• The Dress That Sent The Internet Into Meltdown

    The seemingly innocent design sent the internet into complete meltdown as people argued over whether the dress was in fact blue and black or white and gold. "But on the black background some might see it as white." He even speculated, perhaps jokingly, that the white-gold prejudice favors the idea of seeing the dress under strong daylight.

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  • GE to demolish a vacant buildings on Fort Wayne campus

    General Electric plans to begin demolishing one of its 13 vacant buildings on its 32-acre campus in Fort Wayne in the next few weeks but hasn't decided what to do with the other 12 buildings or the iconic lighted sign that sits atop one of them. "In the process of cleaning out the non-load-bearing internal structures, the restraints on some exterior brickwork were temporarily compromised," GE spokesman Matt Conkrite said. GE is discussing options with the city of Fort Wayne about the property, Conkrite said.

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  • Chan spends precious time with family

    FIRST ON 7: Video has emerged of Andrew Chan sharing tender moments with his family inside Bali's Kerobokan prison. The 31-year-old is one of two Australians on death row in Indonesia for attempting to smuggle drugs from the country in 2005. The pair, dubbed the Bali Nine duo, are waiting for authorities to order their transfer from prison to their place of execution on Nusakambangan island, where the firing squad has been heard training at night.

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  • NZ pip Australia in World Cup nail-biter

    Michael Clarke has been left lamenting Australia's "horrendous" batting after New Zealand triumphed by one wicket in a dramatic tale of two collapses. Australia slipped from 1-80 to 9-106 in 45 minutes and nine scarcely believable overs. Man of the match Trent Boult was chief destroyer, claiming five wickets in three overs at a cost of one run.

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  • Islamic State under pressure as Kurds seize Syrian town

    Kurdish forces dealt a blow to Islamic State by capturing an important town on Friday in the latest stage of a powerful offensive in northeast Syria, a Kurdish militia spokesman said. Islamic State has been forced into retreat across parts of the strategic region, a land bridge between territory it controls in Syria and Iraq, even as its fighters have mounted new raids this week on Assyrian Christian villages, abducting more than 200 people. The capture of Tel Hamis was announced by the Kurdish YPG militia and confirmed by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the country's civil war.

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  • Jury: Billionaire looted mining firm; trial eyed huge home

    Billionaire Ira Rennert plundered a now-bankrupt mining company to pay for personal luxuries, jurors found Friday after a trial that spotlighted one of the world's biggest private homes. MagCorp's bankruptcy trustee argued the billionaire built the mansion with money improperly milked from the company.

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  • 6 women accuse hot yoga founder of sex assaults, groping

    A yoga guru who founded a rigorous routine of exercises practiced in steamy rooms around the world is facing lawsuits by six women who claim he sexually assaulted them. The most recent case, filed Feb. 13 in Los Angeles Superior Court, said Bikram Choudhury raped a Canadian woman who had shelled out $10,000 from her college fund for a nine-week class so she could teach the 26-pose technique to others. "Throughout the sexual abuse, defendant Bikram Choudhury offered multiple explanations and justifications for his behavior," the lawsuit said.

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  • Breakers sweep into ANBL grand final

    New Zealand Breakers skipper Mika Vukona is confident in his team's ability to do the business whether they meet Cairns or defending champions Perth in the Australian NBL grand final series. Cairns hold a 1-0 lead in their semi-final against Perth, who are at home for game two, which tips off on Sunday night. Corey Webster contributed 15 points and Vukona 12, while Tai Wesley came off the bench for 11 points and eight boards.

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  • Mugabe celebrates 91st birthday with million-dollar bash

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Saturday celebrated his 91st birthday with a lavish million dollar bash that was slammed by the opposition as "obscene" in a country wracked by poverty. Thousands of supporters of the ruling ZANU-PF, many wearing party regalia emblazoned with the president's image, sang and danced as he arrived for the jamboree at a luxury hotel in the famed Victoria Falls resort. The party, which comes a week after Mugabe's birthday, was held on the hotel golf course, with white marquees housing the guests.

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  • Hamm: My big fat divorce check 'got the job done'

    Oil tycoon Harold Hamm told CNBC on Friday his nearly $1 billion check to ex-wife Sue Ann Arnall helped put his divorce "in the rearview mirror." "That became a famous check. Read More Harold Hamm's ex cashes the big check after all "It laid around for a week or so," said Hamm. Mr. Hamm may hope that the 'job is done,' but the Oklahoma Supreme Court, not Mr. Hamm, will determine when this matter is concluded," the attorney said.

