• Rangers 4-0 Dumbarton

    66:06 James Tavernier (Rangers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box. 65:16 Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Mark Docherty. 65:04 Attempt blocked. James Tavernier (Rangers) right...
  • Fresh rains worsen India Chennai floods

    Fresh rains worsen India Chennai floods

    Image copyright Press Trust of India Image caption Patients have been evacuated from a hospital after flood waters entered the building Fresh rains in the southern Indian city of Chennai have caused serious flooding, with...
  • Ballymena edge past luckless Larne

    Ballymena edge past luckless Larne

    Ballymena United snatched a dramatic 3-2 extra-time win over luckless Larne in the County Antrim Shield Semi-Final. Stuart McMullan’s superb 76th-minute volley appeared to have won it for Larne only for Willie Faulkner to equalise...
  • Dancing Rhode Island cop disinvited from second city

    FILE – In this Dec. 13, 2012 photo, former Providence Police Department office Tony Lepore directs traffic at an intersection on Dorrance Street in Providence, R.I. (AP) PROVIDENCE, R.I. –  A second city on Tuesday withdrew...
  • Who is Priscilla Chan?

    Who is Priscilla Chan?

    Dr. Priscilla Chan has kept a low profile over the past few years, but that will prove harder to do now. The 30-year-old pediatrician just gave birth to her first child Max, a daughter, with...

Headline News

  • Human remains found at Kansas barn are of a juvenile, coroner says

    FILE – This file photo provided by Wyandotte County Detention Center shows Michael A. Jones. (Wyandotte County Detention Center via AP, File) Human remains of a juvenile were found at a Kansas barn, but determining whether the remains belong to a missing 7-year-old by could take weeks, a coroner said Tuesday. Police found the remains after investigating a domestic disturbance when they were notified that the boy was reported missing. The boy’s father, Michael A. Jones, was charged Monday with child abuse, aggravated battery and aggravated assault with a firearm and is being held on $10 million bond. Jones has not been charged in connection with the child’s disappearance or with the discovery of the human remains. Jones’ father-in-law told The Kansas City Star on Tuesday that his daughter told him on Thanksgiving Day that her husband had killed the boy and fed the body to pigs. Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome a. Gorman declined to …

    December 2, 2015 12:45 am


  • U.S. bill ends legal quandary over mining rights in space

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A new law clears U.S. companies to own what they mine from asteroids and other celestial bodies, ending a legal quandary that had overshadowed technical and financial issues facing the startups, industry officials said on Tuesday. The Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act, signed by President Barack Obama last week, includes provisions that authorize and promote exploration and recovery of space resources by U.S. citizens, although no one can claim ownership of a celestial body. “It’s not unlike fishing vessels in international waters,” said Bob Richards, chief executive of Moon Express, a lunar transportation and mining company. “They don’t own the water … but they have a right to put nets in the water and put the fish on the decks and once the fish are there, they own the fish,” Richards said during an online panel discussion hosted by the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, an industry advocacy organization. Extracting resources from celestial …

    December 1, 2015 10:45 pm


  • Who is Priscilla Chan?

    Dr. Priscilla Chan has kept a low profile over the past few years, but that will prove harder to do now. The 30-year-old pediatrician just gave birth to her first child Max, a daughter, with husband Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and CEO. She is cofounder and CEO of a new nonprofit private school in East Palo Alto called The Primary School, due to open next year. And her name is attached to a new limited liability company — the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative — to fund nonprofits and “[participate] in policy debates” that help “advance human potential and promote equality.” In announcing their daughter’s birth, the couple also pledged to donate 99% of their Facebook stock — worth about $45 billion — “during our lives” to promote equality and the human potential. Chan gave her first national TV interview to The Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie last year, but up until then had avoided media appearances and …

    December 1, 2015 11:25 pm


  • Rangers 4-0 Dumbarton

    66:06 James Tavernier (Rangers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box. 65:16 Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Mark Docherty. 65:04 Attempt blocked. James Tavernier (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. 64:43 Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Mark Docherty. 62:49 Substitution Substitution Substitution, Dumbarton. Scott Brown replaces Jon Routledge. 62:42 Substitution Substitution Substitution, Dumbarton. Jamie Lindsay replaces Kevin Cawley. 62:16 Attempt missed. Andy Halliday (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. 61:47 Substitution Substitution Substitution, Rangers. Jordan Thompson replaces Barrie McKay. 61:35 Substitution Substitution Substitution, Rangers. Kenny Miller replaces Gedion Zelalem. 61:06 Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Mark Docherty. 59:05 Goal scored Goal! Goal! Rangers 2, Dumbarton 0. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Gedion Zelalem. 58:20 Foul by James Tavernier (Rangers). 58:20 …

    December 2, 2015 12:45 am

World News

  • Forced sterilisation haunts Peruvian women decades on

    Image copyright Javier Lizarzaburu Image caption Sabina Huillca is one of the women who was forcibly sterilised in Peru Sabina Huillca, 46, sells bread on the streets of Lima. Twenty years ago she was growing potatoes and corn and bringing up her children in her native Huayllacocha, a village in the Andes four hours by car from the provincial capital, Cuzco. But she told me her life changed forever one day in 1996. A doctor suggested Ms Huillca, who was heavily pregnant at the time, visit a health clinic in the town of Izcuchaca. ‘Nightmare’ She told the BBC that the nightmare started straight after she gave birth. Image copyright Alamy Image caption Most of the victims were poor indigenous women “A nurse put me on a stretcher and tied my hands and feet,” she recalled. “I asked them to bring me my little baby girl but instead they anesthetised me,” she said. “When I …

