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Google submits plans to expand Silicon Valley headquarters

Handout of an artist's rendering of the proposal to re-develop part of Google Headquarters North Bayshore campus in Mountain ViewGoogle Inc submitted plans on Friday for a vastly expanded headquarters at the Silicon Valley city where the tech giant is based, presenting a bucolic vision of movable structures to be built under curving and translucent canopies. The submission of the plan to the City Council in Mountain View, California, which the company chose for its headquarters 15 years ago, marks the first step in what city officials describe as a long review process. The new headquarters would give the Internet company the room for an additional 10,000 employees, compared to the 20,000 Google staffers that currently work in the city, a Google spokeswoman said. Google's blueprint for new headquarters in the city's North Bayshore district has gathered widespread attention because the design is seen as architecturally innovative.

Oracle sues Oregon officials in healthcare website dispute

File photograph of Oracle Corp headquarters Redwood CityBy Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Oracle America Inc, the software giant in charge of developing Oregon's failed health exchange website, has filed suit against five former staff and campaign advisers to the state's former governor, saying they worked behind the scenes to kill the site for political reasons, court documents showed. The company also gave notice to state administrators on Thursday, the same day it filed suit in Multnomah County Circuit Court, that it might file similar claims against former Governor John Kitzhaber and his former chief of staff, Mike Bonetto. The lawsuit says Kitzhaber's staffers and advisers, who did not work for Cover Oregon, "improperly influenced" the decision to shutter the site and then blamed Oracle to defuse the political consequences.     Named in the lawsuit are Kitzhaber's former campaign manager Patricia McCaig, consultants Kevin Looper and Mark Wiener, former business policy director Scott Nelson and former spokesman Tim Raphael.

Europe's big telecoms roar back to health, worrying rivals

Logo of Deutsche Telekom AG in BonnBy Leila Abboud, Harro Ten Wolde and Julia Fioretti PARIS (Reuters) - Europe's big telecom firms are back to rude financial health after years of poor results and regulatory pressure, drawing crowds of new investors and protests from rivals who worry the formerly state-owned companies may rebuild their monopolies. Germany's Deutsche Telekom and Spain's Telefonica have predicted that revenues will grow this year, while France's Orange and Norway's Telenor have promised higher future dividends, a major motivation for investors in the sector. The renaissance is a marked shift from the past five years in which the sector's sales fell steadily because of regulation ending various types of mobile fees and tough competition from cable operators such as Liberty Global and low-cost players like France's Iliad .

Japan's NTT Comm in talks to buy German e-shelter: source

The logo of Japan's biggest mobile phone operator NTT DoCoMo Inc. is seen at its shop in TokyoBy Yoshiyasu Shida TOKYO (Reuters) - NTT Communications Corp is in talks to acquire German data center provider e-shelter for about 100 billion yen ($836 million), according to a source familiar with the matter. An acquisition of e-shelter by Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Communications is the latest in the NTT Corp's overseas expansion due to a dwindling home market. NTT bought South African IT firm Dimension Data for 382 billion yen ($3.2 billion) in 2010, followed by takeover deals with a combined worth of 85.5 billion yen ($715.42 million) of two U.S. ...

White House releases draft bill to protect consumer data privacy
By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House released draft legislation on Friday that would give consumers more control over how the trail of data they leave behind them on the internet is used, stored and sold. The 24-page "discussion draft" on data privacy immediately sparked sharp reaction from the technology industry, which said the proposal would hurt innovation, and also from privacy advocacy groups that said it did not go far enough. President Barack Obama has made cyber security a major focus in the wake of high-profile hacks at companies such as Sony Pictures Anthem Inc and Target Corp. Obama has also proposed legislation to help the government and private sector more readily share cyber attack data, a new national standard requiring companies to tell consumers about data breaches within 30 days, and new protections for student data. The data privacy bill would codify a voluntary "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights" the White House created in 2012.
Cook says Apple Watch will replace car keys: Telegraph

