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OND Editors  Welcome to the Overnight News Digest with a crew consisting of founder Magnifico, current leader Neon Vincent, regular editors side pocket, maggiejean, wader, Man Oh Man, rfall, and JML9999. Alumni editors include (but not limited to) palantir, Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse, ek hornbeck, ScottyUrb, Interceptor7, BentLiberal, Oke and jlms qkw. The guest editors are Doctor RJ and annetteboardman.

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BBC:No Ukraine accord in US-Russia talks

No Ukraine accord in US-Russia talks

Russia and the US have "no common vision" on the crisis in Ukraine, Russia's foreign minister has said, after talks with his US counterpart.

However Sergei Lavrov called his London meeting with John Kerry "constructive".

Mr Kerry said the US was "deeply concerned" about Russia sending troops to the Ukraine border and in Crimea.

Mr Lavrov said Moscow would respect the result of Sunday's referendum in Crimea on whether to join Russia but Mr Kerry said the US would not recognise it.

BBC:US nuclear site fire 'was preventable

US nuclear site fire 'was preventable

Maintenance and safety lapses were at the root of a lorry fire that shut down the only US underground nuclear waste repository, a report has found.

The report also cited problems with emergency response and oversight at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), outside Carlsbad, New Mexico.

The state's two senators called the findings "deeply concerning".

WIPP, which holds specific kinds of defence nuclear waste, remains closed after a radiation leak last month.

BBC:US Navy veteran in iconic WW2 kissing photo dies

US Navy veteran in iconic WW2 kissing photo dies

A Texas man thought to be the US Navy sailor kissing a nurse in an iconic end of World War Two photo has died.

Glenn McDuffie died aged 86 at a nursing home in Dallas on Sunday, his daughter said.

McDuffie's claim to be the man in the famed VJ day photo was supported by a police forensic artist's analysis.

Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt took the image as the news of Japan's surrender filtered through New York's Times Square on 14 August 1945.

BBC:Rwanda ex-spy chief Pascal Simbikangwa jailed in France

Rwanda ex-spy chief Pascal Simbikangwa jailed in France

A French court has jailed former Rwandan spy chief Pascal Simbikangwa for 25 years over the 1994 genocide.

In a landmark trial, Simbikangwa was found guilty of complicity in genocide and complicity in crimes against humanity.

It was not immediately clear whether his lawyers would appeal.

Simbikangwa, 54, who is paraplegic after a car crash, was arrested in 2008 while living under an alias on the French Indian Ocean island of Mayotte.

BBC:Sina Weibo: 'China's Twitter' to list in the US

Sina Weibo: 'China's Twitter' to list in the US

China's largest Twitter-like service Weibo has unveiled plans to sell shares on the US stock market.

Weibo, owned by Chinese internet giant Sina, is looking to raise $500m (£300m) via the share sale.

However, the firm did not give details of the number of shares it plans to sell or the price range.

According to papers filed with the US regulators, it had 129.1 million monthly active users in December and generated revenues of $188m in 2013.  

BBC:Devyani Khobragade: Indian diplomat re-indicted in US

Devyani Khobragade: Indian diplomat re-indicted in US

A US grand jury has re-indicted an Indian diplomat whose arrest strained US-India relations.

Devyani Khobragade is accused of visa fraud and underpaying her housekeeper, lawyers in New York said.

It comes two days after a US judge threw out virtually identical charges on the grounds that Ms Khobragade had diplomatic immunity.

However, that ruling left open the possibility that prosecutors could bring a new indictment.

Reuters:U.S. regulator sues 16 banks for rigging Libor rate

U.S. regulator sues 16 banks for rigging Libor rate

(Reuters) - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp sued 16 of the world's largest banks on Friday, accusing them of cheating dozens of other now defunct banks by manipulating the Libor interest rate.

The global financial institutions broke certain swaps contracts they had entered into with the now-closed banks, by separately colluding to rig the Libor rate to which the contracts were tied, the FDIC said.

Some of the banks accused in the lawsuit, including Barclays Plc and UBS, have already paid some $6 billion to resolve charges from U.S. and European authorities that they worked to manipulate benchmark interest rates.

They have also been sued by investors and others who claim they lost money due to the manipulation. A federal judge last March dismissed many of those claims that were based on antitrust law, but has yet to rule on cases that rely on the "breach of contract" theory used by the FDIC.

