• Essebsi wins Tunisia president vote

    Essebsi wins Tunisia president vote

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 15:41 Beji Caid Essebsi has urged all Tunisians to “work together” for stability Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi has been confirmed as winner of Tunisia’s first free presidential poll....
  • Which Heisman winner reaches the championship game?

    Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Back in 1964, Navy’s Roger Staubach and Notre Dame’s John Huarte quarterbacked their teams against one another with the Fighting Irish shutting out the Midshipmen, 40-0. What did these two players...
  • Pope Francis deplores Vatican ‘ills’

    Pope Francis deplores Vatican ‘ills’

    22 December 2014 Last updated at 14:54 The Pope delivered his tough message in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall Pope Francis has sharply criticised the Vatican bureaucracy in a pre-Christmas address to cardinals, complaining of “spiritual...
  • The future is Clear for Ferrari

    MARANELLO, Italy (Reuters) – Ferrari have recruited Jock Clear, the Mercedes engineer who helped Lewis Hamilton win this year’s Formula One world championship, as the last key element in the Italian team’s rebuilding after a...
  • Descent into Siberia’s mystery crater

    The first crater lies on the northern tip of the Yamal peninsula, the term “Yamal” meaning “end of the world” in the local language. It was an unstable place to explore, or even approach too...

Headline News

  • Fra-gee-lay: Leg lamp in store’s ‘A Christmas Story’ tribute is stolen


    NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. –  Who took the leg lamp belonging to Ralphie’s “Old Man” from a New York store’s annual tribute to “A Christmas Story”? The owner of the Yankee Spirits liquor store in North Tonawanda says his annual window display honoring the holiday classic includes memorabilia from the 1983 film, including several versions of the now-iconic leg lamp. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The store’s surveillance video shows a man in a gray hoodie and sunglasses walking into the store and glancing around before he grabs a large leg lamp and leaves. Store owner Gary Brennan tells Buffalo’s WIVB-TV even his customers are angry about the theft. In the movie, Ralphie’s father wins a prize that turns out to be a garish lamp in the shape of a woman’s leg in a fishnet stocking. Ralphie’s mother “accidentally” breaks it, leaving the Old Man heartbroken.

    December 22, 2014 10:00 am
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Politics

  • Sheriff, gadfly attorney seek to stop Obama on immigration


    By PETE YOST December 22, 2014 Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio A gadfly attorney and an Arizona county sheriff want to halt President Barack Obama’s immigration order in the first courtroom battle over an initiative designed to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation. On Monday, lawyer Larry Klayman will try to convince a judge nominated by Obama that the immigration system isn’t really broken — contrary to what the president says. Klayman and his client, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, say the president violated the Constitution by doing an end-run around Congress and say drastic changes in immigration programs should be stopped. “President Obama and others recite that the immigration system of the United States is broken,” Klayman wrote in a court filing. “It is unmistakable that the only thing that is broken about the nation’s immigration laws is that the defendants are determined to break those laws.” The case is being handled …

    December 22, 2014 8:19 am
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Stocks

  • Will hedge fund fees come down to earth in 2015?


    Sophisticated investors have this on their New Year’s resolution list: Negotiate harder on hedge fund fees. After all, they have to pay 2% just for the privilege of letting a hedge fund manage their millions. Even if the fund performs horribly, the manager gets to keep 2%. And that’s not all. On top of that, there’s a “performance fee” where 20% of all profits go to the manager. It’s like one big bonus after another, and it’s a key reason that top hedge fund managers make billions and land on lists of America’s super rich. Related: The 10 highest paid hedge fund managers But sophisticated investors have had enough. They are bargaining more aggressively on fees now. Paul Pagnato of High Tower, which manages money for about 80 high-net worth families, told CNNMoney his firm has moved to a “success fee only” format with two hedge funds. That means they only have to pay the …

    December 22, 2014 7:19 am
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Sports

  • Which Heisman winner reaches the championship game?


    Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Back in 1964, Navy’s Roger Staubach and Notre Dame’s John Huarte quarterbacked their teams against one another with the Fighting Irish shutting out the Midshipmen, 40-0. What did these two players have in common? Both were Heisman Trophy winners, although Huarte would not receive the award until after the season. On January 4, 2005, Jason White and his Oklahoma Sooners played Matt Leinart and his USC Trojans in the Orange Bowl. Both quarterbacks already had won the Heisman but the point differential was almost similar as the Trojans won 36. Approximately four years later, two more Heisman Trophy winners met as another Oklahoma quarterback, Sam Bradford, squared off against Florida’s Tim Tebow in the BCS Championship Game. The one-loss Gators defeated the one-loss Sooners, 24-14. Fast forward to this season and there are two more Heisman Trophy winners taking on one another, this time in the 2015 Rose Bowl. The victor …

    December 22, 2014 10:00 am
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World News

  • Essebsi wins Tunisia president vote


    22 December 2014 Last updated at 15:41 Beji Caid Essebsi has urged all Tunisians to “work together” for stability Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi has been confirmed as winner of Tunisia’s first free presidential poll. He secured 55.68% of the vote in Sunday’s run-off, defeating caretaker president Moncef Marzouki (44.32%), the head of the electoral commission said. Mr Marzouki, a 67-year-old former exile, earlier refused to admit defeat. Mr Essebsi, 88, has urged all Tunisians to “work together” for stability but critics say his win marks the return of a discredited establishment. They point out that he served under President Zine el-Abedine Ben Ali, who was ousted in 2011 after the Arab Spring revolution triggered uprisings across the region. Mr Essebsi was also in the cabinet of Tunisia’s first post-independence leader, Habib Bourguiba. Earlier on Monday, police fired tear gas in the southern city of Hamma to disperse hundreds of demonstrators who burned tyres in …

