• Koeman hopeful on Rodriguez return

    Koeman hopeful on Rodriguez return

    Jay Rodriguez scored a penalty in Southampton’s Europa League tie against Midtjylland in August Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is hopeful Jay Rodriguez can return to first-team training within a fortnight. The 26-year-old, capped once by...
  • ‘Ripples’ from black holes detected

    Media captionPallab Ghosh explains the sound of the gravitational wave and a computer visualisation Scientists are claiming a stunning discovery in their quest to fully understand gravity. They have observed the warping of space-time generated...
  • Dow sinks 250 points as oil dives below $27

    Dow sinks 250 points as oil dives below $27

    The crash in oil prices continues to ruin your portfolio. U.S. stocks are bracing for another punch to the gut on Thursday as investors freak out over oil diving back below $27 a barrel. The...
  • Vatican promotes Lent on Telegram

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Pope made his first broadcast on Telegram on Ash Wednesday The Vatican is using controversial messaging app Telegram to promote Lent. It said the Pope and other clergy...
  • Bojan signs new contract with Stoke

    Bojan signs new contract with Stoke

    Bojan also played for Roma and had loan spells at Milan and Ajax Stoke City forward Bojan Krkic has signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract with the Premier League club. The 25-year-old Spain international joined the...
  • Homeless man who helped find escapees could get $100,000

    SANTA ANA, Calif. –  A new report says a homeless man deserves up to $100,000 for helping recapture two violent Orange County jail escapees. The staff report released Wednesday recommends awarding Matthew Hay-Chapman for alerting...

Headline News

  • Dozens of Georgia prison guards accused of taking bribes, drug trafficking


    More than 40 prison guards and officers in Georgia have been indicted on charges of accepting bribes and drug trafficking, the latest in a federal effort to crack down on contraband and criminal activity in the state’s prisons. Since September, about 130 people — including prison employees, inmates, former inmates and others accused of helping them — have been indicted. The indictments resulting in the Thursday arrests were filed over the last three months and unsealed Wednesday. A majority of those charged were Georgia Department of Corrections officers accused of agreeing to protect a person they believed was a high-level drug trafficker. The indictments say the officers agreed to wear their uniforms during the drug transports to deter law enforcement interference. The officers charged worked at nine different prisons. Other indictments unsealed late last month accused 51 people of participating in a financial fraud scheme masterminded by inmates using cellphones from their prison cells. Among …

    February 11, 2016 10:09 am
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Politics

  • Donors urge Clinton to sharpen message ahead of debate with Sanders


    NEW YORK/WASHINGTON Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will try to mend her badly wounded campaign in a debate on Thursday with rival Bernie Sanders, an encounter many of her donors said would allow her to play a role that suits her – embattled underdog. After her embarrassing 22-point loss to Sanders in New Hampshire’s presidential nominating contest, Clinton headed back on Wednesday to New York, where her campaign is based, to confer with top advisers and prepare for the face-off with Sanders, set for 9 p.m. EST in Milwaukee. Her campaign has denied reports that Clinton is considering a shakeup of her staff, but aides acknowledged that adding new staff was a possibility. Several among Clinton’s wide circle of donors told Reuters they believed her surprisingly large loss in New Hampshire would ultimately bring out the fighter in her. This would help to battle-test her, both for the contests ahead in her party’s nomination process …

    February 11, 2016 8:49 am
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Stocks

  • Dow sinks 250 points as oil dives below $27


    The crash in oil prices continues to ruin your portfolio. U.S. stocks are bracing for another punch to the gut on Thursday as investors freak out over oil diving back below $27 a barrel. The Dow slumped 250 points at the opening bell, while the SP 500 lost 1.6%. The Nasdaq is off 1.3%, putting the tech-heavy index closer to its first bear market for since the Great Recession. The latest selloff reflects how anxious investors remain over the slowdown in global growth and the health of large European banks. “There’s a broad-based lack of confidence,” said Anthony Valeri, investment strategist at LPL Financial. “Everything suggests this market is heading lower in the short term. Psychology is too frail.” Related: Why you should worry about cheap oil But the main focus is oil, which plummeted to as low as $26.22 a barrel on Thursday. Oil has since rebounded a bit to $26.75 a barrel. If …

    February 11, 2016 9:29 am
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Sports

  • Koeman hopeful on Rodriguez return


    Jay Rodriguez scored a penalty in Southampton’s Europa League tie against Midtjylland in August Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is hopeful Jay Rodriguez can return to first-team training within a fortnight. The 26-year-old, capped once by England, had ankle surgery in late November and has not played a game for Saints since 17 October. The forward only returned last July after 15 months out with a ruptured anterior cruciate knee ligament. “He’s close, I think maybe in one week to 10 days, he’ll be back in training,” Koeman told BBC Radio Solent. The former Burnley trainee was in contention for England’s World Cup squad before his serious knee ligament injury in April 2014. His long-awaited return to first-team action this season produced three goals in 12 appearances for Southampton before he was forced to have the operation on his ankle. Koeman stressed his recovery will be closely monitored. “After maybe one week to 10 days, if …

    February 11, 2016 10:09 am
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World News

  • ‘Ripples’ from black holes detected


    Media captionPallab Ghosh explains the sound of the gravitational wave and a computer visualisation Scientists are claiming a stunning discovery in their quest to fully understand gravity. They have observed the warping of space-time generated by the collision of two black holes more than a billion light-years from Earth. The international team says the first detection of these gravitational waves will usher in a new era for astronomy. It is the culmination of decades of searching and could ultimately offer a window on the Big Bang. The research, by the Ligo Collaboration, has been accepted for publication in the journal Physical Review Letters. Media captionLive: Scientists at the National Science Federation discuss their search for gravitational waves The collaboration operates a number of labs around the world that fire lasers through long tunnels, trying to sense ripples in the fabric of space-time. Expected signals are extremely subtle, and disturb the machines, known as interferometers, by …

