• N Korea seeks joint Sony hack probe

    N Korea seeks joint Sony hack probe

    20 December 2014 Last updated at 11:23 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Sony Pictures CEO: “We have not given in” North Korea has offered to hold a joint inquiry with the...
  • Stars get by Flames with 2nd-period strikes

    Calgary, AB (SportsNetwork.com) – Jamie Benn and Trevor Daley scored in the second period and the Dallas Stars held on to top the Calgary Flames, 2-1, at the Saddledome. Kari Lehtonen halted 21 pucks and...
  • ‘Colbert Report’ says goodbye with record ratings

    ‘Colbert Report’ says goodbye with record ratings

      The Colbert Nation tuned in big time to say goodbye to “The Colbert Report.” On Thursday, 2.5 million viewers watched as Stephen Colbert ended his very popular satirical news show, “The Colbert Report.” This...
  • NYPD suspends officer seen punching teen

    The New York Police Department suspended a police officer Friday who was seen in a video punching a 16-year-old who was under arrest. The teenager was arrested for allegedly attack another person with a cane...
  • Harrison guides St. John’s past St. Mary’s

    Queens, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – D’Angelo Harrison posted 21 points to guide No. 20 St. John’s to a 53-47 victory over St. Mary’s on Friday. Sir’Dominic Pointer gave 11 points and 11 rebounds and Chris Obekpa...

Headline News

  • Protesters from both sides of policing controversy face off in NYC


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Scores of protesters denouncing police violence against non-whites rallied alongside dozens of supporters of New York City police officers on Friday in a tense standoff outside City Hall that comes amid weeks of mostly peaceful protests. It was one of the first counter-rallies by police supporters since the chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man killed when officers were attempting to arrest him in July. The killing set off a wave of protests against the treatment of minority groups by police. On Friday about 100 pro-police demonstrators gathered on a sidewalk in lower Manhattan, separated from dozens of opposing protesters by a metal barricade. A contingent of uniformed officers cast a wary eye over the encounter. There was no violence. Jim and Kathleen Hall, 52 and 56, joined the rally to show support for their sons, one of whom is a New York police officer while the other is attending …

    December 20, 2014 5:34 am
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Politics

  • Ex-NYC councilman loses bid for new corruption trial


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former New York City Councilman Larry Seabrook lost a bid for a new trial on Friday after a federal judge rejected his claim that his brother and aide were excluded from watching jury selection. U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel in Manhattan ruled that no one was excluded and said that a request by U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts and her deputy clerk for members of the public to vacate their seats meant “make room for the jurors.” “An instruction to vacate the seats is not tantamount to an instruction to vacate the courtroom,” he wrote. Margaret Shalley, Seabrook’s lawyer, said she would seek further review from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Seabrook, 63, was sentenced in 2013 to five years in prison after being found guilty on charges that he illegally steered funds intended for community development to his girlfriend and relatives. An earlier trial in 2011 ended in …

    December 20, 2014 3:54 am
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Stocks

  • ‘Colbert Report’ says goodbye with record ratings


      The Colbert Nation tuned in big time to say goodbye to “The Colbert Report.” On Thursday, 2.5 million viewers watched as Stephen Colbert ended his very popular satirical news show, “The Colbert Report.” This made the finale the most-watched episode in the show’s history. And that number may even grow considering that “The Report” was shown at 11:30 at night, and many viewers may watch the sendoff days later thanks to their DVRs. After nine years, Colbert said goodbye to his patriotic pundit persona in grand fashion. First by killing his guest, The Grim Reaper AKA Grimmy, and then riding off into the night with Santa Claus, Abraham Lincoln and Jeopardy’s Alex Trebek. However, Colbert wasn’t the only one who said goodbye to the character. In a nearly five-minute sing along to “We’ll Meet Again,” Colbert was joined by a stage full of people singing Colbert’s persona off into the sunset. This included the …

    December 20, 2014 4:54 am
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Sports

  • Stars get by Flames with 2nd-period strikes


    Calgary, AB (SportsNetwork.com) – Jamie Benn and Trevor Daley scored in the second period and the Dallas Stars held on to top the Calgary Flames, 2-1, at the Saddledome. Kari Lehtonen halted 21 pucks and Cody Eakin added a pair of assists for the Stars, winners in three straight and four of five. Mark Giordano lit the lamp for the Flames, who have lost seven straight games. Jonas Hiller played well in defeat, making 19 saves. “These are the tough lessons but I think it’s going to make us stronger,” said Flames coach Bob Hartley. Calgary’s first goal of the night came with 1:15 left before the second intermission as Giordano collected a clearing attempt along the left-wing boards, fired away from the blue line and beat Lehtonen with a floater. Hiller came to the bench for an extra attacker in the final 1:44, and Tyler Seguin put the puck into the empty net on …

    December 20, 2014 5:34 am
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World News

  • N Korea seeks joint Sony hack probe


    20 December 2014 Last updated at 11:23 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Sony Pictures CEO: “We have not given in” North Korea has offered to hold a joint inquiry with the United States into a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, strongly denying US claims that it is behind it. The North’s foreign ministry accused the US government of “spreading groundless allegations” and said a probe would refute the allegations. The attack and subsequent threats against cinemas led Sony to cancel the release of The Interview, a satire. It includes the fictional assassination of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un. The film had been due to open on Christmas Day. But Sony said it was considering releasing it “on a different platform”. The FBI said on Friday that the Pyongyang government was responsible. But on Saturday, the North Korean foreign ministry said: “As the United States is spreading groundless allegations and slandering us, we …