    December 22, 2014 10:00 am
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Technology

  • South Korean nuclear operator hacked amid cyber-attack fears


    South Korea’s nuclear plant operator has said its computer systems have been breached, raising fears that hackers, including those with possible North Korean links, could shift their focus to key infrastructure. The violation prompted a safety drill on Monday at nuclear plants around the country. The precautionary exercise comes days after the US blamed Pyongyang for hacking Sony Pictures, which led the company to cancel the release of a Hollywood satire about the fictional assassination of the secretive state’s leader, Kim Jong-un. North Korea has denied responsibility for the hack and threatened to retaliate if the White House continued to blame it. Pyongyang said there was “clear evidence” the Obama administration was behind the film. Officials in the South Korean capital, Seoul, said only noncritical data about nuclear plants had been leaked, adding that they were confident they could fend off any attempt to compromise the safety of the country’s atomic facilities. “It’s our judgment …

    December 22, 2014 8:40 am
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Science

  • Descent into Siberia’s mystery crater


    The first crater lies on the northern tip of the Yamal peninsula, the term “Yamal” meaning “end of the world” in the local language. It was an unstable place to explore, or even approach too closely, with its rims melting and falling inside, and the sound of water running deep within. The marshy state of the cavernous hole meant scientists had to wait until winter, when the crater had frozen solid, to determine what was inside. Lead scientist Vladimir Pushkarev, director of the Russian Centre of Arctic Exploration, documented his team’s expedition with this collection of photographs.

    December 22, 2014 8:40 am
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Health

  • Mother’s Depression Tied to Later Delinquency in Kids


    MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Teens are more likely to smoke, drink and use marijuana — and to do so at an earlier age — if their mothers were depressed when the kids were in grade school, a new study says. These same teens are also more likely to engage in violence and other delinquent behaviors, according to the study, published online Dec. 22 in Pediatrics. The researchers expected that teens of mothers who were currently depressed would be most likely to engage in risky behaviors “since those children may be missing both the supervision and support that a parent can offer during an emotional time,” said study co-author Ian Colman. He is an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Ottawa in Canada. “So we were surprised to see that maternal depression when the child was aged 6 to 10 was actually more strongly associated with those risky health behaviors,” Colman …

    December 22, 2014 8:39 am
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Entertainment

  • Gwen Stefani And Hubby Gavin Rossdale Brunch With Their Boys


    Posted on Mon Dec 22nd, 2014 6:00am PDT       By X17 Staff Gwen Stefani skipped the lipstick and stepped out with hubby Gavin Rossdale and their sons Apollo and Zuma on Sunday afternoon, but we’re not sure where Zuma was! Perhaps Gwen and Gavin were picking out an epic gift for their oldest boy? They did head to a few high-end kids’ stores after brunch… Gwen wore a pair of thick glasses and a colorful Moschino top, and just last week she was the recipient of the Style Icon honor at the first-ever People Magazine Awards. While accepting her award, Gwen told the crowd, “I’ve always loved fashion. I was a little girl, playing Barbies. My mom was the main person making clothes for me my whole life. Going thrift store shopping, making clothes for No Doubt. Who knew I’d be standing here getting an award for doing something that I love?” Seeing as she looks good …

    December 22, 2014 8:19 am
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Editorial

  • Last minute Christmas shopping: Five things to avoid


    FILE — Nov. 28, 2014: A man dressed as Santa Claus greets shoppers outside the J.C. Penney store at the Glendale Galleria shopping mall in Glendale, Calif. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) This weekend millions of Americans will take to the mall to get last-minute gifts for their loved ones. They will pour through the already-picked-over selections to try and find “the gift.” For those of you who are forced into the mall this weekend: I’m sorry. Here are five things to avoid as we enter the final shopping days before Christmas.   1. Believe the best bargains are found if you wait until the last minute. While it’s true, retailers are starting their after-Christmas sales earlier than ever – just as the Christmas shopping season starts before you get to Thanksgiving dessert – seasoned shoppers know (1) value and (2) bargain do not mean the same thing.  We all know just because something is cheap doesn’t mean …

    December 20, 2014 4:21 pm
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Odd News

  • Among the year’s oddest stories, animal tales were top dogs


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – It was the year of the family pet behaving badly: A dog got sick from eating dozens of socks and a puppy took the rap for driving the family car into a pond. Angry cats held their owners hostage on at least two occasions. A review of the oddest Reuters stories of 2014 also offers numerous examples of less-than-virtuous human behavior. There was the hapless burglar whose criminal career came to a crashing halt when he left his Facebook page open in a house he was accused of robbing. And don’t forget the Texas man went to jail for urinating on the Alamo. To be sure, many tales from the animal kingdom this year were by turns heart-warming and hilarious, and more than a few came out of the Golden State or the Sunshine State. A parrot that spoke English with a British accent went missing for four years, only to …

    December 22, 2014 8:40 am
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