• Global shares edge higher on U.S. data; dollar gains

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Sam Forgione NEW YORK (Reuters) - Global equity markets rose on Thursday, boosted by solid U.S. economic data and upbeat results from some U.S. companies, including General Electric, while the dollar rose after a joint call by major powers for an end to the fighting in Ukraine. Currencies have seesawed on fears that increased bloodshed between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian fighters in the eastern part of Ukraine might escalate into a full-blown civil war. Tensions have been on the rise since Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea region last month, and armed protesters in eastern Ukraine have captured several towns. The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union on Thursday issued a joint statement calling for the violence to end. More »Global shares edge higher on U.S. data; dollar gains

  • Rihanna settles multimillion-dollar lawsuit with ex-accountants

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pop star Rihanna has agreed to settle a lawsuit with her former accountants accusing them of mismanaging her finances and costing her millions of dollars, lawyers for the parties told a federal judge on Thursday. The terms of the deal were not disclosed during a brief hearing before U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel in New York. Lawyers for Rihanna and for the defendants, accounting firm Berdon and former employees Michael Mitnick and Peter Gounis, declined to comment. The lawsuit, filed by Rihanna in 2012, said Berdon charged "exorbitant" commissions from her concert tours, causing significant financial losses. More »Rihanna settles multimillion-dollar lawsuit with ex-accountants

  • Israeli, Palestinian negotiators seek to rescue troubled talks

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met on Thursday in Jerusalem to seek a way to prevent troubled peace talks from collapsing ahead of an April 29 deadline. Two Israeli sources speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed that officials from both sides were meeting in Jerusalem, declining to provide further detail. The talks had been postponed from Wednesday when emotions ran high in Israel as a funeral was held for an off-duty police officer gunned down while driving his family to a settlement in the West Bank for a Passover holiday meal. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Palestinian Authority of engaging in anti-Israeli incitement which led to the attack, for which no Palestinian group has claimed responsibility. More »Israeli, Palestinian negotiators seek to rescue troubled talks

  • NBA-Profiles of NBA Eastern Conference playoff teams

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    April 17 (Reuters) - Brief profiles of the eight Eastern Conference teams that qualified for the 2014 National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs: INDIANA PACERS Regular season record: 56-26 How they qualified: Won Central Division Head coach: Frank Vogel Top scorer: Paul George (21.7 points per game) Top rebounder: Lance Stephenson (7.2 rebounds per game) NBA titles: None Joined NBA: 1976 - - MIAMI HEAT Regular season record: 54-28 How they qualified: Won Southeast Division Head coach: Erik Spoelstra Top scorer: LeBron James (27.1 points per game) Top rebounder: LeBron James (6. ... More »NBA-Profiles of NBA Eastern Conference playoff teams

  • NBA-Profiles of NBA Western Conference playoff teams

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    April 17 (Reuters) - Brief profiles of the eight Western Conference teams that qualified for the 2014 National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs: SAN ANTONIO SPURS Regular season record: 62-20 How they qualified: Won Southwest Division Head coach: Gregg Popovich Top scorer: Tony Parker (16.7 points per game) Top rebounder: Tim Duncan (9. ... More »NBA-Profiles of NBA Western Conference playoff teams

  • NBA-Schedule of games for first round of NBA playoffs

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    April 17 (Reuters) - Following is the schedule for the first-round, best-of-seven series in the National Basketball Association playoffs (prefix number denotes seeding, *-if needed): EASTERN CONFERENCE 1-Indiana Pacers vs. 8-Atlanta Hawks Game 1 - April 19 at Indiana Game 2 - April 22 at Indiana Game 3 - April 24 at Atlanta Game 4 - April 26 at Atlanta Game 5 * April 28 at Indiana Game 6 * May 1 at Atlanta Game 7 * May 3 at Indiana - - 2-Miami vs. ... More »NBA-Schedule of games for first round of NBA playoffs

