Headline News

  • Missouri grand jury has made decision in fatal shooting of black teen: report


    FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – A prosecutor in Missouri will announce on Monday whether a grand jury has decided to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, a killing that sparked angry protests in the St. Louis suburb, according to media reports. St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch’s office was due to make an announcement on the grand jury, CNN reported, citing an unidentified law enforcement source. A spokesman for McCulloch did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Activist groups have pledged fresh street protests if officer Darren Wilson is not indicted in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, while the state has been planning a massive police presence to quell violence. Awaiting the grand jury’s decision, shop owners have boarded up store fronts, and students in one area school district began an extended early Thanksgiving break on Monday. Lawyers for Brown’s …

    November 24, 2014 1:17 pm
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Politics

  • Bill Cassidy Utilizes Weekly GOP Address, Again


    By Clark Mindock Posted at 1:24 p.m. today 0 Tweet Cassidy gave the weekly Republican address again last weekend. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Heading into a Dec. 6 runoff in Louisiana against Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Rep. Bill Cassidy took a second crack at the Republican weekly address to make his case for election to the Senate. Just as in his first address in June, the doctor by trade recalled interactions with patients as a prominent forum to hear constituent concerns on the direction of the country. “When my patients tell me about their health concerns,” Cassidy said, “they also tell me they are worried about the economy, their jobs, the direction of our country.” With the final outstanding Senate race on the line, Cassidy and his opponent both came out in strong support of the Keystone XL pipeline last week, urging their chambers to approve the measure. The House voted in …

    November 24, 2014 12:56 pm
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Stocks

  • Use this app to get the lowest prices on your holiday shopping


    Shopping for holiday gifts usually goes something like this: Check to see if the same item is cheaper on Amazon. Buy the better deal. But what if there’s a better deal at another store close by or even online? A new app from Savings.com called PriceJump does just that. It helps shoppers cover all their bases by scanning local stores and 5,000 online retailers in real time to get the best price. After downloading the app (only available on the iPhone for now), users can scan a bar code and instantly find the best price for that item. The result will display the best local and online price and also Amazon’s. Amazon doesn’t always win. This summer, PriceJump launched a website that tracked Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) prices and found that the site offered the best deals 51% of the time. On items that cost more than $100, PriceJump found lower prices than Amazon 70% of …

    November 24, 2014 11:55 am
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Sports

  • Soviet hockey coach who faced ‘Miracle on Ice’ US team dead at 84


    Dec. 9, 2006: In this file photo, Legendary Soviet ice hockey coach Viktor Tikhonov, centre, stands at the “Team USSR” bench prior to the charity ice hockey match, at the Moscow’s Red Square. (AP) MOSCOW –  Viktor Tikhonov, the Soviet hockey coach whose teams won three Olympic gold medals but fell to the United States in the “Miracle on Ice,” died after a long illness. He was 84. Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League said early Monday that Tikhonov died during the night. He had been receiving treatment at home for an undisclosed illness that had left him unable to walk in recent weeks. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “The entire global hockey community has lost a great coach,” Vladislav Tretiak, who played goalie for Tikhonov’s Soviet team and now heads the Russian Hockey Federation, told Russia’s R-Sport news agency. “He devoted his entire life to hockey until the last second. Even when I was with him in hospital, we …

    November 24, 2014 1:17 pm
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World News

  • Spain priests held over child abuse


    24 November 2014 Last updated at 17:49 The Archbishop of Granada and other clerics prostrated themselves in front of Granada cathedral’s high altar Police in Spain have arrested three priests and one layman on suspicion of child sex abuse, according to the country’s interior minister. Jorge Fernandez Diaz said the arrests took place in the southern city of Granada, but gave no further details. The Archdiocese of Granada suspended several priests last week after a man wrote to Pope Francis saying he was abused when he was an altar boy. The Catholic Church has been rocked by the scandal of sexual abuse by priests. Media reports said the latest inquiry was personally ordered by the Pope, who also telephoned the man directly to apologise on behalf of the church. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi refused to confirm or deny the call, according to the Associated Press. The interior minister did not name those detained as part …

    November 24, 2014 1:17 pm
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Technology

  • UK should be embarrassed by its lack of female engineers, says Ed Miliband


    Ed Miliband has said Britain’s lack of female engineers should be a “matter of national embarrassment”, as he called for an extra 400,000 people to be trained in the profession by the end of the decade. Writing on Facebook, the Labour leader said the UK needed about 780,000 engineers by 2020 to meet industry demand, but the country is training less than half of that. “If we are going to win the race to the top in the 21st century, we have to re-establish our historic reputation as a world leader in technology and manufacturing,” he wrote. “We need to equip our businesses with the skills they need to succeed. But the UK is facing a crisis in the number of engineers being trained up. “This is not just a shortage of the traditional civil, mechanical and electrical engineers, but also in information technology, green energy, and life sciences where many of the jobs of …

