• Hawks top Blazers as win streak reaches 18

    Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) – Atlanta’s All-Stars came through again. Paul Millsap, Al Horford and Jeff Teague had plenty of help as the Hawks pushed their franchise-record winning streak to 18 games. Millsap scored 21 points,...
  • EU’s Moscovici wants Greece in euro

    EU’s Moscovici wants Greece in euro

    31 January 2015 Last updated at 03:37 The euro needs Greece, the EU’s economic affairs commissioner told the BBC Greece belongs in the eurozone and the single currency depends on there being no “Grexit”, the...
  • Laird up by 2 in Phoenix; Tiger, Phil miss cut

    Scottsdale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – Martin Laird carded his second straight 6-under 66 on Friday to grab the lead at the Phoenix Open, but the bigger story was who won’t be around for the weekend. Laird...
  • Venezuela issues new protest rules

    Venezuela issues new protest rules

    31 January 2015 Last updated at 01:00 President Nicholas Maduro (left) has expressed strong support for the army and Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez (R) New regulations have been published in Venezuela allowing soldiers to...

Headline News

  • Ohio postpones all 2015 executions as it secures new drugs


    CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Ohio will postpone all six executions scheduled for 2015 because it needs more time to prepare for a new execution procedure and to secure a new supply of execution drugs, the state’s prison department said on Friday. Earlier this month, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction halted use of the two-drug lethal injection combination of the sedative midazolam and painkiller hydromorphone after the protracted death of an inmate last year. The state prison system wants to add a drug, thiopental sodium, previously used for lethal injections from 1999 to 2011, and pentobarbital as the two drugs permitted for lethal injections in the future. Ohio and other states with the death penalty are seeking new execution drug formulations after some pharmaceutical companies stopped supplying products because they no longer wanted to be associated with capital punishment. Last January, Ohio was the first state to use the combination of midazolam and hydromorphone when …

    January 30, 2015 9:51 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

  • Seahawks’ Paul Allen is the NFL’s richest team owner


      The NFL is the ultimate billionaire’s club. The Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen is by far the richest in the league. The Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) co-founder is worth about $17 billion, according to various estimates. The Seahawks head to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row. This year they face off against the New England Patriots which are owned by Robert Kraft, who has a net worth of $4 billion, making him the sixth richest owner in the NFL. The two men made their money in very different ways. Related: NFL gets billions in subsidies from taxpayers Allen helped Bill Gates start Microsoft when both were students at Harvard, and left the company with a chunk of its then privately-held stock in 1983 which translated in to the bulk of his wealth. Allen also made about $2 billion from the appreciation in value of the Seahawks and the NBA’s Portland Trail …

    January 30, 2015 8:50 pm
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Sports

  • Hawks top Blazers as win streak reaches 18


    Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) – Atlanta’s All-Stars came through again. Paul Millsap, Al Horford and Jeff Teague had plenty of help as the Hawks pushed their franchise-record winning streak to 18 games. Millsap scored 21 points, Horford had 17 and Teague scored six of his 13 points in the fourth quarter as the Hawks held off LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers for a 105-99 victory on Friday night. Kyle Korver added 16 points and Kent Bazemore had 12 points in 40 minutes off the bench as the Hawks won without injured forward DeMarre Carroll, who sat with a left Achilles strain. Thabo Sefolosha replaced him in the starting lineup but played just 2:21 before going out with a calf strain. Millsap, Horford and Teague were all named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team on Thursday, the first time since 1980 that three Hawks made the game. Atlanta’s Mike Budenholzer will coach the East in …

    January 30, 2015 9:51 pm
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World News

  • EU’s Moscovici wants Greece in euro


    31 January 2015 Last updated at 03:37 The euro needs Greece, the EU’s economic affairs commissioner told the BBC Greece belongs in the eurozone and the single currency depends on there being no “Grexit”, the EU economic and financial affairs commissioner says. Pierre Moscovici told the BBC’s Hardtalk “we will do everything” to prevent Greece leaving the eurozone. But he said the Greek government had to respect previous commitments. The new finance minister has meanwhile said he will not negotiate bailout terms with the “troika” – the global institutions overseeing Greek debt. The left-wing Syriza party won last weekend’s election on an anti-austerity platform, promising to have half of Greece’s debt written off, and to roll back on deep cuts to jobs, pay and pensions. “We believe that the place of Greece is in the eurozone, the euro needs Greece and that Greece needs and wants to be in the eurozone,” Mr Moscovici, a former …

