Headline News

  • Polish town opposes Winnie-the-Pooh for dubious gender, immodest clothing


    FILE – Two boys chat in front of a giant stuffed doll of Winnie-The-Pooh at the “World of Winnie-The-Pooh” exhibition at a Tokyo department store in this April 24, 2002 file photo. Officials in a Polish town have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie-the-Pooh due to the bear’s unclear gender and immodest clothing. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File) (The Associated Press) WARSAW, Poland –  Officials in a Polish town have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie-the-Pooh due to the bear’s unclear gender and immodest clothing. The matter was debated in a closed-door meeting weeks ago in the central Polish town of Tuszyn, but didn’t get much media attention in Poland until recent days. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Voice recordings of the meeting were leaked to the media in which officials complained that Pooh Bear is immodestly dressed and also lacks a clear gender. One called the bear a “hermaphrodite.” Some said a fully …

    November 22, 2014 7:21 am
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Politics

  • In Chicago, contenders make hard push to get on mayoral ballot


    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Standing outside a drugstore in the bitter Chicago wind, Jonathan Todd shared tips with a fellow volunteer on how to collect signatures to get their candidate on the mayoral ballot. “Hold your pen tight in your hand – that keeps the ink from freezing,” said Todd, working for mayoral hopeful Amara Enyia. Todd was one of an army of campaign workers around the city this week scrambling for signatures before a Monday deadline to get a ballot spot to challenge incumbent Rahm Emanuel in February’s election. The third-largest U.S. city has the toughest ballot requirements in the country, said Richard Winger, an expert on ballot access legal issues. Contenders for mayor must file 12,500 voter signatures with the elections board, compared with 3,750 in New York and no more than 2,000 in Los Angeles. “I’m not aware of any cities large or small that require more than 5,000 signatures,” said Winger, who …

    November 22, 2014 4:18 am
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Stocks

  • Why I quit JPMorgan to start a jetpack business


    Dean O’Malley left the world of finance and ended up running Jetpack America, one of the companies at the forefront of the emerging jetpack water sport. In 2011, Dean O’Malley walked away from a high-paying job with no plans for the future, other than to escape the world of finance. His IT job at JPMorgan Chase (JPM) had survived the financial crisis, but he had no desire to stick around for the next one. O’Malley had grown tired of the crazy hours, increasing regulation and negative stigma. “Banking was one of those industries where we were seen as the root of all evil. I felt like I wasn’t really doing any positive work,” the Southern California native told CNNMoney. Just two weeks after leaving his Vice President of Technology post, O’Malley ran into a friend who opened up a very different career path. Her family was launching a business based on jetpacking, an emerging extreme …

    November 22, 2014 7:20 am
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Sports

  • Garcia weary as Dubai challenge falls flat, Els eyes 2015


    DUBAI (Reuters) – Sergio Garcia admitted he was weary after failing to make up any ground on the leaders at the DP World Tour Championship on Saturday, carding a third-round 69 that gives the Spaniard little hope of claiming second spot on the European money list. Garcia’s sole European Tour victory in 2014 came at January’s Qatar Masters — his only title on the circuit since 2011 — and his form since September’s Ryder Cup has been middling, failing to make the top 20 in his last two European Tour events. “I was running on fumes. It’s the way it is. I’m not playing great, but I’m trying as hard as I can,” Garcia told Reuters. “I probably won’t play as much as I did this year.” Garcia, playing with South African veteran Ernie Els, was erratic on the Earth course, with birdies at five and seven followed by successive bogeys into the turn. Another …

    November 22, 2014 7:20 am
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World News

  • Thai king’s absence sparks concern


    22 November 2014 Last updated at 11:24 Many Thai are praying for the king’s health King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand has failed to appear for a scheduled event, raising fresh concern about his health. On Friday, the 86-year-old monarch was due to preside over the confirmation of two ministers appointed by PM Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former general who seized power in a coup in May. However the ministers were told that King Bhumibol was unable to meet them. The ailing king has been staying at a hospital in Bangkok following an operation last month. His health is a sensitive issue in Thailand. Any discussion about the royal succession is tightly constrained by a stringent lese-majeste law. Bhumibol, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, has been on the throne for 67 years. The BBC’s Jonathan Head in Bangkok says he is accorded a revered status that is considered vital to the country’s stability. Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha was appointed …

    November 22, 2014 7:21 am
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Technology

  • Far Cry 4 review


    You’re Ajay, arriving in the fictitious Himalayan kingdom of Kyrat with your dead mum’s ashes. You discover a people living in fear of psychotic gun runner, Pagan Min, and that you’re the son of a legendary local freedom fighter. That’s all it takes to kickstart your campaign of Rambo-style regime change. As in Far Cry 3, there are rickety towers to scale that unlock new areas of the map, outposts to subdue, and the need to stalk animals and people through jungle, water and villages. This outing adds majestic mountain scenery and a grappling hook to help navigate it, as well as numerous gyrocopters and hang gliders ready to be stolen as you crisscross its precipitous passes and peaks. You can also change the course of the story depending on which of two rival faction leaders’ missions you choose to undertake. Like Assassin’s Creed, there’s a strong sense of deja vu, but this is so …

