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They must be pagans (03/24/15)
"Some recent commentary regarding the pending lawsuit seems to want to villainize Mother Nature for the excessive nutrient runoff, especially during periods of heavy rainfall. That darn Mother Nature. The continuance of more extreme weather is predicted. There are some of us who feel that Mother Nature is not the villainess, but more often than not, the victim in the quest for the profitable management of our fertile soils."...
BBC News
Borneo man guilty of Britons' murder
A Malaysian court finds a local man guilty of murdering two British medical students in Borneo.
France scraps payment for sex fines
France's Senate rejects a planned 2013 law penalising people who pay for sex and decides to maintain the offence of soliciting.
Big freeze hits Canada meat supplies
Customers find bare shelves at supermarkets in eastern Canada after sea ice causes ferry delays.
Turkey hit by massive power cut
A huge power cut hits several cities in Turkey, including Istanbul's public transport network.
Buhari 'ahead' in tight Nigeria poll
Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari edges ahead of President Goodluck Jonathan in early election counts, though key states are yet to declare.
Eurozone deflation eases in March
Deflation in the eurozone eased during March while the rate of unemployment dipped slightly in February, figures show.
'Good chance' of Iran nuclear deal
Russia's foreign minister says prospects of a preliminary agreement on Iran's nuclear programme are "very good" on the final day of intense talks.
Plaid's public services cash pledge
Plaid Cymru promises more cash for Welsh public services, an extra 1,000 medical jobs and to scrap taxes for 70,000 small businesses as it launches its general election manifesto.
UK's growth for 2014 revised up
The UK's economy grew at a faster pace than initially estimated last year, revised official figures show.
Peru prime minister deposed in spy row
Peruvian Prime Minister Ana Jara is sacked by Congress over allegations that the country's spy agency gathered information on thousands of Peruvians.
State news
Iowa urged to toughen up rules on teen driver's licenses
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A safety research organization is urging Iowa to toughen its rules for teenager driver's licenses....
Ex-college worker gets nearly 5 years in school theft case
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) -- A former Clarke University employee must serve nearly five years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding the school of more than $300,000....
Jury seated for 2nd Iowa murder trial of man
BOONE, Iowa (AP) -- Attorneys are expected to deliver their opening statements Tuesday in the second Iowa trial of a man accused of killing his former roommate in 2009....
2 trees nearing 200 years of age face ax at Iowa university
AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Two trees, one of which is almost 200 years old, are facing the ax due to growth at Iowa State University....
Iowa House panel approves bill on adoption leave benefits
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Some businesses in Iowa will be required to offer more leave benefits to parents of adopted children under a bill that received preliminary approval Monday from a House panel....
Technology News
GitHub Defenses Hold in 4-Days-and-Counting Battle
After battling a DDoS attack for four days, GitHub has restored normal service levels. The primary target of the assault is GreatFire.org, which is hosted on GitHub. GreatFire has attracted the ire of the Chinese government for offering anticensorship tools. "Very clearly, the Cyberspace Administration of China is behind both of the recent DDoS attacks," said GreatFire Co-founder Charles Smith.
Compliance Mindset Can Lead to Epic Security Fail
The recent data breach at Premera Blue Cross -- in which the personal information of some 11 million customers was compromised -- raises questions about how effective government regulators are at ensuring that healthcare providers adequately protect their patients' data. There have been abundant warnings that compliance with government regulations alone would not be adequate.
YouTube Fiddles With 4K
YouTube on Friday announced that it would begin supporting Ultra High Definition 4K video content. YouTube officially unveiled the news via TestTube, an incubator for new features concocted by its so-called mad scientists. YouTube developers have posted six experimental videos that can be streamed at up to 2160p -- essentially a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160.
Big Money Helps Cyanogen Go for Android's Jugular
Cyanogen has announced the completion of a financing round that brought $80 million in new funds to pay for more hiring and accelerated development of its open platform software development kit. Cyanogen is committed to liberating the Android OS from the financial grip of Google. Cyanogen has spurred a developing secondary app market for an alternative Android distribution based on its mods.
Gadget Ogling: Shooting Flames, Flowing Time, and Locked-Up Temptation
Someway, somehow, it's apparently legal to own the XM42 flamethrower in the United States, unless you happen to live in California or Maryland. I can't fathom any circumstance under which a weapon -- let's not mince words here -- capable of shooting flames 25 feet should be available for anyone to pick up if they have $700 lying around to back Ion Productions' crowdfunding campaign.
Retiring in a Tropical Paradise: Risks May Outweigh Rewards
One of the really attractive options for retirement is moving to another country and, for a fraction of the cost of living in the U.S., living like royalty. Well, I've been hearing a lot of stories about this over the last year, and I think there is reason for concern. This isn't to say that a lot of folks haven't done it successfully.