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  • Police track down person of interest in connection with shooting of Pennsylvania state trooper

    FILE – In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, file photo, authorities investigate the scene of a fire and shooting of Pennsylvania State Trooper Patrick Casey, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Philadelphia. Another person wanted in connection with the shooting has been found, authorities said on Thursday, Nov. 26. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) (The Associated Press)

    November 26, 2015 11:56 pm


  • Trump denies mocking New York Times reporter’s disability

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump denied on Thursday he was mocking the physical disability of a New York Times reporter during a campaign speech in which he flailed his arms and distorted his speech in an imitation of the journalist. The latest uproar over Trump’s behavior on the campaign trail was ignited by remarks the billionaire real-estate tycoon and former reality-TV star made during a South Carolina rally on Tuesday about the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York’s World Trade Center. Trump, front-runner for his party’s nomination for the November, 2016 election, was defending his unsubstantiated assertions that thousands of Muslims were seen in New Jersey cheering the collapse of the Twin Towers. During the speech, he singled out Times investigative reporter Serge Kovaleski for a story he wrote a few days after the attacks while he was then a Washington Post correspondent. That article reported authorities had detained “a number of people who …

    November 26, 2015 10:15 pm


  • Shoppers descend on Black Friday deals

    Cue the bargain hunters, and let the holiday shopping marathon begin. Hoards of people plan to participate in retail’s annual event. Most markdowns are available online, but plenty of brick-and-mortar stores opened on Thanksgiving Day. Among them are Target (TGT), Walmart (WMT), Best Buy (BBY), Toys ‘R’ Us, Macy’s (M), Kohl’s (KSS), RadioShack and Kmart. Other stores will wait until Friday morning to kick off holiday shopping, including HM, T.J. Maxx, Staples (SPLS), Barnes Noble (BKS), GameStop (GME), Bed Bath Beyond (BBBY) and Babies ‘R’ Us. The good news for retailers is that shoppers are ready to spend 25% more this year than last year — or an average of $369 each. That’s according to a survey from consulting firm Deloitte. Walmart pledged to offer many great deals online this year, with its Black Friday sales starting online at 3 a.m. Thursday morning. But many shoppers still opted to brave the store in-person. In the …

    November 26, 2015 10:55 pm


  • Doping claims ‘frustrate’ top players

    Professional rugby union players in England are “frustrated” over recent doping revelations in the sport, the Rugby Players’ Association has said. Sixteen players at amateur and semi-professional level are currently banned by the UK Anti-Doping Agency. However, the RPA insists rugby union is a clean sport at the elite level. “I think the professional players – certainly our members – are very keen to show that it is a clean sport,” said RPA rugby director Richard Bryan. “They look after themselves with good nutrition and hard work. “When stories are published about anti-doping, everyone seems to get tarnished by it. Our members feel very strongly that that is unfair on them – they feel quite strongly that at the top level it’s a clean sport.” A recent investigation by the BBC highlighted issues with doping in Welsh rugby, with claims that steroid abuse is “off the scale” at grassroots level. “If you look at where …

    November 26, 2015 11:56 pm

World News

  • Turkey seeks to calm Russia plane row

    Image copyright EPA Image caption The Russian bomber crashed into a mountainside on Syrian soil after being hit by a missile from a Turkish jet Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu has said Ankara “will work with Russia and our allies to calm tensions” after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane. Writing in the UK’s Times newspaper, Mr Davutoglu stressed that fighting Islamic State was the main priority. But he also said Turkey must protect the sovereign territory. Russia says Turkey’s F-16 fighter jet shot down its SU-24 bomber over Syria on Tuesday. Turkey says the bomber violated its airspace. The plane crashed into a mountainside on in a rebel-held area close to the Turkish border. One of the two Russian pilots was killed by gunfire as he parachuted from the burning jet. The other pilot was rescued by Russian and Syrian special forces. Tensions have sharply escalated between the Ankara and Moscow over the incident, with …

    November 26, 2015 11:55 pm


  • Google Lunar X prize: India’s moonshot at the space race

    Sometime in late 2017, a tiny vehicle will blast into space from India on a 10-day journey to the moon. As it finally lands on the lunar surface some 238,900 miles later, its fate will rest entirely on four small aluminium parts in its shock absorbers. They need to work in a vacuum, with lubrication that doesn’t freeze or jam no matter what the angle. And if they fail, there’s no one to go up and fix it – meaning that eight years of work and $20m (£13.2m) in prize money will be lost in space. These parts need precision engineering, making them costly and slow to build. But Team Indus, the only Indian team competing in the Google Lunar X Prize (GLXP), has always found itself short on time and resources. “We’re lunatics,” said co-founder Dilip Chabria, of the mission Team Indus has set itself. The Bangalore-based private space startup formed and officially entered …

