• Liam Neeson & Kristen Stewart Are Definitely Not Dating

    Liam Neeson & Kristen Stewart Are Definitely Not Dating

    Liam Neeson recently made headlines for revealing that he is dating an “incredibly famous” woman. Naturally, fans have been speculating who that lucky lady is. Guesses have ranged from Susan Sarandon to Charlize Theron. But it’s...
  • China is on a massive gold buying spree

    China is on a massive gold buying spree

    The Chinese are on a massive gold shopping spree. China’s government doesn’t share exact figures, but the vast majority of gold heading into mainland China passes through Hong Kong, which does make its records public....
  • England can win World T20

    England can win World T20

    Media playback is not supported on this device Cook praise for ‘exciting’ ODI team England can repeat their success of 2010 and win the World Twenty20, says Test captain Alastair Cook. The T20 side, led...
  • Farc to ‘stop recruiting minors’

    Farc to ‘stop recruiting minors’

    Image copyright AP Image caption The Colombian Army says it has captured Farc fighters who were as young as 13 Colombia’s largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc), has announced that it...
  • Ukad to conduct drug tests in Russia

    Ukad to conduct drug tests in Russia

    Media playback is not supported on this device Russia doping crisis in 60 seconds UK Anti-Doping will provide “targeted and intelligence-led testing” on Russian athletes after signing a deal with the World Anti-Doping Agency. Wada...

Headline News

  • Almost 2,400 counterfeit hoverboards seized in Charleston


    CHARLESTON, S.C. –  Customs agents have seized almost 2,400 counterfeit hoverboards at the Port of Charleston. U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a release Tuesday saying that the boards were seized at the docks last month. The so-called hoverboards — which are two-wheeled, motorized scooters — were made in China and violate federal trademark laws. The agency also makes sure that imported goods comply with U.S. laws, including consumer safety standards. It said the hoverboards also posed a fire threat because of their lithium ion batteries. The retail price of 2,400 authentic hoverboards is an estimated $1.6 million.

    February 10, 2016 11:26 am
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Politics

  • Trying to Make Sense of the Post-New Hampshire Republican Race


    By Nathan L. Gonzales Posted at 12:12 p.m. Feb. 10 1 Tweet The good news for Trump is that the New Hampshire result isn’t likely to narrow the field all that much and he could continue to benefit from a divided field. ( Joe Raedle/Getty Images) If there were any doubts that Donald Trump was a serious contender in the Republican presidential race after he arguably under-performed in Iowa, New Hampshire’s results should be a wake-up call. While one victory in the Granite State certainly doesn’t guarantee Trump the nomination, his significant margin (nearly 20 percent) isn’t easily dismissed. It’s becoming clear that he has a fairly high floor of support, although he could also have a lower ceiling than many of the other candidates. When it comes to Trump, there are two ways to look at the results and the polls. The first way is the Trump way, where the businessman is consistently leading …

    February 10, 2016 12:45 pm
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Stocks

  • China is on a massive gold buying spree


    The Chinese are on a massive gold shopping spree. China’s government doesn’t share exact figures, but the vast majority of gold heading into mainland China passes through Hong Kong, which does make its records public. Gold imports to China have surged over 700% since 2010, according to the latest data from Hong Kong. Exactly what China is doing with all that gold remains somewhat of a mystery. The increasingly wealthy Chinese are buying, but that doesn’t explain all the jump in demand. The government says its gold reserves have grown only a little in recent years. Experts question whether China is telling the whole truth. “China has a lot more gold than they declare,” says John LaForge, head of Wells Fargo’s commodities team. Related: Why China doesn’t know what it’s doing China’s big gold binge China now consumes about 40% of the gold that comes out of the ground every year, according to LaForge. The …

    February 10, 2016 1:25 pm
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Sports

  • England can win World T20


    Media playback is not supported on this device Cook praise for ‘exciting’ ODI team England can repeat their success of 2010 and win the World Twenty20, says Test captain Alastair Cook. The T20 side, led by Eoin Morgan, have won their past six matches and on Wednesday named a squad that includes uncapped all-rounder Liam Dawson for the tournament in India in March. “England have now got players who can win a game of cricket single-handedly,” Cook told BBC Sport. “They have as good a chance as anybody because of how dangerous they are.” Cook, England’s highest Test runscorer, added: “In T20 there is always an element of luck. “The best side wins it but, because it is such a short tournament and a short form of the game, it only takes a team to get on a roll, get a bit of confidence, and they’ll win it.” Along with their Twenty20 form, a new-look …

    February 10, 2016 12:46 pm
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World News

  • Farc to ‘stop recruiting minors’


