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  • Brazil's Rousseff under pressure after party treasurer jailed

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    By Sergio Spagnuolo CURITIBA, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazilian police on Wednesday arrested the treasurer of the ruling Workers' Party Joao Vaccari, moving an investigation of rampant corruption at state-run oil company Petrobras closer to President Dilma Rousseff's inner circle. Federal police said they arrested Vaccari in his home in Sao Paulo and drove him to the southern city of Curitiba. Vaccari's arrest could bring the investigation closer to the president if the money allegedly siphoned from the oil firm, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, is found to have helped finance her 2010 or 2014 election campaigns. The Workers' Party deplored the arrest and announced that Vaccari was leaving his position for legal reasons. More »Brazil's Rousseff under pressure after party treasurer jailed

  • Airbus plans exceptional 10 percent buyback, new legal status

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Airbus Group will ask shareholders to approve an exceptional share buyback of up to 10 percent of its capital at its annual meeting on May 27, the aerospace group said on Wednesday. The exceptional buyback comes on top of a separate share repurchase programme covering up to 10 percent of the company's capital, which would be renewed under a separate resolution. Airbus Group does not intend to hold more than 10 percent of its own share capital as a result of both buybacks, it said, adding that the shares acquired through the exceptional buyback would be "promptly cancelled". Airbus is also pressing ahead with previously announced plans to adopt "European Company" status. More »Airbus plans exceptional 10 percent buyback, new legal status

  • U.S. Air Force says GPS glitch even older than first believed

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    By Andrea Shalal COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - A technical messaging error with some global positioning system (GPS) satellites first emerged in 2011, two years earlier than previously disclosed, but affected only very few communications messages, the U.S. Air Force said on Wednesday. Air Force Space Command last month first acknowledged the issue, which affects the way the ground control system builds and uploads messages transmitted by the GPS IIF satellites, but said it did not affect the accuracy of GPS signals. At the time, the Air Force said an investigation into the issue had shown the problem had gone unnoticed since 2013. On Wednesday, the Air Force's GPS Directorate said further data analysis showed that the issue first appeared in 2011, a year after the GPS IIF satellites become operational, and two years earlier than previously thought. More »U.S. Air Force says GPS glitch even older than first believed

  • Schock donor sues ex-US congressman seeking reimbursement

    Associated Press - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's legal problems expanded Wednesday as a contributor sued to force the repayment of millions of campaign dollars, saying he was tricked into believing the young lawmaker who has since resigned amid questions about his spending was "a breath of fresh air" in a corruption-riddled state. More »Schock donor sues ex-US congressman seeking reimbursement

  • Bird flu outbreak could head eastward with fall migration

    Associated Press - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eastern U.S. poultry producers are bracing for the potential arrival of a deadly bird flu virus outbreak that farmers in the Midwest have struggled to stop. More »Bird flu outbreak could head eastward with fall migration

  • ‘No Catcall Zones’: Clothing company's campaign raises awareness for street harassment

    Christian Science Monitor - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    The street signs started popping up in Brooklyn and Manhattan over the weekend as nonprofit clothing company Feminist Apparel began its bid to raise awareness and provoke discussion around street harassment – one of the most prevalent and least acknowledged forms of sexual violence in America and around the world. “Across three years I’ve received hundreds of stories from women in 30 countries detailing the sexually explicit comments, following, groping, whistling, and public masturbation that men impose on them, simply because they are female and occupy public space,” Holly Kearl, founder of the nonprofit advocacy group Stop Street Harassment, wrote for The Christian Science Monitor in 2011. Indeed, the data, while limited, shows that street harassment happens all the time. In the United States, two out of three women said that they have experienced street harassment in one form or another, according to a 2014 report by Stop Street Harassment and consumer information firm GfK. More »‘No Catcall Zones’: Clothing company's campaign raises awareness for street harassment

  • Ex-FBI official: Agency is hiding evidence in anthrax case

    Associated Press - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    A former director of the FBI's anthrax investigation says the agency is concealing evidence that casts doubt on its conclusion that Army scientist Bruce Ivins sent the anthrax-filled letters that killed five people and sickened 17 others in 2001. More »Ex-FBI official: Agency is hiding evidence in anthrax case

  • What propels the 'sharing economy'

    Christian Science Monitor - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Ebay and Craigslist, the early pioneers in the creation of a “sharing economy” on the Internet, have now been around for 20 years. They have since been eclipsed by Uber, Airbnb, and others in using cyberspace for peer-to-peer transactions. Less then half of Americans have yet to use or even learn about the sharing economy, according to a new survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The virtual economy between people is forcing new ways to determine the quality of character in each user. More »What propels the 'sharing economy'

  • Oil spill leaves 100,000 Mexicans without water

    AFP - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Some 100,000 people remained without drinking water in southern Mexico on Wednesday after rivers were contaminated by an oil spill triggered when thieves tapped a pipeline. More »Oil spill leaves 100,000 Mexicans without water

