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Boy Scouts boot openly gay leader

.The organization removes the scoutmaster for "deliberately" promoting his sexuality.




Ryan budget proposal slashes $5.1 trillion—and food stamps—over decade

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan speaks during Peterson Institute 2013 Fiscal Summit on Facing the Future in WashingtonThe updated Republican plan cuts food stamps, health care for the poor, and Pell Grants.




Back problems sideline Wood for Masters

PGA: WGC - Cadillac Championship-Final RoundTiger Woods announced on Tuesday he would miss next week's Masters after undergoing back surgery for a pinched nerve that has troubled him for months. The world number one pulled out of his traditional Masters warm-up event in Florida last month and released a statement on his website on Tuesday saying he was withdrawing from the first major of 2014, starting at Augusta National on April 10. "After attempting to get ready for the Masters, and failing to make the necessary progress, I decided, in consultation with my doctors, to have this procedure done," said Woods. "I'd like to express my disappointment to the Augusta National membership, staff, volunteers and patrons that I will not be at the Masters.




Bieber photographer wants to prevent future assaults

FILE - In this March 19, 2013 file photo, singer Justin Bieber performs during a concert at Bercy Arena in Paris. A hearing is scheduled in a Miami courtroom Tuesday, April 1, 2014, for motions in a photographer’s lawsuit against Bieber and a bodyguard over an alleged assault. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)MIAMI (AP) — A celebrity photographer sought to boost the potential damages he could win from Justin Bieber in a lawsuit that accuses the singer and a bodyguard of battery in a confrontation outside a recording studio.




France's Hollande seeks fresh start as new PM begins

France's outgoing Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault shakes hands with newly-named Prime Minister Manuel Valls during the official handover ceremony at Hotel Matignon in ParisFrancois Hollande launched what he has billed as a fresh start to his unpopular 22-month-old presidency on Tuesday, as new prime minister Manuel Valls took up his post and set about forming a reshuffled government. The 51-year-old centrist, who as tough-talking interior minister has consistently been Hollande's most popular minister in surveys, replaced Jean-Marc Ayrault who quit following the ruling Socialist Party's rout in weekend local elections. While Valls is a public favorite, including with conservative voters, his centrist views make him more controversial with the left wing of the Socialist Party. Speculation has centered on whether Pierre Moscovici will remain in the powerful finance minister's job, while coalition sources have also talked about a possible return to government for Segolene Royal, Hollande's ex-partner and a former Socialist presidential candidate.




British sniper's bullet took out suicide bomber, Taliban insurgents

Villagers look on as a joint patrol by British and Afghan National soldiers goes through Nahr-e-Saraj in Helmand, Afghanistan on June 20, 2010A single shot from a British sniper killed six Taliban insurgents when the bullet hit the trigger switch of a would-be suicide bomber's device, the Ministry of Defence has said. The 20-year-old marksman, a lance corporal in the Coldstream Guards, fired the shot from 850 metres away, hitting the device which then exploded, killing the bomber and five men around him, an MoD spokesman said. Lt. Col. Richard Slack, commanding officer of 9/12 Royal Lancers, told The Daily Telegraph the unnamed soldier also prevented another major attack as a second suicide vest packed with 20 kgs (44lbs) of explosives was found nearby. "There was a pause on the radio and the sniper said, 'I think I've just shot a suicide bomber'.




Obamacare enrollment drive’s secret weapon: Radio

A woman reads the HealthCare.gov insurance marketplace internet website, where people can sign up to benefit from Obamacare, in Washington in December 2013In the home stretch, the administration turned to a century-old technology to sell the ACA.




Israeli spy, Palestine concessions part of possible Mideast deal

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry leaves Tel Aviv, Israel Tuesday April 1, 2014, continuing on to NATO meetings in Brussels after meeting in Israel with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the Middle East peace process talks. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is closer to a deal that would rescue the faltering Mideast peace talks, pushing a formula that would include the release of convicted U.S. spy Jonathan Pollard and freedom for hundreds of Palestinians held by Israel, an official close to the negotiations said Tuesday.




New report details racial gap among U.S.children

Unique Jump Start Program Tackles Kindergarten JittersNEW YORK (AP) — In every region of America, white and Asian children are far better positioned for success than black, Latino and American Indian children, according to a new report appealing for urgent action to bridge this racial gap.




Sources: U.S. considers release of Israeli spy Pollard

Israelis protest in front of the US embassy in the coastal city of Tel Aviv on June 19, 2011 to call for the release of Jewish-American spy Jonathan PollardJERUSALEM (AP) — The United States is talking with Israel about releasing convicted spy Jonathan Pollard early from his life sentence as an incentive to the Israelis in the troubled Mideast peace negotiations, people familiar with the talks said Monday. Releasing Pollard, a thorn in U.S.-Israeli relations for three decades, would be an extraordinary step underscoring the urgency of U.S. peace efforts.





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Boy Scouts boot openly gay leader

.The organization removes the scoutmaster for "deliberately" promoting his sexuality.




