• Record anti-Islam rally in Dresden

    Record anti-Islam rally in Dresden

    23 December 2014 Last updated at 04:13 A record 17,500 people have turned out for the latest “anti-Islamisation” rally in the German city of Dresden, according to police estimates. Demonstrators sang Christmas carols and listened...
  • No. 22 Baylor survives scare against Southern

    Waco, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – No. 22 Baylor was tested, but they survived with a 70-66 win over the visiting Southern Jaguars. Johnathan Motley led Baylor (10-1) with 19 points. Rico Gathers added 16 points and...
  • What will happen to Jackie Chan’s son now?

    More: Jackie Chan’s son detained on drug-related charges But the 32-year-old actor and singer’s case is moving forward — Monday, he was indicted on the charge of sheltering others to use drugs, a crime that...
  • North Korea partially back online

    North Korea partially back online

    23 December 2014 Last updated at 03:21 North Korea’s state news agency has seen service restored Some internet services have been restored in North Korea after an almost unprecedented internet outage, amid a cyber security...
  • US to probe Milwaukee police killing

    US to probe Milwaukee police killing

    23 December 2014 Last updated at 03:05 Dontre Hamilton’s relatives led a protest against the decision not to charge the officer who shot him The US justice department says it will review the fatal shooting...
  • Temple beats No. 10 Kansas by 25

    Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Will Cummings had 19 points and Temple rolled to a 77-52 upset of No. 10 Kansas on Monday night for its first win over the Jayhawks in exactly 19 years. The...

Headline News

  • Cruelty case against U.S. senator’s son dropped in Arizona dog deaths


    PHOENIX (Reuters) – Animal cruelty charges against the son and daughter-in-law of U.S. Senator Jeff Flake and two others will be dismissed after new information came to light about the deaths of 21 dogs at a suburban Phoenix kennel in June, prosecutors said on Monday.     Authorities said the dogs died from overheating and suffocation caused by sweltering conditions in a cramped room of the pet boarding facility while the owners were away in Florida, leaving the animals in the care of Austin and Logan Flake. However, new evidence brought to prosecutors’ attention by defense lawyers after the case was presented to a grand jury showed the kennel’s air-conditioning unit had stopped working because of a dirty air-filter. The indictment returned in October blamed the dogs’ deaths on neglect by the defendants.     “The theory of the case … did not take into account the possibility that there were issues with an air-conditioning unit,” Maricopa County …

    December 22, 2014 10:25 pm
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Politics

  • Exclusive: Senate Republican leader McConnell opposes Obama on Cuba


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday he opposed U.S. President Barack Obama’s plans to normalize relations with Cuba, and spoke of steps lawmakers might take to rein in the new policy. Interviewed by Reuters, McConnell also said that he and the president, a Democrat, had discussed possible major tax reform legislation and that any effort should not focus on the country’s biggest corporations alone, but also include help for small businesses. On another international matter McConnell, who takes over in January as Senate majority leader, said North Korea’s computer hacking of Sony Corp was more serious than an act of vandalism, taking issue with a characterization Obama had used to describe the cyberattack. McConnell declined to spell out steps he thought the United States should take in response. “This is a serous threat to the United States,” he said. Speaking by telephone from his home state of Kentucky, McConnell said …

    December 22, 2014 8:24 pm
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Stocks

  • Israeli bank helped U.S. account holders avoid taxes


      An Israeli bank has admitted to helping over 1,500 U.S. account holders avoid paying taxes. As part of a settlement reached on Monday with the U.S. Department of Justice, Bank Leumi Group will pay $270 million in fines. It’s the first time an Israeli bank has admitted to this type of criminal activity. The bank put its clients’ money into accounts in tax haven countries such as Switzerland and Luxembourg and helped its clients create false tax returns over a 10-year period, the Justice Department said. “IRS will not tolerate the use of offshore accounts to illegally escape paying taxes and we will continue to focus on this priority area,” said Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen. Leumi is one of the largest banks in Israel. It has offices in New York, Florida, Illinois and California. A spokesperson for the bank did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    December 22, 2014 9:24 pm
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Sports

  • No. 22 Baylor survives scare against Southern


    Waco, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – No. 22 Baylor was tested, but they survived with a 70-66 win over the visiting Southern Jaguars. Johnathan Motley led Baylor (10-1) with 19 points. Rico Gathers added 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Southern (3-10) remained winless against D-I opponents this season. Adrian Rodgers paced all scorers with 26 points for the Jaguars, making 9- of-17 shots from the field. Trelun Banks contributed 13 points and had seven assists. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    December 22, 2014 10:25 pm
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World News

  • Record anti-Islam rally in Dresden


    23 December 2014 Last updated at 04:13 A record 17,500 people have turned out for the latest “anti-Islamisation” rally in the German city of Dresden, according to police estimates. Demonstrators sang Christmas carols and listened to speeches about immigrants and asylum seekers. Weekly rallies by a group called Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West, or Pegida, began in October. Several counter-demonstrations were being held on Monday. Chancellor Angela Merkel and other senior politicians have spoken out against the Pegida rallies. Monday evening’s Pegida rally in Dresden was the largest to date Demonstrators gathered in front of the Semper Opera House to rally against “Islamisation” Organisers say they are against extremism, but the rallies have drawn support from far-right groups There were counter-demonstrations in Dresden, Munich and Kessel The Bavarian State Opera House hung banners in support of “humanity, respect and diversity”

