• Colonials come calling on 14th-ranked Rams

    Richmond, VA (SportsNetwork.com) – The 14th-ranked Virginia Commonwealth Rams put an 11-game win streak on the line against a formidable foe on Tuesday night, as they entertain the George Washington Colonials in a pivotal Atlantic...
  • Auschwitz survivors appeal to world

    Auschwitz survivors appeal to world

    27 January 2015 Last updated at 16:10 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. LIVE: Coverage of Auschwitz anniversary event Auschwitz survivors have urged the world not to allow a repeat of the...
  • Bowe Bergdahl to face desertion charges: NBC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who disappeared from his base in Afghanistan in 2009 but was released last year in a prisoner swap with the Taliban, will be charged with desertion, according...
  • Stock set to open significantly lower

    Stock set to open significantly lower

    U.S. stock futures are pointing lower ahead of the open. Forget the snow. The blizzard of earnings hitting Wall Street looks even worse. The Dow is set to open close to 300 points lower after...
  • Revived ‘snoopers’ charter’ shelved

    Revived ‘snoopers’ charter’ shelved

    27 January 2015 Last updated at 14:52 By Kevin Rawlinson BBC News The former Met Police commissioner Lord Blair was among the four peers to table the amendment A last-minute attempt to revive a “snoopers’...

Headline News

  • Bowe Bergdahl to face desertion charges: NBC


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who disappeared from his base in Afghanistan in 2009 but was released last year in a prisoner swap with the Taliban, will be charged with desertion, according to NBC. The television network, citing senior defense officials, said the charges could come within a week. (Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Bill Trott)

    January 27, 2015 10:11 am
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Politics

  • Obama seeks close, candid ties to Saudi king: aide


    RIYADH (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama sought to cement ties with Saudi Arabia as he came to pay his respects on Tuesday after the death of King Abdullah, a trip that underscores the importance of a U.S.-Saudi alliance that extends beyond oil interests to regional security. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters Obama wanted to discuss with the new Saudi King Salman the fight against Islamic State, the volatile situation in Yemen and talks on ending a long-running dispute about Iran’s nuclear ambitions. “We do believe that Saudi policy will remain quite similar to how it’s been under King Abdullah,” he said, adding Obama wanted to forge the same kind of “close relationship” with Salman as he had with his predecessor. “They didn’t always agree, they were candid in their differences, but they were also were able to do a lot of things together,” he said. Obama’s visit comes as Washington struggles …

    January 27, 2015 9:30 am
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Stocks

  • Stock set to open significantly lower


    U.S. stock futures are pointing lower ahead of the open. Forget the snow. The blizzard of earnings hitting Wall Street looks even worse. The Dow is set to open close to 300 points lower after poor earnings from Caterpillar (CAT). The company is blaming falling energy prices for its woes and cut expectations for the year. A faltering Europe is also starting to hit corporate earnings. Procter Gamble (PG) blamed the strong U.S. dollar and jitters elsewhere in the world for its sluggish earnings report. Here are the five things you need to know before the opening bell rings in New York: 1. Markets getting snowed under: U.S. stock futures are all pointing down ahead of the open as traders express disappointment over some quarterly results. Shares in Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) and Caterpillar are both declining more than 7% after releasing their latest earnings. Microsoft reported a drop in quarterly profit, largely due to the …

    January 27, 2015 9:50 am
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Sports

  • Colonials come calling on 14th-ranked Rams


    Richmond, VA (SportsNetwork.com) – The 14th-ranked Virginia Commonwealth Rams put an 11-game win streak on the line against a formidable foe on Tuesday night, as they entertain the George Washington Colonials in a pivotal Atlantic 10 Conference clash at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. George Washington is on a nice little run of its own, the team winning each of its last four bouts, the most recent being a 74-59 decision versus visiting Duquesne on Saturday. As a result, the Colonials come in at 16-4 overall, which includes a 6-1 league ledger. GW is presently tied with Dayton for second place in the A-10, just a half game behind first-place VCU. The Rams are 8-1 at home this season. The Rams haven’t lost a game since falling to ACC power Virginia on Dec. 6 (74-57), and then enter this contest sporting a 16-3 mark overall, which encompasses their perfect 6-0 conference record. VCU was most …

    January 27, 2015 10:11 am
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World News

  • Auschwitz survivors appeal to world


    27 January 2015 Last updated at 16:10 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. LIVE: Coverage of Auschwitz anniversary event Auschwitz survivors have urged the world not to allow a repeat of the crimes of the Holocaust as they mark 70 years since the camp’s liberation. “We survivors do not want our past to be our children’s future,” Roman Kent, born in 1929, told a memorial gathering at the death camp’s site in Poland. Some 300 Auschwitz survivors returned for the ceremony under a giant tent. Some 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, were killed there between 1940 and 1945, when Soviet troops liberated it. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote Once again young Jewish boys are afraid to wear yarmulkes [skullcaps] on the streets of Paris, Budapest, London and even Berlin” End Quote Ronald S Lauder President of the World Jewish Congress It is expected to be the last major anniversary event …

