Headline News

  • Oklahoma fights back after feds pull education funding over Common Core


    Oklahoma and Washington have finally reached an agreement after federal officials nixed waivers of education requirements that would have cost the Sooner State as much as $165 million – all as a result of Oklahoma opting out of Common Core.   The U.S. Department of Education announced in August it would not grant Oklahoma a reprieve from the No Child Left Behind law, which says states must demonstrate that a standard of getting high schooler prepared for the rigors of college. The move made Oklahoma the second state to lose its reprieve from the law, although Indiana was granted a one-year extension of its waiver because it found a replacement for the Common Core standards.   Oklahoma officials said without a waiver similar to Indiana’s state taxpayers will be out $165 million. That threat is what prompted Sooner State officials to send a 139-page appeal to the federal Department of Education making the case for Oklahoma’s educational …

    November 26, 2014 9:43 am
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Politics

  • U.N. investigators urge Obama to release CIA report


    GENEVA (Reuters) – United Nations human rights investigators called on President Barack Obama to live up to principles preached by the United States around the world and release a long completed report on CIA interrogation methods. In an open letter issued in Geneva, the seven investigators and academic legal experts, said publication of the report by a Senate committee would be welcomed by victims of torture and their supporters everywhere. Among the signatories were the world body’s special rapporteurs for torture and for freedom of expression. “As a nation that has publicly affirmed its belief that respect for truth advances respect for the rule of law, and as a nation that frequently calls for transparency and accountability in other countries, the United States must rise to meet the standards it has set both for itself and others,” the open letter declared. The Senate committee spent four years investigating waterboarding and other CIA practices used against …

    November 26, 2014 9:42 am
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Stocks

  • Black Friday bargain: Airline stocks


    Looking to buy something that will keep on giving? Consider airline stocks. They have been doing incredibly well lately, but they aren’t even close to achieving maximum altitude. At least that’s what Morgan Stanley (MS) says about the airline industry, which has doubled the broader market by surging a whopping 115% since the start of 2013. The rapid ascent has been fueled by a major transformation in the industry that’s reshaped the competitive landscape and boosted profitability. So did investors completely miss the flight on these red hot stocks? “It isn’t too late,” Adam Parker, Morgan Stanley’s chief market strategist, wrote in a recent note to clients. “We think this is an earnings growth…story that is much closer to mid-cycle than end of cycle.” Related: Southwest Airlines is best stock of 2014 Cheap valuations: Of course, there’s no guarantee Morgan Stanley is right. A geopolitical event or an oil price shock could ground these stocks. …

    November 26, 2014 6:38 am
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Sports

  • In the FCS Huddle: FCS First-Round Playoff Preview


    Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – The test drive was successful a year ago. Now FCS playoff teams are really anxious to take the field for a spin. Last year’s expansion of the FCS playoffs to 24 teams plenty of interesting results, even if the championship game ended the same way as the previous two seasons, with North Dakota State capturing a third straight national titles. Not only did the field change from 16 teams playing in the first round with eight receiving byes to the second round, instead of the funky 20-team setup with eight playing in the first round and 12 on byes, but the results validated the need for a larger playoff system. Teams in the first round mattered. Among those teams, New Hampshire went on to win three games and reach the national semifinals, while Coastal Carolina and Jacksonville State both won two games each, knocking off seeded teams on the road in …

    November 26, 2014 9:22 am
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World News

  • Zimbabwe VP leadership bid blocked


    26 November 2014 Last updated at 12:09 Joyce Mujuru was once a staunch ally of Mr Mugabe Zimbabwe’s Vice-President Joyce Mujuru has been barred by the ruling Zanu-PF party from serving on its powerful central committee, state media reports. She had failed to win nomination after being linked to a plot to oust President Robert Mugabe, The Herald newspaper reports. Mrs Mujuru’s fall from grace damages her chances of one day succeeding the 90-year-old, correspondents say. Zanu-PF is due to hold its elective congress next month. Mr Mugabe has said he does not intend to quit. Mrs Mujuru was a close comrade of Mr Mugabe, but the two have have since fallen-out. First Lady Grace Mugabe, who has recently entered politics, has led a sustained campaign against Mrs Mujuru, accusing her of being “demonic”. ‘Boost for rival’ Last week, Mrs Mujuru said she had ordered her lawyers to restore her “political standing” after being falsely …

    November 26, 2014 8:20 am
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Technology

  • Minecraft at Tate: in gaming, the Renaissance has returned


    The spaces created by video games are sublime and majestic. We wander in desolate cityscapes, eerie caverns, on rolling freeways. These worlds are three-dimensional, physically (if not emotionally) deep and complex. What could be more modern, more futuristic? Except we’ve been here before. Trying to land a space shuttle on a strikingly real Florida landscape last night, I had a sense of deja vu. This is all so familiar – the spatial solidity, the rich perspectives, the precision of objects. Video games have recreated one of art’s oldest impulses. The compulsion to create model worlds has driven some of the most delightful art of the last 3,000 years. From ancient Egyptian models of farms and breweries (complete with workers) that were put in tombs to provide food and beer for the dead, to miniature Chinese mountains with tiny monks climbing little stairways to heaven, art has tried again and again to provide the satisfaction and …

