• Ibaka, Thunder down Wolves

    Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork.com) – Serge Ibaka had 13 points and pulled down 19 rebounds as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 92-84 on Monday night. Kevin Durant sat out due to a...
  • Facebook suffers widespread fault

    Facebook suffers widespread fault

    27 January 2015 Last updated at 08:56 Social network Facebook became inaccessible across much of the globe for a time on Tuesday, before returning to normal service. Millions of users were unable to access their...
  • S&P cuts Russia’s credit rating to junk

    S&P cuts Russia’s credit rating to junk

      In another blow to Russia’s economy, Standard Poor’s downgraded the country’s credit rating to junk status. The rating cut will make it harder and more expensive for Russia to borrow money. Many investors are...
  • Iowa State holds on to top Texas

    Ames, IA (SportsNetwork.com) – Ames, IA (SportsNetwork.com) – Georges Niang scored 19 points and No. 15 Iowa State held off a furious rally from 19th- ranked Texas for an 89-86 victory in a Big 12...
  • Survivors mark Auschwitz anniversary

    Survivors mark Auschwitz anniversary

    27 January 2015 Last updated at 08:18 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s Fergal Keane: “The human imagination still struggles to comprehend what went on here” About 300 Auschwitz survivors...

Headline News

  • Flights across America canceled due to ripple effect from Northeast blizzard


    Jan. 26, 2015: A plane is de-iced at LaGuardia Airport in New York. Airlines canceled thousands of flights into and out of East Coast airports as a major snowstorm packing up to 3 feet of snow barrels down on the region. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Flights across America have been affected by the massive blizzard burying the Northeast this week, including those leaving from airports far from the worst of the storm.  As of early Tuesday morning, more than 7,700 U.S. flights had already been canceled, according to tracking service FlightAware.com. Most were to or from cities in the storm’s path, from Washington through New York to Boston. An additional 2,000 flights were delayed. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Cancelations and delays are expected to spill over into Wednesday, if not later. Airlines cancel flights before storms arrive to prevent passengers from driving to the airport and getting stranded in the terminal. Airlines also want to avoid having their …

    January 27, 2015 3:47 am
    0 Comments

Politics

  • In parting shot, Obama prods India on religious freedom


    NEW DELHI (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama weighed in on one of India’s most sensitive topics as he wound up a visit on Tuesday, making a plea for freedom of religion to be upheld in a country where relations between Hindus and minorities have come under strain. Obama made no direct reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), whose rise to power last year has emboldened some Hindu groups to assert themselves in a country with a history of religious strife. “Your Article 25 (of the constitution) says that all people are ‘equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right freely to profess, practice and propagate religion’,” Obama told a townhall address to mostly young Indians in New Delhi. “In both our countries, in all countries, upholding this fundamental freedom is the responsibility of government, but it’s also the responsibility of every person.” Modi’s rise to power has …

    January 27, 2015 1:25 am
    0 Comments

Stocks

  • S&P cuts Russia’s credit rating to junk


      In another blow to Russia’s economy, Standard Poor’s downgraded the country’s credit rating to junk status. The rating cut will make it harder and more expensive for Russia to borrow money. Many investors are required to hold only investment grade bonds and will now be forced to sell Russian paper. Russia’s economy has been pushed to the brink of recession by oil’s dramatic slide. Sanctions imposed by Western nations over Russia’s actions in Ukraine have also put heavy pressure on the economy. Half of the government’s revenue comes from oil and gas exports. In December, SP warned that Russia had few options left to revive its ailing economy and signaled that the agency had place the country on review for a potential downgrade. The situation has only deteriorated as oil prices continue to fall. Crude oil current trades around $45 a barrel, compared to over $100 as recently as July. Russia’s government budget assumed …

    January 27, 2015 3:47 am
    0 Comments

Sports

  • Ibaka, Thunder down Wolves


    Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork.com) – Serge Ibaka had 13 points and pulled down 19 rebounds as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 92-84 on Monday night. Kevin Durant sat out due to a sprained left big toe. He injured the toe during the fourth quarter Sunday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but stayed in the game. This was the 24th game he’s already missed this season after not playing in just a total of 16 contests over his first seven seasons. Russell Westbrook, who was just 7-of-22 from the floor, finished with 18 points and five assists for the Thunder, who have won four of their last six games. “We continued to fight and scrap and find ways to get stops,” OKC coach Scott Brooks said. Thaddeus Young posted 22 points and eight boards, Andrew Wiggins provided 23 points and Gorgui Dieng snatched 18 rebounds for Minnesota, which has dropped five straight games. “We …

    January 27, 2015 4:07 am
    0 Comments

World News

  • Facebook suffers widespread fault


    27 January 2015 Last updated at 08:56 Social network Facebook became inaccessible across much of the globe for a time on Tuesday, before returning to normal service. Millions of users were unable to access their accounts. Users in some countries also had difficulties accessing photo-sharing app Instagram. Facebook said it believed its own engineers had caused the problem, downplaying claims that a hacking group had been responsible. “Earlier this evening many people had trouble accessing Facebook and Instagram,” a spokeswoman told the BBC. “This was not the result of a third-party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems. “We moved quickly to fix the problem, and both services are back to 100% for everyone.” The sites appeared to have been unavailable for about 40 minutes before coming back online. Dating app Tinder, which relies on Facebook to provide its service, was also affected by the problem. A hacker …

