• 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...
  • U.S. border guards shoot Canadian man wielding gun

    SEATTLE (Reuters) – Two U.S. border patrol agents shot a Canadian man brandishing a handgun near the border crossing between Detroit, and Windsor, Ontario, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. The man was shot when...
  • Davis helps Pelicans edge Thunder

    Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork.com) – Anthony Davis had 38 points and 12 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-99 on Sunday night. The Thunder regained possession with 10 seconds left...
  • Cairns murders: Court plea rejected

    Cairns murders: Court plea rejected

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 02:34 Mourners have been paying tribute at a memorial for the children A woman charged with the murders of eight children in the Australian city of Cairns has failed...
  • Blackhawks shut down Leafs

    Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Antti Raanta stopped 31 shots for his second shutout of the season to lead the Chicago Blackhawks in a 4-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday. Patrick Kane posted...

Headline News

  • U.S. border guards shoot Canadian man wielding gun


    SEATTLE (Reuters) – Two U.S. border patrol agents shot a Canadian man brandishing a handgun near the border crossing between Detroit, and Windsor, Ontario, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. The man was shot when he refused to drop the gun, the agency said. The Detroit Free Press reported that gun was a “replica”. Officials said the man was taken to a local hospital for treatment and the federal agency said in a statement on Monday that it, the Detroit police and the Department of Homeland Security were investigating the incident early on Sunday. The Detroit Free Press newspaper also said that shortly before the shooting on the Ambassador Bridge, Windsor police had reported seeing the same man with what appeared to be a handgun. (Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Louise Ireland)

    December 22, 2014 3:58 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

  • Davis helps Pelicans edge Thunder


    Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork.com) – Anthony Davis had 38 points and 12 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-99 on Sunday night. The Thunder regained possession with 10 seconds left following a Pelicans shot clock violation. Russell Westbrook got the ball at the top of the arc and dribbled to the left elbow before Jrue Holiday poked it away. Westbrook got it back at the 3-point line and rose for the triple from straightaway and the ball clanked off the front of the rim. Tyreke Evans came down with the rebound after Serge Ibaka’s tip attempt was off the mark to seal the outcome. Davis, who was 16-of-22 from the field, was coming off a 3-of-14 performance from the floor during New Orleans’ 114-88 blowout loss to Portland on Saturday night. Holiday posted 11 points, 15 assists and four steals, while Evans finished with 12 points, seven helpers and three …

    December 22, 2014 3:38 am
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World News

  • 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 over alleged links to her husband’s business dealings. It is the first time for modern Spain to put a royal in the dock to face trial. Her husband Inaki Urdangarin is accused of embezzling millions in public funds with a former business partner. The couple deny wrongdoing. Prosecutors in Palma, Majorca, say Mr Urdangarin’s sports foundation misused public money. It is alleged that €5.6m (£4.6m; $7.5m) of public money went missing from the Noos Institute, a charitable sports foundation, when Mr Urdangarin was in charge of it. Princess Cristina, 49, is under suspicion over €2.6m of that money. She is the sister of King Felipe VI, and youngest daughter of the former king, Juan Carlos. The allegations relate to business …

    December 22, 2014 3:58 am
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Technology

  • Infrared shows us the Horsehead Nebula as never seen before


    NASA/JPL-Caltech We all, by now, can easily recognise the Horsehead Nebula, a cloud of gas and dust shaped, roughly, like the head of a horse. Most of those images, though, show the formation as it would appear — albeit enhanced — in visible light. In infrared, as seen in a new image by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, the curling wisp of material becomes all but unrecognisable. The Horsehead Nebula is what is known as a dark nebula. This means that the material therein is so dense that it blocks the light. In the visible light spectrum, this means that we cannot see what is behind the nebula; stars that look like they’re in the dark space are actually in front of the nebula. However, infrared imaging is based on temperature, which allows astronomers to see details and phenomena invisible to the naked eye. In this spectrum, the Horsehead Nebula almost disappears into a thin wisp …

    December 22, 2014 12:37 am
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Science

  • New, tighter timeline confirms ancient volcanism aligned with dinosaurs’ extinction


    Related images(click to enlarge) A definitive geological timeline shows that a series of massive volcanic explosions 66 million years ago spewed enormous amounts of climate-altering gases into the atmosphere immediately before and during the extinction event that claimed Earth’s non-avian dinosaurs, according to new research from Princeton University. A primeval volcanic range in western India known as the Deccan Traps, which were once three times larger than France, began its main phase of eruptions roughly 250,000 years before the Cretaceous-Paleogene, or K-Pg, extinction event, the researchers report in the journal Science. For the next 750,000 years, the volcanoes unleashed more than 1.1 million cubic kilometers (264,000 cubic miles) of lava. The main phase of eruptions comprised about 80-90 percent of the total volume of the Deccan Traps’ lava flow and followed a substantially weaker first phase that began about 1 million years earlier. The results support the idea that the Deccan Traps played a role …

    December 22, 2014 12:38 am
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Health

  • Express Scripts to cover AbbVie hepatitis C drug, drops Gilead treatment


    (Reuters) – The nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager has lined up a cheaper price from AbbVie Inc on its newly approved hepatitis C treatment and, in most cases, will no longer cover Gilead Sciences Inc treatments, Express Scripts said on Monday. Express Scripts has opposed the $84,000 pricetag of Gilead Sciences’ Sovaldi treatment since it was approved a year ago, saying that was unaffordable. The $1,000 a day pill opened a national debate about drug prices and increased insurer pressure on drug makers to cut prices. AbbVie, whose Viekira Pak drug was approved on Friday by U.S. regulators, has set a significantly lower price, Express Scripts Chief Medical Officer Steve Miller said in an interview. The pricing agreement covers Express Scripts’ National Preferred Formulary, a list of approved and covered drugs that applies to 25 million Americans with its pharmacy insurance. “This is unprecedented,” Miller said, explaining that specialty drugs of this type typically are …

    December 22, 2014 12:37 am
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Entertainment

  • Top 20 Booming Celebrity Romances of 2014 Countdown!


    As the year of 2014 comes to an end many relationships are just beginning for these 20 celebrity couples. Here is the list of the Top 20 Booming Celebrity Romances of 2014 Countdown! 20. Kat Dennings Josh Groban http://www.eonline.com/news/587775/kat-dennings-and-josh-groban-are-dating In October of 2014 the singer-songwriter named Josh Groban began dating Kat Dennings, the star of 2 Broke Girls. From red carpet appearances to being spotted holding hands, this couple has done it all. Don’t they look cute together? I wonder what 2015 will have in store for this booming couple!

    December 22, 2014 4:18 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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