Headline News

  • Back-to-back _ to back _ storms in California raise hopes of ease in drought


    SAN FRANCISCO –  Hours of steady rain Saturday from northern California’s third winter storm in a week raised hopes that the state was moving out of its driest three years in history – while still deeply locked in drought. “It’s a marginal improvement. Marginal being the operative word there,” said Bob Benjamin, a National Weather Service forecaster, as showers that brought from a quarter-inch to more than a half-inch of rain to the San Francisco Bay Area tapered off late Saturday morning. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In fact, after this week’s three back-to-back winter storms, much of the state was doing noticeably better for rain than last year, but still well below normal for this point in the year. Through October, the last three years overall have been the driest in California’s history, according to the federal National Climatic Data Center. By last summer, 58 percent of the state was rated in the most extreme category of …

    November 22, 2014 4:27 pm
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Politics

  • Obama’s day off: Golf with baseball great Derek Jeter


    NORTH LAS VEGAS Nev. (Reuters) – Of all the more than 200 rounds of golf Barack Obama has played as president, his outing on Saturday will probably prove to be a highlight: Teeing it up with New York Yankees great Derek Jeter. Obama’s foursome included Jeter, Brian Greenspun, who is owner of the Las Vegas Sun, and businessman and Democratic donor Stephen Cloobeck. They played at Shadow Creek Golf Club, an exclusive course owned by MGM Resorts International. Jeter retired from the Yankees in September after a Hall of Fame career. His golf game will likely need some improvement. A 2006 Golf Digest ranking of athletes who play golf put Jeter’s handicap at a pedestrian 30. Obama stayed in the Las Vegas area after delivering a speech about his immigration policy at a high school on Friday. He returns to Washington on Sunday. (Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Grant McCool)

    November 22, 2014 4:26 pm
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Stocks

  • Trying to make ends meet on $9 an hour


    It’s a question that has fixated philosophers for generations: What are the ingredients of a successful life? It’s also a question that Patrice H. wrestles with in far grittier terms every day in the small Alabama town where she lives. Patrice, 42, works for an auto parts dealer building headlamps, and her definition of a quality life is straightforward but profound: “Working a job where I wouldn’t have to live paycheck to paycheck and also have time to spend with my kids.” Working 12 hours a day, six days a week for $9 an hour, Patrice finds herself weighing the school functions and weekend afternoons with her children that she misses against the grinding shifts she devotes to building them even a thin floor of economic security. “I have to see them less and work more in order for them to have a good life,” says Patrice, whose full name and specific location we have …

    November 22, 2014 3:26 pm
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Sports

  • Messi sets La Liga scoring record of 253 goals


    BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona forward Lionel Messi set a La Liga scoring record of 253 goals when he netted a hat-trick in Saturday’s 5-1 win at home to Sevilla. The previous record has been held by former Athletic Bilbao striker Telmo Zarra since 1955, which marked the end of the Spaniard’s 15-year career with the Basque club. Zarra scored his 251 goals in 277 appearances, while Argentina captain Messi needed 289 games. Forward Messi, 27, equaled the record in the 21st minute with a typically breathtaking strike, curling a left-footed shot around the wall and past Sevilla goalkeeper Beto into the net. He struck again from close range in the 72nd minute and scored a third six minutes later with a powerful low drive from the edge of the penalty area. His Barca team mates picked him up and threw him into the air several times while his adoring fans at the Nou Camp wildly …

    November 22, 2014 4:27 pm
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World News

  • Kenya bus gunmen ‘want religious war’


    22 November 2014 Last updated at 22:14 The driver of the bus tried to accelerate away from the militants, but the vehicle got stuck in wet mud The slaughter of 28 people on a bus in Kenya is a bid to start a religious war, a senior adviser to President Uhuru Kenyatta has told the BBC. Abdikadir Mohammed called on Kenyans of “all faiths and creeds” to stand together against the “heinous crimes”. At dawn on Saturday, al-Shabab gunmen attacked the bus in northern Kenya, shooting dead non-Muslim passengers. The Somalia-based Islamist group has carried out numerous attacks across Kenya since 2011. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Survivor Ahmed Mahat told the BBC how the bus attack took place The bus was travelling to the capital, Nairobi, when it was stopped in Mandera county, not far from the border with Somalia. Gunmen separated out non-Muslims by asking passengers to read from …

    November 22, 2014 4:27 pm
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Technology

  • Need a laugh? ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ outtakes make it so


