• Broncos continue coaching rebuild with Phillips addition

    (Reuters) – The Denver Broncos will hire Wade Phillips as their new defensive coordinator, the team announced on Wednesday, as they continue to reshape their coaching staff after the team’s early exit from the playoffs....
  • EU to debate fresh Russia sanctions

    EU to debate fresh Russia sanctions

    29 January 2015 Last updated at 05:16 Rebels are pressing government troops around the city of Debaltseve which has a key railway hub EU foreign ministers are due to meet in Brussels to discuss imposing...
  • Sharapova beats Makarova to reach Australian Open final

    MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Second seed Maria Sharapova advanced to her fourth Australian Open final with a 6-3 6-2 victory over fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova on Thursday. Sharapova will now meet the winner of the all-American...
  • Nuclear scientist jailed in US

    Nuclear scientist jailed in US

    29 January 2015 Last updated at 03:33 Mr Mascheroni said the US government wrongly targeted him as a spy A former scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the US has been sentenced to...
  • Samsung needs to reinvent itself (again)

    Samsung needs to reinvent itself (again)

      Another quarter, another set of disappointing results for Samsung. This time, net profit fell 27% from the previous year as intense competition continued to eat away at the company’s smartphone business. The fourth quarter...

Headline News

  • Montana bride has no grounds to appeal murder conviction: prosecutors


    (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors on Wednesday said a Montana bride who admitted pushing her new husband off a cliff at Glacier National Park has no grounds to appeal her murder conviction after lying to officials and using trickery in a bid to conceal her crime. Jordan Graham pleaded guilty in December 2013 to second-degree murder in the July 7 death of Cody Johnson, 25, her husband of eight days in a case that garnered international headlines. The former nanny was sentenced last March to 30 years in prison by a U.S. judge after he rejected her request to withdraw the guilty plea that came as part of a deal with prosecutors that saw them dismiss a first-degree murder charge. Graham last October appealed her conviction, arguing prosecutors engaged in misconduct by publicly labeling her a sociopath, distorted facts and acted in a vindictive manner toward her. Prosecutors argued in legal documents filed on Wednesday that …

    January 28, 2015 11:37 pm
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Politics

  • Pentagon official urges NATO to focus on innovative weapons


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work on Wednesday urged NATO allies to develop and make more innovative weapons, and said bold action was needed to stay ahead of rapid weapons development by China, Russia and other countries. Work said the Pentagon has a new plan called “Defense Innovation Initiative” and a separate effort targeting longer-term projects to ensure that the United States continues to have a decisive competitive advantage against potential foes. “We must coordinate and collaborate, avoid duplication, leverage niche capabilities, and push our establishments to innovate in technology, concepts, experimentation, and wargaming,” Work told a conference hosted by the Center for a New American Security. NATO members needed to make good their vows last year to spend 2 percent of national output on defense, he said. Work said it was critical to increase collaboration with allies in NATO, Asia and other areas, ranging from mission planning to investments in new …

    January 28, 2015 9:56 pm
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Stocks

  • Samsung needs to reinvent itself (again)


      Another quarter, another set of disappointing results for Samsung. This time, net profit fell 27% from the previous year as intense competition continued to eat away at the company’s smartphone business. The fourth quarter results are troubling, but not unexpected. Samsung’s profits have now declined for three consecutive quarters, a trend that has prompted some real soul searching at the South Korean electronics giant. There were some bright spots: The company’s smartphone business showed signs of stabilization, and chip sales were strong. Yet there is no doubt: Samsung needs to reinvent itself. For years, the company relied on its smartphone division to deliver major profits. Samsung had a iron grip on major markets including China, and huge margins helped turn the firm into one of the world’s largest and most recognizable tech brands. Related: Samsung’s latest WTF phone But intense competition at both the high and low ends of the smartphone market have reversed …

    January 28, 2015 10:16 pm
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Sports

  • Broncos continue coaching rebuild with Phillips addition


    (Reuters) – The Denver Broncos will hire Wade Phillips as their new defensive coordinator, the team announced on Wednesday, as they continue to reshape their coaching staff after the team’s early exit from the playoffs. Phillips has spent 37 seasons in the NFL as a head coach and coordinator. He previously worked as a defensive coordinator and head coach in Denver during the late 1980s and early 1990s. After losing to Indianapolis in the divisional playoffs, the Broncos parted with head coach John Fox and hired Gary Kubiak to replace him. Phillips was the defensive coordinator under Kubiak in Houston from 2011-2013 before replacing him as interim coach when Kubiak was fired. (Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

    January 28, 2015 11:37 pm
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World News

  • EU to debate fresh Russia sanctions


    29 January 2015 Last updated at 05:16 Rebels are pressing government troops around the city of Debaltseve which has a key railway hub EU foreign ministers are due to meet in Brussels to discuss imposing further sanctions on Russia following an upsurge in fighting in east Ukraine. The meeting was called after pro-Russian rebels attacked the port of Mariupol at the weekend. The EU and the US have already slapped asset freezes and travel bans on Russian individuals and businesses as well as Ukrainian separatist leaders. Nato says hundreds of Russian tanks and armoured vehicles are in east Ukraine. Moscow denies direct involvement but says some Russian volunteers are fighting alongside the rebels. BBC Europe Correspondent Damian Grammaticas says EU ministers will discuss fresh sanctions as well as extending the duration of existing measures. EU leaders meeting on 12 February will have to confirm any new measures. They may also discuss possible new financial sanctions …

