Headline News

  • Louisiana AG disagrees with ruling that would free ‘Angola Three’ inmate


    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Louisiana’s attorney general disagreed on Friday with a federal court ruling overturning the conviction of the last of the prisoners known as the “Angola Three,” who has spent 42 years in solitary confinement. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Thursday affirmed a 2013 ruling that overturned the conviction of Albert Woodfox for the 1972 second-degree murder of a guard at the state prison at Angola. Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell took issue with the decision, saying in a statement: “We respectfully disagree with the Court’s ruling, and remain committed to seeing that the trial jury’s judgment finding Albert Woodfox guilty … is upheld.” Caldwell said he was reviewing the opinion and that no court decision had disputed that Woodfox had murdered the guard. The unanimous ruling by three members of the court cited evidence that racial discrimination may have tainted the selection of a grand jury foreperson …

    November 21, 2014 8:11 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. export lender hands over documents to Congress


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Export-Import Bank handed over transcripts of board meetings to Congress this week after Republicans rekindled a battle over the bank’s long-term future. Senior Republicans issued a subpoena this month to force the export lender, which conservative lawmakers would like to close down, to provide complete transcripts of meetings of its board of directors and audit committee. Darrell Issa, chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the edited transcripts previously provided by the bank made it difficult to assess Ex-Im’s decisions and whether it should be allowed to remain open. In a letter dated Nov. 19, a copy of which was made available to Reuters on Friday, Ex-Im Chairman Fred Hochberg said he was enclosing transcripts which included details of the board’s deliberations, but not confidential client information. “The production includes limited redactions of business confidential information in a way that does not impede an …

    November 21, 2014 8:10 pm
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Stocks

  • Tina Fey’s next sitcom moves from NBC to Netflix


    “30 Rock” creator Tina Fey’s next television series will be on Netflix. “30 Rock” creator Tina Fey’s next television series won’t be coming to NBC, after all — it’ll be on Netflix. The sitcom, called “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” will debut on the streaming TV service in March 2015. This arrangement, announced Friday, illustrates how the lines have blurred between traditional TV networks and newfangled options like Netflix (NFLX, Tech30). NBCUniversal’s studio, Universal Television, was the production company behind “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” and it was scheduled to premiere on the NBC broadcast network sometime in the spring. Now, it’ll still be produced by Universal — so NBCUniversal will still make money from the show — but Netflix will stream the show instead. Related: NBC says it’s not moving forward with Bill Cosby project In a coup for Fey and her co-creator Robert Carlock, Netflix has committed to two seasons of 13 episodes. NBC had previously only …

    November 21, 2014 7:10 pm
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Sports

  • Bills use snowmobiles to leave Buffalo for Detroit


    (Reuters) – The Bills made their way out of snowbound Buffalo for Detroit on Friday, utilizing snowmobiles to pick up players living near Ralph Wilson Stadium as they prepared to play their weather-delayed game against the New York Jets on Monday. The National Football League team was able to get every player and coach to the airport and on the plane to head for their hastily arranged, Monday night game, the league website reported. “The hardest thing is mobilizing the entire operation in a matter of not even 24 hours,” said Bills president Russ Brandon of the NFL’s Thursday night decision to play in Detroit. “Trying to get everyone to the airport, get your equipment operation there, your video operation, your medical and training operation — getting everything mobilized, its been an overnight exercise,” he told nfl.com. Free tickets to Monday’s 7 p.m. ET game between the Bills (5-5) and Jets (2-8) at Detroit’s Ford …

    November 21, 2014 8:11 pm
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World News

  • We can end Ebola in 2015, says Ban


    22 November 2014 Last updated at 01:16 Ban Ki-moon (2nd left) stressed that the world “must get to zero (Ebola) cases” The deadly Ebola outbreak can be ended “by the middle of next year” if the world speeds up its response, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said. But he warned that although the rate of new cases was slowing in parts of West Africa, Mali – where six people have died – was now of deep concern. And the head of the UN Ebola mission, Anthony Banbury, said the world was “far away” from beating the virus. Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have been worst hit by the Ebola outbreak. More than 5,400 people have died in those three countries, along with a handful of others in Nigeria, Mali, Spain and the US. In a separate development, Liberian police said all the country’s beaches would be closed from 29 November until Liberia was declared …

    November 21, 2014 8:11 pm
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Technology