    Image copyright AP Image caption The Colombian Army says it has captured Farc fighters who were as young as 13 Colombia’s largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc), has announced that it will stop recruiting minors. A negotiator for the rebels at peace talks in Havana, Victoria Sandino, read out a statement saying they would no longer recruit anyone under 18. The Farc last year said it would stop recruiting children under 17 and discharge those under 15. The government had said that move did not go far enough. Human rights groups define any member of a force aged under 18 as a child soldier. Natalio Cosoy, BBC Mundo, Bogota: Martin’s story Army sources estimate that close to half of Farc members have been recruited as minors. One of those was Martin (not his real name). When I spoke to him, he told me how it was a natural thing for him …

    February 10, 2016 12:45 pm
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Technology

  • Google’s tax affairs: the players and questions they need to answer


    Google’s tax affairs will be scrutinised by MPs on Thursday as the internet search engine company answers questions about its £130m settlement with HM Revenue Customs. The California-based company will be represented by the head of its European operations, Matt Brittin, and its head of international tax, Tom Hutchinson. They will be joined in front of the public accounts committee by HMRC’s chief executive, Lin Homer, who can also expect a tough hearing over the deal, which has been criticised by politicians, trade unions, tax campaigners and business leaders including Rupert Murdoch. Here are some of the questions that Google should answer, followed by profiles of the key figures attending the hearing. Why does the company continue to go out of its way to route UK sales through Ireland? Google will doubtless claim its structure is a simple one. All international sales – not just the group’s £5bn of UK sales – are made by …

    February 10, 2016 1:05 pm
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Science

  • Americans recognize ‘past presidents’ who never were, study finds


    Related images(click to enlarge) Ask Americans to name the former U.S. president whose face currently graces the U.S. $10 dollar bill and most will be quick to answer Alexander Hamilton. Sure, it’s a trick question. But a new study from memory researchers at Washington University in St. Louis confirms that most Americans are confident that Alexander Hamilton was once president of the United States. “Our findings from a recent survey suggest that about 71 percent of Americans are fairly certain that Alexander Hamilton is among our nation’s past presidents,” said Henry L. Roediger III, a human memory expert at Washington University. “I had predicted that Benjamin Franklin would be the person most falsely recognized as a president, but Hamilton beat him by a mile. “The interesting thing is that their confidence in Hamilton having been president is fairly high — higher than for six or so actual presidents.” Roediger, PhD, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished …

    February 10, 2016 7:44 am
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Health

  • U.S. tests show some Lumber Liquidators flooring causes health woes: report


    Government tests show some types of laminate flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators Holdings LLC can cause irritation and breathing problems but the risk of cancer from exposure is low, a federal agency said on Wednesday. Lumber Liquidators’ sales and shares were hammered after the CBS program “60 Minutes” reported in March last year that the laminates from China contained excessive levels of cancer-causing formaldehyde. The company’s shares rose after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the findings of the tests. (1.usa.gov/1KbZEAR) “We estimated the risk of cancer from exposure to this flooring and it’s low,” the CDC said on its website. Lumber Liquidators said it supported the recommendations of the report on the safety of flooring made in China between 2012 and 2014. The CDC said customers who had installed the flooring and were concerned about formaldehyde should open windows for a few minutes every few days, use exhaust fans and avoid …

    February 10, 2016 12:25 pm
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Entertainment

  • Liam Neeson & Kristen Stewart Are Definitely Not Dating


    Liam Neeson recently made headlines for revealing that he is dating an “incredibly famous” woman. Naturally, fans have been speculating who that lucky lady is. Guesses have ranged from Susan Sarandon to Charlize Theron. But it’s definitely not Kristen Stewart. During an interview with the Sunday Independent, the actor played coy about who he’s dating, seven years after his wife Natasha Richardson’s death. When asked if he was involved with anyone, Neeson responded: “Yes, but I’d embarrass her if I said her name, she’s incredibly famous. I’ll have to do my best for her. It’s amazing how far a simple bunch of freshly picked flowers will go in a lady’s life, I find.” Jezebel initially suggested that the actor may be romancing Stewart because the pair happened to be at Tao night club in New York City on Jan. 5. They left separately. The writer said his speculation was based on “almost nothing” and produced no photo evidence of the duo hanging …

    February 10, 2016 1:45 pm
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Editorial

  • Five things this mom just can’t do anymore


    As a working mother of five—yes, five—boys, my days are filled to the brim. If I’m not careful about what I fill them with, they go from “full” to “busy,” and busy is just not how I want to live. Think about it—we’ve replaced the word “fine” with “busy.” “How are you? “ “Oh, I’m busy…Good, but busy.” In a chaotic world, our culture applauds busy, but is that really how you want to live? Saying yes to everything under the sun, shuttling your kids from countless activity to activity, trying to outshine everyone and prove (really, even if just to yourself) that you are indeed Super Mom? Not me. So in the spirit of breaking the busy before it breaks me, here are five things that this mom just can’t do anymore: 1.  I can’t compare real life to Pinterest. You know all of those gorgeous inspiration photos on Pinterest, the ones we pin …

    February 10, 2016 11:04 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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