Apple CEO Tim Cook stands in front of a screen displaying the IPhone 6 during a presentation at Apple headquarters in Cupertino(Reuters) - Apple Watch will replace your car keys and its battery will last the whole day, Apple Inc's Chief Executive Tim Cook told the Telegraph in an interview. The watch is designed to replace car keys and the clumsy, large fobs that are now used in many vehicles, Cook told the newspaper. Its battery will last the whole day, and will not take as long to charge as an iPhone, the report quoted Cook as saying. The rollout of the watch might pose a challenge for Apple's stores, which may involve "tweaking the experience in the store," the Telegraph said, citing Cook's conversation with the staff at Apple's Covent Garden store in London.

Every copy of Hot Chip's new album will feature a different cover

Every copy of Hot Chip's new album will feature a different coverLondon graphic designer Wallzo, aka Darren Wall, has created album art for the British electro-pop band Hot Chip since 2003, but for their upcoming album, Why Make Sense?, Hot Chip is trying something a little different. Visual artist Nick Relph built an algorithm capable of creating subtle variations on the black and white optical illusion seen above.

Power Rangers short makers cut deal to put film back online

Power Rangers short makers cut deal to put film back onlineThe gritty Power/Rangers short film viewed by millions earlier this week is back on YouTube and Vimeo. According to Deadline, the film's creators have struck a deal with Saban, which owns the rights to Power Rangers, and are now free to put their short anywhere online. The YouTube and Vimeo versions now come with extensive disclaimers noting that they present a fan film, were made without any affiliation from Saban, and claim no rights to the characters. YouTube is now hosting a cleaner version of the video, while the original "NSFW" version is being hosted on Vimeo. Kahn tells Deadline that Saban wanted the disclaimers present so that kids wouldn't confuse his "super-violent film" with the decidedly friendlier Power Rangers show that they're used to.

Disney's retelling the 'Star Wars' film saga with Legos

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Do you remember what Facebook, YouTube and Google looked like years ago?
The Internet has evolved at an incredible pace. Websites that looked amazing less than a decade ago are absolutely hideous by today’s standards — even the websites that are now worth billions of dollars. DON’T MISS: iOS 8.2 release expected next week followed closely by iOS 8.3 In order to demonstrate just how rapidly the Internet has changed, Ninja Essays put together a fascinating infographic that compares the most popular websites at launch vs. how they look today. “Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Google, YouTube, eBay, LinkedIn, Yahoo, and Flickr changed the way we used the Internet,” writes Ninja Essays. “Back in their beginnings, these were rudimentary websites that contained some links and information. Today, they are some of the most beautiful and most efficient
Forget Airbnb, you can rent an entire village and this horse in Hungary
Many people may have already tried Airbnb and similar services that offer great alternatives to hotels, but not many can say they were able to rent an entire village. That’s apparently one possibility available to tourists traveling through Hungary, as they’ll be able to rent an entire village, complete with the horse in the picture above, for just around €700 a day, The Guardian reports. DON’T MISS: I thought the ‘What color is this dress?’ controversy was stupid… until I asked my wife to weigh in Sure, crazier things have happened — like a recent dress controversy — and yes, this is a marketing stunt to bring some publicity to a very small community that’s slowly disappearing. But that doesn’t change
Former Superman Dean Cain will appear in upcoming Supergirl series

Former Superman Dean Cain will appear in upcoming Supergirl seriesCBS' upcoming Supergirl series will have plenty for older fans by the looks of it. According to The Wrap, Dean Cain, who played Superman in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, has joined the cast of the upcoming pilot. Alongside Cain is Helen Slater, who just happened to play Supergirl herself in the 1984 film. It will star Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, a Kryptonian who takes the name Linda Danvers on Earth.

