• Marathon champ Jeptoo banned 2 years for doping

    Nairobi, Kenya (SportsNetwork.com) – Three-time Boston Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo has been handed a two-year ban from competition after testing positive for blood doping. Athetics Kenya announced Friday that Jeptoo, who has won the last...
  • Greece shuns debt talks with troika

    Greece shuns debt talks with troika

    30 January 2015 Last updated at 17:43 Jeroen Dijsselbloem (left) and Yanis Varoufakis spoke at a rather frosty joint press conference Greece’s new left-wing finance minister says his government will not negotiate over the Greek...
  • Pakistan mosque blast kills dozens

    Pakistan mosque blast kills dozens

    30 January 2015 Last updated at 15:16 Dozens of people were wounded in the attack At least 40 people have been killed in a bomb blast at a Shia mosque in southern Pakistan, officials say....
  • Balloonists surpass flight records

    Balloonists surpass flight records

    30 January 2015 Last updated at 16:25 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. No-one has crossed the Pacific Ocean in a gas balloon since 1981, as Alistair Leithead reports Two pilots have...
  • Europe hints at Greek bailout extension

    Europe hints at Greek bailout extension

      Europe held out an olive branch to Greece’s new anti-austerity government Friday by hinting it may extend massive financial aid beyond the end of February. Greek stocks and bonds slumped earlier this week after...
  • Vertical Gardens Beat Soil Made Salty by Climate Change

    KHULNA, BANGLADESH—The soil in Knolkhol village in southwest Bangladesh has become increasingly salty because of incursions of seawater. The situation became particularly acute in the aftermath of Cyclone Aila in 2009, which brought storm surges...

Headline News

  • Rap mogul Suge Knight arrested for murder in LA after hit-and-run


    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was arrested for murder on Friday in connection with a hit-and-run accident that killed one person near Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. He was booked at about 3 a.m. (1100 GMT) and is being held in lieu of $2 million bail, the department said. Around 3 p.m. (2300 GMT) on Thursday, a man fitting Knight’s description drove up to a burger shop in Compton and began arguing with two people outside, said Lieutenant John Corina, with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The driver then backed into one of the two, before running them both over in his red Ford F-150 Raptor pickup truck and fleeing the scene, the department said in a statement. Corina added that Knight, the 49-year-old co-founder of Death Row Records, was involved in an earlier altercation with the same two people. One of the victims died in hospital, …

    January 30, 2015 12:06 pm
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Politics

  • Romney opts against 2016 run for president


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney opted out of the 2016 presidential race on Friday after considering whether to run for a third time, telling supporters it is time for the next generation of Republican leaders to seek the White House. “After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” Romney said in a statement that he read to supporters in a conference call from New York. Romney three weeks ago told a private donors meeting in New York that he was might jump into the race. In his statement on Friday, he said the reaction to his potential candidacy was both surprising and heartening and noted his leading position in some polls. “So I am convinced that we could win the nomination, but fully realize it would have been difficult test and a hard …

    January 30, 2015 10:26 am
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Stocks

  • Europe hints at Greek bailout extension


      Europe held out an olive branch to Greece’s new anti-austerity government Friday by hinting it may extend massive financial aid beyond the end of February. Greek stocks and bonds slumped earlier this week after members of the government pledged to reverse reforms agreed with the European Union, and the International Monetary Fund, in exchange for €240 billion in emergency loans. Most of the loans have been released to Athens over the past five years but a final batch is being withheld, pending a EU and IMF review of Greece’s progress on reforms. The deadline for that review is February 28. Without an extension of the bailout program, Greece will struggle to pay its bills and its banks could be cut off from a crucial lifeline provided by the European Central Bank. That could ultimately force Greece out of the euro, a scenario neither the new government nor its creditors want. A senior European official, …

    January 30, 2015 10:46 am
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Sports

  • Marathon champ Jeptoo banned 2 years for doping


    Nairobi, Kenya (SportsNetwork.com) – Three-time Boston Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo has been handed a two-year ban from competition after testing positive for blood doping. Athetics Kenya announced Friday that Jeptoo, who has won the last two Boston and Chicago Marathons and is the world’s top-ranked female long-distance runner, was found to have used the prohibited blood-booster EPO in two seperate samples. The suspension became effective as of Oct. 30 and will run until Oct. 29, 2016. Jeptoo can appeal the penalty to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. According to the Chicago Tribune, Jeptoo will have to forfeit her title at the most recent Chicago Marathon, which took place on Oct. 12. The International Track Federation told the newspaper that her suspension affects all results after Sept. 25. Jeptoo also will have to give back her $500,000 purse as the winner of the 2013-14 World Marathon Majors series if the suspension is upheld. The 33-year-old, …

    January 30, 2015 12:06 pm
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World News

  • Greece shuns debt talks with troika


    30 January 2015 Last updated at 17:43 Jeroen Dijsselbloem (left) and Yanis Varoufakis spoke at a rather frosty joint press conference Greece’s new left-wing finance minister says his government will not negotiate over the Greek bailout conditions with the “troika” team from the EU and IMF. Yanis Varoufakis said he was rather seeking direct talks with eurozone leaders, to try to cancel more than half the money Greece owes. He was speaking after meeting Jeroen Dijsselbloem, head of the Eurogroup – the eurozone finance ministers. Mr Dijsselbloem said Greece should stick to its reform commitments. He said Greece and the Eurogroup had a “mutual interest in the further recovery of the Greek economy inside the eurozone” and warned against Athens acting unilaterally in its efforts to renegotiate its bailout. Greece has endured tough budget cuts in return for its €240bn (£179bn; $270bn) bailout, agreed in 2010 with the “troika” – the European Commission, International Monetary …