Reuters:Japan February exports seen accelerating; trade gap to narrow

Japan February exports seen accelerating; trade gap to narrow

(Reuters) - Japan's export growth is forecast to have accelerated in February as shipments recovered from a Lunar New Year slowdown, which along with slower import growth is expected see the trade deficit narrow from record levels, a Reuters poll shows.

Lackluster exports have been a concern for policymakers, who are counting on shipments to help cushion an expected dent in domestic activity from next month when the sales tax rate rises to 8 percent from the current 5 percent.

Despite the sharp fall in the yen since late 2012, which has pushed up the cost of imports, there has not been a significant boost in export volumes, in part because of exporters' reluctance to cut prices.

The Reuters poll found exports are expected to have risen 12.4 percent in February from a year earlier, led by brisk car shipments to the United States. If realized, it would be the first time since October that export growth has accelerated from the previous month.

Reuters:Nobel laureate calls handing of stem cell research data 'sloppy'

Nobel laureate calls handing of stem cell research data 'sloppy'

(Reuters) - The Nobel Prize-winning head of a Japanese institute whose scientists' work on stem cells was hailed as a game-changer in the field of medical biology called the lead researcher's handling of the data "extremely sloppy" and "irresponsible".

Two papers published in the journal Nature in January detailed a simple way to reprogram mature animal cells back into an embryonic-like state that allows them to generate many types of tissue, offering hope for a simpler way to replace damaged cells or grow new organs in humans.

But other scientists have been unable to replicate the research's results since then and there have been indications of problems with its data and images.

"The problem here is one immature researcher collected a huge amount of research data, and her handling of data was extremely sloppy and irresponsible," president of Japanese research institute RIKEN Ryoji Noyori told a news conference.

Reuters:Slim's Inbursa targets Brazil with Standard Bank unit deal

Slim's Inbursa targets Brazil with Standard Bank unit deal

(Reuters) - Billionaire Carlos Slim's Grupo Financiero Inbursa SAB (GFINBURO.MX) on Friday took a key step to expand outside Mexico after agreeing to pay $45 million for the Brazilian unit of South Africa's Standard Bank Group (SBKJ.J).

The purchase of Banco Standard de Investimento Ltda gives Inbursa a services platform akin to the one it has at home, the lender said in a securities filing. The move comes as rival Brazilian banks such as Grupo BTG Pactual SA (BBTG11.SA) and Itaú Unibanco Holding SA (ITUB4.SA) opened broker-dealer units in Mexico, the region's No. 2 economy after Brazil.

The Inbursa-Standard deal underpins an overseas expansion push among Latin American banks, which have gained expertise and beefed up capital in the wake of years of robust growth. Part of that expansion, analysts said, will be made possible as global banks pull back amid an economic recovery in the United States and other developed economies.

Inbursa is Mexico's sixth-largest bank with 482 billion pesos ($36.4 billion) in assets, equivalent to 7 percent of the country's banking assets. In contrast, Banco Standard cut assets by over 90 percent to 244 million reais ($102 million) over the past year, with its capital base down by more than 60 percent..

Reuters:U.S. rests its case against bin Laden son-in-law

U.S. rests its case against bin Laden son-in-law

(Reuters) - Prosecutors in New York on Friday rested their case in the trial of Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden who is accused of conspiring to kill Americans when he acted as a spokesman for al Qaeda after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Abu Ghaith's lawyers are expected to present their case next week. But they will ask presiding U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan over the weekend for an order permitting them to introduce evidence from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, which would require a slight delay, according to Stanley Cohen, one of the lawyers.

The judge previously said he was "deeply skeptical" the lawyers have a right to access Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks, who is being held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Cohen said Mohammad has responded to written questions that could help his client.

"I think the case has proven exactly what we predicted it would be at the opening," Cohen said. "There's some ugly words and bad associations and no evidence of a knowing conspiracy to murder Americans."

Reuters:Crimea vote to keep markets on edge

Crimea vote to keep markets on edge

(Reuters) - Investors will start the week early as the Sunday referendum to decide if Crimea becomes part of Russia or remains Ukrainian will likely reverberate in markets worldwide.

U.S. stocks closed Friday with their largest weekly drop in the last seven weeks as the strongest confrontation between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War unfolds. Markets were also haunted by concerns over a slowdown in China's economy.

Dozens of Russians involved in Moscow's gradual takeover of Crimea face U.S. and EU travel bans and asset freezes on Monday as pro-Moscow authorities who have taken power in Crimea hold a Sunday vote to join Russia.

