Headline News

  • Feds could investigate nightmare cruise as ship returns home after storm

    The feds might soon look into a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that sailed into a powerful Atlantic storm with 100-mph winds Sunday, ultimately forcing the captain to turn the ship around. Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas was set to return to its home port in New Jersey on Wednesday morning, Fox 5 reports. Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson has called for the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the voyage that forced frightened passengers into their cabins overnight as their belongings flew around, waves rose as high as 30 feet, and winds howled outside. “The thing about this storm was that it was forecast for days. So why in the world would a cruise ship with thousands of passengers go sailing right into it?” Nelson said Monday on the Senate floor. The National Weather Service’s Ocean Prediction Center had issued an alert for a strong storm four days in advance, Susan Buchanan with the weather …

    February 9, 2016 11:02 am


  • Trump, Sanders expect big wins

    A supporter holds Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump’s book during a campaign rally Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders hope to emerge from New Hampshire’s primary Tuesday with their first wins of the 2016 presidential election, victories that would lend needed credibility to the unexpected contenders’ pursuit of their parties’ nomination. Trump leads a Republican field that has been in flux in the final days of campaigning across snowy New Hampshire. A rocky debate performance by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has jeopardized his chance to pull away from a trio of governors and firmly establish himself as the chief rival to Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. In the two-person race for the Democratic nomination, Sanders has held an advantage over Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire for weeks. The state is friendly territory for the Vermont senator and a must-win if he’s to have a …

    February 9, 2016 8:41 am


  • Toys, trucks and TV lead the Nasdaq. Go figure.

    How bad is the tech wreck on Wall Street? Only seven stocks in the Nasdaq 100, an index that includes the largest non financial stocks on the exchange, were up this year as of late morning trading Tuesday. Just two of those stocks are tech companies — and they are barely in positive territory. Tech heavyweights on the Nasdaq 100 like Apple (AAPL, Tech30), Alphabet (GOOGL, Tech30), Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30), Facebook (FB, Tech30) and Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) are all firmly in the red. Here are the members of the ultra-exclusive Nasdaq-100 winners club. Mattel (MAT): up 14.5% Fastenal (FAST): up 7.1% Paccar: (PCAR) up 5.1% Comcast: (CMCSA) up 1.7% Ross Stores (ROST): up 0.7% Fiserv (FISV): 0.3% Xilinx (XLNX): 0.3% Xilinx and Fiserv are the two tech companies. And they’re not exactly household names. One of the main reasons Xilinx is up is due to takeover speculation. Intel (INTC, Tech30) bought one of Xilinx’s key …

    February 9, 2016 11:01 am


  • Henry returns for Glasgow Pro12 game

    Chris Henry is likely to return to action against Glasgow on Friday Ulster flanker Chris Henry is set to return to action in Friday’s Pro12 game against Glasgow at Kingspan Stadium. The Ireland international has recovered from a shoulder injury which has kept him out of action since December. Centre Sammy Arnold, who will join Munster at the end of the season, is also available again after injury. Ian Humphreys is a major doubt however, while Peter Browne, Stuart Olding and Robbie Diack are going through the return to play concussion protocols. Ulster went top of the table last week with a last-gasp 17-15 victory over the Dragons in Belfast. Champions Glasgow are languishing in eighth position, with one or two matches in hand over the other teams in the competition, but Ulster Director of Rugby Les Kiss is wary of the threat they pose. “It looks like they are well down the table but …

    February 9, 2016 11:02 am

World News

  • Man ‘hurls alligator’ into restaurant

    Image copyright AP Image caption Mr James’ mother reportedly said he wanted to play a practical joke on a friend A man in Florida is facing charges of aggravated assault after allegedly throwing an alligator into a fast-food restaurant. Joshua James, 23, has been accused of tossing the live animal through a drive-thru window at a Wendy’s restaurant. His mother reportedly said he wanted to play a practical joke on his friend, who worked at the place. The animal was captured and released back into the wild. Mr James, from Jupiter, Florida, had found the alligator on the side of a road and lured it into the back of his truck, according to an incident report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, cited by local broadcaster WPTV. He then went to the restaurant in Royal Palm Beach, where he placed an order at the drive-thru window, received a drink and threw the 3ft …

    February 9, 2016 11:02 am


  • West’s military advantage is being eroded, survey warns

    The west’s decades-long advantage in military technology is being eroded as defence spending in the rest of the world, notably Asia, soars, an authoritative survey has warned. The latest annual Military Balance by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) shows advances in weapons-related technology, once the preserve of the west – including cruise missiles, unmanned drones and electronic warfare – are becoming increasingly accessible to more and more countries. The number of countries known to operate UAVs has doubled over the past five years, and China has exported them to Iraq and Nigeria. “Western military technological superiority, a core assumption of the past two decades, is eroding”, John Chipman, IISS director general, told a London press conference. “Slowing this emerging trend or reversing it will be a key preoccupation of western strategists in the coming decade.” Britain is trying to stay ahead of the curve by developing the Zephyr high-altitude “pseudo-satellite” – a solar-powered …

