• Eriksson, Bruins edge Sabres in OT

    Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) – Loui Eriksson scored the game-winning goal 2:14 into overtime to lift the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. Eriksson took a touch pass from Milan...
  • Pakistan arrests over school attack

    Pakistan arrests over school attack

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 02:45 Pakistani police searched the area around the school in Peshawar on Sunday Police in Pakistan say they have arrested several people suspected of involvement in last week’s Peshawar...
  • Tim Burton fixes sights on Big Eyes

    Tim Burton fixes sights on Big Eyes

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 01:36 By Tim Masters Arts and entertainment correspondent, BBC News Amy Adams as Margaret Keane in Big Eyes Tim Burton’s latest film tells the true story of a bizarre...
  • Another long shootout sees Avs nip Red Wings

    Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) – Jarome Iginla scored the decisive goal in the ninth round of the shootout as the Colorado Avalanche edged the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 at Joe Louis Arena. Nathan MacKinnon and Matt...
  • Argentine town bans beauty contests

    Argentine town bans beauty contests

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 01:50 Argentine women have a long history of competing in international beauty competitions A town in Argentina has become the first in the country to ban beauty queen competitions....
  • New York killer boasted to onlookers

    New York killer boasted to onlookers

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 02:24 A photo of gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley was released by police The man who shot dead two New York police officers told members of the public “watch what I’m...
  • Origin of long-standing space mystery revealed

    Related images(click to enlarge) A University of Southampton researcher has helped solve a long-standing space mystery — the origin of the ‘theta aurora’. Auroras are the most visible manifestation of the Sun’s effect on Earth....

Headline News

  • Tim Burton fixes sights on Big Eyes


    22 December 2014 Last updated at 01:36 By Tim Masters Arts and entertainment correspondent, BBC News Amy Adams as Margaret Keane in Big Eyes Tim Burton’s latest film tells the true story of a bizarre art fraud case in 1960s America. Walter Keane’s paintings of waifs with big tearful eyes were frowned on by art critics, but their huge popular success made him a fortune. Years later, the truth emerged: the works were actually not created by Walter, but by his wife Margaret – who painted them in secret while her husband took the credit. Why did she go along with the deception? Would the paintings have become famous without the smooth-talking Walter to promote them? These are questions that Burton explores in Big Eyes, which stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz as the Keanes, alongside Terence Stamp as New York art critic John Canaday who describes the artworks as “an infinity of kitsch”. The …

    December 21, 2014 9:55 pm
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Politics

  • Lawmaker calls for strong U.S. response to Sony hack, including sanctions


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House Intelligence Committee chairman on Sunday called for a “very serious” U.S. reaction, including sanctions, to a North Korean cyber attack on Sony Pictures, saying it was not enough for the United States to restrict that country’s cyber capability. U.S. Representative Mike Rogers criticized President Barack Obama on “Fox News Sunday” for getting on a plane to Hawaii on Friday and not acting immediately against North Korea. “The problem here was not that the fact that we didn’t have the capability to do something nearly in immediate time. We just didn’t get a decision from the president,” Rogers said. Rogers said there was much discussion last week about how to respond to the attack that wiped out Sony’s computers in response to the film “The Interview,” which depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Rogers criticized the Obama administration’s response as too late and too weak. “By acknowledging …

    December 21, 2014 8:14 pm
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Stocks

  • Meet the world’s No. 1 dealer in Guinness art


      Robert Lloyd, a New York antique dealer, holds an unusual distinction: He is the world’s largest dealer of Guinness advertising art. He has bought hundreds of paintings, once lost to obscurity in a London archive, that were original renderings of iconic Guinness posters displayed in pubs and college dorm rooms. The paintings are by the English artist John Gilroy, who died in 1985. Gilroy worked for S.H. Benson, an advertising agency that held the Guinness account from 1929 until the late 1960s. Gilroy designed thousands of posters for the beer giant’s ad campaigns. Lloyd, the antique dealer, came upon his Guinness obsession somewhat accidentally. Nearly five years ago, he was at an antique show in Florida when he stumbled on a few of the original Guinness paintings. Lloyd bought what the dealer had on hand but was thirsty for more. He went to London to see the rest of the paintings — and wasted …

    December 21, 2014 5:13 pm
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Sports

  • Eriksson, Bruins edge Sabres in OT


    Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) – Loui Eriksson scored the game-winning goal 2:14 into overtime to lift the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. Eriksson took a touch pass from Milan Lucic through the neutral zone and fought off a defender before firing a shot through the pads of Jhonas Enroth for the win. Dougie Hamilton finished with two goals and an assist, Chris Kelly also scored and Zdeno Chara added two helpers for the Bruins, who are 5-0-1 in their last six games against the Sabres. Tuukka Rask made 25 saves in the win. Tim Schaller scored his first NHL goal, while Andrej Meszaros and Rasmus Ristolainen also lit the lamp for the Sabres, who have dropped their last three. Enroth stopped 33-of-37 shots in defeat. The Bruins pulled Rask with over a minute to play and it proved to be the right decision as Hamilton’s rising wrister from the …

    December 21, 2014 10:16 pm
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World News

  • Pakistan arrests over school attack


    22 December 2014 Last updated at 02:45 Pakistani police searched the area around the school in Peshawar on Sunday Police in Pakistan say they have arrested several people suspected of involvement in last week’s Peshawar school massacre. Pakistan’s interior minister said the men were “facilitators” in the attack, which left 141 people dead, including 132 children. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan added that intelligence indicated another attack was in the planning. The Pakistani Taliban says it attacked the military-run school. All seven attackers were reportedly killed. The Taliban said the raid was in revenge for an army offensive in the north-western region near the border with Afghanistan. After the attack, the country lifted a moratorium on its use of the death penalty and has since executed six men. ‘Inhuman counter-attack’ Mr Khan said: “We are receiving intelligence from across the country that the militants are getting ready for another savage and inhuman counter-attack.” He said that …

