Headline News

  • Two officers shot, suspect killed in Minnesota city hall shooting


    MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – A man shot two police officers shortly after they were sworn in at a city hall in a Minneapolis suburb on Monday night and then was fatally shot by other officers in a rapid exchange of fire, authorities said. The two newly sworn police officers were in good condition and expected to survive after the shooting at the city hall in New Hope, Minnesota, Chief Deputy Mike Carlson of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office told a news conference. (Reporting by David Bailey in Minneapolis; Editing by Paul Tait)

    January 26, 2015 10:43 pm
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Politics

  • Fidel Castro appears to lend support to Cuba talks with U.S


    HAVANA (Reuters) – Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Monday appeared to lend his support to Cuba’s talks with the United States with a statement that addressed his longtime adversary for the first time since Cuba and the United States announced on Dec. 17 they would restore diplomatic ties. “Any peaceful or negotiated solution to the problems between the United States and the peoples or any people of Latin America that doesn’t imply force or the use of force should be treated in accordance with international norms and principles,” he said in a statement. “We will always defend cooperation and friendship with all the peoples of the world, among them our political adversaries.” (Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

    January 26, 2015 9:22 pm
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Stocks

  • This Chinese brand is worth more than Alibaba


      Sorry, Alibaba. Internet portal Tencent is the most valuable brand in China, according to a new ranking by research company Millward Brown. Tencent (TCEHY)‘s brand is estimated to be worth $66.1 billion, having nearly doubled in a year. Alibaba (BABA, Tech30), spurred on by its record-setting IPO, ranked second with brand value of $59.7 billion. Both companies finished ahead of China Mobile (CHL), the massive wireless operator that has finished first in every previous edition of the rankings. What is Tencent? The company has been spinning a web of mobile, telecom and online retail businesses that rank among the largest in the world. Related: Why China’s Tencent wants to own Beyonce online Founded in Shenzhen 16 years ago, it’s best known as the operator of QQ, a desktop messaging service, and mobile messaging app WeChat. The firm now boasts a market cap of $160 billion — more than McDonald’s (MCD), Boeing (BA) or American …

    January 26, 2015 9:43 pm
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Sports

  • NFL’s deflated footballs investigation reportedly focuses on Patriots locker room attendant


    Jan. 26, 2015: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft reads a statement during a news conference in Chandler, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) The NFL’s investigation into whether the New England Patriots used deliberately under-inflated footballs against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game has focused on a locker room attendant at the Patriots’ stadium. Fox Sports reported Monday that the attendant could be seen on surveillance video bringing 12 balls supplied by the Patriots for use on offense into another room at Gillette Stadium after a pregame inspection by the game officials. Under NFL rules, each team must present their chosen footballs to the game officials for inspection and approval two hours and fifteen minutes before the start of each game. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Fox Sports also reported that the attendant was interviewed by NFL investigators last week as part of their investigation. It has not been determined whether any wrongdoing took place.   The …

    January 26, 2015 11:03 pm
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World News

  • New York shuts down for blizzard


    27 January 2015 Last updated at 04:34 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Nick Bryant: “You are not allowed on the roads with a car, only the emergency service” New York City and other areas in the north-east US have shut down ahead of a snowstorm that is expected to dump as much as 90cm (36ins) of snow. All non-emergency vehicles were banned in New York City from 23:00 local time Monday (04:00 GMT) Tuesday and subway services were suspended. An emergency has been declared in the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Some 60 million people may be affected. In other developments: 6,500 flights in and out of airports along the East Coast cancelled Businesses and schools closed early on Monday Schools not expected to reopen before Wednesday at the earliest Boston is expected to bear the brunt of the storm ‘Matter of life …

    January 26, 2015 10:43 pm
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Technology

  • Tomorrow Daily 118: Bill Nye’s spacecraft, Mozilla’s in-browser VR and more


    It’s Monday, and we’re back with a brand new show filled with all the good stuff: Bill Nye’s non-profit organization is working on a private spacecraft the size of a loaf of bread; Mozilla adds core VR support to Firefox Nightly builds; and a Chinese developer completed construction on a 3D-printed, 5-story building. We’re also checking out a fun Kickstarter game called “Bring Your Own Book,” and doing a short demo of it on the show. It’s pretty fun, so we highly recommend checking it out. Here are some links and notes for all the things on the show today: Bill Nye and his non-profit, Planetary Society, are building a spacecraft Mozilla adds core VR support to its Firefox browser Chinese developer finishes construction on the world’s first 3D-printed apartment building Back It or Hack It: “Bring Your Own Book” (a card game using your own books) User Feedback: Your #TDClass feedback, and our Phonetographer …

