• Hamilton takes second F1 title in style

    ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton joined the elite ranks of double Formula One world champions on Sunday after a nerve-racking drive to victory in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. In a floodlit race...
  • All eyes on oil: What will OPEC do this week?

    All eyes on oil: What will OPEC do this week?

    Low gas prices have beaten up energy stocks but the sector is a key one to watch. While Americans are chomping down on turkey and pie this week, everyone involved in the energy world will...
  • Digging for answers

    Digging for answers

    Related images(click to enlarge) On an archaeology field trip in New Mexico as an undergraduate in 2006, Dana Bardolph noticed something that struck her as an odd gender imbalance: The professor leading the dig was...
  • Bomber ‘kills 40′ at Afghan match

    Bomber ‘kills 40′ at Afghan match

    23 November 2014 Last updated at 14:33 A suicide bomber has killed at least 40 people at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan, officials say. A spokesman for the governor of Paktika province told the...
  • Vintage Federer seals first Davis Cup for Switzerland

    LILLE, France (Reuters) – Roger Federer produced a vintage performance to crush Richard Gasquet 6-4 6-2 6-2 and seal Switzerland’s maiden Davis Cup title with a 3-1 win over hosts France on Sunday. The 17-times...

Headline News

  • Ugly Christmas tree gets heave-ho from Pennsylvania city


    READING, Pa. –  A 50-foot spruce Christmas tree in downtown Reading is coming down after Scrooge-like complaints that it was pathetic and ugly. A group led by City Council president Francis Acosta has begun raising private funds to replace it with something that’s larger and more impressive, and to decorate it. The current tree is topped with a lighted pretzel. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Officials are hoping to have a do-over tree lighting ceremony next weekend. The city had planned to get its tree from a farm in Schuylkill County, but when they went to pick it up, the farmer wouldn’t let the crew drive their trucks onto what was wet ground. That’s when they found the last-minute replacement at a Reading city park.

    November 23, 2014 9:37 am
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Politics

  • Obama widens post-2014 combat role for U.S. forces in Afghanistan


    WASHINGTON/KABUL (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has approved plans to give U.S. military commanders a wider role to fight the Taliban alongside Afghan forces after the current mission ends next month, a senior administration official said. The decision made in recent weeks extends previous plans by authorizing U.S. troops to carry out combat operations against the Taliban to protect Americans and support Afghanistan’s security forces as part of the new ISAF Resolute Support mission next year. Obama had announced in May that U.S. troop levels would be cut to 9,800 by the end of the year, by half again in 2015 and to a normal embassy presence with a security assistance office in Kabul by the end of 2016. Under that plan, only a small contingent of 1,800 U.S. troops was limited to counter terrorism operations against remnants of al Qaeda. The new orders will also allow operations against the Taliban. “To the extent that …

    November 23, 2014 8:36 am
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Stocks

  • All eyes on oil: What will OPEC do this week?


    Low gas prices have beaten up energy stocks but the sector is a key one to watch. While Americans are chomping down on turkey and pie this week, everyone involved in the energy world will be closely watching the Thanksgiving Day meeting of the OPEC in Vienna, Austria. Oil prices have tumbled dramatically in recent weeks. Oil now trades below $80 a barrel and most Americans can buy gas for their cars for under $3 a gallon. The question is how OPEC will respond. So far, energy producing nations and companies haven’t scaled back product even though it’s pretty clear there’s an over supply of oil on the world market. Experts who follow OPEC and the oil market closely are evenly split over in their bets on whether OPEC will vote to cut product. It will almost certainly come down to Saudi Arabia, which has refused to scale back production because it wants to squeeze …

    November 23, 2014 9:37 am
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Sports

  • Hamilton takes second F1 title in style


    ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton joined the elite ranks of double Formula One world champions on Sunday after a nerve-racking drive to victory in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. In a floodlit race overshadowed by the ever-present specter of mechanical failure after the Briton’s Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg suffered a loss of power early on, Hamilton raced to his 11th win in 19 races. The 29-year-old, who took his first title with McLaren in 2008, became Britain’s first multiple champion since Jackie Stewart in 1971 and only the country’s fourth. “Lewis, thank you very much for not letting the British public down,” Britain’s Prince Harry told him over the radio from the pit wall as the chequered flag came down. “You are an absolute legend.” Hamilton, crying tears on the podium as the anthem sounded and his voice cracking in later interviews, performed a slowing down lap with the British flag fluttering …

