Headline News

  • Protesters target Black Friday sales in Ferguson


    FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri began targeting Black Friday sales at major retailers overnight in a new tactic to vent their anger at a grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen. Kicking off their latest strategy inside a Walmart in another nearby suburb of St. Louis, about 75 demonstrators protested peacefully, chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot!”, bemusing bargain-hunters pushing their brimming shopping carts. They dispersed peacefully when ordered by a small group of police, moving on to a Target store where they staged a similar demonstration. More protests were planned for Friday. Ferguson became a flashpoint for often troubled U.S. race relations after officer Darren Wilson shot dead Michael Brown on Aug. 9. The U.S. Justice Department is probing possible civil rights abuses, and President Barack Obama has called for reflection on the difficulties minorities face in the country. The grand jury’s …

    November 28, 2014 2:13 am
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Politics

  • Romney tops Republican poll for ’16; ahead of Clinton in election


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mitt Romney, the Republican Party’s unsuccessful presidential nominee in 2012, leads the field for the 2016 election among Republican voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday. The former Massachusetts governor would have a slight edge over potential Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by 45 percent to 44 percent in a general election, the poll found. Among possible Republican candidates, Romney’s 19 percent put him ahead of former Florida governor Jeb Bush with 11 percent, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Ben Carson each with 8 percent each, and U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky with 6 percent. Carson, a former neurosurgeon with no political experience, is a conservative commentator and author of “One Nation,” which topped the New York Times best-seller list in June. U.S. Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee all had 5 percent, …

    November 27, 2014 10:23 pm
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Stocks

  • How to become wealthy: It’s simpler than most ‘experts’ say


      Ask any honest financial planner how to become wealthy, and they’ll tell you the simple act of saving money is far, far more important than picking the next hot stock. So I was surprised when I came upon an article from The Billfold titled “You Don’t Get Wealthy from Savings.” The article was so wrought with pessimistic thinking and ridiculous assumptions that I couldn’t help but debunk the most alarming. Hopefully, by the end of the piece, you’ll see that saving — and some easy steps toward investing — is key to becoming wealthy. Related: Warren Buffett Tells You How to Turn $40 Into $10 Million Problem No. 1: Saving 3% isn’t how you become wealthy I’ll tackle the easiest problem first. The article said that if you have the median household income of $51,939, and you’re saving 3% of that income pre-tax, starting at age 30 and following suit until age 65, you’ll …

    November 28, 2014 1:32 am
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Sports

  • Taurean Prince scores 20 and Baylor pulls away from Memphis for 71-47 win in Las Vegas


    LAS VEGAS –  Taurean Prince scored 20 with five rebounds and Royce O’Neale added 16 to lead Baylor past Memphis 71-47 in the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational Thursday night. Baylor (5-0) held Memphis to 19 percent (4 of 21) from the field in the second half to advance to the championship game against Illinois (5-0) Friday night. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In the second half, the Bears outscored the Tigers 42-15. After the Bears trailed 35-29 with 19:44 left in the game, they outscored Memphis 33-7 in the next 12-plus minutes. Baylor’s lead never got below 19 in the final 5 minutes and grew to as many as 24. Pookie Powell led the Tigers (1-2) with 13 points. In the second half, Memphis also was outrebounded 29-12. The Tigers shot 12 of 16 in the first half, including 5 of 9 from 3-point range.

    November 28, 2014 1:32 am
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World News

  • India relaxes visas to boost tourism


    28 November 2014 Last updated at 06:24 The scheme is an attempt to boost tourism Tourists from the US, Australia, Brazil, Germany and Japan are now able to get visas on arrival in India after its limited scheme was extended. Visitors from 43 countries no longer have to queue up at local consulates, but can instead apply for their visas online and collect them at airports. The country received 6.58 million tourists in 2012, far fewer than Asian countries like Thailand and Malaysia. Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma said the change would be boost to the industry. The scheme was “a dream come true for the entire tourism industry of India and is bound to positively impact the economy,” he said in a statement. “The government’s objective is to boost tourism and this scheme’s implementation will send out a clear message that India is serious about making travel to the country easy.” India previously offered visas-on-arrival …

    November 28, 2014 1:32 am
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Technology

  • Adam West: ‘If I didn’t love Batman, I’d be a little bit strange’


    Warner Bros. At 86 years of age, Adam West’s career in film and TV has spanned six decades. But if there’s one role he’ll always be best known for, it’s the eponymous Batman from the campy 1960s TV series. It’s a role that’s defined a lot of his career and one that he returns to in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, where he appears in a entire level that emulates the fun and feel of the TV show — complete with POW! and BAM! graphics, of course. He voices himself in each level for a hidden “Adam West in Peril” where players need to find Adam. And if that wasn’t enough, the entire original Batman series has been completely remastered for Blu-ray, with West contributing heavily to the over three hours of never-before-seen additional content. CNET spoke with Adam West about the game and this wildly enduring role. Back in 1968, did you think this …

