• $350 Lego Avengers Helicarrier is a 3,000-piece beast

    $350 Lego Avengers Helicarrier is a 3,000-piece beast

    Loki had better watch out. Lego Otherworldy creatures are threatening. Rogue supervillains roam the planet. Earth needs you to join S.H.I.E.L.D., and what S.H.I.E.L.D. really needs right now is an over-the-top flying aircraft carrier, the...
  • Churches destroyed in Muslim mob attack but Bible survives

    Churches destroyed in Muslim mob attack but Bible survives

    Bible unburned in spite of fire. The Word will never lose it’s power. Eglise Vie Abondante, Harobanda. Niamey, Niger. (Danette Childs)  (Danette Childs)  (Danette Childs) Neal and Danette Childs knew they were in danger. From their...
  • New fund eases expenses for organ donors

    (Reuters Health) – When Sigrid Fry-Revere decided to donate a kidney to a friend in 2010, she thought she knew what to expect. She was medically compatible and insured. She planned surgery during the Christmas...
  • Greece to seek ‘common ground’

    Greece to seek ‘common ground’

    29 January 2015 Last updated at 18:22 Martin Schulz (right) earlier told Bild newspaper he would encourage Alexis Tsipras (left) to clamp down on tax evasion European Parliament President Martin Schulz has said the new...

Headline News

  • Fourth person charged in fatal 2012 Indiana home explosion


    (Reuters) – Prosecutors on Thursday charged a fourth person with murder and arson in connection with a 2012 home explosion that killed a couple next door and damaged scores of homes in an Indianapolis neighborhood. Gary Thompson, 44, who denies causing the explosion that killed neighbors John and Jennifer Longworth, was charged with two counts of murder, conspiracy to commit arson and 46 counts of arson, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said. Monserrate Shirley and brothers Bob Leonard Jr. and Mark Leonard had been charged previously with murder and arson in the Nov. 10, 2012, explosion that destroyed the home where Shirley lived with Mark Leonard. The explosion and fire burned the Longworth’s home next door. Curry said Shirley provided information that aided the case against Thompson. Shirley has agreed to plead guilty to two felony counts of conspiracy to commit arson and other charges against her were dropped. Thompson, who had worked for Mark …

    January 29, 2015 12:47 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. Senate banking chair vows Fed audit hearing: report


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Richard Shelby, the new chairman of the Senate banking Committee, said he would hold a hearing on legislation requiring a full government audit of the Federal Reserve, according to a report on Thursday. The Alabama Republican said he “absolutely” would have a hearing on the issue, according to the publication The Hill. “We don’t want to run the Fed, but I do believe that the Fed — especially with the portfolio that it has — we need to know what they’re doing,” he told reporters, the Hill reported on its website. According to the report Shelby “might” support legislation re-introduced on Wednesday by Senator Rand Paul. Paul, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, re-introduced an “Audit The Fed” bill, with 30 co-sponsors.. The Fed is subject to various audits, including reviews by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). But since 1978, its monetary policy discussions have been legally exempt from a GAO audit. …

    January 29, 2015 2:07 pm
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Stocks

  • Taco Bell: Emoji unfairly biased towards hamburger and pizza lovers


    Taco Bell wants you to add your voice to a campaign for taco emoji. “Why do pizza and hamburger lovers get an emoji but taco lovers don’t?” Taco Bell asks. With a Change.org petition combined with a furious social media campaign, Taco Bell is trying to make taco emojis a reality. Nearly 27,000 people have signed Taco Bell’s online petition, and the fast food chain unveiled “Taco Emoji” t-shirts on Thursday. The taco emoji campaign might seem random, but it’s actually based on a looming update to the emoji system. Unicode Consortium, a non-profit organization that regulates emojis among other computer text, announced in November that 37 candidates for new emoticons could be added as part of a code update scheduled for June. The finalists include racially diverse emoji faces, a zipper-mouth face, prayer beads, a cricket bat and a taco. Taco Bell’s campaign began in November, but the company says it won’t declare victory …

    January 29, 2015 12:27 pm
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Sports

  • Feds seize $19.5 million in counterfeit items ahead of Super Bowl


    PHOENIX (Reuters) – Federal authorities and the National Football League have seized $19.5 million worth of fake sports memorabilia as part of a year-long crackdown on counterfeit goods, they said on Thursday. Authorities said over 325,000 counterfeit items, including jerseys, hats and Super Bowl-related merchandise, were seized in an operation that began after last year’s Super Bowl and focused on international shipments of counterfeit goods entering the United States. “Counterfeiting is not a game,” said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldana. “It is most certainly not a victimless crime either. “Whether it’s the child in Southeast Asia working in deplorable conditions, or local stores going out of business, intellectual property theft is a very real crime with very real victims.” Most of the knockoffs were manufactured in China and were brought to the United States through usual smuggling networks, according to authorities involved in ‘Operation Team Player.’ Last year, authorities said 202,000 pieces …

    January 29, 2015 1:48 pm
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World News

  • Greece to seek ‘common ground’


    29 January 2015 Last updated at 18:22 Martin Schulz (right) earlier told Bild newspaper he would encourage Alexis Tsipras (left) to clamp down on tax evasion European Parliament President Martin Schulz has said the new Greek government will seek “common ground” with its European partners as it tries to renegotiate its financial bailout. Speaking after meeting Greek PM Alexis Tsipras, Mr Schulz said he expected “robust” discussions on the issue. It comes amid concerns over steps by Mr Tsipras to halt austerity measures following Syriza’s election victory. European leaders have insisted Greece must meet its debt obligations. Mr Tsipras has said he wants to renegotiate the terms – but insisted there will be no Greek default, which is feared may push Greece out of the eurozone. Greece has endured tough budget cuts in return for its €240bn (£179bn; $270bn) bailout, negotiated in 2010 with the “troika” – the EU, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and European …