Uber breach could affect the data of 50K drivers

Uber breach could affect the data of 50K driversThe ride-hailing service says it was the victim of a hack last May that could have exposed thousands of driver names and driver's license numbers.>

7 things Net neutrality won't do

7 things Net neutrality won't doOne day after the FCC adopted new Net neutrality rules, consumers are left scratching their heads about what it means for their Web-surfing experience. Has anything really changed?>

I support Net neutrality, but that is not what the FCC just did

I support Net neutrality, but that is not what the FCC just didCommentary: The new regulatory action by the FCC has sweeping implications for the Internet, and the price we will pay over time for this radical shift will be severe.>

Scientist says he’s two years away from being able to safely remove your head and put it on a new body
Head transplant surgery used to be a dream that we only saw in science fiction movies such as The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant (pictured above). However, CNET brings us word that one Italian scientist says he’s a mere two years away from being able to do real-life human head transplants. DON’T MISS: I thought the ‘What color is this dress?’ controversy was stupid… until I asked my wife to weigh in Surgeon Sergio Canavero, director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group in Italy, thinks he’s developed a new technique for head transplants that will avoid some of the problems caused by earlier attempts at such surgeries involving dogs and monkeys. “In a paper published in Surgical Neurology International, he has outlined his technique:
Warner Bros. reportedly developing an Adventure Time movie

Warner Bros. reportedly developing an Adventure Time movieThe adventures of Jake the Dog and Finn the Human might be coming to theaters. Deadline reports that Warner Bros. and Cartoon Network Studios are in the process of developing a film version of Adventure Time. Series creator Pendleton Ward has been tapped to help write and produce the film, alongside The Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay.

Would you prefer a thinner phone or better battery life?

Would you prefer a thinner phone or better battery life?

Google's Blogger reverses porn policy after user backlash

File- This Jan. 3, 2013, file photo shows a Google sign at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Just three days after saying sexually explicit material would be banned from public Blogger forum sites, Google is backing down. Faced with “a ton of feedback,” Google said Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, that it instead will step up enforcement. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Apparently Google bloggers like to post porn. A lot.

Augmented-reality game Ingress arriving on Android Wear watches

Augmented-reality game Ingress arriving on Android Wear watchesThe multiplayer game that uses real-world environments as its playground is now even more accessible -- as an app on our wrists.>

Samsung's fanless ATIV Book 9 laptop will be available on March 1st

Samsung's fanless ATIV Book 9 laptop will be available on March 1stSamsung's new ATIV Book 9 was announced last year at CES, and now it has a release date. Samsung is also paying more attention to audio this time: the laptop features a built-in Wolfson lossless audio player and native FLAC support.

Daily Roundup: History of net neutrality, deconstructing Nintendo and more!

Daily Roundup: History of net neutrality, deconstructing Nintendo and more!

Watch House of Cards season 3 on Netflix right now
Netflix’s critically acclaimed series House of Cards is significant for a number of reasons. The show itself is a fan favorite that has won awards and been touted as the first Netflix show to truly rival productions from top networks like HBO. Beyond that, however, House of Cards was Netflix’s first big-budget self-produced show, and it let the world know that the company wasn’t just going to be a portal for dusty old movies and stale TV shows — it was going to be a major digital network. And now, the hotly anticipated third season of House of Cards is finally here. DON’T MISS: Is the Galaxy S6 really an iPhone ripoff? Leaked comparison photo lets you be the judge Season
Control Panel and Settings: Why are both still UI options in Windows 10?

Control Panel and Settings: Why are both still UI options in Windows 10?Greg Shultz wonders why Control Panel is still in Windows 10 when Settings is a far better choice. He fears this mess will continue to be an issue in the Windows 10 GA release.

An appliance for when pancakes just aren't enough

An appliance for when pancakes just aren't enoughThe Cuisinart CPP-200 International Chef Crepe/Pizzelle/Pancake Plus offers countertop convenience in a familiar form factor. The kitchen appliance folds open to double the cooking surface.>

Uber admits database breach putting driver data at risk

Uber admits database breach putting driver data at riskUber said it is notifying impacted drivers now, but it hasn't seen the compromised data actually misused yet.

