Headline News

  • Florida State players, fans show support for shooting victims


    TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) – Florida State University football players wore commemorative stickers on their helmets for their home game against Boston College on Saturday, a show of support for three people injured on campus this week by a gunman who was later killed by police. Thousands of fans shared in the gesture with “FSU United” stickers as the university took the first steps toward returning to normal after the attack at the school’s main library early Thursday morning.    “It’s a little more somber, more subdued,” said Jeff Cottingham, who drove to Tallahassee from Dickson, Tennessee, for the team’s next-to-last home game of 2014. “But these are Seminole fans through and through.”    FSU President John Thrasher recorded a video greeting for broadcast on Doak Campbell stadium’s giant screen, striking a hopeful tone. “As a community we are strong and we will move forward, together as a Seminole family,” Thrasher said. A chilly drizzle held …

    November 22, 2014 5:28 pm
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Politics

  • Obama’s day off: Golf with baseball great Derek Jeter


    NORTH LAS VEGAS Nev. (Reuters) – Of all the more than 200 rounds of golf Barack Obama has played as president, his outing on Saturday will probably prove to be a highlight: Teeing it up with New York Yankees great Derek Jeter. Obama’s foursome included Jeter, Brian Greenspun, who is owner of the Las Vegas Sun, and businessman and Democratic donor Stephen Cloobeck. They played at Shadow Creek Golf Club, an exclusive course owned by MGM Resorts International. Jeter retired from the Yankees in September after a Hall of Fame career. His golf game will likely need some improvement. A 2006 Golf Digest ranking of athletes who play golf put Jeter’s handicap at a pedestrian 30. Obama stayed in the Las Vegas area after delivering a speech about his immigration policy at a high school on Friday. He returns to Washington on Sunday. (Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Grant McCool)

    November 22, 2014 4:26 pm
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Stocks

  • Opinion: Four other ways Uber is ethically challenged


    Uber is under fire for an executive’s controversial remarks. Bruce Weinstein is the public speaker known as The Ethics Guy. His forthcoming book is, “The Good Ones: Ten Crucial Qualities of High-Character Employees,” and he maintains the website, TheEthicsGuy.com. Last Friday, Uber Vice President Emir Michael reportedly suggested a way of stifling the company’s critics that would violate the most basic standards of business ethics. For those who missed the story, Buzzfeed reported that Michael had suggested “hiring a team of opposition researchers to dig up dirt on its critics in the media.” The report understandably sparked outrage. But even before that, this wildly popular car-sharing service had raised several disturbing ethical issues: 1. Multitasking Drivers. Uber’s main selling point — that nearby drivers are notified immediately of your desire to get a ride — is also its chief drawback, at least from a safety perspective. After all, how does a driver learn about your …

    November 22, 2014 5:27 pm
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Sports

  • Messi sets La Liga record of 253 goals


    BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona forward Lionel Messi set a La Liga record of 253 goals when he grabbed a hat-trick in Saturday’s 5-1 win at home to Sevilla, the latest milestone for the four-times World Player of the Year. The previous mark was held by former Athletic Bilbao striker Telmo Zarra since 1955, which marked the end of the Spaniard’s 15-year career with the Basque club. Zarra scored his 251 goals in 277 appearances while Argentina captain Messi, who was 17 when he netted for the first time in Spain’s top flight against Albacete in May 2005, needed 289 games. “When I scored that goal (against Albacete) I couldn’t imagine I could break any record, let alone this one previously held by the great Telmo Zarra,” Messi wrote on his Facebook page. “I was only able to achieve this because of the support I have had from so many people during my time here and …

    November 22, 2014 5:27 pm
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World News

  • US ‘to expand’ Afghan combat role


    22 November 2014 Last updated at 11:30 Most US troops are leaving Afghanistan at the end of the year US troops in Afghanistan will be allowed to target Taliban fighters in Afghanistan from 2015, US officials say, expanding their role after the end of major combat operations. Guidelines approved by President Barack Obama will also provide air support for Afghan missions, US media report. The US force in the country is be cut to 9,800 by the end of 2014. Previous plans had limited their role to training Afghan troops and tackling the remnants of al-Qaeda. The military will now be allowed to fight the Taliban if the militants “directly threaten the United States and coalition forces” or provide “direct support to al-Qaeda”, an unnamed official told US media. The Associated Press and the New York Times say the change has been quietly decided by President Obama in recent weeks. Coming home In September the …

    November 22, 2014 5:28 pm
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Technology

  • Need a laugh? ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ outtakes make it so


