• Crews search for residents in Chicago apartment collapse

    (Reuters) – Search-and-rescue crews pulled two residents from the rubble of a collapsed Chicago apartment building on Sunday night and were searching for more people, fire officials said. The two people rescued were taken to...
  • Russell leads No. 20 Ohio State in rout of Sacred Heart

    Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – D’Angelo Russell scored a career-high 32 points to lead No. 20 Ohio State to a 106-48 rout of Sacred Heart on Sunday. Russell shot 12-for-21, including 4-for-8 from 3-point range, Shannon...
  • Farc warning on release of general

    Farc warning on release of general

    23 November 2014 Last updated at 23:17 The Farc have complained of intrusive operations in the area where the hostages are being held Colombia’s Farc rebels say they may cancel the release of a high-ranking...
  • ‘Hypoallergenic’ labels may not be accurate

    (Reuters Health) – Products for kids with itchy skin that are labeled hypoallergenic often contain ingredients that can cause allergic reactions, a recent study found. The “hypoallergenic” label is not regulated by the FDA, said...
  • Islamic militants recruit, exploit children

    Islamic militants recruit, exploit children

    By VIVIAN SALAMA, ZEINA KARAM November 23, 2014 A Islamic militant group fighter stands with two children posing with weapons as they watch other members of the group parade in commandeered Iraqi(AP Photo,) Teenagers carrying...
  • Flooding could follow heavy snow in western New York

    BUFFALO (Reuters) – Emergency workers filled thousands of sandbags on Sunday as the area around Buffalo, New York braced for potential flooding as warming temperatures began to melt up to seven feet (2 meters) of...

Headline News

  • Crews search for residents in Chicago apartment collapse


    (Reuters) – Search-and-rescue crews pulled two residents from the rubble of a collapsed Chicago apartment building on Sunday night and were searching for more people, fire officials said. The two people rescued were taken to a hospital in unknown condition, while about 100 fire personnel searched for others, Deputy District Chief Jeff Lyle of the Chicago Fire Department said. “We have a three-story residential building that pancaked,” Lyle said. “We’re not sure of the cause right now.” Lyle said the call about the building in the Washington Park neighborhood on the city’s Southside came in about 7 p.m. local time, initially as a possible explosion at the site. Officials do not know if an explosion actually happened or if the initial caller was hearing the sounds of the building coming down, he said. Both victims were rescued about 20 minutes after fire crews arrived on the scene, and the building was “completely down,” according to …

    November 23, 2014 8:45 pm
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Politics

  • Islamic militants recruit, exploit children


    By VIVIAN SALAMA, ZEINA KARAM November 23, 2014 A Islamic militant group fighter stands with two children posing with weapons as they watch other members of the group parade in commandeered Iraqi(AP Photo,) Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul. Patched onto the left arms of their black uniforms are the logos of the Islamic Police. In Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s de facto capital in Syria, boys attend training camp and religious courses before heading off to fight. Others serve as cooks or guards at the extremists’ headquarters or as spies, informing on people in their neighborhoods. Across the vast region under IS control, the group is actively conscripting children for battle and committing abuses against the most vulnerable at a young age, according to a growing body of evidence assembled from residents, activists, independent experts and human rights groups. In the northern Syrian town of Kobani, …

    November 23, 2014 8:44 pm
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Stocks

  • ‘Regin’ malware described as ‘groundbreaking and almost peerless’


      Experts don’t know where it came from, and aren’t quite sure what it does. But they do know this: a newly-uncovered cybersecurity threat appears to have been designed by a government, and is “groundbreaking and almost peerless.” Regin, as they’ve dubbed it, is malware that has been lurking in computers for as long as six years, according to Symantec (SYMC, Tech30), the cybersecurity firm that produces Norton Antivirus. “Its capabilities and the level of resources behind Regin indicate that it is one of the main cyberespionage tools used by a nation state,” Symantec said Sunday, explaining that “development took months, if not years, to complete.” The researchers said little to answer several key questions: Who designed it? How widely has it spread? What has it scooped up? What are the risks? Related: Russian website streams thousands of private webcams They said Regin has been discovered in at least 10 countries and was most heavily …

    November 23, 2014 5:43 pm
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Sports

