Headline News

  • Protests spread across U.S., more troops deployed to prevent fresh Ferguson riots

    FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – (Please note offensive language in last paragraph) Protests spread across the United States late Tuesday and more than 2,000 National Guard troops were deployed in the St. Louis area to prevent a second night of rioting and looting after a grand jury declined to indict a white policeman in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager. President Barack Obama appealed for dialogue, and his attorney general promised that a federal probe into the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August would be timely and rigorous, even as officer Darren Wilson, the policeman who shot him, said his conscience was clear. Despite the beefed up military presence in Ferguson, a police car was torched near City Hall as darkness fell, and police fired smoke bombs and tear gas to scatter protesters. Elsewhere in the city, protests were smaller and more controlled than on Monday. The killing in Ferguson, a predominantly black …

    November 26, 2014 12:53 am


  • In blow to tax negotiators, Obama threatens veto

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama pledged on Tuesday to veto a deal still under negotiation in Congress that would make several expiring business tax breaks permanent. The warning marks a major setback to House and Senate negotiators who were trying to reach a deal on so-called “tax extender” breaks worth some $440 billion over 10 years. “The President would veto the proposed deal because it would provide permanent tax breaks to help well-connected corporations while neglecting working families,” White House spokeswoman Jennifer Friedman said in a statement. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid is trying to work out the best possible deal before Republicans take control of the Senate next year. The plan nearing completion would have made permanent research and development tax credits and other breaks for businesses while leaving out a permanent expansion of earned income and child tax credits for the working poor. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew also criticized the deal, saying …

    November 25, 2014 9:29 pm


  • These professional Christmas light displays can cost thousands

      Sometimes decking the halls is best left to the professionals. Stringing a few lights in the trees and adding a wreath to the front door is nothing compared to the elaborate lighting displays professional landscapers can create — for a price. During the last few months of the year, some landscaping companies transform themselves into holiday decor experts, charging anywhere from three- to six-figures for their creations, catering to homeowners who are crazy about Christmas lights. “Some people do it because it’s their guilty pleasure,” said Nikos Phelps, owner of Utopian Landscapes. “Like their vice is Christmas and they just love it.” For others, it’s a matter of convenience. Decorating a large home is time consuming, exhausting and, in many cases, freezing cold. “We’ll be out there when it’s 10 degrees to take your lights down for you.” Related: This gingerbread house can be yours for $78,000 Phelps expects that this Christmas season, his …

    November 26, 2014 12:33 am


  • Anderson, Gill power No. 8 Virginia past Tennessee State

    Charlottesville, VA (SportsNetwork.com) – Justin Anderson and Anthony Gill scored 36 points between them without missing a shot as No. 8 Virginia steamrolled Tennessee State 79-36 on Tuesday. Anderson paced Virginia with 20 points on 7-of-7 from the floor, including five 3s, while Gill chipped in with 16 points and nine boards on 6-for-6. The Cavaliers (5-0) shot 51.7 percent as a team. “Justin had his feet set and good rhythm shots. That was Mike’s first double- double,” UVA coach Tony Bennett said. Mike Tobey posted the first double-double of his career with 13 points and a personal-best 16 rebounds. Anderson hit two 3-pointers during Virginia’s 13-2 start. UVA’s defense, which has been its calling card under head coach Tony Bennett, locked down and held the Tigers to eight points over the first 10-plus minutes of the game. Gill and Anderson had 27 points on 10 shots between them in the first half, and the …

    November 26, 2014 12:53 am

World News

  • Armed jewel robbers in Paris chase

    25 November 2014 Last updated at 22:43 One of the two alleged robbers, who were arrested after surrendering to French police in Paris Two armed robbers who held a man hostage have released him and handed themselves in after being chased by police across Paris. The men had held up the Cartier jewellery shop near the city’s central Champs Elysees, where they reportedly used a staff member as cover. They escaped on a motorcycle, and following a police chase took a man hostage from a hairdressers. Paris has experienced a wave of robberies in recent years. The authorities said that the two suspects exchanged fire with police outside the jewellery shop, where they attempted to drag a member of staff as cover, before fleeing the scene and initiating a police chase across the capital. Last summer, 111m euros (£88m; $138m) worth of precious stones from the Carlton Hotel in Cannes and 2m euros in gems …