  • PREVIEW-NBA-Heat playoff run could decide James' future in Miami

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Frank Pingue April 17 (Reuters) - The Miami Heat may not be entering the playoffs as the top seed but they are still very much the team to beat, and anything less than a third consecutive NBA title could lead to the breakup of their Big Three. No club has won three straight titles since the Los Angeles Lakers in the early 2000s, and the 16-team field for this year's playoffs, which begin on Saturday, has no shortage of contenders for the NBA's Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy. The San Antonio Spurs, who were a whisker away from winning last year's NBA Finals, and the Indiana Pacers, eager to avenge last season's loss to Miami in the Eastern conference finals, are just two of the many teams feeling good about their chances. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh joined forces in 2010 with the goal of creating a dynasty in Miami by stockpiling NBA titles but enter the postseason facing questions about team chemistry and depth. More »PREVIEW-NBA-Heat playoff run could decide James' future in Miami

  • Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez dead at 87

    AFP - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Colombia's Nobel-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez died Thursday in Mexico City at the age of 87, the Colombian president said. More »Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez dead at 87

  • Golf-Kuchar shrugs off Masters letdown, grabs early Heritage lead

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Matt Kuchar shrugged off his Masters near-miss last week to surge into the clubhouse lead during the opening round of the RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Thursday. Kuchar, who contended in Sunday's final round at Augusta National before slipping back into a tie for fifth, put that disappointment behind him and shot a five-under-par 66 on a cool, breezy morning at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island. "Once I got out there this morning, I was ready to go," the six-times PGA Tour winner told Golf Channel after finishing in style with a 15-foot birdie at his final hole. More »Golf-Kuchar shrugs off Masters letdown, grabs early Heritage lead

  • Juan Gabriel expected to leave Vegas hospital soon

    Associated Press - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Mexican musical icon Juan Gabriel is expected to be released from a Las Vegas hospital this weekend after being admitted Monday with pneumonia. More »Juan Gabriel expected to leave Vegas hospital soon

  • Orangutan Breathes Easy After UK First Surgery

    Sky News - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A team of vets and doctors from around the world have performed pioneering surgery on a 29-year-old orangutan at Chester Zoo. Zookeepers collaborated with a team from Blackpool Zoo, along with Nuffield Health experts and an orangutan specialist from Switzerland. Jawed Tahery, the consultant from Nuffield Health's The Grosvenor Hospital in Chester who led the operation, said: "I carry out sinus procedures on humans on a weekly basis. She has already made a contribution to the UK's zoo population after giving birth to two girls - Summer and Cherie - at Blackpool Zoo. More »Orangutan Breathes Easy After UK First Surgery

  • Rape convictions fall sharply in Germany

    AFP - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Rape victims in Germany are finding it increasingly difficult to see their assailants convicted, a national study released Thursday showed. More »Rape convictions fall sharply in Germany

  • Juan Gabriel expected to leave hospital soon

    Associated Press - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Mexican musical icon Juan Gabriel is expected to be released from a Las Vegas hospital this weekend after being admitted Monday with pneumonia. More »Juan Gabriel expected to leave hospital soon

  • Uranium miners at Rio Tinto Namibia mine sick

    AFP - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Rio Tinto workers in Namibia who mined uranium to supply the British and American militaries in the 1970s are suffering from cancer and other illnesses, a study has found. More »Uranium miners at Rio Tinto Namibia mine sick

  • Beau Biden plans 2016 run for governor in Delaware

    Associated Press - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden's eldest son, Beau Biden, said Thursday that he has decided not to seek re-election as Delaware attorney general this year and instead plans to run for governor in 2016. More »Beau Biden plans 2016 run for governor in Delaware

  • FDA warns of risks with fibroid removal procedure

    Associated Press - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a device-assisted procedure for treating fibroids could inadvertently spread cancer from the uterus to other parts of the body. The agency is discouraging ... More »FDA warns of risks with fibroid removal procedure

