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  • Protest over Chicago teen’s shooting by police officer set for city’s famed shopping district

    FILE – In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, file photo, a protester holds a sign as people rally for 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times by Chicago Police Department Officer Jason Van Dyke in Chicago. McDonald, whose name demonstrators are shouting as they march the streets and plan to shut down the city’s glitziest shopping corridor on Friday, lived a troubled life full of disadvantages and at least one previous brush with the law. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File) (The Associated Press) This undated photo provided by his family shows Laquan McDonald. McDonald, whose name demonstrators are shouting as they march the streets and plan to shut down the city’s glitziest shopping corridor on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, lived a troubled life full of disadvantages and at least one previous brush with the law. (Courtesy of the Family via AP) (The Associated Press) CHICAGO –  After days of protests in Chicago since the release of a …

    November 27, 2015 6:38 am


  • Clinton wins union endorsements but still struggles to win over hearts

    NEW YORK California nurse Katy Roemer remembers how at the height of the Ebola crisis last year, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders marched arm-in-arm with union workers as they fought for hazmat suits and other protections to treat patients with infectious diseases. Roemer’s gratitude is why she keeps a large stash of “Bernie” stickers and posters in her car and is urging people she knows to back his White House bid. She jokes that she will be telling friends and family members: “You’re not coming to dinner if you didn’t vote.” If Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, Roemer said she would vote for her in the November 2016 general election but she will not volunteer for her campaign. Roemer’s comments crystallize a risk Clinton faces as she courts organized labor – a potential enthusiasm gap. Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, has racked up a string of formal endorsements, but many rank-and-file union members remain drawn to …

    November 27, 2015 6:17 am


  • Chinese executives keep going missing

    Top company executives in China keep vanishing, and some never return to their posts. This week, it was the CEO of the Hong Kong arm of one of China’s largest brokerages who disappeared; a few months ago, the president of a giant bank. Once they go missing, there’s no telling when they’ll resurface. In some cases, they show up again — perhaps months later, and offering little explanation. In others, state media report that the executive has been caught up in a government investigation, into insider dealing or bribery, for example. Few details are ever revealed. Some of these cases appear to be linked to a campaign against corruption launched by President Xi Jinping in 2013. But lately, more seem to be tied to investigations related to China’s summer stock crash. Officials have been casting around for people to blame for the wild market swings. Either way, the bizarre case of China’s missing executives has …

    November 27, 2015 6:58 am


  • Australia on top in day-night Test

    Peter Siddle took his 200th Test wicket for Australia Australia bowled New Zealand out for 202 to take charge on the opening day of inaugural day-night Test in Adelaide. The third Test started at 14:00 local time, with players using a pink ball. Despite winning the toss, the Kiwis collapsed from 94-2 as Mitchell Starc took 3-24 and Josh Hazlewood 3-66. Australia, who lead the three-match series 1-0, lost openers David Warner and Joe Burns in reaching 54-2 as play ended at 21:30. More to follow.

    November 27, 2015 6:38 am

World News

  • Valbuena speaks on Benzema ‘plot’

    Image copyright AFP Image caption Neither Mathieu Valbuena (left) nor Karim Benzema were involved in recent France matches Footballer Mathieu Valbuena has spoken publicly for the first time about France teammate Karim Benzema and an alleged sex tape blackmail plot. Mr Valbuena told Le Monde that Mr Benzema had “indirectly” suggested he would need to pay blackmailers to get the tape back. Mr Benzema is under formal investigation for complicity in attempted blackmail. A lawyer for Mr Benzema insists his client is not guilty. The sex tape is said to be of Mr Valbuena and his girlfriend. Sources have told French media that a relative of Mr Benzema was contacted by blackmailers in an attempt to involve him in the scheme against his teammate. There has been no confirmation from police. A source close to the inquiry, quoted by AFP news agency, said Mr Benzema, 27, had told investigators he had approached Mr Valbuena, 31, …

    November 27, 2015 7:18 am


  • Do pop-up dialogue boxes drive you potty? You’re not alone

    There’s little more frustrating for a regular computer user than a pop-up that demands your undivided attention right when you’re in the middle of something crucial. No one wants to deal with pop-ups. They’re a bane of the modern life, from ads to irritating dialogue boxes, and should be put out to pasture. But it isn’t necessarily the pop up that’s actually the problem – it’s more the fact that it steals focus. Stealing focus is where the computer completely ignores what you’re trying to do, say typing out an email, a news story, or a piece of code, and jumps the cursor to some dialogue box demanding an answer or password. You, the productive user, continue merrily bashing out your missive, unknowingly typing into the newly selected box. Most of the time it’s just the password field, but if you are particularly unlucky you’ll find that the window will be focused on either an …

