• Ex-jockey Egan banned for 12 years

    Ex-jockey Egan banned for 12 years

    Egan wrote an email to the British Horseracing Authority in which he explained he had “desperately” needed money Former jockey Darren Egan has been banned from racing for 12 years after being found guilty of...
  • Empire State Building hit by drone

    Empire State Building hit by drone

    Image caption The drone crashed into the 1,454ft (443m) building’s 40th floor, police say A man charged with crashing a drone into the Empire State Building has apparently tweeted that a policeman had told him...
  • Leopard found in school grounds in India

    A leopard was seen strolling on the grounds of a school in India’s southern Karnataka state on Sunday, with closed-circuit television footage showing video of the animal on the premises. Police and forest officials began...
  • ‘I backed Leicester at 5,000-1’

    ‘I backed Leicester at 5,000-1’

    Leicester City supporters celebrate their victory over Manchester City A Leicester City fan stands to earn £25,000 if his team win the Premier League title after placing a £5 pre-season bet on the Foxes at...
  • New York Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

    New York Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

    Derek Fisher was fired as New York Knicks coach Monday, with his team having lost five straight and nine of 10 to fall well back in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Associate head coach Kurt...

Headline News

  • Trump: I can tell refugees ‘you can’t come here’


    Trump didn’t castigate the man, instead opting for empathy. “I know what you’re doing and I fully understand it. And we all have a heart,” Trump said, adding again at the end of his response: “I understand where you’re coming from, but there is a second view to that.” Trump also argued that the creation of safe zones in Syria to host refugees would be a better solution to address the refugee crisis spawned by the Syrian civil war. “You look at it and you say we have enough problems,” Trump said. “I have a bigger heart than anybody in this room. We take an area in Syria … and we build a safe zone.”

    February 8, 2016 12:17 pm
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Politics

  • An election with no ‘real’ choice


    Donald Trump’s hair: About as predictable as Campaign 2016 Current polls show Republican Presidential wannabe Donald Trump winning handily in New Hampshire on Tuesday. The same polls say Democrat socialist Bernie Sanders will beat Hillary Clinton with no problem. Polls, of course, can be wrong and in the history of New Hamphire’s political primary, polls have made some incredibly erroneous predictions. Sadly, those who actually vote on Tuesday have no real choice when it comes voting for a Presidential nominee. There isn’t a “winner” among the group.  Leader?  Nope, not part of the package offered by Republicans or Democrats. Voters do have a choice of the normally absurd (as in “establishment”) or the extreme absurd fringe (as in Donald Trump and/or Ted Cruz on the Republican side or Bernie Sanders for the Democrats). Consider the “reality” (if such a thing exists in today’s political environment) of Campaign 2016. Political pundits says a self-declared socialist like …

    February 8, 2016 8:36 am
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Stocks

  • Europe wants big companies to come clean about their taxes


    Corporate tax loopholes are closing fast. European regulators could soon start forcing big international companies to reveal their earnings and tax bills in each of the 28 European Union countries. The European Commission is considering making it mandatory for multinationals to publicly disclose the country-by-country information in order to clamp down on corporate tax avoidance. The bloc wants to make sure companies pay taxes where they make profits, rather than funnel their earnings through low-tax countries. Previous proposals suggested companies send the details to tax authorities only. The EU executive is finalizing the proposal, looking into its impact on competitiveness. That’s because many big companies oppose the idea, saying it would harm their business. U.S. officials are critical about Europe’s attempts to impose tougher tax rules on some of the biggest American companies. Treasury official Robert Stack called the steps taken by Europe “deeply problematic,” and said he was concerned that the European Commission appeared …

    February 8, 2016 10:57 am
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Sports

  • Ex-jockey Egan banned for 12 years


    Egan wrote an email to the British Horseracing Authority in which he explained he had “desperately” needed money Former jockey Darren Egan has been banned from racing for 12 years after being found guilty of corruption charges in November of last year. The 24-year-old was found to have deliberately lost races at Chepstow and Bath in July 2013. The British Horseracing Authority said he was involved in “a conspiracy which struck at the heart of the sport”. Philip Langford, described by the BHA as the “instigator of the conspiracy”, was given an exclusion order. As Langford was unlicensed and not subject to the rules of racing, the BHA’s disciplinary panel said that punishment was its only option. It said the exclusion order would be for an indefinite period, and that no appeal should be heard for at least 15 years. Langford laid bets against Egan’s rides between 17 June and 16 July in 2013, making …

    February 8, 2016 12:17 pm
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World News

  • Empire State Building hit by drone


    Image caption The drone crashed into the 1,454ft (443m) building’s 40th floor, police say A man charged with crashing a drone into the Empire State Building has apparently tweeted that a policeman had told him it was “fine” to fly there. Police say a drone hit the New York skyscraper’s 40th floor and then fell on to a ledge five levels lower. Sean Riddle was charged with reckless endangerment and illegal navigation of an aircraft in and over the city. The tweet, from a Twitter account in his name, also blames a year-old news article for its misleading information. Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption It is not clear what model of drone is said to have hit the building “All I wanted was to shoot five seconds of video to promote a non-profit,” the tweet says. “I asked a cop 20 minutes before I did it. He said it was fine. “Aside from asking a …

