• Australia to knight Prince Philip

    Australia to knight Prince Philip

    26 January 2015 Last updated at 06:35 The knighthood is the latest addition to Prince Philip’s many titles and honours Australian PM Tony Abbott has used the country’s national day to announce a knighthood for...
  • Raonic reaches first Australian Open quarter-final

    MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Milos Raonic struck a blow for the next generation of male players by felling Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez 6-4 4-6 6-3 6-7(7) 6-3 to reach his first Australian Open quarter-final on Monday....
  • I did LSD with Steve Jobs

    I did LSD with Steve Jobs

      “Let’s see, were we playing Sgt. Pepper?” When Daniel Kottke reminisces about his college days in the early ’70s, he describes them as pretty prosaic. A freshman dorm room filled with books on spirituality,...
  • Philippine police killed in clashes

    Philippine police killed in clashes

    26 January 2015 Last updated at 03:43 Army reinforcements have arrived to help enforce the ceasefire in Maguindanao province At least 30 police commandos have been killed in heavy fighting with Islamist rebels in the...
  • Keys opens door to first quarter-final

    MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Madison Keys advanced to her first grand slam quarter-final and underlined her pure hitting potential with a 6-2 6-4 victory over compatriot and namesake Madison Brengle on Monday. Brengle had said before...
  • Malaysia Airlines website hacked

    Malaysia Airlines website hacked

    26 January 2015 Last updated at 07:51 The words “404 – Plane Not Found” and “Hacked by Lizard Squad” appear on the screen Hackers claiming to be from the “Lizard Squad – Official Cyber Caliphate”...

Headline News

  • N.Y. State Assembly Speaker Silver to temporarily relinquish duties: NYT


    (Reuters) – New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver agreed on Sunday to relinquish his duties on a temporary basis as he fights federal corruption charges, the New York Times reported, citing people briefed on the matter. Silver’s decision came amid mounting pressure from his fellow Democrats in the Assembly, who worried that the criminal charges would impair his ability to carry out the duties of one of the most powerful positions in New York’s government, the newspaper reported. Last week, Silver, a Democrat who has served as the highest-ranking state assemblyman since 1994, was charged with pocketing $4 million from bribery and kickback schemes. The 70-year-old Silver, one of the state’s most powerful politicians for more than two decades, would not permanently quit his post. Instead, he would temporarily delegate his duties as speaker to a group of senior Assembly members, the newspaper said. Reuters could not immediately reach Silver or his attorney, Steven Molo, …

    January 26, 2015 3:53 am
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Politics

  • Chris Christie joins crowded GOP fight for donors: WSJ


    (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his supporters have formed a political-action committee ahead of a likely bid for president, adding a third well-known Republican figure to the fight for campaign funds among the party’s core donor class, the Wall Street Journal reported. The launch of the PAC, called Leadership Matters for America, is the clearest sign yet that Christie is running and allows him to assemble a team of staffers and fundraisers who could support a potential run for president, the newspaper said. The PAC signals increased competition for the same set of large-dollar donors who have been taking calls from former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney, both of whom are considering presidential campaigns, the Journal said. (on.wsj.com/1EKLwai) Reuters could not immediately reach Christie for comment outside regular U.S. business hours. Christie, 52, has not declared a bid for the presidency, but has discussed national themes in …

    January 26, 2015 1:10 am
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Stocks

  • I did LSD with Steve Jobs


      “Let’s see, were we playing Sgt. Pepper?” When Daniel Kottke reminisces about his college days in the early ’70s, he describes them as pretty prosaic. A freshman dorm room filled with books on spirituality, Pink Floyd playing in the background, a pastoral college campus — and hallucinogens. The only thing, he says, that was in any way remarkable about his LSD trips was his fellow traveler: Steve Jobs. Kottke was one of Apple’s first employees, and before the world knew Steve Jobs as the creator of Apple, Kottke knew him as a friend he used to trip with at Reed College. He was uncomfortable discussing these experiences while Jobs was alive, but was willing to share them with CNNMoney now. “We would take psychedelics and whole new vistas opened up,” Kottke said. The two initially bonded over their interest in “Be Here Now,” a book on things like psychedelics and spirituality. This became the …

    January 26, 2015 3:33 am
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Sports

  • Raonic reaches first Australian Open quarter-final


    MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Milos Raonic struck a blow for the next generation of male players by felling Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez 6-4 4-6 6-3 6-7(7) 6-3 to reach his first Australian Open quarter-final on Monday. Eighth seed Raonic became only the second Canadian to reach the last eight at Melbourne Park, nearly 50 years after Michael Belkin achieved the feat in 1968. In a battle of big servers, Lopez coolly saved two match points in the fourth set tiebreak before sending the contest into a decider but double-faulted in the eighth game of the final set to hand Raonic the initiative. Raonic closed it out on the third match point when Lopez pushed a shot wide. The Canadian advances to play the winner between top seed Novak Djokovic and Gilles Muller for a place in the semi-finals. (Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by John O’Brien)

    January 26, 2015 3:53 am
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World News

  • Australia to knight Prince Philip


    26 January 2015 Last updated at 06:35 The knighthood is the latest addition to Prince Philip’s many titles and honours Australian PM Tony Abbott has used the country’s national day to announce a knighthood for Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Mr Abbott, who reintroduced the honour last year, said the Prince had lived a “long life of service and dedication”. Opposition politicians described the decision as out-of-step with the times. The leader of the opposition Labor party, Bill Shorten, said it was “anachronistic” to give the top award to a British royal on Australia Day. He told Fairfax radio he thought the news was a joke at first, adding: “Why would we give him our top Australian honour? He’s already got a lot of them.” Angus Houston leads the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane MH370 Mr Abbott said Queen Elizabeth II had also approved a knighthood for retired Scottish-born defence force chief Angus …

