Headline News

  • Florida cat crawls out of grave


    28 January 2015 Last updated at 10:37 Bart will need about a week to recover before going home A cat in Florida has had surgery after apparently clawing its way out of his grave following a collision with a car. Bart was discovered by its owner’s neighbour in Tampa five days after he was found lying in the road stiff in a pool of blood, and was presumed dead. He is now recovering after treatment for a broken jaw and ruptured eye. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay, which is caring for the animal they have dubbed “Bart the Miracle Cat”, say they have never seen a case like it. Bart’s owner, Ellis Hutson, told the Tampa Bay Times he “couldn’t stand” to bury the animal and asked his neighbour Dave to dig him a shallow grave. Hungry and dishevelled Five days later, bedraggled Bart was found meowing for food by another of Mr Hutson’s …

    January 28, 2015 5:25 am
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Politics

  • Obama’s pick for attorney general faces heated confirmation debate


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama’s pick for his next attorney general faces a Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday that will likely highlight tensions between the Obama administration and the new Republican Congress. Loretta Lynch, nominated to the post in November, has stirred little controversy in her 16 years with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn and is expected to win confirmation. But she is likely to face hours of grilling from the Senate Judiciary Committee on hot button issues including immigration, guns, civil rights, national security, and her relationship with congressional Republicans, who frequently clashed with Attorney General Eric Holder, an unapologetic liberal voice and one of Obama’s closest allies. Some Republicans have threatened to use the nomination process as a battleground to defy Obama’s November immigration order, which eased the threat of deportation for some 5 million undocumented immigrants. One Republican, David Vitter, has already said he will vote “no” and complained …

    January 28, 2015 5:45 am
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Stocks

  • China crackdown makes it harder to get around the Great Firewall


    China is boosting internet censorship to keep people from accessing sites like Google. China has beefed up its Great Firewall yet again, this time cracking down on virtual private networks, or VPNs, which allow users to access censored and blocked content on the web. The action, confirmed by state media, has affected VPN providers including Astrill, Strong VPN and Golden Frog, which have all reported trouble with connectivity in China, particularly on mobile devices. China has long blocked access to what it deems as sensitive Internet content — political commentary, foreign news outlets and sites like Google. Access to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are also blocked in China. Taken together, the restrictions constitute the world’s largest — and most effective — state-sponsored censorship program. The effort, officially called “Golden Shield,” is more than a decade old. Using a VPN allows Chinese and foreigners alike to circumvent the Great Firewall. For around $10 a month, users …

    January 28, 2015 2:02 am
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Sports

  • McIlroy enters Dubai Desert Classic tired of finishing runner-up


    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates –  The familiar environs of the Emirates Golf Club is where Rory McIlroy hopes this week to end a streak of three straight second-place finishes on the European Tour. The Desert Dubai Classic is the tournament McIlroy has played the most often, including twice as an amateur. It is also where he notched his first win as a pro in 2009, and finished in the top-10 every year since. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “I am disappointed if I don’t win, to be honest,” he said on Wednesday, the day before the classic starts. “You’re not here to try to finish in the top five. “I’d definitely like to break the runners-up duck the right way than the wrong way. We’ll see. But I’m comfortable on this golf course, and I have good memories here, and I seem to play the course very well.” McIlroy was runner-up in the World Tour Championship in November, …

    January 28, 2015 5:25 am
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World News

  • Attacks on Israeli-Lebanon border


    28 January 2015 Last updated at 11:09 Israeli munitions are transported to the northern areas Four Israeli soldiers have been injured after an attack on an army patrol near the border with Lebanon, the Israeli army says. A military vehicle was hit by an anti-tank missile in the disputed Shebaa Farms area. Hezbollah said it carried out the attack. The Israeli army responded by firing shells into southern Lebanon. The Israel Defence Forces said they were looking into reports of attempts to abduct soldiers. “Initial reports suggest that an anti-tank missile was fired at a military vehicle near Mt Dov in northern Israel,” the Israel Defence Forces said on Twitter. PM Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted: “At this moment the IDF responds to events in the North. We will not allow terrorists to disrupt the lives of our citizens and threaten their security. We will respond forcefully those who try to challenge us.” Residents in Metola have …

    January 28, 2015 5:25 am
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Technology

  • Cyber London aims to make the UK a launchpad for cyber-security startups


    A new startup accelerator based in London hopes to be the launchpad for a new wave of cyber-security technology companies from across Europe. The first 13-week programme for Cyber London (CyLon) will kick off in April, with a group of startups drawn from industries including defence, retail, telecoms and health services. Ten teams a year will be funded by the programme, with their founders receiving £5,000 in cost-of-living allowances while taking part. CyLon is structured as a not-for-profit business, and will not take equity stakes in any of the startups. Its founders include Alex van Someren of Amadeus Capital Partners, who previously co-founded internet security startup nCipher, taking it public in 2000. He is joined by co-founders Grace Cassy and Jonathan Luff of Epsilon Advisory Partners, and advisors Jon Bradford of startup accelerator TechStars and Eileen Burbridge of venture capital firm Passion Capital. Another British accelerator, Ignite, is also a founding partner for CyLon, which …

