• Cole plays down LA ‘beach’ claim

    Cole plays down LA ‘beach’ claim

    Ashley Cole took part in his first training session with LA Galaxy this week Former England and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has said he will have to convince critics he has not joined LA Galaxy...
  • Twitter shuts 125,000 ‘terror’ accounts

    Twitter shuts 125,000 ‘terror’ accounts

    Image copyright Reuters Twitter says it has suspended more than 125,000 accounts since mid-2015 “for threatening or promoting terrorist acts”. In a blog, the US-based firm said the accounts “primarily related to ISIS” (the so-called...
  • Hiddink had Chinese League offers

    Hiddink had Chinese League offers

    Hiddink has managed the Netherlands, South Korea, Australia, Russia and Turkey national teams Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has revealed he was approached to manage in the lucrative Chinese Super League. The 69-year-old Dutchman was installed...
  • New Jersey extends contract for Atlantic City fiscal work

    NEW YORK Atlantic City, New Jersey’s cash-strapped gambling hub, may no longer have a state-appointed emergency manager, but some big costs for outside professionals working to resolve its fiscal crisis will continue. The state extended...
  • Twitter goes to war against ISIS

    Twitter goes to war against ISIS

    Twitter has significantly ramped up its anti-ISIS efforts by shutting down thousands of terrorists’ accounts and adding staff to monitor terrorist activity on its network. The social media company said in a blog post Friday...

Headline News

  • Convicted al Qaeda supporter, U.S. face off in medical malpractice trial


    NEW YORK A New York man serving a 15-year prison sentence for providing support to al Qaeda is urging a federal judge to award him $7 million because of a medical condition he says went untreated while in U.S. custody. Lawyers for Wesam El-Hanafi, 40, and the U.S. government made their closing arguments on Friday in a week-long medical malpractice trial over whether the prison system failed to timely diagnose and treat a blood clot in a deep vein in his calf. El-Hanafi, a Brooklyn-born man who U.S. prosecutors say facilitated surveillance of the New York Stock Exchange, contends his symptoms began shortly after his arrest in Dubai in 2010. In a lawsuit filed in 2013, El-Hanafi said after his arrest, police in Abu Dhabi shackled his feet during his detention, and that on a 16-hour flight to Washington his leg use was discouraged. His lawyer, Jake Harper, said after departing the airplane, El-Hanafi began …

    February 5, 2016 5:42 pm
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Politics

  • Anti-Abortion Groups to GOP: Include Fiorina in Debate


    By Alex Roarty Posted at 4:51 p.m. today 0 Tweet Fiorina arrives at an addiction recovery roundtable at the Hope for NH Recovery center in Manchester, N.H., on Friday. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images) The leaders of two influential anti-abortion rights groups are blasting the decision to exclude Carly Fiorina from Saturday’s presidential debate, arguing that GOP voters deserve to see the primary field’s lone female candidate — and one of the race’s sharpest critics of Planned Parenthood — on stage in New Hampshire. In a statement shared with Roll Call, the women — Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony List, and Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life – said that they are “dumbfounded” at Fiorina’s exclusion. “The only polls that matter are the one voters make on primary or caucus day,” the two women said. “Carly won more votes in Iowa than two of her rivals who will be on the …

    February 5, 2016 4:22 pm
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Stocks

  • Twitter goes to war against ISIS


    Twitter has significantly ramped up its anti-ISIS efforts by shutting down thousands of terrorists’ accounts and adding staff to monitor terrorist activity on its network. The social media company said in a blog post Friday that it has suspended 125,000 accounts over the past seven months for threatening or promoting terrorist acts. Most of the people behind the accounts were affiliated with or supported ISIS, Twitter said. ISIS recruiters have successfully used Twitter to lure disillusioned people to join their cause. “We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism,” the company said in the blog post. “As the nature of the terrorist threat has changed, so has our ongoing work in this area.” Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) said that it has grown the team that reviews reports of terror activity on the network. The extra staff has made great strides in identifying terrorists on its network and has “significantly” reduced Twitter’s response time when it …

    February 5, 2016 4:22 pm
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Sports

  • Cole plays down LA ‘beach’ claim


    Ashley Cole took part in his first training session with LA Galaxy this week Former England and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has said he will have to convince critics he has not joined LA Galaxy for an easy life. The 35-year-old turned down offers to join MLS clubs in 2014 and instead signed for Roma, saying he was “not ready to relax on a beach yet”. Cole, who joined Galaxy last week, said: “I hold my hands up, it was said, but it was taken out of context. “I have to deal with it and hope I can change the views of me coming here.” Cole, capped 107 times by England, won three Premier League titles – two with Arsenal and one with Chelsea – and left the Blues to join Roma after the 2013-14 season. But he played just 16 times for the Serie A side before having his two-year deal cut short to …

    February 5, 2016 6:02 pm
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World News

  • Twitter shuts 125,000 ‘terror’ accounts


    Image copyright Reuters Twitter says it has suspended more than 125,000 accounts since mid-2015 “for threatening or promoting terrorist acts”. In a blog, the US-based firm said the accounts “primarily related to ISIS” (the so-called Islamic State group). “We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism,” it said, adding that it had increased its report reviewing teams to react faster. Twitter has more than 500 million users around the world. Image copyright Twitter “We have already seen results, including an increase in account suspensions and this type of activity shifting off of Twitter,” the company said. It added that it was co-operating with law enforcement bodies “when appropriate” as well as other organisations. Governments around the world – including the US – have been urging social media companies to take more robust measure to tackle online activity aimed at promoting violence. In December, US politicians put forward a bill that would force such companies …