    December 22, 2014 10:25 pm
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Technology

  • 30 best iPad games


    Papers, Please: Atmospheric, odd, absorbing. Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET Wondering which games to buy? Well, we’ve taken our best shot at putting together a list of top titles that we feel meet the criteria for a good iPad game. There have been a ton of good ones lately, and we’ve updated our list to include some notable newcomers. And just what does make a good iPad game? We debated it for a while and narrowed it down to these five factors: It’s gotta be fun (obviously). Ergonomics. (Are the gameplay and control scheme well-suited to the iPad?) Uniqueness. (Though many iPad games play well as upconverted, higher-resolution versions of their iPhone predecessors, we respect new, iPad-exclusive games.) Value. (Some of the best iPad games currently carry high price tags, but we also tried to include titles we thought were simply a good deal.) Showoff quotient. (Extra points if the game flat-out looks good.) With that …

    December 22, 2014 8:44 pm
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Science

  • A New Way to Reach Mars Safely, Anytime and on the Cheap


    Getting spacecraft to Mars is quite a hassle. Transportation costs can soar into the hundreds of millions of dollars, even when blasting off during “launch windows”—the optimal orbital alignments of Earth and Mars that roll around only every 26 months. A huge contributor to that bottom line? The hair-raising arrivals at the Red Planet. Spacecraft screaming along at many thousands of kilometers per hour have to hit the brakes hard, firing retrorockets to swing into orbit. The burn can require hundreds of pounds of extra fuel, lugged expensively off Earth, and comes with some risk of failure that could send the craft careening past or even right into Mars. This brute force approach to attaining orbit, called a Hohmann transfer, has served historically deep-pocketed space agencies well enough. But in an era of shrinking science budgets the Hohmann transfer’s price tag and inherent riskiness look limiting. Now new research lays out a smoother, safer way …

    December 22, 2014 8:45 pm
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Health

  • Justice department alleges Omnicare received kickbacks from Abbott Labs


    (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department has filed a complaint against Omnicare Inc, alleging that the largest U.S. provider of pharmacy services to the elderly received millions of dollars in kickbacks from Abbott Laboratories. Omnicare received the kickbacks for recommending Abbott’s prescription drug, Depakote, for epilepsy in dementia patients in nursing homes it serviced, the department alleged in a statement on Monday. Omnicare allegedly disguised the kickbacks from Abbott as “grants” and “educational funding,” the department said. Omnicare could not be immediately reached for comment. The company agreed to a $124 million settlement with the Justice Department earlier this year to resolve allegations that it paid kickbacks to secure contracts to supply drugs to nursing homes with Medicare and Medicaid patients. Omnicare shares closed at $73.72 on the New York Stock Exchange on Monday. (Reporting by Rosmi Shaji in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey)

    December 22, 2014 8:44 pm
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Entertainment

  • What will happen to Jackie Chan’s son now?


    More: Jackie Chan’s son detained on drug-related charges But the 32-year-old actor and singer’s case is moving forward — Monday, he was indicted on the charge of sheltering others to use drugs, a crime that could cause him to spend up to three years in jail in China. Jaycee is one of a group of celebrities arrested in China as part of the country’s efforts to “clean up social morals,” People reports. Others in the group were charged with crimes like drug use and hiring prostitutes, but according to the magazine, Jaycee’s alleged crime is more serious. More: Jackie Chan opens up about his disappointment in son’s arrest So what’s next for Jaycee Chan? According to People, others in the group of celebs that was arrested have already been released, but the same isn’t true for Jaycee, whose charge is among the most serious. He likely won’t be released before his trial, the date for …

    December 22, 2014 10:25 pm
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Editorial

  • Hey, ill-tempered atheist, hands off the baby Jesus, step away from the manger


    My atheist readers should prepare to have their egg nog curdled because I’m about to reveal something that’s politically incorrect. I believe that Jesus is the reason for the season and that makes me about as politically incorrect as they come – especially among our nation’s ill-tempered atheists. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT I made that revelation in my upcoming Fox News Radio special, “The Todd Starnes All-American Christmas” set to air on Christmas Eve.  I believe that Jesus is the reason for the season and that makes me about as politically incorrect as they come – especially among our nation’s ill-tempered atheists. I’ve often wondered why folks like the Freedom From Religion Foundation get their Christmas stockings in a twist at the mere mention of the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes. Maybe all they got for Christmas one year was a package of underwear and a can of Aunt Edna’s fruit cake? CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW TODD …

    December 22, 2014 4:42 pm
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Odd News

  • U.S. helped imprisoned Cuban spy artificially inseminate wife


    HAVANA (Reuters) – The United States helped a Cuban spy imprisoned in California artificially inseminate his wife back in Cuba, a goodwill gesture while Washington and Havana were engaged in secret talks on restoring diplomatic ties, U.S. officials said on Monday. Now Gerardo Hernandez and his wife, Adriana Perez, are expecting his baby in two weeks, even though he was locked up for 16 years without conjugal visits. It will be a girl called Gema, Cuban official media said. Hernandez was serving a double-life sentence at the U.S. federal penitentiary in Victorville until his release on Wednesday as part of a prisoner swap, which was completed the same day the United States and Cuba announced they would restore diplomatic ties after more than 50 years. The United States freed Hernandez and two other Cuban agents in exchange for U.S. foreign aid worker Alan Gross, a Cuban who had been spying for Washington, and 53 unidentified …

    December 22, 2014 8:45 pm
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