• Walmart workers vow big Black Friday protests

    Walmart workers vow big Black Friday protests

    Shoppers won’t be the only ones lined up outside some Walmart stores on Black Friday. Some aggrieved Walmart workers and their advocates have a slew of grievances. And for the third year in a row,...
  • Steady as she goes for jet-lagged McIlroy in Sydney

    SYDNEY (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy admitted to feeling fatigued from jet-lag and an early alarm call on Thursday but the first round of his Australian Open title defense was by no means a damage limitation...
  • Egyptian youths jailed over protests

    Egyptian youths jailed over protests

    26 November 2014 Last updated at 22:55 There have been numerous protests over the use of mass trials in Egypt in recent months A court in Egypt has sentenced 78 youth to up to five...
  • UK unveils £120m quantum-technology hubs

    UK unveils £120m quantum-technology hubs

    Research connections: UK creates four Quantum Technology Hubs The UK government has announced that four universities – Birmingham, Glasgow, Oxford and York – will serve as hubs in a £120m programme to explore the properties...
  • Immigration debate: What would George Washington do?

    Immigration debate: What would George Washington do?

    As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we continue the tradition started by America’s early immigrants. Those intrepid settlers’ success creating a new society helped spur waves of immigration that continue to this day.  As we renew the...
  • Uruguay pushes back start of marijuana sale in pharmacies

    MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) – Uruguay could start selling marijuana in pharmacies in March, the head of the National Drugs Board said on Wednesday, although the government had initially been aiming for year-end. The South American country...

Headline News

  • Streets of Ferguson quiet after two nights of racial unrest


    FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – The streets of Ferguson, Missouri, were mostly quiet on Wednesday after two nights of racially charged unrest following a U.S. grand jury decision to clear a white policeman over the killing of an unarmed black teenager. A couple of dozen protesters huddled in the falling snow outside police headquarters in the St. Louis suburb, in sharp contrast to the hundreds who took the streets on Monday in a night of arson, looting, sporadic gunfire and clashes with police that ended in more than 60 arrests. Another 45 protesters were taken into custody in smaller, more isolated bursts of lawlessness that erupted after dark on Tuesday. The decision of the St. Louis County grand jury to clear officer Darren Wilson of criminal charges in the Aug. 9 slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown has sparked a wave of demonstrations across the country, culminating in more than 400 arrests. The case has exposed long-running …

    November 26, 2014 10:15 pm
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Politics

  • Congress can block use of fees for immigration overhaul: memo


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress can block President Barack Obama from using federal immigration fees to issue permits for millions of undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States, according to a congressional research memo released on Wednesday. The memo from the non-partisan Congressional Research Service to Republican Senator Jeff Sessions could provide a boost to him and other conservatives who are pushing for a December budget confrontation with Obama to try to stop his executive order overhauling the U.S. immigration system. A plan to deny such funds in a must-pass federal spending bill next month, as part of a Republican effort to fight Obama’s immigration move, could heighten the risk of another government shutdown. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, a more moderate Republican, has argued against such a strategy, pushing instead for a spending bill that fully funds government agencies through September 2015. He has said that simply “defunding” immigration agencies would …

    November 26, 2014 9:54 pm
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Stocks

  • Walmart workers vow big Black Friday protests


    Shoppers won’t be the only ones lined up outside some Walmart stores on Black Friday. Some aggrieved Walmart workers and their advocates have a slew of grievances. And for the third year in a row, they will air them on one of the busiest shopping days: Black Friday. Protesters are expected to gather outside 1,600 Walmart stores across the country as the retailer launches doorbuster deals. That would be more than ever before, according to organizers. Some demonstrations are planned for Wednesday, while others will take place on Thanksgiving Day or Black Friday. Among the bigger events are expected in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Chicago, Tampa, Dallas, Denver and Sacramento. Walmart has 4,281 U.S. stores.   Some workers are expected to strike, walking off the job during their shift. They will be joined by teachers and other community leaders. The demonstrators are backed by groups like OUR Walmart, which has union ties. And they are …

    November 26, 2014 10:54 pm
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Sports

  • Steady as she goes for jet-lagged McIlroy in Sydney


    SYDNEY (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy admitted to feeling fatigued from jet-lag and an early alarm call on Thursday but the first round of his Australian Open title defense was by no means a damage limitation exercise. Starting his day with rain clouds casting an early morning gloom over The Australian Golf Club, the world number one produced a solid round of two-under-par 69 for an early share of second place. The Northern Irishman’s driver was dialed in, though his short game let him down a little with a string of birdie putts going begging on the manicured greens of the Jack Nicklaus-designed course. A birdie at his fifth hole was followed immediately by a bogey that saw the 25-year-old reach the turn at level par and he hit three more birdies to a single blemish on the way in. Finishing with a flourish, his sublime approach shot at the ninth, his final hole, left him …

    November 26, 2014 10:34 pm
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World News

  • Egyptian youths jailed over protests


    26 November 2014 Last updated at 22:55 There have been numerous protests over the use of mass trials in Egypt in recent months A court in Egypt has sentenced 78 youth to up to five years in prison for protesting with the Muslim Brotherhood. The boys, from 13 to 17 years old, joined rallies calling for the return of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. The authorities have cracked down on Islamists since President Morsi was removed by the military in 2013. Thousands of his supporters have been killed and arrested since the Muslim Brotherhood was declared a terrorist organisation. State media reported that the boys were arrested for “participating in protests calling for the downfall of the regime”. The protests “blocked roads” and “terrified citizens” said the state agency Mena. The boys’ defence lawyer, Ayman El-Dabi, said that some of the boys had not been protesting and had just been “in the wrong place”. On Wednesday, …