    January 30, 2015 9:51 pm
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Technology

  • For Silk Road founder, evidence keeps piling up


    Supporters of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged creator and operator of the Silk Road underground market, stand in front of a Manhattan federal court house on the first day of jury selection for his trial on January 13 in New York City. Getty Images Ross Ulbricht’s defense is looking shakier by the day. In the latest series of developments, federal prosecutors said the alleged mastermind of Silk Road, an online bazaar for drugs and other contraband, had millions of dollars in bitcoins on his laptop, according to Wired. That revelation undermines Ulbricht’s defense, who claims he was “the fall guy” for someone else. Prosecutors on Thursday said the FBI traced more than 700,000 bitcoins, or around $13.4 million, representing around 4,000 transactions on the site. Now 30, Ulbricht has admitted he founded Silk Road, but handed over control of the site to another individual when maintaining it became too much of a burden. Both Ulbricht and …

    January 30, 2015 6:30 pm
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Science

  • Meteorite may represent ‘bulk background’ of Mars’ battered crust


    NWA 7034, a meteorite found a few years ago in the Moroccan desert, is like no other rock ever found on Earth. It’s been shown to be a 4.4 billion-year-old chunk of the Martian crust, and according to a new analysis, rocks just like it may cover vast swaths of Mars. In a new paper, scientists report that spectroscopic measurements of the meteorite are a spot-on match with orbital measurements of the Martian dark plains, areas where the planet’s coating of red dust is thin and the rocks beneath are exposed. The findings suggest that the meteorite, nicknamed Black Beauty, is representative of the “bulk background” of rocks on the Martian surface, says Kevin Cannon, a Brown University graduate student and lead author of the new paper. The research, co-authored by Jack Mustard from Brown and Carl Agee from the University of New Mexico, is in press in the journal Icarus. When scientists started analyzing …

    January 30, 2015 6:30 pm
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Health

  • Second California patient tests negative for Ebola hours after first


    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – A second hospital patient in Sacramento, California, tested negative for the Ebola virus on Friday, the hospital reported, hours after the first was found to be free of the deadly disease at a nearby medical center. Both individuals were said to have been at low-risk of contracting Ebola before their test results came back. Public health officials have not said whether the two cases were linked in any way. The Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center said its patient, admitted on Wednesday, would now be discharged. (Reporting by Sharon Bernstein in Sacramento; Writing and additional reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)

    January 30, 2015 6:29 pm
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Entertainment

  • Teen Mom‘s Jenelle Evans just got dumped in the most humiliating way


    The Teen Mom star just got engaged to boyfriend Nathan Griffith at the beginning of January, but it seems the bloom is already off the rose. Not only did Griffith end it, but he ended it in the coldest, most public way possible: on Twitter! In a series of rants posted Thursday night that have since been deleted, Griffith went off on Evans for some unexplained slight that left him super pissed off. “I’m not sitting here listening to your bullshit anymore,” he wrote. “I’m tire [sic] of constantly being disrespected and dragged down.” “I’m especially not going to sit here while God only knows what the f*** you’re doing. It’s public and it’s official! Goodbye @PBandJenelley_1!” More: Jenelle Evans clears up pregnancy rumors with this pic Almost immediately after, Evans posted this: Can’t even come visit @kdub_910h lmfao God help me. Want to hold my hand? — Jenelle Evans (@PBandJenelley_1) January 29, 2015 So …

    January 30, 2015 8:50 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

  • Trucker pulling loose tooth triggers backup on Alabama freeway: report


    (Reuters) – A truck driver distracted by yanking free his loose tooth veered off the road and caused a miles-long backup on an Alabama freeway, a local newspaper reported on Friday. The unnamed 57-year-old trucker was driving on Interstate 20/59 near Tuscaloosa when the accident occurred late on Sunday, the Birmingham News reported. “The driver stated he lost control when he was pulling a tooth with his hands,” an Alabama Highway Patrol incident report said, according to the newspaper. “He had the tooth in his shirt pocket as proof.” After veering off the road, the truck went into a ditch before jackknifing into a stand of trees, the newspaper reported. The accident caused no serious injuries but it triggered a complete shutdown of a three-mile stretch of the freeway and caused delays that lasted into the Monday morning rush hour, the newspaper reported. Alabama Highway Patrol representatives did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment. …

    January 30, 2015 6:30 pm
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