Headline News

  • City: Quarter-toting ‘Robin Hooders’ harassed meter-readers, should have to back off


    In this photo taken Wednesday Nov. 19, 2014, one of many self-proclaimed “Robin Hooders” Garret Ean puts money in expired meters ahead of parking enforcement officers on Main St. in Keene, N.H. A merry band of Keene activists stalk parking enforcement officers, pumping quarters into expired meters before the officers write tickets. But city officials say their practice of taunting and videotaping the officers interferes with their work and stresses them out. The New Hampshire Supreme Court is deliberating if there is a line to be drawn between constitutionally-protected free speech rights and protecting government employees from harassment. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) (The Associated Press) In this photo taken Wednesday Nov. 19, 2014 one of many self-proclaimed “Robin Hooders” Garret Ean stares at a parking enforcement officer on Main St. in Keene, N.H. A merry band of Keene activists stalk parking enforcement officers, pumping quarters into expired meters before the officers write tickets. But city officials say …

    November 22, 2014 9:22 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

  • Berkeley students protest UC tuition hike


    Hundreds of students are camped out in Berkeley’s Wheeler Hall since Thursday. Students at U.C. Berkeley protested for a second day Friday against a tuition hike approved this week by the University of California. More than 300 students had occupied Berkeley’s Wheeler Hall, according to the university’s student-run newspaper, The Daily Californian. Wheeler Hall is the site of many well-known university protests over the years. The student demonstrations started earlier this week with hundreds of students camped out in the hall since Thursday, the school paper said. Students are demanding a repeal of the tuition hike and are calling for a walkout from classes on Monday. Related: College tuition hikes lowest since 1970s In 2015, tuition and fees for all 233,000 students at its 10 universities will go up by $612, for a total of $12,804, according to a plan that was approved Thursday by its governing body. The plan calls for a tuition increase …

    November 22, 2014 9:21 am
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Sports

  • Double-bogeys blunt McIlroy’s charge in Dubai


    DUBAI (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy made double bogeys on successive holes in the third round of the $8 million DP World Tour Championship on Saturday, slipping four strokes behind joint-leaders Henrik Stenson and Rafael Cabrera-Bello. World number one McIlroy began two shots adrift of Sweden’s Stenson, but the Northern Irishman sunk birdies on holes 5-7 and another at 10 to pull level. Then came 20 minutes of golf that will haunt McIlroy. On the par-four 12, the 25-year-old found the bunker, recovered to within 30 feet of the pin, but rolled a putt six feet long and then missed again going back the other way. At the par-three 13, McIlroy’s tee-shot found the gallery and twice he underplayed chips before double-putting. He sunk birdies on 14 and 18 — the latter after fluffing an eagle chance — for 70 and a 10-under 206. “I’ll try to get off to a fast start, put some pressure …

    November 22, 2014 9:21 am
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World News

  • Islamic State militants kill 25 Iraqi tribesmen during assault on Ramadi


    Islamic State (Isis) militants have killed 25 members of a Sunni Muslim tribe during their assault on a provincial capital west of Baghdad in apparent revenge for tribal opposition to the terrorist group. The bodies of the men from the Albu Fahd clan, which is taking part in the fight against the militant Islamists, were discovered after the Iraqi army launched a counter-offensive on Saturday against Isis on the eastern edge of Ramadi, capital of Anbar province, according to local officials. The killings followed the execution of hundreds of members of the Albu Nimr clan last month by Islamic State fighters trying to break local resistance to their advances in Anbar, a Sunni Muslim province they have largely controlled for nearly a year. The counter-offensive by Iraqi army soldiers and Sunni fighters in Ramadi aims to retake the city’s eastern Sijariya neighbourhood, which Isis said it captured on Friday. An official with the Anbar provincial …

    November 22, 2014 9:22 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

  • Vanessa Hudgens Gives Us A Peek At Her Amazing Abs After Pilates


    Posted on Fri Nov 21st, 2014 2:00pm PDT       By X17 Staff Hot damn, Vanessa Hudgens! On Friday afternoon the former High School Musical hottie went to Pilates in Studio City, and while we’re not sure what’s going on with her lower half (Ugg slippers with those wild workout pants?!), her toned tummy was looking ab-solutely amazing! And not only has she been flaunting her fit physique lately, but yesterday V. Hudge’s hairstylist Riawna Capri posted a shot showing off the 25-year-old starlet’s brand new bangs. “4pm: @vanessahudgens

    November 22, 2014 10:02 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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