• Jamie Dimon buys $26.6 million in JPMorgan Chase stock

    Jamie Dimon buys $26.6 million in JPMorgan Chase stock

    JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon plunked down $26.6 million of his own money on Thursday to buy his bank’s recently battered shares. The purchase, disclosed in a company filing, added 500,000 shares of JPMorgan Chase...
  • Building ‘collapses’ in Istanbul

    Building ‘collapses’ in Istanbul

    A five-storey building has collapsed in central Istanbul, with fears that people may be trapped inside, Turkish media report. The building is near Istiklal Avenue, a major pedestrian shopping area, the Dogan news agency reported....
  • Koukash learns patience at Salford

    Koukash learns patience at Salford

    Marwan Koukash took on chief executive duties at Salford in December Salford owner Marwan Koukash has said he has learned the need for patience when in charge of a Super League side. Koukash, 57, took...
  • Holy Cow! Pastor offers free prayers at coffee houses

    Coffee is not exactly Thomas Rusert’s cup of tea. Nevertheless, every Thursday morning Pastor Thomas indulges himself in a steaming cup of java at local coffee houses. “I’m a tea drinker all the other days...
  • Syria siege aid may start soon

    Media captionThe horrifying statistics that define Syria The UN says it hopes to start delivering aid to some besieged areas in Syria within the next 24 hours. The move comes shortly after world powers agreed...
  • From Olympic athlete to escort

    From Olympic athlete to escort

    Suzy Favor Hamilton left athletics in 2005 when she became pregnant but eventually ended up working as an escort Suzy Favor Hamilton was a middle-distance runner who represented the US in three Olympic Games before...

Headline News

  • Authorities to sweep Oregon wildlife refuge after armed standoff


    BURNS, Ore. Law enforcement officials were preparing on Friday to sweep a wildlife refuge in Oregon for explosives and evidence a day after the last holdouts in a protest over federal control of Western land surrendered, ending a six-week armed standoff. Federal authorities said on Thursday the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon would remain closed for several weeks, as agents secured what was now considered a crime scene and scoured it for fugitives or explosives. Materials to make explosives could be found on the property, according to a federal official speaking on the condition of anonymity. The nearby town of Burns, which has been caught in the crossfire as the wildlife refuge occupiers protested the federal government’s control of expanses of Western land, was quiet late on Thursday as residents sought to resume normal life after the 41-day standoff. The final four occupiers of the refuge surrendered on Thursday, with the last protester …

    February 12, 2016 7:18 am
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Politics

  • Today’s Toons 2/12/16


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    February 12, 2016 5:35 am
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Stocks

  • Jamie Dimon buys $26.6 million in JPMorgan Chase stock


    JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon plunked down $26.6 million of his own money on Thursday to buy his bank’s recently battered shares. The purchase, disclosed in a company filing, added 500,000 shares of JPMorgan Chase to his portfolio and various family trusts. It brings his total JPM holdings to 6.7 million shares, worth $358 million based on Thursday’s closing price. The purchase is somewhat unusual. The overwhelming majority of shares accumulated by CEOs come in the form of stock grants directly from the company or stock options, which typically allow them to purchase at a greatly reduced price. Thursday’s purchase, at an average price of $53.18 per share, basically represents Dimon’s total pay for 2015, when he received $27 million, most of it in the form of stock. But it also might be a very good time to buy. JPMorgan (JPM) shares are down nearly 20% this year, and are off 25% from the bank’s …

    February 12, 2016 7:38 am
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Sports

  • Koukash learns patience at Salford


    Marwan Koukash took on chief executive duties at Salford in December Salford owner Marwan Koukash has said he has learned the need for patience when in charge of a Super League side. Koukash, 57, took over in 2013 but the Red Devils are yet to finish higher than 10th during his tenure. “In the first year I came and I thought I could buy the superstars of this game, bring them in, put them together and win the Grand Final,” he said. “That didn’t work. What you need is to invest in the future and be patient about that success.” The Red Devils started the 2016 season with a loss at Hull FC, but produced a stunning display to put eight tries past St Helens in a 44-10 win in their first home match of the year. Salford players celebrate Robert Lui’s (far right) first try of the night With 13 new arrivals, head coach …

    February 12, 2016 7:18 am
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World News

  • Building ‘collapses’ in Istanbul


    A five-storey building has collapsed in central Istanbul, with fears that people may be trapped inside, Turkish media report. The building is near Istiklal Avenue, a major pedestrian shopping area, the Dogan news agency reported. A cafeteria was located on the ground floor of the building but it is unclear if anyone was inside, the report said. Firefighters have been deployed to the scene, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

    February 12, 2016 7:18 am
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Technology