    December 20, 2014 5:35 am
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Technology

  • On the road: Smart ebike – bike review


    I have an irrational dislike of Smart cars. They’re always tricking me in the multi-storey near work. I arrive after everyone with proper jobs, when all the prime spots have gone. Often, I’ll think I’ve struck lucky, only to find one of these toy-mobiles nestling smugly near the back of what looked like an empty space. From the same German stable (Mercedes) comes the Smart ebike, which couldn’t hide in any bike shed. It’s not much smaller than a sit-up-and-beg Dutch beast and its space-age frame is painted an attention-seeking white and green. At 26.1kg, it’s the heaviest bike I’ve ever ridden, much heftier than my favourite ebike, the Gocycle, which is “only” 16.1kg. It’s not a problem when buzzing along, unless the battery dies – in which case, I hope you’re wearing a wicking fabric. But even getting this clodhopper over the two steps into my house was a mission. The prime targets for ebikes are those too …

    December 20, 2014 4:15 am
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Science

  • Early exposure to antidepressants affects adult anxiety and serotonin transmission


    Related images(click to enlarge) About 15 percent of women in the United States suffer from anxiety disorders and depression during their pregnancies, and many are prescribed antidepressants. However little is known about how early exposure to these medications might affect their offspring as they mature into adults. The answer to that question is vital, as 5 percent of all babies born in the U.S. — more than 200,000 a year — are exposed to antidepressants during gestation via transmission from their mothers. Now, a UCLA team has studied early developmental exposure to two different antidepressants, Prozac and Lexapro, in a mouse model that mimics human third trimester medication exposure. They found that, although these serotonin-selective reuptake inhibiting antidepressants (SSRIs) were thought to work the same way, they did not produce the same long-term changes in anxiety behavior in the adult mice. The mice exposed to Lexapro had permanent changes in serotonin neurotransmission and were less …

    December 20, 2014 4:15 am
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Health

  • Child being observed at Chicago hospital to rule out Ebola


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – A child who arrived in Chicago with a fever was under observation on Friday at a city hospital to rule out the Ebola virus, hospital officials said. Federal officials screening arriving passengers at O’Hare International Airport detected the fever, but no other symptoms of the disease, the University of Chicago Medical Center said in a statement. The patient was isolated under strict quarantine protocols until the child’s condition improves and a diagnosis is established, the hospital said. The child was in stable condition. The hospital gave no details on the child, including age, gender or where the patient flew from, citing patient privacy laws. The medical center said later in the day that the child remained in stable condition, without giving any information on whether the patient had been infected. “There is no threat to the public, our staff and our patients,” it said. The University of Chicago Medical Center is one …

    December 20, 2014 4:14 am
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Entertainment

  • Kim And Khloe Kardashian’s Butts Are Out Of Kontrol For Trip To Cosmetic Surgery Center


    Posted on Fri Dec 19th, 2014 3:50pm PDT       By X17 Staff Is it just us — or are their butts getting bigger?! Accompanied by slim sister Kendall Jenner, curvy reality stars Kim and Khloe Kardashian showed off their news-making derrieres when they wore their bodycon ensembles for a family trip to Epione, a cosmetic surgery center. According to the company’s website, “Epione, located in the heart of Beverly Hills, is one of the most comprehensive, state of the art laser and aesthetic surgery centers of its kind in the world.” Just in case you didn’t think Kimbo and her sisters had had any work done — you’d be wrong! We wonder if Epione is pumping up those bums of theirs — because the Kardashian sisters’ bottoms are out of control these days!   SEE THE GALLERY The Kardashian Sisters Pamper Themselves At Cosmetic Surgery Center Stories from around the Web

    December 20, 2014 3:54 am
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Editorial

  • High School: Islamic vocabulary lesson part of Common Core standards


    Parents in Farmville, North Carolina want to know why their children were given a Common Core vocabulary assignment in an English class that promoted the Prophet Muhammad and the Islamic faith. “It really caught me off guard,” a Farmville Central High School student who was in the class told me. “If we are not allowed to talk about any other religions in school – how is this appropriate?” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Islamic vocabulary worksheet was assigned to seniors. “I was reading it and it caught me off guard,” the student told me. “I just looked at it and knew something was not right – so I emailed the pages to my mom.” I asked the school district to provide me with a copy of vocabulary worksheets that promoted the Jewish, Hindu and Christian faiths. The school district did not reply. “In the following exercises, you will have the opportunity to expand your vocabulary by reading …

    December 20, 2014 4:14 am
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Odd News

  • Canadian driver jailed for deaths caused by stopping for ducks


    OTTAWA (Reuters) – A Canadian woman was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Thursday for causing two deaths in 2010 when she stopped her car on a Quebec highway to help a group of ducklings crossing the road. Emma Czornobaj had been convicted in June of two counts each of criminal negligence and dangerous driving causing death. According to media reports on Thursday, Czornobaj stopped her car abruptly in the passing lane of a highway south of Montreal when she saw the ducklings. The motorcycle behind Czornobaj’s car then crashed into her vehicle, killing the 50-year-old man driving the motorcycle and his 16-year-old daughter. “I just wanted to pick all these ducklings up and put them in my car,” Czornobaj had testified during her trial. “I know it was a mistake.” The jail time will be served on the weekends. Czornobaj was also sentenced to 240 hours of community service, probation and banned from …

    December 18, 2014 3:58 pm
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