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  • Family: 12-year-old boy would still be alive if police hadn’t ‘reacted quickly’ and shot him


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    November 27, 2014 1:38 am
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Politics

  • Cheese bests Mac in quest for Obama’s Thanksgiving turkey pardon


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday pardoned a turkey named Cheese to mark the country’s Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, when roasted turkey is the traditional main course. Obama, in a light-hearted ceremony before a small group of White House visitors, said that pardoning Cheese would surely be the “most talked-about executive action” he has taken this month. “Today I am taking an action fully within my legal authority, an executive action taken by Democrat and Republican presidents before me, to spare the lives of two turkeys, Mac and Cheese,” Obama said. Obama’s remarks, which referenced his announcement last week that he would take action to defer deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants, drew laughter from the crowd. Though Cheese alone is the National Thanksgiving Turkey, he will be joined by Mac at Morven Park’s Turkey Hill, the former home of a Virginia governor. There, the two birds will enjoy a form of …

    November 27, 2014 1:59 am
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Stocks

  • Netflix sues former executive for kickbacks


    Netflix has sued a former executive — now Yahoo’s chief information officer — saying he abused his power by taking kickbacks. Mike Kail was a top IT guy at Netflix (NFLX, Tech30) for three years, where his job was to buy computer gear or services from outside companies. In a lawsuit filed Monday, Netflix said it discovered that Kail was secretly making himself a middleman and charging “referral fees” to suppliers. According to the lawsuit, Netflix would order tech services without realizing that suppliers were actually paying an extra fee to a company Kail kept on the side: Unix Mercenary. Then Kail himself would sign off on the invoices. Kail’s alleged “consulting fees” were worth anywhere from 12% to 15% of every invoice. In the lawsuit, Netflix points to several invoices it paid to outside software companies Vistara and NetEnrich. For instance, when Vistara charged Netflix $105,000 for a month of work in December, it …

    November 27, 2014 12:57 am
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Sports

  • Red-hot Blazers beat struggling Hornets


    Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) – Wesley Matthews had 28 points and the red- hot Portland Trail Blazers used a strong second half to beat the struggling Charlotte Hornets, 105-97, on Wednesday. Damian Lillard added 22 points and seven assists for the Blazers, who have won nine in a row. Robin Lopez tallied 15 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. “It’s not getting any easier,” said Matthews. “The rest of the (Western Conference) isn’t doing us any favors. They don’t care that we’re on this little streak right now. They’re continuing to play good basketball and we just have to continue to get better.” Brian Roberts ended with a career-high 24 points off the bench for the Hornets, who have lost seven straight. Al Jefferson donated 21 points and 14 boards. Charlotte fell to 4-12. “It’s only 16 games,” said Jefferson. “November is a tough month for us. We knew that going in. It’s going to get …

    November 27, 2014 1:38 am
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World News

  • Afghan attack hits UK embassy car


    27 November 2014 Last updated at 07:36 A suicide bomber has struck a British embassy vehicle in the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul, causing casualties among Afghan civilians. At least two people were killed and about 30 others injured, officials say. It is not clear whether the embassy vehicle was the target of the attack. Officials say a bomber on a motorcycle had struck a foreign convoy. The Taliban have stepped up attacks as most foreign combat troops prepare to leave Afghanistan next month. About 12,000 Nato soldiers are expected to remain to train and advise Afghan security forces from 1 January. A separate US-led force will assist Afghan troops in some operations against the Taliban. The security pacts with Nato and the US are yet to be ratified by the Afghan upper house.

