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  • 12-year-old boy brandishing fake gun at rec center dies after being shot by Cleveland officer

    CLEVELAND –  A 12-year-old boy brandishing what turned out to be a fake gun is dead after being shot by a Cleveland police officer. An attorney for the family says the boy died early Sunday morning at a hospital. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The shooting happened Saturday after officers responded to reports of a male with a gun. A man who called 911 told dispatchers that the boy was at a recreation center pointing a pistol that was “probably fake” and scaring everyone. Police say the officer fired two shots after the boy pulled the fake weapon from his waistband. The orange safety indicator had been removed from the barrel. Investigators say the boy did not point the fake pistol at officers but reached for it after being told to raise his hands.

    November 23, 2014 11:39 am


  • Obama widens post-2014 combat role for U.S. forces in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON/KABUL (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has approved plans to give U.S. military commanders a wider role to fight the Taliban alongside Afghan forces after the current mission ends next month, a senior administration official said. The decision made in recent weeks extends previous plans by authorizing U.S. troops to carry out combat operations against the Taliban to protect Americans and support Afghanistan’s security forces as part of the new ISAF Resolute Support mission next year. Obama had announced in May that U.S. troop levels would be cut to 9,800 by the end of the year, by half again in 2015 and to a normal embassy presence with a security assistance office in Kabul by the end of 2016. Under that plan, only a small contingent of 1,800 U.S. troops was limited to counter terrorism operations against remnants of al Qaeda. The new orders will also allow operations against the Taliban. “To the extent that …

    November 23, 2014 8:36 am


  • All eyes on oil: What will OPEC do this week?

    Low gas prices have beaten up energy stocks but the sector is a key one to watch. While Americans are chomping down on turkey and pie this week, everyone involved in the energy world will be closely watching the Thanksgiving Day meeting of the OPEC in Vienna, Austria. Oil prices have tumbled dramatically in recent weeks. Oil now trades below $80 a barrel and most Americans can buy gas for their cars for under $3 a gallon. The question is how OPEC will respond. So far, energy producing nations and companies haven’t scaled back product even though it’s pretty clear there’s an over supply of oil on the world market. Experts who follow OPEC and the oil market closely are evenly split over in their bets on whether OPEC will vote to cut product. It will almost certainly come down to Saudi Arabia, which has refused to scale back production because it wants to squeeze …

    November 23, 2014 9:37 am


  • Ice man Stenson overcomes nerves to retain Dubai title

    DUBAI (Reuters) – Defending champion Henrik Stenson retained the $8 million DP World Tour Championship on Sunday, carding a final-round 70 to finish two shots clear and cement his status as Europe’s number two golfer. Overnight leaders Stenson and Rafael Cabrera-Bello started the day on 14-under, three strokes clear of England’s Justin Rose, with four players including world number one Rory McIlroy a stroke further back. As the turn approached, Swede Stenson and Spaniard Cabrera-Bello were a further stroke ahead and they seemed set for a straight shootout before nerves got the better of them. Stenson bogeyed the eighth and dropped two more shots at the 11th after shanking an iron out of bounds as Cabrera-Bello, ranked 104th in the world, led with three holes to play despite a 12th hole bogey. “I’m exhausted,” Stenson told reporters. “On the back nine I didn’t play my best. I had a shocking hole 11. That kind of …

    November 23, 2014 11:39 am

World News

  • Volleyball woman out of Iran prison

    23 November 2014 Last updated at 17:51 Hundreds of thousands have signed a petition calling for Ms Ghavami’s release British-Iranian Ghoncheh Ghavami, who was detained at a men’s volleyball match in Iran, has been freed on bail, her family says. Ms Ghavami, 25, was part of a group of women arrested after trying to watch a volleyball match on 20 June. Iranian prosecutors have since accused her of having links to the opposition. Ms Ghavami has staged hunger strikes against her detention, while hundreds of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for her release. Ms Ghavami’s brother Iman told PA news agency: “She has been bailed until her court appeal, when she hopes to be vindicated.” Ms Ghavami now wanted “to spend time with her family,” he added. Iran’s Sharq newspaper said on its Twitter account (in Persian) that she was released after paying bail amounting to $38,000;(£24,000). ‘Opposition protests’ Ms Ghavami and …

