• Japan PM says may drop direct apology in WWII statement

    Japan's leader Shinzo Abe risked Chinese and Korean ire on Tuesday by sending an offering to a controversial war shrine, and saying he may not repeat a formal apology for the country's World War II rampage. Abe, an unabashed nationalist, made a symbolic donation to Yasukuni Shrine, the supposed repository of the country's war dead, including 14 of the most infamous war criminals. The gifting of a sakaki tree -- sacred in native Shintoism -- appeared to indicate that Abe would not visit Yasukuni during the three-day Spring festival, which begins Tuesday.

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  • Manny Pacquiao teleconference call terminated early

    Manny Pacquiao's teleconference call on Monday was abruptly halted just minutes after it began with promoter Bob Arum delivering an obscenity before telling organizers to shut it down. "Oh (expletive)," Arum said after the moderator said the first question would come from Michael Marley of Examiner.com. Let's reorganize and do this call some other time, please." Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach commented briefly before the call was taken over by Arum who had said earlier he wasn't happy with the idea of it.

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  • How football coach Simeone painted Madrid red

    In the dying moments of Diego Simeone's second Madrid derby in charge of Atletico, a banner was lowered behind the goal his side was defending to display a stinging message: "Wanted: A dignified rival for a decent derby". The display by the Real Madrid ultras had more truth to it than the usual chutzpah exchanged between rival fans. It had been 13 years since Atletico had beaten Real, a run that would stretch into a 14th year and 25th match when Real's reserves won out once more at the Vicente Calderon five months later.

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  • US warship heads to Yemeni waters; could block Iran weapons

    The Navy aircraft carrier, USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming toward the waters off the country to beef up security and join other American ships that are prepared to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthi rebels. Navy officials said Monday that the Roosevelt was moving through the Arabian Sea. The Navy has been beefing up its presence in the Gulf of Aden and the southern Arabian Sea in response to reports that a convoy of about eight Iranian ships is heading toward Yemen and possibly carrying arms for the Houthis.

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  • First infant MRI study finds babies feel pain "like adults"

    By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - The brains of babies "light up" in a similar way to adults when exposed to the same painful stimulus, suggesting they feel pain much like adults do, researchers said on Tuesday. In the first of its kind study using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), scientists from Britain's Oxford University found that 18 of the 20 brain regions active in adults experiencing pain were also active in babies. Brain scans of the sleeping infants while they were subjected to mild pokes on the bottom of their feet with a special rod -- creating a sensation "like being poked with a pencil" -- also showed their brains had the same response to a slighter "poke" as adults did to a stimulus four times as strong, suggesting babies have a much lower pain threshold.

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  • South Korea PM tenders resignation over bribery scandal

    South Korean Prime Minister Lee Wan-Koo was left in political limbo on Tuesday after offering to resign over a scandal involving bribery allegations against senior members of President Park Geun-Hye's administration. The prime minister is a largely symbolic post in South Korea, where power is concentrated in the executive.

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  • Aussie PM downs beer in a few seconds, sparking debate

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was caught on video downing a beer in a few seconds at a Sydney pub, prompting comparisons to another drink-chugging former leader and sparking a debate on social media. The video, reportedly recorded on Saturday night, showed the leader knocking back a glass of Australia's Victoria Bitter in about six seconds as a large crowd surrounding him yelled "scull" repeatedly. Abbott was "proud as punch" when he grabbed a beer and "drank from head-to-toe the entire schooner (glass), dribbling little bits on his shirt", Simon Carrodus, an Australian Football Rules coach for the University of Technology, Sydney told the Australian Women's Weekly magazine.

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  • Balotelli barred from Liverpool Player of the Year vote after prank

    Liverpool temporarily removed Mario Balotelli from the club's Player of the Year website vote after a prank from rival fans saw the Italian streaking away with the award. Supporters of Manchester United and Arsenal gleefully hijacked the public poll intended to honour the Reds' star performer, creating the Twitter hashtag #VoteBalotelli to encourage others on social media to follow their example. As a result, the mercurial 24-year-old was removed from the running while youngsters Jordan Rossiter, Jordan Williams, Jon Flanagan and Danny Ward remained on the list - though he has since been reinstated.

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  • Shanghai auto show bans skimpily clad female models

    The Shanghai Auto Show banned female models and automakers responded with dancers and fresh-faced young women holding tablet computers. Organizers of China's biggest auto show announced in February that models in slinky dresses who usually adorn the stands of some auto brands would be banned. The use of female models at Chinese auto shows already had dwindled as automakers tried to set themselves apart.

