Headline News

  • Early start takes frenzy out of Black Friday

    The one-day head start to Black Friday appeared to take a bite out of the usual holiday rush, as thinner-than-usual crowds converged on malls and retail stores for what is traditionally the year’s biggest shopping day. Stores from coast-to-coast opened doors a half-day early and enticed customers with jaw-dropping bargains, turning customary kick-off to the holiday shopping season into a two-day affair. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Online shopping and calls to stay home to protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer in a racially-charged shooting near St. Louis also may have contributed to the quieter experience on what has traditionally been the busiest, and sometimes most chaotic, shopping day of the year. “It just looks like any other weekend.” – Angela Olivera, shopper at Hartford, Conn. mall “It just looks like any other weekend,” Angela Olivera, a 32-year old housewife shopping for children’s clothing at the Westfarms Mall near Hartford, Conn., told Reuters. …

    November 28, 2014 10:52 am


  • Romney still leads GOP candidates for President

    By Reuters November 28, 2014 Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney(REUTERS/Brian Snyder) Mitt Romney, the Republican Party’s unsuccessful presidential nominee in 2012, leads the field for the 2016 election among Republican voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday. The former Massachusetts governor would have a slight edge over potential Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by 45 percent to 44 percent in a general election, the poll found. Among possible Republican candidates, Romney’s 19 percent put him ahead of former Florida governor Jeb Bush with 11 percent, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Ben Carson each with 8 percent each, and U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky with 6 percent. Carson, a former neurosurgeon with no political experience, is a conservative commentator and author of “One Nation,” which topped the New York Times best-seller list in June. U.S. Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and …

    November 28, 2014 10:51 am


  • Apple users outspend Android users on ‘Black Thursday’

    When it comes to mobile shopping, Apple users won the Thanksgiving Day spending battle. Apple iOS mobile users spent about 25% more than Android owners on their Turkey Day purchases, with an average of $118.57 per order compared to $95.25, according to the most recent data from IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark. Sales slowed down (blame the tryptophan) as the day continued, as earlier reports showed the average order value of Apple iOS users came in at $122.08 and $97.25 for Android users. Related: Black Friday sales: Deal or no deal “Apple has a strong hold on online shopping,” said Jay Henderson, director of IBM Smarter Commerce. “IPhone and iPad buyers tend to be slightly more affluent and more comfortable with technology.” Apple (AAPL, Tech30) users are three times more likely to make a purchase on their mobile or tablet device, and made up 25% of total online sales on Thursday. This is despite the fact …

    November 28, 2014 9:48 am


  • Red Wings visit Devils seeking 3rd straight win

    (SportsNetwork.com) – The Detroit Red Wings will try to record their first three-game winning streak of the season when they visit the New Jersey Devils for Friday’s clash at Prudential Center. The Red Wings posted recent home wins over Ottawa and Philadelphia, giving Mike Babcock’s club its fourth set of consecutive victories this season. Detroit hasn’t won three in a row since a four-game run from March 29-April 4 of last season. After holding for a 4-3 win over Ottawa on Monday, the Wings had a much easier time beating the Flyers in Wednesday’s tilt at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit scored three times in the second period en route to a 5-2 victory over Philadelphia, as Pavel Datsyuk celebrated his return to the lineup with a pair of goals. Datsyuk, who had missed the previous four games due to a groin injury, notched his sixth and seventh goals of the season. Despite missing half of …

    November 28, 2014 10:52 am

World News

  • ‘Dozens die’ in Nigeria mosque blasts

    28 November 2014 Last updated at 16:43 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. BBC Hausa’s Mansur Liman: After the explosions gunmen started shooting Dozens of people have been killed in explosions during Friday prayers at one of the biggest mosques in the Nigerian city of Kano, reports say. Many more people have been hurt, with one rescue official putting casualty figures at just under 200. The Central Mosque is where the influential Muslim leader, the Emir of Kano, usually leads prayers. The emir recently called for people to arm themselves against Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The group has killed more than 2,000 people this year, rights groups say. Some reports said there was gunfire in Kano after the explosions. The rescue official, speaking to Agence France-Presse, put the casualty toll at 64 dead and 126 hurt, although this has not been independently confirmed. One worshipper, Aminu Abdullahi, told the agency: “Two …

    November 28, 2014 10:52 am


  • Europol arrests 118 people using stolen credit cards to pay for flights

    Police have arrested 118 people at 84 airports around the world as part of a global investigation into plane tickets paid for with stolen or fake credit card details. Troels Oerting, director of Europol’s European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3), told the Guardian that many of those arrested were linked to other forms of crime, including robbery, shoplifting, illegal immigration and drug smuggling. The operation, co-ordinated by EC3, brought together 49 law enforcement agencies from around the world, numerous banks, 64 airlines and the International Air Transport Association to share intelligence on fraudulent transactions. Interpol in Singapore and Ameripol in Bogota took charge of operations in non-European destinations. Officers were waiting at 84 global airports to pick up those who had used stolen credit card numbers to buy their tickets, while Europol, reported 281 suspicious transactions. “We have again proven that we have ‘upgraded’ to version 2.0 our ability to work smooth less together across borders …

