Headline News

  • Santa Rosa boy who fell from cliff wakes from induced coma


    BODEGA BAY, Calif. –  The father of a 4-year-old boy who survived a 230-foot fall from a seaside cliff in Bodega Bay says his child has awakened from an induced coma. Daryl Johnson tells the Santa Rosa Press Democrat (http://bit.ly/14UiVD9 ) the boy opened his eyes Tuesday after lying unconscious for about a week at Children’s Hospital Oakland. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Johnson says his son Sebastian is unable to speak because of a broken jaw but he has shown signs of recovery, including listening to bedside stories from his mother. The child was on a family outing on a trail at Bodega Head Nov. 10 when he fell from the cliff. The boy was awake and crying by the time he was loaded into an ambulance and rushed to a hospital. ___ Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, http://www.pressdemocrat.com

    November 22, 2014 8:21 am
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Politics

  • GOP not sure how to stop Obama on immigration


    By ERICA WERNER November 22, 2014 House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) United against President Barack Obama but uncertain how to stop him, outraged Republicans struggled for a response on immigration Friday that would check the president without veering into talk of impeachment or a government shutdown. Their remedy was far from clear. Republicans weighed filing a lawsuit. Or trying to block funding for Obama’s move. Or advancing immigration measures of their own. But the party was divided, and Obama’s veto pen seemed to give him the upper hand. And so, less than three weeks removed from midterm elections where they retook the Senate and amassed a historic majority in the House, Republicans found themselves stymied by a lame duck president whose unilateral move to curb deportations for millions left previously dispirited Democrats cheering and the GOP with no obvious response. “We’re working with our members, looking at the options that are …

    November 22, 2014 8:21 am
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Stocks

  • Why I quit JPMorgan to start a jetpack business


    Dean O’Malley left the world of finance and ended up running Jetpack America, one of the companies at the forefront of the emerging jetpack water sport. In 2011, Dean O’Malley walked away from a high-paying job with no plans for the future, other than to escape the world of finance. His IT job at JPMorgan Chase (JPM) had survived the financial crisis, but he had no desire to stick around for the next one. O’Malley had grown tired of the crazy hours, increasing regulation and negative stigma. “Banking was one of those industries where we were seen as the root of all evil. I felt like I wasn’t really doing any positive work,” the Southern California native told CNNMoney. Just two weeks after leaving his Vice President of Technology post, O’Malley ran into a friend who opened up a very different career path. Her family was launching a business based on jetpacking, an emerging extreme …

    November 22, 2014 7:20 am
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Sports

  • Federer and Wawrinka to play Davis Cup final doubles


    LILLE France (Reuters) – Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka will pair up for Saturday’s doubles in the Davis Cup final against France, organizers said. Switzerland captain Severin Luthi originally named Marco Chiudinelli and Michael Lammer as his doubles pair but had until one hour before the start of the match, which is scheduled for 1430 GMT/9:30 AM ET, to change his mind. Richard Gasquet will team up with Julien Benneteau for France. Federer and Wawrinka, who won the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, have lost the last four Davis Cup doubles matches they played together. France and Switzerland are currently tied at 1-1 after Wawrinka beat Tsonga 6-1 3-6 6-3 6-2 and Gael Monfils upset Federer 6-1 6-4 6-3 on Friday. Federer has been suffering from back problems, withdrawing from last Sunday’s ATP World Tour final against Novak Djokovic before missing training early this week on the clay of the Pierre …

    November 22, 2014 8:21 am
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World News

  • West ‘seeks Russia regime change’


    22 November 2014 Last updated at 13:26 Analysts say Western sanctions are beginning to have an impact on Russia Western sanctions against Russia over its role in Ukraine are aimed at forcing regime change in Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says. Speaking to foreign policy advisers in Moscow, Mr Lavrov referred to calls for sanctions “that will destroy the economy and cause public protests”. On Thursday, President Vladimir Putin said Moscow must guard against a “colour revolution”. Russia denies arming Ukrainian rebels or sending Russian troops there. Western sanctions were first imposed when Russia annexed Ukraine’s region of Crimea in March following a controversial referendum. Further measures have been added since, targeting senior Russian officials as well as defence firms, banks and the country’s oil industry. On Thursday, referring to popular uprisings in former Soviet countries including Ukraine and Georgia, President Putin said the world could see “what tragic consequences the wave of the so-called …

    November 22, 2014 8:22 am
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Technology

  • Former Amazon employee set for hunger strike at Seattle headquarters


    A former Amazon employee embroiled in a legal battle with the online retailer is set to go on hunger strike in an attempt to force the company to change business practices which he calls “deceptive and fraudulent”. Kivin Varghese plans to start his vigil on Tuesday outside Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle in order to raise awareness of what he alleges are poor business practices and employee treatment by the company. “I think if Amazon customers took a few minutes to look at this and see how Amazon treats employees they’d be shocked,” he said. “My goal with stepping it up with a hunger protest is really to drive more awareness of their practices and really what happens when people buy from Amazon. Every dollar that is spent at Amazon is going to fund this bad behaviour.” Varghese is in the midst of a court case with the company, in which he claims wrongful discharge after …

