Category Archives: technology

Police find human remains in suitcase on San Francisco sidewalk

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – San Francisco police on Wednesday discovered human body parts stuffed inside a suitcase that had been ditched on the sidewalk of a downtown street, officials said. Continue reading

Matt Bai: Jeb and the myth of the Sister Souljah moment

By Matt Bai As a ’90s rapper, Sister Souljah was no Queen Latifah; she made one solo album that went nowhere, and that was that. As a political cliché, though, she seems bound to outlast all of her contemporaries. Continue reading

Laser co-creator Charles Townes, a Nobel laureate, dies

By LISA LEFF, Associated Press BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Charles H. Continue reading

Co-pilot at controls when AirAsia plane crashed: investigator

The co-pilot of an AirAsia flight that crashed into the Java Sea last month was at the controls when it went down, killing all 162 people on board, investigators said on Thursday. Continue reading

IS purportedly sets new deadline for hostage swap

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Linda Sieg By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Linda Sieg AMMAN/TOKYO (Reuters) – An audio message purportedly from a Japanese journalist being held by Islamic State militants said a Jordanian air force pilot also captured by the group would be killed unless an Iraqi female prisoner in Jordan was released by sunset on Thursday. The message appeared to postpone a previous deadline set on Tuesday in which the journalist, Kenji Goto, said he would be killed within 24 hours if the Iraqi was not freed. The latest audio recording, which could not be verified by Reuters, was posted on YouTube early on Thursday Continue reading

Report: Removing the Credit Hour Would Impede College Efficiency

Nearly every aspect of school life – from the academic calendar to college admission requirements and financial aid eligibility – are governed by the Carnegie Unit, or credit hour, a decades-old gauge of college readiness. But some say the measurement has prevented important improvements and innovations in the nation’s education landscape and should be removed.  In a report released Thursday, the Carnegie Foundation examines how the credit hour has prevented more flexible education models in some cases, and provided structure and efficiency in others. Continue reading

Samsung’s 4Q earnings drop 27 percent, beats forecast

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. says its quarterly earnings dropped 27 percent in the fourth quarter but its result beat forecasts Continue reading

Nobel laureate Charles Townes, laser co-creator, dies at 99

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Charles Hard Townes, the co-inventor of the laser and a Nobel laureate in physics, has died at age 99. Officials at the University of California, Berkeley, where Townes was a professor emeritus, said he had been in poor health before he died Tuesday on the way to an Oakland hospital Continue reading

North Korea may be restarting nuke plant: US institute

By FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea may be attempting to restart its main nuclear bomb fuel reactor after a five-month shutdown, a U.S. research institute said Thursday. Continue reading

Magnitude 5.7 quake hits off northern California coast: USGS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck off the coast of northern California on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. The quake, initially reported as a weaker magnitude 5.1, was quite shallow at only 10.7 miles (17.2 km) below the seabed, the USGS said. Continue reading