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Video game makers grapple with need for diversity

Independent game developer Zoe Quinn, speaking at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on March 4, 2015, is at the center of a fierce debate regarding sexism and racism in video games and the male-dominated industry that makes themAt the Game Developers Conference that ends here on Friday, a hot-button topic was the treatment of women in the industry, with female game makers facing frequent vitriol by anonymous attackers. The touchpaper was lit when independent game developer Zoe Quinn's romance with a video game journalist became the subject of an angry online rant by her ex-boyfriend. What appeared to begin as a campaign for better ethics in video game journalism, however, evolved into a fierce debate regarding sexism and racism in video games and the male-dominated industry that makes them. An International Game Developers Association (IGDA) study last year indicated that 22 percent of those working in the industry are women while about 49 percent of players are female.


Coyotes end 10-game skid, beat Canucks 3-2 in shootout

Arizona Coyotes' Tobias Rieder (8), of Germany, celebrates his goal against Vancouver Canucks' Eddie Lack (31) with teammate Mark Arcobello (36) as Canucks' Ryan Stanton (18) dejectedly skates near the celebration during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) ? Sam Gagner scored the lone goal in the shootout, helping the Arizona Coyotes snap a 10-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.


Australia complains over Indonesia's treatment of death row prisoners

File photo of Australian Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran waiting in a temporary cell for their appeal hearing in Denpasar District Court in Indonesia's resort island of BaliBy Lincoln Feast and Eveline Danubrata SYDNEY/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Australia has complained about the treatment of two drug smugglers, who face execution in Indonesia, and wants to lodge a formal protest after photographs were published of a smiling police chief with the men, officials said on Friday. The planned executions of Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, have ramped up diplomatic tension between Australia and Indonesia after repeated pleas for mercy on their behalf. Photos of a senior police officer posing with the two men on board the flight to Java, surrounded by balaclava-clad security officers, provoked outrage in Australia. "DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) have spoken with the Indonesian ambassador and lodged a complaint about the treatment - it's not just the photographs, it's the overall treatment of the two boys," a spokeswoman for Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said.


Harrison Ford crash lands vintage plane on golf course

A small plane lies where it crash-landed on Penmar Golf Course in the Venice area of Los Angeles on Thursday, March 5, 2015. The course is near the Santa Monica, Calif. Municipal Airport, just west of a runway, but there was no immediate confirmation on whether the plane had taken off or was trying to land. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Harrison Ford crash-landed his World War II-era airplane on Thursday after losing engine power, suffering serious but not life-threatening injuries as he used his years of piloting prowess to bring down the plane on a golf course and avoid nearby homes in what one expert called a beautifully executed maneuver.


Amazon sets up shop in China on Alibaba platform

US online retail giant Amazon has set up shop on the business-to-consumer platform of Alibaba as it seeks a greater presence in the massive Chinese marketUS online retail giant Amazon has set up shop on the business-to-consumer platform of Alibaba as it seeks a greater presence in the massive Chinese market. Amazon's storefront carries the message: "It's Day 1." Amazon and Alibaba are considered competitors in some areas but unlike the US firm the Chinese company has no product stocks of its own, simply providing a trading platform. "We welcome Amazon to the Alibaba ecosystem and their presence will further broaden the selection of products and elevate the shopping experience for Chinese consumers on Tmall," an Alibaba spokeswoman said in a statement provided to AFP Friday. Tmall is estimated to hold more than half the market in China for business-to-consumer transactions.


Hunter Pence breaks arm in Giants' 8-6 win over Cubs

San Francisco Giants' Justin Maxwell (43) makes a diving catch on a ball hit by Chicago Cubs' Chris Valaika during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) ? San Francisco outfielder Hunter Pence broke his left forearm and will be sidelined six to eight weeks after being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of the Giants' 8-6 victory over a Chicago Cubs split-squad Thursday.


Hunter Pence breaks arm in Giants' win over Cubs

San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence (8) grounds out to Chicago Cubs' Tommy La Stella during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) ? San Francisco outfielder Hunter Pence broke his left forearm and will be sidelined six to eight weeks after being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of the Giants' 8-6 victory over a Chicago Cubs split-squad Thursday.


