Headline News

  • Professor who said Christians, Muslims worship same God to leave school

    NEW YORK A professor at an evangelical university near Chicago who got in trouble after saying Muslims and Christians worship the same God will leave the school, according to a joint statement released by Wheaton College on Saturday night. Larycia Hawkins, a tenured political science professor, had been scheduled for a disciplinary hearing in five days to determine whether she would be allowed to remain at Wheaton. A joint statement said Hawkins and the college had “found a mutual place of resolution and reconciliation” and that the two sides “will part ways” after reaching a confidential agreement. The controversy began on Dec. 10, when Hawkins wrote on Facebook that she would don the hijab head scarf during the period of advent before Christmas as a sign of solidarity with Muslims. “We worship the same God,” she said in her post. The post drew criticism amid a broader debate regarding the role and treatment of Muslims …

    February 7, 2016 8:49 am


  • Hillary’s uphill battle against Sanders

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton peeks through signs of hers as she greets supporters during a campaign stop in a Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Trailing rival Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton sought to summon another New Hampshire comeback on Saturday but faced blunt questions about her trustworthiness and explanation of the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi. Clinton campaigned throughout New Hampshire’s voter-rich southern belt in hope of overcoming Sanders’ steady lead heading into Tuesday’s first-in-the-nation primary. The former secretary of state claimed a razor-thin victory in Iowa earlier in the week but is guarding against a blowout that might reset the race for the Democratic nomination. “You vet us. You take second, third and fourth looks,” Clinton told supporters during a rally in Concord. “And I hope you will look hard at this.” New Hampshire was the setting of Clinton’s upset victory against then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama in the 2008 primary and it remains sacred …

    February 7, 2016 8:28 am


  • Who’s to blame for Portland’s soaring home prices?

    Everyone wants to move to Portland, Oregon. But the more popular it gets, the less affordable it becomes. Portland has a lot to offer: Drive 90 minutes west, you’re at the beach. Head the other way, and there’s a snow-capped mountain. It’s got a thriving food and wine scene, a burgeoning tech sector and the weather is temperate. Those selling points are not lost on the rest of the country — especially those from California. Oregon was the most popular state to move to last year, according to moving company United Van Lines. And a quarter of those people came from The Golden State. “It used to be that if you were out-of-state you were an anomaly,” said Jennifer Johnston, who is a Portland native and principal broker at Premier Property Group. “Now, if you are from here, you are an anomaly.” Related: Is your city the next Portlandia? Portland home prices jumped 11.1% between …

    February 7, 2016 8:49 am


  • Anscombe out as Williams called in

    New Zealand-born Gareth Anscombe qualifies for Wales via his Welsh mother Gareth Anscombe is out of Wales’ opening 2016 Six Nations clash against Ireland in Dublin today. The Cardiff Blues full-back has a hamstring strain and has been replaced by Liam Williams. Scarlets’ Williams was omitted from Wales’ initial selection having played once since injuring a foot at the 2015 World Cup. Wales opted not to bring replacement Rhys Priestland into the starting line-up. Anscombe returned from his own ankle problem for Cardiff Blues in January, having also last played at the World Cup. Wales went into the game with defence coach Shaun Edwards expecting an aerial barrage for their back three to deal with. Scotland visit Cardiff on Sunday, 14 February in round two of the tournament and Wales say Anscombe is “expected to take part in full training” before that game. Wales team: Liam Williams (Scarlets); George North (Northampton Saints), Jonathan Davies (ASM …

    February 7, 2016 8:28 am

World News

  • Is there such a thing as ‘the world’s best chef’?

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption France still leads the world in fine dining, according to the Michelin guide, but its star is waning Last week the death of chef Benoit Violier was widely reported – and in many headlines he was hailed as the “world’s best chef”, his restaurant as “the best in the world”. But there is no agreement on how to rank chefs and restaurants and the award of “best” titles is a matter of hot dispute. In the past it used to be very simple. First came intense training to master French haute cuisine techniques, then a series of apprenticeships in Paris under the world’s best chefs, all of whom were themselves classically trained. Finally, a chef was ready to add a personal touch to the French repertoire and launch a new restaurant under his or her own name. The world’s culinary aristocracy was then recorded in the Michelin Guide, with …

    February 7, 2016 8:29 am


  • When self-monitoring becomes uncomfortably intimate…

    ‘Apple’s iPhone sales disappoint but profit beats targets,” said the headline. It turned out that Apple sold “only” 74.77m iPhones in the fiscal first quarter of 2016, which is less than a 1% increase on the same period a year ago. So what happens? The share price plummets and Alphabet (aka Google) overtakes Apple as the world’s most valuable company. And right on cue, we get the usual kind of kindergarten “analysis” from the tech commentariat. Apple has run out of ideas. It needs a new “breakthrough” product along the lines of the iPhone. The iPad was supposed to be that product, but its sales are declining. And the Apple watch clearly isn’t going to take its place etc, etc… There are two kinds of people: those who are obsessed with the datafication of their bodies and those who are not The only one of those propositions with which I agree is the last. I …

