Headline News

  • College officials suspend hockey season over hazing claims

    RINDGE, N.H. –  Officials at a New Hampshire college say they are suspending the rest of the men’s hockey season over hazing allegations. Franklin Pierce University Athletic Director Bruce Kirsh notified the Northeast-10 Conference of the school’s decision on Thursday, after the school wrapped up an internal investigation on the allegations. WMUR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1odXSFF ) that no details of the allegations or any actions against students were given. University President Andrew Card apologized to the three schools Franklin Pierce had left to play this season, saying the incident “is not who we are.”

    February 13, 2016 6:44 pm


  • U.S. regains Hellfire air-to-ground missile from Cuba

    WASHINGTON The U.S. State Department said on Saturday that the United States has regained an inert but errant Hellfire air-to-ground missile that had mistakenly ended up in Cuba. “We can say, without speaking to specifics, that the inert training missile has been returned with the cooperation of the Cuban government,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement. A team from Lockheed Martin Corp, which makes the missile, traveled to Cuba to retrieve it, a congressional source said. Lockheed Martin Corp spokesman Bill Phelps declined comment. The missile had been sent to Europe for a training exercise in 2014 but somehow ended up in Cuba, an embarrassing loss of military technology, the Wall Street Journal reported last month. “The department is restricted under federal law and regulations from commenting on specific defense trade licensing cases and compliance matters, so we cannot provide further details,” Toner said. But he said reestablished diplomatic relations between the …

    February 13, 2016 5:03 pm


  • ‘Fight for $15’ protesters at Republican debate: ‘We can’t afford essentials.’

    Fast food and other low-paid workers are planning to protest outside Saturday’s Republican presidential debate in Greenville, South Carolina. The protesters at the “Fight for $15” rally will be demanding a $15 an hour minimum wage and the right to unionize. At 1pm the protest will kick off with a walkout and will culminate in a 7 pm rally outside the debate. It comes just one week before the state’s primary. Many of the workers participating in the rally will be voting for the first time in the 2016 presidential election, according to the organizers. Related: Walmart found to have fired striking workers unlawfully Saturday’s protest is the second Fight for $15 rally this week. On Thursday, workers took to the streets outside the Democratic debate in Milwaukee. The walk-outs and protests will be held wherever candidates go during the primaries as part of the group’s plan to put pressure on candidates of both parties. …

    February 13, 2016 5:44 pm


  • England still improving

    Media playback is not supported on this device How England got so good at ODI cricket England have come a long way since last year’s World Cup but still have plenty to learn, says coach Trevor Bayliss. His side are poised at 2-2 heading into the final one-day international against South Africa in Cape Town on Sunday. Bayliss has seen improvements in the past 12 months, especially in his side’s batting ranks, with wins against New Zealand and Pakistan. “They are playing some extremely good cricket, it’s a real good feel among the group at the moment,” he said. “It gives them confidence to go out and play their natural games. We’ve seen that with the batting, with a number of scores over 300, and the bowling is always improving. “We’ve got a fair way to go, a number of things to learn, probably more so from the bowling than the batting, but things are …

    February 13, 2016 6:44 pm

World News

  • Turkey shells Kurdish militia in Syria

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Turkish tanks are seen on the border with Syria in this file photo Turkey has shelled a Kurdish militia in northern Syria and demanded it retreat from territory it has seized, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said. The US urged Turkey to stop the shelling and focus on fighting the group Islamic State (IS). Meanwhile Turkey’s foreign minister said Turkey was mulling a ground invasion of Syria with Saudi forces. On Thursday world powers agreed to push for a cessation of hostilities in Syria within a week. Among the targets shelled by Turkey was the Menagh airbase, which was seized on Thursday from Syrian Islamist rebels by a Kurdish militia group known as the YPG. Speaking on Turkish TV, PM Davutoglu warned that Turkey would retaliate if the YPG did not leave the airbase, which lies south of the town of Azaz and near the Turkish border. How Putin is …

    February 13, 2016 6:44 pm


  • AT&T Jumps Into the 5G Race

    ATT on Friday announced plans to start testing 5G technology, with a possible limited commercial rollout before the end of 2016. 5G offers the promise of besting the speeds of today’s fastest wireless networks by a factor of 10 to 100, through the use of millimeter waves, network function virtualization, and software-defined networking. Through a collaboration with Ericsson and Intel, ATT will be ramping up its efforts to bring 5G to market starting in the second quarter of this year. The planned tests follow extensive research, patent filings, and the development of software-defined networking, which allows ATT to update systems without touching the hardware — a faster, more efficient method of introducing new versions of programs and technology, the company said. Bumps in the 5G Road The race to 5G isn’t without its challenges, however. It’s no small feat to create a working fixed broadband network that delivers at least a gigabit of speed to …

