Headline News

  • More than 400 arrested as Ferguson protests spread to other U.S. cities

    FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – National Guard troops and police aimed to head off a third night of violence on Wednesday in Ferguson, Missouri, as more than 400 people have been arrested in the St. Louis suburb and around the United States in unrest after a white policeman was cleared in the killing of an unarmed black teenager. There have been protests in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta and other cities decrying Monday’s grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in a case that has touched off a debate about race relations in the United States. Ferguson, a predominately black city, has been hit by two nights of rioting, looting and arson with some businesses burned to the ground, but authorities say an increased security presence on Tuesday night helped quell the violence. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has deployed about 2,200 National …

    November 26, 2014 5:10 pm


  • Tensions flare between Senate Democrats, White House

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Criticism of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law by a top Senate Democrat this week laid bare post-election tensions that could pose challenges for the party in upcoming fights with Republicans over taxes, energy and immigration. In a high-profile speech on Tuesday dissecting Democrats’ losses in this month’s midterm elections, Charles Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democrat, listed “a cascade of issues” botched by the White House, starting with Obama’s push for healthcare reforms soon after he took office in 2009. Later on Tuesday, the White House took the unusual step of publicly pledging to veto a deal on tax breaks that Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid was trying to hammer out with Republicans in the House of Representatives. “There is clearly a lot of unhappiness and a lot of mistrust that exists between the president and his congressional party,” said Ross Baker, political scientist at Rutgers University. Democrats will cede control …

    November 26, 2014 5:51 pm


  • Elizabeth Warren calls out Obama on nominee

      Elizabeth Warren is accusing President Obama of again putting Wall Street regulation in the hands of Wall Street insiders. This time, she’s blasting his nominee for a top Treasury post that oversees U.S. banks and financial regulations. The Massachusetts senator says Antonio Weiss, a banker with expertise in international deals, is unqualified for a domestic-focused role, and has even recently worked on deals that rip off U.S. taxpayers. Critics lambasted her for political grandstanding, and on Wednesday, Team Warren fired back. “Weiss supporters keep insinuating that the undersecretary position is too technocratic and complicated for anyone else to understand, but that’s hogwash,” an aide to Warren told Politico on Wednesday. “Weiss has no background in these areas, and it’s lazy to assume without a critical look that any generic Wall Street executive is up for the role,” the aide continued. Chief among her critics is New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin, who this …

    November 26, 2014 4:49 pm


  • Brodeur lands tryout with St. Louis Blues

    (Reuters) – Martin Brodeur, the National Hockey League’s all-time leader in wins and shutouts, will practise for the St. Louis Blues after starting netminder Brian Elliott sustained a lower-body injury, the team said on Wednesday. Brodeur spent his entire 21-year career with the New Jersey Devils where he collected 688 wins and 124 shutouts but has been without a team since the Devils decided not re-sign the 42-year-old future Hall of Famer in the offseason. A four-time Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL’s top netminder, Brodeur helped the Devils to three Stanley Cup titles and was part of Canada’s gold medal winning teams at the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympics. Elliott had eight wins and a league-leading 1.82 goals against average in 14 games this season a Blues team that is tied with Nashville for the Pacific Division lead. (Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Frank Pingue)

    November 26, 2014 5:30 pm

World News

  • Ebola vaccine trial results promising, says manufacturer

    Preliminary results from trials in human volunteers of one of the leading Ebola vaccine candidates are promising, according to the British drug company manufacturing it. GlaxoSmithKline’s vaccine, developed with the National Institutes of Health in the US, is one of three that are being speeded into trials in the Ebola-hit countries of west Africa. It is hoped that they can be tested in healthcare workers, burial teams and others at high risk of infection in January. The results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine as the World Health Organisation updated the numbers of people affected by the Ebola epidemic. By the end of November 23, it said, there had been 15,935 reported cases and 5,689 deaths. The true figures are thought to be much higher. Before any of the vaccines can be trialled in the region, they must go through safety testing. Results from the vaccination of the first healthy volunteers in …

    November 26, 2014 4:29 pm


  • Tomorrow Daily 093: Underwater cities, MST3K’s new website, robot guards and more

    It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and we’re giving our thanks to you, loyal viewer. Whether you’ve been with us since the pilot, or just getting aboard the TD train, we’re incredibly happy you’re along for the ride. You make the show better with your jokes, your insights and your fun-loving attitudes. This show has some pretty great things in it: futuristic underwater cities, the OG masters of commentary tracks, robo-security guards and some of our favorite things this week. Keep being good humans, boys and girls, and enjoy the long weekend if you have one! Here are some links and notes for all the things on the show today: Japanese design firm pitches underwater city plans that sound kinda crazy Mystery Science Theater 3000 releases episodes for rent/download, and not on YouTube Microsoft allows K5 security robots to patrol its Silicon Valley campus (temporarily) Into It: Sawbones (podcast), and Super Smash Bros. Wii U User …

