• Canadian teenager Henderson turns professional

    (Reuters) – Brooke Henderson, a 17-year-old Canadian who was golf’s top-ranked female amateur, on Thursday announced her decision to turn professional and sign up with sports management company IMG (International Management Group). “I am really...
  • Kurds ‘break IS mountain siege’

    Kurds ‘break IS mountain siege’

    18 December 2014 Last updated at 22:32 Thousands of Yazidi and other displaced Iraqis have fled violence in the town of Sinjar Kurdish forces in northern Iraq are claiming their biggest victory yet against Islamic...
  • Dow jumps 421 points. Best day since 2011

    Dow jumps 421 points. Best day since 2011

      Scrooge has left the building. Heck, he’s not even on the same planet anymore. The Dow shot up 421 points Thursday for its best day in more than three years. The SP 500 experienced...
  • Jets acquire D Harrison from Hurricanes

    Winnipeg, MB (SportsNetwork.com) – The Winnipeg Jets acquired defenseman Jay Harrison from the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday for a late-round draft pick. The Jets placed defenseman Jacob Trouba on injured reserve with an upper-body injury....
  • IS leaders ‘killed by US strikes’

    IS leaders ‘killed by US strikes’

    18 December 2014 Last updated at 21:37 Martin Dempsey (R): “These are high-value targets, senior leadership” US air strikes have killed several high-ranking military leaders of Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, the Pentagon’s top officer...

Headline News

  • Neighboring states challenge Colorado pot laws in top U.S. court


    DENVER (Reuters) – Nebraska and Oklahoma challenged neighboring Colorado’s recreational marijuana laws in the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday amid complaints its pot was seeping across their borders, and Colorado vowed to defend its laws. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said he joined Oklahoma in filing the action against Colorado, where voters chose to legalize recreational marijuana in a landmark 2012 vote even as the drug remains federally outlawed.  “Federal law undisputedly prohibits the production and sale of marijuana,” Bruning said in a statement, adding that drugs threaten the health and safety of children, and calling narcotics trafficking a national, interstate problem. The lawsuit accuses Colorado of creating “a dangerous gap” in the federal drug control system. “Marijuana flows from this gap into neighboring states, undermining plaintiffs states’ own marijuana bans, draining their treasuries, and placing stress on their criminal justice systems,” the lawsuit said. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers responded that because neighboring states …

    December 18, 2014 5:19 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. Secret Service too insular, needs outside leader, more agents: review


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Secret Service is in dire need of an overhaul that requires an outside leader, an infusion of agents and more training – not to mention a better fence – to protect the White House, an independent review concluded on Thursday. An executive summary of the highly classified review revealed deep problems at the top of the Secret Service, which is charged with guarding the U.S. president and other senior government officials. “Some of the changes address isolated problems, with well-defined options to solve them, while others will require far more study by, we hope, a dynamic, new management team that will lead the Service into the future,” the summary said. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson appointed the four-member review panel in October after a Sept. 19 intrusion by an Iraq war veteran with a knife who scaled the White House fence, sprinted across the lawn and got deep inside the …

    December 18, 2014 3:38 pm
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Stocks

  • Dow jumps 421 points. Best day since 2011


      Scrooge has left the building. Heck, he’s not even on the same planet anymore. The Dow shot up 421 points Thursday for its best day in more than three years. The SP 500 experienced its biggest gains since January 2013. After taking a beating earlier this month, investors may finally be getting that Santa Claus rally they wished for. Related: The best stocks of 2014 Here’s why investors were so jolly: A generous Fed: The Fed was in a particularly giving mood Wednesday when it announced it was going to take its sweet time raising interest rates. The central bank said in a statement it would be “patient in beginning to normalize the stance of monetary policy.” It also kept closely-watched language saying rates would stay low for a “considerable time,” which investors took as clear signal that rates won’t rise until next summer or later. “The Fed seems to be very cognizant of …

    December 18, 2014 4:38 pm
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Sports

  • Canadian teenager Henderson turns professional


    (Reuters) – Brooke Henderson, a 17-year-old Canadian who was golf’s top-ranked female amateur, on Thursday announced her decision to turn professional and sign up with sports management company IMG (International Management Group). “I am really excited to begin my professional career in 2015 and proud to represent Canada along the way,” Henderson, a native of Smiths Falls, Ontario, said in a statement. “I realize what a big step it is to play professionally.” Henderson has won more than 50 tournaments as an amateur, including three professional titles, and claimed the individual crown this year at the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship where she led Canada to the silver medal. During a glittering 2014 campaign, she also finished second at the U.S. Women’s Amateur and tied for 10th at the U.S. Women’s Open. (Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Frank Pingue)

    December 18, 2014 5:19 pm
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World News

  • Kurds ‘break IS mountain siege’


    18 December 2014 Last updated at 22:32 Thousands of Yazidi and other displaced Iraqis have fled violence in the town of Sinjar Kurdish forces in northern Iraq are claiming their biggest victory yet against Islamic State (IS) militants. They say they have broken the IS siege of Mount Sinjar, where thousands of Yazidis and other displaced Iraqis have been trapped since August. IS controls a swathe of Iraq and Syria, where it has declared a caliphate. Meanwhile, the Pentagon’s top officer says US air strikes have killed several high-ranking military leaders of Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. The Kurdish offensive against IS forces besieging Mount Sinjar began early on Wednesday with the most intensive round of air strikes yet by US and coalition forces – 45 in all. IS forces control significant swathes of territory On the ground, about 8,000 Kurdish peshmerga fighters launched a two-pronged attack which they said had succeeded in opening a …

