Headline News

  • U.S. judge puts Arizona’s ‘revenge porn’ bill on hold


    PHOENIX (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Wednesday put on hold enforcement of Arizona’s “revenge porn” law that made it a felony to post online nude images of others without their consent, after a rights group said the measure was too broad and state attorneys agreed it should be revisited.     U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton’s order came at the request of the state attorney general’s office and the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing booksellers, newspapers and others in a federal lawsuit against the law.     The judge called for enforcement of the law and further legal proceedings to be put on hold pending possible changes to the legislation by the Republican-controlled state Legislature when it reconvenes in January.  “We hope that the legislature will embrace this opportunity to narrow the law so it reaches truly bad actors without infringing on protected First Amendment rights,” Dan Pochoda, an attorney for the American Civil …

    November 26, 2014 9:14 pm
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Politics

  • Congress can block use of fees for immigration overhaul: memo


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress can block President Barack Obama from using federal immigration fees to issue permits for millions of undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States, according to a congressional research memo released on Wednesday. The memo from the non-partisan Congressional Research Service to Republican Senator Jeff Sessions could provide a boost to him and other conservatives who are pushing for a December budget confrontation with Obama to try to stop his executive order overhauling the U.S. immigration system. A plan to deny such funds in a must-pass federal spending bill next month, as part of a Republican effort to fight Obama’s immigration move, could heighten the risk of another government shutdown. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, a more moderate Republican, has argued against such a strategy, pushing instead for a spending bill that fully funds government agencies through September 2015. He has said that simply “defunding” immigration agencies would …

    November 26, 2014 9:54 pm
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Stocks

  • Drones are almost crashing into planes


      You’re not going crazy. That could have been a drone outside your airplane window. More and more pilots are reporting that they’re encountering drones during flight. The number of these reports have ballooned this year. In October, 41 pilots reported seeing a drone, or unmanned aircraft, during flight. That’s up from just five in April, according to data released by the Federal Aviation Administration Wednesday. A total of 193 incidents were reported between Feb. 22 and Nov. 11. On a few occasions, pilots had to alter their course to avoid the drone. In most instances, however, the drones did not impact the flights, the FAA said. Related: Drone pilot wanted: Starting salary $100,000 One pilot reported seeing a drone while flying over the Arizona State University football stadium on Nov. 8 and another saw one flying over the University of Tennessee during a game in October. On Nov. 4, a pilot reported seeing a …

    November 26, 2014 8:53 pm
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Sports

  • No. 2 Wisconsin throttles UAB


    Nassau, Bahamas (SportsNetwork.com) – Frank Kaminsky had 16 points and eight rebounds and No. 2 Wisconsin took care of UAB, 72-43, in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Duje Dukan scored 11 points, Josh Gasser had 10 and Nigel Hayes finished with nine points, five rebounds and a game-high four assists for the Badgers (5-0). Wisconsin, which has won every game this season by at least 24 points, will meet the winner of Florida and Georgetown in the semifinals. Robert Brown was the lone bright spot for UAB (2-3), pouring in 16 points on 7-of-15 shooting. Brown was the only Blazer to score nearly 16 minutes into the game. He had 11 on 5-of-9 shooting while the rest of the team was held scoreless until C.J. Washington’s free throws at 4:07. Meanwhile, all five Wisconsin starters had points, including 10 apiece for Kaminsky and Gasser, and the Badgers led 28-13. Nick Horton beat …

    November 26, 2014 9:34 pm
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World News

  • US planes ‘may use British carrier’


    27 November 2014 Last updated at 01:09 By Mark Urban Diplomatic and defence editor, Newsnight In July the Red Arrows flew over HMS Queen Elizabeth to mark the official naming of the vessel by the Queen The Royal Navy may ask US squadrons to fly off its new aircraft carrier following delays to its new F35B fighters, BBC Newsnight has learned. MoD insiders said the US Marine Corps would be offered the use of HMS Queen Elizabeth for flight operations. The UK plans to have its first F35 squadron operational by 2018, but Newsnight has learned that there may be further delays. The MoD said it was not aware of any further delay to the timetable. The plan is for one squadron of British F35s to be ready for service at sea by 2021. But even if it is achieved, it will create a gap of years where the Queen Elizabeth is ready but British …

    November 26, 2014 9:34 pm
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Technology

  • Adam West: "If I didn’t love Batman, I’d be a little bit strange"


