• Djokovic reigns supreme at Australian Open

    MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic may have garnered a reputation as the crown prince of pranksters in tennis but on Sunday he firmly established him as the king of Melbourne’s blue hardcourts with his fifth...
  • Reporter Peter Greste freed by Egypt

    Reporter Peter Greste freed by Egypt

    1 February 2015 Last updated at 15:31 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Richard Galpin reports on how Peter Greste ended up in jail Jailed al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste has...
  • Murray under microscope after Melbourne Park meltdown

    MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Andy Murray blamed Novak Djokovic’s physical problems in their Australian Open final on Sunday for throwing him off his game but that could hardly explain the meltdown that saw the Scot lose...
  • The shotgun silencer: Not really silent

    The shotgun silencer: Not really silent

      This is the thing about gun silencers: They’re not really silent. They’re not even what you would call quiet. Unless you consider jackhammers to be quiet. That’s why the gun industry prefers to call...
  • Egypt ‘freeing jailed Peter Greste’

    Egypt ‘freeing jailed Peter Greste’

    1 February 2015 Last updated at 14:24 Jailed al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is being deported from Egypt, the state news agency and police say. The Australian ex-BBC correspondent was arrested in December 2013 and imprisoned...
  • Djokovic captures fifth Aussie Open title

    Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) – Novak Djokovic captured a men’s Open Era-record fifth Australian Open title on Sunday by defeating rival Andy Murray in the final in Melbourne. The world No. 1 great secured his fourth...

Headline News

  • California suffers dry January, prolonging devastating drought


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California has experienced one of the driest Januarys on record, and the lack of rain during a time of year when the weather is usually wet indicates the state is likely headed for a fourth straight year of drought, officials said. A prolonged drought could portend further economic and environmental setbacks for the nation’s most populous state, which has already lost both crops and jobs to the dry weather. The state’s driest January on record was in 1984, when the 30-day average precipitation in the state reached 0.33 of an inch (0.84 cm), under one method used to gauge rainfall statewide, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Mathews. With the official measurement of this January’s rainfall coming within a few days, it is shaping up to be the fourth driest January on record in the state, Mathews said. The low rainfall combined with warmer-than-average temperatures have resulted in a meager snow …

    February 1, 2015 9:33 am
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Politics

  • Struggling with the language of terrorism


    By JULIE PACE January 31, 2015 President Barack Obama(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Twice this month, the White House has publicly grappled with the politically fraught language of terrorism. In the days after a deadly terror spree in Paris, President Barack Obama was criticized for purposely avoiding calling the attacks an example of “Islamic extremism,” settling for the more generic “violent extremism.” This week, the White House struggled to explain why the administration sometimes classifies the Afghan Taliban as a terrorist organization — and sometimes does not. The rhetorical wrangling underscores the extent to which a president who pledged to end his predecessor’s war on terror is still navigating how to explain the threats that persist to the American public, while also being mindful of the impact his words can have abroad. “They do believe that the part of the roots of terrorism comes from the way the United States acts and talks and is perceived globally,” …

    February 1, 2015 6:51 am
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Stocks

  • The shotgun silencer: Not really silent


      This is the thing about gun silencers: They’re not really silent. They’re not even what you would call quiet. Unless you consider jackhammers to be quiet. That’s why the gun industry prefers to call them suppressors, because they suppress, rather than silence, the deafening blast of a gunshot. It’s definitely not like in the movies, where silencers are as quiet as a whisper. That hasn’t stopped companies from making new silencers. The latest one, made for shotguns is from SilencerCo of West Valley City, Utah. The company demonstrated the silencer to CNNMoney at a shooting range during the Shot Show, a gun industry conference in Las Vegas last month. Related: Gun silencer sales are booming The noise generated by the shotgun when fired was 155 decibels, as measured by SilencerCo. The American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association rates that level as “painful” and compares it to “fireworks at three feet.” CNNMoney then fired the shotgun fitted with its …

    February 1, 2015 9:12 am
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Sports

  • Djokovic reigns supreme at Australian Open


    MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic may have garnered a reputation as the crown prince of pranksters in tennis but on Sunday he firmly established him as the king of Melbourne’s blue hardcourts with his fifth Australian Open title. The 27-year-old Serb, limping from two slips on court, breathing heavily and battling a “physical crisis”, overcame a fired-up Andy Murray 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-3 6-0 to clinch his fourth Australian title in the past five years. It was his eighth grand slam title overall. He also overcame a slight shift in momentum in the second set when security staff had to remove a group of people, two of whom managed to jump on court but did not get near the players, protesting Australia’s policy on refugees. “We both, of course, went through some tough moments physically,” Djokovic said. “I went through the physical crisis in the matter of 20 minutes… end of the second, beginning of the …

    February 1, 2015 10:14 am
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World News

  • Reporter Peter Greste freed by Egypt


    1 February 2015 Last updated at 15:31 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Richard Galpin reports on how Peter Greste ended up in jail Jailed al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste has been deported from Egypt, state media say, and is reportedly on a flight to Cyprus. The Australian ex-BBC correspondent was arrested in December 2013 and imprisoned last June on charges that included spreading false news. He was jailed with two other al-Jazeera men – Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed. Presidential sources said Mr Fahmy would be deported to Canada after his dual Egyptian nationality was dropped. All the defendants denied the charges against them and said their trial was a sham. They were accused of collaborating with the banned Muslim Brotherhood after the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi by the military in 2013. The three men said they were simply reporting the news. Al-Jazeera tweeted that it welcomed Peter Greste’s …

