• Bouchard beats Begu to reach quarter-finals

    MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Eugenie Bouchard advanced to the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday after a seesaw 6-1 5-7 6-2 victory over Romania’s Irina Begu in their fourth round clash on Rod Laver Arena. The seventh...
  • Venezuelans protest over shortages

    Venezuelans protest over shortages

    25 January 2015 Last updated at 01:27 The opposition protest was billed “the march of the empty pots” Thousands of Venezuelans have attended an opposition march in Caracas, blaming government policies for the country’s worsening...
  • FBI identifies kidnap suspect on lam in Kentucky

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) – The FBI on Saturday identified a man suspected in a kidnapping in Missouri after authorities say he crashed a car-jacked van more than 500 miles away in Kentucky and fled...
  • NHL partners with GoPro for on-ice action

    NHL partners with GoPro for on-ice action

      Soon hockey fans will be closer to every goal and penalty shot thanks to GoPro (GPRO). The National Hockey League (NHL) announced on Friday a North American partnership with GoPro, the camera company that...
  • New Life Made with Custom Safeguards

    A new class of species may have been invented, and all in the name of safety. Colonies of Escherichia coli—the gut bug famous from food poisoning outbreaks—have had their genetics tweaked in a way that...

Headline News

  • FBI identifies kidnap suspect on lam in Kentucky


    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) – The FBI on Saturday identified a man suspected in a kidnapping in Missouri after authorities say he crashed a car-jacked van more than 500 miles away in Kentucky and fled in another stolen vehicle. Robert “Robbie” Caldwell, 25, and an unidentified man are being sought in the Thursday morning kidnapping of a 67-year-old man outside his home in Kansas City as he was getting ready to leave for work, the FBI said in a statement. The abductors stole the man’s van and forced him to make cash withdrawals from banks across Missouri before he was able to escape in St. Louis, police said. He returned to Kansas City on Friday. The van was found wrecked on a highway in Bardstown, about 35 miles southeast of Louisville. A short time later, a 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse was reported stolen nearby; Caldwell is believed to be driving that car, the FBI said. Caldwell …

    January 24, 2015 9:07 pm
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Politics

  • Prosecutor urges reform after charging NY speaker with corruption


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The top federal prosecutor in Manhattan said on Friday he hoped that criminal charges brought against New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver would mark a “turning point for reform” to stop rampant corruption in the state’s capital. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said New Yorkers should be angry that the capital, Albany, houses “one of the most corrupt governments in the nation,” with lawmakers more likely to be arrested than tossed out of office by voters. “If ever there was a moment for real reform, I think it’s now,” Bharara told an overflow crowd in a speech at New York Law School in downtown Manhattan. Silver, 70, was charged on Thursday with five criminal counts stemming from a lengthy corruption investigation, accused of pocketing $4 million over more than a decade from bribes and kickbacks through his association with two law firms. At least nine other current or former state …

    January 24, 2015 8:46 pm
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Stocks

  • NHL partners with GoPro for on-ice action


      Soon hockey fans will be closer to every goal and penalty shot thanks to GoPro (GPRO). The National Hockey League (NHL) announced on Friday a North American partnership with GoPro, the camera company that creates wearable HD recording devices. Doing so will allow the league to use the company’s equipment for upcoming NHL games, broadcasts, and events. The agreement is GoPro’s first with a major professional sports league. “GoPro is the perfect partner for us,” said Bob Chesterman, NHL Senior Vice President of Programming. “Only GoPro has the technology to help us and our media partners showcase the beauty and intensity of hockey in new and deeper ways.” GoPro’s Professional Broadcast Solution technology, which allows for live HD broadcasting, will debut at the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend where GoPro’s cameras will be worn by players during the NHL’s All-Star Skills Competition. New points of view on skating, stickhandling, and goal scoring from some of …

    January 24, 2015 9:07 pm
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Sports

  • Bouchard beats Begu to reach quarter-finals


    MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Eugenie Bouchard advanced to the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday after a seesaw 6-1 5-7 6-2 victory over Romania’s Irina Begu in their fourth round clash on Rod Laver Arena. The seventh seed, a semi-finalist at Melbourne Park last year, will meet either China’s Peng Shuai or second-seeded Russian Maria Sharapova in the last eight. Bouchard had looked as if she wanted to spend as little time as possible on court on Sunday as she blasted through the first set in 29 minutes, the opener only lasting that long because Begu held four break opportunities in the fifth game but failed to convert. Begu, making her first appearance in the fourth round at a grand slam, provided stubborn resistance in the second set, breaking Bouchard four times to force a decider, which the Canadian sealed when the Romanian hit a backhand long. (Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

    January 24, 2015 9:28 pm
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World News

  • Venezuelans protest over shortages


    25 January 2015 Last updated at 01:27 The opposition protest was billed “the march of the empty pots” Thousands of Venezuelans have attended an opposition march in Caracas, blaming government policies for the country’s worsening economic crisis. Saturday’s march was the first attempt by the opposition in months to revive the protest movement that rocked the country last year. Many banged empty pots, in reference to the shortage of many staple foods. Riot police blocked the demonstrators’ access to the city centre, but there were no major clashes. Opposition politician Maria Corina Machado said Mr Maduro “must step aside now, so the Venezuelan people can stand united again”. Demonstrators voiced discontent at high inflation, crime and shortages. Anti-government protesters have been calling for President Maduro to resign People queue to buy subsidised goods at a state-run supermarket in Caracas “There are food shortages, shortages even in drugstores, prices have gone up across the board, meat …

