• Biden warns Russia faces ‘isolation’

    Biden warns Russia faces ‘isolation’

    21 November 2014 Last updated at 15:21 The US has so far only provided non-lethal security assistance to the Ukrainian government US Vice President Joe Biden has warned that Russia faces “rising costs and greater...
  • Republicans savage immigration plan

    Republicans savage immigration plan

    21 November 2014 Last updated at 15:30 Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner has condemned US President Barack Obama’s use of executive powers to force through immigration reform. The conservative leader said the action...
  • Advantage Hamilton in Abu Dhabi practice

    ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton claimed an early advantage over Mercedes team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg on Friday with the fastest lap in practice for Formula One’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix....
  • Iran nuclear deal could spur rapid growth

    Iran nuclear deal could spur rapid growth

      Companies and global investors are sizing up Iran’s economic potential in anticipation of a deal that could end years of isolation. Iran and world powers are meeting in Vienna this week in an attempt...
  • Uganda uproar over toddler’s death

    Uganda uproar over toddler’s death

    21 November 2014 Last updated at 14:01 Ryan Ssemaganda’s body (being carried) was buried in his home just outside Kampala The funeral has been held in Uganda of a boy of two, whose death sparked...
  • Meow mix-up: Lost New Mexico kitten located in Maine

    WESTBROOK, Maine –  A New Mexico woman’s missing kitten has been located in Maine, although exactly how the feline made the 2,300-mile trip remains a mystery. The female kitten, named Spice, was turned into the...

Headline News

  • Republicans savage immigration plan


    21 November 2014 Last updated at 15:30 Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner has condemned US President Barack Obama’s use of executive powers to force through immigration reform. The conservative leader said the action sabotages any chance of enacting cross-party reforms and damages the presidency itself. Mr Obama’s plan means more than 4m illegal immigrants in the US will be allowed to apply for work permits. But Mr Boehner said it would encourage more people to arrive unlawfully. “We have a broken immigration system and the American people expect us to work together to fix it,” Mr Boehner told reporters on Friday, saying Mr Obama had acted unilaterally “like a king or emperor” and not through a democratic process. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Astrid Silva watched as Obama talked about her story undocumented Mexican immigrant Astrid Silva was mentioned in Mr Obama’s speech she was brought to the US …

    November 21, 2014 9:40 am
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Politics

  • Employers keep close tabs on insurance costs


    By JENNIFER AGIESTA, TOM MURPHY November 21, 2014 Judy Solomon, vice president of Kinetic Systems Inc.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Despite years of rising medical costs and pressure from the health care overhaul, employers consider employee health insurance a priority. But new surveys suggest coverage may grow skimpier in the coming years. A poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that companies that offer health insurance see it as a key tool to attract workers and keep them on the job. But they’re also sweating the expense, with 86 percent citing the cost of coverage as a main factor in picking a plan. Five key findings from the poll: ___ WHEN OFFERING BENEFITS, COST IS TOP OF MIND Nearly 9 in 10 employers who offer health insurance benefits call the cost to their organization an important factor in choosing a plan. Asked to name the top factor, more cited cost than any other …

    November 21, 2014 7:59 am
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Stocks

  • Iran nuclear deal could spur rapid growth


      Companies and global investors are sizing up Iran’s economic potential in anticipation of a deal that could end years of isolation. Iran and world powers are meeting in Vienna this week in an attempt to reach agreement on reconfiguring its nuclear program before a November 24 deadline. It’s far from certain that a deal will be done, but businesses are eager to move quickly to tap the potential of Iran’s energy resources and highly-educated population of 80 million. Related: These countries are getting killed by cheap oil When he was at Goldman Sachs, emerging market strategist and author Jim O’Neill had Iran on his list of “Next 11″ countries — those offering the best opportunities for sustainable growth. Oil and gas reserves Iran’s energy sector has been starved of technological know how. A return to the fold could change all that, and the potential is enormous. “The Iranian gas production can explode,” said Fereidun …

    November 21, 2014 9:00 am
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Sports

  • Advantage Hamilton in Abu Dhabi practice


    ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton claimed an early advantage over Mercedes team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg on Friday with the fastest lap in practice for Formula One’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Briton, chasing his second title, was quickest in the afternoon and after-dark floodlit sessions at the glittering Yas Marina circuit that hosts Sunday’s decisive ‘duel in the desert’. The bragging rights were limited, however, by the slender margin between the two with Hamilton 0.133 faster in the first session and a mere 0.083 in the cooler evening conditions. He produced his best lap of one minute 42.113 after nightfall. “I’ve just got to drive the way I usually do and what will be will be,” said Hamilton. “I feel good in the car. Undoubtedly, there is more time to find so I’ve got to go and chip away at it tonight.” The other drivers waged a familiar battle to …

    November 21, 2014 9:40 am
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World News

  • Biden warns Russia faces ‘isolation’


    21 November 2014 Last updated at 15:21 The US has so far only provided non-lethal security assistance to the Ukrainian government US Vice President Joe Biden has warned that Russia faces “rising costs and greater isolation” if it fails to respect peace deals in Ukraine. Mr Biden, on a visit to Ukraine, said Russia continued to violate ceasefires. He was speaking after holding talks with President Petro Poroshenko. Some 4,300 people are thought to have died in eastern Ukraine’s conflict since April. Russia is regularly accused of arming separatist rebels, but its officials deny the allegations. Mr Biden is in Kiev on the first anniversary of the start of mass protests that culminated in President Viktor Yanukovych relinquishing power. Restore control After stressing the danger posed to Ukraine by Russian aggression, the US vice president said there was a “different path for Russia and her proxies”. He said Russia should respect the ceasefire, restore Ukrainian …

