Headline News

  • Black Friday shopping crowds thin after Thanksgiving rush


    WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (Reuters) – Mall crowds were relatively thin early on Black Friday in a sign of what has become the new normal in U.S. holiday shopping: the mad rush is happening the night of Thanksgiving and more consumers are picking up deals online. Most major retailers now open their doors Thursday evening and offer extended holiday deals rather than limiting them to one day. The result is a quieter experience on what has traditionally been the busiest, and sometimes most chaotic, shopping day of the year. “It just looks like any other weekend,” said Angela Olivera, a 32-year old housewife shopping for children’s clothing at the Westfarms Mall near Hartford, Connecticut. “The kind of crowds we usually see are missing and this is one of the biggest malls here. I think people are just not spending a lot.” The crowds normally reserved for Black Friday morning appeared Thursday night. Over 15,000 people lined …

    November 28, 2014 9:48 am
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Politics

  • Coming home to Ferguson


    By CHIP GOINES November 28, 2014 People walk towards a car lot where several cars had been burned and damaged following a night of rioting in Ferguson, Missouri As a black man who grew up near Ferguson, I dreaded going home for Thanksgiving this week. I watched cable news with dismay while I packed Tuesday. Familiar parts of my old neighborhood were burning. While the Tuesday morning sky was relatively calm above Ferguson as I landed, I knew things on the ground were different as soon as I saw the National Guard Humvees and police cruisers parked along the roads as I left Lambert-St. Louis Airport. Not even in the paranoid months following Sept. 11 had they been out in such force. My mother, who lives a few minutes away from Ferguson, in Florissant, participated in the early peaceful protests after Michael Brown’s shooting. We talked almost daily about it. She had planned to attend …

    November 28, 2014 6:41 am
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Stocks

  • Apple users outspend Android users on ‘Black Thursday’


    When it comes to mobile shopping, Apple users won the Thanksgiving Day spending battle. Apple iOS mobile users spent about 25% more than Android owners on their Turkey Day purchases, with an average of $118.57 per order compared to $95.25, according to the most recent data from IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark. Sales slowed down (blame the tryptophan) as the day continued, as earlier reports showed the average order value of Apple iOS users came in at $122.08 and $97.25 for Android users. Related: Black Friday sales: Deal or no deal “Apple has a strong hold on online shopping,” said Jay Henderson, director of IBM Smarter Commerce. “IPhone and iPad buyers tend to be slightly more affluent and more comfortable with technology.” Apple (AAPL, Tech30) users are three times more likely to make a purchase on their mobile or tablet device, and made up 25% of total online sales on Thursday. This is despite the fact …

    November 28, 2014 9:48 am
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Sports

  • Rip City Rampage: Blazers put streak on line vs. Grizzlies


    (SportsNetwork.com) – The Portland Trail Blazers return home with a nine-game winning streak, but they’ll face a stiff test Friday night when the Memphis Grizzlies come to the Moda Center. The Grizzlies are one of two NBA teams with 13 wins thus far. (The Toronto Raptors are the other.) Portland can join that group with a victory over Memphis. The Blazers are the hottest team in the NBA thanks to that nine-game streak. They extended their run thanks to a 3-0 trip versus the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and Charlotte Hornets. The Blazers, who have won seven straight at home, extended the streak to nine with a 105-97 victory over the Hornets Wednesday night. Wesley Matthews had 28 points and the Trail Blazers used a strong second half to beat the Hornets. Damian Lillard added 22 points and seven assists for the Blazers, while Robin Lopez tallied 15 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. “It’s …

    November 28, 2014 9:48 am
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World News

  • ‘Many dead’ in Nigeria mosque blasts


    28 November 2014 Last updated at 15:14 The Central Mosque of Kano is close to the Emir’s palace (archive photo) Many people have been killed in three explosions during Friday prayers at one of the biggest mosques in the Nigerian city of Kano, reports say. The Central Mosque is close to the Emir of Kano’s palace and is where the influential Muslim leader usually leads prayers. The Emir, Muhammad Sanusi, is currently in Saudi Arabia. An eyewitness told the BBC he had counted about 50 bodies, but this figure has not been verified. Other reports say some gunmen went on a shooting spree in the northern city after the blasts. The militant Islamist Boko Haram group has targeted the city, the largest in northern Nigeria, several times during its five-year insurgency. But most of its attacks are further east. Earlier this month, the Emir called on people to defend themselves against Boko Haram. At a …

    November 28, 2014 9:48 am
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Technology

  • Europol arrests 118 people using stolen credit cards to pay for flights


    Police have arrested 118 people at 84 airports around the world as part of a global investigation into plane tickets paid for with stolen or fake credit card details. Troels Oerting, director of Europol’s European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3), told the Guardian that many of those arrested were linked to other forms of crime, including robbery, shoplifting, illegal immigration and drug smuggling. The operation, co-ordinated by EC3, brought together 49 law enforcement agencies from around the world, numerous banks, 64 airlines and the International Air Transport Association to share intelligence on fraudulent transactions. Interpol in Singapore and Ameripol in Bogota took charge of operations in non-European destinations. Officers were waiting at 84 global airports to pick up those who had used stolen credit card numbers to buy their tickets, while Europol, reported 281 suspicious transactions. “We have again proven that we have ‘upgraded’ to version 2.0 our ability to work smooth less together across borders …

