• Study: Global Water Crisis Worse Than Thought

    Study: Global Water Crisis Worse Than Thought

    FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Severe water scarcity affects at least two-thirds of the world’s population, or about 4 billion people, according to a new study. These people experience severe water scarcity at...
  • Is Google feeling unloved?

    Is Google feeling unloved?

    Image copyright PA There was a painful moment in this week’s UK parliamentary hearing about Google’s tax affairs when the company’s European boss Matt Brittin was asked to reveal his pay. He hesitated, and then...
  • Scarlets 22-21 Edinburgh

    Scarlets 22-21 Edinburgh

    Try-scorer Morgan Allen joined them from Ospreys for the 2015-16 season Fly-half Aled Thomas kicked a late penalty as Scarlets triumphed after Edinburgh’s fight-back from 19-6 down. It was Thomas’ fourth penalty in a Scarlets...
  • Love is… We asked, you answered

    Love is… something different for each one of us. And, as Valentine’s Day approaches, we wanted to know what “love is” to you, our FoxNews.com audience. Your responses touch the heart, and we’d like to...

Headline News

  • Northeast braces for possible ‘life-threatening’ cold weather


    The National Weather Service said Friday the coldest air mass of the winter may hit the Northeast this weekend and New Yorkers are being urged to take notice. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned residents to take “extreme precautions” over the weekend and heed cold-weather warnings. He said city workers would also bring people living on the street to shelters or hospitals. A wind-chill advisory was in effect for New York City beginning Saturday afternoon and will continue until noon Sunday. With the actual temperatures falling as low as 4 degrees below, the weather service said the city could see wind chills of 18 degrees below to 24 degrees below. Wind gusts could reach up to 45 mph. New York officials also canceled the Central Park Ice Festival because of the upcoming bitter temperatures, according to The Guardian. The festival is a free event featuring ice carving. Much of the Northeast is expected …

    February 13, 2016 12:01 am
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Politics

  • Some Candidates Mention Flint Crisis in Fundraising Appeals


    By Eli Yokley Posted at 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 0 Tweet  Weaver testified before Congress about the water issues in her city. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) As Congress heard testimony from Flint’s mayor about the water crisis there, some House and Senate candidates sent out fundraising pitches to their email lists mentioning the Michigan city’s troubles. In an email to supporters in his competitive Maryland Senate primary race against Rep. Donna Edwards, Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen, linked to a webpage titled “Stand With Chris,” with a donate button at the top. It asked potential donors to “Join Chris in demanding justice” for Flint.   The Van Hollen campaign pointed to an Edwards email in which she provided her supporters a link to contribute directly to Flint victims. Like Van Hollen, Edwards asked supporters to “join” her – and if they do, they, too, are taken to a fundraising page for her campaign. Political fundraising pitches are not unusual, …

    February 12, 2016 9:00 pm
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Stocks

  • Donald Trump to Bleacher Creatures: You’re not making my doll


    Hillary Clinton is there. Ted Cruz is there. So are Bernie Sanders and Marco Rubio. Who’s not there in Bleacher Creatures’ newest lineup of plush dolls inspired by the 2016 presidential candidates? Donald Trump. Bleacher Creatures is best known for its 10-inch plush figures of famous athletes like New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Lebron James and the Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Last year it hit a home run with its Pope Francis doll (selling more than 50,000 of them) to commemorate the papal visit to the United States. On Saturday, Bleacher Creatures will unveil its newest dolls in the likeness of political characters at the North American Annual Toy Fair in New York City. “This is our first foray into politics,” said Matt Hoffman, CEO of Plymouth, Pa.-based Bleacher Creatures, which sells more than 1 million dolls a year. Related: Pope Francis has arrived…as a plush doll Hoffman said early polls determined who …

    February 12, 2016 11:41 pm
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Sports

  • Scarlets 22-21 Edinburgh


    Try-scorer Morgan Allen joined them from Ospreys for the 2015-16 season Fly-half Aled Thomas kicked a late penalty as Scarlets triumphed after Edinburgh’s fight-back from 19-6 down. It was Thomas’ fourth penalty in a Scarlets performance that began brightly with Morgan Allen’s try. Steve Shingler added a penalty before Thomas took over kicking duties. Cornel du Preeze and Alex Toolis tries helped the visitors take the lead, but Scarlets held out after Thomas’ final kick as they dropped to fourth in the table. Leinster’s bonus-point 52-0 win over Zebre sent them above Scarlets, while Edinburgh stayed fifth. Lock David Bulbring made his Scarlets debut after arriving from South Africa while Kirby Myhill started at hooker. Aled Thomas rejoined Scarlets from Gloucester for the 2015-16 season Edinburgh made four changes as wing Damien Hoyland returned and Sam Beard was at centre for the injured Chris Dean. Anton Bresler and Ben Toolis were a new-look second row …

    February 13, 2016 12:01 am
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World News

  • Is Google feeling unloved?