    November 26, 2014 12:53 am


  • Facebook, Twitter ruining Christmas, says bishop

    This, children, is called a Christmas card. You write inside it. Yes, yourself. StampTV/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET Time ensures only one thing: that nothing is the same as it used to be. It’s hard, though, to accept that, especially with the elements of life we hold most dear. Like our sports, our faces and our festivities. One British bishop has decided to dig his heels in against the inexorable pull of social media on our interpersonal relationships during the holiday season. He’s decided to sit down and write 600 Christmas cards by hand. This might seem quaint, a calligrapher fuming at the invention of the typewriter. However, the Right Reverend Paul Bayes — Britain has Left Reverends too — believes his method is personal, while the likes of Facebook and Twitter are mere digital chill. He told the Telegraph: “At Christmas I believe something has been lost by the trend away from sending cards. …

    November 25, 2014 9:30 pm


  • LHCb bags two new baryonic strange-beauty particles

    On a roll: LHCb’s performance continues to wow Two new particles have been discovered by physicists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) by sifting through data acquired in 2011–2012. The particles, called Ξb′– and Ξb*– are excited states of the Ξb0– particle, which was first reported in 2007, and have half-lives that are tiny fractions of a second. The discoveries were made by physicists working on the LHCb detector and provide further evidence of that experiment’s ability to make extremely precise measurements of particle masses. The Ξb– baryon comprises three quarks – the down quark from the lightest quark generation, the strange quark from the middle generation and the beauty (or bottom) quark from the heaviest one. Thanks to the large mass of the beauty quark, this baryon is more than six times as massive as the proton. In the baryon’s ground state its spin quantum number is zero, but two metastable excited states with …

    November 25, 2014 9:51 pm


  • HCA hospitals halt use of uterine fibroid surgical tool

    (Reuters) – HCA Holdings Inc, the largest for-profit U.S. hospital operator, said a procedure for removing uterine fibroids that has been linked to the spread of cancer will no longer be performed at its facilities. The surgical technique involves use of a laparoscopic power morcellator device that pulverizes tissue before it is extracted from the uterus through a small opening. Morcellation is the mincing or pulverization of tissue to make it easier to remove. HCA’s decision follows new guidelines for the devices issued Monday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. “We are implementing a prohibition of the use of power morcellation in laparoscopic uterine surgery,” an HCA spokesman said Tuesday in an email. FDA said the devices should not be used to remove tissue containing fibroids in patients who are peri- or post-menopausal, or whose fibroids can be removed intact through the vagina or a small incision. The technique can cause injury to surrounding tissue and organs and spread …

    November 25, 2014 9:29 pm


  • 7 Things Paul Rudd’s hair from his ’80s yearbook looks like (PHOTOS)

    VIDEO: Does Paul Rudd rule the Jimmy Fallon lip-synch battles? The magic of the internet bequeathed us with another nugget of amazingness this week. This time, it takes the form of Paul Rudd’s fraternity yearbook photo from the ’80s. Paul Rudd’s acting career took off in the ’90s, but his hair peaked in the ’80s. http://t.co/BNoVPdQKui pic.twitter.com/XbHRhqQvC5 — Mashable (@mashable) November 25, 2014 According to BuzzFeed, the pic was taken during Rudd’s time at the University of Kansas and the years have clearly been kind to Rudd. His face has hardly aged a bit, despite his love of partying, and his hair these days is a little more clean-cut, though slightly less radical. Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler Parks and Recreation rivals We can’t help but be reminded of these things when we gaze at that glorious head of hair. 1. Brian Wilson’s beard Photo credit: WENN.com 2. A Puli dog GIF credit: Spider Channel/YouTube First …

    November 26, 2014 1:13 am


Odd News

  • Fifty years later, American skating team claims Olympics bronze

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fifty years after Vivian Joseph and Ronald Joseph skated at the Innsbruck Olympics, the American pair on Tuesday officially claimed the bronze medal. Two years after the 1964 Games, the International Olympic Committee had awarded the Joseph siblings the bronze medal after disclosing that the West German pairs team had violated their amateur status by signing a professional contract. Canadians Debbi Wilkes and Guy Revell moved up one spot to the silver medal, while the Josephs, who had finished fourth in the competition, claimed bronze. But in 1987, the IOC said Germans Marika Kilius and Hans-Jürgen Bäumler were “rehabilitated” and quietly re-awarded their silver medals. The IOC never explained the medal consequences of its decision. On Tuesday, the IOC announced that the Germans and Canadians are each silver-medal winners, while the Americans are the bronze medalists in the pairs event. “An Olympic medal is the ultimate sports symbol of hard work, sacrifice …

    November 25, 2014 5:46 pm