• Anxiety and fear ahead of Ferguson ruling

    Anxiety and fear ahead of Ferguson ruling

    24 November 2014 Last updated at 04:58 By Joanna Jolly BBC News in Ferguson, Missouri A protest in St Louis: Tension has been steadily rising in Ferguson and around In Ferguson the community is waiting...
  • Romo leads Cowboys to late win over Giants

    (Reuters) – New York receiver Odell Beckham Jr’s ‘catch of the season’ put the Giants in control against the Cowboys on Sunday, but Tony Romo produced another late scoring drive to lead Dallas to a...
  • Deadline day for Iran nuclear deal

    Deadline day for Iran nuclear deal

    24 November 2014 Last updated at 06:01 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond: “We’re still quite a long way apart” Negotiators in Vienna, Austria, are set to...
  • China is not finished with rate cuts

    China is not finished with rate cuts

    Friday’s rate cut by China’s central bank is another step in the government’s move to manage an economic slowdown. China’s central bank surprised investors last week with its first rate cut in more than two...
  • Maroon, Ducks hold off Coyotes

    Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Patrick Maroon netted the game-winning goal and the Anaheim Ducks held on for a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday. Kyle Palmieri tallied the other marker, Ryan Kesler supplied...
  • Business confidence at five-year low

    Business confidence at five-year low

    24 November 2014 Last updated at 02:50 Global business confidence has slumped to a post financial crisis low Global business confidence slipped to five-year low in October, according to a survey of 6,100 companies. The...

Headline News

  • Anxiety and fear ahead of Ferguson ruling


    24 November 2014 Last updated at 04:58 By Joanna Jolly BBC News in Ferguson, Missouri A protest in St Louis: Tension has been steadily rising in Ferguson and around In Ferguson the community is waiting to hear whether the grand jury will indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot dead Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in August. For Pastor Traci Blackmon, leading her congregation in prayer in the town’s Christ the King United Church of Christ, the events of the past few months have been nothing short of a revolution. “If you look at the history of the black liberation struggle in the United States, Ferguson is now the longest lasting consistent demonstration for liberation by black people,” she said on Sunday. “The Montgomery bus boycott was 300 days,” she said, referring to the 1955 anti-segregation campaign in Alabama that kick-started the civil rights movement. “We’re now at day 106.” Pastor Traci …

    November 24, 2014 12:07 am
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Politics

  • Islamic militants recruit, exploit children


    By VIVIAN SALAMA, ZEINA KARAM November 23, 2014 A Islamic militant group fighter stands with two children posing with weapons as they watch other members of the group parade in commandeered Iraqi(AP Photo,) Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul. Patched onto the left arms of their black uniforms are the logos of the Islamic Police. In Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s de facto capital in Syria, boys attend training camp and religious courses before heading off to fight. Others serve as cooks or guards at the extremists’ headquarters or as spies, informing on people in their neighborhoods. Across the vast region under IS control, the group is actively conscripting children for battle and committing abuses against the most vulnerable at a young age, according to a growing body of evidence assembled from residents, activists, independent experts and human rights groups. In the northern Syrian town of Kobani, …

    November 23, 2014 8:44 pm
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Stocks

  • China is not finished with rate cuts


    Friday’s rate cut by China’s central bank is another step in the government’s move to manage an economic slowdown. China’s central bank surprised investors last week with its first rate cut in more than two years. But get used to that — analysts say more cuts are in the pipeline. The consensus is that the central bank will cut rates again early next year, and move as early as next month to allow banks to hold less cash in reserve. The more aggressive action follows months of targeted stimulus as Beijing seeks to implement structural economic reforms. “What held up the rate cut … was a vigorous and very public debate in Chinese policy circles as to whether a rate cut might be viewed as reform fatigue and a cheap substitute for regulatory reform,” analysts at Reorient said. “It appears that at long last the notion that reform and monetary easing can and must coexist …

    November 23, 2014 11:46 pm
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Sports

  • Romo leads Cowboys to late win over Giants


    (Reuters) – New York receiver Odell Beckham Jr’s ‘catch of the season’ put the Giants in control against the Cowboys on Sunday, but Tony Romo produced another late scoring drive to lead Dallas to a 31-28 win at MetLife Stadium. Trailing 28-24 with three minutes remaining, Romo led the Cowboys on an 80-yard drive and found Dez Bryant for the game-winning 13-yard touchdown. The win kept the Cowboys (8-3) tied with Philadelphia for first place in the NFC East, while the Giants (3-8) dropped their sixth straight game. The defeat will be hard to swallow for the Giants, who started well and led 14-3 early in the second quarter after Beckham’s second touchdown of the game. The rising rookie shrugged off a Cowboys defender who was grabbing his shirt, and leapt backwards into the end zone to corral the ball one-handed from Eli Manning’s pass. Beckham finished with 146 receiving yards, including the stunning 43-yard …

    November 24, 2014 12:07 am
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World News

  • Deadline day for Iran nuclear deal


    24 November 2014 Last updated at 06:01 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond: “We’re still quite a long way apart” Negotiators in Vienna, Austria, are set to make a final push to try to reach a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme ahead of a 23:00 GMT deadline. They said earlier “serious gaps” remained, suggesting that an extension could be agreed instead. World powers – the US, UK, Russia, China, France plus Germany – want Iran to curb its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of UN sanctions. Tehran says it is not seeking nuclear weapons, but wants atomic energy. “At the moment, we are focused on the last push… big push tomorrow morning (Monday) to try and get this across the line,” British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. President Obama told ABC a deal could mark the …

