• Blaze wrecks Moscow public library

    Blaze wrecks Moscow public library

    31 January 2015 Last updated at 14:59 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Library Director Yuri Pivovarov: “They saved the books” A blaze has raged for more than 17 hours at one...
  • 2.1 million cars recalled for crash sensors

    2.1 million cars recalled for crash sensors

      The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced on Saturday the recall of over 2 million vehicles to fix faulty crash sensors that could cause airbags to deploy for no reason. All the vehicles had...
  • Serena wins another Aussie crown

    Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) – Serena Williams is again the Australian Open champion. The top-seeded American earned her sixth Aussie Open title and 19th career Grand Slam championship with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) triumph over Maria...
  • Egypt leader warns of ‘long battle’

    Egypt leader warns of ‘long battle’

    31 January 2015 Last updated at 17:10 Funerals have been taking place for those killed in the Sinai attacks Egypt faces a long and difficult battle with militants, the country’s president has said, in his...
  • 17th-ranked Mountaineers host hapless Red Raiders

    Morgantown, WV (SportsNetwork.com) – Hoping to keep pace in the race for the Big 12 Conference crown, the 17th-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers play host to the struggling Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday afternoon. Texas...

Headline News

  • Los Angeles female-only mosque may be first in US; aims to empower women


    LOS ANGELES –  A downtown Los Angeles mosque that forbids men from attending may be the first of its kind in the United States. The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1JX216f ) that more than 100 women gathered Friday at the interfaith Pico-Union Project for the inaugural prayer marking the launch of the Women’s Mosque of America, a nonprofit hoping to create space where Muslim women can learn and connect with other women. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “Muslim women haven’t had a forum,” Yasmeen Ruhge, a cardiologist from Pasadena, said as she waited for the service to begin. “When we go to the mosque, we have to sit on one side. Not that we aren’t equal, but this gives us a freedom to talk as all women and create an independent role.” Female-only mosques may exist in China, Chile and India, but Muslim leaders say this could be a first for the United States. A 2011 study says …

    January 31, 2015 12:59 pm
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Politics

  • Science knows best: Vaccinate your children


    By NEDRA PICKLER January 31, 2015 Pediatrician Charles Goodman vaccinates 1 year- old Cameron Fierro with the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, or MMR vaccine at his practice in Northridge, Calif.(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) Amid the measles outbreak stemming from California, the White House is telling parents that science indicates they should vaccinate their children. President Barack Obama’s spokesman, Josh Earnest, said Friday that decisions about vaccinations should be left to parents, but the science on vaccinations “is really clear.” Some parents continue to believe debunked research linking vaccines to autism and refuse vaccinate their children. “I’m not going stand up here and dispense medical advice,” Earnest said when asked whether the president supports parents who choose not to vaccinate. “But I am going to suggest that the president’s view is that people should evaluate this for themselves, with a bias toward good science and toward the advice of our public health professionals, who are trained to offer us …

    January 31, 2015 10:38 am
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Stocks

  • 2.1 million cars recalled for crash sensors


      The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced on Saturday the recall of over 2 million vehicles to fix faulty crash sensors that could cause airbags to deploy for no reason. All the vehicles had previously been recalled for this issue but the manufacturers’ repairs have not stopped the problem. The sensors, which are designed to sense a serious impact, were made by auto parts supplier TRW (TRW). The earlier fix, which involved installing devices to protect the airbag sensor module from electrical surges, was very effective, reducing inadvertent airbag deployments by about 85%, according to NHTSA. But some unwarranted deployments were still occurring. Manufacturers will now entirely replace the impact sensors with new units. It will take some time to have the new sensors ready. Meanwhile, NHTSA is instructing vehicle owners who have had not had the initial recall fix done to contact their dealers had have it done. Related: Cars with the best …

    January 31, 2015 12:58 pm
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Sports

  • Serena wins another Aussie crown


    Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) – Serena Williams is again the Australian Open champion. The top-seeded American earned her sixth Aussie Open title and 19th career Grand Slam championship with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) triumph over Maria Sharapova on Saturday at Rod Laver Arena. Williams won in Melbourne for the first time since 2010, finishing the match with an ace in the second-set tiebreaker on her third championship point. She now owns the second-most women’s Grand Slam titles in the Open Era, surpassing legends Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. Only Steffi Graf has more with 22. “Standing here with 19 majors is something I never thought would happen,” said Williams during the trophy ceremony. Sharapova was trying for a second Australian Open title. She fell to 2-17 lifetime against Williams and has lost the last 16 meetings. “I haven’t beaten her in a really long time, but I love playing her because you want to play the …

    January 31, 2015 12:18 pm
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World News

  • Blaze wrecks Moscow public library


    31 January 2015 Last updated at 14:59 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Library Director Yuri Pivovarov: “They saved the books” A blaze has raged for more than 17 hours at one of Russia’s largest public libraries, destroying parts of the building. The fire began late on Friday at the Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences in a south-western district of the capital, Moscow. The library is home to more than 10 million books and documents, but it was thought the area containing its rare medieval Slavic texts was unaffected. The cause of the blaze is unclear. However, one law-enforcement source told the RIA Novosti news agency that an electrical short-circuit was the leading line of inquiry. Scores of fire-fighters worked at the scene to douse the blaze but could not prevent a section of roof collapsing before the fire was contained shortly after midnight. No-one was injured. The institute’s director, …

    January 31, 2015 12:59 pm
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Technology

