• Hilltoppers stop Marshall’s bid for perfection

    Huntington, WV (SportsNetwork.com) – Marshall’s bid for a perfect season went by the wayside Friday when Brandon Doughty’s two-point conversion pass to Willie McNeal in overtime gave Western Kentucky a 67-66 victory over the 19th-...
  • Dozens die in Nigeria mosque attack

    Dozens die in Nigeria mosque attack

    28 November 2014 Last updated at 23:06 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. “They started shooting randomly at worshippers” – Muhammad Bello was near the mosque when the explosions began Dozens have...
  • Foster probable, Clowney out for Texans

    Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Houston running back Arian Foster is on track to return from a two-game absence when the Texans host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. The Texans listed Foster as probable for the...
  • Oil prices hit fresh four-year lows

    Oil prices hit fresh four-year lows

    28 November 2014 Last updated at 21:52 Oil prices hit a four-and-a half-year low in the wake of the decision by the Opec producers’ cartel not to cut output. Brent crude fell $2.43 to $70.15...
  • Walmart hit with protests on Black Friday

    Walmart hit with protests on Black Friday

    About 75 protesters marched outside the Walmart in North Bergen, N.J., on Friday. It’s becoming a tradition for Black Friday shoppers to find not just deals, but protests at some Walmart stores. This year, some...

Headline News

  • Lawsuit accuses Wells Fargo of biased lending in Chicago area


    (Reuters) – Wells Fargo Co was sued on Friday by Cook County, Illinois, which accused the largest U.S. mortgage lender of targeting black, Hispanic and female borrowers with predatory and discriminatory lending in the Chicago area. The lawsuit is the latest accusing major banks of biased mortgage lending that harmed major American cities, such as Los Angeles, Miami and Baltimore, and prolonged the nation’s housing crisis. These lawsuits have had mixed success. According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Chicago, which is part of Cook County and the third-most populous U.S. city, Wells Fargo has for more than a decade discriminated against minority and female borrowers in the region, with a goal of maximizing profit. The 152-page complaint said the bank targeted borrowers from the time loans were made through foreclosure through “equity stripping,” which includes the imposition of inflated or unnecessary rates and fees, as well as penalties to refinance. …

    November 28, 2014 5:18 pm
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Politics

  • Romney still leads GOP candidates for President


    By Reuters November 28, 2014 Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney(REUTERS/Brian Snyder) Mitt Romney, the Republican Party’s unsuccessful presidential nominee in 2012, leads the field for the 2016 election among Republican voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday. The former Massachusetts governor would have a slight edge over potential Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by 45 percent to 44 percent in a general election, the poll found. Among possible Republican candidates, Romney’s 19 percent put him ahead of former Florida governor Jeb Bush with 11 percent, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Ben Carson each with 8 percent each, and U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky with 6 percent. Carson, a former neurosurgeon with no political experience, is a conservative commentator and author of “One Nation,” which topped the New York Times best-seller list in June. U.S. Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and …

    November 28, 2014 10:51 am
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Stocks

  • Walmart hit with protests on Black Friday


    About 75 protesters marched outside the Walmart in North Bergen, N.J., on Friday. It’s becoming a tradition for Black Friday shoppers to find not just deals, but protests at some Walmart stores. This year, some of the biggest demonstrations took place outside Walmarts in Chicago and Washington D.C., as well in cities in California, Washington, Texas and New Jersey. At a store in North Bergen, N.J., about 75 protesters marched around the parking lot. They carried signs that read: “People who work deserve a living wage” and “Shame on Walmart.” At times they chanted: “Walmart, your kingdom must come down.” Most of them were not Walmart employees but are asking the company to pay all workers at least $15 an hour. Walmart says it pays full-time workers an average of $12.94 an hour. It is the third year in a row that union-backed groups organized Black Friday protests at some Walmart locations. Related: 24 hours …

    November 28, 2014 3:56 pm
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Sports

  • Hilltoppers stop Marshall’s bid for perfection


    Huntington, WV (SportsNetwork.com) – Marshall’s bid for a perfect season went by the wayside Friday when Brandon Doughty’s two-point conversion pass to Willie McNeal in overtime gave Western Kentucky a 67-66 victory over the 19th- ranked Thundering Herd. Marshall trailed throughout the majority of the defensively challenged contest, falling behind 14-0 early and trailing by 21 in the second quarter. The Thundering Herd, though, rallied for 10 points in the final 5 1/2 minutes of regulation to force overtime and went ahead for the first time all day on the second play of the extra period when Rakeem Cato hit Hyleck Foster with a 25-yard touchdown pass. It took just two plays for Western Kentucky to answer, as Doughty found Jared Dangerfield in the back of the end zone from 25 yards away. The Hilltoppers decided to go for the victory and Doughty easily hit McNeal in the right front corner of the end zone. …

    November 28, 2014 5:18 pm
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World News

  • Dozens die in Nigeria mosque attack


    28 November 2014 Last updated at 23:06 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. “They started shooting randomly at worshippers” – Muhammad Bello was near the mosque when the explosions began Dozens have been killed in a gun and bomb attack during prayers at one of the biggest mosques in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, officials say. Many more people have been hurt, with one rescue official putting casualty figures at almost 400. The Central Mosque is where the influential Muslim leader, the Emir of Kano, usually leads prayers. The emir recently called for people to arm themselves against Islamist militant group Boko Haram. No group said it had carried out the attack, but the assumption is that Boko Haram was behind it. The group has been waging an insurgency in Nigeria since 2009 and has killed more than 2,000 people this year, rights groups say. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires …

