• Mariners bring back Chavez, Gutierrez

    Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) – The Seattle Mariners signed outfielder Endy Chavez and Franklin Gutierrez to minor league deals on Monday. Chavez, 36, played in 80 games with the Mariners last season and batted .276 with...
  • Thousands march for Mexico missing

    Thousands march for Mexico missing

    27 January 2015 Last updated at 01:40 Relatives led the marches converting onto Mexico City’s main square, the Zocalo Tens of thousands of people have taken part in demonstrations in Mexico City to demand a...
  • Magic Makarova routs Halep to reach semi-finals

    MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Ekaterina Makarova continued her impressive rise as a grand slam contender by dismantling listless third seed Simona Halep 6-4 6-0 to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Tuesday. The 10th-seeded...
  • How to skip the pre-blizzard frenzy in stores

    How to skip the pre-blizzard frenzy in stores

    Savvy New Yorkers are skipping the pre-blizzard frenzy. They’re making messengers do the dirty work for them. With a powerful blizzard hitting New York, stores are packed with consumers clamoring for storm supplies. But the...
  • Snow emergency declared in US

    Snow emergency declared in US

    27 January 2015 Last updated at 00:19 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. New York Mayor Bill De Blasio: “This storm… is going to pack a real punch” An emergency has been...

Headline News

  • New York clinic that treated comic Joan Rivers sued over her death


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The daughter of Joan Rivers filed a malpractice lawsuit on Monday against the New York clinic that treated her mother days before her death last year, saying botched medical procedures by poorly trained doctors there cost the entertainer her life. Rivers, who was 81, suffered a loss of oxygen to her brain on Aug. 28 while physicians at the Yorkville Endoscopy center in Manhattan were performing procedures to examine her throat and vocal cords, and she died a week later at a New York hospital. The lawsuit said the doctors were not adequately trained to recognize and deal with the type of emergency airway obstruction suffered by Rivers and that they failed to detect her deteriorating vital signs while she was in their care. Moreover, the complaint says, the outpatient clinic allowed a doctor whose presence was unauthorized to twice conduct a procedure that Rivers had not consented to, a trans-nasal …

    January 26, 2015 8:22 pm
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Politics

  • Iowa governor to spend night in hospital after falling ill


    DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – Six-term Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is being treated for flu-like symptoms and will spend Monday night in a Des Moines hospital after falling ill at a public event earlier in the day, the governor’s office said. Branstad, 68, told reporters earlier on Monday he was suffering from a bad cold and then became ill during a visit to a research facility in Johnston, Iowa, a Des Moines suburb. He was taken by ambulance to Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. “He is being observed and hydrated after having flu-like symptoms,” spokesman Jimmy Centers said in a statement. “The governor has been admitted and will be kept overnight out of an abundance of caution.” Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, who also has been battling a cold, have canceled public events for Tuesday to rest and recover from seasonal illness, Centers said. Branstad had received a flu shot this season, Centers …

    January 26, 2015 5:20 pm
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Stocks

  • How to skip the pre-blizzard frenzy in stores


    Savvy New Yorkers are skipping the pre-blizzard frenzy. They’re making messengers do the dirty work for them. With a powerful blizzard hitting New York, stores are packed with consumers clamoring for storm supplies. But the savviest New Yorkers are skipping the lines altogether. They’re making messengers do the dirty work for them. On-demand delivery startup Wunwun (which stands for “what you need, when you need it”) had a huge spike in orders on Monday. Wunwun founder Lee Hnetinka said they’re on pace to double the sales they usually post on an average Monday. Wunwun, which operates in New York City, the Hamptons and San Francisco, promises free delivery within the hour from a Wunwun “Helper.” Typically Helpers do deliveries on bikes, but Hnetinka said they’re operating under “blizzard protocol.” If the messengers are unable to ride due to inclement weather, they’ll use the subways or walk. “We send an email to customers to tell them …

    January 26, 2015 7:42 pm
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Sports

  • Mariners bring back Chavez, Gutierrez


    Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) – The Seattle Mariners signed outfielder Endy Chavez and Franklin Gutierrez to minor league deals on Monday. Chavez, 36, played in 80 games with the Mariners last season and batted .276 with two homers and 23 RBI. He played all three outfield positions for the club. A 13-year veteran, Chavez is a career .270 hitter with 30 homers and 266 RBI over 1,151 games. He has played with Kansas City, Montreal/Washington, Philadelphia, Texas, Baltimore, Seattle and the New York Mets. Gutierrez did not appear in the majors last season due to medical reasons. The 31-year-old owns a career average of .256 with 67 homers and 279 RBI in 762 games with Seattle and Cleveland. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    January 26, 2015 9:02 pm
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World News

  • Thousands march for Mexico missing


    27 January 2015 Last updated at 01:40 Relatives led the marches converting onto Mexico City’s main square, the Zocalo Tens of thousands of people have taken part in demonstrations in Mexico City to demand a full investigation into the disappearance of 43 students four months ago. The trainee teachers went missing after taking part in a protest in the south-western town of Iguala on 26 September. Prosecutors say they were seized by local police and handed over to a local gang, which killed them. Those marching included the families of the missing students. They started their journey from four different suburbs of Mexico City and headed to the city’s main square, the Zocalo. More than 100,000 people have been killed or have disappeared in Mexico. But the BBC’s Katy Watson says the case of the 43 students has galvanised Mexicans angry with high levels of corruption and collusion between local authorities, police and criminal gangs. …

