• 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...
  • Pacers take down Timberwolves

    Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) – C.J. Miles scored 28 points off the bench to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 100-96 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. Roy Hibbert supplied 15 points with eight rebounds...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Spanish princess to face fraud trial

    Spanish princess to face fraud trial

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 09:45 The princess’s husband, Inaki Urdangarin, Duke of Palma, is already being prosecuted in the case The Spanish king’s sister, Princess Cristina, is to face a tax fraud trial...

Headline News

  • Missing Philadelphia student’s keys found in Schuylkill River, family says


    This image shows 21-year-old Shane Montgomery of Roxborough, Pa., who has been missing since the early hours of Nov. 27. (Handout via MyFoxPhilly.com) The family of a Philadelphia college student who disappeared early Thanksgiving morning said Sunday that police divers had found his keys in the Schylkill River. Shane Montgomery, a 21-year-old student at West Chester University, was last seen on surveillance footage walking into a parking lot along the river’s bank after leaving a bar in Manayunk, Pa., where he had been drinking with friends.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Verbrugghe, Montgomery’s uncle, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the keys had been found in the water just south of the parking lot. Verbrugghe said he confirmed the keys were his nephew’s by trying them him Montgomery’s front door.  WTXF-TV reported that members of the community in Montgomery’s hometown of Roxborough and Manayunk gathered at a local Catholic church to pray for his safe return.  Montgomery had …

    December 22, 2014 4:58 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

  • Meet the world’s No. 1 dealer in Guinness art


      Robert Lloyd, a New York antique dealer, holds an unusual distinction: He is the world’s largest dealer of Guinness advertising art. He has bought hundreds of paintings, once lost to obscurity in a London archive, that were original renderings of iconic Guinness posters displayed in pubs and college dorm rooms. The paintings are by the English artist John Gilroy, who died in 1985. Gilroy worked for S.H. Benson, an advertising agency that held the Guinness account from 1929 until the late 1960s. Gilroy designed thousands of posters for the beer giant’s ad campaigns. Lloyd, the antique dealer, came upon his Guinness obsession somewhat accidentally. Nearly five years ago, he was at an antique show in Florida when he stumbled on a few of the original Guinness paintings. Lloyd bought what the dealer had on hand but was thirsty for more. He went to London to see the rest of the paintings — and wasted …

    December 21, 2014 5:13 pm
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Sports

  • Pacers take down Timberwolves


    Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) – C.J. Miles scored 28 points off the bench to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 100-96 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. Roy Hibbert supplied 15 points with eight rebounds and David West netted 14 points for Indiana, which snapped an eight-game road losing streak. “Our guys have been deep in the playoffs, they showed great composure and we were able to pull out the win,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. Mo Williams poured in 24 points with 10 assists for the Timberwolves, while Shabazz Muhammad and Chase Budinger deposited 21 and 13 points, respectively. Minnesota has lost five straight. Williams’ 3-pointer gave the Timberwolves a 90-89 lead late, their first advantage since it was 3-2 early in the first. Hibbert answered at the other end with a layup before Williams worked a pick- and-roll with Gorgui Dieng and knocked down the jumper from the top of the key. The …

    December 22, 2014 4:39 am
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World News

  • 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 following the Sony Pictures cyber-attacks. In a fiery statement, the North warned of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and “the whole US mainland”. North Korea denies US claims it is behind cyber-attacks linked to a film that features the fictional killing of its leader Kim Jong-un. North Korea has a long history of issuing threats against the US. The latest statement comes days after the US formally accused the North of orchestrating a massive cyber attack on Sony Pictures. “The army and people of the DPRK [North Korea] are fully ready to stand in confrontation with the US in all war spaces including cyber warfare space,” a long statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency said. “Our …

    December 22, 2014 4:58 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

  • Dancing With The Stars Judge is Quitting!!!


    http://goldderby.latimes.com/awards_goldderby/2008/09/dancing-with-th.html We all love the ABC show Dancing With The Stars and we all especially love one of the judges – Bruno Tonioloi. His tough criticism and outgoing and bubbly personality is truly the life of the show. However, apparently rumors have been going around saying that Bruno Tonioloi is quitting and even better that the other judge, Len Goodman is resigning. Don’t worry, these two judges are not just jumping up and quitting the first chance they get and they are not leaving for the wrong reasons. Len Goodman is now 70 years old and wants to move back to his home country which is England. At home is where Len Goodman wants to be, and who can blame him? He also wants to move so that he can focus on projects that are closer to home. On the other hand, Bruno believes that if Len resigns he should be named head judge and …

    December 22, 2014 2:17 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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