• Elite sport’s credibility on the line: Ljungqvist

    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) vice-chairman Arne Ljungqvist says that the credibility of elite sport is in danger of being lost altogether if it does not deal with a historic acceptance of doping...
  • Jail Russian activist Alexei Navalny for 10 years

    Russian prosecutors have demanded that the opposition activist Alexei Navalny be imprisoned for a total of 10 years on allegations of fraud. In their closing arguments in a Moscow court on Friday, prosecutors asked a...
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    Today’s Toons 12/19/14

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  • Jaguars send Titans to ninth straight loss

    Jacksonville, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Jordan Todman’s 62-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter highlighted the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 21-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night. Blake Bortles completed 13-of-26 passes for 115 yards and...
  • Kenya leader signs tough security law

    Kenya leader signs tough security law

    19 December 2014 Last updated at 11:23 Activists protested outside parliament as MPs passed the amended bill Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law a controversial security bill which saw MPs trade blows in...

Headline News

  • Police: Abducted 5-year-old boy found dead outside Albany; child taken from rural home


    BERNE, N.Y. –  New York police say a 5-year-old boy abducted from a home outside Albany has been found dead. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple told local media at about 3 a.m. Friday that the body of Kenneth White was found by a sheriff’s K-9 unit conducting a search in the rural hamlet of Clarksville, 10 miles southwest of Albany. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT No other details have been released. Apple says the boy was being watched by the 19-year-old daughter of his legal guardians when two men wearing black ski masks entered a house in the neighboring town of Berne, pinned the woman to the floor and took the child at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Police issued an Amber Alert less than a half-hour later. Apple says the caretaker and two other small children were left unharmed. He says Kenneth’s mother lives elsewhere in New York, his father in Massachusetts.

    December 19, 2014 6:24 am
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Politics

  • With Cuba decision, Obama hands Hillary Clinton a gift


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton knows a political gift when she sees one. She was quick to embrace the step this week when President Barack Obama, a fellow Democrat no longer having to face an electorate, relaxed U.S. policy toward Cuba. While assailed by Republicans opposed to restoring ties with the communist-led island, the action has the power to solidify support for Democrats among increasingly influential Latino voters and appeal to voters in farm states like Iowa eager to do business in Havana. Obama’s unilateral move has gently shaken up the 2016 race to succeed him, exposing divisions among Republicans and possibly helping Democrats already buoyed by his decision to liberalize immigration policy. Potential contenders Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio adhered to the traditional Republican hard line on Cuba and sharply criticized Obama. But Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who has a libertarian streak, backed the new policy. A likely White …

    December 19, 2014 3:43 am
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Stocks

  • Elizabeth Warren allies march outside Citi: ‘Break big banks’


    A group of protesters gathered outside Citi’s headquarters in New York chanting “break big banks.” Made up largely of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s supporters, the protesters on Thursday specifically targeted Citigroup (C) because of the bank’s role in watering down Wall Street regulation. “We need to break up the big banks that have too much power in our democracy,” said Tim Hernandez-Tarafas, one of the protest organizers. “They literally wrote the law and Washington let them do it.” Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, has blasted her fellow lawmakers for passing legislation that undoes a central piece of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. “I believe banks have too much concentrated power in our democracy and we want it back,” said Emmett Grant, pictured below, a 52 year-old from Mount Vernon, NY. Protesters carried signs that read “#StandWithWarren” on a chilly morning outside Citigroup’s Park Avenue tower with about a dozen police officers standing by. Organizers called for a …

    December 19, 2014 6:44 am
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Sports

  • Elite sport’s credibility on the line: Ljungqvist


    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) vice-chairman Arne Ljungqvist says that the credibility of elite sport is in danger of being lost altogether if it does not deal with a historic acceptance of doping in some quarters. Ljungqvist was speaking in the wake of a recent German TV documentary alleging systematic doping and cover-ups among Russian track and field athletes, and said that such reports had not surprised him in the slightest. “I’m not surprised by anything any more,” Ljungqvist told Reuters in a telephone interview from his office at the Swedish Sports Confederation. “But I evaluate what I hear, and this is something I recognize from before.” “We have seen this before, and I know the people who made the documentary well. They usually have a good foundation before they go out with these kinds of things.” Ljungqvist said that he had not seen the documentary, entitled “Secret Doping Dossier: How Russia Produces …

    December 19, 2014 6:24 am
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World News

  • Jail Russian activist Alexei Navalny for 10 years


    Russian prosecutors have demanded that the opposition activist Alexei Navalny be imprisoned for a total of 10 years on allegations of fraud. In their closing arguments in a Moscow court on Friday, prosecutors asked a judge to convict Navalny, who led anti-government protests in 2012, and imprison him for nine years, with an additional year added because of a prior conviction. They asked that his brother Oleg be jailed for eight years. Both men have said they are innocent of the charges and have dismissed them as part of a Kremlin campaign to stifle dissent. The pair are accused of stealing from two firms, including an affiliate of the French cosmetics company Yves Rocher, between 2008 and 2012. In a previous trial in 2013, Navalny was charged with embezzling 16m roubles from a state-owned timber firm and sentenced to prison, but he was released the next day after thousands protested in Moscow. Currently under house …

    December 19, 2014 6:24 am
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Technology