    November 22, 2014 4:19 am
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Science

  • Darwin 2.0


    Related images(click to enlarge) Birds that are related, such as Darwin’s finches, but that vary in beak size and behavior specially evolved to their habitat are examples of a process called speciation. It has long been thought that dramatic changes in a landscape like the formation of the Andes Mountain range or the Amazon River is the main driver that initiates species to diverge. However, a recent study shows that speciation occurred much later than these dramatic geographical changes. Researchers from LSU’s Museum of Natural Science have found that time and a species’ ability to move play greater parts in the process of speciation. This research was recently published in the print edition of Nature. “The extraordinary diversity of birds in South America is usually attributed to big changes in the landscape over geological time, but our study suggests that prolonged periods of landscape stability are more important,” said Robb Brumfield, LSU Museum of Natural …

    November 22, 2014 4:40 am
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Health

  • FDA approves Purdue’s painkiller that can reduce abuse


    (This version of the Nov. 20 story, corrects final paragraph to show Embeda treats pain, not opioid dependence) By Toni Clarke (Reuters)- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a long-acting narcotic painkiller with abuse-resistant properties made by Purdue Pharma L.P., the agency said on Thursday. The FDA approved the once-daily drug, Hysingla ER, with the expectation that it will reduce, though not necessarily prevent, abuse through snorting or injecting. It is the second extended-release “pure” hydrocodone drug approved by the FDA. The first, approved last October, was Zohydro ER, made by San Diego-based Zogenix Inc. Other hydrocodone drugs, such as Vicodin, combine short-acting hydrocodone with acetaminophen or other painkillers. The approval comes at a time of rising prescription drug abuse. Of the 22,114 drug overdose deaths in 2012, 72 percent involved opioid analgesics such as hydrocodone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The FDA’s approval of Zohydro, against the advice …

    November 22, 2014 4:19 am
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Entertainment

  • This isn’t a joke: Kendall Jenner thinks she’s like Hannah Montana


    15 Easy steps that will take your ordinary family to Kardashian fame Kendall Jenner opened up to the New York Times about being an up-and-coming star in the modeling world. In the profile, members of her team and reps from Estée Lauder, who recently signed Jenner to be the face of its worldwide cosmetics line, explain why good looks are far from the only thing propelling the young model’s rise through the ranks of the fashion world. But in her own interview, Jenner admits it’s a real struggle to find a balance between her beginnings as a reality show star on Keeping Up With the Kardashians and her future as a high fashion model. “It’s definitely two different worlds,” she shared. “I feel like Hannah Montana. But it’s fun.” We get what she’s trying to say. Hannah Montana was famous for balancing her own two different worlds: rock star and regular kid. But Jenner’s situation …

    November 22, 2014 6:00 am
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Editorial

  • Immigration debate: Why is GOP’s Hal Rogers afraid to defund Obama’s amnesty plan?


    FILE — Jan. 14, 2013: House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., before the House Rules Committee at the Capitol in Washington. (AP) Memo to Rep. Hal Rogers: If you fund President Obama’s executive amnesty plan, you will own it with him.  Now that the president has announced his executive amnesty order, it puts the spotlight squarely on Republican leaders such as House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers who seems to be at odds with most of the GOP. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Rogers suggested last week to a reporter the GOP should pass a long-term spending bill even if it should include funding for Obama’s upcoming Executive Order. Mr. Chairman: If the American people wanted Congress to fund amnesty programs, they would have kept the Democrats in charge. Whether we are talking about a continuing resolution or omnibus spending bill is completely irrelevant. American voters were not just casually opposed to the president’s naive, unworkable, and unfair policy ideas, …

    November 22, 2014 4:19 am
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Odd News

  • Lost kitten from New Mexico turns up in duffel bag in Maine


    ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) – An Albuquerque cat owner can sleep easier now that the kitten that went missing last month will be home for the holidays, despite a mysterious 2,300-mile side trip to Maine. Patsy Murphy, who runs an animal refuge center in Westbrook, Maine, said the kitten, named Spice, was brought to her shelter on Nov. 11 by a man who found the feline in a duffel bag while unloading furniture at a local Catholic charity. “This is a very odd story, we wish she could tell us what happened,” Murphy said of the kitten, which was found inside the bag with food and kitty litter. Murphy said Maine resident Bob Watterson brought the kitten home on Nov. 5, and cared for it for six days before he turned it over to the animal refuge, which found a microchip in the cat that could identify it. Murphy was shocked when the cat was traced …

    November 21, 2014 8:31 pm
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