Headline News

  • A new war over political correctness


    30 January 2015 Last updated at 22:23 By Anthony Zurcher Editor, Echo Chambers New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait took a 2×4 to the proverbial hornet’s nest earlier this week when he penned a nearly 5,000-word essay under the provocative headline, “Not a very PC thing to say: How the language police are perverting liberalism”. For those not familiar with the term, PC refers to politically correct – a derogatory description coined in the 1990s to label those contending, in part, that language was a weapon used by the powerful to deny the interests of the oppressed. Although the term gained national awareness, the most ferocious debates occurred on college campuses and involved student speech codes and mandated gender inclusiveness. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote The PC movement has assumed a towering presence in the psychic space of politically active people in general and the left in particular” End Quote Jonathan Chait New York …

    January 30, 2015 4:28 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

  • January was a terrible month for stocks


    Stocks have been having a pretty bad 2015 so far. Investors probably wished they had hibernated this January. It was the worst month for stocks since this month last year. The Dow shed 3.7%, the SP 500 has lost 3.1%, and the Nasdaq is over 2.1% lower. Talk about a bad start to the year. A quick glance at the chart below shows what a whiplash ride 2015 has been so far with 7 days where the market swung up or down more than 200 points. Related: Bears warn: A crisis could be near There’s an adage on Wall Street that the early days of the year are a good predictor of the full-year. Historically speaking, there’s only about a 50-50 probability that the stock market will end the year on a positive note if January saw market declines, according to the Stock Trader’s Almanac. Dan Greenhaus, chief strategist at BTIG, points out that five …

    January 30, 2015 4:48 pm
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Sports

  • Chicagoans pay respects to Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicagoans young and old and from all walks of life on Friday streamed past the closed casket of baseball great Ernie Banks, the Cubs Hall of Famer, paying their respects to one of the city’s biggest heroes. Banks, known as “Mr. Cub” and “Mr. Sunshine,” died on Jan. 23 at age 83. Friday’s visitation and his funeral, scheduled for Saturday, are taking place at the Fourth Presbyterian Church on Chicago’s upscale shopping street Michigan Avenue. Chicagoans revered him for his ever-optimistic personality and unswerving dedication to his former team, the often hapless Cubs. “I love Ernie Banks, he brought class and love to Chicago. He showed us what it was about,” said retired police officer and lifelong Cubs fan Fernando Threet, 77, after attending the viewing. “It was so tearful. I met him once about ’75, he’d been retired 2-3 years. What a gracious man.” “What power,” Threet said about watching Banks …

    January 30, 2015 4:28 pm
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World News

  • Tamil becomes Sri Lanka’s top judge


    30 January 2015 Last updated at 19:16 Kanagasabapathy Sripavan (right) is the first Tamil to hold the post since 1991 Sri Lanka’s president has appointed a Tamil judge as the new chief justice – the first member of the minority community to hold the post in decades. Judge Kanagasabapathy Sripavan, 62, was sworn in in the capital Colombo. President Maithripala Sirisena, from the majority Sinhalese community, has sought reconciliation with Tamils after the separatist war that ended in 2009. About 100,000 people have been killed during the conflict that erupted in the 1980s. Name cleared “Justice Sripavan was sworn in before President Sirisena,” the presidential secretariat said in a statement on Friday, AFP news agency reports. Mr Sripavan is the first Tamil to be appointed to the top position since 1991. The move comes two days after the president declared illegal the 2013 impeachment of former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake. Shirani Bandaranayake always denied the …

    January 30, 2015 4:28 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

  • Did We Miss The All-Black, Long Coat, High Heel Boots, Heavy-On-The-Makeup Memo?


    Posted on Fri Jan 30th, 2015 1:25pm PDT       By X17 Staff Umm did we not get the memo where we’re all supposed to wear black coats, black boots and all-black outfits? Or was a Kardashian-klan only message? We guess so because sisters Kim and Khloe Kardashian looked like style twins when they walked it out while en route to the family office in Los Angeles on Friday. Both gals were outfitted in long coat and sexy black boots. For the office stop, Kim donned a leather pencil skirt and black top, while Khloe, who really is going goth with all that eye makeup, opted for favorite pair of ripped jeans and a simple black top. We have to say Khloe’s wearing so much makeup it looks like she’s been airbrushed. Those girls do take a lot of selfies — so maybe that’s a good thing?! Earlier this month, Kim wrote that she and Kanye were revamping …

    January 30, 2015 4:48 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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