• Darwin 2.0

    Related images(click to enlarge) Birds that are related, such as Darwin’s finches, but that vary in beak size and behavior specially evolved to their habitat are examples of a process called speciation. It has long...
  • US to press Turkey over IS role

    US to press Turkey over IS role

    22 November 2014 Last updated at 05:14 Mr Biden arrived with his wife Jill on Friday for three days of talks US Vice-President Joe Biden is in Turkey to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, aiming...
  • Warriors have easy time with Jazz

    Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Andre Iguodala scored 17 points, Harrison Barnes recorded a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors crushed the Utah Jazz, 101-88, on Friday. Even with Stephen...
  • Far Cry 4 review

    You’re Ajay, arriving in the fictitious Himalayan kingdom of Kyrat with your dead mum’s ashes. You discover a people living in fear of psychotic gun runner, Pagan Min, and that you’re the son of a...
  • FDA approves Purdue’s painkiller that can reduce abuse

    (This version of the Nov. 20 story, corrects final paragraph to show Embeda treats pain, not opioid dependence) By Toni Clarke (Reuters)- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a long-acting narcotic painkiller with...

Headline News

  • Authorities: Man arrested in 2007 killing of Colorado mom who worked as escort was a client


    DENVER –  A single mother who vanished from western Colorado more than seven years ago led a double life as a paid escort with many unsavory clients, investigators say. Among them was Lester Ralph Jones, 63, who was one of the last people to call Paige Birgfeld before her 8-year-old daughter reported her missing in June 2007. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT On Friday, Jones was arrested charges of murder, kidnapping and arson. Authorities allege he killed Birgfeld, dumped her body and torched her car. Police dogs found Jones’ scent in Birgfeld’s charred, red Ford Focus and said he was unable to explain a gas can near his desk at the RV dealership where he worked, according to a 46-page arrest affidavit detailing how Jones quickly emerged as the main suspect. No attorney for Jones was listed in court records, but he denied any involvement when police interviewed him early in their investigation. Detectives also questioned — and …

    November 22, 2014 4:19 am
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Politics

  • In Chicago, contenders make hard push to get on mayoral ballot


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Standing outside a drugstore in the bitter Chicago wind, Jonathan Todd shared tips with a fellow volunteer on how to collect signatures to get their candidate on the mayoral ballot. “Hold your pen tight in your hand – that keeps the ink from freezing,” said Todd, working for mayoral hopeful Amara Enyia. Todd was one of an army of campaign workers around the city this week scrambling for signatures before a Monday deadline to get a ballot spot to challenge incumbent Rahm Emanuel in February’s election. The third-largest U.S. city has the toughest ballot requirements in the country, said Richard Winger, an expert on ballot access legal issues. Contenders for mayor must file 12,500 voter signatures with the elections board, compared with 3,750 in New York and no more than 2,000 in Los Angeles. “I’m not aware of any cities large or small that require more than 5,000 signatures,” said Winger, who …

    November 22, 2014 4:18 am
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Stocks

  • Stocks rise. Investors are thankful…. for central bankers


    Thanksgiving arrived a week early on Wall Street. Stocks climbed higher on Friday in response to a surprise rate cut by China’s central bank and hints of more emergency action by the European Central Bank. “Both the ECB and PBoC got out the bazookas overnight and fired them resolutely,” Michael Block, chief strategist at Rhino Trading Partners, wrote in a note to clients. An early burst of buying carried the Dow 175 points higher and above the 17,800 level for the first time ever. It lost some momentum, but still closed 91 points in the green and at another all-time closing high. The SP 500 advanced 0.5% and notched its 45th record close of 2014, while the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.2%. The party started overnight in China, which unleashed its first rate cut in more than two years. The move is aimed at energizing the world’s second-largest economy, which has slowed decidedly after years of …

    November 22, 2014 3:18 am
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Sports

  • Warriors have easy time with Jazz


    Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Andre Iguodala scored 17 points, Harrison Barnes recorded a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors crushed the Utah Jazz, 101-88, on Friday. Even with Stephen Curry netting only eight points, the Warriors led by as many as 30 in the wire-to-wire victory. Curry was more the facilitator than the shot maker, doling out 10 assists for Golden State’s balanced attack. Klay Thompson finished with 14 points, Andrew Bogut scored 12 and Draymond Green filled the box score with 11 points, nine boards and five assists. “Andre was great … We knew it was coming, Andre has dominated our scrimmages from the beginning of training camp,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. The Warriors have won four in a row since losses to Phoenix and San Antonio and improved to 9-2 for the first time since the 1972-73 season. Enes Kanter netted 18 points to pace Utah, …

    November 22, 2014 4:19 am
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World News

  • US to press Turkey over IS role


    22 November 2014 Last updated at 05:14 Mr Biden arrived with his wife Jill on Friday for three days of talks US Vice-President Joe Biden is in Turkey to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, aiming to push for a bigger Turkish role in the fight against Islamic State (IS). Turkey has said such a role would have to be linked with plans to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Turkey has pressed for a no-fly zone in Syria but has not won US backing. Mr Biden and Mr Erdogan have also had a public row over foreign jihadis crossing Turkey’s border with Syria. On Friday, Mr Biden held talks with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who praised the “deep-rooted” relationship between the countries. Mr Biden said: “We’ve been friends for a long time and one of the great advantages of being back in Turkey with a friend and Nato ally is we’re always direct with one another. …

    November 22, 2014 4:19 am
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Technology