    November 27, 2014 10:24 pm
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Science

  • Field-emission plug-and-play solution for microwave electron guns


    Related images(click to enlarge) On a quest to design an alternative to the two complex approaches currently used to produce electrons within microwave electron guns, a team of researchers from Euclid TechLabs and Argonne National Laboratory’s Center for Nanoscale Materials have demonstrated a plug-and-play solution capable of operating in this high-electric-field environment with a high-quality electron beam. Unfamiliar with microwave electron guns? Perhaps best known within the realm of X-ray sources, microwave electron guns provide a higher current and much higher quality electron beams than conventional DC guns. Beams of this sort are also used in free-electron lasers, synchrotrons, linear colliders and wakefield accelerator schemes. But the electron emission mechanisms involved — laser irradiation of materials (photocathodes) and heating of materials (thermionic cathodes) — tend to be complex, bulky or extremely expensive. To simplify the process, as the team describes in Applied Physics Letters, they turned to a third electron emission mechanism — field emission …

    November 27, 2014 10:45 pm
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Health

  • Needy patients to get new hips or knees for free next week


    (Reuters Health) – Excruciating hip pain forced 50-year-old Army veteran David Chalker to leave his machinist job two years ago, a decision that led to mounting debt, inability to afford health insurance and even a move into his in-laws’ home with his wife and three daughters. But his family is counting on one operation next week – entirely free of charge – to change the course of both his health and finances. The Long Island, New York resident is one of 120 patients scheduled for hip or knee replacement during the first week of December, provided by Operation Walk USA. The nonprofit organization is a coalition of 85 orthopedic surgeons in 23 states volunteering to operate on patients who do not qualify for government assistance but cannot afford surgery on their own. “I would have been in miserable pain for the next who knows how many years until I got enough money to get insurance,” …

    November 27, 2014 10:24 pm
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Entertainment

  • Julia Roberts Struggles To Juggle Her Purchases After Shopping Spree With Her Son


    Posted on Wed Nov 26th, 2014 12:05pm PDT       By X17 Staff Good thing she has a helper! Julia Roberts took home a massive haul after a shopping spree in Beverly Hills yesterday, and her son Henry was on hand to assist with the heavy lifting on the way to the car. We don’t see much of the Pretty Woman star these days, but we did recently hear from her after the death of her director pal Mike Nichols. “There are so few heroes in our world. So few impeccable craftsmen, so few people who personify unconditional love and friendship. Mike Nichols was like no other. In every way he was remarkable and amazing. His musings were like pearls, his jokes were timeless and perfectly placed, his stories – detailed and wholly entertaining, his warm embrace was where you wanted to live forever,” she said in a statement to People. We will always love Miss Roberts!   …

    November 28, 2014 2:13 am
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Editorial

  • Thanksgiving: Cultivate an attitude of gratitude


    NATO soldiers have their Thanksgiving Day meals at the ISAF headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. This is the last Thanksgiving cerebration before the U.S. and NATO combat mission ends on Dec. 31 this year. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) If Thomas Jefferson could be faulted for one thing in composing the Declaration of Independence, it might be his inclusion of the words “the pursuit of happiness” in the text. Happiness is a vapor that cannot be grasped; a temporary feeling based on transitory circumstances akin to the euphoria of a full-on sugar rush. Happiness is good for a time, but it cannot last. Life invariably intervenes. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT So many seem so unthankful about so much these days. Turn on the TV or read a newspaper and you will find complainers. Democrats complain about Republicans and the reverse. The poor complain about the rich and the rich complain that they are being taxed too …

    November 27, 2014 2:19 pm
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Odd News

  • French farmers cry wolf over sheep killings


    PARIS (Reuters) – French farmers, who regularly bring livestock into Paris to punctuate their protests, drove some 250 sheep into the shadow of the Eiffel Tower on Thursday to highlight an unusual concern – that a growing wolf population is killing their flocks. Wolves were reintroduced to France in the 1990s under an international convention on wildlife conservation in Europe. There are now an estimated 300 wolves in the country and the number is growing each year. According to the French sheep organization (FNO), the number of animals they kill has risen too – by nearly two thirds since 2011 – and is likely to top 8,000 this year. “We are asking that wolves be removed from sheep breeding regions because they are incompatible with our work,” Michele Boudoin, secretary general of the French sheep organisation (FNO) said. She stressed that France’s “wolf plan”, which compensates farmers for sheep losses and pays for prevention measures …

    November 27, 2014 2:39 pm
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