E'Twaun Moore lifts Bulls past Westbrook, Thunder

Chicago Bulls guard E'Twaun Moore (55) watches his game winning three-point shot go in as does Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, in Chicago, Thursday, March 5, 2015. The Bulls won 108-105. (AP Photo/David Banks)CHICAGO (AP) ? E'Twaun Moore finished off Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder.


Madonna: Working out saved me from injuries after fall

FILE - This Feb. 8, 2015 file photo shows Madonna performing at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The pop icon said in an interview Thursday, March 5, that being active saved her from serious injuries at the Brit Awards. The 56-year-old tumbled Feb. 25, during a live performance after her dancers tugged at her flowing cape, dragging her down three steps. Madonna said the cape had been tied too tightly at the neck, and after the performance, said she suffered whiplash. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) ? Exercising regularly has been like a prayer answered for Madonna: The singer says thanks to staying active, she didn't suffer much after falling during her performance at the Brit Awards.


Coach's adopted toddler builds a life with hoops team

In this Jan. 27, 2015, photo, Ngoty, of Senegal, the adopted daughter of Viginia women's basketball coach Joanne Boyle, rests on a basketball as she plays with members of the women's basketball team in Charlottesville, Va. Each trip to Senegal to try and adopt Ngoty entailed an eight-hour flight to Dakar from Washington's Dulles International Airport, then a rugged drive of nearly 300 miles that could take 8-9 hours, or longer on the trips when Boyle and her driver blew a tire or their car overheated in the 120-degree temperatures. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) ? Joanne Boyle offered a quick prayer before clicking the photo link of a days-old girl in a Senegalese orphanage. Maybe, after so many years of waiting, this would be the child the Virginia women's basketball coach could bring home.


Head of UN Women: No country has reached gender equality
UNITED NATIONS (AP) ? The head of the U.N. agency promoting equality for women is lamenting that a girl born today will be an 81-year-old grandmother before she has the same chance as a man to be CEO of a company ? and she will have to wait until she's 50-years-old to have an equal chance to lead a country.

Another solid month of job gains over 200K expected for Feb.

In this photo taken Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, U.S. Armed Forces Veterans attend the annual Veterans Career and Resource Fair in Miami. The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims for the week ending Feb. 28 on Thursday, March 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)WASHINGTON (AP) ? U.S. employers are expected to follow the best three-month burst of hiring in 17 years with another solid round of job gains in February.


Plane skids off snowy New York runway, stops next to icy bay

A Delta plane rests on a berm near the water at LaGuardia Airport in New York, Thursday, March, 2015. Delta Flight 1086, carrying 125 passengers and five crew members, veered off the runway at around 11:10 a.m., authorities said. Six people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, said Joe Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the airport. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)NEW YORK (AP) ? A Delta jetliner landing at LaGuardia Airport in a driving snowstorm Thursday skidded off a runway and crashed through a chain-link fence, its nose coming to rest just feet from the roiling waters of an icy bay.


Chain of kidney transplants begins at San Francisco hospital

Zully Broussard speaks to a nurse before beginning a kidney removal at California Pacific Medical Center in San FranciscoSAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? Zully Broussard thought she was going to help one person by donating a kidney.


Officials: Truck driver fell asleep in fatal collision

This photo provided by the Washington State Patrol shows the scene of an accident in which a motorist was killed and five students and others were injured in a crash involving a school bus, box truck and car near Orondo in Central Washington state Thursday, March 5, 2015. Two people in the truck were seriously hurt, according to the Washington State Patrol. Most injuries to the students and driver of the Orondo School District bus were minor, but one student may have a serious injury, Trooper Darren Wright said. (AP Photo/Washington State Patrol)ORONDO, Wash. (AP) ? A truck driver apparently fell asleep Thursday before his vehicle crossed the center line of a rural Washington highway and collided with a car and a school bus, killing the car driver and sending dozens of students to the hospital for evaluation, the Washington State Patrol said.


Announcer Craig Sager returns from leukemia to NBA sideline

Craig Sager, gest a hug from Benny the Bull during a timeout of a game between the Chicago Bulls and the Oklahoma City Thunder, Thursday, March 5, 2015 in Chicago. Craig Sager returned to his familiar spot on the NBA sideline Thursday after being treated for leukemia. (AP Photo/David Banks)CHICAGO (AP) ? Craig Sager returned to his familiar spot on the NBA sideline Thursday after being treated for leukemia.


