Headline News

  • The Latest: Federal authorities say they’re still investigating the McDonald shooting

    Protesters block rush hour traffic along the Michigan Ave. bridge over the Chicago River Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, in Chicago, the day after murder charges were brought against police officer Jason Van Dyke in the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) (The Associated Press) A protester is silhouetted against Chicago’s famed Wrigley Building as he directs others to shutdown traffic on both sides of the Michigan Ave. bridge over the Chicago River, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, one day after murder charges were brought against police officer Jason Van Dyke in the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) (The Associated Press) Chicago police scuffle with protesters in Chicago, on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. White Officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot Laquan McDonald 16 times last year, was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, hours before the city released a video of the killing. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT CHICAGO TRIBUNE; CHICAGO SUN-TIMES OUT; …

    November 26, 2015 9:33 am


  • U.S. reviews Thailand’s trade benefits after labor complaint

    WASHINGTON The United States will review Thailand’s eligibility for trade benefits after complaints the country is not properly protecting workers’ rights, the U.S. Trade Representative said on Wednesday. U.S. umbrella union group AFL-CIO said Thailand had breached standards under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), which allows duty-free access for some imports, on a range of issues including acceptable conditions of work and forced labor. USTR said in a statement it would hold a hearing in January on Thailand, and continue its work on GSP reviews of Fiji, Georgia, Iraq, Niger, Uzbekistan and Ecuador. Thailand exported $27.1 billion in goods to the United States in 2014, mainly machinery and electrical machinery. USTR closed a review of the Philippines after the country made progress in protecting workers’ rights. (Reporting by Krista Hughes; Editing by Sandra Maler)

    November 26, 2015 6:12 am


  • Barclays fined $109 million for trying to hide ‘the deal of the century’

    Barclays has been slapped with a record fine for trying to keep a huge deal with super rich clients so secret it bought a new safe just to store the documents. The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority fined Barclays £72 million ($109 million) on Thursday for trashing its own rules on making background checks on clients and the origin of their cash, and whether they figured on international sanctions lists. Barclays (BCS) said there was no evidence a crime had been committed, and that it “continues to apply significant resources and training to ensure compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements.” But regulators said the lengths a handful of Barclays employees went to hide the £1.9 billion transaction ($2.8 billion), including from the bank’s own staff, “threatened confidence in the U.K. financial system.” The FCA said Barclays bent over backwards to accommodate a number of “ultra high net worth clients” and earn its £52 million commission. …

    November 26, 2015 8:52 am


  • Wakelin in pieces at black-ball win

    Chris Wakelin twice surrendered a two-frame lead against Matthew Stevens having been 3-1 up, then 4-2. Chris Wakelin admits he “went to pieces” in his thrilling last-frame win over former champion Matthew Stevens. The Warwickshire professional, 23, seeded 89th for the tournament at the York Barbican, has lost three times in the final frame this season. But he somehow regained his composure to win through 48-44 on the black. “It’s up there with my best wins, but I capitulated if I am honest. When it was 5-5 I fell to pieces. My arm went a bit like jelly,” he told BBC Sport. “I have lost a lot of close matches this year but, if you keep working hard, and I have been, then it pays off and I managed to scrape through. I am only in my third year a professional so you are always learning in these situations.” Wakelin, whose best ranking performance saw …

    November 26, 2015 9:33 am

World News

  • Russia ‘plans sanctions against Turkey’

    Media captionIn the audio recording from the Turkish military, a voice can be heard repeatedly saying ”change your heading south immediately” Russia is preparing wide-ranging economic sanctions against Turkey over the downing of one of its jets on the Turkey-Syria border. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the measures would be drafted within days, and could hit joint investment plans. Meanwhile, Turkey has rejected Russian demands for an apology over its downing of a fighter jet on the Turkey-Syria border on Tuesday. Turkey says the plane violated its airspace – charges Russia denies. Tensions between Turkey and Russia, which back opposing sides in the Syrian civil war, have risen sharply over the incident. The US, the EU and the UN have appealed for calm. What will it mean for Turkey-Russia relations? Russia to Turkey: Don’t try it again What we know about downing of jet Was jet downing an overreaction? Speaking at a televised cabinet meeting …

    November 26, 2015 9:32 am


  • Anonymous swaps Isis propaganda site for Prozac ad in trolling fight

    Anonymous splinter group GhostSec has taken its “war” on Isis to the darknet, replacing a propaganda forum with an advert for Prozac. The site was only recently set up within the Tor darknet by Isis, allegedly in response to Anonymous taking down hundreds of the terrorist group’s websites on the open web. Along with an advert for an online pharmacy, the hackers posted a statement saying: “Too Much ISIS. Enhance your calm. Too many people are into this ISIS-stuff. Please gaze upon this lovely ad so we can upgrade our infrastructure to give you ISIS content you all so desperately crave.” The site was first taken down by GhostSec earlier this week, but Isis reinstated the site, despite security researchers finding that the terrorist group had used very poor web security to try and protect it. Anonymous “declared war” on Isis at the beginning of the year, taking the terrorist group’s sites offline, but stepped …

