• 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...
  • The world of physics in 2015

    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...
  • What VR needs next

    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...
  • 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...

Headline News

  • U.S. to sue NY City over rights violations of teen Rikers inmates


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. government will sue New York City over widespread violations of civil rights of teenage inmates at the Rikers Island jail complex, the Justice Department said on Thursday, raising the prospect of years of federal oversight of the troubled jail. The move by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for New York’s southern district, followed a report in August describing a pattern of violent abuse of 16- to 18-year-old male inmates by guards and others held at Rikers. “At the end of the day, there must be a court-ordered agreement,” Bharara told reporters at a press conference. He is seeking a so-called consent decree, which typically also entails the court appointing monitors to oversee that the promised changes are made, he said. Only a handful of the country’s thousands of jails, prisons and mental hospitals have problems serious enough to warrant the Justice Department’s attention …

    December 18, 2014 4:18 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

  • YouTube CEO: Paid maternity leave is good for business


    Susan Wojcicki was the first Google employee to get paid time off for maternity leave. Paid maternity leave is good for moms, it’s good for families, and it’s good for business. That’s according to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, who advocated for all American women to get the benefit in an oped she penned for the Wall Street Journal this week. She cites an impressive statistic: The rate at which new moms left Google fell by 50% after it increased paid maternity leave from 12 to 18 weeks in 2007. Offering paid maternity leave at Google (GOOG), YouTube’s parent, has helped the company avoid costly turnover and retain skilled employees. Wojcicki herself was the company’s first employee to take maternity leave. In fact, she left a job at Intel (INTC, Tech30) when she was four months pregnant to join the startup. At the time Google had zero revenue, only 15 other (all male) employees, and was …

    December 18, 2014 2:38 pm
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Sports

  • 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. They dealt a sixth-round draft pick in 2015 to get Harrison, who had one goal and three assists in 20 games for Carolina this season. The nine-year NHL veteran has 21 goals and 49 assists in 337 career games for the Maple Leafs and Hurricanes. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    December 18, 2014 4:18 pm
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World News

  • 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 says. Gen Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the strikes aimed to hamper the Islamist group’s ability to conduct attacks, supply fighters and finance operations. IS controls a swathe of Iraq and Syria, where it has declared a caliphate. Meanwhile, Kurdish forces say they have broken the IS siege of Mount Sinjar. Thousands of people, mainly from the Yazidi minority, had been trapped there for months by IS militants after fleeing the town of Sinjar. ‘High-value targets’ US air strikes against IS began after the group posted gruesome videos of US and other Western hostages being murdered. Gen Dempsey told the Wall Street Journal that the loss of IS leaders was “disruptive to their planning and …

    December 18, 2014 4:18 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

  • Kris And Bruce Jenner Divorce Finalized


    Posted on Thu Dec 18th, 2014 1:30pm PDT       By X17 Staff They’re officially back on the market, ladies and gentlemen! Kris and Bruce Jenner have settled their divorce and it is now final, TMZ reports. The former couple didn’t have a prenup, but the split was pretty amicable and they divided assets relatively evenly. The mother-of-six got the family home in Calabasas, and then they divided various bank accounts and other assets. They will share joint custody of 17-year-old Kylie. The momager gets to keep a 2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost, a 2014 Bentley and a 2014 Land Rover. Bruce gets a 2011 Porsche 997 Coupe, a 2013 Cadillac Escalade and a 2007 Harley motorcycle. Geez, think they have enough cars?! The sexy grandmother didn’t get away totally unscathed, though! She has to pay the former Olympian $2.5 million to even things out. That’s practically nothing for ol’ Kris!   Stories from around the Web

    December 18, 2014 3:38 pm
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Editorial

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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