Headline News

  • Exclusive: Woman whose family inspired Oregon standoff hopes more challenge govt


    The wife and mother of two men whose imprisonment in January precipitated a 41-day standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge told Reuters on Thursday she hopes the peaceful outcome will spur further activism to curb the reach of the federal government. Speaking exclusively to Reuters, Susan Hammond, who did not participate in the standoff, said that she hoped the attention brought by the occupation would galvanize Americans to pursue legal avenues for weakening federal government control of millions of acres of land. “I don’t think it’s over. I think it’s just beginning,” she said in a telephone interview. “We have hopes that possibly this will be the beginning of a change in the overreach of federal government, but it’s only the beginning.” The takeover at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 2 was sparked by the return to prison of Hammond’s husband and son, two Oregon ranchers convicted of setting fires that spread to …

    February 11, 2016 9:11 pm
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Politics

  • Louisiana governor says state’s finances in dire situation


    Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards presented a dire picture of the state’s fiscal situation on Thursday, urging lawmakers to consider a set of budget cuts and revenue-raising measures, including tax increases. Edwards made his remarks before state legislators convene for a special session on Sunday to hash out how to fix the budget woes. The state is contending with a $940 million budget deficit for the current fiscal year and a $2 billion projected deficit for the next fiscal year starting in July. “This is a historic fiscal crisis, the likes of which our state has never seen,” Edwards said during Thursday’s televised address. He warned that the state’s public colleges and universities will face “catastrophic cuts over the next four months.” Louisiana is at risk of not being able to pay student scholarships that have already been awarded, and some campuses will be forced to cancel classes, even file for bankruptcy. “If you are …

    February 11, 2016 8:51 pm
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Stocks

  • Japan stocks fall more than 5% as global rout continues


    The rout continues. Major Asian stock markets fell Friday as investors continued to dump riskier assets. Japan’s Nikkei tumbled 5.3% to its lowest level in more than 15 months. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong dropped 1% after plunging 3.9% the day before. The falls in Asia follow losses in U.S. and European markets on Thursday amid worries over low oil prices and the health of the banking sector. The Japanese stock market had been closed for a public holiday Thursday, so it had missed a full day of brutal trading. Stocks in Tokyo have been hammered this week as investors have turned to assets considered safer bets, like government bonds and Japan’s currency, the yen. The yen’s recent surge — it’s now at its strongest level against the dollar since October 2014 — is bad news for big Japanese companies because it hurts exports. It also undermines efforts by the Bank of Japan to …

    February 11, 2016 9:31 pm
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Sports

  • GB make winning start to Olympic bid


    Great Britain will face Serbia next at 16:00 GMT on Saturday Great Britain began their attempt to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics with a 6-5 victory over Netherlands in Group G of pre-qualifying in Cortina. Defenceman Mark Richardson scored the winner when he netted from his own rebound on 55 minutes. GB have not qualified for the Olympics since 1948, when they were fifth. They still have to face Serbia and hosts Italy, with only the group winners progressing to the final stage of qualifying in September. Britain fell behind in only the third minute of Thursday’s game, against the team relegated from Division 1B of the World Championship last year. But Russ Cowley levelled just 38 seconds later and David Phillips put GB ahead inside the first period. Matthew Myers gave the team a two-goal cushion but Netherlands equalised with two goals in 55 seconds. Cowley tapped in his second of the match …

    February 11, 2016 9:11 pm
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World News

  • Mexicans hope papal visit brings change


    Jorge Santamaria sits at his easel outside Mexico City’s cathedral, palette in hand. He is putting the finishing touches to a painting of Pope Francis. “This is a homage to him,” he says. There is a great deal of affection towards the Argentine Pope here and a lot of excitement ahead of the pontiff’s first visit to Mexico, which has the second biggest Catholic population in the world The Pew Research Centre estimates 81% of Mexicans identify as Catholic, and Mexicans feel that as a fellow Latin American, Pope Francis understands the Mexican people. Source of pride One of the highlights of his trip will be the Pope’s visit to the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Millions of pilgrims visit the site in honour of Mexico’s patron saint every year, and they see it as a source of pride that Pope Francis will do so too. “The impact will be huge, …

    February 11, 2016 9:11 pm
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Technology

