• Diaby to return after 506 days out

    Diaby to return after 506 days out

    Abou Diaby has made only two appearances since March 2013 Remember Abou Diaby? Ex-Arsenal midfielder? Always injured? He’s back… The 29-year-old is set to return to action for Marseille after 17 months in the treatment...
  • Wisconsin jury rejects beer-battered fish defense

    A Wisconsin jury has convicted a man who blamed eating beer-battered fish when he was picked up on his 10th drunken driving offense. The Adams County jury found 76-year-old John Przybyla (priz-ih-BIL’-ah) of Friendship guilty...
  • Greeks crow over Deutsche Bank woes

    Greeks crow over Deutsche Bank woes

    Image copyright Twitter Image caption “Rest in peace”: just one of dozens of images posted by Greeks mocking Germany over the troubles of its largest bank There’s not much love lost between Greece and Germany....
  • New Hampshire: Stupid is as stupid does

    New Hampshire: Stupid is as stupid does

    With self-proclaimed “outsiders” Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders eclipsing the competition and winning the New Hampshire Presidential primary Tuesday a lot of words come to mine. Professional political pundits used words like “game changing”...
  • Kroenke spends £500m on a ranch

    Kroenke spends £500m on a ranch

    Stan Kroenke is also the owner of the Los Angeles Rams Arsenal fans have long complained about the club’s lack of spending. But the Gunners’ largest shareholder Stan Kroenke has certainly splashed some cash –...

Headline News

  • Wisconsin jury rejects beer-battered fish defense


    A Wisconsin jury has convicted a man who blamed eating beer-battered fish when he was picked up on his 10th drunken driving offense. The Adams County jury found 76-year-old John Przybyla (priz-ih-BIL’-ah) of Friendship guilty on Monday. Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune Media reports Przybyla faces up to 12.5 years in prison. A criminal complaint says Przybyla told the deputy who stopped him in October 2014 that the reason he smelled like alcohol was because he had been at a fish fry and had eaten beer-battered fish. Court documents say a preliminary breath test showed Przybyla had a 0.062 percent blood-alcohol concentration. The legal limit for Wisconsin residents with three or more drunken driving convictions is 0.02 percent. A sentencing date has not been set.

    February 10, 2016 9:25 am
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Politics

  • New Hampshire: Stupid is as stupid does


    With self-proclaimed “outsiders” Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders eclipsing the competition and winning the New Hampshire Presidential primary Tuesday a lot of words come to mine. Professional political pundits used words like “game changing” or “revolutionary.” Perhaps, but other words come to our minds:  Chaotic, incredible, stupid, obscene and idiotic are just some of them.  Others are in the same vein or, like so much of what the blustery babble of Trump, too profane to print. Republican Trump wrapped up his campaign before the voting started Tuesday with typical blowhard bluster.  He called Ted Cruz a “pussy.” Another sad but typical candidate who said Democrat Hillary Clinton was “schlonged” by Barack Obama.  He has also told opponents to “go f–k yourself” and sprinkled his speeches with the kind of sophomoric profanity you might expect to hear at a drunken fraternity party but not from someone who claims to be ready to be President of …

    February 10, 2016 8:44 am
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Stocks

  • Janet Yellen: Market turmoil and dollar could hurt economy


    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sees warning signs ahead for the U.S. economy. In prepared remarks to be delivered as part of her two-day testimony before Congress starting Wednesday, Yellen acknowledged that there were several risks to U.S. economic growth — cost of borrowing was rising, stock prices have declined a lot in the first few weeks of the year and the dollar continues to strengthen against its global counterparts. “These developments, if they prove persistent, could weigh on the outlook for economic activity an the labor market,” Yellen said. These concerns will likely play a role on the Fed’s decision to raise rates this year. Yellen reiterated that the Fed expects to have “gradual” interest rate increases. The Fed’s committee meets next in mid-March. Many on Wall Street think a rate hike is unlikely. Yellen noted the gains in the job market — unemployment is a healthy 4.9% — and that consumer spending remained …

    February 10, 2016 9:24 am
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Sports

  • Diaby to return after 506 days out


    Abou Diaby has made only two appearances since March 2013 Remember Abou Diaby? Ex-Arsenal midfielder? Always injured? He’s back… The 29-year-old is set to return to action for Marseille after 17 months in the treatment room. Injury-prone Diaby managed only two appearances in his final two seasons with the Gunners and was finally released in the summer. His bad luck has continued in his native France after getting injured in training, but he is in line for a return in Marseille’s French cup game against fourth Trelissac on Thursday. So what could Diaby have done during his 506 days on the sidelines? Broken up with a partner – and got over it. Become a concert pianist followed a white rhino’s pregnancy through to birth.

