• Catalans lose Aiton for six weeks

    Catalans lose Aiton for six weeks

    Paul Aiton was injured on his Catalans debut against Wigan, after leaving Leeds last season Catalans Dragons will be without hooker Paul Aiton for up to six weeks after he tore a pectoral muscle on...
  • Syria ‘exterminating detainees’

    Syria ‘exterminating detainees’

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Torture, rampant disease and extrajudicial execution claim the lives of many detainees The Syrian government has carried out a state policy of extermination against thousands of detainees, UN human...
  • Rotherham sack manager Redfearn

    Rotherham sack manager Redfearn

    Neil Redfearn was previously manager at Leeds United Rotherham United have sacked manager Neil Redfearn after only four months in charge at the New York Stadium. Redfearn, 50, joined Rotherham on a two-and-a-half-year deal in...
  • Somali children ‘face death’ over drought

    Somali children ‘face death’ over drought

    Image copyright AFP Image caption Some 260,000 people died in Somalia as a result of a drought earlier this decade More than 50,000 children in Somalia “face death” because of the ongoing drought there, the...
  • Today is the biggest day for Super Bowl ads

    Today is the biggest day for Super Bowl ads

    The Super Bowl may be the most-watched event in America, but the ads have their biggest moment after the game. Historically, the Monday following the big game is when digital viewership for Super Bowl ads...

Headline News

  • At least 2 killed in apartment fight involving bats, sticks


    Authorities say two men were killed and a third survived a gunshot to the head after an armed fight broke out at a large apartment complex in Marin City, north of San Francisco. Marin County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Doug Pittman said the violence began on Sunday with a domestic dispute in which other people tried to intervene. Pittman told the Marin Independent Journal he did not know whether the victims were shot or might have died from other injuries. He said authorities initially received reports of gunfire and a possible altercation involving people with bats or sticks. The survivor was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound to his head. His condition improved by the afternoon. Investigators were trying to determine what happened and planned to interview the survivor to get details.

    February 8, 2016 10:17 am
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Politics

  • An election with no ‘real’ choice


    Donald Trump’s hair: About as predictable as Campaign 2016 Current polls show Republican Presidential wannabe Donald Trump winning handily in New Hampshire on Tuesday. The same polls say Democrat socialist Bernie Sanders will beat Hillary Clinton with no problem. Polls, of course, can be wrong and in the history of New Hamphire’s political primary, polls have made some incredibly erroneous predictions. Sadly, those who actually vote on Tuesday have no real choice when it comes voting for a Presidential nominee. There isn’t a “winner” among the group.  Leader?  Nope, not part of the package offered by Republicans or Democrats. Voters do have a choice of the normally absurd (as in “establishment”) or the extreme absurd fringe (as in Donald Trump and/or Ted Cruz on the Republican side or Bernie Sanders for the Democrats). Consider the “reality” (if such a thing exists in today’s political environment) of Campaign 2016. Political pundits says a self-declared socialist like …

    February 8, 2016 8:36 am
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Stocks

  • Today is the biggest day for Super Bowl ads


    The Super Bowl may be the most-watched event in America, but the ads have their biggest moment after the game. Historically, the Monday following the big game is when digital viewership for Super Bowl ads peaks, according to YouTube. People watch and re-watch ads online, sharing and commenting about them on social media. And If you missed an ad when you got up to refill your plate with queso dip, you can still join in on Monday’s water cooler conversation. People watch ads on YouTube during the game as well. For the first time in history, more people (60%) watched Super Bowl ads on YouTube using smartphones and tablets rather than PCs, Google said. People spent a combined 300,000 hours watching ads on YouTube during the Super Bowl. Before and after the game, Super Bowl ads have been watched for more than 1 million hours, as brands get savvy about teasing and pre-releasing their ads. …

    February 8, 2016 8:56 am
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Sports

  • Catalans lose Aiton for six weeks


    Paul Aiton was injured on his Catalans debut against Wigan, after leaving Leeds last season Catalans Dragons will be without hooker Paul Aiton for up to six weeks after he tore a pectoral muscle on his debut, in a defeat by Wigan Warriors on Friday. Aiton, 30, had scans to diagnose the injury on Monday. He joined the Dragons from Leeds at the end of 2015, and missed the end of the last campaign with an arm injury. The Papua New Guinea player played 94 games for both Wakefield and Leeds following his move from Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in 2012.

    February 8, 2016 10:17 am
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World News

  • Syria ‘exterminating detainees’


    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Torture, rampant disease and extrajudicial execution claim the lives of many detainees The Syrian government has carried out a state policy of extermination against thousands of detainees, UN human rights investigators say. They accuse President Bashar al-Assad’s regime of crimes against humanity, in a report for the UN Human Rights Council. The study says both loyalist and anti-government forces have committed possible war crimes. Many detainees were tortured, some were beaten to death, and others died from lack of food, water, or medical care. The findings come from interviews with hundreds of witnesses and cover the period since the start of anti-government protests in March 2011. The report says thousands of detainees have been killed while in the custody of warring parties in the past four and a half years. Image copyright AP Image caption Torture and executions by so-called Islamic State are routine, the report says Investigators suspect …

    February 8, 2016 10:17 am
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Technology

