• Nadal, Murray reach Aussie Open quarters

    Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) – Third-seeded Rafael Nadal and No. 6 seed Andy Murray punched their tickets into the Australian Open quarterfinals on Sunday. Nadal cruised past South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-1, 6-4, while Murray...
  • WHO vows reform after Ebola ‘shocks’

    WHO vows reform after Ebola ‘shocks’

    25 January 2015 Last updated at 15:01 Ebola testing at the African Cup of Nations football tournament in Bata, Equatorial Guinea The World Health Organization (WHO) has set out plans for reform, admitting that it...
  • Is your target-date fund ripping you off?

    Is your target-date fund ripping you off?

      Target-date funds have become a wildly popular option among those seeking a hands-off approach to retirement investing. But not all of these funds are created equal. Based on the year you expect to retire,...
  • Can new tech boost safety in Uber cars, taxis?

    Can new tech boost safety in Uber cars, taxis?

    AsterRide is a smartphone app that pairs passengers with taxis or black-car services. AsterRide When you tap open the AsterRide app to hail a taxi, you’ll see something a bit different from other ride-hailing apps:...
  • Watch Out for Falling Icicles

    Watch Out for Falling Icicles

    SUNDAY, Jan. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Icicles may be beautiful, but they can also be dangerous, an emergency medicine doctor warns. “An icicle is like a sharp, stiletto-shoe heel-like dagger. Coupled with the forceful...

Headline News

  • Ruby Tuesday discriminates against male employees, federal lawsuit claims


    The restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday is being accused of discriminating against male bartenders and servers because the company hired only women for summer positions at its Park City, Utah, location. According to The Oregonian, a federal lawsuit filed last week by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is seeking an injunction that would prevent Ruby Tuesday from depriving men employment opportunities based on their gender. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The suit also is looking to force the company to end wrongful employment practices and to compensate two male workers who were denied jobs in the summer of 2013. Andrew Herrera and Joshua Bell, who worked at Ruby Tuesday locations in Oregon and Missouri, respectively, are being represented by EEOC lawyers. “This suit is a cautionary tale to employers . . .” – William R. Tamayo, EEOC Regional Attorney Ruby Tuesday advertised for temporary positions during summer 2013 at the chain’s Park City location, and the Tennessee-based company showed …

    January 25, 2015 9:21 am
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Politics

  • Netanyahu defends planned Congress speech as anti-Iran strategy


    JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended on Sunday a planned speech to the U.S. Congress about Iran, saying he had a moral obligation to take every opportunity to speak out on an issue that poses a mortal threat to his country. His visit to Washington in March has opened up a political rift in the United States and has drawn accusations in Israel that Netanyahu is undermining a strategic alliance to win an election due two weeks after the trip. Briefing his cabinet on the speech to be made on March 3 to a joint meeting of Congress, Netanyahu said his priority was to urge the United States and other powers not to negotiate an Iranian nuclear deal that might endanger Israel. “In coming weeks, the powers are liable to reach a framework agreement with Iran, an agreement liable to leave Iran as a nuclear threshold state,” he said in remarks carried …

    January 25, 2015 9:01 am
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Stocks

  • Is your target-date fund ripping you off?


      Target-date funds have become a wildly popular option among those seeking a hands-off approach to retirement investing. But not all of these funds are created equal. Based on the year you expect to retire, target-date funds are supposed to invest in a mix of stocks, bonds and cash that reflect an age appropriate level of risk that changes as you get older. Yet, annual returns can vary dramatically — even for investors of identical ages — and some funds can carry sky-high fees, according to an analysis of more than 1,700 target-date funds conducted by online financial advisor FutureAdvisor. “Just because it’s called a target-date fund definitely doesn’t mean it’s the same thing across providers,” said Janet Yang, director of multi-asset class strategies at Morningstar. Consider the highest and lowest 5-year average annual returns for retiree investors (Target 2010 funds) and investors in their late 20s (Target 2050 funds). The chart below shows just …

    January 25, 2015 9:21 am
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Sports

  • Nadal, Murray reach Aussie Open quarters


    Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) – Third-seeded Rafael Nadal and No. 6 seed Andy Murray punched their tickets into the Australian Open quarterfinals on Sunday. Nadal cruised past South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-1, 6-4, while Murray beat 10th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 7-5. The 14-time Grand Slam champion Nadal beat Roger Federer in the 2009 Aussie final and is a two-time runner-up in Melbourne, including last year when he was stunned by Stan Wawrinka in the final. Nadal, of course, is the reigning French Open king. Nadal will play in the quarterfinals here for the eighth time. He will next face seventh-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych, who defeated Bernard Tomic 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2. Berdych is through to the quarterfinals in Melbourne for the fifth straight year. Murray, a three-time Aussie Open runner-up, was almost taken to a fifth set on Sunday. The Brit saved a set point while serving at 5-2 down …

    January 25, 2015 9:22 am
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World News

  • WHO vows reform after Ebola ‘shocks’


    25 January 2015 Last updated at 15:01 Ebola testing at the African Cup of Nations football tournament in Bata, Equatorial Guinea The World Health Organization (WHO) has set out plans for reform, admitting that it was too slow to respond to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa. At an emergency session in Geneva, director-general Margaret Chan said Ebola had taught the world and the WHO how they must act in the future. She said the corner had been turned on infections but warned over complacency. More than 8,500 people have died in the outbreak, the vast majority in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Contingency fund Dr Chan said: “This was West Africa’s first experience with the virus and it delivered some horrific shocks and surprises. “The world, including WHO, was too slow to see what was unfolding before us. Ebola is a tragedy that has taught the world, including WHO, many lessons about how …

    January 25, 2015 9:22 am
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Technology

  • Can new tech boost safety in Uber cars, taxis?


