• IMF cuts blamed for Ebola spread

    IMF cuts blamed for Ebola spread

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 11:09 Sierra Leone, along with Liberia and Guinea, have poor health facilities Spending cuts imposed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) may have contributed to the rapid spread of...
  • Suns end Wizards’ 6-game winning streak

    Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) – Eric Bledsoe had 17 points and nine rebounds as the Phoenix Suns defeated the Washington Wizards 104-92 on Sunday night. Goran Dragic posted 16 points, six rebounds and four assists, while...
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    Today’s Toons 12/22/14

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  • The top 10 money stories of 2014

    The top 10 money stories of 2014

      It’s time to take a look back at the biggest financial news of the year. Here are the top 10 business stories of 2014, as selected by the staff of CNNMoney. 1. Oil prices...
  • North Korea threatens US over Sony

    North Korea threatens US over Sony

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 10:35 South Korean media is closely watching developments in the cyber-attack row North Korea has threatened unspecified attacks on the US in an escalation of a war of words...

Headline News

  • Yankees foundation reportedly will pay for education of murdered NYPD cop’s kids


    Dec. 21, 2014: Lucy Ramos, aunt of Officer Rafael Ramos, speaks during a news conference with members of the Ramos family in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) A foundation founded by late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner reportedly will cover the education costs for the sons of one of the two NYPD officers murdered in a daylight ambush Saturday afternoon. The New York Daily News reported that the Yankee Silver Shield Foundation will pay for the education of Officer Rafael Ramos’ 13-year-old son Jaden and another son who is in college.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Ramos, 40, and his partner, Officer Wenjian Liu, were killed as they sat in their squad car in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. The gunman, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, killed himself a short time later in a Brooklyn subway station. Later Saturday, Jaden Ramos paid tribute to him in a Facebook post. “Today I had to say bye …

    December 22, 2014 5:59 am
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Politics

  • 10 Races to Watch in 2016: Pennsylvania Senate


    By Emily Cahn Posted at 5 a.m. today 0 Tweet Toomey is up for re-election in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa., the former president of the conservative Club for Growth, is seeking re-election in a state that hasn’t picked a GOP nominee for president since 1988. So will Toomey — who has been endorsed for re-election by this outside group — moderate his votes or platform to appeal to the political center of the Keystone State ahead of 2016? It’s one of the most interesting questions of the 2016 cycle  — and it’s just one reason why the Pennsylvania Senate race tops Roll Call’s list of the Top 10 Races to Watch in 2016. Over the next two weeks, Roll Call will reveal daily a key race for this nascent cycle and examine its dynamics. Here’s another reason the Keystone State tops the Senate race landscape: Will anyone challenge former Rep. …

    December 22, 2014 4:18 am
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Stocks

  • The top 10 money stories of 2014


      It’s time to take a look back at the biggest financial news of the year. Here are the top 10 business stories of 2014, as selected by the staff of CNNMoney. 1. Oil prices plunge. The huge decline in oil prices is great for U.S. consumers. The price of gas tumbled along with oil. But lower energy prices aren’t universally good news. They are a potentially a sign of weak global demand. The crude awakening also wreaked havoc on Russia’s economy and briefly rattled investors in the stock market. 2. The bull keeps raging. This year was more volatile on Wall Street than 2013. But investors rolled with the punches and stocks appear headed for another year of solid gains. The Dow and SP 500 routinely hit new record highs. And the Nasdaq is closing in on the 5,000 mark, a level it last hit in March 2000. 3. Total recall. It was a …

    December 22, 2014 5:18 am
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Sports

  • Suns end Wizards’ 6-game winning streak


    Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) – Eric Bledsoe had 17 points and nine rebounds as the Phoenix Suns defeated the Washington Wizards 104-92 on Sunday night. Goran Dragic posted 16 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Markieff Morris tallied 17 points for Phoenix, which has won three straight on the heels of a six-game losing streak. “The whole second half I thought we just stepped it up a little bit,” Bledsoe said. John Wall recorded 14 points, eight assists, five boards and three steals and Bradley Beal added 14 points and seven boards for the Wizards, who had their six-game winning streak snapped. “They outworked us, they outphysicaled us all game long,” Washington coach Randy Whittman said. The game was tied 50-50 at the break, but the Suns used a 12-3 run to establish a double-digit lead. Morris put in the first four points of the surge, which was capped on Goran Dragic’s runner for a …

    December 22, 2014 5:59 am
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World News

  • IMF cuts blamed for Ebola spread


    22 December 2014 Last updated at 11:09 Sierra Leone, along with Liberia and Guinea, have poor health facilities Spending cuts imposed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) may have contributed to the rapid spread of Ebola in three West African states, UK-based researchers say. It had led to “under-funded, insufficiently staffed, and poorly prepared health systems” in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, they said. The IMF denied the allegation. The deadliest Ebola outbreak ever has so far killed more than 7,300 people, mostly in the three states. “A major reason why the Ebola outbreak spread so rapidly was the weakness of healthcare systems in the region, and it would be unfortunate if underlying causes were overlooked,” said Cambridge University sociologist and lead study author Alexander Kentikelenis. IMF polices made it difficult to employ health staff, researchers say The three West African states have relied heavily on aid agencies to help fight the outbreak Policies requiring …

    December 22, 2014 5:59 am
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Technology

