulibaly, one of the three Islamist militant gunmen who perpetrated the attacks, an official in the prosecutor's office said. Coulibaly killed a police officer in the Paris suburb of Montrouge and four people in a Jewish supermarket. Since the attacks at the start of the year, seven men aged 22 to 33 have been detained and placed under formal investigation as part of a legal process opened by prosecutors on Jan. 20. More »Three arrested in connection with Paris killings

  • Georgia president says Russia is threat to regional security

    Reuters - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    By Margarita Antidze TBILISI (Reuters) - Georgian President Georgy Margvelashvili said on Tuesday Russia poses a threat to regional security and that its action in Georgia and Ukraine is punishment for their pro-Western stances. Russia's forces drove deep into Georgia during a five-day war in 2008, and it has signed deals with the Georgian breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia that almost entirely integrates their militaries and economies with Russia's. "The occupation and militarisation of a part of Georgian territory increases the threat of destabilisation in the South Caucasus and Black Sea regions, and therefore the Russian Federation poses a serious problem for our security," Margvelashvili said in an annual address to parliament. "Occupation of Georgian territories in 2008, war in Ukraine in 2014 and support of separatists in Transdniestria is nothing but ... Georgia's, Ukraine's and Moldova's punishment by Moscow for their European choice," he said. More »Georgia president says Russia is threat to regional security

  • Albanian police chief quits, Interpol officers arrested

    Reuters - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    By Benet Koleka TIRANA (Reuters) - Albania's chief of police resigned and two Albanian Interpol officials were arrested on Tuesday after it emerged that an extradition request issued by Belgium for an Albanian lawmaker belonging to the ruling coalition had been suppressed. It marked the latest twist in a scandal that has embroiled Albania's political class, from murder allegations to charges of false testimony and now accusations of a cover-up. The case has become a test of the Socialist-led government's resolve to impose the rule of law as it seeks integration with the European Union. Police detained two officials of Interpol's Tirana office on suspicion of hiding two requests from Belgium in January for the handover of Mark Frroku, a member of the small Christian Democratic Party that is part of the ruling coalition. More »Albanian police chief quits, Interpol officers arrested

  • Exclusive - Italy boss and UCI at odds over Astana

    Reuters - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - The Italian federation (FIC) and the International Cycling Union (UCI) have clashed over the handling of the Astana case and the row could mean Vincenzo Nibali will be deprived of a Tour de France title defence. In a letter sent on March 27, that Reuters has obtained a copy of, FIC president Renato Di Rocco queried why the management committee was not consulted by Brian Cookson before the UCI chief asked the Licence Commission to withdraw Astana's licence for recent doping scandals. "In all the mentioned cases (Olympics, women cycling) we, as management committee members, have been directly involved," Di Rocco wrote. "However, concerning the Licence Commission withdrawal of Astana this procedure was not followed. More »Exclusive - Italy boss and UCI at odds over Astana

  • UPDATE 1-EXCLUSIVE-Cycling-Italy boss and UCI at odds over Astana

    Reuters - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    (Recasts after UCI response) By Julien Pretot PARIS, March 31 (Reuters) - The Italian federation (FIC) and the International Cycling Union (UCI) have clashed over the handling of the Astana case and the row could mean Vincenzo Nibali will be deprived of a Tour de France title defence. In a letter sent on March 27, that Reuters has obtained a copy of, FIC president Renato Di Rocco queried why the management committee was not consulted by Brian Cookson before the UCI chief asked the Licence Commission to withdraw Astana's licence for recent doping scandals. "In all the mentioned cases (Olympics, women cycling) we, as management committee members, have been directly involved," Di Rocco wrote. "However, concerning the Licence Commission withdrawal of Astana this procedure was not followed. More »UPDATE 1-EXCLUSIVE-Cycling-Italy boss and UCI at odds over Astana

  • Ex-NFL star "swore on his baby's life" he didn't commit murder

    Reuters - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    By Daniel Lovering FALL River, Mass., March 31 (Reuters) - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said on Tuesday former player Aaron Hernandez told him he was innocent of the June 2013 murder he is accused of committing, and that he was at a nightclub at the time. The team's director of security, Mark Briggs, also said he spoke with Hernandez after the murder. Hernandez "swore on his baby's life that he was telling the truth" about not being involved in the killing, Briggs testified. Hernandez, 25, had a $41 million contract with the team when he was dropped hours after his arrest on murder and firearms charges in the death of Odin Lloyd, a semiprofessional football player who had been dating his fiancée's sister. More »Ex-NFL star "swore on his baby's life" he didn't commit murder

  • Inmate who stole guard's gun and fled suburban hospital is in custody, police say

    Associated Press - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Inmate who stole guard's gun and fled suburban hospital is in custody, police say . More »Inmate who stole guard's gun and fled suburban hospital is in custody, police say

