• Griffin, Clippers edge Pacers

    Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Blake Griffin had 31 points and 16 rebounds in the Los Angeles Clippers’ 102-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. Chris Paul added 20 points and nine assists for...
  • Putin insists rouble will stabilise

    Putin insists rouble will stabilise

    18 December 2014 Last updated at 09:52 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. LIVE: Putin holds annual news conference President Vladimir Putin has insisted Russia’s under-fire currency, the rouble, will stabilise, but...
  • Mobile deal to reduce ‘not-spots’

    Mobile deal to reduce ‘not-spots’

    18 December 2014 Last updated at 08:47 An agreement has been reached between the government and the country’s biggest mobile networks to improve mobile coverage across the UK. EE, O2, Three and Vodafone have agreed...
  • Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake are Expecting a Baby!

    Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake are Expecting a Baby!

    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20640475,00.html Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have been the cutest couple for a while now, so it is only fair that they are now expecting a baby. Justin who is most popularly known for being...

Headline News

  • Billionaire investor steps in to save Atlantic City casino


    Oct. 24, 2014: Marita Luna (C) and Miriam Ramos (2nd R) joins other union members from UNITE HERE Local 54 as they rally outside the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City, (Reuters) At the brink of closure, Carl Icahn stepped in to save Atlantic City’s second-biggest casino, the Trump Taj Mahal. Ready to close its doors, Icahn brokered a deal with the union representing nearly 1,100 casino workers to restore all work rules after not budging on a deal earlier in negotiations, the New York Post reports. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The union got what it wanted, a source told the paper. The deal will save 3,000 jobs in the process. Icahn had originally been fighting to outsource some services in the casino, including non-union restaurant workers. The billionaire investor, who owns $292 million in the casino’s bank loans does get a sweetener in the deal. New Jersey state Senate President Stephen Sweeney is expected to propose …

    December 18, 2014 4:14 am
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Politics

  • Fed eyes audit push as key political challenge in 2015


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Reserve is lobbying to stem a rising threat to its independence as the “Audit the Fed” movement, once seen as usual background noise, looks set to gain momentum in 2015 when Republicans gain control of both houses of Congress. Interviews with current and former Fed staff, lawmakers and lobbyists show that the central bank, led by Chair Janet Yellen, is taking the audit threat seriously. Fed officials are making their case for independence across Capitol Hill, reminding politicians of the damage that can come from political interference into economic policy discussions. “They’re sensitive to all of these issues,” said Senator Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Reed said he had met with Fed Governor Daniel Tarullo in recent weeks but would not say what they discussed. The Fed is subject to various audits, including reviews by the Government Accountability Office …

    December 18, 2014 3:33 am
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Stocks

  • Cuba poised to join the Internet age


      Millions of Cubans could soon be able to get online. Internet access in Cuba is heavily restricted and the cost is well above what most Cubans can afford. Just 5% of Cubans have unfiltered access to the Internet, according to Freedom House, a watchdog group. But all that could change now that President Obama has begun easing decades-old trade restrictions with the Communist country. The White House will begin allowing telecommunications companies to help upgrade Cuba’s telecom and Internet service. It is also allowing the export of certain devices and software that will help expand Internet use on the island. Obama said U.S. sanctions on Cuba over the past 50 years “have denied Cubans access to technology that has empowered individuals around the globe.” “So I’ve authorized increased telecommunications connections between the United States and Cuba,” he continued. “Businesses will be able to sell goods that enable Cubans to communicate with the United States …

    December 18, 2014 2:33 am
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Sports

  • Griffin, Clippers edge Pacers


    Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Blake Griffin had 31 points and 16 rebounds in the Los Angeles Clippers’ 102-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. Chris Paul added 20 points and nine assists for the Clippers, who have won six in a row at home. J.J. Redick tallied 16 points and DeAndre Jordan contributed 15 points and 23 rebounds. “We made a lot of bad mistakes down the stretch,” said Griffin. “I missed free throws; a lot of things that are uncharacteristic for us. But we got the win. That’s all that matters.” David West ended with 17 points and 10 boards for the Pacers, who have lost nine of 10. C.J. Miles also had 17 points. Indiana started the fourth quarter on a 17-5 run to take an 89-83 lead. Miles tallied six points during the surge, including a slam with 7:44 to play. But the Clippers responded with a 16-6 spurt to …

    December 18, 2014 4:14 am
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World News

  • Putin insists rouble will stabilise


    18 December 2014 Last updated at 09:52 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. LIVE: Putin holds annual news conference President Vladimir Putin has insisted Russia’s under-fire currency, the rouble, will stabilise, but warned the economic crisis could last two years. He is currently holding his annual end-of-year news conference. Mr Putin blamed “outside factors” for the falling rouble but admitted the central bank could have acted sooner. He also accepted Russia had failed to diversify its economy, which has been hit by falling oil prices and sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. ”Goods have clearly been flying off the shelves here,” reports Sarah Rainsford Mr Putin insisted the nation’s currency reserves were sufficient to keep the economy stable, saying the central bank should not “burn” its $419bn reserves. Sanctions The BBC’s Steven Rosenberg in Moscow says Russians will be paying close attention to what …