  • Top Uber executives on trial in France over ‘illegal taxi’ charges


    Two top Uber executives appeared Thursday in court in charges that could send them to prison, and hand the ride-hailing company one of its most serious legal challenges to date in France. Related: Uber backlash: taxi drivers’ protests in Paris part of global revolt The San Francisco-based company has shut down UberPop, its lowest-cost service which connected users to non-professional drivers, and prompted the criminal charges, in places such as Spain and Italy. But it continues to operate in France despite repeated strikes and sometimes violent tensions with taxi drivers. Charges against Thibaud Simphal, general manager for France, and Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, chief for western Europe, include running an illegal taxi operation, commercial deception and violation of French privacy law by illegally stocking, processing and recording personal information. They face up to five years in prison and a €300,000 euro ($339,000) fine each if convicted. Uber France is also charged and faces a €1.5m ($1.7m) fine. …

    February 11, 2016 9:11 pm
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Science

  • “Einstein Would Be Beaming”: Scientists React to Gravitational Waves


    The biggest news in physics in quite a while—the discovery of gravitational waves rippling through space-time—has scientists overjoyed around the world. Researchers with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) announced on Thursday that they had detected waves created when two black holes smashed into each other some 1.3 billion light-years away. The finding is the first direct confirmation of gravitational waves, as well as the strongest evidence to date that black holes exist, and the start of an age where scientists can use gravitational waves to study cosmic objects that otherwise cannot be seen. “This is the first time the universe has spoken to us through gravitational waves,” LIGO executive director David Reitze told a packed house at a press conference held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “Before now, we were deaf.” The crowd erupted into applause when he confirmed the rumors that LIGO had found gravitational waves. “My reaction was, ‘Wow!’” he …

    February 11, 2016 7:50 pm
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Health

  • Weight-loss surgery after age 35 linked to survival benefit


    (Reuters Health) – Obese people who undergo a certain kind of weight-loss operation after age 35 may live longer than obese people of the same age who don’t have the surgery, a study suggests. The findings, reported in JAMA Surgery, show that the so-called gastric bypass operation is associated with a mortality benefit along with its better-known “metabolic” benefits, said lead author Lance Davidson, of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He told Reuters Health the benefit is “pretty significant and pretty convincing.” In a gastric bypass procedure – formally known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass – surgeons reduce the size of the stomach and also reconstruct the gastrointestinal tract so that food will bypass part of the intestines as it’s being digested. Past research has found weight loss surgeries are tied to reduced deaths from any cause, cancer and heart disease. Those studies left several unanswered questions, however. Specifically, why are deaths from so-called external …

    February 11, 2016 8:30 pm
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Entertainment

  • Peyton Manning Discusses Eli’s Super Bowl Face


    During a visit to Jimmy Fallon, Peyton Manning talked about his brother, Eli’s famous Super Bowl face. Last Sunday, Peyton’s Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50, handing the Carolina Panthers only their second lose all season. When Denver’s victory became a sure thing, cameras cut to the box where Manning’s family was watching the game. While most family members were celebrating and excited, Peyton’s brother Eli looked like something horrible had just happened.  Peyton joked that it’s the same express that Eli has had during every big moment of his life. Fallon then presented Peyton with a cardboard cut of out his brother. Peyton and cardboard Eli re-lived some of the most important times in Peyton’s life together, such as the birth of his twins.  TMZ caught up with Eli at the airport and asked him what was up with the sad face. He says he was just focused on the game. He also shared he has …

    February 11, 2016 8:51 pm
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Editorial

  • Voter revolt: Why the 2016 presidential race is unlike any other


    Programming Alert: Hear more on this topic from author and Fox News Contributor Doug Schoen in the new special “Fox News Reporting – Voter Revolt” anchored by Bret Baier. Premiering Friday, Feb. 12, at 10 p.m. ET. With additional airings on Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. Washington is broken and Americans are in revolt. This is the most important thing to understand about politics right now, and it’s exactly what the political establishment fails to understand. The results of the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries make this point. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders didn’t win in Iowa (though they came very close), but New Hampshire was a markedly different story. The political outsiders have officially taken control, and they’ve done it with authenticity and strength of message. We are living in a time when trust in American institutions has collapsed. A recent Pew survey showed that fewer than 20 percent of Americans trust …

    February 11, 2016 7:10 pm
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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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