• Man accused of IS-inspired plot to attack Detroit church

    DETROIT –  Authorities have arrested a 21-year-old Michigan man whom they accuse of supporting Islamic State militants and plotting to attack a Detroit church. Khalil Abu-Rayyan, of Dearborn Heights, appeared Thursday in U.S. District Court...
  • Bhutan’s queen gives birth to heir

    Bhutan’s queen gives birth to heir

    Image copyright AFP Image caption King Wangchuk announced the pregnancy in November, saying he considered his son “extremely fortunate because he will be born in our blessed country” Bhutan’s royal couple have announced the birth...
  • Scotland 9-15 England

    Scotland 9-15 England

    Jack Nowell crossed for England’s second try in Edinburgh Scotland’s wait to regain the Calcutta Cup goes on after England opened the Eddie Jones era with victory at Murrayfield. Four months on from a disastrous...
  • Warren Buffett’s $1 billion bet on oil

    Warren Buffett’s $1 billion bet on oil

    Oil prices have plunged this year, but Warren Buffett isn’t scared. He’s bet nearly a $1 billion on the sector since the start of the year. That’s how much Phillips 66 stock Berkshire Hathaway (BRKB)...
  • ‘Further arrests’ over UK pilot killing

    ‘Further arrests’ over UK pilot killing

    Image copyright Simon Courage Image caption Roger Gower was tracking poachers in the Maswa Game Reserve in northern Tanzania Five people have now been arrested over the killing of a British pilot whose helicopter was...

Headline News

  • Man accused of IS-inspired plot to attack Detroit church


    DETROIT –  Authorities have arrested a 21-year-old Michigan man whom they accuse of supporting Islamic State militants and plotting to attack a Detroit church. Khalil Abu-Rayyan, of Dearborn Heights, appeared Thursday in U.S. District Court in Detroit and is jailed pending a Monday hearing. He hasn’t been charged with terrorism-related crimes but has been investigated since May and faces marijuana and gun charges. U.S. attorney’s office spokeswoman Gina Balaya said Saturday that Abu-Rayyan will have a court-appointed attorney at the hearing but she doesn’t know who it is. Balaya says Abu-Rayyan had been under constant FBI surveillance recently due to growing concern about threats he made against the church, police officers and others in support of IS. Authorities say Abu-Rayyan had been communicating with an undercover agent.

    February 6, 2016 1:45 pm
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Politics

  • GOP contenders attack Rubio


    Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at a campaign event at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School Feb. 5, 2016, in Derry, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman) On the rise in a tightening race, Marco Rubio shouldered intensifying attacks Friday from moderate-leaning Republicans who fear a strong Rubio showing in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary could spell the end for their frazzled presidential campaigns. Jeb Bush and Chris Christie both accused Rubio of a lackluster set of accomplishments. Bush, campaigning with his mother, former first lady Barbara Bush, summed up the Florida senator’s achievements in one word: “Nothing.” On the Democratic side, the gloves were off in a campaign that had shown more signs of comity than rancor — until now. A day after jousting in a feisty debate, Hillary Clinton struggled to defend herself against Bernie Sanders’ insinuations that she’s beholden to Wall Street, while Sanders faced fresh doubts about his experience on foreign policy. …

    February 6, 2016 12:25 pm
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Stocks

  • Warren Buffett’s $1 billion bet on oil


    Oil prices have plunged this year, but Warren Buffett isn’t scared. He’s bet nearly a $1 billion on the sector since the start of the year. That’s how much Phillips 66 stock Berkshire Hathaway (BRKB) has bought since Jan. 3, according to company filings, the most recent of which was made Wednesday. Berkshire already owned 61.5 million shares of the oil refining giant, and has recently spent $964 million to buy an additional 12 million shares of the company. Buffett’s firm now owns 14% of Phillips 66 shares, making it Bershire’s sixth largest holding. As an oil refining company, Phillips 66 (PSX) is in the one aspect of the oil industry that can benefit from falling oil prices. The drop in prices means that Phillips can buy the crude it refines more cheaply. And it profits from the fact that the price of gas hasn’t fallen as much as the price of oil has. Phillips’ …

    February 6, 2016 12:45 pm
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Sports

  • Scotland 9-15 England


    Jack Nowell crossed for England’s second try in Edinburgh Scotland’s wait to regain the Calcutta Cup goes on after England opened the Eddie Jones era with victory at Murrayfield. Four months on from a disastrous World Cup campaign on home soil, England established an early lead through George Kruis’ converted try, but were then pegged back by the boot of Greig Laidlaw to make it 7-6 at half-time. But after the hosts failed to capitalise on several promising openings, English strength from the bench helped establish a grip on what had been a messy affair. Jack Nowell finished off a well-worked try and Owen Farrell landed his second penalty, and with their forwards increasingly in control, England closed the game out in comfort. Scotland were left disappointed once again after just eight wins in nine Six Nations campaigns. But a third successive win at Murrayfield for the men in white means Jones – who has …

    February 6, 2016 1:45 pm
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World News

  • Bhutan’s queen gives birth to heir


    Image copyright AFP Image caption King Wangchuk announced the pregnancy in November, saying he considered his son “extremely fortunate because he will be born in our blessed country” Bhutan’s royal couple have announced the birth of their first child, a crown prince for the Himalayan nation. The baby boy was born on Friday at the Lingkana Palace in the capital Thimpu, the royal media office said. “Their Majesties and members of the Royal family are filled with profound joy on the birth of His Royal Highness,” it said. King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck married Jetsun Pema in 2011 and announced the pregnancy last November. He was at his wife’s side during the birth. The baby’s name has not yet been announced. Early royal visitors to the couple will be the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are making an official visit to Bhutan this spring. Image copyright AP Image caption King Jigme married commoner Jetsun …

