Headline News

  • Obama reveals experiences with racism: magazine interview


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – As national protests over the death of unarmed black men by white police officers pushed race relations to the top of the headlines, President Barack Obama revealed his own experiences of racism including being mistaken for a waiter and a parking valet. In an interview with People magazine published on Wednesday, Obama and his wife Michelle Obama said that before moving into the White House nearly six years ago, they faced prejudice, stereotyping and had trouble catching taxis. “There is no black male my age, who’s a professional, who hasn’t come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn’t hand them their car keys,” President Obama told the magazine, adding that this had happened to him. Michelle Obama recounted another incident at a gala dinner when someone asked Obama, who was dressed in a tuxedo, to get him coffee. She also recalled a visit to the …

    December 17, 2014 4:07 pm
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Politics

  • Republican ousts ex-Gabby Giffords aide in recount for U.S. House seat


    TUCSON, Ariz. (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Ron Barber, an Arizona Democrat and former aide to Gabrielle Giffords, has officially lost his re-election bid to the Republican challenger in November’s congressional elections, a judge certified on Wednesday. A superior court judge declared Martha McSally, a retired Air Force colonel and a pioneer of women’s combat aviation in the 1990s, the winner after a state-mandated recount showed she won by 167 votes in the Nov. 4 election. “There’s no getting around that this was an incredibly close and hard-fought race. After what’s been a long campaign season, it’s time to come together and heal our community,” McSally said in a statement. This was the last seat still being contested following the mid-term elections and gives the Republicans a 247-188 majority in the next House of Representatives. Barber, who has served in Congress since a 2012 special election to replace Giffords, congratulated McSally in a statement and thanked …

    December 17, 2014 3:26 pm
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Stocks

  • Releasing ‘The Interview’ on demand may be Sony’s best option


      “The Interview” got into trouble thanks to the Internet. But the Internet might be able to save it as well. Late Wednesday, Sony (SNE) canceled the film’s planned Christmas Day premiere in theaters. But there’s still a way to show the controversial Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy. Sony could just release it on Netflix and via on-demand pay-TV services like Comcast (CCV). “Sony should fight fire with fire: Make ‘The Interview’ available online, for free, on every pirate site in the world. In HD,” said Digital Disrupton author James McQuivey in a tweet to CNN’s Brian Stelter. Plenty of studios release straight to streaming and pay-TV all the time, but usually with smaller, low-budget films. “The Interview” is expected to make big money at the box office. For instance, the sequel to the 2000 hit “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” is slated to be released simultaneously in theaters and on Netflix (NFLX, Tech30) in …

    December 17, 2014 4:27 pm
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Sports

  • FIFA ethics investigator Garcia resigns in protest


    MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) – FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigned on Wednesday in protest at the way his report into allegations of corruption in awarding the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments to Russia and Qatar was handled by the soccer governing body’s ethics judge. Former U.S. prosecutor Garcia said in a statement that he had lost confidence in the independence of the ethics committee’s adjudicatory chamber after judge Hans-Joachim Eckert issued a 42-page statement in November based on the report. The credibility of Zurich-based FIFA’s ability to police itself has been questioned inside the sport and Garcia’s comments appeared to deal another blow to the organization. It has been fending off corruption allegations since the Gulf state was awarded the 2022 tournament four years ago. Qatar has denied the allegations. Garcia, whose report has not been made public, said it was “the lack of leadership” on ethics issues within FIFA “that leads me to …

    December 17, 2014 4:07 pm
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World News

  • Farc rebels declare unilateral truce


    17 December 2014 Last updated at 21:50 The conflict has left some 220,000 people dead since it began in the 1960s Colombia’s Farc rebels have declared a unilateral ceasefire for an indefinite period, starting from Saturday. The leftist rebels said the truce should become a formal armistice and would only end if they were attacked. The announcement was made in Cuba, where the Farc has been holding peace talks with the Colombian government. President Juan Manuel Santos has so far refused to suspend military action, saying the rebels would use a bilateral truce to rearm and regroup. The peace talks in Cuba – which began in 2012 – are aimed at ending five decades of conflict that has killed an estimated 220,000 people. ‘Renewed pressure’ “We have resolved to declare a unilateral ceasefire and end hostilities for an indefinite period of time, which should be transformed into an armistice,” the Farc said in a statement. …

    December 17, 2014 4:07 pm
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Technology

  • Monosyllabic Yo app gets more talkative for the holidays


    The Yo messaging app is getting festive for the holidays. Anthony Domanico/CNET The social-messaging app Yo is getting a festive update for the holidays that lets users send friends a ho ho ho for the ho ho holidays. Instead of hearing the traditional “yo” sound, Yo users who receive Yos from their Yo friends on December 24 and 25 will hear a high-pitched ” ho ho ho.” Sure, it doesn’t really add any features to Yo, but it’s a fun update from a company trying to do messaging differently. Now that Yo has opened the doors to holiday-themed Yos, we can only imagine what Yo might have up its sleeve next. Maybe “auld lang syne” for New Year’s Eve; “Boo” for Halloween; R2-D2 beeping for Star Wars Day; or my personal favorite, “Yo ho ho” for Talk Like a Pirate Day (hat tip to CNET’s Jeff Sparkman on that last one).

