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  • Chicago police arrest suspect in fatal, gang-related Chicago shooting of 9-year-old: tweet

    Chicago police have arrested a suspect in the murder of a 9-year-old boy who they say was lured into an alley by gang members earlier this month and fatally shot, a department spokesman wrote on Twitter on Friday. The killing of Tyshawn Lee on Nov. 2 cast a national spotlight on a jump in violent crime in one of the country’s largest cities, at a time when Chicago police have come under fire for what their critics say is a culture of racial bias. Police, who did not publicly identify the suspect, have said the crime was linked to a rivalry between Lee’s father, a suspected gang member, and another group. The boy’s father has denied being involved in a gang. Like a number of other U.S. cities, Chicago has seen a rise in violence this year. Authorities reported 391 murders from Jan. 1 to Oct. 25, up 18 percent from the same period of …

    November 27, 2015 8:38 am


  • Clinton wins union endorsements but still struggles to win over hearts

    NEW YORK California nurse Katy Roemer remembers how at the height of the Ebola crisis last year, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders marched arm-in-arm with union workers as they fought for hazmat suits and other protections to treat patients with infectious diseases. Roemer’s gratitude is why she keeps a large stash of “Bernie” stickers and posters in her car and is urging people she knows to back his White House bid. She jokes that she will be telling friends and family members: “You’re not coming to dinner if you didn’t vote.” If Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, Roemer said she would vote for her in the November 2016 general election but she will not volunteer for her campaign. Roemer’s comments crystallize a risk Clinton faces as she courts organized labor – a potential enthusiasm gap. Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, has racked up a string of formal endorsements, but many rank-and-file union members remain drawn to …

    November 27, 2015 6:17 am


  • Paul Walker’s father sues Porsche over actor’s death

    The father of actor Paul Walker, who was killed as a passenger in a 2012 crash of a Porsche Carrera GT, is suing the automaker and charging the car was unsafe. The suit alleges that Porsche advertised the vehicle as “a racing car licensed for use on the road.” But in fact the car “lacked safety features that are found on well-designed racing cars or even Porsche’s least expensive road cars — features that could have prevented the accident or, at a minimum, allowed Paul Walker to survive the crash,” the suit continues. Walker’s father, Paul William Walker III, argues the car should have had electronic stability control, a common feature in many cars today. It also charges the side door reinforcement was made of weaker materials than what is found in mass-market cars such as the Honda Civic. According to the suit, the seat belt design trapped Walker after the crash, and that he …

    November 27, 2015 8:58 am


  • Button & Alonso’s humour shines through Honda’s smoke

    Who knows how much it really hurt, deep inside? The admirable self-control shown by Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button in the face of the Honda engine’s lamentable lack of performance meant we couldn’t tell. Not usually, anyway. They talked about their belief in the project, accepted there was a lot of work to do, but insisted Honda would get there – and sooner rather than later. Just occasionally, though, the frustration got too much and it slipped out. Both drivers had their moments. But it was Alonso’s that gave most away. Firstly, in Canada, instructed to save fuel while he was battling with Saubers for lower-midfield positions. “I don’t want. I don’t want,” Alonso said. “Already I have big problems now. Driving with this and looking like amateurs. So I’d like to race and then I concentrate on the fuel.” He bottled it up for another four months. And then, in Japan, helpless against drivers …

    November 27, 2015 8:39 am

World News

  • Children die as boats sink off Turkey

    Image copyright AP Image caption The coast near Bodrum is one transit point for boats heading to Greek islands Six children have drowned as two migrant boats carrying them from Turkey to Greece sank in the Aegean Sea, Turkish media say. The first boat carrying about 55 mainly Syrian and Afghan migrants sank off the Turkish town of Ayvacik. The second was carrying about 20 people when it sank off Bodrum. Turkey has become a major transit point for people fleeing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and hoping to reach northern Europe. Hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees have entered the European Union since August, heading up through the Western Balkans. Border clashes The latest attempts to make the risky crossing from Turkey to Greece encountered strong winds and poor weather. The boat that sank off Ayvacik was heading for the Greek island of Lesbos. The bodies of four Afghan children have been …

    November 27, 2015 9:19 am


  • Do pop-up dialogue boxes drive you potty? You’re not alone

    There’s little more frustrating for a regular computer user than a pop-up that demands your undivided attention right when you’re in the middle of something crucial. No one wants to deal with pop-ups. They’re a bane of the modern life, from ads to irritating dialogue boxes, and should be put out to pasture. But it isn’t necessarily the pop up that’s actually the problem – it’s more the fact that it steals focus. Stealing focus is where the computer completely ignores what you’re trying to do, say typing out an email, a news story, or a piece of code, and jumps the cursor to some dialogue box demanding an answer or password. You, the productive user, continue merrily bashing out your missive, unknowingly typing into the newly selected box. Most of the time it’s just the password field, but if you are particularly unlucky you’ll find that the window will be focused on either an …

