The White House rocked out on Thursday (March 06) as soul singers spanning different generations performed for a "women of soul" concert. Among those participating were Melissa Etheridge, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monae, and Aretha Franklin - who all joined on stage for a collaboration of "Proud Mary." The concert, called "In Performance at the White House," will be broadcast on April 7 in the U.S. on PBS. Bono, the lead singer of Irish rock group U2, appeared at the European People's Party Congress in Dublin on Friday. The singer addressed senior European politicians making a plea for greater unity among European countries. The movie "Need for Speed" premiered in Los Angeles on Thursday (March 06). Stars arrived in muscle cars, and Aaron Paul got a surprise when his vintage Ford overheated on the red carpet, causing steam to billow out from the hood. The star took it in stride, however - greeting fans and posing for photos with his co-stars. Finally, the Broadway c
What tech industry can cheer for amid declining PC sales? On strong sales of peripherals, Logitech raised its outlook for 2015 and announced a $250 million share buyback. Logitech CEO Bracken Darrell joins digits to discuss. Photo: Logitech. Copyright 2014, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
In Ukraine's Crimea, Muslim Tatars, an ethnic minority, gather for Friday prayers. Mosques like this are scattered around the Crimean peninsula, where ethnic Russians are the majority. The Tatars are upset because Crimea's parliament has decided to hold a referendum to secede from Ukraine and join neighboring Russia. Moscow wrested control of the peninsula last week and Tatars have a deep-seated hatred for Russia that dates to World War II. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) FATIME, SAYING: "We are sure the results will be rigged. We will support our Tatar parliament and boycott that referendum." SOUNDBITE) (Russian) DILYAVER, SAYING: "I don't know, they may want to be in Russia but I want to be in Ukraine." The Tatars support the new pro-Western government in the capital, Kiev. On Friday, Crimean TV showed images of Tatars whose homes had been marked with an X. Residents said it was done by men working from lists. A move, they said,
Mary Kissel and Mary Anastasia O'Grady discuss the February employment report. Also, Larry Sabato on Chris Christie and Marco Rubio's headlining speeches at CPAC. Photo: Getty Images. Copyright 2014, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry jabbed President Obama and the governors of blue states, Friday, for promoting policies that produce higher taxes and too much government involvement. Perry made the remarks during his speech at the annual CPAC convention. (March 7)Copyright 2014 The Associated Press
'We Day' reached the UK. 12,000 young people from across the United Kingdom attended the event along with royalty and international super stars. The event is an initiative of the international charity, Free The Children and aims to inspire young people to be volunteers and take social action. To attend, school children had to earn their free tickets by making a commitment to undertake at least one local and one global charitable act of their choice as part of a year-long 'We Act' program. Prince Harry took to the stage, praising the efforts of the school children in attendance. SOUNDBITE: Prince Harry, saying (English): "Some people don't think it's cool to help others. Personally, I think it's the coolest thing in the world." 'We Day' is one of the world's largest charitable causes on Facebook with 3.7 million fans and over 1 million Twitter followers. While this is the first 'We Day' event in the UK, past events have been held in the Un
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Celebrities and activists including Malala Yousafzai, Clive Owen and Sir Richard Branson have all arrived for 'We Day UK' in London on Friday (March 7). The event, which aims to promote global youth empowerment, is being held at Wembley Arena and will feature performances from Oscar winning star Jennifer Hudson and British musician Ellie Goulding. Prince Harry is due to give a speech to an estimated 12,000 young people at the event. Also seen arriving at the event was Prince Harry's girlfriend Cressida Bonas, making 'We Day UK' the very first time that she has attended one of the Prince's official engagements. Other speakers include former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai. 'We Day' is run by the international charity Free The Children, in partnership with Virgin Atlantic and Barclays. The event, which is the first 'We Day' to be held outside of North America, wi
A former girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius testified at the double-amputee runner's murder trial that he always carried a firearm and that their relationship ended when he cheated on her with Reeva Steenkamp, the woman he fatally shot last year. (March 7)Copyright 2014 The Associated Press
The U.S. nonfarm payrolls increased by 175,000 in February. The unemployment rate ticked up to 6.7%. WSJ's Sudeep Reddy and Phil Izzo analyze the February employment report. Plus, a super-hoppy beer as weekend sip. Photo: Getty. Copyright 2014, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) The White House was turned into an extravagant music concert hall on Thursday (March 6) as soul singers spanning different generations performed for a "women of soul" concert. "As someone who always shares this house with brilliant, creative, talented, somewhat stubborn women -- I think Women's History Month is the perfect time to honor a few more: the Women of Soul," U.S. President Barack Obama said. The list of performers included an impressive list of old and new legendary soul singers such as Melissa Etheridge, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monae, Aretha Franklin, Jill Scott, Ariana Grande and Tessanne Chin. The concert called "In Performance at the White House" was to be livestreamed at WhiteHouse.gov/live and broadcast April 7 on PBS. The concert is scheduled to be part of Women's History Month.
