• Van driven into shoppers in France

    Van driven into shoppers in France

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 20:56 Police evacuated the Christmas market to inspect the van A van has been driven at shoppers at a French Christmas market in the city of Nantes and the...
  • New York mayor urges city to heal

    New York mayor urges city to heal

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 20:46 The head of the New York City police union said Mayor Bill de Blasio had “blood on his hands” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has urged...
  • Clausen diagnosed with concussion

    Lake Forest, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Chicago Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen was diagnosed with a concussion after experiencing delayed symptoms on Sunday night. Clausen has already been ruled out for this weekend’s season finale against Minnesota....
  • Pope Francis criticism stuns Vatican

    Pope Francis criticism stuns Vatican

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 19:00 The Pope delivered his tough message in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall Pope Francis has sharply criticised the Vatican bureaucracy in a pre-Christmas address to cardinals, complaining of “spiritual...
  • Pakistan ready to ramp up executions

    Pakistan ready to ramp up executions

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 17:51 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The government and the military are under pressure to prove that they can stand up to militancy, as Shaimaa...

Headline News

  • New York mayor urges city to heal


    22 December 2014 Last updated at 20:46 The head of the New York City police union said Mayor Bill de Blasio had “blood on his hands” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has urged his city to heal and support the families of two slain officers. “Our first obligation is to respect these families,” Mr de Blasio said, asking the city “put aside” debate and protests in the coming days. He has been accused of stoking tensions between police and minorities after two officers were shot dead on Saturday. The fatal shooting came after weeks of protests following the killing of an unarmed black man by New York police. Eric Garner died after being placed in an chokehold by police in the summer. He was one of several black men or young boys killed by police in 2014. ‘Hold the debate’ Speaking to a police athletic charity luncheon on Monday, Mr de Blasio said …

    December 22, 2014 3:02 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. sees Cuban thaw boosting odds of returned fugitives


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Renewed ties between the United States and Cuba make it more likely the Cuban government will extradite fugitives sought by U.S. officials, a top U.S. law enforcement official said on Monday. “Certainly, we’re working with that country and every country to get back fugitives who we have charges against,” U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole said. “I think the fact that we’re going to be having better relationships with Cuba will increase our likelihood of being successful in getting those people back,” he told reporters at a Department of Justice press briefing. Cole’s comments came in response to a question about the chances of Cuba returning a U.S. fugitive who fled there after being convicted of killing a police officer. Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama announced a major policy shift to renew diplomatic ties with the communist-led nation after a 53-year freeze. In one of the most prominent fugitive cases involving …

    December 22, 2014 12:21 pm
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Stocks

  • Why Russia made Google take down a ‘got chocolate?’ blog post


    Google gets a lot of requests from the world’s governments to remove allegedly illegal items from its website. For the first time, Google has detailed specifics: what governments are asking for and how it has responded. In its latest Transparency Report, Google explained how governments asked for the removal of everything from links to defamatory sites to subtle drug references. Many of the deletion requests involved corruption allegations or content that is critical of officials. Russia wanted a blog post that contained the text “got chocolate” removed, claiming it violated a federal law. Google (GOOGL, Tech30) complied because in Russian, “chocolate” can also reference a recreational drug, and the country has a law that requires the removal of drug-related content. Google also complied with a Russian request that a YouTube video documentary about suicide removed because it violated a federal law — even though Google said the video had encouraged people to get help. Kosovo’s …

    December 22, 2014 1:21 pm
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Sports

  • Clausen diagnosed with concussion


    Lake Forest, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Chicago Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen was diagnosed with a concussion after experiencing delayed symptoms on Sunday night. Clausen has already been ruled out for this weekend’s season finale against Minnesota. Jay Cutler will be back as the starter, Bears coach Marc Trestman said Monday. Clausen suffered the concussion on Chicago’s final offensive possession when Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah made helmet-to-helmet contact with him as the quarterback slid at the end of a short scramble. Ansah was whistled for an unnecessary roughness penalty on the play. The Bears said Clausen didn’t exhibit symptoms after the hit or following the game. He contacted trainers after experiencing delayed symptoms later Sunday night and was taken to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with a concussion. Trestman made the controversial decision last week to start Clausen over Cutler. The Bears (5-10) have lost four games in a row and will miss the playoffs …

    December 22, 2014 3:02 pm
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World News

  • Van driven into shoppers in France


    22 December 2014 Last updated at 20:56 Police evacuated the Christmas market to inspect the van A van has been driven at shoppers at a French Christmas market in the city of Nantes and the driver is reported to have stabbed himself, officials say. Ten people are reported to have been injured, five seriously. The exact circumstances remain unclear, but the incident comes only a day after pedestrians were run down in Dijon. The driver of that vehicle screamed “God is great” in Arabic. On Saturday, police shot dead a man using the same phrase in Tours after he attacked them. Earlier on Monday, French President Francois Hollande called for vigilance after Saturday and Sunday’s attacks, and urged the public not to panic. ‘No religious link’ Monday’s van attack in the western French city took place at about 19:00 local time (18:00 GMT). According to initial reports, the van drove towards a stall selling hot …

    December 22, 2014 3:02 pm
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Technology

