• Haitian leader quits without successor

    Haitian leader quits without successor

    Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Martelly has stepped down without a successor in place Haiti’s President Michel Martelly has stepped down at the end of his term amid tension over how he is to...
  • Why Arsenal should not fear defining month

    Why Arsenal should not fear defining month

    It was crucial that Arsenal beat Bournemouth on Sunday because they have a massive month ahead of them, and they needed to restore some belief and find some momentum. The Gunners are going strong in...
  • Fifty apps that are reinventing mobile gaming

    Innovation is an overused and abused word in the technology industry but if you strip it down to the basic principle of “new ideas”, it’s clear that there’s a lot of it going on in...
  • New England to get brunt of snowstorm heading east

    BOSTON –  Forecasters say southeast Massachusetts could get the brunt of a snowstorm that’s heading for the east coast. The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a blizzard warning for the region, including Cape Cod...
  • Hopes fade for Taiwan quake missing

    Hopes fade for Taiwan quake missing

    Image copyright EPA Hopes are fading for dozens of people thought to be trapped in the ruins of a Taiwanese apartment complex toppled by an earthquake. Most of the 27 confirmed to have died after...
  • Wales frustrated after bruising encounter

    Wales frustrated after bruising encounter

    Media playback is not supported on this device Highlights: Ireland 16-16 Wales In cricket catches win matches, in rugby tackles and kicks do. But not always for the same team. After Ireland and Wales’ nerve-wracking...

Headline News

  • New England to get brunt of snowstorm heading east


    BOSTON –  Forecasters say southeast Massachusetts could get the brunt of a snowstorm that’s heading for the east coast. The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a blizzard warning for the region, including Cape Cod and the islands, saying it could get up to 18 inches of snow Monday morning through the evening. Whiteout conditions and gusty winds of up to 40 mph are expected. The rest of Massachusetts, plus Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut, could see winter storm conditions with four to eight inches of accumulation Monday. The heaviest snowfall is expected during the morning commute through the afternoon. The weather service says New York City could get a couple inches between Monday and Tuesday night, and the snow could even stretch into Wednesday night.

    February 7, 2016 4:31 pm
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Politics

  • Rubio’s uneven debate performance


    Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., answers a question as Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump listens during a Republican presidential primary debate at the St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Marco Rubio faced withering criticism of his readiness to be president and his policy depth in the last Republican debate before Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and other candidates launched an aggressive campaign to slow the Florida senator’s rise. Rubio’s responded with an uneven performance on Saturday night that could hurt his bid to emerge as an alternative to Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. If anything, his showing gave new hope to Christie, Jeb Bush and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, all of whom need strong finishes in New Hampshire to keep their White House bids afloat. Cruz, the Iowa caucuses winner, also took criticism at the debate for controversial political tactics, with one …

    February 7, 2016 4:30 pm
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Stocks

  • KFC’s Super Bowl ad has a new comic as Colonel Sanders


    KFC’s Super Bowl ad will have another new comic play Colonel Sanders. Jim Gaffigan, a stand-up comedian with a Comedy Central show, put on a trimmed white goatee and mustache to portray the Colonel in KFC’s new ad. Gaffigan is taking the reins from Norm Macdonald, an actor and former “Saturday Night Live” star, who portrayed the Colonel in several KFC ads over the past few months. The new 30-second ad features “the real” Colonel Sanders, played by Gaffigan, waking from a nightmare in which Macdonald had stolen his identity. Related: Super Bowl 50 ads are studded with celebrities The new ad will air during the CBS broadcast of Sunday’s pregame and in the second half of the live stream of the game. Colonel Harland Sanders was the businessman who founded the chain and created its original chicken recipe. Sanders, who died in 1980, was long the restaurant’s primary spokesman. Gaffigan will be the third …

    February 7, 2016 4:50 pm
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Sports

  • Why Arsenal should not fear defining month


    It was crucial that Arsenal beat Bournemouth on Sunday because they have a massive month ahead of them, and they needed to restore some belief and find some momentum. The Gunners are going strong in three competitions – the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League – and have a big opportunity to land at least one trophy. Nobody is giving them a chance against Barcelona in Europe but that does not mean they cannot beat them. It is a daunting prospect but, if I were still a competitor, I would fancy my chances of winning that tie. Why not? There are some tough fixtures coming up in the league too – Leicester at home next Sunday and trips to Manchester United and Tottenham – but they are games to look forward to, not fear. As an Arsenal player I won the title at Old Trafford in 2002 and at White Hart Lane in 2004. …

    February 7, 2016 5:30 pm
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World News

  • Haitian leader quits without successor


    Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Martelly has stepped down without a successor in place Haiti’s President Michel Martelly has stepped down at the end of his term amid tension over how he is to be replaced. No successor has yet been chosen as opposition supporters challenge a deal to select an interim leader. The first day of carnival has been called off over the threat of more opposition protests. Haiti, the western hemisphere’s poorest country, is still struggling to recover from a devastating earthquake in 2010. The last-minute deal aims to prevent the country from plunging into an immediate power vacuum. In a speech, Mr Martelly said his biggest regret was that January’s presidential election had been postponed. The runoff vote to elect his successor was shelved because of fears of violence and allegations of fraud. Image copyright EPA Image caption Riot police were out ion the capital on Sunday Image copyright EPA Image …

