Headline News

  • Hunger Games: Fact and fiction collide


    28 November 2014 Last updated at 14:20 By Echo Chambers Opinion and analysis from around the world Next to each kneeling, hooded captive stands an emotionless soldier with their finger on the trigger of their gun. On a hidden command they fire, and the line of bodies falls to the floor. This scene, which has become depressingly familiar in recent months, is not another grisly video released by the Islamic State militant group. It’s from the biggest film of the year so far, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. Eerily, it was shot nearly a year before the first IS beheading video was released. The third instalment of the series made £12.6m in the UK and $123m (£630,000) in the US in its opening weekend. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote When Katniss stands in the rubble of her district razed to the ground, it could be parts of Syria, Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan” …

    November 28, 2014 8:48 am
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Politics

  • Coming home to Ferguson


    By CHIP GOINES November 28, 2014 People walk towards a car lot where several cars had been burned and damaged following a night of rioting in Ferguson, Missouri As a black man who grew up near Ferguson, I dreaded going home for Thanksgiving this week. I watched cable news with dismay while I packed Tuesday. Familiar parts of my old neighborhood were burning. While the Tuesday morning sky was relatively calm above Ferguson as I landed, I knew things on the ground were different as soon as I saw the National Guard Humvees and police cruisers parked along the roads as I left Lambert-St. Louis Airport. Not even in the paranoid months following Sept. 11 had they been out in such force. My mother, who lives a few minutes away from Ferguson, in Florissant, participated in the early peaceful protests after Michael Brown’s shooting. We talked almost daily about it. She had planned to attend …

    November 28, 2014 6:41 am
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Stocks

  • How to bargain shop for stocks


    Shoppers aren’t the only ones searching for deals these days. With the stock market up about 200% since the worst of the financial crisis, it’s become harder and harder to find stocks that look cheap. But just like how savvy shoppers devise plans to capitalize on Black Friday deals, investors should consider these strategies to find bargains in the stock market. Valuations matter: Unlike flat screen TVs and handbags, stocks can’t be evaluated by their price alone. Investors need to be aware of how stocks are valued compared to their future profits. Forward price-to-earnings, or P/E, is a common valuation metric and helps investors compare how expensive a stock looks with the rest of the market. Investors are typically willing to pay a higher multiple for stocks with greater growth potential. For example, fast-growing Facebook (FB, Tech30) sports a forward P/E of nearly 40, which is more than double the SP 500’s multiple of about …

    November 28, 2014 7:44 am
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Sports

  • Brazil’s Pele improving, still in intensive care: hospital


    SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazilian soccer great Pele “is in better condition” though he remains in an intensive care unit being treated for a urinary tract infection, the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo said on Friday. Pele, 74, is receiving renal support treatment, which helps kidneys to filter waste products from the blood, after surgery to remove kidney stones earlier this month. He is not on vasoactive drugs or other supportive therapies, the hospital said. Pele, often called the greatest soccer player in history, has suffered a long list of health problems in the past decade, including emergency eye surgery for a detached retina and a hip replacement. His manager, Paul Kemsley, said on Thursday he was expected to make a full recovery and that reports of his condition are being “greatly exaggerated.” Known as “the King of soccer” in Brazil, Pele played in four World Cups and helped Brazil win the global tournament …

    November 28, 2014 8:48 am
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World News

  • Nigeria mosque targeted in blasts


    28 November 2014 Last updated at 14:43 Many people have been killed in three explosions during Friday prayers at one of the biggest mosques in the Nigerian city of Kano, reports say. The Central Mosque is close to the Emir of Kano’s palace and is where the influential Muslim leader usually leads prayers. The Emir, Muhammad Sanusi, is currently in Saudi Arabia. An eyewitness told the BBC he had counted about 50 bodies, but this figure has not been verified. Other reports say some gunmen went on a shooting spree in the northern city after the blasts. The militant Islamist Boko Haram group has targeted the city before during its five-year insurgency.

