• U.S. sees Cuban thaw boosting odds of returned fugitives

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Renewed ties between the United States and Cuba make it more likely the Cuban government will extradite fugitives sought by U.S. officials, a top U.S. law enforcement official said on Monday. “Certainly,...
  • Hollande urges French not to panic

    Hollande urges French not to panic

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 16:11 Police in France are on high alert after two separate attacks at the weekend in Dijon and Tours President Francois Hollande has called for vigilance after a weekend...
  • Pistons waive Josh Smith

    Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) – The Detroit Pistons waived forward Josh Smith on Monday. Smith averaged 13.1 points and 7.2 rebounds this season for the 5-23 Pistons, who enter Monday’s action with the third-worst record...
  • 2 guns a minute sold at $1 million auction

    2 guns a minute sold at $1 million auction

    The top seller was this Colt Model 1860, a cap and ball revolver used by the Union Army during the Civil War. Bidding was fast and furious this past weekend for hundreds of antique guns...
  • NYC police chief backs mayor

    NYC police chief backs mayor

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 16:09 The head of the New York City police union said Mayor Bill de Blasio had “blood on his hands” New York City’s police chief has backed Mayor Bill...
  • Alstom to pay US $772m bribery fine

    Alstom to pay US $772m bribery fine

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 16:55 Alstom makes the high-speed TGV train Alstom has agreed to pay $772m (£494m) in criminal penalties to settle bribery related charges with the US Department of Justice. The...

Headline News

  • New York police commissioner urges calm in police ties with mayor


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City’s police commissioner urged an easing of tensions on Monday after some in his force, responding to the fatal shooting of two officers, accused Mayor Bill de Blasio of being insufficiently supportive of police. The U.S. Justice Department on Monday condemned Saturday’s attack in which a 28-year-old man with a troubled history killed the two officers in their patrol car to avenge the killings by white officers of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City. The gunman then killed himself. Several police officers turned their backs on de Blasio in protest when he arrived at the Brooklyn hospital where the two officers were taken after they were shot. The police union said the mayor had blood on his hands. De Blasio had sympathized with protesters who took to the streets after grand juries declined in the last few weeks to charge white officers in the killings. …

    December 22, 2014 12:01 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. sees Cuban thaw boosting odds of returned fugitives


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Renewed ties between the United States and Cuba make it more likely the Cuban government will extradite fugitives sought by U.S. officials, a top U.S. law enforcement official said on Monday. “Certainly, we’re working with that country and every country to get back fugitives who we have charges against,” U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole said. “I think the fact that we’re going to be having better relationships with Cuba will increase our likelihood of being successful in getting those people back,” he told reporters at a Department of Justice press briefing. Cole’s comments came in response to a question about the chances of Cuba returning a U.S. fugitive who fled there after being convicted of killing a police officer. Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama announced a major policy shift to renew diplomatic ties with the communist-led nation after a 53-year freeze. In one of the most prominent fugitive cases involving …

    December 22, 2014 12:21 pm
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Stocks

  • 2 guns a minute sold at $1 million auction


    The top seller was this Colt Model 1860, a cap and ball revolver used by the Union Army during the Civil War. Bidding was fast and furious this past weekend for hundreds of antique guns from the World Wars and the Wild West. They sold at a clip of about two guns a minute for a total price nearing $1 million. The star at the sprawling auction house in Pennsylvania was an intricately engraved six-shooter from the 1800s, which commanded the top price of $33,600. The Morphy Auctions room was crowded with gun enthusiasts, some wearing NRA caps, camouflage coats and dungaree coveralls. There were grandfathers with sons and grandsons, passing on a family passion for guns. But the winning bidder was conducting his business via phone. He wanted the auction’s top gun: a .44-caliber Colt Model 1860 cap and ball revolver. It was the type of gun used by the Union Army during the …

    December 22, 2014 11:20 am
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Sports

  • Pistons waive Josh Smith


    Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) – The Detroit Pistons waived forward Josh Smith on Monday. Smith averaged 13.1 points and 7.2 rebounds this season for the 5-23 Pistons, who enter Monday’s action with the third-worst record in the league. “Our team has not performed the way we had expected throughout the first third of the season and adjustments need to be made in terms of our focus and direction,” said Stan Van Gundy, head coach and president of basketball operations for the Pistons in a statement. “We are shifting priorities to aggressively develop our younger players while also expanding the roles of other players in the current rotation to improve performance and build for our future. As we expand certain roles, others will be reduced. In fairness to Josh, being a highly versatile 10-year veteran in this league, we feel it’s best to give him his freedom to move forward. We have full respect for Josh …

    December 22, 2014 12:01 pm
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World News

  • Hollande urges French not to panic


    22 December 2014 Last updated at 16:11 Police in France are on high alert after two separate attacks at the weekend in Dijon and Tours President Francois Hollande has called for vigilance after a weekend of attacks in France by men heard shouting Islamic slogans. On Sunday a driver screaming “God is great” in Arabic ran down pedestrians in Dijon, injuring 11, two seriously. It came a day after police shot dead a man in Tours after he attacked them with a knife, also shouting “God is great”. Mr Hollande urged the French on Monday not to panic. The man who carried out Sunday’s attack was arrested after targeting pedestrians in five different parts of the city in the space of half an hour. He is said to be “apparently imbalanced” and to have spent time in a psychiatric hospital. The lives of the two people seriously injured in Dijon are not said to be …