  • No algorithms, no apps: Silicon Valley matchmaker succeeds with old methods


    It is a truth universally acknowledged about dating in Silicon Valley that for single women in possession of reasonable fortune, “the odds are good, but the goods are odd”. According to the Pew Research Center, the area around San Jose and Silicon Valley is top in the nation for the ratio of single men to single women. Most of those single men work in tech. For Amy Andersen, who runs the Silicon Valley-based matchmaking service Linx, that phrase rings very true. Andersen’s company – tagline “no algorithms, no arrows, no apps: just intuition” – aims to return to a more chivalrous time. She is a matchmaker of the old school; her clients, even in the age of Tinder, are looking for love. And the high-powered but often lonely CEOs of Silicon Valley pay handsomely. The company’s silver package – the entry level deal – costs $25,000. The platinum, which offers 11 matches in 24 months, …

    February 8, 2016 8:56 am
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Science

  • Uncovering secrets of elastin’s flexibility during assembly


    Related images(click to enlarge) Elastin is a crucial building block in our bodies – its flexibility allows skin to stretch and twist, blood vessels to expand and relax with every heartbeat, and lungs to swell and contract with each breath. But exactly how this protein-based tissue achieves this flexibility remained an unsolved question – until now. This material has a remarkable combination of flexibility and durability: elastin is one of the body’s most long-lasting component proteins, with an average survival time comparable to a human lifespan. During a person’s life, the elastin in a blood vessel, for example, will have gone through an estimated two billion cycles of pulsation. A team of researchers at the University of Sydney, MIT in the United States and at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom has carried out an analysis that reveals the details of a hierarchical structure of scissor-shaped molecules that gives elastin its remarkable properties. …

    February 8, 2016 7:36 am
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Health

  • Exclusive: U.S. athletes should consider not attending Olympics if fear Zika: officials


    NEW YORK The United States Olympic Committee told U.S. sports federations that athletes and staff concerned for their health over the Zika virus should consider not going to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August. The message was delivered in a conference call involving USOC officials and leaders of U.S. sport federations in late January, according to two people who participated in the call. Federations were told that no one should go to Brazil “if they don’t feel comfortable going. Bottom line,” said Donald Anthony, president and board chairman of USA Fencing. The USOC’s briefing to sport federations is the latest sign that Olympics officials are taking the Zika threat to the games in Rio de Janeiro seriously, and acknowledging that at least some athletes and support staff could face a tough decision over whether to attend. The United States won most medals at the last Olympics in London in 2012, so any disruption to …

    February 8, 2016 4:16 am
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Entertainment

  • Andi Dorfman To Be Named ‘The Bachelorette’ Again? One Year After Split With Josh Murray, Andi Dishes On Her Obsession With Pro-Athletes And ‘The Bachelor’


    Is Andi Dorfman returning to ABC as the next Bachelorette? A year after her split with Josh Murray, Andi talked about her obsession with the show, her weakness for pro-athletes, and how finding love on TV was both an emotional and fun experience. Denver by 3 … Still a southern gal but gotta root for Peyton going out on top. #SuperBowlSunday pic.twitter.com/SBPpBQCjfn — Andi Dorfman (@AndiDorfman) February 7, 2016 Andi told ET! that she never watched the Bachelor or Bachelorette before her season and didn’t watch her journey to find (temporary) love either. Now she admits she is “obsessed” with the show and is a “cult follower,” tuning in to watch Ben Higgins every Monday night. Currently living in New York City, the 28-year-old is still single and has been busy preparing for the release her new tell-all book, It’s Not Okay: Turning Heartbreak into Happily Never After, in the spring. Will she return to TV to find …

    February 8, 2016 7:16 am
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Editorial

  • Rubio stumbles, then stabilizes. Trump stays out front at GOP debate in New Hampshire


    Most of Saturday night’s GOP debate in New Hampshire was a cracking good show, with moments of substance.   Marco Rubio, still riding momentum after almost beating Donald Trump in Iowa, was the main target of attack by the governors on the stage Saturday. He took on real water when Chris Christie effectively characterized him as an Obama-like orator who rarely strayed from a script, and Rubio fed that impression by repeating his talking points four times in response. But Rubio stabilized and had a great answer on abortion “extremism” in the Democratic Party. He finished the debate in good form, but he sure gave reasons for Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and John Kasich to hang around to see if he stumbles again.  If Marco’s momentum stalls in New Hampshire, his performance Saturday evening will be blamed for it.  Donald Trump was his swaggering self tonight, and helped himself except on the eminent domain issue. “What …

    February 7, 2016 10:48 am
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Odd News

  • Scientists investigate suspected meteorite death in southern India


    CHENNAI Indian scientists are investigating whether a man was killed by a meteorite, which if confirmed would be the first recorded death from falling fragments of space rock in almost 200 years. Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, has said a bus driver at a college in her state was killed by the meteorite and awarded 100,000 rupees ($1,470) in compensation to his family. “A meteorite fell within the college premises,” Jayalalithaa said. The man “sustained serious injuries and died while on the way to the hospital”. Jayalalithaa, a former film star, left tight-lipped local officials struggling to explain the mystery blast at the engineering college that left a small crater and broke windows. The bus driver was standing on a patch of grass near the college cafeteria when he was killed, while two gardeners and a student were injured, officials said. A dark blue stone resembling a diamond was found at the …

    February 8, 2016 7:56 am
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