Headline News

  • FBI director says investigators unable to unlock San Bernardino killer’s phone content


    WASHINGTON FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday that federal investigators have still been unable to access the phone contents belonging to one of the San Bernardino killers due to encrypted technology. Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the phenomenon of communications “going dark” due to more sophisticated technology and wider use of encryption is “overwhelmingly affecting” law enforcement operations, including investigations into murder, car accidents, drug trafficking and the proliferation of child pornography. “We still have one of those killer’s phones that we have not been able to open,” Comey said in reference to the San Bernardino attack on Dec. 2. Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, launched the Islamic State-inspired attack with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 29, in the California town, leaving 14 dead. Comey and other federal officials have long warned that powerful encryption poses a challenge for law enforcement and national security professionals. Technology experts and privacy advocates counter that so-called “back …

    February 9, 2016 3:42 pm
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Politics

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    February 9, 2016 3:07 pm
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Stocks

  • Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina may not make CBS debate cut


    Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina may not make the cut for the CBS GOP debate. CBS News has announced criteria for Saturday’s Republican primary debate that could keep one or more candidates off the stage. Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are all guaranteed an invitation to the debate because they finished in the top three in the Iowa caucuses. For the other candidates, it will require finishing in the top five in Tuesday night’s New Hampshire primary, or in the top five in an average of national and South Carolina polls. Those polls must be approved by CBS News and released before noon on Feb. 12. If the polls are to be trusted, both Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie are under threat of being excluded from the CBS debate. Related: ABC’s GOP debate: Best ratings of 2016 Fiorina, who was kept off the stage during Thursday night’s ABC News debate, is polling seventh …

    February 9, 2016 3:22 pm
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Sports

  • Boudebza gets four-game ban for tackle


    John Boudebza is a French international Hull KR hooker John Boudebza has been banned for four matches for the tackle that ended Castleford captain Michael Shenton’s season. The punishment is double the normal maximum sanction for a grade B offence. A spokesman for the Rugby Football League said the disciplinary panel used its discretion to amend the grading because of an aggravating factor. Shenton sustained an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury as a result of Boudebza’s tackle. The 29-year-old Tigers skipper will have major surgery in the coming weeks. The incident occurred in the first half of Sunday’s 16-16 draw in the first round of Super League fixtures at the KC Lightstream Stadium. Boudebza, who pleaded not guilty, was also fined £300. The suspension leaves Hull KR without a specialised hooker, with first-choice number nine Shaun Lunt sidelined after ankle surgery.

    February 9, 2016 3:42 pm
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World News

  • Iranian youth get app to dodge morality police


    Image copyright Gershad Image caption If Iranians get on the wrong side of an Ershad patrol their evening out can end very fast. An anonymous team of Iranian app developers have come up with a solution to help young fashion conscious Iranians avoid the country’s notorious morality police known in Persian as “Ershad” or guidance. Ershad’s mobile checkpoints which usually consist of a van, a few bearded men and one or two women in black chadors, are deployed in towns across Iran and appear with no notice. Ershad personnel have a very extensive list of powers ranging from issuing warnings and forcing those they accuse of violating Iran’s Islamic code of conduct, to make a written statement pledging to never do so again, to fines or even prosecuting offenders. The new phone app which is called “Gershad” (probably meaning get around Ershad instead of facing them) however, will alert users to checkpoints and help them …

    February 9, 2016 3:42 pm
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Technology

  • US intelligence chief: we might use the internet of things to spy on you


    The US intelligence chief has acknowledged for the first time that agencies might use a new generation of smart household devices to increase their surveillance capabilities. As increasing numbers of devices connect to the internet and to one another, the so-called internet of things promises consumers increased convenience – the remotely operated thermostat from Google-owned Nest is a leading example. But as home computing migrates away from the laptop, the tablet and the smartphone, experts warn that the security features on the coming wave of automobiles, dishwashers and alarm systems lag far behind. In an appearance at a Washington thinktank last month, the director of the National Security Agency, Adm Michael Rogers, said that it was time to consider making the home devices “more defensible”, but did not address the opportunities that increased numbers and even categories of connected devices provide to his surveillance agency. However, James Clapper, the US director of national intelligence, was …

    February 9, 2016 1:01 pm
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Science