  • Three Killed After Seven Tonnes Of Glass Falls Off Lorry And Crushes Car

    Yahoo News - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    The tragedy happened in Shanghai, eastern China when the architectural glass panes, being carried on a lorry toppled onto the Sedan More »Three Killed After Seven Tonnes Of Glass Falls Off Lorry And Crushes Car

  • You can master the dumpling with dumpling master Jenn Louis

    Associated Press - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — When Portland chef Jenn Louis set out to perfect pasta dumplings in Italy, she was occasionally met with such disdain from local chefs she might as well have been trying to push the doughy fare to the Paleo diet crowd. More »You can master the dumpling with dumpling master Jenn Louis

  • U.S. says ready to pursue Iran nuclear talks into Wednesday if needed

    Reuters - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - The United States is willing to continue working passed the Tuesday midnight deadline to reach a preliminary nuclear deal with Iran and other powers if it appears that progress is being made, a senior State Department official said. "Our team is evaluating where we are throughout the day and making decisions about the best path forward," the official said. "We will of course keep working if we are continuing to make progress, including into tomorrow (Wednesday) it it’s useful to do so. ... More »U.S. says ready to pursue Iran nuclear talks into Wednesday if needed

  • U.N. says donors pledge $3.8 billion to Syria crisis

    Reuters - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    International donors have pledged $3.8 billion (2.56 billion pounds) to tackle the humanitarian crisis in Syria, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said at a summit in the Kuwaiti capital on Tuesday. The United Nations is seeking to help 18 million people inside Syria and those scattered throughout the region by more than four years of civil war, as well as the countries and communities that are struggling to host the flood of refugees. Tuesday's meeting was attended by nearly 80 governments and dozens of aid agencies, with the United States promising $507 million, Kuwait $500 million, the United Arab Emirates $100 million and Saudi Arabia $60 million. The United Nations has appealed for $8.4 billion for Syria this year to help deal with the ballooning humanitarian crisis. More »U.N. says donors pledge $3.8 billion to Syria crisis

  • Japan: Shibuya ward in Tokyo becomes first district to recognise same-sex partnerships

    IB Times - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    A district assembly in Tokyo became the first in Japan on 31 March to recognise same-sex partnerships, a major step forward for same-sex couples in a country where being openly gay remains taboo. The vote by Tokyo's Shibuya ward may seem insignificant compared to the United States, where gay marriage is legal in all but 13 states, but just proposing the statute set off an unprecedented discussion over equality, and is likely to pave the way for similar measures elsewhere in Japan. The LGBT community has been all but invisible in Japan, and legally binding civil unions are still a distant dream, with same-sex partners often unable to rent apartments. Under the new statute, which takes effect on 1 April, Shibuya - one of Tokyo's 23 wards and home to a trendy youth district as well as many embassies - will issue paperwork recognising same-sex partnerships, based on a number of conditions. More »Japan: Shibuya ward in Tokyo becomes first district to recognise same-sex partnerships

  • Spain to reinstate primary healthcare for illegal immigrants

    Reuters - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Illegal immigrants in Spain will once again be able to get free primary healthcare at doctors' surgeries, the government said on Tuesday, doing a U-turn on an unpopular policy in a busy election year. The government withdrew the right to general healthcare for tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants in 2012 as part of a programme of spending cuts. "It seems more sensible and more reasonable for (primary healthcare) to be carried out in health centres so that among other things emergency centres are not overwhelmed," Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told a news conference when asked about the policy change. Rajoy, however, insisted illegal immigrants would not be given back their social security health cards, which give cardholders the right to extra care and medicines. More »Spain to reinstate primary healthcare for illegal immigrants

  • New cancer drugs 'vastly overestimated', says contrarian analyst

    Reuters - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - A hot new class of drugs designed to help the body's own immune system fend off cancer by blocking a protein called PD-1 is going to be big - but not nearly as big as investors think, according to a new analysis. Former top Nomura analyst Amit Roy, who now runs independent research firm Foveal, thinks sales of drugs inhibiting Programmed Death receptor (PD-1), or a related target PD-L1, will sell much less than expected. PD-1 is used by tumors to evade disease-fighting cells and the ability to block the protein provides a new weapon in the fight against cancer, prompting multiple drug development programs at leading drugmakers. The new drugs are currently prescribed until a patient's cancer progresses. More »New cancer drugs 'vastly overestimated', says contrarian analyst

  • World Bank backs contraception, sexual health in Sahel region

    Reuters - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Broadening access to contraceptives in Africa's arid Sahel region and improving women's sexual health are key parts of a $200 million World Bank project in the conservative Muslim region, its coordinator said. The project in Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Chad, and Ivory Coast seeks to boost long-term prosperity by relieving population pressures on an environment stricken by drought, Christophe Lemiere, coordinator of the Sahel Women's Empowerment and Demographics Project, told Reuters. "That’s where women's empowerment is kicking in." The Sahel belt running south of the Sahara has seen water levels per capita drop 40 percent over the last 20 years, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The region is struggling to sustain its fast-growing population, which has the world’s highest fertility rate and has seen its infant mortality rate drop by 25 percent over the last decade. More »World Bank backs contraception, sexual health in Sahel region