Ryan budget proposal slashes $5.1 trillion—and food stamps—over decade

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan speaks during Peterson Institute 2013 Fiscal Summit on Facing the Future in WashingtonThe updated Republican plan cuts food stamps, health care for the poor, and Pell Grants.




Back problems sideline Wood for Masters

PGA: WGC - Cadillac Championship-Final RoundTiger Woods announced on Tuesday he would miss next week's Masters after undergoing back surgery for a pinched nerve that has troubled him for months. The world number one pulled out of his traditional Masters warm-up event in Florida last month and released a statement on his website on Tuesday saying he was withdrawing from the first major of 2014, starting at Augusta National on April 10. "After attempting to get ready for the Masters, and failing to make the necessary progress, I decided, in consultation with my doctors, to have this procedure done," said Woods. "I'd like to express my disappointment to the Augusta National membership, staff, volunteers and patrons that I will not be at the Masters.




Bieber photographer wants to prevent future assaults

FILE - In this March 19, 2013 file photo, singer Justin Bieber performs during a concert at Bercy Arena in Paris. A hearing is scheduled in a Miami courtroom Tuesday, April 1, 2014, for motions in a photographer’s lawsuit against Bieber and a bodyguard over an alleged assault. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)MIAMI (AP) — A celebrity photographer sought to boost the potential damages he could win from Justin Bieber in a lawsuit that accuses the singer and a bodyguard of battery in a confrontation outside a recording studio.




France's Hollande seeks fresh start as new PM begins

France's outgoing Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault shakes hands with newly-named Prime Minister Manuel Valls during the official handover ceremony at Hotel Matignon in ParisFrancois Hollande launched what he has billed as a fresh start to his unpopular 22-month-old presidency on Tuesday, as new prime minister Manuel Valls took up his post and set about forming a reshuffled government. The 51-year-old centrist, who as tough-talking interior minister has consistently been Hollande's most popular minister in surveys, replaced Jean-Marc Ayrault who quit following the ruling Socialist Party's rout in weekend local elections. While Valls is a public favorite, including with conservative voters, his centrist views make him more controversial with the left wing of the Socialist Party. Speculation has centered on whether Pierre Moscovici will remain in the powerful finance minister's job, while coalition sources have also talked about a possible return to government for Segolene Royal, Hollande's ex-partner and a former Socialist presidential candidate.




British sniper's bullet took out suicide bomber, Taliban insurgents

Villagers look on as a joint patrol by British and Afghan National soldiers goes through Nahr-e-Saraj in Helmand, Afghanistan on June 20, 2010A single shot from a British sniper killed six Taliban insurgents when the bullet hit the trigger switch of a would-be suicide bomber's device, the Ministry of Defence has said. The 20-year-old marksman, a lance corporal in the Coldstream Guards, fired the shot from 850 metres away, hitting the device which then exploded, killing the bomber and five men around him, an MoD spokesman said. Lt. Col. Richard Slack, commanding officer of 9/12 Royal Lancers, told The Daily Telegraph the unnamed soldier also prevented another major attack as a second suicide vest packed with 20 kgs (44lbs) of explosives was found nearby. "There was a pause on the radio and the sniper said, 'I think I've just shot a suicide bomber'.




Obamacare enrollment drive’s secret weapon: Radio

A woman reads the HealthCare.gov insurance marketplace internet website, where people can sign up to benefit from Obamacare, in Washington in December 2013In the home stretch, the administration turned to a century-old technology to sell the ACA.




Israeli spy, Palestine concessions part of possible Mideast deal

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry leaves Tel Aviv, Israel Tuesday April 1, 2014, continuing on to NATO meetings in Brussels after meeting in Israel with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the Middle East peace process talks. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is closer to a deal that would rescue the faltering Mideast peace talks, pushing a formula that would include the release of convicted U.S. spy Jonathan Pollard and freedom for hundreds of Palestinians held by Israel, an official close to the negotiations said Tuesday.




New report details racial gap among U.S.children

Unique Jump Start Program Tackles Kindergarten JittersNEW YORK (AP) — In every region of America, white and Asian children are far better positioned for success than black, Latino and American Indian children, according to a new report appealing for urgent action to bridge this racial gap.




Sources: U.S. considers release of Israeli spy Pollard

Israelis protest in front of the US embassy in the coastal city of Tel Aviv on June 19, 2011 to call for the release of Jewish-American spy Jonathan PollardJERUSALEM (AP) — The United States is talking with Israel about releasing convicted spy Jonathan Pollard early from his life sentence as an incentive to the Israelis in the troubled Mideast peace negotiations, people familiar with the talks said Monday. Releasing Pollard, a thorn in U.S.-Israeli relations for three decades, would be an extraordinary step underscoring the urgency of U.S. peace efforts.





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Winter hits housing recovery
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Jobless father of 4: Waiting for Congress
Renardo Gomez, father of four, is among 2 million unemployed workers hoping Congress will pass the latest bipartisan Senate deal to renew federal jobless benefits for up to 5 months.

Graduate student loans are ballooning
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'The Big Short' will hit the big screen
The work of financial journalists isn't usually movie material -- unless you're Michael Lewis.

