• West Ham open Payet contract talks

    West Ham open Payet contract talks

    Dimitri Payet has played 15 times in the Champions League Dimitri Payet is in contract talks with West Ham United, despite signing a five-year deal with the Hammers in the summer. The club have denied...
  • UAE creates minister for happiness

    UAE creates minister for happiness

    Image copyright AFP Image caption Sheikh Mohammed said the UAE needed more ministers capable of dealing with change The prime minister of the United Arab Emirates has announced the creation of a minister of state...
  • Don’t expect oil prices to rise soon, IEA warns

    Don’t expect oil prices to rise soon, IEA warns

    Hold that sigh of relief. Oil prices are no longer falling by the day, but the slide may have stopped for all the wrong reasons, the International Energy Agency warned Tuesday. Crude prices dropped below...
  • Watchdog’s web monitoring bill fear

    Watchdog’s web monitoring bill fear

    Image caption Home Secretary Theresa May has faced criticism of her Investigatory Powers bill Plans to give firm legal backing to mass data collection and hacking by Britain’s spies do not do enough to protect...
  • Ireland beaten by Papua New Guinea

    Ireland beaten by Papua New Guinea

    Niall O’Brien top-scored for Ireland in Tuesday’s final T20 game against Papua New Guinea Ireland lost by 11 runs to Papua New Guinea in Townsville but finished as 2-1 winners in the three-game T20 series....

Headline News

  • Georgia law giving police grand jury access may face change


    ATLANTA –  After a naked, mentally ill black veteran was shot dead by a white police officer last March in an Atlanta suburb, the officer was allowed a privilege ordinary citizens don’t get, and even police officers don’t get anywhere except in Georgia: He sat in on the grand jury session considering the shooting and addressed the grand jurors without facing cross-examination. Grand jury proceedings are traditionally secret, with the person accused of wrongdoing often unaware the grand jury is hearing the case. But Georgia law requires that a law enforcement officer be allowed to sit in on the entire proceeding and make a statement at the end that prosecutors can’t question. Robert Olsen was a DeKalb County police officer when he killed Anthony Hill on March 9 while responding to a call about a naked man behaving erratically outside an apartment complex. When his case went before a grand jury last month, Olsen spoke …

    February 9, 2016 5:21 am
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Politics

  • Presidential Contenders Stay Away From Vulnerable Guinta


    By Simone Pathé Posted at 5 a.m. today 0 Tweet Guinta, seen above at the New Hampshire Republican Party #FITN Leadership Summit in Nashua on Jan. 23, has multiple primary challengers. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) One of the most vulnerable members of the House is lurking in the shadows outside of New Hampshire’s presidential spotlight. Attention on the Republican presidential candidates in the Granite State’s first in the nation primary on Tuesday would normally be a golden opportunity for a down-ballot incumbent like GOP Rep. Frank Guinta, who has $12,000 in his campaign account, to hitch a ride, boost his visibility and secure some much-needed donations. Then again, Guinta already has name recognition. For the Manchester congressman, that’s a “double-edged sword,” said New Hampshire GOP consultant Patrick Hynes, an adviser to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign. Guinta, now in his second nonconsecutive term, is well-known in his home state for breaking campaign finance rules …

    February 9, 2016 4:40 am
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Stocks

  • Don’t expect oil prices to rise soon, IEA warns


    Hold that sigh of relief. Oil prices are no longer falling by the day, but the slide may have stopped for all the wrong reasons, the International Energy Agency warned Tuesday. Crude prices dropped below $27 per barrel last month, and have since perked up to around $30. The Paris-based IEA called the recent rise in prices a “false dawn,” debunking some of the reasons given for the recovery: speculation about an OPEC production cut, hopes for higher demand, the prospect of a weaker dollar, and slowing U.S. production. The agency said it expects the global oil glut to grow even bigger throughout the year. “With the market already awash in oil, it is very hard to see how oil prices can rise significantly in the short term,” the IEA said in its latest monthly report. Talk of possible cooperation between Saudi Arabia and other producers to support prices has been around since December, but …

    February 9, 2016 5:00 am
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Sports

  • West Ham open Payet contract talks


    Dimitri Payet has played 15 times in the Champions League Dimitri Payet is in contract talks with West Ham United, despite signing a five-year deal with the Hammers in the summer. The club have denied media reports the French 28-year-old midfielder has made demands over a new contract. A statement said productive talks about a contract improvement and extension have started because of his “outstanding impact”. Payet has scored six goals in 22 appearances this season. He joined from French side Marseille in a deal worth more than £10m and has helped the Hammers to sixth in the Premier League. He tweeted: “I say and I repeat I’m proud to wear the shirt of West Ham. My future is here and I hope for many years.”

