Headline News

  • Mother of NYC boy who vanished in 1979 to testify at murder trial


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The mother of Etan Patz, a boy whose disappearance from a New York City street in 1979 ignited a national movement to find missing children, will tell jurors at his accused killer’s trial about the “nightmare that never ended,” a prosecutor said on Friday. In opening statements in the kidnapping and murder trial of Pedro Hernandez, Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said the former deli worker who confessed to the crime had upended an average American family’s life and sent it spiraling into unthinkable tragedy. “You will hear from Julie Patz… about her quite ordinary life, a regular American tale, interrupted by a nightmare that never ended,” Illuzzi-Orbon told jurors seated before Judge Maxwell Wiley in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. Patz was six years old when he vanished while walking alone to a school bus stop for the first time in the Soho neighborhood of Manhattan on May 25, 1979. …

    January 30, 2015 3:28 pm
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Politics

  • Republican Romney opts out of a 2016 run for president


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney bowed out of the 2016 U.S. presidential race on Friday after considering a third run, telling supporters it was time for the next generation of party leaders to seek the White House. Romney’s decision helps clarify an emerging Republican field split between potential establishment candidates like former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and conservative voices represented by Texas Senator Ted Cruz and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. The move will likely boost Bush, the brother of former President George W. Bush, even though Romney has privately made known to aides he is not convinced that Bush can defeat Hillary Clinton if she becomes the Democratic presidential nominee. But Romney’s decision also helps other potential candidates such as Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who was on Romney’s vice presidential short list in 2012; Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and possibly New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, all of whom will have a better chance …

    January 30, 2015 2:27 pm
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Stocks

  • Will the Super Bowl get record ratings?


    Last year’s Super Bowl broke TV records. Will this year’s big game do the same? The NFL’s Super Bowl is not just the biggest day in sports, it’s also the biggest television event of the year. Last year’s big game broke records with 112.2 million average viewers, enough to make it the most-watched broadcast in American TV history. And since Nielsen doesn’t account for Super Bowl viewing parties and sports bars, the true number is actually even larger. So what about this year’s match-up? NBC will be televising the game on traditional TV (and online, although that’s not measured the same way) — will it break another viewership record? We asked six media and sports experts to weigh in on what they think this year’s Nielsen ratings will be. Here are edited excerpts of what they said:   Richard Deitsch, reporter for Sports Illustrated Prediction: 115.5 million “One of the few givens of a Super …

    January 30, 2015 2:47 pm
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Sports

  • Belichick sees ‘relentless’ Seattle as model for others


    PHOENIX (Reuters) – New England head coach Bill Belichick is not known for heaping compliments on his own team, but when it comes to Sunday’s Super Bowl opponents the Seattle Seahawks, the Patriots coach has not been shy in expressing his admiration. A joint news conference with his opposite number Pete Carroll by its nature encouraged polite words, but Belichick was unusually fullsome in his praise. “They compete relentlessly as well as any team or any organization I’ve ever observed,” said Belichick. “The thing that impresses me the most and the thing that I guess I would like to do a better job of is just the way that his teams play for 60 minutes. They play from the opening kickoff to the final whistle or the final gun. “They play extremely hard down after down after down, week after week, year after year,” he said. The Seahawks illustrated that point perfectly in their remarkable …

    January 30, 2015 3:28 pm
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World News

  • Putin ally to build bridge to Crimea


    30 January 2015 Last updated at 19:45 Ferries like this one carrying railway carriages connect Russia to Crimea A Russian contract for building a bridge to Crimea has gone to a company majority-owned by a friend of Vladimir Putin who is under Western sanctions. The $3bn (£2bn) contract was awarded to the SGM Group, owned by Arkady Rotenberg, a childhood friend and judo partner of the Russian president. The bridge will join Russia directly to the peninsula it annexed from Ukraine in March after a disputed referendum. It will be pipeline specialist SGM’s first bridge, Reuters news agency says. It is still unclear where on the Kerch Strait the structure will be erected, meaning the span could be anything from 4km to 15km (2.5 to 9 miles). Announcing the contract in a statement, Russia’s transport ministry said the bridge should be finished by the end of 2018. Currently, Crimea is connected to Russia by sea …

    January 30, 2015 3:28 pm
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Technology

  • Google Now gets cards from Airbnb, Lyft, Pandora and more


    Google Your favorite Android apps are teaming up with Google Now. The Google-powered personal assistant is getting special cards from 30-plus select apps that will start to show up in your dashboard starting today. That dashboard is where you can already see sports scores, stock numbers, weather forecasts and more. And now, you’ll see cards from select apps already installed on your device that will either show helpful information or give you quick actions that you’d normally have to open the app to do. For example, the new Airbnb card will show you suggested listings for upcoming trips, or remind you to book a rental if you’ve searched listings for a specific date. The Instacart card will let you quickly reorder groceries, while the Lyft card will help you hail a car if you caught a Lyft from your home location which you set in Google Now. A particularly interesting card is from Walgreens, which …

