• AT&T Jumps Into the 5G Race

    ATT on Friday announced plans to start testing 5G technology, with a possible limited commercial rollout before the end of 2016. 5G offers the promise of besting the speeds of today’s fastest wireless networks by...
  • U.S. regains Hellfire air-to-ground missile from Cuba

    WASHINGTON The U.S. State Department said on Saturday that the United States has regained an inert but errant Hellfire air-to-ground missile that had mistakenly ended up in Cuba. “We can say, without speaking to specifics,...
  • Pope condemns Mexico ‘drugs cancer’

    Media captionKaty Watson: His visit provides a chance to talk about peace, rather than about violence Pope Francis has urged Mexico’s leaders to provide “true justice” to citizens hit by drug violence in the country....
  • Nadal in semi-final Argentina Open loss

    Nadal in semi-final Argentina Open loss

    The Argentina Open was one of three tournaments Rafael Nadal won in 2015 Spain’s Rafael Nadal lost in the semi-final of the Argentina Open, going down 4-6 6-4 6-7 to Austrian Dominic Thiem. Nadal, the...
  • US Supreme Court Justice Scalia dies

    US Supreme Court Justice Scalia dies

    Image copyright Getty Images US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia – one of most conservative members of the high court – has died. Justice Scalia’s death could shift the balance of power on the US...

Headline News

  • US Supreme Court Justice Scalia dies


    Image copyright Getty Images US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia – one of most conservative members of the high court – has died. Justice Scalia’s death could shift the balance of power on the US high court, allowing President Barack Obama to add a fifth liberal justice to the court. The court’s conservative majority has recently stalled major efforts by the Obama administration on climate change and immigration. Justice Scalia, 79, was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. Justice Scalia was one of the most prominent proponents of “originalism” – a conservative legal philosophy that believes the US Constitution has a fixed meaning and does not change with the times. In 2008, Justice Scalia delivered the opinion on Heller v District of Columbia, a landmark case that affirmed an individual’s right to possess a handgun. Throughout his career, the outspoken justice has been a vocal opponent of abortion and gay rights, often writing scathing …

    February 13, 2016 4:43 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. regains Hellfire air-to-ground missile from Cuba


    WASHINGTON The U.S. State Department said on Saturday that the United States has regained an inert but errant Hellfire air-to-ground missile that had mistakenly ended up in Cuba. “We can say, without speaking to specifics, that the inert training missile has been returned with the cooperation of the Cuban government,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement. A team from Lockheed Martin Corp, which makes the missile, traveled to Cuba to retrieve it, a congressional source said. Lockheed Martin Corp spokesman Bill Phelps declined comment. The missile had been sent to Europe for a training exercise in 2014 but somehow ended up in Cuba, an embarrassing loss of military technology, the Wall Street Journal reported last month. “The department is restricted under federal law and regulations from commenting on specific defense trade licensing cases and compliance matters, so we cannot provide further details,” Toner said. But he said reestablished diplomatic relations between the …

    February 13, 2016 5:03 pm
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Stocks

  • Donald Trump says he’ll do interview with Univision’s Jorge Ramos


    Now that his lawsuit against Univision has been settled, Donald Trump says he is happy to tape an interview with the network’s star anchorman Jorge Ramos. “We’re going to do an interview with Jorge,” Trump said at a Friday night rally. On Saturday he tweeted about it, but then deleted the comment later in the day. A spokesman for Ramos declined to comment, but another person close to him said talks are underway about a possible interview. Nothing has been scheduled yet. Ramos is often described as the most influential Hispanic anchorman in the United States. He reaches millions of people through his newscasts on Univision, America’s dominant Spanish-language network, and he openly advocates for the interests of his audience. Trump and Ramos tussled back in August when Ramos tried to question the candidate without being called on at a press conference. Ramos said he resorted to the press conference tactic because Trump had refused …

    February 13, 2016 3:43 pm
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Sports

  • Nadal in semi-final Argentina Open loss


    The Argentina Open was one of three tournaments Rafael Nadal won in 2015 Spain’s Rafael Nadal lost in the semi-final of the Argentina Open, going down 4-6 6-4 6-7 to Austrian Dominic Thiem. Nadal, the world number five and defending champion, failed to convert a match point at 5-4 in the final set. The nine-time French Open winner is top seed for a tournament in Rio de Janiero next week that also includes British number two Aljaz Bedene. Thiem, 22, will be looking for his first ATP singles title of the season in Sunday’s final. “It was a tough match. I had a chance to win and missed it but Thiem played well,” said 29-year-old Nadal, who has won 47 titles on clay. “I’m not worried. I just lacked consistency and need to make fewer unforced errors, but that’s nothing.”