Ex-crew recognizes photos of sunken Japanese battleship

This Sunday March 1, 2015, image provided by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and captured with a high-definition camera mounted on an underwater probe, shows what Allen?s team believes is a catapult system from a massive Japanese World War II battleship off the coast of the Philippines. In a statement Allen?s team says it found the battleship just off the Sibuyan Sea, using an autonomous underwater vehicle in its third dive after narrowing down the search area using detailed undersea topographical data and other locator devices. Japanese experts said that they were eager to study the images to try to confirm the ship?s identity. (AP Photo/Paul Allen)TOKYO (AP) ? A former crewmember on a Japanese battleship that sank during World War II said Thursday he recognized photos of wreckage discovered this week off the Philippines by a team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.


Video game veteran takes swing at playful app aimed at kids

Phillip Chu Joy, left, and Juan Pablo Cabrejos Meza, right, ride a swing in the Biba smart playground at the Game Developers Conference, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? In a sea of virtual-reality headsets and monitors broadcasting video games, there's something that seems completely alien at the Game Developers Conference: a swing set.


South Korea police probing U.S. ambassador attacker's visits to North Korea

Handout photo of U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Lippert leaving after he was slashed in the face by a member of a pro-Korean unification group at a public forum in central SeoulBy Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean police said on Friday they are investigating possible links between a knife attack on the U.S. ambassador to Seoul and the assailant's frequent visits to North Korea, as they also sought to charge him with attempted murder. U.S. ambassador Mark Lippert needed 80 stitches after his face was slashed at a forum discussing Korean unification in the capital, Seoul, on Thursday. The attack was carried out by a Korean nationalist who said he was protesting against annual U.S.-South Korean military exercises that began this week. Investigators have established that Kim made seven visits to North Korea between 1999 and 2007.


Chelsea Manning must go by female, gender-neutral terms in court

Chelsea Manning, the US soldier serving a 35-year prison sentence for a massive document leak, pictured on stickers worn by a woman demonstrator in 2013, should be addressed in gender-neutral or feminine terms in court documents, judges saidChelsea Manning, the US soldier serving a 35-year prison sentence for a massive document leak, should be addressed in gender-neutral or feminine terms in court documents as she transitions into a woman, judges said. The move comes a month after the US Army approved hormone therapy for Manning's gender "reassignment" -- in a first for the American military. "All future formal papers filed before this court and all future orders and decisions issued by this court shall either be neutral, eg Private First Class Manning or appellant, or employ a feminine pronoun" said a court order Wednesday. Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, is incarcerated in Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.


Knife attack wounds nine at Chinese train station
BEIJING (Reuters) - Knife-wielding attackers slashed and stabbed people at a railway station in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, wounding at least nine before police shot dead one of the suspected assailants and arrested another. It was the latest in a string of knife attacks that have unnerved the country, and was launched during the morning rush hour, at 8:18 a.m., the city's public security authorities said via an official microblog account. Investigations were ongoing, and the offenders would be severely punished, the microblog said. ...

Late winter snowstorm blankets South, Northeast

Cleo Driver walks down an ice covered University Avenue in Oxford, Miss. on Thursday, March 5, 2015. A combination of sleet and ice has closed both the Lafayette County and Oxford School districts, as well as the University of Mississippi. (AP Photo/Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman) MAGS OUT NO SALES MANDATORY CREDITPHILADELPHIA (AP) ? A late winter storm blanketed the Northeast on Thursday after zipping across much of the South, leaving hundreds of drivers and their passengers stranded on highways in Kentucky and thousands of customers without power in West Virginia.


Jurors in Jodi Arias case: We were 11-1 for death penalty

Tanisha Sorenson, sister of murder victim Travis Alexander, cries as she leaves the courthouse with family and friends, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Phoenix. A judge declared a mistrial Thursday in the Jodi Arias sentencing retrial after a jury deadlocked on whether the convicted murderer should be executed or sent to prison for life for the 2008 killing of Travis Alexander. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX (AP) ? It took just one juror to spare the life of convicted murderer Jodi Arias on Thursday ? and the woman had to survive an attempt by her colleagues to boot her from the jury before she could do it.


