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Obama teases Patriots over \'deflategate\'
NFL champions the New England Patriots got a barbed welcome to the White House on Thursday, with President Barack Obama teasing the team about the "deflategate" scandal. The Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in a thrilling Super Bowl 49 in February to capture their fourth National Football League crown. "I usually tell a bunch of jokes at these events, but with the Patriots in town, I was worried that 11 out of 12 of them would fall flat," Obama joked. The jibe prompted groans from the players and a light-hearted thumbs-down from coach Bill Belichick.
Publ.Date : Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:07:53 -0400
Bjorn shares lead in Indonesian Masters
Denmark's Thomas Bjorn shot a six-under-par 66 to share the first-round lead in the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters on Thursday, while former world number one Lee Westwood of England was in joint seventh place after a disappointing start. Bjorn, who is seeking his first win in Asia, overcame hot and humid conditions by trading seven birdies against one bogey to tie for the lead in his debut appearance in the $750,000 Asian Tour event. Sharing the lead at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club was Taiwan?s Chan Shih-chang, who showed his class and composure in his first start on the Asian Tour this year. Bjorn boasts 21 professional victories worldwide including 15 on the European Tour, and was optimistic about landing his first victory in Asia.
Publ.Date : Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:18:02 -0400
FootGolf kicks new life into struggling U.S. golf courses
Mike Woods laughed out loud the first time he saw a FootGolf video. "Yet that's the absolute target market for soccer." FootGolf, played by kicking a soccer ball over fairways and bunkers and into oversized holes by the rough, has been embraced by a U.S. golf industry that has seen hundreds of courses shuttered in recent years. "FootGolf is to the golf industry what snowboarding was to the ski industry," said Laura Balestrini, president of the American FootGolf League, founded in 2011, saying it has created a new audience for expensive-to-maintain golf facilities. For an investment of as little as $5,000 to buy the FootGolf setup as well as soccer balls, golf courses are realizing tens of thousands of dollars in new revenue, managers and experts said.
Publ.Date : Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:10:53 -0400
Weekley sets early pace in New Orleans
(Reuters) - Boo Weekley, seeking his first PGA Tour victory in two years, took advantage of rain-softened conditions to charge into an early one-shot lead in the opening round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Thursday. With a few family members spurring him on, the 41-year-old American birdied four of his last eight holes to card an eight-under-par 64 at the TPC Louisiana, finishing a stroke in front of Canada's David Hearn. Americans Daniel Berger, Mark Hubbard and Erik Compton, and England's Brian Davis, were a further shot back after opening with 66s while Australian world number six Jason Day was among a group of players bunched on 67.
Publ.Date : Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:40:52 -0400
Hawks announce sale, then hold off Nets for playoff win
The Atlanta Hawks defeated Brooklyn 96-91 to take a 2-0 lead in their playoff series, just hours after announcing the club's sale to a group headed by US business tycoon Tony Ressler. Paul Millsap paced the Hawks attack by scoring 19 points as the Eastern Conference regular-season champions held onto home court advantage in their best-of-seven first-round series. The Hawks got a big boost from their perimetre shooters Wednesday. They drained 12-of-31 attempts from beyond the arc, while fighting off a late rally from the Nets to become the sixth NBA team during this postseason to claim a 2-0 lead in the first round of the postseason.
