Headline News

  • Shades of Ferguson: family of NY teen shot dead by cop wins lawsuit


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Relatives of a Hispanic teen shot dead by a white New York police officer are headed back to court in January after winning a lawsuit in a case that could set the stage for the family of slain teenager Michael Brown. A day after a Missouri grand jury declined to indict the white police officer in Brown’s death, a jury hearing civil cases in Bronx Supreme Court unanimously decided on Tuesday that the City of New York and NYPD Sergeant Robert Barnett were liable in the 2005 death of 19-year-old Leonel Disla. The Bronx court will reconvene with a new jury in January to decide how much it will award in damages to the family of Disla, who was born in the Dominican Republic, the family’s attorney, Ilaan Maazel, said on Thursday. Maazel drew a parallel with the Brown case, which has sparked national turmoil over police relations with minority communities. …

    November 27, 2014 4:00 pm
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Politics

  • Thanksgiving: Eating, watching parades, shopping


    By The Associated Press November 27, 2014 Kellie Shea of Worcester, Mass. uses an umbrella to take shelter from the heavy wet snow while watching the Doherty vs. Burncoat Thanksgiving Day football game at Foley Stadium in Worcester(AP Photo/Worcester Telegram Gazette, Paul Kapteyn) Turkey, stuffing and a helium-filled Thomas the Tank Engine were on the menu as friends and families gathered across the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving. Here’s a look at how Americans prepared to celebrate Thanksgiving. ____ GIANTS IN THE SKY The nationally televised Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will include six new giant balloons including Thomas the Tank Engine, Paddington bear and the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger. The annual event brings out throngs of people along its midtown Manhattan parade route, ending in front of the store’s flagship location. On Wednesday, passers-by on the Upper West Side got a sneak preview, as the giant balloons were inflated with helium in the neighborhood …

    November 27, 2014 2:19 pm
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Stocks

  • 8 best Etsy gifts for a ‘money guy’


    It’s that time of year again: lights, cheer and the pressure to get the perfect gift. Or, at least, to get something people don’t already own dozens of. The task gets exponentially harder once your friends and loved ones grow out of the toy store phase. But fear not. Etsy, the online craft marketplace founded in 2005, is unique gift central. Based out of Brooklyn, Etsy has long been popular with women seeking hand crafted jewelery and artistic clothing, but it’s expanded a lot and now offers creative takes on just about everything … even Wall Street. So forget buying another golf trinket or button down shirt. CNNMoney has selected the 8 best gifts from Etsy for the “money guru” in your family or office. 1. Age-old investing wisdom on your cuffs ($29.95) 2. How to ensure you dream of riches ($30) 3. Add a ‘folksy’ touch to your office ($15.32) 4. Get a 5-star …

    November 27, 2014 3:19 pm
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Sports

  • Lions boost playoff hopes with mauling of Bears


    (Reuters) – The Detroit Lions’ bid to snap a two-year playoff drought was given a massive boost after a 34-17 win over the Chicago Bears on Thursday halted a two-game skid and moved them into a share of the division lead. Detroit, hosting the first of the National Football League’s three U.S. Thanksgiving Day games, got off to a sloppy start but pulled away with touchdowns on their final three possessions of the opening half to build a 24-14 lead. Trailing 14-3 after the first quarter, Matthew Stafford threw two second-quarter touchdowns to Calvin Johnson sandwiched around a one-yard run from Joique Bell, his first of two scores on the day, that gave Detroit the lead for good. “I felt great,” said Johnson, who had 11 catches for 146 yards in his fourth game back from an ankle injury. “To get us going, get us back in sync and make some big plays for the …

    November 27, 2014 4:00 pm
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World News

  • Tensions ease in protest-hit Ferguson


    27 November 2014 Last updated at 16:59 Wet and snowy weather kept people away A level of calm has returned to Ferguson’s streets following two nights of unrest. There were a handful of protests and a heavy police presence, but no major incidents as Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday began, marked by snow and rain. A jury’s ruling not to charge a police officer for killing a black teenager sparked violence in Missouri’s St Louis suburb, and protests across the US. Michael Brown’s family have said they felt “crushed” by the decision. Their son was killed after being shot six or seven times by Officer Darren Wilson in August. The policeman said he feared for his life but some witnesses said Mr Brown, who was unarmed, had his hands up when he was killed. The decision by the grand jury not to press charges and bring the case to trial has triggered a nationwide debate over relations …

