Headline News

  • San Diego State fraternities halt parties after anti-rape march fracas

    SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Fraternities and sororities at San Diego State University have suspended all social activities until their members undergo sexual assault prevention training after disturbances erupted during an anti-rape march, a university official said on Wednesday. “We’ve got a problem – there’s a problem at universities all across the country – with sexual assault and so we are supportive of this decision by the Greek community,” university spokesman Greg Block said in announcing the move. The suspension involves 14 fraternities, but all 44 fraternity, sorority and community groups involved in the Greek system plan to participate, he said. About 3,000 of the campus’ 34,000 enrolled students are part of Greek life. The voluntary decision by the fraternities comes after a series of ugly incidents in the past week. On Friday, a Take Back the Night anti-rape march by about 35 people from the Concerned Students and Take Back the Night groups was met …

    November 26, 2014 8:13 pm


  • Tensions flare between Senate Democrats, White House

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Criticism of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law by a top Senate Democrat this week laid bare post-election tensions that could pose challenges for the party in upcoming fights with Republicans over taxes, energy and immigration. In a high-profile speech on Tuesday dissecting Democrats’ losses in this month’s midterm elections, Charles Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democrat, listed “a cascade of issues” botched by the White House, starting with Obama’s push for healthcare reforms soon after he took office in 2009. Later on Tuesday, the White House took the unusual step of publicly pledging to veto a deal on tax breaks that Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid was trying to hammer out with Republicans in the House of Representatives. “There is clearly a lot of unhappiness and a lot of mistrust that exists between the president and his congressional party,” said Ross Baker, political scientist at Rutgers University. Democrats will cede control …

    November 26, 2014 5:51 pm


  • Black Friday (or Thursday) is upon us, but the deals have already begun

      You may be one of the faithful Black Friday shoppers lining up outside malls and department stores across America. But at many stores there’s no need to wait. Black Friday doorbusters begin as early as 6 a.m. the morning of Thanksgiving day, when Kmart opens. You can shop there any time until the real Black Friday is over — it’s open for 42 hours and finally closes at midnight on Saturday. Like Kmart, a growing number of retailers are starting Black Friday a day early. This year, Radio Shack (RSH) joins the list with an 8 a.m. opening, though most — the likes of Macy’s (M), Best Buy (BBY), Target (TGT), Kohl’s (KSS), Toys R Us, J.C. Penney (JCP) and Sears (SHLD) — still wait until after dinner is served. Walmart (WMT), the nation’s largest retailer, will keep most locations open around the clock — as usual — but begins the Black Friday sale …

    November 26, 2014 6:53 pm


  • No. 4 Duke handles Furman

    Durham, NC (SportsNetwork.com) – Jahlil Okafor scored 24 points to lead the fourth-ranked Duke Blue Devils to a 93-54 win over Furman at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Amile Jefferson posted 16 points and 12 rebounds and Matt Jones finished with 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc for Duke (6-0). Kendrec Ferrara paced the Paladins (1-3) with 13 points and Stephen Croone added 12. Justise Winslow and Jefferson combined for nine points over the first five minutes as Duke jumped out to a 13-0 lead. Kris Acox quelled the blitz for a brief moment, but Okafor and Rasheed Sulaimon converted baskets and the lead reached 15 prior to the second media timeout. Daniel Fowler and William Gates each knocked down a 3-pointer around an Okafor layup, then Jones capped a quick 10-0 run with a pair of triples to make it a 29-8 game with just under 8 1/2 minutes left in the half. …

    November 26, 2014 7:34 pm

World News

  • Opposition leader accused over alleged plot to kill Venezuelan president

    Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado will be charged next week with involvement in an alleged plot to kill President Nicolás Maduro, the state prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday. Ruling Socialist party leaders in May accused a group of opposition activists including Machado of planning Maduro’s assassination to pave the way for a coup. Opposition critics dismissed the accusation as a charade based on forged documents. Machado, a former legislator and high-profile adversary of the government, helped spearhead three months of protests earlier this year. She will be formally charged on 3 December, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement. Via her Twitter account, Machado suggested the announcement was in retribution for demanding new leadership at the state elections council. A representative for Machado said she was not immediately available for further comment. In May, prosecutors called her in to testify as a witness in the case. At the time, she dismissed the Socialist party’s …

    November 26, 2014 7:33 pm


  • Tomorrow Daily 092: Mistletoe drones, Europa in HD, real-life bacon meme and more