    November 26, 2014 10:34 pm
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Technology

  • Adam West: "If I didn’t love Batman, I’d be a little bit strange"


    Warner Bros. At 86 years of age, Adam West’s career in film and TV has spanned six decades. But if there’s one role he’ll always be best known for, it’s the eponymous Batman from the campy 1960s TV series. It’s a role that’s defined a lot of his career and one that he returns to in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, where he appears in a entire level that emulates the fun and feel of the TV show — complete with POW! and BAM! graphics. He voices himself in each level for a hidden “Adam West in Peril” where players need to find Adam. And if that wasn’t enough, the entire original Batman series has been completely remastered for Blu-ray, with West contributing heavily to the over three hours of never-before-seen additional content. CNET spoke with Adam West about the game and this wildly enduring goal. Back in 1968, did you think this character was …

    November 26, 2014 9:54 pm
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Science

  • UK unveils £120m quantum-technology hubs


    Research connections: UK creates four Quantum Technology Hubs The UK government has announced that four universities – Birmingham, Glasgow, Oxford and York – will serve as hubs in a £120m programme to explore the properties of quantum mechanics and how it can be used to develop new technologies. The four Quantum Technology Hubs, which will involve a total of 17 UK universities and 132 companies, will be funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The money comes from the £270m investment National Quantum Technologies Programme that was first announced in 2013 by UK chancellor George Osborne and will run across the next five years. Details of the funding package were unveiled today by Greg Clark, the UK’s minister of state for universities, science and cities, who says that quantum technologies “could support multi-billion-pound markets in the UK and globally”. Clark also announced that the National Physical Laboratory will receive £4m towards the creation of …

    November 26, 2014 10:15 pm
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Health

  • Uruguay pushes back start of marijuana sale in pharmacies


    MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) – Uruguay could start selling marijuana in pharmacies in March, the head of the National Drugs Board said on Wednesday, although the government had initially been aiming for year-end. The South American country is the world’s first to permit the cultivation, distribution and use of marijuana, aiming to wrest control of the trade from drug gangs while at the same regulating and even taxing its consumption. But a variety of hurdles are preventing the government from making its deadlines in implementing the measures passed into law last December. Even the plan to start selling marijuana in March, when President Jose Mujica leaves office, looks ambitious as the government is still tendering cultivation licenses. “It will be at the end of this term, the start of the next,” Julio Calzada, the secretary general of the National Drugs Board, told reporters on the sidelines of a conference. Uruguayan voters head to the polls on Sunday …

    November 26, 2014 9:54 pm
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Entertainment

  • Bette Midler responds to Ariana Grande by calling someone else a whore


    Herself. Harsh! Did Bette Midler just call Ariana Grande a “whore”? Grande, of course, responded to Midler’s whore comments yesterday in the nicest way we could possibly imagine, which must have made Midler feel like a terrible person. Terrible enough that she’s calling herself names now. About my screed on @ArianaGrande , all I can say is, “Spoken like a reformed old whore! She does have a beautiful voice, on a couch or off.” — Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) November 26, 2014 In Grande’s Twitter response, the young singer said that she’s always admired Midler. The pop star even accompanied the post with an image of Midler flaunting a sexy and skimpy bikini back in the day, saying she wishes that version of Midler would return, instead of the one who throws shade. Ariana Grande’s reported diva ‘tude makes life coach quit all love here pic.twitter.com/BocrzJEgUj — Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 25, 2014 And while Midler …

    November 26, 2014 9:34 pm
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Editorial

  • Immigration debate: What would George Washington do?


    As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we continue the tradition started by America’s early immigrants. Those intrepid settlers’ success creating a new society helped spur waves of immigration that continue to this day.  As we renew the debate over immigration policy, our history provides guidance for how we might effectively champion our immigrant heritage while promoting domestic prosperity. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Since our beginning, we have struggled with whom to let in. Our nation’s first leaders took a rather practical stance – they welcomed only those who would benefit the nation. The Pilgrims’ tradition of Thanksgiving continued as the first fledgling settlements took root in the New World and flourished into the independent United States of the late 18th century. Whether they were descended from early colonists or were more recently off the boat, our founding generation enjoyed a unique heritage – their national DNA was comprised of individuals who had braved hardships in order to find a …

    November 26, 2014 9:54 pm
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Odd News

  • Swiss group wants sausage dogs to be petted, not eaten


    ZURICH (Reuters) – An animal rights group has petitioned the Swiss government to ban a traditional, if rare, practice of eating cats for dinner and turning dogs into sausages. Tomi Tomek, president of the animal rights group SOS CHATS Noiraigue, which campaigned successfully last year to ban the sale of cat fur, said 3 percent of the population still eat cat and dog, mainly in the regions of Appenzell, Lucerne, Jura and Berne. “You can’t report it to the police because there’s no law against it,” she said. Dog meat is traditionally used to make sausages and a fatty remedy for rheumatism, while cat can be served for Christmas dinner. The activists handed in a petition with 17,900 signatures calling for the consumption of family pets to be outlawed. (Reporting by Caroline Copley; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

    November 26, 2014 10:02 am
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