Infamous ‘revenge porn’ kingpin asks Google to remove ‘unauthorized’ pictures of him from searches
It looks like one of the Internet’s biggest scumbags is trying to exercise his “right to be forgotten.” Ars Technica reports that Craig Brittain, the former proprietor of a “revenge porn” website, has filed requests under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to have Google remove 23 links that contain accounts of his past actions, including a link to an FTC press release describing its settlement with him. Brittain says that the offending links contain “unauthorized use of photos of me and other related information.” DON’T MISS: Biggest leak yet: The Galaxy S6 Edge is going to look so much better than you thought This is ironic, of course, because Brittain tried to earn a living by posting unauthorized nude photos of women on
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Seattle PD has a YouTube channel for its body camera footage

Seattle PD has a YouTube channel for its body camera footage

Obama pitches privacy bill, Democrats say it falls short

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) building in Washington. The White House this week circulated legislation aimed at encouraging U.S. businesses to do more to protect consumer privacy. But privacy advocates were pushing back even before its release, saying it does nothing to hold businesses accountable for misusing a consumer’s personal information. The bill also encourages industries to draft “privacy codes of conduct.” The Federal Trade Commission could take action against a company if it violates its own code. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid "rapid growth" in the collection of data on Americans, the White House on Friday proposed legislation that calls on businesses to do more to help consumers protect their personal information.

Catwoman is officially bisexual

Catwoman is officially bisexualAfter decades of hints and rumors, the original Catwoman, Selina Kyle, finally came out of the closet as bisexual this week. In Catwoman #39, Selina is the head of Gotham's Calabrese crime family, and, on the brink of a mob war, shares a kiss with the woman currently in the Catwoman costume, Eiko Hasigaway, in a moment that promises that have major ramifications for both characters as the storyline progresses. It's a big moment for the narrative, but most important is that, according to series writer Genevieve Valentine, the confirmation is canon. In her blog, Valentine writes that, for her, "this wasn’t a revelation so much as a confirmation." Indeed, Selina Kyle's relationships outside of the one she shares with Bruce Wayne have been viewed with ambiguity for years, and adding this wrinkle to her character was something Valentine described as "indispensable." The moment between Selina and Eiko isn't meant to titillate, though, but lends the characters depth, especially with war right on the horizon in issue #40.

Prepare your Android device for disasters with this master plan

Prepare your Android device for disasters with this master planIf the idea of losing your phone and having to migrate to a new device has your stomach in knots, Jack Wallen has a plan to help make this as painless as possible.

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Why the FCC is right to act on Net neutrality

Why the FCC is right to act on Net neutralityCommentary: The new open Internet rules are designed precisely to maintain users' Internet experience by preventing ISPs from picking winners and losers in the digital marketplace.>

PS4 Spring Fever 2015: 8 new games over the next 8 weeks
At the dawn of a new console generation, there are inevitably going to be long stretches without many major game releases. Although The Order: 1886 just came out and Bloodborne and Battlefield Hardline are coming soon, you probably won’t have to quit your job to stay caught up. At least, that was the case until Sony announced its Spring Fever 2015 sale for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. DON’T MISS: Watch this: YouTube’s 10th anniversary video is amazing For the past few years, Sony has partnered with indie developers in order to bring brand new games to the PlayStation consoles week after week for an entire month during the spring. This year, the releases are going to keep dropping
Technology outsourcers learn to ride the cloud

Technology outsourcers learn to ride the cloudWith cloud, potentially everyone and no one outsources IT.

Uber data breach compromises IDs of 50,000 drivers

Uber data breach compromises IDs of 50,000 drivers

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Congress OKs 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security open

Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., holds up a copy of the Constitution while talking to reporters as House Republicans emerge from a closed-door meeting on how to deal with the impasse over the Homeland Security budget, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. GOP lawmakers have been trying to block President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration through the funding for the DHS which expires Friday night. Sounding retreat, House Republicans agreed Thursday night to push short-term funding to prevent a partial shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security while leaving in place Obama administration immigration policies they have vowed to repeal. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Bordering on dysfunction, Congress passed a one-week bill late Friday night to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives furious that the measure left President Barack Obama's immigration policy intact.

