Headline News

  • Shuttered US cathedral may become slave trade museum as Episcopal Church seeks to unbury past


    In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, grave markers cast shadows in graveyard at next to the Cathedral of St. John of St. John Episcopal Church, in Providence, R.I. The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island has approved a plan to open in the shuttered church what would be the nation’s first museum devoted to examining the history and church’s role in the sometimes-buried legacy of slavery in northern states like Rhode Island, the starting point of more than half the transatlantic slave-trading voyages from North America. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) (The Associated Press) In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, the sun sets behind the Cathedral of St. John of St. John Episcopal Church, in Providence, R.I. The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island has approved a plan to open in the shuttered church what would be the nation’s first museum devoted to examining the history and church’s role in the sometimes-buried legacy of slavery in northern states …

    November 27, 2014 1:59 pm
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Politics

  • Thanksgiving: Eating, watching parades, shopping


    By The Associated Press November 27, 2014 Kellie Shea of Worcester, Mass. uses an umbrella to take shelter from the heavy wet snow while watching the Doherty vs. Burncoat Thanksgiving Day football game at Foley Stadium in Worcester(AP Photo/Worcester Telegram Gazette, Paul Kapteyn) Turkey, stuffing and a helium-filled Thomas the Tank Engine were on the menu as friends and families gathered across the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving. Here’s a look at how Americans prepared to celebrate Thanksgiving. ____ GIANTS IN THE SKY The nationally televised Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will include six new giant balloons including Thomas the Tank Engine, Paddington bear and the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger. The annual event brings out throngs of people along its midtown Manhattan parade route, ending in front of the store’s flagship location. On Wednesday, passers-by on the Upper West Side got a sneak preview, as the giant balloons were inflated with helium in the neighborhood …

    November 27, 2014 2:19 pm
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Stocks

  • Oil prices crash below $70


    OPEC has decided it will keep oil production levels steady at roughly 30 million barrels a day. Oil prices came crashing down Thursday to trade below $70 per barrel after OPEC announced it was leaving oil production levels unchanged. WTI crude trading in the U.S. fell by roughly 7% to just below $69 — a level not seen since May 2010. In Europe, Brent crude prices also fell by about 7% to trade just below $73. Many had expected OPEC to agree on a cut to oil production in a bid to boost prices. But the organization of major oil producing nations refused to budge after six hours of negotiations. Specifically, Saudia Arabia, which has the most clout among the OPEC members, wanted production levels to stay put. This lack of action is bad news for certain oil-producing countries like Russia, Nigeria and Venezuela, which depend on prices of at least $90 a barrel to …

    November 27, 2014 1:19 pm
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Sports

  • Josh Richardson and Armani Moore score 18 apiece to lead Tennessee past Santa Clara 64-57


    ORLANDO, Fla. –  Tennessee got 18 points apiece from Josh Richardson and Armani Moore, and took control with impressive defensive play to start the second half en route to a 64-57 win over Santa Clara Thursday in the opening round of the Orlando Classic. Tennessee used a 14-0 run to open the second half to go up 41-30 with 11:55 left. Richardson gave the Volunteers their first lead, 32-30, since early in the game with 17 minutes remaining. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Santa Clara didn’t get its first second-half points until Jared Brownridge made a layup with 10 ½ minutes to play. Kai Healey hit a 3 in the final minute to cut the deficit to 59-55, but Broncos could get no closer. Jabari McGhee added eight points and nine rebounds for Tennessee (2-1), which faced off-court distractions this week following the resignation of an assistant coach. Brandon Clark scored 21 points for Santa Clara (2-3).

    November 27, 2014 1:59 pm
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World News

  • Mexican president to overhaul police


    27 November 2014 Last updated at 19:55 Protesters have criticised Mexico’s leader over the disappearance of 43 students Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has announced plans to overhaul the country’s police forces, in the wake of the disappearance of 43 students. Mr Nieto said he would unify all local police units into one national force. The students, all trainee teachers, went missing in September after joining a protest in Iguala, Guerrero state. Their disappearance sparked mass protests, with many still unconvinced by the official explanation that the students were murdered by a drugs gang. Mayor’s arrest In a televised speech, President Nieto said that “Mexico must change”. He announced proposals for a series of constitutional reforms that would allow the country’s 1,800 municipal forces to be dissolved and taken over by state agencies. The overhaul would begin in Mexico’s four most violent states, he added – Tamaulipas, Jalisco, Michoacan and Guerrero. Guerrero is where the …