  • George Lucas trades sci-fi for fantasy in ‘Strange Magic’ musical trailer


    Sisters Dawn (Meredith Anne Bull) and Marianne (Evan Rachel Wood) don’t always see eye to eye in “Strange Magic.” Lucasfilm Fairies, elves and imps push droids, Jedi Masters and Sith Lords out of the spotlight thanks to filmmaker George Lucas’ new animated musical “Strange Magic.” The madcap fairy tale musical — inspired by Shakespeare’s play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” — will be released on January 23 by Touchstone Pictures. “Strange Magic” tells the tale of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and the crazy misadventures that come about thanks to a battle over a powerful potion. In the “Strange Magic” trailer, which debuted today on Yahoo Movies, we see elves, goblins and an array of fairy tale creatures venture into the Dark Forest on a quest of entertaining proportions. There are plenty of jokes as well as singing and action. Frogs, lizards, mice and quite a few forest creatures round out the cast of characters. “Strange …

    November 21, 2014 8:11 pm
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Science

  • A Day in the Life of an Ebola Worker


    Rebecca Robinson does not wear gloves on the job. A misstep while removing them, she says, could increase the risk of infecting herself with Ebola. Instead, she dons a rain jacket and boots and clutches a bottle of hand sanitizer as she travels by motorbike from house to house in Liberia‘s capital city of Monrovia. Her objective: to help trace the complex web of Ebola’s spread and to instruct apparently healthy people who may have had contact with an infected person to stay home for 21 days. Such quarantines, the Liberian government says, are a precautionary step to keep the virus from potentially moving even farther afield.   Robinson is one of the thousands of people working to quell the Ebola epidemic in west Africa through an age-old public health practice called contact tracing. She interviews people who may have potentially been exposed to others infected with the virus and instructs them on how to …

    November 21, 2014 8:31 pm
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Health

  • Transvaginal mesh trial losses put pressure on Boston Scientific


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Boston Scientific Corp’s back-to-back losses in the first two federal trials over its transvaginal mesh devices could drive up the cost of resolving thousands of similar lawsuits, according to legal experts. On Thursday, a jury in West Virginia awarded four women $18.5 million for injuries they said were caused by the Massachusetts-based company’s Obtryx device for stress urinary incontinence, including $4 million for “gross negligence.” The verdict came one week after a Miami jury awarded $26.7 million to four women implanted with the company’s Pinnacle device for pelvic organ prolapse. Particularly troubling for Boston Scientific – which faces more than 24,000 mesh claims in U.S. state and federal courts – were the large compensatory damages, experts said. Compensatory damages are generally a more reliable indication of how much similar claims are worth, and more difficult to reduce on appeal, than more subjective punitive awards, experts said. In the Miami trial, each …

    November 21, 2014 8:11 pm
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Entertainment

  • Jessica Simpson And Family Take Off For The Holidays In A Private Jet


    Posted on Fri Nov 21st, 2014 2:30pm PDT       By X17 Staff The blonde beauty is filthy rich, so of course she takes her own plane! Jessica Simpson and husband Eric Johnson boarded a private jet with their kids Maxwell and Ace today, and we’re not sure where they’re traveling, but they’re certainly doing it in style! It’s possible the family was headed to either Texas or Boston to spend the holidays with relatives, but it remains to be seen where they will end up. Rumor has it that Jess and her hubby are on the verge of a split due their lack of intimacy and her preoccupation with her body, but it certainly doesn’t seem that way if they’re spending Thanksgiving together. “They are not having much sex,” a source dished to Star magazine. “In the beginning of their relationship, she and Eric would cook comfort food together. But now Jess refused to eat after 6 …

    November 21, 2014 5:49 pm
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Editorial

Odd News

  • Lost kitten from New Mexico turns up in duffel bag in Maine


    ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) – An Albuquerque cat owner can sleep easier now that the kitten that went missing last month will be home for the holidays, despite a mysterious 2,300-mile side trip to Maine. Patsy Murphy, who runs an animal refuge center in Westbrook, Maine, said the kitten, named Spice, was brought to her shelter on Nov. 11 by a man who found the feline in a duffel bag while unloading furniture at a local Catholic charity. “This is a very odd story, we wish she could tell us what happened,” Murphy said of the kitten, which was found inside the bag with food and kitty litter. Murphy said Maine resident Bob Watterson brought the kitten home on Nov. 5, and cared for it for six days before he turned it over to the animal refuge, which found a microchip in the cat that could identify it. Murphy was shocked when the cat was traced …

    November 21, 2014 8:31 pm
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