• NZ remembers Jonah Lomu at memorial

    Media captionFormer Wesley College students performed a haka in memory of Jonah Lomu who went to the school A public memorial for New Zealand rugby great Jonah Lomu, who died earlier this month at 40,...
  • Brazilian state calls Zika fever alert

    Brazilian state calls Zika fever alert

    Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Aedes aegypti mosquito is found throughout tropical Africa and in parts of South America The Brazilian state of Pernambuco has declared a state of emergency to help speed...
  • I’ll never fight ‘fraud’ Haye

    I’ll never fight ‘fraud’ Haye

    “Justice prevailed, the better man won,” Haye said on his Twitter account in reference to the Klitschko v Fury fight World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury says he will never defend his titles against fellow Briton...
  • Pope reaches hardest day of Africa trip

    Pope reaches hardest day of Africa trip

    Image copyright AP Image caption Pope Francis visited a paediatric hospital in Bangui on Sunday Pope Francis is due to visit a mosque in the capital of the Central African Republic in what is being...
  • Starc will miss West Indies series

    Starc will miss West Indies series

    After suffering the foot injury Starc still batted in both innings, scoring vital runs in the three-wicket win Australia left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the upcoming three-Test series against West...
  • Fears for surfers missing in Mexico

    Fears for surfers missing in Mexico

    Fears are growing for two Australian surfers travelling through Mexico who have been missing since 20 November. Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman, both 33, were living in Edmonton, Canada and had driven down to Central...

Headline News

  • Police say 2 Lincoln officers shot; injuries not life threatening

    LINCOLN, Neb. –  Two Lincoln, Nebraska, police officers have been wounded in a shooting that began as a traffic stop. The Lincoln Police Department confirmed the shooting in a tweet, adding that their injuries were not life threatening. Police say they are searching for two people who fled the scene. The Lincoln Journal Star reported that one person may have been killed in the confrontation. Local resident Robert Lenzen told The Associated Press that he could hear the shooting from his home and saw a person down in the street. Lenzen said he was sitting in his living room watching television when he heard loud pops and police cars converged on the area.

    November 30, 2015 1:39 am


  • Trump cancels event with black pastors after other clergy raise concerns

    NEW YORK Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump has canceled a public event set for Monday where he had planned to announce endorsements from black pastors, after a group of African-American academics and clergy members urged them to reconsider, citing Trump’s “racially inaccurate … rhetoric.” Trump sent out word to media outlets last week that he would hold an early afternoon news conference Monday to announce the endorsement of his campaign by “100 African American Evangelical pastors and religious leaders…after a private meeting.” He did not reveal the names of the people he expected to meet. On Sunday he tweeted: “Will be meeting on Monday at Trump Tower with a large group of African American Pastors. Many I know-wonderful people! Not a press event.” In an open letter published on the website of Ebony Magazine, 114 academics and church leaders warned the pastors that meeting with Trump would be a mistake. “We are concerned that …

    November 29, 2015 10:32 pm


  • Best Buy launches Cyber Week sales

    Best Buy launched a week’s worth of cyber sales on Sunday. The company posted its plans for Cyber Monday. And like many other retailers, it’s planning more than just one day of deals. More and more, holiday shopping is done online. So it makes sense for retailers to ramp up — and stretch out — the hype over digital promotions. Starting Sunday and continuing through December 5, BestBuy.com is offering a fresh round of discounts daily. On the actual Cyber Monday, the site will post more than 50 one-day sales. Among them: $100 Best Buy gift card with a GoPro Hero 4 Black purchase Buy one, get one 50% off, select Nintendo 3DS games $10 off Chromecast 50% off select Kitchen Aid mixers Cyber Week deals that went live on Sunday include up to $100 off select iPad Mini 3, $50 off an Xbox One console, and $100 off a Samsung 40-inch HDTV. Best Buy …

    November 29, 2015 9:12 pm


  • I’ll never fight ‘fraud’ Haye

    “Justice prevailed, the better man won,” Haye said on his Twitter account in reference to the Klitschko v Fury fight World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury says he will never defend his titles against fellow Briton David Haye. Fury shocked the boxing world by beating Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday to secure the WBA, IBF and WBO belts. But Fury has not forgiven Haye for pulling out of two scheduled fights against him in 2013 and causing him “mental and physical torture”. “David Haye will never get a fight against Tyson Fury after what he did to me,” said the Manchester boxer. “I remember him saying that he’d never give me a payday. Well, the shoe is on the other foot now. “If he gets a mandatory shot with any of the governing bodies, I’ll vacate the title. Let him go and fight Fred Flintstone or Joe Bloggs and make no money. “I don’t care if he …

    November 30, 2015 1:40 am

World News

  • NZ remembers Jonah Lomu at memorial

    Media captionFormer Wesley College students performed a haka in memory of Jonah Lomu who went to the school A public memorial for New Zealand rugby great Jonah Lomu, who died earlier this month at 40, has been held at Auckland’s Eden Park stadium. The former All Black was capped 63 times by his country and considered one of rugby’s first global superstars. On Saturday New Zealand’s Pacific Islander community gathered to remember Lomu, who was of Tongan descent. He was diagnosed with a rare kidney condition in 1995, but the exact cause of death has not been established. Doctors believe he died as a result of a blood clot that developed on the long flight back from the UK where he had recently been watching the Rugby World Cup with his wife and two young boys, says the BBC’s Jon Donnison in Auckland. Thousands of people were at the event, including many from New Zealand’s …

