Mets first baseman: ‘I sucked because I sucked’ – USA TODAY

USA TODAYMets first baseman Ike Davis took issue with a reporter over a story published in the New York Post on Monday. According to the article, Davis “concealed an oblique…

Accentuate The Positive – Yanks Go Yard

Accentuate The PositiveYanks Go YardFeb 19, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; The sun rises over the stadium prior to the first day that New York Yankees positional players report for spring…

At least 21 Afghan soldiers killed, seven kidnapped by Taliban – ABC Online

ABC OnlineAt least 21 soldiers have been killed and seven kidnapped by Taliban in a raid on a border outpost, prompting Afghan President Hamid Karzai to blame Pakistan for failing…

Was WhatsApp really worth the $19 billion price? – VatorNews

VatorNewsFacebook’s purchase of mobile messaging app WhatsApp earlier this week, for a jaw-dropping total of $19 billion, is a big damn deal, to put it mildly. I don’t mean that…

Maria Von Trapp, Last Survivor of Sound of Music Family, Dies at 99 – Seattle Post Intelligencer

Seattle Post IntelligencerMaria Von Trapp, the last surviving member of the Austrian family that inspired The Sound of Music, died Feb. 19 at her home in Vermont, The Associated Press…

Taliban Says Talks Over US Soldier’s Release Suspended – New York Times

New York TimesKABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban confirmed publicly on Sunday that they had been in talks with the United States over the release of an American soldier, but said…

Whatsapp Suffers Tech Difficuties Just Days After Purchase by Facebook – Guardian Liberty Voice

Guardian Liberty VoiceWhatsApp, the popular five-year-old messaging service that Facebook recently acquired in a $19 million deal, suffered tech difficulties this past Saturday, just days after its purchase by the…

WhatsApp Back up After Going Down – Guardian Liberty Voice

Guardian Liberty VoiceWhatsApp The popular mobile messaging application WhatsApp is back up after having gone down for three hours on Saturday. The ad-free service had been purchased earlier in the…

Taliban kill 19 Afghan soldiers in remote area – Washington Post

Washington PostKABUL – More than 100 Taliban fighters overran an Afghan army base on Sunday, killing at least 19 soldiers in the bloodiest attack on the country’s armed forces in…

Afghan soldiers die as Taliban attack checkpoint in Kunar – BBC News

BBC NewsTaliban fighters have killed at least 20 Afghan soldiers in an attack on a checkpoint in Kunar province close to Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan. At least one of the…

Hawaii runs past UC Davis – Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Hawaii runs past UC DavisHonolulu Star-AdvertiserChristian Standhardinger poured in 29 points as Hawaii beat UC Davis 86-77 in a Big West Conference basketball Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center. UH…

‘Heroes’ are ‘reborn’ in 13-episode revival – USA TODAY

USA TODAYNBC’s sci-fi series Heroes is being revived as a 13-episode limited series, with creator Tim Kring back at the helm but a new cast of characters and a self-contained…

Justin Bieber Atlanta Move Protested By Buckhead Neighborhood Coalition – The Inquisitr

The InquisitrJustin Bieber’s alleged plans to purchase a home in Atlanta, Georgia, is facing an impending protest by the Buckhead Neighborhood Coalition, according to new local reports. The 19-year-old has…

High price for WhatsApp ups ante among big spenders in tech industry – Online Athens

Online AthensSAN FRANCISCO | The $19 billion that Facebook Inc. is paying for a smartphone application, one of the biggest tech deals of all time, made jaws drop even in…

Justin Bieber Drops New Song ‘Broken’ After Miami Arrest! – Just Jared Jr.

Just Jared Jr.Justin Bieber sends a message with his vocals in new song “Broken,” a new song off DJ Tay James’ mixtape We Know the DJ Radio 4! “I cannot…

Report: Google offered to match or beat Facebook’s WhatsApp deal – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Atlanta Journal ConstitutionBefore Mark Zuckerberg paid a whopping $19 billion for WhatsApp, Google made a strong offer to WhatsApp CEO, Jan Koum, according to a new report from The Information.…

Bernard Hopkins vs Beibut Shumenov set for April 19 in Washington, DC – Bad Left Hook

Bernard Hopkins vs Beibut Shumenov set for April 19 in Washington, DCBad Left HookDan Rafael of ESPN.com reports that Bernard Hopkins will be back on April 19, as he faces…

Facebook deal for $19b app no shock to tech execs – Boston Globe

Boston GlobeFacebook’s $19 billion acquisition of the mobile messaging startup WhatsApp was widely labeled a stunner, but the news seemed to surprise no one in local tech circles Thursday. Even…