    November 27, 2014 4:00 pm
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Technology

  • Instagram users turn flash into cash, as companies eye new advertising market


    Seen through the filter of Instagram, the world is a beautiful place: high-contrast blue skies; sepia-tinted sunsets; exquisite plates of food and raindrops sliding down windows in perfect formation. It may be a manipulated perspective on life, but 200 million people across the world now use the photo app, sharing 60m pictures a day. Yet for some users, Instagram is generating more than appreciative likes and comments as they document their lives, travels and eating habits on their smartphones. From Nike to the Namibian tourist board, brands and organisations are turning to the most followed users in the pursuit of a broader and younger audience – and are paying handsomely for their services. Cue the rise of the Instagram professionals, users who began using the app for fun but are now earning six-figure salaries and being flown around the world to take photos to share with their thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands, of followers. One …

    November 27, 2014 2:19 pm
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Science

  • Device cools itself in the blazing-hot Sun


    Window of opportunity: Shanhui Fan and colleagues When the weather gets hot, everyone wants to stay cool. That often means turning on the air conditioning, which consumes vast amounts of energy – and money – in developed countries. But that could change, thanks to a new photonic device that can cool to below the ambient temperature while consuming no energy. Cooling accounts for around 15% of the energy used in buildings in the US and contributes heavily to greenhouse-gas emissions. Worldwide, energy consumption related to cooling is expected to surpass that used for heating by 2070. Open window Objects can cool themselves without consuming energy by radiating energy in the form of infrared light. This process is not normally very efficient because objects can also be warmed by convective air currents and by absorbing radiation emitted by other objects and by the air. However, air absorbs and emits very little infrared radiation at wavelengths of …

    November 27, 2014 2:39 pm
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Health

  • Canada to deploy military health staff to Sierra Leone in Ebola fight


    OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada will send up to 40 military staff to Sierra Leone to help battle Ebola, the government said on Thursday as it also launched a campaign to recruit healthcare workers to help operate treatment centers in three West African countries. The death toll in the world’s worst Ebola epidemic had risen to 5,689 out of 15,935 cases reported in eight countries as of Nov. 23, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Almost all cases, and all but 15 deaths, have been in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the three West African countries that have been hardest hit. “Up to 40 Canadian armed forces health care and support staff will deploy to Sierra Leone for up to six months to support efforts on the ground in West Africa,” the Public Health Agency of Canada said in a statement. Defense Minister Rob Nicholson told a news conference that the specialists would arrive by …

    November 27, 2014 2:19 pm
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Entertainment

  • Iggy Azalea Shakes Her Booty In A Pair Of Skintight Pink Pants While Performing "Beg For It"


    Posted on Thu Nov 27th, 2014 8:35am PDT       By X17 Staff NBC Iggy Azalea appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday evening, and at first it looked like the Aussie rapper was wearing a pair of reasonably (but not obscenely) fitted pink pants, but when she whipped around during her set, it was like she was wearing spandex in the back! Iggy performed with The Ruths, but as soon as we got a peek at Iggy’s cartoonishly perky derriere, we kinda stopped paying attention to the song. She looks great and we dig her music, but we just can’t wrap our minds around what it would be like to have an ass like that. In case you missed it, check out her performance below!   Stories from around the Web

    November 27, 2014 4:00 pm
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Editorial

  • Thanksgiving: Cultivate an attitude of gratitude


    NATO soldiers have their Thanksgiving Day meals at the ISAF headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. This is the last Thanksgiving cerebration before the U.S. and NATO combat mission ends on Dec. 31 this year. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) If Thomas Jefferson could be faulted for one thing in composing the Declaration of Independence, it might be his inclusion of the words “the pursuit of happiness” in the text. Happiness is a vapor that cannot be grasped; a temporary feeling based on transitory circumstances akin to the euphoria of a full-on sugar rush. Happiness is good for a time, but it cannot last. Life invariably intervenes. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT So many seem so unthankful about so much these days. Turn on the TV or read a newspaper and you will find complainers. Democrats complain about Republicans and the reverse. The poor complain about the rich and the rich complain that they are being taxed too …

    November 27, 2014 2:19 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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