Visa and MasterCard resume service at two Russian banks
Credit cards are working again at two Russian banks after both Visa and MasterCard had shut down services Friday based on concerns about dealing with firms linked to U.S. sanctions.

Treasury Secretary to have prostate surgery
Jack Lew will return to his full work schedule next week.

Subprime mortgages making a comeback
Borrowers with bad credit were shut out of the mortgage market after the housing bubble burst, but now a handful of small lenders are starting to offer subprime loans again.

China's factories hit 8-month low
China's factories continued their dramatic slowdown in March, with manufacturing activity falling to an eight-month low amid a broad slump in the world's second largest economy.

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Methane-spewing microbe blamed in Earth's worst mass extinction

Handout photo of a fossil of a trilobiteBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sometimes bad things come in small packages. A microbe that spewed humongous amounts of methane into Earth's atmosphere triggered a global catastrophe 252 million years ago that wiped out upwards of 90 percent of marine species and 70 percent of land vertebrates. That's the hypothesis offered on Monday by researchers aiming to solve one of science's enduring mysteries: what happened at the end of the Permian period to cause the worst of the five mass extinctions in Earth's history. ...




Australia's dingo is a unique species, study shows
By Pauline Askin SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's dingo is a unique species, not a kind of wild dog as previously believed, according to a new study that definitively classifies the country's largest land predator. The research by Australian scientists, published in the Journal of Zoology, resurrected the species name "Canis dingo", first adopted in 1793 by Friedrich Meyer, a German naturalist. "What we've done is describe the dingo more scientifically," Mike Letnic from the University of New South Wales told Reuters. The confusion over whether the dingo was a distinct species partly originated from the previous classification based on a simple drawing and description in the 18th century journal of Australia's first governor, Arthur Phillip, without reference to a physical specimen.

Bamboo-munching giant panda also has a sweet tooth

File photo of Giant Panda mother Bai Yun snacking on bamboo at the San Diego ZooBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Giant pandas eat plenty of veggies, but apparently they like dessert, too. Scientists studying the endangered black-and-white bears said on Thursday that while pandas almost exclusively eat bamboo, which contains only tiny amounts of sugars, they showed a strong preference for natural sweeteners in an experiment. Sweeter foods like fruit may have been part of the natural diet of pandas before human activities helped drive the animals into their current mountainous habitat where those foods are scarce, the researchers said. "Giant pandas love sweets," said behavioral geneticist author Danielle Reed of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, who led the study published in the journal PLOS ONE.




Russian-U.S. crew makes belated arrival at space station

The Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft carrying the ISS crew of U.S. astronaut Swanson, Russian cosmonauts Skvortsov and Artemyev blasts off from its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodromeBy Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - A Russian spaceship carrying two Russian cosmonauts and a U.S. astronaut made a belated arrival at the International Space Station on Thursday, returning the orbital outpost to full staff. Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev and NASA astronaut Steven Swanson blasted off aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket two days ago from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The cause of the skipped rocket firing remains under investigation, said NASA mission commentator Rob Navias.




How low can you go? This whale is the champion of deep diving

The head of an adult male Cuvier's beaked whale is pictured as it surfaces in this handout photoBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - If there were a gold medal for cetacean diving, it undoubtedly would go to the Cuvier's beaked whale. Scientists said on Wednesday they tracked these medium-sized whales off the coast of California using satellite-linked tags as the creatures dove down nearly 1.9 miles and spent two hours and 17 minutes underwater before resurfacing. In fact, those figures represent both the deepest and the longest dives ever documented for any marine mammal, said Greg Schorr of the Cascadia Research Collective in Olympia, Washington, who led the study published in the journal PLOS ONE. However, there is a major difference between these whales and the other creatures living deep in the ocean - the fundamental requirement to breathe air at the surface," Schorr said.




Eating Fewer Calories May Help Monkeys Live Longer

Eating Fewer Calories May Help Monkeys Live LongerEating a calorie-restricted diet may increase longevity and improve health in rhesus monkeys, a new study suggests. The results suggests that calorie restriction could improve longevity and health in other primates, including humans, the researchers said. "This study is important because it shows that the beneficial effects we have seen consistently in lower organisms also occur in primates, and therefore supports the belief that caloric restriction would have beneficial effects in humans," author Ricki Colman, a senior scientist at Wisconsin National Primate Research Center, told Live Science. In the study, the researchers followed 76 rhesus monkeys.




This Novel Material May Help Soundproof Your Life

This Novel Material May Help Soundproof Your LifeTo do so, a team led by material engineer Andrea Bergamini of Empa arranged 10 small aluminum cylinders on an aluminum plate just a millimeter thick in a periodic manner. This type of structure has been around for some time and is called a phononic crystal — an artificially created material made by arranging certain elements to control the flow of sound. The size and specific position of the cylinders block certain frequencies from being transmitted through the material, by interacting with and scattering the sound waves. Typically in phononic crystals, the cylinders are attached directly to the plate with an adhesive.




Does Antimatter Fall Up or Down? New Device May Tell

Does Antimatter Fall Up or Down? New Device May TellThe mystery of whether antimatter falls up or down could be solved with a new experiment to weigh matter's odd cousin, researchers say. "Currently the production rate of anti-hydrogen at CERN is four atoms per hour, or an atom every 15 minutes," Müller said.