  • Far Cry 4 review


    You’re Ajay, arriving in the fictitious Himalayan kingdom of Kyrat with your dead mum’s ashes. You discover a people living in fear of psychotic gun runner, Pagan Min, and that you’re the son of a legendary local freedom fighter. That’s all it takes to kickstart your campaign of Rambo-style regime change. As in Far Cry 3, there are rickety towers to scale that unlock new areas of the map, outposts to subdue, and the need to stalk animals and people through jungle, water and villages. This outing adds majestic mountain scenery and a grappling hook to help navigate it, as well as numerous gyrocopters and hang gliders ready to be stolen as you crisscross its precipitous passes and peaks. You can also change the course of the story depending on which of two rival faction leaders’ missions you choose to undertake. Like Assassin’s Creed, there’s a strong sense of deja vu, but this is so …

    November 22, 2014 4:19 am
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Science

  • Darwin 2.0


    Related images(click to enlarge) Birds that are related, such as Darwin’s finches, but that vary in beak size and behavior specially evolved to their habitat are examples of a process called speciation. It has long been thought that dramatic changes in a landscape like the formation of the Andes Mountain range or the Amazon River is the main driver that initiates species to diverge. However, a recent study shows that speciation occurred much later than these dramatic geographical changes. Researchers from LSU’s Museum of Natural Science have found that time and a species’ ability to move play greater parts in the process of speciation. This research was recently published in the print edition of Nature. “The extraordinary diversity of birds in South America is usually attributed to big changes in the landscape over geological time, but our study suggests that prolonged periods of landscape stability are more important,” said Robb Brumfield, LSU Museum of Natural …

    November 22, 2014 4:40 am
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Health

  • FDA approves Purdue’s painkiller that can reduce abuse


    (This version of the Nov. 20 story, corrects final paragraph to show Embeda treats pain, not opioid dependence) By Toni Clarke (Reuters)- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a long-acting narcotic painkiller with abuse-resistant properties made by Purdue Pharma L.P., the agency said on Thursday. The FDA approved the once-daily drug, Hysingla ER, with the expectation that it will reduce, though not necessarily prevent, abuse through snorting or injecting. It is the second extended-release “pure” hydrocodone drug approved by the FDA. The first, approved last October, was Zohydro ER, made by San Diego-based Zogenix Inc. Other hydrocodone drugs, such as Vicodin, combine short-acting hydrocodone with acetaminophen or other painkillers. The approval comes at a time of rising prescription drug abuse. Of the 22,114 drug overdose deaths in 2012, 72 percent involved opioid analgesics such as hydrocodone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The FDA’s approval of Zohydro, against the advice …

    November 22, 2014 4:19 am
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Entertainment

  • Ryan Reynolds’ brothers have always had his back


    Who’s hotter, daddy edition: Ryan Gosling vs. Ryan Reynolds Reynolds is kicking off Thanksgiving early with an essay he penned for Time magazine’s Time for Thanks series. In it, he tells a story about a time he was especially thankful for his brothers and how they’ve always had his back. “Actions speak louder than words,” Reynolds writes. “And for one particular memory I have, the action was deafening.” Reynolds is the youngest of the four boys, so he took a fair amount of torture from his brothers, he writes. And when 13-year-old Reynolds decided to “test the waters of questionable fashion and independence” by piercing his ear, his brothers’ reactions were pretty much what one would expect them to be. Ryan Reynolds’ baby name ideas are completely ridiculous “My brothers were characteristically detailed with their feelings on the matter,” Reynolds writes. “My oldest brother told me I was going to die tonight. Like, DIE. ‘Do …

    November 22, 2014 3:59 am
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Editorial

  • Immigration debate: Why is GOP’s Hal Rogers afraid to defund Obama’s amnesty plan?


    FILE — Jan. 14, 2013: House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., before the House Rules Committee at the Capitol in Washington. (AP) Memo to Rep. Hal Rogers: If you fund President Obama’s executive amnesty plan, you will own it with him.  Now that the president has announced his executive amnesty order, it puts the spotlight squarely on Republican leaders such as House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers who seems to be at odds with most of the GOP. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Rogers suggested last week to a reporter the GOP should pass a long-term spending bill even if it should include funding for Obama’s upcoming Executive Order. Mr. Chairman: If the American people wanted Congress to fund amnesty programs, they would have kept the Democrats in charge. Whether we are talking about a continuing resolution or omnibus spending bill is completely irrelevant. American voters were not just casually opposed to the president’s naive, unworkable, and unfair policy ideas, …

    November 22, 2014 4:19 am
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Odd News

  • Lost kitten from New Mexico turns up in duffel bag in Maine


    ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) – An Albuquerque cat owner can sleep easier now that the kitten that went missing last month will be home for the holidays, despite a mysterious 2,300-mile side trip to Maine. Patsy Murphy, who runs an animal refuge center in Westbrook, Maine, said the kitten, named Spice, was brought to her shelter on Nov. 11 by a man who found the feline in a duffel bag while unloading furniture at a local Catholic charity. “This is a very odd story, we wish she could tell us what happened,” Murphy said of the kitten, which was found inside the bag with food and kitty litter. Murphy said Maine resident Bob Watterson brought the kitten home on Nov. 5, and cared for it for six days before he turned it over to the animal refuge, which found a microchip in the cat that could identify it. Murphy was shocked when the cat was traced …

    November 21, 2014 8:31 pm
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