• Foster probable, Clowney out for Texans

    Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Houston running back Arian Foster is on track to return from a two-game absence when the Texans host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. The Texans listed Foster as probable for the...
  • Oil prices hit fresh four-year lows

    Oil prices hit fresh four-year lows

    28 November 2014 Last updated at 21:52 Oil prices hit a four-and-a half-year low in the wake of the decision by the Opec producers’ cartel not to cut output. Brent crude fell $2.43 to $70.15...
  • Walmart hit with protests on Black Friday

    Walmart hit with protests on Black Friday

    About 75 protesters marched outside the Walmart in North Bergen, N.J., on Friday. It’s becoming a tradition for Black Friday shoppers to find not just deals, but protests at some Walmart stores. This year, some...
  • Chiefs aim to tighten AFC West race, host Broncos

    (SportsNetwork.com) – The Denver Broncos have a chance to extend their lead atop the AFC West standings on Sunday when they visit the Kansas City Chiefs in an important divisional matchup at Arrowhead Stadium. Denver...
  • Chinese smokers face cigarette ban

    Chinese smokers face cigarette ban

    28 November 2014 Last updated at 17:11 Previous attempts to ban smoking in China have failed Smokers in China’s capital are to be banned from lighting up in all indoor public spaces under plans being...
  • Rice wins appeal against suspension

    NFL running-back Ray Rice has won his appeal against an indefinite suspension from the game, and is now eligible to play again immediately. Rice, 27, was handed an indefinite ban in September when a video...
  • Education is key to climate adaptation

    Given that some climate change is already unavoidable–as just confirmed by the new IPCC report–investing in empowerment through universal education should be an essential element in climate change adaptation efforts, which so far focus mostly...

Headline News

  • Ferguson police block cleanup brigade from entering damaged area


    FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – Police on Friday blocked a cleanup brigade from entering a thoroughfare in Ferguson, Missouri, where businesses were damaged in this week’s racially charged rioting, as protests erupted outside retail stores in New York and other cities on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Ferguson’s West Florissant Avenue is home to a Walgreen Co store and other stores that were looted or burned on Monday after a decision by a grand jury not to indict a white police officer in the August shooting death of an unarmed black teenager. Armed with brooms and trash bags, a small group of people tried to enter the area, which has been closed to traffic since Monday, but officers turned them back. “There are businesses and people sectioned off from the rest of Ferguson,” said Lou Bailey, 37, a project manager who joined the effort in the city of about 21,000 people, where …

    November 28, 2014 4:16 pm
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Politics

  • Romney still leads GOP candidates for President


    By Reuters November 28, 2014 Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney(REUTERS/Brian Snyder) Mitt Romney, the Republican Party’s unsuccessful presidential nominee in 2012, leads the field for the 2016 election among Republican voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday. The former Massachusetts governor would have a slight edge over potential Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by 45 percent to 44 percent in a general election, the poll found. Among possible Republican candidates, Romney’s 19 percent put him ahead of former Florida governor Jeb Bush with 11 percent, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Ben Carson each with 8 percent each, and U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky with 6 percent. Carson, a former neurosurgeon with no political experience, is a conservative commentator and author of “One Nation,” which topped the New York Times best-seller list in June. U.S. Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and …

    November 28, 2014 10:51 am
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Stocks

  • Walmart hit with protests on Black Friday


    About 75 protesters marched outside the Walmart in North Bergen, N.J., on Friday. It’s becoming a tradition for Black Friday shoppers to find not just deals, but protests at some Walmart stores. This year, some of the biggest demonstrations took place outside Walmarts in Chicago and Washington D.C., as well in cities in California, Washington, Texas and New Jersey. At a store in North Bergen, N.J., about 75 protesters marched around the parking lot. They carried signs that read: “People who work deserve a living wage” and “Shame on Walmart.” At times they chanted: “Walmart, your kingdom must come down.” Most of them were not Walmart employees but are asking the company to pay all workers at least $15 an hour. Walmart says it pays full-time workers an average of $12.94 an hour. It is the third year in a row that union-backed groups organized Black Friday protests at some Walmart locations. Related: 24 hours …

    November 28, 2014 3:56 pm
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Sports

  • Foster probable, Clowney out for Texans


    Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Houston running back Arian Foster is on track to return from a two-game absence when the Texans host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. The Texans listed Foster as probable for the Week 13 tilt after putting in a third straight limited practice on Friday. The 2010 NFL rushing champion has not played since injuring his groin against Philadelphia on Nov. 2. Rookie outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney will not play this weekend, however, due to a recent setback to his surgically repaired right knee. The 2014 No. 1 overall draft pick missed six games earlier this season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in September. Both Clowney and cornerback Kareem Jackson were ruled out on Friday. Jackson will sit out a third straight game with a knee injury of his own. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    November 28, 2014 4:17 pm
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World News

  • Oil prices hit fresh four-year lows


    28 November 2014 Last updated at 21:52 Oil prices hit a four-and-a half-year low in the wake of the decision by the Opec producers’ cartel not to cut output. Brent crude fell $2.43 to $70.15 a barrel on Friday. The last time Brent crude was priced this low was May 2010. U.S. crude settled down $7.54 at $66.15 a barrel. The price of Brent dived by more than $5 a barrel on Thursday after Opec announced no change to its production plans following a meeting in Vienna. The 12 Opec members decided to maintain production at 30 million barrels per day, as first agreed in December 2011. Continue reading the main story Brent Crude Oil Futures $/barrel Last Updated at 28 Nov 2014, 16:30 ET *Chart shows local time Several members of Opec had pushed for a cut in production to boost the price. But Saudi Arabia, the largest producer within the oil cartel, favoured …

