• Staples hack exposes 1.2 million credit cards

    Staples hack exposes 1.2 million credit cards

    Staples is the latest hit by a data breach. Hackers stole credit card data on 1.2 million shoppers. After a two-month wait, Staples on Friday evening announced hackers broke into its computers and stole data...
  • Afghan Guantanamo inmates freed

    Afghan Guantanamo inmates freed

    20 December 2014 Last updated at 15:40 More than 130 detainees remain at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility Four Afghan detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison have been sent back to their home country, the...
  • Habs seek to end homestand with win over Senators

    (SportsNetwork.com) – The Montreal Canadiens have a chance at securing eight of a possible 10 points on their homestand, but may be without their leading scorer for the finale on Saturday night against the Ottawa...
  • Four militants killed in Saudi raid

    Four militants killed in Saudi raid

    20 December 2014 Last updated at 15:03 Saudi security forces have killed four militants in a raid in al-Awamiya in the country’s east, officials said. The interior ministry said the men were behind the killing...
  • Afghan Guantanamo inmates sent home

    Afghan Guantanamo inmates sent home

    20 December 2014 Last updated at 15:11 Four Afghan detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says. Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani and Mohammed...
  • Jaguars and Falcons collide in Camellia Bowl

    Montgomery, AL (SportsNetwork.com) – The Bowling Green Falcons will look to get some distance from a lopsided loss in the Mid-American Conference championship game as they prepare to take on the South Alabama Jaguars in...

Headline News

  • CIA unlikely to punish staff over Senate computer search: NYT


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A panel investigating the CIA’s search of a computer network used by U.S. Senate staff will not recommend disciplining the agency officials involved in the incident, according to the New York Times. The review panel is looking into the search by agency officials of staffers from the Senate Intelligence Committee who were investigating the CIA’s use of torture in interrogations of detainees after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. The Times, citing current and former government officials, said the panel was likely to fault the Central Intelligence Agency for missteps. But the newspaper said the decision not to recommend anyone for disciplinary action was likely to anger members of the Intelligence Committee, who have accused the agency of interfering with its investigation of agency wrongdoing. CIA officials searched the Senate computers in late 2013 as the committee finalized its report on the agency’s handling of detainees. Staffers concluded in a …

    December 20, 2014 10:37 am
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Politics

  • Obama says Sony wrong to yank film over hack


    By ERIC TUCKER, TED BRIDIS December 20, 2014 President Barack Obama pauses during news conference(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais ) President Barack Obama declared that Sony “made a mistake” in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond “in a place and manner and time that we choose” to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government. Speaking of executives at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Obama said Friday at a year-end news conference, “I wish they had spoken to me first. … We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship.” Obama said he imagined situations in which dictators “start seeing a documentary that they don’t like or news reports that they don’t like.” Sony said it had had no choice but to cancel distribution of the movie since theaters …

    December 20, 2014 7:56 am
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Stocks

  • Staples hack exposes 1.2 million credit cards


    Staples is the latest hit by a data breach. Hackers stole credit card data on 1.2 million shoppers. After a two-month wait, Staples on Friday evening announced hackers broke into its computers and stole data on 1.16 million shoppers’ credit cards and debit cards. Staples first announced it was investigating a potential data breach in the Northeast in October. Staples released details of its investigation on Friday, just as the holiday shopping season comes to a close. The breach affects those who shopped at a small fraction of Staples (SPLS) stores nationwide between July 20 and Sept. 16 this year. Cybercriminals now know a shopper’s name, card number, its expiration date and card verification code. The breach affected 115 of the company’s approximately 1,400 office supply stores in the United States. A web page has been set up noting which stores were affected. The damage to victimized Staples customers will be minimal, as banks typically …

    December 20, 2014 10:58 am
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Sports

  • Habs seek to end homestand with win over Senators


    (SportsNetwork.com) – The Montreal Canadiens have a chance at securing eight of a possible 10 points on their homestand, but may be without their leading scorer for the finale on Saturday night against the Ottawa Senators. The Canadiens lost Max Pacioretty to an upper-body injury in Thursday’s 2-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks as the forward was hit from behind into the boards in the third period. Pacioretty did not return as he was sent to the hospital for precautionary reasons. Head coach Michel Therrien labeled Pacioretty as day-to-day on Friday, with his status for this game unknown. Pacioretty leads Montreal with 13 goals and 25 points. “Patch is very important to our lineup. He’s kind of our biggest offensive threat, a guy that other teams have to be aware of,” said Habs forward Brendan Gallagher of Pacioretty. “But whether he’s out of the lineup or we get him back right away, it doesn’t change …

    December 20, 2014 10:37 am
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World News