    December 18, 2014 4:14 am
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Technology

  • Mobile deal to reduce ‘not-spots’


    18 December 2014 Last updated at 08:47 An agreement has been reached between the government and the country’s biggest mobile networks to improve mobile coverage across the UK. EE, O2, Three and Vodafone have agreed to invest £5bn and guarantee coverage across 90% of the UK by 2017. The move should reduce the number of “not-spots”, areas of patchy coverage. The firms had rejected the government’s preferred option of a system allowing customers of one network to use another if their supplier wasn’t available. “I am pleased to have secured a legally binding deal with the four mobile networks,” said Culture Secretary Sajid Javid. “Too many parts of the UK regularly suffer from poor mobile coverage leaving them unable to make calls or send texts,” he said. The agreement should reduce total “not-spots”, where there is no mobile coverage, by two-thirds, the government said. ‘Great result’ Partial “not-spots”, areas where there is some coverage but …

    December 18, 2014 3:54 am
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Science

  • Big data may be fashion industry’s next must-have accessory


    Big data may be the next new thing to hit the fashion industry’s runways, according to a team of researchers. By analyzing relevant words and phrases from fashion reviews, researchers were able to identify a network of influence among major designers and track how those style trends moved through the industry, said Heng Xu, associate professor of information sciences and technology, Penn State. “Data analytics, which is the idea that large amounts of data are becoming more available for finding patterns, establishing correlations and identifying emerging trends, is very hot these days and it is being applied to many industries and fields — from health care to politics — but what we wanted to see is if data analytics could be used in the fashion industry,” said Xu. “We were drawn to the question of whether or not we could really trace a hidden network of influence in fashion design.” The researchers, who presented their …

    December 18, 2014 3:54 am
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Health

  • EU’s top court opens door to some stem cell patents


    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – An organism incapable of developing into a human being is not a human embryo and may be patented, the European Union’s top court said on Thursday, opening the door to certain stem cell patents in the European Union. The court made this judgment following a case brought by U.S. company International Stem Cell Corporation in Britain over whether it could patent processes covering the use of human egg cells. “The mere fact that a parthenogenetically-activated human ovum commences a process of development is not sufficient for it to be regarded as a ‘human embryo’,” the European Court of Justice said. The court said it left it to British judges to determine whether the organisms used by ISCO met these criteria. (Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek; editing by Adrian Croft)

    December 18, 2014 3:53 am
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Entertainment

  • Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake are Expecting a Baby!


    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20640475,00.html Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have been the cutest couple for a while now, so it is only fair that they are now expecting a baby. Justin who is most popularly known for being the youngest member of the boy band NSYNC is 33 years old and is definitely going to make a great dad. Hopefully the baby does not have his annoying high-pitched voice though! Jessica Biel who is 32 years old is most popularly known for playing Mary Camden in the family-drama series 7th Heaven and has been in many successful movies ever since. There has been a great deal of speculation that Jessica Biel might be pregnant but up until now there have been no approved sources. Joey Fatone, a fellow member of the boy band NSYNC with Justin Timberlake told sources that Justin Timberlake had told him about the pregnancy a while ago but was forced to keep his mouth …

    December 18, 2014 3:34 am
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Editorial

  • Obama hands Cuba’s Castros a major victory, but Congress can still stop it


    Establishing ties with Cuba has been on President Obama’s bucket list for some time. Health care — done. Amnesty for illegal immigrants — done. Cuba — next. This last one also has the added bonus point that it puts him right with the international left, which lionizes Castro. And the president will go on picking off the next items on the bucket list for the next two years of his term unless Congress decides to stop him. Should they work up the gumption, lawmakers will find they can do many things to stand up for the prerogatives of the legislative branch. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Obviously, the release of the 65-year-old American hostage Alan Gross should be welcome. His “crime” was to bring computers to Jews on the island. For the last five years, he has been a victim of Cuba’s state terrorism, just as 11 million Cubans have been held hostage by their government for the …

    December 18, 2014 3:54 am
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Odd News

  • NY City council votes to ban sale of bunnies by pet shops


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – What do bunny rabbits have in common with hyenas, wolverines and polar bears? The adorable little creatures are about to join a menagerie of wildlife prohibited for sale by New York City pet shops. The New York City Council voted on Wednesday to outlaw the bunny trade to help curb a glut of unwanted rabbits at city shelters by people who had second thoughts about caring for the cuddly creatures. “Rabbits are sometimes disappointing especially when you buy them for your child,” said Margo DeMello, president of the House Rabbit Society, in Richmond, California, which she described as the world’s largest rabbit shelter. “They’re ground-dwelling and they do not want to be held and carried around by a kid.” Elizabeth S. Crowley, the New York councilwoman who is lead co-sponsor of the bill, said she expected Mayor Bill de Blasio to sign the legislation into law because of the strong support …

    December 17, 2014 11:51 pm
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