• Muhammad Ali is ‘vastly improved’

    Muhammad Ali is ‘vastly improved’

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 17:39 Ali, pictured here in 2012, has been battling Parkinson’s disease for 30 years The condition of boxing legend Muhammad Ali has “vastly improved” since he was taken to...
  • Knicks’ Dalembert fined $15K for elbow

    New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – The NBA fined New York Knicks center Samuel Dalembert $15,000 for elbowing Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas in the face during Sunday’s game against the Raptors. The incident occurred early in the...
  • U.S. hits French company with record bribery fine

    U.S. hits French company with record bribery fine

      A French company has been hit with the largest ever U.S. criminal fine for foreign bribery, the U.S. Justice Department announced Monday. Industrial conglomerate Alstom (ALSMY) agreed to plead guilty and pay a $772...
  • Rouble rallies despite crisis warning

    Rouble rallies despite crisis warning

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 15:50 Russia’s former finance minister has warned the country is entering a “full blown economic crisis” and will enter recession next year. “We are entering or have already entered...

Headline News

  • U.S. judge denies injunction seeking halt to executions in Oklahoma


    AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A U.S. district judge on Monday denied an injunction seeking to halt executions in Oklahoma filed by attorneys for death row inmates who argued a troubled lethal injection in the state in April exposed deep flaws in the state’s death chamber protocols. Lawyers for the inmates, four of whom are scheduled to be executed next year, said the judge denied the motion. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Eric Beech)

    December 22, 2014 6:03 pm
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Politics

  • Pentagon says Lockheed met target for 36 F-35 deliveries in 2014


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp met its target of delivering 36 F-35 fighter jets to the U.S. government in 2014, paving the way for the firm to collect most of the associated performance fees, a spokesman for the Pentagon’s F-35 program office said Monday. The U.S. government on Monday accepted the last of the 36 jets due to be delivered by Lockheed this year, said Joe DellaVedova, spokesman for the F-35 program office. The company accelerated deliveries in the final months of the year to meet the target. (Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)

    December 22, 2014 4:22 pm
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Stocks

  • U.S. hits French company with record bribery fine


      A French company has been hit with the largest ever U.S. criminal fine for foreign bribery, the U.S. Justice Department announced Monday. Industrial conglomerate Alstom (ALSMY) agreed to plead guilty and pay a $772 million for “tens of millions of dollars in bribes” to win business in countries around the world, including Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the Bahamas. The size of the penalty should “send an unmistakable message to other companies around the world,” said deputy attorney general James Cole. Federal prosecutors accused Alstom and its subsidiaries of falsifying financial records and “failing to implement adequate internal controls.” The company “paid more than $75 million to secure $4 billion in projects around the world, with a profit to the company of approximately $300 million.” Alstom put much of the blame on its use of consultants. Prosecutors said the consultants were just “conduits for corrupt payments to the government officials.” They said some of …

    December 22, 2014 5:23 pm
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Sports

  • Knicks’ Dalembert fined $15K for elbow


    New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – The NBA fined New York Knicks center Samuel Dalembert $15,000 for elbowing Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas in the face during Sunday’s game against the Raptors. The incident occurred early in the second half of New York’s 118-108 loss. Dalembert was assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 and was subsequently ejected from the game. Dalembert will be eligible to play when the Knicks host Washington on Christmas Day. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    December 22, 2014 6:03 pm
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World News

  • Muhammad Ali is ‘vastly improved’


    22 December 2014 Last updated at 17:39 Ali, pictured here in 2012, has been battling Parkinson’s disease for 30 years The condition of boxing legend Muhammad Ali has “vastly improved” since he was taken to hospital with a mild case of pneumonia, his spokesman has said. Bob Gunnell said Ali’s doctors hoped to discharge him soon. He added that “the Ali family continues to request privacy and appreciates all of the prayers and well wishes”. The 72-year-old former three-time heavyweight champion, who has Parkinson’s disease, was taken to hospital on Saturday. Mr Gunnell provided no further details. Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1984, three years after his retirement from boxing. He appeared in public at a ceremony in September in his hometown of Louisville for the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards.

