The al-Qaeda recruiter reputed to have assembled the so-called Hamburg Cell, which planned and largely carried out the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, has been set free in a prisoner exchange between rebel and regime forces in Syria. …read more
WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray pressed ahead Tuesday with his re-election bid but acknowledged he took a political hit from allegations that he led a “shadow campaign” with a convicted donor nicknamed “Uncle Earl.”
With the Democratic primary just three weeks away, Gray is trying to convince voters in the nation’s capital that he didn’t do anything wrong during his campaign in 2010 and that he is still the best choice to lead the city. The mayor used his State of the District speech Tuesday night to reiterate that message, receiving a partial standing ovation …read more
For four million years, Peru’s ocean shores hosted several species of large aquatic sloths. Now, fossils tell the story of critters that gradually became more aquatic – in essence, reversing the evolutionary trend that saw our distant ancestors emerge from …
The biggest move at Tuesday’s start of the NFL free-agency signing period was a departure: Franchise sack leader DeMarcus Ware was released by the Dallas Cowboys to create room under the salary cap.
With the cap rising $10 million to a record $133 million, a crop of players quickly found new homes as soon as the market official opened Tuesday afternoon — and offensive linemen were a popular commodity. Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert and the Miami Dolphins agreed to a five-year contract worth more than $45 million, according to a person familiar with the negotiations, who spoke …read more
On the subject of the Ukrainian crisis and the possible kidnapping of Crimea by the Russian Federation we have been hearing two very strange arguments that are in urgent need of rebuttal:
1. Why should the Crimeans be denied the right to decide their fate? If they feel they are the Russians’ brothers because they speak the same language, and if they feel greater affinity for the country of Putin than for the Europe of Robert Schuman and Vaclav Havel, why on earth should we object?
2. Bosnia, Kosovo. Are those not two recent cases of self-determination …read more
When he was 26, Joe McGinniss wrote “The Selling of the President 1968,” a landmark study of the uses of advertising in presidential campaigns. It stayed on bestseller lists for seven months, making Mr. McGinniss the youngest living author, up to that point, to have a No. 1 nonfiction bestseller.
September 18, 2011, 7:30 in the morning — a humid, overcast Sunday in Hong Kong: I am 36 hours into my labor with my first child when the doctor arrives to tell me they are going to perform an emergency C-section. My labor isn’t progressing and the baby is starting to tire. I burst into uncontrollable sobs as my husband holds my hand and barrages the doctor with questions. My daughter, Anaia, arrives wailing just 25 minutes later. I am a mother, happy beyond belief and completely bewildered by the entire experience.
By Emily Flitter and Aruna Viswanatha and Ben Klayman
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors are examining whether General Motors is criminally liable for failing to properly disclose problems with some of its vehicles that were linked to 13 deaths and led to a recall last month, according to a source familiar with the investigation.
The New York-based probe is in its early stages, and the source did not elaborate on the legal theory behind the potential criminal liability.
Federal investigators are reviewing information about how GM handled reports of problems with ignition switches that first came …read more
A review of what passes for financial news provides sobering insight into why so many investors historically earn subpar returns.
Jim Cramer provides more of his “top stock picks.” Many wrongly assume he has some special insight that permits him to identify mispriced stocks, despite compelling evidence to the contrary. According to The Motley Fool, Cramer made correct predictions only 45.08 percent of the time, which is less than what you would expect from random chance. Another study (reported here) looked at 6,400 forecasts from 68 “experts” from 2005 through 2012. It gave …read more
In February, Facebook acquired the company WhatsApp for $19 billion. WhatsApp serves over 465 million users and there are over 40 billion messages sent in and 19 billion messages sent out every day. Although the company has scaled drastically, they have maintained an uptime of 99%. How have they managed these feats? As WhatsApp engineer, Rick Reed mentioned at Erlang Factory, Erlang is their “secret sauce,” and that has put the language in the spotlight.
Erlang is an open source programming language designed for writing scalable, fault-tolerant, concurrent, distributed, non-stop, soft real-time applications. The language is …read more