• Valencia 1-1 Barcelona (Agg: 1-8)

    Valencia 1-1 Barcelona (Agg: 1-8)

    Gary Neville has overseen four wins at Valencia – all in the Copa del Rey Barcelona reached the Copa del Rey final as they beat Gary Neville’s Valencia 8-1 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw...
  • US government sues Ferguson on policing

    Image copyright Reuters Image caption Protests, sometimes violent, erupted after the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson The US Justice Department is suing Ferguson, Missouri to force the city to adopt police reforms negotiated...
  • These earplugs could replace your noise machine

    These earplugs could replace your noise machine

    Should everything be “smart?” When does adding technology become more of a nuisance than convenience? I was thinking about those questions when I started testing Hush’s smart earplugs. The first thing you notice is that...
  • Cricketers may be sent off in trials

    Cricketers may be sent off in trials

    Umpires at the lower levels of cricket will trial sendings-off for violent behaviour Cricketers could face punishments similar to yellow and red cards in new plans by the game’s law-makers the MCC. Umpires will not...

Headline News

  • FBI says it has surrounded last occupiers at Oregon refuge


    PORTLAND, ORE. –  The FBI surrounded the last four occupiers of a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon on Wednesday night as the holdouts argued with a negotiator and yelled at law enforcement officers in armored vehicles to back off. The tense standoff between law enforcement officers and the four occupiers was being livestreamed on the Internet by an acquaintance of one of the holdouts, David Fry. Fry, 27, sounded increasingly unraveled as he continually yelled, at times hysterically, at what he said was an FBI negotiator. “You’re going to hell. Kill me. Get it over with,” he said. “We’re innocent people camping at a public facility, and you’re going to murder us.” “The only way we’re leaving here is dead or without charges,” Fry said, who told the FBI to “get the hell out of Oregon.” Fry said the group was surrounded by armored vehicles. Fry and the three others are the last remnants of …

    February 10, 2016 9:27 pm
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Politics

  • U.S. can still hit climate goals despite Supreme Court pause, White House says


    WASHINGTON The White House vowed Wednesday that the United States would still meet international commitments to cut carbon emissions, seeking to allay concerns that the Supreme Court might take away one of its main weapons against climate change. The court dealt a blow on Tuesday to the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, which would steer electricity plants away from burning coal to cleaner fuel sources, delaying its implementation until all legal challenges are decided. But the White House said it remained confident it would ultimately win the lawsuits brought by industry groups and 29 states opposed to the plan. And White House spokesman Eric Schultz said the administration has an array of tools available to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to rising global temperatures. He cited the long-term extension of tax credits for renewable energy that were enacted in last year’s budget deal as an example of other policy measures driving the power …

    February 10, 2016 8:47 pm
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Stocks

  • These earplugs could replace your noise machine


    Should everything be “smart?” When does adding technology become more of a nuisance than convenience? I was thinking about those questions when I started testing Hush’s smart earplugs. The first thing you notice is that they don’t look anything like traditional earplugs. Instead of silicone or foam, they’re made of sleek white plastic, reminiscent of Apple’s ear buds, with your choice of foam or rubber tips. They’re small enough to lie flat in your ears so you can sleep on your side. When you first put Hush in your ears, they work like ordinary earplugs — they form a seal in your ear canal and do a decent job of blocking out sound. Where the magic lies, though, is in the bluetooth connection to your phone. A free companion app plays what the company calls “soothing” sounds that help block out a lot more noise. Truthfully, I found some of the sounds more soothing than …

    February 10, 2016 9:27 pm
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Sports

  • Valencia 1-1 Barcelona (Agg: 1-8)


    Gary Neville has overseen four wins at Valencia – all in the Copa del Rey Barcelona reached the Copa del Rey final as they beat Gary Neville’s Valencia 8-1 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw at the Mestalla Stadium. Trailing 7-0 from the first leg, the home side went in front on the night when Alvaro Negredo rolled home. And Neville was on course to celebrate a rare victory as Valencia coach before Barca substitute Wilfrid Kaptoum side-footed in a late equaliser. Media playback is not supported on this device Gary Neville’s Valencia adventure: Is it coming to an end? The result means Barcelona are unbeaten in 29 games, a Spanish record. Their opponents in the final will be either Celta Vigo or Sevilla, the latter of whom lead 4-0 going into Thursday’s second leg. Neville is under pressure at Valencia, with the former Manchester United captain winless in nine league games since taking charge …

    February 10, 2016 9:27 pm
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World News

  • US government sues Ferguson on policing


    Image copyright Reuters Image caption Protests, sometimes violent, erupted after the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson The US Justice Department is suing Ferguson, Missouri to force the city to adopt police reforms negotiated with the federal government. Unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a police officer in the city in 2014, sparking protests. Ferguson was required to reform its policing after investigators found widespread racial bias in the force. US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said there was no option but to sue after the city voted to revise the agreement. Michael Brown profile How the shooting sparked national protests “The residents of Ferguson have waited nearly a year for their city to adopt an agreement that would protect their rights and keep them safe,” she said. “They should not be forced to wait any longer.” She accused Ferguson’s police of routinely carrying out unconstitutional practices that disproportionately targeted the black …