    February 13, 2016 5:23 pm


  • Ants were socializing — and sparring — nearly 100 million years ago, Rutgers study finds

    Related images(click to enlarge) Like people, ants have often fought over food and territory. But ants began fighting long before humans: at least 99 million years ago, according to Phillip Barden, a fossil insect expert who works in the Insect and Evolution Lab of Jessica L. Ware, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Rutgers University-Newark. “That’s a trait of ants,” Barden said. “Many ant species do that all the time. They’re always warring with either other individuals of the same species from different colonies or with different species.” The ant wars began in the Cretaceous period, when enormous dinosaurs thrived on Earth, according to a study published online in the journal Current Biology on Thursday. Barden, the lead author, is affiliated with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Co-author David A. Grimaldi is a curator at the museum and is also affiliated with Cornell University and the …

    February 13, 2016 4:03 pm


  • More than 5,000 pregnant women in Colombia have Zika virus: government

    BOGOTA More than 5,000 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the country’s national health institute said on Saturday, as the disease continues its rapid spread across the Americas. Cases of the virus total 31,555, the institute said in a epidemiology bulletin, among them 5,013 pregnant women. Zika, which has spread to more than 30 countries, has been linked to birth defect microcephaly and to neurological disease Guillain-Barre syndrome. Total reported Zika cases increased by 23 percent over last week’s figures, while the number of pregnant women with the virus was up 57.8 percent. Much remains unknown about Zika, including whether the virus actually causes microcephaly. Brazil is investigating the potential link between Zika infections and more than 4,300 suspected cases of the birth defect, a condition marked by abnormally small head size that can result in developmental problems. Researchers have confirmed more than 460 of these cases as microcephaly and identified …

    February 13, 2016 4:43 pm


  • Rihanna Teams Up With The Hadid Sisters For Debut Fenty x Puma Fashion Show

    Posted on Sat Feb 13th, 2016 9:52am PDT       By X17 Staff Getty Images for Fenty Puma and Maybelline New York Too many hotties in one photo! And even with the scary makeup, the Hadid sisters still looked gorgeous last night at Rihanna’s debut Fenty x Puma show in NYC. After her sneaker collection sold out, Puma tapped Rihanna to serve as creative director for the brand, and given the buzz surrounding her show, it seems like she’s doing a great job. The show unveiled the fall 2016 clothing collection, and Bad Gal RiRi was reportedly the one who chose the “Arctic urban forest” theme, according to the show’s hair stylist, Yusef Williams. Yusef told E! News, “Rihanna had a very strong idea; she was like, ‘I just want to see white. I want it to feel like frozen.” And frozen it is!   Stories from around the Web

    February 13, 2016 5:43 pm


  • Ex-Attorney General Mukasey on Justice Scalia

    We have lost a great and a good man.  Justice Scalia’s influence on protecting and defending constitutional standards was unequaled in modern times.  To lose his clarity of thought and expression at a time like this is an awful blow.  My deep sympathy goes to his family.         Michael B. Mukasey is a former attorney general of the United States (2007-09) and a former U.S. district judge (1988-2006).

    February 13, 2016 7:24 pm

Odd News

  • Racy night with handcuffs lands Arkansas man in handcuffs, again

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. An Arkansas couple’s evening of “kinky” entertainment ended with one pair of handcuffs used for fun being replaced by another used for real in an arrest, police said on Friday. Dustin Taylor, 21, summoned police this week to his home in Fort Smith to remove a pair of handcuffs he told officers he and his wife had been using the previous night while “doing some ‘kinky’ things,” the official report stated. The couple had lost the key, Taylor explained. The responding patrolman removed the handcuffs and did a routine search of Taylor’s name in a police database. When the computer reported an outstanding warrant for Taylor on criminal mischief, handcuffs went back on. But this time they belonged to the officer. Sergeant Daniel Grubbs, spokesman for the Fort Smith police, expressed a measure of sympathy for Taylor. “I sort of wish the guy had invested in an extra handcuff key,” Grubbs said. …

    February 12, 2016 8:20 pm