    February 8, 2016 12:17 pm
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Technology

  • No algorithms, no apps: Silicon Valley matchmaker succeeds with old methods


    It is a truth universally acknowledged about dating in Silicon Valley that for single women in possession of reasonable fortune, “the odds are good, but the goods are odd”. According to the Pew Research Center, the area around San Jose and Silicon Valley is top in the nation for the ratio of single men to single women. Most of those single men work in tech. For Amy Andersen, who runs the Silicon Valley-based matchmaking service Linx, that phrase rings very true. Andersen’s company – tagline “no algorithms, no arrows, no apps: just intuition” – aims to return to a more chivalrous time. She is a matchmaker of the old school; her clients, even in the age of Tinder, are looking for love. And the high-powered but often lonely CEOs of Silicon Valley pay handsomely. The company’s silver package – the entry level deal – costs $25,000. The platinum, which offers 11 matches in 24 months, …

    February 8, 2016 8:56 am
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Science

  • Umea University researchers help Europe fight spread of Zika virus


    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden help assess the risk that Zika will spread to Europe by describing the transmission season, areas at risk and intervention strategies. By using previous knowledge on Dengue, they are now strategizing on how Zika can be controlled. “From a European perspective, the best immediate response to Zika is to help prevent the spread of the virus where the outbreak takes place,” says Joacim Rocklöv, epidemiologist at the Department of Public Health and Clinical medicine at Umeå University. As Europe responds to the global threat of the Zika virus, a team of leading experts on Dengue and other mosquito-borne viruses are providing crucial expertise. Dengue and Zika viruses are carried by some of the same mosquito types and also share a number of characteristics in terms of how viral infections manifest. Therefore, what the scientific community already knows about Dengue will be key in efforts to …

    February 8, 2016 11:36 am
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Health

  • Drop in prostate cancer screening reveals split among doctors


    (Reuters Health) – – After U.S. guidelines advised against routine tests, declines in prostate cancer screening have been sharper among primary care doctors than urologists, according to a new study that suggests the medical community remains divided over the best way to look for these tumors. In late 2011, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), a government-backed panel of independent physicians, recommended against routine prostate cancer tests for all men. They cited concerns that widespread screening often caught harmless tumors that didn’t need treatment and led to unnecessary procedures with side effects like impotence and incontinence. The next year, testing rates for prostate cancer among men aged 50 to 74 years old dropped to about 16 percent among primary care physicians, from roughly 37 percent in 2010 before new guidelines took effect. But among urologists, use of the test for a substance in the blood called prostate-specific antigen (PSA) decreased only about 4 percentage …

    February 8, 2016 12:17 pm
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Entertainment

  • Tom Brady Gets Booed By The Crowd At The Super Bowl With Wife Gisele Bundchen


    Posted on Mon Feb 8th, 2016 8:10am PDT       By X17 Staff Tom Brady pic.twitter.com/NCshn5nFx2 — ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD_) February 7, 2016 It wasn’t the warmest reception! Tom Brady showed up to the Superbowl game yesterday with wife Gisele Bundchen, and the quarterback was booed as he was introduced and walked on to the field. Embarrassing! Clearly the crowd isn’t New England Patriots fans, but maybe they just didn’t like him stealing the spotlight? The football star clearly didn’t care, as he was parading around with his four championship rings in a video posted to the team’s fan page. On a totally catty note, is it just us or is ol’ Tommy Boy losing his hair in a major way? Even this Julius Caesar ‘do isn’t hiding his receding hairline!   Stories from around the Web

    February 8, 2016 11:17 am
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Editorial

  • NASA bans the word ‘Jesus’


    The name of Jesus is not welcome in the Johnson Space Center newsletter, according to a complaint filed on behalf of a group of Christians who work for NASA. The JSC Praise Worship Club was directed by NASA attorneys to refrain from using the name ‘Jesus’ in club announcements that appeared in a space center newsletter. Click here to join Todd’s American Dispatch – a must-read for Conservatives! “It was shocking to all of us and very frustrating,” NASA engineer Sophia Smith told me. “NASA has a long history of respecting religious speech. Why wouldn’t they allow us to put the name Jesus in the announcement about our club?” Liberty Institute, one of the nation’s largest religious liberty law firms, threatened to file a federal lawsuit unless NASA apologizes and stops censoring the name ‘Jesus’. NASA’s media team tells me they are looking into the matter. Since 2001, employees had gathered during their lunch hour …

    February 8, 2016 10:56 am
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Odd News

  • Leopard found in school grounds in India


    A leopard was seen strolling on the grounds of a school in India’s southern Karnataka state on Sunday, with closed-circuit television footage showing video of the animal on the premises. Police and forest officials began an operation to capture the feline and according to local media reports, at least four people were injured. The leopard was later tranquilized.

    February 8, 2016 11:56 am
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