Headline News

  • A glance at nationwide protests sparked by Ferguson shooting, local efforts to recover


    Protesters hold up their hands as members of the Missouri National Guard stand watch outside West County Mall Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Des Peres, Mo. Demonstrators disrupted holiday shopping at several locations on Sunday, forcing the closure of a large shopping mall near St. Louis for about an hour amid a protest triggered by a grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (The Associated Press) ST. LOUIS –  Protesters turned out in several U.S. cities on one of the busiest shopping days of the year Friday in response to a grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Here’s a look at the protests, which are turning their attention to disrupting commerce, and the latest in the case: ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT NATIONWIDE RALLIES Crowds of protesters prompted authorities to temporarily close two large …

    November 28, 2014 7:19 pm
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Politics

  • For immigrants, state laws control their futures


    By BOB CHRISTIE November 28, 2014 Doug Ducey waves to supporters at the Republican election night festivities(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) If Christian Avila lived a few hundred miles to the west, he would have a driver’s license, qualify for in-state college tuition and a host of other opportunities available to young people granted legal status by President Barack Obama two years ago. But Avila lives in Phoenix, and the 24-year-old immigrant who was brought here from Mexico by his parents at age 9 still has to navigate the sprawling city in fear as he drives to school or work. “You get nervous, your legs start to tingle a little bit when there’s a cop behind you, when you’re doing nothing wrong by driving to work,’ said Avila, a community college student and immigration activist. “You’re not breaking any rules, you’re following the law. But unfortunately it’s where we live.” With last week’s action by Obama …

    November 28, 2014 6:59 pm
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Stocks

  • When did Black Friday start?


      Black Friday has become as synonymous with Thanksgiving as pumpkin pie, but there are a lot of myths surrounding the origins of the shopping event, some even going back as far as the 1800s. Turns out, you don’t have to rewind quite that far to find the source. Along with the cheesesteak and the hoagie, the term Black Friday is rooted in Philadelphia. In the 1950s, police in The City of Brotherly Love used the term to describe the horde of shoppers from the suburbs that descended into the city for the days after Thanksgiving, according to Bonnie Taylor-Blake, a neuroscience researcher at the University of North Carolina. The city promoted big sales and decorations, ahead of the Army/Navy football game on Saturday. “It was a double whammy. Traffic cops were required to work 12-hour shifts, no one could take off and people would flood the sidewalks, parking lots and streets. The cops had …

    November 28, 2014 8:00 pm
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Sports

  • Cards’ Fitzgerald practices, hopes to play Sunday


    Tempe, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – Larry Fitzgerald figures to be a game-time decision for a second straight week when the Arizona Cardinals travel to Atlanta this Sunday, though the veteran wide receiver is encouraged by his chances of playing. Fitzgerald is listed as questionable to face the Falcons but was a limited participant in Friday’s practice. The eight-time Pro Bowler skipped the previous two days’ sessions as he recovers from a Grade 2 sprain of his left knee that also kept him out of last Sunday’s loss at Seattle. The 31-year-old did tell the Cardinals’ official site that it was “highly likely” he’ll be on the field for Sunday’s contest. Fitzgerald missed his first game since Dec. 2, 2007 in Arizona’s 19-3 setback to the Seahawks. He hasn’t been inactive in consecutive weeks since a hamstring injury kept him out for three straight games during the 2006 season. Fitzgerald is the only questionable Arizona player on …

    November 28, 2014 7:19 pm
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World News

  • Venezuela jail overdose kills 35


    29 November 2014 Last updated at 00:53 Families of prisoners received the news that at least 35 had died inside the jail with alarm Thirty-five prisoners in north-west Venezuela have died after overdosing on the contents of a jail infirmary they stormed, a congressman says. More than 100 others were being treated, 20 of whom were very ill, said lawmaker William Ojeda from the governing Socialist Party. After breaking into the facility, the prisoners are reported to have consumed a variety of medicines. They had been protesting about conditions in the jail. Mr Ojeda said the inmates at Uribana prison near the north-western city of Barquisimeto had ingested a combination of anti-seizure drugs, insulin, antibiotics and hypertension treatments. Riot police have been deployed at the perimeter of the jail Relatives of inmates camped outside the prison, in Lara state, once the incident was announced Relatives outside the jail have accused prison wardens of poisoning the …

    November 28, 2014 7:19 pm
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Technology

  • Websites creak on record Black Friday


    28 November 2014 Last updated at 21:35 Shoppers fought their way to the tills at UK retailers as the American tradition of Black Friday pre-Christmas discounting took firm hold here. Many retailers traded from midnight to maximise shopping times and put deals online overnight. But websites including John Lewis, Argos and Tesco Direct struggled to handle the increased traffic. And Currys customers were left drumming their fingers as they waited up to an hour in a virtual queue. At least online shoppers had only their own feelings of frustration to deal with. During the day police were called to a number of disturbances at London and Manchester supermarkets as shoppers fought over goods. There were reports of people pinching, punching and kicking to get to the bargains on offer. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Footage of shoppers scrambling to get their hands on merchandise John Lewis, which offered website deals from …

