• FIFA to publish Garcia report in ‘appropriate form’

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) – FIFA’s executive committee has unanimously agreed to publish an “appropriate” version of a report into the bidding process for the 2018/2022 World Cups but said Russia and Qatar would still stage...
  • Russia warns US over sanctions bill

    Russia warns US over sanctions bill

    19 December 2014 Last updated at 13:07 Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, left, issued the warning to his US counterpart John Kerry Russia has warned that a new US law authorising fresh sanctions against Moscow...
  • Consumers can sue Target Corp over data breach: judge

    (Reuters) – A U.S. judge has cleared the way for consumers to sue Target Corp over the retailer’s late 2013 data breach that they say compromised their personal financial information. U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson...
  • Turkey releases Gulen-linked editor

    Turkey releases Gulen-linked editor

    19 December 2014 Last updated at 14:08 Ekrem Dumanli was welcomed by supporters as he was freed by the court in Istanbul A court in Istanbul has released a leading Turkish newspaper editor arrested during...
  • Apple ‘deeply offended’ by BBC story

    Apple ‘deeply offended’ by BBC story

    19 December 2014 Last updated at 14:05 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Richard Bilton reports from Shanghai: ”An exhausted workforce” Apple has said it is “deeply offended” by a BBC investigation...

Headline News

  • Consumers can sue Target Corp over data breach: judge


    (Reuters) – A U.S. judge has cleared the way for consumers to sue Target Corp over the retailer’s late 2013 data breach that they say compromised their personal financial information. U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Thursday dismissed claims by plaintiffs in certain states but largely denied Target’s request to toss the proposed class action lawsuit. Magnuson rejected Target’s argument that the consumers lacked standing to sue because they could not establish any injury. “Plaintiffs’ allegations plausibly allege that they suffered injuries that are ‘fairly traceable’ to Target’s conduct,” Magnuson wrote. Neither a Target spokeswoman nor a lawyer for the plaintiffs responded to request for comment. Target has said at least 40 million credit cards were compromised in the breach, which may have resulted in the theft of as many as 110 million people’s personal information, such as email addresses and phone numbers. The ruling followed a similar decision by Magnuson …

    December 19, 2014 9:26 am
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Politics

  • U.S. not really prepared for a nuke attack


    By HOPE YEN December 19, 2014 Are we ready for this? The federal government isn’t fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or large-scale natural catastrophe, lacking effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found. The report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, obtained by The Associated Press before its release, found that the Federal Emergency Management Agency didn’t always keep track of disaster efforts by agencies, hampering the nation’s preparedness even after Superstorm Sandy in 2012. That storm hit a large swath of the eastern U.S., including New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, which received federal disaster money. “FEMA is not aware of the full range of information,” according to the report. The investigation relied in part on internal documents from the Homeland Security Department, which oversees FEMA, including previously undisclosed details from a 2013 disaster plan that highlights needed …

    December 19, 2014 7:45 am
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Stocks

  • Why North Korea’s attack should leave every company scared stiff


      Watch your back, Corporate America, or you could become the next Sony. The attack on Sony (SNE) Pictures inflicted crippling damage in a way that past hacks have not. Stolen corporate secrets, customer passwords and credit card numbers from previous cyberattacks haven’t left a lasting impact on companies, and they haven’t kept their customers away. By succeeding in its mission to get Sony to pull “The Interview,” hackers have provided a blueprint for really hurting American companies: Break into their computers, steal data, erase files, expose private documents, then make a physical threat. “The problem now is not the hack. It’s how Sony responded to it. It’s the cave-in,” said Peter W. Singer, a renowned author of several books on cyberwar. “They rewarded and incentivized attacks on the rest of us.” Sony’s attack was sponsored by North Korea, U.S. government officials are preparing to announce. Unlike most attacks conducted by Russian and Chinese hackers, …

    December 19, 2014 8:45 am
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Sports

  • FIFA to publish Garcia report in ‘appropriate form’


    MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) – FIFA’s executive committee has unanimously agreed to publish an “appropriate” version of a report into the bidding process for the 2018/2022 World Cups but said Russia and Qatar would still stage the tournaments. “The decision which has been taken on Dec 2, 2010, stands and there is no re-vote to take,” FIFA president Blatter told a news conference in a luxury Marrakech hotel. “We will go on by sticking to our decisions, both tournaments are in our calendar, and we also need to determine when 2022 will take place,” he added, referring to the controversy over the timing of the tournament in the Gulf state. “There must be huge upheavel, new elements come to the fore the change this, but the executive committee sees no need to change anything.” Blatter added that the crisis FIFA has faced since the publication last month of a summary of former investigator Michael Garcia’s 18-month …

    December 19, 2014 9:26 am
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World News

  • Russia warns US over sanctions bill


    19 December 2014 Last updated at 13:07 Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, left, issued the warning to his US counterpart John Kerry Russia has warned that a new US law authorising fresh sanctions against Moscow could damage relations between the two countries “for a long time”. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the comments in a phone call with his American counterpart John Kerry. Western sanctions, coupled with falling global oil prices, have hurt Russia’s economy. The EU and US have imposed a string of financial penalties on Moscow following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March. The new US legislation, aimed mainly at Russia’s defence industries, gives President Barack Obama the power to impose further sanctions if he chooses – though no action has yet been taken as a result of the bill. It would also allow Mr Obama to provide lethal and non-lethal military assistance to Ukraine. On Thursday the EU introduced measures which outlaw …

