• Pilot jailed over deadly China crash

    Pilot jailed over deadly China crash

    19 December 2014 Last updated at 07:09 The plane overshot the runway and burst into flames, after trying to land in fog. A Chinese court has jailed a pilot for three years over a 2010...
  • Dog saves man from burning home

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. –  Authorities are crediting a chocolate Labrador with saving the life of a Sacramento man after it alerted him to a fire inside a home that appeared not to have a smoke detector....
  • Curry drops 34, Warriors beat Thunder

    Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Steph Curry stuffed the stat sheet and six Warriors scored in double figures as Golden State got back in the win column with a 114-109 decision over the Oklahoma City Thunder....
  • Birds ‘fled day before US tornadoes’

    Birds ‘fled day before US tornadoes’

    19 December 2014 Last updated at 02:21 By Jonathan Webb Science reporter, BBC News Multiple tornadoes devastated parts of the southern and central US in April US scientists say tracking data showing five golden-winged warblers...
  • Arson caused Los Angeles apartment blaze

    Arson caused Los Angeles apartment blaze

    Dec. 8, 2014: Los Angeles firefighters battle a fire in the seven-story Da Vinci apartment complex under construction in downtown Los Angeles. (AP) LOS ANGELES –  A fire that reduced an unfinished downtown apartment building to...
  • Toyota’s futuristic, freaky fuel-cell car

    Toyota’s futuristic, freaky fuel-cell car

      Toyota’s new Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is worth a good, serious look. It won’t be easy, though. While hydrogen fuel cell cars are mired in controversy, there’s one thing everyone seems to agree...

Headline News

  • Dog saves man from burning home


    SACRAMENTO, Calif. –  Authorities are crediting a chocolate Labrador with saving the life of a Sacramento man after it alerted him to a fire inside a home that appeared not to have a smoke detector. Sacramento Fire Department spokesman Roberto Padilla says the man told firefighters he was sleeping when his dog Buddy nudged him and woke him up Thursday night. The man saw a fire burning in a bedroom in the rear of the house. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Sacramento Bee reports the man suffered some smoke inhalation and had soot on his face. Padilla says the man did not recall hearing a smoke alarm, and firefighters had found no evidence of a working smoke detector in the house. He says the home had significant damage.

    December 19, 2014 2:23 am
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Politics

  • Louisville lawmakers approve minimum wage hike


    LOUISVILLE, Ky (Reuters) – Louisville, Kentucky officials on Thursday approved an increase to the city’s minimum wage, boosting it from the federal rate of $7.25 to $9 an hour by 2017, becoming the 12th city to approve a hike this year. The increase, which came after a series of contentious debates in the weeks leading up to and even during Thursday’s Louisville Metro Council meeting, came down to a party-line vote. All 16 Democrats in attendance supported the measure, while all nine Republicans voted against it. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer had said earlier he would veto the council’s original proposal, which would have raised pay to $10.10 an hour over a three-year period. However, Fischer said in a statement released after the vote he was pleased with the amended ordinance. After 2017, the wage will be adjusted according to the Consumer Price Index. With the vote, Louisville became the 12th U.S. city to increase the …

    December 18, 2014 11:42 pm
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Stocks

  • Toyota’s futuristic, freaky fuel-cell car


      Toyota’s new Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is worth a good, serious look. It won’t be easy, though. While hydrogen fuel cell cars are mired in controversy, there’s one thing everyone seems to agree on about this one. It is kind of ugly. Toyota’s designers wanted an appearance that clearly showed this car is something different. Score one there. They also wanted a design that would never grow boring now matter long the car was on the road or how many of them you saw. Two wins for the Toyota design team. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, this one included, have a lot going for them. You fill up with compressed hydrogen gas — that takes about five minutes — then a fuel cell stack in the car combines that hydrogen with oxygen from the atmosphere in a process that makes water (H2O) while throwing out a stream of electricity. So, as with a plug-in …

    December 19, 2014 12:42 am
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Sports

  • Kopitar, Carter, Gaborik fuel Kings’ comeback win over Blues


    Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Jeff Carter, Jake Muzzin and Dwight King each scored in the third period, as the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the St. Louis Blues 6-4 on Thursday night. The Kings surrendered four goals in the third period of Tuesday’s 5-2 loss at St. Louis, but earned a split in the home-and-home set with their own third- period surge. Anze Kopitar had a goal and four assists for a career-high five points against the Blues. Carter registered three assists and Marian Gaborik scored twice and set up another one for the Kings, who put an end to a three-game losing streak. Jonathan Quick finished with 24 saves in the Kings’ 11th straight win over the Blues at Staples Center (including playoffs). David Backes, Dmitrij Jaskin and Kevin Shattenkirk scored in a 2:48 span in the first period for St. Louis, which had a five-game winning streak snapped. “We were careless …

    December 19, 2014 2:23 am
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World News

  • Pilot jailed over deadly China crash


    19 December 2014 Last updated at 07:09 The plane overshot the runway and burst into flames, after trying to land in fog. A Chinese court has jailed a pilot for three years over a 2010 crash in Heilongjiang province that left 44 people dead. The Henan Airlines flight, carrying 96 people, caught fire after overshooting the runway at Yichun airport. Captain Qi Quanjun had broken rules by trying to land “when visibility at the airport was below safety standards”, state media reported, citing the court. He did not properly evacuate passengers or help the injured, it added. It was China’s worst air disaster in six years, after 55 people died when a China Eastern Airlines plane crashed in Inner Mongolia in 2004.

