• US police kill boy over replica gun

    US police kill boy over replica gun

    24 November 2014 Last updated at 07:16 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. A recording reveals the 911 caller did not know if the weapon was real. Wendy Urquhart reports A 12-year-old...
  • Australian Broadcasting Corp slashes jobs, radio

    Australian Broadcasting Corp slashes jobs, radio

    Protesters ask Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to spare the ABC from budget cuts. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation will cut 400 jobs and close five radio production centers as government funding shrinks. In addition to...
  • Hansen’s hat trick powers Canucks past Blackhawks

    Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) – Jannick Hansen notched his first career hat trick to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. Bo Horvat tallied the first three assists of...
  • Indian sterilisation drugs ‘tainted’

    Indian sterilisation drugs ‘tainted’

    24 November 2014 Last updated at 05:20 A lone doctor, along with his assistant, carried out tubectomies on 130 women at two separate government health camps earlier this month A minister in India’s Chhattisgarh state...

Headline News

  • Uncertainty fuels speculation on Ferguson case as weekend passes without grand jury decision


    Anthony Grimes kneels on a rain-soaked street as he blocks traffic with other protesters Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in St. Louis. Ferguson and the St. Louis region are on edge in anticipation of the announcement by a grand jury whether to criminally charge officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (The Associated Press) Brittany Ferrell, of St. Louis, chants “hands up don’t shoot” while marching through the streets protesting the August shooting of Michael Brown, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in St. Louis. Ferguson and the St. Louis region are on edge in anticipation of the announcement by a grand jury whether to criminally charge officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Brown. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (The Associated Press) Demonstrators block a busy intersection while marching through the streets to protest the August shooting of Michael Brown, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in St. Louis. Ferguson and the St. Louis region are …

    November 24, 2014 2:30 am
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Politics

  • Former DC mayor Marion Berry dead at 78


    By BEN NUCKOLS, BRETT ZONGKER November 23, 2014 Former Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry(AP Photo/Rogelio Solis) A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation’s capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate District of Columbia politician, though his arrest for drug use in the midst of a crack cocaine epidemic often overshadows his accomplishments. The former four-term mayor will long be remembered for one night in 1990 when he was caught on video lighting a crack pipe in an FBI sting operation. In an instant, the then-mayor of the capital city was exposed as a drug user himself. Barry died Sunday at 78. His family said Barry died at the United Medical Center, after having been released from Howard University Hospital on Saturday. No cause of death was given, but his spokeswoman LaToya Foster said he collapsed outside his home. Barry first made a name for himself in the …

    November 24, 2014 12:47 am
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Stocks

  • Australian Broadcasting Corp slashes jobs, radio


    Protesters ask Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to spare the ABC from budget cuts. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation will cut 400 jobs and close five radio production centers as government funding shrinks. In addition to the sweeping job cuts, managing director Mark Scott told staff Monday that the ABC would review its property holdings and sell one of its buildings in Sydney. “We anticipate that more than 400 people — close to 10% of our ongoing workforce — face potential redundancy as we adjust our activities over coming months,” Scott said. The ABC is Australia’s national broadcaster, producing digital, radio and television content. Most of the organization’s funding comes from the government. Pressured by budget cuts that total more than $250 million over four years, the ABC is now being forced to rethink how it covers the news.   The company said it will “readjust the shape” of its foreign bureaus, and make minor changes …

    November 24, 2014 1:48 am
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Sports

  • China’s Sun served three-month banned for doping test


    (Reuters) – China’s world and Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang served a three-month ban for a failed doping test earlier this year, the China Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) said on Monday. The agency said Sun had tested positive for trimetazidine, a stimulant that was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) banned list this year. Sun tested positive in May during the national swimming championships and although he said he took the drug for medical reasons, Chinese officials said it still warranted a penalty. “Sun Yang in this matter was not completely responsible and the positive test is his mistake, but the mistake is not very serious or negligent,” CHINADA deputy director Zhao Jian told China’s official Xinhua news agency. “Because of this the three-month ban is reasonable.” Sun did not make any immediate public comment on the case, but Xinhua said he had waived his right to have his ‘B sample’ tested and defended himself …

    November 24, 2014 2:29 am
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World News