Publ.Date : Thu, 23 Apr 2015 02:28:59 -0400
Golf-Frenchmen Quesne and Levy move ahead in China
Frenchman Julien Quesne fired a five-under-par 67 to grab the halfway lead at the China Open on Friday after his compatriot and defending champion Alexander Levy faltered over the closing stages of his second round. The 34-year-old Quesne made six birdies in Shanghai to put himself in sight of his third European Tour title and first since 2013. Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who won last week's European Tour title in Shenzhen, moved into contention for another victory after firing a 68 early on Friday to move into a tie for fourth.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:03:24 -0400
Swafford one ahead in weather-hit New Orleans
(Reuters) - American Hudson Swafford, who has benefited from a change to his putting stroke over the past month, surged into a one-shot clubhouse lead in the weather-hit Zurich Classic of New Orleans second round on Friday. The 27-year-old, bidding for his first victory on the PGA Tour after competing as a rookie last season, took advantage of ideal scoring conditions on a rain-softened layout at the TPC Louisiana as he fired a flawless six-under-par 66. Swafford recorded three birdies on each nine to post an 11-under total of 133, finishing a stroke in front of compatriot Cameron Tringale (65) and Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge (70). American Boo Weekley, co-leader overnight with de Jonge after opening with a 64, was at 11 under with three holes remaining when play was suspended for the day due to the threat of approaching thunderstorms.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:18:49 -0400
Wind wreaks havoc at Indonesian Masters golf
Gusty conditions saw just four players break par at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters on Friday, with Denmark's Thomas Bjorn losing his joint lead to Singapore-based Australian Unho Park. Park is chasing his first Asia Tour victory after shooting a one-over-par 73 on day two at the Royal Jakarta Golf Club, but faces stiff competition from seasoned players such as two-time tournament winner Lee Westwood of England and Bjorn, who both shot 74. Bjorn, who is seeking his first win in Asia, boasts 21 professional victories worldwide including 15 on the European Tour but has ground to gain.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:57:30 -0400
Golf-Park tames strong winds to lead in Indonesia
Australian Unho Park put himself in position to claim a first Asian Tour title after surviving the stiff winds in Jakarta on Friday to lead the Indonesian Masters by one shot at the halfway stage. The 40-year-old South Korean-born golfer fired a one-over-par round of 73 on Friday to sit at four-under for the $750,000 tournament, one of only a handful of players under par following a tough day at the Royal Jakarta Golf Club. One of those was former world number one Lee Westwood, who celebrated his 42nd birthday by shooting a 74 to sit seventh at one-under. Joint overnight leaders Thomas Bjorn and Chan Shih-chang had begun the day at six-under but they quickly fell down the leaderboard.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:38:46 -0400
Golf-Weekley, de Jonge set pace in New Orleans
* Four late birdies help Weekley into share of lead * Twelve players yet to finish opening round (Updates at end of day) April 23 (Reuters) - American Boo Weekley, seeking his first PGA Tour victory in two years, took advantage of rain-softened conditions to grab a share of the lead in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans opening round on Thursday. With a few family members spurring him on, the 41-year-old birdied four of his last eight holes to card an eight-under-par 64 at the TPC Louisiana, setting the early pace before being caught late in the day by burly Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge. Canada's David Hearn and American Sean O'Hair fired 65s to finish a stroke in front of Englishmen Brian Davis and Greg Owen and Americans Daniel Berger, Mark Hubbard and Erik Compton while Australian Jason Day was among a group bunched on 67.
Publ.Date : Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:18:24 -0400
Lawyer in NFL concussion deal says an appeal would be \'selfish\'
By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A major architect of the landmark concussion settlement reached with the National Football League on behalf of 20,000 retired players said on Thursday it would be "selfish" for anyone to appeal the deal. Christopher Seeger, co-lead counsel for the retired NFL players, said if even one of the players involved in the settlement filed an appeal, benefits would probably be held up a year. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody on Wednesday approved the settlement of a lawsuit brought by the former players who accused the NFL of keeping secret the dangers of concussions. "Appeals, in my view, are just wasting the time of people who are very sick, like Kevin Turner," Seeger said of the former NFL fullback who suffers from ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:38:27 -0400
Quesne, Levy lead French charge at China Open golf
Julien Quesne of France stormed to the top of the leaderboard half-way through the Volvo China Open Friday, with compatriot and defending champion Alexander Levy in second place. The score leaves him one stroke ahead of Levy and American Peter Uihlein overall at the par 72 Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club. Levy had birdied on six of the first 13 holes before crumbling on the 16th, driving into a bunker and then the water to record a double bogey. The pair are ahead of a group of six players on five under, including Chinese number one Li Haotong and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who tussled in a playoff at the Shenzhen International last Sunday.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:04:58 -0400
Woods commits to next month\'s Players Championship
(Reuters) - Tiger Woods will make his next competitive start at next month's Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, the former world number one said on Friday. For Woods, who returned to competitive golf earlier this month at the Masters after taking two months off to retool his game, it marks a return to a TPC Sawgrass course where he has won twice before, most recently in 2013. "Looking forward to going back to THE PLAYERS this year, hoping for a repeat of 2013," Woods said on Twitter. The Players Championship, which is the PGA Tour's flagship event and widely regarded as golf's unofficial fifth major, will be played May 7-10.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:19:58 -0400
NFL concussion settlement approved by US judge
An American judge on Wednesday approved of a revised settlement agreement between the National Football League and thousands of ex-players who sued the league over concussions. In a 132-page document, US District Court Judge Anita Brody called the settlement "fair, reasonable, and adequate." The case began almost four years ago with a lawsuit in California and expanded to include thousands of former players and more than 300 suits. The fund established by the settlement provides cash rewards for players diagnosed with a qualifying disease such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.