    November 23, 2014 9:37 am
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World News

  • Bomber ‘kills 40′ at Afghan match


    23 November 2014 Last updated at 14:33 A suicide bomber has killed at least 40 people at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan, officials say. A spokesman for the governor of Paktika province told the BBC that the attacker had detonated the bomb amid a crowd of people gathering for a game. About 50 people were also wounded in Sunday’s bombing. The Taliban have stepped up attacks ahead of the planned withdrawal of most foreign combat troops from Afghanistan at the end of the year.

    November 23, 2014 8:37 am
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Technology

  • Theresa May’s move to link web users with IP address given cautious welcome


    Liberal Democrats and civil liberties campaigners have welcomed new measures requiring internet service providers to keep data that identifies online users, but said it must not be seen as a way of reviving the “snooper’s charter”. The Tory MP and civil liberties campaigner David Davis MP said the measure to link subscribers’ data to specific smartphones, laptops or other devices through their internet protocol (IP) addresses was a sensible change, but that it should not be used as a “stepping stone back to the old snooper’s charter”. The new law will also allow the police to force internet firms to hand over data showing who is using a computer or smartphone at any particular time. The Lib Dems also welcomed the move, saying Nick Clegg had repeatedly pressed the home secretary, Theresa May, to introduce proposals to match IP addresses with subscribers’ data since he blocked the introduction of the “snooper’s charter”. “It is good …

    November 23, 2014 8:37 am
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Science

  • Digging for answers


    Related images(click to enlarge) On an archaeology field trip in New Mexico as an undergraduate in 2006, Dana Bardolph noticed something that struck her as an odd gender imbalance: The professor leading the dig was a men, while the graduate assistant and all but two of the 14 undergrads were women. “And it just got me thinking,” Bardolph recalled. “Is this reflective of the profession as a whole, or is it an anomaly?” The question stayed with her, and four years ago she decided to search for an answer. Her findings — generated after digging through more than 4,500 peer-reviewed papers in 11 archaeology journals covering a 23-year period — are published in a recent issue of the archaeology journal American Antiquity. Bardolph, a Ph.D. student in UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Anthropology, found that female authors are significantly and consistently underrepresented in American archaeology journals. Indeed, although the gender ratio among researchers is roughly …

    November 23, 2014 8:57 am
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Health

  • Holidays Can Be Sensory Overload for Kids With Autism


    SUNDAY, Nov. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The holidays can be a challenge for families of children with autism because sensory overload can trigger major meltdowns, an expert says. “Holidays with family can be dicey under the best of circumstances, but when you have children with special needs, some care must be taken,” Varleisha Gibbs, an occupational therapy professor at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, said in a university news release. “It’s best to let your hosts or visitors know what special requirements are needed to make sure your child and entire family have a pleasant experience,” she advised. Before a holiday gathering, inform family and friends about any triggers that might set off your child, such as not liking to be hugged, or a child’s need to spend time alone in a quiet location to relax and calm down. If your child has food sensitivities or dislikes certain foods, bring the child’s favorite …

    November 23, 2014 8:36 am
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Entertainment

  • Did RHONJ‘s Joe Giudice really just cheat on Teresa?


    On top of the fact that they have both been sentenced to serve time in jail for fraud charges, new reports now claim that Real Housewives of New Jersey star Joe has been being shady behind his wife’s back. RHONJ‘s Teresa and Joe Giudice prepare for something other than prison The Guidices are no doubt feeling the pressures from their legal troubles, and given the fact that they are both headed off to prison, their marriage is most probably already in a fragile state. The last thing they need is for cheating allegations to rock the boat, but that’s what happened during part two of the RHONJ Secrets Revealed special. Teresa Aprea has revealed that she heard rumors that Teresa’s husband of 14 years had been unfaithful. During her confessional, Aprea said, “Joe, my friends said, ‘Oh, in the past he’s been a cheater and he hasn’t been the best husband.’” Teresa Giudice: 5 Reasons …

    November 23, 2014 6:15 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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