Harrison Ford 'battered but OK' after LA plane crash

Firefighters inspect the cockpit of a plane piloted by US actor Harrison Ford that crashed on a golf course, on March 5, 2015 in Venice, CaliforniaHollywood star Harrison Ford was injured when the small plane he was flying suffered engine failure and crash-landed on a golf course outside Los Angeles, officials said. The 72-year-old "Indiana Jones" and "Star Wars" actor suffered multiple gashes to his head and was left bleeding after the crash of the vintage two-seater plane, according to the TMZ celebrity website. He is an incredibly strong man," said Ford's son Ben in a tweet. The striking yellow-silver plane -- which was left with its nose cone ripped open after the crash -- had just taken off from Santa Monica Airport.


MLB players union rips leaks on Josh Hamilton's issues
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) ? The Major League Baseball Players Association is furious about information leaks surrounding Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton.

S. Korea police probe US envoy attacker's links with North

US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert (C) covers a wound to his face and arm after being attacked at the Sejong Cultural Institute in Seoul on March 5, 2015South Korean police said Friday they were investigating possible links the man behind a shocking knife attack on the US ambassador may have had with North Korea, as Seoul voiced disgust at Pyongyang's reaction to the incident. Kim Ki-Jong, 55, faces possible attempted murder charges after slashing ambassador Mark Lippert with a paring knife in an assault that left the US envoy needing 80 stitches to a deep gash on his face. Any red flags such activities may have raised were only underlined by North Korea's reaction to the attack, which the official KCNA news agency described as "just punishment" and a valid "expression of resistance" to ongoing US-South Korea joint military exercises. "We are investigating his possible connection with North Korea," Yoon Myung-Soon, the police chief of the central Seoul district where the attack took place, told reporters.


Hillary Clinton email trove reviewed for release, security

White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, where he answered questions including on Iran, and about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of email. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) ? The government will examine thousands of Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails for public release ? and for possible security lapses ? after revelations she used a private account to conduct official business as secretary of state, a senior State Department official said Thursday.


Actor Harrison Ford injured in small-plane crash in Los Angeles

An airplane sits after crash landing at Penmar Golf Course in Venice CaliforniaBy Dan Whitcomb and Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Film star Harrison Ford was injured on Thursday when the "Star Wars" actor crashed his vintage plane on a Los Angeles golf course shortly after taking off from a nearby airport, his publicist said. The single-engine plane clipped a tree as it attempted to return to Santa Monica Airport shortly after take-off, and the pilot was "alert and talking" as he was taken to a local hospital, Assistant Los Angeles Fire Chief Patrick Butler said. Butler declined to confirm that Ford was on board the silver and yellow aircraft, but Ina Treciokas, publicist for the 72-year-old actor, issued a statement confirming the details: "Harrison was flying a WW2 vintage plane today, which had engine trouble upon take off.


Plane skids off New York runway as winter storm hits US

This image provided by @NYPDSpecialops shows Delta flight 1086 from Atlanta after it skidded off the runway on March 5, 2015 at La Guardia Airport in New York, during a heavy snow stormAn airliner skidded off a runway at New York's La Guardia airport and slid to a halt just yards from frigid waters, as a snow storm battered the US coast from Texas to Boston. Heavy snow was falling as Delta flight 1086 from Atlanta careered off the runway, plowed up an embankment and demolished a fence after its late-morning landing in hazardous conditions. New York firefighters said 24 people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, including three who were transported from the scene. The McDonnell Douglas MD-88 was carrying 127 passengers and five crew.


Asia stocks gain after ECB upgrades growth ahead of US jobs

Trader Michael Urkonis, center, and specialist Paul Cosentino, right, work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, March 5, 2015. U.S. stocks opened higher on Thursday, led by gains for utilities and health care companies. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? Asian stock markets were higher on Friday as investor sentiment was boosted by the European Central Bank's growth forecast upgrade and expectations for a solid increase in U.S. employment.


Man shot by police on Skid Row is identified

This February 2000 photo provided by Ventura County Sheriff's Office shows Charley Saturmin Robinet after his arrest for robbery. Robinet was killed Sunday, March 1, 2015, after a confrontation with police. Authorities say he tried to grab a probationary officer's gun and three officers fatally shot him. The three officers who fired their weapons in a videotaped struggle that left a homeless man dead were veterans of the Skid Row beat who had special training to deal with mentally ill and other people in the downtrodden area, police leaders said. (AP Photo/Ventura County Sheriff?s Office)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? A homeless man who was shot to death by police during a Skid Row confrontation over the weekend was identified Thursday under his true name ? not the stolen identity he had used for years.