    February 6, 2016 1:45 pm
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Technology

  • Serial fans’ eyes on Baltimore as new ruling approaches for Adnan Syed


    He was convicted 16 years ago, sentenced to life for a murder that made few headlines at the time, but his unusual hearing in a Baltimore court over the last three days has held millions of Americans in suspense ahead of the court’s decision. This is not just any murder case, of course: this is Serial. The fate of Adnan Syed, 35, serving life for the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, could hinge on new evidence just put before a judge but first aired on a wildly popular podcast that re-examined his case. That podcast, Serial, has been downloaded more than 70m times since its release in the fall of 2014. Its weekly episodes exposed enough shortcomings in the prosecution’s case against Syed in 2000, when he was a Maryland high school student, that he has been granted a post-conviction hearing, an unusual type of appeal. Related: Serial, one year on: web …

    February 6, 2016 12:45 pm
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Science

  • Removing race from human genetic research


    A group of scientists are urging their colleagues to take a step forward and stop using racial categories when researching and studying human genetics. “It is time for biologists to find a better way,” concludes the opening passage of a recently published paper in Science, written by Drexel School of Public Health’s Michael Yudell, the University of Pennsylvania’s Dorothy Roberts and Sarah Tishkoff, and the American Museum of Natural History’s Robert DeSalle. Yudell and his co-authors point to evidence from phylogenetics and population genetics “that racial classifications do not makes sense in terms of genetics.” When applying simple biological methods, the co-authors contend that commonly defined racial groups “lack clear-cut genetic boundaries.” One clear problem with using race as a distinguishing factor in modern biology and medicine is that “racial assumptions are not the biological guideposts some believe them to be,” the co-authors said. Furthermore, they point to how the continued use of race in …

    February 6, 2016 11:24 am
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Health

  • Super Bowl Safety: Protect Kids From Toppling TVs


    SATURDAY, Feb. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) — As families gather to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, they should protect children from television tip-overs, experts say. More than 17,000 children are treated in U.S. emergency departments each year for injuries from a toppling TV, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. That works out to about one child every 30 minutes, with kids younger than 5 years at greatest risk, the researchers said. In most cases, the television fell from a dresser or armoire, and about 30 percent fell from an entertainment center or TV stand, the study found. With TVs the star attraction in many homes on game day, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center shared the following safety tips: Place TVs on low, stable pieces of furniture and install safety anchors and anti-tip devices on all TVs not mounted to the wall. Never place remote controls or toys on top of TVs …

    February 6, 2016 12:04 pm
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Entertainment

  • Solange Knowles Loses Wedding Ring During Mardi Gras, Reward Offered


    Solange Knowles is a few carats lighter after losing her wedding ring during Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans. The singer’s ring reportedly slipped offer her finger while riding a high-heel float and throwing beads into the crowd. The Krew Of Muses, who gave Knowles the “Honorary Muse” title to recognize her contribution to the arts, wrote on Facebook: “Honorary Muse Solange lost her wedding ring between Toledano and Foucher. Reward if found!” Knowles hinted that she lost the ring on Twitter on Friday. My son said, mom I’m just happy YOU didn’t fly off the float, that your safe, that you still get to have the love you have.*tears dried — solange knowles (@solangeknowles) February 5, 2016 Knowles, who is married to music video director Alan Ferguson, hasn’t filed a police report, according to TMZ. On Friday, Knowles received the key to city. She wrote on Twitter: “I can’t put into words how grateful …

    February 6, 2016 1:05 pm
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Editorial

  • At Democratic debate Hillary’s pragmatism beats Bernie’s passion


    Why should Republicans have all the fun? For the first time in many months, there was real excitement on the Democratic side this week. We had a too close to call caucus that went into the wee hours of the morning before it went to Hillary (NB: she didn’t win because of six coin tosses and it’s a stretch to fix six coin tosses no matter how you feel about the Clintons).  We town-halled and we debated on back-to-back nights. My liberal cup runneth over! Thursday night, we continued to get a better sense of who Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are and what they’d do as president for everyday Americans. In the process, we ran right up against what many are calling the battle for the soul of the Democratic party. To my mind, this battle isn’t about the difference between progressives and moderates, a theme that has become the centerpiece of this discussion …

    February 6, 2016 10:44 am
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Odd News

  • Turkish army seizes parrots, budgies on Syria border


    ISTANBUL The Turkish army has confiscated 700 parrots and 294 budgerigars on the border with Syria, it said on Friday, as its tighter security measures ensnare what was once a thriving trade in domesticated birds. NATO member Turkey has stepped up security along its 900-km (560-mile) border with Syria as it tries to prevent foreign fighters joining Islamic State militants and defend itself against spillover from the country’s civil war. But the measures, including more frequent border patrols and reinforced fencing, have also shut off what was long a thriving illicit trade in goods including fuel, cigarettes, sugar and, it seems, birds. “They were generally bringing Sultan, Love and Paradise parrots. Here in Turkey a Paradise parrot goes for 1,000 lira, but they were bringing them over for 500,” said Mehmet Turan, a bird breeder in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli. “It’s the same for lovebirds. We were selling them at 25 lira retail, …

    February 5, 2016 11:43 pm
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