    January 30, 2015 2:28 pm
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Science

  • Mobile and interactive media use by young children: The good, the bad and the unknown


    Mobile devices are everywhere and children are using them more frequently at young ages. The impact these mobile devices are having on the development and behavior of children is still relatively unknown. In a commentary in the journal Pediatrics, researchers review the many types of interactive media available today and raise important questions regarding their use as educational tools, as well as their potential detrimental role in stunting the development of important tools for self-regulation. While there are many research studies that have found children under the age of 30 months cannot learn from television and videos as well as they can from real-life interactions, there are fewer studies investigating whether this is the case with interactive applications. Early research suggests that interactive media, such as electronic books and learn-to-read applications can be useful in teaching vocabulary and reading comprehension, but only in children preschool-age or older. The potential educational benefits for children under two …

    January 30, 2015 2:28 pm
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Health

  • POM Wonderful loses bid to tout health benefits in drink ads


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pomegranate juice maker POM Wonderful cannot advertise that its pomegranate drinks treat or prevent heart disease or other ailments unless it has proof, a U.S. appeals court said Friday, upholding an order by the Federal Trade Commission. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit largely upheld a 2010 order by the Federal Trade Commission, which found that POM Wonderful’s advertising was misleading in claiming its products would treat or reduce the risk of diseases ranging from heart disease to prostate cancer to erectile dysfunction. The advertisements that the FTC challenged appeared in Parade, Fitness and Prevention magazines, as well as online, and on product tags, the FTC said. “Many of those ads mischaracterized the scientific evidence concerning the health benefits of POM’s products with regard to those diseases. The FTC Act proscribes — and the First Amendment does not protect — deceptive and misleading advertisements,” the court said in its …

    January 30, 2015 2:27 pm
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Entertainment

  • Backdoor Teen Mom Farrah Abraham Is Coming Back To MTV’s Teen Mom


    Posted on Fri Jan 30th, 2015 11:49am PDT       By X17 Staff Backdoor Teen Mom Farrah Abraham is going back is her roots. The controversial mom is headed to MTV to do the Teen Mom spinoff series, Teen Mom OG, reports Us Weekly. The 23-year-old spoke to the mag about putting her clothes back on and joining other original Teen Mom stars Amber Portwood, Catelynn Lowell, and Maci Bookout. “There’s going to be lots of excitement from the Teen Mom fans and MTV’s fan base as well, so I’m excited to be back!” said the reality star-turned-porn star. Originally, the 23-year-old was not intended to be on Teen Mom OG after her three co-stars said they did not want to be associated with Abraham. A source told Us that the three mothers felt that, “she set a bad example and doesn’t represent the network well.” Looks like MTV is changing its tune now! The show’s creator Lauren …

    January 30, 2015 2:47 pm
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Editorial

  • Middle East Terror: Iran’s influence grows after Yemen’s political collapse


    The international community is starting to realize the seriousness of the political chaos in Yemen, which has expanded Iranian influence in the region, bolstered Al Qaeda and could lead to the secession of the southern part of the country. This situation may also result in a political realignment that puts the family of the former autocratic president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, back in power in an alliance with the Iranian-backed Houthis, a Shiite insurgent group in northern Yemen that forced President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and his cabinet to resign last week.  The political deterioration in Yemen might have been prevented if the United States had fully backed Hadi and not gone along with a transition plan that removed Saleh from power in 2012 but did not force him from Yemen’s political scene.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Iran’s increased influence in Yemen through the Houthis is unlikely to be reversed Saleh used his influence to undermine the Hadi …

    January 30, 2015 2:27 pm
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Odd News

  • Winging it: Chicago man smashes Philadelphia eating record


    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – A professional competitive eater from Chicago downed 444 chicken wings in 30 minutes at the 23rd annual Wing Bowl in Philadelphia, narrowly edging out his nearest rival and shattering the record of 363 wings set a year earlier. “I have the sweats but I feel a lot better because I know I don’t have to eat any more chicken wings,” the winner, Patrick Bertoletti, said after narrowly beating prior record-holder Molly Schuyler, who gobbled 440 wings in front of a crowd of thousands at the area where the city’s National Basketball Association franchise, the 76ers, plays. Bertoletti ate 50 wings in the last two minutes of the contest, ripping the meat from the bone and stuffing it in his mouth, a technique that left him chewing for more than two minutes after the final buzzer rang. The new record shocked Angelo Cataldi, the sports talk radio broadcaster who conceived of the contest …

    January 30, 2015 2:28 pm
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