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'Obamacare' under attack as conservatives eye 2016

Sat, 2014-04-12 14:40

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks at a GOP Freedom Summit, Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Manchester, N.H. Several potential Republican White House contenders _ among them Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Ted Cruz, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee _ headline a conference Saturday in New Hampshire, hosted by the conservative groups Citizens United and Americans for Prosperity. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Republicans eyeing the 2016 White House race battered President Barack Obama's health care law and nicked each other Saturday, auditioning before a high-profile gathering of conservatives that some political veterans said marked the campaign's unofficial start.

Former U.S. Marine's family asks Iran to reconsider prison term

Sat, 2014-04-12 14:17

New Hope for American Arrested as CIA 'Spy' in Iran?By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The family of an Iranian-American former U.S. Marine held in Iran since 2011 called on Saturday for senior Iranian officials to review his conviction and 10-year prison sentence on charges of collaborating with the U.S. government and to free him. The family of Amir Hekmati, whose previous espionage conviction and death sentence in Iran were overturned in 2012, said he was retried in secret, convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison on a charge of "practical collaboration with the American government." The family said he was innocent of the charges. Iran has not commented on any developments in the case. "The Hekmati family respectfully asks senior Iranian officials to review Amir's conviction, and to resolve this grave misunderstanding by granting Amir his freedom and a safe return home," the family, living in Flint, Michigan, said in a statement emailed to Reuters.

Jenny McCarthy: I Am Not 'Anti-Vaccine'

Sat, 2014-04-12 13:43

Jenny McCarthy attends Jenny McCarthy hosts The Pool After Dark at Harrah's Resort on August 25, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey -- Getty ImagesThe 41-year-old explained that her autistic son, Evan (now 11), is the reason she challenged the vaccination system to begin with. "My beautiful son, Evan, inspired this mother to question the 'one size fits all' philosophy of the recommended vaccine schedule," she wrote.

Japan PM takes US ambassador on 314-mph diplomatic date

Sat, 2014-04-12 12:43

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy inspect a magnetically levitated train system during their trip to the Yamanashi Experiment Center in Tsuru, central Japan on April 12, 2014Tsuru (Japan) (AFP) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took US ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on a test ride of Japan's super-fast magnetic train on Saturday, showcasing the "Maglev" technology Tokyo hopes to sell to its ally. "I hope ambassador Kennedy will enjoy the full package of Japan -- the blizzard of cherry blossoms, Mount Fuji and the state-of-the-art technology," a relaxed-looking Abe said ahead of the ride. As the distinctive white and pink petals of the blossom swirled in the breeze, the pair boarded at the Yamanashi Maglev Test Line near Mount Fuji. Maglev, short for magnetic levitation after the magnets that propel the vehicle forward in place of traditional wheels and axles, is a contender for President Barack Obama's multi-billion-dollar national high-speed rail project.

Scotland's leader woos Labour, women ahead of independence vote

Sat, 2014-04-12 11:58

Scotland's First Minister and Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond (R) greets delegates after he delivered the closing speech at the Spring Conference at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre in Aberdeen on April 12, 2014Aberdeen (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond set aside party politics in a major speech on Saturday as he appealed to Labour voters and women to back independence in the nation's upcoming referendum. Speaking at his Scottish National Party's final conference before the historic vote on September 18, Salmond said that all parties will be involved in negotiating the break with the United Kingdom in the event of a "yes" vote. "This referendum is not about this party, or this first minister, or even the wider 'Yes' campaign," the SNP leader told delegates in Scotland's oil capital of Aberdeen. "It's about putting Scotland's future in Scotland's hands."

Dozens hurt as anti-government protest in Rome turns violent

Sat, 2014-04-12 11:39

Anti-riots policemen stand in the smoke during clashes on the sidelines of a demonstration against Italian government and austerity measures on April, 2014 in RomePolice fired tear gas and made a number of arrests in Rome on Saturday as an anti-government protest turned violent, leaving several injured, according to medics and an AFP photographer. Hooded protesters hurled rocks and firecrackers at police, causing some 20 injuries to officers, according to authorities. Flag-waving protesters shouted slogans against government employment reform plans, and carried banners reading "housing, income, dignity", and "you can call us NEET", the English acronym for people not in education, employment, or training. Protesters threw eggs and oranges at government buildings before turning on police, while officers tried to disperse the crowd by surging towards the group and blasting them with tear gas, leaving many protesters fleeing down side streets.

Bro Gets Harshed After Touching Mets Outfielder Curtis Granderson

Sat, 2014-04-12 11:31

Bro Gets Harshed After Touching Mets Outfielder Curtis GrandersonThere are countless reasons not to reach into the field of play during a baseball game. A Los Angeles Angels fan learned the hard way last night.  In the eighth inning of last night's road loss, New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson caught a pretty routine fly ball near the right field corner. ”Say whatever you want to say, boo, cheer, clap, cheer for your team, cheer for the other team, but just don’t physically touch the players,” Granderson would later say.