    November 27, 2014 1:59 pm
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Technology

  • Instagram users turn flash into cash, as companies eye new advertising market


    Seen through the filter of Instagram, the world is a beautiful place: high-contrast blue skies; sepia-tinted sunsets; exquisite plates of food and raindrops sliding down windows in perfect formation. It may be a manipulated perspective on life, but 200 million people across the world now use the photo app, sharing 60m pictures a day. Yet for some users, Instagram is generating more than appreciative likes and comments as they document their lives, travels and eating habits on their smartphones. From Nike to the Namibian tourist board, brands and organisations are turning to the most followed users in the pursuit of a broader and younger audience – and are paying handsomely for their services. Cue the rise of the Instagram professionals, users who began using the app for fun but are now earning six-figure salaries and being flown around the world to take photos to share with their thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands, of followers. One …

    November 27, 2014 2:19 pm
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Science

  • Reality Check: 10 Practical Applications of Illusions


    Although illusions are by definition not real, scientists are increasingly finding ways to use them to make an impact on the real world. Here are 10 practical applications that use or control illusions, from warships to virtual reality to Michelangelo’s David and the Statue of Liberty. MP3s All MP3s are based on illusion. An MP3 is a product of “lossy audio compression,” in which parts of the audio signal are discarded to shrink a sound file yet cause zero to minimal perceived loss in the sound quality for the average listener. How does MP3 compression work? It eliminates generally inaudible sounds. For example, if two sounds are presented simultaneously very close together in time, then depending on their frequency and intensity, the brain may only perceive one of them, a phenomenon known as masking. “Lossy audio compression absolutely involves an illusion,” says perceptual and cognitive psychologist Diana Deutsch at the University of California, San Diego. …

    November 27, 2014 10:36 am
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Health

  • Canada to deploy military health staff to Sierra Leone in Ebola fight


    OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada will send up to 40 military staff to Sierra Leone to help battle Ebola, the government said on Thursday as it also launched a campaign to recruit healthcare workers to help operate treatment centers in three West African countries. The death toll in the world’s worst Ebola epidemic had risen to 5,689 out of 15,935 cases reported in eight countries as of Nov. 23, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Almost all cases, and all but 15 deaths, have been in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the three West African countries that have been hardest hit. “Up to 40 Canadian armed forces health care and support staff will deploy to Sierra Leone for up to six months to support efforts on the ground in West Africa,” the Public Health Agency of Canada said in a statement. Defense Minister Rob Nicholson told a news conference that the specialists would arrive by …

    November 27, 2014 2:19 pm
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Entertainment

  • Gwen Stefani Rocks Some Funky Fashion For A Pre-Thanksgiving Bash With The Family


    Posted on Thu Nov 27th, 2014 10:10am PDT       By X17 Staff On Wednesday afternoon Gwen Stefani rounded up her three sons and went to a pre-Thanksgiving bash in their neighborhood, and as always, she looked amazing. We’d never try to pull off wedge sneakers and houndstooth-print leggings with an Adidas track jacket, but this is Gwen, people! The 45-year-old singer carried her youngest son Apollo, and while Kingston was ready on time, little Zuma seemed more interested in shooting hoops in the driveway. Aww!   SEE THE GALLERY Gwen Stefani And Her Boys Have A Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner Stories from around the Web

    November 27, 2014 1:59 pm
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Editorial

  • Thanksgiving: Cultivate an attitude of gratitude


    NATO soldiers have their Thanksgiving Day meals at the ISAF headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. This is the last Thanksgiving cerebration before the U.S. and NATO combat mission ends on Dec. 31 this year. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) If Thomas Jefferson could be faulted for one thing in composing the Declaration of Independence, it might be his inclusion of the words “the pursuit of happiness” in the text. Happiness is a vapor that cannot be grasped; a temporary feeling based on transitory circumstances akin to the euphoria of a full-on sugar rush. Happiness is good for a time, but it cannot last. Life invariably intervenes. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT So many seem so unthankful about so much these days. Turn on the TV or read a newspaper and you will find complainers. Democrats complain about Republicans and the reverse. The poor complain about the rich and the rich complain that they are being taxed too …

    November 27, 2014 2:19 pm
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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
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