Headline News

  • Ferguson experiences third straight night of unrest before grand jury decision


    FERGUSON, Mo. –  Authorities arrested three protesters during a third straight night of unrest in Ferguson as tensions mount amid speculation that a grand jury could decide soon whether to indict the police officer who killed Michael Brown. St. Louis County police said large groups of protesters blocked traffic three times in the St. Louis suburb Friday night. That happened twice near the police station and once on West Florissant Avenue, the site of violent protests soon after Brown’s death. A motorist lost control and crashed into a light pole during the unrest on West Florissant. Protesters converged on the car, but no one was hurt. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Police spokesman Brian Schellman said three demonstrators were arrested on charges of unlawful assembly after remaining in the street after repeated requests to move. VIDEO: Is Al Sharpton really concerned about justice? Ferguson is on edge as a grand jury weighs whether to indict Ferguson Officer Darren …

    November 22, 2014 11:23 am
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Politics

  • GOP not sure how to stop Obama on immigration


    By ERICA WERNER November 22, 2014 House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) United against President Barack Obama but uncertain how to stop him, outraged Republicans struggled for a response on immigration Friday that would check the president without veering into talk of impeachment or a government shutdown. Their remedy was far from clear. Republicans weighed filing a lawsuit. Or trying to block funding for Obama’s move. Or advancing immigration measures of their own. But the party was divided, and Obama’s veto pen seemed to give him the upper hand. And so, less than three weeks removed from midterm elections where they retook the Senate and amassed a historic majority in the House, Republicans found themselves stymied by a lame duck president whose unilateral move to curb deportations for millions left previously dispirited Democrats cheering and the GOP with no obvious response. “We’re working with our members, looking at the options that are …

    November 22, 2014 8:21 am
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Stocks

  • Google: You can pay as little as $1 to see fewer ads


    Google unveils new service for users to see fewer ads on sites. You can pay as little as $1 to turn off ads on some of your favorite websites. Google is experimenting with a new service that allows users to see fewer ads on certain websites in exchange for a small monthly fee. The new service, called Contributor, will give users the option to pay between $1 and $3 a month. So if a website’s ads are completely hosted by Google, users who pay the fee won’t see a single ad. However, it won’t block other ads that the website might have. Websites that have signed up so far include Mashable, the Onion, Imgur, ScienceDaily, wikiHow and Urban Dictionary. Google is billing it as a way to make the Internet less dependent on advertising by giving users the chance to contribute a few dollars every month to the websites they visit the most. “Today’s Internet …

    November 22, 2014 11:23 am
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Sports

  • Red Bull summoned over ‘illegal’ front wings


    ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Outgoing Formula One champions Red Bull faced a stewards’ enquiry after being accused of using an illegal front wing at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Saturday. FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer said in a statement that in his opinion the cars of four times champion Sebastian Vettel and Australian Daniel Ricciardo were not in compliance with the technical regulations. He reported that the cars’ front wing flaps were designed to flex under aerodynamic load, in a breach of the rules. A Red Bull representative was subsequently summoned to the stewards. Neither driver is in contention for the title but Ricciardo is the only driver other than Mercedes pair of championship leader Lewis Hamilton and team mate Nico Rosberg to have won this season. Ricciardo had qualified fifth, with Vettel sixth but could either have to change the wing and start from the back or race under appeal. Mercedes have …

    November 22, 2014 11:23 am
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World News

  • ‘Big gaps’ hamper Iran nuclear talks


    22 November 2014 Last updated at 15:19 Iran says the sole purpose of its nuclear programme is civilian energy projects Key sticking points remain as negotiations on Iran’s nuclear programme enter their final stages in Vienna, Western negotiators have said. Both Germany and the US said the sides were working to close “big gaps” ahead of Monday’s deadline for a final deal. US Secretary of State John Kerry is to hold fresh talks on Saturday with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif. Six world powers want Iran to curb its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of United Nations sanctions. The US, the UK, France, Germany, Russia and China – the so-called 5+1 group – are seeking reassurance that Iran is not trying to build a nuclear weapons capability. Iran insists its nuclear programme is purely energy-related. Potential deal-breakers Uranium enrichment: Western states want to reduce Iran’s capacity in order to prevent it acquiring weapons-grade …

    November 22, 2014 11:23 am
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Technology

  • Former Amazon employee set for hunger strike at Seattle headquarters


    A former Amazon employee embroiled in a legal battle with the online retailer is set to go on hunger strike in an attempt to force the company to change business practices which he calls “deceptive and fraudulent”. Kivin Varghese plans to start his vigil on Tuesday outside Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle in order to raise awareness of what he alleges are poor business practices and employee treatment by the company. “I think if Amazon customers took a few minutes to look at this and see how Amazon treats employees they’d be shocked,” he said. “My goal with stepping it up with a hunger protest is really to drive more awareness of their practices and really what happens when people buy from Amazon. Every dollar that is spent at Amazon is going to fund this bad behaviour.” Varghese is in the midst of a court case with the company, in which he claims wrongful discharge after …

    November 22, 2014 8:21 am
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Science

  • NRL scientists discover novel metamaterial properties within hexagonal boron nitride


    Related images(click to enlarge) U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) scientists, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Manchester, U.K.; Imperial College, London; University of California San Diego; and the National Institute of Material Science (NIMS), Japan, have demonstrated that confined surface phonon polaritons within hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) exhibit unique metamaterial properties that enable novel nanoscale optical devices for use in optical communications, super-resolution imaging, and improved infrared cameras and detectors. Metamaterials are artificial composites of various materials designed to exhibit optical properties not anticipated in nature. One such property is hyperbolicity, whereby a material exhibits both metallic- and dielectric-like optical responses simultaneously along different crystal axes. These hyperbolic metamaterials are the basis for many potential applications such as ‘hyperlenses,’ used for imaging of nanoscale objects not observable using conventional optics. “Our examination into the characteristics of hBN reveal the first experimental observation of sub-diffractional guided waves confined in all three dimensions, using a …

    November 22, 2014 8:41 am
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Health

  • ‘Tis the Season of Challenges for Those With Food Allergies


    SATURDAY, Nov. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The wide variety and complexity of foods served at holiday gatherings can pose a threat for people with food allergies, an expert warns. “Every person is different and there are so many types of food allergies that it can be really difficult to avoid all allergens over the holidays,” Dr. Guha Krishnaswamy, director of allergy and clinical immunology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, said in a hospital news release. “If you know you have food allergies, caution should overrule your desire to taste something new, and always carry an EpiPen that is up-to-date,” he advised. Most allergic reactions to foods occur within minutes. The most common allergens are shrimp, soy, egg, wheat, milk and fish. While the main ingredients in a dish may be safe, allergic reactions can be caused by additives, spices and colorings, Krishnaswamy said. Some people have a condition called Alpha-gal syndrome, which is …

    November 22, 2014 8:21 am
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Entertainment

  • Vanessa Hudgens Gives Us A Peek At Her Amazing Abs After Pilates


    Posted on Fri Nov 21st, 2014 2:00pm PDT       By X17 Staff Hot damn, Vanessa Hudgens! On Friday afternoon the former High School Musical hottie went to Pilates in Studio City, and while we’re not sure what’s going on with her lower half (Ugg slippers with those wild workout pants?!), her toned tummy was looking ab-solutely amazing! And not only has she been flaunting her fit physique lately, but yesterday V. Hudge’s hairstylist Riawna Capri posted a shot showing off the 25-year-old starlet’s brand new bangs. “4pm: @vanessahudgens

    November 22, 2014 10:02 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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