• Arrivabene replaces Mattiacci as Ferrari principal

    ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Marco Mattiacci’s brief reign as Ferrari Formula One principal ended on Monday with the troubled Fiat-owned outfit replacing him with Maurizio Arrivabene, the team’s third boss in nine months. The Italian...
  • Nine Chinese convicted of poaching

    Nine Chinese convicted of poaching

    24 November 2014 Last updated at 09:05 The Spratly Islands are claimed by several countries including China and the Philippines A court in the Philippines has found nine Chinese fishermen guilty of poaching and catching...
  • Happy 36th Birthday, Rachel McAdams!

    Happy 36th Birthday, Rachel McAdams!

    http://www.popsugar.com/Rachel-McAdams Today (November 17, 2014) marks Rachel McAdams’ 36th birthday. This Canadian actress was born in London, Ontario, Canada and currently resides in Toronto, Ontario. McAdams has starred in multiple movies and is most popularly...
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    Today’s Toons 11/24/14

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  • China’s Sun served three-month ban for doping test

    (Reuters) – China’s world and Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang served a three-month ban earlier this year after testing positive for a banned stimulant, the China Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) said on Monday. The agency said...
  • Banker fit for Hong Kong murder trial

    Banker fit for Hong Kong murder trial

    24 November 2014 Last updated at 11:03 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The BBC’s John Sudworth reports: ”It’s a case that shocked Hong Kong” A British man charged with the murder...

Headline News

  • Two U.S. soldiers killed in bomb attack in Afghan capital: sources


    KABUL (Reuters) – Two U.S. soldiers were killed when their vehicle was hit by a bomb in the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, officials and sources said. “It was a magnetic bomb,” said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi. “It was either attached to the vehicle belonging to the foreigners or it was planted and detonated remotely.” The Taliban insurgents, ousted from power by a U.S.-led coalition in 2001, could not immediately be reached for comment. The ISAF international military coalition in Afghanistan gave no details of the attack but said in a statement two of its service members were killed in the area on Monday. A Western security source told Reuters the victims were American. Another source said at least three civilians were also killed. (Reporting by Jessica Donati, Hamid Shalizi and Mirwais Harooni Editing by Maria Golovnina)

    November 24, 2014 7:11 am
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Politics

  • Roger Wicker Looks for Fast Start at NRSC


    By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 5 a.m. today 0 Tweet Wicker sat down in his office on Nov. 19 for an exclusive interview. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Twenty-one Republican senators up for re-election in 2016 filed into the National Republican Senatorial Committee on the morning of Nov. 19 to meet with party strategists about campaign preparations. Leading the confab with the incumbents and their chiefs of staff were incoming NRSC Chairman Roger Wicker, the Mississippi senator elected to the position a week earlier, and Ward Baker, the 2014 political director who was promoted to executive director for the new cycle. Unlike the past four NRSC administrations, this one is charged with defending a Senate majority. Later that day, in his first newspaper interview since being elected chairman, Wicker spoke candidly about the challenges ahead. He declined to detail the meeting but said, “I guarantee you the issue of fundraising arose.” While Republicans are primed to …

    November 24, 2014 4:50 am
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Stocks

  • Kmart workers fight for time off on Thanksgiving


    Jillian Fisher is asking Kmart to give employees like her mom the option to request the holiday off. Somebody has to work on Thanksgiving, and Kmart says it does its best to staff stores with volunteers that day. But hundreds of workers say that’s not good enough. More than 600 employees have signed a petition asking that the store allow employees to at least put in a request to have the holiday off. It’s the latest group of retail workers to push back against the Black Friday creep. At least 10 companies will open their stores by 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving night this year, including Kmart, which will open at 6 a.m. and stay open for 42 hours straight. The petition was organized by Jillian Fisher, 25, whose mom Donna was scheduled to work two, five-hour shifts last year on Thanksgiving. She ended up calling out of the second shift so she could be home …

    November 24, 2014 3:49 am
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Sports

  • Arrivabene replaces Mattiacci as Ferrari principal


    ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Marco Mattiacci’s brief reign as Ferrari Formula One principal ended on Monday with the troubled Fiat-owned outfit replacing him with Maurizio Arrivabene, the team’s third boss in nine months. The Italian joins from sponsor Philip Morris where he held senior positions in marketing and promotions. He is also an independent board member of Juventus soccer club. Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne said in a statement that the team and Formula One needed “a person with a thorough understanding not just of Ferrari but also of the governance mechanisms and requirements of the sport. “Maurizio has a unique wealth of knowledge: he has been extremely close to the Scuderia for years and, as a member of the F1 Commission, is also keenly aware of the challenges we are facing,” he added. “He has been a constant source of innovative ideas focused on revitalization of Formula One. His managerial experience on a highly complex …

    November 24, 2014 7:11 am
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World News