Philadelphia officer shot dead while trying to stop robbery

This undated photo provided by Philadelphia Police Department, shows Robert Wilson III. Wilson, a Philadelphia police officer, was shot in the head and killed after he and his partner exchanged gunfire with two suspects trying to rob a video game store, city officials said Thursday, March 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department)PHILADELPHIA (AP) ? A Philadelphia police officer was shot in the head and killed after he and his partner exchanged gunfire with two suspects trying to rob a video game store, city officials said Thursday.


Review of Hillary Clinton emails to take months: official

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton delivers dinner remarks at EMILY's List 30th Anniversary Gala in WashingtonBy Steve Holland and Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A growing controversy over Democrat Hillary Clinton's use of personal email for work while she was U.S. secretary of state could drag on for months, threatening to cloud the expected launch of her 2016 presidential campaign. Clinton tried to cool the brewing firestorm late on Wednesday, saying she wanted the State Department to release the emails quickly. At the same time, the department is investigating whether Clinton violated policies intended to protect sensitive information when she conducted all of her official business through a personal account while serving as secretary from 2009 to 2013, the Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing a senior department official. Using personal email did not automatically break rules, but the department is determining whether work emails sent from that private account contained information that must be handled on a system meeting specific security protocols, the Washington Post reported.


Walker spokeswoman blasts Clinton over emails
MADISON, Wis. (AP) ? Likely presidential candidate Scott Walker's spokeswoman blasted Democrat Hillary Clinton on Thursday for using a personal email account during the four years she was secretary of state ? even though the Wisconsin governor did something similar when he was Milwaukee County executive.

Britain seeking quick sale of RBS bank

RBS is about 80 percent owned by the British government after it stepped in to bail out the bank with 45.5 billion of public money in 2008Britain is looking to sell the Royal Bank of Scotland as quickly as possible, Chancellor George Osborne told the Financial Times. RBS is about 80 percent owned by the British government after it stepped in to bail out the bank with 45.5 billion ($70 billion, 63 billion euros) of public money in 2008 at the height of the financial crisis, the world's biggest bank bailout.


South Korea police seek attempted murder warrant against attacker of U.S. envoy
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean police said on Friday they have requested a court-issued detention warrant for an assailant who slashed the U.S. ambassador to Seoul in the face, with the charges to include attempted murder. Ambassador Mark Lippert suffered wounds to his face and hand and remains in hospital after Thursday's attack, although his injuries are not life-threatening. Police are investigating possible links between the attack and visits made by the assailant, identified as Kim Ki-jong, to North Korea in the past. (Reporting by Ju-min Park; Writing by Jack Kim; Editing by Paul Tait)

Silicon Valley gender bias suit puts spotlight on industry
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? A sex discrimination trial against one of Silicon Valley's most prestigious venture capital firms is providing a rare peek into the elite investment companies vying to fund the next Google and Amazon.

10 Things to Know for Friday

Tanisha Sorenson, sister of murder victim Travis Alexander, leaves the court house with her husband, Harold Sorenson, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Phoenix. A judge declared a mistrial Thursday in the Jodi Arias sentencing retrial after a jury deadlocked on whether the convicted murderer should be executed or sent to prison for life for the 2008 killing of Alexander. (AP Photo/Matt York)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


Iraq says Islamic State militants 'bulldozed' ancient site
BAGHDAD (AP) ? Islamic State militants "bulldozed" the renowned archaeological site of the ancient city of Nimrud in northern Iraq on Thursday using heavy military vehicles, the government said.

Air Force veteran who saved orphans in Korean War dies at 97

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 1950, file photo, Maj. Dean Hess, second from right, points out target area on map as he briefs two American-trained South Korean pilots just before takeoff as Brig. Gen. Kim Chung Yui, right, chief of staff of the Korean air force, looks on. Hess, a retired Air Force colonel who helped rescue hundreds of orphans in the Korean War and whose exploits prompted a Hollywood film, died Monday, March 2, 2015, at his home in suburban Dayton, Ohio, after a short illness. He was 97. (AP Photo/Jim Pringle, File)CINCINNATI (AP) ? Retired Air Force Col. Dean Hess, who helped rescue hundreds of orphans in the Korean War and whose exploits prompted a Hollywood film starring Rock Hudson, has died at age 97.


 
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