    One more show before our Thanksgiving holiday! We’re excited to show you the new Europa image NASA remastered for us to marvel at, and we’re also thrilled to see hackers bringing bacon memes to life…but the real question is in our third news story today. Would you eat at a restaurant that deploys mistletoe-equipped drones? It seems awfully loud and silly to us. Plus there’s so much wind blowing around, we don’t think you’d be able to get a word in edgewise while you chow down on potato skins and decide if you’re going to kiss your date. Here are some links and notes for all the things on the show today: NASA remasters Europa photos into one stunning image “Push button, get bacon” meme brought to life by hackers TGI Friday’s in the UK incorporating mistletoe-carrying drones in its restaurants New Releases: Persona Q, The Imitation Game, Star Wars (teaser), and Jurassic World (trailer) …

    November 26, 2014 1:45 pm


  • Protein Project Could Help Expose Cancer’s Causes

    Disease begins at the cellular level. Deviant proteins often wreak havoc in a dying cell long before a larger ill such as cancer or infection spreads throughout the body. Efforts to understand these proteins and how they interact with one another are at the very core of basic biomedical research, but progress has been slow.   “It’s pretty hard to look under the hood of a cell,” says Frederick Roth, a biophysicist at the University of Toronto.   To jump-start progress, scientists like Roth have been chipping away for years at the human interactome—a complete map of every protein interaction in humans. Last week Roth and his team published a paper in the journal Cell detailing one of the most comprehensive protein maps to date. It covers 14,000 interactions between protein pairs and may help scientists identify some of the genes involved in cancer.   “We found that cancer proteins stick together and tend to …

    November 26, 2014 6:13 pm


  • Celiac disease showing up in many forms and at all ages

    (Reuters Health) – A classical set of celiac disease symptoms no longer reflects the profile of most newly-diagnosed patients, according to a new study from Italy. Instead, doctors need to take other symptoms into account and consider the possibility of celiac disease, even when patients don’t fit the old image of the condition, researchers say. “It’s been a gradual phenomenon since the 1970s that fewer people are presenting with the classical diarrhea and more with non-classical or silent presentation, both in adults and children,” said Dr. Peter Green, who wasn’t involved in the study. “We don’t actually know why one person has diarrhea and another presents with abdominal pain or osteoporosis,” said Green, director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University in New York. Dr. Umberto Volta and his coauthors write in the journal BMC Gastroenterology that just 15 years ago, celiac disease was still thought of mainly as a rare pediatric food intolerance, …

    November 26, 2014 5:52 pm


  • 7 Things Joni Mitchell, Taylor Swift have in common besides high cheekbones

    #Tansel: 9 Sweet nothings Taylor Swift and Ansel Elgort whisper to each other In 2012, a screenplay adapted from a book titled Girls Like Us was being kicked around Hollywood, according to E! Online. The book chronicles the lives of legendary songstresses Mitchell, Carole King and Carly Simon, and Swift was in talks to portray Mitchell. Taylor Swift brought Christmas early to this mom and her son Sounds pretty epic, right? Well, Mitchell doesn’t think so. In fact, she ixnayed Swift’s name from the running and laid the smack down on production of the film, as well. “I squelched that,” Mitchell recently said in an interview with the Sunday Times. “I said to the producer, ‘All you’ve got is a girl with high cheekbones.’” Ouch. We’re not really sure if Mitchell is dissing Swift’s acting ability or her personal background, but if you compare the legendary Mitchell to Swift (who certainly seems like she’s on …

    November 26, 2014 7:33 pm


  • Economy in free fall: Politically isolated Putin’s troubles grow

    Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves his hotel en route to Brisbane Airport as he leaves the G20 leaders summit early, November 16, 2014. Putin told reporters he was leaving before the release of the G20’s communique because of the long flight to Russia and he wanted to get some sleep. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA – Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) – RTR4EAVE Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the APEC CEO Summit at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. (AP) “Saturday Night Live” often acts as a good barometer of what’s going on in the world.  Last week, its opening sketch nailed just how grumpy Americans are over President Obama’s executive action on immigration, which kicks the rule of law down the Capitol steps. But later in the show’s “Weekend Update,” a guest appearance by German Chancellor Angela Merkel (performed by Kate McKinnon) proved even more entertaining. McKinnon lampooned …

    November 26, 2014 5:52 pm

Odd News

  • Swiss group wants sausage dogs to be petted, not eaten

    ZURICH (Reuters) – An animal rights group has petitioned the Swiss government to ban a traditional, if rare, practice of eating cats for dinner and turning dogs into sausages. Tomi Tomek, president of the animal rights group SOS CHATS Noiraigue, which campaigned successfully last year to ban the sale of cat fur, said 3 percent of the population still eat cat and dog, mainly in the regions of Appenzell, Lucerne, Jura and Berne. “You can’t report it to the police because there’s no law against it,” she said. Dog meat is traditionally used to make sausages and a fatty remedy for rheumatism, while cat can be served for Christmas dinner. The activists handed in a petition with 17,900 signatures calling for the consumption of family pets to be outlawed. (Reporting by Caroline Copley; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

    November 26, 2014 10:02 am