• Goa seeks to classify peacock as vermin

    Goa seeks to classify peacock as vermin

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Peacocks are a nuisance, farmers in Goa say An Indian state has proposed reclassifying the country’s national bird – the peacock – as vermin, local media report. Goa’s Agriculture...
  • Venus Williams wins 49th title

    Venus Williams wins 49th title

    Venus Williams started her professional career in 1994 at the age of 14 Seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams beat Misaki Doi 6-4 6-2 to win the inaugural Taiwan Open on Sunday. Top seed Williams,...
  • Row over US Supreme Court future

    Row over US Supreme Court future

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption People pray in front of the US Supreme Court after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia The death of one of the most conservative members of the US Supreme...
  • The dating apps taking on Tinder

    The dating apps taking on Tinder

    Valentine’s Day is not just a big day for couples – millions of singles are expected to fire up dating apps today in search of romance. Tinder leads the market in the UK, boasting 26...
  • U.S. Justice Scalia, conservative icon, dead at 79

    WASHINGTON Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate over who will replace him just months before a presidential election....
  • Cliffs fall in New Zealand earthquake

    Cliffs fall in New Zealand earthquake

    Image copyright Stephen O’Dwyer Image caption The earthquake, classified as severe, lasted less than 30 seconds Cliffs have collapsed in New Zealand during an earthquake in the city of Christchurch on the South Island. No...

Headline News

  • Row over US Supreme Court future


    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption People pray in front of the US Supreme Court after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia The death of one of the most conservative members of the US Supreme Court, Justice Antonin Scalia, has sparked arguments over the process to find his successor. President Barack Obama said he would nominate a replacement. But the Republican candidates for the presidential nomination have called for a delay until after the election. Before Justice Scalia’s death, the US high court had a conservative 5-4 majority. Justice Scalia’s biting wit What next for the Supreme Court? Meet the Supremes It succeeded in stalling major efforts by the Obama administration on climate change and immigration. With places on the Supreme Court now balanced 4-4 between liberals and conservatives, the fight for influence in one of the highest forums for decision-making in the US promises to be as fraught as the current presidential race. Justice …

    February 14, 2016 5:46 am
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Politics

  • U.S. Justice Scalia, conservative icon, dead at 79


    WASHINGTON Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate over who will replace him just months before a presidential election. Obama called Scalia, who served on the nation’s highest court for nearly 30 years, a “larger-than-life presence” and said he intended to nominate someone to fill the vacant seat before leaving the White House next January. “I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibility to appoint a successor in due time and there will be plenty of time for me to do so and for the Senate to give that person a fair hearing and timely vote,” Obama told reporters in California. Scalia, 79, was found dead at the Cibolo Creek Ranch resort in West Texas on Saturday. He died of natural causes, according to Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara, who went to the ranch and saw the body. Chief Justice …

    February 14, 2016 5:05 am
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Stocks

  • Pollution is scaring away top recruits for global companies


    Is the water contaminated? Is the air toxic? If the answer is yes, corporate executives are saying “no thanks.” Edward Monser, the president of Emerson, said that top recruits are increasingly unlikely to accept postings in polluted cities. “When we talk to new executives, and they go home and talk to their family, the first thing they want to understand is: Is the air and water going to be clean or not,” Monser told CNN’s Richard Quest on Sunday at the CNN Asia Business Forum in Mumbai. “They believe the job will be good, they believe the schools will be good, but they’re very concerned,” he said. “Is this going to be a long-term health issue?” Emerson, a U.S. multinational that makes products across the globe, is not the only company focused on this issue. In China, 53% of firms are finding it difficult to fill executive roles, according to a survey released earlier last …

    February 14, 2016 5:46 am
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Sports

  • Venus Williams wins 49th title


    Venus Williams started her professional career in 1994 at the age of 14 Seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams beat Misaki Doi 6-4 6-2 to win the inaugural Taiwan Open on Sunday. Top seed Williams, 35, overcame the Japanese player to claim the 49th title of her 21-year professional career. The American, who exited the Australian Open at the first-round stage in January, did not drop a set during the tournament in Kaohsiung. Williams broke her second-seeded opponent three times in each set to win the final in one hour and 26 minutes. Williams’ latest victory leaves her seventh on the all-time list of tournament wins in women’s singles. Martina Navratilova leads the way on 167 titles, while Venus’ younger sister, world number one Serena Williams, has 69 career tournament victories.

    February 14, 2016 5:47 am
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World News

  • Goa seeks to classify peacock as vermin


    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Peacocks are a nuisance, farmers in Goa say An Indian state has proposed reclassifying the country’s national bird – the peacock – as vermin, local media report. Goa’s Agriculture Minister Ramesh Tawadkar said peacocks were damaging crops and could be culled. Monkeys, wild boars and wild bison, Goa’s state animal, would also be culled under the plans. Shrinking forest cover in Goa has left less space for wildlife, which is encroaching on human habitat. Mr Tawadkar said a committee had been formed to assess the peacocks’ impact, along with that of the other animals. “Some farmers said that peacocks also were damaging their crops in fields in hilly areas,” he told Indian news agency IANS. The birds are currently protected under India’s Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. The minister said he was aware of the peacock’s status but insisted the government would follow a procedure whereby the bird could …

