Headline News

  • Nissan recalls 768,000 crossovers and SUVs for separate problems

    DETROIT (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co (7201.T)(NSANY.PK) is recalling about 768,000 vehicles, including its popular Rogue crossover and Pathfinder SUV, for separate problems, the company and U.S. regulators said on Wednesday. Some 552,135 Rogues from model years 2008 and 2013 will be recalled because moisture could seep through the driver side floor and cause an electrical short to wiring that could lead to a fire, Nissan and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said. Of the total, 468,815 are registered in the United States. No crashes or injuries have been reported due to the wiring issue, a Nissan spokesman said on Wednesday morning. Also, 215,789 Pathfinder SUVs from the 2013 and 2014 model years and 2013 Infiniti JX35 vehicles will be recalled for problems related to a secondary hood latch, Nissan and NHTSA said. Of that total, 170,665 are registered in the United States. A Nissan spokesman said the problem was noticed primarily in …

    January 28, 2015 9:26 am


  • Jerry Moran Kicks Off 2016 Cycle With $1.4 Million War Chest

    By Alexis Levinson Posted at 9:24 a.m. today 0 Tweet Moran is up for re-election in 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., has over $1 million in his war chest heading into the 2016 campaign cycle, when he faces re-election. According to fundraising numbers provided exclusively to CQ Roll Call, Moran raised $484,000 in the 4th quarter of 2014. He has $1.4 million cash on hand. Moran, who served as the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee in 2014, has not publicly announced his 2016 plans, but sources say he intends to seek re-election. No one has yet announced they will challenge Moran, either in the Republican primary or the general election. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., considered taking on Moran but told CQ Roll Call earlier this month his wife nixed the idea. Some Kansans speculated Milton Wolf, a doctor who unsuccessfully challenged senior Sen. Pat Roberts in the 2016 Republican primary, …

    January 28, 2015 9:47 am


  • China issues scathing report on Alibaba

      No business is safe from scrutiny in China — not even its star tech firm. The Chinese government has released a report that accuses e-commerce giant Alibaba of turning a blind eye to illegal activity, and failing to police its online marketplaces. The company has been “far too lax” in its business operations, allowing some merchants to sell counterfeit goods, from designer bags to smartphones, according to the State Administration of Industry and Commerce. Regulators said the scathing report, which stems from a July 2014 meeting between the company and government officials, wasn’t released earlier to avoid interfering with Alibaba’s landmark IPO in September. Counterfeits have long been a problem for Alibaba, which operates popular online shopping sites such as Taobao and Tmall. Co-founder Jack Ma has even called fakes a “cancer” to the company. Related: Alibaba has a major counterfeit problem   “Taobao has done a tremendous amount of work towards fighting counterfeits, …

    January 28, 2015 10:06 am


  • Serena vs. Keys in Aussie semis

    Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) – There may not be an all- Williams semifinal at the Australian Open, but two Americans will square off as Serena Williams and Madison Keys won their respective quarterfinal matches on Wednesday. The reigning U.S. Open champion Serena cruised past Dominika Cibulkova in 64 minutes, while Keys continued her impressive run with a three-set win over a her childhood idol Venus at Melbourne Park. Serena looks poised for her sixth Aussie title and 19th major overall after running through last year’s Aussie runner-up Cibulkova, 6-2, 6-2. The 11th-seeded Cibulkova stood no chance against the focused superstar, who fired 15 aces and 31 winners in the lopsided match. The world No. 1 Serena made her win look easy Wednesday despite suffering from a bad cold. “I’ve been sick the past few days, and it’s just getting worse and worse, but hopefully it will get better,” she said. “I heard there’s a virus going …

    January 28, 2015 9:27 am

World News

  • Israel-Hezbollah clashes kill three

    28 January 2015 Last updated at 15:07 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Footage of Hezbollah’s attack on an IDF vehicle and Israel’s retaliatory shelling of southern Lebanon Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish UN peacekeeper have been killed as Hezbollah militants trade fire with Israeli forces on the Lebanese border. A spokesman for the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (Unifil) urged “maximum restraint to prevent an escalation”. The peacekeeper was killed close to the disputed Shebaa Farms area, where an Israeli convoy was earlier hit by anti-tank missiles, killing two soldiers. The Israeli military responded by firing shells into southern Lebanon. Hezbollah said it carried out the missile attack in retaliation for an Israeli air strike that killed six of its fighters and an Iranian Revolutionary Guards general in the Syrian Golan Heights 10 days ago. ‘Tragic incident’ Wednesday’s cross-border violence erupted when Israeli military vehicles were hit at about 11:35 …