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  • Gas prices soar in California as supply shrinks

    Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due to labor unrest. Average retail gas prices in the state have surged 25 cents a gallon in less than a week, from $2.98 per gallon for regular on Monday to $3.23 per gallon on Friday. In some areas of Southern California, gas station owners were forced to pass price hikes of 24 cents per gallon along to consumers on Thursday after seeing wholesale prices shoot up.

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  • Russian opposition leader Nemtsov's murder 'meticulously planned'

    The murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was carefully planned, investigators said Saturday, pointing to details of the weapon used and the killers' knowledge of his movements. "There is no doubt that the crime was meticulously planned, as well as the place chosen for the murder," the powerful Investigative Committee, which has been put in charge of the probe, said in its first detailed statement on the drive-by shooting of the 55-year-old politician. Investigators said they believed Nemtsov was shot in the back from a car using a Makarov pistol, used by the Russian military and police.

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  • North Korean leader tells army: 'prepare for war'

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has urged his army to prepare for war with the United States and its allies, state media said Saturday, as Pyongyang ramps up the rhetoric ahead of US-South Korea military drills. Kim's comments came after South Korea and the United States Friday conducted a joint naval drill involving 10 South Korean warships and a US Aegis destroyer, ahead of the launch of large-scale military exercises that have enraged the North. "The prevailing situation where a great war for national reunification is at hand requires all the KPA (Korean People's Army) units to become (elite) Guard Units fully prepared for war politically and ideologically, in military technique and materially", he was quoted by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) as saying.

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  • Tributes pour in for Leonard Nimoy, aka Mr Spock

    "Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy," said Obama, who recalled meeting the Boston-born Nimoy with the Vulcan salute in 2007. More than a household name, Nimoy was a "lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time," the president added. "I loved Spock," said Obama.

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  • Federer stuns Djokovic in Dubai

    Roger Federer claimed the 84th title of his legendary career, kept his nose in front in his personal rivalry with Novak Djokovic, and equalled his best achievement at any tournament by winning the Dubai Open for the seventh time on Saturday. The second was abruptly truncated with a fine first serve, and this seemed to inspire Federer.

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  • Obamacare case seen as big threat for hospitals

    For more than a year, hospitals have been enjoying a cash influx from treating newly Obamacare-insured patients. But those same hospitals are now facing the prospect of losing out on billions of dollars of money from those patients because of a major Supreme Court case due to be argued next Wednesday. Among those worried about that possible fallout are the nation's largest for-profit and nonprofit hospital operators. The facilities of both those hospital operators are primarily based in states that will be directly affected the high court's decision in the case called King v. Burwell. Plaintiffs in that case claim that federal financial aid that helps most Obamacare customers in 37 states served by federally run HealthCare.gov pay for their insurance is illegal under the Affordable Care Act.

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  • The dress that broke the Internet

    By some reckonings, Buzzfeed invented "viral," but its deputy news director, Jon Passatino, appeared truly surprised by just how many clicks the dress generated. Neetzan Zimmerman, formerly an editor at another viral content machine, Gawker, and widely considered an expert in virality, tweeted that the dress is a "viral singularity." It appears to have started with a Tumblr post of the photo, headlined "what colors are this dress," and spread from there as those who saw white-and-gold engaged in pitched battles with the blue-and-black camp.

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  • Eight Spanish combatants arrested after returning from Ukraine

    Police arrested eight Spanish men who returned from fighting alongside pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine, in what they said was the first operation of its kind in Europe. Officers detained the suspects in six regions across Spain after they returned from predominantly Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine, the interior ministry said in a statement. The Spaniards belonged to the far-left and were inspired by the International Brigades, the multinational volunteer forces that fought against Francisco Franco's uprising during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s.

    AFP
  • Biopic of martial arts legend Bruce Lee springs into action

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Legendary martial arts star Bruce Lee is getting the official biopic treatment, daughter Shannon Lee announced Friday. Despite his untimely death in 1973 at age 32, Bruce Lee helped to create and

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  • MH370 wife hopes husband will return

    The wife of a man who was on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which disappeared a year ago still holds hope her husband will return. Two New Zealanders, Paul Weeks and Ximin Wang, were on the flight. In an letter to her husband published in the Herald on Sunday, Danica Weeks describes how their boys are growing up.

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