• All Sony wants to Christmas is …

    All Sony wants to Christmas is …

      The anonymous hackers that attacked Sony Pictures have alluded to a twisted “Christmas gift” — presumably the publication of even more private, sensitive information stolen from the studio. That’s obviously the last thing Sony...
  • Pope Francis deplores Vatican ‘ills’

    Pope Francis deplores Vatican ‘ills’

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 14:54 The Pope delivered his tough message in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall Pope Francis has sharply criticised the Vatican bureaucracy in a pre-Christmas address to cardinals, complaining of “spiritual...
  • The future is Clear for Ferrari

    MARANELLO, Italy (Reuters) – Ferrari have recruited Jock Clear, the Mercedes engineer who helped Lewis Hamilton win this year’s Formula One world championship, as the last key element in the Italian team’s rebuilding after a...
  • Descent into Siberia’s mystery crater

    The first crater lies on the northern tip of the Yamal peninsula, the term “Yamal” meaning “end of the world” in the local language. It was an unstable place to explore, or even approach too...

Headline News

  • Colorado dad hunts for daughter abducted by mom after custody fight


    Six-year-old Eden Nunn was abducted by her mother last month. (KMSP Photo) A Colorado father is hoping to spend Christmas with his daughter, who was abducted by her mother after her dad was granted full custody of the 6-year-old girl. A Colorado judge says Eden Nunn is in danger, after the girl was taken along with three of her siblings by their mother, KMSP-TV reported. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “Once she gets going she is willing to laugh and giggle,” Eden’s father Dayton Clevenger said, according to the station. “She likes to play games. She likes to color a whole bunch.” “Hard to deal with not knowing where she is.” – Dayton Clevenger Clevenger spent years in a custody battle for Eden, and hoped he finally would get to spend some quality time with his daughter. But three weeks after winning full temporary custody, Clevenger is still waiting to bring Eden home. “It’s really hard,” Clevenger told …

    December 22, 2014 9:00 am
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Politics

  • Sheriff, gadfly attorney seek to stop Obama on immigration


    By PETE YOST December 22, 2014 Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio A gadfly attorney and an Arizona county sheriff want to halt President Barack Obama’s immigration order in the first courtroom battle over an initiative designed to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation. On Monday, lawyer Larry Klayman will try to convince a judge nominated by Obama that the immigration system isn’t really broken — contrary to what the president says. Klayman and his client, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, say the president violated the Constitution by doing an end-run around Congress and say drastic changes in immigration programs should be stopped. “President Obama and others recite that the immigration system of the United States is broken,” Klayman wrote in a court filing. “It is unmistakable that the only thing that is broken about the nation’s immigration laws is that the defendants are determined to break those laws.” The case is being handled …

    December 22, 2014 8:19 am
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Stocks

  • All Sony wants to Christmas is …


      The anonymous hackers that attacked Sony Pictures have alluded to a twisted “Christmas gift” — presumably the publication of even more private, sensitive information stolen from the studio. That’s obviously the last thing Sony wants. What the studio wants, instead, is a reprieve from the month-long ordeal that has crippled its operations and captivated the rest of the media world. If the company had a Christmas list, this is what would be on it: – For the leaks to stop The hackers have been threatening to release more damaging, embarrassing information about Sony (SNE) if “The Interview” is ever released. That’s why some observers interpreted last week’s removal of the movie from theaters as an attempt to forestall any more leaks. But now that Sony is reconsidering its release, the studio has to be dreading more surprises. – A way to release “The Interview” After canceling the Christmas theatrical release of Seth Rogen’s controversial …

    December 22, 2014 9:19 am
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Sports

  • The future is Clear for Ferrari


    MARANELLO, Italy (Reuters) – Ferrari have recruited Jock Clear, the Mercedes engineer who helped Lewis Hamilton win this year’s Formula One world championship, as the last key element in the Italian team’s rebuilding after a dismal year. Ferrari failed to win a race in 2014, their first blank season since 1993, while dominant Mercedes won 16 of the 19 grands prix and took both titles. The sport’s oldest and most successful team have carried out a major restructuring, with a host of senior staff leaving and Maurizio Arrivabene now installed as their third principal of the year. Arrivabene told a news conference at the team’s Fiorano test track on Monday that Clear would be taking the departed Pat Fry’s job as head of engineering with his arrival date still being negotiated with Mercedes. “We respect agreements and regulations,” he added. Clear, who also worked with Jacques Villeneuve at Williams when the Canadian won the 1997 …

    December 22, 2014 8:59 am
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World News

  • Pope Francis deplores Vatican ‘ills’


    22 December 2014 Last updated at 14:54 The Pope delivered his tough message in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall Pope Francis has sharply criticised the Vatican bureaucracy in a pre-Christmas address to cardinals, complaining of “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and “the terrorism of gossip”. He said the Curia – the administrative pinnacle of the Roman Catholic Church – was suffering from 15 “ailments”, which he wanted cured in the New Year. Pope Francis – the first Latin American pontiff – also criticised “those who look obsessively at their own image”. He has demanded reform of the Curia. Pope Francis said some power-hungry clerics were guilty of “cold-bloodedly killing the reputation of their own colleagues and brothers”. He compared the performance of the church’s civil servants to that of an orchestra playing out of tune because they fail to collaborate and have no team spirit, the BBC’s David Willey reports from Rome. Before his election in March 2013, the …

