• Super Bowl poised for great game, great debate

    PHOENIX (Reuters) – The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots could produce one of the greatest Super Bowls of all-time on Sunday but the real winner may be debated for decades given the “deflategate” scandal...
  • German ranchers killed in Paraguay

    German ranchers killed in Paraguay

    30 January 2015 Last updated at 00:37 A military army patrol was sent out to hunt down the guerrillas after the deaths of the German ranchers A German couple who had been farming in Paraguay...
  • Phillies sign P Billingsley

    Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – The Philadelphia Phillies signed right-handed pitcher Chad Billingsley to a one-year, $1.5 million contract on Thursday. The 30-year-old Billingsley did not pitch in 2014 while he was recovering from Tommy John...
  • US Congress passes Keystone approval

    US Congress passes Keystone approval

    29 January 2015 Last updated at 21:46 A similar bill failed in the Senate last year – but now the chamber is controlled by Republicans The US Senate has passed a bill to approve the...
  • Balloonists set new world record

    Balloonists set new world record

    30 January 2015 Last updated at 00:42 Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev are aiming to set two new records Two pilots have set a new world distance record for a flight in a helium balloon...
  • Shake Shack set to shake up Wall Street

    Shake Shack set to shake up Wall Street

    Shake Shack is already immensely popular with foodies in Manhattan and Brooklyn. And now it’s about to take another part of New York by storm: Wall Street. The upscale burger joint priced its initial public...

Headline News

  • Pilots’ trans-Pacific balloon journey eclipses distance record


    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Reuters) – Two balloonists crossing over the Pacific Ocean from Japan surpassed a distance record on Thursday for gas-filled balloon travel and are heading toward a landing in Mexico’s Baja California in two days, officials said. Balloon Pilots Troy Bradley, an American, and Leonid Tiukhtyaev, a Russian, who are collectively dubbed “Two Eagles” had traveled more than 5,260 miles (8,465 km) by Thursday afternoon, according to a tracking website set up for their journey. They have surpassed the distance record of 5,209 miles (8,383 km) for gas balloons set on the only previous manned trans-Pacific flight, in 1981. The pilots are more than 250 miles (400 km) west-northwest of San Francisco, California. When they eclipsed the distance record, a round of applause broke out in the mission control room at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum in New Mexico and people there posed for pictures with the mile counter, said Art Lloyd Jr, a …

    January 29, 2015 7:54 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. funding impasse blocks Secret Service hires: Homeland Security chief


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Secret Service cannot hire new agents for the next presidential election or make improvements at the agency until Congress settles a dispute over funding, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Thursday. Johnson said in a speech in Washington that uncertainty over the budget for the Department of Homeland Security, which secures U.S. borders, airports and coastal waters and protects the president, had put security initiatives on hold. These included recommendations made in December by a review panel on the Secret Service, which has been plagued with a series of security lapses, among them a White House intruder and a drone that landed on the mansion’s lawn early Monday. The agency’s director stepped down in October. Secret Service protection extends to major presidential and vice presidential candidates and their spouses within four months of a presidential election. The next election is in November 2016, but the review found the agency …

    January 29, 2015 6:12 pm
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Stocks

  • Shake Shack set to shake up Wall Street


    Shake Shack is already immensely popular with foodies in Manhattan and Brooklyn. And now it’s about to take another part of New York by storm: Wall Street. The upscale burger joint priced its initial public offering at $21 a share Thursday evening. That’s above the price range Shake Shack set earlier this week, which it had already raised due to strong demand. At $21 a share, Shake Shack is raising $105 million, making the company worth $745.5 million. Shake Shack (SHAK) is set to debut on the New York Stock Exchange Friday morning. To celebrate its first day as a public company, Shake Shack said it will turn the New York Stock Exchange into the New York SHACK Exchange. In other words, it plans to park a Shake Shack food truck in front of the exchange and dish up free food. Restaurateur Danny Meyer, who is chairman of Shake Shack and founder of the Union …

    January 29, 2015 6:33 pm
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Sports

  • Super Bowl poised for great game, great debate


    PHOENIX (Reuters) – The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots could produce one of the greatest Super Bowls of all-time on Sunday but the real winner may be debated for decades given the “deflategate” scandal hanging over the game. All the elements are in place for the game as the two number one seeds, two brilliant quarterbacks and two coaching masterminds go helmet-to-helmet, watched by a television audience of over 100 million for American sport’s biggest prize. But the final score may not decide the true winner in many fans minds with the spotlight of suspicion firmly fixed on the Patriots as the NFL investigates the Patriots use of illegal under-inflated footballs during a blowout victory over the Indianapolis Colts that clinched a Super Bowl berth. Even after the game is over and the Vince Lombardi Trophy hoisted the investigation will continue with many fans questioning whether the Patriots should have been allowed onto the …

    January 29, 2015 7:54 pm
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World News

  • German ranchers killed in Paraguay


    30 January 2015 Last updated at 00:37 A military army patrol was sent out to hunt down the guerrillas after the deaths of the German ranchers A German couple who had been farming in Paraguay for 30 years have been found shot dead at their ranch in the north of the country. Roberto Natto and Erika Reiser, both in their 60s, had been kidnapped and shot several miles from their ranch. Government officials say they were killed by a left-wing guerrilla group, the Paraguayan People’s Army. Their bodies are due to be repatriated to Germany as an investigation into the killings continues. The couple had been held along with four ranch workers on their farm outside Yby Yau, around 395km (245 miles) from Paraguay’s capital, Asuncion. The workers had escaped but both Germans were killed. A government investigator said police had found the bodies after a shoot-out with fighters they allege belonged to the guerrilla …