    January 27, 2015 10:11 am
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Technology

  • Revived ‘snoopers’ charter’ shelved


    27 January 2015 Last updated at 14:52 By Kevin Rawlinson BBC News The former Met Police commissioner Lord Blair was among the four peers to table the amendment A last-minute attempt to revive a “snoopers’ charter” before the general election has been dropped. Four peers tried to push through measures from the bill, rejected in 2012, adding them to draft legislation currently before Parliament. But their fellow Lords were unconvinced and the amendment withdrawn. The BBC understands they will try again next week unless the Home Office publishes a government redraft of the bill, of which the Lords has been told. Last week, Lords King, Blair, Carlile and West proposed adding whole sections of the defeated Communications Data Bill to the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill, which is currently being considered by Parliament. ‘Snoopers’ charter’ But Lord Blencathra, whose joint committee scrutinised – and was heavily critical of – the original legislation, told a House of …

    January 27, 2015 9:30 am
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Science

  • NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Captures Best-Ever View of Dwarf Planet


    [image-50] NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has returned the sharpest images ever seen of the dwarf planet Ceres. The images were taken 147,000 miles (237,000 kilometers) from Ceres on Jan. 25, and represent a new milestone for a spacecraft that soon will become the first human-made probe to visit a dwarf planet. “We know so little about our vast solar system, but thanks to economical missions like Dawn, those mysteries are being solved,” said Jim Green, Planetary Science Division Director at NASA Headquarters in Washington. At 43 pixels wide, the new images are more than 30 percent higher in resolution than those taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope in 2003 and 2004 at a distance of over 150 million miles. The resolution is higher because Dawn is traveling through the solar system to Ceres, while Hubble remains fixed in Earth orbit. The new Dawn images come on the heels of initial navigation images taken Jan. 13 that …

    January 27, 2015 9:31 am
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Health

  • Don’t Become a Blizzard Casualty


    TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The blizzard conditions and frigid cold blanketing the U.S. Northeast pose numerous health threats, a doctor warns. If you must be outdoors, staying warm is critical, said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. “In the cold weather, it’s important to keep your head, face and nose covered, but most importantly dress in layers to prevent heat loss,” Glatter said. He recommends wearing sturdy insulated boots with thick wool socks while shoveling snow. Also, pay special attention to the head and scalp, as well as the nose, neck and ears, “which are often exposed to the cold air, and thus at risk for heat loss in cold temperatures,” Glatter said in a hospital news release. Shoveling in cold weather can greatly boost your risk of heart attack, especially if you have chronic health problems such as high blood pressure or diabetes, …

    January 27, 2015 9:30 am
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Entertainment

  • Hot Granny Kris Jenner Wears Totally See Through Pants At Paris Fashion Week


    Posted on Tue Jan 27th, 2015 7:29am PDT       By X17 Staff Kris Jenner may be a little bit desperate, but you can’t deny that the 59-year-old reality TV star/momager looks amazing! On Tuesday PMK attended the Chanel show in Paris to support daughter Kendall, and she wore a totally sheer pair of pants with an overcoat. Getting out of her car was a bit of a challenge, and as soon as she stood up, she immediately covered up her crotch with a handbag. Gotta keep it somewhat classy! After the show Kris posted a pic with Karl Lagerfeld, and wrote, “Oh, no big deal

    January 27, 2015 9:50 am
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Editorial

  • Obama’s terror strategy is failing: US must heed lessons of 9/11


    It is increasingly apparent that the U.S. war against Islamic extremism has been put on hold by President Obama and his national security team.  President Obama failed to even mention Al Qaeda during his State of the Union address. In early January, the recent terrorist attacks in Paris against the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher supermarket gave us a glimpse of what the future of terrorism looks like, and what the civilized world will have to defend against.   ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT At the same time, the unfolding chaos in Yemen and loss of a U.S. partner in the fight against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) raises serious concerns about the future of a country that four months ago President Obama cited as a successful model for U.S.-led efforts to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Syria, Yemen, and Libya are all examples of our failure to learn one …

    January 27, 2015 9:30 am
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Odd News

  • China police suspended after dining on enormous salamander


    BEIJING (Reuters) – The southern Chinese city of Shenzhen suspended 14 police officers and put a police chief under investigation on Tuesday on suspicion of feasting on an endangered giant salamander, state media reported. The officers allegedly were consuming the endangered animal, the world’s largest amphibian, at a seafood restaurant, the state-backed Shenzhen Daily reported on Tuesday. The giant salamander can grow as long as 180 cm (6 ft). China’s leadership has called for Communist Party cadres and officials to forgo elaborate banquets and pricey junkets as it works to clamp down on government excess. Corruption, as well as a yawning gap between the rich and the poor, is a central source of public discontent with the ruling party. Some of the police officers slapped and attacked a trio of reporters who were trying to photograph the banquet, snatching away their mobile phones and cameras, according to Southern Metropolis Daily, a respected newspaper in southern …

    January 27, 2015 9:30 am
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