• Citroën Cactus: car review

    Price £12,990MPG 61.4Top speed 103mph Prickly heat: the new Cactus comes complete with protective Airbumps on each door. Photograph: PR I know what you’re thinking. “Why has that weird car got Lego stuck all over...
  • Philippines remembers 2009 massacre

    Philippines remembers 2009 massacre

    23 November 2014 Last updated at 05:19 Philippine journalists have protested against what they say is a slow pace of trials The Philippines is marking the fifth anniversary of the country’s worst political massacre, which...
  • Baylor thumps Oklahoma State

    Waco, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Devin Chafin had three rushing touchdowns to lead No. 6 Baylor to a 49-28 victory over Oklahoma State. Chafin finished the game with 21 carries for 106 yards. Shock Linwood had...
  • Kanye West Is Thrilled To Jet Off To China

    Kanye West Is Thrilled To Jet Off To China

    Posted on Sat Nov 22nd, 2014 10:15am PDT       By X17 Staff With a smile like that on his face, you’d think Kanye West was headed home to Kim Kardashian’s naked ass, but nope! On Friday night...

Headline News

  • Police officer in Cleveland shoots, wounds 12-year-old boy brandishing fake gun at rec center


    CLEVELAND –  Police say a 12-year-old boy brandishing what turned out to be a fake gun at a Cleveland recreation center was shot and wounded by a responding officer. Cleveland’s Emergency Medical Service tells WOIO-TV (http://bit.ly/1FefMZO ) that the boy is at a hospital with serious injuries. His mother says he’s in surgery for a stomach wound. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The shooting happened at about 3:30 p.m. at Cudell Rec Center after officers responded to reports of a male with a gun. Deputy Chief Ed Tomba tells the TV station the boy had the weapon in his waistband, pulled it out and one officer fired two shots. He says the boy didn’t make any verbal threats or point the gun. WOIO reports the gun was a replica of semi-automatic pistol, and the orange safety indicator in the muzzle was missing.

    November 23, 2014 12:10 am
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Politics

  • U.S. plans to arm Iraq’s Sunni tribesmen with AK-47s, RPGs, mortars


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province, according to a Pentagon document prepared for Congress. The plan to spend $24.1 million represents a small fraction of the larger, $1.6 billion spending request to Congress focusing on training and arming Iraqi and Kurdish forces. But the document underscored the importance the Pentagon places on the Sunni tribesmen to its overall strategy to diminish Islamic State, and cautioned Congress about the consequences of failing to assist them. “Not arming tribal fighters will continue to leave anti-ISIL tribes reluctant to actively counter ISIL,” the document said, using another acronym for the group which has seized control of large parts of Syrian and Iraq and is gaining territory in Anbar despite three months of U.S.-led air strikes. A U.S. official said on …

    November 23, 2014 12:29 am
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Stocks

  • Comcast to let customers track and rate technicians with new app


      Comcast, a company known and reviled for its customer service horror stories, it trying out a new app that will allow customers to track and rate its technicians. In a blog post, Comcast (CMCSA) said it will begin trials in the suburbs of Boston that will send alerts to customers about 30 minutes before a technician is due to arrive at their homes. “We’re hoping this will prevent our customers from just needing to sit at home and wait,” said Charlie Herrin, Comcast’s head of customer experience. “If we are running late, which can happen if our tech gets tied up at someone else’s house, we will let folks know that too, and provide real-time status updates so they can plan accordingly.” The app also has a “rate the experience” feature so that customers can rate the quality of service they received. “If the experience isn’t what it should have been, customers can let …

    November 22, 2014 11:29 pm
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Sports

  • Baylor thumps Oklahoma State


    Waco, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Devin Chafin had three rushing touchdowns to lead No. 6 Baylor to a 49-28 victory over Oklahoma State. Chafin finished the game with 21 carries for 106 yards. Shock Linwood had 113 yards with a score on 21 carries and Bryce Petty was 18-for-29 for 262 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Bears (9-1, 6-1 Big 12), who have won three straight since their lone loss of the season at West Virginia. Mason Rudolph went 13-for-25 for 281 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Cowboys (5-6, 3-5), who have dropped five straight games. Desmond Roland and Rennie Childs each had a rushing touchdown in the loss. The second snap of the game saw Baylor go on top as Petty went deep down the left sideline for Jay Lee, who caught the ball near the 20 and took it in on a 65-yard score just 36 seconds …

    November 23, 2014 12:09 am
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World News

  • Philippines remembers 2009 massacre


    23 November 2014 Last updated at 05:19 Philippine journalists have protested against what they say is a slow pace of trials The Philippines is marking the fifth anniversary of the country’s worst political massacre, which left 58 people dead. The victims, including reporters, were killed after their convoy was attacked in southern Maguindanao province. More than 100 suspects are standing trial for murder, some of them members of the powerful local Ampatuan clan. They deny the charges. Amnesty International says the trials risk becoming “a mockery of justice”. “Justice delayed is justice denied,” said Hazel Galang-Folli, Amnesty’s Philippines researcher. “Five years after the Maguindanao massacre, the cases are still inching through the Philippine court system and not a single person has been held to account.” Mass grave The 23 November 2009 massacre is alleged to have been carried out by the Ampatuan clan to stop a political rival from running for the post of governor. …

