• S Korea missile plan ‘threatens China’

    S Korea missile plan ‘threatens China’

    Image copyright Reuters Image caption North Korea’s missile launch on 7 February sent shockwaves across the region China’s foreign minister says a planned US missile defence system to protect South Korea from North Korea could...
  • Only a fool would reject Rams

    Only a fool would reject Rams

    Darren Wassall made 122 appearances for Derby County during a five-year spell from 1992 New Derby County head coach Darren Wassall says he would be a “fool” not to want the job on a long-term...
  • Bethenny Frankel Says Ryan Gosling Is Out Of Her League

    Bethenny Frankel Says Ryan Gosling Is Out Of Her League

    Bethenny Frankel is known for making controversial comments and her recent one isn’t sitting well with her followers. Frankel, who is going through a heartbreaking divorce that has lasted years, often tweets about sex and...
  • Young blacks more open to Bernie Sanders’ White House bid

    ORANGEBURG, S.C. If Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders has a chance of drawing African-American voters away from rival Hillary Clinton in South Carolina’s presidential nominating contest on Feb. 27, his best opportunity will be among the...
  • Deadly mortar attack hits UN Mali base

    Deadly mortar attack hits UN Mali base

    Image copyright AP Image caption Some 10,000 soldiers from dozens of different nations are currently serving in Mali under the UN banner Three UN peacekeepers from Guinea have been killed in a mortar attack on...

Headline News

  • Michigan governor, EPA to testify at House panel on Flint


    WASHINGTON Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will testify on the Flint drinking water crisis at a House of Representatives oversight panel next month, aides for the committee said on Friday. The panel earlier this month held its first hearing into Flint’s lead-laced drinking water, which thousands of children are believed to have ingested since April 2014. Democrats had complained that Snyder, a Republican, had not been invited to that hearing. The committee has also invited Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to testify at next month’s hearing. Susan Hedman, the former EPA Midwest chief who resigned earlier this month, was also invited. The exact date in March for the hearing has not been set yet. (Reporting by Timothy Gardner)

    February 12, 2016 1:19 pm
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Politics

  • Young blacks more open to Bernie Sanders’ White House bid


    ORANGEBURG, S.C. If Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders has a chance of drawing African-American voters away from rival Hillary Clinton in South Carolina’s presidential nominating contest on Feb. 27, his best opportunity will be among the young. African Americans support former Secretary of State Clinton by more than a 3-to-1 margin nationwide, but among young blacks 18 to 29 years old, that margin shrinks to 46 percent for Clinton versus 33 percent for Sanders, according to recent Reuters/Ipsos polling. African Americans overwhelmingly back Democrats, but opinion polls show younger blacks more apt to reject an establishment candidate. They seem less inclined than their parents to reward Clinton for the outreach of her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and more drawn to Sanders’ outspoken views on reducing income inequality, cracking down on Wall Street, and cutting the cost of college. Reuters/Ipsos polling last year showed that 36 percent of blacks between 18 and 29 years old thought …

    February 12, 2016 12:59 pm
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Stocks

  • David Carr’s daughter posts tender tribute on anniversary of his death


    David Carr and his daughter Erin Carr The first anniversary of David Carr’s death brought a wave of tributes for the famed New York Times media columnist. But perhaps none was more poignant than the memorial from one of Carr’s three daughters, Erin, who recalled the 1,936 emails her father sent to her in the seven years leading up to his passing. In a story published on Medium, Erin Carr said that there was only one email she finds herself revisiting: a message from 2010 when her father assured her, “please know that I am with you.” Erin Carr, a documentary filmmaker, posted a screenshot of that email — written largely in lowercase — and described the grief she’s endured in the year since her father’s death. “I’m a year out, and I’m still rendering,” she wrote. “If I could talk to that grief stricken kid, because I was a kid before my dad passed …

    February 12, 2016 1:39 pm
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Sports

  • Only a fool would reject Rams


    Darren Wassall made 122 appearances for Derby County during a five-year spell from 1992 New Derby County head coach Darren Wassall says he would be a “fool” not to want the job on a long-term basis. The 47-year-old has stepped up from his role as academy director until the end of the season following Paul Clement’s sacking on Monday. Wassall told BBC Radio Derby: “It’s a massive privilege to take charge of the first team for the next 16 games. “It’s a brilliant opportunity, working at a brilliant club with brilliant players and brilliant people.” Wassall, who played for the Rams between 1992 and 1997 and has spent the last seven years on the coaching staff, added: “Anybody would be a fool not to want this job. “Outside the Premier League there are not many better clubs, probably in the Premier League there are not many better clubs. Every man and his dog would want …

    February 12, 2016 1:20 pm
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World News

  • S Korea missile plan ‘threatens China’


    Image copyright Reuters Image caption North Korea’s missile launch on 7 February sent shockwaves across the region China’s foreign minister says a planned US missile defence system to protect South Korea from North Korea could threaten Chinese security. Wang Yi told Reuters news agency that the system went “far beyond the defence needs of the Korean peninsula”. The US and South Korea announced plans to deploy the system after the North fired a long-range rocket this month. China and Russia have previously said the system’s radar could penetrate deep into their countries. Talks over deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence System (Thaad) come amid rising tension between the two Koreas over Pyongyang’s recent rocket and nuclear tests. On Thursday, North Korea vowed to cut two key communication hotlines after Seoul suspended its operations at the jointly-run Kaesong industrial complex in the North. The US and South Korea have said that Thaad is only designed …