    February 14, 2016 5:47 am
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Technology

  • The dating apps taking on Tinder


    Valentine’s Day is not just a big day for couples – millions of singles are expected to fire up dating apps today in search of romance. Tinder leads the market in the UK, boasting 26 million “matches” per day globally. The company says it broke its own records last Valentine’s Day as people flocked to the app looking for love. Behind the app is dating giant Match, which also owns other big names including match.com, OKCupid and Plenty of Fish – but there are plenty of start-ups hoping to charm singles and top the app store charts. “Whatever competitors do, they will need to be cash rich and able to support the business to stand a chance of success,” says Paolo Pescatore, director of Multiplay and Media at CCS Insight. “But there is scope for new players to emerge that focus on a specific niche.” Where ‘players’ are welcome Image copyright DatePlay Image caption DatePlay …

    February 14, 2016 5:26 am
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Science

  • Gene previously observed only in brain is important driver of metastatic breast cancer


    When breast cancer becomes advanced and spreads to other organs, patient survival is drastically reduced, prompting the need to explore the genes that may cause tumor cells to metastasize. Now, scientists from The Wistar Institute have shown that one gene that was once thought only to be found in the brain is also expressed in breast cancer and helps promote the growth and spread of the disease. Additionally, they showed how a version of the gene with edited RNA prevents metastasis. The findings were published online by the journal Nature Communications. If breast cancer is caught in its earliest stages, all patients who are treated successfully are alive five years after treatment, according to the National Cancer Institute. However, when breast cancer metastasizes, or spreads from the breast to other organs, only about one in five patients survive more than five years. This significant gap in survival underscores the need to determine what causes breast …

    February 14, 2016 4:05 am
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Health

  • Express Scripts sees slow 2016 sales for new cholesterol drugs


    NEW YORK A surge in sales of pricey new cholesterol treatments is unlikely to materialize this year, contrary to the previous expectations of Express Scripts Holding, an executive from the largest manager of U.S. drug benefits said on Friday. Express Scripts Chief Medical Officer Steve Miller, who last year warned about the drugs’ potential cost, said his company miscalculated how many cardiologists would prescribe the potent medicines, which were approved last summer. The new drugs, one from Amgen and another from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in partnership with Sanofi , slash “bad” LDL cholesterol by blocking the protein PCSK9. They were approved for a small population of patients with extremely high LDL. Express Scripts and rival CVS Health warned last year that using a wider group of patients would place too large a cost burden on the healthcare system. The drugs are priced at more than $14,000 per year, before discounts, compared with a few hundred dollars …

    February 14, 2016 4:46 am
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Entertainment

  • Peter Thomas Wants Positive People Around Him: Cryptic Message To ‘RHOA’ Cast?


    Peter Thomas is currently very busy opening up another establishment in Charlotte, North Carolina and he may have some haters in this process. Rather than opening up the establishment in Atlanta, Peter decided it would be best to open up another business in North Carolina – far away from home. And he wants to find success with the right people. According to a new Instagram post, Peter Thomas is busy building his team who will take him to the top. “The only way to win is by surrounding yourself with people who not scare to loose,” Thomas revealed on Instagram, sharing some advice from Diddy. “When building a team, you focus on the people who go hard for the team without you asking them to. Not the ones waiting on you,” read the quote from Diddy. Of course, Thomas has a hard time finding support in the Real Housewives of Atlanta group. For a while, …

    February 14, 2016 5:45 am
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Editorial

  • GOP Debate: Trump verges on tantrums; Rubio, Bush and Cruz all have solid night


    The ninth Republican debate was the nastiest. Gone were the early debate focuses on pointing out differences with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. This was hand-to-hand combat on Saturday night with no insult unsaid. “You are probably worse than Jeb Bush. You are the single biggest liar,” Donald Trump told Ted Cruz after the Texas senator referred to the real estate mogul’s penchant for backing liberal positions. “This guy will say anything. Nasty guy. Now I know why he doesn’t have one endorsement from any of his colleagues.”   Cruz responded: “Donald didn’t disagree with the substance that he supports taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. And Donald has this weird pattern– when you point to his own record he screams, ‘liar, liar, liar,’” Cruz said. Trump then turned his fire on Jeb Bush, channeling liberal criticism of George W. Bush as a liar – channeling attacks that normally aren’t heard outside of Democratic fringe meetings.  “The World …

    February 14, 2016 3:25 am
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Odd News

  • Racy night with handcuffs lands Arkansas man in handcuffs, again


    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. An Arkansas couple’s evening of “kinky” entertainment ended with one pair of handcuffs used for fun being replaced by another used for real in an arrest, police said on Friday. Dustin Taylor, 21, summoned police this week to his home in Fort Smith to remove a pair of handcuffs he told officers he and his wife had been using the previous night while “doing some ‘kinky’ things,” the official report stated. The couple had lost the key, Taylor explained. The responding patrolman removed the handcuffs and did a routine search of Taylor’s name in a police database. When the computer reported an outstanding warrant for Taylor on criminal mischief, handcuffs went back on. But this time they belonged to the officer. Sergeant Daniel Grubbs, spokesman for the Fort Smith police, expressed a measure of sympathy for Taylor. “I sort of wish the guy had invested in an extra handcuff key,” Grubbs said. …

    February 12, 2016 8:20 pm
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