    January 26, 2015 9:23 pm
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Science

  • Researchers at Penn, UC Berkeley and Illinois use oxides to flip graphene conductivity


    Graphene, a one-atom thick lattice of carbon atoms, is often touted as a revolutionary material that will take the place of silicon at the heart of electronics. The unmatched speed at which it can move electrons, plus its essentially two-dimensional form factor, make it an attractive alternative, but several hurdles to its adoption remain. A team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania; University of California, Berkeley; and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has made inroads in solving one such hurdle. By demonstrating a new way to change the amount of electrons that reside in a given region within a piece of graphene, they have a proof-of-principle in making the fundamental building blocks of semiconductor devices using the 2-D material. Moreover, their method enables this value to be tuned through the application of an electric field, meaning graphene circuit elements made in this way could one day be dynamically “rewired” without physically altering the device. …

    January 26, 2015 9:23 pm
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Health

  • Six more measles cases reported in California after Disneyland outbreak


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Six more cases of measles have been confirmed in California following an outbreak at Disneyland that began in December, public health officials said on Monday, raising to 74 the total number of people in the state who have been infected. Previously, 68 people in California had been confirmed to have the measles, along with 14 others elsewhere: five in Arizona, three in Utah, two in Washington state, one each in Oregon, Colorado and Nevada, and one in Mexico. The latest tally includes 73 cases documented by the California Department of Public Health and one additional patient reported by the Ventura County Health Care Agency. Most, but not all, of the 88 known cases of measles in California and out of state have been linked to an outbreak that is believed to have begun when an infected person, likely from out of the country, visited the Disneyland resort in Anaheim between Dec. …

    January 26, 2015 9:22 pm
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Entertainment

  • 6 Insane special treatments only Teresa Giudice is getting in jail


    Giudice, who was sentenced to 15 months in a Danbury, Connecticut, federal prison after pleading guilty to numerous counts of tax evasion and bankruptcy fraud charges last year, may not be living the glitzy life in front of cameras at the present time, but that doesn’t mean she’s not managing to stay glamorous behind bars. Since surrendering herself to the prison at the beginning of January, Giudice has somehow kept the party going. The New Jersey resident isn’t currently resting her head in a mansion, but she might be living a more civilized life now than when she was on the outside — that is, if you consider all of the brawls that went down during the filming of RHOJ. More: Teresa Giudice hits the slopes before heading to the slammer Here’s what Giudice has been tortured with so far during her prison term. 1. Professional beauty advice An app called Priv, which sends beauty …

    January 26, 2015 9:43 pm
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Editorial

  • In Ukraine crisis, winter opens a new front


    As Americans in the Northeast brace for a possibly historic blizzard, a world away in Ukraine, a crisis continues without end. Further exacerbated these days by soaring food and medicine costs, the currency plummeting, and a burst of brutal violence in the eastern city of Mariupol over the weekend, a more familiar challenge for the poor and displaced of this Eastern European nation is now in full force: winter. Facing freezing temperatures, endless snow, and a desperate need for heating fuel and warm clothes, the brutal seasonal switch this year is also made worse because of skyrocketing utility prices and housing that is sub-standard or destroyed by fighting. Add to that planned power outages and requests that citizens lower heating thermostats to below 60 Fahrenheit, and you will find many Ukrainians literally out in the cold. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT With the UN reporting that more than 500,000 people are displaced within Ukraine because of continued fighting, …

    January 26, 2015 9:23 pm
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Odd News

  • Naked violinist sues Portland police over arrest


    PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) – An Oregon man who claims his rights were violated last year when he was arrested outside the federal courthouse in downtown Portland for playing his violin in the nude is suing the police department and others for $1.1 million.  Matthew Mglej, 25, says officers used excessive force, unlawfully detained him and violated his constitutional rights when they arrested him during his free expression demonstration last May, according to the lawsuit filed in the Portland Division of U.S. District Court of Oregon last week.  Mglej, of the Portland suburb of Hillsboro, says officers dragged him across concrete to the police car while he was naked, dropping him several times in the arrest process, according to the lawsuit. He also says he had cuts on his wrists from the handcuffs and was not allowed to contact a lawyer.  Officials with the Portland city attorneys office declined comment, saying they had not yet been …

    January 26, 2015 5:21 pm
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