    February 11, 2016 10:09 am
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Technology

  • Vatican promotes Lent on Telegram


    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Pope made his first broadcast on Telegram on Ash Wednesday The Vatican is using controversial messaging app Telegram to promote Lent. It said the Pope and other clergy would use the app to broadcast recordings of Gospel readings and commentary during the Christian festival. It also said it had ditched WhatsApp, the platform it used last year, saying Telegram was “better”. Telegram lets users send highly encrypted messages but has gained notoriety for its use by so-called Islamic State. ‘Several thousand users’ According to the Vatican, subscribers to the Telegram channel @pgpompei will receive the religious messages from Ash Wednesday until Easter. According to Telegram, the channel had over 5,600 subscribers on Thursday. The Vatican was closed so unable to comment on the campaign’s progress. Telegram was set up by the two brothers who founded VKontakte – a Russian social networking site inspired by Facebook – and claimed …

    February 11, 2016 9:09 am
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Science

  • How Obesity May Impair Memory


    It’s no secret that obesity, which plagues more than 600 million people worldwide—more than one in three adults in the U.S. alone—leads to serious health problems: cardiovascular disease, diabetes and even several types of cancer. But obesity has also been established as a risk factor for cognitive decline, particularly in middle-aged and older people. What’s not as well understood is this link’s underlying molecular mechanism—and that’s exactly what a group of researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham sought to decipher in a four-part experiment on mice published last month in The Journal of Neuroscience. First, the researchers studied behavior in healthy and obese mice during memory tasks involving object recognition and location. Much like previous research from other groups, the Alabama team found that compared with their healthy counterparts, the overweight mice performed poorly on a spatial memory task, which relies on the brain’s hippocampus. Next, the researchers took a look at epigenetic …

    February 11, 2016 7:49 am
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Health

  • Back to its roots: how Zika may threaten Africa


    PRAIA/LONDON Florzinha Amado is eight months pregnant and trying to stay calm about whether the Zika virus infection she contracted at 21 weeks could have harmed her unborn child. But Amado isn’t Brazilian. She lives on the volcanic archipelago of Cape Verde, 570 km (350 miles) west of Senegal, and is one of 100 pregnant women in the capital of Praia who have contracted Zika there. Their fears, and those of West African authorities seeking to prepare the region’s defenses, are shared by global health experts who say it could have unknown consequences in countries ill-equipped for another public health emergency following the Ebola epidemic. Zika, a mosquito-borne virus, was first identified by two Scots, virologist George Dick and entomologist Alexander Haddow, in a forest near Entebbe in Uganda in 1947. The disease itself is mild and 80 percent of those infected do not feel ill, but it has shot to the top of the …

    February 11, 2016 8:29 am
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Entertainment

  • Hillary Clinton Staff Member ‘Blackmailed’ Press To Get Flattering Coverage: Report


    A member of Hillary Clinton’s staff “blackmailed” the press by promising perks in exchange for flattering press coverage. According to the New York Post, it was a “high-powered press operation” designed to make Hillary Clinton look good. Gawker used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain an exchange of emails between Clinton spokesman, Philippe Reines, and a writer with The Atlantaic magazine, Marc Ambinder. According to the report, Ambinder asked Reines on July 15, 2009 for a copy of the speech in advance that Clinton was to deliver at the Council on Foreign Relations. Reines replied that he was willing to do that, but that certain conditions must be met. Ambinder complied and Reines listed his conditions. The Hillary Clinton staff member listed the conditions for providing the speech: “1) You in your own voice describe them [Clinton’s remarks] as ‘muscular’ 2) You note that a look at the CFR seating plan shows that all …

    February 11, 2016 10:29 am
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Editorial

  • GI brides: They came to the U.S. ‘for the love of an American serviceman’


    They were the largest group of female migrants in American history – the hundreds of thousands of young women who travelled to the United States in the aftermath of World War Two to spend the rest of their lives with the GIs they had met during wartime.  But unlike other immigrants, the war brides weren’t drawn by the prospect of life in a more prosperous country, or seeking refuge from dangers back home. As Jean Borst, one of 70,000 women who arrived from the United Kingdom in 1946, put it, “We didn’t come here because we were poor and hungry and wanting to be free. We came for the love of an American serviceman.” That love had blossomed in countries all over Europe, and as far afield as Australia and Japan – pretty much everywhere, in fact, that the U.S. Army sent its men.  And it had done so despite stiff opposition from the authorities.  …

    February 11, 2016 7:08 am
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Odd News

  • Indian scientists express doubt over meteorite death attribution


    NEW DELHI Indian scientists have expressed doubt that a man in Tamil Nadu was the first person to have been confirmed killed by a meteorite strike, as the state’s top official has declared. The experts said the small crater, the absence of a sonic boom before impact, a lack of debris and the green and blue colour of rock recovered from the scene suggest some other cause. “It is highly improbable, but we will only be absolutely sure after a chemical analysis,” said V. Adimurthy, a senior scientist at India’s space agency. The mysterious event has triggered an international debate about whether a meteorite, space debris, leftover explosives or even frozen waste from a plane passing overhead may have killed the man. The meteorite attribution was announced this week by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram, a former film star who is known for her authoritarian style. A bus driver was killed by the meteorite at an engineering …

    February 10, 2016 8:04 am
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