Headline News

  • A Florida man tells store clerk he’s ‘sorry’ to commit alleged robbery during Thanksgiving

    DELAND, Fla. –  Police say a Florida man charged with robbery told a convenience store clerk he was sorry about committing the alleged crime around the Thanksgiving holiday. WESH 2 News in Orlando reported (http://bit.ly/1R8tJCb ) that Brian McCoy, 27, of Deltona, Fla., faces robbery and attempted robbery charges after trying to rob a Burger King and then robbing cash from a Circle K store on Wednesday night. The television station reported that McCoy approached the counter with a 12-pack of beer at the Circle K store and told the clerk, “I’m sorry to do this on Thanksgiving, but I need all the money in your register.” McCoy walked off with $87 in cash and the beer. At 2:30 a.m. Thursday, McCoy turned himself in to police and was jailed without bond.

    November 26, 2015 10:33 am


  • Obama signs U.S. defense bill into law: White House

    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama signed a sweeping defense policy bill into law on Wednesday, legislation that authorizes $607 billion in defense spending but also includes provisions that make it harder to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The White House had made it clear earlier this month that Obama would sign the bill despite the Guantanamo provisions. Obama has long promised to close the prison, but has faced objections from lawmakers who do not want detainees to be transferred to U.S. prisons. “As I have said before, the continued operation of this facility weakens our national security by draining resources, damaging our relationships with key allies and partners, and emboldening violent extremists. It is imperative that we take responsible steps to reduce the population at this facility to the greatest extent possible and close the facility,” Obama said in a separate White House statement. He noted that the detainee population at Guantanamo had …

    November 26, 2015 10:12 am


  • 4 reasons Russia and Turkey can’t afford a trade war

    A war of words has erupted after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane on Tuesday. Russian President Vladimir Putin called the downing of the jet a “stab in the back by the terrorists’ accomplices.” His Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Moscow of deceit, and described Putin’s comments as a “huge mistake” in an interview with CNN on Thursday. Russian officials are drawing up possible retaliatory economic sanctions against Turkey. But a trade war would cost both sides dearly. Here’s why: 1. Russia has few friends Russia doesn’t have many business friends on the international scene. Turkey was one of the few partners it could rely on. Turkey did not join Europe, the United States and other Western countries in imposing economic sanctions on Russia over its role in the crisis in Ukraine. The NATO country was actually planning to boost the volume of trade with Russia threefold to $100 billion by 2020. Escalating tension …

    November 26, 2015 10:53 am


  • North signs new Northampton deal

    Northampton Saints wing George North has signed a new contract with the Premiership club. The 23-year-old Wales and British and Irish Lions international’s previous deal was due to expire next summer. North, capped 55 times by Wales, has played 42 times for Saints since joining from Scarlets in 2013. “He is a proven world-class performer, something he has shown over and over again in his time here,” said Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder. More to follow.

    November 26, 2015 10:33 am

World News

  • Brussels threat level ‘reduced’

    Image copyright AP Image caption Soldiers were deployed around Brussels while the city remained on its highest level of alert The Belgian authorities have reduced the threat level in Brussels from its highest level of four to three, local media report. The city was locked down for nearly a week, with schools, universities, and the metro system closed and soldiers deployed on the streets. The escalation to level four came after suspects in the Islamic State attacks in Paris were linked to the city. At least one suspected Paris gunman – Salah Abdeslam – remains at large. He lived in Brussels for several years. The reduction to level three brings Brussels into line with the rest of the country. Earlier on Thursday, fire crews and decontamination teams attended a major mosque in the city after a suspect powder was discovered. The white powder turned out to be flour. Police have mounted a number of raids …

    November 26, 2015 10:33 am


  • US testing an ‘air traffic control system’ for drones

    The Guardian has gained access to the first tests of an experimental air traffic control system for drones that could open the skies to millions of low-flying unmanned aircraft. On an isolated cattle ranch in rural North Carolina – and under the watchful eye of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – drone startup PrecisionHawk is putting experimental drones in the air alongside paragliders. This is the first time that human pilots have officially shared US airspace with commercial drones. Related: Drone regulation is coming in time for Christmas, says FAA taskforce member “Building technology that enables drones to fly reliably and to stay away from airports and other flying objects is stupidly difficult,” says Bob Young, CEO of PrecisionHawk. “But safety is critically important. Without safety, you don’t fly, period.” If only that were true. The FAA is panicking, just a little bit, about the rapid increase in the number and capability of drones now …