    February 9, 2016 9:01 am


  • Physicists plan to seek Higgs force in atomic spectra

    Shifting lines: has the Higgs affected this spectrum? A new way of measuring how the Higgs boson couples to other fundamental particles has been proposed by physicists in France, Israel and the US. Their technique would involve comparing the spectra of several different isotopes of the same atom to see how the Higgs force between the atom’s electrons and its nucleus affects the atomic energy levels. The effect of the Higgs force is tiny, but the researchers say the test would involve technologies that already exist and that some of the required measurements have already been made. The measurement would provide important information about how the Higgs couples to electrons and quarks, and would complement data gleaned from collisions using the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. Important mysteries After discovering the Higgs boson at the LHC in 2012, particle physicists now want to understand how it couples to matter such as electrons and quarks. …

    February 9, 2016 11:41 am


  • Brazilian studies aim to unravel Zika’s link to birth defects

    CHICAGO At Roberto Santos General Hospital in Salvador, Brazil, Dr. Antonio Almeida and a team of specialists are closely following two groups of women: Those who deliver babies with abnormally small heads and those who deliver apparently normal babies. The hospital is one of three in this city on Brazil’s eastern coast where investigators are studying the most urgent question of the Zika outbreak: Is the virus causing a spike in birth defects, and, if so, how great is the risk?     The answer will help shape the response to the rapid spread of Zika throughout the Americas. Concerns over the potential link to microcephaly have prompted a U.S. alert advising pregnant women against travel to 31 countries and territories with outbreaks. Officials in El Salvador, Colombia, Ecuador and Jamaica have urged women to delay pregnancies. The many unknowns about Zika’s effects and transmission have cast a shadow over plans for the Olympic Games in Rio, set to …

    February 9, 2016 8:21 am


  • Victoria Beckham Divorce? Former Spice Girl Looking Thin, Stressed Over Failing Marriage?

    Victoria Beckham divorce rumors surface every now and again as do rumors about her weight as she is (and always has been) very thin. Now, a report from OK! Magazine marries the gossip, claiming that Mrs. Beckham is looking very tin these days and that her marriage is on the rocks… because why not? The mag claims that the 41-year-old is under a great deal of stress because of her “crumbling marriage” to soccer star, David Beckham and that she is dropping pounds because of it. “At this point, they seem sick of each other. He makes snarky quips about their nonexistent sex life, and she says that he’s useless and lazy,” shared a source. However, Victoria Beckham has always been thin and she doesn’t actually look any more “frail” than she has in the past. And while some tabloids keep circulating this rubbish, Hollywood Life has a different spin on the rumors. The site …

    February 9, 2016 11:21 am


  • What kind of America do Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders think we live in?

    Watching last Thursday’s debate between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders one might have thought a Republican had been in the White House for nearly eight years. Hearing their complaints about the economy (bad), discrimination (rampant), health care (too many without it), unemployment (too many not working, or working at low-paying jobs), it appeared hope had died and change is all we have left in our pockets. To hear these two ultra-liberals tell it, we are a horrible, miserable, evil nation. We are bigots, we are greedy because we won’t surrender more of our income to the government gods, we hate anyone who isn’t white, male and heterosexual, and we want to deport everyone who isn’t a Christian. I wouldn’t want to live in a country like that, would you? But that is not who we are. It is only who Democrats think we are. Hillary Clinton hasn’t yet released transcripts of …

    February 9, 2016 11:01 am

Odd News

  • Do you want fries with that? Man charged with throwing alligator into fast food restaurant

    A Florida fast food restaurant got a customer it wasn’t expecting when a live alligator was tossed through a drive-thru window by a patron. Joshua James, 23, of Jupiter, Florida, had wanted to play a practical joke on a friend working at the Wendy’s restaurant in Royal Palm Beach when he decided to hurl the reptile into the building, his parents told local broadcaster WPTV. “It was a stupid prank,” Linda James said. James faces charges of aggravated assault, and unlawful possession and transportation of an alligator, WPTV said. The incident took place in October. James found the 3-foot alligator on the side of the road and led the reptile into his truck, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission incident report cited by the station. He drove to the Wendy’s restaurant and placed an order, received a drink at the drive-thru window, and then threw the alligator through the opening, it said. …

    February 9, 2016 8:01 am