    November 28, 2014 8:48 am
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Technology

  • Europol arrests 118 people using stolen credit cards to pay for flights


    Police have arrested 118 people at 84 airports around the world as part of a global investigation into plane tickets paid for with stolen or fake credit card details. Troels Oerting, director of Europol’s European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3), told the Guardian that many of those arrested were linked to other forms of crime, including robbery, shoplifting, illegal immigration and drug smuggling. The operation, co-ordinated by EC3, brought together 49 law enforcement agencies from around the world, numerous banks, 64 airlines and the International Air Transport Association to share intelligence on fraudulent transactions. Interpol in Singapore and Ameripol in Bogota took charge of operations in non-European destinations. Officers were waiting at 84 global airports to pick up those who had used stolen credit card numbers to buy their tickets, while Europol, reported 281 suspicious transactions. “We have again proven that we have ‘upgraded’ to version 2.0 our ability to work smooth less together across borders …

    November 28, 2014 6:41 am
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Science

  • Salamanders are a more abundant food source in forest ecosystems than previously thought


    Related images(click to enlarge) In the 1970s, ecologists published results from one of the first whole-forest ecosystem studies ever conducted in Hubbard Brook, New Hampshire. In the paper, scientists reported that salamanders represent one of the largest sources of biomass, or food, of all vertebrates in the forest landscape. Now, using new sampling and statistical techniques not available during the past study, researchers at the University of Missouri have estimated that the population of salamanders in forested regions of the Missouri Ozarks are 2-4 times higher than originally thought, and in other regions of the eastern U.S. may be on average 10 times higher. Scientists believe that acknowledging salamanders as one of the main food sources in forest ecosystems could help drive conservation efforts and forest management. “Our lab works to identify salamanders as an influential part of the forest ecosystem and food chain,” said Ray Semlitsch, Curators Professor of Biological Sciences in the College …

    November 28, 2014 2:59 am
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Health

  • WHO advises male Ebola survivors to abstain from sex


    LONDON (Reuters) – Men who recover from Ebola should abstain from sex for three months to minimize the risk of passing the virus on in their semen, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. Ebola, a disease that has infected and killing thousands in a vast epidemic in West Africa, normally spreads via bodily fluids such as blood, saliva and faeces. Although sexual transmission of Ebola virus disease has never been documented, the virus has been detected in the survivors’ semen. “Men who have recovered from Ebola virus disease should be aware that seminal fluid may be infectious for as long as three months after onset of symptoms,” the WHO said in a statement. “Because of the potential to transmit the virus sexually during this time, they should maintain good personal hygiene after masturbation, and either abstain from sex (including oral sex) for three months after onset of symptoms, or use condoms if abstinence …

    November 28, 2014 6:41 am
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Entertainment

  • Shia LaBeouf shockingly reveals he was raped during his art piece #IAMSORRY


    ‘Shia LaBeouf’ Live is either really weird or awesome — OK, it’s both (VIDEO) #IAMSORRY ran for five days in February at a Los Angeles, California, gallery, and it turns out that not everyone treated the actor with respect during that time. In an email interview with Dazed Confused magazine, the actor explained just how one woman took advantage of him earlier this year. “One woman who came with her boyfriend, who was outside the door when this happened, whipped my legs for ten minutes and then stripped my clothing and proceeded to rape me… There were hundreds of people in line when she walked out with dishevelled (sic) hair and smudged lipstick. It was no good, not just for me but her man as well,” LaBeouf explained. LaBeouf added that the news of the incident had “traveled through the line” and that his girlfriend Mia Goth found out about it. However, he could not …

    November 28, 2014 8:26 am
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Editorial

  • Small Business Saturday: Five reasons to stay local and shop small


    FILE – Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013: Shoppers enter a Best Buy as the store opens on Thanksgiving Day in Overland Park, Kansas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Small Business Saturday (November 29) is upon us. This year, it’s imperative that “We the People” remember that small business isn’t a political slogan or a passing fad in the American economy. It is the fabric that bonds together our values of liberty, freedom, and the spirited independence that inspires millions of people to do anything and everything to immigrate to this great land of ours.  So, this weekend, if you are looking for a better deal, reconsider your support of the big box store and give your local small businesses a second look, a second chance.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Why? Because shopping “small” is truly the most patriotic thing you can do, while shopping for your relatives and friends. Shopping “small” is truly the most patriotic thing you can do, while …

    November 28, 2014 6:41 am
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Odd News

  • French farmers cry wolf over sheep killings


    PARIS (Reuters) – French farmers, who regularly bring livestock into Paris to punctuate their protests, drove some 250 sheep into the shadow of the Eiffel Tower on Thursday to highlight an unusual concern – that a growing wolf population is killing their flocks. Wolves were reintroduced to France in the 1990s under an international convention on wildlife conservation in Europe. There are now an estimated 300 wolves in the country and the number is growing each year. According to the French sheep organization (FNO), the number of animals they kill has risen too – by nearly two thirds since 2011 – and is likely to top 8,000 this year. “We are asking that wolves be removed from sheep breeding regions because they are incompatible with our work,” Michele Boudoin, secretary general of the French sheep organisation (FNO) said. She stressed that France’s “wolf plan”, which compensates farmers for sheep losses and pays for prevention measures …

    November 27, 2014 2:39 pm
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