• AirAsia recovery operation suspended

    AirAsia recovery operation suspended

    27 January 2015 Last updated at 09:27 The recovery has been hampered by bad weather, say officials The Indonesian military has suspended the recovery operation for AirAsia flight QZ8501, which crashed into the Java Sea...
  • Winklevoss twins: Bitcoin will explode beyond $1 trillion

    Winklevoss twins: Bitcoin will explode beyond $1 trillion

    The Winklevoss twins at ETF.com’s Inside ETFs Conference. There’s a trillion reasons why the Winklevoss twins are in love with Bitcoin. The brothers, known for their legal battle with Facebook (FB, Tech30) founder Mark Zuckerberg,...
  • Kyrgios and tricky wind cannot stop Murray march

    MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Testing wind conditions could not blunt Andy Murray’s clinical win over local hope Nick Kyrgios at the Australian Open on Tuesday as the Briton set up a semi-final with Tomas Berdych with...
  • Spain jet crash deaths rise to 11

    Spain jet crash deaths rise to 11

    27 January 2015 Last updated at 11:49 Both of the jet fighter’s pilots were killed in the crash A ninth French national has died after a crash involving a Greek F-16 fighter jet at a...

Headline News

  • Snowstorm sweeps northeast U.S., New York spared its brunt


    BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A blizzard swept across the northeastern United States on Tuesday, dropping more than a foot (30 cm) of snow across Massachusetts and Connecticut even as its impact on New York City fell short of dire predictions. The governors of New York and New Jersey lifted travel bans they had imposed a day earlier and New York City’s subway system was set to restart, though officials urged people who did not have to drive to stay off snow-covered roadways. A blizzard warning remained in effect for much of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, where snow was expected to go on falling through the day at a rate as high as 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 centimeters) an hour, even as the National Weather Service lifted its blizzard warning for the New York City area. Some in New York criticized the aggressive warnings of officials including Mayor Bill de Blasio, who for …

    January 27, 2015 8:09 am
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Politics

  • Sexual abuse at the hands of a Boy Scout leader


    By GILLIAN FLACCUS January 27, 2015 Former Boy Scout leader Al Stein who pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment in 2009.(AP Photo/California Department of Justice, Megan’s Law) A California man suing the Boy Scouts of America over sexual abuse suffered at the hands of a volunteer Scout leader was so scarred by the incident that he once threw up outside a Taco Bell when he saw someone who looked like the man, he testified in the opening day of a civil trial. The 20-year-old man, who was 13 when he was molested in 2007, told jurors Monday that shortly after the abuse he secretly taped the Scout leader making a partial confession because it was “a 13-year-old’s word against a Scout leader, an adult.” Then, he dropped out of baseball — which had been his passion for seven years — stopped hanging out with friends and eventually enrolled in a home school program after …

    January 27, 2015 5:28 am
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Stocks

  • Winklevoss twins: Bitcoin will explode beyond $1 trillion


    The Winklevoss twins at ETF.com’s Inside ETFs Conference. There’s a trillion reasons why the Winklevoss twins are in love with Bitcoin. The brothers, known for their legal battle with Facebook (FB, Tech30) founder Mark Zuckerberg, believe the controversial cryptocurrency is the payments network of the future. That’s despite Bitcoin’s 60% plunge in 2014. They predict Bitcoin’s market capitalization could easily skyrocket to at least $400 billion, or roughly the combined size of modern day payments companies like American Express (AXP), Visa (V), MasterCard (MA) and Western Union (WU). But the Internet entrepreneurs are taking it one step further. They believe Bitcoin could one day morph into a gold-like asset class — or even surpass it. “If Bitcoin is a better gold or seen as a type of gold-like asset, then it could be in the trillions on a market cap,” Tyler Winklevoss told CNNMoney. “We do feel those are very real possibilities.” Related: Gold is …

    January 27, 2015 7:49 am
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Sports

  • Clarke vying with Jimenez for captain’s role, say top duo


    DUBAI (Reuters) – The captain of the European side that will defend the Ryder Cup against the United States in Minnesota in 2016 will be Darren Clarke or Miguel Angel Jimenez, two stalwarts of the team said on Tuesday. World number two Henrik Stenson and sixth-ranked Sergio Garcia both believe it will be a straight fight between the Northern Irishman and the Spaniard over who replaces 2014 skipper Paul McGinley. “Most likely we’re going to see a race between Darren and Miguel,” Stenson told reporters on Tuesday ahead of this week’s Dubai Desert Classic. “That’s the beauty of being part of the Tournament Players Committee that no longer votes for it. I don’t have to put any thought into it, I just have to wait like everybody else until the result comes out.” The captain used to be decided by the players but it is now down to a five-man panel that includes former skippers …

    January 27, 2015 8:09 am
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World News

  • AirAsia recovery operation suspended


    27 January 2015 Last updated at 09:27 The recovery has been hampered by bad weather, say officials The Indonesian military has suspended the recovery operation for AirAsia flight QZ8501, which crashed into the Java Sea in December. Search teams failed to retrieve the fuselage after three days of attempts using a lifting bag. Officials initially thought bodies were inside, but now say recovering the wreckage is not a priority as they believe no victims remain. So far only 70 bodies of the 162 people who were on board have been found. The recovery operation has been hampered by stormy weather. Indonesia’s military chief, Gen Moeldoko, told the BBC that the wreckage was too fragile to be lifted. He added that he had decided to pull troops back to their base after some of the divers involved in the operation were treated for decompression sickness, the BBC’s Alice Budisatrijo reports. It comes after a previous attempt …

