• Boxing great Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

    (Reuters) – Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been hospitalized with pneumonia and is expected to recover because the illness was caught early, a spokesman said on Saturday. Ali, 72, was admitted to a hospital in...
  • Paul, Clippers top Bucks

    Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Chris Paul had 27 points and nine assists as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 106-102 on Saturday night. Blake Griffin posted 24 points and eight assists, J.J....
  • Jordan ends death penalty moratorium

    Jordan ends death penalty moratorium

    21 December 2014 Last updated at 09:13 Jordan has executed 11 men convicted of murder, ending an eight-year moratorium on the death penalty in the country. The interior ministry said the men, convicted in different...
  • Obama condemns killings of NY police

    Obama condemns killings of NY police

    21 December 2014 Last updated at 11:00 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Alpa Patel: “This attack comes at a tense time in the US” US President Barack Obama has...
  • No. 19 San Diego State cruises past Ball State

    San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Winston Shepard finished with 15 points and five assists to lift No. 19 San Diego State to a 70-57 victory over Ball State on Saturday. JJ O’Brien scored 13 points...

Headline News

  • Gunman kills two New York police officers in possible revenge attack

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A gunman shot dead two New York City police officers and then killed himself, police said, after a social media post indicated he may having been seeking revenge for the death of an unarmed black man during an arrest attempt. The two New York City Police Department officers, Rafael Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu, 32, were ambushed in their patrol car Saturday afternoon, said NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton. “They were quite simply assassinated, targeted for their uniforms,” he told a news conference after the attack, the first in which NYPD officers had been killed by gunfire since 2011. The two men were attacked outside a housing project in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn at a tense time for the NYPD, the largest police force in the country. Protests over policing tactics have roiled the city since a grand jury declined this month to indict a white NYPD officer in the …

    December 21, 2014 6:28 am


  • Cuba not returning to capitalism despite U.S. deal: Castro’s daughter

    HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba will defend its socialist principles and will not return to capitalism just because it has agreed a detente with the United States, the daughter of President Raul Castro said, dispelling any notion that U.S. companies would be free to roll into Cuba. “The people of Cuba don’t want to return to capitalism,” Mariela Castro, a member of parliament, told Reuters on Friday. Cuba and the United States on Wednesday agreed to end more than five decades of animosity and re-establish full diplomatic relations. U.S. President Barack Obama also said he intends to remove some sanctions against Cuba and work with the U.S. Congress to end the economic embargo. But even if all U.S. barriers to Cuba were lifted, any U.S. companies would still need permission from Cuba’s communist government to do business on the Caribbean island. “We’ve been at this 56 years and … we love saying that we are a …

    December 21, 2014 4:07 am


  • How to pick the best dividend stocks

    Disney recently announced a 34% dividend increase for 2014. Investing in dividend stocks can be a powerful and effective strategy to obtain superior returns over time. However, there is much more to successful dividend investing that simply going after companies with big yields. Disney (DIS), Starbucks (SBUX), and TJX (TJX) (parent company of T.J. Maxx) show that investing in businesses with increasing dividends and healthy fundamentals can be the key to outperforming the markets in the long term. The importance of dividend growth: According data from Goldman Sachs, dividend stocks tend to outperform their nondividend-paying counterparts by a considerable margin over time. A $10,000 investment in nondividend stocks in 1972 would have turned into $26,417 by 2013, while investing the same amount in dividend-paying stocks would have resulted in $413,073. That staggering difference provides solid evidence in favor of dividend investing. However, that’s only part of the story: Results tend to be even better when …

    December 20, 2014 11:04 pm


  • Boxing great Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

    (Reuters) – Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been hospitalized with pneumonia and is expected to recover because the illness was caught early, a spokesman said on Saturday. Ali, 72, was admitted to a hospital in an undisclosed location Saturday morning and is being treated by a team of doctors and remains in stable condition, spokesman Bob Gunnell said. “Because the pneumonia was caught early, his prognosis is good with a short hospital stay expected,” Gunnell said in a statement. He declined to give any further details of the boxer’s condition and said Ali’s family was asking for privacy. The boxing great, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, made a public appearance in September to attend a ceremony in Louisville, Kentucky, for the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards. A three-time world heavyweight champion, Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s about three years after he retired from boxing in 1981. (Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Robert Birsel)

    December 21, 2014 6:48 am

World News

  • Jordan ends death penalty moratorium

    21 December 2014 Last updated at 09:13 Jordan has executed 11 men convicted of murder, ending an eight-year moratorium on the death penalty in the country. The interior ministry said the men, convicted in different cases, had been hanged at dawn on Sunday. Jordanian authorities gave no reason for the lifting of the 2006 moratorium on capital punishment. Interior Minister Hussein Majali recently said the public blamed a rise in crime on the non-application of the death penalty, AFP news agency reports. A number of Middle East countries have retained capital punishment, including Jordan’s neighbour Saudi Arabia which has carried out dozens of public executions this year.

