Headline News

  • Death row inmate’s prison food complaint rejected


    This undated file image provided by the Connecticut Department of Correction shows Steven Hayes, who was convicted of murder and other charges in the July 2007 killings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, Hayley and Michaela, in their home in Cheshire, Conn. (AP) HARTFORD, Conn. –  A federal judge in Connecticut has rejected the arguments of a home invasion killer on death row who complained that the food he is being served in prison is not kosher. Steven Hayes, convicted of killing a mother and two daughters, sued the Department of Correction in August, alleging the preparation practices for kosher meals in the kitchen at the state’s highest-security prison do not conform to Jewish dietary laws. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Hayes describes himself in the lawsuit as an Orthodox Jew and says he’s been requesting a kosher diet since May 2013. He says he has suffered “almost two years of emotional injury from having to choose …

    November 28, 2014 6:18 pm
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Politics

  • For immigrants, state laws control their futures


    By BOB CHRISTIE November 28, 2014 Doug Ducey waves to supporters at the Republican election night festivities(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) If Christian Avila lived a few hundred miles to the west, he would have a driver’s license, qualify for in-state college tuition and a host of other opportunities available to young people granted legal status by President Barack Obama two years ago. But Avila lives in Phoenix, and the 24-year-old immigrant who was brought here from Mexico by his parents at age 9 still has to navigate the sprawling city in fear as he drives to school or work. “You get nervous, your legs start to tingle a little bit when there’s a cop behind you, when you’re doing nothing wrong by driving to work,’ said Avila, a community college student and immigration activist. “You’re not breaking any rules, you’re following the law. But unfortunately it’s where we live.” With last week’s action by Obama …

    November 28, 2014 6:59 pm
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Stocks

  • Soaring ratings for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade


    This year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade brought in over 22 million viewers for NBC. Much like the inflatable floats of Spider-Man and Snoopy, this year’s ratings for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade soared. NBC’s telecast of the annual New York City parade averaged 22.6 million viewers between 9 a.m. and noon Eastern — the second-largest audience for the parade in the past decade. The largest audience came last year when 25.2 million tuned in. (That spike was a surprise because the parade’s ratings are pretty steady every year. In 2012, the average audience was 22.4 million.) In a press release, NBC noted that the parade — which was hosted by Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, and Al Roker — was one of the highest-rated telecasts on TV this season, beating “every primetime non-sports telecast on the Big 4 networks.”   NBC works with Macy’s to produce the “official” telecast of the parade. CBS broadcasts an “unofficial” …

    November 28, 2014 5:58 pm
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Sports

  • Missouri rallies past Arkansas, clinches SEC East


    Columbia, MO (SportsNetwork.com) – Maty Mauk threw for 265 yards and led two long fourth-quarter touchdown drives that rallied No. 17 Missouri to a 21-14 victory over Arkansas and an appearance in the SEC Championship Game. The Tigers (10-2, 7-1 SEC) sewed up their second consecutive SEC East title by scoring 18 unanswered points — 15 of which came in the final quarter — to overcome a 14-3 first-half deficit and run their winning streak to six games. Mauk threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jimmie Hunt to cap a 98-yard series that tied the game with 12:41 left, with Marcus Murphy putting Missouri ahead on a 12-yard run with 4:38 remaining. Mauk completed 25-of-42 attempts with an interception and the one touchdown, while Bud Sasser caught nine passes for 127 yards and threw for a key 2-point conversion that aided the comeback. Russell Hansbrough added 91 rushing yards on 20 carries, and Missouri’s defense …

    November 28, 2014 6:19 pm
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World News

  • US launches 15 air strikes as Syria minister says Isis campaign will not work


    The US military and its allies hit Islamic State (Isis) forces with 15 air strikes in Iraq and Syria during a three-day period, US Central Command said on Friday. Thirteen attacks have been carried out in Iraq since Wednesday, while two more targeted Isis fighters in Syria. Syria’s foreign minister, meanwhile, said US-led air strikes had failed to weaken Isis in Syria. Walid al-Moualem added that the jihadist group would not be tackled unless Turkey was forced to tighten border controls. The US-led air strikes in Syria hit an Isis fighting position and staging area near Kobani, as well as a tactical unit near Aleppo, Central Command said. In Iraq, bunkers, vehicles, a bulldozer, and a fighting position were destroyed near Kirkuk, and a large unit and four tactical units also were hit in five air strikes. Near Mosul, two raids destroyed vehicles and a heavy weapon, while another tactical unit was hit near Ramadi. …

    November 28, 2014 6:18 pm
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Technology

