• Yellowstone’s thermal springs — their colors unveiled

    Yellowstone’s thermal springs — their colors unveiled

    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers at Montana State University and Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany have created a simple mathematical model based on optical measurements that explains the stunning colors of Yellowstone National...
  • Sony ‘will not drop’ N Korea film

    Sony ‘will not drop’ N Korea film

    20 December 2014 Last updated at 01:59 The company has hit back at criticism from President Obama over the cancelling of The Interview Sony Pictures says it is looking at different ways to release the...
  • Islanders activate Boychuk, Hamonic from IR

    Uniondale, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – The New York Islanders have activated defensemen Johnny Boychuk and Travis Hamonic from injured reserve ahead of Friday night’s road contest against the Detroit Red Wings. “They are good in all...
  • Israel launches Gaza air strike

    Israel launches Gaza air strike

    20 December 2014 Last updated at 00:08 Israeli aircraft have bombed a site in Gaza, in the first such action since the declaration of a truce in August. The air strike was carried out on...
  • Teaching winter to new US refugees

    Teaching winter to new US refugees

    20 December 2014 Last updated at 01:07 By Laura Yuen PRI’s The World Elizabeth Ross, in red scarf, and Ghay Hu, in beige pants, give pointers to ethnic Karen newcomers from a Thai refugee camp...

Headline News

  • Teaching winter to new US refugees


    20 December 2014 Last updated at 01:07 By Laura Yuen PRI’s The World Elizabeth Ross, in red scarf, and Ghay Hu, in beige pants, give pointers to ethnic Karen newcomers from a Thai refugee camp on how to tread across the ice Ehsher Mu has lived his entire 24 years in a Thai refugee camp. Last month, he boarded a plane to Minnesota, wearing flip-flops suited for the only climate he’s ever known. A day later, he remained sockless in frigid, toe-curling temperatures while attending a winter-survival class in his new home of St Paul. Resettlement workers offered him snow boots and cold-weather tips, but Mu remained anxious about getting through the first real winter of his life. “I’m worried,” he said in his native Karen language. “I never saw this kind of weather.” Every year, the United States welcomes tens of thousands of refugees from all over the world – about 2,000 come to …

    December 19, 2014 7:30 pm
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Politics

  • Obama signs nearly $578 billion defense bill for fiscal 2015


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama signed an annual defense policy bill on Friday that authorizes U.S. training for Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting Islamic State rebels and sets overall defense spending at nearly $578 billion, including about $64 billion for wars abroad. The legislation, approved by Congress earlier this month, sets defense policy and authorizes spending levels for the 2015 fiscal year, which began on Oct. 1, but does not actually appropriate funding. The bill approves a Pentagon base budget of $496 billion, in line with Obama’s request, plus nearly $64 billion for conflicts abroad including the war in Afghanistan. It also authorizes $17.9 billion for Energy Department nuclear weapons work. The measure formally endorses the Pentagon’s plan to vet, train and equip a moderate Syrian opposition military force to fight Islamic State rebels, defend the Syrian people and promote conditions for a negotiated end to Syria’s civil war. The U.S. military program to …

    December 19, 2014 7:50 pm
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Stocks

  • How has middle class Christmas changed?


    The middle class are feeling more and more squeezed these days … is that partly because they have to put more gifts — and pricier ones — under the Christmas tree? CNNMoney wants to know what was under your Christmas tree 30 years ago (Think: Trivial Pursuit, Cabbage Patch dolls, Transformers) and what are you wrapping this year (Think: iPhones, Fitbits and PlayStation.) Do you, your kids or grandkids expect more expensive presents nowadays? Is it more than you gave or received 30 years ago? Tell us about it.

    December 19, 2014 6:50 pm
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Sports

  • Islanders activate Boychuk, Hamonic from IR


    Uniondale, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – The New York Islanders have activated defensemen Johnny Boychuk and Travis Hamonic from injured reserve ahead of Friday night’s road contest against the Detroit Red Wings. “They are good in all areas [including the] penalty kill and they can bring heavy shots in the offense zone as well,” noted Islanders captain John Tavares of his returning teammates. “They are very mobile guys that play a physical game. Those aren’t easy defensemen to play against or to find. They are a big part of our team, so it’s nice to have him back.” Boychuk, acquired from Boston in early October, picked up two goals and 12 assists in 21 games this season before an undisclosed upper-body injury kept him out of action for the last nine contests. Hamonic, who has collected three goals and three assists in 21 appearances, last suited up on Dec. 2. He was also felled by an upper-body …

