• Ray Rice wins appeal

    New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been reinstated to the NFL, winning an appeal of his indefinite suspension from the league on Friday. Rice, who has been suspended...
  • When pigs fly? Not on this US Airways plane

    WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. –  This was a pig that truly could not fly. The pig was ordered off a U.S. Airways plane at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut on Wednesday after crewmembers determined the animal...
  • When did Black Friday start?

    When did Black Friday start?

      Black Friday has become as synonymous with Thanksgiving as pumpkin pie, but there are a lot of myths surrounding the origins of the shopping event, some even going back as far as the 1800s....
  • Cards’ Fitzgerald practices, hopes to play Sunday

    Tempe, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – Larry Fitzgerald figures to be a game-time decision for a second straight week when the Arizona Cardinals travel to Atlanta this Sunday, though the veteran wide receiver is encouraged by his...
  • Venezuela jail overdose kills 35

    Venezuela jail overdose kills 35

    29 November 2014 Last updated at 00:53 Families of prisoners received the news that at least 35 had died inside the jail with alarm Thirty-five prisoners in north-west Venezuela have died after overdosing on the...

Headline News

  • When pigs fly? Not on this US Airways plane


    WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. –  This was a pig that truly could not fly. The pig was ordered off a U.S. Airways plane at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut on Wednesday after crewmembers determined the animal had become disruptive, said Laura Masvidal, a spokeswoman for U.S. Airways parent American Airlines said Friday. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The pig had been brought aboard the flight by a passenger as an emotional support animal, Masvidal said. She said both the pig and its owner left the aircraft before it took off. She had no other details and did not immediately know where the flight was headed. Jonathan Skolnik, a University of Massachusetts professor who was on the flight, told ABC News that he initially thought the female passenger was carrying a duffel bag. “But it turns out it wasn’t a duffel bag. We could smell it and it was a pig on a leash,” he said. The woman sat in …

    November 28, 2014 8:20 pm
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Politics

  • For immigrants, state laws control their futures


    By BOB CHRISTIE November 28, 2014 Doug Ducey waves to supporters at the Republican election night festivities(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) If Christian Avila lived a few hundred miles to the west, he would have a driver’s license, qualify for in-state college tuition and a host of other opportunities available to young people granted legal status by President Barack Obama two years ago. But Avila lives in Phoenix, and the 24-year-old immigrant who was brought here from Mexico by his parents at age 9 still has to navigate the sprawling city in fear as he drives to school or work. “You get nervous, your legs start to tingle a little bit when there’s a cop behind you, when you’re doing nothing wrong by driving to work,’ said Avila, a community college student and immigration activist. “You’re not breaking any rules, you’re following the law. But unfortunately it’s where we live.” With last week’s action by Obama …

    November 28, 2014 6:59 pm
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Stocks

  • When did Black Friday start?


      Black Friday has become as synonymous with Thanksgiving as pumpkin pie, but there are a lot of myths surrounding the origins of the shopping event, some even going back as far as the 1800s. Turns out, you don’t have to rewind quite that far to find the source. Along with the cheesesteak and the hoagie, the term Black Friday is rooted in Philadelphia. In the 1950s, police in The City of Brotherly Love used the term to describe the horde of shoppers from the suburbs that descended into the city for the days after Thanksgiving, according to Bonnie Taylor-Blake, a neuroscience researcher at the University of North Carolina. The city promoted big sales and decorations, ahead of the Army/Navy football game on Saturday. “It was a double whammy. Traffic cops were required to work 12-hour shifts, no one could take off and people would flood the sidewalks, parking lots and streets. The cops had …

    November 28, 2014 8:00 pm
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Sports

  • Ray Rice wins appeal


    New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been reinstated to the NFL, winning an appeal of his indefinite suspension from the league on Friday. Rice, who has been suspended since Sept. 8 for punching his now-wife in an Atlantic City Casino back in February, is now free to sign with any NFL team. “This decision is a victory for a disciplinary process that is fair and transparent. This union will always stand up and fight for the due process rights of our players. While we take no pleasure in seeing a decision that confirms what we have been saying about the commissioner’s office acting arbitrarily, we hope that this will bring the NFL owners to the collective bargaining table to fix a broken processm,” the NFLPA said in a statement. Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones heard Rice’s appeal earlier this month and ruled on Friday that Rice …

    November 28, 2014 8:20 pm
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World News

  • Chespirito, the Mexican comedian who inspired Simpsons character, dies at 85


    With his tight red body suit and bouncing antennae sticking out of his head, the Mexican comedian Chespirito became a legend in his home country – and also inspired one of the Simpson’s most bizarre characters. While most people outside Latin America may not have heard of Roberto Gómez Bolaños, who has died aged 85, they will be familiar with the Bumblebee Man – the brightly coloured comic in the enduring US cartoon series who stars in a Spanish-language sitcom. The Bumblebee Man was inspired by Chespirito’s naive superhero, El Chapulín Colorado, or the Crimson Grasshopper. The goofy superhero, whose antennae helped him detect danger miles away, also wore yellow shorts and boots, giving him the look of a red bumblebee. His morning show was a staple for preschoolers. Chespirito’s other famous character was El Chavo del Ocho, who was hugely popular in Latin America and beyond with his barrel, freckles, striped shirt and frayed …

