• Four people injured in accident at Chicago Macy’s

    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Four Macy’s employees were injured, one seriously, in a cooking accident after an aerosol can of butane got hot and ruptured at the Macy’s store in downtown Chicago on Friday morning, according...
  • NHL upholds Voynov suspension; Kings to get cap relief

    New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – The National Hockey League on Friday reaffirmed its stance on suspended Los Angeles defenseman Slava Voynov, but revealed that the Kings will be allowed salary-cap relief in his absence. “In...
  • Europe to vote on Google breakup proposal

    Europe to vote on Google breakup proposal

    Google controls 90% of all Web searches in Europe, giving it unequaled power it doesn’t enjoy in the United States. On Thursday, members of Europe’s parliament will vote on a resolution that will propose ways...
  • How Doctors Determine the Moment of Death [Excerpt]

    Excerpted with permission from Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole: A Renowned Neurologist Explains the Mystery and Drama of Brain Disease, by Dr. Allan H. Ropper and Brian David Burrell. Available from Saint Martin’s Press, LLC....
  • ‘No new ideas at talks’

    ‘No new ideas at talks’

    21 November 2014 Last updated at 21:25 Mohammad Javad Zarif (foreground) faces John Kerry at talks in Vienna Iran’s foreign minister has said he heard “no new ideas” as talks on Tehran’s nuclear programme stretched...

Headline News

  • Four people injured in accident at Chicago Macy’s


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Four Macy’s employees were injured, one seriously, in a cooking accident after an aerosol can of butane got hot and ruptured at the Macy’s store in downtown Chicago on Friday morning, according to fire and store officials. The accident happened during the preparation of an employee breakfast in the store’s lower-level kitchen, before the store was open, said Andrea Schwartz, Macy’s spokeswoman. One female employee suffered “severe facial burns,” but they were not life-threatening, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. The other three employees were released from the hospital and “are doing fine,” Schwartz said. Langford said a preliminary investigation has found that the can got too warm because it was close to an induction-type stove. (Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Bill Trott and Eric Beech)

    November 21, 2014 5:09 pm
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Politics

  • New DCCC Chairman Rides on Air Force One


    By Abby Livingston Posted at 3:59 p.m. today 0 Tweet Luján was named DCCC chairman on Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Four days after being named chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Luján was among several lawmakers who flew to Las Vegas Friday on Air Force One with President Barack Obama for an immigration event. Obama, who unveiled an executive action on the issue Thursday night, was set to speak at a high school “to talk about the actions that he’s taken,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters during the flight. Besides Luján, the congressional delegation riding on Air Force One was comprised of members of leadership, high-profile Hispanic members and Nevadans. They included House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Rep. Xavier Becerra of California, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez of Illinois, and Nevada Reps. Dina Titus and Steven Horsford, …

    November 21, 2014 4:08 pm
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Stocks

  • Europe to vote on Google breakup proposal


    Google controls 90% of all Web searches in Europe, giving it unequaled power it doesn’t enjoy in the United States. On Thursday, members of Europe’s parliament will vote on a resolution that will propose ways to shrink Google’s influence in Europe. “It’s a monopoly. It’s killing our technology businesses,” said Ramon Tremosa, a member of parliament who’s authoring the draft measure. The draft resolution demands an end to “Google’s illegal and discriminatory treatment.” Related: Google lets you pay to avoid ads The proposal cites a frequent complaint: that Google search results are ranked based on what’s best for Google as a business, not the user. It also calls for a drastic move “to restore competition in the online marketplace.” Among the ideas: Ripping apart Google’s ranking algorithm and rotating results instead to boost competitors. Another idea is to force a breakup of Google’s European operations. Google (GOOG) declined to comment. But even if the vote …

    November 21, 2014 5:08 pm
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Sports

  • NHL upholds Voynov suspension; Kings to get cap relief


    New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – The National Hockey League on Friday reaffirmed its stance on suspended Los Angeles defenseman Slava Voynov, but revealed that the Kings will be allowed salary-cap relief in his absence. “In light of the uncertain and potentially extended period of time that the legal process may entail, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to permit the Kings to replace Mr. Voynov’s Salary and Bonuses pursuant to the Bona Fide Long-Term Injury Exception under the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement,” the league revealed in a statement. Essentially, the Kings will be allowed to place Voynov on long-term injured reserve — where his salary will not count against the cap — throughout the continuing ordeal stemming from a domestic-violence arrest in late October. On Thursday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that Voynov, who is currently under indefinite suspension by the NHL, faces one felony count of corporal injury …

    November 21, 2014 5:08 pm
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World News

  • China building island in South China Sea big enough for military installations


    Satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands large enough to accommodate what could be its first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea, a leading defense publication reported on Friday. The construction has stoked concern that China may be converting disputed territory in the mineral-rich archipelago into military installations, adding to tensions over waters also claimed by Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Brunei. IHS Jane’s said images it had obtained showed the Chinese-built island on the Fiery Cross Reef to be at least 3,000m (1.9 miles) long and 200 to 300m (660-980ft) wide, which it noted is “large enough to construct a runway and apron”. The building work flies in the face of US calls for a freeze in provocative activity in the South China Sea, one of Asia’s biggest security issues. Concern is growing about an escalation in disputes even as claimants work to …