NASA Radiation Probes Aiding Space Weather Forecasts

NASA Radiation Probes Aiding Space Weather ForecastsTwo NASA probes are helping scientists get a better understanding of how the giant belts of radiation around Earth affect the spacecraft circling the planet. Scientists are using data gathered by NASA's twin Van Allen Probes, which launched to Earth orbit in August 2012, in concert with advanced computer models, to simulate the dynamic radiation environment of near-Earth space, two new studies report. "The Van Allen Probes are gathering great measurements, but they can't tell you what is happening everywhere at the same time," Geoff Reeves, of Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, said in a statement earlier this month. "We need models to provide a context, to describe the whole system, based on the Van Allen Probe observations."




NASA Uses Mini Rocket Models to Test Mega-Rocket Parts (Video, Photo)

NASA Uses Mini Rocket Models to Test Mega-Rocket Parts (Video, Photo)The engines of NASA's space shuttle will be reborn for the space agency's next-generation rocket, a mega-booster designed to launch humans deeper into space than ever before. The engine, known as the RS-25, was used on the space shuttle and is extremely reliable, but since the SLS rocket will be heavier, the engines have to be revamped. NASA recently released a video of the mini rocket engine firing. Engineers will use the models to study the extreme heat the rocket will endure as it climbs into outer space.





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Republican budget proposes deep cuts in domestic programs

Rep. Paul Ryan attends Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon HillBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Representative Paul Ryan, the leading Republican voice on budget policy, rolled out a new fiscal blueprint on Tuesday that calls for deep cuts in domestic programs, increased defense spending and a goal of erasing annual deficits in 10 years. Ryan's budget, called the "Path to Prosperity," has almost no chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate but is expected to serve as a campaign manifesto for Republicans in November's congressional elections. It proposes to kill President Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare reforms and revives cuts in social programs such as the popular Medicare entitlement for the elderly that Ryan, who chairs the House Budget Committee, has proposed in other recent budgets.




Obamacare enrollment to hit seven million target despite setback

Esparza sleeps in the arms of her grandfather as they wait in line at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaBy Jeff Mason and David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's national healthcare program was on track to reach its goal of covering 7 million Americans, administration officials said on Tuesday, a victory for the White House after a months-long, glitch-filled rollout. Obama is scheduled to make a statement about the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, at 4:15 p.m. EDT in the White House. Obama's remarks could be the start of a victory lap for his administration, which suffered from the botched unveiling of the program's primary website, HealthCare.gov, and wavering support from Americans years after the healthcare law passed over Republican objections. Officials did not provide exact updated figures, but the uptick in enrollment was in line with what experts predicted and it represented what the White House has called a comeback story that could boost Democrats in the November congressional elections.




Fate of scandal-tinged Washington, D.C. mayor in hands of voters

Washington D.C. city council member and Democratic mayoral candidate Bowser rallies supporters before voting in WashingtonBy Ian Simpson and Tom Ramstack WASHINGTON (Reuters) - District of Columbia residents voted on Tuesday in a crowded Democratic mayoral primary, with the scandal-tarnished incumbent, Vincent Gray, facing a stiff challenge from a city councilor and ally of the previous mayor. Polls show Muriel Bowser, who helped manage Adrian Fenty's successful 2006 mayoral campaign and later was elected to city council, in a tight race with Gray, who has presided over an economic boom in the U.S. capital.




Congress hearings to put harsh spotlight on GM

Consulting materials engineer Mark Hood shows the ignition assembly in PensacolaBy Ben Klayman and Eric Beech WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress will try to establish who is to blame for at least 13 auto-related deaths over the past decade, as public hearings are launched on Tuesday on General Motors' slow response to defective ignition switches in cars. Despite tougher laws being enacted in 2000 and 2010 to encourage automakers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to aggressively root out safety concerns, it took GM more than 10 years to acknowledge publicly that it had a potentially fatal problem. Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is holding the first hearing, floated a new memo on Tuesday saying its analysis of documents found that GM still has not reported to federal regulators many cases involving ignition-switch concerns registered by consumers and GM technicians. "At the same time GM was receiving these consumer complaints, the company continued to deny any defect," the House Democrats' memo said.




Cigna says signed up 75,000-100,000 for Obamacare

Cigna CEO David Cordani is interviewed at Reuters Health Summit 2014 in WashingtonBy Caroline Humer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cigna Corp has enrolled between 75,000 and 100,000 people in Obamacare health plans during the first three months of enrollment, Chief Executive Officer David Cordani said on Tuesday at the Reuters Health Summit. Of those, about two-thirds signed up through the public exchanges created as part of U.S. President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, often called Obamacare, Cordani said on the day after the enrollment period for these plans ended. The rest signed up directly with Cigna.




Nate Silver or Not, GOP Looks Good

Nate Silver or Not, GOP Looks GoodThe tempest over his projection that Republicans will take the Senate forgets probability isn’t prediction and that the White House party usually loses in its sixth year.