NASA Mulls Unplanned Spacewalk to Fix Space Station Computer Outage

Sat, 2014-04-12 11:01

NASA Mulls Unplanned Spacewalk to Fix Space Station Computer OutageA backup computer outage on the International Space Station is forcing NASA to discuss plans for a possible spacewalk repair by astronauts in orbit, a move that could delay the planned Monday launch of a commercial SpaceX cargo ship to the orbiting lab. NASA officials decided Saturday (April 12) to avoid a final decision on whether to delay the unmanned SpaceX Dragon launch as station engineers weigh options to fix the backup computer, which stopped responding to commands Friday and is part of the station's robotics system. SpaceX currently aims to launch the Dragon capsule from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 4:58 p.m. EDT (2058 GMT) on Monday. "Station program officials, flight controllers and teams of engineers are working to determine whether there is any risk to launching the SpaceX cargo craft Monday," read a NASA statement released Saturday.

With no new signals, Aussie PM sees long jet hunt

Sat, 2014-04-12 10:17

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks during a press conference at a hotel in Beijing, China Saturday, April 12, 2014. Abbott told Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting on Friday that he was confident signals heard by an Australian ship towing a U.S. Navy device that detects flight recorder pings are coming from the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. Officials believe the plane flew off course for an unknown reason and went down in the southern Indian Ocean off the west coast of Australia. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)PERTH, Australia (AP) — A day after expressing optimism about the hunt for the missing Malaysian jet, Australia's leader warned Saturday that the massive search would likely continue "for a long time."

'US launches probe into weight loss company Herbalife'

Sat, 2014-04-12 09:29

A woman is seen beneath a Herbalife sign in downtown Los Angeles on January 24, 2014US authorities have opened a criminal probe into the nutrition and weight loss company Herbalife Ltd., according to media reports Saturday. The New York Times reported that sources said the case has been under investigation for several months. The daily added that officials it contacted say it is possible that authorities will opt not to take action against Herbalife. The Times wrote that the investigation focuses on Herbalife's direct-selling business model.

Scottish leader urges voters to put aside politics for independence

Sat, 2014-04-12 09:15

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond delivers his speech at the SNP Spring Conference in AberdeenBy Belinda Goldsmith ABERDEEN, Scotland (Reuters) - First Minister Alex Salmond on Saturday urged Scots to look beyond party politics and break the 307-year union with England when they vote in an independence referendum in September. Closing the Scottish National Party's (SNP) last conference before the ballot on September 18, Salmond said a vote for independence was not a vote for his party or for him, but a way to put Scotland's future in its own hands. His appeal comes after a narrowing in opinion polls that has for the first time in the SNP's 80-year history made independence look a possibility, with both sides now trying to convince up to 15 percent of voters who remain undecided. Salmond promised to form an all-party "Team Scotland" group after a "Yes" vote to negotiate terms of independence by March 24, 2016, such as how to divide oil revenues, the currency, removing nuclear weapons, and European Union membership.

Fading signals add urgency to search for missing Malaysian jet

Sat, 2014-04-12 07:24

A crew member looks out an observation window aboard a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3 Orion maritime search aircraft as it flies over the southern Indian Ocean looking for debris from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370By Swati Pandey PERTH (Reuters) - The search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner resumed on Saturday, five weeks after the plane disappeared from radar screens, amid fears that batteries powering signals from the black box recorder on board may have died. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned on Friday that signals picked up during the search in the remote southern Indian Ocean, believed to be "pings" from the black box recorders, were fading. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared soon after taking off on March 8 from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board, triggering a multinational search that is now focused on the Indian Ocean. Search officials say they are confident they know the approximate position of the black box recorder, although they have determined that the latest "ping', picked up by searchers on Thursday, was not from the missing aircraft.

'Obamacare' under attack at conservative gathering

Sat, 2014-04-12 07:20

conservativeMANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is coming under renewed attack as some of the nation's leading conservatives gather in New Hampshire for a summit that some consider the unofficial kickoff for the state's 2016 presidential selection process.

Malaysia flight's co-pilot tried to make cellphone call-report

Sat, 2014-04-12 07:10

A U.S. Navy P8 Poseidon takes off from Perth Airport en route to rejoin the ongoing search operations for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in Perth, Australia, Sunday, April 13, 2014. Military planes and ships from seven nations continue to scour the Indian Ocean off the coast of western Australia for Flight 370 in one of the largest maritime multi-nation searches in history. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)Investigators probing the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 suspect that the co-pilot of the jetliner tried to make a call with his cellphone after the plane was diverted from its scheduled route, Malaysia's New Straits Times reported sources as saying on Saturday. The newspaper cited unidentified investigative sources as saying the attempted call from co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid's phone was picked up by a cellphone tower as the plane was about 200 nautical miles northwest of the west coast state of Penang.