    November 23, 2014 12:10 am
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Technology

  • Citroën Cactus: car review


    Price £12,990MPG 61.4Top speed 103mph Prickly heat: the new Cactus comes complete with protective Airbumps on each door. Photograph: PR I know what you’re thinking. “Why has that weird car got Lego stuck all over its doors?” Or: maybe it’s a rubber shower mat or chocolate? In fact it’s thermoplastic polyurethane filled with air capsules. It absorbs impacts, like tough bubblewrap. Citroën calls it Airbump technology. The stuff doesn’t dent and ding. You bash it, it protects your car and then pops right back out. It’s not to everyone’s taste. My wife thought a car with dents and scrapes all over it would still look better than the Citroën Cactus and, she wondered, what exactly is the difference between plastic that protects your car and a “bumper”? Fair point. But for all those narrow-minded grumps, there will be many who’ll take this unusual car to their hipster hearts. So much modern motoring design follows the …

    November 23, 2014 12:30 am
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Science

  • A path to brighter images and more efficient LCD displays


    Related images(click to enlarge) University of Utah engineers have developed a polarizing filter that allows in more light, leading the way for mobile device displays that last much longer on a single battery charge and cameras that can shoot in dim light. Polarizers are indispensable in digital photography and LCD displays, but they block enormous amounts of light, wasting energy and making it more difficult to photograph in low light. The Utah electrical and computer engineering researchers created the filter by etching a silicon wafer with nanoscale pillars and holes using a focused gallium-ion beam. This new concept in light filtering can perform the same function as a standard polarizer but allows up to nearly 30 percent more light to pass through, says U electrical and computer engineering associate professor Rajesh Menon. The study is being published in November’s issue of Optica, a new journal from The Optical Society. Sunlight as well as most ambient …

    November 23, 2014 12:50 am
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Health

  • Dutch to destroy 8,000 ducks to prevent bird flu outbreak


    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch health authorities on Saturday were destroying 8,000 ducks to prevent the possible spread of bird flu, which has infected three farms in a week in the Netherlands, a leading poultry and egg exporter. A government statement said ducks were being culled in the central town of Barneveld as a precaution because authorities want to eliminate all risks after the H5N8 virus spread to three out of 12 provinces since last Sunday. The clearing operation at the duck farm in Barneveld, will increase the number of animals destroyed since the first infection was discovered last Sunday to 211,000 birds. “It is necessary to do everything needed to prevent an outbreak like in 2003,” when 30 million chickens were culled, the statement said. High-intensity Dutch farms house millions of animals — 103 million chickens, 12 million pigs, 4 million cows and millions more sheep, turkeys, ducks, rabbits and goats. But health officials fear …

    November 23, 2014 12:29 am
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Entertainment

  • Kanye West Is Thrilled To Jet Off To China


    Posted on Sat Nov 22nd, 2014 10:15am PDT       By X17 Staff With a smile like that on his face, you’d think Kanye West was headed home to Kim Kardashian’s naked ass, but nope! On Friday night Kanye bundled up in a fur-trimmed parka and departed from Los Angeles International Airport, and the rapper was headed to China on a redeye. When asked what he was going to be doing overseas, he replied, “I’m going to China to work on Yeezys.” As you know, that’s his Air Yeezy sneaker line with Nike, but China also has a special place in Kanye’s heart. When he was ten years old, West lived in Nanjing, China for a year, where his mother Donda was a visiting professor. According to a random report online that may not have any validity whatsoever, Donda once said her son made his Chinese peers give him sheep skewers in exchange for watching him breakdance. Sounds …

    November 23, 2014 12:09 am
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Editorial

  • I’m thankful our country is still a refuge and the land of opportunity


    When I was 7 years old, my family and I landed at JFK Airport in New York City with $90 in our pocket, a few suitcases stuffed with what little we could carry and no idea of what to expect next.  We came here because we were fleeing a totalitarian regime, because generations of our family had been oppressed simply for existing and because the United States was a beacon for our hopes and aspirations, as it has been for millions of others around the globe. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The people literally dying to come here now do not believe that our best days are behind us. My paternal grandfather was sent to Soviet gulag in the prime of his life because he was a religious Jew who refused to work on Saturdays and, possibly, because some of his siblings had fled to France several years after the Russian revolution.  He spent years working as a …

    November 22, 2014 8:21 am
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Odd News

  • Lost kitten from New Mexico turns up in duffel bag in Maine


    ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) – An Albuquerque cat owner can sleep easier now that the kitten that went missing last month will be home for the holidays, despite a mysterious 2,300-mile side trip to Maine. Patsy Murphy, who runs an animal refuge center in Westbrook, Maine, said the kitten, named Spice, was brought to her shelter on Nov. 11 by a man who found the feline in a duffel bag while unloading furniture at a local Catholic charity. “This is a very odd story, we wish she could tell us what happened,” Murphy said of the kitten, which was found inside the bag with food and kitty litter. Murphy said Maine resident Bob Watterson brought the kitten home on Nov. 5, and cared for it for six days before he turned it over to the animal refuge, which found a microchip in the cat that could identify it. Murphy was shocked when the cat was traced …

    November 21, 2014 8:31 pm
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