• Want to succeed in this job? Learn to say no

    Want to succeed in this job? Learn to say no

    Celebrities usually have one person who doesn’t sugarcoat things for them: their business manager. A-list celebrities are used to getting what they want. A prime table at a full restaurant? No problem. Shopping after hours...
  • West’s military advantage is being eroded, survey warns

    The west’s decades-long advantage in military technology is being eroded as defence spending in the rest of the world, notably Asia, soars, an authoritative survey has warned. The latest annual Military Balance by the International...
  • Smith named Australia’s T20 captain

    Smith named Australia’s T20 captain

    Steve Smith (left) led Australia to victory in the 50-over World Cup last year Steve Smith has replaced Aaron Finch as Australia’s captain for the World Twenty20, which starts next month. Opening batsman Finch, who...
  • Russia drill brings troops near Ukraine

    Russia drill brings troops near Ukraine

    Image copyright Russian Defence Ministry Image caption Russia has stepped up training for thousands of troops in a series of exercises Russia is holding combat readiness exercises involving 8,500 troops, with dozens of ships and...
  • Trump, Sanders expect big wins

    Trump, Sanders expect big wins

    A supporter holds Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump’s book during a campaign rally Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders hope to emerge from New Hampshire’s...

Headline News

  • Cyber top national security threat to U.S.: intelligence director


    WASHINGTON Cyber and technological threats are the top national security challenges facing the United States in 2016, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in prepared testimony to Congress on Tuesday. Clapper said the growing network complexity and proliferation of devices could “lead to widespread vulnerabilities in civilian infrasturctures and U.S. government systems,” according to prepared testimony for a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee. (Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

    February 9, 2016 8:41 am
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Politics

  • Trump, Sanders expect big wins


    A supporter holds Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump’s book during a campaign rally Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders hope to emerge from New Hampshire’s primary Tuesday with their first wins of the 2016 presidential election, victories that would lend needed credibility to the unexpected contenders’ pursuit of their parties’ nomination. Trump leads a Republican field that has been in flux in the final days of campaigning across snowy New Hampshire. A rocky debate performance by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has jeopardized his chance to pull away from a trio of governors and firmly establish himself as the chief rival to Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. In the two-person race for the Democratic nomination, Sanders has held an advantage over Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire for weeks. The state is friendly territory for the Vermont senator and a must-win if he’s to have a …

    February 9, 2016 8:41 am
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Stocks

  • Want to succeed in this job? Learn to say no


    Celebrities usually have one person who doesn’t sugarcoat things for them: their business manager. A-list celebrities are used to getting what they want. A prime table at a full restaurant? No problem. Shopping after hours in an exclusive department store? But of course! First class travel for pets? Why not? But there’s one group of people whose job it is to say no to them. Meet the Hollywood business managers. They’re paid to guide the stars away from money pitfalls, helping them invest the proceeds from their latest project. Occasionally, their task is to stop celebrities spending beyond their means, which can mean putting the brakes on extravagant purchases. “I tell my clients that if they only want to hear yes, I’m not the right person. I’m going to tell you no,” says Michael Kaplan, a partner at Miller Kaplan Arase in Los Angeles. Kaplan was named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 25 most powerful …

    February 9, 2016 9:01 am
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Sports

  • Smith named Australia’s T20 captain


    Steve Smith (left) led Australia to victory in the 50-over World Cup last year Steve Smith has replaced Aaron Finch as Australia’s captain for the World Twenty20, which starts next month. Opening batsman Finch, who remains in the 15-man squad for the tournament in India, was named T20 captain in 2014 but only led the side six times. Test and one-day skipper Smith, 26, now leads Australia in all three formats. Test wicketkeeper Peter Nevill, who has never played any limited-overs cricket for Australia, replaces one-day specialist Matthew Wade. Spinner Ashton Agar, who has never played any T20 matches for Australia, is also included. Australia have never won the World Twenty20 title in five previous attempts, their best finish coming in West Indies in 2010 when they lost to England in the final. Squad: Steve Smith (capt), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh, …

    February 9, 2016 8:41 am
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World News

  • Russia drill brings troops near Ukraine


    Image copyright Russian Defence Ministry Image caption Russia has stepped up training for thousands of troops in a series of exercises Russia is holding combat readiness exercises involving 8,500 troops, with dozens of ships and aircraft, in a southern region near areas of eastern Ukraine held by pro-Russian rebels. The snap drill in the Rostov region was ordered by President Vladimir Putin. The southern military district includes Crimea – the peninsula annexed by Russian forces in 2014 – and areas on the border with eastern Ukraine. Pro-Russian rebels also held military drills in eastern Ukraine last week. The self-styled “Donetsk People’s Republic” tested heavy artillery and rocket systems in the Torez area, near the rebel-held city of Donetsk. Nato, Western leaders and the Ukrainian government accuse Russia of sending heavy armour and regular troops to the rebels. Moscow denies that, but admits that Russian “volunteers” are helping the rebels. A shaky ceasefire is in place, …

    February 9, 2016 8:41 am
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Technology