  • Websites creak on record Black Friday


    28 November 2014 Last updated at 21:35 Shoppers fought their way to the tills at UK retailers as the American tradition of Black Friday pre-Christmas discounting took firm hold here. Many retailers traded from midnight to maximise shopping times and put deals online overnight. But websites including John Lewis, Argos and Tesco Direct struggled to handle the increased traffic. And Currys customers were left drumming their fingers as they waited up to an hour in a virtual queue. At least online shoppers had only their own feelings of frustration to deal with. During the day police were called to a number of disturbances at London and Manchester supermarkets as shoppers fought over goods. There were reports of people pinching, punching and kicking to get to the bargains on offer. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Footage of shoppers scrambling to get their hands on merchandise John Lewis, which offered website deals from …

    November 28, 2014 6:59 pm
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Science

  • Education is key to climate adaptation


    Given that some climate change is already unavoidable–as just confirmed by the new IPCC report–investing in empowerment through universal education should be an essential element in climate change adaptation efforts, which so far focus mostly in engineering projects, according to a new study from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) published in the journal Science. The article draws upon extensive analysis of natural disaster data for 167 countries over the past four decades as well as a number of studies carried out in individual countries and regions, published last year in a special issue of the journal Ecology and Society. The research shows that in many cases–particularly where the exact consequences of climate change are still unclear–educational expansion could be a better investment in protecting people from the impacts than conventional investments such as building sea walls, dams, irrigation systems, and other infrastructure. “Education is key in reducing disaster fatalities and enhancing adaptive …

    November 28, 2014 3:16 pm
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Health

  • France’s Hollande warns against isolating Ebola-hit Guinea


    CONAKRY (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande, the first Western leader to visit Ebola-stricken West Africa, warned on Friday against isolating one of the countries hit by the worst epidemic of the disease on record. During a brief visit to Guinea’s capital Conakry, Hollande was greeted by President Alpha Conde before visiting a hospital and meeting health workers battling the outbreak. Hollande said the French people should be aware of what was happening in Guinea, the origin of the epidemic that has killed 1,200 Guineans and more than 5,600 people across West Africa. But he said they should also be vigilant. “Vigilant that Guinea is always open to the world, that it isn’t isolated, including during this phase, and that it can continue to ensure its development,” he said at a news conference at the end of the visit. A number of countries, including several of Guinea’s neighbors, have introduced restrictions on travelers from Ebola-affected nations, …

    November 28, 2014 6:59 pm
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Entertainment

  • 5 Reasons why Maria Shriver is right to worry about Miley ruining Christmas


    8 Times celebs sex-shamed porn stars, er pop stars According to HollywoodLife, a source revealed to them that mommy dearest is worried about the effect that the pop star may have on her son. And the relationship is reportedly “putting a huge strain on the holidays for Maria, she’s so worried where this whole thing could lead Patrick. It’s got her very upset,” the source says. And perhaps Shriver has reasons to be worried. 1. Miley Cyrus has a potty mouth We love Cyrus, but she is not the most ladylike young woman out there. You need only glance at her Instagram page to see that she’s rather fond of curse words. Take her picture where she explains what she’s thankful for, for example: “feeling f***ing thankful it’s not the season.” Case in point. 2. Is she ever not nude? In recent years, Cyrus has become famous for her sexed-up image and it doesn’t look …

    November 28, 2014 6:39 pm
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Editorial

  • Obama’s net neutrality push: Why Silicon Valley should be careful what it wishes for


    It has been a big month for the future of the Internet, and unfortunately it is not looking good. President Obama became the latest public figure to jump on the net neutrality bandwagon, ignoring both the results of the midterm elections and regulatory common sense by urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt draconian new rules under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act.  This proposal to regulate under an 80 year-old law meant for the monopoly telephone system is terrible for innovation and investment, the two pillars of the modern Internet. It is being pushed by far left advocacy groups and self-interested Silicon Valley companies like Netflix that are looking to extort a free ride from Internet Service Providers (ISPs).  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Sadly, high profile figures like President Obama have also jumped aboard. Lookout Google, Facebook, Amazon and all others that have any sort of market power online. President Obama and the FCC …

    November 28, 2014 6:59 pm
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Odd News

  • French farmers cry wolf over sheep killings


    PARIS (Reuters) – French farmers, who regularly bring livestock into Paris to punctuate their protests, drove some 250 sheep into the shadow of the Eiffel Tower on Thursday to highlight an unusual concern – that a growing wolf population is killing their flocks. Wolves were reintroduced to France in the 1990s under an international convention on wildlife conservation in Europe. There are now an estimated 300 wolves in the country and the number is growing each year. According to the French sheep organization (FNO), the number of animals they kill has risen too – by nearly two thirds since 2011 – and is likely to top 8,000 this year. “We are asking that wolves be removed from sheep breeding regions because they are incompatible with our work,” Michele Boudoin, secretary general of the French sheep organisation (FNO) said. She stressed that France’s “wolf plan”, which compensates farmers for sheep losses and pays for prevention measures …

    November 27, 2014 2:39 pm
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