Headline News

  • Denver police chief orders review of moving-car shootings over past 2 years

    Jan. 29, 2015: Denver Police Department Chief Robert White responds to questions during a news conference about the death of a 17-year-old woman who was killed after she allegedly hit and injured a Denver Police Department officer while driving a stolen vehicle early Monday in a northeast Denver alley. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Denver’s police chief has ordered a review of cases where an officer fired at a moving car after perceiving it to be a threat following an outcry over the shooting of a 17-year-old earlier this week. Jessica Hernandez was killed early Monday when two officers shot at the stolen car they said she was driving toward them. The shooting was the fourth time in seven months that a Denver officer fired at a moving vehicle.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “Despite the fact that I think we have a very restrictive policy we still had four incidents in the last year,” Chief Robert White said Thursday. …

    January 30, 2015 7:04 am


  • Romney to provide update to supporters on potential 2016 run

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney is to give an update to his supporters on Friday on whether he should run for president a third time in 2016 amid signs he has yet to convince some financial backers as to why he should take the plunge again. A former staffer, who asked to remain unidentified, said a conference call with Romney was expected to be held at mid-morning on Friday, and that he might give a signal as to which way he was leaning. Romney for the past three weeks has been seeking traction for another presidential run after he was defeated by Democratic President Barack Obama in 2012. On Wednesday, he visited Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi, and in a closely watched speech, he emphasized a commitment to tackle poverty in America, a correction from his 2012 candidacy when he was dragged down by his wealthy image. Some of the people who raised …

    January 30, 2015 6:23 am


  • Russia slashes interest rates to avert slump

      Russia slashed interest rates Friday in a surprise move aimed at preventing the economy from tumbling even deeper into recession. The central bank said it was cutting its key lending rate to 15% from 17%, giving greater priority to preventing a protracted slump than fighting inflation or propping up the ruble. Russia’s economy relies heavily on oil and gas exports. Western sanctions imposed on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine made it even more vulnerable to the collapse in global crude prices late last year. As the ruble plummeted to record lows against the dollar in December, the Bank of Russia jacked up interest rates to defend the currency and prevent inflation spiraling out of control. Related: Russia raids infrastructure fund to save banks The emergency move drew howls of protest from Russian borrowers and businesses. Inflation has continued to accelerate in January — as of this week it was running at 13% — …

    January 30, 2015 6:43 am


  • Djokovic edges Wawrinka to book final with Murray

    MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Top seed Novak Djokovic ended Stan Wawrinka’s title defence on Friday with another five-set clash to book a third final showdown with Andy Murray at the Australian Open. Though not quite the level of their thrilling marathons at the last two tournaments, the grinding 7-6(1) 3-6 6-4 4-6 6-0 win under the lights of Rod Laver Arena was riven by tension until the final one-sided set. Both players had their chances, with Djokovic fluffing his lines when 2-0 up and closing in on victory in the fourth set. Wawrinka clawed his way back, breaking the Serb and saving three break points with some brilliant play before roaring on to force a fifth set. Fourth seed Wawrinka had a chance to break Djokovic in the opening game of the decider, but blasted a backhand long. From there he promptly crumbled. With Wawrinka double-faulting twice to gift Djokovic the break, the steely-eyed Serb marched …

    January 30, 2015 7:04 am

World News

  • Srebrenica massacre verdicts upheld

    30 January 2015 Last updated at 12:10 About 8,000 Bosnian men and boys were killed in Srebrenica over just three days A judge at the UN Yugoslav tribunal has upheld the convictions of five men for their role in the Srebrenica massacre. Sentences for four of the men, high-ranking officials in the Bosnian Serb Army in 1995, were also confirmed. They had appealed against their convictions in 2010 for a range of crimes including genocide. About 8,000 Bosnian men and boys were killed in Srebrenica in just three days in 1995 – the worst atrocity on European soil since the Holocaust. Two of the men – Vujadin Popovic and Ljubisa Beara – are among just a few to have been found guilty of genocide. They were sentenced to life for deliberately targeting and destroying groups of people based on their ethnicity. Those life sentences were confirmed on Friday, as were the sentences of 35 years …