  • Brain Activity for Attention and Memory Tasks Changes with the Seasons


    Seasonal variations play a major role in the animal kingdom—in reproduction, food availability, hibernation, even fur color. Whether this seasonality has such a significant influence on humans, however, is an open question. Its best-known association is with mood—that is, feeling down during the colder months and up in the summer—and, in extreme cases, seasonal depression, a phenomenon known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). A new study published in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences seeks to delve deeper into how human biology has adapted not only to day/night cycles (circadian rhythms) but to yearly seasonal patterns as well. Scientists have previously found seasonal variation in the levels and concentrations of certain compounds associated with mood (including dopamine and serotonin), conception and even mortality. Now for the first time, using functional MRI, “it’s [been] conclusively shown that cognition and the brain’s means of cognition are seasonal,” says neuroscientist Gilles Vandewalle of the University …

    February 9, 2016 3:42 pm
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Health

  • Better diet tied to less severe metabolic syndrome in teens


    (Reuters Health) – U.S. teens are eating healthier diets and showing less severe metabolic syndrome – a cluster of conditions like high blood pressure and elevated blood sugar that can lead to cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes – a new study suggests. Adolescents are consuming fewer calories and carbohydrates and more healthy unsaturated fats than they were more than a decade ago, the analysis of U.S. survey data found. Along with these shifts in eating habits, teens also developed increased levels “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol that helps purge blood vessels of debris and lower levels of triglycerides – dangerous fats that can make blood thicker, stickier and more prone to clots. “We found that the decrease in severity of the metabolic syndrome was driven by favorable changes in triglycerides and HDL cholesterol,” said senior study author Dr. Mark DeBoer of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. “This supports the important idea that changes to …

    February 9, 2016 4:22 pm
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Entertainment

  • 5 Things We Know About ‘Deadpool,’ A Superhero Movie Unlike Any You’ll Ever See


    If you think this weekend’s new release Deadpool is just another superhero movie, think again. This one is unlike any you’ve ever seen, and especially unlike the other ones starring Ryan Reynolds. Here are five things we already know about Deadpool, which opens Friday. 1) Ryan Reynolds wanted this bad. – Reynolds was attached to play Deadpool as early as 2004, in a script by Blade and The Dark Knight writer David S. Goyer. He got the chance to play him in 2009‘s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but only as second fiddle to Hugh Jackman. His hope was to get his own movie after introducing Deadpool in Wolverine, and he’d spoke about it at Comic-Con appearances for another comic book movie, Green Lantern. Before he was even hired, Reynolds shot test footage in 2012 and even that didn’t get the movie green lit. When the test footage leaked two years later, the glowing reaction made Fox make …

    February 9, 2016 3:22 pm
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Editorial

  • Bernie Sanders seems to love Canada: Will you?


    Ted Cruz may have been born in Canada, but Bernie Sanders is the U.S. politician who seems most interested in Canadianizing his country via this 2016 election. So it’s a good idea to look at what the avowedly socialist Democratic contender is proposing, as it has played out across the northern U.S. border. Hint:  it’s expensive. Whether it is single-payer health care, or free tuition for post-secondary education,  paid family and medical leave for workers, or extensive public infrastructure projects, most of Sanders’ favorite solutions are  taken from the policy book of America’s friendly—and very much more left-wing– neighbor.  In some cases, Sanders is “Canadian-light,” putting forward proposals not as socialist as their Canadian equivalents.  In other cases, Sanders’ ideas are even more socialistic than their Canadian equivalents—though they tend in the same direction. Take his biggest ticket item: health care. Sanders estimates the system he espouses will cost an additional $1.4 trillion per year.  …

    February 9, 2016 3:02 pm
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Odd News

  • Do you want fries with that? Man charged with throwing alligator into fast food restaurant


    A Florida fast food restaurant got a customer it wasn’t expecting when a live alligator was tossed through a drive-thru window by a patron. Joshua James, 23, of Jupiter, Florida, had wanted to play a practical joke on a friend working at the Wendy’s restaurant in Royal Palm Beach when he decided to hurl the reptile into the building, his parents told local broadcaster WPTV. “It was a stupid prank,” Linda James said. James faces charges of aggravated assault, and unlawful possession and transportation of an alligator, WPTV said. The incident took place in October. James found the 3-foot alligator on the side of the road and led the reptile into his truck, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission incident report cited by the station. He drove to the Wendy’s restaurant and placed an order, received a drink at the drive-thru window, and then threw the alligator through the opening, it said. …

    February 9, 2016 8:01 am
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