    November 27, 2015 6:37 am


  • Massive ‘development corridors’ in Africa could spell environmental disaster

    Related images(click to enlarge) Saharan Africa, dozens of major ‘development corridors,’ including roads, railroads, pipelines, and port facilities, are in the works to increase agricultural production, mineral exports, and economic integration. And, if all goes according to plan, it’s going to be a disaster, say researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on Nov. 25. They assessed the potential environmental impacts of 33 planned or existing corridors — spanning 53,000 kilometers — that would crisscross much of the African continent, opening up vast areas of sparsely populated land. “In terms of development pressures, these corridors would be the biggest thing to hit Africa — ever,” says William Laurance of the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia. Earlier this year, Laurance and his colleagues issued a warning that this unprecedented expansion of infrastructure would come at a great cost. In the new study, he and his …

    November 27, 2015 5:17 am


  • Diabetic vision loss medication may promote return to driving

    (Reuters Health) – After a year of treatment with the drug ranibizumab (Lucentis), some people with vision loss due to diabetes regain their confidence to drive and have vision good enough to do so, according to a new study. Seeing well enough to drive confidently is an important measure of independence, the authors write. Up to 45 percent of people in the U.S. with type 1 or type 2 diabetes have some level of vision loss, most commonly diabetic retinopathy. And half of those with retinopathy will develop diabetic macular edema (DME), a fluid build-up in the retina that affects sharp, straight-ahead vision, according to the National Eye Institute. The results provide tangible evidence that improvements in vision measured with an eye chart also translate to real-world functioning based on vision, said lead author Dr. Neil M. Bressler of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. “This paper showed …

    November 27, 2015 5:57 am


  • Prince Harry’s Secret Scandals Revealed: Former Bodyguards Spill On Royal’s Preference For Blondes, Naked Escapades

    What really goes on with Prince Harry behind palace doors? According to his former bodyguards, quite a lot! The prince, 31, has dated several women over the years, including Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas — both blondes. An insider told OK! magazine that “he bought a blonde wig for a woman he dated because she was a brunette!” How many women are going to dye their hair now for a chance to hook up with one of the world’s most eligible bachelors? In 2012, Harry made headlines for partying naked in Las Vegas. He was pictured covering his privates with his hands while a naked woman stood behind him. He and some friends were playing strip pool in a VIP suite. Well, it appears that the prince is quite comfortable in the buff. A source told OK! that he even likes nudity at home and “invited four models to the palace to streak through the halls.” What final secret are the bodyguards …

    November 27, 2015 6:58 am


  • There were not ‘thousands’ of Muslims in New Jersey cheering 9/11

    On September 11, 2001, I was listening to the radio as I drove down Massachusetts Avenue from my apartment in Cleveland Park to my office in the Hart Senate Office Building, where I was serving as the press secretary to a senator from New Jersey.  There was what sounded like an inconsequential bulletin about a plane that had flown into one of the World Trade Center towers and my reaction, as the reaction of so many, was slight irritation at pilots who did not know how to accurately navigate their planes.   I parked my car in the Hart garage and went upstairs, where to my further annoyance I found several staffers crowded around the television set in my office.  And then everything changed. There are three memories I have of that particular day:  The first is the cerulean sky under which its events took place. Jersey City was then, and continues to be today, …

    November 27, 2015 4:37 am

Odd News

  • Broad smiles and enduring spirit at Holocaust survivors’ beauty contest

    HAIFA, Israel To the strains of Madonna’s “Vogue”, the 13 women with a combined age of about 1,050 strutted down the runway cautiously, hindered only slightly by walking sticks and the odd dodgy hip. The third annual Holocaust survivors’ beauty pageant, honoring women who lived through the concentration camps and death marches of Nazi Germany, was held in the city of Haifa this week with hundreds of relatives turning out in support. Lipstick was carefully applied, dresses were elegant and jewelry glittered, but the focus was on giving women who experienced horrors in the early years of their lives a chance to enjoy some glamour and attention as they push into their 80s. “Many of them were children, teenagers or young adults during the Holocaust,” said Jurgen Buhler, the German director of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, a sponsor. “They were either in ghettos or concentration camps. So this night is giving them something …

    November 26, 2015 5:33 pm