    November 26, 2014 9:43 am
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Science

  • New Crew Arrives at Space Station to Continue Scientific Research


    [image-50] Three new crew members representing the United States, Russia and Italy are at the International Space Station (ISS). The Soyuz TMA-15M vehicle docked to the International Space Station at 9:48 p.m. EST, above the Pacific Ocean, approaching the coast of Ecuador. Terry Virts of NASA, Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan about six hours earlier at 4:01 p.m. (3:01 a.m. Monday in Baikonur). Hatches between the two spacecraft are scheduled to open at about 11:30 p.m., with NASA Television coverage starting at 11 p.m. The arrival of Virts, Shkaplerov and Cristoforetti returns the space station’s crew complement to six. The three join Expedition 42 Commander Barry Wilmore of NASA, as well as Flight Engineers Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova of Roscosmos. They have been aboard the station since September. The crew members will be …

    November 26, 2014 1:54 am
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Health

  • Obesity Tied to Half a Million Cancers Worldwide, Report Shows


    WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Obesity is associated with close to 500,000 new cancer cases worldwide each year, and nearly two-thirds of obesity-related cancers occur in North America and Europe, a new report shows. The analysis of data from 184 countries showed that excess weight was associated with 345,000 (5.4 percent) of new cancers in women in 2012, and 136,000 (1.9 percent) of new cancers in men in 2012. Among women, postmenopausal breast, endometrial and colon cancers accounted for nearly three-quarters (250,000 cases) of obesity-related cancers, while colon and kidney cancers accounted for more than two-thirds (nearly 90,000 cases) of obesity-related cancers in men. Excess weight was associated with about 8 percent of cancers in women and 3 percent of cancers in men in developed nations, compared with 1.5 percent of cancers in women and 0.3 percent of cancers in men in developing nations. In 2012, the highest number of obesity-related cancers was …

    November 26, 2014 9:42 am
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Entertainment

  • Kris Jenner And Boy Toy Corey Gamble Do Dinner With Her Gal Pals And Then Party In Hollywood Until 1:30am!


    Posted on Wed Nov 26th, 2014 6:35am PDT       By X17 Staff She may be a grandma, but that’s not stopping her from dating men half her age — or enjoying wild nights out in Hollywood! Kris Jenner, 59, and new boyfriend Corey Gamble, 33, went to dinner at Craig’s in West Hollywood on Tuesday evening, and they were joined by Kyle Richards and Faye Resnick. After dinner, Kris and Corey went to The Nice Guy club, but they only stayed for about 30 minutes, at which point they hit Bootsy Bellows at 11:30pm, where they partied in a private room before leaving at 1:30am. Kris was in a great mood (and it kills is to say this, but she looked great too!) but Corey seemed a little annoyed. Maybe he’s not a Housewives fan? Or is he getting sick of PMK already?   SEE THE GALLERY Kris Jenner Has A Hot Date With Corey Gamble Stories …

    November 26, 2014 9:22 am
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Editorial

  • Obama’s immigration amnesty: Why aren’t African-Americans outraged by president’s actions?


    Addressing the nation last Thursday, President Obama sought to justify his misreading of the Constitution by unilaterally granting legal protection to 5 million illegal immigrants. In this, he reminded me of what Richard Nixon told David Frost in a 1977 interview. The exchange is worth recalling: “FROST: So what in a sense you’re saying is that there are certain situations … where the president can decide that it’s in the best interests of the nation or something, and do something illegal. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT NIXON: Well, when the president does it that means that it is not illegal. FROST: By definition. NIXON: Exactly. Exactly.” The framers of the U.S. Constitution sought to limit the power of government and expand individual liberty. President Obama sees it the other way. Whether he violated the constitutional limits of his power will be debated and possibly decided in the courts and by the new Republican majority in Congress, but there …

    November 26, 2014 9:42 am
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Odd News

  • Fifty years later, American skating team claims Olympics bronze


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fifty years after Vivian Joseph and Ronald Joseph skated at the Innsbruck Olympics, the American pair on Tuesday officially claimed the bronze medal. Two years after the 1964 Games, the International Olympic Committee had awarded the Joseph siblings the bronze medal after disclosing that the West German pairs team had violated their amateur status by signing a professional contract. Canadians Debbi Wilkes and Guy Revell moved up one spot to the silver medal, while the Josephs, who had finished fourth in the competition, claimed bronze. But in 1987, the IOC said Germans Marika Kilius and Hans-Jürgen Bäumler were “rehabilitated” and quietly re-awarded their silver medals. The IOC never explained the medal consequences of its decision. On Tuesday, the IOC announced that the Germans and Canadians are each silver-medal winners, while the Americans are the bronze medalists in the pairs event. “An Olympic medal is the ultimate sports symbol of hard work, sacrifice …

    November 25, 2014 5:46 pm
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