  • Runkeeper bought by Asics in latest sports brand app acquisition


    Japanese trainer and sportswear manufacturer Asics has bought the popular running app Runkeeper, making it the latest in a string of fitness app purchases by sporting-goods manufacturers. The app, which has over 33 million users worldwide, is available for the iPhone and Android, with smartwatch apps and links to other fitness tracking apps and platforms. Runkeeper was set up in 2008 and quickly became one of the most successful running tracking apps, using a smartphone’s GPS to trace routes, times and distance. Recently it became one of the only running apps to support GPS tracking independently of a smartphone on compatible Android Wear smartwatches. Jason Jacobs, founder and chief executive of Runkeeper, said: “It seems clear that the fitness brands of the future will not just make physical products, but will be embedded in the consumer journey in ways that will help keep people motivated and maximise their enjoyment of sport.” Jacobs said that the …

    February 12, 2016 5:17 am
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Science

  • Herpes outbreak, other marine viruses linked to coral bleaching event


    Related images(click to enlarge) A study at Oregon State University has concluded that significant outbreaks of viruses may be associated with coral bleaching events, especially as a result of multiple environmental stresses. One such event was documented even as it happened in a three-day period. It showed how an explosion of three viral groups, including a herpes-like virus, occurred just as corals were bleaching in one part of the Great Barrier Reef off the east coast of Australia. The findings, reported in Frontiers in Microbiology, take on special significance as the world is now experiencing just the third incidence ever recorded of coral bleaching on a global scale, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA. Coral bleaching can occur when corals are exposed to stressful environmental conditions, such as warmer water, overfishing or pollution. This can cause them to expel symbiotic algae that live in their tissues and lose their color. The …

    February 12, 2016 3:57 am
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Health

  • WHO expects to set link between Zika and microcephaly in weeks, vaccine 18 months


    GENEVA The World Health Organization (WHO) expects the suspected links between the Zika virus and two neurological disorders, microcephaly in babies and Guillain-Barre in adults, to be established within weeks, a senior WHO official said on Friday. “We have a few more weeks to be sure to demonstrate causality, but the link between Zika and Guillain-Barre is highly probable,” Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation, told a news briefing. She said it would take at least 18 months to start clinical trials on humans of candidate vaccines against Zika, adding: “Two vaccine candidates seem to be more advanced: a DNA vaccine from the U.S. National Institutes for Health, and an inactivated product from Bharat Biotech, in India.” (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

    February 12, 2016 4:37 am
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Entertainment

  • ‘Duck Dynasty’ Sadie Robertson Calls Boyfriend Blake ‘The One’


    “Duck Dynasty” star Sadie Robertson is so serious about her boyfriend Blake that she called him “the one” in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. She spoke of the big reveal after sharing a pic that had her 2.5 million Instagram followers in an uproar. The pic showed Robertson and Blake after she caught a wedding bouquet at a pal’s nuptials. Said Robertson to Entertainment Tonight, “I posted that picture so innocently, and I get home and my mom is like, ‘Oh my gosh! Sadie, I cannot believe you posted that. Are you about to get married? Why would you post that?’” the 18-year-old said. “I was like, ‘I caught the bouquet! Of course I’m gonna post it!” she laughed. She does however plan to marry in the future and hopes her future involves longtime boyfriend Blake. uh oh look what I caught 1.23.16 A photo posted by Sadie Robertson (@legitsadierob) on Jan 23, 2016 at …

    February 12, 2016 6:58 am
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Editorial

  • Holy Cow! Pastor offers free prayers at coffee houses


    Coffee is not exactly Thomas Rusert’s cup of tea. Nevertheless, every Thursday morning Pastor Thomas indulges himself in a steaming cup of java at local coffee houses. “I’m a tea drinker all the other days of the week,” said Thomas, the associate pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. “I’m a weirdly patterned person.” Click here to join Todd’s American Dispatch – a must-read for conservatives! It does seem a bit unusual – akin to a vegetarian ordering tofu at a barbecue joint. But it turns the pastor’s weekly coffee klatch is all about prayer. Yes, prayer. Every Thursday morning, Pastor Thomas puts on a clergy collar and sets up shop in a local coffee house. He sets out a little sign that reads, “Free Prayer,” and then waits to see who God sends his way. “I’m humbled all the time by the way that the Spirit works,” the pastor told me. “God …

    February 12, 2016 7:18 am
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Odd News

  • Indian scientists express doubt over meteorite death attribution


    NEW DELHI Indian scientists have expressed doubt that a man in Tamil Nadu was the first person to have been confirmed killed by a meteorite strike, as the state’s top official has declared. The experts said the small crater, the absence of a sonic boom before impact, a lack of debris and the green and blue colour of rock recovered from the scene suggest some other cause. “It is highly improbable, but we will only be absolutely sure after a chemical analysis,” said V. Adimurthy, a senior scientist at India’s space agency. The mysterious event has triggered an international debate about whether a meteorite, space debris, leftover explosives or even frozen waste from a plane passing overhead may have killed the man. The meteorite attribution was announced this week by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram, a former film star who is known for her authoritarian style. A bus driver was killed by the meteorite at an engineering …

    February 10, 2016 8:04 am
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