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  • Protesters march after officer charged in Chicago teen’s death

    Van Dyke was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in McDonald’s death and is being held without bond. Call for peace Chicago had prepared for protests in advance of the video’s release, which was ordered by a judge to happen no later than Wednesday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel called for peace ahead of the video’s release. “I understand that the people will be upset and will want to protest when they see this video,” Emanuel said. “We as a city must rise to this moment.” The demonstrations The protests ebbed and flowed through downtown Chicago, largely without incident. There were a few scuffles with officers. Demonstrators chanted “16 shots” and “We got to fight back!” Jay Travis has lived on the south side of Chicago for 43 years and knows the story all too well — a young black male is killed by police. “We love our neighborhoods, but unfortunately this has been a persistent problem in …

    November 25, 2015 4:07 am


  • Obama meets with national security advisers on Islamic State threat: White House

    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama met with his National Security Council on Tuesday to discuss the response to recent attacks by Islamic State militants, and told his team to “continue to intensify ongoing efforts” against the group, the White House said. “The president was briefed that there is currently no specific, credible threat to the homeland” from Islamic State, the White House said in a statement. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Eric Walsh)

    November 25, 2015 2:06 am


  • ‘Captain America: Civil War’ trailer debuts on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

    Marvel’s Avengers assembled on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and brought with them a few surprises. Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr., who play Captain America and Iron Man, sat down with Jimmy Kimmel Tuesday night to debut the new trailer for the next film in the Marvel franchise, “Captain America: Civil War.” The two minute long trailer showed off the Avengers battling not a villain but rather each other — a moment that Marvel fans had been clamoring for since Downey was announced as a co-star for the film last year. The trailer also showed off other Marvel superheros like Black Widow, the Winter Soldier, and the first look at new hero, Black Panther. The trailer wasn’t all the actors presented, however. Downey and Evans also unveiled the film’s first official poster that had the two heroes locked eye to eye within Captain America’s iconic red, white and blue shield. Evans and Downey’s appearance was another …

    November 25, 2015 2:46 am


  • Boyd against proposed US game idea

    Kris Boyd believes Scottish football can learn from the United States but is against the idea of playing Scottish Premiership matches overseas. Celtic and Dundee are exploring the possibility of staging a game in the US, where the Kilmarnock striker has experience with Portland Timbers. “I think there are avenues for the Scottish game to tap into if you look at the American model,” said Boyd. “But, for our teams to go there to play, I don’t think it’s right.” A formal proposal is set to be put before the Scottish Professional Football League regarding the Dundee v Celtic match in the next few weeks, with Boston and Philadelphia possible host cities. “It’s not for me,” Boyd, 32, told BBC Scotland. “With the two of them being Scottish clubs, it’s right that they play in Scotland. “It’s obviously a big market for Celtic with them being a worldwide club and because Dundee’s owners are American, …

    November 25, 2015 3:26 am

World News

  • Pope Francis to start African tour

    Image copyright AFP Pope Francis is due in Kenya at the start of a three-nation African tour – his first to the continent as pontiff. Thousands are expected to line the streets of the capital, Nairobi, to welcome him for his three-day stay. An atheist group says it will challenge in court a government decision to declare Thursday a holiday in honour of the pontiff, local media reports. He is also due to visit Uganda and Central African Republic, which has been hit by Christian-Muslim conflict. The BBC’s Joseph Odhiambo in Nairobi says about 30% of Kenyans – including President Uhuru Kenyatta – are baptised Catholics, and there is huge excitement around Pope Francis’ visit. The Pope’s five big issues in Africa One of Kenya’s main newspapers, The Standard, welcomes him with headlines in Latin, Grata Franciscus Pontifex, and the regional Swahili language, Karibu Papa Francis. The Pope – who is likely to travel in …

    November 25, 2015 4:06 am


  • Man says he invented ‘Phuc Dat Bich’ hoax to fool news media and Facebook

    A man whose claim that Facebook discriminated against him because of his name was reported around the world has announced that it was a hoax. In January, a man posted to Facebook a screenshot of an Australian passport that appeared to show his full legal name was Phuc Dat Bich, claiming that he had been accused of “using a false and misleading name” and had his account shut down multiple times. The post went viral in mid-November. Media including the Sydney Morning Herald, news.com.au, SBS, BBC.com, the Herald Sun and 9news.com.au – reported the story, though Phuc Dat Bich gave no interviews. In a mea culpa posted to Facebook, still titled Phuc Dat Bich, on Wednesday afternoon, the 23-year-old Melbourne man admitted that the name change and doctored image was part of a prank intended to fool the news media and highlight shortcomings of Facebook’s “real name” policy. In a post signed “Joe Carr” (understood …

