• Loser! Jerk! Insults fly on Republican campaign trail

    WASHINGTON For months Republican presidential candidates traded insults such as “dummy,” “jerk” and “loser.” Then, party front-runner Donald Trump repeated a supporter’s description of Ted Cruz as a “pussy.” With the contest for the party’s...
  • Al-Shabab claim Somalia plane attack

    Al-Shabab claim Somalia plane attack

    Image copyright Harun Maruf Image caption A huge hole in the fuselage appeared close to the wing Somalia’s Islamist militant group al-Shabab says it carried out a bomb attack on a plane that blew a...
  • Queens Park Rangers 1-3 Fulham

    Queens Park Rangers 1-3 Fulham

    French striker Moussa Dembele scored his 10th league goal of the season for Fulham Fulham defeated west London rivals Queens Park Rangers for the second time this season to give Slavisa Jokanovic his first win...
  • New nanotechnology detects biomarkers of cancer

    Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have developed a new technology to detect disease biomarkers in the form of nucleic acids, the building blocks of all living organisms. The proof-of-concept study is currently published...
  • Russia faces pressure over Syria deaths

    Russia faces pressure over Syria deaths

    Image copyright AP Image caption Russia denies it jets have targeted civilians in Syria Pressure is increasing on Russia over civilian deaths in Syria, with France and the US urging greater caution. French PM Manuel...
  • McFadden signs again with Motherwell

    McFadden signs again with Motherwell

    James McFadden played twice as a substitute for Motherwell in January Scotland forward James McFadden has signed for Motherwell for a fourth time, agreeing a contract until the end of the season. The 32-year-old returned...

Headline News

  • Police called to home of ‘affluenza’ teen’s dad, no charges


    FORT WORTH, Texas –  Police said they were called to the residence of “affluenza teen” Ethan Couch’s father on Friday to investigate claims that Fred Couch attacked his girlfriend, but she wouldn’t cooperate and no charges were filed. Tarrant County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call at Fred Couch’s house from a woman who said she was his girlfriend and had been choked. “Deputies saw she had some redness around her neck, potential choke marks,” Sheriff Dee Anderson told The Associated Press. The woman refused to allow the deputies to take crime scene photographs and sped off in a car during questioning. Anderson said that without further cooperation from the alleged victim, there was not enough evidence to charge Couch. Authorities have been unable to locate Fred Couch, who left before the deputies arrived. Fred Couch did not answer calls from the AP. Couch’s son gained notoriety for using an “affluenza” defense during his trial …

    February 13, 2016 8:42 am
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Politics

  • Loser! Jerk! Insults fly on Republican campaign trail


    WASHINGTON For months Republican presidential candidates traded insults such as “dummy,” “jerk” and “loser.” Then, party front-runner Donald Trump repeated a supporter’s description of Ted Cruz as a “pussy.” With the contest for the party’s nomination moving into South Carolina and the stakes rising, it is possible the most disparaging discourse of the Nov. 8 election campaign is yet to come. The epithets may be characteristic of schoolyard bullies, but there is some evidence that candidates are reveling in the attention they draw. The harshest attacks elicit the biggest responses at rallies, on the Internet and on cable TV. Trump, the billionaire former reality TV star, sent a New Hampshire rally into a frenzy on Monday when he repeated the term “pussy” shouted by a person in the crowd, effectively questioning Cruz’s manliness. Trump went on to win the state’s primary the next day, ahead of the third-place Cruz by a 3-to-1 margin. “It’s one …

    February 13, 2016 9:02 am
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Stocks

  • Why it would be tough for Trump to bring jobs back from China


    It’s one of Donald Trump’s favorite campaign promises. “I will bring jobs back from China. I will bring jobs back from Japan. I will bring jobs back from Mexico,” he said in last week’s Republican debate. “I’m going to bring jobs back and I’ll start bringing them back very fast.” That’s not likely to happen, however, several economists say. Many of the jobs that moved overseas are in manufacturing, and the majority of those positions aren’t coming back. The nation has seen a decline of nearly 5.5 million manufacturing jobs over the past 25 years. Just how many of those jobs disappeared due to trade remains a matter of debate among economists. About 20 million people change jobs involuntarily due to layoffs and plant closures every year, and less than 5% of those are due to imports, said Robert Lawrence, a professor of international trade and investment at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Related: Donald …

    February 13, 2016 7:42 am
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Sports

  • Queens Park Rangers 1-3 Fulham


    French striker Moussa Dembele scored his 10th league goal of the season for Fulham Fulham defeated west London rivals Queens Park Rangers for the second time this season to give Slavisa Jokanovic his first win as Whites head coach. The game was over by half-time as Ross McCormack’s clinical finish, Moussa Dembele’s header and Tom Cairney’s deflected effort put Fulham 3-0 up. Luke Garbutt almost made it 4-0, the same scoreline from Craven Cottage in September, but sliced wide. Tjaronn Chery grabbed a consolation, side-footing in from a corner late on. It leaves Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink with just two wins from 13 games as QPR boss. Fulham’s win at QPR as it happened The R’s came up against a Fulham side who had won just one match in the Championship since the end of October, leaving them four points above the relegation zone. Jokanovic, a former team-mate of Hasselbaink at Chelsea, replaced Kit Symons at …

    February 13, 2016 8:43 am
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World News

  • Al-Shabab claim Somalia plane attack


    Image copyright Harun Maruf Image caption A huge hole in the fuselage appeared close to the wing Somalia’s Islamist militant group al-Shabab says it carried out a bomb attack on a plane that blew a huge hole in its fuselage earlier this month. In an emailed statement, al-Shabab said the attack was revenge for Western intelligence operations in Somalia. The Daallo Airlines Airbus 321 with 74 passengers on board made an emergency landing in the capital Mogadishu after the explosion shortly after take-off. One person, said to be the bomber, was reportedly blown out of the plane. The explosion happened about 15 minutes into the flight, when the plane was only at around 11,000ft (3,350m) and the cabin was not yet pressurised. More on this story: Image copyright AFP What happened on the plane? Al-Shabab wants IS to back off Who are al-Shabab? Why I left militant group Most of the passengers had originally been …

