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Huawei says reports of NSA spying won't impact growth

To match Analysis HUAWEI-CHINA/By Yimou Lee SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's No.2 telecoms equipment maker, on Wednesday shrugged off analysts' concerns that its growth will suffer from media reports alleging the United States accessed servers at its Shenzhen headquarters. The New York Times and Der Spiegel last month cited documents leaked by former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden as saying the National Security Agency (NSA) obtained sensitive data and monitored Huawei executives' communications. Analysts at a conference in Shenzhen raised concerns about Huawei's business suffering from similar worries over the security of its products, following the New York Times and Der Spiegel reports. "On the NSA ... it does not have a big impact on business growth," Eric Xu, Huawei's executive vice president and one of its rotating CEOs, told an analyst conference on Wednesday in Shenzhen.


Music video hub Vevo monthly viewership up nearly 50 percent to 6 billion

Caraeff, President and CEO of VEVO, gestures as he takes part in a panel discussion at The Cable Show in BostonBy Kevin Gray MIAMI (Reuters) - Vevo, the online music video hub that is a joint venture of two of the world's biggest music labels, has seen a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of music videos streamed each month from its platform, the company's top executive said on Tuesday. The company, which is controlled by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, hit a monthly average of nearly 6 billion views in December, a 46 percent rise from a year earlier, said Rio Caraeff, the chief executive officer. "Mobile and tablet and television are where the majority of the views are happening." A growing number of people watch music videos from the platform on smartphones, tablets or web-connected TVs using Apple TV, Roku and XBox devices. Google Inc is a minority stakeholder in New York-based Vevo, which was founded in 2009.


Brazilian Congress passes Internet bill of rights

Rousseff speaks during an inauguration ceremony for new ministers at the Planalto Palace in BrasiliaBy Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's Senate unanimously approved groundbreaking legislation on Tuesday that guarantees equal access to the Internet and protects the privacy of Brazilian users in the wake of U.S. spying revelations. President Dilma Rousseff, who was the target of U.S. espionage according to documents leaked by former NSA analyst Edward Snowden, plans to sign the bill into law. The legislation, dubbed Brazil's "Internet Constitution," has been hailed by experts, such as the British physicist and World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, for balancing the rights and duties of users, governments and corporations while ensuring the Internet continues to be an open and decentralized network. To guarantee passage of the bill, Rousseff´s government had to drop a contentious provision that would have forced global Internet companies to store data on their Brazilian users on data center servers inside the country.


AOL chief communications officer leaves after one year

The AOL logo is seen at the company's office in New York(Reuters) - AOL head of communications Peter Land left the company on Tuesday after a year working there, marking the latest public relations executive to depart the company. AOL Inc attributed Land's departure to a reorganization of the communications department. "We are investing in our communications function by promoting two of our most talented up and coming leaders - connecting the entirety of our internal and external communications," an AOL spokeswoman said in a statement. Eoin Ryan, currently head of investor relations, will become senior vice president of investor relations and communications.


Netflix price hikes seen boosting global expansion

A Netflix App icon is shown on an ipad in Encinitas(Reuters) - Netflix Inc's planned price hikes will allow it to spend more to produce more original content that will help it attract more customers globally, analysts said, as many of them raised their price targets on the stock. Netflix's shares rose more than 9 percent in early trading on Tuesday after the company unveiled plans to increase prices and reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit. At least seven brokerages raised their price targets on the stock. Raymond James and Cantor Fitzgerald upgraded the stock to their equivalent of a "buy" rating, citing strong growth prospects from international markets.


