• Late field goal leads Air Force over Colorado State

    Colorado Springs, CO (SportsNetwork.com) – Will Conant booted a 39-yard field goal as time expired and Air Force played spoiler with a 27-24 win over 21st- ranked Colorado State on Friday. Colorado State faced a...
  • Pope in symbolic Istanbul visit

    Pope in symbolic Istanbul visit

    29 November 2014 Last updated at 05:28 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Pope Francis urges religious freedom and more help for refugees Pope Francis is due to arrive in Istanbul on...
  • Black Friday: Just another busy shopping day

    Black Friday: Just another busy shopping day

      Is the Black Friday frenzy losing its grip? That’s what it felt like at one Target in a New Jersey shopping plaza early Friday morning. Hundreds of customers had already lined up for the...
  • Michigan State pulls away from Marquette

    Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Denzel Valentine scored 25 points and Travis Trice tallied 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds, as 20th-ranked Michigan State beat Marquette, 79-68, in the semifinals of the Orlando Classic. Marvin...
  • Taiwan holds biggest local elections

    Taiwan holds biggest local elections

    29 November 2014 Last updated at 04:25 More than 18 million people are eligible to cast their ballots Voters in Taiwan are going to the polls in the island’s biggest local election, which is widely...

Headline News

  • Two shot, one killed in Chicago Nordstrom store: Chicago Tribune


    (Reuters) – Two people were shot, and one of them killed, in a Chicago Nordstrom on Friday, sending Black Friday shoppers scattering from the store, the Chicago Tribune reported. Police discovered two people suffering from gunshot wounds when they responded to the call around 8:30 p.m., said Chicago Police spokesman Officer Thomas Sweeney. Police said it appeared to have been a domestic violence incident, and a shooter was not believed to be on the loose. They gave no further details. The Chicago Tribune website, citing unnamed sources, reported that a man shot a woman before shooting himself to death near the cosmetics department of the high-end retail store. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital. “It was a pow and a pow,” Michelle Smith, a 47-year-old shopper in the store at the time of the shooting, told the newspaper. “It was a stampede coming down the escalator.” (Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco,; …

    November 29, 2014 12:26 am
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Politics

  • Black Friday was underway on Thursday


    By The Associated Press November 28, 2014 Cashier Ryan Gray helps customers during a Thanksgiving day sale at a Best Buy store in Broomfield, Colo., on Thursday(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) Black Friday was already well underway before many awoke this morning. The traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season has become a two-day affair, with more stores opening before people put down their turkey legs on Thanksgiving. There’s good reason for the creep; businesses know shoppers will only spend so much, and they want the first crack at those holiday budgets. Still, millions of Americans are expected to head out in search of steep discounts today. The National Retail Federation forecasts holiday sales will grow 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion — the biggest jump since 2011. It’s a make-or-break time for many retailers, which can get as much as 20 percent of their annual sales during the holiday shopping season. Already, retailers have resorted to steep …

    November 28, 2014 11:03 pm
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Stocks

  • Black Friday: Just another busy shopping day


      Is the Black Friday frenzy losing its grip? That’s what it felt like at one Target in a New Jersey shopping plaza early Friday morning. Hundreds of customers had already lined up for the store’s 6 p.m. open on Thursday. Discounted Beats headphones, XBox Ones and PlayStation 4s were the first to fly from the shelves. And by dawn on Black Friday, the shelves were restocked for the next wave. But the shoppers only trickled in. It’s impossible to project a trend from one shopping mall and one of Target’s 1,800 U.S. stores. That same Target a few hours later was in the regular swing of holiday weekend shopping. The parking lot was full and aisles busy. Employees carried off cardboard bins once full of $6 DVD movies, now empty. But more retailers are opening on Thanksgiving and starting sales even earlier in the week, and of course more customers are buying online. All …

    November 29, 2014 12:06 am
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Sports

  • Late field goal leads Air Force over Colorado State


    Colorado Springs, CO (SportsNetwork.com) – Will Conant booted a 39-yard field goal as time expired and Air Force played spoiler with a 27-24 win over 21st- ranked Colorado State on Friday. Colorado State faced a 3rd-and-2 from the Air Force 42 with under a minute remaining when Jasen Oden Jr. was stopped for no gain. The Rams gambled on fourth down, but Dee Hart was also stood up and the Falcons took over with 38 seconds to play. On 3rd-and-4 of the ensuing possession, Nate Romine fired to Garrett Brown for 26 yards, setting up Conant’s game-winner. Romine, who made his first start of the season, was only asked to throw 15 times for the run-heavy Falcons (9-3, 5-3 MW). He completed just six passes for 135 yards while racking up a team-high 61 yards and a touchdown on the ground. D.J. Johnson and Shayne Davern also scored on the ground for Air Force, which …

    November 29, 2014 12:26 am
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World News

  • Pope in symbolic Istanbul visit


    29 November 2014 Last updated at 05:28 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Pope Francis urges religious freedom and more help for refugees Pope Francis is due to arrive in Istanbul on the second day of his three-day visit to Turkey. He will meet Muslim and Christian leaders of the city, which as Constantinople was Byzantine’s capital until the Ottoman conquest in 1453. The Pope will also visit a mosque and hold mass at a Catholic cathedral. On Friday, he called for an interfaith dialogue to counter fanaticism and fundamentalism during a visit to the Turkish capital Ankara. He also called for a renewed Middle East peace push, saying the region had “for too long been a theatre of fratricidal wars”. The Pope’s trip is only the fourth visit by a pontiff to Turkey. Most of the country’s 80 million citizens are Muslims, and there are about 120,000 Christians. Healing schism The …

