Headline News

  • Patriots beat Steelers to reach Super Bowl


    Smokers Unleash Harms on Their Pets SUNDAY, Jan. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Secondhand smoke not only harms people, it also poses a danger to dogs, cats and other pets, a veterinarian warns. “If 58 million non-smoking adults and children are exposed to tobacco smoke, imagine how many pets are exposed at the same time,” said Dr. Carmela Stamper, who’s with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Pets are also at risk from cigarette smoke residue that gets on skin, clothes, carpets, furniture and other household items, dubbed “thirdhand” smoke, according to the agency. “Like children, dogs and cats spend a lot of time on or near the floor, where tobacco smoke residue concentrates in house dust, carpets and rugs. Then, it gets on their fur,” Stamper said in an FDA news release. “Dogs, cats and children not only breathe these harmful substances in, but pets can also ingest them by licking their owner’s hair, …

    January 22, 2017 10:04 pm
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Politics

  • Ethics lawyers to sue Trump over foreign payments


    A group including former White House ethics attorneys will file a lawsuit on Monday accusing President Donald Trump of allowing his businesses to accept payments from foreign governments, in violation of the U.S. Constitution. Deepak Gupta, a Supreme Court litigator working on the case, said the lawsuit would allege that the Constitution’s emoluments clause forbids payments to Trump’s businesses. It will seek a court order forbidding Trump from accepting such payments, he said. The case, reported earlier by the New York Times, is part of a wave of litigation expected to be filed against Trump by liberal advocacy groups. It will be filed in a Manhattan federal court, Gupta said, and plaintiffs will include Richard Painter, a former ethics lawyer in Republican President George W. Bush’s White House. A Trump spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment. Trump’s son Eric Trump, an executive vice president of the Trump Organization, told the Times on Sunday …

    January 22, 2017 9:03 pm
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Stocks

  • Did Anadarko Receive A Fair Price For Its Eagle Ford Assets?


    The year 2016 was a comeback year for Anadarko Petroleum ( APC ), as the oil and gas company recovered almost 42% of its stock price over the year backed by the rebound in commodity prices, and the acquisition of Deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM) assets during the year. In addition to this, the US-based company finalized two significant asset sales of more than $3.5 billion over the last one month, that have put the company on track to exceed its divestment plan of $5 billion. The two deals includethe sale of Eagleford shale assets inSouth Texas for $2.3 billion to Sanchez Energy Corporation and Blackstone Group LP, and sale of its upstream and midstream assets in the Marcellus Shale to Alta Marcellus Development for a sum of$1.24 billion (For More Details Read: Anadarko Shifts Focus To High-Margin Basins By Divesting Non-Core Assets). In this note, we analyze if the company paid a fair price for …

    January 22, 2017 7:23 pm
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Sports

  • Slay the dragon? Steelers left their sword at home in Patriots blowout


    9:54 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Someone cover Chris Hogan. The biggest game of the year featuring two storied franchises and the Pittsburgh Steelers let a secondary receiver option torch them for a New England Patriots playoff record 180 yards and two touchdowns But, really, several blown coverages on Hogan were simply emblematic of the Steelers’ sloppy performance on the biggest stage, a 36-17 AFC Championship loss to New England that negated the positive energy of a nine-game winning streak that had gotten them this far. Forget slaying the dragon. The Steelers slayed themselves. Le’Veon Bell getting hurt early in hte game with a left groin injury had nothing to do with the Patriots converting 9-of-12 third downs to open the game, or the fact Tom Brady now has 22 touchdowns and zero interceptions in his last seven Steelers games. Brady saw minimal pressure from a Steelers …

    January 22, 2017 9:03 pm
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World News

  • Britain’s May refuses to talk about reported test missile failure


    Jan. 22 (UPI) — Prime Minister Theresa May refused Sunday to offered details on the reported failure of an unarmed British Trident missile from a submarine off the coast of Florida last June. But several members of parliament called for a full investigation of the reported failure and possible coverup weeks before a House of Commons vote on the future of the nuclear missiles. During an interview with the BBC, May wouldn’t say if she knew about the failure, let alone the test ahead of time. She was asked four times by Andrew Marr whether she knew about the failure before the Commons voted 472-117 in July to spend $53 billion renewing Trident. At the time, she said it would be “an act of gross irresponsibility” for the Britain to abandon its nuclear weapons. On Sunday, she said “I have absolute faith in our Trident missiles.” “There are tests that take place all the time, …

    January 22, 2017 4:02 pm
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Technology