    November 26, 2014 5:52 pm


  • DNA Can Survive Reentry from Space

    If a cascade of meteors struck Earth billions of years ago, could they have deposited genetic blueprints and forged an indelible link between Earth and another planet?   Perhaps. Although that puzzling question remains unanswered, scientists have uncovered a new clue that suggests it is possible for DNA to withstand the extreme heat and pressure it would encounter when entering our atmosphere from space.   In a new study published today in PLOS ONE, a team of Swiss and German scientists report that they dotted the exterior grooves of a rocket with fragments of DNA to test the genetic material’s stability in space. Surprisingly, they discovered that some of those building blocks of life remained intact during the hostile conditions of the flight and could pass on genetic information even after exiting and reentering the atmosphere during a roughly 13-minute round trip into space.   The findings suggest that if DNA traveled through space on …

    November 26, 2014 2:06 pm


  • Celiac disease showing up in many forms and at all ages

    (Reuters Health) – A classical set of celiac disease symptoms no longer reflects the profile of most newly-diagnosed patients, according to a new study from Italy. Instead, doctors need to take other symptoms into account and consider the possibility of celiac disease, even when patients don’t fit the old image of the condition, researchers say. “It’s been a gradual phenomenon since the 1970s that fewer people are presenting with the classical diarrhea and more with non-classical or silent presentation, both in adults and children,” said Dr. Peter Green, who wasn’t involved in the study. “We don’t actually know why one person has diarrhea and another presents with abdominal pain or osteoporosis,” said Green, director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University in New York. Dr. Umberto Volta and his coauthors write in the journal BMC Gastroenterology that just 15 years ago, celiac disease was still thought of mainly as a rare pediatric food intolerance, …

    November 26, 2014 5:52 pm


  • Roseanne’s tweet about Bill Cosby is too tasteless, even for her (PHOTO)

    Cosby is under the microscope for sexual assault reports that go back decades, and over a dozen women have stepped forward, many with eerily similar stories: that Cosby offered them a drink or an aspirin, and next thing they knew they had been raped. Barr decided to make light of the situation — and her own busted face — with a little joke. Bill Cosby rape allegations: A timeline of his career downfall Photo credit: Roseanne Barr/Twitter “Got in a tussle w bill cosby,” she tweeted. “U shoyld see that mfer.” While we get what she was going for there, it is definitely insensitive to everyone involved. She must have realized that too, because the post was deleted and replaced with this: Got a chemical peel to look more sexier. Joked about tussling cosby pic.twitter.com/2tiRMy3WEj — Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) November 26, 2014 Bill Cosby jokes that he’s evil, disgustingly gets a standing ovation (VIDEO) Barr …

    November 26, 2014 5:30 pm


  • Economy in free fall: Politically isolated Putin’s troubles grow

    Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves his hotel en route to Brisbane Airport as he leaves the G20 leaders summit early, November 16, 2014. Putin told reporters he was leaving before the release of the G20’s communique because of the long flight to Russia and he wanted to get some sleep. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA – Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) – RTR4EAVE Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the APEC CEO Summit at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. (AP) “Saturday Night Live” often acts as a good barometer of what’s going on in the world.  Last week, its opening sketch nailed just how grumpy Americans are over President Obama’s executive action on immigration, which kicks the rule of law down the Capitol steps. But later in the show’s “Weekend Update,” a guest appearance by German Chancellor Angela Merkel (performed by Kate McKinnon) proved even more entertaining. McKinnon lampooned …

    November 26, 2014 5:52 pm

Odd News

  • Swiss group wants sausage dogs to be petted, not eaten

    ZURICH (Reuters) – An animal rights group has petitioned the Swiss government to ban a traditional, if rare, practice of eating cats for dinner and turning dogs into sausages. Tomi Tomek, president of the animal rights group SOS CHATS Noiraigue, which campaigned successfully last year to ban the sale of cat fur, said 3 percent of the population still eat cat and dog, mainly in the regions of Appenzell, Lucerne, Jura and Berne. “You can’t report it to the police because there’s no law against it,” she said. Dog meat is traditionally used to make sausages and a fatty remedy for rheumatism, while cat can be served for Christmas dinner. The activists handed in a petition with 17,900 signatures calling for the consumption of family pets to be outlawed. (Reporting by Caroline Copley; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

    November 26, 2014 10:02 am