Jeb Bush’s biggest CPAC win: No gifts for Democrats

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush pauses as he speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)The ex-Florida governor addresses complaints conservatives have made about him.

Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov shot dead

In this file photo taken on Thursday, May 30, 2013, Boris Nemtsov, a former Russian deputy prime minister and opposition leader, presents a report claiming widespread corruption during preparations for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, at a news conference in Moscow, Russia. Russian police say opposition leader Boris Nemtsov has been shot and killed in Moscow. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)MOSCOW (AP) — Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down Saturday near the Kremlin, officials said. Nemtsov was killed just a day before a protest planned against Putin's rule.

Despite fiery CPAC speech, is Ted Cruz changing course?

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas used a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday to rail against the party establishment, calling himself a “disruptive app” such as Uber that would upend the political system. Delighting the assembled conservative shock troops, Cruz castigated the Republican leadership for selling out their principles by separating a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security from a measure that would roll back President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration

Ukraine conflict at 'crossroads' as troop deaths shake truce

A Russia-backed rebel walks past the body of an Ukrainian servicemen killed in fighting in the Debaltseve area, and disinterred by Ukrainian POWs in Novohryhorivka, Ukraine, near the embattled railway hub, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Ukrainian POW's, guarded by separatist fighters, worked along with Ukrainian volunteers and are reported to have recovered 15 bodies from the area over the past two days.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)International monitors said Friday the conflict in Ukraine was at a "crossroads" as further losses among government forces rattled a two-week-old truce just as it seemed to be gaining traction. The envoy to Ukraine for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which is monitoring the peace deal, told the UN Security Council that while there were encouraging signs, the country still risked all-out war. Russia formally annexed the territory in March 2014, triggering an international furore. The uprising in Ukraine's east, which has claimed at least 5,800 lives, began the following month.

Attackers in Bangladesh hack to death American blogger

In this Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, photo , Rafida Ahmed, wife of a prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger, Avijit Raoy is being rushed to hospital on a stretcher after she was seriously injured by unidentified attackers, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Roy, who was known for speaking out against religious fundamentalism was hacked to death in the streets of Bangladesh's capital as he walked with his wife, police said Friday. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday.

For Jeb Bush, the Q&A is the message

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2015 file photo, former Florida Gov. Jeb. Bush speaks in Chicago. As Florida’s governor, Jeb Bush was among the nation’s most conservative state chief executives. He’s quietly embarking on work to persuade the right-flank of the Republican Party he’d be that same kind of conservative in the White House. Eight years removed from office, Bush is viewed by some conservatives as a squishy moderate: a member of the GOP’s most established family with a toxic position on immigration and education standards. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)The former Florida governor's openness sets him apart from his likely 2016 opponents.

German Parliament approves Greece's bailout extension

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble speaks at the German parliament, the Bundestag in Berlin on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. The Bundestage will decide Friday about extension of financial help for Greece. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt)BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Parliament overwhelmingly approved the four-month extension of Greece's financial bailout on Friday, despite unease over the new government in Athens.

House passes one-week funding extension for Homeland Security

Boehner walks to the House floor for procedural votes for legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security at the Capitol in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a one-week funding extension for the Department of Homeland Security late on Friday, in time to avert a partial shutdown for the agency at midnight. The two-thirds majority vote, which came with support from Democrats a few hours after the House failed to pass a three-week extension, buys time for Congress to sort out a longer-term funding solution for the domestic security agency. (Reporting By David Lawder; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

Eight dead in door-to-door Missouri shooting spree

Police tape surrounds one of the crime scenes where Joseph Aldridge killed seven people in Tyrone, MissouriA man armed with a handgun went on a house-to-house shooting spree in a rural Missouri town, killing seven relatives and neighbors before taking his own life, officials said on Friday. All of those killed by the gunman, identified as Joseph Aldridge, 36, lived within a few miles of each other in the tiny community of Tyrone, an unincorporated area with a population of about 50, authorities said. Authorities said the motive was unclear and declined to comment on whether the murders had been triggered by the death of Aldridge's mother, who was found at her home. Authorities said she may have died from natural causes.