Publ.Date : Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:16:11 -0400
Ko back in the Swing of things, leads by one
(Reuters) - Lydia Ko fired an opening round five-under-par 67 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, where she recorded her first win as a professional last year. World number one Ko, on the eve of her 18th birthday, made six birdies with just one bogey at the Lake Merced Golf Course in San Francisco. Hot on Ko?s heels are three players at four-under, including South Korean rookie Jang Ha-na and 54-year-old Juli Inkster, a winner of 31 LPGA tournaments and seven majors but who has not won in nine years. ...
Publ.Date : Thu, 23 Apr 2015 22:41:12 -0400
Tigers lose closing pitcher Nathan for season
Detroit Tigers closing relief pitcher Joe Nathan will miss the remainder of the Major League Baseball season because of a right elbow injury that requires surgery, the team announced Thursday. The 40-year-old US right-hander earned 35 saves last year in his first season with the Tigers. He opened the season with a save against Minnesota but then went out of the lineup with a right elbow strain and was pulled from a planned Wednesday appearance after feeling pain in the elbow. Nathan underwent ligament replacement surgery and missed the entire 2010 season while with Minnesota.
Publ.Date : Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:25:53 -0400
US court overturns baseball legend\'s conviction
A US appeals court overturned Wednesday baseball legend Barry Bonds' conviction for giving evasive testimony, in a long-sought judicial victory for the ex San Francisco Giants slugger. In 2011, a federal court convicted Bonds, now 50, of providing deceptive answers to questions regarding whether he used performance-enhancing drugs to a federal grand jury. On Wednesday the Ninth Circuit federal Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that "during a grand jury proceeding, defendant gave a rambling, non-responsive answer to a simple question.
Publ.Date : Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:28:17 -0400
Golf-Bjorn shines in Jakarta, Howell on form in China
(Refiles to additional codes) JAKARTA, April 23 (Reuters) - European Tour Players Committee chairman Thomas Bjorn, who shunned his own circuit this week to play on the Asian Tour, shook off the jet lag to grab a share of the first round lead at the Indonesia Masters on Thursday. The Dane, 44, racked up seven birdies in his six-under-par 66 after some pin-point iron play at the Royal Jakarta Golf Club to join early pacesetter, Taiwan's Chan Shih-chang, at the top of the leaderboard. India's Abhijit Chadha was joint third on five-under, helped largely by a hole-in-one on the par three 15th at the $750,000 event. Former world number one Lee Westwood fired a 69 in difficult afternoon conditions where the breeze stiffened to sit in a tie for seventh.
Publ.Date : Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:44:14 -0400
Golf-Ko back in the Swing of things, leads by one
(Adds quotes) * Inkster one shot off the pace * Ko looking refreshed after time off April 23 (Reuters) - Lydia Ko fired an opening round five-under-par 67 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, where she recorded her first win as a professional last year. World number one Ko, on the eve of her 18th birthday, made six birdies with just one bogey at the Lake Merced Golf Course in San Francisco. "Holed some good putts and ended up with a 67 today," Ko told reporters. Hopefully I can continue hitting solid shots." Ko has already won twice this year but took some time off after finishing well out of the picture at the ANA Inspiration, the women's first major of the season.
