Headline News

  • Police make third arrest in NYPD officer assault probe


    NEW YORK –  The New York Police Department has made a third arrest in an aggressive manhunt after an assault on two officers during a protest over the chokehold death of Eric Garner. Police officials say investigators made the latest arrest Saturday. Police say Zachary Campbell was arrested on charges of riot and resisting arrest. The 32-year-old was in custody, and it wasn’t clear if he had a lawyer. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Police earlier arrested a 36-year-old woman and another man in connection with the attack. Seven people were seen on amateur video pushing, kicking and punching two officers on the Brooklyn Bridge. Others are still being sought. It happened at the end of a massive march last week protesting a grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in Garner’s death.

    December 21, 2014 8:30 am
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Politics

  • Obama does not consider Sony hack an act of war: CNN interview


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama does not consider the cyber attack on Sony Corp (6758.T) to be an act of war, he said in an interview, remarks apparently aimed at limiting U.S. anger over the incident which Washington blames on North Korea. Obama and his advisers are weighing how to respond in kind to the attack, which prompted the Hollywood studio owned by the Japanese firm to withdraw a comedy, “The Interview,” prepared for release to movie theaters during the holiday season. “No, I don’t think it was an act of war. I think it was an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionately,” Obama told CNN’s “State of the Union with Candy Crowley” show, which was taped on Friday and due to be aired on Sunday. North Korea has denied responsibility for the attack on Sony. The film depicts the …

    December 21, 2014 8:09 am
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Stocks

  • How to pick the best dividend stocks


    Disney recently announced a 34% dividend increase for 2014. Investing in dividend stocks can be a powerful and effective strategy to obtain superior returns over time. However, there is much more to successful dividend investing that simply going after companies with big yields. Disney (DIS), Starbucks (SBUX), and TJX (TJX) (parent company of T.J. Maxx) show that investing in businesses with increasing dividends and healthy fundamentals can be the key to outperforming the markets in the long term. The importance of dividend growth: According data from Goldman Sachs, dividend stocks tend to outperform their nondividend-paying counterparts by a considerable margin over time. A $10,000 investment in nondividend stocks in 1972 would have turned into $26,417 by 2013, while investing the same amount in dividend-paying stocks would have resulted in $413,073. That staggering difference provides solid evidence in favor of dividend investing. However, that’s only part of the story: Results tend to be even better when …

    December 20, 2014 11:04 pm
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Sports

  • Ravens try to take advantage of banged-up Texans


    (SportsNetwork.com) – The Baltimore Ravens hope to clinch their sixth playoff berth in seven years on Sunday when they visit a Houston Texans club that is reaching deep into the quarterback well to keep its postseason chances alive. The Ravens have won two straight and four of their past five to stay in the mix of an ultra-competitive AFC North. However, at 9-5 they have a chance to secure a playoff spot with a victory and losses by division rivals Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Baltimore is tied with Pittsburgh for second in the division, just behind 9-4-1 Cincinnati. The Ravens, who host the Cleveland Browns to close out the regular-season next Sunday, picked up their second win in a row with a less-than-impressive 20-12 decision over the Jacksonville Jaguars this past weekend. Joe Flacco threw for just 221 yards, including a three-yard strike to tight end Owen Daniels, but defense and special teams also chipped in. …

    December 21, 2014 7:49 am
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World News

  • US mulls putting NK on terror list


    21 December 2014 Last updated at 14:27 North Korea strongly objects to the film’s portrayal of its leader President Barack Obama has said the US is considering putting North Korea back on its list of terrorism sponsors after the hacking of Sony Pictures. A decision would be taken after a review, he said, calling the attack an act of cyber-vandalism, not of war. North Korea denies the attack over The Interview, which depicts the fictional killing of its leader Kim Jong-Un. Sony cancelled the Christmas Day release after threats to cinemas. It is considering “a different platform”. Costly In a CNN interview, President Obama described the hacking as a “very costly, very expensive” example of cyber-vandalism. The film had been due to open during the holiday season He said US officials would examine all the evidence to determine whether North Korea should be put back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism. “I’ll wait …

    December 21, 2014 8:30 am
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Technology

  • Obama: North Korea hack on Sony Pictures was not an act of war


    The US is reviewing whether to put North Korea back onto its list of state sponsors of terrorism, President Barack Obama said in a wide-ranging interview recorded on Friday and broadcast on Sunday, as he decides how to respond to the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures that has been blamed on the communist nation. Speaking to CNN, Obama described the Sony hacking case as a “very costly, very expensive” example of cybervandalism, but did not call it an act of war. In trying to fashion a proportionate response, the president said the US would examine the facts to determine whether North Korea should be put back on the terrorism sponsors list. “We’re going to review those through a process that’s already in place,” Obama said. “I’ll wait to review what the findings are.” North Korea, meanwhile, threatened to hit back at the White House and other US targets if Washington sanctioned it for an alleged hacking …