    Image copyright PA There was a painful moment in this week’s UK parliamentary hearing about Google’s tax affairs when the company’s European boss Matt Brittin was asked to reveal his pay. He hesitated, and then said “I don’t have the figure but I will happily provide it.” Now this turned out to be the worst possible answer – the MP who had asked the question was able to point out that anyone who didn’t even know the size of their own pay packet must live in a different world from most people. A better answer might have been that, like any commercial business, Google was not required to disclose the salaries of executives other than those on the main board – which Mr Brittin is not – so the politician should not be so nosy. The trouble is that Google has never wanted to be just any old business. It sees itself as having a …

    February 13, 2016 12:01 am
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Technology

  • Seattle law firm files first lawsuit against Apple over iPhone ‘error 53’


    A Seattle-based law firm has filed the first legal action against Apple after the Guardian revealed how the technology giant has been deliberately “killing” its customers’ iPhone 6s if they have had them repaired by a third party. Law firm PCVA said on Friday that it had brought a class-action lawsuit in the US district court for the northern district of California in response to Apple’s “error 53” iPhone controversy. Apple has faced a consumer backlash since the Guardian revealed how thousands of iPhone 6 users had been left with permanently disabled handsets after installing the latest iOS software. A UK barrister has said the policy may also be a criminal offence here. The Australian competition and consumer commission asked Apple for an explanation and said it was examining any breach of its consumer laws. Related: Apple under pressure as lawyers pledge action over ‘Error 53’ codes Darrell Cochran, PCVA’s lead attorney for the class …

    February 12, 2016 9:20 pm
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Science

  • DNA breaks in nerve cells’ ancestors cluster in specific genes


    Related images(click to enlarge) The genome of developing brain cells harbors 27 clusters or hotspots where its DNA is much more likely to break in some places than others, researchers from the Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine (PCMM) at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute report in the journal Cell. Those hotspots appear in genes associated with brain tumors and a number of neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric conditions, raising new questions about these conditions’ origins, as well as how the brain generates a diversity of circuitry during development. The study’s roots reach back more than 30 years, when PCMM director and study senior author Frederick Alt, PhD, and his colleagues first started investigating the links between tumors, oncogenes, DNA breaks and DNA repair, particularly in immune and nerve cells. Over the course of several studies, Alt’s lab discovered that nerve cells lacking one particular DNA repair pathway called non-homologous …

    February 13, 2016 12:01 am
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Health

  • Study: Global Water Crisis Worse Than Thought


    FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Severe water scarcity affects at least two-thirds of the world’s population, or about 4 billion people, according to a new study. These people experience severe water scarcity at least one month a year, and the number is far higher than the 1.7 billion to 3.1 billion people suggested by previous research. Nearly half of the people affected are in China and India. Other countries where large numbers of people are affected by severe water scarcity for at least part of the year include Bangladesh, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan and the United States (mostly in western states such as California and southern states such as Texas and Florida), the study found. The rising worldwide demand for fresh water is being driven by a growing population, increased agricultural irrigation, higher living standards and changing consumption patterns, according to the researchers led by Mesfin Mekonnen and Arjen Hoekstra of the University of …

    February 13, 2016 12:41 am
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Entertainment

  • ‘American Idol’ 2016 Recap: Group 1 Duets-12 Become 7


    Last night, American Idol continued week one of the top 24 semifinals. We saw twelve hopefuls sing with six of the American Idol legends. The returning Idols included Nick Fradiani, Scott McCreery, and Fantasia. It wasn’t the best way to showcase the new Idol hopefuls. However, it provided a good dose of nostalgia for Idol fans. After the duets, American Idol judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. had to make a series of tough cuts. The first half of the final 24 American Idol contestants went from 12 to 7. Emily Brooke and Lauren Alaina “Flat on the Floor” by Carrie Underwood Judges’ Comments: Harry said that you can tell the difference in ages. He prefers when Emily sings more under produced songs. Keith said that Emily held her own against Lauren, but it wasn’t the right song for her. Jennifer said that she has potential to become a Lauren Alaina but …

    February 12, 2016 11:21 pm
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Editorial

  • Love is… We asked, you answered


    Love is… something different for each one of us. And, as Valentine’s Day approaches, we wanted to know what “love is” to you, our FoxNews.com audience. Your responses touch the heart, and we’d like to share a few — with more to come on Sunday. Like this one, from Wendy:  I just happened to read your article asking what love is. It really made me wonder what love is to me.  Right now the answer comes easily. My husband is a Marine. He has just returned from his fourth deployment.  Love is standing at the airport with your four little boys watching for your Marine to get off a plane holding the biggest sign you could get past security. Love is waiting behind while they go to fight and putting the pieces of your children’s hearts back together because they are too young to understand words like “Islamic terrorists” or “ISIS.”  Love is leaving your family …

    February 12, 2016 11:20 pm
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Odd News

  • Racy night with handcuffs lands Arkansas man in handcuffs, again


    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. An Arkansas couple’s evening of “kinky” entertainment ended with one pair of handcuffs used for fun being replaced by another used for real in an arrest, police said on Friday. Dustin Taylor, 21, summoned police this week to his home in Fort Smith to remove a pair of handcuffs he told officers he and his wife had been using the previous night while “doing some ‘kinky’ things,” the official report stated. The couple had lost the key, Taylor explained. The responding patrolman removed the handcuffs and did a routine search of Taylor’s name in a police database. When the computer reported an outstanding warrant for Taylor on criminal mischief, handcuffs went back on. But this time they belonged to the officer. Sergeant Daniel Grubbs, spokesman for the Fort Smith police, expressed a measure of sympathy for Taylor. “I sort of wish the guy had invested in an extra handcuff key,” Grubbs said. …

    February 12, 2016 8:20 pm
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