• Gordon, Pelicans top Clippers

    New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) – Eric Gordon scored a season-high 28 points to lift the New Orleans Pelicans to a 108-103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. Ryan Anderson netted 24 points and...
  • Venezuela ‘US reporter’ ad dropped

    Venezuela ‘US reporter’ ad dropped

    31 January 2015 Last updated at 05:56 The tag reads “We love Venezuela for receiving foreigners like one of our own” A US reporter detained while covering the 2013 elections in Venezuela has become the...
  • Here’s how your desk should be organized

    Here’s how your desk should be organized

    In the office, your desk is your command center. And experts said how well it’s organized can help set the tone and productivity level at work. “Surveys show the average person loses an hour a...
  • Miller, Canucks deal Sabres another loss

    Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) – Ryan Miller faced his former team for the first time and his 20 saves helped the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday. Miller played against...
  • Merkel rules out Greek debt relief

    Merkel rules out Greek debt relief

    31 January 2015 Last updated at 09:07 Angela Merkel insists she still wants Greece to stay in the eurozone German Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out cancelling any of Greece’s debt, saying banks and creditors...

Headline News

  • 2 pilots break long distance balloon-traveling record


    Jan. 8, 2015: pilots from left, Troy Bradley of Albuquerque, N.M., and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia, before they lift off in a gas balloon in Saga, Japan. (AP) ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –  Two pilots from the U.S. and Russia have traveled farther and longer in a gas balloon than anyone in history, trying to eliminate any remaining debate over a century of records in long-distance ballooning. The Two Eagles pilots surpassed the distance and duration records that have held since the 1970s and 1980s, and were aiming Saturday for a safe landing somewhere on a beach in Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Troy Bradley of Albuquerque and Leonid Tiukhtyaev (too-kh-TY’-yev) of Russia lifted off from Japan Sunday morning, and by Friday, they beat what’s considered the “holy grail” of ballooning achievements, the 137-hour duration record set in 1978 by the Double Eagle crew of Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson and Larry Newman in the first balloon flight …

    January 31, 2015 4:55 am
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Politics

  • U.S. must target currency manipulation in trade deals: senator


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration must insist that U.S. trading partners pledge not to manipulate currencies when negotiating trade deals, the Senate Committee on Finance chairman said on Friday. In a speech laying out his conditions for supporting trade deals, Republican Orrin Hatch said addressing currency concerns was key to winning lawmakers’ support for a bill to fast-track trade agreements through Congress, and deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “Pretending these concerns don’t exist will not suffice,” he told the American Enterprise Institute. “The administration must engage much more effectively with Congress on this issue if they want to receive strong support for TPA (trade promotion authority) and any subsequent trade agreements.” Lawmakers from both parties are pushing the U.S. administration to take a stronger stand against trading partners which seek to gain an edge with a weaker currency, which makes their exports cheaper. But President Barack Obama told House Democrats on Thursday that …

    January 31, 2015 2:33 am
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Stocks

  • Here’s how your desk should be organized


    In the office, your desk is your command center. And experts said how well it’s organized can help set the tone and productivity level at work. “Surveys show the average person loses an hour a day to disorganization,” said Lisa Zaslow, a professional organizer in New York City. “It takes much less time to get and stayed organized. Think about how frantic and stressed you are when you can’t find something.” Here’s how experts suggest organizing your desk for maximum efficiency and productivity: Get your layout right. Your monitor should be in front of you at eye-level and about 17-inches from your body, according to Zaslow. Put frequently-used items, like the phone or supplies, on your dominant side to avoid having to reach across. Mind your office supplies. Supplies used every day can go on the desk. Items used a couple times a week should go in a drawer under or to the side of …

    January 31, 2015 4:55 am
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Sports

  • Gordon, Pelicans top Clippers


    New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) – Eric Gordon scored a season-high 28 points to lift the New Orleans Pelicans to a 108-103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. Ryan Anderson netted 24 points and went 5-of-11 from 3-point range, while Alexis Ajinca supplied 17 points and nine rebounds off the bench and Tyreke Evans had 11 points and 12 assists for the Pelicans, who have won five of their last six games. “It’s good to be able to win like that in front of our crowd,” New Orleans head coach Monty Williams said. “We got hot and our defense was effective.” Chris Paul finished with 24 points, Blake Griffin scored 19 and DeAndre Jordan contributed 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Clippers, who had their six-game winning streak come to an end. “Sometimes the basketball gods say you shouldn’t win the game,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. “I thought tonight was one …

    January 31, 2015 4:55 am
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World News

  • Venezuela ‘US reporter’ ad dropped


    31 January 2015 Last updated at 05:56 The tag reads “We love Venezuela for receiving foreigners like one of our own” A US reporter detained while covering the 2013 elections in Venezuela has become the unlikely star of a Venezuelan tourism advert. The image on TeleSur’s twitter feed showed a man being hugged with the line: “We love Venezuela for receiving foreigners like one of our own.” That man however was journalist Jim Wyss being welcomed home to the US shortly after his arrest. TeleSur declined to comment. The advert has been withdrawn. Mr Wyss was not aware his image had been used until a friend in Venezuela told him about it. “I don’t know if it was an accident or if someone in Telesur has a very good sense of humour,” he told the BBC. “They pulled it from Twitter and their website, so I guess it was an accident.” He was detained for …