    November 21, 2014 5:09 pm
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Technology

  • Hate ads? Pay Google to block them for you


    Would you pay a subscription to remove ads from webpages? Google — which earns most of its revenue from advertising — is testing a service that lets you block ads for a small monthly fee. It may sound crazy, but perhaps with this project Google will create a solution for website micropayments. Simply speaking, it means you can toss a few cents into a website’s tip jar, but you pre-pay Google to dish out the change on your behalf. Watch today’s CNET Update for the details on Google Contributor: Also in this tech-news roundup: Unlike Google, Amazon could be looking into ways of inserting ads into more places. The New York Post reports Amazon is working on a video streaming service that is supported by ads. Comcast hopes you’ll be less annoyed with your service appointment if you can track the cable guy in real time on a map. There’s quite a bit of innovation …

    November 21, 2014 4:08 pm
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Science

  • How Doctors Determine the Moment of Death [Excerpt]


    Excerpted with permission from Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole: A Renowned Neurologist Explains the Mystery and Drama of Brain Disease, by Dr. Allan H. Ropper and Brian David Burrell. Available from Saint Martin’s Press, LLC. Copyright © 2014. It was a bad omen when my beeper went off one morning at 6:10 as I warmed up my car in the garage. Trey, my senior ICU fellow, asked me to meet him in the emergency room to save time on an admission. “A guy fell on Comm Ave this morning and cracked his head,” he informed me when I rang him back. “He’s got a big subdural, but the neurosurgeons don’t want him because he may be too far gone.” A subdural is short for a subdural hematoma, a brain hemorrhage typical of traumatic brain injuries, caused in this case when the skull hit the sidewalk and the brain caromed off the inside of the skull, …

    November 21, 2014 4:28 pm
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Health

  • International Ebola fight helping but more work needed: U.N. chief


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – International efforts to fight Ebola are helping to slow the rate of new infections in some areas but increased infections in others and fears of further contagion in Mali indicate much work is still to be done, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday. Ban said more trained medical teams are needed, especially in remote districts of countries in West Africa where more than 5,400 people have been killed by the virus. Ban said the coordinated efforts of country leaders and safer burial practices, combined with international support, are helping. “If we continue to accelerate our response, we can contain and end the outbreak by the middle of next year,” Ban told reporters after a U.N. Chief Executives’ board meeting in Washington, D.C. “I appeal to the international community to stay engaged.” Still, he added, “the new chain of transmission in Mali is of course of deep concern.” All six known …

    November 21, 2014 4:08 pm
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Entertainment

  • Jessica Simpson And Family Take Off For The Holidays In A Private Jet


    Posted on Fri Nov 21st, 2014 2:30pm PDT       By X17 Staff The blonde beauty is filthy rich, so of course she takes her own plane! Jessica Simpson and husband Eric Johnson boarded a private jet with their kids Maxwell and Ace today, and we’re not sure where they’re traveling, but they’re certainly doing it in style! It’s possible the family was headed to either Texas or Boston to spend the holidays with relatives, but it remains to be seen where they will end up. Rumor has it that Jess and her hubby are on the verge of a split due their lack of intimacy and her preoccupation with her body, but it certainly doesn’t seem that way if they’re spending Thanksgiving together. “They are not having much sex,” a source dished to Star magazine. “In the beginning of their relationship, she and Eric would cook comfort food together. But now Jess refused to eat after 6 …

    November 21, 2014 5:49 pm
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Editorial

  • Immigration amnesty will hurt Obama’s most loyal supporters: African-Americans


    President Obama officially unveiled his new Executive Order giving amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants Thursday evening.  What’s so amazing about this stunning news, coming less than three weeks after a historic Republican landslide and repudiation of Obama’s policies, is the tragic effect this decision will have on his most loyal group of supporters: African Americans. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT On November 4, Election Day, only a little over two weeks ago, Obama got 89% support from black voters. Yet amnesty for illegals is a direct assault on his core supporters. I couldn’t think of a more dangerous or damaging plan towards African Americans than the one being carried out by Obama.  As a successful businessman, Obama’s plan to give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens will not greatly affect my life. However, it will it crush the lives of millions of poor and lower income black Americans, especially those striving and working hard to escape poverty and …

    November 21, 2014 4:08 pm
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Odd News

  • Labor-intensive: China hospital gives men chance to experience pain of childbirth


    JINAN China (Reuters) – A hospital in eastern China is offering fathers-to-be a chance to experience the pain of childbirth after several new moms complained they got little sympathy from their partners. Free sessions are held twice a week at Aima maternity hospital in Shandong province and about 100 men have signed up to be tortured. Most are expectant dads but there are thrill seekers too among the volunteers for “taster sessions”. For the simulations, pads attached to a device are placed above the abdomen, giving electric shocks that induce pain. The test subjects writhe in agony for up to five minutes as a nurse gradually raises the intensity on a scale of one to ten. Song Siling, who is trying for a baby with his girlfriend, shut his eyes and grimaced as the needle on the electrode monitor inched forward with a beep. “It felt like my heart and lungs were being ripped apart,” …

    November 21, 2014 4:10 am
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