    December 22, 2014 9:00 am
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Technology

  • South Korean nuclear operator hacked amid cyber-attack fears


    South Korea’s nuclear plant operator has said its computer systems have been breached, raising fears that hackers, including those with possible North Korean links, could shift their focus to key infrastructure. The violation prompted a safety drill on Monday at nuclear plants around the country. The precautionary exercise comes days after the US blamed Pyongyang for hacking Sony Pictures, which led the company to cancel the release of a Hollywood satire about the fictional assassination of the secretive state’s leader, Kim Jong-un. North Korea has denied responsibility for the hack and threatened to retaliate if the White House continued to blame it. Pyongyang said there was “clear evidence” the Obama administration was behind the film. Officials in the South Korean capital, Seoul, said only noncritical data about nuclear plants had been leaked, adding that they were confident they could fend off any attempt to compromise the safety of the country’s atomic facilities. “It’s our judgment …

    December 22, 2014 8:40 am
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Science

  • Descent into Siberia’s mystery crater


    The first crater lies on the northern tip of the Yamal peninsula, the term “Yamal” meaning “end of the world” in the local language. It was an unstable place to explore, or even approach too closely, with its rims melting and falling inside, and the sound of water running deep within. The marshy state of the cavernous hole meant scientists had to wait until winter, when the crater had frozen solid, to determine what was inside. Lead scientist Vladimir Pushkarev, director of the Russian Centre of Arctic Exploration, documented his team’s expedition with this collection of photographs.

    December 22, 2014 8:40 am
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Health

  • Mother’s Depression Tied to Later Delinquency in Kids


    MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Teens are more likely to smoke, drink and use marijuana — and to do so at an earlier age — if their mothers were depressed when the kids were in grade school, a new study says. These same teens are also more likely to engage in violence and other delinquent behaviors, according to the study, published online Dec. 22 in Pediatrics. The researchers expected that teens of mothers who were currently depressed would be most likely to engage in risky behaviors “since those children may be missing both the supervision and support that a parent can offer during an emotional time,” said study co-author Ian Colman. He is an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Ottawa in Canada. “So we were surprised to see that maternal depression when the child was aged 6 to 10 was actually more strongly associated with those risky health behaviors,” Colman …

    December 22, 2014 8:39 am
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Entertainment

  • Gwen Stefani And Hubby Gavin Rossdale Brunch With Their Boys


    Posted on Mon Dec 22nd, 2014 6:00am PDT       By X17 Staff Gwen Stefani skipped the lipstick and stepped out with hubby Gavin Rossdale and their sons Apollo and Zuma on Sunday afternoon, but we’re not sure where Zuma was! Perhaps Gwen and Gavin were picking out an epic gift for their oldest boy? They did head to a few high-end kids’ stores after brunch… Gwen wore a pair of thick glasses and a colorful Moschino top, and just last week she was the recipient of the Style Icon honor at the first-ever People Magazine Awards. While accepting her award, Gwen told the crowd, “I’ve always loved fashion. I was a little girl, playing Barbies. My mom was the main person making clothes for me my whole life. Going thrift store shopping, making clothes for No Doubt. Who knew I’d be standing here getting an award for doing something that I love?” Seeing as she looks good …

    December 22, 2014 8:19 am
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Editorial

  • Last minute Christmas shopping: Five things to avoid


    FILE — Nov. 28, 2014: A man dressed as Santa Claus greets shoppers outside the J.C. Penney store at the Glendale Galleria shopping mall in Glendale, Calif. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) This weekend millions of Americans will take to the mall to get last-minute gifts for their loved ones. They will pour through the already-picked-over selections to try and find “the gift.” For those of you who are forced into the mall this weekend: I’m sorry. Here are five things to avoid as we enter the final shopping days before Christmas.   1. Believe the best bargains are found if you wait until the last minute. While it’s true, retailers are starting their after-Christmas sales earlier than ever – just as the Christmas shopping season starts before you get to Thanksgiving dessert – seasoned shoppers know (1) value and (2) bargain do not mean the same thing.  We all know just because something is cheap doesn’t mean …

    December 20, 2014 4:21 pm
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Odd News

  • Among the year’s oddest stories, animal tales were top dogs


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – It was the year of the family pet behaving badly: A dog got sick from eating dozens of socks and a puppy took the rap for driving the family car into a pond. Angry cats held their owners hostage on at least two occasions. A review of the oddest Reuters stories of 2014 also offers numerous examples of less-than-virtuous human behavior. There was the hapless burglar whose criminal career came to a crashing halt when he left his Facebook page open in a house he was accused of robbing. And don’t forget the Texas man went to jail for urinating on the Alamo. To be sure, many tales from the animal kingdom this year were by turns heart-warming and hilarious, and more than a few came out of the Golden State or the Sunshine State. A parrot that spoke English with a British accent went missing for four years, only to …

    December 22, 2014 8:40 am
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