Headline News

  • Friendly bet between high school coach, wrestler leads to investigation


    HILO, Hawaii –  A friendly bet between a high school coach and a wrestler has led to a suspension and a police investigation in Hawaii. Carla Fontes hadn’t cut her hair since intermediate school, but her coach at Waiakea High School, Stan Haraguchi, thought the locks flowing below her waist were interfering with the sport. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT They bet if she lost a match, he would cut her hair. After a 3-0 start, Fontes lost her first match last week. She allowed the coach to cut her hair at a team meeting Monday, even though Fontes’ mother had expressly forbidden it. Fontes said she didn’t relay that information to Haraguchi. The coach has been suspended, said Donalyn Dela Cruz, spokeswoman for the state Department of Education. Arlette Fontes was furious when her 15-year-old daughter came home with shoulder-length hair. “I’m shaking,” the mother told Hawaii Tribune-Herald. “My daughter’s hair went all the way down her …

    January 31, 2015 3:54 am
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Politics

  • U.S. must target currency manipulation in trade deals: senator


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration must insist that U.S. trading partners pledge not to manipulate currencies when negotiating trade deals, the Senate Committee on Finance chairman said on Friday. In a speech laying out his conditions for supporting trade deals, Republican Orrin Hatch said addressing currency concerns was key to winning lawmakers’ support for a bill to fast-track trade agreements through Congress, and deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “Pretending these concerns don’t exist will not suffice,” he told the American Enterprise Institute. “The administration must engage much more effectively with Congress on this issue if they want to receive strong support for TPA (trade promotion authority) and any subsequent trade agreements.” Lawmakers from both parties are pushing the U.S. administration to take a stronger stand against trading partners which seek to gain an edge with a weaker currency, which makes their exports cheaper. But President Barack Obama told House Democrats on Thursday that …

    January 31, 2015 2:33 am
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Stocks

  • Burger mania: Shake Shack stock up 120%


      Shake Shack is no longer just a cult favorite for foodies. It’s now a cult stock too. The upscale burger joint’s shares surged nearly 120% Friday in their debut on the New York Stock Exchange. Shake Shack (SHAK) priced its initial public offering at $21 a share Thursday evening — above the price range Shake Shack set earlier this week. It opened at $47.21 and quickly shot above $50 a share. But it closed near its lows for the day. The company raised $105 million from the stock sale. And at Friday’s closing price of just under $46, Shake Shack is worth $1.63 billion. Shake Shack shared some of the wealth with customers too. To celebrate its first day as a public company, Shake Shack offered free breakfast sandwiches and burgers at a food truck outside the NYSE. Restaurateur Danny Meyer, who is chairman of Shake Shack and founder of the Union Square Hospitality …

    January 31, 2015 2:53 am
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Sports

  • Miller, Canucks deal Sabres another loss


    Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) – Ryan Miller faced his former team for the first time and his 20 saves helped the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday. Miller played against the team he won a Vezina Trophy with for the first time since being traded to St. Louis last February. He had a chance to play them late last season while with the Blues, but opted to sit out. His strong game saw his former team drop its 14th straight game, all in regulation, as the team is suffering through a franchise-record losing streak. Bo Horvat, Radim Vrbata, Chris Higgins, Nick Bonino and Yannick Weber all scored for the Canucks, who had lost two straight coming in. Chris Stewart had both the goals for the Sabres, who have also lost 14 straight games on the road. Matt Hackett allowed four goals on 37 shots in the loss. Buffalo took the …

    January 31, 2015 3:54 am
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World News

  • Merkel rules out Greek debt relief


    31 January 2015 Last updated at 09:07 Angela Merkel insists she still wants Greece to stay in the eurozone German Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out cancelling any of Greece’s debt, saying banks and creditors have already made substantial cuts. But Mrs Merkel told the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper she still wanted Greece to stay in the eurozone. Greece’s left-wing Syriza party won last weekend’s election with a pledge to have half the debt written off. Its finance minister said the “troika” of global institutions overseeing Greek debt was a “rotten committee”. The troika – the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund – had agreed a €240bn (£179bn; $270bn) bailout with the previous Greek government. But new Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has refused to work with the troika to renegotiate the bailout terms and has already begun to roll back the austerity measures the creditors had demanded of the previous government. Meanwhile, EU …

    January 31, 2015 3:54 am
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Technology

  • Saints Row IV: Re-Elected And Gat Out Of Hell review


    Re-Elected is just Saints Row IV with a modest graphical update for PS4 and Xbox One, and won’t be of any interest if you’ve already played it. Gat Out Of Hell, meanwhile, is new and sees you taking on the devil in an underworld strongly reminiscent of the cities the game inhabits back on Earth, but with lava pits and cars that look like props from Mad Max. Picking a fight with Lucifer necessitates ratcheting up “Satan’s Wrath Meter” by destroying things – with most missions revolving around explosive comedy weapons. Its adolescent humour and singular focus on blowing things up are consistent with the messy, budget vision of hell you’re laying waste to, which looks low-res even on PS4. New special powers pump up the pyrotechnics, and your character’s angel wings make travelling less of a chore, but at heart this is the same ludicrous Grand Theft Auto-lite shtick that made the series famous. …