    January 27, 2015 8:09 am
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Technology

  • NFL launches YouTube channel just in time for Super Bowl XLIX


    The NFL is gearing up for Super Bowl XLIX with the launch of an official YouTube channel, through a partnership with Google that will also see the channel appearing when fans search for specific teams on the search engine. “On any screen you watch YouTube, NFL’s YouTube channel will bring you the sights and sounds this week in Arizona, from pre-game analysis to the highlights that everyone will be talking about,” YouTube’s sports partnerships manager Tim Katz said in a blog post. The NFL is playing a long game here, though: the channel will continue to post videos during the league’s off-season, before resuming highlights and other clips once the next season gets underway. The league only set up the channel in mid-December, and has been stocking it with clips from recent playoff matches and season-highlights for individual players ready for the launch this week, ahead of the Super Bowl on Sunday. The NFL is …

    January 27, 2015 5:28 am
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Science

  • Climate models disagree on why temperature ‘wiggles’ occur


    A new Duke University-led study finds that most climate models likely underestimate the degree of decade-to-decade variability occurring in mean surface temperatures as Earth’s atmosphere warms. The models also provide inconsistent explanations of why this variability occurs in the first place. These discrepancies may undermine the models’ reliability for projecting the short-term pace as well as the extent of future warming, the study’s authors warn. As such, we shouldn’t over-interpret recent temperature trends. “The inconsistencies we found among the models are a reality check showing we may not know as much as we thought we did,” said lead author Patrick T. Brown, a Ph.D. student in climatology at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. “This doesn’t mean greenhouse gases aren’t causing Earth’s atmosphere to warm up in the long run,” Brown emphasized. “It just means the road to a warmer world may be bumpier and less predictable, with more decade-to-decade temperature wiggles than expected. If …

    January 27, 2015 5:29 am
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Health

  • Scientists ask if Ebola immunizes as well as kills


    LONDON/DAKAR (Reuters) – A recent sharp drop in new Ebola infections in West Africa is prompting scientists to wonder whether the virus may be silently immunizing some people at the same time as brutally killing their neighbors. So-called “asymptomatic” Ebola cases – in which someone is exposed to the virus, develops antibodies, but doesn’t get sick or suffer symptoms – are hotly disputed among scientists, with some saying their existence is little more than a pipe dream. Yet if, as some studies suggest, such cases do occur in epidemics of the deadly disease, they may be a key factor in ending outbreaks more swiftly by giving secret protection to those lucky enough to be able to bat the infection away. “We wonder whether ‘herd immunity’ is secretly coming up – when you get a critical mass of people who are protected, because if they are asymptomatic they are then immune,” Philippe Maughan, senior operations administrator …

    January 27, 2015 5:28 am
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Entertainment

  • Emile Hirsch accused of assault at Sundance Film Festival


    While partying at Tao nightclub in Utah, where he is promoting his movie Ten Thousand Saints at the Sundance Film Festival, Hirsch was allegedly mixed up in a fracas with a female exec from Paramount Pictures — but details are pretty hazy on exactly what went down. More: Emile Hirsch hilariously mocks Shia LaBeouf’s temper tantrum on Twitter “Something happened between the movie exec and Emile, and she said she had been assaulted and asked security to call the police,” a source told Page Six. “Emile didn’t leave the scene, and calmly waited for the police to arrive, and spoke with them until around 5 a.m., after which he went home with his friends. No arrests were made.” The woman did not press charges at the scene but is still weighing her options, another insider said. More: Emile Hirsch is not alone! Check out these other biopic stars “Currently, this is an active case that …

    January 27, 2015 7:49 am
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Editorial

  • Christian ex-fire chief fires back at Atlanta mayor, files discrimination complaint


    Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran (Fox 5 Atlanta) Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran says he was fired because he wrote a book expressing his Christian faith, according to a discrimination complaint filed Jan. 19 with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. “I believe that I have been discriminated against because of my religion,” Cochran wrote in the complaint. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT His attorney, Jeremy Tedesco of the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith, said the ADA wants to vindicate the former fire chief following his “unjust termination.” The mayor may have the LGBT activists, the union and The New York Times on his side – but Chief Cochran has some much bigger firepower – the nation’s evangelical community. “Americans are guaranteed the freedom to live without fear of losing their jobs because of their beliefs and thoughts,” Tedesco said. Atlanta Mayor Kasim …

    January 27, 2015 1:25 am
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Odd News

  • San Francisco Zoo offers spurned lovers cockroach, scorpion adoptions


    (Reuters) – The San Francisco Zoo is giving the spurned and broken-hearted a new reason to mark Valentine’s Day – the chance to adopt a giant scorpion or hissing cockroach named after a heart-trampling ex. “When you think about the detritus of your love life this Valentine’s Day, consider adopting a Madagascar hissing cockroach for your ex,” the San Francisco Zoo said on its donation page of Monday’s promotion. For those suffering the sting of rejection, the zoo recommends the giant hairy scorpion. “Just like you-know-who, when a suitable victim wanders by, the scorpion grabs the doomed creature with its pinchers and stings the prey,” the zoo said. For those feeling especially wronged, the zoo also gives the option of having a notification sent to the person behind the heartbreak. Naming rights start at $25, and the spite money goes to a good cause, the zoo said. In both cases, the donations will be used …

    January 27, 2015 1:26 am
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