  • Iran cuts sensitive nuclear stockpile, key plant delayed - IAEA

    Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has acted to cut its most sensitive nuclear stockpile by nearly 75 percent in implementing a landmark pact with world powers, but a planned facility it will need to fulfil the six-month deal has been delayed, a U.N. report showed on Thursday. The monthly update by the International Atomic Energy Agency , which has a pivotal role in verifying that Iran is living up to its part of the accord, made clear that Iran so far is undertaking the agreed steps to curb its nuclear programme. In Washington, the State Department said the United States has taken steps to release a $450 million (267.8 million pounds) instalment of frozen Iranian funds following the issuance of the report. In addition, Japan has made two more payments totalling $1 billion to Iran for crude imports, two sources with knowledge of the transactions said. More »Iran cuts sensitive nuclear stockpile, key plant delayed - IAEA

  • Tribeca Festival films go behind the scenes in fashion, dance and theatre

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By 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. More »Tribeca Festival films go behind the scenes in fashion, dance and theatre

  • Drug watchdog urges vigilance in cancer drug theft

    AFP - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Europe's medicine watchdog urged doctors Thursday to be vigilant in administering the cancer drug Herceptin, vials of which had been stolen in Italy and tampered with before being sold back into the supply chain. More »Drug watchdog urges vigilance in cancer drug theft

  • USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

    Associated Press - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    1. "Divergent" by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books) More »USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

  • Nigerian state says most abducted schoolgirls still missing

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Lanre Ola MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigeria's northeast Borno state said on Thursday only 20 of up to 129 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist rebels were back with their parents, casting doubt on a military claim to have freed most of them. The armed forces said in a statement on Wednesday that most of the schoolgirls abducted by Islamist rebels from the Boko Haram group had been freed in a military rescue operation. Monday's mass abduction of the schoolgirls aged between 15 and 18 shocked Nigeria, a nation growing increasingly inured to tales of horror from its bloody insurgency in the northeast The raid on the Chibok school showed how the five-year-old Boko Haram insurgency has brought lawlessness to swathes of the semi-arid, poor region. The principal of the school has so far received (them)," Borno state Education Commissioner Inuwa Kubo told Reuters by telephone from the school. More »Nigerian state says most abducted schoolgirls still missing

  • China calls on Russia, central Asia allies to tighten Internet controls

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Roman Kozhevnikov DUSHANBE (Reuters) - China on Thursday urged Russia and Central Asian partners in a six-nation security alliance to tighten control over the Internet and take other steps to prevent "external forces" from fomenting revolution in member states. Chinese Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun's remarks at a meeting with counterparts from the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) could lead to fears of further restrictions by states that critics say already try to silence dissent. They are likely to please the Kremlin, however, which accuses the West of supporting opposition protesters who drove an ally of Moscow from the presidency in Ukraine in February as well as of supporting government opponents in Russia. More »China calls on Russia, central Asia allies to tighten Internet controls

  • From 'Unwrapped' to new TV show 'Rewrapped'

    Associated Press - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Consider the simple but beloved chocolate chip cookie. Now imagine that cookie encrusting a brioche roll tucked around a turkey meatball. More »From 'Unwrapped' to new TV show 'Rewrapped'

  • Runaway spy Snowden is surprise guest on Putin phone-in

    Reuters - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Steve Gutterman MOSCOW (Reuters) - Edward Snowden, the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of U.S. intelligence eavesdropping, made a surprise appearance on a TV phone-in hosted by Vladimir Putin on Thursday, asking the Russian president if his country also tapped the communications of millions. The exchange was the first known direct contact between Putin and Snowden since Russia gave the American refuge last summer after he disclosed widespread monitoring of telephone and internet data by the United States and fled the country. Snowden was not in the studio with Putin, who angered U.S. President Barack Obama by refusing to send the American home to face espionage charges. Snowden, 30, wearing a jacket and open-collar shirt and speaking before a dark background, asked Putin: "Does Russia intercept, store or analyse, in any way, the communications of millions of individuals?" "And do you believe that simply increasing the effectiveness of intelligence or law enforcement investigations can justify placing societies, rather than subjects, under surveillance?" he asked. More »Runaway spy Snowden is surprise guest on Putin phone-in

  • WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST-SELLERS

    Associated Press - Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Best-Selling Books Week Ended April 12th. More »WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST-SELLERS

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