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  • AlterNet

    The Secret Anti-Abortion Law That’s Sweeping America

    April 15, 2014 Pro-lifers can't reverse Roe v Wade. So they're shutting down clinics with red tape and a smile. Don't believe the lie. Last November, a new law went into effect in Texas: abortion clinics would now be required to have an agreement with a local hospital so that patients needing treatment could be transferred. Now that sounds reasonable, doesn't it? Read on

  • CNN

    Should Obama use the power of his pen to push immigration reform?

    April 15, 2014 Should Obama use the power of his pen to turn the tide on immigration reform? "I think the President has a difficult decision to make here," said Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor at Cornell University Law School. "The courts have upheld wide discretion on immigration matters ... he could make noncriminals the lowest deportation priorities. ... But there is a penalty he could pay through using executive action rather than waiting for Congress... Read on

  • BBC News

    Glow in the dark road unveiled in the Netherlands

    April 14, 2014 Glow in the dark road markings have been unveiled on a 500m stretch of highway in the Netherlands. The paint contains a "photo-luminising" powder that charges up in the daytime and slowly releases a green glow at night, doing away with the need for streetlights. Interactive artist Daan Roosegaarde teamed up with Dutch civil engineering firm Heijmans to work on the the idea. Read on

  • The Globe and Mail

    Nine ways to become a better leader

    April 14, 2014 1. Encourage employees to disagree with you. Companies get into trouble when everyone is afraid to speak truth to power. "If all you hear is how great you're doing, that should be a danger sign," says executive coach Ray Williams. 2. Don't micromanage. Empower the people below you, then leave them alone. "A good part of leadership is stepping back," says Bill Pasmore, senior vice president at the Center for Creative Leadership. Read on

  • Reuters

    Singapore keeps monetary policy tight, sees economy rebounding

    April 13, 2014 (Reuters) - Singapore's central bank stuck to its tight monetary policy stance on Monday despite weaker growth in the first quarter, saying core inflation will remain elevated as a sustained recovery in advanced economies spurs a rebound in the city-state. In a widely expected decision, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said it will maintain its policy of allowing a "modest and gradual" appreciation of the Singapore dollar, with no... Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    Costs to counter global warming ‘relatively modest’

    April 13, 2014 Subscribe Today to the Monitor Such gases, mainly CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels, rose on average by 2.2 percent a year in 2000-2010, driven by the use of coal in the power sector, officials said as they launched the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change's report on measures to fight global warming. Without additional measures to contain emissions, global temperatures will rise about 3 degrees to 4 degrees Celsius (5 degrees to 7... Read on

  • CNN

    Guinness record-setting mural offers relief in war-torn Syria

    April 13, 2014 You'll never guess where this record-breaking mural is The multicolor artwork made by Syrian artist Moaffak Makhoul and his team is the world's largest mural made of recycled materials, according to Guinness World Records. HIDE CAPTION (CNN) -- With no end in sight for the Syrian civil war, it's mostly grim pictures that come out from the country. Read on

  • The Wall Street Journal

    Kocherlakota: Tax Cuts on Business Investments Could Boost Economy

    April 12, 2014 A tax break for businesses that invest in research and development, new equipment and physical structures could be "an effective form of stimulus" for the U.S. economy, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota said Saturday. "The future course of the U.S. economy is not predetermined by the events of the past seven years. Read on

  • The Independent

    Life With Archie: How to give a cartoon hero a new lease of life? Kill him off

    April 11, 2014 Archie Andrews may not wear a Spandex outfit, but he is as enduring and all-American a comic book hero as Captain America. Both characters were created in 1941, which means that Archie – still a teenager on the page but 73 years old in real terms – has survived the Second World War, the Cold War, the Summer of Love and the rise of the internet. Read on

  • The Atlantic

    Are College Degrees Inherited?