    January 26, 2015 8:22 pm
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Technology

  • Microsoft gets hardware foothold as Surface, Lumia sales soar


    Nate Ralph/CNET Microsoft’s consumer devices are starting to show signs of life. The company’s fiscal second-quarter earnings posted Monday indicate that its consumer businesses are consistently growing. Its Lumia phones are selling better than ever and Surface, its tablet line, is officially a billion-dollar business. Though these divisions are still nowhere near as large as Microsoft’s software, servers and Internet services divisions, the numbers represent a promising start. Though its core businesses are still as strong as ever, Microsoft is very much a company in transition. CEO Satya Nadella’s mission is now twofold: to have Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 10, run across as many devices and screens as possible, and to make consumers love Windows again, not just use it out of necessity. For Nadella, that means pushing Windows as aggressively into the hands of consumers as it has in the corporate realm. Helping the cause, the software giant is positioning its next operating …

    January 26, 2015 5:21 pm
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Science

  • Nor’easters May Become More Intense with Climate Change


    Mad rushes to the grocery store usually mean one of two things in the U.S. Northeast: either a holiday or a nor’easter snowstorm is approaching. With the holiday season just behind us, the sparsely stocked supermarket shelves in the region are a sign of the latter—and tonight’s storm in particular is gearing up to be historic.   Nor’easters are born much like other storms. “They’re low pressure systems of the same kind that give us our precipitation in the United States throughout the year,” says Jeff Masters, director of meteorology at Weather Underground. “But they happen to form right off the Northeast coast and in winter.” The winds blowing from the northeast that give these storms their name also push them ashore.   The storms derive their energy from the contrast in air temperature between very cold, dense air from Canada that meets relatively warm, moist air coming off the Atlantic Ocean. “That difference in …

    January 26, 2015 5:21 pm
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Health

  • Canada resident tests positive for H7N9 avian flu virus


    VANCOUVER (Reuters) – A Vancouver area resident has tested positive for the H7N9 avian flu virus in the first documented case of the infection in a human in North America, the Canadian government said on Monday. The woman, who is in her 50s, had returned to Canada from China and is recovering from the illness in self-isolation, the Public Health Agency of Canada said in a statement. “I want to emphasize that the risk to Canadians is very low because there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission of H7N9,” Gregory Taylor, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, said at a news conference in Ottawa. Taylor said the woman returned to Canada on Jan. 12 after visiting numerous locations in China and began to feel ill two days later on Jan. 14. “All evidence is indicating that it is likely the individual was infected following exposure in China,” he said. “We don’t know at this time …

    January 26, 2015 5:20 pm
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Entertainment

  • Gia Giudice has a new song, and you have to read the lyrics


    More: Teresa Giudice hits the slopes before heading to the slammer Though Gia Giudice raised some eyebrows last week when she described visiting her Real Housewives of New Jersey mom in jail as “fun,” it’s clear from her girl group’s new song that the struggle hasn’t been easy for the teen or her family. They are all just trying to make the best out of a bad situation. Giudice cowrote the song with her music teacher and said that the two just “poured out our thoughts,” according to the Hollywood Gossip. More: 7 things to know about Ruby Rose before she joins Orange Is the New Black Giudice sings, “Guess the elephant is getting too big for the room/Maybe these walls are closing in/Mama said be strong/So against the storm I stand through it all/It’s just a joke to you/I’m just another hashtag/And if a camera crew followed you/What would they see/You’re just like me/So go …

    January 26, 2015 7:42 pm
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Editorial

  • Al Qaeda agent floated in swap for US prisoners? Obama’s legacy takes scary turn


    Over the last several decades, there has been a long tradition of U.S. foreign policy officials making clear to our friends and enemies that we do not negotiate with terrorists. The customary belief from national security experts is that negotiating with the bad guys in any way will encourage more bad guys and more bad behavior. It is a difficult policy, to be sure, if your loved one is taken hostage by Al Qaeda, the Taliban or ISIS or any other group. After all, family members of hostages will do almost anything to see their loved ones returned home. But experts are almost unanimous in their belief that the overall U.S. government policy should stand unequivocally against prisoner swaps for hostages and negotiations with our enemies. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Obama administration, however, while periodically claiming it doesn’t negotiate with terrorists, has done it. Sadly, the bad guys now know there can be a reward for …

    January 26, 2015 1:19 pm
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Odd News

  • Naked violinist sues Portland police over arrest


    PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) – An Oregon man who claims his rights were violated last year when he was arrested outside the federal courthouse in downtown Portland for playing his violin in the nude is suing the police department and others for $1.1 million.  Matthew Mglej, 25, says officers used excessive force, unlawfully detained him and violated his constitutional rights when they arrested him during his free expression demonstration last May, according to the lawsuit filed in the Portland Division of U.S. District Court of Oregon last week.  Mglej, of the Portland suburb of Hillsboro, says officers dragged him across concrete to the police car while he was naked, dropping him several times in the arrest process, according to the lawsuit. He also says he had cuts on his wrists from the handcuffs and was not allowed to contact a lawyer.  Officials with the Portland city attorneys office declined comment, saying they had not yet been …

    January 26, 2015 5:21 pm
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