  • US police kill boy over replica gun


    24 November 2014 Last updated at 07:16 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. A recording reveals the 911 caller did not know if the weapon was real. Wendy Urquhart reports A 12-year-old boy has been shot dead by police in the US city of Cleveland, after carrying what turned out to be a replica gun in a playground. Police say an officer fired two shots at the boy after he failed to obey an order to raise his hands. A caller reported the boy to police for scaring people with a gun but said that he did not know if it was real. One of the officers was in his first year on the local force, the other had more than 10 years of experience. The medical examiner for Cuyahoga County identified the boy as Tamir Rice. The boy was shot on Saturday afternoon and died in hospital early on Sunday morning. …

    November 24, 2014 2:29 am
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Technology

Science

  • In the blog this week


    The Sarychev Peak volcano on Matua Island in the northwest Pacific erupting in June, 2009. According to new research, small eruptions such as this may have contributed to a slowdown in global warming.Credit: NASA Climate change and small volcanos Major eruptions are well known to have dramatic climate impacts, but could smaller volcanos also be having an impact on global warming? A new study suggests they could. Read more Movie adds insult to injury in the Turing story Some disturbing news is emerging about the upcoming film The Imitation Game, about the life of the brilliant mathematician, cryptanalyst and pioneering computer scientist, Alan Turing. Read more Philae detects organic molecules on comet The Philae lander has detected organic molecules, essential for life, on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Read more Neuroscientist says young brains being reshaped by technology Oxford University neuroscientist Susan Greenfield has warned that people’s brains may be reshaped by digital technology. Read more  

    November 24, 2014 1:08 am
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Health

  • Two drugs found effective in treating excess potassium


    (Reuters Health) – Two experimental drugs can reduce dangerously high potassium levels in the blood, a problem that can plague people with diabetes and kidney disease and lead to a fatal heart rhythm, researchers say. The findings are from two separate studies financed by the manufacturers and released Friday by the New England Journal of Medicine. The oral drugs are sodium zirconium cyclosilicate (also known as ZS-9 and being developed by ZS Pharma) and patriomer (developed by Relypsa). Both drugs treat high potassium by binding to it as they travel through the gut. If the drugs are approved — and longer-term tests are needed before that happens — they could change the way doctors treat kidney disease and heart failure. That’s because a high potassium level in the blood, or hyperkalemia, is a potentially deadly side effect of a specific class of drugs used for kidney and heart problems, called RAAS inhibitors. “Doctors are paranoid …

    November 24, 2014 12:47 am
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Entertainment

  • 2 New Selena Gomez songs leaked, and one is disturbing


    Selena Gomez puts her grown-up bullies on blast: What have you accomplished? It’s quite simple, really: All you have to do is listen to Selena Gomez’s newly leaked song, “Do It,” just one time and we promise, you won’t be able to stop picturing it. The ditty is very bubble gum pop and all of the lyrics revolve around Gomez daydreaming about getting down with Bieber. “Sittin’ on my bed with just your T-shirt on/Turnin’ up the volume to my favorite song/Boy I can’t lie, what we did last night/You know it’s constantly replayin’, stayin’ on my mind,” she sings in the first verse. The rest of the song is about yearning for Bieber, wanting to do it every day and showing each other what they like. “Damn, I wish I didn’t feel so hypnotized/When I look at you, baby, it’s justified/So I take what I want and give what I got/To hell with all …

    November 24, 2014 2:29 am
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Editorial

  • I’m thankful our country is still a refuge and the land of opportunity


    When I was 7 years old, my family and I landed at JFK Airport in New York City with $90 in our pocket, a few suitcases stuffed with what little we could carry and no idea of what to expect next.  We came here because we were fleeing a totalitarian regime, because generations of our family had been oppressed simply for existing and because the United States was a beacon for our hopes and aspirations, as it has been for millions of others around the globe. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The people literally dying to come here now do not believe that our best days are behind us. My paternal grandfather was sent to Soviet gulag in the prime of his life because he was a religious Jew who refused to work on Saturdays and, possibly, because some of his siblings had fled to France several years after the Russian revolution.  He spent years working as a …

    November 22, 2014 8:21 am
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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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