• Gas prices finally stop falling

    Gas prices finally stop falling

      The steady four-month decline in gas prices which has saved motorists more than a dollar per gallon has ended, at least for the moment. The average price of a gallon of regular gas edged...
  • Lebanon fire injures Israeli troops

    Lebanon fire injures Israeli troops

    28 January 2015 Last updated at 11:27 Israeli munitions are transported to the northern areas Four Israeli soldiers have been injured in an attack on an army patrol near the border with Lebanon, the Israeli...
  • Why neon is taking over the world

    Why neon is taking over the world

      If you’ve felt the need to wear sunglasses while watching sports lately, you’re not crazy. Fluorescent colors that look like they came straight out of a highlighter are taking over the sports world in...
  • Using stem cells to grow new hair

    Related images(click to enlarge) In a new study from Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham), researchers have used human pluripotent stem cells to generate new hair. The study represents the first step toward the development of...

Headline News

  • South Carolina court to clear ‘Friendship Nine’ of civil rights crimes


    (Reuters) – Black civil rights protesters who helped reinvigorate the 1960s U.S. sit-in movement against segregated lunch counters will appear in a South Carolina court on Wednesday to be celebrated instead of criminalized for standing up to racial injustice. A judge is expected to vacate the 54-year-old trespassing convictions of the “Friendship Nine,” a group of mostly students at the now-closed Friendship College who agreed to risk arrest by sitting at the McCrory’s five-and-dime store lunch counter in Rock Hill on Jan. 31, 1961. Hauled to jail and quickly found guilty, they became the first U.S. civil rights protesters to opt to serve jail time for sitting at an all-white lunch counter, helping launch the “jail, no bail” strategy that became a model for other activists. “It breathed new life into the sit-in movement,” said Adolphus Belk Jr., director of the African-American studies program at Winthrop University in Rock Hill. The surviving members of the …

    January 28, 2015 6:25 am
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Politics

  • Obama’s pick for attorney general faces heated confirmation debate


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama’s pick for his next attorney general faces a Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday that will likely highlight tensions between the Obama administration and the new Republican Congress. Loretta Lynch, nominated to the post in November, has stirred little controversy in her 16 years with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn and is expected to win confirmation. But she is likely to face hours of grilling from the Senate Judiciary Committee on hot button issues including immigration, guns, civil rights, national security, and her relationship with congressional Republicans, who frequently clashed with Attorney General Eric Holder, an unapologetic liberal voice and one of Obama’s closest allies. Some Republicans have threatened to use the nomination process as a battleground to defy Obama’s November immigration order, which eased the threat of deportation for some 5 million undocumented immigrants. One Republican, David Vitter, has already said he will vote “no” and complained …

    January 28, 2015 5:45 am
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Stocks

  • Gas prices finally stop falling


      The steady four-month decline in gas prices which has saved motorists more than a dollar per gallon has ended, at least for the moment. The average price of a gallon of regular gas edged up a fraction of a penny to take the national average to $2.04 from $2.03 on Tuesday, according to AAA. It marked the first increase in 123 days, the longest such streak on record. Wednesday, the average price stayed unchanged. Before this week, the last time the average price increased was November 25, when the national average stood at $3.35 a gallon. This week’s slight uptick followed increases in wholesale gas prices and crude oil prices on commodity markets earlier this week. The death of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud last week prompted some uncertainty in markets on whether the Saudi Arabia will continue to maintain oil production. Related: What’s gas cost in your state? While the transfer …

    January 28, 2015 8:05 am
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Sports

  • Djokovic, Wawrinka set up epic showdown, ill Serena through


    MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Top seed Novak Djokovic and champion Stan Wawrinka set up ‘The Djoker v The Man 3.0′ at Melbourne Park after impressive quarter-final victories on Wednesday, while an ill Serena Williams moved a step closer to her 19th grand slam title. The American, however, will first have to overcome the pure hitting of Madison Keys after the 19-year-old ended the fairytale run of Serena’s older sister Venus, despite suffering from a thigh injury that hampered her movement. With many suggesting prior to the tournament it could signify an epochal shift in both games, the teenager represents the up and comers in the semi-finals after Djokovic and Wawrinka crushed the last hopes of ‘Generation Next’ in the men’s draw. Djokovic, seeking to become the second man to win a fifth Australian Open title, beat Canada’s Milos Raonic 7-6(5) 6-4 6-2 in the late match on Rod Laver Arena, hours after Wawrinka had easily dispatched …

    January 28, 2015 6:25 am
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World News

  • Lebanon fire injures Israeli troops


    28 January 2015 Last updated at 11:27 Israeli munitions are transported to the northern areas Four Israeli soldiers have been injured in an attack on an army patrol near the border with Lebanon, the Israeli military says. A military vehicle was hit by an anti-tank missile in the disputed Shebaa Farms area. Hezbollah said it carried out the attack. The Israeli army responded by firing shells into southern Lebanon. The Israel Defence Forces said they were looking into reports of attempts to abduct soldiers. “Initial reports suggest that an anti-tank missile was fired at a military vehicle near Mt Dov in northern Israel,” the Israel Defence Forces said on Twitter. PM Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted: “At this moment the IDF responds to events in the North. We will not allow terrorists to disrupt the lives of our citizens and threaten their security. We will respond forcefully those who try to challenge us.” Residents in Metola have …