    December 19, 2014 9:26 am
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Technology

  • Why smartphone scent transmission will not be the next big thing


    Having your smartphone recreate the smell of bacon sizzling on the hob; a wild-flower meadow in summer; or a bubbling pan of mulled wine, might not be at the top of your wishlist for new technology. But that has not deterred Nesta, the “innovation charity that helps bring great ideas to life”, from declaring scent transmission to be one of its top 10 predictions for 2015. It is already technically possible to send the aroma of freshly baked bread along with a picture of the loaf that has just been plucked from the oven to a friend’s smartphone – as long as it has an attachment called the Scentee. But Nesta reckons that next year will be the moment when the technology really takes off. Adrian Cheok, professor of pervasive computing at City University in London, was responsible for the technology behind Scentee. It plugs into a smartphone’s headphone socket and uses alcohol-based aroma cartridges …

    December 19, 2014 8:05 am
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Science

  • Monkey See, Monkey Speak


    There is a mystery on Tiwai Island. A large wildlife sanctuary in Sierra Leone, the island is home to pygmy hippopotamuses, hundreds of bird species and several species of primates, including Campbell’s monkeys. These monkeys communicate via an advanced language that primatologists and linguists have been studying for decades. Over time, experts nearly cracked the code behind monkey vocabulary.   And then came krak. In the Ivory Coast’s Tai Forest Campbell’s monkeys (Cercopithecus campbelli) use the term krak to indicate that a leopard is nearby and the term hok to warn of an eagle circling overheard. Primatologists indexed their monkey lexicon accordingly. But on Tiwai Island they found that those same monkeys used krak as a general alarm call—one that, occasionally, even referred to eagles.   “Why on Earth were they producing krak when they heard an eagle,” asks co-author Philippe Schlenker, a linguist at France’s National Center for Scientific Research and professor at New …

    December 19, 2014 8:06 am
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Health

  • Loss of Teeth Linked to Physical, Mental Decline in Study


    FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older adults who have lost all their teeth have faster decreases in memory and walking ability than people who still have at least some of their teeth, a new study says. The findings suggest that total tooth loss could provide an early warning of increased risk of physical and mental decline in older people, the British researchers said. However, the findings don’t prove that tooth loss causes the physical or mental decline. The study included more than 3,100 participants 60 and older. People with no remaining teeth did about 10 percent worse on tests of memory and of walking speed than those with at least some teeth, the researchers found. The link between complete tooth loss and mental and physical problems was strongest in people between 60 to 74 years old compared to those 75 and older, according to the study published in the Journal of the American …

    December 19, 2014 8:05 am
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Entertainment

  • Halle Berry And Olivier Martinez Take Son Maceo To Paris For Christmas


    Posted on Fri Dec 19th, 2014 6:30am PDT       By X17 Staff Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez are off to Paris with son Maceo for Christmas! Sorta sad, though — they left behind Halle’s daughter Nahla as they jetted off to the French capital. She’s staying in LA with dad Gabriel Aubry. The former couple have been embroiled in a curious legal battle over their daughter’s hair. Halle sued Gabriel to force him to stop straightening and lightening Nahla’s hair (in what Halle said was an effort to make her appear more “white”). Well, the Oscar-winning actress won her lawsuit. Why does it matter? Well, read Vogue’s editorial on the issue … the stifling of black identity and straightening, cutting, and braiding of the natural curls that signify African-American-ness is important. Do YOU support Halle’s fight? Poll   SEE THE GALLERY Halle Berry And Olivier Martinez Take Son Maceo To Paris Stories from around the Web

    December 19, 2014 9:46 am
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Editorial

  • Sony, North Korea and ‘The Interview': When lack of principle meets personal cowardice


    The news is out. “The Interview” will not be coming to a Cineplex near you on Christmas Day. Sony, the studio that produced Seth Rogen’s $44 million comedy about the assassination North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has dropped it. Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal originally greenlighted this film. But as of today, she and her corporate bosses are the bitches of North Korea’s Dear Leader–the only guy in Hollywood with the power to red light a holiday blockbuster. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Kim didn’t even have to come to Hollywood to kill the film. An anonymous threat over the Internet was sufficient to shut it down. Just to make sure, he sent copies to Regal Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and AMC—the companies who own most of the movie theaters in the U.S. and to the people who live near these theaters, any one of which could turn into World Trade Center II. America’s enemies are connoisseurs of weakness, …

    December 19, 2014 8:05 am
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Odd News

  • Canadian driver jailed for deaths caused by stopping for ducks


    OTTAWA (Reuters) – A Canadian woman was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Thursday for causing two deaths in 2010 when she stopped her car on a Quebec highway to help a group of ducklings crossing the road. Emma Czornobaj had been convicted in June of two counts each of criminal negligence and dangerous driving causing death. According to media reports on Thursday, Czornobaj stopped her car abruptly in the passing lane of a highway south of Montreal when she saw the ducklings. The motorcycle behind Czornobaj’s car then crashed into her vehicle, killing the 50-year-old man driving the motorcycle and his 16-year-old daughter. “I just wanted to pick all these ducklings up and put them in my car,” Czornobaj had testified during her trial. “I know it was a mistake.” The jail time will be served on the weekends. Czornobaj was also sentenced to 240 hours of community service, probation and banned from …

    December 18, 2014 3:58 pm
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