• Murphy eases to win over Hugill

    Murphy eases to win over Hugill

    Shaun Murphy won the World Championship in 2005 World number five Shaun Murphy was at his ruthless best as he closed out a 6-1 win over Ashley Hugill in the first round of the UK...
  • Dieudonne sentenced for anti-Semitism

    Dieudonne sentenced for anti-Semitism

    Image copyright AP Image caption The court ruled all the accusations against Dieudonne were established Controversial French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala has been sentenced to two months in jail by a Belgian court for racist...
  • Money thrown at Tuilagi

    Money thrown at Tuilagi

    Manu Tuilagi made his Premiership debut for Leicester Tigers in the 2010-11 season Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill believes other clubs are offering big money to Manu Tuilagi. The England centre, 24, whose deal...
  • Ex-beauty queen charged with 3 more victims in cancer scam

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. –  A former Pennsylvania beauty queen accused of faking leukemia to benefit from fundraisers has been charged with stealing from three more victims. Twenty-three-year-old Brandi Weaver-Gates, of Pleasant Gap, was arraigned Tuesday...
  • US bombed Kunduz clinic ‘in error’

    Media captionGen John Campbell, head of Nato and US forces in Afghanistan: Bombing “direct result of human error” A US aircraft attacked a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) clinic in the Afghan city of Kunduz because...

Headline News

  • Ads featuring Nazi imagery pulled from New York subway

    NEW YORK –  An ad campaign that featured Nazi imagery has been pulled from the New York City subway system. Seats on the 42nd Street shuttle between Times Square and Grand Central Terminal were wrapped in Nazi regalia to promote an Amazon video series called “The Man in the High Castle.” The show depicts the aftermath of World War II as if the Axis powers triumphed. The region’s transit network, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, approved the ads, which first appeared earlier this month. The agency also initially defended the ads, saying they met its guidelines. But many public officials condemned them. Mayor Bill de Blasio called them “irresponsible and offensive.” Officials confirmed Wednesday that Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered them removed.

    November 25, 2015 12:08 pm


  • U.S. probe says Afghan hospital strike was tragic accident

    WASHINGTON The U.S. investigation into a deadly Oct. 3 strike on a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz concluded it was a tragic accident caused primarily by human error, a top U.S. military commander said on Wednesday. “This was a tragic mistake. U.S. forces would never intentionally strike a hospital or other protected facilities,” U.S. Army General John Campbell, the commander of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said at a news conference to announce the results of the investigation. Campbell said the individuals closest to the incident have been suspended from their duties. The attack killed 22 people, including 12 MSF staff. The investigation found that U.S. forces, partly because of a technical error, misidentified the hospital and believed they were striking another building in the city. The U.S. military confirmed that Medecins Sans Frontieres, also known as Doctors Without Borders, had called 12 minutes into the …

    November 25, 2015 10:07 am


  • ‘Friendsgiving’ — America’s new Thanksgiving trend

    Kim Riley, left, and pals at Friendsgiving 2015. America has a new Thanksgiving trend: “Friendsgiving.” Millennials love turkey, stuffing and pie so much that they’re often doing the whole meal multiple times — once with mom and dad and a second (or even third) time with friends. “It’s essentially like having two Thanksgivings,” says Kim Riley. She and her husband Ryan hosted 20 people and four kids on Saturday for Friendsgiving at their home near Harrisburg, Pa. They made the turkey — a 20-pounder — and a 12-pound ham. Guests brought side dishes and dessert. The Rileys started doing this seven years ago, before it was even called Friendsgiving. Everyone ate off paper plates. A lot of the food was store bought or a “novice effort.” Now just about everything is homemade. There’s an friendly competition to bring the yummiest dish. “It’s become a tradition. Everyone brings the same thing every year, but they step …

    November 25, 2015 10:47 am


  • Murphy eases to win over Hugill

    Shaun Murphy won the World Championship in 2005 World number five Shaun Murphy was at his ruthless best as he closed out a 6-1 win over Ashley Hugill in the first round of the UK Championship. Murphy hit a century on his first visit in the opening frame and the 2008 champion barely gave his 21-year old opponent a sniff after that. “I played well. I was pretty tight and didn’t give him much chance to get going,” Murphy told BBC Sport. Mark Williams, Peter Ebdon, Joe Perry and Ricky Walden also recorded wins. In the morning session, Welsh veteran Williams went 4-0 ahead against Hamza Akbar, Pakistan’s only professional player, but struggled before getting over the line 6-4. The afternoon’s play saw 2002 world champion Ebdon thrash China’s Lyu Chenwei 6-0 and world number 11 Perry untroubled in a 6-1 success over James Wattana. Ali Carter also eased past Alfie Burden 6-4, seeing off …

    November 25, 2015 12:08 pm

World News

  • Dieudonne sentenced for anti-Semitism

    Image copyright AP Image caption The court ruled all the accusations against Dieudonne were established Controversial French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala has been sentenced to two months in jail by a Belgian court for racist and anti-Semitic comments he made during a show in Belgium. Dieudonne was also fined €9,000 ($9,500; £6,300) by the court in the city of Liege. He was not in court. The comedian, who insists he is not anti-Semitic, made the remarks during a show in Liege in 2012. He has several convictions for anti-Semitism and hate speech. One of his most recent was after the attack in January on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Dieudonne rose to prominence through the invention of the “quenelle”, a hand gesture critics have likened to an inverted Nazi salute. Several French cities have banned the comedian from performing. ‘A major victory’ The Belgian court’s judgement on Wednesday said that “all the …