    December 18, 2014 5:19 pm
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Technology

  • What VR needs next


    Sarah Tew/CNET Virtual reality is finally here, but it’s still not ready for the mass market. VR has been lurking for years: for decades it was a pop-culture theme and shopping mall novelty. The more recent wave of products — Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus — remain just outside of consumers’ hands, announced but not yet available. The arrival of Samsung Gear VR and (to a lesser extent) Google Cardboard are changing the equation — to a point. Both are goggle add-ons that turn existing phones into virtual-reality headsets. But while you can buy them now, they have limitations. Cardboard is basically more of a geeky DIY proof of concept. Gear VR, meanwhile, is only available in the US, and its apps are limited. Indeed, Samsung’s naming it the “Innovator Edition” is basically code for “early-adopter edition.” These are early days for virtual worlds. VR is an impressive experience, and often awe-inspiring. It also needs …

    December 18, 2014 3:58 pm
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Science

  • The world of physics in 2015


    The science story of 2014, which Physics World picked as its Breakthrough of the Year, simply had to be the successful landing of a man-made probe onto a comet, for the first time. Philae dropped on to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in November after a 10-year journey aboard the Rosetta craft – triggering scenes of wild jubilation among scientists and engineers at the European Space Agency (ESA), who had lived through a nail-biting final hour as they waited for radio signals to travel the 511 million kilometres from the comet to Earth after its scheduled landing time. Data from the mission are likely to keep astronomers busy for years to come, including signs that water on Earth came not from comets, as was previously thought, but from asteroids. In fact, 2014 was quite a year for space science, with India putting its Mangalyaan craft in orbit around Mars for the first time and Japan launching the country’s second …

    December 18, 2014 3:59 pm
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Health

  • Sierra Leone’s leading doctor dies of Ebola


    FREETOWN (Reuters) – Sierra Leone’s leading doctor died of Ebola on Thursday, hours after the arrival in the country of an experimental drug that could have been used to treat him, the government’s chief medical officer said. Victor Willoughby was diagnosed with Ebola last week after he treated a man with organ-related problems. The patient, a senior banker, was later diagnosed with Ebola and has since died. The drug, ZMab, was transported in frozen form on a Brussels Airlines flight that arrived overnight. Before it could thaw, Willoughby’s condition deteriorated, said chief medical officer Brima Kargbo. His death brings to 12 the number of Sierra Leone doctors to have contracted the virus. Eleven have died. In all, 142 health workers have been infected with the disease in the West African country and 109 have died, according to World Health Organization figures. Sierra Leone, neighboring Guinea and Liberia are at the heart of the world’s worst …

    December 18, 2014 3:58 pm
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Entertainment

  • This Dude Spent $150,000 To Look Like Kim Kardashian, But It Didn’t Work


    Posted on Thu Dec 18th, 2014 3:10pm PDT       By X17 Staff Is this the scariest face on the Internet? We think so. A 23-year-old British man, Jordan James Parke, has spent over $150,000 and had over 50 cosmetic procedures to “look” like Kim Kardashian. So far, the garish guy has gotten his eyebrows tattooed (yep, those babies are permanent), fillers, dental work, Botox, and in true Kardashian form — laser hair removal. If you think Jordan is deterred by the haters — think again. He’s ALL ABOUT the haters. Jordan said, “My look is all about the shock factor. I love all the attention and the stares I get in the street. I welcome the hate — it just means more attention. And if anything, it just spurs me on to get more work done.” Umm … that seems like a healthy mentality to have … The thing we are most perplexed by is that he …

    December 18, 2014 5:39 pm
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Editorial

  • CIA Report, Funding the Government: How can Obama, Congress defy the Constitution?


    When the government is waving at us with its right hand, so to speak, it is the government’s left hand that we should be watching. Just as a magician draws your attention to what he wants you to see so you will not observe how his trick is performed, last week presented a textbook example of public disputes masking hidden deceptions. Here is what happened. Last week was dominated by two huge news stories. One was the revelation by the Senate Intelligence Committee of torture committed by CIA agents and contractors on 119 detainees in the post-9/11 era — 26 of whom were tortured for months by mistake. In that revelation of anguish and error were the conclusions by CIA agents themselves that their torture had not produced helpful information. President Obama acknowledged that the CIA had tortured, yet he directed the Department of Justice not to prosecute those who tortured and those who authorized …

    December 18, 2014 7:55 am
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Odd News

  • Canadian driver jailed for deaths caused by stopping for ducks


    OTTAWA (Reuters) – A Canadian woman was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Thursday for causing two deaths in 2010 when she stopped her car on a Quebec highway to help a group of ducklings crossing the road. Emma Czornobaj had been convicted in June of two counts each of criminal negligence and dangerous driving causing death. According to media reports on Thursday, Czornobaj stopped her car abruptly in the passing lane of a highway south of Montreal when she saw the ducklings. The motorcycle behind Czornobaj’s car then crashed into her vehicle, killing the 50-year-old man driving the motorcycle and his 16-year-old daughter. “I just wanted to pick all these ducklings up and put them in my car,” Czornobaj had testified during her trial. “I know it was a mistake.” The jail time will be served on the weekends. Czornobaj was also sentenced to 240 hours of community service, probation and banned from …

    December 18, 2014 3:58 pm
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