Publ.Date : Thu, 23 Apr 2015 23:50:08 -0400
Cavs, Bulls, Warriors are one win away from series sweeps
James finished with 31 points and 11 rebounds for the second seeded Cavaliers, who took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series. In the other East game Thursday, Derrick Rose scored a season-high 34 points with eight assists and five rebounds and help the Chicago Bulls take a 3-0 lead with a 113-106 double-overtime win against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Golden State Warriors also took a 3-0 series lead as they overcame a 20 point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 123-119 in overtime.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 01:42:48 -0400
Software developers try on Apple watch, see more apps coming
Software developers who tried on an Apple Watch for the first time on Friday predicted a rush of new apps over the next few months, particularly in areas including health and messaging. Having the watch on hand will speed development, said Danielle Keita-Taguchi, marketing analyst at Y Media Labs, which has designed apps for companies like American Express, EMC and eBay. Tracking firm App Annie counted 3,061 total apps supporting Apple Watch on Friday. Productivity apps were 8 percent and lifestyle and health/fitness each accounted for 7 percent.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:18:53 -0400
Man who shot Reagan \'ready\' for life outside hospital: psychiatrist
Staff treating the man who shot US president Ronald Reagan testified Friday that he was "ready" for life outside the mental hospital and is so extensively trailed by the Secret Service that the government can know where he is anytime. John Hinckley, 59, who attempted to kill Reagan in 1981, was committed to St Elizabeth's mental hospital in the US capital but already spends around half the month at his mother's house in southeast Virginia. On March 30, 1981, Hinckley shot Reagan, his press aide Jim Brady and two others outside a Washington hotel in an effort to impress Hollywood actress Jodie Foster with whom he said he was obsessed. "This is not a hearing for him to be out without conditions," Hinckley's lawyer Michelle Tupper Butler told AFP.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:47:39 -0400
Police admit Baltimore man needed urgent medical help
Police in Baltimore acknowledged Friday that an African-American man who died from injuries apparently sustained in custody should have received immediate medical help when he was arrested. Tensions are simmering in the blue-collar Mid-Atlantic port city of 620,000 after 25-year-old Freddie Gray died Sunday from a severe spinal cord injury, a week after he was apprehended for reasons that are still unknown. Protests have taken place nightly outside the city's Western District police station and organizers expect 10,000 people to join a march Saturday through downtown. In a press conference, Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said three officers -- one on foot, the other on bicycles -- had given chase to Gray and another man over several blocks on April 12.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:41:50 -0400
Swafford, Weekley atop Zurich Classic leaderboard
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:04:53 -0400
Start of dwarf planet mission delayed after small mix-up
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:03:13 -0400
Mexico opens probe after girl wrongly sent to US
Mexican prosecutors opened an investigation Friday into the case of a 14-year-old girl who was wrongly sent to the United States to be with a woman who thought she was her daughter. Alondra Luna Nunez was mistakenly flown to Texas on April 16 after a judge in the western state of Michoacan ruled in favor of a Houston woman who believed she was her daughter. The National Human Rights Commission has launched its own investigation, which its president Luis Raul Gonzalez said would seek to ensure that there is "no impunity" in the case. After landing home on Wednesday, Luna seemed to hold no grudge, saying she hoped the Texas woman, Dorotea Garcia, ended up finding her daughter.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:04:57 -0400
Former Yemen president calls for political dialogue to end war
Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh called on Friday on all Yemenis to return to a political dialogue to end to the country's conflict. Talks between Yemenis and Saudi Arabia, which has led a nearly month-long bombing campaign against the Iran-allied Houthi movement, must take place under the moderation of the United Nations in Geneva, he said. The Saudi-led coalition announced on Tuesday an end to its bombing campaign in Yemen but a Saudi spokesman said forces would continue to target the Houthis as necessary. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the Houthis needed to stop fighting, which could lead to the end of Saudi air strikes and the opening of a political dialogue.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:42:12 -0400
Man charged with making threats in Islamic State group case
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) ? A Minneapolis man was charged Friday with threatening law enforcement officials and writing on Twitter that a "massacre" would happen if authorities did not free six men who were arrested earlier this week and accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:49:26 -0400
Bruce Jenner: My brain is more female than male
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:42:04 -0400
Attorney general bids farewell after 6-year tenure
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Attorney General Eric Holder bid farewell to the Justice Department on Friday after six years, outlining what he said were his major accomplishments and telling staffers they helped produce a "golden age" in the department's history.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:27:00 -0400
Hawaii poised to become 1st state to raise smoking age to 21
HONOLULU (AP) ? A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:22:19 -0400
Obama defends US intelligence after hostage deaths
MCLEAN, Va. (AP) ? A day after revealing an intelligence failure that cost the lives of two al-Qaida hostages, President Barack Obama on Friday praised the nation's spying operations as the most capable in the world while promising a review aimed at preventing future mistakes.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:28:41 -0400
Defiant Pellegrini defends City\'s progress in season to forget
Manuel Pellegrini insists Manchester City are still heading in the right direction under his leadership despite surrendering the Premier League title without a fight. Pellegrini's side have limply allowed the English crown to slip from their grasp after falling 12 points behind leaders Chelsea with only five games remaining. City also struggled once again in the Champions League, barely making it out of the group stages before bowing out in tame fashion against Barcelona. After slumping down to fourth place, they must focus on securing enough points to hold off fifth placed Liverpool in the race to qualify for next season's Champions League.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:03:45 -0400
White House to host tribal youth gathering in July
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The White House is planning what it says will be the first-ever gathering of tribal youth in Washington.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:38:51 -0400
Wynn Resorts shareholders: Elaine Wynn won\'t return to board
LAS VEGAS (AP) ? Elaine Wynn failed Friday to win re-election to the board of Wynn Resort Ltd. ? the casino-hotel company she co-founded with ex-husband Steve Wynn ? a development that ended a feud over the issue.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:08:12 -0400
Court: Iowa casino doesn\'t have to pay $41M jackpot error
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) ? When an 87-year-old Illinois grandmother bet a quarter in an Iowa slot machine in 2011, she thought she'd hit it big. The screen said: "The reels have rolled your way! Bonus Award - $41797550.16."
