• Four militants killed in Saudi raid

    Four militants killed in Saudi raid

    20 December 2014 Last updated at 15:03 Saudi security forces have killed four militants in a raid in al-Awamiya in the country’s east, officials said. The interior ministry said the men were behind the killing...
  • Afghan Guantanamo inmates sent home

    Afghan Guantanamo inmates sent home

    20 December 2014 Last updated at 15:11 Four Afghan detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says. Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani and Mohammed...
  • Jaguars and Falcons collide in Camellia Bowl

    Montgomery, AL (SportsNetwork.com) – The Bowling Green Falcons will look to get some distance from a lopsided loss in the Mid-American Conference championship game as they prepare to take on the South Alabama Jaguars in...
  • Pakistan forces ‘kill five Taliban’

    Pakistan forces ‘kill five Taliban’

    20 December 2014 Last updated at 13:06 The Pakistan military has stepped up attacks on the Taliban since the Peshawar school massacre Pakistani security forces have attacked Taliban positions in two operations near Peshawar, killing...
  • Westbrook, Thunder sneak past Lakers

    Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Russell Westbrook scored 31 points with 10 assists and five rebounds to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 104-103 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. Reggie...

Headline News

  • Afghan Guantanamo inmates sent home


    20 December 2014 Last updated at 15:11 Four Afghan detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says. Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani and Mohammed Zahir were repatriated after a thorough review of their cases. Eight Afghans are believed to be among more than 130 detainees remaining at the US prison in Cuba. President Barack Obama has pledged to close the facility, opened in 2002 to hold “enemy combatants” in what the US termed its war on terror.

    December 20, 2014 9:37 am
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Politics

  • Obama says Sony wrong to yank film over hack


    By ERIC TUCKER, TED BRIDIS December 20, 2014 President Barack Obama pauses during news conference(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais ) President Barack Obama declared that Sony “made a mistake” in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond “in a place and manner and time that we choose” to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government. Speaking of executives at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Obama said Friday at a year-end news conference, “I wish they had spoken to me first. … We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship.” Obama said he imagined situations in which dictators “start seeing a documentary that they don’t like or news reports that they don’t like.” Sony said it had had no choice but to cancel distribution of the movie since theaters …

    December 20, 2014 7:56 am
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Stocks

  • A defiant Sony scrambles to find a way out for ‘The Interview’


      Will any company step up and help Sony Pictures show the world “The Interview?” This weekend the embattled movie studio is in active discussions with potential distribution partners, figuring out if there’s a way forward for the film that provoked a crippling cyberattack, an FBI investigation and a presidential critique of the company. Netflix (NFLX, Tech30), YouTube and major movie theater owners are not commenting. But CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, who interviewed Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton on Friday, said later on CNN that he came away with the sense that “Sony intends to release this movie in some form, relatively soon. I don’t think we’re talking about six months from now. This movie will be seen.” What was just a lousy comedy a few short days ago is now a symbol of two essential American values — freedom of expression and freedom from fear. On Tuesday, the hackers that previously stole terabytes of data …

    December 20, 2014 8:56 am
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Sports

  • Jaguars and Falcons collide in Camellia Bowl


    Montgomery, AL (SportsNetwork.com) – The Bowling Green Falcons will look to get some distance from a lopsided loss in the Mid-American Conference championship game as they prepare to take on the South Alabama Jaguars in the inaugural Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. Bowling Green finished the season with a 7-6 record after a turbulent start to the campaign. But the Falcons also ended it with a 51-17 loss to Northern Illinois in the MAC championship bout. The Falcons are 4-7 all-time in bowl games, and will be looking for a win in coach Dino Babers’ first bowl appearance. The Camellia, which is designed to pit a member of the MAC and Sun Belt Conference together, is in its first year of existence. It seems fitting then that South Alabama make its first-ever bowl appearance in this event. The Jaguars ended the season at 6-6 with two consecutive losses to South Carolina (37-12) and Navy (42-40) to …

    December 20, 2014 9:37 am
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World News

  • Four militants killed in Saudi raid


    20 December 2014 Last updated at 15:03 Saudi security forces have killed four militants in a raid in al-Awamiya in the country’s east, officials said. The interior ministry said the men were behind the killing of a soldier there last Sunday. Al-Awmiya lies in the Eastern Province, home to a large and increasingly restive Shia population. The Sunni Saudi authorities deny discriminating against Shia citizens and blame Iran for stirring up discontent. The soldier was killed when his unit came under fire from fields near al-Awamiya last Sunday. His colleague was also injured. The “primary suspect” in the shooting of the soldier was among those killed, the interior ministry said. Restive region Most of Saudi Arabia’s minority Shia population lives in the oil-rich Eastern Province. More than 20 people have been killed there since protests began in early 2011. Hundreds have been arrested and at least 300 are reportedly in custody. Several have also been …

