• Today’s Toons 12/19/14

    Today’s Toons 12/19/14

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  • Jaguars send Titans to ninth straight loss

    Jacksonville, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Jordan Todman’s 62-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter highlighted the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 21-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night. Blake Bortles completed 13-of-26 passes for 115 yards and...
  • Kenya leader signs tough security law

    Kenya leader signs tough security law

    19 December 2014 Last updated at 11:23 Activists protested outside parliament as MPs passed the amended bill Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law a controversial security bill which saw MPs trade blows in...
  • U.S. green groups sue EPA over stormwater regulations

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two environmental groups have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for what the groups said was failing to comply with a court order requiring the agency to strengthen regulations preventing pollution from...
  • Russian crisis kills big German gas deal

    Russian crisis kills big German gas deal

    Going nowhere: BASF and Gazprom have canceled a multi-billion dollar gas deal. Fallout from the Russian crisis continues to spread with the cancellation of a big gas deal with Germany. BASF (BASFY) said it had...
  • Long Todman run helps Jaguars take down Titans

    (Reuters) – Jordan Todman produced a 62-yard touchdown run to help the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Tennessee Titans 21-13 on Thursday in a clash between struggling teams already looking ahead to next season. The Jaguars...
  • Pakistan army ‘kills 57 Taliban’

    Pakistan army ‘kills 57 Taliban’

    19 December 2014 Last updated at 09:42 The army says it has killed 1,700 Taliban militants since June, although this is difficult to verify Pakistan’s military says it has killed 57 militants in ground assaults...

Headline News

  • U.S. green groups sue EPA over stormwater regulations


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two environmental groups have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for what the groups said was failing to comply with a court order requiring the agency to strengthen regulations preventing pollution from storm water runoff. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) said in a statement that they filed the suit on Thursday in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The EPA did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The groups said EPA has not obeyed a 2003 ruling from the 9th circuit in EDC v. EPA that required the agency to redo portions of its 1999 stormwater regulations dealing with urban runoff because they were not in line with the Clean Water Act. The order also directed the agency to consider regulating runoff from unpaved forest roads. NRDC and EDC said they have asked the court to impose a deadline …

    December 19, 2014 5:24 am
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Politics

  • With Cuba decision, Obama hands Hillary Clinton a gift


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton knows a political gift when she sees one. She was quick to embrace the step this week when President Barack Obama, a fellow Democrat no longer having to face an electorate, relaxed U.S. policy toward Cuba. While assailed by Republicans opposed to restoring ties with the communist-led island, the action has the power to solidify support for Democrats among increasingly influential Latino voters and appeal to voters in farm states like Iowa eager to do business in Havana. Obama’s unilateral move has gently shaken up the 2016 race to succeed him, exposing divisions among Republicans and possibly helping Democrats already buoyed by his decision to liberalize immigration policy. Potential contenders Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio adhered to the traditional Republican hard line on Cuba and sharply criticized Obama. But Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who has a libertarian streak, backed the new policy. A likely White …

    December 19, 2014 3:43 am
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Stocks

  • Russian crisis kills big German gas deal


    Going nowhere: BASF and Gazprom have canceled a multi-billion dollar gas deal. Fallout from the Russian crisis continues to spread with the cancellation of a big gas deal with Germany. BASF (BASFY) said it had dropped plans to hand full control of its gas storage and trading business to Russia’s Gazprom (GZPFY) in exchange for stakes in two Siberian gas fields. State-controlled Gazprom is the leading supplier of natural gas to western Europe and has been looking to develop its marketing and distribution activities in the region. The chill in relations between Germany and Russia killed the asset swap deal, which covered BASF businesses with 12 billion euros ($14.6 billion) in sales. Sanctions imposed on Russia over its behavior in Ukraine place restrictions on new energy projects and equipment, and also prevent Russian companies borrowing in Western financial markets. Related: Putin blames the West for Russia’s misery The cancellation has forced the German chemicals company …

    December 19, 2014 4:44 am
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Sports

  • Jaguars send Titans to ninth straight loss


    Jacksonville, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Jordan Todman’s 62-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter highlighted the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 21-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night. Blake Bortles completed 13-of-26 passes for 115 yards and one touchdown for the Jaguars, who scored 21 straight points after falling behind 10-0. Todman carried the ball five times for 71 yards for Jacksonville (3-12), which avenged a 16-14 loss to these Titans on Oct. 12. Toby Gerhart rushed for 53 yards and a score on 12 carries. “You could feel the energy throughout,” Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said. “I think what is really neat about this whole experience was different guys stood out at different times.” Tennessee turned back to Charlie Whitehurst due to injuries and he connected on 24-of-35 passes for 287 yards and one touchdown. Leon Washington caught seven passes for 62 yards and a score. Bishop Sankey carried the ball 14 times for 44 yards …

    December 19, 2014 5:24 am
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World News

