• Ukraine’s new parliament sits for first time

    Paramilitary commanders in fatigues, investigative journalists and a fighter pilot absent because she is in a Russian jail are among the members of Ukraine’s new parliament, which sat for the first time on Thursday, reflecting...
  • Hulkenberg to race F1 and Le Mans next year

    LONDON (Reuters) – German driver Nico Hulkenberg will race in next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar race with Porsche as well as Formula One with Force India, the German manufacturer said in a statement...
  • Oil prices plunge after Opec meeting

    Oil prices plunge after Opec meeting

    27 November 2014 Last updated at 17:19 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Opec Secretary-General Abdallah Salem el-Badri: “We will watch how the market will behave” The price of oil slumped after...
  • Woman wins £337m in divorce case

    Woman wins £337m in divorce case

    27 November 2014 Last updated at 17:11 The couple set up the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation in 2003 The American wife of a London financier has been awarded £337m by a High Court judge in...
  • Lisa Rinna’s Lips Are Out Of Control!

    Lisa Rinna’s Lips Are Out Of Control!

    Posted on Thu Nov 27th, 2014 9:49am PDT       By X17 Staff We’re not sure what Lisa Rinna has done to her lips, but she needs to stop! Her mouth seriously looks like something that belongs on...

Headline News

  • Calm comes to troubled Ferguson, mass arrests at California rallies


    FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – Tensions eased in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson on Thursday after two nights of violence and looting sparked by racially charged anger over a grand jury’s decision not to charge a white police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager. Protests also dwindled elsewhere in the United States as the Thanksgiving Day holiday and wintry weather kept many indoors. But in California, about 500 people were arrested in rallies over the past two days that shut highways in major cites. Ferguson became the focal point of a national debate on race relations after officer Darren Wilson shot dead Michael Brown on Aug. 9. The U.S. Justice Department is probing possible civil rights abuses, and President Barack Obama has called for reflection on the difficulties minorities face in the country. Police said two people were arrested in overnight protests in Ferguson and no major incidents were reported. The grand jury’s …

    November 27, 2014 12:58 pm
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Politics

  • President Obama pays for his Thanksgiving meal


    By DARLENE SUPERVILLE November 27, 2014 President Barack Obama paying for his coffee and muffins at the Coffee Connection, Tuesday, in Knoxville, Iowa.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) There’s no free lunch — or breakfast or dinner — for President Barack Obama on Thanksgiving Day. Or any other day for that matter. He has to dig into his pocket to pay for his holiday feast of turkey, ham, two kinds of stuffing, sweet and regular potatoes and six different kinds of pie. It’s a longstanding practice that a president pays for meals for himself, his family and personal guests. Obama also pays for other basics — everything from toothpaste to dry cleaning. ___ WHY IS THAT? Gary Walters, who was chief White House usher for many years, said the payment rule dates back to 1800 when the White House was first occupied by President John Adams and there was no staff. Presidents brought staff with them and paid …

    November 27, 2014 10:15 am
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Stocks

  • OPEC: No cut in oil production and prices keep falling


      OPEC countries failed Thursday to agree to a cut in oil production that was desperately sought by some member states worried about the recent drop in prices. Officials met for six hours of negotiations in Vienna. It would have been the first cut in production since 2008. But Saudia Arabia, the largest among OPEC members, was against the cut in output — in a bid to retain market share and hold off competition from U.S. shale production. Brent crude, the European benchmark, was down more than 6% at $72.60 after it was announced that production will remain around 30 million barrels a day. The price of light crude, the U.S. benchmark, plunged 7% to $68.90 per barrel. Analysts say a cut of around 1.5 million barrels a day would be needed to support oil prices. The lack of action is bad news for oil-producing countries like Russia, Nigeria and Venezuela, which depend on prices …

    November 27, 2014 11:16 am
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Sports

  • Pele moved to quieter wing of Brazil hospital, aide says


    (Reuters) – Brazilian soccer great Pele, who is in a Sao Paulo hospital for treatment for a urinary tract infection, has been moved to a hospital wing where he won’t be besieged by as many visitors, his spokesman told Reuters on Thursday. The Albert Einstein Hospital had issued a short statement saying Pele, 74, had been moved to a special care unit after suffering “clinical instability.” The hospital did not provide details. Jose Fornos Rodrigues, the former player’s personal aide, said Pele was “completely fine” and the move was primarily to protect his privacy. “He was uncomfortable with so many people coming. It’ll be quieter now,” Rodrigues said by telephone. A hospital spokeswoman declined to elaborate on Pele’s condition, but said he was not in intensive care. Pele was discharged from the same hospital on Nov. 13 after undergoing surgery to remove kidney stones. Pele, often called the greatest soccer player in history, has suffered …

    November 27, 2014 12:59 pm
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World News

  • Ukraine’s new parliament sits for first time


    Paramilitary commanders in fatigues, investigative journalists and a fighter pilot absent because she is in a Russian jail are among the members of Ukraine’s new parliament, which sat for the first time on Thursday, reflecting how much the country has changed this year and the formidable challenges it still faces. The parliament is the result of the first parliamentary elections since the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych by the Euromaidan protest movement in February. But 27 of its seats remain empty, a sign of the territory lost since the revolution – Crimea annexed by Russia, and parts of the east under the control of Moscow-backed separatists. As well as activists from Euromaidan and commanders who have led the fight against separatists in the east, the parliament also contains a number of far-right figures, including Dmytro Yarosh, leader of the Right Sector movement, and Andriy Biletsky, who leads the Azov battalion, a volunteer grouping known for …