U.S. appeals court says Boston bomber trial can stay in city

Courtroom sketch shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tsarnaev during the jury selection process in his trial at the federal courthouse in Boston(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday ruled the trial for the accused Boston Marathon bomber can go ahead in the city, over attempts from his attorneys to change the venue on the basis an impartial jury could not be seated so close to the site of the 2013 attack. The split three-judge panel of the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals backed District Judge George O'Toole, who has three times rejected pleas by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers to move the trial out of Boston, where the bombing killed three people and injured 264. "We are unable to conclude that it is clear and indisputable that the petitioner cannot receive a fair trial by an impartial jury in the Eastern Division of Massachusetts," the judges wrote in the 80-page opinion.

Indiana may allow 'baby boxes' for surrendering newborns

Monica Kelsey, firefighter and medic who is president of Safe Haven Baby Boxes Inc., poses with a prototype of a baby box, where parents could surrender their newborns anonymously, outside her fire station in Woodburn, Ind., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. The box is actually a newborn incubator, or baby box, and it could be showing up soon at Indiana hospitals, fire stations, churches and other selected sites under legislation that would give mothers in crisis a way to surrender their children safely and anonymously. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — On the outside, the metal box looks like an oversized bread container. But what's inside could save an abandoned newborn's life.

Congress edges toward domestic security funding patch

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio responds to reporters about the problems in passing the Homeland Security budget because of Republican efforts to block President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House voted last month to end Homeland Security funding on Saturday unless Obama reverses his order to protect millions of immigrants from possible deportation. After Democratic filibusters blocked the bill in the Senate, the chamber's Republican leaders agreed this week to offer a "clean" funding measure, with no immigration strings attached. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)By David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the House of Representatives were planning to pursue on Friday a temporary funding bill to keep the lights on at the U.S. domestic security agency for three weeks, postponing the threat of a partial agency shutdown. As the clock ticked toward a midnight Friday deadline for funding the Department of Homeland Security, lawmakers said a stop-gap extension would buy time to try to work out differences between the Republican-controlled House and the Senate. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, who has insisted on a full Homeland Security funding bill free of immigration reform restrictions that have caused weeks of delay, said on Thursday he would refuse to allow such negotiations with the House.

CPAC: Convention with history of controversy is underway

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker waves while speaking during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)Since the nonprofit American Conservative Union hosted its first Conservative Political Action Conference in 1973, CPAC has morphed into a massive annual event, with everyone from bloggers to national networks enticed by the opportunity to observe conservatives in their natural habitat in hopes of witnessing something controversial. And CPAC, for its part, rarely disappoints.

CPAC shows how GOP media strategy could backfire

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks with Laura Ingraham during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)The RNC made avoiding the mainstream media a top priority for the 2016 cycle.

Rand Paul calls out Jeb Bush on marijuana

Rand Paul on the failures of law enforcement and the Patriot ActIn interview with Yahoo News’ Katie Couric, the GOP senator slams the ex-Florida governor.

Chris Christie turns to media-bashing at CPAC

Chris Christie Turns to Media-Bashing at CPAC GatheringAs the governor of New Jersey, Christie told her he has reporters from The New York Times covering him every day and accused journalists of taking sides on issues he has stood up against. "When you do things like I've done in New Jersey, take on a lot of these special interests that they support they just want to kill you and that's what they tried to do to me every day and here's the bad news for them, here I am and I'm still standing," Christie, 52, said.

Bill O’Reilly clarifies claim he saw nuns executed

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2013 file photo, political commentator Bill O'Reilly attends the National Geographic Channel's "Killing Kennedy" world premiere screening reception at The Newseum, in Washington. O'Reilly, Fox News Channel's prime-time star, is accused of claiming he had reported in a combat zone for CBS News during the 1982 Falklands War when he was more than a thousand miles from the front. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Invision/AP, File)The Fox News anchor disputes allegations and says he was referring to seeing photos of executions.

