• S Sudan foes agree to end conflict

    S Sudan foes agree to end conflict

    1 February 2015 Last updated at 23:46 President Kiir (left) and Mr Machar signed the deal at talks in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel commander Riek Machar have signed...
  • Whiteside leads Heat over Celtics

    Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) – Hassan Whiteside scored 20 points with nine rebounds in the Miami Heat’s 83-75 win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday. Chris Bosh supplied 18 points for the Heat, who snapped their...
  • UPDATE

    UPDATE

    Posted on Sun Feb 1st, 2015 10:19am PDT       By X17 Staff Bobbi Kristina Brown’s condition has worsened and her family has been told to prepare for the worst, according to TMZ. Bobbie Kristina is in a...
  • Kidnapped Libya Opec official found

    Kidnapped Libya Opec official found

    1 February 2015 Last updated at 21:58 Samir Salem Kamal vanished last week, his relatives said The Libyan representative to the oil producers’ organisation Opec has been released, more than two weeks after being kidnapped....
  • Lyon held to draw against Monaco

    Fontvieille, Monaco (SportsNetwork.com) – Lyon wasted an opportunity to put some distance between themselves and those below them in the table on Sunday after the club was held to a scoreless draw against Monaco at...

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  • Bobby Brown asks for privacy as daughter remains in hospital


    (Reuters) – Singer Bobby Brown on Sunday asked for privacy regarding his and his late wife Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, who according to police was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her Georgia home before she was revived at a hospital. The incident comes nearly three years after Houston, a superstar who battled substance abuse, drowned in a bathtub in Beverly Hills, California, in February 2012. Authorities have said cocaine use and heart disease contributed to her death. Brown, 21, was found on Saturday in the bathtub at her suburban Atlanta home by her husband Nick Gordon and a friend, the Roswell Police Department said. Gordon started CPR and police continued life-saving measures until an ambulance arrived and took her to the hospital. “Privacy is requested in this matter. Please allow for my family to deal with this matter and give my daughter the love and support she needs at this time,” said …

    February 1, 2015 5:36 pm
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Politics

  • Obama targets foreign profits with tax proposal, Republicans skeptical


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget will seek new taxes on trillions of dollars in profits accumulated overseas by U.S. companies, and a new approach to taxing foreign profits in the future, but Republicans were skeptical of the plan on Sunday. Reviving a long-running debate about corporate tax avoidance, Obama will target a loophole that lets companies pay no tax on earnings held abroad, the White House said. But his proposal was certain to encounter stiff resistance from Republicans. In his budget plan to be unveiled on Monday, Obama will call for a one-time, 14 percent tax on an estimated $2.1 trillion in profits piled up abroad over the years by multinationals such as General Electric (GE.N), Microsoft (MSFT.O), Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and Apple Inc (AAPL.O). He will also seek to impose a 19 percent tax on U.S. companies’ future foreign earnings, the White House said. At present, those earnings are supposed …

    February 1, 2015 2:56 pm
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Stocks

  • The tale of the missing tape from Super Bowl I


    Most of the first Super Bowl in 1967 was lost to history – until a dusty copy of the broadcast was found in a Pennsylvania attic. Now it’s in legal limbo. Jack Whitaker was a play-by-play announcer for the very first Super Bowl, back before the “Super” name even stuck. Yet he doesn’t have a copy of his own broadcast. “All I have is what’s in my memory,” said Whitaker, now 90. Neither CBS, where Whitaker worked during the 1967 game, or the other network that televised it that year, NBC, have recordings of the match up between the Packers and the Chiefs. There are snippets of tape available, mostly from the sidelines, but most of the game has been lost to history. Until a man found a copy in an attic in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and came forward with it in 2005. Now the man’s incredible discovery is in a sort of legal limbo, and …

    February 1, 2015 5:16 pm
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Sports

  • Whiteside leads Heat over Celtics


    Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) – Hassan Whiteside scored 20 points with nine rebounds in the Miami Heat’s 83-75 win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday. Chris Bosh supplied 18 points for the Heat, who snapped their two-game losing streak. “It was good to see us grind out an ‘ugly game.’ Those are wins we like to get,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Avery Bradley and Tyler Zeller each scored 17 points for the Celtics, while Marcus Smart dished out a career-high nine assists. Boston has lost four straight at home and three straight overall. Boston struggled to put the ball in the basket during the early stages of the first quarter, as Miami built a 10-4 lead over five minutes in. The Celtics went 5-of-22 from the floor in the first quarter and trailed 25-15 entering the second. Bosh nailed a 3-pointer prior to Mario Chalmers netting a layup that made it a 15-point game late …

    February 1, 2015 5:36 pm
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World News

  • S Sudan foes agree to end conflict


    1 February 2015 Last updated at 23:46 President Kiir (left) and Mr Machar signed the deal at talks in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel commander Riek Machar have signed a deal, committing to end the conflict that has devastated the country. The ceasefire agreement was signed at talks in Ethiopia. But consultations will continue on the contentious issue of a future government and power-sharing. The conflict – which erupted in December 2013 – has displaced about 1.5 million people and earlier ceasefire deals have not been lasted. Coup allegation “Complete cessation of hostilities in South Sudan is expected as of this morning (Monday),” said Seyoum Mesfin, a negotiator from the regional Igad bloc. Many people are taking refuge in UN compounds in South Sudan It is proposed that Mr Kiir would remain president in a new administration, while Mr Machar would be appointed vice-president, two African diplomats attending the …