  • South Korea launches nuclear power cyber-attack drills after hack


    South Korea’s nuclear power plant operator has launched a two-day drill to test its ability to thwart a cyber-attack after a series of leaks on Twitter by a suspected hacker. The drill on Monday was conducted at the country’s four nuclear plants, said Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP), which operates 23 reactors and supplies about 30% of the country’s electricity. “The two-day drill is under way through simulators to ensure the safety of our nuclear power plants under cyber-attacks,” said a KHNP spokesman, Kim Tae-Seok. Last week a suspected hacker, using an account called president of the anti-nuclear reactor group, published a variety of information on a Twitter account. It included designs and manuals for two reactors as well as personal information on 10,000 KHNP workers. In a new message on Sunday, the hacker threatened to release more information unless the government shuts three reactors from 25 December. The message warned residents in areas …

    December 22, 2014 4:38 am
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Science

  • Is gravity the force driving time forwards?


    Credit: iStock It’s obvious that time flows in one direction. A teacup falls to the floor and shatters but we never see the broken shards reassemble; scramble an egg and it will never unscramble; we get older not younger with each passing day. It might seem less obvious to ask: why does our Universe have an arrow of time?  But physicists and philosophers have asked, and struggled with this question, at least since the days of Aristotle. So whenever a new theory comes along, the scientific community greets it with great caution. Nevertheless, a paper in Physical Review Letters last October, by Flavio Mercati at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada, and his colleagues, has made physicists sit up and take notice. Mercati believes he can demonstrate that the most familiar of nature’s forces – gravity – is what sets time ticking in a certain direction. At first glance, gravity isn’t an …

    December 22, 2014 4:39 am
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Health

  • Germany to step up bird flu testing after new cases discovered


    HAMBURG (Reuters) – Germany will on Monday announce compulsory testing of ducks and geese for bird flu before slaughtering after two more cases of the H5N8 strain of the disease were discovered, the country’s agriculture ministry said. A new regulation forcing all ducks and geese to be tested for bird flu before slaughter will be announced later on Monday under urgent approval procedures, a ministry spokesperson said. It is set to take force on Tuesday, she said. This is because ducks and geese show late or even no clinical symptoms of the disease and intensified monitoring is needed, she said. The move follows the confirmation on Saturday of another case of H5N8 bird flu on a farm in the German state of Lower Saxony, a leading poultry production region. Another H5N8 case was confirmed in a wild duck in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt, bringing to five the number of reported cases in the country …

    December 22, 2014 4:38 am
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Entertainment

  • Happy #ShortGirlAppreciationDay! 15 Stars who are 5 feet tall or under


    1. Mary-Kate Olsen Although Mary-Kate and twin sister Ashley told Oprah they both measure in at around 5 feet tall, Mary-Kate is widely estimated to fall shy of that mark. For reference, Mary-Kate’s little sister Elizabeth, pictured with her above, is 5 feet 7 inches. As Michelle Tanner would say, “Whoa, baby!” More: Our theory on Mary-Kate Olsen’s “new look” — and it’s not plastic surgery 2. Kylie Minogue Image: Daniel Deme/WENN Australian singer and sometimes actress Kylie Minogue used to claim in interviews that she was over 5 feet tall — until, that is, her sister Danni outed her, saying, “She lies about her height! Kylie always says she’s 5 foot 1, but she is so not. She is actually 5 feet.” 3. Hayden Panettiere Image: FayesVision/WENN Hayden Panettiere has stated her height as 5 feet 2 inches in the past, but experts speculate the Nashville actress is more likely an even 5 feet. Still, standing …

    December 22, 2014 6:19 am
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Editorial

  • Last minute Christmas shopping: Five things to avoid


    FILE — Nov. 28, 2014: A man dressed as Santa Claus greets shoppers outside the J.C. Penney store at the Glendale Galleria shopping mall in Glendale, Calif. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) This weekend millions of Americans will take to the mall to get last-minute gifts for their loved ones. They will pour through the already-picked-over selections to try and find “the gift.” For those of you who are forced into the mall this weekend: I’m sorry. Here are five things to avoid as we enter the final shopping days before Christmas.   1. Believe the best bargains are found if you wait until the last minute. While it’s true, retailers are starting their after-Christmas sales earlier than ever – just as the Christmas shopping season starts before you get to Thanksgiving dessert – seasoned shoppers know (1) value and (2) bargain do not mean the same thing.  We all know just because something is cheap doesn’t mean …

    December 20, 2014 4:21 pm
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Odd News

  • Captive orangutan has human right to freedom, Argentine court rules


    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – An orangutan held in an Argentine zoo can be freed and transferred to a sanctuary after a court recognized the ape as a “non-human person” unlawfully deprived of its freedom, local media reported on Sunday. Animal rights campaigners filed a habeas corpus petition – a document more typically used to challenge the legality of a person’s detention or imprisonment – in November on behalf of Sandra, a 29-year-old Sumatran orangutan at the Buenos Aires zoo. In a landmark ruling that could pave the way for more lawsuits, the Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights (AFADA) argued the ape had sufficient cognitive functions and should not be treated as an object. The court agreed Sandra, born into captivity in Germany before being transferred to Argentina two decades ago, deserved the basic rights of a “non-human person.” “This opens the way not only for other Great Apes, but also for other …

    December 21, 2014 4:33 pm
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