Headline News

  • National Guard, police curb Ferguson unrest as protests swell across U.S.

    FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – (Please note offensive language in last paragraph) Some 2,000 National Guard troops helped ward off a second night of rampant arson and looting in suburban St. Louis after a grand jury declined to indict a white policeman in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, and sympathy protests spread to several U.S. cities. President Barack Obama appealed for dialogue, and his attorney general promised that a federal probe into the Aug. 9 slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, would be rigorous. Officer Darren Wilson, the policeman who shot him, said his conscience was clear. Despite a beefed-up military presence in Ferguson, a police car was torched near City Hall as darkness fell, and police fired smoke bombs and tear gas to scatter protesters. A crowd of demonstrators later converged near police headquarters, scuffled with officers who doused them with pepper spray, then smashed storefront windows as they fled …

    November 26, 2014 7:39 am


  • Utah agrees to drop parts of disputed 2011 immigration law

    (Reuters) – Utah has agreed to roll back key provisions of a 2011 state law allowing police to check the immigration status of anyone suspected of being undocumented, a civil liberties group said on Tuesday. As part of a deal settling a legal challenge to the law, the state agreed police will not be allowed to detain or stop a person merely to check immigration status or to transport him or her to federal officials based on officers’ suspicions, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said in a statement. “Utah’s decision to settle this case sends a clear message to states and cities across the country that they have no business stopping or detaining people just because of suspicions about their immigration status,” said Jennifer Chang Newell of the ACLU, which was a party to the agreement The ACLU argued in a 2011 lawsuit that the law illegally interfered with federal authority over immigration matters …

    November 26, 2014 5:36 am


  • Black Friday bargain: Airline stocks

    Looking to buy something that will keep on giving? Consider airline stocks. They have been doing incredibly well lately, but they aren’t even close to achieving maximum altitude. At least that’s what Morgan Stanley (MS) says about the airline industry, which has doubled the broader market by surging a whopping 115% since the start of 2013. The rapid ascent has been fueled by a major transformation in the industry that’s reshaped the competitive landscape and boosted profitability. So did investors completely miss the flight on these red hot stocks? “It isn’t too late,” Adam Parker, Morgan Stanley’s chief market strategist, wrote in a recent note to clients. “We think this is an earnings growth…story that is much closer to mid-cycle than end of cycle.” Related: Southwest Airlines is best stock of 2014 Cheap valuations: Of course, there’s no guarantee Morgan Stanley is right. A geopolitical event or an oil price shock could ground these stocks. …

    November 26, 2014 6:38 am


  • Lions and Bears kick off Thanksgiving Day action

    (SportsNetwork.com) – Turkey and desperation will be on the menu Thursday in Detroit as the Lions host their annual Thanksgiving Day affair against Chicago, the first time that the two NFC North rivals will meet on the holiday since 1999. A two-game road losing streak against the NFL’s only two 9-2 teams — Arizona and New England — has dropped Detroit to 7-4 on the season, one game behind Green Bay for the division lead with five games to play. The Bears, meanwhile, despite winning two consecutive contests, are at 5-6 and have virtually no room for error if they plan on playing postseason football. The Lions are now tied with Seattle and San Francisco, who also meet on Thanksgiving, for the final NFC wild-card spot. “I’m not worried about (the) big picture to be honest with you,” Detroit coach Jim Caldwell said. “I’m worried about our next game and we’ll deal with the big …

    November 26, 2014 8:20 am

World News

  • Zimbabwe VP leadership bid blocked

    26 November 2014 Last updated at 12:09 Joyce Mujuru was once a staunch ally of Mr Mugabe Zimbabwe’s Vice-President Joyce Mujuru has been barred by the ruling Zanu-PF party from serving on its powerful central committee, state media reports. She had failed to win nomination after being linked to a plot to oust President Robert Mugabe, The Herald newspaper reports. Mrs Mujuru’s fall from grace damages her chances of one day succeeding the 90-year-old, correspondents say. Zanu-PF is due to hold its elective congress next month. Mr Mugabe has said he does not intend to quit. Mrs Mujuru was a close comrade of Mr Mugabe, but the two have have since fallen-out. First Lady Grace Mugabe, who has recently entered politics, has led a sustained campaign against Mrs Mujuru, accusing her of being “demonic”. ‘Boost for rival’ Last week, Mrs Mujuru said she had ordered her lawyers to restore her “political standing” after being falsely …

