• Lawro v Deadpool star Ed Skrein

    Lawro v Deadpool star Ed Skrein

    BBC Sport’s football expert Mark Lawrenson is pitting his wits against a different guest each week this season. Lawro’s opponent for this weekend’s Premier League games is actor Ed Skrein, star of Game of Thrones...
  • South Sudan president reappoints rival

    South Sudan president reappoints rival

    Image copyright Reuters Image caption Rivalry between Mr Kiir (L) and Mr Machar transformed into open conflict in late 2013 South Sudan President Salva Kiir has reappointed bitter rival Riek Machar as vice-president as part...
  • Timberlake partners Rose at Pebble Beach

    Timberlake partners Rose at Pebble Beach

    Justin Rose partnered musician and actor Justin Timberlake as he finished among the leaders on day one of the celebrity pro-am at Pebble Beach. The Englishman finished on five under par after the first round...
  • Super Bowl painkiller ad spurs big backlash

    Super Bowl painkiller ad spurs big backlash

    A Super Bowl commercial aimed at people suffering from opioid-induced constipation has incited public outrage. A Super Bowl ad for opioid-induced constipation has sparked a major backlash. The ad, which reached more than 111 million...

Headline News

  • N.Y. policeman convicted of manslaughter in shooting of black man: media


    NEW YORK A New York City police officer was convicted of manslaughter and official misconduct on Thursday for fatally shooting an unarmed black man in a darkened public housing stairwell in 2014, according to media reports. A jury in Brooklyn found Peter Liang guilty in connection with the death of Akai Gurley, 28, who was killed by a bullet fired from Liang’s gun on Nov. 20, 2014, that ricocheted off a wall. Liang, a rookie cop at the time, was on patrol inside a Brooklyn public housing project with his partner and drew his gun upon entering a pitch-black stairwell. He fired a single bullet that caromed off a wall and into the chest of Gurley, who was walking one floor below. At trial, Liang, 28, testified that a sudden noise startled him, causing his finger to slip onto the trigger and fire the gun. But prosecutors argued that Liang fired toward the sound and …

    February 11, 2016 7:11 pm
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Politics

  • House to weigh North Korea sanctions bill this week: Ryan


    WASHINGTON Legislation on sanctions against North Korea is expected on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives this week in an effort to thwart the country’s efforts to build a weapons of mass destruction program, House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday. “We have moved one step closer to a new round of North Korea sanctions,” Ryan said, speaking to reporters in his weekly news conference. (Reporting by Susan Cornwell and Susan Heavey; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

    February 11, 2016 12:49 pm
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Stocks

  • Super Bowl painkiller ad spurs big backlash


    A Super Bowl commercial aimed at people suffering from opioid-induced constipation has incited public outrage. A Super Bowl ad for opioid-induced constipation has sparked a major backlash. The ad, which reached more than 111 million viewers, touted a drug to help opioid users suffering from irregularity. But many medical and political leaders saw it as an attempt to capitalize on the opioid epidemic that’s plaguing the country. “It’s very disturbing to see an ad like that,” said Dr. Andrew Kolodny, executive director of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing. “It’s normalizing the chronic use of opioids, which aren’t demonstrated to be safe over the long term.” “Opioids block pain signals but can also block activity in the bowel,” said the ad, which was presented by AstraZeneca and Daiichi Sankyo. Together, they sell the drug Movantik, which treats opioid-induced constipation. Neither company produces opioids. The abuse of opioids, which include heroin and powerful prescription pain medications such …

    February 11, 2016 5:30 pm
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Sports

  • Lawro v Deadpool star Ed Skrein


    BBC Sport’s football expert Mark Lawrenson is pitting his wits against a different guest each week this season. Lawro’s opponent for this weekend’s Premier League games is actor Ed Skrein, star of Game of Thrones and new superhero movie Deadpool. Skrein is a Liverpool fan and told BBC Sport: “I should support Arsenal because I grew up in north London but my auntie and my cousins are to blame for me picking Liverpool instead in about 1987. Media playback is not supported on this device Deadpool star picks his football villains “I grew up through the golden years for Arsenal and Manchester United under Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson, which was tough, but I love my team when they’re losing as well as when they’re winning. “I am very excited about Jurgen Klopp being Liverpool manager. When he was appointed I spoke to my brother and said ‘this is something that is going to …

    February 11, 2016 7:11 pm
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World News

  • South Sudan president reappoints rival


    Image copyright Reuters Image caption Rivalry between Mr Kiir (L) and Mr Machar transformed into open conflict in late 2013 South Sudan President Salva Kiir has reappointed bitter rival Riek Machar as vice-president as part of a peace deal aimed at ending more than two years of war, state television reported. The civil conflict erupted in December 2013 after Mr Kiir accused Mr Machar of plotting a coup. Since then thousands have died and more than two million have been displaced. South Sudan is the world’s youngest country and one of the least developed. It split from the North in 2011. Amid a threat of sanctions from the UN, the two sides signed a peace deal in August last year. Fighting was supposed to stop immediately but there have been frequent violations. The men also agreed to share out ministerial positions, and a presidential decree read out on state television confirmed Mr Machar’s reappointment. It …

    February 11, 2016 7:11 pm
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Technology

