Headline News

  • Delta Air Lines pilot locked out of cockpit for Las Vegas landing


    LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – A Delta Air Lines Inc jet ended its flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas on Thursday with its captain locked out of his cockpit, the airline said. The pilot, who was not identified, left the cockpit prior to the final landing approach of Delta Flight 1651 but “was not able to re-enter the flight deck because of a door jam,” the airline said in a statement explaining the mishap. The first officer of the plane, which was carrying 160 passengers, took control and landed the aircraft safely at McCarran International Airport, without further incident, the airline said. “A commercial aircraft can be landed with one pilot at the control and Delta pilots are fully trained to do so if the situation were to occur,” Delta said in its statement. But Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the agency declared an emergency for the Delta crew when the mishap occurred and …

    January 29, 2015 9:56 pm
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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

  • Nickelodeon to launch direct-to-consumer service


    SpongeBob SquarePants is one of Nickelodeon’s most popular shows. Nickelodeon, the hugely popular kid’s cable channel, is starting a subscription service to offer shows directly to consumers. Details on the new service were scarce, but Nickelodeon-parent Viacom said more information including the service’s name would come at the network’s meetings with advertisers in February. Viacom (VIA) Chief Executive Philippe Dauman announced the new service on a conference call about Viacom’s latest financial results. The new Nickelodeon service will be aimed at the “fast-growing” mobile market and would be attractive for parents and children, he said. Nickelodeon may be a network for kids, but the shift to a stand-alone service is anything but child’s play. “Kids are nearly as big a reason many people keep cable as sports,” tweeted Mike Shields, a senior editor at the Wall Street Journal. “A Nickelodeon [over the top] service feels big.”   Kid’s programming is also pivotal to the future …

    January 29, 2015 10:37 pm
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Sports

  • Seahawks’ Lynch blasts Super Bowl reporters with rant


    (Reuters) – Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, whose preference not to talk to the media has cost him plenty in fines, finally opened up on Thursday as he blasted reporters for continuing to badger him. In his final mandated media session ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl, Lynch launched into a rant to the assembled media at the team’s hotel but did not answer any questions. “I’ll come to y’alls event. Y’all shove cameras and microphones down my throat. But when I’m at home in my environment, I don’t see y’all, but y’all are mad at me,” Lynch said. “And if you ain’t mad at me, then what y’all here for? I ain’t got nothing for y’all, though. I told y’all that. Y’all should know that. But y’all will sit here like right now and continue to do the same thing.” Lynch, who shuns the media the same way he avoids tacklers, made headlines earlier …

    January 29, 2015 9:57 pm
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World News

  • Man with fake gun disrupts Dutch TV


    30 January 2015 Last updated at 01:56 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The man dropped the fake gun when police stormed the studio A man wielding a fake gun has been arrested in a studio of Dutch news broadcaster NOS, causing the main evening bulletins to be cancelled. Staff were evacuated from the building in the Media Park in the city of Hilversum. The man, smartly dressed and carrying what appeared to be a long pistol, paced around a studio, reportedly demanding airtime. Armed police then stormed into the studio and overpowered him. Prosecutors later said that the man, aged 19 and from the town of Pijnacker near The Hague, was in police custody. He is being held on suspicion of making a threat, weapons possession and taking a hostage, officials added. Police combed the building, declaring it safe shortly after 22:00 (21:00 GMT). Justice and Safety Minister Ivo Opstelten said …

    January 29, 2015 9:57 pm
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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

  • Suge Knight is ‘armed and dangerous…’ and wanted for murder


    More: Suge Knight, Katt Williams arrest could come with major consequences TMZ reports law enforcement is searching for Knight in connection with what could be his most serious crime yet: a hit and run that resulted in a man’s death. According to TMZ, all Southern California law enforcement has been issued a bulletin that says to “be on the lookout” for Knight, who is considered armed and dangerous. The site reports that multiple witnesses described seeing Knight arrive at a movie shoot involving Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, where he reportedly got into a fight with two men. According to TMZ’s report, “Suge got back into his car, took the wheel and threw the vehicle in reverse… and ran over a man who suffered fatal injuries.” A video posted to the site shows EMTs trying to resuscitate a man lying on the ground. More: Rap mogul Suge Knight released from the hospital According to TMZ’s …

    January 29, 2015 10:37 pm
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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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