• Super Bowl scores big for Nevada casinos

    Super Bowl scores big for Nevada casinos

    Nevada bookies made a killing on Super Bowl 50. More than $132 million was wagered on the game in which the Denver Broncos beat the odds and the Carolina Panthers, according to the Nevada Gaming...
  • ‘Hack’ on DoJ and DHS downplayed

    ‘Hack’ on DoJ and DHS downplayed

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Department of Justice confirmed it was investigating the breach US authorities have acknowledged a data breach affecting the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security – but...
  • Wales’ Charteris targets four wins

    Wales’ Charteris targets four wins

    Luke Charteris will join Bath from Racing 92 on a three-year deal at the end of the season Lock Luke Charteris says Wales cannot afford any more slip-ups if they are to win this season’s...
  • Police and vendors clash in Hong Kong

    Police and vendors clash in Hong Kong

    Image copyright AP Image caption The clashes broke out in the early hours of the morning Clashes have broken out in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong during a police operation to clear illegal...
  • Sparrow defies nature and joins Japanese family

    FUKAYA, Japan – – A sparrow has set up home with an elderly couple in Fukaya, in Japan’s Saitama prefecture, becoming the newest member of their family. Resident Yoshiko Fujino said she first saw the...

Headline News

  • U.S. judge again denies Texas request to bar Syrian refugees


    AUSTIN, Texas A U.S. judge denied for the second time a request by Texas to bar relief agencies from bringing Syrian refugees into the state, a decision that could have a bearing on the attempts of 30 other governors to block refugees from their states. U.S. District Judge David Godbey said the Republican leaders who have fought the resettlement have not shown Texas would suffer irreparable harm. The same judge rejected in December the state’s request for a restraining order saying the evidence presented was “largely speculative hearsay.” “The Court does not deny that the Syrian refugees pose some risk. That would be foolish,” Godbey wrote in the decision. “In our country, however, it is the federal executive that is charged with assessing and mitigating that risk, not the states and not the courts.” Democratic President Barack Obama has pledged to take in 10,000 people fleeing war-torn Syria and has so far admitted 2,000 refugees. …

    February 8, 2016 8:19 pm
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Politics

  • Obama to call for increases in budget for SEC, CFTC: White House


    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2017 budget will call for an 11 percent increase in funding for the Securities and Exchange Commission and a 32 percent increase for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, a White House official said on Monday. Obama will propose that the SEC be given $1.8 billion and the CFTC $330 million in the budget, economic adviser Jeffrey Zients said in a blog post on the White House website. “Last year the Administration fought hard to keep Congressional Republicans from using must-pass budget legislation to roll back Wall Street Reform,” he wrote, referring to fiscal 2016. “We also fought to increase funding for financial regulators and to maintain their independence. But even these gains aren’t enough.” “And while the Administration is pushing for more funding for these regulators, we’ll also continue to oppose efforts to restrict the funding independence of the other financial regulators, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,” he wrote. …

    February 8, 2016 8:38 pm
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Stocks

  • Super Bowl scores big for Nevada casinos


    Nevada bookies made a killing on Super Bowl 50. More than $132 million was wagered on the game in which the Denver Broncos beat the odds and the Carolina Panthers, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s unaudited figures. That’s more than was bet on any other Super Bowl, and casinos kept a hefty chunk of change: about $13.2 million. There are 194 sports books in Nevada. Related: Super Bowl 50 audience is third largest in TV history Last year’s Super Bowl, which pitted the New England Patriots against the Seattle Seahawks, attracted $116 million worth of bets in Nevada. That game came in just behind the 2014 Super Bowl — Seattle v. Denver — in which bettors put down $119 million. The Panthers were expected to take home the championship ring Sunday night. That means long-shot betters scored big, while most gamblers lost their money. The state’s gaming board chairman, A.G. Burnett, said just …

    February 8, 2016 8:58 pm
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Sports

  • Wales’ Charteris targets four wins


    Luke Charteris will join Bath from Racing 92 on a three-year deal at the end of the season Lock Luke Charteris says Wales cannot afford any more slip-ups if they are to win this season’s Six Nations. Wales began their campaign with a 16-16 draw against holders Ireland in Dublin on Sunday. No team has ever won the title after drawing a game and Charteris says there can be no margin for error. “Unfortunately, there is no Grand Slam or Triple Crown to go for now, but we have to knuckle down and get four wins from four,” Racing 92’s Charteris said. “We saw last year how close this tournament has been over the last few years.” Media playback is not supported on this device Ireland v Wales in 30 seconds Warren Gatland’s side must realistically win three homes games against Scotland, France and Italy and beat England at Twickenham to maintain hopes of finishing …

    February 8, 2016 8:19 pm
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World News

  • Police and vendors clash in Hong Kong


    Image copyright AP Image caption The clashes broke out in the early hours of the morning Clashes have broken out in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong during a police operation to clear illegal food stalls. The unrest erupted as food and hygiene inspectors tried to move the vendors away from a major junction in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Angry vendors threw bricks and other missiles at police, who responded with batons and pepper spray. One senior official said police had fired two warning shots and that 44 people, including police, were injured. Image copyright AP Image caption Protesters threw bricks in the clashes, which went on past dawn Yau Siu-kei, the acting district commander for Mong Kok, blamed “radical elements” for what he said was a riot. “Because many rioters were attacking police with hard objects and seriously threatened their lives, there was no choice but to protect colleagues,” the South …

