• Third-period surge vaults Stars past Senators

    Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – John Klingberg snapped a tie in the latter stages of the third period before Trevor Daley and Jamie Benn added empty-net markers, and Dallas topped Ottawa by a 6-3 score on...
  • Uber sued over India rape allegation

    Uber sued over India rape allegation

    30 January 2015 Last updated at 06:03 India is one of dozens of countries where Uber is popular An Indian woman who says she was raped by a driver of web-based taxi firm Uber in...
  • Uber sued in U.S. over alleged India rape

    Uber sued in U.S. over alleged India rape

      Uber has been sued in U.S. court by a woman who alleges she was raped by one of the company’s drivers in New Delhi. The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco on Thursday, claims that...
  • Oilers send Sabres to 13th straight loss

    Edmonton, AB (SportsNetwork.com) – In a game between teams at the bottom of their respective conferences that could be key determining draft lottery odds, the Edmonton Oilers prevailed over the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, on Thursday....
  • China warns universities on values

    China warns universities on values

    30 January 2015 Last updated at 05:07 Chinese universities must prevent criticism of the Communist Party, the education minister says China’s education minister has told universities to shun textbooks that promote Western values, state media...

Headline News

  • California lawmaker aims to raise smoking age to 21


    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – A California lawmaker introduced legislation on Thursday that aims to raise the legal smoking age to 21 from 18, his office said in a statement, just over a week after a similar move by Washington state’s top lawyer. The bill also comes a day after California’s top health official said electronic cigarettes are threatening to unravel the state’s decades-long effort to reduce tobacco use. Democratic State Senator Ed Hernandez of West Covina, who chairs the chamber’s health committee, brought the bill in hopes of keeping more teens from starting smoking. “We can no longer afford to sit on the sidelines while big tobacco markets to our kids and gets another generation of young people hooked on a product that will ultimately kill them,” Hernandez said in a statement. Some 21,300 children begin smoking in the state every year, Kimberly Amazeen of the American Lung Association in California said in the statement, …

    January 30, 2015 12:59 am
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Politics

  • Obama budget to include $1 billion for Central America


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget on Monday will include $1 billion in new aid for Central America as part of a broad effort to address the unaccompanied child migration crisis, the White House said on Thursday. The move, disclosed earlier to Reuters by Democratic congressional aides, follows last year’s arrival in the United States last year of tens of thousands of illegal migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador – including more than 60,000 children traveling without their parents. The surge of arrivals caused widespread alarm in the country, and a political problem for Obama as he pushed Congress for a sweeping reform of U.S. immigration laws. Central American leaders had asked the United States for billions of dollars in aid to improve conditions in their countries and help stem the flow of would-be immigrants. Writing in the New York Times on Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden said inadequate education, institutional corruption, rampant crime …

    January 29, 2015 10:16 pm
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Stocks

  • Uber sued in U.S. over alleged India rape


      Uber has been sued in U.S. court by a woman who alleges she was raped by one of the company’s drivers in New Delhi. The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco on Thursday, claims that Uber did not adequately screen its drivers, or implement other basic safety measures that would have kept the plaintiff safe. “Opening the Uber app and setting the pick-up location has proven to be the modern day equivalent of electronic hitchhiking,” the lawsuit says. “Buyer beware — we all know how these horror movies end.” The alleged rape, which took place in December, sparked protests in India’s capital city, and calls for reforms that would safeguard women against sexual assault. The Uber driver accused of carrying out the rape was found to have a long rap sheet, including at least four pending criminal cases in his home state. City transport officials subsequently banned the transportation app. Uber said in a statement …

    January 30, 2015 12:38 am
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Sports

  • Third-period surge vaults Stars past Senators


    Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – John Klingberg snapped a tie in the latter stages of the third period before Trevor Daley and Jamie Benn added empty-net markers, and Dallas topped Ottawa by a 6-3 score on Thursday. Benn added a first-period goal, with Colton Sceviour and Ales Hemsky also lighting the lamp for the Stars, who put a two-game losing streak to rest. Kari Lehtonen provided a 25-save effort to back his offense. Mika Zibanejad, Bobby Ryan and Alex Chiasson scored once each for the Senators, who have lost seven of their last 10. Robin Lehner allowed four goals on 39 shots in the setback. “We weren’t competitive enough, we weren’t detailed enough,” Ottawa coach Dave Cameron said. Klingberg put the Stars back on top by a 4-3 count with 9:09 remaining. He poked the puck away from Ottawa’s Mike Hoffman inside his defensive zone, skated up the right wing before cutting in and beating Lehner …

    January 30, 2015 12:59 am
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World News

  • Uber sued over India rape allegation


    30 January 2015 Last updated at 06:03 India is one of dozens of countries where Uber is popular An Indian woman who says she was raped by a driver of web-based taxi firm Uber in Delhi has filed a lawsuit against the service in a US court. The 26-year-old woman accuses the firm of failing to ensure passengers’ safety and is seeking unspecified damages. Uber said in a statement that it was co-operating with authorities to ensure the “perpetrator is brought to justice”. Driver Shiv Kumar Yadav is currently on trial on rape and kidnapping charges. The woman alleges he drove her to a secluded area and raped her. He denies the charges. The woman’s lawyer filed the lawsuit in San Francisco, where the firm is based, and asked the court to protect her identity. The lawsuit described Uber’s service a “modern-day equivalent of electronic hitchhiking”. In a statement, Uber spokeswoman Nairi Hourdajian said the …