    November 27, 2014 1:38 am
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Technology

  • Vinyl record sales hit 18-year high


    27 November 2014 Last updated at 07:55 By Dave Lee Technology reporter, BBC News Oasis were riding high in vinyl sales in 1996 – and the same album was a top-seller this week too More than one million vinyl records have been sold so far this year – the first time the milestone has been achieved since 1996. The figures mark a largely unexpected resurgence in an industry now considered to be dominated by digital. Earlier this month, Pink Floyd’s The Endless River became the fastest-selling vinyl release since 1997. The Official Chart Company told the BBC it will soon launch a weekly vinyl chart. “In an era when we’re all talking about digital music, the fact that these beautiful physical artefacts are still as popular as they are is fantastic,” said Martin Talbot, managing director of the Official Charts Company. Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live’s Wake Up To Money, he said: “It’s really …

    November 27, 2014 2:00 am
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Science

  • UK unveils £120m quantum-technology hubs


    Research connections: UK creates four Quantum Technology Hubs The UK government has announced that four universities – Birmingham, Glasgow, Oxford and York – will serve as hubs in a £120m programme to explore the properties of quantum mechanics and how it can be used to develop new technologies. The four Quantum Technology Hubs, which will involve a total of 17 UK universities and 132 companies, will be funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The money comes from the £270m investment National Quantum Technologies Programme that was first announced in 2013 by UK chancellor George Osborne and will run across the next five years. Details of the funding package were unveiled today by Greg Clark, the UK’s minister of state for universities, science and cities, who says that quantum technologies “could support multi-billion-pound markets in the UK and globally”. Clark also announced that the National Physical Laboratory will receive £4m towards the creation of …

    November 26, 2014 10:15 pm
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Health

  • FDA rejects Avanir’s migraine drug-device


    (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration rejected Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc’s migraine drug device, a few weeks after the regulator had raised questions regarding some data submitted as part of the marketing application. Earlier this month the FDA had asked Avanir to assess the root cause of errors observed in the data from the drugmaker’s human factors study, which assesses if patients can use a device safely and effectively. The product, AVP-825, delivers a low-dose sumatriptan powder – the most commonly prescribed migraine medicine – through the nose. Avanir on Wednesday said it would conduct a new human factors study and respond to the FDA’s complete response letter in the first half of next year. The FDA was slated to decide on the product on Nov. 26. Analysts remained confident of the product’s eventual approval as the FDA only raised concerns related to the device rather than the product’s active ingredient. Cowen Co analysts …

    November 27, 2014 1:59 am
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Entertainment

  • Paul Walker’s legacy lives on one year after his death


    Vin Diesel shares Fast Furious 7 photo with Paul Walker But the Fast and Furious star is far from forgotten. His younger brother, Cody Walker, recently told E! News about how Paul’s work with Reach Out Worldwide, a global charity, allows his legacy to continue nearly a year after his death. “ROWW continues to be, to function, to help others even after our primary contributor, my brother, Paul Walker, has passed,” Cody said. “I know he would be so stoked to know that ROWW changed his life, and he was so proud of it.” Vin Diesel opens up about Paul Walker’s death Just in the year since Paul’s sudden death, ROWW has held a successful toy drive for the holidays, filled backpacks with school supplies for thousands of kids, deployed a natural disaster relief team to Arkansas after a deadly tornado and sent a group, including Cody, on a medical mission to the Philippines after …

    November 27, 2014 1:38 am
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Editorial

  • Thanksgiving 2014: Why I am thankful for property rights (yes, you read that correctly)


    Chris Conley holds a 40-pound tom turkey at Raymond’s Turkey Farm in Methuen, Mass., Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. The farm raises approximately 20,000 Broad Breasted White Holland turkeys per year. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) This Thanksgiving, I give thanks for something our forebears gave us: property rights. People associate property rights with greed and selfishness, but they are keys to our prosperity. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Things go wrong when resources are held in common. Before the Pilgrims were able to hold the first Thanksgiving, they nearly starved. Although they had inherited ideas about individualism and property from the English and Dutch trading empires, they tried communism when they arrived in the New World. They decreed that each family would get an equal share of food, no matter how much work they did. Knowing that your property is really yours makes it easier to plant, grow, invest and prosper. The results were disastrous. Gov. William Bradford wrote, “Much was …

    November 27, 2014 2:00 am
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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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