• Hagel resigns as defense secretary

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, the first major change to President Barack Obama’s Cabinet since his Democrats were routed in midterm elections three weeks ago. Obama announced the resignation...
  • Accomplished coaches fill Eddie Robinson Award list

    Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – A virtual Who’s Who of great FCS coaches over the last three decades have captured the Eddie Robinson Award, and this year’s national coach of the year will take his place...
  • US defence secretary to step down

    US defence secretary to step down

    24 November 2014 Last updated at 16:44 Chuck Hagel will resign as US defence secretary after less than two years in the top military post. President Barack Obama confirmed his resignation and paid tribute to...
  • Miracle On Ice coach Tikhonov dies, aged 84

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Viktor Tikhonov, who coached the Soviet Union and Unified Team to three straight Olympic ice hockey gold medals, has died in Moscow at the age of 84. “He passed away overnight. The...

Headline News

  • Hagel resigns as defense secretary


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, the first major change to President Barack Obama’s Cabinet since his Democrats were routed in midterm elections three weeks ago. Obama announced the resignation at a White House event with Hagel at his side. Hagel will remain in the job until a successor is in place. Hagel was appointed less than two years ago as Obama pushed his signature program of winding up wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, a process that is being upended this year with U.S. re-engagement in Iraq and greater military cooperation with Kabul. The former Republican senator, who had struggled to improve his ties with Congress after a contentious 2013 confirmation hearing, submitted his resignation letter after lengthy discussions with Obama that began in October, officials said. “A successor will be named in short order, but Secretary Hagel will remain as Defense Secretary until his replacement is confirmed by the …

    November 24, 2014 11:14 am
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Politics

  • Roger Wicker Looks for Fast Start at NRSC


    By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 5 a.m. today 0 Tweet Wicker sat down in his office on Nov. 19 for an exclusive interview. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Twenty-one Republican senators up for re-election in 2016 filed into the National Republican Senatorial Committee on the morning of Nov. 19 to meet with party strategists about campaign preparations. Leading the confab with the incumbents and their chiefs of staff were incoming NRSC Chairman Roger Wicker, the Mississippi senator elected to the position a week earlier, and Ward Baker, the 2014 political director who was promoted to executive director for the new cycle. Unlike the past four NRSC administrations, this one is charged with defending a Senate majority. Later that day, in his first newspaper interview since being elected chairman, Wicker spoke candidly about the challenges ahead. He declined to detail the meeting but said, “I guarantee you the issue of fundraising arose.” While Republicans are primed to …

    November 24, 2014 4:50 am
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Stocks

  • Russia losing $140 billion from sanctions and low oil prices


    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s athletic prowess is well known, but his economic skills are being put to the test right now. Russian President Vladimir Putin received a high-ranking black belt in karate Friday, but his master fighting skills haven’t been enough to fend off economic troubles. The country is losing up to $140 billion per year because of falling oil prices and sanctions with Western nations, according to estimates from Russia’s finance minister Anton Siluanov. This is the clearest sign yet of just how much trouble Russia is in. Siluanov said in a speech on Monday that falling oil prices were causing the most damage — leading to $90 billion to $100 billion in annual losses. Russia, which is a major oil exporter, has suffered immensely as oil prices have fallen by roughly 30% since hitting a recent peak in June. Related: These countries are getting killed by cheap oil Meanwhile, Western sanctions are expected …

    November 24, 2014 9:53 am
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Sports

  • Accomplished coaches fill Eddie Robinson Award list


    Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – A virtual Who’s Who of great FCS coaches over the last three decades have captured the Eddie Robinson Award, and this year’s national coach of the year will take his place next to them. Voting for the Eddie Robinson Award began on Monday with 21 finalists from across the FCS. Morgan State’s Lee Hull was named as the final addition to the list. Each of the 13 FCS conferences has at least one finalist. Eleven of the coaches have led their teams to either a shared or outright conference title and 13 will be coaching in the FCS playoffs. Past winners of the esteemed Eddie Robinson Award include Mark Duffner, Erk Russell, Chris Ault, Jim Tressel, Houston Nutt, Andy Talley, Paul Johnson, Joe Glenn, Jerry Kill, Jerry Moore, and the only two-time winners, Mickey Matthews and Craig Bohl. A national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and …

    November 24, 2014 11:14 am
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World News

  • US defence secretary to step down


    24 November 2014 Last updated at 16:44 Chuck Hagel will resign as US defence secretary after less than two years in the top military post. President Barack Obama confirmed his resignation and paid tribute to his “class and integrity”. Mr Hagel, 68, a Vietnam war veteran and former Republican senator, said it had been his life’s “greatest privilege”. Last month, it was reported that he was sharply critical of the US strategy against Islamic State and in relation to the Syria regime. He will stay on as secretary until his successor is confirmed. An unnamed official told the Associated Press news agency that Mr Hagel and Mr Obama both “determined that it was time for new leadership in the Pentagon” and had been discussing the move for weeks. Mr Obama said Mr Hagel had come to him to discuss the “appropriate time to complete his service”. The US president said he was “extraordinary lucky” to …

    November 24, 2014 11:14 am
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Technology

  • Enter for your chance to win* one of three quad-copters!