    January 31, 2015 4:55 am
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Technology

  • Saints Row IV: Re-Elected And Gat Out Of Hell review


    Re-Elected is just Saints Row IV with a modest graphical update for PS4 and Xbox One, and won’t be of any interest if you’ve already played it. Gat Out Of Hell, meanwhile, is new and sees you taking on the devil in an underworld strongly reminiscent of the cities the game inhabits back on Earth, but with lava pits and cars that look like props from Mad Max. Picking a fight with Lucifer necessitates ratcheting up “Satan’s Wrath Meter” by destroying things – with most missions revolving around explosive comedy weapons. Its adolescent humour and singular focus on blowing things up are consistent with the messy, budget vision of hell you’re laying waste to, which looks low-res even on PS4. New special powers pump up the pyrotechnics, and your character’s angel wings make travelling less of a chore, but at heart this is the same ludicrous Grand Theft Auto-lite shtick that made the series famous. …

    January 31, 2015 2:34 am
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Science

  • Nailing the half-life of iron-60


    Separate spectra: Perfectly resolved isobars of iron-60 and nickel-60 The most accurate measurement yet of the half-life of iron-60 has been made by an international team of physicists. While previous measurements of the half-life had differed by a factor of two, the team says that it has accounted for most sources of error that plagued earlier experiments. The radioactive isotope – whose half-life is measured at 2.60 million years with a 2% uncertainty – can now be used to date astrophysical events on that timescale, making it a reliable astrophysical chronometer. While most of the iron in the universe is iron-56 – a stable nucleus made up of 26 protons and 30 neutrons – iron-60 (60Fe) has 34 neutrons and it is the four extra neutrons that make the isotope unstable to radioactive decay. 60Fe is also an “extinct radionuclide” – a nuclide formed by primordial processes in the early solar system, nearly 4.6 billion …

    January 31, 2015 2:34 am
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Health

  • Chimerix to stop participation in clinical studies of Ebola drug


    (Reuters) – Drug developer Chimerix Inc said it would stop participation in clinical studies of its Ebola drug, brincidofovir, citing a significant decrease in the number new cases for the virus in Liberia. The decision was announced after the company’s discussions with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The company said it would continue to study of brincidofovir for other indications. Brincidofovir was given to the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, Thomas Eric Duncan, who later succumbed to the infection. (Reporting by Kanika Sikka and Anjalo Rao Koppalla in Bengaluru; Editing by Alan Crosby)

    January 31, 2015 2:33 am
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Entertainment

  • Farrah Abraham’s returning to Teen Mom, despite her costars’ protests


    More: Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham’s pout is better after ‘botched’ lip injection (PHOTOS) In recent years, the controversial star has been focusing on other ventures, namely starring in an adult film opposite porn star James Deen, writing an erotic novel and launching a sex toy line. But now Abrahams will be headed back to the show that launched her career alongside her original costars Maci Bookout, Catelynn Lowell, Amber Portwood — despite the fact that the other ladies made it clear they want nothing to do with Abraham. Speaking to Us Weekly, Abraham revealed her reasons for rejoining the hit MTV show. “There’s going to be lots of excitement from the Teen Mom fans and MTV’s fan base as well, so I’m excited to be back!” she told the mag. More: Farrah Abraham’s Teen Mom rumors: Is she or isn’t she coming back? So, how do the other ladies feel about Abraham’s return? According to …

    January 31, 2015 4:55 am
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Editorial

  • Always Remember, Never Forget: The Holocaust and my grandmother’s gift of living memory


    Amnon Schariawith his grandmother, Rita Scharia at the United Nations annual Holocaust Commemoration Ceremony in New York. Rita is a Holocaust survivor who traveled from Israel to be at the commemoration with her grandson and his family. Amnon is holding the last postcard she saved from her father who perished on the way to Auschwitz. (Scharia family) This week, my grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, travelled from Israel to attend the United Nation’s tenth annual Holocaust Commemoration.  I was excited and a bit nervous knowing that my class at Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan was also invited to participate in the U.N.’s yearly memorial ceremony marking the liberation of Auschwitz.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT My dad happens to work for the U.N. So together, we would be representing three generations of a Holocaust family who would be present that day in the great U.N. General Assembly Hall. She spoke quietly and confidently to me around the family table. And I understood she was sharing a gift of living …

    January 31, 2015 2:34 am
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Odd News

  • Secretary of State Kerry fined for not shoveling by Boston home


    BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was slapped with a $50 fine for failing to have a side street adjoining his Boston home shoveled following the blizzard that dropped more than 2 feet (60 cm) of snow on Massachusetts this week, a spokesman said on Friday. The fine was issued on Thursday after a snow-removal company hired by Kerry and his neighbors in the city’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood saw yellow tape blocking the sidewalk alongside the home and thought it was related to security for the top U.S. diplomat. The tape had been put up to warn pedestrians of falling ice and snow, said Kerry’s spokesman, Glen Johnson. “Once they understood that they were allowed to enter the area, the contractors finished the sidewalk late Thursday morning,” he said. Kerry was in Saudi Arabia with President Barack Obama to attend the funeral of King Abdullah and meet with his successor, King …

    January 30, 2015 10:31 pm
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