    November 26, 2015 10:32 am


  • Researchers assess use of drug-susceptible parasites to fight drug resistance

    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed a model for evaluating a potential new strategy in the fight against drug-resistant diseases. The strategy would take advantage of parasite refugia–host populations that have not been treated with drugs, thereby serving as “safe zones” where parasites don’t develop drug resistance. When parasites from refugia mix with their drug-resistant counterparts in the general population, they could reduce the incidence of drug-resistance overall, which may help prolong a drug’s effectiveness. The research, just published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, offers a way to assess when such an approach is likely to work–information that could help in the increasingly urgent hunt for alternatives to the current suite of parasite-fighting drugs. “Once resistance emerges, you might squeeze a little bit of life out of a drug by tweaking it, but often, very quickly, that entire class of drugs will become useless,” said Andrew Park, …

    November 26, 2015 9:12 am


  • WHO records highest-ever number of new HIV cases in its European Region

    STOCKHOLM The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that in 2014 it had recorded the highest number of new HIV cases in its European Region, which also includes Central Asia, since the start of reporting in the 1980s. WHO and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said in a statement that more than 142,000 people in WHO’s European Region were diagnosed with HIV last year with the increase coming from its eastern sector which comprises 15 countries including Russia, Ukraine and Central Asia. The statement followed publication on Tuesday of findings by the United Nations AIDS program which showed that new HIV infections overall had fallen by 35 percent since the peak of the three-decade-old pandemic in 2000. “Heterosexual transmission is responsible for the increase in eastern Europe, and transmission through drug injection remains substantial,” the joint statement by the WHO and ECDC said. ECDC spokeswoman Caroline Daamen said “eastern Europe” …

    November 26, 2015 9:52 am


  • Khloe Kardashian Reliving Worst Year Of Her Life: Overdose And Divorce

    Khloe Kardashian has been praised for how she handled Lamar Odom’s overdose earlier this fall. She rushed to his side even though she hadn’t talked to him in a while, and she stayed in the hospital with him as he started to recover. Despite dating James Harden at the time, Khloe devoted her time to be with her estranged husband. She even called off the divorce to give him less pressure and stress. Despite putting on a strong face, Khloe admits that this year has been the worst in her entire life. According to a new report, Khloe Kardashian is now planning on bouncing back in 2016 after having a horrible year. “Except with the whole Lamar thing 2015 was good to you Khloe,” one follower wrote to Khloe on Twitter, who replied that 2015 was “hands down [the] worst year of my life lol.” Of course, many things could have happened behind closed doors …

    November 26, 2015 10:53 am


  • Ex-Navy SEALS: Military service taught us how fortunate we are to be Americans

    As any veteran will tell you, we learned much during our time in U.S. military service. We learned the importance of “attention to detail:” the little things matter when packing a parachute, maintaining a weapons system, or analyzing intelligence. We learned teamwork: if you don’t work together you fail—and in combat, failure can mean death. We learned tactics and strategy, discipline and order, and chain of command. We were taught how to fight, how to survive, and how to push ourselves hard—far beyond our comfort zone. We learned different languages, cultures, and customs of the world. We were taught respect and humility—not in classrooms, but on the battlefield, where combat serves as the ultimate teacher. But one lesson we learned outshines all others and remains most important: How incredibly fortunate are we to be Americans. Once a service member has seen the horrors of war, they are thankful that our homeland exists, for the most …

    November 26, 2015 8:32 am

Odd News

  • Mao’s Little Red Book makes surprise appearance in UK parliament chamber

    LONDON Chairman Mao’s “Little Red Book” made a surprise appearance in Britain’s parliament on Wednesday when the opposition Labour Party finance spokesman brandished a copy as he mocked the government’s reliance on Chinese investment. A debate on Britain’s economy and the Conservative government’s plan for the next five years broke down into howls of laughter when John McDonnell, Labour’s finance spokesman, read out some “advice” from the book, a pocket-sized collection of Mao Zedong’s quotations first published in the 1960s. McDonnell criticized finance minister George Osborne for allowing what he called the nationalization of British industry by other states such as China and offered “to assist comrade Osborne in his dealings with new found comrades”. “I think you will find this invaluable … Let’s quote from Mao, rarely done in this chamber,” McDonnell said laughing as he read out a quote urging people not to pretend “to know what we do not know” – a …

    November 26, 2015 5:31 am