    February 10, 2016 9:27 pm
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Technology

  • Gaming goes pro: meet one of Australia’s top League of Legends teams


    Behind the façade of a pleasantly nondescript house in Sydney’s west, there’s a sporting revolution taking place. Six young men aged from their late teens to early 20s have been brought together to live in a two-storey suburban home for a year, in the hopes of becoming a world-beating team. It sounds less like a sports strategy than a pitch for a reality TV show but could easily be both, especially since the team in question competes in esports – or, as their parents doubtless responded when they first heard about it, videogames. And they do it for a living. Related: Metal Gear Solid – everything you need to know about the entire series The game in question is League of Legends, a five-a-side online multiplayer game, where fantasy characters battle one another using a range of different weapons and abilities, testing a team’s ability to strategise on the fly. The game launched in 2009 …

    February 10, 2016 9:07 pm
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Science

  • Healing the soil


    Related images(click to enlarge) Four empty lots in Chicago’s South Side bear scars of the past. Their surfaces are strewn with construction debris and foundation rubble. However, the most incriminating evidence of the past lies beneath the surface, in the soil. Chicago’s history of industrialization and urbanization left its mark on the soil. Soil acts as a sponge, and can host contaminants for years. In Chicago, the waste from industrial manufacturing causes undesirable toxic organic chemicals, heavy metals, and other chemicals to linger in the soil. This can pose problems for the health of the humans and plants that inhabit the land years later. The four empty lots are owned by the Gary Comer Center, a non-profit youth development center in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. The Comer Center’s long-term hope is to repurpose the lots into useful spaces for the community. However, the poor quality soils in the lots create challenges. “They are going …

    February 10, 2016 7:46 pm
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Health

  • Dementia rate fell 44 percent since late 1970s: Framingham study


    (Reuters Health) – Dementia is on the decline, according to a new analysis of health records from thousands of people in one Massachusetts town. The new report, using data from the long-running Framingham Heart Study, shows that dementia rates have decreased by 44 percent since the late 1970s and early 1980s, with nearly all of that drop among high school graduates. It was a collective reduction in all causes of senility that produced the significant fall, researchers said. Dementia caused by vascular diseases, such as stroke, accounted for the much of the drop. Alzheimer’s disease showed a reduction, but it wasn’t dramatic, and could be a statistical fluke, they said. “There was a trend there” for Alzheimer’s, said Dean Hartley, director of science initiatives with the Alzheimer’s Association. It shows “there may be modifiable lifestyles that may lower your risk for Alzheimer’s.” So many people are entering the age when dementia becomes a threat and …

    February 10, 2016 8:27 pm
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Entertainment

  • Future Remains Consistent On Surprise New Album ‘EVOL’


    “Look like I stepped on the runway / they try to tell me to calm down / peep how I came in the game and I started rocking that Tom Ford.” Sigh, there’s nothing more intriguing than an unlikely star, and that’s exactly what Future has become. 2015 was a breakout year for the rapper who looks to keep the momentum rolling in 2016. Does he get the job done with surprise album EVOL? For the most part, he picks up where DS2 and What A Time Be Alive left off.  The aforementioned quote hails from opener “Ain’t No Time,” which sets the tone for EVOL much like “Thought It Was Drought” would for DS2. Much like Future’s songs as of late, he raps over repetitive, minimalist production oozing with maliciousness and slinky in sound. Is he spitting anything truly profound? – No. Despite this, it’s hard not to get sucked into the hypnotizing quality of …

    February 10, 2016 9:47 pm
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Editorial

  • Why are so many Christians biblically illiterate?


    Emblematic of the Bible’s declining influence is what Harper Lee penned in her 1960 novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” in which the character Miss Maudie says, “Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whiskey bottle in the hand of [another].” Most Christians know enough about the Bible to be dangerous. The Bible in America is a massive industry ($2.5 billion) yet it is the best seller few read and fewer understand. The Bible has become a moving target. One can strip it down, twist it, misread it, add to it, supplement it, and even overrule it, and, unfortunately, 95 percent of the congregation will not realize it. Why? Because Americans no longer know the Bible. The evidence is overpowering that contemporary Christianity is Bible-ish, at best, and at worst, in some cases, Bible-less. The American Bible Society releases an annual State of the Bible report and their research is …

    February 10, 2016 7:06 pm
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Odd News

  • Indian scientists express doubt over meteorite death attribution


    NEW DELHI Indian scientists have expressed doubt that a man in Tamil Nadu was the first person to have been confirmed killed by a meteorite strike, as the state’s top official has declared. The experts said the small crater, the absence of a sonic boom before impact, a lack of debris and the green and blue colour of rock recovered from the scene suggest some other cause. “It is highly improbable, but we will only be absolutely sure after a chemical analysis,” said V. Adimurthy, a senior scientist at India’s space agency. The mysterious event has triggered an international debate about whether a meteorite, space debris, leftover explosives or even frozen waste from a plane passing overhead may have killed the man. The meteorite attribution was announced this week by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram, a former film star who is known for her authoritarian style. A bus driver was killed by the meteorite at an engineering …

    February 10, 2016 8:04 am
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