Headline News

  • Obama heckled over immigration policies in Chicago appearance


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – President Barack Obama was interrupted several times by hecklers during a speech on his immigration policy on Tuesday, and their complaint was that his plan did not go far enough in protecting illegal immigrants from deportation. At least four hecklers, all of them women, yelled at the president at the Copernicus Center where he had gone to promote his go-it-alone immigration plan that will remove the threat of deportation for up to 4.7 million illegal immigrants. Obama had gone to a Polish neighborhood to stress that the immigration problem in the United States is not restricted to Latinos and that there are people from around the world who are in the country illegally, such as Poles and Irish. Obama was in mid-speech when a woman shouted about his deportation policies. Under the Obama administration, thousands of people in the country illegally have been deported, an issue frequently raised with the president by …

    November 25, 2014 6:47 pm
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Politics

  • Exclusive: U.S. to leave more troops in Afghanistan than first planned


    KABUL (Reuters) – The United States is preparing to increase the number of troops it keeps in Afghanistan in 2015 to fill a gap left in the NATO mission by other contributing nations, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the situation. The final numbers are still being agreed, but there will be at least several hundred more than initially planned, one of the sources said. “If they hadn’t done that, the mission would have lost bases,” the source said. Under the U.S. commitment, described as a “bridging solution” until other nations fulfill their pledges later in the year or the troops are no longer needed, Washington may provide up to 1,000 extra soldiers. That figure was confirmed by all three sources, who said the final number was still under discussion and depended on when other countries stepped forward with their commitments. The additional U.S. troops will be assigned to a 12,000-strong NATO force …

    November 25, 2014 1:19 pm
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Stocks

  • Prisoners got $70 million from fake tax refund claims


      Prisoners are filing bogus tax refund claims from jail, and some are actually getting away with it. In 2012, nearly 138,000 inmates filed for a total of $1 billion in fraudulent refunds, according to a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. While the IRS caught a majority of the fake claims, it still paid out $70 million to people who are behind bars. Related: 7 common tax mistakes Some prisoners used stolen identities, often from other inmates. Others used their own information but inflated their income. Shermaine German, for example, got the names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of fellow inmates at the Donaldson Correctional Facility in Alabama between 2008 and 2013. He used their information to create false income tax returns, according to the report. German, who pleaded guilty, was sentenced to 66 months of prison and ordered to pay $788,280 in March for the tax scheme. Related: Top …

    November 25, 2014 6:26 pm
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Sports

  • 49ers rookies making big strides and key plays, many out of necessity because of injuries


    San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde, right, celebrates with quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) and tight end Vernon Davis (85) after running for a 4-yard touchdown against the Washington Redskins during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) (The Associated Press) San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde (28) runs for a 4-yard touchdown run during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) (The Associated Press) San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde (28) celebrates after running for a 4-yard touchdown during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) (The Associated Press) San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks, bottom, celebrates with inside linebacker Chris Borland after recovering a fumble by Washington Redskins quarterback Robert …

    November 25, 2014 6:47 pm
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World News

  • France puts Russian warship on hold


    25 November 2014 Last updated at 15:20 The Vladivostok was due to be handed over earlier in November as part of a $1.2bn contract France has suspended “until further notice” the controversial delivery of a helicopter carrier to the Russian navy. President Francois Hollande blamed continuing unrest in eastern Ukraine, where Russia is accused of backing separatists in their fight against the government in Kiev. The Vladivostok warship was due to be handed over last month as part of a two-ship deal. Russia says it will stick to the terms of the contract. Under the agreement, signed during Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidency in 2011, Russia ordered two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships in a contract worth $1.2bn euros ($1.6bn; £0.95bn). The first ship, the Vladivostok, was to be handed over in mid-November; the second, the Sevastopol, is due for delivery late next year. France eventually halted the delivery of the first ship in September, under pressure from …

    November 25, 2014 6:47 pm
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Technology

  • US expresses "concern" over EU proposal to break up Google


    Google has been facing antitrust scrutiny from European officials. Justin Sullivan, Getty Images The United States doesn’t seem to like the European Parliament’s proposed breakup of Google. The US Mission to the European Union responded to news of a draft proposal by the European Parliament calling for an “unbundling” of Google’s businesses with a disapproving tone. The proposal, reported Friday, aimed to separate Google’s search operations from the rest of the company as one solution to antitrust concerns. The European Parliament doesn’t have the power to break up Google, but the motion could apply political pressure on the European Commission, which sets the region’s legislative agenda. The Commission itself is investigating Google’s competitive practices. The Mission, which is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, appears protective of Google in light of these efforts. In an email to The Wall Street Journal, the Mission said it “notes with concern” the European Parliament’s proposal. “It is important that the …