    January 30, 2015 7:04 am


  • Angry Birds set sights on Candy Crush with new mobile puzzle games

    If you can’t beat them, join them. Angry Birds remains one of the most popular mobile game series in the world, but its financial success has been dwarfed by that of match-three puzzle games like Candy Crush Saga and Puzzle Dragons. Developer Rovio has clearly noticed: it has soft-launched two new Angry Birds games that ditch its familiar bird-slinging gameplay for… match-three puzzling. Angry Birds Stella Pop! has been released in Canada, while Angry Birds Fight! is available in Thailand. Single-country debuts have become the standard way for mobile publishers to test and refine new games before giving them a global release. First reported on by fan-site Angry Birds Nest, the new games are both “freemium” titles: free to download, and making their money from in-app purchases of virtual items. Angry Birds Stella Pop! is a bubble-popping game in the same vein as console classic Bust-a-Move (also known as Puzzle Bobble), or perhaps more relevantly, …

    January 30, 2015 6:24 am


  • In a role reversal, RNAs proofread themselves

    Related images(click to enlarge) Building a protein is a lot like a game of telephone: information is passed along from one messenger to another, creating the potential for errors every step of the way. There are separate, specialized enzymatic machines that proofread at each step, ensuring that the instructions encoded in our DNA are faithfully translated into proteins. Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have uncovered a new quality control mechanism along this path, but in a remarkable role reversal, the proofreading isn’t done by an enzyme. Instead, one of the messengers itself has a built-in mechanism to prevent errors along the way. The building blocks for proteins are carried by molecules known as transfer RNAs (tRNAs). tRNAs work with other cellular machinery to ensure that the building blocks — amino acids — are arranged in the proper order. But before a building block can be loaded onto a tRNA molecule, a three-part chemical …

    January 30, 2015 2:21 am


  • CDC urges measles vaccinations amid Disneyland outbreak

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans on Thursday to get vaccinated for measles amid an outbreak that began at Disneyland in December, saying that 2014 saw the highest number of cases in two decades. So far more than 90 people have been diagnosed with measles in California and elsewhere, most of them linked to an outbreak that public health officials suspect began when an infected person from outside the United States visited Disneyland in Anaheim between Dec. 15 and Dec. 20. On Wednesday, a high school in Palm Desert, California, barred dozens of non-vaccinated students from school over concerns that a classmate may have contracted the highly contagious disease. Measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000 but Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said the disease could still easily be brought in by a traveler from …

    January 30, 2015 2:20 am


  • 7 Times Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson looked miserable together

    Each time we see them it becomes increasingly obvious that the couple has absolutely zero chemistry — and it is never more obvious than in this new Glamour shoot. Here are seven times we’ve noticed Johnson trying really, really hard to fake it — and Dornan unable to conceal his contempt. More: Watch Dakota Johnson get super kinky for the Fifty Shades soundtrack 1. “Can they see the panic in my eyes?” Johnson displays her acting chops in the new issue of Glamour by pretending she is really, really into it (seriously, this is some Meryl Streep-level skill here), but Dornan can barely contain his disgust and boredom. MmMmm, yes. More @FiftyShades goodness on @glamourmag‘s newest issue! http://t.co/ObNvnJ9MSr pic.twitter.com/YTpExvsxcw — POPSUGAR Fashion (@POPSUGARFashion) January 29, 2015 From Glamour magazine (USA)… Those glasses look hot!! Just me? Thx to @_GreyHouse #FiftyShades #JamieDornan #JDNI pic.twitter.com/PagBIiDsQw — Jamie Dornan NI (@JamieDornanNI) January 28, 2015 I’m not sure I …

    January 30, 2015 6:43 am


  • 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

Odd News

  • Canadian man loses appeal on missing lotto jackpot by 7 seconds

    TORONTO (Reuters) – A Canadian man who was denied part of a C$27 million jackpot because he missed the deadline to buy the ticket by seven seconds has lost his appeal to get the money. The Supreme Court of Canada ruling on Thursday ended a seven-year legal battle by Joel Ifergan, an accountant, to claim his share of the prize. Ifergan went to a local convenience store just before 9 p.m. on May 23, 2008, to purchase tickets for that night’s “Lotto Super 7″ drawing. The store clerk told him to hurry before the 9 p.m. deadline, according to a court summary. While the clock on the lottery terminal read 8:59 p.m., only one of the two tickets was registered in time. The second ticket, the winning one, was printed and registered on the Loto-Quebec computer at seven seconds after 9 p.m., eligible for the following week’s drawing. The store clerk told Ifergan that only …

    January 29, 2015 2:08 pm