• 49ers name Gamble senior personnel executive

    Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Tom Gamble has returned to the San Francisco 49ers as a senior personnel executive. Gamble spent the past two seasons as the vice president of player personnel for the Philadelphia...
  • Bulgaria extradites terror suspect

    Bulgaria extradites terror suspect

    29 January 2015 Last updated at 16:40 Islamist gunmen killed 12 people at the offices of the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris A Frenchman said to be connected to the gunmen behind a deadly...
  • Amazon holiday profits drop by $25m

    Amazon holiday profits drop by $25m

    29 January 2015 Last updated at 21:44 The online retail giant Amazon has reported weaker profits for the busy Christmas period, but a 15% rise in sales has cheered investors. The company made a net...
  • Hamilton and Rosberg give new Mercedes a first run

    LONDON (Reuters) – Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and team mate Nico Rosberg gave their 2015 Mercedes race car a ‘shakedown’ test at Silverstone on Thursday before a snowstorm forced an end to proceedings....
  • Gunman arrested at Dutch TV station

    Gunman arrested at Dutch TV station

    29 January 2015 Last updated at 20:44 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The gunman dropped his weapon when police stormed the studio A gunman has been arrested in a studio of...

Headline News

  • Amazon holiday profits drop by $25m


    29 January 2015 Last updated at 21:44 The online retail giant Amazon has reported weaker profits for the busy Christmas period, but a 15% rise in sales has cheered investors. The company made a net profit of $214m (£142m) for the last three months of 2014, which is a drop of $25m on the same period in 2013. However, it was better than many had been expecting, which sent shares up nearly 8% in after-hours trading But Amazon warned that its finances were “inherently unpredictable”. It sounded a note of caution for the next few months, saying it could make an operating loss of $450m. The company has become notorious for its lacklustre earnings, and has tended to focus on expanding its business rather than increasing its profitability. True to form, Amazon’s boss, Jeff Bezos, emphasised the success of a new service in the company’s results, rather than addressing the firm’s figures. He referred to …

    January 29, 2015 3:50 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. Senate banking chair vows Fed audit hearing: report


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Richard Shelby, the new chairman of the Senate banking Committee, said he would hold a hearing on legislation requiring a full government audit of the Federal Reserve, according to a report on Thursday. The Alabama Republican said he “absolutely” would have a hearing on the issue, according to the publication The Hill. “We don’t want to run the Fed, but I do believe that the Fed — especially with the portfolio that it has — we need to know what they’re doing,” he told reporters, the Hill reported on its website. According to the report Shelby “might” support legislation re-introduced on Wednesday by Senator Rand Paul. Paul, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, re-introduced an “Audit The Fed” bill, with 30 co-sponsors.. The Fed is subject to various audits, including reviews by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). But since 1978, its monetary policy discussions have been legally exempt from a GAO audit. …

    January 29, 2015 2:07 pm
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Stocks

  • Oil crash: ‘Drill, baby, drill’ loses momentum


      The dash to drill oil in the United States is tripping up. When oil prices were flying high, producers raced to extract as much oil as possible out of the ground. The flurry of activity fueled the U.S. energy revolution and created tons of new jobs. It also helped spark a massive oil supply glut. With oil supplies overflowing and demand sluggish, prices have crashed. Crude plunged below $44 a barrel on Thursday and touched levels unseen since March 2009 in the midst of the Great Recession. To put that in context, oil averaged about $93 last year. Someone has to cut back on production, but there’s a global debate about who will blink first. OPEC, led by Saudi Arabia, has made it clear it won’t scale back. Related: What now for oil after Saudi king’s death America’s move: There are early signs that U.S. drilling activity is starting to cool down. The number …

    January 29, 2015 2:28 pm
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Sports

  • 49ers name Gamble senior personnel executive


    Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Tom Gamble has returned to the San Francisco 49ers as a senior personnel executive. Gamble spent the past two seasons as the vice president of player personnel for the Philadelphia Eagles. The two sides decided to part ways on Dec. 31. His previous tenure with the 49ers began in 2005 and spanned eight seasons, including his last two as the director of player personnel (2011-12). “Tom is one of the most experienced, knowledgeable, and respected personnel men in the business,” said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. “He played an instrumental role in our personnel department from 2005-2012, and is well versed in our system having played a role in its development. This familiarity, along with his many strengths, will be tremendous assets as we prepare for free agency and the draft. It is great to have Tom back with the 49ers.” Gamble, who enters his 28th NFL season, has an …

    January 29, 2015 3:51 pm
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World News

  • Bulgaria extradites terror suspect


    29 January 2015 Last updated at 16:40 Islamist gunmen killed 12 people at the offices of the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris A Frenchman said to be connected to the gunmen behind a deadly terrorist attack in Paris has been extradited from Bulgaria to France. Fritz-Joly Joachin was detained while trying to cross into Turkey, a French judicial official said. Mr Joachin has admitted to being an associate of the attackers of Charlie Hebdo magazine but denies being aware of their plans. Seventeen people were killed in a series of attacks in Paris in January. Mr Joachin is accused of participating in a terrorist group and of having links to a network of people sending fighters to Syria Mr Joachin, 29, arrived in France on Thursday and was due to be questioned later in the day, unnamed judicial sources told Agence France Presse news agency. French police say he is associated with Said Kouachi …

    January 29, 2015 3:51 pm
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Technology