    January 31, 2015 2:34 am
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Science

  • Nailing the half-life of iron-60


    Separate spectra: Perfectly resolved isobars of iron-60 and nickel-60 The most accurate measurement yet of the half-life of iron-60 has been made by an international team of physicists. While previous measurements of the half-life had differed by a factor of two, the team says that it has accounted for most sources of error that plagued earlier experiments. The radioactive isotope – whose half-life is measured at 2.60 million years with a 2% uncertainty – can now be used to date astrophysical events on that timescale, making it a reliable astrophysical chronometer. While most of the iron in the universe is iron-56 – a stable nucleus made up of 26 protons and 30 neutrons – iron-60 (60Fe) has 34 neutrons and it is the four extra neutrons that make the isotope unstable to radioactive decay. 60Fe is also an “extinct radionuclide” – a nuclide formed by primordial processes in the early solar system, nearly 4.6 billion …

    January 31, 2015 2:34 am
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Health

  • Chimerix to stop participation in clinical studies of Ebola drug


    (Reuters) – Drug developer Chimerix Inc said it would stop participation in clinical studies of its Ebola drug, brincidofovir, citing a significant decrease in the number new cases for the virus in Liberia. The decision was announced after the company’s discussions with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The company said it would continue to study of brincidofovir for other indications. Brincidofovir was given to the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, Thomas Eric Duncan, who later succumbed to the infection. (Reporting by Kanika Sikka and Anjalo Rao Koppalla in Bengaluru; Editing by Alan Crosby)

    January 31, 2015 2:33 am
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Entertainment

  • Katy Perry Addresses Taylor Swift Feud: "If Someone Is Trying To Defame My Character, You’re Going To Hear About It"


    Posted on Fri Jan 30th, 2015 11:10am PDT       By X17 Staff Katy Perry’s claws are out! The singer spoke to Billboard mag about her much-reported fight with America’s sweetheart Taylor Swift, saying, “If somebody is trying to defame my character, you’re going to hear about it.” Last year, TayTay Tweeted about a fellow female musician as her “straight-up enemy,” which everyone took to be a reference to pop rival Katy Perry. The next day, Perry responded with: “Watch out for the Regina George in sheep’s clothing” — a reference to Mean Girls, which clearing seemed to be a rebuttal to Swift. So what brought on the vicious hatred? Katy reportedly “stole” three of Swift’s backup dancers for her Roar tour last year. Swift responded the way she usually responds when someone does her wrong … by writing a song about the “Fireworks” singer — “Bad Blood.” Adding fuel to the flames, both singers dated bad boy …

    January 31, 2015 2:54 am
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Editorial

  • Always Remember, Never Forget: The Holocaust and my grandmother’s gift of living memory


    Amnon Schariawith his grandmother, Rita Scharia at the United Nations annual Holocaust Commemoration Ceremony in New York. Rita is a Holocaust survivor who traveled from Israel to be at the commemoration with her grandson and his family. Amnon is holding the last postcard she saved from her father who perished on the way to Auschwitz. (Scharia family) This week, my grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, travelled from Israel to attend the United Nation’s tenth annual Holocaust Commemoration.  I was excited and a bit nervous knowing that my class at Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan was also invited to participate in the U.N.’s yearly memorial ceremony marking the liberation of Auschwitz.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT My dad happens to work for the U.N. So together, we would be representing three generations of a Holocaust family who would be present that day in the great U.N. General Assembly Hall. She spoke quietly and confidently to me around the family table. And I understood she was sharing a gift of living …

    January 31, 2015 2:34 am
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Odd News

  • Secretary of State Kerry fined for not shoveling by Boston home


    BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was slapped with a $50 fine for failing to have a side street adjoining his Boston home shoveled following the blizzard that dropped more than 2 feet (60 cm) of snow on Massachusetts this week, a spokesman said on Friday. The fine was issued on Thursday after a snow-removal company hired by Kerry and his neighbors in the city’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood saw yellow tape blocking the sidewalk alongside the home and thought it was related to security for the top U.S. diplomat. The tape had been put up to warn pedestrians of falling ice and snow, said Kerry’s spokesman, Glen Johnson. “Once they understood that they were allowed to enter the area, the contractors finished the sidewalk late Thursday morning,” he said. Kerry was in Saudi Arabia with President Barack Obama to attend the funeral of King Abdullah and meet with his successor, King …

    January 30, 2015 10:31 pm
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