Headline News

  • Third night of demonstrations over Ferguson shooting leaves dozens arrested in LA, Oakland


    LOS ANGELES –  Police in Oakland and Los Angeles arrested scores of demonstrators during a third night of unrest linked to the shooting protest in Ferguson, Missouri. At least 130 demonstrators who refused to disperse during a Los Angeles protest were arrested Wednesday night, while 35 people were detained in Oakland following a march that deteriorated into unrest and vandalism, according to police officials. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT About 200 or 300 largely peaceful demonstrators crisscrossed the streets of downtown Los Angeles for several hours in the afternoon and evening over a decision not to bring criminal charges against a Ferguson policeman for killing a black man. Later some of the protesters were stopped by a phalanx of riot-clad police near the Central Library. Lt. Andy Neiman said an unlawful assembly was declared after some marchers began walking in the street and disrupting traffic. They were ordered to disperse but instead reformed, with police trying to corral …

    November 27, 2014 7:53 am
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Politics

  • How to Handle a Broken Campaign Promise


    By Nathan L. Gonzales Posted at 11:59 a.m. on Nov. 26 2 Tweet Broken campaign promises complicate a politician’s re-election effort, but they don’t have to be fatal. This cycle, when faced with their own words from a previous campaign, two incumbents utilized different strategies in their quest for another term. One of the most famous examples of a broken campaign promise came during the 1988 presidential race. Vice President George Bush stood on the stage of the Republican National Convention and uttered the words, “Read my lips, no new taxes.” It was a clear and concise promise that likely helped Bush win the Oval Office. It also contributed to his re-election loss four years later. The president was saddled with his statement after he agreed to a tax increase as part of a budget agreement with congressional Democrats. So how does a candidate avoid a similar fate? In 2010, Republican Scott Walker promised to …

    November 27, 2014 6:10 am
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Stocks

  • Oil prices fall ahead of OPEC meeting


      Oil prices hit a four-year low on Thursday as hopes for an OPEC agreement on the first production cut since the financial crisis grew smaller. Saudia Arabia, the largest among OPEC members, hinted it would not vote for the cut in output — in a bid to retain market share and hold off competition from U.S. shale production. Brent crude traded at $75.86 when the key meeting kicked off in Vienna. Analysts say a cut of around 1.5 million barrels a day would be needed to support oil prices — a move that now seem increasingly unlikely. The lack of action would be bad news for countries like Russia, Iran and Venezuela, which depend on prices around at least $90 a barrel to meet their economic targets. Related: Russia losing $140 billion from sanctions and low oil prices Crude oil is down 30% since June and analysts warn prices could fall even more if …

    November 27, 2014 7:11 am
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Sports

  • Tennessee getting big boost from underclassmen who grew up near Vanderbilt’s campus


    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. –  Tennessee is trying to recapture its status as the state’s dominant football program by relying on players who grew up near Vanderbilt’s campus. The Volunteers (5-6, 2-5 SEC) have five part-time or full-time starters who went to high school within about an hour’s drive of Vanderbilt Stadium, a figure that increases to six if you add freshman kicker Aaron Medley. That group includes two of the Southeastern Conference’s most promising freshmen in defensive end Derek Barnett and running back Jalen Hurd. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT All of the Nashville-area Volunteers with at least six starts are freshmen or sophomores who signed with Tennessee after coach Butch Jones’ arrival, though sophomore linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin of Clarksville verbally committed when Derek Dooley was still running the program. They’re returning home Saturday and attempting to snap Vanderbilt’s two-game winning streak in this series. “You look at the mid-state in general, it’s one of the rising population bases …

    November 27, 2014 7:53 am
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World News

  • Spain is not corrupt, says PM Rajoy


    27 November 2014 Last updated at 12:24 Mr Rajoy said he could not accept that most Spanish politicians were corrupt Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has told MPs that most politicians are not corrupt, a day after his health minister quit over a kick-back scandal. The governing Popular Party (PP) has been caught up in a wave of allegations and Mr Rajoy was laying out a series of measures to tackle corruption. Ana Mato resigned after a judge said she benefited from corrupt practices allegedly involving her husband. Mr Rajoy told MPs that all corruption hurt democracy and discredited Spain. “I care deeply about injustice. I cannot accept that the suspicion of corruption spreads to all Spanish politicians,” he said. Announcing a “powerful arsenal” of measures to tackle the problem, the prime minister said that all political parties would have to observe strict new rules on financing, transparency and conflicts of interest. Opposition leader Pedro …

    November 27, 2014 7:53 am
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Technology