    November 25, 2015 2:26 am


  • Physicists entangle qubits in a semiconductor at room temperature

    Entanglement engineer: Paul Klimov in the lab The quantum entanglement of a large ensemble of spins in a semiconductor has been carried out at room temperature for the first time, by researchers in the US. The team entangled more than 10,000 copies of two-qubit entangled states in a commercial silicon-carbide (SiC) wafer at ambient conditions. SiC is widely used in electronics, so this latest achievement could be an important step towards the creation of sophisticated quantum devices that harness entanglement. Entanglement is a purely quantum-mechanical phenomenon that allows two or more particles to have a much closer relationship than is allowed by classical physics, no matter how far apart they may be. The states of entangled particles are inextricably linked such that any change made to one particle instantly influences the state of the other. Entangled particles are seen as a key component of quantum computers, but for entanglement to be truly utilized in practical applications, …

    November 25, 2015 1:06 am


  • Five charged in $600 million California health care fraud scheme

    LOS ANGELES The former chief financial officer of a California hospital and four other people have been charged in a series of health care kickback schemes that generated nearly $600 million in fraudulent billings for spinal surgeries, prosecutors said on Tuesday. All five defendants have agreed to cooperate in a wide-ranging federal investigation into the fraud, dubbed “Operation Spinal Cap”, U.S. Attorney’s spokesman Thom Mrozek said, and two have already pleaded guilty to federal charges. The remaining three defendants were expected to plead guilty in the coming weeks, Mrozek said. Under the terms of their plea agreements, all five will face prison terms and be ordered to pay restitution, he said. Prosecutors say one of the schemes involved kickbacks and fraudulent claims submitted in thousands of spinal surgery cases referred to Pacific Hospital in the Los Angeles suburb of Long Beach. The hospital’s former owner, Michael Drobot, pleaded guilty last year to taking part in …

    November 25, 2015 1:46 am


  • Pregnant Chrissy Teigen Bares Her Barely There Baby Belly At The Gym

    Posted on Tue Nov 24th, 2015 1:16pm PDT       By X17 Staff If we didn’t know she was pregnant — we’d have no idea she was pregnant! Chrissy Teigen dared to bare her barely there baby bump when she hit the gym on Tuesday afternoon. The pregnant personality donned a sports bra, cropped leggings and a plaid shirt. Chrissy even got in a little run to her car. Nice job, lady! The FABlife co-host’s workout sessions seem to help her maintain her rockin’ cravings aka Fruity Pebbles and Cap’N Crunch. Apparently the Internet has been slamming some of her cravings and the outspoken lady wasn’t taking it lying down. The 29-year-old tweeted, “If you wanna give me unsolicited baby advice on the damn cereal I ear/what I wear u better unlock your profile so I can see your perfection.” Oh damn! Take that haters!   SEE THE GALLERY Chrissy Teigen Bares Her Barely There Baby Belly Stories …

    November 25, 2015 2:47 am


  • ISIS threat: Obama offers Hollande plenty of platitudes but no substance

    Francois Hollande’s trip to Washington Tuesday is probably the most important visit by a French president to the United States in decades. It comes against a backdrop of the biggest act of terror on French soil since the Nazi occupation in the 1940s. As Mr. Hollande has declared, France is “at war” with the Islamic State, responsible for massacring more than 130 people on the streets of Paris on Nov. 13. This is a moment when the free world must be united in the face of a tremendous evil advanced by Islamic terrorists who seek our destruction. It is also a time when American leadership is badly needed on the world stage, with the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and the Islamic State spreading its tentacles via terror networks throughout Europe, from Brussels to Berlin.   There was little sign, however, of President Obama shifting away from his “leading from behind” approach when …

    November 25, 2015 12:26 am

Odd News

  • Baby in swaddling clothes found in manger at New York church

    NEW YORK A newborn with his umbilical cord still attached was found lying in a manger at a New York church, police said on Tuesday. At Holy Child Jesus Church in the borough of Queens on Monday, the custodian found the crying infant wrapped in towels in the indoor nativity scene he had set up just before his lunch break, a New York police spokesman said. Father Christopher Ryan Heanue, one of the priests at the church, said he and others placed a clean towel around the baby while waiting for paramedics to show up. “The beautiful thing is that this woman found in this church – which is supposed to be a home for those in need –  this home for her child,” Heanue said, referring to the person he assumes left the baby there. “A young couple in our parish would love to adopt this child and keep this gift in our community. …

    November 24, 2015 9:25 pm