    November 28, 2014 6:41 am


  • Sun’s magnetic field affects frequency of lightning strikes on Earth

    Blame it on the Sun: UK lightning linked to solar activity Think back to summer. Long, hot, sultry days, rounded off with a finale of atmospheric fireworks. But sometimes the thunder and lightning fail to materialize, even on the most stifling of summer days, and on other occasions the sky starts to rumble with seemingly no provocation. Now, a study by researchers in the UK shows it is not just conditions down here on Earth that determine how much thunder and lightning we get – the Sun’s magnetic field also has a big influence, more than doubling the number of lightning bolts on some days. Physics textbooks depict the Earth as having a simple and symmetrical magnetic field, but in fact it is usually skewed, with its poles up to 5° out of line. These kinks are caused by the pull of the Sun’s magnetic field, which fluctuates with sunspot number and the strength of …

    November 28, 2014 11:13 am


  • Best to Be Honest About Your Relationship With Your Boss

    FRIDAY, Nov. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Your job performance will be better if you and your boss have the same opinion about your relationship, even if it’s a bad one, a new study finds. Researchers interviewed 280 employees and their bosses separately so that neither knew what the other said. The workers ranged from cashiers to senior managers in a number of industries, including automotive, retail and financial services. The researchers found that employees were less motivated at work when they believed they had a good relationship with their boss, but the boss had a different opinion, or if the reverse was true. Worker motivation was higher when the employee and boss had the same opinion about their relationship, even if it was poor, said the study published recently in the Academy of Management Journal. “Seeing eye-to-eye about the employee-supervisor relationship is equally, if not more, important than the actual quality of the relationship,” …

    November 28, 2014 10:52 am


  • Justin Bieber Bonds With Pastor Carl Lentz’s Family Before Thanksgiving

    Posted on Fri Nov 28th, 2014 8:30am PDT       By X17 Staff Ok, so maybe Justin Bieber really is serious about this whole religious awakening, because on Wednesday the pop superstar spent the day with pastor Carl Lentz’s family. The 20-year-old singer posted the above photo with Lentz’s daughter and wrote, “Made a snowman with this little cutie. Make memories with the ones you love! #HappyThanksgiving.” It’s not clear where Bieber was on Thursday, but seeing as he’s Canadian and their Thanksgiving was last month, it doesn’t appear as though the Biebs had any big plans. And he certainly wasn’t with Selena Gomez — she was with her friends and family in Texas. Bieber and Lentz, who preaches at Hillsong Church in New York City, have been friends for 6 years now, and the two have been spending quite a bit of time together. Earlier this month it was reported that Bieber was on a mission to …

    November 28, 2014 10:31 am


  • Obama’s immigration amnesty: How GOP can reach Latino voters

    President Obama’s immigration speech last Thursday had everything to do with cementing the Democratic Party’s hold on the Latino vote for 2016. And he is counting on the GOP to make it happen.  His strategy depends upon a chorus of Republican voices calling for the rounding up of 11 million people; thereby thrusting their (voting) friends and family into the arms of the Democratic party for a generation.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Had Obama felt ‘so deeply’ about this issue when he ran for president why then did he not pursue it when the Democrats had huge majorities in the House and Senate?  The GOP and outside groups should commit to proving their intentions by deed rather than word that it is the party that will help Latinos achieve their dreams. Now with the election shellacking the Democrats took and with the Democrat coalition fraying it was time to stitch it back together with the twin tactics …

    November 28, 2014 10:52 am

Odd News

  • French farmers cry wolf over sheep killings

    PARIS (Reuters) – French farmers, who regularly bring livestock into Paris to punctuate their protests, drove some 250 sheep into the shadow of the Eiffel Tower on Thursday to highlight an unusual concern – that a growing wolf population is killing their flocks. Wolves were reintroduced to France in the 1990s under an international convention on wildlife conservation in Europe. There are now an estimated 300 wolves in the country and the number is growing each year. According to the French sheep organization (FNO), the number of animals they kill has risen too – by nearly two thirds since 2011 – and is likely to top 8,000 this year. “We are asking that wolves be removed from sheep breeding regions because they are incompatible with our work,” Michele Boudoin, secretary general of the French sheep organisation (FNO) said. She stressed that France’s “wolf plan”, which compensates farmers for sheep losses and pays for prevention measures …

    November 27, 2014 2:39 pm