    April 11, 2014 Nothing is more American than the belief in second chances. But the latest College Board/National JournalNext America Poll suggests that the choices young people make as they complete high school echo with surprising power throughout their lives. Underscoring the stakes of the next step teenagers take after completing high school, the poll found that those who advanced immediately to some form of postsecondary education—either to a two- or... Read on

  • CNN

    NASA: Beautiful blood moon, when lunar eclipse comes Tuesday

    April 11, 2014 'Blood moon' will be a sight to behold during total lunar eclipse (CNN) -- Prophecy loves signs from the heavens, and they will deliver Tuesday with a moonlight spectacle. What will happen could sound sort of like this: The moon will turn to blood as it aligns with Earth and sun Then do so thrice more ere a year and a half is done, 'Tis not the herald of the apocalypses Just the first of four total lunar eclipses. Read on

  • Wired

    The Daring Quest to Circle the Globe in This Solar Plane

    April 11, 2014 The solar airplane that flew across the United States is back, bigger, better and turned up to 11. Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg made history last year when they flew across the country in a giant airplane powered only by the sun. The two traded stints in the cockpit of a sophisticated aircraft with the wingspan of a Boeing 747, four small motors and a cruising speed of just 29 mph. Read on

  • USA Today

    Burwell: Low-key manager takes on health care

    April 11, 2014 President Obama picked Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be the new face of health care because she has dealt with the complexities of the federal budget and has managed large organizations. One other thing: Burwell is a good bet for Senate confirmation. Just a year ago, the Senate voted by a 96-0 margin to confirm Burwell to her current job, director of the Office of Management and Budget. Read on

  • Israel National News

    PA Denies Progress in Peace Talks

    April 11, 2014 Responding to reports of breakthrough deal, PA chief negotiator Erekat remarks gaps are still 'deep.' Despite a flurry of reports Thursday night based on a senior US official, claiming that a deal was being finalized to extend peace talks, Chief Palestinian Authority (PA) Negotiator Saeb Erekat clarified on Friday that no such progress had been made. Read on

  • Jerusalem Post

    WATCH: Israeli innovation gives Freedom the turtle a new lease on life

    April 10, 2014 Hofesh, as he's known in Hebrew, lost two flippers on his left side four years ago. His new designer fin allows him to swim again. Freedom the turtle - or Hofesh, as he's known in Hebrew - lost two flippers on his left side four years ago after he was entangled in a fishing net, leaving him immobile, unable to lift his head above water to breathe and in danger of drowning. Read on

  • Jerusalem Post

    Talks to extend negotiations progress as Israel hits PA with economic sanctions

    April 10, 2014 US State Department says gaps narrowing between Israel and Palestinians, but adds reports of agreement are premature. Israeli and Palestinian officials did not reach an agreement on Thursday during their fourth session in a week to find a way out of the current impasse in the talks, but sources familiar with their discussions said they did agree to continue meeting in the days ahead. Read on

  • Mercury News

    France gives tech workers ‘the right to unplug’

    April 10, 2014 French IT staff at Google, Facebook and other companies have won new protections against burnout: the right to unplug. A new agreement with employers gives upwards of 300,000 tech-sector workers added guarantees that the "always connected" lifestyle enabled by smartphones won't infringe on their rights under France's famous 35-hour workweek. Union official Michel de la Force told the Associated Press the deal doesn't mean staff will be forced... Read on

  • Irish Examiner

    Life with Joanne: My little sister with a big heart

    April 10, 2014 MANY people over the past few weeks have been asking me about life with my sister Joanne. It is fair to say she has done far more and achieved way more than the average person. However, on saying that and taking everything into account, my life experiences with Joanne have gone from sheer bliss to sheer struggle. While that might sound a bit dramatic, I'm glad to say the tough times have been few and far between. Read on

  • USA Today

    Wind, solar power growing; investments aren’t

    April 10, 2014 Wind and solar energy face challenges from the boom in U.S. production of natural gas. Renewable energy continues to grow in the United States, especially solar, but it's drawing fewer investments as the cost of its technology falls and natural gas remains cheap. U.S. wind energy, although at least 40% cheaper to produce now than six years ago, saw a significant slowdown in its growth in 2013, says a report today by the American Wind Energy... Read on

  • New York Times

    Are You Programmed to Enjoy Exercise?

    April 9, 2014 It's possible that some of us are born not to run. According to an eye-opening new genetics study of lab rats, published in The Journal of Physiology, the motivation to exercise -- or not -- may be at least partly inherited. For years, scientists have been bedeviled by the question of why so few people regularly exercise when we know that we should. There are obvious reasons, including poor health and jammed schedules. Read on

  • Toronto Star

    New U.S. ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman, takes post after 9-month delay

    April 9, 2014 Bruce Heyman, U.S. President Barack Obama's new envoy to Ottawa, says building a strong economy doesn't have to come at the expense of protecting the environment. Bruce Heyman, pictured at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Tuesday, will have to confront the Harper government's pressure on the Obama administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry Alberta oilsands crude to the southern U.S. Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    The One Thing Boomers Are Optimistic About In Retirement