  • Google’s Nest loses two key execs, including Dropcam CEO


    Nest lost two key executives this week. CNET Nest, the unit of Google that makes smart home fixtures such as the connected thermostat and smoke detector, saw two of its high-level executives depart this week. Nest lost Greg Duffy, the co-founder and CEO of Dropcam, and Yoky Matsuoka, vice president of technology for the company. The news was first reported by The Verge. The two were high-profile figures in the company. Matsuoka was in charge of the user experience and learning aspect of Nest’s thermostat, was one of the public faces of the company. Duffy joined the company when Nest bought Dropcam, which makes Web-connected home security cameras, for $555 million in June. A Nest spokeswoman declined to comment. Duffy later confirmed the departure on Twitter. I grew up at Dropcam, and I’m going to miss it dearly. But there are exciting things on the horizon. If you’d like, stay tuned! – gduffy (@gduffy) January …

    January 31, 2015 10:38 am
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Science

  • NASA Launches Groundbreaking Soil Moisture Mapping Satellite


    [image-50] NASA successfully launched its first Earth satellite designed to collect global observations of the vital soil moisture hidden just beneath our feet. The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory, a mission with broad applications for science and society, lifted off at 6:22 a.m. PST (9:22 a.m. EST) Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. [image-69] About 57 minutes after liftoff, SMAP separated from the rocket’s second stage into an initial 411- by 425-mile (661- by 685-kilometer) orbit. After a series of activation procedures, the spacecraft established communications with ground controllers and deployed its solar array. Initial telemetry shows the spacecraft is in excellent health. SMAP now begins a three-year mission that will figuratively scratch below Earth’s surface to expand our understanding of a key component of the Earth system that links the water, energy and carbon cycles driving our living planet. SMAP’s combined radar and radiometer …

    January 31, 2015 10:39 am
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Health

  • Winter Is the Season of Nosebleeds


    SATURDAY, Jan. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Nosebleeds are a common during the winter and shouldn’t be cause for concern, an expert says. “Cold winter air can be drying and irritating to the nose, and so can forms of indoor heat, such as forced air and fireplaces. Blood flow from the nose can range from a few drops to a real gusher,” explained Dr. James Stankiewicz, chair of the otolaryngology department at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. “Older individuals are more susceptible to nosebleeds in winter because their mucous membranes are not as lush and the dry air causes the thinning blood vessels in the nose to break,” he said in a university news release. And older women and people taking blood-thinning drugs have an even greater risk. “Women who are postmenopausal are especially vulnerable to nosebleeds because of the decrease in estrogen that increases bodily fluids. Anyone who is taking blood thinners …

    January 31, 2015 10:38 am
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Entertainment

  • Iggy Azalea tweet-rants again, this time about ‘God awful’ Steve Madden pics


    Pictures emerged on a Tumblr account, which the Huffington Post was able to take a screenshot of before the account went private, which showed crotch shots of models wearing neoprene sandals with socks — something that Azalea was seriously unimpressed with. More: Iggy Azalea slams her critics with 10 epic tweets The “Fancy” hit maker took to Twitter on Thursday to share her anger over the photo shoot for her upcoming collection with the brand, and in a series of tweets that have since been deleted, Azalea called the pictures “the most disgusting photo shoot ever.” “I’ve been bamboozled with a tumblr page where everyone wears socks and takes unintentional crotch shots on pool toys. I’m in shock,” Azalea tweeted. “Tainted with these God awful images that Steve madden took appon themselves to create and share without my knowledge. Gross gross gross.” More: Iggy Azalea goes completely crazy on paparazzo And she was not done there. “I …

    January 31, 2015 12:59 pm
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Editorial

  • Sex-trafficking survivor: The truth about Super Bowl and sex


    It happens once a year—the great contest of pigskin being tossed back and forth over a 100-yard playing field in sun, rain, sleet or snow. The Super Bowl. It draws a massive audience from every demographic and pumps millions if not billions of dollars into our economy. And every year, as if on cue, the city hosting the Super Bowl announces an awareness campaign to combat sex trafficking around what many in the media have referred to as “the biggest weekend for U.S. prostitution.” For example, Scottsdale announced a billboard campaign earlier this month, and the Phoenix police department recently revised its policy concerning prostitution. And while it makes sense that an event that draws hundreds of thousands of spectators would increase the demand of sex for sale, there isn’t much evidence to support the claims. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT I am a victim of the sex-trafficking industry. I was trafficked for more than a decade in Minneapolis, Hawaii and Las Vegas. …

    January 31, 2015 10:38 am
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Odd News

  • Secretary of State Kerry fined for not shoveling by Boston home


    BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was slapped with a $50 fine for failing to have a side street adjoining his Boston home shoveled following the blizzard that dropped more than 2 feet (60 cm) of snow on Massachusetts this week, a spokesman said on Friday. The fine was issued on Thursday after a snow-removal company hired by Kerry and his neighbors in the city’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood saw yellow tape blocking the sidewalk alongside the home and thought it was related to security for the top U.S. diplomat. The tape had been put up to warn pedestrians of falling ice and snow, said Kerry’s spokesman, Glen Johnson. “Once they understood that they were allowed to enter the area, the contractors finished the sidewalk late Thursday morning,” he said. Kerry was in Saudi Arabia with President Barack Obama to attend the funeral of King Abdullah and meet with his successor, King …

    January 30, 2015 10:31 pm
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