    November 28, 2014 4:16 pm
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Technology

  • Syrian hack attack forces pop-ups


    28 November 2014 Last updated at 20:05 The SEA made its message pop up on some media websites A number of websites have been compromised to display a message from a group identifying itself as the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA). Betting site William Hill, the Daily Telegraph, Independent and La Repubblica newspapers and broadcaster CNBC were among those affected. The attack was carried out by targeting a third-party widget used by the sites. The companies affected have stressed that their visitors’ personal data remained safe. A worker at Gigya, a California-based customer identity management service, confirmed to the BBC that the hackers had mounted the attack by changing its domain name system entry. DNS records match the names of websites and other internet services with strings of numbers that act as their internet protocol (IP) addresses, somewhat like a phone book. By changing some of Gigya’s domains, which were registered with a company named GoDaddy, …

    November 28, 2014 2:55 pm
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Science

  • Education is key to climate adaptation


    Given that some climate change is already unavoidable–as just confirmed by the new IPCC report–investing in empowerment through universal education should be an essential element in climate change adaptation efforts, which so far focus mostly in engineering projects, according to a new study from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) published in the journal Science. The article draws upon extensive analysis of natural disaster data for 167 countries over the past four decades as well as a number of studies carried out in individual countries and regions, published last year in a special issue of the journal Ecology and Society. The research shows that in many cases–particularly where the exact consequences of climate change are still unclear–educational expansion could be a better investment in protecting people from the impacts than conventional investments such as building sea walls, dams, irrigation systems, and other infrastructure. “Education is key in reducing disaster fatalities and enhancing adaptive …

    November 28, 2014 3:16 pm
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Health

  • Pursuit and restraint raise police officers’ risk of sudden death


    (Reuters Health) – Police officers are at increased risk for sudden cardiac death when performing stressful duties like chasing, restraining or fighting with suspects, researchers say. Sudden cardiac death is up to 70 times more likely during those kinds of stressful activities, compared to when police officers perform routine duties, according a new study of U.S. law enforcement deaths. The results aren’t surprising, said senior author Dr. Stefanos N. Kales of Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. “In the general population those really stressful things like anger or physical stress, like a lot of snow shoveling for a person who is usually sedentary, can serve as triggers for cardiovascular events,” Kales told Reuters Health. “We thought the same thing could happen with law enforcement officers but we were struck by the magnitude of the risks,” Kales said. He and his coauthors studied 441 cases of law enforcement officers’ sudden cardiac death on the job …

    November 28, 2014 2:55 pm
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Entertainment

  • Harry Styles And His Wild Hair Can’t Get Enough Of Los Angeles


    Posted on Fri Nov 28th, 2014 11:28am PDT       By X17 Staff He’s back in LA! Rocking some hair that was wilder than usual, Harry Styles touched down at LAX on Friday after a trip to Australia. The British boybander arrived in Australia from Los Angeles on Wednedasay was only Down Under a few days before getting back to the City of Angels. For the long flight, the 20-year-old wore a comfy-looking Nike sweatshirt, his signature black skinny jeans and suede boots. While in Australia, 1D performed at the ARIA Awards at Sydney’s Star Casino and took the award for Best International Artist. During his whirlwind trip, Harry and his bandmates did a slew of interviews. In one interview with A Current Affair Harry admitted he had problems just like every guy his age. “I think that people imagine that if you’re in a band you kind of lose all normal things. But we still have every …

    November 28, 2014 2:34 pm
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Editorial

  • Thanksgiving may be over but gratitude is still great: Five ways to stay thankful all year long


    October 22, 2012: A gourmet Thanksgiving dinner. (AP) There are so many ways to make the most of the leftovers from your Thanksgiving table.  From the classic turkey sandwich (add a bit of cranberry sauce and a dab of spicy mustard!), to leftover sweet potatoes, which can easily be turned into amazing gnocchi with the addition of some flour, an egg and a bit of salt, you really can do some amazing things to extent your holiday meal.   What’s true for the food on our tables can be just as true for the experience of gratitude which typically animates at least the opening moments of many Thanksgiving meals. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT You really can extend your experience of gratitude, if not to all year, at least for longer than it might normally last.  And frankly, it’s in your best interest to do this, as gratitude is actually a medically proven path to achieving greater happiness and …

    November 28, 2014 2:55 pm
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Odd News

  • French farmers cry wolf over sheep killings


    PARIS (Reuters) – French farmers, who regularly bring livestock into Paris to punctuate their protests, drove some 250 sheep into the shadow of the Eiffel Tower on Thursday to highlight an unusual concern – that a growing wolf population is killing their flocks. Wolves were reintroduced to France in the 1990s under an international convention on wildlife conservation in Europe. There are now an estimated 300 wolves in the country and the number is growing each year. According to the French sheep organization (FNO), the number of animals they kill has risen too – by nearly two thirds since 2011 – and is likely to top 8,000 this year. “We are asking that wolves be removed from sheep breeding regions because they are incompatible with our work,” Michele Boudoin, secretary general of the French sheep organisation (FNO) said. She stressed that France’s “wolf plan”, which compensates farmers for sheep losses and pays for prevention measures …

    November 27, 2014 2:39 pm
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