    December 21, 2014 9:55 pm
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Technology

  • Bluetooth for the Blue Period: Art and tech unite in MONA’s gallery app


    The O in use at Australia’s Museum of Old and New Art. Claire Reilly/CNET Australia’s Museum of Old and New Art is a world of contrasts. A modern museum space that reframes the definitions of visual art, it also pushes the boundaries of digital interactivity, thanks to the app-based visitor guide that forms the very centre of the MONA experience, known as The O. The artworks at MONA are certainly provocative — here a pinball machine modified with X-ray cables, dubbed the “Deluxe Suicide Service”, sits down a corridor from a room dominated by the sight (and smell) of a machine that replicates the human digestive system. It poops daily. But for a museum so concerned with corporeality and the human condition, and one that fills its halls with divisive representations of sex, death and defecation, one of the greatest achievements of MONA has been in the digital realm. The Story of the O MONA …

    December 21, 2014 8:35 pm
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Science

  • Origin of long-standing space mystery revealed


    Related images(click to enlarge) A University of Southampton researcher has helped solve a long-standing space mystery — the origin of the ‘theta aurora’. Auroras are the most visible manifestation of the Sun’s effect on Earth. They are seen as colourful displays in the night sky, known as the Northern or Southern Lights. They are caused by the solar wind, a stream of plasma — electrically charged atomic particles — carrying its own magnetic field, interacting with Earth’s magnetic field. Normally, the main region for this impressive display is the ‘auroral oval’, which lies at around 65-70 degrees north or south of the equator, encircling the polar caps. However, auroras can occur at even higher latitudes. One type is known as a ‘theta aurora’ because seen from above it looks like the Greek letter theta — an oval with a line crossing through the centre. While the cause of the auroral oval emissions is reasonably well …

    December 21, 2014 8:36 pm
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Health

  • FDA approves Cubists’ drug for antibiotic-resistant bacteria


    (Reuters) – Cubist Pharmaceutical Inc’s drug to treat complicated urinary tract and intra-abdominal infections won U.S. approval on Friday, highlighting the regulator’s interest in tackling the growing threat of the so-called superbugs. Cubist shares were up 1.9 percent in extended trading. The drug, Zerbaxa, treats infections caused by gram-negative bacteria — a type of antibiotic-resistant pathogens, often called superbugs. These have been linked to 23,000 deaths and 2 million illnesses every year in the United States, and up to $20 billion in direct healthcare costs. “The drug is also effective against pseudomonas, a difficult to treat pathogen,” Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Irina Koffler told Reuters ahead of the decision. Zerbaxa was a major driver behind Merck Co’s offer to buy Cubist for $8.4 billion earlier this month. The approval is significant for Cubist, whose main product, Cubicin, lost patent protection earlier than expected after a federal court invalidated four of its patents. Zerbaxa is the fourth …

    December 21, 2014 8:35 pm
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Entertainment

  • Top 20 Ugliest Celebrity Wedding Dresses Countdown!


    You would think that a wealthy celebrity would pay to have their dress be the prettiest dress in the world. Not these 20 celebrities. Apparently, they tried to be unique and have the most creative wedding dress and look how well that turned out! Here is the Top 20 Ugliest Celebrity Wedding Dresses Countdown! 20. Melissa Gilbert http://styleblazer.com/320438/unconventional-celebrity-wedding-dresses/10/ Melissa Gilbert is most popularly known for starring as Laura Ingalls Wilder on the NBC series Little House on the Prairie. Melissa chose to wear a frumpy looking dark red dress to her wedding. While it would have made an OK looking bridesmaid dress, it definitely does not look anywhere near a wedding dress. At least she is wearing a dress though and not jeans.

    December 21, 2014 10:15 pm
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Editorial

  • Last minute Christmas shopping: Five things to avoid


    FILE — Nov. 28, 2014: A man dressed as Santa Claus greets shoppers outside the J.C. Penney store at the Glendale Galleria shopping mall in Glendale, Calif. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) This weekend millions of Americans will take to the mall to get last-minute gifts for their loved ones. They will pour through the already-picked-over selections to try and find “the gift.” For those of you who are forced into the mall this weekend: I’m sorry. Here are five things to avoid as we enter the final shopping days before Christmas.   1. Believe the best bargains are found if you wait until the last minute. While it’s true, retailers are starting their after-Christmas sales earlier than ever – just as the Christmas shopping season starts before you get to Thanksgiving dessert – seasoned shoppers know (1) value and (2) bargain do not mean the same thing.  We all know just because something is cheap doesn’t mean …

    December 20, 2014 4:21 pm
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Odd News

  • Captive orangutan has human right to freedom, Argentine court rules


    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – An orangutan held in an Argentine zoo can be freed and transferred to a sanctuary after a court recognized the ape as a “non-human person” unlawfully deprived of its freedom, local media reported on Sunday. Animal rights campaigners filed a habeas corpus petition – a document more typically used to challenge the legality of a person’s detention or imprisonment – in November on behalf of Sandra, a 29-year-old Sumatran orangutan at the Buenos Aires zoo. In a landmark ruling that could pave the way for more lawsuits, the Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights (AFADA) argued the ape had sufficient cognitive functions and should not be treated as an object. The court agreed Sandra, born into captivity in Germany before being transferred to Argentina two decades ago, deserved the basic rights of a “non-human person.” “This opens the way not only for other Great Apes, but also for other …

    December 21, 2014 4:33 pm
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