  • Afghan Guantanamo inmates freed


    20 December 2014 Last updated at 15:40 More than 130 detainees remain at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility Four Afghan detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says. Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani and Mohammed Zahir were repatriated after a thorough review of their cases. Eight Afghans are believed to be among the 132 detainees remaining at the US prison in Cuba. President Barack Obama has pledged to close the facility, opened in 2002 to hold “enemy combatants” in what the US termed its war on terror. ‘Nowhere to go’ “As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including security issues, these men were unanimously approved for transfer by the six departments and agencies comprising the task force,” a Pentagon statement said on Saturday. The four Afghans were flown to Afghanistan’s capital Kabul aboard a US military plane and handed …

    December 20, 2014 10:37 am
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Technology

  • Sony and the rise of state-sponsored hacking


    CBS/Randy Schmidt James Bond may need a license to kill, but North Korea only needed an Internet connection and computers to cripple an entire company. That’s the lesson from one of the most damaging hacks ever on a US company. North Korea targeted Sony Pictures Entertainment because the studio planned to release “The Interview,” a satirical film depicting a plot to assassinate North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un. Hackers calling themselves “Guardians of Peace” demanded that Sony stop the movie’s release, set for Christmas, or they would attack moviegoers in a 9/11-style assault. Sony at first bowed to pressure and on Wednesday withdrew the film from theater distribution. But on Friday, criticized for giving the hackers what they wanted, the company said it hoped to distribute the comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco on “different platforms.” “This is absolutely a wake-up call,” said Bruce Bennett, an expert on North Korea and military defense for …

    December 20, 2014 8:17 am
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Science

  • New technique reveals immune cell motion


    Neutrophils, a type of white blood cell, are the immune system’s all-terrain vehicles. The cells are recruited to fight infections or injury in any tissue or organ in the body despite differences in the cellular and biochemical composition. Researchers from Brown University’s School of Engineering and the Department of Surgery in the Warren Alpert Medical School collaborated to devise a new technique for understanding how neutrophils move in these confined spaces. The technique involves two hydrogel sacks sandwiched together with a miniscule space in between. Neutrophils could be placed in that space, mimicking the confinement they experience within tissue. Time-lapse cameras measure how fast the cells move, and traction force microscopes determine the forces the cells exert on the surrounding gel. In a paper published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the researchers used the device to reveal new details about the motion of neutrophils. Bodily tissues are highly confined, densely packed, three-dimensional spaces that …

    December 20, 2014 8:17 am
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Health

  • Holiday Trimmings Can Trigger Allergies


    SATURDAY, Dec. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The holidays can be anything but joyous for people with allergies when they contend with fresh trees, scented candles and other allergy triggers. “The dust from the boxes and on the decorations that have been packed away in dank basements or dusty attics is triggering reactions in my allergy and asthma patients,” Dr. Rachna Shah, an affiliate faculty member at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, said in Loyola news release. Shah, who is also an allergist at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, Ill., offered some tips to help people with allergies breathe easier during the holidays. Clean your Christmas tree, whether it’s real or artificial. “A tree that is moldy increases the spore counts in the home exponentially after just a few days, triggering reactions and illness,” Shah said. “Some have found relief by spraying down the tree with water to remove mold and then …

    December 20, 2014 8:16 am
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Entertainment

  • Gwen Stefani And Gavin Rossdale Sport Matching Buns On Dinner Date


    Posted on Fri Dec 19th, 2014 2:40pm PDT       By X17 Staff Look, it’s Hollywood’s most attractive couple! Gwen Stefani and husband Gavin Rossdale grabbed dinner at Craig’s in West Hollywood last night after attending the People Magazine awards earlier in the evening, where The Voice coach performed with Pharrell Williams and took home the Style Icon Award, and the pair were rocking matching buns! So how do the lovebirds plan on spending Christmas? “Usually we trade off between London and here, but we’re gonna be here, and I’m just gonna go and squeeze my baby. I’m not gonna let anyone else touch him because he’s gonna be in my arms the entire time and I’m just gonna relax for a minute and be with my children,” she told People. Gwen, can we get your colorist’s phone number? You have the best blonde in the biz!   SEE THE GALLERY Gwen And Gavin Grab Dinner At Craig’s …

    December 20, 2014 9:57 am
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Editorial

  • Expert: Blacks trust police more than whites do


    Do blacks trust police more than whites do? Given the anger over events in Ferguson and New York City, the very question seems absurd. But it is not. Behind the polls and demonstrations, there is evidence that blacks trust police at least as much as whites do. The poll results are hardly surprising. A new Gallup poll confirms blacks place less confidence in police and the criminal justice system. Using survey data from 2006 through 2014, Gallup found: ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT *31 percentage points more blacks than whites believe black males are more likely to go to prison than white males primarily because of discrimination (50 percent versus 19 percent). *7 percentage points more blacks believe the honesty and ethics of police are low/very low (17 percent versus 10 percent). Similarly, a 2013 Pew Research Centersurvey reveals that 70 percent of blacks believed police treated whites better than blacks. By contrast, only 37 percent of whites …

    December 20, 2014 8:16 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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