  • Nine Chinese convicted of poaching


    24 November 2014 Last updated at 09:05 The Spratly Islands are claimed by several countries including China and the Philippines A court in the Philippines has found nine Chinese fishermen guilty of poaching and catching an endangered species in the South China Sea. Police found more than 500 sea turtles on their boat when the fishermen were intercepted at sea in May. They were stopped at a shoal near the Spratlys, a chain of islands which both China and the Philippines claim. The fishermens’ arrests has strained relations between both countries. China has demanded their release. Philippines authorities had caught 11 fishermen on the boat, but later released two of them as they were found to be minors. The remaining nine were each fined $100,000 (£63,800) for poaching and 120,000 pesos ($8,800; £5,600) for taking protected wildlife by a court in Palawan province on Monday. If the fishermen cannot pay the fine, they will have …

    November 24, 2014 7:11 am
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Technology

  • Band Aid 30: why donations not downloads may be the best strategy


    Band Aid 30’s Do They Know It’s Christmas? topped the UK singles chart with 312,000 sales in its first week, but Bob Geldof is worried about how much money that will bring in to help the charity appeal. Why? Because those 312,000 sales were downloads on the iTunes and Google Play stores, selling for 99p each rather than the £3.50 charged for the original Band Aid single in 1984. “We need to sell 300% more than we did than [in 1984] to even begin to make up the cash figure. That worries me,” Geldof told BBC Radio 1, before encouraging fans to delete and “download again” if they’d bought the new single. That won’t do much good, for modern music download stores let people re-download their previous purchases for free. But Geldof’s comments do raise a wider question: in 2014, is a song still an effective way to raise money for a charitable cause? Actually, …

    November 24, 2014 4:50 am
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Science

  • Boosts in productivity of corn and other crops modify Northern Hemisphere carbon dioxide cycle


    Each year in the Northern Hemisphere, levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide drop in the summer as plants “inhale,” then climb again as they exhale after the growing season. During the last 50 years, the size of this seasonal swing has increased by as much as half, for reasons that aren’t fully understood. Now a team of researchers has shown that agricultural production may generate up to a quarter of the increase in this seasonal carbon cycle, with corn playing a leading role. “This study shows the power of modeling and data mining in addressing potential sources contributing to seasonal changes in carbon dioxide,” says Liz Blood, program director for the National Science Foundation’s MacroSystems Biology Program, which funded the research. “It points to the role of basic research in finding answers to complex problems.” In the Northern Hemisphere, there’s a strong seasonal cycle of vegetation, says scientist Mark Friedl of Boston University (BU), senior author …

    November 23, 2014 9:05 pm
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Health

  • GSK shareholders to vote on Novartis deal on Dec. 18


    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L) has asked its shareholders to vote at a meeting on Dec. 18 on its proposed major deal with Switzerland’s Novartis (NOVN.VX), which will see the two pharmaceutical group trade more than $20 billion of assets. The transaction, which includes GSK buying Novartis’ vaccines business, Novartis purchasing GSK’s cancer drugs, and the two groups tying up in consumer healthcare, was unveiled in April. In a letter to shareholders endorsing the deal, GSK’s chairman Christopher Gent said approval would strengthen its franchises in vaccines and consumer healthcare to complement its leading position in respiratory and HIV. “This is the most significant transaction for the Company since the creation of GlaxoSmithKline in 2000,” he said. (Reporting by Paul Sandle; editing by Sarah Young)

    November 24, 2014 4:50 am
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Entertainment

  • Happy 36th Birthday, Rachel McAdams!


    http://www.popsugar.com/Rachel-McAdams Today (November 17, 2014) marks Rachel McAdams’ 36th birthday. This Canadian actress was born in London, Ontario, Canada and currently resides in Toronto, Ontario. McAdams has starred in multiple movies and is most popularly known for her role in the 2004 comedy Mean Girls and then playing Allie in The Notebook. Fans of The Notebook are the most loyal and because of her role in The Notebook, she is more popular than ever. Two of her most recent and well-known movies are The Time Traveler’s Wife and The Vow. This now 36-year old star, has been quite successful in each movie she starred in. As of right now she has no love interest and currently lives in a house with her brother. McAdams has a U.S. green card but says she does not come to the United States very often because most movies are not even filmed in Hollywood anymore; therefore, she does not …

    November 24, 2014 6:32 am
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Editorial

  • I’m thankful our country is still a refuge and the land of opportunity


    When I was 7 years old, my family and I landed at JFK Airport in New York City with $90 in our pocket, a few suitcases stuffed with what little we could carry and no idea of what to expect next.  We came here because we were fleeing a totalitarian regime, because generations of our family had been oppressed simply for existing and because the United States was a beacon for our hopes and aspirations, as it has been for millions of others around the globe. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The people literally dying to come here now do not believe that our best days are behind us. My paternal grandfather was sent to Soviet gulag in the prime of his life because he was a religious Jew who refused to work on Saturdays and, possibly, because some of his siblings had fled to France several years after the Russian revolution.  He spent years working as a …

    November 22, 2014 8:21 am
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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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