    November 26, 2015 10:35 pm


  • Stem cell study paves the way for patient therapies

    Stem cells that have been specifically developed for use as clinical therapies are fit for use in patients, an independent study of their genetic make-up suggests. The research – which focused on human embryonic stem cells – paves the way for clinical trials of cell therapies to treat conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, age-related degeneration of the eyes and spinal cord injury. The study also sets out a cost-effective approach for monitoring the quality of stem cell-based products and newly emerging cell therapies. Stem cells have the potential to become any of the varied cell types found in the body. Researchers have been investigating how they may be used to repair or replace damaged tissues in patients. However, because the cells continuously produce copies of themselves, there are concerns that they may acquire genetic abnormalities that could lead to cancer. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh investigated the genetic make-up of human stem cells that …

    November 26, 2015 9:15 pm


  • Frequent Heartburn May Signal More Serious Digestive Problem

    THURSDAY, Nov. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Every Thanksgiving, lots of people loosen their belts and reach for antacids to quell an overstuffed tummy. But for some, turkey day is just another day of severe or persistent heartburn, and that chronic digestive trouble may be a sign of a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), an expert says. In GERD, the contents of the stomach repeatedly flow back into the esophagus. This causes symptoms such as chronic heartburn, regurgitation, difficulty swallowing, sore throat and morning hoarseness, explained Nancy Norton, president and founder of the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. “The symptoms of GERD can seem so common that many people do not consult with health care providers or mention them during routine exams,” Norton said in a foundation news release. “When symptoms often occur two or more times a week, or become more severe, it is important to talk to a physician. Left untreated, …

    November 26, 2015 9:55 pm


  • 2015 Apple Store Black Friday Ad Goes Live As Shoppers Head To Best Buy, Target For Better Deals

    What are the best 2015 Apple Store Black Friday deals? Holiday shoppers who have been waiting to see if the sale will be worth waiting in line for may be disappointed. With Best Buy, Target, Staples, and Walmart offering big discounts on iPads, MacBooks, iPhones and the Apple Watch, consumers may not want to wait for Apple to unveil their holiday sale at the stroke of midnight. (See some of the best deals below) Last year, the Apple Store tugged at our heartstrings just a wee bit by promising to make a donation to Red, an AIDS charity organization, with every purchase made on Black Friday. The products weren’t discounted, but consumers were given an iTunes gift card worth up to $100 and walked away feeling great because a donation was made to a good cause. Unlike other Black Friday ads, the Apple Store sale has not been leaked online. Anxious shoppers will have to wait ’til …

    November 26, 2015 10:56 pm


  • What to be thankful for?

    What if the government’s goal is to perpetuate itself? What if the real levers of governmental power are pulled by agents and diplomats and bureaucrats behind the scenes? What if they stay in power no matter who is elected president or which political party controls Congress? What if the frequent public displays of adversity between the Republicans and the Democrats are just a facade and a charade? What if both major political parties agree on the transcendental issues of our day? What if the leadership of both major political parties believes that our rights are not natural to our humanity but instead gifts from the government? What if those leaders believe that the government that gives gifts to the people can take those gifts back? What if the leadership of both parties gives only lip service to Thomas Jefferson’s words in the Declaration of Independence that all people “are endowed by their Creator with certain …

    November 26, 2015 8:34 pm

Odd News

  • Broad smiles and enduring spirit at Holocaust survivors’ beauty contest

    HAIFA, Israel To the strains of Madonna’s “Vogue”, the 13 women with a combined age of about 1,050 strutted down the runway cautiously, hindered only slightly by walking sticks and the odd dodgy hip. The third annual Holocaust survivors’ beauty pageant, honoring women who lived through the concentration camps and death marches of Nazi Germany, was held in the city of Haifa this week with hundreds of relatives turning out in support. Lipstick was carefully applied, dresses were elegant and jewelry glittered, but the focus was on giving women who experienced horrors in the early years of their lives a chance to enjoy some glamour and attention as they push into their 80s. “Many of them were children, teenagers or young adults during the Holocaust,” said Jurgen Buhler, the German director of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, a sponsor. “They were either in ghettos or concentration camps. So this night is giving them something …

    November 26, 2015 5:33 pm