• US avoids homeland security shutdown

    US avoids homeland security shutdown

    28 February 2015 Last updated at 03:30 House Speaker John Boehner had earlier failed to get dozens of Republicans to back his stance US lawmakers have avoided a partial shutdown of homeland security after passing...
  • Butler guides Bulls past Timberwolves

    Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Jimmy Butler had 28 points and 12 rebounds to lead Chicago past the Minnesota Timberwolves, 96-89, on the same day the Bulls received good news about Derrick Rose’s latest knee surgery....
  • China’s loans to Latin America rise

    China’s loans to Latin America rise

    26 February 2015 Last updated at 14:48 China lent Brazil more than $8bn in 2014, according to new figures released on Thursday Loans by China’s state-owned banks to Latin American countries rose by 71% to...
  • Hawks surge past Magic

    Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) – Jeff Teague scored all 17 of his points in the second half and added seven assists, and the Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta Hawks surged in the second half for a 95-88 win...
  • Remembering Leonard Nimoy

    Remembering Leonard Nimoy

    Leonard Nimoy infused such gravitas into the unlikely character of Spock, that the half-Vulcan science officer’s logic, integrated with human compassion and mystic spirituality, became Star Trek’s ethical star chart – the homing beacon upon...

Headline News

  • Federal appeals court rules marathon bombing trial can stay in Boston


    Jan. 5, 2015: File courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, left, is depicted beside U.S. District Judge George O’Toole Jr., right, as O’Toole addresses a pool of potential jurors in a jury assembly room at the federal courthouse, in Boston. (AP) The federal appeals court ruled Friday that the trial of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect can stay in Massachusetts. Lawyers of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev argued that intense media coverage of the case and the large amount of people affected by the attack made it impossible for him to get a fair trial. However, a three-judge panel did not see it that way. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The 1st U.S. Court of Appeals said that the high-profile case would receive much media attention, but knowledge of such case “does not equate to disqualifying prejudice.” The court voted 2 to 1 in favor of keeping the trial in the state. Prosecutors suggested that Judge George O’Toole Jr.’s questioning …

    February 27, 2015 10:58 pm
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Politics

  • House passes one-week funding extension for Homeland Security


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives gave final approval on Friday to a one-week stopgap spending bill for the domestic security agency, averting a partial shutdown with just hours to spare before a midnight deadline. After a chaotic day that featured an embarrassing rebuke to House Speaker John Boehner from angry conservatives, the House voted 357-60 to keep the lights on at the Department of Homeland Security for at least one more week. The Senate had already passed the one-week extension a few hours earlier, and President Barack Obama is expected to quickly sign it. The dizzying twists and turns in the days-long political battle raised fresh questions about Boehner’s ability to manage his caucus of restive conservatives and the prospects for legislative achievement in the new, Republican-run Congress. Earlier on Friday, the House had rejected a three-week funding extension for the agency when Republican conservatives rebelled because the bill did not block …

    February 27, 2015 9:17 pm
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Stocks

  • ‘House of Cards’ fans that already finished season 3


    Meet the fastest fans in the land — at least according to their tweets. Twitter users @challi1337, @TanjaBumbar, @SanjaBumbar, and @MurphyOReilly say they spent the past 12 hours watching the new season of “House of Cards” on Netflix (NFLX, Tech30). That’s 13 episodes. Each episode is about 50 minutes long. @TanjaBumbar said on twitter (TWTR, Tech30) it was a “Really good season, it was amazing having all 13 episode [sic] available at the same time.” @MurphyOReilly thought it was a great season too. “Fantastic end to an enthralling season,” he tweeted. Sebastian, or @challi1337, said he has “extremely mixed feelings about the ending and a few other scenes.” None gave away any secrets, respectfully. Well, except for this mysterious comment from @TanjaBumbar: “Mrs Underwood you finally made the right decision.” All four Twitter users appear to live in Europe. This makes sense considering Netflix unloaded all the new episodes at 12.pm. PT/3 a.m. ET Friday …

    February 27, 2015 9:37 pm
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Sports

  • Butler guides Bulls past Timberwolves


    Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Jimmy Butler had 28 points and 12 rebounds to lead Chicago past the Minnesota Timberwolves, 96-89, on the same day the Bulls received good news about Derrick Rose’s latest knee surgery. Rose is expected to only miss 4-to-6 weeks after having surgery Friday to repair a medial meniscus tear in his right knee. The star point guard could return before the end of the regular season. Mike Dunleavy added 21 points, eight rebounds and two blocks for the Bulls, who bounced back from Wednesday’s 98-86 loss to Charlotte Hornets. Joakim Noah contributed 11 points, 12 boards and eight assists. Chicago forward Pau Gasol sat out with an illness and Taj Gibson left in the first quarter with a left ankle injury. Kevin Martin ended with 18 points for the Timberwolves, who fell to 5-23 on the road this season. Ricky Rubio had 15 points and 10 assists, Nikola Pekovic recorded 12 …

    February 27, 2015 10:58 pm
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World News