    November 29, 2014 12:26 am
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Technology

  • Beyond Batman: how Adam West built a new career by just being himself


    Adam West – if not the original Batman, surely one of the superhero’s most memorable incarnations – is now 86. But, just so you know, a fine 86. Calling from his home in Palm Springs, California, he is evidently in a good mood. “Let me go look at this full-length mirror for just a moment,” he jokes. “I look great!” In the four decades since he starred in the 1960s television series, West has seen the Batman baton passed on to Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, Christian Bale and now Ben Affleck – without ever quite leaving the shadows of Gotham city. And he has reprised the role several times himself during his career, most recently providing his voice to the new Lego game Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. “I decided early on to embrace the character,” says West, who hasn’t suffered from typecasting, so much as owned it. “I mean how many actors are lucky enough …

    November 28, 2014 11:03 pm
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Science

  • Social media data contain pitfalls for understanding human behavior


    A growing number of academic researchers are mining social media data to learn about both online and offline human behavior. In recent years, studies have claimed the ability to predict everything from summer blockbusters to fluctuations in the stock market. But mounting evidence of flaws in many of these studies points to a need for researchers to be wary of serious pitfalls that arise when working with huge social media data sets, according to computer scientists at McGill University in Montreal and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Such erroneous results can have huge implications: thousands of research papers each year are now based on data gleaned from social media. “Many of these papers are used to inform and justify decisions and investments among the public and in industry and government,” says Derek Ruths, an assistant professor in McGill’s School of Computer Science. In an article published in the Nov. 28 issue of the journal Science, …

    November 28, 2014 11:23 pm
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Health

  • China reports new human case of H7N9 bird flu


    SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China confirmed a new human infection of the deadly H7N9 avian influenza virus, state news agency Xinhua said, the first case this winter in the southern province of Guangdong. A 31-year-old woman surnamed Deng, from the provincial city of Dongguan, was confirmed on Friday to have been infected with the virus, Guangdong’s health and family commission said in a statement on its website. The patient, in critical condition, is being treated in the provincial capital of Guangzhou, it added. The H7N9 bird flu first infected three people in China in March 2013. Since then, it has since infected more than 450 people, killing 175 of them. In March, police in southwestern China detained three people for spreading rumors about the bird flu strain. (Reporting by Brenda Goh; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

    November 28, 2014 11:03 pm
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Entertainment

  • 25 Things Shia LaBeouf does that the rest of us could never pull off


    1. Totally piss off Harrison Ford and rip on a classic film franchise in the same breath. 2. Hide in Selena Gomez’s dressing room and surprise the hell out of her. Others have tried, and they have failed. And by failed we definitely mean gotten slapped with a restraining order. GIF credit: Giphy.com 3. Watch movies in a dimly lit West Hollywood apartment above a liquor store with a pink-kimono-clad Marilyn Manson. 4. Get in bar brawl outside of a Vancouver dive on Saturday, then enjoy a lovely, sunny bike ride through the city on Sunday. 5. Badmouth the very movies that made him famous for allowing “no room for being a visionary,” yet continue to land roles in said movies. 6. See also: Call himself a visionary. Inferred or otherwise. 7. Partake of a little holiday Starbucks with someone after sharing explicit sex scenes with them. No, no, we’re not blushing — the chai …

    November 29, 2014 12:47 am
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Editorial

  • Six tips for holiday shopping without breaking the bank


    FILE – In this Nov. 28, 2013 file photo, customers shop at a Target store in Colma, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) “Have a holly, jolly Christmas; It’s the best time of the year…” — Burl Ives The malls have already begun to fill with crowds eager to find the perfect gift for their loved ones and ringing in our ears is that familiar sound of Burl Ives entreating us to have a “holly, jolly Christmas.” And certainly for most, it is “the best time of the year,” but millions of Americans make plans to celebrate arguably the most holy of holidays with such voluminous spending that people may be praying for help once the credit card bills come due. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Christmas and the winter holidays of Kwanza and Hanukah last year accounted for nearly 20 percent of total annual retail sales for retailers, as people spent an average of $730 on gifts, food and …

    November 28, 2014 11:03 pm
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Odd News

  • With monkey on the lam, Florida neighborhood goes bananas


    TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) – Florida authorities vowed on Friday to capture a monkey last seen running through a Tampa neighborhood that they described as “three-foot tall, brown and fast.” A resident initially reported seeing a fleet-footed monkey running through a yard in the middle of a sunny Thanksgiving Day afternoon, Tampa police said. An hour later, another caller spotted a monkey about a dozen blocks away, near a bridge on a road that is several miles (km) from downtown Tampa. “There is no probable cause for this monkey’s arrest, however, we will work tirelessly to apprehend him,” Tampa police said in a Facebook post. Both sightings occurred near Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, whose officials told police that its monkeys were all accounted for. With some on social media questioning whether the primate was a monkey or a chimpanzee, Tampa police clarified that the exact species was unknown, but that the sightings appeared to be credible. …

    November 28, 2014 7:19 pm
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