• Portugal ex-PM held over tax fraud

    Portugal ex-PM held over tax fraud

    22 November 2014 Last updated at 14:24 Jose Socrates, a former civil engineer and environment minister, won his first general election in 2005 Former Portugal Prime Minister Jose Socrates has been detained by police as...
  • Ex-Washington Mayor Marion Barry dies

    Ex-Washington Mayor Marion Barry dies

    23 November 2014 Last updated at 08:03 Former Washington DC Mayor Marion Barry, who won re-election after a drug arrest, has died at the age of 78. A Democrat, Mr Barry served three terms from...
  • Parker, Spurs breeze past Nets

    San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Tony Parker scored 22 points with seven assists, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Brooklyn Nets, 99-87 on Saturday. Kawhi Leonard netted 21 points and Danny Green shot 5-of-7...
  • Mexico vows action on rule of law

    Mexico vows action on rule of law

    22 November 2014 Last updated at 03:05 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Presidency spokesman Eduardo Sanchez spoke to the BBC’s Vladimir Hernandez Mexico’s government has vowed to take action to restore...
  • Pacquiao scores six knockdowns in title defense

    MACAU (Reuters) – Manny Pacquiao knocked down American challenger Chris Algieri six times to retain his WBO welterweight championship in Macau on Sunday morning. The first knockdown, in the second round, was a combination of...

Headline News

  • Ex-Washington Mayor Marion Barry dies


    23 November 2014 Last updated at 08:03 Former Washington DC Mayor Marion Barry, who won re-election after a drug arrest, has died at the age of 78. A Democrat, Mr Barry served three terms from 1979 to 1991 before his personal life overshadowed his politics. He was arrested in an FBI sting operation and tried on drug charges in 1990, but was only convicted on a single count of possession. He remained popular with many poorer African American voters, and served a final term as mayor from 1995-1999.

    November 23, 2014 2:12 am
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Politics

  • U.S. plans to arm Iraq’s Sunni tribesmen with AK-47s, RPGs, mortars


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province, according to a Pentagon document prepared for Congress. The plan to spend $24.1 million represents a small fraction of the larger, $1.6 billion spending request to Congress focusing on training and arming Iraqi and Kurdish forces. But the document underscored the importance the Pentagon places on the Sunni tribesmen to its overall strategy to diminish Islamic State, and cautioned Congress about the consequences of failing to assist them. “Not arming tribal fighters will continue to leave anti-ISIL tribes reluctant to actively counter ISIL,” the document said, using another acronym for the group which has seized control of large parts of Syrian and Iraq and is gaining territory in Anbar despite three months of U.S.-led air strikes. A U.S. official said on …

    November 23, 2014 12:29 am
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Stocks

  • Comcast to let customers track and rate technicians with new app


      Comcast, a company known and reviled for its customer service horror stories, it trying out a new app that will allow customers to track and rate its technicians. In a blog post, Comcast (CMCSA) said it will begin trials in the suburbs of Boston that will send alerts to customers about 30 minutes before a technician is due to arrive at their homes. “We’re hoping this will prevent our customers from just needing to sit at home and wait,” said Charlie Herrin, Comcast’s head of customer experience. “If we are running late, which can happen if our tech gets tied up at someone else’s house, we will let folks know that too, and provide real-time status updates so they can plan accordingly.” The app also has a “rate the experience” feature so that customers can rate the quality of service they received. “If the experience isn’t what it should have been, customers can let …

    November 22, 2014 11:29 pm
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Sports

  • Parker, Spurs breeze past Nets


    San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Tony Parker scored 22 points with seven assists, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Brooklyn Nets, 99-87 on Saturday. Kawhi Leonard netted 21 points and Danny Green shot 5-of-7 from 3-point range for 21 off the bench in San Antonio’s season-high fourth straight win. Tim Duncan chipped in seven points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. The reigning NBA champs got back on track after a rough start to the season, winning seven of their last eight games following a 2-3 start. Deron Williams scored 24 points and Mirza Teletovic, who started in place of a resting Kevin Garnett, went for 22 and eight boards as Brooklyn fell for the sixth time in seven games. “You just keep battling, getting better, competing,” said Nets head coach Lionel Hollins. “There’s no numbers, I just want us to go forward.” Parker scored six during a 16-6 run to open the game, as …

    November 23, 2014 2:12 am
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World News

  • Portugal ex-PM held over tax fraud


    22 November 2014 Last updated at 14:24 Jose Socrates, a former civil engineer and environment minister, won his first general election in 2005 Former Portugal Prime Minister Jose Socrates has been detained by police as part of a corruption investigation. Mr Socrates, who led Portugal’s centre left government from 2005 to 2011, was arrested on Friday as he flew into Lisbon airport. The former leader is one of four people detained as part of a probe into money-laundering and bribery. The announcement comes in the wake of several other ongoing corruption investigations in Portugal. Mr Socrates was held overnight and is expected to be questioned on Saturday. A statement from the attorney-general’s office said prosecutors had carried out searches at several locations, aided by 70 tax and police officers. It said the investigation is into banking operations and transfers “without known justification or legal admissibility”. It also stressed it was a separate from a long-running …

