• Coyle, Wild edge Oilers

    Edmonton, AB (SportsNetwork.com) – Charlie Coyle scored the game-winning goal with 4:23 remaining as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on Tuesday. Nino Niederreiter also scored and Devan Dubnyk made 23 saves for...
  • Asylum group ‘legally held at sea’

    Asylum group ‘legally held at sea’

    28 January 2015 Last updated at 05:14 In 2014 Australia returned a boat of asylum seekers to Sri Lanka and detained a second group at sea Australia’s month-long detention of 157 asylum seekers at sea...
  • Hornqvist powers Pens past Jets in return

    Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Patric Hornqvist returned to the lineup and scored the game-winning goal during the third period to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-3 win over Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday. Hornqvist, who...
  • Argentina Jews boycott memorial

    Argentina Jews boycott memorial

    28 January 2015 Last updated at 01:34 The Jewish community held its own Holocaust commemorations in the rebuilt Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires, AMIA Jewish groups in Argentina have boycotted the government’s Holocaust commemorations...

Headline News

  • Blizzard, transit closures cost NYC economy estimated $200M


    Jan. 27, 2015: Pedestrians walk past closed businesses along Steinway Street, normally a busy commercial area, following a winter storm in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) NEW YORK –  New York City lost an estimated $200 million in economic activity in the fizzled snowstorm and decision to shut down the transit system — a loss that wasn’t crippling overall but had the biggest impact on small businesses and hourly workers. Consumers who would have otherwise bought cars or made other major purchases will likely do so a day or two later, said Adam Kamins, an economist with Moody’s Analytics, which came up with the preliminary loss estimate. He noted that many employees forced to stay home Tuesday were able to telecommute. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “For example, a holiday where people aren’t working would have a greater impact on the economic output than this storm,” Kamins said. Evan Gold, senior vice president for …

    January 28, 2015 12:21 am
    0 Comments

Politics

  • White House seeks $534 billion base defense budget, $51 billion for wars


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration will seek a base defense budget of $534 billion when it sends its 2016 spending request to Congress next week, a U.S. official said on Tuesday, a figure that exceeds federal caps by $35 billion and could trigger mandatory cuts. The administration also will ask for nearly $51 billion in funding for the war in Afghanistan as well as the conflict against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of the formal budget presentation next week. The base budget proposal includes $107.7 billion for weapons procurement and $69.8 billion for research, Bloomberg reported. A source familiar with the budget proposal said it had funding for 57 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters built by Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N), two more than planned in last year’s budget. The proposal maintains funding for Navy ships and aircraft but will curtail funding for some …

    January 27, 2015 9:40 pm
    0 Comments

Stocks

  • 5 questions to ask a financial adviser before hiring one


      My husband and I have been reluctant to work with a financial adviser because my husband doesn’t trust anyone. What questions should we ask to be sure that we’re getting someone who is competent and reliable? — Deb J., Maryland It’s no secret that the financial industry has a trust problem. Money pros essentially admitted as much in a recent survey, attributing investors’ distrust to a “lack of ethical culture within financial firms.” So I don’t blame your husband for being wary. But based on my 30 years of experience writing about financial issues, I also know that there are plenty of competent and honest advisers who genuinely want to help their clients. To identify someone who’s skilled and trustworthy and avoid salespeople posing as advisers or, worse yet, an outright charlatan who just wants to separate you from your money, here are five questions you and your husband can ask an adviser before …

    January 28, 2015 12:01 am
    0 Comments

Sports

  • Coyle, Wild edge Oilers


    Edmonton, AB (SportsNetwork.com) – Charlie Coyle scored the game-winning goal with 4:23 remaining as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on Tuesday. Nino Niederreiter also scored and Devan Dubnyk made 23 saves for the Wild, who ended a two-game skid. Boyd Gordon provided Edmonton’s lone goal and Viktor Fasth stopped 27-of-29 shots in defeat. Coyle’s deciding effort came after he skated down the left side past two defenders, dragged Fasth out of his net and capped off the play by tucking the puck into the net from below the goal line. “We came out to win, that’s all that matters,” Coyle said. “It’s always nice to help out on the scoresheet.” Wild defenseman Ryan Suter went off for holding the stick with 1:22 remaining and the Oilers pulled Fasth for a two-man advantage, but Dubnyk made multiple saves down the stretch and Dubnyk’s defenders blocked several shots to preserve the win. Minnesota started …

    January 28, 2015 12:22 am
    0 Comments

World News

  • Asylum group ‘legally held at sea’


    28 January 2015 Last updated at 05:14 In 2014 Australia returned a boat of asylum seekers to Sri Lanka and detained a second group at sea Australia’s month-long detention of 157 asylum seekers at sea last year was legal, the High Court has found. The court ruled the Sri Lankan group were not entitled to claim damages for false imprisonment. An Australian customs ship intercepted their boat off Christmas Island, an Australian territory, on 29 June. The Sri Lankans, who had left India 16 days before, were eventually taken to Nauru after efforts to return them to India failed. In recent years, asylum seekers – mainly from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iraq and Iran – have travelled to Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean on boats from Indonesia, hoping to be accepted into Australia as refugees. To deter their arrival, the Australian government processes them in offshore camps on Christmas Island, and in Nauru and Papua …