  • West’s military advantage is being eroded, survey warns


    The west’s decades-long advantage in military technology is being eroded as defence spending in the rest of the world, notably Asia, soars, an authoritative survey has warned. The latest annual Military Balance by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) shows advances in weapons-related technology, once the preserve of the west – including cruise missiles, unmanned drones and electronic warfare – are becoming increasingly accessible to more and more countries. The number of countries known to operate UAVs has doubled over the past five years, and China has exported them to Iraq and Nigeria. “Western military technological superiority, a core assumption of the past two decades, is eroding”, John Chipman, IISS director general, told a London press conference. “Slowing this emerging trend or reversing it will be a key preoccupation of western strategists in the coming decade.” Britain is trying to stay ahead of the curve by developing the Zephyr high-altitude “pseudo-satellite” – a solar-powered …

    February 9, 2016 9:01 am
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Science

  • Risk of suicide increased 3-fold in adults after a concussion


    The long-term risk of suicide for adults who have had a concussion is three times higher than the population norm, and the risk increases further if the concussion occurred on a weekend, found a new study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). “Given the quick usual resolution of symptoms, physicians may underestimate the adverse effects of concussion and its relevance in a patient’s history,” states Dr. Donald Redelmeier, senior core scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and a physician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario. “Greater attention to the long-term implications of a concussion might save lives because deaths from suicide can be prevented.” Suicide is a major cause of death in the community. In 2010, there were 3951 deaths from suicide in Canada and 38 364 in the United States. Concussion is the most common brain injury in adults. Each year in Canada, there are about 400 000 cases …

    February 9, 2016 7:41 am
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Health

  • Brazilian studies aim to unravel Zika’s link to birth defects


    CHICAGO At Roberto Santos General Hospital in Salvador, Brazil, Dr. Antonio Almeida and a team of specialists are closely following two groups of women: Those who deliver babies with abnormally small heads and those who deliver apparently normal babies. The hospital is one of three in this city on Brazil’s eastern coast where investigators are studying the most urgent question of the Zika outbreak: Is the virus causing a spike in birth defects, and, if so, how great is the risk?     The answer will help shape the response to the rapid spread of Zika throughout the Americas. Concerns over the potential link to microcephaly have prompted a U.S. alert advising pregnant women against travel to 31 countries and territories with outbreaks. Officials in El Salvador, Colombia, Ecuador and Jamaica have urged women to delay pregnancies. The many unknowns about Zika’s effects and transmission have cast a shadow over plans for the Olympic Games in Rio, set to …

    February 9, 2016 8:21 am
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Entertainment

  • Former ‘Bachelor’ Star Tenley Molzahn Has A New Boyfriend


    Tenley Molzahn likely won’t be going on Bachelor In Paradise next season because she is no longer single! The former Bachelor star (who got her heart broken by Jake Pavelka) has a new man in her life! According to Us Weekly, Tenley wasn’t shy about sharing the news during a recent sit down with Us Weekly Video. “His name is Taylor, he’s gorgeous. His smile is just contagious. He’s amazing, his heart is what got me. I had the best first date of my life with him and in that minute of just meeting him I knew there was something really special about him,” Tenley said. Tenley Molzahn says that Taylor Leopold didn’t know her from reality television, which likely make thinks a bit more natural. Leopold is a businessman who works as a product-line manager for a shoe company. The two were introduced by a mutual friend and they really just hit it off. …

    February 9, 2016 9:21 am
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Editorial

  • The Bible and science: The ultimate power couple


    Many people today see science and the Bible as a bitterly divorced couple and feel forced to take sides. It’s a real tragedy because notwithstanding the impression created by extremists on both sides, the two are in fact remarkably harmonious. As a theoretical physicist and Christian, I have discovered at least ten fundamental truths that are affirmed by both modern science and ancient Scripture. Does that surprise you? Are you skeptical? If you are, I don’t blame you: all of us are heavily influenced by media that relish playing up people arguing about the age of the earth, the role of evolution in our planet’s natural history, the reliability of science and so forth. Lost in the noise and fury of these shouting matches are the voices of reason – and faith. Ratio et fides – what I call IQ and SQ (spiritual quotient) – operating peaceably and powerfully together, as they do in my …

    February 9, 2016 7:01 am
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Odd News

  • Do you want fries with that? Man charged with throwing alligator into fast food restaurant


    A Florida fast food restaurant got a customer it wasn’t expecting when a live alligator was tossed through a drive-thru window by a patron. Joshua James, 23, of Jupiter, Florida, had wanted to play a practical joke on a friend working at the Wendy’s restaurant in Royal Palm Beach when he decided to hurl the reptile into the building, his parents told local broadcaster WPTV. “It was a stupid prank,” Linda James said. James faces charges of aggravated assault, and unlawful possession and transportation of an alligator, WPTV said. The incident took place in October. James found the 3-foot alligator on the side of the road and led the reptile into his truck, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission incident report cited by the station. He drove to the Wendy’s restaurant and placed an order, received a drink at the drive-thru window, and then threw the alligator through the opening, it said. …

    February 9, 2016 8:01 am
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