Lytro unveils a more sophisticated 'light-field' camera
By Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - In 2011, Lytro Inc dazzled the consumer gadget world when it introduced a pocket flashlight-sized gizmo that could take "living" pictures - images that could be refocused after the shutter clicked. The Lytro Illum, priced at $1,599, is marketed as a legitimate tool for commercial photographers and advanced amateurs who want to differentiate their work in an age of Instagram and "commodotized imaging," Lytro founder Ren Ng said. The original camera, which was priced at $399, was mostly a niche product that sought to prove the viability of light-field photography. Unlike the original Lytro camera, however, the Illum resembles a traditional DSLR, featuring a 30- to 250-mm equivalent F/2 lens, a 1-inch sensor and a sleek black body with a shutter button, SD memory cards and a 4-inch touchscreen display.
Viber's first major redesign makes it look right at home on the iPhone

Viber's first major redesign makes it look right at home on the iPhoneInternet calling and messaging service Viber does a solid job of constantly bringing new features to its apps, regardless of the platform. Now, some seven months after iOS 7 was released, Viber is finally changing the looks of its iPhone app to match that flat, minimalist appearance of Apple's OS. Aside from overhauling the UI, the Viber application now also lets you create a list of numbers you'd like to block and send longer video messages to people.


WhatsApp hits 500 million users

WhatsApp hits 500 million usersWhen the news first broke that Facebook had snapped up WhatsApp for a scarcely believable $19 billion, reports stated surfacing that the social messaging app's closest rivals had started to see a huge influx of new customers. The belief was that consumers were deserting WhatsApp because of its Facebook connection. What's more, the fastest growth is in India, Brazil, Mexico and Russia, which suggests that the Facebook connection is positive -- the social network's fastest growth over the past 12 months has been in the same four countries. Compared with other fast-emerging consumer tech markets, India is very much playing catch up when it comes to moving from feature phones to smartphones, yet, according to WhatsApp spokesperson for the India market, Neeraj Arora, the country currently has 48 million active WhatsApp users, up 8 million since February.


The OnePlus One smartphone is a denim-clad $299 Cyanogen monster

The OnePlus One smartphone is a denim-clad $299 Cyanogen monsterOnePlus, the startup founded by former Oppo VP Pete Lau, has unveiled its first smartphone, the OnePlus One.


The OnePlus One is the only Android phone you should really care about right now

The OnePlus One is the only Android phone you should really care about right nowOnePlus on Wednesday finally unveiled its first Android handset, the highly anticipated CyanogenMod-based OnePlus One. Considering the phone’s specs and affordable price, the One is the only Android phone you should really consider buying right now. The device will be even cheaper than customers expect, retailing for either $299/€269 (the 16GB version) or $349/€299 (the 64GB version), and should be available in the near future in 16 markets. The phone “was designed to be beautiful, timeless and comfortable in the hand,” the company says. “Embracing this design language, the One features subtle curves, sleek lines and a slightly raised, jet-black display. Even the smallest details belong uniquely to OnePlus, from the custom cut and engineered PCB boards to the specially


Meet the One, OnePlus' $299 Nexus killer

Meet the One, OnePlus' $299 Nexus killerRarely do we see a tech startup spending five months actively hyping up an unborn product; and when we do, most of them end up being vaporware. Luckily, that's not the case with OnePlus. Today, the Shenzhen-based company has finally unveiled its first smartphone, the One (not to be confused with the HTC One).


Hitachi is building the world's fastest elevator: 95 floors in 43 seconds

Hitachi is building the world's fastest elevator: 95 floors in 43 secondsIn 2016, Hitachi will take over Toshiba's title as the maker of the fastest elevator in the world. The Japanese company's slated to install two lifts that move at a swift 45mph inside China's Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, currently under construction. Apparently, you can reach the 95th floor (the building will have 111 floors in all) straight from the ground in just 43 seconds on one of these zippy elevators -- hardly long enough to freshen up before reaching the office.


Intel's next Thunderbolt port can handle two 4K displays at once

Intel's next Thunderbolt port can handle two 4K displays at onceThere's a good reason why the Mac Pro has six Thunderbolt 2 ports: current Thunderbolt tech isn't powerful enough to drive more than one 4K display per port. Future computers shouldn't face that limitation, though. VR-Zone has leaked a presentation which suggests that Intel's next Thunderbolt controller chip, Alpine Ridge, has enough bandwidth (40Gbps) to drive two 4K screens at the same time.