The U.S. nonfarm payrolls beat expectations and increased by 175,000 in February. The unemployment rate ticked up to 6.7% from 6.6% in January. WSJ's Sudeep Reddy and Phil Izzo join the News Hub for full analysis of the February employment report. Photo: Getty Copyright 2014, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Bank of England Gov. Mark Carney goes before U.K. members of parliament at a treasury select committee next week and can expect questions on both the bank’s latest inflation report and the current forex probe. Euro-zone finance ministers also meet to agree a way forward on the region’s bank-failure mechanisms. Copyright 2014, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
ROUGH CUT. (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Five volunteers from Serbia joined pro-Russian self-defence groups on Thursday (March 6) in patrolling roads leading to the port city of Sevastopol, home to the Russian Black Sea fleet based in the Crimean peninsula. A road block near the village of Goncharnoye was also controlled by Cossacks from southern Russia. The Serbs were wearing the insignia of a nationalist Chetnik movement originating from the early 20th century during the time when Serbs were fighting Ottoman rule. The movement was also a World War Two nationalist and monarchist Serb paramilitary organisation. The Chetnik Movement, based on the idea of a Greater Serbia was banned in post-World War Two Yugoslavia but re-emerged as a notorious nationalist movement during the Balkan war in 1990s. The Serbs said they had travelled to Crimea at the invitation of Russian Cossacks, a nationalist group that the Chetniks say shares similar views.
It was a tense two hour standoff in the Portuguese capital. Uniformed police formed a barrier around the parliament building to keep out more than 10,000 protesters. But these demonstrators were themselves police. Dozens of them pushed up against the police line but failed to break through. These off-duty police officers and other security officials are angry about cuts to their pay, pensions and welfare benefits. The move is part of the government's cost-cutting austerity reforms to reduce spending. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL POLICE UNION, ARMANDO FERREIRA, SAYING: "And these cuts are very high, in a year it's nearly 5000 Euros less in the base salary of a police officer in Portugal and police officers, they are tired, and very, very angry with the government because the government is treating them as normal public servants and not as police officers." The government agreed to the measures when Portugal took a $108 billion bail
A California man named Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto denies having anything to do with Bitcoin. He rejected Newsweek's 4,500-word cover story that claims he is Bitcoin's creator in an exclusive interview with AP. (March 7)Copyright 2014 The Associated Press
A dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukraine's Crimea. Pro-Moscow forces seized the mainly ethnic Russian region after Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich was ousted. Now Crimea's parliament has voted to join Russia and a referendum has been set in 10 days. The move drew a sharp response from US President Barack Obama. SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: . The proposed referendum on the future of Crimea would violate the Ukrainian constitution and violate international law. Any discussion about the future of Ukraine must include the legitimate government of Ukraine. In 2014, we are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders. The US has issued visa restrictions on officials responsible for the military intervention and a freezing of assets. The announcement came after crisis talks in Rome with EU ministers, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavror and U.S. Secretary of Stat