    February 7, 2016 8:48 am


  • Secondhand smoke: Nations producing less greenhouse gas most vulnerable to climate change

    Conversely, nations that produce most greenhouse gases less vulnerable Study shows “enormous global inequality” between emitters versus impacted nations Countries like U.S., Canada, Russia, and China are climate “free riders,” which dis-incentivizes mitigating their emissions Problem will worsen in coming decades NEW YORK (EMBARGOED UNTIL FRIDAY, FEBRUAY 5TH 5:00 A.M. USET) – A new study by University of Queensland and WCS shows a dramatic global mismatch between nations producing the most greenhouse gases and the ones most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The study shows that the highest emitting countries are ironically the least vulnerable to climate change effects such as increased frequency of natural disasters, changing habitats, human health impacts, and industry stress. Those countries emitting the least amount of greenhouse gases are most vulnerable. The majority of the most vulnerable countries are African and Small Island States. These countries are exposed to serious environmental change such as oceanic inundation or desertification. …

    February 7, 2016 7:28 am


  • France restricts blood transfusions over Zika virus

    PARIS Travelers coming back from any outbreak zones of the Zika virus will need to wait at least 28 days before giving blood to avoid any risk of transmission, French Health Minister Marisol Touraine said on Sunday. Zika, which is rapidly spreading through the Americas and has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organisation (WHO), is primarily transmitted through mosquito bites. However, Brazil in the last week announced two cases of transmission through blood transfusions from infected donors. “Someone who comes from a zone where there is Zika can not give blood for 28 days,” Touraine said in an interview with Europe 1 radio, news channel iTele and Le Monday daily. She also advised pregnant women to inform the authorities if they had traveled to any of the zones. Zika has been reported in more than 30 countries since it first appeared in the Americas last year, where it has been …

    February 7, 2016 8:08 am


  • Beyonce Drops New Tune ‘Formation’ On Heels Of Super Bowl Appearance?

    Beyonce surprised fans yet again by dropping a new single and a politically-inspired music video without giving them any warning on her social media accounts until the tune was released. On Feb. 6, Queen Bey released “Formation,” a new single which is available as a free download on Tidal. She also released a new music video in support of the song. “Formation” www.Beyonce.com A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Feb 6, 2016 at 12:50pm PST Beyonce and husband Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy is featured in the video. Once the track was out, Beyoncé posted several images from the much-talked-about video on Instagram. Rumor has it that Beyonce will join Coldplay at tonight’s Super Bowl Halftime Show at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Beyoncé also posted the single’s cover art on Instagram, where she is seen leaning her head out of the window of a car in a dramatic fashion. Download “Formation” on TIDAL …

    February 7, 2016 7:08 am


  • Marco Rubio is biggest loser. Trump and the governors all have a good night in NH

    Saturday night at the GOP debate in New Hampshire belonged to the executives: the governors and the businessman. Indeed, if Saturday is any indication of what kind of debater Donald Trump can be, then it’s safe to say that it really was a mistake for him to skip the Fox News debate before the Iowa caucus. He may very have won it if he had shown this kind of strength and adeptness just days before Iowans went out to vote. With the exception of the moment when the crowd booed Trump during an exchange with Jeb Bush over eminent domain and stacking the audience with supporters brought in by the Super PACs backing him, he was unwaveringly in charge. His answers on how important being an effective dealmaker is as a leadership quality, his stance on increasing our use of torture tactics, forcing China to rein in North Korea and support for our veterans, Trump …

    February 7, 2016 6:48 am

Odd News

  • Cars parked on thin ice get icy bath in Wisconsin

    Call it the polar bear plunge for cars and trucks. The drivers of 15 vehicles parked on ice at Geneva Lake in the Wisconsin for a so-called Winterfest celebration on Saturday, but their festivities were interrupted when the ice broke, police said. Five of the vehicles that fell into the water were salvaged, as their owners drove out of the chilly lake, but the remaining 10 cars and trucks were totaled, police for the town of Lake Geneva said in a statement. No one was injured in the incident, about 60 miles (100 km) northwest of Chicago, police said. “People park on the lake all the time from what I understand,” Laurie Oberhelman, one of the car owners, told Milwaukee television station WDJT. “It was a bad choice.” (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Robert Birsel)

    February 6, 2016 11:47 pm