Edit image text with useful Chrome extension

Edit image text with useful Chrome extensionMeme generation might never be the same again. Project Naptha is a browser extension that lets users select, copy, edit and translate text from any image — so long as it is under 30 degrees of rotation. The plug-in runs on the Stroke Width Transform algorithm Microsoft Research invented for text detection in natural scenes. It also provides the option of using Google's open-source OCR engine Tesseract when necessary. Project Naptha utilizes a technique called "inpainting" to reconstruct images after they've been altered by the extension. ...


2K Games tries to save Civilization, Borderlands from GameSpy server shutdown

2K Games tries to save Civilization, Borderlands from GameSpy server shutdownGamespy's impending server shut-down might be cutting off Wii and DS multiplayer at the head, but not all games have to suffer this fate: PC publishers are starting to migrate their multiplayer servers to new platforms. Three of EA's ...


Whatsapp now has 500 million active users to offer its new social overlord

Whatsapp now has 500 million active users to offer its new social overlordSome companies lose their following after an acquisition, but not Whatsapp -- apparently, its userbase just continued to grow after Facebook bought it for $19 billion. The FB-owned entity has revealed that it now has 500 million active users, up 50 million from the time the social network snapped it up. According to Whatsapp CEO Jan Kuom, the app has seen the fastest growth in Brazil, India, Mexico and Russia in recent months.


Samsung patent reveals a wild new smartphone design

Samsung patent reveals a wild new smartphone designSamsung loves to experiment with different types of designs for its gadgets and a new patent flagged by Galaxy Club shows that the company has come up with some truly wild smartphone designs that go well beyond anything it has released so far. The new smartphone design patented by Samsung reveals a device with an oval-shaped frame and a wraparound display that puts key function buttons on the back of the device. The patent is only for a design concept, so it’s going to be a long time (and maybe forever) before we see anything like it hit the market. The design shown in the patent is actually similar to a design patent that Apple won earlier this year for an


Google offered to help Samsung with Apple patent battle costs

Google offered to help Samsung with Apple patent battle costsConfirming what a lot of us thought already, Google is more than a little interested in Apple and Samsung's continuing court battle. New evidence revealed by Apple's lawyers outlines emails from Google that offered to foot some of the damages (if Samsung lost), as well as cover part of the legal costs in the current trial. This would cover two of the five patents that Apple is fighting over.


Japan's not getting the Xbox One until this September

Japan's not getting the Xbox One until this SeptemberIf we're being civil, Japan's relationship with the Xbox could be described as "tenuous" at best, and the release date for Microsoft's latest game console probably won't do much to change that. Come this September 4th, gamers in the country will finally be able to claim an Xbox One for themselves. Yes, that's around 10 months after it launched in the US and other "first tier" countries, and seven months after the PlayStation 4's Japanese debut.


Comcast lashes out at Netflix over opposition to TWC merger

Comcast lashes out at Netflix over opposition to TWC mergerGee, do you think that Netflix publicly coming out against the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger has struck a nerve with Comcast? Within hours of Netflix declaring its opposition to the proposed $45 billion merger, Comcast came out with a statement that accused Netflix of relying on “inaccurate claims and arguments” to make its case. In particular, Comcast accused Netflix of conflating net neutrality issues with the kinds of peering agreements that Comcast recently reached with Netflix to ensure higher streaming quality over Comcast’s network. The cable giant then went on to tout its own commitment to the “open Internet” by declaring that “there has been no company that has had a stronger commitment to openness of the Internet than Comcast


You can take your Sprint phone to other US carriers next year

You can take your Sprint phone to other US carriers next yearIf you're with Sprint, you don't have many options for unlocking your phone's SIM card slot; if you can do it at all, you're limited to service on foreign networks. You'll have far more flexibility in the near future, though. The carrier has revealed that it will unlock devices for American use starting with those launched on or after February 11th, 2015.


Google's new mobile ads help find apps that fit your daily habits

Google's new mobile ads help find apps that fit your daily habitsAds for mobile apps are rarely personal; they're more often based on search keywords than your actual habits. Google is fixing this today with new ads in search and on YouTube that reflect your day-to-day app uses and purchases. If you regularly track your runs with fitness software, for instance, you may get ads offering to install a companion diet app.


