• Kinkaid gets first win as Devils beat Bolts in SO

    Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) – Patrik Elias registered the lone goal of the shootout as New Jersey claimed a 3-2 decision over Tampa Bay at Prudential Center. Elias and Adam Henrique picked up first-period tallies for...
  • Greek MP alleges 3m euro vote bribe

    Greek MP alleges 3m euro vote bribe

    19 December 2014 Last updated at 18:01 The presidential election has led to worries about Greece’s future A Greek MP says he was offered a bribe worth 3m euros to vote for the government’s candidate...
  • American nurse exposed to Ebola released from hospital

    (Reuters) – An American nurse who was exposed to Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone was released from the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center in Maryland on Friday without showing signs of the disease,...
  • Rockets get Brewer from Timberwolves

    (SportsNetwork.com) – The Houston Rockets acquired veteran swingman Corey Brewer from the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday in a three-team deal that also included the Philadelphia 76ers. The deal came a day after Southwest Division rival...
  • Deadly Farc attack before truce

    Deadly Farc attack before truce

    19 December 2014 Last updated at 22:57 Colombia’s military has been fighting the rebels for decades Colombia’s Farc rebels have killed five soldiers in an ambush, the army says, hours before they are meant to...

Headline News

  • American nurse exposed to Ebola released from hospital


    (Reuters) – An American nurse who was exposed to Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone was released from the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center in Maryland on Friday without showing signs of the disease, NIH said. “The patient has shown no clinical or laboratory evidence of Ebola infection and will complete 21 days of monitoring at a private residence in Virginia under the direction of the Virginia Department of Health,” NIH said in a statement. NIH did not release any further information on the nurse, including when he or she might have been exposed to the virus, affiliation or name. The NIH clinical center is one of the facilities across the United States designated as an Ebola treatment center by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A child who arrived in Chicago with a fever was under observation on Friday at a city hospital to rule out the Ebola virus, hospital officials …

    December 19, 2014 10:31 pm
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Politics

  • Obama signs nearly $578 billion defense bill for fiscal 2015


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama signed an annual defense policy bill on Friday that authorizes U.S. training for Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting Islamic State rebels and sets overall defense spending at nearly $578 billion, including about $64 billion for wars abroad. The legislation, approved by Congress earlier this month, sets defense policy and authorizes spending levels for the 2015 fiscal year, which began on Oct. 1, but does not actually appropriate funding. The bill approves a Pentagon base budget of $496 billion, in line with Obama’s request, plus nearly $64 billion for conflicts abroad including the war in Afghanistan. It also authorizes $17.9 billion for Energy Department nuclear weapons work. The measure formally endorses the Pentagon’s plan to vet, train and equip a moderate Syrian opposition military force to fight Islamic State rebels, defend the Syrian people and promote conditions for a negotiated end to Syria’s civil war. The U.S. military program to …

    December 19, 2014 7:50 pm
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Stocks

  • Reporter behind story of $72 million teen trader stays at NY Mag


    The writer behind the story about the “$72 million teenage stock whiz” is staying put at New York Magazine. Jessica Pressler was slated to join the Bloomberg News investigative unit, but got caught up in controversy this past week following a story she wrote about a New York City high school student who said he’d made $72 million trading stocks. (Spoiler alert: He hadn’t.) New York Magazine’s editor-in-chief Adam Moss told his staff Friday in an announcement that reporter Jessica Pressler would be staying at the magazine. “Can’t say that we expected things to turn out this way, but we feel very lucky to be keeping [Pressler] on, and look forward to publishing more of her with pride,” Moss wrote in the memo, which was first published by Capital New York. New York Magazine confirmed the authenticity of the memo to CNNMoney. Pressler’s profile of Stuyvesant High School senior Mohammed Islam stirred up controversy and …

    December 19, 2014 10:51 pm
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Sports

  • Kinkaid gets first win as Devils beat Bolts in SO


    Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) – Patrik Elias registered the lone goal of the shootout as New Jersey claimed a 3-2 decision over Tampa Bay at Prudential Center. Elias and Adam Henrique picked up first-period tallies for the Devils, who finally put an end to a five-game losing streak. Keith Kinkaid finished with 26 saves in regulation and three more in the game’s final segment to earn his first NHL victory. Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov supplied offense for the Lightning, who have dropped five of their last seven. Evgeni Nabokov made 16 stops but allowed his team to earn a point. Elias put his team ahead as the opening shooter in the third and final round, pulling Nabokov out of position before sliding a shot inside the right post. Kinkaid cemented the outcome and picked up his milestone by turning away a Jonathan Drouin chance. Late in the game’s opening power play, the Devils went up …

    December 19, 2014 10:31 pm
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World News

  • Greek MP alleges 3m euro vote bribe


    19 December 2014 Last updated at 18:01 The presidential election has led to worries about Greece’s future A Greek MP says he was offered a bribe worth 3m euros to vote for the government’s candidate in a critical presidential vote in parliament. Pavlos Haikalis said he was approached by an unnamed individual in the “financial sector”. If the government fails to secure enough support for its candidate, an early general election will be called. But it has dismissed Mr Haikalis’s bribery claim as an attempt to derail the forthcoming poll. Mr Haikalis, a well-known TV actor, told reporters that when he was approached he thought it was as joke but soon realised it was serious. A government spokeswoman, however, described the bribery allegation as “badly-acted theatre”. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is struggling to attract enough support for his presidential candidate Mr Haikalis claims he handed over audio and video evidence to prosecutors and the government …

