• Golf-Teenager Ko becomes youngest world number one

    (Reuters) – Seventeen-year-old Lydia Ko of New Zealand became the youngest golfer to hold top spot in the world rankings by tying for second place at the LPGA season-opening Coates Golf Championship in Ocala, Florida,...
  • Qatar buys 10% stake in BA owner

    Qatar buys 10% stake in BA owner

    30 January 2015 Last updated at 16:55 Qatar Airways took delivery of its first Airbus A380 last September. Qatar Airways has emerged as the owner of a 10% stake in International Airlines Group (IAG), the...
  • Taxing the rich: The record under Obama

    Taxing the rich: The record under Obama

    President Obama’s budget proposals to tax the rich are usually DOA with Republicans. Nevertheless, the top 1% are now paying an average tax rate that’s 6 percentage points higher than when Obama first took office....
  • Ko becomes youngest world number one

    (Reuters) – Seventeen year old Lydia Ko of New Zealand became the youngest golfer to become number one in world rankings by tying for second place at the LPGA season-opening Coates Golf Championship in Ocala,...
  • Firms to begin inmate rehabilitation

    Firms to begin inmate rehabilitation

    1 February 2015 Last updated at 01:22 The new system will use private contractors like Sodexo and Interserve A scheme that will use private contractors to rehabilitate prisoners who have served short sentences is due...

Headline News

  • Arizona’s Sheriff Joe picks Patriots; inmates to get popcorn


    PHOENIX (Reuters) – The Arizona lawman who bills himself as “America’s toughest sheriff” predicts the New England Patriots will win the Super Bowl and says some inmates will be allowed popcorn as they watch Sunday’s face-off with the Seattle Seahawks. Joe Arpaio, the 82-year-old sheriff of Maricopa County where the National Football League’s championship game will be played, held an event on Saturday at which he popped the popcorn and forecast the Patriots will triumph 27-17. He also took a cheeky jab at his favored team over the “deflategate” scandal, in which the Patriots are accused of using under-inflated footballs during their AFC championship triumph against Indianapolis. Holding up two mock footballs, one for each team, Arpaio noted that the one for New England was softer. “I don’t know if I can blow this up, but it is kinda deflated!” he said with a chuckle. Arpaio, who was born in Massachusetts, told supporters this week …

    January 31, 2015 9:24 pm
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Politics

  • Things to remember on Budget Day


    By CONNIE CASS January 31, 2015 President Barack Obama’s proposed budget from last year(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite,) A quick quiz: Monday is — a) Groundhog Day b) Budget Day c) A day for repeating the same old arguments over spending and taxes, only louder. d) All of the above. If you picked “d,” you’re in the proper spirit for federal Budget Day, which appropriately falls on Groundhog Day this year. It’s safe to predict we’re in for way more than six more weeks of Republicans and Democrats fighting over how to spend our money. Here are five things to know before President Barack Obama’s 2016 budget fully emerges Monday: ___ IT’S JUST AN OPENING BID Despite all the hoopla surrounding it, a president’s budget is merely a suggestion. That’s especially true this year, with Obama delivering his multi-trillion-dollar wish list to a Senate and House run by the opposition. The Constitution gives Congress power to …

    January 31, 2015 6:41 pm
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Stocks

  • Taxing the rich: The record under Obama


    President Obama’s budget proposals to tax the rich are usually DOA with Republicans. Nevertheless, the top 1% are now paying an average tax rate that’s 6 percentage points higher than when Obama first took office. New year. Old strategy. The White House has already revealed many of President Obama’s proposals to raise taxes on the rich that will be in his 2016 budget, due out Monday. Among them: A plan to increase investment taxes and get rid of the so-called “trust fund loophole” in the estate tax. The idea is to help pay for other measures aimed at helping low- and middle-income families. They may also be used to help pay for increased government spending. Calling for higher taxes on the rich has been a feature of every one of Obama’s budgets since 2009. Remember the Buffett Rule? That would have imposed a minimum 30% effective federal tax rate on the very wealthy. That one …