    December 2, 2015 12:46 am


  • Court Lifts NSL-Imposed Gag Order on Warrantless FBI Probing

    Calyx founder Nicholas Merrill — who made history in 2004 when he sued to lift a nondisclosure order imposed on his company by an FBI National Security Letter — has won his 11-year battle. The ruling, handed down this summer by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, was stayed for 90 days to give the government time to file an appeal. It became public when the stay expired on Monday. The FBI had sought to suppress disclosure of an attachment specifying the broad range of information it requested from Calyx, an Internet service provider. Its NSL asked for Calyx customers’ names, user names, screen names or other identities; their mailing, residential, business and email addresses, as well as other contact information; and their billing and payment information. The FBI’s redactions in the attachment, which included deleting a single letter at the end of a word to render a plural …

    December 1, 2015 11:05 pm


  • Nano-walkers take speedy leap forward with first rolling DNA-based motor

    Related images(click to enlarge) Physical chemists have devised a rolling DNA-based motor that’s 1,000 times faster than any other synthetic DNA motor, giving it potential for real-world applications, such as disease diagnostics. Nature Nanotechnology is publishing the finding. “Unlike other synthetic DNA-based motors, which use legs to ‘walk’ like tiny robots, ours is the first rolling DNA motor, making it far faster and more robust,” says Khalid Salaita, the Emory University chemist who led the research. “It’s like the biological equivalent of the invention of the wheel for the field of DNA machines.” The speed of the new DNA-based motor, which is powered by ribonuclease H, means a simple smart phone microscope can capture its motion through video. The researchers have filed an invention disclosure patent for the concept of using the particle motion of their rolling molecular motor as a sensor for everything from a single DNA mutation in a biological sample to heavy …

    December 1, 2015 9:44 pm


  • Ethicists square off over editing genes in human embryos

    WASHINGTON Debate over the use of powerful new gene editing tools in human eggs, sperm and embryos grew heated on Tuesday as scientists and ethicists gathered at an international summit to discuss the technology, which has the power to change the DNA of unborn children. Several groups have already called for restrictions on use of the technology known as CRISPR-Cas9, which has opened up new frontiers in genetic medicine because of its ability to modify genes quickly and efficiently. Hille Haker, chair of Catholic Moral Theology at Loyola University Chicago, argued on Tuesday in favor of a two-year international ban on research that involves changing human reproductive cells, also known as germline cells. Such changes would be passed on to offspring. She argued that such practices violated the freedom of unborn children, who would not have an opportunity to consent to changes in their genetic code. But John Harris, a professor of bioethics at the …

    December 1, 2015 10:24 pm


  • Yolanda Foster Divorce: ‘RHOBH’ Star Announces Split From Husband, David Foster

    Yolanda Foster and her husband, David Foster, are getting divorced. The couple has been married for four years (together for nine), but have decided that they must go their separate ways. According to People Magazine, Yolanda and David announced their divorce on Tuesday afternoon. “Sadly we have decided to go our separate ways. We’ve shared 9 beautiful and joyous years together. During that time we experienced love, friendship and the inevitable challenges that come with managing a marriage, careers, blended families and health issues,” Yolanda and David said in a joint statement to People. A little over a month ago, David and Yolanda Foster sold their stunning Malibu mansion. As they said goodbye to their home, they remembered all of the fond memories that they made there. Yolanda even shared the following post on Instagram. At the time, no one thought that there was any trouble in paradise for the reality star and her music …

    December 1, 2015 11:25 pm


  • Bravo Tim Tebow

    The Internet is abuzz with the news that Heisman Trophy-winner-turned-broadcaster Tim Tebow was allegedly dumped by former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo because he refused to break his vow to remain a virgin until marriage. Whether or not this is true, what is indisputable is that the response to the “news,” particularly from sports media, has been disgraceful. Rather than applauding Tebow for taking a moral stand and backing it up by his actions, the media made snarky quips to mock the former quarterback. I could list a host of mean comments thrown his way, but I’d rather not give any more attention to his detractors.  Instead, I want to applaud Tebow not just for choosing to live in a manner consistent with his professed values, but also for being willing to endure the ridicule of others rather than compromise what he believes. And, contrary to media presentation of him as some kind of freak of …

    December 1, 2015 9:04 pm

Odd News

  • Thief steals $1 million in jewelry during New Mexico Christmas tree lighting

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. A modern-day Grinch made off with more than $1 million in jewels from a store in a chic Santa Fe marketplace during the city’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, police said on Tuesday. Santa Fe Police detective Abe Maes said the suspect was caught on surveillance video looking into the front windows of the Divas Diamonds and Jewels store last Friday during the tree lighting, which draws hundreds of visitors each year to the Santa Fe Plaza. The employees had their backs to the store while the ceremony unfolded, he said. “It looks like the male suspect cased the store then took advantage of the crowds during the tree lighting ceremony,” Maes said, adding that the man took jewelry from a display case. Detectives have released photos of the suspect and two possible accomplices who police say asked to see various pieces of jewelry inside the store on a previous occasion. Store officials …

    December 1, 2015 10:04 pm