    November 23, 2014 11:59 am


  • Theresa May’s move to link web users with IP address given cautious welcome

    Liberal Democrats and civil liberties campaigners have welcomed new measures requiring internet service providers to keep data that identifies online users, but said it must not be seen as a way of reviving the “snooper’s charter”. The Tory MP and civil liberties campaigner David Davis MP said the measure to link subscribers’ data to specific smartphones, laptops or other devices through their internet protocol (IP) addresses was a sensible change, but that it should not be used as a “stepping stone back to the old snooper’s charter”. The new law will also allow the police to force internet firms to hand over data showing who is using a computer or smartphone at any particular time. The Lib Dems also welcomed the move, saying Nick Clegg had repeatedly pressed the home secretary, Theresa May, to introduce proposals to match IP addresses with subscribers’ data since he blocked the introduction of the “snooper’s charter”. “It is good …

    November 23, 2014 8:37 am


  • Digging for answers

    Related images(click to enlarge) On an archaeology field trip in New Mexico as an undergraduate in 2006, Dana Bardolph noticed something that struck her as an odd gender imbalance: The professor leading the dig was a men, while the graduate assistant and all but two of the 14 undergrads were women. “And it just got me thinking,” Bardolph recalled. “Is this reflective of the profession as a whole, or is it an anomaly?” The question stayed with her, and four years ago she decided to search for an answer. Her findings — generated after digging through more than 4,500 peer-reviewed papers in 11 archaeology journals covering a 23-year period — are published in a recent issue of the archaeology journal American Antiquity. Bardolph, a Ph.D. student in UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Anthropology, found that female authors are significantly and consistently underrepresented in American archaeology journals. Indeed, although the gender ratio among researchers is roughly …

    November 23, 2014 8:57 am


  • Holidays Can Be Sensory Overload for Kids With Autism

    SUNDAY, Nov. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The holidays can be a challenge for families of children with autism because sensory overload can trigger major meltdowns, an expert says. “Holidays with family can be dicey under the best of circumstances, but when you have children with special needs, some care must be taken,” Varleisha Gibbs, an occupational therapy professor at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, said in a university news release. “It’s best to let your hosts or visitors know what special requirements are needed to make sure your child and entire family have a pleasant experience,” she advised. Before a holiday gathering, inform family and friends about any triggers that might set off your child, such as not liking to be hugged, or a child’s need to spend time alone in a quiet location to relax and calm down. If your child has food sensitivities or dislikes certain foods, bring the child’s favorite …

    November 23, 2014 8:36 am


  • Miley Cyrus And Her Multicolored Outfit Celebrate Her 22nd Birthday

    Posted on Sun Nov 23rd, 2014 9:40am PDT       By X17 Staff Guess her fashion sense is still all over the place! Last night, Miley Cyrus stepped out to celebrate her 22nd birthday and opted to wear a kaleidoscopic ensemble while letting loose with a host of friends at Factory Nightclub in West Hollywood for her very own Beacher’s Madhouse party. The singer was accompanied by new boyfriend Patrick Schwarzenegger, brother Braison and other friends including Gigi Hadid and Cody Simpson at the Hollywood hotspot which was decorated with sex toys all throughout. In fact, there was a mechanical dildo instead of a mechanical bull you could ride. Wow! So even despite her new relationship, she’s still the same ol’ Miley!   SEE THE GALLERY Miley Cyrus Parties It Up For Her 22nd Birthday Stories from around the Web

    November 23, 2014 12:19 pm


  • 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

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