"There's an open question as to who suffers most," said Sam Wardwell, investment strategist at Pioneer Investments in Boston, about the planned economic sanctions.

Akron Beacon Journal Online:New Goodyear airship looks familiar but high tech, visitors say

New Goodyear airship looks familiar but high tech, visitors say

SUFFIELD TWP.: Laura Casenhiser got her first close look at Goodyear’s brand-spanking-new airship Friday morning and liked what she saw.

“It’s really, really different looking,” she said. “I think when people see it in the sky over Akron ... people will really be shocked. It will really be fun. It’s just innovative and high tech.”

Casenhiser was among a group of 50 or so Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. employees and tire dealers who walked around the new Goodyear NT airship at its Wingfoot Lake hangar on Friday. The Akron tire maker unveiled its new semi-rigid airship to the public that morning and announced a contest to name the aircraft.

Judging by the smiles and other initial impressions inside the hangar, Goodyear has a hit blimp on its hands.

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  •  Tip Jar (24+ / 0-)

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 08:58:16 PM PDT

  •  this & that (15+ / 0-)


    Some scientists predict  California's drought could last as long as a century . Going forward, the state is going to need a substantial water supply that doesn't rely on the aqueduct system, says Aaron Mandell, WaterFX chairman and founder.

    However, in order to counter California's drought, the push must be toward renewable desalination plants rather than fossil-fuel dependent facilities that further contribute to climate change.

    By using sun as the fuel source, WaterFX uses roughly one-fifth of the electricity consumed by traditional desalination plants, according to Mandell. Less electricity means lower operating costs. With conventional desalination, electricity makes up 50-60% of the water costs, says Mandell. A typical desalination plant in San Diego operates at about $900 per acre-foot, while it costs around $450 to produce an acre-foot of water with WaterFX. (An acre-foot is 325,000 gallons, or the amount of water it takes to cover an acre at a depth of one foot).

    WaterFX has a 93% recovery rate, meaning that for every 100 gallons of water that goes in, 93 gallons of usable water are spit out.

    The first test

    The Panoche Water District in Central Valley is home to the first demonstration plant, a 6,500-square foot system that is capable of producing around 10 gallons of freshwater a minute, or roughly 14,000 of freshwater each day.

    When the demonstration plant is operating in commercial mode, running 24 hours a day, it can put out 25 to 30 gallons of freshwater a minute, says Mandell.

    The immediate next step for WaterFX is to expand operations in Panoche to produce 2 million gallons of water per day. "From there it's about laying out a pathway for replicating this model all up and down the Central Valley," Mandell said. "We're trying to put a plan in place so that by 2020, we may be in a position to wean ourselves off the aqueduct system entirely."
    Researchers at the University of Maryland have demonstrated through computer modeling that graphene can be triggered by an electric field to fold itself into a nifty three-dimensional box that can serve as a container for hydrogen storage and then unfold itself.

    The technique could greatly increase a fuel cell's ability to store and release hydrogen -- an advance that could improve the capacity of hydrogen fuel cells for powering cars.

    Shame Old - Shame Old: Healthcare for ME but not for Thee - Koch Brothers & Republican Scott Walker and Democrat Mary Burke are tied at 45 percent each.

    by anyname on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 09:03:08 PM PDT

  •  "Less And Less Like An Accident" (17+ / 0-)

    Another day, still no sign Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and the news surrounding the situation seems to indicate that whatever happened on that plane must have been chaotic and terrifying.

    The latest information claims Flight 370 reportedly climbed past 45,000 feet—well above the plane's approved altitude—and changed course several times in a deliberate manner.

    Citing American officials and others familiar with the investigation, the New York Times reports that radar data collected by the Malaysian military shows the plane's rapid ascent, followed a turn to the west. The plane then descended to 23,000 feet before changing course again, flying northwest over the Strait of Malacca in the direction of the Indian Ocean.

    From the New York Times: Radar Suggests Jet Shifted Path More Than Once

    The radar track, which the Malaysian government has not released but says it has provided to the United States and China, showed that the plane then descended unevenly to 23,000 feet, below normal cruising levels, as it approached the densely populated island of Penang.

    There, officials believe, the plane turned from a southwest-bound course, climbed to a higher altitude and flew northwest over the Strait of Malacca toward the Indian Ocean. Investigators have also examined data transmitted from the plane’s Rolls-Royce engines that showed it descended 40,000 feet in the span of a minute, according to a senior American official briefed on the investigation. But investigators do not believe the readings are accurate because the aircraft would most likely have taken longer to fall such a distance.