  • US avoids homeland security shutdown


    28 February 2015 Last updated at 03:30 House Speaker John Boehner had earlier failed to get dozens of Republicans to back his stance US lawmakers have avoided a partial shutdown of homeland security after passing a one-week funding extension just hours before a midnight deadline. The House of Representatives voted 357-60 in favour of the short-term bill after it had been passed in the Senate. It ensures the department’s 250,000 employees will be paid while a longer-term funding agreement is discussed. It will now be signed by President Barack Obama, who said he would back a short-term deal to avert a shutdown. The two-thirds majority vote was reached about two hours before the midnight (05:00 GMT Saturday) deadline. Earlier, Republicans had rejected a similar three-week extension after provisions against President Obama’s immigration plan were dropped. The one-week deal was backed by a majority of Democrats despite many of them voting against the earlier bill in …

    February 27, 2015 10:58 pm
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Technology

  • Uber breach could affect the data of 50K drivers


    Uber drivers’ personal information may have been put at risk in a data breach. Above: an Uber promo shot. Uber Uber announced Friday that one of its databases was possibly breached last year, which could have put up to 50,000 former and current Uber drivers’ personal information at risk. The breach was first discovered on September 17 of last year and Uber believes it was a onetime incident that happened on May 13, 2014. The database held the names and driver’s license numbers of thousands of Uber drivers in multiple states. Uber is a ride-hailing service that lets passengers connect with drivers via a smartphone app. Though the private information of 50,000 people is a lot, it’s small compared with the dozens of hacks on other companies over the past couple of years. Retailers and banks, like Target, Home Depot and JPMorgan, experienced massive security breaches in 2013 and 2014. In the case of Target, …

    February 27, 2015 9:16 pm
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Science

  • New research signals big future for quantum radar


    A prototype quantum radar that has the potential to detect objects which are invisible to conventional systems has been developed by an international research team led by a quantum information scientist at the University of York. The new breed of radar is a hybrid system that uses quantum correlation between microwave and optical beams to detect objects of low reflectivity such as cancer cells or aircraft with a stealth capability. Because the quantum radar operates at much lower energies than conventional systems, it has the long-term potential for a range of applications in biomedicine including non-invasive NMR scans. The research team led by Dr Stefano Pirandola, of the University’s Department of Computer Science and the York Centre for Quantum Technologies, found that a special converter — a double-cavity device that couples the microwave beam to an optical beam using a nano-mechanical oscillator — was the key to the new system. The device can either generate …

    February 27, 2015 9:17 pm
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Health

  • China imposes trade restrictions on Canadian beef


    OTTAWA (Reuters) – China has imposed temporary trade restrictions on Canadian beef and beef products in the wake of Canada’s discovery of mad cow disease earlier this month, Canada said on Friday. China joins the list of countries that have imposed trade restrictions since Canada confirmed the case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) on Feb. 11, which includes Taiwan, Peru and Belarus. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency made Friday’s announcement in an update on its website. (Reporting by Randall Palmer, editing by G Crosse)

    February 27, 2015 9:17 pm
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Entertainment

  • Bill Cosby releases statement about the future of his comedy career


    More: Why didn’t you know about Bill Cosby’s rape allegations until now? But it seems like the comedian is bent on brushing the allegations under the rug and moving on with his career. Cosby released a statement on Friday about his upcoming tour and didn’t mention anything about the 34 women who have accused him of sexual assault and rape. “Dear Fans: For 53 years you have given me your love, support, respect and trust. Thank you! I can’t wait to see your smiling faces and warm your hearts with a wonderful gift — LAUGHTER. I’m ready!” More: 10 Worst of the worst Bill Cosby memes The statement came ahead of his performance Friday night in Lafayette, Louisiana. Cosby has continued his comedy tour throughout the country despite the accusations. The rest of his career hasn’t held up as well. Netflix shelved Cosby’s planned comedy special and NBC dropped the pilot it was working on with him. For …

    February 27, 2015 9:57 pm
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Editorial

  • Remembering Leonard Nimoy


    Leonard Nimoy infused such gravitas into the unlikely character of Spock, that the half-Vulcan science officer’s logic, integrated with human compassion and mystic spirituality, became Star Trek’s ethical star chart – the homing beacon upon which the franchise has navigated for almost 50 years.   An actor, director and artist who embraced intimate, emotional, relationship-based story telling, Leonard would have seemed an unlikely choice to become the embodiment of science Geekiness for generations of sci-fi fans. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT But, like a science officer, Leonard asked questions:  How would Vulcans greet one another? Not with a handshake, but with the splayed-fingers live long and prosper.  How would the oh-so-cerebral Vulcans handle themselves in a fight?  Not with a roundhouse right, but with the almost effortless neck pinch. What would alien spirituality look like? Meditative and introspective, of course. A great storyteller, with a wry sense of humor, Leonard gently inserted self-deprecating wit into a larger than life role …

    February 27, 2015 9:57 pm
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Odd News

  • Lupita Nyong’o’s $150,000 Oscar gown returned by thief via TMZ


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The $150,000 Oscar gown worn by actress Lupita Nyong’o that was stolen two days ago was returned on Friday by the thief, who tipped off celebrity news site TMZ.com after finding out that the pearls on the dress were fake. TMZ said the thief took the Calvin Klein dress from Nyong’o’s hotel room on Wednesday after finding the door ajar. The Kenyan actress had worn the dress adorned with 6,000 pearls to Sunday’s Academy Awards in one of the most commented looks of the night. The thief and others removed two pearls from the dress and took them to the Garment District in downtown Los Angeles where they were told they were not real, according to TMZ. The thief then took the dress back to the London West Hollywood hotel and told TMZ it was in a garment bag inside a trash bag in a bathroom. TMZ then tipped off the …

    February 27, 2015 9:16 pm
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