    November 28, 2014 8:20 pm
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Technology

  • Websites creak on record Black Friday


    28 November 2014 Last updated at 21:35 Shoppers fought their way to the tills at UK retailers as the American tradition of Black Friday pre-Christmas discounting took firm hold here. Many retailers traded from midnight to maximise shopping times and put deals online overnight. But websites including John Lewis, Argos and Tesco Direct struggled to handle the increased traffic. And Currys customers were left drumming their fingers as they waited up to an hour in a virtual queue. At least online shoppers had only their own feelings of frustration to deal with. During the day police were called to a number of disturbances at London and Manchester supermarkets as shoppers fought over goods. There were reports of people pinching, punching and kicking to get to the bargains on offer. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Footage of shoppers scrambling to get their hands on merchandise John Lewis, which offered website deals from …

    November 28, 2014 6:59 pm
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Science

  • Notre Dame biologist leads sequencing of the genomes of malaria-carrying mosquitoes


    Nora Besansky, O’Hara Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame and a member of the University’s Eck Institute for Global Health, has led an international team of scientists in sequencing the genomes of 16 Anopheles mosquito species from around the world. Anopheles mosquitoes are responsible for transmitting human malaria parasites that cause an estimated 200 million cases and more than 600 thousand deaths each year. However, of the almost 500 different Anopheles species, only a few dozen can carry the parasite and only a handful of species are responsible for the vast majority of transmissions. Besansky and her fellow researchers investigated the genetic differences between the deadly parasite-transmitting species and their harmless (but still annoying) cousins. Two papers published in today’s (Nov. 27) editions of Science Express, an electronic publication of the journal Science in advance of print, describe detailed genomic comparisons of these mosquitoes and the deadliest of them all, Anopheles …

    November 28, 2014 7:19 pm
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Health

  • France’s Hollande warns against isolating Ebola-hit Guinea


    CONAKRY (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande, the first Western leader to visit Ebola-stricken West Africa, warned on Friday against isolating one of the countries hit by the worst epidemic of the disease on record. During a brief visit to Guinea’s capital Conakry, Hollande was greeted by President Alpha Conde before visiting a hospital and meeting health workers battling the outbreak. Hollande said the French people should be aware of what was happening in Guinea, the origin of the epidemic that has killed 1,200 Guineans and more than 5,600 people across West Africa. But he said they should also be vigilant. “Vigilant that Guinea is always open to the world, that it isn’t isolated, including during this phase, and that it can continue to ensure its development,” he said at a news conference at the end of the visit. A number of countries, including several of Guinea’s neighbors, have introduced restrictions on travelers from Ebola-affected nations, …

    November 28, 2014 6:59 pm
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Entertainment

  • Nori Wears Ostrich Feather Cape For Spa Day With Mommy Kim


    Posted on Fri Nov 28th, 2014 5:25pm PDT       By X17 Staff Kim Kardashian has now taken ridiculous kid fashion to a WHOLE new level … by dressing year-old daughter Nori in a black ostrich feather cape, toddler Charlotte Olympia kitty cat flats and Alaia-style cropped black leggings. Seriously over the top!!! … But we kind of love it. And could Nori get any cuter?! And if the chic baby style weren’t enough, you’ll DIE when you hear where Kim was taking little North West … for a mommy-and-me spa day! And they drove there in the Rolls Royce! Did Nori have a gold sippy cup full of Champagne on the way there? Was she snacking on caviar? You think she went for a deep tissue massage or maybe a Shiatsu and a steam bath? #LifestylesOfTheRichAndFamous   Stories from around the Web

    November 28, 2014 8:40 pm
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Editorial

  • Obama’s net neutrality push: Why Silicon Valley should be careful what it wishes for


    It has been a big month for the future of the Internet, and unfortunately it is not looking good. President Obama became the latest public figure to jump on the net neutrality bandwagon, ignoring both the results of the midterm elections and regulatory common sense by urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt draconian new rules under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act.  This proposal to regulate under an 80 year-old law meant for the monopoly telephone system is terrible for innovation and investment, the two pillars of the modern Internet. It is being pushed by far left advocacy groups and self-interested Silicon Valley companies like Netflix that are looking to extort a free ride from Internet Service Providers (ISPs).  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Sadly, high profile figures like President Obama have also jumped aboard. Lookout Google, Facebook, Amazon and all others that have any sort of market power online. President Obama and the FCC …

    November 28, 2014 6:59 pm
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Odd News

  • With monkey on the lam, Florida neighborhood goes bananas


    TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) – Florida authorities vowed on Friday to capture a monkey last seen running through a Tampa neighborhood that they described as “three-foot tall, brown and fast.” A resident initially reported seeing a fleet-footed monkey running through a yard in the middle of a sunny Thanksgiving Day afternoon, Tampa police said. An hour later, another caller spotted a monkey about a dozen blocks away, near a bridge on a road that is several miles (km) from downtown Tampa. “There is no probable cause for this monkey’s arrest, however, we will work tirelessly to apprehend him,” Tampa police said in a Facebook post. Both sightings occurred near Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, whose officials told police that its monkeys were all accounted for. With some on social media questioning whether the primate was a monkey or a chimpanzee, Tampa police clarified that the exact species was unknown, but that the sightings appeared to be credible. …

    November 28, 2014 7:19 pm
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