    April 9, 2014 A new survey about boomers and retirement calls to mind the famous lyrics from "Annie": "The sun'll come out tomorrow..." To kick off National Retirement Planning Week (You didn't know? There's still time to send a card.) , the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) today released its fourth annual report on the retirement preparedness of boomers, called Boomer Expectations for Retirement 2014. Read on


    Gyrene Burger finds new life in Knoxville

    April 9, 2014 After closing its two original restaurants last summer, Naples, Fla.-based Gyrene Burger Co. has found new life in Knoxville. Subscribe to read the full story Current Subscribers - Activate Now Already subscribe to Knoxville News Sentinel? Unlimited access to News Sentinel on the web, your smartphone and tablet is included with your subscription. All you will need to do is ACTIVATE now! New Subscribers - Subscribe Now Want to keep reading? Read on

  • The Globe and Mail

    The new, younger face of startups

    April 9, 2014 "The appeal of being able to create a company based on nothing more than the product ideas that lived in my head was too compelling to ignore," says Mr. Freire, whose company, DreamQii, now employs six people. A new class of ambitious risk-takers is emerging in Canada, a shift not captured in the drumbeat of statistics showing slow economic growth, anemic job creation and poor innovation. Read on

  • The New Zealand Herald

    Schools encouraged to engage with parents with bad education experiences

    April 9, 2014 Engaging with parents who suffered negative experiences during their own education is helping their children achieve greater academic success, a select committee has heard today. A submission from Adult and Community Education (ACE) Aotearoa detailed how it had been working to better engage parents and caregivers who may have suffered bad experiences in their own schooling. Read on


    China set to boost tin exports as traders eye arbitrage window

    April 8, 2014 [SYDNEY] Indonesian curbs on tin exports are offering a prop to Chinese producers facing slumping demand at home, underpinning global prices and boosting the opportunity to ramp up overseas sales. Tin prices in China have slipped below the London Metal Exchange (LME) price for the first time in three years, as a rise in the international benchmark has outpaced local prices. Read on

  • Mirror News

    Hillsborough inquests: Stephen Copoc, wildlife loving son and brother who was “perfectly at home with nature”

    April 8, 2014 Horticulturalist, 20, who died in the crush at Hillsborough got Love of Liverpool FC from his dad - his family said "He was one of life's genuine nice guys" Parks gardener Stephen Copoc loved Liverpool FC and often travelled to way matches, but when he went to Hillsborough for the 1989 FA Cup semi-final he never came home. His sister Natalie Tennant appeared at the Hillsborough inquests in Warrington to speak abour her beloved brother. Read on

  • Maclean's

    Obama’s new ambassador to Canada assumes post after 9-month delay

    April 8, 2014 Barack Obama's new envoy to Ottawa says building a strong economy doesn't have to come at the expense of protecting the environment. "Today you can be pro-economy and pro-energy and considerate of the environment," Bruce Heyman, the former Chicago investment banker and major Democratic Party fundraiser, said Tuesday as he became the new U.S. ambassador to Canada. Read on

  • Mirror News

    Hillsborough inquests: Eric Hankin, a nurse who “worked every hour to provide for his family” and was a “big friendly giant” to his kids

    April 8, 2014 Staff nurse Eric, 33, was also a keen footballer himself when he died - his daughter said: "A big giant-shaped hole was been left in my heart" Staff nurse Eric Hankin, 33, was a happily married, loving dad-of-two who loved playing Sunday League football and was an Anfield season ticket holder when he died in the Hillsborough disaster. His daughter Lynsey appeared at the Hillsborough inquests in Warrington to pay tribute to a man who "worked... Read on

  • The Independent

    A milestone in politics to coincide with a milestone in economics

    April 8, 2014 Share It is a milestone in politics; but it coincides with a milestone in economics. The state visit by the Irish president Michael Higgins comes at a time when his country's economy is at last creating jobs in solid numbers, a sign that the recovering world economy is pulling even those countries most savaged by the recession back to growth. Ireland is fascinating not just because it happens to be the UK's nearest neighbour, with a land... Read on