    February 9, 2016 5:21 am
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World News

  • UAE creates minister for happiness


    Image copyright AFP Image caption Sheikh Mohammed said the UAE needed more ministers capable of dealing with change The prime minister of the United Arab Emirates has announced the creation of a minister of state for happiness, as part of a major government shake-up. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the ruler of Dubai, said the minister would drive policy “to create social good and satisfaction”. A new post of Minister of State for Tolerance was also created. Sheikh Mohammed said several ministries would also be merged and unveiled plans to outsource most government services. “Governments must be flexible. We don’t need more ministries, but more ministers capable of dealing with change,” he said at the World Government Summit in Dubai on Monday. “We want a young and flexible government that will fulfil our youth’s aspirations and achieve our people’s ambitions.” The Minister of State for Tolerance would promote the virtue “as …

    February 9, 2016 5:21 am
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Technology

  • Watchdog’s web monitoring bill fear


    Image caption Home Secretary Theresa May has faced criticism of her Investigatory Powers bill Plans to give firm legal backing to mass data collection and hacking by Britain’s spies do not do enough to protect privacy, a watchdog has warned. The extent of the intelligence agencies’ computer and internet spying operation has recently become clear. The draft Investigatory Powers Bill is meant to put it on a firm legal footing. But the Intelligence and Security Committee says the bill lacks clarity and is a “missed opportunity”. Committee chairman, Conservative MP Dominic Grieve, said: “We had expected to find universal privacy protections applied consistently throughout, or at least an overarching statement at the forefront of the legislation. “Instead, the draft bill adopts a rather piecemeal approach, which lacks clarity and undermines the importance of the safeguards associated with these powers. “We have therefore recommended that the new legislation contains an entirely new part dedicated to overarching …

    February 9, 2016 5:00 am
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Science

  • Intensifying Atlantic storm examined by NASA’s GPM


    Related images(click to enlarge) As a low pressure area continued to intensify in the Atlantic Ocean off the United States’ East Coast, NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM core satellite gathered information about the precipitation the storm was packing. On Feb. 8, 2016, at 3 a.m. EST (0800 UTC) the GPM core observatory satellite flew above an intensifying storm. A rainfall analysis derived from data collected by GPM’s Microwave Imager (GMI) and Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR) instruments with this pass showed a large area of rainfall around the northwestern side of the storm. GPM’s radar (DPR) measured rainfall in the Atlantic Ocean east of the Virginia coast falling at a rate of more than 25 mm (almost 1 inch) per hour. A 3-D cross section that was derived from GPM’s Radar (DPR Ku Band) data showed the area of moderate precipitation northwest of the intensifying storm’s center of circulation. GPM is co-managed by both NASA …

    February 9, 2016 3:40 am
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Health

  • Kenya threatens to pull out of Rio Olympics over Zika threat


    NAIROBI Kenya threatened on Tuesday to pull its elite runners and other athletes out of the Rio Olympics unless it got assurances they would not be exposed to the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil. Sports authorities across the world are scrambling to find out more about the mosquito-borne virus as they make plans for the games in August. “Obviously, we are not going to risk taking Kenyans there if this Zika Virus reaches epidemic levels. They have to assure us that the country is safe enough to take athletes there,” the head of Kenya’s Olympics committee, Kipchoge Keino, told Reuters. Kenya was expected to be one of the star performers at Rio, fielding some of the best middle and long-distance runners in the world. The East African nation topped the medals table at the 2015 World Championships. Keino, himself a Kenyan running great, said his office has been in touch with Olympics organisers to voice their …

    February 9, 2016 4:20 am
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Entertainment

  • Johnny Manziel’s Ex-Girlfriend Colleen Crowley Details Alleged Beating


    Details of the fight that Johnny Manziel allegedly had with his ex-girlfriend have surfaced.  Police in Dallas re-opened the criminal case on Friday after Fort Worth police closed the case for lack of evidence.  An affidavit filed by Colleen Crowley was obtained by KXAS-TV. Manziel cannot see Crowley for two years. The quarterback signed a protective order, agreeing not to be near his ex for the time listed. He also paid Crowley’s attorney’s fees of $12,500. A lawyer for Crowley says that Manziel hit the TSU student so severely on Jan. 29 that she suffered a ruptured eardrum and still can’t hear out of her left ear.  “They expect (her ear) to heal but it’ll take a while,” Dallas attorney Kathy Kinser told NBC 5. Crowley says the two went to dinner at a Dallas restaurant with friends and then an “after party” at Hotel ZaZa.  “We planned to spend the night together in his room there,” …

    February 9, 2016 5:20 am
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Editorial

  • New Hampshire will go down as the place where Hillary Clinton’s campaign lost its way


    Political prognostication is an uncertain art, never more so than in the New Hampshire primaries of 2016.   On the eve of the elections, equipped as I am with all the most scientific polling and profoundest opinions of the professional pundits, I still wouldn’t place a bet on the electoral outcome of the race. On other hand, I’d be willing to put a few dollars on the proposition that, when the history of the 2016 presidential race is written, the past week in New Hampshire will go down as the place where the Clinton campaign lost its way. Bernie Sanders didn’t do her in. She did it herself, with two unforced  errors.  The first error was her transparently false attempt to recast herself as a bank-busting progressive.  This gave rise to a very public airing of a very inconvenient fact: After leaving the State Department, Hillary got rich selling her services to the highest bidder. Not …

    February 9, 2016 3:00 am
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Odd News

  • Sparrow defies nature and joins Japanese family


    FUKAYA, Japan – – A sparrow has set up home with an elderly couple in Fukaya, in Japan’s Saitama prefecture, becoming the newest member of their family. Resident Yoshiko Fujino said she first saw the bird, named Pee Chan, in mid-November while working as a traffic guide for local school children. It followed her home, resting on her shoulder and not wanting to leave. “He’s like a family member – he’s very comforting. It’s fun, coming home to a sparrow,” she said. “My grandchildren have grown up, and there’s none who are still small, so I don’t know how to say it clearly, but he’s like a family member.” Fujino assumes the sparrow, which appears comfortable in the surroundings, is wild, but also says she does not rule out the possibility the bird was once a household pet.

    February 8, 2016 7:58 pm
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