    January 30, 2015 12:59 am
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Technology

  • The best of personal tech: Mobile World Congress 2015


    Do you want to see what will emerge from the international festival of phones and wearables that takes place March 2-5? You’ve hit the jackpot. We’re gathering the most exciting stories and will deliver them straight to your inbox with CNET In-Depth. What is Mobile World Congress, you ask? It’s the biggest mobile show where top-of-the-line companies introduce their new flagship devices and this year’s hottest products. There will be smartphones, wearables and tablets galore. We’re talking about people from over 200 countries gathering in Barcelona to share the biggest mobile news in one language everyone understands – technology. We will hand-curate several emails in the weeks leading up to MWC with all of the information you’ll want. As the show is going on, we’ll send you daily recaps of all the day’s highlights. After that? We won’t email you again. You’re done with us. Until the next event you’ll be dying to sign up …

    January 29, 2015 10:17 pm
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Science

  • Where did the missing oil go? New FSU study says some is sitting on the Gulf floor


    Related images(click to enlarge) After 200 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, the government and BP cleanup crews mysteriously had trouble locating all of it. Now, a new study led by Florida State University Professor of Oceanography Jeff Chanton finds that some 6 million to 10 million gallons are buried in the sediment on the Gulf floor, about 62 miles southeast of the Mississippi Delta. “This is going to affect the Gulf for years to come,” Chanton said. “Fish will likely ingest contaminants because worms ingest the sediment, and fish eat the worms. It’s a conduit for contamination into the food web.” The article, published in the latest edition of the journal Environmental Science Technology, details how oil caused particles in the Gulf to clump together and sink to the ocean floor. The researchers used carbon 14, a radioactive isotope as an inverse tracer to determine where …

    January 29, 2015 10:17 pm
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Health

  • Suspected Ebola patient admitted to California hospital


    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – A patient suspected of contracting Ebola after traveling in West Africa and exhibiting symptoms of the disease was admitted on Thursday to a special isolation hospital unit in Sacramento and was being tested for infection, officials said. The patient was considered at a relatively low risk of infection. Although recently in an area where Ebola transmission is widespread, the person had no known contact with anyone who has had the disease, said Laura McCasland, a spokeswoman for the Sacramento County Public Health Department. McCasland said she did not know precisely where or when the patient had traveled in West Africa, the epicenter of the worst Ebola epidemic on record, or why the individual was there or for how long. The patient was transferred on Thursday morning to the University of California-Davis Medical Center from Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento, and was later listed in good condition, the medical center said in …

    January 29, 2015 10:17 pm
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Entertainment

  • Mariah Carey apparently fired her nanny for loving her kids too much


    More: 11 Events that led to Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon’s divorce The separated singer and actor are reportedly the target of a lawsuit in which one of their former nannies alleges she was fired because she loved the couple’s twins, Moroccan and Monroe, too much. According to the lawsuit, the former nanny claims she was underpaid and then fired for showing “too much affection” for the twins, who were infants and/or toddlers during the time the nanny worked for the famous couple. E! News reports, based on legal documents, that the lawsuit was filed by Simonette DeCosta, who worked for Cannon and Carey from October 2013 to Jan. 26, 2014. According to the legal documents, DeCosta looked after Moroccan and Monroe during the day and on trips around the world, feeding, bathing and comforting the kids, and she even lived with Cannon and Carey for part of her tenure as the kids’ nanny. More: …

    January 30, 2015 12:38 am
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Editorial

  • Data Privacy Day: Keep ICANN free of political, national agendas


    FILE — October 9, 2013: Fadi Chehade, president and CEO of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), attends a meeting with Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff (not seen) at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia. (Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino) It’s that time of year again. Time to celebrate Data Privacy Day. You may think it is odd to celebrate such as day but whenever the focus is on keeping your privacy, private, we relish the opportunity. We applaud the discussion. It also brings to mind a critical issue that is percolating on the forefront of the international scene: control of the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Since ICANN began, it has evolved into a multinational body that has consistently performed critical functions to ensure the Internet we have come to rely on always works. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Despite its name, ICANN does more than just assign and/or approve your website’s domain. It also upholds the security …

    January 29, 2015 10:17 pm
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Odd News

  • Canadian man loses appeal on missing lotto jackpot by 7 seconds


    TORONTO (Reuters) – A Canadian man who was denied part of a C$27 million jackpot because he missed the deadline to buy the ticket by seven seconds has lost his appeal to get the money. The Supreme Court of Canada ruling on Thursday ended a seven-year legal battle by Joel Ifergan, an accountant, to claim his share of the prize. Ifergan went to a local convenience store just before 9 p.m. on May 23, 2008, to purchase tickets for that night’s “Lotto Super 7″ drawing. The store clerk told him to hurry before the 9 p.m. deadline, according to a court summary. While the clock on the lottery terminal read 8:59 p.m., only one of the two tickets was registered in time. The second ticket, the winning one, was printed and registered on the Loto-Quebec computer at seven seconds after 9 p.m., eligible for the following week’s drawing. The store clerk told Ifergan that only …

    January 29, 2015 2:08 pm
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