  • Pesticides on fruits, veggies linked with poorer semen quality

    Reuters - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    (Story refiled to add additional affiliation for editorial coauthor introduced in paragraph 10.) By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) – Men who eat more fruits and vegetables with pesticide residue have lower sperm counts and a lower percentage of normal sperm, according to a new study. The researchers studied sperm samples from 155 men who were attending a fertility clinic between 2007 and 2012 because they and their partners were having trouble conceiving. The men also answered 131 questions about the food they ate, including how often and in what quantities they ate 38 fruits and vegetables like apples, avocadoes or cantaloupe. The researchers compared their answers to annual U.S. Department of Agriculture data on average pesticide residue in types of produce. More »Pesticides on fruits, veggies linked with poorer semen quality

  • Borneo Man To Hang For British Students' Murder

    Sky News - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    A 23-year-old man has been sentenced to death for the killing of two British medical students on the island of Borneo last August. Fishmonger Zulkipli Abdullah faces death by hanging once his appeals has been exhausted. Newcastle University students Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger, both 22, were found lying in a road in Kuching, the capital of Malaysia's Sarawak state, on 6 August. Prosecutor Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad said Zulkipli admitted to the court that he was involved in a fight with the two Britons, along with two of his friends, but claimed he punched one of them rather than stabbing either of them. More »Borneo Man To Hang For British Students' Murder

  • Police: Prisoner takes guard's gun, escapes from hospital

    Associated Press - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A prisoner being treated at a northern Virginia hospital wrestled with a guard and took her gun before escaping in a hospital gown and fleeing in a carjacked vehicle, prompting a hospital lockdown and a massive search, police said. More »Police: Prisoner takes guard's gun, escapes from hospital

  • Ice hockey-Prosecutors order arrest of former NHL player Deveaux

    Reuters - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Swedish prosecutors have issued a warrant for the arrest of Canadian former NHL player Andre Deveaux after he attacked an opponent on-ice before a promotion playoff, the TT news agency reported on Tuesday. The prosecutors acted after reviewing video footage of Deveaux, who has played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers, rushing at Per Helmersson from behind during the warmup and hitting him in the back of the leg with his stick before clubbing him to the ice. Rogle, who won the second division game against Vasteras to advance to the first tier of Sweden's hockey league, fired Deveaux after the incident. More »Ice hockey-Prosecutors order arrest of former NHL player Deveaux

  • Indiana governor says will 'fix' religious freedom law this week

    Reuters - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    (Reuters) - Indiana Governor Mike Pence said on Tuesday he will "correct" this week the state's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act to make it clear that businesses cannot use it to deny services to same-sex couples. Pence said the law was about religious freedom, but critics said it would allow businesses to discriminate. More »Indiana governor says will 'fix' religious freedom law this week

  • Migrants remain political bystanders in England's 'Little Poland'

    Reuters - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    A main street is lined with delicatessens and grocers like Baltic Food Store, catering to a large population of eastern European immigrants. The centuries-old town in the agricultural county of Lincolnshire is even nicknamed "Little Poland". These workers are bystanders in a national election on May 7 in which immigration and Britain's place in Europe are prominent issues. "When people speak about, discuss, that you're an immigrant, you can't feel stability," said Jurate Matulioniene, who came to Boston four years ago from Lithuania and works as an English teacher and runs a community group for Lithuanians in the area. More »Migrants remain political bystanders in England's 'Little Poland'

  • How Many Americans Could Get Ebola? Study Provides Estimates

    LiveScience.com - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    The United States could have had more than a dozen Ebola cases monthly during the height of the epidemic in West Africa last year, and a half dozen cases in treatment simultaneously, according to a new study. Researchers estimated the potential highest number and lowest number of U.S. Ebola cases, and how many people would need treatment in this country at the same time. For their report, the researchers took into account the number of people who traveled to the United States from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, as well as the number of health care workers involved with the Ebola response in those countries, including those who caught the disease in West Africa and were evacuated to the United States. The researchers estimated that under the 2014 conditions, there could be as many as 14 U.S. Ebola cases per month, and as few as 1 case per month. More »How Many Americans Could Get Ebola? Study Provides Estimates

  • Guess Your Age? 3D Facial Scan Beats Doctor's Exam

    LiveScience.com - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    The researchers also found that levels of several biological markers in people's blood are associated with the markers of aging that appear on people's faces. For instance, women with older-looking faces tend to have higher levels of "bad" cholesterol, the researchers found. "3D facial images can really tell your biological age," said the study's senior researcher Jing-Dong Han, a professor of computational biology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Max Planck Partner Institute in Shanghai. The scientists also collected blood samples from the participants, who ranged in age from 17 to 77 years old. More »Guess Your Age? 3D Facial Scan Beats Doctor's Exam

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