    November 25, 2015 12:07 pm


  • ‘BBC won’t work with press because it is obsessed with Google and Facebook’

    The BBC has little desire to work with UK newspapers digitally because it is obsessed with competing with Google and Facebook, MPs have been told. Matt Rogerson, the head of public policy at Guardian Media Group, said that the newspaper group had not had a “particularly positive” experience of collaboration with the BBC during the current charter period. Rogerson was asked by the House of Commons culture, media and sport select committee looking into the BBC in light of the charter renewal process why he believed there is not a climate of collaboration with the corporation. “I think they have their eyes on a different prize to working with news brands in the UK,” he said. “They see themselves as competing with Google and Facebook, and they see attention time on Google and Facebook the primary drivers of their concern. If you do that the incentive to be more collaborative with UK news providers dissolves …

    November 25, 2015 10:27 am


  • Iowa State astronomers say comet fragments best explanation of mysterious dimming star

    Related images(click to enlarge) Was it a catastrophic collision in the star’s asteroid belt? A giant impact that disrupted a nearby planet? A dusty cloud of rock and debris? A family of comets breaking apart? Or was it alien megastructures built to harvest the star’s energy? Just what caused the mysterious dimming of star KIC 8462852? Massimo Marengo, an Iowa State University associate professor of physics and astronomy, wondered when he saw all the buzz about the mysterious star found by citizen scientists on the Planet Hunters website. Those citizen scientists were highlighting measurements of star brightness recorded by NASA’s Kepler spacecraft. Tiny dips in a star’s brightness can indicate a planet is passing in front of the star. That’s how Kepler astronomers – and citizen scientists using the internet to help analyze the light curves of stars – are looking for planets. But this star had deep dips in brightness – up to 22 …

    November 25, 2015 9:07 am


  • EU approves Roche’s Cotellic in combo therapy against skin cancer

    ZURICH The European Union gave its green light to Roche’s Cotellic for use in combination with the drug Zelboraf against advanced melanoma, the company said on Wednesday. Roche is counting on Cotellic to help it revive flagging sales of five-year-old Zelboraf, which dropped 25 percent during the first nine months of 2015. It has been under intense pressure from rivals’ drugs as the standard of care moves to combination therapy. The Food and Drug Administration approved the Cotellic-Zelboraf combination in the United States earlier this month, with approval from Switzerland in August. (Reporting by John Miller)

    November 25, 2015 9:47 am


  • Lisa Vanderpump Talks Scheana’s Marital Troubles: ‘It Will Help Others’

    Lisa Vanderpump may be running her three restaurants in Beverly Hills, but she is also filming Vanderpump Rules with her workers at SUR. And as viewers are learning, Lisa stays up to date with everything that is happening in their lives. Vanderpump has become a trusted source for people to come to when they have problems, which is exactly what happened when Scheana learned her husband had been addicted to pills for a while. According to a new tweet, Lisa Vanderpump is now revealing that she will always be there for Scheana and Mike, and reveals that it is a good thing that they are sharing their troubles with the viewers. “So brave Mike Shay and Scheana Shay…Hard to watch but we are all supportive of you and there’s a lot of love,” Lisa revealed as Vanderpump Rules aired earlier this week. “Thank you so much for being here for me!” Shay wrote back to …

    November 25, 2015 10:47 am


  • The Entitlement Cure: How to get over yourself this Thanksgiving

    We all look forward to the Thanksgiving holidays.  It’s a time when replete with great food, people we love, a bit of time off, and high-level sports watching, as well as ushering in the Christmas shopping season! At the same time, however, Thanksgiving’s potential for doing good is often underutilized.  Too often, the holiday gathering is no more than another get together, only with a better dinner.  We enjoy the season, but we are in danger of it being just another holiday. Not only that, but it’s easy for families and friends to make it about “us” or simply “me,” and forget about the bigger picture of what Thanksgiving is about.  Too often our only memory of the previous Thanksgiving is the food.  This “me” orientation is much larger than the holiday.  It has to do with what is called entitlement, and has grown to epidemic proportions in our families, businesses and relationships.  It can …

    November 25, 2015 8:27 am

Odd News

  • Singapore slashes publication bans, but not for Jehovah’s Witnesses

    SINGAPORE Strait-laced Singapore has slashed the number of publications it bans to 17 from a previous 257, allowing some communist and adult topics, but kept a prohibition on Jehovah’s Witnesses publications. Newly permitted books include “Fanny Hill”, a British novel published in 1748 said to be the first erotic novel in English, and “The Long March”, a Chinese communist history. A number of the de-gazetted publications were out of print or were permissible under today’s content standards, the Media Development Authority said in an emailed statement explaining the changes. Adult magazines such as Playboy, Penthouse and Hustler remain banned, as are publications by the Jehovah’s Witnesses Church produced by its Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society and the International Bible Students Association. The church’s publications sit in the banned list alongside “hardcore pornographic publications” that “depict female models in sexually suggestive poses and their genitals”, the government agency said. Singapore deregistered the Jehovah’s Witnesses and …

    November 25, 2015 9:27 am