    January 28, 2015 9:27 am


  • Get a Monster PowerCard mobile charger for $15

    Maybe you wouldn’t really want it in there, but it gives you an idea as to the size. DailySteals When it comes to high-priced tech brands like Beats, Bowers Wilkins and Monster, my usual (internal) response is, “Uh, no thanks, I’m not stupid.” I’m not going to pay $250 for a pair of headphones when a $50 pair will make my ears just as happy. Of course, sometimes these big companies learn the hard way that people aren’t willing to pay a hefty premium just for a name, especially for a product that’s mostly utilitarian. And then they have to dump their inventory for cheap, at which point I steeple my fingers and say, “Eeeexcellent.” Enter today’s deal: for a limited time, and while supplies last, DailySteals has the Monster PowerCard mobile charger for $15 shipped. It’s new, not refurbished, and it comes in your choice of three colors. List price: $49.95. Update: Yikes! This …

    January 28, 2015 9:47 am


  • Long-Term Sperm: Shark Gives Birth 4 Years after Contact with Male

    A newborn brownbanded bamboo shark (Chiloscyllium punctatum) hatched in the lagoon tank at Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco—almost four years after its mother was last in contact with a male! This finding is almost twice the previous sperm storage record of 843 days for sharks, which was held by the chain catsharks (Scyliorhinus rotifer). This amazing new discovery has added a new wrinkle to the already complicated field of shark reproductive biology. As a group, sharks have unusual and diverse reproductive strategies. Unlike many species of bony fish, which reproduce by releasing clouds of egg and sperm into the water, sharks and their cartilaginous relatives employ internal fertilization, as mammals do. Although sharks like the brownbanded bamboo are oviparous (lay eggs), many species are viviparous and give live birth. Still others have a combination of these strategies called ovoviviparity, in which eggs hatch inside the mother’s body. Sand tiger sharks famously demonstrate intrauterine cannibalism, in …

    January 28, 2015 9:48 am


  • Weight Gain or Loss Linked to Fracture Risk in Older Women

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The risk of broken bones increases with both weight gain and loss in older women, according to a new study. These findings challenge the widely held belief that weight gain protects older women against fractures, the researchers said. The study included data from more than 120,000 healthy postmenopausal women in the United States. The women were between the ages of 50 and 79 years old. Their health status was followed for an average of 11 years. A weight loss of 5 percent or more was associated with a 65 percent higher risk of hip fracture, according to the researchers. They also found a 9 percent higher risk of upper limb fracture, and a 30 percent higher risk of central body fracture (hip, pelvis and spine) with weight loss. A weight gain of 5 percent or more was linked to a 10 percent higher risk of upper limb fracture …

    January 28, 2015 9:47 am


  • Angelina Jolie Pens Intense Op-Ed About Her Latest Visit With Syrian Refugees In Iraq

    Posted on Wed Jan 28th, 2015 7:45am PDT       By X17 Staff Angelina Jolie returned from her latest humanitarian visit in Iraq yesterday, but clearly the trip left quite an impression on the actress. Jolie penned an op-ed about her experience for the New York Times, which was published on Tuesday, and she details the atrocities of what the Syrian refugees are enduring. “I have visited Iraq five times since 2007, and I have seen nothing like the suffering I’m witnessing now,” she writes. “For many years I have visited camps, and every time, I sit in a tent and hear stories. I try my best to give support. To say something that will show solidarity and give some kind of thoughtful guidance. On this trip I was speechless.” Jolie was appointed as Special Envoy of UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres in 2012, and prior to that she was a Goodwill Ambassador for over ten …

    January 28, 2015 10:07 am


Odd News

  • Original Wells Fargo bank site in San Francisco robbed of Gold Rush-era nuggets

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Three bandits wearing ski masks crashed a stolen SUV into the Wells Fargo History Museum in San Francisco early on Tuesday and held a security guard at gunpoint before making off with a display of gold nuggets from the 19th century, police said. The predawn smash-and-grab heist took place at the Montgomery Street building in the city’s Financial District on the site where the original Wells Fargo bank was founded in 1852. “The security guard went to investigate and found the vehicle had crashed into the revolving doors. Three suspects exited the vehicle with their faces covered, held the security guard at gunpoint, and took gold nuggets from a display case,” police spokesman Albie Esparza said. “One suspect was armed with a handgun,” he added.  The dark-colored GMC Suburban was left behind, and the thieves made off in a four-door sedan. The SUV had been reported stolen from San Bruno, about 12 miles …

    January 28, 2015 1:42 am