    November 30, 2015 1:41 am


  • Blue Origin Rocket Sticks Landing

    Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket this week made history when it landed intact in Texas. The unmanned crew capsule returned safely from a test flight that took it 330,000 feet into the air. The New Shepard could become the first reusable booster — it’s scheduled to return to space in a few months. It’s now tucked into a storage facility at a launch site in West Texas. Blue Origin, founded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, aims to lay the foundation for an enduring human presence in space — a goal that reusing rocket boosters could help to achieve. The company’s effort to bring back a rocket earlier this year was doomed by a hydraulic failure. This time, the New Shepard succeeded in using its hydraulic thrusters and fins to slow and guide its descent. This time, the rocket was able to weather crosswinds whirling at speeds of up to 119 mph. It’s BE-3 engine powered …

    November 29, 2015 10:53 pm


  • NASA sees small Tropical Storm In-fa becoming extra-tropical

    Related images(click to enlarge) Tropical Storm In-fa was becoming an extra-tropical storm as it tracked toward the island of Iwo To, Japan in the western North Pacific Ocean. NASA’s Terra satellite captured an infrared image of the small storm that is battling wind shear and was becoming extra-tropical. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer aboard NASA’s Terra satellite passed over In-fa on Nov. 25 and captured an infrared image of the small storm as it was being affected by strong southwesterly wind shear. Tropical-storm-force winds only extended out 85 miles from the center. The MODIS image also showed that strong convection and thunderstorms continued to be pushed northeast of the center. In-fa is located in an area of strong (30 to 40 knots/34.5 to 46 mph/55.5 to 74 kph) southwesterly vertical wind shear. At 1500 UTC (10 a.m. EST), Tropical storm In-fa was centered near 20.6 degrees north latitude and 137.1 degrees east longitude, about 343 …

    November 30, 2015 1:38 am


  • Buckle Up in the Backseat, Experts Advise

    FRIDAY, Nov. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — As you head home from Thanksgiving get-togethers, stay safe by buckling up, even when you’re riding in the backseat. Hundreds of Americans die in car crashes every year because they don’t use seat belts while riding in the rear seats of vehicles, a new report shows. In 2013, there were almost 900 deaths among people aged 8 and older who didn’t use seat belts while riding in rear seats. More than 400 of those people might still be alive if they had buckled up, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). Rear seat passengers who don’t use seat belts are three times more likely to die in a crash. Still, 32 states don’t have strong seat belt laws for backseat passengers, the report noted. Only 78 percent of adult rear seat passengers use seat belts, compared with 87 percent for the front seat. In fatal traffic crashes, …

    November 29, 2015 10:13 pm


  • TLC Bringing ’19 Kids & Counting’ Back? Success Of Jill & Jessa’s Spinoff May Pave The Way For Duggar Reboot

    Several members of the Duggar family will return to TV in two weeks and not everyone is happy about it. Just four months after TLC canceled 19 Kids and Counting, a spinoff show, Jill Jessa: Counting On will premiere on December 13. According to TLC, the series will focus on the lives of two of the Duggar girls, Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald. However, a number of Duggar family members will also appear on the show, including parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and Josh Duggar’s wife, Anna. There is speculation that the spinoff is Jim Bob’s way of getting his family back in front of the cameras in hopes that the network will bring back 19 Kids — with or without Josh. How long the Jill and Jessa’s spinoff show will go on is unknown, but TLC has scheduled three episodes to air in December. The 90-minute premiere of Counting On begins at 8 p.m. ET on …

    November 30, 2015 12:13 am


  • Confronting bullies on the world stage: How to deal with Russia and China

                                                      A bully is someone who exploits weakness; identifies the meek and mild; and does not pick on strength.  A bully will cull the meek or mild from the herd, isolate them, and force their own will for self-centered reasons.  If confronted from a position of strength; or confidence; or firmness; or a staunch, formidable defense, a bully will back down.  Over the last few years, it is safe to say, President Vladimir Putin, has been such a bully in Crimea, Ukraine and now Syria.  The events of this past week, clearly demonstrate Russia is playing by its own rules in Syria.  That SU-24 was not striking ISIS targets.  It was tasked to support Mr. Putin’s personal agenda of continued support to the Assad regime.  Flying into Turkish airspace cost them …

    November 27, 2015 4:39 pm

Odd News

  • Intruder dies in California chimney after homeowner lights fire

    A suspected burglar who attempted to enter a California home through the chimney died on Saturday after the homeowner lit a fire without realizing anyone was inside, police said. The man appeared to have climbed into the chimney during the night while the owner was away and then became stuck, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. After the owner of the home in Huron lit a fire in his fireplace Saturday afternoon, he heard a man yelling inside the chimney as the house filled with smoke, the sheriff’s office said in a statement. The homeowner tried to extinguish the flames, but firefighters who dismantled the chimney during a rescue effort found the suspect dead inside, the sheriff’s office said. The deceased man’s identity and cause of death have not been determined, Lieutenant Brandon Pursell of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said by phone on Sunday. (Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Chris Reese)

    November 29, 2015 5:51 pm