  • In parched California, Beverly Hills may go greener by going brown

    AFP - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    With its lush shrubs and manicured lawns, posh Beverly Hills is being shoved somewhere it's never been -- pinched by deepening drought, mandatory cuts and now potential fines. Even its mega-rich have had to shut the spigot, under fire for over-watering. More »In parched California, Beverly Hills may go greener by going brown

  • Low-lying dams drown hundreds of unsuspecting victims

    Associated Press - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    For the better part of a century, submerged dams were workhorses of the American heartland, harnessing the power of rivers to run grain mills, generate electricity and keep lakes and ponds full of water ... More »Low-lying dams drown hundreds of unsuspecting victims

  • Lib Dems: We'll Protect No 10 From 'Extremes'

    Sky News - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Nick Clegg has warned against a coalition that would see Nigel Farage or Alex Salmond walk through the doors of Number 10 as he launched his party's manifesto. More »Lib Dems: We'll Protect No 10 From 'Extremes'

  • Elizabeth Warren may not be running, but she's in 2016 race anyway

    Christian Science Monitor - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) of Massachusetts, darling of the liberal left, isn’t running for president in 2016. Just listen to Hillary Rodham Clinton speak in these early days of her campaign, and the populist, Warren-esque language on income inequality and social mobility is unmistakable. Mrs. Clinton is, in her own words, a “champion” for “everyday” Americans. More »Elizabeth Warren may not be running, but she's in 2016 race anyway

  • Enel considering assets sale in Europe, Africa - Bloomberg

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    (Reuters) - Italy's biggest utility Enel SpA is looking to sell its assets in Europe and Africa to raise as much as 1 billion euros (0.72 billion pounds) as its growth slows amid weak demand in Italy and Spain, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Debt-laden Enel is working to sell its upstream operations in Algeria, Egypt and Italy while also considering a sale of its renewable energy assets in Portugal, raising as much as 500 million euros ($533.45 million), Bloomberg said. ... More »Enel considering assets sale in Europe, Africa - Bloomberg

  • China reef work could lead to new air exclusion zone - U.S. commander

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China could eventually deploy radar and missile systems on outposts it is building in the South China Sea that could be used to enforce an exclusion zone over the disputed territory, the U.S. military commander for Asia said on Wednesday. Admiral Samuel Locklear, speaking at a congressional hearing in Washington, described as "aggressive" the land reclamation and construction projects China has been conducting at eight military outposts in the South China Sea. It would allow China to deploy more patrol ships in the area and to base and resupply them, he said. "And it might be a platform if they ever wanted to establish an air defence zone." China drew condemnation from Japan and the United States when it imposed an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), in which aircraft are supposed to identify themselves to Chinese authorities, above the East China Sea in late 2013. More »China reef work could lead to new air exclusion zone - U.S. commander

  • U.N. calls for exhumation of Congo mass grave

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    The U.N. mission in Democratic Republic of Congo urged the government on Wednesday to exhume more than 400 bodies buried last month in a mass grave, the head of the organisation’s human rights office said. Local authorities in the capital Kinshasa have said they buried 421 corpses overnight on March 19 in the rural commune of Maluku. “We recommended doing the exhumation but it is up to the authorities to take all measures to reassure the population and to combat rumours,” José Maria Aranaz, director of the U.N.'s Congo-based Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO), said at a news conference. Justice Minister Alexis Thambwe said last week that the government was prepared to exhume the bodies if asked by U.N. officials or the U.S.-based campaign group Human Rights Watch. More »U.N. calls for exhumation of Congo mass grave

  • Oil surges after lower than expected U.S. inventory rise

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    By Robert Gibbons NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices rallied and U.S. crude jumped nearly 6 percent to a 2015 peak on Wednesday after government data showed crude oil inventories in the United States rose less than expected last week. Though hitting a record level for a 14th consecutive week, U.S. crude inventories rose only 1.3 million barrels to 483.69 million, the smallest build since the week ending Jan. 2, the Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday. The more heavily traded June Brent rallied $3.51 to settle at $63.32 and pushed its premium to May Brent to $3.37 intraday. "The smallish crude oil build and the drop in gasoline inventories pushed prices up and also attracted some technical buying," said Gene McGillian, senior analyst at Tradition Energy in Stamford, Connecticut. More »Oil surges after lower than expected U.S. inventory rise

  • Cubans to open talks about US fugitives as ties warm

    Associated Press - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    HAVANA (AP) — The U.S. and Cuba will open talks about two of America's most-wanted fugitives as part of a new dialogue about law-enforcement cooperation made possible by President Barack Obama's decision to remove Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terror, the State Department announced Wednesday. More »Cubans to open talks about US fugitives as ties warm