    January 28, 2015 12:22 am
    0 Comments

Technology

  • Lasers have turned this metal super hydrophobic


    J. Adam Fenster/University of Rochester The ability to repel water has so many potential uses. It can help prevent corrosion as well as the growth of organisms; it means objects need to be cleaned less often, since water can’t cling long enough to evaporate and leave behind residue; and it can prevent ice from forming. Current methods usually involve a hydrophobic coating — a technique that is prone to damage, since the coating is usually ultrathin and needs to be reapplied every few years. A new technique developed by researchers at the University of Rochester, however, can make a surface hydrophobic without the use of coatings. How? With a precise and powerful laser that etches a pattern of micro- and nanoscale structures onto the surface of metal — building on earlier work that used laser-patterning to absorb light to render metal black — creating a material that both absorbs light and repels water. The material …

    January 27, 2015 9:40 pm
    0 Comments

Science

  • Sugary drinks linked to earlier onset of menstrual periods


    Girls who frequently consume sugary drinks tend to start their menstrual periods earlier than girls who do not, according to new research published online Jan 28 in Human Reproduction. In the first study to look at the relation between sugar-sweetened drinks and the age at which girls have their first period, researchers followed 5583 girls, aged 9-14 years between 1996 and 2001 and found that those who drank more than 1.5 servings of sugary drinks a day had their first period 2.7 months earlier than those who consumed two or fewer such drinks a week. This effect was independent of the girls’ body mass index (BMI), height, total food intake and other lifestyle factors such as physical activity. The findings are important not only because of the growing problem of childhood obesity in a number of developed countries, but also because starting periods earlier is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer later in …

    January 27, 2015 9:41 pm
    0 Comments

Health

  • Abiomed raises revenue outlook, wins US approval for heart pump


    (Reuters) – Medical device maker Abiomed Inc (ABMD.O) raised its full-year revenue forecast and said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had approved its heart pump, sending its stock up about 30 percent in extended trading. Abiomed’s heart pump, Impella RP, helps blood circulation for up to 14 days in patients who develop acute right heart failure following implantation, myocardial infarction, heart transplant or open-heart surgery. The device is the first percutaneous, single access pump approved for right heart support, the company said. In surgery, ‘percutaneous’ pertains to any procedure that allows access to internal organs via a needle-puncture of the skin, rather than by using an “open” approach where organs must be exposed, typically using a scalpel. The approval comes in the form of a humanitarian device exemption (HDE), given for devices to treat rare conditions, affecting less than 4,000 people in the United States per year, and ones which have no comparable products. …

    January 27, 2015 9:40 pm
    0 Comments

Entertainment

  • Nick Jonas is sick of ‘looking at himself’ grabbing his crotch


    More: Nick Jonas has agreed to get hazed by frat boys The now-22-year-old former Jonas Brother did an in-depth interview with Rolling Stone and dished on all the things that have changed since his purity-ring-rocking boy band days. From partying with Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Jay Z, to dating Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, it’s probably safe to say Nick is officially all grown up. “It was a lot of fun,” he said of his Jonas Brothers days. “I got to perform at the White House five or six times, and I went to spring training with the Dodgers, which was a highlight of my entire life. But there are also things that are embarrassing, like looking back at your middle-school yearbook. Especially the emphasis on our relationships. That can mess with your head. We had a pretty huge female fan base, so we had to make a concerted effort to keep things private and say …

    January 28, 2015 12:01 am
    0 Comments

Editorial

  • The forbidden Bible


    Religious persecution is not something that most Americans have personally experienced. While we may hear the odd snide remark about our religious group or be offended by the depiction of our faith in popular entertainment, we nevertheless experience an unsurpassed degree of religious freedom. We wake up each day with the ability to read our sacred texts, attend our religious services, and speak and write freely about our beliefs. While incidences of targeted religious hostilities do exist in the U.S., they are relatively few and far between. But religious persecution is all too common in many parts of the world. And religious persecution targeting Christians is on the rise. That reality was driven home for me with the recent release of Open Doors USA’s 2015 World Watch List. This annual ranking of the 50 countries and regions where it is most difficult and dangerous to be a Christian features a diverse group of nations. They …

    January 27, 2015 9:40 pm
    0 Comments

Odd News

  • Voodoo queen cemetery in New Orleans to restrict access after vandalism


    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – New Orleans’ oldest cemetery will soon be closed to visitors without an official escort or familial ties to the deceased, the result of a spate of vandalism that has included the tomb of voodoo queen Marie Laveau. Vandalism is not a new problem at Laveau’s tomb and others at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, which dates to the late 1700s and is perhaps the most famous graveyard in a city whose above-ground burial plots are among its defining characteristics. But the defacement, which includes Xs written in marker on the Laveau tomb as part of a local ritual for good luck that appears to have been encouraged by unofficial tour guides, has accelerated in recent months, said Sarah McDonald, spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, which owns the cemetery. “It became apparent that we needed to take some action to protect the sanctity of the space, as well as the …

    January 27, 2015 9:41 pm
    0 Comments