    January 28, 2015 11:37 pm
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Technology

  • Samsung’s smartphone woes continue with Q4 profit drop


    Samsung’s new devices, including the Galaxy Note Edge, haven’t helped it bounce back yet. Sarah Tew/CNET It’s tough to be Samsung right now. The South Korean electronics giant on Wednesday reported a 36 percent drop in companywide operating profit from a year earlier, to 5.3 trillion won ($4.9 billion). The fifth consecutive quarterly decline in operating profit year-over-year underscores the continued pressures facing the smartphone king. Samsung has been struggling to compete against Apple in the high-end phone market and against newcomers such as Xiaomi at the low end. Apple in particular has become a bigger threat with its larger screen devices, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Simply wanting a bigger display is no longer a reason to buy Samsung’s devices, and its smartphones can’t reach the low prices of those from Chinese and Indian vendors. Samsung has been attempting to reinvigorate its mobile business by introducing new phone designs …

    January 28, 2015 9:56 pm
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Science

  • Missing link in metal physics explains Earth’s magnetic field


    Related images(click to enlarge) Earth’s magnetic field is crucial for our existence, as it shields the life on our planet’s surface from deadly cosmic rays. It is generated by turbulent motions of liquid iron in Earth’s core. Iron is a metal, which means it can easily conduct a flow of electrons that makes up an electric current. New findings from a team including Carnegie’s Ronald Cohen and Peng Zhang shows that a missing piece of the traditional theory explaining why metals become less conductive when they are heated was needed to complete the puzzle that explains this field-generating process. Their work is published in Nature. The center of the Earth is very hot, and the flow of heat from the planet’s center towards the surface is thought to drive most of the dynamics of the Earth, ranging from volcanoes to plate tectonics. It has long been thought that heat flow drives what is called thermal …

    January 28, 2015 9:57 pm
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Health

  • UnitedHealth backs Gilead’s Harvoni as preferred hepatitis C treatment


    (Reuters) – UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, on Wednesday backed Gilead Sciences Inc’s Harvoni as the preferred hepatitis C treatment on its 2015 commercial drug coverage list, another victory for Gilead over competitor AbbVie Inc. Gilead and AbbVie have been battling for hepatitis C market share since the approval in December for an AbbVie drug that challenges Gilead’s blockbusters. Insurers and pharmacy benefit managers have been striking deals for preferred or exclusive status in exchange for discounts for 2015. UnitedHealth’s drug coverage list, which is effective Feb. 1, applies to all of the company’s commercial, fully insured customers who use its Optum RX pharmacy benefit manager and self-insured customers such as large employers who follow the drug list. The update to the formulary, available on the company’s website, also applies to its Medicaid, Medicare and military contracts. “We are constantly working to deliver value and manage costs for customers and consumers throughout …

    January 28, 2015 9:56 pm
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Entertainment

  • Lindsay Lohan thinks fan meet-and-greets count as community service


    More: Love magazine Advent calendar GIFs Some of the highlights from Lohan’s list of completed “community service” items? Well, let’s see. According to USA Today, she had a fan meet-and-greet at the Speed-the-Plow play, which she was a part of in London. And she received credit for the hours young people shadowed her life. If Lohan is really trying to pass these things off as time she spent in service to her community then she has to just be completely selfish. Santa Monica chief deputy city attorney, Terry White, was the first to call into question Lohan’s community service activities, “She got to shake hands with people, and that’s community service?” More: You’ll be amazed at why Lindsay Lohan is being sued for $60 million More likely, Lohan didn’t actually complete her community service and scrambled to put together the measly list of passable items. Though Lohan didn’t appear in court to present the documents herself, …

    January 28, 2015 10:16 pm
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Editorial

  • Memo to 114th Congress: First, repudiate Washington’s ruling class


    FILE — Jan. 6, 2015: Members of the House of Representatives stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at the opening session of the 114th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Sub-freezing temperatures continue in on Capitol Hill in Washington early Friday morning, Jan. 9, 2015. With the end of the first week of the GOP controlled 114th Congress, House Republicans are on track to easily pass legislation to authorize the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, moving the GOP-led Congress closer to a clash with President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) The majority of newly elected members of Congress are men and women who ran and won in direct opposition to President Obama’s policies. But there is more to their victory than a triumph over liberal policies. The 2014 election also represents a repudiation of an attitude and style of governance that has become entrenched in Washington’s political culture:  an …

    January 28, 2015 9:56 pm
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Odd News

  • Unions turn lights off on French prime minister


    PARIS (Reuters) – An inquiry was under way on Wednesday after French trade unionists turned the lights off on a keynote speech by Prime Minister Manuel Valls in protest at planned energy reforms. Valls was starting a speech to about 700 people in support of his Socialist party’s candidate for a by-election on Tuesday night when the lights went out and his microphone turned silent. The electricity stayed off for about an hour, not just at the venue, but in the whole neighbourhood in Audincourt, eastern France. Valls resumed his speech once the power had come back on. The mines and energy federation of France’s militant CGT union said in a statement it supported the action. “When we are not listened to, we must make our point differently, so we cut the power, voila,” regional CGT head Marc Pautot said on radio France Info. Electricity distribution group ERDF, part of state-controlled utility EDF, said it …

    January 28, 2015 5:53 pm
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