    December 17, 2014 3:47 pm
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Science

  • For Sale: “Your Name Here” in a Prestigious Science Journal


    Klaus Kayser has been publishing electronic journals for so long he can remember mailing them to subscribers on floppy disks. His 19 years of experience have made him keenly aware of the problem of scientific fraud. In his view, he takes extraordinary measures to protect the journal he currently edits, Diagnostic Pathology. For instance, to prevent authors from trying to pass off microscope images from the Internet as their own, he requires them to send along the original glass slides. Despite his vigilance, however, signs of possible research misconduct have crept into some articles published in Diagnostic Pathology. Six of the 14 articles in the May 2014 issue, for instance, contain suspicious repetitions of phrases and other irregularities. When Scientific American informed Kayser, he was apparently unaware of the problem. “Nobody told this to me,” he says. “I’m very grateful to you.” Diagnostic Pathology, which is owned by Springer, is considered to be a reputable …

    December 17, 2014 3:47 pm
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Health

  • Prop plane pilots exposed to tanning-bed radiation levels


    Reuters Health – Flying for an hour at 30,000 feet exposes pilots to as much ultraviolet radiation as they would get from 20 minutes in a tanning bed, according to a new study. “We performed UV measurement at the pilot seats inside a general aviation plane,” measuring the cosmic radiation coming through the windshield, said Dr. Martina Sanlorenzo who coauthored the new research letter. Sanlorenzo, of the dermatology department at Mount Zion Cancer Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco, and her team recently published an analysis of past research concluding that pilots and cabin crew have approximately twice the incidence of melanoma compared to the general population (see Reuters Health article of September 14, 2014 here: reut.rs/1qtoT5a). “Our meta-analysis showed an increased risk of melanoma in cabin crew too,” including flight attendants, Sanlorenzo said. “However, the role of UV radiation in melanoma risk could be more important for pilots, who are seated …

    December 17, 2014 3:46 pm
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Entertainment

  • Justin Bieber Gets Into A Nerf Gun War With Kendall Jenner And Hailey Baldwin


    Posted on Wed Dec 17th, 2014 11:50am PDT       By X17 Staff All these three do is hang out with each other lately! Justin Bieber got into an intense nerf gun war with pals Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin yesterday, and the girls certainly looked sexy as they posed alongside the The Biebs in his Instagram shot. “@kendalljenner why the need for two guns fool and @haileybaldwin good work today we were killin everyone. #nerfwars,” the singer captioned the photo. The Canadian sensation has denied dating either of the models, but that doesn’t mean his ex Selena Gomez isn’t having a complete breakdown over losing him! The “Come Get It” songstress recently threw a fit at bestie Taylor Swift’s 25th birthday, crying over JB while the rest of the partygoers looked on with pity. “She shouted, ‘No one understands me! My boyfriend doesn’t even understand me’,” an insider tells Us Weekly, adding that bystanders — including guest …

    December 17, 2014 3:26 pm
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Editorial

  • Taxation and Income Inequality: How Ferris Bueller’s pals grew up to run the government


    Dec. 9, 2014: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP) “Anyone know what this is? Class? Anyone… anyone? Anyone seen this before?” In the classic teen film, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” the dorky economics teacher played exquisitely by Ben Stein answers his own question posed to his comatose high school class. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “The Laffer Curve. Anyone know what this says? It says that at this point on the revenue curve you will get exactly the same amount of revenue as at this point.” You hear the excruciating screech of chalk on the blackboard, but never actually see the bell curve being drawn. Instead, the camera focuses on a passed out kid drooling all over his desk. Too bad. Apparently, those somnolent slackers — “pals” of Ferris– grew up to run the government. The Tax Curve According to legend, 40 years ago economist Arthur Laffer sketched out …

    December 17, 2014 11:44 am
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Odd News

  • Over 20,000 bras recalled in Japan due to injury fears


    TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese lingerie maker is recalling more than 20,000 brassieres after complaints that underwires suddenly poked out, sometimes while women were wearing them. The Japanese division of lingerie maker Triumph International, which has made a name for itself with concept lingerie such as a solar-powered bra and an “Abenomics” bra that honored Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic revival plan, said they took the move due to fears of injury. “We are sorry for the bother, but we ask customers to stop using the bras immediately,” the company said in a statement, adding that it deeply apologized and would take steps to prevent a recurrence. The recall applies to roughly 22,000 bras ranging in cost from 5,600 to 6,200 yen($48 to $53)and sold only in Japan, a company spokeswoman said. There have been no reports of injuries from the defect, which caused the tips of the underwires to protrude from holes in the …

    December 16, 2014 11:38 pm
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