Headline News

  • More than 30 horses die in stable fire outside Chicago: reports

    CHICAGO (Reuters) – As many as 32 horses died in a fire at a stable and boarding facility in a town outside Chicago, local media reported on Sunday. Five horses survived the fire at the Valley View Acres stable in Woodstock, about 45 miles northwest of Chicago, Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Chief Paul Deraedt told the Sun Times and other local media. Deraedt and Valley View Acres could not immediately be reached for comment on Sunday. Firefighters responded to the fire at the two-story barn about 11 p.m. on Saturday, the reports said. Hay and other combustibles in the barn and a lack of fire hydrants and immediate manpower made it tough to tackle the fire, Deraedt told the Sun Times. The State Fire Marshall will investigate the cause of the fire, the Sun Times reported (Writing by Fiona Ortiz; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

    November 23, 2014 2:41 pm


  • Obama to Republican critics on immigration: ‘Pass a bill’

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama shrugged off criticism of his executive action on immigration with a challenge to House of Representatives Republicans: if you don’t like it, do something. Obama was asked in an interview broadcast on Sunday about House Speaker John Boehner’s assertion that he was acting like an emperor in using executive powers to tackle the issue of the 11 million immigrants living in America without documents. “Well, my response is pass a bill,” Obama said in the interview with ABC’s “This Week” taped on Friday. “Congress has a responsibility to deal with these issues and there are some things that I can’t do on my own.” Obama announced on Thursday he was easing the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants. His measures include allowing some 4.4 million people who are parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents and who have been in the country for five years …

    November 23, 2014 12:39 pm


  • Exclusive: Why TV anchors met secretly with Ferguson police officer who shot Michael Brown

    The world has yet to hear from Officer Darren Wilson. Click to watch the “Reliable Sources” segment. Practically every journalist covering the death of Michael Brown would like to interview Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Brown. In the pursuit of that interview, several high-profile television anchors have secretly met with Wilson, according to sources at several TV networks. All of the meetings were off the record, meaning the anchors could not describe what was said. These meetings are a normal part of the TV guest booking process, but they’re significant in this case because Wilson has not been seen in public since Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9. Among the anchors who have met with Wilson are Matt Lauer of NBC, George Stephanopoulos of ABC, Scott Pelley of CBS, and Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon of CNN. It is unclear if Wilson, through his representatives, has agreed to be …

    November 23, 2014 1:40 pm


  • Broncos’ Julius Thomas inactive

    Englewood, CO (SportsNetwork.com) – Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas will not play in Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins due to a sprained left ankle he sustained in the team’s 22-7 loss at St. Louis last Sunday. Thomas, the NFL’s leader with 12 touchdown catches this season, barely practiced during the week and was listed as questionable for the Week 12 contest. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who suffered a concussion in the St. Louis game, is active for the Broncos. Running backs Ronnie Hillman (foot) and Montee Ball (groin) had been ruled out of Sunday’s game earlier in the week. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    November 23, 2014 2:41 pm

World News

  • ‘Boko Haram’ kills Nigeria fishermen

    23 November 2014 Last updated at 13:43 Boko Haram has been stepping up its attacks Islamist militants from Nigeria’s Boko Haram have reportedly killed 48 people in an attack on fish sellers near the border with Chad. A fish traders’ group said some victims had their throats slit whilst others were tied up and drowned in Lake Chad. The attack took place on Thursday, but the news took several days to come to light because Boko Haram has destroyed mobile phone masts in the area. It was the second major attack in two days by Boko Haram. In Thursday’s attack, the traders were on their way to Chad to buy fish when militants blocked their path near the village of Doron Baga, some 180km (112 miles) north of Maiduguri in Borno state. Abubakar Gamandi, the head of the fish sellers’ association, said the militants had used no guns. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript …

    November 23, 2014 2:00 pm


  • Vine shifts from comedy clips to a valid journalistic tool

    Just before Channel 4 News’s chief correspondent Alex Thomson set off on a reporting assignment to Ebola-hit Sierra Leone earlier this month, one of the show’s digital producers pulled him aside and suggested he should “do some Vines” while he was there. “I looked at him blankly,” says Thomson. “Images of vineyards floated into my head.” Vine is a video sharing app that allows a user to film and edit six-second clips, which loop continuously, and post them online. It launched in June 2012 and was bought by Twitter in October the same year. It now claims 100 million people are watching Vines each month. Although it is still mainly used for visual gags and comedy – France’s Jerome Jarre, for example, has more than 7 million followers and has turned comedy “Vining” into a career – Vine is becoming an increasingly popular journalistic reporting tool. In recent months Vines have been used to report …

    November 23, 2014 12:39 pm


  • Unique sense of ‘touch’ gives a prolific bacterium its ability to infect anything

    Related images(click to enlarge) New research has found that one of the world’s most prolific bacteria manages to afflict humans, animals and even plants by way of a mechanism not before seen in any infectious microorganism — a sense of touch. This unique ability helps make the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa ubiquitous, but it also might leave these antibiotic-resistant organisms vulnerable to a new form of treatment. Pseudomonas is the first pathogen found to initiate infection after merely attaching to the surface of a host, Princeton University and Dartmouth College researchers report in the journal the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This mechanism means that the bacteria, unlike most pathogens, do not rely on a chemical signal specific to any one host, and just have to make contact with any organism that’s ripe for infection. The researchers found, however, that the bacteria could not infect another organism when a protein on their surface known …

    November 23, 2014 1:00 pm


  • Pregnant Egyptian woman dies of H1N1 swine flu: health ministry

    CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian woman who was six months pregnant has died of H1N1 swine flu, five days after being admitted to hospital, a health ministry spokesman said on Sunday. The 31-year-old woman, who was not named, was admitted on Nov. 18 with flu-like symptoms and was placed in intensive care when she did not respond to treatment, Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said. “We thought it was bird flu, but she tested positive for the H1N1 flu instead,” Ghaffar said. Two people died from bird flu in Egypt in the past week. (Reporting By Mahmoud Mourad and Ali Abdelatti; Writing by Shadi Bushra; Editing by Jon Boyle)

    November 23, 2014 12:39 pm


  • Jessica Simpson Launches New Home Collection With Her Family In Tow

    Posted on Sun Nov 23rd, 2014 12:20pm PDT       By X17 Staff Getty Images for Jessica Simpson Jessica Simpson decided to go back to her roots to usher in her latest venture as the entrepreneur launched her new Home Collection at Belk Galleria in Dallas, Texas on Saturday. The 34-year-old was accompanied by husband Eric Johnson and their kids Maxwell and Ace along with sister Ashlee Simpson and her boy Bronx for what was a family affair. The sisters both wore cute numbers from Simpson’s women’s collection with Jessica rocking a little black dress while Ashlee opting for a grey sweater and long navy skirt. That’s one good looking family!   Stories from around the Web

    November 23, 2014 2:21 pm


  • I’m thankful our country is still a refuge and the land of opportunity

    When I was 7 years old, my family and I landed at JFK Airport in New York City with $90 in our pocket, a few suitcases stuffed with what little we could carry and no idea of what to expect next.  We came here because we were fleeing a totalitarian regime, because generations of our family had been oppressed simply for existing and because the United States was a beacon for our hopes and aspirations, as it has been for millions of others around the globe. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The people literally dying to come here now do not believe that our best days are behind us. My paternal grandfather was sent to Soviet gulag in the prime of his life because he was a religious Jew who refused to work on Saturdays and, possibly, because some of his siblings had fled to France several years after the Russian revolution.  He spent years working as a …

    November 22, 2014 8:21 am

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