  • EU to Google: expand ‘right to be forgotten’ to Google.com


    European data regulators are set to instruct Google to apply “right to be forgotten” search result deletions outside of Europe on Google.com. The Article 29 cross-European panel of data protection watchdogs announced its guidance that search result removals should be carried out beyond local European domains such as google.co.uk, google.fr and google.de to prevent circumvention of the right to be forgotten law. “De-listing decisions must be implemented in such a way that they guarantee the effective and complete protection of data subjects’ rights and that EU law cannot be circumvented,” Article 29 said in a statement. “Limiting de-listing to EU domains on the grounds that users tend to access search engines via their national domains cannot be considered a sufficient means to satisfactorily guarantee the rights of data subjects according to the ruling.” ‘De-listing should also be effective on all relevant .com domains’ The right to be forgotten ruling allows Europeans to apply to remove …

    November 27, 2014 6:10 am
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Science

  • NASA Coverage Set for Fifth SpaceX Resupply Mission to Space Station


    [image-50] The fifth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch Tuesday, Dec. 16, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA Television coverage of the launch begins at 1:15 p.m. EST. The company’s Falcon 9 rocket will lift off at 2:31 p.m., carrying its Dragon cargo spacecraft. It is loaded with more than 3,700 pounds of scientific experiments, technology demonstrations and supplies, including critical materials to support 256 science and research investigations that will take place on the space station during ISS Expeditions 42 and 43. In addition to launch coverage, NASA also will host a series of prelaunch news conferences Monday, Dec. 15 at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. All briefings, which are subject to a change in time, will air live on NASA TV and the agency’s website. The mission, designated SpaceX CRS-5, …

    November 27, 2014 2:20 am
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Health

  • Tropical fly-borne illness reported near Damascus: WHO


    GENEVA/BEIRUT (Reuters) – At least three wounded people have been infected near Damascus with a tropical disease spread by flies that had never before been reported in Syria, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. The outbreak of myiasis, also known as screw worm, stems from deteriorating water and sanitation conditions. While not life-threatening, its presence is an indicator of how bad health conditions have become, according to the global health body. A video posted online this week appeared to show a doctor removing maggots from the skin in the back of a wounded girl’s head and a dozen extracted maggots squirming in a petri dish. Later it shows her with re-grown hair and small bald patches. The video claimed to have been filmed in the rebel-held Ghouta area east of Damascus and was posted on YouTube by the Syrian Media Organization, which describes itself as the media arm of rebel groups in southern Syria. …

    November 27, 2014 6:10 am
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Entertainment

  • James Cameron has some crazy expletives for the Avatar sequels


    “They’re gonna be bitchin’. You will shit yourself with your mouth wide open,” Cameron said during an interview with Empire magazine. Sam Worthington is tired of the paps, punches one in the face Well, OK then. We’re now unsure if we should be overly excited or slightly terrified. Maybe a bit of both? Luckily, Cameron didn’t stop there. He also gave the outlet a look at his creative process moving forward. “I think we met for seven months and we whiteboarded out every scene in every film together. And I didn’t assign each writer which film they were going to work on until the last day. I knew if I assigned them their scripts ahead of time, they’d tune out every time we were talking about the other movie.” Avatar tops Titanic! Avatar, which was released in 2009, was a worldwide success and one of the highest-grossing movies ever. It also won three Oscars. The …

    November 27, 2014 7:52 am
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Editorial

  • Thanksgiving 2014: What is there to be thankful for?


    October 22, 2012: A gourmet Thanksgiving dinner. (AP) Oct. 8, 2012: A Thanksgiving dinner plate of cider brined turkey with sage gravy, peach cranberry sauce, sour cream and chive mashed potatoes, sausage pecan stuffing, arugula pear salad with pomegranate vinaigrette and goat cheese and herb crusted sweet potatoes. (AP) What if the government is designed to perpetuate itself? What if the real levers of governmental power are pulled by agents and diplomats and bureaucrats behind the scenes? What if they stay in power no matter who is elected president or which major political party controls Congress? What if the frequent public displays of adversity between the Republicans and the Democrats are just a facade and a charade? What if both major political parties agree on the transcendental issues of our day? ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT What if they both believe that our rights are not natural to our humanity but instead are gifts from the government? What if they …

    November 27, 2014 6:10 am
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Odd News

  • Swiss group wants sausage dogs to be petted, not eaten


    ZURICH (Reuters) – An animal rights group has petitioned the Swiss government to ban a traditional, if rare, practice of eating cats for dinner and turning dogs into sausages. Tomi Tomek, president of the animal rights group SOS CHATS Noiraigue, which campaigned successfully last year to ban the sale of cat fur, said 3 percent of the population still eat cat and dog, mainly in the regions of Appenzell, Lucerne, Jura and Berne. “You can’t report it to the police because there’s no law against it,” she said. Dog meat is traditionally used to make sausages and a fatty remedy for rheumatism, while cat can be served for Christmas dinner. The activists handed in a petition with 17,900 signatures calling for the consumption of family pets to be outlawed. (Reporting by Caroline Copley; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

    November 26, 2014 10:02 am
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