• Technical focus bad for Snedeker’s putting touch

    SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) – If proof was ever needed for the average club hacker that even the very best players can struggle in golf, then look no further than at putting maestro Brandt Snedeker. Widely...
  • Saudis shelve blogger flogging again

    Saudis shelve blogger flogging again

    30 January 2015 Last updated at 17:59 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Raif Badawi’s wife Ensaf Haidar has appealed to Saudi Arabia’s new monarch to pardon him Authorities in Saudi Arabia...
  • ESPN selling Cricket World Cup on the Web

    ESPN selling Cricket World Cup on the Web

    In a first of its kind arrangement for the sports network, ESPN will sell access to the ICC Cricket World Cup through an online subscription service. Cricket fans in the United States will be able...
  • Marathon champ Jeptoo banned 2 years for doping

    Nairobi, Kenya (SportsNetwork.com) – Three-time Boston Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo has been handed a two-year ban from competition after testing positive for blood doping. Athetics Kenya announced Friday that Jeptoo, who has won the last...
  • Greece shuns debt talks with troika

    Greece shuns debt talks with troika

    30 January 2015 Last updated at 17:43 Jeroen Dijsselbloem (left) and Yanis Varoufakis spoke at a rather frosty joint press conference Greece’s new left-wing finance minister says his government will not negotiate over the Greek...

Headline News

  • Suspected Ebola patient in California tests negative for virus


    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – A California hospital patient who was suspected of contracting Ebola after traveling in West Africa and exhibiting symptoms of the disease has tested negative for infection with the deadly virus, public health and hospital officials said on Friday. The negative test result was disclosed a day after the individual was transferred to a special isolation unit at the University of California-Davis Medical Center, a designated “priority hospital” for potential Ebola cases, from another hospital in Sacramento, the state capital. It was not immediately clear whether the patient had been discharged after being cleared. But Laura McCasland, a spokeswoman for the Sacramento County Department of Public Health, which performed the tests in its own laboratory, said the results were conclusive. “They do not have Ebola,” she said of the patient. No information about the individual’s identity or background, not even gender, has been released. The episode came five months after another individual …

    January 30, 2015 1:07 pm
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Politics

  • Romney opts against 2016 run for president


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney opted out of the 2016 presidential race on Friday after considering whether to run for a third time, telling supporters it is time for the next generation of Republican leaders to seek the White House. “After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” Romney said in a statement that he read to supporters in a conference call from New York. Romney three weeks ago told a private donors meeting in New York that he was might jump into the race. In his statement on Friday, he said the reaction to his potential candidacy was both surprising and heartening and noted his leading position in some polls. “So I am convinced that we could win the nomination, but fully realize it would have been difficult test and a hard …

    January 30, 2015 10:26 am
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Stocks

  • ESPN selling Cricket World Cup on the Web


    In a first of its kind arrangement for the sports network, ESPN will sell access to the ICC Cricket World Cup through an online subscription service. Cricket fans in the United States will be able to live-stream the cup’s 49 matches in February and March for $99.99. It’s being billed as a one-time deal. But ESPN is sure to learn valuable lessons from the experiment — lessons that can be applied as the media industry continues to change and fragment. The Cricket World Cup marks the first time that ESPN has sold programming directly to consumers, sidestepping its important relationships with cable and satellite providers. Other media giants are exploring the same sorts of options — Nickelodeon spoke Thursday about a forthcoming streaming service for children. But with the Cricket World Cup, ESPN is not bypassing those providers altogether. It has struck deals with three of them, Dish Network (DISH), Time Warner Cable (TWC) and …

    January 30, 2015 12:47 pm
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Sports

  • Technical focus bad for Snedeker’s putting touch


    SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) – If proof was ever needed for the average club hacker that even the very best players can struggle in golf, then look no further than at putting maestro Brandt Snedeker. Widely viewed as one of the game’s leading putters over the past eight years, the fast-talking American has recently been struggling on the greens after clouding his mind with too much focus on technique. A six-times winner on the PGA Tour, Snedeker has not triumphed on the U.S. circuit since the 2013 RBC Canadian Open and he fell short of his customary high standards last season when he made 20 of 25 cuts but posted only three top-10s. “Obviously my game hasn’t been anywhere near where it needs to be,” the fast-talking American told Reuters at the Waste Management Phoenix Open where he is playing his fifth event of the 2014-15 season. “But I feel like after making a change last …

    January 30, 2015 1:07 pm
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World News

  • Saudis shelve blogger flogging again


    30 January 2015 Last updated at 17:59 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Raif Badawi’s wife Ensaf Haidar has appealed to Saudi Arabia’s new monarch to pardon him Authorities in Saudi Arabia have again postponed a second round of 50 lashes on the blogger Raif Badawi. No reason has been given, but last week Mr Badawi was reported to be physically unfit to face the penalty after receiving the first flogging. He was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for insulting Islam. Raif Badawi’s punishment has caused international outcry. Last week the case was referred to the Supreme Court by the then-King Abdullah’s office. A decree by the new Saudi King Salman has pardoned what are described as “public right” prisoners, which could eventually include Mr Badawi. A Saudi rights activist and lawyer, Suad al-Shammary, who worked with Mr Badawi on his blog, was released on Friday. She had …