    February 10, 2016 9:25 am
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World News

  • Greeks crow over Deutsche Bank woes


    Image copyright Twitter Image caption “Rest in peace”: just one of dozens of images posted by Greeks mocking Germany over the troubles of its largest bank There’s not much love lost between Greece and Germany. The German government has led demands for tough conditions on Greek public finances in exchange for a series of bailouts. Many in Greece blame German decisions for instability, recession and unemployment. So when the stock of Deutsche Bank, the publicly-traded corporation that is one of the cornerstones of the German financial system, hit a 30-year-low this week, Greeks responded with heaps of schadenfreude. Image copyright Twitter Image caption This sarcastic poke reads: “Our thoughts are with the bank in these difficult times” “Deutsche Bank” was the top trending phrase on Twitter in Greece for a short time, with more than 22,000 tweets – nearly all of the most retweeted ones were in Greek. Image copyright Twitter Image caption “They’ve emptied …

    February 10, 2016 9:04 am
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Technology

  • Here’s how to turn off Twitter’s ‘best tweets’ feature


    “You can adjust your setting for show me the best tweets first by doing the following: On twitter.com: Log in to your account on twitter.com and go to your Account settings page. Under Content, look for Timeline and toggle the box next to “show me the best tweets first” to change the setting. Twitter for iOS: On your profile, tap the gear icon and select Settings. Tap the account whose settings you’d like to adjust. Under Timeline, tap Timeline personalization. Next to show me the best tweets first, tap to turn it off. Twitter for Android: Tap the overflow icon Tap Settings. Tap Timeline. Next to show me the best tweets first, uncheck the box to turn it off.

    February 10, 2016 9:04 am
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Science

  • Americans recognize ‘past presidents’ who never were, study finds


    Related images(click to enlarge) Ask Americans to name the former U.S. president whose face currently graces the U.S. $10 dollar bill and most will be quick to answer Alexander Hamilton. Sure, it’s a trick question. But a new study from memory researchers at Washington University in St. Louis confirms that most Americans are confident that Alexander Hamilton was once president of the United States. “Our findings from a recent survey suggest that about 71 percent of Americans are fairly certain that Alexander Hamilton is among our nation’s past presidents,” said Henry L. Roediger III, a human memory expert at Washington University. “I had predicted that Benjamin Franklin would be the person most falsely recognized as a president, but Hamilton beat him by a mile. “The interesting thing is that their confidence in Hamilton having been president is fairly high — higher than for six or so actual presidents.” Roediger, PhD, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished …

    February 10, 2016 7:44 am
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Health

  • Finland has had two cases of Zika virus: official


    HELSINKI Two people in Finland have tested positive for the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus since last summer, the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) said on Wednesday. The first case was a man who returned from the Maldives in June, the World Health Organization said on its website – about the same time that the outbreak was first reported in Brazil. The second case was diagnosed more recently, THL said, declining to give any further details. The Zika virus is linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil and is spreading rapidly in the Americas. There are also cases in European countries. (This version of the story was corrected to say the first person returned from the Maldives, not South America.) (Reporting by Jussi Rosendahl; Editing by Louise Ireland)

    February 10, 2016 8:24 am
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Entertainment

  • ‘The Muppets’ Season 1, Episode 12 Recap: ‘A Tail Of Two Piggies’


    A significant element of “The Muppets” Season 1 has been its social consciousness, perhaps best represented by Pepe’s “gender is fluid” comment. But that was an offhand line, and thus far, the show has not really confronted any cultural issues directly with storylines that have unmistakable messages. With “A Tail of Two Piggies,” this approach is now front and center, prompted by Miss Piggy’s red carpet wardrobe malfunction. The exact message of this episode is not exactly clear, but what is clear is its stance against prejudice of any kind, whether based on identity or personal style decisions. A curly puppet pigtail has no perfect human analogue, which makes it a little tough to figure out the exact reason for the outrage against Piggy. It appears to be a mix of slut shaming and species discrimination. The #UnveilTheTail hashtag points to the #FreeTheNipple movement as its closest inspiration, which is surprisingly fraught and mature for …

    February 10, 2016 9:24 am
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Editorial

  • Technology and the 2016 election: Ted Cruz’s secret weapon?


    Politicians tailor their messages to different audiences. Facing New Hampshire’s primary, Ted Cruz talked more about “free-market principles” and a “commitment to the Constitution” and said “no one personality can right the wrongs done by Washington.” Politico ran the headline “Ted Cruz, born-again libertarian.” I’m skeptical. Campaigning in Iowa, Cruz had emphasized religion and social conservatism. But politicians no longer just target voters state-by-state — they target by person. Last election, President Obama beat Mitt Romney partly by doing just that. Obama had 50 people working in data analytics. Romney had four. “The campaign manager for the Obama campaign said the biggest institutional advantage they had was its use of data,” observes Cato Institute fellow Emily Ekins. Conservatives had data too, she says, but “Republican insiders tended to be a little bit closed-minded when it came to new methodologies.” Not Cruz. He told my producers recently, “I bought a copy of David Plouffe, Obama’s campaign …

    February 10, 2016 7:04 am
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Odd News

  • Indian scientists express doubt over meteorite death attribution


    NEW DELHI Indian scientists have expressed doubt that a man in Tamil Nadu was the first person to have been confirmed killed by a meteorite strike, as the state’s top official has declared. The experts said the small crater, the absence of a sonic boom before impact, a lack of debris and the green and blue colour of rock recovered from the scene suggest some other cause. “It is highly improbable, but we will only be absolutely sure after a chemical analysis,” said V. Adimurthy, a senior scientist at India’s space agency. The mysterious event has triggered an international debate about whether a meteorite, space debris, leftover explosives or even frozen waste from a plane passing overhead may have killed the man. The meteorite attribution was announced this week by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram, a former film star who is known for her authoritarian style. A bus driver was killed by the meteorite at an engineering …

    February 10, 2016 8:04 am
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