    November 27, 2015 6:37 am


  • Global growth in CO2 emissions stagnates

    After a decade of rapid growth in global CO2 emissions, which increased at an average annual rate of 4%, much smaller increases were registered in 2012 (0.8%), 2013 (1.5%) and 2014 (0.5%). In 2014, when the emissions growth was almost at a standstill, the world’s economy continued to grow by 3%. The trend over the last three years thus sends an encouraging signal on the decoupling of CO2 emissions from global economic growth. However, it is still too early to confirm a positive global trend. For instance India, with its emerging economy and large population, increased its emissions by 7.8% and became the fourth largest emitter globally. The EU continues to show leadership on CO2 emission reductions In 2014, despite an overall increase of 1.4% in the GDP for the European Union, the EU decreased its CO2 emissions by 5.4% with respect to 2013. This comes after reductions also in the two previous years, although …

    November 27, 2015 9:18 am


  • Diabetic vision loss medication may promote return to driving

    (Reuters Health) – After a year of treatment with the drug ranibizumab (Lucentis), some people with vision loss due to diabetes regain their confidence to drive and have vision good enough to do so, according to a new study. Seeing well enough to drive confidently is an important measure of independence, the authors write. Up to 45 percent of people in the U.S. with type 1 or type 2 diabetes have some level of vision loss, most commonly diabetic retinopathy. And half of those with retinopathy will develop diabetic macular edema (DME), a fluid build-up in the retina that affects sharp, straight-ahead vision, according to the National Eye Institute. The results provide tangible evidence that improvements in vision measured with an eye chart also translate to real-world functioning based on vision, said lead author Dr. Neil M. Bressler of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. “This paper showed …

    November 27, 2015 5:57 am


  • NFL Thanksgiving Recap: Packers Lay An Egg, Eagles Don’t Show Up, Cowboys Lose Romo Again

    Every year, something new happens in the NFL on Thanksgiving. While both the early Thanksgiving day football games this year were both pretty one-sided, they still gave us a lot to talk about, and the nightcap between the Packers and Bears is one that both teams will remember for a while. Let’s recap: Detroit Dominates Philadelphia 45-14 Lions send Chip Kelly’s Eagles into tailspin with dominant 45–14 win https://t.co/aWCwHSozTK pic.twitter.com/I8M5lKC29C — Sports Illustrated (@SInow) November 26, 2015 The Philadelphia Eagles are officially in turmoil, and if you look real closely into the sky you might be able to see the glare from southern Pennsylvania with Eagles fans lighting their pitchforks. After dropping two consecutive home games to the Miami Dolphins (4-6) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5), the Eagles traveled to face a struggling Detroit Lions (4-7) team on Thanksgiving in hopes of turning their season around. To put it simply: the Eagles were unable to …

    November 27, 2015 8:58 am


  • On Black Friday (and every day): #Shopsmall and help 28 million small businesses thrive

    Three guys walk into a Small Business Administration regional office – a shopkeeper, a rancher and an app developer. No, that’s not the set-up for a bad joke. It’s a useful way of thinking about how policymakers must expand our understanding of small business in the 21st Century. Only by clearly understanding and appreciating the changing face of small business in America can we enact meaningful reforms that will help them prosper.   When small businesses succeed, America succeeds. Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday, an opportunity to refocus our efforts and reaffirm our commitment to helping the 28 million small businesses in America thrive.  Last week, I led a group of lawmakers in introducing a House resolution recognizing this Saturday as Small Business Saturday. Our goal is to remind our fellow citizens that by shopping small this holiday weekend, they are fueling the engine of American job creation and …

    November 27, 2015 8:38 am

Odd News

  • Broad smiles and enduring spirit at Holocaust survivors’ beauty contest

    HAIFA, Israel To the strains of Madonna’s “Vogue”, the 13 women with a combined age of about 1,050 strutted down the runway cautiously, hindered only slightly by walking sticks and the odd dodgy hip. The third annual Holocaust survivors’ beauty pageant, honoring women who lived through the concentration camps and death marches of Nazi Germany, was held in the city of Haifa this week with hundreds of relatives turning out in support. Lipstick was carefully applied, dresses were elegant and jewelry glittered, but the focus was on giving women who experienced horrors in the early years of their lives a chance to enjoy some glamour and attention as they push into their 80s. “Many of them were children, teenagers or young adults during the Holocaust,” said Jurgen Buhler, the German director of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, a sponsor. “They were either in ghettos or concentration camps. So this night is giving them something …

    November 26, 2015 5:33 pm