Yes, Lincoln Would’ve Done ‘Ferns’

Yes, Lincoln Would’ve Done ‘Ferns’Bill O’Reilly attacked President Obama for making a viral video, saying the Great Emancipator wouldn’t stoop so low. History proves the opposite.




For Obama and Boehner, just maybe, a way forward

Boehner & Obama in the Oval OfficeThe latest snowfall was a bigger story in Washington this week than Tuesday’s private meeting between the estranged president and House speaker — their first in more than a year. Since Barack Obama recently signaled he has all but given up on legislating with Republicans, and since John Boehner has flat out said he can’t trust the president, the assumption in Washington is that the chances for big legislation anytime soon are basically zero, whether the White House breaks out the good china or not.




John Kerry finds his calling

U.S. Secretary of State John KerryTen years ago this week, John Kerry barely held off John Edwards in Wisconsin’s Democratic primary, prolonging for another few weeks his plodding, uninspiring march to the party’s presidential nomination. Kerry went on to lose an eminently winnable election, after which most Democrats in Washington expected him to disappear, like Walter Mondale or Michael Dukakis.




In New York, real populism and real choices

NY Cuomo di BlasioDemocrats in Washington don’t have to worry much about the kind of fratricidal disorder that plagues the modern Republican Party. But neither should they take too lightly the intraparty breach that seems to be widening in New York, where the mayor of the nation’s biggest city is staring down the governor of its third largest state.





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YouTube sees money in gaming-video eyeballs

Visitors stand in front of a logo of YouTube at the YouTube Space Tokyo, operated by Google, in TokyoBy Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - To imagine how YouTube might one day become a money-spinner for content producers, consider the power of the irreverent video gamer and online star PewDiePie over his young, free-spending audience. Each time the wildly popular YouTube impresario has donned Razer headphones in one of the many zany videos that feature him playing games, the product has sold out. "It's incredible that YouTube personalities are coming up ... and I think it can only grow." PewDiePie's uncanny trendsetting talent highlights the potential that content related to video games holds for Google Inc as it looks for ways to build its YouTube video platform into a powerful new revenue stream. Just last week Walt Disney Co agreed to fork over as much as $950 million to buy Maker Studios, one of YouTube's largest production and distribution networks.




Apple again seeks decisive U.S. court ruling against Samsung

Men pose with Apple iPhone 4 smartphone in photo illustration in ZenicaBy Dan Levine SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) - Apple and Samsung return to federal court on Tuesday for opening statements in their latest patent battle, with the iPhone maker expected to present more detailed evidence in its attempt to win a U.S. ban on sales of several Samsung smartphones. Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd have been litigating around the world for nearly three years. Jurors awarded the iPhone maker about $930 million after a 2012 trial in San Jose, California, but Apple failed to persuade U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh to issue a permanent injunction against the sale of Samsung phones. A sales ban would be a far more serious threat to Samsung, which earned $7.7 billion in the quarter that ended in December.




Marvell patent verdict grows to $1.54 billion

Sehat Sutardja, Chairman and CEO of Marvell Technology Group, speaks at the Reuters Global Technology Summit New YorkA federal judge ordered Marvell Technology Group Ltd to pay nearly $1.54 billion for infringing two hard disk drive patents held by Carnegie Mellon University, nearly one-third more than a jury had previously awarded. The award, however, was less than half the maximum $3.75 billion that Carnegie Mellon had sought, though Marvell still plans an appeal. In her decision late Monday, U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer in Pittsburgh, where Carnegie Mellon is based, said "enhanced damages" were justified against Marvell and its Marvell Semiconductor unit because the university showed that they deliberately copied its patents through "known willful infringement." The payout is equal to 1.23 times the sum of the original $1.17 billion jury verdict from December 2012, plus $79.6 million for alleged infringements that the jury did not consider because it had lacked recent financial information at the time. She also denied Carnegie Mellon's request to stop further sales of the chips.




HP agrees to pay $57 million to settle shareholder lawsuit

A Hewlett-Packard logo is seen at the company's Executive Briefing Center in Palo Alto(Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co agreed to pay $57 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the personal computer maker's former management of defrauding shareholders by abandoning a business model it had long touted. The lawsuit was filed after former Chief Executive Leo Apotheker shocked investors on August 18, 2011 by announcing plans to refocus the company on business services and products. He also revealed plans to scrap WebOS, whose rights HP had obtained when it bought Palm Inc in 2010; pay $11. ...




New iPhone 6 screens to enter production as early as May: sources

File photo of Sharp Corp logo reflected on Apple Inc's MacBook Pro at an electronics store in TokyoBy Reiji Murai TOKYO (Reuters) - Apple Inc suppliers will begin mass producing displays as early as May for the next iPhone, expected to be launched this autumn, with a 4.7-inch screen likely to be produced first while a 5.5-inch version could be delayed, supply chain sources said. Japan Display Inc, Sharp Corp and South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd have all been tapped to make the screens, said the sources, who asked not to be identified. Representatives for the three suppliers and for Apple declined to comment. Both iPhone 6 screens will be larger than the 4.0-inch panels on Apple's existing iPhone 5S and 5C models.