Apple iPhone 5S ad uses the Pixies to promote a new tagline: 'you're more powerful than you think'

Apple iPhone 5S ad uses the Pixies to promote a new tagline: 'you're more powerful than you think'An Apple advertisement airing on major networks tonight uses an alternative-rock classic to promote a new tagline for the iPhone 5S. A crowdsourced version of the Pixies' "Gigantic" plays in the ad, which unveils a new tagline: "You're more powerful than you think." The ad itself shows off the iPhone's content creation features — music is a major part of the commercial, but gaming, photography, videography, and even a language translation app are also highlighted. You can watch the commercial below.


Video: ‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’ shows off a gorgeous, treacherous world

Video: ‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’ shows off a gorgeous, treacherous worldOne of the most iconic RPGs of the last generation will return to consoles and PCs this fall. BioWare announced on Tuesday that Dragon Age: Inquisition, the third entry in the series, will release on October 7th of this year. As the sole survivor of a cataclysmic blast that killed thousands, your character is tasked with the responsibility of leading the Inquisition, a force that aims to vanquish evil from the land of Thedas. Dragon Age has always threaded the needle between turn-based strategy and live action combat, and that trend looks to continue in Inquisition. Players will be able to rush into combat, swords swinging and magic charged if they like, or pause the action and designate specific tasks to characters in their party.


YouTube cat videos can finally play on most Roku devices

YouTube cat videos can finally play on most Roku devicesRoku has just announced that the YouTube app, once exclusive only to the Roku 3, is now available to all of the company's "current-gen" players. That includes the Roku LT, Roku 1, the Roku 2, the Roku HD, the Roku Streaming Stick... and, well, pretty much all of them.


The Supreme Court heard Aereo's case, whether they understood it could mean everything

The Supreme Court heard Aereo's case, whether they understood it could mean everythingWe have no doubt the justices of the Supreme Court are well versed and prepared for any copyright law, but do they understand TV or the hows and whys it can be so frustrating sometimes? Like many of us, possibly not that well -- like why HBO can't keep its streaming service up during Game of Thrones? -- which could make reaching a decision in the case between Aereo and the broadcasters seeking to put it out of business especially difficult.


Apple mends a Heartbleed security bug in its latest WiFi routers

Apple mends a Heartbleed security bug in its latest WiFi routersApple has largely avoided the wrath of the Heartbleed security flaw, but it now appears that the company's products aren't completely immune. The crew in Cupertino just updated its most recent AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule WiFi routers ...


The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

FILE - This Sept. 15, 2012 file photo released by Point Foundation shows Robin Thicke performing at "Voices On Point" Concert & Gala in Los Angeles. Thisck's “Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. & Pharrell was the top selling song on iTunes for the week ending June 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Point Foundation, Colin Young-Wolff)iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending April 21, 2014:


The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store
App Store Official Charts for the week ending April 21, 2014:
Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz is working on a new series for Netflix

Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz is working on a new series for NetflixThere's no word on another new season or movie for Arrested Development, but now the show's creator Mitch Hurwitz is working with Netflix on something new. As first reported by Deadline Hollywood, Hurwitz has signed a multi-year deal to ...


The Galaxy S5 already accounts for nearly 1% of Android smartphones

The Galaxy S5 already accounts for nearly 1% of Android smartphonesIt doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is poised to become the next big thing in the Android market. According to Localytics data from April 11th to April 18th, the Galaxy S5 already makes up 0.7% of the every active Android smartphone in the world, just one week after release. Considering the sheer number of Android devices on the market, this is quite an impressive feat, even for the reigning champion. Putting the achievement into perspective, Localytics notes that Apple managed to capture 1.1% of the iOS market one week after the release of the iPhone 5s. Apple dominated the conversation for months, but Samsung had to contend with a very strong competitor in the form


Join the Engadget HD Podcast live on Ustream at 9PM ET

Join the Engadget HD Podcast live on Ustream at 9PM ETIt's Tuesday, which is time for the Engadget HD Podcast and we hope you'll join us for the live recording at 9PM. The big news we kick this week's show off with is from Time Warner Cable in the way of a Fan TV box that delivers content from multiple sources. The Aereo case has finally had its, so we'll discuss the latest news from the Supreme Court.