    An Asia-based pilot of a Boeing 777-200, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to reporters, said an ascent above the plane’s service limit of 43,100 feet, along with a depressurized cabin, could have rendered the passengers and crew unconscious, and could be a deliberate maneuver by a pilot or a hijacker. Other experts said that altitude changes would be expected if the pilots became disabled after the plane’s autopilot was disengaged. Changes in the weight distribution on the plane as fuel burned off would make the plane descend and climb repeatedly, though changes in course would be harder to explain.

    From CNN: Analysis shows two possible Indian Ocean paths for airliner

    CNN has learned that a classified analysis of electronic and satellite data suggests the flight likely crashed either in the Bay of Bengal or elsewhere in the Indian Ocean. The analysis conducted by the United States and Malaysian governments may have narrowed the search area for the jetliner that vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, leaving little trace of where it went or why.

    The analysis used radar data and satellite pings to calculate that the plane diverted to the west, across the Malayan peninsula, and then either flew in a northwest direction toward the Bay of Bengal or southwest into the Indian Ocean.

    The theory builds on earlier revelations by U.S. officials that an automated reporting system on the airliner was pinging satellites for up to five hours after its last reported contact with air traffic controllers. Inmarsat, a satellite communications company, confirmed to CNN that automated signals were registered on its network.

    Taken together, the data point toward speculation of a dark scenario in which someone took control of the plane for some unknown purpose, perhaps terrorism. That theory is buoyed by word from a senior U.S. official familiar with the investigation that the Malaysia Airlines plane made several significant altitude changes and altered its course more than once after losing contact with flight towers.

    From Reuters: Radar data suggests missing Malaysia plane deliberately flown way off course

    Two sources said an unidentified aircraft that investigators believe was Flight MH370 was following a route between navigational waypoints when it was last plotted on military radar off the country's northwest coast.

    This indicates that it was either being flown by the pilots or someone with knowledge of those waypoints, the sources said.

    The last plot on the military radar's tracking suggested the plane was flying toward India's Andaman Islands, a chain of isles between the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal, they said. Waypoints are geographic locations, worked out by calculating longitude and latitude, that help pilots navigate along established air corridors.

    A third source familiar with the investigation said inquiries were focusing increasingly on the theory that someone who knew how to fly a plane deliberately diverted the flight.

    From the Washington Post: Search for missing Malaysian plane expands into Indian Ocean

    “It’s looking less and less like an accident,” said a U.S. official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly. “It’s looking more like a criminal event.”

    Investigators are considering whether the plane was hijacked or sabotaged after receiving information that the plane continued to fly for at least four hours after its transponder stopped sending signals to civilian radar in Malaysia.

    If the flight continued after the transponder fell silent, officials and experts said, it must have been turned off in the cockpit.

    •  Honestly Doctor RJ ... (13+ / 0-)

      this is such a mess. I cannot figure out why the Malaysian government didn't share this information sooner.

      The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.― Neil deGrasse Tyson

      by maggiejean on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 09:15:25 PM PDT

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      •  sounds like the military is trying to get its (10+ / 0-)

        public story straight since it seems difficult to believe that they did not scramble interceptors given the amount of flight time and the erratic path

        Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

        by annieli on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 09:26:41 PM PDT

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      •  Misleading Responses (10+ / 0-)

        Yesterday, when the Wall Street Journal's article came out claiming there was evidence the plane was in the air for four hours after the transponder was turned off, Malaysian officials denied the report, but they denied it in a way that was misleading. They suggested the entire report was untrue, instead of just some of the details of the report were wrong.

        The Times article claims Malaysia has shared the military radar info with the United States and China. But they must have just recently shared the data, since why were the Chinese putting out satellite images from the wrong area just a couple days ago?

        Also, if the Malaysian military has an unidentified "blip" on a radar screen, they don't attempt radio contact? No fighter patrol is sent up to find out what it is in Malaysian airspace when there's no response?

    •  Malaysian govt official says plane was hijacked... (10+ / 0-)

      Investigators have concluded that one or more people with significant flying experience hijacked the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, switched off communication devices and steered it off-course, a Malaysian government official involved in the investigation said Saturday.

      No motive has been established and no demands have been made known, and it is not yet clear where the plane was taken, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media. The official said that hijacking was no longer a theory.