Yahoo in talks to buy News Distribution Network for $300 million: report

A Yahoo logo is pictured in front of a building in RolleYahoo Inc is in preliminary talks to acquire online video service News Distribution Network for $300 million, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal on Monday. The deal could further Yahoo's efforts to bolster its online video programming and video advertising revenue, according to the report, which cited anonymous sources. Yahoo did not immediately respond to requests for comment. NDN spokeswoman Krystal Olivieri was quoted in the Wall Street Journal story as stating that the company was not in talks to be acquired by Yahoo.




Missed the health care deadline? It's not too late

FILE - This March 31, 2014 file photo shows applicants waiting to be called during a health care enrollment event at the Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond, Calif. It’s not too late to get covered. A few routes remain open for those who missed the health care law’s big enrollment deadline. Millions may be eligible for a second chance to sign up for subsidized insurance. And people who get coverage after the deadline can still avoid, or at least reduce, the fine for going uninsured. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not too late to get covered. A few routes remain open for those who missed the health care law's big enrollment deadline.




Microsoft may have just solved the most irritating problem with TV

Microsoft may have just solved the most irritating problem with TVOne of the single most irritating problems with modern television is the “basket of remotes” problem that’s created be needing different remote controls for televisions, set-top boxes, gaming consoles and other peripherals. However, Microsoft is working on some new features for its Xbox SmartGlass mobile app that could make the basket of remotes a thing of the past. Starting on Tuesday, Microsoft is offering a system update preview to SmartGlass to select Xbox Live members that will add OneGuide and universal remote control capabilities to the app. This means that you’ll be able to use your smartphone as a remote control for all the TV-related devices in your house. Specifically, Microsoft says that the new SmartGlass features will give users “more control




'Top Gun 2' will feature Tom Cruise versus drones, says Jerry Bruckheimer

'Top Gun 2' will feature Tom Cruise versus drones, says Jerry BruckheimerThe long-rumored Top Gun 2 is almost certainly happening, at least according to producer Jerry Bruckheimer. In an interview with The Huffington Post last week, Bruckheimer expressed how determined he is to make a follow-up to the 1986 classic, and hinted at what themes the movie will explore. In the sequel, Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, and face off against drones to prove just how essential volleyball-loving airmen are. Talk about the movie has been bubbling for years, especially after Paramount tapped Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott to return for another outing in 2010. The Pirates of the Caribbean producer said that Scott had figured out a way to tell the story right (in what sounds like an action movie take on the John Henry tall tale) but his suicide in 2012 almost scuttled the project.




The Most Popular iPhone Game Is Just A Shameless Ripoff

The Most Popular iPhone Game Is Just A Shameless RipoffHere's the thing: "2048" isn't just a clone. It's a clone of another clone, "1024," which has gone relatively unnoticed in all of this. That's three games, without counting the clones that "2048" has inevitably spawned.





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Factories expand, construction spending lackluster

Ford Assembly workers install a battery onto the chassis of a Ford Focus Electric vehicle at the Michigan Assembly Plant in WayneConstruction spending barely rose in February, with private residential construction outlays recording their biggest decline in seven months, other data showed on Tuesday. We should see growth in manufacturing the rest of the year with the overall growing economy," said Gus Faucher, senior economist at PNC Financial Services in Pittsburgh.




Congress hearings to put harsh spotlight on GM

Consulting materials engineer Mark Hood shows the ignition assembly in PensacolaBy Ben Klayman and Eric Beech WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress will try to establish who is to blame for at least 13 auto-related deaths over the past decade, as public hearings are launched on Tuesday on General Motors' slow response to defective ignition switches in cars. Despite tougher laws being enacted in 2000 and 2010 to encourage automakers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to aggressively root out safety concerns, it took GM more than 10 years to acknowledge publicly that it had a potentially fatal problem. Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is holding the first hearing, floated a new memo on Tuesday saying its analysis of documents found that GM still has not reported to federal regulators many cases involving ignition-switch concerns registered by consumers and GM technicians. "At the same time GM was receiving these consumer complaints, the company continued to deny any defect," the House Democrats' memo said.




Wall Street climbs to record after manufacturing data

Specialist trader Donald Civitanova works on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeBy Ryan Vlastelica NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 advancing to an intraday record after the latest economic data indicated that economic growth was gaining traction after a harsh winter. Gains were broad, but areas of the market closely tied to the pace of economic growth were among the day's leaders. Both the PHLX housing sector index and the Nasdaq biotechnology index added 1.5 percent. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said its index of national factory activity rose to 53.7 in March, its second straight monthly acceleration, from February's read of 53.2, but below the median forecast of 54.0.




Banks pull out of lawsuit vs. Target, Trustwave over data breach

The sign outside the Target store in Arvada(Reuters) - Two U.S. banks that sued Target Corp and credit card security firm Trustwave Holdings Inc over responsibility for one of the largest data breaches on record have at least for now dropped their lawsuit. Trustmark National Bank, which is based in New York, and Houston-based Green Bank NA said they would dismiss their cases "without prejudice to re-filing," according to filings on Friday and Monday in the federal court in Chicago. The banks had accused Target and Trustwave of failing to properly secure customer data, leading to the theft of about 40 million payment card records and 70 million other records during last year's holiday shopping season. But on Saturday, Trustwave Chief Executive Robert McCullen told clients saying that Target did not outsource data security to his Chicago-based company, and that Trustwave did not monitor Target's network or process its cardholder data.