  • Android One set to roll out to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal


    Android One smartphones will start showing up in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh soon. Google Android One, the Google-developed platform designed to bring its mobile operating system to developing countries around the world, is expanding outside of India, the company announced Monday. At some point in the next several weeks — Google didn’t provide an exact date — Android One smartphones will start popping up in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. The launch will bring Android One to potentially over 200 million more people in the world. Launched in India in September, Android One is Google’s initiative to bring affordable smartphones to emerging markets. The smartphones run an unmodified, or “stock,” version of Google’s mobile operating system. Android One is aimed at people who have so far been left out of the smartphone market due to issues with connectivity, cost or government regulation. Google, along with Facebook, Qualcomm and many others, believe the next step …

    December 22, 2014 12:41 pm
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Science

  • NASA Commercial Crew Partners Complete 23 Milestones in 2014, Look Ahead to 2015


    [image-50]NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and the agency’s industry partners completed 23 agreement and contract milestones in 2014 and participated in thousands of hours of technical review sessions. The sessions focused on creating a new generation of safe, reliable and cost-effective crew space transportation systems to low-Earth orbit destinations. “To say we’ve been busy would truly be an understatement,” said Kathy Lueders, manager of the Commercial Crew Program. “Our partners at Blue Origin, Boeing, Sierra Nevada Corporation and SpaceX have made tremendous strides in their respective systems throughout the year and we’re happy to have supported them along their way. My team and I are excited to continue to work with our partners in the coming year.” Blue Origin continued the development of its Space Vehicle spacecraft designed to carry people into low-Earth orbit. The company also continued work on its subscale propellant tank assembly through an unfunded Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) agreement with …

    December 22, 2014 12:41 pm
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Health

  • Myths may put off some women from post-cancer breast reconstruction


    (Reuters Health) – Misconceptions may be keeping many women from getting breast reconstruction after a mastectomy, even though the procedure can help improve quality of life for cancer survivors, according to a new review. “Anything we can do to increase awareness of reconstruction and the relative risks and benefits will empower more women to make an informed decision,” said lead author Dr. Lisa Schneider, a surgeon at the Institute for Advanced Reconstruction at the Plastic Surgery Center in Shrewsbury, New Jersey. Schneider and her coauthor, Dr. Babak J. Mehrara, a plastic surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York, reviewed previous studies of breast reconstruction to understand what influences women to opt out of the procedure. In the U.S., less than 40 percent of women who have a mastectomy for cancer treatment undergo immediate breast reconstruction, the authors point out in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. One myth the authors address …

    December 22, 2014 12:41 pm
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Share A Passionate Kiss In New Balmain Ad


    Posted on Mon Dec 22nd, 2014 10:28am PDT       By X17 Staff Ok, so this isn’t as bad as “Bound 2,” but will Kim Kardashian and Kanye West really help Balmain sell clothes? We know Kimye are BFFs with the fashion house’s creative director Olivier Rousteing, but when we see this image, we don’t think couture — we’re merely reminded of the fact that Kim got famous for starring in a sex tape. Balmain just unveiled the print ads for their Spring 2015 Menswear campaign, and Rousteing posted the above shot and close-ups of Kim and Kanye’s faces with the caption, “THE BALMAIN LOVE.” Barf! While the duo look totally lovey dovey here, Kim headed back to Los Angeles with Nori earlier this morning — and not only did she look annoyed and exhausted, but Kanye was nowhere to be seen: Rumor has it Yeezy is planning on skipping out on the Kardashian family Christmas bash this …

    December 22, 2014 2:21 pm
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Editorial

  • As relations with Cuba thaw, US must check Russia, China military interests


    President Obama’s decision to open relations with Cuba was the right thing to do — but not for the reasons he gave.  As usual, the president couldn’t resist the temptation rise above petty criticisms of his predecessors’  “failed policies” to justify his unilateral action. But he’s missing the point. It’s not about correcting past mistakes, it’s about avoiding future ones. The United States cannot allow our adversaries to once again dominate Cuba. We keep hearing that Cuba is woefully stuck in the 1950s, and needs massive infusions of cash, investment and infrastructure to enter the modern world.  Whichever big power steps up first to offer that will become Cuba’s major sponsor for a generation, and it will confer on that sponsor certain rights and privileges.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Neither China nor Russia currently have a major military presence in North America. Cuba could give it to them. We must take steps now to ensure that Cuba …

    December 22, 2014 12:41 pm
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Odd News

  • Among the year’s oddest stories, animal tales were top dogs


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – It was the year of the family pet behaving badly: A dog got sick from eating dozens of socks and a puppy took the rap for driving the family car into a pond. Angry cats held their owners hostage on at least two occasions. A review of the oddest Reuters stories of 2014 also offers numerous examples of less-than-virtuous human behavior. There was the hapless burglar whose criminal career came to a crashing halt when he left his Facebook page open in a house he was accused of robbing. And don’t forget the Texas man went to jail for urinating on the Alamo. To be sure, many tales from the animal kingdom this year were by turns heart-warming and hilarious, and more than a few came out of the Golden State or the Sunshine State. A parrot that spoke English with a British accent went missing for four years, only to …

    December 22, 2014 8:40 am
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