Dish reportedly launching internet TV service this summer

Dish reportedly launching internet TV service this summerHow do you fight cord-cutters? Offer an internet streaming service with all of cable TV's best content. It sounds like a bit of a stretch, but it could be happening: the distribution deal that settled Disney and Dish's ad-skipping dispute also gave the TV-provider the rights to stream Disney-owned channels over the internet. Sources close to Bloomberg are now saying that Dish is hoping to launch the service before the end of the summer.


YouTube App Comes to More Roku Set-Top Boxes

YouTube App Comes to More Roku Set-Top BoxesRoku is recognized as the set-top box with the most online video content (now about 1,500 channels). But until today most of its devices were missing one of the world's biggest video providers, YouTube, which was available only on the Roku 3 and Roku streaming stick. Now the firehose of video — from best to worst — is available as an app on all of what Roku calls its "current generation" boxes —those made after July, 2011 (more details on that in a moment).


Yes, it looks like the Apple smartwatch will be called the ‘iWatch’

Yes, it looks like the Apple smartwatch will be called the ‘iWatch’Now that Apple has been seen further extending its company trademark to cover Class 14 devices including watches, a new piece of evidence seems to indicate that there’s apparently little doubt as to what Apple’s smartwatch will be called. French publication Consomac has discovered that Apple has quietly applied for “iWatch” trademarks in many markets around the world, including the U.S., by using a discrete dummy company called Brightflash. Registered in Delaware, Brightflash USA LLC has filed for iWatch trademark registrations in the U.S., European Union, U.K., China, Australia and many other countries. Apparently Brightflash has the same address Apple is suspected to have used in the past for a similar company to covertly register potential iPad name iSlate. Similarly, a “Carplay


Daily Roundup: Xperia Z2 Tablet review, Amazon's phone and more!

Daily Roundup: Xperia Z2 Tablet review, Amazon's phone and more!You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.


Chipmaker Skyworks forecasts upbeat quarter; shares up 12 pecrent
Chipmaker Skyworks Solutions Inc's second-quarter results and current-quarter forecast beat Wall Street estimates, helped by strong sales of chips used to connect machines to the Internet. Shares of the company, whose radio frequency analog chips connect electronic devices to a network, rose 12 percent in extended trading on Tuesday. Skyworks, whose chips connect smartphones and tablets to a telecom network, expects revenue from Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to rise this year, driven by the use of its chips in the South Korean company's wide range of smartphones, including the successful Galaxy S5. Besides Samsung, Skyworks also supplies chips to Apple Inc's largest contract manufacturer, Foxconn Technology Group.
Splashy plan for pool in NYC's East River unveiled

This artist's rendering provided by Plus Pool, on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, shows the proposed floating pool which is to be positioned in New York's East River close to the Brooklyn shore. The pool, which is scheduled to open in 2016, would be the first of its kind because it's made of filtration material designed to make dirty river water safe for swimming. The Manhattan skyline is in the background. (AP Photo/Plus Pool)NEW YORK (AP) — Forget schlepping to Jones Beach or down the Jersey Shore. A Brooklyn design team said Tuesday that New York's East River could be the next great place for a summer swim.



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Teen stowaway undetected for hours before departure

A plane takes off at Mineta San Jose International Airport, Monday, April 21, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. A 15-year-old boy scrambled over a fence at the airport, crossed a tarmac and climbed into a jetliner's wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii, Sunday. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu said the teen did not remember the flight from San Jose. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)The boy went unnoticed for seven hours in a highly secure area, officials say.


Obama visit lifts lid on simmering Asia tensions

US President Barack Obama departs for his week long trip to Asia on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 22, 2014US President Barack Obama's Asian tour starts in Japan on Wednesday, lifting the lid on a bubbling cauldron of regional animosities and exposing historical rifts. Obama touches down in Tokyo after nearly 150 lawmakers paid homage at a controversial war shrine seen by neighbouring nations as a symbol of Japan's brutal imperialist past, and shortly after the prime minister made a shrine offering. Days earlier, China seized a huge Japanese freighter over what a Shanghai court says are unpaid bills relating to Japan's 1930s occupation of vast swathes of the country.