Seattle’s defensive blueprint is a myth, but it remains a topic of discussion – SI.com

SI.comINDIANAPOLIS — It could be argued, given the offense they were facing, and the ways in which things have been made easier for offenses in general in the NFL through…

Oakland: A walk in the garden from a bee’s eye view – Inside Bay Area

Oakland: A walk in the garden from a bee’s eye viewInside Bay AreaEddie Dunbar, President and founder of the Insect Museum of California, shows a ceaonosis butterfly at the Lakeside…

WhatsApp Free Texting Seen Siphoning $33 Billion From Carriers – San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle(See EXT6 for more on the acquisition.) Feb. 21 (Bloomberg) — Facebook Inc.’s $19 billion purchase of mobile-messaging startup WhatsApp Inc. is a stark reminder of how much…

In Asia, WhatsApp posts mixed message for Facebook – Reuters

ReutersSingapore Feb 21 (Reuters) – WhatsApp may be hugely popular but its forays into Asia, the world’s biggest mobile market, have had mixed success, raising questions about whether it can…

For WhatsApp, keeping things simple is both a draw and a handicap – Reuters

ReutersSAN FRANCISCO Feb 20 (Reuters) – In recent years, a bevy of messaging apps has fought for global domination, with many boasting a lucrative combination of communications features, online shopping…

What’s WhatsApp? A messages service that spans borders, devices – Reuters

ReutersNEW YORK Feb 20 (Reuters) – What in the world is WhatsApp? The online messaging platform has been catching on for a few years with younger users and international sets…

Mike Mayock: Playing draft matchmaker for 19 NFL teams – NFL.com

NFL.comWhile Rich Eisen is on a quest to break 6 seconds in the 40, it appears his NFL Network colleague is pacing for a three-hour conference call with reporters next…

Justin Willman brings comedy magic to Pontiac – Royal Oak Daily Tribune

Justin Willman brings comedy magic to PontiacRoyal Oak Daily TribuneBy Brendan Losinski, Special to The Oakland Press. Posted: 02/19/14, 10:20 PM EST |. If you don’t know the name Justin…

UPDATE 1-Golf-Early Match Play exits for Poulter and Donald – Reuters

Reuters… slideshows. * Poulter loses 2&1 to Fowler. * Donald exits after 5&4 loss to Manassero. * Sterne sends third seed Johnson packing (Updates at end of round). Feb 19…

FCC Opens Docket, Accepting Court Invite to Preserve an Open Internet – eWeek

eWeekFollowing a net neutrality court defeat, the FCC took new steps Feb. 19 to “ensure the Internet remains a platform for innovation.” With net neutrality threatened by a January court…

Jai Courtney Is Kyle Reese In ‘Terminator’ Reboot, Meryl Streep Joins Carey … – Indie Wire (blog)

Indie Wire (blog)The long national nightmare is finally over. Sort of. After other people like Nicholas Hoult and Garrett Hedlund passed on the part, Jai Courtney has landed the role…

Bourbon truffles made in Louisville to be in Academy Awards swag bags – WLKY Louisville

Bourbon truffles made in Louisville to be in Academy Awards swag bagsWLKY LouisvilleBourbon truffles from “Art Eatables” on 4th Street will be enjoyed by A-listers at the Academy Awards. Last…

Chicago Weather: Flood warnings in Illinois, Indiana – ABC7Chicago.com

Chicago Weather: Flood warnings in Illinois, IndianaABC7Chicago.comFebruary 19, 2014 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — The city of Chicago is asking residents to clear out catch basins as temperatures rise. Melting snow and…

Justin Bieber Tweets That He’s “Always Working to Get Better,” Tells His Fans … – E! Online

E! OnlineJustin Bieber is keeping busy and working hard these days. The 19-year-old pop phenom gave his fans an update on Wednesday morning about his jam-packed schedule. “Dance rehearsal. Guitar…

Dallas police have taken into custody 15-year-old runaway, ex-teacher wanted … – Dallas Morning News (blog)

Dallas police have taken into custody 15-year-old runaway, ex-teacher wanted …Dallas Morning News (blog)Update at 11:38 a.m. February 19: Dallas police say that 15-year-old Emelin Lazo, now referred to as…

Berylls’s White Paper on the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014: Google … – WAAY

Berylls’s White Paper on the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014: Google …WAAYMUNICH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 19, 2014–Mobile internet is gearing up and the automotive industry is yet another lever in order to…

MGM Resorts Loss Narrows as Betting Rises in Macau to Las Vegas – Bloomberg

MGM Resorts Loss Narrows as Betting Rises in Macau to Las VegasBloombergThe net loss shrank to $38.3 million, or 8 cents a share, from a loss of $1.2 billion, or…