• Koepka wins his first PGA title in Phoenix

    (Reuters) – Well-traveled American Brooks Koepka used an eagle-three at the 15th hole to jump ahead of a crowded leaderboard and win the Waste Management Phoenix Open by one stroke on Sunday for his first...
  • Super Bowl advertisers ‘are on trial’

    Super Bowl advertisers ‘are on trial’

      For companies like T-Mobile, TurboTax, Esurance and Wix.com, Sunday night is a $4.5 million moment. Months of planning and weeks of promotion are culminating in Super Bowl ads premiering in front of more than...
  • Abbott to scrap parental pay scheme

    Abbott to scrap parental pay scheme

    1 February 2015 Last updated at 22:59 Mr Abbott has faced criticism from voters and from within his own party Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is to scrap a controversial parental leave scheme, amid growing...
  • Airports as hi-tech pleasure domes?

    Airports as hi-tech pleasure domes?

    2 February 2015 Last updated at 00:03 By Daniel Thomas Business reporter Believe it or not, this is what the Jewel extension to Singapore’s Changi Airport will look like Flight delays, lost luggage, gate change...

Headline News

  • Man arrested after climbing bike rack outside White House


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A man who climbed a bicycle rack outside the White House fence on Sunday has been charged with unlawful entry, the U.S. Secret Service said. Agency spokesman Brian Leary said the suspect did not make it over the bike rack, which is set back from the presidential residence’s fence on Pennsylvania Avenue. The Secret Service, which protects the president and other U.S. leaders, has come under scrutiny after a series of security lapses. Last Monday, a small drone operated by an employee of a U.S. spy agency crashed on the White House grounds. In September, an intruder jumped the White House fence and got into the building before being apprehended. (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Peter Cooney and Eric Walsh)

    February 1, 2015 7:37 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. taking new look at giving arms to Ukraine forces: NYT


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration is taking a new look at providing Ukrainian forces with defensive weapons and equipment in the face of a rebel offensive that shattered a five-month truce, the New York Times reported on Sunday. The newspaper quoted U.S. officials as saying Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey were open to discussions of the idea and that NATO military commander General Philip Breedlove now supported providing such lethal aid. One official was quoted as saying that U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice was also prepared to reconsider her previous resistance to providing such assistance. Kerry will visit Kiev on Thursday for talks with President Petro Poroshenko and other Ukrainian officials. Obama voiced concern last week about renewed fighting between Russian-backed separatist and government forces in eastern Ukraine and said the United States was considering all options short of military action to isolate Russia.. The …

    February 1, 2015 6:57 pm
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Stocks

  • Super Bowl advertisers ‘are on trial’


      For companies like T-Mobile, TurboTax, Esurance and Wix.com, Sunday night is a $4.5 million moment. Months of planning and weeks of promotion are culminating in Super Bowl ads premiering in front of more than 100 million viewers — and those viewers are delivering their verdicts via the Internet within seconds. “Advertisers are on trial via social media,” said media strategist Shari Anne Brill, a former executive at the ad agency Carat. Related: Seahawks and Patriots fans face off One ad right before kickoff that drew immediate commentary: a spot by Chevrolet about the wireless Internet capabilities of its Colorado trucks. “Chevy trucks advertising 4G LTE instead of driving through gratuitous mud. The world has truly gone tech,” Mashable chief strategy officer Adam Ostrow wrote on Twitter. The all-important first ad position after kick-off belonged to Toyota (TM), which had a feel-good ad starring Paralympic athlete Amy Purdy. A few minutes later, commenters on Twitter …

    February 1, 2015 7:17 pm
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Sports

  • Koepka wins his first PGA title in Phoenix


    (Reuters) – Well-traveled American Brooks Koepka used an eagle-three at the 15th hole to jump ahead of a crowded leaderboard and win the Waste Management Phoenix Open by one stroke on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory. The 24-year-old Koepka, who broke into professional golf in Europe, rolled in a 51-foot putt from the fringe short of the green at the par-five 15th to vault over four players. Koepka, ranked 33rd in the world, carded a five-under-par 66 for a total of 15-under-par 269, one better than Masters champion Bubba Watson (65), 22-year-old Japanese Hideki Matsuyama (67) and American Ryan Palmer (66). “It feels amazing,” said Floridian Koepka. “The last few weeks I put in a lot of hard work, changed my putting stroke completely and everything seems to be going right.” Scotsman Martin Laird, the 54-hole leader, was tied with Koepka until he bogeyed the driveable par-four 17th with his first three-putt after …

    February 1, 2015 7:37 pm
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World News

  • Abbott to scrap parental pay scheme


    1 February 2015 Last updated at 22:59 Mr Abbott has faced criticism from voters and from within his own party Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is to scrap a controversial parental leave scheme, amid growing questions about his leadership. He is expected to say the paid parental leave scheme is “off the table” in a major policy speech later on Monday. The plan is seen as a signature policy of Mr Abbott’s but was opposed by members of his party on cost grounds. Mr Abbott’s standing among voters has slumped and his coalition suffered a shock defeat in Queensland elections. He vowed to learn lessons from the rout, but added “in the end, government is not a popularity contest, it is a competence contest”. Mr Abbott has also been under-fire, including from some in his own party, over his decision to award a knighthood to Queen Elizabeth’s husband Prince Philip. Childcare focus The PPL scheme …

    February 1, 2015 6:58 pm
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Technology

  • Airports as hi-tech pleasure domes?