SKorea ferry toll hits 150 as search gets tougher

In this Tuesday, April 22, 2014, searchers and divers look for people believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea. One by one, coast guard officers carried the newly arrived bodies covered in white sheets from a boat to a tent on the dock of this island, the first step in identifying a sharply rising number of corpses from the South Korean ferry that sank nearly a week ago. (AP Photo/Korea Pool) KOREA OUTJINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims.


Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea

FILE - In this April 19, 2014 file photo, Lee Joon-seok, center, the captain of the sunken ferry boat Sewol in the water off the southern coast, arrives at the headquarters of a joint investigation team of prosecutors and police in Mokpo, south of Seoul, South Korea. A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. Yet there he was, captured in video on the day his ferry sank with hundreds trapped inside, being treated onshore after allegedly landing on one of the first rescue boats. (AP Photo/Yonhap, File) KOREA OUTMOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. Yet there he was, captured in video on the day his ferry sank, onshore while hundreds of people were trapped inside the vessel.


Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs

Relatives of mountaineers, killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest, cry during the funeral ceremony in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 21, 2014. Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche ever recorded on Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community. The avalanche killed at least 13 Sherpas. Three other Sherpas remain missing and are presumed dead. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday, after the avalanche deaths of 16 of their colleagues exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay, treatment and benefits.


AP PHOTOS: Syrians on treacherous trek to safety

In this picture taken on early Sunday April 20, 2014, Saleh Zawaraa, 28, center, arrives on horseback after being severely injured by a tank shell as he tried to bring bread into the Syrian village of Beit Jinn, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. He and other Syrians refugees came over 2,814-meter (9,232-foot) Mount Hermon (Jabal el-Sheikh), into the town of Chebaa in southeast Lebanon. The village of Beit Jinn has been under siege by Syrian troops for months, and no food and medicine has been allowed to reach thousands of trapped civilians inside.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)MOUNT HERMON, Lebanon (AP) — As the late-day sun slipped behind the mountains in front of them, a ragtag group of around a dozen Syrians desperate to flee their country's bloody civil war set off on their treacherous nighttime trek across the rugged frontier into neighboring Lebanon.


Michigan affirmative ban is OK, Supreme Court says

FILE - This Sept. 19, 2013 file photo shows Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaking at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions. The justices said in a 6-2 ruling that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions. The justices said that a lower federal court was wrong to set aside the change as discriminatory. In dissent, Sotomayor said the decision tramples on the rights of minorities, even though the amendment was adopted democratically. “But without checks, democratically approved legislation can oppress minority groups,” said Sotomayor, who read her dissent aloud in the courtroom Tuesday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A state's voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a continuing need for programs that address racial inequality in America.


Missouri executes inmate for 1993 farm slaying

In this Dec. 1, 2013 provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is William Rousan. Rousan is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. He was sentenced to death for killing 62-year-old Grace Lewis in 1993 and was sentenced to life in prison for killing her 67-year-old husband. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections)BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri executed an inmate early Wednesday only a few miles from the farm where prosecutors say he orchestrated the 1993 killing of a couple whose cows he wanted to steal.


Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'

In this April 16, 2014 image from video Roger Pontz wears special glasses that house a small video camera and transmitter at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center on April 16, 2014, in Ann Arbor, Mich. The glasses are part of a system developed by a California company that wirelessly transmits images from the camera, converted into a series of electrical pulses, to an array of electrodes on the surface of Pontz' retna. The pulses stimulate the retina’s remaining healthy cells, causing them to relay the data to the optic nerve. The visual information then moves to the brain, where it is translated into patterns of light that can take the shape of an object’s outline, allowing the patient to regain some visual function. (AP Photo, Mike Householder)ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.