  • $350 Lego Avengers Helicarrier is a 3,000-piece beast


    Loki had better watch out. Lego Otherworldy creatures are threatening. Rogue supervillains roam the planet. Earth needs you to join S.H.I.E.L.D., and what S.H.I.E.L.D. really needs right now is an over-the-top flying aircraft carrier, the kind that can only exist in comic books, on film and, soon, in your house in Lego form. Due this spring, the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier set features 2,996 pieces along with 12 microfigures sized to fit into the detailed interior. It comes with all the gear you need to enact a bustling scene aimed at supporting your Lego superheroes. Fighter jets, Quinjets, forklift trucks, ground support vehicles, and two runways will keep you plenty busy. The finished Helicarrier sits on its own display stand and measures 31 inches long. Lego is sending some Avengers minifigures along for the ride. The set includes Nick Fury, Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye and Agent Maria Hill, making her Lego minifig debut. The Helicarrier first …

    January 29, 2015 2:08 pm
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Science

  • Your Immune System Is Made, Not Born


    Some people seem better than others at fighting the flu, and you might suspect they were born that way. A new study of twins, however, suggests otherwise. In one of the most comprehensive analyses of immune function performed to date, researchers analyzed blood samples from 105 sets of healthy twins. They measured immune cell populations and their chemical messengers—204 parameters in all—before and after participants received a flu shot. Differences in three fourths of these parameters depended less on genetics than on environmental factors, such as diet and prior infections. Genetics had almost no effect on how well individuals responded to the flu vaccine, judged by antibodies produced against the injected material. And among identical twin siblings, who have the same genome, immune system features differed more strikingly within older twin pairs than in younger sets. The findings, published January 15 in Cell, argue that life habits and experiences shape our body’s defenses more than …

    January 29, 2015 10:06 am
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Health

  • New fund eases expenses for organ donors


    (Reuters Health) – When Sigrid Fry-Revere decided to donate a kidney to a friend in 2010, she thought she knew what to expect. She was medically compatible and insured. She planned surgery during the Christmas holidays, so her husband and college-aged sons could take time off to help her recover at their 10-acre Virginia farm. What she didn’t consider was the factor that ultimately disqualified her: personal expenses. The transplant team required an eight-week recovery plan. Her caregivers, however, could only be home for a month, so she would need to hire a farmhand. With this unanticipated and unaffordable expense, she was quickly eliminated. “I was dumbfounded,” Fry-Revere said. “They would rather let him die than give me time to figure out how to take care of myself.” According to the American Journal of Nephrology, living donors incur out-of-pocket expenses averaging $5,000, and sometimes up to four times that amount. Fry-Revere’s friend did die. Last …

    January 29, 2015 2:07 pm
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Entertainment

  • Riff Raff Looks Unrecognizable After Gaining 55 Pounds Of Muscle


    Posted on Thu Jan 29th, 2015 12:11pm PDT       By X17 Staff Umm Riff Raff — are you in there?! Apparently Riff Raff went and got himself bulked up — gaining 55 pounds of purse muscle — and has taken to Instagram to show off the fruits of his workout labor. We aren’t gonna lie: we’re scared. It looks like this dude ate Riff Raff! On Wednesday, the rapper, who inspired James Franco’s outlandish character in Spring Breakers, put out a recent pic of him on social media and wrote,”170 TO 225 POUNDS.” It looks like the ridiculous rapper has been getting serious about getting seriously ripped. In another snap, the entertainer posted a shirtless photo of himself last week. In the post-shower selfie, a now-blue-haired Riff Raff wrote, “AT 6’2 224 POUNDS JODY HiGHROLLER iS LiTERALLY ONE OF THE BiGGEST ARTiSTS iN THE LEAGUE — ESPN” The rapper recently announced that he’d been training to become …

    January 29, 2015 2:28 pm
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Editorial

  • Churches destroyed in Muslim mob attack but Bible survives


    Bible unburned in spite of fire. The Word will never lose it’s power. Eglise Vie Abondante, Harobanda. Niamey, Niger. (Danette Childs)  (Danette Childs)  (Danette Childs) Neal and Danette Childs knew they were in danger. From their compound in Niger’s capital city they could see three churches burning. The smoke was filling their home. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “We immediately started packing a trunk, putting in our valuables, our documents, and we loaded up the car,” Neal told me. “There were concerns our family would be targeted.” The horrors of that weekend did not generate all that much press coverage. There were no solidarity marches for Niger’s tiny Christian community. The Childs family had every reason to be alarmed. A rampaging mob was attacking Christian houses of worship, and Neal was the prominent leader of a Christian ministry in the mostly Muslim country. “Our immediate response — there is that little bit of panic,” he said during a telephone …

    January 29, 2015 2:07 pm
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Odd News

  • Canadian man loses appeal on missing lotto jackpot by 7 seconds


    TORONTO (Reuters) – A Canadian man who was denied part of a C$27 million jackpot because he missed the deadline to buy the ticket by seven seconds has lost his appeal to get the money. The Supreme Court of Canada ruling on Thursday ended a seven-year legal battle by Joel Ifergan, an accountant, to claim his share of the prize. Ifergan went to a local convenience store just before 9 p.m. on May 23, 2008, to purchase tickets for that night’s “Lotto Super 7″ drawing. The store clerk told him to hurry before the 9 p.m. deadline, according to a court summary. While the clock on the lottery terminal read 8:59 p.m., only one of the two tickets was registered in time. The second ticket, the winning one, was printed and registered on the Loto-Quebec computer at seven seconds after 9 p.m., eligible for the following week’s drawing. The store clerk told Ifergan that only …

    January 29, 2015 2:08 pm
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