Iran says not considering alternative UN pick

Sat, 2014-04-12 06:49

An undated handout picture released by the official website of the Iranian president on April 11, 2014 shows Tehran's newly appointed UN ambassador Hamid Aboutalebi who has been denied a US visaIran signalled its defiance Saturday over America's refusal to grant a visa to its chosen UN ambassador, saying it does not plan to pick an alternative envoy. Tehran also said it was examining its legal options over the row, which has undermined a cautious thaw in relations after decades of enmity following the storming of the US embassy in 1979 and the hostage crisis that followed. The United States has said it will not issue a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi because of his links to the students who seized the embassy just months after the Islamic revolution. However, Iran's deputy foreign minister said the country was not considering any potential replacement for Aboutalebi, an experienced diplomat who has previously attended sessions at the UN headquarters in New York.

UN climate report balances science and politics

Sat, 2014-04-12 06:36

FILE - In this Monday, April 7, 2014 file photo Ottmar Edenhofer, Co-Chairman of the IPCC Working Group III, Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary of the German Enviroment Ministry, Rejendra K. Pachauri, Chairman of the IPCC, and Jochen Schuette, State Secretary of the German Science Ministry, from left, pose for the media prior to a meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, in Berlin, Germany. After racing against the clock in an all-night session, the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change was putting the final touches Saturday, April 12, 2014, on a scientific guide to help governments, industries and regular people take action to stop global warming from reaching dangerous levels. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)BERLIN (AP) — After racing against the clock in an all-night session, the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change was putting the final touches Saturday on a scientific guide to help governments, industries and regular people take action to stop global warming from reaching dangerous levels.

Hezbollah develops new tactics in Syrian civil war

Sat, 2014-04-12 05:45

In this Friday, April 12, 2013 photo, Hezbollah fighters walk through a field at the Lebanon-Syria border, near the northeastern Lebanese town of al-Qasr, Lebanon. The Shiite group has sent hundreds of its fighters into Syria to shore up President Bashar Assad’s overstretched troops, helping them gain ground around the capital, Damascus, and near the Lebanese border. But with its own casualties mounting in a civil war that activists say has killed more than 150,000 people in three years, officials say Hezbollah has turned to a variety of new tactics - including complicated commando operations - to hunt down rebels and opposition commanders. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)BEIRUT (AP) — The commandos infiltrated Syrian rebel-held territory near the Lebanese border, watching rebel fighters come and go from a two-story villa before slipping inside to plant a powerful bomb. The next morning, they detonated it as three rebel explosive experts and four assistants met inside, turning the villa to rubble in seconds.

Recruiters Reveal Most Wanted Tech Skills

Sat, 2014-04-12 03:14
It's not necessarily the résumé pile: Today's recruiters are scanning social media profiles to identify and headhunt the industry's top talent. "Hiring managers are increasingly turning to [social media] to get a competitive edge in identifying potential candidates and broaden their candidate pool across all job sectors," said Shon Burton, CEO of global recruiting tool HiringSolved. Social recruiting is especially prevalent in the tech sector, where positions often require very specific experience and skill sets. Instead of wasting time reading through a relatively narrow pool of applications, hiring managers can simply enter search criteria and find social media profiles that match the job requirements.

Everything you need to know about the Venezuelan protests

Sat, 2014-04-12 03:00

"People will take to the streets, and they won't be going home."What are the protests about? When the populist President Hugo Chávez died last year, he left Venezuela's economy and civil society in shambles. Chávez's handpicked successor, President Nicolás Maduro, has none of Chávez's charisma, but essentially the same socialist policies and autocratic governing style, and the country has quickly deteriorated. Crime is so bad that the government stopped tracking it, claiming the data was being "politicized." Kidnappings and robberies are rampant, and the police have been corrupted by criminal gangs.

Christian vigilantes trap 14,000 Muslims in C.Africa town

Sat, 2014-04-12 02:47

French soldiers from the 13th Alpine Hunters Battalion (13th BCA) control anti-balaka members as they patrol near the northwestern Central African Republic city of Boda on April 7, 2014Boda (Central African Republic) (AFP) - Stifled by the heat inside a barn in the Central African Republic town of Boda, dozens of emaciated and often sick displaced people subsist in fear of the vigilantes who surround them. The group, members of an extended family, fled to Boda from the village of Danga 25 kilometres (15 miles) away, seeking shelter from the anti-balaka -- or "anti-machete", mainly-Christian militia groups that have been hunting and killing members of the crisis-torn country's Muslim minority. But days after the family arrived in Boda, fierce clashes broke out between the anti-balaka and local Muslims, ending with the Christian militia forces encircling the southwestern diamond-mining town. More than 14,000 Muslims, including the displaced family from Danga, are now trapped inside with no way out and very limited supplies.