Pope John XXIII launched Vatican II and then some

FILE - In this April 15, 1963 file photo, Pope John XXIII sits at his working desk in his studio in a IX century tower in the Vatican gardens. In background the dome of St. Peter's Basilica. The Pontiff found the tower - once a fortress and later the Vatican observatory - abandoned and in decay. He liked it, particularly for the beautiful view from its covered terrace, embracing a great part of Rome and the surrounding country, in clear weather as far as the sea, distant about 25 kilometers (16 miles). He had it repaired and spends many days working in the studio he has had arranged there. While much of the focus of Sunday's dual canonization will be on Pope John Paul II's globe-trotting, 26-year papacy and his near-record sprint to sainthood, many older Catholics will be celebrating the short but historic pontificate of the "Good Pope," John XXIII. (AP Photo/Luigi Felici, File)VATICAN CITY (AP) — On the night of Oct. 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII did something so natural that it's astonishing it was so revolutionary at the time. He came to the window of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace and spoke to thousands of candle-bearing faithful below — not in the arcane, scripted words of pontiffs past but in those of a father and pastor looking out for his flock.


Australia signals deeper search for Malaysian jet

Malaysia Airlines flight MH192 bound for Bangalore turned back towards and parked at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Monday, April 21, 2014, after its right landing gear malfunctioned upon takeoff. The airline says Flight 192 carrying 166 people landed safely at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport early Monday, four hours after it departed. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that failure to find any clue in the most likely crash site of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet would not spell the end of the search, as officials planned to soon bring in more powerful sonar equipment that can delve deeper beneath the Indian Ocean.


Obama visit to Asia seen as counterweight to China

FILE - In this March 25, 2014 file photo, South Korean President Park Geun-hye, right, shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, as U.S. President Barack Obama looks on before their trilateral meeting at the U.S. Ambassador's Residence in the Hague, Netherlands. Obama’s travels through Asia this week will underscore the renewed U.S. commitment to the region, with an eye both to China’s rising assertiveness and to the fast-growing markets that are the center of gravity for global growth. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Do Kwang-hwan) KOREA OUTTOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama's travels through Asia aim to reassure partners about the renewed U.S. commitment to the region, with an eye both to China's rising assertiveness and the fast-growing markets that are the center of gravity for global growth.


Ukraine rebels brace for new assault as US troops head to region

Masked pro-Russia activists wait to prevent planned campaigning visit of presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko to the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, on April 22, 2014Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Pro-Kremlin rebels in Ukraine braced Wednesday for a renewed military offensive by Kiev as US troops headed to region in a show of force after Washington again warned Moscow over the escalating crisis. The United States said it plans to deploy 600 troops to Poland and the Baltic states to "reassure our allies and partners" after threatening Russia with more sanctions. Ukraine's acting president Oleksandr Turchynov late Tuesday ordered a new "anti-terrorist" operation against separatists holding a string of eastern towns after the discovery of two "brutally tortured" bodies.


Sotomayor: Justices 'fundamentally misunderstand' racial bias

SotomayorFirst Hispanic Supreme Court judge issues sharp dissent in affirmative action case.


IRS workers who owe back taxes awarded $1 million in bonuses

A general view of the Internal Revenue Service Building in WashingtonWASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday.


Oregon police: Man stalked women with 'moveable dungeon'

In this combo made from photos taken Jan. 21, 2014, left, and Nov. 6, 2013, and supplied by the Clackamas County Sheriff's office shows Kelly Vern Swodoba. A grand jury transcript released Monday, April 21, 2014, reveals that Swodoba, killed last month in a gunfight with Portland police, had stalked over a dozen girls, rating them by number, and prepared his van as a "moveable dungeon'' or "torture chamber'' with chains mounted to the floor, ropes, zip ties, a box of latex gloves, and teen pornography. (AP Photo/Clackamas County Sheriff)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a man fatally shot by a Portland officer last month had been stalking young women in a van that he converted into a "moveable dungeon" with chains and handcuffs after one of his victims managed to escape from it in January.


NYPD's Twitter PR campaign backfires badly

People walk by a New York City police officer in Times Square, on August 12, 2013New York police Tuesday were eating extra helpings of humble pie after asking people to post images of themselves and NYPD officers on Twitter -- only to face a deluge of pictures of alleged police brutality. "Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? It may be featured on our Facebook," the department posted on its NYPD News Twitter feed, hoping to fuel a feel-good, low-cost public relations campaign.