    November 21, 2014 9:40 am
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Technology

  • Four arrested in UK RATs anti-spyware raid against webcam malware


    Four UK residents have been arrested and a search warrant issued for another as part of a European-wide crackdown on malware that silently hoovers up people’s data and watches them over their webcams. Two men aged 33 and one 30-year-old woman were arrested in Leeds, and a 20-year-old man was apprehended in Chatham, Kent. A search warrant was executed on a 19-year-old man from Liverpool who was brought in for questioning, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said. Another 11 were arrested in Estonia, France, Romania, Latvia, Italy and Norway, in an operation led by Europol. All are suspected of using remote access trojans (RATs) to spy on victims’ digital lives. RATs are typically used for stealing logins to web accounts or to gain access to cameras either for their own viewing or to sell to others. Yesterday UK privacy regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office, warned about a Russian site that offered feeds of people’s webcams. …

    November 21, 2014 7:59 am
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Science

  • Pluripotent cells created by nuclear transfer can prompt immune reaction, researchers find


    Mouse cells and tissues created through nuclear transfer can be rejected by the body because of a previously unknown immune response to the cell’s mitochondria, according to a study in mice by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and colleagues in Germany, England and at MIT. The findings reveal a likely, but surmountable, hurdle if such therapies are ever used in humans, the researchers said. Stem cell therapies hold vast potential for repairing organs and treating disease. The greatest hope rests on the potential of pluripotent stem cells, which can become nearly any kind of cell in the body. One method of creating pluripotent stem cells is called somatic cell nuclear transfer, and involves taking the nucleus of an adult cell and injecting it into an egg cell from which the nucleus has been removed. The promise of the SCNT method is that the nucleus of a patient’s skin cell, for example, could …

    November 21, 2014 8:20 am
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Health

  • WHO declares end of separate Ebola outbreak in Congo


    GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) declared on Friday that an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo was over after no people showed symptoms for two incubation periods since the last case. The outbreak, the seventh in the former Zaire since the virus was identified there in 1976, was separate from the one spreading in West Africa, where more than 5,400 people have died. There were 49 deaths out of 66 people infected in the remote northwestern Equateur province during the three-month outbreak, Congolese authorities said last week. A WHO spokesman confirmed the figures. Two maximum incubation periods of 21 days each must pass with no new cases being detected before the United Nations health agency can declare that an outbreak is finished. “Having reached that 42-day mark, the Democratic Republic of Congo is now considered free of Ebola transmission,” the WHO said in a statement. “WHO commends the Democratic …

    November 21, 2014 7:59 am
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Entertainment

  • Gwyneth Paltrow And Britney Spears Read Mean Tweets About Themselves On


    Posted on Fri Nov 21st, 2014 7:35am PDT       By X17 Staff The oh-so-hilarious “Mean Tweets” segment was back on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, and this week they got Britney Spears, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lena Dunham and a handful of our other fav celebs to read nasty notes about themselves. Paltrow read a message from someone who called her an “ugly ass big bird looking b*tch,” and while the Oscar winner appeared a little bit upset, Britney laughed when she read hers. “I feel like [Britney] is stalking me on the radio,” the Twitter user wrote to the pop star. “Quit forcing your suckage on me you tired hag!” Gerard Butler, Ty Burrell and Chloe Moretz also had pretty amusing ones — click the video above to see!   Stories from around the Web

    November 21, 2014 9:40 am
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Editorial

  • Obama’s immigration amnesty: A slap in the face to American voters


     (AP) For six years President Obama has failed to lead on any meaningful immigration reform. Now, following a sweeping Republican victory on Election Day and just over a month before a new Republican Senate majority will take over, President Obama has announced a blatantly unconstitutional move to grant amnesty to at least 5 million illegal immigrants by executive order. For years, President Obama has chastised Republicans, used immigrants as props for political purposes, and time and again deflected responsibility from his own party’s failure to act on immigration reform. Keep in mind that for the first two years of Obama’s presidency, Democrats controlled the House, Senate and White House — yet he failed to pass immigration reform. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT So why the rush to grant amnesty now? President Obama knows that in January the new Republican House and Senate plan to take action on a long term solution to our nation’s immigration problem. The plan …

    November 21, 2014 7:59 am
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Odd News

  • Labor-intensive: China hospital gives men chance to experience pain of childbirth


    JINAN China (Reuters) – A hospital in eastern China is offering fathers-to-be a chance to experience the pain of childbirth after several new moms complained they got little sympathy from their partners. Free sessions are held twice a week at Aima maternity hospital in Shandong province and about 100 men have signed up to be tortured. Most are expectant dads but there are thrill seekers too among the volunteers for “taster sessions”. For the simulations, pads attached to a device are placed above the abdomen, giving electric shocks that induce pain. The test subjects writhe in agony for up to five minutes as a nurse gradually raises the intensity on a scale of one to ten. Song Siling, who is trying for a baby with his girlfriend, shut his eyes and grimaced as the needle on the electrode monitor inched forward with a beep. “It felt like my heart and lungs were being ripped apart,” …

    November 21, 2014 4:10 am
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