    November 24, 2014 12:57 pm
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Science

  • Printing the future


    One moment it’s an image on a screen, the next it’s an object in your hands – today’s 3D printers make Star Trek gadgets look tame.  Futuristic as they are, they are also taking us back to a time when individuals were able to craft their own designs. While conventional manufacturing excels at churning out mountains of identical objects, 3D printing gives today’s artisans free reign. Here are some examples. But this is just the beginning – 3D printing is limited only by our imaginations. Bespoke bike Every body is different. So wouldn’t it be great if your bike were tailored to yours? Matthew Andrew, owner and designer at Flying Machine in Perth, can oblige. He teamed up with the CSIRO’s Lab 22 to produce a prototype bike, above, with 3D-printed titanium parts that can be tailored to the customer’s size. “The customer is measured up. It’s similar to buying a tailored suit. You just …

    November 24, 2014 1:17 pm
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Health

  • Some Newly Insured Under ‘Obamacare’ May Have Trouble Finding Doctors


    MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Millions of Americans bought health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act in the past year. Now, several shortcomings in the system have been discovered. In some markets, doctors are reluctant to take on patients who bought health insurance plans through the state and federal exchanges that were created by “Obamacare.” “I think doctors have a couple of problems with the exchange policies,” said Dr. Austin King, an otolaryngologist and president of the Texas Medical Association. People often don’t understand their insurance coverage, so staff members have to educate them, “and that adds to the hassle of seeing these patients,” King said. Another problem: Doctors are wary of the law’s provision giving people with subsidized coverage a 90-day grace period before their coverage is cancelled for failing to pay the premium. Doctors fear they could end up on the hook for care provided to people who lose their …

    November 24, 2014 8:52 am
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Entertainment

  • Katy Perry Confirmed To Headline "Insane" Superbowl Halftime Show


    Posted on Mon Nov 24th, 2014 10:25am PDT       By X17 Staff The NFL has confirmed that Katy Perry will be the headlining performer for the 2015 Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show, and the 30-year-old singer has also released a video outlining her plans for the set. Perry takes us on a tour of her “halftime show-testing facility,” and from fire-breathing sharks to unicorns, it looks like she’s trying to make this show more memorable than the one where Janet Jackson’s titty popped out. Hard to believe Nipplegate was over a decade ago! “I’ve got some insane ideas,” Perry says. “Like what if we covered the whole stadium in glitter, but the glitter was edible? This halftime show is going to be crazy. I’ve got my time machine bringing in my very special guest, my dancers, kittens….” There were rumors that Coldplay and Rihanna were going to perform this year, but after Rihanna’s drama with Thursday Night …

    November 24, 2014 12:35 pm
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Editorial

  • After Chuck Hagel: Why Obama’s next pick for Pentagon chief could determine his foreign policy legacy


    Poor Defense Secretary Hagel.  Hired and fired in just one term.   I’m not surprised.   ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT When he got the job I warned that he was the wrong pick, because he didn’t have good relations with Congress to sell the president’s unpopular agenda on Capitol Hill, or the credibility necessary to sell the military on unpopular budget cuts. And that was before ISIS, Ebola and super-sized, military-gutting defense cuts. Related Image Expand / Contract Nov. 24, 2014: President Obama, left, listens as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, talks about his resignation during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) So out with Hagel, in with a new Secretary of Defense  The pick could well determine Obama’s foreign policy legacy.    The stakes couldn’t be higher.   Will the new SecDef and Joint Chiefs work together and persuade the president to change course?  Or will the …

    November 24, 2014 12:57 pm
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Odd News

  • Lost kitten from New Mexico turns up in duffel bag in Maine


    ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) – An Albuquerque cat owner can sleep easier now that the kitten that went missing last month will be home for the holidays, despite a mysterious 2,300-mile side trip to Maine. Patsy Murphy, who runs an animal refuge center in Westbrook, Maine, said the kitten, named Spice, was brought to her shelter on Nov. 11 by a man who found the feline in a duffel bag while unloading furniture at a local Catholic charity. “This is a very odd story, we wish she could tell us what happened,” Murphy said of the kitten, which was found inside the bag with food and kitty litter. Murphy said Maine resident Bob Watterson brought the kitten home on Nov. 5, and cared for it for six days before he turned it over to the animal refuge, which found a microchip in the cat that could identify it. Murphy was shocked when the cat was traced …

    November 21, 2014 8:31 pm
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