  • CNN

    7 invisible ways exercise improves your life

    April 8, 2014 Editor's note: upwave is Turner Broadcasting's new lifestyle brand designed to entertain the health into you! Visit for more information and follow upwave on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram @upwave. ( -- Glance around the gym, and you'll probably see lots of people who are exercising in an attempt to shed pounds, tone muscle and look better. Read on

  • The Irish Times

    Educate Together schools go mainstream

    April 7, 2014 Educate Together has been around for 30 years but never before has its presence loomed so large. With the divestment of schools and a move into second level, it looks like the one-time outsiders are very much in It's a Thursday evening in a Galway hotel and a small group of parents (two fathers, five mothers) are discussing how the temporary accommodation that has just been assigned to their new school can be modified into a friendlier, more... Read on

  • Scotsman

    Upturn too reliant on consumer spending

    April 7, 2014 The BCC is warning the Treasury and Chancellor George Osborne against a consumer spending-fuelled boom. Picture: Getty Britain's business leaders have warned that the economic recovery is in danger of being built on another boom in credit card spending. The warning from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) that the economy is too dependent on consumers followed the announcement of a new package of measures from the Treasury to boost exports. Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    Stepping up the innovation ladder

    April 7, 2014 Subscribe Today to the Monitor Taiwan's protests are a window on a dilemma for many countries: As they seek to raise the quality of their manufacturing in order to compete in the global market, they must also develop a culture of free-spirited innovation and risk-taking to keep moving up the high-tech supply chain. In Taiwan, the proposed trade pact would likely hurt mid-sized companies that have yet to develop that sort of creativity and... Read on

  • Time

    Here’s How Many Students Could Save $50,000 on College–But Aren’t

    April 7, 2014 MoreTeen Who Sued Her Parents Gets a $56,000 College ScholarshipCollege Athletes Win Right To UnionizeWhy Las Vegas Loves March Madness Way More Than the Super BowlMore colleges are allowing students to finish up their four-year degrees in just three years. But only a tiny percentage of students are taking advantage. MoreStudent Loan Forms Are Still... Read on

  • New York Times

    An Economic Gauge, Imperfect but Vital

    April 5, 2014 Off the Shelf In "G.D.P. : A Brief but Affectionate History," Diane Coyle, a British economist, conveys a sophisticated understanding of an economic standby, the quarterly measure of gross domestic product. A vital gauge of any nation's prosperity, the G.D.P. has its strengths and its limitations, which are well explained in Dr. Coyle's rich and engaging little book. Read on

  • The Atlantic

    You Take Back All the Mean Things You Said About Microwaves

    April 3, 2014 In a world of in which kitchen gadgets of all kinds are celebrated, the original high-tech kitchen appliance, the microwave, continues to take abuse. Our colleagues at Quartz tried to prove the microwave was dying last week, and they did a pretty good job of it. Sales are down since their peak of 12 million units in 2004, and not microwaving things is a class distinction on par with not watching broadcast television shows. Read on

  • Japan Times

    New Zealand tops world social index; Japan leads in health

    April 3, 2014 News Sign Up | Login » Email Updates Home Delivery Today's Stories MENU Search News Opinion Life Community Culture Sports Search National Asia Pacific Business World Reference Columns Multimedia News National World Business Asia Pacific Reference Columns Multimedia Opinion Editorials Commentary Reader Mail Cartoons Life Travel Digital Food & Drink Environment Style & Design Language Lifestyle People Columns Multimedia Community Voices Issues Read on

  • The Irish Times

    ECB opens door to quantitive easing to boost euro zone economy

    April 3, 2014 Bank will keep rates low for as long as needed, saying recovery is progressing as expected The European Central Bank opened the door today to turning on its money-printing presses to boost the euro zone economy and keep inflation from staying too low. It kept interest rates steady at 0.25 per cent at its regular meeting, but afterwards ECB president Mario Draghi said he and his colleagues were committed to doing anything they could to stop low... Read on

  • USA Today

    Trade gap at highest level in five months

    April 3, 2014 The U.S. trade deficit climbed to the highest level in five months in February as demand for American exports fell while imports increased slightly. The deficit increased to $42.3 billion, which was 7.7% above the January imbalance of $39.3 billion, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. U.S. exports slipped 1.1% to $190.4 billion as sales of commercial aircraft, computers and farm goods fell. Read on