    December 21, 2014 5:27 am


  • The NHS’s chaotic IT systems show no sign of recovery

    When you walk into my GP’s surgery, the first thing you see is a screen on the receptionist’s counter. Displayed on it are the words (all in capitals) “TOUCH THE SCREEN TO ARRIVE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT”. Being pedantic, the first time I saw it I pointed out to the receptionist that I had arrived for my appointment. She grimaced. I then asked if the medical implications of asking every patient to use the same touchscreen during, say, a flu epidemic had been considered. Another grimace. It was, she explained, “a new system”. This system was provided by Epic Systems, a US corporation based in Wisconsin, which may explain why its software designers seem unfamiliar with the verb “to arrive”. It’s one of eight major vendors of healthcare information systems, all of which are based in the US, and it got its foot in the NHS door quite a long time ago. My doctor’s surgery has …

    December 21, 2014 4:27 am


  • Computational clues into the structure of a promising energy conversion catalyst

    Related images(click to enlarge) Hydrogen fuel is a promising source of clean energy that can be produced by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen gas. The reaction is difficult but achievable with the help of a catalyst, a material that can speed up the process. However, current catalysts lack the efficiency required for water splitting to be commercially competitive. Recently scientists have identified one such catalyst, iron-doped nickel oxide, as a highly active compound that can speed up this reaction, but the origin of its activity is not well understood. Now researchers at Princeton University have reported new insights into the structure of an active component of the nickel oxide catalyst, known as β-NiOOH, using theoretical calculations. Led by Annabella Selloni, professor of chemistry at Princeton, the findings were published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters on October 28. “Understanding the structure is the basis for any further study of the material’s properties. If …

    December 21, 2014 4:28 am


  • Britain lifts bird flu restrictions on duck farm

    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain on Sunday lifted restrictions on the movement of poultry in a six-mile (9.7-km) zone around a duck farm in northern England where the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu strain was found last month. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said in a statement that all restrictions, including those covering the storage, transport and sourcing of meat products, had been lifted. “Our robust and thorough approach to tackling this outbreak means we are able to lift these restrictions at the earliest possible point allowed by EU (European Union) law,” Britain’s Chief Veterinary Officer Nigel Gibbens said. The outbreak on the farm in east Yorkshire, Britain’s first since 2008, posed minimal risk to humans, the department said. (Reporting by William James; editing by Jason Neely)

    December 21, 2014 4:26 am


  • - Justin Bieber Flies Solo And Tells Us, "I Need Time To Myself Sometimes"

    Posted on Sat Dec 20th, 2014 8:00am PDT       By X17 Staff On Friday afternoon Justin Bieber stepped out in Malibu, and while he was joined by his bodyguard, none of his party (or go-karting) pals were present. After his reported spiritual mission this past fall and a number of run-ins with the law, is the 20-year-old pop star finally growing up? Maybe! Though he’s been stepping out with hottie Hailey Baldwin and partying with the uber classy Jenner girls, the Biebs told X17 photographers, “I need time by myself sometimes.” He also Instagrammed a shot of himself looking pensive on the pier and wrote, “Aren’t we all just searching for peace?” Bieber snapped a few selfies with fans and struck some poses for us, but when we snapped him strolling along the pier, he looked as lonely as this solo seagull: Maybe he’s missing ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez? Or is he merely having doubts about his peroxided …

    December 21, 2014 4:07 am


  • 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

Odd News

  • Canadian driver jailed for deaths caused by stopping for ducks

    OTTAWA (Reuters) – A Canadian woman was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Thursday for causing two deaths in 2010 when she stopped her car on a Quebec highway to help a group of ducklings crossing the road. Emma Czornobaj had been convicted in June of two counts each of criminal negligence and dangerous driving causing death. According to media reports on Thursday, Czornobaj stopped her car abruptly in the passing lane of a highway south of Montreal when she saw the ducklings. The motorcycle behind Czornobaj’s car then crashed into her vehicle, killing the 50-year-old man driving the motorcycle and his 16-year-old daughter. “I just wanted to pick all these ducklings up and put them in my car,” Czornobaj had testified during her trial. “I know it was a mistake.” The jail time will be served on the weekends. Czornobaj was also sentenced to 240 hours of community service, probation and banned from …

    December 18, 2014 3:58 pm