    November 26, 2015 6:32 am


  • Researchers assess use of drug-susceptible parasites to fight drug resistance

    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed a model for evaluating a potential new strategy in the fight against drug-resistant diseases. The strategy would take advantage of parasite refugia–host populations that have not been treated with drugs, thereby serving as “safe zones” where parasites don’t develop drug resistance. When parasites from refugia mix with their drug-resistant counterparts in the general population, they could reduce the incidence of drug-resistance overall, which may help prolong a drug’s effectiveness. The research, just published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, offers a way to assess when such an approach is likely to work–information that could help in the increasingly urgent hunt for alternatives to the current suite of parasite-fighting drugs. “Once resistance emerges, you might squeeze a little bit of life out of a drug by tweaking it, but often, very quickly, that entire class of drugs will become useless,” said Andrew Park, …

    November 26, 2015 9:12 am


  • WHO records highest-ever number of new HIV cases in its European Region

    STOCKHOLM The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that in 2014 it had recorded the highest number of new HIV cases in its European Region, which also includes Central Asia, since the start of reporting in the 1980s. WHO and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said in a statement that more than 142,000 people in WHO’s European Region were diagnosed with HIV last year with the increase coming from its eastern sector which comprises 15 countries including Russia, Ukraine and Central Asia. The statement followed publication on Tuesday of findings by the United Nations AIDS program which showed that new HIV infections overall had fallen by 35 percent since the peak of the three-decade-old pandemic in 2000. “Heterosexual transmission is responsible for the increase in eastern Europe, and transmission through drug injection remains substantial,” the joint statement by the WHO and ECDC said. ECDC spokeswoman Caroline Daamen said “eastern Europe” …

    November 26, 2015 9:52 am


  • Kanye Gabs Away On His Cell Phone While Running Errands For Pregnant Wife Kim Kardashian

    Posted on Thu Nov 26th, 2015 6:29am PDT       By X17 Staff Kanye West was snapped out and about in Calabasas on Wednesday, and in between errands we snapped the rapper yapping away on his cell phone. We’re not sure if he was on a work call or taking requests from his very pregnant wifey Kim Kardashian, but it looked like it was important! While Kim is just weeks away from giving birth to their second child, there are all sorts of reports that the couple are squabbling about everything from the renovation of their home to time spent together. “They’re fighting almost every day. It’s bad,” a source told In Touch. The tabloid says Kanye’s “crazy renovation demands” are preventing the couple from moving in to the house, and the duo are also “at each other’s throats” because Kanye has been “partying a lot.” A source tells the mag, “He’s been staying out until all hours …

    November 26, 2015 8:52 am


  • Ex-Navy SEALS: Military service taught us how fortunate we are to be Americans

    As any veteran will tell you, we learned much during our time in U.S. military service. We learned the importance of “attention to detail:” the little things matter when packing a parachute, maintaining a weapons system, or analyzing intelligence. We learned teamwork: if you don’t work together you fail—and in combat, failure can mean death. We learned tactics and strategy, discipline and order, and chain of command. We were taught how to fight, how to survive, and how to push ourselves hard—far beyond our comfort zone. We learned different languages, cultures, and customs of the world. We were taught respect and humility—not in classrooms, but on the battlefield, where combat serves as the ultimate teacher. But one lesson we learned outshines all others and remains most important: How incredibly fortunate are we to be Americans. Once a service member has seen the horrors of war, they are thankful that our homeland exists, for the most …

    November 26, 2015 8:32 am

Odd News

  • Mao’s Little Red Book makes surprise appearance in UK parliament chamber

    LONDON Chairman Mao’s “Little Red Book” made a surprise appearance in Britain’s parliament on Wednesday when the opposition Labour Party finance spokesman brandished a copy as he mocked the government’s reliance on Chinese investment. A debate on Britain’s economy and the Conservative government’s plan for the next five years broke down into howls of laughter when John McDonnell, Labour’s finance spokesman, read out some “advice” from the book, a pocket-sized collection of Mao Zedong’s quotations first published in the 1960s. McDonnell criticized finance minister George Osborne for allowing what he called the nationalization of British industry by other states such as China and offered “to assist comrade Osborne in his dealings with new found comrades”. “I think you will find this invaluable … Let’s quote from Mao, rarely done in this chamber,” McDonnell said laughing as he read out a quote urging people not to pretend “to know what we do not know” – a …

    November 26, 2015 5:31 am