    Warner Bros. At 86 years of age, Adam West’s career in film and TV has spanned six decades. But if there’s one role he’ll always be best known for, it’s the eponymous Batman from the campy 1960s TV series. It’s a role that’s defined a lot of his career and one that he returns to in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, where he appears in a entire level that emulates the fun and feel of the TV show — complete with POW! and BAM! graphics. He voices himself in each level for a hidden “Adam West in Peril” where players need to find Adam. And if that wasn’t enough, the entire original Batman series has been completely remastered for Blu-ray, with West contributing heavily to the over three hours of never-before-seen additional content. CNET spoke with Adam West about the game and this wildly enduring goal. Back in 1968, did you think this character was …

    November 26, 2014 9:54 pm
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Science

  • Protein Project Could Help Expose Cancer’s Causes


    Disease begins at the cellular level. Deviant proteins often wreak havoc in a dying cell long before a larger ill such as cancer or infection spreads throughout the body. Efforts to understand these proteins and how they interact with one another are at the very core of basic biomedical research, but progress has been slow.   “It’s pretty hard to look under the hood of a cell,” says Frederick Roth, a biophysicist at the University of Toronto.   To jump-start progress, scientists like Roth have been chipping away for years at the human interactome—a complete map of every protein interaction in humans. Last week Roth and his team published a paper in the journal Cell detailing one of the most comprehensive protein maps to date. It covers 14,000 interactions between protein pairs and may help scientists identify some of the genes involved in cancer.   “We found that cancer proteins stick together and tend to …

    November 26, 2014 6:13 pm
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Health

  • Uruguay pushes back start of marijuana sale in pharmacies


    MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) – Uruguay could start selling marijuana in pharmacies in March, the head of the National Drugs Board said on Wednesday, although the government had initially been aiming for year-end. The South American country is the world’s first to permit the cultivation, distribution and use of marijuana, aiming to wrest control of the trade from drug gangs while at the same regulating and even taxing its consumption. But a variety of hurdles are preventing the government from making its deadlines in implementing the measures passed into law last December. Even the plan to start selling marijuana in March, when President Jose Mujica leaves office, looks ambitious as the government is still tendering cultivation licenses. “It will be at the end of this term, the start of the next,” Julio Calzada, the secretary general of the National Drugs Board, told reporters on the sidelines of a conference. Uruguayan voters head to the polls on Sunday …

    November 26, 2014 9:54 pm
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Entertainment

  • Bette Midler responds to Ariana Grande by calling someone else a whore


    Herself. Harsh! Did Bette Midler just call Ariana Grande a “whore”? Grande, of course, responded to Midler’s whore comments yesterday in the nicest way we could possibly imagine, which must have made Midler feel like a terrible person. Terrible enough that she’s calling herself names now. About my screed on @ArianaGrande , all I can say is, “Spoken like a reformed old whore! She does have a beautiful voice, on a couch or off.” — Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) November 26, 2014 In Grande’s Twitter response, the young singer said that she’s always admired Midler. The pop star even accompanied the post with an image of Midler flaunting a sexy and skimpy bikini back in the day, saying she wishes that version of Midler would return, instead of the one who throws shade. Ariana Grande’s reported diva ‘tude makes life coach quit all love here pic.twitter.com/BocrzJEgUj — Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 25, 2014 And while Midler …

    November 26, 2014 9:34 pm
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Editorial

  • Immigration debate: What would George Washington do?


    As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we continue the tradition started by America’s early immigrants. Those intrepid settlers’ success creating a new society helped spur waves of immigration that continue to this day.  As we renew the debate over immigration policy, our history provides guidance for how we might effectively champion our immigrant heritage while promoting domestic prosperity. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Since our beginning, we have struggled with whom to let in. Our nation’s first leaders took a rather practical stance – they welcomed only those who would benefit the nation. The Pilgrims’ tradition of Thanksgiving continued as the first fledgling settlements took root in the New World and flourished into the independent United States of the late 18th century. Whether they were descended from early colonists or were more recently off the boat, our founding generation enjoyed a unique heritage – their national DNA was comprised of individuals who had braved hardships in order to find a …

    November 26, 2014 9:54 pm
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Odd News

  • Swiss group wants sausage dogs to be petted, not eaten


    ZURICH (Reuters) – An animal rights group has petitioned the Swiss government to ban a traditional, if rare, practice of eating cats for dinner and turning dogs into sausages. Tomi Tomek, president of the animal rights group SOS CHATS Noiraigue, which campaigned successfully last year to ban the sale of cat fur, said 3 percent of the population still eat cat and dog, mainly in the regions of Appenzell, Lucerne, Jura and Berne. “You can’t report it to the police because there’s no law against it,” she said. Dog meat is traditionally used to make sausages and a fatty remedy for rheumatism, while cat can be served for Christmas dinner. The activists handed in a petition with 17,900 signatures calling for the consumption of family pets to be outlawed. (Reporting by Caroline Copley; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

    November 26, 2014 10:02 am
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