  • The Denver Post

    Afghan girl who lost arm paints with prosthetic

    April 2, 2014 (AP) -- The doctors and therapists who worked with a little girl from Afghanistan knew the prosthetic arm they gave her would change her life. What they didn't anticipate was that within weeks of strapping on her new limb, 7-year-old Shah Bibi Tarakhail would be using it to pick up a brush and begin carving out a new life -- of abstract painting. "What color would you like?" Read on

  • The Atlantic

    Want Effective Government? Then You Have to Pay Decent Salaries

    April 2, 2014 The ill-fated shutdown of the federal government last year had one modestly positive side effect: It reminded many Americans about the important things government does. To choose just a couple of examples, the closure of national parks not only blocked access to national treasures from visitors, but it also caused deep damage to a wide range of local and state economies, because the businesses that depend on the parks—hotels, restaurants,... Read on

  • CNN

    Who’s running? The candidates vying to be Afghanistan’s next president

    April 2, 2014 Who's running? The candidates vying to be Afghanistan's next president (CNN) -- Afghan voters will go to the polls on April 5 in what could be one of the most significant presidential elections in the country's turbulent history. The third election since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, it marks the first democratic handover of power in the fragile country, with incumbent Hamid Karzai -- who is constitutionally bound to step down -- handing... Read on

  • Globes - Israel business news

    Therapix Bio invests $1.5m in medical cannabis co

    April 2, 2014 LaraPharm is developing a cannabis formulation to work in an inhaler. Therapix Biosciences Ltd. (TASE: TRPH) (formerly NasVax) has invested $1.5 million in medical cannabis company LaraPharm Ltd. Therapix's share price rose 18.4% by mid-afternoon to NIS 0.99, giving a market cap of NIS 13 million. LaraPharm is developing a formulation of THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, to work in an inhaler. Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    On energy, Ukraine’s future holds promise

    April 2, 2014 Subscribe Today to the Monitor The driving factor for any energy investor in Ukraine is the pricing environment. There is nowhere else in Europe--or some would even argue in the world--where you are going to get significant access to resources and potential resources for the price. Gas is selling at $13.66/Mcf, while it costs $4-$5 to produce and operate. That means producers are netting anywhere between $8 and $9/Mcf. Read on

  • The Hindu

    Buddhist heritage park to come up in A.P.

    April 2, 2014 The Andhra Pradesh government is all set to open a Buddhist Heritage Theme Park 'Buddhavanam' in the State. The heritage park will come up at Nagarjunasagar enroute to Amaravati. 'Buddhavanam', coming up on 279 acres of land on the left bank of Krishna River, is divided into eight segments with an elegant entrance plaza to create an ambient atmosphere of Buddhism, depicting Buddhist motifs, symbols and also 'Dharma Chakra', AP Tourism... Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Supreme Court Undermines Democracy with New Gift to Top Donors in McCutcheon v. FEC Ruling

    April 2, 2014 Today, in the most significant money in politics case since Citizens United v. FEC, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down critical limits on the amount a wealthy individual can give directly to favored candidates, parties, and committees. Prior to McCutcheon v. FEC, a wealthy donor was limited to a cap of $123,200. Now, that same donor can give more than $3.5 million. read more Read on

  • Time

    New Greenpeace Report Shows the Environmental Impact of the Internet

    April 2, 2014 IT-related services now account for 2% of all global carbon emissions, according to a new Greenpeace report. That's roughly the same as the aviation sector, meaning all those Netflix movies the world is streaming and the Instagram photos they're posting are the energy equivalent of a fleet of 747s rumbling for takeoff. Unless something is done to green the cloud, we can expect those emissions to grow rapidly--the number of people online is... Read on

  • The Independent

    Study: Men who started smoking as boys could be more likely to father obese sons

    April 2, 2014 Men who started to smoke before the age of 11 are more likely to have overweight teenage boys compared to men started smoking later in life or who have never smoked at all, a study has found. Scientists said that the teenage sons of fathers who started smoking when they were themselves children were on average significantly fatter than other teenage boys, which indicates that tobacco smoke can lead to metabolic changes in the next generation... Read on

  • Toronto Star

    Ontario’s economy expected to grow ‘somewhat more slowly’

    April 2, 2014 Ontario Liberal Finance Minister Charles Sousa will release a long-term economic report that predicts the province's GDP over the next 20 years. Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said Tuesday that the Liberal government was on track to eliminate the $11.7 billion deficit by 2017-18 Finance Minister Charles Sousa will release a long-term economic report Wednesday that shows Ontario's economy is expected to grow "somewhat more slowly" over... Read on

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