• Hamilton claims second F1 title with Abu Dhabi GP win

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (SportsNetwork.com) – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his second Formula One world championship by winning Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, while his teammate and title rival, Nico Rosberg, finished 14th...
  • Bomber ‘kills 45′ at Afghan match

    Bomber ‘kills 45′ at Afghan match

    23 November 2014 Last updated at 15:37 US and other international troops have been handing over to their Afghan counterparts A suicide bomber has killed at least 45 people at a volleyball tournament in eastern...
  • Hamilton takes second F1 title in style

    ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton joined the elite ranks of double Formula One world champions on Sunday after a nerve-racking drive to victory in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. In a floodlit race...
  • All eyes on oil: What will OPEC do this week?

    All eyes on oil: What will OPEC do this week?

    Low gas prices have beaten up energy stocks but the sector is a key one to watch. While Americans are chomping down on turkey and pie this week, everyone involved in the energy world will...
  • Digging for answers

    Digging for answers

    Related images(click to enlarge) On an archaeology field trip in New Mexico as an undergraduate in 2006, Dana Bardolph noticed something that struck her as an odd gender imbalance: The professor leading the dig was...

Headline News

  • Michigan mom confesses to killing her infant son 53 years ago


    An elderly Michigan woman living in a nursing home has come forward with a startling confession: She killed her 8-month-old son 53 years ago. Two of the women’s other children now wonder if she also killed their twin sisters years later. Janice Summerfield, 77, recently confessed to killing William Earl Summerfield III.  In a story Sunday, the Battle Creek Enquirer said Summerfield confessed to smothering little Billy during interviews with her 54-year-old daughter Paula Gastian, a detective and a reporter. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “I killed that baby,” Summerfield, who is in a nursing home in Kalamazoo, told the Enquirer reporter.  “My mind wasn’t right. I killed that baby. I didn’t know what I was doing.” On Oct. 16, the boy’s tiny casket was removed from a cemetery grave marked only with a number. The Calhoun County Sheriff Department opened a homicide investigation. Detective Steve Hinkley told the paper he is awaiting results of an autopsy to …

    November 23, 2014 10:38 am
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Politics

  • Obama widens post-2014 combat role for U.S. forces in Afghanistan


    WASHINGTON/KABUL (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has approved plans to give U.S. military commanders a wider role to fight the Taliban alongside Afghan forces after the current mission ends next month, a senior administration official said. The decision made in recent weeks extends previous plans by authorizing U.S. troops to carry out combat operations against the Taliban to protect Americans and support Afghanistan’s security forces as part of the new ISAF Resolute Support mission next year. Obama had announced in May that U.S. troop levels would be cut to 9,800 by the end of the year, by half again in 2015 and to a normal embassy presence with a security assistance office in Kabul by the end of 2016. Under that plan, only a small contingent of 1,800 U.S. troops was limited to counter terrorism operations against remnants of al Qaeda. The new orders will also allow operations against the Taliban. “To the extent that …

    November 23, 2014 8:36 am
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Stocks

  • All eyes on oil: What will OPEC do this week?


    Low gas prices have beaten up energy stocks but the sector is a key one to watch. While Americans are chomping down on turkey and pie this week, everyone involved in the energy world will be closely watching the Thanksgiving Day meeting of the OPEC in Vienna, Austria. Oil prices have tumbled dramatically in recent weeks. Oil now trades below $80 a barrel and most Americans can buy gas for their cars for under $3 a gallon. The question is how OPEC will respond. So far, energy producing nations and companies haven’t scaled back product even though it’s pretty clear there’s an over supply of oil on the world market. Experts who follow OPEC and the oil market closely are evenly split over in their bets on whether OPEC will vote to cut product. It will almost certainly come down to Saudi Arabia, which has refused to scale back production because it wants to squeeze …

    November 23, 2014 9:37 am
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Sports

  • Hamilton claims second F1 title with Abu Dhabi GP win


    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (SportsNetwork.com) – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his second Formula One world championship by winning Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, while his teammate and title rival, Nico Rosberg, finished 14th in the season-finale. Rosberg, who entered this race 17 points behind Hamilton, started on the pole, but Hamilton quickly pulled ahead of Rosberg for the lead heading into the first turn of the opening lap. While Hamilton had pulled away from the field, Rosberg experienced a problem with his ERS (Energy Recovery System) on lap 25, causing a loss of engine power. Rosberg gradually fell behind in the field and was lapped by Hamilton on the second-to-lap lap. Hamilton only relinquished the lead during his two pit stops. Felipe Massa from Williams chased down Hamilton in the closing laps but finished 2.5 seconds behind him. It was the 11th win for Hamilton this season. He also earned his 33rd career …

    November 23, 2014 10:37 am
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World News

  • Bomber ‘kills 45′ at Afghan match


    23 November 2014 Last updated at 15:37 US and other international troops have been handing over to their Afghan counterparts A suicide bomber has killed at least 45 people at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan, officials say. A spokesman for the governor of Paktika province told the BBC that the attacker had detonated the bomb amid a crowd of people gathering for a game. About 60 people were also wounded in the bombing in Yahyakhail district. It came after Afghan MPs approved security deals allowing Nato and US soldiers to remain after the withdrawal of most foreign troops next month. The total number of soldiers in the new Nato force will be about 12,000. Their mission has been defined as training, advising and assisting the Afghan security forces. There will also be a separate US-led force dealing with the remnants of al-Qaeda. It emerged on Saturday, however, that President Barack Obama has approved guidelines …