    January 30, 2015 1:07 pm
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Technology

  • Google to change privacy policy following UK probe


    Google has promised to improve its privacy policy in the UK. CNET Google has agreed to play ball with UK regulators to change how it collects user data in the country. In a notice released Friday, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced that Google will “make further changes to its privacy policy to ensure it meets the requirements of the Data Protection Act,” which spells out how data must be collected in order to ensure that the privacy of users is protected. In March 2012, Google rolled out a privacy policy that combined the policies of all of its services into one. But the ICO found that the newly combined policy was too vague and didn’t adequately explain to users how and why their personal information was being collected. Google has faced legal investigations and hefty fines over its privacy policies, especially in Europe where the laws tend to be stricter than in other …

    January 30, 2015 10:26 am
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Science

  • Vertical Gardens Beat Soil Made Salty by Climate Change


    KHULNA, BANGLADESH—The soil in Knolkhol village in southwest Bangladesh has become increasingly salty because of incursions of seawater. The situation became particularly acute in the aftermath of Cyclone Aila in 2009, which brought storm surges that broke embankments and flooded farmland. After 2009 vegetable crops planted in the ground there yielded only meager returns—if they didn’t fail completely. But for the past three years hundreds of villagers have enjoyed the bounty of so-called vertical gardens—essentially crops grown in a variety of containers in backyards and on the rooftops of their humble homes. Despite their modest size, these gardens produce quite a bit. Shakuri Rani Debnath, a 30-something resident of Knolkhol, says hers generated nearly 200 kilograms of vegetables this summer, including pumpkins, squash, cauliflower, tomatoes, spinach and chili peppers. As a delta formed by three of Asia’s largest rivers, Bangladesh is naturally prone to flooding and waterlogging. And with most of its land at or …

    January 30, 2015 10:27 am
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Health

  • Teens, Young Adults Most Likely to Go to ER After Car Accidents: Report


    FRIDAY, Jan. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — In a finding that won’t surprise many parents, a new government analysis shows that teens and young adults are the most likely to show up in a hospital ER with injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident. Race was another factor that raised the chances of crash-related ER visits, with rates being higher for blacks than they were for whites or Hispanics, data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated. According to information in the study, there were almost 4 million ER visits for motor vehicle accident injuries in 2010-2011, a figure that amounted to 10 percent of all ER visits that year. Crash victims were twice as likely to arrive in an ambulance as patients with injuries not related to motor vehicle crashes (43 percent versus 17 percent), the study found. However, the chances that crash victims were determined to have really serious injuries …

    January 30, 2015 10:26 am
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Entertainment

  • Report: Johnny Depp And Amber Heard To Marry Next Week In The Bahamas


    Posted on Fri Jan 30th, 2015 10:33am PDT       By X17 Staff Getty Images for Spike TV They’re finally going to say “I do”! A-list couple Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are set to marry next weekend at the Pirates of the Caribbean actor’s private island in the Bahamas, reports New York Post‘s Page Six. The mag is reporting there will be 50 guests in attendance at the intimate ceremony, which is to be held on the 45-acre Little Hall’s Pond Cay island, which the actor bought in 2004 for $3.6 million. The publication is saying that the space on the small island is so limited that some guests will have to stay Depp’s luxury yacht, Vajoliroja. The couple, who got engaged after a year of dating, met in 2011 on the set of their movie The Rum Diary.   Stories from around the Web

    January 30, 2015 12:47 pm
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Editorial

  • Data Privacy Day: Keep ICANN free of political, national agendas


    FILE — October 9, 2013: Fadi Chehade, president and CEO of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), attends a meeting with Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff (not seen) at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia. (Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino) It’s that time of year again. Time to celebrate Data Privacy Day. You may think it is odd to celebrate such as day but whenever the focus is on keeping your privacy, private, we relish the opportunity. We applaud the discussion. It also brings to mind a critical issue that is percolating on the forefront of the international scene: control of the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Since ICANN began, it has evolved into a multinational body that has consistently performed critical functions to ensure the Internet we have come to rely on always works. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Despite its name, ICANN does more than just assign and/or approve your website’s domain. It also upholds the security …

    January 29, 2015 10:17 pm
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Odd News

  • Zimbabwean jailed for nine years for eating python meat


    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A Zimbabwean man has been jailed for nine years for eating python, a protected species, a Zimbabwean daily reported on Friday. Archwell Maramba said he had been eating the snake meat for its medicinal value. “I wanted to eat the python to cure my spine and since I ate my first python I have seen remarkable improvement,” NewsDay quoted Maramba as saying during his court case. Acting on a tipoff, police found the 58-year-old drying snakeskin and python meat stashed in his house. (Reporting by Helen Nyambura-Mwaura; Editing by Andrew Roche)

    January 30, 2015 10:26 am
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