    February 8, 2016 8:19 pm
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Technology

  • ‘Hack’ on DoJ and DHS downplayed


    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Department of Justice confirmed it was investigating the breach US authorities have acknowledged a data breach affecting the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security – but downplayed its severity. A hacker, or hacking group, published via Twitter what they said were records of 9,000 DHS employees. According to technology news site Motherboard, the hacker has said he will soon share the personal information of 20,000 DoJ employees, including staff at the FBI. The news site said it had verified small portions of the breach, but also noted that some of the details listed appeared to be incorrect or possibly outdated. In a statement, the DHS told journalists: “We take these reports very seriously, however there is no indication at this time that there is any breach of sensitive or personally identifiable information.” The Department of Justice also downplayed the breach’s significance. The hacker is understood to …

    February 8, 2016 8:58 pm
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Science

  • Cockroach inspires robot that squeezes through cracks


    Related images(click to enlarge) Our fear and disgust that cockroaches can quickly squeeze through the tiniest cracks are well justified, say University of California, Berkeley scientists. Not only can they squish themselves to get into one-tenth-of-an-inch crevices, but once inside they can run at high speed even when flattened in half. These are just a couple of the creepy findings from a UC Berkeley study of how American cockroaches (Periplaneta americana) penetrate the tightest joints and seams in less than a second. What the researchers found has inspired a robot that can rapidly squeeze through cracks — a new capability for search-and-rescue in rubble resulting from tornados, earthquakes and explosions. “What’s impressive about these cockroaches is that they can run as fast through a quarter-inch gap as a half-inch gap, by reorienting their legs completely out to the side,” said study leader Kaushik Jayaram, who recently obtained his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and is now …

    February 8, 2016 7:38 pm
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Health

  • Novartis sets heart-drug price with two insurers based on health outcome


    NEW YORK U.S.-based health insurers Cigna Corp and Aetna Inc. have struck deals with Novartis AG for a performance-based price for the Swiss drugmaker’s new heart drug, Entresto, the companies said on Monday. The agreements are among the few performance-based deals that have been made public by drugmakers and U.S. managed-care companies, which say they have been having more discussions about linking price to health outcomes in order to cut unneeded drug spending. Drug prices jumped about 13 percent in the United States last year, spurring a public outcry and moving the issue onto the campaign platform of Hillary Clinton and other U.S. presidential candidates for the November 2016 election. Under the agreement, Cigna said its payments to Novartis will be linked to how well the drug improves the relative health of Cigna customers. Entresto is approved for the treatment of chronic heart failure. Specifically, Cigna said payments will be based on a reduction in …

    February 8, 2016 8:18 pm
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Entertainment

  • Angelina Jolie Tattoos: Actress Adds Three New Ink Markings To Her Back


    Angelina Jolie now has 20 tattoos on her body after getting some new ink on her back. According to People Magazine, the actress debuted her new tattoos while filming First They Killed My Father in Cambodia over the weekend. The mag went on to discuss what the new markings actually stand for, as all of Jolie’s tattoos are symbolic in some way. Angelina Jolie debuts THREE new tattoos on her back in Cambodia https://t.co/0kSTfvO2vr pic.twitter.com/iomRAL4L83 — Daily Mail Celebrity (@DailyMailCeleb) February 8, 2016 “The designs appeared to be in the yantra (or sak yant) tattoo style, a traditional Buddhist form of body art that originated in Southeast Asia. A source confirmed that Jolie did indeed get three new tattoos and that they are Buddhist blessings for peace, love, and a prosperous life. However, it is unclear if they were technically yantra tattoos or simply in that style,” reports People Magazine. Angelina Jolie hasn’t said anything …

    February 8, 2016 7:18 pm
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Editorial

  • What Marco Rubio needs to do now to win


    A few days before the Iowa caucuses, Ted Cruz called Marco Rubio a “Republican Obama.” It was intended to be an insult. Rubio should take it as a compliment. Like Barack Obama eight years ago, Rubio is a young and handsome first-term U.S. senator, an eloquent speaker with a compelling personal story who is a candidate for the presidency of the United States. And like Obama eight years ago, Rubio is in a horse race. And despite his stumble in Saturday night’s debate in New Hampshire, he nonetheless is sitting comfortably behind the leaders and ready to make his move. Once he sees his opening, he could sprint all the way to the White House. In many ways, America is back where it was eight years ago. Voters are looking for renewed hope and a sense of identity, and they want their country to regain its pride and stature in the world. There is a …

    February 8, 2016 6:58 pm
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Odd News

  • Sparrow defies nature and joins Japanese family


    FUKAYA, Japan – – A sparrow has set up home with an elderly couple in Fukaya, in Japan’s Saitama prefecture, becoming the newest member of their family. Resident Yoshiko Fujino said she first saw the bird, named Pee Chan, in mid-November while working as a traffic guide for local school children. It followed her home, resting on her shoulder and not wanting to leave. “He’s like a family member – he’s very comforting. It’s fun, coming home to a sparrow,” she said. “My grandchildren have grown up, and there’s none who are still small, so I don’t know how to say it clearly, but he’s like a family member.” Fujino assumes the sparrow, which appears comfortable in the surroundings, is wild, but also says she does not rule out the possibility the bird was once a household pet.

    February 8, 2016 7:58 pm
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