  • Amazon and Google fight crucial battle over voice recognition


    Amazon and Google always thrive in the fourth quarter as people get out their wallets for Christmas. Both companies – or in Google’s case, its parent group, Alphabet – are therefore expected to announce booming revenues in their fourth-quarter results over the next fortnight, with Alphabet going first on Thursday and Amazon the following week. But analysts are already looking beyond the simple question of how many cardboard boxes Amazon filled and how many searches Google answered. They’re wondering which company will win the battle to control your home. That battle is being fought by two carafe-sized cylinders from the respective companies. One is Amazon’s Echo, with its voice-operated “personal assistant”, Alexa; the other is Google Home, which responds to the phrase “OK Google”. Both are internet-connected, home-based devices which can be command to do things: give the weather forecast; play music; read out news headlines; update shopping lists; and control “smart” devices in the …

    January 22, 2017 8:41 am
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Science

  • Former Lawrence Livermore physicist begins jail term


    Behind bars: fraudulent physicist begins 18 month jail sentence A former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist has been sentenced by a court in California to 18 months in prison for submitting false data and reports with the “purpose of defrauding a government agency”. Sean Darin Kinion, 44, who earned his physics PhD from the University of California, Davis, pleaded guilty in June to mail fraud and acknowledged that he was involved in “a scheme to defraud the government out of money intended to fund research”. In addition to his prison term, which will begin on 26 January, Kinion will have to pay $3,317,893 in compensation to the US government. He will also undergo supervision for three years following his release from prison. According to Lawrence Livermore spokesperson Lynda Seaver, the lab began to see “red flags” in Kinion’s work in late summer 2012 and, after initially putting him on leave, lab administrators sacked the physicist in …

    January 21, 2017 12:12 am
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Health

  • Smokers Unleash Harms on Their Pets


    SUNDAY, Jan. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Secondhand smoke not only harms people, it also poses a danger to dogs, cats and other pets, a veterinarian warns. “If 58 million non-smoking adults and children are exposed to tobacco smoke, imagine how many pets are exposed at the same time,” said Dr. Carmela Stamper, who’s with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Pets are also at risk from cigarette smoke residue that gets on skin, clothes, carpets, furniture and other household items, dubbed “thirdhand” smoke, according to the agency. “Like children, dogs and cats spend a lot of time on or near the floor, where tobacco smoke residue concentrates in house dust, carpets and rugs. Then, it gets on their fur,” Stamper said in an FDA news release. “Dogs, cats and children not only breathe these harmful substances in, but pets can also ingest them by licking their owner’s hair, skin and clothes,” she explained. Pets …

    January 22, 2017 8:03 pm
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Entertainment

  • Madonna clarifies rally remark about ‘blowing up the White House’


    Pop star Madonna is walking back a statement she made Saturday at the Women’s March in Washington about how she has thought about blowing up the White House since Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. “Yes, I’m angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House,” the New York Post quoted the recording artist as telling the hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered to express their various concerns from questioning Trump’s competency to demanding equal pay and the protection of reproductive rights. “Yesterday’s Rally. was an amazing and beautiful experience,” she wrote on Instagram Sunday. “I came and performed Express Yourself and thats exactly what i did,” Madonna added. “However I want to clarify some very important things. I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it’s important people hear and understand my speech in it’s entirety rather …

    January 22, 2017 9:23 pm
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Editorial

  • Why Jeff Sessions as our next attorney general should reassure, not alarm, all Americans


    “There was one moment in Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing,” writes Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick, “that revealed why so many are so terrified of him.”  Lithwick deemed this moment so inflammatory that she called it “reprehensible” and “gobsmacking.”  Somewhat more restrained, Politico’s Seung Min Kim and Josh Gerstein said it was “head-scratching.” What was this extraordinary occurrence?  Had Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general of the United States embraced the notion of a terrorist state like, say, Iran having nukes? Was he in favor of packing the electorate with illegal immigrants and thus changing the electoral landscape forever? Had he admitted to using a private server for thousands of classified documents? Perhaps he voiced his support for abortion-on-demand, thereby adding to the more than 50 million children that have been terminated since Roe v. Wade? Of course, not. Senate Democrats and their media allies see none of these things as “reprehensible” (as they certainly are).  No, the …

    January 22, 2017 4:43 pm
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Odd News

  • Drone pilot shocked by sharks swimming around Florida surfers


    A drone operator in Florida said he was trying to capture video of boats when he stumbled on a more shocking sight — sharks swimming around oblivious surfers. Jason Griffeth said he took his new camera drone from his Vero Beach home to the Fort Pierce Inlet to capture footage of boats Friday morning when he decided to get some shots of surfers and paddle boarders he sighted nearby. “As I got about 300 feet in the air, I noticed there was some big fish swimming out near the surfers,” Griffeth told WPBF-TV. “I was like, ‘Those kind of look like sharks.’” The video, posted to YouTube, shows the sharks — and some large fish that appear to be tarpon — swimming all around the surfers and paddle boarders, who appeared not to notice their sub-aquatic company. “And I was kind of freaking out because I had no way to notify the surfers because I …

    January 22, 2017 4:43 pm
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