    January 28, 2015 5:45 am
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Science

  • Using stem cells to grow new hair


    Related images(click to enlarge) In a new study from Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham), researchers have used human pluripotent stem cells to generate new hair. The study represents the first step toward the development of a cell-based treatment for people with hair loss. In the United States alone, more than 40 million men and 21 million women are affected by hair loss. The research was published online in PLOS One yesterday. “We have developed a method using human pluripotent stem cells to create new cells capable of initiating human hair growth. The method is a marked improvement over current methods that rely on transplanting existing hair follicles from one part of the head to another,” said Alexey Terskikh, Ph.D., associate professor in the Development, Aging, and Regeneration Program at Sanford-Burnham. “Our stem cell method provides an unlimited source of cells from the patient for transplantation and isn’t limited by the availability of existing hair follicles.” …

    January 28, 2015 5:46 am
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Health

  • Diagnostics, Tamiflu help Roche full-year sales beat poll


    ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss drugmaker Roche (ROG.VX) expects sales and profits to grow at a similar pace to last year, after a strong performance by its diagnostics unit and flu drug Tamiflu helped full-year sales beat expectations. Stripping out the impact of currency fluctuations, the world’s largest maker of cancer drugs forecast 2015 sales to grow in the low-to-mid single digit range, while core earnings per share (EPS) should grow more than sales. Full-year sales rose 1 percent to 47.5 billion Swiss francs ($52.5 billion), generating flat core earnings per share (EPS) of 14.29 Swiss francs. Analysts in a Reuters poll had forecast sales of 47.1 billion francs and core EPS of 14.7 francs. ($1 = 0.9047 Swiss francs) (Reporting by Caroline Copley)

    January 28, 2015 1:42 am
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Entertainment

  • J. Cole has an amazing plan to help support single mothers


    More: Music review — J. Cole feat. TLC “Crooked Smile” During an interview with The Combat Jack Show, the “Crooked Smile” hit maker spoke about his childhood and how he had experienced military housing before his parents got divorced. His mom had to leave the base and Cole ended up living in a trailer park in Spring Lake with his mother and brother until they moved to a house on Forest Hills Drive — the same house that inspired his latest album 2014 Forest Hills Drive, and features on the album cover. More: J. Cole is no longer on the sidelines thanks to new album Years later, his mother lost the house, and J. Cole, whose real name is Jermaine Lamarr Cole, bought it back. While he does not live there himself, he does have some big plans for his childhood home. “Nah, I don’t really live there,” he revealed. “What we gon’ do, we still …

    January 28, 2015 4:05 am
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Editorial

  • Auschwitz Anniversary: My mother, grandmother were sent to the left. My father and I were sent to the right


    FILE – A picture taken just after the liberation by the Soviet army in January, 1945, shows a group of children wearing concentration camp uniforms behind barbed wire fencing in the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp. (AP) Seventy years ago I was in a Nazi concentration camp. Since then, I’ve seen tyrants and dictators enter and exit the global stage. Yet as the world prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of the Auschwitz liberation, it is perhaps well and right that we reflect on how the Holocaust shocked the moral imagination on a scale the world could scarcely fathom. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Why ponder such things? Because for far too many, the Holocaust remains a mystery. A major poll taken last year of 53,000 people found that just 54 percent had ever heard of the Holocaust. Knowledge of Auschwitz is likely even more limited, particularly among young people. Past surveys have shown that nearly half of Britons …

    January 28, 2015 5:45 am
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Odd News

  • Original Wells Fargo bank site in San Francisco robbed of Gold Rush-era nuggets


    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Three bandits wearing ski masks crashed a stolen SUV into the Wells Fargo History Museum in San Francisco early on Tuesday and held a security guard at gunpoint before making off with a display of gold nuggets from the 19th century, police said. The predawn smash-and-grab heist took place at the Montgomery Street building in the city’s Financial District on the site where the original Wells Fargo bank was founded in 1852. “The security guard went to investigate and found the vehicle had crashed into the revolving doors. Three suspects exited the vehicle with their faces covered, held the security guard at gunpoint, and took gold nuggets from a display case,” police spokesman Albie Esparza said. “One suspect was armed with a handgun,” he added.  The dark-colored GMC Suburban was left behind, and the thieves made off in a four-door sedan. The SUV had been reported stolen from San Bruno, about 12 miles …

    January 28, 2015 1:42 am
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