Headline News

  • House leader: Obama ‘sabotages’ bipartisan immigration policy


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Friday that President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration had sabotaged chances for bipartisan legislation and vowed to lead a fight to block the order. Republicans remain split on the best course of resistance to Obama’s action easing the threat of deportation for some 4.7 million undocumented immigrants, but conservative groups were already pulling together legal strategies to challenge it. “With this action, the president has chosen to deliberately sabotage any chance of enacting bipartisan reforms that he claims to seek. And as I told the president yesterday, he’s damaging the presidency itself,” Boehner told reporters. “We’re working with our members and looking at the options available to us,” he said. “But I will say to you, the House will, in fact, act.” Obama is set to sign the order, the biggest U.S. immigration changes in a decade, later on Friday at a …

    November 21, 2014 1:47 pm
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Politics

  • Conservatives, states set to launch legal blitz against Obama over immigration


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The morning after President Barack Obama announced his sweeping action to overhaul the U.S. immigration system, conservative groups and states were already pulling together legal strategies to dismantle the plan. Opponents said there will likely be a three-pronged legal approach to stymie Obama’s moves: Congress could sue the president for constitutional overreach, states could file lawsuits arguing the action strains local finances, or individuals could try to prove they’ve been harmed by the order. Just hours after the speech, an Arizona sheriff filed suit arguing the reform is unconstitutional. “There is going to be massive litigation all over the place because there is tremendous legal confusion about what the administration is doing and what the states’ obligations will be,” said Dan Stein from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which calls for restrictions on immigration. While law scholars say the president is on strong legal footing, a flurry of lawsuits …

    November 21, 2014 12:06 pm
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Stocks

  • ‘Hunger Games’ aims to top 2014’s box office


      At the box office this weekend, the odds are ever in favor of “The Hunger Games.” Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” the first act of the final installment of the “Hunger Games” series, opens this weekend along with big expectations. The film is projected to have a huge box office weekend – somewhere between $130 million and $150 million. That would make it the biggest opening weekend ofany film this year. The film is also targeting the top overall box office of 2014. In fact, if “Mockingjay – Part 1″ follows the same box office trajectory as last year’s “Catching Fire,” which reportedly took in $380 million in a month, it will top 2014’s current top film, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which has grossed $330 million. “‘Mockingjay – Part 1′ is a part of a franchise that seems to have a never ending supply of audience,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a box …

    November 21, 2014 1:07 pm
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Sports

  • Wolves’ Martin sidelined with fractured wrist


    Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) – Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin will be sidelined indefinitely because of a fractured right wrist. Martin was hurt during the first quarter of Minnesota’s 115-99 win over the New York Knicks on Wednesday, but played the remainder of the game and scored a team-best 37 points to help the Wolves end a five-game skid. An MRI exam revealed the extent of the injury and further evaluation over the next few days will determine the course of action for Martin’s treatment and recovery. Martin is averaging a team-best 20.4 points in nine games this season. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    November 21, 2014 1:47 pm
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World News

  • Kerry presses for deal with Iran


    21 November 2014 Last updated at 19:21 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (right, wearing glasses) at talks in Vienna on Friday US Secretary of State John Kerry is to hold a new round of talks with his Iranian counterpart in Vienna as the clock ticks down for a nuclear deal. He cancelled plans to leave for Paris and is staying on for an evening meeting with Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif, the state department confirmed. Iran has a Monday deadline for a deal on curbing its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of UN sanctions. Major hurdles will have to be overcome on both sides to make progress. It was also rumoured Iran’s foreign minister would leave the talks early, to return to Tehran for consultations, but he too stayed on. Six world powers representing the UN – the US, the UK, France, Germany, Russia and China – are engaged in finding a deal. …

    November 21, 2014 1:48 pm
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Technology

  • PlayStation Network and Windows Live hack could be a hoax, experts say


    Hackers are claiming to have broken into the Sony PlayStation Network (PSN), Microsoft Windows Live and 2K Games to leak over 5,500 usernames and passwords. The hacking group called DerpTrolling claim, on Twitter and the anonymous text sharing site Pastebin, to have broken into Sony’s PSN, Microsoft’s Windows Live and 2K Games Studios and stolen millions of usernames and passwords. A hack of the PSN would be the third intrusion into the service since a major attack in 2011, which saw 77m accounts stolen and the online gaming service taken offline for 24 days. “Dear Internet, the following is a very small portion of Lord Gaben and the rest of his crews glorious raids across the high seas of the Internet,” the Derp hacking group said in an alleged data dump of over 2,100 PSN, 1,400 Windows Live and 2,000 2K account. “Let this be a warning to all. Nothing is safe from Derp.” The …

    November 21, 2014 12:06 pm
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Science

