Headline News

  • One pedestrian killed, 12 injured in Southern California crash


    A woman drove into a group of pedestrians outside a Southern California church during a Christmas presentation was just ending killing one and injuring as many as 12. The crash occurred just after 8 p.m. local time. Some of the injured were children, reports MyFoxLA.com. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Redondo Beach police Lt. Joe Hoffman said the woman was driving on the Pacific Coast Highway when she ran a red light, ran into the pedestrians and struck another vehicle. Police are investigating whether she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The Associated Press contributed to this report

    December 18, 2014 1:11 am
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Politics

  • Sessions yields to Enzi as U.S. Senate Budget chairman


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senator Mike Enzi said on Wednesday he will take over as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee next year after the panel’s current top Republican, Jeff Sessions, agreed to step aside. The two senators had contested the chairmanship of the committee that will provide a key blueprint for Republican policy priorities as the party takes control of the Senate in January. Enzi, who had previously served as the top Republican on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, had decided to exert his seniority to become the Budget Committee chairman instead. That seniority literally came from the luck of a draw. When Sessions, an outspoken conservative from Louisiana, and Enzi, a more moderate senator who shuns the media limelight, both joined the Senate in 1997, they drew straws to determine who had greater seniority. Enzi, who is from Wyoming, won. But Enzi said that their agreement calls for Sessions to play …

    December 17, 2014 11:30 pm
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Stocks

  • Thank you, Fed! Stocks have best day of 2014


      The Federal Reserve is going to take its sweet time raising interest rates. And the market couldn’t be happier. The Dow and SP 500 had their best days of 2014. The Dow surged 288 points. The central bank said Wednesday afternoon that it would be “patient in beginning to normalize the stance of monetary policy” and added that this new language is consistent with earlier statements that it plans to keep interest rates low for a “considerable time,” which it also kept. Oh J-A-N-E-T, I love you so. Investors had been hoping the Fed would keep the “considerable time” phrase in its statement. By doing so, it appears that the Fed is signaling that it is unlikely to begin raising interest rates until sometime in the summer of 2015 or later. During a press conference, Fed chair Janet Yellen said that the Fed may not move to raise rates until after a “couple of …

    December 18, 2014 12:31 am
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Sports

  • Lehtonen shuts the door as Stars top Canucks


    Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) – Kari Lehtonen turned away all 27 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season as Dallas shut down Vancouver, 2-0, at Rogers Arena. Colton Sceviour and Antoine Roussel provided the offense for the Stars, who have won three of their last four. Eddie Lack was the hard-luck loser for the Canucks, making 27 saves in his club’s fifth consecutive defeat. Sceviour put the Stars on the board just shy of the three-minute mark of the second. He carried the puck along the left wing during a 3-on-2 rush and slid a backhander across the crease which Lack couldn’t sweep up with his glove before it headed into the net. Lack was lifted for an extra skater with just over a minute to play but the hosts couldn’t find an equalizer. Roussel put the clincher into an empty cage with 26 seconds remaining, after blocking a Kevin Bieksa point shot, …

    December 18, 2014 1:11 am
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World News

  • Myanmar trial over ‘Buddha insult’


    18 December 2014 Last updated at 06:47 Most of Myanmar’s citizens are Buddhists A New Zealander and two Burmese men have gone on trial in Myanmar on charges of insulting Buddhism. The trio, who run a bar in Yangon, are accused over a flyer promoting a drinks event depicting Buddha with headphones. The image triggered an angry response online shortly after it appeared on the bar’s Facebook page. Burmese law makes it illegal to insult or damage any religion. Myanmar, also known as Burma, has also seen growing Buddhist nationalism. The flyer from VGastro Bar showed Buddha with his eyes shut, wearing large headphones, and surrounded by lurid colours. The words alongside advertised a drinks afternoon with limitless alcohol and shisha pipes. Last week, police shut down the bar and detained general manager Philip Blackwood, 32, owner Tun Thurein, 40, and manager Htut Ko Ko Lwin, 26. The arrest was triggered by a complaint by …

    December 18, 2014 1:11 am
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Technology

  • The Troll Hunters


    We’ve come up with the menacing term “troll” for someone who spreads hate and does other horrible things anonymously on the Internet. Internet trolls are unsettling not just because of the things they say but for the mystery they represent: what kind of person could be so vile? One afternoon this fall, the Swedish journalist Robert Aschberg sat on a patio outside a drab apartment building in a suburb of Stockholm, face to face with an Internet troll, trying to answer this question. The troll turned out to be a quiet, skinny man in his 30s, wearing a hoodie and a dirty baseball cap—a sorry foil to Aschberg’s smart suit jacket, gleaming bald head, and TV-trained baritone. Aschberg’s research team had linked the man to a months-long campaign of harassment against a teenage girl born with a shrunken hand. After meeting her online, the troll tormented her obsessively, leaving insulting comments about her hand on …