JetBlue pilots overwhelmingly vote 'yes' to join union

File photo of a passenger walking past a JetBlue advertisement at Logan International Airport in Boston(Reuters) - JetBlue Airways Corp pilots voted by a wide margin on Tuesday to join the Air Line Pilots Association union, sending the budget carrier's stock price down on concerns the move would raise the airline's costs. About 71 percent of the pilots eligible to vote in the month-long election backed ALPA. JetBlue has about 2,600 pilots and 96 percent were eligible to vote. The vote marked the first successful union drive by a group of workers at JetBlue.


Family has unpublished Gabriel Garcia Marquez manuscript

Residents walk next to a poster of Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, before a symbolic public funeral held for Garcia Marquez, in AracatacaMEXICO CITY (AP) — Novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez left behind an unpublished manuscript that he chose not to print while he was alive, an editor told The Associated Press on Tuesday as the writer's compatriots held a musical tribute to him in his native Colombia.


Obama takes in mudslide's brutal aftermath

Marine One helicopter, carrying President Barack Obama, takes an aerial tour of Oso, Wash., Tuesday, April 22, 2014, above the site of the deadly mudslide that struck the community in March. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)President meets grieving families and workers still searching site where dozens died.


Kerry: Cold War diplomacy was ‘easier’

Secretary of State John Kerry, accompanied by Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, announces the launch of second Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review during a speech at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Secretary of State feels "bipolar world" made American diplomacy a less high-wire affair.


Opposition: South Africa's ruling ANC giving away mattresses for votes

A man waves an ANC flag as supporters of the ruling party take part in a protest on March 26, 2014, in Cape TownSouth Africa's government corruption watchdog is looking into an allegation that the ruling ANC party handed out state-paid mattresses in election campaigns ahead of general polls on May 7, a spokesman said Tuesday. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is planning a meeting with the country's social security agency after a complaint from new opposition party AgangSA. "AgangSA complained that mattresses were distributed in Valhalla in Cape Town allegedly as part of the ruling party's election campaign," her spokesman Oupa Segalwe told AFP.


Life in solitary: The prison within the prison

'Solitary Nation'Filmmaker Dan Edge takes a look inside the brutal isolation unit at Maine State Prison for PBS' "Frontline."


Justices appear conflicted over Aereo TV copyright fight

Aereo antenna arrayWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared unsure on Tuesday whether to rule against online TV startup Aereo Inc in a major copyright case, with several raising concerns about how a ruling in favor of broadcast networks could affect increasingly popular cloud computing services. Aereo, backed by media mogul Barry Diller, could be forced to shut down if the high court rules for the four major television broadcasters, who say the service violates copyright law. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)


Five things you (probably) don't know about Earth Day

NASA handout image shows the distant blue Earth above the Moon's limbEarth Day turns 44 on Tuesday, and it's more popular than ever. One might suspect the holiday was created by eco-warriors in tie-dyed shirts and leather-fringe vests. Not so. Read on for a collection of facts you (probably) didn't know about Earth Day.


Violent death of Ukraine politician tests accord

Masked pro-Russia protesters burn campaign material of Yulia Tymoshenko outside a regional government building in DonetskUkraine's acting president calls for an anti-terrorist operation to be relaunched in the east of the country.


High court upholds Mich. affirmative action ban

FILE - In this June 27, 2012 file photo, an American flag flies in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. DNA may be the building blocks of life, but can something taken from it be the building blocks of a multimillion-dollar medical monopoly? The Supreme Court will grapple with that question Monday, April 15, 2013, as it delves into an issue that could reshape medical research in the United States, in the fight against diseases like breast and ovarian cancer, and the billion-dollar medical and biotechnology business: Can human genes be patented? The court's decision could have a wide-ranging effect. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions.


The face of hemp in Washington
Yahoo News spends a day with Ben Droz, Capitol Hill's hemp lobbyist.

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