    November 27, 2014 12:58 pm
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Technology

  • Alien spotting: Eight space theories you won’t believe other people believe


    Who’s that visiting the ISS? Video screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET/NASA By now we can agree that we are living in an era of constant and ubiquitous surveillance. While that’s not great if you value privacy, it’s sure useful for those who like to keep an eye out for signs of E.T. Not only does the NSA keep its eyes and ears on seemingly everyone, but we as a modern species are also surveilling beyond our own planet, from telescopes atop volcanoes and in space, from robots on Mars and circling a comet, and from aging probes roaming the fringes of our solar system. As most of these efforts are publicly funded scientific missions, the resulting data and photographs are also available to the public, creating an unprecedented smorgasbord of images for UFOlogists and conspiracy theorists to pore over in search of evidence of alien visitation, ancient astronauts and the cover-ups that have kept them from …

    November 27, 2014 10:15 am
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Science

  • Reality Check: 10 Practical Applications of Illusions


    Although illusions are by definition not real, scientists are increasingly finding ways to use them to make an impact on the real world. Here are 10 practical applications that use or control illusions, from warships to virtual reality to Michelangelo’s David and the Statue of Liberty. MP3s All MP3s are based on illusion. An MP3 is a product of “lossy audio compression,” in which parts of the audio signal are discarded to shrink a sound file yet cause zero to minimal perceived loss in the sound quality for the average listener. How does MP3 compression work? It eliminates generally inaudible sounds. For example, if two sounds are presented simultaneously very close together in time, then depending on their frequency and intensity, the brain may only perceive one of them, a phenomenon known as masking. “Lossy audio compression absolutely involves an illusion,” says perceptual and cognitive psychologist Diana Deutsch at the University of California, San Diego. …

    November 27, 2014 10:36 am
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Health

  • Want Kids to Eat Better? Get Them Cooking


    THURSDAY, Nov. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Getting kids involved in the kitchen, through cooking classes or at home, may make them more likely to choose healthy foods, according to a recent review. Cooking programs and classes for children seem to positively influence children’s food preferences and behaviors, according to the new research. And, although the review didn’t look at long-term effects of such programs, the findings suggest that such programs might help children develop long-lasting healthy habits. “It is important to expose children to healthy foods in a positive way,” said Derek Hersch, the lead author of the study who also works with a cooking education program called Food Explorers at the Minnesota Heart Institute Foundation. “Creating habits and behaviors at this age is the most important part of it.” This research comes at a time when childhood obesity rates have been rising rapidly. More than one-third of adolescents in the United States were …

    November 27, 2014 10:15 am
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Entertainment

  • Lisa Rinna’s Lips Are Out Of Control!


    Posted on Thu Nov 27th, 2014 9:49am PDT       By X17 Staff We’re not sure what Lisa Rinna has done to her lips, but she needs to stop! Her mouth seriously looks like something that belongs on a wild animal… On Wednesday the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star went for a hike near her home in the valley, and while her bod looks amazing, her face is downright scary! Yesterday Lisa tweeted a meme that read, “I’m not perfect, but I’m always myself.” Really though? We highly doubt those are the lips she was born with, so how can she really be herself if she’s morphing into someone we don’t even recognize?   SEE THE GALLERY Lisa Rinna’s Lips Are Ridiculously Large Stories from around the Web

    November 27, 2014 11:57 am
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Editorial

  • Do we need a eulogy for Thanksgiving? 


    FILE – In this Nov. 28, 2013 file photo, customers shop at a Target store in Colma, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) There was a time in the not-too-distant past when the world stopped and families ate. We called it Thanksgiving.   Like most reflections of our past, we tend to look back on Thanksgiving with nostalgia, cherished memories and routines (breaking the wishbone, lighting the fireplace, wagering who would fall asleep in front of the TV first).  We ate, we laughed, we were together.  We were happy.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT But again this season we’re hearing people lament that Thanksgiving is being gobbled up by seemingly endless sales from retailers.  Or that the sacredness of this holiday has given way to crass commercialism.  Have we virtually “lost” Thanksgiving altogether?  Do we need a eulogy for Thanksgiving?  While Black Friday signals crowded stores and products-on-display and deep discounts, the main reason we still buy and give gifts during the holidays is …

    November 27, 2014 10:15 am
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Odd News

  • Swiss group wants sausage dogs to be petted, not eaten


    ZURICH (Reuters) – An animal rights group has petitioned the Swiss government to ban a traditional, if rare, practice of eating cats for dinner and turning dogs into sausages. Tomi Tomek, president of the animal rights group SOS CHATS Noiraigue, which campaigned successfully last year to ban the sale of cat fur, said 3 percent of the population still eat cat and dog, mainly in the regions of Appenzell, Lucerne, Jura and Berne. “You can’t report it to the police because there’s no law against it,” she said. Dog meat is traditionally used to make sausages and a fatty remedy for rheumatism, while cat can be served for Christmas dinner. The activists handed in a petition with 17,900 signatures calling for the consumption of family pets to be outlawed. (Reporting by Caroline Copley; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

    November 26, 2014 10:02 am
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