    January 30, 2015 12:06 pm
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Technology

  • Google to change privacy policy following UK probe


    Google has promised to improve its privacy policy in the UK. CNET Google has agreed to play ball with UK regulators to change how it collects user data in the country. In a notice released Friday, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced that Google will “make further changes to its privacy policy to ensure it meets the requirements of the Data Protection Act,” which spells out how data must be collected in order to ensure that the privacy of users is protected. In March 2012, Google rolled out a privacy policy that combined the policies of all of its services into one. But the ICO found that the newly combined policy was too vague and didn’t adequately explain to users how and why their personal information was being collected. Google has faced legal investigations and hefty fines over its privacy policies, especially in Europe where the laws tend to be stricter than in other …

    January 30, 2015 10:26 am
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Science

  • Vertical Gardens Beat Soil Made Salty by Climate Change


    KHULNA, BANGLADESH—The soil in Knolkhol village in southwest Bangladesh has become increasingly salty because of incursions of seawater. The situation became particularly acute in the aftermath of Cyclone Aila in 2009, which brought storm surges that broke embankments and flooded farmland. After 2009 vegetable crops planted in the ground there yielded only meager returns—if they didn’t fail completely. But for the past three years hundreds of villagers have enjoyed the bounty of so-called vertical gardens—essentially crops grown in a variety of containers in backyards and on the rooftops of their humble homes. Despite their modest size, these gardens produce quite a bit. Shakuri Rani Debnath, a 30-something resident of Knolkhol, says hers generated nearly 200 kilograms of vegetables this summer, including pumpkins, squash, cauliflower, tomatoes, spinach and chili peppers. As a delta formed by three of Asia’s largest rivers, Bangladesh is naturally prone to flooding and waterlogging. And with most of its land at or …

    January 30, 2015 10:27 am
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Health

  • Teens, Young Adults Most Likely to Go to ER After Car Accidents: Report


    FRIDAY, Jan. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — In a finding that won’t surprise many parents, a new government analysis shows that teens and young adults are the most likely to show up in a hospital ER with injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident. Race was another factor that raised the chances of crash-related ER visits, with rates being higher for blacks than they were for whites or Hispanics, data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated. According to information in the study, there were almost 4 million ER visits for motor vehicle accident injuries in 2010-2011, a figure that amounted to 10 percent of all ER visits that year. Crash victims were twice as likely to arrive in an ambulance as patients with injuries not related to motor vehicle crashes (43 percent versus 17 percent), the study found. However, the chances that crash victims were determined to have really serious injuries …

    January 30, 2015 10:26 am
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Entertainment

  • 7 Times Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson looked miserable together


    Each time we see them it becomes increasingly obvious that the couple has absolutely zero chemistry — and it is never more obvious than in this new Glamour shoot. Here are seven times we’ve noticed Johnson trying really, really hard to fake it — and Dornan unable to conceal his contempt. More: Watch Dakota Johnson get super kinky for the Fifty Shades soundtrack 1. “Can they see the panic in my eyes?” Johnson displays her acting chops in the new issue of Glamour by pretending she is really, really into it (seriously, this is some Meryl Streep-level skill here), but Dornan can barely contain his disgust and boredom. MmMmm, yes. More @FiftyShades goodness on @glamourmag‘s newest issue! http://t.co/ObNvnJ9MSr pic.twitter.com/YTpExvsxcw — POPSUGAR Fashion (@POPSUGARFashion) January 29, 2015 From Glamour magazine (USA)… Those glasses look hot!! Just me? Thx to @_GreyHouse #FiftyShades #JamieDornan #JDNI pic.twitter.com/PagBIiDsQw — Jamie Dornan NI (@JamieDornanNI) January 28, 2015 I’m not sure I …

    January 30, 2015 6:43 am
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Editorial

  • Data Privacy Day: Keep ICANN free of political, national agendas


    FILE — October 9, 2013: Fadi Chehade, president and CEO of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), attends a meeting with Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff (not seen) at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia. (Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino) It’s that time of year again. Time to celebrate Data Privacy Day. You may think it is odd to celebrate such as day but whenever the focus is on keeping your privacy, private, we relish the opportunity. We applaud the discussion. It also brings to mind a critical issue that is percolating on the forefront of the international scene: control of the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Since ICANN began, it has evolved into a multinational body that has consistently performed critical functions to ensure the Internet we have come to rely on always works. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Despite its name, ICANN does more than just assign and/or approve your website’s domain. It also upholds the security …

    January 29, 2015 10:17 pm
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Odd News

  • Zimbabwean jailed for nine years for eating python meat


    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A Zimbabwean man has been jailed for nine years for eating python, a protected species, a Zimbabwean daily reported on Friday. Archwell Maramba said he had been eating the snake meat for its medicinal value. “I wanted to eat the python to cure my spine and since I ate my first python I have seen remarkable improvement,” NewsDay quoted Maramba as saying during his court case. Acting on a tipoff, police found the 58-year-old drying snakeskin and python meat stashed in his house. (Reporting by Helen Nyambura-Mwaura; Editing by Andrew Roche)

    January 30, 2015 10:26 am
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