• Demi Lovato is Dating Fez from That ‘70s Show!

    Demi Lovato is Dating Fez from That ‘70s Show!

    http://www.celebuzz.com/2014-11-17/demi-lovato-gets-a-kiss-from-perfect-boyfriend-wilmer-valderrama-in-new-photo/ It looks like Demi Lovato is making her relationship with Wilmer Eduardo Valderramo more and more public. We all recognize Demi Lovato’s name and know that she is an American actress, songwriter, and singer....
  • Former Soviet Olympic hockey coach Tikhonov dies

    Moscow, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) – Former Soviet Union Olympic hockey coach Viktor Tikhonov died Monday. He was 84 years old. According to the Russian Hockey Federation, Tikhonov died in a Moscow hospital after a long illness....
  • Falling oil price costs Russia $100bn

    Falling oil price costs Russia $100bn

    24 November 2014 Last updated at 13:38 The Russian economy has been hit by falling oil prices and sanctions The falling oil price is costing Russia up to $100bn a year, while Western sanctions have...
  • 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...

Headline News

  • Seattle councillors to vote on funding Internet access at homeless camps


    SEATTLE (Reuters) – The Seattle City Council was expected to vote Monday on a measure that would fund Internet access at the city’s homeless camps. Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant wants a portion of a proposed $100,000 in the upcoming city budget that has been earmarked to improve conditions at homeless camps to include access to Internet, including possible wireless availability. Sawant said Internet access will allow homeless individuals to look for jobs, communicate and keep up with news and current events. “We are no longer looking at Internet as a luxury. We have to make sure we provide humane services for everybody,” she local broadcaster KOMO. The plan has been met with skepticism by some Seattle residents, who feel the money would be better spent on other initiatives. “That’s too much opportunity for abuse,” resident Cindy Phillips told local television station KING 5. “There are public libraries, and other public resources such as …

    November 24, 2014 8:12 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

  • ‘Hunger Games’ disappoints despite record opening weekend


      The best movie opening weekend of the year was still a disappointment, as the “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1″ fell far short of expectations. The estimated $123 million in box office easily topped the $100 million opening for the “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” which was the previous best opening of 2014. But it was far below the openings of the previous two “Hunger Games” movies, which each brought in more than $150 million with their openings. “A 22% drop … is stunning for a series that’s been as well-managed and well-received as this one,” wrote Ray Subers, industry analyst at IMDB.com. Shares of Lionsgate (LGF), the studio behind the “Hunger Games” movies, fell nearly 4% in premarket trading Monday. The studio, Hollywood forecasters and theater owners had been counting on much better opening, perhaps matching or topping the openings of the previous movies. At the very least it was expected that the latest …

    November 24, 2014 7:52 am
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Sports

  • Former Soviet Olympic hockey coach Tikhonov dies


    Moscow, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) – Former Soviet Union Olympic hockey coach Viktor Tikhonov died Monday. He was 84 years old. According to the Russian Hockey Federation, Tikhonov died in a Moscow hospital after a long illness. Tikhonov led his teams to three Olympic gold medals, but may best be remembered as the coach of the Soviet team that lost to the “Miracle on Ice” United States squad at the 1980 Olympics and wound up with a silver medal in Lake Placid. Known as the “Red Machine,” the Soviets won Olympic gold under Tikhonov in 1984 and ’88, then again in 1992 as the Unified Team following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Tikhonov’s teams also won eight World Championship titles from 1978 through 1990, and also beat NHL stars in the 1979 Challenge Cup and 1981 Canada Cup tournaments. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    November 24, 2014 8:12 am
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World News

  • Falling oil price costs Russia $100bn


    24 November 2014 Last updated at 13:38 The Russian economy has been hit by falling oil prices and sanctions The falling oil price is costing Russia up to $100bn a year, while Western sanctions have hit the country by $40bn, its finance minister has said. Anton Siluanov made the comments on Monday at an international financial and economic forum in Moscow. Reports on Monday suggested Russia could cut its oil production by about 300,000 barrels a day in an attempt to support the oil price. Opec members meet in Vienna this week where falling prices will be discussed. Vladimir Putin has said that Russia could suffer “catastrophic consequences” from sanctions, the falling oil price and the sliding rouble, while claiming they would have knock-on effects for other countries. “The modern world is interdependent. It’s far from guaranteed that sanctions, the steep fall in oil prices and the loss of value of the national currency will …

    November 24, 2014 8:12 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

  • Demi Lovato is Dating Fez from That ‘70s Show!


    http://www.celebuzz.com/2014-11-17/demi-lovato-gets-a-kiss-from-perfect-boyfriend-wilmer-valderrama-in-new-photo/ It looks like Demi Lovato is making her relationship with Wilmer Eduardo Valderramo more and more public. We all recognize Demi Lovato’s name and know that she is an American actress, songwriter, and singer. We also are aware that Demi gained fame when she starred on Barney Friends as a child. Most recently, Demi has been focusing on her music and now, her love life. Many do not recognize the name of Wilmer Valderrama, but recognize his star role as Fez on That ‘70s Show. Wilmer Valderrama is 34 years old and is now dating the 22 year-old, Demi Lovato. Earlier today (November 17, 2014), Demi posted an adorable photo to Twitter and Instagram of her and her new man. Demi captioned the photo as “I never post personal pictures like this but f***.. He is perfect. I miss my @WValderrama”. How cute is she? So cute! Even though this couple tries to keep …

    November 24, 2014 8:32 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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