    December 19, 2014 2:23 am
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Technology

  • Apple under fire again for working conditions at Chinese factories


    Workers in Chinese factories making Apple products continue to be poorly treated, with exhausted employees falling asleep on their 12-hour shifts, the BBC has said after an undercover investigation. Reporters who took jobs at the Pegatron factories found workers regularly exceeded 60 hours a week – contravening the company’s guidance – and that standards on ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers were also breached. The broadcaster said promises made by Apple to protect workers in the wake of a spate of suicides at supplier Foxconn in 2010 were “routinely broken”. Apple said that it disagreed with the BBC’s conclusions. The BBC filmed a health and safety exam at a Pegatron factory in which workers chanted out answers in unison, meaning there was little chance of failing. The footage also appeared to show workers had no choice to opt out of doing night shifts or working while standing. One reporter had to work 18 …

    December 19, 2014 12:02 am
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Science

  • Instant-start computers possible with new breakthrough


    To encode data, today’s computer memory technology uses electric currents — a major limiting factor for reliability and shrinkability, and the source of significant power consumption. If data could instead be encoded without current — for example, by an electric field applied across an insulator — it would require much less energy, and make things like low-power, instant-on computing a ubiquitous reality. A team at Cornell University led by postdoctoral associate John Heron, who works jointly with Darrell Schlom, professor of Industrial Chemistry in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Dan Ralph, professor of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, has made a breakthrough in that direction with a room-temperature magnetoelectric memory device. Equivalent to one computer bit, it exhibits the holy grail of next-generation nonvolatile memory: magnetic switchability, in two steps, with nothing but an electric field. Their results were published online Dec. 17 in Nature, along with an associated …

    December 19, 2014 12:03 am
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Health

  • Disgraced Japan researcher fails to replicate ‘game changing’ stem cell results


    TOKYO (Reuters) – A disgraced Japanese researcher has failed to replicate results hailed as a potential breakthrough in stem-cell treatment and efforts to do so will be abandoned, officials at her research institute said on Friday. The scandal involving the research, which detailed simple ways to reprogram mature cells back to an embryonic-like state, eventually led to the retraction of papers published in the influential journal Nature and tarnished the reputation of Japanese scientific research. The so-called STAP cells had seemed to offer hope for replacing damaged cells or even growing new human organs for sick or injured people, and made research leader Haruko Obokata a national sensation after the news broke in January. But the discovery began to unravel soon after when other researchers said they could not replicate the results. Investigations by Riken, the Japanese research institute where Obokata was based, found she had plagiarized and fabricated parts of the papers, which were …

    December 19, 2014 12:02 am
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Entertainment

  • This is what happens when a man gets 50 procedures to look like Kim K.


    More: Pippa Middleton is disgusted by our butt obsession — Kim’s included Well, that’s exactly what Parke recently did to achieve his dreams of looking like Kim Kardashian. And we think the reason he is getting so much attention is not because of the crazy amount of money he spent — though it was pretty crazy, over $150,000 dollars — but because he’s a man. 23-year-old #JORDANJamesParke : over 50 cosmetic procedures and more than $156,000 to look like @KimKardashian pic.twitter.com/1DfSwhu8jn — Peter Davis (@PeterDavisNYC) December 18, 2014 Parke is a makeup artist in Manchester and, according to the Sun, who spoke with him, he is obsessed with Kardashian. More: Watch Kim Kardashian poop in a cup (VIDEO) “My look is all about the shock factor,” Parke explained. “I love all the attention and stares I get in the street. I welcome the hate — it just means more attention. And if anything, it just spurs me to …

    December 19, 2014 1:42 am
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Editorial

  • Catholic university Marquette suspends professor over anti-gay marriage controversy


    Marquette University seems to be sending a message to students and faculty who support Catholic doctrine regarding marriage: if you oppose gay marriage keep your mouth shut. In November a teaching assistant berated a student and told him that he could not say anything against gay marriage because it might offend other students – and that opposition to gay marriage could be considered homophobic. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “You don’t have a right in this class to make homophobic comments,” teaching assistant Cheryl Abbate told the unnamed student.  It appears Marquette University is conspiring with Abbate to chill if not silence dissenting campus voices. John McAdams, a tenured associate professor at the school, was the first to expose the incident on his “Marquette Warrior” blog. He wrote a scathing commentary about Abbate and staunchly defended the young student.  “Like the rest of academia, Marquette is less and less a real university,” he wrote. “And when gay marriage …

    December 19, 2014 12:02 am
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Odd News

  • Canadian driver jailed for deaths caused by stopping for ducks


    OTTAWA (Reuters) – A Canadian woman was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Thursday for causing two deaths in 2010 when she stopped her car on a Quebec highway to help a group of ducklings crossing the road. Emma Czornobaj had been convicted in June of two counts each of criminal negligence and dangerous driving causing death. According to media reports on Thursday, Czornobaj stopped her car abruptly in the passing lane of a highway south of Montreal when she saw the ducklings. The motorcycle behind Czornobaj’s car then crashed into her vehicle, killing the 50-year-old man driving the motorcycle and his 16-year-old daughter. “I just wanted to pick all these ducklings up and put them in my car,” Czornobaj had testified during her trial. “I know it was a mistake.” The jail time will be served on the weekends. Czornobaj was also sentenced to 240 hours of community service, probation and banned from …

    December 18, 2014 3:58 pm
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