      "It is conclusive," he said.

      - Dallas Morning News

    •  It was something immediately catastrophic (4+ / 0-)
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      or a hijacking, I felt.  Said that here soon after the incident.

      That is, those are the highest probability cases where personal communications equipment would have been most likely to be suppressed: a sudden, high-G path change, immediate, plane-wide catastrophe (e.g., explosive decompression, or suppression of mobile phone and flight cabin use of communications equipment.

      It's possible that mobile signals were impossible on a random flight path taken in that area, but not as high a probability from what I've read early on about aspects of this flight.

      If not a hijacking or bombing (accidental - i.e., local military - or purposeful - i.e., criminal), it's possible that explosive decompression of a different sort (e.g., stored oxygen containers) could have caused a hull breach and even damaged communications electronics through related destruction of all or part of the cockpit, but then we start to get into lower probability combinations of events, I feel.  Not impossible our outside consideration, but less likely.

      A sharp climb and then big drop with eventual correction could lead us to think that decompression happened and most on board lost consciousness soon after, but the notion of the transponder being turned off starts making the observation that it didn't go down immediately a low probability of this being solely due to a catastrophic event, IMHO.  Autopilot in that plane would not keep making various course corrections towards no recognizable airways location unless directional monitoring equipment was full of bad data - but, even that gets corrected automatically by error cleanup routines in 777s over the course of a flight.

      So, latest info doesn't change the early analysis made in OND comments by various folks, I feel.

      And, it does reinforce something about the Malaysian government/military/airways management systems+processes: they are poor at their job and have been covering their asses since day 1, because they lost track of this plane due to a combination of poor processes and possibly poor overlap in local radar coverage for the region in question where the flight suddenly changed course.  These problems are nothing new to flight anomaly investigations for that government, so it unfortunately seems that they have not improved much since past events.

      "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

      by wader on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 10:43:23 PM PDT

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  •  Thank you JML 9999. (10+ / 0-)

    Always good to see you and your awesome OND's on Friday nights.

    The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.― Neil deGrasse Tyson

    by maggiejean on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 09:16:13 PM PDT

  •  so blimps used to not have toilets.... (11+ / 0-)
    “I had to look in the bathroom immediately,” Casenhiser said, smiling. She said the crew flying the airship will appreciate having a restroom on board.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 09:22:58 PM PDT

    •  In 1973 I went for a ride in (4+ / 0-)
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      maggiejean, petral, LinSea, JML9999

      the Goodyear blimp.  I wasn't planning to actually go up in it, I just went along to the airport with a friend who was a friend of the Blimp Pimp (PR guy) in town for the Gator Bowl.  They lied me into the cabin saying just take a look and  the next thing I knew the ground crew let go of the ropes and we were floating away - flew out to the beaches, over the ocean and back up the river into town.  At one point the pilot insisted I take a turn flying it and when I said no thanks he just turned loose and said 'it's yours" so I had to grab the stick and discovered you just moved it up or down like a toy.  I was so relieved when we finally came down as I don't like flying and especially not in a little cabin where you can't see anything above you holding you up.  It's a very weird experience.  For being "blimped", the Blimp Pimp gave me a silver bracelet with a little Goodyear blimp dangling from it.  Lost that memento somewhere along the way and hadn't thought of the experience in years until coming across the Goodyear story in tonights OND.          

      Proud to be a Democrat

      by Lying eyes on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 10:33:54 PM PDT

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  •  Thank you, JML9999... (10+ / 0-)

    Have a good weekend everybody.

    All sane people detest noise. Mark Twain

    by Man Oh Man on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 09:25:51 PM PDT

  •  an interesting Euler-Kant "mirror" article (5+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 09:57:20 PM PDT

  •  JML9999 (4+ / 0-)
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    Great Friday OND

    I`m Blown Away


    I`m already against the next war.

    by Knucklehead on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 10:34:37 PM PDT

  •  neutrinos flip on night side of earth (1+ / 0-)
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    A fascinating observation has been tentatively announced by scientists using the Japanese SuperKamiokande neutrino detector.

    After analyzing 18 years of data it appears that neutrinos generated by fusion in the sun’s core ‘flip’ flavors when detected on the night-side of Earth.

    Shame Old - Shame Old: Healthcare for ME but not for Thee - Koch Brothers & Republican Scott Walker and Democrat Mary Burke are tied at 45 percent each.

    by anyname on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 03:49:07 AM PDT

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