Weather, incentives help lift March U.S. auto sales

Chrysler assembly staff works on the chassis of a 2014 Dodge Ram pickup truck at the Warren Assembly Plant in WarrenBy Bernie Woodall and Deepa Seetharaman DETROIT/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. auto sales inched up more than expected in March after two months when weather reduced demand, but the robust sales rebound some expected will have to wait until April, initial reports by major automakers showed on Tuesday. Ford Motor Co reported a 3 percent rise in U.S. sales; All three narrowly beat expectations by industry research firm Edmunds.com. Ford's U.S. sales chief John Felice said the sales momentum in late March shows "the trend positive heading into April." Toyota's U.S. sales boss Bill Fay said, "we're optimistic that momentum will spring us in into April." U.S. auto sales leader General Motors Co said it will delay until late Tuesday afternoon its March U.S. sales statement because of computer glitches.




Europe, China factory sectors weaken in March; U.S. stable

File picture shows an employee working at a Chinese automobile factory in HefeiBy David Gaffen, Jonathan Cable and Adam Rose NEW YORK/LONDON/BEIJING (Reuters) - Manufacturing in Asia and Europe finished the first quarter on a weaker note but activity in the United States remained relatively steady, suggesting severe winter weather in North America had only a modest effect on U.S. factories. Factories across Europe eased back on the throttle in March while China's vast manufacturing industry contracted for a third straight month, surveys showed, fueling expectations policymakers may be forced to act in coming months. The performance in the U.S. contrasts with the lackluster data elsewhere and arguably gives U.S. monetary authorities more room to reduce stimulus than their central banking counterparts abroad, who are trying to prop up growth. U.S. markets judged the news as positive.




Global factory growth lost momentum in March: PMI

Employee wearing a home-made cardboard mask works inside a bicycle factory in ZaozhuangGlobal manufacturing growth lost momentum last month as new orders came in at a slower pace but factories increased staffing to meet the continued expansion, a business survey showed on Tuesday. JPMorgan's Global Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) dipped to 52.4 in March from 53.2. "Although growth is cooling from the highs reached at the end of last year, the picture remains one of continued expansion, suggesting manufacturing will remain a contributor to both global economic growth and job creation," said David Hensley, a director at JPMorgan.




News Corp wins dismissal of U.S. lawsuit over phone hacking

A passer-by stands in front of the News Corporation building in New YorkBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - News Corp, its Chairman Rupert Murdoch and other top officials have won the dismissal of a U.S. lawsuit accusing them of defrauding shareholders by concealing widespread, illegal phone hacking at two of its British newspapers. In a decision made public on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe in Manhattan said the defendants could not be held liable over statements predating the period for which shareholders sought to recoup alleged losses. The case was based on statements by Murdoch, former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks and others in the years after the 2006 arrest of reporter Clive Goodman and investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who were both later imprisoned for allegedly hacking the phones of Britain's royal family. Shareholders led by Britain's Avon Pension Fund accused the defendants of making statements in press releases, interviews, conference calls, testimony to Parliament and elsewhere suggesting that the incident was isolated.




U.S. Senate panel to grill Caterpillar executives at tax hearing

The Caterpillar Visitors Center is seen in Peoria, IllinoisExecutives for Caterpillar Inc will defend the company's offshore tax strategies at a U.S. Senate hearing on Tuesday held by a panel known for shedding light on corporate tax avoidance. In a 99-page report released on Monday, the Senate the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations said Caterpillar avoided paying $2.4 billion in U.S. taxes from 2000 through 2012 by moving profits from sales of replacement parts through a low-tax unit it set up in Switzerland. Democrat Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the subcommittee and one of Capitol Hill's most dogged questioners, said on Monday Caterpillar set up the Swiss structure for no other reason than to avoid U.S. taxes. Caterpillar, the world's largest mining and construction equipment maker, said on Monday the Swiss structure is legal and is a standard business move for many multinational companies.




Greece wants no third bailout, euro zone hopeful but cautious

Eurogroup President Dijsselbloem, Greece's FM Stournaras and Governor of Bank of Greece Provopoulos talk in AthensGreece, fully funded for the next 12 months, hopes to finance itself on the market afterwards, but its euro zone peers say success depends on whether Athens delivers on the reforms it has promised so far. But after four years of painful measures to contain debt, two bailouts worth 240 billion euros ($330 billion) and a hit on private bondholders, the Greek economy is expected to return to modest growth this year. The cash raised would complement money that Athens will get from the euro zone and the International Monetary Fund after a deal in March which unblocks the payment of overdue tranches. The certainty that Greece will have enough money over the next 12 months to cover its expenses is important because it is a condition for the IMF to keep lending to Athens even after euro zone loans stop at the end of 2014.