    December 19, 2014 7:30 pm
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World News

  • Israel launches Gaza air strike


    20 December 2014 Last updated at 00:08 Israeli aircraft have bombed a site in Gaza, in the first such action since the declaration of a truce in August. The air strike was carried out on a Hamas facility in response to a rocket fired earlier from Gaza, a statement from the Israeli military said. Residents of the Khan Yunis area in Gaza reported hearing two explosions, the Associated Press news agency said. The August truce ended seven weeks of fighting that killed more than 2,200 people – most of them Palestinians. An IDF spokesman said the aircraft on Saturday targeted “Hamas terror infrastructure”. Lt Col Peter Lerner said the strike was in response to a rocket that landed in Eshkol, southern Israel, on Friday. Israel says Hamas was responsible for the rocket attack on Friday The rocket struck an open field and did not cause any casualties or damage. There were no casualties from the …

    December 19, 2014 7:30 pm
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Technology

  • Sony ‘will not drop’ N Korea film


    20 December 2014 Last updated at 01:59 The company has hit back at criticism from President Obama over the cancelling of The Interview Sony Pictures says it is looking at different ways to release the film satire the Interview, after scrapping its opening following a cyber-attack blamed on North Korea. It said it had only cancelled the film’s Christmas Day release after cinemas pulled out. The company said it was “surveying alternatives to enable us to release the movie on a different platform”. US President Barack Obama said it “made a mistake” cancelling the release. “We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship in the United States,” he said. He also vowed to “respond” to the cyber-attack in a “manner that we choose”. The FBI has said that North Korea was responsible for the hack, but Pyongyang denies this. The Interview depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim …

    December 19, 2014 8:10 pm
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Science

  • Yellowstone’s thermal springs — their colors unveiled


    Related images(click to enlarge) Researchers at Montana State University and Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany have created a simple mathematical model based on optical measurements that explains the stunning colors of Yellowstone National Park’s hot springs and can visually recreate how they appeared years ago, before decades of tourists contaminated the pools with make-a-wish coins and other detritus. The model, and stunning pictures of the springs, appear today in the journal Applied Optics, which is published by The Optical Society (OSA). If Yellowstone National Park is a geothermal wonderland, Grand Prismatic Spring and its neighbors are the ebullient envoys, steaming in front of the camera and gracing the Internet with their ethereal beauty. While the basic physical phenomena that render these colorful delights have long been scientifically understood — they arise because of a complicated interplay of underwater vents and lawns of bacteria — no mathematical model existed that showed empirically how the …

    December 19, 2014 8:11 pm
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Health

  • U.S. FDA approves AbbVie hepatitis C drug, costs $83,319 for 12 weeks


    (Reuters) – U.S. health regulators on Friday approved AbbVie’s all-oral treatment for hepatitis C, and the company said the drug would cost $83,319 for a typical 12-week plan, a bit below its huge selling competitor Solvadi from Gilead Sciences. Gilead’s Sovaldi treatment stole headlines last year with its $84,000 price tag and set off a national debate about whether drug prices have climbed too high. AbbVie’s newly approved regimen is also less costly than Gilead’s newest one-pill regimen that combines Sovaldi with another drug and costs $94,500 for 12 weeks. With Gilead’s newly improved Harvoni, some patients can take the treatment for just eight weeks, which sells for about $63,000. Some insurers and analysts had said that AbbVie might price its drug, which will be sold under the brand name Viekira Pak, lower than Gilead because of pricing pressure. Gilead has come under intense pressure from U.S. health insurers, politicians and pharmacy benefit managers over …

    December 19, 2014 8:10 pm
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Entertainment

  • Taylor Swift Is Picture Perfect In Plaid


    Posted on Fri Dec 19th, 2014 3:11pm PDT       By X17 Staff Taylor Swift is forever plaid in her adorable ensemble! Smiling as she returned to her New York City apartment, the “Shake It Off” singer looks like she’s enjoying her first week of being 25. Wearing a plaid jacket, knit cap and warm stockings, the lanky star some good at looking oh-so-cool while keeping warm! This happy-go-lucky scene is a far cry from from Tay’s wild birthday bash last Friday, featuring Jay Z, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Haim and Selena Gomez, crying in the corner about her failed relationship with Justin Bieber.   SEE THE GALLERY Taylor Swift Is Adorable In Plaid Stories from around the Web

    December 19, 2014 5:49 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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