'Blood moon' sweeping across the night sky
2014-04-15 18:03:50 UTC
Los Angeles - Sky gazers caught a glimpse of the "blood moon" crossing the Earth's shadow Tuesday in all its splendor.
The moon took on a reddish hue as it appeared in different phases between 2 and 4:30 a.m. ET.
In North and South America, wher...
Prosecutor: Oscar Pistorius is using his emotions "as an escape"
2014-04-14 17:45:40 UTC
The prosecutor at the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has suggested the South African athlete is using his emotions "as an escape".
He broke down in tears four times on Monday and has also vomited in court.
"Now you trying to be emotional and i...
Suspect shouts 'Heil Hitler' from police car
2014-04-14 08:49:30 UTC
Kansas City - A Missouri man, with a long virulent history of anti-Semitism, is suspected of killing a boy and his grandfather outside a Jewish community center in Kansas City, and a woman at a Jewish assisted living facility nearby.
IMF were "deeply disappointed" if US Congress failure to act
2014-04-13 01:03:47 UTC
The 188-country International Monetary Fund concluded weekend meetings with pledges to work toward faster growth that will alleviate still-high unemployment.
The United States came in for criticism in that statement.
It said officials were "de...
…what is this?
2014-04-12 00:55:44 UTC
<h3>The story behind that horrifying Emma Watson GIF is even weirder than the GIF itself</h3>
A GIF of Emma Watson morphing into Sophia Vergara transfixed and horrified the Internet Wednesday, with reactions generally a variation of “…what is t...
US refuses visa for Iran's UN envoy choice Hamid Aboutalebi
2014-04-12 00:05:54 UTC
<h3>The White House has refused to issue a US visa to Iran's nomination for UN ambassador, who was involved in seizure of the US embassy in 1979.</h3>The decision in effect bars Hamid Aboutalebi from taking up the role at the UN, which is based in...
Senate torture report: CIA and White House under pressure
2014-04-11 17:37:42 UTC
Senate committee found CIA interrogations and detentions to be 'brutal' and urges administration to release report as quickly as possible. A leak of the major findings of a landmark Senate inquiry into the CIA’s post-9/11 torture of terrorism deta...
Obama Banks on Sebelius Leaving to Take Heat Off Party
2014-04-11 16:13:26 UTC
The departure of Kathleen Sebelius from President Barack Obama’s cabinet removes a focal point for criticism over Obamacare’s troubled rollout, right at a moment when the White House can blunt attacks with enrollment numbers that exceeded targets....
Australian PM 'confident' signals are from black box
2014-04-11 08:48:54 UTC
Hopes that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 might soon be found rose and then stalled within minutes Friday.
The most recent acoustic signal detected by an Australian aircraft Thursday is "unlikely to be related to the aircraft black boxes," Australi...
Angela Merkel denied access to her NSA file
2014-04-10 21:34:18 UTC
The US government is refusing to grant Angela Merkel access to her NSA file or answer formal questions from Germany about its surveillance activities, raising the stakes before a crucial visit by the German chancellor to Washington.
Oscar Pistorius, selfish, reckless and a liar
2014-04-10 16:27:49 UTC
<h3>Oscar Pistorius has faced a second day of intense cross-examination at his trial in which he was accused of being selfish, reckless and a liar.</h3>Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel focused on the athlete's character, enthusiasm for firearms and ver...
Bayern Munich blow Manchester United away after Patrice Evra's strike
2014-04-10 05:51:35 UTC
Among all the disappointments for Manchester United, nothing will jar so much as the knowledge that, briefly, they had this game under their control. They will be anguished about the speed at which everything unravelled, leaving them with an uncom...
Try thinking of yourself as a pea, instead of a human
2014-04-10 05:42:06 UTC
For those concerned about climate change, the ultra-conservative Heartland Institute offers up a calming solution: try thinking of yourself as a pea, instead of a human. Peas in a lab sprouted faster with extreme concentrations of carbon dioxide, ...
Iran nuclear talks ready to 'move to the next phase'
2014-04-09 18:43:58 UTC
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a joint statement from Vienna on Wednesday that talks between world powers and Iran will reach an intensive phase when the country's envoys next meet.
"We will now move to the next phase in the neg...
California Ranked Lowest in Government Data Access Study
2014-04-09 08:41:02 UTC
California, the U.S. state with the largest population and budget, offers the least website access to its government spending data, according to an analysis by the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group.
Alaska and Idaho also got failing gra...
Unemployment insurance: Boehner may not allow vote on Bill
2014-04-09 09:31:30 UTC
A bipartisan attempt to restore unemployment insurance to more than two million out-of-work Americans appeared likely to fall victim to deadlock in Congress on Tuesday.
The Senate passed legislation on Monday night that would temporarily extend...
Peaches Geldof found dead aged 25
2014-04-07 19:28:03 UTC
The Geldof family was struggling to come to terms with the latest chapter in its tragic history after the sudden death of Peaches Geldof, aged just 25, at her home in Kent on Monday.
"We are beyond pain," her father, Bob Geldof, said as he conf...
Mickey Rooney, child star, legend of the screen, dies at 93
2014-04-07 15:51:08 UTC
Actor Mickey Rooney, who became the United States' biggest movie star while still a brash teenager in the 1930s and later a versatile character actor in a career that spanned 10 decades, has died aged 93.
Rooney, who developed a reputation as a...
Nigeria overtake South Africa and becomes Africa's biggest economy
2014-04-06 16:46:47 UTC
Nigeria has "rebased" its gross domestic product (GDP) data, which has pushed it above South Africa as the continent's biggest economy.
Nigerian GDP now includes previously uncounted industries like telecoms, information technology, music, onli...
US created 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest
2014-04-03 18:06:33 UTC
The US created a text-message social network designed to foment unrest in Cuba, according to an investigation by the Associated Press news agency.
ZunZuneo, dubbed a "Cuban Twitter", had 40,000 subscribers at its height in a country with limite...
Stolen Gauguin painting 'hung on factory worker's wall'
2014-04-02 16:32:16 UTC
Stolen paintings by Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard hung on an Italian factory worker's kitchen wall for almost 40 years, police have revealed.
Now worth at least 10.6m euros (£8.8m), they were stolen from a collector's London home in 1970 and ...
US Supreme Court strikes down overall donor limits
2014-04-02 16:42:41 UTC
The US Supreme Court has struck down overall political campaign contribution limits for individual donors.
The court ruled 5-4 that individuals could give to candidates, parties and political groups without observing an overall cap of $123,200....
Colbert: Who gets the last laugh?
2014-04-02 07:39:29 UTC
A review of the best commentary on and around the world...
<h3>Today's must-read</h4>When you pick a fight with a man who stars in his own television show - particularly one who uses parody to self-consciously revel in his own glory - you have ...
Obama healthcare 'here to stay'
2014-04-02 07:21:20 UTC
US President Barack Obama says his embattled signature healthcare programme is "here to stay" after more than 7 million Americans signed up.
He told reporters the law, nicknamed Obamacare, represented progress and benefitted the economy.
Increase in violence on TV
2014-04-01 08:05:55 UTC
For some time now, the most reliable way for any maker of TV to prove he or she is serious, ground-breaking and taboo-busting is to produce grim, dark and – that most overused term – ‘edgy’ drama”. The Good Wife and Parenthood are arguably as adv...