    February 5, 2016 5:02 pm
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Technology

  • Elon Musk hints that his next project could be an electric plane


    Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, Tesla and PayPal, has hinted that his next project could be building a vertical takeoff electric plane. Making a surprise appearance at the Hyperloop pod competition, a contest to design a futuristic, high-speed, people-moving pod between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Musk was asked what his next project might be. “I have been thinking about the vertical takeoff and landing electric jet a bit more. I think I have something that might close,” Musk said slowly. “I’m quite tempted to do something about it.” The crowd responded enthusiastically; Musk is one of Silicon Valley’s most revered engineers. He has mentioned his plane idea before, in an interview in October 2015: “I do like the idea of an electric aircraft company. I think one could do a pretty cool supersonic, vertical takeoff and landing electric jet. That would be really fun … I have a design in mind for that.” Musk …

    February 5, 2016 4:42 pm
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Science

  • From allergens to anodes: Pollen derived battery electrodes


    Related images(click to enlarge) Pollens, the bane of allergy sufferers, could represent a boon for battery makers: Recent research has suggested their potential use as anodes in lithium-ion batteries. “Our findings have demonstrated that renewable pollens could produce carbon architectures for anode applications in energy storage devices,” said Vilas Pol, an associate professor in the School of Chemical Engineering and the School of Materials Engineering at Purdue University. Batteries have two electrodes, called an anode and a cathode. The anodes in most of today’s lithium-ion batteries are made of graphite. Lithium ions are contained in a liquid called an electrolyte, and these ions are stored in the anode during recharging. The researchers tested bee pollen- and cattail pollen-derived carbons as anodes. “Both are abundantly available,” said Pol, who worked with doctoral student Jialiang Tang. “The bottom line here is we want to learn something from nature that could be useful in creating better batteries with …

    February 5, 2016 3:21 pm
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Health

  • Kansas confirms norovirus case related to Buffalo Wild Wings


    The Kansas health department has confirmed one positive case of norovirus related to Buffalo Wild Wings Inc, the department’s Johnson County office said. Shares of the popular chicken wings chain fell as much as 13 percent to a 15-month low of $134.95 on Friday. “These types of illness are common this time of year,” Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Lougene Marsh said in a statement. (bit.ly/1PZUvO0v) The investigation is related to a gastrointestinal illness that affected at least 10 people who ate at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Overland Park in suburban Kansas City. “Additional results are pending lab confirmation,” the department said. “There have been no further reports of illness.” Buffalo Wild Wings was not immediately available for comment. Last year, two norovirus outbreaks were reported at the Massachusetts and California outlets of popular burrito chain operator Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. Norovirus is the most common cause of food-borne disease …

    February 5, 2016 4:01 pm
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Entertainment

  • ‘American Idol’ 2016 Recap: Meet The Top 24–Did Your Favorite Make The Cut?


    After two intense weeks in Hollywood, the American Idol 2016 contestants found out their Idol fate last night. Judges Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban, and Jennifer Lopez saw each individual to give them bad or good news. For the majority of the American Idol hopefuls, it was the end of the road. For a chosen few, it was the beginning of an even bigger journey. After a two-hour broadcast, American Idol‘s final 51 became a final 24. The episode started off with Stephany Negrete getting the news about her Idol future. Stephany became the first contestant to make it into the top 24 on American Idol 2016. She was then followed by Shelbie Z, who also made it into the top 24. Unfortunately for Michelle Marie, her time with the series ended last night. Michelle did not make the top 24. The sixteen-year-old was understandably emotional about the end of her dream, but she took …

    February 5, 2016 5:02 pm
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Editorial

  • Talented low-income students belong at top colleges. Why aren’t we helping them get there?


    Across our nation, outstanding students from families with low incomes approach college on a very different path than students from wealthier families. And in most cases, the bright low-income students are being kept out of America’s top colleges and universities by almost insurmountable obstacles. A recent study by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, where I serve as executive director, is the first to comprehensively document these obstacles. Titled “True Merit: Ensuring Our Brightest Students Have Access to Our Best Colleges and Universities, the report found that a mere 3 percent of students at America’s most selective colleges and universities come from the 25 percent of families with the lowest incomes. In contrast, 72 percent of students at the schools come from the 25 percent of families with the highest incomes. The problem here: the rich aren’t necessarily smarter, they’re just getting breaks the poor aren’t. Our study found that the few outstanding low-income students who …

    February 5, 2016 2:41 pm
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Odd News

  • Texas governor says he supports crosses on police cars


    AUSTIN, Texas The governor of Texas supports police putting cross images on their patrol cars, saying they are part of U.S. historical practices, and symbols of service, his office said on Friday. Governor Gregg Abbott, a Republican, offered his support for the crosses in a brief filed to the state’s attorney general. He was responding to a sheriff’s office in Brewster County that received a complaint about images of a Christian cross with a horizontal thin blue line displayed on its patrol vehicles. “In addition to its religious significance, the cross has a long history in America and elsewhere as a symbol of service and sacrifice,” Abbott wrote, adding in his opinion, the display does not violate U.S. constitutional provisions preventing the establishment of religion. The governor’s office did not respond to a request if Abbott also supported the display of other religious symbols on patrol cars. Abbott said the cross has been used at …

    February 5, 2016 3:41 pm
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