    February 7, 2016 5:31 pm
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Technology

  • Fifty apps that are reinventing mobile gaming


    Innovation is an overused and abused word in the technology industry but if you strip it down to the basic principle of “new ideas”, it’s clear that there’s a lot of it going on in mobile games. When you gather some of the best examples together, you realise how many new ideas are out there. For example, there have been some creative experiments with the idea of interactive fiction, from the round-the-world thrills of 80 Days to the beat-the-censors story of Blackbar. There are games that play with sound in new and interesting ways: Papa Sangre II is played entirely by listening rather than looking, while Dark Echo visualises your sounds on the screen. Both are – and this may not be a coincidence – among the creepiest mobile games available. Some games get you moving in the real world: wandering in the case of Ingress; jogging for your (virtual) life with Zombies, Run!; and even dancing with Bounden. Smartwatch …

    February 7, 2016 4:50 pm
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Science

  • Why We Shouldn’t Quarantine Travelers Because of Zika


    If GOP presidential candidate Chris Christie were to be believed one way to help tamp down the threat of Zika in the United States would be to quarantine individuals with symptoms of the mosquito-borne illness coming into the country from Brazil. The World Health Organization has already said that such measures would not be a good idea, however. The director-general of the WHO, Margaret Chan, specifically said earlier this month that there is “no public health justification for restrictions on travel or trade to prevent the spread of Zika virus.” Christie, the Governor of New Jersey, was asked during the Republican debate in New Hampshire on Saturday night, just days ahead of that state’s primary, if he would quarantine individuals returning from Brazil with symptoms of Zika virus. “You bet I would,” he replied. Presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson then weighed in to say, “If we have evidence that they are infected and …

    February 7, 2016 3:30 pm
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Health

  • Carnival roars ahead in Brazil despite Zika health scare


    RIO DE JANEIRO The worst health scare in recent history is not keeping Brazilians from their annual Carnival revelry, with millions of partiers swarming streets and some making fun of the mosquito that spreads Zika and other viruses. Street processions, block parties and the televised, big-budget parades that are the hallmark of the festival moved into their second day on Sunday, even as Brazilian health officials continued to grapple with an outbreak that may have infected as many as 1.5 million people and could be linked to suspected deformations in more than 4,000 infants and unborn children. “It’s one more thing to worry about,” said Juliana Araujo, a 48-year-old schoolteacher at a street party in Rio de Janeiro, where other problems, like an economic recession and impeachment proceedings against Brazil’s president, seemed distant concerns. Recent news that traces of the virus had been identified in blood, saliva and other bodily fluids of patients known to …

    February 7, 2016 4:10 pm
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Entertainment

  • Cuba Gooding Jr. Talks Red Dots He Once Saw On Tom Cruise’s Face


    Cuba Gooding Jr. talked about Tom Cruise and whether he believed he had work done to his face when he was younger while interviewing with Andy Cohen on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” on Thursday. Us Weekly reports that the “People vs. O.J. Simpson” actor noticed red dots on Cruise’s face when he once made a surprise visit to his home. Gooding once starred with 53-year-old Cruise in “Jerry Maguire” back in 1996. When Cohen asked Cuba Gooding Jr. if he thinks Tom Cruise has had plastic surgery done to his face, the actor said “Absolutely, yes!” Gooding recalled a time he showed up unexpectedly to Cruise’s home to see him. Evidently, the “Mission: Impossible” actor wasn’t ready for any visitors. “I don’t know what he’s had done, but I surprised him at his house one day, and he had all these little red dots over his face,” Gooding told Cohen in a game they …

    February 7, 2016 5:10 pm
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Editorial

  • Rubio stumbles, then stabilizes. Trump stays out front at GOP debate in New Hampshire


    Most of Saturday night’s GOP debate in New Hampshire was a cracking good show, with moments of substance.   Marco Rubio, still riding momentum after almost beating Donald Trump in Iowa, was the main target of attack by the governors on the stage Saturday. He took on real water when Chris Christie effectively characterized him as an Obama-like orator who rarely strayed from a script, and Rubio fed that impression by repeating his talking points four times in response. But Rubio stabilized and had a great answer on abortion “extremism” in the Democratic Party. He finished the debate in good form, but he sure gave reasons for Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and John Kasich to hang around to see if he stumbles again.  If Marco’s momentum stalls in New Hampshire, his performance Saturday evening will be blamed for it.  Donald Trump was his swaggering self tonight, and helped himself except on the eminent domain issue. “What …

    February 7, 2016 10:48 am
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Odd News

  • Cars parked on thin ice get icy bath in Wisconsin


    Call it the polar bear plunge for cars and trucks. The drivers of 15 vehicles parked on ice at Geneva Lake in the Wisconsin for a so-called Winterfest celebration on Saturday, but their festivities were interrupted when the ice broke, police said. Five of the vehicles that fell into the water were salvaged, as their owners drove out of the chilly lake, but the remaining 10 cars and trucks were totaled, police for the town of Lake Geneva said in a statement. No one was injured in the incident, about 60 miles (100 km) northwest of Chicago, police said. “People park on the lake all the time from what I understand,” Laurie Oberhelman, one of the car owners, told Milwaukee television station WDJT. “It was a bad choice.” (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Robert Birsel)

    February 6, 2016 11:47 pm
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