• Milton Keynes Dons 1-1 Middlesbrough

    Milton Keynes Dons 1-1 Middlesbrough

    Middlesbrough forward Jordan Rhodes has now scored 12 goals in 28 games this season Middlesbrough moved to the top of the Championship as Jordan Rhodes’ first goal for the club earned a late draw against...
  • FBI ‘still can’t crack’ gunman’s phone

    FBI ‘still can’t crack’ gunman’s phone

    Image copyright AP Image caption Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook first met online US investigators are still unable to unlock a phone owned by one of the attackers involved in the shootings in San Bernardino...
  • Tech tackles the refugee crisis

    Tech tackles the refugee crisis

    There are nearly 1 million displaced Syrian children. Techfugees wants to use tech to improve things like education. Solving the refugee crisis should be a collaborative effort. That’s the message of a global grassroots nonprofit...
  • Dortmund fans protest at ticket prices

    Dortmund fans protest at ticket prices

    A banner in the Dortmund end says ‘fussball muss bezahlbar sein’, which translates as ‘football must be affordable’ Borussia Dortmund fans boycotted the first 20 minutes of their 3-1 German Cup quarter-final win at Stuttgart...
  • What Obama’s Cybersecurity Strategy Leaves Out

    What Obama’s Cybersecurity Strategy Leaves Out

    After a year of online megabreaches, President Obama on Tuesday proposed sharply increasing cybersecurity spending to $19 billion (from $14 billion) and released an executive order establishing a cybersecurity study commission. The president’s proposals include retiring antiquated federal servers and IT...

Headline News

  • U.S. judge deports Qatar military officer accused of enslaving servants


    SAN ANTONIO A U.S. judge ordered the immediate deportation on Tuesday of a Qatar military officer and his wife after they were accused of holding two female servants in slave-like conditions in their upscale San Antonio home. Hassan al-Homoud, 46, who received military training at San Antonio’s Camp Bullis, and his wife, Zainab al-Hosani, a citizen of the United Arab Emirates, pleaded guilty to federal charges in December. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia said he had hoped to hand down a harsher sentence than deportation in the case, since engaging in forced labor is a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison. But a plea agreement was offered to the couple because the servants – one from Bangladesh and the other from Indonesia – refused to testify against them. Homoud pleaded guilty in December to visa fraud while his wife pleaded guilty to knowing that a felony was taking place and failing to …

    February 9, 2016 5:42 pm
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Politics

  • Senate unanimously approves Myanmar ambassador nominee


    WASHINGTON The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed President Barack Obama’s nominee to be ambassador to Myanmar on Tuesday, after the administration assured lawmakers it would not rush to ease sanctions as the country moves from decades of military rule. The Senate voted 90-0 to confirm career diplomat Scot Marciel to the post in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Currently the principal deputy assistant secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Marciel has also been ambassador to Indonesia and served in Vietnam, the Philippines, Brazil and Turkey. Obama nominated Marciel to be his next envoy to Myanmar in October. His confirmation vote had been briefly delayed by concerns that the administration might ease sanctions before the country’s human rights situation improved. (Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Alan Crosby)

    February 9, 2016 4:42 pm
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Stocks

  • Tech tackles the refugee crisis


    There are nearly 1 million displaced Syrian children. Techfugees wants to use tech to improve things like education. Solving the refugee crisis should be a collaborative effort. That’s the message of a global grassroots nonprofit called Techfugees. Techfugees held its first U.S.-based event on Tuesday. Roughly 180 tech professionals gathered in New York City at Civic Hall. Attendees — who hailed from places like Warby Parker, Mastercard and General Assembly — had eight hours to work on tackling four aspects of refugee education, like enrollment barriers and language hurdles. “People don’t know how to take their compassion and turn it into action,” said Brian Reich, director at The Hive, an innovation lab that’s a part of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. “Our job is to move the refugee crisis into a frame people understand — into a product challenge.” Related: How to make Americans care about refugees Techfugees was founded in September, shortly …

    February 9, 2016 5:22 pm
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Sports

  • Milton Keynes Dons 1-1 Middlesbrough


    Middlesbrough forward Jordan Rhodes has now scored 12 goals in 28 games this season Middlesbrough moved to the top of the Championship as Jordan Rhodes’ first goal for the club earned a late draw against MK Dons. Dean Bowditch scuffed a shot under Boro keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos from a Kyle McFadzean pass to give Dons the lead. David Nugent squandered the chance to equalise after the break, poking wide with just David Martin to beat. But Rhodes secured a point for Boro in added time when he headed Ritchie de Laet’s cross over Martin. Named as a substitute for the second game in a row since moving from Blackburn Rovers for £9m, Rhodes came on to rescue a point for Boro when it seemed struggling MK Dons had secured a shock win. The result meant Boro moved a point clear of Hull City at the top, while the visitors also climbed a place – to …

    February 9, 2016 6:02 pm
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World News

  • FBI ‘still can’t crack’ gunman’s phone


    Image copyright AP Image caption Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook first met online US investigators are still unable to unlock a phone owned by one of the attackers involved in the shootings in San Bernardino last year, the FBI says. Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people in the Islamic State-inspired attack in California. A mobile phone belonging to Farook was recovered but FBI Director James Comey said encryption technology meant they had not been able to access it. Such technology was “overwhelmingly” affecting law enforcement, he warned. Mr Comey made the comments at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. “It affects cops and prosecutors and sheriffs and detectives trying to make murder cases, kidnapping cases, drugs cases. “It has an impact on our national security work but overwhelmingly this is a problem local law enforcement sees.” Privacy debate Tech firms increasingly use products that only the individual user can fully access. It …

