• GB ice hockey miss out on Olympics

    GB ice hockey miss out on Olympics

    Great Britain have not qualified for the Olympics since 1948 Great Britain have missed out on the chance to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Needing to beat Italy to progress to the final round...
  • Call for Turkey to end assault on Kurds

    Media captionLyse Doucet: There is scepticism about the chances to bring peace to Syria France’s foreign ministry has urged Turkey to end its assault on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. In a statement (in French)...
  • Ikea accused of dodging $1.1 billion in taxes

    Ikea accused of dodging $1.1 billion in taxes

    Ikea has been accused of dodging up to 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) in taxes between 2009 and 2014, according to a report by the Green party in the European Parliament. The political group is...
  • Asthma linked to an increased time to pregnancy

    Asthma has been associated with a prolonged time to pregnancy and a decreased birth rate in a new clinical observation study. Published today (12 February, 2016) in the European Respiratory Journal, the research adds to...
  • Massaro & Matthew win British titles

    Massaro & Matthew win British titles

    Laura Massaro became world champion in 2014 and world number one in January 2016 Laura Massaro won her third British title with a straight-set final victory over Alison Waters in Manchester. The world number one,...

Headline News

  • Florida mogul accuses his ex of stealing $2.1M in diamonds, gold


    A Florida businessman has sued his ex-fiancee alleging that she and her parents conspired to steal $2.1 million in gold, diamonds and other jewelry after their breakup last summer. Scott Patrick Mitchell of Palm Harbor says his ex took 99 three-diamond necklaces, 147 gold rings and 172 loose diamonds from his vault, according to The Tampa Bay Times. The ex-fiancee Mary Catherine Hunt is also facing criminal charges of grand theft in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court for the alleged heist. Her attorneys have denied the allegations and say more facts will come to light. Mitchell, CEO of salon products company Simply Organic, told investigators that he and investors bought the jewels from struggling jewelers during the recession in 2008. They paid $900,000, but now estimate the worth at $2.1 million. He says only he and Hunt knew the combination needed to access the vault. Mitchell told investigators that when he broke off his engagement to Hunt …

    February 14, 2016 5:07 pm
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Politics

  • Indian-American judge who could replace Scalia worked on controversial cases for business


    WASHINGTON One possible contender to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court is an Indian-American appeals court judge, Sri Srinivasan, who has pro-business credentials and a stellar resume. If he was nominated his background may make it more politically challenging for Republicans as they plan to block anyone put forward by President Barack Obama. Srinivasan, 48, has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since he was confirmed on a 97-0 bipartisan vote in the U.S. Senate in May 2013. Republican senators who supported him then would likely be asked to justify why they couldn’t back him for the Supreme Court. Many names are likely under consideration and the White House has not tipped its hand, but recent Supreme Court appointments have tended to be appeals court judges and the appeals court in Washington on which Srinivasan serves has often been a springboard to the high court. …

    February 14, 2016 5:07 pm
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Stocks

  • Ikea accused of dodging $1.1 billion in taxes


    Ikea has been accused of dodging up to 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) in taxes between 2009 and 2014, according to a report by the Green party in the European Parliament. The political group is accusing the retailer of “large scale tax avoidance.” Its report, published over the weekend, said Ikea was deliberately shifting money from its stores around Europe through a subsidiary in the Netherlands. From there, they would end up untaxed in Lichtenstein or Luxembourg. The European Commission, the top E.U. regulator, said it would study the report. Ikea did not respond to CNNMoney’s request to comment. Other media outlets reported that Ikea said: “Ikea Group is fully committed to manage its operations in a responsible and sustainable way and we pay our taxes in full compliance with national and international tax rules and regulations.” The report estimated that for 2014 alone, the tax avoidance led to 35 million euros ($39 million) of …

    February 14, 2016 4:08 pm
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Sports

  • GB ice hockey miss out on Olympics


    Great Britain have not qualified for the Olympics since 1948 Great Britain have missed out on the chance to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Needing to beat Italy to progress to the final round of qualification, they lost 6-2 to the hosts in Cortina. Italy top the pre-qualifiers group and go through to the qualifiers in September, with Great Britain second after wins over Netherlands and Serbia. The British team, ranked 24th, have not qualified for the Olympics since 1948, when they finished fifth. Italy, ranked 18th, were 4-0 up in the second period before goals from Ashley Tait and David Clarke got Britain back within two. But the hosts re-established their four-goal lead in the final period to secure their place at the qualifying tournament in Norway. GB head coach Pete Russell said: “We gave it our best shot and I am proud of them. But we have be better and we have …

    February 14, 2016 5:08 pm
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World News

  • Call for Turkey to end assault on Kurds


    Media captionLyse Doucet: There is scepticism about the chances to bring peace to Syria France’s foreign ministry has urged Turkey to end its assault on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. In a statement (in French) it said it was “worried about the continued worsening of the situation”. On Saturday, Turkey began shelling the militia, which it says is linked to the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The fighters – the YPG militia based in Syria – have rejected Turkey’s demand to leave areas it has seized, saying Islamists would return if it left. Turkey’s assault is a new thread in an already-complex conflict that has drawn in competing regional powers. A statement on Syria’s state news agency also condemned Turkey’s intervention, calling it “outrageous violation of international law”. France also called on the regime and its allies to stop their bombardments “across the whole of the country”. France said priority should be given to implementing …