    December 21, 2014 8:29 am
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Science

  • The Dark Corners of Our DNA Hold Clues about Disease


    The so-called “streetlight effect” has often fettered scientists who study complex hereditary diseases. The term refers to an old joke about a drunk searching for his lost keys under a streetlight. A cop asks, “Are you sure this is where you lost them?” The drunk says, “No, I lost them in the park, but the light is better here.” For researchers who study the genetic roots of human diseases, most of the light has shone down on the 2 percent of the human genome that includes protein-coding DNA sequences. “That’s fine. Lots of diseases are caused by mutations there, but those mutations are low-hanging fruit,” says University of Toronto (U.T.) professor Brendan Frey who studies genetic networks. “They’re easy to find because the mutation actually changes one amino acid to another one, and that very much changes the protein.” The trouble is, many disease-related mutations also happen in noncoding regions of the genome—the parts that …

    December 21, 2014 8:30 am
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Health

  • Vaccine for Deer Against ‘Mad Cow’-Like Illness Shows Promise


    SUNDAY, Dec. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new vaccine created to fight an illness similar to “mad cow disease” in deer might also protect livestock and even humans from similar brain infections, researchers report. The vaccine appears to help prevent deer from becoming infected by the incurable brain disorder known as chronic wasting disease, according to the report in the Dec. 21 online edition of the journal Vaccine. Chronic wasting disease is caused by mysterious infectious particles known as prions that go rogue. Prion infections are also thought to cause horrific human diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (including the strain behind mad cow disease), kuru (a condition that affects cannibals who eat human brain), and fatal familial insomnia (an inherited condition that leads to increasing sleeplessness and death), the researchers said. “Now that we have found that preventing prion infection is possible in animals, it’s likely feasible in humans as well,” senior study investigator …

    December 21, 2014 8:29 am
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Entertainment

  • Stevie Wonder welcomes ninth child: Meet all of his baby mamas


    The “I Just Called to Say I Love You” hit maker and his girlfriend Tomeeka Robyn Bracy are celebrating the birth of their second child together, a baby girl named Nia, whose name means purpose, his rep confirmed to Us Weekly. More: EXCLUSIVE — one huge part of Michael Jackson’s legacy almost didn’t happen Wonder also has eight other children from previous relationships, ranging in age from teens to 39. Baby mama #1: Yolanda Simmons The Grammy-award winning star’s first marriage was to Motown singer/songwriter Syreeta Wright in 1970, but their marriage only lasted 18 months. Then in 1975 he met his first baby mama, Yolanda Simmons. The two never married but their union did produce two children: Wonder’s first child was a daughter named Aisha Morris, whose name is reportedly African for “strength and intelligence.” Aisha is also a singer and has toured with her father as well as accompanied him on recordings. Wonder …

    December 21, 2014 8:09 am
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Editorial

  • Last minute Christmas shopping: Five things to avoid


    FILE — Nov. 28, 2014: A man dressed as Santa Claus greets shoppers outside the J.C. Penney store at the Glendale Galleria shopping mall in Glendale, Calif. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) This weekend millions of Americans will take to the mall to get last-minute gifts for their loved ones. They will pour through the already-picked-over selections to try and find “the gift.” For those of you who are forced into the mall this weekend: I’m sorry. Here are five things to avoid as we enter the final shopping days before Christmas.   1. Believe the best bargains are found if you wait until the last minute. While it’s true, retailers are starting their after-Christmas sales earlier than ever – just as the Christmas shopping season starts before you get to Thanksgiving dessert – seasoned shoppers know (1) value and (2) bargain do not mean the same thing.  We all know just because something is cheap doesn’t mean …

    December 20, 2014 4:21 pm
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Odd News

  • Canadian driver jailed for deaths caused by stopping for ducks


    OTTAWA (Reuters) – A Canadian woman was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Thursday for causing two deaths in 2010 when she stopped her car on a Quebec highway to help a group of ducklings crossing the road. Emma Czornobaj had been convicted in June of two counts each of criminal negligence and dangerous driving causing death. According to media reports on Thursday, Czornobaj stopped her car abruptly in the passing lane of a highway south of Montreal when she saw the ducklings. The motorcycle behind Czornobaj’s car then crashed into her vehicle, killing the 50-year-old man driving the motorcycle and his 16-year-old daughter. “I just wanted to pick all these ducklings up and put them in my car,” Czornobaj had testified during her trial. “I know it was a mistake.” The jail time will be served on the weekends. Czornobaj was also sentenced to 240 hours of community service, probation and banned from …

    December 18, 2014 3:58 pm
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