    February 9, 2016 5:42 pm
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Technology

  • What Obama’s Cybersecurity Strategy Leaves Out


    After a year of online megabreaches, President Obama on Tuesday proposed sharply increasing cybersecurity spending to $19 billion (from $14 billion) and released an executive order establishing a cybersecurity study commission. The president’s proposals include retiring antiquated federal servers and IT systems and shaking up RD efforts to ensure that next-generation technologies are more secure from the start. But the plan has some big gaps. For one thing, while his new study commission includes a nod to national security in its mission statement, it does not explicitly include a mandate to create policies that will combat terrorists’ use of social networks for recruiting and spreading propaganda. Obama recently addressed this topic by developing a counterterrorism task force and meeting with Silicon Valley titans. But his newly announced initiatives imply a continued reliance on private-sector companies to enforce their terms of service. Last week, for example, Twitter announced it was greatly ramping up efforts to shut down ISIS-supporting accounts. Blocking such accounts is something Twitter …

    February 9, 2016 5:02 pm
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Science

  • Brain Activity for Attention and Memory Tasks Changes with the Seasons


    Seasonal variations play a major role in the animal kingdom—in reproduction, food availability, hibernation, even fur color. Whether this seasonality has such a significant influence on humans, however, is an open question. Its best-known association is with mood—that is, feeling down during the colder months and up in the summer—and, in extreme cases, seasonal depression, a phenomenon known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). A new study published in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences seeks to delve deeper into how human biology has adapted not only to day/night cycles (circadian rhythms) but to yearly seasonal patterns as well. Scientists have previously found seasonal variation in the levels and concentrations of certain compounds associated with mood (including dopamine and serotonin), conception and even mortality. Now for the first time, using functional MRI, “it’s [been] conclusively shown that cognition and the brain’s means of cognition are seasonal,” says neuroscientist Gilles Vandewalle of the University …

    February 9, 2016 3:42 pm
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Health

  • Better diet tied to less severe metabolic syndrome in teens


    (Reuters Health) – U.S. teens are eating healthier diets and showing less severe metabolic syndrome – a cluster of conditions like high blood pressure and elevated blood sugar that can lead to cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes – a new study suggests. Adolescents are consuming fewer calories and carbohydrates and more healthy unsaturated fats than they were more than a decade ago, the analysis of U.S. survey data found. Along with these shifts in eating habits, teens also developed increased levels “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol that helps purge blood vessels of debris and lower levels of triglycerides – dangerous fats that can make blood thicker, stickier and more prone to clots. “We found that the decrease in severity of the metabolic syndrome was driven by favorable changes in triglycerides and HDL cholesterol,” said senior study author Dr. Mark DeBoer of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. “This supports the important idea that changes to …

    February 9, 2016 4:22 pm
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Entertainment

  • This Colorado Woman Spent Thousands To Transform Into Disney Princesses — And She Looks Epic!


    Colorado native Sarah Ingle is such a HUGE fan of Disney’s iconic princesses that she’s spent thousands of dollars on her hobby — dressing up as them. The 25-year-old Denver based marketing manager has spent over $14,000 on 17 different dresses and 16 wigs, according to Cosmopolitan.com, in order to transform herself into nine different princesses. Ingle’s big brown eyes are perfect for the looks of the princesses, who include Elsa and Anna from the smash hit film “Frozen”, Belle from “Beauty and the Beast”, Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel from “The Little Mermaid”, Merida from “Brave”, Rapunzel from “Tangled” and Princess Aurora, better known as “Sleeping Beauty”. She often has to wear blue contact lenses to make things authentic, and she totally nails the look of them all! She charges $140 an hour for appearances at parties and also does a lot of volunteer work at senior centers and children’s hospitals, brightening peoples’ days.   …

    February 9, 2016 5:22 pm
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Editorial

  • Bernie Sanders seems to love Canada: Will you?


    Ted Cruz may have been born in Canada, but Bernie Sanders is the U.S. politician who seems most interested in Canadianizing his country via this 2016 election. So it’s a good idea to look at what the avowedly socialist Democratic contender is proposing, as it has played out across the northern U.S. border. Hint:  it’s expensive. Whether it is single-payer health care, or free tuition for post-secondary education,  paid family and medical leave for workers, or extensive public infrastructure projects, most of Sanders’ favorite solutions are  taken from the policy book of America’s friendly—and very much more left-wing– neighbor.  In some cases, Sanders is “Canadian-light,” putting forward proposals not as socialist as their Canadian equivalents.  In other cases, Sanders’ ideas are even more socialistic than their Canadian equivalents—though they tend in the same direction. Take his biggest ticket item: health care. Sanders estimates the system he espouses will cost an additional $1.4 trillion per year.  …

    February 9, 2016 3:02 pm
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Odd News

  • Do you want fries with that? Man charged with throwing alligator into fast food restaurant


    A Florida fast food restaurant got a customer it wasn’t expecting when a live alligator was tossed through a drive-thru window by a patron. Joshua James, 23, of Jupiter, Florida, had wanted to play a practical joke on a friend working at the Wendy’s restaurant in Royal Palm Beach when he decided to hurl the reptile into the building, his parents told local broadcaster WPTV. “It was a stupid prank,” Linda James said. James faces charges of aggravated assault, and unlawful possession and transportation of an alligator, WPTV said. The incident took place in October. James found the 3-foot alligator on the side of the road and led the reptile into his truck, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission incident report cited by the station. He drove to the Wendy’s restaurant and placed an order, received a drink at the drive-thru window, and then threw the alligator through the opening, it said. …

    February 9, 2016 8:01 am
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