    January 26, 2015 3:54 am
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Technology

  • Skylanders: Trap Team Light and Dark Element Expansions review – fresh components, more fun


    Essentially, every Skylanders toy is a physical piece of downloadable content. What makes the Light and Dark Element packs noteworthy, though, is their additions to the base game – in this case, whole new elements, with perhaps the best game-changing comparison being if Pokémon added the fire type after release. Each adds a new playable Trap Master Skylander – the main characters, capable of opening elemental gates in the world – plus a new chapter in the game. The Light pack sees Knight Light battling through Sunscraper Spire, while Dark has Knight Mare saving the Midnight Museum. Each campaign is about an hour long, a decent length for a kids’ audience. In keeping with this year’s enemy-trapping theme, each pack also comes with a matching elemental trap, allowing you to capture and play as new villains Luminous and Nightshade. As toys, Knight Mare enjoys the better sculpt, but both packs cram in a lot of …

    January 26, 2015 1:11 am
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Science

  • Snack attack: Bears munch on ants and help plants grow


    Tiny ants may seem like an odd food source for black bears, but the protein-packed bugs are a major part of some bears’ diets and a crucial part of the food web that not only affects other bugs, but plants too. In a paper published this week by Ecology Letters, Florida State University researcher Josh Grinath examines the close relationship among bears, ants and rabbitbrush — a golden-flowered shrub that grows in the meadows of Colorado and often serves as shelter for birds. “Bears have an effect on everything else because they have an effect on this one important species — ants,” Grinath said. Scientists have increasingly found that no plant or animal species exist in a vacuum, but tracing and understanding their complex interactions has been more of a challenge. Grinath, who finished his doctorate in December working in the labs of Associate Professors Nora Underwood and Brian Inouye, had spent several years monitoring …

    January 26, 2015 1:12 am
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Health

  • Regeneron/Sanofi cholesterol drug gets FDA priority review


    (Reuters) – Regeneron Pharmaceuticals on Monday said U.S. health regulators accepted its application to review a potent cholesterol drug on a priority basis, potentially giving it the upper hand in a fierce race with Amgen to bring a new medicine from the promising class to market. Regeneron, which is developing the drug, alirocumab, in partnership with Sanofi, said the target date for a Food and Drug Administration approval decision was July 24, following a six-month review period. That could put the medicine on the U.S. market a month ahead of Amgen’s rival evolocumab. Amgen was first to file its application, but received a standard 10-month review from the FDA, giving it an action date of Aug 27. Regeneron and Sanofi, which were seen as lagging Amgen, employed an unusual strategy to catch up, purchasing a special priority review voucher from BioMarin Pharmaceutical for $67.5 million. The drugs belong to a highly promising new class called …

    January 26, 2015 1:10 am
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Entertainment

  • Bradley Cooper’s diet could include 11 Crunchwraps and 17 other foods


    More: How to look like a total badass like Bradley Cooper The star revealed to Men’s Health that to bulk up for his role as Chris Kyle in American Sniper, he had to (obviously) work out a ton… in addition to eating an insane 6,000 calories per day. According to the mag, he did it with the help of a trainer and a personal chef by eating five meals every day, along with energy bars and pre- and post-workout protein drinks. “It was a real shock to my body,” he dished. “If it’s pizza and cake, that’s one thing. Putting 6,000 calories a day in your body gets old quick.” But what if it were all pizza and cake? Under the guidance and supervision of a trainer and a personal chef, we’re sure Cooper was eating some seriously healthy stuff. But how much junk food could he down with that 6,000-calorie goal in mind? We …

    January 26, 2015 1:33 am
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Editorial

  • When will Obama stop making false claims about Citizens United?


    FILE — Jan. 22, 2015: President Obama speaks during a visit to the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) At almost the same time that protesters mad about the Citizens United decision were disrupting the start of the Supreme Court’s session on Wednesday, the White House issued a “Statement from the President” condemning the decision on its fifth anniversary. And once again, President Obama repeated the same false claim about “foreign corporations” that he made in his State of the Union speech back in 2010. This White House seems to believe that if you think up a good political attack theme, stick with it no matter what the truth is. One can certainly debate the effect of Citizens United, which lifted the ban on independent political expenditures (i.e., independent political speech), and whether it has been beneficial to our democratic system. As a former member of the Federal Election Commission that enforces our …

    January 24, 2015 8:47 pm
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Odd News

  • Iowa billboard mannequin startles motorists, loses job


    (Reuters) – A car dealer is taking down an oversized mannequin that had been placed atop a roadside billboard advertisement in rural Iowa after a number of alarmed drivers called the 911 emergency number to report a man who looked like he was going to jump. “I hate to take it down, but in the interest of public safety I decided to,” Brad Deery, owner of 10 car dealerships in Iowa, told Reuters by telephone on Friday. Deery said the sheriff in Des Moines County asked him to remove the mannequin because drivers were becoming distracted and that some could be tempted to try to climb the sign and take a selfie. The billboard on U.S. Route 61 advertises Deery’s West Burlington dealership. The sign reads “I can see Deery Toyota, Nissan, Mazda from here,” Deery said. The mannequin is posed as though it is looking off at distant car lots. The Hawk Eye, a …

    January 23, 2015 4:24 pm
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