    November 28, 2014 5:18 pm
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Technology

  • Syrian hack attack forces pop-ups


    28 November 2014 Last updated at 20:05 The SEA made its message pop up on some media websites A number of websites have been compromised to display a message from a group identifying itself as the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA). Betting site William Hill, the Daily Telegraph, Independent and La Repubblica newspapers and broadcaster CNBC were among those affected. The attack was carried out by targeting a third-party widget used by the sites. The companies affected have stressed that their visitors’ personal data remained safe. A worker at Gigya, a California-based customer identity management service, confirmed to the BBC that the hackers had mounted the attack by changing its domain name system entry. DNS records match the names of websites and other internet services with strings of numbers that act as their internet protocol (IP) addresses, somewhat like a phone book. By changing some of Gigya’s domains, which were registered with a company named GoDaddy, …

    November 28, 2014 2:55 pm
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Science

  • Education is key to climate adaptation


    Given that some climate change is already unavoidable–as just confirmed by the new IPCC report–investing in empowerment through universal education should be an essential element in climate change adaptation efforts, which so far focus mostly in engineering projects, according to a new study from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) published in the journal Science. The article draws upon extensive analysis of natural disaster data for 167 countries over the past four decades as well as a number of studies carried out in individual countries and regions, published last year in a special issue of the journal Ecology and Society. The research shows that in many cases–particularly where the exact consequences of climate change are still unclear–educational expansion could be a better investment in protecting people from the impacts than conventional investments such as building sea walls, dams, irrigation systems, and other infrastructure. “Education is key in reducing disaster fatalities and enhancing adaptive …

    November 28, 2014 3:16 pm
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Health

  • Pursuit and restraint raise police officers’ risk of sudden death


    (Reuters Health) – Police officers are at increased risk for sudden cardiac death when performing stressful duties like chasing, restraining or fighting with suspects, researchers say. Sudden cardiac death is up to 70 times more likely during those kinds of stressful activities, compared to when police officers perform routine duties, according a new study of U.S. law enforcement deaths. The results aren’t surprising, said senior author Dr. Stefanos N. Kales of Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. “In the general population those really stressful things like anger or physical stress, like a lot of snow shoveling for a person who is usually sedentary, can serve as triggers for cardiovascular events,” Kales told Reuters Health. “We thought the same thing could happen with law enforcement officers but we were struck by the magnitude of the risks,” Kales said. He and his coauthors studied 441 cases of law enforcement officers’ sudden cardiac death on the job …

    November 28, 2014 2:55 pm
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Entertainment

  • Think Johnny Depp was embarrassed by his drunken speech? Think again


    Johnny Depp’s drunken speech has everyone worried: Is he going to rehab? During an interview with Details magazine, the Alice in Wonderland actor gave a profanity-laden speech about how he’s in a place in his life where he just doesn’t give a hoot. “What is really satisfying is, like Marlon [Brando], getting to that place where he just didn’t give a f***,” Depp said of the late actor and his mentor. “Suddenly you care enough not to give a f***, because not giving a f***, that’s the total liberation. Being game to try anything.” So, if you were thinking that Johnny Depp might be embarrassed and keeping a low profile after his very drunken award speech at the Hollywood Film Awards earlier this month, well, then we guess you’d be wrong. Here’s how Johnny Depp’s street cred just went through the roof (VIDEO) Depp shocked the audience and made fans wonder if there was reason …

    November 28, 2014 4:37 pm
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Editorial

  • Thanksgiving may be over but gratitude is still great: Five ways to stay thankful all year long


    October 22, 2012: A gourmet Thanksgiving dinner. (AP) There are so many ways to make the most of the leftovers from your Thanksgiving table.  From the classic turkey sandwich (add a bit of cranberry sauce and a dab of spicy mustard!), to leftover sweet potatoes, which can easily be turned into amazing gnocchi with the addition of some flour, an egg and a bit of salt, you really can do some amazing things to extent your holiday meal.   What’s true for the food on our tables can be just as true for the experience of gratitude which typically animates at least the opening moments of many Thanksgiving meals. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT You really can extend your experience of gratitude, if not to all year, at least for longer than it might normally last.  And frankly, it’s in your best interest to do this, as gratitude is actually a medically proven path to achieving greater happiness and …

    November 28, 2014 2:55 pm
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Odd News

  • French farmers cry wolf over sheep killings


    PARIS (Reuters) – French farmers, who regularly bring livestock into Paris to punctuate their protests, drove some 250 sheep into the shadow of the Eiffel Tower on Thursday to highlight an unusual concern – that a growing wolf population is killing their flocks. Wolves were reintroduced to France in the 1990s under an international convention on wildlife conservation in Europe. There are now an estimated 300 wolves in the country and the number is growing each year. According to the French sheep organization (FNO), the number of animals they kill has risen too – by nearly two thirds since 2011 – and is likely to top 8,000 this year. “We are asking that wolves be removed from sheep breeding regions because they are incompatible with our work,” Michele Boudoin, secretary general of the French sheep organisation (FNO) said. She stressed that France’s “wolf plan”, which compensates farmers for sheep losses and pays for prevention measures …

    November 27, 2014 2:39 pm
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