    February 1, 2015 9:33 am
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Technology

  • Qualcomm’s mobile dominance shaken from loss of flagship phone


    Qualcomm has been facing difficulty lately, but analysts say the company still has a chance to turn things around. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Qualcomm had a lousy week. Actually, it’s been a lousy couple of months. Just as the world’s largest maker of mobile chips has been facing rumors that its new top-of-the-line chip has overheating problems, Qualcomm on Wednesday disclosed that it expects a major customer to opt out of using that chip for an upcoming flagship smartphone — widely believed to be Samsung and its next Galaxy S smartphone. The loss, among other problems, was significant enough that Qualcomm was forced to cut its annual revenue forecast by $800 million. This caps off months of hand-wringing over an ongoing antimonopoly investigation in China. All that negativity drove Qualcomm’s stock down 12 percent at the end of the week, with the company losing about $14 billion in market value. The latest stumble from the San …

    February 1, 2015 6:52 am
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Science

  • Can Science Solve the Mystery of “Deflategate”?


    Physicist Wanted: On Monday a law firm helping the National Football League investigate the New England Patriots for possible cheating brought out the big scientific guns, calling for Columbia University physicists’ help. They needed to determine the extent that the weather conditions at the American Football Conference Championship game on January 18 could have impacted a football’s internal pressure and whether it could be to blame for 11 of 12 Patriots footballs being suspiciously underinflated during their trouncing of the Indiana Colts. Apparently, nobody’s stepped up yet in an official capacity, but plenty of professional and Monday-morning scientists have taken to the Web to offer their own analyses.   The basic facts, of which I’ve been blissfully and willfully unaware until now: During the AFC championship game between the Patriots and the Colts—that determined which team would go on to the Super Bowl, and which the Pats won by a large margin, 45–7—officials found that …

    February 1, 2015 6:53 am
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Health

  • In pursuit of next-generation Ebola stockpile vaccines


    LONDON (Reuters) – As West Africa’s devastating Ebola outbreak begins to dwindle, scientists are looking beyond the endgame at the kind of next-generation vaccines needed for a vital stockpile to hit another epidemic hard and fast. Determined not to lose scientific momentum that could make the world’s first effective Ebola interventions a reality, researchers say the shots, as well as being proven to work, must be cheap, easy to handle in Africa and able to hit multiple virus strains. That may mean shifting focus from the stripped-down, fast-tracked vaccine development ideas that have dominated the past six months, but it mustn’t mean the field gets bogged down in complexities. “We need a stockpile because there will be other outbreaks,” said Seth Berkley, chief executive of the GAVI global immunization alliance, which helps bulk-buy vaccines for poor countries. The experimental vaccines now moving into large clinical trials in West Africa target the current Ebola Zaire virus …

    February 1, 2015 6:51 am
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Entertainment

  • Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina discovered unresponsive in tub


    At 10:20 a.m. today, Brown’s husband, Nick Gordon, and a friend entered the home to find Brown facedown and unresponsive in the bathtub. More: Bobbi Kristina Brown is happily married to her ‘brother’ Nick Gordon According to Roswell police spokeswoman Officer Lisa Holland, Gordon’s friend called 911 while Gordon — unable to find a pulse — began administering CPR and continued to do so until police and paramedics arrived on the scene and took over life-saving measures. Brown, 21, was taken to North Fulton Hospital, where she was last reported alive. Although detectives do not at this time believe foul play was involved, officers remained on scene at Brown’s home late into the afternoon, trying to determine the cause of events leading up to the incident. The news is hauntingly familiar. It comes less than two weeks shy of the third anniversary of the death of Brown’s mother, iconic entertainer Whitney Houston. On Feb. 11, …

    January 31, 2015 11:06 pm
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Editorial

  • Obama, Netanyahu and Iran: Why Israel’s leader won’t back down on Congress speech


    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been invited by House Speaker John Boehner to address a joint session of Congress. It will be an occasion for Netanyahu to deliver his views on the nuclear deal with Iran that the White House and its European partners are attempting to craft. It is a deal Netanyahu does not like or trust. President Obama wants the speech canceled. He has made it clear that he won’t meet with Netanyahu. His senior officials are telling journalists, off the record, that a speech by Bibi could wreck Israeli-American relations, leave the Jewish state friendless and veto-less at the U.N. and unprotected from the aggression of the ayatollahs in Tehran. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Unlike the American president, Bibi can’t afford to simply hope for the best. For almost two decades he has been obsessed with what could happen to his country if the ayatollahs get their hands on the strategic weapons to carry out their deranged …

    January 31, 2015 2:39 pm
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Odd News

  • Secretary of State Kerry fined for not shoveling by Boston home


    BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was slapped with a $50 fine for failing to have a side street adjoining his Boston home shoveled following the blizzard that dropped more than 2 feet (60 cm) of snow on Massachusetts this week, a spokesman said on Friday. The fine was issued on Thursday after a snow-removal company hired by Kerry and his neighbors in the city’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood saw yellow tape blocking the sidewalk alongside the home and thought it was related to security for the top U.S. diplomat. The tape had been put up to warn pedestrians of falling ice and snow, said Kerry’s spokesman, Glen Johnson. “Once they understood that they were allowed to enter the area, the contractors finished the sidewalk late Thursday morning,” he said. Kerry was in Saudi Arabia with President Barack Obama to attend the funeral of King Abdullah and meet with his successor, King …

    January 30, 2015 10:31 pm
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