    January 28, 2015 6:25 am
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Technology

  • Cyber London aims to make the UK a launchpad for cyber-security startups


    A new startup accelerator based in London hopes to be the launchpad for a new wave of cyber-security technology companies from across Europe. The first 13-week programme for Cyber London (CyLon) will kick off in April, with a group of startups drawn from industries including defence, retail, telecoms and health services. Ten teams a year will be funded by the programme, with their founders receiving £5,000 in cost-of-living allowances while taking part. CyLon is structured as a not-for-profit business, and will not take equity stakes in any of the startups. Its founders include Alex van Someren of Amadeus Capital Partners, who previously co-founded internet security startup nCipher, taking it public in 2000. He is joined by co-founders Grace Cassy and Jonathan Luff of Epsilon Advisory Partners, and advisors Jon Bradford of startup accelerator TechStars and Eileen Burbridge of venture capital firm Passion Capital. Another British accelerator, Ignite, is also a founding partner for CyLon, which …

    January 28, 2015 5:45 am
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Science

  • Using stem cells to grow new hair


    Related images(click to enlarge) In a new study from Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham), researchers have used human pluripotent stem cells to generate new hair. The study represents the first step toward the development of a cell-based treatment for people with hair loss. In the United States alone, more than 40 million men and 21 million women are affected by hair loss. The research was published online in PLOS One yesterday. “We have developed a method using human pluripotent stem cells to create new cells capable of initiating human hair growth. The method is a marked improvement over current methods that rely on transplanting existing hair follicles from one part of the head to another,” said Alexey Terskikh, Ph.D., associate professor in the Development, Aging, and Regeneration Program at Sanford-Burnham. “Our stem cell method provides an unlimited source of cells from the patient for transplantation and isn’t limited by the availability of existing hair follicles.” …

    January 28, 2015 5:46 am
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Health

  • Diagnostics, Tamiflu help Roche full-year sales beat poll


    ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss drugmaker Roche (ROG.VX) expects sales and profits to grow at a similar pace to last year, after a strong performance by its diagnostics unit and flu drug Tamiflu helped full-year sales beat expectations. Stripping out the impact of currency fluctuations, the world’s largest maker of cancer drugs forecast 2015 sales to grow in the low-to-mid single digit range, while core earnings per share (EPS) should grow more than sales. Full-year sales rose 1 percent to 47.5 billion Swiss francs ($52.5 billion), generating flat core earnings per share (EPS) of 14.29 Swiss francs. Analysts in a Reuters poll had forecast sales of 47.1 billion francs and core EPS of 14.7 francs. ($1 = 0.9047 Swiss francs) (Reporting by Caroline Copley)

    January 28, 2015 1:42 am
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Entertainment

  • Rebel Wilson says her curves have given her a major advantage in Hollywood


    More: 10 Celebrities who’ve been fat-shamed The Australian-born star has a much fuller figure than most Hollywood stars, but instead of seeing her weight as a negative, she believes it’s an asset. “I took something that was seen as a disadvantage — no one thinks, if you’re fat, that you’re going to be an actress and everyone’s going to love you — and turned it into a positive,” Wilson told Australia’s Daily Life. Wilson also believes that it is her size that has helped her do so well in comedic roles because, she explains, “bigger girls do better in comedy.” Wilson is set to reprise her role as Fat Amy in the highly anticipated sequel Pitch Perfect 2. So, why does she think that bigger girls do better? More: Top 10 funny ladies we want to replace David Letterman “I don’t know why. Maybe because people find it easier to laugh. It’s very hard to laugh at …

    January 28, 2015 8:06 am
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Editorial

  • Auschwitz Anniversary: My mother, grandmother were sent to the left. My father and I were sent to the right


    FILE – A picture taken just after the liberation by the Soviet army in January, 1945, shows a group of children wearing concentration camp uniforms behind barbed wire fencing in the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp. (AP) Seventy years ago I was in a Nazi concentration camp. Since then, I’ve seen tyrants and dictators enter and exit the global stage. Yet as the world prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of the Auschwitz liberation, it is perhaps well and right that we reflect on how the Holocaust shocked the moral imagination on a scale the world could scarcely fathom. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Why ponder such things? Because for far too many, the Holocaust remains a mystery. A major poll taken last year of 53,000 people found that just 54 percent had ever heard of the Holocaust. Knowledge of Auschwitz is likely even more limited, particularly among young people. Past surveys have shown that nearly half of Britons …

    January 28, 2015 5:45 am
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Odd News

  • Original Wells Fargo bank site in San Francisco robbed of Gold Rush-era nuggets


    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Three bandits wearing ski masks crashed a stolen SUV into the Wells Fargo History Museum in San Francisco early on Tuesday and held a security guard at gunpoint before making off with a display of gold nuggets from the 19th century, police said. The predawn smash-and-grab heist took place at the Montgomery Street building in the city’s Financial District on the site where the original Wells Fargo bank was founded in 1852. “The security guard went to investigate and found the vehicle had crashed into the revolving doors. Three suspects exited the vehicle with their faces covered, held the security guard at gunpoint, and took gold nuggets from a display case,” police spokesman Albie Esparza said. “One suspect was armed with a handgun,” he added.  The dark-colored GMC Suburban was left behind, and the thieves made off in a four-door sedan. The SUV had been reported stolen from San Bruno, about 12 miles …

    January 28, 2015 1:42 am
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