• RBNY ships Alexander, Oyongo to Montreal

    Harrison, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) – Red Bull New York announced Tuesday that the club has traded Eric Alexander, Ambroise Oyongo, an international player spot and allocation money to the Montreal Impact in exchange for Felipe Martins...
  • Egypt activists lose final appeal

    Egypt activists lose final appeal

    27 January 2015 Last updated at 17:17 After the trio lost a previous appeal in April, they have few legal options left Three Egyptian activists have lost their final appeal against three-year prison sentences they...
  • Warning sign: Dow dives 300+ points

    Warning sign: Dow dives 300+ points

      Forget the snow. Investors are getting a blizzard of earnings today, and so far it’s a gray mess. The Dow tanked as much as 380 points Tuesday morning as Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30), Caterpillar (CAT)...
  • Obama visits new Saudi King Salman

    Obama visits new Saudi King Salman

    27 January 2015 Last updated at 13:45 Michelle and Barack Obama were greeted at Riyadh’s airport by King Salman US President Barack Obama is heading a large, bipartisan US delegation travelling to Saudi Arabia following...

Headline News

  • Snowstorm sweeps northeast, New York spared its brunt


    BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A blizzard swept across the northeastern United States on Tuesday, dropping as much as 2 feet (60 cm) of snow across Massachusetts and Connecticut even as its impact on New York City fell short of dire predictions. The governors of New York and New Jersey lifted travel bans they had imposed a day earlier and New York City’s subway system restarted after being closed for 10 hours, though officials urged people to stay off snow-covered roadways. “YUP, IT SNOWED!” headlined New York’s Daily News tabloid, taking matters in stride, the way New Yorkers typically pride themselves on doing. Police said a teenager died late on Monday when he crashed into a lamppost on a street where he was snow-tubing on Long Island, one of the hardest hit areas in New York state. The National Weather Service lifted its blizzard warning for the New York City area, but throughout the region offices …

    January 27, 2015 12:11 pm
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Politics

  • Obama seeks close, candid ties to Saudi king: aide


    RIYADH (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama sought to cement ties with Saudi Arabia as he came to pay his respects on Tuesday after the death of King Abdullah, a trip that underscores the importance of a U.S.-Saudi alliance that extends beyond oil interests to regional security. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters Obama wanted to discuss with the new Saudi King Salman the fight against Islamic State, the volatile situation in Yemen and talks on ending a long-running dispute about Iran’s nuclear ambitions. “We do believe that Saudi policy will remain quite similar to how it’s been under King Abdullah,” he said, adding Obama wanted to forge the same kind of “close relationship” with Salman as he had with his predecessor. “They didn’t always agree, they were candid in their differences, but they were also were able to do a lot of things together,” he said. Obama’s visit comes as Washington struggles …

    January 27, 2015 9:30 am
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Stocks

  • Warning sign: Dow dives 300+ points


      Forget the snow. Investors are getting a blizzard of earnings today, and so far it’s a gray mess. The Dow tanked as much as 380 points Tuesday morning as Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30), Caterpillar (CAT) and Procter Gamble (PG) all disappointed heavily in their results. If the Dow closes down more than 350 points (it’s currently falling just over 300), it would be the worst day since June 2013. The market is reacting to three prongs of bad news: falling oil’s impact on companies, more signs of a weakening global economy and corporations cutting their outlook for 2015. Caterpillar is expecting a big hit on its construction equipment business as China slows down and demand drops off from oil producing parts of the world. Profits for the fourth quarter are already down 25% from a year ago. Related: Lousy Caterpillar earnings drag the market down Microsoft was upbeat about sales of Xbox and its Surface …

    January 27, 2015 11:51 am
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Sports

  • RBNY ships Alexander, Oyongo to Montreal


    Harrison, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) – Red Bull New York announced Tuesday that the club has traded Eric Alexander, Ambroise Oyongo, an international player spot and allocation money to the Montreal Impact in exchange for Felipe Martins and the top spot in the allocation order. Felipe made 93 appearances, including 86 starts, in three seasons in Montreal. The Brazilian scored 12 goals and 24 assists with the Impact. In his first MLS season, playing under current Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch, Felipe finished eighth in the league and led the Impact with 10 assists. “We feel that this trade puts us in a great position,” said Red Bulls sporting director Ali Curtis. “Felipe gives us options going forward that will allow us to play the style of soccer that we want to play. He is the type of player that can make an impact immediately and be a part of our future.” Alexander, 26, is preparing for …

    January 27, 2015 12:12 pm
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World News

  • Egypt activists lose final appeal


    27 January 2015 Last updated at 17:17 After the trio lost a previous appeal in April, they have few legal options left Three Egyptian activists have lost their final appeal against three-year prison sentences they were handed in 2013 for violating an anti-protest law. Last April, a Cairo appeals court upheld the sentence given to Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma and Mohamed Adel for taking part in an unauthorised protest. Tuesday’s ruling by the Court of Cassation meant all legal avenues had now been exhausted, their lawyer said. The men came to prominence during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak. Mr Maher and Mr Adel were founding members of the 6 April Youth Movement, which led many of the mass protests, while Mr Douma was a prominent blogger. Crackdown The three were arrested after protesting outside parliament on 30 November 2013 against the passing of a law requiring authorisation for public gatherings of more than 10 …