    February 13, 2016 8:43 am
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Technology

  • Five things we love: from a one-man band to an unforgettable umbrella


    Laser-tag game that zaps up a shield or ‘bot’ assistants This new addition to the noisy world of laser tag claims to occupy “the third space between the screen-dominated indoors and the vanishing outdoors”, which means that it has all the hysterical trigger-happiness of a multiplayer first-person shooter without the risk of obesity and bedsores. Comprising a garish electronic tunic and a wrist-mounted gun, what sets the SuperSuit apart from its rivals is a collection of outlandish features, including the use of remote control “bots”, and the ability to create a shield by waving your hand in a figure-of-eight. £140 will buy you enough gear for two players when the game is released later this year. Let your talent shine as a one-man band Zoom Arq featues 468 instrument sounds and a record button “Take me on a trip upon your magic swirlin’ ship,” sang Bob Dylan, anticipating the Zoom Arq by a good half …

    February 13, 2016 5:22 am
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Science

  • New nanotechnology detects biomarkers of cancer


    Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have developed a new technology to detect disease biomarkers in the form of nucleic acids, the building blocks of all living organisms. The proof-of-concept study is currently published online in the journal Nano Letters. “We envision this as a potential first-line, noninvasive diagnostic to detect anything from cancer to the Ebola virus,” said Adam R. Hall, Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Wake Forest Baptist and lead author of the study. “Although we are certainly at the early stages of the technology, eventually we could perform the test using a few drops of blood from a simple finger prick.” Nucleic acids consist of chains or sequences of bases stretching from just a few to millions of elements long. The exact order in which these bases are found, even over short distances, is strongly tied to their functions, and therefore can be used as direct indicators of what …

    February 13, 2016 8:02 am
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Health

  • Obsessed Athletes More Likely to Approve of Performance-Enhancing Drugs: Study


    SATURDAY, Feb. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The more obsessed that college athletes are with their sport, the more likely they are to approve of using performance-enhancing drugs, a new Canadian study finds. Two types of passion are associated with sports, the University of Waterloo researchers explained. “Harmonious passion” involves feelings of enjoyment, and the sport blends with the athlete’s life. “Obsessive passion” means not being able to disconnect from a sport and having feelings of guilt when not participating. The researchers surveyed nearly 600 male and female varsity/all-star athletes at four universities in the province of Ontario. “We found that regardless of gender, athletes who reported higher obsessive passion indicated more lenient attitudes towards [performance-enhancing drugs], while athletes who reported higher harmonious passion held more conservative attitudes towards them,” study author Wade Wilson, a lecturer on the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, said in a university news release. “These results suggest that the closer …

    February 13, 2016 8:42 am
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Entertainment

  • Is Lisa Vanderpump Now The Villain On ‘RHOBH’?


    Lisa Vanderpump is a curious person. This has been shown on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills several times, including on this season. During the trip to the Hamptons, Vanderpump grilled Eileen Davidson about the end of her marriage that led to her affair. Lisa kept digging to get details, and Eileen felt weird about it. But now her curiosity is making her look like a villain on the show. According to a new report, Lisa Vanderpump is now defending herself in the Yolanda Foster drama. Lisa was labeled a bad person after talking about Yolanda Foster’s children. Lisa revealed that Mohammed Hadid had told her that the children were fine, hinting that they weren’t sick. But two of Yolanda’s three children have been diagnosed with lyme. And Foster wasn’t happy with people talking about her children. “I would never bring somebody’s children (especially their health) into this very public forum, but Yolanda did…twice…of her …

    February 13, 2016 7:22 am
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Editorial

  • A love letter to my sister Susan G. Komen on Valentine’s Day


    Dear Suzy, Every year since you passed away in 1980, I’ve written a letter thanking you for having been the most wonderful sister, and the inspiration for taking me on a meaningful life’s journey in patient advocacy and philanthropy. It’s amazing to think how young we were then when you first told me “this time the lump was different,” and a few years later, as you were dying from metastatic breast cancer, you made me promise that I would do everything I could to end breast cancer forever. I’ve worked hard to keep that promise.  In 1982 I founded Susan G. Komen (SGK) in your honor and over the years it grew to be the largest breast cancer charity in the world, raising more than $2.6 billion for breast cancer research, community health outreach and screening, patient advocacy, and numerous related programs in more than 30 countries. In 1984 I too was diagnosed with breast cancer, …

    February 13, 2016 3:21 am
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Odd News

  • Racy night with handcuffs lands Arkansas man in handcuffs, again


    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. An Arkansas couple’s evening of “kinky” entertainment ended with one pair of handcuffs used for fun being replaced by another used for real in an arrest, police said on Friday. Dustin Taylor, 21, summoned police this week to his home in Fort Smith to remove a pair of handcuffs he told officers he and his wife had been using the previous night while “doing some ‘kinky’ things,” the official report stated. The couple had lost the key, Taylor explained. The responding patrolman removed the handcuffs and did a routine search of Taylor’s name in a police database. When the computer reported an outstanding warrant for Taylor on criminal mischief, handcuffs went back on. But this time they belonged to the officer. Sergeant Daniel Grubbs, spokesman for the Fort Smith police, expressed a measure of sympathy for Taylor. “I sort of wish the guy had invested in an extra handcuff key,” Grubbs said. …

    February 12, 2016 8:20 pm
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