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:48:52 -0400
Is ice cream safe? Federal health officials say yes
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Is ice cream safe to eat? Federal officials say yes, even amid recalls by two ice cream companies after the discovery of listeria bacteria in their frozen confections.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:58:36 -0400
Attorneys: Memo shows special treatment for reserve deputy
TULSA, Okla. (AP) ? Several members of an Oklahoma sheriff's department raised serious concerns years ago about the performance and training of a volunteer deputy now charged in the fatal shooting of a restrained suspect, according to a report released Friday by lawyers for the dead man's family.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:42:31 -0400
Australia fears worst for drug traffickers in Indonesia
Australia has made a last-ditch appeal for Indonesian President Joko Widodo to spare the lives of two drug traffickers facing execution, but Foreign Minister Julie Bishop admitted she was fearing the worst. Indonesia has advised consular officials to head Saturday to Nusakambangan, the high-security prison island where its executions are carried out and where nine foreign drug convicts have been taken. They include two Australians, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, ringleaders of the "Bali Nine" heroin trafficking gang. "I fear that Indonesia will seek to proceed with the execution of the two Australian citizens.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:16:20 -0400
Court: Family of teen shot across border can\'t sue in US
NEW ORLEANS (AP) ? A U.S. Border Patrol agent who killed a teenager when he fired across the border from Texas into Mexico cannot be sued in U.S. courts by the Mexican teen's family, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:42:22 -0400
Former Polish foreign minister Bartoszewski dies at 93
WARSAW, Poland (AP) ? Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, a former Auschwitz prisoner and member of Poland's underground World War II resistance who helped save Jews and later served twice as the country's foreign minister, died Friday in Warsaw. He was 93.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:11:34 -0400
Adam Sandler movie sparks debate over American Indian images
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:04:56 -0400
Starbucks reports register outage in stores in US, Canada
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:34:15 -0400
Time magazine longtime film critic Richard Corliss dies
NEW YORK (AP) ? Richard Corliss, the longtime film critic for Time magazine, has died after suffering a major stroke last week, the magazine said Friday. He was 71.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:01:27 -0400
U.N. invites Syrian parties to Geneva peace talks in May
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations envoy to Syria said on Friday he will begin meeting in May with the country's government, opposition groups, and regional powers including Iran to assess by the end of June whether there is any hope brokering an end to the war. Staffan de Mistura briefed the U.N. Security Council on the latest bid to find a political solution to the 4-year conflict that has killed some 220,000 people, displaced an estimated 7.6 million and forced nearly 4 million to flee the country. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked de Mistura earlier this month to "focus much more to re-launch a political process" after his attempt to broker a local truce in the northern city of Aleppo failed to materialize. "There is nothing new telling us today that the political process will succeed or not," de Mistura told reporters.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:41:15 -0400
Aide to Mississippi Sen. Cochran arrested on drug charge
WASHINGTON (AP) ? An aide to Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi has been charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine after federal agents raided his home.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:37:33 -0400
\'Flash crash\' trader\'s ex-employer had no concerns about him
Futex, based in Woking, southwest of London, said that Navinder Singh Sarao worked at the company from early 2003 until early 2008, and there were "no incidents of any impropriety during his time with Futex," they said in a statement. Authorities allege his trading activity was a contributing factor to the May 6, 2010 flash crash, when about $1 trillion in market value was temporarily wiped out in a matter of minutes. "Navinder's method involved no use of algorithmic trading and as such was purely a 'point and click' style of trading whilst he was at Futex," the firm said.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:31:43 -0400
2 nuke launch officers face illegal drug charges
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Two more Air Force nuclear missile launch officers have been charged with illegal drug use in cases stemming from an investigation that led to the disclosure last year of a separate exam-cheating scandal, the Air Force said Friday.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:12:21 -0400
Police: Gray should\'ve received medical care before ride
BALTIMORE (AP) ? In the clearest acknowledgement of failure yet, Baltimore police said Friday that Freddie Gray should have received medical attention at the spot where he was arrested ? before he was put inside a police van.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:45:59 -0400