    AsterRide is a smartphone app that pairs passengers with taxis or black-car services. AsterRide When you tap open the AsterRide app to hail a taxi, you’ll see something a bit different from other ride-hailing apps: a feature called InstaAlert. It’s designed to help passengers notify friends or family that they’re in a taxi and to send an update once the rider arrives at their destination in one piece. AsterRide is marketing itself as a safe alternative in the ride-hailing industry. Its timing is auspicious — Uber, taxis and other ride-for-hire rivals have made headlines around the world over some of their drivers allegedly engaging in sexual assaults, kidnappings and beatings. Ride-hailing apps — like Uber, Lyft and Flywheel — let passengers use a smartphone to hail a taxi, black-car service or a personal driver using their own car. The companies behind these apps are aiming to convince passengers that the rides they hail are safe. …

    January 25, 2015 9:01 am
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Science

  • Exotic, gigantic molecules fit inside each other like Russian nesting dolls


    Related images(click to enlarge) University of Chicago scientists have experimentally observed for the first time a phenomenon in ultracold, three-atom molecules predicted by Russian theoretical physicsist Vitaly Efimov in 1970. In this quantum phenomenon, called geometric scaling, the triatomic molecules fit inside one another like an infinitely large set of Russian nesting dolls. “This is a new rule in chemistry that molecular sizes can follow a geometric series, like 1, 2, 4, 8…,” said Cheng Chin, professor in physics at UChicago. “In our case, we find three molecular states in this sequence where one molecular state is always 4.88 times larger than the previous one.” Chin and four members of his research group published their findings Dec. 9, 2014, in Physical Review Letters. “Quantum theory makes the existence of these gigantic molecules inevitiable, provided proper — and quite challenging — conditions are created,” said Efimov, now at the University of Washington. The UChicago team observed …

    January 25, 2015 4:56 am
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Health

  • Watch Out for Falling Icicles


    SUNDAY, Jan. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Icicles may be beautiful, but they can also be dangerous, an emergency medicine doctor warns. “An icicle is like a sharp, stiletto-shoe heel-like dagger. Coupled with the forceful dynamics of impact from falling a sizeable distance, a person can sustain serious injury,” Dr. Mark Cichon, chair of emergency medicine at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., said in a university news release. When walking outside during winter, you need to be “mindful of ice above your head and below your feet. Avoid walking under hanging ice and walk carefully on ice-coated sidewalks,” Cichon advised. You should heed signs warning of falling ice and stay away from closed-off sidewalks and other locations, he noted. “It may be annoying to have to walk around a roped-off area but it is better to take extra safety precautions than to wind up injured and in the emergency department,” Cichon said. If …

    January 25, 2015 9:01 am
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Entertainment

  • Ross Mathews doesn’t want to fit into your stereotypical ‘little box’


    I spoke with the red carpet guru about maintaining his confidence and not giving in to stereotypes, and his responses were spot-on. More: 2015 People’s Choice Awards: Complete list of winners “Here’s the deal. I think people want to put everybody in a little box,” Mathews said during our interview. “I think if you just do you and sort of surprise people, that’s the best way to live, and it’s the most interesting way to live. Don’t you think? Everything else is just so boring, all these stereotypes. So I just think I try to break every single one of them.” Clearly, the motto is working for Mathews, who is celebrating a big win with the pass of California’s Proposition 2, which mandates that hens must have more room, ensuring farming is humane. The cause is close to the host’s heart and should be a cause on everyone’s agenda. “I love animals, I love food, …

    January 25, 2015 9:21 am
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Editorial

  • When will Obama stop making false claims about Citizens United?


    FILE — Jan. 22, 2015: President Obama speaks during a visit to the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) At almost the same time that protesters mad about the Citizens United decision were disrupting the start of the Supreme Court’s session on Wednesday, the White House issued a “Statement from the President” condemning the decision on its fifth anniversary. And once again, President Obama repeated the same false claim about “foreign corporations” that he made in his State of the Union speech back in 2010. This White House seems to believe that if you think up a good political attack theme, stick with it no matter what the truth is. One can certainly debate the effect of Citizens United, which lifted the ban on independent political expenditures (i.e., independent political speech), and whether it has been beneficial to our democratic system. As a former member of the Federal Election Commission that enforces our …

    January 24, 2015 8:47 pm
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Odd News

  • Iowa billboard mannequin startles motorists, loses job


    (Reuters) – A car dealer is taking down an oversized mannequin that had been placed atop a roadside billboard advertisement in rural Iowa after a number of alarmed drivers called the 911 emergency number to report a man who looked like he was going to jump. “I hate to take it down, but in the interest of public safety I decided to,” Brad Deery, owner of 10 car dealerships in Iowa, told Reuters by telephone on Friday. Deery said the sheriff in Des Moines County asked him to remove the mannequin because drivers were becoming distracted and that some could be tempted to try to climb the sign and take a selfie. The billboard on U.S. Route 61 advertises Deery’s West Burlington dealership. The sign reads “I can see Deery Toyota, Nissan, Mazda from here,” Deery said. The mannequin is posed as though it is looking off at distant car lots. The Hawk Eye, a …

    January 23, 2015 4:24 pm
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