    November 23, 2014 9:57 am
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Technology

  • Theresa May’s move to link web users with IP address given cautious welcome


    Liberal Democrats and civil liberties campaigners have welcomed new measures requiring internet service providers to keep data that identifies online users, but said it must not be seen as a way of reviving the “snooper’s charter”. The Tory MP and civil liberties campaigner David Davis MP said the measure to link subscribers’ data to specific smartphones, laptops or other devices through their internet protocol (IP) addresses was a sensible change, but that it should not be used as a “stepping stone back to the old snooper’s charter”. The new law will also allow the police to force internet firms to hand over data showing who is using a computer or smartphone at any particular time. The Lib Dems also welcomed the move, saying Nick Clegg had repeatedly pressed the home secretary, Theresa May, to introduce proposals to match IP addresses with subscribers’ data since he blocked the introduction of the “snooper’s charter”. “It is good …

    November 23, 2014 8:37 am
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Science

  • Digging for answers


    Related images(click to enlarge) On an archaeology field trip in New Mexico as an undergraduate in 2006, Dana Bardolph noticed something that struck her as an odd gender imbalance: The professor leading the dig was a men, while the graduate assistant and all but two of the 14 undergrads were women. “And it just got me thinking,” Bardolph recalled. “Is this reflective of the profession as a whole, or is it an anomaly?” The question stayed with her, and four years ago she decided to search for an answer. Her findings — generated after digging through more than 4,500 peer-reviewed papers in 11 archaeology journals covering a 23-year period — are published in a recent issue of the archaeology journal American Antiquity. Bardolph, a Ph.D. student in UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Anthropology, found that female authors are significantly and consistently underrepresented in American archaeology journals. Indeed, although the gender ratio among researchers is roughly …

    November 23, 2014 8:57 am
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Health

  • Holidays Can Be Sensory Overload for Kids With Autism


    SUNDAY, Nov. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The holidays can be a challenge for families of children with autism because sensory overload can trigger major meltdowns, an expert says. “Holidays with family can be dicey under the best of circumstances, but when you have children with special needs, some care must be taken,” Varleisha Gibbs, an occupational therapy professor at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, said in a university news release. “It’s best to let your hosts or visitors know what special requirements are needed to make sure your child and entire family have a pleasant experience,” she advised. Before a holiday gathering, inform family and friends about any triggers that might set off your child, such as not liking to be hugged, or a child’s need to spend time alone in a quiet location to relax and calm down. If your child has food sensitivities or dislikes certain foods, bring the child’s favorite …

    November 23, 2014 8:36 am
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Entertainment

  • Ryan Gosling can rest easier: Wins restraining order against alleged stalker


    Jane Fonda likes to sit on Ryan Gosling’s face According to TMZ, the reason the woman has been harassing the Only God Forgives actor is because she believes she is his “twin flame.” According to court documents obtained by the site, the woman has been identified as Grace Marie Del Villar, and she has allegedly been harassing Gosling with emails and packages. In one particular package, Del Villar sent a “a torn-out page from a magazine featuring Eva Mendes and stapled a copy of her contact info to the page,” TMZ reports. Would we feel less upset about celeb nude leaks if there were more penis pics? (VIDEO) The actor also claimed Del Villar had been sending multiple email messages to Gosling’s older sister Mandi, including one that read, “I am kicking your brother’s head.” Mandi also has been awarded a restraining order against the alleged stalker. TMZ says Del Villar’s behavior became even more …

    November 23, 2014 10:18 am
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Editorial

  • I’m thankful our country is still a refuge and the land of opportunity


    When I was 7 years old, my family and I landed at JFK Airport in New York City with $90 in our pocket, a few suitcases stuffed with what little we could carry and no idea of what to expect next.  We came here because we were fleeing a totalitarian regime, because generations of our family had been oppressed simply for existing and because the United States was a beacon for our hopes and aspirations, as it has been for millions of others around the globe. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The people literally dying to come here now do not believe that our best days are behind us. My paternal grandfather was sent to Soviet gulag in the prime of his life because he was a religious Jew who refused to work on Saturdays and, possibly, because some of his siblings had fled to France several years after the Russian revolution.  He spent years working as a …

    November 22, 2014 8:21 am
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Odd News

  • Lost kitten from New Mexico turns up in duffel bag in Maine


    ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) – An Albuquerque cat owner can sleep easier now that the kitten that went missing last month will be home for the holidays, despite a mysterious 2,300-mile side trip to Maine. Patsy Murphy, who runs an animal refuge center in Westbrook, Maine, said the kitten, named Spice, was brought to her shelter on Nov. 11 by a man who found the feline in a duffel bag while unloading furniture at a local Catholic charity. “This is a very odd story, we wish she could tell us what happened,” Murphy said of the kitten, which was found inside the bag with food and kitty litter. Murphy said Maine resident Bob Watterson brought the kitten home on Nov. 5, and cared for it for six days before he turned it over to the animal refuge, which found a microchip in the cat that could identify it. Murphy was shocked when the cat was traced …

    November 21, 2014 8:31 pm
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