  • Pop! Knuckle-Cracking Noise Finally Explained

    LiveScience.com - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    What do you get when you combine the "Wayne Gretzky of knuckle cracking" with a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine? By using MRI to video-record knuckle cracking in action, researchers have discovered that the unsettling "pop" made by cracking one's knuckles results from the rapid creation of a cavity in the fluid inside the joints. "It's a little bit like forming a vacuum," study researcher Greg Kawchuk, a professor of rehabilitation medicine at the University of Alberta in Canada, said in a statement. Chiropractor Jerome Fryer, of Nanaimo, Canada, got the ball rolling when he approached Kawchuck with a new hypothesis explaining why knuckle cracking makes a popping sound. More »Pop! Knuckle-Cracking Noise Finally Explained

  • Fed says U.S. economy continues expanding, but strong dollar a drag

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    U.S. economic activity continued to expand from mid-February through the end of March, but a strong dollar and falling oil prices were hurting the manufacturing sector, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday. In its Beige Book report of anecdotal information on business activity collected from contacts nationwide, the U.S. central bank said most of its regional Fed banks described growth as either progressing at a "moderate" or "modest" pace. Weakening activity was attributed in part to the strong dollar, falling oil prices, and the harsh winter weather," the Fed said. The report, compiled by the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank with information collected on or before April 3, provided a look at some of the trends in manufacturing and residential construction that have already appeared in other data. More »Fed says U.S. economy continues expanding, but strong dollar a drag

  • See SpaceX's Rocket-Landing Near Miss in This Amazing Video

    SPACE.com - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    A stunning new video shows just how close SpaceX came to pulling off a historic rocket landing Tuesday (April 14). SpaceX tried to bring the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket back for a soft touchdown on an "autonomous spaceport drone ship" in the Atlantic Ocean during Tuesday's successful launch of the company's robotic Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Video taken by the landing ship won't be available until it reaches port in a few days, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted Tuesday, but dramatic footage from a chase plane has already come in. Tuesday's landing attempt was part of SpaceX's internal effort to develop fully and rapidly reusable rockets, which Musk has said could revolutionize spaceflight and exploration. More »See SpaceX's Rocket-Landing Near Miss in This Amazing Video

  • China's Huawei shows smartphone credentials with P8 launch

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - China's Huawei [HWT.UL] unveiled its flagship P8 and P8 Max smartphones on Wednesday, devices that stack up against the latest models from Samsung and Apple in technical specifications if not marketing budget. The P8, which runs Google's Android operating system, has a 5.2 inch display screen -- slightly larger than the Samsung Galaxy S6, unveiled last month, and the iPhone 6 -- and an eight-core 64-bit processor. Made from a single piece of metal, the phone is thinner than its rivals, with a width of 6.4 millimetres, Huawei said at a packed global launch event in London. The market is dominated by Samsung and Apple, which Gartner said had combined sales of nearly 500 million units. More »China's Huawei shows smartphone credentials with P8 launch

  • Insight - London stakes its claim as global bitcoin hub

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    By Jemima Kelly LONDON (Reuters) - London, centre of the $5-trillion-a-day global currency market, now wants to be home to a controversial upstart - bitcoin. British authorities have come out in support of digital currencies in the name of promoting financial innovation, while proposing that regulations should be drawn up to prevent their use in crime. Every Tuesday evening in a trendy cafe in London's Shoreditch neighbourhood, a group of digital currency enthusiasts gathers to discuss ideas, "vape" from e-cigarettes and exchange their pounds for bitcoins in a dedicated "ATM". With more than 2,200 members, CoinScrum, run by a former derivatives trader who left the world of traditional finance to work on a digital currency start-up, is the biggest bitcoin networking group in the world. More »Insight - London stakes its claim as global bitcoin hub

  • Gestational Diabetes May Be Tied to Autism in Children

    LiveScience.com - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Women who develop gestational diabetes early in their pregnancy have a higher chance of having a child with autism than women who don't develop the condition, a new study suggests. Researchers found that mothers-to-be who developed gestational diabetes — high blood sugar during pregnancy in women who have never had diabetes — by their 26th week of pregnancy were 63 percent more likely to have a child diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared with women who did not have gestational diabetes at any point during their pregnancy (and who also did not have type 2 diabetes prior to pregnancy). The finding does not mean that autism is common among children born to women who had gestational diabetes. More »Gestational Diabetes May Be Tied to Autism in Children

  • Are Health Apps Harmful or Helpful? Experts Debate

    LiveScience.com - Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Health apps are ubiquitous, but do they do more harm than good? Health apps have a range of goals — some simply encourage people to adopt healthy behaviors, while others actually help people manage conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure. These researchers cited numerous examples of manufacturers recalling their own apps for gross failure, such as miscalculating insulin doses for people with diabetes. More »Are Health Apps Harmful or Helpful? Experts Debate

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