    December 22, 2014 6:03 pm
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Technology

  • Your bike and your smartphone become one with this Kickstarter connected bike system


    Antuan Goodwin/CNET Short for “Connected Bike,” the COBI system is a modular cockpit that adds some of the intelligence of a connected car to almost any bicycle on the road. The system is currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter and, with just a few days left, the developers stopped by CNET’s offices with a very early prototype. Out of the box, there are two parts to the COBI system: There’s the hardware, which consists of the COBI Hub and its thumbstick controller. On the software side, COBI provides an app that runs on the rider’s smartphone. The Hub, which looks like an enlarged headlight that, attaches to the bike’s handlebars, wrapping around and over the the stem. In addition to providing forward illumination from its LED ring light, the Hub provides anti-theft capabilities in the form of an accelerometer-triggered light and sound alarm. Connected to the Hub is a thumb controller that also attaches to the …

    December 22, 2014 4:42 pm
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Science

  • NASA Takes Giant Leaps on the Journey to Mars, Eyes Our Home Planet and the Distant Universe, Tests Technologies and Improves the Skies Above in 2014


    [image-50]In 2014, NASA took significant steps on the agency’s journey to Mars — testing cutting-edge technologies and making scientific discoveries while studying our changing Earth and the infinite universe as the agency made progress on the next generation of air travel. “We continued to make great progress on our journey to Mars this year, awarding contracts to American companies who will return human space flight launches to U.S. soil, advancing space technology development; and successfully completing the first flight of Orion, the next deep space spacecraft in which our astronauts will travel,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “We moved forward on our work to create quieter, greener airplanes and develop technologies to make air travel more efficient; and we advanced our study of our changing home planet, Earth, while increasing our understanding of others in our solar system and beyond.” Journey to Mars NASA achieved a major milestone in December on its journey to Mars …

    December 22, 2014 4:43 pm
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Health

  • Exercise tied to prostate cancer survival


    (Reuters Health) – Among men with prostate cancer, those who lead active lifestyles have better survival rates than those who don’t, a new study suggests. There are many benefits to being physically active, but the new results suggest there are “specific effects also on the survival among prostate cancer patients,” said the study’s lead author Stephanie Bonn of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. “There is great potential for men diagnosed with prostate cancer to improve their own survival by being physically active,” she wrote in an email to Reuters Health. In the U.S. alone, about 210,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year and about 28,000 die of it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Previous studies have found links between physical activity and survival in cancer patients, but few looked at prostate cancer, Bonn and her colleagues write in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. For the new study, they …

    December 22, 2014 4:42 pm
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Entertainment

  • Ansel Elgort isn’t gay, but he does have some bedroom secrets


    More: Divergent — differences between the book and the movie The Divergent actor is clearing up the rumors that he’s gay with some pretty direct tweets. Just in case it isn’t clear… I like girls. A lot. — Ansel Elgort (@AnselElgort) December 18, 2014 Also let me say if I was gay I wouldn’t hide it. Being gay or straight isn’t bad or good it just IS. U are who you are. Be true to yourself. — Ansel Elgort (@AnselElgort) December 18, 2014 We also love how Elgort uses his declaration to simultaneously encourage people to be true to themselves. Elgort himself may not be gay, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t also a huge supporter of the LGBT community. According to E! Online, he and Nat Wolff recreated the Fault in Our Stars movie poster with Wolff subbing in for Shailene Woodley for their gay fans. More: TRAILER — love overcomes all in The Fault …

    December 22, 2014 6:23 pm
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Editorial

  • Hey, ill-tempered atheist, hands off the baby Jesus, step away from the manger


    My atheist readers should prepare to have their egg nog curdled because I’m about to reveal something that’s politically incorrect. I believe that Jesus is the reason for the season and that makes me about as politically incorrect as they come – especially among our nation’s ill-tempered atheists. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT I made that revelation in my upcoming Fox News Radio special, “The Todd Starnes All-American Christmas” set to air on Christmas Eve.  I believe that Jesus is the reason for the season and that makes me about as politically incorrect as they come – especially among our nation’s ill-tempered atheists. I’ve often wondered why folks like the Freedom From Religion Foundation get their Christmas stockings in a twist at the mere mention of the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes. Maybe all they got for Christmas one year was a package of underwear and a can of Aunt Edna’s fruit cake? CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW TODD …

    December 22, 2014 4:42 pm
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Odd News

  • Among the year’s oddest stories, animal tales were top dogs


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – It was the year of the family pet behaving badly: A dog got sick from eating dozens of socks and a puppy took the rap for driving the family car into a pond. Angry cats held their owners hostage on at least two occasions. A review of the oddest Reuters stories of 2014 also offers numerous examples of less-than-virtuous human behavior. There was the hapless burglar whose criminal career came to a crashing halt when he left his Facebook page open in a house he was accused of robbing. And don’t forget the Texas man went to jail for urinating on the Alamo. To be sure, many tales from the animal kingdom this year were by turns heart-warming and hilarious, and more than a few came out of the Golden State or the Sunshine State. A parrot that spoke English with a British accent went missing for four years, only to …

    December 22, 2014 8:40 am
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