    February 14, 2016 4:08 pm
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Technology

  • Myo armband reads motions to put the world at your fingertips


    I’d seen videos of the Myo before I received one. The black wearable device had always struck me as looking cool and slightly futuristic. As someone who speaks and presents often, here was a chance to take my “cool presentation” factor up a notch. Wearing the Myo, my hopes and dreams faded. Rather than being light and inconspicuous, it felt clunky. It was also cold – I hadn’t noticed the metal sensors in the promo videos. It felt as if I had a bionic arm. Myo fits snugly around your forearm and uses proprietary technology to convert your hand into a controller. Your hand gestures are sent to a USB Bluetooth adapter plugged into your console or computer. Where Microsoft’s Kinnect turns your entire body into a controller, Thalmic Lab’s Myo turns your forearm and fingers into one. They have removed the need for you to hold a controller or clicker. I decided to focus …

    February 14, 2016 1:27 pm
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Science

  • Asthma linked to an increased time to pregnancy


    Asthma has been associated with a prolonged time to pregnancy and a decreased birth rate in a new clinical observation study. Published today (12 February, 2016) in the European Respiratory Journal, the research adds to previous studies that have identified a link between asthma and fertility. The evidence so far has been conflicting and many of the studies have either relied on data from questionnaires or small sample sizes. The current study investigated 245 women with unexplained fertility problems aged between 23 and 45 years. They underwent asthma and allergy testing and questionnaires during their fertility treatment. 96 women in the study had either an existing doctor’s diagnosis of asthma or were diagnosed with asthma when they entered the study. The researchers monitored the women during their fertility treatment for a minimum of 12 months, until they had a successful pregnancy, stopped treatment or the observation ended. The results found that the median total time …

    February 14, 2016 4:07 pm
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Health

  • Bristol-Myers shares could rise 25 percent on cancer drug: Barron’s


    NEW YORK Shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb could rise 25 percent within a year because of its cancer-fighting drug Opdivo, which some analysts see generating $8 billion to $9 billion in annual sales in five years, Barron’s said in its latest edition. The drug’s success in thwarting a number of cancers, including lung, melanoma, renal cell carcinoma, and head and neck, provides a major opportunity for Bristol-Myers, the publication said. Bristol-Myers holds an 80 percent share of the fledgling immuno-oncology market, and even as competition increases with treatments, the company is expected to retain a 50 percent to 60 percent share, Barron’s said. Bristol-Myers in late January forecast 2016 earnings that would represent a gain of almost 20 percent over last year, which would make the company the pharmaceutical industry’s earnings-growth pacesetter, Reuters reported at the time. (Reporting by Herbert Lash)

    February 14, 2016 4:47 pm
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Entertainment

  • Presidents Day Closings 2016: Banks, Post Office, Walmart Open Monday?


    What’s open and what’s closed on Presidents Day 2016? If you are wondering if banks are open, if there is mail delivery, and if stores like Walmart, Target, and Costco are open on Monday, February 15, here’s the low-down on the federal holiday that’s a day off for some and a regular work day for others. Most retail stores and malls will be open on Monday, so go score some half-price Valentine’s candy and deals on everything from winter coats to home furnishings. Supermarkets, liquor stores, and most chain restaurants will also be open on Monday but call ahead for holiday hours. Because Presidents Day (originally named Washington’s Birthday) is a federal holiday, there won’t be mail delivery and all U.S. Post Office locations will be closed. However, if you are waiting for a package from UPS or FedEx, both companies will be making deliveries on February 15. Are banks open on Monday? There’s always …

    February 14, 2016 3:47 pm
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Editorial

  • Homage to a magical evening with Justice Scalia


    Two years ago my neighbor called to invite my husband and me to a small dinner he was giving in honor of his hunting buddy and houseguest, Justice Scalia.  My neighbor, a crusty old bachelor, wasn’t used to giving dinner parties, so he asked me for advice.  Over a succession of phone calls he asked: Could I arrange for someone to cook and serve?  Could he borrow some dinner plates and silverware? What did I suggest he have for dinner?  He was also having a young Julliard pianist to play after dinner, but his old upright piano was out of tune, did I know anyone who could tune it?  It was pretty clear that although my neighbor was excited about having a very distinguished guest, he didn’t know what do to with him. I suggested that we move the dinner party across the street to my house – a suggestion to which he readily agreed.  …

    February 14, 2016 11:26 am
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Odd News

  • Racy night with handcuffs lands Arkansas man in handcuffs, again


    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. An Arkansas couple’s evening of “kinky” entertainment ended with one pair of handcuffs used for fun being replaced by another used for real in an arrest, police said on Friday. Dustin Taylor, 21, summoned police this week to his home in Fort Smith to remove a pair of handcuffs he told officers he and his wife had been using the previous night while “doing some ‘kinky’ things,” the official report stated. The couple had lost the key, Taylor explained. The responding patrolman removed the handcuffs and did a routine search of Taylor’s name in a police database. When the computer reported an outstanding warrant for Taylor on criminal mischief, handcuffs went back on. But this time they belonged to the officer. Sergeant Daniel Grubbs, spokesman for the Fort Smith police, expressed a measure of sympathy for Taylor. “I sort of wish the guy had invested in an extra handcuff key,” Grubbs said. …

    February 12, 2016 8:20 pm
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