    November 26, 2014 8:20 am


  • 5G is on the cards for Huawei and partnered South Korean service providers

    Huawei Sanqi Li, CTO of China-based Huawei Products and Solutions, said the company has entered into close relationships with three South Korean telecommunication companies — SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus — to establish 5G networks. Though there are no official standards governing 5G connectivity yet, early reports have pointed to speeds as much as 1000 times faster than current 4G networks by 2020. At the closing ceremony of the Startup Nations Summit 2014 in Seoul, the Huawei CTO said the company would be working closely with the service providers on 5G, while it was still undecided as to whether it would build an RD centre in South Korea. “Though it is in its early stage, we are considering the possibility of building RD centre in South Korea,” Li said after the summit’s closing ceremony. Kevin Ho, president of Huawei’s Handset Product Line, said that the company was planning to build its 16th RD lab …

    November 26, 2014 1:33 am


  • New Crew Arrives at Space Station to Continue Scientific Research

    [image-50] Three new crew members representing the United States, Russia and Italy are at the International Space Station (ISS). The Soyuz TMA-15M vehicle docked to the International Space Station at 9:48 p.m. EST, above the Pacific Ocean, approaching the coast of Ecuador. Terry Virts of NASA, Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan about six hours earlier at 4:01 p.m. (3:01 a.m. Monday in Baikonur). Hatches between the two spacecraft are scheduled to open at about 11:30 p.m., with NASA Television coverage starting at 11 p.m. The arrival of Virts, Shkaplerov and Cristoforetti returns the space station’s crew complement to six. The three join Expedition 42 Commander Barry Wilmore of NASA, as well as Flight Engineers Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova of Roscosmos. They have been aboard the station since September. The crew members will be …

    November 26, 2014 1:54 am


  • South Korea to fly medical workers to Europe if infected fighting Ebola

    SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea said on Wednesday that Britain had agreed to evacuate any South Korean medical workers who may be infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working at a British-run clinic in Sierra Leone for treatment. Seoul will send a team of 10 medical workers next month to work at the new treatment center in Goderich outside the capital of Sierra Leone, Freetown where they will join British and American volunteer personnel. Under an agreement with Britain, an EU-operated plane will fly any infected South Korean medical worker to any of a pool of EU hospitals equipped to treat Ebola for treatment as if the person was a citizen of any EU state, its foreign ministry said. Australia announced a similar agreement with Britain earlier this month in which London had given assurances that any Australian staff infected with Ebola would be treated as if they were a British citizen. Canberra had …

    November 26, 2014 5:36 am


  • 8 Times celebs sex-shamed porn stars, er pop stars

    Bette Midler Bette Midler is the most recent celeb to throw shade at young female singers who make music videos with strong sexual content. In an interview with the Telegraph, Midler said, “It’s always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch looking so ridiculous. I mean, it’s silly beyond belief, and I don’t know who’s telling her to do it. I wish they’d stop. But it’s not my business, I’m not her mother. Or her manager. Maybe they tell them that’s what you’ve got to do. Sex sells. Sex has always sold.” 5 Times Ariana Grande’s “Love Me Harder” video make us cringe Sinead O’Connor Remember in October 2013, when Sinead O’Connor penned a letter to Miley Cyrus after Cyrus credited O’Connor for inspiring Cyrus’ controversial “Wrecking Ball” video? Among other things, O’Connor wrote, “I am extremely concerned for you that …

    November 26, 2014 5:16 am


  • Grand jury’s decision in Ferguson not defeat, it’s opportunity for reform

    Nov. 24, 2014: Protesters gather near a memorial in the middle of the street. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Many people are enraged that Darren Wilson has not been indicted for having shot Michael Brown.  I do not begrudge them their fury, but I urge them to see this as an opportunity rather than a defeat, and to consider what would have happened had the result been different. To put it simply, if Wilson had been indicted, his prosecution would have eliminated any hope of meaningful reform.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The very premise of the criminal law is that the system which created the law is fundamentally sound.   The very premise of the criminal law is that the system which created the law is fundamentally sound.   In this country, the criminal law is invoked as a solution for disorder, complete in and of itself. The mere existence of the prosecution would have been interpreted as the solution …

    November 26, 2014 5:36 am

Odd News

  • Fifty years later, American skating team claims Olympics bronze

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fifty years after Vivian Joseph and Ronald Joseph skated at the Innsbruck Olympics, the American pair on Tuesday officially claimed the bronze medal. Two years after the 1964 Games, the International Olympic Committee had awarded the Joseph siblings the bronze medal after disclosing that the West German pairs team had violated their amateur status by signing a professional contract. Canadians Debbi Wilkes and Guy Revell moved up one spot to the silver medal, while the Josephs, who had finished fourth in the competition, claimed bronze. But in 1987, the IOC said Germans Marika Kilius and Hans-Jürgen Bäumler were “rehabilitated” and quietly re-awarded their silver medals. The IOC never explained the medal consequences of its decision. On Tuesday, the IOC announced that the Germans and Canadians are each silver-medal winners, while the Americans are the bronze medalists in the pairs event. “An Olympic medal is the ultimate sports symbol of hard work, sacrifice …

    November 25, 2014 5:46 pm