    November 25, 2014 5:26 pm
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Science

  • How the Large Hadron Collider captured our imaginations


    Credit: Madman Particle FeverDirector: Mark Levinson, Madman (2013), Run time: 99 min  Science has broken its banks and captured the popular imagination, and this film documents the event. Last year, even people normally uninterested in science were intrigued by news of the biggest physics experiment in human history – the search for the “God particle” – fuelled as they were by tabloid speculation that a black hole would open on the Swiss–French border or that we might actually discover God. And references to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in a forthcoming movie – The God Particle – by popular director J.J. Abrams further underline the mainstreaming of science in popular culture. Particle Fever is a documentary that follows the story of the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs boson. As dramatic and emotional as any thriller, it shows the excitement, and intermittent emotional crashes, of the scientists and engineers as they worked on the project …

    November 25, 2014 1:41 pm
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Health

  • Sierra Leone Ebola burial workers dump bodies in pay protest


    FREETOWN (Reuters) – Burial workers in Sierra Leone have dumped bodies in the street outside a hospital in protest at authorities’ failure to pay bonuses for handling Ebola victims. Residents said up to 15 corpses had been abandoned in the eastern town of Kenema, three of them at a hospital entrance to stop people entering. The head of the district Ebola Response Team, Abdul Wahab Wan, said the bodies included those of two babies. A spokesman for the striking workers, who asked not to be identified, said they had not been paid their weekly hazard allowance for seven weeks. Authorities accepted the money had not been paid but said that all the striking members of the Ebola Burial Team would be dismissed. “Displaying corpses in a very, very inhumane manner is completely unacceptable,” said the spokesman for the National Ebola Response Centre, Sidi Yahya Tunis. He added that the central government had paid the money …

    November 25, 2014 1:19 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian Touches Down At LAX After Trip To Dubai, Heads Straight To The Waxer


    Posted on Tue Nov 25th, 2014 4:00pm PDT       By X17 Staff Kim Kardashian is back in black! Trading her nude and white ensembles in for a darker style, Kimbo donned an all-black outfit when she touched down at LAX after her long flight from Dubai. We have to take issue with this outfit selection. It might be time to have a sit down with Kim and tell her LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS! If she was wearing those cropped leggings to the gym, we’d be fine with it, but not with high heels, a button-down and a trench coat! No — just no! Earlier this week, the 34-year-old was in the Middle East (with Khloe’s boyfriend French Montana) doing appearances to promote her seventh fragrance Fleur Fatale, which is described as a “beautifully floral and elegant scent.” Amazingly enough — right after landing, Kim headed straight to Beverly Hills and stopped by famed salon Anastasia for a …

    November 25, 2014 7:07 pm
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Editorial

  • Bill Cosby: In court of public opinion entertainer has lost, in court of law, he’d likely win


    In the court of public opinion, Bill Cosby has lost. In a court of law, he would likely win. But given what we know so far, it will never come to that. If he wants it to stay that way, he should continue to keep quiet. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT At least eighteen women have come forward to accuse the once venerable actor and comedian of unwanted advances, sexual assaults and even rape dating back to the late 1960’s. These are serious accusations, to be sure. But the passage of time, the credibility of the alleged victims, and the paucity of physical or forensic evidence renders the likelihood of criminal prosecutions and/or civil remedies extremely remote. The marked pattern of conduct and the astonishing volume of claims are the most damning aspects of the public case against Cosby. What exactly happened during these alleged encounters, we will never know. If the women are telling the truth, they …

    November 25, 2014 5:26 pm
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Odd News

  • Fifty years later, American skating team claims Olympics bronze


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fifty years after Vivian Joseph and Ronald Joseph skated at the Innsbruck Olympics, the American pair on Tuesday officially claimed the bronze medal. Two years after the 1964 Games, the International Olympic Committee had awarded the Joseph siblings the bronze medal after disclosing that the West German pairs team had violated their amateur status by signing a professional contract. Canadians Debbi Wilkes and Guy Revell moved up one spot to the silver medal, while the Josephs, who had finished fourth in the competition, claimed bronze. But in 1987, the IOC said Germans Marika Kilius and Hans-Jürgen Bäumler were “rehabilitated” and quietly re-awarded their silver medals. The IOC never explained the medal consequences of its decision. On Tuesday, the IOC announced that the Germans and Canadians are each silver-medal winners, while the Americans are the bronze medalists in the pairs event. “An Olympic medal is the ultimate sports symbol of hard work, sacrifice …

    November 25, 2014 5:46 pm
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