    November 28, 2014 6:41 am
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Science

  • Salamanders are a more abundant food source in forest ecosystems than previously thought


    Related images(click to enlarge) In the 1970s, ecologists published results from one of the first whole-forest ecosystem studies ever conducted in Hubbard Brook, New Hampshire. In the paper, scientists reported that salamanders represent one of the largest sources of biomass, or food, of all vertebrates in the forest landscape. Now, using new sampling and statistical techniques not available during the past study, researchers at the University of Missouri have estimated that the population of salamanders in forested regions of the Missouri Ozarks are 2-4 times higher than originally thought, and in other regions of the eastern U.S. may be on average 10 times higher. Scientists believe that acknowledging salamanders as one of the main food sources in forest ecosystems could help drive conservation efforts and forest management. “Our lab works to identify salamanders as an influential part of the forest ecosystem and food chain,” said Ray Semlitsch, Curators Professor of Biological Sciences in the College …

    November 28, 2014 2:59 am
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Health

  • WHO advises male Ebola survivors to abstain from sex


    LONDON (Reuters) – Men who recover from Ebola should abstain from sex for three months to minimize the risk of passing the virus on in their semen, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. Ebola, a disease that has infected and killing thousands in a vast epidemic in West Africa, normally spreads via bodily fluids such as blood, saliva and faeces. Although sexual transmission of Ebola virus disease has never been documented, the virus has been detected in the survivors’ semen. “Men who have recovered from Ebola virus disease should be aware that seminal fluid may be infectious for as long as three months after onset of symptoms,” the WHO said in a statement. “Because of the potential to transmit the virus sexually during this time, they should maintain good personal hygiene after masturbation, and either abstain from sex (including oral sex) for three months after onset of symptoms, or use condoms if abstinence …

    November 28, 2014 6:41 am
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Entertainment

  • Justin Bieber Bonds With Pastor Carl Lentz’s Family Before Thanksgiving


    Posted on Fri Nov 28th, 2014 8:30am PDT       By X17 Staff Ok, so maybe Justin Bieber really is serious about this whole religious awakening, because on Wednesday the pop superstar spent the day with pastor Carl Lentz’s family. The 20-year-old singer posted the above photo with Lentz’s daughter and wrote, “Made a snowman with this little cutie. Make memories with the ones you love! #HappyThanksgiving.” It’s not clear where Bieber was on Thursday, but seeing as he’s Canadian and their Thanksgiving was last month, it doesn’t appear as though the Biebs had any big plans. And he certainly wasn’t with Selena Gomez — she was with her friends and family in Texas. Bieber and Lentz, who preaches at Hillsong Church in New York City, have been friends for 6 years now, and the two have been spending quite a bit of time together. Earlier this month it was reported that Bieber was on a mission to …

    November 28, 2014 10:31 am
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Editorial

  • Small Business Saturday: Five reasons to stay local and shop small


    FILE – Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013: Shoppers enter a Best Buy as the store opens on Thanksgiving Day in Overland Park, Kansas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Small Business Saturday (November 29) is upon us. This year, it’s imperative that “We the People” remember that small business isn’t a political slogan or a passing fad in the American economy. It is the fabric that bonds together our values of liberty, freedom, and the spirited independence that inspires millions of people to do anything and everything to immigrate to this great land of ours.  So, this weekend, if you are looking for a better deal, reconsider your support of the big box store and give your local small businesses a second look, a second chance.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Why? Because shopping “small” is truly the most patriotic thing you can do, while shopping for your relatives and friends. Shopping “small” is truly the most patriotic thing you can do, while …

    November 28, 2014 6:41 am
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Odd News

  • French farmers cry wolf over sheep killings


    PARIS (Reuters) – French farmers, who regularly bring livestock into Paris to punctuate their protests, drove some 250 sheep into the shadow of the Eiffel Tower on Thursday to highlight an unusual concern – that a growing wolf population is killing their flocks. Wolves were reintroduced to France in the 1990s under an international convention on wildlife conservation in Europe. There are now an estimated 300 wolves in the country and the number is growing each year. According to the French sheep organization (FNO), the number of animals they kill has risen too – by nearly two thirds since 2011 – and is likely to top 8,000 this year. “We are asking that wolves be removed from sheep breeding regions because they are incompatible with our work,” Michele Boudoin, secretary general of the French sheep organisation (FNO) said. She stressed that France’s “wolf plan”, which compensates farmers for sheep losses and pays for prevention measures …

    November 27, 2014 2:39 pm
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