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House music legend Frankie Knuckles dead at 59
CHICAGO (AP) — Frankie Knuckles, a Chicago disc jockey known as the "Godfather of House Music," has died at age 59.

CBS dubs sound for quiet electric car
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News says an editor made an "audio error" in dubbing the sound of a loud traditional car engine over footage of the much quieter Tesla electric car in a "60 Minutes" story that aired Sunday.

A new year of series, specials for Animal Planet

This undated image released by Animal Planet shows retired Chinese professional basketball player Yao Ming with a baby elephant. Ming sets off to help save Africa's elephants and rhinos from extinction by changing a 1,000-year-old Chinese tradition and ending the trade of illegal ivory and rhino horn in his native China in an Animal Planet special airing in the fall. (AP Photo/Animal Planet)NEW YORK (AP) — Unlike some channels, Animal Planet trades on a message beyond "Watch us."




Marathon victim sues Glenn Beck for defamation

FILE - This Nov. 20, 2011 file photo shows TV and radio commentator Glenn Beck at the 114th Anniversary Justice Louis Brandeis award Dinner given by the Zionist Organization of America in New York. A Saudi Arabian man injured in the Boston Marathon bombings on Friday, March 28, 2014 filed a defamation lawsuit against Beck, accusing the conservative commentator of saying on the air that the plaintiff was "the money man" behind the attack. (AP Photo/David Karp, File)BOSTON (AP) — A Saudi Arabian man injured in the Boston Marathon bombings has filed a defamation lawsuit against Glenn Beck, accusing the conservative commentator of calling him "the money man" behind the attack.




Whitford says film stars are now seeking TV roles

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2013 file photo, actor Bradley Whitford arrives at the PaleyFest Previews: Fall TV show "Trophy Wife" at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, Calif. With A-listers like Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts and Halle Berry jumping to TV, Whitford marvels at how any show-biz stigma of the small screen is now a thing of the past. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — With A-listers like Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts and Halle Berry jumping to TV, actor Bradley Whitford marvels at how show-biz stigma of the small screen is now a thing of the past.




Rolling Stones to resume tour in May

FILE - This Feb. 26, 2014 file photo shows Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones performing during their concert at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo. The Rolling Stones said Tuesday April 1, 2014 they are resuming a world tour after postponing several dates in the wake of the death of L'Wren Scott, girlfriend of singer Mick Jagger. The band has announced new shows in Europe, starting May 26 in Oslo, Norway. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)LONDON (AP) — The Rolling Stones are resuming a world tour after postponing several dates in the wake of the death of L'Wren Scott, girlfriend of singer Mick Jagger.




Springsteen among those to fete Rock Hall class

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2013 file photo, musician Bruce Springsteen performs at the Stand Up for Heroes event at Madison Square Garden, in New York. Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Nicks, Carrie Underwood, Chris Martin: The stars are turning out to salute the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. The hall of fame says Tuesday, April 1, 2014, that "The Boss" will fittingly induct and perform with his loyal E Street Band, while a superstar lineup of Nicks, Underwood, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris and Sheryl Crow will perform for Linda Ronstadt. (John Minchillo/Invision/AP, file)NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Nicks, Carrie Underwood, Chris Martin: The stars are turning out to salute the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.




Kim Kardashian wades into Syria war debate

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2012 file photo, television personality Kim Kardashian poses for photographers at the red carpet during the 40th anniversary of Cosmopolitan magazine in Spanish in Mexico City. Kim Kardashian has waded into the unlikely waters of Syria's civil war, calling on her supporters to save the ancient Armenian village of Kassab, whose residents fled as rebels seized control of the hamlet in late March, seemingly comparing their flight to the Armenian genocide of the early twentieth century. Her tweet prompted an onslaught of gory images of beheaded men, slain bodies and smashed churches that social media followers incorrectly attributed to the Kassab battle. In doing so, the world's most famous woman of Armenian descent, underscored how Syria's war, more than any other in history, has been waged on the internet. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)BEIRUT (AP) — Kim Kardashian has waded into Syria's conflict, calling on fans through Twitter to save the ancient Armenian Christian village of Kassab, whose residents fled as rebels seized control of the hamlet in late March.




New York offers tax breaks to theater producers

FILE - This Jan. 19, 2012 file photo shows a Broadway street in Times Square, in New York. New York state lawmakers have voted to help the theater industry by dangling tax incentives for investors who originate live productions in New York, making the state the fourth in the nation to give breaks to plays and musicals. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)NEW YORK (AP) — New York state lawmakers are giving a financial boost to the theater industry by offering tax incentives for investors who originate live productions in upstate New York, making the state the fourth in the nation to give breaks to plays and musicals.




Photographer wants big damages in Bieber lawsuit

FILE - In this March 19, 2013 file photo, singer Justin Bieber performs during a concert at Bercy Arena in Paris. A hearing is scheduled in a Miami courtroom Tuesday, April 1, 2014, for motions in a photographer’s lawsuit against Bieber and a bodyguard over an alleged assault. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)MIAMI (AP) — A celebrity photographer sought to boost the potential damages he could win from Justin Bieber in a lawsuit that accuses the singer and a bodyguard of battery in a confrontation outside a recording studio.





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