• S Korea holds cyber drill after hack

    S Korea holds cyber drill after hack

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 04:03 Blueprints of nuclear reactors were leaked on social media South Korea’s nuclear plant operator is to conduct drills testing its ability to withstand a cyber-attack, after a data...
  • Eriksson, Bruins edge Sabres in OT

    Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) – Loui Eriksson scored the game-winning goal 2:14 into overtime to lift the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. Eriksson took a touch pass from Milan...
  • Pakistan arrests over school attack

    Pakistan arrests over school attack

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 02:45 Pakistani police searched the area around the school in Peshawar on Sunday Police in Pakistan say they have arrested several people suspected of involvement in last week’s Peshawar...
  • Tim Burton fixes sights on Big Eyes

    Tim Burton fixes sights on Big Eyes

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 01:36 By Tim Masters Arts and entertainment correspondent, BBC News Amy Adams as Margaret Keane in Big Eyes Tim Burton’s latest film tells the true story of a bizarre...
  • Another long shootout sees Avs nip Red Wings

    Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) – Jarome Iginla scored the decisive goal in the ninth round of the shootout as the Colorado Avalanche edged the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 at Joe Louis Arena. Nathan MacKinnon and Matt...

Headline News

  • Lightning strike injures seven people following Tampa Bay Buccaneers game

    Dec. 21, 2014: Tampa Police Officers talk to spectators after football fans were reportedly taken to the hospital with injuries after a lightning strike near Raymond James Stadium. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco) Seven people were injured Sunday afternoon when lightning struck a car outside Raymond James Stadium in Tampa following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the Green Bay Packers.  Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman Jason Penny told the Associated Press that none of the injuries appeared to be serious. The lightning hit at around 4 p.m. local time, near the end of the game. It kicked up rocks and gravel and knocked a few people down.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT WTVT-TV reported that some of the injured experienced an indirect lightning strike. The station reported that the victims’ ages ranged from their early 20s to their 70s. No further identifying information was immediately available.  “The boom came at the same time as the light did. It was like …

    December 21, 2014 10:56 pm


  • Lawmaker calls for strong U.S. response to Sony hack, including sanctions

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House Intelligence Committee chairman on Sunday called for a “very serious” U.S. reaction, including sanctions, to a North Korean cyber attack on Sony Pictures, saying it was not enough for the United States to restrict that country’s cyber capability. U.S. Representative Mike Rogers criticized President Barack Obama on “Fox News Sunday” for getting on a plane to Hawaii on Friday and not acting immediately against North Korea. “The problem here was not that the fact that we didn’t have the capability to do something nearly in immediate time. We just didn’t get a decision from the president,” Rogers said. Rogers said there was much discussion last week about how to respond to the attack that wiped out Sony’s computers in response to the film “The Interview,” which depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Rogers criticized the Obama administration’s response as too late and too weak. “By acknowledging …

    December 21, 2014 8:14 pm


  • Meet the world’s No. 1 dealer in Guinness art

      Robert Lloyd, a New York antique dealer, holds an unusual distinction: He is the world’s largest dealer of Guinness advertising art. He has bought hundreds of paintings, once lost to obscurity in a London archive, that were original renderings of iconic Guinness posters displayed in pubs and college dorm rooms. The paintings are by the English artist John Gilroy, who died in 1985. Gilroy worked for S.H. Benson, an advertising agency that held the Guinness account from 1929 until the late 1960s. Gilroy designed thousands of posters for the beer giant’s ad campaigns. Lloyd, the antique dealer, came upon his Guinness obsession somewhat accidentally. Nearly five years ago, he was at an antique show in Florida when he stumbled on a few of the original Guinness paintings. Lloyd bought what the dealer had on hand but was thirsty for more. He went to London to see the rest of the paintings — and wasted …

    December 21, 2014 5:13 pm


  • Major Leagues may have to wait for US-Cuba thaw to bring island talent

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ all-star outfielder Yasiel Puig is one of a handful of Cuban defectors who have taken Major League Baseball by storm, prompting hopes that a recent relaxation in U.S.-Cuba relations could allow more superstar talent from the island nation to come stateside. (Reuters) A thaw in relations between the U.S. and Cuba may eventually bring boatloads of Major League-ready players from the island nation to American ballparks, but fans would do well to heed an old adage, updated for the times: They ain’t coming over ’till they’re coming over. That’s because the executive actions announced Wednesday by President Obama aren’t going to eliminate the allure for players and agents to freely negotiate multimillion-dollar contracts, topple a hard-line regime that controls the country’s means of production or convince a Cuban populace to let Americans poach the best talent from its cherished sport. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “We have a situation here that has developed for more than …

    December 21, 2014 11:17 pm

World News

  • S Korea holds cyber drill after hack

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 04:03 Blueprints of nuclear reactors were leaked on social media South Korea’s nuclear plant operator is to conduct drills testing its ability to withstand a cyber-attack, after a data leak and threats from a hacker. Last week, designs and manuals of plant equipment owned by Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co (KHNP) were put online by an unknown individual or group. A threat was made that unless three reactors were closed by Christmas, people should “stay away” from them. KHNP said the leaked data did not undermine the safety of the reactors. KHNP, the sole nuclear operator in Korea, is part of the state-run utility Korea Electric Power Corp. In a statement, the operator said it would conduct a series of large-scale drills at four nuclear power plant complexes on Monday and Tuesday. ‘Not core technology’ Using an account named “president of the anti-nuclear reactor group”, the hacker posted …