    February 13, 2016 4:44 pm
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World News

  • Pope condemns Mexico ‘drugs cancer’


    Media captionKaty Watson: His visit provides a chance to talk about peace, rather than about violence Pope Francis has urged Mexico’s leaders to provide “true justice” to citizens hit by drug violence in the country. Speaking on the first day of his five-day visit to Mexico, he said drug trafficking was a cancer that devoured and destroyed Mexican society. He also said that the Catholic Church in Mexico must do more than just condemn drug trafficking. Earlier, he and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill called for restored Christian unity during talks in Cuba. The meeting was the first between a Pope and a Russian Church head since the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity split in the 11th Century. Image copyright AP Image caption Pope Francis dons a sombrero given to him by someone in the crowd Image copyright EPA Image caption Mexico has the world’s second-largest Catholic population In Mexico City, the Pope was cheered …

    February 13, 2016 4:44 pm
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Technology

  • AT&T Jumps Into the 5G Race


    ATT on Friday announced plans to start testing 5G technology, with a possible limited commercial rollout before the end of 2016. 5G offers the promise of besting the speeds of today’s fastest wireless networks by a factor of 10 to 100, through the use of millimeter waves, network function virtualization, and software-defined networking. Through a collaboration with Ericsson and Intel, ATT will be ramping up its efforts to bring 5G to market starting in the second quarter of this year. The planned tests follow extensive research, patent filings, and the development of software-defined networking, which allows ATT to update systems without touching the hardware — a faster, more efficient method of introducing new versions of programs and technology, the company said. Bumps in the 5G Road The race to 5G isn’t without its challenges, however. It’s no small feat to create a working fixed broadband network that delivers at least a gigabit of speed to …

    February 13, 2016 5:23 pm
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Science

  • Ants were socializing — and sparring — nearly 100 million years ago, Rutgers study finds


    Related images(click to enlarge) Like people, ants have often fought over food and territory. But ants began fighting long before humans: at least 99 million years ago, according to Phillip Barden, a fossil insect expert who works in the Insect and Evolution Lab of Jessica L. Ware, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Rutgers University-Newark. “That’s a trait of ants,” Barden said. “Many ant species do that all the time. They’re always warring with either other individuals of the same species from different colonies or with different species.” The ant wars began in the Cretaceous period, when enormous dinosaurs thrived on Earth, according to a study published online in the journal Current Biology on Thursday. Barden, the lead author, is affiliated with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Co-author David A. Grimaldi is a curator at the museum and is also affiliated with Cornell University and the …

    February 13, 2016 4:03 pm
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Health

  • More than 5,000 pregnant women in Colombia have Zika virus: government


    BOGOTA More than 5,000 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the country’s national health institute said on Saturday, as the disease continues its rapid spread across the Americas. Cases of the virus total 31,555, the institute said in a epidemiology bulletin, among them 5,013 pregnant women. Zika, which has spread to more than 30 countries, has been linked to birth defect microcephaly and to neurological disease Guillain-Barre syndrome. Total reported Zika cases increased by 23 percent over last week’s figures, while the number of pregnant women with the virus was up 57.8 percent. Much remains unknown about Zika, including whether the virus actually causes microcephaly. Brazil is investigating the potential link between Zika infections and more than 4,300 suspected cases of the birth defect, a condition marked by abnormally small head size that can result in developmental problems. Researchers have confirmed more than 460 of these cases as microcephaly and identified …

    February 13, 2016 4:43 pm
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Entertainment

  • Bernie Sanders’ Record On Gun Control Is ‘Very Troubling,” CBC Leader Says


    Sen. Bernie Sanders’ record on gun control is found to be “very troubling” by the Congressional Black Caucus’ political action committee. On Thursday, it endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. Congressman Gregory Meeks of New York, the chairman of the CBC, called out Sanders for his stand on gun control. The Observer reports that Meeks said the Vermont independent’s view on the matter is “very troubling.” “You go through her record, time and time again, you see she’s been right on the issues important to the African-American community,” Meeks said. “His record on guns is very troubling. Bernie Sanders voted to protect the gun manufacturers. That’s a problem.” Meeks pointed out that Clinton is working at “getting guns off the street.” He accused Sanders for not being a partner with the CBC. Sanders voted against significant gun control measures in the 1990s and for a 2005 bill that protected gun manufacturers by giving them immunity from …

    February 13, 2016 1:23 pm
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Editorial

  • Does Bernie Sanders really want to win? Three Democratic debate takeaways


    To understand what ails Hillary Clinton, let’s rewind past Iowa and New Hampshire – two years back, in fact, to a speech in New Orleans before the National Auto Dealers Association and these words: “The last time I actually drove a car myself was 1996. I remember it very well. Unfortunately, so does the Secret Service, which is why I haven’t driven since then.” That one passage underscores three of Clinton’s present-day woes: she’s lived in a cocoon for well over two decades; she’s not all that entertaining; there may be no limit to what she and her husband will do for a quick buck (that one appearance earned Hillary a $325,000 honorarium). Speaking of Clinton’s motoring skills, there’s a fourth problem: rather than turn into the skid caused by alarming droves of young and women voters jilting her for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, she’s overcorrected – trying too hard to pawn herself off as …

    February 13, 2016 11:23 am
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Odd News

  • Racy night with handcuffs lands Arkansas man in handcuffs, again


    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. An Arkansas couple’s evening of “kinky” entertainment ended with one pair of handcuffs used for fun being replaced by another used for real in an arrest, police said on Friday. Dustin Taylor, 21, summoned police this week to his home in Fort Smith to remove a pair of handcuffs he told officers he and his wife had been using the previous night while “doing some ‘kinky’ things,” the official report stated. The couple had lost the key, Taylor explained. The responding patrolman removed the handcuffs and did a routine search of Taylor’s name in a police database. When the computer reported an outstanding warrant for Taylor on criminal mischief, handcuffs went back on. But this time they belonged to the officer. Sergeant Daniel Grubbs, spokesman for the Fort Smith police, expressed a measure of sympathy for Taylor. “I sort of wish the guy had invested in an extra handcuff key,” Grubbs said. …

    February 12, 2016 8:20 pm
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