    December 19, 2014 10:31 pm
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Technology

  • Sony ‘will not drop’ N Korea film


    20 December 2014 Last updated at 01:59 The company has hit back at criticism from President Obama over the cancelling of The Interview Sony Pictures says it is looking at different ways to release the film satire the Interview, after scrapping its opening following a cyber-attack blamed on North Korea. It said it had only cancelled the film’s Christmas Day release after cinemas pulled out. The company said it was “surveying alternatives to enable us to release the movie on a different platform”. US President Barack Obama said it “made a mistake” cancelling the release. “We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship in the United States,” he said. He also vowed to “respond” to the cyber-attack in a “manner that we choose”. The FBI has said that North Korea was responsible for the hack, but Pyongyang denies this. The Interview depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim …

    December 19, 2014 8:10 pm
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Science

  • Yellowstone’s thermal springs — their colors unveiled


    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers at Montana State University and Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany have created a simple mathematical model based on optical measurements that explains the stunning colors of Yellowstone National Park’s hot springs and can visually recreate how they appeared years ago, before decades of tourists contaminated the pools with make-a-wish coins and other detritus. The model, and stunning pictures of the springs, appear today in the journal Applied Optics, which is published by The Optical Society (OSA). If Yellowstone National Park is a geothermal wonderland, Grand Prismatic Spring and its neighbors are the ebullient envoys, steaming in front of the camera and gracing the Internet with their ethereal beauty. While the basic physical phenomena that render these colorful delights have long been scientifically understood — they arise because of a complicated interplay of underwater vents and lawns of bacteria — no mathematical model existed that showed empirically how the …

    December 19, 2014 8:11 pm
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Health

  • U.S. FDA approves AbbVie hepatitis C drug, costs $83,319 for 12 weeks


    (Reuters) – U.S. health regulators on Friday approved AbbVie’s all-oral treatment for hepatitis C, and the company said the drug would cost $83,319 for a typical 12-week plan, a bit below its huge selling competitor Solvadi from Gilead Sciences. Gilead’s Sovaldi treatment stole headlines last year with its $84,000 price tag and set off a national debate about whether drug prices have climbed too high. AbbVie’s newly approved regimen is also less costly than Gilead’s newest one-pill regimen that combines Sovaldi with another drug and costs $94,500 for 12 weeks. With Gilead’s newly improved Harvoni, some patients can take the treatment for just eight weeks, which sells for about $63,000. Some insurers and analysts had said that AbbVie might price its drug, which will be sold under the brand name Viekira Pak, lower than Gilead because of pricing pressure. Gilead has come under intense pressure from U.S. health insurers, politicians and pharmacy benefit managers over …

    December 19, 2014 8:10 pm
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Entertainment

  • Rihanna’s heartbreak revealed and it’s not over Chris Brown


    Fenty spoke openly with Daily Mail Online, admitting that he was escorted out of Rihanna’s Diamond Ball last week for drinking too much. More: Rihanna “wanted to kill everybody” when she watched Home Turns out that Rihanna is well aware of her father’s struggle and has been trying her best to help him for a while now. According to Fenty himself, not only did his pop-star daughter pay $58,000 for him to go through a Malibu rehab program, but she also flies him to LA every three months for urine tests. Even more extreme: Every time he visits, Rihanna has the minibar cleared at the hotel before his arrival. She has also apparently cut off all ties with Chris Brown and ignored him at their last meeting. Daily Mail Online describes Rihanna’s relationship with her father as “a heartbreaking bid to save Ronald Fenty.” From all outward appearances, the Diamond Ball went off without a …

    December 19, 2014 9:50 pm
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Editorial

  • Immigration: Fight against Obama’s lawlessness just beginning


    When it comes to confronting President Obama’s lawless immigration actions, we’ve only just begun to fight. Earlier this month, I testified before the House Judiciary Committee, spelling out exactly how President Obama’s immigration actions violated the Constitution. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Public testimony plays a critical role in educating members of Congress and educating the public, but testimony alone can’t stop President Obama. Stopping the president requires legal and legislative action. Let’s reform our immigration system, but let’s do it according to a constitutional process. President Obama claims he’s acting because Congress has “failed” to act. But what he really means is that he’s acting because Congress has failed to give him exactly what he wants. That’s why my colleagues and I at the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) Tuesday joined with 27 members of Congress and more than 60,000 Americans to file an amicus brief in the leading lawsuit against President Obama’s immigration actions. …

    December 19, 2014 12:07 pm
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Odd News

  • Canadian driver jailed for deaths caused by stopping for ducks


    OTTAWA (Reuters) – A Canadian woman was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Thursday for causing two deaths in 2010 when she stopped her car on a Quebec highway to help a group of ducklings crossing the road. Emma Czornobaj had been convicted in June of two counts each of criminal negligence and dangerous driving causing death. According to media reports on Thursday, Czornobaj stopped her car abruptly in the passing lane of a highway south of Montreal when she saw the ducklings. The motorcycle behind Czornobaj’s car then crashed into her vehicle, killing the 50-year-old man driving the motorcycle and his 16-year-old daughter. “I just wanted to pick all these ducklings up and put them in my car,” Czornobaj had testified during her trial. “I know it was a mistake.” The jail time will be served on the weekends. Czornobaj was also sentenced to 240 hours of community service, probation and banned from …

    December 18, 2014 3:58 pm
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