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  • IBM: We are KILLING it in our hottest, most important markets

    IBM has historically lumped a lot of other stuff into “cloud” when it reports that number, including “private cloud” — that’s when businesses still buy their own software and servers to run in their own data center, but with special software that lets them run more efficiently. Because that involves buying expensive equipment, lumping “private cloud” sales into an overall cloud business can vastly bump up the revenue figures. Analytics is the hot thing these days because mobile devices, big data, and cloud computing have made it easier for any size company to capture data and analyze it.

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  • China: Bamboo bicycle workshop puts new spin on Beijing's traditional cycling culture

    Not more than a decade ago, the streets of Beijing were clogged by traffic from millions of bicycles, and few cars could be seen on the roads. Today, the opposite is true and China's capital city has practically become a graveyard for rusty bicycles. The bicycles still in use must now compete for space alongside the thousands of electric bikes and cars that also use the city's famous cycle lanes that line both sides of most roads.

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  • 3 New Chilling Posters for 'Jurassic World'!

    These three new posters for Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World are simply mind-blowing! Think the great white shark is your biggest nightmare? Wait till you meet the monstrous Mosasaurus! We're nearing blockbuster season with a slate of big movie titles

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  • Fabregas desperate to end wait for Premier League title

    Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas said Monday he wanted to win the Premier League title as "soon as possible" as he gave an indication of why he'd returned to English football with the Blues rather than Arsenal. The 27-year-old Spanish international midfielder made more than 300 appearances for Arsenal in eight years with the club before leaving for Barcelona with just a solitary FA Cup-winners medal after a string of near-misses, including a defeat in the 2006 Champions League final. Arsenal had the option of buying back Fabregas when he left Barcelona but chose not to take it up and he opted to join London rivals Chelsea instead.

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  • Halliburton says has cut 9,000 jobs in wake of oil's drop

    Halliburton Co. has cut 9,000 jobs — more than 10 percent of its workforce — in about six months and is considering more cost-cutting moves as falling oil prices sap demand for its drilling help. Halliburton executives disclosed the job cuts Monday on a conference call with investors. Oil prices plunged starting last summer, leading to a decline in drilling activity.

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  • Furore erupts over Ikea Singapore's discount offer for pastor's magic show

    Furniture retailer Ikea Singapore is caught up in controversy after its membership programme, Ikea Family, offered a discount for pastor Lawrence Khong’s magic show. Ikea Family offered a discount for tickets to “Vision”, a magic show performed by Khong and his daughter Priscilla. The pastor of Faith Community Baptist Church is well-known for his strong stance against homosexuality.

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  • California boy found asleep in car that was stolen

    Brock Guzman was found safe about 2 miles away in the abandoned car following an hours-long search. A thief likely happened upon the 2001 Toyota Corolla when the boy's father left it briefly unattended, police said. Paul Guzman, the boy's father, had placed the sleeping boy in the Corolla around 4:45 a.m., started the engine and went back into the house in Fairfield to get some belongings and his older son, who attends school 40 miles away in Napa.

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  • Woman who designed "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign dies

    The woman who came up with a neon sign that has welcomed countless visitors to "fabulous Las Vegas" since 1959 has died. Betty Willis, credited with designing the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, died in her Overton, Nevada, home on Sunday, according to an obituary on the Virgin Valley & Moapa Valley Mortuaries' website. The 91-year-old artist's often-copied sign sits in a median in the middle of Las Vegas Boulevard south of the Strip.

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  • Charlize Theron: Motherhood gave me new outlook

    Charlize Theron thinks becoming a mother has given her "perspective".The 39-year-old actress adopted son Jackson in 2012 and is very rarely spotted out and about without the adorable tot.Before taking on the role of a parent to the little boy, who is

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  • This Guy Chased After The Man He Loved For Way Too Long #ShortFilm

    This article This Guy Chased After The Man He Loved For Way Too Long originally appeared on Viddsee BUZZ. In the opera, a prince falls in love with the beautiful Princess Turandot who is known to give riddles to the ones that want her hand.

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  • This Creep Took Photos Of His Housemate While She Was Asleep #ShortFilm

    This article This Creep Took Photos Of His Housemate While She Was Asleep originally appeared on Viddsee BUZZ. This creep is no angel - he's got new flatmates whom he's taking advantage of, but his luck runs out in a strange turn of events.

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