    February 12, 2016 1:40 pm
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Technology

  • GCHQ hacking does not breach human rights, security tribunal rules


    Hacking of computers, networks and smartphones in the UK or abroad by GCHQ staff does not breach human rights, a security tribunal has ruled. A panel of five members of the investigatory powers tribunal decided on Friday that computer network exploitation (CNE), which may involve remotely activating microphones and cameras on electronic devices without the owners’ knowledge, is legal. In a lengthy judgment, the IPT, which deals with complaints about surveillance and the intelligence services, found in favour of the Cheltenham-based monitoring agency and the Foreign Office. It dismissed complaints brought by the campaign group Privacy International and seven internet service providers from around the world. The case, which was heard last year, was the first in which GCHQ admitted to carrying out “persistent” hacking in the UK and overseas. Some sessions of the IPT are closed and held in secret. Related: The surveillance bill is as big a threat to state security as to …

    February 12, 2016 1:19 pm
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Science

  • Satellites Could Help Discover Modern and Ancient Shipwrecks


    Ancient shipwrecks might not only hold buried treasures, but also countless historical secrets. Now researchers suggest satellites could help spot submerged wrecks that might otherwise go undiscovered. More than three million shipwrecks may be scattered across the oceans, UNESCO estimates. “Of all the wrecks in the world, maybe less than 10 percent have been found,” says James Delgado, director of maritime heritage at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. “Any technology that enables us to pinpoint wrecks is a step in the right direction.” Submerged wrecks are currently detected via waterborne sonar and airborne LiDAR systems—the former searches for wrecks with sound whereas the latter uses lasers. Waterborne sonar is most effective for deep water; airborne LiDAR requires clear water. Neither method works well for cloudy, shallow waters, however. This means that nearshore waters—often both shallow and cloudy—are frequently overlooked in hunts for old shipwrecks. This is a problem because …

    February 12, 2016 11:59 am
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Health

  • Could a Lung Cancer Drug Work Better With Coke?


    FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Patients with the leading form of lung cancer may be able to look to Coca-Cola Classic to solve a common medicinal challenge, new research suggests. As the Dutch scientists explain it, the effectiveness of the powerful lung cancer drug Tarceva (erlotinib) depends on the pH level of the stomach. But many people on Tarceva must also take a proton pump inhibitor heartburn medication — such as Nexium or Prilosec — which raises stomach pH to more alkaline levels. That higher pH can lower the absorption rate for Tarceva, cutting its effectiveness in fighting non-small-cell lung cancer, research suggests. One prior study involving healthy volunteers found the use of Prilosec lowered blood concentrations of Tarceva by 61 percent. What to do? In the new study, researchers led by Dr. Roelof van Leeuwen, of Erasmus MC Cancer Institute in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, wondered if the solution might be to reverse …

    February 12, 2016 12:39 pm
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Entertainment

  • Bethenny Frankel Says Ryan Gosling Is Out Of Her League


    Bethenny Frankel is known for making controversial comments and her recent one isn’t sitting well with her followers. Frankel, who is going through a heartbreaking divorce that has lasted years, often tweets about sex and guys. And this week, she said she preferred having sex with food over one of the sexiest men alive. According to a new tweet, Bethenny Frankel is now clarifying her joke.  “I would rather make love to a churro than Ryan Gosling,” read the original joke, which shared a picture of Ryan next to a churro. Some people were apparently offended by that, and said that they didn’t understand the comparison. But with Bethenny, things don’t have to make sense. The only thing that has to make sense is good food, good sex and good company. So she didn’t go into detail as to why she tweeted what she did. I would rather make love to a churro than ryan …

    February 12, 2016 12:59 pm
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Editorial

  • What makes one a ‘Lady’ in 2016?


    A recent issue of a British magazine (Country Living) purported to list the 39 things that make a woman a “Lady.” It provoked some controversy.  Some were too silly or too British for most 2016 American women, for example: “Cooks perfect, crispy roast potatoes” and “Can paunch a rabbit or pluck a pheasant, respectively.” But the headline caught my eye because oddly enough it’s a subject I’ve thought about quite a bit. Being a “Lady” used to be something to which all young women aspired. In a society that praises academic and athletic and career accomplishment, is there still value placed on being a “Lady?”   Did feminism make ladylike behavior anachronistic, or disdainful? Odd then, the enormous popularity of “Downton Abbey,” a highly mannered look at women who possessed the title of Lady – or intended to eventually.  What of “Mad Men,” a dark tale of the early days of career women, for whom …

    February 12, 2016 11:19 am
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Odd News

  • Indian scientists express doubt over meteorite death attribution


    NEW DELHI Indian scientists have expressed doubt that a man in Tamil Nadu was the first person to have been confirmed killed by a meteorite strike, as the state’s top official has declared. The experts said the small crater, the absence of a sonic boom before impact, a lack of debris and the green and blue colour of rock recovered from the scene suggest some other cause. “It is highly improbable, but we will only be absolutely sure after a chemical analysis,” said V. Adimurthy, a senior scientist at India’s space agency. The mysterious event has triggered an international debate about whether a meteorite, space debris, leftover explosives or even frozen waste from a plane passing overhead may have killed the man. The meteorite attribution was announced this week by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram, a former film star who is known for her authoritarian style. A bus driver was killed by the meteorite at an engineering …

    February 10, 2016 8:04 am
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