Headline News

  • Authorities say cop killer wanted retaliation for Michael Brown, Eric Garner deaths

    The gunman who ambushed and murdered two NYPD officers as they sat in their squad car Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn vowed to kill police in a number of social media posts that vowed retaliation for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, authorities said.  Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, wrote on his Instagram account: “I’m putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let’s take 2 of theirs,” hours before the killings, two city officials with direct knowledge of the case confirmed for The Associated Press. He used the hashtags Shootthepolice RIPErivGardner (sic) RIPMikeBrown. The post also included an image of a silver handgun and the message, “This may be my final post. The post had more than 200 likes but also had many others admonishing his statements. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Police said Brinsley, who was black, approached the passenger window of a marked police car at approximately 2:45 p.m. local time and opened fire, …

    December 21, 2014 4:07 am


  • Cuba not returning to capitalism despite U.S. deal: Castro’s daughter

    HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba will defend its socialist principles and will not return to capitalism just because it has agreed a detente with the United States, the daughter of President Raul Castro said, dispelling any notion that U.S. companies would be free to roll into Cuba. “The people of Cuba don’t want to return to capitalism,” Mariela Castro, a member of parliament, told Reuters on Friday. Cuba and the United States on Wednesday agreed to end more than five decades of animosity and re-establish full diplomatic relations. U.S. President Barack Obama also said he intends to remove some sanctions against Cuba and work with the U.S. Congress to end the economic embargo. But even if all U.S. barriers to Cuba were lifted, any U.S. companies would still need permission from Cuba’s communist government to do business on the Caribbean island. “We’ve been at this 56 years and … we love saying that we are a …

    December 21, 2014 4:07 am


  • How to pick the best dividend stocks

    Disney recently announced a 34% dividend increase for 2014. Investing in dividend stocks can be a powerful and effective strategy to obtain superior returns over time. However, there is much more to successful dividend investing that simply going after companies with big yields. Disney (DIS), Starbucks (SBUX), and TJX (TJX) (parent company of T.J. Maxx) show that investing in businesses with increasing dividends and healthy fundamentals can be the key to outperforming the markets in the long term. The importance of dividend growth: According data from Goldman Sachs, dividend stocks tend to outperform their nondividend-paying counterparts by a considerable margin over time. A $10,000 investment in nondividend stocks in 1972 would have turned into $26,417 by 2013, while investing the same amount in dividend-paying stocks would have resulted in $413,073. That staggering difference provides solid evidence in favor of dividend investing. However, that’s only part of the story: Results tend to be even better when …

    December 20, 2014 11:04 pm


  • No. 19 San Diego State cruises past Ball State

    San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Winston Shepard finished with 15 points and five assists to lift No. 19 San Diego State to a 70-57 victory over Ball State on Saturday. JJ O’Brien scored 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting and added six rebounds and three assists, while Skylar Spencer had 10 points and six boards for the Aztecs (8-3), who bounced back from a 71-62 double-overtime loss to Cincinnati on Wednesday. “I’m happy with a lot of things we did offensively,” San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher said. “When you play that well, it lends itself to a few more open looks.’ Jeremie Tyler netted a game-high 17 points and Matt Kamieniecki supplied 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Cardinals (3-6), who dropped their third straight game. “I felt like we really competed and I told the guys in the locker room that I think we have everything we need this year,” said Ball …

    December 21, 2014 4:47 am

World News

  • Tunisia holds landmark election

    21 December 2014 Last updated at 10:05 Security has been tightened for the election Voters in Tunisia are choosing their first freely elected president in a run-off election seen as a landmark in the country’s move to democracy. Beji Caid Essebsi, who won the first round with 39% of the vote, is challenging interim leader Moncef Marzouki. Mr Essebsi represents the secular-leaning Nidaa Tounes party. Tunisia was the first country to depose its leader in the Arab Spring and inspired other uprisings in the region. Mr Essebsi, who turned 88 this week, held office under both deposed President Zine el-Abedine Ben Ali and Tunisia’s first post-independence leader, Habib Bourguiba. He is popular in the wealthy, coastal regions, and has based his appeal to voters on stability and experience. Beji Caid Essebsi, who leads a secularist party, has support in the wealthy, coastal regions Rival Moncef Marzouki is more popular in the south and interior of …

    December 21, 2014 4:07 am


  • The NHS’s chaotic IT systems show no sign of recovery

    When you walk into my GP’s surgery, the first thing you see is a screen on the receptionist’s counter. Displayed on it are the words (all in capitals) “TOUCH THE SCREEN TO ARRIVE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT”. Being pedantic, the first time I saw it I pointed out to the receptionist that I had arrived for my appointment. She grimaced. I then asked if the medical implications of asking every patient to use the same touchscreen during, say, a flu epidemic had been considered. Another grimace. It was, she explained, “a new system”. This system was provided by Epic Systems, a US corporation based in Wisconsin, which may explain why its software designers seem unfamiliar with the verb “to arrive”. It’s one of eight major vendors of healthcare information systems, all of which are based in the US, and it got its foot in the NHS door quite a long time ago. My doctor’s surgery has …

