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  • Hospital in Colorado Springs on lockdown, police say

    The hospital where several victims of the recent Colorado Springs shooting are recovering was on lockdown for a brief period Monday afternoon, Colorado Springs police confirmed to FOX31. The lockdown was lifted around 12:44 p.m. local time. Some employees inside Penrose Hospital took to Twitter and Facebook searching for information after a reported “code silver” announcement was issued, according to KSNV. A “code silver” indicates “a hostage/weapon/security situation” according to a Colorado Hospital Association Council of Quality Professionals document. But a hospital spokesperson told KRDO there was no threat to patients or visitors. KRDO also reported the lockdown may have have been caused by the presence of a suspicious person.  Some patients told KKTV that the hospital had called them to cancel their appointments on Monday. Robert Lewis Dear, who is accused of killing three people during Friday’s shooting, is due to appear in court for his first appearance later Monday. There was no indication …

    November 30, 2015 2:18 pm


  • Planned Parenthood: A political lightning rod

    Scott Dontanville, front, co-pastor of the Hope Chapel, consoles a congregant before service early Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in northeast Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) As a leading defender of abortion rights and comprehensive sex education, Planned Parenthood deals daily with some of America’s most contentious issues, and is well accustomed to receiving verbal threats. Some of the organization’s supporters say Friday’s deadly shooting at its clinic in Colorado Springs shows that the vitriolic rhetoric could be inspiring actual violence. “It is time to stop the demonizing and witch hunts against Planned Parenthood, its staff and patients,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat. But critics show no signs of backing away from a multi-pronged offensive against Planned Parenthood, keeping protests and a congressional investigation on their agenda for the coming year. The man arrested in the attack that killed a police officer and two civilians uttered the phrase “no more baby parts,” a …

    November 30, 2015 10:37 am


  • The Netflix effect: 70% investors made money in November

    If you’re searching for an excuse to splurge on a gift this Cyber Monday, just check your investing portfolio. Roughly 70% of investors made money in November, according to data shared exclusively with CNNMoney by Openfolio, which allows users to see how their investment portfolios stack up against others. The firm analyzed the performance of 15,000 retail investors. November wasn’t a blockbuster month for stocks like October was, but it did represent a return to stability following the market mayhem that erupted late in the summer. Back in September only 6% of Openfolio investors made money as the SP 500 wrapped up its worst quarter in four years. Tech stocks created the most value for the average investor in November. The tech sector has been one of the best performers in 2015, as evidenced by the Nasdaq’s 8% year-to-date gain. By comparison, the SP 500 is up just 1% in 2015. Netflix fires up portfolios …

    November 30, 2015 1:18 pm


  • England win thrilling super over

    Chris Woakes hit three sixes, including one out of the ground England completed their tour of the UAE with a dramatic super-over win against Pakistan that sealed a 3-0 Twenty20 series whitewash. After both sides finished level on 154, Chris Jordan’s yorkers restricted Pakistan to 3-1 in their extra over. England had only two from four balls, but, in increasing tension, Eoin Morgan took the winning runs from the fifth. James Vince earlier made 46 in England’s 154-8, while Shoaib Malik’s 75 got Pakistan to 154-7. The win in Sharjah completes an excellent limited-overs tour for England, who followed a 2-0 Test series defeat with a 3-1 win in the one-day internationals. A sixth successive T20 victory comes in the build-up to the World T20 in India in March. Preparations for that tournament will continue with two matches at the end of the South Africa tour. Champagne super over Jordan was England’s most expensive bowler …

    November 30, 2015 2:19 pm

World News

  • Giant Turkmenistan choir sets record

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The song was performed inside a giant yurt – a traditional nomadic tent Singing a song reportedly composed by the country’s president, a Turkmenistan choir has broken a world record for the most people singing in the round. More than 4,000 people gathered inside a giant tent for the performance of Forward, Only Forward. The event featured a big-screen video of President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov playing a synthesiser and singing along. It is the latest choreographed show of support for the head of state. “I was witness to a huge surge of patriotism as Turkmen citizens performed in a single breath the song of the head of state,” Seyda Subasi, an adjudicator of Guinness World Records, told Turkmen state television after last week’s performance. Singing in the round is when people sing the same melody, but begin at different times so that the music overlaps. Image copyright Getty Images Image …