  • Kenya leader signs tough security law


    19 December 2014 Last updated at 11:23 Activists protested outside parliament as MPs passed the amended bill Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law a controversial security bill which saw MPs trade blows in parliament. It was passed on Thursday during a chaotic parliamentary session, with opposition MPs warning that Kenya was becoming a “police state”. The government has said it needs more powers to fight militant Islamists threatening Kenya’s security. Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group has stepped up attacks in Kenya. The new anti-terror legislation requires journalists to obtain police permission before investigating or publishing stories on domestic terrorism and security issues. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The scuffles in parliament on Thursday were shown live on television The police will now approve publication or broadcasting of information relating to investigations on terrorism. “We must all remember that we are still at war and still vulnerable to terror attacks,” Mr …

    December 19, 2014 5:24 am
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Technology

  • Twitter should ban racist words, says MP


    Racist words should be blocked by Twitter, a Labour MP who was a victim of online anti-Semitism has said. Luciana Berger, shadow minister for public health, said she received 2,500 hate messages at the height of an internet campaign against her. In October, Garron Helm, from Litherland, north of Liverpool, was handed a four-week custodial sentence at Merseyside magistrates court for sending an anti-Semitic tweet to Berger. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Berger called on the social networking site to do more to stop abuse. The MP for Liverpool Wavertree said: “At the height of the abuse, the police said I was the subject of 2,500 hate messages in the space of three days using the hashtag ‘filthyjewbitch’. “Online hate needs to be taken as seriously as offline hate – but it isn’t. Twitter’s response isn’t good enough. It has a responsibility to do more to protect its users. “The site is letting …

    December 19, 2014 4:03 am
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Science

  • Study on world’s biggest animal finds more than 1 population in the southeastern Pacific


    Related images(click to enlarge) Scientists from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), the Universidad Austral de Chile, the Blue Whale Center, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), NOAA, and other organizations are examining molecular clues to answer a big question: how many types of blue whales exist in the waters of the southeastern Pacific? The answer seems to be two distinct populations, according to a genetic study comparing the blue whales off the southern coast of Chile with those swimming in the waters of Antarctica and other nearby regions. One of the populations could be made up of pygmy-type blue whales, a subspecies slightly smaller than the Antarctic blue whale. The findings could help wildlife managers devise more effective conservation plans for this endangered species. The study appears in the online edition of the journal Molecular Ecology. Reaching nearly 100 feet in length, the blue whale is thought to be the largest animal that ever existed, …

    December 19, 2014 4:04 am
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Health

  • Double blow for Roche as Alzheimer’s, breast cancer studies fail


    ZURICH/LONDON (Reuters) – Roche said on Friday it was ending a late-stage study of an experimental Alzheimer’s drug after it failed to prove effective, underlining the difficulty of treating the memory-robbing disease. The Swiss drugmaker also said a breast cancer trial had failed to demonstrate the benefit of adding its new drug Kadcyla to treatment programs, damaging its hopes of broadening sales in an commercial area it already dominates. Fabian Wenner, an analyst at Kepler Cheuvreux, said consensus forecasts for annual Kadcyla sales of 2.5 billion Swiss francs ($2.55 billion) in 2020 would now “have to come down significantly”. Shares in Roche, which in recent years has boasted one of the most productive research pipelines in the industry, fell 4.7 percent by 0840 GMT (03:40 a.m. EST) on the double setback. German biotech firm MorphoSys, Roche’s partner on the Alzheimer’s project, fared even worse, with its stock falling 8.1 percent. The setback for Alzheimer’s drug …

    December 19, 2014 4:03 am
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Entertainment

  • Report: Ashlee Simpson Pregnant, Expecting First Child With Husband Evan Ross


    Posted on Thu Dec 18th, 2014 2:15pm PDT       By X17 Staff Sounds like a honeymoon baby! Ashlee Simpson and husband Evan Ross are expecting their first child together, Us Weekly reports. The singer is already a mom to 6-year-old son Bronx, from her first marriage to rocker Pete Wentz. The couple tied the knot this past August, and X17online first predicted that Jessica Simpson’s little sister was pregnant back in October when she was looking noticeably fuller in the tummy. “She wants her kids to be close to Jessica’s in age. She’s so in love with Evan, she thinks a baby would be the icing on the cake,” a source previously told X17. This kid is going to have Diana Ross as a grandma! Pretty cool!   Stories from around the Web

    December 19, 2014 5:44 am
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Editorial

  • Faith at the holidays: Life is messy. God is mysterious. Let’s live the questions


    Dec. 12, 2014: A tear runs from the eye of a pilgrim as she looks up at the apron of Juan Diego, a 16th century relic believed to hold the imprint of the Virgin of Guadalupe, in Mexico City. Every year hundreds of thousands of people from across the country, many carrying images or statues of Mexico’s patron saint to be blessed, converge at the Basilica on Dec. 12, the Virgin’s feast day. Pilgrims are able to view the apron from moving walkways that pass below. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) While in seminary, I ran across the author Henri Nouwen, who articulated the tension—or paradox—of faith as well as anyone I have read. His answer, unlike most I have heard, does not whitewash the messiness of life or explain away the mystery of God. Rather, Nouwen wrote that an essential part of life is learning to “live the questions” faith engenders. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT To wait on the …

    December 19, 2014 4:03 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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