    December 17, 2014 11:51 pm
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Science

  • ‘Perfect storm’ quenching star formation around a supermassive black hole


    Related images(click to enlarge) High-energy jets powered by supermassive black holes can blast away a galaxy’s star-forming fuel, resulting in so-called “red and dead” galaxies: those brimming with ancient red stars yet containing little or no hydrogen gas to create new ones. Now astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have discovered that black holes don’t have to be nearly so powerful to shut down star formation. By observing the dust and gas at the center of NGC 1266, a nearby lenticular galaxy with a relatively modest central black hole, the astronomers have detected a “perfect storm” of turbulence that is squelching star formation in a region that would otherwise be an ideal star factory. This turbulence is stirred up by jets from the galaxy’s central black hole slamming into an incredibly dense envelope of gas. This dense region, which may be the result of a recent merger with another smaller galaxy, blocks nearly …

    December 17, 2014 11:51 pm
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Health

  • Autism risk linked to particulate air pollution


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Children whose mothers were exposed to high levels of fine particulate pollution in late pregnancy have up to twice the risk of developing autism as children of mothers breathing cleaner air, scientists at Harvard School of Public Health reported on Thursday. The greater the exposure to fine particulates emitted by fires, vehicles, and industrial smokestacks the greater the risk, found the study, published online in Environmental Health Perspectives. Earlier research also found an autism-pollution connection, including a 2010 study that found the risk of autism doubled if a mother, during her third trimester, lived near a freeway, a proxy for exposure to particulates. But this is the first to examine the link across the United States, and “provides additional support” to a possible link, said Heather Volk of the University of Southern California Children’s Hospital, who led earlier studies. U.S. diagnoses of autism soared to one in 68 children in 2010 …

    December 17, 2014 11:51 pm
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Entertainment

  • Sir Elton John to marry David Furnish in intimate ceremony this weekend


    More: Rewatch BBC’s mind-blowing ‘God Only Knows’ video, but this time with GIFs Unfortunately for us (and all other lovers of glamorous, over-the-top nutpials), John’s upcoming wedding is going to be a quiet, intimate affair. According to Expose Entertainment, John is set to tie the not with David Furnish, his longtime partner, as soon as this weekend. 67-year-old John has been with Furnish, a former advertising exec, since 1993 — an impressive 21 years. The couple has two children. John and Furnish have been in a civil union since 2005, but now that gay marriage is legal in England, they plan to make it official. More: Elton John: Jesus would have supported gay marriage “We’ll do it very quietly. But we will do it and it will be a joyous occasion and we will have our children [there],” John said in an interview with Matt Lauer in March. “For this legislation to come through is …

    December 17, 2014 11:30 pm
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Editorial

  • Don’t be fooled, Virginia, our government is not Santa Claus


    Dec. 13, 2014: Ricky Bundy, 10 months old, tugs on Santa’s beard at a “Breakfast with Santa” event in Forest Park, Ill. The event is organized by the local park district. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine) Shoppers carry bags with gifts outside a department store decorated with lights depicting Santa Claus and reindeer in Paris. Kim Komando has tips on five smartphone apps that will lead to the best deals this holiday season. (REUTERS/John Schults) It’s the season for giving. That doesn’t mean it’s the season for government. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Government creates loyalty in the minds of citizens by pretending to be Santa Claus, doling out gifts and favors. Politicians claim they help those unfortunates who aren’t helped by coldhearted capitalism. Government creates loyalty in the minds of citizens by pretending to be Santa Claus, doling out gifts and favors. Politicians claim they help those unfortunates who aren’t helped by coldhearted capitalism. The truth is, government gets in the …

    December 17, 2014 11:51 pm
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Odd News

  • NY City council votes to ban sale of bunnies by pet shops


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – What do bunny rabbits have in common with hyenas, wolverines and polar bears? The adorable little creatures are about to join a menagerie of wildlife prohibited for sale by New York City pet shops. The New York City Council voted on Wednesday to outlaw the bunny trade to help curb a glut of unwanted rabbits at city shelters by people who had second thoughts about caring for the cuddly creatures. “Rabbits are sometimes disappointing especially when you buy them for your child,” said Margo DeMello, president of the House Rabbit Society, in Richmond, California, which she described as the world’s largest rabbit shelter. “They’re ground-dwelling and they do not want to be held and carried around by a kid.” Elizabeth S. Crowley, the New York councilwoman who is lead co-sponsor of the bill, said she expected Mayor Bill de Blasio to sign the legislation into law because of the strong support …

    December 17, 2014 11:51 pm
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