Headline News

  • Ferguson streets calm down as protesters disperse, National Guard remains on watch


    Protesters gather in front of the Ferguson Police Department on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri’s governor ordered hundreds more state militia into Ferguson on Tuesday, after a night of protests and rioting over a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a case that has inflamed racial tensions in the U.S. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (The Associated Press) Protesters line up in front of the Ferguson Police Department on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri’s governor ordered hundreds more state militia into Ferguson on Tuesday, after a night of protests and rioting over a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a case that has inflamed racial tensions in the U.S. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (The Associated Press) FERGUSON, Mo. –  Police have dispersed protesters from the streets of Ferguson after second night of …

    November 26, 2014 1:55 am
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Politics

  • Flournoy withdraws from consideration as U.S. defense secretary: sources


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Michele Flournoy, a former top U.S. Department of Defense official widely tipped as a possible replacement for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has taken herself out of consideration for the job, according to multiple sources familiar with the circumstances. Flournoy, co-founder and chief executive of the Center for a New American Security, wrote to the think tank’s board of directors saying she would remain in her post and had asked President Barack Obama to remove her from consideration to head the Pentagon, the sources told Reuters on Tuesday. One of the sources said Flournoy, whose youngest child is 13, had cited family reasons for her decision. In an interview with Reuters earlier this year, Flournoy, who left the Pentagon in 2012, expressed some concern about the way the Obama administration centralized decision-making. “There’s a real choke point,” Flournoy said. “There’s only so much bandwidth and there’s only so much they can handle at …

    November 26, 2014 1:33 am
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Stocks

  • Why Black Friday deals aren’t really deals


      If you’re experiencing déjà vu this Black Friday, there’s a reason: Retailers are repeating products and prices from last year. A whopping 93% of stores surveyed are offering customers year-old products for the same “discount” that was offered last year, according to a recent study from NerdWallet. While that may not be a huge issue for things like furniture and cookware, it does matter when it comes to tech and electronics that can be outdated or of poorer quality. “It’s probably not worth waking up very early for,” said Matthew Ong, an analyst at NerdWallet. Related: Shoppers not feeling Black Friday this year It’s not just the repeats that customers should be watching out for. Ong said that major retailers, like Walmart (WMT) and Target, (TGT) have special products, like TVs or other electronics, manufactured especially for Black Friday. The prices are great, but the items are of lower quality. “If you’re fine buying …

    November 26, 2014 2:34 am
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Sports

  • Pinkston, No. 12 Villanova beat No. 19 Michigan


    Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – JayVaughn Pinkston put Villanova ahead and then kept it in front. Pinkston hit a go-ahead basket with 16 seconds left and then blocked Zak Irvin at the other end as the No. 12 Wildcats defeated 19th-ranked Michigan 60-55 on Tuesday night in the Legends Classic championship game. Pinkston, who was called for an offensive foul with 31 seconds remaining after powering into Derrick Walton on the right block, barreled into a flopping Caris LeVert. Pinkston then went up and nailed the short jumper to give the Wildcats a 56-55 edge. Michigan had seven seconds on the clock after Walton was stripped, and Spike Albrecht fed a cutting Irvin down the paint. Pinkston met him at the rim and emphatically swatted his shot away. Ryan Arcidiacono made a pair of foul shots with four ticks to play and Max Bielfeldt tossed the ensuing inbounds away. Arcidiacono then hit two more free throws …

    November 26, 2014 1:55 am
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World News

  • Juncker reveals giant EU investment


    26 November 2014 Last updated at 08:14 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Jean-Claude Juncker addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is giving details of a €300bn (£238bn;$374bn) investment plan to kick-start Europe’s economy. At the heart of his five-year agenda is a €21bn European Fund for Strategic Investment aimed at stimulating growth and jobs. Mr Juncker says it would be used as “seed money”, to entice private backers to invest up to 15 times the sum. It would take the burden off national governments, already facing big debts. “Europe needs a kick-start and today the Commission is providing the jump kicks,” he told the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

    November 26, 2014 3:15 am
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Technology

  • 5G is on the cards for Huawei and partnered South Korean service providers


    Huawei Sanqi Li, CTO of China-based Huawei Products and Solutions, said the company has entered into close relationships with three South Korean telecommunication companies — SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus — to establish 5G networks. Though there are no official standards governing 5G connectivity yet, early reports have pointed to speeds as much as 1000 times faster than current 4G networks by 2020. At the closing ceremony of the Startup Nations Summit 2014 in Seoul, the Huawei CTO said the company would be working closely with the service providers on 5G, while it was still undecided as to whether it would build an RD centre in South Korea. “Though it is in its early stage, we are considering the possibility of building RD centre in South Korea,” Li said after the summit’s closing ceremony. Kevin Ho, president of Huawei’s Handset Product Line, said that the company was planning to build its 16th RD lab …