Starbucks \'gives away\' drinks after US system outage
There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but fear not because there was free coffee supposedly going at Starbucks in North America after a major computer glitch. Thousands of people flooded Twitter to boast that they paid nothing for their caffeine fix, while others complained that they had not been so lucky and had been asked to leave the store because it was closing early. The coffee giant said in a statement: "We are aware of the point-of-sale register outage at company-operated Starbucks stores in the US and Canada.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:41:24 -0400
Washington gov. signs overhaul of medical marijuana market
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) ? Nearly two decades after voters passed a medical marijuana law that often left police, prosecutors and even patients confused about what was allowed, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Friday attempting to clean up that largely unregulated system and harmonize it with Washington's new market for recreational pot.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:09:04 -0400
Flash crash charges garner increasing skepticism in high-speed world
The U.S. has asked UK authorities to hand over Navinder Singh Sarao, 36, after his arrest this week on charges that he manipulated markets over several years in a fraudulent scheme that helped cause the stock market rout. The U.S. Department of Justice alleges that Sarao used souped-up, off-the-shelf software to trick other market participants into thinking massive sell orders were about to hit, causing the so-called E-mini S&P futures prices to drop so he could buy at cheaper levels. Linking Sarao to the flash crash "smacks of sensationalism," said Manoj Narang, founder of Tradeworx, a firm that supplies data for regulators. So far, at least 194 people have signed up to an online message saying "One man with a single broadband connection cannot bring down an entire market." Sarao, who court documents show pushed around millions of dollars between banks in the Caribbean, Switzerland and the Middle East, has been granted bail in London on conditions including a 5 million-pound ($7.5 million) bond. His lawyer, Joel Smith, declined to comment on whether Sarao had yet raised the bail and been released, but said he opposes extradition to the United States. CANCEL IF CLOSE The view held by some in the market that Sarao is a scapegoat for the flash crash may not help his case much.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:54:14 -0400
Cleveland Play House wins Regional Theater Tony Award
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:47:33 -0400
Ex-Guantanamo detainees in Uruguay protest at US Embassy
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) ? Four freed Guantanamo Bay detainees protested in front of the U.S. Embassy on Friday night, saying they were angry about being asked to leave a Uruguayan hotel that had been housing them and demanding Washington help them financially.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:11:56 -0400
Chileans moved after dangerous volcanic mudflows detected
ENSENADA, Chile (AP) ? Authorities urged 2,000 people living near the Calbuco volcano to evacuate Friday after potentially devastating mudflows of volcanic debris were detected in a nearby river, the result of two huge eruptions this week that sent ash across large swaths of southern South America.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:03:23 -0400
LEADING OFF: Hudson at Coors Field, Strasburg faces Marlins
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:21:53 -0400
US says new EU plan for GMO imports is no solution
The United States criticized Friday the new European Union plan to allow member states to block genetically modified imports, following a new round of talks on the transatlantic free-trade pact. "It is hard to square this proposal with either EU long-standing internal obligations or their aspiration for a seamless internal market," said Dan Mullaney, the assistant US trade representative for Europe and the Middle East. Mullaney was speaking at a news conference following the ninth round of US-EU negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership held this week in New York. His remarks echoed US Trade Representative Michael Froman, who said the US was "very disappointed" by Wednesday's EU proposal to allow the 28 member states to individually decide whether to allow the import of genetically modified organisms or food, animal feed and other products made with them.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:05:11 -0400
Yost insists Royals not to blame for string of fights
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:03:44 -0400
North America\'s largest powwow draws thousands to New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) ? Droves of Native American and other indigenous performers and spectators have converged in New Mexico for the 32nd annual Gathering of Nations, North America's largest powwow. Here are some things to know about the event:
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:57:43 -0400
Canadian Henderson shoots tournament record for LPGA lead
DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) ? Brooke Henderson has no photo on the LPGA Tour's website and has to rely on sponsor exemptions to get into tournaments after being denied an age waiver to even play at Q-school.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:24:54 -0400