    3D Robotics OMG, you guys. I am so tickled because today I get to give away not one, not two, but three of my favorite products. They’re all different, but all in the same awesome category: drones! Extreme Fliers I’ve had a mad love affair with these things this year, and as fate would have it, these are among my favorite models. So let’s cut right to the chase: Leave a comment below for your chance to win one of the following, all courtesy of StackSocial: Extreme Fliers Micro Drone 2.0 with aerial camera — A small, extremely agile quad-copter that made its debut last year, but is no less impressive here in 2014. Hubsan Code Black Drone with HD camera — This is a custom job created just for StackSocial, a stealthy version of the company’s popular X4 H107 series — which I’ve flown extensively and find super-fun. 3D Robotics IRIS+ — This headlines-grabbing …

    November 24, 2014 8:52 am
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Science

  • Lab Talk: Graphene goes ballistic, Marine reserves to the rescue


    Peter Sherrell Graphene goes ballistic Imagine if you could generate clean hydro-electricity in the Snowy Mountains and pass that electricity, without any loss, to Perth. It is impossible with today’s copper cables – electrical resistance makes long-distance transmission inefficient. Graphene looks much more promising. This paper shows that graphene sheets can achieve “ballistic” conduction at room temperature. The electrons fly across the sheets with no scattering resistance. Ballistic conduction is a step below superconductivity for effort-free electron flow – but superconductors require temperatures at least as low as -135°C to operate. As the graphene sheets are only 40 nanometres long, they are as yet too small to be much use in an electricity grid. But researchers have focused on a much nearer-term, nanoscale application – more efficient transistors for consumer electronics.  Paper: Exceptional ballistic transport in epitaxial graphene nanoribbons.Nature 2014, vol 506, p349–354   Adriana Verges Marine reserves a buffer to climate change Marine reserves are spectacular …

    November 24, 2014 9:13 am
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Health

  • Some Newly Insured Under ‘Obamacare’ May Have Trouble Finding Doctors


    MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Millions of Americans bought health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act in the past year. Now, several shortcomings in the system have been discovered. In some markets, doctors are reluctant to take on patients who bought health insurance plans through the state and federal exchanges that were created by “Obamacare.” “I think doctors have a couple of problems with the exchange policies,” said Dr. Austin King, an otolaryngologist and president of the Texas Medical Association. People often don’t understand their insurance coverage, so staff members have to educate them, “and that adds to the hassle of seeing these patients,” King said. Another problem: Doctors are wary of the law’s provision giving people with subsidized coverage a 90-day grace period before their coverage is cancelled for failing to pay the premium. Doctors fear they could end up on the hook for care provided to people who lose their …

    November 24, 2014 8:52 am
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Entertainment

  • Jennifer Lopez And Iggy Azalea Drop It Like It’s Hot With "Booty" Performance


    Posted on Mon Nov 24th, 2014 8:25am PDT       By X17 Staff Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea certainly know how to wow the crowed. The two teamed up for a performance of “Booty” at last night’s 2014 American Music Awards — and they certainly know how to werk it! The two were booty shakin’, booty slappin’ and bootylicious for their sexy collab — and it sounds like the crowd was loving it! Earlier in the night, JLo had all eyes on her when she took to the AMA red carpet in a nude number. Jenny from the Block showed off her toned torso when she slinked down the red carpet in Reem Acra dress, Norman Silverman Diamond earrings and Christian Louboutin heels. Damn, did she look good! Getty Images for DCP   Stories from around the Web

    November 24, 2014 10:33 am
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Editorial

  • I’m thankful our country is still a refuge and the land of opportunity


    When I was 7 years old, my family and I landed at JFK Airport in New York City with $90 in our pocket, a few suitcases stuffed with what little we could carry and no idea of what to expect next.  We came here because we were fleeing a totalitarian regime, because generations of our family had been oppressed simply for existing and because the United States was a beacon for our hopes and aspirations, as it has been for millions of others around the globe. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The people literally dying to come here now do not believe that our best days are behind us. My paternal grandfather was sent to Soviet gulag in the prime of his life because he was a religious Jew who refused to work on Saturdays and, possibly, because some of his siblings had fled to France several years after the Russian revolution.  He spent years working as a …

    November 22, 2014 8:21 am
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Odd News

  • Lost kitten from New Mexico turns up in duffel bag in Maine


    ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) – An Albuquerque cat owner can sleep easier now that the kitten that went missing last month will be home for the holidays, despite a mysterious 2,300-mile side trip to Maine. Patsy Murphy, who runs an animal refuge center in Westbrook, Maine, said the kitten, named Spice, was brought to her shelter on Nov. 11 by a man who found the feline in a duffel bag while unloading furniture at a local Catholic charity. “This is a very odd story, we wish she could tell us what happened,” Murphy said of the kitten, which was found inside the bag with food and kitty litter. Murphy said Maine resident Bob Watterson brought the kitten home on Nov. 5, and cared for it for six days before he turned it over to the animal refuge, which found a microchip in the cat that could identify it. Murphy was shocked when the cat was traced …

    November 21, 2014 8:31 pm
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