Monthly Archives: April 2016

Six killed in Texas floods as severe weather lashes central U.S.

A woman holds a baby in a canoe as Texas Guardsmen arrive to assist after flooding in BrookshireBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A grandmother and four of her grandchildren were killed and another person also died in floods in Texas caused by storms that unleashed tornadoes, damaging hail and torrential rains on several central U.S. states, officials said on Saturday. The woman and her grandchildren died in Palestine, Texas, 100 miles (160 km) southeast of Dallas, after escaping a house where flood waters had reached the roof line.

Buffett says Berkshire ‘fine’ with Trump or Clinton

Warren Buffett participates in the newspaper tossing challenge during the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha NebraskaWarren Buffett said on Saturday that Berkshire Hathaway Inc is poised to do well no matter who wins the White House in November, and the billionaire investor defended the performance and tactics of the conglomerate's several large investments. Buffett presided over his 51st Berkshire annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, where he and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded five hours of questions on such matters as Coca-Cola's sugary drinks, lower shipping volumes on the BNSF railroad, risks from derivatives, and who might succeed Buffett as chief executive. Buffett, a staunch supporter of Democrat Hillary Clinton for president, was asked about the regulatory impact on Berkshire if Republican front-runner Donald Trump wins the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Anti-Trump protests break out for second day in California

Police in riot gear hold back demonstrators against Trump outside the Hyatt hotel where Trump is set to speak at the California GOP convention in Burlingame, CaliforniaBy Sharon Bernstein BURLINGAME, Calif. (Reuters) – Protests erupted in California for the second day in a row on Friday against U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, who is moving closer to winning the Republican nomination after a string of victories this week. The billionaire businessman was forced to halt his motorcade and go through a back entrance to a hotel to give a speech to the California Republican convention and avoid several hundred loud protesters gathered outside. "That was not the easiest entrance I've ever made," Trump told the gathering in Burlingame, south of San Francisco, after weaving around a barrier and clambering across a road to get to the venue.

Pop goes the weasel as Hadron Collider shuts down

Experiments at the Large Hadron Collider are aimed at unlocking clues about how the universe came into existence by studying fundamental particles, the building blocks of all matter, and the forces that control themThe world's most powerful particle smasher, the Large Hadron Collider, went offline after a weasel caused a short circuit on a high-voltage transformer. The collider suffered a "severe electrical perturbation" at 5:30 am (0330 GMT) Friday, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) said in its daily summary of activity at the giant lab straddling the French-Swiss border. It said the cause was a "short circuit caused by fouine (weasel)" on a 66-kilovolt transformer, adding that its connections sustained some damage.

Top Asian News 5:24 a.m. GMT

BEIJING (AP) — The foreign ministers of China and Japan are meeting in Beijing in an effort to improve tense relations bedeviled by disputes over territory, history and competition for influence in East Asia. China’s official Xinhua News Agency says Wang Yi told Japan’s Fumio Kishida on Saturday that China desires a “healthy and stable” relationship with Japan. It is the first formal visit to China by a Japanese foreign minister in more than four years. High-level ties between the two countries have been largely frozen since Japan nationalized a string of uninhabited East China Sea islands claimed by China in 2012, sparking deep anger among Chinese.