  • Fruit and veg goes digital in South America


    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In Colombia’s Bogota, most groceries are still bought from markets and small shops A Colombian start-up with no former experience in retail is aiming to shake up the way people buy groceries online. Tech firm Grability has developed Rappi, a smartphone app that aims to makes shopping as easy as swiping your finger across a screen. Instead of laboriously wading through long written lists of food items, shoppers swipe through images of supermarket shelves and touch pictorial representations of each food item they want to buy. Grability has applied for a patent – pending in the US – for this swiping process, but it also handles the back-end platform that integrates the app with retailers’ systems. When the shopping is done and the order placed, a delivery person, which the company calls a “rappitendero”, selects the items from the stores and delivers them to the customer. Faster shopping A …

    February 11, 2016 5:12 pm
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Science

  • LIG, including the MSU scientists, announced a record of gravitational waves


    The case was the first announced recording of space-time oscillations — gravitational waves, reaching the Earth after a catastrophe that happened far in the Universe. That confirms a significant prediction made in the special theory of relativity made by Albert Einstein 1916 and enables a brand-newunprecedented understanding of space. “The scientific importance of that fact is immeasurable. Just as it was with electromagnetic waves, we will be able to realize its full meaning later,” says Valery Mitrofanov, the director of LIGO’s Moscow team. “LIGO Scientific Collaboration started in 1992, the time particularly difficult for our country, but Russia joined the project thanks to Vladimir Braginskiy, one of the pioneers in gravitational waves researching in the world. I would like to stress his merit of creation a school at the MSU Faculty of Physics, able to produce scientists that could participate in LIGO project and contribute significantly to the job of its large team. We hope …

    February 11, 2016 3:50 pm
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Health

  • Textile workers at higher risk for rheumatoid arthritis


    (Reuters Health) – Breathing textile dust on the job is linked to an almost tripled risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, an immune system disorder that causes debilitating swelling and pain in the joints, a Malaysian study suggests. While smoking is a known risk factor for this disease, the findings add to evidence suggesting that environmental factors could trigger rheumatoid arthritis in some people, the researchers note in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases. The investigators suspect that textile dust might cause changes in the lung tissues, and those changes might trigger the immune response that leads to rheumatoid arthritis in individuals with genetic risk factors for the disease, said senior study author Dr. Camilla Bengtsson of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. While more research is needed to prove whether textile dust directly causes rheumatoid arthritis, the findings suggest factory workers might benefit from respiratory protections that prevent or minimize inhalation of this pollutant, Bengtsson added by …

    February 11, 2016 4:30 pm
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Entertainment

  • Sam Smith Looks Almost Too Skinny In Latest Photo Posted On Instagram


    Sam Smith looks “scary skinny” in one of his most recent photos that he posted on Instagram. The 23-year-old singer is seen standing on a balcony in Los Angeles, Radaronline reports. Smith captioned the image with, “California daze.” Followers are concerned for Sam Smith over his extreme weight loss. He began losing a lot of weight last year following a diet by nutritionist, Emelia Freer called Eat. Nourish. Glow. The British singer has steadily been getting thinner and thinner over the last 12 months. With some celebs, once they get on a fitness kick, it get spirals out of control. Is this what’s happening to Smith? “OMG @samsmithworld you are too skinny!! Stay healthy!!! pls!” one follower commented on Instagram. “HOW DIFFERENT DOES HE LOOK whaaat,” another wrote. Some think Sam Smith looks great, however. One said it doesn’t matter if he’s think or thick as long as he’s happy. Smith said last year that …

    February 11, 2016 6:50 pm
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Editorial

  • Voter revolt: Why the 2016 presidential race is unlike any other


    Programming Alert: Hear more on this topic from author and Fox News Contributor Doug Schoen in the new special “Fox News Reporting – Voter Revolt” anchored by Bret Baier. Premiering Friday, Feb. 12, at 10 p.m. ET. With additional airings on Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. Washington is broken and Americans are in revolt. This is the most important thing to understand about politics right now, and it’s exactly what the political establishment fails to understand. The results of the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries make this point. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders didn’t win in Iowa (though they came very close), but New Hampshire was a markedly different story. The political outsiders have officially taken control, and they’ve done it with authenticity and strength of message. We are living in a time when trust in American institutions has collapsed. A recent Pew survey showed that fewer than 20 percent of Americans trust …

    February 11, 2016 7:10 pm
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Odd News

  • Indian scientists express doubt over meteorite death attribution


    NEW DELHI Indian scientists have expressed doubt that a man in Tamil Nadu was the first person to have been confirmed killed by a meteorite strike, as the state’s top official has declared. The experts said the small crater, the absence of a sonic boom before impact, a lack of debris and the green and blue colour of rock recovered from the scene suggest some other cause. “It is highly improbable, but we will only be absolutely sure after a chemical analysis,” said V. Adimurthy, a senior scientist at India’s space agency. The mysterious event has triggered an international debate about whether a meteorite, space debris, leftover explosives or even frozen waste from a plane passing overhead may have killed the man. The meteorite attribution was announced this week by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram, a former film star who is known for her authoritarian style. A bus driver was killed by the meteorite at an engineering …

    February 10, 2016 8:04 am
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