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Andy Murray loses Miami Open final to Novak Djokovic

Scot unable to end his losing run against Serb as the world No 1 walked off with a second successive Miami Open title<p>Tennis truisms: Roger Federer is always the crowd’s favourite, Rafael Nadal fights every point as if it were his last, and Novak Djokovic finds his way out of trouble when the …

Tennis

Ya hay fecha de beatificación de Monseñor Romero…y será en El Salvador

El 23 de mayo el mártir salvadoreño se convertirá en Santo de las Américas<p><b>Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero será beatificado en una ceremonia que se</b> …

What Will We Eat In 2050?

I remember my first “American-style” fast food. Burger King opened a location in Liverpool and I went out with some friends to check it out. I remember little details like queuing at right angles to the counter rather than snaking along the wall as was typical at the local fish and chip shop. I …

President Obama creating task force to save bee population from collapse

The Obama administration is taking steps to save bees from extinction. In a memorandum released on Friday, the White House is seeking to create a new task force to investigate the effects of new insecticides on bees and other crucial pollinators. The group will have 180 days to produce a strategy …

It showed how to make communications faster and take up less space on a hard disk, making the internet possible<p>This equation was published in the 1949 book <i>The Mathematical Theory of Communication</i>, co-written by Claude Shannon and Warren Weaver. An elegant way to work out how efficient a code could …

Q&A: Creating Global Wi-Fi--With Balloons

How Mike Cassidy of Google's Project Loon wants to get internet airborne.<p>Mike Cassidy works at Google X, the company’s self-described <i>moonshot factory,</i> as the leader of Project Loon. His team’s goal is to deploy a global network of thousands of Wi-Fi–connected balloons that will provide affordable …

Redskins' DeSean Jackson Trolls LeBron James on Instagram

Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson prefers Kobe Bryant to LeBron James, apparently.<p>While the reasoning is unclear, Jackson posted a photo of James asking to be subbed out for Bryant in the fourth quarter following the Miami Heat's NBA Finals loss to the San Antonio Spurs.<p>[DeSean …

Lebron James

Obama ordering 275 military personnel to Iraq; may send special ops

In a sign of the growing danger in Iraq, President Obama notified Congress on Monday that he was sending up to 275 U.S. military personnel "to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad."<p>Obama also is considering sending 100 or fewer special operations troops to …

National Security

Cove 6 House by Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects (SAOTA)

Cove 6 House in Knyzna, South Africa.<p>The team of Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects (SAOTA) designed the Cove 6 house situated in Knyzna, South …

Should you apply for Obama’s student-loan relief?

Millions of cash-strapped Americans may soon be able to reduce their monthly student loan payments thanks to a proposal President Obama will make …

RadioShack Is Collapsing

The company posted a net loss of $98.3 million, or $0.97 a share. Analysts were looking for a loss of $0.52 per share.<p>Revenue fell 13% from a year ago to $736.7 million and on a same-store basis, sales fell 14%, which the company said was driven by traffic declines and poor sales in its mobile …

China Now Has the Second-Most Millionaires in the World

China now has the second-highest number of millionaires in the world, according to a new report. That puts it firmly in second place — right behind …

Coke Goes Old-School Optical Illusion To Promote Its PlantBottle

Coke PlantBottle<p>Sure, you can make fancy TV commercials and even figure out innovative ways to keep a soda cold without electricity, but it’s nice to know you can still get people excited with a good ol’ fashioned print ad.<p>To promote its new PlantBottle–a recyclable plastic bottle made partially …

Optical Illusions

Piracy no longer such a big deal to the record industry, tax filing shows

The latest tax filing of the record industry’s anti-piracy lawsuit machine, the RIAA, reveals a group whose revenues are in deep decline and whose mandate may be wearing thin.<p>The filing, which Torrentfreak obtained, shows that the RIAA’s revenues are hitting record lows and that the group is …

World's forced labour laws to be tightened, says ILO

<b>For the first time in 84 years, the International Labour Organization (ILO) will this week decide on reforms to its convention on forced labour.</b><p>This is a global practice in which millions of workers live in a form of modern slavery.<p>They are handled as property and are forced to work in industries …

EBay Launches New Shops For Major Fashion Designers

eBay’s new Designer Collective will feature shops run by brands like Calvin Klein, Rebecca Minkoff, and Cynthia Rowley, signaling the retailer’s push to rebrand itself as more than just an auction site.<p>Next time you’re looking for some brand new designer duds, perhaps hit up eBay. The e-commerce …

Quarter of groceries will be sold online by 2030, says bank analyst

A quarter of groceries could be sold online by 2030 – five times current levels – according to a report which suggests all supermarkets will have to shrink their stores as shoppers buy from home.<p>John David Roeg, an analyst at Dutch bank Rabobank, said Tesco's actions to cut back space at its …

Brewers Have Been All Bottled Up, But Now They're Canning It

You may have noticed a trend clinking around on the shelves of your local liquor store: More and more fancy craft beer is showing up in aluminum cans.<p>For decades, canned beer was the stuff you bought cheap — the PBR or Natural Ice — bottom-shelf beer. But that layout has changed: The number of …

World Bank lowers growth forecast for developing world

<b>The World Bank has revised down its forecast for economic growth in the developing world this year - from 5.3% down to 4.8%.</b><p>If right, it would be the third consecutive year of growth below 5% for this group of countries.<p>The Bank says that developing nations need to make economic reforms to promote …

Old Clunkers Rule the Roads: Americans Are Driving Cars Longer

The great recession may have officially ended a few years ago, but the lingering impact can be seen in the cars and trucks that many Americans drive.<p>Their vehicles are old.<p>In fact, a new study shows the average age of cars and trucks in America has hit a new all-time high of 11.4 years, up slightly …

Automotive Industry

Ofsted finds 'culture of fear and intimidation' in some schools

Evening Summary<p><b>• Michael Gove, the education secretary, has responded to an Ofsted investigation into the influence of Islamist extremists in Birmingham schools by announcing plans to require all English schools to promote British values.</b> (See 4.29am.) Although Ofsted found no evidence of a plot to …

Man Injured After Elevator Climbs 30 Floors in 15 Seconds

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Syrian President Bashar Assad declares general amnesty for prisoners

Syrian President<p>Bashar Assad, who won reelection last week amid the country's three-year civil war, issued a general amnesty for prisoners Monday.<p>The Syrian state news agency SANA reported that the wide-ranging edict included the commuting of death sentences to life sentences, reduction of life …

Police: Killer Las Vegas couple shouted about revolution, posted rants online

Jerad Miller filled his Facebook profile with anti-government rants and warned he was about to make a sacrifice. Amanda Miller posted cute photos about cats -- and a picture of a coffee table built to hide rifles.<p>Now authorities are poring over the couple's social media posts as they investigate …

Las Vegas Cop-Killers Hated Government and Left Swastika on Body

A Las Vegas couple who shot to death two police officers, a civilian and themselves — after telling a neighbor they were headed to an "underground world" — had an anti-government, anti-police ideology with militia and white supremacist overtones, authorities said Monday.<p>Investigators believe ex-con …

This Hungarian-American Mathematician May Have Been Smarter Than Einstein

John von Neumann, born in Budapest in 1903 and immigrated to the United States in 1930, was a seminal thinker in mathematics (foundations of mathematics, functional analysis, ergodic theory, geometry, topology, and numerical analysis), physics (quantum mechanics, hydrodynamics, and fluid dynamics), …