    November 26, 2014 1:33 am
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Science

  • New Crew Arrives at Space Station to Continue Scientific Research


    [image-50] Three new crew members representing the United States, Russia and Italy are at the International Space Station (ISS). The Soyuz TMA-15M vehicle docked to the International Space Station at 9:48 p.m. EST, above the Pacific Ocean, approaching the coast of Ecuador. Terry Virts of NASA, Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan about six hours earlier at 4:01 p.m. (3:01 a.m. Monday in Baikonur). Hatches between the two spacecraft are scheduled to open at about 11:30 p.m., with NASA Television coverage starting at 11 p.m. The arrival of Virts, Shkaplerov and Cristoforetti returns the space station’s crew complement to six. The three join Expedition 42 Commander Barry Wilmore of NASA, as well as Flight Engineers Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova of Roscosmos. They have been aboard the station since September. The crew members will be …

    November 26, 2014 1:54 am
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Health

  • Fat to blame for half a million cancers a year, WHO agency says


    LONDON (Reuters) – Some half a million cases of cancer a year are due to people being overweight or obese, and the problem is particularly acute in North America, the World Health Organization’s cancer research agency said on Wednesday. In a study published in the journal The Lancet Oncology, the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said high body mass index (BMI) has now become a major cancer risk factor, responsible for some 3.6 percent, or 481,000, of new cancer cases in 2012. “The number of cancers linked to obesity and overweight is expected to rise globally along with economic development,” said Christopher Wild, IARC’s director. He said the findings underlined the importance of helping people maintain a healthy weight to reduce their risk of developing a wide range of cancers, and of helping developing countries avoid the problems currently faced by wealthier ones. The IARC study found that, for now, North America …

    November 26, 2014 1:33 am
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Entertainment

  • 11 Times Ariana Grande tried really hard to be Mariah Carey


    Harsh! Did Bette Midler just call Ariana Grande a “whore”? The comparisons between Grande and Carey began to spring up after Grande first came on to the pop scene, and Grande really seems to be capitalizing on the parallels between herself and the iconic Carey. Grande is not the first female artist to have the comparison drawn (Christina Aguilera was referred to as “Baby Mariah” when “Genie in a Bottle” came out in the early ’00s), but she is the first who has chosen to closely emulate Carey’s career. Take a look at these eerie similarities. 5 Times Ariana Grande’s “Love Me Harder” video makes us cringe 1. Her new Christmas song, “Santa Tell Me,” is pretty close in sound and theme to Carey’s 1994 holiday jingle, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Video credit: Vevo/YouTube Video credit: Vevo/YouTube 2. Her cover of Carey’s hit, “Emotions,” in 2012 Track credit: Ariana Grande/itemvn.com 3. Her 2014 …

    November 26, 2014 3:15 am
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Editorial

  • Iran nuclear negotiations: Our unrelentingly naive view of country is foolish, dangerous


    Nov. 24, 2014: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif addresses the media after closed-door nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria. Facing still significant differences between the U.S. and Iran, negotiators gave up on last-minute efforts to get a nuclear deal by the Nov. 24 deadline and extended their talks for another seven months. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak) Despite an increasingly troubled nuclear negotiating process, evident in yet another extension of the talks between the P5+1 and Tehran, and constant reports of the Iranian regime’s ongoing repression of political dissenters, journalists, and women at home, there remains a strong chorus in favor of working with Iran in the conflict against the terrorists of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Perhaps the advocates of collaboration think that Iran’s domestic affairs have no bearing on its foreign policy. Or, perhaps they remain convinced that the mere presence of Iranian emissaries at the negotiating table is sufficient evidence of a more …

    November 26, 2014 1:33 am
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Odd News

  • Fifty years later, American skating team claims Olympics bronze


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fifty years after Vivian Joseph and Ronald Joseph skated at the Innsbruck Olympics, the American pair on Tuesday officially claimed the bronze medal. Two years after the 1964 Games, the International Olympic Committee had awarded the Joseph siblings the bronze medal after disclosing that the West German pairs team had violated their amateur status by signing a professional contract. Canadians Debbi Wilkes and Guy Revell moved up one spot to the silver medal, while the Josephs, who had finished fourth in the competition, claimed bronze. But in 1987, the IOC said Germans Marika Kilius and Hans-Jürgen Bäumler were “rehabilitated” and quietly re-awarded their silver medals. The IOC never explained the medal consequences of its decision. On Tuesday, the IOC announced that the Germans and Canadians are each silver-medal winners, while the Americans are the bronze medalists in the pairs event. “An Olympic medal is the ultimate sports symbol of hard work, sacrifice …

    November 25, 2014 5:46 pm
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