    January 31, 2015 9:04 pm
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Sports

  • Golf-Teenager Ko becomes youngest world number one


    (Reuters) – Seventeen-year-old Lydia Ko of New Zealand became the youngest golfer to hold top spot in the world rankings by tying for second place at the LPGA season-opening Coates Golf Championship in Ocala, Florida, on Saturday. American Tiger Woods was previously the youngest golfer to become world number one when he did it in 1997 at 21, while Shin Ji-yai held the women’s record after reaching top spot in 2010 aged 22. The Korean-born Ko, led by as many as four strokes in the final round but slipped behind after a double-bogey six at the 17th hole as she finished one shot behind winner and good friend Choi Na-yeon of South Korea, who fired a 68. Still, it good enough to lift her ahead of Inbee Park of South Korea in the rankings. “It’s amazing,” said Ko, who also ended the 2014 season by winning the CME Titleholders event in November and a $1 …

    January 31, 2015 9:24 pm
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World News

  • Qatar buys 10% stake in BA owner


    30 January 2015 Last updated at 16:55 Qatar Airways took delivery of its first Airbus A380 last September. Qatar Airways has emerged as the owner of a 10% stake in International Airlines Group (IAG), the owner of British Airways (BA) and Iberia. The Gulf airline is already a member of the Oneworld alliance. Willie Walsh, IAG’s chief executive, said he was delighted Qatar had become a “long-term supportive shareholder”. The stake, worth about £1.15bn, gives Qatar closer links with a group that has two major European hubs and strong transatlantic networks. Mr Walsh said his company would explore what “opportunities exist to work more closely together and further IAG’s ambitions as the leading global airline group”. Akbar Al Baker, chief executive of Qatar, said: “IAG represents an excellent opportunity to further develop our westwards strategy.” Earlier this month he criticised European airlines, saying they they “cannot keep up” with the competition posed by Gulf rivals. …

    January 31, 2015 9:24 pm
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Technology

  • Space out in these glow-in-the-dark galaxy undies


    Do these undies make my asteroid look big? MakeItGoodPDX Night-sky gazing just got a little sexier with glow-in-the-dark space underwear for both men and women. Etsy shop MakeItGoodPDX sells the solar system undies in bikini and trunk styles for women at $18 (about £12 or AU$23) and $24 (about £16 or AU$30). Trunks for men are priced at $28 (about £19 or AU$36). “The solar system print was inspired by the scientific galactic retro glow-in-the-dark prints of our youth, and hand-drawn by artist Nate Crane,” MakeItGoodPDX says on its Etsy page. “Planets, moons, galaxy, shooting stars, asteroids and swirling star clusters will catch eyes and imaginations.” The women’s undies are made from a blend of black jersey knit, organic cotton and spandex. The men’s underwear is made from bamboo and spandex. The solar system design is printed in glow-in-the-dark ink. The shop also offers glow-in-the-dark solar system women’s leggings for $60 (about £40 or AU$77). …

    January 31, 2015 6:42 pm
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Science

  • Astronauts Speak with University of California Students from Space Station


    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering students at the University of California, Davis will have a rare opportunity to speak with Expedition 42 crew members currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS) at 12:45 p.m. EST (9:45 a.m. PST) Thursday, Feb. 5. The 20-minute Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Media interested in covering the event must contact Andy Fell at 530-752-4533 or ahfell@ucdavis.edu in advance. UC Davis is located at 1 Shields Avenue in Davis, California. NASA astronaut and ISS Commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore, flight engineer Terry Virts and European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti will connect live with the students, who will be joined by former astronaut Stephen Robinson. Robinson, whose 36-year NASA career included four shuttle missions and three spacewalks, currently teaches in the engineering department at UC Davis. This education downlink is the first for a University of California system campus. Prior to the space chat, the students will …