    January 24, 2015 9:07 pm
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Technology

  • Patriots coach invokes science in addressing deflated-football dustup


    Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. The New England Patriots’ coach is not a scientist, but he can talk like one. Mediaite/ESPN screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET When an erudite man tells you: “We all know that air pressure is a function of the atmospheric conditions,” you’re likely at a scientific lecture. However, when the erudite man also tells you: “I am not a scientist,” you worry that you’ve stumbled onto the set of an antacid commercial. And so it was on Saturday afternoon that science became the leading light in the great controversy of the week. Should you have had both ears incapacitated during a hockey game, you may not know that the New England Patriots beat the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday to get to the Super Bowl. Sadly, the team was then accused of providing underinflated balls during the first half of the game. (NFL …

    January 24, 2015 8:47 pm
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Science

  • New Life Made with Custom Safeguards


    A new class of species may have been invented, and all in the name of safety. Colonies of Escherichia coli—the gut bug famous from food poisoning outbreaks—have had their genetics tweaked in a way that prods them to produce useful molecules, such as fuels or pharmaceuticals.   But such modified microbes might prove problematic if the microscopic bacteria escape the lab, especially if researchers’ goal of endowing them with resistance to viral infection via genetic manipulation is achieved. Such resistance is useful for keeping colonies alive for research but could turn a novel life-form from a microbe that can only survive in the lab or an industrial setting into a bacterium that could outcompete its wild brethren. So now researchers at both Yale and Harvard universities have demonstrated how to build in safety controls: They have made the microbes dependent on artificial amino acids to make the proteins necessary for life. Unless they are purposely …

    January 24, 2015 8:48 pm
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Health

  • Gates sees ‘miracle’ tools for AIDS by 2030 in vaccine and drugs


    DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – Two new tools to fight AIDS should be available by 2030 in the form of a vaccine and new intense drug treatments, ending most cases of a disease that has killed millions in the past 30 years, Bill Gates said. The Microsoft founder, whose philanthropic foundation has poured millions of dollars into medical research, told the World Economic Forum in Davos the “two miracles” were within reach in the coming years. “We’re pretty optimistic in this 15-year period we will get those two new tools,” Gates told a session late on Friday. A vaccine is seen as pivotal in preventing new infections among susceptible populations, while new kinds of intense drug treatments should do away with the need for life-long pills, he said. Gates, whose Bill Melinda Gates Foundation plays a major role in funding medical research, is also optimistic about the fight against malaria, where work on a vaccine is …

    January 24, 2015 8:46 pm
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Entertainment

  • Chrissy Teigen Jets In To Town After Causing Chaos On Twitter


    Posted on Sat Jan 24th, 2015 8:36am PDT       By X17 Staff Chrissy Teigen jetted in to LAX on Friday, and despite getting into a Twitter feud with Katie Cassidy earlier in the week, so seemed friendly when X17 photographers snapped her photo! Teigen had a major war of words with Cassidy regarding comments about Erin Andrews reporting at last week’s Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay packers football game. At one point during the virtual cat fight, Teigen sniped, “JOB [noun] : the work a person does regularly to make money. alt: what @ErinAndrews has. 2nd alt: What you don’t have. Bye!” Hey, that’s not nice! Not only did we fall in love with Cassidy on the now-cancelled Melrose Place reboot, but she has a legit acting gig on Arrow. Teigen and Andrews are friends, and Cassidy and Andrews both dated LA Kings hockey star Jarrett Stoll, so this doesn’t totally come out of left field. Anyway, …

    January 24, 2015 9:07 pm
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Editorial

  • When will Obama stop making false claims about Citizens United?


    FILE — Jan. 22, 2015: President Obama speaks during a visit to the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) At almost the same time that protesters mad about the Citizens United decision were disrupting the start of the Supreme Court’s session on Wednesday, the White House issued a “Statement from the President” condemning the decision on its fifth anniversary. And once again, President Obama repeated the same false claim about “foreign corporations” that he made in his State of the Union speech back in 2010. This White House seems to believe that if you think up a good political attack theme, stick with it no matter what the truth is. One can certainly debate the effect of Citizens United, which lifted the ban on independent political expenditures (i.e., independent political speech), and whether it has been beneficial to our democratic system. As a former member of the Federal Election Commission that enforces our …

    January 24, 2015 8:47 pm
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Odd News

  • Iowa billboard mannequin startles motorists, loses job


    (Reuters) – A car dealer is taking down an oversized mannequin that had been placed atop a roadside billboard advertisement in rural Iowa after a number of alarmed drivers called the 911 emergency number to report a man who looked like he was going to jump. “I hate to take it down, but in the interest of public safety I decided to,” Brad Deery, owner of 10 car dealerships in Iowa, told Reuters by telephone on Friday. Deery said the sheriff in Des Moines County asked him to remove the mannequin because drivers were becoming distracted and that some could be tempted to try to climb the sign and take a selfie. The billboard on U.S. Route 61 advertises Deery’s West Burlington dealership. The sign reads “I can see Deery Toyota, Nissan, Mazda from here,” Deery said. The mannequin is posed as though it is looking off at distant car lots. The Hawk Eye, a …

    January 23, 2015 4:24 pm
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