  • Russell leads No. 20 Ohio State in rout of Sacred Heart


    Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – D’Angelo Russell scored a career-high 32 points to lead No. 20 Ohio State to a 106-48 rout of Sacred Heart on Sunday. Russell shot 12-for-21, including 4-for-8 from 3-point range, Shannon Scott had 11 points and a school-record 16 assists and Sam Thompson and Jae’Sean Tate each chipped in 12 points for the Buckeyes (3-0), who were coming off a 74-63 win over Marquette. Filip Nowicki finished with 10 points and nine rebounds for the Pioneers (1-2), who lost their second straight game. Thompson had back-to-back dunks as Ohio State roared out of the gate with an 11-3 lead. Marc Loving’s trey to cap 7-0 run ran the Buckeyes’ lead to 23 points and Thompson’s dunk with a second remaining in the first half pushed Ohio State’s advantage to 52-27 heading into the break. Russell drained consecutive triples for a 71-33 lead as the Buckeyes got off to another quick start …

    November 23, 2014 8:45 pm
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World News

  • Farc warning on release of general


    23 November 2014 Last updated at 23:17 The Farc have complained of intrusive operations in the area where the hostages are being held Colombia’s Farc rebels say they may cancel the release of a high-ranking general and other hostages because of heavy military presence in the area where they are being held. In a statement, the rebels complained of massive troop deployments in the northern province of Choco. The government suspended peace talks it had been holding with the rebels in Cuba after Gen Alzate was captured. The rebels said they had been planning to free the hostages on Tuesday. Gen Alzate was captured along with two soldiers on 16 November. On Saturday, President Juan Manuel Santos announced the Farc had agreed to release the hostages this week, without specifying the date. But the rebels have now said that the handover will not go ahead in the current circumstances. Ruben Dario Alzate is the first …

    November 23, 2014 8:45 pm
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Technology

  • SnapJet lets you print your smartphone snaps as Polaroids


    SnapJet An Impossible Lab challenger has appeared to let you print Polaroid-style photos directly from your smartphone. The SnapJet — seeking funding on Kickstarter — uses no apps (although there will be a free app available), no wires, no Wi-Fi, no NFC, no Bluetooth — and it’s compatible with every smartphone that can take a picture. How? Easy — the device is an all-in-one scanner and printer: you place your phone face-down on top of the SnapJet, which scans the image on the screen and prints it out on Polaroid 300 or Fujifilm Instax, using the light of the smartphone’s screen to develop the film at a resolution of up to 1,200 dpi. “After a few experiments, we realised that the light emitted from a smartphone could be used to develop a photo. Smartphone displays like iPhone’s retina display have achieved amazing resolutions at 326ppi or higher, and they are all carefully color corrected. The …

    November 23, 2014 8:44 pm
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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

  • ‘Hypoallergenic’ labels may not be accurate


    (Reuters Health) – Products for kids with itchy skin that are labeled hypoallergenic often contain ingredients that can cause allergic reactions, a recent study found. The “hypoallergenic” label is not regulated by the FDA, said Carsten Hamann, a medical student at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California and the lead researcher on the study. He and his colleagues tested products that might be used by kids with eczema, which affects 17.8 million people in the U.S., according to the National Eczema Association. Patients have patches of red, itchy skin, often on the arms, legs, cheeks, and behind the ears. “Kids who have eczema or atopic dermatitis use more lotions and creams and ointments, etc. Ostensibly, their caregivers who purchase these products to use on the kids’ skin, give preference to products using these meaningless marketing terms,” Hamann told Reuters Health in an email. Doctors generally advise people with eczema to apply moisturizer …

    November 23, 2014 8:44 pm
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Entertainment

  • Taylor Swift And Selena Gomez Are Clearly Great BFFs


    Posted on Sun Nov 23rd, 2014 1:05pm PDT       By X17 Staff The 1975 at The Palladium. @selenagomez @elliegoulding A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Nov 11, 2014 at 12:49am PST These two get along perfectly! The best way to get over an ex is by hanging with your closest friends and that’s exactly what Selena Gomez did on Friday night when she linked up with Taylor Swift to check out The 1975 concert at The Hollywood Palladium. The duo, who were reportedly at odds for a myriad of reasons, showed no signs of a rift as they looked extremely jovial in some snapshots Swift posted to her Instagram account with the caption, “The 1975 at The Palladium. @selenagomez @elliegoulding.” Clearly these two were meant for each other as they seem to remain tight through thick or thin (or embellished reports). Everyone needs a go to pal!   Stories from around the Web

    November 23, 2014 6:23 pm
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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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