    Geordi and Data share a laugh in this newly released “Star Trek: The Next Generation” blooper reel. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET In “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” the crew of the USS Enterprise encountered both hostile and friendly aliens, dangerous warp core meltdowns, Klingon run-ins, holodeck subplots and constant struggles with the Prime Directive. However, sometimes the cast suffered from laughing fits, klutziness and slaphappy moments that can only be captured on a blooper reel. Fans waiting patiently for the December 2 Blu-ray release of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” were recently treated by Uproxx to a short blooper reel of the cast engaged in hilarious high jinks on the Enterprise and on away missions. The reel starts out with a laugh attack from LeVar Burton, who plays Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge, and Brent Spiner, as Lieutenant Commander Data. Then Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Gates McFadden as Doctor Beverly Crusher …

    November 22, 2014 4:27 pm
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Science

  • Mediterranean meteorological tide has increased by over a millimetre a year since 1989


    Related images(click to enlarge) A new database developed by the University of Cantabria (Spain) provides data on sea level variation due to atmospheric changes in the south of Europe between 1948 and 2009. Over the last two decades sea levels have increased in the Mediterranean basin. “The meteorological sea level or meteorological tide component is the variation of the sea level as a result of atmospheric changes or more specifically, changes in the atmospheric pressure and the wind at the sea surface,” Alba Cid explains, Alba being the lead author of the study published in the journal ‘Climate Dynamics’ which analyses 62 years’ worth of data for this sea level component. Cid and her team at the Environmental Hydraulics Institute at the University of Cantabria (Spain) have generated two (long-term and high resolution) time series for meteorological tides in the Atlantic and Mediterranean basins in the south of Europe and the Canary Islands. In total, …

    November 22, 2014 4:48 pm
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Health

  • Mali records new Ebola case, linked to dead nurse


    BAMAKO (Reuters) – Mali has recorded a new case of Ebola in the capital Bamako after the friend of a nurse who died of the hemorrhagic fever earlier this month tested positive for the disease, health and medical officials said on Saturday. The nurse contracted the disease after treating an imam from neighboring Guinea, who died after being incorrectly diagnosed with kidney problems. This allowed Ebola to spread to five other people in the West African nation’s second outbreak. “Of two suspected cases tested, one was negative and the other positive. The latter was placed in an isolation center for intensive treatment,” a statement from the health ministry said, adding that another 310 contact cases were being monitored. Two Malian medical officials, who asked not to be named, confirmed the relationship between the new case and the deceased nurse. A total of 5,459 people have died in the worst Ebola outbreak on record, according the …

    November 22, 2014 4:26 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kaley Cuoco Rocks A Miley Cyrus-Inspired Hairstyle For Lunch With Her Hunky Hubby


    Posted on Sat Nov 22nd, 2014 11:18am PDT       By X17 Staff Kaley Cuoco and hubby Ryan Sweeting went to lunch at Villa Blanca in Beverly Hills on Friday afternoon, and the two shared a sweet smooch after their meal. But we have to say, after getting a peek at the baby buns on top of Kaley’s head, we’re totally getting Miley Cyrus vibes! Kaley revealed earlier this fall that she cut her hair for an indie film she shot in New Mexico over the summer, and while she offered to get extensions for her role on The Big Bang Theory (you know, that show that nets her a whopping $1 MILLION an episode), producers were “on her side” and wrote it in. Looks like it’s going to be petite ponytails until that ‘do grows out! We still love her though…   SEE THE GALLERY Kaley Cuoco Has Lunch With Hubby Ryan Sweeting Stories from around the …

    November 22, 2014 4:06 pm
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Editorial

  • I’m thankful our country is still a refuge and the land of opportunity


    When I was 7 years old, my family and I landed at JFK Airport in New York City with $90 in our pocket, a few suitcases stuffed with what little we could carry and no idea of what to expect next.  We came here because we were fleeing a totalitarian regime, because generations of our family had been oppressed simply for existing and because the United States was a beacon for our hopes and aspirations, as it has been for millions of others around the globe. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The people literally dying to come here now do not believe that our best days are behind us. My paternal grandfather was sent to Soviet gulag in the prime of his life because he was a religious Jew who refused to work on Saturdays and, possibly, because some of his siblings had fled to France several years after the Russian revolution.  He spent years working as a …

    November 22, 2014 8:21 am
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Odd News

  • Lost kitten from New Mexico turns up in duffel bag in Maine


    ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) – An Albuquerque cat owner can sleep easier now that the kitten that went missing last month will be home for the holidays, despite a mysterious 2,300-mile side trip to Maine. Patsy Murphy, who runs an animal refuge center in Westbrook, Maine, said the kitten, named Spice, was brought to her shelter on Nov. 11 by a man who found the feline in a duffel bag while unloading furniture at a local Catholic charity. “This is a very odd story, we wish she could tell us what happened,” Murphy said of the kitten, which was found inside the bag with food and kitty litter. Murphy said Maine resident Bob Watterson brought the kitten home on Nov. 5, and cared for it for six days before he turned it over to the animal refuge, which found a microchip in the cat that could identify it. Murphy was shocked when the cat was traced …

    November 21, 2014 8:31 pm
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