    January 29, 2015 7:54 pm
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Technology

  • Finnish start-ups rise from Nokia’s ashes


    30 January 2015 Last updated at 00:02 By Padraig Belton Business reporter Cold calling: Polar Bear Pitching in the northern Finnish city of Oulu, in an ice hole in the River Oulujoki For many, Finland and Nokia were synonymous. And when in 2012 and 2013, Nokia shed 24,500 employees and sold Nokia House (and its mobile phone division to Microsoft), they called it the “Elopcalypse” after then-chief executive Stephen Elop. But the sinking of Nokia has led to an explosion of start-ups, as a skilled workforce jumps ship and begin businesses. And the coolest pitching in the world now takes place in a cut-out ice hole in the northern city of Oulu in February, where you can speak about your company for as long as you like – so long as you remain standing in freezing water. “I am willing to say that the Elopcalypse was the best thing to happen to Finnish ICT,” says …

    January 29, 2015 6:13 pm
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Science

  • Los Alamos develops new technique for growing high-efficiency perovskite solar cells


    Related images(click to enlarge) This week in the journal Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers reveal a new solution-based hot-casting technique that allows growth of highly efficient and reproducible solar cells from large-area perovskite crystals. “These perovskite crystals offer promising routes for developing low-cost, solar-based, clean global energy solutions for the future,” said Aditya Mohite, the Los Alamos scientist leading the project. State-of-the-art photovoltaics using high-purity, large-area, wafer-scale single-crystalline semiconductors grown by sophisticated, high temperature crystal-growth processes are seen as the future of efficient solar technology. Solar cells composed of organic-inorganic perovskites offer efficiencies approaching that of silicon, but they have been plagued with some important deficiencies limiting their commercial viability. It is this failure that the Los Alamos technique successfully corrects. The researchers fabricated planar solar cells from pervoskite materials with large crystalline grains that had efficiencies approaching 18%, among the highest reported in the field of perovskite-based light-to-energy conversion devices. The cells demonstrate …

    January 29, 2015 6:13 pm
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Health

  • FDA approves Bristol-Myers, J&J HIV pills


    (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved two fixed-dose HIV pills that combine protease inhibitors – one made by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co and the other by Johnson Johnson – both with a boosting agent produced by Gilead Sciences Inc. Bristol-Myers said its drug, Evotaz, is a once-daily pill containing Reyataz, also known as atazanavir, a protease inhibitor, with the booster cobicistat. JJ’s once-daily Prezcobix, combines protease inhibitor darunavir, or Prezista, with cobicistat. The FDA approved both drugs for use in combination with other antiretroviral agents for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults. Because patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus, which can cause AIDS, may over time become resistant to treatments, there is a need for a broad range of antiretroviral therapies. (Reporting By Deena Beasley. Editing by Andre Grenon)

    January 29, 2015 6:13 pm
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Entertainment

  • Gwyneth Paltrow Raves About Getting Her Vagina Steamed On Goop


    Posted on Thu Jan 29th, 2015 11:40am PDT       By X17 Staff Normally we’d expect Gwyneth Paltrow to write about steaming vegetables on her lifestyle site Goop, but she caught us off guard when she raved about getting her vagina steamed during a recent spa visit. Gross! Paltrow dishes on the V-Steam treatment at Tikkun Holistic Spa in Santa Monica, and she wrote, “The real golden ticket here is the Mugworth V-Steam: You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al.” “It is an energetic release — not just a steam douche — that balances female hormone levels,” she continued. “If you’re in L.A., you have to do it.” We’ve always been curious about the treatment, but the mere thought of Gwynnie getting her snatch steamed is just a little bit too much for us. Still, if you’re interested, a 30-minute V-Steam will set you …

    January 29, 2015 6:33 pm
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Editorial

  • Obama’s Budget: Why won’t president fix what needs fixing (hint: Social Security, Medicare)?


    The president’s budget proposal, to be released Monday, presents an opportunity to tackle the long-term fiscal crisis facing the nation. Unfortunately, the White House seems positioned to waste the opportunity. The responsible thing to do would be to propose a plan to tackle our looming entitlement catastrophe and cut spending. But instead he will propose more of the same failed tax-and-spend policies he has favored for his 6 years in office.   The nation’s short-term fiscal issues have stabilized temporarily. Fiscal year 2015 brings the smallest deficit during President Obama’s tenure, down to $470 billion from its high of $1.4 trillion in 2009. However, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicts that it will start increasing quickly towards the end of the decade and by 2025 it will exceed $1 trillion. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The momentary decrease is largely due to two factors. The first is large tax hikes: $500 billion in ObamaCare and $620 billion from …

    January 29, 2015 6:13 pm
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Odd News

  • Canadian man loses appeal on missing lotto jackpot by 7 seconds


    TORONTO (Reuters) – A Canadian man who was denied part of a C$27 million jackpot because he missed the deadline to buy the ticket by seven seconds has lost his appeal to get the money. The Supreme Court of Canada ruling on Thursday ended a seven-year legal battle by Joel Ifergan, an accountant, to claim his share of the prize. Ifergan went to a local convenience store just before 9 p.m. on May 23, 2008, to purchase tickets for that night’s “Lotto Super 7″ drawing. The store clerk told him to hurry before the 9 p.m. deadline, according to a court summary. While the clock on the lottery terminal read 8:59 p.m., only one of the two tickets was registered in time. The second ticket, the winning one, was printed and registered on the Loto-Quebec computer at seven seconds after 9 p.m., eligible for the following week’s drawing. The store clerk told Ifergan that only …

    January 29, 2015 2:08 pm
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