    December 22, 2014 12:01 pm
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Technology

  • South Korean nuclear operator hacked amid cyber-attack fears


    South Korea’s nuclear plant operator has said its computer systems have been breached, raising fears that hackers, including those with possible North Korean links, could shift their focus to key infrastructure. The violation prompted a safety drill on Monday at nuclear plants around the country. The precautionary exercise comes days after the US blamed Pyongyang for hacking Sony Pictures, which led the company to cancel the release of a Hollywood satire about the fictional assassination of the secretive state’s leader, Kim Jong-un. North Korea has denied responsibility for the hack and threatened to retaliate if the White House continued to blame it. Pyongyang said there was “clear evidence” the Obama administration was behind the film. Officials in the South Korean capital, Seoul, said only noncritical data about nuclear plants had been leaked, adding that they were confident they could fend off any attempt to compromise the safety of the country’s atomic facilities. “It’s our judgment …

    December 22, 2014 8:40 am
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Science

  • Descent into Siberia’s mystery crater


    The first crater lies on the northern tip of the Yamal peninsula, the term “Yamal” meaning “end of the world” in the local language. It was an unstable place to explore, or even approach too closely, with its rims melting and falling inside, and the sound of water running deep within. The marshy state of the cavernous hole meant scientists had to wait until winter, when the crater had frozen solid, to determine what was inside. Lead scientist Vladimir Pushkarev, director of the Russian Centre of Arctic Exploration, documented his team’s expedition with this collection of photographs.

    December 22, 2014 8:40 am
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Health

  • Mother’s Depression Tied to Later Delinquency in Kids


    MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Teens are more likely to smoke, drink and use marijuana — and to do so at an earlier age — if their mothers were depressed when the kids were in grade school, a new study says. These same teens are also more likely to engage in violence and other delinquent behaviors, according to the study, published online Dec. 22 in Pediatrics. The researchers expected that teens of mothers who were currently depressed would be most likely to engage in risky behaviors “since those children may be missing both the supervision and support that a parent can offer during an emotional time,” said study co-author Ian Colman. He is an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Ottawa in Canada. “So we were surprised to see that maternal depression when the child was aged 6 to 10 was actually more strongly associated with those risky health behaviors,” Colman …

    December 22, 2014 8:39 am
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Entertainment

  • Dirty Dancing Duo! Harry Styles Sweeps Kristen Wiig Off Her Feet


    Posted on Mon Dec 22nd, 2014 9:50am PDT       By X17 Staff @was_vegas on Instagram Harry Styles and Kirsten Wiig went all out at the Saturday Night Live afterparty at Buddakan in New York City, and lucky for us some fellow party goers posted a few Instagram videos of the duo busting out the moves to Dirty Dancing‘s (“I’ve Had) The Time of My Life!” One Direction performed “Night Changes” on SNL, and we’re not sure where the rest of the boys were, but we have a hard time believing Zayn or Niall could have topped this. Huff Po writer Nick Simmons posted the video above and wrote, “So the kid from @onedirection and Kristen Wiig got on a table and danced tonight at the SNL after party. So that’s a thing.” Styles and Wiig boogied on the floor, but at one point they stood on top of a table and got quite close. We’re not starting …

    December 22, 2014 12:21 pm
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Editorial

  • Last minute Christmas shopping: Five things to avoid


    FILE — Nov. 28, 2014: A man dressed as Santa Claus greets shoppers outside the J.C. Penney store at the Glendale Galleria shopping mall in Glendale, Calif. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) This weekend millions of Americans will take to the mall to get last-minute gifts for their loved ones. They will pour through the already-picked-over selections to try and find “the gift.” For those of you who are forced into the mall this weekend: I’m sorry. Here are five things to avoid as we enter the final shopping days before Christmas.   1. Believe the best bargains are found if you wait until the last minute. While it’s true, retailers are starting their after-Christmas sales earlier than ever – just as the Christmas shopping season starts before you get to Thanksgiving dessert – seasoned shoppers know (1) value and (2) bargain do not mean the same thing.  We all know just because something is cheap doesn’t mean …

    December 20, 2014 4:21 pm
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Odd News

  • Among the year’s oddest stories, animal tales were top dogs


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – It was the year of the family pet behaving badly: A dog got sick from eating dozens of socks and a puppy took the rap for driving the family car into a pond. Angry cats held their owners hostage on at least two occasions. A review of the oddest Reuters stories of 2014 also offers numerous examples of less-than-virtuous human behavior. There was the hapless burglar whose criminal career came to a crashing halt when he left his Facebook page open in a house he was accused of robbing. And don’t forget the Texas man went to jail for urinating on the Alamo. To be sure, many tales from the animal kingdom this year were by turns heart-warming and hilarious, and more than a few came out of the Golden State or the Sunshine State. A parrot that spoke English with a British accent went missing for four years, only to …

    December 22, 2014 8:40 am
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