    January 27, 2015 12:12 pm
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Technology

  • Revived ‘snoopers’ charter’ shelved


    27 January 2015 Last updated at 14:52 By Kevin Rawlinson BBC News The former Met Police commissioner Lord Blair was among the four peers to table the amendment A last-minute attempt to revive a “snoopers’ charter” before the general election has been dropped. Four peers tried to push through measures from the bill, rejected in 2012, adding them to draft legislation currently before Parliament. But their fellow Lords were unconvinced and the amendment withdrawn. The BBC understands they will try again next week unless the Home Office publishes a government redraft of the bill, of which the Lords has been told. Last week, Lords King, Blair, Carlile and West proposed adding whole sections of the defeated Communications Data Bill to the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill, which is currently being considered by Parliament. ‘Snoopers’ charter’ But Lord Blencathra, whose joint committee scrutinised – and was heavily critical of – the original legislation, told a House of …

    January 27, 2015 9:30 am
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Science

  • NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Captures Best-Ever View of Dwarf Planet


    [image-50] NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has returned the sharpest images ever seen of the dwarf planet Ceres. The images were taken 147,000 miles (237,000 kilometers) from Ceres on Jan. 25, and represent a new milestone for a spacecraft that soon will become the first human-made probe to visit a dwarf planet. “We know so little about our vast solar system, but thanks to economical missions like Dawn, those mysteries are being solved,” said Jim Green, Planetary Science Division Director at NASA Headquarters in Washington. At 43 pixels wide, the new images are more than 30 percent higher in resolution than those taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope in 2003 and 2004 at a distance of over 150 million miles. The resolution is higher because Dawn is traveling through the solar system to Ceres, while Hubble remains fixed in Earth orbit. The new Dawn images come on the heels of initial navigation images taken Jan. 13 that …

    January 27, 2015 9:31 am
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Health

  • Don’t Become a Blizzard Casualty


    TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The blizzard conditions and frigid cold blanketing the U.S. Northeast pose numerous health threats, a doctor warns. If you must be outdoors, staying warm is critical, said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. “In the cold weather, it’s important to keep your head, face and nose covered, but most importantly dress in layers to prevent heat loss,” Glatter said. He recommends wearing sturdy insulated boots with thick wool socks while shoveling snow. Also, pay special attention to the head and scalp, as well as the nose, neck and ears, “which are often exposed to the cold air, and thus at risk for heat loss in cold temperatures,” Glatter said in a hospital news release. Shoveling in cold weather can greatly boost your risk of heart attack, especially if you have chronic health problems such as high blood pressure or diabetes, …

    January 27, 2015 9:30 am
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Entertainment

  • What’s going on with Blink-182? A timeline of the band’s controversy


    Similar weirdness happened 10 years ago when Blink-182 broke up the first time. There was a flurry of posts from band members on Monday saying both that members had quit the band and that they had not. So what’s going on in the world of our beloved punk rock heartthrobs? OK, let’s unravel this for a second. First, Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus released statements saying Tom DeLonge has “indefinitely left the band.” Sad times, for sure. But then things took a strange turn when DeLonge posted on his Instagram, “I never quit the band.” He also included the hashtag #awkward. To all the fans, I never quit the band. I actually was on a phone call about a blink 182 event for New York City at the time all these weird press releases started coming in… Apparently those releases were ‘sanctioned’ from the band. Are we dysfunctional- yes. But, Christ….. #Awkward #BabyBackRibs A photo …

    January 27, 2015 11:52 am
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Editorial

  • Obama’s terror strategy is failing: US must heed lessons of 9/11


    It is increasingly apparent that the U.S. war against Islamic extremism has been put on hold by President Obama and his national security team.  President Obama failed to even mention Al Qaeda during his State of the Union address. In early January, the recent terrorist attacks in Paris against the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher supermarket gave us a glimpse of what the future of terrorism looks like, and what the civilized world will have to defend against.   ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT At the same time, the unfolding chaos in Yemen and loss of a U.S. partner in the fight against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) raises serious concerns about the future of a country that four months ago President Obama cited as a successful model for U.S.-led efforts to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Syria, Yemen, and Libya are all examples of our failure to learn one …

    January 27, 2015 9:30 am
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Odd News

  • China police suspended after dining on enormous salamander


    BEIJING (Reuters) – The southern Chinese city of Shenzhen suspended 14 police officers and put a police chief under investigation on Tuesday on suspicion of feasting on an endangered giant salamander, state media reported. The officers allegedly were consuming the endangered animal, the world’s largest amphibian, at a seafood restaurant, the state-backed Shenzhen Daily reported on Tuesday. The giant salamander can grow as long as 180 cm (6 ft). China’s leadership has called for Communist Party cadres and officials to forgo elaborate banquets and pricey junkets as it works to clamp down on government excess. Corruption, as well as a yawning gap between the rich and the poor, is a central source of public discontent with the ruling party. Some of the police officers slapped and attacked a trio of reporters who were trying to photograph the banquet, snatching away their mobile phones and cameras, according to Southern Metropolis Daily, a respected newspaper in southern …

    January 27, 2015 9:30 am
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