  • Twitter should ban racist words, says MP


    Racist words should be blocked by Twitter, a Labour MP who was a victim of online anti-Semitism has said. Luciana Berger, shadow minister for public health, said she received 2,500 hate messages at the height of an internet campaign against her. In October, Garron Helm, from Litherland, north of Liverpool, was handed a four-week custodial sentence at Merseyside magistrates court for sending an anti-Semitic tweet to Berger. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Berger called on the social networking site to do more to stop abuse. The MP for Liverpool Wavertree said: “At the height of the abuse, the police said I was the subject of 2,500 hate messages in the space of three days using the hashtag ‘filthyjewbitch’. “Online hate needs to be taken as seriously as offline hate – but it isn’t. Twitter’s response isn’t good enough. It has a responsibility to do more to protect its users. “The site is letting …

    December 19, 2014 4:03 am
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Science

  • Study on world’s biggest animal finds more than 1 population in the southeastern Pacific


    Related images(click to enlarge) Scientists from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), the Universidad Austral de Chile, the Blue Whale Center, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), NOAA, and other organizations are examining molecular clues to answer a big question: how many types of blue whales exist in the waters of the southeastern Pacific? The answer seems to be two distinct populations, according to a genetic study comparing the blue whales off the southern coast of Chile with those swimming in the waters of Antarctica and other nearby regions. One of the populations could be made up of pygmy-type blue whales, a subspecies slightly smaller than the Antarctic blue whale. The findings could help wildlife managers devise more effective conservation plans for this endangered species. The study appears in the online edition of the journal Molecular Ecology. Reaching nearly 100 feet in length, the blue whale is thought to be the largest animal that ever existed, …

    December 19, 2014 4:04 am
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Health

  • Double blow for Roche as Alzheimer’s, breast cancer studies fail


    ZURICH/LONDON (Reuters) – Roche said on Friday it was ending a late-stage study of an experimental Alzheimer’s drug after it failed to prove effective, underlining the difficulty of treating the memory-robbing disease. The Swiss drugmaker also said a breast cancer trial had failed to demonstrate the benefit of adding its new drug Kadcyla to treatment programs, damaging its hopes of broadening sales in an commercial area it already dominates. Fabian Wenner, an analyst at Kepler Cheuvreux, said consensus forecasts for annual Kadcyla sales of 2.5 billion Swiss francs ($2.55 billion) in 2020 would now “have to come down significantly”. Shares in Roche, which in recent years has boasted one of the most productive research pipelines in the industry, fell 4.7 percent by 0840 GMT (03:40 a.m. EST) on the double setback. German biotech firm MorphoSys, Roche’s partner on the Alzheimer’s project, fared even worse, with its stock falling 8.1 percent. The setback for Alzheimer’s drug …

    December 19, 2014 4:03 am
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Entertainment

  • Report: Ashlee Simpson Pregnant, Expecting First Child With Husband Evan Ross


    Posted on Thu Dec 18th, 2014 2:15pm PDT       By X17 Staff Sounds like a honeymoon baby! Ashlee Simpson and husband Evan Ross are expecting their first child together, Us Weekly reports. The singer is already a mom to 6-year-old son Bronx, from her first marriage to rocker Pete Wentz. The couple tied the knot this past August, and X17online first predicted that Jessica Simpson’s little sister was pregnant back in October when she was looking noticeably fuller in the tummy. “She wants her kids to be close to Jessica’s in age. She’s so in love with Evan, she thinks a baby would be the icing on the cake,” a source previously told X17. This kid is going to have Diana Ross as a grandma! Pretty cool!   Stories from around the Web

    December 19, 2014 5:44 am
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Editorial

  • Faith at the holidays: Life is messy. God is mysterious. Let’s live the questions


    Dec. 12, 2014: A tear runs from the eye of a pilgrim as she looks up at the apron of Juan Diego, a 16th century relic believed to hold the imprint of the Virgin of Guadalupe, in Mexico City. Every year hundreds of thousands of people from across the country, many carrying images or statues of Mexico’s patron saint to be blessed, converge at the Basilica on Dec. 12, the Virgin’s feast day. Pilgrims are able to view the apron from moving walkways that pass below. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) While in seminary, I ran across the author Henri Nouwen, who articulated the tension—or paradox—of faith as well as anyone I have read. His answer, unlike most I have heard, does not whitewash the messiness of life or explain away the mystery of God. Rather, Nouwen wrote that an essential part of life is learning to “live the questions” faith engenders. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT To wait on the …

    December 19, 2014 4:03 am
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Odd News

  • Canadian driver jailed for deaths caused by stopping for ducks


    OTTAWA (Reuters) – A Canadian woman was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Thursday for causing two deaths in 2010 when she stopped her car on a Quebec highway to help a group of ducklings crossing the road. Emma Czornobaj had been convicted in June of two counts each of criminal negligence and dangerous driving causing death. According to media reports on Thursday, Czornobaj stopped her car abruptly in the passing lane of a highway south of Montreal when she saw the ducklings. The motorcycle behind Czornobaj’s car then crashed into her vehicle, killing the 50-year-old man driving the motorcycle and his 16-year-old daughter. “I just wanted to pick all these ducklings up and put them in my car,” Czornobaj had testified during her trial. “I know it was a mistake.” The jail time will be served on the weekends. Czornobaj was also sentenced to 240 hours of community service, probation and banned from …

    December 18, 2014 3:58 pm
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