    December 20, 2014 9:37 am
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Technology

  • Sony and the rise of state-sponsored hacking


    CBS/Randy Schmidt James Bond may need a license to kill, but North Korea only needed an Internet connection and computers to cripple an entire company. That’s the lesson from one of the most damaging hacks ever on a US company. North Korea targeted Sony Pictures Entertainment because the studio planned to release “The Interview,” a satirical film depicting a plot to assassinate North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un. Hackers calling themselves “Guardians of Peace” demanded that Sony stop the movie’s release, set for Christmas, or they would attack moviegoers in a 9/11-style assault. Sony at first bowed to pressure and on Wednesday withdrew the film from theater distribution. But on Friday, criticized for giving the hackers what they wanted, the company said it hoped to distribute the comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco on “different platforms.” “This is absolutely a wake-up call,” said Bruce Bennett, an expert on North Korea and military defense for …

    December 20, 2014 8:17 am
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Science

  • New technique reveals immune cell motion


    Neutrophils, a type of white blood cell, are the immune system’s all-terrain vehicles. The cells are recruited to fight infections or injury in any tissue or organ in the body despite differences in the cellular and biochemical composition. Researchers from Brown University’s School of Engineering and the Department of Surgery in the Warren Alpert Medical School collaborated to devise a new technique for understanding how neutrophils move in these confined spaces. The technique involves two hydrogel sacks sandwiched together with a miniscule space in between. Neutrophils could be placed in that space, mimicking the confinement they experience within tissue. Time-lapse cameras measure how fast the cells move, and traction force microscopes determine the forces the cells exert on the surrounding gel. In a paper published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the researchers used the device to reveal new details about the motion of neutrophils. Bodily tissues are highly confined, densely packed, three-dimensional spaces that …

    December 20, 2014 8:17 am
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Health

  • Holiday Trimmings Can Trigger Allergies


    SATURDAY, Dec. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The holidays can be anything but joyous for people with allergies when they contend with fresh trees, scented candles and other allergy triggers. “The dust from the boxes and on the decorations that have been packed away in dank basements or dusty attics is triggering reactions in my allergy and asthma patients,” Dr. Rachna Shah, an affiliate faculty member at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, said in Loyola news release. Shah, who is also an allergist at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, Ill., offered some tips to help people with allergies breathe easier during the holidays. Clean your Christmas tree, whether it’s real or artificial. “A tree that is moldy increases the spore counts in the home exponentially after just a few days, triggering reactions and illness,” Shah said. “Some have found relief by spraying down the tree with water to remove mold and then …

    December 20, 2014 8:16 am
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Entertainment

  • Gwen Stefani And Gavin Rossdale Sport Matching Buns On Dinner Date


    Posted on Fri Dec 19th, 2014 2:40pm PDT       By X17 Staff Look, it’s Hollywood’s most attractive couple! Gwen Stefani and husband Gavin Rossdale grabbed dinner at Craig’s in West Hollywood last night after attending the People Magazine awards earlier in the evening, where The Voice coach performed with Pharrell Williams and took home the Style Icon Award, and the pair were rocking matching buns! So how do the lovebirds plan on spending Christmas? “Usually we trade off between London and here, but we’re gonna be here, and I’m just gonna go and squeeze my baby. I’m not gonna let anyone else touch him because he’s gonna be in my arms the entire time and I’m just gonna relax for a minute and be with my children,” she told People. Gwen, can we get your colorist’s phone number? You have the best blonde in the biz!   SEE THE GALLERY Gwen And Gavin Grab Dinner At Craig’s …

    December 20, 2014 9:57 am
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Editorial

  • Expert: Blacks trust police more than whites do


    Do blacks trust police more than whites do? Given the anger over events in Ferguson and New York City, the very question seems absurd. But it is not. Behind the polls and demonstrations, there is evidence that blacks trust police at least as much as whites do. The poll results are hardly surprising. A new Gallup poll confirms blacks place less confidence in police and the criminal justice system. Using survey data from 2006 through 2014, Gallup found: ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT *31 percentage points more blacks than whites believe black males are more likely to go to prison than white males primarily because of discrimination (50 percent versus 19 percent). *7 percentage points more blacks believe the honesty and ethics of police are low/very low (17 percent versus 10 percent). Similarly, a 2013 Pew Research Centersurvey reveals that 70 percent of blacks believed police treated whites better than blacks. By contrast, only 37 percent of whites …

    December 20, 2014 8:16 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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