    January 31, 2015 6:43 pm
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Health

  • Ex-Super Bowl champ Leonard Marshall to teach about concussions


    (Reuters) – Two-time Super Bowl champion Leonard Marshall is teaming up with the lawyer who first sued the NFL over concussions to form an educational road show on how to avoid and treat head injuries in sports. The target audience for the Brain Unity Trust is players, coaches and organizations, said Marshall, who suffers from CTE-related illnesses, perhaps from concussions during his 12 seasons as a defensive lineman in the National Football League in the 1980s and ’90s. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain often found in athletes who suffered repetitive brain trauma. “Leonard never had an opportunity to realize that he had an injury, that it was a problem,” said Pittsburgh lawyer Jason Luckasevic, who first sued the NFL in 2011 over concussions. “He was told that that was part of the process. You see stars, you take an Advil and that’s it. There’s nothing wrong with you.” …

    January 31, 2015 6:42 pm
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Entertainment

  • 8 Times Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson looked miserable together


    Each time we see them it becomes increasingly obvious that the couple has absolutely zero chemistry — and it is never more obvious than in this new Glamour shoot. Here are seven times we’ve noticed Johnson trying really, really hard to fake it — and Dornan unable to conceal his contempt. More: Watch Dakota Johnson get super kinky for the Fifty Shades soundtrack 1. “Can they see the panic in my eyes?” Johnson displays her acting chops in the new issue of Glamour by pretending she is really, really into it (seriously, this is some Meryl Streep-level skill here), but Dornan can barely contain his disgust and boredom. MmMmm, yes. More @FiftyShades goodness on @glamourmag‘s newest issue! http://t.co/ObNvnJ9MSr pic.twitter.com/YTpExvsxcw — POPSUGAR Fashion (@POPSUGARFashion) January 29, 2015 From Glamour magazine (USA)… Those glasses look hot!! Just me? Thx to @_GreyHouse #FiftyShades #JamieDornan #JDNI pic.twitter.com/PagBIiDsQw — Jamie Dornan NI (@JamieDornanNI) January 28, 2015 I’m not sure I …

    January 31, 2015 7:02 pm
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Editorial

  • Obama, Netanyahu and Iran: Why Israel’s leader won’t back down on Congress speech


    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been invited by House Speaker John Boehner to address a joint session of Congress. It will be an occasion for Netanyahu to deliver his views on the nuclear deal with Iran that the White House and its European partners are attempting to craft. It is a deal Netanyahu does not like or trust. President Obama wants the speech canceled. He has made it clear that he won’t meet with Netanyahu. His senior officials are telling journalists, off the record, that a speech by Bibi could wreck Israeli-American relations, leave the Jewish state friendless and veto-less at the U.N. and unprotected from the aggression of the ayatollahs in Tehran. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Unlike the American president, Bibi can’t afford to simply hope for the best. For almost two decades he has been obsessed with what could happen to his country if the ayatollahs get their hands on the strategic weapons to carry out their deranged …

    January 31, 2015 2:39 pm
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Odd News

  • Secretary of State Kerry fined for not shoveling by Boston home


    BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was slapped with a $50 fine for failing to have a side street adjoining his Boston home shoveled following the blizzard that dropped more than 2 feet (60 cm) of snow on Massachusetts this week, a spokesman said on Friday. The fine was issued on Thursday after a snow-removal company hired by Kerry and his neighbors in the city’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood saw yellow tape blocking the sidewalk alongside the home and thought it was related to security for the top U.S. diplomat. The tape had been put up to warn pedestrians of falling ice and snow, said Kerry’s spokesman, Glen Johnson. “Once they understood that they were allowed to enter the area, the contractors finished the sidewalk late Thursday morning,” he said. Kerry was in Saudi Arabia with President Barack Obama to attend the funeral of King Abdullah and meet with his successor, King …

    January 30, 2015 10:31 pm
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