    December 21, 2014 10:56 pm


  • Bluetooth for the Blue Period: Art and tech unite in MONA’s gallery app

    The O in use at Australia’s Museum of Old and New Art. Claire Reilly/CNET Australia’s Museum of Old and New Art is a world of contrasts. A modern museum space that reframes the definitions of visual art, it also pushes the boundaries of digital interactivity, thanks to the app-based visitor guide that forms the very centre of the MONA experience, known as The O. The artworks at MONA are certainly provocative — here a pinball machine modified with X-ray cables, dubbed the “Deluxe Suicide Service”, sits down a corridor from a room dominated by the sight (and smell) of a machine that replicates the human digestive system. It poops daily. But for a museum so concerned with corporeality and the human condition, and one that fills its halls with divisive representations of sex, death and defecation, one of the greatest achievements of MONA has been in the digital realm. The Story of the O MONA …

    December 21, 2014 8:35 pm


  • Origin of long-standing space mystery revealed

    Related images(click to enlarge) A University of Southampton researcher has helped solve a long-standing space mystery — the origin of the ‘theta aurora’. Auroras are the most visible manifestation of the Sun’s effect on Earth. They are seen as colourful displays in the night sky, known as the Northern or Southern Lights. They are caused by the solar wind, a stream of plasma — electrically charged atomic particles — carrying its own magnetic field, interacting with Earth’s magnetic field. Normally, the main region for this impressive display is the ‘auroral oval’, which lies at around 65-70 degrees north or south of the equator, encircling the polar caps. However, auroras can occur at even higher latitudes. One type is known as a ‘theta aurora’ because seen from above it looks like the Greek letter theta — an oval with a line crossing through the centre. While the cause of the auroral oval emissions is reasonably well …

    December 21, 2014 8:36 pm


  • FDA approves Cubists’ drug for antibiotic-resistant bacteria

    (Reuters) – Cubist Pharmaceutical Inc’s drug to treat complicated urinary tract and intra-abdominal infections won U.S. approval on Friday, highlighting the regulator’s interest in tackling the growing threat of the so-called superbugs. Cubist shares were up 1.9 percent in extended trading. The drug, Zerbaxa, treats infections caused by gram-negative bacteria — a type of antibiotic-resistant pathogens, often called superbugs. These have been linked to 23,000 deaths and 2 million illnesses every year in the United States, and up to $20 billion in direct healthcare costs. “The drug is also effective against pseudomonas, a difficult to treat pathogen,” Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Irina Koffler told Reuters ahead of the decision. Zerbaxa was a major driver behind Merck Co’s offer to buy Cubist for $8.4 billion earlier this month. The approval is significant for Cubist, whose main product, Cubicin, lost patent protection earlier than expected after a federal court invalidated four of its patents. Zerbaxa is the fourth …

    December 21, 2014 8:35 pm


  • Top 20 Ugliest Celebrity Wedding Dresses Countdown!

    You would think that a wealthy celebrity would pay to have their dress be the prettiest dress in the world. Not these 20 celebrities. Apparently, they tried to be unique and have the most creative wedding dress and look how well that turned out! Here is the Top 20 Ugliest Celebrity Wedding Dresses Countdown! 20. Melissa Gilbert http://styleblazer.com/320438/unconventional-celebrity-wedding-dresses/10/ Melissa Gilbert is most popularly known for starring as Laura Ingalls Wilder on the NBC series Little House on the Prairie. Melissa chose to wear a frumpy looking dark red dress to her wedding. While it would have made an OK looking bridesmaid dress, it definitely does not look anywhere near a wedding dress. At least she is wearing a dress though and not jeans.

    December 21, 2014 10:15 pm


  • Last minute Christmas shopping: Five things to avoid

    FILE — Nov. 28, 2014: A man dressed as Santa Claus greets shoppers outside the J.C. Penney store at the Glendale Galleria shopping mall in Glendale, Calif. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) This weekend millions of Americans will take to the mall to get last-minute gifts for their loved ones. They will pour through the already-picked-over selections to try and find “the gift.” For those of you who are forced into the mall this weekend: I’m sorry. Here are five things to avoid as we enter the final shopping days before Christmas.   1. Believe the best bargains are found if you wait until the last minute. While it’s true, retailers are starting their after-Christmas sales earlier than ever – just as the Christmas shopping season starts before you get to Thanksgiving dessert – seasoned shoppers know (1) value and (2) bargain do not mean the same thing.  We all know just because something is cheap doesn’t mean …

    December 20, 2014 4:21 pm

Odd News

  • Captive orangutan has human right to freedom, Argentine court rules

    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – An orangutan held in an Argentine zoo can be freed and transferred to a sanctuary after a court recognized the ape as a “non-human person” unlawfully deprived of its freedom, local media reported on Sunday. Animal rights campaigners filed a habeas corpus petition – a document more typically used to challenge the legality of a person’s detention or imprisonment – in November on behalf of Sandra, a 29-year-old Sumatran orangutan at the Buenos Aires zoo. In a landmark ruling that could pave the way for more lawsuits, the Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights (AFADA) argued the ape had sufficient cognitive functions and should not be treated as an object. The court agreed Sandra, born into captivity in Germany before being transferred to Argentina two decades ago, deserved the basic rights of a “non-human person.” “This opens the way not only for other Great Apes, but also for other …

    December 21, 2014 4:33 pm