    December 21, 2014 4:27 am


  • Computational clues into the structure of a promising energy conversion catalyst

    Related images(click to enlarge) Hydrogen fuel is a promising source of clean energy that can be produced by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen gas. The reaction is difficult but achievable with the help of a catalyst, a material that can speed up the process. However, current catalysts lack the efficiency required for water splitting to be commercially competitive. Recently scientists have identified one such catalyst, iron-doped nickel oxide, as a highly active compound that can speed up this reaction, but the origin of its activity is not well understood. Now researchers at Princeton University have reported new insights into the structure of an active component of the nickel oxide catalyst, known as β-NiOOH, using theoretical calculations. Led by Annabella Selloni, professor of chemistry at Princeton, the findings were published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters on October 28. “Understanding the structure is the basis for any further study of the material’s properties. If …

    December 21, 2014 4:28 am


  • Britain lifts bird flu restrictions on duck farm

    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain on Sunday lifted restrictions on the movement of poultry in a six-mile (9.7-km) zone around a duck farm in northern England where the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu strain was found last month. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said in a statement that all restrictions, including those covering the storage, transport and sourcing of meat products, had been lifted. “Our robust and thorough approach to tackling this outbreak means we are able to lift these restrictions at the earliest possible point allowed by EU (European Union) law,” Britain’s Chief Veterinary Officer Nigel Gibbens said. The outbreak on the farm in east Yorkshire, Britain’s first since 2008, posed minimal risk to humans, the department said. (Reporting by William James; editing by Jason Neely)

    December 21, 2014 4:26 am


  • - Justin Bieber Flies Solo And Tells Us, "I Need Time To Myself Sometimes"

    Posted on Sat Dec 20th, 2014 8:00am PDT       By X17 Staff On Friday afternoon Justin Bieber stepped out in Malibu, and while he was joined by his bodyguard, none of his party (or go-karting) pals were present. After his reported spiritual mission this past fall and a number of run-ins with the law, is the 20-year-old pop star finally growing up? Maybe! Though he’s been stepping out with hottie Hailey Baldwin and partying with the uber classy Jenner girls, the Biebs told X17 photographers, “I need time by myself sometimes.” He also Instagrammed a shot of himself looking pensive on the pier and wrote, “Aren’t we all just searching for peace?” Bieber snapped a few selfies with fans and struck some poses for us, but when we snapped him strolling along the pier, he looked as lonely as this solo seagull: Maybe he’s missing ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez? Or is he merely having doubts about his peroxided …

    December 21, 2014 4:07 am


  • Last minute Christmas shopping: Five things to avoid

    FILE — Nov. 28, 2014: A man dressed as Santa Claus greets shoppers outside the J.C. Penney store at the Glendale Galleria shopping mall in Glendale, Calif. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) This weekend millions of Americans will take to the mall to get last-minute gifts for their loved ones. They will pour through the already-picked-over selections to try and find “the gift.” For those of you who are forced into the mall this weekend: I’m sorry. Here are five things to avoid as we enter the final shopping days before Christmas.   1. Believe the best bargains are found if you wait until the last minute. While it’s true, retailers are starting their after-Christmas sales earlier than ever – just as the Christmas shopping season starts before you get to Thanksgiving dessert – seasoned shoppers know (1) value and (2) bargain do not mean the same thing.  We all know just because something is cheap doesn’t mean …

    December 20, 2014 4:21 pm

Odd News

  • Canadian driver jailed for deaths caused by stopping for ducks

    OTTAWA (Reuters) – A Canadian woman was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Thursday for causing two deaths in 2010 when she stopped her car on a Quebec highway to help a group of ducklings crossing the road. Emma Czornobaj had been convicted in June of two counts each of criminal negligence and dangerous driving causing death. According to media reports on Thursday, Czornobaj stopped her car abruptly in the passing lane of a highway south of Montreal when she saw the ducklings. The motorcycle behind Czornobaj’s car then crashed into her vehicle, killing the 50-year-old man driving the motorcycle and his 16-year-old daughter. “I just wanted to pick all these ducklings up and put them in my car,” Czornobaj had testified during her trial. “I know it was a mistake.” The jail time will be served on the weekends. Czornobaj was also sentenced to 240 hours of community service, probation and banned from …

    December 18, 2014 3:58 pm