    January 29, 2015 1:47 pm
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Technology

  • $350 Lego Avengers Helicarrier is a 3,000-piece beast


    Loki had better watch out. Lego Otherworldy creatures are threatening. Rogue supervillains roam the planet. Earth needs you to join S.H.I.E.L.D., and what S.H.I.E.L.D. really needs right now is an over-the-top flying aircraft carrier, the kind that can only exist in comic books, on film and, soon, in your house in Lego form. Due this spring, the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier set features 2,996 pieces along with 12 microfigures sized to fit into the detailed interior. It comes with all the gear you need to enact a bustling scene aimed at supporting your Lego superheroes. Fighter jets, Quinjets, forklift trucks, ground support vehicles, and two runways will keep you plenty busy. The finished Helicarrier sits on its own display stand and measures 31 inches long. Lego is sending some Avengers minifigures along for the ride. The set includes Nick Fury, Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye and Agent Maria Hill, making her Lego minifig debut. The Helicarrier first …

    January 29, 2015 2:08 pm
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Science

  • Your Immune System Is Made, Not Born


    Some people seem better than others at fighting the flu, and you might suspect they were born that way. A new study of twins, however, suggests otherwise. In one of the most comprehensive analyses of immune function performed to date, researchers analyzed blood samples from 105 sets of healthy twins. They measured immune cell populations and their chemical messengers—204 parameters in all—before and after participants received a flu shot. Differences in three fourths of these parameters depended less on genetics than on environmental factors, such as diet and prior infections. Genetics had almost no effect on how well individuals responded to the flu vaccine, judged by antibodies produced against the injected material. And among identical twin siblings, who have the same genome, immune system features differed more strikingly within older twin pairs than in younger sets. The findings, published January 15 in Cell, argue that life habits and experiences shape our body’s defenses more than …

    January 29, 2015 10:06 am
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Health

  • New fund eases expenses for organ donors


    (Reuters Health) – When Sigrid Fry-Revere decided to donate a kidney to a friend in 2010, she thought she knew what to expect. She was medically compatible and insured. She planned surgery during the Christmas holidays, so her husband and college-aged sons could take time off to help her recover at their 10-acre Virginia farm. What she didn’t consider was the factor that ultimately disqualified her: personal expenses. The transplant team required an eight-week recovery plan. Her caregivers, however, could only be home for a month, so she would need to hire a farmhand. With this unanticipated and unaffordable expense, she was quickly eliminated. “I was dumbfounded,” Fry-Revere said. “They would rather let him die than give me time to figure out how to take care of myself.” According to the American Journal of Nephrology, living donors incur out-of-pocket expenses averaging $5,000, and sometimes up to four times that amount. Fry-Revere’s friend did die. Last …

    January 29, 2015 2:07 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kanye West Reveals He And Kim Kardashian Will Have More Kids, Says Marriage Has Taught Him To "Shut Up More"


    Posted on Thu Jan 29th, 2015 8:59am PDT       By X17 Staff Kanye West appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today, and the rapper opens up about family life and gives the world their first look at the music video for his new song “Only One,” his collaboration with Paul McCartney. When asked how marriage has changed him, Kanye says: “I’ve definitely learned how to compromise more. Which is something you have to understand when you partner with people in business … I’ve learned how to shut up more and yeah. I think I’m a better human being because of her and because of my daughter. And I have always someone to think about going home to and you know something for me to be brave for what I want to do for humanity, but also to be more protective of myself for my family too. Cause there are things I’ve done in the past that were …

    January 29, 2015 12:27 pm
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Editorial

  • Churches destroyed in Muslim mob attack but Bible survives


    Bible unburned in spite of fire. The Word will never lose it’s power. Eglise Vie Abondante, Harobanda. Niamey, Niger. (Danette Childs)  (Danette Childs)  (Danette Childs) Neal and Danette Childs knew they were in danger. From their compound in Niger’s capital city they could see three churches burning. The smoke was filling their home. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “We immediately started packing a trunk, putting in our valuables, our documents, and we loaded up the car,” Neal told me. “There were concerns our family would be targeted.” The horrors of that weekend did not generate all that much press coverage. There were no solidarity marches for Niger’s tiny Christian community. The Childs family had every reason to be alarmed. A rampaging mob was attacking Christian houses of worship, and Neal was the prominent leader of a Christian ministry in the mostly Muslim country. “Our immediate response — there is that little bit of panic,” he said during a telephone …

    January 29, 2015 2:07 pm
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Odd News

  • Canadian man loses appeal on missing lotto jackpot by 7 seconds


    TORONTO (Reuters) – A Canadian man who was denied part of a C$27 million jackpot because he missed the deadline to buy the ticket by seven seconds has lost his appeal to get the money. The Supreme Court of Canada ruling on Thursday ended a seven-year legal battle by Joel Ifergan, an accountant, to claim his share of the prize. Ifergan went to a local convenience store just before 9 p.m. on May 23, 2008, to purchase tickets for that night’s “Lotto Super 7″ drawing. The store clerk told him to hurry before the 9 p.m. deadline, according to a court summary. While the clock on the lottery terminal read 8:59 p.m., only one of the two tickets was registered in time. The second ticket, the winning one, was printed and registered on the Loto-Quebec computer at seven seconds after 9 p.m., eligible for the following week’s drawing. The store clerk told Ifergan that only …

    January 29, 2015 2:08 pm
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