    2 February 2015 Last updated at 00:03 By Daniel Thomas Business reporter Believe it or not, this is what the Jewel extension to Singapore’s Changi Airport will look like Flight delays, lost luggage, gate change confusion – airports can be stressful to say the least. But what if technology could make the whole business of air travel more efficient and even pleasurable? With this in mind, airport operators invested almost $7bn (£4.6bn) on IT services last year, experimenting with automated check-in, navigational apps and new ways of promoting retail opportunities, to name but a few innovations. And in future we can expect laser-powered security scanners, virtual shopping walls, biometric gates and holographic helpers enhancing our journey experiences and driving up profits for operators. Welcome to Aeroville! Airports may even become destinations in their own right – tech-heavy terminals that charm and amaze us. Take the Jewel expansion at Singapore’s Changi Airport, for example. Airports could …

    February 1, 2015 6:57 pm
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Science

  • Privacy challenges


    In this week’s issue of the journal Science, MIT researchers report that just four fairly vague pieces of information — the dates and locations of four purchases — are enough to identify 90 percent of the people in a data set recording three months of credit-card transactions by 1.1 million users. When the researchers also considered coarse-grained information about the prices of purchases, just three data points were enough to identify an even larger percentage of people in the data set. That means that someone with copies of just three of your recent receipts — or one receipt, one Instagram photo of you having coffee with friends, and one tweet about the phone you just bought — would have a 94 percent chance of extracting your credit card records from those of a million other people. This is true, the researchers say, even in cases where no one in the data set is identified by …

    February 1, 2015 2:57 pm
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Health

  • International campaigners urge UK to allow ‘three-parent’ IVF babies


    LONDON, (Reuters) – Campaigners urged British lawmakers on Sunday to seize a chance to become the first in the world to allow three-way fertility treatments to families who want to avoid passing on incurable diseases to their children. In an open letter ahead of a parliamentary vote scheduled for Tuesday, charities and advocacy groups said the opportunity “offers families the first glimmer of hope that they might be able to have a baby that will live without pain and suffering.” The technique under debate is known as mitochondrial donation and is often referred to as three-parent in vitro fertilization (IVF) because the offspring would have genes from a mother, a father and from a female donor. The process, still only at the research stage in Britain and the United States, involves intervening in the fertilization process to remove faulty mitochondrial DNA, which can cause inherited conditions such as fatal heart problems, liver failure, brain disorders, …

    February 1, 2015 6:57 pm
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Entertainment

  • Jennifer Aniston Receives Montecito Award At Santa Barbara Film Festival


    Posted on Sat Jan 31st, 2015 3:04pm PDT       By X17 Staff Getty Images for Dom Perignon Jennifer Aniston isn’t giving up just because she wasn’t nominated for an Oscar! The Cake star was honored for her most recent role at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, on Friday, with the Montecito Award. Fiance Justin Theroux was there to cheer on his favorite lady. The lifetime achievement award from the SBFF has named Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Day-Lewis and Kate Winslet as previous recipients.   Stories from around the Web

    February 1, 2015 7:17 pm
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Editorial

  • Obama, Netanyahu and Iran: Why Israel’s leader won’t back down on Congress speech


    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been invited by House Speaker John Boehner to address a joint session of Congress. It will be an occasion for Netanyahu to deliver his views on the nuclear deal with Iran that the White House and its European partners are attempting to craft. It is a deal Netanyahu does not like or trust. President Obama wants the speech canceled. He has made it clear that he won’t meet with Netanyahu. His senior officials are telling journalists, off the record, that a speech by Bibi could wreck Israeli-American relations, leave the Jewish state friendless and veto-less at the U.N. and unprotected from the aggression of the ayatollahs in Tehran. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Unlike the American president, Bibi can’t afford to simply hope for the best. For almost two decades he has been obsessed with what could happen to his country if the ayatollahs get their hands on the strategic weapons to carry out their deranged …

    January 31, 2015 2:39 pm
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Odd News

  • Secretary of State Kerry fined for not shoveling by Boston home


    BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was slapped with a $50 fine for failing to have a side street adjoining his Boston home shoveled following the blizzard that dropped more than 2 feet (60 cm) of snow on Massachusetts this week, a spokesman said on Friday. The fine was issued on Thursday after a snow-removal company hired by Kerry and his neighbors in the city’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood saw yellow tape blocking the sidewalk alongside the home and thought it was related to security for the top U.S. diplomat. The tape had been put up to warn pedestrians of falling ice and snow, said Kerry’s spokesman, Glen Johnson. “Once they understood that they were allowed to enter the area, the contractors finished the sidewalk late Thursday morning,” he said. Kerry was in Saudi Arabia with President Barack Obama to attend the funeral of King Abdullah and meet with his successor, King …

    January 30, 2015 10:31 pm
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