    November 22, 2014 8:21 am
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Science

  • NRL scientists discover novel metamaterial properties within hexagonal boron nitride


    Related images(click to enlarge) U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) scientists, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Manchester, U.K.; Imperial College, London; University of California San Diego; and the National Institute of Material Science (NIMS), Japan, have demonstrated that confined surface phonon polaritons within hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) exhibit unique metamaterial properties that enable novel nanoscale optical devices for use in optical communications, super-resolution imaging, and improved infrared cameras and detectors. Metamaterials are artificial composites of various materials designed to exhibit optical properties not anticipated in nature. One such property is hyperbolicity, whereby a material exhibits both metallic- and dielectric-like optical responses simultaneously along different crystal axes. These hyperbolic metamaterials are the basis for many potential applications such as ‘hyperlenses,’ used for imaging of nanoscale objects not observable using conventional optics. “Our examination into the characteristics of hBN reveal the first experimental observation of sub-diffractional guided waves confined in all three dimensions, using a …

    November 22, 2014 8:41 am
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Health

  • ‘Tis the Season of Challenges for Those With Food Allergies


    SATURDAY, Nov. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The wide variety and complexity of foods served at holiday gatherings can pose a threat for people with food allergies, an expert warns. “Every person is different and there are so many types of food allergies that it can be really difficult to avoid all allergens over the holidays,” Dr. Guha Krishnaswamy, director of allergy and clinical immunology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, said in a hospital news release. “If you know you have food allergies, caution should overrule your desire to taste something new, and always carry an EpiPen that is up-to-date,” he advised. Most allergic reactions to foods occur within minutes. The most common allergens are shrimp, soy, egg, wheat, milk and fish. While the main ingredients in a dish may be safe, allergic reactions can be caused by additives, spices and colorings, Krishnaswamy said. Some people have a condition called Alpha-gal syndrome, which is …

    November 22, 2014 8:21 am
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Entertainment

  • Michelle Duggar’s reason 19 Kids and Counting should stay on TV


    More Duggars get their PDA on: This time it’s Jill and Derick Duggar and her family have a fairly sizable following who agree with the clan’s devout Christian beliefs, but the family’s show, 19 Kids and Counting, recently came under fire when Duggar allegedly campaigned to have anti-gay laws passed in Arkansas. A petition to yank the popular show from TLC was started, but now Duggar and her army of fans are fighting back with a petition of their own. “The Duggar Family is under attack from anti-marriage advocates for standing for traditional marriage,” the petition, on ipetition.com, reads. “We commend the Duggar Family for their brave stand in defending marriage as ordained by God between one man and one woman. No individual’s sexual behavior and chosen lifestyle has the right to redefine marriage. Sign our petition today to let TLC know that you support the Duggars’ stand for traditional marriage.” The Duggars’ petition is …

    November 22, 2014 8:01 am
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Editorial

  • I’m thankful our country is still a refuge and the land of opportunity


    When I was 7 years old, my family and I landed at JFK Airport in New York City with $90 in our pocket, a few suitcases stuffed with what little we could carry and no idea of what to expect next.  We came here because we were fleeing a totalitarian regime, because generations of our family had been oppressed simply for existing and because the United States was a beacon for our hopes and aspirations, as it has been for millions of others around the globe. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The people literally dying to come here now do not believe that our best days are behind us. My paternal grandfather was sent to Soviet gulag in the prime of his life because he was a religious Jew who refused to work on Saturdays and, possibly, because some of his siblings had fled to France several years after the Russian revolution.  He spent years working as a …

    November 22, 2014 8:21 am
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Odd News

  • Lost kitten from New Mexico turns up in duffel bag in Maine


    ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) – An Albuquerque cat owner can sleep easier now that the kitten that went missing last month will be home for the holidays, despite a mysterious 2,300-mile side trip to Maine. Patsy Murphy, who runs an animal refuge center in Westbrook, Maine, said the kitten, named Spice, was brought to her shelter on Nov. 11 by a man who found the feline in a duffel bag while unloading furniture at a local Catholic charity. “This is a very odd story, we wish she could tell us what happened,” Murphy said of the kitten, which was found inside the bag with food and kitty litter. Murphy said Maine resident Bob Watterson brought the kitten home on Nov. 5, and cared for it for six days before he turned it over to the animal refuge, which found a microchip in the cat that could identify it. Murphy was shocked when the cat was traced …

    November 21, 2014 8:31 pm
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