    January 27, 2015 3:47 am
    0 Comments

Technology

  • Facebook’s Oculus VR sets up Story Studio to make virtual reality films


    Facebook-owned virtual reality firm Oculus VR is getting into filmmaking with a new division called Story Studio, staffed by a team of veterans from the likes of Pixar and Industrial Light Magic. The studio is showing off its first VR movie – an animated short film called Lost – at the Sundance Film Festival, with plans to make several more in the year ahead in the run-up to the commercial release of the Oculus Rift headset. Story Studio is a sign of Oculus’ ambitions to move beyond games, the entertainment genre that persuaded Facebook to buy the company for $2bn in 2014. Oculus hopes that the new division will stimulate other animators and filmmakers to start making VR films. “Right now the focus is to support and inspire the community—share with them everything we’re doing, opening it all up,” chief executive Brendan Iribe told Road to VR. “Over the next two months, we’re hoping to …

    January 27, 2015 1:25 am
    0 Comments

Science

  • Ads effective even in the midst of multitasking, studies find


    Related images(click to enlarge) Those video ads playing in the corner of your computer screen, in the midst of your multitasking, may have more impact than you realize. They may be as effective as the ads you’re really watching, such as those during the Super Bowl, says a University of Illinois researcher. It depends on how you perceive and process media content — whether your processing “style” is to focus more on one thing or to take it all in, according to Brittany Duff, a professor in Illinois’ Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising. It also may depend on your mood. Duff led two different studies on multitasking and ad recognition, each with a different group of undergraduates at a different Midwestern university. The results were recently published online in a paper for the Journal of Advertising. As part of each study, participants were evaluated and categorized as being more “analytic” or “holistic” in their …

    January 27, 2015 1:26 am
    0 Comments

Health

  • Does rotten egg gas flow through the fountain of youth?


    Sulfur baths were celebrated for their health benefits in Roman times, but hydrogen sulfide was later deemed toxic. New research resurrects the medical benefits of the gas.Credit: Image by © Rykoff Collection/CORBIS Calorie-restricted diets have long been known to extend lifespan and delay the diseases of ageing, but nobody has known why. Could the link be found in the gas hydrogen sulfide – the many health benefits of which medical researchers are now discovering? A report by a team of scientists led by James Mitchell at the Harvard School of Public Health published in Cell this month suggests it might be. Perhaps those Romans, with their penchant for sulfur baths, were on to something. While the research is in its early days, Michael Fossel at Grand Valley State University, Michigan, an expert in anti-ageing medicine, welcomes the findings: “This work has taken us through one more door in the maze.” In recent years hydrogen sulfide …

    January 27, 2015 1:25 am
    0 Comments

Entertainment

  • Tom Cruise, Scientologists tapped Nicole Kidman’s phone


    More: Wow, being married to Tom Cruise sounds awful, and Katie Holmes confirms it After nearly 14 years since the couple split, it seems the public has now been given the real story about what caused their marriage’s downfall, and it reads like something out of a thriller. The source for the documentary and all the tabloid-worthy stories coming from the 120-minute film is a former top official within the church, Marty Rathbun, who parted ways with the cult religion in 2004. He was the second most senior official within Scientology, which means the guy’s got a lot of dirt to spill. The most noteworthy are all the details of the Kidman and Cruise downfall, which Rathbun says was Scientology’s doing. More: 5 Reasons we think Tom Cruise denies dating Laura Prepon “Scientology is vehemently opposed to psychiatry and psychology,” the documentary explains, “and Rathbun claims that because of Kidman’s father, she was labeled a …

    January 27, 2015 3:47 am
    0 Comments

Editorial

  • Christian ex-fire chief fires back at Atlanta mayor, files discrimination complaint


    Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran (Fox 5 Atlanta) Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran says he was fired because he wrote a book expressing his Christian faith, according to a discrimination complaint filed Jan. 19 with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. “I believe that I have been discriminated against because of my religion,” Cochran wrote in the complaint. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT His attorney, Jeremy Tedesco of the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith, said the ADA wants to vindicate the former fire chief following his “unjust termination.” The mayor may have the LGBT activists, the union and The New York Times on his side – but Chief Cochran has some much bigger firepower – the nation’s evangelical community. “Americans are guaranteed the freedom to live without fear of losing their jobs because of their beliefs and thoughts,” Tedesco said. Atlanta Mayor Kasim …

    January 27, 2015 1:25 am
    0 Comments

Odd News

  • San Francisco Zoo offers spurned lovers cockroach, scorpion adoptions


    (Reuters) – The San Francisco Zoo is giving the spurned and broken-hearted a new reason to mark Valentine’s Day – the chance to adopt a giant scorpion or hissing cockroach named after a heart-trampling ex. “When you think about the detritus of your love life this Valentine’s Day, consider adopting a Madagascar hissing cockroach for your ex,” the San Francisco Zoo said on its donation page of Monday’s promotion. For those suffering the sting of rejection, the zoo recommends the giant hairy scorpion. “Just like you-know-who, when a suitable victim wanders by, the scorpion grabs the doomed creature with its pinchers and stings the prey,” the zoo said. For those feeling especially wronged, the zoo also gives the option of having a notification sent to the person behind the heartbreak. Naming rights start at $25, and the spite money goes to a good cause, the zoo said. In both cases, the donations will be used …

    January 27, 2015 1:26 am
    0 Comments