    November 30, 2015 2:19 pm


  • Five million affected by Vtech hack

    Image copyright BBC/Zoe Kleinman Electronic toy and educational material seller Vtech has confirmed that about five million customers were affected in the data theft reported on Friday. They are from all over the world, including the US, UK, France and China. Vtech has also suspended 13 websites following the hacking of its Learning Lodge app database. The hacked database included a lot of customer data, including some details about children, and the company was told about the breach by a journalist. It did not contain any credit card information, Vtech said, but it did store the “name, email address, encrypted password, secret question and answer for password retrieval, IP address, mailing address and download history” of customers. “The Vtech breach illustrates one of the major issues facing us today,” said Tod Beardsley, security engineering manager at internet security firm Rapid7. “With the Internet of Things, companies of all sorts are rapidly morphing into information technology …

    November 30, 2015 10:57 am


  • Missing link found between turbulence in collapsing star and hypernova, gamma-ray burst

    Related images(click to enlarge) A supercomputer simulation of a mere 10 milliseconds in the collapse of a massive star into a neutron star proves that these catastrophic events, often called hypernovae, can generate the enormous magnetic fields needed to explode the star and fire off bursts of gamma rays visible halfway across the universe. The results of the simulation, published online Nov. 30 in advance of publication in the journal Nature, demonstrate that as a rotating star collapses, the star and its attached magnetic field spin faster and faster, forming a dynamo that revs the magnetic field to a million billion times the magnetic field of Earth. A field this strong is sufficient to focus and accelerate gas along the rotation axis of the star, creating two jets that ultimately can produce oppositely directed blasts of highly energetic gamma rays. The first electrical generators were dynamos, generating current as wires rotated through a magnetic field. …

    November 30, 2015 1:37 pm


  • New York is first U.S. city with salt warning on restaurant menus

    NEW YORK A tiny salt shaker symbol that warns certain meals are high in sodium will appear, starting Tuesday, on menus in chain restaurants in New York City, the first U.S. city to take the step in an effort to combat heart disease and stroke. Any menu item containing more than 2,300 milligrams (0.08 oz) of sodium, the daily limit many nutritionists recommend and which equals about one teaspoon of salt, must display the emblem of a salt shaker in a black triangle. The measure unanimously approved by the New York City Board of Health in September applies only to restaurants with at least 15 establishments across the U.S., and concession stands at some movie theaters and sports stadiums. “It’s not hard to get 2.3 g of sodium into your face,” Dr. Howard Weintraub, co-director of NYU Langone Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, said on Monday. The new menu labels may be an …

    November 30, 2015 2:18 pm


  • Sheree Whitfield Addresses Marriage To Bob: Did She Marry For Money?

    Sheree Whitfield is back on The Real Housewives of Atlanta after a few years. She left the show over some disagreements with producers, because she supposedly wanted more money for her time and effort. But these days, Whitfield is back as a friend of the wives. And on last night’s episode, Sheree learned that one of her ex-husband’s best friends was invited by Kenya Moore to a party. And behind her back, this friend hinted that Sheree had married for money. According to a new tweet, Sheree Whitfield was quick to set the record straight on Twitter. She did not marry Bob for money, and she has been struggling to get child and spousal support ever since their divorce. And Sheree had already divorced when she started filming the show over 7 seasons ago. “Honey, if I wanted to marry for money – it would have never been with a NFL player! #girlgone #RHOA #keepitmovin …

    November 30, 2015 12:37 pm


  • President tells students: This is not a day care. This is a university!

    This past week, I actually had a student come forward after a university chapel service and complain because he felt “victimized” by a sermon on the topic of 1 Corinthians 13. I am the president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU), an evangelical Christian university of The Wesleyan Church. It appears that this young scholar felt offended because a homily on love made him feel bad for not showing love! In his mind, the speaker was wrong for making him, and his peers, feel uncomfortable. I’m not making this up. Our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic! Any time their feelings are hurt, they are the victims! Anyone who dares challenge them and, thus, makes them “feel bad” about themselves, is a “hater,” a “bigot,” an “oppressor,” and a “victimizer.” If you’re more interested in playing the “hater” card than you are in confessing your own hate; if you want to …

    November 30, 2015 12:57 pm

Odd News

  • Woman pleads guilty in South African court to trying to sell baby online

    JOHANNESBURG A mother pleaded guilty in a South African court on Monday to having tried to sell her baby on the Internet for 5,000 rand ($346), the online news service News24 said. “I admit that my actions were wrongful, unlawful and intentional. I have no defense,” the 20-year-old woman was quoted as saying by News24. Police said the woman was arrested in October following a tip-off from a member of the public who said that a baby was being sold on the website Gumtree. She was freed on bail and placed under house arrest. Sentencing will be carried out on Feb. 29 at the Magistrates Court in the eastern town of Pietermaritzburg. (Reporting by Zandi Shabalala; Editing by Richard Balmforth)

    November 30, 2015 1:57 pm