FCC adopts net neutrality rules to ban Internet discrimination

FCC adopts net neutrality rules to ban Internet discrimination

Graffiti artist Banksy highlights condition of people living in Gaza

Palestinian girl looks on as a mural of a playful-looking kitten, presumably painted by British street artist Banksy, is seen on the remains of a house wall, in Biet HanoBanksy turned his attention on the Gaza Strip for one of his most provocative political projects to date

U.S. wraps up Ebola military mission in Liberia

US soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division case their colours during a ceremony at the Barclay Training Camp in Monrovia on February 26, 2015The Pentagon says around 100 American troops are to remain in the region.

Panel moves toward vote on attorney general pick

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch appears on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate Judiciary Committee is moving toward a vote on Lynch's nomination to be attorney general. Lynch is expected to win approval. Democrats are backing her strongly ahead of the vote. Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont calls her a superb prosecutor. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File )Loretta Lynch is expected to win approval and become the next AG.

GOP may need House Dems to help resolve DHS funding impasse

In this Feb. 25, 2014, photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks to reporters following a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner has a possible escape from the homeland security funding impasse if he’s willing to use it: cooperative Democrats. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Speaker Boehner holds a potential escape key, if he's willing to use it: cooperative Democrats.

'Jihadi John' suspect in IS beheading videos is identified

What does ISIS execution video location reveal?The BBC says the man seen in several Islamic State videos is Mohammed Emwazi from London.

Rand Paul Slams Hillary Clinton on Benghazi

Senator Rand Paul slams Hillary Clinton in interview with Katie CouricThe GOP senator tells Katie Couric why Clinton should not be a presidential candidate.

Legal pot arrives in D.C. amid wrangle with Congress

File photo of DC Cannabis Campaign sign with other signs in WashingtonCity officials move ahead with legalization despite warnings from Republicans in Congress.

With 2016 on horizon, conservatives rally at CPAC

Senator Ted Cruz is one of the scheduled speakers at the Conservative Political Action Conference National Harbor, Maryland from ThursdayThousands of American conservatives will gather just outside Washington beginning Thursday with a thinly-veiled mission: vet the Republican politicians who might soon announce bids for the White House. This week's annual CPAC convention will see the right wing rallying around core principles it hopes will shape the 2016 presidential election. The Conservative Political Action Conference is hard to put a label on. While it appeals to young ideological conservatives converging on Washington in the heart of winter -- the Potomac River, adjacent to the event's National Harbor setting in Maryland, is nearly frozen over -- CPAC attracts seasoned Republican A-listers who are virtually assured of a warm reception.

Confident Obama predicts success in immigration appeal

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez watches at left as Florida Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla. gives a Miami Marlins baseball cap to President Barack Obama upon the president's arrived at Miami International airport in Miami, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Obama is taping an immigration town hall hosted by Telemundo and MSNBC at Florida International University. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)MIAMI (AP) — President Barack Obama urged immigrants thrown into limbo by legal wrangling to keep planning for eventual relief, professing confidence Wednesday that his deportation directives won't be thrown out in court.

1 seriously injured in Manhattan partial building collapse

Firefighters survey the outer shell of a midtown Manhattan building that was in the process of being demolished when it partially collapsed, injuring at least one person, in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, according to construction workers. Rubble from the building damaged a yellow school bus parked on the street. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Firefighters are using drilling equipment to examine the wreckage.Emergency workers say collapse occurred at a 3-story building that was under construction.

‘American Sniper’ guilty verdict draws brisk, blunt reactions from Texans

Ex-Marine Guilty of Murder of Former SniperSTEPHENVILLE, Texas — The “American Sniper” murder trial was closely followed in this rural town, but also drew international attention in part because of the Oscar-winning blockbuster film based on Chris Kyle’s memoir of his four tours in Iraq. Late Tuesday, a jury took a little more than two hours to find an ex-Marine guilty of gunning down Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, two years ago. “Most people around here, if you talk to them, would say that they think he's guilty,” Lana Karlberg said.