    February 1, 2015 5:57 pm
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Technology

  • Katy Perry to Super Bowl fans: Buy my stuff, now


    Katy Perry will sell a range of merchandise over social media during her half-time show at the Super Bowl. Photo by Neil Lupin/Getty Images Are you ready for some shopping? That could be the subtext of Katy Perry’s half-time show during Sunday’s Super Bowl, as she pitches a range of merchandise over social media. The singer, partnering with Universal Music Group and half-time sponsor Pepsi, will promote and sell Perry-branded items on Twitter, YouTube, Shazam, and Internet-linked devices from Roku, Samsung and LG Electronics, according to a report from Variety. Twitter users who include @Visa and @Pepsi in their tweets will be able to buy Perry’s merchandise by clicking on the social media network’s Buy Now function. Perry fans jonesing for Perry paraphernalia can also buy her whatnots by turning to the singer’s Vevo channel on YouTube or using the Shazam smartphone app to track her songs during the live half-time performance. Beyond that, shoppers …

    February 1, 2015 2:56 pm
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Science

  • Privacy challenges


    In this week’s issue of the journal Science, MIT researchers report that just four fairly vague pieces of information — the dates and locations of four purchases — are enough to identify 90 percent of the people in a data set recording three months of credit-card transactions by 1.1 million users. When the researchers also considered coarse-grained information about the prices of purchases, just three data points were enough to identify an even larger percentage of people in the data set. That means that someone with copies of just three of your recent receipts — or one receipt, one Instagram photo of you having coffee with friends, and one tweet about the phone you just bought — would have a 94 percent chance of extracting your credit card records from those of a million other people. This is true, the researchers say, even in cases where no one in the data set is identified by …

    February 1, 2015 2:57 pm
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Health

  • China eyes food safety, modern farms in 2015 rural policy


    BEIJING (Reuters) – China has listed food safety and modernizing farms as among key priorities this year, its 2015 rural policy outline showed, as it tackles falling agricultural productivity that has raised concerns about its future food supply. The “number one document”, issued every January and released by state news agency Xinhua on Sunday, showed China will also protect farmland and lend more to farmers to narrow a wealth gap between rural and urban areas. Attempts to clean up land that has been damaged by heavy metal mining and processing will be widened this year, and “permanent farmland” that is off-limit to industrial and urban development will be created, the document said. Modern farms will be set up, and regulation of the quality of food and other farm products will be enhanced, it said. On land reforms, aimed at allowing farmers to trade their land to alleviate poverty and create bigger and more efficient farms, …

    February 1, 2015 2:56 pm
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  • UPDATE


    Posted on Sun Feb 1st, 2015 10:19am PDT       By X17 Staff Bobbi Kristina Brown’s condition has worsened and her family has been told to prepare for the worst, according to TMZ. Bobbie Kristina is in a medically-induced coma in a Roswell, Georgia hospital and her father Bobby has flown in to be by her side. Bobby has released a statement, through his legal counsel: “Privacy is requested in this matter. Please allow for my family to deal with this matter and give my daughter the love and support she needs at this time. The report that Bobbi Kristina Brown has been taken to the hospital in Atlanta, Georgia is accurate. No additional information will be forthcoming.” The 21 year-old was found face-down in the bathtub of her home, on Saturday, revived and rushed to the hospital.   Stories from around the Web

    February 1, 2015 5:16 pm
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Editorial

  • Obama, Netanyahu and Iran: Why Israel’s leader won’t back down on Congress speech


    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been invited by House Speaker John Boehner to address a joint session of Congress. It will be an occasion for Netanyahu to deliver his views on the nuclear deal with Iran that the White House and its European partners are attempting to craft. It is a deal Netanyahu does not like or trust. President Obama wants the speech canceled. He has made it clear that he won’t meet with Netanyahu. His senior officials are telling journalists, off the record, that a speech by Bibi could wreck Israeli-American relations, leave the Jewish state friendless and veto-less at the U.N. and unprotected from the aggression of the ayatollahs in Tehran. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Unlike the American president, Bibi can’t afford to simply hope for the best. For almost two decades he has been obsessed with what could happen to his country if the ayatollahs get their hands on the strategic weapons to carry out their deranged …

    January 31, 2015 2:39 pm
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Odd News

  • Secretary of State Kerry fined for not shoveling by Boston home


    BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was slapped with a $50 fine for failing to have a side street adjoining his Boston home shoveled following the blizzard that dropped more than 2 feet (60 cm) of snow on Massachusetts this week, a spokesman said on Friday. The fine was issued on Thursday after a snow-removal company hired by Kerry and his neighbors in the city’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood saw yellow tape blocking the sidewalk alongside the home and thought it was related to security for the top U.S. diplomat. The tape had been put up to warn pedestrians of falling ice and snow, said Kerry’s spokesman, Glen Johnson. “Once they understood that they were allowed to enter the area, the contractors finished the sidewalk late Thursday morning,” he said. Kerry was in Saudi Arabia with President Barack Obama to attend the funeral of King Abdullah and meet with his successor, King …

    January 30, 2015 10:31 pm
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