    November 23, 2014 2:13 am
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Technology

  • Citroën Cactus: car review


    Price £12,990MPG 61.4Top speed 103mph Prickly heat: the new Cactus comes complete with protective Airbumps on each door. Photograph: PR I know what you’re thinking. “Why has that weird car got Lego stuck all over its doors?” Or: maybe it’s a rubber shower mat or chocolate? In fact it’s thermoplastic polyurethane filled with air capsules. It absorbs impacts, like tough bubblewrap. Citroën calls it Airbump technology. The stuff doesn’t dent and ding. You bash it, it protects your car and then pops right back out. It’s not to everyone’s taste. My wife thought a car with dents and scrapes all over it would still look better than the Citroën Cactus and, she wondered, what exactly is the difference between plastic that protects your car and a “bumper”? Fair point. But for all those narrow-minded grumps, there will be many who’ll take this unusual car to their hipster hearts. So much modern motoring design follows the …

    November 23, 2014 12:30 am
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Science

  • A path to brighter images and more efficient LCD displays


    Related images(click to enlarge) University of Utah engineers have developed a polarizing filter that allows in more light, leading the way for mobile device displays that last much longer on a single battery charge and cameras that can shoot in dim light. Polarizers are indispensable in digital photography and LCD displays, but they block enormous amounts of light, wasting energy and making it more difficult to photograph in low light. The Utah electrical and computer engineering researchers created the filter by etching a silicon wafer with nanoscale pillars and holes using a focused gallium-ion beam. This new concept in light filtering can perform the same function as a standard polarizer but allows up to nearly 30 percent more light to pass through, says U electrical and computer engineering associate professor Rajesh Menon. The study is being published in November’s issue of Optica, a new journal from The Optical Society. Sunlight as well as most ambient …

    November 23, 2014 12:50 am
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Health

  • Dutch to destroy 8,000 ducks to prevent bird flu outbreak


    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch health authorities on Saturday were destroying 8,000 ducks to prevent the possible spread of bird flu, which has infected three farms in a week in the Netherlands, a leading poultry and egg exporter. A government statement said ducks were being culled in the central town of Barneveld as a precaution because authorities want to eliminate all risks after the H5N8 virus spread to three out of 12 provinces since last Sunday. The clearing operation at the duck farm in Barneveld, will increase the number of animals destroyed since the first infection was discovered last Sunday to 211,000 birds. “It is necessary to do everything needed to prevent an outbreak like in 2003,” when 30 million chickens were culled, the statement said. High-intensity Dutch farms house millions of animals — 103 million chickens, 12 million pigs, 4 million cows and millions more sheep, turkeys, ducks, rabbits and goats. But health officials fear …

    November 23, 2014 12:29 am
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Entertainment

  • Chris Brown And Lady Love Karrueche Tran Hit The Club In His Lamborghini


    Posted on Sat Nov 22nd, 2014 9:10am PDT       By X17 Staff Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran have broken up and gotten back together almost as many times as Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, but on Friday the hot ‘n cold couple were back on for a hot date night! The lovebirds went clubbing in Hollywood after grabbing a bite in West Hollywood, and naturally Chris decided to show off the new paint job on his Lambo. Earlier this week he got Tupac’s “Lord Knows” lyrics painted all over the whip, and while we appreciate the tribute to the late rapper, the car looks absolutely ridiculous. Then again, Chris does seem to have pretty flashy style:   SEE THE GALLERY Chris Brown And Karrueche Tran Have A Wild Night Out Stories from around the Web

    November 23, 2014 2:12 am
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Editorial

  • I’m thankful our country is still a refuge and the land of opportunity


    When I was 7 years old, my family and I landed at JFK Airport in New York City with $90 in our pocket, a few suitcases stuffed with what little we could carry and no idea of what to expect next.  We came here because we were fleeing a totalitarian regime, because generations of our family had been oppressed simply for existing and because the United States was a beacon for our hopes and aspirations, as it has been for millions of others around the globe. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The people literally dying to come here now do not believe that our best days are behind us. My paternal grandfather was sent to Soviet gulag in the prime of his life because he was a religious Jew who refused to work on Saturdays and, possibly, because some of his siblings had fled to France several years after the Russian revolution.  He spent years working as a …

    November 22, 2014 8:21 am
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Odd News

  • Lost kitten from New Mexico turns up in duffel bag in Maine


    ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) – An Albuquerque cat owner can sleep easier now that the kitten that went missing last month will be home for the holidays, despite a mysterious 2,300-mile side trip to Maine. Patsy Murphy, who runs an animal refuge center in Westbrook, Maine, said the kitten, named Spice, was brought to her shelter on Nov. 11 by a man who found the feline in a duffel bag while unloading furniture at a local Catholic charity. “This is a very odd story, we wish she could tell us what happened,” Murphy said of the kitten, which was found inside the bag with food and kitty litter. Murphy said Maine resident Bob Watterson brought the kitten home on Nov. 5, and cared for it for six days before he turned it over to the animal refuge, which found a microchip in the cat that could identify it. Murphy was shocked when the cat was traced …

    November 21, 2014 8:31 pm
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