    November 24, 2014 12:06 am
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Technology

  • SnapJet lets you print your smartphone snaps as Polaroids


    SnapJet An Impossible Lab challenger has appeared to let you print Polaroid-style photos directly from your smartphone. The SnapJet — seeking funding on Kickstarter — uses no apps (although there will be a free app available), no wires, no Wi-Fi, no NFC, no Bluetooth — and it’s compatible with every smartphone that can take a picture. How? Easy — the device is an all-in-one scanner and printer: you place your phone face-down on top of the SnapJet, which scans the image on the screen and prints it out on Polaroid 300 or Fujifilm Instax, using the light of the smartphone’s screen to develop the film at a resolution of up to 1,200 dpi. “After a few experiments, we realised that the light emitted from a smartphone could be used to develop a photo. Smartphone displays like iPhone’s retina display have achieved amazing resolutions at 326ppi or higher, and they are all carefully color corrected. The …

    November 23, 2014 8:44 pm
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Science

  • Boosts in productivity of corn and other crops modify Northern Hemisphere carbon dioxide cycle


    Each year in the Northern Hemisphere, levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide drop in the summer as plants “inhale,” then climb again as they exhale after the growing season. During the last 50 years, the size of this seasonal swing has increased by as much as half, for reasons that aren’t fully understood. Now a team of researchers has shown that agricultural production may generate up to a quarter of the increase in this seasonal carbon cycle, with corn playing a leading role. “This study shows the power of modeling and data mining in addressing potential sources contributing to seasonal changes in carbon dioxide,” says Liz Blood, program director for the National Science Foundation’s MacroSystems Biology Program, which funded the research. “It points to the role of basic research in finding answers to complex problems.” In the Northern Hemisphere, there’s a strong seasonal cycle of vegetation, says scientist Mark Friedl of Boston University (BU), senior author …

    November 23, 2014 9:05 pm
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Health

  • ‘Hypoallergenic’ labels may not be accurate


    (Reuters Health) – Products for kids with itchy skin that are labeled hypoallergenic often contain ingredients that can cause allergic reactions, a recent study found. The “hypoallergenic” label is not regulated by the FDA, said Carsten Hamann, a medical student at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California and the lead researcher on the study. He and his colleagues tested products that might be used by kids with eczema, which affects 17.8 million people in the U.S., according to the National Eczema Association. Patients have patches of red, itchy skin, often on the arms, legs, cheeks, and behind the ears. “Kids who have eczema or atopic dermatitis use more lotions and creams and ointments, etc. Ostensibly, their caregivers who purchase these products to use on the kids’ skin, give preference to products using these meaningless marketing terms,” Hamann told Reuters Health in an email. Doctors generally advise people with eczema to apply moisturizer …

    November 23, 2014 8:44 pm
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Entertainment

  • Lisa Bonet Posts Cryptic Tweet In Reaction To Bill Cosby Scandal


    Posted on Sun Nov 23rd, 2014 10:20am PDT       By X17 Staff In the midst of Bill Cosby and his recent rape allegations, it appears that former co-star Lisa Bonet posted a telling tweet regarding her possible stance on the matter. “According to the karma of past actions, one’s destiny unfolds, even though everyone wants to be so lucky . . . Nothing stays in the dark 4ever!” the 47-year-old reportedly tweeted yesterday from an unverified Twitter account (@Lilakoi_Moon) which was later deactivated. The Cosby Show alum is just the latest person to speak up regarding the reports of up to as many as 16 women who are claiming that the 77-year-old comedian is a sexual predator. Some of those alleged victims include Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis, Janice Dickinson and Carla Ferrigno to name a few. Cosby himself made a statement in his defense regarding the allegations while backstage at his stand-up show at the King Center in Melbourne, …

    November 23, 2014 10:25 pm
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Editorial

  • I’m thankful our country is still a refuge and the land of opportunity


    When I was 7 years old, my family and I landed at JFK Airport in New York City with $90 in our pocket, a few suitcases stuffed with what little we could carry and no idea of what to expect next.  We came here because we were fleeing a totalitarian regime, because generations of our family had been oppressed simply for existing and because the United States was a beacon for our hopes and aspirations, as it has been for millions of others around the globe. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The people literally dying to come here now do not believe that our best days are behind us. My paternal grandfather was sent to Soviet gulag in the prime of his life because he was a religious Jew who refused to work on Saturdays and, possibly, because some of his siblings had fled to France several years after the Russian revolution.  He spent years working as a …

    November 22, 2014 8:21 am
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Odd News

  • Lost kitten from New Mexico turns up in duffel bag in Maine


    ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) – An Albuquerque cat owner can sleep easier now that the kitten that went missing last month will be home for the holidays, despite a mysterious 2,300-mile side trip to Maine. Patsy Murphy, who runs an animal refuge center in Westbrook, Maine, said the kitten, named Spice, was brought to her shelter on Nov. 11 by a man who found the feline in a duffel bag while unloading furniture at a local Catholic charity. “This is a very odd story, we wish she could tell us what happened,” Murphy said of the kitten, which was found inside the bag with food and kitty litter. Murphy said Maine resident Bob Watterson brought the kitten home on Nov. 5, and cared for it for six days before he turned it over to the animal refuge, which found a microchip in the cat that could identify it. Murphy was shocked when the cat was traced …

    November 21, 2014 8:31 pm
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