FCC to vote to regulate net neutrality Thursday: What it means

Net Neutrality Bill ProposedThe Federal Communications Commission is set to vote Thursday on a new set of Internet service rules. For all those who’ve avoided the net neutrality conversation, it’s not too late. In fact, there’s no better time to start paying attention.

Bipartisan deal paves way for Homeland Security vote

The Senate Democratic Caucus, led by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., center, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, to urge Republicans to support a "clean bill" to fund the Homeland Security Department as that agency's budget expires later this week. The DHS budget is at a standstill over provisions attached to a Homeland Security spending bill aimed at blocking President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. is at left. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Democrats support GOP's plan without immigration provisions opposed by President Obama.

3 nabbed in N.Y., Florida in plot to join Islamic State group

Islamic State (IS) militants are purportedly seen parading in a street in Libya's coastal city of Sirte, in an image released by propaganda Islamist media outlet Welayat Tarablos on February 18, 2015The men are accused of plotting to travel to Syria to wage war against the U.S.

‘American Sniper’ jury finds ex-Marine guilty of murder

Former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh stands during his capital murder trial at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville Texas, on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, is charged with the 2013 deaths of Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Michael Ainsworth, Pool)Eddie Ray Routh is sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel forced into April runoff election

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel pauses as he talks to supporters after he was unable to get a majority vote in the Chicago mayoral election, forcing a runoff election in April against Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel failed to capture a majority of the vote Tuesday in his bid for a second term, an embarrassment for the former White House chief of staff who now faces a runoff against Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

Official says Afghan avalanches kill at least 124 people

Burqa-clad Afghan women and a child walk during a snow storm in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)PANJSHIR VALLEY, Afghanistan (AP) — Avalanches caused by a heavy winter snow killed at least 124 people in northeastern Afghanistan, an emergency official said Wednesday, as rescuers clawed through debris with their hands to save those buried beneath.

N.Korea may have 100 atomic arms by 2020

This picture from the Korean Central News Agency shows a self-propelled suface to air missile during a drill -- North Korea regularly launches missile tests, triggering international condemnationNorth Korea appears poised to expand its nuclear program over the next five years and in a worst case scenario could possess 100 atomic arms by 2020, US researchers warned Tuesday. Unveiling the first results of what will be a 15-month study, Joel Wit, senior fellow at the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, said some of their conclusions were very "disturbing." Although North Korea's nuclear program remains shrouded in uncertainty, Pyongyang is currently believed to have a stockpile of some 10 to 16 nuclear weapons fashioned from either plutonium or weapons-grade uranium.

No relief: More cold, snow, ice, wintry mix for much of US

Most of the country braced for another bout of freezing weatherA wide swath of the country shivered in freezing, record-breaking temperatures while other areas saw more winter precipitation Tuesday.

Defying GOP, Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

In this April 18, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio says Congress is sending President Barack Obama legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday. The White House is indicating Obama will quickly veto it in private over Republican lawmakers' urging that he sign it. It would be the third veto of Obama's presidency. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)President Barack Obama has vetoed a Republican bill forcing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Netanyahu declines Democrats' invitation for meeting during visit

Israeli PM Netanyahu weekly cabinet meetingBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined on Tuesday an invitation to meet with U.S. Senate Democrats during his trip to Washington next week. "Though I greatly appreciate your kind invitation to meet with Democratic Senators, I believe that doing so at this time could compound the misperception of partisanship regarding my upcoming visit," Netanyahu wrote in a letter to Senators Richard Durbin and Dianne Feinstein obtained by Reuters. Durbin and Feinstein, two senior Senate Democrats, invited Netanyahu to a closed-door meeting with Democratic senators in a letter on Monday, warning that making U.S.-Israeli relations a partisan political issue could have "lasting repercussions." Republican congressional leaders broke diplomatic protocol by consulting neither the White House nor Democrats in Congress before inviting Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of the House of Representatives and Senate.

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