    November 28, 2014 6:59 pm
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Science

  • Notre Dame biologist leads sequencing of the genomes of malaria-carrying mosquitoes


    Nora Besansky, O’Hara Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame and a member of the University’s Eck Institute for Global Health, has led an international team of scientists in sequencing the genomes of 16 Anopheles mosquito species from around the world. Anopheles mosquitoes are responsible for transmitting human malaria parasites that cause an estimated 200 million cases and more than 600 thousand deaths each year. However, of the almost 500 different Anopheles species, only a few dozen can carry the parasite and only a handful of species are responsible for the vast majority of transmissions. Besansky and her fellow researchers investigated the genetic differences between the deadly parasite-transmitting species and their harmless (but still annoying) cousins. Two papers published in today’s (Nov. 27) editions of Science Express, an electronic publication of the journal Science in advance of print, describe detailed genomic comparisons of these mosquitoes and the deadliest of them all, Anopheles …

    November 28, 2014 7:19 pm
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Health

  • France’s Hollande warns against isolating Ebola-hit Guinea


    CONAKRY (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande, the first Western leader to visit Ebola-stricken West Africa, warned on Friday against isolating one of the countries hit by the worst epidemic of the disease on record. During a brief visit to Guinea’s capital Conakry, Hollande was greeted by President Alpha Conde before visiting a hospital and meeting health workers battling the outbreak. Hollande said the French people should be aware of what was happening in Guinea, the origin of the epidemic that has killed 1,200 Guineans and more than 5,600 people across West Africa. But he said they should also be vigilant. “Vigilant that Guinea is always open to the world, that it isn’t isolated, including during this phase, and that it can continue to ensure its development,” he said at a news conference at the end of the visit. A number of countries, including several of Guinea’s neighbors, have introduced restrictions on travelers from Ebola-affected nations, …

    November 28, 2014 6:59 pm
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Entertainment

  • 5 Reasons why Maria Shriver is right to worry about Miley ruining Christmas


    8 Times celebs sex-shamed porn stars, er pop stars According to HollywoodLife, a source revealed to them that mommy dearest is worried about the effect that the pop star may have on her son. And the relationship is reportedly “putting a huge strain on the holidays for Maria, she’s so worried where this whole thing could lead Patrick. It’s got her very upset,” the source says. And perhaps Shriver has reasons to be worried. 1. Miley Cyrus has a potty mouth We love Cyrus, but she is not the most ladylike young woman out there. You need only glance at her Instagram page to see that she’s rather fond of curse words. Take her picture where she explains what she’s thankful for, for example: “feeling f***ing thankful it’s not the season.” Case in point. 2. Is she ever not nude? In recent years, Cyrus has become famous for her sexed-up image and it doesn’t look …

    November 28, 2014 6:39 pm
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Editorial

  • Obama’s net neutrality push: Why Silicon Valley should be careful what it wishes for


    It has been a big month for the future of the Internet, and unfortunately it is not looking good. President Obama became the latest public figure to jump on the net neutrality bandwagon, ignoring both the results of the midterm elections and regulatory common sense by urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt draconian new rules under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act.  This proposal to regulate under an 80 year-old law meant for the monopoly telephone system is terrible for innovation and investment, the two pillars of the modern Internet. It is being pushed by far left advocacy groups and self-interested Silicon Valley companies like Netflix that are looking to extort a free ride from Internet Service Providers (ISPs).  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Sadly, high profile figures like President Obama have also jumped aboard. Lookout Google, Facebook, Amazon and all others that have any sort of market power online. President Obama and the FCC …

    November 28, 2014 6:59 pm
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Odd News

  • With monkey on the lam, Florida neighborhood goes bananas


    TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) – Florida authorities vowed on Friday to capture a monkey last seen running through a Tampa neighborhood that they described as “three-foot tall, brown and fast.” A resident initially reported seeing a fleet-footed monkey running through a yard in the middle of a sunny Thanksgiving Day afternoon, Tampa police said. An hour later, another caller spotted a monkey about a dozen blocks away, near a bridge on a road that is several miles (km) from downtown Tampa. “There is no probable cause for this monkey’s arrest, however, we will work tirelessly to apprehend him,” Tampa police said in a Facebook post. Both sightings occurred near Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, whose officials told police that its monkeys were all accounted for. With some on social media questioning whether the primate was a monkey or a chimpanzee, Tampa police clarified that the exact species was unknown, but that the sightings appeared to be credible. …

    November 28, 2014 7:19 pm
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