    Geordi and Data share a laugh in this newly released “Star Trek: The Next Generation” blooper reel. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET In “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” the crew of the USS Enterprise encountered both hostile and friendly aliens, dangerous warp core meltdowns, Klingon run-ins, holodeck subplots and constant struggles with the Prime Directive. However, sometimes the cast suffered from laughing fits, klutziness and slaphappy moments that can only be captured on a blooper reel. Fans waiting patiently for the December 2 Blu-ray release of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” were recently treated by Uproxx to a short blooper reel of the cast engaged in hilarious high jinks on the Enterprise and on away missions. The reel starts out with a laugh attack from LeVar Burton, who plays Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge, and Brent Spiner, as Lieutenant Commander Data. Then Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Gates McFadden as Doctor Beverly Crusher …

    November 22, 2014 4:27 pm
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Science

  • Mediterranean meteorological tide has increased by over a millimetre a year since 1989


    Related images(click to enlarge) A new database developed by the University of Cantabria (Spain) provides data on sea level variation due to atmospheric changes in the south of Europe between 1948 and 2009. Over the last two decades sea levels have increased in the Mediterranean basin. “The meteorological sea level or meteorological tide component is the variation of the sea level as a result of atmospheric changes or more specifically, changes in the atmospheric pressure and the wind at the sea surface,” Alba Cid explains, Alba being the lead author of the study published in the journal ‘Climate Dynamics’ which analyses 62 years’ worth of data for this sea level component. Cid and her team at the Environmental Hydraulics Institute at the University of Cantabria (Spain) have generated two (long-term and high resolution) time series for meteorological tides in the Atlantic and Mediterranean basins in the south of Europe and the Canary Islands. In total, …

    November 22, 2014 4:48 pm
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Health

  • Mali records new Ebola case, linked to dead nurse


    BAMAKO (Reuters) – Mali has recorded a new case of Ebola in the capital Bamako after the friend of a nurse who died of the hemorrhagic fever earlier this month tested positive for the disease, health and medical officials said on Saturday. The nurse contracted the disease after treating an imam from neighboring Guinea, who died after being incorrectly diagnosed with kidney problems. This allowed Ebola to spread to five other people in the West African nation’s second outbreak. “Of two suspected cases tested, one was negative and the other positive. The latter was placed in an isolation center for intensive treatment,” a statement from the health ministry said, adding that another 310 contact cases were being monitored. Two Malian medical officials, who asked not to be named, confirmed the relationship between the new case and the deceased nurse. A total of 5,459 people have died in the worst Ebola outbreak on record, according the …

    November 22, 2014 4:26 pm
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Entertainment

  • Heidi Pratt On Her Plastic Surgery: "I Disliked Myself So Much, I Literally Chopped Up My Own Body"


    Posted on Sat Nov 22nd, 2014 10:57am PDT       By X17 Staff Heidi Pratt is speaking out yet again about her reputation as a plastic surgery queen, and in a shockingly honest interview with Extra, the reality stay says she regrets all of it and won’t go under the knife again. Back in 2009 Heidi famously underwent ten surgeries in one day, and she spent over $30,000 on the various procedures, including a second breast augmentation, a nose job revision, lipo on her stomach and getting her ears pinned back. So why did she do it? Heidi told the show, “I disliked myself so much. I literally chopped up my own body.” She added that she didn’t know what she was getting herself into, and her biggest regret is “getting my chin reduced, because I have TMJ now and my jaw hurts. I don’t think people do tell you the trauma of what you’re going to heal …

    November 22, 2014 6:07 pm
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Editorial

  • I’m thankful our country is still a refuge and the land of opportunity


    When I was 7 years old, my family and I landed at JFK Airport in New York City with $90 in our pocket, a few suitcases stuffed with what little we could carry and no idea of what to expect next.  We came here because we were fleeing a totalitarian regime, because generations of our family had been oppressed simply for existing and because the United States was a beacon for our hopes and aspirations, as it has been for millions of others around the globe. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The people literally dying to come here now do not believe that our best days are behind us. My paternal grandfather was sent to Soviet gulag in the prime of his life because he was a religious Jew who refused to work on Saturdays and, possibly, because some of his siblings had fled to France several years after the Russian revolution.  He spent years working as a …

    November 22, 2014 8:21 am
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Odd News

  • Lost kitten from New Mexico turns up in duffel bag in Maine


    ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) – An Albuquerque cat owner can sleep easier now that the kitten that went missing last month will be home for the holidays, despite a mysterious 2,300-mile side trip to Maine. Patsy Murphy, who runs an animal refuge center in Westbrook, Maine, said the kitten, named Spice, was brought to her shelter on Nov. 11 by a man who found the feline in a duffel bag while unloading furniture at a local Catholic charity. “This is a very odd story, we wish she could tell us what happened,” Murphy said of the kitten, which was found inside the bag with food and kitty litter. Murphy said Maine resident Bob Watterson brought the kitten home on Nov. 5, and cared for it for six days before he turned it over to the animal refuge, which found a microchip in the cat that could identify it. Murphy was shocked when the cat was traced …

    November 21, 2014 8:31 pm
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