  • NASA Announces New Opportunities for Public Participation in Asteroid Grand Challenge


    [image-50] Ten new projects are providing opportunities for the public to participate in NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge, which accelerates the agency’s asteroid initiative work through innovative partnerships and collaborations. Through a Space Act Agreement since April, NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge partner SpaceGAMBIT developed ways to connect the Maker community with NASA’s asteroid work, including educational programs and tools to help astronomers and citizen scientists. Makers are creative people with a drive to answer questions and find new ways to do things. The 10 new projects developed by SpaceGAMBIT were done in partnership with Maui Makers – a group that provides the space and tools to make new things on the island of Maui in Hawaii.  “SpaceGAMBIT and their partners have created an incredibly wide variety of projects that speak to the strong interest in asteroids and passion of the public to participate in space-related activities,” said Jason Kessler, program executive for the Asteroid Grand Challenge. …

    November 21, 2014 12:27 pm
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Health

  • Plague in Madagascar has killed 40 out of 119 cases: WHO


    GENEVA (Reuters) – An outbreak of the plague has killed 40 people out of 119 confirmed cases in Madagascar since late August and there is a risk of the disease spreading rapidly in the capital, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. So far two cases and one death have been recorded in the capital Antananarivo but those figures could climb quickly due to “the city’s high population density and the weakness of the healthcare system”, the WHO warned. “The situation is further complicated by the high level of resistance to deltamethrin (an insecticide used to control fleas) that has been observed in the country,” it added. Plague, a bacterial disease, is mainly spread from one rodent to another by fleas. Humans bitten by an infected flea usually develop a bubonic form of plague, which swells the lymph node and can be treated with antibiotics, the WHO said. If the bacteria reach the lungs, …

    November 21, 2014 12:06 pm
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Entertainment

  • Gwyneth Paltrow Restarts Food Fight With Martha Stewart By Posting "Jailbird Cake"


    Posted on Fri Nov 21st, 2014 11:38am PDT       By X17 Staff The feud has been reignited! Yay! Lifetime gurus Gwyneth Paltrow and Martha Stewart are back at their thinly veiled war of words — AND WE LOVE IT! After Martha Stewart Living posted a cheeky food spread entitled “Conscious Coupling,” Oscar winner-turned-Goopy girl Gwyneth took a jab back at the dig when the actress posted a dessert recipe called “Jailbird Cake” on Goop yesterday. Although the cake looks delish, we have a suspicion this was a dig at Martha’s 2004 prison stint for insider trading. “The folks at Goop know how to have some fun, too,” a source close to Gwyneth told the People magazine. In case you needed a run down of their history, about a year ago, Bloomberg TV asked Stewart what she thought of Paltrow’s Goop brand. “I haven’t eaten at Gwyneth’s house, and I’ve never seen how she lives,” Martha said. “But …

    November 21, 2014 1:47 pm
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Editorial

  • Why you should ‘shrink the gap’ between your opinion and God’s


     (AP) One of my favorite people on the planet suffers from a confidence deficit. It’s heartbreaking. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT We have many mutual friends, and everyone in her path finds her talented, articulate, dedicated, focused and faithful. This friend is lovely inside and out, and she seems to be the only person who disagrees. She’s in a near-constant state of doubt about her real value. “Am I a failure? Am I good enough? Smart enough? Am I trying hard enough? Giving up too easily? Am I being kind? Generous? Am I reading the Bible enough? Serving enough? Praying enough?” My self-doubting friend shouldn’t worry about our opinions, but about what God thinks. Doesn’t He know the goodness in each of us and how much potential we possess? The doubts spread and multiply like a dangerous virus. Oh, if only she knew. She’s a force! She’s amazing! She’s great! Plus, she holds untapped potential to be even greater! During one recent exchange, my mind …

    November 21, 2014 12:06 pm
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Odd News

  • Labor-intensive: China hospital gives men chance to experience pain of childbirth


    JINAN China (Reuters) – A hospital in eastern China is offering fathers-to-be a chance to experience the pain of childbirth after several new moms complained they got little sympathy from their partners. Free sessions are held twice a week at Aima maternity hospital in Shandong province and about 100 men have signed up to be tortured. Most are expectant dads but there are thrill seekers too among the volunteers for “taster sessions”. For the simulations, pads attached to a device are placed above the abdomen, giving electric shocks that induce pain. The test subjects writhe in agony for up to five minutes as a nurse gradually raises the intensity on a scale of one to ten. Song Siling, who is trying for a baby with his girlfriend, shut his eyes and grimaced as the needle on the electrode monitor inched forward with a beep. “It felt like my heart and lungs were being ripped apart,” …

    November 21, 2014 4:10 am
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